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April 24, 2018

Volleyball coach named in sexual abuse lawsuit has metro Detroit camp scheduled

MICHIGAN
WXYZ

Scott Anderson

Apr 23, 2018

BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - A Browntown Township sport center is coming under fire for hosting a influential volleyball camp, whose owner is accused of sexually abusing young girls.

The controversy surrounds Sports Performance out of Illinois and its owner Rick Butler, who is named in a sexual abuse lawsuit.

The allegations in the lawsuit date back to the early 1980s, where five of the then teenaged victims describing being raped.

The allegations have some in the volleyball community concerned and parents may not know who they are paying to send their teens to see.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Megachurch pastor admits he 'sinned' after four women accuse him of sexual abuse and forcing them into full-body massages when they were teenagers more than four decades ago

CALIFORNIA
Daily Mail (UK)

Thomas Burrows for MailOnline

, 23 April 2018

A pastor has been placed on leave after allegations surfaced from multiple women who claimed he sexually molested them more than 40 years ago.

Les Hughey is accused of exploiting his position to abuse four women while he was working as a youth pastor at a church in Modesto, in California, in the 1970s.

In response to the report that appeared in the Modesto Bee, Hughey issued a statement saying he had 'sinned' during his time at First Baptist Church.

But he claimed he'd only had 'consensual relations with fellow college-aged staff.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Calls for abuse inquiry to include faith-based

NEW ZEALAND
Otagl Daily Times

24 April 2018

Chris Morris

A Royal Commission on historic abuse in state care will ``fail'' survivors - including those still suffering in Otago - unless faith-based institutions are included, a campaigner says.

The call came from Liz Tonks, the head of a support network for survivors of abuse in faith-based institutions, as consultation on the draft terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care entered its final week.

But Ms Tonks, who met Royal Commission chairman Sir Anand Satyanand yesterday to discuss her submission, said there was no sign of a ``significant'' change in the scope of the inquiry.

The draft terms limited the inquiry to a 50-year period, from 1950 to the end of 1999, and circumstances where the state directly ran institutions or outsourced care to non-state institutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Rep. McSally accuses high school coach of sexual abuse

ARIZONA
The Hill

BY LUIS SANCHEZ

04/23/18

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally (R) said she was sexually abused by a coach while in high school, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“It took a while for me to come to a place where I understood what the hell I had been through,” McSally told the Journal. “At the time, I was so afraid. I now understand — like many girls and boys who are abused by people in authority over them — there’s a lot of fear and manipulation and shame.”

McSally, who is running for the Senate in the upcoming midterm election, said she did not tell her family or friends about the abuse she experienced when she was 17 until a decade later. The congresswoman has spoken out in the past about being sexually harassed during her 26 years in the Air Force.

The abuse occurred during McSally’s senior year of high school at an all-girls Catholic school in Rhode Island.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Arizona Congresswoman Alleges Sexual Abuse By High School Coach

ARIZONA
HuffPost

04/23/2018

By Doha Madani

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), the first American woman to fly in combat, has gone public with a charge that she was sexually abused by an adult while in high school.

In a Wall Street Journal interview, McSally alleges that her high-school track coach pressured her into having sex with him when she was 17 years old. The congresswoman said she wasn’t physically forced to comply, but accused the coach of using “emotional manipulation” and employing psychological tactics to keep her silent.

McSally, 52, said the alleged abuse occurred during her senior year an all-girls Catholic school in Riverside, Rhode Island. She said she told two adults of situation at the time, but didn’t mention the abuse to friends or family until about a decade later.

“It took a while for me to come to a place where I understood what the hell I had been through,” the two-term House member told the Journal. “At the time, I was so afraid. I now understand — like many girls and boys who are abused by people in authority over them — there’s a lot of fear and manipulation and shame.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Gymnastics Australia responds to Larry Nassar abuse scandal with child safety measures

AUSTRALIA
Radio Australia

24 April 2018

By Lily Mayers

Gymnastics Australia unveils new child safety guidelines in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal in the US, but says there is no evidence of child abuse in the sport in this country.

New child safety guidelines have been announced by Gymnastics Australia in the wake of the USA Gymnastics scandal.

Gymnastics Australia said a National Child Safety Commitment Statement had been created to protect the 91 per cent of members under 12 years old.

A child safety coordinator has been appointed and a National Child Safety Working Group is being formed to ensure children are safe while training and touring.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Willow Creek responds to new allegations against former pastor Hybels

ILLINOIS
Sight Magazine

24 April 2018

EMILY MCFARLAN MILLER
RNS

As the allegations against former Willow Creek Community Church senior pastor Bill Hybels mount, his congregation is trying to cope - spiritually and practically.

During services on Sunday, Steve Carter, the church’s lead teaching pastor, recalled standing onstage less than two weeks ago with church elders and praying over Rev Hybels, who has denied several accusations of misconduct with women.

Rev Carter told the congregation how he watched the founding pastor of the Chicago-area megachurch walk offstage afterward — and keep going.

This past Sunday, Rev Carter, standing on that same stage, his voice breaking at times, delivered a message about Joshua, who, in the Bible, succeeded Moses to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land.

Rev Carter said he felt a “profound sense of sadness” because “we were supposed to enter the Promised Land together. There was more work to be done.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Pope's abuse prevention commission prioritizes survivors, education

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Elise Harris

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' commission for the protection of minors met in Rome last week to listen to survivors of clerical sexual abuse, and to discuss abuse prevention education and policy, and ways the Church might work more closely with abuse survivors.

According to an April 22 communique from the commission, the first day of their plenary was dedicated to hearing thoughts and testimonies from survivors of clerical sexual abuse, many of them members of the Survivor Advisory Panel (SAP) of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission of England and Wales.

Those who attended voiced appreciation for being listened to, and described the encounter as “empowering.”

One of the survivors, according to the communique, voiced hope that their visit would help the commission “develop a wider network of survivors who are willing to advise and support” the commission's work in a similar manner.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Testimony on Nassar-inspired bill package to continue on Tuesday

MICHIGAN
Slate News

By Maxwell Evans maxwell.evans@statenews.com

April 24, 2018 f

The Michigan House Law and Justice Committee will continue to hear testimony this week on sexual assault legislation crafted in response to ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's crimes.

Testimony is scheduled to continue at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Room 521 of the House Office Building, located at 124 N. Capitol Ave. in Lansing. There will be another meeting in the same location on Wednesday at 2 p.m., or whenever the House gets out of session.

Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, is the chair of the committee and is seeking testimony from medical professionals, educators, private citizens and Nassar victims in an effort to continue crafting the bill package.

​At last Tuesday's meeting, senators heard testimony from Dr. Rose Ramirez, a family practitioner at Jupiter Family Medicine in Belmont, Michigan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

Priest abuse ruling appealed

PENNSYLVANIA
Altoona Mirror

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The state Superior Court is being asked to review a Blair County judicial ruling in December that halted a civil court lawsuit by a woman who alleges she was sexually molested by her priest while growing up in Altoona.

Renee A. Rice should have her day in court, Altoona attorney Richard Serbin said Monday when asked about the appeal that he and co-counsel, Alan H. Perer of Pittsburgh, have filed with the appellate court.

Together, the attorneys are challenging former Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva’s conclusion that Rice cannot pursue her claims in court because the statute of limitations has expired.

Rice and her sister, Cheryl Haun, filed their lawsuits in June 2016, against Father Charles Bodziak, the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese, the retired Bishop Joseph Adamec and Monsignor Michael E. Servinsky, executor of the estate of Bishop James Hogan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Tasmanian Anglican Bishop confirms asset sales won't all go to victims of sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Georgie Burgess

The Anglican Church will keep three quarters of the proceeds from its property sales, in an effort to "keep the people of God doing their ministry" in Tasmanian communities.

The church has plans to sell about 80 churches across the state, as well as halls, land and residential properties.

All up, the 120 properties earmarked for sale make up half the church's assets in the state.

Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, the Right Reverend Richard Condie, said the move was to fund redress for survivors of child sexual abuse, which he estimates will cost $8 million.

But only one quarter of the proceeds of the sales will go to redress, with three quarters going back into parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Police drop sex abuse investigation into Bishop Bell

UNITED KINGDOM
Chichester Observerj

MICHAEL DRUMMOND

23 April 2018

The latest investigation into Bishop George Bell has been dropped by Sussex Police.

A new investigation into the deceased former Chichester Bishop began this year when a fresh allegation was made against him.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “On Tuesday, January 30 this year we received information from the Church of England concerning an allegation made against the late Bishop George Bell.

“The information was assessed and a proportionate investigation has been carried out to clarify the circumstances. “This was done thoroughly and sensitively, although of course further police investigation or action is not possible as Bishop Bell died 60 years ago.

“The investigation was completed in March 2018.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

Bill Cosby retrial set to go to jury today

PENNSYLVANIA
MassLive

By Ray Kelly rkelly@repub.com

Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial is slated to go to a Pennsylvania jury on today.

Jurors will be asked to weigh the prosecution's portrayal of the comedian as a sexual predator against the defense's contention that his accuser fabricated drugging and molestation allegations to score a big payday.

The defense rested on Monday after the 80-year-old comedian declined to testify, echoing his decision at his first trial, which ended in a hung jury last year.

"You now have all of the evidence," Judge Steven O'Neill told the 12 primary and six alternate jurors, according to ABC News. "Try to relax, so that you're on your game tomorrow."

Jurors at Cosby's first trial deliberated for five days without reaching a verdict on three related counts of aggravated indecent assault. Each carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

He Forced the Vatican to Investigate Sex Abuse. Now He’s Meeting With Pope Francis

UNITED STATES
New York Times

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

APRIL 24, 2018

When I first interviewed Juan Carlos Cruz eight years ago, he was so ashamed about what had happened to him that he was not sure he wanted his name to be public. In his youth in Chile, he had been sexually abused by the Rev. Fernando Karadima, one of Chile’s most prominent priests. The Vatican eventually found the priest guilty and removed him from his post.

This week, Mr. Cruz and two other victims of Father Karadima’s will stay at the Vatican in an extended visit with Pope Francis, who issued an extraordinary apology this month for “grave errors” in the handling of sexual abuse cases in Chile. Pope Francis had long defended a Chilean bishop who Father Karadima’s victims said had witnessed and covered up the abuse. After Francis accused the victims of “calumny,” his comments caused an international uproar, and he ordered an investigation. On seeing the results, he apologized to the three Karadima victims, Mr. Cruz, Dr. James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo.

I spoke with Mr. Cruz, who now lives in Philadelphia, ahead of his trip. This interview has been edited and condensed.

Do you accept Pope Francis’ apology?

I don’t think that this is a P.R. exercise. I’m looking forward to speaking to him with an open heart, and hearing what he has to say. I am being told he wants me to be completely honest with him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

April 23, 2018

Willow Creek Elders Admit Failure in Holding Bill Hybels 'Accountable,' Will Examine New Allegations

ILLINOIS
Christian Post

By Leonardo Blair, Christian Post Reporter

Apr 23, 2018

The elder board of the storied Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago asked for grace this past weekend as they admitted to failing to hold the church's founder, Bill Hybels, "accountable to specific boundaries" as more women alleged he behaved improperly around them.

Responding to newer allegations that were not previously investigated, the elder board revealed that they have engaged in deep introspection and now realized how they could have responded better as the claims were first made against Hybels.

"Over the last several weeks, we have been in a process of deep learning, seeking clarity, and building a path toward reconciliation. Even though Bill is no longer in his role, our work to resolve any shadow of doubt in the trustworthiness of Willow Creek Community Church and its Elders is not done," the elders said in a letter to the Willow Creek church community Saturday. "As a board, we unanimously agree there are several areas where we could have served you better."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 PM

Previewing state Senate special elections in the Bronx, Westchester

NEW YORK
NY1

By Zack Fink

April 23, 2018

After Tuesday, the new makeup of the New York state Senate could pave the way for a Democratic takeover.

But the party needs two races to go its way.

Democrat Shelley Mayer is running for an open seat in Westchester County, and Luis Sepulveda is the Democrat running for the open seat in the Bronx.

"Well, I mean, never too confident. Remember what happened with Hillary Clinton and other electeds? We've worked like we are behind in the polls," Sepulveda said. "We've worked this community for a long time, so it's been a great ride. I love community service."

"It's important to me that a lot of issues have been unresolved since the budget passed, things like the Child Victims Act — which is important to me — things like criminal justice reform," Sepulveda said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 PM

End Doesn’t Justify the Means

PENNSYLVANIA
Catholic4Change

APRIL 23, 2018

by Susan Matthews

Abused by a priest as a kid, Thomas (not his real name) spent much of his adulthood embroiled in a grand jury investigation. The grueling emotional process cut fresh wounds into his already scarred psyche. Suicide attempts and subsequent hospitalization made it clear that self preservation meant stepping away from it all. It was the right decision for him and his family. Thomas is working, married and surviving.

But now, his hard-won and tenuous stability is threatened. Lawyers prosecuting a civil case against the Philadelphia archdiocese on behalf of another victim asked him to testify. Thomas explained why he couldn’t – how it might cost him his life. They responded with a subpoena.

Cornered and forced to do something horrific as child, Thomas is once again cornered and being forced to do something terrifying as an adult. The subpoena compels him to appear in court or he’ll be held in contempt and fined. Yet, the price he’ll pay for testifying is far worse.

Civil and criminal cases have been the best means of gaining public awareness, preventing abuse and offering an opportunity for justice. But the end does not justify the means when a survivor is re-victimized.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM

'Protect Our Children: Sexual Abuse, The Law & Justice'

NEW YORK
ABC 7

[videos]

Monday, April 23, 2018 0

NEW YORK -- "PROTECT OUR CHILDREN: SEXUAL ABUSE, THE LAW, & JUSTICE" is hosted by Eyewitness News Anchor Diana Williams and addresses child sexual abuse and alarming statistics that reveal the fact that in this country, one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of eighteen. It is a scourge that is propped up by denial and deficient laws.

Watch our special here:

Part 1:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 PM

Kiwi’s three years on Pope’s commission

NEW ZEALAND
NZCatholic

Michael Otto

April 24, 2018

Bill Kilgallon is looking back on his three years as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors with sense of achievement, alongside a certain sense of frustration.

Mr Kilgallon’s three years term on the commission came to an end last year, and he was not reappointed to a second term, an outcome he had anticipated.

When asked to point to the achievements by the commission in its first term, he pointed first to the establishment of the body itself, which involved the bringing together of people from different professional backgrounds from all around the world to work as a team.

The commission did its work by way of working groups and Mr Kilgallon chaired the group dealing with guidelines — starting with those for the prevention of and response to sexual abuse in the Church.

He described the completion of templates for guidelines to assist bishops’ conferences around the world to use as “a very significant piece of work”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM

MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 23, 2018

MASSACHUSETTS
Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery, Inc. – P.O. Box 279, Livingston, New Jersey 07039 – 862-368-2800

BOSTON COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AND THE JESUIT PRIESTS AND BROTHERS OF THE NORTHEAST PROVINCE CONTINUE TO IGNORE A CHILDHOOD CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM AND REFUSE TO HELP HIM HEAL, THUS CAUSING HIM TO BE RE-VICTIMIZED

A Jesuit priest, Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, stationed at Boston College High School from approximately 1951-1967, repeatedly sexually abused a minor child, Ronald Edward Casey, from approximately 1956 through 1957 when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11 to 13 years of age

Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, was not only a Jesuit priest and teacher at Boston College High School, but Fr. Pollard held himself out as a Boy Scout chaplain and took Ronald Edward Casey on Boy Scout trips to Camp Loon Pond in Lakeville, MA, where Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, repeatedly sexually abused minor child Ronald Edward Casey from approximately 1956 through 1957

The Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus, which includes Boston College High School, continue to re-victimize childhood sexual abuse victim Ronald Edward Casey by not reasonably and fairly settling the claim of sexual abuse of a minor child by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ

What
A press conference by Ronald Edward Casey, a 73 year-old San Francisco resident and childhood sexual abuse victim of a Jesuit priest from Boston College High School, Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ. Ronald Edward Casey continues to suffer from the effects of sexual abuse by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ

When
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11:30 am

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

Who
Ronald Edward Casey, childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ; and Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Why
Ronald Edward Casey was born in 1944 and grew up in a large family in South Boston, MA. His older brother, Bill Casey, was being counseled by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, who was assigned to Boston College High School, and endeared himself to the Casey family which he visited frequently. Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, endeared himself in particular to Ronald Edward Casey who was approximately 11 years of age in 1956-1957. Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, took Ronald Edward Casey to Boy Scout Camp Loon Pond in Lakeville, MA, where he was forced to sleep in the same cabin as Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, and was sexually abused repeatedly between approximately 1956 and 1957. Ronald Edward Casey will describe the sexual abuse he experienced as a child and call on Boston College High School and the Jesuits of the Northeast Province to do the right thing and reasonably and fairly settle his claim

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA - 617-523-6250 – mgarabedian@garabedianlaw.com
(portrayed in the 2016 Academy Award-winning Best Picture, “Spotlight”)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

Ignored, humiliated: How Japan is accused of failing survivors of sexual abuse

JAPAN
CNN

By Anna Stewart, Euan McKirdy and Junko Ogura, CNN

n April 22, 2018

Tokyo (CNN)At first, it had seemed to Shiori Ito like a dream opportunity.

As an aspiring young reporter, she says a prominent journalist had taken an interest in her career, and invited her out to dinner.

The invitation was made while they were both in the US, but it wasn't until they had both returned to Tokyo that the meeting took place. According to Ito, they went for sushi, and at some point in the evening she went to the bathroom. It would be the last thing she remembered from the restaurant.

"The last thing I remember is being in the bathroom. I woke up with this intense pain and he was on top of me," she recounted to CNN.

"I had no memory how I got there, why, and I (had) never lost my memory like before.
"So, yeah, he was raping me."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

Bill Cosby won’t take the stand

PENNSYLVANIA
Page Six

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby will not be taking the stand in his own defense, he told the judge overseeing his sex assault retrial Monday before his lawyers rested their case.

Cosby, 80, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the alleged drugging and molestation of former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004.

The aged entertainer, wearing a tweed suit, remained seated as he confirmed to Judge Steven O’Neill that he had no intention of testifying, before his lawyers rested their defense.

“Yes, your honor,” he boomed as O’Neill reminded him of his right to either take or avoid the stand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

Bill Cosby retrial, Day 11: Defense rests; closing arguments to begin Tuesday

PENNSYLVANIA
CBS 19

Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY

April 23, 2018

The defense in Bill Cosby's sexual-assault retrial rested its case Monday. With the two sides set to give closing arguments Tuesday morning, it's possible the jury could be deliberating by lunchtime.

As was the case in the first trial, the comedian opted not to take the stand in his own defense; that trial, ended in a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict after five days of deliberation after just over a week of testimony. The retrial, which is in its 11th day, has already outlasted the original.

Cosby, 80, is charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, a former staffer with the women's basketball team at Temple University, at his house near Philadelphia in 2004. He says it was consensual.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

The Latest: Prosecutors downplay Cosby travel records

PENNSYLVANIA
New York Daily News

April 23, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

Prosecutors are highlighting gaps in Bill Cosby's travel records.

Defense lawyers say the travel records prove he wasn't at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004 — the month his chief accuser alleges he drugged and molested her there.

But prosecutors say there are multiple stretches of time that month when the comedian wasn't aboard his private jet or performing around the country. And District Attorney Kevin Steele noted in court Monday that the records reflect only jet travel, not other modes of transportation.

Roslyn Yarbrough, a former secretary for Cosby's agent, says Cosby spent most of his time at his Massachusetts estate and New York City townhouse, and was "very rarely" at the suburban Philadelphia mansion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

NDP to force debate Thursday on Papal apology for residential schools

CANADA
iPolitics

By Rachel Gilmore.

Apr 23, 2018

This Thursday, MPs will debate and vote on an NDP motion calling on Parliament to, among other things, request a long-awaited Papal apology for the Catholic Church’s role in the residential school system.

“This is saying we need to do the right thing here. This is a moral call about moral leadership,” said NDP MP Charlie Angus.

“We’re calling to the church to say it’s time to fess up, to close this chapter and be part of the true process of reconciliation.”

The New Democrats have dedicated their opposition day to the motion, which invites the Pope to issue a formal apology for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools. It also asks the church to pay monies owed to residential school survivors — to the tune of roughly $23 million, according to Angus — and to turn over any relevant documents or historical records dealing with residential schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:45 PM

A Pope Given to Apologies Has Nothing for Indigenous Canada

CANADA
New York Times

By IAN AUSTEN and JASON HOROWITZ

APRIL 23, 2018

OTTAWA — The past three popes have invested deeply in the forgiveness-begging business, offering official apologies for the church’s sins against Jews during World War II and Indigenous people in Bolivia, among others.

But Canada’s Roman Catholic bishops said late last month that Pope Francis would not apologize in the foreseeable future for the boarding schools where, for more than a century and a half, more than 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend in an effort to obliterate their cultures and languages.

About 70 percent of children went to schools operated by the church.

Now, the Canadian House of Commons is poised to consider a motion to ask those bishops to return to Rome to seek a papal apology, fulfilling a specific recommendation for healing the rift between Canada and its Indigenous people by a national Truth and Reconciliation Commission that documented the abuses at the schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

2 priests placed on leave by Bishop Malone amid investigation

NEW YORK
WIVB

[with video]

By: Evan Anstey

: Apr 23, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - On Monday morning, the Diocese of Buffalo announced that Bishop Malone placed two priests on administrative leave.

Father Arthur S. Smith, of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Depew and Father Samuel J. Venne, a retired priest serving at St. Stephen's Parish on Grand Island, were the men named by the diocese.

Smith was placed on leave due to an investigation, and Venne was placed on leave following a complaint of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 PM

Child Sexual Abuse in U.S. Costs Up to $1.5 Million Per Child Death

UNITED STATES
Georgia State University

MARCH 28, 2018

ATLANTA—Child sexual abuse in the United States is costly, with an average lifetime cost of $1.1 million per death of female victims and $1.5 million per death of male victims, according to a new study.

Researchers measured the economic costs of child sexual abuse by calculating health care costs, productivity losses, child welfare costs, violence/crime costs, special education costs and suicide death costs.

They estimated the total lifetime economic burden of child sexual abuse in the United States to be $9.3 billion, based on child sexual abuse data from 2015. For nonfatal cases of child sexual abuse, the estimated lifetime cost is $282,734 per female victim. There was insufficient information on productivity losses for male victims, which contributed to a lower estimated lifetime cost of $74,691. The findings are published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect.

“This study reveals that the economic burden of child sexual abuse is substantial and signifies recognition that reducing children’s vulnerability will positively and directly impact the nation’s economic and social well-being and development,” said Dr. Xiangming Fang, associate professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. “We hope our research will bring attention to the need for increased prevention efforts for child sexual abuse.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:07 PM

Two priests suspended amid probe of sexual abuse allegations

NEW YORK
Buffalo News

By Jay Tokasz

April 23, 2018

Two Buffalo-area priests were put on leave this past weekend as the Diocese of Buffalo investigates complaints of childhood sexual abuse.

Bishop Richard J. Malone suspended the Rev. Samuel J. Venne and the Rev. Arthur S. Smith from ministry due to allegations that the priests behaved inappropriately with minors.

Venne, who is retired, regularly celebrated Masses at St. Stephen Church on Grand Island. His administrative leave was announced to parishioners at Masses this past weekend.

Smith was working at Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta parish in Depew. Parishioners there also were informed at Masses this past weekend in a letter from the bishop that was read to them.

Diocesan spokesman George Richert confirmed the leaves Monday. Richert did not say when the diocese learned of the allegations. He also wouldn't specify when the alleged incidents involving the priests happened, other than to say they were not recent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Pope meets his advisory commission on child protection

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

April 23, 2018

by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

ATICAN CITY — In its efforts to help advise the pope, the Roman Curia, bishops' conferences and local churches on protecting minors from abuse, a Vatican commission listened to abuse survivors from Great Britain and discussed the results of Australia's public inquiry into its country's institutional responses to abuse.

The plenary assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) April 20-22 was the first gathering with a group of new members appointed in February.

Pope Francis met with the commission members in a private audience April 21 and had met the day before with Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, who is president of the 17-member commission. The commission secretary is U.S. Msgr. Robert Oliver, a Boston priest, canon lawyer and former promotor of justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The pope said he wanted to confirm the commission's statutes, which were issued April 21, 2015, "ad experimentum" for a period of three years, according to a press statement by the commission April 22.

During their meeting, according to the statement, members "heard presentations on 'The outcome of the Australian Royal Commission,' on 'The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child,' and on 'The role of faith communities in overcoming abuse trauma.' "

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM

Arrested ex-deacon in Pittsburgh has Steubenville roots

OHIO
WTOV

April 20, 2018

by David Singer

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio —
A deacon with the Pittsburgh Diocese who has been arrested on underage sex charges has a connection to Steubenville.

73-year-old Rosendo Dacal was arrested for exchanging sexually explicit messages and photos with a police detective posing as a young boy.

In Friday’s edition of the Diocese's Steubenville Register, NEWS9 learned Deacon Dacal taught at Steubenville Catholic Central High School in the 1960s and 70s.

Now, the Diocese wants anyone who may have been a victim or anyone potentially harmed by the former Spanish teacher to come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:52 PM

Editorial: Evidence of honorable intent

NEW YORK
Buffalo News

April 19, 2018

It’s anyone’s guess whether it will be enough, but no one can say Bishop Richard J. Malone isn’t putting his money where his mouth is: With the announcement that the Diocese of Buffalo is putting the bishop’s mansion up for sale, it seems clear that the local Catholic Church is serious about securing the money in needs to settle claims of sexual abuse by priests.

Malone announced the plan this week after hinting at it weeks ago when, as new accusations of abuse were being made public, the church announced creation of a fund to compensate victims. No properties would be off limits, he pledged – even the bishop’s stately mansion on Oakland Place in Buffalo. Plainly, he meant it.

It’s an encouraging step in what has previously been a disastrous policy in dealing with self-created crisis that ruined thousands of lives around the world and created a grave threat for the church. That threat will continue for as long as abusive priests go unidentified and their victims suffer what can be lifelong consequences of having put their innocent trust in a priest.

What the church can do now is to get right with the victims of its abusive priests and the policies that enabled them. That includes both acknowledging the fullness of its guilt and compensating, as best as possible, those whose lives were contaminated by those priests and the church’s attempts to shield them. Malone’s announcement is a welcome step in that direction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM

'Death penalty will only silence victims of child sexual abuse'

INDIA
The Week

Namita Kohli

April 23, 2018

“How many times must a three-and-a-half-year-old recount the trauma she went through? Our system is such that a child who barely knows what she ate yesterday is asked what she went through six months ago... after all those months, defense lawyers ask her 'where did the uncle touch', 'where did it hurt',” an emotional father, a daily wager in Delhi, said, while recounting his ordeal in getting justice for his minor daughter, a victim of child sexual abuse.

“Death penalty is not a solution. That would be too easy an end,” the father said at a presser organised by civil society members who are opposing the ordinance allowing death penalty for those convicted of raping children under 12 years of age.

The ordinance has come in the backdrop of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.

In cases of child sexual abuse, the victim's father implored, convicts must be given “life imprisonment, and made to suffer”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

POSCO Act: Parents of minor rape victims are against death penalty, urge government to strengthen judiciary

INDIA
Free Express Journal

Apr 23, 2018

New Delhi: Not just child right activists, even parents of minor victims today came out against the Union government’s ordinance providing the death penalty to child rapists, saying it could lead to victims being killed by perpetrators. At a programme in New Delhi, three parents, whose children were raped, urged the central government to instead strengthen the judicial mechanism to support the children, who have to deal with the crimes and struggle in their aftermath.

“My child was 3.5 years old when she was raped in her playschool days after the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case. She was still breast-feeding,” a father, whose testimonial moved those present at the programme to tears, said. “We sat in the police station with her from 9am to 9:30pm to register an FIR and she was asked where she was touched and how much pain she experienced. She was made to repeat her statement again and again for months. I want to ask everyone if I was wrong to ask for justice for my daughter,” he said.

The Union Cabinet, two days ago, cleared the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2018, which proposes stringent punishments, ranging from a minimum of 20 years to life term or death, for raping girls below the age of 12. President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the ordinance. The ordinance was brought after a nationwide outrage over cases of sexual assault and killing of minors in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, in Gujarat’s Surat, and the rape of a girl in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

Child rights groups reiterated that the real deterrent in such cases is the implementation of the laws and the certainty of punishment, rather than the death penalty. They said the ordinance was “reactionary, impractical in terms of procedural changes brought in and disproportionate with regards to sentencing.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:13 PM

I-TEAM: Two more Diocese of Buffalo priests suspended amid abuse allegations

NEW YORK
WKBW

Charlie Specht

Apr 23, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Two more active priests in the Diocese of Buffalo have been suspended for allegations of child sexual abuse, the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team has learned.

Fr. Samuel Venne of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church on Grand Island and Fr. Art Smith of Blessed Mother of Calcutta Catholic Church in Depew have been put on administrative leave, diocesan spokesman George Richert confirmed.

"After receiving an abuse complaint against Rev. Samuel J. Venne, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Venne on administrative leave as an investigation continues," according to a written statement released by the diocese. "Please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint."

The diocese released an identical statement regarding Father Smith.

Father Venne is listed on the St. Stephen website as "priest in residence," a term often used for retired priests who help staff weekend Masses. He previously served at St. Martin of Tours in South Buffalo.

Father Smith is also listed as a priest in residence at Blessed Mother of Calcutta. He previously served at parishes in South Buffalo and Hamburg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 PM

Father Smith and Father Venne placed on administrative leave

NEW YORK
Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

Mon, Apr 23rd 2018

After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Arthur S. Smith, of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Depew, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Smith on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Bishop Malone has also placed Father Samuel J. Venne on administrative leave after receiving an abuse complaint. Father Venne is a retired priest serving at St. Stephen's Parsih on Grand Island.

In both cases, please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM

Buffalo Catholic Diocese places 2 priests on administrative leave

NEW YORK
WGRZ

April 23, 2018

BUFFALO, NY-- The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has confirmed to 2 On Your Side they have placed two priests on administrative leave following accusations of abuse.

Father Samuel Venne, a retired priest from St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church on Grand Island, has been placed on administrative leave after an accusation of past abuse.

Father Art Smith has also been placed on administrative leave. Father Smith is a priest at Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Depew.

The Diocese says placing the priests on administrative leave is part of the investigation. It does not indicate if the claim is true or false at this time.

While acknowledging that these are challenging times for the Diocese, Bishop Malone said last month the recent release of names of priests allegedly involved in abuse cases, “brings to light what has been in darkness for too long.” Bishop Malone says releasing the names was the right thing to do and encourages more victims that may be out there to come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:04 PM

Cosby Defense Blocked From Using Deposition

PENNSYLVANIA
Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

The judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial won’t allow his lawyers to introduce testimony they say would shed light on the possible motivation of the comedian’s chief accuser.

The defense wanted jurors to hear deposition testimony from Andrea Constand’s friend, Sheri Williams. Cosby’s lawyers said Williams hasn’t responded to subpoenas. They wanted Williams’ testimony to rebut Constand’s claims that she was unaware Cosby was romantically interested in her. They said Williams would show Constand “could not have been the unwitting victim” prosecutors have portrayed.

Judge Steven O’Neill rejected the defense request Monday as the trial entered its third week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 AM

Priest in India arrested over alleged lewd text to teen

INDIA
UCA News

Saji Thomas, Bhopal

India April 23, 2018

A Catholic priest in India has been arrested and remanded to judicial custody for allegedly sending an obscene text message to a female student who attends a church-run school where he is the vice-principal.

Father Georgeish Britto was arrested at his St. Anselm's Senior Secondary School in Alwar town in the western state of Rajasthan. Father Britto has been remanded to custody while investigations take place until May 5, said his vicar general Father Edward Oliveira of Jaipur.

The priest's arrest followed a complaint being made by the parents of a grade nine student who accused the priest of sending her an obscene message. The parents also accuse the priest of harassing their daughter and for attempting to convert her to Christianity.

"Church officials said the complaint and arrest are part of an attempt to tarnish the image of the church-run institution in the state," said Father Oliveira.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 AM

St William's School abuse campaigner 'angry' over payout delays

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

April 23, 2018

Delays in compensation payouts to victims of abuse at a Catholic school have left campaigners "angry and frustrated".

More than 240 men have made claims over abuse at St William's residential school in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire in the 1970s and 80s.

The De La Salle Order, which ran the school, put aside £7.7m for compensation, in 2015.

Church bosses say ongoing legal action out of its control is causing delays.

More on this and other East Yorkshire stories

"The strategy and management of the St Williams claims has been entirely in the control of the Diocese of Middlesbrough's insurers and the insurer's solicitors," the De La Salle Order said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 AM

Jury in Cosby sexual assault retrial to hear final arguments

PENNSYLVANIA
Reuters

April 23. 2018

David DeKok

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Prosecutors and comedian Bill Cosby’s defense team were each set to deliver closing arguments in his sexual assault retrial on Monday, taking a final shot at convincing a jury he is innocent or guilty of charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a former friend.

The defense could call two final witnesses to testify before the arguments begin, wrapping up testimony that began on April 9 at Montgomery County Courthouse outside Philadelphia.Cosby, 80, a stand-up comedian who went on to star in a number of hit television series including “The Cosby Show” in the 1980s, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand, 45, in December 2004.

He stood trial on the same charges last year, when the deadlocked jury was unable to reach a verdict, leading prosecutors to try him again.

But this time the jury heard evidence that Judge Steven O’Neill barred from the first trial.

The prosecution called to the witness stand five other women who accused Cosby of similar sexual attacks, whereas only one such witness was allow to testify in the first trial, to show that the 2004 incident fit a pattern of criminal behavior.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 AM

Altoona woman attempts to revive sexual abuse lawsuit against diocese

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PAULA REED WARD
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

APR 23, 2018

An Altoona, Pa., woman who says the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown covered up years of abuse by a known pedophile has asked the state Superior Court to reinstate her lawsuit.

Renee A. Rice, 50, filed a complaint in Blair County Common Pleas Court in June 2016 and amended it months later. She named as defendants the Rev. Charles F. Bodziak, who she said abused her, as well as the diocese; retired Bishop Joseph Adamec; and Monsignor Michael E. Servinsky, who is the executor of the estate of the late Bishop James Hogan.

Her complaint includes claims for fraud, constructive fraud and conspiracy. She is seeking punitive damages.

However, her lawsuit was dismissed in December by Blair County Judge Jolene Grubb Kopriva, who found that, based on controlling case law, Ms. Rice’s claims are barred by the statute of limitations.

“At times, we reach that point in the law, owing either to binding precedent or statutory authority, where a wrong may regrettably have no redress,” the judge wrote. “The appellate courts or legislature retain the power to alter that situation if they so choose beyond the [precedential] dictates of the trial court.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

Priest held for sexually abusing four-year-old girl inside temple in Chennai

INDIA
New Indian Express

CHENNAI: A temple priest was arrested on Saturday on the charge of sexually abusing a four-year-old girl inside a temple at Choolaimedu.

Police said the child, who had come to a relative's house near the temple, used to play in the streets when V Udhayakumar (40) was reported to have taken her inside the temple and misbehaved with her.

The parents of the child were shocked when she told them how Udhayakumar used to touch her inappropriately.

"The family members were just playing with the child when she casually said the temple priest has often done certain things to her. When they spoke to the child further, they sensed that the priest had touched the girl inappropriately," said a police officer investigating the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Scottsdale pastor placed on leave after sex-abuse allegations

ARIZONA
AZCentral

Bree Burkitt and Ryan Santistevan, The Republic

April 22, 2018

A Scottsdale pastor has been placed on leave following allegations that he sexually abused teenage girls under his supervision at a California church decades ago.

The allegations surfaced Saturday after multiple women told the Modesto Bee that Les Hughey — who founded Highlands Community Church in north Scottsdale — victimized them while he was working as a youth pastor at a Modesto, California church in the 1970s.

In response to the report, Hughey issued a statement saying he had "sinned" during his time at First Baptist Church. But he said he had only had "consensual relations with fellow college-aged staff."

"Because the allegations are from more than 40 years ago, it will take some time to get a clear picture," Doug Milligan, a Highlands Community Church official, said in a statement Sunday. "We are concerned about the well-being of all people affected by these events."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Diocese postpones another healing service for abuse survivors

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., March 16, 2018

Byf Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent
religion@gallupindependent.com

GALLUP – Once again officials with the Diocese of Gallup are postponing a healing service for survivors of clergy sex abuse, and once again it is because church officials failed to notify the public at least 30 days before the service.

The 30-day requirement was mandated in the nonmonetary provisions of the Diocese of Gallup’s Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

The postponed healing service was supposed to be held Saturday at Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Snowflake, Arizona. The new date is now Sunday, April 29.

“In the wake of Fr. Bob Mathieu’s passing, we were not able to verify that all the notices were posted or sent out locally, so to make sure that we are fulfilling our obligations to survivors and to the Chapter 11 terms, we have rescheduled the service,” Suzanne Hammons, the diocese’s communication director, said in an email Wednesday.

The Rev.Robert E. Mathieu had been the pastor at the Snowflake parish until his death in an auto accident in Albuquerque Feb. 16. Because the healing service was scheduled a month later on March 17, officials with the Gallup Diocese were responsible for notifying the public.

This is the second time the healing service in Snowflake has been postponed. The service was originally scheduled for July 22, 2017, but Bishop James S. Wall postponed the service so he could attend the annual Tekakwitha Conference in South Dakota. Wall ended up canceling his appearance at the conference because of ill health.

Here is the most current schedule of healing services, all featuring new dates and times:

Tuesday, April 3, 5 p.m: Our Lady of the Assumption in Overgaard, Arizona.
Tuesday, April 10, 5 p.m: Our Lady of Fatima, Chinle, Arizona.
Tuesday, April 24, 5 p.m: St. Francis of Assisi in Lumberton.
Sunday, April 29, noon: Our Lady of the Snows, Snowflake, Arizona.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Diné judge to rule on sex abuse cases

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., April 10, 2018

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independentcorrespondent
religion@gallupindependent.com

WINDOW ROCK – A Navajo Nation judge will decide the fate of a motion seeking to dismiss five childhood sex abuse lawsuits filed against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

After listening to oral arguments during a motion hearing Monday, Window Rock District Judge Carol Perry is slated to rule if the abuse lawsuits can proceed in the Navajo Nation courts as the Navajo plaintiffs are requesting or whether the cases will be dismissed as attorneys for the Mormon Church are arguing.

The lawsuits were filed in the tribal courts as personal injury complaints alleging the sexual abuse of Native children enrolled in the LDS Church’s now defunct Indian Student Placement Program. However, jurisdictional issues have plagued the cases as they have bounced back between the tribal court and a Utah federal court.

In the words of Gallup attorney William R. Keeler to Perry on Monday, a key phrase in the litigation might be described as, “Location, location, location.”

Jurisdictional dispute

The first law suit was filed in March 2016, on behalf of two adult siblings, a brother and sister identified only as RJ and MM, who claimed they had been sexually molested as students in the church placement program. Over the next 18 months, five more Navajo plaintiffs filed similar lawsuits.

RJ, MM and at least one other plaintiff attended Monday’s hearing. RJ’s case is still pending; however, MM and another plaintiff agreed to a settlement with the LDS Church in 2017 after mediation discussions. According to Keeler, an additional abuse survivor agreed to a settlement, without filing a lawsuit. The remaining civil complaints were consolidated.

In comments before Perry, attorneys for both sides agreed the alleged sexual abuse of the Navajo plaintiffs took place in off-reservation communities, either in Utah or Arizona.

A point of disagreement, however, concerns whether the conduct of LDS Indian Student Placement Program officials who worked on the Navajo Nation provides the Navajo Nation courts the necessary legal jurisdiction over the cases.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs, Craig Vernon of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, and Keeler, argue the conduct of those placement program officials place the jurisdiction under the Navajo courts. Attorneys for the Mormon Church, David J. Jordan of Salt Lake City, and Lynn Isaacson of Gallup, argue the conduct – and sometimes the“non-conduct” – of those placement program officials place the cases outside of jurisdiction of the Navajo courts.

Legal arguments

During Monday’s court hearing, attorneys for both sides faced off in Perry’s small courtroom,while awkwardly sitting shoulder to shoulder at a shared table. Two additional church attorneys had to sit in the courtroom gallery because of lack of space at the table.

Legal arguments during the nearly two-hour hearing dissected provisions of the Navajo Nation’s Treaty of 1868, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Montana v. United States, and the Navajo Nation’s Supreme Court’s ruling in the John Doe BF v.Diocese of Gallup clergy sex abuse case.

Jordan,whose arguments dominated the majority of the nearly two-hour hearing,repeatedly advised Perry that Navajo courts lack subject-matter jurisdiction because the alleged “tortious conduct,” or wrongful conduct, occurred off the Navajo Reservation. Jordan pointed to the John Doe BF court decision as providing a good explanation of how subject-matter jurisdiction works on the Navajo Nation.

Jordan also argued that LDS Church placement program officials on the Navajo Reservation who did not disclose reports of sexual abuse were not guilty of tortious conduct.

“Non-conduct is not conduct,” Jordan said. “Failing to do something is not conduct.”

In response, Keeler pointed back to the decision of U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby who rejected LDS Church jurisdictional arguments in November 2016. Instead, Shelby ruled the church “must first exhaust their remedies” in the Navajo Nation courts before seeking redress in the federal courts.

“What the judge was saying was you have to look to Montana to figure this out,” Keeler said, referring to the Montana v. United States decision.

Keeler and Vernon argued their clients’ cases meet the exceptions outlined in the Montana case and requested Perry allow the cases to move forward.

Vernon disputed Jordan’s assertion that placement decisions regarding Native students occurred off-reservation, explaining placement decisions were made on the reservation, particularly at an LDS office in Chinle, Arizona. Vernon told Perry that some student disclosures of abuse happened on the Navajo Reservation, and some negligent conduct of placement program officials also took place on the reservation.

Frustration and anger

After the hearing concluded, two plaintiffs expressed frustration and anger toward LDS church officials and their attorneys. Keeler allowed them to make brief remarks in his presence.

RJ, the plaintiff who filed the first lawsuit, had responded with visible anger during the court hearing, particularly when Jordan made a number of assertions,including one about RJ’s complaint.

“The Mormon Church did actually do this to me,” RJ said, adding he was willing to swear “on a stack of Bibles” or his mother’s grave.

“I have my witnesses as well,” he said, explaining he was not afraid to testify on the witness stand. In his lawsuit, RJ stated he had disclosed his abuse to a number of LDS officials, who are listed by name in the complaint.

“What is a child’s innocence worth to people?” he asked. “Not all the money in the world will replace my innocence.”

The second person, a woman identified as plaintiff BN, explained she is still a member of the LDS Church. She said Mormon officials teach church members the importance of loving and understanding one another, believing in Christ, praying, fasting and looking to the Holy Spirit for guidance. However, BN said, she doesn’t believe LDS Church officials have demonstrated these same faith actions in their response to the Navajo plaintiffs in these abuse cases.

“When have they done this?” she said.

Instead,BN said, the LDS Church sends “pit bull” attorneys from Utah to “eke away at Navajo Nation sovereignty” and attack Navajo victims “as if we are the ones who are liars.”

BN expressed frustration with the focus on legal jurisdiction during the hearing rather than on the “rape and molestation” the plaintiffs endured.

“God does not care about location. God knows it happened,” BN said. “It’s pitiful. It’s a tragedy.”

BN said she has a question for the LDS Church’s president and 12 Apostles. “Have you fasted and prayed about my case?” she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Editorial: Diocese’s healing services reflect a slipshod bishop

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., April 20, 2018

The Diocese of Gallup’s series of healing services for survivors of clergy sex abuse is coming to an end this month. The series, which began 18 months ago, has been held at nearly 40 Catholic parishes across the diocese in Arizona and New Mexico – wherever a church sex abuser molested an innocent child or wherever he had a “ministry”assignment.

This month also marks the 9th anniversary of Bishop James S. Wall’s tenure in the Gallup Diocese. In many ways, the healing services are a reflection of ongoing problems created by Bishop Wall’s slipshod leadership skills and lack of transparency and accountability.

The healing services were a result of the Diocese of Gallup filing for bankruptcy protection. As part of the Chapter 11 reorganization, the diocese had to agree to 17 non-monetary provisions in an effort to make amends to the untold numbers of victims of clergy sexual abuse. Provision No. 8 required Bishop Wall to visit each operating Catholic parish or school and “provide a forum/discussion during his visit to address questions and comments.” That did not happen. Instead, the bishop offered religious services, followed by private meetings with interested abuse survivors.

Before we offer further criticism,let us be clear: The healing services were helpful for some survivors of clergy sex abuse. Those individuals have said they found the scriptural readings and the bishop’s words to be healing. They have appreciated speaking with the bishop after the service, and they found him to act responsive and caring.

However, the services have only provided healing for a small number of abuse survivors. The bishop and his staff have failed many other abuse survivors, the Catholic laity and the general public through their lack of courage, shortage of empathy and pervasive incompetence. Many abuse survivors never attended a healing service because they can’t emotionally bring themselves to step through the doors of a Catholic Church. Others refused to attend because they are still angry over the many years the diocese fought abuse survivors with hardball legal tactics. Most of the Catholic laity and the general public never attended because they realized no real answers about clergy sex abuse would be forthcoming.

First, it is a sad state of affairs when a U.S. bankruptcy court has to order a Catholic bishop to visit his own parishes and offer an apology for the sexual abuse of children.

Secondly, Bishop Wall should have had the moral courage to offer a “forum/discussion” at each parish and school as described in the non-monetary provisions. Would church members and the general public ask difficult questions? Yes, of course. Would there have been anger, tears and emotional outbursts from abuse survivors and their families?Yes, but that is a necessary step to healing trauma. Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester had the courage to offer five such public panel discussions and they did include difficult questions, anger, tears and emotional outbursts.Unfortunately, Bishop Wall doesn’t have that kind of moral courage.

Thirdly, the manner in which many of the healing services were postponed – some of them were postponed twice – is an example of the lack of competence and empathy of the bishop and his staff. They postponed one service because they had scheduled it the same day as the bishop’s all important Mardi Gras fundraiser celebration. Doesn’t the chancery keep a calendar of the bishop’s schedule? And what should be more important to a supposed representative of Jesus Christ – ministering to abuse survivors or raising money for church coffers? Bishop Wall gave us his predictable answer:Money.

Other healing services were postponed so the bishop could travel. Still, others were postponed on such short notice that abuse survivors were left uninformed. One survivor drove to the isolated church in Lumberton, New Mexico, only to learn the diocese had postponed the service without adequate public notice. Abuse survivors and their family members deserve better treatment.

And what about truthful information and honest answers? That has been in short supply since Wall became bishop. For example, in 2009, the Gallup Independent reported the Rev. Diego Mazon, O.F.M.had been removed from ministry because of a clergy sex abuse lawsuit and a credible allegation of abuse. Yet, it took the Diocese of Gallup eight more years of foot dragging to admit to this fact. Through the years, the Independent has reported on other accused Gallup clergy, yet the Gallup Diocese continues to drag its feet and fail to provide answers.

The Catholic laity and the general public also deserve better than this. Unfortunately, with Bishop Wall at the helm, foot dragging and stonewalling of information and answers is all we’ll probably get.

In this space only does the opinion of the Gallup Independent Editorial Board appear.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

The silent lives of childhood sexual abuse survivors in America’s South Asian diaspora

UNITED STATES
The Lily

Samira Sadeque

December 19, 2017

Editor’s note: This story contains sensitive stories about childhood sexual abuse. Some of the women who came forward in this story could face negative repercussions within their communities for sharing their experiences. The Lily has chosen to protect their identities by not using their real or full names.

Bina really believed Samiha was going to come home that night.

It was a cold Wednesday evening in November 2016. Bina* had just gotten off the phone with her 23-year-old cousin, Samiha Khan, who assured her that she was on her way home.

“I told her what I always tell her when she’s upset,” Bina said. “You live in a house full of people who love you, and we’re waiting for you. So, come home.”

She was still suspicious. She had offered to call Samiha an Uber, but Samiha insisted she would take the subway.

Instead, she threw herself in front of one.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Four Gallup clerics included in sex claim

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., April 9, 2018

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent
religion@gallupindependent.com

ALBUQUERQUE – A new clergy sex abuse lawsuit, filed against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Thursday, alleges the archdiocese failed to include more than 40 credibly accused sex abusers on its list of abusers, including four Catholic clerics who worked in the Diocese of Gallup.

Levi A. Monagle, an attorney with the Law Offices of Brad D. Hall in Albuquerque, filed the lawsuit Thursday in New Mexico’s Second Judicial District Court on behalf of “John Doe 80,” a man who alleges he was sexually abused as a child by the Rev. Robert Galli at St. Anne’s Parish in southwest Albuquerque.

The law firm released the names of 43 clerics in both the lawsuit and a news release issued Friday. The firm alleges the 43 names were omitted from the list of 74 credibly accused sex abusers that Archbishop John C. Wester publicly released in September 2017, “despite being credibly accused of abuse and spending significant time in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe – often at Servants of the Paraclete treatment facilities in Jemez Springs and Albuquerque.” The law firm also claims a number of the men had ministry assignments in the archdiocese.

“The Archdiocese continues to present the people of New Mexico with half-truths masquerading as transparency, particularly with respect to the vast number of abusive priests brought into the state by the Servants of the Paraclete,” Monagle said in the news release. Although the law firm stated it did not include the names of accused clerics primarily affiliated with the Diocese of Las Cruces or the Diocese of Gallup, its list does include the names of the following four men who had ministry assignments in the Gallup Diocese, including one Franciscan friar not on Gallup’s list of credibly accused abusers.

