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July 31, 2018

Abbott amplía investigación de fiscal Arias en casos de abusos sexuales ligados a la Iglesia

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Emol

July 27, 2018

[National prosecutor expands investigation into Church sex abuse]

By Tamara Cerna

El fiscal regional de Rancagua podrá dirigir causas que se inicien y vinculen a las que actualmente lleva, como la de una cofradía llamada "La Familia". Esto, independiente de la zona en la que hayan ocurrido.

Mediante un comunicado, el fiscal nacional, Jorge Abbott, notificó la decisión de ampliar la investigación que lleva adelante el fiscal regional de O´Higgins, Emiliano Arias, por casos de abusos sexuales ligados a miembros de la Iglesia Católica.

Posted by Laura R at 5:42 PM

Fiscal Arias antes de interrogar a Ezzati: "Sabemos que religiosos destruyeron evidencias sobre abusos sexuales"

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

July 29, 2018

[Prosecutor Arias before questioning Ezzati: "We know that religious destroyed evidence of sexual abuse"]

By Matías Harz

El persecutor, quien citó a declarar el próximo 21 de agosto al arzobispo de Santiago, habló con el medio español El País sobre los escándalos que han ocurrido en la Iglesia Católica chilena

Esta semana, el Arzobispado de Santiago comunicó que el cardenal Ricardo Ezzati fue citado a declarar por el Ministerio Público en calidad de imputado por el eventual delito de encubrimiento de abusos sexuales.

Posted by Laura R at 5:30 PM

Ezzati llega a asamblea extraordinaria en Punta de Tralca para abordar crisis en la Iglesia por abusos

PUNTA DE TRALCA (CHILE)
Emol

July 30, 2018

[Ezzati arrives at an extraordinary assembly in Punta de Tralca to address abuse crisis in the Church]

By Tomás Molina

El arzobispo de Santiago llegó en silencio y se espera que el miércoles arriben más invitados, entre ellos laicos. Desde la Conferencia Episcopal negaron que asistan víctimas de abusos.

Poco a poco comenzaron a llegar hasta la casa de ejercicios ubicada en el balneario de Punta de Tralca, comuna de El Quisco, los obispos de Chile. Esto, con el fin de dar inicio a la asamblea plenaria convocada de forma extraordinaria que tiene como misión abordar la actual crisis por la que atraviesa la Iglesia católica en el país.

Posted by Laura R at 5:22 PM

Fiscal Arias no descarta enviar exhorto al Papa tras dichos de destrucción de archivos sobre abusos

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Emol

July 30, 2018

[Prosecutor Arias does not rule out sending petition to the Pope after said destruction of abuse files]

By Juan Peña

El persecutor a cargo de la investigación contra el ex canciller del arzobispado Óscar Muñoz también habló de los supuestos encubrimientos. "El hecho de que no estemos obligados a denunciar no implica que se nos esté prohibido", afirmó.

El fiscal regional, Emiliano Arias, no descarta enviar un exhorto al Papa Francisco, tras los dichos del pontífice acerca de una destrucción de archivos eclesiásticos sobre abusos sexuales y de poder al interior de la iglesia.

Posted by Laura R at 5:09 PM

Jesuitas trasladan a dos sacerdotes sancionados por abuso a menores que residían al costado de colegio Alonso de Ovalle

CHILE
La Tercera

July 31, 2018

[Jesuits transfer two priests sanctioned for abuse to minors residing next to school Alonso de Ovalle]

by Ivonne Toro

La medida se adoptó por la presión de los apoderados luego de que la entidad informara que tres de sus sacerdotes habían sido investigados y declarados culpables de abuso y transgresión de conciencia.

A través de un comunicado interno a la comunidad ignaciana se informó ayer de un acuerdo entre la Dirección del Colegio Alonso de Ovalle, el Centro de Padres y la Compañía de Jesús, que permitió el traslado de los dos jesuitas sancionados canónicamente por abuso a menores que habitaban en la Residencia San Ignacio.

Posted by Laura R at 4:48 PM

Third victim of Father Riter testifies before diocese [VIDEO]

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW TV

July 30, 2018

A third alleged victim of Father Dennis Riter testified before the Diocese of Buffalo this morning, one month after the diocese made a controversial decision to return the accused priest to his Dunkirk parish.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:03 PM

Assignment Record: Rev. Kenneth L. Martin

NEWARK (NJ)
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Kenneth L. Martin was ordained for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1977. He was an assistant priest at St. Andrew's parish in Bayonne until 1991, when he was made a personal secretary for Archbishop McCarrick while residing at Sacred Heart Cathedral. In 1993 Martin was assigned as Administrator of Holy Name of Jesus in East Orange.

In the mid-1990s a man met with McCarrick to report that Martin had sexually abused him over a four-year period, beginning when he was age 13 in the mid-1970s. He said that Martin also abused his younger brother. The man, Mark Crawford, said that he had gone in 1983 to auxilliary bishop Pechillo with the same information, but that Pechillo took no action. McCarrick removed Martin from ministry briefly, then reassigned him to a hospital chaplaincy. Crawford was alarmed several years later when he saw a photograph in the diocesan newspaper of Martin and McCarrick at a hospital Christmas party for children.

Martin remained in active ministry until 2002. In 2013 he was reportedly still a priest, working as a train conductor in New Jersey.

Ordained: 1977

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:02 PM

US Vatican cardinal: "Not once did I even suspect" McCarrick

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

July 31, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

The highest-ranking American at the Vatican insisted Tuesday he never knew or even suspected that his former boss reportedly sexually abused boys and adult seminarians, telling The Associated Press he is livid that he was kept in the dark because he would have done something about it.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican's family and laity office, spoke as the U.S. church hierarchy has come under fire from ordinary American Catholics outraged that ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's misconduct with men was apparently an open secret in some U.S. church circles.

An open letter Tuesday in the conservative Catholic magazine First Things urged Catholics to withhold diocesan donations to the U.S. church until an independent investigation determines which U.S. bishops knew about McCarrick's misdeeds — a "nuclear option" aimed at making the laity's sense of betrayal heard and felt.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:22 PM

Harvey Weinstein's insurers balk at paying his legal bills

NEW YORK (NY)
The Associated Press

July 30, 2018

By Tom Hays

Harvey Weinstein is locked in a messy battle with insurance companies over his steadily mounting legal bills.

The insurance giant Chubb and other carriers that wrote liability policies for Weinstein and his film company are arguing in court that they shouldn't have to pay for his defense against allegations of rape and sexual harassment.

The policies, they have written in court filings, specifically excluded coverage for "such blatantly egregious and intentionally harmful acts."

"Mr. Weinstein has nevertheless repeatedly attempted to foist his defense of these lawsuits upon the plaintiff insurers," lawyers for the companies wrote.

Weinstein's legal team, which denies that he assaulted any of his dozens of female accusers, has shot back that the insurers are trying to weasel out of their obligations and have unfairly sided with the accusers.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:21 PM

Former FEMA head of personnel accused of sexual misconduct

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Associated Press

July 31, 2018

By Colleen Long

The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's personnel office had improper sexual relationships with subordinates and created a "toxic" work environment that included giving preferential treatment to his fraternity brothers, according to a summary of an internal investigation obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

FEMA officials said Corey Coleman resigned June 18 amid the probe. The preliminary investigation began in January and was completed Friday.

FEMA administrator Brock Long said in a statement Monday that he was referring the case to the internal watchdog of its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, which could investigate any claims of possible criminal sexual assault. But victims would have to go to police for any charges to result.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:18 PM

FEMA official accused of sexual misconduct, hiring and promoting women as possible sexual partners for male employees

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

July 30, 2018

By Lisa Rein

The personnel chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency — who resigned just weeks ago — is under investigation after being accused of creating an atmosphere of widespread sexual harassment over years in which women were hired as possible sexual partners for male employees, the agency's leader said Monday.

The alleged harassment and other misconduct, revealed through a preliminary seven-month internal investigation, was a "systemic problem going on for years," said FEMA Administrator William "Brock" Long. Some of the behavior could rise to the level of criminal activity, he said.

Some of the claims about the agency's former personnel chief are detailed in a written executive summary of the investigation provided to The Washington Post. FEMA officials gave other details and confirmed that the individual under investigation, whose name was redacted from the report, is Corey Coleman, who led the personnel department from 2011 until his resignation in June.

Coleman could not immediately be reached for comment, and no one answered the door at his Northeast Washington home when a Washington Post reporter visited Monday. Coleman resigned June 18, before a scheduled interview with investigators, and FEMA officials said they have not been able to question him since.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:16 PM

CBS board takes no immediate action on Les Moonves as network launches investigation of sexual misconduct

NEW YORK (NY)
ABC News

July 30, 2018

By Bill Hutchinson

Six women whose bombshell allegations of sexual misconduct by CBS Corp. chief Les Moonves were published in The New Yorker, "want accountability," said Ronan Farrow, who reported and wrote the piece published Friday night.

The CBS board of directors met on Monday to discuss its response to the women's claims that Moonves engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior, including forced kissing and groping, and retaliation. Most of the alleged incidents occurred over 20 years ago with some allegedly happening as recently as the 2000s.

CBS announced Monday afternoon that the board had decided to select "outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation."

"No other action was taken on this matter at today's board meeting," network executives said in a statement.

The board has previously said that it is investigating the allegations against Moonves raised in The New Yorker article.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:04 PM

Honduran auxiliary bishop accused of sexual misconduct resigns

VATICAN CITY
CNA/EWTN News

July 20, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Juan José Pineda, auxiliary bishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, following a Vatican investigation into accusations of financial mismanagement and sexual misconduct against seminarians.

The bishop, 57, has long been the subject of accusations of financial misdealings, as well as rumors that he offered support to a male companion using archdiocesan funds. He serves under papal advisor and archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga, who has also been accused of financial misconduct.

In March, the National Catholic Register reported that two former seminarians had also submitted personal testimonies to the Vatican accusing Pineda of serious sexual misconduct and of attempting unwanted sexual relations.

The July 20 announcement of Pineda’s resignation provided no explanation, stating only that it had been accepted by Pope Francis.

At the pope’s request, in May 2017, the Vatican carried out an investigation into the allegations of financial mismanagement within the archdiocese and the sexual misconduct allegations involving Bishop Pineda.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:02 PM

Embattled Lapeer County nonprofit raising money for Father Robert DeLand

SAGINAW (MI)
WJRT

July 20, 2018

An organization that claims to raise money for priests in legal trouble is in hot water of its own.

The Michigan Attorney General's Office is telling Opus Bono Sacerdotii to stop its deceptive fundraising tactics on behalf of Catholic priests like the Rev. Robert DeLand.

The organization was raising money to help DeLand pay legal bills as his criminal sexual conduct cases move through the court system in Saginaw County.

DeLand is facing six criminal charges in connection with inappropriate sexual conduct with three young men.

The group claims the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is not paying for DeLand's legal expenses, which total at least $75,000. However, it is not clear whether he knows the group is using his name to raise funds.

A Saginaw County couple received a letter earlier this month from Opus Bono Sacerdotii asking for money to help pay for his legal expenses. Anyone who calls call the number on the letter gets a recorded message asking for money.

The couple attends St. Agnes Parish in Freeland, where DeLand was the priest until his arrest in February. They did not want to be identified and did not send the organization any money.

"We were really mad," the woman said. "We weren't sure if it was legitimate or not legitimate, but it sure looked like it, since it said our names. Our names were spelled right."

Opus Bono Sacerdotii is now in the crosshairs of Attorney General Bill Schuette, whose office has just issued a cease and desist order against the organization.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:01 PM

Attorney General targets charity raising money for Rev. Jonathan Wehrle

LANSING (MI)
Lansing State Journal

July 19, 2018

By Christopher Haxel

Attorney General Bill Schuette is taking action against a Michigan-based charity that raises money for priests across the country facing criminal charges and other problems.

Opus Bono has in recent weeks circulated a letter asking for donations to assist the Rev. Jonathan Wehrle, a retired priest accused of embezzling more than $5 million dollars from St. Martha, a Roman Catholic parish in Okemos.

The nonprofit, based in Lapeer County, violated the state's Nonprofit Corporation Act and Charitable Solicitations Act, Schuette said in a news release.

The organization "fabricated quotes from priests" as part of efforts that raised more than $1 million annually, and two men running the charity "were using most of the funds raised for themselves," Schuette wrote.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:00 PM

The Editors: The Catholic Church should not be shocked by the McCarrick case—it should be ashamed.

UNITED STATES
America The Jesuit Review

July 17, 2018 [August 6, 2018 Issue]

The Catholic Church cannot pretend to be shocked about the pattern of sexual abuse of adult seminarians by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, recently detailed in a comprehensive story in The New York Times. As The Times made clear in its reporting, many church leaders had received multiple notices of the cardinal’s behavior. Local dioceses had been told; the papal nuncio in Washington, D.C., had been told; and, eventually, even Pope Benedict XVI had been told.

But none of these reports interrupted Cardinal McCarrick’s rise through the ranks nor his appointment as cardinal nor his eventual retirement in 2006 as a respected leader of the U.S. church. Nor did these reports lead to his removal last month from public ministry, which finally resulted from a credible allegation of abuse of a minor almost 50 years ago, recently revealed and acted on by the Archdiocese of New York.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:58 PM

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey admits 'fobbing off' sex abuse victims

ENGLAND
The Telegraph

July 24, 2018

By Olivia Rudgard

A former Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted "fobbing off" victims of sex abuse who complained about a paedophile bishop.

Lord Carey of Clifton said Lambeth Palace failed to deal properly with letters sent by victims and their families after the arrest of Peter Ball in December 1992.

Ball, then the bishop of Gloucester, was arrested following disclosures by Neil Todd, who had been a pupil on his scheme for young men considering a monastic life, that Ball had sexually abused him.

Young men and their parents told the Archbishop's office that Ball had behaved inappropriately, including asking a 17-year-old schoolboy to masturbate in front of him during a counselling session at a boarding school, and asking another 17-year-old to share his bedroom.

In an extraordinary day at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Lord Carey was by turn contrite, apologising to Ball's victims and admitting that he had not dealt with the case properly, and defiant, arguing repeatedly that it was not the church's role to investigate his crimes.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:57 PM

Priest found in the nude in car with 10-year-old in Italy

FLORENCE (ITALY)
Independent

July 27, 2018

A priest was caught naked in a car with a 10-year-old girl in a village near Florence, Italian media report.

The 70-year-old cleric was arrested by the police. He is now under house arrest and has been suspended from exercising his priestly duties by the Bishop of Florence.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:56 PM

Medford Twp. pastor sentenced to 18 years behind bars

MEDFORD TWP.(NJ)
WPVI

July 27, 2018

A Medford Township pastor was sentenced Friday to 18 years behind bars.

Harry Thomas plead guilty back in February to sexually assaulting four children and having inappropriate actions with a fifth one, over a 16-year period.

The 75-year-old is not eligible for parole.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:55 PM

Bishops Say Pope’s Move on Cardinal McCarrick Not the End of the Road

NEW YORK (NY)
The Tablet

July 30, 2018

By Christopher White

Following Pope Francis’s historic decision to accept the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, both fellow bishops in the United States as well as survivors and advocates say it’s a step forward but there’s still a great distance to be traveled until the pledge of “zero tolerance” is fulfilled.

“The somber announcement from the Vatican this morning will impact the Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Newark with particular force,” said Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark in a statement on Saturday.

Cardinal Tobin – who now holds the post Cardinal McCarrick held from 1986 to 2001 – went on to add that “this latest news is a necessary step for the Church to hold itself accountable for sexual abuse and harassment perpetrated by its ministers, no matter their rank. I ask my brothers and sisters to pray for all who may have been harmed by the former Cardinal, and to pray for him as well.”

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, who succeeded Cardinal McCarrick in 2006, spoke to WTOP, a local D.C. radio show, on Saturday, where he called the decision a “big step forward in trying to act quickly, decisively,” though he acknowledged that the “procedure isn’t concluded yet.”

In a statement on Sunday, the Archdiocese of Washington said a review of their files found no complaints against Cardinal McCarrick there. Further, Cardinal Wuerl said, he was unaware of the settlements in Metuchen and Newark.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:53 PM

Fallout from church sex abuse report could resemble Altoona-Johnstown aftermath, experts say

JOHNSTOWN (PA)
The Tribune-Democrat

July 31, 2018

By Dave Sutor

A soon-to-be-released grand jury report into clergy child sexual abuse throughout six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania is expected to closely resemble a document produced after a previous investigation into the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.

In 2016, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General put out a 147-page report that included details of abuse committed by at least 50 priests and other religious leaders and of alleged efforts by Bishops James Hogan and Joseph Adamec to cover up the actions. A proportionally similar report – almost 900 pages, naming more than 300 alleged abusers – has been created after an investigation was conducted into the dioceses of Allentown, Scranton, Erie, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Greensburg.

It is to be made public possibly early as Aug. 8.

“I expect it to hit kind of like the Altoona-Johnstown report,” said Judy Jones, the Midwest regional leader for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “For one thing, Catholics got really angry. They saw it in writing and that kind of helped for people to start to understand this is really going on. I kind of expect that to be the case here, too.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:52 PM

How do we protect our boys? [Video]

NEW YORK (NY)
PIX 11

July 30, 2018

From Haiti to the Vatican, spiritual leaders got in trouble last week for sexual abuse that happened decades ago or much more recently. A Virginia missionary who worked in Haiti was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Cardinal McCarrick, once of Newark, was forced to resign. How do we protect our boys?

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:48 PM

Dunkirk priest under investigation for abuse again

BUFFALO (NY)
WIVB

July 30, 2018

By Evan Anstey and Chris Horvatits

A Diocese of Buffalo priest cleared of abuse allegations earlier this year is under investigation once again.

Rev. Dennis Riter currently serves at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk. On Monday, a man who claims he was abused by Riter in the early 1990s sat down with a Church investigator. The alleged abuse occurred while Riter was serving at Queen of All Saints Parish in Lackawanna.

Diocesan officials say despite the investigation, Riter is still active, and has not been placed on administrative leave. He was placed on leave during the first investigation, before those allegations were deemed unsubstantiated.

The alleged victim in this case is represented by attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who was depicted in the film Spotlight, which chronicled abuse investigations involving priests in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:47 PM

Another accusation of abuse against Dunkirk priest

BUFFALO (NY)
WGRZ

July 30, 2018

Another person is accusing sexual abuse against a Western New York priest who's been investigated and reinstated by the Buffalo Diocese.

Another person is accusing sexual abuse against a Western New York priest who's been investigated and reinstated by the Buffalo Diocese.

That man was interviewed by the Diocese Monday morning about his claims against Father Dennis Riter, who's now preaching once again at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk.

His lawyer says a fellow student at Christ the King in East Aurora hand delivered to the Diocese a letter about the abuse decades ago when the accuser was a child.

"There was no reason for the church not to look into this matter. Here we are in 2018 and they've decided to look into this matter because they have no choice," said Mitchell Garabedian, attorney for the accuser.

The attorney are also upset the accuser wasn't interviewed until Monday.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:46 PM

Diocese interviews second accuser of Dunkirk priest it cleared of abuse

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

July 30, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

The Buffalo Diocese cleared a Dunkirk priest of sexual abuse last month without talking with a second accuser who alleged he was molested as a child by the priest.

Monday, the diocese interviewed the second man who alleges that the Rev. Dennis G. Riter abused him.

For now, Riter will be allowed to remain at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, a diocese spokesman said.

Monday's interview with Riter's second accuser happened in Amherst, a month after the diocese determined that a previous allegation, lodged in March against Riter, was not substantiated. The second accuser alleges Riter abused him in the rectory of Queen of All Saints Church in Lackawanna. His lawyer said he has a witness of the alleged abuse who wrote a letter to diocesan officials about it more than 25 years ago.

The diocese suspended Riter from ministry while a former assistant district attorney working for the diocese investigated a claim that the priest had molested a teenage boy in a South Buffalo church rectory in the late 1990s.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:45 PM

Third victim of Father Riter testifies before diocese

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

July 30, 2018

By Charlie Specht

Diocese returned priest to Dunkirk church in June

The sexual abuse crisis in the Diocese of Buffalo continued Monday when a famous attorney came from Boston to take on the diocese.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, portrayed in the 2016 Academy Award-winning Best Picture “Spotlight,” said he’s been inundated with Western New Yorkers who have called him saying they were abused by priests.

“Many of them for years, as innocent children,” Garabedian said. “It’s time for transparency. It’s time for Bishop Malone to step up to the plate.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:43 PM

Pennsylvania priest pleads guilty to sexually molesting 4th-grade boy

GREENSBURG (PA)
Penn Live

July 31, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

As Catholic officials across Pennsylvania brace for what has been described as a graphic and blistering investigation report into clergy sex abuse, a Greensburg Diocese priest charged with child sex crimes pleaded guilty to sexually molesting a boy.

At a news conference Tuesday morning in Westmoreland County, Attorney General Josh Shapiro called Father John Sweeney of the Greensburg Diocese a predator.

"...(T)oday there is no doubt, John Sweeney is accepting full responsibility and admitting what he did," Shapiro said. Sweeney's victim, whose first name is Josh, stood to the right of Shapiro, flanked by deputy attorney generals.

Sweeney, 75, is the first priest convicted as a result of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, which recently concluded an investigation into sexually abusive priests and clergy in six of the state's eight Catholic dioceses, including the Diocese of Greensburg.

Sweeney answered "Yes, your Honor" several times as a Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court judge asked him to affirm his plea, according to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.

Sweeney was indicted last year.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:40 PM

Piñera espera resolución del Papa por cuestionamientos a que Ezzati lidere el Te Deum

CHILE
BioBioChile

July 30, 2018

[Piñera awaits resolution by the Pope for questions about Ezzati leading the Te Deum]

By Jonathan Flores

El presidente de la República, Sebastián Piñera, se refirió a los cuestionamientos que han comenzado a surgir a raíz de que el arzobispo Ricardo Ezzati lidere el Te Deum de septiembre próximo.

Posted by Laura R at 10:45 AM

Capillas de Ñuñoa se distancian del cardenal Errázuriz

CHILE
La Tercera

July 30, 2018

[Capillas de Ñuñoa distance themselves from Cardinal Errázuriz]

By María José Blanco

En medio de la crisis que atraviesa la Iglesia Católica en Chile, una particular situación se vive en la Parroquia Santo Tomás Moro, de Ñuñoa. Durante una asamblea parroquial a la que asistieron alrededor de 130 personas, un grupo de feligreses de ocho capillas dependientes del templo pidió a su párroco, el sacerdote Sebastián Vial, que el cardenal Francisco Javier Errázuriz no siguiera oficiando misa en esos lugares. “Pedimos que no fuera invitado. El párroco dijo que iba a ver de qué forma solucionaba la situación y esta semana nos comunicó que habló con él y que el cardenal lo había entendido”, cuenta Pauline Saintard, feligresa de San Agustín, una de las capillas del sector (ver listado).

Posted by Laura R at 10:13 AM

Fiscalía amplía investigación contra excanciller de Santiago por encubrir abusos

CHILE
La Tercera

July 30, 2018

[Prosecutor expands investigation against ex-chancellor of Santiago for covering up abuses]

By L. Zapata and M. José Blanco

Desde que asumió el caso de abusos en la Iglesia en Rancagua en mayo pasado, el fiscal Emiliano Arias ha avanzado semana a semana en una verdadera vorágine de incautaciones, recopilación de documentos, cartas y archivos que se han ido encadenando a las causas que indaga. El trabajo ha llegado a tal punto que la máxima autoridad del Ministerio Público, el fiscal nacional Jorge Abbott, decidió ampliar las facultades que hasta ahora tenía el persecutor en el caso.

Posted by Laura R at 9:51 AM

Pope Accepts Resignation of Australian Archbishop for Covering Up Sex Abuse

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Times

July 30, 2018

By Gaia Pianigiani

Rome - For the second time in three days, Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of a powerful prelate — this time, an Australian archbishop — in a sexual abuse scandal, as the pontiff tries to send the message that high officials no longer enjoy near-immunity from consequences within the church when it comes to sexual misconduct.

The archbishop, Philip Edward Wilson of Adelaide, had resisted intense pressure in Australia to resign, despite his criminal conviction for covering up for sexual abuse by a priest. Two months after being found guilty, he submitted his resignation on July 20, though it was not made public until the pope accepted it on Monday.

Two days earlier, on Saturday, Francis accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, a former archbishop of Washington and of Newark — the first time in memory that a cardinal stepped down over sexual abuse allegations against him.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:12 AM

Archbishop Wilson Resigns

ADELAIDE (AUSTRALIA)
Archdiocese of Adelaide

July 30, 2018

Adelaide’s Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson has tonight written to the people of the Archdiocese of Adelaide informing them of his resignation.

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The current arrangements for the pastoral care of the Archdiocese remain under the jurisdiction of the Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, until the Holy Father appoints a new archbishop of Adelaide.

“These weeks have been a very testing time for so many, from anyone who has been a victim of abuse in the Church to the Archbishop himself,” Bishop O’Kelly said.

“With the resignation, may there now be a time of healing for all concerned.

“May we not forget the good the Archbishop had done in so many ways while at the same time renewing our resolve to care for those who have been hurt by personnel of the Church.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:09 AM

A Message from Archbishop Philip Wilson

ADELAIDE (AUSTRALIA)
Archdiocese of Adelaide

July 30, 2018

By Archbishop Philip Wilson

To the Priests, Deacons, Religious Communities, Parish Communities, School Communities and to all people in the Archdiocese of Adelaide,

I write to inform you that on July 20, I submitted to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, my resignation from the position of Archbishop of Adelaide. I have now been informed that His Holiness has accepted my resignation.

Though my resignation was not requested, I made this decision because I have become increasingly worried at the growing level of hurt that my recent conviction has caused within the community. I had hoped to defer this decision until after the appeal process had been completed. However, there is just too much pain and distress being caused by my maintaining the office of Archbishop of Adelaide, especially to the victims of Fr Fletcher. I must end this and therefore have decided that my resignation is the only appropriate step to take in the circumstances.

I hope and pray that this decision will be a catalyst to heal pain and distress, and that it will allow everyone in the Archdiocese of Adelaide, and the victims of Fr Fletcher, to move beyond this very difficult time.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:06 AM

From the pulpit, priests address allegations against Archbishop McCarrick

WASHINGTON (DC)
Catholic News Service

July 30, 2018

By Carol Zimmermann

For his homilies on the weekend of July 21-22, Father Edward Looney, administrator of two rural Wisconsin parishes, planned to preach about ways to include God on summer vacation.

His rough outline was scribbled on Post-it notes.

But during the Saturday evening Mass when he heard the opening lines of the first reading from Jeremiah, the priest switched gears, deciding he had to say something about sexual abuse allegations against now former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington.

"Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the flock of my pasture," the passage from Jeremiah 23 begins.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:01 AM

Letter to the Editor: Abusive priests deserve prison

OLEAN (NY)
Olean Times Herald

July 30, 2018

By Tom Capra

Anyone who commits sexual abuse should go to jail, including Catholic priests. Of the 42 priests listed in March by the Buffalo Diocese as having been accused of sexual abuse — or have committed it — only one has been sent to prison.

The Rev. Norbert Orsolits, living in Ashford, admitted earlier this year that he abused dozens of boys. If it was up to me he would be in Attica and never see the light of day.

It has been reported that the diocese would create a fund to settle claims of abuse. Where will it get the funds? From faithful parishioners.

The bishops moved abusive priests from parish to parish. What they should have done was call the police and have these priests arrested from the beginning, then there would not have been so many problems.

The pope should have immediately removed any bishops who tried to cover up abuse by priests — and maybe they should have been charged as co-conspirators. In any case, bishops everywhere should be ashamed of themselves, especially because their neglect tainted the good work of so many good priests.

I am going on 88. The church has changed a lot over the decades — and not for the good. I no longer attend Mass; I just can’t believe how they failed to address this issue over so many years.

Again, I’d like to see any abusive priest be sent to prison. Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach, got 60 years in prison for sexual abuse of boys. There was a local case in which a Portville man was sent to prison for many years for such crimes.

Sexual offenders must be locked up because they will never stop.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:58 AM

US nuns demand action to end ‘culture of silence’ on abuse

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

July 30, 2018

The largest association of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States urged its members Monday to report any sexual abuse of religious sisters by clergy and demanded that church authorities “take action to end a culture of silence, hold abusers accountable and provide support to those abused.”

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents about 80 percent of Catholic sisters in the U.S., issued a statement Monday in response to an Associated Press report about several sisters coming forward recently to denounce assaults by priests and bishops.

The LCWR said it didn’t have data on incidents in the U.S., but thanked the sisters for speaking out.

“We understand that reporting abuse requires courage and fortitude, however, bringing this horrific practice to light may be the only way that sexual abuse by those in positions of trust in the church community will be put to an end,” the association’s statement said.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:56 AM

LCWR Responds to Reporting on Sexual Abuse by Clergy of Catholic Sisters

SILVER SPRING (MD)
Leadership Conference of Women Religious

July 30, 2018

By Sister Annmarie Sanders, IHM

On July 27, the Associated Press released an article on sexual abuse by clergy of Catholic sisters in many parts of the world. In response to an inquiry from an AP reporter assigned to investigate incidents of sexual abuse by clergy of sisters in the United States, LCWR released this statement.

[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) expresses profound sadness over the sexual abuse by clergy endured by Catholic sisters in many parts of the world. We join with all those demanding the end of a culture that ignores or tolerates sexual abuse of Catholic sisters or any other adult or minor perpetrated by those in positions of trust in the church community. Church authorities must take action to end a culture of silence, hold abusers accountable, and provide support to those abused. We thank all those Catholic sisters throughout the world who, at great risk, have spoken publicly about their abuse.

LCWR does not have data on incidents of sexual abuse by clergy of Catholic sisters in the United States. If sisters have endured sexual abuse, we would urge them to report the abuse to civic and church authorities, and to seek appropriate assistance since no one should have to suffer the long-term effects of abuse alone. We understand that reporting abuse requires courage and fortitude, however, bringing this horrific practice to light may be the only way that sexual abuse by those in positions of trust in the church community will be put to an end.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:49 AM

A Catholic cardinal has weathered sex abuse allegations for years. Now they’re finally public.

NEW YORK (NY)
Vox Media

July 29, 2018

By Tara Isabella Burton

Theodore McCarrick has resigned from the College of Cardinals after allegations of abusing both children and adults.

Everybody in James’s family called him “Uncle Teddy.”

Father Theodore McCarrick was a New Jersey priest, whose charisma and intelligence had already set him on a clear course to rise in the Catholic ecclesiastical hierarchy. But to James, at age 11, whose story the New York Times reported last week (using only his first name), “Teddy” was a close family friend, an adviser, and a mentor.

He was also, James said, the man who exposed himself to James for the first time when he was 11. The man, James said, who first molested him when he was 12. And the man, James said, who got him drunk, took him to a hotel room, and assaulted him when James was 15. According to the Times report, James attempted to tell his family of the persistent abuse, only to be met with denial and disbelief.

Since then, McCarrick’s career continued to rise. In 1986, Father McCarrick became the archbishop of Newark. In 2000, he became the archbishop of Washington, DC, a particularly prestigious post. In 2001, he was promoted to cardinal, elevating him to the very highest ranks of Vatican officials. Even after his retirement in 2006 (archbishops must take mandatory retirement at the age of 75), McCarrick, now 88, remained a valued and vocal member of the Catholic community, often representing the Catholic perspective in global policy debate.

But on Friday, Pope Francis accepted McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals over allegations that he had sexually harassed and abused minors and young seminarians over the past several decades. According to a statement released by the Vatican, McCarrick has been instructed to live out a “life of prayer and penance,” and will have to remain in seclusion pending an ecclesiastical trial.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:44 AM

More accountability needed after abuse revelations, church figures say

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic News Service via CatholicPhilly.com
Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

July 30, 2018

By Mark Pattison

Washington - The sexual abuse allegations surrounding now-former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick have prompted some church figures to call for a more thorough reckoning of the U.S. church’s clerical sexual abuse policies.

“We can — and I am confident that we will — strengthen the rules and regulations and sanctions against any trying to fly under the radar or to ‘get away with’ such evil and destructive behaviors,” said Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany, New York, in a July 27 letter to clergy in his diocese. “But, at its heart, this is much more than a challenge of law enforcement; it is a profoundly spiritual crisis.”

“In negative terms, and as clearly and directly as I can repeat our church teaching, it is a grave sin to be ‘sexually active’ outside of a real marriage covenant. A cardinal is not excused from what a layperson or another member of the clergy is not,” Bishop Scharfenberger said.

“A member of the clergy who pledges to live a celibate life must remain as chaste in his relationship with all whom he serves as spouses within a marriage. This is what our faith teaches and what we are held to in practice. There is no ‘third way,'” he added.

Bishop Scharfenberger said, “Abuse of authority — in this case, with strong sexual overtones — with vulnerable persons is hardly less reprehensible than the sexual abuse of minors, which the USCCB (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) attempted to address in 2002. Unfortunately, at that time — something I never understood — the ‘Charter’ (‘for the Protection of Children and Young People’) did not go far enough so as to hold cardinals, archbishops and bishops equally, if not more, accountable than priests and deacons.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:39 AM

Indian Catholic leaders protest call to ban sacrament of reconciliation

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Catholic News Service via National Catholic Reporter

July 30, 2018

New Delhi - India's Catholic Church has led a chorus of protest over a demand to ban the sacrament of reconciliation from the chairwoman of the National Commission for Women.

"This demand is absurd and it displays ignorance about the sacrament of confession," Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, president of Catholic Bishops Conference of India, told Catholic News Service July 27.

"The tenor of the demand shows they do not understand the meaning nor do they have respect for religious freedom," the cardinal said following wide media coverage of the July 26 demand from Rekha Sharma, commission chairwoman.

Sharma said that "priests pressure women into telling their secrets," noting that the commission had heard testimony about one such case. "There must be many more such cases and what we have right now is just a tip of the iceberg," she said in calling for the end of the church practice of confessing sins.

The call came after five Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church priests in Kerala state were suspended from ministry, including at least two who had sex with a married woman.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:36 AM

Hypocrisy, not repression, causes Catholic sex abuse scandals

LONDON (ENGLAND)
Telegraph

July 31, 2018

By Tim Stanley

Theodore McCarrick was an archbishop and a cardinal, one of the most powerful men in the American Catholic Church. He helped write church policies designed to protect young people from sexual abuse. He is now accused of abusing children. McCarrick has resigned as a cardinal and been ordered by the Pope to conduct a “life of prayer and penance” – a sign that the Church may think he’s guilty.

Catholics have confronted sex scandals many times in the past decades, but the old focus was on individual priests, usually low down the food chain, who the hierarchy were happy to paint as isolated offenders. This time everyone is under scrutiny, and the secular authorities are not only interested in abusers...

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:32 AM

Sister Maureen Turlish, a Voice for Sex Abuse Victims, Dies at 79

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Times

July 30, 2018

By Sam Roberts

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish, a tenacious advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergymen, died on July 18 in Cincinnati. She was 79.

The cause was viral encephalitis, Paul Turlish, her brother and only immediate survivor, said.

While she had an abiding concern for children, articles in The Boston Globe and elsewhere beginning in 2002 that explored the abuse of minors by priests transformed her into one of the few religious sisters to publicly protest what she denounced as a “conspiracy, collusion and cover-up” by her church’s hierarchy.

“At the time, she was the only religious woman that would publicly stand up for this issue,” the Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, a canon lawyer and advocate for victims of clergy sexual abuse, was quoted as saying by her order, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

Sister Maureen took to the picket line demanding compensation for victims and an extension of lapsed deadlines to prosecute predators and to lodge civil claims against them. She wrote letters to newspapers, initially under a pen name. She then abandoned anonymity as a founding member of the National Survivor Advocates Coalition and Catholic Whistleblowers.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:27 AM

Judge named to sort out redactions in clergy abuse report

HARRISBURG (PA)
Associated Press

July 30, 2018

The judge who presided over Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation trial will help figure out what can be made public in a grand jury’s report into child sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses.

The state Supreme Court on Monday has named McKean County Judge John Cleland to serve as special master.

The court has ordered the release of the report, but says names and other identifying information will have to be blacked out regarding priests and others who are challenging the report’s accuracy and fairness as it pertains to them.

If there aren’t any disputes about the redactions, the report will be made public Aug. 8.

The report focuses on allegations of child sexual abuse, and the Supreme Court says it identifies more than 300 “predator priests.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:23 AM

Pa. high court taps ex-Sandusky judge to oversee redaction of Catholic clergy sex abuse report

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Inquirer

July 30, 2018

by Liz Navratil

Harrisburg - A senior judge known for his work — and ultimate recusal — on the Jerry Sandusky case has been appointed to oversee the planned redactions to a controversial grand jury report outlining decades of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy across the state.

The state Supreme Court, in a two-sentence order Monday, appointed Judge John M. Cleland of McKean County to serve as a special master in the clergy abuse case. The court offered no insight into how it selected Cleland.

As special master, Cleland will preside over any legal disputes regarding redactions to the more than 800-page report documenting sexual abuse and cover-ups in six Catholic dioceses across the state. It is expected to be released next month.

The report’s release has been the subject of intense legal wrangling in recent weeks, much of it under seal. Lawyers for roughly two dozen current and former clergy members have asked the high court to block the release of portions of the report pertaining to them, saying that the sections are inaccurate or unfairly tarnish their clients’ reputations.

The court on Friday ordered a redacted copy of the report released while it weighs larger arguments pertaining to that group of clergy members.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:18 AM

July 30, 2018

Curas en la mira: aparece otro caso de sacerdote abusador de menores en diócesis de Temuco

CHILE
El Mostrador

July 26, 2018

[Another case of a priest abusing minors in the diocese of Temuco]

Un nuevo caso de abuso sexual cometido por un sacerdote salió a la luz pública este jueves. Esta vez se trata del sacerdote Jaime Valenzuela Pozo, vicario de la Parroquia de Perquenco, Región de La Araucanía, quien fue suspendido de su cargo.

Así fue informado por el Obispado de Temuco, que dio cuenta de que la Vicaría Judicial recibió una denuncia por el delito de abuso sexual de menores, en contra de este religioso por hechos ocurridos hace 17 años.

Posted by Laura R at 3:05 PM

El Papa pide perdón al cura juzgado y absuelto en el ‘caso Romanones’

GRANADA (SPAIN)
El País

July 29, 2018

[The Pope asks forgiveness from priest who was prosecuted and cleared in the case of "the Romanones"]

By Javier Arroyo

Román Martínez, declarado inocente en el juicio por abusos sexuales en la Iglesia católica, es recibido en audiencia privada por Francisco

Román Martínez Velázquez de Castro, el sacerdote que se enfrentó a un juicio por el caso Romanones y que fue declarado inocente por la justicia española, ha recibido también la máxima sentencia de inocencia del ámbito eclesiástico: el papa Francisco lo ha recibido en audiencia privada y le ha perdido perdón por lo ocurrido.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 2:16 PM

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington resigns after altar boy sex abuse allegation

WASHINGTON (DC)
PIX 11

July 28, 2018

By MAGEE HICKEY

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who once led the Archdiocese of Washington and was a force in American politics, after a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse of a teenage altar boy forced the Vatican to remove him from public ministry.

