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June 30, 2018

Catholic priests who don’t report confessions of child sex abuse may be charged

PERTH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA)
Perth Now

June 30, 2018

By Kate Campbell

Catholic priests in WA would face criminal charges if they refuse to break the seal of confession to report child sex abuse to police.

But it appears WA is headed towards a stand-off between Church and State, with Perth’s top Catholic saying this week the Church is not backing down and will continue to practise confessional secrecy.

This week, the McGowan Government unveiled its response to the Royal Commission’s 409 recommendations, which included a call to remove the seal of confession and force priests to report knowledge or suspicions of child sex abuse. The Government accepted that recommendation “in principle”.

“We are considering a number of legislative options,” Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk said.

Shame on the church:' lawyer says London Catholic Diocese is cutting funding for abuse victims

LONDON (ONTARIO, CANADA)
CBC

June 30, 2018

London Catholic Diocese says it is asking for "evidence-based counselling"

The London Diocese serves more than 430,000 Roman Catholics in nine Ontario counties. (File Photo)
A London lawyer says the Catholic Diocese is cutting the amount of money it pays for counselling for victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests.

The Diocese has been paying for counselling for years after victims of sexual abuse at the hands of church officials launched lawsuits against the Catholic church and won the right to compensation.

Now, London lawyer Rob Talach, who has represented several of those victims, says the Diocese is not only reducing the amount of counselling sessions it pays for, but also reducing the amount covered by up to 50 per cent.

"They wrote a whole bunch of counsellors, saying 'hey, we're looking at changing all this and in the meantime it's $120 a hit and you have to start justifying why you should get more," he said.

Update on priests placed on administrative leave

BUFFALO (NY)
Diocese of Buffalo

June 28, 2018

The Diocese of Buffalo has released the following update regarding priests placed on administrative leave:

On June 27, the Diocesan Review Board met and received the report of Investigator Scott F. Riordan* who was asked to investigate recent allegations of abuse against three (3) priests of the Diocese of Buffalo. Previously, the Diocesan Review Board has reviewed the report of an investigation conducted by Dennis C. Vacco*, regarding allegations made against Rev. Dennis A. Fronczak.

As a result of these reports and the recommendations of the Diocesan Review Board, Bishop Richard J. Malone has made the following determinations:

Allegations against Rev. Samuel J. Venne, Rev. Arthur J. Smith and Rev. Dennis A. Fronczak have been substantiated and they will remain on administrative leave while the results of the Diocesan investigation are reviewed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, who will make the final determination.

My view: Victims deserve compassion not criticism

BUFFALO (NY)
Diocese of Buffalo

June 26, 2018

By Siobhan O'Connor

[Previously published in the Buffalo News.]

"Bishop Malone's office, Siobhan speaking - how may I help you?" Over the last two months, a multitude of callers have been on the receiving end of my phone greeting. I've talked to distressed citizens who express anger over Church cover-ups and silence, to concerned Catholics whose faith has been shaken by the priest abuse scandal, and to the victims of this abuse themselves. These latter individuals often share their stories, which are heartbreakingly horrible to hear. Even being on the periphery of their pain has been deeply disturbing. Yet remarkably, it is their strength more than their suffering that has most resonated with me.

It was my privilege to speak with the mother of two abused children, who said she would be praying for the abusing priest because he needs prayers more than anyone. I have spoken to a victim who began to console me when I broke down while speaking to him. Another time a victim shared his story of returning to God and how he found peace and joy through regaining his faith. Often I am overcome by the forgiveness, compassion and resiliency of these individuals.

Yet I've also spoken with people who literally mock victims and accuse them of being "out for money" or "making up stories." Believe me, you can't make this kind of horror up! The victims' descriptions are too detailed, their pain is too raw and their memories are too powerful for them to be frauds. To suggest so is a slap in the face to these brave individuals, who have had the courage to speak of the traumatic abuse they suffered when they were young and innocent. Also, not one victim I've talked to is "in it for the money." In fact, one repeatedly told me that "money can't buy me peace, health, healing or happiness."

List of Allentown Diocese priests publicly accused of sexual abuse or other offenses

ALLENTOWN (PA)
Morning Call

June 21, 2018

These priests have been accused in court cases or published reports over the past two decades. This listing includes summaries of their cases and their status with the Allentown Diocese.

The Rev. Thomas Bender, former pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament in Bally, was sentenced to seven years' probation in 1988 for molesting a teenage Pottsville boy in the 1980s. A civil case with the boy and his family was settled by the diocese out of court. Bender was laicised, or defrocked.

Monsignor Lawrence J. Bukaty, former pastor of St. Katharine Drexel in Carbon County, was charged with public lewdness after a park ranger saw him fondling himself on a nude New Jersey beach in 2008. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and received probation. The diocese at the time said he was sent for treatment. He is no longer in ministry.

Monsignor Bernard Flanagan was removed from ministry in 2010 when a review board set up by the diocese found credible allegations that he sexually abused a minor in the mid-1980s while serving at Reading Central Catholic High School. The diocese informed police.

Priest Who Served at Jamestown Church, WCA Placed on Leave amid Investigation

JAMESTOWN (NY)
The Post-Journal

June 29, 2018

By Eric Tichy

A retired priest who served in the Jamestown area, including as chaplain at then-WCA Hospital, was put on leave due to sexual abuse complaints, Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced. The priest — the Rev. Robert Stolinski — was one of four to be placed on leave amid an investigation by the diocese.

In November 2003, Stolinski was named pastor at St. James Church in Jamestown and later at Our Lady of Victory Church in Frewsburg. He also served as Catholic chaplain at WCA.

Stolinski graduated from St. Hyacinth’s Parochial School and Cardinal Mindszenty High School. He attended Fredonia State College and the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary College. He received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in theology from the former St. John Vianney Seminary in East Aurora.

A native of Dunkirk, Stolinski was ordained a priest on May 23, 1970, and served briefly at St. John of the Cross in Whitesville and St. Mary of Sorrows in Buffalo, according to archives in The Post-Journal. In December 1970, he was assigned to the St. Jude Center, the Catholic Chaplaincy of Buffalo General Hospital and Roswell Park Memorial Institute, where he served until 1978.

Kerala cops to probe priest abuse

CALCUTTA (INDIA)
The Telegraph

June 30, 2018

By K.M. Rakesh

Investigation order after Achuthanandan nudge

Bangalore - The Kerala police chief has ordered a crime branch probe into allegations that a group of priests misused confession secrets to sexually exploit a woman, the directive apparently following a nudge from former chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan.

Sources said the CPM veteran had written to director-general of police Loknath Behera requesting the police register a suo motu case, based on the allegations by the woman's husband.

In a letter to the Kottayam-based Malankara Orthodox Church, the husband has accused five priests of using his wife's secret confessions to blackmail and sexually exploit her. However, neither the husband nor the wife has lodged a police complaint.

Paedophile priest investigation turns to regional Western Australia to reveal full extent of child abuse

GERALDTON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA)
ABC

By Laura Meachim

The horrific crimes of paedophile priest, Denis McAlinden, are being investigated in regional Western Australia by lawyers committed to revealing the full extent of his abuse of young children.

McAlinden died in 2005 before he could be charged over five decades of sexual abuse that spanned Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.

Now, Canberra-based law firm, Ken Cush and Associates, is turning its attention to the Diocese of Geraldton, where McAlinden was sent in the 1980s.

It wants to hear from witnesses and victims from the Diocese of Geraldton, Bunbury and the parish of Wickham and Kojonup.

Senior Associate Nick Kitchin said the firm was currently working on several cases, both in Australia and overseas, involving the former priest.

"We are retracing his steps to gather information on his past actions," he said.

"As we undertake this work, we are encountering more people who were abused by him."

While McAlinden's name is well-known, Mr Kitchin said the extent of the priest's abuse was not.

"He is known to be one of the worst well-known paedophile priests," he said.

"The number of victims could be in the tens of people, it could be even more.

"We do not know, despite the various inquiries and the commission that has taken place. People are still coming forward for their own reasons and in their own time.

Alleged priest abuse victims updated on delayed Pennsylvania grand jury report

ALLENTOWN (PA)
Morning Call

June 28, 2018

By Steve Esack

One said he was an ex-priest turned whistleblower about the sexual abuse of children. Another said as a boy he was plied by a priest with porn and attacked in a cheap motel. And one woman described how a Bethlehem Township priest abused her as a 12-year-old and later proposed marriage.

Those three adults and others met privately Thursday with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and a victims’ advocate for an update — which resembled a therapy session — on how prosecutors were handling a court-ordered delay of a state grand jury report examining sex abuse claims and possible cover-ups in six Catholic dioceses, including Allentown.

“We were all people who testified in front of this grand jury,” said James VanSickle, 55, of Pittsburgh, after the meeting. He said he was abused growing up in Erie by a priest criminally charged as part of the grand jury probe. “Attorney General Shapiro and [assistant state prosecutor Dan] Dye reached out to us to let us know they are working hard, they are doing the things they need to do to get this report released. They put us a little bit at ease. A lot of us victims were appalled and angry and hurt.”

The two-hour meeting was held in Shapiro’s Harrisburg office on the same day Shapiro had planned to hold a news conference and release the grand jury report.

Pennsylvania attorney general to challenge court order halting priest sex abuse grand jury report

ALLENTOWN (PA)
Morning Call

June 29, 2018

By Steve Esack

Harrisburg - Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Friday he will challenge the state Supreme Court's order postponing publication of a grand jury report about child sex abuse and cover-ups in six Catholic dioceses, including Allentown.

Shapiro plans to file an appeal Monday of the order forbidding him to release the report, which also covers the Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton dioceses.

“There are legal filings the court must decide,” Shapiro said in a statement. “In acting on Monday, we are hopeful the court will expeditiously decide these issues and lift the stay.

“The people of Pennsylvania have a right to see the report, know who is attempting to block its release and why, and to hear the voices of the victims of sexual abuse within the church,” he said.

Grand jury secrecy hides reason for Supreme Court order barring release of priest sex abuse report
The contents of the legal brief Shapiro’s office files will be placed under wraps per the court order sealing most records in the case from public view.

Also Friday, seven news organizations filed a motion to intervene in the case in a bid to argue to the court that it should release the report. If the court decides it needs more time to consider the legal challenges, it could immediately order a version of the report that shields from view only those parts that are in question, lawyers for the news organizations wrote.

The court also should make public the filings and dockets in the case, which would be consistent with practice in other grand jury matters, with redactions if necessary, the news organizations wrote.

June 29, 2018

Buffalo Diocese puts four more priests on leave over sex abuse claims

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

June 28, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone put four more priests on leave due to complaints of sexual abuse, said allegations against three other priests were substantiated and exonerated a fourth priest who had been suspended in March.

A diocesan investigation determined that the allegations against the Rev. Dennis G. Riter, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Dunkirk, have not been substantiated. Riter has been returned to active ministry and likely will celebrate Masses in the parish this weekend.

Removed from active ministry this week were four retired priests who assist at area parishes: the Rev. Pascal D. Ipolito, the Rev. Daniel J. Palys, the Rev. Roy Herberger and the Rev. Robert A. Stolinski.

The four priests were put on administrative leave "for the purpose of investigation" and the leave "does not imply that any determination has been made as to the truth or falsity of the complaint," the diocese said in a news release.

Lawsuit: Former Guam priest Brouillard abused boy in guise of teaching him how to swim

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

June 29, 2018

By Haidee V. Eugenio

Former Guam priest Louis Brouillard, around 1977 or 1978, sexually abused a Barrigada altar boy under the pretense of teaching him how to swim during a Boy Scouts of America outing at the Lonfit River, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in local court.

The plaintiff, identified in court documents as T.H.Q. to protect his privacy, said in his lawsuit that he was around 10 or 11 at the time the parish priest sexually abused him on church grounds and during scouting events.

Now 50 years old, T.H.Q. demands a jury trial and $5 million in minimum damages. He is represented by attorney Michael Berman.

On approximately five occasions at the Lonfit River, Brouillard would swim naked and routinely instructed T.H.Q. and the other boys to swim naked with him, the lawsuit says. Brouillard was the Guam scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America at the time.

"Under the pretense of teaching T.H.Q. how to swim, Brouillard would grope and touch T.H.Q.'s private parts and anus," the complaint states.

Four more priests placed on leave by Diocese of Buffalo, one reinstated

BUFFALO (NY)
WBFO 88.7

June 29, 2018

By Michael Mroziak

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo on Thursday placed four more priests on administrative leave, in response to complaints of alleged sexual abuse. Additionally, the Diocese of Buffalo announced claims againast three other priests have been substantiated while a fourth has been exonerated and reinstated.

Reverends Robert Stolinski, Pascal Ipolito, Roy Herberger and Daniel Palys - all of whom are retired - were put on administrative leave "for the purposes of investigation," said the Diocese in a written statement. The leave, the Diocese continues, "does not imply that any determination has been made as to the truth of falsity of the complaint."

Herberger, in a letter published by the Buffalo News earlier this week, denies the charges against him. His message reads: "I want everyone to know that I deny these claims completely - 100 percent. I'm not saying that the victim is lying about being assaulted by some priest, a priest but I do emphatically deny that it was me."

Pa. court refuses to derail retrial of Monsignor William Lynn in child endangerment case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Penn Live

June 28, 2018

By Matt Miller

A high Roman Catholic Church official facing a retrial on charges that he helped hide child-sex crimes by priests failed Thursday to convince a state appeals court to completely dismiss the case against him.

The Superior Court panel, in an opinion by Judge Jack A. Panella, rejected Monsignor William Lynn's claims that Philadelphia prosecutors committed deliberate misconduct at his first trial in 2012 by presenting testimony from an accuser they knew was lying.

Lynn, former secretary for clergy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, claimed the prosecution concealed from his attorneys the fact that an investigator uncovered inconsistencies in the grand jury testimony of an accuser who said he was molested by another priest when he was in fifth grade at a parish school. Lynn was in charge of investigating sexual misconduct allegations against clergy and determining assignments for accused priests.

Ex-French bishop to stand trial

ORLEANS (FRANCE)
AFP

June 29, 2018

The former bishop of the French city of Orleans, Andre Fort, was ordered on Thursday to stand trial for failing to report a paedophile priest in his diocese.
Fort, who was bishop of the northern city between 2002 and his retirement in 2010, was charged last June over allegations that he turned a blind eye to child abuse by priest Pierre de Castelet.

Fort had moved de Castelet into roles where he did not have contact with children, but did not inform the police about accusations by a man who said he and others had been abused by the priest as a child.

"My client thought this young man did not want his accusations to be made public, but that he just wanted to make sure Pierre de Castelet had no more contact with children," Fort’s lawyer Benoit de Gaullier told AFP.

4 additional priests placed on leave as accusations surface

BUFFALO (NY)
Spectrum News

June 28, 2018

Four additional priests from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo have been placed on administrative leave after new accusations of abuse have come to light.

Rev. Pascal Ipolito, Rev. Daniel Palys, Rev. Roy Herberger and Rev. Robert Stolinski are all retired. The diocese has not released any details about the complaints against them.

In the meantime, the Catholic Diocese has substantiated claims against three priests already on leave: Rev. Samuel Venne, Rev. Arthur Smith and Rev. Dennis Fronczak.

Cardinal McCarrick Accused: Critics Demand Answers in Wake of Abuse Claims

NEW YORK (NY)
National Catholic Register

June 29, 2018

By Joan Frawley Desmond

The news that the cleric faces ‘credible and substantiated’ allegations of sexual abuse has reverberated throughout the Catholic Church.

The news that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, 87, the retired archbishop of Washington, faces “credible and substantiated” allegations of sexual abuse of a minor for incidents dating back almost a half-century has reverberated throughout the Catholic Church.

And in light of the related disclosures that Cardinal McCarrick had engaged in questionable behavior with adult males during the period he served as bishop of two New Jersey dioceses, resulting in a pair of legal settlements, and that some media outlets had received disturbing information about his actions more than 15 years ago but declined to publish any articles, a pair of hard questions now are being asked: Why did the public silence about the cardinal’s behavior persist for so long? And why did he continue to move upward, into the highest ranks of the Church’s hierarchy?

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York confirmed in a June 20 statement that he had received a report “alleging abuse from over 45 years ago by the now-retired archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who, at the time of the reported offense, was a priest here in the Archdiocese of New York.”

Former Guam priest again accused of prior molestation

GUAM
Kuam News

June 29, 2018

By Nick Delgado

Another child sexual abuse complaint has been filed against the Archdiocese of Agana and the Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council Chamorro District. The latest one filed by THQ to protect his privacy.

He alleges that when he was ten or eleven years old he was sexually abused by Fr. Louis Brouillard. THQ was an altar boy for the Barrigada Parish and a Boy Scout Applicant during the time of the abuse. He was sexually abused on church grounds and at Boy Scout outings.

Kerala 'sex for silence' case: Church's attempts to cover up abuse fails as govt orders crime branch probe

INDIA
FirstPost

June 29, 2018

By TK Devasia

The attempt by the Malankara Orthodox Church to settle the sexual abuse case against five priests has suffered a setback, with the Kerala government ordering a crime branch investigation into the scandal.

State police chief Loknath Behra has ordered the investigation based on a letter he received from senior ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and former chief minister VS Achuthanandan, said an official at the state police headquarters.

The Kerala State Human Rights Commission and the National Women's Commission had earlier directed the police to register a case but the police ignored these directions, citing absence of any complaint from either the victim or his family.

Senior high court advocate Mohammed Shah said there was no need for a complaint to register a criminal case if there was a credible information that a crime has been committed. He told Firstpost that the information already available in the present case was sufficient to register a first information report.

Priest on leave denies alleged sex abuse in 1980s

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

June 28, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

A retired Buffalo priest who was recently put on administrative leave wrote a letter this week vehemently denying that he sexually assaulted a young boy in the 1980s.

The Rev. Roy Herberger, the former pastor of SS. Columba-Brigid Church, said in the letter that he contacted a lawyer after the Diocese of Buffalo put him on administrative leave due to the abuse complaint.

"I want everyone to know that I deny these claims completely – 100 percent," Herberger said in the letter. "I'm not saying that the victim is lying about being assaulted by some priest, a priest but I do emphatically deny that it was me."

Diocesan spokesman George Richert declined to comment Wednesday afternoon. Herberger, reached by email on Thursday, declined to comment on the letter or on what prompted it. It's not clear how many people received the letter, but Herberger said he sent it to relatives, friends and parishioners.

LDS Church donates to child abuse prevention charities at home and abroad

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
KUTV

June 28, 2018

By Megan Clasper

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced two donations, totaling $75,000, to child abuse prevention organizations in Salt Lake City and abroad on Wednesday.

The church's female leaders traveled to the Children's Justice Center in Salt Lake City to deliver a $50,000 donation to help child abuse victims and their families. The money will help Children's Justice Centers statewide.

“[The Church recognizes that abuse is] a societal problem, that it also affects our members," Jean Bingham, the church's Relief Society general president, said in a press release. "And so, we want to support these wonderful organizations who are dealing with this on a day-to-day basis.”

Sex for silence: 5 Kerala priests accused of sexually exploiting woman; crime branch to probe

KERALA (INDIA)
Moneycontrol News

June 29, 2018

The priests were allegedly blackmailing the mother-of-two using the secret confessions that she had made to them on various occasions

The Crime Branch will now investigate allegations of sexual assault against at least five priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in Kerala, news agency ANI has reported.

The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, which recently won a century-old battle against the Syrian Jacobite Church, is now caught in the eye of the storm after five priests have been named for sexually exploiting one of the members of the Niranam diocese in central Travancore.

The issue had come to light last month when a man complained to the diocesan head that at least five priests have been sexually exploiting his wife, who was also a mother to two children. He said the priests blackmailed his wife using the secret confessions she had made to them on various occasions. ‘Confession’ is regarded as one of the seven sacraments of the Church.

At last, bad news is good news in the Catholic sex abuse scandal

COLUMBIA (MO)
Religion News Service

June 28, 2018

By Thomas Reese

In the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandals, what seems like bad news for the church — seemingly daily headlines about clergy being disciplined — is actually good news.

The truly bad news of the scandal, of course, has been the horrible abuse of children, which will have negative effects on them for the rest of their lives. The good news is that perpetrators have been caught and exposed. Accusations are being investigated and the guilty are being punished. When the abuse scandal was first uncovered in the United States some 30 years ago, bishops in other countries denied they had a problem. What is clearly a worldwide problem is now getting attention at the highest level in the church, thanks to Pope Francis.

In this sense, we should be happy to see more bad headlines because it means more bad actors are being caught.

The neglected root of the Church sex-abuse scandal

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

June 28, 2018

By Phil Lawler

Two new episodes in the festering sex-abuse scandal have called attention to a facet of the problem that has long been understood (at least by some analysts), but routinely neglected if not actively suppressed: the connection between sexual abuse of young people and a widespread homosexual culture among the clergy.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been removed from ministry because of one credible report of misconduct involving a teenage boy. But the Newark archdiocese confirmed that in the past, two other complaints against the cardinal had been resolved by out-of-court settlements. And the news of his suspension brought out dozens of reports about his inappropriate behavior with seminarians: young men who were presumably legal adults.

From Rome came the report that a former Vatican diplomat, recently stationed in Washington, DC, had been found guilty on charges of child pornography. The “children” in this case were teenagers.

Which priests sharing pornography? What disciplinary action, if any, has been taken regarding the priests involved in the infamous “St. Sebastian’s Angels” network? Who were the prelates who protected Cardinal McCarrick? Isn’t it time—in fact, isn’t it long past time—to acknowledge the corrosive power of the homosexual network in the Church?

Prosecutor to press court to release church abuse report

HARRISBURG (PA)
The Associated Press

By Marc Levy

Pennsylvania's highest court is being pressed to publicly release of a major grand jury report on allegations of child sexual abuse and cover-ups in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro will ask the court to swiftly decide lingering legal issues before it, his office said in a statement Friday. He expects to make that request Monday.

"The people of Pennsylvania have a right to see the report, know who is attempting to block its release and why, and to hear the voices of the victims of sexual abuse within the Church," Shapiro said in the statement.

The state Supreme Court high court is blocking the release of the report as the result of legal challenges filed under seal and the courts have declined to make those filings or dockets public, or name the people who filed the challenges.

Michigan State criticized over head of complaints office

EAST LANSING (MI)
The Associated Press

June 29, 2018

Michigan State University has hired an attorney who defended the school against sexual assault lawsuits to head the office handling sexual assault complaints, sparking pushback from victim advocates.

The university's interim president, John Engler, appointed Robert Kent this month to temporarily lead the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance, the Detroit Free Press reported. The school cited his expertise in such cases as its assistant general counsel.

The move comes in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal involving former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Hundreds of women and girls have said he sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment, including when he worked for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics.

He defended Michigan State vs. sexual assaults. Now he heads Title IX.

DETROIT (MI)
Detroit Free Press

June 29, 2018

By David Jesse and Gina Kaufman

A Michigan State University attorney who defended the institution against sexual assault lawsuits is now heading the office handling sexual assault complaints — a move that is drawing criticism from victim advocates.

This month, Robert Kent was moved out of his assistant general counsel position and into the job of interim associate vice president of the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance — a decision made by MSU Interim President John Engler that is drawing scrutiny from critics, who say the move could send a discouraging messagefrom the university.

"At every turn, they signal an unwillingness to deal with the culture, and a message to survivors that their voices don’t matter," said Rachael Denhollander, the first Larry Nassar sex assault victim to come forth publicly. She said, in her view, the appointment of Kent to handle Title IX cases was the latest in a string of insensitive moves.

Buddhist leader sexually assaulted students, report finds

HALIFAX (CANADA)
Think Progress

June 28, 2018

By Joshua Eaton

"If you contest anything he says, 'you're wrong,'" one survivor said. "He's a king."

A prominent Tibetan Buddhist leader based in Halifax, Canada, sexually assaulted three of his female students and engaged in coercive sexual relationships with others, according to a report released Thursday by the advocacy group Buddhist Project Sunshine.

Sakyong Mipham, whose legal name is Osel R. Mukpo, leads a global network of meditation centers called Shambhala International. The report includes two accounts by women who say Mipham sexually assaulted them and one by a woman who says he engaged in an emotionally abusive sexual relationship with her. Other women’s accounts are summarized in an appendix to the report.

Carol Merchasin, the lead investigator for the report and a retired employment lawyer, also spoke to a woman who says she personally overheard Shambala leadership discussing how to cover up an allegation of rape by Mipham. The report does not probe the rape claim, which it calls “second or third hand at best,” citing a lack of evidence.

Shambhala Head Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Accused of Sexual Abuse in New Report

NEW YORK (NY)
Tricycle

June 28, 2018

By Wendy Joan Biddlecombe

The Buddhist leader apologizes for inappropriate relationships as multiple women allege sexual assault in an independent investigation.

Coming off the heels of a public apology for what might be perceived as harmful “relationships” earlier this week, a new report is claiming that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche sexually assaulted multiple women in the Buddhist order that he leads and that members of Shambhala International actively covered up his tracks.

The report was written by Andrea Winn, a leadership coach and second-generation Shambhalian who says she was forced out of her Toronto sangha in 2000 after speaking up about the childhood sexual abuse she experienced from multiple members of the community. The latest findings are the second phase of Project Sunshine, which Winn started a little over a year ago as a way to give survivors a support network.

Winn said she did not hear about any allegations against the Sakyong until women started reaching out to her after the first Project Sunshine report was published in February.

Leader of Boulder-born Shambhala International apologizes for past relationships in which women felt 'harm'

BOULDER (CO)
Daily Camera Boulder News

June 28, 2018

By Carina Julig

The leader of Shambhala International, a Buddhist group founded in Boulder, released a statement this week apologizing for past relationships in which the participating women have expressed "feeling harm."

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is the spiritual leader of Shambhala, a Buddhist organization created in the west in the 1970s by Mipham's father, exiled Tibetan monk Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

The Canadian-based organization's U.S. headquarters are located in Boulder, along with the Buddhist-inspired Naropa University, which also was founded by Trungpa.

The organization has been the focus of sexual misconduct allegations for the past several months, after a report called "Project Sunshine" was published online in February detailing a culture of sexual abuse by the organization's senior teachers. The report contained several anonymous accounts from victims.

Report alleges sexual misconduct by leader of Shambhala community

HALIFAX (NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA)
Lion's Roar

June 28, 2018

Buddhist Project Sunshine released its second report today, containing allegations of sexual assault and clergy sexual misconduct by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, leader of the Shambhala Buddhist community.

The report includes three victim impact statements by female members of Shambhala. The anonymous statements detail allegations of sexual assault in the form of unwanted sexual touching, alcohol abuse, and sex with multiple female students facilitated by some members of Sakyong Mipham’s staff.

Clergy sexual misconduct is defined by FaithTrust Institute as when “any person in a ministerial role of leadership for pastoral counseling (clergy, religious, or lay) engages in sexual contact or sexualized behavior with a congregant…”

Buddhist Project Sunshine (BPS) was initiated by leadership coach Andrea Winn in February 2017 to raise awareness of gendered violence in the Shambhala community.

Catholic diocese slashing funding for priest abuse victims: Lawyer

ONTARIO (CANADA)
The London Free Press

June 29, 2018

By Jonathan Sher

The Roman Catholic diocese in Southwestern Ontario has slashed funds to pay for counselling of those abused by priests and adopted American-style tactics by using a top-dollar legal team to go after those who support victims, a London lawyer says.

The change in tactics by the Diocese of London came suddenly and left victims vulnerable, said lawyer Rob Talach of London, who has represented many victims and complainants since becoming a lawyer in 2002.

“(The diocese) unilaterally decided (to) squeeze back,” Talach said of a diocese in which at least 21 priests have been convicted, charged or sued for sexual offenses, including about 80 claims alone against Charles Sylvestre, who was convicted of abusing 47 victims and died in prison.

The diocese, which serves a region with 440,000 Catholics and stretches between lakes Erie and Huron, has paid counselling bills for years, because when it first started settling lawsuits against its priests, it refused to pay lump sums for counselling to victims, insisting that the church look after their care, Talach said.

Court document lists $15 million in quiet sex-abuse settlements by London diocese

CANADA
The Star

June 28, 2018

By Sandro Contenta and Mary Ormsby

A decade-long court battle between the Roman Catholic Diocese of London and its insurance company has disclosed $15 million in largely secret settlements to people who sued priests for sexual abuse.

The payments — listed in a document filed with London’s Superior Court — went to 50 people accusing 12 priests in the diocese of sexual abuse.

The single-page document provides a rare glimpse into how a Canadian diocese dealt with a string of accusers by charting the millions quietly paid to them.

Assignment History– Rev. James P. McSorley, O.M.I.

WALTHAM (MA)
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: James P. McSorley was a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, ordained in 1946. His first fifteen years of priesthood were spent in the Philippines, where he worked in parishes and helped establish a school. He returned to the United States in the early 1960s, and was moved often thereafter. McSorley went from the diocese of Oakland CA to the archdioceses of Los Angeles CA and Portland OR, then to Germany as a military chaplain. In 1971 he was assigned briefly to a Diocese of Boise ID parish, then as sole priest at another. By 1977 he was back in the Diocese of Oakland, at Bishop O'Dowd High School and then a parish in Pinole. From there he moved through the Diocese of Monterey CA, the Archdiocese of Seattle WA, the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings MT, the Archdiocese of Miami FL, and back to Seattle. His last stop was the Oblate's Mission House in Oakland CA, where he was based from 1985 until his death in 2005.

McSorley's Order knew of concerns about his behavior with children at least as early as 1965, when the pastor of St. Alice's in Springfield OR alerted them and asked that he not be returned to the parish. In a 2001 lawsuit McSorley was accused of having sexually abused a boy at St. Alice's in 1964. In 1993 a man reported to the diocese that McSorley molested him and other boys at Sacred Heart in Boise during 1971-72. This accuser went to the diocese again in the early 2000s. The diocese never contacted police. McSorley has also been the subject of allegations stemming from his time in Germany and Washington.

Born: April 3, 1921
Ordained: March 6, 1946
Died: May 27, 2005

EDITORIAL: Time for justice

MADRID (SPAIN)
El Pais

June 27, 2018

English version by Susana Urra

The first case to go to trial in connection with a network of stolen babies is a reminder of a pending task in Spain

Before turning the page on history, it is necessary to read that page first. And Spain has yet to read the chapter on the shameful and widespread practice of taking babies away from mothers who were typically single, with no resources or the ability to protest, and then giving those children to wedded couples whom the Franco regime considered appropriate parents.

Starting with the Civil War (1936-1939), and up until 1981, many women were systematically robbed of their newborns during the Franco dictatorship and early democratic years – first inside the prisons and later at health clinics. The baby theft was perpetrated by medical and religious elites who denied these women their ability to be mothers, and who allegedly profited financially from the transaction.

The babies were delivered to couples who were in good standing with the Franco regime, generally prior payment of amounts that fueled the baby trafficking – which was viewed as adoptions back at the time. Prosecutors have received nearly 2,000 complaints so far.

La ausencia del doctor Vela obliga a suspender el juicio por bebés robados

MADRID (SPAIN)
El Pais

June 27, 2018

By Natalia Junquera

[The absence of doctor Vela forces to suspend the trial for stolen babies]

El procesado, de 85 años, está ingresado por problemas médicos, según su abogado

Este miércoles debería haber quedado visto para sentencia en la Audiencia Provincial de Madrid el primer juicio por robo de bebés en España. Pero el procesado, Eduardo Vela, de 85 años, no se ha presentado y la presidenta del tribunal, María Luisa Aparicio, ha decidido suspenderlo de momento. Según el letrado de Vela, Rafael Casas, su cliente está "ingresado en urgencias" desde esta mañana aunque ayer por la noche ya tuvo que ser atendido "por dolores y mareos" en su domicilio. Fue la familia quien lo trasladó a un centro hospitalario.

La presidenta del tribunal ha preguntado al abogado si estaría de acuerdo en hacer, al menos, las declaraciones por videoconferencia previstas para este miércoles con dos periodistas francesas que grabaron a Vela con cámara oculta, pero Casas se ha opuesto.

El día anterior, al finalizar la primera sesión del juicio, el abogado ya preguntó si su cliente podía ausentarse este miércoles. Aparicio le contestó entonces que no veía por qué, ya que había seguido la primera sesión sin problemas. Vela intentó no acudir al juicio el primer día alegando problemas graves de salud, pero el forense de la Audiencia Provincial dictaminó que estaba en condiciones físicas y mentales para afrontar el proceso.

Juiz polémico do caso Casa Pia promovido à Relação

PORTUGAL
DN

June 27, 2018

By Miguel Marujo

[Controversial judge of the Casa Pia case promoted to Relation]

Anúncio de promoção e colocação de Rui Teixeira aconteceu cinco dias depois de Estado português ser condenado a indemnizar Paulo Pedroso

Cinco dias depois do Tribunal Europeu dos Direitos do Homem ter condenado o Estado português a indemnizar Paulo Pedroso, por ter sido detido preventivamente sem indícios suficientes, o juiz do processo da Casa Pia, Rui Teixeira, foi promovido para o Tribunal da Relação de Lisboa.

Casa Pia: Estado condenado a pagar 68 mil euros a Paulo Pedroso

PORTUGAL
DN/Lusa

June 12, 2018

[Casa Pia: State condemned to pay 68 thousand euros to Paulo Pedroso]

A decisão do Tribunal Europeu dos Direitos Humanos foi conhecida esta terça-feira

O Tribunal Europeu dos Direitos Humanos (TEDH) condenou o Estado português a pagar mais de 68 mil euros a Paulo Pedroso no âmbito do processo Casa Pia.

Em causa o facto de não terem sido tomadas medidas alternativas à prisão preventiva. O tribunal considera que não havia razões plausíveis dos crimes de violação de menores que levassem à prisão de Pedroso.

De acordo com o comunicado do Tribunal Europeu dos Direitos Humanos, os tribunais portugueses falharam ao rejeitarem o pedido de indemnização por detenção ilegal do ex-ministro socialista.

Parents outraged as child abuse investigation is launched at church daycare center

CHESAPEAKE (VA)
WTKR

June 27, 2018

By Rachael Cardin

A church is under fire after Child Protective Services launched an investigation related to child abuse at the daycare center.

A letter sent home to parents outlined the investigation going on and many have taken a closer look at their own children who have been attendance, some for years.

More than five moms have reached out to News 3 saying they have taken their kids out. One reports her child was hit, another said their child was restrained. Other allegations include children being shut in closets, hit over the head or pushed into walls. One mom told us they plan to hire an attorney due to injuries their son sustained while at the center.

Mom Sara Jacobs said her husband called CPS after their son Noah was picked up and had large scratch marks on his back. Jacobs said her husband asked where the marks came from and the worker told him she had dragged Noah out from under a table, scraping his back.

Ohio legislative roundup: Pastor Protection Act passes House despite discrimination concerns

COLUMBUS (OH)
Columbus Dispatch

June 27, 2018

By Jim Siegel

A Pastor Protection Act that supporters say protects religious freedom — but critics call unnecessary and discriminatory against gay couples — passed the Ohio House on Wednesday.

The bill says that no licensed minister or religious society can be forced to perform or host a marriage ceremony that does not conform to their sincerely held religious beliefs while protecting them from lawsuits.

Rep. Nino Vitale, R-Urbana, said House Bill 36 is aimed at addressing the tension between the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision and the catechism of faith communities.

“Do we want Ohio to be a state that imposes something on pastors that is against their deeply held religious beliefs?” he said.

Priest versus church: case should be tried, public deserves answers

FORT LAUDERDALE (FL)
Sun Sentinel

June 28, 2018

By the time a nasty quarrel reaches the Florida Supreme Court, it's usually about more than just the people involved. If it doesn't have a broader implication for the public or for the law, the court is not likely to want to hear it. But if there is a significant public policy question, the court serves the people best when it interprets its jurisdiction liberally and agrees to take the case.

The case of Father John Gallagher vs. the Diocese of Palm Beach, Inc., meets the public interest test. The priest is trying to sue the diocese for defamation, alleging that it maligned him after he accused it of trying to cover up the misconduct of another priest who showed child pornography to a teenager. The diocese claims that the lawsuit is really about Gallagher's pique at not being promoted and that it is exempt from such litigation under what's known as the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine.

After Palm Beach Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser refused to dismiss the suit, the Diocese won an order from the Fourth District Court of Appeal last month that forbade the trial court from trying the case. It's that decision that Gallagher's lawyers are asking the Florida Supreme Court to reverse. They make a good argument.

Here's the public policy question at the heart of it: At what point is a religious institution immune from secular authority? It's the same issue that vexed King Henry II of England in his 12th century feud with Archbishop Thomas Becket and led to the cleric's assassination by four knights.

These days, the courts work it out.

Attorney for church abuse victim says more alleged victims are coming forward

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
WVUE

June 27, 2018

By Rob Masson

The lawyer for a sexual abuse victim who landed a large settlement against the Archdiocese said more potential victims are coming forward. The victim said things should have never gone this far.

Attorney Roger Stetter has litigated nearly 80 cases against the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Last week, Stetter landed a half-million-dollar settlement from the Archdiocese for a man who said teacher and former Deacon George Brignac raped and sexually abused him at Holy Rosary Church.

"Fondled me at the school, at his desk, in his car and in his home," said the victim.

Stetter said more alleged victims are now calling his office.

"I've already had a couple, three, calls," Stetter said. "I have a client coming in Thursday, another at Holy Rosary next week. I think there will be others."

Brignac taught at three local Catholic schools in the late 1970s. The Jefferson Parish D.A.'s office prosecuted him for allegedly abusing three young boys at St. Matthew's in River Ridge back in 1978. Brignac was acquitted, and the Archdiocese then moved him across parish lines to Holy Rosary school in New Orleans.

LDS Church makes donation to Children’s Justice Center to aid abuse victims

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
FOX13

June 27, 2018

By John Franchi

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is taking a stand against child abuse.

Wednesday, female leaders from the Church’s organizations for women, youth and children presented a $50,000 donation to the Children’s Justice Center (CJC).

The CJC offers victims of abuse a comfortable environment to share their stories with police and connects victims to counselors.

“We support everything that they do,” Cristina Franco, the Second Counselor in the Primary General Presidency said.

The CJC has 23 locations across the state. The funds will mostly be used to provide long awaited upgrades to facilities in rural areas.

Varadakar throws support behind ordination of women Catholic priests

IRELAND
Breaking News

June 27, 2018

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has added his support to the ordination of women as Catholic priests but said he "strongly believes" in the separation of state and church.

Speaking at the fourth National Economic Dialogue at Dublin Castle on Wednesday, Mr Varadkar said he believes in equality in the workplace, and said that priests should be allowed to marry.

He made the comments after the Minister for Culture and Heritage Josepha Madigan clashed with Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin.

It emerged earlier this week that Ms Madigan stepped in to lead prayers at a church in Dublin after a priest failed to show up.

Probe clears interim leader of renowned drum and bugle corps

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Associated Press

June 29, 2018

The suspended interim CEO of a champion Pennsylvania-based drum and bugle corps will return to the organization cleared of accusations he knew about the previous director's harassment and failed to act.

Sean King was tapped to lead the parent organization that runs the Cadets — Youth Education in the Arts — in April after George Hopkins stepped down. That came after 11 women accused Hopkins of sexual harassment or abuse.

VATICAN INTERVENES IN SAGINAW SCANDALS

SAGINAW (MI)
ChurchMilitant

June 22, 2018

By Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.

Bishop Joseph Cistone slammed for keeping abusive clergy in power

The Vatican is now intervening in the scandals currently wracking the diocese of Saginaw, Michigan, pressuring the bishop to oust various clergy. The bishop's leadership ability itself is being called into question.

"Bishops Cistone and his inner circle have far too much faith in themselves, and little faith in the Truth," one reliable inside source told Church Militant, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals. "It would be best if the bishop would resign, so we can move forward with leadership that will confront the generations of destruction laid here by liberalism."

The Fight To Bring A Paedophile Principal To Justice

AUSTRALIA
Marie Claire

June 27, 2018

By Alexandra Carlton

Three sisters share their heartbreaking stories

Dassi Erlich and her sisters risked everything to tell their stories of sexual abuse at the hands of their headmistress at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish school in Melbourne. Years later, they’re still fighting to bring her to justice.

It’s difficult to imagine that not long ago they were subjected to a breach of trust so sickening that a Victorian Supreme Court justice called it “monstrous”. When they were teenagers, each of the girls allege, they suffered sustained sexual abuse at the hands of their female school principal. The woman, Malka Leifer, was the headmistress of Melbourne’s all-girls ultra-Orthodox Adass Israel School – and the one adult the sisters felt they could trust. Perhaps more monstrous still is that Leifer – in her privileged position – was then protected and spirited away to safety in Israel before the girls could seek justice.

The sisters – once manipulated into terrified silence – are now fighting a courageous battle to bring her back to Australia to face 74 charges of child sex abuse. “This is about owning my own story,” Dassi has said. “My daughter will one day grow up and read about my life. I want it to be a story of strength and inspiration rather than victimhood.”

New Mormon Leaders Bring Diversity, New Perspectives

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
The Associated Press

June 28, 2018

By Brady McCombs

The two newest members of a top Mormon governing panel say they hope to bring a new perspective as the first first-ever Latin-American and the first-ever person of Asian ancestry to a previously all-white top leadership group that helps make church policy.

The two newest members of a top Mormon governing panel said Thursday that they hope to bring a new perspective as the first Latin-American and the first person of Asian ancestry to a previously all-white top leadership group that helps make church policy.

Ulisses Soares of Brazil and Gerrit W. Gong, a Chinese-American, made the comments during their first media interviews since being chosen for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' leadership panel called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles earlier this year.

Woman says Mormon church failed to report dad's sexual abuse

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
The Associated Press

June 28, 2018

By Brady Mccombs

A woman who claims in a lawsuit that her father sexually abused her as a child said Thursday that Mormon church leaders allowed the sexual assault to continue by failing to report it to police.

Kristy Johnson said at a news conference that her now-deceased mother told local church leaders in Utah and California about the abuse multiple times during the 1960s and 1970s. Her father, Melvin Kay Johnson, a church employee who worked for the religious education arm of the faith, was relocated to different cities by the church after each report, but police were not contacted, she alleges in a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Utah.

Johnson, now 55 and living in La Habra, California, said she finally reported the abuse to police in California in 1986 when she returned from a Mormon mission. Her father was never arrested, but the church kicked him out. He was allowed back one year later after he went before a church court and persuaded them he had repented, the woman said.

Vatican intervenes in Indian archdiocese embroiled in controversy

KOCHI (INDIA)
La Croix International

June 27, 2018

By T.K. Devasia

Prelates removed from administration of Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese as administrator appointed to look into allegations of financial irregularities

The Vatican has bypassed the Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Church's decision-making synod and taken away the administrative jobs of three prelates of an archdiocese beset with financial controversy.

Pope Francis reshuffles top Vatican positions for greater transparency

VATICAN CITY
La Croix International (with Catholic News Service)

June 27, 2018

New appointments to manage church’s real estate holdings, secret archives

Pope Francis has made good on his promise to start shaking up the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See (APSA) in the interests of greater transparency with a series of high-profile appointments.

USA Gymnastics names Forster high-performance coordinator

UNITED STATES
The Associated Press

June 28, 2018

By Will Graves

USA Gymnastics is turning to Tom Forster to help plot a way forward in the wake of the scandal against a former disgraced national team doctor that has rocked one of the crown jewels of the U.S. Olympic movement.

The organization named Forster as the high-performance director for the U.S. Women's National Team on Thursday. Forster, who will start on July 1, is tasked with developing a strategic plan and training program for all national team members.

USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry called Forster, who owns Colorado Aerials in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the right fit because his philosophy "mirrors our priorities."

The organization is in the middle of a massive overhaul following the downfall of Larry Nassar.

Serve the poor, shun 'palace intrigue,' pope tells new cardinals

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

June 28, 2018

By Philip Pullella

Pope Francis installed 14 Catholic churchmen as cardinals on Thursday, putting another stamp on the group that will one day elect his successor.v

Presiding at a ceremony known as a consistory in St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis told the new cardinals that their mission was to serve the poor and the Church and not seek privileges.

Francis has now chosen 59 of the 125 cardinal electors under 80 years old who would be eligible to enter a conclave after his death or resignation. Eleven of the new cardinals are under 80.

With each future consistory, Francis will add to the number of cardinal electors he has chosen, increasing the possibility that his successor will continue his policy of a more open, inclusive and forgiving Church.

“What does it profit us to gain the whole world if we are living in a stifling atmosphere of intrigues that dry up our hearts and impede our mission?” Francis said at the service where he gave each man a three-cornered “red biretta” hat and a ring of office.

French NGO founder priest dismissed from clerical state

FRANCE
La Croix International

June 28, 2018

By Céline Hoyeau

The Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has issued a 'final' decision dismissing Heart’s Home founder Father Thierry de Roucy for 'disobedience'

In a rare Vatican decision, the founder of the international association Points Coeur (Heart’s Home), which has been sending young volunteers on mission since 1990, has been dismissed from the clerical state, La Croix has learned.

The Vatican decision brought to a close a ten year long process marked by a complex process between Father Thierry de Roucy, now aged 61, the Heart’s Home organization, the bishop of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon and Rome.

In 2011, de Roucy was found guilty of abuse of ecclesiastical power, sexual abuse and absolution of an accomplice in the person a young assistant priest.

The latter was subsequently relieved of his priesthood at his own request after church authorities concluded that he had been subject to undue influence.

Attorney General Shapiro meets with victims of clergy sex abuse

HARRISBURG (PA)
Penn Live

June 28, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Thursday seemed to send a message to anyone standing in the way of the release of a grand jury report into clergy sex abuse.

Shapiro met with a group of survivors of clergy sex abuse from Pennsylvania, and in a written statement to the media said: "The people of Pennsylvania have the right to hear what I heard today. The voices of these victims, who have held this pain inside themselves for far too long, must not be silenced."

The meeting comes a week after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court temporarily halted the release of the report in response to challenges that have been filed by individuals named in the report.

Matt Flynn says he ‘won’t back down’ amid calls to end campaign (AUDIO)

MADISON (WI)
Wisconsin Radio Network

June 27, 2018

By Bob Hague

Democrat Matt Flynn says he has absolutely no plans to abandon his run for governor following calls for him to do so by a couple of fellow Democrats. “You ever heard the Johnny Cash song ‘I Won’t Back Down,’ well my advice to them is play that song and they’ll understand my position,” Flynn told WIBA on Wednesday morning.

Madison state Representatives Chris Taylor and Melissa Sargent accuse Flynn of being involved in a cover up during the priest sex abuse scandal, when he worked as the attorney for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from 1989 to 2004. The Democratic lawmakers were joined at a Capitol press conference on Wednesday by Peter Isely of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Head of prominent charity that campaigns against child abuse is arrested for ‘trying to arrange to rape multiple children as young as two’

NEW YORK (NY)
Daily Mail

June 26, 2018

By Emily Crane

- Joel Davis, 22, was arrested in New York on Tuesday on child sex abuse charges
- Davis is the chairman of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict - an organization devoted to ending sexual violence
- He is accused of trying to set up sexual encounters between himself and children as young as two years old
- Davis also allegedly solicited an undercover FBI agent to send sexually explicit videos of young children

The head of a charity that campaigns against sexual violence has been arrested in New York for child pornography and allegedly trying to meet with children as young as two for sex.

Joel Davis, 22, is accused of trying to set up sexual encounters between himself and young children, as well as soliciting an undercover FBI agent to send sexually explicit videos of minors.

The New Yorker was arrested on Tuesday on child sex abuse and child pornography charges.

Davis is the chairman of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict - an organization devoted to ending sexual violence.

Former St. Agnes priest John Wisner formally defrocked 6 years after abuse allegations surfaced

KANSAS
Shawnee Mission Post

June 28, 2018

By Jay Senter

Two years after a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas alleged that a priest working at St. Agnes Church in Roeland Park had sexually abused a boy during a church trip, the Vatican has affirmed a decree removing him from the priesthood.

An alleged victim of abuse by Father John Wisner first came forward in 2012, saying that Wisner had molested him when he was a 15 year old on a youth outing to Table Rock Lake in Arkansas in 1982. Two additional men came forward with similar allegations against Wisner. The archdiocese investigated those claims and found them credible. Archbishop Joseph Naumann suspended Wisner from active ministry in May 2012, but he was not defrocked.

June 28, 2018

Judge won’t dismiss ritualistic sex abuse lawsuit against Warren Jeffs and the FLDS Church

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
FOX13

June 27, 2018

By Ben Winslow

A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist LDS Church alleging “ritualistic sex abuse.”

Third District Court Judge Vernice Trease canceled a hearing scheduled Wednesday and instead issued a written ruling, denying a request by the United Effort Plan Trust to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a woman only known in court documents as “R.H.” The UEP is the real-estate holdings arm of the FLDS Church, which is now under court control.

The UEP Trust has also sought to force R.H. to reveal her identity. Her lawyers have argued that R.H. should be allowed to proceed under the pseudonym for safety reasons and have sought a protective order to prevent her identity from being made public. In her ruling, Judge Trease suggested that proceeding under anonymity was not improper. However, the judge said she would rule on whether it applies in this case at a later time.

The UEP has also asked to dismiss the lawsuit on other grounds or move it out of Salt Lake City. Judge Trease said she would rule on that at a later date.