-William G. Allison: Originally from the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana, Allison was accused of abuse while working in Flagstaff, Arizona, which was once part of the Diocese of Gallup. Allison received treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs. The Gallup Diocese includes Allison on its list of credibly accused abusers.

-Crispin Butz: This Franciscan friar was named as an accused abuser by a claimant in the Diocese of Gallup’s bankruptcy case. However, Butz and four other clerics named as alleged abusers in the bankruptcy case have yet to be added to the Diocese of Gallup’s abuser list. According to the new lawsuit, Butz received treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility.

-Mark Schornack: According to records released in a recent clergy sex abuse lawsuit in Flagstaff, Arizona, this Franciscan brother was admitted to the Franciscan order while he was a patient of the Servants of the Paraclete. Although he spent much of his life working at Catholic missions on the Navajo Nation, Schornack had at least one ministry assignment in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, at Jemez Pueblo. The Gallup Diocese includes Schornack on its list of credibly accused abusers.

-John Thomas Sullivan: Originally from the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, this notorious serial abuser worked in several Arizona parishes in the Diocese of Gallup. Sullivan received treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs.

An internet search of the 43 names indicates that all have been accused of sex abuse and many have been named as credibly accused abusers by other Catholic dioceses or religious orders. Some were even arrested and imprisoned. Added to Wester’s earlier list of 74 credibly accused abusers, the new names would total 117 abusers associated with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

Names of 43 accused clerics

Andrew Christian Anderson
William G. Allison
Thomas Behnke
Gustavo Benson
Robert Brouillette, aka Robert Sullivan
Crispin Butz
Joseph L. Clauss
Daniel Calabrese
John H. Dawson
Louis E. Douglas
John F. Fitzpatrick
Ronald L. Fontenot, aka Jean Paul Fontenot
James A. Forsythe
John J. Fallon
Peter E. Garcia
Charles J. Gormley
Richard Galdon
John F. Harrold
Mel W. Hermanns
Stanley D. Idziak
Rudy Kos
David J. Kelley
James Walter Lent
Gale Leifeld
Joseph P. Lessard
Lawrence Joseph Lovell
Gordon MacRae
Francis Xavier Markey
Tom McConnell
John B. Modica
Peter B. Murphy
Robert Daniel Nikliborc
John G. Pisarcik
Franz Robier
David Roll
John R. Russell
Mark Schornack, aka Mark Schomack
Carmen Sita, aka Gerald Howard
John Slown
Michael John Stevens
John Thomas Sullivan
Joseph Theisen
Michael Trainor

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Church elders renew probe of founder’s alleged misconduct

ILLINOIS
Associated Press

April 22, 2918

SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of a Chicago-area evangelical church that became one of the largest in the nation say they will renew their examination of the church’s former pastor.

The Rev. Bill Hybels retired from Willow Creek Community Church earlier this month after allegations he touched and made lewd comments to female congregants. The elders say they are acting after new accusations against Hybels surfaced.

The new allegations were published Saturday in Christianity Today. Hybels couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The elders and an outside investigator cleared Hybels of any wrongdoing in a previous inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Temple priest held for sexual abuse of child

INDIA
Times of India

Apr 23, 2018

CHENNAI: The city police on Saturday arrested a priest at a temple in Choolaimedu, for sexually abusing a three-year-old girl on temple premises.

According to the police, the victim had accompanied her grandmother to the temple. Udayakumar, 40, an assistant to a priest, took the child to an isolated place after convincing her grandmother that he would take care of the child until she is done with her prayers.

On returning home, the child told her relatives and friends about the incident. An angry mob immediately gathered at the temple, dragged Udayakumar out and filed a complaint against him at the Choolaimedu police station, said the police.

The case was later transferred to the Thousand Lights all-women police station.

An investigating officer said that preliminary interrogation had been completed and they had booked Udayakumar under Section 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Pope Francis appoints new members to Commission for Protection of Minors

VATICAN CITY
Vatican News

17 February 2018

By Christopher Wells

Pope Francis has renewed the membership of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM), confirming Cardinal Seán O’Malley as President of the Commission, and adding nine new members to the advisory body. Seven more nominees are returning to the Commission after their terms had expired in December.

During his recent trip to South America, Pope Francis addressed concerns about the expiry of the Commission’s mandate, saying the time taken to nominate members to the body was normal. “Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has given much prayerful consideration in nominating these members,” Cardinal O’Malley said in a press release. “The newly appointed members will add to the Commission’s global perspective in the protection of minors and vulnerable adults. The Holy Father has ensured continuity in the work of our Commission, which is to assist local churches throughout the world in their efforts to safeguard all children, young people, and vulnerable adults from harm.”

Among the new members are several experts from English-speaking countries: the Hon. Neville Owen from Australia; Sr Jane Bertelsen, FMDM, from the UK; and Ms. Teresa Kettelkamp from the United States.

The Commission’s press release noted that the eight men and eight women who form the membership of the Commission were chosen “from a multi-disciplinary field of international experts in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults from the crime of sexual abuse.” The members come from several different countries, “reflecting the global reach of the Church and the challenge of creating safeguarding structures in diverse cultural contexts.”

According to the press release, several of the members of the Commission are themselves victims of clerical sexual abuse. However, it is the practice of the PCPM to respect the privacy of abuse victims, and those named today have chosen not speak publicly about their experiences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Commission for Protection of Minors holds Plenary Assembly

VATICAN CITY
Vatican News

22 April 2018

By Christopher Wells

Pope Francis received members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) in a private audience on Saturday. A press release from the Commission said that at the meeting, the Holy Father “stated his intention to definitively confirm the Commission’s statutes.”

The Commission was meeting in Rome for its Plenary Assembly, the first since Pope Francis appointed new members to the body in February.

At the Audience with the Pope, the members of the Commission explained their priorities, which they said, “are reflected in the following Working Groups: working with survivors; education and formation; and safeguarding guidelines and norms.”

Earlier in the week, at the beginning of their Plenary Assembly, the Commission heard from members of the Survivor Advisory Panel of the National Safeguarding Commission from England and Wales. “The gathering was part of the PCPM’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that the thoughts and contributions of people who have been abused inform all aspects of the Commission’s work,” according to the press release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

'Dateline' airs exclusive interview with Karolyis

INDIANA
WTHR

APR 23RD, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — In an exclusive interview that aired Sunday night on NBC's Dateline, famed gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi deny knowing disgraced national team doctor, Larry Nassar was sexually abusing the girls were training at their camps.

"No way," said Martha. "Everybody said Larry Nassar is a good doctor, Larry Nassar is a good guy."

The Karolyis also denied verbally abusing the girls and creating a culture of fear, as well as denying accounts of creating a culture where Nassar was able to prey on young girls, saying is just not true.

"I feel extremely bad," said Martha. "I don't feel responsible, but I feel extremely hurt that this can happen, and it happened everywhere, but it happened here also."

The Karolyis instead pointed the finger at Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

Tasmania leads the way on redress

AUSTRALIA
Eternity

JOHN SANDEMAN | APRIL 23RD, 2018

Redress for survivors of sexual abuse by church leaders, not the sale of nearly half their church property is the story Tasmanian Anglican leaders want Australians to hear.

“An estimated liability of around $8 million in new and additional payments to survivors, it will require decisive action and significant sacrifice for everyone across our Diocese (region),” Richard Condie, the Bishop of Tasmania announced on the weekend.

The Tasmanian statement was headlined “Anglican Church in Tasmania sacrifices to fund redress.” The ABC report was headed “Tasmanian Anglican churches could be sold to fund abuse survivors redress”, a subtle shift of emphasis.

Eternity understands that some 55 Tasmanian survivors have already received payments from an existing local redress fund and these may need to be increased. In addition the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has identified more claimants. A national average payment of $78,000 with a cap of $150,000 is expected.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Tasmanian Bishop - please buy our churches

AUSTRALIA
ABC - On Mornings

April 23, 2018

[audio]

On Mornings with Leon Compton

Tasmania's Anglican Bishop Richard Condie says he hopes local communities will pitch in to buy the more than 120 properties, including churches, halls and houses, up for sale to pay redress for survivors of child sexual abuse. The Bishop tells Leon Compton the Church needs to sell just under half of its Tasmanian properties to cover an estimated $8 million of liability in additional payments to survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

Police drop the sex abuse inquiry into an ex-bishop who was allegedly smeared by Justin Welby

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By MILES DILWORTH FOR THE DAILY MAIL

22 April 2018

Police have dropped a controversial inquiry into an ex-bishop allegedly smeared by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Sussex Police said it is no longer investigating an allegation of child sex abuse against the late George Bell, former bishop of Chichester, referred to them earlier this year.

A spokesman said the investigation had been completed last month.

Claims against Dr Bell – who was widely respected for speaking out against Nazi atrocities and saving Jews from persecution – surfaced in 2012, but were dismissed over a lack of evidence.

Justin Welby was heavily criticised for trashing the reputation of Dr Bell – who died in 1958 – after he ‘rushed’ to accept claims the bishop was a paedophile. An independent review by Lord Carlile last year said the Church of England had ‘hung him out to dry’ on the say-so of a woman who alleged more than 50 years after he died that Dr Bell abused her as a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

April 22, 2018

6 News wins variety of journalism awards

MICHIGAN
WLNS

[Nassar coverage]

Apr 22, 2018

6 News won nine awards from the Associated Press on Sunday, including awards for the station's coverage of the Larry Nassar scandal and for weather.

The station was also recognized with an "Outstanding News Operation" award.

WLNS-TV won four first place awards, including:

* Best Investigative Coverage, Alexandra Ilitch, "The Larry Nassar Saga"

* Best Continuing Coverage, Alexandra Ilitch, "The Larry Nassar Scandal"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 PM

Police to stop taking victims' word for it: Dramatic plan could mean officers do not automatically believe claims of crimes due to flawed inquiries based on false allegations

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By Martin Beckford for The Mail on Sunday

22 April 2018

Police are to drop their controversial policy of automatically believing anyone who reports a crime, it can be revealed.

A top-level report obtained by The Mail on Sunday says official guidance should be changed to tell detectives they must listen to victims and take them seriously – but not automatically assume they are telling the truth.

The dramatic move follows a series of flawed inquiries based on false allegations that left dozens of innocent people's lives and reputations destroyed, including high-profile figures such as pop legend Sir Cliff Richard and DJ Paul Gambaccini.

In the most notorious case, Scotland Yard wrongly described as 'credible and true' a fantasist's lurid claims of a VIP sex abuse ring in Westminster involving former Home Secretary Lord Brittan, war hero Lord Bramall and ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor.

The U-turn has been drawn up by the College of Policing, which sets national standards, and after being considered by chief constables last week it will be sent to Home Office Ministers to become official policy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

The causes of paedophilia and child sexual abuse are more complex than the public believes

AUSTRALIA
The Conversation

April 22, 2018

Kelly Richards
Senior lecturer, Queensland University of Technology

The public often feels intense loathing and anger towards paedophiles and those who sexually abuse children. A raft of sex offender policies such as Western Australia’s publicly accessible register of “dangerous and high risk offenders” has been introduced globally to appease an increasingly hostile, punitive and vocal community.

What the public thinks about the causes of child sexual abuse is important, because what people think causes a problem informs what they believe should be done.

My recent research examined what the public think causes paedophilia and child sexual abuse. I found there were four common causal explanations, and while each had some truth to them, they ultimately missed the complexity of the actual causes.

‘Born that way’ or cycle of abuse?

I analysed nearly 800 comments posted by members of the public to four online forums created following the announcement of a new program for reintegrating sex offenders in South Australia.

The forums are a rich source of data on public views about causality, particularly since people’s comments are “off the cuff” rather than telling the researcher what they want to hear.

People posting on the forum put forward four causal explanations for paedophilia and child sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM

McKayla Maroney says she tried to raise sex abuse alarm in 2011

UNITED STATES
NBC News

by Sarah Fitzpatrick and Tracy Connor

Apr.22.2018

Larry Nassar had done "the treatment" on gymnast McKayla Maroney before, but nothing prepared her for what happened in a Tokyo hotel room in October 2011.

"That was the scariest night," Maroney told NBC News in her first-ever interview about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Nassar, the former Olympic doctor now at the center of an ever-widening scandal.

"He went, like, overboard that night."

Maroney is one of more than 265 girls and women — including a half-dozen Olympians — who say Nassar molested them under the guise of medical procedures.

She told her story as part of a months-long Dateline investigation, airing Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET, into allegations that USA Gymnastics could have stopped Nassar earlier and tried to silence his victims when they finally spoke up — accusations the organization denies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:33 PM

A letter from the Elders

ILLINOIS
Willow Creek Community Church

April 21, 2018

Dear Willow Family,

We have been diligently praying and processing how to best respond to recent events. Last night, we had another productive and encouraging Elder Meeting. We are unified and seeking God’s direction on next steps, and we felt it was important to communicate with you.

This has been such a difficult time. Our church has been facing one of the most challenging seasons in our history. In the midst of this time, you have been responding with love, grace, and an openness to engage in dialogue. We are so proud of you. You are living the Gospel. We are also especially proud of the staff. Not only have you gracefully demonstrated strength, you have also joyfully assumed additional responsibilities due to an accelerated transition of leadership.

Over the last several weeks, we have been in a process of deep learning, seeking clarity, and building a path toward reconciliation. Even though Bill is no longer in his role, our work to resolve any shadow of doubt in the trustworthiness of Willow Creek Community Church and its Elders is not done.

With the benefit of hindsight, we see several aspects of our past work that we would have handled differently, and we have identified several areas of learning. Moving forward, we have a renewed commitment to engaging well, listening deeply, and further developing a culture of transparency and accountability.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:14 PM

Church elders renew probe of founder’s alleged misconduct

ILLINOIS
Associated Press

SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of a Chicago-area evangelical church that became one of the largest in the nation say they will renew their examination of the church’s former pastor.

The Rev. Bill Hybels retired from Willow Creek Community Church earlier this month after allegations he touched and made lewd comments to female congregants. The elders say they are acting after new accusations against Hybels surfaced.

The new allegations were published Saturday in Christianity Today. Hybels couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The elders and an outside investigator cleared Hybels of any wrongdoing in a previous inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM

Catholic priests take a vow of celibacy when they’re ordained. But when they break that vow, their children are left to live a lie

CANADA
Toronto Star

By MARY ORMSBY Feature Writer
SANDRO CONTENTA Feature Writer

Tues., April 17, 2018

On a winter afternoon in 2016, Michelle Raftis’s long search brought her to the steps of St. Michael’s Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto. She was nervous, and had carefully prepared what she would say to Cardinal Tom Collins.

She was done with secrets and lies.

Raftis is the daughter of a Catholic priest, a truth the 55-year-old had to hide most of her life. She wanted to know why the church she was raised in allowed a priest to abandon his child.

“I wanted a written apology from the church,” Raftis says.

In Canada and around the world, children of priests have emerged from the shadows to press the Vatican — and their local dioceses — to recognize they exist.

The Vatican appears to have no data on the number of clergy who break their vows of celibacy and father children. But with more than 400,000 Roman Catholic priests ministering to 1.1 billion Catholics, offspring are likely to be found across the globe, says Bill Kilgallon, who recently finished a three-year term as a leading member of Pope Francis’s Commission for the Protection of Minors.

In Canada alone, about 20 sons and daughters of priests have personally contacted Coping International, a recently formed online support group out of Ireland that is pushing the Roman Catholic Church and its priests to acknowledge parental responsibilities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Dioceses won’t name sex offenders

WEST VIRGINIA
Weirton Daily Times

WHEELING — The Roman Catholic dioceses of Wheeling-Charleston and Steubenville don’t plan to issue any lists of alleged sexual offenders as dioceses in neighboring states have done in recent weeks.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York, released lists of clergy and laity identified as being sexual abusers. The lists contained the names of living and deceased subjects.

But that won’t happen here, church officials have said.

“The diocese does not currently have any plan to do what the Diocese of Erie is doing,” said Tim Bishop, a spokesman for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

Dino Orsatti, director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, also said that diocese isn’t planning to issue a list of alleged sexual offenders. Still, it won’t hide any allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

Bishop George Bell investigation dropped by Sussex Police

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

Olivia Rudgard, religious affairs correspondent

22 APRIL 2018

A police investigation into former bishop of Chichester George Bell has been dropped amid criticism of the Archbishop of Canterbury for smearing his name.

Sussex Police told the Daily Telegraph that they were no longer investigating a new allegation which was referred to them earlier this year.

A spokesman said the the investigation "was completed in March 2018" and added "of course further police investigation or action is not possible as Bishop Bell died 60 years ago".

An independent review released last year by Lord Carlile found that Bishop Bell had been besmirched by the church in 2015 when officials released a statement formally apologising over allegations of abuse made by a woman who is now in her seventies.

It also paid out £16,800 to the woman, known as Carol, for the alleged sexual abuse over a period of four years, beginning when she was five years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:46 PM

Telford sex scandal shock as social services chief is one of THREE councillors exposed as paedophiles

UNITED KINGDOM
Mirror

ByGeraldine McKelvie
Nick Sommerlad

22 APR 2018

Three politicians are today exposed as convicted child sex offenders in “mind-blowing and disgraceful” revelations that will further rock Telford.

Relatives of murdered abuse victim Lucy Lowe, 16, were left reeling after learning one of the politicians had been jailed and two others had admitted their guilt.

Anglican vicar the Rev Michael Keen, 78, who sat on a Police Authority board, got 15 months for two assaults on a boy aged 15.

The same lad was assaulted by former councillor Graham Bould, 60, chair of Shropshire County Council’s social services from 1993 -1998 – when Telford’s child grooming epidemic began to spiral.

The Sunday Mirror revealed last month how up to 1,000 girls are feared to have been groomed and abused by mainly Asian paedophile gangs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM

Social services chief is one of three politicians exposed as paedophiles as Telford child sex grooming scandal grows

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By Phoebe Southworth For Mailonline

22 April 2018

A social services chief is among three politicians exposed as paedophiles as the Telford grooming scandal continues to spiral.

The shocking revelation comes just a week after authorities in the Shropshire town voted to commission an independent inquiry into child abuse after years of inaction.

Up to 1,000 children are feared to have been groomed and abused by predominantly Asian paedophile gangs.

Victim Lucy Lowe, 16, was murdered by her abuser who set fire to her house in 2000. The blaze also killed her sister and mother.

She had been made pregnant by the same man when she was 14.

Now it has emerged that former county councillor Graham Bould groomed a 15-year-old boy in the early 1980s after meeting him at a church group.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:31 AM

Child abuse investigation to look into claims at former Aberdeen children’s home

SCOTLAND
Evening Express

19/04/2018

A national child abuse investigation will turn its focus on events at a former Aberdeen children’s home from next week.

Former residents and other witnesses connected to Nazareth House on the city’s Claremont Street, are expected to give evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

The facility was founded by six women from the Sisters of Nazareth in London in 1862 and it was once home to more than 300 children, but the home was dogged by allegations of historical abuse by the nuns for over two decades, with more than 40 complaints being made by former residents during a police investigation in 1997.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was launched in October 2015 and is one of the most wide-ranging public inquiries ever held in Scotland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:26 AM

Lawyer rapped over child abuse evidence

SCOTLAND
Press and Journal

by Jon Hebditch

April 19, 2018

A lawyer representing a group of nuns under investigation by a national child abuse probe has been rapped by one of Scotland’s top judges for attempting to prevent the sisters from giving evidence.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will next week look at establishments run by the Sisters of Nazareth order in Aberdeen, Cardonald, Kilmarnock and Lasswade following hearings regarding facilities run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul in January.

The Aberdeen facility Nazareth House, on Aberdeen’s Claremont Street, was founded by six women from the order in 1862 and was once home to more than 300 children.

However, the nuns from the children’s home have been dogged by allegations of historical abuse.

During a police investigation in 1997, more than 40 complaints were made by former residents – one woman claimed she had been beaten so hard she lost her hearing, and another said he had been submerged in near-boiling water by the sisters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:23 AM

Phase 2 Hearings - Sisters of Nazareth

SCOTLAND
Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

24 April 2018

During Phase 2 the Inquiry will continue to examine evidence it has ingathered, researched and analysed relating to residential child care establishments run by Catholic Orders. This phase will resume with a case study about residential child care establishments run by the Sisters of Nazareth. Hearings are expected to begin on 24 April 2018 and continue into early Summer.

Witnesses:

Representatives of the Sisters of Nazareth.

Individuals who were resident in Nazareth House in Aberdeen, Cardonald, Kilmarnock and Lasswade.

Please note that the names in brackets is a pseudonym of the witness who has chosen to give evidence anonymously.

Tuesday 24 April

Opening submissions

Witness LCO – (Rose)

Jim Buckley

*Witness LBO – (Elizabeth) - the statement of this witness will be read in, in whole or part.

*Witness LCK – (Lucy) - the statement of this witness will be read in, in whole or part.

Wednesday 25 April

Witness LBK - (Christopher)

Witness LBL – (John)

*Witness LCI – (Michael) - the statement of this witness will be read in, in whole or part.

*Witness LCM – (Terence) - the statement of this witness will be read in, in whole or part.

Thursday 26 April

Witness LCN – (John)

Joseph Currie

*Witness LBZ – (Jack) - the statement of this witness will be read in, in whole or part.

Friday 27 April

Witness LBA - (Alan)

Witness LBR – (Jill)

*Witness LCP – (Margaret) - the statement of this witness will be read in, in whole or part.

Context:

The case study into residential child care establishments run by Catholic Orders will resume with a case study on establishments run by the Sisters of Nazareth, with a particular focus on:

Nazareth House in Aberdeen
Nazareth House in Cardonald
Nazareth House in Kilmarnock
Nazareth House in Lasswade

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:06 AM

Sisters of Nazareth: Nuns held to account for decades of CHILD ABUSE

SCOTLAND
Express

By BEN BORLAND

Apr 22, 2018

A CATHOLIC order has been accused of lacking compassion after complaining of a “difficult year” as they are finally held to account for decades of child abuse.

The second phase of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will begin examining the shameful history of the Sisters of Nazareth on Tuesday, with hearings expected to continue until the early summer.

Hundreds of survivors have come forward to give evidence about beatings, cruelty and sexual assaults at the order’s four Scottish orphanages in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Kilmarnock.

The scandal was first exposed more than 20 years ago but legal red tape and a lack of political will led to an extraordinary delay in bringing the abuse to a public hearing. While the Sisters of Nazareth have consistently refused to apologise or pay compensation, many of the victims have died or suffered ongoing hardships over this period.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

Child Victims Act left behind in state’s budget, kept alive by survivors

NEW YORK
Altamont Enterprise

Thursday, April 19, 2018

by Elizabeth Floyd Mair

ALBANY COUNTY — The state budget left out the Child Victims Act — a bill supported by the governor and the State Assembly — that would have extended the statute of limitations for child victims of sexual assault, but adult survivors are not giving up.

The bill never made it to the State Senate floor, so the GOP majority leader is the focus of upcoming efforts.

Meanwhile, a group called Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse released a document entitled “Hidden Disgrace III” on March 29, listing all of the priests who have worked for the Albany Diocese and have been accused of sexual abuse, what they are alleged to have done, and all the places they have worked.

Attorney Jerry Kristal of Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse told The Enterprise that the statute of limitations in these cases should be extended by passing the Child Victims Act, and that the Albany Diocese should create an independent reconciliation compensation program that would allow people alleging sexual abuse to get some “recognition that this really happened and some measure of the church taking responsibility.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Tas Anglicans to sell property for redress

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

April 22, 2018

Kaitlyn Offer

Tasmania's Anglican Diocese will sell off scores of churches and other properties to find $8 million to redress survivors of child sexual abuse.

Bishop Richard Condie announced the sale of churches, halls, houses and land on Sunday, saying the diocese hopes to be a part of a national scheme.

"With an estimated liability of around $8 million in new and additional payments to survivors, it will require decisive action and significant sacrifice for everyone across our diocese," he said in a statement.

"We intend to raise these funds from a proportion of Parish and Diocesan investments, through selling Parish properties, and by direct Parish contributions."

Every parish in the state will be affected and at the June meeting of all parish representatives, it will be suggested more than 120 properties be sold - nearly half of all of the church's real estate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Tasmanian Anglican churches could be sold to fund abuse survivors redress

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

April 22, 2018

By Emily Street

Tasmania's Anglican Diocese is proposing to sell more than 120 properties, including churches, halls, houses and vacant land, to fund redress for survivors of child sexual abuse.

The church said it would need to sell just under half of its Tasmanian properties to cover an estimated $8 million of liability in additional payments to survivors.

It has been lobbying for the State Government to sign up to the National Redress Scheme for survivors, due to start on July 1 as a result of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Tasmanian Diocese also agreed to increase the payment cap for its own Pastoral Support and Assistance Scheme from $75,000 to $150,000 per claim.

Previous claimants will be entitled to have their claims reassessed, which may result in extra payments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Male abuse victims seek place

UNITED STATES
Journal-Gazette

April 22, 2018

DAVID CRARY | Associated Press

For some male victims of sexual assault and abuse, #MeToo can feel more like #WhatAboutMe?

They admire the women speaking out about traumatic experiences as assault and harassment victims, while wondering whether men with similar scars will ever receive a comparable level of public empathy and understanding.

Chris Brown, a University of Minnesota music professor, was among several men who in December accused renowned conductor James Levine of abusing them as teens several decades ago, leading to Levine's recent firing by the Metropolitan Opera Company.

“Men are historically considered the bad guys,” suggested Brown . “If some men abuse women, then we all are abusers ourselves ... so therefore when it comes to our being abused, we deserve it.”

Brown's sense of distance from the #MeToo movement is shared by other abused men – some of whom have been using a #MenToo hashtag on Twitter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Willow Creek Promises Investigation Amid New Allegations Against Bill Hybels

ILLINOIS
Christianity Today

BOB SMIETANA

APRIL 21, 2018

Last night, Willow Creek Community Church made a promise to its members following the early departure of its founder and senior pastor, Bill Hybels.

“Even though Bill is no longer in his role, our work to resolve any shadow of doubt in the trustworthiness of [Willow] is not done,” the church’s board of elders told members in a Friday evening letter. “With the benefit of hindsight, we see several aspects of our past work that we would have handled differently, and we have identified several areas of learning.”

Last week, Hybels retired six months early after 40 years as leader of Willow Creek, calling recent allegations against him a distraction for the megachurch and its ministries. Hybels denied any wrongdoing. He did admit regretting that he first responded to the allegations with anger.

Yesterday, the elders similarly expressed regret in the way the church handled the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Back rubs with teen girls evolved into sex; another former Modesto pastor accused

CALIFORNIA
Modesto Bee

BY GARTH STAPLEY
gstapley@modbee.com

April 21, 2018

The founder of a popular megachurch in Arizona admits having sex with girls in his charge when he was a married youth pastor at a prominent Modesto church four decades ago.

"I sinned and harmed the most important relationships in my life," Les Hughey said in a statement issued after being contacted by The Modesto Bee. "Unfortunately, it's impossible to undo what happened, so I instead accept and live with the consequences."

His victims came forward soon after The Bee's February report on Brad Tebbutt, who like Hughey was a youth pastor at Modesto's First Baptist Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

DA Controversy Causes Sentencing Delay in Love-Triangle Homicide Involving Hindu Priest

CALIFORNIA
Fox 40

APRIL 21, 2018

BY SONSEEAHRAY TONSALL

SACRAMENTO -- Three convictions for first degree murder, one for manslaughter -- that's the curious reduction in an eventual conviction of one Sacramento murder defendant that may change the outcome of a hotly-contested District Attorney's race in the county.

Sentencing was supposed to happen in connection with the death of Ashok Kumar Friday, instead there are pleads for a new trial.

It's been scandalous from the beginning with Kumar robbed, beaten and strangled in the doorway of his own Sacramento home.

Then, a Hindu priest who assisted at Kumar's funeral - convicted of killing him along with Kumar's wife, the woman that priest Raghua Sharma had been having an affair with.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

Birthright Israel and #MeToo

ISRAEL
Jewish Currents

April 18, 2018

Sarah Seltzer

Jewish Currents spoke with more than 50 Birthright Israel participants and staffers about their experiences with the often-fraught sexual and gender dynamics on the famous free trip to Israel. Here is what we found.

This article was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, with support from the Puffin Foundation.

If you have information that you would like to share, on this topic or any other, please email tips@jewishcurrents.org

1.

The day after Julia Peck says she was sexually assaulted by an Israeli soldier on her trip with Birthright Israel, she had thoughts of jumping in front of a bus. Wracked by pain and guilt as she arrived at the Western Wall, she says she slipped a note between the stones. The note read, “I’m Sorry.”

Peck, then a sophomore, arrived back at Columbia University during a heated campus discussion of consent, alcohol and coercion. She steeled herself and filed a report about her incident. Her fresh trauma and distress didn’t stop her from being scrupulous; she gathered two comprehensive witness accounts from her Birthright roommates, and even included the screenshot of an apology text from the alleged perpetrator. Encouraged by campus Hillel staff, the central location for Jewish life on many campuses that also ran and organized her Birthright trip, she filed a report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

April 21, 2018

An abuse of trust

WAYNESVILLE (NC)
The Mountaineer

By Kyle Perrotti

April 18, 2018

White hid behind his charm

Howard White is now seen by some as a wolf in sheep's clothing, the devil in a white robe.

But between 1984 and 2006, many in Haywood County only saw the former Episcopal priest as the beloved rector of Waynesville's Grace Church in the Mountains.

Since then, much has changed for White, 76, who has been convicted of child sexual abuse in New England, and now faces abuse charges in Haywood County dating back to 1985.

White, who preferred the affectionate, disarming nickname "Howdy," has been indicted by a Haywood County Grand Jury on charges that he abused one boy and one girl during his time in Haywood.

He is facing one count of first-degree forcible rape, one count of second-degree forcible rape, one count of first-degree forcible sex offense, four counts of second-degree forcible sex offense, and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Before White can be arraigned in North Carolina, he must be moved from Boston, where he is serving an 18-month sentence in a county correctional facility after pleading guilty to five counts of assault and battery.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 2:25 PM

Officials: Child abuse allegations swamping state investigators

PENNSYLVANIA
Sharon Herald

By JOHN FINNERTY CNHI State Reporter

Apr 20, 2018

HARRISBURG — Advocates and county officials await a promised action plan from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale for fixing the state’s struggling child protection system.

Susan Woods, a spokesperson for the auditor general, said those recommendations are expected in mid-May.

The system is challenged by the state’s push to make sure abuse doesn’t get ignored in the wake of the molestation scandal that put former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in prison.

That push has left county caseworkers swamped with tips, said Brian Bornman, executive director of the Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators.

While the number of cases of suspected child abuse has spiked in the wake of law changes intended to help better protect kids, the number of cases of actual abuse verified by investigators hasn’t increased nearly as much, Bornman said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

Elkhart child abuse cases decline while state rates rise

INDIANA
WNDU

By Travis Robinson

Apr 20, 2018

Children at Elkhart's Beardsley Elementary left an assembly today with an important message...That people care about them.

"The percentage of children entering the system in Elkhart County is lower than it is throughout the rest of the state and throughout much of the country," Elkhart County Juvenile court Magistrate Deborah Domine told a crowded gym of students.

Impressive statements were met with blank stares from the audience. To be fair, that information was probably a little more suited for adults.

"Do you think they really got the point?" Our reporter asked.

"Probably not." Domine answered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

How prevalent is child abuse in Arizona?

ARIZONA
12 News

Author: Takira Jackson

April 19, 2018

Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse, and we are responsible for protecting them. You may be a child’s only advocate at the time you report. Many Arizona residents are not aware of just how prevalent child abuse and neglect are within our state.

According to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Arizona and the Arizona Child Fatality Review (CFR) Program:

* More than 24,000 calls received by the Arizona Child Abuse Hotline between April and September 2016 met the statutory criteria to prompt a DCS report.

* Approximately 18,000 children were being cared for by the foster care system between April to September 2016 due to some child abuse and neglect.

* In 2015, 87 children died as a result of abuse or neglect, accounting for more than 10 percent of all child fatalities in the state of Arizona.

* In cases of child death due to maltreatment, the perpetrator was the child’s mother or father 79 percent of the time.

* Alcohol, drug, or substance use contributed to more than 60 percent of child maltreatment fatalities in 2015.

Arizona child abuse laws criminalize physical, emotional, or sexual abuse of minors and also require certain third parties with knowledge of the abuse to report it to the authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM

Alaska Man's Revelation Shine A Light On Sex Abuse In The State

ALASKA
NPR

[audio]

April 21, 20187:

Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday

Alaska has a sexual assault rate 3 times the national average and a child sex assault rate 6 times. NPR's Scott Simon discusses that with Alexander Hirsch of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM

Lawyers descend on Buffalo for clergy sex abuse cases

NEW YORK
Buffalo News

By Phil Fairbanks

April 21, 2018

In the Oscar-winning movie "Spotlight," Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian talks openly about the priest who abused his clients and the power of the Catholic Church to keep the scandal a secret.

"I'm not crazy. I'm not paranoid. I'm experienced," Garabedian, played by actor Stanley Tucci, says of the church. "You'll see. They control everything. Everything."

That scene was from 17 years ago, but Garabedian's anger with the Catholic Church is still front and center, an important part of his message as he brings his high profile to Buffalo in search of sexual abuse clients here.

Garabedian is one part, a big part, of the out-of-town legal presence that arrived here when the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced a compensation fund for victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Leaked church minutes over defrocked priest linked to succession game, says bishop

CYPRUS
Cyprus Mail

APRIL 21ST, 2018

EVIE ANDREOU

The minutes of a 2015 meeting of the Holy Synod on whether a priest who had served a prison sentence for the sexual assault of a girl he had fostered should be defrocked were leaked because of power games within the church over who the next archbishop will be, said one of the bishops at the centre of the row.

Elena Frantzi, 34, was found dead in her home last month after her foster father – Father Stylianos, a priest in Ergates village in the Nicosia district – had been reinstated as a priest after serving 18 months for sexually harassing her.

Bishop Nikiforos of Kykkos and Tylliria, Nikiforos said that the way the leaked minutes had been reported by the media made him look like he was defending Sylianos when that was not the case.

At the meeting of the Holy Synod on Wednesday where the decision to defrock Stylianos was taken in the wake of the uproar surrounding Frantzi’s death, Nikiforos gave the rest of the bishops a letter complaining about the leakage and calling for a probe into who was behind it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

In wake of abuse scandal, bishops of Chile talk resignation

VATICAN CITY
Crux

Inés San Martín
VATICAN CORRESPONDENT

Apr 21, 2018

ROME - As the date for their upcoming meeting with Pope Francis approaches, several of the 32 Chilean bishops who will be in Rome to meet the pontiff May 14-17 are speaking up, some ready to resign, and others ready to demand the resignation of a bishop accused of covering up clerical sexual abuse.

Bishop Juan Barros, accused by three victims of a Chilean pedophile priest of having covered up for his mentor, Father Fernando Karadima, should “without a doubt,” take “a step to the side,” according to Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago.

“I’m not a judge” to say if Barros in fact covered up or not, Ezzati said during a press conference on Thursday, but “the good of the people of God asks for his availability,” just as he himself “should be available to it” if the people of God were to ask the cardinal for his resignation.

Ezzati is 76 years old, so he technically presented his resignation to Francis last year, as is mandatory for bishops to do when they turn 75. However, it’s up to the pope to decide if he accepts the resignation, and so far, no announcement has been made.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Her brothers were molested by a priest as kids. Now she’s trying to reconcile with the Catholic Church

CALIFORNIA
Press-Enterprise

By DEEPA BHARATH | dbharath@scng.com | Orange County Register

April 20, 2018

For Jennifer Wortham, the process of reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church began with a six-page letter to Pope Francis.

Wortham’s two younger brothers were molested by their parish priest more than three decades ago.

In December 2016, the Rancho Mirage resident and healthcare executive faxed the letter to Francis talking about how his acknowledgement of the church’s transgressions touched her deeply.

“I recently came to terms with what happened to my family so many years ago, and I have forgiven those in the Church who were involved in perpetuating and covering up these devastating events,” Wortham wrote.

“If we do not open our hearts and forgive all of those who have transgressed against us, we will never experience the joy of grace.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

April 20, 2018

Bela and Martha Karolyi, Former Gymnastics Coaches, Deny Knowing About Nassar’s Abuse

UNITED STATES
New York Times

By CHRISTINE HAUSER

APRIL 20, 2018

Bela and Martha Karolyi, the former coordinators and coaches of the United States women’s gymnastics team, said that they were not aware of the widespread sexual abuse of gymnasts by Lawrence G. Nassar, the former team doctor.

In their first interview since the allegations surfaced about Dr. Nassar, who is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison, Ms. Karolyi said that even parents who were in the same room with their children did not notice the abuse, which her husband said affected the sport “like an explosion.”

Excerpts from the interview were released on Friday ahead of its full broadcast on NBC’s “Dateline” on Sunday. It will also feature the program’s full interview with McKayla Maroney, the Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast, who spoke about the “hundreds” of times she was molested, according to excerpts.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:20 PM

Crece la agitación en la Iglesia chilena tras la carta del Papa

CHILE
La Nacion

[SANTIAGO, Chile.- The letter that Francisco sent to the Chilean bishops in which he admits "having made serious errors of appraisal" in a case of sexual abuse generated enormous agitation in the local Church, which increased even more yesterday after that the archbishop of Santiago asked for the resignation of a controversial bishop.]

Victor García SEGUIR

20 de abril de 2018

SANTIAGO, Chile.- La carta que Francisco les envió a los obispos chilenos en la que reconoce "haber incurrido en graves errores de valoración" en un caso de abusos sexuales generó una enorme agitación en la Iglesia local, que aumentó aún más ayer luego de que el arzobispo de Santiago pidiera la renuncia de un polémico obispo.

Aquel lastre se provocó luego de que el Papa desoyera las acusaciones de las víctimas de abuso sexual del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, que culparon al obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros, de encubrir los vejámenes que sufrieron. Francisco se quejó de "falta de información veraz y equilibrada" que lo llevaron a manifestar en enero, durante su visita a Chile, "que no hay una sola prueba contra Barros".

El informe de Charles Scicluna, arzobispo de Malta que encabezó la investigación al respecto, cambió su postura.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM

Varadkar: Survivors will get redress ‘without delay’

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Thursday, April 19, 2018

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that women wrongly excluded from the Magdalene Laundries redress scheme will be receive redress payments “without delay”.

Last November, the Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, published a scathing a report into the scheme, which found that the Department of Justice had wrongly refused some Magdalene laundry survivors access to redress payments.

He made four recommendations, principle among these that the department fully reconsider, with a view to accepting, the applications of women who worked in one of the listed Magdalene Laundries but who were registered on the books of a training centre or industrial school in the same building attached to, or located on, the grounds of the laundry.

Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that this review would take place but made a commitment that all of these women would be included in the scheme and receive redress.

This will happen within three months.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:01 PM

Bill Cosby retrial, Day 10: Defense argues comedian was out of town at time of assault

PENNSYLVANIA
USA Today

Maria Puente and Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY

April 20, 2018

As Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial went on for a 10th day Friday, testimony is nearing completion and Judge Steven O'Neill says jurors should get the case next week.

O'Neill said in court Thursday there are only a few more days of testimony left in the case. Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Andrea Constand, at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004.

Here are the latest developments from the courtroom:

Defense: Cosby's travel schedule puts him out of town at time of 2004 assault

Jurors were Bill Cosby’s travel records as his lawyers made the case that he never visited his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004, the month he’s accused of drugging and molesting a woman there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM

Bill Cosby’s defense expert’s only credential is a driver’s license

PENNSYLVANIA
Page Six

By Emily Saul

April 19, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa.– Two experts were expected to face off in Bill Cosby‘s sex assault retrial Thursday — but instead the defense produced a wannabe author better versed in Viagra and cancer than drug-facilitated molestation.

Dr. Harry A. Milman was allowed to testify as an expert in toxicology and pharmacology by judge Steven O’Neill following a painful voir dire by prosecutor Stewart Ryan, during which Milman was forced to repeatedly admit his lack of credentialing.

When asked if he held any licenses, the doctor croaked: “I hold a driver’s license.”

Cosby, 80, faces three charges of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University administrator Andrea Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004. Cosby maintains he offered Constand Benadryl to help her “relax.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:35 PM

La Iglesia deberá "pagar" por sus pecados: la encrucijada ante la petición de indemnizaciones

CHILE
El Mostrador

[In the coming weeks, the Court of Appeals will review the case in which the victims of Karadima accused protection of the Archbishopric of Santiago and requested compensation of $ 450 million pesos.]

por ALEJANDRA CARMONA LÓPEZ

20 abril, 2018

En las próximas semanas, la Corte de Apelaciones revisará la causa en la que las víctimas de Karadima acusaron protección del Arzobispado de Santiago y pidieron por ello una compensación de $450 millones de pesos. Los afectados por los maristas tampoco descartan echar mano a esa figura cuando resuelvan el aspecto penal. Como en otros países de Latinoamérica y Europa, el escenario más probable para la Iglesia chilena es comenzar a pagar indemnizaciones. Pero la institución no está sola, pues detrás de ella se encuentra Claro y Cía., uno de los bufetes más importantes de la plaza, que ha tenido entre sus clientes al propio Pinochet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:48 AM

Obispado de Osorno informa que Juan Barros se encuentra “con alguna dificultad en su salud”

CHILE
La Tercera

[With a brief statement, the Bishopric of Osorno reported this afternoon that the ecclesiastical authority of that city, Juan Barros, is "with some difficulty in his health".]

Abril 19, 2918

"Se agradece la comprensión y oraciones", dice un comunicado de la agrupación de esa ciudad. Hoy Ezzati sostuvo que el prelado "debiera dar un paso al costado".

Con un breve comunicado, el Obispado de Osorno informó esta tarde que la autoridad eclesiástica de esa ciudad, Juan Barros, se encuentra “con alguna dificultad en su salud”.

“Se agradece la comprensión y oraciones”, dice el texto, y añade: “Reitera su permanente disponibilidad a las orientaciones del Santo Padre”.

Durante esta jornada, el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, señaló que Barros, cuestionado por su presunto encubrimiento en los abusos que cometió Fernando Karadima, debería renunciar “sin duda alguna”. “Yo no soy juez para decir si encubrió o no, pero por el bien del pueblo de Dios y de la Iglesia, el obispo Barros debiera dar un paso al costado”, dijo el cardenal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

Ezzati critica permanencia de Barros como obispo: “Por el bien de la Iglesia, debiera dar un paso al costado”

CHILE
La Tercera

[Ezzati criticizes the permanence of Barros as bishop: "For the good of the Church, should take a step to the side"]

Abril 19, 2018

Autor: Claudia Soto

La máxima autoridad de la Iglesia chilena aseguró que el Pontífice fue "engañado" sobre la información que recibió por el supuesto encubrimiento de Barros a Fernando Karadima.

Una dura conferencia de prensa ofreció hoy el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, en la que cuestionó la permanencia del obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros, como líder de la Iglesia de esa ciudad, luego de ser acusado por víctimas de abuso sexual y de la comunidad laica de haber encubierto los crímenes cometidos por Fernando Karadima.

Tras una asamblea extraordinaria con el clero chileno, la máxima autoridad eclesiástica rompió el silencio a días de haber recibido la carta que el Papa Francisco envió a los obispos en la que pide perdón a las víctimas y señala que recibió información poco clara sobre Barros. Consultado sobre la materia, Ezzati sostuvo que “yo no soy juez para decir si encubrió o no, pero por el bien del pueblo de Dios y de la Iglesia, el obispo Barros debiera dar un paso al costado”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:39 AM

Convicted priest remains free despite failing drug tests

CONNECTICUT
Associated Press

April 19, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut priest convicted of selling methamphetamine won’t be sent back to prison despite failing drug tests while on parole.

WVIT-TV reports that federal Judge Alfred Covello decided Thursday that Kevin Wallin, a former pastor at St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport, will remain on supervised release rather than return to prison.

Wallin, dubbed “Monsignor Meth” in some media reports, had been convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and sentenced to 65 months in prison.

He was released in 2016 but failed a number of required drug tests, prompting his parole officer and prosecutors to recommend revoking his parole.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 AM

Aisha Sultan: Priest sex abuse survivor says trauma lingers

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

April 20, 2018

Aisha Sultan

Chris O’Leary started to sweat in church as he moved up the line of parents and kids waiting for a turn at the confessional. When they got to the head of the line, O’Leary was crying and trying not to pass out.

O’Leary’s panic attack hit as his son made his first confession.

He wasn’t sure why, but he wondered if it had something to do with hazy memories from his childhood confessions. Three years later, in 2005, his daughter made her first confession. He had another panic attack.

O’Leary had talked to church officials in 2002 when the New York Times broke a story involving sexual abuse allegations against Father Leroy Valentine, who had been a priest in O’Leary’s childhood parish. The story revealed that in the late 1990s the St. Louis Archdiocese had settled with three brothers who had accused Valentine of sexual abuse, paying them $20,000 each.

O’Leary wasn’t sure if his vague, uncomfortable memories with Valentine meant something inappropriate had also happened to him. He says then-Bishop Timothy Dolan reassured him back in 2002 that he was misreading the situations from decades ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM

Priest Philip Murphy spared jail after court hears of Skype chats about child abuse fantasies

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By court reporter Emma Younger

An Anglican priest who was caught having online chats about raping boys as young as two, and who once said he wanted to watch a man sexually abuse his own son while in a "pedo mood", has avoided jail.

Melbourne priest Philip Murphy, 54, pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to transmit child pornography over a series of explicit discussions he engaged in over Skype between December 2016 and February 2017.

Murphy, who worked in Sunshine in Melbourne's west, told police he used his position as a priest to gain the trust of the men he was chatting to online, sending them photos of his clerical collar.

Under the name 'pervert', he used the gay dating app Grindr to find other men who wanted to chat about sexually abusing children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

Chilean cardinal says bishop should resign over abuse crisis

CHILE
Reuters

APRIL 19, 2018

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The head of Chile’s Catholic Church said on Thursday that a Chilean bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse should resign, little more than a week after Pope Frances said he had made mistakes in handling Chile’s sexual abuse crisis.

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati told reporters that Juan Barros, a Chilean bishop who allegedly concealed abuse of minors by his mentor Father Fernando Karadima, should resign “without a doubt,” while adding he would not judge “whether or not [Barros] had covered up” the incidents.

Barros did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The Chilean Church’s call for his resignation follows a letter from Pope Francis earlier this month in which the Argentine pontiff said he had made “grave mistakes” in handling a sexual abuse crisis that has long racked the South American country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Wife leaves antigay preacher as more child sex abuse charges start piling up

ALABAMA
LGBT Nation

By Alex Bollinger

April 18, 2018

Acton Bowen, a well-known youth pastor from Hoover, Alabama, was arrested last week on charges related to his sexual molestation of a teen boy. Now more victims have come forward.

Bowen was arrested after a six-month investigation into accusations from a teen boy whose family considered Bowen a “friend.”

Now four more individuals have come come forward to say that Bowen sexually abused them when they were between the ages of 12 and 17. Several of the victims are adults now.

“When we met with the first victim, our worst fear was that there could be more young boys who had been molested and preyed upon by Acton Bowen,” said Hoover police Captain Gregg Rector. “It appears our worst fears are now becoming reality. Sadly, this case continues to mushroom with each passing day.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

Acton Bowen seeks bond change for sex offense charges

ALABAMA
Gadsden Times

By Donna Thornton / Times Staff Writer

Posted Apr 18, 2018

Attorneys for Acton Bowen are seeking a change in bond set for the youth evangelist charged with multiple sex offenses against children in two counties — including Etowah.

Bowen was arrested Tuesday on four felony sex charges — two counts of second-degree sodomy and two counts of second-degree enticing a child to enter a vehicle or room with the intent of sexual contact — and three misdemeanor charges of second-degree sexual abuse. The alleged offenses, involving four victims, occurred as long ago as 2006 and as recently as the first four months of this year.

His bond on the charges totaled $500,000 cash; attorneys Richard Jaffe, Michael Whisonant Jr. and John D. Floyd filed a petition for habeas corpus Wednesday asking, basically, that it be changed to a surety bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Three years' jail for Catholic priest who abused boys, then moved on

AUSTRALIA
The Age

20 April 2018

A Catholic brother who was moved by his order to other schools interstate after he sexually abused students at De La Salle College in Malvern has been jailed for at least three years.

Former De La Salle brother Frank Terrence Keating, 75, was on Friday sentenced to five years and three months in jail for indecently assaulting eight students between 1969 and 1977.

Those crimes mean he has now been jailed for sexually abusing 26 children in total in Victoria and Queensland from the late 1960s to early 1980s.

County Court Judge Gregory Lyon said Keating's "audacious" offending included sexually assaulting one boy in the child's bed, after Keating had been invited to the family home for a dancing night; and molesting another boy during a drive, after which the Catholic brother had a cup of tea with his victim's parents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

April 19, 2018

Women from 'The Keepers' discuss experience at Baltimore conference on child sexual abuse prevention

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

Alison Knezevich
The Baltimore Sun

April 19, 2018

Three women featured in the documentary “The Keepers” renewed calls Thursday for the Archdiocese of Baltimore to release its files on the priest at the center of the Netflix series.

“Open your books, release your records,” Abbie Schaub said at a conference at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Schaub, along with Lil Hughes Knipp and Teresa Lancaster, was featured in a panel at the annual symposium of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, which is part of the public health school.

They questioned why the archdiocese won’t release its files on the late priest A. Joseph Maskell, who was accused of sexual abuse by multiple people, including Knipp and Lancaster.

“The Keepers” documentary focused on sexual abuse allegations at Archbishop Keough High School in the 1960s and 1970s and the unsolved 1969 killing of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, who taught there. It examined the theory that Cesnik was murdered because she knew about abuse committed by Maskell, who was the school chaplain and psychologist.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 PM

Priest Could Be Sent Back to Prison After Failing Drug Tests

CONNECTICUT
Associated Press

April 19, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut priest convicted of selling methamphetamine is facing the possibility of being sent back to prison after failing his drug tests.

