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November 18, 2017

Abuse by priests is not due to celibacy, says Vatican expert

DUBLIN (IRELAND)
The Independent

November 18, 2017

By Sarah MacDonald

Celibacy cannot be blamed for clerical sex abuse because the average perpetrator does not commit the crime for up to 20 years after entering the priesthood, according to a top Vatican expert.

Professor Hans Zollner, a member of the Vatican's Commission for the Protection of Minors, said "celibacy as such is not the problem" because the average age of clerical paedophiles is 39. If were a problem, the age would be closer to that when priests take their vows, which is usually in their twenties.

The "biggest risk", he warned, was when "celibacy is not lived in an integrated way", and when priests are not given the support they need for their priesthood, which can lead to isolation, spiritual difficulties and even addictions.

Prof Zollner was giving an address to a symposium on the formation of Catholic priests at the national seminary in Maynooth, Co Kildare.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 3:40 PM

Vatican looks into alleged altar boy abuse

SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA)
Reuters via news.com.au

November 19, 2017

The Vatican is investigating reports a priest abused a dormitory mate when they were both altar boys and living in a residence at the St Pius X Institute.

The Vatican says it has opened an investigation into reports that a former teenage altar boy, who allegedly repeatedly forced a dormitory mate to have sex with him, went on to become a priest.

The allegations concerning the St Pius X Institute, known as a pre-seminary, were made in a recent book and in Italian television reports.

The pre-seminary is a residence inside the Vatican for altar boys who serve at masses in St Peter's Basilica mostly presided over by priests, bishops and cardinals. At times they also participate in papal liturgies.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 3:32 PM

Missbrauchsopfer von Fischingen: «Die Kirche ist mir eine Antwort schuldig»

THURGAU (SWITZERLAND)
Tagblatt

November 18, 2017

By Ida Sandl

[Google translation: Abuse victims of Fischingen: «The Church owes me an answer» His body suffers and so does the soul. The dark shadows of the past catch Walter Nowak again and again. Even after so many years and so far away, in Vienna, where he lives now. Nowak has publicized the abuse and ill-treatment in the children's home of the Fischingen Monastery. He lived from 1962 to 1972 in the children's home, it was a traumatic time.]

Sein Körper leidet und die Seele auch. Die dunklen Schatten der Vergangenheit holen Walter Nowak immer wieder ein. Selbst nach so vielen Jahren und so weit weg, in Wien, wo er jetzt lebt. Nowak hat den Missbrauch und die Misshandlungen im Kinderheim des Klosters Fischingen an die Öffentlichkeit gebracht. Er lebte von 1962 bis 1972 im Kinderheim, es sei eine traumatische Zeit gewesen.

Er fühlt sich nicht ernst genommen

Die alten Wunden sind wieder aufgerissen. Walter Nowak fühlt sich von der Katholischen Kirche nicht ernst genommen. «Ich bin für sie nach wie vor ein Mensch zweiter Klasse.» Drei Briefe hat er geschrieben. Zwei an die Schweizer Bischofskonferenz, ­einen an die Diözese Basel. Antwort habe er keine bekommen. Das nagt an ihm.

An die Diözese wandte sich Nowak, weil er vom Genugtuungsfonds für Opfer verjährter sexueller Übergriffe gehört hatte. In den eingeschriebenen Briefen an die Bischofskonferenz kritisiert er, dass die Kollekte des nationalen Kirchenopfertages im August 2015 für Missbrauchs­opfer verwendet wurde. Die Kirche solle für ihre Fehler gerade stehen und nicht die Gläubigen zur Kasse bitten, ist Nowak überzeugt. Den ersten Brief hat er im Sommer 2015 abgeschickt, den zweiten diesen Oktober. «Zumindest eine Antwort wäre mir die Kirche schuldig.»

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:29 AM

The priest who shattered my faith in the Catholic Church

DUBLIN (IRELAND)
Irish Times

November 18, 2017

By Professor Chris Fitzpatrick

[Note: See also the Murphy Report, Chapter 32 on Fr Dominic Savio Boland OFM Cap.]

Prof Chris Fitzpatrick, a Catholic, on how a revelation of sex abuse changed firmly held beliefs

Other than its also being a revelation of cataclysmic proportions, my road-to-Damascus moment was very different from St Paul’s. I was not on a horse, galloping along some dusty road in the Middle East. I was at a pre-Christmas drinks party in south Co Dublin. I was not a persecutor of Christians; I was one of them myself – a practising Catholic to boot. Nor was God the recriminating injured party on this occasion. (“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”) Instead it was the distressed voices of suffering children that I came to hear.

Unlike Saul, who changed his nom de guerre to Paul, I did not change mine; nor did I reinvent myself as a proselyte or epistle writer or even as a martyred saint. Unlike Paul, who, without a hint of concussion, was transformed into a believer and a follower, the faith I had tenaciously held, ever since my First Holy Communion, in the institutions of the Catholic Church was shattered in one fell swoop.

It was as if a stone had been hurled through the centre of my windscreen. I could no longer see where I was going. The curtain of the temple was torn in two, and the world was suddenly a much darker place.

Let me backtrack. A few weeks before the party, which took place in 2009, I happened to become involved in a conversation with some friends about the clerical sex abuse of children. In response to a general agreement that, sadly, no one would trust a priest (or any man, for that matter) to be alone with young children these days, I replied that I had the privilege, as a kid growing up in the Dublin of the 1960s and 1970s, of having come under the positive spiritual influence of a saintly cleric, a paragon of virtue, a man beyond reproach. Or so I thought.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:12 AM

Trial again postponed for Aurora priest accused of sex abuse of girls

AURORA (IL)
Beacon-News/Chicago Tribune

November 17, 2017

By Hannah Leone

The trial for an Aurora priest charged with sexually abusing girls at their Catholic church has been pushed back again, from November to February, while lawyers figure out whether the lead investigator on the case destroyed or withheld notes that could affect its outcome.

The investigator's resignation from the Kane County Child Advocacy Center has complicated legal proceedings involving his work, including that of Alfredo Pedraza Arias, a Colombia national whose lost his temporary religious worker visa after he was charged with sexually abusing two young girls at Sacred Heart Church in Aurora and one of the girls' homes between 2012 and 2014. Arias, 50, has pleaded not guilty to a five-count indictment.

Immigration officials first arrested Arias at the county's St. Charles courthouse while he was free on bond after a hearing in May; an immigration judge ordered him voluntarily deported in June; and prosecutors have sought a series of bail and custody orders in efforts to keep him here through trial. He's been back in the county jail since July 28.

Prosecutors were going to call the investigator as a witness but now aren't planning to, according to court filings.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:56 AM

November 17, 2017

Revealed: monk who abused children on 'crime free' Caldey Island for decades

CALDEY ISLAND (WALES)
The Guardian

November 17, 2017

By Amanda Gearing

Exclusive: Abuse by a monk who preyed on girls on a tiny island off the coast of Wales was covered up in the 70s and 80s

Summer holidays on Caldey Island were seemingly idyllic. The tiny island off the Welsh Coast at Tenby is a place of beauty and holiness, with bluebell woods, clifftop walks, tea gardens and picturesque beaches. Pilgrims come for religious retreat, staying in the island’s cottages, joining the monks in prayer at the imposing Italianate Abbey of Our Lady and St Samson.

In November last year Caldey Island’s reputation for quaint charm was shored up by reports of the “only crime in living memory” to be investigated by police – when a father hit his seven-year-old son for misbehaving in the chocolate shop. The father faced court and got a fine; the monks were reported to be “concerned” about the island’s “crime of the century”.

For Emily those news reports were like a “punch in the stomach”. Some of her earliest memories are of an altogether more serious crime: being sexually abused by one of the monks, a predator called Father Thaddeus Kotik.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:56 PM

#MeToo: Women Who Never Told Of Sexual Abuse Are Now Breaking The Silence

FALMOUTH (MA)
The Enterprise

November 17, 2017

By Karen B. Hunter

Editor's Note
Warning! This column is very disturbing. It is a collection of firsthand accounts of women who were victims of sexual harassment, abuse and rape along the lines of the #metoo movement. They are stories of encounters that upended lives, even devastated lives. Be prepared; it is not easy reading.

We asked volunteers to step forward through referrals. Some who stepped forwarded referred others. The victims are anonymous but they are women who live on the Upper Cape.

While the column gives accounts from women only and women are certainly more vulnerable, men are among victims, too. We received a letter not long ago from a man who as a college student was a member of the College Light Opera Company. A director at the time forcefully pressed himself on him for a sexual encounter and denied him a role he wanted when he refused the advances. We did not publish the letter because it names the perpetrator, and newspapers, unlike Facebook, must be concerned with libel laws. Another story involves a young man who was hitchhiking many years ago and was picked up by an older man who was drinking and talked of forcing sex on boys. He was dropped off before the incident escalated, but it had lasting impact nonetheless.

The incidents related on the next page range widely in the age of the victims, in details and in severity. There is no thread that might lead to any sort of solution or resolution. But, with hope, publishing the accounts will help them and others heal, raise awareness, and allow for greater understanding.

Women are posting messages on social media to show how commonplace sexual assault, harassment and exploitation are, using the hashtag #MeToo to express that they, too, have been victims.

In the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct toward women by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actress Alyssa Milano posted an invitation on her Twitter account asking women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to type #MeToo.

Her intention, she said, was to reveal the extent of the problem and to shift the focus from the perpetrators to the victims.

Within weeks, millions of women around the world have said, MeToo—on social media, with friends and families, in articles, and behind microphones.

“I don’t know a single woman who can’t say ‘Me, too,’ ” said Meaghan E. Mort of Marstons Mills, who was among a group of female victims of sexual abuse who confronted Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty at the commissioners’ meeting last week after he dismissed #MeToo as a “bunch of nonsense.”

Ms. Mort’s message, and the confrontation itself, spotlight the fact that stories of sexual harassment and abuse—and some people’s dismissive attitude toward them—are a painful fact of life.

“The most significant thing about this powerful movement is that it is bringing light to the extent of sexual violence, assault, and rape in our culture,” said Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, executive director of Independence House, a Cape Cod-based resource, counseling, and advocacy center that works to address and prevent domestic and sexual violence. “These women have kept their stories to themselves and kept secret. It is a personal, painful thing for most people. But we really need to hear, listen, and believe these stories.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:42 PM

#MeToo: Women Who Never Told Of Sexual Abuse Are Now Breaking The Silence

FALMOUTH (MA)
The Enterprise

November 17, 2017

By Karen B. Hunter

Editor's Note
Warning! This column is very disturbing. It is a collection of firsthand accounts of women who were victims of sexual harassment, abuse and rape along the lines of the #metoo movement. They are stories of encounters that upended lives, even devastated lives. Be prepared; it is not easy reading.

We asked volunteers to step forward through referrals. Some who stepped forwarded referred others. The victims are anonymous but they are women who live on the Upper Cape.

While the column gives accounts from women only and women are certainly more vulnerable, men are among victims, too. We received a letter not long ago from a man who as a college student was a member of the College Light Opera Company. A director at the time forcefully pressed himself on him for a sexual encounter and denied him a role he wanted when he refused the advances. We did not publish the letter because it names the perpetrator, and newspapers, unlike Facebook, must be concerned with libel laws. Another story involves a young man who was hitchhiking many years ago and was picked up by an older man who was drinking and talked of forcing sex on boys. He was dropped off before the incident escalated, but it had lasting impact nonetheless.

The incidents related on the next page range widely in the age of the victims, in details and in severity. There is no thread that might lead to any sort of solution or resolution. But, with hope, publishing the accounts will help them and others heal, raise awareness, and allow for greater understanding.

Women are posting messages on social media to show how commonplace sexual assault, harassment and exploitation are, using the hashtag #MeToo to express that they, too, have been victims.

In the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct toward women by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actress Alyssa Milano posted an invitation on her Twitter account asking women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to type #MeToo.

Her intention, she said, was to reveal the extent of the problem and to shift the focus from the perpetrators to the victims.

Within weeks, millions of women around the world have said, MeToo—on social media, with friends and families, in articles, and behind microphones.

“I don’t know a single woman who can’t say ‘Me, too,’ ” said Meaghan E. Mort of Marstons Mills, who was among a group of female victims of sexual abuse who confronted Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty at the commissioners’ meeting last week after he dismissed #MeToo as a “bunch of nonsense.”

Ms. Mort’s message, and the confrontation itself, spotlight the fact that stories of sexual harassment and abuse—and some people’s dismissive attitude toward them—are a painful fact of life.

“The most significant thing about this powerful movement is that it is bringing light to the extent of sexual violence, assault, and rape in our culture,” said Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, executive director of Independence House, a Cape Cod-based resource, counseling, and advocacy center that works to address and prevent domestic and sexual violence. “These women have kept their stories to themselves and kept secret. It is a personal, painful thing for most people. But we really need to hear, listen, and believe these stories.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:42 PM

"Abusò di tre bambini della parrocchia". Definitiva la condanna per don Elice

ITALY
la Repubblica

November 16, 2017

[Google Translate: For four years he has abused three children in his parish. Everything began at the pilgrimage to Medjugorje. The little ones were 9.11 and 13 years old. The Court of Cassation has confirmed the condemnation of Fr Roberto Elice, six years and four months. Until November 2014, the priest was the parish priest of the Most Holy Assumption Church in via Perpignano. Heavy the controversy that he was moved, reiterated by the lawyer Antonella Arcoleo, who formed a civilian party representing one of the minors.]

Sei anni e quattro mesi di carcere. Una delle vittime si è costituita parte civile

Per quattro anni ha abusato di tre bambini della sua parrocchia. Tutto cominciò al pellegrinaggio a Medjugorje. I piccoli avevano 9,11 e 13 anni. La Corte di Cassazione ha confermato la condanna per don Roberto Elice, a sei anni e quattro mesi. Fino al novembre 2014, il sacerdote era il parroco della Chiesa Maria Santissima Assunta di via Perpignano. Pesante la contestazione che gli è stata mossa, ribadita dall'avvocato Antonella Arcoleo, che si è costituita parte civile in rappresentanza di uno dei minori.

Già nell’ottobre 2014, don Roberto aveva informato dei suoi problemi la Curia, il cardinale Paolo Romeo lo aveva subito sostituito, evidentemente cogliendo la gravità della situazione. Ma nessuna segnalazione, nessuna denuncia, è mai partita dal Palazzo Arcivescovile in direzione della procura, che già indagava sul sacerdote dal mese di aprile del 2014, da quando una donna, la mamma dei fratellini di 9 e 11 anni, aveva raccolto il drammatico racconto di uno di loro. Mesi difficili per i poliziotti della sezione minori della squadra mobile, che cercavano riscontri al racconto dei fratellini. Scavando nelle ferite di quella parrocchia, i poliziotti, dopo i due fratellini, hanno scoperto che pure un altro ragazzino aveva subito. Oggi è maggiorenne. La sua deposizione ha aperto un altro scenario drammatico. Don Roberto gli aveva regalato un telefonino per comprare il suo silenzio.

"Una scelta coraggiosa - dice l'avvocato Arcoleo - è stata quella dei genitori che si sono costituiti parte civile. Una scelta di grande forza, per arrivare alla verità".

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:35 PM

Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There’s Nothing Funny About It

LOS ANGELES (CA)
790 KABC

November 16, 2017

By Leeann Tweeden

In December of 2006, I embarked on my ninth USO Tour to entertain our troops, my eighth to the Middle East since the 9/11 attacks. My father served in Vietnam and my then-boyfriend (and now husband, Chris) is a pilot in the Air Force, so bringing a ‘little piece of home’ to service members stationed far away from their families was both my passion and my privilege.

Also on the trip were country music artists Darryl Worley, Mark Wills, Keni Thomas, and some cheerleaders from the Dallas Cowboys. The headliner was comedian and now-senator, Al Franken.

Franken had written some skits for the show and brought props and costumes to go along with them. Like many USO shows before and since, the skits were full of sexual innuendo geared toward a young, male audience.

As a TV host and sports broadcaster, as well as a model familiar to the audience from the covers of FHM, Maxim and Playboy, I was only expecting to emcee and introduce the acts, but Franken said he had written a part for me that he thought would be funny, and I agreed to play along.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:32 PM

Hartford Archdiocese Given Poor Grade For Financial Transparency

HARTFORD (CT)
Hartford Courant

November 16, 2017

By Ken Byron

A watchdog group has rated the Archdiocese of Hartford as one of the worst in the country for how much financial information it posts online in a just-released nationwide study of the Catholic Church.

The study, done by the international watchdog group Voice of the Faithful, said the archdiocese in Hartford did not do things that should be routine, like posting audited financial statements and information on the weekly collections that are a key source of church revenue. The study was done over the summer and covered 177 dioceses and archdioceses throughout the U.S. Voice of the Faithful, which focuses on the Catholic Church, announced the results of its survey on Thursday.

Hartford scored 17 points out of a possible 60 on a 10-question survey. That puts Hartford third from the bottom out of the 32 archdioceses in the survey, above Portland, Ore., and Mobile, Ala. The survey looked at dioceses as well. The Diocese of Bridgeport received a score of 55, and the Diocese of Norwich got a 19, according to an overview of the survey.

Archdiocese officials could not be reached for comment on Thursday. Voice of the Faithful spokesman Nick Ingala said there are easy fixes for a low score.

“It’s pretty simple,” Ingala said. “Most non-profits and corporations make financial statements readily available on their websites. That is what we would like to see archdioceses and dioceses do, and also publish guidelines for parish collections. Most of the church’s money comes from parishioners’ donations and they have a right to know where their money is going.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:29 PM

Why we still don't understand sex abuse

MENDHAM (NJ)
The Record

November 17, 2017

By Mike Kelly

His name was Jim and he was a victim of sexual abuse. I thought of him this week amid the continuing stream of revelations of all manner of sexual harassment and outright attacks by powerful men against younger women.

In most of the recent sexual abuse cases involving women, the revelations of what happened to them have been met with justifiable anger against the perpetrators and welcoming support for the victims. But hovering on the edge of this national discussion is a strangely persistent and creepy criticism: Why did it take the women so long to speak up?

This is why I thought of Jim.

Jim Kelly, who is not related to me, lived in Mendham and worked for a telecommunications firm. Before dawn, on a Sunday in October 2003, he left his home and drove to the railroad station in nearby Morristown. As a Hoboken-bound train rolled into the station around 5:15 a.m., Jim sat down on the tracks. He died instantly as the train rolled over him. He was 37.

Why Jim Kelly took his own life was hardly a mystery to those who knew him well. His family and friends said the answer was obvious. As a boy, Jim had been regularly abused by the Catholic pastor of his hometown parish, St. Joseph’s Church in Mendham. Jim never got over the enduring emotional pain that ultimately handcuffed his life.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:26 PM

Assignment History– Rev. Ronald Sam Gilardi, O.F.M. Cap.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Ronald Sam Gilardi was ordained for the Capuchin Franciscans in 1988. He taught at St. Thomas More Prep - Marian High School in Hays, Kansas until 1996, which shared an address with the Capuchins' St. Bonaventure Friary. He resided there until 1995. In 1996 Gilardi was moved to Victoria, Kansas, where he was involved with the Capuchin Center for Spiritual Life and, from 1997-2000, he was the sole priest at St. Catharine's in Catharine, Kansas.

In June 2000 Gilardi was arrested after a report was filed that he had sexually abused a 14-year-old male St. Thomas More Prep - Marian High student in 1993-1994. The boy was a boarder from Texas. Charges included criminal sodomy and indecent liberties with a child. His victim said Gilardi plied him with tobacco, alcohol and pornography. Gilardi pleaded guilty to the indecent liberties charge; he was ordered to spend 32 months in a treatment facility, followed by five years' probation. His order sent him to the Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer, Missouri.

As of November 2017 Gilardi appears to have been registered as a Missouri Sex Offender. His last known address is that of the RECON/Wounded Brothers Project in Robertsville, Missouri.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:42 PM

Dark Canyon: Examining NM’s problem with pedophile priests [with audio]

SANTA FE (NM)
KSFR

November 15, 2017

By Dave Marash

The role of a priest, in the Catholic Church and other religions is that of a mediator, a connector, a communicator of that state of grace known as the Holy Spirit that puts man in touch with God. He is a kind of religious middle man, if you will, between the laity, the ordinary believers of a Churchly congregation and God.

Thus, when a priest abuses members of his congregation, he is committing, simultaneously, 2 betrayals…first, of his sacred relationship to God and his Church, — a breach of faith, and second, of his human relationship to the person he has abused – a breach of trust.

Both of these betrayals seem especially heinous when the victim of abuse is a child.

Compounding these offenses against God and humanity is when a priest’s abuses are covered up by his superiors in the hierarchy of the Church.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:32 PM

Former pastor at Canby church accused of sexually abusing minor

CANBY (OR)
KATU 2

November 16th 2017

CANBY, Ore. – The former pastor at a Canby church is accused of sexually abusing an underage girl, court records show.

Lee Philip Wiegand was a pastor at First Baptist Church, however authorities say the abuse was not related to his time at the church.

A secret indictment filed earlier this month charges Wiegand of nine counts of second-degree sexual abuse. Wiegand was arrested and has since been released after posting bail.

The indictment claims that he abused a minor between October 2011 and October 2012.

Wiegand is expected to appear back in court next month for a case hearing.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:24 PM

Daughter of polygamist Warren Jeffs speaks out on her father's abuse [with audio]

CANADA
CBC Radio- The Current

November 16, 2017

By Anna Maria Tremonti
Produced by Julian Uzielli

Warning: Some of the content may be disturbing

Story transcript

Rachel Jeffs was her father's third child. He would go on to have 50 more.

Her father, Warren Jeffs, is the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as FLDS — a man believed by his followers to be a prophet.

"We were taught that the world was different than us," Rachel Jeffs told The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti.

The highly insular sect is a polygamist offshoot of the mainstream Mormon church. Outsiders aren't welcome in FLDS communities, where women wear pioneer-style dresses and men commonly take at least three wives.

'It was just going totally against what he had taught me.' - Rachel Jeffs

Obedience to her parents was paramount, followed by prayer and modest dress, according to Jeffs.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:12 PM

Catholic League: 'Al Franken Should Resign Immediately'

RESTON (VA)
CNS News

November 16, 2017

By Michael W. Chapman

(CNSNews.com) -- Commenting on breaking news and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) admitting that he groped a woman who was sleeping and took a picture of his actions, Cathoic League President Bill Donohue said "Franken is an admitted molester" and he "should resign immediately."

"Senator Al Franken should resign immediately," said Donohue, adding, "There is no place in public office for sexual abusers."

"If Franken were an accused priest, he would be forced to step aside, pending an investigation," said Donohue. "Given that he is an admitted molester, he should resign."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:10 PM

Shattered Faith: A dangerous shuffle game

ALBUQUERQUE (NM)
KOB 4

November 17, 2017

By Chris Ramirez

Fighting for truth and transparency

By now, we know a lot about the priest abuse scandal that swept across the country. There are already countless news stories, big-budget motion pictures and thousands of legal settlements. So the question is, why keep fighting the Catholic Church for more information? Why does it still matter today?

In a three-part series we are calling Shattered Faith, we lay out why all this still matters. There are former priests walking the streets of New Mexico today who are responsible for victimizing dozens upon dozens of children. They have never been criminally charged and they have never faced prison time. In the time span of a few decades, clergymen preyed on more than a hundred children. Now as adults, their mental health has suffered. In fact, many mental health professionals believe the sheer number of adults dealing with childhood sexual trauma has put New Mexico into a mental health crisis.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:06 PM

THE HERALD'S OPINION: Child abuse 'greatest of personal violations'.

AUSTRALIA
The Newcastle Herald

November 17, 2017

After 57 public hearings across 444 sitting days, hearing from more than 1300 witnesses, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is a month away from drawing to a close.

The commission will sit for a final day on Thursday, December 14, a session its chief executive, Philip Reed, describes as a chance to thank the public for its continued support since the inquiry began in 2013. The commission will deliver its final report to the Governor-General the following day.

For the many thousands of Australians whose lives have been shattered by child abuse, the royal commission has been a welcome salve on wounds that have festered for years, and may never heal.

As the hearings continued, the chair of the commission, Peter McClellan, began to emerge as a figure of compassion and authority. Compassion when it came to victims gathering the courage to tell their stories. Authority when it came to those in the witness box having to explain their failings, or those of their organisations.

In a speech he gave in Melbourne on Tuesday, Justice McClellan described child abuse as “the greatest of personal violations”. The commission was contacted by 15,000 survivors or their families and received complaints about 4000 institutions. Clearly, the Australian experience was not one of “a few rotten apples”.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:01 PM

Catholic Church in $1bn plot to sell off Sydney’s cemeteries

SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA)
The Australian

November 15, 2017

By Brad Norington

All cemeteries across metropolitan Sydney could be up for sale, with a $1 billion privatisation proposal being considered by the NSW government that involves handing control to the Catholic Church.

Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher has been an active supporter of the proposal advocated by an investment advisory firm, Fabrico, which claims “a commercial way of thinking” is needed to tackle a burial-space shortage on crown land in greater Sydney.

Under the sell-off plan, Sydney’s four cemetery trusts currently owned by the NSW government and operating on crown land would be consolidated into a new company and leased for 99 years to Fabrico.

Fabrico would then seek to sublease management of the combined cemeteries covering all religious faiths to the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, which currently manages Australia’s largest cemetery at Rookwood in Sydney’s west, and is controlled by Sydney’s Catholic Archdiocese.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:56 AM

Sins of omission – should Catholic confession always be confidential?

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

November 15, 2017

By Aida Edemariam

Australian law may soon require priests to break the confidentiality of the confessional and report anything they hear about sexual abuse. Would it simply bring the practice into line with therapy or does it pose a mortal threat to a cherished sacrament?

There’s a story that is sometimes told, in refresher courses for priests who regularly take confession, that goes like this: when a well-known local criminal died, he was given a full Catholic funeral. The faithful were outraged – not only was he a sinner, he was a well-documented, public sinner. Don’t worry, said his son (who happened to be a Catholic priest), I heard his confession on his deathbed. At once, the son was hauled in by his bishop and ticked off – not for taking his father’s confession, but for talking about it. Everyone knew he meant well, said the bishop, but the seal of confession was sacrosanct: under no circumstances could it be revealed who had given confession to whom, and what it was about. If he had done the latter, he might even have been excommunicated.

In August, a commission investigating child abuse in the Catholic church of Australia recommended that any failure to report suspicions of child sex abuse to the authorities should result in criminal charges – even if the discovery was made within the seal of the confessional. “We are satisfied,” the commissioners wrote, “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.” The archbishop of Melbourne’s reply was unequivocal: the seal could not be broken, and if that meant going to jail, well, so be it. In the US, in 2009, Rebecca Mayeux sued the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and one of its priests for not doing anything about her confession, when she was a teenager, that she was being abused by a parishioner. The case is due to be heard in the first circuit court of appeal, but was dealt a blow in September when the Louisiana supreme court upheld the confidentiality of confession.

Confession occupies a curious place in the culture, especially from the point of view of non-Catholics: shadowy boxes and gabbled catechisms, Hail Marys and rosaries. It is often treated ironically – or, if not, as the life-or-death moral choice of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 film I Confess, in which a priest to whom a murderer has confessed ends up accused of the deed himself.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:50 AM

Irish priests advised on how to deal with being accused of sexual abuse

IRELAND
Irish Central

November 17, 2017

By Nick Bramhill

An organization which represents over 1,000 Catholic priests across Ireland, has given each member a memo of instructions to follow in the event of an allegation of sexual abuse being brought against them.

The set of guidelines were unveiled by the Association of Catholic Priests at their recent annual meeting, following growing concern within the group that some members who have been falsely accused in the past have not received the backing from their religious superiors.

The organization, which drew up the seven-step information card following earlier meetings with the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCC), also spoke of its concern over what it sees as the “guilty until proven innocent” culture that has left many innocent priests traumatized.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:48 AM

Defrocked Priest Pleads Not Guilty to 31 Sex Abuse Charges

KENNEBUNKPORT (ME)
NECN

November 16, 2017

By Danielle Waugh

A former Massachusetts priest who spent a decade in prison for raping an altar boy has pleaded not guilty to 31 sex abuse charges in Maine.

Two men have accused Ronald Paquin of sexually abusing them at a trailer in Kennebunkport, Maine in the late 1980s. Both accusers were children at the time of the abuse.

Keith Townsend of Seabrook, New Hampshire, has identified himself as one of the accusers.

"I didn't know if people would believe a story as old as this, but all I could think of is, ‘how many more victims are going through what I'm going through?’" he said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:46 AM

Long Island abuse victims face Dec. 21 deadline for compensation

UNIONDALE (NY)
National Catholic Reporter

November 16, 2017

By Peter Feuerherd

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Recounting the trail of sex abuse crimes that ended with Fr. Romano Ferraro in a Massachusetts prison serving a life sentence, representatives from the Minnesota-based Jeff Anderson & Associates law firm came to Long Island, New York, with a warning for victims delivered at a Nov. 15 press conference at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale.

Those abused by Romano, they said, need to put in a claim for compensation by Dec. 21 to the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, which ordained Romano in 1968.

Court documents show that Ferraro served not only in the Brooklyn Diocese but also in the Rockville Centre Diocese on Long Island. Records released at the press conference indicate that Ferraro also worked as a priest in New Jersey and Missouri, as well as in Florida and the Philippines, two places where he served as a naval chaplain.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:44 AM

Is Judge Moore an Abuser?

UNITED STATES
Times of Israel

November 15, 2017

By Michael J. Salamon

Dear Judge Moore,

I think you should avoid public life now. Some of your colleagues have suggested that you step aside. You would do well to heed them. I am not suggesting that you are guilty. I will leave that up to the members of your political party, your legal colleagues, and your religious community. However, there are certain things about your behaviors that I would like to highlight.
Do not bother suing the Washington Post. It will only cost a lot of wasted money. It is not in your best interest. If you go after the media, they will dig up even more dirt on you.

Pretending not to recall the names of malls and restaurants in your community where you hung out and sought out teenaged victims is also not advisable. You see, there are patterns that predators follow and you seem to fit some of them.

Abusers often have a script that they choose to perform from. They groom victims, select people they are familiar with either personally or by virtue of their lifestyle and personality and try to establish a good name for themselves in the community — it acts as a buffer against accusations. It’s almost like lying or massaging the truth as certain politicians are highly adapt at. But, you’re right, patterns are not so simple and many predators manage to get away with their heinous acts because of their overpowering images, rhetoric and bluster. In fact, when asked why they abused many sexual abusers simply say, “Because I could.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:42 AM

Man accused of historical sex offences

AUSTRALIA
Australian Associated Press

November 16th, 2017

By Jodie Stephens

A former employee at Parramatta Girls' Training School has been committed to trial over alleged historical sexual assaults against schoolgirls.

Frank John Valentine was last year charged with more than 30 offences from the 1970s including rape, assaulting a female and committing an act of indecency, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Court documents show the 77-year-old was further charged about six months ago with another five historical offences against a male.

At Parramatta Local Court on Thursday, Magistrate Jennifer Giles committed Valentine to trial after he waived his right to a committal hearing.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in the NSW District Court on December 7.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:39 AM

November 16, 2017

OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR: Roy Moore Reminds Me of My Rabbi

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

November 15, 2017

By Bethany Mandel

In 2014, on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Rabbi Barry Freundel led the congregation of his Washington synagogue in pursuit of humble repentance before God. Ten days later, he was arrested and charged with dozens of counts of voyeurism. Ultimately, the rabbi was accused of having surreptitiously videotaped more than 150 women on hidden cameras in the bathroom of the mikvah, the ritual bath.

I was one of them.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:56 PM

What the Weinstein Effect Can Teach Us About Campus Sexual Assault

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

November 15, 2017

By Vanessa Grigoriadis

The outpouring of emotion over stories of sexual harassment in the workplace has been shocking and inspiring. After Harvey Weinstein’s sins were reported by The New York Times and The New Yorker, women (and men) in entertainment and a host of other industries have come forward with sickening tales of their own. The calls for greater accountability — meaning sustainable change beyond companies firing a handful of terrible, famous men — seem genuine.

This moment of clarifying anger is particularly impressive given the recent lack of respect paid to another type of victim, one who dominated the news directly before Mr. Weinstein’s fall from grace: the college sexual assault victim. Even as debate about sexual harassment at institutions as disparate as Fox News and Artforum rages on, we have entered a period of backlash regarding student-on-student sexual assault on campus.

About six years ago, colleges began offering better support and justice for victims, pushed in part by a grass-roots movement among students themselves. But in September, pundits across the political spectrum approved when the Education Department rolled back some Obama-era rules that had broadened protections for college sexual assault victims, ostensibly because they robbed accused students of their right to due process in campus courts. Obama’s rules were already pro forma at some colleges before his 2011 federal guidance, so I believe the backlash isn’t truly about government policy, but discomfort about the change in how students approach the problem of sexual assault today.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:51 PM

Kettler: 2 more men added to list of abusive clergy in Diocese of St. Cloud

Saint Cloud (MN)
SC Times

November 14, 2017

Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of St. Cloud announced Tuesday that two names have been added to the list of clergy likely to have abused minors. Both men are deceased.

In a press release issued by the Diocese, Casimir Plakut and Augustine John Strub were named as religious order priests added by St. John's Abbey in Collegeville to its list of men "likely to have offended minors."

Plakut was ordained in 1938 and died in 1988. Strub was ordained in 1947 and died in 2015.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:17 PM

Schwank: End silence about sexual misconduct

HARRISBURG (PA)
Reading Eagle

November 16, 2017

By Beth Brelje

HARRISBURG - State Sen. Judy Schwank has offered legislation that she says will make it harder to keep sexual misconduct a secret in Pennsylvania.

The measure would make it illegal to silence victims with nondisclosure agreements to settle cases of sexual misconduct.

“For too long, sexual predators have hidden behind legal practices like nondisclosure agreements or settlements in which a victim agrees to not sue or discuss terms of a deal in exchange for a monetary settlement,” said Schwank, a Ruscombmanor Township Democrat. “If the agreement is violated, the other party can sue and seek damages from the victim.”

Her legislation would end this practice.

“Sexual predators should not be allowed to hide their secrets in the shadows of nondisclosure agreements, escaping justice because of their power, wealth or prestige,” Schwank said Wednesday during a news conference about the legislation at the state Capitol.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:05 PM

Ex-priest loses appeal over sexual assaults

DETROIT (MI)
The Associated Press

November 15, 2017

A former priest who says prosecutors waited too long to charge him with sexual abuse has lost his case at the Michigan appeals court.

James Rapp was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for molesting students at Lumen Christi High School in Jackson in the 1980s. He was in prison in Oklahoma for similar crimes when he was charged in Michigan in 2015.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:44 PM

Accuser says Father Antonio Cruz molested him while visiting his parents

GUAM
Pacific News Center

November 15, 2017

By Janela Carrera

At the time of the alleged abuse, Father Antonio Cruz was a priest at the Chalan Pago Parish.

Guam – Another sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed in federal court, naming the late Father Antonio Cruz as the alleged perpetrator.

The alleged victim, L.J.G., who is now 58 years old, says Cruz sexually abused him at his house on several occasions when he was 15 years old.

Cruz was a friend of the family, according to the complaint, giving him access to the minor at the time.

This is 147th lawsuit to be filed agains the Archdiocese of Agana.

L.J.G. is seeking $5 million in damages.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:43 PM

Man accused of sexually assaulting children at Salvation Army church pleads guilty

CHARLESTON (SC)
ABC News 4

November 16th 2017

UPDATE | Armando Gonzalez pleaded guilty to 2 charges: lewd act w/ minor; criminal sexual conduct w/ minor 3rd degree.

-- This story is being updated --

Attorneys say a former Lowcountry Sunday school teacher is expected in court today. We’re told Armando Gonzalez will plead guilty to sexually abusing children.

The hearing was scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Police say Gonzalez sexually abused children in 2010 and 2015. They say he and his wife were involved with a Salvation Army child care center in West Ashley.

Attorneys for the victims argue Salvation Army employees didn’t perform a proper background check on Gonzalez. They say employees should have discovered a history of abuse and never let him in the door.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:19 PM

The Roy Moore controversy is a thorny issue for Alabama Baptists

HUNTSVILLE (AL)
Los Angeles Times

November 15, 2017

By Jenny Jarvie

When Kenneth Frost, a Baptist deacon, first heard that a woman had accused Roy Moore of sexual abuse, he was skeptical. Not only did the allegation stem from nearly 40 years ago, but Moore — a figure he admires and believes to be a man of God — denied the woman’s claims.

The 79-year-old Republican vowed to support Moore, whether or not he was guilty.

“I believe in innocent until proven guilty, but even if he’s guilty, I’ll back him all the way,” said Frost, a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Ranburne, a town of about 400 in eastern Alabama. “I still feel he’s a Christian man — and nobody’s perfect.”

The thorny issue of Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate who faces accusations of sexual assault weeks before voters go to the polls, was not on the agenda as hundreds of church leaders gathered at the Whitesburg Baptist Church here this week for the annual meeting of the Alabama Baptist State Convention.

Yet up and down corridors and inside meeting rooms, pastors and deacons grappled with what to make of the allegations from women who say Moore, 70, a Baptist and former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, sexually assaulted or attempted a relationship with them when they were teenagers.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:14 PM

Ex-members of church urge overturning of court agreement

SPINDALE (NC)
The Associated Press

November 16, 2017

By Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr

SPINDALE – Former members of a controversial Western North Carolina-based church want the state to take legal action to overturn a court-ordered compromise they say has crippled child abuse investigations involving the sect.

The former congregants of Word of Faith Fellowship also want Rutherford County child protection agency director John Carroll to resign, saying he pushed for the 2005 settlement and has failed to protect children from abusive practices inside the church.

The ex-members said they are sending letters urging action to North Carolina’s governor, attorney general and state and county child welfare officials.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:09 PM

Lawyers urge clergy abuse victims to come forward before deadline

LONG ISLAND (NY)
News 12 Long Island

November 15, 2017

KINGS PARK - Lawyers are asking anybody who may have been sexually abused by a Long Island priest to come forward.

Former Catholic priest Romano Ferraro is now a convicted serial pedophile.

"It is hard to hear this and know what he has done," says Marianne Helldorfer, a parishioner of St Joseph's Church in Kings Park, where Ferraro once served.

Attorneys who represent Ferraro's victims want to get the word out to others who may have been abused. That's because a monetary compensation program offered by the Brooklyn Diocese, where Ferraro was ordained, has a Dec. 21 deadline.

"It is vital that survivors here on Long Island, if they were abused by Father Ferraro...comply with the Diocese of Brooklyn guidelines," says attorney Michael Reck.

Ferraro served at St. Joseph's between 1975 and 1977. Two alleged victims have come forward, but attorneys believe there may be more.

"We believe there are many children that were abused and are suffering in silence," Reck says. "They are not alone and they do have rights."

Those fighting for the victims say that monetary compensation falls short. They say they want the church to admit there was a decadeslong cover-up to protect pedophile priests and want the names of the accused priests to be publicly released.

"The bottom line is secrets are kept," says Patrick Wall, a sex abuse victims advocate. "Secrets are kept in the archives of every diocese across the country."

Church officials released a statement saying in part, "We recognize that no amount of monetary compensation could ever erase or undo the grave harm suffered by survivors of child abuse."

Both the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Brooklyn are offering the compensation program.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:03 PM

Lawyers seek settlement in abuse suits against Guam archbishop

GUAM
USA Today Network

November 15, 2017

By Jerick Sablan

HAGÅTÑA, Guam — A settlement could be reached soon in four sexual abuse cases filed last year against Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron in Guam district court.

During a hearing Wednesday on a motion to dismiss the lawsuits, Apuron’s attorney, Jacqueline Terlaje, and attorneys representing the accusers asked Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood to delay her decision until Dec. 31 to give them time to work on a possible settlement.

Former altar boys Walter Denton, Roy Quintanilla, Roland Sandia and the family of deceased former altar boy Joseph “Sonny” Quinata sued Apuron last fall, accusing him of molesting and/or raping the boys in the late 1970s, when he was a parish priest. All came forward in summer 2016 to make public accusations against Apuron, who has denied the allegations. (Sondia is an employee of the Pacific Daily News.)

Apuron was removed from the island in June 2016 to undergo a Vatican trial in connection with the accusations, but details of the trial or its outcome remain unknown.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:01 PM

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

AYRSHIRE (SCOTLAND)
Ayrshire Post via Daily Record

November 16, 2017

Francis Moore, 82, of Largs, is charged with crimes against three boys between 1977 and 1981 in locations in South and North Ayrshire.

The trial of a retired priest accused of historical sex abuse will now take place next year.