Ex-priest Evasco named 4th member of panel in church dialogue

MANILA (PHILIPPINES)
Phil Star

June 28, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Cabinet Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco Jr. as the fourth member of the panel formed to dialogue with the Catholic Church and other religious groups, Malacañang said Thursday.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Evasco, a former priest, may have been asked to join the panel because of his familiarity with Catholic dogma.

“I was just informed very late last night that he (Evasco) will be the fourth member,” Roque said in a press briefing in Malacañang.

Evasco will join Roque, political strategist Pastor “Boy” Saycon and foreign affairs undersecretary Ernesto Abella in the committee.

Evasco was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1970 and was assigned in different municipalities in the province of Bohol. He also served as mayor for Maribojoc from 2007 to 2016.

He was also appointed as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council in 2016 after Vice President Leni Robredo ressigned from her post.

Lawsuit Accuses Priest of Committing Sex Acts During Video Chats With Teen Boy

ALLENTOWN (PA)
NBC Philadelphia

June 27, 2018

By David Chang

The lawsuit states the teen boy took screenshots of some of the encounters.

A priest has been removed from the Allentown diocese after a lawsuit accused him of persuading a teen boy to commit sex acts during video counseling sessions.

Reverend Monsignor Francis Nave allegedly contacted the 16-year-old boy in 2012 through a gay social media website. Nave was the pastor of the Sacred Heart parish in Bath, Pennsylvania at the time.

The lawsuit alleges the teen was depressed and Nave told him it was his job as a Catholic priest to help people and listen to their problems. Monsignor Nave then began to mentor the teen, assuring him that he just wanted to be his friend and help him, according to the lawsuit.

Nave then allegedly persuaded the teen to speak to him via Skype or Facetime during their counseling sessions. During some of those sessions, Nave took off his clothes and masturbated on camera and told the teen to do the same, the lawsuit alleges.

No liability for Grand Rapids diocese in abuse case

GRAND RAPIDS (MI)
The Associated Press

June 27, 2018

The Michigan appeals court says the Grand Rapids Catholic Diocese isn’t liable for a sexual relationship between a high school tutor and a student.

The appeals court affirmed a decision to dismiss a lawsuit against the diocese. The court says church and school officials had no knowledge of sex between Abigail Simon and a teen boy in 2013.

The 38-year-old Simon was sentenced to at least eight years in prison for criminal sexual conduct. She’s eligible for parole in 2022.

Survivor describes impact of sexual assault by Lancaster piano teacher

LANCASTER (OH)
Lancaster Eagle-Gazette

June 27, 2018

By Spencer Remoquillo

In more than 6,000 words, a teen victim — now a young woman — explained how being sexually assaulted by her 56-year-old piano teacher at a local church impacted her life.

The victim, who was 16 when the abuse started, read a detailed statement to Fairfield County Common Pleas Judge David Trimmer who sentenced her abuser, 56-year-old Carlyle Sparrow, to complete five years of community control and to register as a Tier III sex offender.

"I didn’t want to be at school," she said in court Monday. "I didn’t want to be at home. I didn’t want to be anywhere. I wanted to be dead. I wanted my living nightmare to stop. I Googled which type of pills I could take to kill myself and how many it would take. Every time I drove my car, I looked for the places on my road that would be ideal to crash my car: over a cliff, down a hill, in a ditch. I thought about my future and decided it wasn’t worth living. I would never be the girl I used to be."

The Eagle-Gazette preserves the identity of crime victims, particularly those who suffer sexual abuse.

National Commission of Women asks Kerala police to investigate priests accused of sexual abuse

INDIA
Scroll.in

June 27, 2018

The commission asked the police chief to apprise it of the action taken.

The National Commission of Women said on Wednesday that it had written to the Kerala police chief to seek investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against five priests in the state. The commission asked the police chief to apprise it of the action taken.

The women’s commission took cognisance of the matter after the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church sent the priests on leave on Monday following accusations that they blackmailed and sexually abused a woman for three years.

LDS women leaders present donation to prevent child abuse in Utah, Bolivia

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
Deseret News

June 27, 2018

By Tad Walch

The new leader of the LDS Church's Young Women organization said Wednesday that when a Utah girl is sexually abused, she can find safety, help and healing at one of the state's Children's Justice Centers.

"These centers provide a location where victims can go that are safe and where they can receive healing," said Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "Ecclesiastical leaders are a great resource, too."

Sister Cordon presented a $50,000 donation from the church Wednesday to support Utah's rural Children's Justice Centers. She provided the gift after a tour of the Avenues Children’s Justice Center in Salt Lake City.

2 more bishops in Chile resign over sex abuse scandal as Pope Francis cleans house

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

June 28, 2018

Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, the latest fallout from a sex abuse scandal whose scope and gravity were initially underestimated by the pontiff.

Last month, all 31 of Chile's active bishops offered to quit for collectively failing to protect children from pedophile priests.

The Vatican announced that Francis allowed Bishop Alejandro Goic Karmelic of Rancagua and Bishop Horacio del Carmen Valenzuela Abarca of Talca to resign, bringing to five the total number of resignations accepted so far.

In the Rancagua diocese, 14 priests have been accused of having had sex with minors. Goic had served as head of the Chilean church's child protection commission.

Resignations and Appointments, 28.06.2018

VATICAN CITY
Holy See Press Office

June 28, 2018

Resignation of bishop of Rancagua, Chile, and appointment of apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of the same diocese

Resignation of bishop of Talca, Chile, and appointment of apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of the same diocese

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Resignation of bishop of Rancagua, Chile, and appointment of apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of the same diocese

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Rancagua, Chile, presented by H.E. Msgr. Alejandro Goić Karmelić.

The Pope has appointed H.E. Msgr. Luis Fernando Ramos Pérez, auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Chile, Chile, as apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of the diocese of Rancagua, Chile.

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Resignation of bishop of Talca, Chile, and appointment of apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of the same diocese

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Talca, Chile, presented by H.E. Msgr. Horacio del Carmen Valenzuela Abarca.

The Pope has appointed H.E. Msgr. Galo Fernández Villaseca, auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Chile, Chile, as apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of the diocese of Talca, Chile.

Isle of Man diocese to review alleged abuse by clergy

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

June 27, 2018

Victims of alleged child abuse by Church of England (CofE) clergy have been urged to come forward after calls for a fresh inquiry on the Isle of Man.

Last week a report examining the Church's "flawed" Past Case Review (PCR) said it failed to identify at least 22 cases of possible abuse.

Sodor and Man is one of seven CofE dioceses whose efforts were deemed "inadequate".

A diocese spokesman acknowledged "shortcomings" in its record-keeping.

The investigation by Sir Roger Singleton was due to be published next month, but was released earlier following an investigation by BBC News.

'I think we'd all make quite good priests': Josepha Madigan responds to Archbishop's criticism

IRELAND
The Journal

June 26, 2018

On Saturday, Culture Minister Josepha Madigan stepped up at her local church to lead prayers after a priest failed to show up.

CULTURE MINISTER JOSEPHA Madigan has hit back at Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin after he accused her of being ”deeply disrespectful” to her parishioners.

On Saturday, Madigan stepped up at her local church, the Church of St Therese in Mount Merrion, Dublin, to lead prayers after a priest failed to show up. A local parish priest confirmed to TheJournal.ie that the absence was caused due to a miscommunication of the monthly rota.

Madigan works on the team of the Ministry of the Word at the Church of St Therese in Mount Merrion, Dublin, and gives a reading at Mass once a month.

Speaking to RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Madigan said that she did not read the Gospel, but led the readings from the altar.

Two More Chilean Bishops Are Out As Pope Cleans House

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

June 28, 2018

By Frances D'Emilio

Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, the latest fallout from a sex abuse scandal whose scope and gravity were initially underestimated by the pontiff.

Last month all 31 of Chile's active bishops offered to quit for collectively failing to protect children from pedophile priests.

The Vatican announced that Francis allowed Rancagua Bishop Alejandro Goic Karmelic and Talca Bishop Horacio del Carmen Valenzuela Abarca to resign, bringing to five the total number of resignations accepted so far.

In the region of the Rancagua diocese, 14 priests have been accused of having had sex with minors. Bishop Goic had served as head of the Chilean church's child protection commission.

Sacar a los lobos de El Bosque: la intención de convertir la parroquia de Karadima en un ícono contra el abuso

CHILE - SANTIAGO
El Mostrador

June 26, 2018

[Taking the wolves out of El Bosque: the intention to turn the parish of Karadima into an icon against abuse]

By Alejandra Carmona López

Si bien partió como una idea que da vueltas hace algunos días por redes sociales, diferentes agrupaciones de laicos en Chile la han acogido y están haciendo fuerza para que sea una realidad: convertir ese lugar en un Memorial del Abuso Sexual Eclesiástico en nuestro país. Ya se ha conversado en diferentes reuniones y la iniciativa traspasa el boca en boca con el objetivo de simbolizar un nuevo “Nunca Más”.

Papa Francisco acepta renuncia de obispos Alejandro Goic y Horacio Valenzuela

CHILE
La Tercera

June 28, 2018

[Pope Francisco accepts resignations of bishops Alejandro Goic and Horacio Valenzuela]

La máxima autoridad eclesiástica nombró como administrador apostólico a Fernando Ramos en Rancagua y a Galo Fernández en Talca.

Goic dice que la crisis de la Iglesia “le imprimen un sabor amargo” a su salida de la diócesis de Rancagua

CHILE
La Tercera

June 28, 2018

[Goic says that the crisis of the Church "gives him a bitter taste" when he leaves the diocese of Rancagua]

By Carlos Reyes

El ahora obispo emérito de la capital de la sexta Región agregó que "nunca he eludido los desafíos que se me han propuesto, tampoco las responsabilidades. Mi deber hoy es cooperar con todo aquello que el administrador requiera".

French ex-bishop to stand trial for not reporting paedophile priest

FRANCE
AFP

June 28, 2018

The former bishop of the French city of Orleans, Andre Fort, was ordered Thursday to stand trial for failing to report a paedophile priest in his diocese.

Fort, who was bishop of the northern city between 2002 and his retirement in 2010, was charged last June over allegations that he turned a blind eye to child abuse by priest Pierre de Castelet.

Fort had moved de Castelet into roles where he did not have contact with children, but did not inform the police about accusations by a man who said he and others had been abused by the priest as a child.

"My client thought this young man did not want his accusations to be made public, but that he just wanted to make sure Pierre de Castelet had no more contact with children," Fort's lawyer Benoit de Gaullier told AFP.

He added that Fort "acknowledges that he is to face trial, and he will explain himself".

De Castelet is accused of abuse dating back to 1993 when he served as chaplain at a camp for young Christians and was charged in 2012. He also worked as a chaplain for the European Scouts movement.

His accuser, Olivier Savignac, said he had reported the priest to Fort personally in 2010, saying he believed de Castelet could have abused around 10 other children.

Víctimas de Karadima valoran salida de Goic y Valenzuela

CHILE
La Tercera

June 28, 2018

[Victims of Karadima value departure of Goic and Valenzuela]

Mediante redes sociales, Juan Carlos Cruz y José Andrés Murillo se refirieron a la decisión del Papa de aceptar las renuncias de los obispos de Rancagua y Talca.

Pope appoints apostolic administrator for Syro-Malabar major archdiocese

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

June 26, 2018

While Cardinal George Alencherry still retains the title of major archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly, Pope Francis named an apostolic administrator to run the Indian archdiocese.

The pope appointed 71-year-old Bishop Jacob Manathodath of Palghat to be the apostolic administrator "sede plena,'' or effective head, of the archdiocese, said a Vatican press release June 22.

Ucanews.com reported the Vatican also removed three prelates from their administrative duties in the same archdiocese, which has been experiencing infighting and financial controversies aggravated by disputed land deals.

It is first time in the history of this Asian church that the Vatican has suspended the administrative powers of all the bishops in a diocese, said a senior priest who asked to remain anonymous.

Port Aransas priest arrested on felony theft charge

PORT ARANSAS
KRISTV6

June 27, 2018

A Catholic priest formerly of a parish in Port Aransas has been arrested on felony theft charges, an arrest affidavit showed.

Kris Bauta was arrested by Texas Rangers on Tuesday following a monthslong investigation and charged with theft from a non-profit organization.

Court documents showed that investigators were approached by the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Church) back in December 2017 regarding Bauta. Church officials had reportedly accused him of continuous theft of a large sum of money from July 2013 to December 2017.

An investigation then found "numerous items that were reimbursed by the Church" which were "actually personal charges of Bausta." Further, checks written from the Church were said to have deposited into Bauta's personal accounts; while other checks designated for "Hurricane Harvey Relief" were also deposited into Bauta's personal checking account.

Pa. pastor didn't report sexual abuse of a child: State police

HARRISBURG (PA)
Penn Live

June 28, 2018

By Travis Kellar

A pastor in Huntingdon County is facing charges after state police say he didn't report sexual abuse of a child to authorities.

The alleged abuse of a 14-year-old girl happened between June and September 2007, according to police. David Riehl Fisher, a church pastor, was made aware of the abuse on several occasions, but never reported it, police said.

Fisher, 63, faces a charge of endangering the welfare of children.

Surgen nuevas denuncias contra obispos por abusos sexuales

CHILE
La Tercera

June 27, 2018

[New denunciations arise against bishops for sexual abuse]

Reportaje de Informe Especial reveló nuevos casos. Uno de ellos llegó a manos del arzobispo de Malta, Charles Scicluna.

Barros no es el único: Los obispos que han dejado sus cargos tras reunirse con el Papa Francisco

CHILE
Tele13 Radio (103.3 FM)

June 28, 2018

[Barros is not the only one: Bishops who have left office after meeting with Pope Francis]

El Sumo Pontífice aceptó la renuncia de cinco religiosos, luego que todos los prelados del país pusieran sus cargos a disposición tras el escándalo por encubrimiento de abusos.

Comunicado de la Diócesis de Talca

CHILE - TALCA
Diocese of Talca

June 27, 2018

[Communiqué of the Diocese of Talca Regarding Pbro. Luis Felipe Egaña Baraona]

1.- Con gran dolor por el sufrimiento de todas las personas involucradas en esta denuncia, a sus familias y a la comunidad de la Iglesia.

2.- Con el propósito firme de poner todos los medios posibles para buscar la verdad y hacer justicia con la mayor prontitud.

Saludo de Mons. Horacio Valenzuela a la comunidad Diocesana

CHILE - TALCA
Diocese of Talca

June 28, 2018

[Statement of Bishop Horacio Valenzuela about Pope Francis's acceptance of his resignation]

By Horacio Valenzuela Abarca

A la querida comunidad Diocesana: “Dios que nos da constancia y consuelo, los ayude a vivir en armonía unos con otros, conforme al ejemplo de Cristo Jesús, para que todos juntos, a una sola voz alaben al Dios y Padre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo” (Rom. 15,5).

Informe Especial: "Abusos, sotanas y encubrimientos"

CHILE
24Horas.cl.TVN

June 24, 2018

[Special Report: "Abuses, cassocks and cover-ups"]

[VIDEO]

El reportaje de Santiago Pavlovic analizó las denuncias de abusos sexuales en la Iglesia Católica y el rol de las autoridades eclesiásticas en estos casos. La región de Aysén es una de las más azotadas: 400 casos en cinco años en una población de unos 120 mil habitantes.

Iglesia investiga a ex capellán de Carabineros por abuso sexual a menor en 1985

CHILE - TALCA
Cooperativa.cl

June 27, 2018

[Church investigates former chaplain of Carabineros for child sexual abuse in 1985]

* Luis Felipe Egaña fue apartado de todas sus funciones y responsabilidades pastorales.

* Doctor en Derecho Canónico de la Arquidiócesis de Santiago Jaime Ortiz de Lazcano fue designado Instructor de la investigación.

Ex capellán de Carabineros es investigado por abuso sexual a menor en 1985

TALCA (CHILE)
El Mostrador

June 27, 2018

[Former Carabineros chaplain is investigated for minor sexual abuse in 1985]

"Comunicamos que con esta fecha se ha iniciado una Investigación Previa para determinar la verosimilitud de la denuncia de un presunto abuso sexual a un menor ocurrida en el año 1985, presentada en contra del Presbítero Luis Felipe Egaña Baraona", informó la diócesis a través de un comunicado.

St. Paul’s School details programs for alumni who were sexually abused

CONCORD (NH)
Concord Monitor

June 26, 2018

By Alyssa Dandrea

A new compensation program for former St. Paul’s School students who were sexually abused by faculty and staff allows victims to come forward privately, but does not prevent them from later publicly sharing their stories or from going to court if an agreement isn’t reached.

The program – which allows victims to work with a neutral arbitrator and without a lawyer – is one of several new initiatives announced Tuesday by the Concord prep school and is being deemed “unique” by legal experts. While similar payout programs have been used by the Roman Catholic Church, which has grappled for years with clerical sexual abuse of children, they haven’t surfaced at private schools rocked by sexual abuse allegations.

St. Paul’s is following the lead of other private schools in providing financial assistance for mental health services to former students abused by adults entrusted with their care. The new victim therapy fund, also announced Tuesday, mirrors efforts taken by Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut and St. George’s School in Rhode Island.

The Concord prep school, like Choate, is partnering with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), which works with 1,000 sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline, according to a letter from St. Paul’s Rector Michael Hirschfeld and Board of Trustees President Archibald Cox Jr. RAINN will have a dedicated phone line (1-855-215-2281) for St. Paul’s School alumni beginning July 6.

Church body warns of legal barriers to addressing abuse failings

IRELAND
The Irish Times

June 27, 2018

By Jack Power

Safeguarding board told Government it had no central database of priests facing allegations

The Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog has said legal barriers are preventing it from addressing “serious and widespread” failings in how some allegations of clerical sexual abuse are handled.

Data protection concerns are preventing the National Board for Safeguarding Children from keeping a central database of priests who are facing child abuse allegations, with potentially “devastating consequences for children”, the organisation’s board told the Department of Justice in April.

The problem was creating a “very serious deficiency” in the system set up to prevent clerical sex abuse, the board said, according to correspondence obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

Citing data protection concerns, some dioceses and orders are not sharing identifying information about alleged abusers with the board, or between each other, which creates a “significant obstacle” in ensuring safeguarding standards, the board told the department.

Eastern Pa. priest suspended after online sex-abuse lawsuit

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 27, 2018

By Peter Smith

A priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown, Pa., has been suspended after a lawsuit accused him of exploiting a teenage boy’s trust by engaging in sexual acts over the internet with him beginning in 2011.

The Allentown diocese said in a statement it had just learned of the lawsuit and that Monsignor Francis Nave will be removed from ministry pending investigation. Msgr. Nave was pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Bath, Pa.

The lawsuit arrives as the Allentown diocese and five other Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses brace for the release of a voluminous grand jury report into alleged sexual abuse and cover-up over the past seven decades. The report remains sealed pending challenges to its release before the state Supreme Court.

The lawsuit — filed Tuesday in the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District in Philadelphia — identifies the plaintiff only as John Doe. His Florida-based attorney, Jeff Herman, said the plaintiff also reported the abuse to law enforcement in Virginia.

The Catholic Church turned its back on Father Glen Walsh, says his brother

AUSTRALIA
The Newcastle Herald

June 23, 2018

By Joanne McCarthy

GLEN Walsh was the whistleblower Catholic priest who died alone in a Newcastle church building in November, only weeks before he was due to give damning evidence at the trial of Archbishop Philip Wilson.

He took his own life, aged 55 – a priest who paid a devastating price for reporting Hunter paedophile priest Jim Fletcher to police in 2004, while the archbishop kept silent about what he knew.

“The church turned its back on Glen,” said his brother, John, only weeks after Wilson was convicted in Newcastle for concealing Fletcher’s crimes, in a case that made headlines around the world.

Catholic priest removed from Bath church amidst sexual misconduct allegations

BATH (PA)
69 News

June 27, 2018

Civil lawsuit filed against Allentown Diocese

The Allentown Diocese has removed a Catholic priest from ministry following allegations that he encouraged a teenage boy to masturbate while being counseled online by the priest.

Florida-based attorney Jeffrey Herman filed a lawsuit in Philadelphia Tuesday against Monsignor Francis Nave, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown and Bishop Alfred A. Schlert in connection to the alleged 2012 incidents.

Nave, who served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Bath, was removed from ministry on Wednesday after the Diocese said it learned of the allegations.

"The Diocese of Allentown was unaware of this lawsuit or these allegations. As required by our Zero Tolerance Policy, we notified law enforcement (Wednesday). We will remove Msgr. Nave from ministry today, pending the results of the investigation," according to a statement released by Diocese spokesman Matt Kerr.

Opinion: Pennsylvania Supreme Court wrong to block report on church abuse

POTTSTOWN (PA)
The Mercury

June 27, 2018

By Chris Freind

Ahh! Summer. The time of year for ballgames, barbecues, the shore – and the cover-up of a cover-up.

That’s right. Just when it seemed like no one was paying attention, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court sneakily issued an injunction prohibiting the release of a sweeping 800-page grand jury report detailing sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses.

In allowing the pedophilia scandal - that for decades has plagued children of churchgoers – to once again avoid the light of day, thereby victimizing the victims anew, the court surely had good reason. Right?

Uhhh ... no.

Actually, there was no reason at all. In fact, not only didn’t they originally explain their bizarre ruling, but in an unusual move, none of the justices signed their names. How’s that for guts?

In a two-paragraph, six-line ruling, the court simply stated that it found in favor of plaintiffs who were fighting to keep the report sealed.

Sacerdote de Talca es apartado de sus funciones ante investigación por presunto abuso sexual

TALCA (CHILE)
BioBioChile.cl

June 27, 2018

[Priest of Talca is removed from his functions before investigation for alleged sexual abuse]

By Matías Vega

La Diócesis de Talca anunció el inicio de una investigación previa para determinar la verosimilitud de una denuncia contra uno de sus sacerdotes.

Se trata de Luis Egaña Baraona, quien enfrenta una denuncia por presunto abuso sexual a una menor, la cual data del 1985.

Abren investigación a vicario cercano al renunciado obispo valenzuela por abuso

CHILE - TALCA
www.lanacion.cl

June 28, 2018

[Investigation is opened into alleged abuse of a minor by the vicar close to the resigned Bishop Valenzuela]

By Ricardo Pérez Vallejos

Al sacerdote Luis Felipe Egaña Baraona se le han impuesto las medidas cautelares que lo apartan, desde esta fecha, de todas sus funciones y responsabilidades pastorales.

La Diócesis de Talca informó que el miércoles inició una investigación previa para determinar la verosimilitud de la denuncia de un presunto abuso sexual a un menor, ocurrida en el año 1985, presentada en contra del presbítero Luis Felipe Egaña Baraona (foto de abajo).

Varadkar set to confront Pope over abuse scandals

IRELAND
The Times

June 28, 2018

By Ellen Coyne

Backing for Madigan on women priests and celibacy

Leo Varadkar will raise the issue of historic abuse of Irish citizens by the Catholic Church when he meets Pope Francis later this summer.

He is the latest senior member of government to signal that he will use the papal visit to Ireland in August to lobby the Vatican for reform.

Priest on leave denies alleged sex abuse in 1980s

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

June 28, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

A retired Buffalo priest who was recently put on administrative leave wrote a letter this week vehemently denying that he sexually assaulted a young boy in the 1980s.

The Rev. Roy Herberger, the former pastor of SS. Columba-Brigid Church, said in the letter that he contacted a lawyer after the Diocese of Buffalo put him on administrative leave due to the abuse complaint.

"I want everyone to know that I deny these claims completely – 100 percent," Herberger said in the letter. "I'm not saying that the victim is lying about being assaulted by some priest, a priest but I do emphatically deny that it was me."

Diocesan spokesman George Richert declined to comment Wednesday afternoon. Herberger could not be reached to comment Wednesday. A clergy friend confirmed that Herberger wrote the letter and sent it to relatives, friends and parishioners. It's not clear how many people received the letter.

Herberger said in the letter than he knows the man making the claim because he helped the man's father, who struggled with alcoholism and was homeless for stretches of time on the streets of Buffalo and took him for treatment. He met the man making the complaint maybe three of four times and always in the presence of his parents, Herberger said in the letter. Herberger said he never was alone with the boy.

Undercover Legal Battle Brewing Over Damning Grand Jury Report Into Clergy Sex Abuse In Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS

June 27, 2018

By Joe Holden

An undercover legal battle is brewing over what is reportedly a very eye-opening grand jury report about clergy sex abuse in the state of Pennsylvania.

Derailed, at least for now, an 800-plus page report investigating decades of priest sex abuse across Pennsylvania remains barred from release by the state supreme court.

The reasons why have legal experts troubled.

No plan to make 'an additional appeal' to parishes for settlement funds

ST. PAUL (MN)
Minnesota Public Radio

June 27, 2018

By Martin Moylan

In an interview with MPR News on Wednesday, Archbishop Bernard Hebda addressed a proposed $210 million settlement fund for victims of clergy sexual abuse, efforts to prevent future abuse and the path forward for the Twin Cities archdiocese.

Most of the settlement money — $170 million — would come from insurers for the archdiocese and parishes. Hedba said that parishes will not be required to help fund the rest of the settlement, but he noted some are contributing voluntarily.

"It's not like we're going to be making an additional appeal — at least at this point, that's not part of the plan," he said. "Certainly, we've already been hearing from people that desire to be part of this, who recognize the responsibility of the church at large for the situation."

But several callers who identified as Catholic chastised the church in comments to Hebda. One woman, a lifelong Catholic from Minneapolis, vowed never to give another dime to the archdiocese.

Iglesia de Talca inicia investigación contra ex capellán de Carabineros por abuso sexual de menor

TALCA (CHILE)
24Horas.cl TVN

June 27, 2018

[Talca Church begins investigation against former Carabineros chaplain for child sexual abuse]

A través de un comunicado, la diócesis anunció que el sacerdote Luis Felipe Egaña Baraona fue apartado de todas sus funciones.

Report: Sexual Harassment and Abuse Growing in Hong Kong Churches

HONG KONG
CBN NEWS

June 26, 2018

By Steve Warren

The Hong Kong Christian Council, a Protestant ecumenical organization, has released a report exposing a growing sexual harassment and abuse problem in local churches, according to The South China Morning Post.

Released Sunday, the report tells of an online survey which revealed during a nine-month time frame (August 2017 to April 2018) there were 55 reported incidents of sexual harassment or abuse in churches, half of them allegedly committed by pastors or church leaders.

Victims were even sometimes told to be obedient and follow "God's plan" in order to keep them quiet. In some cases, victims are afraid to come forward because the offenders are church leaders.

Church scan on abuse, blackmail cry

BANGALORE (INDIA)
The Telegraph India

June 27, 2018

By K.M. Rakesh

A church in Kerala has suspended five priests following a believer's allegation that they used his wife's confession - a private sacramental rite - to sexually exploit her.

The Malankara Orthodox Church, based in Kottayam, has started an internal probe on the priests after a purported recording of a telephone conversation went viral on social media.

In the conversation, the woman's husband is heard narrating her ordeal to another man.

On Tuesday, the husband told reporters in Kottayam he had handed over copies of all related documentary evidence to the church administrators.

Church spokesperson P.C. Elias said the internal probe would be conducted at the respective dioceses of the priests who have been removed from all duties.

June 27, 2018

Kathy Shaw, Abuse Tracker blogger, dies at age 72

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

June 26, 2018

By James Dearie

Kathy Shaw, a longtime blogger who worked to ensure that stories of clergy sexual abuse would not go unheard, died Sunday, June 24. She was 72 years old.

For nearly 16 years, Shaw was the driving force behind the Abuse Tracker blog, an aggregation of links to reported stories related to the clergy abuse crisis.

Shaw remained an active blogger on Abuse Tracker until last summer, when illness forced her step away. She did return and was active on the site as late as May 22, although recurring health troubles kept her off the blog in the last weeks of her life.

Shaw began working at the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1964, and began covering religion in 1991. As a reporter, she broke multiple stories relating to the Catholic Church's handling of child sex abuse allegations.

First case of “Spain’s stolen babies” goes to trial in Madrid court

MADRID (SPAIN)
El Pais

June 26, 2018

By Natalia Junquera

An 85-year-old doctor who allegedly headed the decades-long scheme denies any recollection of events

“I don’t know. I do not recall.” These were the answers provided on Tuesday by Eduardo Vela, a Spanish doctor who is on trial in a baby trafficking scheme that allegedly went on between 1961 and 1981 at the Madrid clinic that he headed.

Around 1,500 cases of suspected stolen babies have been reported in Spain as part of a scheme that is thought to have spanned decades. Most have been shelved due to the time that has elapsed since the incidents in question.

States Aim To Halt Sexual Abuse Of People With Intellectual Disabilities

UNITED STATES
National Public Radio

June 25, 2018

By Joseph Shapiro

Earlier this year, NPR reported that people with intellectual disabilities are victims of some of the highest rates of sexual assault. NPR found previously undisclosed government numbers showing that they're assaulted at seven times the rate of people without disabilities. Now states, communities and advocates, citing NPR's reporting, are making reforms aimed at improving those statistics.

In Pennsylvania, legislation passed the state House of Representatives earlier this month that would make it easier for people with intellectual disabilities to testify in court. The proposed law, introduced by Republican Rep. Garth Everett, would set out circumstances in which a judge could allow a person's testimony to be taken outside of a courtroom.

In Massachusetts, a proposed law would create a registry of abusive caregivers, even if the case isn't prosecuted. Currently, when an allegation of abuse emerges, a state agency investigates to see if the claim can be substantiated, but the names of alleged perpetrators are only made public if a prosecutor decides to take the case to trial. Advocates cited the NPR series in pushing for the law.

Teacher accused of voyeurism had worked at Mater Christi

SOUTH BURLINGTON (VT)
Burlington Free Press

March 27, 2018

By Elizabeth Murray

A Rice Memorial High School teacher accused of surreptitiously photographing a student worked at Mater Christi School before he was hired at Rice, a school official said Tuesday.

The Mater Christi elementary school community added its voice to those expressing shock and sadness after the allegation was made public Monday.

Rice high school's internal investigation is complete, according to a spokeswoman, and music and theater director Brian Lynam, 31, of Burlington, remains on administrative leave. He was suspended on March 20, the same day the Catholic school in South Burlington received a complaint that a staff member was taking inappropriate photos with a cellphone of a student.

South Burlington Police referred to the photos as "up-skirting," a practice defined as taking pictures or video from underneath a girl's or woman's dress or skirt without their knowledge.

The Clericalist Syndrome

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Catholic Thing

June 27, 2018

By Russell Shaw

“How could someone with that on his record ever have become a cardinal?”

That question has been asked repeatedly since the disclosure that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, 87, former Archbishop of Washington, has been suspended from public ministry by order of the pope in the face of an allegation – deemed “credible and substantiated” by the New York Archdiocese – that he abused a minor there forty-seven years ago.

Cardinal McCarrick says he has no recollection of this happening and is appealing his suspension through a canonical process. The Archdiocese of New York, where the cardinal served as a priest, says the allegation was lodged only a few months ago.

But, meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J., where he served as ordinary from 1981 to 2001, say two of three allegations of sexual misconduct against him there, involving adults, resulted in settlements with the complainants. He was transferred to Washington and named a cardinal in 2001.

Reps. Taylor and Sargent Call on Matt Flynn to Withdraw from Governor’s Race

MADISON (WI)
Urban Milwaukee

June 26, 2018

By State Rep. Chris Taylor

Files detail Flynn’s involvement covering up child sexual abuse by Catholic priests

Today, State Representatives Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) called on Milwaukee attorney, Matt Flynn, to abandon his campaign for governor and withdraw from Wisconsin’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. The call comes after a Wisconsin Gazette article and other reports about Flynn’s involvement representing the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from 1989 until 2004, when hundreds of child sexual assault allegations committed over decades were brought against dozens of priests. Electronic files reveal that Flynn played a central role in the Archdiocese’s responses to an inundation of child sexual assault allegations against Milwaukee Diocesan priests.

“Every client deserves zealous representation,” said Taylor, a former practicing attorney. “But you can vigorously represent your client without shielding sexual predators they employ who continue to pose extreme risks to children. Unfortunately, documents show that, among other things, Mr. Flynn participated in keeping parishes and the public in the dark about dozens of these pedophile priests, placing children at risk of being sexually abused.”

Flynn represented the Milwaukee Archdiocese during one of the most extensive and egregious priest child sexual abuse scandals in the country. As summarized in the attachment derived from individual priest’s archdiocese records, Flynn was aware of priests’ sexual abuse of children, assisted in transferring abusive priests to other parishes, failed to—and sometimes prevented others from—reporting instances of child sexual abuse by priests to law enforcement, paid off priests who went on to pursue professions working with families and children, negotiated settlements with victims requiring secrecy, and filed liens against survivors whose cases fell outside the statute of limitations.

NEWS CONFERENCE: REPS. TAYLOR & SARGENT CALL ON MATT FLYNN TO WITHDRAW FROM GOVERNOR'S RACE [with video]

MADISON (WI)
Wisconsin Eye

June 26, 2018

On June 26, 2018, State Representatives Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) and Peter Isley, victim advocate and founding member of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, called on Milwaukee Attorney Matt Flynn to abandon his campaign for governor and withdraw form Wisconsin's Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Editorial | Victims deserve release of dioceses reports without further delay

JOHNSTOWN (PA)
The Tribune-Democrat

June 24, 2018

By John Rucosky

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania must move forward with the release of reports into child sexual abuse in six of the state’s dioceses.

Residents and parishioners in those regions – and especially abuse victims – deserve the right to have this information made public without further delay.

On Wednesday, the high court delayed the release of reports for dioceses based in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Erie, Harrisburg, Allentown and Scranton.

We had expected the presentments to be made public this week.

2 Chicago high school principals removed in sex abuse probe

CHICAGO (IL)
The Associated Press

June 25, 2018

The principals of two Chicago high schools have been removed from their posts as an investigation is conducted into how they handled sexual abuse allegations.

The Chicago Tribune reports Simeon Career Academy principal Sheldon House was removed as a result of a newly disclosed allegation of sexual abuse lodged against an unnamed school volunteer.

Also, Goode STEM Academy Principal Armando Rodriguez was reassigned after a teacher was removed earlier this month following an allegation of sexual abuse against a student.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier loses criminal appeal

HARRISBURG (PA)
The Associated Press

June 26, 2018

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier lost an appeal Tuesday of his misdemeanor conviction for child endangerment over his handling of a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy in the football team locker room.

A Superior Court majority rejected Spanier's claims that too much time had passed to charge him, he was not legally obligated to care for the boy, and should not have been charged because he did not supervise children directly.

“To hold that (he) was not supervising a child's welfare when he oversaw PSU's response to the Sandusky allegations, or to hold that he owed no duty of care in his exercise of that supervisory authority, would plainly not effectuate the purpose of sheltering children from harm,” wrote Judge Victor Stabile, joined by one other jurist in the 2-1 decision.

Spanier's lawyers said he is deeply disappointed and “plans to pursue his appellate options” in hopes of vindication.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro, whose office prosecuted Spanier, said his office was gratified by the decision.

CPS to launch Office of Student Protections in wake of sex abuse scandal

CHICAGO (IL)
WLS ABC7

June 27, 2018

By Jessica D'Onofrio

Chicago Public Schools announced Wednesday the formation of a new team: the Office of Student Protections and Title IX. The aim is to better safeguard students who report sexual abuse, according to CPS CEO Janice Jackson.

District officials plan to have the 20-member team in place by the end of the summer.

Top brass at CPS asked student victims of sexual abuse at school to come forward at a press conference Wednesday morning.

The nation's third-largest school district was rocked by a Chicago Tribune investigation exposing major problems in how the district handles sexual abuse allegations.

"We encourage you to speak up. We expect - I would count it as a good thing - if we hear more from students and communities around these incidents," Jackson said.

The office will investigate serious allegations of sexual abuse by teachers or students. The team will coordinate with Chicago police and the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, train staff, parents and students on all forms of sexual assault and harassment and link students with counseling.

Assault survivor Terry Crews' powerful testimony on 'toxic masculinity'

UNITED STATES
SBS News

June 26, 2018

American actor Terry Crews has appeared before a Judiciary Committee hearing on the Sexual Assault Survivors 'Bill of Rights' where he delivered a powerful testimony as a sexual assault survivor.

Terry Crews testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that "toxic masculinity permeates culture," recounting his own story of sexual assault by a Hollywood agent.

In his opening statement to the committee, Crews did not name the agent, but he has filed a lawsuit against a WME partner, claiming he had groped him at a 2016 party.

The Luke Heimlich case and why one baseball team's pursuit is full of logical landmines

UNITED STATES
Yahoo Sports

June 27, 2018

By Jeff Passan

Two facts define Luke Heimlich. The first is that he pleaded guilty as a teenager to molesting his 6-year-old niece. The second is that he is one of the best pitchers in college baseball. How society reconciles personal depravity with professional excellence is a defining question of today, in politics, in Hollywood, in sports – in all public-facing jobs whose disproportionate hold on our moral leanings places an even greater onus on their role as noble actors.

It is no surprise, then, that the Kansas City Royals rendered the first – and so far only – public comment on Heimlich’s suitability to play Major League Baseball. The Royals, and particularly their general manager, Dayton Moore, see MLB and the platform it provides as a conduit to a greater purpose. Moore’s deep religious convictions guide the organization, and the significant consideration it’s given to signing Heimlich follows the axiom of hate the sin, love the sinner.

Conversations about drafting Heimlich three weeks ago reached the level of Royals president Dan Glass, who nixed the idea, multiple sources familiar with the discussions told Yahoo Sports. For the second consecutive season, Oregon State’s star pitcher went undrafted. That did not end the team’s deliberation over signing Heimlich as a non-drafted free agent, a possibility that Moore first floated into the public more than a week ago during an interview with Fox Sports Kansas City.

And for more than week, it floated in the ether, mentioned by just one person on Twitter, coming to light only after The Athletic tracked it down. Between that and a column in The Kansas City Star that first broached the Royals’ interest in Heimlich, the organization sent two trial balloons to gauge the potential backlash of signing the 22-year-old left-hander.

Whether they can stomach a deluge of bad headlines cannot be the point, not if moral certitude is central to the Royals’ organizational philosophy. In this case, great leadership – the tenet on which Moore most prides himself – demands looking beyond his baseball club. It necessitates answering publicly and transparently the hardest questions a situation such as Heimlich’s offers. Should the Royals sign Heimlich without properly addressing these concerns, they will be branded, accurately and damningly, an organization of hypocrites more concerned with its players viewing sexual acts than admitting to sexually assaulting a kindergarten-aged girl.

Actor and survivor Terry Crews brings his fight against sexual assault to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (DC)
ABC News

June 26, 2018

By Kendall Karson and Tom Shine

Actor Terry Crews recounted his story of sexual assault — telling lawmakers Tuesday that even as a former NFL linebacker and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star, "I sit here as an example" of survivors.

Appearing before a Senate committee hearing to advocate for the "Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights," Crews said, "This happened to me, too."

"A lot of people believe a person like me can’t be victimized, but what happened to me has happened to many, many others." After seeing survivors come forward only to be met with persecution and backlash, Crews said he revealed his own story to say "I believed them, I supported them, and that this happened to me, too."

The "Survivors' Bill of Rights" would create special protections for sexual assault survivors, including not charging survivors for an examination, preserving rape kits for 20 years or the maximum applicable statute of limitations, and providing survivors with written notification before a rape kit is disposed of.

50 Cent Lambasted for Mocking Terry Crews’ Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Daily Beast

June 27, 2018

By Jamie Ross

Rapper laughed at Crews just before his emotional account about why he couldn’t fight back from rape as a black man.

Just hours before Terry Crews won universal plaudits for his powerful testimony on Capitol Hill about toxic masculinity, 50 Cent turned himself into the perfect case study.

The Brooklyn 99 star appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday to make the case to make the case for legislation known as the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.

During his testimony, the actor gave a highly emotional account of his own experience of sexual assault, allegedly at the hands of Hollywood exec Adam Venit, who he said groped his genitals at a 2016 party.

“This is how toxic masculinity permeates culture,” said Crews, explaining that when he initially shared the story he was “told over and over that this was not abuse, that this was just a joke, that this was just horseplay.”

Michigan State: New president will be chosen by June 2019

LANSING (MI)
The Associated Press

June 27, 2018

By Alice Yin

The tumultuous era of Michigan State University interim president John Engler is expected to come to an end next summer.

The university's governing board revealed the timeline Wednesday for selecting its next president. By June 2019, the choice will be revealed, trustees said.

Engler, a former Republican governor of Michigan, was tapped to temporarily lead the university in February after former president Lou Anna Simon stepped down amid the crisis surrounding ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually abused hundreds of girls and women while employed at Michigan State. Nassar, who also worked for USA Gymnastics, is now imprisoned , and Michigan State has agreed to pay a $500 million settlement to his sexual assault victims.

Trustees Dianne Byrum and Melanie Foster will lead the search, with outgoing University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan serving as an adviser. The process will commence in July and entail gathering input from community stakeholders, forming a search committee and hiring a search firm.

"We are approaching this process as one Spartan community and look forward to learning the qualities and characteristics our students, faculty, staff and other key stakeholders consider most important," Byrum said in the press release. "We must find broad agreement and have a common understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges facing our community."

Abused gymnast Aly Raisman: 'I've barely worked out'

BOSTON (MA)
The Associated Press

June 27, 2018

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she’s barely been able to work out since going public with allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of a former sports doctor.

The six-time Olympic medalist told The Improper Bostonian magazine, for a cover story published this week, that she’s still regrouping and recovering after confronting former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

“In the past few months I’ve barely worked out, which for someone who loves working out, that’s saying a lot,” the magazine quoted Raisman as saying.

The 24-year-old Raisman, captain for both the gold-medal winning 2012 and 2016 U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics teams, says she was abused by Nassar in multiple locations beginning in 2010, including at the U.S. national team training facility in Texas and at the 2012 Games in London. Hundreds of other women and girls have said they, too, were sexually assaulted by Nassar.

Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting women and girls under the guise that he was treating them for injuries. He is serving sentences that likely will keep him in prison for life.

"In the Last Year, I Have Not Put Myself First": Watch Aly Raisman Talk About the Price of Speaking Out

UNITED STATES
In Style

June 27, 2018

By Jonathan Borge

Aly Raisman skyrocketed to fame as one of the Fierce Five gold medalists that represented Team USA at the 2012 Olympics, but in the past year, the 24-year-old has also become known as a staunch advocate for justice. She was among hundreds of athletes who came forward as victims of sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar—now in prison for life—and, in January, shared an empowered testimony at his court appearance.

“All these brave women have power, and we will use our voices to make sure you get what you deserve," she said at the time, and she hasn't stopped fighting. In March, she filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics for failing to pick up on Nassar’s abusive and criminal behavior. Since, she’s also become a body-positive fashion campaign star and has deftly taken down trolls on social media.

But fighting for what's right comes at a price, Raisman says. "In the last year, I have not put myself first," she says in the video at top, explaining that she wants to continue to speak out about her own abuse and listen to other women's stories but sometimes feels triggered as a result. “I’ve learned that if I can’t take care of myself then I won't have the energy to help other people,” she adds. To do so, she plans to spend this summer sun grazing at her family’s beach house in Cape Cod and meditating, a “life-changing” practice she’s recently taken on.

Royals GM is advocating for team to sign pitcher who pleaded guilty to child molestation

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Yahoo Sports

June 26, 2018

By Chris Cwik

The Kansas City Royals are seriously considering signing a pitcher who pleaded guilty to child molestation. Royals general manager Dayton Moore confirmed that the team’s interest in Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich was real, saying that Heimlich, “has earned an opportunity to play professional baseball.”

Heimlich went un-drafted the past two seasons after an article from The Oregonian revealed he pleaded guilty to molesting his six-year-old niece when he was 15. In the weeks following the 2018 draft, there have been rumors that the Royals were considering signing Heimlich.

Moore confirmed those rumors, and actively advocated for the team to sign Heimlich in a televised interview with Fox Sports Kansas City. In that interview, which Rustin Dodd transcribed in his article on The Athletic, Moore frames it as courageous for a team to sign someone who pleaded guilty to child molestation, ignores Heimlich’s guilty plea by calling it an accusation, makes false claims about Heimlich’s family still being close and indicates that he believes being exposed to porn might have played a role in Heimlich molesting his niece.

Moore also says the Royals are an organization that believes in giving players second chances. He mentions former Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson as a player who the Royals did not give up on. Dyson was suspended 50 games for a positive PED test in 2009. By making that comparison, Moore appears to equate testing positive for PEDs to a child molestation conviction.

A popular pope, but how powerful? Francis still fights internal battles

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

June 27, 2018

By Philip Pullella

When Pope Francis wanted to appoint a woman as deputy head of the Vatican press office in 2016, he quickly ran into opposition from the Catholic Church's male-dominated hierarchy.

"I had to fight," Francis said in a rare, two-hour interview with Reuters in his residence this month.

Asked why the leader of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics, then three years into his papacy, could not put a woman into a middle-ranking Vatican role without a fight, the pope smiled and replied: "Bosses cannot always do what they want.

"They have to convince. There is a verb, a word, that helps me very much in governing: 'to persuade'. It is persuasion, slowly persuading, if you can manage to do it."

Pope Francis Ireland visit: All you need to know about the pontiff’s trip

IRELAND
Daily Mail

June 26, 2018

By Madhvi Mavadiya

- Pope Francis will tour the Republic of Ireland across two days in August 2018
- All tickets for the pontiff’s trip to Knock Shrine in County Mayo were allocated
- The Pope's tour will conclude with a final Mass in Phoenix Park in Dublin

Pope Francis is expected to visit the Republic of Ireland in August and all 45,000 free tickets for the pontiff’s trip to Knock Shrine in County Mayo were allocated within hours of being released.

During his two-day visit, the Pope will lead Catholic ceremonies at a number of venues across Ireland and his tour will conclude with a final Mass in Phoenix Park in Dublin, for which tickets are still available.

Here’s everything you need to know about Pope Francis's visit to Ireland, his itinerary and how to get tickets to the events at Croke Park and Phoenix Park.

Kathy Shaw, Watchdog on Clergy Sexual Abuse, Dies at 72

NEW YORK CITY (NY)
New York Times

June 26, 2018

By Sam Roberts

[See also the obituary as it appeared in print, and a PDF of the full page.]

Kathy Shaw, a journalist who doggedly investigated allegations of sexual abuse by clergymen and compiled a national register of misconduct accusations so that the public could grasp the dimensions of the crisis, died on Sunday in a hospital in Worcester, Mass. She was 72.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, her niece Renee Whitenett said.

By surveying thousands of cases and posting them on a blog called Abuse Tracker, Ms. Shaw played a meaningful if largely unheralded role in helping fellow journalists and victims of abuse.

“She connected people who were suffering in isolation and blaming themselves and assuming they were the only ones,” David Clohessy, former national director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said in a telephone interview. “She helped them understand that, in fact, they were part of a system of corruption that could only really be addressed with a personal response like disclosure, therapy and calling the police, and a collective response like pushing for broad change.”

As a religion reporter for The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Ms. Shaw was credited in 2003 with bringing into view a confidential 1962 Vatican document that mandated complete secrecy by church leaders in dealing with cases of sexual abuse by priests and bishops.

Advocates for victims of abuse said that the edict had shielded clergy members from prosecution and contributed to cover-ups.

A number of canon lawyers pointed out, though, that the edict’s provisions had been revised in 2001 and that the Vatican document would not in any case have prevented a bishop from referring crimes by priests to the civil authorities.

Ms. Shaw and another reporter, George Griffin, tracked down a local priest who had fled to Canada in the late 1970s after the Worcester police issued a warrant accusing him of molesting boys at a youth home he operated.

The priest was extradited and convicted in 1995 of sexually abusing a teenage boy. The conviction was later overturned on the grounds of defects in the jury deliberations and improprieties by the prosecutor in his closing argument.

The Abuse Tracker (originally the Clergy Abuse Tracker) was the inspiration of Bill Mitchell of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a nonprofit research organization in St. Petersburg, Fla. It was started not long after The Boston Globe published a series of articles in 2002 by its Spotlight investigative team revealing that the Archdiocese of Boston had covered up sexual abuse by priests. Mr. Mitchell enlisted Ms. Shaw to help.

“If journalism is the first draft of history,” Mr. Mitchell said in an email, “Kathy Shaw spent more than 15 years compiling the essential index of one of church history’s most important and painful chapters: sexual abuse by clergy and the cover-up by many of their bosses — the bishops and cardinals who valued the church’s reputation above the well-being of victims and survivors.”

After a year at Poynter, Abuse Tracker continued for a time under the auspices of the independent newspaper The National Catholic Reporter.

“It gives a different dimension to the issue because we can clearly see the issue of clergy abuse is affecting the entire Catholic Church from the top on down to the tiniest parishes in the smallest towns,” Ms. Shaw told the newspaper in 2002.

Abuse Tracker has been hosted by Bishop-Accountability.org in Waltham, Mass., since 2006, and the website said on Monday that it would continue to operate the blog.

“In the 16 years since 2002, Kathy posted tens of thousands of articles in Abuse Tracker, transforming the news blog into an indispensable resource and record, used by everyone who works on the clergy abuse crisis or cares about it,” Terence McKiernan and Anne Barrett Doyle, who direct Bishop-Accountability.org, said in an email. “Thanks to Kathy and Abuse Tracker, every local development in the abuse crisis could be followed by people everywhere.”