The Vatican said Saturday that Pope Francis accepted McCarrick's resignation from the College of Cardinals on Friday evening and ordered him to "a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial."

The Pope also ordered McCarrick's suspension from public ministry and instructed him to "remain in a house yet to be indicated to him" until the trial.

McCarrick, 88, was informed several months ago that the Archdiocese of New York, where he was ordained in 1958, was investigating an allegation of abuse from a teenager "from almost fifty years ago," McCarrick said in June, when the Pope ordered him to cease his priestly ministry in public.

The Archdiocese of New York said earlier it would not release specific details about the allegation to protect the victim's privacy. It said a review board had found the allegations to be "credible and substantiated." The accusation was also turned over to law enforcement in New York, according to the archdiocese.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:12 PM

Public transport will be free across Dublin for anyone travelling to see the Pope next month

DUBLIN (IRELAND)
The Journal

July 26, 2018

By Ceimin Burke

The gardaí say there is a major oversubscription of those who are expecting to drive to and from the mass in the Phoenix Park.

GARDAÍ ARE ENCOURAGING people to leave their car at home when they travel to see Pope Francis in Phoenix Park next month.

Gardaí say there is a major oversubscription of people who are planning to drive to and from the mass in the Phoenix Park. Because of this they are encouraging people to leave their car at home and use public transport or private coaches.

There will be free travel on all public transport within Dublin on Sunday 26 August for anyone attending the event.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:36 PM

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson resigns after conviction for covering up child sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Advertiser

July 30, 2018

By Andrew Hough, Derek Pedley

- Philip Wilson sentenced to home detention for at least six months
- Letter that led to Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson’s downfall

POPE Francis accepted the resignation of disgraced Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson on Monday night after weeks of intense pressure for him to quit because of his conviction for concealing child abuse.

The state’s highest-ranking Catholic Church leader had resisted widespread calls to step down, pending the result of the appeals process, but on Monday night conceded this was causing “just too much pain and distress” so “I must end this” and resign.

“Though my resignation was not requested, I made this decision because I have become increasingly worried at the growing level of hurt that my recent conviction has caused within the community,” he said in a statement.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he welcomed the news “which belatedly recognises the many calls, including my own, for him to resign”.

“There is no more important responsibility for community and church leaders than the protection of children,” he said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:34 PM

Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson resigns after sex abuse cover-up

ROME
CNN

July 30, 2018

By Delia Gallagher

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, the highest-ranking Catholic official ever to be convicted of covering up sex abuse.

The Vatican made the announcement in a statement sent to CNN on Monday.

Wilson, 67, was found guilty in May of concealing the abuse of altar boys in the 1970s by pedophile priest James Fletcher.

Last week he said that he intended to appeal the ruling under the "due process of law."

"Since that process is not yet complete, I do not intend to resign at this time. However, if I am unsuccessful in my appeal, I will immediately offer my resignation to the Holy See," he said.

Wilson had been spared prison earlier in July and sentenced to six months' home detention in Australia because of his poor health and advanced age.

There will be a hearing on August 14 to determine whether home detention is appropriate for Wilson and where he could stay, with his sister's house raised as one option.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:33 PM

Shocking number of sex offenders removed from register

ENGLAND
ITV

July 25, 2018

Figures obtained by Good Morning Britain have revealed dozens of sex offenders who have succeeded in getting themselves taken off the sex offenders register despite being put on it for life. In 2012 there was a change in the law which meant anyone given indefinite notification to remain on the register could appeal after 15 years.

Nationally, in the last 6 years over a thousand offenders whose offences were so serious they went to jail for at least 30 months succeeded in coming off the register - more than half had committed offences against children. Good Morning Britain put in a Freedom of Information request to police forces in the North West and got figures from Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

Being on the register means you have to tell the police if you move, if you spend time with children, if you want to leave the country and are subject to home visits and computer searches.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:31 PM

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Archbishop Philip Wilson

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

July 31, 2018

By Sam Buckingham-Jones

The Pope has effectively sacked Philip Wilson after the Adelaide archbishop refused to stand down despite being the most senior Catholic to be charged, convicted and sentenced for concealing child sexual abuse.

The Vatican announced last night that Francis had accepted the resignation of Wilson.

Wilson had withstood calls to go from Malcolm Turnbull, insisting he would remain in his role through an appeals process.

The Australian understands the Prime Minister, who had called on the Pope to sack Wilson, had conveyed to archbishops Anthony Fisher and Mark Coleridge that Wilson must ­either resign or be sacked by the Pope.

Mr Turnbull sent the same message to the Vatican via Australia’s ambassador, Melissa Hitchman. He was told of Wilson’s resignation on the weekend, and it was announced at noon in Rome yesterday.

“I welcome Philip Wilson’s resignation as archbishop of Ade­laide today, which belatedly recognises the many calls, including my own, for him to resign. There is no more important responsibility for community and church leaders than the ­protection of children,” he said last night.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:29 PM

Archbishop Philip Wilson resigns after sex abuse cover-up

AUSTRALIA
BBC News

July 30, 2018

Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson has resigned after being convicted of concealing child sex abuse.

In May, he was given a one-year sentence for failing to report allegations of abuse by a priest in the 1970s.

Wilson is the world's most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of the offence.

Earlier this month, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on the Pope to sack him.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:27 PM

Pope accepts resignation of Archbishop Philip Wilson, convicted of sex abuse cover-up

VATICAN CITY
CBS/AP

July 30, 2018

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an Australian archbishop convicted of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest, taking action after coming under mounting pressure from Australian priests and even the prime minister. Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson was convicted in May 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. He became the highest-ranking Catholic cleric ever convicted in a criminal court of abuse cover-up.

Wilson had declined to resign pending an appeal of his case. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull added his voice to those calling for his sacking in an appeal to Francis July 19.

In a statement Monday, the Vatican said Francis had accepted Wilson's resignation.

Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone ordered Wilson to serve at least 6 months before he is eligible for parole when he convicted him in May. Stone will consider on Aug. 14 whether Wilson is suitable for home detention. He could live with his sister near Newcastle.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:26 PM

Adelaide archbishop Philip Wilson resigns after sentence for concealing child abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

July 30, 2018

By Harriet Sherwood

Pope accepts resignation from Wilson, who is appealing against his conviction

The pope has accepted the resignation of Philip Wilson, the Catholic archbishop of Adelaide, after he was convicted of concealing child abuse, in a further sign of the Vatican’s struggle to keep on top of a wave of scandals.

Wilson in May became the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of not disclosing to police abuse by another priest. He failed to report to police the abuse of two altar boys by a paedophile priest in the 1970s.

The archbishop was sentenced to 12 months in prison on 3 July and ordered to serve a minimum of six months. He immediately launched an appeal against the conviction.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:24 PM

Pope accepts resignation of archbishop Philip Wilson

AUSTRALIA
The Newcastle Herald

July 30, 2018

By Simone Fox Koob

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, who was convicted of concealing child sexual abuse.

In a statement issued by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the Pope had accepted the resignation on Monday evening.

"His decision to resign comes after considering his future following his conviction for failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse that occurred in the 1970s," he said.

"While the judicial process will continue, Archbishop Wilson’s resignation is the next chapter in a heartbreaking story of people who were sexually abused at the hands of Jim Fletcher and whose lives were forever changed.

"This decision may bring some comfort to them, despite the ongoing pain they bear."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:23 PM

Viral video of woman being punched in the face by alleged sexual harasser sparks probe

PARIS (FRANCE)
ABC News

July 30, 2018

By Paul Pradier

In order to spotlight sexual harassment on the street, a young French woman posted a video of herself being hit in the face by a man in the streets of Paris. The video has gone viral in France, and Paris prosecutors have launched an investigation.

Last Wednesday, Marie Laguerre, 22, posted on her Facebook page a video showing her being hit in the face by a man on a Paris street. Laguerre shared her experience in a Facebook post.

“Last night, as I was coming back home in Paris, I walked past a man who sexually/verbally harassed me,” she wrote in the post.

“He wasn't the first one and I can't accept being humiliated like that, so I replied ‘shut up,'" she continued. "He then threw an ashtray at me, before rushing back to punch me, in the middle of the street, in front of dozens of people."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:21 PM

Aly Raisman and other Larry Nassar survivors say USA Gymnastics and the USOC still aren't doing enough to protect athletes

UNITED STATES
Hello Giggles

July 25, 2018

By Anna Sheffer

In January, after hundreds of women came forward with stories about being sexually abused by disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, many wondered how USAG could have let it happen. After Nassar was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, the U.S. Olympic Committee even ordered all remaining members of the USAG board to resign.

But there was still the question of how future athletes would be protected from predators like Nassar, and yesterday, July 24th, reps from the USOC, USAG, and Michigan State University (where the abuse took place) attended a third Senate hearing to confront this question. In the wake of the hearing, though, many of the athletes in attendance are still looking for answers.

According to The New York Times, the hearing, entitled “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions,” sought to uncover what institutional changes have so far been made — and will be made — to protect athletes from abuse. USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry apologized on behalf of the organization for Nassar’s actions and said that the group would now be “athlete-centric,” enabling survivors to more easily report abuse.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:19 PM

Was it sexual abuse? Ohio State athletes confront the past

COLUMBUS (OH)
The Associated Press

July 26, 2018

By John Seewer and Kantele Franko

Looking back, many of the men now realize the medical exams were more than just weird and uncomfortable. Some still aren't sure what to call it, uncertain whether it meets the definition of sexual abuse.

Among the more than 100 former male athletes and students at Ohio State University who have told investigators accounts of sexual misconduct by a now-dead team doctor, close to a dozen have publicly shared their stories of being groped and fondled decades ago.

The investigation into Richard Strauss involves his work with athletes from at least 14 sports, and at a student health center and his medical clinic. Strauss killed himself in 2005.

Many of the accusers, most now in their 40s and 50s, are just starting to acknowledge and confront what they experienced.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:16 PM

Brock Turner's Attorney Asks Court To Overturn Rape Conviction

SAN JOSE (CA)
California News Wire Services

July 24, 2018

The attorney of his appeal said the former Stanford swimmer engaged in "sexual outercourse" that did not involve the intent to commit rape.

The attorney for a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assaulting a female student in 2016 argued this morning in an appeal of the jury's verdict that it should be overturned because of a lack of evidence. Brock Turner was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person with a foreign object and sexual penetration of an unconscious person with a foreign object in March 2016.

Turner was sentenced to six months in jail and was released after three months for good behavior.

Attorney Eric Multhaup said of his appeal that Turner had only engaged in "sexual outercourse" that did not involve the intent to commit rape. Turner was not present in the courtroom during the appeal.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:15 PM

Brock Turner's Lawyer Is Trying to Get His Attempted Rape Charge Overturned by Coining the Term 'Outercourse'

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
ELLE

July 25, 2018

By Madison Feller

Back in March 2016, Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious, partially-clothed woman during his time at Stanford University. He ended up only serving three months, and in December 2017, it was announced he would be appealing his conviction, one that required him to register as a sex offender.

Originally, Turner was convicted of sexual assault of an unconscious person, sexual assault of an intoxicated person, and sexual assault with intent to commit rape, according to the New York Times. Now, on Tuesday, Turner's lawyer told an appellate court Turner actually wanted "outercourse" with his victim, which his lawyer described as fully-clothed sexual contact, not to be confused with intercourse, consensual or otherwise. According to Mercury News, he argued that Turner had his clothes on when he was found thrusting himself on top of his victim.

The goal is to get justices to overturn Turner's attempted rape charge, but the Mercury News reports that the justices "appeared skeptical" and Justice Franklin D. Elia said, "I absolutely don’t understand what you are talking about," in reference to Turner's lawyer. Assistant Attorney General Alisha Carlile also said his lawyer presented a "far-fetched version of events." The panel now has 90 days to issue a ruling.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:12 PM

Brock Turner sought 'outercourse' with victim, says lawyer for ex-Stanford student

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
The Guardian

July 25, 2018

By Sam Levin

Experts condemn ‘breathtaking’ claim about attack on unconscious woman, calling it hurtful to sexual violence survivors

A lawyer for Brock Turner, the former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, argued in court during an appeal hearing that his client was seeking “outercourse” with his victim.

The attorney’s appeal of the high-profile case, which led to international outrage after Turner received a lenient sentence in 2016, advanced in a California court this week, with an unusual legal claim that experts said was shocking and hurtful to survivors of sexual violence.

Turner was originally convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman and penetration of an unconscious person after passersby spotted him thrusting on top of a motionless woman outside of a fraternity house in 2015. But his lawyer Eric Multhaup argued in court Tuesday that his client was not attempting rape, but was seeking “outercourse”, which he said was sexual contact while clothed and a “version of safe sex” , the Mercury News reported.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:11 PM

Delbarton acknowledges that dozens were abused. Victims say school hasn't gone far enough

MORRISTOWN (NJ)
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

July 25, 2018

By Justin Zaremba

Delbarton School and St. Mary's Abbey, for the first time, has publicly acknowledged the accusations of 30 individuals who have alleged abuse by 13 past or current priests and monks there, and one retired lay faculty member, over the course of three decades.

Abbot Richard Cronin and Delbarton Headmaster Michael Tidd also offered an apology "to anyone who has suffered sexual abuse or harassment because of the actions of a St. Mary's Abbey monk or Delbarton School employee," in a July 20 letter to the community.

According to the letter, abbey officials notified the Morris County Prosecutor's Office as each allegation emerged, but criminal charges were filed in only one case. The Morris County Prosecutor's Office declined to discuss its investigations.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:09 PM

Former One Nation adviser Sean Black sentenced to five years' jail for raping his former wife

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

July 26, 2018

By Josh Robertson

Former One Nation adviser Sean Black has been sentenced to five years' jail for raping and assaulting his former wife, but his sentence will be suspended after two years and three months.

Earlier this month Black was convicted of raping his former wife Tanya in a bathroom in 2007, pushing her down stairs and crushing her hand in a door.

Black, who did not give evidence, was acquitted on a separate count of assault.

In sentencing, Judge Glen Cash said it was clear Black was willing to use violence to dominate his relationship.

"The victim of the offences was not only your wife but the mother of your children," Judge Cash said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:08 PM

Top cardinal demands Vatican get tough with bishops on sex abuse

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

July 25, 2018

By Philip Pullella

A leading Roman Catholic cardinal and key adviser to Pope Francis called on Tuesday for the Vatican to “swiftly and decisively” adopt strict policies for cases of sexual abuse involving bishops and top clergy.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston issued the appeal with the Church in the United States still reeling from allegations that another cardinal was involved in abuse of minors and sexual improprieties with adult seminarians years ago.

O’Malley said he was “deeply troubled” by the case of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and that it and others “raise up the fact that when charges are brought regarding a bishop or a cardinal, a major gap still exists in the Church’s policies on sexual conduct and sexual abuse”.

His forceful statement also comes as the Vatican has been hit by a major scandal that has engulfed the Church in Chile.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:07 PM

Bishops were ‘perfect accomplices’ for ‘nauseating’ Peter Ball, IICSA hears

UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

July 23, 2018

By Hattie Williams

PETER BALL found the “perfect cover” for his sex-offending in the Church of England, and the “perfect accomplices” in fellow bishops who turned a blind eye to his actions, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) has heard.

The details of the abuse carried out against vulnerable adults by Mr Ball, the disgraced former Bishop of Gloucester, during his ministry were heard on Monday at the start of a week-long hearing being conducted by IICSA, as part of its investigation into the extent to which the Anglican Church failed to protect children from child sex abuse.

The first hearing, in March, used the diocese of Chichester as a case study (News, 9 March). This week is to focus on the repeated failures of the police, Crown Prosecution Service, and the Church to identify, prevent, and prosecute abuse carried out by Ball over several decades, the lead counsel to the Anglican investigation, Fiona Scolding QC explained.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:05 PM

Editorial: Addressing abuse, church must address the betrayal of community

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

July 25, 2018

By NCR Editorial Staff

It is time for an apostolic visitation to US church about clergy abuse

A particularly heart-freezing detail emerges in a 60-year-old man's account of how he was abused as a boy by then-Fr. Theodore McCarrick.

As described in a July 19 story in The New York Times: "The connection between Father McCarrick and James's family was deep." James' uncle had been McCarrick's best friend in high school, and the young priest grew up with the family sharing meals and free time with the family. That intimacy was reinforced sacramentally. "James," the Times records, "was baptized by Father McCarrick on June 15, 1958, two weeks after he was ordained as a priest."

"It was explained to us how Jimmy was special to Father McCarrick, because of that very special thing that happened, that he was his first baptism," the man's sister told the Times. James had told Karen and his other siblings of the abuse only days before. James had kept silent for some 40 years.

To fully grasp the sense of betrayal ordinary Catholics feel toward their hierarchy, you must fully grasp the horror of this detail: James was abused by the man who baptized him. The man who stood in persona Christi at the baptismal font, at the family dining table, around the backyard family pool, abused a child of God.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:04 PM

Irish sex abuse survivors say Francis should admit to Vatican's cover-up

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

July 25, 2018

By Joshua J. McElwee

Several prominent Irish clergy sexual abuse survivors are calling on Pope Francis to use his upcoming visit to their country at the end of August to admit to the Vatican's role for decades in helping cover-up abuse cases on the island.

Noting that the pontiff publicly decried a "culture of abuse and cover-up" in the Chilean Catholic Church in a letter to the people of that country in May, the Irish survivors say they are owed a similar admission about how the church sought to silence them and fellow victims.

"It would be very right if he said the same sort of things here in Ireland, because the situation in Ireland was no different than the situation in Chile," said Marie Collins, an Irish survivor and former member of Francis' clergy abuse commission.

"I think it's an opportunity with the pope coming to Ireland to be open and very clear in ... saying something about it, because that really hasn't happened," Collins said in a July NCR interview.

Mark Vincent Healy, an Irish survivor who took part in Francis' first meeting with abuse victims at the Vatican in 2014, said simply: "I think the same questions that were asked in Chile with regards to the church there would be something of the similar scrutiny that needs to be asked of the church here."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:03 PM

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson resigns

AUSTRALIA
9news/AAP

July 30, 2018

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has formally resigned after he was convicted of concealing child abuse in May.

The outgoing Archbishop says he hopes his shock decision, which has been accepted by the Pope, will be a "catalyst to heal pain and distress".

In May, Wilson became the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of not disclosing to police abuse by priest James Fletcher in the Hunter region of NSW in the 1970s.

He immediately launched an appeal against his conviction after he was handed 12 months detention earlier this month.

Calls for his resignation came thick and fast but Wilson insisted he would not step aside until his legal options were exhausted.

One of Fletcher's victims, Peter Gogarty, wrote to the pope earlier this month calling for Wilson to be sacked.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:49 AM

A 6-Year-Old Girl Was Sexually Abused in an Immigrant-Detention Center

PHOENIX (AZ)
The Nation

July 27, 2018

By Ari Honarvar

Separated from her mother by Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, the child was forced to sign a statement confirming that she understood it was her responsibility to stay away from her abuser.

According to immigrant-rights advocates, a 6-year-old girl separated from her mother under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy was sexually abused while at an Arizona detention facility run by Southwest Key Programs. The child was then made to sign a form acknowledging that she was told to maintain her distance from her alleged abuser, who is an older child being held at the same detention facility.

The girl, who is only identified by the initials D.L., and her mother had been fleeing gang violence in their native Guatemala. According to the family, the pair entered the United States at a point of entry in El Paso, Texas, on May 24, where they presented Border Patrol authorities with paperwork claiming that they had “credible fear” that returning to Guatemala would result in harm. On May 26, government officials separated D.L. from her mother and sent her to Casa Glendale, a shelter outside of Phoenix operated by Southwest Key Programs. It was there that the alleged abuse occurred.

Before D.L. was taken away, her mother provided authorities with the phone number of D.L.’s father, an undocumented immigrant living in California. On June 11, D.L.’s father received a phone call from Southwest Key explaining that a boy had fondled his daughter and other girls. According to family spokesperson Mark Lane, D.L.’s father was told not to worry, because Southwest Key was changing some of its protocols and such abuse would not happen again. (Lane was connected with D.L.’s family through Families Belong Together, a coalition of civil-rights groups formed in response to the recent border crackdown.) Lane says that D.L.’s father asked to speak with a social worker, but, despite promises from the facility, he never heard from one.

A Southwest Key Programs document obtained by The Nation confirms that D.L. was reported to have been sexually abused on June 4, 2018. On June 12, one day after D.L.’s father was contacted, the 6-year-old girl was presented with the form stating that, as part of the facility’s intervention protocol, she had been instructed to “maintain my distance from the other youth involved” and had been provided “psychoeducation,” described in the document as “reporting abuse” and “good touch bad touch.” The form, posted below, shows D.L’s “signature”—a single letter “D,” next to the characterization of her as “tender age”—which supposedly confirms that D.L understands “that it is my responsibility to follow the safety plan” reviewed with her.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:47 AM

How Ronan Farrow keeps landing bombshells

NEW YORK (NY)
CNN

July 29, 2018

By Brian Stelter

Ronan Farrow's incredible run of reporting proves that good work is its own calling card.
Case in point: Some of the sources for his newest story, about Les Moonves and the culture at CBS, "began coming to me immediately after the Harvey Weinstein story," Farrow says.

Farrow spent much of 2017 investigating Weinstein's alleged abuse of women. His reporting was originally for NBC News, where he was being underutilized. After many months, the network essentially told him to take the story elsewhere, so he did -- and The New Yorker ended up with his scoop.

Farrow's investigation came out last October, just a few days after The New York Times published its OWN reporting about Weinstein. He has continued writing for The New Yorker ever since, turning out impactful stories, such as his recent look inside CBS.

One of the Moonves accusers, Illeana Douglas, "called me, in fact, the day after that first Harvey Weinstein story I wrote and told me her story, and we've been carefully investigating since," Farrow said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday.

And if the past is any indication, he isn't finished investigating yet.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:36 AM

Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

NEW YORK (NY)
The New Yorker

August 6 & 13, 2018 Issue

By Ronan Farrow

Six women accuse the C.E.O. of harassment and intimidation, and dozens more describe abuse at his company.

For more than twenty years, Leslie Moonves has been one of the most powerful media executives in America. As the chairman and C.E.O. of CBS Corporation, he oversees shows ranging from “60 Minutes” to “The Big Bang Theory.” His portfolio includes the premium cable channel Showtime, the publishing house Simon & Schuster, and a streaming service, CBS All Access. Moonves, who is sixty-eight, has a reputation for canny hiring and project selection. The Wall Street Journal recently called him a “TV programming wizard”; the Hollywood Reporter dubbed him a “Wall Street Hero.” In the tumultuous field of network television, he has enjoyed rare longevity as a leader. Last year, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, he earned nearly seventy million dollars, making him one of the highest-paid corporate executives in the world.

In recent months, Moonves has become a prominent voice in Hollywood’s #MeToo movement. In December, he helped found the Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, which is chaired by Anita Hill. “It’s a watershed moment,” Moonves said at a conference in November. “I think it’s important that a company’s culture will not allow for this. And that’s the thing that’s far-reaching. There’s a lot we’re learning. There’s a lot we didn’t know.”

But Moonves’s private actions belie his public statements. Six women who had professional dealings with him told me that, between the nineteen-eighties and the late aughts, Moonves sexually harassed them. Four described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings, in what they said appeared to be a practiced routine. Two told me that Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers. All said that he became cold or hostile after they rejected his advances, and that they believed their careers suffered as a result. “What happened to me was a sexual assault, and then I was fired for not participating,” the actress and writer Illeana Douglas told me. All the women said they still feared that speaking out would lead to retaliation from Moonves, who is known in the industry for his ability to make or break careers. “He has gotten away with it for decades,” the writer Janet Jones, who alleges that she had to shove Moonves off her after he forcibly kissed her at a work meeting, told me. “And it’s just not O.K.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:27 AM

Alleged victims in story about Leslie Moonves, CBS were 'terrified': Ronan Farrow

UNITED STATES
ABC News

July 28, 2018

By Morgan Winsor, Joshua Hoyos, Julia Jacobo, and Tom Llamas

The reporter who broke the New Yorker story about CBS executive Les Moonves allegedly engaging in sexual misconduct described the women in his exposé as being "terrified" and "intimidated."

Ronan Farrow appeared on "Good Morning America" on Saturday to discuss the shocking allegations of sexual misconduct laid out against Moonves.

"We’re really careful not to draw inferences that are speculative at all, but these are stories one after another of varying degrees of severity up to and including cases in which women say they were pinned down and struggled to escape," Farrow told ABC News' Dan Harris. "These are stories that happened during business meetings, which I believe was particularly devastating for these women that expected to be taken seriously."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:24 AM

Anita Hill: The Public’s Attitude On Sexual Harassment Has Definitely Changed

UNITED STATES
The Huffington Post

July 30, 2018

By Carla Baranauckas

Yet women still shoulder too much of the burden when it comes to abuse in the workplace, she says.

When Anita Hill testified in Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court 27 years ago and accused him of sexual harassment, she was vilified for coming forward. Since then, however, Hill says the public’s attitude about sexual harassment in the workplace has changed.

“Oh, there’s been a tremendous amount of change,” Hill told John Oliver on Sunday’s broadcast of “Last Week Tonight.” “There’s been a change in public attitude. And there’s been a change in the amount of information that we have about sexual harassment. And there’s certainly more awareness after the #metoo movement.”

Hill, a professor at Brandeis University, said people were long aware of sexual harassment, but there was no consensus about how it should be handled.

“So far much of the approaches we’ve had is to put all of the burden on women,” Hill said. “One of the questions I get that just sort of sticks out with me is, ‘How do we raise our daughter to make sure that she doesn’t set herself up to be a victim of sexual harassment?’ These are the kinds of things that we’re thinking. If we fix her, then she won’t encounter this problem. In reality, she is not the problem.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:19 AM

Breaking: Pope accepts resignation of archbishop convicted of child abuse cover-up

AUSTRALIA
Vanguard

July 30, 2018

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Philip Wilson, an Australian archbishop convicted in May of concealing abuse by a notorious paedophile priest in the 1970s, the Vatican said Monday.

Earlier this month Wilson, 67, was sentenced to a year in detention after becoming one of the highest-ranking church officials to be convicted on the charge.

“The Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of the pastoral government of the Archdiocese of Adelaide (Australia), presented by S.E. Mons. Philip Edward Wilson,” the Vatican said in a statement.

His resignation comes less than a fortnight after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asked the pope to sack Wilson, who was found guilty in an Australian court of failing to report allegations against paedophile priest Jim Fletcher.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:11 AM

Pope accepts US cardinal's resignation after sexual abuse claim

VATICAN CITY
The Telegraph

July 28, 2018

By Ben Riley-Smith

One of America’s most prominent Catholic cardinals has resigned after an allegation was made that he sexually abused a teenage boy almost 50 years ago.

Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, wrote to the Vatican offering his resignation on Friday, which was accepted by Pope Francis.

A statement from the Vatican issued on Saturday read: "Yesterday evening the Holy Father received the letter in which Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington (USA), presented his resignation as a member of the College of Cardinals.

"Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the cardinalate and has ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:10 AM

California youth pastor suspected of assaults over decades

RIVERSIDE (CA)
The Associated Press

July 29, 2018

Authorities say a Southern California youth pastor has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting children over nearly two decades.

The Press-Enterprise reports Malo Victor Monteiro was arrested Friday in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles. The 45-year-old could face charges including intent to commit rape, mayhem or sodomy, lewd and lascivious acts on a child and sexual penetration by force. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.

The sheriff's department says deputies were alerted in June to alleged lewd acts by Monteiro. Officials say detectives determined that several juveniles were allegedly sexually assaulted between 1999 and 2017.

The name of the church where Monteiro worked was not disclosed.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:09 AM

Australian bishop convicted of sex abuse cover-up resigns

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

July 30, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of an Australian archbishop convicted in criminal court of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest, taking action after coming under mounting pressure from ordinary Catholics, priests and even the Australian prime minister.

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It was the second major announcement of a sex abuse-related resignation in as many days, after Francis' dramatic sanctioning this weekend of a U.S. cardinal, suggesting he is keen to clean house before he heads to Dublin next month for a big Catholic family rally. The sex abuse scandal is likely to dominate the trip given Ireland's devastating history with predator priests and the bishops who covered for them.

In Australia, Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson was convicted in May 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. He became the highest-ranking Catholic cleric ever convicted in a criminal court of abuse cover-up.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:07 AM

The Latest: Texas prelate praises pope's move on McCarrick

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

July 28, 2018

The Latest on the sex abuse allegations surrounding U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

The Texas prelate who heads the U.S. bishops' conference is thanking Pope Francis for accepting Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's resignation amid a sex abuse scandal.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo said in a statement Saturday: "I thank the Holy Father for his leadership in taking this important step."

The Vatican said Francis had received McCarrick's offer to leave the College of Cardinals on Friday.

DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, noted that Francis also ordered the former Washington D.C. archbishop to "observe a life of prayer and penance in seclusion" until a church trial is held.

DiNardo said Francis was prioritizing "the need for protection and care for all our people" and aware of how "failures in this area affect the life of the church in the United States."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:02 AM

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson resigns amid child sex abuse cover-up

ULTIMO (AUSTRALIA)
ABC

July 30, 2018

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson — the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of concealing child sex abuse.

There had been intense pressure on Philip Wilson to officially step down from the role, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other political leaders among those calling for his resignation.

In May, Wilson was found guilty of covering up the abuse of children between 2004 and 2006 at the hands of paedophile priest Jim Fletcher in the 1970s.

Fletcher died in prison in 2006.

In a statement, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said Wilson had "decided that his conviction means he can no longer continue as Archbishop because to do so would continue to cause pain and distress to many, especially to survivors and also in the Archdiocese of Adelaide".

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:09 AM

Bishops say pope’s move on McCarrick not the end of the road

DENVER (CO)
Crux

July 30, 2018

By Christopher White

New York - Following Pope Francis’s historic decision to accept the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, both fellow bishops in the United States as well as survivors and advocates say it’s a step forward but there’s still a great distance to be traveled until the pledge of “zero tolerance” is fulfilled.

“The somber announcement from the Vatican this morning will impact the Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Newark with particular force,” said Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark in a statement on Saturday.

Tobin - who now holds the post McCarrick held from 1986 to 2001 - went on to add that “this latest news is a necessary step for the Church to hold itself accountable for sexual abuse and harassment perpetrated by its ministers, no matter their rank. I ask my brothers and sisters to pray for all who may have been harmed by the former Cardinal, and to pray for him as well.”

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, who succeeded McCarrick in 2006, spoke to WTOP, a local D.C. radio show, on Saturday, where he called the decision a “big step forward in trying to act quickly, decisively,” though he acknowledged that the “procedure isn’t concluded yet.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:38 AM

Swift action on abuse allows priests to get about their mission

DENVER (CO)
Crux

July 29, 2018

By Father Jeffrey F. Kirby

... Regrettably, a priest’s negligence of his own discipleship, doesn’t end merely in the realm of omission. If a man is consecrated for service, and his whole life is to be directed to this end, and yet he ignores this fundamental mission, then his soul is thrown into disarray. His internal measure is off. The structure of his soul and the inner dynamics of his affections are confused and left unfulfilled.

In such a weary and confused state, the soul of such a lost priest begins to desperately look for something beyond its mission. Tragically, in a fallen world, this wayward search never ends well.

If humility is not nurtured, pride dominates. If selflessness does not become a way of life, self-absorption takes over. If love, which is to be patient and kind, is not victorious, anger and envy seek to justify themselves. The parallels are disastrous and they continuously and rapidly descend into appalling darkness, lacking any sense of goodness or self-regulation.

In such a bleak existence, the priest’s appearance, the task of “playing the role,” becomes the only rule of his life and becomes a manipulative means for deception and disguise.

While such backsliding is possible for any priest, it takes on a particularly gross expression in sexual predators who are welcomed and protected within the ranks of Catholic priests. In such shadows, the priesthood is redefined beyond comprehension by sick men, who should never have been ordained or promoted in the Church.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:34 AM

Kerala priest accused of influencing nun to withdraw sex abuse case

DUBAI (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
Gulf News

July 29, 2018

By Akhel Mathew

Following the nun’s accusation, a number of other nuns and even a few priests have raised allegations against the bishop

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala - The troubles of Kerala’s Catholic Church multiplied over the weekend with a priest caught on tape attempting to influence a nun to withdraw the ongoing case pertaining to sexual abuse by the Jalandhar bishop, Franco Mulakkal.

A nun at the church’s convent in Kuravilangad in Kottayam district had accused the bishop of sexually abusing her as many as 13 times. Bishop Mulakkal has denied the allegation and police are yet to question the bishop.

Following the nun’s accusation, a number of other nuns and even a few priests raised allegations against the bishop and the manner in which such complaints are swept under the carpet by the church authorities.

In the latest twist to the case, a Catholic priest, James Aerthayil has been caught on tape speaking to one of the nuns supporting the victim, asking her to withdraw the case against the bishop.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:29 AM

Priest-abuse victims' advocate: Interim report means justice denied 'again'

MECHANICSVILLE (PA)
PennLive

July 28, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

Rep. Mark Rozzi, the de facto advocate for victims of child sex abuse in Pennsylvania, is blasting an order issued Friday by the state's highest court directing the Commonwealth to release a partial report on a long-awaited grand jury investigation on clergy sex abuse.

"Justice delayed is justice denied ... again," said Rozzi, a Berks County Democrat who, at the age of 13, was molested by a priest.

"While the justices ponder what 'process-related remedial measure can be taken now,' how 'bout the Church save us all a lot of grief and voluntarily present their bad actors to the public?"

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Office of Attorney General to release to the public large portions of the report on the grand jury investigation. The report - the findings of an 18-month-long investigation into clergy sex abuse across six of the state's eight Catholic dioceses - identifies more than 300 predator priests.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:14 AM

Pope Francis has utterly failed to tackle the church’s abuse scandal

LONDON (ENGLAND)
The Guardian

July 26, 2018

By Catherine Pepinster

The pontiff’s efforts to deal with the crisis have stalled. He must act decisively or many more Catholics will lose their faith

There is a recent photo of Pope Francis doing the rounds on social media that shows him walking alone, without security people or a private secretary, across a Vatican courtyard. In the early days of his pontificate, it would have been seen as Francis breaking through the stuffy conventions of the Vatican: being his own man. Five years on, it is instead viewed as symbolic of Francis’s loneliness. Here is a man struggling to find allies or support from the Catholic faithful in his stalled efforts to reform the church and failing attempts to tackle the abuse crisis.

That crisis now threatens to engulf his papacy and do lasting damage to Francis’s own reputation. The scandal has grown from being, as the church once claimed, about a few bad apples, to a global disaster, revealing not only cover-ups by bishops of priests’ behaviour but accusations against archbishops and cardinals, the princes of the church. So bad is the situation that it has edged ever closer to the pope himself, with two of the members of his C9 group of cardinal advisers now tainted by abuse scandals. (It should be noted that the C9 members involved dispute the claims.)

In recent days the Catholic church has also been rocked by accusations against one of the most respected cardinals of recent times, the retired archbishop of Washington DC, Theodore McCarrick. The Vatican has ordered him to cease public ministry. McCarrick, 88, was a confidant of presidents and popes, including Francis.

The scandals now lead to routine expressions of sorrow from the Vatican and other Catholic outposts. But this is not enough. Victims, Catholic laity, and indeed innocent clerics viewed as possible miscreants by a cynical public need action to be taken to at last root out the abusers, work out the causes and enact reforms.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:10 AM

Pennsylvania Supreme Court approves release of 900-page grand jury report about Catholic clergy sex abuse

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

July 27, 2018

By Michelle Boorstein

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/07/27/pennsylvania-supreme-court-oks-release-of-900-page-grand-jury-report-about-catholic-clergy-sex-abuse/

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Friday that a landmark 900-page grand jury report about child sex abuse by Catholic clergy should be released as soon as Aug. 8 — but with some of the 300 predators’ names temporarily redacted.

A court battle has been underway for weeks over questions of fairness and transparency, with prosecutors and abuse advocates saying the results of an 18-month investigation must be released for justice to be done. Ten news organizations, including the Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., and The Washington Post, joined in a brief urging the release of the grand jury report.

But people named in the report said that they have not had adequate opportunity to protect their reputations and could be severely harmed as a result.

The grand jury report comes after several other explosive ones in Pennsylvania targeting institutional sex abuse — in other Catholic dioceses and at Pennsylvania State, among other places — and is expected to be “sobering” and “rather graphic,” Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico said this month.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:05 AM

July 29, 2018

Call for €15m fund for abused

IRELAND
The Sunday Times

July 29, 2018

By Justine McCarthy

Finian McGrath, the cabinet’s super-junior minister, has written to the minister for finance asking him to allocate €15m in the October budget to people who were sexually abused in day schools but are disqualified from the state’s redress scheme.

The letter to Paschal Donohoe came after the Independent Alliance minister criticised the government’s opposition to a Fianna Fail motion in the Dail at a July 10 cabinet meeting. It proposed extending eligibility for the scheme to applicants whose attackers had been convicted in the courts. The motion was passed, with 84 votes in favour and 44 against.

McGrath said in his letter that victims who had been deemed ineligible for the ex-gratia payments scheme, administered by the State Claims Agency, were owed a debt by the state for helping to remove child abusers from schools by assisting with their prosecutions.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:29 PM

Head priest rapes woman inside temple premises in Greater Noida

GREATER NOIDA, UTTAR PRADESH (INDIA)
The Hindu

July 28, 2018

Case registered; hunt launched to arrest the accused

A woman was allegedly raped by the head priest inside a temple premises in a Greater Noida village, police said on Saturday.

The incident took place in Dhoom Manikpur village in the Badalpur police station area on July 9, they said.

According to the police complaint, the victim visited the temple with a woman relative, following which the priest called her into his room and raped her.

Greater Noida Deputy Superintendent of Police Avaneesh Kumar said a case was registered against the accused, identified as Swami Kanhaiya Nand, who absconded after the incident.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:13 PM

EDITORIAL: Sins That Demand Justice: How Clerical Culture Failed to Stop Sexual Predators

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

July 26, 2018

EDITORIAL: We pray that the moral ambivalence that permitted and nurtured Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s rise will be condemned and that Pope Francis, in concert with the U.S. bishops, will begin a much-needed purification of the Church.

Amid increasing allegations of sexual abuse against the disgraced U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the Church’s most respected advocate for victims of clergy sexual abuse of minors, broke the episcopal silence and pledged that Pope Francis would take decisive action against Cardinal McCarrick and other prelates facing similar allegations

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:10 PM

Supreme Court seeks records in Kerala Church sex scandal case

NEW DELHI (INDIA)
The Hindu

July 27, 2018

The Supreme Court on Thursday called for records of the investigation carried out by the Crime Branch in the case of alleged rape and molestation charges against four priests in the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church rape case. A Bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan granted protection from arrest to two of the accused — Father Jaise K. George and Father Sony Varghese — till August 6, the next date of hearing.