Francis Moore, 82, of Largs, is charged with crimes against three boys between 1977 and 1981.

He also allegedly indecently assaulted a student priest between 1995 and 1996.

Moore had been due to stand trial next month.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:57 PM

OP-ED: Why do sex-abuse victims remain silent for decades? Look at firestorm greeting Moore accusers

LEXINGTON (KY)
Lexington Herald Leader

November 15, 2017

By Jane Chiles

I have read, watched and listened to the commentary concerning the allegations that have been swirling around Roy Moore, candidate for the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated when Sen. Jeff Sessions joined the Trump Cabinet as attorney general. I can no longer remain silent. I had been hopeful that we had evolved beyond the “destroy the victim” culture, but it is clear that we have not.

In 2002, a lengthy series of investigative articles were published in the Boston Globe, exposing the U.S. Catholic Church’s long history of sexual abuse of minors by priests. Ultimately, after months of stories validating this evil, the church was forced to confront its demons.

As a lifelong Roman Catholic who had spent the most recent 12 years of my life as the executive director of the Catholic Conference, handling public policy for the Catholic bishops in Kentucky, and raising three sons in the church, I am unable to fully describe how crushingly painful, shocking, disappointing and anger-generating this was for me.

But I was one of the lucky ones. I was able to arrive at a horrific train wreck and roll up my sleeves and do something about this. I was appointed to the first National Review Board in July of 2002, a board created by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:50 PM

NY sex abuse victims to push again for child victims' act

ALBANY (NY)
The Associated Press

November 16, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Advocates for a bill in New York that would loosen the statute of limitations for molestation are hoping the national attention on sexual misconduct gives their cause fresh momentum.

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

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

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:47 PM

Catholic Church might be too broke to compensate sex abuse victims

NEW BRUNSWICK (CANADA)
CBC News

November 16, 2017

By Gabrielle Fahmy

56 lawsuits against Catholic priests currently in front of New Brunswick courts could cost millions

Dozens of new sexual abuse lawsuits involving priests from the Moncton archdiocese are threatening the financial viability of the church.

CBC News found at least 56 lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church in New Brunswick that are still in front of the courts, and this despite an extensive conciliation process that was conducted a few years ago.

Between 2012 and 2014, the church hired retired judge Michel Bastarache to talk to victims confidentially.

The Moncton archdiocese ended up paying $10.6 million to 109 victims, and the diocese of Bathurst $5.5 million to 90 victims.

It's estimated victims received between $15,000 and $300,000, depending on the severity of the abuse, how old they were when it started, and how many years it lasted.

What followed were major cutbacks by the church.

In Moncton, diocesan staff was slashed by half, from 19 before 2013 to fewer than 10 now. Only two staff members were kept on full time.

The diocesan centre in Dieppe, which used to be the home of the archbishop, was sold.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:42 PM

Lawyer says he expects hundreds of new N.B. Catholic abuse lawsuits to emerge

NEW BRUNSWICK (CANADA)
The Globe and Mail

November 15, 2017

By Kevin Bissett

A lawyer representing dozens of alleged Catholic sex abuse victims in New Brunswick says he expects hundreds more complainants may emerge.

Robert Talach said he believes more people will seek compensation through the courts after a 2012 reconciliation process that saw 80 victims compensated, and that the actual number of victims in the province is in the hundreds.

"It's going to be shocking for people," he said Wednesday from his office in London, Ont.

"You are talking dozens of victims for each priest. These guys were left in the field operating and abusing for decades."

Talach said he believes that a CBC News estimate of 56 current lawsuits against the Catholic Church in the province is low, noting that he's handling about 32 involving the late Camille Leger alone.

Leger was a priest in Cap-Pele, N.B., between 1957 and 1980. He died in 1990 and his accusers only came forward after his death.

"I'm not surprised by that," said Talach. "People wait for a juncture in their life where they can deal with it. Sometimes people wait until their elderly, very Catholic parents pass away. There are triggers that are very individual to every person."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:40 PM

November 15, 2017

Are sex abuse claims against clergy beyond statute of limitations?

GUAM
Kuam News

November 15, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Is it too little too late? Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood will have to decide if a 2016 law that lifted the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases covers all expired claims. The issue comes as defense for Archbishop Anthony Apuron motions for dismissal. At stake: the nearly 150 clergy sexual abuse lawsuits filed to date, both in the local and federal courts.

If the legislature intended to lift the civil statute of limitations for all child sexual abuse cases, they didn't do it right.

This according to Attorney Jacque Terlaje's reading of Public Law 33-187, the legislation that enabled the close to 150 clergy sexual abuse lawsuits filed in both the local and federal courts to date.

Terlaje represents Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

Though only four of the lawsuits name Apuron as an abuser, how Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood rules in these cases impacts all the others.

Wednesday's hearing addressed defense's objection to Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan's report and recommendation to deny defense's motion to dismiss.

Terlaje urged the Chief Judge to look at the law's language noting the legislature should've been more specific in their 2016 law if their intent was a 100-percent lift of the statute of limitations.

Terlaje stated "the law in front of the court only corrected the 2011 law."

That law, if you recall, opened a window for victims to file their claims, but provisions in that law kept anyone from filing.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:26 PM

Italian priest draws fire after victim-blaming rape survivor

ROME
CRUX

November 15, 2017

By Claire Giangravè

On Nov. 3, a 17-year-old girl went to the Maggiore Hospital in Bologna, in northern Italy, saying that she had been raped and robbed. The local parish priest, Father Lorenzo Guidotti, was quick to write a post on his private Facebook account saying that he has no pity for the young woman, who, in his view, was responsible for what happened to her.

ROME - While sexual assault allegations against people in positions of power gain momentum in the United States, recent events in Italy have highlighted an ongoing culture of victim-blaming, even at times by Church and government officials.

Italian actress and director Asia Argento, one of the first victims to speak up against award-winning Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, has now described dozens of instances of alleged sexual assault, and reportedly fled to Germany to escape the “climate of tension” and “victim-blaming” in her native country.

This is not the only time when some Italian citizens and media have shown a lack of empathy with victims of sexual assault who condemn their attackers, including a recent case with a parish priest who took to Twitter to criticize a rape victim.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:22 PM

Priest who molested students at Jackson Lumen Christi loses case at Court of Appeals

JACKSON (MI)
Associated Press

November 15, 2017

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) A former priest who says prosecutors waited too long to charge him with sexual abuse has lost his case at the Michigan appeals court.

James Rapp was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for molesting students at Lumen Christi High School in Jackson in the 1980s. He was in prison in Oklahoma for similar crimes when he was charged in Michigan in 2015.

The appeals court says any statute of limitations was suspended when Rapp was locked up in Oklahoma. The 3-0 opinion was released Wednesday.

The 77-year-old Rapp pleaded no contest to criminal sexual conduct. Authorities say he coerced students into having sexual contact while working as a teacher and wrestling coach.

Rapp worked in six states before he was defrocked as a priest.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:20 PM

Ex-priest implicated in lawsuits dies

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

November 15, 2017

By Mindy Aguon and John O'Connor

A former priest of the Archdiocese of Agana, defrocked and implicated in several sex abuse lawsuits, died on Tuesday.

Raymond F. Cepeda had been ill for many years, according to family members. He was 66 years old.

His death was mentioned in court by attorney Jacqueline Taitano-Terlaje during a hearing for sex abuse cases involving her client, suspended Archbishop Anthony Apuron, yesterday at the District Court of Guam.

Cepeda previously served as a priest at the San Vicente-San Roke Church in Barrigada and the Santa Barbara Church in Dededo.

He was laicized in 2009 for “serious allegations of abuse.”

Cepeda has been named in more than 10 cases of child sexual abuse from the 1980s and '90s.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:18 PM

Priest convicted of sexual abuse granted early parole

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WHAS 11

November 15, 2017

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- A priest serving a 15-year-prison sentence for sexually abusing a teenage boy is getting out early.

James Schook has been granted early parole.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:15 PM

Anglican commission begins work to develop global safeguarding procedures

LONDON (ENGLAND)
Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS)

November 15, 2017

An international commission established to make the Churches of the Anglican Communion safe places for children, young people and vulnerable adults has begun its work. The Anglican Communion’s Safe Church Commission was established by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) at its meeting last year in Lusaka; in one of four resolutions on safeguarding.

The establishment of the commission was recommended by the Anglican Communion Safe Church Network – a global group of clergy and laity which “emerged out of a concern that a number of Anglican Provinces have seen highly publicised lapses in behaviour by some clergy and church workers with tragic consequences for those who have been abused.” The network, which was recognised by the ACC at its 2012 meeting in Auckland, “is a growing international group of people committed to the physical, emotional and spiritual welfare and safety of all people involved in churches throughout the Anglican Communion.”

While the network has an on-going brief to educate people about abuse and misconduct in churches, and to equip and support people working to make their churches safe, the commission has been given a specific time-sensitive task.

It will identify safeguarding policies and procedures currently in place within the Churches of the Communion; and develop new international guidelines in time for consideration by the Anglican Consultative Council at its next meeting in 2019. In its 2016 resolution establishing the commission, the ACC envisages that the guidelines will be implemented “as far as practicable” by each of the Communion’s provinces.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:11 PM

Cult leader's daughter opens up about child sexual abuse

UNITED STATES
CTV News

November 15, 2017

By Jeff Lagerquist

Warning: This story may contain details that some readers may find disturbing

Rachel Jeffs finds it hard to watch family videos of the life she left behind inside the
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) compound in Utah.

The reclusive breakaway polygamist sect of the Mormon Church from which she escaped in 2015 is totally isolated from the outside world, hidden behind six-foot concrete walls. Women are often married to men twice their age while still in their teens. Most husbands take several wives.
Jeffs’ trauma started much earlier. Her abuser was her father Warren, the church’s self-proclaimed prophet and leader, now serving a life sentence plus 20 years for child sexual abuse. He’s run the cult from his cell since 2011.

Jeffs is one of 53 children born to her father’s 78 wives.

In her vivid new memoir, Breaking Free, Jeffs details her years of sexual abuse at the hands of her cult-leader father and explains how she found the strength to escape with her five children to start a new, happier life.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:07 PM

Accused priest Cepeda dies at 66

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

November 15, 2017

By Jerick Sablan

Former Guam priest Raymond Cepeda, who is accused in 11 different lawsuits of sexually abusing children on island, died Tuesday, according to information provided at a hearing Wednesday morning in federal court.

Attorney Jacqueline Terlaje, who represents Archbishop Anthony Apuron in separate clergy abuse lawsuits, informed the court about Cepeda’s death during a hearing on the Apuron cases. She did not provide details about how or where Cepeda died.

Cepeda was 66, according to voter records.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:04 PM

Defrocked priest accused of sexual abuse dies

GUAM
Pacific News Center

November 15, 2017

By Janela Carrera

Guam – One of the defendants in the child sex abuse scandal has died. He is defrocked priest Raymond Cepeda.

Cepeda was previously a priest at Santa Barbara Catholic Church in Dededo. In 2009 he was laicized or defrocked amid allegations of sexual abuse.

Cepeda has also been named in a number of sex abuse lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese of Agana. As one of the few defendants living on Guam and still alive at the time the lawsuits were filed against him, Cepeda was served with court documents and was ordered to file an answer to the charges. Before he could do that, the cases were stayed pending mediation.

In the District Court of Guam, Cepeda was named a defendant in 10 sexual abuse lawsuits.

The archdiocese has released a statement saying Cepeda died Tuesday and that he had been ill for many years, adding “the archdiocese extends prayers and condolences to Cepeda’s family and friends.”

Cepeda was 66 years old.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:02 PM

The ‘gangster’ superior, the Irish priest and the wealthy widow

IRELAND
The Irish Times

November 11, 2017

By Colm Keena

Paradise Papers reveal an Irish priest’s key role in the finances of a rich Catholic order whose founder was a sex abuser

An Irish priest played a key role in offshore structures holding substantial assets belonging to the wealthy but secretive Catholic order the Legionaries of Christ, the Paradise Papers have revealed.

The Paradise Papers are 13.4 million leaked legal and other files showing tax avoidance and other financial activity across numerous businesses from 1950 to 2016. They have been published over the past week as part of a global investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Fr Anthony Bannon (70), a former Irish superior of the organisation, appears in the leaked files from the Appleby law firm alongside the Mexican founder of the order, the late Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, as well as on the corporate registry in Panama.

Maciel, a long-time friend of Pope John Paul II, has been condemned as a serial sex abuser of seminarians in his cult-like order. He used his order’s money to buy influence in the Vatican, and usually travelled with tens of thousands of dollars in cash on his person.

He also fathered children by two women, and used false identities. One former member of the order, Dublin priest Fr Peter Byrne, tells The Irish Times that in his view Maciel was a “sociopath” and a “gangster”.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:57 PM

Founder of Florida's Biggest Megachurch Accused of Molesting a 4-Year-Old

CORAL SPRINGS (FL)
Miami New Times

November 14, 2017

By Tim Elfrink

The call came from California. A woman told Coral Springs Police she had recently learned something terrible: A South Florida man had molested her daughter for years. It began when the girl was just 4 years old.

An officer noted the information and called the victim, who was then a teenager. She confirmed the story in stomach-churning detail.

The man had forced her to perform oral sex, she said. He would regularly "finger and fondle her" genitals, make her touch his penis, and "dirty talk" to her. The abuse lasted until she was a teenager, she told the cop. She'd never even told her family about the crimes.

By the end of that harrowing call on August 20, 2015, police knew the accused predator was no ordinary suspect. His name was Bob Coy, and until the previous year, he'd been the most famous Evangelical pastor in Florida.

Over two decades, Coy had built a small storefront church into Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, a 25,000-member powerhouse that packed Dolphin Stadium for Easter services while Coy hosted everyone from George W. Bush to Benjamin Netanyahu. With a sitcom dad's wholesome looks, a standup comedian's snappy timing, and an unlikely redemption tale of ditching a career managing Vegas strip clubs to find Jesus, Coy had become a Christian TV and radio superstar.

But then, in April 2014, he resigned in disgrace after admitting to multiple affairs and a pornography addiction. Coy shocked his flock and made national headlines by walking away from his ministry, selling his house, and divorcing his wife.

The sexual assault claims, which have never before been divulged, raise new questions about the pastor, his church, and the police who handled the case. Documents show that Coral Springs cops sat on the accusations for months before dropping the inquiry without even interviewing Coy. His attorneys, meanwhile, persuaded a judge with deep Republican ties to seal the ex-pastor's divorce file to protect Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale from scrutiny.

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Man says priest, who was family friend, abused him at home

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

November 15, 2017

By Steve Limtiaco

A 58-year-old man has accused former Guam priest Antonio Cruz, who died more than 30 years ago, of sexually abusing him in 1974, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court of Guam.

The lawsuit, filed by a man identified only by the initials “L.J.G.” states Cruz was close friends with the man’s parents and visited the family weekly.

It is the 143rd lawsuit filed in federal or local court, accusing a clergy member or other person associated with the Catholic Church on Guam of sexual abuse.

It is the 10th lawsuit accusing Cruz of sexual abuse. If the allegations are true, Cruz abused boys on Guam for about 20 years, from 1957 to 1977. Cruz died in 1986.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:41 PM

How to Care for Abuse Survivors in Your Congregation

CAROL STREAM (IL)
Christianity Today

November 15, 2017

By Krispin Mayfield

Practical ways to care for the wounded.

Alex left home 10 years ago when he was 18 and hasn’t been to church since. When a friend at work mentioned going to church, Alex felt nagging guilt. Alex hoped that by attending church with his friend he might feel better about himself.

As a young boy, Alex was sexually abused by his uncle. When Alex told his parents about the abuse, they instructed him to “be a good Christian” and forgive his uncle. It’s been years since Alex has seen his uncle, but the shame left by the abuse remains and has made him feel disconnected.

Alex remembers his former pastor’s attempts at transparency during sermons. The pastor spoke about arguments with his wife on the way to church and failure to rest on Sabbath days. “If those are the darkest aspects of your life,” Alex thought, “you could never understand my experiences.”

While sitting in the church service with his coworker, Alex felt worse about himself. Everyone else seemed put together and healthy. “I’m broken and out of place,” Alex thought.

Alex’s experience is one of many stories about the aftermath of abuse and how attending church can be difficult for those who, like Alex, have endured trauma. No single statistic captures the ubiquity of abuse. The National Center for PTSD estimates that 7 to 8 percent of the general population will have Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point. However, there are many people who do not neatly fit a PTSD diagnosis but have experienced what psychologists call “attachment trauma” and other forms of abuse or neglect. The National Center for Victims of Crime shares that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of sexual abuse. The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports “Nearly 3 in 10 women (29%) and 1 in 10 men (10%) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by a partner and report a related impact on their functioning.” The statistics do not consider rates of spiritual abuse, sexual harassment, verbal abuse, or other forms of maltreatment.

Given those statistics, how in the everyday aspects of church life can we care for survivors of trauma? How can church leaders convey welcome and belonging to survivors of abuse who show up to a Sunday service? There are a number of ways those things can be accomplished within the church.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:34 PM

Clergy abuse: Conflicting views on LI diocese’s compensation plan

LONG ISLAND (NY)
Newsday

November 14, 2017

By Bart Jones

Three men who say priests victimized them as children voice gratitude or skepticism — but want the Catholic Church to make records public.

The three men grew up on Long Island in devout Catholic families. They attended Catholic schools and were befriended by parish priests they say were revered by their parents and often were dinner guests in their homes.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:31 PM

Man sentenced for sex abuse involving 4-year-old girl at church

TOWSON (MD)
WBAL TV 11

November 14, 2017

A man who sexually abused a 4-year-old girl at a church will spend the next 18 years in prison.

Terrence Smalls, 27, had pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor and was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years with all but 18 years suspended. He will be on five years of probation upon his release.

On Nov. 27, 2016, after service at the Church of Nativity in Timonium, a 4-year-old girl told her mother that Smalls, a volunteer in the daycare room of the church, had abused her in a bathroom during the church service.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:15 PM

56 lawsuits against Catholic Church that allege sexual abuse are before N.B. courts

NEW BRUNSWICK (CANADA)
CBC News

November 15, 2017

By Gabrielle Fahmy

Every month, new legal action is taken against the church in Moncton, Bathurst and Edmundston

Almost every month for a year, lawsuits have been filed against the Catholic Church in New Brunswick by alleged victims seeking compensation for sexual abuse by priests.

Many of the priests are dead, but that hasn't stopped the lawsuits in Moncton, Bathurst and Edmundston from piling up.

CBC News has found at least 56 lawsuits are still before the courts, despite an extensive conciliation process a few years ago.

At least 11 priests are targeted in the accusations, and one name appears far more often than others.

"It's very difficult to see all these new allegations coming in," said Moncton Archbishop Valéry Vienneau.

"We are going through a very difficult time. It certainly has not helped our credibility, as priests and as a church."

Thirty-two of the accusations are against one individual — Camille Leger.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:06 PM

Assignment History– Rev. John L. Abrams

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: John L. Abrams was ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1951. He was an assistant priest at several consecutive parishes before being placed in charge in 1971 of St. Gregory's in Crown Heights for eight years, followed by three years as pastor of Sacred Heart in Bayside, Queens. In 1982 he was transferred to St. Patrick's in the Fort Hamilton neighborhood, where he assisted until 1988. During 1988-1989 Abrams was 'in residence' at St. Francis de Chantal. According to the Official Catholic Directory, he was 'Absent on Sick Leave' 1989-1997, after which he was 'Retired.'

At some point after the US Bishops' Conference in 2002, several men came forward to the diocese with allegations that Abrams had sexually abused them when they were boys during the late 1970s-early 1980s, while Abrams was pastor of Sacred Heart. The diocesan review board determined in 2007 that the allegations were credible. Abrams was barred from public ministry, and the matter was to be referred to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:03 PM

November 14, 2017

For Native Americans Facing Sexual Assault, Justice Feels Out Of Reach [with audio]

ETHETE (WY)
National Public Radio (NPR)

November 14, 2017

By Melodie Edwards

One morning earlier this year, Northern Arapaho member Rose was sitting at the table with her 14-year-old daughter, Latoya.

"I told her to move her hair because she had her hair like this," said Rose, showing how Latoya pulled her hair over to hide her neck and cheek. "Because I noticed something ... she had marks, hickeys, just completely covering her, even almost on her face."

That's when Latoya told her mother that she had been forcibly kissed by a woman from another reservation who was six years older. (NPR is using only their middle names because they fear retaliation.)

"At that moment, I saw me in her," Rose said. She took a deep breath and this time there were tears in her voice. "And there was just nothing I could do for her except let her know, it's not your fault; it's OK; I'll protect you."

Rose wanted more than anything to protect her daughter because when she herself was 6, she too was molested by an older girl. Studies show that 1 in 3 Native American women is sexually assaulted in her life. But Rose wanted to stop that cycle of abuse.

According to a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 36 percent of Native Americans living in majority-Native areas say they avoid calling the police because of a fear of discrimination. And nearly half say they or a family member feels he or she has been treated unfairly by the courts. But thanks to a recent law, a small number of tribes are creating their own court systems in hopes they will process cases faster and restore trust.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 5:11 PM

Church vows were ‘like putting a manhole over the sewer’

IRELAND
The Irish Times

November 13, 2017

By Patsy McGarry

Former Glenstal abbot says pandemic of child abuse and incest is a ‘religious problem’

Moralising will not help us understand the wave of sexual harassment and child abuse cases that have emerged nationally and internationally, says Mark Patrick Hederman, former abbot of the Benedictine monastery at Glenstal, Co Limerick.

Instead, he believes we must look at the human passions that connect people such as Harvey Weinstein and Tom Humphries.

“We’ve had three philosophers of the 20th century that decided there are only three basic energies that move us all. One is power, the other is sex, and the other is money.”

While this does not capture the full picture, “it’s a good beginning... The world goes round because of sex, said Freud; or money for Marx, and power for Nietzsche,” he says.

“The church had found that out in the Middle Ages and they said: ‘We’ll put three stops on those three things – poverty, chastity, and obedience.’ So they put vows over them. It was like putting a manhole over the sewer. It doesn’t work like that.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 5:08 PM

Sex Abuse Allegation Against Retired Priest — Former Pastor of St. Gertrude

ST. LOUIS (MO)
The Missourian

November 13, 2017

The Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, reported he has received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against retired priest Rev. Dennis B. Zacheis.

The acts are alleged to have occurred while he was an associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish in Mehlville from 1975 to 1979. Father Zacheis denies the allegation.

Father Zacheis, known here locally as Father Dennis, served as pastor at St. Gertrude Parish in Krakow from 1994 to 2003.

Archbishop Carlson, in consultation with the Review Board of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, has decided for the sake of openness and transparency to make this known.

No details of the accusation were given and it’s unclear whether the accuser had involved the police.

Father Zacheis has been retired from ministry without priestly faculties since 2010, due to alleged irregularities in finances for which he was responsible as pastor of St. Anthony’s in Sullivan. He currently resides in a private residence.

In keeping with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, an announcement about this allegation has been made in the archdiocesan newspaper, The St. Louis Review, and in the parishes where Father Zacheis served.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 5:06 PM

'We carry negativity in our bodies': Therapy sessions for priests affected by abuse scandals

IRELAND
The Journal

November 14, 2017

The Association of Catholic Priests is launching therapy sessions for the mental wellbeing of priests.

AN IRISH PRIESTS group is launching therapy sessions for its members whose morale has been affected by sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic Church.

The Association of Catholic Priests will run its first Circle of Healing session in Cork on 28 November, as part of its move to help churchmen affected by the Church’s scandals, including those who have been wrongly accused of sexual abuse.

Father Tim Hazelwood, a spokesperson for the group of 1,000 priests, said the aim of the sessions is to help priests “process” and “explore their feelings around the sexual abuse scandals” and to provide support of those who have had to deal with years of negativity within the Church.

“The last 20 years were hugely traumatic for the lives of priests,” Father Hazelwood told TheJournal.ie.

He said that the lives of priests have changed drastically over the past number of years and the public’s attitude toward priests has shifted, leaving priests fearful “that people will say things to them or get aggressive towards them” if they wear their clerical clothes in public.

“On top of that, there have been so many sexual abuse scandals. There is all that negativity and no forum where priests can talk about it,” Father Hazelwood said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 5:03 PM

Italy church defends ordaining seminarian in gay sex probe

ROME
The Associated Press

November 14, 2017

An Italian diocese is defending its decision to ordain a seminarian accused in a book and an investigative TV report of having engaged in gay sex with a fellow teenager while both studied at the Vatican's youth seminary.

A statement Tuesday from the diocese of Como said church superiors had investigated claims against the seminarian and determined that he was worthy of being ordained a priest. It said church authorities in Rome had given him a "positive" evaluation, which factored into the decision to ordain him.

Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi revealed the case of the unnamed seminarian in his new book "Original Sin." This weekend, investigative TV report "Le Iene" (The Hyenas) interviewed the subject of the seminarian's reported advances. He said the seminarian, who was a year older and had a position of authority over younger students, would come into his dorm at night demanding sex starting when he was 13 and continuing until he was 18.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 5:01 PM

Priest, female devotee arrested for raping student for two years

INDIA
Times of India

November 14, 2017

By Pradeep Gupta

Ulhasnagar: Vithalwadi police on Tuesday arrested a 40-year-old Sharon Fellowship Church priest and a 25-year-old female devotee for allegedly raping a Class X student for two years. Another devotee alerted the victim's mother that there was something amiss with the priest who had tried to touch her inappropriately and was suspected to have sexually assaulted her daughter.

On receiving a text message, the 15-year-old victim's mother took her daughter into confidence and checked the information. "My daughter broke down and revealed the ordeal that she had been facing for two years. She said the priest had threatened her and used to get physical with her after his accomplice, a devotee too, used to blackmail her and take her to his house, where both sexually assaulted my daughter," the victim's mother stated in her complaint.

A team led by senior inspector S J Shirsat and inspector Nandlal Khadkikar carried out a probe and arrested Geet Kumar Somnath Pillai alias Manikuttan alias Shreejit and Rosy (name changed), who served as a priest at the church in Vithalwadi. Police will record the statement of the woman who alerted the victim's mother too.

The minor has been visiting the church for three years along with her family to offer prayers. "She had met Rosy, who introduced her to Pillai, in February 2015. They got close and finally she took her to the accused's house, where the priest and devotee raped and committed unnatural sex with her," said a police officer.

Khadkikar said the team was also probing if the accused had committed similar offences with others. Shirsat said they are were recording statements and collecting evidence in the case.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:59 PM

Priest's child pornography case set for Nov. 27

LAFAYETTE (LA)
Daily Advertiser

November 14, 2017

By Ken Stickney

The Rev. F. David Broussard's trial date on child pornography charges remains set for Nov. 27, according to court officials and the office of the accused man's defense attorney.

Broussard is scheduled to appear before Judge Vincent J. Borne of St. Mary Parish in 16th Judicial District Court in St. Martinville.

The Diocese of Lafayette priest, suspended from his duties after his July 2016 arrest, is accused of possessing more than 500 images of child sex abuse on his personal computer. A diocesan priest for more than two decades, he most recently was assigned to St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge, where he also served as chancellor of the church school.

He remained free on $25,000 bond.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:56 PM

A Nun’s Unsolved Murder: Baltimore Cold Case Gets Hotter

BALTIMORE (MD)
The Crime Report

November 14, 2017

By Tom Nugent

The grisly story of a young Catholic nun’s murder—still unsolved—took a shocking new twist Monday night when a Baltimore television station quoted both witnesses and a police spokesperson in a news telecast which suggested that five additional murders (four of them involving teenagers) were linked to rampant sex abuse by both Catholic priests and local police during an 11-year period that began in 1970.

The story on WJZ-TV—the CBS outlet in Baltimore—marked the first time ever that a mainstream news organization has reported on a current police investigation of apparent connections between six different unsolved murders and Catholic Church/police sexual assaults in Baltimore.

While confirming the fact that Baltimore County cold case detectives are currently looking for connections between the unsolved killings and the sexual abuse, county police spokesperson Corporal Shawn Vinson told WJZ: “We’ll continue to try to look for any leads, any additional evidence that we can find.”

The groundbreaking news program on the six unsolved murders stemmed from recent disclosures unearthed during a local, 22-year-long reporting effort. Those findings were published in Inside Baltimore, an independent online newspaper last August.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:53 PM

Commentary: The larger problem of sexual abuse in evangelical circles

UNITED STATES
Chicago Tribune

November 14, 2017

By Kathryn Brightbill

We need to talk about the segment of American culture that probably doesn't think the allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore are particularly damning, the segment that will blanch at only two accusations in the Washington Post expose: He pursued a 14-year-old-girl without first getting her parents' permission, and he initiated sexual contact outside of marriage. That segment is evangelicalism. In that world, which Moore travels in and I grew up in, 14-year-old girls courting adult men isn't uncommon.

I use the phrase “14-year-old girls courting adult men,” rather than “adult men courting 14-year-old girls,” for a reason: Evangelicals routinely frame these relationships in those terms. That's how I was introduced to these relationships as a home-schooled teenager in the 1990s, and it's the language that my friends and I would use to discuss girls we knew who were in parent-sanctioned relationships with older men.

One popular courtship story that was told and retold in home-school circles during the 1990s was that of Matthew and Maranatha Chapman, who turned their history into a successful career promoting young marriage. Most audiences, however, didn't realize just how young the Chapmans had in mind until the site HomeschoolersAnonymous.org and the blogger Libby Anne revealed that Matthew was 27 and Maranatha was 15 when they married. Libby Anne also drew mainstream attention to Matthew Chapman's writings, in which he argued that parents should consider marriage for their daughters in their “middle-teens.” At that point the Chapmans stopped receiving quite so many speaking invitations.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:47 PM

Former Newcastle Anglican Dean Graeme Lawrence and the fall from grace

NEWCASTLE (AUSTRALIA)
Newcastle Herald

November 15, 2017

By Joanne McCarthy

GRAEME Lawrence was the charismatic 13th Anglican Dean of Newcastle who supported the Hunter through the 1989 earthquake, the 2005 Bali bombing and the 2007 floods, and was honoured for his work by a grateful community.

He declined to comment on Tuesday after police charged him with sexually assaulting a teenage boy, 15, in the early 1990s, following a referral in 2016 from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

It marked another point in a fall from grace for the former Anglican priest that has included the public airing of sexual abuse allegations at a Newcastle Anglican disciplinary hearing in 2010, a failed Supreme Court appeal against its findings in 2011, his defrocking in 2012 and denial of child sex allegations during questioning at a royal commission public hearing in Newcastle in 2016.

Mr Lawrence, 75, was arrested at a Kotara home by Newcastle City Local Area Command Strike Force Arinya police at 8.30am on Tuesday and charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault.

In a statement NSW Police said the charges related to “alleged sexual assaults upon a 15-year-old boy in the Hunter region during 1991”.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on December 7.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:45 PM

House arrest for Collège Notre-Dame pedophile priest

MONTREAL (CANADA)
Montreal Gazette

November 14, 2017

By Paul Cherry

Olivain Leblanc, 75, pleaded guilty to one count of gross indecency and apologized to the victim and his mother.

A priest who taught at Collège Notre-Dame decades ago and admitted on Tuesday to having sexually abused a teenage boy at the school has been sentenced to 15 months of house arrest.

Using a walker and unable to meet the usual Montreal courthouse requirement to stand, Olivain Leblanc, 75, sat while he pleaded guilty to one count of gross indecency.

Prosecutor Amélie Rivard explained that, between 1979 and 1981, the abuse involved oral sex and touching the student in a sexual manner when the victim was a young teenager. She also said the joint recommendation made on the sentence, along with defence lawyer Isabel Schurman, was agreed upon during a long facilitation process where negotiations where held before a different Quebec Court judge outside of a courtroom.

“Nothing can repair (the victim),” Rivard said while summarizing the difficulty the man went through after he was abused. In a story published in the Montreal Gazette in 2010, the victim said he lived a solitary life, wrestling with the psychological after-effects of what he experienced. He said he bounced from dead-end job to dead-end job while his former classmates went on to become engineers, lawyers and doctors.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:41 PM

Lawsuit: Abuse occurred at victim's home

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

November 14, 2017

By Mindy Aguon

A 58-year-old man alleges a priest, who was a family friend, would often visit his home when he was a teen and sexually abuse him.

L.J.G., who used initials to protect his identity, filed a civil complaint in the District Court of Guam yesterday against the Archdiocese of Agana. The case alleges the victim was sexually abused in 1974 by Antonio C. Cruz, who was a priest at Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey church in Chalan Pago.

The lawsuit alleges Cruz was close friends with L.J.G.'s parents and visited the boy's home on a weekly basis.

During those visits, documents state, Cruz sexually molested and abused L.J.G. who was 15 years old at the time.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:40 PM

Former Anglican Dean of Newcastle facing child sexual assault charges

AUSTRALIA
ABC Newcastle

November 14, 2017

By Liz Farquhar and Kerrin Thomas

The former Anglican Dean of Newcastle Graeme Lawrence has been arrested and charged with alleged sexual assaults on a 15-year-old boy.

The alleged offences occurred in the NSW Hunter region in 1991.

In 2016, police in Newcastle received a referral from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and Strike Force Arinya was formed to investigate.

Mr Lawrence was one of a number of current and former Anglican Church officials to give evidence at the royal commission hearing into the Anglican Church in Newcastle last year.

This morning, officers from the strike force arrested the 75-year-old former dean at his home in the Newcastle suburb of Kotara.

Mr Lawrence was taken to Waratah Police Station and charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault.

He has been granted conditional bail to face Newcastle Local Court next month.

He was defrocked in 2012.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:37 PM

Child abuse royal commission chairman criticises police, church in speech ahead of report

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

November 13, 2017

By Danny Tran

Police forces failed in their duty to protect Australian children because they often refused to believe their complaints about sexual abuse, the royal commission's chairman says.

Child protection agencies also failed to listen to children, leaving them in situations of danger, Justice Peter McClellan said in some of his final remarks before the commission's final sitting.

The chairman of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse gave a speech in Melbourne this afternoon, critical of Australia's major social institutions for seriously failing to protect children from paedophiles.

"It is not a case of a few 'rotten apples'," he said.

"The problems have been so widespread, and the nature of the abuse so heinous, that it is difficult to comprehend.

"Across many decades many institutions failed our children. Our child protection, criminal and civil justice systems let them down.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:44 AM

Sexual Abuse Scandal in New York’s Mental Health System Similar to Catholic Church Sex Scandal

ALBANY (NY)
PR PR Health via The Daily Telescope

November 14, 2017

By Brad Bennett

Astronomical numbers of vulnerable victims fall prey to sexual abuse and rape in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s system and almost all reported criminal cases disappear
Governor Cuomo knows about these atrocities, he has protected most of the criminals involved and he has taken no significant actions to stop or prevent any of these sex crimes or criminal cover-ups.” — Michael Carey

ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, November 14, 2017 — Governor Andrew Cuomo took decisive actions following the award winning New York Times “Abused & Used” investigative reporting series to keep these horrific heinous crimes from the 911 call systems, local police and county elected prosecutors. The sole purpose of bypassing local authorities and courts is to cover-up crimes. Similar to the Catholic Church sex scandal where sexual predators were shuffled from parish to parish, this is exactly what New York State’s mental health care system is doing with predator caregivers https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/04/sex-abuse-catholic-church_n_5085414.html. Instead of Catholic priests, it is sexual predators posing as caregivers working in a widely known unsafe system which is rampant with sexual abuse.

It’s all about power, control and the money and hardly anything about providing safe care and services for our most vulnerable. Almost every imaginable safety and abuse prevention measure still is not in place to protect people with disabilities in residential care facilities and group homes. Hiding and concealing information and documents from authorities and the general public is the key to this disgusting scheme and this also is what Governor Cuomo has chosen http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-cuomos-office-tightly-controls-public-records-2014oct23-story.html.

The Criminal Conspiracy occurring surrounds the governor’s fraudulent Justice Center also hiding and concealing documents and evidence of sex crimes and many other types of crimes, including homicides, from local police so that criminal investigations in most cases will never happen. No 911 call, no tape of the reported crime, no police report, no independent medical report , no criminal investigation, then it didn’t happen is how New York State is operating under Governor Andrew Cuomo.

New York State documents also obtained through FOIL dating back to 2005 reveal that the New York State OMRDD/OPWDD system has a culture of sexual abuse, rape and cover-ups. Thousands of reported sex crimes committed against the disabled are never reported to local police or District Attorney’s and are disappearing within the system that former Attorney General Cuomo and now Governor Cuomo has protected with a vengeance http://www.einpresswire.com/article/414428414/cuomo-has-been-protecting-sexual-predators-for-over-a-decade?n=2 . State data, as well as this well known study found on the State of Massachusetts website titled, Prevalence of Violence, http://www.mass.gov/dppc/abuse-recognize/prevalence-of-violence.html point to possibly one third of developmentally disabled residents within Governor Cuomo’s OPWDD system are being sexually assaulted annually. In a system of 126,000 developmentally disabled children and adults, many of whom cannot speak to tell anyone anything, there are upwards of 43,000 victims every year. Try to wrap your mind around the scope of what I am bringing to your attention.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:34 AM

Renowned Arizona State medieval art professor is ousted after Catholic diocese revealed he had sexually abused minors decades ago while serving as a priest

TEMPE (AZ)
Daily Mail

November 13, 2017

By Snejana Farberov

- Jaime Lara resigned from ASU on Thursday, after Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn outed him as a disgraced former cleric

- Lara was ordained in 1973 and was in active ministry until 1992 when he was removed from the priesthood by the Vatican

- It was between 1979 and 1981 that Lara is accused of molesting three children ranging in age from 9 to 11 years old at St. Francis Xavier Church in Brooklyn

- Alleged vicitm Ricardo Gonzalez, now aged 48, told the New York Times Father Lara began molesting him when he was 11 years old

A well-respected research professor at Arizona State University has resigned after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn revealed last week that he had been defrocked more than 25 years ago for sexually abusing children.

University officials requested that Jaime Lara step down from his post after they learned of his history as a priest. His resignation was tendered Thursday, The Arizona Republic first reported.

Lara was ordained in 1973 and was in active ministry until 1992 when he was removed from the priesthood by the Vatican. The information was posted Wednesday on the diocese website along with the names of seven other former clerics who had been removed from priesthood.

It was between 1979 and 1981 that Lara is accused of sexually abusing three children ranging in age from 9 to 11 years old at St. Francis Xavier Church in Brooklyn, according to the victims’ attorney, Mitchell Garabedian.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:28 AM

Douthat: Defenders of the indefensible

UNITED STATES
Longview News Journal

November 14, 2017

By Ross Douthat

Lately we have been given an extended education in the different varieties of liberal pigs. There's the industrial-scale predator who buys indulgences from Planned Parenthood. And the male feminist who respects women so very much — especially when they're too drunk to resist him. And the Great Man of Letters creeping on his co-workers. And the let-it-all-hang-out artist who thinks it can't be assault if the only person you're touching is yourself.

But this past week our era of exposure has reminded us that cultural conservatism has its own distinctive swine.

So while we wait to see what becomes of Alabama Senate candidate and professional Christian Roy Moore, who is credibly alleged to have spent his 30s pursuing high school girls with the "I get older, they stay the same age" gusto of Matthew McConaughey's character in "Dazed and Confused," it's worth doing a quick typology of the predators that flourish among the godly and moralistic.

One type is what you might call the rotten patriarch. This is the man who depends on the trappings of spiritual or familial authority to exploit the young and weak, shame them into silence and preemptively discredit them.

The rotten patriarch might be anyone from a handsy pastor or a lecherous pillar of the community to the leader of a sect or religious order. And in the defenses of Moore from various Alabama Republicans you can see the way conservative impulses protect this kind of figure — both in the suggestion that a man of his religious reputation should be trusted over his accusers, and in the risible invocation of biblical examples to defend an older man's lust for a 14-year-old girl.

But there are other styles of predation that flourish within conservative communities. For instance, there is the burrower, the networker, the institutionalist — the predator who embeds himself within a hierarchical system that protects him because it wants to protect itself.

Many Catholic priests-abusers fit this pattern. Their clerical authority didn't always keep them from getting chased out of parishes. But they were networked with other predators who helped them skate through to the next assignment, and the larger ecclesiastical entity saw its own self-protection as more important than their punishment.

Then finally there is the serial repenter — the creep who relies on the promise of forgiveness to keep his place and his powers and his opportunities to prey again.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:20 AM

Government must not limit child abuse inquiry to state care, victim advocates and experts say

NEW ZEALAND
Stuff

November 14, 2017

By Joel Ineson

A senior member of the Catholic Church has thrown his support behind a strengthening bid for a royal commission into child abuse, but will not pledge the same from the institution as a whole.