Kathleen Ann Shaw was born on Aug. 1, 1945, in Gardner, Mass., to Alexander Shaw Jr., a foreman in a drill factory, and Evelyn (Burwood) Shaw. Her closest survivor is her sister, Jean Shaw.

She began working for a local radio station when she was 17 and graduated from Becker College and Assumption College, both in Worcester. While working as a reporter, she was also a mental health crisis counselor and clinician in the Worcester area.

Once she began reporting on the sexual abuse allegations in the early 1990s, Mr. Clohessy said, “Kathy was blown away by how extensive this horror is and, with deep empathy, she understood how devastating this is to people in a life-altering and a life-threatening way.”

She retired as a reporter in 2006 but continued to post articles for Abuse Tracker.

“Part of her legacy is that we fly higher and the view gets wider — closer to the Vatican’s own view,” Mr. McKiernan said. “Abuse Tracker includes other countries now, and other abuse besides clergy abuse.

“As a result, solidarity increases across regions and countries,” he added. “Abused Olympic gymnasts and abused altar boys have common cause, especially in changing the laws.

“Kathy opened our minds,” he said.

Kathy Shaw, relentless tracker of clergy abuse, got the story out

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

June 26, 2018

By Bill Mitchell

[See also a screen shot of this appreciation with a photo of Kathy Shaw.]

Before the credits roll at the conclusion of "Spotlight," a list appears showing 105 cities and towns in 41 states and another 101 places in 29 countries "where major abuse scandals have been uncovered."

It was a fitting close to the Academy Award-winning film that told the story behind the story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the clergy abuse scandal.

Kathy Shaw, the journalist who helped put those places on the map of this searing landscape in church history, died Sunday after a long illness.

For more than 15 years, Kathy played a remarkable behind-the-scenes role as the driving force of the Abuse Tracker blog.

The Tracker started at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in 2002, moved to NCR at the end of 2003 and was adopted in 2006 by Bishop Accountability.org, where it operates today.

If journalism is the first draft of history, Kathy Shaw compiled the essential index of one of the church's most important and painful chapters.

I started the Tracker a couple of months after the Globe's first story in January 2002 and recruited Kathy as a volunteer collaborator a few months later. At the time, I was running Poynter.org, a resource for journalists wrestling with the transition from print and broadcast to digital.

Far and away the most popular feature on the site was the blog created by Jim Romenesko, who tracked issues and developments across the world of news during one of the most tumultuous periods in its history. The success of Romenesko suggested to me that the clergy abuse story could use something similar.

As Kathy's dedication to tracking the story became clear, I began thinking of her as the Romenesko of the abuse story. Through the Tracker, Kathy helped the various stakeholders — not just journalists, but survivors, attorneys, church officials, probably even perpetrators — get a daily handle on what was unfolding as one of the most important, chaotic stories in the world. With its audience expanding, the Tracker clearly was outgrowing its original fit with Poynter. Thus the move to NCR.

Supreme Court muzzles grand jury report on priest abuse until challenges are resolved

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Tribune-Review

June 26, 2018

By Debra Erdley

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which stayed the release of a sweeping secret grand jury investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in Catholic dioceses across the state, said Monday it will withhold the report to give unindicted people named in it a chance to challenge its findings.

In an unsigned opinion that shed light on last week's brief ruling, the justices said “many individuals” named in the grand jury report that examined decades of abuse reports in six dioceses, including Greensburg and Pittsburgh, petitioned the court, saying they were denied due process to defend their reputations.

Noting that reputation is a right under the state constitution and that some petitions have yet to be reviewed, the justices said they will review the temporary stay once those challenges “can be resolved, or an informed and fair determination can be made as to whether a continued stay is warranted.”

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro initially said he would make the report public this week. Although he did not oppose the delay, he is urging the court to act swiftly.

Judicial overreach: State Supreme Court undercuts grand jury process

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 26, 2018

By the Editorial Board

The state Supreme Court has finally explained its decision last week to delay the release of a grand jury’s report on the sexual abuse of children in six Catholic dioceses. In part, the court wants to give the law establishing grand juries the once-over.

It wants to review criticism the grand jury included about an unknown number of individuals, determine whether they had ample opportunity to defend themselves and, if it concludes their due-process rights were violated, presumably rule on whether those folks should be kept out of a report that’s now hundreds of pages long.

The court gave no timetable for vetting the report, and Supreme Court justices aren’t known for burning the midnight oil, so anguished victims who have long waited to tell their stories will just have to keep biding their time.

The court didn’t even promise to release what’s left of the report when it’s completed any slicing and dicing it deems necessary. This isn’t the kind of ruling that boosts public trust in the judiciary. But it is precisely the kind of ruling that emasculates grand juries.

Pa. Supreme Court holds up release of report on Erie diocese, others

ERIE (PA)
Times News

June 21, 2018

By Ed Palattella

The court is to hear arguments on challenges to a grand jury’s findings on child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses statewide.

The public might have to wait longer to read a grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Erie and five other Roman Catholic dioceses statewide.

In a one-page order issued on Wednesday, the state Supreme Court said it is halting the unsealing and release of the report pending a review of unspecified challenges to its release.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro, whose office is running the investigation, said in late May that he planned to release the report by the end of June.

The Supreme Court’s order, issued on Wednesday, would appear to complicate those plans, though details of what might happen next are sparse because grand jury proceedings are secret. The Supreme Court order is directed to the supervising judge of the grand jury, Norman Krumenacker III, of Cambria County, and Shapiro’s office.

The order reads: “And now, this 20th day of June 2018, the Applications for Stay are granted. The Honorable Norman A. Krumenacker, III, and the Office of the Attorney General are enjoined from releasing Report No. 1 of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury pending further order of this Court. The instant order is unsealed. All other materials at these docket numbers are not presently publicly available.”

The stays that are the subject of the Supreme Court order are believed to have been filed by people named in the report but who are not officials of the six dioceses.

All of the dioceses have said they do not oppose the release of the report, with Erie Catholic Bishop Lawrence Persico the first to state he wanted an unrestricted release. Persico, the bishop of the 13-county Erie diocese since October 2012, also was the only one of the six bishops to testify in person before the grand jury rather than submit a written statement. Persico was not under subpoena.

The other dioceses under investigation are those for Allentown, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton.

In a statement, Shapiro said his office would continue to push for the release of the report, which is 884 pages and is expected to be one of the most sweeping studies of its kind issued in the United States.

“Just moments ago, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania accepted legal challenges to the issuing of a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. In an unsealed order, the Supreme Court has issued a stay of proceedings to review and decide those challenges,” Shapiro said.

“My legal team and I will continue fighting tirelessly to make sure the victims of this abuse are able to tell their stories and the findings of this investigation are made public to the people of Pennsylvania.”

Persico in a statement confirmed that the Erie diocese did not ask for a stay.

“We anxiously await the Supreme Court’s decision on this matter, and support the release of the report which will give victims a voice,” Persico said. “Until the report is released, we will continue our efforts to identify abusers and provide counseling and assistance to victims.”

Under the direction of the attorney general’s office, the grand jury investigated the dioceses for two years and ended its term on April 30. Its report was done in May, and the dioceses on May 25 received copies of the report under seal to prepare written responses to it. Krumenacker was to decide whether to attach those responses to the final report before the public release.

On June 5, Krumenacker issued a rare public opinion in the case, in which he said that he denied legal challenges that unnamed individuals had filed with him objecting to the release of the report. Those individuals are believed to have appealed Krumenacker’s ruling — which he said dealt with unprecedented legal issues in Pennsylvania — directly to the state Supreme Court.

The requests that Krumenacker denied came from some individuals who are named but not indicted in the grand jury’s report. They asked that Krumenacker allow them to present evidence and testimony to the grand jury to refute the evidence that the attorney general’s office presented “that resulted in the language critical of them contained in the report.”

Krumenacker found that such hearings are not allowed under that state’s grand jury law and that, if the hearings occurred, they would “disrupt the functions of the grand jury.”

The grand jury law requires that those named but not charged in the grand jury’s report be notified and allowed to respond in writing, but the law does not allow the type of hearing that the individuals wanted, Krumenacker wrote. Commenting on the reason the grand jury was empaneled, Krumenacker wrote, “The Commonwealth’s interest in protecting children from sexual predators and persons or institutions that enable them to continue their abuse is of the highest order.”

Krumenacker also provided the most details to date about what the report includes. He wrote that the investigation relates “to allegations of child sexual abuse, failure to make a mandatory report, acts endangering the welfare of children, and obstruction of justice by individuals associated with the Roman Catholic Church, local public officials and community leaders.”

The grand jury document is an investigative report rather than a presentment. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury recommends the filing of criminal charges through a presentment.

However, the grand jury’s work has yielded criminal charges in one case — that of the Rev. David L. Poulson, 65, a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Erie charged May 8 with molesting two boys between 2002 and 2012 when the boys were 8 to 18. The investigating grand jury heard evidence about Poulson and issued a presentment.

Poulson waived his right to a preliminary hearing on May 31 before a district judge in Jefferson County. Persico forced Poulson to resign in February and he is no longer in active ministry. Poulson is free after he posted $30,000 bail, or 10 percent of the full amount of $300,000.

Bishop’s statement

Erie Catholic Bishop Lawrence Persico issued the following statement on Wednesday’s state Supreme Court order halting the release of the grand jury report on child sexual abuse:

“Bishop Lawrence Persico and the Diocese of Erie did not seek a stay of the publication of the grand jury report, and thus cannot comment on the merits of the legal arguments of others. As demonstrated from the recent revisions to our ‘Policy for the Protection of Children,’ we are committed to transparency.

“We anxiously await the Supreme Court’s decision on this matter, and support the release of the report which will give victims a voice. Until the report is released, we will continue our efforts to identify abusers and provide counseling and assistance to victims.”

PA Supreme Court halts diocese findings after hearing from those mentioned in reports

JOHNSTOWN (PA)
WJAC 6

June 25, 2018

By Maria Miller

Harrisburg, Pa. - We're hearing more Monday from the state's high court after its decision last week to block the release of grand jury findings in six Roman Catholic dioceses across the state.

The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court says that many people named in the report have lodged challenges. In fact, the court says the overseeing judge, Norman Krumenacker III, gave individuals named until June 22 to come forward to submit their own responses to allegations within the report.

Because the attorney general's office did not oppose a temporary or brief stay on releasing the reports, the state Supreme Court says it decided to temporarily block the results in order to give itself time to hear petitions of those named. It's not clear how long the stay will continue.

Retired Archbishop apologises to Catholic homes 'abuse' victims

GLASGOW (SCOTLAND)
The Herald

June 26, 2018

A retired archbishop has told an inquiry he is "deeply ashamed" after allegations of abuse by nuns at Catholic children's homes were revealed.

Archbishop Mario Conti expressed his "pain and sorrow" to those who have suffered mistreatment.

And the former church leader asked for the forgiveness of survivors if "I was insensitive to their pain".

The 84-year-old clergyman appeared before the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry on Tuesday to give evidence.

Over the last eight weeks, the probe has been examining now-defunct children's homes which were run by the Catholic congregation the Sisters of Nazareth in Scotland.

The inquiry has previously been told of a catalogue of alleged abuses by nuns at those institutions decades ago.

Archbishop Conti, the former Bishop of Aberdeen and Archbishop of Glasgow, was giving evidence primarily on his knowledge of Nazareth House in Aberdeen, after taking up the post in the city in 1977, and his reaction to the allegations that have emerged.

The retired churchman was asked about a statement he was said to have made around 20 years ago, describing lawyers as dangling a "pot of gold" before alleged victims.

He told the probe he would not use that phrase on Tuesday.

The inquiry was shown a BBC documentary from 1998 focusing on the allegations of survivors who had been at Nazareth House institutions.

Catholic Prelate Accused of Abuse: Letter to the Editor

NEW YORK CITY (NY)
New York Times

June 24, 2018

By Mark Joseph Williams

Re “Cardinal Accused of Sexual Abuse Is Removed From Ministry” (news article, June 21):

I don’t buy for one minute that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick has absolutely no recollection of sexually abusing a minor 47 years ago.

Coincidentally, it was 47 years ago when I was sexually abused by a Catholic priest. Victims do not forget. I haven’t.

Removing a prelate like Cardinal McCarrick so soon after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid of Chile, who also claimed loss of memory, feels like a watershed moment.

For the sake of the church, I hope so.

Mark Joseph Williams
Far Hills, N.J.

Retired Archbishop 'deeply ashamed' and apologises to Catholic children's homes abuse victims

GLASGOW (SCOTLAND)
Daily Record

June 26, 2018

By Hilary Duncanson

Archbishop Mario Conti expressed his "pain and sorrow" at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

A retired archbishop has told an inquiry he is "deeply ashamed" after allegations of abuse by nuns at Catholic children's homes were revealed.

Archbishop Mario Conti expressed his "pain and sorrow" to those who have suffered mistreatment.

And the former church leader asked for the forgiveness of survivors if "I was insensitive to their pain".

Sex abuse claims against late priest Father Gerry Nugent who was key witness in Angelika Kluk murder trial
The 84-year-old clergyman appeared before the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry on Tuesday to give evidence.

Over the last eight weeks, the probe has been examining now-defunct children's homes which were run by the Catholic congregation the Sisters of Nazareth in Scotland.

Catholic group seeks survivor input to new national child protection standards

NEWCASTLE (NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA)
The Herald

June 27 2018

By Joanne McCarthy

An Australian Catholic organisation tasked with establishing professional standards to protect children has invited Hunter child sex survivors and advocates to discuss new draft standards at a meeting in Newcastle.

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd has already invited some Hunter survivors and advocates to the Newcastle City Hall consultation forum on Monday at 2pm, and issued an open invitation to all Catholic abuse survivors and advocates in a media statement on Wednesday.

The organisation issued draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards in April, in response to the final report and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

CPSL director of safeguarding, Kate Eversteyn, said the consultation forums taking place around the country were designed to hear from people abused in Catholic institutions, or directly impacted by abuse.

In largest reported payout yet, Philadelphia Archdiocese settles abuse lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

June 25, 2018

By Craig R. McCoy

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has settled a claim of sex abuse brought by the family of a 26-year-old former student in a Northeast Philadelphia parish who died of a heroin overdose in 2013 shortly before he was to testify in a criminal case against a local priest.

The suit was filed by the parents of Sean McIlmail, who had said that the now-defrocked priest, Robert L. Brennan, molested him for four years, starting when he was 11, while Brennan served at Resurrection of Our Lord parish.

While the payment amount is secret, the family’s lawyers say they understand it to be the largest yet paid by the archdiocese in an abuse case. It is only the sixth known sex-abuse settlement by the archdiocese — a remarkable fact given how extensive the priest abuse scandal proved to be here. The archdiocese has been the subject of two scathing grand jury reports that said its leaders had “enabled and excused” abuse by scores of priests for decades.

Elsewhere, some dioceses have faced myriad lawsuits with hundreds of millions of dollars in play. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, for instance, in a single agreement paid $660 million to 508 victims. The Philadelphia Archdiocese has been spared a greater financial burden largely because of Pennsylvania’s more narrow statute of limitations for such crimes, which has left victims without legal authority to sue. So far, the church and other critics have successfully lobbied in the legislature to block any major liberalization of those restrictions.

June 26, 2018

After ‘Spotlight,’ an unsung hero soldiered on

ST. PETERSBURG (FL)
Poynter

June 26, 2018

By David Beard

The movie “Spotlight” ends with the first story published about the clergy scandal that would mushroom around the world.

The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team followed that story — but an unsung hero was a journalist from central Massachusetts named Kathy Shaw.

Shaw, who died Sunday night, worked on a clergy Abuse Tracker that became a reference to journalists worldwide who were following the story. Those who worked with her speak of her dedication, tackling the issue of church abuse from the early 1990s on. Though not famous or from a big town, Shaw showed how a journalist, even late in a career, can make a difference.

B21 panel urges strong stand on abuse of all forms

CARY (NC)
BRnow.org

June 25 2018

By Andrew J.W. Smith

Southern Baptists should take a strong stand against all forms of abuse and fight to create gracious church environments in which abuse victims are heard and loved, panelists said during the Baptist21 luncheon on June 12 in Dallas.

More than 1,300 people attended the sold-out event in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center during the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Annual Meeting to hear seven Southern Baptist leaders address the theme of “United and Diverse: Critical Issues for our Cooperative Future.”

The panel was moderated by Jedidiah Coppenger, co-founder of Baptist21 and lead pastor of Redemption City Church in Franklin, Tenn. The panel featured Trillia Newbell, Russell Moore, R. Albert Mohler Jr., Kevin Smith, Matt Chandler, Danny Akin, and D.A. Horton.

In light of recent scandals involving sexual immorality and sexual abuse throughout evangelicalism and the SBC, churches and institutions need to reevaluate and update their policies for dealing with immoral and criminal behavior, said Newbell, director of community outreach for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Doctor on trial over Spain 'stolen babies' scandal

MADRID (SPAIN)
BBC News

June 25, 2018

By James Badcock

When an 85-year-old gynaecologist goes on trial in Madrid on 26 June accused of abducting a baby, thousands of victims of a sinister, sprawling network of illegal adoptions will be looking for answers.

They will also be hoping that the case triggers wider investigations into the scandal.

Dr Eduardo Vela will become the first person to stand trial for what victims' groups claim was a secret practice that saw hundreds of thousands of babies stolen and sold under the dictatorship of Gen Francisco Franco and after his death in 1975.

In the years immediately after Spain's 1936-1939 civil war, children were removed from families identified by the victorious fascist regime as Republicans and given to families considered more deserving.

Little was known about the private trafficking of babies that continued in the 1960s until two men went public with their story in 2011.

Antonio Barroso and Juan Luis Moreno revealed they had been bought by their respective fathers from a priest in Zaragoza.

Court case seeks to shed light on Spain’s stolen babies

MADRID (SPAIN)
The Irish Times

June 25, 2018

By Guy Hedgecoe

Doctor accused of involvement in illegal adoption racket during dictatorship

A Spanish doctor will go on trial on Tuesday accused of abducting an infant half a century ago in a landmark case that is expected to clarify the so-called “stolen baby” scandal that is believed to have separated thousands of families during the Franco dictatorship and beyond.

Eduardo Vela, a retired gynaecologist, is accused of unlawfully taking a new-born baby girl from her mother in a Madrid clinic in 1969 and of giving her, via the mediation of a priest, to a couple who agreed to pretend they were the biological parents.

The baby girl, Inés Madrigal, grew up without knowing she was adopted. But when she was an adult, her adoptive mother told her what had happened, prompting her to denounce Dr Vela.

The prosecutor is calling for the Madrid court handling the case to give Dr Vela (85) an 11-year prison sentence and a €15,000 fine for illegal detention, certifying a non-existent birth and forging documents.

Obstetrician's trial could unlock secrets of Spain's stolen babies scandal

MADRID (SPAIN)
Los Angeles Times

June 25, 2018

By James Badcock

Ines Perez and her husband were unable to have children.

Then a Jesuit priest introduced them to Dr. Eduardo Vela, an obstetrician in Madrid who said he knew a woman who had become pregnant during an affair and did not want to keep the baby. But this would not be a standard adoption.

The doctor told Perez to use a pillow to fake pregnancy. Then when he finally handed her the baby, he signed a birth certificate saying that she and her husband were the biological parents.

“Look, what a gift!” he said that day in June 1969. “I have a girl for you.”

St. John Cantius pastor kept from ministry after investigation by order concluded

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

June 25, 2018

The Rev. C. Frank Phillips, founder of a religious order and pastor at St. John Cantius Catholic Parish, has been removed from his priestly duties after an investigation, according to a letter distributed to parishioners. A letter from Gene Szarek, the provincial superior of the Congregation of the Resurrection — the Resurrectionist order, of which Phillips is a member — was distributed over the weekend inside bulletins at the Goose Island neighborhood church. The letter informed churchgoers that the order’s review board, which looked into allegations of improper conduct involving adult men made against Phillips, had heard from those involved and submitted its conclusions to the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Allegations of sexual abuse and settlements: What we know about Cardinal McCarrick's dramatic downfall

NEWARK (NJ)
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

June 20, 2018

By Kelly Heyboer and Ted Sherman

The scandal over Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's alleged abuse of a minor while he was a young priest— and the subsequent disclosure by church officials in New Jersey of settlements of at least two cases charging sexual misconduct with adults— has raised new questions over pledges of transparency by the Catholic Church in dealing with the misdeeds of its clergy.

In 2002, American bishops passed the Dallas Charter, requiring that dioceses report all allegations of sexual abuse of minors to public authorities.

But the New Jersey settlements in the case McCarrick, which officials said involved “allegations of sexual misconduct with adults decades ago,” were kept confidential. They only came to light after the cardinal, a former Archbishop of Newark who later became head of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., was removed from public ministry Wednesday by the Vatican.

In a statement, the church said McCarrick was removed from public ministry following a “credible and substantiated” allegation of sexual abuse involving a teenager from nearly 50 years ago. He accepted the end of his public role in the church. However, the cardinal said he does not remember the alleged abuse, and believes he is innocent.

Regarding Msgr Arthur Michael Karey

DETROIT (MI)
Archdiocese of Detroit

June 22, 2018

Ned McGrath, Director of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monsignor Arthur Michael Karey (1918–1993). Ordained in 1943. More than two decades after his death, an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor was brought forward to the Archdiocesan Review Board, considered, and deemed to be credible.

Parish assignments included serving as associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier, Ecorse (1944); St. Lawrence, Detroit (1949); St. John the Evangelist, Detroit (1952); and, as pastor at St. Joseph, Lake Orion (1964); Christ the King, Detroit (1968); and St. Aloysius, Detroit (1980).

The Archdiocese of Detroit places no deadlines or time limits on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, and other personnel and/or to speak to the Victim Assistance Coordinator c/o (866) 343-8055 or vac@aod.org.

Detroit Archdiocese: Sex abuse claim against dead priest is credible

DETROIT (MI)
Detroit Free Press

June 22, 2018

By Ann Zaniewski

An allegation that a now-deceased priest sexually abused a minor has been deemed credible, Archdiocese of Detroit officials announced Friday.

Msgr. Arthur Michael Karey died in 1993 at age 74 after serving as a priest in Detroit, Ecorse and Lake Orion over five decades.

The archdiocese received a complaint last year about Karey abusing a girl under age 16. It occurred during the early to middle years of his ministry, said Ned McGrath, director of public affairs for the archdiocese.

With A Cardinal's Fall, The Crisis Returns Home

UNITED STATES
Whispers in the Loggia

June 20, 2018

By Rocco Palmo

With the specter of sex-abuse returned to the fore with a vengeance across the Catholic world, the story's mounting American angle has suddenly yielded a historic, shocking development: early Wednesday, the archdiocese of New York announced that the Holy See had removed Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from all public ministry following a 47 year-old allegation of abusing a minor during his days as a priest in the city.

By far, the 87 year-old retired archbishop of Washington – who marked his 60th anniversary of ordination last month – becomes the highest-ranking US cleric to be suspended due to a report deemed credible and substantiated, and the third member of the global College of Cardinals to face a founded allegation of sexual misconduct. A fourth, Cardinal George Pell – the Australian tapped by Pope Francis as the founding head of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy – will face a double trial in his home country over the coming weeks on two charges of historic sex crimes; since becoming the first cardinal to be criminally charged on abuse counts a year ago next week, Pell has been on a voluntary leave from public ministry and his Roman role pending the outcome of the court process in Melbourne, where the 77 year-old served as archbishop through the 1990s.

Ex-Vatican diplomat jailed on child pornography charges

VATICAN
Times of Malta

June 24, 2018

Priest admitted he had developed a 'morbid' desire

A Vatican court has sentenced priest Carlo Alberto Capella to five years in jail for possessing child pornography while he was based in Washington, D.C. as a diplomat.

During his two-day trial, Capella admitted he had developed a 'morbid' desire after he arrived in the United States in 2016.

The US State Department says it alerted the Vatican, in August 2017, that a member of their embassy in Washington was possibly breaking child pornography laws.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court says priest sex abuse grand jury report needs more review

ALLENTOWN (PA)
Of The Morning Call

June 25, 2018

By Tim Darragh

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday said it stopped the planned release of a report investigating decades of child sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses, including the Diocese of Allentown, because “many” people raised complaints that it would unfairly tarnish their reputations.

The unsigned opinion says most, if not all, of the petitioners are people named in the report who are alleging that it “unconstitutionally infringes on their right to reputation and denies them due process.” Each of the six dioceses last week issued statements saying they had not taken legal steps to block the report.

Under the grand jury law, individuals who are not charged with a crime but about whom the report is critical may be allowed to see it and issue a reply to be incorporated in the final product.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision keeps church sexual abuse secrets hidden

ALLENTOWN (PA)
Of The Morning Call

June 23, 2018

By Bill White

Church child sex abuse secrets will remain hidden for now

Juliann Bortz called me the morning after the state Supreme Court blocked the release of the grand jury report on child sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses.

And she began to cry.

"This is what I wasn't going to do," she said apologetically. "This has been devastating. But we're not quitting. I will not quit."

Bortz is one of many alleged victims around the state who testified to the grand jury over the course of a two-year investigation into their abuse and the Catholic Church's lack of responsiveness to priests' crimes. They had anticipated the impending release of the grand jury report with anxiety and excitement.

In most cases, their stories never had been told in any kind of public way, in part because the state's statute of limitations blocked their opportunity to confront their tormentors in court.

Opinion: Applications for Stay of Release of Report No. 1

HARRISBURG (PA)
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

June 25, 2018

[Note: This opinion explains somewhat the terse order issued by the court on 6/20/18, staying the release of Report No. 1 of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury of Pennsylvania. The opinion references Judge Norman Krumenacker’s 6/5/18 opinion and order.]

Many individuals have lodged challenges to Report No. 1 with the supervising judge, generally asserting a denial of constitutional rights. Although the claims evidently differed in particulars to some degree, they shared certain key commonalities. Most, if not all, of the petitioners alleged that they are named or identified in Report No. 1 in a way that unconstitutionally infringes on their right to reputation and denies them due process based upon the lack of a pre-deprivation hearing and/or an opportunity to be heard by the grand jury. See PA. CONST. art. I, §§1, 11. A number of the petitioners asserted that they were not aware of, or allowed to appear at, the proceedings before the grand jury.

In an opinion and order of June 5, 2018, the supervising judge denied a series of motions seeking pre-deprivation hearings. That decision was released to the public and is self-explanatory. See In re 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, No. 571 M.D. 2016, slip op. at 9 (C.P. Allegheny June 5, 2018). Otherwise, the supervising judge has generally maintained the grand jury seal to ensure that identifying details are not disclosed prematurely.

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Affected individuals have filed multiple petitions for review, along with emergency applications for stay, in this Court. At some dockets, the Office of Attorney General advised that “a temporary stay would be appropriate so that this Court can thoughtfully and dutifully consider the petition for review and the [forthcoming] answer thereto[.]” In later submissions, the Office of Attorney General stated it did not oppose “a brief stay of a matter of days, consistent with the emergency nature of these proceedings.” The Office of Attorney General requested, however, that any such stay be sufficiently limited as to permit release of the report in the week following receipt of the responses.

Some of the petitions for review disclose aspects of Report No. 1. Nevertheless, the report has not yet been presented to this Court in its entirety.

This Court is cognizant that Report No. 1 is a matter of great public interest. The Court has found, however, that a temporary stay is appropriate for the following reasons:

1) the release of Report No. 1 on June 23, 2018 -- while affected individuals are permitted to file responses through June 22, 2018 -- provides inadequate time for essential judicial review;

2) consistent with the supervising judge’s certification, the Court recognizes that many of the petitions for review pending before it raise constitutional claims and matters of first impression;

3) the proceedings on the petitions for review filed in this Court are incomplete, and adequate development and consideration of the constitutional claims presented is necessary;

4) this Court does not possess sufficient information at this time to address the petitions for review as, for example, Report No. 1 has not yet been presented to the Court in its entirety; and

5) the Office of Attorney General has alternatively confirmed the appropriateness of a stay and otherwise indicated that it has no objection.

The Court intends to revisit the stay order when the proceedings before it have advanced to a stage at which either the petitions for review can be resolved, or an informed and fair determination can be made as to whether a continued stay is warranted. The Office of Attorney General may withdraw its agreement and/or acquiescence to the stay at any time and lodge an objection to a continued stay on developed reasoning addressing the petitioners’ entitlement to orderly judicial review.

Columbus priest accused of abuse in California

COLUMBUS (OH)
10TV.com (CBS affiliate in Columbus)

June 25, 2018

By Kevin Landers

A Columbus priest was directed to vacate the premises where he worked after an allegation of an assault surfaced.

According to the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Reverend Pierre Albalaa was accused of the crime when he worked in California. The alleged the crime happened in 2004.

Albalaa worked as an administrator serving Sacred Heart Church in Columbus’ Italian Village. On June 19, the Diocese informed him to leave until the investigation was complete.

According to a statement released by the Diocese, “ The Eparchy of Los Angeles has verified that this is the first complaint of this nature received by them regarding Father Albalaa. Records provided to the Diocese of Columbus before his arrival here also verified that the took part in the Eparchy’s safe environment training and that he had a clean criminal background.”

Who knew what and when about sexual misconduct allegations against Stan Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner?

MASSACHUSETTS
MassLive.com

June 26, 2018

By Jacqueline Tempera

Allegations against Bryon Hefner, former Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband, continue to mount.

And now, Rosenberg faces a civil suit that alleges the longtime Amherst senator knew what his husband was doing and turned a blind eye.

Below is a timeline of events, as we know them, from a civil suit filed by a legislative aide who says Hefner assaulted him, Hefner's criminal case, interviews, and media reports.

#MeToo Comes for the Archbishop

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

June 23, 2018

By Ross Douthat

The first time I ever heard the truth about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., finally exposed as a sexual predator years into his retirement, I thought I was listening to a paranoiac rant.

It was the early 2000s, I was attending some earnest panel on religion, and I was accosted by a type who haunts such events — gaunt, intense, with a litany of esoteric grievances. He was a traditionalist Catholic, a figure from the church’s fringes, and he had a lot to say, as I tried to disentangle from him, about corruption in the Catholic clergy. The scandals in Boston had broken, so some of what he said was familiar, but he kept going, into a rant about Cardinal McCarrick: Did you know he makes seminarians sleep with him? Invites them to his beach house, gets in bed with them …

At this I gave him the brushoff that you give the monomaniacal and slipped out.

That was before I realized that if you wanted the truth about corruption in the Catholic Church, you had to listen to the extreme-seeming types, traditionalists and radicals, because they were the only ones sufficiently alienated from the institution to actually dig into its rot. (This lesson has application well beyond Catholicism.)

Philippines' Duterte calls God 'stupid'

PHILIPPINES
Deutsche Presse Agentur

June 25, 2018

By Girlie Linao

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sparked controversy in the predominantly Catholic country for calling God "stupid," but his spokesman has defended the contentious statement as his personal belief.

Duterte made the statement on Friday evening during a speech in his southern home city of Davao, where he questioned God's logic in the Biblical creation story of Adam and Eve.

"Adam ate (the fruit of knowledge), then malice was born. Who is this stupid God?" he said.

"That son of a bitch is stupid if that's the case. You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work."

Pa. Supreme Court: Stay of priest abuse report tied to 'right to reputation' of those named

HARRISBURG (PA)
The Tribune-Democrat

June 26, 2018

An opinion issued Monday afternoon by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court explains some of the reasons why it issued a stay last week on the release of a grand jury report concerning child sexual abuse within several Roman Catholic dioceses in the state.

Last week’s stay – requested by unnamed parties – was granted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Western District.

“Although the claims evidently differed in particulars to some degree, they shared certain key commonalities,” the opinion says.

“Most, if not all of the petitioners alleged that they are named or identified ... in a way that unconstitutionally infringes on their right to reputation and denies them due process based upon the lack of pre-deprivation hearing and/or an opportunity to be heard by the grand jury.”

Pa. Supreme Court explains why it blocked release of clergy sex-abuse report, citing challenges

HARRISBURG (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer (Philly.com)

June 25, 2018

By Angela Couloumbis & Liz Navratil

After being criticized for halting the release of a long-awaited grand jury report into clergy sex abuse, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday offered the first explanation of its decision, saying it needs to resolve legal challenges by “many individuals” named in the report who fear their reputations will be harmed.

In a five-page unsigned opinion, the justices offered no clues as to the identity of the petitioners, or the specifics about the circumstances of their objections. Instead, they explained that concerns had been raised about the secretive nature of the grand jury process and the ability of some people to address or respond to the allegations contained in the more than 800-page document, which details decades of abuse in six of the state’s eight Roman Catholic dioceses.

“Most, if not all, of the petitioners alleged that they are named or identified in Report No. 1 in a way that unconstitutionally infringes on their right to reputation and denies them due process based upon the lack of a pre-deprivation hearing and/or an opportunity to be heard by the grand jury,” the court wrote, later adding: “A number of the petitioners asserted that they were not aware of, or allowed to appear at, the proceedings before the grand jury.”

June 25, 2018

Lexington Church Investigates After Ex-Youth Pastor Accused Of Abuse

LEXINGTON (KY)
Hey Kentucky via LEX18

June 25, 2018

By Chris Tomlin

In an open letter released to the public Monday, Tates Creek Presbyterian Church pastor Robert Cunningham detailed allegations of abuse against one of the church’s former clergy — and laid out a plan for the church’s future.

“It has come to our attention that Brad Waller sexually abused boys and men under his care as a pastor of TCPC,” wrote Cunningham in his address to his 1,250-member congregation and the media. ”While all of this misconduct took place over a decade ago, our church leadership is nevertheless committed to handling this horrific news with utmost sincerity, urgency and transparency.”

Cunningham’s statement is in response to the recent deposition of Savannah pastor Brad Waller, who was relieved of senior pastoral duties at Georgia’s Grace Church of the Islands in April after a confession detailing "foot-rubbing" of adult and youth male members of his church.

In a confession from Waller on public record, the former pastor stated: “I, Brad Waller, confess to the sin of abuse of authority in my role as a pastor. I have been rubbing the feet of men and youth in my care. There was a sexual element to this, however, physically it never went past foot-rubbing.” He was deposed from his office at the same meeting.

Waller had served as a minister under the administration of Tates Creek Presbyterian Church from 1995 to 2006, where his responsibilities included directing youth and college ministries. He was also involved in youth ministry at the University of Kentucky.

Could a grand jury find sexual abuse among non-Catholic organizations? Religious leaders say yes

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 25, 2018

By Peter Smith

Christa Brown of Tennessee has called on Baptist churches for years to set up an independent panel to evaluate allegations of sexual abuse by clergy— such as the youth minister who sexually assaulted her as a teenager — and to keep predators from striking again at another church.

Pastor Jimmy Hinton — a Somerset Church of Christ minister who confronted his own pastor-father about the sexual abuse that landed the latter in prison — has worked to educate churches on the ways child molesters manipulate fellow believers into trusting them with their children.

Melanie Jula Sakoda has made it her own mission to hold Orthodox Christian churches accountable for sexual abuse by their priests and others.

All of them agree on this: that a future Pennsylvania grand jury could find as much evidence of sexual abuse and cover-up among other religious groups and youth-serving organizations as a current statewide grand jury is expected to find among Roman Catholic dioceses. That grand jury is expected to release a mammoth report if it clears ongoing legal challenges by individuals named in its report.

'Many individuals' object to naming in church abuse probe

HARRISBURG (PA)
The Associated Press

June 25, 2018

By Mark Scolforo

Pennsylvania's highest court said its decision last week to hold up the release of a major grand jury report on sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses is the result of challenges filed by "many individuals" cited in the report.

The Supreme Court said in a five-page opinion released Monday that most of those individuals claim they are discussed in the report in a way that would violate reputational rights guaranteed by the state constitution. They also say they have a due process right to be heard by the grand jury.

"A number of the petitioners asserted that they were not aware of, or allowed to appear at, the proceedings before the grand jury," the court said in the unanimous, unsigned opinion.

Hong Kong pastor admits ‘inappropriate’ behaviour after church-goer calls him ‘monster’ over sexual harassment claims

HONG KONG (CHINA)
South China Morning Post

June 22, 2018

By Clifford Lo and Phila Siu

Ngai Lap-yin, who was fired from the Brotherly Love Swatow Baptist Church in Tsz Wan Shan, says he is ready to stand trial in court

A Hong Kong pastor has admitted that he behaved “inappropriately” after a woman accused him on social media of abusing his position as a father figure among church-goers to sexually harass them.

Ngai Lap-yin, who was fired two months ago from the Brotherly Love Swatow Baptist Church in Tsz Wan Shan, confessed on Friday night that he had harmed “sisters” from his church and said he regretted his behaviour.

He told the Christian Times – a widely read publication among the city’s religious community – that he had made mistakes and already reported the “serious matter” to police on Thursday night, accompanied by another pastor.

To express his regret, Ngai said he was willing to stand trial in court. He was first suspended by the church for two weeks in May before eventually being fired in the same month, he added.

Jharkhand gangrape: ‘Charges against Catholic priest meant to prevent his bail’

INDIA
Express News Service

June 25, 2018

Father Alphons Aind, a member of the management of the school from where the women were abducted, was arrested on Saturday on charges of not doing enough to prevent the incident and not informing the police even after the accused took the women away.

The Secretary General of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), Theodore Mascarenhas, said on Sunday that the manner in which multiple charges had been slapped on a Catholic priest arrested in connection with the abduction and gangrape of five women in Jharkhand’s Khunti indicated that there was no intention to let him come out on bail. He also said the Church does not have anything to do with the Patthalgarhi movement.

Father Alphons Aind, a member of the management of the school from where the women were abducted, was arrested on Saturday on charges of not doing enough to prevent the incident and not informing the police even after the accused took the women away. He has been named in both cases lodged in connection with the incident.

Priest versus church: case should be tried, public deserves answers | Editorial

PALM BEACH (FL)
Sun Sentinel

Sun Sentinel Editorial Board

By the time a nasty quarrel reaches the Florida Supreme Court, it’s usually about more than just the people involved. If it doesn’t have a broader implication for the public or for the law, the court is not likely to want to hear it. But if there is a significant public policy question, the court serves the people best when it interprets its jurisdiction liberally and agrees to take the case.

The case of Father John Gallagher vs the Diocese of Palm Beach, Inc., meets the public interest test. The priest is trying to sue the diocese for defamation, alleging that it maligned him after he accused it of trying to cover up the misconduct of another priest who showed child pornography to a teenager. The diocese claims that the lawsuit is really about Gallagher’s pique at not being promoted and that it is exempt from such litigation under what’s known as the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine.

After Palm Beach Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser refused to dismiss the suit, the Diocese won an order from the Fourth District Court of Appeal last month that forbade the trial court from trying the case. It’s that decision that Gallagher’s lawyers are asking the Florida Supreme Court to reverse. They make a good argument.

Pope: No women priests, but more women needed in Curia

VATICAN
The Republican

June 25, 2018

By Anne-Gerard Flynn

In a wide-ranging interview with American journalist Philip Pullella of Reuters News Agency at the Vatican June 17, Pope Francis reiterated that women would not be ordained as priests.

He cited the issue as one of dogma that John Paul II had "closed the door on" and that he was "not going to go back on that."

However, he said there should be more women in the Roman Curia, the central government of the Church within the Holy See through which the pope governs and whose members Francis had harsh words for in 2014.

"Women have an ability to understand things, they have a different vision of things," the 81-year-old pontiff told Reuters.

Philadelphia Archdiocese Reaches Settlement With Family Whose Son Was Allegedly Sexually Abused By Priest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS

June 25, 2018

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has reached a settlement with a family who accused a priest of sexually abusing their son.

The archdiocese reached a settlement with the family of Sean McIlmail, who say that Father Robert Brennan sexually abused him for years. McIlmail, of Willow Grove, died from a drug overdose in October 2013 at the age of 26.

“It is our hope that with the matter resolved, there will be closure and a path forward,” the archdiocese said in a statement.

The statement continues, “We are deeply sorry for any abuse that has taken place at the hands of clergy as well as the pain that survivors and their loved ones have suffered. Each survivor has their own unique story and it would not be our place to discuss it on their behalf.”

Deborah McIlmail, the mother of Sean McIlmail, alleges that the abuse by Brennan lasted four years and began in 1993 when her son was 11 and attending Resurrection of Our Lord Parish school in Rhawnhurst.

Abetting gang rape charges against Indian priest 'fabricated'

BHOPAL (INDIA)
UCA News

June 25, 2018

By Saji Thomas

Church officials defend Jesuit priest arrested on charges of aiding the abduction and gang rape of five women

Police in India's Jharkhand state have arrested a Jesuit priest on charges of aiding and abetting the abduction and gang rape of five social activists, but church officials say the charges are fabricated.

Father Alphonse Aind, principal of Jesuit-run Stockmann Memorial Middle School in remote Kochang village in Khunti Diocese, was sent to custody on June 22, a day after the June 19 rape case was reported.

The priest, two Ursuline nuns and two teachers were interrogated on June 21. Police released all but the priest.

The social activists and the two nuns were part of a team holding a street play in the school to create awareness about the trafficking of girls at the invitation of priest, who is also the local parish priest.

Priest investigated by DA identified, had prior accusation of abuse

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

June 25, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

The Buffalo Diocese priest recently investigated by the Erie County District Attorney's Office due to a complaint of inappropriate touching has been identified as the Rev. Fabian J. Maryanski, who already was on administrative leave due to a previous allegation of sexual contact with a teenage girl.

Maryanski, 77, was not charged in the recent investigation, nor did he face any criminal charges from the prior accusation, which was not brought to the attention of law enforcement authorities.

A spokesman for the diocese confirmed that Maryanski was the subject of the DA's investigation.

"District Attorney Flynn notified us today that Fr. Fabian Maryanski was the subject of his investigation. Fr. Maryanski had already been placed on administrative leave as a result of our Diocesan investigation," spokesman George Richert said.

Questions about Archdiocese of New Orleans' need to disclose after abuse case against deacon

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The New Orleans Advocate

June 23, 2018

By Jim Mustian

In 2002, at the height of the sexual abuse scandal that devastated the Catholic Church, nearly 300 American bishops met in Dallas and created a charter intended to protect children and prevent future cover-ups of predatory clergy.

The letter and spirit of the accord were clear: The church, in its proactive atonement, would impose a "zero-tolerance" policy toward any cleric involved in sexual misconduct. And, in a bid to end decades of enabling and obfuscation — and a lack of communication between parish and parishioner — the prelates pledged to be "open and transparent" in discussing a crisis without precedent in the church's history.

"This is especially so with regard to informing parish and other church communities directly affected by sexual abuse of a minor," the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People states in its seventh article.

Rife child sex abuse among UK teachers, clergy, docs

UNITED KINGDOM
OneNewsNow.com

June 25, 2018

By Michael F. Haverluck

A recent report has exposed widespread child sex abuse across the United Kingdom at the hands of teachers, clergy, doctors and social workers.

A new “Truth Project” report – based on the largest archive of evidence provided by abuse victims ever produced in the U.K. – reveals that pedophile attacks by some of the most trusted professions is pervasive across all U.K. communities and social classes.

“[The report] presents detailed accounts from 50 of the 1,400 people who have so far given evidence to the Truth Project – part of the huge Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) set up by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary,” the Daily Mail announced. “Researchers believe [that child sex abuse] has been perpetrated in schools and other institutions much more widely than previously thought.”

Clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania: Media scramble to unearth bombshell report

PENNSYLVANIA
GetReligion

June 25, 2018

By Julia Duin

In newspapers across Pennsylvania, many Sunday editorial pages were filled with angry protests against the Catholic Church and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The reason?

Everyone had been waiting for a huge grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses (Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Erie, Harrisburg, Allentown and Scranton) across the state.

In this case, it's crucial to note that even the leaders of the various Catholic dioceses – not to mention the victims – wanted this 800-page report released. But then last Wednesday, the state supreme court ordered it sealed.

Ex-priest accused of abuse allowed access to Chicago schools

CHICAGO (IL)
The Associated Press

June 22, 2018

By Michael Tarm

Chicago Public Schools correspondence provided to The Associated Press shows that the nation's third largest school district gave a former Roman Catholic priest access to its schools for months despite knowing he was forced to leave the priesthood for sexually abusing a boy of 6 when he was around 15.

Only after the victim and the AP asked why the district let former cleric Bruce Wellems enter schools as part of alternative-schooling programs he oversees, did the nation's third-largest school district recently ban him.

Criticism that the district hasn't done enough to protect 370,000 students at nearly 650 schools from sexual misconduct intensified after a June 8 article in the Chicago Tribune, which reported CPS didn't adequately vet its own employees and cited scores of alleged cases of sexual abuse by staffers. Illinois lawmakers held hearings on the issue this week.

Wellems, 61, isn't on the district's staff. But he has worked with CPS as executive director of the a nonprofit Peace and Education Coalition, which runs CPS-sanctioned alternative schools at CPS properties for at-risk kids, including the Peace & Education Coalition High School in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood. The AP reported last year that Wellems has remained executive director even after leaving the priesthood over the abuse. CPS spokeswoman Emily Bolton said in a statement to the AP Thursday that, in addition to the new ban on Wellems, the district was now doing a full review "to determine if an ongoing relationship" with the coalition "remains appropriate."

Opinion: A #MeToo wave is coming for the Christian church

NASHVILLE (TN)
Tennessean

June 24, 2018

By R. A. Mathews

Men in power have long been using the Apostle Paul's words to silence women. Not anymore.

Paige Patterson isn’t alone; there are many like him. This disgraced Southern Baptist seminary president’s actions promise to unleash a wave of voices.

A tidal wave — #MeToo4Christians.

Allegedly, in a 2000 audio recording, Patterson tells a battered woman to “be submissive in every way” to her violent husband. Patterson uses words from the Apostle Paul, forgetting a few — I’ll get to that.

There are also the rape incidents he allegedly mishandled terribly. Not to mention repeatedly demeaning women.

I attended a Southern Baptist seminary and have been a Baptist theologian for decades. Do I have stories? I wouldn’t know where to begin.

USC facing massive legal fight, costs in doctor case

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

June 24, 2018

By Maura Dolan

At least 200 former University of Southern California students have joined lawsuits against the university, alleging it failed to heed warnings for nearly 30 years that a campus gynecologist was sexually abusing patients.

Lawyers representing the alleged victims expect the number of women suing to reach at least several hundred and possibly thousands. If successful, the suits could cost the university hundreds of millions of dollars.

"I have never seen anything like the volume of calls we are getting," said John Manly, a lawyer who has represented sex abuse victims in mass litigation cases.

In the first three weeks following the Los Angeles Times' revelations, Manly said he received calls from 120 former patients of Dr. George Tyndall, a student health clinic gynecologist who was employed by USC and is now under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department over allegations of sex abuse.

USC faces lawsuits over doctor's alleged sexual abuse: report

LOS ANGELES (CA)
FOX News

June 25, 2018

The University of Southern California is reportedly facing a growing number of lawsuits against the school over allegations that a campus gynecologist sexually abused patients for nearly 30 years.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday that at least 200 former students have joined suits against the school. The paper reported that that number could increase to thousands and potentially cost the school hundreds of millions of dollars.

“The alarming thing is we have women from the very beginning of his employment in 1989 to the very end,” John Manly, a lawyer who has defended sex abuse victims, told the paper. “It indicates he engaged in this behavior throughout his tenure at USC.”

The Times reported earlier this month that complaints about Dr. George Tyndall weren't properly address by USC for years and university officials never reported him to the medical board, even after he was quietly forced into retirement.

Tyndall, 71, denied wrongdoing in interviews with the Times and hasn't responded to phone calls and emails requesting comment from The Associated Press.

Sentence in campus sex case blasted: Did judge think student was special?

MADISON (WI)
The Associated Press

June 25, 2018

A state senator is taking a judge to task for sentencing a former University of Wisconsin-Madison student accused of sexual assault to three years in prison.

Alec Cook, 22, of Edina, Minnesota, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three female students as well as choking or stalking two others. He was initially charged with more than 20 crimes against nearly a dozen women.

Cook faced up to 40 years in prison; prosecutors wanted 19 years. Dane County Circuit Judge Stephen Ehlke gave him three years on Thursday.

Sen. Lena Taylor, a Milwaukee Democrat, said in a statement Friday that Ehlke for some reason thought Cook was special and let him off the hook. She questioned the message Ehlke sent to Cook’s victims.

A Sad Note to Our Readers

WALTHAM (MA)
BishopAccountability.org

June 25, 2018

We are very sorry to report that our wonderful friend and colleague Kathy Shaw died Sunday evening at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester MA after a long illness.

Kathy had been a distinguished and award-winning religion reporter at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, as well as a mental health crisis counselor and a union activist. Beginning in 1992 and continuing through 2005, Kathy did groundbreaking reporting on the clergy abuse crisis in the Diocese of Worcester and beyond. In 2002, she started working on Abuse Tracker, the news blog about the clergy abuse crisis created in March 2002 by Bill Mitchell and the Poynter Institute. The byline “Posted by Kathy Shaw” first appeared on June 12, 2002, when the U.S. bishops were meeting in Dallas.