The Hartford Courant reports a federal judge will decide the fate of Kevin Wallin, a former pastor at St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport, on Thursday.

Wallin, dubbed “Monsignor Meth” in some media reports, had been convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and sentenced to 65 months in prison.

He was released in 2016 but failed a number of required drug tests, prompting his parole officer to seek to revoke his parole. Thursday’s hearing will determine if Wallin should be sent back to prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM

Quaaludes, Benadryl in Spotlight at Cosby Sex Assault Retrial

PENNSYLVANIA
US News

April 19, 2018

BY DAVID DEKOK

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Bill Cosby's sex assault trial on Thursday focused on the drugs he is accused of giving a then-friend before raping her, with a toxicologist saying the pills could have left the comedian's alleged victim feeling incapacitated or even paralyzed.

Andrea Constand, 45, contends the former star of "The Cosby Show" gave her three little blue pills he said would help her relax and then sexually assaulted her at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.

Timothy Rohrig, a forensic toxicologist from Wichita, Kansas called as a prosecution witness, testified about the effects of Benadryl and Quaaludes, which Cosby, now 80, in a 2005 deposition said he used to seduce women.

Constand testified last week that after swallowing the pills she experienced double vision, slurred her words, had dry mouth, and her legs felt "rubbery," even paralyzed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 PM

Cosby Accuser Talked of Framing a Celebrity, Witness Says

PENNSYLVANIA
New York Times

By GRAHAM BOWLEY and JON HURDLE

APRIL 18, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby’s star defense witness, a veteran academic adviser who works at his alma mater, Temple University, testified here Wednesday that the woman who has accused Mr. Cosby of sexual assault had once remarked to her how it would be easy to fabricate such a charge to frame a celebrity and get money.

The adviser, Marguerite Jackson, said Andrea Constand, who was once the director of operations for Temple’s women’s basketball team, made the comment while they were watching television in a hotel room they shared on a trip by the team for a game in Rhode Island.

“She said it did not happen,” Ms. Jackson told the jury at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Ms. Constand testified this week that while Ms. Jackson’s name sounded familiar, she had always roomed alone on trips.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM

7 more women file lawsuit against MSU, USA Gymnastics over Larry Nassar's sexual abuse

MICHIGAN
Lansing State Journal

RJ Wolcott, Lansing State Journal

April 18, 2018

EAST LANSING - Seven more women have filed a civil lawsuit alleging sexual abuse at the hands of former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, alleges the plaintiffs are among the hundreds of women and girls who were sexually assaulted by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment. Their lawsuit adds to the more than 260 people suing MSU, USAG and others for failing to prevent Nassar’s abuses.

The lawsuit names as defendants MSU, its Board of Trustees, Nassar, USAG, and several current and former MSU employees, including former College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel and former MSU gymnastics coach Kathie Klages.The majority of the woman in the latest lawsuit were abused as minors, according to the complaint.

"Defendant Nassar used his position of trust and confidence in an abusive manner causing Plaintiffs to suffer a variety of injuries including shock, humiliation, emotional distress and related physical manifestations thereof, embarrassment, loss of self-esteem, disgrace, and loss of enjoyment of life," according to the complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM

Conservative MP opposes motion calling on Pope to apologize for residential schools

CANADA
CBC News

Jorge Barrera · CBC News

Apr 18, 2018

A lone Conservative MP's voice of dissent scuttled the quick adoption of a motion in the House of Commons Wednesday calling on Pope Francis to apologize for residential schools.

The NDP motion was opposed by Conservative MP Garnett Genuis whose voice broke the unanimous consent needed to adopt the motion. It will now go to debate and a standing vote.

Genuis, who represents the Alberta riding of Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, had telegraphed his position in a tweet posted about two hours before the motion was read out in the House of Commons.

"I believe very much in religious freedom and in the importance of separation of church and state," Genuis told reporters after voicing his dissent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

Ex-St. George’s chaplain Howard White charged with child sex abuse in N.C.

RHODE ISLAND/NORTH CAROLINA
Providence Journal

By Tom Mooney
Journal Staff Writer

Apr 18, 2018

Howard W. White Jr., the former associate chaplain at St. George’s School, in Middletown, now behind bars in Massachusetts for raping a prep school student in the 1970s, is facing numerous similar charges in North Carolina.

White, 76, who was stripped of his Episcopal priesthood last fall, faces nine counts alleging various sexual abuse of a juvenile boy and a girl back in the 1980s while he worked at Grace Church in the Mountains, in Waynesville, North Carolina.

The charges, filed after his formal indictment this month by the Haywood County Grand jury, are: one count of rape; four counts of second-degree sexual offense (described as other forms of penetration); one count of second-degree rape; one count of first-degree forcible sex offense; and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

The charges come weeks before White is scheduled to be released from the Suffolk County House of Corrections. North Carolina law enforcement officials are working to extradite him when his sentence expires.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Alleged clergy sex abuse victim: "I am angry with God"

NEW YORK
WIVB

By: Marissa Perlman

Apr 18, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - - James Faluszczak says every time he learns something new about the sexual abuse scandal with the Catholic Diocese, he feels shocked and angry.

In a candid conversation, Faluszczak tells News 4 how he's coping, and how these past few months have shaped his faith.

"Think the catholic church is the biggest organized crime syndicate in the world," he said.

It's been a month since James Faluszczak decided to tell go public and tell his story of abuse.

For him, it's painful to to see how many people have since come out with a similar story, just like his.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Olympians blame 'adults' for not stopping Nassar abuse

WASHINGTON (DC)
Detroit News

Melissa Nann Burke, Detroit News Washington Bureau

April 18, 2018

Washington — Olympic gymnastic stars Jordyn Wieber and Jamie Dantzcher told a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday that their abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar would not have occurred had the "adults" at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University "done their job."

"They are still refusing to admit what the problem really is and that they’re accountable for it,” Wieber, a DeWitt native, said about MSU, which employed Nassar through the London 2012 Olympics.

Asked by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, how Interim MSU President John Engler is doing in his new role, Wieber replied: "He’s almost trying to fight the survivors, rather than trying to work with us," adding that he hasn't reached out to her.

"Why still is reputation of the university and money more important than the lives of hundreds of girls and women who were abused under their responsibility?" she said.

Wieber and Dantzcher, a 2000 Olympic bronze medalist, and other athletes asked the senators to hold the organizations accountable.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Athletes testify sexual abuse 'a much bigger problem than just' Larry Nassar

WASHINGTON (DC)
USA Today

Christine Brennan, USA TODAY

April 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – It has now been more than 20 months since the USA Gymnastics sex abuse story broke right before the Rio Olympic Games in the summer of 2016. In that time, tangible results to combat the abuse of young American athletes have been few and far between.

To be sure, there has been progress. More than 150 gymnasts spoke out in January to ensure that former gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar will spend the rest of his life in jail. Other athletes in other sports, some inspired by the courage of the gymnasts, have turned the spotlight to athlete abuse in taekwondo, swimming and figure skating. Who knows what’s next, although logic tells us there will definitely be a next.

In February, President Trump signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act, which requires adults who interact with amateur athletes to report suspected abuse to law enforcement within 24 hours. And yet, ask those athletes who have suffered abuse if they think their sports are still rife with it, and you’ll often get an affirmative answer.

So, where do we stand in the midst of the most horrifying scandal in U.S. Olympic history?

In a second-floor conference room of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, with four elite athletes telling their difficult stories to members of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Youth pastor had sex with 15-year-old. Asks her to say it was her idea, report says

KANSAS
Wichita Eagle

BY TIM POTTER
tpotter@wichitaeagle.com

Updated April 17, 2018

A Wichita youth pastor began having sex with a church member right after she turned 15 and asked her to say she was older when it started and “that she had come on to him,” says an affidavit filed by a sheriff’s detective.

The criminal case against 48-year-old Chauncey Walker began this past August with a tip to the Wichita Police Department’s Facebook page. Detective Daniel Ribble, with the Exploited and Missing Child Unit, learned that the tipster obtained a taped admission from Walker, says the affidavit, received by The Eagle late Tuesday through a court record request.

The Eagle has previously reported on the taped admission after receiving a copy from an attorney for the alleged victim. Now 20, she is suing Word of Life Ministries and Schools Inc., senior minister Robert Rotola Sr. and his son, church school administrator Robert Rotola Jr. The lawsuit alleges that the church and the Rotolas neglected to supervise Walker, failed to fully investigate concerns about him and tried to cover up the allegations. In a court document, the church and the Rotolas have denied the allegations.

Walker has been charged with aggravated indecent liberties and two counts of criminal sodomy against the woman when she was 15. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond and faces a June 4 trial. Walker’s defense attorney has declined to comment other than to say that they are working with authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Sexual abuse by pastor lasted months, years, alleged victims claim

ALABAMA
ABC 3340

April 19, 2018

GADSDEN, Ala. (WBMA) —
Acton Bowen's alleged victims claim the pastor sexually abused them for months or years in complaints which date back from 2006 to as recently as last week according to court records revealed Wednesday morning.

For three years beginning in 2006, Bowen engaged in a deviate sexual relationship with a teenager, an arrest warrant states. A separate warrant claims Bowen had a three-year sexual relationship with a teenager from 2014-2017. The most recent complaint alleges Bowen propositioned a teenager during a period beginning in January 2018 until just last week.

Bowen was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Etowah County Jail with two counts of second degree sodomy, two counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes - all felonies - and three counts of second degree sexual abuse, which is a misdemeanor.

The Etowah County Sheriff's Office says the charges are based off the alleged sexual abuse of four juveniles between the ages of 12-17. Some of the alleged abuse occurred a decade ago. Those alleged victims are now adults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Glendale Pastor Accused of Sexually Assaulting Preteen Pleads Not Guilty

CALIFORNIA
NBC Los Angeles

April 19, 2018

By City News Service

A pastor from a Glendale church pleaded not guilty Wednesday to committing a lewd act on an 11-year-old girl, who was visiting from China, in a Covina hotel room.

Douglas Rivera, 40, of Baldwin Park, is charged with one felony count each of a lewd act on a child and first-degree burglary with a person present, along with a misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.

He could face up to 15 years to life in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration if convicted as charged, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors say Rivera drove to the Vanllee Hotel and Suites, at 1211 E. Garvey St., and parked his truck in front of a room where two young girls were staying on Feb. 7. Prosecutors allege he exposed himself to the girls before entering the hotel room and inappropriately touching one of them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Pastor Accused of Sexually Assaulting Girl at Covina Hotel Pleads Not Guilty

CALIFORNIA
KTLA

APRIL 18, 2018

BY KRISTINA BRAVO

A pastor accused of sexually assaulting a girl in a Covina hotel pleaded not guilty, officials announced on Wednesday.

Douglas Rivera, 40, was charged with lewd act upon a child, first-degree burglary and indecent exposure, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Rivera allegedly drove to the Vanllee Hotel and Suites on Feb. 7 and parked his vehicle in front of a room where a 10- and 12-year-old were staying. The children were part of a Chinese tourist group, officials said.

Authorities said Rivera masturbated in his truck before going to the room, where he inappropriately touched one of the girls.

The Covina Police Department released surveillance images from the hotel on Feb. 9 and later named Rivera—apparently a pastor at God's Gypsy Christian Church in Glendale—as a suspect.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Pastor charged with lewd act on child in Covina back in custody

CALIFORNIA
ABC 7

By Melissa MacBride and ABC7.com staff

April 18, 2018

COVINA, Calif. (KABC) -- A Glendale pastor charged with committing a lewd act on a child at a Covina hotel is back behind bars, the Los Angeles County district attorney said Wednesday.

Douglas Rivera, 40, was charged with three counts: lewd act upon a child, first-degree burglary and indecent exposure. He was arraigned in a Pomona courthouse, where the district attorney added a special enhancement, alleging the burglary was committed in order to commit lewd conduct or a sexual crime.

According to police, Rivera was caught on surveillance video lurking outside of a hotel room in Covina, touching himself and watching two young girls alone inside a room. Investigators described the girls as being between the ages of 10 and 12.

Rivera is then said to have forced his way into the room, assaulted one of the minors and fled in his truck, authorities said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

New Court Date Set for Former Priest Fernando Sayasaya

NORTH DAKOTA
KVRR

April 18, 2018

Danielle Church

FARGO, N.D. — Fernando Sayasaya, the former Fargo Catholic priest accused of molesting two underage boys, made his second appearance in court this morning.

During a hearing in Cass County court in Fargo, Sayasaya’s attorney asked for more time. The judge agreed and set his next court date for May 17. Sayasaya pleaded not guilty in February to charges of molesting two brothers between 1995 and 1998.

He fled to the Philippines around Christmas of 1998 and was returned to Fargo last year. If convicted, Sayasaya could serve up to 20 years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Abusive priest defrocked in first for Cyprus's Orthodox Church

CYPRUS
Premier (UK)

Thu 19 Apr 2018
By Press Association

Cyprus's Orthodox Christian Church has defrocked a priest for sexually abusing his stepdaughter when she was a child.

Kykkos Bishop Nikiforos said on Wednesday the Holy Synod's decision, a first for the Cyprus church, was unanimous.

The case shocked the conservative east-Mediterranean island nation after the 29-year-old victim was found dead in her home last month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Priest prayed for forgiveness while raping girl, court told

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Stephanie Dalzell

April 19, 2018

An Anglican priest prayed to God for forgiveness while he allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in a church, the ACT Supreme Court has heard.

The 67-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial for 18 charges of rape and acts of indecency allegedly committed against the girl in the 1980s, which started when she was 13.

The former priest has pleaded not guilty.

The alleged victim, who is now 44, broke down in tears as she gave a graphic account of the alleged sexual assault.

She alleged he first raped her in a Canberra church after she had finished violin practice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

April 18, 2018

High profile Canadian held on paedophilia charge

NEPAL
Himalayan News Service

Published: April 09, 2018

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
Kathmandu, April 8

The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police arrested a 60-year-old Canadian national on the charge of paedophilia and rescued two minors from his clutches yesterday.

A special team deployed from the CIB raided a private house in Mandan Deupur Municipality of Kavre and apprehended Peter John Dalglish of Ontario, Canada, while he was molesting under-age Nepali boys.

Deputy Inspector General Pushkar Karki, who is CIB director, said Dalglish lured children with money, better education and foreign visit. He even took their guardians into confidence, telling them that he did social and community work through his Kathmandu-based organisation, Himalayan Community Foundation.

Kavre District Court today remanded Dalglish to five-day judicial custody for further investigation.

According to a CIB report, Dalglish was appointed the chief technical adviser for the UN’s child labour programme in Nepal in 2002. Between 2006 and 2010, he served as the executive director of the South Asia Children’s Fund, which promotes quality education for profoundly disadvantaged children in the region. Dalglish served as a senior adviser and deputy chief of party for UN-Habitat in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2014 and its chief of party until the end of July 2015.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 PM

Man files lawsuit, accuses Bristol priest of sexual abuse

CONNECTICUT
WFWB

Apr 18, 2018

BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -
The Archdiocese of Hartford is facing a lawsuit from a man who says a priest in Bristol sexually abused him for years.

Matthew Cornell filed the suit in New Haven Superior Court on Wednesday.

In the lawsuit, he accuses Father Gregory Altermatt, who was a priest at St. Matthew Church in Bristol, of sexually abusing him between 1976 and 1985.

Cornell says in the lawsuit that the abuse began when he was in grade school, and continued into the 1980s after his mother died and he spent more time with the priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 PM

Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Connecticut Priest Accused of Child Sex Abuse

CONNECTICUT
NBC Connecticut

April 18. 2018

By Justin Schecker

A man who says he was sexually abused by a priest while growing up in Bristol is taking his case to court.

A civil lawsuit filed in New Haven Superior Court names the priest, Reverend Gregory Altermatt, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford. It claims sexual abuse dating back to the 1970s and 1980s when the plaintiff, now in his 40s, was 7 to 15 years old.

Altermatt has not been charged with any crimes.

The lawsuit states the church should have known that Altermatt posed a danger to minors with whom he had contact.

Wieber, Other Athletes Testify on Systemic Abuse in Sports
“It’s not unusual that at this time of life an abuse victim finally says I can’t take this anymore,” Attorney Thomas McNamara said of his client, Matthew Cornell.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 PM

Archdiocese of Hartford, retired priest sued again for alleged child sex abuse

CONNECTICUT
WTNH

By: Mario Boone
Apr 18, 2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - The Archdiocese of Hartford and retired priest Fr. Gregory Altermatt are both facing damning allegations of sexual abuse in a new lawsuit.

Attorney Tom McNamara has successfully sued this Archdiocese before.

He made the latest claims during a Wednesday morning news conference in downtown New Haven announcing the legal action.

"The sexual abuse actually started in the home in Bristol," McNamara said, referring to the alleged victim, Matthew Cornell. Then, he went on to lay out the shocking claims.

"The two counts against the Hartford Archdiocese are negligence and wanton conduct; and there are four counts against Gregory Altermatt, including intentional sexual assault, reckless and wanton sexual assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy,"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 PM

Retired Boise priest accused of crimes misses eviction deadline, church says

IDAHO
Idaho Statesman

BY KATY MOELLER
kmoeller@idahostatesman.com

April 18, 2018

In mid-February, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise gave Rev. W. Thomas Faucher 60 days to get out of the house he’s been leasing from the diocese.

The 72-year-old retired priest, charged with 24 crimes including sharing child pornography and drug possession, was served with an eviction notice on Feb. 13, according to court documents.

The deadline for Faucher to leave the home has passed — but he has not had all of his belongings moved out of the house at Hill Road and Holly Hill Drive in northwest Boise, a complaint filed by the diocese Monday shows.

Faucher has been at the Ada County Jail for more than a month, after a hearing at which his bail was raised to $1 million. A magistrate judge found cause to raise bail from $250,000 to $1 million when additional charges were filed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 PM

Athletes critical of USOC, sports federations in failing to prevent, stop sexual abuse

WASHINGTON (DC)
USA Today

Rachel Axon, USA TODAY

April 18, 2018

For years, survivors of sexual abuse in Olympic sport have called for accountability for those who harmed them and officials who let it happen.

On Wednesday, four former athletes echoed those calls in a hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security.

Testifying before the subcommittee, former gymnasts Jordyn Wieber and Jamie Dantzscher, former speedskater Bridie Farrell and former figure skater Craig Maurizi criticized the national governing bodies for their sport as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee and others for failing to prevent and stop sexual abuse.

The hearing was the latest since the Olympic movement came under scrutiny for its handling of sexual abuse cases following revelations that longtime USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar abused hundreds of women, including Olympic champions Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas and Wieber.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM

Catholic Whistleblowers want 'substantial revisions' to church's sex abuse policies

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

One request is to extend zero tolerance coverage, including bishops

Apr 18, 2018

by Brian Roewe

A Catholic watchdog group is challenging the U.S. bishops to make "substantial revisions" to their nearly two-decade-old policies regarding sexual abuse of minors, and to include abuse survivors and the laity in the process.

Among seven reforms to the guiding documents — the 2002 Charter for the Protection of Young People, or the Dallas Charter, and the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons — proposed by the Catholic Whistleblowers are:

* extending its zero tolerance policy regarding sexual abuse to any cleric, religious or church employee, including bishops complicit with abuse;

* posting to diocesan websites the names of any person affiliated with a diocese with substantial abuse allegations against them;

* and working with state legislators in every state to reform statutes of limitations laws.

The Catholic Whistleblowers, a group of priests, religious and laypeople who support abuse survivors and in several cases reported instances of abuse, outlined their requests in a letter dated April 1, Easter Sunday, and addressed to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Copies of the letter were also sent to Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the U.S., and all American bishops, both active and retired.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

Gymnast Wieber tells Senate panel Nassar abuse began at age 14

WASHINGTON (DC)
Detroit Free Press

Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

April 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medal gymnast Jordyn Wieber, a Lansing-area native, on Wednesday described for a U.S. Senate panel the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of sports doctor Larry Nassar beginning at age 14, saying she believed if she raised concerns at the time it might have hurt her future goals.

"I knew that if I questioned his treatment I risked my chance at making the Olympic team or being chosen to compete internationally," said Wieber, who has testified in court against the imprisoned former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor and who this week filed a lawsuit against him in a California court.

Wieber's comments were part of a prepared statement she delivered to a U.S. Senate subcommittee investigating abuse against Olympic athletes and whether there need to be additional safeguards to prevent it from happening again. At least two other congressional committees are said to be investigating as well.

The abuses suffered by athletes by Nassar were revealed in a series of stories first reported by the Indianapolis Star.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM

As Buffalo Bishop sells mansion to pay for sex abuse claims, the symbolism is striking

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

April 17, 2018

By Charlie Specht

But victims say he needs to release priest docs

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone is selling his house.

The palatial mansion on Oakland Place -- home to Buffalo's bishops since 1952 -- will soon be sold, possibly for upwards of $1 million, to help pay victims of sexually abusive Catholic priests in Buffalo.

“So it's an important day, kind of a historic day, but I feel good about it,” Malone said in an afternoon news conference. “We do have some resources for that already, but we know we'll need more, so we decided to put the house on the market.”

Abuse victims say the symbolism -- the bishop will live in a vacant convent at St. Stanislaus Church on Buffalo’s East Side -- is striking.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 4:53 PM

The Latest: Cosby’s star witness says accuser spoke of plot

PENNSYLVANIA
Associated Press

April 18, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

A key defense witness says the chief accuser at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial talked about framing a celebrity before going to police with her allegations in 2005.

Marguerite Jackson is testifying Wednesday at Cosby’s retrial in suburban Philadelphia. She says Andrea Constand spoke of the plot while they were rooming together on a road trip to Rhode Island with the Temple University women’s basketball team. Both women worked at Temple.

Jackson says Constand told her she’d been assaulted, then switched gears and said she could fabricate an account to “sue and get that money.”

Constand has accused Cosby of drugging and molesting her in 2004. His lawyers say she made up the story to extort a big civil settlement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM

Key Defense Witness to Take Stand at Bill Cosby Retrial

PENNSYLVANIA
Variety

April 18, 2018

By Emilie Lounsberry

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The defense in the sexual assault retrial of Bill Cosby began its case on Wednesday morning and is poised to call a witness it hopes will cast a giant hole in the credibility of the woman who has testified that the comedian drugged and molested her back in 2004.

Just before the lunch break at Cosby’s retrial outside of Philadelphia, defense lawyer Kathleen Bliss announced that Margo Jackson, a key defense witness, will take the stand.

The defense has said in court papers that Jackson has told the defense team that Andrea Constand, the woman at the center of the criminal case against the entertainer, once remarked that she could say she had been sexually assaulted by someone famous in order to get a big financial settlement.

The prosecution, meanwhile, essentially wrapped up its case on Wednesday morning, although the jury is expected to hear from both a prosecution toxicology expert and a defense toxicology expert on Thursday.

The prosecution ended its case with more testimony about what Cosby said in a deposition in the civil lawsuit brought by Constand, including the entertainer’s admission that he used to give quaaludes to women before sex. Constand ultimately received a financial settlement of nearly $3.4 million from Cosby.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM

Publisher Killed Rape Allegation Against Cosby in Model’s 2002 Memoir

PENNSYLVANIA
The Daily Beast

NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN
04.18.18

NORRISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA—Famed book publisher Judith Regan took the stand at Bill Cosby’s criminal trial Wednesday morning to confirm that she told model Janice Dickinson she couldn’t include her account of being drugged and raped by Cosby in her memoir due to potential legal issues.

“I remember at one point she told me she’d been raped by Mr. Cosby, drugged and raped, and she wanted to include that in the book,” Regan told the jury. “And at that time I told her…after conversations with the legal department, without corroboration those sorts of stories would be impossible to publish because of potential legal problems.”

And by corroboration, Reagan said she meant “a witness.” She also said she believed Dickinson, calling her account “credible because of the way she told it, with great emotion.”

Dickinson was not happy with the decision and was “insistent and angry” about including it, Regan said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:44 PM

Cosby Accuser Wanted Rape Charge in Memoir, Publisher Says

PENNSYLVANIA
New York Times

By GRAHAM BOWLEY and JON HURDLE

APRIL 18, 2018

The editor and publisher Judith Regan at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., where she testified on Wednesday at the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial. Credit Pool photo by Corey Perrine

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Judith Regan, the publisher of a 2002 memoir by one of Bill Cosby’s accusers, testified on Wednesday that the author had told her about being drugged and raped by Mr. Cosby, but her company’s legal department would not allow publication of the accusation because it was not corroborated.

The author, Janice Dickinson, had told the jury last week that her efforts to publish the accusation had been blocked by the publisher of her book, “No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel.”

Ms. Regan confirmed that account on the eighth day of Mr. Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges.

“She wanted the rape story in the book, and she was insistent and angry that we wouldn’t include it,” she said.

Pressed by Mr. Cosby’s lead attorney, Thomas A. Mesereau, on why she had not included the story in the book, Ms. Regan said, referring to the company’s legal department: “They objected to our including a story like this without a witness.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

Former teacher at orthodox Jewish school faces five years in jail for abusing pupils

NETHERLANDS
Dutch News

April 18, 2018

A former teacher at an orthodox Jewish school in Amsterdam should be jailed for five years for sexually abusing six boys, the public prosecution department said on Wednesday.

Ephraim S, who denies the charges, is said to have carried out the assaults between 2011 and 2012 at the Cheider school in Buitenveldert on boys aged between 12 and 16.

The school authorities initially declined to press charges after holding an internal investigation and only reported the matter to police several months later after the education minister intervened.

S fled to Israel when the allegations first came to light, but was extradited to the Netherlands in 2016. He has since been held in custody.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:39 PM

Jurors hear Bill Cosby’s testimony about quaaludes, sex

PENNSYLVANIA
Associated Press

April 18, 2018[

By MICHAEL R. SISAK

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — As prosecutors wound down their case, jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial Wednesday heard the comedian’s explosive testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex — an old admission that’s taken on new significance after a half-dozen women testified that he drugged and violated them.

A police detective read a transcript of the 2005 testimony as prosecutors saved for the very end of their case Cosby’s own words about using the 1970s party drug “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.’”

Cosby, now 80, is being retried on charges he drugged and molested chief accuser Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He says their encounter was consensual.

The defense was expected to begin its case Wednesday afternoon. Cosby’s lawyer told the jury in his opening statement last week that Constand was a “con artist” who leveled false allegations of sexual assault in hopes of getting a financial windfall from the comedian.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:25 PM

Olympian Jordyn Wieber to testify on Nassar abuse to Senate panel

WASHINTON (DC)
Detroit Free Press

Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

April 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — Michigan-born gymnast and Olympic gold medal winner Jordyn Wieber will testify before a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday afternoon a day after filing a lawsuit over sexual abuse involving former Michigan State sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Wieber on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in a California state court against Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and others involving abuse at the hands of Nassar, who had been a renowned sports doctor for gymnasts.

A native of DeWitt, Wieber is set to talk Wednesday afternoon to a Senate subcommittee at a hearing entitled “Olympic Abuse: The Role of National Governing Bodies in Protecting Our Athletes.” The hearing in Washington will also be streamed live at www.commerce.senate.gov.

Another Olympic gymnast who says she was abused by Nassar, Jamie Dantzscher, is set to testify as well.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:15 PM

Women and children endure grave sexual abuses in ISIS refugee camps, study says

IRAQ
USA Today

Hannah Wiley, USA TODAY

April 17, 2018

Women and children in Iraq connected to Islamic State militants are being placed in refugee camps, where they are subjected to sexual abuse and denied basic needs like food and water, said an Amnesty International report released Tuesday.

Researchers believe the sustained mistreatment could lead to a new generation of supporters of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

"These women and children have such a deep sense of injustice, and the women kept telling us this will lead to a next cycle of violence and the next generation of ISIS," said Nicolette Waldman, co-author of the report and Iraq researcher at Amnesty International. "These violations could very well lead to ISIS 2.0 and then it will be back to square one fighting another war in Iraq."

ISIS began seizing Iraqi territories in February 2014 and swiftly extended its control throughout Iraq and into Syria and Libya. After four years of United States' intervention in the region, Iraq claimed victory over ISIS in late 2017. But the cleanup efforts have only just begun, starting with arresting and putting to death suspected ISIS militants, and placing women and children connected to fighters in camps.

Journalists and humanitarian workers at the camp are worried about long-term implications from the sexual abuse, including pregnancies, unsafe abortions and sexually transmitted diseases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:12 PM

Cyprus church defrocks priest for 1st time over sex offense

CYPRESS
Associated Press

April 18, 2019

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A senior cleric says Cyprus’ Orthodox Christian Church has for the first time defrocked a priest for sexually abusing his step-daughter when she was a child.

Kykkos Bishop Nikiforos said Wednesday the Holy Synod’s decision was unanimous.

The case shocked the conservative east-Mediterranean island nation after the 29-year-old victim was found dead in her home last month.

Many were outraged when local media revealed that the priest kept his job after a criminal court jailed him in 2013 for the same crime, which took place in the ’90s. His conviction was upheld on appeal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

Priest Sex-Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Hartford Archdiocese

CONNECTICUT
Hartford Courant

Dave Altimari

April 18, 2018

A lawsuit has been filed against the Hartford Archdiocese alleging that in the 1970s a priest assigned to churches in Bristol and Waterbury sexually abused a boy whose mother had died.

The lawsuit filed in New Haven Superior Court on behalf of Matthew Cornell names the Rev. Gregory M. Altermatt as the alleged abuser.

Cornell’s attorney, Thomas McNamara, held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the lawsuit. He said that Cornell didn’t want to file the lawsuit under a pseudonym because “he wanted (the church) to know who he was.”

McNamara said that the abuse started while Altermatt was a priest at St. Matthew Church in Bristol, which was his first assignment after being ordained as a priest in 1976.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:55 PM

Retired Hong Kong priest accused of indecently assaulting at least two church-goers

HONG KONG
South China Morning Post

18 April, 2018

Danny Mok
Clifford Lo

Hong Kong police were on Tuesday night looking into claims that a retired Anglican minister indecently assaulted at least two male church-goers more than a decade ago.

This came after the Hong Kong Anglican Church told police of one alleged assault, and a story by online news outlet HK01 disclosed two separate alleged crimes in 2004 and 2007.

The Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (HKSKH), as the church is known locally, is one of the largest and most influential denominations in the city, with 40,000 followers. It expressed its “deep concern” over the report in a statement on Tuesday.

“To safeguard all parties involved, the HKSKH has made a report to police,” the church said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Child Abuse Hotline Teams Up With Pediatricians

COLORADO
Western Slope Now

Camila Barco

Apr 17, 2018

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Health care professionals around the Grand Valley are taking an extra step to help in the fight against child abuse and neglect.

In a single day Mesa County Department of Human Services answers an average of 30 phone calls.

"Locally we have four dedicated call takers that are on the phone," said Nicci Surad, part of the Child Welfare Receiving & Outreach Team, picking up calls placed to the organizations Child Abuse Hotline --to help out children who are or have been victims of child abuse and neglect.

"Children are our smallest, most precious community members and they deserve to be protected. They don't have voices of their own."

The hotline is for someone to report when a child is being abused and is used as a guide to gather information about the parents or caretakers --whether it be positive or negative.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Paedophiles are using ad industry tricks to spread child sexual abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Wired

April 17, 2018

By JAMES TEMPERTON

Paedophiles have a powerful and worrying new tool to help them find images and videos of child sexual abuse: the humble website redirect. And it’s causing a major headache for those leading the global fight against abuse.

“It works in same way as advertising referrers work,” says Fred Langford, deputy CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation, a UK-based charity that last year found and removed 78,589 images or videos of child sexual abuse. For Langford and his small team, the so-called “disguised website” technique is the latest salvo in the evade and detection arms race.

Here’s how it works: when a paedophile visits a bulletin board or online forum to find images and videos of sexual abuse, they click on a link. When they do, they enter a convoluted redirection system. As they pass from redirect to redirect, they are handed session cookies that confirm the route they’ve taken. Without going down this elaborate path, the site at the end of the redirect displays legal content. But with the right session cookie, that exact same URL displays child sexual abuse content.

For paedophiles, it means images and videos stay online for longer. For law enforcement, it makes finding and removing such content significantly more difficult. “If you did a Google search and clicked on it you'd just get the legal content,” says Langford. “If you came from a bulletin board that is used by paedophiles then this system just seamlessly passes people through. It's exactly the same page.” The IWF was the to first detect the disguised website technique and saw an 86 per cent year-on-year increase in its use in 2017. In total, the IWF found 2,909 disguised websites last year. And many more likely still evade detection. “It's getting worse and worse,” says Langford.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Child abuse images increasingly hidden on adult pornography sites

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

David Batty
Tue 17 Apr 2018 1

There has been a sharp rise in paedophiles and organised criminals hiding child abuse images on apparently legal commercial adult pornography websites, the Internet Watch Foundation has warned.

In the past year the number of such disguised websites, which provide a secret route to child sexual abuse content, had risen by 86%, said Fred Langford, the chief executive of the UK charity. The IWF uncovered 2,909 such websites in 2017, compared with 1,572 in 2016.

Langford said the technique of hiding illegal content, which involves using a shortened URL that directs the user through a back door to child abuse images and videos, has become increasingly popular with criminals because some international police forces and internet watchdogs still did not know how to identify such sites or take them down.

“The content is remaining live for longer, which is driving their popularity,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Pope Francis’ Apology for Abuse in Chile Would Once Have Been Unthinkable

UNITED STATES
Sojourners

By Mathew Schmalz, The Conversation 4-17-2018

In a letter on April 11 to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis asked forgiveness for his “serious errors of assessment and perception.” His apologies were directed to the victims of Fr. Fernando Karadima, whose abuse of at least three men when they were children was witnessed and covered up by Chilean Bishop Juan Barros. Until recently, Pope Francis had maintained that Bishop Barros was actually the victim of “slander.” In 2011, the then 80-year-old Fr. Karadina was found guilty by a Vatican tribunal, and sentenced to a life of “prayer and penance.”

In times past, a personal apology from the pope would have been close to unthinkable.

Popes can make mistakes

Catholics believe the pope is the successor to the Apostle Peter, one of the first followers of Jesus. But Peter was a flawed human being: When confronted by a crowd, he denied his association with Jesus three times. Afterwards, according to the Gospel of Matthew, Peter “wept bitterly.”

For Catholics, Peter’s experience shows that even those specially chosen by God have deep-seated weaknesses for which they must show sorrow.

Popes are not always right in what they do, but their errors have been admitted only years – sometimes centuries – later. In 1992, for example, John Paul II apologized for the Catholic Church’s condemnation of Galileo that happened over 350 years earlier.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

'Biggest obstacle to the Catholic Church is itself', claims bishop

SCOTLAND
BBC News

17 April 2018

One of Scotland's top bishops claims the Catholic Church may be its own worst enemy in spreading its beliefs.

The Bishop of Galloway has released a letter suggesting: "It could be argued that the greatest obstacle to preaching the gospel today in Scotland is the Catholic Church itself."

The clergyman's letter came just days after a priest from his diocese was jailed for child sex abuse.

He said negative publicity was "embarrassing" to Catholics.

The pastoral letter from Bishop William Nolan said recent sexual abuse scandals involving clergy called into question the trust parishioners have in their priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Bishop of Galloway says abuse scandal ‘blackens good name’ of Church

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

CHRIS MARSHALL

18 April 2018

A Catholic bishop has said the case of a paedophile priest has “poisoned relationships” within the clergy and helped undermine the work of the Church.

The Bishop of Galloway used a pastoral letter to express his concerns at the crimes of Father Paul Moore.

Fr Moore, 82, was last week jailed for nine years for sexually abusing three children and a student priest over a 20-year period.

Bishop William Nolan said the trial had been “embarrassing” for Catholics and called into question “the trust they have in their priests”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

GOP candidate in SD 37 refutes robocall, vows to vote for CVA

NEW YORK
Legislative Gazette

Written by MARIA ENEA, Gazette staff writer on April 16, 2018

Despite a robo call that suggests otherwise, the Republican candidate in the 37th Senate District, Julie Killian, is adamant she will vote in favor of the Child Victims Act with a one-year “look-back” window allowing victims to file lawsuits for sexual assault crimes committed decades ago.

Killian is running for senator against Democrat Shelley Mayer in a special election on April 24 to fill the seat of George Latimer who is now the Westchester County Executive. The district covers the communities of White Plains, New Rochelle, Harrison, Rye, Mamaroneck, North Castle and Bedford.

The robo call, which was activated last week, was recorded by Asher Lovy of ZA’A’KAH, an organization that visits Orthodox Jewish communities to help raise awareness about child sexual abuse.

The message states: “Because of Republican obstruction, thousands of hidden predators walk free and unidentified every year in New York leaving our children in danger. Now, these same Republicans are spending millions of dollars to elect Julie Killian to the state Senate.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

87-year-old woman abused by nun as teen joins NYC protest to support Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

CATHERINA GIOINO
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, April 12, 2018

An 87-year-old woman abused by a nun when she was a teenager rallied Thursday with other sex abuse survivors for legislation that would let them seek justice as adults.

Cecilia Springer said she was abused by her high school principal at St. Ursula, which runs the Notre Dame School of Manhattan — a private, Catholic secondary school for girls in the city.

Springer said her abuser was transferred to a different school at the end of that school year.

“I never told anyone so she was never reported,” Springer said. “I know of other people that she attempted to abuse.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Diocese: Local clergy removed from ministry because of credible sex allegations

MICHIGAN
Midland Daily News

ORI QUALLS

April 16, 2018

Five former priests, including three with local connections, were removed from ministry because of credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors, it was announced by the Diocese of Saginaw.

They are:

• John E. Hammer (former priest, associate pastor, Blessed Sacrament, 1991-1995)

• Jack E. Leipert (former priest, temporary administrator St. Philip Neri, Coleman, and St. Anne, Edenville, 1978, and Sacred Heart, Bad Axe, 1990-2001 )

• Leonard F. Wilkuski (former priest, assistant pastor, St. Brigid of Kildare, Midland, 1963-1965 and pastor, 1990-1999)

• Stanislaus A. Bur (former priest – deceased)

• Richard L Howard (former deacon)

Full assignment histories of the priests can be found here.

In addition, two priests are currently on administrative leave related to allegations under investigation. They are: Robert J. DeLand and Ronald J. Dombrowski

DeLand of Freeland was charged Feb. 26 with criminal sexual conduct for allegedly assaulting two males, ages 21 and 17. The 71-year-old DeLand has pleaded not guilty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Convicted of sexually abusing boys, ex-priest granted parole: The Wolf in Priest’s clothing followup

CANADA
The Standard

April 18, 2018[

by Grant LaFleche

William O'Sullivan arrived at Penetanguishene, Ont, Friday expecting the worst but hoping he was wrong.

He wasn't.

Donald Grecco, the former Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing O'Sullivan as a boy, will soon be a free man.

After deliberating for more than four hours Friday, Ontario parole board members at the Central North Correctional Centre voted to grant Grecco's request for early release after serving six months of an 18-month sentence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Law firm renews call for Catholic Diocese to release information on accused Priests

NEW YORK
WIVB

By: Marissa Perlman

Apr 17, 2018

WIVB, N.Y. (WIVB) - - The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has come up with a way to help pay settlements to victims who were sexually abused by priests.

The Buffalo Diocese says it's going to put the Bishop's mansion on Oakland place on the market.

This comes on the same day a law firm that represents sexual abuse victims released new details about 42 accused former Buffalo Priests.

This has been the Bishop of Buffalo's home since 1952.

And Bishop Malone is the sixth out of 14 to have lived there. But faced with this sex abuse scandal,
The Bishop says the Diocese needs all of the resources it can get.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Law firm releases more details on priest abuse

NEW YORK
Union=-Sun and Journal

April 19, 2918

By Philip Gambini and Rick Pfeiffer philip.gambini@lockportjournal.com

Attorney Mike Reck returned to Buffalo on Tuesday to again demand the Catholic Diocese release a comprehensive list of clerics within its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual assaults against children or other abuses.

It is the second call Reck and his firm, Jeff Anderson and Associates, P.A., have made in as many months. The first occurred in March, when Reck’s firm released a list of 13 priests accused of committing sexual crimes against minors while serving in Western New York.

A subsequent disclosure by the diocese added 30 priests that the religious institution said had “credible” allegations of abuse brought against them.

The second batch of information released by the law firm on Tuesday included details about where the 42 named clergymen were assigned, while laying out a hierarchy of church leaders who oversaw the diocese between 1945 and 2017. They are individuals Reck said are “responsible for the current crisis.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

April 17, 2018

As billboard arrives in Albany, survivor says it's time to pass Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
Spectrum News

By Jaclyn Cangro | April 16, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. -- On a rainy day in Albany, sexual assault survivor Kat Sullivan unveiled her latest message.

A new billboard on the side of I-787 reads, "90% of NY supports the Child Victims Act. Senator Amedore, why don't you?" She got the idea from Oscar-winning movie "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

If the act is passed, minors will have no statute of limitations in bringing felony cases against someone who sexually abused them.

"We're starting here, and there's going to be more billboards going up," says Sullivan.

Senator George Amedore has seen the billboard and calls it unfortunate. He disagrees with it, saying he supports child victims. To him, the problem is finding a bill the assembly, senate and governor all agree on.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 PM

Advocates press Amedore to clarify view on Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
Times Union

By Rachel Silberstein

April 16, 2018

ALBANY — Standing in the pouring rain in front of a billboard bearing the face of state Sen. George Amedore, activist Kat Sullivan called out the Republican and his legislative colleagues Monday for impeding the passage of a bill that would lift the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sex abuse.

The sign, which reads "90% of New Yorkers support the Child Victims Act. Why don't you, Senator Amedore?" is one of three paid for by Sullivan, who says she was sexually abused and raped by a teacher during her time at Troy's Emma Willard School 20 years ago.

The press conference at a junction off I-787 was followed by a sit-in at the state Capitol organized by Sullivan and fellow survivors from the Capitol Region, including Bridie Farrell, a champion speed skater from Saratoga who says she was abused by a teammate, and Mary Ellen O'Loughlin, of Perth.

Advocates have been targeting Republican senators in their districts, including Amedore, warning constituents of the lack of recourse for victims of childhood abuse, which they say allows predators to continue preying on children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 PM

Children's own 'sex selfies' fuelling rise in child abuse images

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

Olivia Rudgard, social affairs correspondent
18 APRIL 2018

Almost one in three reported child abuse images are now taken by the children themselves, new figures from the Internet Watch Foundation show.

Children are increasingly filming or photographing themselves in explicit situations and sharing the footage, which then ends up on adult pornography sites or shared by paedophiles, the foundation's annual report found.

The report shows that there were 78,589 confirmed child sexual abuse URLs found in 2017, up from 57,335 in 2016.

A growing number of images discovered by the foundation’s staff were those which children had taken themselves as photos or via livestreaming apps.

The number of cases which involved "self-generated" content rose from 349 in January 2017 to 1,717 a year later, rising from six per cent of the total in January 2017 to 26 per cent in January 2018.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 PM

Steep rise in child abuse images online, charity reports

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

April 18, 2018

The Internet Watch Foundation says it is finding more images of child sexual abuse online than ever before, according to its annual report.

It found over 78,000 website addresses containing child sexual abuse in 2017, up from more than 57,000 in 2016.

The charity actively seeks and removes these images from the net as well as responding to reports it receives from the public.

It said it had also processed over 80,000 reports of confirmed abuse.

Additionally, there was a rise in "disguised" websites, which are on the open web, where illegal content is shown only to people who access them via a particular pathway.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 PM

Editorial: Local senators block help for child victims

NEW YORK
Times Record-Herald

April 17, 2018

So what will it be, Sens. John Bonacic and Bill Larkin?

Protect the victims of abuse or instead protect the insurance companies and the institutions, most notably the Catholic Church, that are more worried about what they might have to pay?

That’s what it comes down to in these final weeks of the legislative session as a series of bills long held hostage in the state Senate awaits yet another chance for passage.

The legislation is known as the Child Victims Act and it would have become law years ago had it not been for the opposition of the Senate Republican majority which has refused to even bring it up for a vote.

The facts have not changed. As yet another report said yet again last week, New York has some of the worst laws in the nation when it comes to the rights of victims of child molestation. Other states used to have similar laws. In fact, 39 have changed them since the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church received national publicity from the 2002 investigation by the Boston Globe, a story made even more prominent by the movie “Spotlight.”

Still, New York Republican senators resist.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 PM

Press Conference-On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

CONNECTICUT
Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian

FIRST TIME PUBLIC ALLEGATIONS OF CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR ADDRESSED AGAINST FR. GREGORY M. ALTERMATT, ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD

Civil Complaint Filed in New Haven Superior Court against Fr. Gregory M. Altermatt and The Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation (The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford).
A press conference discussing a Civil Complaint Filed in Superior Court alleging sexual abuse of a minor by Fr. Gregory M. Altermatt: Matthew Cornell v. The Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation and Fr. Gregory M. Altermatt.

The suit alleges that in approximately 1976 Altermatt became a close friend of the plaintiff’s family who were parishioners at St. Matthew Church in Bristol, Connecticut. The suit alleges counts of negligence and reckless and wanton conduct against the Hartford Archdiocese and a number of counts of intentional acts against Altermatt. The alleged abuse occurred between approximately 1976 and 1985. The acts intensified after the death of the plaintiff’s mother in 1979 after Altermatt offered to help the plaintiff’s father as a part time caretaker and babysitter, who now had to raise the plaintiff by himself as well as a disabled daughter. The suit claims compensation for psychological damages.

Attending:
Thomas M. McNamara, Esq. and Mitchell Garabedian, Esq.

When:
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Where:
New Haven Hotel, Executive Boardroom, 229 George Street, New Haven, CT

Contacts:
Thomas M. McNamara, Esq., 203.782.9241 (tmacesq@gmail.com) Attorney for Plaintiff
Mitchell Garabedian, Esq. 617.388.5252 (mgarabedian@garabedianlaw.com) Counsel to Matthew Cornell

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 PM

The Truth about Hasidic Education

NEW YORK
The Tablet

April 16, 2018

By Frieda Vizel

Earlier this month, the New York State budget passed with new language that would somewhat relax the government education requirements for Yeshivas. Following this change, activists who left Hasidism and are fighting to enforce more secular education were quick to denounce the law. Shulem Deen wrote in the The New York Times “Why does New York Condone illiteracy?” and Hasidim took to Twitter to fight back. My Facebook feed is filled with outcries against corruption and uneducated children.

When Hasidic education is in the news, I bite my tongue. While I too was educated in the Hasidic community, I am a woman, and women are said to get more education, which is to say I learned more English. I left the Hasidic community when my son was five and still in Kindergarten in the Satmar community. But most of all, I find it hard to say anything because this conversation is so often reduced to moral absolutism. This is a fight in which both sides have set themselves up as the saviors of the children, the heroes to the victims, and anything besides heroism will get shouted down by indignant advocates whose work is here to save the day.

I understand their positions. On the one hand, Hasidic men like my father, still traumatized by the memory of the Holocaust, see their way of life as perpetually threatened, always on the verge of extinction. It’s why the language they use to discuss this issue includes words like meshimed, or a Jew who seeks to hurt his own people, or gezeyrah, an evil decree by the government, both loaded and theological. Comparisons to the persecutors of old abound, and the same old solutions are offered: Hunker down, do not give an inch, and quietly use political emissaries to overturn decrees. A modern day Rabbinic miracle is when political power saves the day from governmental villains.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 PM

Lexington pastor may have used job at church to sexually assault women, police say

SOUTH CAROLINA
The State

BY EMILY BOHATCH
ebohatch@thestate.com

April 16, 2018

A former associate pastor at a Lexington church was arrested Thursday and charged with criminal sexual conduct, according to a statement from Lexington police.

Eduardo Elias Cornejo, 34 and a former pastor at Columbia First Seventh-Day Adventist Church, turned himself into police after a victim came forward earlier this year to report a sexual assault, according to the statement.

The female, who spoke with police Feb. 22, said Cornejo assaulted her in January 2017. She said Cornejo met with her and "used persuasion and physical force" to have sex with her, according to the statement.

The woman said she was very clear she didn't want to have sex with Cornejo and repeatedly said no.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:02 PM

Former Pastor Gets 8 Years In Prison For Molesting Youths In Church

CALIFORNIA
CBS SF Bay Area

April 16, 2018

REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) — A former pastor was sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting three victims between September 2011 and May 2015, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.

Victor Tax-Gomez, 50, also known as Ever Oliveros-Cano, was a pastor for Senor Justicia Nuestra Church in Menlo Park, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

When the victims were 13, 15 and 17, Tax-Gomez committed the crimes while claiming to be praying with or cleansing the victims at the church, prosecutors said. Two of the victims were sisters and a third was a friend.

Two years later, one of the victims told a therapist that the crime had happened and the therapist reported it to Menlo Park police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 PM

Former pastor gets eight years for molestation

CALIFORNIA
Daily Journal

April 16, 2018

A former pastor was sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting three victims between September 2011 and May 2015, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Victor Taxgomez, 50, also known as Ever Oliveros-Cano, was a pastor for Senor Justicia Nuestra Church in Menlo Park, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

When the victims were 13, 15 and 17, Taxgomez committed the crimes while claiming to be praying with or cleansing the victims at the church, prosecutors said. Two of the victims were sisters and a third was a friend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:55 PM

Youth pastor at Clayton church charged with statutory sodomy

MISSOURI
KSDK

Author: Sam Clancy
April 16, 2018

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A youth pastor at a Clayton, Missouri, church is facing statutory sodomy charges after police said he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old.