Both the accused had approached the top court after their anticipatory bail pleas were turned down by the Kerala High Court.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:06 PM

Confessions in churches being misused, govt should end it, says national women’s panel

NEW DELHI (INDIA)
Indian Express

July 27, 2018

By Liz Mathew

The National Commission for Women (NCW), submitting a report on the two sex scandals in churches in Kerala, has recommended the government should abolish confessions in churches as “they come in the way of security and safety of women.”

The National Commission for Women (NCW), submitting a report on the two sex scandals in churches in Kerala, has recommended that the government should intervene to abolish the practice of confession in churches as “they come in the way of security and safety of women.”

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said the commission has sought a probe by a central agency into the two scandals that surfaced last month: one involving four priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the second one accusing the Bishop of Jalandhar, Franco Mulakkal, of rape.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:01 PM

Prince Charles kept in touch with ex-bishop later jailed for abuse

ENGLAND
The Guardian

July 20, 2018

By Harriet Sherwood

Prince told inquiry he was deceived by Peter Ball, who called him a ‘loyal friend’

Prince Charles maintained contact with a former bishop who was later jailed for abusing young men and occasionally gave him money because he was deceived over the man’s crimes, he has told the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:56 PM

Prince Charles rued 'monstrous wrongs' against bishop later convicted of abuse

ENGLAND
The Guardian

July 28, 2018

By Harriet Sherwood

Child abuse inquiry hears prince told Peter Ball in 1995: ‘I wish I could do more’

Prince Charles told Peter Ball “monstrous wrongs” had been done to the disgraced bishop and that he wished he could do more to help, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard.

The comments came in a letter sent by the Prince of Wales to Ball in February 1995, two years after the former bishop of Gloucester accepted a police caution for gross indecency and resigned his position in the church.

The prince also told the inquiry in a six-page statement that he had been deceived over a long period of time “about the true nature” of Ball’s activities, but denied that he had sought to influence the outcome of police investigations. He said he was unsure whether he was told about Ball’s caution until 2009.

In 2015, Ball was convicted of sexual offences against 18 young men and sentenced to 32 months in prison. An independent inquiry last year found that senior figures in the Church of England had engaged in collusion and cover-up over the case.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:52 PM

Legal Mal Claim Fails, but Church Suit Goes Forward Against NJ Attorney Over Publicizing Delbarton Sex Abuse Case

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey Law Journal

July 27, 2018

By Michael Booth

A New Jersey appeals court has awarded a partial victory to an attorney being sued by an order of the Catholic Church for allegedly breaching the terms of a decades-old settlement agreement entered into by a parochial school student by holding a media conference.

The Appellate Division said attorney Gregory Gianforcaro owed no duty of care to the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey, a nonclient, and thus a motion to add a legal malpractice claim to the suit was rightly denied.

St. Benedict operates the Delbarton School in Morristown.

“Gianforcaro’s representation was limited to litigating [the former student's] claims against OSBNJ, not to negotiating the settlement agreement,” Appellate Division Judges Marie Simonelli and Michael Haas said in the July 27 per curiam decision. “Gianforcaro is OSBNJ’s adversary attorney in this litigation, and thus, OSBNJ had no reason to rely on his actions as an attorney.”

The panel added, “In the absence of Gianforcaro’s independent duty of care to OSBNJ, a non-client, the proposed legal malpractice claim was unsustainable as a matter of law and would not have survived a motion to dismiss.”

But the panel reversed the dismissal of contract-based claims, saying the order could proceed with claims alleging breach of contract and breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing.

The dispute involves a 1988 settlement, which contained a confidentiality agreement, between the Order and a student, identified only as W.W., who alleged that he was sexually abused by one of his teachers at Delbarton.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:41 PM

SBC launches 'study group' focusing on sexual abuse in the church

ALABAMA
AL.com

July 28, 2018

By Abbey Crain

The Southern Baptist Convention, under new president, J.D. Greear, launched a "study group" that will focus on sexual harassment and abuse in the church.

The announcement came one month after Paige Patterson was fired as president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a subgroup of SBC, for brushing off rape allegations presented to him and then denying it to the SBC.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:31 PM

Victims tear up over court order to release interim report on predator priests

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive.com

July 28, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

Over the course of an 18-month-long statewide investigation into predatory Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, victims of clergy sex abuse have bemoaned concerns and fears that church officials would silence their voices as they fought to have their stories of abuse made public.

On Friday, victims embraced a significant victory towards that goal.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave the Commonwealth an non-negotiable deadline by which to release the findings of an 18-month-long investigation into clergy sex abuse.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 3:03 PM

Letter to the Faithful of the Diocese of Fort Worth Regarding Former Cardinal McCarrick

FORT WORTH (TX)
Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth

July 28, 2018

By Bishop Michael Olson

Letter to the Faithful of Fort Worth Regarding Former Cardinal McCarrick and the Protection of Minors and the Vulnerable in the Diocese of Fort Worth

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Ministry in the Church is a grace from God that carries with it sober responsibility. Ministry is not a right to be claimed by anyone as an entitlement; rather, it involves a covenantual trust established through our Baptism as members of the Church established by Christ.

We see in the scandalous crimes and sins alleged to have been committed by now former Cardinal McCarrick, the violation of that trust and the grave damage caused to the lives and health of his purported victims. This scandal and pain are compounded by the horrific fact that reportedly one of his victims was hist first baptism after his priestly ordination.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 2:53 PM

OPINION: Portrait of the President As a Con Man

UNITED STATES
New York Magazine

July 27, 2018

By Andrew Sullivan

[Note: Sullivan's piece on McCarrick begins nearly halfway down the page, right after his piece on Trump.]

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The Cardinal Abuser

How surprised am I about the all too credible allegations of sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of Cardinal McCarrick, the latest Catholic prelate to be exposed in what seems like an endless cycle? The truth is — as someone who long attended Mass under McCarrick’s direct auspices, in the Cathedral of Saint Matthew in D.C. — not very. Every now and again, his name might pop up and some insidery, gay Catholic friends would roll their eyes, and switch the genders on him. He was obviously gay, I gleaned from this. I assumed that he had made some kind of discreet arrangement to stay sane as a celibate. A secret boyfriend, perhaps? A devoted companion? Since he never railed against homosexuality from the pulpit, I felt no need to inquire much further. And I always found queeny church gossip to be unseemly. These gay priests and hierarchs were obviously in pain, it seemed to me, or in denial, or so f*cked up sexually and emotionally that the most appropriate response was pity and mercy rather than censoriousness and contempt.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 2:40 PM

Theodore McCarrick Is the Top American Catholic Leader to Be Ousted for Child Sexual Abuse Allegations

UNITED STATES
Slate.com

July 26, 2018

By Ruth Graham

And here’s why the scandal isn’t going away.

The former archbishop of Washington was abruptly removed from public ministry last month after an investigation by the Archdiocese of New York found credible an accusation that Theodore McCarrick had sexually assaulted a 16-year-old altar boy in the early 1970s. McCarrick, who retired more than a decade ago, released a statement saying, “I have absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse, and believe in my innocence.” But, he wrote, he accepted the decision that he no longer practice public ministry. McCarrick is the highest-ranking American Catholic leader to be removed from office due to an accusation of child sexual abuse.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 2:30 PM

Church abuse report due in August

HARRISBURG (PA)
The Sharon Herald

July 29, 2018

By Melissa Klaric

The names of “300 predator priests” and their “abhorrent actions” will be revealed in August when a report detailing widespread child sex abuse within the Catholic church is released.

The state Supreme Court on Friday announced that an “interim” version of the grand jury’s report investigating six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses, including Erie, will be released no later than Aug. 14.

Redacted from the report will be the 14 names of people petitioning the court on constitutionality issues.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 2:26 PM

Hundreds participate in cash and carry sale

YONA (GUAM)
Pacific Daily News

July 28, 2018

By Kevin Tano

More than hundreds of interested buyers packed the parking lot and crowded the halls of the former Accion Hotel hoping to find bargain deals at its cash and carry sale Saturday.

The hotel was also the site subject to protest and lawsuit, and used as a Redemptoris Mater Seminary for the Neocatechumenal Way.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 10:20 AM

Guam archdiocese guts a former seminary to raise money for clergy sex abuse settlements

YONA (GUAM)
Pacific Daily News

July 28, 2018

By Kevin Tano

A former seminary building was packed with hundreds of shoppers Saturday after the Archdiocese of Agana, which owns the property, announced they were selling everything inside and using part of the proceeds to fund potential settlements for Guam clergy sex abuse victims.

Approximately 350 people were camped outside the former Accion Hotel at 5 a.m. Saturday. That was three hours before the sale even began, Leonard Stohr, deacon for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Yigo, told the Pacific Daily News.

"This is pandemonium, everywhere I look (there's) people," Stohr said.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 10:16 AM

The Latest: McCarrick accuser hopes victims can now heal

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

July 28, 2018

The Latest on the sex abuse allegations surrounding U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

A Virginia man who says he was sexually abused for decades by Theodore McCarrick said Saturday that he’s pleased by news that Pope Francis accepted the cardinal’s resignation.

The man, who agreed to be identified only by his first name, James, said the abuse began when he was just 11 years old and continued into adulthood. He tells The Associated Press that he hopes McCarrick’s resignation would help other victims “become free.”

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 10:08 AM

Catholic nuns break their silence on abuse by priests: 'I pretended it didn't happen'

VATICAN CITY
The Week

July 28, 2018

[Related article: Vatican meets #MeToo: Nuns denounce their abuse by priests, by Nicole Winfield and Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press, July 28, 2018]

The Catholic Church has a "global and pervasive" problem with the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and other male clergy, The Associated Press alleged in a lengthy investigative report published Saturday. The true prevalence of the abuse is unknown, as abuse reports are often kept quiet:

"Some nuns are now finding their voices, buoyed by the #MeToo movement and the growing recognition that adults can be victims of sexual abuse when there is an imbalance of power in a relationship. The sisters are going public in part because of years of inaction by church leaders, even after major studies on the problem in Africa were reported to the Vatican in the 1990s. [...]

"The extent of the abuse of nuns is unclear, at least outside the Vatican. Victims are reluctant to report the abuse because of well-founded fears they won’t be believed, experts told the AP. Church leaders are reluctant to acknowledge that some priests and bishops simply ignore their vows of celibacy, knowing that their secrets will be kept. [AP]"

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:59 AM

Cardinal McCarrick, prominent US Catholic, resigns over abuse claims

UNITED STATES
BBC News

June 28, 2018

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a prominent US cardinal accused of sexually assaulting a teenager nearly 50 years ago.

Theodore McCarrick, 88, a former Archbishop of Washington, must also carry out "penance and prayer" pending a canonical trial, the Vatican said.

Last month US Church officials said the allegations were credible.

Mr McCarrick has said he has "no recollection" of the alleged abuse. Further allegations have since emerged.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:57 AM

VIDEO: Cardinal Theodore McCarrick resigns amid sexual abuse allegations

UNITED STATES
NBC-TV Nightly News

July 28, 2018

[VIDEO]

McCarrick’s resignation comes after sexual abuse allegations dating back to the 1970s came to light. He is the first American Cardinal ever to resign.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:02 AM

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Times

July 28, 2018

By Elisabetta Povoledo and Sharon Otterman

[See this story on the front page.]

Rome - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, from the College of Cardinals, ordering him to a “life of prayer and penance” after allegations that the cardinal sexually abused minors and adult seminarians over the course of decades, the Vatican announced on Saturday.

Acting swiftly to contain a widening sex abuse scandal at the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church, the pope officially suspended the cardinal from the exercise of any public ministry after receiving his resignation letter Friday evening. Pope Francis also demanded in a statement that the prelate remain in seclusion “until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.”

Cardinal McCarrick appears to be the first cardinal in history to step down from the College of Cardinals because of sexual abuse allegations. While he remains a priest pending the outcome of a Vatican trial, he has been stripped of his highest honor and will no longer be called upon to advise the pope and travel on his behalf.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 5:56 AM

Pope accepts resignation of McCarrick after sex abuse claims

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

July 28, 2018

By Frances D'Emilio

In a move seen as unprecedented, Pope Francis has effectively stripped U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal's title following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an 11-year-old boy. The Vatican announced Saturday that Francis ordered McCarrick to conduct a "life of prayer and penance" before a church trial is held.

Breaking with past practice, Francis decided to act swiftly on the resignation offered by the emeritus archbishop of Washington, D.C., even before the accusations are investigated by church officials. McCarrick was previously one of the highest, most visible Catholic church officials in the United States and was heavily involved in the church's yearslong response to allegations of priestly abuse there.

Francis received McCarrick's letter offering to resign from the College of Cardinals on Friday evening, after a spate of allegations that the 88-year-old prelate had for years sexually abused boys and had sexual misconduct with adult seminarians.

The pope then ordered McCarrick's "suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial," the Vatican said.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 5:53 AM

U.S. cardinal steps down amid widening sex abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

July 28, 2018

By Philip Pullella

Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, one of the U.S. Catholic Church’s most prominent figures, who has been at the center of a widening sexual abuse scandal.

McCarrick, 88, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., is the first cardinal in living memory to lose his red hat and title. Other cardinals who have been disciplined in sexual abuse scandals kept their membership in the College of Cardinals and their honorific “your eminence”.

The allegations against McCarrick, which first surfaced publicly last month, came with Francis facing an image crisis on a second front, in Chile, where a growing abuse scandal has enveloped the Church.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 5:49 AM

July 28, 2018

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, facing sexual abuse reports, resigns from the College of Cardinals

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

July 28, 2018

By Julie Zauzmer and Chico Harlan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/07/28/cardinal-theodore-mccarrick-facing-sexual-abuse-reports-resigns-from-the-college-of-cardinals/?utm_term=.87d93b9a5ba7

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington and longtime globe-trotting diplomat of the Catholic Church, resigned his position as a cardinal, the Vatican announced Saturday.

McCarrick, 88, was found by the church in June to be credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly 50 years ago. Since then, additional reports of sexual abuse and harassment by the cardinal, over a span of decades, have been reported. The victims include one then-minor and three adults, who were young priests or seminarians when McCarrick allegedly abused them.

Pope Francis ordered McCarrick to remain in seclusion, and in prayer, until a church trial considers further sanctions.

McCarrick is the highest ranked U.S. Catholic clergy member to ever be removed from ministry due to sexual abuse allegations, and the first cardinal to fully resign his position since 1927.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, from Scotland, renounced the rights and privileges of his position after a string of accusations in 2013 about sexual misconduct. But he did not officially depart the College of Cardinals, and Pope Francis only accepted O’Brien’s resignation two years after the allegations came out.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:24 AM

Priest 'thought' abuse victim was older

ROME (ITALY)
ANSA

July 27, 2018

Under house arrest, blames girl for initiating

Prato, Italy - A priest arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl attempted to justify himself by saying that he thought "she was 14 or 15".

The priest, Paolo Glaentzer, 70, made this claim during a July 24 interrogation.

He admitted that he had engaged in similar behavior with the girl "at least three other times" but blamed the girl for initiating it. He was caught in the act by two neighbors and then arrested by the Carabinieri police and has been placed under house arrest in Bagni di Lucca.

The preliminary investigative judge said that the man had shown obstinacy in continuing such "deviant and illicit modes of behavior".

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:16 AM

Lawyers Criticize Prosecutor's Appeal to Pope in Abuse Probe

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Associated Press via U.S. News and World Report

July 26, 2018

By Claudia Lauer

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/pennsylvania/articles/2018-07-26/pennsylvania-attorney-general-appeals-to-pope-in-abuse-probe

Attorneys representing some of the petitioners arguing against releasing a Pennsylvania grand jury report on alleged child sexual abuse in the Catholic church say the state attorney general's plea to Pope Francis is "stunning and highly unusual."

Pennsylvania's top prosecutor claimed in a letter to Pope Francis that at least two leaders of the Catholic Church are trying to block the release of a grand jury report alleging child sexual abuse in six of the state's dioceses before asking him to intervene.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro sent a letter to Pope Francis on Wednesday saying anonymous petitioners had filed court actions to stop the release of the report that details the abuse and cover-ups by church officials. He urged the Roman Catholic Church's top official to reach out to Pennsylvania's Catholic leaders and urge them to withdraw their objections.

Shapiro wrote that he appreciated the pope meeting with survivors of sexual abuse when he visited the Philadelphia area in September 2015, and the remorse he expressed.

"Sadly, some of the clergy leading the church in Pennsylvania have failed to heed your words," he wrote. "Credible reports indicate that at least two leaders of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania — while not directly challenging the release of this report in court — are behind these efforts to silence the victims and avoid accountability."

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:12 AM

Pa. Supreme Court: Release redacted report that names more than 300 'predator priests'

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Inquirer

July 27, 2018

By Angela Couloumbis & Liz Navratil

Harrisburg - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of a redacted copy of a highly anticipated grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse, one the court said identifies more than 300 “predator priests” but would conceal the names of a handful of clergy members who contend it is inaccurate or unfairly maligns their reputations.

The order by the seven-member high court provided a temporary victory for about two dozen current and former clergy members who have waged a furious legal fight to prevent their names from being publicly disclosed. The high court’s decision will allow them to remain unidentified for weeks, if not months, while the justices weigh their arguments.

Some critics said that even a slight delay in publicly identifying any of the accused priests could enable them to escape criticism because public interest will wane.

In their 31-page order, the justices agreed that the case — and complaints by clergy implicated in the investigation — raises due-process issues. In doing so, they signaled frustration with both the Attorney General’s Office, which led the two-year inquiry, as well as Judge Norman A. Krumenacker III, who supervised the grand jury’s work and has said the full, unredacted report should be made public.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:03 AM

McCarrick renounces place in College of Cardinals after revelations of sexual abuse

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

July 28, 2018

By Joshua J. McElwee and Heidi Schlumpf

Retired Washington Archbishop Theodore McCarrick has renounced his position in the College of Cardinals, leaving the global Catholic Church's most symbolic and powerful group in the wake of revelations that he sexually harassed or abused several young men during his meteoric rise to become one of the U.S. church's most senior prelates.

The move, announced in a press release from the U.S. bishops July 28, is without precedence since the founding of the American church with the creation of the diocese of Baltimore in 1789. While several U.S. cardinals have come under scrutiny in recent decades for their handling of abuse cases, none prior had set aside their red cardinalatial robes.

Global precedents are also difficult to find, with the last cardinal to fully renounce his position being French theologian Fr. Louis Billot over a political disagreement with Pope Pius XI in 1927.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:53 AM

After decades of silence, nuns talk about abuse by priests

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

July 27, 2018

By Nicole Winfield and Rodney Muhumuza

The nun no longer goes to confession regularly, after an Italian priest forced himself on her while she was at her most vulnerable: recounting her sins to him in a university classroom nearly 20 years ago.

At the time, the sister only told her provincial superior and her spiritual director, silenced by the Catholic Church’s culture of secrecy, her vows of obedience and her own fear, repulsion and shame.

“It opened a great wound inside of me,” she told the Associated Press. “I pretended it didn’t happen.”

After decades of silence, the nun is one of a handful worldwide to come forward recently on an issue that the Catholic Church has yet to come to terms with: The sexual abuse of religious sisters by priests and bishops. An AP examination has found that cases have emerged in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia, demonstrating that the problem is global and pervasive, thanks to the universal tradition of sisters’ second-class status in the Catholic Church and their ingrained subservience to the men who run it.

Some nuns are now finding their voices, buoyed by the #MeToo movement and the growing recognition that adults can be victims of sexual abuse when there is an imbalance of power in a relationship. The sisters are going public in part because of years of inaction by church leaders, even after major studies on the problem in Africa were reported to the Vatican in the 1990s.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:51 AM

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from College of Cardinals

WASHINGTON (DC)
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

July 28, 2018

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, from the College of Cardinals.

Pope Francis has also imposed on Cardinal McCarrick suspension ad divinis and directs him to observe a life of prayer and penance in seclusion until the completion of the canonical process.

The statement of this resignation and these stipulations was publicized in Rome on July 28, 2018.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:27 AM

Comunicato della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Press Office

[Press release: McCarrick's resignation from the College of Cardinals accepted; Pope Francis orders him to live a life of prayer and penance]

July 28, 2018

Nella serata di ieri è pervenuta al Santo Padre la lettera con la quale il Cardinale Theodore McCarrick, Arcivescovo emerito di Washington (U.S.A.), ha presentato la rinuncia da membro del Collegio Cardinalizio.

Papa Francesco ne ha accettato le dimissioni da Cardinale ed ha disposto la sua sospensione dall’esercizio di qualsiasi ministero pubblico, insieme all’obbligo di rimanere in una casa che gli verrà indicata, per una vita di preghiera e di penitenza, fino a quando le accuse che gli vengono rivolte siano chiarite dal regolare processo canonico.

* * *

Yesterday evening the Holy Father received the letter in which Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington (U.S.A.), presented his resignation as a member of the College of Cardinals.

Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the cardinalate and has ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:21 AM

July 27, 2018

Pa. Supreme Court sanctions release of 'interim' report on Catholic priest sex abuse

MECHANICSVILLE (PA)
PennLive

July 27, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

[See the Supreme Court opinion.]

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that large portions of a grand jury report into clergy sex abuse in six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania will be released to the public.

In an order issued Friday afternoon, the court states that an interim report on the findings of the 40th Statewide Grand Jury investigation will be released in August. The interim report, with redactions, will be released by Aug. 14, according to the order written by Chief Justice Thomas Saylor.

The court found that report could be released to the public without compromising the rights of petitioners who have challenged the report. Dozens of priests have challenged the release of the report and said it would violate their rights to due process. The court conceded sufficient measures should be taken to protect their identities and called for a redacted version of the report.

The order also indicates the scope of the grand jury's investigation of clergy sex abuse. More than 300 people identified by name are alleged to have committed criminal or morally reprehensible conduct in the grand jury report, the court's opinion states.

The grand jury report describes more than 300 clergymen as "predator priests," according to the court opinion released Friday.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro called the court's order authorizing the release of the report a "victory" for victims. Shapiro has been fighting to have the report released since the state's highest court sealed it amidst legal challenges.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 5:29 PM

University stops Nassar victims’ payments amid fraud worries

EAST LANSING (MI)
The Associated Press

July 27, 2018

Michigan State University has halted payments from a $10 million fund it set up for counseling services for victims of now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar amid concerns about possible fraudulent claims.

The Lansing State Journal reports the school stopped making payments Wednesday after the Healing Assistance Fund administrator’s flagged the issue. MSU spokeswoman Emily Guerrant says stopping payments will allow an investigation into the issue.

Guerrant says the fund had distributed more than $1.1 million as of June 30.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:18 PM

Chloe Dykstra Asks to Move On Following Chris Hardwick’s Reinstatement

UNITED STATES
Vulture

July 26, 2018

By Anne Victoria Clark

Chloe Dykstra has spoken out for the first time since her ex-boyfriend Chris Hardwick was reinstated by AMC as the host of Talking Dead. The network had launched an investigation of him after Dykstra penned an essay, which did not mention Hardwick by name, detailing her claims of alleged emotional and sexual abuse in their relationship. In a statement posted to Twitter, Dykstra says that she did not participate in AMC’s investigation of Hardwick and states she simply wishes to move on with her life. Read her full statement below:

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:16 PM

Catholic Bishops Beg for a Clear Policy against Evil

NEW YORK (NY)
National Review

July 26, 2018

By Michael Brendan Dougherty

Leading churchmen are denying the undeniable.

A few cardinals have roused themselves to respond to the month-old press disclosures that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is a pederast, whereas before he was merely well known as a serial sexual harasser. Their response is depressing in the extreme and should make any Catholic or person of good will wish for their immediate, tearful confessions of fault, and their resignations of high ecclesial office.

Before mainstream media outlets finally reported on his lewd and criminal behavior, McCarrick was the face of the American episcopacy’s response to the sex-abuse crisis in 2002. His lewd behavior with seminarians was an open secret among priests and informed laity. Expert witnesses in priest-abuse cases, such as Richard Sipe, had long ago publicized what they knew of the behavior of “Uncle Ted.” A concerned group of laity and clerics pleaded their case against him in Rome before his elevation to the College of Cardinals. Churchmen across the country who didn’t call him “Uncle Ted” with affection or disgust had another nickname related to his proclivities: “Blanche.”

American bishops now facing questions about what they knew and when have had to choose between looking clueless or complicit. So far, they are choosing the former. They are not, however, very persuasive in presenting themselves as ignorant of the rumors.

So let’s review what these churchmen have said and ask some questions about their responses to these “revelations.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:13 PM

Attorney general writes to Pope Francis, seeks intervention on release of grand jury child sex abuse report

JOHNSTOWN (PA)
Tribune-Democrat

July 27, 2018

By Dave Sutor

http://www.tribdem.com/news/read-the-letter-attorney-general-writes-to-pope-francis-seeks/article_33a12d24-9118-11e8-9381-537ef72c8396.html

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has appealed to the highest level of the Catholic Church in his attempt to get the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to allow the release of an almost 900-page grand jury report that is believed to contain details about years of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up within six of the commonwealth’s dioceses.

Shapiro’s office prepared a letter to the Vatican after conducting interviews and research into the Allentown, Scranton, Erie, Pittsburgh, Greensburg and Harrisburg dioceses in a proceeding overseen by Cambria County President Judge Norman Krumenacker III.

Officials in the dioceses have publicly supported its release.

However, in June, the high court stopped the report’s release after “many individuals” mentioned in the document raised concerns about possible damage to their reputations if the findings become public.

On Wednesday, Shapiro sent a letter to Pope Francis in which he wrote: “Credible reports indicate that at least two leaders of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania – while not directly challenging the release of this report in court – are behind these efforts to silence the victims and avoid accountability.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 11:43 AM

Dublin archbishop: Francis can’t come to Ireland and not address abuse scandal

DENVER (CO)
Crux

July 27, 2018

By Charles Collins

Dublin, Ireland - A month before Pope Francis touches down on his first visit to Ireland, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says the entire nation - religious or not - is interested in what the pontiff has to say.

“The tickets were booked out within days. The big problem - both in Dublin and in Knock - there is no room to take in more people, and more people want to come,” Martin told Crux.

The pope will travel to the country Aug. 25-26 for the final two days of the week-long World Meeting of Families.

Francis will be coming to a very different Ireland than the one that last welcomed a pope in 1979, when millions came to see John Paul II.

The clerical abuse scandal has greatly damaged the reputation of the Church: Not only have same-sex marriage and abortion been legalized, but recent surveys show about half of Irish people under the age of 30 don’t even identify as Catholic.

Martin said young people were “horrified” by the scandal, and one of the challenges for the Church in the future is to learn to re-engage them.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 11:39 AM

New complaints of abuse among Good Samaritan Sisters in Chile

DENVER (CO)
Catholic News Agency via Crux

July 27, 2018

Talca, Chile - Former nuns of the Congregation of the Good Samaritan in Chile reported a series of sexual abuses committed by priests visiting the community, which belongs to the Diocese of Talca and is dedicated to caring for the sick.

The new accusations come amid a growing sexual abuse scandal rocking the Church in Chile that led Pope Francis to summon the bishops to the Vatican in May to address the crisis, their resignation en masse, and the pope accepting some of the resignations.

Currently this diocese in Southern Chile has as apostolic administrator Bishop Galo Fernandez Villaseca, after Francis accepted the resignation of the local bishop, Horacio Valenzuela.

In a report broadcast July 24 by Televisión Nacional de Chile, five former nuns said that there was sexual abuse and the abuse of authority inside the congregation. They added that they were mistreated when they reported the incidents to the superior.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 11:36 AM

Abuse survivor says McCarrick failed to act on complaint about priest

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

July 27, 2018

By Peter Feuerherd

Avenel, N.J. - News that charges of sexual abuse of minors and seminarians have been lodged against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick shocked some this summer.

But Mark Crawford was not among them.

Crawford, because of his contacts among priests and church workers, had heard the buzz about the cardinal’s alleged sexual interest in seminarians for years, although he had no direct knowledge. But he did know one thing: Crawford himself had suffered long-term abuse from a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, had gone to McCarrick when the cardinal led the archdiocese, and was promised that something would be done.

And his abuser was soon returned to ministry.

Crawford described McCarrick’s demeanor at their 1997 meeting as cold and aloof. The then-archbishop said it was his first meeting ever with a victim of sex abuse by clergy. During the meeting, McCarrick told Crawford that his abuser, Fr. Kenneth Martin, would never have access to children again.

“I knew he was compromised when nothing changed,” Crawford told NCR during an interview from his house here. Instead, Crawford watched from afar as his abuser was sent away. But about two years later Crawford picked up a copy of the Advocate, the archdiocesan newspaper, to discover a photo of Martin and McCarrick together at a Christmas party for children at St. James Hospital in Newark where Martin had been assigned as chaplain.

“They never told me anything,” he said about the archdiocese’s subsequent placement of Martin.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 11:18 AM

Conservatives distort McCarrick scandal to attack Francis

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

July 27, 2018

By Michael Sean Winters

Catholic conservatives have finally decided to take the clergy sex abuse crisis seriously. Why? Because their longtime nemesis Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been accused of unspeakable crimes and because they think they can use this crisis to attack Pope Francis. It is deplorable.

At Catholic News Agency, their new editor J.D. Flynn penned an essay that gives the right-wing game away. Flynn made some fine points. I agree that it was wrong for the bishops in 2002 not to include themselves within the strictures of the Dallas Charter for Child Protection. And he is correct to note that we have not yet learned, and we deserve to know, to whom Bishop Paul Bootkoski of Metuchen and Archbishop John Myers of Newark shared the information that they were making settlements with seminarians, who were not minors, but who had alleged sexual misconduct by McCarrick.

But, then Flynn tries to spread the blame around. "Cardinal Joseph Tobin succeeded Myers in Newark in 2017, and Bishop James Checchio succeeded Bootkoski in Metuchen the year before," Flynn notes. "Cardinal Donald Wuerl succeeded McCarrick directly in Washington in 2006. Did those men have awareness of McCarrick's alleged penchant for young seminarians?"

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 11:16 AM

Priest: Laity must help put out fire of sexual abuse crisis that is destroying Church

TORONTO (ONTARIO, CANADA)
LifeSiteNews / Campaign Life Coalition

July 25, 2018

By Lisa Bourne

Brazil, Indiana – The Catholic Church is a building on fire in need of faithful laity and priests who will help save her, Father John Hollowell preached in his Mass homily this past Sunday.

Hollowell, a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, was among those recognizing the correlation between the first reading in the July 22 Ordinary Form’s Mass scripture and the church’s still unfolding sex abuse scandal.

“Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture,” Father Hollowell recited from the first line of Jeremiah 23:1-6 to open his message. He returned to that quote a number of times throughout his homily.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:50 AM

Ghosts from the past: Chile’s Catholic church faces new charges of sexual abuse

LONDON (ENGLAND)
The Economist

July 28, 2018

Allegations of a cover-up have further tarnished its image

Santiago - In most of the world, Pope Francis is revered as a liberal reformer. Just across the Andes from his native Argentina, however, his image has taken a blow in the wake of a sexual-abuse scandal that could rival the gravity of those revealed in the United States and Ireland in the 2000s. On July 12th Óscar Muñoz, the former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile’s capital, was arrested on charges of abusing seven children since 2002. Father Muñoz, who had confessed his guilt to church officials in one case in January, was in charge of maintaining archives of clerical-abuse investigations and took testimony from victims in other cases. He was not an isolated bad apple: Chile’s national prosecutor’s office announced this week that it is investigating 36 accusations of sexual abuse by clergy and church employees. It also summoned the country’s highest-ranking Catholic official, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, to testify as a defendant in the alleged cover-up of sex crimes. In five cases, church leaders are suspected of having concealed crimes or obstructed justice.

Francis’s initial response to the allegations that had arisen in Chile bore unwelcome similarity to the handling of such cases under his predecessors. In 2015 he gave a bishopric to Juan Barros, a priest who had been accused of concealing the crimes of Fernando Karadima—a well-connected priest whom the church found guilty of paedophilia in 2011, seven years after receiving its first complaint against him. Bishop Barros has denied any wrongdoing. On a visit to Chile in January, Francis caused outrage by dismissing the claims against Bishop Barros as “calumnies”.

The pope soon recognised his error. After commissioning a 2,300-page report into Bishop Barros, he summoned all 34 of Chile’s acting and retired bishops to Rome to address charges of “grave negligence” in handling investigations and even destroying evidence. All of them tendered their resignations, and Francis has accepted five, including Bishop Barros’s. In a public mea culpa, Francis called on Chileans to create spaces in which “a critical and questioning attitude is not confused with betrayal.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:42 AM

All-Boys Catholic School Run by Monks Acknowledges Decades of Sexual Abuse

NEW YORK (NY)
HuffPost

July 26, 2018

By Carol Kuruvilla

The Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey is facing sexual abuse allegations from 30 people.

Thirteen Benedictine monks and one lay teacher associated with a New Jersey religious order have been accused of sexually abusing people in cases that go back decades, leaders of the group admitted in a letter.

The heads of Morristown’s St. Mary’s Abbey and the Delbarton School, which is run by the abbey’s monks, said that 30 people have come forward with accusations of assaults from 1968 to 1999.

It was an attempt at transparency by the abbey’s Abbot Richard Cronin and the school’s headmaster, Michael Tidd, who is also a member of the order. The letter, posted to the school’s website, is the first acknowledgment of the broad scope of the problem by the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey at its all-boys Catholic prep school, according to NJ Advance Media.

The accusations have sparked at least 15 lawsuits since 2012 ― eight of which have been settled, with the remainder pending.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:31 AM

Albany priest describes culture of harassment under McCarrick

NEW YORK (NY)
America Magazine

July 25, 2018

By Michael J. O’Loughlin

Father Desmond Rossi says he first met Cardinal Theodore McCarrick when he was a seminarian in Newark in 1986. He says that he had heard rumors that then-Archbishop McCarrick cultivated inappropriate relationships with young men, murmurings that appeared to be confirmed following a visit by the archbishop to the Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University.

Father Rossi says that unwanted touching and harassment from the archbishop, along with an alleged sexual assault by two seminarians, left him shaken and prompted him to transfer to a different diocese before he was ordained. Years later, he says, those experiences contributed to a deep depression that required a years-long leave from active ministry.

A priest in active ministry in the Diocese of Albany today, Father Rossi says he recently shared his story with his bishop, who supports his decision to speak out, and with his parish.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:24 AM

Delbarton: Is the elite school's admission of sex abuse claims enough to stop questions?

MORRISTOWN (NJ)
NorthJersey.com

July 27, 2018

By Mike Kelly

[Includes 13 photos.]

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/columnists/mike-kelly/2018/07/27/delbarton-admission-sex-abuse-claims-enough-stop-questions/838256002/

As you drive along the road that winds through the 400 acres of the elite Delbarton School, an all-boys Roman Catholic academy on the outskirts of Morristown, it’s hard to imagine anything bad happening in such a serene place.

You first pass a quiet pond. Then a series of poles adorned with banners bearing the words “Brotherhood,” “Faith,” “Tradition,” “Spirit” and “Service.” Then, beyond lush fields, thick groves of oaks and maples and a smattering of statues of saints, you reach an elegant granite building that exudes stability, protection, safety.

That stately image suffered a major blow this week.

In a stunning letter, running nearly 1,800 words and addressed to the school’s high-powered alumni, deep-pocketed donors and the parents of nearly 600 current students, Delbarton officials admitted that there are allegations that its seemingly peaceful campus and monastery had been home to 13 monks who sexually abused 30 boys over three decades, ending in 1999.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:19 AM

July 26, 2018

Olympic Athletes Fear Retaliation If They Speak Out

UNITED STATES
National Public Radio

July 25, 2018

By Alexandra Starr

Starting next month, Sarah Hirshland will officially take over as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee. One of the big issues she will have to deal with is ongoing sexual abuse scandals.

In recent months, athletes have come forward in sports like swimming, gymnastics, diving and taekwondo with allegations of sexual abuse or assault. Many athletes don't go public until years after the alleged assaults take place. They stay silent in part because of the taboo around sexual abuse. In some cases, young people can't identify what has happened to them as a crime.

But a major reason athletes stay silent is fear that publicly criticizing sport governing organizations could derail their athletic career.

Keith Sanderson, a three-time Olympian in shooting, made that point in an interview with KOAA television in Colorado Springs last February. The interview came just a few weeks after more than 100 girls and women testified in a Michigan courtroom about how the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar, had abused them.

In the KOAA interview, Sanderson pointed out that there is one route to the Olympics, and that is through the U.S. Olympic Committee. "There's no competition there," he said. "They have a total monopoly on who the Olympians are." To voice public criticism could potentially jeopardize their standing in their sport.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:16 PM

Senators take USOC, USA Gymnastics, Michigan State to task over sex-abuse scandal

UNITED STATES
The Associated Press

July 24, 2018

Senators questioned the sincerity of reforms at the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University in the wake of sex-abuse scandals -- using legal papers, emails and accounts of conversations to portray organizations that still don't fully grasp the pain they inflicted.

At a hearing Tuesday in Washington, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut criticized leaders of the USOC and USA Gymnastics for court filings this month that seek to absolve the federations of legal responsibility for Larry Nassar's sex-abuse crimes.

Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and others blistered Michigan State's interim president, John Engler, for insensitive emails and comments he made during negotiations that produced a $500 million settlement with sex-abuse victims who attended the school.

"I think you have some repair work to do here today, to put it mildly," Hassan said, prompting applause from the 80 or so victims who attended the hearing.

Nassar, a longtime sports doctor at Michigan State who also volunteered as the team physician for USA Gymnastics, is serving decades in prison for child pornography and other crimes after hundreds of women said he sexually abused them under the guise of medical care.

Last Friday, the USOC filed a motion to be removed as a defendant in lawsuits filed by gold-medal gymnasts Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney, arguing that it had no legal responsibility for Nassar's actions.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:13 PM

Kathy Griffin had a dramatic reaction to Chris Hardwick being cleared of abuse allegations

UNITED STATES
Yahoo Entertainment

July 25, 2018

By Raechal Leone Shewfelt

Chris Hardwick’s return to AMC’s Talking Dead was not happy news for Kathy Griffin.

The comedian was blunt in her response to the announcement that Hardwick will once again host the Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead aftershow, beginning Aug. 12.

FUCK THIS!!! https://t.co/updOxg7YLS

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 25, 2018

Hardwick was suspended a month ago, after his former girlfriend, actress Chloe Dykstra, accused him of emotional and physical abuse in a detailed essay. The season premiere of his show, Talking With Chris Hardwick, was yanked from the AMC schedule, his name was pulled off the Nerdist website that he founded, and he withdrew from panel discussions at last week’s San Diego Comic-Con.

However, the network has now cleared him after an investigation: “Following a comprehensive assessment by AMC, working with Ivy Kagan Bierman of the firm Loeb & Loeb, who has considerable experience in this area, Chris Hardwick will return to AMC as the host of Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick. We take these matters very seriously and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:12 PM

Woman describes alleged sexual grooming by Ohio State coach

COLUMBUS (OH)
The Associated Press

July 24, 2018

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

A former Ohio State University diving club coach began pressuring a female diver for sex within weeks after meeting her when she was 16, the former diver said Tuesday in an interview.

Former diver Estee Pryor said she had no experience with men when the 27-year-old coach approached her and began complimenting her.