In the sixteen years since, Kathy posted tens of thousands of articles in Abuse Tracker, transforming the news blog into an indispensable resource and record, used by everyone who works on the clergy abuse crisis or cares about it. Thanks to Kathy and Abuse Tracker, every local development in the abuse crisis could be followed by people everywhere. Abuse Tracker was hosted by Poynter for a year, then by the National Catholic Reporter until 2006, and then by BishopAccountability.org, where it will continue.

Kathy Shaw was a steadfast friend, a tireless and generous colleague, an exuberant presence on social media, and a loving advocate for survivors everywhere. When arrangements for her memorial service are set, we will announce them here, along with a longer appreciation of her life and legacy.

Terence McKiernan
Anne Barrett Doyle

• Please view a brief video about Kathy.

• See also the bio that Kathy wrote when she and Abuse Tracker joined BishopAccountability.org.

Kerala Orthodox church suspends 5 priests after 'sex for silence' tape

KERALA (INDIA)
The News Minute

June 25, 2018

By Megha Varier

Kerala man has alleged that a group of priests blackmailed and sexually abused wife using her confessions.

The Malankara Orthodox Church in Kerala has suspended five priests over allegations that they sexually abused a woman from Thiruvalla.

According to a complaint submitted to the Church by the survivor's husband, his wife was sexually preyed upon by the five priests. This after they allegedly blackmailed her based on her secret confessions.

Confirming the complaint to TNM, Church spokesperson PC Elias said that the five priests have been suspended pending inquiry in the wake of allegations against them.

"We received a complaint from the woman's husband and the priests who have been accused have been suspended pending inquiry. We do not know if these allegations are true. Only after the inquiry can we say if it is genuine or fake. Future course of action will be decided based on the internal inquiry report," he said, refusing to divulge the identities of the five accused priests.

The priests have been indefinitely suspended, until the inquiry is completed. If the allegations are found to be false, they will be reinstated, the spokesperson added.

According to reports, three of the priests belong to Niranam Diocese in Thiruvalla, and one each from Thumbamon in Pandalam and Delhi. The church has 30 dioceses across the country.

Palace shifts narrative on Duterte's 'stupid God' remark, says Catholic Church should apologize

MANILA (PHILIPPINES)
Philstar.com

June 25, 2018

Malacañang Monday brought up the child sexual abuse involving Roman Catholic priests as President Rodrigo Duterte is facing backlash over his controversial remarks about God.

Duterte drew flak after questioning the creation story in the Christian Bible and saying that God must have been stupid for allowing temptation to destroy his work in a speech in Davao City last week.

The president's statement did not sit well with some Christians who accuse Duterte of blasphemy and disrespecting religious beliefs.

Critics have also scored Duterte for using his public speeches to rant about religion and to attack the Catholic Church, the religious group of more than 80 percent of Filipinos.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte's comments about God stemmed from his bad experiences in the hands of a priest when the president was young. Duterte previously claimed to have been molested by an American Jesuit priest when he was still a student of Ateneo de Davao.

Ex-priest Curran pleads guilty to child sex abuse 20 years ago

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

June 25 2018

A convicted paedophile priest has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a boy in Northern Ireland more than 20 years ago.

His appearance at Downpatrick Crown Court is the sixth time 68-year-old Daniel John Curran has faced sex abuse charges.

Standing in the dock Curran, from Bryansford Avenue in Newcastle, confirmed his personal details while defence counsel Noel Dillon confirmed he had been “fully advised about the issue of credit” for pleading guilty at an early stage.

The court clerk having put the charge to him, that of indecent assault on a date unknown between 16 August 1989 and 18 August 1991, Curran said simply that he was “guilty.”

In applying for bail pending sentence, Mr Dillon revealed that sentences for Curran’s previous convictions resulted in jail sentences totalling 16 years “either immediate or suspended".

Abuse Claim Against Dead Priest is Credible, Says Church

DETROIT (MI)
The Associated Press

June 25, 2018

The Roman Catholic Church in southeastern Michigan is urging people to step forward if they believe they were sexually abused by a priest who died in 1993.

The archdiocese says it investigated a complaint against Monsignor Arthur Karey and found it credible. Spokesman Ned McGrath says the allegation involved a girl decades ago but was received just last year.

Karey died in 1993 at age 74. He was a priest for 50 years in Detroit, Ecorse and Lake Orion. His service included work as a Detroit police chaplain.

Columbus priest accused of abuse in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CA)
The Columbus Dispatch

June 24, 2018

By Jim Woods

A Maronite Catholic priest serving as administrator for the Sacred Heart Church in Italian Village was removed from the position by the Diocese of Columbus because of an investigation of an abuse allegation in California.

Parishioners at Sacred Heart were told at the 4 p.m. Saturday Mass that Father Pierre Albalaa had been ordered to leave the position he had started in March.

The diocese was informed last Monday by the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles that Albalaa was being investigated for a credible allegation of abuse of a minor in 2004 in California. Eparchy is the term for diocese used by Eastern rite Orthodox and Catholic churches.

June 24, 2018

An ex-Utah County deputy’s confession to Mormon leaders led to his arrest for child molestation 10 years later

MESA (AZ)
Salt Lake City Tribune

June 24, 2018

By Jessica Miller

Two young women told investigators in Mesa, Ariz., that one of the department’s former officers had groped and sexually assaulted them 11 years earlier at sleepovers.

The handwritten report from 1995 doesn’t explain the steps detectives took next, but within months, the case went dormant. An investigator wrote that there was scant evidence and no likelihood that Officer Gerald Salcido would ever be convicted.

Years went by.

Salcido moved to Utah, where he worked as a Provo officer for 12 years and then another decade as a deputy with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

While he was working for Provo, he allegedly confessed to his crimes — not to police, but to his wife and his Mormon bishop. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints excommunicated Salcido in 2006, but it appears church officials never told investigators about the confession.

USC faces massive litigation over doctor's alleged sex abuse

LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles Times

June 24, 2018

By Maura Dolan

At least 200 former USC students have joined lawsuits against the university, alleging it failed to heed warnings for nearly 30 years that a campus gynecologist was sexually abusing patients.

Lawyers representing the alleged victims expect the number of women suing to reach at least several hundred and possibly thousands. If successful, the suits could cost the university hundreds of millions of dollars.

“I have never seen anything like the volume of calls we are getting,” said John Manly, a lawyer who has represented sex abuse victims in mass litigation cases.

Archbishop urged by survivors to apologise at child abuse inquiry for ‘hurtful’ comments

SCOTLAND
The Sunday Post

June 24, 2018

By Gordon Blackstock

Children's home abuse survivors are calling for a leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland to say sorry when he appears at a public inquiry next week.

Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti will appear before the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry on Tuesday.

The inquiry, headed by Lady Smith, is investigating allegations of abuse at Nazareth House homes across Scotland.

Archbishop Conti’s appearance comes after inquiry witnesses accused him of dismissing their claims against the Sisters of Nazareth as “fantasy”.

The inquiry has heard evidence from former residents at the Nazareth House home.

In April, one witness claimed she was sexually abused by a priest after she went to confession.

But in 1998, Archbishop Conti dismissed the allegations against the nuns as “improbable” and said some alleged victims were making “fantastical claims” and chasing a “pot of gold”.

Speaking Secrets: Sexual abuse services bracing for influx

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Herald-Newstalk ZB podcast series

June 25, 2018

By Georgina Campbell

Sharing stories of sexual abuse amidst #MeToo

[This article is based on extracts from the Speaking Secrets podcast, a co-production by NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB. You can listen to the podcast below or subscribe to Speaking Secrets on iHeartRadio and iTunes.]

Police, courts and sexual abuse help agencies are starting to experience a surge in reported cases as the #MeToo movement encourages survivors to come forward.

The trend has emerged in a series of interviews conducted for a New Zealand Herald-Newstalk ZB podcast series, Speaking Secrets, which explores the global campaign against sexual abuse and harassment in New Zealand.

The series, which starts today, has discovered cautious optimism about the newfound ability of victims to speak out, mixed with concern that agencies and institutions will be swamped by the growing number of cases.

Archdiocese: No claims made against Cardinal McCarrick during his time in DC

WASHINGTON D.C.
WTOP-TV

June 24, 2018

By Patrick Roth

The Archdiocese of Washington said it found no allegations made against the former archbishop of Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick during his time in D.C.

McCarrick, who served as D.C.’s archbishop from 2001 to 2006, was removed from ministry after an allegation he sexually abused a teen 50 years ago when he was serving as a priest in the Archdiocese of New York.

In a letter from the Archdiocese that the Cardinal Donald Wuerl said he requested a review of all records in the Archdiocese of Washington while the Archdiocese of New York investigated the claim against McCarrick.

Did Cardinal Theodore McCarrick hide behind old wall of anti-Catholic media bias?

UNITED STATES
GetReligion (Blog)

June 24, 2018

By Terry Mattingly

If you have not had a chance to do so, check out the waves of reader comments that we have received in response to GetReligionista Julia Duin's epic post at the end of last week entitled "The scandal of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and why no major media outed him."

As you can see from the headline, a major theme in this post is directly linked to life on the religion-news beat. On a technical level, in terms of journalism craft and ethics, why was it so hard for veteran reporters – like Julia – to nail down the final details of hard-news reports about McCarrick and the years and years of rumors and allegations about his sexual abuse of seminarians (among others)?

Part of it, of course, was getting people to go on the record. In some cases, people even had documentation to help support their horror stories. But, but, but ... They just could not go on the record.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court's blocking of clergy sex abuse report devastates victims

PENNSYLVANIA
The Tribune-Review

June 24, 2018

By Debra Erdley

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision to block the release of a grand jury investigative report into clergy sexual abuse hit Mark Rozzi “like a punch in the gut.”

“At first, (the decision) was very emotional and frustrating,” Rozzi said. “But then my thoughts turned to all the other victims and their families who have been hanging on by a thread. We have heard from dozens of them.”

Rozzi, a state representative from Berks County, previously testified before a grand jury about his abuse at the hands of a priest 30 years ago.

“The pain never goes away,” he told the Tribune-Review.

Victims of clergy sexual abuse and their attorneys were stunned last week at news that the report would not be made public. The grand jury investigation examined decades of allegations of abuse and cover-ups in six Catholic dioceses across the state, including Pittsburgh and Greensburg.

John Doe ’79' files suit vs. archdiocese

SANTA FE (NM)
Las Vegas Optic

June 24, 2018

By Jason Brooks

The Catholic priest abuse set of civil suits that has involved Our Lady of Sorrows Church and many other Archdiocese of Santa Fe locations recently grew by one more plaintiff, though the abuse is alleged at a Bernalillo County site.

“John Doe 79” filed suit May 21 in the Second District Court in Bernalillo County against both the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and the Parish Catholic Church of Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus.

The suit alleges abuse against a male victim, who was born in 1956 and currently lives in Albuquerque, was committed by the late Father Ron Roth when the male victim was age 14

Recently settled abuse case against former Catholic deacon raises questions about archdiocese's need to disclose

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
New Orleans Advocate

June 23, 2018

By Jim Mustian

In 2002, at the height of the sexual abuse scandal that devastated the Catholic Church, nearly 300 American bishops met in Dallas and created a charter intended to protect children and prevent future cover-ups of predatory clergy.

The letter and spirit of the accord were clear: The church, in its proactive atonement, would impose a "zero-tolerance" policy toward any cleric involved in sexual misconduct. And, in a bid to end decades of enabling and obfuscation — and a lack of communication between parish and parishioner — the prelates pledged to be "open and transparent" in discussing a crisis without precedent in the church's history.

"This is especially so with regard to informing parish and other church communities directly affected by sexual abuse of a minor," the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People states in its seventh article.

Sex abuse redress offers may be 'insultingly low'

AUSTRALIA
AAP (Australian Associated Press) via the Otago Daily Times

June 24, 2018

Some child sexual abuse survivors may end up with nothing or "insulting" payments under the $A3.8 billion national redress scheme, advocates warn.

People sexually abused as children in Australian institutions can start applying for redress under the scheme on July 1.

Advocates fear many survivors will be disappointed with their redress offers, given few are expected to receive the $150,000 maximum and previous compensation received from governments or institutions will be taken into account.

Tuart Place director Dr Philippa White said survivors in states such as Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania that ran their own redress schemes will have those payments deducted from their offers and upscaled for inflation.

Child abuse redress scheme begins July 1

AUSTRALIA
9New.com.au

June 24, 2018

NATIONAL REDRESS SCHEME FOR CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS SET TO BEGIN:

WHAT IS THE SCHEME?

It provides redress for about 60,000 people who were sexually abused as children while in the care of institutions.

About 93 per cent of eligible survivors are currently covered.

It begins on July 1.

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

A monetary payment, access to counselling and a direct personal response, such as an apology, from the responsible institution (if the survivor wants it).

HOW LONG DOES IT RUN?

For 10 years - until June 30, 2028.

Applications can be lodged until June 30, 2027.

Vatican sentences ex-diplomat on child pornography charges in first trial of its kind

VATICAN CITY
The Hill

June 23, 2018

By Emily Birnbaum

The Vatican court on Saturday sentenced a former Holy See diplomat to five years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography in the first trial of its kind, according to the Associated Press.

Monsignor Carlo Capella admitted he downloaded child pornography when he was serving as a Vatican diplomat in the Holy See’s Washington Embassy last year. The court found 40 to 55 pornographic photos, films and Japanese animation on his cellphone, an iCloud and Tumblr account, the AP reported.

The State Department alerted the Vatican to the existence of the child pornography, leading to Capella’s recall last year, according to The Washington Post.

Sexual abuse claim against dead Michigan priest is credible, says church

DETROIT (MI)
WDIV-TV, Ch. 4

June 23, 2018

Archdiocese investigated complaint against Monsignor Arthur Karey

The Roman Catholic Church in southeastern Michigan is urging people to step forward if they believe they were sexually abused by a priest who died in 1993.

The archdiocese says it investigated a complaint against Monsignor Arthur Karey and found it credible. Spokesman Ned McGrath says the allegation involved a girl decades ago but was received just last year.

Karey died in 1993 at age 74. He was a priest for 50 years in Detroit, Ecorse and Lake Orion. His service included work as a Detroit police chaplain.

Vatican court jails ex-diplomat Italian priest Carlo Alberto Capella for child porn

VATICAN CITY
Deutsche Welle via USA Today

June 23, 2018

A Vatican court sentenced Carlo Alberto Capella to five years in prison for the possession and distribution of child pornography on Saturday.

The 51-year-old priest admitted to viewing images of under-aged teenagers engaging in sexual acts during a period of "fragility" and internal crisis while serving as a diplomat for the Holy See in the United States and in Canada.

He apologized to his family and the Vatican. He described the episode as little more than a "bump in the road" on his priestly vocation and appealed for leniency, explaining that he loved the priesthood and wanted to continue.

Vatican convicts ex-diplomat of child porn distribution

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

June 23, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

The Vatican tribunal on Saturday convicted a former Holy See diplomat and sentenced him to five years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography in the first such trial of its kind inside the Vatican.

Monsignor Carlo Capella admitted to viewing the images during what he called a period of “fragility” and interior crisis sparked by a job transfer to the Vatican embassy in Washington. He apologized to his family and the Holy See, and appealed for leniency by saying the episode was just a “bump in the road” of a priestly vocation he loved and wanted to continue.

Tribunal President Giuseppe Dalla Torre read out the verdict after a two-day trial and sentenced Capella to five years and a fine of 5,000 euros ($5,830.) Capella will serve the sentence in the Vatican barracks, where he has been held since his arrest earlier this year.

June 23, 2018

Unique issues tangle release of report on Erie diocese, others

PENNSYLVANIA
GoErie.com

June 23, 2018

By Ed Palattella

Unsettled questions of law appear to be behind state Supreme Court order to hold off on making findings public.

The statewide grand jury report on child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, including the Catholic Diocese of Erie, is unprecedented due to its scope and the legal issues surrounding its release.

The extraordinary nature of the legal issues appears to have influenced the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to delay releasing the report until the court rules on requests from several individuals who are named in the 884-page document, which remains under seal.

Yoga as a Practice of Restorative Justice

UNITED STATES
christabrown.me

By Christa Brown

[Note: "Yoga as a Practice of Restorative Justice" appeared as a chapter in Restorative Justice in Practice, edited by Sheila M. Murphy and Michael P. Seng, Vandeplas Publishing, 2015. ]

"A life of wholeness does not depend on what we experience. Wholeness depends on how we experience our lives." - Desmond Tutu

We began the class lying on our backs, one hand on the belly and one on the chest. Our teacher, Laura, gently directed our focus inward and talked us toward becoming aware of our breath and of its movement in our bodies. She asked us to follow the cycle of our breath as our bellies rose with each inhale, as our breath filled our lungs' upper lobes, and as our chests and bellies then fell in sequence with each exhale.

As we continued in this pattern, and as Laura continued to draw our focus inward, she suggested that we think about what our bodies needed from us today. "Where might there be some place that needs extra attention?" she asked. "Keep feeling your breath and just try to listen to your body as you breathe."

"What is your body saying to you today?"

That was when I laughed out loud. My body was chewing me out big time. And though I quickly squelched my startled guffaw -- it seemed so un-yoga­ like -- I continued to imagine the pissed-off voice of my body as though it were in some profanity-laden cartoon bubble: "&#%!@?!"

Who knew that a body could be so angry? Or that it could somehow make its angry voice so loud in my mind?

Archdiocese of New Orleans alerts parishioners of deacon accused of sexually abusing children in 1980s

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The New Orleans Advocate

June 22, 2018

Days after The Advocate reported that the Archdiocese of New Orleans had agreed to settle a sex-abuse case involving a former church deacon, Archbishop Gregory Aymond issued a letter to members of the deacon's former parish and to Catholics generally to alert them of the accusations.

The letter was addressed primarily to parishioners at Our Lady of the Rosary, where the alleged abuse by Deacon George Brignac began in 1979. It was posted on Aymond's Facebook page Friday afternoon.

The letter says that Brignac was removed from the ministry in 1988, and that prior to that, he had worked as a teacher at St. Francis Cabrini School, St. John Vianney Prep, and St. Matthew the Apostle before his ordination as a deacon.

Chile se vuelve referente en lucha contra abusos y eleva presión al Papa

CHILE
La Tercera

June 23, 2018

[Google Translation: Chile becomes a benchmark in the fight against abuse and elevates pressure on the Pope]

By Juan Paulo Iglesias

Activistas lanzaron campaña para exigir al Papa a actuar en el resto del mundo con la misma decisión que en Chile. “La iglesia chilena no es única”, asegura a La Tercera Anne Barret Doyle, fundadora de Bishop Accountability.

“Mientras todos están mirando Chile, el arzobispo Wilson de Australia fue condenado en una corte criminal por cubrir abusos (será sentenciado el 3 de julio). Se retiró de su diócesis por el momento, pero no ha renunciado y no ha sido removido por el Papa. ¿Por qué?”. El tuit de Marie Collins, la activista contra los abusos sexuales en el clero que renunció a la Comisión Pontifica para la Protección de Menores, reiteró el jueves pasado un llamado que se ha repetido en redes sociales y en el que han insistido diversas organización contra los abusos: que las señales dadas por el Papa Francisco en el caso chileno se extiendan a otras partes del mundo. Por ello, varios promotores de la lucha contra la pedofilia en la iglesia están aprovechando lo que la agencia The Associated Press califica como “el momentum” de la crisis de abusos chilena para impulsar una respuesta global del Vaticano.

[Google Translation: Activists launched a campaign to demand the Pope to act in the rest of the world with the same decision as in Chile. "The Chilean church is not unique," assures Anne Barret Doyle, founder of Bishop Accountability.

"While everyone is looking at Chile, Archbishop Wilson of Australia was convicted in a criminal court for covering abuses (he will be sentenced on July 3). He retired from his diocese for the time being, but has not resigned and has not been removed by the Pope. Why?". The tweet of Marie Collins, the activist against sexual abuse in the clergy who resigned from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, reiterated last Thursday a call that has been repeated in social networks and in which various organizations have insisted against the abuses: that the signals given by Pope Francisco in the Chilean case spread to other parts of the world. For this reason, several promoters of the fight against pedophilia in the church are taking advantage of what The Associated Press agency describes as "the momentum" of the crisis of Chilean abuses to promote a global response from the Vatican.]

U.S. Media: For the Sake of Our Children, Stop Enabling Pope Francis and Tell the Truth

UNITED STATES
The Open Tabernacle (blog)

June 23, 2018

By Betty Clermont

* On June 19, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, described as Pope Francis’ “top expert” on sex abuse, said, in effect, that his report on clerical sex abuse in Chile would remain secret. His plan for “healing” and “reconciliation” in Chile was rejected by victims of ecclesial sex abuse.

* On May 20, Pope Francis announced he was elevating Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer to cardinal. The pope had already promoted Ladaria as head of the Vatican department that handles sex abuse claims. Ladaria had previously served as second in command. In April, a French court set a date for Ladaria’s trial. He is accused of covering up a child sex abuse scandal. Far worse, after Ladaria covered up for Fr. Gianni Trotta, the priest sexually assaulted an 11-year-old and there are nine other alleged cases of sex abuse against boys that occurred in 2014.

* On May 5, Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron was given a place of honor at an event attended by Pope Francis. Apuron is accused of rape and sexual assault of minors. In February, Pope Francis had greeted Apuron “with affection” and “privately giving him a few words of encouragement.” Pope Francis removed Apuron in 2016, meaning he found the charges to be credible, but the archbishop has always remained a free man, retaining his title, income and honors.

AP: Ex-Priest Who Abused Child Allowed Access to Chicago Schools

CHICAGO (IL)
Associated Press via Channel 5 News, Chicago

June 22, 2018

By Michael Tarm

Chicago Public Schools correspondence provided to The Associated Press shows that the nation's third-largest school district gave a former Roman Catholic priest access to its schools for months despite knowing he was forced to leave the priesthood for sexually abusing a boy of 6 when he was around 15.

Only after the victim and the AP asked why the district let former cleric Bruce Wellems enter schools as part of alternative-schooling programs he oversees, did the nation's third-largest school district recently ban him.

Criticism that the district hasn't done enough to protect 370,000 students at nearly 650 schools from sexual misconduct intensified after a June 8 article in the Chicago Tribune, which reported CPS didn't adequately vet its own employees and cited scores of alleged cases of sexual abuse by staffers. Illinois lawmakers held hearings on the issue this week.

The Catholic Church turned its back on Father Glen Walsh, says his brother

NEWCASTLE (AUSTRALIA)
Newcastle Herald

June 23, 2018

By Joanne McCarthy

Glen Walsh was the whistleblower Catholic priest who died alone in a Newcastle church building in November, only weeks before he was due to give damning evidence at the trial of Archbishop Philip Wilson.

He took his own life, aged 55 – a priest who paid a devastating price for reporting Hunter paedophile priest Jim Fletcher to police in 2004, while the archbishop kept silent about what he knew.

“The church turned its back on Glen,” said his brother, John, only weeks after Wilson was convicted in Newcastle for concealing Fletcher’s crimes, in a case that made headlines around the world.

Vatican diplomat admits he possessed child abuse images

VATICAN CITY
Reuters via The Guardian

June 23, 2018

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella tells court he developed ‘morbid’ desire

A Catholic priest who worked as a diplomat at the Vatican’s embassy in Washington has admitted at the start of his trial that he had possessed images of child sexual abuse while based in the US.

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, who was arrested in the Vatican in April after he had been recalled, told the court in the Vatican that he had developed a “morbid” desire after he arrived in the US to take up the diplomatic post in 2016. “It was never part of my priestly life before,” he told the court, adding that he was unhappy at the embassy in Washington.

In August 2017, the US state department notified the Holy See of a possible violation of laws relating to images of sexual abuse of children by a member of the diplomatic corps of the Holy See accredited to Washington.

NSW government reforms sentencing laws on child sexual abuse

NEW SOUTH WALES (AUSTRALIA)
ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio

June 23, 2018

By Emily Bourke on AM

[AUDIO]

The New South Wales government has created new laws around sentencing and the criminal justice process in cases of child sexual abuse.

There will be tougher penalties for those who fail to report or protect against child abuse, and possible life sentences for abusers.

And legal loopholes that have made it hard for survivors to sue institutions will be closed off.

But the government is not moving on the vexed issue of breaking the Catholic seal of the confessional, saying it requires a national response.

Pa. court indefinitely blocks release of clergy sex abuse report

HARRISBURG (PA)
Catholic News Agency/EWTN

June 22, 2018

By Mary Rezac

The release of a Grand Jury report detailing cases of clerical sex abuse in six of the eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania has been blocked by the state’s Supreme Court for unspecified reasons.

The court released the unsigned order June 20, but did not state which individuals or groups had applied for the stay or the reason behind the application. It also does not state for how long the stay applies or when the report could be published in the future.

“And now, this 20th day of June, 2018, the Applications for Stay are granted. The Honorable Norman A. Krumenacker, III, and the Office of the Attorney General are enjoined from releasing Report No. 1 of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury pending further order of this Court,” the order, issued by the state’s Supreme Court, reads. Krumenacker is a Cambria County judge who has overseen the Grand Jury proceedings.

WDSU Investigates: Victim of alleged sexual abuse by Catholic church deacon speaks out

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
WDSU-TV

June 22, 2018

By Travers Mackel

[VIDEO]

A victim of alleged sexual abuse by a member of the clergy is speaking out to WDSU Investigates.

His comments come after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans gave him a high six-figure settlement. The man's lawyer said there could be more victims.

The victim and his lawyer now want the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office to look into a criminal prosecution.

Secrecy shrouds Indian Church's sex abuse procedures

NEW DELHI (INDIA)
UCANews.com via La Croix International

June 23, 2018

Guide produced in 2015 with Vatican approval was circulated only among bishops and major superiors of religious congregations

The Indian Church's effort to deal with clergy sexual abuse cases continues to be entangled in confusion and obscurity as guidelines bishops produced three years ago remain out of reach to Catholics.

Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal confirmed that the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India had produced a guide to dealing with allegations of clergy abusing children.

"It is not meant for public consumption. It is for bishops to address the exceptional aberration of sexual abuse of children by a member of the clergy," said the archbishop.

The bishops' conference published a guide on sexual harassment in the workplace in September 2017 after it was drawn up two years earlier. It reiterated the church's policy to maintain "zero tolerance" of sexual abuse of children and women.

June 22, 2018

The Latest: Bonds will pay for $500M Nassar settlement

EAST LANSING (MI)
The Associated Press

June 22, 2018

The Latest from a meeting of Michigan State University's governing board on how it will handle a $500 million settlement with victims of sports doctor Larry Nassar (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

Michigan State University will sell bonds to pay for a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Trustees approved the plan Friday after rejecting calls to fire interim President John Engler for unflattering emails that disparaged victims and their lawyers. Engler apologized Thursday for suggesting Rachael Denhollander was getting a kickback from her attorney for her steady criticism of the school.

Michigan State is freezing salaries for top administrative and leadership roles and raising faculty salaries by 1.5 percent instead of the typical 2.5 percent. Engler also is counting on payments from insurance companies.

Tuition will be higher for most students in fall, but Engler says the new revenue won't help cover the Nassar settlement.

5 anti-trafficking activists gang-raped in India, police say

NEW DELHI (INDIA)
CNN

June 22, 2018

By Manveena Suri

Five female anti-trafficking activists were gang-raped in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, police said Friday, the same region where two teens were raped and then set on fire last month.

The latest incident took place on Tuesday afternoon in Kochang village in Khunti district, a tribal area in the state, according to Amol Homkar, deputy inspector general of police in Jharkhand's capital, Ranchi.
The five women and three men were performing a street play on the issue of human trafficking when a group of armed men on bikes disrupted the performance.

5 female activists gang-raped at gunpoint, Indian police say

NEW DELHI (INDIA)
CBS NEWS

June 22, 2018

By Arshad R. Zargar

Five female activists working for an organization backed by a Christian missionary group were gang-raped at gunpoint in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand this week, police said on Friday. The women were accompanied by four men and two nuns as they performed a street play to raise awareness of human trafficking in the Khunti district on Tuesday when at least six armed men attacked them.

They attackers beat the male members of the team and forced the five women into a car, took them to a nearby forest and raped them for three hours before releasing them, police officials have told CBS News.

"We have taken the statement of the victims," Homkar Amol Venukant, Deputy Inspector General of Police in Ranchi, the state capital of Jarkhand, told CBS News on Friday. The victims told officers that the attackers "filmed the act on their mobile phones," and threatened to publish the videos on the internet if the crime was reported.

Former UW student sentenced to 3 years for assaults

MADISON (WI)
The Associated Press

June 21, 2018

A judge on Thursday sentenced a former University of Wisconsin-Madison student to three years in prison for sexually assaulting three female students and choking or stalking two others.

Dane County Circuit Judge Stephen Ehlke also sentenced Alec Cook, 22, of Minnesota to eight years of extended supervision once he's released from prison. Cook pleaded guilty to the charges in February.

Prosecutors were seeking 19 years behind bars, while defense attorneys sought probation with the possibility of jail time.

Ehlke said he had to give Cook credit for having no criminal record, no bail violations and sparing the victims a trial. The judge said he hoped that the end of criminal proceedings against Cook would "give closure" to the victims, the Wisconsin State Journal reported .

Victims React to Court Ruling Blocking Release of Report into Clergy Sex Abuse

ERIE (PA)
Erie News Now

June 21, 2018

Victims react to court ruling delaying public release of grand jury report on clergy sex abuse.

Abuse victims today reacting to yesterday's court ruling delaying the release of that grand jury report into clergy sex abuse.

The panel investigated Erie and five other Catholic Dioceses around the state.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro launched the investigating in 2016 and had planned to make the results public next week.

The court ruling blocked that release.

Victims today told us they are confident Shapiro will keep fighting to make the massive report public.

And they think ultimately the public will learn about the abuse they suffered.

But in the meantime, the decision has been difficult to accept.

FORMER PRIEST ALLEGEDLY MOLESTED AND RAPED GIRL FOR YEARS AFTER SHE WENT TO HIM FOR CONFESSION

EL PASO (TX)
Oxygen

June 22, 2018

By Jon Silman

Former Priest Miguel Luna allegedly molested an 8-year-old girl during confession, telling her not to say anything because what happens in confession, stays there.

A former Texas priest has been accused of molesting and raping a female altar server for years — with the alleged abuse starting in confession.

Miguel Luna, 68, was arrested June 11 on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, according to court documents cited by KVIA-TV in El Paso.

Luna was arrested after the victim, now 34, decided to come forward. The abuse allegedly began when the victim was 8. Luna was taking a confessional with the victim and then start "kissing her passionately," court documents said.

He would tell the little girl "remember this is confession, so whatever happens here stays in here," according to the complaint.

By the time the girl turned 10, he was touching her breasts, according to KVIA-TV. When she turned 12, he allegedly raped her. The girl said she felt pain and bled after it happened, according to court documents.

Kansas priest revoked of rank after investigation of child sexual abuse allegations

KANSAS CITY (KS)
The Associated Press

June 21, 2018

A Kansas priest has been revoked of his rank years after an investigation into multiple child sexual abuse allegations against him.

The Kansas City Star reports that Archbishop Joseph Naumann issued a decree in December removing the Reverand John Wisner from the clergy. The decree was announced May 25th.

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas says it suspended Wisner from active ministry in 2012 after receiving many allegations he sexually abused minors decades ago. The archdiocese says an internal investigation found the allegations credible.

Release of 'blistering' priest sex abuse report blocked

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Philadelphia Tribune

June 22, 208

By Tim Darragh

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the expected release of a massive report examining sexual abuse and misconduct by priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Scranton and Allentown.

The state’s high court issued an order barring Cambria County Judge Norman Krumenacker, who supervised the grand jury that heard testimony over two years, and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro from releasing the report until further order.

The court’s order does not indicate who sought to block release of the report, but it indicates the court received more than one application for a stay.

Representatives from both the Diocese of Scranton and Diocese of Allentown said those institutions were not among petitioners who moved to block the report.

Kansas priest defrocked after child sex abuse allegations

KANSAS CITY (KS)
The Associated Press

June 22, 2018

A Kansas priest has been revoked of his rank years after an investigation into multiple child sexual abuse allegations against him.

The Kansas City Star reports that Archbishop Joseph Naumann issued a decree in December removing the Rev. John Wisner from the clergy. The decree was announced May 25.

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas says it suspended Wisner from active ministry in 2012 after receiving many allegations he sexually abused minors decades ago. The archdiocese says an internal investigation found the allegations credible.

Wisner has denied the allegations. The archdiocese says it notified law enforcement, but Wisner was never criminally charged in relation to the allegations.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests criticized the archdiocese on Wednesday for taking so long to announce Wisner's defrocking.

National register proposed for clergy to ease safeguarding concerns

ENGLAND
Church Times

June 22, 2018

By Hattie Williams

ALL Church of England clergy will be required by canon law to submit their name and ministerial authority to a new national register, assuming that the General Synod follows the recommendations of the National Safeguarding Steering Group (NSSG).

The group’s report, published on Friday, will be debated by the Synod when it meets in York next month.

The report also calls for a new policy on granting and renewing Permission To Officiate (PTO), a review of the Clergy Discipline Measure (CDM), and new requirements to “strengthen suitability and selection” of candidates for all forms of ministry.

The report has been produced by the NSSG in response to safeguarding failures, concerns, and recommendations highlighted during the public hearing conducted by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (ICSA) in March. The hearing used the diocese of Chichester as a case-study to investigate the extent to which the Anglican Church had failed to protect children from sexual abuse.

The inquiry established that there is no public national database for the clergy besides Crockford’s Clerical Directory, which is incomplete since clerics can elect not to appear in it. Also, records of clerics with current or expired PTO, criminal records, and other concerns kept on file by dioceses tend to be incomplete, lost, ignored, or blighted by poor record-keeping.

NSW child abuse laws pass, clergy exempt

AUSTRALIA
Australian Associated Press

June 21, 2018

By Tom Rabe

New laws that could see people jailed for failing to report child sex abuse have passed NSW parliament but religious clergy remain exempt.

The bill passed the NSW upper house late on Wednesday night strengthening state laws surrounding child sex abuse - but Greens MP David Shoebridge said the legislation doesn't go far enough.

The new laws provide an exemption for lawyers, health professionals and religious clergy, unless the attorney-general provides special permission to prosecute.

Mr Shoebridge moved an amendment in the Legislative Council to scrap exemptions for church figures but neither the coalition nor Labor supported it.

"When it comes to the confessional the coalition and Labor both put the interests of the church ahead of the safety of children," Mr Shoebridge said in a statement after the bill was passed.

Despite upper house Nationals not voting for Mr Shoebridge's amendment, their party voted last week to introduce such measures at its annual general conference in Cowra.

Police minister and former Nationals leader Troy Grant said he thought the amendment to expose priests to the laws could garner support from his colleagues.

Clergy sex abuse report could be delayed months; here's why the legal process is complex

HARRISBURG (PA)
Penn Live

June 21, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

This report has been updated to clarify information on the unidentified and unindicted individuals.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was clear and succinct on Wednesday when it barred the release of a long-awaited statewide grand jury report into clergy sex abuse.

The court's four-sentence order offered no explanation as to why the court made the decision; what, if any, vote count was taken; nor did it give indication as to whether the order signals that the court will hear future arguments on the matter.

The seemingly abridged order simply blocked the Office of the Attorney General and the Cambria County Court of Common Pleas judge overseeing the grand jury from releasing the findings of the probe. The order may have been blunt, but it was within the strictest bounds of the law.

"The mantra here is that grand juries are secret and that's the problem," said Nicholas Ressetar, chief law clerk with the Harrisburg-based law firm Costopoulos, Foster & Fields. "Their dilemma is, 'How could we become more transparent without giving up the names of the individuals or institutions making these claims?' It's a dilemma really."

Advocate fears for safety, welfare of victims after court blocks release of clergy sex abuse report

ALLENTOWN (PA)
Penn Live

June 20, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

Rep. Mark Rozzi on Wednesday expressed concern for the safety and welfare of victims after a state high court blocked the release of a report that would have exposed predators across six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania.

Rozzi, who himself at 13 was sexually molested by his priest, said he was deeply troubled that victims would be devastated by the news and act out that desperation.

"We must make sure they are protected and that they are not going to hurt themselves," said Rozzi, who minutes after news broke about the court order received text messages and phone calls from victims. "I want them to know this fight is not over by any means and I will use every resource available to continue to fight to seek justice."

NSW looks to reforms in response to child sex abuse royal commission

AUSTRALIA
The Sydney Morning Herald

June 23, 2018

By Lisa Visentin

The NSW government will pursue extensive reforms as it adopts hundreds of recommendations from the royal commission into child sex abuse, but it has not endorsed new laws to force priests to break the confessional seal.

In a lengthy report released on Saturday, the NSW government formally responded to every recommendation made by the commission, accepting 336 recommendations outright or in principle, and leaving 14 "subject to further consideration".

In the report, the NSW government acknowledged the survivors of institutional abuse "and the impact of past failures of governments to protect them".

Grand jury secrecy hides reason for Supreme Court order barring release of priest sex abuse report

ALLENTOWN (PA)
Of The Morning Call

June 21, 2018

By Steve Esack and Tim Darragh

Two paragraphs, 63 words.

That’s all it took for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to halt the pending publication of a lengthy grand jury report detailing decades of child sex abuse claims and possible cover-ups in six Catholic dioceses.

The high court’s majority decision, issued Wednesday, could be unprecedented under the state’s grand jury law, which is revered by prosecutors for its investigative power, decried by some defense lawyers as unconstitutional overreach and the subject of separate judicial and legislative reviews.

But the reasoning behind the justices’ decision is unknown.

Canonist says Guam church has more options with sanctioned priest

GUAM
KUAM News

June 22, 2018

By Krystal Paco

He's not your typical man on the run...he's a priest. Father Adrian Cristobal was given a deadline to report back to Guam last Friday in light of clergy sexual abuse allegations against him. Though he's been sanctioned by the Archdiocese of Agana and forbidden from acting as a priest in public, is this a strong enough message?

Apparently he's in no hurry home. "It's no different from any criminal mind. People don't generally want to face the music for the crimes they have committed," said advocate, former priest, and canonist Patrick J. Wall, referring to Father Cristobal. Wall is no stranger to the scenario, having been part of investigations involving priests who abandoned their posts, some as a result of clergy sexual abuse allegations.

"We had a abbot in England who was actually charged with child sexual abuse and he just failed to report to his hearing. And so he was on the run for almost six years. INTERPOL finally found him in Kosovo," he explained. And so then he was just recently convicted this past year for child sexual abuse., so it does happen."

Since April, Father Adrian has been named in three clergy sexual abuse lawsuits in the District Court of Guam. The former Barrigada altar boys are only identified by their initials to protect their privacy. L.J.C., J.C.C., and J.E. all allege they were sexually molested by the priest in the 1990s. J.C.C., however, alleges the abuse spanned over a 15-year period - and only came to an end in 2013.

‘We’re Coming for Them’: Survivors Demand Release of 884-Page Pennsylvania Clergy Sex Abuse Report

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Daily Beast

June 22, 2018

By Victoria Albert

A court just muzzled the ‘damaging’ findings on decades of Catholic clerical abuse. But it’s not over. ‘We are coming for them,’ says a state rep who was raped by a priest at 13.

Mark Rozzi thought he was days away from justice, or at least the beginning of it.

It started when he was 13, and a priest at his school in Hyde Park, Pennsylvania, started grooming him. For months, the Rev. Edward Graff talked with Rozzi about sex, gave him alcohol, and showed him pornography. Then, one fateful day, he raped him in a rectory shower.

Rozzi didn’t report his abuse for 26 years. But he later learned that during that period, Graff was transferred multiple times between parishes, and allegedly abused children in Texas, too. In 2002, Graff was arrested on child-abuse charges after facing dozens of accusations, The Washington Post reports. He later died in jail.

At 125th year, activist church St. Agatha has emerged from clergy sex abuse pain

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago-Times

June 22, 2018

By Maudlyne Ihejirika

The Rev. Larry Dowling still remembers when he got the call from Cardinal Francis George asking him to consider serving as pastor of St. Agatha’s Church in North Lawndale.

It was 2007, and St. Agatha’s was in agony. The church at 3151 W. Douglas was at the center of the clergy sex abuse scandal rocking the Chicago Archdiocese, with its former pastor, the Rev. Daniel J. McCormack, accused — and later convicted — of abusing five boys.

“When I got off the phone, the scripture that came to mind was Jesus on the seashore with Peter, saying, ‘Do you love me?’ And Peter saying, ‘Yes. Yes. Yes.’ Jesus said, ‘Well if you really love me, I may take you where you don’t really want to go,'” said Dowling, who was then in his 10th year as pastor at St. Denis Church in Ashburn.

“I said, ‘But I still have some things I can accomplish here. I’m comfortable.’ What I heard back was, ‘I didn’t call you to be comfortable.'”

Our View: Praise to Shapiro, judge, for seeking abuse report’s release

WILKES-BARRE (PA)
Times Leader

June 21, 2018

We respect the sanctity of the American judicial system, including the necessary secrecy of grand jury proceedings.

That doesn’t prevent us from feeling grossly disappointed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order Wednesday indefinitely holding up the release of a grand jury report into the handling of sexual abuse claims involving six of the eight Roman Catholic dioceses across the state, including the Scranton Diocese.

The report is expected to reveal details of widespread abuse and efforts to conceal it and protect clergy by officials within and outside the church.

The court’s two-paragraph order did not reveal who had filed petitions blocking release of the report, only that those petitions had been granted.

Sex abuse survivor releases book about attacks suffered in care

NEW ZEALAND
Stuff.co.nz

June 22, 2018

By Joel Ineson

Darryl Smith says the abuse started on his first night at Marylands – a Christchurch school for children with learning difficulties – in 1971.

Woken from his sleep, the 6 year old was called to a Order of St John of God brother's office late in the evening and told one of the men responsible for his care wanted to speak about his grandmother. Instead, the man raped him.

The abuse continued over the course of a year and came from other members of the order and older students, Smith said. He eventually told his parents what happened.

Pope talks about China, migration, sex abuse, women

FRANCE
La Croix

June 22, 2018

What resolves things is acceptance, study, prudence, says Francis

Pope Francis in a new one-on-one interview with Philip Pullella, head of Reuters’ Rome bureau has spoken on various issues such as the Holy See’s talks with China, the position of women within the church, migration, populism, Chile’s clerical sex abuse crisis and reform of the Roman Curia.

On talks with China

Pope Francis said he was optimistic about the outcome of normalization talks with the Chinese authorities while at the same time acknowledging that dialogue “is a risk” but still preferred it to “the certain defeat” of not dialoguing with Beijing.

Here is some of what Francis said on the subject.

Victim advocates, lawyers outraged by court's halt of clergy abuse report

HARRISBURG (PA)
WHTM

June 21, 2018

By Priscilla Liguori

Victim advocates and lawyers are outraged after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court blocked the release of a clergy sexual abuse report.

State Rep. Mark Rozzi says he felt like he was punched in the gut after hearing the announcement.

Rozzi was abused by a priest when he was a child and says he wants both the church and victims to know that the fight for transparency isn't over.

"The abuse is still being covered up, and their lawyers are still fighting their dirty battles for them," said Rozzi.

Money and power are the reasons Rozzi believes the court indefinitely blocked the report. The court said it was granting anonymous requests.

"When you have all the bishops in this investigation come out and say they support the release of the grand jury but there's somebody else standing behind them ... it draws grave concern," said Rozzi.

The report was supposed to examine decades of abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses.

MOHLER: SOUTHERN BAPTISTS CHURCHES MUST BE ‘FIRST REFUGE’ FOR ABUSE VICTIMS

LOUISVILLE (KY)
SBTS Communications

June 21, 2018

Southern Baptists should not “circle the wagons” amid recent controversies, but instead must become “the first refuge for anyone who is seeking help,” argued R. Albert Mohler Jr. during a recent discussion about the future of the Southern Baptist Convention. He referenced a months-long slew of firings and resignations within Southern Baptist entities, most for reasons of moral or ethical failure.

Mohler said the way forward for the denomination is to lean into the truth and not try to hide or bury these “humiliations.”

Sir Roger Singleton: Church should 'emphasise prevention' [Video]

ENGLAND
BBC News

June 22, 2018

The Church of England should take preventative measures to ensure "unsuitable" people do not get into positions of trust, according to Sir Roger Singleton.

Singleton, who carried out a review into how abuse allegations were reported, told Today that the Church needs "improved guidance" on reporting allegations.

His report is due next month and is expected to be highly critical of how the Church recorded past allegations of abuse.

Michigan State president John Engler apologizes for email attacking Nassar survivor

LANSING (MI)
Detroit Free Press

June 21, 2018

By David Jesse

Michigan State University President John Engler has issued a statement apologizing for an April email in which he attacked a Larry Nassar survivor.

In the email, Engler said Rachael Denhollander, the first person to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual assault, was taking kickbacks from the trial attorneys involved in suing MSU.

Michigan State’s board of trustees will address a plan Friday to pay a $500 million settlement to Nassar’s victims, a meeting that comes amid calls for the school’s interim president to resign over recent comments about some of the women and girls the former sports doctor sexually assaulted.

'They're protecting sexual predators in God's name!' Charlie Pickering slams the Catholic Church for refusing to report confessions of child sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail Australia

June 20, 2018

By Ekin Karasin

Charlie Pickering has criticised the Catholic Church for refusing to adhere to a new law requiring priests to report confessions of child sex abuse.

Adelaide's acting Archbishop Greg O'Kelly said last week that confessionals are 'sacred' and this cannot be changed.

Charlie hit back at the controversial decision on his ABC show The Weekly on Wednesday, claiming the church was 'protecting predators in God's name'.

Abilene church daycare worker indicted for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child

ABILENE (TX)
KTAB/KRBC

June 21, 2018

By Erica Garner

An Abilene church daycare worker accused of sexually assaulting multiple children has been indicted.

Benjamin Roberts, 25, was indicted for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child Thursday after at least 8 child victims were identified during an investigation that began when child pornography was found at Roberts' home in April.

Roberts was employed at the Wylie Baptist Church Early Childhood Development Center when he was initially arrested for Indecency with a Child and Possession of Child Pornography and was terminated once he was formally charged.

Michigan State board to consider payout to Nassar victims

LANSING (MI)
The Associated Press

June 22, 2018

By Alice Yin

Michigan State’s board of trustees will address a plan Friday to pay a $500 million settlement to Larry Nassar’s victims, a meeting that comes amid calls for the school’s interim president to resign over recent comments about some of the women and girls the former sports doctor sexually assaulted.

Although the board appears to lack the votes to oust John Engler from his interim perch, the public meeting likely will be heavily attended by people who are fed up with Engler and want him gone. The primary focus of the meeting is the school’s budget, along with the settlement plan.

Some 150 of Nassar’s victims have joined a public crusade to force Engler out of the interim job. Last week, two university trustees also signaled they could call a vote during a board meeting Friday on whether to fire him.

Engler apologized Thursday for his April email exchange suggesting gymnast Rachael Denhollander probably received a “kickback” from her plaintiff’s attorney.

“I didn’t give it the consideration it warranted,” Engler said in a statement. “That was a big mistake. I was wrong. I apologize.”

Trustee board chairman Brian Breslin called Engler’s apology “appropriate and appreciated by a majority of the board.” One of the two trustees who turned on Engler, Dianne Byrum, said she is glad he apologized and hopes he learned from it. But Brian Mosallam, the first trustee to demand that Engler step down, said in a tweet Thursday that the apology “is too little too late.”

Michigan State president apologizes for 'kickback' comments

LANSING (MI)
The Associated Press

June 21, 2018

By Alice Yin

Michigan State University's interim president apologized Thursday for an email remark about one of the gymnasts sexually abused by ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar, the latest sign of turbulence for the former governor tasked with steering the school out of the burgeoning scandal.

John Engler's apology came more than a week after the public disclosure of his email exchange from April suggesting Rachael Denhollander probably received a "kickback" from her plaintiff's attorney.

"I didn't give it the consideration it warranted," Engler said in a statement Thursday. "That was a big mistake. I was wrong. I apologize."

LDS church adopting new guidelines for youth interviews

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
FOX13

June 20, 2018

By David Wells and Kiersten Nunez

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin using new guidelines for bishops and other leaders in interviewing youth members.

The guidelines issued Wednesday to LDS church bishops, branch presidents and counselors in bishoprics and branch presidencies include a "Protecting Against Misunderstandings" section, in which interviews with children, youth and women are addressed.

"When a member of a bishopric or stake presidency or another assigned leader meets with a child, youth, or woman, he or she should ask a parent or another adult to be in an adjoining room, foyer, or hall. If the person being interviewed desires, another adult may be invited to be present during the interview. Leaders should avoid all circumstances that could be misunderstood," the "Protecting Against Misunderstandings" guideline says.

The guidelines also outline the key matters for discussion in interviews with youth, including priesthood ordination, seminary, missionary service and temple-related topics.

AG's Office: MSU 'wrongfully withholding' documents and impeding inquiry of Nassar matter

LANSING (MI)
Lansing State Journal

June 20, 2018

By Matt Mencarini

The special prosecutor investigating sexual misconduct at Michigan State University in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal has accused MSU’s lawyers of interfering with his investigation by withholding documents and last week told the university he will seek a search warrant.

The move followed two months of increasingly terse letters between William Forsyth, who is leading the investigation for the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, and Robert Young Jr., the university’s new general counsel and former Michigan Supreme Court Justice.