Andrew Dickson, 30, was charged with two counts of statutory sodomy for an alleged sexual relationship with 15-year-old in March of 2018. He worked at Central Presbyterian Church but was fired when the church found out about the incident, a statement from the church said.

Charging documents said the relationship involved oral sex and fondling the male victim which took place at Dickson's University City home. After his arrest by the University City police, he admitted to the crimes, charging documents said.

He was charged with two counts of statutory sodomy and one count of child molestation. His bond was set at $150,000 and he was ordered not to contact the victim or the victim's family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:53 PM

Youth pastor admitted to sexual relationship with teen, police say

MISSOURI
KMOV

Apr 16, 2018

A local youth pastor who had worked at a church in Clayton is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old.

Andrew Dickson, 30, of University City, is charged with child molestation and two counts of statutory sodomy.

Police say he admitted to engaging in a sexual relationship with the teen, which included oral sex and fondling.

The Central Presbyterian Church later released the following statement:

When Central Presbyterian Church learned of this deeply disturbing situation, we immediately reported it to the appropriate authorities and proceeded to terminate this individual from his position. We are fully cooperating with authorities investigating this matter. We are focused on caring for the victim and supporting our church community as we grieve and heal together. We are praying for all parties involved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Ex-youth pastor at Clayton Presbyterian church charged with sodomy, child molestation

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

April 16, 2018

By Joel Currier St. Louis Post-Dispatch

UPDATED at 3:45 p.m. with statement from church and detail that the suspect was fired from his church job.

CLAYTON • A former youth pastor at the Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton has been charged with child molestation and statutory sodomy.

Andrew Dickson, 30, of the 800 block of McKnight Road in University City, was charged April 9 in St. Louis County Circuit Court with one count of child molestation and two counts of statutory sodomy.

Charging documents say that the crimes occurred between March 1 and April 1, and Dickson admitted to fondling and engaging in oral sex with a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

McKayla Maroney questions if gymnastics was worth it in first speech since Nassar abuse case

NEW YORK
CNN

By Eric Levenson, CNN

April 17, 2018

(CNN)McKayla Maroney questioned whether or not her star gymnastics career "was really even worth it" because of the fallout from her sexual abuse at the hands of team doctor Larry Nassar, she said Tuesday.

"I wasn't listened to, cared about or believed, and all of those things need to be weeded out of society, because that's where things went wrong," she said.

The statements marked Maroney's first public remarks since she revealed on her Twitter account in October that Nassar had sexually abused her. Her comments Tuesday came during a luncheon for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children at The Pierre hotel in New York.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

BUFFALO BISHOP TO SELL MANSION TO COMPENSATE CLERGY SEX ABUSE VICTIMS

NEW YORK
Buffalo News

By Jay Tokasz

April 17, 2018

Bishop Richard J. Malone mentioned in March that no Catholic Diocese of Buffalo properties would be off-limits from the possibility of being sold to help compensate childhood victims of clergy sexual abuse.

The sell-off started on Tuesday, with Malone's sudden announcement that he will put on the market his own residence, a palatial mansion on one of Buffalo's most exclusive streets that's been home to Buffalo bishops since 1952.

“This move underscores the importance we place on helping the victims of abuse to begin healing,” Malone said in a statement emailed to The News Tuesday afternoon.

The bishop's residence at 77 Oakland Place, assessed at $1.3 million, has nine bedrooms and six bathrooms in 11,050 square feet of space.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

Diocese puts properties up for sale

NEW YORK
Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

Tue, Apr 17th 2018

Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that the Bishop's Residence at 77 Oakland Place, Buffalo, will be placed on the market this summer and all proceeds from the sale of the property will be dedicated to the Diocese of Buffalo's Independent Reconciliation & Compensation Program to assist victims of past sexual abuse by priests.

"This move underscores the importance we place on helping the victims of abuse to begin healing," said Bishop Malone, noting that he consulted with the diocesan Finance Council, College of Consultors and the Presbyteral Council in making this decision.

The former convent at St. Stanislaus Parish on Townsend Street in Buffalo, will now serve as the Bishop's Residence and as a venue for small events. "I am proud to move to the heart of Buffalo's Polonia, especially as a way to be a small part of the renewal that is happening in so many ways in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood."

The Diocese of Buffalo will also be selling the Sheehan Residence for retired priests on Linwood Avenue, Buffalo. Proceeds from the sale of that property will be devoted to the Retired Diocesan Priests' Medical Benefits Fund. The three-story brick building at Linwood & Utica was originally built in 1928 as the rectory for what was then St. Joseph Cathedral on Delaware Avenue. The "New Cathedral" as it was known was demolished in the 1970's and the former rectory has been used ever since as a residence for retired priests. The building features 12 suite-style units. There are three other diocesan residences for retired priests which can accommodate those now living at the Sheehan residence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:24 PM

Diocese of Buffalo to sell bishop's residence, retired priest residence

NEW YORK
WBFO

April 17, 2918

By MICHAEL MROZIAK

Two valuable properties, including an E.B. Green-designed mansion, will be put up for sale by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo to help fund two programs, including the one it recently launched to assist past sexual abuse victims, church officials announced Tuesday.

(This story is developing.)

The Bishop's Residence, located at 77 Oakland Place in Buffalo, will be put on the market this summer. So, too, will the Sheehan Residence for retired priests on at Linwood and Utica Avenues in Buffalo.

Proceeds from the sale of the Bishop's Residence will go toward the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, which was announced in March to aid victims who have previously come forward with accusations of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of clergy.

"This move underscores the importance we place on helping the victims of abuse to begin healing,” said Bishop Richard Malone in a prepared written statement. He noted that the decision comes after consultation with the Diocesan Finance Council, College of Consultors and the Presbyteral Council.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:20 PM

'Very dark and very evil things:' Bond reduction denied for Boise priest

IDAHO
KTVB

Author: Katie Terhune
April 16, 2018

NOTE: This article contains graphic content that may be upsetting to some readers.

BOISE -- The retired Boise priest facing more than 20 child pornography charges mused online about the "journey that he has taken down the path to Satan" and his desire to hurt others before the end of his life, according to prosecutors.

"'Yes, I want to do something truly evil before I die,'" Prosecutor Kassandra Slaven recited in court Friday. "'The thought of killing someone does begin to excite me.'"

Slaven was quoting from online chat logs obtained by police after they raided Father W. Thomas Faucher's home in February. Investigators found more than 2,000 child pornography images and videos on Faucher's computer and cell phone, including files depicting the "extremely brutal rape and torture" of children as young as infants and toddlers, according to the prosecutor.

Friday's court hearing came after Faucher's lawyer, Mark Manweiler, filed a motion to reduce the priest's $1 million bond, decrying the amount as "excessive," "unnecessary," and ultimately unconstitutional.

"This case is what it is, it's a serious case," Manweiler argued. "A significant bond is certainly warranted, but not a million dollars - that's ridiculous."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:17 PM

Ex-Episcopal priest accused of child sex assaults in the North Carolina mountains

NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte Observer

JOE MARUSAK
jmarusak@charlotteobserver.com

April 16, 2018

An ex-Episcopal priest imprisoned in Massachusetts for decades-old child sex crimes is now accused of sexually assaulting two children in the North Carolina mountains.

A Haywood County grand jury has indicted 76-year-old Howard "Howdy" Willard White Jr. on sex assault charges involving a girl and a boy, The Mountaineer newspaper in Waynesville reported. White is accused of the assaults when he served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in the Mountains in Waynesville in the 1980s, according to the newspaper.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:14 PM

The Latest: Jurors hear from Cosby police statement

PENNSYLVANIA
Associated Press

April 17, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the Bill Cosby’s sexual-assault retrial (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

Jurors are hearing from a police interview in which Bill Cosby acknowledged fondling his chief accuser’s breasts and genitals after giving her pills at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Authorities are reading a transcript of the January 26, 2005, interview to the jury Tuesday. The interview was conducted about two weeks after Andrea Constand went to police.

The 80-year-old “Cosby Show” star says he gave Constand 1½ tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax. He says she showed no ill effects from the pills and did not object when he touched her.

Cosby told investigators he had a social and romantic relationship with Constand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

Bill Cosby Retrial: Jury Hears What Entertainer Told Police in 2005

PENNSYLVANIA
Variety

April 17, 2018

By Emilie Lounsberry

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby admitted to sexual contact with the woman who says that he molested her, but he told investigators back in 2005 that their “petting” was consensual and that she was not in any way incapacitated, the jury in his sexual assault retrial learned Tuesday morning.

Sgt. Richard Schaffer of the Cheltenham Township Police Department just outside of Philadelphia told the jury about Cosby’s January 2005 interview with him and several other investigators. It took place at a law office in Manhattan, he said, and Cosby described his relationship with Andrea Constand as a friendship that had become romantic.

“We were fully clothed. We were petting,” Schaffer quoted Cosby as having said, reading directly from the police report of that interview. “I enjoyed it.”

Cosby’s words underscore the he said, she said nature of the case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. William Henry Cosby Jr. – as the case against the entertainer is formally captioned.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM

UPDATED 4/17: PA State Grand Jury Investigates Six Catholic Dioceses: What you need to know

PENNSYLVANIA
The Worthy Adversary

Joelle Casteix

UPDATED 4/17

Three Men to Watch: Wuerl, Persico, and Trautman
(and one to discount)

More rumors are circulating about who was called to testify and what the grand jury investigation will uncover. But one thing is clear:

There are three men to watch.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Wuerl, now the Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C., was Bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006. According to his Wikipedia page, one would think that he’s a champion for victims. Critics have called him the “Teflon Cardinal,” due to the fact that scandal seldom sticks to him. Outside of two known abusive priests that Wuerl did not warn parishioners about, what else will the grand jury investigation tell us?

I can only assume he was asked to testify. He was the bossman for 20 years.

Erie Bishops Lawrence Persico and Donald Trautman

The Diocese of Erie is in full protection mode. Earlier this month, officials there released a list of 34 priests and 17 lay people who have been credibly accused of abuse.

Yesterday, the boshop announced the expansion of the diocese’s child protection office.

If they were so concerned about such things (you know, exposing abuse and protecting kids), why didn’t they release these names before? Why not expand the Diocese of Erie child protection office in 2015 or in 2013?

They are getting ready for a bomb to drop.

Trautman was Erie’s bishop from 1990 to 2012. He retired at the mandatory age of 75. Persico took over in 2012.

And a man to discount: Nicholas Cafardi

Peter Smith at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote a great piece today about the upcoming grand jury report. He quotes Robert Hoatson, a wonderful advocate for victims, as well as some of the players mentioned below.

He also quotes Nick Cafardi, a former chairman of the US Bishops National Review Board for the protection of minors.

[Cafardi] said he doesn’t expect major surprises from Pittsburgh in the grand jury report.

This is the same Nicholas Cafardi who was general counsel for the Diocese of Pittsburgh itself.

*Ahem*

He was their LAWYER. So let’s just scratch him off the “credible” list.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:41 PM

'God on Earth': Followers of Hasidic Rabbi Convicted of Sexual Assault Hail His 'Superhuman Powers'

ISRAEL
Haaretz

By Aaron Rabinowitz

Apr 17, 2018

The invitation to the event explicitly states it will start at 9 P.M. But the hundreds of people gathered in the hall in the southern city of Kiryat Gat, during one of the intermediate days of the Passover holiday, were to endure a long wait. Only when the clock struck midnight did the music heralding the arrival of the star go off.

The “Holy Man” (Tzadik), the term used by Bratslav Hasidim for their rebbe, none other than Rabbi Eliezer Berland, had arrived. The excitement hit its peak. One of the followers ran to him and managed to touch the rabbi’s tallit (prayer shawl). The rest of the men pushed and shoved, climbed on chairs and even trampled those standing in the way between them and Berland. The few who succeeded returned to their seats beaming with excitement and with glazed eyes. A similar excitement could be seen looking up to the women’s section.

A full year has passed since Berland, the leader of the Shuvu Banim Hasidic sect, was released from prison. He had served a year of his 18-month sentence for sexual assault and indecent acts against two women before being released on parole – and returned to his eagerly awaiting flock of followers.

If anyone had thought that once released from prison, Berland would remain alone, unforgiven for the acts he had confessed to and bereft of followers – they were very wrong.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Law Firm to Release Full Histories and New Documents of 42 Buffalo Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse at Press Conference Today

NEW YORK
Jeff Anderson and Associates

Attorney to host conversation regarding sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo

Cunningham Letter
Diocese of Buffalo Locations of Perpetrators Map
Fr. James H. Cotter Priest File
Officials of the Buffalo Diocese 1945-2018
Report Clerical Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo Vol. 2

(Buffalo, New York) – Today, Attorney Mike Reck and others will:

• Release a second report containing the identities, histories and information on 42 priests accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo;
• Invite the press to participate in an open conversation regarding sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo;
• Release additional files and materials regarding the Diocese of Buffalo and participate in a Q & A session;
• Encourage full disclosure by the diocese regarding the still secret identities of additional Diocese of Buffalo priests accused of sexual abuse.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 11:00AM ET

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:37 AM

Lawyers make final remarks in Australian cardinal's sex case

AUSTRALIA
Associated Press

April 17, 2018

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A lawyer for the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis told an Australian court on Tuesday that Cardinal George Pell could have been targeted with false accusations to punish him for the crimes of other clerics.

Defense and prosecution lawyers were making their final submissions in the Melbourne Magistrates Court in a hearing to determine whether the case against Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic was strong enough to warrant a trial by jury.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington will make her ruling on May 1 on whether Pell will stand trial.

Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, was charged last June with sexually abusing multiple people in his Australian home state of Victoria. The details of the allegations against the 76-year-old have yet to be released to the public, though police have described the charges as “historical” sexual assault offenses — meaning the crimes allegedly occurred decades ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Is Pell going to trial or not? We will find out in two weeks

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

April 17, 2018

Cardinal George Pell's lawyers want the case against him thrown out, arguing the historical sexual offence allegations are impossible.

Defence barrister Robert Richter QC has also suggested the allegations may be motivated by a desire to punish Australia's most senior Catholic over the church's mishandling of sexual abuse by other priests.

Mr Richter said Pell should not have to stand trial on any of the charges, especially the more serious and "appalling" allegations.

"Their complaints ought to be regarded as impossible and ought to be discharged without batting an eyelid," he told Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Pell's QC argues many abuse allegations simply not possible

AUSTRALIA
ABC - The World Today

April 17, 2918

By Samantha Donovan

On the final day of the committal hearing for Cardinal George Pell in Melbourne, the court has been told that many of the allegations against Cardinal George Pell are simply impossible.

Australia's most senior Catholic is facing multiple charges of historical sexual offences against multiple complainants, but he continues to vehemently deny all of them.

Cardinal Pell's QC also said that many of the complainants are not sufficiently credible witnesses to bring the cases to trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

'The stuff of fantasy': Pell's barrister demands charges be thrown out

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

By Adam Cooper

17 April 2018

Allegations of sexual abuse against George Pell were the stuff of fantasy, impossible and made by witnesses with no credibility, the cardinal's lawyer has told a court as he sought to have charges against Australia's most senior Catholic thrown out.

Defence counsel Robert Richter, QC, on Tuesday urged magistrate Belinda Wallington to discharge Cardinal Pell of multiple historic sexual abuse charges rather than commit him to stand trial, because, he said, there was no way a jury could find the charges proven.

Cardinal Pell must now wait a fortnight before learning whether he will front a jury in a higher court, as Ms Wallington takes time to consider written and oral submissions from the 76-year-old's defence team and prosecutors. Ms Wallington will announce her decision on May 1.

Rocking gently from side to side over almost two hours at the lectern in Melbourne Magistrates Court, Mr Richter expanded on a series of points as to why his client should not be sent to trial, focusing mainly on what he said were major flaws in the evidence of two accusers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

George Pell wants sex case thrown out

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

Jacqueline Le and Megan Neil
Australian Associated Press

APRIL 17, 2018

Cardinal George Pell's lawyers want the "impossible" sex offence case against him thrown out, arguing the allegations are potentially motivated by a desire to punish the Catholic Church.

Defence barrister Robert Richter QC said Pell had been targeted as Australia's most senior Catholic amid hatred and public furore over the church's response to clergy abuse.

"We say that Cardinal Pell, representing the face of the Catholic Church, a prominent person, had been the obvious target of allegations that are not true but are designed to punish him, almost, for not having prevented sexual abuse for many years."

Mr Richter suggested some of the allegations were the product of fantasy, mental problems or pure invention.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Cardinal George Pell targeted to punish Catholic church, defence lawyer says

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Calla Wahlquist @callapilla
Mon 16 Apr 2018

Cardinal George Pell has been targeted with historic sexual abuse allegations in an attempt to punish the Catholic church for its failure to prevent other instances of child sexual abuse, his lawyer has argued.

Pell, 76, has been charged with multiple historic sexual offences. He has vehemently denied the charges. Further description of the charges against Pell cannot be given for legal reasons.

On the final day of a four-week committal hearing at the Melbourne magistrates’ court on Tuesday, the head of Pell’s defence team, Robert Richter QC, suggested the most serious complaints against him had been invented by “thwarted” people to punish the church.

Both the defence and the prosecution have made extensive written submissions but also oral closing statements. Pell was not required to attend and was not in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM

Vatican Treasurer Pell's lawyer says no grounds for trial, court to rule May 1

AUSTRALIA
Reuters

APRIL 17, 2018

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Vatican Treasurer George Pell’s lawyer told a court on Tuesday the Australian archbishop should not be sent to trial on any of the multiple charges of historical sexual offences against him.

In a final submission to the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court following a month of pre-trial hearings, Pell’s lawyer Robert Richter said “public time and money ought not to be wasted” on a trial. Evidence showed the worst of the alleged offences could not have occurred, he said.

“To the extent that it’s possible to demonstrate anything, their complaints ought to be regarded as impossible and ought to be discharged without batting an eyelid,” Richter told the court.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington will hand down her decision on whether to send Pell to trial on May 1.

Pell, 76, was not present in court on Tuesday. He is the highest ranking Catholic worldwide to face such charges, the details of which have not been made public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Cardinal Pell's defense calls for historical abuse charges to be dropped

AUSTRALIA
CNN

By Lucie Morris-Marr, CNN

Tue April 17, 2018

Melbourne (CNN)The lead barrister defending senior Vatican official Cardinal George Pell against historical abuse charges has argued for the case to be dropped because a trial would be a "waste of public money, time and effort."

Robert Richter QC made the arguments at a court in Melbourne Tuesday, on the final day of submissions before Magistrate Belinda Wallington.

Wallington will announce on May 1 whether the case will proceed to trial, after weeks of testimony from accusers and witnesses to the alleged abuse.

Pell, 76, was charged last June and given leave by Pope Francis from the Vatican to contest the charges in his native country. Pell vigorously denies all allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Chilean abuse victims welcome pope's letter, call for zero tolerance

CHILE
Catholic Courier

Jane Chambers / Catholic News Service | 04.16.2018

SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) -- Victims of clergy sexual abuse welcomed Pope Francis' letter in which he apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the crisis in Chile.

James Hamilton, Jose Andres Murillo and Juan Carlos Cruz, victims of Father Fernando Karadima, released a statement April 11 saying they appreciated the pope's letter and were "evaluating the possibilities" for meeting with the pope.

"The damage committed by the hierarchy of the Chilean church, to which the pope refers, has affected many people, not just us," the victims said.

"The purpose of all our actions has always been about recognition, forgiveness and reparation for what has been suffered, and will continue to be so, until zero tolerance against abuse and concealment in the church becomes a reality," they said.

Pope Francis' letter, released by the Vatican April 11, asked "forgiveness of all those I have offended" and said he hoped to "be able to do it personally in the coming weeks."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 AM

Sex-abuse report looms over Catholic dioceses

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PETER SMITH
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
petersmith@post-gazette.com

APR 16, 2018

Since July 2016, a grand jury seated in Pittsburgh has been quietly hearing testimony on alleged rape and sexual abuse of children by priests and others associated with the Roman Catholic Church.

The scope of the investigation spans seven decades and from one end of Pennsylvania to the other.

What is expected in the coming weeks is a report that could be the most comprehensive and geographically expansive official report ever produced in the United States on the enormity of the scandal.

The 40th Statewide Grand Jury had an 18-month term, extended by four months to the end of April, according to those familiar with its work.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 AM

April 16, 2018

Church class action

AUSTRALIA
Gippsland Times

Julianne Langshaw

17 Apr 2018

THE Catholic Church in Gippsland is set to become embroiled in a landmark class action to be brought by alleged victims of child abuse, which could run into millions of dollars.

The proposed action relates to alleged historical child sex and physical abuse offences at St Patrick’s College, Sale, many of which are said to have occurred in the 1970s when the school housed boarders.

Two St Patrick’s cases have already been prosecuted in the criminal system, with another case against a Marist Brother, alleging multiple victims, set to go to trial later this year.

Another criminal case was unable to proceed after the accused lay teacher died.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 PM

Expert in diocesan finances has 'never seen' pension move like La Crosse's

WISCONSIN
National Catholic Reporter

Apr 16, 2018

by Peter Feuerherd

Jack Ruhl, an expert on diocesan finances, frequently wanders through the thicket of church financial disclosures, but has never seen anything like the dissolution of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, lay pension plan.

La Crosse lay diocesan retirees and employees received word about their pensions in a letter dated Feb. 27 from Bishop William Patrick Callahan, who has led the diocese since 2010. In the letter, retirees were told they could expect more than 90 percent of the value of their pensions in a lump-sum payment that will be distributed this summer.

Ruhl, a professor of accountancy at Western Michigan University, has studied finance statements of U.S. dioceses since 2004, looking for the impact of sex abuse settlements and their effect on priest pension plans. That issue arose in the aftermath of the scandals that enveloped the Boston Archdiocese.

Meanwhile, he has also studied the impact of the crisis on lay pension plans. He has seen a number of examples, including massive transfer of funds to special independent projects, such as the building of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles, that protected diocesan funds from sex abuse settlements.  

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 PM

Cosby lawyer to sex assault accuser - 'Did you fabricate a scheme?'

PENNSYLVANIA
Reuters

April 16, 2018

David DeKok

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Bill Cosby’s defence team on Monday sought to undercut the credibility of a woman accusing the comedian of sexual assault by pressing her about accusations she schemed to plant a false story of abuse to reap hush money.

Cosby, 80, is undergoing his second trial on charges that he drugged and raped Andrea Constand, 45, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2014. At the time, she was director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, the entertainer’s alma mater.

The former TV star’s first trial ended with the jury unable to reach a verdict.

Constand has accused Cosby of attacking her when she visited him to discuss leaving her job. After she consumed three blue pills that he said would relax her, she said she became immobilized and awoke to find Cosby touching her breasts and vagina and using her hand to stroke his penis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 PM

Bill Cosby's Retrial For Sexual Assault Continues This Week

PENNSYLVANIA
NPR

[with audio]

April 16, 2018

Heard on Morning Edition

BOBBY ALLYN

The jury heard last week from six accusers, including Andrea Constand, who says Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 2004. Her accusations prompted the only criminal charges filed against Cosby.

NOEL KING, HOST:

The woman whose story prompted the only criminal charges ever filed against Bill Cosby is back on the witness stand today in Cosby's sexual assault retrial in Pennsylvania. Bobby Allyn of member station WHYY has the story.

BOBBY ALLYN, BYLINE: Andrea Constand has been here before. Last year, she testified over two days about what she says happened to her at Cosby's home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004. But a jury couldn't agree on a verdict, and the judge declared a mistrial, so she's doing it again. Before addressing the court, she sat with her eyes closed, silently meditating. She told jurors in the midst of a career crisis, Cosby invited her over. Quote, "these are your friends," she said Cosby said to her, handing her three pills. Quote, "they will take the edge off." Lawyer Gloria Allred represents several Cosby accusers and was in the courtroom.

GLORIA ALLRED: She trusted him. She had ingested the three blue pills that he gave her that he had gone upstairs to get.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 PM

Cosby smiles as Andrea Constand details alleged sex assault

PENNSYLVANIA
Page Six

By Emily Saul

April 16, 2018

Fallen funnyman Bill Cosby appeared amused Monday as prosecutors forced his accuser to again relive that night in 2004 when she claims she was drugged and molested by ​him.

Cosby, 80, kept his eyes closed as Andrea Constand recounted, step-by-step, how her mentor allegedly “touched my breasts, placed his fingers inside my vagina, and placed his hand on my hand, and my hand on his penis.”

Leaning back in his chair, Cosby’s typically expressionless face perked up, and he smiled as Constand, 45, repeated her claims. The incident ostensibly occurred at the TV pioneer’s Cheltenham, Pa., estate in January 2004.

His face remained animated throughout the afternoon — growing wide-eyed at the mention of his own penis, shaking his head as lawyers quibbled and openly chuckling when judge Steven O’Neill allowed a question through, saying “it’s not that leading.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 PM

Cosby Team Cites Phone Records as It Tries to Discredit Accuser

PENNSYLVANIA
New York Times

By GRAHAM BOWLEY and JON HURDLE

APRIL 16, 2018

Defense lawyers for Bill Cosby hammered away at his main accuser’s account Monday, focusing on her cellphone records that they suggested contradicted her version of events.

The accuser, Andrea Constand, said she had called him as she drove up to his home on the night in January 2004 when she says he sexually assaulted her.

“Can you find one single call for the whole month of January to his Elkins Park number?” Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., a lawyer for Mr. Cosby asked Ms. Constand, as she reviewed the records.

“I might have been mistaken,” Ms. Constand replied.

Ms. Constand remained outwardly calm during two hours of cross-examination in the sexual assault retrial, fending off queries on a variety of topics that the defense brought forward to indicate she had converted a consensual sexual encounter with Mr. Cosby into a criminal assault in order to score a big payday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 PM

Suspended Roman Catholic deacon waives right to preliminary hearing after undercover sting

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PETER SMITH
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
petersmith@post-gazette.com

APR 16, 2018

He came from Cuba to the United States as a young refugee, sang leading roles at European opera houses, studied linguistics, taught mathematics at Catholic schools, gave vocal lessons and worked as a lawyer before becoming a Roman Catholic deacon and jail chaplain.

But on Monday, a man described by his lawyer as a “Renaissance man” sat at the defense table in a tiny Washington County courtroom — charged with five felonies related to alleged child pornography and unlawful contact with a minor.

Rosendo “Ross” F. Dacal, 73, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and faces a court date next month in Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 PM

Catholic Diocese of Erie expands child-protection office

PENNSYLVANIA
GoErie

By Ed Palattella

Posted Apr 16, 2018

Along with the release of list of accused priests and laypeople, revamping of diocesan office is a key element of bishop’s policy update.

The Catholic Diocese of Erie set precedent on April 6, when Bishop Lawrence Persico released a list of 51 priests and laypeople credibly accused of child sexual abuse or other misconduct with minors in the diocese since 1944.

Most Catholic dioceses in the United States have never named accused priests, and no diocese is known to have ever before released a list with the names of accused laypeople as well as clergy.

“I think it is a first,” said Terry McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, a nonprofit online resource that tracks abuse in the Roman Catholic Church worldwide. “To my knowledge, that hasn’t happened before.”

On a much more local scale, another first for the Catholic Diocese of Erie accompanied Persico’s release of the list on April 6.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

Attorney to host conversation regarding sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo

NEW YORK
Jeff Anderson and Associates

4/16/2018

Law Firm to Release Full Histories and New Documents of 42 Buffalo Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

Attorney to host conversation regarding sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo

(Buffalo, New York) – On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Attorney Mike Reck and others will:

• Release a second report containing the identities, histories and information of 42 priests accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo;
• Invite the press to participate in an open conversation regarding sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo;
• Release additional files and materials regarding the Diocese of Buffalo and participate in a Q & A session;
• Encourage full disclosure by the diocese regarding the still secret identities of additional Diocese of Buffalo priests accused of sexual abuse.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 11:00AM ET

WHERE: Hyatt Regency – Ellicott Room
Two Fountain Plaza
Buffalo, New York 14202

• The press conference will be live-streamed at www.andersonadvocates.com and via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AndersonAdvocates/

Contact: Mike Reck: (714)742-6593; Office: (646)759-2551
Jeff Anderson: Cell: (612)817-8665; Office: (651)237-5143

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

How the Saginaw Catholic Diocese sex abuse investigation unfolded

MICHIGAN
MLive

By Heather Jordan | heather_jordan@mlive.com | Posted April 16, 2018

It was a busy week for the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw that culminated with an announcement of five additional priests who have been accused of sexual abuse and the naming of an independent delegate to oversee the ongoing investigation for the church.

On Friday, April 13, the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, announced that Michael Talbot, the chief judge at the Michigan Court of Appeals, would essentially serve as spokesman and point-person for the church with regards to the investigation.

Cistone hopes bringing Talbot on signals a "fresh start" for the diocese.

"It's my sincere hope that this will bring renewed courage to victims and their families to come forward with a fuller expectation of fairness, justice and healing," Cistone said during Friday's press conference.

Talbot is retiring April 25 after 40 years on the bench. He said he'll act independently in his new role, for which he will not take a salary.

"I don't need a salary and I will not take one," he said. "This is an opportunity to serve."

Watch a video of the full press conference here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:17 PM

‘Sexual abuse’ draft law seeks harsh penalties for minors: University professor

TURKEY
Hurriyet Daily News

April 16 2018

İpek Özbey – ISTANBUL

A new draft law over cases of sexual abuse against children is problematic, as minors under the age of 15 could also receive a sentence of eight to 15 years for engaging in sexual acts with each other, according to Istanbul University Prof. Dr. Adem Sözüer.

The draft law was submitted to the Turkish Parliament last week.

“For example, there are two 14-year-olds and no force or threat is involved. Let’s say they have not had sexual intercourse. But, out of curiosity, they have engaged in some sexual behaviors with each other, such as kissing. [With the new draft law] the punishment for this could be a jail sentence of eight to 15 years,” Sözüer, who specializes in criminal law at the Istanbul University’s Faculty of Law, told daily Hürriyet.

The professor’s comments came after the government submitted a law on April 9 to hand down harsher penalties to those convicted of sexual offences against minors, proposing to increase the maximum limit of jail time from 20 years to 40 years and to introduce chemical castration as punishment for offenders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:14 PM

Catholic priest accused of abusing seven children at Shenton Park in Perth about 40 years ago

AUSTRALIA
Perth Now

AAP
April 16, 2018

A PRIEST has been accused of indecently assaulting seven children almost 40 years ago while he served at a Catholic Church in Perth.

It’s alleged the now 83-year-old abused boys and girls, aged between six and 12 at the time of the first offence, between 1979 and 1992 while he was a priest at a church in Shenton Park.

His charges include six counts of indecently dealing with a child, one count of indecently assaulting a male and two counts of assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Former Shenton Park priest charged with historic child sex offences

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

April 16, 2018

An 83-year-old man has been charged with historic child sex abuse offences, allegedly committed while he was a priest at a Shenton Park Catholic church between 1979 and 1992.

Police allege the man physically and sexually assaulted seven children - boys and girls - who were aged between six and 12 years old at the time of the first offence.

The man has been charged with six counts of indecent dealing with a child under 14 years old, one count of unlawfully and indecently assaulting a male and two counts of unlawful assault. He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today.

Detectives are urging anyone with information on the alleged offences to come forward as the investigation is ongoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Catholic priest under investigation left suicide notes

OHIO
Associated Press

April 15, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Investigators in Ohio say a Catholic priest under investigation for inappropriate texts with a teenager and misuse of church funds left at least two suicide notes before killing himself last December.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s report the Rev. James Csaszar denied sexual contact with any child or adult.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a 16-year-old boy denied there was a sexual relationship, but said he felt manipulated and threatened by the priest.

The Catholic Diocese of Columbus says there were inappropriate text messages between the two and referenced a nude photo of the boy.

The state began looking into Csaszar after the diocese learned of the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

As diocese prepares to pay victims, its primary source of money: parishioners

NEW YORK
Buffalo News

By Jay Tokasz

April 16, 2018

Bishop Richard J. Malone assures donors that no gifts to Catholic Charities will be used to settle clergy sexual abuse claims.

But area Catholics – one way or another – are paying.

To compensate sex abuse victims, Malone said the diocese will rely on insurance coverage, investment reserves and the possible sale of property, all of which trace back to the wallets and pocketbooks of people in the pews.

The diocese's self-insurance plan and its premiums for excess liability coverage are funded primarily by contributions from parishioners. Its investments grew out of parishioner gifts. And its buildings were constructed, purchased or donated thanks to the generosity of Catholic donors.

At most churches in the Buffalo Diocese, at least $20 of every $100 donated to an offertory collection goes directly to the diocese, according to a Buffalo News analysis of diocesan and parish annual financial statements. And for every $100 gift to the Catholic Charities appeal, about $35 goes into a fund controlled by the bishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Priest faces WA court on abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
9 News

Apr 16, 2018

A man accused of sexually abusing seven children starting almost 40 years ago when he was a priest at a Catholic Church has appeared in a Perth court.

Patrick Holmes, now aged 83, allegedly abused boys and girls, aged between six and 12 at the time of the first offence, between 1979 and 1992 when he served at a Shenton Park church.

He appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday charged with nine offences, including indecently dealing with a child, and is due back in court on June 25.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Anglican priest admits he wanted to sexually abuse HUNDREDS of children as young as two as he pleads guilty to child porn charges

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

By ADAM MCCLEERY FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA

16 April 2018

An Anglican priest admitted in court to participating in online chats about his own child sex abuse fantasies.

Melbourne Anglican priest and former Sunshine vicar Phillip John Murphy, 53, pleaded guilty in the Victorian County Court to transmitting child pornography, 9 News reported.

Murphy would use a carriage service to engage in the online conversation about child sex abuse fantasies he had during chats he had with other men between 2016 and 2017.

It was during one of these conversations that Murphy confided in another man that he had a fantasy to abuse hundreds of children.

Some of them as young as two-years-old.

When the man replied '...having some fun with a six-year-old boy with a slight handicap' Murphy replied said he wished he could join.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Vic 'pervert' priest admits sex abuse chat

AUSTRALIA
9 News

Apr 16, 2018

A "pervert" Anglican priest who boasted online about his child sex abuse fantasies could avoid jail if a judge decides the man's community work outweighs his virtual crime.

Former Sunshine vicar Philip John Murphy, 53, on Monday pleaded guilty to transmitting child pornography using a carriage service over numerous sexually explicit online conversations he had with men in 2016 and 2017.

Under the username "Pervert", Murphy spent several months chatting to online pedophiles about child sex abuse fantasies involving young boys before police seized his computer in February 2017.

Murphy told one man that he wanted to sexually abuse hundreds of children as young as two years old, prosecutor Jessica Mackay told the Victorian County Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Anglican priest pleads guilty to sending child abuse images during online conversations

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Australian Associated Press
Mon 16 Apr 2018

An Anglican priest who boasted online about his child abuse fantasies has pleaded guilty to transmitting child abuse images using a carriage service.

Former Sunshine vicar Philip John Murphy, 53, on Monday pleaded guilty to the offence, which was committed during numerous sexually explicit online conversations he had with men in 2016 and 2017.

Murphy spent several months chatting to paedophiles online about child abuse fantasies involving young boys before police seized his computer in February 2017.

Murphy told one man that he wanted to sexually abuse hundreds of children as young as two years old, prosecutor Jessica Mackay told the Victorian county court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Philly Archdiocese – Transparent as a Black Trash Bag

PENNSYLVANIA
Catholics4Change

APRIL 16, 2018 ~ SUSAN MATTHEWS

Click here to read, “Downingtown pastor resigns after ‘inappropriate’ expenses, relationships” by David Gambacorta and John V. Smith

Excerpt:

“Some curious parishioners began raising questions about McLoone’s absence more than a month ago on Catholics4Change.com, an independent accountability forum. “There were rampant rumors of financial problems,” said Kathy Kane, one of the website’s editors.

Kane said she contacted the archdiocese and was told that McLoone wasn’t under criminal investigation, but that a financial review was simply being conducted for the benefit of Msgr. Thomas Dunleavy, who replaced McLoone this year on an interim basis. But rumors of deeper problems persisted and she said she urged the archdiocese to address the matter with parishioners.”

Editor’s Note:

So when Kathy contacted the archdiocese for the facts on this, did the Director of Communications misrepresent the truth or is he only given information that the archdiocese is forced to communicate because of media attention, arrests or legal action? Either way, transparency is pure fiction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Downingtown pastor resigns; financial improprieties probed

PENNSYLVANIA
The Reporter

By Michael P. Rellahan, mrellahan@21st-centurymedia.com, @ChescoCourtNews on Twitter
POSTED: 04/15/18

DOWNINGTOWN >> Parishioners at St. Joseph’s Church in Downingtown were told Sunday that their popular pastor, Monsignor Joseph McLoone, had recently resigned his position after being placed on administrative leave by the Philadelphia Archdiocese following the discovery of alleged financial and personal improprieties.

The announcement, which was delivered to the faithful at the end of every Mass this weekend, was made by Monsignor Thomas J. Dunleavy, who had taken over leadership of the church on an interim basis in February when it was first announced that McLoone was taking a leave of absence.

Dunleavy told the crowded church that McLoone had offered his resignation after coming under investigation by archdiocese officials, and that it had been accepted by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

McLoone’s status now has been changed to being on administrative leave after his resignation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Monsignor in Downingtown parish resigns, finances examined by Archdiocese

PENNSYLVANIA
Fox 29

POSTED: APR 15 2018

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. (WTXF) - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia shared with parishioners at Saint Joseph Parish in Downingtown, Sunday, the news of the pastor, Monsignor Joseph McLoone, who had been on an official leave of absence since February, had submitted his resignation and that the notice of resignation had been accepted by the Archbishop.

Monsignor McLoone admitted to the Archdiocese that a bank account had been opened in the name of the parish in November 2011. This account was not on the parish books. Monsignor McLoone was the only person using the account.

The account was frozen in February 2018.

Monsignor McLoone was questioned by the Archdiocese and acknowledged he understood that the existence of the account was in violation of Archdiocese rules. Monsignor McLoone acknowledged that a portion of the funds in the account were used for personal expenses of an inappropriate nature.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Downingtown pastor resigns after 'inappropriate' expenses, relationships

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Inquirer

APRIL 15, 2018

by David Gambacorta & John V. Smith - Staff Writers

Seven years ago, Msgr. Joseph McLoone was dispatched to Downingtown with a tall task: to try to stabilize St. Joseph Parish, a Catholic community left shell-shocked after its pastor was charged with protecting priests who preyed on children across the region.

In time, McLoone, a Philadelphia native, proved to be a popular figure at the church, which, with about 4,700 families, is among the largest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

But this weekend, St. Joseph parishioners learned that his tenure had come to a shocking end. The archdiocese announced that McLoone, 55, had resigned – less than two months after he went on an indefinite leave of absence – amid an investigation into financial improprieties and inappropriate “relationships with adults” that violated archdiocesan standards.

Ken Gavin, the archdiocese’s spokesman, said that in 2011, McLoone allegedly set up an off-the-books bank account in the parish’s name that only he could access. More than $110,000 worth of donations and “other revenue generated by the parish” was funneled into the account, although the archdiocese doesn’t believe the money came from Sunday collections, or school and tuition fees, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

April 15, 2018

PA State Grand Jury Investigates Six Catholic Dioceses: What you need to know

PENNSYLVANIA
The Worthy Adversary

April 15, 2018

Joelle Casteix

Cease and desist letters, bully tactics, salacious rumors, lists of accused, Cardinal Roger Mahony and … Bill Cosby? They are all a part of the big picture surrounding the PA state grand jury investigation of six local Catholic dioceses.

If you live in or around Pennsylvania and are concerned with issues anywhere within the state’s borders (or the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal), you’ve probably heard about the statewide grand jury investigation of six Catholic dioceses across the state.

The result of the two-year investigation, which will be issued in report form, should be released in the beginning of May. The report may or may not include the presentation of criminal charges.

No one can predict exactly what the report is going to say. But we do know this: it is going to be ugly, just like a 2016 report of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese and three previous grand jury investigations in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The purpose of this post is to be the best press and public backgrounder around.

Hopefully, this will become the most comprehensive (and always expanding) list of the real players, the deep intel, links to research, the best sources, and data.

This is where you will be able to ask questions/make comments BEFORE the report drops.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:24 AM

Marie Collins, exintegrante de la Comisión Pontificia para la Protección de Menores: “Espero que quien engañó al Papa sea removido de su cargo”

CHILE
La Tercera

[Marie Collins, former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors: "I hope that who deceived the Pope is removed from office."

The Pope said he did not receive accurate information. Who thinks he is responsible for that?

It is not possible to know with certainty, but reading the exchange of emails that leaked between Cardinals Ezzati and Errázuriz in 2014, you can see their hostile attitude towards Juan Carlos Cruz and his determination to discredit him. So, it is very possible that the information to the Pope came from that side, as well as from his representative in Chile, the nuncio, which I am sure was asked about his vision. ]

Autor: Juan Paulo Iglesias
DOM 15 ABR 2018

La activista contra el abuso sexual de menores confía en que lo sucedido con el obispo Juan Barros ayude a mejorar los mecanismos para evitar que esos hechos vuelvan a repetirse. “El Papa debe tomar ahora acciones correctas”, dice, y apunta al nuncio y a los cardenales Ezzati y Errázuriz por su eventual responsabilidad en informar mal al Papa.

En febrero, tras la polémica desatada por el caso del obispo Juan Barros durante el viaje del Papa a Chile, Marie Collins reveló que en abril de 2015 le había hecho llegar al Pontífice una carta de Juan Carlos Cruz, donde este detallaba las acusaciones contra el prelado. Si bien la exmiembro de la Comisión para la Protección de Menores del Vaticano no tiene claro si el Papa leyó o no la carta, está consciente de que sí se le hizo llegar información veraz sobre el tema. En esta entrevista, Collins analiza lo sucedido tras conocer el mensaje enviado por Francisco a los obispos chilenos.

¿Cuál fue su primera reacción tras conocer la carta del Papa?

Estuve encantada de que los sobrevivientes en Chile hayan sido reivindicados y estén por recibir justicia finalmente.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

Alton pastor arrested on sexual assault charge

TEXAS
The Monitor

MOLLY SMITH | STAFF WRITER
Apr 13, 2018

EDINBURG — An Alton pastor was arrested Wednesday after a woman reported that he sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious.

Melquisedec Chan, 52, was arraigned Thursday on aggravated sexual assault and practicing medicine without a license charges.

Chan and his wife, who live in Mission, founded Vida Abundante church in Alton nearly two decades ago, according to its website, which describes him as a surgeon in Mexico. He is not licensed, however, by the Texas Medical Board, and thus unable to legally practice medicine in the state.

His arrest came after a woman reported to police that Chan, a family doctor, allegedly sedated and then sexually assaulted her, according to a criminal complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

This Brazilian pastor said he was saving souls. Police say he ran a slave-labor ring.

BRAZIL
Washington Post

By Anthony Faiola and Marina Lopes
April 14, 2018

MINDURI, Brazil — Welcome to Paradise Farm.

In the fertile hills of southeast Brazil, scores of Christian workers tend banana and citrus fields, rousing iridescent butterflies in the noonday sun. In the evenings, laborers come home to cement dorms, communal meals and prayer sessions far from the secular distractions of urban life.

“We are all Christians who follow the New Testament,” said Paulo Henrique da Silva, president of the cooperative that manages the farm. “We came together to live as one.”

Yet this picture of faith, Brazilian authorities say, is masking a darker truth. Officials describe the ranch as part of a sprawling slave labor and racketeering ring led by Pastor Cícero Vicente de Araújo, a former salesman. Federal police are calling it another in an unusual string of high-profile criminal cases tied to evangelical churches here in Latin America’s largest nation.

The dramatic surge of evangelical Christianity in Brazil in recent decades is giving the religious right an increasingly powerful political voice. But in a country where corruption and malfeasance have already infiltrated the highest levels of politics and business, opportunists are also muscling in on houses of worship.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Judge rejects retired Boise priest’s request for lower bail

IDAHO
Associated Press

April 14, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A judge has refused to reduce the $1 million bail set for a retired Boise priest facing child pornography charges.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the judge on Friday made the decision after hearing arguments that Rev. W. Thomas Faucher was role-playing with a fellow author in an online chatroom conversation.

Police say the chatroom conversation involved the 72-year-old Faucher saying he wanted to rape and kill children.

Faucher’s attorney, Mark Manweiler, says a man from Brazil contacted Faucher to get his help writing a book and they discussed all kinds of scenarios, including child abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

AP investigation: Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse

UNITED STATES
Associated Press

April 15.2018

By JEFF HORWITZ and JULIET LINDERMAN

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time that Dr. Anthony Bianchi came onto a patient, California’s medical board alleged, the gynecologist placed a chair against the exam room door, put his fingers into the woman’s vagina and exposed his erect penis.

The second time, the board claimed, he told a patient that he couldn’t stop staring at her breasts and recounted a dream in which he performed oral sex on her in the office.

The third time, the board charged, he told a pregnant patient suffering from vaginal bleeding that she shouldn’t shave her pubic hair before her next visit, as he was getting too excited.

These episodes led to disciplinary actions by the state’s medical board in 2012 and in 2016. Bianchi agreed not contest the charges, and he held onto his medical license. Under a settlement with California’s medical board, he agreed to seek therapy and refrain from treating women during five years of probation.

Bianchi did not respond to telephone messages from The Associated Press left for him at the workers’ compensation clinic in Fresno, California, where he now evaluates occupational health claims.

In recent months, Hollywood moguls, elite journalists and top politicians have been pushed out of their jobs or resigned their posts in the wake allegations of sexual misconduct. In contrast, the world of medicine is often more forgiving, according to an AP investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Saturday event seeks to raise awareness about child abuse

NEBRASKA
Daily Nonpareil

By Jon Leu
jleu@nonpareilonline.com

April 15, 2018

Some 50 residents of Council Bluffs and Omaha gathered in the Tom Hanafan Rivers Edge Park Pavilion on a cold, blustery and damp Saturday morning as the mayors of Council Bluffs, Omaha and Boys Town read proclamations establishing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Those attending were initially scheduled to meet at the center of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, but the session was moved to the pavilion because of the weather — a change of plans that pleased Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, who commented that the bridge tends to “sway a bit in the wind,” which, she quipped, is sometimes a “nauseating” condition.

In her proclamation, Stothert noted that the statistics tell a “terrible story.”

“Nearly four million cases of child maltreatment are reported each year in the United States; nearly five children die each day from abuse,” she said. “Over 50 percent of these children are under the age of three. Still, these estimates are known to be under-reported.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

State training academy proposed for overwhelmed child abuse workers

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By Chris Serres Star Tribune
APRIL 14, 2018

Spurred by recent breakdowns in Minnesota’s child protection system, legislators are pushing a project to train hundreds of workers each year on new methods for detecting and preventing child abuse.

The ambitious proposal would create the state’s first standardized curriculum and certification process for child protection workers and would correct what many child welfare advocates see as a long-standing gap in Minnesota’s decentralized system for protecting vulnerable children from maltreatment.

Proponents hope the enhanced training will help counties and Indian tribes increasingly overwhelmed by a flood of new child abuse and neglect cases in families ravaged by the opioid crisis. They also see it as a powerful tool for strengthening the front-line response to child maltreatment and preventing the sort of appalling violence and neglect that law enforcement officials recently discovered at a family’s house in south Minneapolis, which prosecutors have described as a “house of horrors.”

For a period of years, two girls with developmental disabilities were allegedly raped, beaten with bats and chained for days at a time without food by their father. Court records indicate that as far back as 2013, Hennepin County child protection workers knew of possible abuse of the twin girls, now 21, but did not remove the children from the home. The county’s handling of the case is now under review and has triggered calls for enhanced training for child welfare workers — a key recommendation of a 2015 task force appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

NO CONTACT Catholic Church apologise but yet to speak to sex abuse victims after Ayrshire beast priest jailed for nine years

SCOTLAND
Scottish Sun

By Laura Murray
14th April 2018,

SEX abuse victims have NOT been contacted by the Catholic Church after a paedophile priest was jailed for nine years.

Father Francis Moore, 82, repeatedly raped a five-year-old boy, abused other youths and a student priest between 1977 and 1996.

The church has apologised to victims Paul Smith and Andi Lavery but they haven’t been in touch with them since the Ayrshire beast was caged.

Father Tom Boyle, speaking on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland, said: “I can’t say for certain that we knew who Paul Smyth and Andi Lavery were.

“As far as I am aware there has been no contact, no. I would like to think that the Diocese of Galloway will now be I touch to see what help we can provide.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

I’m A Hasidic Father And My Community Is Failing Our Children

NEW YORK
Forward

April 13, 2018

This holy Passover eve, New York politics produced the most astonishing scene imaginable. As Josh Nathan-Kazis reported in the Forward, Cuomo Called The Rebbe. The Rebbe Prayed To God. The Budget Deal Got Done.. The state senator from South Brooklyn, perhaps the most powerful elected representative of Orthodox Jewry, exercised his well-honed kingmaking authority to ensure that the next generation of Hasidic kids remain as illiterate as their predecessors. The crowd Senator Simcha Felder jockeys for is not the kids or their parents, nor the average voting schmo on the street. As those initiated into New York politics know, the Hasidic vote is largely influenced by fixers, power brokers and sometimes rabbis who determine the representative that the bloc will support, as is evident from the fact that Felder typically runs unopposed — in both the Republican and Democratic lines.

Given all of this, we can understand whose bidding Senator Felder was doing when he insisted on quashing state oversight. But the question remains: why do so many Hasidic parents put up with this nonsense?