Bill Kilgallon wants his own church – and all other faith-based institutions – to be included in the Government's inquiry into the abuse of children in state care before 1992.

The call comes as concern continues to mount that the Government's inquiry will miss the scale of historical child abuse in New Zealand if it limits its scope to state-affiliated or owned institutions.

An Australian Royal Commission into child abuse, considered by many to be a global benchmark, reported that 60 per cent of abuse happened in faith-based institutions.

"If they keep going down the track of just a state institution inquiry . . . it'll leave the majority of abuse out," Liz Tonks, a supporter of male sex abuse victims, said.

Sporting clubs have also been flagged by advocates as institutions that need to be included in an inquiry.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:18 AM

Former NSW priest charged with child abuse

AUSTRALIA
Australian Associated Press (AAP)

November 13, 2017

By Jamie McKinnell

A former Anglican priest has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in the NSW Hunter region in the early 1990s.

Newcastle detectives began investigating the now 75-year-old in 2016 after a referral from the child sexual abuse royal commission.

Police say the man is a former "senior" priest who allegedly abused the boy in 1991.

He was arrested on Tuesday morning at a home in Kotara.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:15 AM

Could Murder Of Sister Cathy Be Connected To Other Killings?

BALTIMORE (MD)
CBS Baltimore

November 13, 2017

By Denise Koch

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Could a nearly 50-year-old secret be behind the murders of several Baltimore teenagers?

WJZ continues its investigation into the murder of young nun Sister Cathy, who was silenced right before she was about to blow the whistle on a powerful sex ring run by priests and police.

WJZ has learned that police are now looking into whether other unsolved murders could be connected.

Sister Cathy Cesnik’s decomposing body was found frozen in a ditch in Lansdowne in January 1970.

The murder of this popular nun has never been solved, and neither have the murders of five young people killed over the next decade.

Now, Baltimore County police are actively trying to determine whether the cases are linked.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:06 AM

November 13, 2017

Prosecutors will meet with son of former Boston TV anchor who accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual assault

Nantucket (MA)
Mass Live

November 12, 2017

By Scott J. Croteau

The Cape and Islands district attorney will meet with the son of Heather Unruh after he accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him on Nantucket in 2016.

The Boston Globe reports the meeting will take place soon and District Attorney Michael O'Keefe wants all the information relevant to the alleged sexual assault.

In an announcement last week, former WCVB-TV news anchor Heather Unruh accused Spacey of sexually assaulting her then 18-year-old son at the Club Car bar in Nantucket in July 2016. Unruh's son worked as a busboy there.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:53 PM

Sex abuse prevention resources available at sbc.net

NASHVILLE (TN)
Baptist Press

November 13, 2017

By Diana Chandler

NASHVILLE (BP) -- While a growing international storm of sexual abuse allegations and revelations has swirled for more than a month, the Southern Baptist Convention has long encouraged churches to be proactive in preventing abuse, SBC resources show.

Spiritual leaders, churches and seminaries should model, exhort and teach the highest standards of moral and ministerial integrity, and churches should use legal resources and avenues to exclude sexual predators from leadership and influential positions including pastors and counselors, the SBC said as early as 2002.

"We call on our churches to discipline those guilty of any sexual abuse in obedience to Matthew 18:6-17 as well as to cooperate with civil authorities in the prosecution of those cases," the SBC said in its resolution that year On the Sexual Integrity of Ministers . "We pray for those who have been harmed as a result of sexual abuse and urge our churches to offer support, compassion, and biblical counseling to them and their families."

A Hollywood sexual abuse scandal that began in early October with accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein revived a "Me Too" campaign birthed 10 years ago by activist Tarana Burke, according to Ebony.com, "to unify those who've been victimized by sexual violence." The revived campaign, widely attributed to Alyssa Milano and identified in social media as #MeToo, drew support from scores, some of whom alleged sexual abuse in church settings.

Living Proof Ministries Founder Beth Moore and Saddleback Church Cofounder Kay Warren are among Southern Baptists sharing personal stories at #MeToo.

Apart from the #MeToo campaign, a civil lawsuit alleging sexual abuse-related offenses against First Baptist Church of Columbia, S.C., was filed Oct. 10 in Richland County, S.C., Fifth Judicial Circuit Court, according to online court documents.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:50 PM

Former Massachusetts priest re-indicted on Maine sex abuse charges

PORTLAND (ME)
Portland Press Herald

November 13, 2017

By Edward D. Murphy

The abuse of boys allegedly took place in Kennebunk in the late-1980s

A York County grand jury has re-indicted a former priest from Massachusetts who is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing two boys he brought to Maine in the 1980s.

Ronald Paquin now faces 31 counts of sexual abuse in York County. He was originally indicted in February on 29 counts of sexual abuse for acts he allegedly committed in the mid- to late-1980s when he brought the boys to Maine for “short-term stays,” Kennebunk Police Chief Craig Sanford said at the time Paquin was charged. Sanford would not say where the alleged abuse occurred, other than to describe it as “a seasonal location,” or provide any other information on the charges.

Paquin, 74, has been held at the York County Jail since he was arrested and formally charged in February.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:47 PM

Sex abuse victims says priest forced boys to undress and take turns sitting on his lap

GUAM
Pacific News Center

November 13, 2017

By Janela Carrera

There are over 130 sex abuse lawsuit filed against the church so far.

Guam – The latest sex abuse lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of Agana describes some of the routine practices of the alleged pedophiles against the victims.

The latest lawsuit comes from B.F. who names two individuals, Father Louis Brouillard and Boy Scout Leader Edward Pereira. B.F. says that he was not a member of the Boy Scouts or officially an altar server but often participated in their events and outings.

The sexual abuse began in the mid 1960s when B.F. was 10 years old. At the church rectory, B.F. alleges that Brouillard would instruct B.F. and his friends to take turns sitting on his lap with both priest and minors fully naked. According to the complaint, Brouillard would fondle the victims and force them to perform the same to him.

The victims says Pereira also sexually abused him by groping his private parts outside of his clothing.

B.F. is seeking $10 million in damages.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:13 PM

In scandal's wake, Guam's interim archbishop works to heal fractured church

GUAM
USA Today

November 12, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

HAGÅTÑA, Guam — A year since stepping into a fractured community of faith, Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes continues to work on bringing people back to church pews with stronger faith than they had before.

There’s still brokenness but everything can be overcome, he said.

“I think we’ve begun,” Byrnes said about fixing that brokenness of the soul, given the betrayal of trust by spiritual leaders, based on more than 140 clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed against priests and others associated with the Catholic Church.

With his groups of advisers and people he has met along the way, Byrnes is leading efforts to rebuild trust in the church. He says hope and healing ultimately comes from one’s faith in God.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:12 PM

Ex-Members Say Church Uses Power, Lies to Keep Grip on Kids

SPINDALE (NC)
Associated Press

Nov. 13, 2017,

By Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr

An Associated Press investigation has found that a secretive evangelical church has used positions of authority, deception and intimidation to bring children into the sect or keep them from leaving.

SPINDALE, North Carolina (AP) — As a court-appointed advocate for two foster boys, it was Nancy Burnette's job to ensure they were in good hands. So as part of her casework, she visited Word of Faith Fellowship, the evangelical church they attended with the couple seeking to adopt them.

What happened next haunts her: In the middle of the service, the chanting and singing suddenly stopped, Burnette said, and the fiery pastor pointed at Burnette, accusing her of being "wicked." ''You are here to cause strife!" she recalled Jane Whaley shouting, as she sensed congregants begin to converge upon her. "You don't think these kids are supposed to be here!"

Terrified, Burnette left, but not before promising the boys, ages 4 and almost 2, that she would return — a promise she ultimately could not keep.

"What I didn't know was how hard Word of Faith would fight — and the tactics they would use — to keep the kids," Burnette told The Associated Press.

That was not the only time Word of Faith Fellowship's leaders and members have used positions of authority, intimidation or deception to bring children into the church's folds or keep them from leaving — often at Whaley's behest, according to dozens of interviews and hundreds of pages of court records, police reports and social services documents obtained by the AP.

As a result, children have been introduced to sometimes violent church practices that run counter to the North Carolina laws designed to protect them, the AP found.

The state promotes "family preservation," designed to prevent the "unnecessary placement of children away from their families." But the AP found that some young congregants have been separated from their parents for up to a decade — bounced from family to family — as leaders strive to keep them in the church.

In addition, three single mothers told the AP that a longtime Word of Faith Fellowship member who was a county court clerk bypassed the foster system and eventually won permanent custody of their children, even though a judge called the clerk's conduct inappropriate. Two of the mothers said the clerk approached them and offered to temporarily keep the children while they served their jail time.

The AP interviewed a dozen former congregants who said they had personally witnessed the three children living with the clerk being subjected to intense screaming sessions called "blasting" aimed at casting out demons, or being held down, shaken or beaten.

Even as she battled desperately for her young son, one of the three women had told a judge that, if she could not have him, the boy would be better off in foster care due to the church's abusive nature.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:09 PM

North Carolina church accused of ‘kidnapping’ children with help from a county clerk

SPINDALE (NC)
Raw Story

November 13, 2017

By Sarah K. Burris

The Word of Faith Fellowship, a North Carolina church facing a slew of investigations, is now being accused of kidnapping the children of at least one mother.

According to the Associated Press, the church in Spindale, North Carolina, used its relationship with a social worker to take more than a dozen children from their families.

As a child advocate, Nancy Burnette was tasked with visiting the church to ensure two foster children were safe while a family was working to adopt them. Out of the blue, the pastor pointed to Burnette and accused her of being “wicked.”

″You are here to cause strife!” she recalled pastor Jane Whaley shouting during a fiery sermon. At that point she said she felt the church members converge upon her. “You don’t think these kids are supposed to be here!”

North Carolina’s social services laws cite “family preservation,” so as to prevent “unnecessary placement of children away from their families.” Yet, many children have been taken from their families and put into the custody of church members. Thus far, three single mothers have come forward to allege a county court clerk bypassed the foster system so that church members were able to obtain custody of their children, despite a judge calling the conduct inappropriate.

“What I didn’t know was how hard Word of Faith would fight — and the tactics they would use — to keep the kids,” Burnette said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:05 PM

Investigators face big hurdles in church child abuse cases

SPINDALE (NC)
Associated Press

November 13, 2017

By Mitch Weiss and Holbrook

SPINDALE, North Carolina – When Rutherford County's child protection agency seeks to investigate allegations of abuse at Word of Faith Fellowship, it runs smack into two major obstacles: a habitual lack of cooperation from church members and a court-ordered compromise that limits what can trigger an inquiry and how social workers can question minors.

Word of Faith has been investigated numerous times over the course of decades without serious consequences, in large part because church leader Jane Whaley orders congregants to lie to and mislead authorities, according to dozens of former followers interviewed by The Associated Press.

In 1995, for example, the State Bureau of Investigation interviewed Whaley, sect leaders and dozens of former members about abuse allegations. Investigators determined congregants — including children — had been mistreated, but the district attorney ultimately declined to prosecute, saying any case would be undermined by most victims' recalcitrance.

Whaley and a dozen church families sued the Rutherford County Department of Social Services in 2003, contending they were being targeted because of their religious beliefs. The agency settled the lawsuit two years later, agreeing to a list of stipulations dictating how it can investigate reports of child abuse.

Word of Faith received guarantees that abuse inquiries could no longer be solely based on objections to such core practices as "blasting," when congregants surround a church member and shriek for hours in an attempt to expel demons.

The agreement also placed limits on where social workers can interview children and barred them from asking questions about religious beliefs or practices.

And the church won the right to refuse to admit any child to its K-12 school whose parents do not consent to the use of corporal punishment.

Several experts who reviewed the stipulations at the Associated Press's request called the agreement highly unusual and spoke of a potential chilling effect on investigations.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:03 PM

Not So Cold Cases, After All

UNITED STATES
Inside Higher Ed

November 13, 2017

By Colleen Flaherty

What’s to be done about the numerous reports of faculty misconduct dating back years and even decades?

As more and more sexual harassment cases involving faculty members come to light, a significant share of them date back 10, 20 and even 30 years. The last few months have seen a series of high-profile cases in which the accused professors are now senior in age as well as status, retired or even deceased. While these so-called cold cases certainly pose practical challenges in terms of dwindling institutional memory and evidence, experts say institutions are often (if not always) eager to help right past wrongs -- and that they must.

“The deep question here is, ‘What is the purpose of making these allegations after so many years?’” said Michele Dauber, the Frederick I. Richman Professor of Law at Stanford University. “To a certain extent, it’s not unlike debates about Confederate memorials showing up in states that have never really been forced to come to terms with what they’ve done. It is wrong to say that people who were wronged by institutions in the past should simply let it go, with no acknowledgment of their suffering.”

Issues of moral responsibility are arguably more relevant and important in an educational setting, and indeed academic institutions have grappled with these parallel issues of legacy, Dauber said. “We really need to think about who we’re honoring … Seo-Young Chu is clearly owed an apology, at minimum.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:59 PM

Anglican priest charged over historical child sex abuse allegations

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

November 12, 2017

By Rebekah Cavanagh

A FORMER Anglican priest has been charged with multiple counts of indecent assault and gross indecency against two young girls.

Timothy Cohen, 63 has been charged with multiple counts of indecent assault and gross indecency in regional Victorian towns in the 1980s.

He is also accused of sexual penetration with one of the victims.

The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on Friday that Cohen planned to contest the charges at a three-day hearing in April.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:57 PM

Archdiocese of St. Louis reports sexual abuse allegation against retired priest

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

November 13, 2017

By Blythe Bernhard

A retired priest from St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Sullivan has been accused of sexually abusing a child in the late 1970s, the Archdiocese of St. Louis reported Monday.

Rev. Dennis B. Zacheis denies the allegations, according to the report.

Zacheis was assigned to St. Anthony's in 2005 and served at St. Alban Roe in Wildwood for the previous 17 months before resigning. The report does not note where Zacheis worked in the 1970s.

Zacheis retired in 2010 over alleged financial indiscretions while serving as pastor at St. Anthony’s. The Archidocese refunded $60,000 to the church for a budget shortfall. Zacheis spent church money on expenses related to his vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks, according to an audit. Zacheis' lawyer at the time said the priest denied any wrongdoing.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:54 PM

In Israel, Australian Sisters Recount Alleged Sex Abuse by ultra-Orthodox Principal

ISRAEL
HAARETZ

November 13, 2017

By Dina Kraft

The three women seek the extradition of the headmistress whose lawyer says she's unfit to face trial. The sisters tell Haaretz about their experiences in a close-knit community back home

Growing up in an especially cloistered ultra-Orthodox home and community in Melbourne, Australia, the three sisters were required to have their books vetted by their school or parents. Any depictions of male-female interaction of any kind were whited out and taped over – even fairy tales.

Television and movies were prohibited. Even mail-order clothing catalogs weren't allowed into their home. They learned nothing about their own bodies or sex.

But they say the kind attention they received from their charismatic headmistress at their all-girls ultra-Orthodox school evolved into sexual abuse, assault and rape – as they told the Australian police. They say they didn’t even have the words to describe it; each kept her experiences to herself. They were unaware, they say, until years after the alleged abuse began, that all three had become the headmistress’ victims.

“We didn’t know what our bodies even were, we didn’t have biology lessons,” said Elly Sapper, 28, the youngest of the three sisters who have accused the headmistress, Malka Leifer. “Everything was taboo. You didn’t even know about getting your period. You didn’t know when someone touches your body it was wrong. She said that was love, so we believed her.”

Last week, Sapper and her sisters Nicole Meyer, 32, and Dassi Erlich, 30, spoke with Haaretz in Tel Aviv about the abuse they say took place between about 2001 and 2008.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:22 AM

Catholic priest Glen Walsh who was to give evidence in Archbishop Philip Wilson’s trial has died

AUSTRALIA
The Advertiser

November 11, 2017

By Andrew Dowdell

A CATHOLIC priest has died weeks before he was scheduled to give evidence in Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson’s trial for concealing child sex abuse.

Father Glen Walsh was a Hunter Valley priest and campaigner against child sex abuse within the Catholic Church.

He was due to appear as a prosecution witness later this month in Archbishop Wilson’s trial in New South Wales.

Archbishop Wilson is accused of concealing abuse committed by Hunter Valley paedophile priest Jim Fletcher in the 1970s.

He has denied the charges and is scheduled to face trial from November 27.

Father Walsh is being remembered as being one of the first to put the interests of abuse victims above those of his church as the magnitude of abuse emerged in recent years.

The NSW Coroner will hold an inquiry into his death but there are no suspicious circumstances and Father Walsh is believed to have taken his own life last Monday.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:18 AM

Ex-div school prof had history of sexual abuse

NEW HAVEN (CT)
Yale Daily News

November 13, 2017

By Britton O'Daly & Adelaide Feibel

Former Yale adjunct professor Jaime Lara, who taught at the Divinity School and the Institute for Sacred Music for over a decade, sexually abused minors when he served as a priest in the Catholic Church from 1973 until his removal in 1992, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn confirmed on Thursday.

In the 25 years since his removal from the church, which the diocese hid from the public until last week, Lara has become a renowned scholar of sacred art history, writing five books and winning prestigious awards and fellowships. He served as a professor of Christian art and architecture and chair of the program in religion and the arts at Yale from 1995 to 2009 and also taught at the University of Notre Dame and Columbia University. Since 2013, he has served as a research professor at Arizona State University in the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. After learning of Lara’s history of sexual abuse, Arizona State officials requested he resign, effective immediately, The Arizona Republic reported.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:56 AM

Ex-div school prof had history of sexual abuse

NEW HAVEN (CT)
Yale Daily News

November 13, 2017

By Britton O'Daly & Adelaide Feibel

Former Yale adjunct professor Jaime Lara, who taught at the Divinity School and the Institute for Sacred Music for over a decade, sexually abused minors when he served as a priest in the Catholic Church from 1973 until his removal in 1992, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn confirmed on Thursday.

In the 25 years since his removal from the church, which the diocese hid from the public until last week, Lara has become a renowned scholar of sacred art history, writing five books and winning prestigious awards and fellowships. He served as a professor of Christian art and architecture and chair of the program in religion and the arts at Yale from 1995 to 2009 and also taught at the University of Notre Dame and Columbia University. Since 2013, he has served as a research professor at Arizona State University in the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. After learning of Lara’s history of sexual abuse, Arizona State officials requested he resign, effective immediately, The Arizona Republic reported.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:56 AM

Diocese passes audit for safe environment

PORTLAND (ME)
Fiddlehead Focus

November 12, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine — An independent, on-site audit of safe environment procedures has found the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland in full compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The on-site audit, which reviewed the period of July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, was conducted by StoneBridge Business Partners of Rochester, N.Y., said diocesan officials in a Nov. 8 press statement.

The Charter, which originated in 2002, calls for an effective response from the diocese to any report of sexual abuse by church personnel, background checks on all diocesan employees and volunteers who work regularly with minors, and other mandates for the protection of children.

Auditors found 100 percent of all diocesan employees and active clergy had had background checks. Auditors also reviewed the implementation of the Think First/Stay Safe Prevention Program for children in Catholic schools and religious education, and the implementation of the Protecting God’s Children Program for all those working and volunteering in the Diocese of Portland.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:53 AM

Priests given wallet-size help cards for handling abuse claims

IRELAND
The Irish Times

November 13, 2017

By Patsy McGarry

Bishops accused of ignoring church guidelines and denying priests’ rights

The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has issued a portable information card to assist priest’s faced with abuse allegations.

It was claimed at its annual meeting in Athlone last week that guidelines prepared for the handling of such cases by the church’s own child protection watchdog, its National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC), were not being followed by bishops and religious superiors.

The seven pointers on the information card, designed in a credit card size to fit handily in a wallet, “are in keeping with recommendations” by the NBSC, the ACP says.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:50 AM

Ex-teacher facing 99 sex abuse charges excused from court on account of his age

AUSTRALIA
The Age

November 13, 2017

By Amber Wilson

A former teacher and Catholic brother accused of 99 historical sex offences will be absent from a pre-trial committal hearing in Melbourne due to his age.

Lawrence Fitzpatrick, 90, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday charged with abusing 18 victims, including children under 14, at Sale, Briagolong, Stratford and Rosedale between 1971 and 1977.

The court was told the Marist brother is unsteady on his feet, has recently fallen multiple times, suffers back pain, fatigue, confusion, and is hearing impaired.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:36 AM

November 12, 2017

Suspenden a sacerdote de Purén por denuncia de abuso sexual

CHILE
Biobiochile.cl

November 12, 2017

Publicado por Manuel Stuardo

La Información es de Carlos Martínez

[The bishop of the diocese of San José de Temuco, Héctor Vargas, has suspended a priest, Carlos Aedo Méndez, after receiving an allegation that Méndez sexually abused a minor 27 years ago.]

.Suspendido del ejercicio público como sacerdote, tras ser denunciado por el delito de abuso sexual, permanece el párroco de Purén.

La medida, asumida por el obispo de la Diócesis San José de Temuco, Héctor Vargas, deriva de una denuncia formal por abuso sexual que el 7 de octubre de este año fue recibida en la Vicaría Judicial del Obispado de Temuco.

Esta fue realizada por la persona afectada en contra del presbítero, Carlos Aedo Méndez, párroco de la Parroquia San Enrique de Purén, respecto de hechos ocurridos en Galvarino hace 27 años, cuando la presunta víctima era menor de edad.

Ahora, ante la denuncia acerca de esos mismos hechos, el obispo Vargas aplicó lo dispuesto por la Conferencia Episcopal de Chile, para este tipo de situaciones.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 10:10 PM

Assignment History– Rev. Chester John "Chet" Warren, o.s.f.s.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Chester John "Chet Warren" was ordained for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1957. He was on staff at a boys' high school in Philadelphia until 1960, when he was assigned to his order's monastery in Toledo, Ohio. From 1963 to 1974 Warren was an assistant priest at Toledo's St. Pius X parish and school. In 1974 he was transferred to a Taylor, Michigan parish in the Archdiocese of Detroit, then was returned in 1978 to the Oblates' headquarters in Toledo. Warren resided during at least 1986-1992 at the St. Francis de Sales High School faculty house, while working as a chaplain at St. Vincent Medical Center.

In 1985 a young woman, Barbara Blaine, reported to the Oblates and later to the diocese that Warren had sexually abused her from the time she was a 13-year-old 7th-grader in 1969 at St. Pius X school, until she was a senior in high school. She said that the order told her that no one else had complained about Warren. In 1989 Blaine founded the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). After she named Warren publicly in 1992, two women contacted her to say that they, too, had been sexually abused by the priest as girls; both said they reported the abuse to Warren's superiors in the early 1970s. By 2002 at least eight women had come forward with similar allegations. In 2003 a woman said she was abused by Warren as a preschooler in the context of ritual abuse involving a group of priests. In a 2005 press conference a nun stated that she was raped by Warren at age 6.

Warren was allowed to stay in ministry until 1992, just before he was named as a perpetrator by Barbara Blaine on national television. (Blaine had informed the Oblates that she was going to name him.) He was suspended, and later dismissed by his order. He was not laicized.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:59 PM

Activists want priest accused of sex abuse removed from church

NEW YORK (NY)
NY1 News

November 9, 2017

Attorneys are calling on Cardinal Dolan to remove a priest accused of sexually abusing two children in the Bronx.

Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse held a press conference in Midtown Thursday asking Father Lawrence J. Quinn be removed from service at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Upper Manhattan.

He's accused of abusing children while assigned to Our Lady of Mercy in Fordham Heights between 1990 to 2001.

Attorneys for survivors of clergy sex abuse say the archdiocese needs to do more to protect children.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 3:32 PM

Priest who was to testify against archbishop has died

AUSTRALIA
Sunday Mail

November 11, 2017

By Andrew Dowdell

Catholic priest Glen Walsh who was to give evidence in Archbishop Philip Wilson’s trial has died

A Catholic priest has died weeks before he was scheduled to give evidence in Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson’s trial for concealing child sex abuse.

Father Glen Walsh was a Hunter Valley priest and campaigner against child sex abuse within the Catholic Church.

He was due to appear as a prosecution witness later this month in Archbishop Wilson’s trial in New South Wales.

Archbishop Wilson is accused of concealing abuse committed by Hunter Valley paedophile priest Jim Fletcher in the 1970s.

He has denied the charges and is scheduled to face trial from November 27.

Father Walsh is being remembered as being one of the first to put the interests of abuse victims above those of his church as the magnitude of abuse emerged in recent years.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 3:24 PM

Archbishop Martin accused of being ‘very negative’ about Church

IRELAND
Irish Times

November 12, 2017

By Patsy McGarry

‘No reconciliation’ with Dublin priests following his response to 2009 Murphy report

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has been criticised for what a Dublin parish priest has called his negativity towards the Catholic Church in Ireland.

“It’s quite plain really,” said Fr Gregory O’Brien.

“He publishes statistics about 2 per cent (Sunday) Mass attendance when there are 1,000 people at Mass here and 1.2 million in the whole country. I don’t think it helps the morale of priests or people particularly”.

Fr O’Brien is parish priest at St Jude the Apostle in Willington, south Co Dublin. Archbishop Martin, he said, was “very negative, overly negative.”

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 3:16 PM

Child bride-related charges dropped against polygamist

UTAH
Salt Lake Tribune

November 11, 2017

By Nate Carlisle

Child bride-related charges dropped against polygamist; details of Mexico ranch killings emerge

Pennie Petersen says Orson William Black will be free within days unless sex-abuse charges are reinstated.

In this photo provided with a redaction by the law enforcement in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, Orson William Black, 56, stands while being detained Nov. 5, 2017. Black is a former member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who has been on the run from child sex abuse charges in Arizona since 2003. Courtesy Photo.

Arizona prosecutors eight months ago dropped charges against a polygamist who had allegedly married underage girls on the Utah line, said a woman who has been working for 14 years to bring the polygamist back from Mexico.

Following the slaying of three of his family members in Mexico, Orson William Black, 56, finally returned to the United States on Thursday and is being held at a detention center in El Paso, Texas. But the woman who has been pursuing him, Pennie Petersen, on Saturday said he’ll be free this time next week if the Arizona attorney general doesn’t reinstate the child sex-abuse charges.

“When he gets out of that jail cell in El Paso, if he thinks the heat is on him, he’s gone,” Petersen said in a phone interview.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 3:04 PM

Warren Jeffs' daughter speaks out about what she endured in his polygamist cult

UNITED STATES
Business Insider

November 11, 2017

By Michelle Mark

Rachel Jeffs, the daughter of polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs, spoke out on "Megyn Kelly Today" about the sexual abuse she endured at her father's hands when she was a child.

Warren Jeffs is the self-described "prophet" of the FLDS Church, a Mormon fundamentalist cult that has been disavowed by mainstream Mormons.

He was convicted in 2011 of child sexual assault and is serving a life sentence, though he continues to control the church to this day.

Rachel Jeffs, who escaped the church in 2015, said her father began sexually abusing her when she was eight years old.

The daughter of the polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs spoke out on "Megyn Kelly Today" about her upbringing as a member of the FLDS Church and the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father when she was a child.

Rachel Jeffs, who also details the abuse in an upcoming book titled "Breaking Free," told Kelly in an interview that aired Friday that her father abused her "way more times than I can count," starting with an incident that occurred when she was eight years old.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 2:47 PM

I have a confession - the Catholic Church’s sins

IRELAND
Irish Central

November 12, 2017

By Cormac MacConnell

"We laity in the past placed ye on a pedestal that was far too high and uncomfortable for any mortal men."

By the time ye are reading this I will possibly be roasting eternally already in the hottest corner of hell for having dreadfully broken the centuries-old sacred tradition of the Seal of Confession of the Catholic Church.

Mighty priests and saints were burned at the stake in the past for refusing to break that seal, so this is a heavy moment indeed for all of us. Maybe ye should stop reading here at this point to not become even laterally complicit in MacConnell’s. Those of you who are devoutly Catholic should take this suggestion seriously.

Anyway, for those of you still here, the context is that I also was devoutly Catholic and a regular Mass-goer until about 25 years ago when the frightening tide of scandals attached to my church began to surface in turgid waves.

It was a shock here in holy Ireland, for example, when it was revealed that both Bishop Eamon Casey and Father Michael Cleary, the hierarchy’s brightest stars of the time, were biological fathers as well as priests sworn to celibacy. They were both good and charming men and that was a minor enough matter on the scale of things.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 10:46 AM

Arizona professor quits in wake of clergy sex abuse scandal

PHOENIX (AZ)
Associated Press via KVOA-TV

November 11, 2017

A research professor at Arizona State University has resigned after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn made public this week details about his removal from the priesthood years ago over cases of clergy sex abuse involving minors.

University officials requested that Jaime Lara resign after they learned of his history as a priest. His resignation was tendered Thursday, The Arizona Republic reported .

Lara could not be reached for comment Friday.

He was ordained in 1973 and was in active ministry until 1992 when he was removed from the priesthood by the Vatican. The information was posted Wednesday on the diocese website along with the names of other former clerics who had been defrocked.

It was between 1979 and 1981 that Lara is accused of sexually abusing three children ranging in age from 9 to 11 years old at St. Francis Xavier Church in Brooklyn, New York, according to the victims’ attorney, Mitchell Garabedian.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 10:43 AM

Embattled San Jose Catholic girls school places two teachers on leave

SAN JOSE (CA)
San Jose Mercury News

By Ethan Baron

November 11, 2017

Move comes the same week former Presentation High graduate publishes essay alleging she was sexually molested by now-deceased instructor

Two teachers were put on forced leave Friday at a Catholic girls high school that was already reeling from a high-profile claim that school officials kept a teacher on staff after he molested two students in 1990.

The Presentation High School teachers were placed on paid administrative leave after two students and a former student came forward earlier in the week with information regarding two separate, more recent situations — at least one of which was serious enough to warrant a call to police.

The statements to the school from the students and former student came three weeks after the Washington Post published an essay by Presentation High graduate Kathryn Leehane describing her frustration after she reported to school officials and police that a teacher had sexually molested her and another female student in 1990. The teacher, who was not named, remained at the school but has since died.

“Eventually, I lost hope for justice,” Leehane wrote.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 10:20 AM

A day in the life of Guam's archbishop

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

November 12, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

A more in-depth look into the life of Archbishop Michael Byrnes from his interview with Pacific Daily News reporter Haidee Eugenio on Oct. 27, 2017.

A year since stepping into a fractured community of faith, Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes continues to work on bringing people back to church pews with stronger faith than they had before.

There’s still brokenness but everything can be overcome, he said.

“I think we’ve begun,” Byrnes said about fixing that brokenness of the soul, given the betrayal of trust by spiritual leaders, based on more than 140 clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed against priests and others associated with the Catholic Church.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 10:05 AM

November 11, 2017

Op-Ed: Roy Moore's alleged pursuit of a young girl is the symptom of a larger problem in evangelical circles

UNITED STATES
The Los Angeles Times

November 10, 2017

By Kathryn Brightbill

We need to talk about the segment of American culture that probably doesn’t think the allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore are particularly damning, the segment that will blanch at only two accusations in the Washington Post expose: He pursued a 14-year-old-girl without first getting her parents’ permission, and he initiated sexual contact outside of marriage. That segment is evangelicalism. In that world, which Moore travels in and I grew up in, 14-year-old girls courting adult men isn’t uncommon.

I use the phrase “14-year-old girls courting adult men,” rather than “adult men courting 14-year-old girls,” for a reason: Evangelicals routinely frame these relationships in those terms. That’s how I was introduced to these relationships as a home-schooled teenager in the 1990s, and it’s the language that my friends and I would use to discuss girls we knew who were in parent-sanctioned relationships with older men.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 6:13 PM

The Swine of Conservatism

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

November 11, 2017

By Ross Douthat

Lately we have been given an extended education in the different varieties of liberal pigs.

There’s the industrial-scale predator who buys indulgences from Planned Parenthood. And the male feminist who respects women so very much — especially when they’re too drunk to resist him. And the Great Man of Letters creeping on his co-workers. And the let-it-all-hang-out artist who thinks it can’t be assault if the only person you’re touching is yourself.

But this week our era of exposure has reminded us that cultural conservatism has its own distinctive swine.

So while we wait to see what becomes of Alabama Senate candidate and professional Christian Roy Moore, who is credibly alleged to have spent his thirties pursuing high school girls with the “I get older, they stay the same age” gusto of Matthew McConaughey’s character in “Dazed and Confused,” it’s worth doing a quick typology of the predators that flourish among the godly and moralistic and traditional.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 5:59 PM

ASU professor resigns amid Catholic Church child sexual-abuse scandal

ARIZONA
The Arizona Republic

By Jason Pohl

November 10, 2017

A renowned professor of medieval art history at Arizona State University was forced to resign Thursday after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn announced he had sexually abused minors decades ago while he was an East Coast priest.

Professor Jaime Lara was ordained in 1973 and was in active ministry until 1992 when he was laicized by the Vatican for sexually abusing children, the Diocese of Brooklyn confirmed Wednesday on its website.

Upon learning of his history as a priest, ASU officials on Thursday requested he resign from his role as a research professor from the university's Tempe campus, school officials confirmed to The Arizona Republic.

His resignation was tendered that same day and effective immediately.

The laicization, which prohibits Lara from carrying out priestly duties, was handed down by a decree from the Vatican office "authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric,'' the Diocese said.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 5:51 PM

Victim claims abuse on Manchester United trip

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC

November 10, 2017

By Reevel Alderson

A 61-year-old man from Glasgow has told the BBC he was sexually abused on a football trip to Manchester United in the late 1960s.

James, who wants to keep his anonymity, believes he was "trafficked" to English football clubs by the Marist Brothers, a Catholic order which ran his school.

He said he was repeatedly abused by the brothers at his primary school.

In a statement, Manchester United said it had found no information relating to the Marist Brothers in its review.

The Old Trafford club looked into historical abuse as part of the English FA's inquiry, led by barrister Clive Sheldon QC.

It is looking at the way clubs or the FA dealt with concerns over child sex abuse between 1970 and 2005.

However, James said he thought his abuse happened on a trip in 1969, when he was 12 or 13.
Initiation ceremony

The UK's National Crime Agency told the BBC it had concluded James was a victim of "modern slavery".

It is unusual for the agency to investigate such historical allegations.

James told the BBC he was in a group of "elite" young footballers who were selected by his school to take part in a tournament in Manchester.

The boys were taken to Old Trafford and the club's training ground, where they played matches and toured the stadium, the boot room and directors' offices.

James said he had visions of becoming a Manchester United player like his heroes George Best and Bobby Charlton but he said he was taken from the hostel where the boys were staying and sexually abused.

He said he did not know who abused him but he was taken outside as part of an "initiation ceremony".

"It was non-consensual sex," he said.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 5:39 PM

November 10, 2017

Assignment Record - Rev. Adam F. Prochaski

BROOKLYN (NY)
BishopAccountability.org

November 11, 2017

Summary of Case: Adam F. Prochaski was a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn ordained in 1968. He spent his entire career at Holy Cross parish and school in Maspeth, Queens, which was established by and served the Polish community. Prochaski was an assistant priest unitl 1989, when he was named pastor. Prochaski left the parish in 1994 and, through 2002, was indexed in the Official Catholic Directory as "Absent on Leave" or "Absent on Sick Leave."

In September 2017 a former Holy Cross teacher, Linda Porcaro, stated publicly that in 1990 seven of her female students told her that Prochaski was sexually abusing them. Porcaro said she reported this to the school principal, whose response was to laugh and say that "everyone knew about Father P." Porcaro said she later told a new principal, who reported the allegations to the diocese, but that "not much was done." The diocese claimed that it first received allegations against Prochaski in 1994 and that he left the priesthood soon thereafter. The diocese denied responsibility for Prochaski after 1994, despite his having been indexed in the Directories through 2002.

By October 2017, twenty-three women had come forward with allegations that Prochaski sexually abused them when they were students at Holy Cross. The abuse allegedly occurred between 1972 and 1994, and was of girls ages 5 to 16. Many of the girls were Polish immigrants, brought to the U.S. via a special program run by Prochaski. Porcaro said that she had heard from "hundreds" of former students who said that the priest had abused them.

Prochaski reportedly went on to marry and to work as an addictions counselor.

The New York Police Department initiated an investigation. The statute of limitations for child sexual abuse in New York state prevents criminal or civil litigation after the alleged victim reaches age 23, with the exception of rape.

Ordained: 1968

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:50 PM

Rachel Jeffs, daughter of Warren Jeffs, describes abuse she endured in FLDS church

UNITED STATES
The Spectrum

November 10, 2017

By Emily Havens

For the first time, Rachel Jeffs appeared on national television to discuss what her life was like as the daughter of Warren Jeffs, the former FLDS prophet.

Rachel Jeffs' story will be shared on NBC's "Dateline" on Friday night. On Friday morning, Rachel Jeffs appeared on "Megyn Kelly TODAY" to answer questions about life inside the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, what it was like being a sister wife, and the abuse she endured from her own father when she was a child.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:45 PM

Brooklyn Diocese: ASU professor sexually abused children as a priest years ago

ARIZONA
The State Press

November 10, 2017

By Reilly Kneedler

The University asked for Lara's resignation Thursday and he is no longer with ASU

ASU research professor James "Jaime" Lara had his priesthood revoked by the Vatican in 1992 for sexually abusing children, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn said in a statement Thursday.

The University asked for his resignation Thursday in light of the announcement, according to an ASU official. Lara agreed to resign and is no longer associated with the University, according to a University statement.

“Jaime Lara is no longer affiliated with Arizona State University, effective Thursday,” the statement read.

The ASU official said the University found out about Lara’s history with the clergy when the diocese announced it on its website Thursday.

“We found out when the diocese posted it and somebody walked over to his office and said ‘You need to resign or we’re going to fire you,’” the official said. “And he said ‘OK, I’ll resign.’”

Lara did not respond to requests for comment.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:40 PM

Kansas priest removed from parish after hiking trip with children

WICHITA (KS)
The Wichita Eagle

November 10, 2017

By Stan Finger and Katherine Burgess

A Catholic priest has been removed from the pulpit after taking a hiking trip with parish children and no other adults.

The Rev. Andrew Seiler was removed from ministry at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Conway Springs last month after an Oct. 9 hiking trip, according to a letter from the diocese sent to parishioners Thursday and provided to The Eagle.

The letter said there were no allegations of abuse against Seiler and that “no harm was done to the children.” Being alone with a minor goes against behavioral boundaries set by the diocese.

A statement announcing Seiler’s leave was read at each of the Masses at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Conway Springs on the weekend of Oct. 14-15, and Seiler has not returned to the pulpit.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:10 PM

OPINION: Proposed archdiocese act a recipe for abuse

CANADA
The Chronicle Herald

November 10, 2017

By Tom Urbaniak

Last month, Bill 30 was introduced in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. It was unanimously given second reading by MLAs after less than a minute of debate. This new Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth Act is still before the standing committee on local and private bills, where it was rightly deferred for more consideration.

The implications are anything but local or private.

This proposed law would grant to Roman Catholic Archbishop Anthony Mancini regulatory powers that are currently held only by officials of the government. He would become, in effect, his own registrar of joint stock companies, with the unilateral power to create, dissolve, modify and completely control dozens of civil corporations.

The new act would also allow him to use provincial law, not just church law, to require parishes to “work collaboratively” with him on all matters.

I am a practising Catholic in the neighbouring Diocese of Antigonish. Our diocese, like so many others, was ravaged by sexual abuse of children by some priests. For decades, bishops covered up those crimes and transferred sexual predators from one unsuspecting parish to another.

This continued because the bishops claimed to have personal control over all personnel, accounts and property in the diocese. When finally faced with civil liability, they took money and property from the parishes, but kept the old, secretive structures going.

The parishes could not vet these priests or supervise them in any way. The bishop himself was answerable to no council and accounted to no lay people. There was no transparency.

In 2009, the then bishop, Raymond Lahey, was arrested in turn. He was eventually convicted and jailed for the possession of child pornography.

Mancini should be aware that the scandals were enabled by a system of no oversight or accountability. But now, he has asked the Nova Scotia House of Assembly to enshrine and protect that very sick system in the laws of the province.

MLAs should respectfully decline. They should allow the future parish corporations to have the same rights and responsibilities in law as any other corporations or societies in Nova Scotia. Their own bylaws could still reflect their Catholic identity and membership in the archdiocese.

On the surface, Bill 30 might appear to protect parishes by giving them their own civil incorporation to shield their assets in the event of crimes by the bishop and his priests in other parishes.