Forsyth told Young in a June 15 letter that he also will request a judge or an appointed third party to review the documents and determine what is protected by attorney client privilege and work product doctrine.

MSU's Board of Trustees requested the AG's investigation in late January, amid two sentencing hearings for Nassar, the former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor who sexually abused hundreds of women and girls. Attorney General Bill Schuette then announced that Forsyth, a retired Kent County prosecutor, would lead the investigation. Although the board sought an independent inquiry into the handling of the Nassar matter, Schuette's office said it would investigate sexual misconduct at the university.

Church of England 'botched' 2010 sexual abuse inquiry

ENGLAND
The Guardian

June 22, 2018

Negative aspects downplayed to limit reputational damage, former Barnado’s chief finds

The Church of England “botched” an inquiry into historical allegations of sexual abuse, the former head of a children’s charity has found.

Sir Roger Singleton, the former chief executive of Barnado’s, reviewed the church’s own Past Cases Review from 2010. He said the report did not give a comprehensive picture of the problem and that those conducting the inquiry had refused to speak to some survivors.

Singleton said the church “downplayed negative aspects” of the PCR’s findings in public statements to avoid damaging the reputation of the institution and the then archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

But Singleton, whose report will be published in the coming weeks, said he found no evidence of a deliberate attempt to mislead or that anyone broke the law.

The PCR examined more than 40,000 case files relating to allegations of abuse dating back to the 1950s and concluded that just 13 cases of alleged child sexual abuse required formal action.

After survivors complained that the report was inadequate, Singleton was commissioned to carry out an independent review of how it was conducted. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that it had been “botched in three ways”.

Church of England's 2010 abuse inquiry was 'flawed' and 'failed'

ENGLAND
BBC News
June 22, 2018

By Donna Birrell & Alex Strangwayes-Booth & Steve Swann

The Church of England "botched" its investigation into alleged cases of abuse, a report's author has said.

Sir Roger Singleton, who reviewed the Church's "flawed" 2010 investigation, said it "failed to give a complete picture" of the abuse.

But Sir Roger, whose report is due out next month, said he found "no evidence of a planned deliberate attempt to mislead".

The Church has outlined four steps for improvement.

They include the creation of an independently-chaired panel featuring survivors which will look at options to redress past cases, an independent ombudsman to review how complaints are handled and a strengthening of the clergy recruitment process.

Cardinal McCarrick suspended from public duties after sex abuse allegation

WASHINGTON (DC)
NBC Nightly News

June 20, 2018

McCarrick was suspended after an allegation that he abused a teenager 47 years ago was found to be credible and substantiated. Church officials also revealed two past sexual misconduct settlements involving McCarrick.

June 21, 2018

Lawsuits allege fraud, conspiracy in insolvency of St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island plan

PROVIDENCE (RI)
Pension & Investments

June 20, 2018

By Hazel Bradford

Class-action lawsuits on behalf of participants in the insolvent St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island Retirement Plan were filed in state and federal courts in Rhode Island.

The 2,700 participants in the plan learned in August 2017 when it was placed into receivership that the plan had been inadequately funded for years, according to the lawsuit filed on behalf of Stephen Del Sesto, the receiver for the pension fund.

At the time, plan administrators asked the Rhode Island Supreme Court to approve immediate 40% across-the-board benefit cuts. The cuts have not yet been approved.

Bishop Cantú responds to sexual abuse lawsuit naming Las Cruces parish

LAS CRUCES (NM)
Sun-News

June 20, 2018

The Diocese of Las Cruces responded on Wednesday to a lawsuit filed against the Diocese of El Paso alleging sexual abuse of a minor 40 years ago by Father Joaquin Resma when he was a priest at Our Lady of Health parish in Las Cruces. Resma died in 1983.

Until the creation of the Diocese of Las Cruces in 1982, the church was under the jurisdiction of the El Paso diocese. Both the diocese and the church are named in the lawsuit, filed by a Las Cruces man who is not named in the lawsuit in order to protect the accuser.

The Diocese of Las Cruces, serving Catholics in 10 New Mexico counties, is not named in the lawsuit. However, in a media release on Wednesday, Bishop Oscar Cantú pledged that "the diocese will cooperate with the legal process as needed," adding, "We hold all victims of abuse in our prayers, that they might find healing and peace."

The diocese also encouraged victims who have not yet reported their abuse to contact the diocese victims' assistance coordinator Margarita Williams at 575-523-7577 or by email at MWilliams@RCDLC.org. It stated that victims may report confidentially or have their case reported to law enforcement.

Could Diocese of Providence Declare Bankruptcy — Now Facing Exposure to Tens of Millions

PROVIDENCE (RI)
GoLocalProv

June 21, 2018

The very idea that the Diocese of Providence could file for bankruptcy seems absurd as it historically has been one of the most influential and wealthy institutions in Rhode Island. If it did file for bankruptcy it would not be the first Diocese in the United States to file for bankruptcy to avoid financial claims.

Today, the Diocese of Providence is facing a massive lawsuit by the receiver for the St. Joseph pension fund — a lawsuit that alleges, in part, that Bishop Thomas Tobin and other top Diocesan leaders perpetrated a massive fraud. If the lawsuit is proven to be true then the Catholic Church will have major exposure. The pension fund is underfunded by an estimated $118 million and the 2,700 plus plan members face an uncertain financial future and the potential of as much as 40 percent cuts to their benefits.

The lawsuit crafted by Max Wistow, the attorney who recovered more than $60 million in the 38 Studios case, names not just the Diocese of Providence, but 15 other defendants as well.

Tobin did not respond to questions for this article.

The scandal of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and why no major media outed him

WASHINGTON (DC)
GetReligion

June 21, 2018

By Julia Duin

On Election Day 2008, I was not following the historic election of Barack Obama to the presidency.

Instead, I was meeting up with a priest. At the time, I was religion editor for the Washington Times.

The documents he gave me were sensational. At first I thought it was about a priest who’d been forced out of the priesthood because he’d been caught fondling two teen-aged boys. Then I read why the priest had done this. In layman’s terms: He said he was an emotional and spiritual mess after having been sexually assaulted in 1987 by none less than then-Newark Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.

Now, perhaps many of you have read yesterday’s news about McCarrick, who went on to become cardinal for the see of Washington, D.C., a most prestigious post. This UPI story describes the bare-bones of the matter:

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick removed from ministry after teen sex abuse claim

WASHINGTON (DC)
NBC News

June 20, 2018

By Elizabeth Chuck and Tracy Connor

Church officials also reveal past allegations of sexual misconduct with adults.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former head of the Archdiocese of Washington, has been removed from public ministry by the Vatican following a "credible and substantiated" allegation of sexual abuse involving a teenager from nearly 50 years ago.

As the move was announced, Roman Catholic Church officials in New Jersey revealed that McCarrick, 87, also had been accused of sexual misconduct by adults three times in the past. Two of those accusations resulted in secret settlements, officials said.

In a written statement, McCarrick said he was "shocked" when he learned of the allegation involving a minor some months ago and supported a thorough investigation by the police and the Archdiocese of New York, where he was working as a priest when the abuse allegedly occurred.

Duterte: I respect the Catholic Church

MANILA (PHILIPPINES)
ABS-CBN News

June 20 2018

By Dharel Placido

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday insisted that he respects the Catholic Church and its leaders, even as he continued linking some clergy members to alleged illicit affairs.

Critics have been saying that Duterte’s tirades against priests and the Catholic Church have emboldened killers of 3 Catholic priests slain in the last 6 months.

The President has denied persecuting the clergy and said he cannot order their killings.

“Wala kaming policy na galit kami sa pari, nothing of the sort. As a matter of fact, nirerespeto ko ang Simbahan,” he said in a speech in Mandurriao district, Iloilo City.

“Sa totoo lang hindi ko kayang magpatay ng pari, pati na babae at bata.”

(We don’t have a policy against priests, nothing of the sort. As a matter of fact, I respect the Church. The truth is, I cannot order the killing of priests, women and children.)

Washington, D.C., Roman Catholic Archbishop Removed Over 'Credible' Allegations of Sexually Abusing a Teenager

NEW YORK (NY)
TIME

June 20, 2018

By Michael R. Sisak

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry and faces further punishment over “credible” allegations that he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago, the church announced Wednesday.

Pope Francis ordered the 87-year-old cardinal’s removal pending further action that could end in his expulsion from the priesthood. A church panel determined that a former altar boy’s allegations that McCarrick fondled him during preparations for Christmas Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1971 and 1972 were “credible and substantiated.”

McCarrick, the Washington archbishop from 2000 to 2006, is one of the highest-ranking U.S. church officials accused in a sexual abuse scandal that has seen thousands of priests implicated. The church also acknowledged that it had made previously undisclosed legal settlements with adults who accused McCarrick of sexual misconduct decades ago.

Former priest sexually abused girl for years, including during confession, court documents show

EL PASO (TX)
New York Daily News

June 21, 2018

By David Boroff

A former priest in Texas accused of sexually abusing and raping a girl for years started by molesting her during confession, authorities say.

Miguel Luna, who served at 12 different locations in El Paso, started abusing the alter server when she was 8 by "kissing her passionately" when she was supposed to be privately admitting her sins, according to the El Paso Times.

"The victim recalled the defendant (Luna) telling her 'remember this is confession, so whatever happens here stays in here,'" according to the complaint obtained by the newspaper.

The 68-year-old Luna was arrested earlier this month for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The church was not named in the charges, but Luna was with 12 different parishes after being ordained in 1982, according to KVIA.

Diocese of Buffalo priest will not be charged following investigation

BUFFALO (NY)
WIVB

June 20, 2018

By Evan Anstey

It's not clear who it is, but the Erie County District Attorney's Office says a priest accused of improper behavior will not face charges.

According to the DA's office, a priest within the Diocese of Buffalo had been under investigation. He was accused of inappropriate behavior within the past year.

"The alleged actions by the priest, whose identity will not be disclosed, did not rise to the level of criminal conduct," the DA's office wrote.

With church sex-abuse report looming, lawmaker pushes for victim rights

HARRISBURG (PA)
WITF

June 20, 2018

By Lindsay Lazarski

Later this month, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro is expected to release findings from a two-year grand jury investigation into widespread sexual abuse and cover-up within six Catholic dioceses across the state.

In anticipation of this report, state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, is pushing to end the statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases and give victims abused long ago another chance to file a claim against their perpetrators.

Under current state law, victims of child sexual abuse have until they are 30 years old to file a civil case, and until they are 50 years old to file a criminal case. Rozzi says that's not enough time.

Sacred Hearts priest in Chile investigated for sexual abuse

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Catholic News Agency

June 20, 2018

The Chilean province of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary reported Monday that a preliminary investigation is underway on Father Juan Andrés Peretiatkowicz Valdés, accused of sexual abuse and the abuse of power.

According to a June 18 statement, the case involves accusations of acts which “allegedly began at the end of the 1980s.” According to the congregation the priest has had no pastoral responsibilities for five years for health reasons.

“We express our will and commitment to thoroughly and rigorously investigate these acts and resolutely fight against the culture of abuse and cover up,” the congregation stated.

Provincial Superior René Cabezón Yáñez received the information in early May and “immediately began a preliminary investigation.”

The congregation welcomes this investigation “as a desperate cry in search of truth and justice which obliges us as Church to leave behind the poor and overdue job of listening. We believe this is the only way of reparation for those who have been violated or abused.”

Pope reaffirms women can’t be priests, says Church has ‘woken up’ on sex abuse

ROME
CRUX

June 20, 2018

By Inés San Martín

In a wide-ranging interview in which he spoke about the ongoing migrant crisis in the United States, Pope Francis also touched on issues such as female ordination, the ongoing Vatican talks with China and the clerical sexual abuse scandals in Chile.

The conversation between Francis and a journalist from British news agency Reuters took place on Sunday afternoon, and sections of it were published on Wednesday. Reuters also provided a transcript of portions of the interview to Vatican journalists.

Clerical sexual abuse scandals and the Chilean case

“I don’t like talking about this now, but I must say this,” Francis told journalist Philip Pullela. “Go to the statistics. The great majority of the abuses take place in the family environment and in the neighborhoods, the neighbors, the families, then in the gym, the pools, the schools and also in the Church, but some can say the [priests] are few, but even if it was only one [priest] it’d be tragic because that priest has the duty to take that person to God and has destroyed the path to God.”

State Supreme Court Blocks Release of Catholic Church Sex Abuse Investigation

HARRISBURG (PA)
WNEP

June 20, 2018

By Bill Michlowski

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has blocked the planned release of a report by the state attorney general allegedly detailing decades of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The two-year investigation by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro included hundreds of cases from six Catholic dioceses, including Allentown and Scranton.

The report was set to be released this week, but the state Supreme Court issued a stay on the release Wednesday in order to consider legal challenges to releasing the report.

'Women are seen as liars, men as victims': Olivia Munn on Brett Ratner and the importance of #MeToo

UNITED STATES
Yahoo Celebrity

June 20, 2018

By Taryn Ryder

Olivia Munn has no regrets about publicly taking on Brett Ratner. Last fall, she was one of six women to come forward to accuse the director of sexual harassment or misconduct in a report by the Los Angeles Times. (Ratner has denied all allegations.)

“Initially, I didn’t publicly call [Brett] out. I wrote a book where I discussed him anonymously,” she reflected in an interview in the Spring/Summer ’18 issue of Rogue magazine. In her 2010 book Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek, Munn told a story about an unnamed director who masturbated in front of her on the set of a film in 2004.

The Six star continued, “A year later, [Brett] named himself and went on to lie about me. A few days after that, he was on the Howard Stern show publicly apologizing for lying, saying he was sorry. Yet, two years after that moment, he gets a $450 million licensing deal with Warner Bros.”

Munn’s memory is correct. In 2011, Ratner went on Attack of the Show! and alleged that the two had slept together. “I used to date Olivia Munn, I will be honest with everybody here,” he boasted. “I banged her a few times … but I forgot her … I get it. She’s bitter.” A few days later, Ratner apologized on The Howard Stern Show, saying he “felt horrible” for lying because they were friendly and he had made the actress look like “a whore.”

Olivia Munn has no regrets about drawing 'a line in the sand' over sexual harassment in Hollywood

UNITED STATES
Daily Mail

June 20, 2018

Last November, she was one of six women who came forward to accuse director Brett Ratner of sexual harassment.

And in a new interview with Rogue magazine, actress Olivia Munn says she has no regrets about speaking out publicly.

'Where is the line? If you don’t draw a line in the sand and say, ‘I’m not gonna work with these people,’ then it’s going to continue,' she said.

Lawsuit Says Former Senate President Stan Rosenberg Knew Husband Was A Risk

BOSTON (MA)
The Associated Press

June 20, 2018

By Steve LeBlanc

A civil lawsuit is alleging former Senate President Stan Rosenberg knew his estranged husband Bryon Hefner posed a risk to individuals at the Massachusetts Statehouse and Rosenberg and Hefner had an agreement or understanding allowing Hefner access to those individuals.

The lawsuit, which names both men, was filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Friday on behalf of an unnamed plaintiff who said Hefner grabbed his genitals without consent on more than one occasion.

The suit alleges the plaintiff suffered ongoing emotional distress and physical harm, including "depression, anxiety, muscle tension, gastrointestinal distress and impaired sleep."

Church: Cardinal McCarrick Is A Molester

WASHINGTON (DC)
The American Conservative

June 20, 2018

By Rod Dreher

This has been a very long time coming:

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry after a credible allegation he abused a teen 50 years ago while serving as a priest in New York Archdiocese.

Innocence? I believe McCarrick is lying, and that he knows he is lying. I have been waiting for this story to break since 2002.

Back then, I received a tip from a priest who had gone on his own dime to Rome, along with a group of prominent US Catholic laymen, to meet with an official for the Roman Curial congregation that names bishops. It had been rumored at the time that Theodore McCarrick, the Archbishop of Newark, was going to be moved to Washington, DC, and to be made a cardinal. This group traveled to Rome to warn the Vatican that McCarrick was a sexual harrasser of seminarians. The story this priest shared with me was that McCarrick had a habit of compelling seminarians to share his bed for cuddling. These allegations did not involve sexual molestation, but were clearly about unwanted sexual harassment. To refuse the archbishop’s bedtime entreaties would be to risk your future as a priest, I was told.

Rome was informed by these laymen — whose number included professionally distinguished Catholics in a position to understand the kind of harm this would cause –that McCarrick was sexually exploiting these seminarians, but it did no good. McCarrick received his appointment to the Washington archdiocese in 2000.

In early 2002, though, the priest who tipped me off wouldn’t go on the record. It would have meant the end of his priesthood, quite possibly. He gave me the name of a couple of medical figures who had been on the same journey. I called one, who confirmed it, but wouldn’t go on the record. I called the other, who gasped when I said it out loud, and who said, “If that were true, then I wouldn’t confirm it for the same reason Noah’s sons covered their father in his drunkenness.”

Pa. Supreme Court delays results of investigation into sex abuse at local dioceses

HARRISBURG (PA)
WPXI

June 20, 2018

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is holding up the public release of a major grand jury report on priest abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses across the state..

“Just moments ago, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania accepted legal challenges to the issuing of a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. In an unsealed order, the Supreme Court has issued a stay of proceedings to review and decide those challenges,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “My legal team and I will continue fighting tirelessly to make sure the victims of this abuse are able to tell their stories and the findings of this investigation are made public to the people of Pennsylvania.”

The Supreme Court agreed to hear challenges to releasing the grand jury report, which is what is putting the public release on hold.

Churches urged to support survivors of sexual abuse

DALLAS (TX)
Baptist Standard

June 20, 2018

By Isa Torres

The #MeToo Movement brought to light issues of sexual abuse the church should have addressed long ago, the leader of a workshop at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship general assembly insisted.

“Hollywood has done a better job confronting abuse than the church,” said Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry.

The #MeToo Movement—started in 2006 by Tarana Burke—only recently was expanded to include #ChurchToo. Durso pointed to that long delay as evidence of churches’ inattention to sexual abuse, when they should have taken the lead.

Duterte claims respect for church, attacks priests again

MANILA (PHILIPPINES)
UCA News

June 21, 2018

Philippine president's tirades against clergy prompted series of clerymen murders, critics say

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has hit back at critics and claimed he respects the Catholic Church despite his tirades against bishops and priests whom he has repeatedly accused of corruption and illicit affairs with women.

Rights activists and church groups say the president's verbal attacks against church leaders have emboldened some people to attack members of the clergy in recent months.

Duterte denied persecuting priests this week, saying that his administration "does not have a policy against priests" and he could not order the killing of church leaders.

"As a matter of fact, I respect the church," the president said in a speech in Iloilo province on June 20. "The truth is, I cannot order the killing of priests, women, and children," he said.

While the president was speaking in the town of Cabatuan, church bells tolled as part of a daily symbolic protest against drug-related killings in the country.

Hearing the bells, Duterte stopped talking and waited for the ringing to stop.

DA says Buffalo priest was "creepy" but not criminal

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

June 20, 2018

By Charlie Specht

Will recommend diocese keep him away from kids

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. said Wednesday that a Buffalo priest acted "creepy" in touching a young girl in January.

But Flynn said the behavior of the priest does not rise to the level of criminality and so the priest -- who he refused to identify -- will not face criminal charges.

"While his conduct wasn’t criminal, I would say that to me his conduct is creepy," Flynn said, adding that he believed the priest was retired but still saying Mass in various parishes.

The alleged victim told someone at her school about the priest's contact, which Flynn said was alleged to have involved “some sort of touching,” he said.

Kerala priest remanded over fraud charges

KERALA (INDIA)
Gulf Times

June 20 2018

By Ashraf Padanna/Thiruvananthapuram

A court in Kerala yesterday remanded in custody a Catholic priest accused of cheating farmers availing of bank loans.

The police arrested Fr Thomas Peelianickal on Tuesday on complaints by six farmers who claimed he and other officials of the NGO he heads cheated them of their money disbursed by banks.

The priest is the executive director of the Kuttanad Vikasana Samithy (KVS) or the society for the development of Kuttanad, under the Changanassery archdiocese.

The police accuse them of forging signatures of farmers to avail loans for collective farming. It was claimed that the farmers only became aware of the fraud after they started receiving repayment default notices.

Others linked to the fraud, including Rojo Joseph, a leader of the ruling coalition partner Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), are absconding since the police booked them three months ago.

For the past many years, the KVS has been working among the farmers of Kuttanad, an area that witnessed many suicides after the agrarian crisis, promoting self-help initiatives and environmental conservation.

Kerala priest Fr Thomas Peelianickal arrested in Kuttanad agri loan scam

KERALA (INDIA)
The News Minute

June 20, 2018

Peelianickal is accused in six cases of loan fraud out of which Kerala HC had earlier granted him anticipatory bail in two cases.

Father Thomas Peelianickal who is the executive director of the Kuttanad Vikasana Samithi (KVS) office in Alappuzha, was arrested on Tuesday in connection with an agriculture loan scam in Kuttanad.

The District crime branch team led by Dy SP Vijayakumaran Nair arrested him.

Police said that as per complaints received by them, Peelianickal had availed loans on behalf of farmers’ self-help groups by allegedly forging documents of several farmers.

He is accused in six cases of loan fraud out of which Kerala High Court had earlier granted him anticipatory bail in two cases.

Peelianickal’s arrest was recorded at the CB office in Alappuzha on Tuesday evening and he will be produced before Ramankari Judicial First Class Magistrate Court on Wednesday.

Nair told The Times of India that 14 cases have been registered related to agriculture loan fraud. “As per the evidence we collected, Peelianickal is now accused in only six cases. The investigation is progressing and Peelianickal may become accused in more cases in coming days,” the investigation team said.

Veliyanad Block panchayat member and NCP leader Rojo Joseph is the main accused in the case but he is absconding.

HISTORIC FIRST: ARCHBISHOP FACES PRISON TIME FOR SEX ABUSE COVER-UP

NEWCASTLE (AUSTRALIA)
Church Militant

June 20, 2018

By David Nussman

Australia's Abp. Philip Wilson may be world's highest-ranking cleric to be jailed for failing to report abuse

An archbishop in Australia will likely be facing prison time after a judge found him guilty of covering up child sex abuse, making him the world's highest-ranking Catholic clergy to be sentenced over abuse allegations.

Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide was brought to trial for allegations of failing to report a sexually abusive priest in the late 1970s. He was found guilty in a Newcastle court on May 22. In a hearing Tuesday, Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone announced he would sentence Abp. Wilson on July 3.

KZN Churches Call On Communities To Say No To Femicide And Children Abuse

SOUTH AFRICA
The Daily Vox

June 21, 2018

By Lizeka Maduna

Following a public outcry over violence and femicide, KwaZulu-Natal churches have called on all communities to stand together and say no to the scourge and other persistent social ills including substance abuse.

EThekwini Community Church’s Bishop Vusi Dube said that religious groups believed that unity and prayers could help overcome the societal ills.

“As the church, we strongly believe that prayer is an invitation for divine intervention as our society battles social ills including rampant abuse of substances; all forms of violence in communities, random murders of women and children, as well as the raping of women and children,” he said.

EThekwini Community Church through a campaign,called ‘One Nation One Voice’ which is set to be launched in September, has worked with Isolezwe Newspaper in a campaign called ‘Sekwanele’.

This new campaign came in the wake of Zolile Khumalo’s death, a twenty-one-year old student from Mangosuthu University of Technology who was shot death at a residence; where numerous women who died through femicide were remembered.

Diamondbacks manager 'insanely proud' of wife for coming forward with priest-abuse claim

PHOENIX (AZ)
Arizona Republic

June 19, 2018

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said he has long been aware that his wife was abused by a Catholic priest as a child in the 1990s and is "insanely proud of her for stepping up and telling her story."

Kristen Lovullo's claims of abuse first appeared in a report this week by the Buffalo News. After other misconduct claims about the Rev. Dennis Fronczak surfaced, she contacted the outlet and said she was repeatedly fondled by the priest in New York decades ago, when she was 9 to 12 years old.

Torey Lovullo told The Arizona Republic: "Those are hard things to do (coming forward). I’m walking on this side of it with her and I see the challenges that victims go through.

KCK priest is defrocked years after investigation into sexual abuse allegations

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

June 20, 2018

By Judy L. Thomas

A priest in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has been defrocked years after an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual abuse.

The Rev. John H. Wisner was returned to the lay state, or laicized, by a decree issued by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, according to an announcement published May 25 in The Leaven, the archdiocesan newspaper. Naumann issued the decree on Dec. 21, the announcement said, and it was affirmed by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on March 2.

The archdiocese said it had received multiple allegations of sexual abuse of minors against Wisner starting in May 2012. He was immediately suspended from active ministry and law enforcement was notified, the archdiocese said. An investigation by the archdiocese found the allegations to be credible, it said, and in November 2012, archdiocesan officials sent the results to the Vatican.

Affidavit: Ex-Priest Assaulted Victim During Confession

EL PASO (TX)
KTSM

June 20, 2018

By Andra Litton

The criminal complaint affidavit against a former Catholic Priest accused of sexually assaulting an underage parishioner for seven years was released to KTSM on Wednesday.

Miguel Luna, 68, is charged with one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. According to court documents, the alleged victim was interviewed by El Paso Police on October 20, 2017 in reference to the allegations against Father Luna.

The victim, now 36, served as an altar-server at local churches in El Paso when she met Luna. She told investigators that Luna began kissing and sexually abusing her at age 8 during confessions.

She recalled Luna telling her "remember this confession, so whatever happens in here stays in here," according to court documents.

The affidavit goes on to say that when the girl turned 12, Luna's sexual abuse escalated. The victim in the case reported to police that the abuse continued until she turned 17.

5 priests who were prosecuted for child sexual crimes

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

June 20, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

Only five of the more than 60 priests who served in the Diocese of Buffalo and have been linked to allegations of sex crimes involving children have actually been charged with crimes.

Prosecuted were:

Pa. Supreme Court blocks release of grand jury report into clergy sex abuse

HARRISBURG (PA)
The Inquirer

June 20, 2018

By Angela Couloumbis & Liz Navratil

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to indefinitely block the release of a grand jury report detailing decades of clergy sex abuse in six of the state’s eight Roman Catholic dioceses.

In a two-paragraph order made public Wednesday, the state’s highest court said it granted requests from unnamed individuals or institutions to prevent the public release of the much-anticipated report.

“The Honorable Norman A. Krumenacker, III, and the Office of the Attorney General are enjoined from releasing Report No. 1 of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury pending further order of this Court,” it read, citing the Cambria County judge who has overseen the panel’s work.

The order — unsigned and released in the name of the entire court — throws into question the results of a sweeping probe that spanned at least two years and could implicate hundreds of clergy and other officials across the state.

Supreme Court delays release of grand jury report on alleged sex abuse in Catholic dioceses

HARRISBURG (NJ)
The Herald

June 20, 2018

By Melissa Klaric

The grand jury report on sexual abuse within the Catholic Church will not be made public as soon as expected.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a court order about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday delaying the public release of the 900-page-plus report expected to reveal detailed testimony from victims.

The Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, said neither he nor any diocesan official sought a stay of the publication of the grand jury report.

"And thus, (we) cannot comment on the merits of the legal arguments of others," Persico said. "As demonstrated from the recent revisions to our Policy for the Protection of Children, we are committed to transparency."

Furthermore, Bishop Persico said the diocese anxiously awaits the Supreme Court's decision on the matter.

The 11-year-old girl divorcing her 38-year-old husband

KHARTOUM (SUDAN)
CNN

June 21, 2018

By Nima Elbagir and Eliza Mackintosh

Editors Note: CNN is committed to covering gender inequality wherever it occurs in the world. This story is part of As Equals, a year-long series.

Amal is 11 years old and seeking a divorce.

The young Sudanese girl was in elementary school when a 38-year-old man asked for her hand in marriage.

Her father accepted the proposal, and Amal (not her real name) was immediately wed.

In Sudan, child marriage has been woven into the fabric of the country's culture, driven by tradition and poverty. More than a third of girls there are married before their 18th birthday, according to a 2017 UNICEF report, and 12% are wed before they reach 15. Under the country's 1991 Personal Status Law of Muslims, children can marry when they reach "maturity," which is only 10 years old. It's the lowest legal age of marriage in Africa.

Noura in her own words: Teen who killed rapist husband shares her story

The recent case of Sudanese teenager Noura Hussein, sentenced to death earlier this year for killing her husband as he tried to rape her, has focused attention on child marriage in Sudan. Now 19, Noura was just 15 when she was forced to marry a man more than twice her age.

Mormons post questions asked during youth interviews

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
The Associated Press

June 20, 2018

By Brady Mccombs

The Mormon church for the first time Wednesday posted the list of questions lay leaders are supposed to ask youth during closed door, one-on-one interviews that have come under scrutiny because sexual questions sometimes arise.

Only one of the questions seems directed at finding out about a young Mormon's sex life: "Do you live the law of chastity?"

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted the 13 questions that were previously only sent to local leaders along with updated guidelines and a letter from church President Russell M. Nelson encouraging the leaders to share the questions with children and parents before the interviews.

APNewsBreak: Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

COLUMBUS (OH)
The Associated Press

June 21, 2018

By Kantele Franko and Collin Binkley

A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio State University said he acted as a team physician at other universities, most of which won't say if they are reviewing those connections or whether any concerns were raised about him.

Ohio State employment records reviewed by The Associated Press indicate Richard Strauss worked at five schools in the decade between leaving the Navy as a submarine medicine instructor and joining the university in Columbus in 1978.

Strauss researched, taught or practiced medicine at Harvard University, Rutgers University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Washington and the University of Hawaii, according to his resume.

Pa. Supreme Court blocks release of priest sex abuse report

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Morning Call

June 20, 2018

By Tim Darragh and Steve Esack

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the expected release of a massive report examining sexual abuse and misconduct by priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Allentown.

The state’s high court issued an order barring Cambria County Judge Norman Krumenacker, who supervised the grand jury that heard testimony over two years, and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro from releasing the report until further order.

The court’s order does not indicate who sought to block release of the report but it indicates the court received more than one application for a stay.

Matt Kerr, spokesman for the Allentown Diocese, said the diocese was not one of the petitioners that moved to block the report.

June 20, 2018

Rev. Robert F. Bower– Assignment History

ERIE (PA)
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Robert F. Bower was ordained in 1959 for the Diocese of Erie. He was chaplain at Gannon College and at a monastery for women religious in Erie for several years, followed by many years in campus ministry at Edinboro State College as chaplain, Associate Director and then Director. During 1992-1997 Gannon was Administrator of St. Anthony's parish in Cambridge Springs.

In March 1999 Bowers was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography. Police were alerted by a computer repair shop employee who discovered them while working on Bower's computer. The pornography was allegedly downloaded between June 1996 and December 1998, and included images of a man sodomizing a five-year-old boy. Bower was placed on leave by the diocese, sent to counseling, then allowed limited ministry during the investigation. Bishop Trautman said he believed Bower's explanation that he had received the images accidentally; state police said that Bower admitted to obtaining them. The charges were dropped in 2001 on a technicality. Bower resumed full ministry, including at the Edinboro Newman Center and as a supply priest for the diocese.

In April 2002, after the Erie Times-News published a report about his 1999 arrest, Bower resigned. Per the article, in 1982 a secretary at the Newman Center in Edinboro and two other women went to Bishop Murphy with concerns that Bower was receiving gay pornography in the mail. The former secretary said she was fired two days later. Trautman wrote in a letter to the editor that the women's claims were "outrageous" and lacked proof. The three filed a defamation lawsuit against the diocese and bishops Trautman and Murphy in May 2003.

Bower's name was included on the diocese's April 6, 2018 list of credibly accused priests, lay employees and volunteers. It noted that Bower was 'forbiddn to function as a priest.'

Ordained: 1959

Dozens of Portland students protest university’s silence over sexual assault allegations

PORTLAND (OR)
ThinkProgress

June 19, 2018

By Elham Khatami

"It is so difficult walking around, knowing there’s somebody out there who ... violated you that deeply.”

Five months after she first reported her sexual abuse to Portland State University’s Office of the Dean of Student Life, Tess Carter says she has not yet heard anything about possible action the school will take against the student and fellow member of the school’s International Socialist Organization who allegedly assaulted her.

According to the Oregonian, Carter and dozens of other PSU students have been protesting the university’s silence for weeks, demanding that the university discipline the student who has been accused by multiple women of emotional abuse and sexual assault over the past year and a half. In the latest protest, which took place last week, the group presented a petition with close to 3,500 signatures to the university’s vice president of enrollment management and student affairs, Jim Fraire.

“It is so difficult walking around, knowing there’s somebody out there who would be so violent to you and violated you that deeply,” Carter, who is not a PSU student, but is a member of PSU’s International Socialist Organization, told The Portland Mercury last week.

PSU’s Office of the Dean of Student Life informed Carter in January 2018 that they would respond within 60 days, but she said she did not receive a formal response when the 60-day timeframe came to an end. According to the Mercury, campus officials cited the Education Department’s loose restrictions when it comes to responding to sexual assault allegations. The Department last year rescinded Obama-era guidance that suggested a 60-day timeframe for a prompt sexual assault investigation, replacing it with “no fixed time frame.”

Texas A&M swimmer found responsible of sexual assault files Title IX lawsuit against university

COLLEGE STATION (TX)
Sports Day

June 20, 2018

By Ben Baby

A Texas A&M men's swimmer found responsible for sexual assault by the university has filed a Title IX lawsuit against the school, according to a report.

Austin Van Overdam submitted a federal lawsuit against the university, citing "disparate treatment based on sex," according to court records. The suit, which was filed in the Southern District of Texas, states that Van Overdam is requesting a jury trial.

The news was first reported by the Bryan College-Station Eagle.

In June 2017, Van Overdam was found responsible of sexual misconduct by A&M's conduct panel, according to documents the accuser shared on her Twitter account. Van Overdam, who graduated from Houston Langham Creek before swimming at Arizona during his freshman year, redshirted the 2016-17 season, according to the school's website.

Ohio State closes sexual-assault center, fires 4 after complaints

COLUMBUS (OH)
The Columbus Dispatch

June 19, 2018

By Jennifer Smola

Ohio State University will permanently close its Sexual Civility and Empowerment unit amid concerns that it failed to properly report students’ sexual-assault complaints and that some victims were told they were lying or suffering from delusions.

The university also is eliminating four positions that fell under the unit, known as SCE, and terminating those employees.

A team of independent auditors is helping to review SCE files to ensure Ohio State has fulfilled its obligations to report certain offenses to law enforcement, federal regulators and other authorities, according to the university.

Documents obtained by The Dispatch through a public records request detail a variety of complaints about Ohio State’s SCE and its leadership.

Larry Nassar survivors are right: Michigan State president John Engler must go

LANSING (MI)
USA TODAY

June 20, 2018

By Nancy Armour

Michigan State still doesn’t get it.

A university that aided and abetted Larry Nassar and his horrific crimes for the better part of two decades doesn’t get to be indignant or question the women whose lives were shattered. It doesn’t get to play the aggrieved party, be it in public statements or private emails.

And it sure as hell doesn’t get to defend and protect a leader who has dragged the school even further into the abyss when his sole job was to find a way out of it.

More than 130 survivors sent Michigan State’s governing board a letter Tuesday calling for the ouster – voluntary or otherwise – of interim President John Engler. They shouldn’t have had to ask.

Criticism of Engler has grown since last week, when The Chronicle of Higher Education published an email in which the former governor of Michigan suggested that Rachael Denhollander was getting “kickbacks” from trial attorneys. Denhollander was the first woman to publicly accuse Nassar of abuse, telling her story to The Indianapolis Star in the fall of 2016.

Chris Hardwick’s Hard Times: The Silence From Those in His Orbit Is Deafening

UNITED STATES
The Wrap

June 19, 2018

By Reid Nakamura and Jon Levine

When Chris Hardwick was accused of controlling behavior, emotional manipulation and sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra last week, the silence from those in his orbit was deafening.

Dykstra described a man who could be controlling and manipulative as he gained more and more success as the host of AMC shows and Comic-Con panels, as well as his own multimedia empire, Nerdist. One former employee said her accusations rang true, and that Hardwick was prone to loud confrontations with employees.

“Nobody’s surprised. Everyone can think back to incidents with Chris that line up with something in that story,” the former employee said. “You don’t see anybody saying ‘That’s not the Chris Hardwick I know,’ because that is the Chris Hardwick most people know.”

Catholic cardinal in Washington accused of sex abuse

WASHINGTON (DC)
Reuters

June 20, 2018

The Vatican has asked retired Washington, D.C., Archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, to cease public ministry after finding he was credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager almost 50 years ago, the archdiocese and McCarrick said on Wednesday.

McCarrick is among the highest-ranking of the more than 6,700 U.S. Roman Catholic clerics to be accused of sexually abusing children since the church’s sex abuse scandal broke in 2002, according to BishopAccountability.org, a private group that tracks the allegations.

McCarrick, 87, was accused of sexually abusing a teenager when he was a priest in New York, he said in a statement. He said he was innocent, but an investigation by the Church found the allegations to be credible and substantiated, the archdiocese said in a statement.

“The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, at the direction of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has instructed Cardinal McCarrick that he is to refrain from any public ministry or activity until a definite decision is made,” the archdiocese said. McCarrick said he would follow the Vatican’s instruction.

Rosenberg sued over spouse’s conduct

BOSTON (MA)
The Associated Press

June 19, 2018

By Steve LeBlanc

A civil lawsuit is alleging former Senate President Stan Rosenberg knew his estranged husband Bryon Hefner posed a risk to individuals at the Massachusetts Statehouse and Rosenberg and Hefner had an agreement or understanding allowing Hefner access to those individuals.

The lawsuit, which names both men, was filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Friday on behalf of an unnamed plaintiff who said Hefner grabbed his genitals without consent on more than one occasion.

The suit alleges the plaintiff suffered ongoing emotional distress and physical harm, including “depression, anxiety, muscle tension, gastrointestinal distress and impaired sleep.”

Attempts to reach Rosenberg, a Democrat who resigned from the Legislature in May, were unsuccessful on Tuesday. Hefner’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

In one case, the plaintiff said that during a ride in Rosenberg’s car in April 2016, Hefner grabbed his genitals over his clothes as Rosenberg rode in the front passenger seat and the two rode in the back seat.

Accuser says Stanley Rosenberg conspired in estranged husband's alleged sex assault

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Herald

June 20, 2018

By Laurel J. Sweet

Ex-Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and his estranged husband are being targeted for damages in a civil lawsuit by a former Beacon Hill legislative aide who says Bryon Hefner sexually abused him — twice in Rosenberg’s presence, and once at the couple’s North End condo.

The explosive 16-page lawsuit was filed in Suffolk Superior Court by attorney Mitchell Garabedian on behalf of “John Doe.”

Doe’s true identity was immediately impounded by Judge Debra A. Squires-Lee. He is identified only as a resident of Middlesex County who worked as a legislative aide for the House of Representatives.

“The court finds that irreparable and immediate harm may result absent an ex-parte order of impoundment,” Squires-Lee ruled. The seal could be lifted Monday depending on the outcome of a hearing today on whether it warrants extension.

The allegations against Hefner in the civil suit mirror those of one of four men who’ve criminally accused Hefner of sexual abuse. Garabedian declined to say yesterday if it’s the same person.

Has #MeToo changed men? Guys respond to the movement and how they feel about masculinity

UNITED STATES
Good Morning America

June 20, 2018

By Nicole Pelletiere

A year after survivors catapulted #MeToo into a global movement by sharing personal accounts of sexual assault, men are now reflecting on the movement and what it means to them.

In a recent SurveyMonkey poll, FiveThirtyEight, a site that focuses on opinion poll analysis, politics, economics, and sports blogging, surveyed 1,615 adult males. The outlet collaborated with Death, Sex & Money from WNYC Studios-- a podcast that features intimate conversations with celebrities and listeners about money, relationships, family, and career.

The participants of the survey were asked how they felt about #MeToo as well as the subject of masculinity.

Here's what they said.

SAGINAW TO OUST LITURGY DIRECTOR ACCUSED OF COVERING UP SEX ABUSE

SAGINAW (MI)
ChurchMilitant.com

June 17, 2018

By Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.

Fr. James Bessert alleged to be active homosexual

Only weeks after the abrupt suspension of a deacon over an alleged complaint of sex abuse, sources confirm the diocese of Saginaw, Michigan is removing the director of liturgy from his post — a reported homosexual accused of covering up sexual assault.

Although the diocese has kept the news quiet, multiple reliable sources have confirmed that Fr. James Bessert, director of liturgy in Saginaw, is being removed from his post, making way for Sr. Esther Mary Nickel, RSM, who will replace him.

Bessert, a prominent chancery official, has had his name taken off of the online staff directory for the Office of Liturgy. Church Militant also received news that the Vatican has been involved behind the scenes, and that high-ranking officials in Rome are aware of the ongoing scandals in Saginaw and have placed pressure on Bp. Joseph Cistone to remove various priests.

Bessert has claimed he is "on vacation," although still in Saginaw.

Bessert is linked to Deacon Jerome Green, abruptly suspended in May only days before his priestly ordination. Inside sources confirm it's an "open secret" that Bessert and Green have been in a homosexual relationship for years. Neither has publicly addressed the allegations, nor have they responded to Church Militant's queries.

Retired Catholic archbishop McCarrick quits amid abuse allegations

NEWARK (NJ)
UPI

June 20, 2018

By Sara Shayanian

Retired Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C., announced he was stepping down from the ministry Wednesday amid allegations of sexual abuse.

In a statement, the Archdiocese of New York said the Vatican secretary of state, at the direction of Pope Francis, asked McCarrick to step down from the ministry.

The allegations against McCarrick stem from the abuse of a teenager nearly 50 years ago, while the former archbishop was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.

"This archdiocese, while saddened and shocked, asks prayers for all involved, and renews its apology to all victims abused by priests," the archdiocese said.

Although McCarrick said he has "no recollection" of the case and was "shocked" by the report, he accepted the pope's request to no longer publicly exercise his priestly ministry.

Archbishop convicted of concealing child sex abuse should spared jail time, lawyers argue

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

June 19, 2018

By Nancy Notzon

Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson will be sentenced next month for concealing historical child sex abuse after a magistrate reserved his decision at a hearing today.

The Adelaide Archbishop's lawyers presented several reports from various doctors detailing his medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease and a mild neurological cognitive disorder, which could possibly be Alzheimer's.

They told the Newcastle Local Court that prison time would exacerbate his deteriorating health and that he could be targeted in prison.

Quoting a report from endocrinologist Dr David Torpy, Mr Temby said incarceration would have a major effect on Wilson's health and "may even threaten his survival".

In a landmark magistrate-only trial in May, Wilson was found guilty of covering up abuse by priest James Fletcher in the New South Wales Hunter region in the 1970s.

He is the world's most senior Catholic to be convicted of the offence.

Ohio State University Closes Sexual Assault Unit; Cites Mismanagement

COLUMBUS (OH)
Reuters

June 20, 2018

By Gina Cherelus

Ohio State University this week shut down its center dedicated to handling complaints of sexual assault after officials discovered that the service was not properly managing victim reports, school officials said.

The university launched its comprehensive prevention effort to combat sexual misconduct in 2015, at a time of intense public focus on sex assault on U.S. college campuses. Its move to shut down the program comes as the #MeToo movement has intensified focus on sexual harassment and assault in many spheres of American life.

A review conducted by an external law firm revealed that the campus Sexual Civility and Empowerment unit did not properly document and report information about some sexual assault complaints by students, Chris Davey, a spokesman for the university, said in a statement on Tuesday.

A representative for the university did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment on Wednesday.

The program had received national attention in 2015, when then-Vice President Joe Biden visited the school to highlight responses to what the White House termed an epidemic of sex assault on U.S. college campuses.

Cardinal removed from public ministry after sex abuse allegation

WASHINGTON (DC)
CNN

June 20, 2018

By Daniel Burke

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who led the Archdiocese of Washington and was a political force in the nation's capital, said on Wednesday that he has been removed from public ministry by the Vatican because of a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse.

As a cardinal, McCarrick is one of the highest-ranking American leaders in the Catholic Church to be removed from ministry because of sex abuse charges. He maintains his innocence.

"While I have absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse, and believe in my innocence, I am sorry for the pain the person who brought the charges has gone through, as well as for the scandal such charges cause our people," McCarrick said in a statement.

The Archdiocese of New York, which led the investigation, said it would not release specific details about the allegation to protect the victim's privacy. But the archdiocese said a review board composed of jurists, law enforcement experts, parents, psychologists, a priest, and a religious sister found the allegations against McCarrick to be "credible and substantiated."

Ex-NJ Catholic Church Leader McCarrick Ousted For Sex Allegations

NEWARK (NJ)
Newark Patch

June 20, 2018

By Tom Davis

The sexual misconduct alleged against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick resulted in settlements involving a teen.

A former Catholic church leader in New Jersey has been removed from the ministry in the wake of sexual abuse allegations involving a teen.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Newark, the founding Bishop of Metuchen and Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., has been removed from the ministry after allegations that he abused a teen 50 years ago came to light, church leaders announced Wednesday. The alleged sexual misconduct resulted in settlements.

McCarrick, 87, said in his statement that he doesn't recall the abuse but he accepted his removal: "While I have absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse, and believe in my innocence, I am sorry for the pain the person who brought the charges has gone through, as well as for the scandal such charges cause our people," he said.

McCarrick said he was advised by the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, that an allegation of sexual abuse of a teenager from 47 years ago had been made against him. At that time, he was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.

"While shocked by the report, and while maintaining my innocence, I considered it essential that the charges be reported to the police, thoroughly investigated by an independent agency, and given to the Review Board of the Archdiocese of New York. I fully cooperated in the process," he said.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former Newark Archbishop, removed from ministry over past sex abuse allegations

NEWARK (NJ)
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

June 20, 2018

By Kelly Heyboer and Ted Sherman

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Newark and Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry in the wake of allegations that he abused a teen 50 years ago while serving as a priest in the New York Archdiocese.

McCarrick, who accepted the decision, is one of the highest-ranking American leaders in the Catholic Church to be removed from ministry over sex abuse charges.

The allegations against him have been deemed "credible and substantiated" by Vatican officials, McCarrick acknowledged in a statement. However, the veteran cardinal said he does not remember the incident from a half-century ago, and believes he is innocent.

News of McCarrick's removal came as church officials in New Jersey separately revealed for the first time that the cardinal had previously been accused of sexual misconduct with three adults during his time in the state.

Catholic Cardinal in Washington Accused of Sex Abuse

WASHINGTON (DC)
Reuters

June 20, 2018

The Vatican has asked the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, to cease public ministry after finding he was credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager almost 50 years ago, the archdiocese and McCarrick said Wednesday.

McCarrick is among the highest-ranking of the more than 6,700 U.S. Roman Catholic clerics to be accused of sexually abusing children since the church's sex abuse scandal broke in 2002, according to BishopAccountability.org, a private group that tracks the allegations.

McCarrick, 87, was accused of sexually abusing a teenager when he was a priest in New York, he said in a statement. He said that he was innocent, but an investigation by the Church found the allegations to be credible and substantiated, the archdiocese said in a statement.

Exclusive: Pope Says He Could Accept More Resignations Over Chile Sex Abuse

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

June 20, 2018

By Philip Pullella

Pope Francis has said he could accept the resignations of more Chilean bishops following a sexual abuse scandal that has shattered the credibility of the Roman Catholic Church in the South American country.

The pope has already accepted the resignations of three bishops, and all Chile's remaining bishops have offered to resign after allegations that the abuse, including of children, was covered up.

The scandal was "the work of the spirit of evil," the pope told Reuters in an interview at his residence in the Vatican.

Asked whether he would accept more resignations, the pontiff said: "Maybe some."

"I still have to accept the resignations of two (bishops) who have exceeded the age limit. But maybe there's someone else whose resignation I will accept. In one case, I asked that he be given the accusations in order to give him the possibility to defend himself against the accusations and then we will see," he said.

Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, one of nine cardinals from around the world appointed by the pope to serve as his special advisers, has been accused by abuse survivors of discrediting victims and not investigating their cases. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Asked whether Errázuriz's position was at risk on the C-9, the pope said: "The C-9 is not an honor, it's a job. I do not want to get into the game of cutting heads and seeking scapegoats."

Statement of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Regarding the Archdiocese of New York’s Announcement of a Credible and Substantiated Allegation of the Abuse of a Minor by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

NEWARK (NJ)
Archdiocese of Newark

June 20, 2018

By Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin

I recognize that the people of our Archdiocese meet the announcement by the Archdiocese of New York of a credible and substantiated claim of abuse of a minor by Cardinal McCarrick with a range of emotions. I am thinking particularly of those who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse by clergy - whose lives have been impacted tragically by abuse. To those survivors, their families and loved ones, I offer my sincere apologies and my commitment of prayer and action to support you in your healing.

The Archdiocese of Newark has never received an accusation that Cardinal McCarrick abused a minor. In the past, there have been allegations that he engaged in sexual behavior with adults. This Archdiocese and the Diocese of Metuchen received three allegations of sexual misconduct with adults decades ago; two of these allegations resulted in settlements.

Cardinal McCarrick served this Archdiocese for almost fifteen years. No doubt many of you developed strong relationships with him and appreciate the impact of his service. Those feelings are likely hard to reconcile with the news of a credible and substantiated claim of abuse of a minor. While Cardinal McCarrick maintains his innocence and the canonical process continues, we must put first the serious nature of this matter with respect and support for the process aimed at hearing victims and finding truth.