As a father and member of the Hasidic community Felder represents, I know our neighborhood is home to many caring parents. I talk to them in synagogue while I grab a coffee, in the mikvah while I rub my toes dry, at family get togethers when we forget which side of the latest Hasidic dynasty fight we stand for — darn it, I know because I am one of them!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Las esquirlas del paso de Scicluna sobre el círculo de hierro de Karadima

CHILE
Latercera

[They say that the intention of the Bishop of Osorno to leave the diocese is irrevocable and that, even, Pope Francis has his resignation letter on the table for the third time. But Juan Barros is not alone in this scenario. After the visit of the archbishop of Malta to Chile to assess their situation, the Vatican would also have in its sights the other bishops of the innermost circle of Karadima. Although the final decision is of the Pope, they, together with Barros, could be the protagonists of an earthquake unprecedented in the Chilean Church.]

DOM 8 ABR 2018

Autor: Carla Pía Ruiz

Dicen que la intención del obispo de Osorno de dejar la diócesis es irrevocable y que, incluso, el Papa Francisco tiene por tercera vez su carta de renuncia sobre la mesa. Pero Juan Barros no está solo en este escenario. Después de la visita del arzobispo de Malta a Chile para evaluar su situación, el Vaticano también tendría en la mira a los otros obispos del círculo más íntimo de Karadima. Aunque la decisión final es del Papa, ellos, junto a Barros, podrían ser los protagonistas de un terremoto sin precedentes en la Iglesia chilena.

Su sonrisa no permitía adivinar que la crisis era inminente. Cerca de las 10.30 horas del 16 de enero, ante las 400 mil personas que llegaron hasta el Parque O’Higgins, y los otros miles que seguían la transmisión por televisión abierta, con su sotana impecable y su mitra sobre la cabeza, el obispo Juan Barros apareció. Y se mantuvo así, cerca del Papa, durante toda su visita.

Pero el obispo no calculó que su presencia desataría un huracán al interior de la Iglesia Católica chilena. Barros, cercano a Fernando Karadima y fuertemente resistido en su diócesis, Osorno, por ese vínculo, se convirtió en el verdugo de una gira planificada con años de anticipación. No solo opacó al Papa en su primera visita a Chile. Se convirtió, además, en el detonador de la crisis que hoy remece a la institución y en el hombre que volvió a poner el foco en el controvertido caso Karadima.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

April 14, 2018

Paedophile monk, 90, charged with abusing fourth young boy in Northern Ireland

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Post

BY: Aidan Lonergan
April 13, 2018

A 90-year-old former monk jailed for historic sex offences earlier this year has appeared in court in Northern Ireland charged with abusing yet another young boy.

Vincent Lewis, formerly of Brother Ambrose of Our Lady of Bethlehem Monastery in Co. Antrim, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years in January after pleading guilty to 57 child abuse offences against three boys over a 10-year period up to 1983.

The depraved pensioner is now accused of indecently assaulting another boy between 1983 and 1985.

He is also charged with committing an act of gross indecency.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 PM

Pope should apologize for Catholic church’s role in residential school system

CANADA
Totonto Star

By CHARLIE ANGUS
Sat., April 14, 2018

Apologies matter. I was taught this from my earliest years in Catholic schools and from the pulpit. The power of the apology is so central to the notion of healing and reconciliation in the Catholic tradition that it is given sacramental form in the rites of confession and penance.

It was Jesuit priests who taught me that the acts of apology and forgiveness cannot simply be personal. They must be systemic. This is how we make a broken world whole. The Church has a vital role to play by being rooted in justice through solidarity with the marginalized and oppressed.

And so I was shocked by the comments of Pope Francis — the first Jesuit Pope — that he is unwilling to make a public apology for the Church’s role in the horrors of the residential school system. The call for a formal apology from the Pope is one of the key calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report. And yet, following discussions with the Canadian bishops, Pope Francis has said that the Church is not ready to take this step.

All but one of the Christian denominations involved in the crimes of the residential schools have taken part in the process of reparations and reconciliation. Yet the Catholic Church, which played the largest role in this evil system, has been the most recalcitrant when it comes to repentance.

In 2015, the Catholic bishops used a legal loophole to walk away from their legal obligation to pay $25 million in compensation to support survivors of horrific physical and sexual abuse in Church-run schools. The various Catholic orders involved in this abuse have also proved to be unwilling partners for reconciliation when it comes to turning over documents and evidence relating to the crimes committed in these institutions. Traditionally, it is a country’s bishops — in Canada, assembled in the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops — who must undertake the process of inviting the Pope to apologize on behalf of the Church. They have decided against this.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

Slowik: Religious orders should publicize names of those accused of sexual abuse, just like diocesan priests

ILLINOIS
Daily Southtown

Ted Slowik

On its website, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet publishes a document called, “List of Diocesan Priests With a Credible/Substantial Allegation.”

When I checked Friday, the list contained 35 names and was last updated in late 2016.

I’d like you to take note of the word “diocesan” in the document’s title.

In the Roman Catholic Church, there’s a difference between diocesan priests and members of religious orders. You may be familiar with the names of some religious orders. Franciscans, Jesuits, Benedictines, Dominicans and Carmelites rank among the more well-known.

There’s a notable distinction between the two types of clerics. Diocesan priests answer to their bishop, archbishop or cardinal. Members of religious orders answer to superiors who lead their congregation. The pope has authority over both types of Catholics.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:07 PM

The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma

UNITED STATES
New Yorker

By Junot Díaz

Last week I returned to Amherst. It’s been years since I was there, the time we met. I was hoping that you’d show up again; I even looked for you, but you didn’t appear. I remember you proudly repped N.Y.C. during the few minutes we spoke, so I suspect you’d moved back or maybe you were busy or you didn’t know I was in town. I have a distinct memory of you in the signing line, saying nothing to anyone, intense. I assumed you were going to ask me to read a manuscript or help you find an agent, but instead you asked me about the sexual abuse alluded to in my books. You asked, quietly, if it had happened to me.

You caught me completely by surprise.

I wish I had told you the truth then, but I was too scared in those days to say anything. Too scared, too committed to my mask. I responded with some evasive bullshit. And that was it. I signed your books. You thought I was going to say something, and when I didn’t you looked disappointed. But more than that you looked abandoned. I could have said anything but instead I turned to the next person in line and smiled. Out of the corner of my eye I watched you pick up your backpack, slowly put away your books, and leave. When the signing was over I couldn’t get the fuck away from Amherst, from you and your question, fast enough. I ran the way I’ve always run. Like death itself was chasing me. For a couple of days afterward I fretted; I worried that I’d given myself away. But then the old oblivion reflex took over. I pushed it all down. Buried it all. Like always.

But I never really did forget. Not our exchange or your disappointment. How you walked out of the auditorium with your shoulders hunched.

I know this is years too late, but I’m sorry I didn’t answer you. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you the truth. I’m sorry for you, and I’m sorry for me. We both could have used that truth, I’m thinking. It could have saved me (and maybe you) from so much. But I was afraid. I’m still afraid—my fear like continents and the ocean between—but I’m going to speak anyway, because, as Audre Lorde has taught us, my silence will not protect me.

X⁠—

Yes, it happened to me.

I was raped when I was eight years old. By a grownup that I truly trusted.

After he raped me, he told me I had to return the next day or I would be “in trouble.”

And because I was terrified, and confused, I went back the next day and was raped again.

I never told anyone what happened, but today I’m telling you.

And anyone else who cares to listen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:25 AM

Parliament to ask Pope for residential-schools apology

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

GLORIA GALLOWAY PARLIAMENTARY REPORTER
OTTAWA

Canada’s Parliament will ask the Pope to reconsider his refusal to apologize to the Indigenous people who attended Catholic-run residential schools, and for the Catholic Church to make good on its financial obligations under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

A motion calling on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to invite Pope Francis to make the apology has been drafted by New Democrat MP Charlie Angus and revised slightly by the office of Carolyn Bennett, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations. It is expected to be debated in the House of Commons next week and to pass with the support of the majority Liberal government.

The New Democrats and the Liberals are now in discussions with the other parties in the Commons to determine whether they are willing to give the motion unanimous consent – a vote that would reinforce Canada’s interest in hearing the Pontiff acknowledge and regret the harm done by representatives of his church to generations of Indigenous children in this country.

Given the apology to the former students of Indian residential schools that was delivered by Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper in 2008, and also the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Mr. Angus said, “to have this passed without partisan division would send a very strong signal about Canada’s desire to have this issue dealt with so we can move on.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

Diocese Publishes Names of Clergy Previously Removed from Ministry Related to the Sexual Abuse of Minors

MICHIGAN
Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw

SAGINAW — At a news conference this morning, the Honorable Michael J. Talbot, the newly appointed special independent delegate for sexual abuse of minors and misconduct in the Diocese of Saginaw, stated names of former clerics removed from ministry related to the sexual abuse of minors would be made available today. Judge Talbot has been appointed by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, to assume full authority within the Diocese with regard to all matters involving the alleged sexual abuse of minors and sexual misconduct by clergy and diocesan representatives.

Since the adoption of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and Essential Norms by the Bishops of the United States in 2002, the following clerics were permanently removed from ministry due to credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. A listing of previous assignments for each may be found here.

* Stanislaus A. Bur (former priest – deceased)
* John E. Hammer (former priest)
* Richard L Howard (former deacon)
* Jack E. Leipert (former priest)
* Leonard F. Wilkuski (former priest)

In addition, two priests are currently on administrative leave related to allegations under investigation.

* Robert J. DeLand
*Ronald J. Dombrowski

The Diocese of Saginaw places no deadlines or time limits on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by clergy. To bring forward a complaint and/or to speak to the Victim Assistance Coordinator contact (989)797.6682 or jfulgenzi@dioceseofsaginaw.org. Victims are encouraged to contact civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Diocese of Saginaw names 5 other church leaders accused of sexual abuse

MICHIGAN
MLive

By Bob Johnson bob_johnson@mlive.com

SAGINAW TWP., MI -- Amid a sex abuse probe, the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw has released the names of five former priest they claim were removed from ministry because of credible claims of alleged sex abuse of minors.

On Friday, April 13, The Most Rev. Bishop Joseph R. Cistone announced that Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Michael J. Talbot will serve as the diocese's independent delegate to review sexual misconduct.

The announcement of Talbot as an independent delegate comes nearly a month after Cistone's home, along with two diocese properties, were raided by police....

According to the diocese, since the the adoption of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and Essential Norms by the Bishops of the United States in 2002, the following clerics were permanently removed from ministry due to credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors:

Stanislaus A. Bur (former priest - deceased)
John E. Hammer (former priest)
Richard L Howard (former deacon)
Jack E. Leipert (former priest)
Leonard F. Wilkuski (former priest)

Each priest mentioned has been defrocked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

The Latest: Cops: Abuse victims should call us, not church

MICHIGAN
Associated Press

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the hiring of a judge to help the Saginaw Roman Catholic Diocese deal with allegations of sexual abuse (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Police investigating sexual abuse in the Saginaw Roman Catholic Diocese say people who believe they’re victims should contact law enforcement agencies — not church representatives.

The task force released a statement Friday after church officials announced the appointment of a judge to handle sexual abuse complaints. Investigators say the hiring of Michael Talbot appears to be a “positive thing.” But they also say the diocese “cannot and should not be used as a clearinghouse for the reporting of crimes.”

Talbot will help the diocese after he retires from the Michigan appeals court this month. During a news conference, he urged victims to step forward and promised to share information with police.
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12:53 p.m.

A prominent judge who is retiring soon will help the Saginaw Roman Catholic Diocese deal with allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

Michael Talbot was introduced Friday by the Saginaw bishop. Talbot publicly urged victims to step forward and also pledged to share information with police whenever necessary.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Chile's Catholic Church calls for 'drastic solution' following abuse scandal

IRELAND
RTE News

By Joe Little
Religious & Social Affairs Correspondent

The leader of Chile's Catholic hierarchy has called for a "drastic solution" that could include bishops' resignations a day after Pope Francis acknowledged "grave mistakes" in his handling of a sexual abuse crisis.

At a landmark meeting of the church leadership in Chile, whose members the pope has summoned to Rome to discuss the scandal, the president of the country's episcopal conference said change was inevitable.

"It's possible that the pope will ask some (bishops) to leave their dioceses ... there must be a drastic solution, strong and decisive, that is for certain," Archbishop Santiago Silva told local radio station Cooperativa.

Yesterday, Irish clerical abuse survivor, Marie Collins, called on Pope Francis to call Chilean bishops to account.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Abuse Survivors Demand Concrete Action After Pope Admits His ‘Serious Errors’

UNITED STATES
HuffPost

By Carol Kuruvilla

Advocates say Pope Francis’ apology to Chilean sex abuse victims is a good “first step” ― but they’re expecting much more action from the pontiff on a scandal that has thoroughly rocked Chile’s Catholic Church.

In a letter published on Wednesday, the pope admitted that he made “serious errors” in handling Chile’s sex abuse scandal due to what he called a “lack of truthful and balanced information.” The pope has summoned all 32 members of Chile’s bishops conference to Rome in May to hear the results of an investigation into the crisis and to discuss short- and long-term changes. Francis is also planning to meet personally with abuse victims and ask for their forgiveness.

The Vatican said on Thursday that Pope Francis’ letter to Chilean bishops effectively declared a “spiritual state of emergency” for the country’s Catholic Church. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told The Associated Press that Francis is taking the situation seriously and assuring the victims that “Yes, we believe you, you have your place in the church.”

Tim Lennon, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), told HuffPost that he is waiting for the pope to take concrete action, and not just offer expressions of “thoughts and prayers.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

APNewsBreak: Chile victims meet pope April 28-29 at Vatican

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

By NICOLE WINFIELD

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The three main protagonists in denouncing Chile’s sex abuse scandal will meet with Pope Francis on April 28-29 and will stay as his guests at the Vatican hotel where he lives, one of the men told The Associated Press.

Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of Chile’s most famous predator priest, said he and his colleagues had agreed to Francis’ invitation to come to Rome so the pope could personally apologize for having discredited them during his recent trip to Chile.

In a telephone interview, Cruz said the three men would not allow the meeting to become a public relations coup for the Vatican. He said he would tell Francis of the “horror of abuse and the horror of the cover-up” that church leaders have committed over decades, and how they have discredited and defamed victims who went public.

Francis himself “was on that path, unfortunately” when he accused victims of “calumny” for having repeatedly denounced the behavior of Chilean Bishop Juan Barros, Cruz said. But he said Francis appeared to have “opened his eyes to a reality ... about thousands of lives who have been crucified” by priests who rape and fondle children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Catholic Church 'sorry' but yet to contact priest sex abuse victims

SCOTLAND
BBC News

The Catholic Church in Scotland has apologised to two victims of a priest jailed for sexual abuse but is yet to contact them.

Father Paul Moore committed the crimes in Ayrshire between 1977 and 1996.

Two of his victims, Paul Smyth and Andi Lavery, went public with their stories after waiving their right to anonymity.

The church has now apologised to both men, and all abuse victims, after Moore was sentenced to nine years in prison, but has not been in touch with them.

Father Tom Boyle told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme the police investigation process meant church officials had not previously known the identity of anyone involved in the Moore case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Decision reserved in Archbishop Wilson case

AUSTRLIA
The Tablet

Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide has joined Rome-based Australian Cardinal George Pell in being required to wait for Australian courts of law to determine their fates.

Magistrate Robert Stone in Newcastle Local Court, north of Sydney, reserved his decision on On 13 April, in Archbishop Wilson’s trial on a charge of concealing child sexual abuse by a fellow priest, Fr James Fletcher, when the Archbishop was an assistant priest in his home Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in the 1970s.

The 67-year-old prelate, who has been Archbishop of Adelaide since 2001 and is a former President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, faces up to two years in jail if convicted.

This week, he told the court that medication had helped his memory since he was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease late last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Archbishop accused of concealing abuse 'duck and wove' in trial

AUSTRALIA
9 News

By Jarrad Brevi • Reporter

The trial of Adelaide’s Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson, who’s accused of concealing child sex abuse, came to end on Friday after eight days in a Newcastle court.

Following final submissions, magistrate Robert Stone told the court he won’t be able to deliver a verdict until next month.

It’s a verdict that could have wide-reaching implications.

During final submissions by the prosecution, the Archbishop was accused of being a "consummate Catholic politician" and a man who was part of "an entrenched toxic culture of covering things up".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

April 13, 2018

Maybe I was wrong about Pope Francis

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Kevin Cullen GLOBE STAFF APRIL 13, 2018

It’s hard to admit mistakes.

I’m lousy at it.

My wife is much better. Whenever we drive by St. Brigid’s in South Boston, where we were married, she just shakes her head and sighs, as if to say, “Big mistake.” ...

After I wrote what could charitably be called a pair of uncharitable columns about the pope, denouncing and dismissing him after he smeared survivors of clerical abuse in Chile who had credibly accused his protege Bishop Juan Barros of complicity in the serial abuse committed by another priest, I got some interesting feedback.

Besides the predictable finger-wagging, garment-rending rhetoric from holy rollers who dismissed and denounced me as a self-loathing, lapsed Catholic who had no business criticizing the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic church, much less its infallible leader, I got some really interesting, thoughtful responses from priests and nuns.

The nuns and priests said they understood my distress and especially the distress of those who had survived clerical sexual abuse. They said they were appalled by what the pope said. But they asked me to give the pope a chance. They believe that he is a good man who wants to move the church in the right direction.

They pointed out that the pope had dispatched the Vatican’s most dogged and reputable investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, to investigate the situation in Chile. Scicluna and his colleague, the Rev. Jordan Bertomeu, interviewed dozens of people and recently handed the pope a 2,300-page dossier on their findings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 PM

Jimmy Patsos out as Siena basketball coach after five years

NEW YORK
Times Union

Mark Singelais April 13, 2018

Siena men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos is out after five seasons.

Siena announced late Friday afternoon that it had come to an agreement where Patsos resigned and the school bought out the remaining three years of Patsos' contract after the Saints went 8-24 this year, tying the most losses in program history. That failure on the court was compounded by controversy away from it, as Patsos is under investigation by a law firm hired by the school after a student manager complained that the coach had verbally abused him.

Patsos was signed through the 2020-21 season with a base salary that was $369,943 in 2015-16, according to the most recent Internal Revenue Service Form 990 filed by Siena.

"Siena's founding Franciscan tradition calls upon us to honor the fundamental dignity of every person. Our core values demand compassion and help shape a community where all should feel welcomed, respected, and cherished. As we look forward to a new chapter in Siena men's basketball, our shared commitment to upholding these ideals will continue to guide us," said Br. Ed Coughlin, the college president.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 PM

Jimmy Patsos resigns as Siena coach after verbal abuse allegations surfaced from team manager

NEW YORK
CBS Sports

by Matt Norlander
@MattNorlander

Jimmy Patsos resigned on Friday afternoon from his post as coach of the Siena Saints.

The resignation comes after news surfaced last week that Patsos was accused of verbally abusing a Siena team manager who lives with obsessive compulsive disorder. Last Friday, on April 6, Patsos held a press conference and defended himself, stating, "I never taunted, harassed or abused this young man. We did know that he had OCD. He was adamant that he wanted to be treated the same as anyone else."

A formal complaint was logged against Patsos in February, according to the Times Union of Albany. The alleged harassment of the team manager was not the only issue regarding Patsos.

Via the Times Union:

Extensive reporting by the Times Union revealed that the probe was expanded to look into whether Patsos or his staff improperly withheld per diem payments from players and team aides, and a charge Patsos shoved redshirt junior guard Kadeem Smithen out of his chair during a team film session. ...

Former Siena forward Jimmy Paige, who played for Siena from 2014-16, said abusive language from Patsos was among the reasons he transferred to Division II Virginia Union.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 PM

3 church sex abuse survivors to meet with Pope

VATICAN CITY
CNN

By Rosa Flores, CNN

(CNN)After apologizing for "grave errors" in the handling of a Chilean sex abuse scandal, Pope Francis will be welcoming three survivors to the Vatican in two weeks, according to survivor Juan Carlos Cruz.

Cruz says the Vatican reached out to him last Saturday, inviting the three Chileans to be the Pope's guests from April 26 to May 1.

The survivors will spend time with Francis as a group on April 28 and 29, Cruz said, plus hold individual meetings with the Pope. He says he wants to make the meetings not just about them but all the survivors of church sex abuse worldwide.

"It's about the thousands of survivors who have gone through horrible things who have been disrespected, discredited. That culture has to change," Cruz said. "It has to be about every survivor. I hope that this is a sign that this will not be the norm."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM

APNewsBreak: Chile victims meet pope April 28-29 at Vatican

VATICAN CITY
CNY Homepage

By: NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press
Updated: Apr 13, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The three main protagonists in denouncing Chile's sex abuse scandal will meet with Pope Francis on April 28-29 and will stay as his guests at the Vatican hotel where he lives, one of the men told The Associated Press.

Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of Chile's most famous predator priest, said he and his colleagues had agreed to Francis' invitation to come to Rome so the pope could personally apologize for having discredited them during his recent trip to Chile.

In a telephone interview, Cruz said the three men would not allow the meeting to become a public relations coup for the Vatican. He said he would tell Francis of the "horror of abuse and the horror of the cover-up" that church leaders have committed over decades, and how they have discredited and defamed victims who went public.

Francis himself "was on that path, unfortunately" when he accused victims of "calumny" for having repeatedly denounced the behavior of Chilean Bishop Juan Barros, Cruz said. But he said Francis appeared to have "opened his eyes to a reality ... about thousands of lives who have been crucified" by priests who rape and fondle children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

Lakewood SCHI founder stole nearly $1 million, faces stiffer charge, AG says

NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

Stacey Barchenger, @sbarchenger

LAKEWOOD - The head of a controversial special education school here, already facing allegations of money laundering, has been charged with an additional, more severe corruption count, state officials said Friday.

The New Jersey attorney general says further investigation discovered Rabbi Osher Eisemann, the founder of the School for Children with Hidden Intelligence, wired $450,000 in public tuition funds from the school to "an entity in New York state owned by an associate." That money was then used by the "associate" to pay off past-due New Jersey taxes, according to the attorney general.

In a new indictment filed Friday, Eisemann is charged with first-degree corruption of public resources, a crime that could carry a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years prison if he is convicted. The school's fundraising foundation, Services for Hidden Intelligence, is also charged with the corruption count. Read the full indictment at the bottom of this story.

Eisemann, 61, was first charged in March 2017 for allegedly stealing $630,000 in public tuition money and faced five to 10 years in prison.

But the new indictment increases the sum Eisemann allegedly stole to $979,000. The attorney general says that includes:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 PM

Chilean abuse survivors welcome Pope’s letter

UNITED KINGDOM
Catholic Herald

by Jane Chambers
posted Friday, 13 Apr 2018

They called for zero tolerance of abusers

Victims of clergy sexual abuse welcomed Pope Francis’s letter in which he apologised for underestimating the seriousness of the crisis in Chile.

James Hamilton, Jose Andres Murillo and Juan Carlos Cruz, victims of Father Fernando Karadima, released a statement on April 11 saying they appreciated the Pope’s letter and were “evaluating the possibilities” for meeting with the Pope.

“The damage committed by the hierarchy of the Chilean church, to which the Pope refers, has affected many people, not just us,” the victims said.

“The purpose of all our actions has always been about recognition, forgiveness and reparation for what has been suffered, and will continue to be so, until zero tolerance against abuse and concealment in the church becomes a reality,” they said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

Retired priest’s chatroom convos about killing, raping kids were ‘role play,’ attorney says

IDAHO
Idaho Statesman

BY KATY MOELLER

The Rev. William Thomas Faucher, accused of child porn and drug crimes, was role playing with a fellow author in some of the chatroom conversations in which he’s alleged to have said he wanted to rape and kill children, his attorney said in court Friday.

“This gentleman Mr. Faucher is talking to lives in Brazil. He initially contacted Father Faucher because he wanted his help writing a book,” said Faucher’s attorney, Mark Manweiler, at a hearing Friday at the Ada County Courthouse. “They discussed all kinds of fantastic scenarios, like two murder novelists talking — only the issue is child abuse.”

Manweiler said there was one conversation in which the other party said he was going to send him some child pornography, and Faucher told him he didn’t want it. He said Faucher deleted many files he received without opening them.

The 72-year-old retired priest has been in the Ada County Jail the past four weeks — after his bond was raised to $1 million by Magistrate Judge James Cawthon — and it doesn’t look like he’ll be getting out anytime soon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

Former Episcopal priest indicted on sexual assault charges

NORTH CAROLINA
The Mountaineer

Kyle Perrotti

A former episcopal priest who served in Waynesville for over two decades has been charged with several felonies stemming from alleged sexual abuse dating back to 1985.

The charges against Howard "Howdy" Willard White, Jr., 76, were filed after he was formally indicted by a Haywood County Grand jury.

The charges, which pertain to two alleged victims — one male and one female — are first-degree forcible sex offense, two counts of indecent liberties with a child, first-degree forcible

In addition, the indictments note that the female victim's father allegedly aided and abetted White's sexual abuse of his daughter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Pope Francis turns the corner on the abuse scandal

UNITED STATES
Religion News Service

By Mark Silk

On Wednesday, Pope Francis issued a letter of apology to the bishops of Chile for his handling of the their country’s sex abuse crisis. It is an extraordinary document whose significance can hardly be exaggerated.

When Francis visited Chile in January, he was widely expected to calm the ongoing furor over Juan Barros Madrid. Instead, he intensified it.

Barros was a follower of Francisco Karadima, a charismatic priest whom the Vatican defrocked in 2011 for abusing teenagers during the 1980s and 1990s. Despite accusations by several of Karadima’s victims that Barros had been present for some of the abuse and failed to report it—and over the objections of Chile’s bishops—Francis went ahead and appointed him bishop of the southern Chilean city of Osorno in 2015. As the case festered, Barros twice offered, and Francis twice refused to accept, his resignation.

In January, he rubbed salt into the wound by celebrating Mass with Barros and calling the charges against him “calumny.” Although he retracted the comment after it provoked outrage, he insisted that he believed in Barros’ innocence. His apparent dismissal of credible evidence stunned even his staunchest supporters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM

Cosby called pills he gave to accuser Andrea Constand ‘your friends,’ she says in graphic retrial testimony

PENNSYLVANIA
New York Daily News

BY BOB STEWART
NANCY DILLON

She said Bill Cosby gave her three "small round blue pills" that left her slurring her words and strangely immobilized on a couch.

"These are your friends," Cosby had said as he reached out his hand with the medication.

As she lay paralyzed and "very scared," Andrea Constand felt the man once revered as "America's Dad" grope her breasts, penetrate her "forcefully" with his fingers and masturbate himself with her hand, she told a jury Friday.

When she woke up around 4 or 5 o'clock the next morning, her bra was up around her neck and her pants unzipped.

She walked to the kitchen, feeling shocked and confused.

"There's a muffin and a tea on the table," Cosby allegedly told her before she drove herself home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

Andrea Constand, Bill Cosby's main accuser, tells trial: 'I am here for justice'

PENNSYLVANIA
The Guardian

Ed Pilkington

Bill Cosby’s main accuser at his retrial for sexual assault took the stand on Friday and said she was seeking justice in a 13-year legal battle with the TV celebrity.

Andrea Constand, 45, appeared in a courtroom in Cosby’s home county in Pennsylvania for the second time in 10 months, the first trial last June having ended in a hung jury. The Canadian massage therapist has been alleging publicly since she first went to police in 2005 that the comic drugged and molested her at his mansion in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Constand was asked by a prosecutor, Kristen Feden, to state why she was present at the trial. Sitting just 15ft from the star of The Cosby Show, she replied: “For justice.”

How Constand’s testimony will play with the seven men and five women of the jury will hold the key to Cosby’s fate. He faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, all relating to the alleged 2004 encounter with Constand and each bearing a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. If found guilty, the 80-year-old TV star could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Constand recalled the events of January 2004 when she was invited to Cosby’s home having become his friend when she was managing the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where he was a trustee. The TV star offered her three blue pills, she said, which he called “your friends. They’ll help take the edge off.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Bill Cosby Accuser Tells Jury: ‘I Could Not Fight Him Off’

PENNSYLVANIA
New York times

By GRAHAM BOWLEY and JON HURDLE
APRIL 13, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby was supposed to be her mentor, Andrea Constand told a jury here Friday. But instead he became her attacker, she said, so unrelenting in his sexual pursuit — even after she had rejected his advances — that he drugged and molested her during a visit to his home in January 2004.

“I was kind of jolted awake and felt Mr. Cosby on the couch beside me, behind me, and my vagina was being penetrated quite forcefully, and I felt my breast being touched,” Ms. Constand said on the fifth day of Mr. Cosby’s sexual assault retrial. “I was limp, and I could not fight him off.”

Ms. Constand was more composed and less emotional in giving her account this time than she had been last summer, when she first testified about what she said had happened at Mr. Cosby’s house near Philadelphia.

That case ended in a mistrial when the jury became deadlocked. This time, Mr. Cosby’s defense team has taken a more aggressive stance toward Ms. Constand, describing her as a “con artist” who engaged in a consensual encounter and then concocted a story of assault so as to score a big payday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:45 PM

Bishop Cistone Appoints Special Independent Delegate to Oversee Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors and Sexual Misconduct

MICHIGAN
Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw

The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, today announced the appointment of the Honorable Michael J. Talbot of the Michigan State Appeals Court as a special independent delegate to assume full authority within the Diocese of Saginaw with regards to all matters involving the alleged sexual abuse of minors and sexual misconduct by clergy and diocesan representatives.

“It is my sincere hope that this step will bring renewed courage to victims — and their families — to come forward with a fuller expectation of fairness, justice, and healing,” Bishop Cistone said.

The announcement of a special independent delegate was shared with members of the media and diocesan employees during an 11 a.m. news conference at the diocesan Center of Ministry in Saginaw.

“It has become increasingly apparent to me that sexual abuse and misconduct issues have produced deep distress and serious doubt for the people of the Diocese of Saginaw, priests and parishioners alike, as well as the broader community,” Bishop Cistone said. “I believe we need what I will call a ‘fresh start’… a ‘reboot.’”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

Saginaw Diocese to name five additional priests with sexual abuse complaints

PENNSYLVANIA
MLive

By Michael Kransz mkransz@mlive.com

SAGINAW TWP, MI -- The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw will name five additional priests with sexual abuse complaints later Friday, bringing the total to seven amid an ongoing criminal investigation.

Bishop Joseph R. Cistone confirmed at a press conference Friday, April 13, that the diocese will publish the names of those priests on its website. Cistone also announced that Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Michael J. Talbot will serve as the independent delegate for the investigation.

"It's my sincere hope that this will bring renewed courage to victims and their families to come forward with a fuller expectation of fairness, justice and healing," Cistone said. "I believe we need what I will call a 'fresh start' ... 'a reboot.'"

The announcement of Talbot as an independent delegate comes nearly a month after Cistone's home, along with two diocese properties, were raided by police.

The search warrants, which saw the seizing of documents, records and computers, were executed after prosecutors allege diocese officials failed to fully cooperate in the ongoing investigation into sexual abuse within the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

Judge appointed to oversee Saginaw diocese sex allegations

MICHIGAN
Midland Daily News

The Honorable Michael J. Talbot of the Michigan State Appeals Court will serve as a special independent delegate to assume full authority within the Diocese of Saginaw with regards to all matters involving the alleged sexual abuse of minors and sexual misconduct by clergy and diocesan representatives, it was announced Friday by The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw.

"It is my sincere hope that this step will bring renewed courage to victims — and their families — to come forward with a fuller expectation of fairness, justice, and healing," Cistone said.

The announcement of a special independent delegate was shared with members of the media and diocesan employees during an 11 a.m. news conference at the diocesan Center of Ministry in Saginaw.

"It has become increasingly apparent to me that sexual abuse and misconduct issues have produced deep distress and serious doubt for the people of the Diocese of Saginaw, priests and parishioners alike, as well as the broader community," Cistone said. "I believe we need what I will call a 'fresh start' ... a 'reboot.'"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

Catholic Diocese of Saginaw appoints appeals judge to oversee sex abuse investigations

MICHIGAN
ABC 12

SAGINAW (WJRT) (4/13/2018) - A Michigan Court of Appeals judge has been appointed to oversee all internal investigations into possible sexual abuse by clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

Bishop Joseph Cistone, who oversees the diocese, announced the appointment Friday. He gave Judge Michael J. Talbot full authority to investigate all matters pertaining to allegations made against clergy.

“It is my sincere hope that this step will bring renewed courage to victims — and their families — to come forward with a fuller expectation of fairness, justice, and healing,” Cistone said.

The Rev. Robert DeLand was arrested on Feb. 25 and again earlier this month on charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, gross indecency between males, furnishing alcohol to a minor and manufacturing or distributing a controlled substance.

The 71-year-old priest at St. Agnes Parish in Freeland is accused of sexually assaulting three males -- two in the rectory at St. Agnes and one at his condominium on Mallard Cove in Saginaw Township.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

Saginaw Bishop Cistone to hold press conference amid priest sex probe

MICHIGAN
MLive

SAGINAW, MI -- The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of the Saginaw Catholic Diocese, is holding a press conference at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 13.

Cistone will share an announcement and be available for a brief time for questions, according to a press release.

The conference is being held at the Diocesan Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss.

Some Saginaw Catholic Diocese parishioners have called for Cistone to step down after prosecutors say his diocese failed to cooperate in an ongoing sexual abuse investigation involving the Rev. Robert DeLand, former priest at St. Agnes.

DeLand is charged with multiple sex abuse crimes.

Cistone, who announced he was suffering from lung cancer in February, canceled several diocesan events including the Bishop's Ball earlier this month, a major fundraiser for the diocese. He pointed to the ongoing criminal investigation as reason for the cancelation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:23 PM

Bill Cosby accuser admits concocting story for memoir

PENNSYLVANIA
Yahoo!

CHRIS FRANCESCANI and BILL HUTCHINSON

In what could be a major blow to the prosecution's sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, a former model and reality TV star admitted on the witness stand Thursday that she fabricated passages in a memoir -- including a story of "rebuffing" the comedian's advances.

Janice Dickinson took the witness stand in a Pennsylvania courtroom, testifying in Cosby's retrial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Called by the prosecution, the 63-year-old Dickinson recounted a 1982 incident in a Lake Tahoe, California, hotel room, in which she says she was drugged and raped by Cosby.

“Here was 'America’s Dad' on top of me -- a happily married man with five children,” Dickinson testified in Montgomery County Court in Norristown. “And I remember thinking how wrong it was -- how very, very wrong.”

She told the jury that she passed out during the assault, saying, "It was gross."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:17 AM

Backpage.com pleads guilty to human trafficking

UNITED STATES
The Hill

BY JULIA MANCHESTER

Classified advertising website Backpage.com pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges in Texas on Thursday, the state's attorney general announced, while the company's CEO pleaded guilty to money-laundering charges in California.

"Taking down Backpage and obtaining a criminal conviction for the company and its CEO represents a significant victory in the fight against human trafficking in Texas and around the world," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) said in a statement.

"I want to thank the Attorney General of California, the U.S. Department of Justice, federal law enforcement officials, Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez, and the prosecutors and law enforcement in my office for their outstanding collaborative work on this investigation and prosecution," he added.

Carl Ferrer, the CEO of the Dallas-based company, has reached a plea agreement and will not spend more than five years in prison, according to reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 AM

Pennsylvania Legislature roiled by sex misconduct claims

PENNSYLVANIA
Associated Press

By MARK SCOLFORO

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Sexual misconduct allegations have roiled the Pennsylvania Legislature this past year, including the revelation that two cases resulted in sizeable payouts.

A sitting state senator gave up plans to run for Congress in late February, following accusations of inappropriate behavior.

And an investigation is underway into claims a House member was abusive toward two women, including a fellow state representative.

Over the past 15 months, dozens of state lawmakers around the country have been accused of sexual misconduct in a mounting backlash against misbehavior by those in power.

The Associated Press filed records requests with every state legislative chamber to document complaints brought over the past decade.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:04 AM

In Nobel Scandal, a Man Is Accused of Sexual Misconduct. A Woman Takes the Fall

SWEDEN
New York Times

By CHRISTINA ANDERSON

STOCKHOLM — The first woman to lead the body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature was forced out on Thursday, a stunning casualty in a sexual abuse and harassment scandal that has threatened to sully one of the world’s most acclaimed cultural honors.

Since 2015, Sara Danius, a literary scholar and the first woman to lead the body, had been the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, which was created in 1786 and has awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature since 1901. She was ousted on Thursday from her role as permanent secretary — the de facto public face of the literature prize — as part of a feud that has bitterly divided the academy’s board.

“It has already affected the Nobel Prize quite severely, and that is a big problem,” an emotional Ms. Danius told reporters Thursday evening, accompanied by an ally, the author Sara Stridsberg, who has also threatened to quit.

The scandal has reached the highest levels of the government. “It’s up to the academy to restore faith and respect,” the prime minister, Stefan Lofven, told reporters on Thursday. “It’s a very important issue for Sweden, and therefore it is important that this institution works.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Pope’s letter to Chile shows spiritual state of emergency

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

By NICOLE WINFIELD and MARIA GRAZIA MURRU Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis' apology to Chilean sex abuse victims and his request that the country's bishops come to Rome to discuss reforms amounts to a "spiritual state of emergency" declaration for the Chilean Catholic church.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Francis' letter to the Chilean hierarchy was an acknowledgment that he had made mistakes about abuse victims and that "yes, we believe you, you have your place in the church."

In the letter Wednesday, Francis admitted he had made "grave errors" in evaluating the case of a bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. He invited the victims to Rome so he could personally apologize.

Francis blamed a lack of "truthful and balanced information" for his missteps in judging the case of Bishop Juan Barros, a protege of Chile's most notorious predator priest, the Rev. Fernando Karadima.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Report slams NY law barring many child molestation lawsuits

NEW YORK
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has one of the worst laws in the nation when it comes to allowing child molestation victims to sue their abusers, according to a new report issued Thursday that comes amid continuing legislative debate over relaxing the rules.

Most states have taken some action to change their criminal or civil statutes of limitations for molestation since the clergy sex abuse scandal erupted in 2002 following an investigation by The Boston Globe, the report found.

New York, however, continues to have one of the shortest statutes of limitations for civil molestation suits in the country even though it has eliminated the criminal statute of limitations for some felony molestation crimes, said University of Pennsylvania professor Marci Hamilton, who conducted the analysis.

While 39 states and the District of Columbia have changed their rules, those like New York have more work to do, said Hamilton, who also is the CEO of CHILD USA, a group that researches child abuse and neglect policy.

“It is one of the worst states for access to justice for child sex abuse victims in the country,” according to the report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Tuam mother-and-baby home remains ‘can be identified’

IRELAND
Irish Times

Kevin O'Sullivan

Hundreds of babies buried in a mass grave in a former religious-run mother and babies’ home in Tuam, Co Galway can be identified because of major advances in DNA testing, a team of scientists have declared.

The University College Dublin-Trinity College team have challenged the findings of an expert group set up by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, which cast doubts on hopes that DNA testing could identify remains.

The expert technical group (ETG) highlighted difficulties with the exhumation and identification of the remains held in an underground chamber and an adjoining, disused septic tank, because remains are “commingled”.

However, the UCD-TCD team, who are all experts in genomics, argued that the analysis “is viewed through the prism of a technology that is at least 20 years old”, traditionally used to build DNA banks for use in criminal cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Head of Nobel literature prize panel quits over sex abuse scandal

SWEDEN
The Guardian

Staff and agencies in Stockholm

The head of the Swedish Academy that selects the winner of the Nobel prize for literature has resigned amid a growing crisis over the body’s handling of sexual harassment allegations made against a man with close links to the institution.

Sara Danius announced her decision on Thursday after a three-hour emergency meeting of academy members in central Stockholm.

Danius said she had lost the confidence of the academy, but would not comment on whether a vote was held to remove her.

“It is the academy’s wish that I leave my post as permanent secretary,” said Danius, a 56-year-old Swedish literature historian, and the first woman to hold the position. “I would have liked to have continued, but there are other things to do in life.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Head Of Swedish Academy Steps Down Over Handling Of Sex Abuse Allegations

SWEDEN
NPR

SCOTT NEUMAN

The head of the Swedish Academy, the august body that awards the Nobel Prize for Literature, has stepped down after criticism of the institution's handling of a sexual abuse scandal.

"It was the wish of the Academy that I should leave my role as Permanent Secretary," Permanent Secretary Sara Danius, the first woman to head the Academy, told reporters. "I have made this decision with immediate effect."

The controversy stems from allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of one of the Academy's members, Katarina Frostenson.

As NPR's Colin Dwyer reported earlier this week, "Those allegations first surfaced when the #MeToo movement hit Sweden last November, and the Stockholm daily Dagens Nyheter reported that the man — whom the newspaper has identified only as 'Cultural Profile' — had allegedly sexually assaulted or harassed at least 18 women over the past two decades."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

South African pastor jailed in New Zealand for sexual abuse

SOUTH AFRICA
News 24

Carla Coetzee

Pastor Neil Rischbieter, former from Johannesburg in Gauteng, has been found guilty of sexually abusing two young girls in New Zealand.

Rischbieter had committed the offences while one of the girls’ mother was dying of cancer.

Stuff.co.nz reports a court in Waitakere City, Auckland, found Rischbieter guilty on Wednesday and sentenced him to 26 months in jail.

Detective Jason Hamblyn of the New Zealand police says the pastor’s victims were between 12 and 19 years old and the abuse was perpetrated between 2009 and 2017.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Adelaide Archbishop's honesty in doubt: prosecutor

AUSTRALIA
InDaily

A NSW magistrate has been told he should doubt the honesty of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson as his trial for allegedly covering up child sex abuse by a fellow priest winds up

Prosecutor Gareth Harrison told the Newcastle Local Court today that Wilson, the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged with concealing abuse, wanted to cover it up to protect the church’s reputation.

“Your honour should have doubts about his (Wilson’s) honesty,” Harrison told magistrate Robert Stone during his closing address.

Wilson is suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease but claims medication has helped his memory.

The 67-year-old has told the court he can’t remember two altar boys telling him in 1976 they were abused by pedophile priest James Fletcher in the NSW Hunter region.

The defence argues Wilson is not guilty because the case is circumstantial and there’s no evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the archbishop was told about the abuse, believed it was true or remembered being told about it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Evasive archbishop 'cat on a hot tin roof'

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

Mark Russell
Australian Associated Press
APRIL 13, 2018

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has been accused of acting like a "cat on a hot tin roof" when trying to absolve himself of guilt over claims he covered up child sex abuse by a pedophile priest.

Prosecutor Gareth Harrison told Newcastle Local Court that Wilson was a "consummate Catholic politician" who had ducked and weaved when trying not to incriminate himself.

"The accused (Wilson) was part of an entrenched, toxic culture of covering things up," Mr Harrison said during his closing address on Friday.

"Victims come second."

The prosecutor said Wilson, the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged with concealing abuse, had maintained a "cover-up attitude" since 1976 when he was an assistant priest in the NSW Hunter region.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Chilean abuse victims welcome pope's letter, call for zero tolerance

CHILE
Catholic Sentinel

Catholic News Service
Thursday, April 12, 2018

SANTIAGO, Chile — Victims of clergy sexual abuse welcomed Pope Francis' letter in which he apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the crisis in Chile.

James Hamilton, Jose Andres Murillo and Juan Carlos Cruz, victims of Father Fernando Karadima, released a statement April 11 saying they appreciated the pope's letter and were "evaluating the possibilities" for meeting with the pope.

"The damage committed by the hierarchy of the Chilean church, to which the pope refers, has affected many people, not just us," the victims said.

"The purpose of all our actions has always been about recognition, forgiveness and reparation for what has been suffered, and will continue to be so, until zero tolerance against abuse and concealment in the church becomes a reality," they said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

Chile's Catholic Church Calls for 'Drastic Solution' Following Abuse Scandal

CHILE
U.S. News

SANTIAGO (REUTERS) - Chile's Roman Catholic Church called on Thursday for a "drastic solution" that could include resignations, a day after Pope Francis acknowledged "grave mistakes" in handling a sexual abuse crisis and summoned its leaders to Rome.

At a meeting of Church leadership on Chile's central coast, Santiago Silva, the president of the Episcopal Conference, said change was inevitable.

"It's possible that the pope will ask some (bishops) to leave their diocese ... there must be a drastic solution, strong and decisive, that is for certain," Silva told local radio station Cooperativa.

In an extraordinary step, Pope Francis said in a letter on Wednesday that he had made mistakes in his assessment of the crisis. In January, he had dismissed as "slander" accusations that Chilean bishop Juan Barros had covered up sexual abuse of minors by his mentor Father Fernando Karadima.

Barros told Chilean media at the meeting of Church leadership that "the pope always seeks the best for everyone." Barros was appointed bishop of Osorno, in southern Chile, by Pope Francis in 2015.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

Francis' Chilean critics welcome apology, hope for action on abuse cover-up

CHILE
National Catholic Reporter

by Maria Benevento

Victims of clerical sexual abuse and others who had called for the removal of Bishop Juan Barros, accused of covering up abuse, expressed appreciation for Pope Francis' letter apologizing for his response to allegations in Chile. But they said concrete steps are necessary to improve the situation.

In the letter, sent to the bishops in Chile and released April 11, Francis apologized to those he offended; said he has made "grave mistakes" in the handling of the case, "especially due to a lack of truthful and balanced information"; and called all of Chile's bishops to come to a meeting in Rome.

"The harm committed by the Chilean hierarchy, to which the pope refers, has affected many people, not just us," James Hamilton, Juan Carlos Cruz and José Andrés Murillo, Barros' three public accusers, said in a joint statement released in Spanish April 11.

"The direction of all of our actions has always pointed to acknowledgement, forgiveness and reparation for what has been suffered," they continued, "and that's what it will continue to be, until zero tolerance toward abuse and cover-up in the church becomes reality."

The three men also confirmed that the Vatican had contacted them to invite them to a meeting with Francis in the coming weeks, and said they were exploring the possibility of attending.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Lawsuit: Priest abused boy during camping, swimming

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com

Father Louis Brouillard, around 1968, entered a Boy Scout's tent multiple times to sexually abuse him and grabbed the boy's private part during swimming, according to a lawsuit filed in local court by a man who now lives in Washington State.

The plaintiff, identified in court documents only as John Doe in order to protect his privacy, said in his lawsuit that on one occasion, he and another child saw Brouillard sexually abusing a child.

The abuse included Brouillard subjecting John Doe and other boys to his presence, walking around naked in his room at San Isidro Parish in Malojloj, the lawsuit states.

John Doe, represented by attorney Kevin Fowler, is now 59 years old. He and his family were parishioners at the Malojloj Parish when he was a child. He met Brouillard, who also was a scoutmaster, when he joined the Boy Scouts' Troop 24.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 AM

Providence HS sued as prosecutors weigh charges against former principal

ILLINOIS
Chicago Sun-Times

Sam Charles @samjcharles

A lawsuit was filed Thursday detailing alleged sexual abuse of a student at a southwest suburban Catholic high school by the school’s former principal and president, Father Richard McGrath.

The civil litigation comes as the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office weighs whether or not to bring criminal charges against McGrath for the alleged abuses.

The suit and possible criminal charges both stem from McGrath’s alleged abuse of Robert Krankvich, who attended Providence High School in New Lenox for two years in the mid 1990s.

“I’ve decided to come forward because I’ve been living in shame and in guilt for my entire adult life,” Krankvich said at a press conference Thursday. “I’ve battled addiction. I’ve battled suicide. [I’ve] tried hurting myself many times because I can’t deal with the pain and all of the shame and the guilt that comes forward every day when I think about this.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 AM

Former Providence Catholic High School student sues over sex abuse allegations

ILLINOIS
WLS

[with video]

Sarah J. Schulte
Thursday, April 12, 2018

NEW LENOX, Ill. (WLS) -- A former student at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox is suing the school, claiming he was sexually abused by the school's former principal president.

"I realize I have to do this, I have to do this to give other people a voice, not just myself other victims," said Bob Krankvich.

It took Krankvich over 20 years to gather the courage to publicly tell his story. The 36 year old says he was repeatedly sexually abused during his freshman and sophomore years at Providence Catholic High School by Father Richard McGrath. At the time, the Augustinian Catholic priest was the principal of the New Lenox school. McGrath eventually became president until he abruptly resigned a few months ago.

"He told me to remain silent and never come back to school and if I was to ever talk about it, he would get my family and myself arrested for doing the things I had done," said Krankvich.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

New Lenox priest sued for sexually abusing former student

ILLINOIS
WGN

BY PATRICK ELWOOD

NEW LENOX, Ill. -- A former president of a Catholic high school in the south suburbs is being sued for sexually abusing a former student.

Father Richard McGrath priest abruptly retired from Providence Catholic High School in December after he refused to be interviewed by investigators after a student came forward to say she saw him on his cell phone looking at a naked teen boy.

McGrath refused to turn over the cell phone so the investigation was stymied and charges were never filed.

There is now an allegation from a former student who attended Providence in the mid 90s who said the priest sexually assaulted him several times during his time here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Former Topeka priest sexual abuse lawsuit moves forward

KANSAS
KSNT

[with video]

By: James Ryan

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - A lawsuit claiming sexual abuse by a former Topeka priest is moving forward.

Earlier this week, a judge in Wyandotte county refused to throw out the case.

The lawsuit claims a former priest at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Topeka sexually abused a young boy in the 1980s.

The 20-page lawsuit claims that a former priest here at St. Matthews, referred to only as Father MJ, sexually abused a young boy from the age of 9-12 in the early 80s.

Kansas City Attorney Rebecca Randles represents the boy, now a man, who filed the lawsuit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 AM

April 12, 2018

Ex-Providence Catholic president under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of student, police say

ILLINOIS
Daily Southtown

Zak Koeske

The former president of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, whom police investigated earlier this year for “potentially inappropriate material” on his cell phone, is now under investigation for allegations he sexually abused a male student in the mid-1990s, police said.