But this bill actually further disenfranchises parishioners and makes it virtually impossible for parishes to guard themselves against abuses.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:07 PM

The Bristlecone Project expected to help survivors come forward

NEW ZEALAND
Stuff

November 3, 2017

By Oliver Lewis

[Note: The Bristlecone Project exhibition runs from Monday, November 6 to April 1, 2018, at Canterbury Museum.]

An installation telling the stories of male survivors of sexual abuse is expected to help other men open up about their own trauma.

The Bristlecone Project exhibition, featuring black-and-white photographs of 24 New Zealand men abused in childhood, opens at Canterbury Museum on Monday.

"People have been trying to hide this for so long, and now it's going to be in the public's face," said Ken Clearwater, manager of the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust.

"We're taking the lid off a can of worms and throwing the lid away. We've been carrying this shame and guilt for so long, it's time people understand the damage it does."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:02 PM

Manhattan Priest Accused Of Abusing Two Boys In The 1990s

MANHATTAN (NY)
CBS (WCBS 880)

November 9, 2017

By Alex Silverman

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Two men are accusing an active upper Manhattan priest of abusing them decades ago, and calling on the archdiocese to keep him away from children.

Minnesota-based attorneys Patrick Noaker and Jessica Arbour who work for the group Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse, say their clients, whom they did not name, filed claims with the archdiocese’s victim compensation program in September and October. They claim Fr. Lawrence Quinn abused them when he was assigned to a parish in the Bronx throughout the 1990s.

“One boy was an altar boy at Our Lady of Mercy, and the other was trying to become an altar boy,” Noaker said. One of the accusers was 5 years old when the alleged abuse began; the other was 12.

Quinn is now assigned to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Inwood, which has an elementary school on the property.

“The archdiocese has done nothing to inform these parishioners that there may be a lone wolf in their midst,” Arbour said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:33 PM

Circle of Accusers Expands in Sexual Misconduct Investigation at Presentation High

SAN JOSE (CA)
NBC

November 9, 2017

By Vicky Nguyen and Michael Bott

The group of teachers and staff accused of sexually assaulting or harassing students at a Catholic high school for girls in San Jose is growing after an explosive essay published in the Washington Post last month described the sexual assault of two students by a former Spanish teacher nearly three decades ago.

Since Presentation High School graduate Kathryn Leehane published that essay, NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit has learned of accusations against several other teachers or staff members, including at least one that’s still employed at the school.

Several sources who spoke with NBC Bay Area also described reporting incidents of sexual misconduct they witnessed or learned of to school Principal Mary Miller, but they question whether those incidents were ever reported to authorities.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:30 PM

Raisman says she is victim of MSU doctor Nassar

UNITED STATES
The Detroit News

November 10, 2017

By Charles E. Ramirez

Six-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman said she is also a victim of Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University doctor accused of sexually assaulting more than 100 girls.

Raisman confirmed the abuse to TV news magazine "60 Minutes," which will broadcast the interview set to air Sunday, according to USA Today. The three-time gold medalist and captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic teams also describes it in her book, "Fierce," which will be released next week.

“I am angry. I'm really upset,” Raisman told "60 Minutes." “I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is … I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this.”

Her disclosure of the attack comes about a month after her teammate on the so-called "Fierce Five" gymnastics team, Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney she was sexually assaulted by Nassar when she was young.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:28 PM

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman says she was abused by Larry Nassar

UNITED STATES
ESPN

November 10, 2017

John Barr/The Associated Press

Aly Raisman, a six-time Olympic medalist and two-time national team captain, said she was sexually abused by former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, according to CBS' "60 Minutes."

Nassar already faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and could receive a sentence of life in prison.

Raisman told "60 Minutes," in an interview scheduled to air Sunday, that she spoke to FBI investigators after serving as national team captain at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. In the interview, Raisman said she didn't know why it took so long for allegations against Nassar to come forward.

"Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culture?" she said. "What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?"

Now 23, Raisman told "60 Minutes" that she started seeing Nassar when she was 15. She details the abuse in her book "Fierce," which will be released on Nov. 14.

USA Gymnastics said in a statement Friday that Raisman sharing her personal experience took "great courage" and it is "appalled by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused."

Raisman, who was also captain of the team for the 2012 Games in London, is the second member of the "Fierce Five" U.S. women's gymnastics team -- and third Olympian overall -- to allege abuses by Nassar. Just last month, Raisman offered her support to McKayla Maroney after she alleged abuse by Nassar dating back to 2009, when she was just 13.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:24 PM

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman says she was abused by Larry Nassar

UNITED STATES
ESPN

November 10, 2017

John Barr/The Associated Press

Aly Raisman, a six-time Olympic medalist and two-time national team captain, said she was sexually abused by former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, according to CBS' "60 Minutes."

Nassar already faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and could receive a sentence of life in prison.

Raisman told "60 Minutes," in an interview scheduled to air Sunday, that she spoke to FBI investigators after serving as national team captain at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. In the interview, Raisman said she didn't know why it took so long for allegations against Nassar to come forward.

"Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culture?" she said. "What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?"

Now 23, Raisman told "60 Minutes" that she started seeing Nassar when she was 15. She details the abuse in her book "Fierce," which will be released on Nov. 14.

USA Gymnastics said in a statement Friday that Raisman sharing her personal experience took "great courage" and it is "appalled by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused."

Raisman, who was also captain of the team for the 2012 Games in London, is the second member of the "Fierce Five" U.S. women's gymnastics team -- and third Olympian overall -- to allege abuses by Nassar. Just last month, Raisman offered her support to McKayla Maroney after she alleged abuse by Nassar dating back to 2009, when she was just 13.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:24 PM

Aly Raisman says she was sexually abused by U.S. national team doctor

UNITED STATES
CBS News

November 10, 2017

In an interview with 60 Minutes, the Olympic gold medalist says she spoke with FBI investigators after the Rio games

One of America's biggest Olympic stars has come forward to accuse the former U.S. women's gymnastics team doctor of sexual abuse. Aly Raisman, who won six medals, three of them gold, for the U.S. at the last two Olympic Summer Games, says she was sexually abused by Dr. Larry Nassar. Raisman tells her story to Dr. Jon LaPook for a 60 Minutes report to be broadcast Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Raisman, 23, says she was first treated by Dr. Nassar when she was 15. She talks about her experiences in a new book called "Fierce." It's the story of a girl who dreamed of going to the Olympics, and how she realized her goal, but it also includes new insights into a scandal that goes to the highest level of Raisman's sport.

Dr. Nassar, who worked with the U.S. women's national gymnastics teams for more than two decades, is now in jail. He pleaded guilty to child pornography charges but not guilty to charges of sexual assault. More than 130 women, many of them former athletes, have filed civil lawsuits alleging that Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of treating them for hip, back, and other athletic injuries. Raisman tells 60 Minutes that after the Rio Olympics she spoke to FBI investigators about Dr. Nassar.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:28 PM

Inwood Priest Sexually Assaulted Children At Bronx Parish: Lawyer

INWOOD (NY)
Washington Heights Patch

November 9, 2017

By Brendan Krisel

A priest at Our Lady of Martyrs Church in Inwood allegedly molested two boys while serving at a parish in the Bronx.

INWOOD, NY — A catholic priest accused of molesting two boys at a Bronx church is now stationed at an Inwood parish, lawyers told Patch Thursday.

Two men have accused Lawrence Quinn of molesting them at Our Lady of Mercy Church in the Bronx, but the priest still serves the New York Archdiocese as a Parochial Vicar at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Inwood on Arden Street, the accusers' lawyer Patrick Noaker told Patch.

Quinn preyed on his first victim when he served as an altar boy at the Bronx church between 1990 and 1996, Noaker told Patch. The boy was between 5- and 11-years-old at the time of the abuse, the lawyer said. The second victim was between 12- and 14-years-old when Quinn molested him between 1999 and 2001, Noaker said. The boy was training to become an altar boy at the time of the assault, the lawyer told Patch.

Both men have filed claims against Quinn with the New York Archdiocese through its Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, but Quinn continues to serve the church to this day, Noaker told Patch.

"Protecting kids must be our first priority," Noaker said during a press conference in front of the archdiocese Manhattan headquarters Thursday. "It is extremely troubling that Father Lawrence Quinn is still serving in a parish after two survivors have come forward and alerted the Church with reports of his abuse."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:22 PM

Victim claims abuse on Manchester United trip

GLASGOW (SCOTLAND)
BBC Scotland

November 10, 2017

By Reevel Alderson

A 61-year-old man from Glasgow has told the BBC he was sexually abused on a football trip to Manchester United in the late 1960s.

James, who wants to keep his anonymity, believes he was "trafficked" to English football clubs by the Marist Brothers, a Catholic order which ran his school.

He said he was repeatedly abused by the brothers at his primary school.

In a statement, Manchester United said it had found no information relating to the Marist Brothers in its review.

The Old Trafford club looked into historical abuse as part of the English FA's inquiry, led by barrister Clive Sheldon QC.

It is looking at the way clubs or the FA dealt with concerns over child sex abuse between 1970 and 2005.

However, James said he thought his abuse happened on a trip in 1969, when he was 12 or 13.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:19 PM

Abuse allegation reported against retired priest

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Review

November 09, 2017

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Father Dennis B. Zacheis. The acts are alleged to have occurred while he was an associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish in Mehlville from 1975 to 1979. Father Zacheis denies the allegation.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, in consultation with the Review Board of the archdiocese, made the allegation known for the sake of openness and transparency.

Father Zacheis retired from ministry without priestly faculties in 2010 due to alleged irregularities in finances for which he was responsible as pastor of St. Anthony in Sullivan. He currently resides in a private residence.

Father Zacheis served as associate pastor at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in south St. Louis from 1979-85, Christ, Prince of Peace in Manchester from 1985-88 and St. Matthias in Lemay from 1988-92. He was pastor of St. Gertrude Parish in Krakow from 1994-2003, St. Alban Roe in Wildwood from 2003-04 and St. Anthony in Sullivan from 2005-09.

As pastor of the parish in Sullivan, Father Zacheis also was known for a large number of new Catholics joining the faith in a town that is largely nonCatholic.

Anyone with reports of abuse of a minor involving a member of the clergy or other church personnel to contact Sandra Price, executive director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection, at (314) 792-7271, the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at (800) 392-3738 and/or law enforcement officials.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:17 PM

N.B. woman sues priest, Anglican church for damages over assaults

CANADA
Anglican Journal

November 9, 2017

By Joelle Kidd

A woman who claims a priest in the diocese of Fredericton tried to kill her is suing him, the Anglican Church of Canada, the diocese of Fredericton, and the Corporation of the Anglican Parish of St. Stephen (Christ Church Anglican), in St. Stephen, N.B.

Cynthia Mae Moore claims that she and the Rev. William Morton, who was rector at the Anglican Parish of St. Stephen, carried on an extra-marital affair between February 2012 and December 2015.

She alleges that on Nov. 24, 2015, while she was visiting Morton at his house, he threatened to skin her alive and scrape her breasts with a box cutter, according to a statement of claim filed with the Court of Queen’s Bench in Saint John, N.B., October 2.

After she left, Moore alleges that Morton came to her house and attempted to kill her. “He succeeded in cutting her breasts and abdomen with a box cutter,” the statement of claim reads.

Moore alleges that on December 8, 2015, Morton attacked her again and “attempted to kill her with a knife to her throat.”

According to the CBC, that same day, Morton was arrested and charged with two counts of assault with a weapon after “the St. Stephen RCMP received a 911 call about a disturbance involving a man and a woman, shortly before 1 a.m.” Morton, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was ordered to undergo a 30-day psychiatric assessment. He later changed his pleas to guilty of both offences on August 23, 2016.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:54 AM

Lawsuit: Priest made boys walk from Agana to Mangilao for refusing to swim naked

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

November 10, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

Father Louis Brouillard, around 1964, allegedly made young boys walk from Agana Springs to Mangilao after they refused to swim naked, and subjected them to repeated sexual abuse at the Mangilao parish, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court.

A plaintiff, identified only as B.F. in court documents to protect his privacy, filed a $10 million clergy sex abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America, Brouillard and scout leader Edward Pereira, along with up to 50 others.

B.F., represented by attorney David Lujan, said he was about 10 to 11 years old when Brouillard, also a scout master, and Pereira, sexually abused and molested him.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:51 AM

New book alleges gay sex in Vatican dorm, shady banking involving Mother Teresa

ROME
The Associated Press

November 10, 2017

By Nicole Winfield

Gianluigi Nuzzi, one of the journalists charged by the Vatican in 2015 in the Vatileaks II case, has written a new book covering scandals in the Vatican. He alleges sexual abuse of a minor took place at a seminary within Vatican City, and that Mother Teresa's account at the Vatican Bank was so large, the institution would have defaulted if she removed the money.

ROME - The Italian journalist who was put on trial by the Vatican for publishing confidential documents has written a new book alleging a host of Catholic sins, including gay sex in the Vatican’s youth seminary.

Gianluigi Nuzzi’s Original Sin went on sale Thursday. At a news conference, Nuzzi said his lawyers had hand-delivered a copy to the Vatican’s criminal prosecutor, saying at least one of the seminarians was a minor at the time of the alleged escapades.

The Vatican didn’t immediately comment.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:48 AM

Vatican turned blind eye to sex abuse in teenage dorm, claims new book

ROME
International Business Times

November 10, 2017

By Isabelle Gerretsen

Pope Francis is facing mounting pressure to crack down on clerical sex abuse.

A new book contains bombshell allegations that priests sexually abused teenage boys at a youth seminary in the Vatican, claiming reports of abuse were stifled.

Original Sin, Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi's latest book, includes the shocking claim that a man, who recently became a priest, sexually assaulted a 17-year-old boy in 2012.

The abuse reportedly took place at the Vatican's St. Pius X pre-seminary for middle- and high-schoolers, where many Catholic students are trained to become priests.

Kamil Tadeusz Jazembowski, the victim's roommate, told Nuzzi that the adult seminarian repeatedly visited their bedroom, where he had oral sex with the boy.

Jazembowski said his roommate "felt obliged to go along with it", describing the abuser as a man who exercised "a form of power and intimidation" over the students and imposed "bullying or sexual acts" on them.

When he raised his concerns with Vatican authorities, Jazembowski says he was told to leave the residence. The book reproduces a letter written by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the ex-seminarian in 2014, which states that no sexual abuse of a minor had taken place and that the matter would be handed over to the Vatican's office for clergy.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:42 AM

My best mate at uni had a terrible secret. I only found out 30 years later

AUSTRALIA
Canberra Times

November 11, 2017

By Mark Dapin

Discovering his best mate from university was sexually abused as a child sends Mark Dapin on a quest for understanding.

I was drinking in a raucous, shallow bar at the Sydney Writers' Festival with my UK publisher, Ravi Mirchandani, when Ravi told me he planned to publish a memoir by an author from the northern English town of Accrington, Lancashire.

I felt slightly nauseous. My forearms goose-pimpled.

"Is it Graham?" I asked. Twice.

"Yes …" said Ravi, carefully.

"Am I in it?" I asked. Twice.

"No," said Ravi. "Is anyone with my name in it? Anyone who sounds like me?"

Ravi shook his head. I truly, deeply, viscerally did not want to be in Graham's book.

"I think I should tell you what it's about," said Ravi.

"It's the story of how Graham was sexually abused by his headmaster at school."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:40 AM

Call It What It Is: Child Sexual Abuse

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

November 10, 2017

By Vicki Tidwell Palmer, LCSW

The recent allegations about a 1979 incident involving then 32-year old Alabama Assistant District Attorney Roy Moore illustrate, once again, that we are woefully misinformed and misguided about the reality of childhood sexual abuse and assault.

When an adult—whether a teacher, clergy member, coach, or in this case a prosecutor in a courthouse—initiates a sexual conversation or has sexual contact with a minor child, the incident is child sexual abuse, period.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:37 AM

Brooklyn Diocese Names 8 Priests Who Sexually Abused Children

BROOKLYN (NY)
The New York Times

November 9, 2017

By Sharon Otterman

Over the past 25 years, a university professor named Jaime Lara built an illustrious career in the academic world of sacred art history. He was a professor at Yale University for more than a decade, wrote five books and won more than a dozen prestigious awards and fellowships. Since 2013, he has been a professor of medieval and renaissance studies at Arizona State University.

But through his rise, Mr. Lara has kept a secret. On Thursday, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn revealed that 25 years ago, Mr. Lara, then known as the Rev. James Lara, was laicized by the Vatican for sexually abusing children.

The Brooklyn diocese hid Father Lara’s secret from the public, but quietly posted Mr. Lara’s name on its website on Thursday morning, confirming that he had been laicized, or defrocked, for the abuse. Later in the day, the diocese posted the names of seven more former priests who were defrocked for child sexual abuse offenses, in an effort to protect children who might come into contact with them.

The public posting was meant to partly answer victims and their advocates who have pleaded for decades for the publication of all of the names of priests credibly accused or defrocked for child sexual abuse, to prevent the abuse of additional children. About 15 dioceses around the country have published partial lists.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 9:46 AM

November 9, 2017

Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Crashing Kingdom Hall Meetings to Talk About Abuse

UNITED STATES
Patheos

November 9, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

Last year, an Australian commission found that the Jehovah’s Witnesses were turning a blind eye to serious problems within their ranks. The Royal Commission’s report said kids were not “adequately protected from the risk of sexual abuse” in the organization.

And just last month, in Canada, a $66 million class action lawsuit was filed against the Witnesses by victims who said the religious group not only failed to prevent abuse but didn’t do much even after it was reported.

Part of the problem is the Watchtower Society’s own policies, like the “Two-Witness rule,” which says church elders shouldn’t take seriously a victim’s account of abuse unless another person witnessed it… even though the only other person around may have been the abuser himself.

In many cases, the accused abusers aren’t disciplined in any meaningful way. Sometimes they remain in the organization, giving them an opportunity to strike again. It’s all too similar to the problems that have long plagued the Catholic Church.

You would think that members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses would be appalled by all this. That they would demand reforms from the inside. That at least some people would leave the religion in protest.

But, unlike the Catholic Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses really live in a bubble where they’re insulated from outside criticism. They’re taught to avoid critics. They’re told that ex-Witnesses are notoriously litigious. The policy of disfellowshipping says Witnesses shouldn’t have any interactions with ex-Witnesses, even if they’re family members.

That makes it very hard to let members know about the awful things being done by the Watchtower Society, what critics are saying about them, and why. It’s not like their church elders are going to talk about it. And like Donald Trump writing off all criticism of him as “fake news,” Witnesses are likely to think any lawsuits against their church are being filed by “enemies” trying to persecute them.

The problem isn’t that no one is telling them the truth. The problem is that Witnesses are predisposed not to listen to the critics.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:38 PM

New book alleges gay sex in Vatican dorm, shady banking

ROME
My Dayton Daily News

November 09, 2017

The Italian journalist who was put on trial by the Vatican for publishing confidential documents has written a new book alleging a host of Catholic sins, including gay sex in the Vatican's youth seminary.

Gianluigi Nuzzi's "Original Sin" went on sale Thursday. At a news conference, Nuzzi said his lawyers had hand-delivered a copy to the Vatican's criminal prosecutor, saying at least one of the seminarians was a minor at the time of the alleged escapades.

The Vatican didn't immediately comment.

The book reproduces documents from the Vatican's scandal-marred bank, showing multi-million-dollar accounts in the names of Popes Paul VI and John Paul II and their private secretaries. And it alleges that hidden powers in the Vatican were blocking the reforms of Pope Francis and his predecessor, Benedict XVI.

The book delves into the case of one of the Vatican's biggest mysteries, the 1983 disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee.

And it gathers together years of exposes into the gay subculture of the Vatican. The new claims concern the Vatican's St. Pius X pre-seminary for middle and high schoolers who are considering a possible vocation to the priesthood.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:35 PM

Revered South Bay monsignor accused of covering up sex abuse

REDONDO BEACH (CA)
The Beach Reporter

November 9, 2017

By David Rosenfeld

For 22 years, until 2003, Monsignor Michael Lenihan led the congregation at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in South Redondo Beach where he continued to live until his death in 2011. By most accounts the Irish-born Lenihan was a revered spiritual leader.

Now, an attorney handling a child sex abuse case against former St. Lawrence priest Chris Cunningham claims Lenihan knew the priest was accused of sexual assault before Cunningham arrived at the Redondo Beach parish in 1998. The lawyer also said he has a witness prepared to testify that Lenihan was notified about the incident involving a child at St. Lawrence school before Cunningham was transferred to another parish in 2001 where he allegedly continued to molest young boys.

The St. Lawrence alleged victim was recently added to a 2015 case against Cunningham and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for molestation reportedly committed at St. Louise de Marillac in Covina. That was Cunningham's next post after the Redondo Beach parish.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:33 PM

Vatileaks author on 'choirboy abuse'

ROME
ANSA

November 9, 2017

Alleges multiple cases at San Pio X preseminary

(ANSA) - Rome, November 9 - Vatileaks author Gianluigi Nuzzi has written a new book on Vatican secrets, Peccato Originale (Original Sin) on alleged sexual abuse of choirboys.

Nuzzi, whose earlier tomes Your Holiness and Via Crucis saw him tried and acquitted in the Vatileaks 1 and 2 trials, reveals more alleged financial chicanery and background to the Manuela Orlandi disappearance.

But his main focus is on alleged sex abuse in the San Pio X preseminary, where dioceses send middle-school boys aspiring to become priests, who serve as choirboys in St Peter's.

An ex-choirboy delivered a letter to Pope Francis in May, Nuzzi recounts.

But the first person to reveal abuses was Polish Kamil Tadeusz Jarzembowski, who entered the San Pio X at the age of 13, and in June 2014 sent various complaints to Church authorities.

He said he had witnessed at least 140 "sexual acts" on his underage roommate by an unidentified adult who later became a priest. The man had free access to the preseminary, was "well liked by various monsignori" and "able to exert a form of power and intimidation over the youngest seminarians".

Kamil reported the alleged abuse to various high-ranking cardinals, Nuzzi says, but no action was taken.

He then turned to the Secretariat of State and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which handles abuse cases, also without any results, except for being expelled from the seminary, Nuzzi says.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:30 PM

Abuse victims demand Royal Commission

DUNEDIN (NEW ZEALAND)
Otago Daily Times

November 9, 2017

By Tim Miller

A Dunedin survivor of sexual abuse says he and others like him are ready for a long fight for justice.

A resolution was passed in Christchurch yesterday at the South-South Institute conference, which is organised by the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust, asking the Government to commit to a Royal Commission or similar level of inquiry into the institutional abuse of children in New Zealand.

The resolution asks that any New Zealand inquiry be modelled on the Australian Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

Dunedin man Darryl Smith was one of about 100 male survivors of sexual abuse who backed the call for an injury earlier this week.

Mr Smith spent more than a decade in state care, in New Zealand and Australia, beginning as a 7-year-old boy in the early 1970s.

Speaking yesterday, Mr Smith, who also gave evidence for the Australian Royal Commission, said survivors were aware it was just the start of a long journey for justice.

''We fought to get this far and we will keep fighting to keep this moving forward, not just for us but for future generations.''

Any inquiry needed to be full and comprehensive, or it would not be worth the time and effort, Mr Smith said.

Labour has promised to launch an inquiry into the historic abuse of children in state care.

National advocate for male survivors of sexual abuse Ken Clearwater will present the resolution to the Prime Minister.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:26 PM

Monk’s sex chat prompts immediate probe

THAILAND
Thai PBS

November 09, 2017

The dean monk in Wiengsa district of Nan province has appointed a fact finding committee to investigate after a post about a monk buying sex service with a boy went viral on the internet.

The dean monk Phra Khru Sirinantavit’s action came after a video clip showing a monk was chatting on Facebook with a boy about a sex deal. The boy agreed to meet the monk at the temple.

The monk was later located at a temple in Wiengsa district of Nan.

Phra Khru Sirinantavit said he would like to find out if the clip was posted by the monk himself or his Facebook was hacked and posted by the hacker.

If the monk posted the clip by himself , then he would be guilty for violating Buddhist disciplines and would be defrocked.

For the child sex abuse, the dean monk said it would be the action of the police to deal with him.

The Nan Office of National Buddhism director Sittha Moolhong said authorities are now trying to locate where the monk is attached to and will take action under the boundary of law.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:20 PM

Manhattan priest still on the job despite allegations of sexual abuse from two former altar boys

MANHATTAN (NY)
New York Daily News

November 9, 2017

By Aaron Showalter, Laura Dimon, and Larry McShane

A Manhattan parish priest remains on the job despite allegations from two former altar boys that he sexually abused the pair, an attorney charged Thursday.

The Rev. Lawrence Quinn targeted the boys in two separate incidents while in a Bronx parish where he spent nearly two decades, according to lawyer Patrick Noeker.

“Protecting kids must be our first priority,” said Noeker. “It is extremely troubling that Quinn is still serving in a parish after two survivors have come forward and alerted the church with reports of his abuse.”

The first incident, with an altar boy under the age of 11, allegedly occurred between 1990-96. The second happened between 1999-2001 and involved a 12-to-14-year-old victim, said Noeker.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:17 PM

Settlement reached with one insurer in Duluth diocese bankruptcy

DULUTH (MN)
Minn Post

November 9, 2017

Duluth Diocese bankruptcy update. The Duluth News Tribune reports: “One of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth’s insurers will pay $8.95 million in a settlement that, if approved, will see a portion of the money go to child sexual abuse survivors in the organization’s bankruptcy case, according to St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson. … The proposed settlement calls for Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America to contribute to the case, although an agreement is “contingent on confirmation of a consensual plan of reorganization agreed to by all parties, which is not imminent despite negotiations,” according to a news release from Anderson’s office Thursday.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:12 PM

Duluth diocese insurer puts up $9M for clergy abuse settlements

DULUTH (MN)
MPR News

November 9, 2017

By Martin Moylan

An insurer for the bankrupt Diocese of Duluth has agreed to provide $9 million that could help compensate clergy sexual abuse victims.

But other insurers and the diocese have yet to agree on what money they may provide to more than 100 victims. Josh Peck, one of the attorneys representing abuse survivors, said it's good to see the deal with an insurer but a resolution of the bankruptcy is not imminent.

"Well, we need the other insurers to step and participate," he said. "And there's a lot more negotiation and lot more work to be done on the case in general before we can get to a point where we have a consensual plan that everybody can agree to."

In a statement, the diocese said it the deal with the insurer, Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America, is a major step forward.

"The diocese has always wanted to provide compensation to victims in the most just way possible and to emerge from bankruptcy as soon as we can," the church said in the statement. "We know that compensation alone is not sufficient to address the pain caused by members of the clergy. Bishop Sirba and the clergy and faithful of the diocese continue to offer their prayers and support to all victims in hope of healing."

The diocese filed for bankruptcy about two years ago, after a jury ordered it to pay $5 million to a sexual abuse victim. The church said it could not pay that judgment and also possibly compensate other claimants.

The diocese has admitted to having credible accusations of sex abuse against some three dozen priests.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:10 PM

Diocese of Duluth insurer reaches $8.95 million settlement

DULUTH (MN)
Duluth News Tribune

November 9, 2017

One of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth’s insurers will pay $8.95 million in a settlement that, if approved, will see a portion of the money go to child sexual abuse survivors in the organization’s bankruptcy case, according to St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson.

The proposed settlement calls for Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America to contribute to the case, although an agreement is “contingent on confirmation of a consensual plan of reorganization agreed to by all parties, which is not imminent despite negotiations,” according to a news release from Anderson’s office Thursday.

“This is promising and there is hope but the key is getting the other insurance companies to step up and honor their obligations,” Anderson said.

A judge will consider the settlement at a Jan. 4 hearing.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:07 PM

Separan en San Juan al cura acusado en el Newman de inconducta con alumnos

SAN JUAN (ARGENTINA)
Tiempo de San Juan

November 7, 2017

[Google Translate: The school attended by President Macri and much of his entono, the prestigious Cardinal Newman, separated from his pastoral duties Fray Luis Lenzi, for "misconduct" with the students of the establishment.]

Es el padre Luis Lenzi hace más de 10 años trabaja en la comunidad dominica de San Juan.

El colegio al que asistió el presidente Macri y gran parte de su entono, el prestigioso Cardenal Newman, separó de sus tareas pastorales al Fray Luis Lenzi, por “inconducta” con los alumnos del establecimiento.

Tras la decisión del colegio porteño, la comunidad dominica de San Juan hizo lo propio, suspendiendo en sus funciones al cura, que hace más de 10 años que trabaja en la Provincia.

El director general del colegio, Luis Olivero, señaló a medios porteños que "siete personas del colegio lo vieron en diferentes situaciones cometiendo imprudencias con los chicos y por eso decidimos aplicar el protocolo que tenemos para estos casos”. Se refería al protocolo para lidiar con situaciones de abuso y que incluye la convocatoria de dos psicólogos e informar a la comisión directiva del colegio.

"Luego de haber tomado conocimiento de situaciones irregulares que tuvieron lugar en espacios abiertos y que fueron advertidas por personal del colegio, se ha decidido su apartamiento", dice el comunicado.

La repercusión en San Juan fue inmediata y la comunidad dominica emitió un comunicado en que precisa que “en cumplimiento de nuestras propias normas fray Luis Lenzi ha sido apartado preventivamente de toda tarea pastoral en relación con menores”.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:23 PM

Próvolo: piden más tiempo para seguir investigando los hechos

ARGENTINA
El Sol

November 9, 2017

By Melisa Stopansky

[Google Translate: The prosecution of sexual offenses requested an extension in the main case due to pending a series of studies, including a DNA to the accused.]

La fiscalía de delitos sexuales solicitó una prórroga en la causa principal por estar pendientes una serie de estudios, entre ellos, un ADN a los imputados.

La fiscalía de Delitos Sexuales abocada a pleno a la investigación de los abusos sexuales a una veintena de niños y adolescentes sordo mudos que ocurrían en el Instituto Próvolo de Luján de Cuyo, solicitó una prórroga a la Justicia de Garantías por estar pendientes una serie de estudios y pericias relevantes para el caso, además de varios testimonios en Cámara Gesell que se producirán esta semana de víctimas que siguen recordando y dando cuenta de las atrocidades que estuvieron ocultas por al menos una década.

Uno de los elementos claves, es el análisis del ADN de los seis imputados, entre los cuales se encuentran dos sacerdotes que administraban y dirigían el Instituto Próvolo. Se trata de Horacio Corbacho (56) y Nicola Corradi (82), ambos están detenidos y con prisión preventiva confirmada por un tribunal de alzada. También está detenida como partícipe la monja Kumico Kosaka, quien goza del beneficio de la prisión domiciliaria al igual que Corradi.

El pedido se hizo por el hallazgo de una bombacha de nena con restos de material genético de un hombre y que fue encontrada en una de las habitaciones del instituto.

Entre otras pericias, se aguarda el análisis de un negativo de fotos que podría tratarse de pornografía infantil ya que fue hallado en otra de las dependencias donde ocurrían los vejámenes.

Y el análisis a un CPU que también fue secuestrado en los allanamientos en los que podrían encontrarse elementos importantes para la investigación.

La prórroga quedará sujeta al análisis del cuatro juzgado de Garantías donde se otorgaron las prisiones preventivas a los imputados Corradi, Corbacho, Kosaka y a los empleados José Bordón, al administrativo José Luis Ojeda y al administrativo Armando Gómez.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:20 PM

Schwester Rosemarys Kampf

NIGERIA
Deutschlandfunk

November 8, 2017

By Katrin Gänsler

[Google Translate: Child abuse and incest are punishable in Nigeria, but hardly anyone indicates the deeds. The victims are stigmatized. The religious Rosemary Ukata tries to bring perpetrators to justice.]

Kindesmissbrauch und Inzest sind in Nigeria zwar strafbar, doch kaum jemand zeigt die Taten an. Die Opfer werden stigmatisiert. Die Ordensfrau Rosemary Ukata versucht, Täter vor Gericht zu bringen.

Ordensschwester Rosemary Ukata sitzt in einem winzigen Büro in Ogoja, einer Kleinstadt im Süden Nigerias. Von außen dringt der Straßenlärm herein. Immer wieder kommt jemand, der ihren Rat braucht. Die 59-Jährige, die aus dem Bundesstaat Abia im Südosten des Landes stammt, bleibt gelassen und freundlich, aber auch bestimmt. Besonders viel Zeit nimmt sie sich für Helen. Die junge Frau kann häufig nur stumm nicken, da ihr immer wieder die Tränen kommen. Schwester Rosemary fast Helens Geschichte zusammen:

"Helen ist eines der Vergewaltigungsopfer. Um genau zu sein, war es Inzest. Wir haben sie kennengelernt, weil ein Nachbar besorgt war. Er ist zu uns ins Büro gekommen und hat erzählt, dass das Mädchen vom Vater missbraucht worden ist. Dadurch ist es schwanger geworden."

Sexueller Missbrauch und Inzest sind in Nigeria strafbar. Doch meistens kommt es nicht einmal zu einer Anzeige. Genau das will die Ordensschwester, die 1999 das "Zentrum für Frauenstudien und Einmischung" – kurz CWSI – gegründet hat, ändern. In einem aktuellen Fall steht beispielsweise gerade ein Mann vor Gericht, der eine Dreijährige vergewaltigt hat. CWSI übernimmt die Prozesskosten.

Auch im Fall von Helen gingen die Mitarbeiter zur Polizei. Doch die Antwort war ernüchternd:

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:04 PM

El cura expulsado del colegio Cardenal Newman se defiende: "Todo es un enorme error"

ARGENTINA
Clarín

November 8, 2017

[Google Translate: The Dominican priest Luis Federico Lenzi, separated from his position at the Cardinal Newman School of San Isidro after having been found in "irregular situations" with students, said today through an audio on WhatsApp that what happened "is a huge mistake" .]

A través de un audio de WhatsApp, el fraile Luis Lenzi minimizó su separación del cargo. Lo acusan de haber sido encontrado en "situaciones irregulares" con alumnos.

El sacerdote dominico Luis Federico Lenzi, separado de su cargo en el colegio Cardenal Newman de San Isidro tras haber sido encontrado en "situaciones irregulares" con alumnos, dijo hoy a través de un audio de Whatsapp que lo ocurrido "es todo un enorme error".

La respuesta del cura, que es uno de los tres sacerdotes dominicos de ésa orden en San Juan, se conoció a través de un audio de Whatsapp enviado a la comunidad de la provincia cuyana y que esta mañana se viralizó.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:59 AM

Comienza el juicio por corrupción de menores contra el cura Ilarraz

ARGENTINA
Elentrerios

November 8, 2017

Diario Uno Entre Ríos

[Google Translate: On Monday the 13th, the trial of priest Justo José Ilarraz, accused of seven cases of corruption and abuse of minors when he was the prefect of discipline at the archdiocesan seminary of Our Lady of the Cenacle, between 1985 and 1993, began in the courts of Paraná. which were pupils children between 10 and 14 years. Although it is not defined, at the stage of the allegations, the prosecutor's office and the plaintiffs will demand more than 25 years in prison.]

El sacerdote fue acusado de siete hechos de abusos ocurridos dentro de seminario de Paraná. Tras siete años de investigación, finalmente el religioso se sentará en el banquillo de los acusados. La querella y Fiscalía pedirán más de 25 años.

El lunes 13 iniciará en los tribunales de Paraná, el juicio al cura Justo José Ilarraz, acusado por siete casos de corrupción y abuso de menores cuando ejercía como prefecto de disciplina en el seminario arquidiocesano Nuestra Señora del Cenáculo, entre 1985 y 1993, establecimiento en el que eran pupilos niños de entre 10 y 14 años. Si bien no está definido, en la etapa de los alegatos la fiscalía y las querellan van a reclamar penas superiores a los 25 años de cárcel.

Es un juicio lleno de polémicas y medidas dilatorias que derivaron en la intervención de toda la estructura judicial de la provincia de Entre Ríos, de Casación a nivel nacional y ahora se espera la definición de la Corte Suprema de Justicia para establecer si la causa está o no prescripta, tal cual sostiene la defensa del cura.

El debate será a puertas cerradas, y es el segundo que se sustancia a un religioso en Entre Ríos por abuso y corrupción de menores, ya que por la misma situación fue condenado a 25 años de prisión efectiva el cura Juan Diego Escobar Gaviria, de Nogoyá.

Al sacerdote, a quien se juzgará en la causa caratulada "Ilarraz, Justo José s/promoción a la corrupción agravada", se lo acusa de haber abusado de siete adolescentes, de entre 10 y 14 años, que cursaban el ciclo básico como pupilos en el seminario menor, un colegio orientado al sacerdocio.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:56 AM

El lunes comienza el juicio contra el cura Justo José Ilarraz por abuso y corrupción de menores

ARGENTINA
Analisis Digital

November 9, 2017

[Google Translate: Next Monday, November 13, the trial of priest Justo José Ilarraz, accused of seven cases of corruption and child abuse when he was prefect of discipline in the Archdiocesan Seminary "Our Lady of the Cenacle," will begin in the Courts of Paraná. 1985 and 1993, establishment in which children between 10 and 14 years old were pupils. Although it is not defined, it is estimated that at the stage of the allegations the prosecution and the complaints will demand penalties exceeding 25 years in prison.]

El próximo lunes 13 de noviembre se iniciará en los Tribunales de Paraná, el juicio al cura Justo José Ilarraz, acusado por siete casos de corrupción y abuso de menores cuando ejercía como prefecto de disciplina en el Seminario Arquidiocesano “Nuestra Señora del Cenáculo”, entre 1985 y 1993, establecimiento en el que eran pupilos niños de entre 10 y 14 años. Si bien no está definido, se estima que en la etapa de los alegatos la fiscalía y las querellas van a reclamar penas superiores a los 25 años de cárcel. El 13 de septiembre de 2012, la revista ANÁLISIS publicó en su portada la denuncia de los abusos de Ilarraz, lo que permitió actuar de oficio a la Procuración general y sumar a los pocos días los primeros dos testimonios de sus víctimas. Finalmente, tras cinco años de investigación, el sacerdote se sentará en el banquillo de los acusados. El debate será a puertas cerradas.
Es un juicio lleno de polémicas y medidas dilatorias que derivaron en la intervención de toda la estructura judicial de la provincia de Entre Ríos, de Casación a nivel nacional y ahora se espera la definición de la Corte Suprema de Justicia para establecer si la causa está o no prescripta, tal como sostiene la defensa del cura.

El debate será a puertas cerradas, y es el segundo que se sustancia a un religioso en Entre Ríos por abuso y corrupción de menores, ya que por la misma situación fue condenado a 25 años de prisión efectiva el cura Juan Diego Escobar Gaviria, de Lucas González.

Al sacerdote, a quien se juzgará en la causa caratulada "Ilarraz, Justo José s/Promoción a la corrupción agravada", se lo acusa de haber abusado de siete adolescentes, de entre 10 y 14 años, que cursaban el ciclo básico como pupilos en el seminario menor, un colegio orientado al sacerdocio.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:52 AM

Comienza el lunes el juicio al cura Ilarraz, acusado de abuso y corrupción de menores

ARGENTINA
El Litoral

November 8, 2017

[Google Translate: The Oral Court of Paraná will begin on Monday the trial of priest Justo José Ilarraz, accused of seven cases of corruption and abuse of minors when he was the prefect of discipline at the Archdiocesan Seminary Nuestra Señora del Cenáculo, between 1985 and 1993, establishment in which children between 10 and 14 years old were pupils.]

Telam

El Tribunal Oral de Paraná comenzará el lunes el juicio al cura Justo José Ilarraz, acusado por siete casos de corrupción y abuso de menores cuando ejercía como prefecto de disciplina en el Seminario Arquidiocesano Nuestra Señora del Cenáculo, entre 1985 y 1993, establecimiento en el que eran pupilos niños de entre 10 y 14 años.

El juicio, que comenzará a las 9 y será a puertas cerradas, será el segundo que se sustancia a un religioso en Entre Ríos por abuso y corrupción de menores, ya que por la misma causa fue condenado a 25 años de prisión efectiva el cura Juan Diego Escobar Gaviria, de Nogoyá.

Al sacerdote, a quien se juzgará en la causa caratulada ‘Ilarraz, Justo José s/promoción a la corrupción agravada‘, se lo acusa de haber abusado de siete adolescentes, de entre 10 y 14 años, que cursaban el ciclo básico como pupilos en el seminario Menor, un colegio orientado al sacerdocio.Ilarraz fue suspendido por la Igesia en 2012 para oficiar misas en público, pero antes, en 1993, el entonces arzobispo de Paraná, Monseñor Estanislao Esteban Karlic, lo autorizó para que viajara a Roma.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:48 AM

Comienza el lunes el juicio al cura Ilarraz, acusado de abuso y corrupción de menores

ARGENTINA
El Litoral

November 8, 2017

[Google Translate: The Oral Court of Paraná will begin on Monday the trial of priest Justo José Ilarraz, accused of seven cases of corruption and abuse of minors when he was the prefect of discipline at the Archdiocesan Seminary Nuestra Señora del Cenáculo, between 1985 and 1993, establishment in which children between 10 and 14 years old were pupils.]