Statements Regarding Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

WASHINGTON (DC)
Archdiocese of Washington

June 20, 2018

[Includes biography of Cardinal McCarrick.]

Statement by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

Some months ago, I was advised by the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, that an allegation of sexual abuse of a teenager from almost fifty-years ago had been made against me. At that time I was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.

While shocked by the report, and while maintaining my innocence, I considered it essential that the charges be reported to the police, thoroughly investigated by an independent agency, and given to the Review Board of the Archdiocese of New York. I fully cooperated in the process.

My sadness was deepened when I was informed that the allegations had been determined credible and substantiated.

In obedience I accept the decision of The Holy See, that I no longer exercise any public ministry.

I realize this painful development will shock my many friends, family members, and people I have been honored to serve in my sixty-years as a priest.

While I have absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse, and believe in my innocence, I am sorry for the pain the person who brought the charges has gone through, as well as for the scandal such charges cause our people.

Statement by the Archdiocese of Washington

Sometime ago, an allegation that falls under the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was made against Cardinal McCarrick when he served as a priest in the Archdiocese of New York.

The Holy See, which has exclusive authority in the oversight of a cardinal, delegated Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York to investigate the allegation, engaging the review board of the Archdiocese of New York.

In the end the review board found the allegations credible and substantiated.

The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, at the direction of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has instructed Cardinal McCarrick that he is to refrain from any public ministry or activity until a definite decision is made.

Cardinal McCarrick, while maintaining his innocence, has accepted the decision.

While saddened and shocked, this archdiocese awaits the final outcome of the canonical process and in the meantime asks for prayers for all involved.

Statement of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York

NEW YORK CITY (NY)
Archdiocese of New York

June 20, 2018

By Cardinal Timothy Dolan

The Archdiocese of New York, along with every other diocese in the country, has long encouraged those who as minors suffered sexual abuse by a priest to come forward with such reports.

As he himself announced earlier this morning, a report has come to the archdiocese alleging abuse from almost forty-five years ago by the now retired Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who, at the time of the reported offense was a priest here in the Archdiocese of New York. This was the first such report of a violation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People ever made against him of which the archdiocese was aware.

Carefully following the process detailed by the Charter of the American bishops, this allegation was turned over to law enforcement officials, and was then thoroughly investigated by an independent forensic agency. Cardinal McCarrick was advised of the charge, and, while maintaining his innocence, fully cooperated in the investigation. The Holy See was alerted as well, and encouraged us to continue the process.

Again according to our public protocol, the results of the investigation were then given to the Archdiocesan Review Board, a seasoned group of professionals including jurists, law enforcement experts, parents, psychologists, a priest, and a religious sister.

The review board found the allegations credible and substantiated.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick alleged to have sexually abused minor 47 years ago

BRIDGEWATER (NJ)
Courier News/My Central New Jersey

June 20, 2018

By Paul C. Grzella

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington who also served as the Archbishop of Newark and the founding Bishop of Metuchen, is alleged to have sexually abused a minor 47 years ago when he was a priest in the Archdiocese of New York, church officials announced this morning.

As a result of the allegations, called "credible and substantiated" by church officials, the cardinal is stepping down from active ministry.

"While I have absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse, and believe in my innocence, I am sorry for the pain the person who brought the charges has gone through, as well as for the scandal such charges cause our people," McCarrick said in a statement this morning.

He is the believed to be the first cardinal to step down from active ministry for sexually abusing a minor.

According to a statement from the Archdiocese of New York, the allegations were reviewed by an independent board and were found to be credible and substantiated. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, at the direction of Pope Francis, has instructed McCarrick, the now retired Archbishop of Washington, that he is no longer to exercise publicly his priestly ministry, according to the statement.

"Cardinal McCarrick, while maintaining his innocence, has accepted the decision," Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, said in the statement.

Chilean law enforcement question Vatican sex abuse envoy at airport

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Reuters

June 19, 2018

By Aislinn Laing and Dave Sherwood

Chilean prosecutors said on Tuesday they questioned the Vatican’s top sex abuse investigator as he prepared to fly out of the country following a fact-finding and reconciliation mission ordered by the Pope.

Raúl Guzmán, a prosecutor based in the capital Santiago, said he “interrogated” Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta in the police station at Santiago airport in relation to an abuse case involving 25 Marist brothers and 30 alleged victims.

“We arranged an interview with Charles Scicluna that took place in the offices of the investigative police in the airport before his flight,” he told journalists.

Body of priest is exhumed to establish whether he fathered a child decades ago

TEWKSBURY (MA)
The Boston Globe

June 19, 2018

By Michael Rezendes

For 25 years, Jim Graham has tried to prove he is the son of a deceased Catholic priest who grew up in Lowell and graduated from Boston College.

He pulled old adoption records that mention his “alleged father.” He leaned on leaked documents from a friendly priest and petitioned Catholic leaders all the way to Rome, to no avail.

The quest continued Monday afternoon in a Catholic cemetery in Tewksbury, as a backhoe turned up earth on the Rev. Thomas Sullivan’s grave and promised to provide answers once and for all.

“We missed a lot, the two of us,” Graham said, fighting back tears after the exhumation. “Didn’t have much opportunity for father and son.”

Calls for Vatican to sack Adelaide Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson

NEW SOUTH WALES (AUSTRALIA)
9News (nine.com.au)

June 19, 2018

By Kim Robertson

Adelaide Archbishop pleads to avoid prison

Lawyers for Adelaide's Catholic Archbishop have pleaded for him not to be sent to prison, for concealing child sex abuse.

They say he's at risk of falling gravely-ill behind bars, or being attacked by other inmates.

But prosecutors and victims insist Philip Wilson has shown no remorse, and deserves little mercy.

Archbishop Philip Wilson stayed silent as he arrived to face justice at the Newcastle Local Court.

But inside his Defence lawyers pleaded with a Magistrate to spare the Catholic Archbishop jail, arguing he was so ill, he might not survive prison time.

Indian Catholic priest on trial for sex abuse

KERALA (INDIA)
La Croix International

June 19, 2018

By T.K. Devasia, Kochi

He was charged with rape after a schoolgirl gave birth at a church-run hospital

A Catholic priest in India who was arrested more than a year ago on charges of raping and impregnating a 17-year-old schoolgirl, is to stand trial.

Father Robin Vadakkancherry of Mananthavady Diocese was parish priest of St. Sebastian's Church in Kottiyoor at the time of the alleged offense.

The 49-year-old priest was arrested and placed in custody in February 2017 after the girl gave birth to a boy.

His diocese, part of the Syro-Malabar Church, suspended him following his arrest.

Australian prelate: Laity could have prevented ‘catastrophic’ abuse crisis

ROME
Crux

June 20, 2018

By Inés San Martín, John L. Allen Jr, and Christopher White

Arguably, few people in Australia can say they are more on the front lines in picking up the pieces after the recently concluded Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse that was highly critical of the Catholic Church than Archbishop Mark Coleridge, elected as president of the country’s bishops’ conference last month.

Despite the challenges, which also include trials of two of Australia’s most renowned clerics, Archbishop Philip Wilson in Adelaide and Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s finance czar, Coleridge is convinced that when it comes to fighting clerical sexual abuse, a “change in culture” is needed and is already in motion.

“There’s absolutely no room for complacency, but there is room for encouragement,” Coleridge told Crux on Monday in Rome.

Church against abuse laws on confession

TASMANIA
SBS NEWS

June 20, 2018

Australia's Catholic bishops have written to the prime minister opposing laws requiring priests to break the seal of confession to reveal child sexual abuse.

Catholic priests in Tasmania will report child sexual abuse to police but not if it has been revealed during confession.

Australia's Catholic bishops are rejecting moves to force priests to break the seal of confession to reveal child abuse, with the South Australian church declaring its priests will defy new mandatory reporting laws in that state.

The Tasmanian government also plans to extend mandatory reporting to include information disclosed in a religious confession.

The Catholic Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteous backs mandatory reporting but not when it means breaking church law that requires priests to uphold the seal of confession.

June 19, 2018

Nassar victims urge Michigan State board to fire Engler

LANSING (MI)
The Associated Press

June 19, 2018

By Alice Yin

A letter signed by at least 120 sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar on Tuesday urged Michigan State University's governing board to oust interim president John Engler, saying he has reinforced a "culture of abuse" at the school.

The women and girls issued their joint statement three days before the board of trustees' next meeting and after a week in which demands for Engler's resignation reached a fever pitch.

Engler, who served as the state's Republican governor from 1991 through 2002, has resisted pressure to step down. He took over on an interim basis in February after the previous president resigned amid fallout from the Nassar scandal. Media outlets last week reported that he sent emails to another university official in April criticizing lawyers for Nassar's sexual assault victims and suggesting the first woman to go public with her accusations was probably getting a "kickback" from her attorney.

Among the 123 survivors who signed the letter are Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Aly Raisman, and Rachael Denhollander, a former gymnast who has been one of the most vocal critics of Engler.

State child abuse investigator charged with assaulting teen

ST. JOHNS (MI)
The Associated Press

June 18, 2018

A state child abuse and neglect investigator has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenager.

The Lansing State Journal reports 34-year-old Daniel William Hulings of Bath Township is free on bond after being arraigned June 7 on seven counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Clinton County District Court.

Jennifer Kuiper-Weise, an attorney for Hulings, tells the Lansing State Journal her client has pleaded not guilty "and we believe he will be exonerated."

Court records show the victim said she had sexual contact with Hulings on numerous occasions over a period of more than a year beginning when she was 16.

Vatican envoy in Chile says up to Pope to release sex abuse report

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Reuters

June 19, 2018

By Aislinn Laing and Dave Sherwood

The Vatican envoy who was sent to Chile to gather evidence of sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church said it would be up to Pope Francis to decide on whether to release the report of their findings to the country’s civil authorities.

Abuse in the church: Its trauma aired by panel at SBC

DALLAS (TX)
Baptist Press

June 19, 2018

By Karen L. Willoughby

The pastor of an Austin, Texas, Southern Baptist church "finds I'm spending more time in preparation than ever before" for his Sunday morning sermons.
Matt Carter, pastor of preaching and vision at Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, said in a CP Stage panel discussion prior to the SBC annual meeting in Dallas that he weighs his words to make sure they do not send the wrong message to the potential 25 percent of the women in the church who have suffered abuse in their lifetime.

"I'm consistently filtering what I'm saying through the eyes of a woman who has been abused," said Carter, who took the church's entire staff through a week-long training earlier this year to be able to say to all women, "You are safe here."

The 20-minute panel discussion on Sexual Abuse in the Church in the SBC exhibit hall covered a victim's trauma; the churches' response; and how to prepare children for potential situations without scaring them.

The SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore, teacher and author Beth Moore and moderators Jonathan Howe and Amy Whitfield filled out the panel.

Rev. David V. Dobrowolski– Assignment History

ERIE (PA)
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: David Dobrowolski was a priest of the Diocese of Erie, ordained in 1969. He was an assistant in an Erie parish until 1972, when he joined the staff of Kennedy Christian High School in Sharon. While there he may have resided briefly at a West Middlesex parish, moving in 1973 to St. Adalbert's in Farrell. In 1978 Dobrowolski was assigned as chaplain to the Harborcreek School for Boys, which was a treatment facility for 'troubled juveniles,' ages 10-18. He remained there until his death in December 1985.

Dobrowolski's name was included on the diocese's list released April 6, 2018 of priests, lay employees and volunteers accused of sexually abusing minors. The allegations against Dobrowolski were noted to have been reported after his death.

Ordained: 1969
Died: December 28, 1985

EXCLUSIVE: Roman Catholic Bishop Of Providence, Hospital Operators Accused in Pension Lawsuit

PROVIDENCE (RI)
Rhode Island Public Radio

June 19, 2018

By Lynn Arditi

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence and hospital operator Prospect Chartercare, LLC are among the defendants accused of conspiracy and fraud in two class-action lawsuits filed late Monday.

The suits filed in state and federal courts accuse Bishop Thomas Tobin and hospital operators of deliberately underfunding St. Joseph Health Services’s pension plan and then lying about the plan’s financial condition to beneficiaries.

The plan -- which covers at least 2,700 current and former employees of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital -- was left with no source of revenue when the Fatima hospital was sold in 2014 to Prospect Charter, the local arm of the California-based for profit Prospect Medical Holdings. The pension plan is currently in receivership, a form of bankrupty.

The pension was set up as a "church plan,'' which meant it was not federally insured and did not have the same funding requirements as plans covered under the federal Employee Retirement Security Act, or ERISA. The federal lawsuit, however, says the plan did not qualify as a much plan at least since 2009, meaning the plan's operators would have been required to meet specific funding thresholds.

The suit, which asks for unspecified damages, names more than a dozen defendants, including the for-profit Californian-based parent of CharterCare, prospect Medical Holdings, Inc; Roger Williams Medical Center, LLC, The Rhode Island Community Foundation and the Angell Pension Group, Inc.

Another Buffalo Diocesan priest accused of abuse

BUFFALO (NY)
Spectrum Local News

June 18, 2018

By Katie Gibas

Judith Burns-Quinn has been working with victims of priest sex abuse in Western New York for 22 years.

"It's easily Boston West," she said.

Mitchell Garabedian, the attorney for victims of the Boston Diocese, backed up that statement.

"Given the amount of secrecy within the Diocese of Buffalo and the amount of names of pedophile priests being released, I think is fairly accurate. The amount of abuse has been devastating,” he said.

The latest name to come out is Father Dennis Fronczak, who was at St. Stephen's Church on Grand Island in the ‘90s, St. Joseph's Church in Holland in the ‘00s and most recently at Lancaster's Our Lady of Pompeii.

A spokesperson for the Diocese says Fronczak was removed from ministry in 2015, and “information regarding complaints, including some from his time at the parishes of St. Stephen and St. Joseph, was sent to the Vatican. The matter is now the subject of pending canon law proceedings.”

Victims' advocates are rekindling their cry for the Diocese to release all documents related to credible abuse allegations and for the bishop to step down.

Lawsuit alleges El Paso Diocese did not protect alleged sexual abused victim

EL PASO (TX)
KFOX14/CBS4

June 18, 2018

By Jamel Valencia

A victim who alleges abuse by a priest is suing the El Paso Diocese.

The lawsuit alleges the Rev. Joaquin Resma sexually abused an altar boy in 1978 at Our Lady of Health Parish in Las Cruces.

Documents state that at the time of the alleged incident, El Paso Diocese was in charge of the parishes in southern New Mexico, including Our Lady of Health Parish.

Attorneys for the victim claims the El Paso Diocese failed to protect their client.

Resma is accused of sexually abusing the victim on multiple occasions.

Australian bishop to be sentenced next month for cover-up

NEWCASTLE (AUSTRALIA)
The Associated Press

June 19, 2018

A prosecutor told an Australian court on Tuesday that the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse must be jailed to send a message that such institutional cover-ups will no longer be tolerated.

Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone said he would sentence Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson on July 3.

Stone last month found Wilson guilty in the Newcastle Local Court of failing to report to police the repeated abuse of two altar boys by a pedophile priest in the Hunter Valley region north of Sydney during the 1970s. Wilson faces a potential maximum sentence of two years in prison.

The conviction is another step toward holding the church to account for a global abuse crisis that has also engulfed Pope Francis' financial minister, Australian Cardinal George Pell. Some lawyers said they expect many more clerics to be charged in Australia as a result of Wilson's test case.

Prosecutor Gareth Harrison told a hearing Tuesday to determine an appropriate sentence that there was a "breach of trust" between the vulnerable teen, who — along with another altar boy — came forward in 1976 with allegations against a priest who later died in prison.

Australia must realise: priests will never break the seal of the confessional

AUSTRALIA
Catholic Herald

June 18, 2018

By Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

If the Australian state wants to make martyrs over the seal, it will find plenty of candidates

The saga about mandatory reporting of child abuse in Australia, where it seems that the law will now compel priests to break the seal of confession, carries on.

It must give the virtue-signalers amongst Australia’s legislators great pleasure to say that the Catholic Church is not above the law, but this legislation will hardly help the protection of children. It will simply mean that no one who has abused anyone, or been tempted to do so, will ever dare to discuss the matter with a priest, still less confess to the sin in the sacrament of reconciliation.

Moreover, one Australian priest has a very good point: “The only way they [the states] would be able to see whether the law was being observed or not is to try and entrap priests.”

Quite so. Will the agents of law enforcement in Australia now pose as penitents and enter confessionals with tape recorders in the hope that of finding a priest who does not report child abuse? Such things have been done before, though in a different context. It is by no means impossible that this might happen, as it is hard to see otherwise how any arrests could ever be made.

Australian priests ‘willing to go to jail’ rather than break confessional seal

CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA)
Catholic News Agency

June 18, 2018

As Australian states and territories pass and consider laws requiring priests to break the seal of confession to report cases of child sex abuse, Catholic priests are saying they would go to jail rather than violate the seal.

“The state will be requiring us as Catholic priests to commit as what we regard as the most serious crime and I’m not willing to do that,” said Father Michael Whelan, a parish priest at St. Patrick’s Church in Sydney, according to local news.

Whelan added that he, along with other priests, would be “willing to go to jail” rather than break the seal of confession. When asked if the Church was above the law, Whelan said “absolutely not” and remarked he would only be protecting religious freedom.

“…when the state tries to intervene on our religious freedom, undermine the essence of what it means to be a Catholic, we will resist,” he said.

Queensland government to set up task force after reviewing Royal Commission recommendations

QUEENSLAND (AUSTRALIA)
The Catholic Leader

June 19, 2018

By Mark Bowling

THE Queensland Government is to set up a Truth, Healing and Reconciliation task force after accepting more than half of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse.

The government has accepted or “accepted in principle” 244 of the 409 Royal Commission recommendations, and says a task force will be set up within months to carry them out.

The move builds on the state’s opt-in to the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse.

The taskforce will support government efforts to make “attitudinal and cultural change” recommended by the Royal Commission, and will administer a grants program for events and memorials to acknowledge past harms and to remind the community of the need to protect children.

“Queensland is fully committed to ensuring Queensland Government institutions are child safe, and to supporting and encouraging community and non-government institutions to actively become child safe,” a 121-page state government response to the Royal Commission said.

On 26 key recommendations to the Catholic Church the Queensland government describes as “noted” Royal Commission recommendations, but does not specifically endorse them.

Abuse redress scheme clears parliament

AUSTRALIA
SBS News

June 18, 2018

Legislation establishing the national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors has passed parliament.

The $3.8 billion national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors has passed federal parliament, despite concerns it doesn't go far enough.

The scheme is set to be operational on July 1 after Labor, the Greens and crossbenchers agreed not to delay the passage of legislation through the Senate.

The bill passed the upper house on Tuesday afternoon, after senators debated the scheme late into Monday night.

Victorian independent Senator Derryn Hinch angrily accused the government of "double-crossing" the parliamentary committee into the scheme he chaired.

He expressed surprise the maximum payout was in line with the Catholic Church's push for $150,000 rather than the $200,000 recommended by the child abuse royal commission.

"I've been unable to find out not only who suggested the 150K, but also who lobbied for it and who signed off on it," Senator Hinch told parliament.

He demanded to know how the figure was arrived at.

Southern Baptists mull what’s next on confronting, preventing abuse

DALLAS (TX)
Religion News Service

June 15, 2018

By Adelle M. Banks

The sermons, the hymn singing and the floor debates of the Southern Baptists’ annual meeting have concluded, but a key question remains: How will the denomination address the issues of sexual and physical abuse that loomed over the proceedings?

At this week’s (June 12-13) meeting, there was a sense that the nation’s largest Protestant denomination has only started down a long road toward an answer after months of scandals. Days before the Southern Baptists arrived here, Paige Patterson, an architect of the faith group’s conservative turn in the 1980s, was ousted from the presidency of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary after reports arose of his mishandling rape allegations by students. Other former luminaries have been accused of abuse or left positions unexpectedly due to immoral behavior.

The alleged untoward behavior by Southern Baptist leaders forced many of the messengers, as delegates to this meeting are called, to grapple with how to rein in abuse while respecting the autonomy of the convention’s local churches. One step that the messengers took was to pass a nonbinding statement that suggested that “church and ministry leaders have an obligation to implement policies and practices that protect against and confront any form of abuse.”

ERLC: New initiatives on women, abuse

CARY (NC)
Baptist Press

June 18 2018

By Tom Strode

Russell Moore announced new initiatives on women and abuse during the report of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) Wednesday (June 13) at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

Moore, the ERLC’s president, said the entity will convene a women’s summit as a major part of its work in the year ahead. He also told messengers the ERLC is partnering with LifeWay Research in commissioning a full-scale study on the extent of abuse in churches.

The announcement of the initiatives followed months of what Moore described as “horrible, horrible revelations” of sexual abuse and assault. Those disclosures of abuse and misconduct by male leaders in churches and the secular world have rocked Southern Baptists, other evangelicals and the wider culture.

The ERLC will gather women from across the SBC and the evangelical world “to think through ways to enhance our ministries and invest in our churches,” Moore told messengers. “There should not be one inch of toleration for the abuse or mistreatment of women or others within our churches, and if we care about human dignity, we must be clear about that.

Breaking confession seal may not help prevent abuse, say bishops

NEW ZEALAND
Radio NZ

June 19, 2018

By Phil Pennington

New Zealand Catholic Bishops say there is no evidence that breaking the seal of confession would keep children safer.

Australian states are moving to prosecute priests who don't report confessions of child sex abuse, despite opposition from the church.

"Confession is often not understood," the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference said in a statement to RNZ today.

"In many cases the one making a confession remains unidentified. In any case, as has been said by members of the Church in Australia, we note that there is no evidence to suggest that abolition of the seal of confession would genuinely make environments safer for children."

Catholics are regulated by canon law, which states that the "sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner and for any reason".

A priest who breaks the seal of confession is subject to the Church's toughest penalty, automatic excommunication, and only the Pope can reverse that.

The bishops conference said it was considering how its Australian counterpart was responding to the Royal Commission's recommendations and noted it had set up an implementation advisory group.

The Archbishop Philip Wilson case

AUSTRALIA
AAP via 9news

June 19, 2018

ARCHBISHOP PHILIP WILSON'S TRIAL:

WHO

Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson, 67, is the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged with covering up child sex abuse.

WHAT

Wilson was accused of failing to report to police the repeated abuse of two altar boys by pedophile priest James Fletcher in the NSW Hunter region in the 1970s.

Fletcher was found guilty in December 2004 of nine counts of child sexual abuse.

One of the victims, Peter Creigh, expected Wilson - an assistant priest at the time - to take action after he told him Fletcher repeatedly abused him when he was 10 in 1971.

Kristen Lovullo, wife of Diamondbacks' manager, accuses priest of abuse in 1990s

ARIZONA
Arizona Republic

June 18, 2018

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Correction & Clarifications: An earlier version of this article misstated the location of the parishes of St. Joseph and St. Stephen. Both are in New York.

Kristen Lovullo, wife of Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo, has accused a priest of fondling her when she was a child in New York in the 1990s, according to the Buffalo News.

The news outlet recently had written about Rev. Dennis Fronczak and why he was abruptly removed from his parish in Lancaster, New York, in 2015. The article said he was removed for inappropriate behavior. The Buffalo Diocese would not comment on the allegations, but told The Arizona Republic that the case remains under investigation, according to spokesman George Richert.

Southern Baptists and #MeToo: Advocates for church sex abuse victims push for reform

UNITED STATES
Salon.com

June 18, 2018

By Ashlie D. Stevens

A proposal for a church-wide registry of sexual abusers and harassers gets new life after a decade of dormancy

In 2008, The Nashville Scene published an article titled “What Would Jesus Say?” In it, journalist Elizabeth Ulrich wrote that churchgoers were asking for protection against clergy sex abuse, but the Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention said “there was little it could do to fend for the flock."

At the time, the Southern Baptist Convention -- the world’s largest Baptist denomination with roughly 15 million members -- was under fire for several instances of sexual abuse within their member churches.

There was the 2007 case of Steven Haney, the Cordova, Tennessee-based pastor who was indicted on charges of rape and sexual battery by an authority figure after a 21-year-old man told police Haney had molested him over the course of five years; the man said Haney subjected him to “obedience tests” during which he was forced to perform various sex acts.

Wilson must be sacked and jailed: victims

AUSTRALIA
9News (nine.com.au)

June 19, 2018

The most senior Catholic official in the world to be convicted of concealing child sex crimes should be jailed by a NSW magistrate and sacked by the Pope, abuse victims say.

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson stood aside but refused to resign after he was found guilty in May of failing to report to police the historical indecent assault of two altar boys.

The 67-year-old must wait two weeks to learn his fate but abuse survivor Peter Creigh says Wilson should be locked up to send a message to religious leaders that institutional cover-ups will no longer be tolerated.

Pedophile priest James Fletcher repeatedly abused Mr Creigh in the Hunter region during the 1970s but when the teen went to Wilson for help the clergyman did nothing.

June 18, 2018

Would-be Indian child bride fights back and helps others

UTTAR PRADESH (INDIA)
CNN

June 18, 2018

By Masuma Ahuja

Rajni Devi liked school and had big dreams. She was not going to end up like so many other girls in India: married off as a child bride.

Rajni was 14 years old when her mother told her she must get married, but she refused. She was determined to stay in school, and she wasn't ready to be a mother yet.

However, for a girl in rural India, it wasn't as simple as just saying no.

According to UNICEF, India has the highest number of child brides in the world, with about 17 million children between the ages of 10 and 19 in the country who are married.

This despite the fact that child marriage in India was officially outlawed in 2006. And earlier this year, in an attempt to protect child brides, India's Supreme Court ruled that sex with minors was considered rape.

Fr Tony McAleese ordained for the Diocese of Down and Connor

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

June 18, 2018

A former catering manager has been ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Down and Connor.

Fr Tony McAleese was ordained by Bishop Noel Treanor at a Mass in the Church of St Vincent de Paul on Sunday.

He is the first priest originally from Belfast's St Vincent de Paul parish to be ordained there in 50 years.

The 34-year-old is a native of the Ligoneil area in north Belfast and said it was a wonderful occasion.

He felt that his late mother would have been with him in spirit for his ordination, he said.

Professor who outed pervy colleague resigns over school’s response

ROCHESTER (NY)
The Associated Press

June 16, 2018

A professor who was named one of Time magazine’s 2017 Persons of the Year for outing a colleague accused of sexual misconduct has resigned from the University of Rochester over the university’s handling of complaints against him.

Celeste Kidd said Friday that the university had not meaningfully responded to problems that she and several other faculty members raised in a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last fall about T. Florian Jaeger, a professor of brain and cognitive sciences.

Jaeger was accused of flaunting sexual relationships with students, using uncomfortable sexual innuendo and holding off-site lab retreats that featured hot tubs and illegal drugs.

A special committee in January supported the university’s finding that Jaeger had not violated policy or law but called his behavior over several years since his arrival in 2007 unprofessional and offensive.

Was there a residential school near you? Find out with our interactive map

CANADA
CBC News

June 18, 2018

More than 130 schools were in operation across Canada

For more than 100 years, First Nations, Inuit and Métis children were taken from their families to attend residential schools, which were run by churches and funded by the federal government.

Students lost their language, culture and family bonds. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) final report said the residential school system amounted to "cultural genocide" against Indigenous people in Canada.

In 2008, the federal government formally apologized for the residential school system and other policies of assimilation.

Trainee priest claims he was victim of sexual abuse at religious college in Mirfield

LONDON (ENGLAND)
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

June 14, 2018

By Martin Shaw

Peter Murray launches claim at the High Court in London over historical abuse

An author who says his whole adult life has been overshadowed by sexual abuse he suffered at a Mirfield religious school is now battling for compensation.

Peter Murray, 60, had ambitions to become a priest when he went to St Peter Claver College in the 1970s, London’s High Court heard.

But he now says he was subjected to a campaign of abuse at the hands of a teacher – the now-deceased Michael Riddle – when he was aged between 14 and 16.

And he is suing the religious order that ran the school – the Sons of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – for the destruction wrought on his childhood and adult life.

The order “neither admits nor denies” that he suffered abuse at Mr Riddle’s hands and is strongly disputing the value of Mr Murray’s claim.

Kauai man sentenced for child pornography, sex abuse

LIHUE (KAUAI, HAWAII)
Hawaii News Now

June 15, 2018

A Lihue man will spend 25 years behind bars after pleading guilty to numerous sexual offenses involving young children.

According to the Department of Justice, 38-year-old Michael Terui was sentenced Thursday on four counts of manufacturing child pornography.

The DOJ says Terui was an outreach resource for his father's church. Through that position in the ministry, officials say he lured dozens of kids during sleep overs and gatherings, and molested them.

He would entice the children with video games and movies. Once he earned their trust, the DOJ said he used hidden and handheld cameras to record sexual acts.

The DOJ says his victims ranged in age from 7 to 13 years old, and the abuse took place for more than a decade.

"Terui engaged in sex acts with the children, often while they were sleeping (or pretending to sleep)," the DOJ said in a news release.

Chief Judge Seabright called Terui's actions "shocking, abhorrent, callous, and devastating" at his sentencing. Seabright added that Terui's actions "left a trail of pain" and was the "worst type of breach of trust possible."

Catholic leaders 'willing to go to jail' to uphold seal of confession and not report child sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

June 15, 2018

By Katherine Gregory

Catholic priests have said they are not willing to break the seal of confession to report child sex abuse, and would rather go to jail than abide by the law.

South Australia has joined the ACT in moving ahead with laws to force Catholic priests to break the seal of confession, to report paedophiles to police.

Other states are still deliberating over whether or not they will adopt that recommendation from the royal commission.

But Catholic Church leaders have rejected the idea.

Father Michael Whelan, the parish priest in St Patrick's Church Hill in Sydney, said priests would not break the seal of confession.

Priest who confessed to abuse 1500 times ‘proves need for change’

AUSTRALIA
The New Daily

June 14, 2018

By Lucie Morris-Marr

A paedophile priest who admitted to child abuse on more than 1500 occasions but was just told to “pray more” should be a “prime example” for the Catholic Church to allow breaking the seal of confession, advocates have told The New Daily.

Father Michael McArdle made an affidavit in 2004 stating he had confessed 1500 times to molesting children to 30 different priests over a 25-year period.

After being forgiven 1500 times in face-to-face confessions with his fellow priests, the Queenslander was told merely to “go home and pray”.

A senior catholic figure, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, this week immediately rejected Malcolm Turnbull’s commitment to make it law across all states to break the seal of the confession to report abuse. His remarks have prompted campaigners to urge the church to “examine history” and abide to the change.

They say the example of McArdle shows the “vital need” for priests to be told by senior leaders they should report crimes to authorities.

Clergy abuse victims in Syracuse Diocese face deadline

SYRACUSE (NY)
WSKG

June 18, 2018

By Gabe Altieri

Monday is the deadline for some people abused as children by clergy in the Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese to decide whether to participate in the diocese’s compensation program, or wait to see if state lawmakers pass a bill that would extend the statute of limitations, so they could sue later.

That bill is the Child Victims Act. Besides extending the statute of limitations for people abused as children to sue, it would also open a one-year window, so that those previously barred through the statute of limitations to bring their case to court could do so.

“But that’s not the law and so we’re stuck with what we have,” said Attorney Mike Reck, who represents victims in the Syracuse Diocese.

Under current law, people abused as children must sue by the time they’re 23. That means one of the only options many victims in Syracuse have is the compensation program, “which is a process that, while it’s not perfect, it does offer some accountability, some measure of justice, and it’s available now,” Reck said.

Clergy abuse victims in Syracuse diocese have a decision to make

BINGHAMTON (NY)
The Innovation Trail

June 18, 2018

By Gabe Altieri

Some people abused as children by clergy in the Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese must decide by June 18 whether to participate in the diocese's compensation program, or wait to see if state lawmakers pass a bill that would extend the statute of limitations, so they could sue later.

The Diocese of Syracuse includes the Binghamton and Cortland areas.
That bill is the Child Victims Act. Besides extending the statute of limitations for people abused as children to sue, it would also open a one-year window, so that those previously barred through the statute of limitations to bring their case to court could do so.

“But that’s not the law and so we’re stuck with what we have,” said Attorney Mike Reck, who represents victims in the Syracuse Diocese.

Under current law, people abused as children must sue by the time they’re 23. That means one of the only options many victims in Syracuse have is the compensation program, “which is a process that, while it’s not perfect, it does offer some accountability, some measure of justice, and it’s available now,” Reck said.

Priest shielded from testifying in sexual abuse case

TALLAHASSEE (FL)
News 4 JAX

June 18, 2018

By Jim Saunders

Pointing to a state religious-freedom law, an appeals court has shielded a priest from testifying about his discussion with a teenage girl during the Catholic sacrament of confession about the girl being sexual abused.

The ruling Friday by a panel of the 5th District Court of Appeal in an Orange County case sided with priest Vincenzo Ronchi, who argued that the Catholic Church bars priests from disclosing any aspects of communications during confession -- more formally known as the sacrament of reconciliation -- and that disclosure could even lead to excommunication from the church.

Prosecutors subpoenaed Ronchi to testify in the case of Loren Tim Burton, who was charged last year with committing sexual offenses against a minor when she was 7 years old and 13 years old. The alleged victim, prosecutors said, told Ronzi during confession when she was 15 years old that she had been sexually abused.

The criminal investigation began after the alleged victim, at age 17, told her mother about the abuse, the appeals-court ruling said.

Orange County Circuit Judge John Marshall Kest ruled that Ronchi could be questioned about the limited issues of “the existence of the confession, the identity of the penitent (the alleged victim), and that the subject matter involved sexual abuse,” the appeals court ruling said. Kest’s ruling focused, at least in part, on a conversation that Ronchi had with the teen’s mother and a friend of the mother and whether that waived “privilege” that otherwise could keep the priest from being required to testify.

Pope met with brother of Chilean priest found guilty of abuse

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

June 18, 2018

By Junno Arocho Esteves

The brother of Chilean Father Fernando Karadima called on his brother to ask forgiveness for the hurt inflicted on those he sexually abused.

“I would ask him to be humble. Fernando, ask for forgiveness. Not in silence to God or in your prayers. Do it publicly, that people hear that you ask forgiveness for the harm you have done to victims and to everyone,” Oscar Karadima said in an interview with Chilean newspaper La Tercera, published June 17.

“Fernando,” he continued, “you are a man who is going to die. How can you die in this way, as a proud person who doesn’t ask forgiveness? I ask you in the name of God and the most holy virgin who you always said you loved so much. I ask you in the name of my father, my mother, my two dead sisters.”

Oscar Karadima also revealed that he was among the group of priests and laypeople who met with Pope Francis June 2 and spoke to him about the suffering his family endured following the revelation that his brother was found guilty of sexual abuse.

“I spoke to him about Fernando; I told him what Fernando was like with his family, with us: He was an arrogant man, authoritarian, a man we were afraid of and that even my mother was afraid of him,” Oscar Karadima said.

Rozzi: Child sex abuse is not just a Catholic problem

HARRISBURG (PA)
Office of State Rep. Mark Rozzi

June 18, 2018

Survivors, advocates rallied at state Capitol for statute of limitations reforms

State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, led a rally at the state Capitol last Tuesday to highlight the long overdue need for reform of Pennsylvania’s laws affecting victims of childhood sexual abuse.

The 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury Report based upon allegations of sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania is expected to be released by the end of the month. The dioceses include Harrisburg, Greensburg, Allentown, Pittsburgh, Erie, and Scranton. Preceding its release, Rozzi called upon all Roman Catholic bishops to support reforms through Tuesday’s rally.

“Childhood sex abuse is a plague that has scourged this state and beyond,” Rozzi said. “The Bishops have the unique opportunity to demonstrate the church’s commitment to ending the culture of abuse and its systematic cover-up”.

Jury awards $1.1 million to Sonoma Valley boys home whistleblower

SONOMA (CA)
The Press Democrat

June 14, 2018

By Mary Callahan

A Sonoma County jury has awarded $1.1 million to the plaintiff in a whistleblower case against the Hanna Boys Center, finding the former clinical director was wrongly terminated for speaking up about bullying, drug use and other unaddressed concerns at the home for troubled boys.

Tim Norman, who worked as the center’s head of clinical care for 31 years before his November 2016 dismissal, said the verdict came as a huge relief after many years of stress and a three-week civil trial.

But Norman, 73, said he also was struck by the contrast between the speed with which the jury understood his plight and what he called the failure of the institution’s own trustees to respond to concerns with direct implications for client health and safety.

“That’s the thing that is very unclear in my mind,” Norman said. “They didn’t seem to be paying attention to their fiduciary responsibility. Because, they’re really in charge.”

Mark Rozzi pitches another push for retroactive reform to child sex crimes

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Penn Live

Jun 12, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

In all the years that Rep. Mark Rozzi has been fighting to reform state child sex crimes laws, he has excoriated the power brokers for the Roman Catholic Church for pushing back on any reform legislation.

On Tuesday, just weeks away from the release of the findings of a state probe into clergy sex abuse across Pennsylvania, Rozzi once again called for measures to expand the law, this time noting that: "Child sex abuse is not just a Catholic problem."

At a Capitol rally, Rozzi invited victims, survivors and relatives of victims from across the dark specter of child sex abuse to call on lawmakers and influential power brokers to get behind legislation that would expand the statute of limitations, giving past and future victims broader opportunities to seek legal recourse against predators.

Man sues scoutmaster who allegedly molested and raped him as a boy multiple times

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

June 14, 2018

By Jasmine Stole Weiss

A man identified only as E.G.W. in federal court documents filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Boy Scouts of America and his former assistant scoutmaster, seeking $5 million in damages.

The man alleges his then-scoutmaster raped and molested him when he was an adolescent in the 1970s, according to the lawsuit.

Colorado public schools are paying millions to settle lawsuits when educators fail to report sex abuse of students, but those educators avoid legal consequences

DENVER( CO)
The Denver Post

June 15, 2018
Updated June 17, 2018

By Christopher N. Osher

The state’s mandatory reporting law is poorly understood and seldom enforced

The principal caught an incriminating sight when she walked by the classroom: The male math teacher was sitting provocatively close to the 13-year-old student perched on his desk wearing a short skirt. But the principal did nothing other than warn the teacher, after the student exited, to act more professionally.

Throughout the spring of 2011, rumors flew around the hallways at Rocky Heights Middle School in Highlands Ranch about the teacher, Richard “Rick” Johnson, and young girls. After Johnson plastered his office walls with photos of another eighth-grade girl he liked to hug, students talked about how he must be having sex with her. At least three students and two parents told school administrators that Johnson was cultivating an inappropriate relationship with the student, but the officials continued to sit on the information, according to documents in a federal lawsuit. Not until parents went to police was Johnson investigated, charged and convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl he began showering with affection the year before.

A key state law is supposed to defend Colorado’s vulnerable children in such instances. The law classifies school authorities, teachers, clergy and more than 40 other professions as “mandatory reporters,” who are required to alert police or child-protection workers to any suspected physical or sexual abuse of children.

Expect more 'lie, deny and cover-up': Ex-Philly DA pessimistic ahead of report on church

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Penn Live

June 14, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

A little over 15 years ago, right after The Boston Globe published a bombshell investigation exposing decades of widespread sexual abuse of children at the hands of hundreds of priests in the Archdiocese of Boston, Lynne Abraham hit upon the notion that if it was happening there it was surely happening in her hometown.

Then Philadelphia's district attorney, Abraham launched what would become a legal benchmark in state history: She organized an investigation into child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It would be the longest-running investigation into clergy sex abuse and put Pennsylvania on the map of jurisdictions that most aggressively have gone after child sex predators.

Abraham dogged the investigation for several years, amassing a team of investigators numbering in the hundreds and subpoenaing church documents and officials from every rank - from the lowliest priest to the highest ranking cardinal.

Priest on the run

GUAM
KUAM News

June 18, 2018

By Krystal Paco

Father Adrian Cristobal had until the end of day last Friday to report to the Archdiocese of Agana. The no-show priest now faces sanctions by the Church. But, could also potentially face criminal charges.

Effective Saturday, June 16th, Father Adrian Cristobal is forbidden from acting as a priest in public. No wearing of the clerical garb, no celebrating mass, and no hearing confession. These sanctions were imposed by Archbishop Michael Byrnes who ordered Father Adrian return to Guam in light of three clergy sexual abuse lawsuits filed against him.

The former Chancellor had until the end of Friday to report to the Archdiocese of Agana. His last confirmed location was the Diocese of Phoenix, where he was reportedly studying canon law. The Concerned Catholics of Guam speculate the priest could be in hiding in the east coast.

CCOG President Dave Sablan told KUAM News, "I think Adrian is in New York somewhere or Newark, New Jersey, which is basically the headquarters for the Neocatechumenal Way." Sablan added, "We expected it. He is now a fugitive on the run."

Bishops OK directives, abuse charter revisions at spring meeting

FORT LAUDERDALE (FL)
Catholic News Service

June 18, 2018

New medical directives governing health care partnerships and revisions to the charter on the protection of young people were approved during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' spring general assembly.

During their June 13-14 meeting, the bishops also approved what is described a "pastoral response" to Asian and Pacific Island Catholics and, after a long discussion, they decided to supplement their quadrennial document on Catholic participation in public life with a short letter, a video and other supplementary materials.

The meeting opened with a statement decrying Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision that asylum seekers fleeing domestic or gang violence cannot find protection in the United States.

"At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life," the bishops' statement said. They urged the nation's policymakers and courts "to respect and enhance, not erode, the potential of our asylum system to preserve and protect the right to life."

Former Utah primary teacher at LDS church branch accused of sexually abusing child

WEST JORDAN (UT)
KSL.com

June 17, 2018

By Linda Williams

Police arrested a West Jordan man accused of sexual abuse of an 8-year-old girl from his LDS Church congregation and authorities believe there may be more victims.

Sean Sund, 45, was arrested Thursday for investigation of five counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child. Sund had a position of trust over the girl because he was a Primary teacher in her LDS Church branch, police said.

Paynter urges CBF to break sex abuse ‘culture of complicity’

DALLAS (TX)
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

June 15, 2018

By Carrie McGuffin

Suzii Paynter challenged the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to “break a culture of complicity” in regard to clergy sexual abuse.

#MeToo, #ChurchToo and clergy sexual abuse and misconduct were the focus when Paynter presented her executive coordinator’s report to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship general assembly in Dallas.

‘Not an isolated incident’

She asked people in attendance to stand if they had any connection to incidents, victims or survivors of clergy sexual abuse and misconduct.

“Look around. This is not an isolated incident,” Paynter said, as nearly half of attendees.

“This is worth the honor and work of church leadership,” she said. “If you are a man in ministry, if you are a layperson in leadership in your church—don’t wait for women to demand training. Be proactive.

Mormon church knew of former Missionary Training Center leader’s past abuse history, says woman in new court filing

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
The Associated Press

June 14, 2018

By Brady McCombs

A woman who says a former leader of the Mormon Missionary Training Center raped her in the 1980s accused church officials in a new court filing this week of knowing about the man’s previous sexual misconduct before he was appointed to the powerful position.

McKenna Denson’s attorneys allege in a court document filed Tuesday that Joseph L. Bishop disclosed to church leaders his “acts of sexual predation” while he was a mission president in Argentina in the late 1970s.

“Instead of informing McKenna of the truth about this self-proclaimed, lifelong sexual predator, defendants represented to McKenna, the public, and members of the church that defendant Bishop was a safe, honorable, and trustworthy leader,” Denson’s attorneys wrote.

Silence Is Not Spiritual: The Evangelical #MeToo Movement

DALLAS (TX)
The New Yorker

June 15, 2018

By Eliza Griswold

On Wednesday, as ten thousand members of the Southern Baptist Convention gathered outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, in downtown Dallas, for the denomination’s annual conference, about two dozen women stood on faded grass nearby. They carried white banners with black-and-blue-lettered slogans, such as, “Calling Women to Preach Since the First Easter Morning,” and “I Can Call It Evil Because I Know What Goodness Is.” They were there to represent a protest movement, which includes such groups as #SilenceIsNotSpiritual and #ChurchToo, and has the potential to transform evangelicalism, by pressing churches to condemn domestic abuse, training pastors in caring for victims, and allowing women to assume positions of leadership. “God values women,” Ashley Easter, a protest organizer, told me.

Among the demonstrators was Autumn Miles, a thirty-seven-year-old evangelical leader and domestic-abuse survivor. Miles, who has a cascade of tousled hair that she describes as “fluorescent blond,” grew up as the daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor, in Terre Haute, Indiana. She married her high-school boyfriend when she was eighteen; after six years of physical and psychological abuse, she filed for divorce. Miles said that a panel of seven male elders at her family’s church called her in to explain her decision, instructing her father not to attend. “I know it might sound weird, but I could feel the presence of evil,” Miles said. They asked her to return to her abuser. She refused and left the church. When her father defended her, he was fired. Since then, Miles has told her story to many evangelical congregations, while speaking about the need to reform teachings on sexual and domestic abuse.

Lawsuit over decades-old abuse of Idaho scouts charges fraud by BSA, church; link to full story

BOISE (ID)
Idaho Press

June 17, 2018

By Betsy Z. Russell

Eight years after the Idaho Supreme Court dismissed their claim for damages against the Boy Scouts of America, three victims of decades-old childhood sexual abuse are once again seeking justice through Idaho’s legal system. To find it, they’ve launched a novel legal claim involving fraud. Attorneys debated it for hours in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho Friday afternoon. The lawsuit now has six plaintiffs; all say they were sexually abused by Boy Scout leaders in Idaho — many of them sponsored by the Mormon Church — between 1969 and 1983. You can read reporter Tommy Simmons' full story here from Saturday’s Idaho Press.

Letter: Leaving Catholic Church is not the right answer

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

June 18, 2018

A recent letter implied that Catholics who are troubled by the priest sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church should look to another faith to ease their minds and find comfort. I beg to differ.

If you want to leave the Catholic Church over this, or the fact that it doesn’t ordain women, go ahead and take the easy way out and leave. My faith means more to me than that and I would hope yours does, too.

That seems to be society’s way today; when things don’t go the way we want, we just pack up our bags and move on to something else. In this case, another religion. Is your faith that disposable? Mine isn’t.

Rather, those of us who are Catholic should stand by the one true Christian church. The church that started it all. Our founder was Jesus Christ, and as great as some of the other Christian religion founders were, none can claim its founder was greater than the Catholic Church’s.

'Cultural misunderstanding' says lawyer of LDS primary teacher accused of child sex abuse

SALT LAAKE CITY (UT)
KUTV

June 15, 2018

By RaeAnn Christensen

After a former LDS primary teacher was charged Friday morning with child sex abuse, his attorney claims it is merely a "cultural misunderstanding."

"He’s fighting it. He looks absolutely forward to clearing his name,” said Clayton Simms, a criminal defense attorney representing 45-year-old Sean David Sund.

Sund was charged with 5 felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

Priests who don't report sex abuse confessions could be fined in Australia and changes could flow through to NZ

NEW ZEALAND
RNZ

June 17, 2018

By Phil Pennington

Some Catholic priests across the Tasman will soon be facing a $10,000 fine if someone confesses child sex abuse to them and they don't report it to the police.

Both South Australia and ACT have law changes coming to crack open the confessional.

It is expected that the confession-breaking laws could spread nationwide, as part of the federal government's recently released response to the Royal Commission into child sex abuse's recommendations.

An adviser to the Royal Commission, Professor Des Cahill, said the implications extended to New Zealand.

Florida appeals court shields priest from testifying in Orange County sexual abuse case

ORLANDO (FL)
Orlando Weekly

June 18, 2018

By Jim Saunders

Pointing to a state religious-freedom law, an appeals court has shielded a priest from testifying about his discussion with a teenage girl during the Catholic sacrament of confession about the girl being sexual abused.

The ruling Friday by a panel of the 5th District Court of Appeal in an Orange County case sided with priest Vincenzo Ronchi, who argued that the Catholic Church bars priests from disclosing any aspects of communications during confession —- more formally known as the sacrament of reconciliation —- and that disclosure could even lead to excommunication from the church.

Prosecutors subpoenaed Ronchi to testify in the case of Loren Tim Burton, who was charged last year with committing sexual offenses against a minor when she was 7 years old and 13 years old. The alleged victim, prosecutors said, told Ronzi during confession when she was 15 years old that she had been sexually abused.

Former LDS church primary teacher arrested for child sex abuse

WEST JORDAN (UT)
FOX13 News

June 15, 2018

By Ashton Edwards and Danica Lawrence

A former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Primary teacher is facing child sex abuse charges in West Jordan.

Police arrested 45-year-old Sean David Sund Thursday night on five counts of aggravated child sexual abuse.

An 8-year-old victim told police Sund had regular sleepovers at his house for children, mostly from the LDS ward.

That is where she said Sund sexually abused her on multiple occasions.

Father Adrian fails to return to Guam by June 15 deadline

GUAM
Pacific News Center

June 16, 2018

By Jolene Toves

Father Adrian Cristobal has appearantly gone into hiding admist accusations that he sexually assaulted two individuals when they were minors.

The allegations of sexual abuse were filed against him in April and May of this year.

When the first allegation surfaced Father Adrian was listed as a priest on mission at the Archdiocese of Phoenix.

Following the the first sexual abuse complaint Archbishop Michael Byrnes issued the directive for him to return to island.