New Lenox Police Chief Bob Sterba said Thursday that the department began a criminal investigation into the sexual abuse claims against the Rev. Richard McGrath after the alleged victim came to them in early January.

He said McGrath, through his attorney, had declined to cooperate with authorities for their investigation. When reached for comment Thursday, McGrath’s attorney Patrick Reardon declined comment.

McGrath’s alleged victim, 36-year-old Robert Krankvich, of Crest Hill, spoke at a news conference Thursday to announce the filing of a lawsuit that accuses McGrath of abuse and names as defendants Providence Catholic and the Augustinian order that oversees the high school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 PM

The Latest: Chief Cosby accuser to take stand Friday

PENNSYLVANIA
Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the Bill Cosby sexual-assault retrial (all times local):

6 p.m.

The chief accuser at Bill Cosby’s sex assault retrial is set to testify.

Andrea Constand says the 80-year-old comedian drugged and molested her during an encounter at his home in 2004. He says their encounter was consensual.

The trial judge says Constand is due to take the stand Friday.

On Thursday, a woman who alleges Cosby had her drink two shots that knocked her out told the jury she didn’t realize until years later what he might have done to her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 PM

Victims of Legion of Christ founder seek compensation for abuse

ROME
Crux

Nicole Winfield ASSOCIATED PRESS

ROME - Eight victims of the Catholic Church’s most notorious pedophile priest are pressing the Legion of Christ religious order to compensate them for the sexual abuse they suffered and the psychological harm they say resulted from the order’s prolonged campaign to discredit them.

The men sent a letter to the Legion’s leadership seeking public recognition of their status as victims of Father Marcial Maciel and the Mexico-based order, which was once one of the fastest-growing congregations in the Church but suffered a credibility crisis over Maciel’s crimes and cover-up.

The letter, obtained by The Associated Press, is the latest indication that clergy abuse victims are increasingly demanding recognition and apologies for the retaliation often inflicted on them by Church leaders after they report allegations of abuse.

Pope Francis just this week acknowledged making “grave errors” in discrediting abuse victims in Chile and begged their forgiveness.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 PM

AZ – Phoenix priest subject of abuse lawsuit in Guam

ARIZONA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Tim Lennon, Volunteer President of SNAP’s Board of Directors (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org)

A priest from the Archdiocese of Agana in Guam currently working in Phoenix has been recalled to the island after a lawsuit accused him of sexual abuse. This is the first public allegation against Father Adrian Cristobal.

Pacific News Center

While we have no firsthand knowledge about the accusations against Father Cristobal, we do know that research has shown that false allegations of abuse are extremely rare.

Father Cristobal was the former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Agana under Archbishop Anthony Apuron. When the archbishop was placed on leave in 2016 as a result of abuse allegations against him, the Vatican also replaced Father Cristobal as chancellor. The priest was then assigned to the San Dionisio in Umatac.

We urge anyone who has been victimized in the Phoenix Diocese or elsewhere to protect children by calling police, to get help by calling therapists, and to receive comfort by calling support groups like ours.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 PM

SNAP responds to Catholic Deacon charged with child pornography

PENNSYLVANIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com

Deacon Rosendo F. Dacal of city, Pennsylvania has been accused of possessing child pornography.

CBS Pittsburgh

While we have no first hand information on the charges against Deacon Rosendo F. Dacal, viewing, possessing, distributing, and/or creating child pornography is a serious crime for good reason. Real children are being sexually abused in the images, and these innocent victims are likely to experience lifelong pain and suffering as a result. Moreover, it is not uncommon for those who possess child pornography to also sexually abuse children.

We beg anyone who has any information about this case or any similar case to share that information with law enforcement. We further urge Bishop David A. Zubik to make sure that all of his parishioners know that, if they have any pertinent knowledge, it is appropriate to report it immediately to the civil authorities.

We mourn for all the children who were exploited to create these images. We hope that they are receiving treatment from mental health professionals, and support from family, from friends and from groups like ours.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM

Sexual abuse victims rally for law change in NY

NEW YORK
PIX 11

APRIL 12, 2018, BY ALLISON KADEN

Bridie Farrell, once an aspiring Olympic speed skate, is now an advocate for childhood sexual abuse victims. Farrell said she was abused when she was 15 by a much older, prominent Olympic skater. Farrell, now 36, is one of many survivors who cannot seek legal justice in New York because the alleged abuse happened too long ago.

Farrell joined other childhood sexual abuse victims, advocates and lawmakers outside the Lower Manhattan office of Zurich Insurance Thursday. The group was angry that Zurich and other insurance companies spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby New York State Senate lawmakers to vote no on the Child Victims Act.

The legislation would allow New Yorkers like Bridie Farrell a longer window to come forward.

"No one has ever said I'm lying. I mean, he was known for these things," Farrell said. "He would pick me up from school, and you know skip school, and go skate and then he would bring me to his house."

A February 2018 poll from Quinnipiac University showed 90 percent of New Yorkers support changing the law so victims have more time to seek justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM

Investigation ends into alleged inappropriate communication between priest and teen

OHIO
The Columbus Dispatch

By Danae King
The Columbus Dispatch

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has stopped investigating allegations of inappropriate communication with a teenager against a local priest who killed himself in December.

The Rev. James Csaszar, 44, who was serving at the Church of the Resurrection in New Albany, was placed on leave in November by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus.

The priest killed himself Dec. 20 by jumping from a Chicago hotel balcony. In a nine-page, hand-written suicide note, Csaszar apologized to his loved ones and denied sexual contact with any child or adult.

The BCI investigation began after the Columbus Diocese reported to police that it had received allegations in October made by a teenage boy’s mother of an inappropriate relationship between Csaszar and her son. The mother provided the diocese with 227 pages of texts between her son and Csaszar, according to the investigative report.

The diocese also reported finding two unauthorized bank accounts in New Lexington, where Csaszar served as a priest from 2005 to 2016. Money appeared to have been moving in and out the accounts, with some going to a juvenile. A total of $50,000 was misappropriated, the diocese said. Authorities and the diocese did not say if the juvenile involved was the woman’s son.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Bill Cosby defense presses witness who claims he raped her in 1982

PENNSYLVANIA
Los Angeles Times

Model Janice Dickinson told a jury Thursday that Bill Cosby raped her in 1982 after giving her a pill he claimed would ease her menstrual cramps but instead left her immobilized and unable to stop an assault she called "gross."

Dickinson, the fourth accuser to take the witness stand at Cosby's sex assault retrial, told jurors she was "rendered motionless" by the pill as Cosby got on top of her in his Lake Tahoe hotel room. She said he smelled of cigars and espresso.

"I didn't consent to this. Here was 'America's Dad,' on top of me. A married man, father of five kids, on top of me," Dickinson said. "I was thinking how wrong it was. How very wrong it was."

Dickinson, 27 at the time, testified she felt vaginal pain and, after waking up the next morning, noticed semen between her legs. She said Cosby looked at her "like I was crazy" when she confronted him about what had happened.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM

Bill Cosby retrial, Day 4: 5th and final additional accuser testifies she trusted 'America's Dad'

PENNSYLVANIA
USA Today

Jayme Deerwester,Maria Puente and Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY

The prosecution presented a string of Bill Cosby accusers on the witness stand Thursday in the fourth day of the comedian's sexual-assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia. Among them was former model Janice Dickinson, who recounted her alleged rape by Cosby, and another former model, Lise-Lotte Lublin, who took the stand late Thursday.

The jury has already heard from Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha and Janice Baker-Kinney. They each shared their run-ins with Cosby from the 1980s, all involving the comedian giving them drugs that rendered them either unconscious or unable to move while the comedian molested or raped them.

Here are the latest developments from the courtroom:

Fifth Cosby accuser takes the stand

The fifth and final "other" accuser to testify at Cosby's retrial said she trusted him because he was "America's Dad."

Lise-Lotte Lublin was a 23-year-old model and aspiring actress invited to Cosby's Las Vegas hotel suite to practice acting improvisation. When he prodded her to drink two shots to relax, she complied.

She told the jury that Cosby had her sit between his knees and he started stroking her hair. She said she lost consciousness and doesn't remember anything else about that night in 1989 until she woke up two days later. She believes she was sexually assaulted, she testified.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

Pastor Charged with Indecent Exposure After Being Caught on Video Masturbating in Front of 12 Teen Girls

MARYLAND
Southern Maryland News Net

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were investigating a report of indecent exposure involving a white male driving a black Honda Civic.

The twelve victims, ages 15 to 17 were students of St. Charles High School and were on a school bus traveling in St. Mary’s County for a sports team event. One adult victim was also listed in court documents.

The girls said the white male, later identified as Glen Travis Strickler, 42, of Charlotte Hall, was driving alongside the bus with his penis in his hand, smiling and looking at the girls while masturbating.

A video recording was taken by one of the students with her cellphone, showed Strickler while he was masturbating.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:50 PM

‘Yeah, that’s me’: Pastor admits indecent exposure after cops show video of him masturbating in front of teens

MARYLAND
Raw Story

BRAD REED

Maryland pastor this week was arrested and charged with indecent exposure after he was caught on camera masturbating in front of a dozen teenage girls.

Southern Maryland News Net reports that 42-year-old Glen Travis Strickler was arrested after he was caught on video masturbating while driving his car alongside a high school bus and leering at the bus’s female passengers.

The students on the bus were shocked when they saw Strickler pleasuring himself while watching them, and one of them took out her phone to make a video that could be used as evidence against him.

The student not only succeeded in capturing Strickler’s face in the video, but she also made sure to get shots of his car’s license plate as well.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

'I have a right to be named': Child pornography survivor fails to lift publication ban

CANADA
CBC News

As a survivor of child pornography, a publication ban has kept her name a secret.

The woman, who The Current is calling Sarah, has been fighting for over a year to reveal her real name to the public, but according to the Criminal Code, her identity is not hers to share.

"I have a right to tell my story. I have a right to be named. This is my story," she told The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti.

"I have nothing to be ashamed of."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:29 PM

Former Providence student files suit against McGrath, Augustinians

ILLINOIS
Herald-News

CHICAGO — An individual accusing former Providence Catholic High School President Richard J. McGrath of sexual abuse has filed suit in Cook County.

A reported sexual abuse survivor and his attorneys, Jeff Anderson and Marc Pearlman, will speak publicly for the first time about the alleged abuse at 1 p.m. Thursday in a press conference downtown Chicago, according to a news release from Minnesota-based law firm Jeff Anderson and Associates.

The plaintiff was a student at Providence, located at 1800 W. Lincoln Hwy. in New Lenox, at the time of the reported abuse. The lawsuit also accuses McGrath of possession and destruction of child pornography and the Augustinian Order and the high school of maintaining a hazardous public nuisance.

"Defendants placed McGrath where he had access to and worked with children as an integral part of his work," the suit stated. "Plaintiff developed great admiration, trust, reverence and respect for defendants and their agents, including McGrath."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 PM

Sexual Abuse Survivor Sues Augustinian Order for Maintaining Hazardous Public Nuisance

ILLINOIS
Jeff Anderson and Associates

Chicago News Conference Today

Sexual Abuse Survivor Sues Augustinian Order
For Maintaining Hazardous Public Nuisance

Lawsuit Implicates Prominent Augustinian Fr. Richard J. McGrath,
High-Ranking Official and Principal at Providence Catholic High School, for Sexual Abuse and Possession & Destruction of Child Pornography

Sexual Abuse Survivor to Appear Publicly to Call on the Augustinians to Come Clean and Release its List of Accused Offenders

Robert Krankvich v. The Augustinians
The Augustinians’ Hazardous History
Accused Augustinian Priests and Brothers
Father Richard J. McGrath Assignment History
Father Richard J. McGrath Assignment History Summary
Father Richard J. McGrath Photo
Providence Catholic High School Photo Board


What: At a news conference today in Chicago, a sexual abuse survivor and his attorneys Jeff Anderson and Marc Pearlman will:
• Speak publicly for the first time about sexual abuse by prominent Augustinian priest Fr. Richard J. McGrath, O.S.A. while Plaintiff was a student at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Illinois;
• Announce the filing of a lawsuit alleging a serious ongoing hazard created by the Augustinians by keeping secret from the public the names and histories of all accused offenders;
• Disclose the identities of Augustinian priests and brothers accused publicly accused of child sexual abuse and demand a full disclosure of the identities and histories kept secret.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM

Evangelical Christian School high school teacher arrested for having sex with student

FLORIDA
News-Press

Michael Braun, MBRAUN@NEWS-PRESS.COM

A teacher at Evangelical Christian School is facing charges for having an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of her students.

A Lee County Sheriff's Office release said detectives on Wednesday began investigating the alleged sexual relationship between Suzanne Lea Owen, 35, a high school teacher, and one of her male students.

Deputies responded to ECS at 8237 Beacon Blvd. in Fort Myers and met with Owen, of North Fort Myers.

Investigators found that she had had one sexual encounter with the male student one week prior, where the two decided to meet off-campus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:58 PM

Evangelical Christian school teacher arrested for having sex with one of her teen students

FLORIDA
Raw Story

BRAD REED

A teacher at an evangelical Christian high school in Florida has been arrested — and subsequently fired from her job — for allegedly having sex with a male teen student.

The News-Press reports that 35-year-old Suzanne Lea Owen, a teacher at the Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers, Florida, allegedly had a single sexual encounter with one of her male students with whom she had been communicating via personal text messages for weeks.

After Lee County Sheriff’s deputies determined that Owen and the student had met off campus with the student to have sex, they arrested her and charged her with one felony count of custodial sexual battery.

Evangelical Christian School Headmaster John Hunte told sent out a letter to parents on Wednesday informing them that Owen had been fired from her position.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

Priest jailed for nine years for the historic sex abuse of three young boys and trainee

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

By Wilma Riley

A disgraced priest was yesterday jailed for nine years for the historic sexual abuse of three young boys and a trainee priest.

Eighty-two-year-old Father Francis Moore was told by judge Rita Rae that he had abused his position as a parish priest.

And one of his victims 49-year-old Paul Smyth urged other victims of historic abuse to come forward.

Moore, who was also known as Father Paul, was found guilty after trial at the High Court in Glasgow last month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:51 PM

Willow Creek Members React to Bill Hybels' Resignation as Accuser Stands by Story

ILLINOIS
Christian Post

By Leonardo Blair

As word continues to spread Wednesday about the resignation of Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of the multi-campus Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, some members of the church maintain that he was a victim of the #MeToo bandwagon.

"It's very destructive," Jim Tofilon, a member of Willow Creek since 1991, told The Chicago Tribune of the #MeToo movement after Hybels announced his resignation Tuesday.

"It worked. It destroyed an old man's life. Nothing good came out of it. I hope people making the accusations feel satisfied," he added.

In announcing his resignation Tuesday, Hybels staunchly maintained his innocence, calling some of the allegations "misleading" and others "entirely false." Allegations included a consensual affair with a married woman, who retracted her claims, as well as a pattern of behavior against Hybels that includes suggestive comments and extended hugs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:13 PM

After Hybels resigns at Willow Creek, some say they wanted to see more contrition

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

Manya Brachear Pashman and Jeff Coen
Chicago Tribune

They sought his repentance, not his resignation.

So when the Rev. Bill Hybels, founder of northwest suburban Willow Creek Community Church, announced Tuesday he would step down to avoid hindering the megachurch’s ministries, women who recently alleged inappropriate conduct expressed disappointment that he did not more fully acknowledge his wrongdoing.

“The goal for me was never connected to Bill resigning,” wrote Nancy Beach, the first female teaching pastor at the South Barrington church. She recounted more than one conversation or interaction she felt was inappropriate during moments alone with Hybels over the years.

“The goal is to usher in the truth, to reveal an abuse of power that spans over 30 years, with women who are scarred and in some cases, terrified to come forward,” she said in a blog entry published Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:10 PM

Legislature finds credible allegations of forced sex by Missouri governor

MISSOURI
The Hill

BY REID WILSON

A woman with whom Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) admitted to having an affair has told state legislators the former Navy SEAL forced her into multiple sexual encounters in the year before he ran for public office, according to a report issued by legislative leaders.

The 24-page report, based on hundreds of pages of interview transcript also made public on Wednesday, details allegations the woman made against Greitens — allegations the legislators who heard testimony from multiple witnesses found credible.

Greitens is a Republican. The committee that compiled the report was made up of seven members, five of whom are Republicans.

Greitens, in response, on Wednesday seized on one element of the woman's testimony — in which she said she had not seen a photograph she alleges Greitens took of her — to attempt to discredit the entire report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

East Brunswick rabbi allegedly tied to child sex trafficking case

NEW JERSEY
CentralJersey.com

Two individuals who allegedly forced a child into commercial sex acts at multiple hotels throughout Middlesex, Bergen and Essex counties appeared in court on April 10 with one of their alleged customers to face federal sex trafficking charges.

Richard Ortiz, 22, and Gabriella Colon, 18, both of the Bronx, New York, are charged by complaint with two counts of sex trafficking of a child and one count of transporting a minor in interstate commerce for the purpose of prostitution, according to information provided by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Aryeh Goodman, 35, of East Brunswick, is charged in a separate complaint with one count of sex trafficking of a child.

According to the complaints, Colon allegedly used her friendship with a 17-year-old girl from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to convince her to visit Colon in New York in January. Colon allegedly was prostituting herself to support herself and her boyfriend, Ortiz.

Shortly thereafter, Colon and Ortiz allegedly transported the victim to a hotel in New Jersey, where they allegedly took sexually explicit photographs her. Colon and Ortiz then allegedly posted those images and advertised the sexual services of the child on Backpage.com, according to officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 AM

East Brunswick Rabbi Appears In Court On Sex Trafficking Charge

NEW JERSEY
Patch

By Carly Baldwin, Patch Staff

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — An East Brunswick rabbi accused of patronizing a 17-year-old girl for sex appeared in court Tuesday, April 10, on a federal sex trafficking charge.

Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 35, of East Brunswick, is one of 30 men accused of patronizing the 17-year-old Lancaster, Pennsylvania girl, federal prosecutors charge. Goodman is already a registered sex offender for a prior conviction. In 2013, Goodman was accused of several incidents of a sexual nature with a 12-year-old boy, who Goodman met when he worked as a counselor at Camp Menachem, a Chabad summer camp in Lackawaxen Township, Pa. The incidents allegedly occurred almost 12 years prior to his arrest.

Goodman tried to make a name for himself among Central New Jersey's Hasidic Jewish community: He operates a Jewish religious center out of his East Brunswick home, and is affiliated with another center on Lexington Avenue in the Township. He was the director of the East Brunswick Chabad. According to New Jersey Jewish News, Goodman grew up in Highland Park, the son of Rabbi Boruch and Sarah Goodman. The elder Goodman is the campus director at Chabad House at Rutgers University.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

East Brunswick rabbi facing federal sex trafficking charges

NEW JERSEY
MyCentralJersey

Suzanne Russell, @SRussellMyCJ

NEW BRUNSWICK - An East Brunswick rabbi accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is now being held in federal custody on charges of sex trafficking of a child and was scheduled to be arraigned in Newark before a federal judge, according to the Office of the U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey.

The status of Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 35, was announced Tuesday by a Middlesex County assistant prosecutor during a brief hearing before Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Michael Toto.

Goodman and co-defendants Gabriella Colon, 18, and Richard Ortiz, 23, both of the Bronx, were taken into federal custody.

Colon and Ortiz are accused of allegedly forcing a child into commercial sex acts in multiple hotels throughout Middlesex, Bergen and Essex counties, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

They have been charged with two counts of sex trafficking of a child and one count of transporting a minor in interstate commerce for the purpose of prostitution. Colon and Ortiz also were scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer in Newark federal court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

Pope Francis admits ‘serious errors’ in handling of Chilean sex abuse cases

VATICAN CITY/CHILE
America

Gerard O’Connell
April 11, 2018

In what has the appearance of the beginning of an earthquake in the Chilean church, Pope Francis has sent a strong letter to the Chilean bishops in which he speaks of his “pain and shame” on receiving the report on the abuse scandal in Chile from Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta. He had sent Archbishop Scicluna to listen to the victims of abuse last February.

In the three-page letter, he admits his own “serious mistakes” in dealing with this scandal and asks for forgiveness and goes on to take two dramatic steps: He summons the entire Chilean hierarchy to meet him in the Vatican and invites the three main accusers of Bishop Barros to meet him there too at a different time.

The pope admitted that he had badly misjudged the situation, or as he put it: “I fell into serious errors in the evaluation and perception of the situation, due especially to the lack of true and balanced information.”

He said, “From here on, I ask pardon of all those that I have offended, and I hope to do so personally in the coming weeks, in the meetings that I will have with representatives of the persons interviewed” by his envoys—Archbishop Scicluna and Father Jordi Bertomeu Farnos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 AM

KEVIN SPACEY'S SEX CRIMES CASE TO BE REJECTED BY L.A. COUNTY D.A.

CALIFORNIA
TMZ

2:37 PM PT -- The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. released a statement, saying, "The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Special Victims Bureau began an investigation into allegations of a sexual assault involving Mr. Kevin Spacey on December 11, 2017. The events were reported to have taken place in October of 1992 in West Hollywood involving a male adult."

"The investigation was completed and presented to the District Attorney's Office Entertainment Industry Sex Crimes Task Force on April 5, 2018, for review and filing consideration."

Kevin Spacey is in the crosshairs of the L.A. County District Attorney's Office, but TMZ has learned that won't be the case for long, because the case is going to be a reject.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM

Kevin Spacey under review by LA sex crimes prosecutors

CALIFORNIA/MASSACHUSETTS

BY RACHEL DESANTIS
NANCY DILLON

Los Angeles County prosecutors are reviewing a sex crimes case against fired "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey, a source said Wednesday.

The case was brought to prosecutors Thursday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and the alleged encounter is currently under review by the District Attorney's Office Sex Crimes Task Force.

The events in question allegedly took place in October 1992 in West Hollywood, and involved an adult male, according to a statement from the sheriff's department — thus placing it outside the statute of limitations, reports TMZ....

Former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh also told the Daily News that a criminal investigation had begun against Spacey after he allegedly grabbed her teenage son's genitals at a Nantucket club in 2016.

"I want to see Kevin Spacey go to jail. I want to see Kevin Spacey have the hand of justice come down on him, not just for my son, but for the many others who have yet to speak their truth," she said.

Unruh family lawyer Mitchell Garabedian told the Daily News on Wednesday that his client’s case is under review now by prosecutors in Massachusetts.

“My understanding is that the district attorney of Nantucket is currently investigating the matter,” Garabedian said. “My client is cooperating.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

“Juan Barros era testigo de todo esto”

CHILE
Pagina 12

[The accusations against the Bishop of Osorno are not for abuse but for cover-up. On March 3, 2015, Juan Carlos Cruz sent a letter to the Pope telling him that Barros (who at the time of the abuses against him was a young pupil of Karadima) not only covered up the abuses as Barros ascended in his ecclesiastical career in the 1990s, but he witnessed them in the parish of an affluent neighborhood of Santiago where both grew up under the priest's tutorship.]

Las acusaciones contra el obispo de Osorno no son por abuso sino por encubrimiento. El 3 de marzo de 2015, Juan Carlos Cruz le envió una carta al Papa en la que le cuenta que Barros (que en la época en que se producen los abusos contra él era un joven pupilo de Karadima) no sólo encubrió los abusos a medida que ascendió en su carrera eclesiástica en los años 90, sino que fue testigo de ellos en la parroquia de un barrio acomodado de Santiago, donde ambos crecieron bajo la tutoría del sacerdote.

“Más difícil y fuerte era cuando estábamos en la habitación de Karadima y Juan Barros, si no se estaba besando con Karadima, veía cuando algunos de nosotros, los menores, éramos tocados por él y nos hacía darle besos diciéndome: ‘Pon tu boca cerca de la mía y saca tu lengua’. Él sacaba la suya y nos besaba con su lengua”, escribió Cruz. “Juan Barros era testigo de todo esto y lo fue incontables veces, no solo conmigo sino con otros también”, aseguró en otro pasaje. Y denunció: “Juan Barros ha encubierto todo lo que le cuento”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

The Pope’s apology vindicates Chilean abuse survivors – but why did they have to suffer so long?

UNITED KINGDOM
Catholic Herald

by Christopher Altieri

Those who misled the Pope 'no doubt felt they were protecting the institution', says Marie Collins

Pope Francis has made a general apology to the victims of sexual abuse and clerical cover-up in Chile and called on the bishops of the country to come and meet him in Rome to discuss the crisis in the Chilean Church.

While the Holy Father did not apologise specifically to the victims he accused of calumny while visiting their country — accusations he repeated to journalists several days later on the return trip to Rome — he did say: “I recognise, and so I ask that you faithfully convey, that I have made serious mistakes in the assessment and perception of the situation, owing especially to a lack of truthful and balanced information.”

The Archbishop-Emeritus of Santiago de Chile, Cardinal Francisco Errázuriz, who was involved in several mishandled abuse cases, including that of the disgraced former celebrity priest, Fernando Karadima, is a member of the Pope’s “C9” Council of Cardinal Advisers. Correspondence between Cardinal Errázuriz and the current Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Riccardo Ezzati, stongly suggests the two men were determined to block the nomination of abuse survivor Juan Carlos Cruz to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Cruz is one of the survivors Pope Francis accused of calumny in connection with the case of Bishop Juan Barros, whom Cruz accuses of having witnessed, enabled and covered up Karadima’s abuse of him and many other young people.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Sex Abuse Scandal Casts Shadow Over Nobel Prize for Literature

SWEDEN
New York Times

By CHRISTINA ANDERSON

STOCKHOLM — A sexual abuse and harassment scandal roiling the committee that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature deepened on Wednesday, as the king of Sweden and the foundation that finances the prize warned that the scandal risked tarnishing one of the world’s most important cultural accolades.

A schism in the Swedish Academy, which has awarded the prize since 1901, erupted into the open last week, the culmination of a scandal that stretches back to November, when the newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported that 18 women had accused Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure with close ties to the academy, of sexual assault and harassment.

Mr. Arnault is married to the poet Katarina Frostenson, a member of the academy, and together they run a private cultural club, called the Forum, that has received money from the academy.

The newspaper reported that Mr. Arnault had mistreated women at the club and at academy-owned properties in Stockholm and Paris over a 20-year period. It also reported that Mr. Arnault had leaked information about the prize committee’s confidential deliberations seven times since 1996.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Defendant says slain pastor was a threat to his family

LOUISIANA
American Press

Lisa Addison

A man on trial for manslaughter took the stand Tuesday in state district court and told a jury about shooting a pastor nearly five years ago during a church service, saying the pastor raped his wife and was “treacherous.”

Woodrow Karey Jr., 58, told jurors he walked into Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center during a revival service on Sept. 27, 2013, and shot Ronald J. Harris, 51, twice with a shotgun.

The prosecution has said Harris was having an affair with Karey’s wife; the defense has said Karey’s wife was raped by Harris for years.

Before testimony began, there was a discussion between the judge, defense, and prosecution regarding information the defense wanted included at trial. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal said some things could be included while others could not. Judge Clayton Davis had earlier ruled against the evidence being included.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Auckland pastor jailed for sexually abusing two girls, one while her mother was dying

NEW ZEALAND
Stuff

CATRIN OWEN

Pastor Neil Rischbieter has been jailed for historical sexual abuse charges.

A pastor sexually abused a young girl while her mother was dying of cancer.

Auckland man Neil Rischbieter​ also abused another young girl. Both victims cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Witness recalls telling Bill Cosby, 'Dr. Huxtable, what are you doing to me?'

PENNSYLVANIA
ABC News

[with video]

By CHRIS FRANCESCANI BILL HUTCHINSON

A woman who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her lashed out at the comedian in a Pennsylvania court on Wednesday in an apparent attempt get him to acknowledge what she claims he allegedly did to her in a Las Vegas hotel room more than 30 years ago.

Chelan Lasha, one of six women scheduled to testify for the prosecution that Cosby drugged and assaulted them, told the court that Cosby allegedly molested her in 1986 when she was just a teenager.

In a dramatic moment that veered from the prosecution's script, Lasha attempted to address the 80-year-old Cosby directly. Staring at him from the witness stand, she said, "You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

In Cosby Trial, Witness Recounts 1984 Assault At Comedian's Nevada Ranch

PENNSYLVANIA
NPR

Editor's note: This post contains graphic descriptions that some may find disturbing.

Heidi Thomas — the first of several women expected to take the stand against Bill Cosby in his criminal retrial – described to the court on Tuesday how the comedian lured her to his Nevada ranch in 1984, drugged her and then forced her to perform oral sex.

Thomas' testimony against the 80-year-old Cosby on charges that he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004 was meant to bolster the prosecution's case that the defendant has a long history of such assaults. Besides Constand, at least four other women are expected to provide similar testimony.

On the trial's opening day on Monday, prosecutors revealed that Cosby paid a $3.4 million civil settlement to Constand in 2006.

Thomas, a 24-year-old aspiring actor at the time, said Cosby enticed her to fly to Reno on the pretext of giving her career advice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Accusers confront Bill Cosby, and they aren’t holding back

PENNSYLVANIA
Associated Press

By MICHAEL R. SISAK

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Women who say comedian Bill Cosby knocked them out with intoxicants and sexually assaulted them decades ago are finally getting a chance to confront him — and they aren’t holding back.

Janice Baker-Kinney will return to the witness stand on Thursday after punctuating her first two hours of testimony at Cosby’s sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia with a firm declaration: “I was raped.”

One woman testifying on Wednesday pointedly called Cosby a “serial rapist,” while another choked back tears as she asked him, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”

The charged rhetoric irritated Cosby’s lawyers, who lost two bids for a mistrial, as prosecutors built a case that the man once revered as “America’s Dad” was one of Hollywood’s biggest predators long before he met Andrea Constand, the chief accuser in his retrial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

3 accusers confront Cosby; one calls him a ‘serial rapist’

PENNSYLVANIA
Washington Post

By Michael R. Sisak 

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Decades after they say Bill Cosby knocked them out with intoxicants and sexually assaulted them, three of his accusers confronted the 80-year-old comedian in court Wednesday, with one woman pointedly calling him a “serial rapist” and another asking him through her tears, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”

The women’s charged rhetoric prompted several mistrial requests from Cosby’s lawyers — which were denied — as prosecutors built their case that Cosby was one of Hollywood’s biggest predators long before he met Andrea Constand, the chief accuser in his sexual assault retrial.

Now well into middle age, the accusers spoke of entering Cosby’s orbit as starstruck young women seeking career help or, in the case of a casino bartender from Reno, Nevada, simply looking for a fun time. All of them testified they wound up unconscious from the pills or alcohol he gave them, unable to say no or resist as he had his way with them.

“I was raped,” declared the former bartender, Janice Baker-Kinney, who was 24 when she says Cosby gave her pills she suspected to be quaaludes and had sex with her in 1982.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Accuser to Cosby at His Sex Assault Trial: ‘You Remember, Don’t You?

PENNSYLVANIA
New York Times

By GRAHAM BOWLEY and JON HURDLE

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Chelan Lasha was 17 in 1986 when she went to Bill Cosby’s suite at the Las Vegas Hilton, after, she said, he told her he could help with her modeling career.

She wet her hair to pose for modeling shots at Mr. Cosby’s request. Then he offered her what he said was an antihistamine to help her cold, and some almond liqueur. She took both, Ms. Lasha told a courtroom on Wednesday, because “I trusted him.”

Then, she said: “He laid me on the bed; I could not move any more after that. He kept pinching my breast and humping my leg. Waking up, I was naked.”

She said she heard him grunting, and with that, she imitated from the stand the sounds she said Mr. Cosby had made.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Adelaide archbishop Philip Wilson denies he was told of abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Australian Associated Press

Wed 11 Apr 2018

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has declared under oath that two former altar boys never told him they had been sexually abused by a fellow priest.

Wilson, who has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, gave evidence in his defence in Newcastle local court after magistrate Robert Stone rejected the clergyman’s bid to have the case thrown out.

The 67-year-old is the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged with concealing child sexual abuse.

Wilson told the court on Wednesday he had known one of the former altar boys, Peter Creigh, and his family when he was an assistant priest in the NSW Hunter region in the mid-1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson faces hearing into allegations he concealed child sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

SAM RIGNEY

ADELAIDE Archbishop Philip Wilson says he doesn’t remember a conversation at the heart of his landmark hearing into allegations he concealed sexual assault allegations against another priest and doubts it ever took place because he wouldn’t have forgotten such “graphic” claims.

After his legal team on Wednesday failed for the fourth time to have the case against him thrown out, the Archbishop took the stand in Newcastle Local Court to give evidence for the first time since he became the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged with concealing child sexual abuse.

Under questioning from his barrister, Stephen Odgers, SC, Archbishop Wilson unequivocally denied having any memory of a conversation in 1976 with Peter Creigh about Father James Fletcher subjecting Mr Creigh to acts of punishment and sexual abuse five years earlier.

When asked if he was able to say whether such a conversation took place, Archbishop Wilson said he thought it was doubtful.

“I think it is unlikely because the nature of the evidence was so graphic,” he told Magistrate Robert Stone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Charged with concealing abuse, Australian archbishop affirms innocence

AUSTRALIA
Catholic News Agency

Newcastle, Australia, Apr 11, 2018 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During court proceedings in Australia this week, Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide maintained his innocence, denying allegations that he concealed a serious sexual abuse offense allegedly disclosed to him in the 1970s.

The local court in Newcastle heard Wilson’s defense April 11. The archbishop confirmed under oath that he had no memory of being told of sexual abuses involving two altar boys and a fellow priest in the Hunter region of New South Wales.

“From the time this was first brought to my attention last year, I have completely denied the allegation,” said Wilson in March 2015. He took a leave of absence during the initial charges.

“I would again like to express my deep sorrow for the devastating impact of clerical sex abuse victims and their families, and I give assurance that despite the charge, I will continue to do what I can to protect the children in our care in the Archdiocese of Adelaide,” he continued.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Adelaide Archbishop's 'awkward' chat with pedophile

AUSTRALIA
InDaily

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has revealed he had an "awkward" conversation with a pedophile priest about to face trial in NSW for repeatedly sexually abusing a young boy.

Wilson, the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged with concealing child sexual abuse, told the Newcastle Local Court today he met James Fletcher in late 2004 in the Hunter region a day after a family told him their son had been abused by the priest.

Wilson, who’d worked in the same parish as Fletcher and lived with him briefly in the 1980s, said he visited the priest’s mother to offer her support given the anguish she was suffering after Fletcher was charged.

The archbishop, now 67, said he been there for about 20 minutes when Fletcher appeared unexpectedly. They then talked for a few minutes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson may have empathised with victim's father who 'wanted to kill' paedophile priest, court hears

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Giselle Wakatama

The Archbishop of Adelaide has told a court he may have empathised with a victim's father, who said he "wanted to kill" a paedophile priest.

Archbishop Philip Wilson is accused of covering up the child sexual abuse of Father Jim Fletcher in the New South Wales Hunter Valley in this 1970s.

At Newcastle Local Court today, prosecutors alleged Archbishop Wilson spoke with the father of one of Fletcher's victims, who said: "If I had a gun, I would kill him."

The court was told the Archbishop replied: "I wouldn't blame you."

That exchange is alleged to have taken place in 2004, a year before Fletcher was sentenced to 10 years in prison for child sexual offences. He died in jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests group to hold first meeting in Saginaw

MICHIGAN
NBC 25

by Amanda Chodnicki/Madeline Ciak

BAY CITY, Mich. --The local Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests chapter, or SNAP, will hold its first meeting since the sexual abuse investigation into the Saginaw Diocese next Wednesday, April 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Bay City.

The investigation follows the arrest of former priest Bob DeLand, who is facing sex crime charges in relation to three young men.

Survivors, advocates and loved ones of survivors are all welcome to attend.Madeline Ciak\\

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 AM

In face of scandal, Saginaw Bishop Cistone has a history protecting “the institution of the church”

MICHIGAN
Michigan Radio

Father Robert DeLand was the priest entrusted with recruiting and guiding young men thinking of becoming Catholic priests. He was also the pastor of a parish in the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw. Now, he stands accused of sexual assault and gross indecency based on the accusations of a 17-year-old high school student and a 21-year-old man.

Local law enforcement says his bishop, Joseph Cistone, and the diocese are not cooperating with the investigation. That led to police raiding the bishop's home last month, as well as the offices and the cathedral rectory of the Diocese of Saginaw.

This is not the first time a priest sex abuse scandal has been connected with Bishop Joseph Cistone.

He was an auxiliary bishop in Philadelphia when that archdiocese, and its late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, came under immense scrutiny for an apparent effort to cover up sexual abuse committed by its priests. A grand jury report strongly condemned the archdiocese for its handling of sexual predator priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

Paedophile priest Father Moore jailed for nine years over abuse in Irvine

SCOTLAND
Irvine Times

DISGRACED priest was today jailed for nine years for the historic sexual abuse of three young boys and a trainee priest.

Eighty-two-year-old Father Francis Moore was told by judge Rita Rae that he had abused his position as a parish priest.

And one of his victims 49-year-old Paul Smyth urged other victims of historic abuse to come forward.

Moore, who was also known as Father Paul, was found guilty after trial at the High Court in Glasgow last month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 AM

Former Topeka priest accused of sexually abusing boy

KANSAS
Topeka Capital-Journal

By Katie Moore
katie_reports

A man who as a child served as an altar boy at St. Matthew’s Parish in Topeka alleges a priest began sexually abusing him when he was 9 years old.

“Father M.J.,” whose full name wasn’t disclosed in a lawsuit filed in August 2017, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City are listed as defendants in a civil case.

A motion to dismiss the lawsuit was denied Tuesday in Wyandotte County District Court.

The alleged incidents occurred in the mid-1980s.

According to the court petition, the priest invited the boy to spend the night at the Topeka church’s rectory and watch a movie. The priest allegedly fondled the boy, performed oral sex and forcibly performed anal sex on the boy. Similar events occurred on multiple occasions in the rectory and at other locations, the lawsuit claims, with the abuse continuing for about three years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Pope Francis admits he made 'grave errors' in Chile sex abuse case, wants to beg victims for forgiveness

VATICAN CITY
First Post

Vatican City: Pope Francis has admitted he made "grave errors" in judgment in Chile's sex abuse scandal and invited the victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness.

In an extraordinary public letter, Francis also summoned all of Chile's bishops to the Vatican for an emergency meeting in the coming weeks to discuss repairing the damage from the scandal, which has badly tarnished his reputation and that of the Chilean church. The Vatican orders up such emergency visits only on rare occasions, such as when American bishops were summoned in 2002 after the clerical sex abuse scandal exploded in the United States (US) and in 2010 when Irish bishops received a comprehensive Vatican dressing down for their botched handling of abuse cases.

Francis blamed a lack of "truthful and balanced information" for his missteps in judging the case of Bishop Juan Barros, a protege of Chile's most notorious predator priest, the Reverend Fernando Karadima. He strongly defended the bishop during his January visit to Chile despite accusations by victims that Barros had witnessed and ignored their abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 AM

April 11, 2018

Trump signs online sex trafficking bill

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Hill

BY BRETT SAMUELS - 04/11/18

President Trump on Wednesday signed a sex trafficking bill that reduces legal protections for websites that enable sex trafficking.

Joined by lawmakers and victims of sex trafficking, the president praised the legislation and told victims he was signing the bill “in your honor.”

“You have endured what no person on earth should have to endure,” he added.

The legislation, called the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), but also referred to as SESTA after the original Senate bill, cuts into the broad protections websites have from legal liability for content posted by their users.

The bill passed easily in both the House and Senate, but faced some opposition from lawmakers who worried that smaller internet companies would face frivolous lawsuits or lack the resources to police content they shouldn't be held liable for.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 PM

Ending sex trafficking tomorrow requires preventing child abuse today

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Hill

BY LYNDON HAVILAND, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 04/11/18

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL

Congress and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), in particular, want to make it easier to go after human traffickers who engage in illegal activities online using the “ruthless efficiency of the internet.” Sen. Portman is rightfully addressing the current crisis of online sex trafficking, and that’s an important move in the right direction. But until we address the root cause, the legislation signed into law Wednesday is simply a small step in protecting women and children.

Sen. Portman’s Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) aims to revoke immunity currently granted to online websites such as Backpage.com where human trafficking allegedly takes place. Backpage.com was seized last week by federal authorizes, but immunity for these sites is protected under the Communications Decency Act (CDA). Congress was urged to amend the CDA when a California court dismissed pimping charges against Backpage.com in a case just last year. Sen. Portman’s bill, now law, seeks to do just that to, in his words, “fix this injustice.”

It’s lunacy that our legal system allows the predators who operate these sites to hide behind this law as a shield from prosecution. We owe it to children to do everything we can to hold these criminals accountable and bring them to justice. And lawmakers were right to support this legislation, so that we can remove these prosecutorial impediments and take human traffickers off the streets.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

'Sorry' Pope Francis invites Chile sex abuse victims to Vatican

VATICAN CITY
BBC News

The Pope has said he made "serious mistakes" over a case of alleged child abuse by Catholic clergy in Chile.

In a letter to the South American country's bishops, Francis said he felt "sadness and shame" over comments earlier this year in which he accused the victims of committing slander.

The letter, released by the Church in Chile, said the Pope would invite some of the victims to Rome.

A Chilean bishop, Juan Barros, is accused of hiding abuses by a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM

Full text of Pope Francis' letter to Chilean bishops

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Agency

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2018 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter addressed to Chile's bishops, Pope Francis admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling the nation's massive sex abuse crisis and asked for forgiveness. The pope summoned Chile’s bishops to Rome to address the issue, and invited victims to meet with him as well.

Referring to a recent investigation of abuse cover-up in Chile carried out by Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, Pope Francis said that after a “slow reading” of the report, “I can affirm that all the testimonies collected speak in a stark manner, without additives or sweeteners, of many crucified lives and I confess that this has caused me pain and shame.”

Francis admitted to misjudging the severity of the affair, telling Chile's bishops that “I have made serious mistakes in the judgement and perception of the situation, especially due to a lack of truthful and balanced information.”

Please find below CNA's translation of the full text of Pope Francis' April 8 letter:

Dear brothers in the episcopate: The reception last week of the final documents which complete the report delivered to me by my two special envoys to Chile on March 20, 2018, with a total of more than 2,300 pages, moves me to write this letter. I assure you of my prayers and I want to share with you the conviction that the present difficulties are also an occasion to re-establish trust in the Church, a trust broken by our errors and sins and in order to heal the wounds that do not cease to bleed in the whole of Chilean society.

Without faith and without prayer, fraternity is impossible. Thus, on this second Sunday of Easter, on the day of mercy, I offer you this reflection with the desire that each one of you accompany me on the inner journey that I have been traveling in recent weeks, so that it would be the Spirit who would guide us with his gift, and not our interests, or even worse, our wounded pride.

Sometimes when so many evils frighten the soul and throw us listlessly into the world buttoned up in our comfortable “winter palaces,” the love of God comes out to meet us and purifies our intentions in order to love as free, mature, and judicious men. When the media shames us, presenting a Church almost always in the darkness of the new moon, deprived of the Sun of justice, we have the temptation of doubting the Paschal victory of the Risen One. I believe that like Saint Thomas the Apostle we must not fear doubt but rather fear the pretension of wanting to see without trusting the testimony of those who heard from the lips of the Lord the most beautiful promise.

Today I want to speak to you not of assurances, but rather of the one thing that the Lord offers us to experience every day: the joy, the peace of forgiveness of our sins and the action of his grace.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 PM

Bishop David Zubik Pledges Full Cooperation in Arrest of Permanent Deacon

PENNSYLVANIA
Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

The Diocese of Pittsburgh continues to work for the protection of children and young people and will not tolerate any behavior that puts them at risk. May we all dedicate ourselves to rooting out the evil of sexual abuse from our society.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM

Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Suspends Deacon, Says Child Porn Charges Against Him Are ‘Disturbing

PENNSYLVANIA
CBS Pittsburgh

[with video]

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A deacon with the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has been arrested and is facing child pornography charges, accused of trying to contact a minor over the internet.

Investigators say the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 73-year-old Rosendo “Ross” Dacal at his home on Tuesday.

Dacal is facing charges of child pornography, unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication facility.

Bishop David Zubik, of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese, says Dacal has been put on administrative leave and suspended from active ministry following his arrest. He was assigned to All Saints Parish in Etna and was also a chaplin at the Allegheny County Jail since 2011.

“You know, it’s a tragedy, because you have a man who was married, children, grandchildren, an attorney since he’s been a deacon was assigned at the Allegheny County Jail, and has served there in the chalpin’s office,”, Bishop Zubik said. “So, when you take a look at all of that, you say, this is just amazing. It’s such a tragedy because I think it shows what a terrible addiction pornography really is.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 PM

Police: Pittsburgh-area deacon sent explicit messages to cop posing as teen boy

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Review

MEGAN GUZA | Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is accused of having inappropriate contact with a police officer posing online as a minor, the diocese said Wednesday.

A North Strabane police officer conducting undercover work for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force charged Deacon Rosendo “Ross” Dacal, 73, with three felony counts, including unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of communications, court records show.

According to a criminal complaint, Officer Gary Scherer was monitoring a chat room in December and posing as a 14-year-old boy. The complaint said a man later identified as Dacal exchanged hundreds of messages with Scherer in the chatroom and via other social media between Dec. 20 and Monday.

“Many of these messages were sexually explicit and graphic in nature,” including ones in which Dacal solicited naked photographs, Scherer wrote in the complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 PM

Catholic deacon suspended after arrest

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PETER SMITH
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
petersmith@post-gazette.com

APR 11, 2018

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has suspended a deacon after he was arrested Tuesday on charges including unlawful contact with a minor after he allegedly sent and solicited obscene images from an undercover police officer posing as a 14-year-old boy.

Rosendo F. Dacal, 73, of McCandless, was arraigned late Tuesday, according to Magisterial District Court records in Washington County, where the police investigator is based.

Mr. Dacal was immediately suspended from his positions as a chaplain at the Allegheny County Jail and on staff at All Saints Catholic Parish in Etna, according to Bishop David Zubik. The jail, where he worked as a contractor, has revoked his security clearance, said spokeswoman Amie Downs.

“The charges against Deacon Dacal are disturbing,” Bishop Zubik said in a statement. “I have pledged to civil authorities the full cooperation of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in their investigation. We had no previous knowledge of his alleged activities.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 PM

Scott Dawson responds to arrest of fellow evangelist

ALABAMA
AL.com

By Greg Garrison ggarrison@al.com

Acton Bowen horizontal.PNGActon Bowen, founder of Acton Bowen Outreach, spoke at AtlantaFest, an event organized by Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association in 2014.Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com

Evangelist Scott Dawson, a Republican candidate for governor, said that he did not know he was listed on the board of advisers for an Etowah County evangelist who was arrested for child sexual abuse.

Dawson said he knows Acton Bowen, and used him as a speaker in 2014 at one of his evangelistic events, AtlantaFest.

"I never noticed anything that caused concern - but I was not on his board," Dawson said in a text message to AL.com.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

Senate panel to hold hearing on sexual abuse of Olympic athletes

UNITED STATES
Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will hold a hearing next week into how the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and other sports organizations handled sexual misconduct allegations.

A Senate Commerce subcommittee will hold a hearing on April 18, with a number of athletes expected to testify.

Several U.S. sports organizations have been criticized for not acting on complaints of abuse by former sports physician Larry Nassar and others.

“As part of the subcommittee’s ongoing investigation, we have invited athletes representing multiple sports to testify at our first hearing,” said Republican Senator Jerry Moran, who chairs the panel that will hold the hearing. “We appreciate the willingness of these athletes – who share in our determination to root out abuse in youth sport governing bodies – to share their stories.”

In recent months, several congressional committees have asked the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and 48 national governing bodies of various sports and Michigan State University for answers to questions about sexual abuse within organized sports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 PM

Pope Francis Admits to Making ‘Serious Mistakes’ in Chile Sex Abuse Case

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Register

Elise Harris/CNA/EWTN News

VATICAN CITY — In a letter addressed to Chile’s bishops, Pope Francis admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling the nation’s massive sex abuse crisis and asked for forgiveness.

The Holy Father summoned Chile’s bishops to Rome to address the issue, and invited victims to meet with him, as well.

Referring to a recent investigation of abuse cover-up in Chile carried out by Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Pope Francis said that after a “slow reading” of the report, “I can affirm that all the testimonies collected speak in a stark manner, without additives or sweeteners, of many crucified lives and I confess that this has caused me pain and shame.”

Francis admitted to misjudging the severity of the affair, telling Chile’s bishops that “I have made serious mistakes in the judgement and perception of the situation, especially due to a lack of truthful and balanced information.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM

Pope acknowledges his 'serious mistakes' in Chile sexual abuse crisis

CHILE/VATICAN CITY
Reuters

SANTIAGO/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis acknowledged on Wednesday that he had made “serious mistakes in judgment and perception” of the sexual abuse crisis in Chile, and would meet with victims and bishops in an attempt to heal wounds the scandal caused to the Catholic Church.

“I apologize to all those I have offended and I hope to be able to do it personally in the coming weeks, in the meetings I will have” with victims, he said in a letter to Chilean bishops that followed a visit to Chile by the Vatican’s top sexual abuse investigator.

Chile has been shaken by the case of Bishop Juan Barros, appointed by the pope in 2015 despite accusations that Barros had covered up sexual abuse of minors by his mentor Father Fernando Karadima.

Francis, who visited Chile in January, at first strongly defended Barros, saying he was the target of slander. Then the pope dispatched Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, the Vatican’s top sexual crimes investigator, to Chile and New York to interview victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:20 PM

Francis admits 'serious mistakes' in handling of Chile abuse cases

ROME
National Catholic Reporter

by Joshua J. McElwee

ROME — Pope Francis has admitted making "serious mistakes" in his handling of clergy sexual abuse cases in Chile, telling the country's bishops in a lengthy letter that he feels "pain and shame" for the "crucified lives" of those who suffered abuse.