The coach was "telling me I was the most honest, and mature, and kind girl he's ever met," Pryor said in an interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly. The relationship with former coach Will Bohonyi became sexual within a week, Pryor said.

Pryor said she was raised to respect men and never challenge them.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:11 PM

Former Delaware priest charged with child rape dies months before trial

WILMINGTON (DE)
Delaware News Journal

July 25, 2018

By Xerxes Wilson

John A. Sarro, a former priest with the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington indicted earlier this year on charges that he raped a pre-teen girl decades ago, has died.

Sarro died Monday, six months before a scheduled trial in New Castle County Superior Court. A spokesman for the Wilmington Diocese confirmed his death Wednesday.

He was accused of fondling and raping a girl who court documents indicated was younger than 16 years old between 1991 and 1994 when the abuse is said to have occurred. He was a pastor at St. Helena Parish in Bellefonte at the time.

Sarro was 76 when he was indicted on charges of first-degree unlawful sexual intercourse and second-degree unlawful sexual contact in January. The crimes listed in his indictment were the law when the abuse is said to have occurred and were the precursors to Delaware's current rape statute.

He pleaded not guilty in February. With his death, those charges will be dropped, said Carl Kanefsky, Department of Justice spokesman.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 3:08 PM

The Catholic Church has ‘a major gap’ when the accused sex abuser is a high-ranking cleric, says top U.S. cardinal

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

July 24, 2018

By Michelle Boorstein

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/07/24/the-catholic-church-has-a-major-gap-when-accused-sex-abusers-are-high-ranking-cleric-says-top-u-s-cardinal/

The Catholic archbishop of Boston, one of the country’s most prominent Catholic clerics and Pope Francis’s chief adviser on child sex abuse, said Tuesday that while the church now has a strong policy and procedures regarding abuse by priests, “a major gap” exists when the accused is a bishop or cardinal — the highest positions in the church — and that it must be corrected.

“Failure to take these actions will threaten and endanger the already weakened moral authority of the Church and can destroy the trust required for the Church to minister to Catholics and have a meaningful role in the wider civil society. In this moment there is no greater imperative for the Church than to hold itself accountable to address these matters,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley wrote.

O’Malley released the statement as the church reels from the suspension a month ago of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a popular former D.C. archbishop who served as a global diplomat for the Vatican. The Vatican says McCarrick has been credibly accused of groping an altar boy decades ago in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and allegations have surfaced that McCarrick sexually harassed and groped several seminarians and a young priest, and abused a family friend starting when the boy was 11.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 3:03 PM

Policy Needed to Address Bishops' Violations of the Vows of Celibacy

BOSTON (MA)
The Pilot

July 24, 2018

By Cardinal Sean O'Malley

For the past several days, articles in the national media have reported accusations of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's sexual improprieties with several adults and his criminal violations of the sexual abuse of minors. These alleged actions, when committed by any person, are morally unacceptable and incompatible with the role of a priest, bishop or cardinal.

I am deeply troubled by these reports that have traumatized many Catholics and members of the wider community. In one case involving a minor the Archdiocese of New York, after investigation, has found the accusation to be credible and substantiated. While another accusation concerning a minor is yet to be investigated, the reports are devastating for the victims, their families and for the Church itself. Each new report of clerical abuse at any level creates doubt in the minds of many that we are effectively addressing this catastrophe in the Church.

These cases and others require more than apologies. They raise up the fact that when charges are brought regarding a bishop or a cardinal, a major gap still exists in the Church's policies on sexual conduct and sexual abuse. While the Church in the United States has adopted a zero tolerance policy regarding the sexual abuse of minors by priests we must have clearer procedures for cases involving bishops. Transparent and consistent protocols are needed to provide justice for the victims and to adequately respond to the legitimate indignation of the community. The Church needs a strong and comprehensive policy to address bishops' violations of the vows of celibacy in cases of the criminal abuse of minors and in cases involving adults.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 3:00 PM

Promoting Predators

NEW YORK (NY)
First Things

July 24, 2018

By Philip Lawler

What did the American bishops know, and when did they know it? This is the question everyone is asking in the wake of public revelations that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had, for years, preyed on seminarians who visited his beach house. It is a reasonable question, a necessary question. I hope that someday soon, a few brave bishops will begin asking it, too—and giving the restive Catholic faithful some answers.

But it is not the most important question. For anyone exploring the corruption of the Catholic hierarchy, the question of how Cardinal McCarrick avoided exposure and prosecution, though important, is less critical than the question of how his rise through the ecclesiastical ranks continued, even while rumors about homosexual activities swirled around him. Why was McCarrick named archbishop of Washington, and given a cardinal’s red hat? Why was he allowed to promote his proteges, to serve special diplomatic assignments for the Vatican, to influence the selection of bishops and even of a Roman Pontiff, after his beach-house antics had become a matter of common knowledge?

The more obvious question, the what-did-they-know-and-when question, admits of an easy, albeit unsatisfactory answer. McCarrick’s colleagues can say, more or less honestly, that they had heard reports about his approaches to seminarians, but did not know whether the reports were true. The question allows for an epistemological dodge: Other bishops did not really know, in the sense that they had no definitive proof. So they had an excuse for their failure to take action—or so they thought.

Reporters, likewise, had heard the stories about McCarrick but had no proof. Rod Dreher and Julia Duin have written about their fruitless searches for a witness who would go on the record. Without personal testimony, they had only hearsay evidence. I experienced the same frustration.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 2:53 PM

Cardinal McCarrick reportedly lived on IVE seminary property during retirement

DENVER (CO)
Catholic News Agency

July 24, 2018

By Carl Bunderson

Washington D.C. - Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is reported to have lived alongside a Maryland house of formation for members of a religious order whose founder has faced Vatican charges of sexual misconduct.

St. John Baptist de la Salle is located in Chillum, Md., adjacent to Washington, D.C. The parish is staffed by the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE), and the property serves as the headquarters of the community's Province of the Immaculate Conception.

The Institute of the Incarnate Word was founded in 1984 in Argentina by Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela. In 2016, the Vatican affirmed the veracity of allegations that Buela engaged in sexual improprieties with adult seminarians of his community.

Buela, who retired in 2010, was forbidden by the Vatican from contact with members of the IVE, and from appearing in public.

In addition to the church building, the Maryland property includes two additional buildings, one of which is Ven. Fulton Sheen Seminary. The seminary forms men aspiring to be priests of the IVE, and opened in 1998. According to its website, the seminary currently houses 41 men in formation.

The third building, perhaps where the cardinal stayed, was not visible in a Google Street View Image dated July 2009, but had been constructed by May 2012.

Sources told CNA that Cardinal McCarrick lived with the IVE community at St. John Baptist de la Salle during his retirement, after residing for a period at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 2:49 PM

The Truth About Cardinal McCarrick

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Times

July 25, 2018

By Ross Douthat

The Catholic Church needs an inquest into what the pederast cardinal's colleagues knew, and when.

One of the best things that the bishops of the American Catholic Church did during the great wave of sex abuse revelations 16 years ago — and yes, there’s a low bar for “best” — was to establish a National Review Board, staffed by prominent layman, with the authority to commission an independent report on what exactly had happened in the church.

The result was a careful analysis by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice that detailed the patterns of priestly sex abuse in American Catholicism between 1950 and 2002: How many, how often, what kind of abuse, what strategy of predation, how many victims, which sex, what age, how the priest’s superiors responded (or didn’t), how often the courts were involved, what scale of settlements were paid, and so on through a wealth of grim statistical detail.

Then attached to that data was a larger discussion from the Review Board’s members, which managed to be reasonably evenhanded about subjects (priestly celibacy and homosexuality, above all) that lend themselves to culture-war hysteria both inside and outside the church. Thanks to the members’ labors, any journalist or historian interested in assessing the problem of priestly sex abuse dispassionately, and anyone seeking the truth about a lurid and polarizing story, can turn to a sober and detailed accounting — one that that the church itself commissioned.

Now, unfortunately, it needs to happen again. But what needs to be commissioned this time, by Pope Francis himself if the American bishops can’t or won’t, isn’t a synthetic overview of a systemic problem. Rather, the church needs an inquest, a special prosecutor — you can even call it an inquisition if you want — into the very specific question of who knew what and when about the crimes of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and why exactly they were silent.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 2:46 PM

AG Josh Shapiro asks Pope Francis for help in Pa. clergy sex abuse case

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

July 26, 2018

By Liz Navratil and Angela Couloumbis

[The article includes a PDF of Shapiro's letter to Pope Francis.]

Harrisburg - Amid a still-boiling legal battle over a secret grand jury report into clergy sex abuse across Pennsylvania, Attorney General Josh Shapiro has appealed to Pope Francis to step in and persuade opponents to drop their bid to block the report's release.

In a letter sent this week, Mr. Shapiro petitioned the pontiff to "direct church leaders to follow the path you charted ... and abandon their destructive efforts to silence the survivors."

Mr. Shapiro's request to the worldwide leader of the Catholic church — in effect the boss for most everyone expected to be assailed by the grand jury — comes as the state Supreme Court weighs arguments on whether it should block the release of the report or, in some form, let it become public. The delays, put in place while the state Supreme Court considers legal issues surrounding the report, have left some victims fretting that their voices will ultimately be silenced once again.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 2:36 PM

Abuse accusations against priests, bishops and cardinals reach levels not seen in years

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

July 26, 2018

By Peter Smith

[This article appeared on the front page of the Post-Gazette.]

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2018/07/26/Catholic-priest-sexual-abuse-grand-jury-Pennsylvania-McCarrick-Buffalo-Saginaw-Australia-Chile/stories/201807230174

Michael Whalen returned last year to his childhood Catholic parish in Western New York to unload a decades-old burden on his conscience.

He handed the priest $131, he told Buffalo-area media. That had been his share as a kid decades ago, when he and friends had split the proceeds from a stolen parish collection plate.

But as Mr. Whalen spoke to the current priest, he also revealed a far darker burden: that he had been sexually abused by his childhood priest, the Rev. Norbert Orsolits.

After that conversation, and more discussion with the local diocese, Mr. Whalen publicly identified his abuser this February.

A Buffalo News reporter sought comment from Father Orsolits — who candidly admitted to molesting “probably dozens” of boys before quietly retiring in 2003.

That unleashed months of revelations about the history of sexually abusive priests in the Diocese of Buffalo, and criticisms of the bishops who kept them in ministry.

Pennsylvania may be preoccupied with its own Supreme Court drama — drawing in batteries of legal, legislative and clerical players — over whether the public can see a mammoth grand-jury report into sexual abuse in Pittsburgh’s and five other Catholic dioceses. The report remains sealed pending challenges from some of those named in it.

But scandals are flaring up in Catholic dioceses throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions, and in countries ranging from Chile to France to Australia to the upper ranks of the Vatican. Pope Francis himself, after initial defensiveness, is now removing bishops in Chile and lamenting a “culture of abuse and cover-up.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 2:27 PM

Priest who alerted church officials to abuse allegations against Washington, D.C., prelate wants investigation into how they responded

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

July 25, 2018

By Michael Levenson

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/07/25/priest-who-alerted-church-officials-abuse-allegations-against-washington-prelate-wants-investigation-into-how-they-responded/gBlC7m2CWHJZaqsVUu9fMO/story.html

A priest who wrote to Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley in 2015 about sexual abuse allegations involving Cardinal Theodore McCarrick said Wednesday there should be an investigation into who in the church hierarchy knew of the Washington prelate’s alleged abuse and why no one in power spoke out about it earlier.

“The vast majority of the bishops knew this — they gossip, too, you know, just like everybody else,” the Rev. Boniface Ramsey, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church Yorkville in New York City, said in an interview. “But there was no mechanism for handling something like this.”

Ramsey wrote to O’Malley after he saw McCarrick at the funeral of Cardinal Edward Egan of New York. Ramsey said he was angry because, decades earlier, he had tried to warn church officials that McCarrick was abusing seminarians when McCarrick was archbishop of Newark, but he felt that his complaints were brushed aside.

In his letter to O’Malley — who leads a Vatican advisory panel on clergy abuse — Ramsey raised the issue again, only to receive a reply from O’Malley’s priest secretary, the Rev. Robert Kickham, advising him that the panel handles policy, not individual cases.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:40 AM

Walker calls for Democrat Matt Flynn to drop out of race

CHIPPEWA FALLS (WI)
Associated Press via The Chippewa Herald

July 25, 2018

By Scott Bauer

Madison, Wis. - Republican Gov. Scott Walker joined the growing bipartisan call Wednesday for Democratic candidate Matt Flynn to drop out of the race for governor because of his past legal work defending the Milwaukee Archdiocese against priest abuse lawsuits.

Flynn remained defiant.

Walker, in a tweet, said Flynn’s “actions disqualify him from serving.” He called for the other seven Democratic candidates to join with him in agreement. Walker tweeted the message minutes after the Wisconsin Republican Party made the same plea to the Democratic candidates.

All of the other Democratic candidates, except political activist Mike McCabe, have pledged to support whoever wins the Aug. 14 Democratic primary.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:36 AM

A Letter to the Delbarton Community

MORRISTOWN (NJ)
Delbarton School

July 20, 2018

By Abbot Richard Cronin OSB and Headmaster Fr. Michael Tidd OSB

Dear Members of the St. Mary's Abbey and Delbarton School Community,

In recent weeks, several news stories have appeared regarding litigation alleging sexual abuse by monks of St. Mary's Abbey. We write to you today because we believe it is important to address these issues with you directly and forthrightly.

Specifically, we want you to know how St. Mary's Abbey and Delbarton School have responded to these allegations of abuse, the status of litigation on these matters, and what we are doing today to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all members of our community.

Above all, we want you to understand that protecting the well-being of the students of Delbarton and all those to whom we minister is our highest and most important priority. To that end, we have implemented the best practices summarized below and in the attached appendix to protect our students and all others whom we serve.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:31 AM

30 accuse monks of sexual abuse, Delbarton says

WOODLAND PARK (BERGEN COUNTY, NJ)
The Record (and NorthJersey.com)

July 25, 2018

By Abbott Koloff

Thirteen monks from St. Mary's Abbey, which runs the Delbarton School in Morris Township, have been accused of sexually abusing 30 people over the past three decades, according to a letter to alumni and other members of the school community.

Those who have come forward include former Delbarton students, the twin sons of a former Delbarton employee, a parishioner at St. James Church in Basking Ridge and former students of St. Elizabeth of Hungary School in Linden, which was staffed by the abbey, according to the letter.

"We take these accusations very seriously, and we profoundly regret and apologize to anyone who has suffered sexual abuse or harassment because of a St. Mary's Abbey monk or a Delbarton employee," the letter, sent on Friday, said.

It was signed by Abbot Richard Cronin, the head of St. Mary's Abbey of the Benedictine Order, and Father Michael Tidd, headmaster of the Delbarton School.

More: Former Delbarton teacher admits he had sex with 50 boys; school settles 5 sex abuse suits

More: READ: Letter from Delbarton leaders on sex abuse allegations

The letter refers to news stories that appeared in "recent weeks" about "litigation involving sexual abuse by monks of St. Mary's Abbey. We write to you today because we believe it is important to address these issues with you directly and forthrightly."

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:27 AM

Catholic order says 30 victims have alleged sexual abuse

MORRISTOWN (NJ)
Associated Press via Crux

July 26, 2018

Leaders of a Catholic order in New Jersey said in a letter posted on its website that 30 people have come forward alleging sexual abuse by the monks or lay faculty associated with a private school.

In a joint letter written to the community on July 20, the head of St. Mary’s Abbey and the Delbarton School headmaster said the order had settled eight lawsuits with alleged victims, while seven others were pending.

The abuse allegedly took place while many of the victims were students at Delbarton School in Morristown, which is managed by the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey. Other reports were made by a parishioner of St. James Church in Basking Ridge and former students of St. Elizabeth of Hungary School in Linden as well as by the sons of a former Delbarton School employee.

The letter said the reported assaults happened between 1968 and 1999 and involved 13 monks and one lay teacher.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:24 AM

Grand jury report into Pennsylvania dioceses details “unacceptable” behavior, bishop says

DENVER (CO)
Catholic News Agency

July 24, 2018

By Ed Condon

Erie, Pa. - Bishop Lawrence Persico of Erie has warned Catholics that the results of a Pennsylvania grand jury investigation into sexual abuse of minors will make for disturbing reading. The release of the 800-page report has been delayed by order of the state’s supreme court.

"It certainly is going to be sobering," said Bishop Persico to news outlet Penn Live.

"The report is rather graphic, and it will be very detailed on what has occurred," he added.

The report is the result of a two-year investigation by state authorities into the handling of clerical sexual abuse in the five Pennsylvania dioceses – Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. The dioceses were served with wide ranging subpoenas and turned over decades’ worth of files concerning the handling of abuse allegations by Church authorities.

A former diocesan official in Pennsylvania, who was involved in developing responses to the subpoena, told CNA that complying with the court order took considerable time and effort.

“It covered everything we had, it was very broadly drawn. We handed over years’ and years’ worth of files.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:19 AM

Call for Bathurst police to be honoured for bringing St Stanislaus College paedophiles to justice

SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA)
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

July 26, 2018

By Joanna Woodburn

The New South Wales Government is being asked to honour the police investigators who brought to justice the paedophile priests, brothers and dorm masters who abused students at Bathurst's St Stanislaus College in the state's Central West region.

At least 160 students at St Stanislaus College — a Catholic boys' boarding school — were abused by priests and staff between the 1970s and 1990s.

Terry Jones, a former student of the college has written to state MP Paul Toole to ask for the Chifley Police District to be recognised for helping to bring the perpetrators to justice.

"The police worked in Bathurst under the most extreme circumstances and they came up with 161 victims and 400 offences in the one school."

"We've got to put them on a pedestal," Mr Jones said.

Former priest, Brian Joseph Spillane, is one of the staff who worked at the St Stanislaus College who is serving jail time for abusing students at the school.

Strict non-publication orders, which were placed on his numerous cases in 2013, were lifted in 2016.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:13 AM

Victoria police chief Graham Ashton backed priests’ rights on sex abuse confessions

SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA)
The Australian

July 26, 2018

By John Ferguson

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/victoria-police-chief-graham-ashton-backed-priests-rights-on-sex-abuse-confessions/news-story/c067c64954ee7f45666efc52ff8c8b67

Melbourne - Victoria police chief Graham Ashton backed the right of priests to retain the seal of the confessional over mandatory reporting of child sex offending in explosive answers to the inquiry that sparked the national abuse royal commission.

Mr Ashton submitted that police would support priests being able to keep confessional discussions secret, declaring that the force had not identified the rite of the confessional as a barrier to reporting sex abuse allegations. Mr Ashton outlined Victoria Police’s position to the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child abuse by ­religious and other organisations in 2012.

Police said yesterday the issue over the church’s canon law and mandatory reporting was a matter for the Victorian government.

The Victorian government has not yet outlined its final position on matters relating to the seal of the confessional, but has indicated it favours a consistent national response.

The police force said in 2012 that the seal could remain, providing measures were in place to ­encourage the protection of ­children.

Mr Ashton was then a deputy commissioner of police in charge of specialist operations and his position is detailed in a document obtained by The Australian that backed the so-called Irish model on confession and child ­protection.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:09 AM

July 25, 2018

Three brothers accuse former priest turned AIDS activist of sex abuse

BUFFALO (NY)
Buffalo News

July 25, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

The former head of the Buffalo area's largest AIDS prevention organization is being accused of molesting three brothers from a South Buffalo family when he was a Catholic priest in the 1970s.

West Seneca resident and author P.A. Kane wrote a first-person essay accusing Ronald Silverio of being the young parish priest who molested him when he was a parishioner of Holy Family Church in South Buffalo.

In separate interviews with The News, Kane's siblings, Peter and a younger brother who asked not to be identified by name, said that Silverio also molested them.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:02 AM

Commentary: Fear and Loathing a Catholic Priest

BUFFALO (NY)
The Public

July 17, 2018

By P. A. Kane

The breach

I can’t remember if my younger brother and I found it strange or if we resisted his request that we sleep in separate beds, in separate rooms. What I do remember, what is burned in my psychic apparatus for all eternity, is him coming into the darkened room where I was pretending to be asleep, sidling up next to me on the sofa bed, and breathing on me. Hot, excited breath that filled me with a paralyzing terror as he pulled down my sweatpants and scrutinized my 12-year-old body by the thin light of a flashlight before gently touching and stroking my genitals.

In that bed, in those interminable minutes under the heat of his wheezing breath and that little flashlight, so alone and afraid, part of me died. Murdered by a priest who had infiltrated our family and played out his repressed sexual desires on innocent boys who thought he was their friend, who thought he treated them well because they were special, who thought he visited their house because his family was special. It was all a ruse.

The setup

We were playing in the street—a game called running bases that simulated a baseball rundown—and hardly noticed him as he walked by and up to the steps to our front door. After a moment he was let in, and my brother and I looked quizzically at each other. We called time on running bases to find out who had just entered our house.

Inside, our dad was in his spot at the end of the couch. Sitting in the chair opposite him, dressed in shirt sleeves and slacks and being served a drink by my mom, was Father Silverio, the new, young parish priest who had baptized my baby sister several weeks earlier at Holy Family Church in South Buffalo.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:57 AM

Editorial: Care for the church's victims

BUFFALO (NY)
Buffalo News

July 24, 2018

Victims of childhood sexual abuse involving Catholic clergyman often say they want, above all else, acknowledgement of the crimes against them. That’s why it must be especially frustrating for two Western New York men featured in Sunday’s Buffalo News when the Diocese of Buffalo refuses to take responsibility for abuse the two suffered as boys at the hands of priests working in the diocese.

The diocese says it is not responsible for the actions of priests who are accused of raping the two men, Gary Astridge and Robert Swierat, because the priests were members of religious orders, and not ordained by the diocese. This surely is a technicality that seems contrary to the spirit of the diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, which was set up in March to give financial compensation to victims of priest sex abuse. The policy cannot be that some victims are less equal than others.

Astridge attended the old Cardinal Dougherty High School in Buffalo. He says he was molested as a boy by a priest who taught at the school but belonged to a religious order based in California.

Swierat says in the early 1970s he was abused for two years in the rectory of St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster. The accused priest, the Rev. Loren Nys, a St. Mary’s teacher at the time, belonged to the Society of the Divine Savior Salvatorians, based in Milwaukee, Wis.

Astridge applied for compensation from the IRCP and was told by the diocese to contact the order in California instead. Swierat has been advised by the diocese not to even apply.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:53 AM

Victims of priest sexual abuse to Matt Flynn: Get out of the race

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

July 24, 2018

By Patrick Marley and Mary Spicuzza

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse by priests angrily rejected claims Tuesday from Democratic candidate for governor Matt Flynn that people trying to push him out of the race are part of a "victimology elite."

Peter Isely, the former Midwest director for the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, scoffed at the idea that elites were the ones trying to get Flynn out of the race because of his work as a lawyer for the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

"That's quite an elite group of people," Isely said as he pointed to photographs of children who were sexually abused by priests.

"I can tell you right now, because I'm one of them. Being raped and sexually assaulted as a child — that's no elite group that anyone, anyone's ever going to want to belong to."

Isely made his comments at a Milwaukee news conference a day after Flynn — one of eight Democrats hoping to take on GOP Gov. Scott Walker — held a 45-minute conference call with reporters to defend his work for the archdiocese. At times, Flynn drifted from talking about that work to complain about those who opposed him.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:48 AM

Obituary: Fr Normand J. Demers

PROVIDENCE (RI)
Providence Journal

July 25, 2018

[The obituary does not mention that Demers was accused of sexually assaulting children in Providence and Haiti. It does not include his work in Haiti in its summary of his career history.]

85, a retired priest of the Diocese of Providence, died on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Eugene and Beatrice (Jarret) Demers, he attended St. Ann School and Mt. St. Charles Academy, both in Woonsocket.

In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick and at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained a priest on May 31, 1958 in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence by Bishop Russell J. McVinney.

After a summer assignment at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wakefield, he served as Assistant Pastor at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Slatersville from 1958-1959 and at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Coventry from 1959-1965. He then became Chaplain at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence from 1965-1973 and also served as Chaplain at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston from 1971-1976.

In 1976 he was appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Providence and served there until 1990 when he became Assistant Pastor at St. Martha Parish in East Providence, serving for nearly 12 years. He retired from active ministry in March 2004.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:37 AM

Kerala HC grants bail to 2 priests in Malankara Orthodox Church abuse case

KERALA (INDIA)
The News Minute

July 25, 2018

Father Job Mathew was granted bail on Wednesday, while Father Johnson V Mathew secured bail on Monday.

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday granted bail to Father Job Mathew, one of the four priests accused in a rape case of a woman parishioner, attached to the Malankara Orthodox Church.

Earlier on Monday, another priest, Johnson V Mathew, an accused in the same case had secured bail.

The court asked Job Mathew on Wednesday to surrender his passport, just as it had asked Johnson V. Mathew.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:29 AM

Catholic priest 'abused children for decades'

AUCKLAND (NEW ZEALAND)
NewsTalk ZB

July 25, 2018

By Mick Hall

A prominent Catholic priest and theologian has been exposed as a self-confessed paedophile, who was quietly placed on a sex offenders programme by the church and is suspected of having abused dozens of children for decades.

The Herald can reveal Father Michael Shirres, who had lectured in Māori theology at the University of Auckland and wrote several books on Māori spirituality, confessed to sexually abusing a young girl and is suspected of abusing many other victims.

The Catholic church has confirmed it received five complaints against Shirres and placed him in a programme for sex offenders. Another victim says a therapist told her Shirres admitted to abusing dozens of children.

Shirres was a revered figure within Māori communities in the Far North, where he had visited regularly as a guest speaker since 1973. The priest died of motor neuron disease in October 1997, aged 68.

Among his victims was Annie Hill, 56, a former art teacher at Pompallier College in Whangarei, who received a written apology from the priest for sexually abusing her.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:14 AM

July 24, 2018

Fiscalía Regional de Rancagua cita a cardenal Ezzati en calidad de "imputado": declarará el 21 de agosto en tribunales

RANCAGUA (CHILE)
Publimetro.cl

July 24, 2018

[Regional Prosecutor of Rancagua quotes Cardinal Ezzati as "accused": he will testify on August 21 in courts]

La presunta responsabilidad por el delito de encubrimiento estaría gravitando sobre el alto prelado de la iglesia católica

By Fernando Peñalver

El cardenal Ricardo Ezzati recibió este martes una citación por parte de la Fiscalía Regional de Rancagua, a fin de que declare en "calidad de imputado" el próximo 21 de agosto por el presunto delito de encubrimiento.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 7:32 PM

Cardenal Ezzati fue citado por la fiscalía a declarar en calidad de imputado

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Radio ADN 91.7

July 24, 2018

[Cardinal Ezzati is summoned by the prosecution to testify as an accused. The priest is accused of the crime of concealment.]

El sacerdote es acusado del delito de encubrimiento.

El Cardenal Ricardo Ezzati fue citado por la Fiscalía Regional de Rancagua para declarar en calidad de imputado el próximo 21 de agosto, por la eventual responsabilidad que podría caber en el delito de encubrimiento, informó el Arzobispado de Santiago mediante un comunicado.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 7:27 PM

Fiscalía cita a declarar como imputado a cardenal Ezzati por presuntos encubrimientos de abusos

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
La Tercera

July 24, 2018

[Prosecutor's office to declare as imputed to Cardinal Ezzati for alleged cover-ups of abuses ...
The Regional Prosecutor's Office of Rancagua summoned Ricardo Ezzati to be charged with the alleged crime of covering up in cases of abuse.]

La Fiscalía Regional de Rancagua citó a declarar como imputado al cardenal Ricardo Ezzati por el presunto delito de encubrimiento en casos de abusos.

Según se informó en un comunicado alojado en la página de Arzobispado de Santiago, Ezzati fue citado a presentarse el 21 de agosto a las dependencias de la fiscalía.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 7:24 PM

Arrest Kerala Catholic Bishop accused of abusing nun: Achutanandan

INDIA
IANS via The Quint

July 24, 2018

Former Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Tuesday wrote to state police chief loknath Behra demanding the arrest of Franco Mulakkal, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar (Punjab), who is alleged to have sexually abused a nun.

In his statement issued to the media, Achuthanandan says that a detailed statement and supporting evidences from the father of a nun who has suffered at the hands of this bishop has been handed over to Behra.

"It's most unfortunate that this nun continues to be under the bishop and is living in fear. Now that the allegations raised by the nun is true, the police should immediately arrest the bishop," says Achuthanandan in his letter.

His statement comes two days after police have stepped up protection to the convent near Kottayam, which is home to the nun who had alleged that she was sexually abused by the Catholic bishop.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:34 PM

The Beltway news cycle is burying the horrifying details of the Ohio State sex abuse scandal

COLUMBUS (OH)
Think Progress

July 23, 2018

By Lindsay Gibbs

This is not actually a story about partisan politics, or Jim Jordan.

It’s been 20 days since reports first surfaced about Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) ignoring allegations of sexual abuse when he was an assistant coach for the Ohio State wrestling team. Because of the trumped-up nature of these modern times, most reporters who are tied to the political news cycle have moved on, resigned to the fact that Jordan will remain in his prominent leadership position within the Republican Party.

With each new revelation about Dr. Richard Strauss’s decades of abuse during his time as a team doctor at Ohio State, the story is framed in one of two ways: Either as “bad news for Jordan,” by those inclined to believe survivors, or as the work of the “deep state” by those on the far right.

But this is not a story about politics. And it is absolutely not a story that should be viewed through the distortion of a partisan lens.

Yes, Jordan should be held accountable for any abuse his silence helped enable. But if we don’t look at this story systematically, we’re missing the entire point.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:32 PM

Judge rules redacted briefs in church sex abuse investigation should be made public

EBENSBURG (PA)
WJACTV

July 20, 2018

By y Matthew Stevens

A Cambria County judge entered a ruling Friday that redacted briefs into child sex abuse allegations made against six state Catholic dioceses should be made public.

In his opinion, Judge Norman Krumenacker said, "The information in the report is no longer protected by grand jury secrecy as the Grand Jury intended it to be released to the public in an expeditious manner."

The ruling comes after a July 6 state Supreme Court order asking attorneys on both sides to present their argument on their stance on the redacted briefs being made public. “Today, Judge Krumenacker ruled in favor of the Commonwealth and victims that our brief should be made public," said PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:31 PM

Cardinal Farrell expresses shock over Cardinal McCarrick abuse case

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

July 24, 2018

By Cindy Wooden

Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, head of the Vatican office for laity and family, said he was “shocked” when he heard allegations of years of sexual abuse and harassment by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the man who ordained him a bishop and whom he served as an auxiliary bishop for six years.

“I was shocked, overwhelmed; I never heard any of this before in the six years I was there with him,” Cardinal Farrell told Catholic News Service July 24.

The Irish-born cardinal was incardinated in the Archdiocese of Washington in 1984, and shortly after Cardinal McCarrick was named archbishop of Washington in 2000, the future Cardinal Farrell was named his vicar general.

The Vatican official said he had never met Cardinal McCarrick until Cardinal McCarrick became archbishop of Washington.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:30 PM

Diocese of Las Cruces issues statement regarding lawsuit naming Fr. Williams, Fr. Bentley

DEMING (NM)
Deming Headlight

July 20, 2018

Diocese not yet served as of late Wednesday

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces has responded to a civil lawsuit they are named in regarding a man who claims he was sexually abused as a child by Fr. Joseph Anderson and Fr. David Bentley of Holy Family Catholic Church in Deming, NM. The man, listed in his complaint as John Doe 85, served as an altar boy at Holy Family throughout his childhood, and alleges that he was sexually abused by the two priests on hundreds of occasions between 1994 and 2001.

The following is a statement received by the Deming Headlight on Wednesday, July 18, 2018:

"The Diocese of Las Cruces learned on Monday, July 16, 2018, that it has been listed as a defendant – along with Holy Family Parish, the Servants of the Paraclete, and the Benedictine Monks, Inc of Wisconsin – in a recently filed civil lawsuit that alleges sexual abuse of a minor from 1994 to 2001 by Father Joseph Anderson and Father David Bentley.

"Father Bentley departed the Diocese in April, 2002, and Father Anderson died in May, 2002.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:28 PM

Punjab Priest Arrested In Delhi After Woman Alleges He Raped Her

CHANDIGARH (INDIA)
NDTV

July 19, 2018

Zirakpur station house officer (SHO) Pawan Kumar said the priest, Bajinder Singh, was nabbed from the Delhi airport as he was about to board a flight for London

Punjab Police arrested a priest and self-styled healer from the Delhi international airport following a complaint from a woman in Zirakpur that he had raped her, said an official on Thursday.
Zirakpur station house officer (SHO) Pawan Kumar said the priest, Bajinder Singh, was arrested from the Delhi airport as he was about to board a flight for London where he was scheduled to attend a healing event on July 21.

Singh is the pastor of a church in Punjab's Jalandhar district. He was reported to be popular among people as a healer.

The woman, a resident of Zirakpur town, adjoining Chandigarh, had complained to the police in May this year that Singh had sexually assaulted her and recorded a video of the assault.

She alleged the accused used to threaten her that he would post the video on social media if she complained against him or did not agree to his demands.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:26 PM

Indian priest accused of abetting gang rape seeks bail

INDIA
UCA News

July 24, 2018

By Saji Thomas

Lawyer's move follows arrest of alleged mastermind behind abduction of five women from Jesuit-run school

A Catholic priest accused of abetting the gang rape of five women has applied for bail after police arrested a person thought to be the mastermind behind the crime in eastern India.
Police have arrested John Jonas Tudu and claimed to have cracked the June 19 case of five women abducted from a Jesuit-run school and raped in a forest in Jharkhand state.
The women were taken from Stockmann Memorial Middle School in remote Kochang village in Khunti Diocese. Two nuns who were with the women were spared.
Police arrested school principal Father Alphonse Aind on June 22 and charged him with conspiracy, abetting abduction, gang rape, preparing obscene material and causing hurt. He has been held in jail while police investigated the crime.
"It's all false charges. The priest was nowhere at the crime scene of abduction or gang rape," said Jesuit Father Peter Martin, a lawyer who moved a bail application on July 23 for the release of Father Aind.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:25 PM

LDS Church seeks to dismiss sexual abuse case

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
Daily Herald

July 18, 2018

By Genelle Pugmire

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed a motion for dismissal Wednesday in a sex abuse case of a woman who accused a former Provo Missionary Training Center president of sexually abusing her.

McKenna Denson alleges in her federal lawsuit against the church and the former president, Joseph L. Bishop, that he sexually abused and even raped her while she was at the MTC in 1984.

The church says all five causes of action, or accusations, in Denson’s case are subject to either a three-year or a four-year statute of limitations.

The five causes she is implicating the church in includes: sexual assault; negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress, common law fraud, and fraudulent concealment.

“Ms. Denson’s first three causes of action are subject to Utah’s ‘catch all’ statute. Although a defense based on statutes of limitation is considered an affirmative defense, they may be asserted in a motion to dismiss under circumstances like the ones here,” church legal document says.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:24 PM

Judge backs disclosure in church abuse case

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Morning Call

July 21, 2018

By Tim Darragh

The judge overseeing the grand jury that investigated sex abuse in six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses ruled Friday that legal briefs containing “specific factual findings” of individuals named in an investigative report may be made public.

Lawyers representing unnamed priests and possibly other individuals named in the grand jury’s report, which is expected to catalog decades of sexual abuse of children by clergymen, sought to block release of a brief filed by Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office.

They argued the brief, even though redacted, violates grand jury secrecy and includes findings about the priests named in the report. The report remains sealed.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:23 PM

Tape casts doubt on cardinal’s denial he was told of rape accusation against bishop

INDIA
Crux

July 20, 2018

An audio recording of a conversation between a Catholic cardinal in India and a nun who has accused a bishop of rape seems to verify the cleric knew of the alleged sexual assault earlier than he later claimed to the authorities.

The 4-minute recording was broadcast by an Indian television station on Thursday, and in it Cardinal George Alencherry, the head of the eastern rite Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, can be heard conversing with the 43-year-old nun.

She has accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Latin rite Diocese of Jalandhar of sexually assaulting her several times, which the bishop has vehemently denied.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:22 PM

OPINION: Sexual abuse: It is time for the church in India to embrace the #MeToo movement

KERALA (INDIA)
AFP via Scroll.in

July 19, 2018

By Joseph D’Souza

We must worry less about our public image and more about getting justice to women who have been sexually exploited by church leaders in Kerala and elsewhere.

When the #MeToo movement first started gaining steam in the United States in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal last year, everybody was asking the same question: who would be next? It did not take long to get an answer.

American politicians, powerful media executives and famous news anchors came toppling down after brave women told their stories of abuse and, for once, people believed and heard them. Finally, the movement reached the church, and pastors, even seminary presidents, were held accountable, for their actions and for failing to protect those under their care.

India, now living its own #MeToo moment, is seeing a similar pattern unfold. The wave of reckoning that started with Bollywood’s notorious casting couch and swept over legislators has now reached the Indian church.

Authorities in Kerala are investigating three high-profile cases of sexual assault involving the clergy. In perhaps the most prominent of them, a woman has accused four priests of blackmailing her into sexual exploitation. The Kerala High Court has refused anticipatory bail to the accused; they could be arrested any day now.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:18 PM

Australia’s Council of Priests seek Pope Francis’s intervention in Wilson case

AUSTRALIA
Crux

July 20, 2018

By Christopher White

NEW YORK - Australia’s National Council of Priests has endorsed appeals for Pope Francis to intervene in the case of embattled Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson following his refusal to resign after being convicted of failing to report crimes of sexual abuse.

“While the Archbishop is exercising his constitutional right to appeal his conviction, his tenure as Archbishop of Adelaide has been compromised,” read the statement from the Council.

“For the good of the Church in Australia and for the benefit of the People of God in the Archdiocese of Adelaide, the Executive of the NCP requests that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, removes Archbishop Philip Wilson from his See,” the statement continued.

The Council’s demand comes just days after the country’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on the pope to “sack” Wilson, who is the highest-ranking official in the Catholic Church ever to be convicted of sex abuse cover-up.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:17 PM

James Gill: Catholic officials 'instinctively secretive,' even in defrocked New Orleans deacon's case

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The New Orleans Advocate

July 18, 2018

By James Gill

Pretty much the world's first inkling that the Catholic hierarchy had been shielding pedophile priests came when Lafayette's Gilbert Gauthe pleaded guilty in 1985.

New Orleans journalist Jason Berry was in the courtroom for the Gauthe hearing, and thus got to break the biggest, most sordid ecclesiastical story in many years. Now that NOPD is weighing charges against ex-deacon George Brignac, Berry notes how things have changed since the days when church policy was to say nothing and shunt the perverts of the priesthood off to prey on the children of a different parish.

Three years after Gauthe was sent to prison, New Orleans prosecutors dropped charges of child molestation against Brignac after the alleged victim refused to testify. But the evidence was evidently damning, for Brignac was promptly defrocked by then-Archbishop Philip Hannan.