While Archbishop Brynes indicated that he had communicated with Father Adrian in April, the accused priest did not confirm that he would comply with the directive.

Brother of pedophile priest urges him to apologize to save his soul

ROME
Crux

June 18, 2018

By Inés San Martín

After an undisclosed meeting with Pope Francis on June 1, one of the younger brothers of Chile’s most notorious pedophile priest says he long ago lost any doubt regarding the guilt of Father Fernando Karadima, who’s been found guilty of multiple counts of abuse, and asked his brother to admit his crimes and apologize.

“I would ask for him to be humble,” said Óscar Karadima to the Chilean newspaper La Tercera.

“Fernando, ask for forgiveness. Not in silence to God, not in your prayers. Make it public, so that people hear you apologize for the hurt that you’ve caused to victims and everyone.”

“Fernando, you are a man who’s going to die. How do you dare to die like this, as a prideful man who doesn’t apologize?” Óscar Karadima said when asked what he’d tell his brother if he had the chance to speak with him again, something he said he hasn’t done since 2012, a year after the Vatican found Fernando guilty on several counts of sexual abuse and abuses of power and conscience.

Diocese of Palm Beach blasts priest, asks high court to reject lawsuit

PALM BEACH (FL)
Palm Beach Post

June 13, 2018

By Jane Musgrave

Describing Rev. John Gallagher as a disgruntled priest who falsely accused church leaders of trying to cover up sex abuse by a visiting cleric, the Diocese of Palm Beach on Wednesday urged the Florida Supreme Court not to revive the defamation lawsuit Gallagher filed against the church.
An appeals court was right in May when it threw out the Gallagher’s lawsuit, ruling that the First Amendment prohibits secular courts from meddling in religious affairs, said a team of lawyers from Coral Gables and Washington, D.C., that represent the diocese.

Under what is known as the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine, matters of clergy discipline are off-limits to secular courts, the West Palm Beach-based 4th District Court of Appeal ruled.

Papal envoy seeks forgiveness in divided Chilean diocese victimized by predator priest

OSORNO (CHILE)
The Associated Press

June 18, 2018

A papal emissary asked forgiveness Sunday from Roman Catholics in a region of Chile where people bitterly protested a now-resigned bishop who had once been a lieutenant of the country’s most notorious predator priest.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna said a Mass and told worshippers that “Pope Francis has given me the task of asking pardon from all of the faithful in the diocese of Osorno.”

The pope at one point had dismissed complaints against Bishop Juan Barros as “stupid.” But he switched course after ordering an investigation led by Scicluna and himself meeting with victims of abuse. A week ago, Francis accepted the resignation of Barrios and two other bishops.

Priest in Peter Tobin trial accused of raping 13-year-old

SCOTLAND
The Times

June 16, 2018

By Jeremy Watson

Police are investigating an allegation of historical child sex abuse against a priest linked to a murder trial.

Officers confirmed that they had received a complaint against Father Gerry Nugent, who died in 2010. BBC Scotland reported allegations from a 51-year-old woman who claimed that she was raped by Nugent when she was a teenager.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “We can confirm we have received a complaint and enquiries are ongoing.” The matter is a live investigation, she confirmed.

Allegations surface against Buffalo Diocese priest on leave since 2015

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

June 17, 2018

By Jay Tokasz and Dan Herbeck

A Buffalo priest removed in 2015 from a Lancaster parish due to an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a child was the target of similar complaints decades ago at two other parishes.

A 37-year-old woman who is married to a Major League Baseball manager and now lives in Phoenix, Ariz., said the Rev. Dennis A. Fronczak repeatedly fondled her when she was 9 to 12 years old in the 1990s at St. Stephen parish school on Grand Island.

Kristen Lovullo, who grew up on Grand Island, said Fronczak would call her over to sit on his lap, amid the hubbub of students lining up for school dismissal. Then he would slip his hands underneath her skirt and run them up her legs, stopping just short of caressing her buttocks, she said.

Bishop on priest's arrest: 'I pray the victim finds healing'

OPELOUSAS (LA)
The Daily Advertiser

June 14, 2018

The priest accused of sexually abusing a minor has turned himself in and confessed, authorities said.

The Rev. Michael Guidry, 75, surrendered Thursday morning at the St. Landry Parish jail and was charged with molestation of a juvenile or a person with a physical or mental disability and with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

His bond was set at $21,500.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said his office opened the investigation when a male victim reported he had been sexually molested by Guidry.

According to the report, the alleged victim was 16 at the time of the assault, which occurred at the priest's home.

Trial starts in landmark sex case of Indian priest

KOCHI (INDIA)
UCANews

June 18, 2018

By T.K. Devasia

Father Robin Vadakkancherry was charged with rape after a schoolgirl gave birth at a church-run hospital in Kerala

A court in southern India is to start the trial of a Catholic priest, more than a year after he was arrested on charges of raping and impregnating a 17-year-old schoolgirl.

The court in Kannur district of Kerala will finalize the trial schedule on June 18. Kerala High Court has directed the court to complete the trial within six months, government pleader B.P. Sadanandan told ucanews.com.

Father Robin Vadakkancherry of Mananthavady Diocese was parish priest of St. Sebastian's Church in Kottiyoor at the time of the alleged offense.

The 49-year-old priest was arrested and placed in custody in February 2017 after the girl gave birth to a boy.

Serial killer trial priest 'raped schoolgirl 40 times'

SCOTLAND
BBC Scotland

June 15, 2018

By Lucy Adams

A disgraced Roman Catholic priest has been accused of raping a schoolgirl up to 40 times over a two-year period.

Father Gerry Nugent was shamed in 2007 when he admitted to a murder trial he had sex with student Angelika Kluk, a victim of serial killer Peter Tobin.

Police Scotland have now confirmed they are investigating historical allegations of child sexual abuse against the priest, who died in 2010.

Archbishop sanctions accused priest

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

June 17, 2018

By Alana Chargualaf

Archbishop Michael Byrnes has imposed sanctions on Father Adrian Cristobal Saturday after the former chancellor's failure to report to the archdiocese by Friday.

"This action is taken as a result of the diocesan priest’s failure to obey repeated directives to return to Guam, following allegations of sexual abuse filed against him last April and May," the Archdiocese of Agana announced.

The sanctions further restrict Cristobal's abilities to act as a priest in public, which includes the wearing of clerical garb, the archdiocese stated.

Asian church’s turn in the abuse spotlight is here

JAPAN
La Croix International

June 18, 2018

By Father William Grimm, MM, Tokyo

The window of opportunity to deal with the problem before it becomes a major scandal is closing

Pope Francis accepted the resignations of three Chilean bishops in connection with the cover-up of sexual abuse by clergy in their country.

One bishop was the lightning rod for uproar among Chile’s Catholics because of accusations that as a priest he covered up abuse by a priest who was his mentor. The pope’s appointment of him as a bishop and his initial vehement defense of the man in the face of protests have been the low point of Francis’ papacy.

The other bishops whose resignations were accepted have already reached the episcopal retirement age of 75, so the pope’s having them step down is not going to satisfy critics who point out that cover-ups have been a systemic problem involving more than a handful of bishops.

Institutional abuse survivors urge senators to reject national redress scheme

AUSTRALIA
ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

June 18, 2018

By Airlie Ward

Groups representing survivors of child sexual abuse say the Federal Government's redress scheme is fundamentally flawed and should be rejected by the Senate.

Beyond Abuse, and Survivors and Friends, have written an open letter to senators, who will begin debating the bill this afternoon, urging them to reject it in its current form.

All the states and territories, along with the Catholic Church, Scouts Australia, the Salvation Army, YMCA Australia and the Anglican Church, have committed to the redress scheme recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to compensate people who were sexually abused in state institutions.

Bishop apologizes ahead of grand jury report

SCRANTON (PA)
The Times-Tribune

June 18, 2018

By Jon O'Connell

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera apologized Sunday to victims ahead of a grand jury report expected to detail child sexual abuse by Catholic priests and attempts to conceal it.

In a written message published in church bulletins, the bishop offered his “deepest apologies to the victims of such abuse, to their families, to the faithful of our Church and to everyone impacted by the behaviors described in this report.”

Diocesan officials provided the insert to all of its parishes to keep members informed of the impending release, spokesman Dan Gallagher said in an email.

June 17, 2018

Victim compensation in Ballarat soars as church pays out millions

BALLARAT (AUSTRALIA)
The Courier

June 18, 2018

By Leanne Younes

The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat has paid out more than $7.9 million in compensation to survivors of child sexual abuse and more than $1 million in pastoral support to abuse survivors to date.

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat business manager, Andrew Jirik said: “To date the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat (The Diocese) has paid directly to abuse survivors, compensation in excess of $7.9m and $1.4m in pastoral support.

Priests who don’t report sex abuse confessions could be fined

NEW ZEALAND
Radio New Zealand

June 17, 2018

By Phil Pennington

Some Catholic priests across the Tasman will soon be facing a $10,000 fine if someone confesses child sex abuse to them and they don't report it to the police.

Both South Australia and ACT have law changes coming to crack open the confessional.

It is expected that the confession-breaking laws could spread nationwide, as part of the federal government's recently released response to the Royal Commission into child sex abuse's recommendations.

An adviser to the Royal Commission, Professor Des Cahill, said the implications extended to New Zealand.

Pope Francis 'to meet sexual abuse victims' while in Dublin

IRELAND
Irish Central

June 17, 2018

By Freya Drohan

Pope Francis has a top priority during his Irish visit, according to The Archbishop of Dublin, Monsignor Diarmuid Martin.

Pope Francis will apparently meet victims who were sexually abused by members of the clergy when they were minors during his visit to Ireland at the end of August.

“The Pope will meet various groups”, Archbishop Martin reported to local members of press.

Bill Kenneally sex abuse survivors welcome terms for inquiry

IRELAND
Irish Times

June 17, 2018

Six men who pressed for commission of investigation are pleased at Flanagan proposals

A group of sex abuse survivors have welcomed the terms of reference announced by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan for a commission of investigation into the handling of complaints against convicted Waterford sex abuser Bill Kenneally.

Jason Clancy, whose complaint in 2013 led to a Garda investigation into Kenneally’s abuse of 10 boys in the 1980s, said he and five other men who had pressed for a commission of investigation were very pleased with what the Minister had proposed.

“We are very happy with the terms of reference announced by Minister Flanagan – when we met him earlier this year, he and his officials presented us with terms of reference so we took them away and discussed them with our solicitor Darragh Mackin,” said Mr Clancy.

Papal investigators meet with laity, priests and religious of Osorno

OSORNO (CHILE)
Catholic News Agency via Crux

June 17, 2018

By Elise Harris

As part of their special mission to help bring healing to the troubled Chilean diocese of Osorno, Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu are holding several pastoral meetings this week which they say are aimed at listening.

Speaking to Chilean media at the airport after landing in Osorno, Scicluna said they came “to convey the special closeness of the pope to the beloved people of Osorno. We are going to have a lot of discussion and will listen to our brothers, which is the most important [task] for us.”

Similarly, Bertomeu said they are “happy to be here in Osorno,” and voiced hope that they would be able “to communicate the Holy Father’s request for forgiveness in peace, in concord and in harmony.”

Paedophile priest Father Paul Moore 'poisoned my life'

SCOTLAND
BBC News

April 11, 2018

[Note from BA: This is an article from April that we mistakenly overlooked.]

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.

He has waived his right to anonymity and spoke out after Moore was jailed for nine years for sexually abusing him, two other children and a student priest

Church sanctions Father Adrian Cristobal, who failed to return

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

June 16, 2018

By Dana M Williams

Archbishop Michael Byrnes has been placed sanctions on Father Adrian Cristobal, who has been accused in three sexual abuse cases and has failed to return to Guam as ordered.

Because of the abuse allegations, Cristobal already has been restricted from celebrating Mass publicly or hearing confession while the case is being reviewed, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Agana.

"The sanctions imposed on Father Adrian further restrict his abilities to act as a priest in public, which includes the wearing of clerical garb," the statement said. "The sanctions will remain in place until such time that he obeys."

St. Landry Sheriff: Priest accused of sexually abusing minor surrenders, confesses

ST. LANDRY PARISH (LOUISIANA)
Acadiana (LA) Advocate

June 14, 2018

By Ben Myers

The Lafayette Diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a teenager turned himself in Wednesday to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, 10 days after the diocese publicly disclosed the allegation.

Michael Guidry, 75, confessed to assaulting the victim, who was 16 at the time, after serving the boy alcohol, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The abuse occurred at Guidry’s home in Morrow, authorities said.

Guidry was released after posting $21,500 bond, according to Maj. Eddie Thibodeaux. Guidry faces one count of molestation of a juvenile and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Fr. Adrian Cristobal, accused of sex abuse in Guam, is missing after leaving Phoenix

PHOENIX (AZ)
Arizona Republic

June 15, 2018

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Father Adrian Cristobal, who was on sabbatical in Phoenix until recently and is accused of sexually abusing two boys more than 20 years ago in Guam, has not returned to the island as ordered by the church.

Two men filed separate civil suits in federal court in Guam in April and May accusing Cristobal of sexual abuse.

Cristobal had arrived in Phoenix in December 2017 for sabbatical with a letter of good standing, the Phoenix Diocese said in a written statement to The Arizona Republic. He did not have an assignment and the Phoenix Diocese said it removed his faculties, or his ability to perform church sacraments, after the first suit was filed in April.

Trust grows with new archdiocese system to address clergy sex abuse

ST. PAUL (MN)
Minneapolis Star Tribune

June 16, 2018

By Jean Hopfensperger

New process subjects clergy abuse reports to prompt, tight scrutiny.

Tim O’Malley moved into a tiny, windowless office in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 2014 facing a daunting task: To overhaul the often secretive way it addressed child sex abuse by priests.

O’Malley, former head of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, assembled a team of law enforcement leaders that scoured hundreds of abuse files from the past 60 years. They chased paper trails, interviewed witnesses, and laid the foundation for what is now seen as one of the nation’s most comprehensive archdiocesan child-protection systems.

That’s one of the most significant outcomes of the sex abuse scandal and the archdiocese’s bankruptcy. It recently reached a $210 million settlement with abuse victims. The constant spotlight on the archdiocese over the past four years injected pressures — and opportunities — to forge change, O’Malley said.

Priests say they won't break the seal of confession, but what does that mean?

AUSTRALIA
ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

June 17, 2018

By Eugene Boisvert

Catholic priests say they will not abide new laws that mean clergy must report child abuse revealed to them in the confessional.

Both South Australia and the ACT will make the change to compel priests to give information from confession.

Here's a look at how confession works now, and whether a law could change the way the Catholic Church runs it.

Diocese pays out $7.9m to clergy child sexual abuse victims

BALLARAT (AUSTRALIA)
The Courier

June 16, 2018

The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat has paid out more than $7.9 million to compensation to survivors of child sexual abuse and more than $1 million in pastoral support to abuse survivors to date.

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat business manager, Andrew Jirik said: “To date the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat (The Diocese) has paid directly to abuse survivors, compensation in excess of $7.9m and $1.4m in pastoral support.”

“Notwithstanding the Commonwealth Redress Scheme is not yet in operation, the Diocese continues to work with claimant solicitors to progress outstanding claims and would continue to pay such amounts from its assets and insurance.”

Explainer: What does the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality actually say?

IRELAND
TheJournal.ie

June 17, 2018

Archbishops launching the Papal visit were met with questions about LGBT members – but what’s the official position?

MANY OF THE questions for the two Archbishops launching the Pope’s official itinerary in Ireland this week focused on the Catholic Church’s stance on the LGBTQI community and whether people in same-sex relationships would be welcome at high-profile Church-run events later this summer.

Pope Francis will spend two full days in Ireland on 25 and 26 August this year to coincide with the Church’s week-long World Meeting of the Families. Half a million tickets are being made available for his mass at Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

Pa. report to document child sexual abuse, cover-ups in six Catholic dioceses

HARRISBURG (PA)
Philly.com

June 17, 2018

By Angela Couloumbis

For more than two years, dozens of victims have filed into a secret grand jury room in Pennsylvania, faced a group of strangers, and recounted how they were sexually abused as children by Catholic priests, their rapes and molestation buried by church leaders.

One, a former Erie priest who testified that he was molested when he was a teenager, called the experience cathartic. Another victim did not fare well after testifying. She attempted suicide and from her hospital bed implored the grand jurors to complete their investigation and make their findings public, according to a source who had been briefed on her account.

Later this month, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro is expected to release a landmark report by that grand jury that will detail, in stark and stomach-turning terms, decades of abuse and cover-ups in every Catholic diocese in the state except Philadelphia and Altoona-Johnstown, which have already undergone such scrutiny.

June 16, 2018

Religious Freedom and the Sanctity of the Confessional

FLORIDA
Reason.com [Blog]

June 15, 2018

By Eugene Volokh

The Florida Evidence Code apparently requires clergy to testify about confessions to them, if the penitent allows them to do so -- but Catholic doctrine forbids any such testimony, regardless of the penitent's wishes. Which should prevail?

To my knowledge, all American states have an evidentiary rule under which clergy can generally refuse to testify about confessions, if they believe such confessions to be confidential. (The confessions are often called "penitential communications," to stress that they need to be Catholic-style confessions.) But the Florida Evidence Code apparently treats this as primarily a right of the penitent; thus, if the penitent says she would like the clergy member to testify, the clergy member can be ordered to do so.

The Catholic Church, though, apparently takes a different view: It believes the clergy member cannot reveal things said in the confessional, regardless of whether the penitent wants them revealed. Here's how this played out in today's Florida Court of Appeals decision in Ronchi v. State.

Church must lift seal of confession to help protect children [OPINION]

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

June 16, 2018

By Chrissie Foster

This week we witnessed an historic moment. Our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, announced he would implement 104 of the 122 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse which relate to the Commonwealth.

During his announcement there was debate about the seal of confession being broken to report child sexual abuse.

The government is now considering the commission's recommendation that it be made an offence across all states and territories to fail to report that a child is at substantial risk of sexual abuse. If, pending discussions with the states, the laws are harmonised nationally, that would remove current protections to priests in the confessional and force them to report relevant information revealed in confession.

Almost immediately the Catholic Church took to the media, again reiterating their oppositions to such actions.

Because of their opposition to the government and the royal commission recommendations on this issue, I feel I must contribute by again reiterating what must be the perfect argument for the seal of confession to be broken for children.

The McArdle case is mind numbing. In Queensland in October 2003, Catholic priest Michael McArdle pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting generations of children.

In a sworn affidavit which he made public, McArdle stated he had confessed to sexually assaulting children 1500 times to 30 different priests over a 25-year period in face-to-face confessions.

Chile’s faith in the Catholic Church withers from child sex abuse revelations [VIDEO]

CHILE
PBS Newshour

June 15, 2018

[VIDEO]

Pope Francis announced this week he would accept the resignation of three Chilean bishops, in an ongoing scandal that has grown into a national crisis. Nearly 80 Catholic clergy across the country have been accused of sexually abusing minors over decades, and more have been implicated in the coverup. Jeffrey Brown reports from Santiago, Chile.

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Judy Woodruff:

Now, an extraordinary crisis for the Catholic Church and test for the pope himself.

This week, Pope Francis announced that he would accept the resignation of three bishops in the South American country of Chile. Two days later, Chilean police made surprise raids on church offices.

It is all part of an ongoing child abuse scandal that began in 2010 and continues to reverberate across Latin America and beyond.

Jeffrey Brown reports from Santiago, Chile.

Catholic leaders 'willing to go to jail' to uphold seal of confession and not report child sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

June 16, 2016

By Katherine Gregory
Updated about 7 hours ago

Catholic priests have said they are not willing to break the seal of confession to report child sex abuse, and would rather go to jail than abide by the law.

South Australia has joined the ACT in moving ahead with laws to force Catholic priests to break the seal of confession, to report paedophiles to police.

Other states are still deliberating over whether or not they will adopt that recommendation from the royal commission.

But Catholic Church leaders have rejected the idea.

Father Michael Whelan, the parish priest in St Patrick's Church Hill in Sydney, said priests would not break the seal of confession.

Deputy Premier backs new laws to end confessional protection for pedophiles

NEW SOUTH WALES (AUSTRALIA)
Sydney Morning Herald

June 16, 2018

By Lisa Visentin

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has declared the government has a responsibility to end the protection that the religious seal of confession affords to paedophiles.

Mr Barilaro defended the decision by the grassroots of the NSW National Party to support the introduction of new laws requiring priests to break the confessional seal and report to police admissions of child sex abuse heard during confession.

“We are custodians in parliament to make sure we put in place legislation that protects our children for the future,” Mr Barilaro said in response to a question from a grassroots member at the NSW Nationals state conference on Saturday.

“No institution or organisation should be ever exempt from taking responsibility or [permitted to hide] behind their own internal rules."

“We have an obligation to protect children and we need to do that, and no one is exempt from that,” he said.

June 15, 2018

American priest dismissed for sex abuse still in Bangladesh

DHAKA (BANGLADESH)
UCANews

June 15, 2018

By Rock Ronald Rozario and Stephan Uttom

Despite the Vatican judging allegations against William Christensen to be credible in 2010, he is still working with children

An American priest who was dismissed from the clergy by the Vatican after being accused of sexually abusing as many as 30 teenagers in Bangladesh is still in the country.

William Andrew Christensen, a priest in the Society of Mary, or Marianists, was removed from the priesthood in October 2010 after the Vatican judged allegations against him to be credible.

In January 2011, ucanews.com published a story quoting Catholic human rights activist Rosaline Costa, who claimed that Christensen used the Institute of Integrated Rural Development (IIRD), which he founded in Bogra district in 1987, as a front to sexually abuse at least 30 Muslim teenagers in rural Bangladesh.

He was accused of buying the silence of the youngsters, their parents and local political and community leaders.

Christensen was accused of abusing a pupil at a school in St. Louis, Missouri, before coming to Bangladesh but a lawsuit filed in 2002 collapsed when the complainant died.

Chicago Schools to Check Backgrounds of Thousands of Workers

CHICAGO (IL)
The Associated Press

June 15, 2018

The Chicago school district will run background checks on thousands of employees after a newspaper found that students had been sexually abused by workers with criminal records.

The Chicago school district will run background checks on thousands of employees after a newspaper found that students had been sexually abused by workers with criminal records.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson says the effort is "unprecedented." The district checks backgrounds of new teachers, volunteers and some others who work in schools, but someone who is already employed doesn't face the same scrutiny.

Michigan State Trustee Calls for Interim School President John Engler to Resign

DETROIT (MI)
The Associated Press

June 15, 2018

Michigan State University board trustee Brian Mosallam is asking interim school president John Engler to resign immediately.

Mosallam released a statement Friday morning, saying the crisis on campus related to Larry Nassar will not settle until Engler steps down.

According to emails, Engler has criticized lawyers who represent Nassar’s assault victims and suggested the first woman to go public with her accusations was probably getting a “kickback” from her attorney.

Trustees call for president of Michigan State University to resign

EAST LANSING (MI)
SFGate

June 15, 2018

By Larry Lage and Alice Yin

Two Michigan State University board trustees are calling for interim school President John Engler to resign, joining a chorus of sexual assault victims of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar and top legislators who say the campus community cannot heal until Engler steps down.

“Unfortunately, and with great regret, John Engler’s tenure as interim president has continued the bleeding rather than stem it,” Brian Mosallam said in a statement Friday. “His misguided actions and comments have failed to re-establish trust and confidence in Michigan State.”

His disapproval was echoed by trustee Dianne Byrum a few hours later.

“The despicable and disparaging comments made about survivors by interim President John Engler are completely unacceptable,” she said.

Michigan OKs Nassar-related laws to give victims time to sue

LANSING (MI)
The Associated Press

June 12, 2018

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Tuesday signed two bills inspired by the Larry Nassar scandal, including one giving childhood sexual abuse victims more time to sue.

The current cutoff to file a lawsuit in Michigan is generally a minor victim's 19th birthday, which critics say is out of step with other states and does not account for how many victims are afraid to report abuse or have suppressed it. Starting in three months, people who were sexually abused as children will be able to sue until their 28th birthdays or three years from when they realize they have been abused. Victims of Nassar, the imprisoned former sports doctor who worked for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, will get a 90-day window to sue retroactively.

As part of a $500 million settlement with Michigan State, his hundreds of accusers agreed to withdraw their support for legislation that would have eliminated the immunity defense in lawsuits for entities that are negligent in the hiring, supervision or training of employees, or if the governmental agencies knew or should have known and failed to report sexual misconduct to law enforcement.

Calley, who enacted the main bill in a private Capitol ceremony because Snyder was out of the state, also signed a measure giving prosecutors 15 years or until a victim's 28th birthday to file charges in second- and third-degree sexual conduct cases if the victim was younger than 18. The deadline currently is 10 years or a victim's 21st birthday, whichever is later.

Charges could be filed at any time if there were DNA evidence.

El enviado papal se reunió en dos días con 94 víctimas de abuso en Chile

CHILE
Agencias ABC.es

June 15, 2018

The papal envoy met in two days with 94 victims of abuse in Chile

El sacerdote español Jordi Bertomeu, uno de los enviados papales que llegó a Chile junto al arzobispo maltés Charles Scicluna, dijo hoy tras llegar a la sureña ciudad de Osorno que en dos días se reunieron con 94 víctimas de abusos sexuales en el interior del clero.

Tras el arribo de la comitiva papal ambos se dirigieron a las afueras de la Catedral San Mateo de Osorno, a 942 kilómetros al sur de Santiago, donde Bertomeu dijo a los periodistas que han llegado a esa zona para ponerse al servicio del pueblo.

El religioso español recalcó a la prensa que desde su llegada a Chile, el pasado martes, se reunieron con 94 víctimas de abusos sexuales al interior de la institución eclesiástica .

Frente a la fuerte división que existe al interior de la diócesis en la zona, especialmente en los fieles, Bertomeu reconoció que esto es normal, como ocurre en distintas instancias de la vida.

"Por eso nuestra misión es poder transmitir a la ciudadanía que el papa los quiere", y en ese sentido dijo que tienen pensado realizar una misa de reparación para los afectados.

Sentencias canónicas ejecutadas por el Arzobispo de Santiago

CHILE
Arzobispo de Santiago

June 1, 2018

Canonical judgments executed by the Archbishop of Santiago

En la homilía de cierre del X Sínodo, el 21 de mayo pasado, el cardenal Arzobispo de Santiago Ricardo Ezzati señaló que la Santa Sede le había confiado dar sentencias de seis casos durante su ministerio episcopal en Santiago.

Respecto del detalle de la información, estos son los casos respecto de los cuales ha dictado sentencia:

1. ALFREDO SOIZA-PIÑEYRO VEGA (Sacerdote secular). El Arzobispo decretó investigación previa en enero de 2012, la cual determinó que las actas y los antecedentes de la mencionada investigación debían ser enviados a la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe. Se le restringió el ejercicio de su ministerio sacerdotal hasta que la Santa Sede estableció su dimisión del estado clerical.

2. CRISTIÁN PRECHT BAÑADOS (Sacerdote secular). Condenado a cinco años de suspensión del ministerio sacerdotal. Actualmente sin ningún encargo pastoral y con decreto de una nueva investigación previa debido a las acusaciones de víctima del caso Maristas.

3. ROBERTO A. SALAZAR SOTO (Religioso). Su caso fue confiado al Arzobispo por la Congregación de la Doctrina de la fe. Concluyó con la dimisión de su Congregación y del estado clerical.

4. HÉCTOR VALDÉS VALDÉS (Religioso). Su caso fue confiado al Arzobispo por la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe. Concluyó con la dimisión de su Congregación y del estado clerical.

5. LUIS MOREL GUMUCIO (Religioso). Su caso fue asumido por el Arzobispo diocesano. Terminó con la suspensión del ministerio por decreto del Arzobispo. Al poco tiempo, falleció.

6. JOSÉ LUIS DÍAZ ATILANO (Religioso). Su caso fue confiado al Arzobispo por la Congregación de la Doctrina de la Fe. Dimitido de su Congregación y del estado clerical por decreto del Arzobispo de Santiago, interpuso recurso ante la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe.

Fuente: Comunicaciones Santiago

http://www.iglesiadesantiago.cl/

El Vaticano y la justicia chilena unen fuerzas contra los curas pedófilos: allanan sedes de la Iglesia en Santiago

CHILE
Clarin

June 14, 2018

The Vatican and the Chilean justice join forces against the pedophile priests: they level the seats of the Church in Santiago

Enviados del Papa coincidieron en la necesidad de cooperar con el Estado en las investigaciones. Incautan documentos del Tribunal Eclesiástico de la capital.

Enviados del papa Francisco a Chile coincidieron este miércoles con el fiscal general del país en la "necesidad absoluta" de la cooperación entre la Iglesia y el Estado chileno para la investigación de abusos de menores por parte del clero. Hora antes, la policía allanaba la sede del Tribunal Eclesiástico de Santiago y del obispado de Rancagua e incautaba documentos.

La Justicia chilena se apoderó así de archivos eclesiásticos en busca de antecedentes tras las denuncias de abuso sexual a menores que remecen a la Iglesia católica en el país suramericano. Escándalo por el cual todos los obispos chilenos pusieron a disposición del papa su renuncia días atrás. El pontífice aceptó la dimisión de una de las figuras más polémicas del caso, el obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros, acusado de ocultar casos de pedofilia.

Ministerio Público hace histórica incautación en sedes de la Iglesia por casos de abuso

CHILE
La Tercera

June 15, 2018

By S. Vedoya, I. Toro, J. Matus y P. Moreno

Public Ministry makes historic seizure in church headquarters for cases of abuse

Fiscalía junto a Carabineros allanaron los obispados de Santiago y Rancagua, además del Tribunal Eclesiástico. En 1987, el entonces vicario Sergio Valech le negó fichas clínicas al exfiscal militar Torres Silva.

Cerca de las 11.00 de este miércoles un fuerte rumor comenzó a circular entre los asistentes al seminario de capacitación sobre prevención de abusos sexuales, organizado por la Conferencia Episcopal, en la Casa Central de la Universidad Católica. Entre los presentes se encontraban los enviados papales Charles Scicluna y Jordi Bertomeu, quienes iniciaban allí las actividades de su segundo día de misión en Chile. Llamados telefónicos y comentarios de pasillo alertaban que el Ministerio Público ingresaría a diversas dependencias de la Iglesia Católica en busca de información relacionada con investigaciones eclesiales sobre abusos cometidos por sacerdotes.

El mismo asombro se vivía a esa hora en la sede de la Conferencia Episcopal. Allí estaban el arzobispo de Santiago, cardenal Ricardo Ezzati, y el obispo auxiliar, Fernando Ramos, quienes también recibían mensajes y llamados de alerta sobre la situación.

Finalmente, el rumor se materializó. A las 11.19 horas se dio inicio a un operativo histórico para la Iglesia Católica chilena. El fiscal regional de Rancagua, Emiliano Arias, en compañía de efectivos del OS-9 de Carabineros subieron al séptimo piso de Catedral 1063, en Santiago, para allanar las dependencias del Tribunal Eclesiástico.

MSU's John Engler staying put despite calls for resignation

EAST LANSING (MI)
Detroit Free Press

June 15, 2018

By David Jesse

As two board members, several lawmakers and a host of Spartan students and alumni called for him to step down as Michigan State University's Interim President, John Engler said he's not going anywhere.

“I continue to look ahead," he said in a statement released in the hours following two of his bosses calling for his resignation. He did not directly address the calls for resignation in his statement.

"Whatever the tensions were before, we have successfully negotiated a settlement agreement — something that is fair and equitable to both sides, and that both sides agreed to. We are now committed to continuing our efforts to strengthen sexual misconduct prevention on and off campus and to respond promptly to and appropriately if prevention fails.

"I am looking forward to the Board of Trustee meeting next week where we will continue our progress and efforts to move forward. I believe actions matter, and that is how the success of our work will be determined.”

Michigan State University interim President John Engler must step aside immediately, board members Brian Mosallam and Dianne Byrum said Friday morning in separate statements.

Assignment Record– Rev. Michael G. Barletta

ERIE (PA)
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Michael G. Barletta was ordained in 1966 for the Diocese of Erie. He spent the bulk of his career as a high school teacher while residing in local parishes. Early on he was at Kennedy Christian High in Sharon, where he established a service club called the Teenage Action Club (TAC). He was transferred in the mid-1970s to Cathedral Prep, again establishing a TAC. Barletta was reportedly a charismatic, popular teacher, nicknamed "Barts," who would take some of his students on overnight trips, including to Toronto, Niagara Falls, and his camp at Punxsutawney.

In 1994 a man told Bishop Trautman that Barletta had molested him when he was a Prep student in the late 1970s-early 1980s. Trautman removed Barletta from the school within the year and transferred him from St. Luke's parish in Erie to St. Patrick/St. Hedwig's. He was assigned to work in the diocesan office of Catholic Charities and as chaplain to Holy Family Carmelite Monastery. Also at St. Patrick/St. Hedwig's during Barletta's time there were, among others, accused priests Thomas E. Smith and Leon T. Muroski, and retired Bishop Michael J. Murphy.

In the Spring of 2002 the man who reported Barletta to the diocese in 1994 and two other men approached Bishop Trautman, all three alleging sexual abuse by Barletta in the late 1970s-early 1980s when they were Cathedral Prep students. Barletta was finally removed from active ministry in 2003. He is not indexed in the Official Catholic Directory after 2002. He is noted in 2012 and 2017 news articles to have been living in Erie and functioning as a priest at his high school reunions.

Ordained: 1966

OPINION | My father, the priest

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

June 15, 2018

By James C. Graham

In 1993, during a meeting in Buffalo, N.Y., I learned that the man who had raised me was not my father and that the Rev. Thomas S. Sullivan, a priest from Lowell, likely was. After looking at the obituary and accompanying photo, there was no question in my mind that he was my father, since his facial features mirrored mine. But I never knew him, the result of a well-orchestrated scheme by the church to save its reputation during the conservative post-World War II era of the late ’40s.

Even though the revelation occurred nearly a half-century after my birth, I found the church was intent on disguising my origin; it stonewalled me for years. In my quest for transparency, I interviewed many of my father’s contemporaries from the Oblate order. They were shocked by my likeness to their old friend. However, in every case, they referred to my father as Tom Sullivan, never as “your father.”

Each meeting offered a bit of information about him; he was an eloquent speaker, an avid reader, a prolific writer, and witty. One priest asked, “Did you get the money for your education? We wanted to do the right thing.” When I said, “What money?” his facial expression twisted in anguish. At the end of a very revealing discussion, he offered this advice: “Forget the injustices of the past, you have good genes, get on with the rest of your life.” A few months later, I revisited the priest, who denied having said what he divulged in our first meeting.

'Upskirting' will become a criminal offense in the UK (updated)

UNITED KINGDOM
Engadget

June 15, 2018

By Steve Dent

Offenders will face up to two years in prison.

It will soon be a criminal offense in the UK to point a camera up a woman's skirt and take a photo (an act called "upskirting"), with offenders facing up to two years in jail. It's hard to believe, but there's no specific law on the books, so police have had trouble prosecuting the creeps that do it. The new legislation will be largely through the efforts of victim Gina Martin. She was upskirted at a music festival in London, and despite having photographic evidence, police said they were unable to act because the photos weren't considered graphic.

Afterwards, Martin started a petition that gained 104,000 signatures, including nearly 50,000 in the UK. That eventually caught the attention of Justice Secretary David Lidington, who got the ball rolling on the new legislation. The law will receive a second reading in the House of Commons today, after which it will specifically be illegal to "take a picture under a person's clothing without them knowing, with the intention of viewing their genitals or buttocks," according to the government.

Guam's archbishop, Anthony Apuron, appeals Vatican verdict on sex-abuse charges

HAGÅTÑA (GUAM)
Pacific Daily News

June 14, 2018

By Haidee Eugenio

Guam's controversial archbishop, removed from office in March and barred from living in the U.S. territory, has appealed a Vatican tribunal's ruling that found him guilty of "certain accusations" involving the sexual abuse of minors, the Archdiocese of Agaña said Thursday.

During the last week of April, Rome notified new Archbishop Michael Byrnes, tapped to replace Anthony S. Apuron on March 16, about Apuron's appeal, according to Tony Diaz, director of communications for the archdiocese.

Whether an appeal could result in reversal of the verdict "would be up to Rome," Diaz said.

Pope Francis placed Apuron on leave in June 2016 after former altar boys and their families accused the archbishop of sexually abusing children in the 1970s when he was a parish priest in the village of Agat.

Lawmakers: John Engler must step down from MSU presidency

EAST LANSING (MI)
Detroit Free Press

June 14, 2018

By David Jesse

Interim Michigan State University President John Engler must step down immediately from his position leading the university, a growing number of lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, said Thursday.

"The senator did not believe he was the right choice to lead MSU when he was appointed and doesn’t believe he is the right choice now," Stabenow spokesman Matt Williams said. Stabenow is an MSU alumna.

Also calling for Engler to step down were state Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, and state Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage.

Jones said he was at his daily breakfast with constituents at the Grand Ledge A&W Thursday morning when he saw a story about Engler claiming that Rachael Denhollander — the first person to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, a former MSU doctor, of sexually assaulting students — would likely get kickbacks from attorneys involved in lawsuits against the university.

Allison Mack's Alleged Sex Cult Nxivm Has Suspended Operations

UNITED STATES
Cinema Blend

June 14, 2018

By Will Ashton

Among the craziest stories of 2018 thus far is the nearly-unbelievable story of Allison Mack's involvement with Nxivm, an upstate New York group that recruited young women under the guise of self-empowerment and reportedly branded and brainwashed them. Mack was considered the most high-profile recruiter in the group, as she was the leader of its inner circle, NXIVM DOS, which is being reported as a sex cult. In April, the former Smallville actress was arrested by the FBI in Brooklyn for her high-level involvement. Since then, more information about Nxivm and Mack's disturbing involvement in the group have been revealed to the public. As this potentially damning information leaked, and with the group's leader Keith Raniere also arrested shortly before Mack, Nxivm officially suspended operations due to "extraordinary circumstances." That's putting it mildly, truth be told.

On Nxivm's website (as reported by E! News), the following message has been posted on their site, claiming all operations inside the group have been suspended due to the ongoing criminal trails and the severe allegations made against the group.

Exclusive: Retired justice's role in settlements between Diocese, alleged abuse victims

ROCHESTER (NY)
WHAM-TV

June 14, 2018

By Ginny Ryan

[VIDEO]

For victims who say they were abused by Catholic priests who were ordained or assigned in our area, the only recourse is to begin a process dictated by the Diocese of Rochester.

If they’re over the age of 23, as most of the victims are, state law does not allow for criminal charges or a civil suit.

A retired State Supreme Court justice will play a powerful role in these cases. He is both judge and jury.

New allegations surface against Rochester priests; Father Valenti takes leave [VIDEO]

ROCHESTER (NY)
RochesterFirst.com

June 14, 2018

By Wakisha Bailey and Howard Thompson

[VIDEO]

(WROC) - As more victims come forward, one of the people accusing local priests of sexual abuse is making a public demand for justice.

Carol DuPré says she was the victim of sexual misconduct by Father Stuart Hogan when she was a teenager.

Thursday morning, DuPré stood with Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who is representing a number of victims, to speak with members of the media.

Lawyer: Number of alleged victims doubles in Rochester Diocese child sex abuse scandal [VIDEO]

ROCHESTER (NY)
WHEC-TV

June 15, 2018

[VIDEO]

A local priest has taken a leave of absence from his position following accusations of abusing children in a local church.

The Diocese says Father Thomas Valenti, one of eight priests recently named by a high-profile attorney, is taking personal time following the accusation.

The Diocese confirms Valenti “asked to be relieved of his duties at this time. He remains a pastoral administrator.” Valenti -- along with Eugene Emo and David Simon -- was previously named as alleged sexual abusers of children.

The Diocese found the 2003 claims unsubstantiated and say no other claims were ever made against him.

[OPINION] Australia's bishops still don't get it - things have changed

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

June 13, 2018

By Joanne McCarthy

Everything changed on December 15, 2017 when the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse presented its final report and recommendations to the Australian public.

It’s a shame Australia’s Catholic bishops missed the memo.

The royal commission exposed in sickening, staggering detail the church’s crimes against thousands of children in Australia alone, and its culpability as an organisation that protected criminals and facilitated those crimes.

But the bishops, in response, are acting as if nothing has happened. Sure, they’ve promised change. They’ve released pious statements. They’ve even used the words “humility” and “humbled” in the right context.

But with every move they make, with every step they don’t take, Australia’s bishops show they don’t understand that their relationship with Australians has changed. Has had to change.

No redress compensation for victims of horrific physical abuse, campaigner says

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

June 15, 2018

By Iskhandar Razak

People who survived horrific child abuse in institutions will not get the justice and compensation they deserve under the national redress scheme because it only focuses on sexual crime, long-time campaigner Leonie Sheedy has said.

Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced the Andrews Government had committed up to $600 million to the redress scheme over the next decade for Victorian abuse survivors.

He said it was expected something in the order of 5,000 people were likely to come forward and seek compensation.

All the states and territories have committed to the redress scheme recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to compensate people who were sexually abused in state institutions.

Oklahoma pastor proposes database to fight sexual abuse in churches

OKLAHOMA CITY (OK)
KOCO-TV

June 14, 2018

[VIDEO]

Emmanuel Enid reverend minister Wade Burleson wants to put an end to sexual abuse inside places of worship.

"When you hear the story of people who have been through abuse that involves ministers," Burleson said, "it breaks your heart."

While at the Southern Baptist convention this week, Burleson proposed a database that would warn churches if a potential employee has a dark past.

"It would include confessions, where there's no legal conviction," he said. "Possibly, including "possibly the credibly accused."

Burleson believes sexual predators are often able to hop from church to church while flying under the radar because law enforcement wasn't notified.

South Australian priests to defy confession laws

SOUTH AUSTRALIA (AUSTRALIA)
The Australian

June 15, 2018

By Michael Owen

Catholic priests in South Australia will defy new laws requiring them to report confessions of child sexual abuse.

Bishop Greg O’Kelly, the Acting Archbishop of Adelaide, said priests were bound by the sacred and not the secular, claiming the new law “doesn’t affect us”.

“We have an understanding of the seal of confession that is in the area of the sacred … politicians can change the law but we can’t change the nature of the confessional, which is a sacred encounter between a penitent and someone seeking forgiveness and a priest representing Christ,” Bishop O’Kelly told ABC radio.

“That does not change by the law of politicians.”

'We can't change the nature of our sacred confessional': Church refuses to adhere to new law requiring priests to report confessions of child sex abuse

SOUTH AUSTRALIA (AUSTRALIA)
Australian Associated Press

June 15, 2018

* South Australian Catholic Church will refuse to report child abuse confessions
* Acting Archbishop of Adelaide Greg O'Kelly says confessional is sacred
* The new law will mean not reporting abuse will carry a maximum $10,000

The Catholic Church has says it will refuse report confessions of child sex abuse despite a law that requires priests to do so, defending the practice as 'sacred.'

The South Australian Catholic Church will not adhere to a change in law requiring priests to report confessions of child sex abuse, the Acting Archbishop of Adelaide says.

Eight Catholic priests accused of sex abuse: Which churches did they work for?

ROCHESTER (NY)
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

June 14, 2018

By Meaghan M. McDermott

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian announced on June 6 that 15 men and two women have alleged they were sexually abused as children by eight priests assigned to parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester between 1950 and 1978.

Three of the accused priests have been publically identified in the past: Eugene Emo, David P. Simon and Francis H. Vogt. Emo and Simon were removed from their ministry and Vogt has since died.

Here are the priests identified by Garabedian and their assignment history within the Diocese of Rochester:

June 14, 2018

Victim of alleged clergy sexual abuse seeks justice

ROCHESTER (NY)
WHEC 10

June 14, 2018

An alleged victim of clergy sexual abuse spoke out Thursday morning in a press conference at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester.

The alleged victim, Carol DuPre' says that the abuse she suffered occurred from 1962 and 1963 when she was between the ages of 15- and 16-years-old.

She would continue to say that at that time she would count the money after mass on Sunday which is where the alleged abuse at the hands of Father Stuart Hogan began.

"By coming out and talking about this I hope this will help how I am feeling on the inside which is healing," DuPre' explained.

Spencerport woman who says priest abused her as a child tells her story

ROCHESTER (NY)
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

June 14, 2018

By Meaghan M. McDermott and Sean Lahman

A Spencerport woman who has accused a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester of sexual abuse shared her story Thursday morning on the steps of Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Carol DuPré is one of a group of accusers who say they were sexually abused by Rochester area priests when they were children. Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston attorney who has spent decades representing such victims, last week named eight priests from the diocese who 15 men and two women say abused them between 1950 and 1978.

DuPré said she was molested by Father G. Stuart Hogan when she was 15 and 16 years old in 1962 and 1963.

"It started after mass one Sunday when he asked me to go back to the rectory to help count the offering," she said. "It put me in a precarious position where he began the molestation, and that's all I want to talk about as far as details."

Declaración de prensa del Arzobispado de Santiago

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Comunicaciones Santiago

June 13, 2018

Durante la mañana de este miércoles 13 de junio de 2018, el fiscal regional de O'Higgins, Sr. Emiliano Arias, junto con efectivos del OS-9 de Carabineros, presentaron al Arzobispado de Santiago una orden judicial de registro e incautación de antecedentes de parte de la Jueza de Garantía de Pichilemu (VI Región), Sra. Magistrado América Antonia Rojas, sobre un proceso de investigación de abusos presentado a la curia de Santiago.

La investigación del caso había sido enviada por la arquidiócesis el 31 de enero de 2018 a la Santa Sede.

El Arzobispado de Santiago entregó al Sr. fiscal toda la documentación solicitada, reiterando la disponibilidad de colaborar con la justicia civil, en todo lo que sea requerido.
Atentamente,

Arzobispado de Santiago de Chile

Fuente: Comunicaciones Santiago

http://www.iglesiadesantiago.cl

Chile authorities raid sites linked to church sex abuse

CHILE
News Wires

June 14, 2018

Police on Wednesday seized church files in raids in Santiago and Rancagua, as the Catholic Church scrambled to try to put a better face on a sex abuse scandal that has rocked Chile.
The surprise operations came as Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna and fellow papal envoy Jordi Bertomeu are visiting for a second time to take witness statements from victims of sexual abuse in the church and provide instruction to Chilean dioceses to respond adequately to any new complaints.

Prosecutor Emiliano Arias confirmed two "landmark" raids and said he was pleased with how they went. Precisely because church officials long were not subject to civilian authority in Chile, this marked a dramatic shift.

"This is not an investigation against the Catholic church," Arias said, but rather an investigation of reports of sex abuse by members of the church who abused minors.

Several members of the church hierarchy, including former bishop Juan Barros, are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up years of child abuse by Chilean pedophile priest Fernando Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s.

Pope's envoys in Chile to 'ask forgiveness' over sex abuse

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Agence France-Presse

June 13, 2018

Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna and fellow papal envoy Jordi Bertomeu will take witness statements from victims of sexual abuse within the Church

The Vatican's top abuse investigator arrived in Chile on Tuesday, June 12, a day after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 3 bishops from the scandal-wracked Chilean Church.

Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna and fellow papal envoy Jordi Bertomeu will take witness statements from victims of sexual abuse within the Church and provide instruction to Chilean dioceses to respond adequately to any new complaints.

"We have come to ask forgiveness" from the victims on behalf of Pope Francis, said Bertomeu as they arrived in Santiago.

The two investigators will meet Wednesday, June 13, with Canon law experts from Chilean dioceses who will provide "technical and legal assistance" in order to "provide adequate responses to each case of child sexual abuse committed by clerics or religious," Scicluna told reporters.

The two officials are due to travel to Osorno, the Catholic diocese led by Juan Barros, one of 3 bishops whose resignation Francis accepted following a child sex abuse scandal that has come to haunt his papacy.

Scicluna told reporters that the visit to Barros's diocese of Osorno aimed to "express the particular closeness of the pope to the diocese of Osorno and his beloved people."

Vatican's top sex abuse investigators promise action in Chile

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Reuters

June 12, 2018

By Aislinn Laing

The Vatican’s top sex abuse investigators arrived in Chile on Tuesday saying they had orders from Pope Francis to ensure the Roman Catholic Church responds to “every case of sexual abuse of minors committed by clergymen” in the South American nation.

New abuse accusations have emerged in recent weeks against the Church in Chile, including allegations against the pope’s own Jesuit order. They follow the resignation of three bishops after an abuse and cover-up scandal that has damaged the Church’s reputation in the country.

“We are seeking to provide concrete technical and legal advice ... so that [the Church] can give a proper response to each case of sexual abuse,” Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta said at a news conference in Santiago.

The Church said it would name a delegate next Monday to be stationed in Santiago and receive accusations of abuse, part of a new effort to help victims seek quick justice on still-open cases, some of which go back decades.

My friend was accused of sexual assault — what do I do?

UNITED STATES
WHIMN

June 13, 2018

By Cleo Waters

It all started with a few missed calls and then a text message saying we had to meet up. He sounded calm on the phone but his need to see me seemed urgent, so we went out for lunch that day.

It was over a vegan meal my friend told me that a woman he’d worked with had accused him of sexual assault and the police were getting involved.

My first reaction was shock. How could this be? How could this man I know to be a funny, kind, sweet and wholly harmless human being be suspected of such a thing with a barely-adult woman.