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But Francis has not revealed whether he will sack a Chilean prelate accused of covering up abuse, whom he has previously defended to the outrage of abuse survivors. Instead, Francis has asked the country's bishops to come to Rome en masse for a meeting at some point soon.

In a letter released late April 11, Francis is reporting to the bishops about the mission of Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna, whom the pope sent to Chile in February to interview abuse victims and look into the case of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid.

"I have made serious mistakes in the assessment and my perception of the situation, especially due to a lack of truthful and balanced information," Francis says in the letter.

Revealing that Scicluna's team took 64 testimonies from sexual abuse victims during its visit, the pope says the testimonies speak together "of many crucified lives, and I confess that it causes me pain and shame."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:17 PM

Papa Pide Perdón Pero Mantiene A Barros En Su Cargo

CHILE
RBN

[Pope apologizes but keeps Barros in his post.]

Esta tarde se conoció la carta enviada por el Papa Francisco a la conferencia episcopal de Chile, pero dejó un sabor amargo para quienes piden la salida de los obispos ligados a Fernando Karadima.

64 testimonios recibió Schicluna en sus reuniones tanto en Nueva York como en Santiago.

Schicluna aseguró que fueron varios asistentes quienes llegaron con madurez, respeto y amabilidad.

Francisco siente verguenza y dolor por quienes fueron "crucificados" en los abusos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:12 PM

Papa Francisco invita a Hamilton, Murillo y Cruz al Vaticano como acto de desagravio

CHILE
Radio UChile

[Pope Francis invites Hamilton, Murillo and Cruz to the Vatican as an act of redress.]

Las tres víctimas de Fernando Karadima habrían recibido la invitación papal luego que Francisco I revisara el informe elaborado por el arzobispo de Malta, Charles Scicluna, enviado a Chile examinar las denuncias contra el obispo Juan Barros.

En un acto de desagravio, el Papa Francisco invitó al Vaticano a las tres víctimas de Fernando Karadima, James Hamilton, Juan Carlos Cruz y José Andrés Murillo, en el marco de una reunión “fraternal (…) y con el solo objetivo de hacer resplandecer la verdad en nuestras vidas” , según expresa en la carta que dio a conocer hoy en Conferencia de Prensa el Presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal de Chile, Monseñor Santiago Silva.

El Sumo Pontífice expresó en la misiva su impacto por las revelaciones contenidas en el informe elaborado por monseñor Charles Scicluna. El arzobispo de Malta visitó nuestro país mandatado a redactar un documento dando cuenta de la situación de los abusos sexuales de la iglesia católica en nuestro país, específicamente en el caso del sacerdote de El Bosque y del presunto encubrimiento del hoy obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Laicos opositores a Barros por carta del papa Francisco: "Es más de lo que esperábamos"

CHILE
BioBio

[Lay opponents of Barros about the letter of Pope Francis: "It's more than we expected".]

Publicado por: Manuel Stuardo

El vocero de los Laicos de Osorno, Mario Vargas, señaló a Radio Bío Bío que la carta enviada por el papa Francisco a los obispos chilenos tras recibir los informes de la investigación del arzobispo Charles Scicluna, es más de lo que esperaban, por lo que se encuentran contentos y agradecidos.

Esto luego que el sacerdote Fernando Ramos, secretario general de la Conferencia Episcopal de Chile, diera a conocer la misiva en la que el líder de la Iglesia Católica convoca a los obispos a Roma, para analizar los resultados de las indagatorias por casos de abusos cometidos en nuestro país, y los encubrimientos de estos.

En este sentido, Vargas señaló que ha sido importante el escenario que ellos como movimiento han instalado, luego de las denuncias en contra del obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros Madrid, acusado de encubrir los abusos de Fernando Karadima.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Dolor y vergüenza del Papa al conocer testimonios de graves abusos sexuales, de conciencia y poder en Chile

CHILE
Conferencia Episcopal de Chile

[After hearing the report of Bishop Charles Scicluna, the Pontiff summoned the bishops to Rome to discuss their conclusions. He acknowledged that he has "made serious mistakes in the assessment and perception of the situation, especially due to a lack of accurate and balanced information." He asked forgiveness of the offended and he will do it personally with representatives of the people interviewed by Bishop Scicluna and his collaborator Fr. Bertomeu.]

Tras conocer el informe de Mons. Charles Scicluna, el Pontífice convocó a los obispos a Roma para dialogar sobre sus conclusiones. Reconoció que él ha incurrido “en graves equivocaciones de valoración y percepción de la situación especialmente por falta de información veraz y equilibrada”. Pidió perdón a los ofendidos y lo hará personalmente con representantes de las personas entrevistadas por Mons. Scicluna y su colaborador el P. Bertomeu.
Miercoles 11 de Abril del 2018

A través de una carta dirigida a los Obispos de la Conferencia Episcopal del Chile, el Papa Francisco da cuenta de su honda impresión tras haber recibido el informe realizado por Mons. Charles Scicluna , arzobispo de Malta, Presidente del Colegio para el examen de los recursos (en materia de delitos más graves) en la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, y Mons. Jordi Bertomeu, oficial de dicha Congregación, luego del proceso de escucha realizado en Nueva York y en Santiago durante el mes de febrero.

En este documento el Pontífice señala que, luego de una lectura pausada de las actas de este proceso de escucha, “creo poder afirmar que todos los testimonios recogidos en ellas hablan de un modo descarnado, sin aditivos ni edulcorantes, de muchas vidas crucificadas y les confieso que ello me causa dolor y vergüenza”.

En la misiva, el Santo Padre se dirige al plenario de obispos de la CECh para invitarlos a trabajar juntos, en restablecer la confianza en la Iglesia chilena: “escribo a ustedes, reunidos en la 115ª asamblea plenaria, para solicitar humildemente vuestra colaboración y asistencia en las medidas que a corto, medio y largo plazo deberán ser adoptadas para restablecer la comunión eclesial en Chile, con el objetivo de reparar en lo posible el escándalo y restablecer la justicia”. Para estos fines, el Papa ha convocado a los Obispos chilenos a Roma, para “dialogar sobre las conclusiones de la mencionada visita y mis conclusiones”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Iglesia chilena admite que “no hemos hecho lo suficiente” en caso Barros

CHILE
La Tercera

[Chilean church admits that "we have not done enough" in the case of Barros.]

Autor: Claudia Soto

El presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal, el obispo Santiago Silva, se refirió a la carta en la que el Papa Francisco pidió perdón a quienes “ofendió” por sus dichos de apoyo a Juan Barros, quien es acusado de encubrimiento de los abusos sexuales cometidos por el ex párroco de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima.

El Pontífice reconoce en la misiva, no haber contado con información veraz, y asegura que cometió “graves equivocaciones de valoración” en torno al caso del obispo de Osorno.

Tras esto, Silva manifestó que tal como Francisco, “sentimos dolor por los abusos de menores y la manipulación de conciencias”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:52 PM

Pope admits ‘serious errors’ in situation of Chilean bishop accused of cover up

VATICAN CITY
Crux

Inés San Martín
VATICAN CORRESPONDENT

Pope Francis acknowledged that he has made “serious errors of assessment and perception” in the case of Chilean Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, who has been accused of covering up for a pedophile priest and whom the pontiff has repeatedly defended.

“I recognize and I want you to communicate this accurately, that I have made serious errors of judgement and perception of the situation, especially due to lack of truthful and balanced information,” Francis wrote in a letter to the Chilean bishops.

In the following weeks, Francis will meet with some victims of clerical sexual abuse from Chile, who will travel to Rome and individually ask for forgiveness, according to the spokesman for the Chilean bishops’ conference.

Ahead of those meetings, announced by spokesman Jaime Coiro via Twitter as the letter was being read out in Chile, Francis said that “from this moment, I apologize to all those whom I offended and I hope to be able to do it personally, in the coming weeks, in the meetings that I will have with representatives of the people interviewed.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

Papa Francisco anuncia que se reunirá con víctimas entrevistadas por la misión de Scicluna en Chile

CHILE
La Tercera

[Pope Francis announces that he will meet with victims interviewed by the Scicluna mission in
Chile.]

Autor: Sebastián Rivas

En uno de los párrafos de su carta a los obispos, aseñaló que tendrá encuentros "en las próximas semanas" con representantes de quienes dieron su testimonio. De acuerdo a versiones de prensa, el listado podría incluir a quienes denunciaron abusos de Fernando Karadima.

“Ya desde ahora pido perdón a todos aquellos a los que ofendí y espero poder hacerlo también personalmente, en las próximas semanas, en las reuniones que tendré con representantes de las personas entrevistadas”.

Con esa frase de su carta relacionada con el informe entregado por el arzobispo de Malta, Charles J. Scicluna, sobre el caso del obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros, el Papa Francisco hizo un anuncio especial: recibirá a parte de las víctimas chilenas que entregaron su testimonio a la misión encabezada por el sacerdote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:26 PM

Publicly Accused Priests, Brothers, Sisters, and Deacons in Chile

CHILE
Bishop Accountability.org

[Ver también el banco de datos en español.]

BishopAccountability.org has examined news and court archives and identified nearly 80 clergy in Chile publicly accused of sexually abusing minors.

The database reveals the distinctive aspects of the Catholic abuse crisis in Chile, and the degree to which much remains hidden. Most of the cases detailed below involve abuse that has occurred since 2000 and was reported to law enforcement quickly -- within just a few years of occurrence. We know from Catholic abuse data published elsewhere that such cases comprise a small fraction of the total scope of the problem.

It is worth noting that the factors that have caused significant disclosure elsewhere of secret church files and abusive priests’ names – widespread litigation by victims, investigations of church entities by prosecutors, and inquiries by government commissions – have not so far occurred in Chile.

This list, then, is a fraction of the total number of accused clerics who would be known if Chile's church leaders were required to report to law enforcement, if its legal system allowed victims more time to bring criminal and civil charges, or if dioceses and religious orders were investigated by prosecutors or state commissions. In Australia, which has half as many Catholics as Chile and a comparable number of active priests and brothers (around 5,000), a recently concluded government inquiry counted child sex abuse allegations against more than 1,100 male clergy.

The lack of external pressure allows Catholic church leaders in Chile to act with impunity. They openly reinstate, for instance, priests who have faced multiple allegations of abuse. Chile’s senior churchman, Santiago archbishop Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, announced in December 2016 that Cristián Precht Bañados had fulfilled his canonical sentence of five years’ suspension from ministry. A church investigation had uncovered 20 victims of Precht, ranging from age 15 to 35. Yet Precht is now allowed again to say Mass publicly, Ezzati said; he has regained “his fundamental exercise of the rights he has as a presbyter."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:17 PM

CARTA DEL SANTO PADRE FRANCISCO A LOS SEÑORES OBISPOS DE CHILE

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO
Vatican Information Service

A los Señores Obispos de Chile.

Queridos hermanos en el episcopado:

La recepción durante la semana pasada de los últimos documentos que completan el informe que me entregaron mis dos enviados especiales a Chile el 20 de marzo de 2018, con un total de más de 2.300 folios, me mueve a escribirles esta carta. Les aseguro mi oración y quiero compartir con Ustedes la convicción de que las dificultades presentes son también una ocasión para restablecer la confianza en la Iglesia, confianza rota por nuestros errores y pecados y para sanar unas heridas que no dejan de sangrar en el conjunto de la sociedad chilena.

Sin la fe y sin la oración, la fraternidad es imposible. Por ello, en este 2º domingo de Pascua, en el día de la misericordia, les ofrezco esta reflexión con el deseo de que cada uno de Ustedes me acompañe en el itinerario interior que estoy recorriendo en las últimas semanas, a fin de que sea el Espíritu quien nos guíe con su don y no nuestros intereses o, peor aún, nuestro orgullo herido.

A veces cuando tales males nos arrugan el alma y nos arrojan al mundo flojos, asustados y abroquelados en nuestros cómodos “palacios de invierno”, el amor de Dios sale a nuestro encuentro y purifica nuestras intenciones para amar como hombres libres, maduros y críticos. Cuando los medios de comunicación nos avergüenzan presentando una Iglesia casi siempre en novilunio, privada de la luz del Sol de justicia (S. Ambrosio, Hexameron IV, 8, 32) y tenemos la tentación de dudar de la victoria pascual del Resucitado, creo que como Santo Tomás no debemos temer la duda (Jn 20, 25), sino temer la pretensión de querer ver sin fiarnos del testimonio de aquellos que escucharon de los labios del Señor la promesa más hermosa (Mt 28, 20).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:13 PM

El papa Francisco pidió perdón por subestimar el escándalo de abuso sexual en Chile e invitó a las víctimas al Vaticano

CHILE
Infobae

[Pope Francis apologized for underestimating the sexual abuse scandal in Chile and invited the victims to the Vatican]

El papa Francisco reconoció este miércoles "graves equivocaciones de valoración" sobre el caso de presunto encubrimiento de abusos sexuales del que acusan al obispo chileno, Juan Barros, al que defendió, y convocó al clero de ese país para analizar la situación.

"En lo que me toca, reconozco y así quiero que lo transmitan fielmente, que he incurrido en graves equivocaciones de valoración y percepción de la situación, especialmente por falta de información veraz y equilibrada", señaló en una carta a los obispos chilenos.

"Ya desde ahora pido perdón a todos aquellos a los que ofendí y espero poder hacerlo personalmente, en las próximas semanas, en las reuniones que tendré con representantes de las personas entrevistadas", agregó el documento.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM

Papa reconoce errores en caso Barros y cita a obispos chilenos a Roma: "He incurrido en graves equivocaciones de valoración y percepción"

CHILE
Publimetro

[Pope acknowledges errors in Barros case and summons Chilean bishops to Rome: "I have incurred serious errors of assessment and perception"]

Por Felipe Betancour

Esta tarde se dio a conocer una carta que envió el Papa Francisco al episcopado tras recibir los informes de la investigación sobre el caso Barros, indagaciones que llevó a cabo el Monseñor Charles Scicluna tanto en Nueva York como en Santiago.

En la misiva, leída por el Monseñor Fernando Ramos, el Papa asume que "equivoco" las valoraciones sobre las denuncias y la situación del Obispo Barros. Durante su paso por Chile, Francisco desestimó las acusaciones al sacerdote al decir que "no hay ninguna prueba en contra del él (Barros), sólo hay calumnias".

"En lo que me toca, reconozco y así quiero que lo transmitan fielmente, que he incurrido en graves equivocaciones de valoración y percepción de la situación, especialmente por falta de información veraz y equilibrada", dice Francisco en el texto enviado a los obispos chilenos, en el que además pide perdón a aquellos que se sintieron afectados. "Desde ya pido perdón a todos aquellos a los que ofendí y espero poder hacerlo personalmente, en las próximas semanas, en las reuniones que tendré con representantes de las personas entrevistadas".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Papa Francisco pide perdón y reconoce haber cometido “graves equivocaciones de valoración” en Caso Barros

CHILE
La Teercera

[Pope Francis asks for forgiveness and acknowledges having committed "serious misjudgments" in the case of Barros. The Pontiff sent a letter to the Chilean bishops in which he summoned them to Rome to discuss the conclusions that Archbishop Charles Scicluna drew during his stay in Chile and after meeting with different parts of the Church and with victims of Karadima.]

Autor: Claudia Soto

El Pontífice envió una carta a los obispos chilenos en la que los convoca a Roma para dialogar sobre las conclusiones que monseñor Charles Scicluna sacó durante su paso por Chile y tras entrevistarse con distintas partes de la Iglesia y con víctimas de Karadima.

Esta tarde la Conferencia Episcopal de Chile dio a conocer la carta que envió el Papa Francisco a los obispos chilenos, luego de que recibiera el informe elaborado por monseñor Charles Scicluna en su paso por Chile, para indagar en las acusaciones contra el obispo Juan Barros.

En la misiva – que fue dada a conocer por los monseñores Santiago Silva y Fernando Ramos- el Pontífice admite haber cometido errores en el marco del obispo de Osorno, que es acusado de haber encubierto los abusos sexuales de Fernando Karadima.

Media Advisory: Sexual Abuse Survivor Sues Augustinian Order For Maintaining Hazardous Public Nuisance

ILLINOIS
Jeff Anderson and Associates

Chicago News Conference Thursday

Sexual Abuse Survivor Sues Augustinian Order
For Maintaining Hazardous Public Nuisance

Lawsuit Implicates Prominent Augustinian Fr. Richard J. McGrath,
High-Ranking Official and Principal at Providence Catholic High School,
for Sexual Abuse and Possession & Destruction of Child Pornography

Sexual Abuse Survivor to Appear Publicly to Call on the Augustinians to
Come Clean and Release its List of Accused Offenders

What: At a news conference on Thursday in Chicago, a sexual abuse survivor and his attorneys Jeff Anderson and Marc Pearlman will:

• Speak publicly for the first time about sexual abuse by prominent Augustinian priest Fr. Richard J. McGrath, O.S.A. while Plaintiff was a student at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Illinois;
• Announce the filing of a lawsuit alleging a serious ongoing hazard created by the Augustinians by keeping secret from the public the names and histories of all accused offenders;
• Disclose the identities of Augustinian priests and brothers accused publicly accused of child sexual abuse and demand a full disclosure of the identities and histories kept secret.

WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 1:00PM CST

WHERE: Marriott Residence Inn Chicago – Downtown/Loop
Madison Room
11 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60603

NOTES: Watch the event live on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AndersonAdvocates/ and our website www.andersonadvocates.com

Contact Jeff Anderson: Office/651.964.3473 Mobile/612.817.8665
Contact Marc Pearlman: Office/312.261.4550 Mobile/773.368.0142

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Pope writes Chile’s bishops after receiving sex abuse report

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

By NICOLE WINFIELD and EVA VERGARA

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Chile’s Catholic Church is bracing for revelations from a letter from Pope Francis to the country’s bishops following a scandal over his strong defense of a bishop accused of witnessing and ignoring sex abuse by Chile’s most notorious predator priest.

Jaime Coiro, spokesman for the Chilean bishops’ conference, said the letter would be released later Wednesday in both Chile and at the Vatican. In a tweet, Coiro said the pope wrote it after receiving a report by Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s longtime sex abuse prosecutor.

Francis sent Scicluna to investigate allegations of sex abuse cover-up by Bishop Juan Barros, a protege of the Rev. Fernando Karadima.

Karadima was a charismatic preacher who was removed from ministry by the Vatican for sexually abusing minors and sentenced in 2011 to a lifetime of penance and prayer. Karadima had long been a darling of the Catholic hierarchy, and his victims have accused church leaders of covering up his crimes to protect the church’s reputation.

Scicluna and his colleague, the Rev. Jordi Bertomeu, spent nearly two weeks in Chile and New York earlier this year interviewing Karadima’s victims, who for years have denounced Barros’ silence and were stunned by Francis’ strong defense of him during his January visit to Chile.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:07 PM

Se publicará carta del Papa a obispos sobre informe de abusos en Chile

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO
Diario de Yucatan

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO (AP) — La Iglesia católica chilena se está preparando para las revelaciones de una carta del papa Francisco a los obispos, tras el escándalo provocado por su enérgica defensa de un obispo acusado de presenciar y pasar por alto los abusos sexuales cometidos por el cura depredador más conocido de Chile.

El vocero de la Conferencia Episcopal de Chile, Jaime Coiro, dijo el miércoles que se difundirá la carta en las próximas horas en Chile y el Vaticano. En un tuit, Coiro indicó que el papa escribió la misiva después de recibir un informe del arzobispo Charles Scicluna.

Francisco envió a Scicluna a investigar las denuncias de que el obispo Juan Barros había encubierto al reverendo Fernando Karadima. Este predicador carismático fue expulsado del sacerdocio por abuso sexual de menores y sentenciado en 2011 a una vida de penitencia y oración. Karadima había sido un favorito de la jerarquía católica y sus víctimas han acusado a varios jerarcas de encubrirlo para proteger la reputación de la Iglesia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Scicluna recomendó a Francisco aceptar renuncia de Juan Barros

CHILE
Cooperativa

[The Bishop of Malta, Charles Scicluna , special envoy of the pope to hear complaints of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in Chile, delivered last March a full report to Pope Francis on the Chilean Catholic reality within which he suggested accepting the resignation presented by the questioned Bishop of Osorno, Juan Barros.]

El obispo de Malta, Charles Scicluna, enviado especial del papa para conocer las denuncias por abusos sexuales dentro de la Iglesia Católica en Chile, entregó en marzo pasado un informe completo al papa Francisco sobre la realidad católica chilena dentro del cual sugirió aceptar la renuncia presentada por el cuestionado obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros.

Según consignó La Tercera, Barros presentó por tercera vez su dimisión al pontífice, ya que las dos anteriores fueron rechazadas, pero en esta oportunidad Scicluna recomienda aceptar esta solicitud.

Para Juan Carlos Claret, vocero de los laicos de Osorno, esta sugerencia vuelve a dejar la decisión en manos del papa Francisco.

"Para nosotros vuelve a poner el centro de la responsabilidad en el papa Francisco quien ahora más que nunca tendría por tanto un deber de responder y mirar a los ojos si va a aceptar esa renuncia o no, recordemos que el mismo papa reconoció públicamente que Juan Barros le había presentado la renuncia en dos ocasiones, pero que él las descartó", dijo Claret.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM

Papa envió a obispos chilenos sus conclusiones tras conocer informe de Scicluna

CHILE
Cooperativa

El papa Francisco envió a los obispos chilenos una carta con sus conclusiones tras la conocer el informe del obispo de Malta, Charles Scicluna, enviado especial del pontífice para indagar las acusaciones en contra del obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros.

Hoy a las 15:00 hrs. en Punta de Tralca se dará a conocer carta del papa Francisco @Pontifex_es dirigida a los obispos chilenos tras recibir el informe de Mons. Charles Scicluna @BishopScicluna.

Scicluna estuvo en Santiago en febrero pasado reuniendo antecedentes y tomando testimonios respecto de las acusaciones contra el jefe de la Diócesis de Osorno de encubrir los abusos sexuales del ex párroco de El Bosque Fernando Karadima.

Previo a su arribo a Chile, se había reunido en Estados Unidos con Juan Carlos Cruz, quien le entregó su testimonio sobre Barros.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM

Maine House votes to save child abuse prevention program

MAINE
Portland Press Herald

BY JOE LAWLOR
STAFF WRITER

The Maine House voted Tuesday to rescue a $2.2 million child abuse prevention program in an attempt to overturn efforts by the LePage administration to terminate it.

The bill to save the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children has attracted bipartisan support, with Democratic lawmakers joined by Republican Senate Majority Leader Michael Thibodeau and Republican Sen. Amy Volk of Scarborough. The measure was approved on a voice vote and will now go to the Senate.

The state is considering reforms in its child abuse protection system after a public outcry following the recent deaths of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy of Stockton Springs and 4-year-old Kendall Chick of Wiscasset. The parents or caregivers of both children have been charged with depraved indifference murder in their deaths.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services officials announced in February that the child abuse prevention program would end in September. The bill would extend funding through Jan. 31 to give the incoming administration time to evaluate the program. Gov. Paul LePage is finishing his final term, and a new governor will take over in January. Democratic, Republican and independent candidates will vie in November to succeed LePage.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:04 PM

Lawmakers vote to keep child abuse prevention program

MAINE
WABI

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) The Maine House has voted to save a child abuse prevention program that the governor planned to eliminate.

The Portland Press Herald reports the bill to save the $2.2 million Community Partnerships for Protecting Children program passed Tuesday with bipartisan support. The bill will continue funding through Jan. 31 after the new governor takes over.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage's office had planned to end the program in September, saying the state's existing child abuse and neglect councils provide similar services. The governor had experienced abuse as a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:01 PM

Paedophile priest Father Paul Moore 'poisoned my life'

SCOTLAND
BBC News

A man who was sexually abused by Catholic priest Paul Moore when he was just five years old has said the ordeal "poisoned my life".

Andi Lavery, who was Moore's youngest victim, has given BBC Scotland permission to publish a picture of him which was taken in May 1977.

He said: "I was assaulted that day. Moore was present when the picture was taken."

Mr Lavery said the impact of the attacks was incalculable.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:59 PM

Alabama evangelist charged with sexual abuse of teen boy

ALABAMA
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Crystal Bonvillian, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

HOOVER, Ala.
An Alabama evangelist, public speaker and author was arrested Tuesday, accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

Paul Edward Acton Bowen, 37, of Southside, was booked on charges of sodomy, sexual abuse and enticing a child for immoral purposes, according to Jefferson County Jail records. He was released early Wednesday morning on $90,300 bail.

AL.com reported that an investigation into Bowen by the Hoover Police Department began about three weeks ago. An arrest warrant was issued on Monday.

The victim in the case is a family acquaintance between the ages of 13 and 15.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM

The conversation around sexual abuse in sports won’t be ending anytime soon

UNITED STATES
New York Daily News

CARRON J. PHILLIPS

Jerry Sandusky and Larry Nassar were just the beginning.

Because the discussion surrounding the sexual assault and abuse that takes place in sports is nowhere near a conclusion.

On Tuesday, a report by the North Jersey Media Group detailed how Bergen Catholic School officials worked together to cover up a sexual abuse scandal inside the wrestling program at the all-boys school.

And according to reports, the abuse included coaches watching student-athletes as they stripped naked, the sharing of pornographic images, and inappropriate texts from coaches sent to athletes.

According to the 29-page, 12-count lawsuit, the school and Newark Archdioceses worked together to protect the coaches and not the students.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:40 AM

Priest who served in Loudoun County placed on leave pending a sexual misconduct investigation

VIRGINIA
Loudoun Times

By Veronike Collazo, vcollazo@loudountimes.com

Rev. Michael R. Duesterhaus, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington who previously served at churches in Loudoun County, was placed on administrative leave in March pending investigation of an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Duesterhaus is on leave from his assignment as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Winchester.

The alleged incidents occurred between 2001 and 2004, and Duesterhaus denies the accusation, according to a statement by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

The Diocese is fully cooperating with law enforcement and will continue to do so.

According to the statement, Duesterhaus — like all priests, diocesan employees and volunteers who work with children in the Diocese of Arlington — underwent criminal background checks during his service.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

Bill Hybels, prominent megachurch pastor, resigns from Willow Creek following allegations

ILLINOIS
Washington Post

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Prominent pastor Bill Hybels announced Tuesday he is stepping down from his Chicago-area megachurch Willow Creek, just weeks after the Chicago Tribune published allegations of misconduct from several women. Hybels, who with his wife co-founded one of the nation’s largest churches in 1975, was a spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton around the time of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

He told the church publicly last year that he was planning to step down in October, but he resigned Tuesday, saying he would be a distraction to the church’s ministry. Some members of his congregation shouted “No!” and gave him a standing ovation following his address.

In March, the Chicago Tribune published allegations that he made suggestive comments, extended hugs, an unwanted kiss and invitations to a staff member to hotel rooms. The newspaper also reported allegations of a consensual affair with a married woman, and the woman who said she had an affair later retracted her allegations. Hybels has denied all the allegations and said on Tuesday again that the church’s investigations found no evidence of misconduct. However, he told his congregation he felt attacked and wished he had responded differently.

“I apologize to you, my church, for a response that was defensive instead of one that invited conversation and learning,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Hybels steps down from Willow Creek following allegations of misconduct

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

Manya Brachear Pashman and Jeff Coen
Chicago Tribune

Forty-two years after founding one of the nation’s most influential evangelical megachurches, the Rev. Bill Hybels told his congregation Tuesday night that he would step down from the helm of Willow Creek Community Church six months ahead of schedule.

His departure comes less than a month after a Chicago Tribune investigation disclosed that Hybels had been the subject of inquiries by church leaders into claims that he ran afoul of church teachings by engaging in inappropriate behavior with women in his congregation — including employees — allegedly spanning decades. The inquiries had cleared Hybels.

At times choking back tears, Hybels told the somber crowd at a hastily called meeting at the church’s main campus in South Barrington that, while he continued to enjoy support from within his congregation, the controversy was proving to be a distraction from the church’s mission and work.

Referring to his wife, he said, “It has been extremely painful for Lynne and I to see this controversy continue to be a distraction.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Willow Creek pastor resigns following misconduct allegations

ILLINOIS
WGN

BY MEGHAN DWYER AND MELISSA ESPANA

SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. -- A pastor at an Evangelical megachurch announced he is resigning six months ahead of schedule. The announcement comes after a Chicago Tribune investigation disclosed that the pastor had allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with women in his church.

Rev. Bill Hybels told his congregation on Tuesday that he would be stepping down from his position at Willow Creek Community Church, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"The leaders of both our church and the Willow Creek Association need the freedom to get on with the task of carry out the important missions that God has given to them. Therefore, I have decided to accelerate my planned retirement date from October of this year to tonight," he said to his congregation Tuesday evening.

According to the investigation, the alleged behavior included suggestive comments, extended hugs, an unwanted kiss, and invitations to hotel rooms.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Carlsbad Pastor Sentenced to 15 Years for Child Molestation

CALIFORNIA
NBC Los Angeles

A former pastor at a Carlsbad church who pleaded guilty to repeatedly molesting a child over the course of nearly two years was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday.

Prosecutors said that 44-year-old Matthew Tague, a pastor at the North Coast Calvary Chapel at the time of his arrest, only turned himself in because his wife caught him abusing the young girl.

Tague was arrested on May 31, 2017, on 14 counts of lewd and lascivious acts on one minor victim. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said Tague called deputies on Monday and reported the crimes himself.

He pled guilty to two counts of committing a lewd act on a child in February.

"This is very shocking to me," Karen Graham told NBC 7 last June. She said the pastor mentored her son. "It's like losing a close friend to my son, to my family. To have a man of this stature do something like that, it's just unbelievable."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Ex-Carlsbad pastor who molested girl gets 15 years in prison

CALIFORNIA
San Diego Union-Tribune

Pauline Repard

A former assistant pastor at a large Carlsbad church got a 15-year prison sentence Tuesday for molesting a 13-year-old relative over the span of about a year.

Before hearing his sentence, Matthew Tague, 44, of San Marcos, once an assistant pastor at North Coast Calvary Chapel, apologized for his behavior. Reading a statement, said he was ashamed and remorseful.

“He said that he brought shame on his church and family and damage to the girl,” recounted his attorney, Richard Muir. “He said he will spend the rest of his life trying to rehabilitate from this.”

Tague was fired from North Coast Calvary Chapel last year when church officials learned of the allegations. Tague had ministries to families and to church members ages 30 to 40.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Mobile pastor found guilty of rape and sexual abuse of a child

ALABAMA
WSFA

MOBILE, AL (WALA) -
A Mobile County jury convicted pastor on rape and sex abuse of a child charges Tuesday.

Alvin McNeil was the pastor at Open Door True Worship Church in Mobile when he was indicted in 2016. He was arrested after a mother went to police after McNeil raped her 16-year-old daughter and she became pregnant. The mother also said McNeil molested her 11-year-old daughter.

McNeil's bond was revoked and he was booked into Mobile County Metro Jail. He will be sentenced on May 24.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Mobile pastor found guilty of rape and sex abuse of a child

ALABAMA
News 5

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) - The jury has found Pastor Alvin McNeil guilty of rape and sex abuse of a child under 12.

Judge Lockett revoked his bond and took the defendant into custody, the District Attorney's office said.

56-year-old Alvin McNeil was a pastor of Open Door True Worship Apostolic Church.

The Prichard resident was booked into Mobile County Metro Jail back in September 2016. He was charged with child sexual abuse, first-degree rape, and first-degree sodomy, according to the jail log.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Archbishop lived with pedophile priest

AUSTRALIA
Armidale Express

Mark Russell

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has told a NSW court he lived with a pedophile priest but had no idea he was abusing young boys.

Wilson, who's the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged with concealing child sexual abuse, on Wednesday revealed he lived with James Fletcher, two other priests and the local bishop in the NSW Hunter region in 1983.

That was seven years after two former altar boys allegedly told Wilson they'd been abused by Fletcher.

Wilson told Newcastle Local Court he was never friends with Fletcher but thought he was a good bloke.

"I had no reason to suspect he wasn't," the 67-year-old said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson denies altar boys told him they had been sexually abused

AUSTRALIA
9 News

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has declared under oath that two former altar boys never told him they had been sexually abused by a fellow priest.

Wilson, who has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, gave evidence in his defence in Newcastle Local Court after magistrate Robert Stone rejected the clergyman's bid to have the case thrown out.

The 67-year-old is the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged with concealing child sexual abuse.

Wilson told the court today he had known one of the former altar boys, Peter Creigh, and his family when he was an assistant priest in the NSW Hunter region in the mid-1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Adelaide archbishop denies altar boy chats

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

Mark Russell

ADELAIDE Archbishop Philip Wilson has declared under oath that two former altar boys never told him they had been sexually abused by a fellow priest.

Archbishop Wilson, 67, who has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, gave evidence in his defence in Newcastle Local Court after magistrate Robert Stone rejected the clergyman’s bid to have the case thrown out.

Archbishop Wilson told the court on Wednesday he had known one of the former altar boys Peter Creigh and his family when he was an assistant priest in the NSW Hunter Region in the mid-1970s.

But Archbishop Wilson said he had no memory of Mr Creigh telling him in 1976 how he had been sexually abused by priest James Fletcher five years earlier, when he was 10.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Adelaide archbishop Philip Wilson denies he was told of abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Australian Associated Press

Wed 11 Apr 2018

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has declared under oath that two former altar boys never told him they had been sexually abused by a fellow priest.

Wilson, who has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, gave evidence in his defence in Newcastle local court after magistrate Robert Stone rejected the clergyman’s bid to have the case thrown out.

The 67-year-old is the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged with concealing child sexual abuse.

Wilson told the court on Wednesday he had known one of the former altar boys, Peter Creigh, and his family when he was an assistant priest in the NSW Hunter region in the mid-1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Archdiocese calls Fr. Adrian back to Guam following sexual abuse allegations

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Jolene Toves - April 11, 2018

Guam – Yesterday, a lawsuit filed in the District Court of Guam detailed accusations of sexual abuse against former Chancellor Father Adrian Cristobal, naming him for the first time as an alleged sexual predator.

In a statement from Archdiocese of Guam, Spokesperson Tony Diaz, he confirms, “Father Adrian is still a priest of the Archdiocese of Agana. However, he is off-island in mission at the Diocese of Phoenix.”

In light of the allegations, Diaz says Father Cristobal is being called back to the island.

Cristobal was the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Agana appointed by Archbishop Anthony Apuron. However, when Apuron was placed on leave in 2016 as a result of sexual allegations against him, the Vatican not only appointed Archbishop Michael Byrnes as a temporary administrator but Cristobal was also replaced as chancellor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Another priest accused of sex abuse on Guam; 160 lawsuits filed

GUAM
Radio New Zealand

Another Catholic priest is facing child sexual abuse allegations on Guam.

Adrian Cristobal, who is now a priest in Arizona, is accused in a lawsuit of molesting an altar boy at a parish from about 1995 to 1997.

In one case, the plaintiff claims he was abused right after a funeral mass.

Guam's Archdiocese told the Pacific Daily News that it's recalling Mr Cristobal to the island.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Deadline for sex abuse claims against Catholic priests is April 15

NEW YORK
The Journal News

Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, jfitzgib@lohud.com

Alleged victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests have until April 15 to file their final claims with the Archdiocese of New York as part of a victims compensation program set up by the church.

The deadline is for individuals who filed an initial claim with the Archdiocese prior to Nov. 1, the end of the second phase of the compensation program.

Those individuals were given a packet that included a form to request financial compensation for the abuse. Those are the forms due by Sunday.

To date, more than 200 claims of abuse by priests have been filed under the diocese's Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, launched by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in 2016.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Catholic priest jailed for nine years for child sex abuse

SCOTLAND
BBC News

A Catholic priest has been jailed for nine years for sexually abusing three children and a student priest in crimes spanning more than 20 years.

Father Paul Moore, 82, committed the crimes in various locations in Ayrshire between 1977 and 1996.

The court heard how he abused one boy at a school, another at a leisure centre and a third on the beach at Irvine in the 1970s.

He was also found guilty of indecently assaulting a student priest in 1995.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

April 10, 2018

Adelaide archbishop's fate in limbo

AUSTRALIA
Border Mail

Mark Russell

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson had acted in a way "designed to protect the reputation of the Catholic Church" in not reporting a fellow priest's historical sexual abuse of altar boys, a NSW court has heard.

The claim was made as magistrate Robert Stone was preparing to rule on a last-ditch bid by Wilson, who's accused of covering up child sex abuse, to have the case against him dropped.

Mr Stone told the Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday he hoped to decide on a submission by defence barrister Stephen Odgers SC that Wilson had "no case to answer" by noon on Wednesday. But the ruling could come as late as Thursday.

Mr Odgers made the submission after prosecutor Gareth Harrison formally closed the crown case against Wilson on Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 PM

Adelaide archbishop faces wait on case

AUSTRALIA
9 News

The most senior Catholic official charged with concealing child abuse is awaiting his fate as a NSW magistrate decides whether to proceed with the case against him.

Two former altar boys claim they told then assistant priest Philip Wilson in 1976 that priest James Fletcher sexually assaulted them.

Fletcher was found guilty of child sexual abuse and died in jail in 2006.

The defence barrister for Wilson, now the Archbishop of Adelaide, said the case was circumstantial and there was no evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt Wilson had been told about the abuse, believed it was true or remembered being told about it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 PM

Cosby accuser tells jury she was drugged for four days, sexually assaulted

PENNSYLVANIA
Reuters

David DeKok

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - One of 50 women to accuse comedian Bill Cosby of sexual molestation told a jury on Tuesday he gave her spiked wine that kept her stupefied for four days in 1984, and she awoke to find him naked and attempting to force himself on her.

Heidi Thomas, an aspiring actress who met Cosby for career coaching, testified in a Pennsylvania courthouse in Cosby’s retrial on charges of sexually assaulting another woman 20 years later.

Thomas was reading a monologue of a character who was drunk, so Cosby persuaded her to drink white wine. She said she recalled “only snapshots” of the next four days.

“The next thing, I remember waking up on a bed. I have clothes on, he did not. I was lying down. He was forcing himself in my mouth,” Thomas said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 PM

Cosby Defense Aggressively Attacks Accuser

PENNSYLVANIA
Hollywood Reporter

Associated Press

Armed with a couple key rulings that could help the defense, the actor's lawyer, Tom Mesereau, told jurors that Andrea Constand is a "con artist" who framed his client because she was after "money, money and lots more money."

As Bill Cosby stands trial a second time over allegations he sexually molested a woman in 2004, his new, high-powered Hollywood lawyer took a far more aggressive tone toward the accuser in his opening statement Tuesday.

Armed with a couple key rulings that could help the defense, Tom Mesereau told jurors that Andrea Constand is a "con artist" who framed his client because she was after "money, money and lots more money." Mesereau made the point repeatedly as he sought to cast Constand as the villain, and Cosby her victim.

Cosby's lawyer for his first trial, by contrast, tried to undermine Constand's credibility by focusing on what he said were her shifting accounts to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 PM

Bill Cosby Retrial: Another Victim Takes the Stand to Describe Entertainer Forcing Himself on Her

PENNSYLVANIA
Variety

Emilie Lounsberry

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – After a defense opening that portrayed Bill Cosby as the victim of phony sexual assault accusations, a Colorado music teacher testified Tuesday that Cosby molested her back in 1984 when she was a struggling actress and he had agreed to mentor her.

The woman, Heidi Thomas, took the stand in Cosby’s retrial here in suburban Philadelphia as prosecutors sought to show that Andrea Constand – the woman whose accusation is at the heart of the criminal case against Cosby – was not the only woman assaulted by the entertainer.

Thomas testified that she traveled to Reno to meet Cosby and ended up staying with him at a ranch outside of town. He gave her a script and asked her to play an intoxicated woman, she said, eventually offering her some white wine. She then became woozy, she said, and woke up in bed with a naked Cosby “forcing himself” into her mouth.

Thomas, then about 24, said she felt sickened yet also felt that she must have done something to lead Cosby to believe she would engage in sexual activity. “I must have given some signal,” said Thomas, who said she later consulted a psychologist. “I did feel like I must have said something that was misunderstood.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 PM

Archbishop Philip Wilson trial: Defence seeks to prove a ‘good tendency’ to report child sexual abuse allegations

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

Sam Rigney

Magistrate Robert Stone has rejected a defence application to call two witnesses during the landmark hearing of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, which the defence said showed he had a tendency to report allegations of child sexual abuse to the authorities.

Mr Stone found the evidence, two statements from people who had dealings with Archbishop Wilson during his time at Wollongong and Adelaide, didn’t have “significant probative value” because it did nothing to assist Mr Stone in understanding what the Archbishop’s personal belief was in relation to reporting matters of child sexual abuse.

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaving Newcastle courthouse on Tuesday after his defence made a ‘no case to answer application’ at the conclusion of the prosecution case. @newcastleheraldpic.twitter.com/nWeanBFJqT

At the conclusion of the crown case, Archbishop Wilson’s defence barrister, Stephen Odgers, SC, moved to have the case against him dismissed, making a ‘no case to answer’ application and handing up detailed written submissions.

If successful that would mean Archbishop Wilson would not be required to run a defence and the charge would be dismissed.

The case will resume at 2pm on Tuesday for argument on the application.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 PM

Catholic high school accused of shielding wrestling coaches from sexual abuse allegations

NEW JERSEY
CBS News

ORADELL, N.J. -- A former wrestler has sued his Catholic high school, claiming the New Jersey school and church officials conspired to cover up sexual and verbal abuse in its nationally recognized wrestling program, CBS New York reports. The suit filed Monday alleges Bergen Catholic High School wrestling coaches shared pornographic images with team members, watched wrestlers strip naked and sent athletes inappropriate text messages.

The lawsuit also claims school and Archdiocese of Newark officials worked to shield the coaches.

In a statement, Brother Brian Walsh, who is president of the school in Oradell, said the suit was "based on allegations that are unfounded, frivolous and untrue." He said the school would vigorously defend itself.

School and archdiocese officials say they reported the abuse allegations to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office when they learned about them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 PM

Saginaw Diocese cancels two events amid sex abuse investigations

MICHIGAN
National Catholic Reporter

Apr 10, 2018

by James Dearie

The Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan, canceled two events last week as it continues to deal with the fallout from sex abuse allegations against former priests, one of whom was arrested for the second time.

Local NPR affiliate Michigan Radio reported that Fr. Robert DeLand, the priest whose arrest in late February began the troubles in the diocese, was arrested again April 5 and charged with four new crimes, including two counts of felony sexual misconduct and one count of felony manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance.

DeLand had previously been arrested after two people came forward claiming to have been sexually assaulted by the priest. One of them, a 17 year old boy, cooperated with police in a sting operation that ultimately resulted in DeLand's arrest.

Three of the new charges are related to claims of the 17 year old, while the other comes from a new person, an 18 year old who claims he was assaulted by DeLand last May. His family claims to have reported the abuse to diocese, which never took subsequent action.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Catholic School Let Wrestling Coaches Sexually Abuse Up to 100 Students, Lawsuit Claims

NEW JERSEY
The Daily Beast

OLIVIA MESSER
04.10.18

A former wrestler claims that he was sexually and verbally abused by wrestling coaches at a Catholic high school in New Jersey—and that when he reported the misconduct to administrators, he was kicked off the nationally recognized team.

Coaches at Bergen Catholic High School shared pornographic images, watched students undress, and sent inappropriate messages to up to 100 athletes, according to a 29-page lawsuit filed by John Doe. The 12-count civil complaint was first reported on Monday by NorthJersey.com. It was filed on March 26 in state Superior Court in Bergen County.

The other 99 possible victims, who have not been identified, were mentioned in the complaint in the event other plaintiffs join the suit, Doe’s attorney told the news site. He said he expects “additional victims and witnesses to come forward” once the case receives media coverage.

The counts include sexual abuse of a minor, retaliation, emotional distress, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent hiring, breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, defamation, and civil conspiracy to endanger children, among other charges. Doe, who has demanded a jury trial, is requesting compensatory and punitive damages.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

Vatican Arrests Church Diplomat on Child Porn Charges (But Don’t Celebrate Yet)

UNITED STATES
Friendly Atheist

BY DAVID G. MCAFEE

This could certainly be a case in which the Catholic Church did the right thing regarding child sex abusers, but given their record, I’m skeptical.

A Catholic monsignor was arrested by Vatican police on suspicion of possessing child pornography, but that only came after the Vatican first denied a request to waive diplomatic immunity so the offender could be charged in the U.S.

Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella was finally arrested after being recalled by the Church in August after the U.S. brought evidence of child porn abuse to the attention of Vatican authorities.

The State Department first notified the Holy See in August of a possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images by a member of the Holy See’s diplomatic corps accredited to Washington, the Vatican said in September.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

Priest who taught at 2 Buffalo area high schools was target of sex abuse complaint

NEW YORK
Buffalo News

By Dan Herbeck

A priest who taught students at two Buffalo-area Catholic high schools for more than a decade was suspended from any public ministry in 2014 after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor, The Buffalo News confirmed this week.

The Rev. Michael M. Lewandowski, now 71, was suspended after the allegation was made in May 2014, according to the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pa.

The Franciscan priest lived in the Buffalo area and taught at St. Francis High School in Hamburg and at Cardinal O'Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda at various times from 1976 to 1991, according to directories published by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. While the complaint made against Lewandowski alleges that the misconduct occurred during the period of time when he was at the two Buffalo area high schools, Buffalo Diocese officials declined to say whether the alleged abuse took place in the Buffalo area.

"While it does appear that Fr. Lewandowski spent all of the 1980s here in WNY, I can not elaborate on any specifics as it relates to whether (or when) accusations were brought to our attention, and where any alleged activity would have occurred," diocese spokesman George Richert told The Buffalo News in an email.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:42 PM

Franciscan Friar, who taught in WNY, accused of sexual abuse

NEW YORK
WGRZ

Author: Emily Lampa

While the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has recently released names of accused priests, it has still been largely "hands off" when it comes to acknowledging sexual abuse by religious order brothers, sisters and lay people. But now, a 2014 accusation made against a Franciscan friar prompts response from Catholic leaders.

The Buffalo News was the first to report Monday on 71-year-old Fr. Michael Lewandowski. In 2014 he was accused of sexually abusing a minor some time in the 1980's.

A review of the official Catholic directories found that in the 80's and early 90's Lewandowski was assigned to Saint Francis High School in Hamburg, and Cardinal O'Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda.

The Buffalo Diocese declined an on camera interview with 2 On Your Side, but a spokesperson sent us a statement which reads, in part:

"While it does appear that Fr. Lewandowski spent all of the 1980's here in WNY I can not elaborate on any specifics as it relates to whether (or when) accusations were brought to our attention, and where any alleged activity would have occurred."
The president of St. Francis High School also sent a statement by e-mail:

"I'm unable to comment because the allegation regarding Friar Michael Lewandowski did not involve a student or other person from Saint Francis High School."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:21 PM

Bill to Criminalize Failure of Educators to Report Suspected Child Abuse Doesn't Pass Maryland House

MARYLAND
NBC Washington

By Scott MacFarlane

Maryland legislators ended their 2018 session without passing a high-profile bill to protect against child sex abuse in schools.

The bill would make it a criminal offense if educators fail to report suspected child abuse, punishable by up to six months in jail.

Although the bill was approved by the Maryland Senate, it did not clear the state House of Delegates before the end of the 2018 session Monday night. The bill was derailed in part by disagreements among supporters about the language it should include and the standards it should set for prosecutors to file a case.

Administrators with the Baltimore Child Abuse Center and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks advocated for new legislation to order criminal penalties for failure to report abuse. They cited the case of Deonte Carraway, a former Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School aide who pleaded guilty to sex offenses against students. A civil suit filed against the school system alleged the district missed warning signs Carraway was abusing children. The school district declined to comment on the suit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:37 AM

Lawsuit alleges sex abuse coverup by Bergen Catholic wrestling program, report says

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

By Matthew Stanmyre and Patrick Lanni

A 12-count lawsuit filed Monday in state Superior Court in Bergen County alleges coaches from the powerhouse Bergen Catholic High wrestling team engaged in sexual and verbal harassment of at least one wrestler while the school administration conspired to keep the abuse under wraps.

News of the lawsuit was first reported by northjersey.com.

The lawsuit alleges Bergen Catholic head coach Dave Bell "inappropriately undressed with minors and watched wrestlers, including Plaintiff, change in the locker room, which they were completely nude or partially nude." It also claims assistant coach Dominick "Donnie" Spataro "showed pornographic and nude photographs of himself and others on his mobile phone to Plaintiff and other minor wrestlers, including photographs of his own nude body including his depictions of his penis."

The complaint goes on to allege that members of the Bergen Catholic administration, including the school's president, Brother Brian Walsh, principal Timothy McElhinney and athletic director Jack McGovern "knew or should have known about the harassment, abuse, intimidation and bullying of Plaintiff, especially after Plaintiff's parents raised these concerns, which were expressed both verbally and in writing, on numerous occasions."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Bergen Catholic Wrestling Program Accused Of Sex, Verbal Assault In Lawsuit

NEW JERSEY
Paramus Daily Voice

Cecilia Levine

The Bergen Catholic Wrestling program is being accused of sexual and verbal assault in a lawsuit filed in Bergen County Superior Court.

The complaint was filed on behalf of one former wrestler and 100 other unnamed victims, according to the suit , posted in an article by NorthJersey.com.

The 29-page suit says that head coach Dave Bell made inappropriate comments to the athlete, saying he was "shredded" and in emails and texts told him he loved him "as well as other highly inappropriate and sexual predatory behavior on a minor child," the article says.