So for sure, the church was now sworn to quit covering up for the sinners in its midst and to extend proper protection to the children in its care. This moral reawakening may have owed much to the revulsion that overcame the public when it became apparent that the church had harbored sexual predators time out of mind. The billions paid out to settle lawsuits have also no doubt encouraged the church to mend its ways.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:16 PM

Mangueshi temple priest booked in second molestation case

MUMBAI (INDIA)
The Indian Express

July 24, 2018

By Tabassum Barnagarwala

The 20-year-old student, currently undergoing a computer course in Mumbai, approached Ponda police with her father on Sunday. A case under Section 354, for outraging modesty of a woman, was registered by Ponda police.

A second FIR has been lodged, this time by a 20-year-old Mumbai resident, against priest Dhananjay Bhave of the Mangueshi Devasthan temple in Goa on Sunday evening, days after a 26-year-old medical student from the USA had lodged a similar complaint of molestation against him.

The 20-year-old student, currently undergoing a computer course in Mumbai, approached Ponda police with her father on Sunday. A case under Section 354, for outraging modesty of a woman, was registered by Ponda police. “She is very disturbed. For two-three days after the incident, her father said she was very upset and kept crying,” said the complainant’s Philadelphia-based aunt. From the USA, her aunt was the first to complain, through email, to the Mangueshi temple management committee to look into the matter.

The family claims the complaint was made in June, days after the incident on June 14 when accused Bhave allegedly pulled the student by her shoulder and hugged her while her father was performing pooja and mother was in another part of the temple.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:14 PM

Priest who taught at Elk Co. Catholic accused of sexual harassment

ERIE (PA)
The Bradford Era

July 20, 2018

A priest who had taught at Elk County Catholic High School was among the seven names released Wednesday by the Diocese of Erie as someone with accusations of sexual harassment against him.

Father William A. Rice, retired, now lives in Fryburg, Clarion County.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:13 PM

Lord Carey 'ashamed' sex abuse warnings ignored

UNITED KINGDOM
SKY News

July 24, 2018

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is hearing from Lord Carey as it investigates abuse by former bishop Peter Ball.

Key points

- Ex-Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey giving evidence about former bishop Peter Ball
- Ball was sentenced for abusing young men in 2015
- Lord Carey has told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse he was shocked
- Says "I couldn't believe that a bishop in the Church of God could do such evil things"

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:11 PM

South Idaho couple arrested in child abuse case part of faith-healing church

POCATELLO (ID)
Idaho State Journal

July 19, 2018

By Nicole Foy and Kyle Pfannenstiel

A Caldwell mother arrested last week told deputies her religious beliefs prompted her to pray for her husband rather than tell police about his alleged sexual abuse of their daughters.

Sarah Kester and her husband, Lester Kester Jr., are affiliated with the Followers of Christ Church. The church, which has a prominent following in Canyon County and in Oregon, faces criticism for refusing medical care for children and adults in favor of faith healing.

After her July 11 arrest, Sarah Kester told deputies from the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office that she didn’t tell police about her husband’s alleged abuse because it was against her belief system to involve agencies such as law enforcement, child protection services, or counseling services into personal or family matters, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:03 PM

Everything's gotta go - contents of former seminary up for sale

GUAM
Kuam News

July 24, 2018

By Krystal Paco

Bargain hunters, thrifters, and the plain out curious, you're invited. The Archdiocese of Agana is prepping for a major sale this weekend. Though no one's set to buy the Yona property just yet, the Church wants to go ahead and empty the former Redemptoris Mater Seminary, formerly Hotel Accion, of all its contents.

Everything AND the kitchen sink must go. "Anyone. Anyone who's interested," explained Tony Diaz. "Again, we stress it's a cash and carry basis. That means we're not using credit cards. If you have the cash and you will be responsible for actually carrying out the items if it's a large item, especially." Diaz, the Archdiocese of Agana's Communications Director, is referring to this weekend's cash and carry sale at the former Hotel Accion turned Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:01 PM

Gary Smith exposed child sex abuse and cover-up in the Catholic church

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

July 24, 2018

By Bruce Vielmetti

A Milwaukee man who played a key role in exposing the child sexual abuse scandal within the Catholic Church has died.

Gary Smith had been suffering from cancer and died Monday evening at St. Francis Terrace at the age of 68, said Kathy Shallow, a close friend whose sister was Smith's domestic partner.

As a child, Smith attended St. John's Boarding School for the Deaf in St. Francis, where he and as many as 200 other hearing-impaired children were molested for years by the late Rev. Lawrence Murphy.

Murphy worked at St. John's from 1950 to 1974. Bishops had known about the abuse for decades but did not move to defrock him until he was near death. He died in 1998.

His victims, including Smith, distributed fliers outside Milwaukee's Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in 1974, protesting inaction by the church regarding Murphy.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:00 PM

Church was 'cruel and sadistic' in its response to sexual abuse, victim of disgraced bishop says

UNITED KINGDOM
Independent

July 23, 2018

By Tom Embury-Dennis

Reverend Graham Sawyer says treatment he suffered at hands of Peter Ball paled in comparison to reaction from officials

A vicar who was sexually abused as a teenager by a disgraced bishop said he was met with "cruel and sadistic" treatment when he dared to speak out about his experience.

Reverend Graham Sawyer said the abuse he suffered at the hands of Peter Ball paled in comparison to the reaction from officials in the Church of England.

He told an inquiry that the church must stop its "ecclesiastical protection racket", in which he said people rally round to protect the church's reputation above the interests of the individual.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:59 PM

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey admits church failed abuse victims

UNITED KINGDOM
SKY News

July 24, 2018

Lord Carey told the child sexual abuse inquiry he was "shocked" by the crimes committed by disgraced bishop Peter Ball.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has admitted he feels "deeply ashamed" that the Church of England failed to act on sexual abuse claims made against disgraced bishop Peter Ball.

Lord Carey told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse that he was "completely shocked" by the crimes committed by Ball, who was jailed in 2015 for sexually abusing 18 young men over a period of three decades.

The former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester - who was released in February last year - was said to have "systematically abused the trust of the victims", many of whom who were aspiring priests.

Giving evidence at the long-running inquiry on Tuesday, Lord Carey - who oversaw the church at the time of Ball's arrest in December 1992 - acknowledged that his victims had been failed "in a number of different ways".

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:57 PM

The fallen father: Paedophile Catholic priest Michael Shirres 'abused children for decades'

NEW ZEALAND
NZ Herald

July 25, 2018

By Mick Hall

A prominent Catholic priest and theologian has been exposed as a self-confessed paedophile, who was quietly placed on a sex offenders programme by the church and is suspected of having abused dozens of children for decades.

The Herald can reveal Father Michael Shirres, who had lectured in Māori theology at the University of Auckland and wrote several books on Māori spirituality, confessed to sexually abusing a young girl and is suspected of abusing many other victims.

The Catholic church has confirmed it received five complaints against Shirres and placed him in a programme for sex offenders. Another victim says a therapist told her Shirres admitted to abusing dozens of children.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:56 PM

NH settles another child abuse lawsuit

MANCHESTER (NH)
New Hampshire Union Leader

July 21, 2018

By Mark Hayward

A 22-month-old boy suffered traumatic brain injury at the hands of foster parents whose license was rushed through by child protection workers, according to records and reports contained in a lawsuit brought by his mother.

Allegations in the 3-year-old case include claims that a private social service agency based in Northfield, the Spaulding Youth Center, ignored proper procedures for investigating the foster home and missed obvious red flags. In doing so, child-protection workers placed the toddler and his days-old sister in a foster home headed by a foster mom with family problems who had previously experienced the death of a baby under her foster care.

The lawsuit initially implicated the state’s child protection agency, the Division for Children, Youth and Families. After an initial version of this story appeared on unionleader.com Friday, Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers contacted the New Hampshire Union Leader and said the state has paid $475,000 to settle its share of the lawsuit. He called the injury “very tragic.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:54 PM

Questions abound about SNAP's future

CHICAGO (IL)
National Catholic Reporter

July 23, 2018

By Brian Roewe

The program for the 2018 conference for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests offered little subtlety in its front-cover messaging.

"30 years strong. We've only just begun."

Four years earlier at the annual gathering, also here in the same city where SNAP formed in 1988, founding member Peter Isely proposed a comma as the proper punctuation as the now global network hit the quarter-century mark: a pause to recognize its achievements as the leading advocate group for survivors of clergy sexual abuse, and to determine where it would head next.

A similar exercise at the 2018 conference, held July 6-8, would likely land at a question mark.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:47 PM

Catholic Church and advocates of sex abuse survivors battle over release of Pa. grand jury report

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Washington Post

July 24, 2018

By Michelle Boorstein

Lawyers for Pennsylvania, the Catholic Church and victims of clergy sex abuse are battling behind closed court doors over an 800-plus-page grand jury report detailing allegations of clerical abuse in six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses.

Catholics across Pennsylvania — which is believed to have done more investigations of institutional child sex abuse than any other state — were expecting to see results of the 18-month-long probe in June. But people who are named in the report, but not charged, then petitioned, saying that to name them violates their constitutional rights. For weeks, court and state lawyers have been before the state Supreme Court, arguing about the redacting of names and entire sections and what can be released.

As of Monday, the high court’s June 20 stay remained in place, but some experts and clergy said the high-profile case could hold bishops and other high-ranking clergy accountable for endangering children.

Such a legal shift already occurred in the case of Monsignor William Lynn, secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, who was convicted in 2012 in a groundbreaking case — the first in the nation to send a cleric to jail for not protecting children. Lynn’s conviction was later overturned on appeal, and he has been granted a new trial.

However, the question of how wide the net of legal responsibility for children goes remains central in that case, said Marci Hamilton, an attorney with Child USA, a think tank aimed at preventing child abuse. The state Supreme Court said Lynn’s new trial should be governed by the theory that superiors can be held responsible for endangering children under their care, even those not under their direct supervision, Hamilton said. The new grand jury represents another major chance to test whether high-ranking Catholic officials will be held accountable for children who were harmed, she said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:46 PM

I didn’t know bishop was a paedophile, Prince Charles protests

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

July 19, 2018

By Sean O’Neill

The Prince of Wales maintained a close friendship with a disgraced bishop because he did not understand that the clergyman’s caution for gross indecency involved an admission of guilt, he has told a public inquiry.

Prince Charles said that he maintained contact with Peter Ball for more than 20 years until his conviction in 2015 for sexually abusing more than a dozen victims. Ball had to resign his ministry in 1993 after a police investigation into his abuse of boys and young men led to him accepting a caution.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:45 PM

The fallen father: Safe Network calls for end to secrecy over institutional sex abuse

NEW ZEALAND
NZ Herald

July 25, 2018

By Mick Hall

An organisation that offers therapy to child sex abusers says more needs to be done by organisations referring clients to them to dismantle their own cultures of secrecy and silence.

Auckland-based Safe Network spokesman Shane Harris said his organisation did significant work treating offenders by carrying out assessments and then offering appropriate clinical interventions to help curb their predatory sexual behaviour.

But he said it was unethical for churches and other organisations not to involve the civil authorities when allegations or evidence of abuse first surfaced and that a bigger impact would be made if that wasn't the case.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:44 PM

Bail for priest in abuse case

INDIA
The Telegraph India

July 24, 2018

Kochi: Kerala High Court on Monday granted bail to a Christian priest, arrested on the charge of sexually exploiting a married woman for years with three other priests after blackmailing her with her confession secrets.

Johnson V. Mathew, a counsellor of the Malankara Orthodox Church, was arrested from Kozhencherry in Pathanamthitta district on July 13 and charged with "outraging the modesty of a woman".

Mathew, the second priest to be arrested in the case, had applied to the high court after a magistrate in Thiruvalla rejected his bail plea.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:43 PM

Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen, the epitome of the Vatican II bishop

UNITED STATES
America Magazine

July 23, 2018

By John A. McCoy

Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen may have been the epitome of the Vatican II bishop—pastoral, ecumenical, inclusive and relevant. He loved telling a good story.

One he retold often was about the potluck picnic that the parishioners of a small-town parish hosted for him in the city park across the street from the church. Hunthausen took a paper plate, served himself some fried chicken, baked beans and fruit salad and looked for a place to sit. All the tables were occupied. So he found himself a spot on the lawn next to a youngster who was wolfing down the meal.

The boy, who had no idea who Archbishop Hunthausen was, chatted away about his school, his friends and his new bike. When he paused to eat some more, the archbishop asked him: “Where’d you get that tin plate? Everybody else has a paper one.”

The boy motioned at a house across the street. “At home,” he replied. “I saw there was a picnic going on, so I got my tin plate and came on over.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:40 PM

Abuse Survivors Are Angry About the Pope's Visit to Ireland

IRELAND
VICE

July 24, 2018

By Paulie Doyle

How Irish protesters plan to demonstrate against Pope Francis touching down in their country.

The general consensus about the Pope seems to be: he's pretty woke. Francis doesn't care for Trump, he auctioned his famous Harley Davidson to feed the poor and says that preventing environmental catastrophe is a moral imperative. He belongs to the fair-minded Jesuits, and has made some progressive-sounding comments about women and the LGBT community.

Although no changes to Catholic teaching regarding women or sexual minorities have been made, with the assistance of a very well-oiled PR machine, the Pontiff has nonetheless become a kind of media-darling, referenced as a benign moral authority, Dalai Llama-like, by ostensibly secular liberals. "On the issue of climate change, I agree with Pope Francis," Senator Bernie Sanders would regularly say, during rallies throughout his presidential campaign.

From the moment we met him, the current Pope's PR campaign has been in full swing: Francis stepped out into the world wearing humble white garments, a simple cross draped around his neck – the antithesis of the ostentatious papal regalia worn by Benedict XVI. The Church was sending a message: over are the days of opulence and intransigence at the Holy See; enter the era of Francis, and a new, more open Catholicism. In the past five years, this down-to-earth ethos has substantially improved Rome's image.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:39 PM

Mark Speakman said he was 'very sorry' to read what a Hunter abuse survivor had suffered

AUSTRALIA
The Newcastle Herald

July 24, 2018

By Joanne McCarthy

NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman has ordered the transcript of a controversial 2001 Newcastle trial against an Anglican priest after a Hunter child sexual abuse survivor described it as an “ambush”.

Steve Smith last week wrote to Mr Speakman seeking an apology from the State of NSW for a Newcastle District Court trial where three key people, including the judge, failed to disclose their associations with Newcastle Anglican Diocese.

The trial collapsed after the diocese belatedly produced a register that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse would later note contained “a number of irregularities”.

But it was the late Judge Ralph Coolahan’s criticism of Mr Smith from the bench that shattered the man who the diocese now concedes was repeatedly sexually abused by priest George Parker in the early 1970s, from when he was just 10 years old.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:05 PM

USOC files to remove itself as defendant in Nassar lawsuits

DENVER
The Associated Press

July 24, 2018

By Eddie Pells

The U.S. Olympic Committee is trying to remove itself as a defendant in lawsuits by gold medalists McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman, three of the gymnasts who sued the federation and others for their roles in the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal.

In court papers filed last Friday, the USOC acknowledges it is "appropriately" part of "discussions concerning moral and social responsibility for sexual abuse, including legitimate questions about what could have been done to recognize and stop Nassar's abuse."

But, the motions say, there are no legal grounds to sue the USOC because Nassar never worked for the federation, nor were Nassar's crimes foreseeable by the USOC.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:04 PM

Rape is all about power

INDIA
Matters India

July 22, 2018

By Virginia Saldanha

The revelation that 110,333 cases of rape were registered in the country from 2014 to 2016, and 338,954 cases of crime against women were registered in 2016, by federal Minister Kiren Rijiju, does not come as a surprise. In fact, we should remember that these statistics are based only on reported cases and not on total incidents of rape and violence to women actually taking place.

The threat of rape and violence is a reality that Indian women live with. The threat becomes acuter in direct proportion to a woman’s social status and/or vulnerability, a poor Dalit girl/woman being the most vulnerable. Age has not been a bar for vulnerability to rape. Babies of a few months to an old woman in her 90s have been victims of rape in India.

Rape is forced sexual intercourse. Indian law amended in 2013 describes rape as penile and non-penile penetration of a woman’s orifices. So, it is clear that rape is not about anyone enjoying sex. Rape is not about sex! It is about power. Unless we address the issue of power, we will not be able to protect women/girls from rape.

Rape takes place when the perpetrator is sure of his power to force his victim to yield to him. Most rapists generally and literally ‘get away’ with their crime, because of their power to silence the victim.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:45 PM

Former Tenafly resident accuses Cardinal McCarrick of sexual abuse

TENAFLY (NJ)
NorthJersey

July 20, 2018

By Rodrigo Torrejon

Amid tears and decades of buried trauma, a former Tenafly resident recalled 20 years of sexual abuse by a once-trusted priest and close family friend who became a dark, looming figure in his childhood in a recent New York Times report.

The 60-year-old man, who identified himself as James, detailed years of sexual abuse by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, 88, one of the most prominent faces in the Roman Catholic Church, in the Times report. McCarrick, a longtime family friend the family called "Uncle Ted," had baptized James at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

"I was the first guy he baptized," James told the Associated Press Friday. "I was his little boy. I was his special kid. I was the kid he always sought out."

It was in James' Tenafly home where the years of sexual abuse began, Patrick Noaker, James' attorney told NorthJersey.com. When James was 11, as he was changing out of his bathing suit, McCarrick, then 39, walked into the room and took his own pants off.

"McCarrick came into the boy’s room and he was naked," Noaker said. "McCarrick told him to turn around and said 'See? we’re the same.'"

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:40 PM

Two plaques to be erected at Emmanuel College recognising Bishop Mulkearns failed to act to protect victims of clergy abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Standard

July 20, 2018

By ​Andrew Thomson ​

EMMANUEL College ​is taking the groundbreaking step of erecting plaques recognising former Bishop of Ballarat Ronald Mulkearns ​failed to act to protect victims, some who attended the school.

​Principal Peter Morgan​ said there was a long tradition in Australian Catholic schools of inviting the local Bishop to officially open and bless new buildings and extensions.

​He said Bishop Mulkearns performed that duty on several occasions within the Warrnambool Catholic community.

“​Plaques were affixed to buildings leaving a permanent record of these important occasions​," he said​

​"There are two plaques at Emmanuel College recording the opening of new buildings bearing the name of Bishop Mulkearns​."

Mr Morgan said that it was now widely recognised that Bishop Mulkearns failed to act on information and complaints against adults who abused young people in the Ballarat Diocese.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:38 PM

Pope declines PM's call to sack Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson

AUSTRALIA
Financial Review

July 19, 2018

by Phillip Coorey

The Australian government has been lobbying the Pope and other senior members of the Catholic Church for more than two weeks to sack disgraced Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, but to no avail.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on the Pope publicly on Thursday to sack Wilson, who has been convicted and sentenced for covering up paedophilia in the church in the 1970s.

He is refusing to step down because he intends to appeal against the conviction.

"As far as Philip Wilson is concerned, he should have resigned. He should have resigned and the time has come for the Pope to sack him," Mr Turnbull said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:37 PM

OPINION: The Catholic Church is a cesspool

NEW YORK (NY)
The Week

July 23, 2018

By Matthew Walther

More than a decade and a half after the septic holding tank was overturned in Boston, the unfathomable noxious waste of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in this country is still seeping out in fetid drips.

As a Catholic, I believe that the Church was founded by the apostle St. Peter at the behest of Christ Himself. I also believe that it was for many years and will for many more still remain a cesspool.

A month ago, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., was removed from public ministry after credible allegations were made that he had abused a 16-year-old altar boy in 1971. Almost immediately after the announcement was made, it was revealed that at least two settlements had been made with victims — both of them adults at the time of the assaults — of McCarrick in the last decade. Now The New York Times reports that McCarrick began molesting a boy identified only as "James" when the latter was 11. This was a boy whom the future cardinal had himself baptized only two weeks after his ordination to the sacrificing priesthood. The abuse continued for 20 years. McCarrick allegedly referred to James as his "special boy" and insisted that the child and his siblings call him "Uncle Ted." When James tried to tell his parents about the things his "uncle" forced him to do, he was told that he must be lying. (Through a spokesperson, McCarrick declined to respond to the Times' request for comment. He has said elsewhere that he is cooperating with the Church's investigation of the allegations.)

James was not the only one of Uncle Ted's nephews. For decades it appears that McCarrick forced seminarians in his diocese to spend weekends with him at a beach house, where they were made to share his bed. There they were asked to rub his shoulders and to sit quietly while he groped their genitals. According to one file shared with the Times, McCarrick requested that a seminarian put on a striped sailor suit and a pair of shorts before joining him in bed. It was made clear to all of his victims that saying nothing was a necessary condition of their flourishing in his diocese and the wider Church.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:36 PM

Over 50 people come forward to sue USC for mishandling sexual misconduct allegations

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Fox News

July 23, 2018

By Lukas Mikelionis

Over 50 former and current University of Southern California students sued the school on Monday for allegedly mishandling complaints that a longtime gynecologist engaged in inappropriate behavior during pelvic exams.

The latest suit brings the number of people suing the university and Dr. George Tyndall to over a hundred of former and current students.

California’s state Department of Education said last month that was probing the university’s response the accusations against Tyndall, including him touching female students during campus office visits and improperly photographing or making comments about the women’s bodies.

Some complaints were made as early as 1990 but weren’t fully investigated up until 2016. There are over 400 students who also reported the former gynecologist through a university hotline.

“The University is conducting a thorough investigation into this matter,” USC said in a statement Monday. “We will be seeking a prompt and fair resolution that is respectful of our former students. We are committed to providing the women of USC with the best, most thorough and respectful health care services of any university.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:32 PM

Chilean prosecutors probing 36 claims of Catholic Church sex abuse

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Reuters

July 23, 2018

By Aislinn Laing and Cassandra Garrison

The Chilean civil authorities are investigating 36 accusations of sexual abuse against bishops, clerics and lay workers in the Roman Catholic Church, the national prosecutor’s office said on Monday.

The investigations are among 144 reports of sexual abuse implicating 158 Church workers made since 2000, it added in a statement.

The figures were released at a news conference in the capital Santiago by Luis Torres, the head of human rights and gender crime divisions for the Chilean national prosecutor’s office.

“We have met (with the Chilean Church) and sought to agree a coordinated approach that will help to advance these (live) cases,” he said.

The national prosecuting authority gathered the figures about complaints from around the country for the first time in a bid to take control of a persistent scandal over sexual abuse within the country’s Catholic.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:15 AM

Seattle Archbishop Emeritus Raymond G. Hunthausen Dies

SEATTLE (WA)
Archdiocese of Seattle

July 23, 2018

Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen, who led the Archdiocese of Seattle from 1975 to his retirement in 1991, died July 22, at his home in Helena, Montana, surrounded by members of his family.

He was 96. Upon learning of his death, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain paid tribute to him: “Archbishop Hunthausen was a humble and loving servant of the Lord, and a man of peace. As his successors, Archbishops Murphy, Brunett, and I were the beneficiaries of his pastoral leadership and his development of lay leadership, many programs of outreach to the poor, and other pastoral programs that have made this such a vibrant archdiocese. Above all, he loved the Lord, and that stood out in every conversation I had with this loving and compassionate servant of God. May he rest in peace.”

Archbishop Hunthausen was the last living American bishop to have participated in all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). From 1962 to 1975, he served as bishop of Helena, Montana, and from 1975 to 1991, as archbishop of Seattle.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:11 AM

Adelaide Catholic Archbishop media awards cancelled over Philip Wilson’s conviction for sex abuse cover up

ADELAIDE (AUSTRALIA)
The Advertiser

July 23, 2018

By Andrew Hough

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/adelaide-catholic-archbishop-media-awards-cancelled-over-philip-wilsons-conviction-for-sex-abuse-cover-up/news-story/92b7811f93e5719e262dba3bc2c0afe4

A popular Catholic Church media awards has been cancelled for the first time in almost three decades after the disgraced Adelaide Archbishop’s conviction for covering up child sex abuse.

The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide media citations was founded in 1990 to promote “professional excellence” as well as a “commitment to truth, balance, fairness and community service”.

But yesterday it emerged the gongs, which Advertiser journalists entered, have been cancelled in the wake of the jail term handed to Philip Edwards Wilson, 67.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:58 AM

National Council of Priests of Australia ask Pope to sack Philip Wilson as Adelaide archbishop

ADELAIDE (AUSTRALIA)
The Advertiser

July 20, 2018

By Elizabeth Henson

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/national-council-of-priests-of-australia-ask-pope-to-sack-philip-wilson-as-adelaide-archbishop/news-story/f627000dc2c90fe1a4d34d18ee5ffa52

The National Council of Priests of Australia has joined growing calls for disgraced Archbishop Philip Wilson to be sacked after he was convicted of covering up the sexual abuse of altar boys.

The council is appealing to Pope Francis to step in and fire Wilson, 67.

“For the good of the church in Australia and for the benefit of the people of God in the Archdiocese of Adelaide, the executive of the (council) requests that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, removes Archbishop Philip Wilson from his See,” the council said in a statement on Friday evening.

It came a day after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also lobbied the Pope to fire Wilson, who was sentenced to 12 months’ jail over his silence about a paedophile priest’s sex offending.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:49 AM

Catholic Church paying for retired paedophile priest’s bills, car

SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA)
9 News / A Current Affair

July 24, 2018

A retired Catholic priest convicted of indecently assaulting three boys is still being financially supported by the Church, which has even provided him with a new car.

Robert Francis Flaherty was five years ago convicted of the assaults, which took place in the '70s and '80s.

Speaking with remarkable candidness to A Current Affair, Flaherty openly made admissions about two of the attacks.

"Back in 1972 I was accused of touching a teenager. He consented to it, he was about 14 or 15," he said.

That victim was an altar boy at Our Lady of the Rosary Church at St Mary's.

"There may have been mutual touching, nothing else," Flaherty said.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:43 AM

‘I Didn’t Know How to Stop Him’: Ohio State Abuse Scandal Widens

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Times

July 24, 2018

By Juliet Macur

Investigators working on behalf of Ohio State University are digging through decades of records to piece together what might have happened decades ago, when Dr. Richard H. Strauss was a team doctor and, according to recent accounts, engaged in some form of sexual misconduct with more than 100 former students.

That misconduct occurred from 1979 to 1997, those former students have said. But Ohio State’s sex abuse crisis and its apparent failure to provide abused athletes with an adequate support system may have extended to more-recent years.

Eszter Pryor, a former diver who trained with the Ohio State University Diving Club as a teenager, discussed in an interview on Monday an abusive relationship that she had in 2014, when she was 16, with a 28-year-old diving coach at the university, where the diving club trained. She said she felt stuck in the relationship because there was no athlete advocate she could call and no way to report the abuse without repercussions.

Ms. Pryor, 21, filed a federal class-action lawsuit earlier this month in which she claims that the assistant coach, Will Bohonyi, forced her to have sex with him starting in 2014. She is suing Mr. Bohonyi, U.S.A. Diving and the Ohio State University Diving Club over the sexual abuse she said she endured. A criminal investigation is also continuing.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:39 AM

Former Seattle Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen dies at 96

SEATTLE (WA)
Associated Press via KVEO

July 23, 2018

By Gene Johnson

Retired Seattle Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen, whose outspoken support for nuclear disarmament, gay rights and an expanded role for women in the church made him one of the most controversial U.S. bishops, has died at 96.

Hunthausen died Sunday at his home in Helena, Montana, the Seattle Archdiocese said.

Hunthausen, who was born in Montana, served as the bishop of Helena from 1962 to 1975 and as archbishop of Seattle from 1975 to 1991. He was the last living American bishop to have participated in all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council, called by the pope in the early 1960s to modernize the church, the archdiocese said.

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Advocates for sex abuse victims say Hunthausen could have done more to protect young parishioners, but they also credit him with being more proactive than his predecessors or other bishops around the country. The archdiocese has paid out tens of millions of dollars to child sex abuse victims, including in many cases that stemmed from Hunthausen's tenure.

In 2009, Hunthausen became one of the highest ranking Catholic officials in the U.S. to testify at a sex-abuse trial, one that pertained to a priest who had been transferred from Spokane to Seattle for deviancy treatment. Hunthausen granted the priest, Patrick G. O'Donnell, full powers of ministry without the documentation usually required for transferred priests.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:33 AM

Chile announces wide probe into Catholic Church sex abuse

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Associated Press via Tampa Bay Times

July 24, 2018

Chile has investigated 158 members of the country's Roman Catholic Church for committing or covering up sexual abuse against minors and adults, the national prosecutor's office said Monday.

The investigations include reports of abuse by bishops, clerics and lay workers filed since 2000. Some of the cases date as far back as 1960.

In all, the number of victims is 266. That includes 178 children and teenagers, and 31 adults. The age of victims was not established in 57 other cases.

The nationwide figures follow an avalanche of sex abuse and cover-up cases that have recently embattled Chile's Catholic Church and prompted Pope Francis earlier this year to publicly denounce a "culture of abuse and cover-up."

The pope also said he was ashamed that neither he nor Chilean church leaders truly ever listened to victims as the country's abuse scandal spiraled.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:27 AM

Catholic Church and sex abuse survivor advocates battle over release of Pa. grand jury report

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

July 24, 2018

By Michelle Boorstein

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/07/24/catholic-church-officials-and-sex-abuse-survivor-advocates-battle-over-release-of-800-page-grand-jury-report-in-pa/?utm_term=.3e02b6baf4d7

Lawyers for Pennsylvania, the Catholic Church and victims of clergy sex abuse are battling behind closed court doors over an 800-page-plus grand jury report detailing allegations of clerical abuse in six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses.

Catholics across Pennsylvania — which is believed to have done more investigations of institutional child sex abuse than any other state — were expecting to see results of the 18-month-long probe in June. But people who are named in the report, but not charged, then petitioned, saying that to name them violates their constitutional rights. For weeks court and state lawyers have been before the state Supreme Court, arguing about the redacting of names and entire sections and what can be released.

As of Monday, the high court’s June 20 stay remained in place, but some experts and clergy said the high-profile case could hold bishops and other high-ranking clergy accountable for endangering children.

Such a legal shift already occurred in the case of Monsignor William Lynn, secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, who was convicted in 2012 in a ground-breaking case – the first in the nation to send a cleric to jail for not protecting children. Lynn’s conviction was later overturned on appeal and he has been granted a new trial.

However, the question of how wide the net of responsibility for children legally goes remains central in that case, said Marci Hamilton, an attorney with CHILD USA, a think tank aimed at preventing child abuse. The state Supreme Court said Lynn’s new trial should be governed by the theory that superiors can be responsible for endangering not only children specifically in their care but also those who could be potentially at risk as well. The new grand jury is another major chance to test whether high-ranking Catholic officials will be held accountable for children who were harmed, she said.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:20 AM

On This Day: Prosecutors allege 1,000 sexual abuse cases in Boston diocese

BOSTON (MA)
UPI

July 23, 2018

[See the Reilly Report, referenced in this UPI feature and lying next to the demonstrator in the photo. In 2008, the Boston archdiocese counted 1,476 cases.]

On July 23, 2003, the Massachusetts attorney general said an investigation indicated nearly 1,000 cases of abuse by Roman Catholic priests and other church personnel in the Boston diocese over 60 years.

Photo Caption: A protester adds the name of a defrocked priest to the top of the "Cross of Shame" on July 30, 2003, outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. On July 23, 2003, the Massachusetts attorney general said an investigation indicated nearly 1,000 cases of abuse by Roman Catholic priests and other church personnel in the Boston diocese over 60 years.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:06 AM

There Is No ‘Biological Solution’ to the Catholic Church’s Spiritual Crisis

NEW YORK (NY)
National Review

July 23, 2018

By Michael Brendan Dougherty

The idea that the Church’s sexual-abuse problem will dissipate as older generations of priests die off has always been an excuse to avoid reform.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick visited my class at Sacred Heart Elementary in Bloomfield, N.J., once. The teachers reminded us before he arrived that by virtue of his office he was a successor to the Apostles. I remember mentally taking guesses as to which of the original twelve his office descended from. Thinking back on it, I’m relieved that he never got to know me, or know that I was the child of a single mother.

About a decade ago, my wife and I sat in the office of a young Catholic priest. He was a good priest, and gradually, as the conversation went on, both he and we dropped enough key phrases into the chat to signal that we were like-minded about what we saw as Catholicism’s moral, spiritual, and liturgical crisis. Everyone relaxed considerably. I ventured my low opinion of his bishop, a revered cardinal. He didn’t contradict me. I then offered that it was young priests like him who would restore the Church. He was part of a heroic generation that had entered the priesthood at the nadir of the priest-abuse crisis, inspired by John Paul II. He had a different mindset than those in the generations immediately before him, who were formed in the 50s, 60s, and 70s and believed that they had to implement the more experimental, accommodating spirit of Vatican II. “Once they die off . . .” I started. And the young priest chimed in. “Exactly. They will be gone.”

What we were talking about had a name in Catholic circles. It was called “the biological solution.” Roughly speaking, it meant that priests attached to the reforming visions and the theological fads of mid 20th century would, by the simple process of aging and dying, be replaced by the younger, more tradition-minded, and less morally lax generation. The heavy implication was that the problem of moral cronyism in the Church, in which sexually compromised priests cover and cover-up for one another, would mostly solve itself over time.

The biological solution has long since stopped being a kind of secret handshake among young traditionalists. It has become a cause of division and crisis within religious orders. And it is obviously on the mind of Pope Francis, who seems never to be short of anecdotes about “rigid” young priests and wise old liberals.

But the past decade has taught me something: We were wrong. There is no biological solution to a moral, spiritual, and liturgical crisis.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:50 AM

Bail for priest in abuse case

CALCUTTA (INDIA)
The Telegraph

July 24, 2018

Kochi: Kerala High Court on Monday granted bail to a Christian priest, arrested on the charge of sexually exploiting a married woman for years with three other priests after blackmailing her with her confession secrets.

Johnson V. Mathew, a counsellor of the Malankara Orthodox Church, was arrested from Kozhencherry in Pathanamthitta district on July 13 and charged with "outraging the modesty of a woman".

Mathew, the second priest to be arrested in the case, had applied to the high court after a magistrate in Thiruvalla rejected his bail plea.

Granting bail, Justice Rajavijayaraghavan directed the priest to surrender his passport, cooperate with the investigation and not enter the limits of the police station where the woman lives.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:47 AM

Matt Flynn Continues to Defend Work for Milwaukee Archdiocese during Priest Abuse Scandal

MADISON (WI)
Wisconsin Public Radio

July 23, 2018

By Laurel White

Critics Accuse Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate of Covering Up Abuse

Democratic candidate for governor Matt Flynn continued to defend his work as a lawyer for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on Monday, pushing back in particular on claims he was involved with the transfer of abusive priests between parishes.

Flynn represented the archdiocese from 1989 until 2004, during the priest sexual abuse scandal.

His campaign for governor has been peppered with criticism from both the right and left for that work. On Monday, his campaign released a letter from former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland rebutting claims Flynn was involved in the transfer of abusive priests.

"The lawyers were not involved," Weakland wrote.

According to Weakland, some priests who had undergone therapy were reassigned, but the process was overseen by a priest personnel board.

"Looking back, I would frankly have to admit that we were all extremely naïve," Weakland wrote. "We did not understand the power of recidivism in such cases."

A longtime Milwaukee priest, Domenic Roscioli, on Monday refuted Weakland’s claim.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:42 AM

Bishop warns that grand jury report on priest sex abuse is graphic, sobering

MECHANICSVILLE (PA)
PennLive

July 23, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

As Catholic officials and the faithful across Pennsylvania await the release of a comprehensive statewide investigation report into clergy sex abuse, arguably the state's most outspoken Catholic bishop reiterated a warning as to the severity of those findings.

"It certainly is going to be sobering," said Bishop Lawrence Persico, the head of the Erie Diocese. "The report is rather graphic, and it will be very detailed on what has occurred."

During a phone interview with PennLive this weekend from his diocese, Persico broached broad and specific issues regarding the 18-month-long investigation by the state Office of Attorney General. The grand jury report remains under a court seal amid challenges filed by at least two dozen priests and other individuals named in the report but not charged.

"I think in looking historically at it you may see bishops named who probably in view of the way we do things now as compared to 20 or 30 years ago, it would not be considered acceptable that type of action," he said.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:39 AM

July 23, 2018

Establishment 'rallied to help ex-bishop later jailed for abuse'

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

July 23, 2018

By Harriet Sherwood

Prince Charles and Lord Carey among powerful backers of Peter Ball, abuse inquiry told

Members of the establishment, including the heir to the throne, the then archbishop of Canterbury and a senior member of the judiciary, rallied to the support of Peter Ball, a Church of England bishop accused of sexual abuse, an independent inquiry has heard.

“The story of Peter Ball is the story of the establishment at work in modern times,” said William Chapman, representing survivors. “It is the story of how the establishment minimised the nature of Peter Ball’s misdeeds … and silenced and harassed those who tried to complain.”

One survivor told the inquiry the C of E’s response to his disclosure of abuse amounted to “enduringly cruel and sadistic treatment”.

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse is examining how the church handled allegations. A five-day hearing this week is scrutinising the church’s response to claims of sexual abuse against Ball, a former bishop of Lewes and then Gloucester, who was jailed in 2015.

Ball was able to call upon the “willing assistance of members of the establishment”, said Chapman. “It included the heir to the throne, the archbishop and a senior member of the judiciary, to name only the most prominent.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:53 PM

Opinion: The unending sex abuse reports about Catholic clergy

UNITED STATES
Inforum

July 20, 2018

By Jon Lindgren

The news story about Cardinal McCarrick was so devastating it is hard to fathom behavior this terrible. A Cardinal, of course, is among the highest ranking of Catholic clergy.

Now in his 80's, he has finally been defrocked. But for 30 years the management of the Catholic Church has know, even acknowledged by secret payments to victims, this man is a pedophile. The church kept this secret and McCarrick retained his credentials.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:52 PM

Priest, later defrocked for abuse, discussed allegation with Matt Flynn

MADISON (WI)
Wisconsin State Journal

July 23, 2018

By Mathew DeFour

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn's role in the Milwaukee Archdiocese priest abuse scandal received new attention Monday as a letter surfaced showing he met twice with a priest to discuss abuse allegations that weren't referred to police until nine years later.

Flynn has maintained throughout the campaign that he didn't represent abusive priests and was not part of what abuse victims say was a cover-up by the Archdiocese.

On Monday in a 45-minute conference call with reporters he confirmed the 1993 meeting with Marvin Knighton occurred and said he had similar meetings with "a handful of others." But he disputed Knighton's characterization that Flynn advised to wait and see if the alleged victim filed a complaint.

"What he says there is false," Flynn said. "I insisted (the archdiocese) go to the police on any allegation."

From jalebi wala to baba to serial rapist: Tohana mahant was blackmailing victims

INDIA
The Print

July 22, 2018

By Chitleen K. Sethi

Baba Amarpuri allegedly filmed the women he raped. In some cases, he used the footage to blackmail the victims for money.

Chandigarh: Amarpuri, a 60-year-old baba or religious preacher from Haryana who has been accused of allegedly raping 60 women, some of them more than once, was also blackmailing his victims for money, said sources in the Haryana Police Saturday.

Baba Amarpuri had not only allegedly raped his victims but also filmed them. In some cases, he was blackmailing the victims using the footage, forcing them to continue to have sexual relations with him. From his richer clients, he was allegedly extracting money to keep their video footage under wraps.