He was distraught; not crying, but judging by the puffiness that filled the lines on his 30-something face, he’d done a lot of that already. He sounded embarrassed … devastated that his career might be on the line. But honestly, even as he insisted he’d acted “totally professionally” and the incident had been “taken out of context,” the exchange he described seemed questionable.

Now, let me quell your curiosity when I say that knowing the particular details of this incident isn’t necessary to underscore the fact that sexual misconduct on any level is unacceptable in the workplace, or anywhere else, for that matter. Unwelcome explicit comments (something that was alleged) and unwanted, gentle grazes (also alleged) aren’t okay.

In the current climate of #metoo and #timesup, it’s very easy to class men like Harvey Weinstein in the predator category — more than 80 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, and over the years, the disgraced producer cultivated an infamous reputation as a bully, notorious even by Hollywood standards — but what to do when someone you know and trust is also accused of similar grievances? “Today” host Savannah Guthrie highlighted this dilemma when discussing her co-anchor Matt Lauer’s sacking after sexual misconduct allegations came to light and wondered aloud: “How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?”

How indeed?

It was a question I grappled with during that lunch and well after it, because, as a woman who’s experienced sexual harassment myself, I fully embrace this necessary reckoning that’s seeing many men being held accountable for their usually unpunished antics. I’d be remiss not to acknowledge that the conversations going on right now in offices, schools and bedrooms about women feeling mistreated or threatened sexually are very different from the public discourse happening 10 years ago (or even discussions we were having 10 months ago).

That day, while my friend proclaimed his innocence — and I do believe that no harm was intended — I thought a line had been crossed. And I told him so.

Engler emails on Nassar case spark backlash

EAST LANSING (MI)
The Detroit News

June 13, 2018

By Kim Kozlowski

Michigan State University interim President John Engler faced blowback Wednesday after emails emerged in which he criticized lawyers for Larry Nassar’s assault victims and said the first gymnast to come forward in the scandal was probably getting a "kickback” from her attorney for "manipulating" other victims.

The comments from Engler, reported Wednesday by the Chronicle of Higher Education, generated outrage among Nassar's victims and their allies, including one MSU trustee who said it was time for Engler to take a long look at what he is doing to MSU as it works to move past the scandal.

"Interim President John Engler’s emails released today are completely unacceptable and tone deaf and he should publicly apologize immediately and denounce these insensitive comments," MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum said in a statement. "We need to be focused on culture change at MSU and allow the healing process to begin and statements like these from Interim President Engler and his advisors are hurtful, counterproductive and unnecessary.”

Trustee Brian Mosallam added that he was stunned by Engler's comments.

"I am extremely troubled and disappointed," Mosallam said. "The interim president's tone and conduct Is embarrassing. We are a university that should be showing compassion and contrition and he is doing the exact opposite."

Michigan State president disparaged lawyers, victim in email

EAST LANSING (MI)
The Associated Press

June 13, 2018

Michigan State University's interim president criticized lawyers who represent Larry Nassar's assault victims and suggested that the first woman to go public with her accusations was probably getting a "kickback" from her attorney, according to emails.

John Engler's remarks were made to another university official in April, a month before Michigan State agreed to a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by Nassar, a campus sports doctor now serving decades in prison. The Chronicle of Higher Education and Detroit Free Press reported on the emails Wednesday.

Engler, a former Michigan governor, had an email exchange with Carol Viventi, a Michigan State vice president and special counsel. The emails followed allegations at a stormy public meeting that Engler was trying to pay off a woman without her lawyer's input.

MSU President Engler: Nassar survivor may get kickbacks from lawyers

EAST LANSING (MI)
Detroit Free Press

June 13, 2018

By David Jesse

Michigan State interim President John Engler, in a private email to a top adviser, accused a prominent survivor of former MSU doctor Larry Nassar — Rachael Denhollander — of likely getting kickbacks from the trial attorneys involved in lawsuits against the school.

In the same string of emails, Engler's top aide — Carol Viventi — accused MSU board member Brian Mossallam of not doing a good enough job of protecting Engler. The Free Press obtained the emails from a source within the Engler administration. The Chronicle of Higher Education first obtained the emails under a Freedom of Information Act request.

The emails drew swift response, including two calls questioning why Engler was still at the school.

Woman says Mormon church knew of her abuser's history

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
Associated Press

June 13, 2018

By Brady McCombs

A woman who says a former Mormon missionary leader raped her in the 1980s accused church officials in a new court filing this week of knowing about the man's prior sexual misconduct before he was appointed to the powerful position.

McKenna Denson's attorneys allege in a court document filed Tuesday that Joseph L. Bishop disclosed to church leaders his "acts of sexual predation" while he was a mission president in Argentina in the late 1970s.

"Instead of informing McKenna of the truth about this self-proclaimed, lifelong sexual predator, defendants represented to McKenna, the public, and members of the church that defendant Bishop was a safe, honorable, and trustworthy leader," Denson's attorneys wrote.

Bishop, now 85, has denied raping Denson but acknowledged to police that he asked her to expose herself when he was president of the faith's Missionary Training Center in Provo, according to police documents. The role he held from 1983 to 1986 gave him authority over hundreds of young Mormons preparing to go on church missions.

Gayle King discusses her friendship with Charlie Rose, potential #MeToo backlash

UNITED STATES
GMA

June 13, 2018

By Luchina Fisher

Gayle King has not turned her back on her friend and former colleague Charlie Rose.

The "CBS This Morning" co-anchor, who worked alongside Rose for years before he was fired amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, spoke to The New York Times about her friendship with veteran journalist and why she sees a potential backlash to the #MeToo movement.

King said, for her, it's not a question of whether she has to reconcile her friendship with Rose and the things of which he is accused.

"I don’t feel as if I’ve had to reconcile my feelings," she told The New York Times. "I don’t believe in turning your back on a friend, even when a friend has done something you adamantly disagree with and you’re disappointed in. But I also know that you listen to women, and I don’t discount their stories, either."

Bangladeshi priest accused of sexual relations with women and girl

BANGLADESH
UCA News

June 13, 2018

By Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Natore

Despite police finding that Father Walter Rozario had sex with women and an underage girl, the church has taken no action Bangladeshi priest accused of sexual relations with women and girl

The mysterious disappearance of a Bangladeshi priest just days before Pope Francis visited the country has taken a sinister new turn.

Police suspected Father Walter William Rozario had been kidnapped by radical Muslims when they found his abandoned motorbike and discovered that his mobile phone was switched off.

But their investigation revealed that the 41-year-old priest had allegedly been involved in a string of relationships with women and at least one girl under 18, the age of consent in Bangladesh.

"From our interrogation and findings, I can confirm that five women and an underage girl had illicit and physical relationships with the priest. One of those who admitted having an illicit affair with the priest was a girl aged 17 who was studying in college," Inspector Saikat Hasan of Boraigram police told ucanews.com.

Fiscalía realizó diligencias en Rancagua y Santiago en investigación por abusos en la Iglesia

CHILE
Cooperativa.cl

June 13, 2018

[Prosecutor's Office carried out proceedings in Rancagua and Santiago in investigation for abuses in the Church]

* Personal de Carabineros y Fiscalía llegaron hasta el obispado de Rancagua y dependencias del Arzobispado de Santiago.

* Se investigan conductas impropias de al menos 14 sacerdotes.

* Personal de Carabineros y la Fiscalía realizaron diversas diligencias simultáneas en la mañana de este miércoles en dependencias de la Diócesis de Rancagua y el Arzobispado de Santiago.

Las diligencias se iniciaron en el obispado de Rancagua, hasta donde llegaron efectivos del OS-9 de Carabineros y el fiscal Sergio Pérez con una orden de entrada y registro emitida por el Tribunal de Garantía de Pichilemu.

En paralelo, el fiscal Emiliano Arias llegó hasta el Tribunal Eclesiástico de Santiago para llevar a cabo otra serie de diligencias, oportunidad en la que comentó que "nadie está al margen de la ley".

Posteriormente, Arias se dirigió hacia el Arzobispado con el fin de avanzar en las indagatorias.

Arias apuntó que "hubo toda la colaboración en la entrega de los antecedentes que contaban en la orden judicial, se trata de mucha documentación incautada, tanto aquí como en Rancagua, en la que pretendo ahora abocarme de inmediato a poder analizar para poder decretar diligencias".

El persecutor remarcó que "lo que sí me gustaría aclarar desde ya es que yo no estoy investigando a la iglesia católica, yo estoy investigando a ciertas y determinadas personas naturales que han cometido delitos y que son parte de la iglesia católica".

**

[GOOGLE TRANSLATION: Prosecutor's Office carried out proceedings in Rancagua and Santiago in investigation for abuses in the Church

* Carabineros and Prosecutor personnel arrived at the bishopric of Rancagua and offices of the Archbishopric of Santiago.

* Inappropriate behaviors of at least 14 priests are investigated.

* Prosecutor's Office carried out proceedings in Rancagua and Santiago in investigation for abuses in the Church

Carabineros staff and the Prosecutor's Office carried out several simultaneous proceedings on the morning of this Wednesday in dependencies of the Diocese of Rancagua and the Archbishopric of Santiago .

The proceedings were initiated in the bishopric of Rancagua , to where troops arrived from the OS-9 of Carabineros and the public prosecutor Sergio Pérez with an order of entry and registration issued by the Guarantee Court of Pichilemu .

In parallel, the prosecutor Emiliano Arias came to the Ecclesiastical Court of Santiago to carry out another series of proceedings, an opportunity in which he commented that " no one is outside the law."

Later, Arias went to the Archdiocese in order to advance in the investigations.

Arias noted that " there was all the collaboration in the delivery of the background that counted in the court order, it is a lot of documentation seized , both here and in Rancagua , which I now intend to immediately address to analyze to be able to decree proceedings" .

The persecutor remarked that "what I would like to clarify right now is that I am not investigating the Catholic Church , I am investigating certain and certain natural persons who have committed crimes and who are part of the Catholic Church."]

Chilean church offices raided as part of sex abuse probe

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Associated Press

June 13, 2018

By Patricia Luna

Prosecutors seized documents in raids on Roman Catholic Church offices in two cities as part of an investigation into growing clergy sex abuse scandals, while Vatican investigators met with Chile’s attorney general to discuss cooperation in the civil and canonical probes.

The surprise raids Wednesday targeted the headquarters of Santiago’s Ecclesiastical Court and the diocese in Rancagua in the O’Higgins region, where 14 priests are accused of having had sexual relations with minors.

They came hours before two envoys sent by Pope Francis met with Chilean prosecutors, including Attorney General Jorge Abbott, to coordinate their response to scandals that have discredited Chile’s church and last month led all of its 30-plus active bishops to offer to resign over their collective guilt in failing to protect children from abusive priests.

“The commitment is to a greater collaboration between the institutions,” Abbott said, adding that church and civilian authorities are going to set up a system that will provide victims with the protections needed to come forward and freely lodge complaints.

Bangladesh wake-up call on sexual abuse for Asia's bishops

BANGLADESH
Global Pulse

The case of Father Walter Rozario bears all the hallmarks of denial, cover-up and silencing victims seen in the West

June 13, 2018

By Michael Kelly SJ, Bangkok

The investigation by ucanews.com into the disappearance of a priest from Bangladesh that uncovered evidence of sexual abuse follows a well-trodden path.

It's one that has been travelled in country after country for 30 years — in the United States, Canada, Ireland and Australia and now on full display in Chile.

It runs like this: there is a pattern of "grooming" where the sexual predator flatters and indulges his proposed victim into submission; advances are made by the predator on his target; fear and paralysis is the response of the target and often their families, and so often silence.

If church authorities are informed or learn of the events, there is puzzlement followed by inertia often with a failure to listen or take seriously the complaints about a cleric or religious; a pattern of cover-up where the predator is defended or worse still, they are moved to other parts of the diocese or the country or even out of the country; the circling forces of the police are at the extremes: they are either complicit with the powerful church or out to score a conviction at almost any cost.

June 13, 2018

Histórico: Fiscalía de O’Higgins inicia incautación de archivos eclesiásticos en Iglesia de Santiago y Rancagua por abusos sexuales a menores

CHILE
La Tercera

June 13, 2018

[Historical: O'Higgins Prosecutor's Office initiates confiscation of ecclesiastical archives in the Church of Santiago and Rancagua for sexual abuse of minors]

By Ivonne Toro

La medida incluye todas las acusaciones que llegaron desde 2007 a la fecha a congregación para la doctrina de la Fe y que recibieron sanciones canónicas como aquellas que constan en los archivos de la curia de la diócesis de Rancagua. En Santiago se requiere información específica sobre el ex canciller del Arzobispado de Santiago, Óscar Muñoz Toledo.

A esta hora el fiscal regional de Rancagua, Emiliano Arias, encabeza la incautación de documentos en dependencias del Tribunal Eclesiástico de calle Catedral en Santiago, el Arzobispado de Santiago y en paralelo, según pudo confirmar La Tercera PM otros persecutores del Ministerio Público se encuentra realizando la misma acción en el edificio de la Diócesis de Rancagua. Se trata de un proceso inédito que se vincula a las indagatorias que sigue Arias por presuntos abusos sexuales a menores por parte de miembros de la curia.

La información recabada por este medio apunta a que la Fiscalía ha solicitado a las reparticiones todas las investigaciones realizadas desde el año 2007 hasta hoy por parte de la Iglesia en que hubieran sido víctimas menores de edad de abusos sexuales u otros ilícitos por parte de los sacerdotes de las diócesis de Rancagua. También se incluye a religiosos que no son parte de esta repartición, pero que habrían cometido ilícitos en la zona.

[GOOGLE TRANSLATION:

Historical: O'Higgins Prosecutor's Office initiates confiscation of ecclesiastical archives in the Church of Santiago and Rancagua for sexual abuse of minors

The measure includes all the accusations that came from 2007 to the congregation date for the doctrine of the Faith and that received canonical sanctions like those that appear in the archives of the Curia of the Diocese of Rancagua. In Santiago, specific information is required about the former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago, Óscar Muñoz Toledo.

At this time the regional prosecutor of Rancagua, Emiliano Arias, heads the seizure of documents in the Ecclesiastical Tribunal offices of Cathedral Street in Santiago, the Archbishopric of Santiago and in parallel, as he could confirm to La Tercera other prosecutors of the Public Ministry is making the same action in the building of the Diocese of Rancagua. It is an unpublished process that is linked to the investigations Arias follows for alleged sexual abuse of minors by members of the curia.

The information gathered through this means that the Office of the Prosecutor has requested all the investigations carried out from 2007 until today by the Church in which they have been victims of sexual abuse or other illicit acts by priests. of the Dioceses of Rancagua. It also includes religious who are not part of this division, but who would have committed crimes in the area.]

Chile prosecutors raid Catholic Church offices amid sex abuse probe

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Reuters

June 13, 2018

By Aislinn Laing and Dave Sherwood

Chilean police and prosecutors on Wednesday launched separate and unexpected raids on Roman Catholic Church offices to seize documents relating to mounting claims of sexual abuse and cover-up.

The raids came just hours before Vatican abuse investigators sent by Pope Francis met the country’s top prosecutor to discuss collaborating on civil and canonical probes.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, a special envoy from the Vatican, told reporters that it was “very important” that Church and state work together to protect children alleged to have been abused by priests and clergymen.

“The canonical process should in no way impede the right of people to exercise their right to civil justice,” he said at a news conference in the capital Santiago.

Hours earlier, police and prosecutors raided the Church’s judicial office in Santiago, surprising Church leaders.

Jaime Ortiz de Lazcano, the Archbishop of Santiago’s legal advisor, said he was in a meeting with Scicluna when he was asked to go to a court hearing about the impending seizure of documents relating to an abuse case the Church had investigated in January.

“I was very surprised when they told me ‘Father, go to the court because there’s going to be a raid,’” he told reporters.

Berks lawmaker rallies for change in sexual abuse cases

HARRISBURG (PA)
WFMZ-TV

June 12, 2018

By Katiera Winfrey

Renewed push to follow report on church sex abuse

A Pennsylvania lawmaker from Berks County plans to renew his push to abolish the state's statute of limitations in sex abuse cases after the publication of a grand jury report on allegations of child sexual abuse within six Roman Catholic dioceses around the state.

Rep. Mark Rozzi, himself a victim of childhood sex abuse in the Allentown diocese, said Tuesday he's prepared to seek a vote in the state House of Representatives on legislation that carries provisions sought by victims.

Rozzi's efforts come ahead of the release of a grand jury report into sex abuse in the Catholic dioceses.

Push to nix Pennsylvania statute of limitations to follow church sex abuse report

HARRISBURG (PA)
The Associated Press

June 12, 2018

A renewed push for legislation to abolish Pennsylvania's statute of limitations in sex abuse cases will follow the publication of a sweeping grand jury report on allegations of child sexual abuse and cover-ups within six Roman Catholic dioceses around the state, a lawmaker said Tuesday.

Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, said he will be prepared to seek a vote in the state House of Representatives on legislation that carries provisions sought by victims.

The House two years ago overwhelmingly approved Rozzi's legislation to lift time limits for authorities to pursue charges of child sexual abuse and for those onetime child victims to sue their attackers and institutions that covered it up. Rozzi's bill also would have established a two-year window for victims to sue for damages if they are now older than the current legal age limit.

Currently, state law bars onetime child victims from suing for damages if they have turned 30 and bars authorities from filing criminal charges if the person making the claim of child sexual abuse has turned 50.

The Senate, however, rejected key provisions, including the two-year window. Rozzi, who has told of his rape as a 13-year-old boy by a Roman Catholic priest, said he is hoping the grand jury's report changes enough minds for his bill to pass the Senate this time.

Sexual abuse survivors seek Legislature’s help in holding abusers accountable

HARRISBURG (PA)
The Tribune-Democrat

June 13, 2018

By John Finnerty

Advocates rallied at the Capitol on Tuesday to call on state lawmakers to allow victims to seek justice for long-ago abuse ahead of an expected grand jury report examining the Catholic church’s handling of child sex abuse by priests across Pennsylvania.

Efforts to reform the statute of limitations law in the wake of child sex abuse scandals have been mired in controversy over whether possible reforms should to be made moving forward or include provisions to allow victims to seek justice for crimes that have already passed the statute of limitations.

The Senate last year approved Senate Bill 261, a measure that would have eliminated the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution of child sex crimes. But that measure only looked forward and offered no relief for victims of crimes that have already passed the statute of limitations.

Valedictorian gets mic cut off mid-speech. I hope we haven’t heard the last of her.

PETALUMA (CA)
Chicago Tribune

June 12, 2018

By Heidi Stevens

Lulabel Seitz, the valedictorian at Petaluma High School in Northern California, was plugging along nicely on her commencement address about overcoming obstacles and achieving dreams when suddenly her mic went dead.

“The class of 2018 has demonstrated time and time again that we may be a new generation, but we are not too young to speak up, to dream and to create change,” she told the crowd of graduates and their loved ones. “Which is why even when some people on this campus, those same people — ”

Cut!

She veered off-script around the four-minute mark, and administrators were having none of it. Students submitted their speeches for approval, principal David Stirrat told The Washington Post, and they were warned that if they deviated from the approved remarks, the microphone could be cut off.

MSU won't say whether any deans, top officials have been investigated for misconduct

EAST LANSING (MI)
Lansing State Journal

June 13, 2018

By Matt Mencarini

Michigan State University has refused to release records that would show whether any of its deans or top administrators have been the subject of misconduct investigations. MSU also failed to meet a statutory deadline in an appeal of that decision.

On May 4, the university denied the release of records relating to any open or closed university investigations of 38 of its top officials, including deans, some vice presidents and high-ranking athletic department staffers. The request covered Title IX investigations, which look into sexual misconduct and relationship violence, or any other internal inquiries.

The Lansing State Journal made the request under the state's Freedom of Information Act following the arrest of former dean William Strampel in March and the revelation that he had been subject of a Title IX investigation since December.

The university said that any closed investigations were denied as an unwarranted invasion of privacy. Any open investigations were denied as potentially interfering with ongoing law enforcement investigations and as an unwarranted invasion of privacy. MSU did not specify whether no such records exist for some of the 38 individuals.

Harvard Pilgrim CEO Eric Schultz Has Resigned Over Inappropriate Behavior

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Magazine

June 12, 2018

By Spencer Buell

"I made mistakes, and I’m truly sorry."

Eric Schultz, the CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, announced his resignation Tuesday, effective immediately, after behavior that was described as inappropriate.

“It’s with mixed emotions that I inform you that today will be my last day as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Chair of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation,” Schultz said in a resignation letter shared Tuesday. “Regrettably, I recently exhibited behavior that was inconsistent with my personal core values and the company’s core values and code of conduct. During the past eight years as your leader, I was committed to fostering a workplace culture that was inclusive, welcoming and rooted in integrity and respect. I made mistakes, and I’m truly sorry.”

The board of directors at the Boston-based health services company said in a statement it has accepted his resignation.

Neither Schultz nor Harvard Pilgrim has offered any more specifics.

The Boston Globe Has Dropped Its Lawsuit Against Hilary Sargent

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Magazine

June 11, 2018

By Spencer Buell

The Globe had filed an injunction to force Sargent, a former boston.com staffer, to turn over information.

The Boston Globe has decided to end its legal battle with Hilary Sargent, a former employee who shared saved text messages conversations on Twitter that appeared to show someone—whom she claimed to be the Globe‘s top editor—sending suggestive messages.

The outlet has dropped efforts to seek an injunction that would have forced Sargent, who was once an editor at the Globe-owned boston.com, to sit down for an official interview and hand over documents related to her allegations against editor Brian McGrory. In its announcement, the Globe cited statements from Sargent and her lawyer that an inappropriate text allegedly sent to her by McGrory was “more likely” sent after she was no longer an employee at the paper.

“After learning facts disclosed for the first time by Hilary Sargent … the Boston Globe believes that legal action is no longer necessary,” reads a statement released by the Globe. “Ms. Sargent has finally provided the information the Globe has requested from the start.”

Guess Co-founder Accused of Harassment Steps Down

UNITED STATES
The Cut

June 13, 2018

By Sarah Spellings

Months after Guess models including Kate Upton accused co-founder Paul Marciano of “sexually and emotionally harassing women,” Marciano has stepped down from the company.

A four-month-long probe found that Marciano has “exercised poor judgment in his communications with models and photographers and in placing himself in situations in which plausible allegations of improper conduct could, and did, arise.” The company also said in a statement that Marciano had made “inappropriate comments and texts and unwanted advances including kissing and groping.”

Marciano’s brother was appointed chairman, and Marciano will remain on the board until January 30, 2019. He has not performed his daily duties since the beginning of the probe.

Women detail explosive allegations against USC gynecologist accused of sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES (CA)
CBS NEWS

June 13, 2018

Another woman is detailing explosive allegations against a longtime gynecologist at the University of Southern California. She's joined 23 other women in an amended lawsuit, accusing Dr. George Tyndall of sexual misconduct including assaulting patients under the guise of medical treatment.

Tyndall is also feds probing whether USC concealed abuse allegations against school gynecologist. They're looking into more than 50 cases. Some former patients claim USC ignored complaints about the doctor for decades and covered up his alleged crimes, reports CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas.

Daniella Mohazab and Anika Narayanan both visited USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall in 2016.

"When we went into the examining room, he had me undress from the waist down and he watched me as I did that," Mohazab told Yuccas.

"He started asking me what race I was, relating to me how I looked like his wife," Mohazab added.

Narayanan said she had never been to a gynecologist before.

Southern Baptists condemn abuse and stand in support of victims

DALLAS (TX)
The Tennessean

June 12, 2018

By Holly Meyer

The Southern Baptist Convention condemned all forms of abuse and stood in support of victims on Tuesday evening.

The voting representatives from Southern Baptist churches across the nation passed a resolution addressing abusive behavior and how church leaders should respond to allegations. They are in Dallas this week for their annual denominational meeting.

"We call on all persons perpetrating and enabling abuse to repent and to confess their sin to Jesus Christ and to church authorities and to confess their crimes to civil authorities," the resolution reads.

Eminent biologist resigns over allegations of gender discrimination and sexual harassment

LA JOLLA (CA)
News Medical

June 13, 2018

By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD

Eminent biologist and cancer researcher Inder Verma has resigned from the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in La Jolla, California according to an announcement made by the institute on the 11th of June 2018. This has followed the temporary suspension of Verma since 21st of April this year after several allegations of gender discrimination and sexual harassment from female scientists against him.

After receiving the complaints the Salk Institute had started an internal probe into the matter. Verma has since then repeatedly denied the allegations made against him. In a statement to the media he said, “I have never used my position at the Salk Institute to take advantage of others. I have also never engaged in any sort of intimate relationship with anyone affiliated with the Salk Institute. I have never inappropriately touched, nor have I made any sexually charged comments, to anyone affiliated with the Salk Institute. I have never allowed any offensive or sexually charged conversations, jokes, material, etc. to occur at the Salk Institute.”

PM tells church to put child safety first

AUSTRALIA
Australian Associated Press

June 13, 2018

By Megan Neil

The Catholic Church maintains the seal of confession cannot be broken even to reveal child sexual abuse, despite Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declaring children's safety must take priority.

Mr Turnbull has promised the federal government will put child safety first as he prepares an October 22 national apology to child sexual abuse survivors for the "shocking" crimes committed against them.

The government will set up a national office of child safety as it adopts the bulk of the recommendations of the five-year child abuse royal commission.

While Canberra has not rejected any recommendations, the controversial issue of extending mandatory reporting laws to include people in religious ministry remains in the hands of the states and territories.

Mr Turnbull had a clear message for the Catholic Church when it came to the seal of the confession: "The safety of children should always be put first."

Diocese of Canterbury issues confessional advice to priests

CANTERBURY (ENGLAND)
Kent Online

June 13, 2018

By Joe Wright

Church leaders have come under fire for advising priests to divulge the secrets of confession in special circumstances.

The Diocese of Canterbury, which covers Maidstone, Thanet and Ashford, has been accused of breaching canon law for telling clergy to inform the authorities should they fear for a person's safety.

The guidelines were drawn up after a local priest felt compromised when someone revealed details about ongoing abuse.

Catholics defend the secrecy of confession amid pressure over child abuse royal commission

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

June 13, 2018

By Matthew Doran

The Catholic Church is holding firm against calls to lift the veil of secrecy on confession amid calls from victims and advocates to force priests to report alleged abusers.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull delivered the Federal Government's response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse in Canberra on Wednesday.

Last year 122 recommendations were delivered to the government, including calls to throw out the sanctity of the confessional.

In a statement posted to YouTube, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President, Archbishop Mark Coleridge dismissed those demands.

"The church doesn't want to protect criminals, it wants children to be safe from them," he said.

"And the church wants measures that really make environments safer for children.

"But there's nothing to suggest that legal abolition of the seal will help in that regard."

That has outraged advocates of abuse victims, who believe the church is simply trying to shield alleged abusers.

Former Bangladesh nun: Anti-sex abuse crusader

DHAKA (BANGLADESH)
UCANews

June 13, 2018

By Rock Ronald Rozario

Abuse is covered up not just by the church, but also by local Christian society, rights activist Rosaline Costa says

Bangladeshi human rights activist Rosaline Costa says reports of clergymen abusing women and children have been around Christendom for years.

"In recent years the media has been very open in this respect and so many victims are coming out and even risking their lives with their claims," Costa said.

After ucanews.com reported the case of Bangladeshi priest Father William Walter Rozario, the former Maria Bambina nun answered the following questions about the situation in Bangladesh:

Do you find the case of Father Rozario significant?

I feel it is very significant in the context of Bangladesh. Our Catholic people are God-fearing and honor religious men and women in a special way. We have learned that religious people are the people of God and they commit themselves by taking the visible place of Jesus. But when such things happen, it is a shocking message to all Christians. In recent years, we have heard of similar cases in various dioceses and parishes.

Opinion: A Catholic Church child sex abuse bombshell is coming, and Pa. lawmakers had better be on the right side

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Inquirer

June 13, 2018

By Maria Panaritis

The warning Tuesday came from Catholic men in the Pennsylvania legislature.

Their names are Tom Murt of Montgomery County, Pat Harkins of Erie, and Mark Rozzi of Reading. They’re guys who go to church or, in Rozzi’s case at least, used to — until he was raped by a priest as a 13-year-old.

A bombshell is coming, they warned during a rally inside the Capitol in Harrisburg. And anyone working alongside them in this, the people’s hall of power, had better be on the right side of things when it does.

An investigative grand jury report into clergy abuse in six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses may be days away from being made public. Rumored to be 884 pages long, it is expected to make stomachs turn, the product of more than two years’ worth of top-secret subpoenas and testimony led by a team in the Attorney General’s Office.

Let’s hope it shakes everyone to their core. Because lawmakers must be prodded toward justice, once and for all.

Owego priest, accused of child sex abuse, won't speak at priests' conference

OWEGO (NY)
Press Connects

June 13, 2018

By Katie Sullivan

Tioga County priest Rev. Thomas Valenti has asked to take time away from his pastoral duties, days after a Boston attorney named him as one of eight clergy members accused of sexually abusing children in the Diocese of Rochester between 1950 and 1978.

On Wednesday, Doug Mandelaro, director of stewardship and communications for the Diocese of Rochester, confirmed Valenti has asked "to be relieved of his pastoral duties at this time in order to address this matter."

Valenti currently serves as the parochial administrator at Blessed Trinity — that includes St. James Church in Waverly, St. John in Newark Valley and St. Margaret Mary in Apalachin — as well as St. Patrick's parish in Owego.

Vatican team returns to Chile to 'ask forgiveness' for clergy sex abuse, cover-ups

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

June 13, 2018

Arriving on his second visit to Chile, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta said his mission to the country is a sign of Pope Francis' closeness to the local church following devastating reports of sexual abuse and cover-ups by members of the clergy.

Speaking to journalists in Santiago June 12, the archbishop said his team's pastoral mission includes providing "concrete technical and legal assistance to the dioceses in Chile so they may give adequate responses to each case of sexual abuse of minors committed by clergy or religious."

Archbishop Scicluna, president of a board of review handling abuse cases within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Father Jordi Bertomeu Farnos, an official of the doctrinal congregation, visited Santiago June 12-13 before going to Osorno June 14-17.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 61-year-old Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, and two other Chilean bishops June 11. Bishop Barros' appointment as head of the Diocese of Osorno in January 2015 sparked protest because of the bishop's connection to Father Fernando Karadima, his former mentor. Father Karadima was sentenced to a life of prayer and penance by the Vatican after he was found guilty of sexually abusing boys.

Pope Francis is finally starting to get it

CHILE
The Washington Post

June 12, 2018

By Editorial Board

THE WORLD HAS heard it again and again — heartfelt, ringing pledges by Pope Francis and his predecessors that the Vatican, at long last, has gotten the message on the global epidemic of clerical sex abuse. These often have been followed by half-measures, equivocations, inertia and even outright contempt for accusers, who in most cases were victimized as children.

Now, five years into his papacy, there are signs, at last, that Pope Francis is starting to get it.

In an extraordinary move, he summoned all 34 of Chile’s bishops to the Vatican last month for an emergency summit and dressing-down, accusing them of collective responsibility for systematically ignoring and covering up for pedophile priests over decades. The pontiff included himself in the problem — “me first of all,” he wrote to the bishops — having in January summarily dismissed as “slander” credible accusations that a Chilean bishop, Juan Barros, whom he appointed in 2015 despite warnings by other prelates, was complicit in misdeeds by a notorious abusive priest.

The Latest: Protesters push for SBC to adopt reform measures

DALLAS (TX)
Associated Press

June 12, 2018

The Latest on the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

About two dozen protesters gathered outside the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention are pushing for three changes to church operations.

They say they want more inclusion of women’s voices in the SBC and a database to record and track those accused of misconduct. They also want seminarians and others trained on how to address domestic violence.

Carol Shelton of Fort Worth says domestic violence and sexual abuse have been given little attention because the victims are normally women.

Michael Maschenik, pastor of Unity Baptist Church near Macon, Georgia, counters that a database would be redundant from the ones kept by authorities. He says no one in the SBC supports or condones abusive behavior.

Australia PM will make national apology to sex abuse victims

SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA)
Associated Press

June 13, 2018

By Trevor Marshallsea

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will deliver a national apology to child sex abuse victims as part of the government’s response to a long-running inquiry that heard allegations against government and private institutions and prominent individuals in five years of hearings.

The apology, to be delivered on Oct. 22 after public consultations, was announced Wednesday as Turnbull outlined his government’s formal reaction to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Its inquiry ended in December after taking evidence from leaders such as Vatican Cardinal George Pell, who is charged with committing historical sex abuses himself and was accused of failing to protect children.

Turnbull’s government will adopt 104 of the 122 recommendations the royal commission made to it, including establishing a national office for child safety and joining a redress payments program. The 18 other recommendations remain under consideration.

“It’s been harrowing work,” Turnbull told a news conference in Canberra. “Now that we’ve uncovered the shocking truth, we must do everything in our power to honor the bravery of the thousands of people who came forward.”

[VIDEO] Advocates push for statute of limitations reform as grand jury report looms

HARRISBURG (PA)
Fox43-TV

June 12, 2018

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse and advocated rallied Tuesday, pushing for reforms of the commonwealth statute of limitation rules.

Currently in Pennsylvania, someone who was sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday has until they're 30-years old to file a civil suit.

The age limit for a person to bring forward a criminal case is 50-years old.

House Bill 612 proposes to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations while providing a two-year window of opportunity for anyone seeking a civil lawsuit after exceeding the age limit, with the burden of proof going on the accuser.

Fighting for the Rights of Abuse Victims

HARRISBURG (PA)
PALive.com (WBRE/WYOU-TV)

June 13, 2018

By Matt Heckel and Jayne Ann Bugda

[VIDEO]

The findings of a grand jury investigating allegations of sexual abuse by priests at six Catholic Dioceses in Pennsylvania is set to be released to the public later this month. On Tuesday there was a push at the state capitol to give victims more legal rights. Eyewitness News Harrisburg Reporter Matt Heckel has the story.

A bill in the house would lift time limits for when victims of sex abuse can sue their alleged abusers. On Tuesday, Victims and advocates filled the capitol to urge lawmakers to pass the bill.

"You learn to live with it. It's like a haunting," said Teresa Lancaster.

Not a day has gone by since Teresa Lancaster graduated from "Archbishop Keough High School" in Baltimore in the 1970’s that she doesn't think about the sexual abuse she and her classmates went through.

June 12, 2018

Will Southern Baptists do more than pass a resolution on #SBCToo sins and crimes?

NEW YORK (NY)
GetReligion

June 12, 2018

By Terry Mattingly

The 2018 Southern Baptist Convention is in session and, so far, the news out of Dallas has been pretty predictable. The big news, if you are into that civil-religion thing, is that Vice President Mike Pence will address the gathering tomorrow.

Baptist Press has a live blog here, with the status of resolutions and other votes, and an actual live-cam up is streaming here (and here on YouTube).There's lots going on at several hashtags, such as #SBC18, #SBC2018 and #SBCAM18. The official Twitter feed for the meeting is right here.

As I wrote yesterday, in a high-altitude overview post, I think the key to the meeting will be actions – not just resolutions – to change policies in seminaries linked to counseling and reports of domestic abuse. Also, watch for efforts to create some kind of SBC-endorsed clearing house collecting official reports of abuse by clergy and church leaders.

Massive Minnesota settlement a possible precedent in Pa. abuse cases

HARRISBURG (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 12, 2018

By Peter Smith

Advocates for sexual-abuse survivors are rebooting their effort on Tuesday in Harrisburg for legislation that would allow victims to sue over abuse that happened years or decades ago.

And if a recent settlement in Minnesota is any indication, the implications for such legislation could be huge for Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses, which are facing the imminent release of a landmark grand jury report into 70 years of alleged sexual abuse and cover-up.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on May 31 reached at $210 million settlement with about 450 victims of abuse by clergy and others associated with the church.

That followed the archdiocese’s 2015 bankruptcy filing, which itself followed an avalanche of lawsuits made possible by a 2013 Child Victim’s Act. That Minnesota law provided a three-year window in the statute of limitations that otherwise had barred lawsuits over long-ago abuse.

Push for Legislation to Follow Report on Church Sex Abuse

HARRISBURG (PA)
The Associated Press

June 12, 2018

By Marc Levy

A lawmaker plans to renew his push to abolish Pennsylvania's statute of limitations in sex abuse cases after the publication of a grand jury report on allegations of child sexual abuse within six Roman Catholic dioceses around the state.

A renewed push for legislation to abolish Pennsylvania's statute of limitations in sex abuse cases will follow the publication of a sweeping grand jury report on allegations of child sexual abuse within six Roman Catholic dioceses around the state, a lawmaker said Tuesday.

Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, said he will be prepared to seek a vote in the state House of Representatives on legislation that carries provisions sought by victims.

The House two years ago overwhelmingly approved Rozzi's legislation to lift time limits for authorities to pursue charges of child sexual abuse and for those onetime child victims to sue their attackers and institutions that covered it up. Rozzi's bill also would have created a two-year window for victims to sue for damages if they are now older than the current legal age limit.

Currently, state law bars onetime-child victims from suing for damages if they have turned 30 and it bars authorities from filing criminal charges if the person making the claim of child sexual abuse has turned 50.

Wave of scandals confront Southern Baptists

DALLAS (TX)
CNN

June 12, 2018

By Daniel Burke

First it was the pastor in Memphis, whose megachurch applauded when he confessed to having a sexual encounter with a teenager 20 years ago. He was later placed on leave.

Then the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee resigned, citing "a morally inappropriate relationship in the recent past."

And last month, Paige Patterson, 75, a revered figure in many Southern Baptist circles, was removed as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary amid accusations he had mishandled two separate cases where students came to him saying they had been raped.

Before those allegations came to light, Patterson had already been the subject of controversy. Audio and video recordings emerged online of Patterson making lewd remarks about a teenage girl, and counseling a woman in an abusive relationship not to divorce her husband, even when she showed up at church with two black eyes.

Pope Francis to face protests in Ireland over illegal church adoptions

IRELAND
The Irish Times

June 12, 2018

By Patsy McGarry

Survivors group says religious orders are ‘extorting the Government over past crimes’

The Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors are planning to protest during the visit to Pope Francis to Ireland next August, founder member Paul Redmond has said.

“The fact of the matter is that the whole adoption machine was run by the church over the years and they cared little or nothing for the law of the land. As far as they were concerned they were doing God’s work, canon law superseded everything and they played hard and fast with the rules across the board,” he told a press conference in Dublin on Tuesday.

On Monday the survivors’ group met Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone who “promised action and legislation by this autumn,” he said.

They would like to see “a Garda unit, properly resourced, proactively going after what evidence is left of the criminal behaviour that was involved, baby trafficking, child abduction, and all the rest of it in this country for generations. These were crimes, serious crimes,” he said.

Education Department opens investigation into USC after gynecologist scandal

LOS ANGELES (CA)
The Washington Post

June 11, 2018

By Susan Svrluga

The U.S. Education Department is launching an investigation into the University of Southern California's handling of sexual harassment allegations against a former gynecologist at the school's student health clinic - and why complaints were not disclosed earlier.

Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported that the private research university had let gynecologist George Tyndall continue treating students despite complaints about his behavior. In the days after the story ran, hundreds of women came forward to report misconduct by Tyndall, who had been a physician there for more than 30 years. Many lawsuits were quickly filed claiming Tyndall sexually abused patients and that the university did not act on complaints. A spokesman for Manly, Stewart & Finaldi said that the firm has filed 20 lawsuits and that more will be forthcoming. The firm is representing more than 100 women.

Outrage over the allegations against the doctor, along with two previous scandals and the way the university's leadership handled them, led to the announcement last month that USC President C.L. Max Nikias would step down.

On Monday, the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights signaled its concern. It announced it would evaluate the university's response to reports of sexual harassment that were not fully investigated by the university until years later. The department said the university did not disclose those complaints about medical exams during an earlier investigation.

U.S. opens inquiry into gynecologist scandal at University of Southern California

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Reuters

June 12, 2018

By Steve Gorman

The U.S. Education Department has opened an investigation into how the University of Southern California handled complaints that a longtime campus health clinic gynecologist sexually harassed or abused his patients during pelvic examinations.

The agency’s Office for Civil Rights will examine USC’s response to reports of such misconduct by Dr. George Tyndall that date back to 1990 but were not fully investigated by the university until the spring of 2016, the department said in a statement.

“No student should ever endure sexual harassment or abuse while trying to pursue their education,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in the statement.

The university has acknowledged failing to properly act on at least eight complaints that were lodged against Tyndall between 2000 and 2014 but were never brought to light until they were uncovered during the course of an inquiry USC finally opened in 2016.

Ex obispo Gonzalo Duarte también había sido acusado de encubridor: las denuncias de redes de sexo, drogas y poder en la Diócesis de Valparaíso

CHILE
Publimetro

June 11, 2018

Por Aton

Former Bishop Gonzalo Duarte had also been accused of cover-up: allegations of sex, drug and power networks in the Diocese of Valparaíso

El religioso había sido denunciado por un ex seminarista. Su salida fue aceptada por el Papa Francisco.

Además del ahora ex obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros, también el renunciado obispo de Valparaíso, Gonzalo Duarte, fue denunciado como encubridor de abusos sexuales por parte de miembros de la iglesia católica chilena.

El obispo evangélico y ex seminarista Mauricio Pulgar denunció redes de sexo, drogas y poder en la Diócesis de Valparaíso, y apuntó en contra del obispo Gonzalo Duarte por no creer en sus acusaciones.

EL 8 de junio pasado, en entrevista con CNN Chile, explicó que su denuncia apunta directamente contra el presbítero Humberto Enríquez, quien –según afirma- lo drogó y lo violó cuando estaba en la Diócesis de San Felipe.

"Él me drogó y yo no pude moverme (…) no me acuerdo de nada, salvo que empecé a sentir un jadeo y era que él estaba ejecutando la violación", contó el ex seminarista, y sostuvo que tiene un audio en el que "Humberto Enríquez confiesa la violación".

Papa Francisco acepta la primera renuncia de un obispo chileno: Cristián Caro deja de ser arzobispo de Puerto Montt

CHILE
La Tercera

June 11, 2018

By Carla Pía Ruiz y Sebastián Rivas

Pope Francis accepts the first resignation of a Chilean bishop: Cristián Caro stops being archbishop of Puerto Montt

En un comunicado publicado esta madrugada, el propio prelado confirma en una declaración pública que el Pontífice aceptó su dimisión por motivos de edad y nombró un administrador apostólico en su reemplazo.

“Estando en Santiago para la reunión mensual de la Comisión Nacional de Catequesis, se ha dado a conocer la aceptación, por parte del Papa Francisco, de la renuncia que presenté, por razones de límite de edad, en febrero de 2018”. Así, en un comunicado fechado este lunes 11 de junio y publicado en el sitio web de la arquidiócesis, el arzobispo de Puerto Montt, Cristián Caro, confirmó su salida de la diócesis, la primera de un obispo chileno tras la polémica por el caso de Juan Barros y la convocatoria de la Conferencia Episcopal en pleno a Roma.

“Naturalmente que acepto con fe la decisión del Pastor universal, la cual llega en un momento crítico de la Iglesia en Chile, por la pérdida de la fuerza profética de la evangelización y la “cultura del abuso y el encubrimiento” (palabras del Papa) que ha causado daños a muchas personas y ha debilitado la credibilidad de la Iglesia”, agrega Caro en su declaración.

El del arzobispo de Puerto Montt era uno de los nombres señalados como posibles salidas, de acuerdo a fuentes eclesiásticas.

Juan Carlos Cruz: "Se van tres obispos corruptos y seguirán más"

CHILE
24Horas.cl TVN

June 11, 2018

Juan Carlos Cruz: "Three corrupt bishops are leaving and they will continue more"

La víctima del sacerdote pedófilo Fernando Karadima reaccionó ante la decisión del Papa de aceptar las renuncias de los obispos de Osorno, Puerto Montt y Valparaíso.

"Se van tres obispos corruptos y seguirán más", con estas palabras Juan Carlos Cruz, víctima del sacerdote pedófilo Fernando Karadima, reaccionó en las redes sociales tras conocerse la decisión del Papa Francisco de aceptar las renuncias de los obispos Juan Barros, Cristián Caro y Gonzalo Duarte.

"Empieza un nuevo día en la iglesia Católica de Chile! Se van tres obispos corruptos y seguirán más. Emocionante por tantos q han luchado para ver este día. La banda de obispos delincuentes episcopado_cl se empieza a desintegrar hoy!", escribió Cruz en su cuenta en Twitter.

Pope Accepts Resignation of Chilean Bishop Tied to Abuse Scandal

ROME
The New York Times

June 11, 2018

By Jason Horowitz

In January, Pope Francis deeply offended survivors of clerical abuse and threatened the reputation of his pontificate when he defended a Chilean bishop from the “calumny” of victims and said that he had refused the bishop’s offers of resignation.

On Monday, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of that bishop, Juan Barros of Osorno.

The resignation of Bishop Barros and of two other bishops in Chile is a remarkable reversal for Francis. Only months ago, the Chilean scandal represented an enormous threat to the pope’s credibility. Now, abuse victims and their advocates express hope that a new era is beginning in which bishops and the church hierarchy will be held accountable for covering up and ignoring abuse.

“Today begins a new day for the Catholic Church in Chile and hopefully the world,” Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, one of Chile’s most notorious abusive priests, wrote on Twitter on Monday. The priest was a mentor of Bishop Barros, who Mr. Cruz says witnessed his abuse and did nothing.

Community speaks out after Owego priest is accused of sexual assault

OWEGO (NY)
WBNG

June 10, 2018

By Esperanza Gutierrez

A nonprofit organization, which aims to help victims of sexual abuse, is accusing eight Diocese of Rochester priests of sexually abusing children.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, based in Massachusetts, claims that from 1950 to 1978, 17 minors raging from age five to 18-years-old were sexually abused by eight different priests within the Diocese of Rochester.

Garabedian named Thomas Valenti, who served at St. Patrick's Church in Owego as one of them.

"It was a shock, sure," said Marty Murphy, of Owego. "I imagine everybody was shocked to hear this. He's done a lot with kids or children, through his ministry."

Father Valenti is the parochial administrator for Blessed Trinity Parish which is made up four churches, including St. Patrick's.

Lawyers claim the alleged sexual abuse took place years before Valenti came to St. Patrick's.

Garabedian claims Valenti abused a teen boy, beginning in 1975.

At the time Valenti worked at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Ontario, New York.

UPDATE: Former El Paso priest accused of sexually assaulting minor

EL PASO (TX)
KFOX14

June 11, 2018

By Jessica Gonzalez

A former Catholic priest is accused of sexually abusing a minor, according to police.

Miguel Luna, 68, was arrested at his home on Keltner Avenue on Monday afternoon.

An investigation was launched after the alleged victim came forward saying Luna had sexually assaulted her for several years when she was a child.

The alleged abuse happened in the late '90s and stopped when she moved away.

Last August, we reported the sexual abuse allegations.

Bishop Harvey – Child Sexual Abuse is unacceptable

ST. GEORGE'S (GRENADA)
The New Today

June 11, 2018

Grenada’s Roman Catholic Bishop, Trinidad-born Clyde Harvey has expressed grave concerns over the rampant occurrence of Child Sexual Abuse in the country.

Making an appearance on a local radio station, Bishop Harvey said he is hopeful that Catholics are not involved but are exuding better morals than what is being displayed very often in the country with sexual abuse of children.

However, he said that while he holds out hope, he will not be fooled into thinking that members of the Catholic church are not involved in this depraved act.

According to Bishop Harvey, who this month is officially celebrating one year as Bishop of St. George’s in Grenada, the occurrence of Child Sexual Abuse is rather bothersome to him.

“One of the things that disturbed me greatly since I’ve come…people keep telling me the incidence of child sexual abuse is so high – that is totally unacceptable,” he said.

Pope Francis launches purge on sex abuse scandal church in Chile

CHILE
The National

June 11, 2018

POPE Francis has accepted the resignation of the bishop at the centre of Chile’s clerical sex abuse scandal.

It comes as he launches the purge of a church that has lost its credibility in the country after accusations of abuse and a subsequent cover-up.

A Vatican statement said Francis had accepted the resignations of Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, as well as Bishop Gonzalo Duarte of Valparaiso and Bishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt.

Former Coatbridge priest jailed for historic sex abuse dating back 50 years

UNITED KINGDOM
The Daily Record

June 12, 2018

By Airdrie And Coatbridge Advertiser

Perverted Father Michael Maher preyed on his 12-year-old victim at her home in 1968 and it continued for four years.

A vile former Coatbridge priest who was exposed as a pervert when his victim confronted him 50 years after he molested her has been jailed for six months.

Sick Father Michael Maher preyed on the girl at her home in 1968 when she was only 12 and he was 25.

The horrendous abuse continued for four years, including at his parish house in Coatbridge.

Maher, 74, was close friends with the girl’s parents and regularly called at their Lanarkshire home.

The victim, who is now 62, kept her terrifying ordeal secret for decades but told her husband after Maher had conducted mass for her parents’ wedding anniversary.

She contacted the priest by email in 2016 and Maher, who was then at St Isidore’s in Biggar, confessed his guilt.

Maher, now of Stobo in Peeblesshire, appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court last week and admitted lewd and indecent behaviour towards the girl between 1968 and 1972.