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El Tribunal Oral de Paraná comenzará el lunes el juicio al cura Justo José Ilarraz, acusado por siete casos de corrupción y abuso de menores cuando ejercía como prefecto de disciplina en el Seminario Arquidiocesano Nuestra Señora del Cenáculo, entre 1985 y 1993, establecimiento en el que eran pupilos niños de entre 10 y 14 años.

El juicio, que comenzará a las 9 y será a puertas cerradas, será el segundo que se sustancia a un religioso en Entre Ríos por abuso y corrupción de menores, ya que por la misma causa fue condenado a 25 años de prisión efectiva el cura Juan Diego Escobar Gaviria, de Nogoyá.

Al sacerdote, a quien se juzgará en la causa caratulada ‘Ilarraz, Justo José s/promoción a la corrupción agravada‘, se lo acusa de haber abusado de siete adolescentes, de entre 10 y 14 años, que cursaban el ciclo básico como pupilos en el seminario Menor, un colegio orientado al sacerdocio.Ilarraz fue suspendido por la Igesia en 2012 para oficiar misas en público, pero antes, en 1993, el entonces arzobispo de Paraná, Monseñor Estanislao Esteban Karlic, lo autorizó para que viajara a Roma.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:48 AM

Lawsuit: Priest, Boy Scout leader abused victim

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

November 9, 2017

By Mindy Aguon

A Mangilao man alleges he was sexually abused by a priest and a Boy Scout leader 53 years ago.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in the District Court of Guam, B.F., who used his initials to protect his identity, accused retired priest Louis Brouillard and Edward Pereira of sexually abusing him over a two-year period beginning in 1964.

The civil complaint filed against the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America and Brouillard alleges that B.F. met Brouillard when he was serving as priest of the Mangilao parish and Pereira served as a Scout leader.

The boy was never officially an altar boy, although Brouillard allowed him to serve as a back-up altar server and participate in Boy Scout outings, the lawsuit states.

B.F. alleges the abuse occurred at the Mangilao rectory where Brouillard walked around naked, exposing himself to boys. The priest allegedly had the boys take turns sitting naked on his lap while he fondled them and forced them to perform sexual acts.

The alleged abuse continued during Boy Scout swimming outings. B.F. recalled that on two occasions while at Agana Springs, he and several of his friends refused to remove their clothes and Brouillard made them walk home to Mangilao.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:58 AM

Gympie man's child abuse horror story nears final chapter

AUSTRALIA
The Gympie Times

November 9, 2017

By Arthur Gorrie

Joe Kiernan was born into a real-life Stephen King horror story in 1960.

Stolen from his unmarried mother at birth, "because that's what they did then," he was sent to the infamous St Joseph's orphanage at Neerkol, near Rockhampton - an institution so evil its grounds include a memorial to the abused children who died there.

A Gympie survivor of unimaginable abuse, Mr Kiernan was able to smile at times yesterday as he told of his feelings, now the prosecutions have begun and the truth has come out at a Royal Commission.

"Some former residents don't want the buildings destroyed, but it's owned by other people now and they have a right to do what they want," Mr Kiernan said yesterday.

And he said the demolition crews might just find some gruesome reminders of the Neerkol horror story.

"So be it," Mr Kiernan said yesterday.

"They might find some bodies or bones.

"If they do and there are some without death certificates, it's back in the hands of the police."

Mr Kiernan is one of thousands of people who survived the care of church and state and who have now given evidence to the Child Abuse Royal Commission.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:55 AM

Married priests

PHILIPPINES
The Manila Standard

November 09, 2017

By Florencio Fianza

It is possible that in the not too distant future, we will be seeing married priests administering to the Roman Catholic faithful in this country.

Brazilian Claudio Cardinal Hummes, who is a friend of Pope Francis, requested the Pope to lift the ban on the ordination of married men specifically for Brazil which is the largest Roman Catholic country in the world.

The request is for the church to consider “vin probati,” the ordination of married men with proven great faith. Brazil, just like many other countries around the world, is suffering from a shortage of priests having only one priest per 10,000 faithful. It is thought that the ordination of married men might alleviate this acute problem.

This however, is not the only problem facing the Catholic Church today. There is the matter of sexual misconduct by priests which has caused tremendous damage to the prestige and reputation of the church as the guardian of faith and morals in the last couple of decades. At the moment, Australian Cardinal George Pell, formerly the third most powerful official in the Vatican, is undergoing criminal trial for child sexual abuse in his native country.

In the so-called Eastern Catholic Church, where priests are allowed to marry, the problem of sexual misconduct is not often heard of. Allowing priests to marry or ordaining married men with proven great faith might therefore go a long way in lessening this problem of the Catholic Church. It is like solving two huge problems with a single shot.

The issue of married priests has always been a contentious problem of the Church right from the very beginning. Right from the start, priests were allowed to marry. Seven popes in antiquity were in fact married starting with St Peter. The apostles were also married. But there were Church leaders who questioned not only the practicality of married priests but also whether marriage was damaging the purity of the church. Matters like married priests not sleeping with their wives the night before celebrating the holy mass started being required. Other subjects such as material things being evil and that a person cannot be married and be perfect at the same time started to take root in early Church teachings.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:53 AM

Sad truth on how companies respond to workplace sexual harassment

TORONTO (CANADA)
The Toronto Star

November 7, 2017

By Kelly Nolan

Instead of supporting lawyers who work to silence victims, workplaces should try evolving the culture from a patriarchal system of entitlement to one where women never have to be afraid.

As leader after leader falls from grace in the current sweep of sexual harassment and assault accusations, CEOs, chairs of the boards, human resources executives and corporate legal counsel are rushing into emergency meetings to assess their risk and build crisis communications strategies to “manage” the potential fallout.

What’s on the meeting agenda? Reviews of past nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), risk assessments on unresolved complaints from employees and disgruntled employees who have fled the company.

“What is our exposure on this?”

“How do we manage what we have hidden in our corporate closet?”

What should be on the agenda? How to create equity frameworks to ensure our employees are safe and free from harassment and the abuse of power. How to ensure transparency so the women on their team and their future recruits know their well-being trumps the “Trumps” in the office.

NDAs are the devil’s work. They silence victims, protect the employer from taking responsibility and secure a perfect environment for predators — and have done so for years. (Fox News ... say no more.)

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:50 AM

WHAT DO YOU ACTUALLY BELIEVE?: Committed Catholics no longer trust the hierarchy.

UNITED STATES
The Church Militant

November 9, 2017

TRANSCRIPT

Next week, the American bishops will gather for one of their twice-a-year meetings and discuss a bevy of topics. But as the bishops meet, out-in-the-pews, committed Catholics are becoming increasingly concerned about the direction the conference is taking as a whole. By committed Catholics, we mean Catholics who not only go to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days and have a devotional life but also have a very good understanding of the ruinous state the Church is in.

They are not looking at little things here and there and investing all their hope and common sense in these small things — laudable and joyful as they are. It is precisely the attitude and tone and direction of the bishops' conference that sucks the joy and hope out of these efforts, giving committed Catholics pause to think that they will suddenly be shut down or sidelined without any notice.

This has been the case with multiple little religious communities that have tried to form or homeschooling efforts on the part of concerned parents or distribution of faithful catechetical materials or various speakers not being allowed to present on church property and so forth. Add to this the wall of opposition to anything even closely resembling Tradition, and we aren't talking necessarily about the Latin Mass but attempts to get rid of abuses and liturgical overreaches that currently exist and are ignored or the near-refusal, however politely it may be framed, to allow any resurgence or restoration of Catholic identity as it relates to the political and cultural order, for example.

Tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands, of committed Catholics have simply grown to not trust the bishops when it comes to promotion of the authentic Catholic faith. In fact, those Catholics see many of the bishops more along the lines of being the actual problem, not just a hindrance. There is, simply stated, a mountain range of evidence pointing at the bishops collectively not caring about committed Catholics. It has not been for nothing that tens of thousands of committed Catholic parents will not let their children attend Catholic schools anymore for fear of losing the Faith. The same motive is behind thousands of Catholic families who Sunday after Sunday pile into vans and drive long distances to go to a reverent Mass, driving right past a number of other, more convenient parishes along the way. They simply don't trust the priests who are allowed by the bishop to continue in their ministry.

When you add to that climate the silence in the face of heresies, dissent, horrible catechesis, bowing to false ecumenism, which was on full display front and center during Revolt Day last week, and a host of other sins — the approval of all things gay and gay clergy, the anti-Catholic preaching that happens regularly at Catholic parishes, the promotion of a massively worldly agenda dressed up in spiritual rags — climate change, immigration, death penalty, community organizing, social justice warrior "collections," to name just a few. These are politically liberal, practically socialist positions that too many of the bishops like to baptize and pass off as somehow Catholic, and of course, the realization that many of these bishops were involved directly or indirectly with the gay clergy sex abuse scandal which has cost the Church in the U.S. nearly $4 billion.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:48 AM

United States: NYC Expands Sick Time Act To Offer Safe Time To Victims Of Sexual Abuse, Stalking, And Human Trafficking

NEW YORK
Mondaq

November 9, 2017

By Stephanie L. Aranyos
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

On November 6, 2017, Mayor de Blasio signed New York City Council legislation Int. 1313-2016 (also referred to as Int. 1313-A or the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act) into law, expanding the New York City Earned Sick Time Act. The new law will allow employees to take "safe" time related to family offense matters, sexual abuse, stalking, and human trafficking. The new law is set to take effect on or about Monday, May 7, 2018.

The New York City Earned Sick Time Act, which took effect on April 1, 2014, requires that New York City employers with 5 or more employees provide up to 40 hours of paid sick time to eligible employees in a calendar year. Employers with fewer than five employees must provide the equivalent of unpaid leave. While the safe time expansion does not expand the number of hours an employer is required to provide to employees, it significantly expands the permissible uses for safe/sick time.

Under the new law, employees will be permitted to take safe time if they are victims of a family offense matter, sexual offense, stalking, or human trafficking, or if a family member has been a victim of such crimes, in the following circumstances:

a. to obtain services from a domestic violence shelter, rape crisis center, or other shelter or services program for relief from a family offense matter, sexual offense, stalking, or human trafficking;
b. to participate in safety planning, temporarily or permanently relocate, or take other actions to increase the safety of the employee or employee's family members from future family offense matters, sexual offenses, stalking, or human trafficking;
c. to meet with a civil attorney or other social service provider to obtain information and advice on, and prepare for or participate in any criminal or civil proceeding, including but not limited to, matters related to a family offense matter, sexual offense, stalking, human trafficking, custody, visitation, matrimonial issues, orders of protection, immigration, housing, discrimination in employment, housing or consumer credit;
d. to file a complaint or domestic incident report with law enforcement;
e. to meet with a district attorney's office;
f. to enroll children in a new school; or
g. to take other actions necessary to maintain, improve, or restore the physical, psychological, or economic health or safety of the employee or the employee's family member or to protect those who associate or work with the employee."
Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:42 AM

Unruh’s complaint could anchor class-action

BOSTON
Boston Herald

November 09, 2017

By Chris Villani and Joe Dwinell

Heather Unruh’s complaint against Kevin Spacey could be the cornerstone of a class-action suit against the Hollywood star, similar to the cases filed against the Archdiocese of Boston during the clergy sex abuse scandal.

And such a sweeping civil action could cost the now-banished “House of Cards” actor millions, said Boston civil litigation lawyer Mark Itzkowitz.

“An award could be astronomical,” said Itzkowitz. “The fact that so many people are coming forward against Spacey lends credibility” to Unruh’s accusation.

The former Channel 5 anchor told reporters yesterday Spacey plied her underage son with alcohol in June 2016 at the Club Car restaurant on Nantucket. He then allegedly grabbed the then-18-year-old’s genitals, she said. Prosecutors said they have launched an investigation.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who is representing Unruh’s son, said he is exploring taking civil action against the A-list actor.

Spacey’s career has been in a free fall, and he announced last week he is seeking treatment after actor Anthony Rapp said Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance at him during a party at Spacey’s home in the 1980s, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was just 14.

Filmmaker Tony Montana and others have since come forth with similar allegations against the 58-year-old Spacey.

Hub attorney Carmen L. Durso said accusers lining up against Spacey makes a case against him that much stronger.

“If he has 10 victims, you could theoretically have all 10 victims testify at a civil trial,” Durso said. “It gives the jury a basis for believing the victim, buttressing the victim’s credibility in talking about something that other people agreed that person did before and was in a habit of doing.”

Durso said the key is showing a pattern of alleged criminal behavior.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:40 AM

Former Boston news anchor accuses Kevin Spacey of assaulting her son, then 18, last year

BOSTON
The Los Angeles Times

November 8, 2017

By Libby Hill

Authorities in the Cape and Islands District of Mass. have confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that a police investigation involving Kevin Spacey is underway following an allegation that he groped the teenage son of a former Boston TV news anchor.

At a Wednesday news conference in Boston, Heather Unruh alleged that the Oscar-winning actor assaulted her son last year when he was 18.

Unruh sat alongside lawyer Mitchell Garabedian and her teenage daughter as she shared the story that began unfolding with a tweet several weeks ago.

“The #weinsteinscandal has emboldened me,” Unruh tweeted on Oct. 13. “I was a Kevin Spacey fan until he assaulted a loved one. Time the dominoes fell.”

And the dominoes did begin to fall for Spacey. On Oct. 29, actor Anthony Rapp publicly alleged that Spacey made a sexual advance toward him in 1986, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp just 14.

Spacey said last week that he did not recall the incident with Rapp but apologized for the encounter. He also said he is seeking “evaluation and treatment.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:38 AM

Former TV Anchorwoman Accuses Kevin Spacey of Assaulting Her Son

BOSTON
The New York Times

November 8, 2017

By Katharine Q. Seelye

BOSTON — A longtime Boston television journalist on Wednesday accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting her 18-year-old son in the summer of 2016 at a Nantucket bar.

At an emotional news conference, Heather Unruh, a former news anchor for WCVB, an ABC affiliate, said that the actor plied her son with “drink after drink” and then reached down his pants and grabbed his genitals. Her son had told Mr. Spacey that he was 21, she said, though he was only 18.

“But,” said Ms. Unruh, regardless of her son’s age, “Kevin Spacey had no right to sexually assault him. There was no consent.” She said she hoped the actor would go to jail.

Mr. Spacey and his spokesman did not immediately reply to email messages seeking comment on Wednesday.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:36 AM

November 8, 2017

The Register at 90: Forming and Informing Catholics With ‘Snap, Vigor and Courage’: A look back at our history in Catholic journalism

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

November 8, 2017

By Peter Jesserer Smith

When Soviet tanks rumbled into Lithuania in 1991, a pair of young journalists crossed the border — for the second time — to chronicle the death throes of the Soviet Union for the National Catholic Register.

Soviet dictator Josef Stalin once reputedly scoffed, “The Pope! How many divisions has he got?” when told Pope Pius XI wanted to see signs of encouragement for religion and Catholics in Russia. More than 50 years later, Joop Koopman and Jonathan Luxmoore were on assignment for the Register, crisscrossing in a secondhand Polonez, a Polish car with a cast-iron bumper that Luxmoore bought from a Belgian ambassador, sending back their firsthand accounts of watching the empire Stalin built crumble before St. John Paul II’s religious revolution.

“We were at the cutting-edge of political reform and change,” recalled Koopman, who went on to serve as the newspaper’s editor during the 1990s.

These and other stories of the past 90 years rest in the Register’s archives. But the fading pages of print also tell the story of a long line of men and women who served as custodians of a great mission to form, inform and challenge generations of Catholic readers to engage the world through the global lens of the Catholic faith.

From its very beginnings Nov. 8, 1927, up to its present day as a news service of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, the Register has left its mark on both its readers and the journalists who aspired to bring the best professional writing to its pages.

Denver Origins

The National Catholic Register was born out of the Denver Catholic Register, which began as an effort in 1905 to set the record straight for Colorado’s Catholics and had been overseen by Msgr. Matthew Smith since 1913. Msgr. Smith took over leadership of the Denver newspaper as a lay journalist, bringing to the paper professional journalistic standards. He had been a priest only four years when he launched the national edition of the Register in 1927.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:20 PM

Brothers abused by reverend

ENGLAND
The Argus

November 7, 2017

TWO brothers have described the moment they realised they were abused by the same man.

Phil and Gary Johnson were both abused by the Reverend Roy Cotton while they were members of the choir at St Andrew’s church in Eastbourne.

Cotton, who died in 2006, was never prosecuted, but the brothers’ case led to the prosecutions of several other clergy.

Theresa May, when she was Home Secretary, ordered a national inquiry into abuse cases by the clergy.

Phil Johnson said: “There was a story on the lunchtime news on the radio about an abusive vicar. I could see out of the corner of my eye that Gary froze. And the penny dropped in that moment.”

The brothers’ fight for justice ended 20 years ago, as they were told there were not enough independent witnesses to prosecute Cotton.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:16 PM

Harvey Weinstein’s not alone

UNITED STATES
Catholic News Service

November 7, 2017

By Greg Erlandson

Harvey Weinstein is a pig.

It’s not language I would normally use in a column, but the cascade of revelations about his treatment of women and men, most particularly his twisted and apparently constant sexual advances, demands a blunt assessment. The accusations that have toppled this modern-day film mogul make for disturbing reading every morning at the breakfast table.

The exposure of his predatory bullying in this age of predatory bullies has had at least a few benefits, however.

First, it has ignited an explosion of confessions on the part of women in the entertainment industry as well as other professions. I might say all professions. The #MeToo hashtag makes for harrowing reading, a rolling tide of upsetting, at times horrifying, anecdotes that can easily fill the reader with a deep despair for man’s inhumanity to woman.

While many of us make our way through our days without harassing or being harassed, it is clear that many of our sisters (and some of our brothers) are not so fortunate. That so many have felt it necessary to remain silent for so long speaks not just to fear of the abuser’s retaliation, but also to the fear that the rest of us will turn away.

As we Catholics have seen in the clergy sexual abuse crisis, this fear is not unfounded. Of course, we must be sensitive to the risk of false allegations, which is why we need due process, but not no process or a sham process.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:28 PM

15 Years Later, Josh Guimond’s Disappearance Still Unsolved

MINNEAPOLIS (MN)
CBS (WCCO)

November 7, 2017

By Liz Collin

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A student at a Minnesota Catholic college vanished in the middle of the night. This week marks 15 years since Josh Guimond went missing from St. John’s University.

A standout student, the 20-year-old had a bright future ahead. That all changed Nov. 9, 2002. Guimond’s disappearance would later face extra scrutiny, both for the clergy sex-abuse scandal and for the investigators assigned to the case.

A decade and a half later, WCCO’s Liz Collin went back to talk to a family still waiting for answers, the investigators trying to find them and to the friends who last saw Guimond before his trail went cold.

There is a certain Minnesota modesty when Brian Guimond describes his son — class president of his Maple Lake High School, voted most likely to succeed by his peers, planning for a future in politics and law.

“Oh yeah honor rolls and all that,” he said.

Raised Catholic, Brian made sure his son was in a pew each Sunday. Another reason Josh’s choice to attend St. John’s University made perfect sense. He was a junior in college and that November weekend of 2002 marked deer opener. Instead of taking part in the annual hunting tradition with dad, homework kept Josh in Collegeville.

We now know that Saturday night, Nov. 9, Josh met up with friends to play cards. The next day, his dad discovered Josh hadn’t been seen since.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:05 PM

El cura Grassi fue beneficiado con el "2x1"

ARGENTINA
El Patagónico

November 7, 2017

[Google Translate: The Criminal Chamber upheld the decision of the Criminal Oral Court 1 of Morón, which last April granted the benefit of "two for one" to the priest Julio César Grassi, sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated sexual abuse of minors and who will be imprisoned until 2026]

Lo confirmó la Cámara Penal. Con la reducción de la pena, estará preso hasta 2026.

La Cámara Penal ratificó el fallo del Tribunal Oral Criminal 1 de Morón, que en abril pasado concedió el beneficio del "dos por uno" al sacerdote Julio César Grassi, condenado a 15 años de prisión por abuso sexual agravado a menores y que estará preso hasta 2026.

El Tribunal Oral Criminal 1 de Morón, el mismo que lo sentenció en primera instancia, había realizado un cálculo de la pena a cumplir y determinado que a Grassi le restan cumplir aún nueve años, cuatro meses y 20 días de condena, por lo que estará detenido hasta el 10 de agosto de 2026.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:56 AM

Archivan definitivamente denuncia de abuso sexual contra sacerdote

PERU
Diario Correo

November 7, 2017

By Jorge Alberto

[Google Translate: The complaint against the priest of Huamanga - Ayacucho, Felix Pariona Huacre, for sexual abuse against a minor has been filed today for the second and final time.]

La menor que denunció el hecho no acudió al examen psicológico

La denuncia contra el sacerdote de Huamanga - Ayacucho, Felix Pariona Huacre, por abuso sexual en contra de una menor ha sido archivado hoy por segunda y definitiva vez.

El caso fue archivado por primera vez por la Segunda Fiscalía Provincial Penal Corporativa de Huamanga, a cargo del fiscal Nilo Paredes. Pero tras una revisión la Cuarta Fiscalía Superior Penal de Ayacucho revisó el caso y ordenó que este se reabra.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:54 AM

Habló el cura acusado de "situaciones irregulares" en el colegio Cardenal Newman: "No ha pasado nada grave"

ARGENTINA
Info Bae

November 8, 2017

[Google Translate: His name monopolized the public light of all the media in the country after the Cardenal Newman School, one of the most prestigious in Argentina, decided to dismiss him for "irregular situations" he had in the institution itself. However, the priest Luis Lenzi denied any type of accusation and affirmed that during his period in the entity "nothing serious happened".]

Luis Lenzi negó haber cometido cualquier tipo de abuso con los alumnos de la entidad y calificó el hecho como algo "confuso, triste y tan feo". En tanto, la Orden de Predicadores emitió un comunicado en el que condenó las acciones del cura en la institución educativa de San Isidro

Su nombre acaparó la luz pública de todos los medios del país después de que el colegio Cardenal Newman, uno de los más prestigiosos de la Argentina, decidiera despedirlo por "situaciones irregulares" que tuvo en la propia institución. Sin embargo, el cura Luis Lenzi negó cualquier tipo de acusación y afirmó que durante su período en la entidad "no pasó nada grave".

"No ha pasado nada grave y absolutamente nada con ningún chico de todo lo que se pueda pensar. Pero hay detalles prácticos de los que prefiero no hablar. No ha pasado nada grave para mí, pero espero que un poco se decante el momento", explicó el padre Lenzi en una conversación telefónica con el Diario de Cuyo.

Al margen de sus tareas en el Newman, Lenzi es uno de los tres frailes que integran la orden de los domínicos a cargo del colegio y de la iglesia de Santo Domingo en la provincia cuyana.

El escándalo explotó el lunes, cuando el propio Colegio Newman envió un comunicado a los padres de la institución en el que informaba sobre la decisión tomada.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:50 AM

Concedieron el "2 x 1" al cura Grassi y saldrá en libertad 21 meses antes

ARGENTINA
La Capital

November 8, 2017

[Google Translate: The Chamber of Criminal and Criminal Appeals of Morón granted the priest Julio César Grassi the benefit of the so-called "2 x 1 law" and recalculated his release in August 2026, instead of 2028, as was expected when He was convicted for abusing a minor.]

El religioso estará en prisión hasta agosto de 2026. La Cámara de Morón aplicó el beneficio para el tiempo en que estuvo preso sin condena firme

La Cámara de Apelaciones en lo Penal y Criminal de Morón le concedió al sacerdote Julio César Grassi el beneficio de la llamada "ley del 2 x 1" y recalculó su salida en libertad para agosto de 2026, en lugar de 2028, como estaba previsto cuando fue condenado por abusar de un menor.

De esta forma, la Cámara de Apelaciones confirmó el fallo de primera instancia del Tribunal en lo Criminal 1 de Morón y resolvió aplicar los beneficios de una ley que fue derogada por la Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación.

El sacerdote fue condenado a 15 años de prisión por abusar sexualmente del menor conocido como "Gabriel", a quien cuidaba en la Fundación Felices los Niños que dirigía el cura, en un proceso que duró 11 años, desde octubre de 2002, cuando el caso salió a la luz por una investigación televisiva.

Grassi estuvo en la cárcel desde el 23 de octubre al 21 de noviembre de 2002; luego bajo prisión domiciliaria entre el 7 de marzo de 2012 y el 31 de mayo de ese año y finalmente fue apresado otra vez el 23 de septiembre de 2013 hasta la actualidad, alojado en el penal de Campana

El cálculo de la pena de 15 años se tomaba a partir de esa última fecha, por lo que el cura tenía como data de su libertad el 2028.

Ahora, la Cámara de Apelaciones computó esos dos períodos en los que Grassi estuvo en prisión sin sentencia, aplicó la ley del dos por uno y la nueva fecha de salida es 2026, un año y nueve meses antes de lo previsto en la condena

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:47 AM

Rebajan condena a sacerdote acusado de abuso a menor

BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA)
Diario La Verdad

November 7, 2017

[Google Translate: The Argentine Justice today confirmed the reduction of the sentence, from 15 to 13 years, to a priest condemned for having abused a minor while running a foundation for poor children and adolescents.]

Buenos Aires, Argentina.- Rebajan condena a sacerdote acusado de abuso a menor.

La Justicia argentina confirmó hoy la rebaja de la pena, de 15 a 13 años, a un sacerdote condenado por haber abusado de un menor mientras dirigía una fundación para niños y adolescentes pobres.

La Cámara de Apelaciones en lo Penal y Criminal de Morón ratificó el beneficio que ya le había concedido otro tribunal de la misma localidad, al contar doble el año y nueve meses que el cura Julio César Grassi pasó en prisión domiciliaria o preventiva más allá del tiempo máximo establecido por la ley (dos años).

La decisión en primera instancia de aplicar el llamado “dos por uno”, tomada hace medio año, generó una fuerte polémica en Argentina y duras críticas de los denunciantes, tanto por la gravedad de los delitos como por el hecho de que este beneficio ya había sido anulado por la Corte Suprema del país.

Tras la confirmación de este fallo, el religioso saldrá de la cárcel en 2026 y no en 2028, como estaba previsto tras una condena a 15 años de cárcel.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:44 AM

Ayacucho: Arzobispado rechaza acusación de violación contra sacerdote

PERU
El Comercio

November 8, 2017

Redaccion EC

[Google Translate: Through a communiqué, the Metropolitan Archbishopric of Ayacucho rejected accusations of rape and undue touching against the priest of his jurisdiction Félix Pariona Huacre. The religious has been accused by a girl of initials ALL of sexually abusing her when she was between 15 and 17 years old.]

El religioso Félix Pariona, quien continúa oficiando misas, ha sido responsabilizado por una menor de abuso sexual

A través de un comunicado, el Arzobispado Metropolitano de Ayacucho rechazó las acusaciones de violación y tocamientos indebidos en contra del sacerdote de su jurisdicción Félix Pariona Huacre. El religioso ha sido acusado por una joven de iniciales A.L.L. de abusar sexualmente de ella cuando tenía entre 15 y 17 años.

De acuerdo al Arzobispado de Ayacucho, ellos han colaborado con las investigaciones del Ministerio Público, pero refieren que el caso se archivó por falta de pruebas el 20 de julio de 2017.

En la carta firmada por Monseñor Salvador Piñeiro, Arzobispo Metropolitano de Ayacucho, se detalla además que pese a que el caso se reabrió después por disposición del Fiscal Superior tras una queja de la defensa de la menor, ella no habría acudido al examen psicológico dispuesto dentro del plazo de 30 días de investigación.

"Tenemos la segunda disposición definitiva del archivamiento de fecha 7 de noviembre de 2017", indica el comunicado.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:41 AM

Ayacucho: caso de sacerdote acusado de violación fue archivado

PERU
America TV

November 7, 2017

[Google Translate: The Archbishop of Ayacucho issued a statement to inform the filing for the second time of the case of an alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl by a Catholic priest that occurred inside the Ayacucho seminary.]

Arzobispado informó que el Ministerio Público no encontró pruebas

El Arzobispado de Ayacucho emitió un comunicado para informar el archivamiento por segunda vez del caso de una presunta violación de una niña de 15 años por un sacerdote católico que habría ocurrido al interior del seminario de Ayacucho.

La organización informó que el Ministerio Público no halló más pruebas para determinar alguna culpabilidad de este sacerdote. Por este motivo, señalaron, este 7 de noviembre se determinó el archivamiento por segunda vez de este caso.

Sin embargo, el abogado de la menor ha indicado que esta no es la última instancia, ya que elevarán una queja de derecho de lo actuado ante el fiscal superior de Ayacucho en un plazo de 5 días.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:38 AM

Lewin: “Con Grassi no hay que bajar los brazos nunca, porque no se da por vencido”

ARGENTINA
Analisis Digital

November 8, 2017

[Google Translate: The renowned journalist Miriam Lewin, who led the investigation that revealed the abuses of priest Julio César Grassi, was not surprised by the determination of the justice to grant the benefit of 2x1 to the priest sentenced to 15 years in prison and assured that "coming from Grassi we know that you should never lower your arms "because" he does not give up ". In this regard, he affirmed that "the investigation that required the most efforts of journalists to support and protect witnesses and to cover them from the siege of reprisals was clearly that of Grassi." He also warned that "this is not going to end here" because "the next step will be to compute all that time that we consider absolute freedom but legally has the label of light prison as a prison completed, whereupon I would be released immediately. " In this context, he regretted feeling "again the bitter feeling that justice does not serve as a remedy". He asserted that "the wound of child sexual abuse is a permanently open wound, which does not stop bleeding" and claimed that "the Church clearly pronounces in these cases, so that eventually none of these pedophiles have ruined their lives. so many children that are concealed, protected and sustained by the Church. "]

Reclamó un pronunciamiento claro de la Iglesia contra los abusos

La reconocida periodista Miriam Lewin, quien encabezó la investigación que reveló los abusos del cura Julio César Grassi, no se manifestó sorprendida por la determinación de la justicia de otorgarle el beneficio del 2x1 al sacerdote condenado a 15 años de prisión y aseguró que “viniendo de Grassi sabemos que no hay que bajar los brazos nunca” porque “no se da por vencido”. En ese sentido, afirmó que “la investigación que más esfuerzos nos requirió a los periodistas para sostener y proteger a los testigos y para cubrirlos del asedio de las represalias fue claramente la de Grassi”. Además advirtió que “esto no va a terminar acá” ya que “el próximo paso será que le computen todo ese tiempo que consideramos de absoluta libertad pero que legalmente tiene la etiqueta de prisión morigerada como prisión cumplida, con lo cual saldría inmediatamente en libertad”. En este contexto, lamentó sentir “de nuevo la sensación amarga de que la justicia no sirve como reparación”. Aseveró que “la herida del abuso sexual infantil es una herida abierta permanentemente, que no deja de sangrar” y reclamó que “la Iglesia se pronuncie claramente en estos casos, para que finalmente no haya ninguno de estos pedófilos que le han arruinado la vida a tantos chicos que sean encubiertos, protegidos y sostenidos por la Iglesia”.

En declaraciones realizadas al programa A Quien Corresponda (Radio De la Plaza) Lewin sostuvo que “viniendo de Grassi sabemos que no hay que bajar los brazos nunca” y admitió: “Muchas veces me preguntan cuál fue la investigación en la que más represalias sufrieron los testigos, en las que me sentí más acosada o en peligro, y todos imaginan que sería la de los vuelos de la muerte o de corrupción policial o política, pero sin embargo la investigación que más esfuerzos nos requirió a los periodistas para sostener y proteger a los testigos y para cubrirlos del asedio de las represalias fue claramente la de Grassi”.

“Grassi nunca se da por vencido, jamás dejó de tener abogados de primera línea por más que no dieran la cara en algunas etapas del proceso y en este momento entendemos que lo está defendiendo Jorge Sandro, quien también asesoró en la defensa de Gregorio Ríos en el caso de Alfredo Yabrán. Y por eso creemos que esto no va a terminar acá”.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:34 AM

Echaron a un cura del Colegio Newman por "situaciones irregulares" con los alumnos

ARGENTINA
Todo Noticias

November 7, 2017

[Google Translate: The Newman School reported that it separated one of the priests who works in that educational institution from his position. Luis Lenzi will no longer work there because he was found in "irregular situations" with the students who attend class.]

El sacerdote Luis Lenzi tuvo conductas incorrectas con los chicos "en lugares abiertos".

El Colegio Newman informó que separó de su cargo a uno de los curas que trabaja en esa institución educativa. Luis Lenzi no trabajará más allí por haber sido encontrado en "situaciones irregulares" con los alumnos que asisten a clase.

El escueto comunicado del establecimiento educativo asegura que la escuela tomó la determinación luego de saber que esas situaciones "tuvieron lugar en espacios abiertos y que fueron advertidas por personal del colegio".

De acuerdo a lo que informó el diario Clarín, las razones que aduce el texto oficial no tienen que ver con casos de abuso sexual, sino con conductas incorrectas por su cargo de docente.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:31 AM

Woman sues Anglican Church after minister assaulted her with box cutter and knife

NEW BRUNSWICK (CANADA)
CBC News

November 08, 2017

By Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon

Cynthia Mae Moore seeks damages over 2 attacks by Rev. William Morton in St. Stephen in 2015

A New Brunswick woman who claims her former minister tried twice to kill her is suing him, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton and the Anglican Parish of St. Stephen.

Cynthia Mae Moore, 60, claims she was in a nearly four-year extramarital affair with Rev. William Morton, her minister at Christ Church in St. Stephen, when he threatened to skin her alive and scraped her breasts with a box cutter.

The incident happened at Morton's St. Stephen home on Nov. 24, 2015, according to the notice of action and statement of claim, filed with the Court of Queen's Bench in Saint John.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:29 AM

Cracking the Stonewall on a Nun’s Murder: A Reporter’s Story

BALTIMORE (MD)
The Crime Report

November 8, 2017

By Tom Nugent

It was the kind of moment that an investigative reporter never forgets.

Harsh accusations were told to WJZ by many of [Father] Maskell’s victims. We have spoken with two of these women, and now a third is coming forward with a real bombshell. She told WJZ she was abused not only by Father Maskell, but also by police officers. . . .

It happened last February 27, when Baltimore’s CBS outlet, WJZ-TV, reported that local police were investigating credible reports of cops raping teenagers at a Catholic high school for girls in the city, back in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

But the shocking TV news report also marked a huge turning point in this investigative reporter’s 22-year effort to uncover the truth about the murder of a teaching nun, Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, who had reportedly tried to blow the whistle on widespread sexual abuse of students at her high school in southwest Baltimore.

The February 27 news story was an unexpected development, for sure.

For the first time ever, a major television station in Baltimore was talking openly—live and on the air—about the possibility that the nun’s murder had been covered up by police officials for more than four decades because an open investigation might reveal that “several” local policemen had been engaged in the sexual abuse, along with several law-breaking Roman Catholic priests.

Until then, the story of the 22-year struggle to uncover and report the abuse—along with an alleged Church and police cover-up—had been a depressing chronicle of stonewalling, frustration and official indifference.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:12 AM

Church keeps sex abuse redress property

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

November 08, 2017

By Daniel McConnell

Six properties promised to the State by the Catholic Church in 2002 still remain outside full public ownership 15 years later, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

Documents obtained reveal a further 13 properties “handed over” in 2009, including the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin, also continue to remain outside of the State’s control.

The Department of Education has been sharply criticised by the chairman and members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for the “unacceptable delays” in transferring the properties over to the State.

The PAC is to bring the secretary general of the Department of Education, Seán Ó Foghlú, next week to seek answers from him over the failure to transfer the lands.

PAC chairman Sean Fleming, speaking to the Irish Examiner, said there has been a total “malaise” within the department.

“Clearly there has been an insufficient determination to wrap this matter up,” he said. “It is completely unacceptable to have these matters outstanding 15 years after agreements were reached.

“We will now hear evidence from Mr Ó Foghlú on this matter next week and the lack of progress will be top of the agenda.”

PAC member Catherine Murphy echoed Mr Fleming’s concerns, saying the delays are “astonishing”.

“The public deserves better than vague updates and an inability from the department to fully disclose their engagements with the congregations,” she said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:09 AM

San Jose Catholic school under fire for allegedly mishandling sexual abuse allegations decades ago

SAN JOSE (CA)
The Mercury News

November 7, 2017

By Tracey Kaplan

SAN JOSE — A private Catholic girls school in San Jose is grappling with accusations from a graduate who said a longtime teacher who has since died sexually molested her and another student decades ago but never was held accountable.

In an essay published in the Washington Post, Kathryn Leehane described her frustration after she reported to school officials and police that a teacher had sexually molested her and another student.

“The teacher remained at the school,” wrote Leehane, who did not name the teacher or the school. “Eventually, I lost hope for justice.”

The essay, titled “When the Legal System Fails Sexual Assault Victims, We Have To Find Our Own closure,” prompted graduates of the school Monday to circulate an online petition on change.org to Presentation High School. As of Tuesday afternoon, about 1,900 people had signed it.

The unnamed authors of the petition are demanding an independent investigation and a public apology. They also want officials who were told about the allegations but did not take appropriate action to face “consequences.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:06 AM

Irish group offers therapy for priests falsely accused of abuse

IRELAND
Catholic Herald

November 7, 2017

The Association of Catholic Priests say the sessions are in response to demand from members

Irish priests who have been falsely accused of sexually abusing children are being offered group therapy sessions in a bid to improve their mental health.

Ireland’s Association of Catholic Priests will run its first so-called “Circle of Healing” later in November in Cork, as part of an innovative new move to help innocent churchmen who have been affected by past abuse scandals.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 9:46 AM

AMPLEFORTH MONKS IN TRAINING BEFORE ABUSE INQUIRY PUBLIC HEARINGS

ENGLAND
The Tablet

November 8, 2017

By Bernadette Kehoe

Ampleforth has been rocked by a series of allegations linking priests to the abuse of boys

One of Britain’s leading Catholic schools, Ampleforth College, has revealed that some Benedictine monks there have received specialist training on how best to help victims and survivors of sexual abuse. In a statement ahead of its participation in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) later this month, Ampleforth said the aim was “to be much more focussed on survivors of abuse.”

So far, four monks have undergone two days of intensive training with an external agency which was recruited for the task, with the aim of rolling it out further in the coming months. A spokeswoman told The Tablet: “We wanted to make sure the monks were able to listen and respond to abuse survivors in the most appropriate way possible and to better understand the journey of abuse survivors. “

One monk added : “The training was very helpful. It gave me a deeper insight into the likely feelings of those who have been abused and I feel it prepared me to be more sympathetic and helpful to survivors who contact us.” The spokeswoman conceded the Inquiry could be a trigger for people to come forward and a confidential independent telephone helpline has also been set up for victims.

Ampleforth has been rocked by a series of allegations linking priests to the abuse of boys. Since 1996 three monks and a lay teacher have been convicted of sex offences against more than 30 pupils dating back to the mid-1960s and up to the mid-1990s. Ampleforth’s statement expressed ‘sincere and heartfelt apologies to anyone who suffered abuse in our schools, monastery, parishes or other ministries.’

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 9:42 AM

Accusers describe abuse in court hearing for Italian ‘Archangel’

ROME
Crux

November 8, 2017

By Claire Giangravè

The preliminary hearing in a trial of the leader of a Catholic lay association, who is charged with the sexual abuse of at least six underage girls, took place Nov. 4 in southern Italy. Three of the alleged victims took to the stand to testify to their accounts of the abuses which the accused was able to perpetrate for the better part of forty years with no ecclesiastic or governmental oversight.

ROME - In a case that raises questions about how an association proclaiming itself Catholic and meeting in a parish could escape Church oversight for decades, a Nov. 4 preliminary hearing in a trial of the group’s leader on sexual abuse charges featured testimony from three of his alleged female victims.

Pietro Alfio , 73, has been under arrest since Aug. 2, when an investigation called ‘Operation 12 Apostles,’ conducted by police in Sicily, uncovered a deep web of political, ecclesiastic and judicial ties that allegedly allowed Capuana to carry on abuses within the lay-led ‘Culture and Environment Catholic Association,’ or ACCA.