He was arrested from his house-cum-temple premises in Tohana in Haryana’s Fatehabad district Thursday on fresh charges of rape. This is the second case of rape registered against him. He was on bail for an earlier rape charge leveled against him October last year.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:49 PM

There Is No ‘Biological Solution’ to the Catholic Church’s Spiritual Crisis

UNITED STATES
National Review

July 23, 2018

By Michael Brendan Dougherty

The idea that the Church’s sexual-abuse problem will dissipate as older generations of priests die off has always been an excuse to avoid reform.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick visited my class at Sacred Heart Elementary in Bloomfield, N.J., once. The teachers reminded us before he arrived that by virtue of his office he was a successor to the Apostles. I remember mentally taking guesses as to which of the original twelve his office descended from. Thinking back on it, I’m relieved that he never got to know me, or know that I was the child of a single mother.

About a decade ago, my wife and I sat in the office of a young Catholic priest. He was a good priest, and gradually, as the conversation went on, both he and we dropped enough key phrases into the chat to signal that we were like-minded about what we saw as Catholicism’s moral, spiritual, and liturgical crisis. Everyone relaxed considerably. I ventured my low opinion of his bishop, a revered cardinal. He didn’t contradict me. I then offered that it was young priests like him who would restore the Church. He was part of a heroic generation that had entered the priesthood at the nadir of the priest-abuse crisis, inspired by John Paul II. He had a different mindset than those in the generations immediately before him, who were formed in the 50s, 60s, and 70s and believed that they had to implement the more experimental, accommodating spirit of Vatican II. “Once they die off . . .” I started. And the young priest chimed in. “Exactly. They will be gone.”

What we were talking about had a name in Catholic circles. It was called “the biological solution.” Roughly speaking, it meant that priests attached to the reforming visions and the theological fads of mid 20th century would, by the simple process of aging and dying, be replaced by the younger, more tradition-minded, and less morally lax generation. The heavy implication was that the problem of moral cronyism in the Church, in which sexually compromised priests cover and cover-up for one another, would mostly solve itself over time.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:47 PM

Goa Priest, Accused Of Molestation, Says Charges "Fabricated"

PANAJI (INDIA)
Indo-Asian News Service /NDTV

July 23, 2018

The court has granted him interim bail until the next hearing on Wednesday.

Goa's Mangueshi temple priest who was charged for molesting two women, has claimed that one of them fabricated the charges against him after he refused to allow the unmarried woman into the sanctum sanctorum.
The court has granted him interim bail until the next hearing on Wednesday.

The accused, Dhanajay Bhave, told the Ponda additional district and sessions court on Saturday, that he "tried to explain to the complainant that as per the norms and the rules of the devasthan, unmarried daughters/unmarried girls cannot enter the gabhara (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple".

Bhave, who has worked at the temple as a priest for 28 years, even told her to sit outside till her parents returned.

However, the complainant picked up a quarrel with Bhave and insisted on entering the gabhara, as according to her, there is no basis for refusal, he told the court in his petition.

Bhave has been charged under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 354 for outraging the modesty of a woman.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:45 PM

Court gives bail to Kerala priest accused of rape

INDIA
Gulf News

July 23, 2018

Last week a magisterial court in Thiruvalla had rejected his bail, following which he approached the high court

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday granted bail to Father Johnson V. Mathew, one of the four priests accused in a rape case of a woman parishioner.

The court, however, asked the Malankara Orthodox Church priest to surrender his passport.

Mathew was arrested on July 13, from near Thiruvalla by the Crime Branch police probing the case. He has been holed up at the Pathanamthitta district jail since.
Last week a magisterial court in Thiruvalla had rejected his bail, following which he approached the high court.
In this case the Crime Branch has charged four Kerala priests, including Father Job Mathew who was the first to be nabbed and Father Johnson V. Mathew. Father Sony (Abraham) Varghese and Father Jaice K. George had moved the Supreme Court and managed to get a stay order till their petition is finally disposed.

While Mathew who got the bail on Monday, has been charged for outraging the modesty of a lady, the three others have been charged for rape.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:43 PM

Fiscalía detalla casos de abuso sexual en la Iglesia Católica: Casi 140 sacerdotes investigados y más de 260 víctimas

CHILE
La Tercera

July 23, 2018

By Claudia Soto

[Prosecutor's office details cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church: Almost 140 priests investigated and more than 260 victims]

De acuerdo al reporte elaborado por el Ministerio Público, desde 1960, 158 personas relacionadas a esa institución han sido investigadas en 144 indagatorias. En el informe, se agrega además que el 66% de las víctimas son niñas, niños o adolescentes.

Este mediodía, el Ministerio Público dio a conocer un reporte con el detalle de los casos de abuso sexual cometidos por miembros de la Iglesia Católica de Chile en contra de niñas, niños y adolescentes principalmente, desde el año 1960 a la fecha. En el escrito, se indica que todas las regiones del país reportaron al menos un caso, pero la mayor concentración de estos se encuentran en la Metropolitana, Biobío y Valparaíso.

De acuerdo al documento, en total 158 personas han sido investigadas en 144 indagatorias distintas. De ellas, 74 corresponden a obispos, sacerdotes, diáconos que no pertenecen a una congregación, mientras que 65 sí pertenecen a una, donde 16 son salesianos y 15 son maristas. Lo que hace un total de 139 religiosos involucrados en casos de abuso sexual.

Además, se indica que 10 laicas o laicos a cargo de pastorales -de parroquias o colegios- han sido investigadas y otras otras nueve personas cercanas a alguna institución eclesiástica que están involucradas en algún caso, pero que no se ha podido determinar cuál es su función.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:40 PM

158 members of Chilean Catholic Church to be investigated in sexual abuse scandal

CHILE
AFP

July 22, 2018

Bishops, priests and lay people are among 158 members of Chile's Catholic Church under investigation for perpetrating or concealing the sexual abuse of children and adults, the public prosecutor revealed on Monday.

The cases relate to 144 separate investigations into incidents dating back as far as 1960 and involving 266 victims, including 178 children and adolescents, according to details given at a press conference by prosecutor Luis Torres.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:35 PM

SR. MAUREEN A. TURLISH

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philly.com

July 22, 2018

SR. MAUREEN A. TURLISH, SND de N

On July 18, 2018, beloved daughter of the late Paul and Mary (nee Dunn) Turlish; loving sister of Paul Turlish and his wife Janice; dear Aunt of James Paul Turlish, Jenine Steltz and her husband Brian, and Kelly Ann Turlish Lampe. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 24th, at Villa Julie Chapel, 1531 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, at 10:30 A.M., preceded by a Visitation at 9:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Development Office, P.O. Box 157, Stevenson, MD 21153.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:39 PM

Activist Sr. Maureen Turlish Dies

UNITED STATES
Catholic 4 Change

July 20, 2018

By Susan Mathews

You’re a bold and brazen article. Back in the day, an Irish nun might shame a defiant student with this derogatory phrase. Today, I honor a nun with it. Sister Maureen Paul Turlish was a bold and brazen article for all the right reasons. The Sister of Notre de Namur was a rebel with a cause. She tirelessly advocated for victims of clergy sex abuse and the misled faithful.

Sr. Maureen died on July 18th in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In remembering her today, Kathy and I couldn’t help but laugh. Sr. Maureen was hilarious. Not what one expects when dealing with the horrific and tragic. Her humor was dark, honest and clever. It honored the victims. She was a pistol aimed at clericalism.

Sr. Maureen helped found the National Survivor Advocates Coalition and served on the board of directors for the Delaware Association for Children of Alcoholics and on the steering committee for Philadelphia’s Voice of the Faithful and Catholic WhistleBlowers.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:32 PM

Women accuse ex-USC campus doctor of sexual abuse, say the school 'let it happen'

LOS ANGELES (CA)
GMA

July 23, 2018

By Catherine Thorbecke

Dozens of women who accused a former University of Southern California gynecologist of sexual misconduct plan to file a lawsuit against the doctor and school Monday, arguing that USC knew about the alleged abuse and protected him for decades.

Dr. George Tyndall was the University of Southern California's sole full-time gynecologist for nearly 30 years, and he treated thousands of students since the late 80s. Tyndall was forced to retire in 2017.

The campus doctor abused "generations of women" for "approximately 30 years," according to Andy Rubenstein, the attorney representing the 51 women who Rubenstein says plan to file the lawsuit against Tyndall and USC.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:30 PM

Brave survivors abused in their own homes fight against 'Same Roof Rule' robbing them of compensation

UNITED KINGDOM
Mirror

July 21, 2018

By Alan Selby and Amy Sharpe

They broke anonymity to get a change in the law that robs them of closure

All these women were sexually abused in their childhood homes by the very people they should have been able to trust.

They grew up with no safety or security, robbed of their innocence by those who should have loved and cared for them.

Today these fragile survivors waive their anonymity and stand together to fight for a change in the law that robs them of compensation and closure.

While the monsters responsible have mostly been brought to justice, these women say they are now being victimised all over again.

Under the absurd so-called Same Roof Rule, victims who lived with and were abused by their attacker up until 1979 are not entitled to compensation.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:25 PM

Prince Charles to give evidence at child sexual abuse inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
Sky News

July 19, 2018

The Prince of Wales exchanged letters with disgraced former bishop Peter Ball, who was jailed for abusing young men.

The Prince of Wales is to give evidence at a long-running inquiry into institutional child sexual abuse.

Prince Charles will provide a written statement to be read next Thursday at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is looking into the handling of allegations made against disgraced ex-bishop Peter Ball.

The former bishop of Gloucester - whose diocese covers the prince's country home of Highgrove - was sentenced to 32 months in 2015 for sexually abusing young men in the 1970s.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:24 PM

Sexual misconduct and the high clergy

VATICAN CITY
La Croix International

July 20, 108

By Robert Mickens

There is an elephant in the sacristy no one is talking about, at least not in a healthy way

Just three days before the 2013 conclave began I wrote a few brief words about Scottish Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien’s decision not to attend the papal election.

A few weeks earlier he had been accused of having forced a number of seminarians and young priests into having sex (one that turned into a relationship) in the 1980s.

O’Brien, who died this past March, immediately resigned as Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh even though he was still months shy of his 75th birthday. He also announced, obviously under the Vatican pressure, that he would not attend the conclave.

“I do not wish media attention in Rome to be focused on me – but rather on Pope Benedict XVI and on his successor,” the cardinal said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:22 PM

Cardinal McCarrick’s Network

WASHINGTON (DC)
The American Conservative

July 20, 2018

By Rod Dreher

One obvious next step in the Cardinal McCarrick story is uncovering more victims of his abuse. We now know of two. I would bet that there will surely be more. But that’s not the most interesting or important part of the story.

The key now is to uncover the networks within the clergy and episcopate. Some of you might have seen the shocking story that reader Mark Crawford told in the comments section here in recent days. I found that he told the same story in testimony before the New Jersey legislature in 2004. Here’s a portion of that testimony:

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:03 PM

Editorial: The Catholic Church should not be shocked by the McCarrick case—it should be ashamed

NEW YORK (NY)
America Magazine

July 17, 2018

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, is pictured during a reception for new cardinals at the Vatican Feb. 22, 2014. Cardinal McCarrick said he will no longer exercise any public ministry "in obedience" to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager 47 years ago was found credible. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The Catholic Church cannot pretend to be shocked about the pattern of sexual abuse of adult seminarians by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, recently detailed in a comprehensive story in The New York Times. As The Times made clear in its reporting, many church leaders had received multiple notices of the cardinal’s behavior. Local dioceses had been told; the papal nuncio in Washington, D.C., had been told; and, eventually, even Pope Benedict XVI had been told.

But none of these reports interrupted Cardinal McCarrick’s rise through the ranks nor his appointment as cardinal nor his eventual retirement in 2006 as a respected leader of the U.S. church. Nor did these reports lead to his removal last month from public ministry, which finally resulted from a credible allegation of abuse of a minor almost 50 years ago, recently revealed and acted on by the Archdiocese of New York.

It is true that none of the earlier reports of abuse alleged criminal behavior with minors, but they were serious enough that Cardinal McCarrick should have been called to account for the terrible misuse of his office and authority. The church and its leaders should be ashamed of their failure to do so. The slow and halting progress the church has made by way of reforms adopted in response to the sexual abuse of children, for example through the Dallas charter, has been called into question by the revelation of its ongoing failures to deal with other reports of abuse. Nor should the media, including us in Catholic media (Cardinal McCarrick was a longtime friend of this magazine and delivered the homily at our centennial celebration in 2009), be absolved of responsibility for any failure to take these and other rumors and reports as seriously as was required. To demand accountability only of the hierarchy is itself hypocrisy.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:09 AM

#MeToo, Your Excellency

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

July 23, 2018

By Phyllis Zagano

It's time for the church worldwide to face up to abuse of power by bishops

Can we face the heartbreaking facts? It is time for #MeToo in the Catholic Church. There is too much abusive behavior by — or ignored by — Catholic bishops.

Washington, D.C.'s former archbishop, Cardinal Theodore ("Uncle Ted") McCarrick, reportedly was overly fond of his seminarians, and was finally punished for abusing a minor 47 years ago. Everybody knew. Nobody did anything.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar (near the border with Pakistan) is accused of rape. Accused by a woman religious. There seem to be 18 other sisters with similar stories about Mulakkal and a lawsuit against the cardinal who did not respond to the allegations. Why?

Moreover, who's next?

It's time for the church worldwide to face up to abuse of power by bishops, especially but not only the physical and emotional abuse whispered about in seminaries, chanceries and gay bars. In the U.S., the famous (infamous?) 2002 "Dallas Charter" is all about priests, deacons and minors. Bishops are not under the charter’s jurisdiction. Yet the root of this problem is at the top, not the bottom.

The problem is endemic, and the problem is real.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:02 AM

PA Judge Rules Brief Filed To Clergy Abuse Case Should Be Released

VESTAL (NY)
WSKG

July 23, 2018

By Katie Meyer

Harrisburg - If a common pleas judge in Cambria County gets his way, more information may be released about a sweeping grand jury report on sexual abuse of children in six of Pennsylvania’s eight Catholic dioceses.

Norman Krumenacker, the Cambria County judge who presided over the investigation, said Friday a legal response from the state attorney general that includes some information from the report should be released.

The grand jury report was initially slated for release late last month.

But a number of current and former clergy members challenged it, arguing its release would violate their constitutional rights because they were named but not charged. So, the state Supreme Court stayed the report, allowing more time for appeals.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro recently filed an argument in favor of releasing the report, which includes some of the information in the report itself.

Shapiro’s brief hasn’t been made public yet.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:59 AM

Sexual abuse is the story, but grand jury process is the issue before Pa. Supreme Court

MECHANICSBURG (PA)
PennLive

July 23, 2018

By Charles Thompson

Many Pennsylvanians are waiting anxiously to see what's in the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury's report on the Roman Catholic church's handling of past abuse allegations against its priests.

Prosecutors hinted at a release in late June.

And then, court battles intervened.

But if you think this latest delay is a precursor to killing the report, however, think again.

Lawyers on all sides privately seem to expect the document will come out. Church officials have been openly preparing their latter-day congregants for it.

The fight now is down to the intersection of a pretty limited battle from a handful of people trying to protect their reputations from what they claim are investigative errors, and an abiding interest by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the state's sometimes-controversial grand jury process.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:56 AM

A game-changer from Pope Francis in the sexual abuse scandal

LA CROSSE (WI)
La Crosse Tribune

July 22, 2018

By Vince Hatt

On a snowy night in April 2018, Juan Carlos Cruz was at his home near Philadelphia watching Netflix and eating Honey Nut Cheerios. The phone rang. It was a Vatican official. The pope wanted to apologize to Cruz.

When I heard about this, I pumped my fist in the air and yelled “Yes!” The pope was about to start a game-changer in the long-running sexual abuse scandal in the church.

Here’s the story. In January 2018, Pope Francis visited Chile to heal a divided church. It did not happen. Rather, evidence was presented to him that one of his appointees, Bishop Juan Carlos Barros, was protecting one of his priests who had sexually abused young men. The pope not only criticized those speaking against the bishop, he charged them with slander.

The response of the National Catholic Reporter was immediate and harsh. A January 23 editorial stated: “The overwhelming consensus in the media is that Pope Francis has a blind spot when it comes to sexual abuse. ... He just doesn’t get it when it comes to victims of abuse. The evidence for this assertion is the pope’s unwavering support for Juan Barros.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:52 AM

#CartaAlDirector Acusan de violación a sacerdote de Concepción

CONCEPCIÓN (CHILE)
Sabes

July 14, 2018

[#LetterToDirector: They accuse the priest of Concepción of rape]

Estimados y estimadas:

La presente es para dar a conocer el horrible acontecimiento que como familia hemos estado viviendo, contarle el gran dolor que desde hace muchos años estamos padeciendo. Jamás pensamos que como personas, como católicos y como padres llegaríamos a vivir. Siempre confiamos en la Iglesia, siempre nos sentimos orgullosos de pertenecer a ella.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:13 AM

Nuevo testimonio acusa a Ezzati de encubrir a sacerdote penquista denunciado por violación

CHILE
CIPER (Centro de Investigación Periodística)

July 18, 2018

By Pedro Ramírez

[New testimony accuses Ezzati of concealing a priest accused of rape. Nun affirms that she alerted him in 2006 about a priest.]

Monja afirma que lo alertó en 2006 sobre el sacerdote

Apenas aterrizó en Concepción en 2006 como arzobispo, Ricardo Ezzati recibió a una monja, directora de un colegio, quien lo alertó sobre las relaciones de un grupo de sacerdotes homosexuales que tenían contacto con jóvenes. Uno de ellos era Hernán Enríquez. Le pidió que los apartara de los colegios. Nada sucedió. Tres años después, Ezzati recibió la denuncia de un padre que acusó a Enríquez de haber violado a su hijo en el Seminario Menor de esa ciudad. El arzobispo dijo haber investigado, pero Enríquez siguió de profesor y en 2012 Ezzati lo premió prologando un libro del sacerdote. La violación del menor y su encubrimiento recién se conocen en Concepción.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:02 AM

Arzobispo de Concepción confirmó suspensión de sacerdote acusado de violación

CHILE
Cooperativa.cl

July 17, 2018

[Archbishop of Concepción confirmed suspension of priest accused of rape]

* El Arzobispado realiza una nueva investigación en contra del sacerdote Hernán Enríquez tras una denuncia conocida el fin de semana.

* Fernando Chomalí además pidió al denunciante anónimo que se acerque a la Iglesia.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:58 AM

Obispo Galo Fernández dijo que se sintió "profundamente engañado" por ex canciller del arzobispado acusado de abuso

CHILE
soychile.cl

July 20, 2018

[Bishop Galo Fernandez said he felt "deeply deceived" by former chancellor of the archbishopric accused of abuse]

El sacerdote aseguró que no conocía ninguna acusación previa a los hechos que se hicieron públicos.

“De Óscar tenía muy buena impresión, de una persona muy dedicada y trabajadora, dedicada a las tareas. Jamás me habría imaginado la situación en la que estamos”, dijo a La Tercera el administrador apostólico de la Diócesis de Talca, Galo Fernández, refiriéndose al caso del ex canciller del arzobispado capitalino, Óscar Muñoz Toledo. El sacerdote, se encuentra detenido mientras es investigado por la fiscalía de O´Higgins, por cargos de estupro y abuso sexual.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:55 AM

Obispo Goic cuestionó tratamiento que arzobispo Ezzati le dio a los casos de abuso sexual en la Iglesia

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
El Mercurio / Emol.com

July 22, 2018

[Bishop Goic questioned treatment that Archbishop Ezzati gave to cases of sexual abuse in the Church

"Sometimes I have the impression, perhaps very subjective, that you do not share the criteria of the National Commission on these sensitive issues," he wrote in the middle of the investigation into the Karadima case in 2013.]

[See also the article in El Mercurio.]

"A veces tengo la impresión, quizás muy subjetiva, que no compartes los criterios de la Comisión Nacional en estos delicados temas", le escribió en medio de la investigación por el caso Karadima en 2013.

En medio de la investigación que realiza el fiscal regional de O'Higgins, Emiliano Arias, sobre un eventual encubrimiento en casos de abuso sexual cometidos por sacerdotes, se descrubió una carta escrita por el actual obispo emérito Alejandro Goic dirigida al arzobispo Ricardo Ezzati.

El año 2013, cuando se reveló el caso Karadima, Goic oficiaba como obispo de Rancagua y presidente de la Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Abusos. Bajo ese cargo se dirigió al líder de la Iglesia chilena por escrito, en una carta que fue incautada ahora por el Ministerio Público desde el obispado de esa ciudad, y de la que se desconoce si finalmente fue enviada y conocida por Ezzati.

"A veces tengo la impresión, quizás muy subjetiva, que no compartes los criterios de la Comisión Nacional en estos delicados temas. A su vez, miembros de la Comisión manifiestan su disconformidad frente a algunas situaciones que te ha tocado asumir. A mí no me ha sido fácil. Mantener la comunión contigo y respetar y escuchar los juicios críticos de los integrantes requiere un equilibrio complejo. Quizás, es responsabilidad mía, ha faltado provocar un diálogo fraterno, en que, por el amor al Señor y a la Iglesia, conversemos sinceramente y aunemos criterios en materias que han marcado dolorosamente nuestra Iglesia", dice la misiva revelada hoy por El Mercurio.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:39 AM

Leaked letter adds to pressure on Chile cardinal over sex abuse scandals

DENVER (CO)
Crux

July 23, 2018

By Inés San Martín

Vatican City - Despite repeated attempts to distance himself from his country’s sexual abuse crisis, including recently asserting there’s a climate of “slander” against the Catholic Church, Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago is facing mounting scrutiny for his role in the scandals both from outside the Church and in.

The latest headache for Ezzati, who heads the Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile’s capital, has come with the revelation of a letter by a brother archbishop, Alejandro Goic, who until recently led the Archdiocese of Rancagua.

Pope Francis accepted Goic’s resignation in June, after the bishop acknowledged he’d taken too long to respond to accusations that priests in his diocese were involved in a ring of abuses, including homosexuality and prostitution. A few days earlier, Goic had resigned his position as head of a national commission for abuse prevention.

On Sunday, a Chilean newspaper published a letter Goic had written as head of that commission on June 11, 2013, which was addressed to Ezzati.

“Sometimes I have the impression, perhaps subjective, that you don’t share the criteria of the national commission in these delicate issues,” he said, referring to the child abuse scandals.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:34 AM

We may soon learn the scope of priest sex abuse in the Allentown diocese

EASTON (PA)
The Express-Times

July 21, 2018

By Nick Falsone

A judge has ordered the release secret grand jury report on allegations of priest sex abuse dating back decades and involving six Pennsylvania dioceses, including the Diocese of Allentown.

Cambria County Judge Norman A. Krumenacker, who has jurisdiction over the grand jury report, gave the order on Friday in a move that could bring an end to a lengthy legal battle over whether the report should be made public.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a brief arguing for the report's release earlier this month after the state Supreme Court temporarily sealed it.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Friday that the Supreme Court decision was based on objections from 14 lawyers representing individuals named in the report, but not charged criminally. Those names have since been redacted.

The judge wrote in his order that the redacted report does not violate grand jury secrecy and "may be filed and made public in its current form at the discretion of the Supreme Court."

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:29 AM

The Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandals show it has a gay priest problem – they’re trapped in the closet

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

July 23, 2018

By Robert Mickens

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/07/23/the-catholic-churchs-sex-abuse-scandals-show-it-has-a-gay-priest-problem-theyre-trapped-in-the-closet/?utm_term=.aacf7b9adfe7

The Catholic Church is being rocked – again – by multiple high-level sexual abuse scandals, with allegations just in recent weeks surfacing in Chile, Honduras and D.C., home to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a once-super-popular cleric who is now facing accusations by five males of harassment or abuse.

And again, people say they are shocked and outraged, which shows how Catholics still refuse to see that there is an underlying issue to these cases. It is the fact that almost all of them concern males – whether they are adolescents, post-pubescent teens or young men.

And while no adult who is of sound psychosexual health habitually preys on those who are vulnerable, there is no denying that homosexuality is a key component to the clergy sex abuse (and now sexual harassment) crisis. With such a high percentage of priests with a homosexual orientation, this should not be surprising.

But let me be very clear: psychologically healthy gay men do not rape boys or force themselves on other men over whom they wield some measure of power or authority.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:25 AM

Childhood sexual abuse survivor pushes for council to rename Fiscalini Drive in Warrnambool

WARRNAMBOOL (AUSTRALIA)
The Standard

July 22, 2018

By Rachael Houlihan

A south-west survivor of child sex abuse says a Warrnambool Street honouring a senior Catholic priest should be renamed.

The survivor, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says Fiscalini Drive in the Toohey Estate should be changed. She said she told Monsignor Leo Fiscalini she was being sexually abused in 1972 and he accused her of “telling lies” and left her in the care of her abuser.

“The County Court of Victoria has accepted my evidence as truthful, jailing my abuser last year,” she said.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuses acknowledged Fiscalini and Bishop Ronald Mulkearns knew of a complaint Gerald Ridsdale had sexually molested a boy in Mortlake, yet they permitted him to continue working in the area.

Fiscalini instigated the purchase of the land in 1973 where the street now runs.

The woman contacted The Standard after last week reading about Emmanuel College’s decision to erect a plaque acknowledging child sex abuse within the church and that it should never happen again.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:21 AM

July 22, 2018

Archbishop's refusal to go undermines church's stand on child abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Times

July 21, 2018

Catholic bishops and community leaders were quick to issue dramatic and heart felt mea culpas over the church's failures following the release of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse's report in December, 2017.

The then president of the Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference, Denis Hart, cut straight to the heart of the issue: "This is a shameful past, in which a prevailing culture of secrecy and self-protection led to unnecessary suffering for many victims and their families," he said.

"Once again I reiterate my unconditional apology for this suffering and a commitment to ensuring justice for those affected."

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:18 PM

Australia's priests say convicted archbishop's refusal to resign is 'galling'

AUSTRALIA
The Illawarra Mercury

July 22, 2018

By Joanne McCarthy

Australia’s Catholic priests have issued an extraordinary appeal to the Pope to remove Archbishop Philip Wilson, saying his refusal to resign is “galling” to priests and the community.

The executive of the National Council of Priests of Australia “wholeheartedly” endorsed calls for Wilson’s resignation only a day after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten backed Hunter abuse survivor Peter Gogarty’s call for the Pope to sack the Adelaide archbishop, formally a Wollongong bishop.

In a strongly worded statement described by Mr Gogarty as a “landmark” for the Australian Catholic Church, the NCP slammed the archbishop for refusing to resign after he was convicted of failing to report child sex allegations about Hunter priest Jim Fletcher to police.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:12 PM

Legal wrangling intensifies on grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse

HARRISBURG (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

July 20, 2018

By Angela Couloumbis and Liz Navratil

Though a judge has cleared the way for the release of a key court document involving the grand jury report on Catholic clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania, the state’s highest court on Friday closed for the day without making it public and without explaining why.

The document was written by the state Attorney General’s Office, which led a nearly two-year grand jury investigation of abuse allegations by Catholic clergy in nearly every diocese in the state. It is expected to reveal new details of what is contained in the more than 800-page report the grand jury produced, portions of which lawyers for current and former clergy members are attempting to block on grounds that they are inaccurate or unfair.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:09 PM

Sex scandals, land scam and suppressing cases against priests: A look into what forced Kerala Church to the edge

KOTTAYAM (INDIA)
The Indian Express

As Kerala Church, across denominations, fights the accusations, The Indian Express reports on what has brought it here and the debate within.

By Shaju Philip

On February 15, a 36-year-old employed in a private financial firm was collecting proofs to avoid paying excess tax. The management graduate, hailing from an Orthodox Syrian Christian family, wanted to submit his wife’s insurance policy. Sitting in his house at his native village, 20 km from Kottayam, he logged into his wife’s gmail account to get the statement.

As his wife sat beside him, he stumbled upon a bank statement which showed Rs 9,600 deducted from her account towards a bill from a five-star Kochi hotel in January. When he questioned her, she broke down claiming sexual exploitation going back 17 years by at least five priests of their Church, saying one of them had taken her to that hotel.

As evidence, she showed call details, chat history, social media accounts and bank statements. Since then, two of the priests have been arrested, while two have moved the Supreme Court for anticipatory bail.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 9:05 PM

Flagging support for Vatican

DUBLIN (IRELAND)
The Sunday Times

July 22, 2018

By Laoise Neylon

South Dublin councillors vote against flying standard in honour of visit by Pope Francis

South Dublin county council has voted not to fly the Vatican flag on County Hall in Tallaght during the papal visit next month.

A motion by Renua councillor Ronan McMahon to raise the flag in honour of Pope Francis was defeated by 11 votes to nine last week, with several abstentions.

The council’s protocols allow for the flag of a nation state to be flown in honour of a visiting dignitary, but only if councillors vote in favour.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:41 PM

Police security up for convent where nun who alleged rape lives

KOTTAYAM (INDIA)
Business Standard

July 22, 2018

The police have stepped up protection to a convent near here which is home to a nun who had alleged that she was sexually abused by a Catholic bishop.

"The increased police protection has been given after the police team probing her complaint asked for it," said the official who did not wish to be identified.

Trouble began for Franco Mulakkal, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar (Punjab) in June when the nun alleged that she was sexually abused by him several times between 2014 and 2016.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:38 PM

Veteran journalist, subject of Academy Award winning film speaks in Wasilla

WASILLA (ALASKA)
The Frontiersman

July 22, 2018

By Tim Rockey

Award-winning journalist and subject of the Academy Award winning 2015 film “Spotlight,” Walter ‘Robby’ Robinson, shared some insights and wisdom of a career spanning nearly five decades in journalism during an afternoon in Wasilla Thursday.

His work as part of the Spotlight team at the Boston Globe led to more than 600 stories detailing systemic abuse by the Catholic Church and subsequent cover-ups in Boston. Robinson, who was portrayed by actor Michael Keaton in the film, discussed journalism in the age of the Internet, principles of journalism, and growing fear for those doing investigative reporting, though not necessarily in the United States. Robinson answered questions for Frontiersman staff prior to a luncheon at Everett’s in Wasilla attended by public officials, teachers, dignitaries and others who wanted to hear what the award-winning journalist had to say.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:34 PM

Victim seeking release of sex abuse report

ERIE (PA)
The Herald (Sharon PA)

July 22, 2018

By Melissa Klaric

Victims like Daniel Bauer, who says he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest, have waited most of their lives for someone to listen and to validate their claims.

Bauer, 68, of Erie, did not testify in front of the 40th statewide grand jury that for two years investigated claims of child sex abuse by priests and allegations of a coverup by high-ranking church officials in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses, including Erie.

“It’s been long enough,” Bauer said. “I’ve been trying to report abuse that happened to me for the past 30 years and each time I try, bishops don’t do anything about it. I feel victimized all over again.”

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:30 PM

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Statement on Opinion by Supervising Judge of Grand Jury in Diocese Child Sex Abuse Case

HARRISBURG (PA)
Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

July 20, 2018

Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following statement in response to Judge Norman A. Krumenacker’s Opinion and Order released this morning. The judge’s order and opinion are linked.

“Last week, as directed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Attorney General Shapiro filed a brief to combat efforts to prevent the release of the entire Grand Jury report into child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.”

“Today, Judge Krumenacker ruled in favor of the Commonwealth and victims that our brief should be made public.”

“Our office continues to fight to ensure this report is released and victims’ voices are heard by the people of Pennsylvania. This marks an important step in that process.”

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:17 PM

Martin says Pope must address sex abuse legacy

DUBLIN (IRELAND)
Irish Independent

July 22, 2018

By Jerome Reilly

'The wounds of abuse are not historic but part of the present'

Pope Francis must address the "wounds" caused by clerical child sex abuse when he visits Ireland next month, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said yesterday.

The Pope's two-day visit takes place on August 25 and 26 and coincides with the World Meeting of Families.

Some 80,000 people are expected for the climax of the gathering at Croke Park, with attendees from 116 countries.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:13 PM

Will Buffalo Diocese pay victims of sex abuse by religious order priests?

BUFFALO (NY)
Buffalo News

July 22, 2018

By Dan Herbeck

Gary Astridge and Robert Swierat are two Buffalo area men in their early 60s who say they were repeatedly raped by Catholic priests decades ago.

The two have something else in common – they say the Diocese of Buffalo has so far refused to accept any responsibility for the incidents because the abuser priests were members of religious orders and not ordained by the diocese.

Astridge said he was molested as a young boy by the Rev. Edward Townsend, who belonged to a religious order based in California but who worked for the diocese as a teacher at the old Cardinal Dougherty High School in Buffalo.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:10 PM

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is the target of new allegations of sexual misconduct

WASHINGTON D.C.
The Washington Post

July 22, 2018

By Michelle Boorstein and and Julie Zauzmer

A month after the Vatican suspended Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from ministry, saying the prominent former D.C. archbishop had been credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager decades ago, four additional complaints about sexual misconduct by the cardinal have surfaced.

Once a globe-trotting representative of the Catholic Church worldwide and one of the architects of the church’s policy on sexual abuse, McCarrick’s precipitous fall over the past month has shocked Catholics, especially in Washington, where he was a popular archbishop from 2001 to 2006.

McCarrick’s future now rests with Pope Francis, who as pontiff oversees the cardinals. Many church-watchers think this is a make-or-break moment for Francis because of McCarrick’s stature and the fact that Catholic clerical sex abuse crises are exploding in Chile and Honduras.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 8:08 PM

Second alleged victim of former Buffalo, Niagara Falls priest Silverio comes forward

WKBW-TV
Buffalo NY

July 20, 2018

Says he was abused at Niagara Falls parish in '70s

By Charlie Specht

A second man has stepped forward alleging child sexual abuse at the hands of former Catholic priest and Buffalo non-profit executive Ronald T. Silverio.

Daniel McKean, 51, of Niagara Falls, said in an interview with 7 Eyewitness News that Silverio abused him while he was between seven and nine years old.

McKean said he was an altar boy at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Niagara Falls when Silverio would abuse him, typically three times per week.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 7:08 AM

Rosario: ‘This is the most meaningful job I’ve ever had,’ says top cop of Twin Cities archdiocese

ST. PAUL (MN)
Pioneer Press

July 20, 2018
By Rubén Rosario

Although he was a former altar boy at his Chicago-area church and spent 16 years in Catholic schools, Timothy O’Malley ‘fesses up that he’s hardly the Scripture-quoting, every-Sunday-church-going type.

“I was raised Catholic but I probably go to church about three times a year,” the 62-year-old father of two said during a chat this week. “Also, I married a Methodist.”

O’Malley was blunt in 2014 when then-embattled Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt — reeling from a growing clergy-abuse scandal that he inherited and from his botched handling of a parish priest later convicted and sent to prison in a child-abuse case — selected the veteran Minnesota lawman to head and revamp the archdiocese’s Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 7:04 AM

Henshaw: Clergy sex abuse report makes for interesting legal debate

PENNSYLVANIA
Reading Eagle

July 20, 2018

By Steven Henshaw

There are valid issues from those objecting to its release.

All through my junior/senior high school and college years, I enjoyed those classes taught by instructors who would deviate from the lesson plan to discuss a topic in the news.

Not everyone appreciates this. Those in that camp probably choose other lines of work and don't go into journalism, law and politics.

It's too bad law schools are on summer break. A grand jury's much-anticipated report on clergy abuse in six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, including the Allentown Diocese covering Berks and Schuylkill counties, would serve as a fascinating topic to dissect. The issue encompasses such legal principles as privacy, defamation, due process and constitutionality.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 7:02 AM

Revelations of US cardinal sex abuse will force pope’s hand

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

July 21, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

Revelations that one of the most respected U.S. cardinals allegedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it.

If the accusations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick bear out — including a new case reported Friday involving an 11-year-old boy — will Francis revoke his title as cardinal? Sanction him to a lifetime of penance and prayer? Or even defrock him, the expected sanction if McCarrick were a mere priest?

And will Francis, who has already denounced a “culture of cover-up” in the church, take the investigation all the way to the top, where it will inevitably lead? McCarrick’s alleged sexual misdeeds with adults were reportedly brought to the Vatican’s attention years ago.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 6:55 AM

July 21, 2018

Goa temple priest accused of molestation granted bail

PANAJI (INDIA)
The Siasat Daily

July 21, 2018

A court here on Saturday granted interim bail to a priest at the iconic Mangueshi temple who has been accused of allegedly molesting two women inside the temple premises.

District and Sessions Judge Bela Naik directed the police not to arrest the accused priest Dhananjay Bhave until the matter is heard again on Wednesday (July 25).

Bhave has been booked under section 354 (outraging modesty) of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly molesting two young women, including a student of medicine enrolled in a US college, who have accused him of allegedly hugging and kissing them inside the temple premise in June.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 5:11 PM

Vatican suspends Chilean deacon accused of child abuse

ITALY
AFP via The Local

July 21, 2018

The Vatican dismissed a Chilean deacon over sexual abuse accusations in central Chile, the archdiocese of the city of Rancagua said Friday, amid a widespread abuse scandal gripping the country's Catholic Church.

Luis Rubio was arrested for improper conduct and sexual abuse of minors when he was in charge of a Las Cabras school in 2013.

A year later, the archdiocese of Rancagua dismissed him from his duties while an investigation was underway, with the results sent to the Vatican, which has now expelled him.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 4:56 PM

Archbishop says Pope Francis will have to address abuse during visit

IRELAND
RTÉ

July 21, 2018

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has said that Pope Francis will have to address the question of abuse in the Catholic Church's history when he visits here next month.

Pope Francis will visit Ireland for two days on 25 and 26 August, coinciding with the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families event.

The Pontiff is scheduled to visit Knock in Co Mayo, as well as keeping a number of engagements in Dublin.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 4:53 PM

Pope Francis will have to address question of abuse in Catholic Church history, says Archbishop of Dublin

IRELAND
The Irish Post

July 21, 2018

By Rebecca Keane

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said the Papal visit later this year will have to include a discussion on abuse committed by officials in the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis is to visit Ireland next month.

The Pontiff’s Irish tour takes place in August with three events open to the public: World Meeting of Families 2018 at Croke Park on August 25, a Knock shrine event in Co. Mayo on the morning of August 26, and a closing mass at Phoenix Park later that day.

Speaking to RTÉ, Archbishop Martin said it was necessary for Pope Francis to discuss it as part of the Church's history but as part of the present because the wounds of survivors are there and new wounds are still emerging.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 4:50 PM

Vatican expert: To fight sex abuse, the Catholic Church must invest in women

ROME
America

July 20, 2018

By Michael J. O’Loughlin

One of the church’s experts on protecting children from abuse says that while today “there is much more awareness about the issue,” the church has to invest more resources and include more women, especially in places where the church is growing fastest.

“What is still lacking is an understanding that the protection of minors and the justice done to victims is a priority within the church,” Hans Zollner, S.J., who heads the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, told America on Thursday. He added that some bishops and other church leaders sometimes see combating sexual abuse as “one topic among others” and have not grasped that “this has to be a priority for the church.”