Bell's lawyer, Sean Pena, allegedly sent a letter to The Record and NorthJersey.com threatening to take legal action if a story about the lawsuit was published, the outlet reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:28 AM

Bergen Catholic wrestling program accused of sexual and verbal abuse in lawsuit

NEW JERSEY
NorthJersey.com

Keldy Ortiz and Abbott Koloff, NorthJersey

Bergen Catholic High School officials conspired to cover up sexual and verbal abuse in its nationally recognized wrestling program that included the sharing of pornographic images, coaches watching wrestlers strip naked and inappropriate text messages sent to athletes, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of a former wrestler.

The 29-page, 12-count lawsuit, which was filed in state Superior Court in Bergen County, also alleges that school and Newark Archdiocese officials worked to shield the wrestling coaches from "criminal detection" in a "conspiracy to endanger children."

A former wrestler and his parents allege that the school's president, Brother Brian Walsh, threw him off the team after he complained of abuse during this past wrestling season, according to the suit. The complaint alleges that the school did only a cursory investigation and never contacted authorities.

However, Newark Archdiocese spokesman Jim Goodness said Monday that the Oradell-based school notified the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. He couldn't say when the notification was made.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:23 AM

Father Adrian Cristobal accused of sexually assaulting altar boy

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Janela Carrera - April 10, 2018

Guam – Another sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed against the church, this time naming former Chancellor Father Adrian Cristobal.

The alleged victim is now 35 years old and is only known by the initials L.J.C. He alleges that Cristobal molested him when he was between the ages of 12 to 14 years while an altar boy at at the San Vicente Church in Barrigada.

According to the complaint, Father Cristobal grabbed his genitals when he was showing the teenager how to properly tuck in his shirt for mass and began to fondle him, asking him, “Do you like that?”

The inappropriate conduct continued, according to court papers. L.J.C. alleges that Father Adrian would hug and caress his ear. He also suspected that Father Adrian was sexually abusing other altar boys, noting that during a retreat at a private beach the boys were being summoned one by one into his tent and L.J.C. would overhear some of them yelling at Father Adrian, telling him, “Stop! You’re hurting me!”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:09 AM

Former Archdiocese of Agana chancellor accused of clergy sexual abuse

GUAM
KUAM

By Krystal Paco

A new priest stands accused of clergy sexual abuse. Father Adrian Cristobal is named in the latest filing in the District Court of Guam. The victim, 35-year-old L.J.C. is identified only by his initials to protect his privacy.

The former Barrigada parish altar boy alleges he was sexually molested and abused by Father Adrian on several occasions from 1995 to 1997. One incident occurred after mass.

Though the teen thought he would be scolded for not tucking in his shirt, he alleges Father Adrian told him to undo his pants so he could show him the proper way. Instead, the priest allegedly grabbed his penis and asked “Do you like that?” That’s when the priest allegedly masturbated the teen boy and continued to ask “Do you like that?”

The boy was able to push the priest off him and run home. In a separate incident, during a retreat at a private Ipan Beach, the teen reports Father Adrian called the altar boys one by one into a big tent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:06 AM

Justice Department Leads Effort to Seize Backpage.Com, the Internet’s Leading Forum for Prostitution Ads, and Obtains 93-Count Federal Indictment

UNITED STATES
United States Department of Justice

note: To view the indictment click here.

The Justice Department today announced the seizure of Backpage.com, the Internet’s leading forum for prostitution ads, including ads depicting the prostitution of children. Additionally, seven individuals have been charged in a 93-count federal indictment with the crimes of conspiracy to facilitate prostitution using a facility in interstate or foreign commerce, facilitating prostitution using a facility in interstate or foreign commerce, conspiracy to commit money laundering, concealment money laundering, international promotional money laundering, and transactional money laundering.|

The seven defendants charged in the indictment are Michael Lacey, 69, of Paradise Valley, Arizona; James Larkin, 68, of Paradise Valley, Arizona; Scott Spear, 67, of Scottsdale, Arizona; John E. “Jed” Brunst, 66, of Phoenix, Arizona; Daniel Hyer, 49, of Dallas, Texas; Andrew Padilla, 45, of Plano, Texas and Jaala Joye Vaught, 37, of Addison, Texas.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth A. Strange for the District of Arizona, U.S. Attorney Nicola T. Hanna of the Central District of California, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, U.S. Postal Inspection Service Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell and Chief Don Fort of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) made the announcement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Priest admits sexual assaults

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Liam Heylin

A 79-year-old priest who got a suspended jail term last month for sexually assaulting a girl throughout her First Confession in West Cork pleaded guilty yesterday to carrying out similar assaults on three other girls in the mid-1970s

ohn Calnan who is now living at The Presbytery, Roman St, Cork, was formally arrested and charged yesterday by Detective Garda Maurice Shanley.

As soon as Calnan was charged and cautioned by the detective, he replied “guilty” to each of the charges.

Inspector Daniel Coholan then told Judge Olann Kelleher at Cork District Court that the DPP had directed that all cases should be dealt with by indictment at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Joseph Cuddigan, defence solicitor, said there would be no requirement for the preparation of a book of evidence as the accused was prepared to enter signed pleas of guilty to the charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Catholic University Accused of Not Properly Investigating Sexual Misconduct Complaints

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma Watch

By Jennifer Palmer

A Catholic priest is accused of sexual misconduct on the campus of St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee and former students and faculty have questioned whether officials at the now-shuttered college failed to properly investigate complaints.

Two women have filed a lawsuit against the university, which closed and filed bankruptcy in December, and St. Gregory’s Abbey, where the priest resides.

The university investigated complaints of sexual misconduct involving the Rev. Nicholas Ast, and he was cleared of wrongdoing, according to an attorney for the abbey and the former university board president. No criminal charges have been filed.

The women, Dana Bucko and Cara Judd, allege in the lawsuit the university and the abbey were indifferent to their complaints and failed to properly investigate the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Survivor of abuse warns that grand jury findings of Pa. Catholic dioceses will be graphic, troubling

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive

By Ivey DeJesus idejesus@pennlive.com

Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse are bracing for what they say is certain to be stunning findings out of the most current investigation into abuse across six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania.

One of those advocates, Shaun Dougherty, himself a childhood victim of sexual abuse by a priest, warned that the findings expected out of the grand jury investigation could be extremely troubling.

"There's some graphic things coming," Dougherty told PennLive during a phone interview from his home in New York. "If they report reflects the reports I'm hearing, yes some parts are going to make the Altoona-Johnstown report look like Disney World. This is huge."

Dougherty, who is part of a social media network of victims of clergy sex abuse, has met with scores of victims, including individuals who have testified before the current grand jury investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

April 9, 2018

Bill Cosby paid $3.4m to silence woman he had sexually assaulted, prosecutor says

PENNSYLVANIA
The Guardian (UK)

Ed Pilkington in Norristown, Pennsylvania @edpilkington

Bill Cosby paid $3.4m to buy the silence of a young woman he had previously drugged and then sexually assaulted, a prosecutor alleged on Monday as the comedian’s retrial got underway in Pennsylvania in the first major courtroom drama of the #MeToo era.

Kevin Steele, the district attorney for Cosby’s home county of Montgomery, revealed a secret that has remained hidden for the past 12 years – the amount of money that the TV star formerly known as “America’s Dad” was prepared to pay to keep his detractor quiet. The $3.4m was allegedly paid in 2006 to Andrea Constand, a Canadian massage therapist, to bring to a close a civil suit she had brought against him claiming he had persuaded her to take relaxant drugs before molesting her while she was unconscious.

The disclosure of the settlement amount came in Steele’s opening statement to the jury in Montgomery county court of common please in Norristown, a small, run-down Pennsylvania community struggling from industrial decline. For the second time in 10 months the town has become inundated with media and protesters drawn to the trial of one of America’s most famous – and once beloved – comedians.

Before the trial proper began, the courthouse was momentarily engulfed in drama of another sort: a black woman protester who ran towards the entrance of the building topless, with “Women’s Lives Matter” scrawled in red paint across her chest. Nicolle Rochelle, 39, had appeared on The Cosby Show in several episodes when she was a teenager, but now was streaking in solidarity, she said, with the star’s victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 PM

Ex choirmaster "robbed abuse victims of childhood"

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A former choirmaster has been jailed for sexually abusing two boys in the 1980s and 1990s.

Richard Lucas, 68, met the victims at All Saints United Church in Longwell Green, South Gloucestershire.

He was convicted of 11 counts of indecent assault and sentenced to eight-and-a-half years at Bristol Crown Court.

Police said he had "robbed his victims of their childhoods".

The Diocese of Bristol said it was "deeply saddened and shocked" by his actions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 PM

Victoria Police officer who uncovered paedophile priest struggling to make ends meet, supporters say

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Danny Tran

A former Victorian police officer who was drummed out of the force for trying to bring a notorious paedophile priest to justice is living a meagre existence and struggling to make ends meet, supporters calling for him to be compensated say.

Denis Ryan, 86, lives in a rented flat in Mildura and, despite clocking up about 20 years of service with Victoria Police, is not on a police pension.

"You certainly can't live lavishly or anything like that," he said.

To the fury of his friends in the north-west Victorian town, he gets by on an aged pension instead.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 PM

St. Xavier HS priest fired for inappropriate communication with student, school says

OHIO
WLWT

CINCINNATI —
A St. Xavier High School priest has been fired for inappropriate communication with a student, school officials said.

School administrators said they were made aware of the situation on Feb. 15. Following an investigation, the priest was terminated from the high school on Feb. 23.

No criminal charges have been filed, and WLWT is not naming the priest at this time.

According to a short statement from school officials, the priest was immediately placed on administrative leave and the student's parents were notified.

"We notified the Springfield Township Police Department and presented them with all information known to us," school officials said. "The safety of our students remains our highest priority."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 PM

Cincinnati priest accused of soliciting St. Xavier student via text

OHIO
Cincinnati Enquirer

Hannah Sparling and Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati Enquirer

A St. Xavier High School priest has been removed from the school faculty after he was accused of soliciting a student for sex.

Father John Ferone was, until recently, St. Xavier’s Director of Adult Faith and Ignatian Programming. Officials with the school refused to comment, saying only that Ferone no longer works at St. Xavier.

But Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the priest was accused of soliciting sex from a student via a text message.

Deters would not talk about what the message said specifically, but he said early indications are that it was inadvertently sent to the student.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM

How To Be An Ally To The #MeToo Movement

UNITED STATES
Teamsters Local 362

The #MeToo movement has taken the world by storm and to say it has been polarizing would be an understatement with some calling it a revolution and others a witch hunt. No matter which end of the spectrum you fall, it is clear that the way we understand feminism is changing and this means navigating new territory for a lot of men.

This isn’t always as easy as it sounds though. With any social change there are different points of view and decades of history behind it. As a man, saying you are a feminist or trying to navigate the new feminist movement can seem daunting. Here are a few ways men can be better #MeToo allies in the workplace and beyond.

1. It’s Complicated

Like many other social issues, feminism is complicated. This is a huge movement with different schools of thought, opinions and voices. You don’t have to become an expert, but it is important to acknowledge that feminism is intersectional and that patriarchy impacts women differently depending on factors such as race, income and location.

2. Ask Questions And Listen

This is one of the most important parts of being an ally to any marginalized group. Don’t be afraid to ask women a lot of questions about their thoughts on feminism and discrimination, but make sure you listen. One of the obstacles women face is not having their voices heard, so take time to listen to what they have to say, whether you agree with that point of view or not.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Mercyhurst University to Remove All Honors, Tributes to Dr. William Garvey

PENNSYLVANIA/OREGON
Erie News Now

Mercyhurst University will be removing all honors and tributes to former president Dr. William Garvey from its campuses, its president and chair of the board announced Monday.

Garvey was named by the Erie Catholic Diocese Friday as a former lay teacher and coach credibly accused of sexual abuse.

He spent 43 years at Mercyhurst University, including 25 years as the university's longest-serving president from 1980 to 2005.

The University intends to remove Garvey’s presidential photograph from the library and remove the name Garvey Park as its first course of action.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:29 PM

Fundamentalism Brain Changes and Abuse

UNITED STATES
Times of Israel

Michael J. Salamon

It is an established socio-psychological principle that the culture a child is reared in has an impact on how they perceive the world. There is evidence that culture impacts play, social engagement and emotional understanding. It stands to reason that childhood experiences may also have an impact on brain development. A recent line of research supports that notion.

A study documented in the journal Neuropsychologia reported that individuals who have a strong belief in religious fundamentalism tend to have brain damage linked deformities. These abnormalities appear to occur in a region of the brain called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC). While the initial study was performed on individuals who suffered a documented traumatic brain injury other more recent studies have found similar results in larger samples of people. These studies provide insight into portions of the brain involved in processing emotions, questioning, and cognitive flexibility. If these correlational studies are borne out the link between damage and fundamentalism is a finding with interesting implications.

All people have a belief system. Even atheists and agnostics have strong beliefs. Their beliefs revolve around skepticism of the existence of a higher power and nonexistence of god. Religious fundamentalists, on the other hand, tend to reject progressive thoughts or doubts about what they believe. Somewhat paradoxically the current state of the research indicates that those who question have more intact vmPFC areas than fundamentalists even though they also have beliefs.

There is more that science has revealed about this area of the brain. Brain function researchers have found that the vmPFC, in addition to mediating beliefs, is linked with the processing of ones’ sense of self. People with damage to the vmPFC tend to make bad decisions, they show poor judgement and are often socially detached. The Prefrontal Cortex (PFC), where the vmPFC resides, if damaged, is also linked to violence. Most importantly, this region of the brain is highly integrated with the limbic system, that system of structures in the brain that include the amygdala and hippocampus which are the structures that mediate emotions and memories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

'Religious orders' properties should be handed over before Pope's visit' - PAC

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Cormac McQuinn

The remaining properties promised by religious orders under the redress scheme for victims of abuse should be handed over to the State in advance of the Pope's visit, members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have said.

It comes after a report by the powerful Dáil committee criticised the Department of Education's approach to the property transfers, saying there is a "lack of determination" to bringing the process to a conclusion.

The report also said: "After 16 years, the ongoing delay is not acceptable."

It recommended that the department "urgently concludes the transfer of property from religious organisations".

PAC chairman Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming said he wants to see the remaining properties transferred "fully signed and sealed before Pope Francis comes to Ireland".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:40 AM

Canon law expert: Apuron may have been convicted of solicitation

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com

Former Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron may have been charged with solicitation in the confessional and child sexual assault as part of his secretive canonical trial, but his penalty seems to match that of being found guilty of solicitation, a canon law expert said.

"For civil legal reasons, I guess they backed off of child sexual abuse and proceeded on solicitation because it gets the same final result but also does not trigger civil liability back in the hundreds of cases in Guam," said canon law expert Patrick Wall, a former Catholic priest and Benedictine monk who left the ministry in 1998.

Apuron is one of dozens of named defendants in more than 160 Guam clergy sex abuse cases filed against the Archdiocese of Agana.

A Vatican tribunal, comprised of five judges, on March 16 found Apuron guilty of certain accusations and removed him from the position of archbishop and from the local archdiocese

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 AM

Canon law expert: Apuron can appeal merits of sex abuse case

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Janela Carrera

Guam – Former Archbishop Anthony Apuron may have a chance at overturning a guilty verdict against him by a Vatican tribunal.

A canon law expert says the potential reversal could result from a process the Vatican refers to as “second instance,” in which the very merits of the case can be re-examined. This contradicts what most believed: that only the procedure of the canonical trial can be appealed.

Even before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reached a judgment in the canonical trial of former Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron, most experts said the penalty or judgment is not appealable and that only the process can be challenged.

It’s what Archbishop Michael Byrnes said, in a previous press conference, that he understood as well.

But PNC spoke with an expert in canon law, Msgr. Frederick Easton, a judicial vicar with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis who was also the former president of the U.S. Canon Law Society. He says Guam has been misinformed. Apuron can file an appeal on the merits of the case. In fact, he says, it’s happened before.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:11 AM

Archbishop of York facing police investigation over failure to report abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Christian Today

The archbishop of York and four other bishops are facing a police investigation for failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse, according to the Times.

Matthew Ineson, a former priest, says he was raped by Rev Trevor Devamanikkan at the age of 16 in Bradford in the the 1980s.

A memo from June 2013, seen by Christian Today, reveals that John Sentamu received Ineson's allegation but recommended 'no action' be taken. Instead he replied to Ineson offering his prayers 'at this difficult time'. Devamanikkan went on to live in Witney, Oxfordshire, before eventually being charged with three counts of buggery and three counts of indecent assault last year. However he committed suicide the day before he was due in court in June last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 AM

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes makes further church leadership changes

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com April 9, 2018

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes has made further changes in the Archdiocese of Agana, including naming Father Jeffrey C. San Nicolas as interim administrator of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagåtña, effective noon April 16.

Father Paul A.M. Gofigan, the current rector of the Cathedral-Basilica, has been assigned as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Yigo, effective April 16.

Gofigan will be taking over the Yigo church's leadership, which was previously assigned to Father Julio Cesar Sanchez Malagon, one of three priests associated with the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, or the Neocatechumenal Way, who were reassigned in January this year.

Byrnes also assigned Father Edwin Bushu as chaplain of the Chaplaincy Team of Guam Memorial Hospital, Guam Regional Medical City, Department of Corrections, and Department of Youth Affairs. The appointment also takes effect on April 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 AM

Archbishop Philip Wilson trial: Defence seeks to prove a ‘good tendency’ to report child sexual abuse allegations

AUSTRALIA
The herald

SAM RIGNEY

THE high-powered legal team of Philip Edward Wilson are seeking to call evidence from two people, including one of Australia's most influential clerics, to prove the accused Adelaide Archbishop had a tendency to report allegations of child sexual abuse to the authorities.

The landmark hearing into allegations Archbishop Wilson concealed child sexual abuse allegations against Hunter priest Jim Fletcher resumed in Newcastle Local Court on Monday, four months after it began with the revelation that the Adelaide Archbishop had been given a “working diagnosis” of Alzheimer’s disease.

Barrister Stephen Odgers, SC, who represents Archbishop Wilson, the most senior Catholic cleric in the world to be charged with concealing child sex allegations involving another priest, sought an “advanced ruling” from Magistrate Robert Stone to tender the statement of two people, including Senior Catholic priest Monsignor David Cappo, to show he had a tendency to report allegations of child sexual abuse and not conceal them.

Crown prosecutor Gareth Harrison opposed the defence application and said that if Mr Stone allowed it he would seek to call evidence from three people that he said showed the Archbishop had a tendency to protect the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:54 AM

In the absence of effective law enforcement, sexual abuse survivors use traditional healing on Spirit Lake reservation

NORTH DAKOTA
Washington Post

Writer MaryAnne Golon April 9

On the Spirit Lake Sioux reservation in North Dakota, victims of recurrent sexual abuse turn to spiritual and traditional healing to overcome their pain. The majority of the sex crimes go unpunished, and tribal council authorities do not provide law enforcement or prosecute the offenders. Photographer Rena Effendi’s haunting portraits and interviews called “Spirit Lake” explore the effects of trauma and the cycle of abuse in a place where poverty, chronic unemployment, addiction, depression and suicide rates are startlingly high. The National Institute of Justice reports that 4 out of 5 Native American women experience violence in their lifetime, and more than half have experienced sexual violence.

Effendi is the $20,000 winner of the 2018 Alexia Foundation professional photography grant to continue her work. The Alexia Foundation, committed to supporting visual storytellers who educate and expose social injustice, has been awarding these grants to top professionals and students for more than 25 years. Each spring at New York’s Syracuse University, a panel of industry professionals considers scores of proposals in the highly competitive contest.

“I feel so very privileged to be offered this opportunity to go back and continue uncovering these important stories buried under layers of stigma. As a woman and photographer from Azerbaijan who came here looking for answers, I am proud to say these women know now that they can trust me.” Effendi told In Sight. “I hope other survivors will be emboldened to step up and break the taboo. I am also happy and proud to be part of the impressive roster of visual contributors who benefit from the incredible support of this foundation.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM

Priest who taught at 2 Buffalo area high schools was target of sex abuse complaint

NEW YORK
Buffalo News

By Dan Herbeck | April 9, 2018

A priest who taught students at two Buffalo-area Catholic high schools for more than a decade was suspended from any public ministry in 2014 after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor, The Buffalo News confirmed this week.

The Rev. Michael M. Lewandowski, now 71, was suspended after the allegation was made in May 2014, according to the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pa.

The Franciscan priest lived in the Buffalo area and taught at St. Francis High School in Hamburg and at Cardinal O'Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda at various times from 1976 to 1991, according to directories published by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. While the complaint made against Lewandowski alleges that the misconduct occurred during the period of time when he was at the two Buffalo area high schools, Buffalo Diocese officials declined to say whether the alleged abuse took place in the Buffalo area.

"While it does appear that Fr. Lewandowski spent all of the 1980s here in WNY, I can not elaborate on any specifics as it relates to whether (or when) accusations were brought to our attention, and where any alleged activity would have occurred," diocese spokesman George Richert told The Buffalo News in an email.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 AM

Convicted Sex Offender Rabbi Drives Car Into Western Wall Plaza

ISRAEL
Forward

April 8, 2018 By Aiden Pink

A prominent Israeli rabbi who is also a convicted sex offender was allowed during Passover to drive his car directly into the Western Wall plaza — an honor that is only permitted for the religion’s greatest leaders.

Rabbi Eliezer Berland, accompanied by dancing and praying followers running alongside him, was driven through security checkpoints and directly onto the plaza. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation has in the past allowed vehicular access for prominent, elderly rabbis with health difficulties.

Berland, 81, was sentenced to 18 months in jail in 2016 after being convicted of two counts of indecent assault against women and one count of assault for beating up the husband of one of the women he abused. Berland only served five months in jail and six under house arrest because of his age and medical conditions.

Multiple female former students had accused Berland of sexually assaulting or raping them. Berland and his most devoted followers fled the country in 2013 but returned a few years later to accept his plea deal. Leaked audio uncovered by Israel’s Channel 2 revealed Berland seemingly admitting to raping one of his victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Pastor Omotoso's 'victims' tell all

SOUTH AFRICA
Sowetan Livel

BY KARABO LEDWABA - 09 April 2018

The alleged victims of Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso have warned people not to fall prey to “fake pastors”.

Sheryl Zondi, 22, and twins Anele and Nelisiwe Mxakaza, 22, spoke at the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) dialogue for abused people in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, last week.

The girls told of the alleged abuses they suffered at Omotoso’s home in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal.

They gave testimonies to warn other young people from falling into the same trap as they had.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

#MeToo casts long shadow over Cosby's sexual assault retrial

PENNSYLVANIA
Reuters

Joseph Ax

(Reuters) - When Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges begins on Monday, the man once known as “America’s Dad” will face the same judge and district attorney in the same Pennsylvania courtroom as he did last June when a hung jury failed to reach a verdict.

But the familiar trappings cannot disguise the reality that Cosby’s second trial on charges that he assaulted a former friend in 2004 will have significant differences from his first.

Cosby’s second trial will also play out against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, which last autumn prompted a wave of sexual assault and misconduct accusations against dozens of powerful men in Hollywood, business and politics.

The movement has also stirred a national dialogue about the way society treats people who step forward to tell stories of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

Southern Utah exhibit showcases clothes worn by sexual assault victims

UTAH
Salt Lake Tribune

By The Associated Press

St. George • A new exhibit unveiled at Dixie State University on Monday showcases clothes that sexual abuse victims were wearing at the time of their assaults to dispel the myth that a person’s clothing justifies or condones acts of violence.

The clothing items featured in the “What Were You Wearing?” exhibit range from denim shorts to pajama pants to a toddler’s size 2 nightgown, which represented the clothes worn by a woman who said she was assaulted by her father as a child, the Spectrum reported.

The clothes are attached to tall, gray panels with a short narrative describing what happened from the victim.

“It’s not about what people wear, who they are, where they were at time, what their identities are, or even about their decisions or decisions they didn’t make — it’s about who caused the harm,” said Florence Bacabac, director of Dixie State’s Women’s Resource Center and an associate professor of English.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Adelaide archbishop wants case against him claiming abuse cover-up thrown out

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Australian Associated Press
Mon 9 Apr 2018

The Catholic archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, wants the case against him involving claims he covered up child sex abuse by a priest thrown out of a New South Wales court.

Defence barrister Stephen Odgers SC told Newcastle local court on Monday that a detailed “no case to answer” submission would be made at the end of the prosecution case against Wilson.

Prosecutor Gareth Harrison provisionally closed the crown case against Wilson after nearly two hours of legal argument on Monday, saying more evidence could be called depending on a number of rulings to be handed down by the magistrate Robert Stone.

The trial, which had been adjourned from December, will continue on Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

April 8, 2018

Contra los abusadores con sotana

ARGENTINA
Pagina 12

[Throughout the day yesterday the loaded clouds settled on the city with promises of rain. At times, the sky rebelled and spilled some rain, sometimes it was just a drizzle. Those dark clouds, however, did not prevent the first national meeting of the Network of Survivors of Ecclesiastical Sexual Abuse, which took place this Saturday in Paraná and which will continue on Sunday, just days before the trial of priest Justo José Ilarraz, and with the aim of visualizing a problem that is widespread in the world.]

Por Juan Cruz Varela

Durante todo el día de ayer las nubes cargadas se posaron sobre la ciudad con promesas de lluvia. Por momentos, el cielo se rebelaba y derramaba algún chaparrón, de a ratos era solo una llovizna. Esas nubes oscuras, sin embargo, no impidieron el primer encuentro nacional de la Red de Sobrevivientes de Abuso Sexual Eclesiástico, que tuvo lugar este sábado en Paraná y que continuará el domingo, a días del comienzo del juicio contra el sacerdote Justo José Ilarraz, y con el objetivo de visibilizar un problema extendido en el mundo.

Referentes de ocho provincias argentinas, muchos de los cuales se vieron en forma personal por primera vez, echaron a andar una Red de Sobrevivientes de Abuso Sexual Eclesiástico, algo así como la unión de distintas historias que desde hace cuatro años empezaron a conocer por teléfono, a través de las redes sociales o por correo electrónico y que ahora quieren formalizar en una asociación civil. En el colectivo hay sobrevivientes –hoy adultos que fueron víctimas de abuso–, familiares, psicólogos, abogados y también ex sacerdotes, que eligieron Paraná como sede del encuentro fundacional como un modo de brindar un apoyo explícito a las víctimas del cura Ilarraz.

“La idea de empezar a juntarnos surgió hace cuatro años con el objetivo de visibilizar una problemática que casi siempre está oculta, como es el abuso sexual eclesiástico de niños y adolescentes, y a la vez para explicitar que no somos casos aislados y que los abusadores no son manzanas podridas, como quieren hacerle creer a la gente”, cuenta Julieta Añazco, impulsora de la organización y denunciante del cura Héctor Ricardo Giménez en La Plata.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 PM

When the pope’s in town, his man on the ground needs a plan

ROME/CHILE
Cruz

John L. Allen Jr.
EDITOR

News Analysis

ROME - So far, there’s been relatively little uproar outside Chile about a picture surfacing showing Pope Francis shaking hands with the late Brother Mariano Varona, considered a key figure in the burgeoning sexual abuse scandals rocking the Marist order in the country, at the end of Francis’s mid-January visit to the country.

The brief encounter came as the pope was saying goodbye to people who live in the vicinity of the Vatican ambassador’s residence where he’d been staying, and Varano has subsequently died.

The story seemingly had all the elements to become a Kim Daniels Affair 2.0, referring to the fracas that broke out after Francis met the controversial Kentucky county clerk who defied a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in a brief greeting along with many other people during his September 2015 trip to the United States.

While details remain contested of how the Davis meeting came about, and how much the pope had been briefed on her background, it seems clear Francis wasn’t aware of how controversial the encounter would be, perhaps especially among his most ardent supporters.

Then as now, the obvious questions are: Did the pope really know who this person was? And, was the meet-and-greet intended to make some sort of statement?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:41 AM

No ‘private meeting’ of Pope, brother accused in abuse cover-up, Vatican says

ARGENTINA
Crux

Inés San Martín
VATICAN CORRESPONDENT

ROSARIO, Argentina - Months after his rocky trip to Chile in mid-January, Pope Francis’s visit to the Latin American country is still grabbing headlines, mostly related to the way he’s handled the country’s clerical sexual abuse scandals. The latest: News broke on Tuesday that while in Chile, he met with a Marist brother who’s charged with covering up abuse cases in the country.

The Chilean website The Clinic published a picture showing Francis meeting the recently deceased Brother Mariano Varona, who passed away on Sunday, and is considered one of the key figures in the coverup of cases of child sexual abuse within the Marist congregation.

A Vatican spokesman told Crux on Tuesday, however, that Varona was part of a large group of people who greeted the pope during his farewell to the country, and was invited only because the Marist residence is located in front of the papal embassy where Francis stayed.

“There was no private meeting with Mariano Varona in Chile, nor any private conversation,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told Crux. “As happens always on the last day of a trip, a large number of people are invited for a baciamano during the farewell in the official residence,” Burke said, using the Italian phrase for the act of kissing the pope’s ring, and which informally simply means a greeting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:34 AM

Former Vatican adviser arrested on suspicion of watching child sex abuse

VATICAN CITY
Telegraph (UK)

Our Foreign Staff
8 APRIL 2018

The Vatican said on Saturday a monsignor who was a former adviser at its US embassy in Washington has been arrested on suspicion of watching child sex abuse.

A Vatican statement said that an arrest warrant had been issued for Carlo Alberto Capella, which was carried out by the Vatican Gendarmerie.

"The accused is being detained in a cell in the barracks of the Gendarmerie Corps, available to the judicial authorities," the statement said.

The arrest warrant was issued by the investigating magistrate of the Vatican City State Tribunal. Msgr Capella, who was in office until last year, was recalled from Washington last September by the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:15 AM

Comunicato della Sala Stampa, 07.04.2018

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service - Bolletino

Testo in lingua italiana

Questa mattina, su proposta del Promotore di Giustizia, il Giudice Istruttore del Tribunale dello Stato della Città del Vaticano ha emesso un mandato di cattura a carico di Mons. Carlo Alberto Capella. Il provvedimento è stato eseguito dalla Gendarmeria Vaticana.

L’imputato è detenuto in una cella della caserma del Corpo della Gendarmeria, a disposizione dell’autorità giudiziaria. L’arresto giunge al termine di un’indagine del Promotore di Giustizia.

Il Giudice Istruttore ha ordinato il provvedimento sulla base dell’articolo 10, commi 3 e 5, della legge VIII del 2013.

[00558-IT.01] [Testo originale: Italiano]

Traduzione in lingua inglese

This morning, at the request of the Promoter of Justice, the investigating Magistrate of the Vatican City State Tribunal issued an arrest warrant for Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella. The provision was carried out by the Vatican Gendarmerie.

The accused is being detained in a cell in the barracks of the Gendarmerie Corps, available to the judicial authorities. The arrest comes at the end of an investigation by the Promoter of Justice.

The investigating Magistrate ordered the provision on the basis of Article 10, paragraphs 3 and 5, of Law VIII of 2013.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 AM

Youth camp employs from priest accused of Misuse

NEW YORK
Independent Recorder

By Alexander John

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – “I just tried to be, you know, someone who was good and attended Mass and went to confession.”

It was after that confession decades ago that an 11-year-old altar boy in Lewiston says he was abused by a Diocese of Buffalo priest.

“I had asked to have a confession, and after the confession he sexually abused me,” said the man, who was identified Thursday as “John Doe” at a news conference in Buffalo, where he spoke by telephone to reporters.

The church was St. Peter in Lewiston. The priest: Father Joseph Rappl. That 11-year-old altar boy is 48 now. Even decades later, he is too ashamed to give his name.

“It’s very difficult to talk about,” he said. “I felt embarrassed. I felt ashamed. I didn’t know how people would respond. You know, it took this long for me to have the courage to come forward and speak about this.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

What’s Next For Child Victims Act In Albany?

NEW YORK
Post-Journal

KATRINA FULLER
County Reporter
kfuller@post-journal.com

The Child Victims Act has not passed this year — but the question remains, what happens next?

The bill was included inside a New York State Assembly budget proposal this year, but was not included in the final spending plan.

Currently, victims of child sex abuse in New York state can only seek civil penalties against their abusers until the age of 18. The Child Victims Act, which aims to extend that age to 50, would also open a “look-back” period of a year for those who were abused at any time. Despite originally being included with the state budget this year, it was removed before the budget passed late last week.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, bringing awareness to a topic that is usually hidden in the shadows.

However, statistics on child sexual abuse are staggering — the numbers show that one in 10 children will be sexually abused in the county before the age of 18. Ninety percent of the victims will know their perpetrator and 30-40 percent will be related.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM

Cardinal Keith O’Brien asked for forgiveness in his will, mourners told

SCOTLAND
The Gusrdian

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the disgraced former head of the Roman Catholic church in Scotland who died last month, asked in his will for forgiveness from those he offended.

Mourners at his funeral were told by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster, who led the service, that O’Brien wrote in his last will and testament, “I ask for forgiveness for all I have offended in this life”.

O’Brien died in hospital in Newcastle following a fall which caused a head injury and a broken collar bone. He received the last rites on his 80th birthday.

He was forced to resign as archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February 2013 after serious allegations of sexual misconduct emerged following an investigation by the Observer.

Three priests and a former priest accused him of improper sexual conduct in relation to a series of incidents in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

Vaticano ecco i motivi dell’arresto del rhodense monsignor Carlo Capella

VATICANO
Settegiorni

Vaticano ecco perché la Santa Sede ha ordinato l’arresto

Rischia fino a 10 anni di carcere monsignor Carlo Capella. Ecco i motivi del suo arresto. La Santa Sede ha ordinato il provvedimento sulla base dell’articolo 10, commi 3 e 5, della legge VIII del 2013 che stabilisce, al comma 3, che chiunque, con qualsiasi mezzo, distribuisce, divulga, trasmette, importa, esporta, offre, vende o detiene materiale pedopornografico, o distribuisce, divulga notizie o informazioni finalizzate all’adescamento o allo sfruttamento sessuale di minori, è punito con la reclusione da uno a cinque anni e con la multa da euro duemilacinquecento a euro cinquantamila. E al comma cinque che questa pena è aumentata “ove il materiale sia di ingente quantità”. L’imputato è detenuto in una cella della caserma del Corpo della Gendarmeria, a disposizione dell’autorità giudiziaria.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM

Vatican arrests diplomat involved in Ontario child porn scandal

VATICAN CITY/CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

Windsor police issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for Monsignor Carlo Capella last September

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Saturday arrested a diplomat recalled from Washington last year amid investigations in Canada, the United States and the Vatican for possession of child pornography.

A Vatican statement said that Monsignor Carlo Capella was being held in gendarmerie barracks inside the Vatican, and that his arrest follows a Vatican investigation.

Police in Windsor, Ontario, said Capella allegedly uploaded child porn to a social networking site while visiting a place of worship from over the 2016 Christmas holiday. In the statement, Windsor police accused Capella of accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography.

Windsor police issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for Capella last September. They say they were alerted by the RCMP in February 2017 and launched an investigation, eventually getting judicial permission to access relevant internet records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Vatican arrests ex-diplomat who held posts in Washington and Hong Kong after child porn probe

VATICAN CITY
South China Morning Post

The Vatican said its police had arrested a monsignor who worked as a diplomat at its embassy in Washington and is suspected of possessing child pornography in the United States and Canada.

A statement identified the accused as Carlo Alberto Capella and said he was arrested earlier on Saturday in the Vatican after a warrant was issued by the Holy See’s chief magistrate at the end of an investigation.

The Vatican statement said Capella, who was recalled from the Vatican embassy in Washington last August, was arrested according to articles of a 2013 law signed by Pope Francis. The articles cited by the statement related to child pornography.

If indicted, the monsignor will have to stand trial in the Vatican and faces up to 12 years in jail.

The scandal is the latest blow to the Catholic Church as it struggles to overcome repeated sex abuse cases among its clergy.

Francis has declared zero tolerance over abuse scandals that have beset the Church for decades, but critics say he has not done enough, particularly to hold bishops responsible for mishandling or covering up abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Former top Vatican diplomat busted for downloading child porn in Canada

VATICAN CITY
New York Daily News

BY LARRY MCSHANE

A former top Vatican diplomat was jailed Saturday for his alleged Christmas season downloads of child pornography while visiting a Canadian church, officials said.

Msgr. Carlo Capella’s arrest came eight months after his recall to the Vatican from a diplomatic post in Washington.

He was put inside a cell at the barracks of the Vatican police force, according to a Vatican press release.

Police in Windsor, Ontario, accused Capella of accessing the repugnant images from a social networking site during his holiday visit to an unidentified local church.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported the incidents occurred between Dec. 24 and 27, 2016. Capella was also cited for distributing the downloaded pornography, officials said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Our hotels are fighting human trafficking, but we can't do it alone: Marriott CEO

LOUISIANA
USA Today

Arne Sorenson, Opinion contributor

In the early morning hours in one of our hotels in New Orleans last March, a safety and security associate at the hotel noticed a 12-year-old boy in the company of two men buying snacks. The associate overheard one man say to the other, “I may take this one home.” Trained to notice signs of human trafficking, the associate thought the situation didn’t look right to her, and the overheard statement was an alarm bell. Following her training, she alerted her supervisor, and they called the police.

When the police arrived and questioned the men and the little boy, they confirmed our associate’s suspicions. Things were definitely not right. The young boy had been missing for three days. Thanks to the quick actions of the associate, this story has a good ending.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

Last year, over 40 million people worldwide were trapped in some form of slavery, according to the International Labor Organization. This is a staggering number, equal to the entire state of California. Most of them are women and children. They can end up as forced laborers, victims of sex trafficking, or worse.

At $150 billion a year, human trafficking is one of the largest global criminal enterprises.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Morgan Stanley Knew of a Star’s Alleged Abuse. He Still Works There.

NEW YORK/OREGON
New York Times

By EMILY FLITTER

Over 15 years, four women in Lake Oswego, Ore., a wealthy Portland suburb, sought police protection against the same man, court filings show.

“He threatened to burn down my house with me in it,” one woman wrote in her application for a restraining order. “I don’t know what he’s going to do next,” a second wrote. “He choked me so hard it left a mark on my throat,” wrote another. “He is scaring my children and me,” a fourth woman said.

Yet the man, Douglas E. Greenberg, remains one of Morgan Stanley’s top financial advisers — and a celebrated member of the wealth management industry.

For years, Morgan Stanley executives knew about his alleged conduct, according to seven former Morgan Stanley employees.

Morgan Stanley received a federal subpoena related to one abuse allegation, according to a lawyer for one of the women. In another instance, a Morgan Stanley manager alerted his superior when Mr. Greenberg was charged with violating a restraining order, according to three former employees. Another manager at the firm liked and replied to a Facebook post by one of Mr. Greenberg’s ex-wives in which she described his abuse. On yet another occasion, an official from the bank’s New York headquarters flew to Portland to investigate, two former employees said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Morgan Stanley Fires Broker With History of Abuse Claims

NEW YORK
New York Times

By EMILY FLITTER

Morgan Stanley said Tuesday that it had fired a star financial adviser who has been accused by multiple former wives and girlfriends of physical abuse and stalking.

The New York Times reported last week that Morgan Stanley executives for years had known about the allegations against the financial adviser, Douglas E. Greenberg. The Wall Street firm placed Mr. Greenberg, who worked in Portland, Ore., on administrative leave last week after being contacted by The Times.

In a statement on Tuesday, a Morgan Stanley spokeswoman said the bank needed to “do better” at handling such employee misconduct issues.

“We believe that our employees should behave in a manner consistent with our firm’s values and the trust our clients place in us, both of which include treating women, and indeed everyone, with dignity and respect,” the spokeswoman, Christy Jockle, said. “We have undertaken steps in recent years to ensure that issues such as this are properly escalated. However, in light of current events we must and will do better.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Pastor prayed for forgiveness every time he raped a young girl

SOUTH AFRICA
Times LIVE

“Forgive us for our sins… Our sins… And wash us with the blood of Jesus Christ‚” he would say.

Three of the pastor’s victims shared their torment and pain at the hands of the pastor at a dialogue hosted by the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural‚ Religious and Linguistic (CRL) Communities on Thursday.

The group was holding a discussion with survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of religious leaders and traditional healers. The victims told their stories in the hope that others who were abused in the same way would seek help.

They described living as if under a spell‚ afraid that they would die if they went against the pastor's wishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

VICTIMS SPEAK OF SEXUAL ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF OMOTOSO

SOUTH AFRICA
Eyewitness News

Katleho Sekhotho

JOHANNESBURG - Several victims of sexual abuse allegedly at the hands of religious leaders have given statements at the CRL Commission in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Three women have given harrowing accounts of how Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso allegedly abused them while they lived with him in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal almost eight years ago.

The commission has been holding a dialogue which aims to launch a support structure for young people who have been sexually abused by religious and traditional leaders.

There have been heartbreaking scenes at the CRL Commission where three young women have told their stories of abuse, allegedly perpetrated by Omotoso when they were just 14-years-old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Healing Mass planned for victims of child abuse

ALASKA
News-Miner

FAIRBANKS — Bishop Chad Zielinski, the Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska, will offer a Mass of Healing at noon Thursday for the victims of any kind of child abuse. Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 1300 Peger Road. Everyone is invited to attend. There will be an opportunity for private prayer, fellowship and a light lunch after the Mass.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has encouraged every diocese in the country to offer a Mass of Healing in April for victims of child abuse. In 1983, President Reagan proclaimed the month of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

New archbishop cracking-down on clergy sex abuse

GUAM
KUAM

By Krystal Paco

He's the leader of Guam's faithful. Archbishop Michael Byrnes was appointed to the Archdiocese of Agana two years ago. At the time there were only a handful of clergy sexual abuse lawsuits. Though the count is now upwards of 160-lawsuits, he's worked tirelessly to prevent future cases. And his efforts haven't gone unnoticed.

He's the recipient of this year's Visionary Voice Award. Earlier this week, Archbishop Byrnes accepted the award during a proclamation signing to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center award recognizes those around the country who have committed to ending sexual violence. Why was Archbishop Byrnes nominated?

Clinical Psychologist and past Visionary Voice Award winner, Dr. Juan Rapadas, explained, saying, "With the aim to ensure transparency and accountability 0237 while addressing the issue of clergy sexual abuse on Guam, Archbishop Byrnes has facilitated review of and updates to the archdiocese policies on protecting our young people. He also initiated training of church workers and volunteers and has revived an independent review board on the investigation on alleged clergy abuse."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Youth soccer sex abuse scandal causes uproar in Argentina

ARGENTINA
The Tribune

BY LUIS ANDRES HENAO
Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Argentina's Football Association said Wednesday that it will closely monitor boarding houses where youth players live following a sex abuse scandal involving minors at two of the country's most popular and powerful clubs.

River Plate said earlier this week that it will collaborate with authorities after a local NGO reported minors were allegedly abused in the club's youth divisions from 2004-11. The abuse accusations come just days after police arrested a referee for his suspected involvement in a child prostitution ring with players from the Independiente youth club.

"We want this to be investigated," said Dante Majori, the president of Argentine Football Association's youth and children's committee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Iglesia católica argentina prohibió a los curas tocar niños para prevenir abusos

ARGENTINA
ADN

Diario El País 07/04/2018

Los curas bajo el mandato del Arzobispado de Paraná, en la provincia argentina de Entre Ríos, deberán cumplir un protocolo de buena conducta elaborado por las autoridades eclesiásticas para prevenir abusos sexuales.

La normativa es una solución de emergencia ante la sucesión de hechos de pedofilia grave en esa arquidiócesis del interior del país, donde se agrupa casi medio millón de fieles.

Dentro de las prohibiciones se expresa que no pueden tener contacto físico con niños, tienen prohibido compartir con ellos habitaciones de hotel o cualquier otro sitio y cuando escuchen sus confesiones tendrán que dejar la puerta de la sacristía abierta. Si deben viajar en auto con un menor, el sacerdote procurará la presencia de otro adulto.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Argentine Bishop's New Law Orders Priests: 'Hands Off Children'

ARGENTINA
Telesur

The main objective of the new legislation is to "take care of the children and not fall back into the ways of the past."

Priests in Argentina are now banned from touching children under new guidelines intended to help curb pedophilia in the Catholic church, but relatives of survivors say the move doesn't go far enough.

New ecclesiastical legislation from Archbishop of Parana Juan Alberto Puiggari, in the province of Entre Rios, rules that priests must refrain from all physical contact; must leave the sacristy door open while hearing confessions; must be accompanied by another adult during road trips with minors, and are prohibited from sharing a hotel room with children.

Additionally, priests will have to relinquish all pornographic material, cease displaying any such materia; and abandon any topics bordering on inappropriate gifts, "sexual advances, comments, or jokes."

Physical or humiliating punishments are also prohibited, while hugs must be brief and in public. Any secret or overtly sexual conduct with minors is also prohibited. These rules are extended to all members of the clergy, Catholics and lay adults occupying space on archdiocese property.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Many with local ties named on Erie Diocese abuse list

PENNSYLVANIA
The Bradford Era

By MARCIE SCHELLHAMMER Era Associate Editor marcie@bradfordera.com

Michael Amy, Salvatore Luzzi, Samuel Slocum, Joseph Jerge, Giles Nealen, WIlliam Presley, Stephen Jeselnick, David Poulson — these natives of, or former leaders of congregations, in the region are members of the list released Friday by the Erie Diocese of priests with “credible accusations” against them of abusive conduct.

Bishop Lawrence Persico released the list of 34 priests — 20 of whom are deceased — and 17 lay men and women, two of whom are deceased.

He expressed his sorrow for and apologies to the victims.

“I have met with victims and listened to the pain they and their loved ones experienced. It is appalling to learn what they went through,” Persico said. “Abuse is traumatic enough — but it’s earth-shattering when it’s perpetrated by someone who is in a position of trust. I have a profound personal respect for survivors of abuse.”

A six-year investigation by the diocese, which ended when the state attorney general’s office subpoenaed records in 2016, found abuse claims dating back to 1944, Persico said.

“I know people stand firmly on both sides of whether or not releasing the names of these individuals is the right decision,” Persico said. “Some will say that it has taken far too long to publish these names. Others think we shouldn’t do it at all. They say we are not showing mercy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Priests in Harrisburg diocese deliver message from bishop about grand jury probe

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive

By Teresa Bonner tbonner@pennlive.com

The bishop of The Diocese of Harrisburg is addressing reports of a grand jury investigation into possible child sexual abuse by clergy through a statement being read by priests at masses in the diocese this weekend.

In the statement, Bishop Ronald W. Gainer says that news media are speculating on when the results of the investigation will be revealed. He said protecting the secrecy of the grand jury is paramount, and assured parishioners that as soon as he is able to make any information public, he will do so.

State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, who testified before the grand jury, and other sources say the investigation of six diocese across Pennsylvania is nearing its end. Harrisburg is one of the diocese under investigation.

Another is the Diocese of Erie, whose bishop on Friday announced it was updating its policy on the protection of children and making public a list of 51 clergy and lay people against whom there are credible allegations of misconduct. That misconduct, he said, ranged from use of child pornography to sexual assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Vatican arrests monsignor who was recalled over possible child porn

VATICAN CITY
Axios

Haley Britzky

The Vatican arrested a former U.S. embassy diplomat on Saturday, after he was recalled from the U.S. last year following the State Department saying "he may have violated child pornography laws," Reuters reports.

The details: The Vatican didn't specify the charges Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella was arrested on, but this adds to numerous of sex abuse scandals from the Catholic Church. If Capella is indicted, he will stand trial in the Vatican, per Reuters. When the State Department notified the Holy See of the possible violation last year, the Vatican "refused" to allow him to be prosecuted in the U.S. by waving diplomatic immunity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Vatican Arrests Its Own Diplomat After Child Pornography Probe

VATICAN CITY
HuffPost

By Mary Papenfuss

Vatican police have arrested a priest on suspicions of possessing child pornography, according to Catholic church officials. The priest had worked as a diplomat in the United States before being recalled last year by the Holy See.

If charges against Italian Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella go to trial, it would be the first time a Vatican City courtroom has addressed a child pornography case.

The arrest came amid investigations in both the United States and Canada, in addition to the Vatican. A 2013 Vatican law penalizes anyone who “distributes, disseminates, transmits, imports, exports, offers or sells child pornography.” If convicted, Capella could face up to 12 years in prison, according to Reuters.

Capella was being held in a cell in the gendarmerie barracks in the Vatican on Saturday, according to a statement from the Holy See press office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Saginaw County Prosecutor Responds To Reported Verbal Attacks In Priest Sex Abuse Case

MICHIGAN
WSGW

By John Hall

The Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office is responding to what it calls verbal attacks against reported victims in the on-going investigation of alleged sexual assaults possibly involving priests from the Saginaw Catholic Diocese.

County Prosecutor John McColgan calls those attacks unfounded.

Defense Attorney Allan Crawford who represents Reverend Robert DeLand who’s now facing additional charges called the investigation a witch
hunt.

But McColgan explained those charges are based in part on audio/visual police recordings.

McColgan vowed that any attempts to discourage other victims from coming forward by letting them know they too will be publicly attacked will also be addressed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Priest, accused of abuse, served in Falls and Lockport

NEW YORK
Union-Sun and Journal

By Rick Pfeiffer and Philip Gambini rick.pfeiffer@lockportjournal.com

By the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo's own admission, the parish of Sacred Heart in Niagara Falls was a troubled place in the the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The parish was home to a pair or priests who the diocese now admits were subjects of "credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors."

In the case of Father Michael R. Freeman, at least one of his victims has come forward. Paul Barr has publicly spoken out about his encounter with Freeman in the parish rectory in 1980.

While Barr tried to speak out about his abuse at the time it occurred, confronted by a mother who blamed him and not the priest, he simply kept what had happened a secret.

"I let it go. I didn't tell anybody about," Barr said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

April 7, 2018