The group is listed as a ‘civil association’ and has up to 5,000 followers, who still meet in the little-known municipality of Aci Bonacorsi, located inside the Diocese of Acireale on the Italian island of Sicily.

By all accounts, Capuana was a charismatic and charming personality, referred to as ‘Archangel’ by his disciples.

During the preliminary hearing, local reports say that Capuana, wearing blue trousers and a light-colored shirt, “dragged himself” into the courtroom, looking thin and weary and accompanied by four armed penitentiary guards.

The hearing was presided over by the magistrate in charge of preliminary investigations, Anna Maria Cristaldi, and took place behind closed doors.

Three girls, one of them still a minor, took to the stand to testify before the judge, accompanied by their lawyer Tommaso Tamburino. Capuana was not allowed to see the witnesses as he stood behind bars, with a wooden screen hiding the witnesses in order to protect their identity. After the hearing, the girls exited through a back door.

Capuana was silent though most of the hearing, except for the few times he muttered indignantly at the accusations before being reprimanded by the judge.

Though the hearing was secret, the pre-trial detention order for Capuana, obtained by Crux in collaboration with local media outlet Laspiapress, revealed the grisly details discovered during the police investigation, including wiretaps of conversations among the alleged perpetrators.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 9:38 AM

November 7, 2017

Correction: Prep School-Sexual Abuse story

CONCORD (NH)
The Associated Press

November 7, 2017

In a story Nov. 2 about a report on sexual misconduct at St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, The Associated Press erroneously reported when a former Episcopal priest pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student. The priest pleaded guilty on May 15, not last week.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Report highlights pattern of sexual abuse at prep school

The rector of a prep school in New Hampshire says he is upset by accounts of sexual misconduct involving faculty that go back decades and the school's failure to protect students under its care

By Michael Casey

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Over several decades, former faculty and staff at a prep school are accused of singling out students, plying them with alcohol and then attempting to kiss, fondle and commit other acts of sexual misconduct with them, according to a report released by the school late Wednesday.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:27 PM

Sacerdote de 96 años difundió “por error” pornografía infantil

GUATEMALA
La Prensa Libre

November 3, 2017

[Google Translate: A retired priest of 96 years will face 70 charges for possession and dissemination of child pornography, after being accused of distributing "by mistake" the material to other elders in the retirement home where he lived.]

Un sacerdote retirado y de 96 años enfrentará 70 cargos por posesión y difusión de pornografía infantil, luego de ser acusado de distribuir “por error” el material a otros ancianos en la casa de retiro donde vivía.

El caso lo revelaron esta semana las agencias de noticias RT y New York Post, que cuentan la historia del hombre, que en apariencia almacenaba los archivos pornográficos en su computadora “incluidas fotos de niñas de hasta ocho años de edad”.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:23 PM

I was raped by a CofE priest and I know the system's broken

ENGLAND
Christian Today

November 6, 2017

By Jayne Ozanne

It's one of the first lessons in life – bad things happen. Bad things happen to bad people, and bad things happen to good people. They can happen in 'dark and dangerous places', but they can also happen in places that are supposed to be 'safe' and full of light. Sadly, this often makes the impact of what has happened even more wounding, with devastating consequences on an individual's ability to trust.

The critical thing of course is – what happens afterwards? How do we respond? What should we do – Keep Calm and Carry On as 'normal' (or as near to it as we can pretend to be), or allow ourselves to be changed and altered by the experience, learning from it so that we ensure it doesn't happen again?

The Church of England appears to be extremely good at adopting the former – wartime – strategy. It just carries on carrying on. However, in doing so it becomes more and more like a Carry On film – a farcical comedy that stretches reality to breaking point and risks becoming the butt of too many jokes.

So, here's my bad thing: I was raped – by a priest. No matter that it happened over 25 years ago. It happened. I finally told someone – a bishop – last year, and was advised discreetly to drop the allegations. I'm sure it was with the best of intentions, but it was like a kick in the stomach, adding quite literally insult to injury.

It has caused me to reflect – not only on my reasons for staying quiet for so many years, but also on my experience in finally coming forward. Most importantly, however, it has made me consider what I would have ideally liked to have happened – how I would have liked to have been treated, and what might have helped me to speak out sooner. For that is the point of my disclosure – to help us reflect and change.

Obviously, the first thing I would have dearly loved would have been to have been taught – from an early age – that this sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable, out of order, and absolutely not my fault. The years of self-blame and shame were arguably the most damaging. These were the years where I carried this awful truth on my own, too ashamed to speak out, and too guilty about what I saw as my own complicity to call it for what it was – rape.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:21 PM

Irish association to offer sessions for priests falsely accused of abuse

DUBLIN (IRELAND)
Catholic News Service

November 6, 2017

By Nick Bramhill

DUBLIN (CNS) — Irish priests who have been falsely accused of sexually abusing children are being offered group therapy sessions in a bid to improve their mental health.

Ireland’s Association of Catholic Priests will run its first so-called “Circle of Healing” later in November in Cork, as part of an innovative new move to help innocent churchmen who have been affected by past abuse scandals.

Father Roy Donovan, a spokesman for the 1,000-strong priests’ group, said the purpose of the workshops was to not only “help heal the scars” of clergymen cleared of abuse allegations, but also to provide support to clerics who still felt traumatized or a sense of collective guilt over crimes carried out by the minority of pedophile priests in their fold.

“A lot of good, decent priests have been affected by the abuse carried out by other priests in the past,” he said. “They’ve suffered shock and a sense of shame over what’s happened, and that’s partly why we’re holding a circle of healing.”

He said the sessions were in response to demand from the group’s members.
“Hopefully, those who attend will find some benefit and, if it goes well, then it’s quite likely that we’ll hold regular circles of healing around the country,” he said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:20 PM

The Conspiracy of Inaction on Sexual Abuse and Harassment

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

November 5, 2017

By David Leonhardt

I caught the journalism bug in high school. I was fortunate to be a scholarship student at a rigorous New York private school with a weekly newspaper, and some of the older students I admired taught me the power that the written word could have.

When we complained verbally to teachers or administrators about a problem, they could ignore us. When we put our arguments in writing, they tended to pay attention. So we became teenage crusaders, inveighing against perceived injustices. Sometimes, the subjects were sophomoric (“censorship” of the talent show), but often they were serious (inequality, racism, South African divestment).

Three decades later, I look back on the experience with deep gratitude. I also look back with haunting regret.

For all of our crusading, we ignored the biggest story at the school. We were aware of the rumors — the teachers who made comments about girls’ bodies, the teacher suspiciously friendly with female students, the music teacher solicitous of male students.

But we never wrote about it. As best as I can remember, we didn’t even talk about writing about it. We didn’t know how. It seemed too dark, too uncertain.

In 2012, the truth came out. My school — Horace Mann — had tolerated sexual molestation for decades. Administrators whose most solemn responsibility was protecting children instead chose to look the other way and protect child abusers. The music teacher, a cultish figure named Johannes Somary, was the worst abuser during my time. One of his victims later committed suicide.

The current torrent of harassment revelations — following Jodi Kantor’s and Megan Twohey’s Times exposé of Harvey Weinstein — has caused me to think back on high school again, because every big case has had something in common with Horace Mann.

People knew.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:40 PM

El padre Grassi fue beneficiado por el 2X1

BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA)
El Intransigente

November 6, 2017

[Google Translate: The controversial benefit of the 2X1 , which was applied a few months ago to different genocides, was now applied in the case of priest Julio César Grassi , who is sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated sexual abuse of minors . Is that the Criminal Chamber ratified the decision of the Criminal Oral Court 1 of Morón , which, last April, granted this reduction of the sentence to the priest.]

La Cámara Penal ratificó el fallo del Tribunal Oral Criminal 1 de Morón, que, en abril pasado, le concedió esta reducción de la pena al sacerdote. De todas maneras, estará preso hasta el 10 de agosto de 2026

BUENOS AIRES (Redacción) - El polémico beneficio del 2X1, que hace algunos meses fue aplicado a diferentes genocidas, ahora se aplicó en el caso del cura Julio César Grassi, quien está condenado a 15 años de prisión por abuso sexual agravado a menores. Es que la Cámara Penal ratificó el fallo del Tribunal Oral Criminal 1 de Morón, que, en abril pasado, le concedió esta reducción de la pena al sacerdote.

A pesar de que aún estará preso hasta el 10 de agosto de 2026, dicho tribunal que lo había sentenciado en primera instancia, lo había beneficiado con el "dos por uno". Incluso, el TOC1 destacó que a Grassi todavía le restan cumplir nueve años, cuatro meses y 20 días de condena. De todas maneras, en el momento de la resolución, el cura ya había cumplido tres años, nueve meses y veinte días de su condena, lapso que se computa como "dos por uno" por ser cumplido antes de que la sentencia quede firme.

En tanto, el 21 de marzo pasado, la Corte Suprema de Justicia confirmó la condena a Grassi por "abuso sexual agravado por resultar sacerdote, encargado de la educación y de la guarda del menor víctima, reiterado, dos hechos, en concurso real entre sí, que a su vez concurren formalmente con corrupción de menores agravada". Con esta medida, la condena emitida en el 2009, que ya había sido confirmada por la Cámara de Casación y la Suprema Corte de la provincia de Buenos Aires, quedó firme.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:36 AM

Cura abusador: El beneficio del 2x1 a la condena del padre Grassi generó amplio rechazo

BUENOS ARIES (ARGENTINA)
Info Cielo

November 7, 2017

[Google Translate: The priest Julio César Grassi, condemned for aggravated sexual abuse to minors to 15 years of prison in 2009, received the benefit of 2x1. In this way, it will be released in 2026 and the indignation was immediate. The rejection of this resolution calls into question the actions of justice and the questioning of the Catholic Church reappear.]

En fallo dividido, la justicia ordenó reducir la pena al condenado por abuso sexual abusado. Había sido condenado a 15 años de prisión en 2009.

El cura Julio César Grassi, condenado por abuso sexual agravado a menores de edad a 15 años de prisión en el 2009, recibió el beneficio del 2x1. De este modo, saldrá en libertad en el 2026 y la indignación no se hizo esperar. El rechazo a esta resolución pone en tela de juicio al accionar de la justicia y los cuestionamientos a la iglesia católica afloran nuevamente.

El fallo fue dividido la Cámara Penal le concedió el beneficio al abusador luego de que su condena fuera confirmada por la Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación el 21 de marzo pasado.

Por este motivo, el cura violador permanecerá preso sólo hasta el año 2026 ya que cada año que pasó prisión sin condena firme se le computarán ahora como dos.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:16 AM

Silence on sexual violence makes church leaders complicit, say victim advocates

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

November 6, 2017

By Heidi Schlumpf

Sexual violence victims speak out, while church leaders remain quiet

Jessica Mesman Griffith was sitting outside her high school cafeteria, waiting for a ride home after dance team practice, when a janitor approached her with his penis exposed and started masturbating in front of her. She was 14 — and terrified.

About a year later, while hanging out with her girlfriends, each one started sharing stories of sexual assault or violence, by a babysitter, an uncle or their mom's boyfriend. That's when Griffith realized, "I'm a girl, and because I'm a girl, I'm not safe."

Griffith didn't share her own story about the janitor with those friends, in part because it seemed less severe than their revelations. But she never told anyone else about it either, because she was embarrassed and felt somehow responsible.

Only much later did Griffith realize that church teaching about sexuality may have contributed to her silence. Teachers and clergy at her Catholic grade school had only talked about sex in terms of sin, so she came to associate the two. When she was sexually harassed by the janitor, she felt sinful.

"It just felt so dirty and tainted," said Griffin, co-founder of the Catholic blog Sick Pilgrim and co-author of the spiritual memoir Strange Journey. "Just by witnessing it, I felt I was culpable. I was sure I did something wrong to provoke this."

Griffin is speaking out now, as reports of sexual harassment by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein have prompted more victims to go public. Those revelations also spurred a social media campaign in which victims have used the hashtag #metoo to indicate their own experiences of sexual assault, harassment, rape or other sexual violence.

One in three women (and one in six men) have been victims of contact sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes, according to the government's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

Yet Catholic Church leaders have been conspicuously quiet on the issue. This silence — combined with teachings and systems that contribute to a culture in which sexual violence against women is rampant — makes the church complicit, say theologians and those who work with victims. And given the church's own lack of accountability in response to clergy sexual abuse, its credibility on the issue is already damaged.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:23 AM

US bishops' new child protection program aims to create culture of mindfulness

WASHINGTON, D.C.
CNA/EWTN News

Nov 7, 2017

By Mary Rezac

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2017 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After years of research, the U.S. bishops are rolling out a new training program that takes some of the best risk-management practices from other industries and applies them to child protection in the Church.

The new program, entitled “Creating a Culture of Protection and Healing,” is being piloted in several dioceses and will eventually be available to any diocese by request.

The principles of the program, which will add to the existing trainings and protections already in place, borrows tools and techniques of HROs (highly reliable organizations) from industries in the secular world that also frequently deal with high-risk situations, such as hospitals or airlines.

These HROs are in industries in which, when accidents do occur “it’s rather volatile, it costs lives,” Deacon Bernie Nojadera, executive director of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told CNA.

“For example in the airline industry when a plane crashes or something like that,” it can be very costly in terms of loss of life, he said.

“So the industry is looking at ways to make sure that even the lowest person on the chain of command - if they see something that’s untoward, they speak up, they say something, they report it. They know how and what to do when they come across a situation that could cause a problem in the future.”

That’s the same attitude and level of awareness that the bishops are hoping to create in dioceses who implement this new program, he said.

“We’re trying to create this mindfulness, a change in culture, so safe environments can be not only established but indeed maintained, because that’s the key. We have to constantly be on our toes, on our guard, with no room for complacency.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:21 AM

OPINION: Church caught in a hail of unfriendly fire

NOVA SCOTIA (CANADA)
The Catholic Register

November 6, 2017

The Catholic Church in Nova Scotia has recently been exposed to unfriendly fire.

It started when a Liberal cabinet minister introduced a bill to a committee of the legislature to allow the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, one of only two dioceses in the province, to divest itself of assets and place them into sub-corporations controlled by individual parishes. The committee then deferred the bill.

The deferral came at the urgings of Halifax lawyer John McKiggan, who represents hundreds of sexual assault victims allegedly abused by priests.

The lawyer said reorganizing the archdiocese would make it more difficult for abuse victims to receive fair compensation for their injuries. He hinted that the reorganization was simply a way to hide assets in the event of future legal actions.

Premier Stephen McNeil lauded the committee for deferring the bill as the government reviews it to ensure no unintended consequences might ensue. But the suggestion that the archdiocese was trying to stow away assets drew the ire of the archdiocesan chancellor.

“First of all, under Church rules the bishop can’t do that,” Deacon Bob Britton told local media. “And if he did that, then the question would be: How much longer would he be the bishop?”

Britton said lawyers have told the Church that the courts have already determined that the archdiocese and individual parishes would be responsible for any future claims of sexual abuse.

“The unintended consequences that are alluded to are simply not there,” he said.

Nova Scotia’s other diocese — Antigonish — agreed to a $16-million settlement in 2012 to be paid to 125 confirmed and alleged victims of sexual abuse. The settlement forced the diocese to put about 150 properties up for sale and require more than 100 parishes to yield savings.

Britton said the intent of the new bill is to recognize in civil law what is already a Church reality — that each parish is a separate entity while still joined with the archdiocese.

“The claims of a kind of nefarious motives, I assure you, they are not there,” said Britton.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:17 AM

Anti-Abuse Video and Song, 'It's Not Okay' by Linda Newlin, Gains Traction

SANTA BARBARA (CA)
PR Newswire

Nov. 7, 2017

"It's Not Okay to abuse and use anyone," says singer/songwriter/author Linda Newlin in her new, provocative song and music video. The images and scenes depict all forms of abuse going on in our world and challenge the abusers who have hurt others and those who have been complicit by keeping quiet.

Newlin originally wrote the song and produced the video on the heels of the sexual abuse scandals perpetrated by the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts but its message is just as relevant today. Just this weekend, Facebook was flooded with "Me Too" messages from tens of thousands of women speaking up about sexual harassment and abuse.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:14 AM

When politicians or clergy abuse, the institution doesn't need protection: it needs honesty

ENGLAND
Christian Today

November 7, 2017

By Florence Gildea

'I [...] was worried I would be blacklisted as untrustworthy. In Westminster, where power and loyalties are hard currency, I feared making enemies', wrote Jane Merrick as she explained why she did not report former defence secretary Michael Fallon's attempt to kiss her to the party whips.

Labour activist Bex Bailey was told by a senior party member not to report the fact that she was raped because it might damage her career. Other women who have come forward as victims of sexual assault or harassment in Westminster have found that officials have 'at best turned a blind eye and at worst actively covered it up'. Why is it that institutions are so reluctant to hold their members accountable for sexual assault?

It's a pattern we are becoming used to, that is even becoming normalised: someone (typically male) empowered with a sense of entitlement, acts towards another (typically female) as if he had the right to her body and then somehow passes the burden of shame and professional consequences on to the one they have assaulted. Unless, the abuser or those around them reassures the victim, they keep it to themselves. Otherwise, the one who has been betrayed is warned: you won't be trusted; you'll be letting the side down. It is not surprising that efforts to hush up sexual assault scar all political parties. Such is the cost of tribalism.

Both the UK's major political parties, I'm sure, wish perpetrators of sexual assault were only to be found on the opposite side of the Commons. All institutions, likewise, hope it is only Hollywood and Westminster where these incidents take place. Yet nothing could be further from the truth: a survey for the Young Women's Trust found one in eight large employers admit they are aware of sexual harassment that has gone unreported. More than half of women say they have experienced sexual harassment at work, according to research by the TUC.

We all want to be immune from wrongdoing ­­– just as much perhaps as we want to be immune from harm. It is surely the belief that we – whoever that 'we' is – are above such things that leads people to suggest that victims of sexual assault should not come forward. After all, we don't have a systemic problem: it's just a couple of bad apples. No need to make a fuss.

No wonder, then, that the Church has so often suppressed the truth of sexual assault in order to present itself as the representative of the Truth. If victims of sexual assault in Westminster can be asked to put party loyalty over their own needs, how much more can church leaders ask those in their care to prioritise God's public image.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:11 AM

Limerick priest helping heal scars of falsely accused colleagues

LIMERICK (IRELAND)
The Limerick Post

November 6, 2017

A COUNTY Limerick priest is extending a helping hand to his traumatised colleagues who have been falsely accused of sexually abusing children.

Caherconlish parish priest Fr Roy Donovan, who is spokesman for the 1,000 member Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), said that they are offering group therapy sessions to help innocent churchmen who have been affected by abuse scandals.

Fr Donovan said the purpose of the ‘circle of healing’ workshops is to not only ‘help heal the scars’ of clergymen cleared of allegations, but also to provide support to clerics who feel traumatised over crimes committed by ‘the small minority of paedophiles’ in their fold.

“A lot of good, decent priests have been affected by the abuse carried out by other priests in the past. They’ve been traumatised and left with a sense of shame over what’s happened, and that’s partly why we’re holding a circle of healing.

“We’re holding the first one in Cork later this month, and it follows a demand from our members. There’ll be 20 priests attending the first session and it will run for two hours. It will be very much like a group therapy session.

The APC has been advocating radical reform in the Church including the relaxation of celibacy rules and the ordination of women priests.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:07 AM

Polygamist with Utah connection and his 4 wives detained in Mexico murder investigation

MEXICO CITY
The Associated Press

November 6, 2017

By Mark Stevenson

Mexico City • Prosecutors in northern Mexico say they have detained wanted U.S. polygamist Orson William Black Jr. and his followers and are investigating whether Black was involved in the death of three American youths whose bodies were found at a ranch in September.

The arrest of Black on Sunday — along with four of his wives, a woman described as “a concubine” and about 20 Americans without proper documents — marks the end of the fundamentalist sect leader’s long, strange period on the lam.

Few thought the trail to finding him would end in bloodshed.

The prosecutors’ office in the border state of Chihuahua says Black, 56, was captured in an area largely populated by Mennonites and is under investigation for the deaths of three Americans aged 15, 19 and 23 on Sept. 10.

In keeping with Mexican legal practice, the office identified the victims by their first names — Robert W.B., Jesse L.B. and Michael B. — and suggested they may have all carried the last name Black.

Prosecutors did not say why Black was a suspect in the deaths, but suggested the victims may have been members of his religious group. Black was a member of polygamous The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but split from that group in the 1980s. The FLDS began after the mainstream Mormon church disavowed polygamy in 1890.
Black was charged in 2003 in Mohave County, Ariz., with two felony counts of conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor and three felony counts of sexual conduct with a minor. Black fled before he could be prosecuted.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office filed the charges and alleged Black married two girls underage. One of the counts, according to a 2003 article by the Phoenix New Times, refers to one of the children conceived by an underage brides was a boy born in December 1998 and named Robert William Black. It was unclear Monday whether he is one of the murder victims.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:04 AM

In this moment of crisis, the Church desperately needs good priests

ENGLAND
Catholic Herald

November 6, 2017

By Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith

The Church needs renewal. Does it have the people who can bring it about?

Did you hear the first reading at Mass yesterday, the Thirty-First Sunday of the Year, cycle A? Here it is again, in case you missed it. It comes from the prophet Malachi.

I am a great king, says the Lord of Hosts, and my name is feared throughout the nations. And now, priests, this warning is for you. If you do not listen, if you do not find it in your heart to glorify my name, says the Lord of Hosts, I will send the curse on you and curse your very blessing. But you, you have strayed from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your teaching. You have destroyed the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of Hosts. And so I in my turn have made you contemptible and vile in the eyes of the whole people in repayment for the way you have not kept to my paths but have shown partiality in your administration.

Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why, then, do we break faith with one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors?

These words are a nice reminder to us all that the words of the Bible are not just of their own time, but for all time; goodness knows what in particular the priests of Israel had done to arouse the prophet’s wrath, but the words resonate today for reasons we all know.

First of all, the child abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. This was caused by priests who “strayed from the way”, that did not keep to the Church’s teaching, a teaching they themselves were supposed not just to uphold but to teach and preach. If that wasn’t bad enough, the subsequent cover-up turned a bad situation into a full-blown crisis, because it revealed to the world, and to those of us in the Church, that the Church’s institutions were not working as they should have been. In other words, those charged with oversight were not overseeing things properly.

Most of the vilification for the child abuse crisis has fallen on the priests of the Church, largely because these are the only “officials” of the Church the general public meets, though there have been several high ranking clergy who have also been made “contemptible and vile in the eyes of the whole people”: one thinks, for example, of Cardinal Law of Boston, as well as the most unfair persecution, from some quarters, of Pope Benedict XVI. But on the whole, it is the priests, the men who are the daily point of contact with the public, who have had their collective reputation besmirched. That is something we priests have had to live with. But that is not really the most bitter fruit of the Church’s mismanagement: the real harm done is seen in the ruined lives of the abused and in the loss of faith by the laity.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:00 AM

November 6, 2017

As #MeToo harassment claims hit the Church of England, it’s an institution still steeped in sexism

BOSTON (MA)
The Conversation

November 6, 2017

The Church of England is the latest institution to be swept up in the #MeToo wave of disclosures about sexual abuse and harassment. As Rachel Trewick, the bishop of Gloucester told the Guardian, it’s dangerous to imagine that the “church is somehow an elite group of people” immune from the issue of harassment. In an interview with Channel 4 News, Jayne Ozanne, a senior lay member of the church, said she thought sexual harassment and abuse was widespread within the church.

My ongoing research into how women clergy negotiate their belonging in the Church of England suggests that the institution has a uniquely problematic relationship with sex and gender. The stories I’m hearing from women priests about everyday unhealthy and humiliating practices based on perceptions of gender are in many ways no different to the stories lots of other women might tell.

Yet, women clergy must also negotiate a system whose symbolism is dominated by men in their bid to belong within the institution – and access power. Life has not been easy for women in the church: a male saviour, sent by God with masculine names, a traditionally male priesthood, a male-oriented history, a creation myth that casts the woman as temptress, and the battles required to read Biblical text in a non-sexist way. The legacy of Christian culture is that men and women are constructed as different, in ways that hand power to men.

Women clergy are awake to the ways in which this plays out. As priests, they must slay the demons attached to the myth of being different-but-equal. Roles and attitudes expected of women that are hidden in “feminine” traits undermine their leadership and authority in subtle ways. For example, the way they look is constantly judged and evaluated. One woman recounted that she was told the feminine timbre of her voice made her inaudible.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:33 PM

Attorney: Priest gave sharp, unemotional answers on Guam child abuses

GUAM
USA Today Network

November 5, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

HAGÅTÑA, Guam — Former Guam priest Louis Brouillard did not show much emotion and remained fairly sharp mentally when he provided, over a four-day period, information about the "tragic circumstances that allowed him to have access to Guam's children for many years," according to one of the attorneys involved in more than 140 lawsuits accusing Brouillard of child sex abuse.

Brouillard's Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 deposition in Pine City, Minnesota, where he lives, brought together attorneys for most plaintiffs and defendants from different parts of the nation.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:31 PM

Twin Cities Archdiocese releases names of 19 men suspected of sexually abusing minors

ST. PAUL and MINNEAPOLIS (MN)
Star Tribune

November 4, 2017

By Karen Zamora

14 of the men have died; none who survives serves in any pastoral role.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Friday afternoon released the names of 19 deceased or former priests or members of religious orders against whom it now acknowledges “substantiated claims of sexual abuse of minors.”

Many of the names have long been in the public domain, released by their religious orders on their own lists of members credibly accused of abuse, named in victims’ lawsuits or on websites compiled by abuse survivors. But it appears to be the first time the archdiocese has released their names in relation to its own jurisdiction.

In a statement on the archdiocese’s website, Tim O’Malley, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment, wrote, “Eighteen of the men have been disclosed by their diocese or religious order based on alleged abuse outside of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, but had, at some point, served or spent time in this archdiocese. The other man served in the archdiocese until his death in the early 1960s and is being disclosed now based on recent interviews with victims/survivors who courageously came forward.”

Tom Halden, director of communications for the archdiocese, said late Friday that he had no comment beyond what the news release said.

Fourteen of the men on the new list have died. None who survives now serves in any pastoral capacity.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:29 PM

Archdiocese releases names of 19 clergy accused of sexual abuse of a minor

ST. PAUL and MINNEAPOLIS (MN)
Pioneer Press

November 3, 2017

By Deanna Weniger

The names of 19 men have been added to the growing list of abusers who at some point served or spent time in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The statement, posted Friday on the archdiocese’s website, defined the men as those “who have substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor against them.”

All but one of the men committed the alleged abuse outside of the Twin Cities, but were included because they spent some time during their careers at the local diocese, the statement said.

One man, Vincent Worzalla, who died in 1962, was accused of abuse within the local diocese. He worked at Holy Cross in Minneapolis from 1915 to 1951 and at Holy Trinity in South St. Paul from 1951 until his death.

He is being disclosed now “based on recent interviews with victims/survivors who courageously came forward,” the statement said.

Some of the names on the list already had been released, due to prior litigation. Fourteen are deceased.

Those still living are James Moeglein, Dunstan Moorse, Michael Paquet, James Phillips and Thomas O’Brien.

The others listed are Cornelius Devenster, John Gleason, Othmar Hohmann, Paul Kabat, Thomas Meyer, Orville Munie, John Murphy, David Roney, Urban Schmitt, Michael Skoblik, Charles Stark, Emil Twardochleb and Pirmin Wendt.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:13 PM

Padre do Monte com uma filha agita comunidade católica

LISBON (PORTUGAL)
Diário de Notícias

November 5, 2017

By Élvio Passos

[Google Translate: Father Giselo Andrade assumed the paternity of a girl, born on August 18 of this year, in the parish of São Pedro, probably in the Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital. The fact that the parish priest of Monte had a daughter gave rise to a series of public statements and initiatives, some humorous in order to ask the bishop of Funchal to at least remove the priest from the duties for which he is appointed.]

Giselo Andrade quer continuar padre, mas pondera pôr o lugar à disposição da Diocese

O padre Giselo Andrade assumiu a paternidade de uma menina, nascida no dia 18 de Agosto deste ano, na freguesia de São Pedro, provavelmente, no Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. O facto de o pároco do Monte ter uma filha deu azo a um conjunto de alegações e iniciativas públicas, algumas jocosas outras no sentido de pedir ao bispo do Funchal que, no mínimo, afastasse o sacerdote das funções para que está nomeado.

Perante as acusações e ainda sem a confirmação de que o padre tinha uma filha, no dia 27 de Outubro, o DIÁRIO pediu a Giselo Andrade que esclarecesse/comentasse as acusações, que lhe eram dirigidas, com incidência no facto de ter um filho e ter sido ‘obrigado’ a assumi-lo. Pedimos, igualmente, esclarecimentos sobre a administração da paróquia, sendo o padre acusado de ‘empregar’ a família e não prestar contas.

A resposta de Giselo Andrade, no mesmo dia, foi forte: “Relativamente aos factos alegados nego-os peremptoriamente sendo certo que me reserva ao direito de intentar queixa-crime contra os responsáveis por uma eventual publicação através da impressa ou de qualquer outro meio de divulgação.”

De facto, a pergunta do DIÁRIO falava em filho e o padre Giselo é pai de uma menina, podendo ser essa a interpretação do sacerdote, para negar o que é verdade. Na última sexta-feira, voltámos a tentar o contacto com o pároco do Monte para saber se mantinha o que dissera, uma semana antes, ou se gostaria de fazer outros esclarecimentos. Desta vez, não obtivemos resposta.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:09 PM

Examen psicológico practicado a víctima de violación es contundente

PERU
Jornada

November 6, 2017

[Google Translate: After several months of not having obtained any result, before the complaint filed with the Public Prosecutor for acts of rape against the priest Félix Pariona Huacre, the defense of the victim ALL released the result of the psychological report which states "(). .. The patient presents trauma of psychosexual origin due to sexual abuse and other alterations of a sexual nature produced during her childhood and adolescence ... () "]

Tras varios meses de no haber obtenido resultado alguno, ante la denuncia presentada al Ministerio Público por actos de violación sexual contra el sacerdote Félix Pariona Huacre, la defensa de la víctima A.L.L. dio a conocer el resultado del informe psicológico el cual señala “( )...La paciente presenta trauma de origen psicosexual producto de eventos de abuso sexual y otras alteraciones de índole sexual producidos durante su niñez y adolescencia... ( )”

Sin embargo, desde que se denunció el hecho en febrero de este año, la Segunda Fiscalía Corporativa de Huamanga a cargo del fiscal Nilo Paredes Chávez archivó el caso resolviendo que no existen indicios relevantes de la existencia del delito. Esta extraña decisión ha levantado oscuros vínculos entre dos instituciones (Ministerio Público y la Iglesia Católica).

Frente a esta resolución la defensa ha presentado la queja de derecho el cual ha sido declarado fundado en segunda instancia, por ese motivo se ha ampliado la investigación, lo cual amerita un nuevo pronunciamiento.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:05 PM

Escobar Gaviria: otro pedido de prisión

ARGENTINA
Diario del Sur Digital

November 6, 2017

[Google Translate: While awaiting the resolution of the cassation appeal filed for the annulment of the ruling that last September sentenced him to 25 years in prison, the priest Juan Diego Escobar Gaviria faces a new request for preventive detention in the context of another case of abuse and corruption of minors processed by the Fiscal Unit of Nogoyá.]

dos pedidos de prisión preventiva, una condena y un nuevo juicio próximo a iniciarse

Mientras aguarda que se resuelva el recurso de casación presentado para que se dicte la nulidad del fallo que en septiembre último lo condenó a 25 años de cárcel, el cura Juan Diego Escobar Gaviria se enfrenta a un nuevo pedido de prisión preventiva en el marco de otro caso de abuso y corrupción de menores que tramita la Unidad Fiscal de Nogoyá.


Así lo indicó a Entre Ríos Ahora el fiscal Federico Uriburu, de la Unidad Fiscal de Nogoyá, que ya tiene concluida la investigación penal preparatoria de la nueva denuncia por abuso que pesa sobre el cura, ya condenado por otros cuatro casos. El caso ya fue ventilado durante el juicio oral al que fue sometido el cura, en agosto pasado en Gualeguay.

Escobar Gaviria, que fue párroco de San Lucas Evangelista, de Lucas González, entre 2005 y 2016, enfrentó, en agosto último, un juicio oral y público por cuatro casos de abusos y corrupción de menores. El Tribunal de Juicios y Apelaciones de Gualeguay, que lo juzgó, lo halló culpable de los delitos de abusos y corrupción de menores, y lo condenó a 25 años de prisión. Aunque hasta tanto quede firme esa sentencia, decidió sostener la prisión preventiva que le dictó la Justicia el 21 de abril, y lo mantuvo preso en la Unidad Penal de Victoria, donde está ahora.

Durante el desarrollo de las audiencias, uno de los testigos que llevaron los fiscales Dardo Tórtul y Federico Uriburu contó de los abusos a los que lo sometía Escobar Gaviria, y su testimonio derivó en la apertura de una nueva investigación penal preparatoria. En el marco de esa instrucción, el abogado Mariano Navarro ya se constituyó como querellante y esta semana el fiscal Uriburu pedirá la prisión preventiva del sacerdote, medida que piensa solicitar al juez de Garantías de Nogoyá, Gustavo Acosta. La petición es que la preventiva se extienda hasta el inicio del nuevo juicio.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:02 PM

La Justicia le redujo la pena a Grassi

ARGENTINA
Filo News

November 6, 2017

[Google Translate: In a divided decision, the Criminal Chamber granted the benefit of 2x1 to Father Julio César Grassi , whose sentence of 15 years in prison for sexual abuse had been confirmed by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation on March 21.]

En un fallo dividido, el Tribunal N° 1 de Morón aplicó el beneficio del 2x1. De esta manera, deberá cumplir dos años menos de cárcel y saldrá en 2026

En un fallo dividido, la Cámara Penal concedió el beneficio del 2x1 al padre Julio César Grassi, cuya condena a 15 años de prisión por abuso sexual había sido confirmada por la Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación el 21 de marzo pasado.

De esta manera, la condena de Grassi ahora será hasta 2026, ya que se vio beneficiado con el mecanismo del 2x1 el tiempo que estuvo en prisión preventiva.

El cura fue detenido en 2013, acusado de la violación de un chico que acudía a la institución presidida por Grassi, Felices los Niños.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:58 PM

Sacerdote Cristián Precht terminará condena por abusos sexuales a un mes de visita papal

CHILE
BioBioChile

November 4, 2017

Por Guido Focacci; La Información es de Cristóbal Cruz

[Google Translate excerpt: Precht, a Chilean priest guilty of sexual abuse against minors and adults , was condemned in 2012 by the ecclesiastical justice and separated for five years from the priestly ministry, sentence that will be completed in December, one month after Pope Francis visited Chile.]

El arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, presidió la misa en conmemoración al recientemente canonizado sacerdote español, Faustino Míguez, eucaristía celebrada en la Catedral Metropolitana y tras la cual se refirió nuevamente a Cristián Precht.

Precht, sacerdote chileno culpable de abusos sexuales contra menores y mayores de edad, fue condenado en 2012 por la justicia eclesiástica y apartado por cinco años del ministerio sacerdotal, sentencia que completará en diciembre, a un mes de la visita del papa Francisco a Chile.

Respecto al término de esta condena, Ezzati aseguró que, una vez cumplida su pena, Cristián Precht deberá sacar las lecciones correspondientes para continuar con una vida más sana.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:19 PM

Staff members speaks of abuse at Gravesend children's home

ENGLAND
Kent Online

November 6, 2017

By Tom Acres

New details have emerged of the horrific abuse inflicted upon young girls at a Church of England children’s home during a callous regime lasting more than three decades.

Dozens of harrowing accounts from Kendall House in Gravesend were told in an independent review published last year and in a follow-up report, which both featured stories of how girls as young as nine were injected with drugs, kept in straitjackets and raped.

Most reports were based on interviews with women kept at the home in Pelham Road as children and teenagers, but now a former member of staff has spoken openly.

In an exclusive interview with the Messenger, the 62-year-old man, who asked to be referred to as L Simpson, said recalling his time at Kendall House brought back “terrible memories” which made him “feel sick”.

He worked there during the summer of 1975, between years of study at Kingston University, where he was working on a sociology dissertation. He was offered work there through his flatmate, whose father was a vicar with connections to Kendall House.

Mr Simpson, who was 20, soon realised it was not the placement he was expecting.

“I started on the same day as another chap called Ron. He had very little experience, and I had only done some volunteering at a short stay unit in Putney over Christmas,” he said. “We were asked to wait in the garden and this young guy came up to me and said, ‘I would ask to leave here. What goes on here isn’t right’.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:16 PM

Archbishops urged to host debate on sexual harassment after rape claims against priest

ENGLAND
Christian Today

November 6, 2017

By Harry Farley

The Church of England's ruling general synod is being urged to publicly debate bishops' response to sexual harassment at its next meeting after allegations of abuse and assault were levelled at clergy members.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York were told the 'urgent' discussion would allow the CofE's safeguarding system, which has come under fire for its lack of accountability, to be scrutinised.

It comes after a prominent member of the national synod, which meets twice a year, claimed she was raped by a priest and told by a bishop to drop the claims.

Jayne Ozanne, a founding member of the Archbishops' Council advisory body, is calling for a separate, independent body to handle claims of assault and abuse within the church.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:46 AM

Opinion Letters: In Ireland, Recalling ‘a Very Dark Time’

IRELAND
The New York Times

November 5, 2017

[Note: Multiple letters to the editor follow the single letter excerpted below]

To the Editor:

Re “The Lost Children of Tuam,” by Dan Barry (Special Report, Oct. 29):

I grew up in the long shadow of one of Ireland’s most notorious institutions for boys, St. Conleth’s industrial school in County Offaly. The school’s reputation for harsh treatment was such that we were often threatened with being sent to St. Conleth’s if we didn’t behave.

The Irish writer John McGahern, himself a victim of the tyrannical Irish version of the Catholic Church, once said:

“The true history of the thirties, forties and fifties in this country has yet to be written. When it does, I believe it will be shown to have been a very dark time indeed, in which an insular church colluded with an insecure state to bring about a society that was often bigoted, intolerant, cowardly, philistine and spiritually crippled.”

Your report on St. Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway, has borne out Mr. McGahern’s prescience. Dan Barry follows a long line of reporters and activists who in the late 1970s succeeded in forcing the Irish government to investigate the conditions of its more than 70 industrial schools, its orphanages and its Magdalene Laundries for “fallen women,” who took care of church linens, among other things.

The courage of reporters like Mr. Barry shines a bright light on how dark the dark times mentioned by Mr. McGahern really were.

TOM PHELAN, FREEPORT, N.Y.

The writer’s novel “Nailer” is set against the backdrop of Ireland’s abusive industrial schools and the church-state collusion that allowed them to flourish.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:40 AM

Hollywood child abuse film rises from ashes

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Guardian News & Media Ltd via Gulf News

November 4, 2017

By Rory Carroll

Despite barely getting a release in 2015, ‘An Open Secret’ is seeing renewed interest online amid sex abuse allegations

When the documentary An Open Secret tried to lift the lid on child abuse in Hollywood, it billed itself as “the film Hollywood doesn’t want you to see”. The marketing tagline did not exaggerate.
The film died upon release in 2015. There was no theatrical release to speak of, no television deal, no video on demand distribution.

“We got zero Hollywood offers to distribute the film. Not even one. Literally no offers for any price whatsoever,” said Gabe Hoffman, a Florida-based hedge fund manager who financed the film.
It did not seem to matter that it was directed by an Oscar-nominated director, Amy Berg, or that it uncovered damning evidence of the sexual abuse of teenage boys by figures in the film industry.
“There was nowhere to see it,” said Lorien Haynes, the film’s writer. “I don’t think it impacted at all. Nobody saw it. We released a film that didn’t [seem to] exist.”

Now, two years later, multiple “open secrets” of predatory behaviour are detonating across Hollywood and the documentary that blew the whistle is getting millions of viewers — but still no distribution deal.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:37 AM

COMMENTARY: Archbishop: ‘I offer my sincere apology’

SANTA FE
Santa Fe New Mexican

November 4, 2017

By Most Reverend John C. Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe

On Sept. 12, 2017, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe released a list of 74 priests, deacons and religious who have been accused of sexual abuse of children. The vast majority of these abuses occurred over 25 years ago.

Since then, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has implemented a number of strict measures, including removing perpetrators from ministry, terminating employment of perpetrators, instituting a zero tolerance policy and implementing Safe Environment and Victim’s Assistance Programs throughout the archdiocese. As a result, since 1993, the archdiocese has received only two reports of clergy sexual misconduct with a minor where the incident was reported to have occurred later than 1993.