Father Zollner, a psychologist by training, launched the child protection initiative in 2012 in Germany and he moved to Rome in 2015 when Pope Francis requested that the center’s resources be used in the global church. He was then appointed to the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors, and he is a consultor for the Vatican office that deals with clergy.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 4:46 PM

More details emerge on latest sex abuse allegations against Cardinal McCarrick

RICHMOND (VA)
Associated Press via Crux

July 21, 2018

By Sarah Rankin

A Virginia man said Friday he was sexually abused for about two decades by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a prominent Catholic leader who was removed from public ministry last month over separate child abuse allegations.

The man, who agreed to be identified only by his first name, James, told The Associated Press he recently filed a police report detailing the abuse with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. James, who first spoke publicly with The New York Times for a story published Thursday, said the abuse began when he was a child and continued into adulthood.

McCarrick was a close family friend, James said. The 88-year-old retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., is one of the highest-ranking U.S. church officials accused in a sexual abuse scandal that has seen thousands of priests implicated.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 4:43 PM

Survivors of Catholic priest abuse brace for scathing grand jury report

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive.com

July 20, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

Four men who were abused as children by their Catholic priests on Friday expressed warnings to individuals trying to block the release of an upcoming report on a grand jury investigation into clergy sex abuse.

The men have either testified before a grand jury or have provided information to investigators on predatory priests. They said that the significant pushback to revise or block what is expected to be a scathing report into church mishandling or cover-up of child sex abuse signals that the grand jury's findings must be stunning.

"There was no backlash after Altoona-Johnstown. No Supreme Court stay," said Shaun Dougherty, who was molested by his priest from the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. "What and who is in this report that is so powerful? We already had Philadelphia and Altoona. What is in the report, it's gotta be damning.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 6:28 AM

Judge unseals AG's argument in the Catholic sex abuse scandal

PITTSBURGH (PA)
The Herald (Sharon PA)

July 20, 2018

By Melissa Klaric

Victims are one step closer to vindication after a ruling today that made public the state attorney general's argument to unseal a grand jury report detailing child sex abuse within the Catholic Church.

Just minutes ago, the brief filed last week by the Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro was posted. The brief cites similar cases in which the court decided to make public the identities of people who are named in a grand jury report, but who have not been indicted.

Judge Norman A. Krumenacker, who oversaw the grand jury that for two years investigated child sex abuse allegations spanning several decades within the Erie, Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Scranton, Harrisburg and Allentown dioceses, issued the order to make the legal document public.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 6:15 AM

Judge: AG's response to challenges against Catholic sexual abuse report does not violate grand jury secrecy law

PENNSYLVANIA
The Tribune-Democrat

July 20, 2018 [Updated July 21, 2018]

By Deb Erdley

The protracted battle over the release of a secret grand jury’s report into decades of allegations of sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses, including the Greensburg and Pittsburgh dioceses, may be winding down.

A legal response from Pennsylvania’s attorney general to those challenging the report does not violate state grand jury secrecy laws, a Cambria County judge presiding over the matter ruled Thursday.

Common Pleas Judge Norman A. Krumenacker III, however, left it to the discretion of the state Supreme Court to publicly release the argument filed by Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office. That document had yet to be released as of Friday.

Posted by Anne Barrett Doyle at 6:08 AM

July 20, 2018

Pope removes Honduran bishop accused of sexual misdeeds

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

July 20, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a Honduran bishop accused of sexual misconduct with seminarians, the latest in a series of high-ranking clergy implicated in sexual improprieties with adults under their authority.

Francis had ordered an investigation into the allegations against Tegulcigalpa Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle last year. On Friday, the Vatican said Francis had accepted Pineda's resignation.

No explanation was given. At 57, Pineda is well below the normal retirement age of 75 for bishops.

Pineda was the top deputy to Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, one of Francis' main cardinal advisers, and his downfall is a blow to the Honduran archbishop.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:47 PM

‘An Entire Community Got Together to Rape a Child’: India Recoils at Girl’s Assault

NEW DELHI (INDIA)
The New York Times

July 18, 2018

By Kai Schultz and Suhasini Raj

For months, the police say, a group of men took turns raping an 11-year-old girl.

In the gated community in Chennai, India, where the girl lived with her parents, the men gave her soft drinks laced with drugs, the police said. They filmed themselves raping her, brandishing knives and threatening to release the videos if the girl told her family, the police said.

The men were not intruders in the gated community, but employees who greeted residents, operated the elevator or brought water coolers to apartments.

When news broke on Monday that the authorities in Chennai, a coastal city in the southeast, had arrested 17 men accused of raping or molesting the girl over a period of seven months, chaos erupted at the complex in an older part of the city. Residents dismissed the building’s remaining staff members. Women volunteered to guard the complex’s entrances, and some called for the suspects to be hanged.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:46 PM

India most dangerous country for women with sexual violence rife

LONDON (ENGLAND)
Thomson Reuters Foundation

June 26, 2018

By Belinda Goldsmith and Meka Beresford

India is the world's most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour, according to a poll of global experts released on Tuesday.

War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third in the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women's issues, followed by Somalia and Saudi Arabia.

The only Western nation in the top 10 was the United States, which ranked joint third when respondents were asked where women were most at risk of sexual violence, harassment and being coerced into sex.

The poll was a repeat of a survey in 2011 that found experts saw Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia as the most dangerous countries for women.

Experts said India moving to the top of poll showed not enough was being done to tackle the danger women faced, more than five years after the rape and murder of a student on a bus in Delhi made violence against women a national priority.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:44 PM

Study finds widespread history of sexual abuse among formerly Orthodox

NEW YORK (NY)
Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)

July 18, 2018

By Sam Sokol

While Jews are no more likely to be sexually abused than other Americans, individuals who have left the Orthodox community are more than four times as likely to have been molested as children than the general population, a new study has found.

The study, by two Orthodox Jewish researchers, surveyed more than 300 participants over a three-year period. Its authors — Dr. David Rosmarin of Harvard and Dr. David Pelcovitz of Yeshiva University — said their report was an attempt to address a lack of research on the prevalence of sexual abuse in the Jewish community.

While the rate of abuse was higher among formerly Orthodox individuals, Rosmarin and Pelcovitz also found that abuse was “associated with significantly lower levels of intrinsic religiosity and lower levels of religious observance” among victims who chose to remain part of the Orthodox community.

“This report supports the anecdotal evidence I’ve seen that indicates a close link between abuse in a religious context and the subsequent rejection of that community, its practices, values and often everything it stands for,” said Manny Waks, the founder of Tzedek, an Australian advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse. “This is proof for what he already knew. I’ve met many people who were religious, especially within the ultra-Orthodox community, who left because of sexual abuse.”

Rosmarin is director of the Spirituality and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts and an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. According to the study, formerly Orthodox individuals were substantially more likely to report abuse than those who remain part of the community — perhaps an obvious point given the inhibitions regarding speaking out in tight-knit communities. Various haredi Orthodox organizations have debated in recent years whether and how to report child abusers to law enforcement agencies.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:42 PM

‘It never stops shaping you’: the legacy of child sexual abuse – and how to survive it

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

June 28, 2018

By Gaby Hinsliff

Child sexual abuse is frighteningly common and hugely damaging. But a new project is collecting survivors’ stories – and revealing what is needed to heal

The first thing Sabah Kaiser does after sitting down at the table when we meet, is to pick up a pen, and write her name on the nearest sheet of paper. She does it almost unthinkingly, and only later will it come to seem significant.

When she was a little girl, Kaiser wrote her name a lot. She scrawled it defiantly on the wall at home, balancing precariously on a banister four floors above the ground to reach the wallpaper: “Sabah is the best.” Later, she wrote it in foster homes: “I would find the hardest place that I could reach, or the most beautiful or lovely area, and write ‘Sabah is the best’.”

It was a coping mechanism she learned young, without really understanding why. But now, at 43, she recognises it as a way of fighting the feelings of worthlessness and shame so many child abuse survivors experience. “It was saying: ‘Look at me, I belong here; I can do the same as you, if not better.’”

The name she writes now is not, however, the same one she had then. Kaiser changed it by deed poll years ago, borrowing inspiration from Keyser Söze, the character in the film The Usual Suspects who has a double life. Kaiser, she explains, means king; above other men, but below God. It is a powerful name, and the one under which she approached the Truth Project.

Set up by the government’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the project gives individual victims and survivors a chance to be heard; to share stories in confidence, helping inform the inquiry’s investigation into the widespread failure of institutions from churches to boarding schools to halt abuse. So far it has collected more than 1,000 stories (and remains keen to hear more), and while the details are often harrowing, they are striking in what they reveal about the lifelong consequences. As one survivor says in the report published this week by the Truth Project, it’s “like pebbles thrown into a pond; the ripples keep on getting bigger”.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:39 PM

Malcolm Turnbull tells Pope to sack Archbishop Philip Wilson after court ruling

ULTIMO (AUSTRALIA)
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

July 20, 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on the Pope to "sack" Adelaide's Archbishop Philip Wilson.

Wilson was convicted of covering up abuse by priest Jim Fletcher in the NSW Hunter region in the 1970s, making him the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of concealing sexual abuse.

He was sentenced to 12 months' detention, eligible for parole after six months, but has said he will lodge an appeal against his conviction.

The Archbishop has refused to quit his post, and Mr Turnbull has previously said Wilson should resign — a call echoed by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall.

Today the Prime Minister intensified the pressure on the Catholic Church by saying "the time has come for the Pope to sack him".

Key points:
- Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calls on Pope Francis to sack Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson
- Wilson is the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of concealing child sexual abuse
- Wilson has stepped aside from his duties, but will only resign if his appeal against his sentence is unsuccessful

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:19 AM

Catholics at Novena Say Church Abuse Report Should be Released

MOOSIC (PA)
WNEP 16 ABC

July 18, 2018

By Peggy Lee

Scranton, Pa. - At St. Ann's Basilica in west Scranton, the faithful make their annual pilgrimage to participate in the weeklong novena.

This religious service comes as the state attorney general is attempting to release an 800-page grand jury report that details decades of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

But that's currently being denied by a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order after a group of unnamed individuals petitioned to keep it under wraps.

People at the novena say the report needs to come out.

“It pains me as a Catholic, and I think that to be forthcoming about the abuses is going to help everyone in the end and the healing process,” said Kristen Lemoncelli from Peckville. “So I just hope for the best for all families and victims involved.”

“You want the truth to come out and what's right, should be brought to the surface and justice should be done then to help the victims,” said Joanne Simmens from Moscow.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:59 AM

AG, Cambria judge meet on child sex abuse case

JOHNSTOWN (PA)
Tribune-Democrat

July 20, 2018

By Jocelyn Brumbaugh

Ebensburg – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, several of his staff and attorneys representing clergy named in a still unreleased grand jury report regarding child sexual abuse across six Catholic dioceses attended a hearing behind closed doors in front of Cambria County President Judge Norman Krumenacker III on Thursday.

Shapiro, along with Senior Deputy Attorney General Daniel Dye, were in Krumenacker’s courtroom for approximately 90 minutes.

Krumenacker, who oversaw the 40th statewide investigating grand jury, confirmed the hearing involved the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s July 6 opinions detailing the deadlines for briefs to be submitted by attorneys representing those named in the report as well as representatives of the state attorney general’s office.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:56 AM

Australian Leader Says Pope Should Fire Archbishop Convicted of Hiding Abuse

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Times

July 19, 2018

By Isabella Kwai

Sydney, Australia - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia said Thursday that Pope Francis should fire an Australian archbishop who is the highest-ranking Catholic official in the world to be found guilty of concealing sex crimes against children.

“He should have resigned, and the time has come for the pope to sack him,” Mr. Turnbull said of Philip Wilson, the archbishop of Adelaide.

Archbishop Wilson, 67, was sentenced this month to 12 months in detention after being found guilty in May of hiding abuse by a priest, Jim Fletcher, in the state of New South Wales in the 1970s.

Mr. Turnbull, who converted to Catholicism in 2002, said he and other political leaders had already called on Archbishop Wilson to resign.

“I think the time has come now for the ultimate authority in the church to take action and sack him,” he said.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:56 AM

A Catholic trifecta of disgrace: Next step in abuse saga is due - Minors, employees, women

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

July 20, 2018

By Mary E. Hunt

The Academy Award-winning movie "Spotlight" offered a summary of the first part of what I predict will be a Catholic trifecta of disgrace. "Spotlight" showed priests abusing minors and clerical higher-ups covering for them, making for a grim, ongoing tale of betrayal and corruption.

The second aspect came into sharp focus in Laurie Goodstein and Sharon Otterman's recent Pulitzer-worthy article, "He Preyed on Men Who Wanted to Be Priests. Then He Became a Cardinal" in which they spell out the dastardly deeds of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The authors made clear that McCarrick's sexual exploits were many, widely known, and just as widely ignored on his way to a red hat.

The third leg of this trifecta remains unexplored, but I predict/believe it will soon explode onto the scene: some priests' use and abuse of women.

The first, we can call it the "Spotlight" phase, is now well documented. It cost several billion dollars, ruined many young lives, took other lives, and left a trail of destruction through generations of believers. The second moment, just opening in the public forum, is the chronicle of how priests preyed on (not prayed for) one another in a hierarchal system with few checks and balances against such abuse. Apparently getting ordained and promoted was not just a matter "who you know," as it were …

The New York Times reporters detail the apparently well-known M.O. of McCarrick as a serial creep. He chose his bedmates out of groups of available seminarians, invited others to share his New York pied-à-terre in a hospital (now there's a unique place for a tryst), and used a fishing cabin for similar purposes.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:51 AM

Chile bishop resists giving abuse report to prosecutors

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Associated Press

The head of the Chilean Roman Catholic Church’s abuse prevention committee says he will not deliver a report on sex abuse committed by priests against minors to Chile’s attorney general.

The 2,300-page report was ordered by Pope Francis after he visited the South American country.

Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez said Thursday that the information in the report could harm those who testified in secret if it became known. He said that “the pope is the only recipient of this report.”

Francis received the report earlier this year and then publicly denounced a “culture of abuse and cover-up” in Chile’s Catholic Church. He also said he was ashamed that neither he nor Chilean church leaders truly ever listened to victims as the country’s abuse scandal spiraled.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:47 AM

New sexual abuse allegations leveled against Cardinal McCarrick

DENVER (CO)
Catholic News Agency / EWTN

July 19, 2018

Washington D.C. - A Virginia man filed a police report Monday, alleging that from the age of 11 he was sexually abused and assaulted serially by now-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York when the abuse was alleged to have begun.

The New York Times reported July 19 the man’s allegation, that McCarrick began sexually abusing him in 1969, when the priest was 39 and the man, “James,” whose full name has not been reported, was 11 years old. McCarrick was reportedly a friend to the alleged victim’s family.

The man says that he continued to be sexually abused by McCarrick for almost two decades, the Times reported.

The man claims that the abuse contributed to alcohol and drug habits that plagued him for years. He also says that he attempted to disclose the abuse to his father several years after it began, but was disbelieved, according to the Times.

In 1969, when the abuse is alleged to have begun, McCarrick ended a four-year term as president of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and became assistant secretary for education in the Archdiocese of New York. In 1977, he become auxiliary bishop of New York, and later became the Bishop of Metuchen, Archbishop of Newark, and, eventually, Archbishop of Washington.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:43 AM

As McCarrick spotlight grows, is revoking honors sensitivity or whitewash?

DENVER (CO)
Crux

July 20, 2018

By Christopher White

New York - Earlier this month, Fordham University announced that its Board of Trustees had voted to rescind an honorary doctorate awarded to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, following revelations that the former Archbishop of Washington had molested an altar boy nearly 50 years ago as a priest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

On Thursday, the New York Times reported on another allegation against McCarrick, this one involving alleged sexual abuse of a minor. The person making the charge is identified only by his first name in the Times account, yet the story also indicates he’s filed a police report in Loudon County, Virginia.

With the growing spotlight on McCarrick, Fordham isn’t the only institution to have awarded an honorary degree to the 88-year-old retired Cardinal who has now been suspended from public ministry by the Vatican. The Catholic University of America, the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, Sienna College, St. Peter’s University, the College of New Rochelle, and the University of Portland are just a number of the institutions that bestowed honorary degrees to a man who, during his 50 years of ministry, was widely known as a social justice giant within American Catholicism.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:38 AM

Former Guam resident re-files clergy sex abuse suit

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

July 19, 2018

By Haidee V Eugenio

A former Guam resident now living in Las Vegas refiled on Thursday a clergy sex abuse lawsuit he voluntarily withdrew in August, in which he accused Father Antonio C. Cruz, who is now deceased, of molesting him when he was about 9 years old, around 1964.

The $5 million lawsuit has been refiled in the U.S. District Court of Guam by the plaintiff, identified only as A.J.A. in court documents, to protect his privacy.

The lawsuit says the priest pulled down A.J.A.'s pants and began touching the boy's private parts when the boy delivered the priest's clothes to him in his bedroom at the Chalan Pago church rectory.

At the time, A.J.A. and his family would cook for Cruz and wash the priest's clothes, the lawsuit states. A.J.A., represented by Attorney David Lujan, is now in his early 60s.

The named defendants in A.J.A.'s lawsuit include: the Archdiocese of Agana; Capuchin Franciscans; Capuchin Franciscans Province of St. Mary; Capuchin Franciscans Custody of Star of the Sea; and other John Does. The lawsuit states Cruz was an agent of the Capuchin Franciscans.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:31 AM

Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal case: Leaked phone talk reveals Cardinal George Alencherry knew nun’s plight

MADURAI (INDIA)
The New Indian Express

July 20, 2018

Cardinal Alencherry had earlier maintained he was unaware of the rape complaint against the Bishop and the nun had only told him about some issues in her diocese.

Kottayam - In a major setback to Syro-Malabar Catholic Church head Cardinal George Alencherry, a leaked phone conversation between him and the nun who raised rape allegation against Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal has revealed the Cardinal knew about the nun’s sufferings at the Jalandhar diocese.

According to the leaked recording, she is heard saying as many as 25 nuns in the congregation were ready to quit and join Syro-Malabar Church, following hardships in Jalandhar. Cardinal Alencherry had earlier maintained he was unaware of the rape complaint against the Bishop and the nun had only told him about some issues in her diocese.

However, the leaked conversation reveals the Cardinal was well-informed about the developments in the diocese, even though the nun did not mention about sexual harassment in particular.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:24 AM

Lawsuit alleges priest molested boy whose family cooked and washed clothes for him

GUAM
Guam Daily Post

July 20, 2018

A new lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a priest has been filed in the District Court of Guam.

In the lawsuit, a man using the initials A.J.A. names the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Agana as a corporate entity; the Capuchin Franciscans; the Capuchin Franciscans Province of Saint Mary; and other unnamed individuals and entities.

When he was 9 years old, A.J.A. was sexually molested and abused by Father Antonio C. Cruz, an ordained priest of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Agana, the lawsuit states. The plaintiff now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The priest, who was assigned to the Chalan Pago Parish, died in November 1986 at the age of 62.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:20 AM

Prince Charles to tell child abuse inquiry he sent 'small gifts of money' to bishop friend but was 'certainly not aware' he was a paedophile despite clergyman accepting caution for gross indecency

LONDON (ENGLAND)
Daily Mail

July 20, 2018

By Alexander Robertson and Martin Robinson

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5972855/Prince-Charles-continued-close-friendship-paedophile-priest-Peter-Ball-tells-enquiry.html

• A written statement from Prince Charles will be read out at the inquiry next week
• Ball, who has boasted of being a confidant of Charles, was jailed in October 2015
• Heir to the throne says he sent him 'small gifts and money' after being deceived
• Former Bishop of Lewes had sexually abused 18 young men over three decades
• He was released in February last year after serving half his sentence behind bars

The Prince of Wales sent a disgraced former bishop 'small gifts and money' - but didn't know he was a paedophile, the heir to the throne has told an inquiry.

The heir to the throne remained friends with Peter Ball, now 86, because he did not understand that the clergyman’s caution relating to gross indecency was an admission of guilt, it was reported today.

Charles was in contact with Bishop Peter Ball for more than 20 years until he was convicted in 2015 for sexual abuse offences.

Ball resigned in 1993 after a police investigation into abuse of boys and young men and accepted a caution over it - but told the Prince it was because someone with a grudge was 'persecuting' him.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:14 AM

‘This is the most meaningful job I’ve ever had,’ says top cop of Twin Cities archdiocese

ST. PAUL (MN)
Pioneer Press

July 20, 2018

By Rubén Rosario

Although he was a former altar boy at his Chicago-area church and spent 16 years in Catholic schools, Timothy O’Malley ‘fesses up that he’s hardly the Scripture-quoting, every-Sunday-church-going type.

“I was raised Catholic but I probably go to church about three times a year,” the 62-year-old father of two said during a chat this week. “Also, I married a Methodist.”

O’Malley was blunt in 2014 when then-embattled Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt, reeling from a growing clergy abuse scandal that he inherited and from his botched handling of a parish priest later convicted and sent to prison in a child-abuse case, selected the veteran Minnesota lawman to head and revamp the archdiocese’s Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment.

O’Malley’s credentials ranged from beat cop in Rochester, Minn., FBI agent, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator and agency head to deputy chief administrative law judge before accepting the church post. He was not seeking absolution.

“I said that if they were looking for that kind of church-going Catholic, then I was not the best person for the job,” he said.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:06 AM

Ex-priest Daniel McCormack committed indefinitely to facility for sex offenders

CHICAGO (IL)
Associated Press via WGN 9

July 19, 2018

A former Chicago Roman Catholic priest deemed to be a sexually violent person on Wednesday was ordered committed indefinitely to an Illinois facility for sex offenders.

Daniel McCormack will be confined in a detention facility in Rushville, where he has been living since 2009. He completed a five-year sentence that year for molesting five boys in the West Side Chicago parish where he worked as a priest, teacher and basketball coach.

Cook County Circuit Judge Dennis Porter in a September trial found McCormack to be a sexually violent person. Prosecutors contended the 49-year-old McCormack would likely re-offend if he were set free.

“I can’t disregard the fact that he has never been of the belief that he has a problem,” Porter said in ordering McCormack committed indefinitely.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:02 AM

Lawsuit accuses priest of concealing sex abuse, denying help to victim

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Herald

July 18, 2018

By Marie Szaniszlo

A man who alleges he was raped as a child in the 1970s by a now-deceased Roman Catholic brother in Harvard, Mass., has filed a lawsuit accusing the head of the abbey where the abuse allegedly occurred of trying to conceal it and refusing to pay for his psychiatric treatment.

The plaintiff, identified as John Doe No. 1001 in a complaint filed Tuesday in Worcester Superior Court, alleges he was raped by Brother Joseph Martin at St. Benedict Abbey over four to five months, beginning in 1974, when he was 11.

The man, who was one of several boys who worked at the abbey, confided in a supervior there, according to the complaint, but the supervisor, who also is deceased now, did nothing to stop the abuse.

The plaintiff, now 55, yesterday said that for decades he suppressed memories of the abuse. He married, had a son and worked in several high-level positions with military and government contractors.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:56 AM

Erie Diocese Releases Names Of Accused Priests, Educators While Grand Jury Report Remains On Hold

PITTSBURGH (PA)
KDKA-TV CBS Channel 2

July 19, 2018

When Jim Van Sickle was a boy, he suffered serial sexual abuse at the hands of a priest named David Poulson, but it would be 36 years before Van Sickle would come forward.

“Deep shame. Guilt. Fear of exposure,” he said.

In May, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro criminally charged Poulson with the assistance of the Diocese of Erie, which has been in the forefront of exposing the actions of its own priests and lay educators.

Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico is the only bishop to testify in front of Shapiro’s grand jury investigating decades of sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Pittsburgh and Greensburg.

While a dozen priests are fighting to block the release of the grand jury report to protect their identities, Persico hasn’t waited.

To that end, the diocese has posted on its website a public disclosure list with the names of all 64 priests and religious with credible allegations of sexual abuse lodged against them.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:51 AM

July 19, 2018

Man Says Cardinal McCarrick, His ‘Uncle Ted,’ Sexually Abused Him for Years

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Times

July 19, 2018

By Sharon Otterman

James was 11 years old when Father Theodore E. McCarrick came into his bedroom in Northern New Jersey, looking for the bathroom. Father McCarrick, then 39 and a rising star in the Roman Catholic church, was a close family friend, whom James and his six siblings called Uncle Teddy. James was changing out of his bathing suit to get ready for dinner.

“He said, turn around,” James, who is now 60, recalled in an interview last week. “And I really don’t want to, because I don’t want to show anybody anything.” But he did, he said, and was shocked when Father McCarrick dropped his pants, too. “See, we are the same,” James said he told him. “It’s O.K., we are the same.”

It was the beginning of a sexually abusive relationship that would last nearly 20 years, James said in the interview, the first time he has spoken publicly about the trauma. He asked that his last name be withheld to protect a sibling.

As the decades passed, Father McCarrick became Cardinal McCarrick, one of the most prominent public faces of the Catholic Church in America. He was suddenly removed from ministry last month over a substantiated allegation that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old altar boy in 1971.

The news changed James’s life. “I got down on my knees and I thanked God that I am not alone and it is going to be O.K.,” James said, through sobs, recalling the moment. “And I can tell somebody and someone is going to believe me.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:29 PM

Rev. Stephen E. Jeselnick– Assignment History

ERIE (PA)
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Stephen Jeselnick was ordained in 1977 for the Diocese of Erie. He briefly assisted at parishes in Oil City, Meadville, Jamestown and Greenville, after which there is a two-year gap in his assignments. By 1983 he was assisting in a Colorado Springs, CO, followed by another unexplained gap 1985-1986. During 1986-1987 Jeselnick was back in the Erie diocese, assigned to a DuBois parish. Thereafter, until his retirement in 2010, Jeselnick moved around as a military chaplain. He is not indexed in the Directories beyond 2015.

In 1991 a man reported to Bishop Trautman that 11 years previously, when he was a 20-year-old college student on home in PA for summer break, he had two "unwanted sexual encounters" with Jeselnick. The man said that his father was in failing health at the time and that he was vulnerable. In 2005 the man received a settlement on the condition that he keep the case quiet.

Jeselnick's name was included on the Erie diocese's list released April 6, 2018 of clergy, lay employees and volunteers with credible accusations against them of the sexual abuse of minors. He was noted to be living in Colorado Springs, CO, and "Forbidden to function as a priest."

Ordained: 1977

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:29 PM

Rev. Edward W. Jungquist– Assignment History

ERIE (PA)
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Edward W. Jungquist was a priest of the Diocese of Erie, ordained in 1980. He assisted briefly at parishes in Erie, Grove City and Oil City until 1984, when he began a five-year assignment in Titusville. In 1989 Jungquist transferred to a Pensacola FL parish, after which he is neither indexed nor listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous assignment in the Official Catholic Directory. He is shown to have been On Leave of Absence 1991-1992, then appears to drop out of the Directory altogether.

Jungquist's name was included on the Erie diocese's list released April 6, 2018 of clergy, lay employees and volunteers with credible accusations against them of the sexual abuse of minors. He is noted to be deceased. There are indications that he moved to Tucson, AZ, where he lived until at least October 2001.

Ordained: 1980

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:28 PM

Deaths for July 15

OLYMPIA (WA)
The Olympian

July 15, 2018

Lamm, Father Timothy, 89, Lacey, died Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Providence Mother Joseph Care Center, Olympia. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey, 360-491-3000.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:23 PM

Abbey pledges cooperation with any sex abuse investigation

HARVARD (MA)
The Associated Press

July 19, 2018

A Massachusetts monastery being sued by a man who says he was sexually assaulted by a monk as a child says it cooperated fully with a police investigation into the allegations and will continue to cooperate.

Saint Benedict Abbey in Harvard says its monks are “committed to the safety and well-being of others and the protection of all children.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:22 PM

Australian prime minister calls on pope to fire archbishop

CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA)
The Associated Press

July 19, 2018

By Rod McGuirk

Australia's prime minister on Thursday called on Pope Francis to fire an Australian archbishop who is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever convicted for covering up child sexual abuse.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said two weeks ago that Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson should have resigned when he was convicted in May 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.

Turnbull said on Thursday the 67-year-old cleric should not be allowed to remain an archbishop while he appealed against his conviction.

"He should have resigned and the time has come for the pope to sack him," Turnbull told reporters.

"There are many leaders that have called on him to resign, it's clear that he should resign and I think the time has come now for the ultimate authority in the church to take action and sack him," Turnbull added.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:20 PM

Lawsuit Alleges Ohio State University Diving Coach Forced Athletes Into Sex

INDIANAPOLIS (IN)
CNN

July 18, 2018

A lawsuit accuses USA Diving, the sport’s governing body, of failing to protect its athletes after a diving coach was alleged to be sexually abusing female athletes.

The class-action suit accuses William Bohonyi, who had been a diving coach, of sexually preying on at least two female divers and names him, USA Diving and the Ohio State University Diving Club as defendants.

The lawsuit was filed last week in US District Court in Indianapolis, where USA Diving is based.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:19 PM

Ohio State Report: Diving Coach Accused Of Sexually Abusing Teen Said It Was Just Flirting

COLUMBUS (OH)
Deadspin

July 17, 2018

By Diana Moskovitz

Ohio State released today its investigative report into what happened when multiple people told the university in 2014 that then-assistant diving coach William Bohonyi was having a sexual relationship with a teenage diver. The documents goes over the multiple people who reported what they had heard, as well as how different Ohio State employees had different observations they wanted to include. Two reported it and confronted Bohonyi about it. A third, head diving coach John Appleman, instead pointed out to investigators that he had heard the diver had been untruthful in the past. Appleman currently is on leave from Ohio State. The investigation ultimately found that Bohonyi had violated the university’s sexual harassment policy, and he was fired later that month.

The report does not address everything the diver said in her federal lawsuit filed last week against USA Diving and Ohio State’s diving club—that Bohonyi maintained a relationship with her after his firing, which included further sexual encounters with him on Ohio State’s campus, that she was bullied at school by other members of the university’s dive club, and that Ohio State never forwarded relevant text messages to law enforcement.

Deadspin has emailed an Ohio State spokesperson for comment and will update the blog if they respond.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:18 PM

What makes the NXIVM “sex cult” so awful? An Ayn Rand fan exploiting women’s need for sisterhood

UNITED STATES
Salon

July 18, 2018

By Gewnda Bond

On this episode of “Cult Faves,” an examination of the role “Atlas Shrugged” played in NXIVM’s philosophy

If you have even a passing interest in cults and cult-like organizations — or for that matter, celebrity scandals — you’ve probably heard about how the leader of the oddly-named NXIVM Keith Raniere and high-level follower and former “Smallville” actress Allison Mack have been charged with sex trafficking, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, and forced labor. It’s not every day, after all, that someone who used to play opposite a teenage Superman is alleged to have recruited women to be sex slaves and to have branded them, all in service to what the New York Times describes as "a sex cult," with other celebrity and socialite names in the mix.

On our podcast “Cult Faves,” my co-host Cher Martinetti and I couldn’t wait to dive into the disturbing ocean of material about NXIVM to see if we could make some sense of it. (In case you’re wondering, the alphabet soup name is pronounced NEX-ee-um, like the heartburn medication; at least that’s the most commonly held belief. You’re welcome.)

Keith Raniere fits the profile of a cult leader in several ways. The first is that he claims to be an exceptional human. Among the accomplishments he’s reportedly claimed at one time or another are: speaking in full sentences by age one, having one of the highest IQs in the world, and, oh right, the ability to set off radar detectors by his sheer existence if he drives. The second is he has a shady past. In 1990, he founded something called Consumers’ Buyline Inc., which sold memberships in a discount buying club. Twenty-three states and two federal agencies investigated and decided it was a pyramid scheme. In the mid-’90s, Raniere signed a consent order that didn’t admit wrongdoing, but did force him to agree he’d never initiate another con game of that exact variety.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:59 PM

Mormon church urges judge to toss 1984 sex-assault claim

SALT LAKE CITY
The Associated Press

July 18, 2018

By Lindsay Whitehurst

Mormon church lawyers asked a judge Wednesday to toss out a lawsuit from a woman who says she was raped in the 1980s by a former Mormon missionary leader who held the powerful position even though church officials knew he had a history of sexual misconduct.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints denies those allegations, and attorneys argue her case should be dismissed because key witnesses are dead and evidence has disappeared over the last 34 years.

"One needs to take the rights of the accused seriously," said Andrew Deiss, a lawyer for the former leader, Joseph L. Bishop. He said his client is now an 85-year-old man who may not be able to fully defend himself.

No date was immediately set for U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball to rule.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:53 PM

140 Sexual Abuse Survivors United to Accept an ESPY Award

UNITED STATES
The Cut

July 19, 2018

By Sarah Spellings

On Wednesday night, 140 women who had been abused by doctor Larry Nassar united to accept an ESPY award together. They were given the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, presented by Jennifer Garner. Nassar was convicted and faces 40 to 125 years in prison for routinely sexually abusing young women, many of whom were rising gymnasts.

Three representatives – Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, former gymnast Sarah Klein, and softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez – spoke about how they continue to speak about the harassment they faced. Klein called the women onstage a “portrait of survival, a new vision of courage.”

“For 30 years the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, and Michigan State University all placed money and medals over the safety of child athletes,” Klein said. “It is time to start caring about children’s safety more than we care about adults’ reputations.” They also thanked the law enforcement officials who helped convict Nassar, including Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.

Raisman directly spoke to the adults who did not listen when women came forward about Nassar and allowed the abuse to continue for 30 years. “The intention was to silence us in favor of money, medals, and reputation,” Raisman said. “But we persisted and finally someone listened and believed us … If just one adult had listened, believed, and acted, the people on this stage would have never met him.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:49 PM

Marine officer accused of sexual harassment must fight to stay in Corps

WASHINGTON (DC)
USA TODAY

July 18, 2018

By Tom Vanden Brook

The Marine Corps determined that an officer must fight to keep his job after sexual harassment allegations mushroomed into a scandal that prompted the firing of a general.

Two civilian women accused Maj. David Cheek of making blatant sexual overtures to them at their office at the Corps' base at Quantico, Virginia. Their allegations, reported by USA TODAY in February, prompted Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller to order a new investigation of their case and ultimately cost Brig. Gen. Kurt Stein his job after he labeled their claims "fake news."

Cheek will face officers on a board of inquiry, whom he must convince to allow him to continue serving in the Marine Corps.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:46 PM

Girl With Disability Gang-Raped By 22 Men For 7 Months In India, Police Say

CHENNAI (INDIA)
The Huffington Post

July 18, 2018

By Alanna Vagianos

Accused assailants include an elevator operator, gardener and security guards at her family’s apartment complex.

A young girl with a hearing disability was drugged and gang-raped by at least 22 men repeatedly over a seven-month period at the apartment complex where her family lives in Chennai, India, her mother told police.

Police quickly rounded up 18 of the 22 men, including an elevator operator, gardener, housekeeper, electrician, security guards and plumbers in and around the apartment complex where the girl’s family lives in Purasawalkam, according to the Times Of India. The men range in age from early 20s to late 60s, according to the Economic Times. Officers reportedly are looking for four other suspects.

There are conflicting reports about the girl’s age. Times of India reported the victim is 12, while other outlets gave her age as 11. She was examined and treated Sunday at a hospital, which determined she had been raped by multiple men, according to the paper.

The girl told police that an elevator operator named Ravi Kumar, 66, first sexually assaulted her when she arrived home from school before she entered her family’s apartment. She said Kumar raped her in a vacant apartment. A few days later, he invited two other men to rape her, she said.

Police said the three men videotaped the second assault and threatened to release it if the girl talked about the attacks.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:45 PM

MSU: Student who alleged rape can sue basketball players, not us

DETROIT (MI)
Detroit Free Press

July 18, 2018

By David Jesse

A female Michigan State University student who alleges she was discouraged from reporting a rape by three basketball players can sue, but not the university, MSU lawyers argue in a court filing this week.

That's because the alleged rape happened off campus and was only reported to members of the counseling staff, who aren't mandatory reporters, the school's lawyers argue.

So a federal lawsuit by the female student should be dismissed and her focus, if she wants to sue, should be on the players, not MSU, the filing says.

"Plaintiff has every right to pursue appropriate criminal and civil remedies against the students who assaulted her," the filing says. "Plaintiff, however, cannot show that MSU is responsible for criminal actions that did not occur on its campus. Nor can she fault MSU’s conduct after the assault where she never told any MSU employees who were in a position to take action, and she never requested any remedies from MSU that were not provided."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:38 PM

Australian PM says Pope must sack archbishop convicted of concealing child sex abuse

SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA)
Reuters

July 19, 2018

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-abuse-archbishop/australian-pm-says-pope-must-sack-archbishop-convicted-of-concealing-child-sex-abuse-idUSKBN1K90I0

By Colin Packham

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday that Pope Francis must sack an Australian archbishop convicted of concealing child sex abuse.

In May, Archbishop Philip Wilson, 67, became the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of not disclosing to police abuse by another priest.

Wilson, who was sentenced to a year’s detention this month, has stepped aside as archbishop of Adelaide in South Australia state, but has not resigned, insisting he will do so only if he is unsuccessful in an appeal.

Turnbull, who has previously called on Wilson to resign, escalated his criticism of the archbishop remaining in office.

“He should have resigned and the time has come for the Pope to sack him,” Turnbull told reporters in Sydney. “I think the time has come now for the ultimate authority in the Church to take action and sack him.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 1:47 PM

Eight victims get $1M settlement from Catholic order

NORTH ANDOVER (MA)
The Eagle-Tribune

July 18, 2018

By Mike LaBella

Lawrence - Outside St. Mary of the Assumption Parish late Wednesday morning, Robert Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery Inc., announced that a Roman Catholic order has agreed to pay $1 million to eight people who say they were sexually abused by the Revs. John Gallagher and Robert Turnbull during the 1970s and 1980s at Catholic schools in Lawrence and Reading.

Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who has been at the forefront of representing victims of clergy sexual abuse, said the settlement with his clients and the Augustinian Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova in the Philadelphia area was reached last month during mediation.

He said the settlement avoided bringing a lawsuit against the Augustinians. Hoatson, whose nonprofit charity in New Jersey assists victims of sexual abuse and encourages them come forward with their stories, made the announcement.

"We Augustinians, taking seriously allegations of misconduct in these cases that occurred approximately 40 years ago, have dedicated resources to investigate them," Cher Rago, communications director for the Augustinian Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova, said in addressing the settlement. "Because we are committed to justice in upholding the dignity of every person, and in a desire to promote healing, we have concluded the claims made against our Province. At the same time, we continue to work diligently to ensure the safety and protection of all children and adults."

Garabedian said three of his clients, now adult women, were abused by a former parish priest who was also a coach at St. Mary's in Lawrence between 1973 and 1976. The victims were 9 to 12 years old at the time.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 1:43 PM

Catholic order reaches $1M settlement over sexual abuse

BOSTON (MA)
Associated Press

July 18, 2018

A Roman Catholic order has agreed to pay $1 million to eight people who say they were sexually abused by two priests in Massachusetts.

The Boston Globe reports attorney Mitchell Garabedian said Tuesday the settlement with his clients and the Order of Saint Augustine was decided last month.