On Oct. 18, 2017, Judge Alan Malott, a District Court judge in Albuquerque, ordered the public release of approximately 1,000 pages of documents related to three of the most prolific child abusers to have ever served in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe: Arthur Perrault, Sabine Griego and Jason Sigler. Although their crimes were committed decades ago, it is my hope that the release of these documents to the public will further aid in the healing process for past victims and their families.

It is difficult to put into words my sadness and shame over the betrayal of trust by members of the clergy who were supposed to love and protect our children and young people, and for the pain and suffering endured by victims of this abuse. I offer my sincere apology on behalf of the archdiocese to survivors and their families and my continued commitment to support and assist you on your road to healing and recovery.

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16). It is at the heart of the church’s mission, therefore, to protect, nurture and care for our children. Indeed, the church and any society can be judged on how well it cares for the vulnerable in its midst. When the church fails in this sacred responsibility, we betray the trust Christ has given us and the trust of those we have a responsibility to look out for and safeguard.

I firmly believe that actions speak louder than words. What is often lost or relegated to a footnote in the media’s coverage of the clergy sexual abuse crisis in New Mexico are the many steps this archdiocese has taken over the past 25 years to prevent sexual abuse of children. First of all, since 1993, the archdiocese has adopted a “zero tolerance” policy with respect to clergy credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors. Of the 74 names on the archdiocese’s list of accused clergy, those who are still living have been permanently restricted from public ministry or removed from the priesthood.

Moreover, the archdiocese continues to expand and develop its Victim’s Assistance and Safe Environment Programs. The archdiocese requires that all clergy, employees and volunteers undergo criminal background checks and attend workshops on recognizing and reporting signs that a child may be the victim of physical or sexual abuse or harassment.

Seminary candidates for the archdiocese also undergo extensive psychological testing and screening as a prerequisite to admission, followed by continuing evaluation and support. All clergy must participate in ongoing sexual abuse awareness and prevention training every five years.

The archdiocese’s programs include, but are not limited to, providing counseling to victims of clergy sexual abuse at the expense of the archdiocese, conducting annual children and youth protection classes at every grade level in the Catholic school system as well as in parish-based religious education programs for those who are not enrolled in Catholic schools. These programs also reinforce appropriate boundaries that must be adhered to when adults interact with children and young people.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:35 AM

Guam priest makes further admissions

GUAM
Radio New Zealand

November 6, 2017

A Catholic priest who admitted decades of sexual abuse on Guam has made further admissions in a depositions hearing.

Louis Brouillard, who is now 96, was on Guam between 1948 and 1981, and is accused of abusing dozens of children during that time.

The Guam Catholic Church is facing more than 140 lawsuits alleging decades of child sex abuse, but Father Brouillard is the only person to have admitted any crimes.

The Pacific Daily News reported that lawyers representing many of the plaintiffs met with Father Brouillard and his attorney last week for four days of depositions hearings.

One of the lawyers, Steven Reich, said the priest was mentally sharp and cooperative, and provided additional sworn evidence about abuse.

Father Brouillard was transferred from Guam to Minnesota in 1981 as accusations surfaced, but three recent lawsuits accuse him of bringing boys from Guam to the US mainland to continue the abuse.

Meanwhile, Mr Reich said an agreement was yet to be reached on the possibility of out-of-court mediation with the church.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:40 AM

Archbishop of Canterbury urged to abandon Church insurers over 'derisory' settlements to abuse victims

ENGLAND
Christian Today

November 3, 2017

By Harry Farley

The Archbishop of Canterbury is being urged by a clerical abuse survivor to abandon the Church's insurer in the wake of a scandal over its 'derisory and heartless' treatment of victims.

It comes after three bishops urged the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG) to review a settlement of £35,000 that was offered to Gilo, whose surname is withheld to protect his identity, saying they were 'very concerned about the way in which the claim was handled at the time'.

The Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, the Bishop at Lambeth, Tim Thornton, and the Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, expressed their concern that 'horse-trading' between lawyers about settlement figures had 'little concern for the impact' on the survivor.

Now Gilo is urging the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to review the settlement offers made by EIG to abuse survivors and relieve the company of its responsibility to reach settlements.

'The way the Church and its insurers has treated survivors institutionally compounds the abuse we have already suffered,' he wrote in the letter to Welby.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:34 AM

'Their cross to bear': The Catholic women told to forgive domestic violence

AUSTRALIA
ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

November 4, 2017

By Hayley Gleeson with Julia Baird
Illustrations by Rocco Fazzari

Pope Francis has denounced domestic abuse as "craven acts of cowardice". But will the Australian Catholic Church have the courage to answer his call and root out the "shameful ill-treatment" of women in its midst? And is its all-male hierarchy, still reeling from revelations of child sexual abuse, capable of leading the charge?

Over the past three decades spent working for the Catholic Church, Maria George has been exposed to dozens of women who have survived intimate partner violence. The work of a pastoral associate often involves caring for vulnerable or distressed parishioners.

But the story of one particular woman's abuse by her husband, a controlling man who raped his wife repeatedly over the decades of their marriage, has stayed with her.

"She endured something like 16 pregnancies, quite a few miscarriages, and the stillbirth of a baby," Ms George, a senior pastoral associate at Melbourne's St Kilda-Elwood parish, told ABC News.

She knew that being forced to have sex was wrong, and she often thought about leaving, Ms George said.

But, "her response to that [abuse] was, 'this is my duty as a wife, for better or worse', and 'I said in marriage vows that I will stick with this'." And she did.

Another woman, a mother of seven living in Melbourne who spoke to Ms George about her alcoholic husband's physical, verbal and emotional abuse, sought the help of a priest.

He told her the violence was "God's will" and that she must endure it because she'd promised in her marriage vows that she would, for better or worse.

"The [priest's] attitude was that it was perhaps a moral failing by that man, but you have a duty to forgive," Ms George said.

"That is what the Christian faith teaches us, that you must be forgiving, and basically forgive and go back and get more of the same treatment. That is what happened in the end."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 10:05 AM

November 5, 2017

Sacerdote es acusado de atacar sexualmente a una persona discapacitada

CHICAGO (IL)
Univision

November 3, 2017

[Google Translate: Priest is accused of sexually assaulting a disabled person. The alleged victim is a 39-year-old man who is paralyzed and suffering from an intellectual disability. Bail for the pastor was set at one million dollars.]

La presunta víctima es un hombre de 39 años que está paralítico y sufre de una discapacidad intelectual. Al pastor le fue fijada una fianza de un millón de dólares.

Un sacerdote católico de Kankakee, poblado localizado a 59 millas al suroeste de Chicago, fue acusado de agredir sexualmente a un hombre paralítico e intelectualmente discapacitado.

De acuerdo con las autoridades, una enfermera encontró al padre Richard Jacklin, de 65 años de edad, realizando un acto sexual con un hombre de 39 años en el Shapiro Development Center. Este es un centro residencial y de capacitación para personas con necesidades especiales.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:32 PM

How the Church can help victims of sexual assault

UNITED STATES
Catholic News Agency

November 5, 2017

By Mary Rezac

It’s been a month since the New York Times first published an investigative report on Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood film producer and studio executive who has been accused of sexually assaulting numerous women in the entertainment industry since the 1990s.

Already, the reports have been followed by a movement among women - both those who have made additional accusations against Weinstein and other celebrities, and women throughout the world who are sharing their own stories of sexual assault on social media, accompanied by the hashtag #MeToo.

The Catholic Church in the United States faced its own sex abuse crisis in the early 2000s, beginning with the Boston Globe’s report on extensive sexual abuse by clergy, particularly against minors. Since then, the Church has taken care to provide numerous resources to such victims, and develop robust child protection policies.

But what can the Church provide for adult victims of general sexual assault, whether committed by Church personnel or other people?

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 7:36 PM

How the Church can help victims of sexual assault

UNITED STATES
Catholic News Agency

November 5, 2017

By Mary Rezac

It’s been a month since the New York Times first published an investigative report on Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood film producer and studio executive who has been accused of sexually assaulting numerous women in the entertainment industry since the 1990s.

Already, the reports have been followed by a movement among women - both those who have made additional accusations against Weinstein and other celebrities, and women throughout the world who are sharing their own stories of sexual assault on social media, accompanied by the hashtag #MeToo.

The Catholic Church in the United States faced its own sex abuse crisis in the early 2000s, beginning with the Boston Globe’s report on extensive sexual abuse by clergy, particularly against minors. Since then, the Church has taken care to provide numerous resources to such victims, and develop robust child protection policies.

But what can the Church provide for adult victims of general sexual assault, whether committed by Church personnel or other people?

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 7:36 PM

Archdiocese releases names of priests, other members, accused of sexual abuse

ST. PAUL (MN)
KMSP-TV (Fox)

November 4, 2017

By Jack Highberger

[Includes video]

[See also the archdiocese's statement and list: Statement Regarding Disclosure of Additional Names of Men with Substantiated Claims of Sexual Abuse Against Them.]

On Friday night, the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released the names of 19 men accused of sexual abuse. Each of the men served within the diocese at one time.

Though the names of the men wouldn’t be recognized in the average household, St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson said the names are not foreign to officials.

“The bad, and sad, news is these are all names that have been known to top officials for many, many years,” he told Fox 9 on Saturday.

Anderson represents many of the church sex abuse survivors. He told Fox 9 that the release only came because of pressure. In fact, 14 of the 19 have died.

“It’s the first time we’ve seen this sort of self-publication from the archdiocese,” Anderson said. “But it comes after years of investigation, pressure and pain.”

The publication said all 19 men have “substantiated claims of sexual abuse against them.”

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 11:40 AM

Despite child molestation charges, Rushville pastor still appears to lead church

RUSHVILLE (IN)
WISH-TV

November 4, 2017

By Eric Feldman

An Indiana pastor appears to still be the leader of his church despite the child molestation and solicitation charges he faces and his attempt to take his own life after additional charges came down on Friday.

Garry Evans is listed as pastor on the sign in front of Rushville Baptist Temple Church, and now people living doors away want to know why no one from the church is speaking out.

“It’s wrong. Pure evil. There’s evil in that church,” said Tim Guck, who lives next door.

The man the church says leads their worship has led the Rushville Police Department down a frightening path of child molestation allegations.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 11:37 AM

Time to change Canberra's Catholic Church, faithful say

CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA)
Brisbane Times

November 5, 2017

By Tom McIlroy

A group of Canberra Catholic faithful have stepped up lobbying efforts for structural change they say will address deepening disillusion and disaffection in the church.

In a move welcomed by Canberra and Goulburn Archbishop Christopher Prowse, the Concerned Catholics group have presented a submission to senior clergy ahead of a proposed plenary council for the church in Australia in 2020.

It calls for church leaders to establish pastoral councils in the Canberra archdiocese, designed to give parishioners and lay partners an opportunity to participate fully in the response to next month's final report from the landmark royal commission into responses to child sexual abuse.

The plan also calls for reforms of the church's canon law and better promotion of the role of women in leadership positions.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 11:30 AM

#MeToo movement brings women’s voices into open

NEW YORK
GoErie.com

November 5, 2017

By Brenda Martin

The social media moment has shown us how many women have experienced sexual harassment, assault or gender bias.

Emily Roll Moore was a young Fairview woman who struggled with life. She had a family, went to school, was a gifted writer and was the fashionista of her family. She was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife.

But she also had a past that haunted her, a series of events that she experienced in elementary school in upstate New York, that colored her days and nights.

She was sexually assaulted by a man connected to her grade school.

The assault changed her. It affected her relationships. It made her hurt herself.

Moore died several years ago at the age of 31 as a complication of anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder that Moore and her family believed was brought on by her childhood sexual abuse.

Her mother, Carolynn Roll, says #MeToo on behalf of her daughter, because her daughter can no longer say it herself.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:23 AM

Lifting the veil of the Catholic Church and the Iglesia ni Cristo

PHILIPPINES
Rappler.com

November 5, 2017

The Catholic Church and the Iglesia ni Cristo are often left unchecked because of how they are revered as institutions. Rappler has pursued investigations of alleged abuses.

In Catholic Churches in the Philippines, the faithful often sit back and listen to what is presented as biblical truth. The Gospel readings often end with the declaration, “This is the word of the Lord."

Because of this, faithful followers dare not question the priests who proclaim the gospel because they are seen as acting in the person of the head of the Catholic Church, Jesus Christ himself.

The Catholic Church in the Philippines counts at least 80,304,061 followers or 80% of the entire Philippine population, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority. Also in the millions is the home-grown Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) which has about 2.3 Filipinos followers.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:18 AM

Attorney: Brouillard remained fairly sharp, did not show much emotion in 4-day deposition

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

November 5, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

Former Guam priest Louis Brouillard did not show much emotion and remained fairly sharp mentally when he provided, over a four-day period, more information about the "tragic circumstances that allowed him to have access to Guam's children for so many years," according to one of the attorneys involved in dozens of lawsuits accusing Brouillard of child sex abuse.

Brouillard's Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 deposition in Pine City, Minnesota, where he lives, brought together attorneys for most plaintiffs and defendants from different parts of the nation.

Seattle-based attorney Steven T. Reich, a partner at the law firm Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, said Brouillard was deposed over four days, and he "remained fairly sharp mentally, and cooperative throughout."

"I asked Mr. Brouillard many pointed questions, and he appeared to make a genuine effort to provide honest answers. With regard to Mr. Brouillard’s demeanor, he did not show much emotion, and was rather matter of fact during his testimony," said Reich, whose law firm works with Guam attorney Kevin Fowler in representing clergy sex abuse accusers.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:13 AM

November 4, 2017

Statement Regarding Disclosure of Additional Names of Men with Substantiated Claims of Sexual Abuse Against Them

ST. PAUL (MN)
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

November 3, 2017

Source: Tom Halden, Director of Communications

From Tim O’Malley, Director, Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment

In our continuing efforts to encourage healing, empower victims/survivors of sexual abuse to come forward, and promote transparency, we are adding to our website today the names of 19 men who have substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor against them. Eighteen of the men have been disclosed by their diocese or religious order based on alleged abuse outside of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, but had, at some point, served or spent time in this archdiocese. The other man served in the archdiocese until his death in the early 1960s and is being disclosed now based on recent interviews with victims/survivors who courageously came forward.

Disclosed by another diocese or religious order:

Cornelius DeVenster, OSC
John Gleason Michael Paquet, OSC
Othmar Hohmann, OSB
Paul Kabat, OMI
Thomas Meyer, OMI
James Moeglein, OSC
Dunstan Moorse, OSB
Orville Munie, OMI
John Murphy
Thomas O’Brien, OSC
Michael Paquet, OSC
James Phillips, OSB
David Roney
Urban Schmitt, OSC
Michael Skoblik
Charles Stark
Emil Twardochleb, OMI
Pirmin Wendt, OSB


Disclosed by the Archdiocese:
Vincent Worzalla

The assignment history for each man is located on our Safe Environment website.
If you or someone you know has been abused, the first call should be to law enforcement.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:07 AM

Archdiocese discloses 19 additional names of men accused of abuse

ST. PAUL (MN)
Catholic Spirit

November 3, 2017

By Maria Wiering

[See also the archdiocese's Statement Regarding Disclosure of Additional Names of Men with Substantiated Claims of Sexual Abuse Against Them.]

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis added 19 men Nov. 3 to a list of priests and religious brothers who have served or spent time in the archdiocese and have substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor against them.

“Eighteen of the men have been disclosed by their diocese or religious order based on alleged abuse outside of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, but had, at some point, served or spent time in this archdiocese,” according to a Nov. 3 statement from from Tim O’Malley, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment.

The other man, Father Vincent Worzalla, served in the archdiocese until his death in the early 1960s. According to the statement, Father Worzalla’s name is now being disclosed “based on recent interviews with victims/survivors who courageously came forward.”

The men who served or spent time in the archdiocese and were disclosed by other dioceses and orders are Cornelius DeVenster, OSC; John Gleason; Othmar Hohmann, OSB; Paul Kabat, OMI; Thomas Meyer, OMI; James Moeglein, OSC; Dunstan Moorse, OSB; Orville Munie, OMI; John Murphy; Thomas O’Brien, OSC; Michael Paquet, OSC; James Phillips, OSB; David Roney; Urban Schmitt, OSC; Michael Skoblik; Charles Stark;?Emil Twardochleb, OMI; and Pirmin Wendt, OSB.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:02 AM

Sex Assault Scandals Opening Up Conversations In Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (MN)
WCCO (CBS Minnesota)

November 3, 2017

By Jennifer Mayerle

The difficult and often secret topic of sexual harassment and assault has been cast into the spotlight following claims against Hollywood heavy hitters.

It’s started a conversation in the Twin Cities.

“What is appropriate? Where are the lines when it comes to a power situation?” Teresa Thomas, director of Women in Networking, said.

Thomas says many members of WIN have experienced some type of sexual harassment or assault in the workplace.

“They’re realizing they’re not so alone in some of these situations they’ve had in their life. What they’re really hoping for is by having this issue come to light that we then address them and work on them and set higher standards and expectations for how we treat each other,” Thomas said.

Teri McLaughlin, executive director of MnCASA, which provides resources for sexual assault programs, believes what’s happening will impact the movement beneficially.

“We have an opportunity here to begin to change society to reduce the frequency of this going forward. I think this is a unique opportunity with the magnitude of reports right now,” McLaughlin said.

She says it’s predictable there are skeptics, but emphasizes we must believe victims that find the strength to come forward.

“When we start by believing, we absolutely create a space that safe for those victims,” McLaughlin said.

She believes we may be witnessing the beginning of what’s to come. McLaughlin compares what’s happening now to the Catholic sex abuse scandal.

“They didn’t come forward until they felt it was safe to do so when they saw somebody else wasn’t destroyed, wasn’t damaged that gives them some confidence to do so,” McLaughlin said.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:58 AM

Archdiocese compiling list of clergy with credible allegations of child sex abuse

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

November 4, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

The Archdiocese of Agana will compile a list of clergy with credible allegations of child sexual abuse against them, according to Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes.

The Catholic Church on Guam faces more than 140 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse decades ago by 16 different clergy members.

"It would be an important compliance to our own policy," Byrnes said, as the Archdiocese of Agana rolls out revised policies on protecting young people, trains church workers and volunteers, and revives an independent review board on the investigation of alleged clergy abuses.

Because Guam clergy sex abuse accusers and defendants are pursuing mediation to try to settle the lawsuits, there is no telling yet how soon the archdiocesan list could be compiled and released to the public.

Seattle-based attorney Michael Pfau said releasing the names of the accused is a positive step, but the archdiocese should also provide complete files on abusive priests.

"Only then will the archdiocese show complete transparency," Pfau said. "The people of Guam deserve to know the histories of abusive priests and the decisions of the church related to those priests."

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:50 AM

November 3, 2017

$1M bond set for priest

KANKAKEE (IL)
Daily Journal

November 3, 2017

By Lee Provost

KANKAKEE — Bond for Father Richard E. Jacklin, the Catholic priest accused for sexually assaulting a Shapiro Developmental Center resident Tuesday, was set at $1 million Thursday in Kankakee County Circuit Court.

In addition, it was stated during the bond hearing that the 39-year-old victim, identified in court only by his initials, has an IQ of 47 and has been a resident at Shapiro since 2010.

The victim also suffers from partial paralysis.

Jacklin, an ordained priest since June 1984, has provided written and verbal confessions, Kankakee County State's Attorney Jim Rowe said during the hearing.

It also was stated the victim told investigators this was not the first time Jacklin had sexual encounters with him. Authorities, however, do not have evidence to that statement as yet.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:27 PM

Remembering Boise Bishop Michael Driscoll, Protector of Orange County's Pedophile Priests

BOISE (ID)
LAist.com

November 2, 2017

By Gustavo Arellano

Catholics across Idaho are in mourning after the Oct. 24 death of longtime Diocese of Orange Bishop Michael Driscoll. Obituaries across the state noted the good deeds the 78-year-old Long Beach native (who will be buried Thursday) implemented in his 15-year term from 1999 to 2014: the introduction of the nonprofit Catholic Charities, an emphasis on tending to Idaho’s growing Latino population, and an increase in the number of priests and deacons.
But none of the Gem State’s newspapers bothered to mention Driscoll’s actual legacy: as an enabler, apologist and longtime keeper of secrets in the Diocese of Orange’s pedophile priest scandal.

I knew His Excellency well. From 2004 until about 2007, I was a one-man Spotlight against the Orange diocese for OC Weekly. In story after story, I showed how diocesan officials actively covered up priestly sex abuse, doing everything from shaming victims into silence to shuffling offending priests from parish to parish to not reporting them to law enforcement—and worse.
And during his 23-year career in Orange County, Driscoll was the conductor in the middle of it all.

He was named chancellor when the Diocese of Orange split from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1976. In the Roman Catholic Church, a chancellor acts as the record-keeper for his diocese, fielding all complaints against priests and reporting any findings to his superiors. That meant Driscoll dealt directly with all sex-abuse allegations from 1976 until 1986, when he became vicar general—the right-hand man of new Bishop Norman McFarland, and the person charged with disciplining wayward priests. He kept that role until 1989, when McFarland made Driscoll an auxiliary bishop in 1989.

Not a bad trajectory for a man who actively protected child rapists, right?
Space—even online—prohibits me from listing all of Driscoll’s sins, so I’ll just mention the most egregious examples, because they happen to involve bona fide monsters.

In 1976, Driscoll received a letter from Archbishop William Cousins of the Diocese of Milwaukee regarding Father Siegfried Widera, who was set to visit Orange County. Cousins asked Driscoll to give Widera a temporary assignment as a sign of “fraternal charity” even though Widera had “a moral problem having to do with a boy in school,” and that there had “been a repetition” severe enough that state psychiatrists gave the “strong recommendation that no immediate assignment be made in the environs” of Milwaukee for Widera.

Widera, in fact, had been convicted in 1973 of molesting a boy. Yet the Orange diocese fully accepted Widera, whose rape of young boys was so horrible that then-Bishop Tod D. Brown agreed to pay $17.7 million in 2005 to nine of Widera’s victims. That was part of a $100 million settlement with other victims—at that time the largest such payout in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States. The Orange County Register noted at the time that Widera’s victims were among “the most grievously abused.”

“I don't want to sound like I'm some kind of a monster, but ... we perhaps never should have taken [Widera] in 1976,'' Driscoll admitted in a 2002 deposition. “And I'm sorry about that today. But ... you know, I can't justify my actions. So I'm not going to.”

Driscoll didn’t just take in pedophiles, he also helped them resettle elsewhere. In 1985, he asked church officials in Liverpool, England, to take the Reverend Robert Foley, who had admitted to molesting an 8-year-old boy during a Boy Scouts camping trip organized by St. Justin Martyr in Anaheim. The boy’s mother, Driscoll wrote, “threatened to go to the police,” and Foley “is in jeopardy of arrest and possible imprisonment if he remains here.” Foley left the U.S. for England soon after; he never faced prosecution.

And in 1984, he wrote a letter praising Franklin Buckman, who had just left St. Polycarp in Anaheim for the remote Diocese of Baker in eastern Oregon. “He will be a blessing to you and your diocese,” Driscoll wrote to Baker officials, “and he is always welcome to 'come home' with us”—not revealing that Buckman was facing a sexual abuse allegation (the Orange diocese settled a case against the priest in 2005 for $1.9 million).

Widera, Foley and Buckman, however, didn’t compare to Eleuterio Ramos. Ramos was the worst pedophile priest in the history of the Orange diocese, admitting to molesting “at least” 25 boys during a career that started at St. Thomas the Apostle in Los Angeles 1966 and ended in Tijuana in 1991.

And Driscoll was there to cover up for Ramos every step of the way.

Upon becoming the Orange diocese chancellor, Driscoll would’ve learned about a letter in Ramos’ personnel file written by the Orange County District Attorney. Back in 1975, when OC parishes were still under the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the http://www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/orange/ramos/orange_50600006_PF_ramos.pdf District Attorney had suggested that Ramos see a psychologist “as a result of a recent incident.” As chancellor, Driscoll fielded multiple complaints from parents, teachers and even other priests about Ramos’ predatory ways as he moved from parish to parish. And it was Driscoll who helped Ramos leave to Tijuana in 1985 after the priest admitted to molesting yet another boy.

“We deeply regret the problems he has,” Driscoll wrote to Diocese of Tijuana Bishop Emilio Berlie (who ended up placing Ramos in a children’s ministry), “and hope that he may now completely come to grips with facing these problems and overcoming them."

Yet when he was deposed in 1991 as part of a civil lawsuit filed by a Ramos victim, Driscoll claimed under oath during a deposition that he "didn't received any complaints [about Ramos] specifically to me”—despite letters that lawyers dug up detailing Ramos allegations in Driscoll's writing.

In a 2005 letter printed in the Idaho Catholic Register, shortly before thousands of pages of documents were released with his name all over them, Driscoll stated he was "deeply sorry that the way we handled cases [in Orange County] allowed children to be victimized by permitting some priests to remain in ministry, for not disclosing their behavior to those who might be at risk, and for not monitoring their actions more closely."

And that penance worked—so much so that both the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register didn’t even bother to print an obituary about him (mostly because the editors and reporters who covered the sex-abuse scandal 12 years ago are long gone from the papers).
Such amnesia doesn’t sit well with John Manly. He was one of the lead lawyers in securing record-breaking settlements against the Orange diocese and Los Angeles archdiocese, and in recent years has represented victims in the Miramonte Elementary School sex-abuse scandal and gymnasts who say longtime USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused them.

“Bishop Driscoll’s systemic protection of child molester priests not only allowed children of the Diocese to be savaged by predators,” says Manly, who served under Driscoll as an altar boy at St. Catherine’s Military School in Anaheim. “His conduct destroyed lives, families and took the innocence of thousands. It also decimated the moral authority of the Church to speak on social justice issues. No one listens to someone who protects child rapists. That’s his legacy. Good riddance.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:18 PM

'Profoundly Disturbing.' Prestigious Boarding School Staff Accused of Sexually Abusing Students Over Decades

CONCORD (NH)
TIME via the Associated Press

November 3, 2017

By Michael Casey

(CONCORD, N.H.) — Over several decades, former faculty and staff at a prep school are accused of singling out students, plying them with alcohol and then attempting to kiss, fondle and commit other acts of sexual misconduct with them, according to a report released by the school late Wednesday.

The allegations are part of an ongoing investigation by St. Paul’s School into its history of sexual abuse, and the focus of an investigation by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

In May, St. Paul’s first reported detailed allegations against a dozen men and one woman who worked at the school between 1947 and 1999. An addendum released late Wednesday includes details from unnamed former students against five additional staff members, with allegations of abuse that happened as late as 2009.

The new report detailed 15 victims who had come forward to report abuse, while the May report did not provide information on victims.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:14 PM

Archbishop Charles Chaput: Media coverage of church sex abuse scandal is unbalanced

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philly.com

November 3, 2017

By Charles J. Chaput

In recent years the Inquirer has done a variety of valuable reporting and editorializing on sex abuse in the Catholic Church and past failures by the Church to root out abusers and to protect the innocent. The entire public — including Catholics — can be grateful for that.

I arrived in Philadelphia just months after a harsh 2011 grand jury report, and since then (but starting well before then) the archdiocese has worked hard to reform its victim outreach efforts, safety standards, handling of abuse allegations, and cooperation with law enforcement.

None of this has been window dressing. The suffering of past abuse victims is a deep scar on the witness of the Church, and one that will take generations to redeem. The priests, deacons, religious, and bishops of this diocese love their people and are committed to protecting them. The archdiocese, its ministries, and its resources are no more and no less than the people who sustain its parishes. They make Catholic services possible, and they — not some disembodied religious corporation — bear the burden of unjust penalties and laws.

Truth is always a good thing. So it’s been odd to notice that the Inquirer has often seemed less committed to reporting the history, roots, scope, and intractability of chronic sexual-abuse problems in our public schools, institutions, and society at large — and even less interested in what the Church has done and is doing to deal with the problem.

Since 2002, the archdiocese has committed more than $13 million to victim assistance for individuals and families, including counseling and other mental-health related services, help with medications, necessary travel, and child care.

Professionals in the victim advocacy field administer our archdiocesan Victim Assistance Program. The focus is on healing. It doesn’t matter when the abuse occurred, and no limit exists on how long the assistance is offered. Counselors and therapists, independent of the archdiocese, establish each person’s plan based on the unique needs of each individual. We’ve invested an additional $6 million in abuse prevention efforts that include educational programming for tens of thousands of children and adults in our schools and parishes, as well as screenings and background checks through state and federal law enforcement agencies. All of these efforts are ongoing.

Yet these facts have routinely been ignored or underreported by media in the public sphere. Despite ample evidence of the scope of the sexual-abuse problem beyond the Catholic Church, some continue to perpetuate the lie that the sexual abuse of minors is lopsidedly a “Catholic” problem and that the Church has done little to address it. This is flatly, demonstrably false. In a Nov. 1 editorial, the Inquirer even claimed that “the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the insurance industry have long fought efforts to hold abusers accountable for past crimes.” Again, this is flatly, demonstrably false. Any person who criminally abuses a child should be punished by law.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:11 PM

Archdiocese of NY: More than 200 claims of priest abuse

NEW YORK (NY)
lohud.com

November 2, 2017

By Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

The Archdiocese of New York said Thursday that more than 200 claims of abuse by Catholic priests have been filed under the church's victim compensation program.

One day after the deadline for victims to file with the church, the Archdiocese said 172 claims were confirmed and financial compensation was accepted, while 21 victims have been offered compensation and 13 other claims are under review.

The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, or IRCP, was launched by Archbishop Timothy Dolan to offer settlements to victims of abuse by priests who are prohibited from filing legal claims.

Started last year, the compensation program began a second phase on March 1 to allow victims to file for compensation. That phase ended yesterday.

“The program was intended to bring a sense of justice and peace to those who did suffer abuse by priests or deacons of the Archdiocese of New York," said Joseph Zwilling, the spokesman for the archdiocese.

The program gave victims a means to be compensated for the abuse they suffered because the statute of limitations in New York prohibits them from filing civil claims. Nearly all of the claims involve childhood abuse that happened years or decades ago.

The church does not confirm how much has been paid out in total compensation.

But earlier reports note that the church has paid millions in compensation, including $1.5 million to victims of priests who have served in the Lower Hudson Valley.

"We have been told often by victim survivors that they are not predominantly interested in money," Zwilling said. "What they are looking for is an acknowledgement of what they went through, and a tangible sign of the church’s sorrow for what happened to them, for the church to say, 'I'm sorry.'"

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 9:41 AM

Hollywood, here’s some advice on your sex-abuse scandals — from the Catholic Church

RALEIGH (NC)
The News and Observer

By Martha Quillin

November 2, 2017

The Catholic Church, which was riddled by sexual abuse scandals starting in the early 2000s, now could teach Hollywood a thing or two about how to protect children, a church leader said Thursday.

Edward Mechmann, director of public policy for the New York Archdiocese, told the Catholic News Agency that the church learned from its experiences that the key to combating abuse is combating the culture that allows it.

“In the area of child protection, the corporate culture is the most important element,” Mechmann said. “In the Church, we have successfully made child protection a key part of our regular course of business and we have made it unequivocally clear that any kind of sexual sin against minors is utterly unacceptable.”

He offered the advice as Hollywood and other industries respond to sexual harassment and assault scandals, including allegations made this week against “House of Cards” actor Kevin Spacey. Spacey is accused of making a sexual advance on Broadway and TV actor Anthony Rapp, who was 14 years old when the incident allegedly occurred 30 years ago. Since the accusations, Spacey has apologized for the encounter.

“We have put into place strong policies that are aimed to prevent any abuse,” Mechmann said. “These policies are taken very seriously by the leadership of the Church (laity and clergy alike) who have all demonstrated repeatedly that they are committed to the program. We have demonstrated over and over again that we are open to receiving complaints, we take all allegations seriously, we vigorously investigate them, and we are firm in correcting any problem,” he said.

More than 4,400 U.S. priests have been accused of abusing children between 1950 and 2002. The most notorious was John Geoghan of Boston, who was accused of molesting about 130 people, mostly young boys, between 1962 and 1995. Despite receiving a letter outlining allegations against Geoghan, Cardinal Bernard Law reassigned the priest to another parish. Geoghan was found guilty of molesting a boy in 2002 and was sentenced to prison. Law resigned his position in the church the same year.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 9:38 AM

Report highlights pattern of sexual abuse at prep school

CONCORD (NH)
Associated Press

November 2, 2017

Over several decades, former faculty and staff at a prep school are accused of singling out students, plying them with alcohol and then attempting to kiss, fondle and commit other acts of sexual misconduct with them, according to a report released by the school late Wednesday.

The allegations are part of an ongoing investigation by St. Paul's School into its history of sexual abuse, and the focus of an investigation by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.

In May, St. Paul's first reported detailed allegations against a dozen men and one woman who worked at the school between 1947 and 1999. An addendum released late Wednesday includes details from unnamed former students against five additional staff members, with allegations of abuse that happened as late as 2009.

The new report detailed 15 victims who had come forward to report abuse, while the May report did not provide information on victims.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 9:36 AM

Corey Feldman, Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Roman Polanski And More Show Why Statute Of Limitations For Sexual Abuse Needs To Be Abolished

UNITED STATES
Celebrity Insider

November 2, 2017

By Charisse Van Horn

Hollywood is in an uproar after allegations revealing the widespread and rampant nature of pedophiles and sexual predators within the entertainment industry have come to light. Corey Feldman has been a vocal advocate for children within Hollywood warning people about the prevalence of pedophiles for years. Ronan Farrow’s explosive exposé has launched a social media movement that may be revolutionary in nature. Men and women across the globe are coming forward to share their stories of abuse, harassment, and assault at the hands of sexual abusers. While many are finding the path to healing by speaking out, some publicly for the first time, there are many cases that will never see justice in a court of law due to the statute of limitations.

Each state in the U.S. has their own laws and rules regarding the statute of limitations. One thing that unites each of the stories of sexual harassment and abuse that are beginning to unfold is the time of the offense. Corey Feldman has spoken publicly about abuse that occurred in the 80s.

In the Harvey Weinstein and James Toback case, some of the allegations date back to the 90s. Roman Polanski has been accused of sexual crimes dating back to the 60s.

Many times cases are only picked up by state attorneys for prosecution if there is some legal loophole that will allow the case to move forward.

California tried to change their statute of limitation laws to help proceed with the Bill Cosby trial only to have those changes overturned.

During the height of the Catholic sexual abuse scandal, Massachusetts had to amend statute of limitation laws to allow adults who suddenly remembered the abuse the ability to prosecute.

There is no question about it. Statute of limitation laws in sexual abuse cases are absurd. They serve only to protect abusers from being prosecuted for crimes they committed.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 9:29 AM

Diocese: Guam priest's house guest troubled church, led to his removal

GUAM
USA Today/Pacific Daily News

November 2, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

[Note: A somewhat different version of an earlier story.]

A priest accused of sexual abuse on Guam was sent to Minnesota for "help with personal problems" in 1981, and later barred from serving as a priest after questions arose about a house guest from the island, according to a statement from the Diocese of Duluth.

Louis Brouillard, 96, is accused of sexually abusing minors in 87 lawsuits. More than 140 sex abuse lawsuits have been filed against the Archdiocese of Agana, 16 clergy members and three others affiliated with the church since late last year.

Brouillard was a pastor, teacher and Boy Scout leader on Guam for 33 years and has admitted to molesting 20 or more boys on the island.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:03 AM

The truth about the 'celibate' priests who father children - and then abandon them

LONDON (ENGLAND)
Telegraph

November 3, 2017

By Hugh Costello

At the age of 12, Sarah Thomas found out that the father she had never known was a Roman Catholic priest.

"I’d been told he was a lecturer, but being quite inquisitive I’d always suspected there was information I hadn’t been given," she says. "My mother had been too fearful to tell me the truth."

Her situation may sound unusual, but there is a global community of people who have been confronted with the fact that their 'missing' fathers were in fact priests who had taken a vow to remain celibate, while secretly fathering children they would never acknowledge. I travelled from Buckingham, where 39-year-old Sarah lives, to Uganda while making my BBC World Service documentary My Father the Priest, trying to understand why these men would break the vows they took - and the devastation their behaviour wrought.

When Sarah's mother found out she was pregnant two years into the relationship, her then-boyfriend "was very upset and broke it off that day. He never spoke to her again on his own. There was always a senior priest who acted as his adviser."

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:55 AM

Pope raises prospect of married men becoming priests

LONDON (ENGLAND)
Telegraph

November 2, 2017

By John Phillips

Rome - Pope Francis has requested a debate over allowing married men in the Amazon region of Brazil to become priests, in a controversial move that is likely to outrage conservatives in the Church, Vatican sources say.

The pontiff took the decision to put a partial lifting of priestly celibacy up for discussion and a possible vote by Brazilian bishops following a request made by Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the president of the Episcopal Commission for the Amazon, Il Messaggero newspaper quoted the sources saying.

Cardinal Hummes reportedly asked Francis to consider ordaining so-called viri probati, married men of great faith, capable of ministering spiritually to the many remote communities in the Amazon where there is a shortage of priests, and evangelical Christians and pagan sects are displacing Catholicism.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:53 AM

Area priest's bond to be set today

KANKAKEE (IL)
Daily Journal

November 1, 2017

By Jeff Bonty

Father Richard E. Jacklin, who assists with Masses at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Goodrich, is scheduled to be in court today for his bond to be set after he was arrested by Illinois State Police on Tuesday and charged with sexually assaulting a resident at Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee.

The 65-year-old Jacklin has been preliminarily charged by state police with criminal sexual assault by force and sexual misconduct of a person with a disability.

"We are still gathering information," Kankakee County State's Attorney Jim Rowe told the Daily Journal on Wednesday.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:49 AM

Priest charged with sexual assaulting resident at Kankakee developmental center

CHICAGO (IL)
Associated Press via Chicago Tribune

November 3, 2017

Bond has been set at $1 million for a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a resident of a developmental center outside Chicago.

The Rev. Richard Jacklin was arrested by Illinois State Police on Tuesday for the alleged assault on the resident at Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee.

Kankakee County State's Attorney Jim Rowe on Thursday told the judge a nurse walked in on Jacklin performing a sex act on a 39-year-old man. The alleged victim has been a patient at Shapiro since 2010 and is paralyzed and has an intellectual disability.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:46 AM

November 2, 2017

Attorney: Brouillard ‘matter of fact’ about memories

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

November 2, 2017

By Mindy Aguon

It's been 38 years since Louis Brouillard left Guam after serving as a priest with the Archdiocese of Agana, but he has shown a "remarkable" level of clarity in his memory about his time and actions while on island, according to an attorney representing childhood sex abuse victims.

Brouillard, 96, has been undergoing several hours of questioning over the last few days in his hometown of Pine City, Minnesota, where depositions are being held.

Attorney Steven Reich, who represents former altar boys and Boy Scouts who allege they were sexually abused by Brouillard while he served at parishes on Guam for nearly four decades, said the retired priest has a "really sharp memory."

While he wouldn't comment on details of the retired priest's testimony or if the priest showed any signs of remorse for his actions, Reich stated, "He was matter of fact about his memories, about what he recalls occurring."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:59 PM

Ex-Priest Molested Children In South Bay: Lawsuit

PALOS VERDES (CA)
Palos Verdes Patch

November 1, 2017

By Emily Holland

The former reverend had already been named in a 2015 child sexual abuse lawsuit, according to reports.

PALOS VERDES, CA – An ex-priest who served in Southern California molested at least four children at parishes in Redondo Beach, Palmdale, and Covina, according to lawsuits recently filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Former Rev. Chris Cunningham had already been named in a 2015 child sexual abuse lawsuit, according to The Daily Breeze. Civil complaints filed this year allege Cunningham sexually molested boys between ages 10 and 15 from the mid-1990s to early 2000s at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Palmdale, St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach and St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church in Covina, according to The Daily Breeze.

The lawsuits name the churches and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as defendants and allege the archdiocese knew of the allegations against Cunningham, the San Gabriel Valley Times reported. The archdiocese didn't investigate and opted to transfer the priest to various assignments and destroy the complaints, according to the court filings.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:44 PM

Un’altra accusa per don Lucio Gatti: violenze e maltrattamenti nelle sue case-accoglienza

ITALY
Periodico Daily

November 2, 2017

Di Mara Boselli

[Google Translate: A new and terrible accusation weighs on Don Lucio Gatti's shoulders , which until recently had the Caritas center of St. Fatucchio in Perugia. Already in January 2014, the pastor has been in custody for two years with suspended sentence for sexual harassment for the damage of some young guests in the communities he followed; now, the choc story of the aforementioned alleged violence , crystallized in a lawsuit filed by lawyer of the involved person, lawyer Cristiano Baroni of Network Abuse.The young man recalls, through the detailed story he has exposed before the Forces of the Order, the calvary experienced within the communities at just 12 years; sexual harassment and labor exploitation would not only affect his life, but also the endless and painful days of all the other guests]

"A 12 anni, io sfruttato e abusato". La querela di un ex-ospite infanga il nome delle comunità umbre.

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Una nuova e terribile accusa pesa sulle spalle di don Lucio Gatti che, fino a poco tempo fa, gestiva il centro Caritas di san Fatucchio, nel perugino. Già nel gennaio del 2014, il parroco ha patteggiato due anni con pena sospesa per molestie sessuali ai danni di alcuni giovani ospiti nelle comunità da lui seguite; ora, il racconto choc dell’ennesima presunta violenza, cristallizzata in una querela depositata in procura dal legale del soggetto coinvolto, l’avvocato Cristiano Baroni di Rete l’Abuso. Il giovane ripercorre, attraverso il dettagliato racconto che ha esposto davanti alle Forze dell’Ordine, il calvario vissuto all’interno delle comunità, ad appena 12 anni; molestie sessuali e sfruttamento lavorativo avrebbero scandito non solo la sua vita, ma anche le interminabili e dolorose giornate di tutti gli altri ospiti.

Secondo la testimonianza del giovane, le violenze e lo sfruttamento sarebbero state la norma nelle strutture di accoglienza del prete umbro; raccolte nero su bianco, chi narra è ancora un ragazzino all’epoca dei fatti. E’ il 2004, infatti, quando don Lucio pare gli metta per la prima volta occhi e mani addosso: i servizi sociali, su richiesta della madre del giovane, si sono appena accordati con la san Fatucchio per inserirlo in comunità. All’inizio, si parla solo di periodo scolastico, e tutto pare filare liscio; nel 2008, però, quando l’ospite ha già 16 anni, viene trasferito nella casa-accoglienza della parrocchia di santa Maria Maddalena, a Cenerente, il cui parroco era proprio don Lucio che lo accoglie nonostante quella sia una comunità di persone adulte, non riservata ai minori e composta prevalentemente da tossicodipendenti, elementi con disturbi psichiatrici e problemi giudiziari.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:40 PM

Obispo de Goya dijo que habrá cero tolerancia con los casos de abuso

ARGENTINA
Corrientes Hoy

November 1, 2017

[Google Translate: The Bishop of Goya, with diocesan jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Monte Caseros, Adolfo Ramón Canecín, was forceful yesterday, pointing out that "there will be zero tolerance for cases of abuse", after the case of a minor was heard. 13 years, that was abused by a preceptor of the educational institution he attends.]

Luego de un caso de abuso en Monte Caseros

El obispo de Goya, con jurisdicción diocesana de la Iglesia católica en Monte Caseros, Adolfo Ramón Canecín, fue contundente ayer al señalar que “habrá cero tolerancia con los casos de abuso”, luego de que se conociera el caso de una menor de 13 años, que fuera abusada por un preceptor de la institución educativa a la que asiste.

La familia de la adolescente que concurre al Instituto Secundario “Presbítero Demetrio Atamañuk” de Monte Caseros, denunció al administrativo del establecimiento de haber mantenido relaciones con su hija. El hombre fue detenido el lunes por la tarde luego de ser citado por la Justicia a declarar.

En una entrevista realizada por el Canal 2 de esa localidad, el obispo Canecín afirmó en forma contundente: “La Iglesia tiene cero tolerancia en los casos de abuso según la consigna del papa Francisco, sea quién sea, obispo, sacerdote, laico o personal”, por lo que desde un primer momento aseguró que “se aceleraron todos los procesos para colaborar con la Justicia”. En tanto el rector del instituto secundario, Ramón Blanco, afirmó: “Lamentablemente es una situación muy dolorosa y afectó gravemente a la institución y repudiamos totalmente el accionar del victimario personal de la institución”. En la entrevista concedida a un medio local trató de llevar tranquilidad a la comunidad educativa y en especial a los padres, al recalcar: “Desde que tuvimos conocimiento del caso nos pusimos a disposición de la Justicia y queremos que se esclarezca el hecho que nos afecta a todos”.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:36 PM

Obispo de Tacna y Moquegua: La muerte no es la solución al abuso sexual

PERU
La Republica

November 2, 2017

[Google Translate: Bishop Marco Antonio Cortez disagreed with the proposed death penalty for sexual violators . This initiative is promoted by some groups and political groups.]

PROPONE. Fortalecer la formación de valores cristianos en los niños y la participación de los padres en la educación de sus hijos.

El obispo Marco Antonio Cortez se manifestó en desacuerdo con la propuesta de pena de muerte para los violadores sexuales. Esta iniciativa es promovida por algunos colectivos y grupos políticos.

Cortez señaló que respecto a los actos de abuso sexual, existe de parte de la sociedad peruana una actitud de hipocresía. Sostuvo que son muchos los sectores que aprueban y promocionan una absoluta libertad para los menores y adolescentes sobre su educación y desarrollo sexual; sin embargo, cuando surgen problemas morales como los abusos se pide muerte para las personas que la sociedad ha formado.“Creo que es momento de reconocer que la sociedad es parte del problema también”, aseveró el obispo Cortez.

"¿Podemos decir que el desenfreno de las conductas ha generado eso (violencia sexual)? Sí. ¿Y quién ha generado eso? Un Estado que propicia el relativismo moral, que propicia conductas donde se dice 'todo es posible'. Donde la educación en los colegios ya enseña ciertas cosas que solo los padres deben de enseñar", declaró el obispo.

La propuesta de Cortez frente a un escenario de violencia sexual en el país es fortalecer la formación de valores cristianos en los niños y la participación de los padres en la educación de sus hijos. Esto último se está perdiendo, dijo.

"Lo que debería existir es la participación de los padres con respecto a la educación de sus hijos. El espacio es de ellos, no del Gobierno (...) El Estado propicia una situación así. Un Estado padre, que gobierna y rija todas las políticas", sostuvo.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:30 PM

Female clergy call for independent mediators into CofE abuse

ENGLAND
Premier

November 2, 2017

Woman church leaders are calling for sexual harassment and abuse claims in the Church of England to be reviewed by an independent mediator.

In a letter to the Guardian, Jayne Ozanne, a senior member of the general synod for the diocese of Oxford, said: "Abuse of power, particularly in relation to sexual misdemeanours, will never be dealt with by those within the same said power structures.

"The urge to protect one’s reputation is too strong.

"Make no mistake, the instances of sexual abuse and harassment within the church are manifold - at virtually every level of the hierarchy."

Ozanne says that a bishop advised her not to report her claim that a priest had raped her in the 1990s.

“I trusted him because he was a priest,” she told Channel 4 News. “Shame and guilt is what kept me quiet and silent for so many years.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:53 PM

Lambeth Palace facing questions about accusations of abuse of woman in Church of England [with video]

ENGLAND
Channel 4 News

November 1, 2017

Presenter: Cathy Newman

Since accusations of sexual harassment and worse against the film producer Harvey Weinstein were revealed, many people from other industries have come forward with their own experiences – in part, fuelled by the Me Too campaign on social media, a hashtag created to invite others to share their experiences in the wake of the Weinstein scandal. One of those who used the hashtag is Jayne Ozanne, a founding member of the Archbishops’ Council and a senior lay member of the General Synod. Tonight she tells us exclusively why she, too, is a Me Too. She has told us that she was raped by a priest in the 1990s and claims a bishop advised her not to report the attack. A warning: this report contains details of a sexual nature.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:50 PM

Pacific News Minute: Priest Who Admitted to Sex Abuse on Guam Gives Evidence [with audio]

GUAM
Hawaii Public Radio

November 1, 2017

By Neal Conan

So far, 141 suits have been filed in Guam alleging sex abuse by priests. The most recent just last week. This week, the man named in more than half those cases provides sworn evidence. We have more from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:43 PM

Pecados Imperdonables [with video]

AYACUCHO (PERU)
La Republica

November 2, 2017

Por: Melissa Goytizolo

[Google Translate: The young Ayacuchana ALL tells for the first time that Father Felix Pariona sexually abused her between 15 and 17 years of age in the San Cristóbal Seminary of Huamanga where her parents work. The priest denied the accusations.]

La joven ayacuchana A.L.L. relata por primera vez que el sacerdote Félix Pariona abusó sexualmente de ella entre los 15 y 17 años de edad al interior del Seminario San Cristóbal de Huamanga donde trabajan sus padres. El cura negó las acusaciones.

El sacerdote Félix Pariona Huacre llegó al Seminario San Cristóbal de Huamanga, en Ayacucho, el año 2005. En el claustro trabajaban como cocineros los padres de la joven A.L.L. Cuando Pariona se ordenó como sacerdote, en el 2014, empezó a acosar sexualmente a A.L.L., que entonces contaba con 15 años de edad.

De los tocamientos indebidos, Félix Pariona, quien vivía en el Seminario, al igual que su víctima, pasó a la violación sexual. La primera vez ocurrió en julio de 2016. Hasta diciembre de ese año, el clérigo asaltó sexualmente siete veces a la jovencita en su habitación asignada en el establecimiento religioso.

El sacerdote amenazó con lanzar a la calle a sus padres si A.L.L. denunciaba los abusos sexuales. “Yo soy el que manda aquí, gracias a mí tu mamá trabaja, gracias a mí a tu papá no lo hemos botado, gracias a mi ustedes comen”, le dijo Pariona, según la versión de A.L.L.

“Me decía que esto iba a quedar entro los dos siempre. ‘Yo no le voy a decir a nadie, tú no le avises a nadie’, me decía. Cada vez que me agarraba fuerte yo le decía por favor suéltame, y él lo sabe muy bien.... A mi cada vez que me agarraba se me ponía la piel rara”, declaró la muchacha.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:36 PM

Healing liturgy at Kenmore acknowledges sexual abuse failures of the Church

BRISBANE (AUSTRALIA)
The Catholic Leader

November 2, 2017

By Emilie Ng

CATHOLICS from seven parishes in Brisbane’s west have acknowledged the Church’s failing of survivors of sexual abuse during a moving healing liturgy in Kenmore.

Parishioners from the Brisbane West deanery, which incorporates the parishes of Corinda Graceville, Darra Jindalee, Inala, Indooroopilly, Kenmore, St Lucia and Toowong, gathered at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Kenmore, on October 23 to acknowledge “the hurt and injuries inflicted upon the innocent” by members of the Church.

Brisbane West dean Fr Mark Franklin led the liturgy, which was an adaptation of the Archdiocese of Dublin’s Liturgy of Lament and Repentance for the sexual abuse of children by priests and religious.

Fr Franklin said he had adapted the liturgy for his previous parish in Noosa and recently discerned the need for the Brisbane West community to “acknowledge before God and before our brothers and sisters that we had failed as a Church”.

“Protecting our most vulnerable is not a part-time or stop-gap measure; we as a Church have broken that trust and we must now continue to work on healing and restoring people’s faith in us until this evil has been eradicated,” he said.

“We are all responsible for what’s happened.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:27 PM

Chicago archdiocese wins claim against false sex abuse allegations

CHICAGO (IL)
America Magazine

November 01, 2017

By Michael J. O’Loughlin

A Chicago man who filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Chicago alleging sexual abuse by a notorious former priest has been ordered to repay the church for the money it spent defending itself, a Cook County circuit court judge ruled earlier this month. Church officials in Chicago say that revelations regarding other fraudulent cases could be forthcoming, a prospect that both the archdiocese and victim advocates say will be a disservice to genuine victims.

The man, identified in court documents only as John J. Doe, said in a 2015 lawsuit that he had been sexually assaulted by Daniel McCormack, a former priest who was convicted in 2007 of molesting five boys associated with a Chicago Catholic school that was connected to the parish where he was pastor.

While serving time in prison, Mr. Doe discussed plans for the lawsuit on the telephone with several people, including a cousin who had previously settled with the archdiocese over abuse claims against Mr. McCormack. During the initial phase of the lawsuit, lawyers for the archdiocese subpoenaed more than 300 hours of audio recordings from those phone calls. The church then found evidence they claimed proved Mr. Doe was lying about the abuse.

Mr. Doe eventually withdrew his case for reasons unrelated to the tapes, but he said he planned to refile. In July, the archdiocese filed its own suit against Mr. Doe, alleging that under an Illinois statute, the church was entitled to receive compensation for costs associated with defending itself against a bogus claim. Earlier this month, Judge Kathy M. Flanagan agreed with the church, ruling that based on “unrebutted and uncontradicted evidence,” the allegations were “not well-grounded in fact.”

John O’Malley, a lawyer for the archdiocese, told America that there is “a very difficult balance” in trying to be “good stewards” of the church’s financial resources, some of which is used to assist victims, while avoiding re-victimizing or re-injuring “the people coming forward” by questioning their allegations too rigorously.

Another lawyer representing the archdiocese, James C. Geoly, said that all cases brought against the church are subject to scrutiny but that in certain instances, there is “a healthy skepticism” because of the length of time that has passed since alleged abuse took place, as well as a plaintiff’s thin connections to the school, parish or neighborhood.

Church officials also said they had an ethical obligation to alert the court of potential fraud.

Paula Waters, chief communications officer for the archdiocese, said that Mr. Doe’s suit was “an affront to real victims.” She said some people have asked why the archdiocese appears to be “going after victims,” but she said that in Mr. Doe’s case, “We’re going after fraud.”

The managing director for SNAP, an advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse, told America that false allegations of clerical sexual abuse, which she noted are very rare, ultimately harm victims.

“When you want to report sexual abuse by a respected member of the community, it’s very difficult,” Barbara Dorris said. “Anything that makes it harder for a survivor or a child to report sexual abuse is a bad thing.”

“We want to make it easier for survivors to come forward, not harder. This is going to make it harder for victims to come forward,” she said.

Several people interviewed for this story said that they were unaware of similar cases in which a diocese was awarded money by courts from individuals who had made false accusations. But church officials and victims rights advocates agree that instances of fraud in abuse cases are rare.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:23 PM

What society can learn from the Catholic Church regarding child protection

DENVER (CO)
CNA/EWTN News

November 2, 2017

By Mary Rezac

One month after an avalanche of sexual assault accusations were lobbed against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, another Hollywood scandal broke.

This week, actor Anthony Rapp accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him as a minor. Spacey apologized, but said he didn’t remember the encounter, and also took the opportunity to come out as gay.

In the early 2000s, the Catholic Church in the United States was also reeling from a sex abuse crisis when the Boston Globe broke the story of a former priest who was accused of molesting 130 minors, mostly young boys, over the course of more than 30 years. This led to a large-scale uncovering of thousands more allegations of abuse in dioceses throughout the country.

Since then, the Church has put into place numerous policies and practices to protect children from sexual abuse, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Charter for Child and Youth Protection.

The charter, implemented in 2002, obligates all compliant dioceses and eparchies to provide resources both for victims of abuse and resources for abuse prevention. Each year, the USCCB releases an extensive annual report on the dioceses and eparchies, including an audit of all abuse cases and allegations, and recommended policy guidelines for dioceses.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:11 PM

Fin al castigo del sacerdote Cristián Precht tensiona visita del Papa Francisco

CHILE
ADN Radio

November 1, 2017

Por Valeria Vargas

[Google Translate excerpt: In December, the five-year sanction against priest Cristián Precht for sexual abuse of minors will be carried out.]

"Se deja libre a un depredador de la infancia", acusó James Hamilton sobre este cura, declarado culpable por abuso sexual a menores.

En diciembre se cumplirá la sanción de cinco años contra el sacerdote Cristián Precht por abuso sexual a menores.

Pese a que autoridades de la Iglesia Católica reiteraron que continuarán con su política de tolerancia cero frente a los abusos, existe incertidumbre sobre si el clérigo volverá a dirigir misas.

La fecha es clave, porque coincide con la visita del Papa Francisco a Chile un mes después de que el sacerdote cumpla castigo por la sentencia del Vaticano que lo declaró culpable por conductas abusivas contra feligreses mayores y menores de edad.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:06 PM

Imputan al sacerdote de Monte Vera por acosar a una chica vía Instagram

MONTE VERA (SANTA FE)
Casilada Plus

November 2, 2017

Escrita Por: Redaccion Rosario Plus

[Google Translate: It happened in Santa Fe, in the town of Monte Vera, near the provincial capital. For the first time, a Catholic priest receives a specific criminal accusation about the technological variant of sexual abuse, the crime of grooming, this is besieging a person through the internet for sexual purposes. And even worse, in this case the victim was a teenager, a minor.]

Ocurrió en Santa Fe, en la localidad de Monte Vera, cercana a la capital provincial. Por primera vez, un sacerdote católico recibe una imputación penal concreta sobre la variante tecnológica del abuso sexual, el delito de grooming, esto es asediar a una persona a través de internet con fines sexuales. Y peor aún, en este caso la víctima fue una adolescente, menor de edad.

El fiscal Estanislao Giavedoni imputó este miércoles al párroco Walter M. de grooming, quien hasta mayo pasado se había desempeñado como cura párroco de la iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Merced, en ese pueblo del departamento La Capital. El delito está descripto en el artículo 131 del Código Penal de la Nación. Giavedoni consideró comprobado que el religioso contactó el 22 de mayo a una chica de 16 años de ese pueblo a través de la red social Instagram. "Le escribió un mensaje en el que usó adjetivos calificativos para referirse a las imágenes que la adolescente tenía compartidas. Además, le preguntó por su lugar de residencia", argumentó el fiscal.

M. tiene 42 años, y su agresión partió desde el usuario @w_mgg. “Por su parte -prosiguió el fiscal-, la víctima le preguntó al imputado su edad. Cuando el hombre le respondió, la adolescente fue contundente y rechazó cualquier tipo de vínculo”, agregó.

La adolescente se lo contó a los padres y de allí surgió la denuncia penal. Y la sorpresa devino cuando las averiguaciones dieron con que el acosador era el cura del pueblo. Antes de que la policía lo detuviera, el arzobispado de Santa Fe apartó al párroco de su función y cargo.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:01 PM

RVC man claims St. Agnes priest sexually abused him

ROCKVILLE CENTRE (NY)
LI Herald

November 2, 2017

By Ben Strack

Recalls alleged incidents as a teenager from 1983 to 1993

“He asked me if I could help him, and I said sure, that sounds innocent enough,” said a Rockville Centre man who claimed that he was sexually abused for 10 years by a priest at St. Agnes Cathedral.

“That’s how it began,” said the 48-year-old man, who asked the Herald not to reveal his identity, “and then it went from there to if I could go into the shower with him and help him so that he wouldn’t fall down.”

The man, who was raised Catholic in Rockville Centre and still lives in the village, was an altar boy for several years. In 1983, he met the Rev. John J. McGeever, who he claims abused him until McGeever died in 1993.

The man is being represented by Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer who has handled hundreds of sexual abuse cases and was portrayed in the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight,” about the Boston Globe’s exposé detailing abuse allegations against priests in Boston. The man filed his claims on Oct. 25, in an application as part of the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

The program, modeled after those created in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn over the past year to help victims of abuse by priests and deacons gain some form of closure, launched last month. It is designed to grant financial settlements to victims who cannot file child sexual abuse lawsuits against the church due to New York’s statute of limitations.

“There isn’t any amount of money a sexual abuse victim wouldn’t exchange for not being sexually abused,” Garabedian told the Herald. “The monetary amount is only validation.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:57 AM

Bitterroot polygamous sect divided after sex abuse accusations against Utah leader

PINESDALE (MT)
Great Falls Tribune

November 1, 2017

By Kristen Inbody

PINESDALE – A split among members of the Apostolic United Brethren, a polygamist Mormon fundamentalist sect, is playing out in a Bitterroot Valley town of fewer than a thousand west of Corvallis and US Highway 93.

The church has been torn apart since daughter Rosemary Williams, who is on the television show “My Five Wives” and two nieces accused the church president Lynn Thompson of Bluffdale, Utah of molesting them.

Some Pinesdale AUB members have established a Second Ward, marriages have been strained even to separation and the congregation’s Pines Academy private school has seen declining enrollment, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:36 AM

Priest criticizes Vatican over Indonesian bishop case

JAKARTA INDONESIA
UCA News

November 1, 2017

By Ryan Dagur

British cleric fires broadside at closed-door tribunals, calls for tranparency in disciplinary matters, appointing prelates

A British-born priest who has served in Indonesia for more than 40 years has called on the Vatican to end its tradition of keeping disciplinary cases involving the clergy confidential and demanded changes to the way bishops are appointed.

In an opinion piece published in Hidup, a weekly magazine published by the Jakarta Archdiocese, Divine Word Father John Mansford Prior, a missiology lecturer at the Catholic School of Philosophy in Maumere on the Catholic majority island of Flores said the handling of moral cases involving clergy must be "completely transparent, just like in the state system."

"If the Holy See compels a bishop to withdraw, the results of the trial [of a bishop] must be officially announced," he argued.

Father Prior, who also works at the Candraditya Center for the Study of Religion and Culture in Maumere is a former consultor of the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conference (FABC).

His article, published in the Oct. 29 edition of Hidup, specifically addressed the resignation of Bishop Hubertus Leteng of Ruteng.

Pope Francis approved Bishop Leteng's resignation on Oct. 11 after an investigation into allegations of misappropriating more than US$100,000 of church funds and an illicit relationship with a woman.

In its official announcement, the Vatican did not give a reason for Bishop Leteng's resignation.

Father Prior told ucanews.com on Nov. 1, that in addition of transparency, the church should also encourage due process.

"If there were credible accusations, the clergy, whether it's a priest or bishop being accused, should be immediately discharged, certainly with innocent prejudice," he said.

The church is not credible in handling such cases, he argued because "priest investigates priest, bishop investigates bishop and it is done in private."

"Who can really believe in the results of such a process?"

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:23 AM

Settlement reached in Vanceburg church lawsuit

VANCEBURG (KY)
The Lewis County Herald via The Ledger Independent

October 31, 2017

By Dennis K. Brown

Members of Vanceburg Christian Church learned Sunday that a civil lawsuit filed against the church nearly a year ago has been settled.

Clayton "Buddy" Lykins Jr., an elder at the church, told those attending services Sunday morning about the development and added the agreement prohibits the general disclosure of the terms of the settlement agreement.

"In December of last year, as many of you know, our church was the target of a lawsuit filed by a teenage boy, alleging that our former pastor, Duncan Aker, sexually abused him. The incident occurred a number of years ago," Lykins told those who had gathered for Sunday morning services at the church. "Mr. Aker has not been associated with our church for the last seven years."

Aker was the minister at Vanceburg Christian Church between 2006 and 2011.

"Also, last year, Mr. Aker pled guilty to sexual abuse of the young boy, which opened up the church to possibly be liable to the youth in a civil lawsuit," Lykins said.

"No one at Vanceburg Christian Church had any reason to believe that Duncan Aker was engaging in any improper contact with this young person, or with any other person," Lykins said. "However, because the sexual abuse apparently happened, and we could say this because Mr. Aker pled guilty, the church could possibly be liable for not supervising Mr. Aker's actions."

Aker was arrested in Greensburg, Ind., in May 2015 on a nine-count grand jury indictment. He was listed as a minister for Greensburg Christian Church at the time of his arrest.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:12 AM

Father Niland accused of raping boy during confession

GUAM
Pacific News Center

November 1, 2017

By Janela Carrera

The victim is seeking $5 million in damages.

Guam – As church sex abuse cases continue to be filed, this latest allegation comes from a 48-year-old man who says he was raped while giving confession at the Agat Parish.

The complaint was filed by a man with the initials J.C. who says he was only 10 years old at the time of the abuse. J.C. became an altar boy in 1979 with the Mt. Carmel Church where now-deceased priest Father Jack Niland served as a Capuchin priest.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:09 AM

Disgraced ex-Bronx priest cleared of charges of using $1M in church funds for S&M sex

Bronx (NY)
New York Daily News

October 30, 2017

By Laura Dimon

An investigation into a former priest who was accused of taking $1 million from a city church found no evidence to back up the allegation, the Bronx District Attorney said Monday.

Peter Miqueli, 54, was at the center of a scandalous civil lawsuit parishioners filed in 2015. They alleged the priest, who worked at St. Frances de Chantal Church in the Bronx and St. Francis Cabrini on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island, used the cash to pay a hunky boytoy for S&M sex.

The Bronx DA did not investigate the salacious sex claims, but the Archdiocese did, a Church official said, and found “nothing has been brought forward to substantiate them.”

Bronx DA Darcel Clark launched an investigation into the parishioners’ allegations of financial misconduct and concluded they were unsubstantiated. As part of her probe, Clark looked at the civil case.

Miqueli was never criminally charged.

Clark did find, however, that St. Frances de Chantal Church improperly doled out more than $22,000 in reimbursements to Miqueli from parish accounts. The ex-priest was ordered to return the funds, Clark said.

“This investigation by the Economic Crimes Bureau found that Father Miqueli was improperly reimbursed for personal expenses,” Clark said. “The Archdiocese has reimbursed St. Frances de Chantal Church for the funds, $22,450 of hard-earned money donated by parishioners for the betterment of the parish. We have made recommendations to the Archdiocese and they have agreed to more oversight.”

In a letter that was disseminated to parishioners, the Most Rev. Gerald Walsh, vicar for clergy, said that, while $22,000 is a “significant sum,” it is a “far cry” from the $1 million Miqueli was accused of looting.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:06 AM

Fact check: the churches joining child abuse redress scheme

AUSTRALIA
Eternity News

November 1, 2017

By Tess Holgate

Churches and institutions are being called upon to join the Federal Government’s national scheme to financially compensate victims of child sexual abuse.

In early 2015, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended the establishment of the national redress scheme. This included a call for churches to come up with a national response to the proposed national redress scheme.

The scheme is opt-in, meaning that any state, institution or church which does not want to sign up to compensate victims with payments of up to $150,000, will not be obliged to do so. The scheme also includes the provision of access to counselling and psychological services and a direct personal response from each participating institution responsible for the abuse, if requested by the survivor.

The Royal Commission estimated that about 60,000 children were sexually abused in institutions, but only approximately 1000 of them in Commonwealth institutions. For the scheme to provide compensation to the majority of survivors, state governments, institutions and churches will need to sign on to it.

Legislation to establish the scheme was tabled last week. If it passes, survivors will be allowed to apply for compensation from July 1, 2018.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:03 AM

New report identifies additional 15 victims of sexual misconduct at St. Paul’s School

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

November 2, 2017

By Danny McDonald

[See also the report.]

St. Paul’s School has identified 15 additional victims in an ongoing investigation into sexual misconduct at the elite Concord, N.H., school, and five faculty members who are newly suspected of improper conduct, according to a report issued to the school community Wednesday.

The report, the second in six months detailing misconduct at the school, lists allegations of what school officials termed “profoundly disturbing” sexual behavior at the school over a span of 53 years, from 1956 to 2009, according to the letter to the school community.

The new report presents investigators’ findings relating to the alleged sexual misconduct of 16 former faculty members and staff. Of that number, five were reported for the first time, 11 were previously known to investigators.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:56 AM

St. Paul's School Releases New Accounts of Sexual Misconduct

CONCORD (NH)
New Hampshire Public Radio

November 1, 2017

St. Paul’s School in Concord has notified parents and the wider community that there have been new accounts of sexual misconduct at the school.

The accounts are published in a supplemental report, released by the school Wednesday, by the law firm Casner and Edwards. St. Paul engaged the firm to investigate past sexual abuse and misconduct by faculty and staff. The results of the initial investigation were released in May.

Since then, the law firm says it has interviewed 43 people – including current and former faculty and former students -- many of whom said they were inspired to come forward after reading the first report. They told stories of abuse by St. Paul teachers taking place over a span 53 years, with one incident as recent as 2009.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:50 AM

Ex-Priest Molested Children In South Bay: Lawsuit

PALOS VERDES (CA)
Patch

November 1, 2017

By Emily Holland

The former reverend had already been named in a 2015 child sexual abuse lawsuit, according to reports.

An ex-priest who served in Southern California molested at least four children at parishes in Redondo Beach, Palmdale, and Covina, according to lawsuits recently filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Former Rev. Chris Cunningham had already been named in a 2015 child sexual abuse lawsuit, according to The Daily Breeze. Civil complaints filed this year allege Cunningham sexually molested boys between ages 10 and 15 from the mid-1990s to early 2000s at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Palmdale, St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach and St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church in Covina, according to The Daily Breeze.

The lawsuits name the churches and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as defendants and allege the archdiocese knew of the allegations against Cunningham, the San Gabriel Valley Times reported. The archdiocese didn't investigate and opted to transfer the priest to various assignments and destroy the complaints, according to the court filings.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:57 AM

Attorney: Brouillard cooperative, making an effort to answer difficult questions

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

November 1, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

Former island priest Louis Brouillard was cooperative and appeared to make an effort to answer difficult questions during the first day of his deposition in Minnesota, according to one of the attorneys involved in the dozens of lawsuits accusing Brouillard of child sex abuse.

Brouillard, who has admitted to abusing boys decades ago on Guam, this week is providing additional sworn evidence related to more than 80 lawsuits accusing him of sexually abusing or raping Guam children. As of this week, Brouillard is named in 87 lawsuits.

Seattle-based attorney Steven T. Reich, a partner at the law firm Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, said Brouillard has a "fairly decent memory, despite being 96 years old."

Brouillard, "appeared to make an honest effort to answer the difficult questions put to him," Reich said after the first day of Brouillard's deposition, which lasted three hours. The deposition is in Pine City, Minnesota, where Brouillard now lives.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:53 AM

Area priest arrested for sexual assault

KANKAKEE (IL)
Daily Journal

November 1, 2017

By Jeff Bonty

Father Richard E. Jacklin, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Goodrich, was arrested by Illinois State Police on Tuesday and charged with sexually assaulting a resident at Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee.

The 65-year-old Jacklin has been preliminarily charged by state police with criminal sexual assault by force and sexual misconduct of a person with a disability.

"We are still gathering information," Kankakee County State's Attorney Jim Rowe told the Daily Journal this morning.

That is all Rowe would say as the investigation is ongoing.

Jacklin will either be in court today or Thursday to have his bond set.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:47 AM

Church: Brouillard removed as Minnesota priest in 1985 because of questions about Guam guest

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

November 2, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

A priest accused of sexual abuse was sent from Guam to Minnesota for "help with his personal problems" in 1981, and later barred from serving as a priest after questions arose about a house guest from the island, according to a statement from the Diocese of Duluth.

Louis Brouillard, 96, is accused of sexually abusing minors in 87 lawsuits filed since the beginning of the year. He served as a pastor, teacher and Boy Scout leader on Guam, and he has admitted to molesting 20 or more boys here.

In three recent lawsuits, he is accused of paying to bring boys from Guam to Minnesota, where he continued to abuse them. One of the lawsuits alleges he moved a boy into a two-bedroom retirement home apartment where he lived with his elderly parents.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:40 AM

November 1, 2017

Former priest accused of sexually abusing minors at Covina, Redondo Beach and Palmdale churches

LOS ANGELES (CA)
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

October 31, 2017

By Stephanie K. Baer

A former priest who served in Southern California and was named in a 2015 child sexual abuse lawsuit allegedly molested at least four additional children at parishes in Palmdale, Redondo Beach and Covina, according to lawsuits recently filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Civil complaints filed in July and October allege former Rev. Chris Cunningham sexually molested boys ages 10 to 15 from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Palmdale, St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach and St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church in Covina.

The lawsuits, which name the churches and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as defendants, also allege the archdiocese knew of the allegations against Cunningham.

The archdiocese did not investigate, opting instead to transfer the priest to various assignments and destroy the complaints, according to the court filings. None of the plaintiffs is named in the lawsuits.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:20 PM

Child abuse documentary Hollywood 'didn't want you to see' goes viral

LOS ANGELES (CA)
The Guardian

November 1, 2017

By Rory Carroll

The film An Open Secret died upon release in 2015, but is seeing a renewed interest online amid a cascade of allegations against Hollywood’s elite

When the documentary An Open Secret tried to lift the lid on child abuse in Hollywood, it billed itself as “the film Hollywood doesn’t want you to see”. The marketing tagline did not exaggerate.

The film died upon release in 2015. There was no theatrical release to speak of, no television deal, no video-on-demand distribution.

“We got zero Hollywood offers to distribute the film. Not even one. Literally no offers for any price whatsoever,” said Gabe Hoffman, a Florida-based hedge fund manager who financed the film.

It did not seem to matter that it was directed by an Oscar-nominated director, Amy Berg, or that it uncovered damning evidence of the sexual abuse of teenage boys by figures in the film industry.

“There was nowhere to see it,” said Lorien Haynes, the film’s writer. “I don’t think it impacted at all. Nobody saw it. We released a film that didn’t [seem to] exist.”

Now, two years later, multiple “open secrets” of predatory behaviour are detonating across Hollywood and the documentary that blew the whistle is getting millions of viewers – but still no distribution deal.

Hoffman released the film for free on the video-sharing website Vimeo this month after reports about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults set off a chain-reaction, with James Toback, Tyler Grasham and Kevin Spacey among those accused of harassment and worse.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:15 PM

Retired priest charged with child porn has Ossining ties

BRONX (NY)
lohud.com

October 31, 2017

By Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

A 96-year-old retired Catholic priest was charged Tuesday with more than 70 counts of possession of child pornography, the Bronx District Attorney's Office said.

Monsignor Harry Byrne, who celebrated weekend masses at St. Ann's Church in Ossining during the 2000's, was charged after a five-month investigation that determined he surfed online for images of young girls, prosecutors said.

Byrne was arraigned on 37 counts each of possessing obscene sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child.

A resident of St. John Vianney Center for Retired Priests in the Bronx, Byrne was released after the arraignment and is due back in court in January.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:11 PM

Church of England urged to tackle sexual abuse within its ranks

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

November 1, 2017

By Harriet Sherwood

Prominent women in church say it should acknowledge prevalence of sexual harassment and establish independent process for raising concerns

The Church of England should take a lead in tackling sexual harassment by acknowledging its prevalence within its ranks and by establishing an independent process for raising concerns, according to prominent women in the church.

As the ripple effect of the Harvey Weinstein revelations spreads across Westminster, the arts world and the media, one senior lay figure said sexual harassment and abuse within the C of E was “manifold” at almost every level of the hierarchy.

A number of female clergy and lay members of the church have used the #MeToo hashtag on Twitter, indicating that they have experienced sexual harassment or assault, including Jo Bailey Wells, bishop of Dorking.

Rachel Treweek, bishop of Gloucester and the only female bishop to sit in the House of Lords, said the past few weeks had shown how widespread sexual harassment was in society.

She told the Guardian: “I think it’s an issue in society and therefore it would be strange if it wasn’t also an issue in the church. The danger is when we imagine that the church is somehow an elite group of people. Yes, we are trying to be followers of Jesus Christ and therefore we should be aspiring to living our lives differently. But actually we are all human beings.

“The danger is if we begin to think it doesn’t exist in the C of E. Of course it does. We need to ensure we have conversations to ensure people can come forward and will be taken seriously.”

Some female clergy and lay members are now calling for an independent mediation service to deal with sexual harassment and abuse claims. They say the church’s instinct to protect its reputation should not outweigh the need for redress and a change in culture.

In a letter to the Guardian, Jayne Ozanne, a senior member of the C of E synod, or governing body, said: “Abuse of power, particularly in relation to sexual misdemeanours, will never be dealt with by those within the same said power structures. The urge to protect one’s reputation is too strong.”

She added: “Make no mistake, the instances of sexual abuse and harassment within the church are manifold – at virtually every level of the hierarchy.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:06 PM

Four years on, questions continue to be asked of report into Magdalene Laundries

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

November 01, 2017

By Conall Ó Fátharta

An academic who had access to one diocesan archive reports accounts of physical abuse and medical neglect and argues that the files are not accurately reflected in the McAleese Report into the Laundries, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.

MORE than four years after its publication in February 2013, the McAleese Report on the Magdalene Laundries continues to generate headlines, but for all the wrong reasons.

It has been criticised by survivors, advocacy groups, the human rights community, and the United Nations.

The reaction of the Government to it has been rather odd. It continues to cite the report as the essential narrative of the Magdalene Laundries, a narrative which states that the “ill-treatment, physical punishment, and abuse” prevalent in the industrial school system was not something the women experienced in the Magdalene Laundries. Yet, it is surprised that, based on a reading of the McAleese Report, religious orders have refused to contribute any money to the redress bill.

Despite the report confirming what was known for years — that the State was involved in all aspects of the Magdalene Laundries — and despite the then taoiseach, Enda Kenny, admitting the same and apologising to the women, the Government is now claiming, repeatedly, that the report made “no finding” in relation to State liability with regard to Magdalene Laundries.

In July, an examination of Ireland’s second periodic review, by the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT), raised more issues relating to the McAleese Report and its findings.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:01 PM

Muscoy United Methodist Church pastor convicted on 32 counts of sexual child abuse

SAN BERNARDINO (CA)
The Sun via Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

October 31, 2017

By Stephen Ramirez

The pastor of the Muscoy United Methodist Church, charged with multiple counts of child molestation involving boys who attended the church, was found guilty by a San Bernardino County jury last week, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office said.

Stephen James Howard, 58, was convicted Friday, Oct. 27, of 32 counts of sexual abuse, including lewd acts upon a child, oral copulation of a person under 16 years old and sodomy of a person under 18, court records showed. He is being housed at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga with no bail, according to jail records.

Howard is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 29 in San Bernardino.

Howard was arrested and charged in March 2014, according to court records. Detectives had investigated reports that month that Howard had molested boys at several locations, including San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials have said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:19 PM

Lawsuit #141: 'Best altar boy' was non-Catholic youth priest abused

GUAM
USA Today Network

October 30, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

HAGÅTÑA, Guam —Father Louis Brouillard in 1979 allegedly allowed a non-Catholic youth to serve as an altar boy, sexually abused him, and later gave him a medallion for being the "best altar boy" at the Tumon parish, a lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday states.

The plaintiff, identified in court documents only as M.S.M. to protect his privacy, said in his lawsuit that Brouillard was aware the child was not Catholic, but still allowed him to serve Mass.

The $10 million lawsuit states M.S.M. lived across from the Tumon parish, so he served Mass as an altar boy almost every night and on weekends. He was around 12 years old at the time.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:25 PM

Former Thornton pastor sentenced in sex assault case

THORNTON (CO)
9 News NBC via KUSA-TV

October 31, 2017

By Amanda Kesting

THORNTON - A former Thornton assistant pastor has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl at the church where we worked.

Robert Duane Wyatt, 51, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted first-degree assault and sexual assault on a child.

Prosecutors claim the abuse started when the girl, whose family attended Agape Bible Church, was 12, and lasted for nearly two years.

According to a release from the District Attorney's Office, Wyatt first gained access to the girl by home schooling her at his house.

She reported that during this time, the sexual abuse began with inappropriate touching.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:15 PM

Pedophile priest's tale cries for day in court for long-ago victims| Editorial

PHILADELPHIA
The Inquirer

November 1, 2017

by The Inquirer Editorial Board

The sordid tale of how former priest James Brzyski raped and molested more than 100 boys from Philadelphia-area parishes again underscores the long overdue need for Pennsylvania lawmakers to abolish the statute of limitations for child-sex-abuse crimes and expand the legal window for victims to file lawsuits against their abusers.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the insurance industry have long fought efforts to hold abusers accountable for past crimes. But the decades-long sexual abuse scandal continues to torment victims and their families. Efforts to heal, let alone restore any trust, cannot occur until the crimes are confronted.

Brzyski’s gruesome story was told in vivid detail by staff writer Maria Panaritis, who conducted more than 40 interviews to document the behavior of Brzyski, who during the 1980s is believed to have sexually assaulted dozens of boys, many from St. Cecilia’s Parish School in Fox Chase and St. John the Evangelist School in Lower Makefield.

His trail of heinous destruction continues to haunt a generation of victims, including Jim Cunningham, who hanged himself in February, and Jimmy Spoerl, raped by Brzyski as an altar boy, who died in March 2016 after battling addiction.

The Rev. James Gigliotti told church officials that Brzyski was molesting boys, some as young as 11 years old. The church’s response was to send Brzyski for treatment in Maryland, where a clinician declared him a pedophile.

Brzyski admitted to “several acts of sexual misconduct,” including with a 7th grader, church records show. Cardinal John Joseph Krol, archbishop of Philadelphia, privately called Brzyski a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” But what happened next is not just sad, it’s frightening.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:49 AM