The Augustinians say they settled due to a “desire to promote healing.”

Garabedian says five men and three women were abused by the Revs. John Gallagher and Robert Turnbull in the 1970s and early 1980s. The victims were 9 to 12 years old at the time.

Garabedian says one of the victims wrote about her abuse to the late Cardinal Bernard Law, which proved that the former archbishop of Boston knew of sexual abuse by priests.

Both Gallagher and Turnbull have since died.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 1:12 PM

Australia PM says Pope must sack archbishop over cover-up

ADELAIDE (AUSTRALIA)
BBC Australia

July 19, 2018

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has called on Pope Francis to sack a Catholic archbishop found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse.

Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson was convicted in May of covering up abuse by a paedophile priest, but has resisted calls to resign.

The most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of the crime, Wilson has said he will appeal the verdict.

Mr Turnbull said: "The time has come for the Pope himself to sack him."

Two weeks after Wilson was sentenced to detention, the prime minister said that the "ultimate authority in the Church" must now intervene.

"There are many leaders that have called on him [Wilson] to resign - it is clear that he should resign," he told reporters in Sydney.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:55 AM

Defrocked priest committed indefinitely to state facility for sex offenders

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

July 18, 2018

By Megan Crepeau

Arguably Chicago’s most notorious figure in the national Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandal was committed indefinitely Wednesday to a state facility for sex offenders.

In refusing to release Daniel McCormack under strict monitoring, Cook County Judge Dennis Porter noted that the defrocked priest had never cooperated with treatment or even admitted to a problem.

“I can’t disregard the fact that he has never been of the belief that he has a problem,” Porter said. “The first (step) of treatment here is recognizing there’s a problem that has to be treated.”

McCormack, 49, sat impassively throughout the approximately 45-minute hearing and passed up an opportunity to speak on his own behalf, saying, “Not at this time, no” while giving a slight wave of his hand.

McCormack had pleaded guilty in 2007 to sexually abusing five boys and was sentenced to five years in prison. Shortly before he was eligible for parole in 2009, the state filed to designate him a sexually violent person so he could be held indefinitely at the secure state facility in Rushville. He has been held there since then while awaiting to learn his fate. Last September, Porter found him sexually violent, agreeing with prosecutors who argued the disgraced ex-priest was substantially likely to re-offend. The judge decided Wednesday to keep him in that same facility.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:52 AM

Diocese of Erie Updates Its List of Public Disclosures

ERIE (PA)
Diocese of Erie

July 18, 2018

When The Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, bishop of Erie, authorized the April 6, 2018 publication of 51 names of persons who were credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify each person from working with children, he promised that additional names would be added to the list as new information came to light.

The original list was updated on May 18, 2018, with six new names. Today, another seven new names, two of which are still under investigation, have been added to the website because of courageous survivors and witnesses coming forward and assisting various investigative processes. The full list can be found at www.ErieRCD.org/childprotection/disclosure.html.

Among the new names listed is Father William A. Rice, retired and living in Fryburg, Pa. The Diocese of Erie has received allegations of sexual harassment concerning Father William A. Rice involving both children and adults. Following diocesan policy, law enforcement was informed, an independent investigation was launched, and Bishop Persico placed him on administrative leave. Father Rice has been informed he is to refrain from all public ministry while the investigation continues. He is to have no contact with children.

Anyone who may have knowledge of these situations or who has been affected by similar improprieties is encouraged to report that information through any of the outlets listed at the end of this release.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:42 AM

Erie Catholic Diocese Adds New Names to List of Clergy, Laypersons Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

ERIE (PA)
WICU / WSEE / Erie News Now

July 18, 2018

Seven new names were added to the list Wednesday

The Erie Catholic Diocese Wednesday released an update to the list of clergy and laypersons who are credibly accused of actions that the Diocese believes disqualifies them from working with children.

The new names include Father William A. Rice, who is retired and living in Fryburg, Pa. The Diocese of Erie said it has received sexual harassment allegations concerning Father Rice involving both children and adults.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:39 AM

Lawsuit accuses priest of denying aid for sex abuse victim

BOSTON (MA)
Associated Press via Star Tribune

July 18, 2018

By Alanna Durkin Richer

A man who says he was sexually assaulted as a child by a Roman Catholic monk in Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit accusing a priest of trying to conceal the abuse and refusing to help pay for his mental health treatment.

The man said in the lawsuit filed on Tuesday that he was raped by Brother Joseph Martin while he worked at Saint Benedict Abbey in Harvard, Massachusetts in the 1970s.

The lawsuit says Abbot Francis Xavier Connelly knew Martin admitted to police in 2013 that he had engaged in inappropriate acts, but didn't tell the man about Martin's admission while Martin was alive. It also accuses Connelly of reversing course after initially agreeing to pay for the treatment for the man, who was suicidal.

"He promised to help me and then kind of yanked the rug out from underneath me," the man told reporters on Wednesday. The man is not identified in the lawsuit and The Associated Press does not identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission.

Neither the abbey nor its congregation immediately returned voicemails or emails seeking comment.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:36 AM

July 18, 2018

ALY RAISMAN TAKES THE FLOOR

UNITED STATES
ESPN The Magazine

July 18, 2018

By Mina Kimes

In her fight to end sexual abuse, the Olympic champion is challenging the very institutions she led to glory.

The first thing you notice when you walk backstage is how many people are hugging. The room is swarming with female activists, politicians and actresses. Most of them have never met, but they're embracing one another like old friends, displaying a level of intimacy that's rarely found among strangers in mixed company. In one corner, Jane Fonda, who is wearing an olive pantsuit with a Time's Up pin, is chatting with a pair of young organizers; Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, holds court down the hall. Amid the frenzy at the conference, called The United State of Women, it takes me a minute to find Aly Raisman, who is sitting in a folding chair near the back of the room, deep in conversation.

She's speaking with Tiffany Thomas Lopez. Like Raisman, who barely tops 5 feet, Thomas Lopez is small and strong, radiating coiled energy. Otherwise, they're very different. Raisman, 24, has won multiple gold medals competing in two Olympics; she now lives with her parents outside Boston and flew to Los Angeles for this event. Thomas Lopez, who played softball for two years at Michigan State before leaving the program and returning home to California, is 37 and married. Their paths probably would not have crossed if they didn't share the deep, terrible bond of having been sexually abused by Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor who in January was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for molesting hundreds of young women.

Raisman, whose stick-straight posture betrays her years of training, sits with her legs crossed, eyes narrowing as she listens to Thomas Lopez recount her story. The former softball player arrived at Michigan State in 1998 and first saw Nassar that year. Raisman does the mental math about how old she was at the time, then glances at me and shakes her head. "I was 4. Jordyn [Wieber] was 3," she says later. "We never should've met him."

Wieber, her teammate at the 2012 Olympics, is standing a few feet away next to Jeanette Antolin, another former elite gymnast (and fellow Nassar survivor). In a few minutes, all four women will go onstage, stand in front of about 1,000 people and talk about their abuse. For Raisman, such work -- and it is work, difficult, draining work that exhausts her physical and emotional resources -- is now routine. Over the past few months, she has traveled across the country, giving interviews and speaking at college campuses and conferences like this one. She listens and shakes hands and poses for pictures, smiling beatifically as she rips the stitches of her wounds. She recounts what happened, then tells us what she wants to happen next.

While Raisman is younger than most of the event's speakers, she exudes a level of composure that can register as stoicism. When she talks, her voice is smooth and as steady as a drumbeat, building only when she wants it to. But Thomas Lopez seems anxious. She pulls out a pen and scribbles in purple ink on her notes, then shuffles the cards. Her hands are shaking. Raisman reaches out, steadying Thomas Lopez's arm, and looks squarely at her. "You're being heard now," she says.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:55 PM

‘Loud Fence’ installed outside Torquay church signifies hope for survivors

GEELONG (AUSTRALIA)
Geelong Advertiser

July 16, 2018

By Olivia Shying

BRIGHT, colourful ribbons fluttering along a purpose-built Torquay church fence signify a rainbow of hope for survivors of historical sexual abuse.

Survivors of institutional abuse have welcomed the installation of a “Loud Fence” out the front of Saint Therese Catholic Church.

While there are no allegations of abuse at the new church, community members wanted a purpose-built place to acknowledge survivors of sexual abuse and ensure the horrors of the past are never forgotten.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:53 PM

Rev. Barry M. Hudock– Assignment History

ERIE (PA)
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Barry M. Hudock was ordained in 1997 for the Diocese of Erie. His first assignment, as an assistant priest at St. Peter's Cathedral, was followed by an unexplained two-year gap, after which he assisted and was then sole priest at St. Anne's in Wilcox. He is not indexed in the Official Catholic Directory beyond 2001.

At some point Hudock was laicized. In July 2018 he was working at Ligurgical Press at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN. He is a published author and maintains a blog. Per his blog's bio, he worked for several nonprofits in Mingo County, WV before settling in Albany MN with his wife and seven children.

Hudock's name was added May 15, 2018 to the diocese's list of credibly accused priests, lay employees and volunteers.

Ordained: 1996

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:52 PM

Rev. Andrew W. Pawlaczyk– Assignment History

ERIE (PA)
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Andrew W. Pawlaczyk was an Erie diocesan priest, ordained in 1962. For nearly a decade he was a Cathedral Prep faculty member and assistant priest at St. Stanislaus parish, followed by five years as an Army chaplain, then two years in residence at St. Patrick's. From 1979 until his death in 1982, Pawlaczyk's status was 'On Duty Outside the Diocese.' The Erie pages of the Official Catholic Directory do not show his whereabouts during this time.

On May 18, 2018 Pawlaczyk's name was added to the diocese's list of clergy, lay employees and volunteers credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Allegations against him were noted to have been reported after his death.

Ordained: 1962
Died: March 8, 1982

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:33 PM

Former wrestlers sue Ohio State over team doctor, alleging he was a 'prolific sexual predator'

COLUMBUS (OH)
The Associated Press

July 17, 2018

Four former wrestlers say in a lawsuit that Ohio State University officials ignored repeated complaints about a now-dead team doctor and failed to stop his “rampant sexual misconduct” that went on nearly two decades.

The lawsuit describes Richard Strauss, who killed himself years after retiring from the university, as “a prolific sexual predator” who might have assaulted 1,500 or more male students at Ohio State.

Athletes who alerted officials about Strauss felt their complaints were futile and that the doctor was above the law in the eyes of the university, according to the federal lawsuit filed Monday.

Among the allegations in the lawsuit is that two wrestlers met with former athletic director Andy Geiger during the 1994-1995 season and complained about voyeurism and lewd acts by Strauss and other men at their practice facility.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:32 PM

Wrestlers file lawsuit against Ohio State, claiming a 'cesspool of deviancy'

COLUMBUS (OH)
Yahoo Sports

July 17, 2018

By Eric Adelson

We may find out how closely Jim Jordan was paying attention.

We will definitely find out how closely other universities are paying attention.

Four former Ohio State wrestlers have filed a federal class-action lawsuit claiming the school knew former team doctor Richard Strauss sexually abused athletes more than 20 years ago, and didn’t do anything to stop it.

The suit goes far beyond wrestling, alleging students in 14 sports were subject to “excessive and medically unnecessary fondling, touching, and groping.” But the attention will continue to gravitate to Jordan, the powerful congressman from Ohio who coached wrestling at the school before his political career took off. Jordan is not named in the suit, however a lawyer for the accusers told NBC News he expected him to be called as a witness.

“If I were Jim Jordan, I would be very concerned about this lawsuit,” says Katie Phang, partner at Berger Singerman in Miami. “The plaintiffs will want to depose him, and if he tries to avoid being deposed, a judge will most likely force him to sit for a deposition.”

It may not come to that, as there’s always a chance Ohio State will settle. However, this is a class-action suit, meaning other plaintiffs could join. That could pile up the testimony saying Jordan and others ignored the alleged abuse, but more importantly it could gather more evidence against Ohio State. Keep in mind the Larry Nassar allegations at Michigan State began with only a few accusers, and that number eventually grew into the hundreds.

The suit brings damning allegations to buttress what has already been reported. It states Strauss was nicknamed “Dr. Jelly Paws” for his “notoriously hands-on physical examinations,” and a former coach described Larkins Hall — a now demolished university recreation center — as a “cesspool of deviancy.” It adds that two wrestlers went so far as to meet with then-athletic director Andy Geiger and offered drawings of the locker room that would help with privacy and safety. According to the suit, Geiger promised to assist and did not follow through. (That meeting is said to have occurred during the 1994-95 season; Jordan was at the school from 1986 to 1994.) One student allegedly complained to the student health center about Strauss as far back as 1978.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:31 PM

Ex-Ohio State Wrestlers Sue School Claiming It Ignored Sexual Abuse

COLUMBUS (OH)
Reuters

July 17, 2018

By Peter Szekely

Four former Ohio State University varsity wrestlers sued the school on Monday, claiming its athletic doctor sexually abused them and others over 20 years and the school failed to stop it.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio, claimed the university ignored abusive behavior by the late Dr. Richard Strauss and said coaches and higher level officials were aware of his abuse.

"The rampant sexual abuse and culture of sexual abuse was reported to Ohio State administrators and to the head of the athletic department," the complaint said. "But these officials turned a blind eye to the abuse."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:29 PM

Sexual assault charge dropped against former Hobbs priest

HOBBS (NM)
The Associated Press

July 16, 2018

The case against a former Hobbs Catholic priest accused of criminal sexual contact has been dismissed.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports the criminal charge against former St. Helena Catholic Church priest Ricardo Bauza was tossed last week just days before he was slated to stand trial.

Fifth Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce declined to comment Thursday about the dismissal.

Bauza voluntarily surrendered to Hobbs police in February more than three months after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:28 PM

#MeToo goes to Jewish summer camp

WAYNESBORO (PA)
The Washington Post

July 15, 2018

By Julie Zauzmer

When Reilly met Melanie, they were 13-year-olds at summer camp who spent the long walk from archery to their bunks talking every day. Reilly wanted to ask Melanie to an end-of-camp dance - but his friend went ahead and asked Melanie on his behalf, before he could get up the nerve to ask her himself.

That was that. Now they're 16, and the teenagers' summer fling is still going strong in a fourth summer together as boyfriend and girlfriend at Capital Camps, a Jewish camp just over the Maryland-Pennsylvania border.

Their youthful love story is just the sort of Jewish relationship many parents hope their children will find when they send them to Jewish camps.

The Foundation for Jewish Camp, with its motto "Jewish summers, Jewish futures," promotes research showing that camp leads to more religiously engaged adults. Compared with demographically similar Jewish peers, adults who grew up going to camp are measurably more likely to attend synagogues, celebrate Shabbat and holidays in their homes and donate to Jewish charities.

Another statistic the foundation touts: Jews who attended camp as children were found to be significantly more likely to marry other Jews.

In a 2010 study, 74 percent of former campers were in Jewish marriages, at a time when such marriages have been becoming much less common.

For many parents and camp leaders, one goal of sending a child to Jewish overnight camp is the hope that the child will someday marry within the faith, perhaps even under a chuppah, or canopy, at the very camp where the pair first met.

But some Jewish adults recall that in years past the pressure to date at camp occasionally took an inappropriate turn when poorly trained counselors - typically in their early 20s - nudged young teens into becoming close not just romantically, but physically as well.

This summer, in the #MeToo era, the Foundation for Jewish Camp is conducting a nationwide training program to prevent sexual harassment at Jewish overnight camps, which about 70,000 children attend each summer.

"There is an encouragement to build Jewish relationships. A lot of people met their spouses," said Marina Lewin, the foundation's chief operating officer. But she added: "There's a difference between appropriate ways to interact and inappropriate."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:25 PM

CPS Requiring Background Checks, Fingerprinting For Employees Amid Sex Abuse Scandal

CHICAGO (IL)
CBS

July 16, 2018

By Jim Williams

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is checking the background of thousands of CPS employees following reports students were sexually abused by teachers and other adults.

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the effort is time-consuming for those who have to be fingerprinted.

“I’ve been here for 45 minutes, going on an hour,” stated Clare McCarthy, who has been a CPS teacher for more than 30 years. McCarthy said she had another hour to wait in order to be fingerprinted on Chicago’s northwest side.

“The last week of school I was notified to say ‘You’re going to have to have this done’, then I got an email saying ‘Nope, you don’t have to have it done, you’re okay’ and I was very excited about it. Then I got another email saying ‘You have to get it done,’” she said.

The background checks for all CPS employees comes after a Tribune investigation found hundreds of students were sexually abused over years.

“Right now we’re on track to complete that before the start of the school year,” stated CPS CEO Janice Jackson.

Jackson apologized to the victims in front of a supportive audience at the City Club Monday.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:24 PM

Many State Lawmakers Accused of Sexual Misconduct Run Again

ATLANTA (GA)
The Associated Press

July 18, 2018

By Christina A. Cassidy

More than two dozen state lawmakers accused of sexual harassment in the #MeToo era decided to run for re-election or for a new legislative seat this year, and many of them are succeeding.

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kentucky lawmakers have become so common that the statehouse has seemed more like a frat house: Seven have faced accusations, including four who settled secretly with a female legislative aide.

Voters' response? Mostly, keep them in office.

Of the five lawmakers up for re-election this year, three easily made it through their party primaries and will be favored to retain their seats in November. The other two chose not to run.

It's not just Kentucky. An Associated Press review finds that 25 state lawmakers who have been accused of sexual misconduct are running for re-election or another office this year. Of those, 15 have already advanced to the Nov. 6 general election. Seven did not even face a challenger in their primary.

Cassaundra Cooper, who filed a sexual harassment claim against a former Kentucky lawmaker in 2013, wonders why voters would re-elect public officials accused of sexual misconduct, or simply choose to ignore the allegations.

"That shocks me," she said. "Where is the empathy?"

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal — and the extraordinary growth of the #MeToo movement — any assumption that accused office holders would be political pariahs is not borne out on the state level. (Though by comparison, virtually every member of Congress accused of sexual harassment has resigned or opted against running for re-election.)

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:22 PM

1st Comic-Con of the MeToo era grapples with harassment

LOS ANGELES
The Associated Press

July 16, 2018

By Lindsey Bahr

Comic-Con, the annual gathering of over 130,000 fans, artists, collectors and geek culture savants, has already been changed by the #MeToo and Time's Up era, with at least one notable figure stepping aside due to sexual misconduct allegations. But questions remain about its atmosphere and whether convention organizers will take any extra steps to address longstanding allegations of harassment issues during the event which kicks off Wednesday night in San Diego.

The convention has always been a home for comic book and genre enthusiasts, and a refuge for like-minded fans to mingle, but it's also been a place rife with harassment of women and others, whether it's cosplayers (people who dress up in costumes), general attendees or even those hawking merchandise (sometimes called "booth babes").

"I don't think any convention has historically been a safe or inviting space for women," says Cher Martinetti, the managing editor of SYFY Wire's Fangrrls site.

Sexual harassment at fan conventions is a subject that is often raised, but the scrutiny will be even more intense this year with the heightened awareness about misconduct.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:18 PM

MSU's John Engler went against his word, hired Bill Beekman as AD

LANSING (MI)
Detroit Free Press

July 16, 2018

By David Jesse

Michigan State University interim President John Engler was clear: MSU was going to have a national search for a new athletic director and no internal candidates were going to be considered.

But on Monday, MSU officially promoted Bill Beekman, taking away the interim tag from the longtime MSU employee — he's been there since 1995 — and making him the permanent athletic director.

There was no national search. No other candidates were interviewed, Engler said.

"As we started talking about the search, I started hearing from virtually everyone that they loved what Bill was doing," Engler said in a news conference introducing Beekman on Monday in East Lansing. "I had several people tell me that Bill was a calming presence."

Engler said in February he would search nationally and externally for an athletic director. On Monday, he said Beekman posses a wide range of experiences, including "first and foremost" that he is a MSU graduate.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:17 PM

Lawsuit alleges USA Diving ignored sex abuse of divers

INDIANAPOLIS (IN)
The Associated Press

July 16, 2018

Two former divers are suing USA Diving, accusing the national governing body of ignoring or obstructing inquiries into allegations that a coach sexually abused them when they were young athletes dreaming of Olympic glory.

The federal lawsuit, filed last week, names Indianapolis-based USA Diving, Inc., the Ohio State University Diving Club and Will Bohonyi.

The suit alleges that Bohonyi, who had coached at the Ohio State University Diving Club and was fired in 2014, coerced and forced the divers into frequent sex, telling them, "You owe me this," The Indianapolis Star reported.

Calls to a telephone listing for Bohonyi's most recent Columbus, Ohio, address went unanswered.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:06 PM

Kerala nun’s rape charge: Church has guidelines on sexual abuse but most Catholics don’t know this

CAMBRIDGE (MA)
Scroll.in

July 17, 2018

By TA Ameerudheen

[See also the Guidelines discussed in this article.]

The Church’s ‘sexual harassment at the workplace’ guidelines issued in September have led to calls for more clarity, awareness.

In the wake of a Catholic nun levelling charges of rape against a bishop last month, various Catholic organisations have accused the Church of failing to ensure justice for victims of sexual abuse. This despite the Church having framed a document titled “Guidelines to deal with sexual harassment at the workplace” in 2017, they say.

On June 27, the nun filed a police complaint accusing the head of the Jalandhar diocese, Bishop Franco Mulakkal, of raping her 13 times between 2014 and 2016. A member of the Jalandhar-based Missionaries of Jesus congregation, the nun claimed the bishop had raped her at a convent in Kuravilangadu, Kerala, where she was stationed. She also said she had no choice but to go to the police after Church authorities ignored her complaints and took no action against the priest. Denying the charges, Mulakkal has accused the nun of taking revenge on him for ordering an inquiry into a complaint that she was having an affair.

The Catholic Church was rocked by a similar controversy in February 2017 when a priest, Mathew Vadakkancheril, from Kannur in Kerala was arrested for raping and impregnating a 16-year-old girl, who later gave birth to a child. The priest is facing trial under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. Two nuns were also arrested for allegedly trying to hush up the matter even as the victim’s father accused Church authorities of forcing him to confess to the crime to shield the priest.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:45 AM

Catholic order pays $1m settlement to 8 victims of clergy sex abuse dating back decades

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

July 17, 2018
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By J.D. Capelouto

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/07/17/catholic-order-pays-settlement-victims-clergy-sex-abuse-dating-back-decades/SbqFIozayO61WbxzwGq3aL/story.html

A Catholic order has paid a total of $1 million to eight people who were sexually abused by two Catholic priests in the 1970s and early ’80s in Massachusetts, the victims’ lawyer said Tuesday.

One of the priests, John J. Gallagher, was the subject of a letter written in 1992 by one of the victims to the late Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who at the time headed the Archdiocese of Boston. The letter, released by attorney Mitchell Garabedian, graphically detailed abuse the woman experienced in Lawrence in the mid-’70s, and serves as further evidence that Law had knowledge of sexual abuse by Catholic priests before it was widely publicized.

Garabedian said negotiations with the Order of Saint Augustine have been ongoing outside of court for two years, with the settlement decided last month.

The eight victims — five men and three women — were abused by Gallagher and another priest in Reading and Lawrence. The men were abused by Father Robert Turnbull at Austin Preparatory School in Reading, while Gallagher abused the women at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Lawrence, Garabedian said. The victims were around 9 to 12 years old at the time.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:32 AM

Priest on leave for allegations of sexual abuse says 'I didn't do it'

BUFFALO (NY)
WIVB

July 17, 2018

By Daniel Telvock

A Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse of a minor almost four decades ago is denying the charges and fighting a process with the Diocese of Buffalo that his attorney calls “unfair” and “preposterous.”

The Rev. Samuel Venne passed a lie detector test administered by a credentialed professional. In addition, he had a certified psychological assessment that concluded he was “found to be credible in his denial of the alleged sexual contacts” and “failed to reveal” any indication that he had ever engaged in sexual abuse.

The Diocese’s Review Board on June 27 still found the allegations against Venne credible. As a result, on June 28, Bishop Richard J. Malone upheld Venne’s status on administrative leave, pending a decision from Rome.

“I didn’t do it,” Venne said.

“Why should I go ahead and say I did? That’s a lie.”

Venne and his attorney, Michael Taheri, are raising a series of criticisms about the Review Board process. For example, neither had an opportunity to appear before the Review Board or provide a statement contesting the allegations.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:26 AM

U.S. Catholic Church’s former public face on sex abuse crisis faces decades of misconduct allegations

WASHINGTON (DC)
PBS News Hour

July 17, 2018

By Judy Woodruff and John Yang

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/u-s-catholic-churchs-former-public-face-on-sex-abuse-crisis-faces-decades-of-misconduct-allegations

One of the most recognized faces of the American Catholic Church was removed from the public ministry last month, making Cardinal Theodore McCarrick the highest ranking Catholic official in the nation to be removed for sexual abuse of a minor. Now the New York Times reports that McCarrick touched young adult seminarians.

Now, new alleged details about sexual — or, rather, details about alleged sexual misconduct by a Catholic cardinal who was a power broker within the church.

Theodore McCarrick was removed from public ministry last month, making him the highest ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be removed for sexual abuse of a minor.

As John Yang tells us, a new investigation finds other offenses, and church officials allegedly covered them up for decades.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:22 AM

July 17, 2018

Celebration TODAY of Kathy Shaw's Life

WORCESTER (MA)
BishopAccountability.org

All are invited to a celebration TODAY of Kathy Shaw's life

When

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where

Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor
838 Main Street
Worcester MA 01610

Kathy's Story

Our wonderful friend and colleague Kathy Shaw died on Sunday, June 24, 2018 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.

• See Kathy's obituaries in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, an appreciation by Bill Mitchell in the National Catholic Reporter, and a column by Clive MacFarland in Kathy's paper, the Telegram & Gazette.

• Please view a brief video about Kathy.

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

Donations In Kathy's Memory

The family asks that donations in memory of Kathy be made to BishopAccountability.org, which will continue to host Abuse Tracker and preserve Kathy's legacy. Please visit BishopAccountability.org's donations page to donate online or via snail mail.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 11:10 AM

Here's how much N.J. Catholic dioceses paid to alleged McCarrick sex abuse victims, report says

NEWARK (NJ)
The Star-Ledger / NJ.com / NJ Advance Media

July 17, 2018

By Kelly Heyboer and Ted Sherman

Catholic dioceses in New Jersey paid two former priests a total of $180,000 after they said Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused them, according to a New York Times report.

The settlements included $80,000 paid to a former priest turned lawyer from New Jersey who said McCarrick would invite him and other young seminarians and priests to a Shore house in Sea Girt where they would be expected to share a bed with the former archbishop of Newark, the report said.

Robert Ciolek, the former priest who said he was abused by McCarrick for years, said he felt unable to say no when the then-bishop would rub his back and touch him in bed.

“In the corporate world, there are ways to report misconduct,” Ciolek, 57, told the New York Times in a story published Monday. “You have an H.R. contact, you have a legal department, or you have anonymous reporting, you have systems. Does the Catholic Church have that? How is a priest supposed to report abuse or wrong activity by his bishop? What is their stated vehicle for anyone to do that? I don’t think it exists.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:21 AM

Grand Jury Report Could Soon Be Released On Sexual Abuse In 6 Pa. Dioceses

PITTSBURGH
KDKA CBS 2

July 16, 2018

By Andy Sheehan

A long-awaited grand jury report on Pittsburgh, Greensburg and four other Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania could be released as early as Tuesday.

The state Supreme Court is considering releasing the 800-page report with the names of some priest and church officials redacted while it hears appeals.

KDKA’s Andy Sheehan has a look at what details the report might contain.

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh became a national leader in reform under now-Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who at the time was the diocese’s bishop. Wuerl defied The Vatican in 1993 by refusing to reassign Fr. Anthony Cipolla, who was the center of a sexual abuse case in the 1990s.

However, the rest of the record is not so stellar, according to victims who carry the scars.

KDKA uncovered the story of Paul Dorsch and several of his former classmates at Quigley High School, who say they were molested by their former headmaster Fr. Jack Hoehl.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:12 AM

Priests, celibacy and sex

COLUMBIA (MO)
Religion News Service

July 16, 2018

By Thomas Reese SJ

Recent news stories about financial settlements with adults who had sexual encounters with a bishop show that the issue of sex abuse in the Catholic Church is not limited to the abuse of minors. When Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was suspended from the priesthood after being credibly accused of abusing an altar boy, it was also revealed that financial settlements for his actions had been made earlier with two adults.

The church has adopted a zero tolerance for the sexual abuse of minors, but how should it deal with other sexual activity by priests?

The requirement of celibacy for priests in the Catholic Church is a topic of debate in the church today. Many, myself included, think that priestly celibacy should be optional, as it is in other Christian churches. Pope Francis has signaled that he is open to considering the ordination of married men but wants the request to come from national bishops’ conferences.

But Francis is also very strong is stating that in the meantime, celibacy must be observed. He would not throw out every priest who violated celibacy; individual lapses can be forgiven. But a priest who is incapable of observing celibacy should return to the lay state, Francis wrote before he became pope, especially if there is a child who has a right to a father.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:03 AM

Duterte vs. God

WASHINGTON (DC)
Foreign Policy

July 15, 2018

The Philippine president likes to pick fights. But can he win against the Catholic Church?

By Emily Schultheis

Manila, Philippines - Outspoken and profane rhetoric is a hallmark of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte: The man, after all, told then-U.S. President Barack Obama to “go to hell,” joked about rape, and counts “son of a whore” among his favorite epithets.

But when he called God “stupid” and a “son of a bitch” in a speech last month, that was a step too far for many in the devout Catholic country. “Who is this stupid God?” Duterte said, criticizing God for the concept of original sin. “This son of a bitch is then really stupid.”

Duterte’s indelicate foray into theology would have been controversial in many countries, but it was venturing into a minefield in the Philippines, where the Roman Catholic Church continues to have a strong, though waning, influence in politics and daily life. Duterte’s long-standing ire for the church is well documented, but this isn’t just about a personal animus: It’s a struggle over the church’s long involvement in Philippine politics.

Duterte’s rhetoric has taken on new intensity in recent weeks as the Catholic Church, which helped topple previous autocrats in the country, steps up its opposition to his brutal war on drugs.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:46 AM

Lawyers submitting opposition to releasing grand jury report on sex abuse claims in Catholic church

LANCASTER (PA)
WGAL News 8

July 16, 2018

New details have been made public in the grand jury investigation into sex abuse claims in the Catholic church.

Lawyers arguing on behalf of current and former clergy are submitting their opposition to releasing the report on six dioceses, including Harrisburg.

Last month, the state Supreme Court blocked the release of the findings after those named in it were allowed to review portions of it.

One of the court filings involves allegations against someone in the Pittsburgh Diocese who lawyers say didn't have a chance to defend himself and wasn't given any other required aspect of due process.

The court documents indicate that in the Pittsburgh Diocese alone, the grand jury report lists more than 90 individuals described as "offenders."

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:39 AM

Cottingham priest Terrence Grigg accused of 'grooming and abusing vulnerable boys' - Hull trial

HULL (ENGLAND)
Hull Live / Hull Daily Mail

July 16, 2018

By Simon Bristow

Canon Terrence Grigg is on trial at Hull Crown Court and denies 11 historic sex offences

A retired priest has gone on trial accused of a range of historic sex offences against boys and young men.

Canon Terrence Grigg, 84, former rector of St Mary's Church in Cottingham, is alleged to have carried out the abuse against five complainants in the 1980s and 1990s.

Mr Grigg, of Grove Street, Malton, North Yorkshire, denies 11 indecent assaults against males and two other sex offences.

Opening the case against him on Monday at Hull Crown Court, Claire Holmes, prosecuting, told a jury of six men and six women: "The Crown say that during those years he identified five separate young men who were all vulnerable in some way, and he went on to use that vulnerability for his own sexual gratification."

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:35 AM

Priest 'sex abuse' accuser says he 'was paraded like a trophy in gay bar' - Hull trial

HULL (ENGLAND)
Hull Live / Hull Daily Mail

July 17, 2018

By Simon Bristow

Canon Terrence Grigg is on trial at Hull Crown Court and denies 11 historic sex offences

A man who claims he was sexually assaulted by a Cottingham priest has told a jury he was "paraded" by him in a gay bar "as a trophy".

The complainant is one of five men who allege they were sexually abused by Canon Terrence Grigg, former rector of St Mary's Church, in the 1980s and 1990s.

Mr Grigg, 84, of Grove Street, Malton, North Yorkshire, is on trial at Hull Crown Court and denies nine indecent assaults and two other sex offences.

The complainant, the first witness to give evidence in the case, gave a DVD recorded police interview two years ago, which was played to the jury on Monday. He told the court on Tuesday that after watching the video this month in preparation for the trial, he then made a further statement to police concerning an out of town visit he made with Mr Grigg when he was a teenager.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:31 AM

Catholic priests raise 5 main objections against grand jury report

MECHANICSVILLE (PA)
PennLive

July 17, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday is expected to release the latest salvo in a last-ditch effort to amend what is expected to be a blistering report on the Catholic Church statewide.

The court is slated to release the response of state Attorney General Josh Shapiro to efforts by at least two dozen priests seeking to revise the report from the 40th Statewide Grand Jury. The priests, current and former, whose names have been redacted from the report, have petitioned the court seeking to revise or block the release of the forthcoming 800-plus page report.

At the very least, the priests argue they should be granted an opportunity to respond to allegations in the report that connect them to child sex crimes.

The report, which represents the findings of an 18-month long investigation by the state Office of Attorney General into clergy sex abuse across six dioceses in Pennsylvania, does not recommend charges against these unnamed priests. However, the priests argue that the report - as currently written - violates their constitutional right to due process and the right to protect their reputation.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:27 AM

Catholic Health Initiatives Helps Lead Campaign to Create New ICD-10 Codes on Human Trafficking

ENGLEWOOD (CO)
Catholic Health Initiatives

July 17, 2018

Catholic Health initiatives helped spearhead an 18-month-long effort to create a diagnostic code that will allow medical professionals to identify victims of human trafficking when they arrive at facilities seeking health care.

CHI, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems, collaborated with the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence (HAV) initiative and clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Human Trafficking Initiative and Freedom Clinic to develop and secure ICD-10 codes that will allow providers to document sex and labor exploitation for the first time.

The 29 human trafficking-related codes, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June 11, will help providers identify victims and respond appropriately to assist victims. Set to take effect in October, the codes will also provide much-needed data to understand the scope of this problem.

“Like victims of child abuse or elder abuse, victims of human trafficking are coming into emergency rooms and health care facilities on a daily basis – and we have to be ready," said Colleen Scanlon, senior vice president and chief advocacy officer for Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives. “This is a significant step forward. Having these codes will help clinicians adequately classify a diagnosis and plan appropriate treatment."

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:21 AM

Priestly Ordination of Salesian Deacons

DUBLIN (IRELAND)
Archdiocese of Dublin

July 15, 2018

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

I join in the joy of the Salesian Fathers and the wider Salesian family as today we come to invoke the Holy Spirit, through the laying on of hands and the solemn prayer of consecration, on Dominic and Paul, two Vietnamese candidates for ordination to the priesthood in the Salesian Congregation.

Don Bosco had a missionary heart. He knew how the love of Jesus, that was the inspiration of his own entire life, was a gift that can be brought to any culture and that enriches any culture.

We remember the Church in Vietnam and pray for its members who often in the face of challenges live that message of the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ through a life of service. We pray especially for the candidates and their families some of whom are here with us this morning.

Don Bosco was a remarkable man. His work with young people is legendary. Living in the mid-nineteenth century, he developed his own pedagogy and his own way of reaching out to the most abandoned young people. At a time when such young people were open to being abused in the labour market he stood by them and helped insert them in a healthy working environment. Remarkable for his time, he rejected a pedagogy based on punishment and worked to show how loving care can bring out the unique talent of each individual.

Don Bosco began his work in Turin in what was a time of great economic and cultural change. Industrialization and urbanization were giving rise to a divided society and young people were among the prime victims.

Don Bosco’s work with young people is legendary. He was however also radical in his models of pastoral activity. He realised that young people were missing from parish life so he began to encounter them in new ways. He met reached out to young people and met them where they were. He founded his Oratori that were places where young people could come together, socialize in a healthy manner, and be educated in the faith within the day to day realities of their lives.

The Church in Ireland today is facing similar changes. Irish religious culture is changing. The main body of the membership of Irish Catholicism and its leadership belong to an age and cultural group that is in many ways foreign to the culture of young people. The Irish Church needs to waken itself to the urgency of this situation.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:10 AM

Fortieth statewide investigating grand jury: Selected postings

HARRISBURG (PA)
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

July 17, 2018

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has to date posted 35 pleadings and orders relating to the Fortieth statewide investigating grand jury.]

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 9:06 AM

NY Times talks to men who got settlements after alleged abuse by cardinal

NEW YORK (NY)
Catholic News Service via Crux

July 16, 2018

A front-page New York Times article published July 16 detailed the alleged abuse of two seminarians in the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey by then-Bishop Theodore E. McCarrick in the 1980s that resulted in settlements to each man.

For one of the seminarians, the alleged abuse continued after he had been ordained to the priesthood.

The 3,100-word article, written by Laurie Goodstein and Sharon Otterman, said the bishop would invite seminarians to spend time with him on overnight trips away from their seminary, and then, in giving bedroom assignments, direct one of them to his bedroom, where there was just one bed.

The abuse of these two men, according to an interview with one of the former priests by the Times and the examination of the second man’s file by the newspaper on the condition that he - now also a former priest - not be named, took place in the 1980s, while McCarrick served as first Bishop of Metuchen and then as Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:59 AM

Melbourne's new archbishop says promoting the Church as an 'institution' allowed 'great evils' to happen

LONDON (ENGLAND)
The Tablet

July 17, 2018

By Christopher Lamb

Bishop Peter Comensoli said the abuse crisis was 'paramount' and required a response at every level in the Church

The new Archbishop of Melbourne says that seeing the Church as an institution rather than the “people of God” allowed for “great evils” to be committed and has pledged himself to rebuilding trust in light of the clerical sexual abuse scandal.

Bishop Peter Comensoli, who will take up the leadership of Australia’s largest Catholic diocese on 1 August, said the abuse crisis was “paramount” in everyone’s thinking and required a response at every level in the Church.

Devastating findings by a recent royal commission found that 4,444 people alleged incidents of child sexual abuse against the Church, many of them covered up by bishops who had pursued a strategy of protection of assets against legal claims.

But speaking to The Tablet during a phone interview from Australia, the bishop explained that protecting the institution rather than its people was a counter-witness to the Gospel.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:50 AM

Cardinal McCarrick, seminarians and abuse: how could this happen?

NEW YORK (NY)
America Magazine

July 16, 2018

By James Martin, S.J.

The revelations of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s disgusting predation of Catholic seminarians and young priests over the course of many years makes for truly disturbing reading. Over the past few years, I had heard stories about Cardinal (then Bishop and Archbishop) McCarrick’s summer home, where he would invite (or suborn or force) seminarians to share a bed with him, massage them and invite them to call him “Uncle Ted.” But at the time they were unsubstantiated rumors, and I knew no one with any first-hand knowledge. (Otherwise, I would have reported them.)

For the record, Cardinal McCarrick was also someone whom I, like many American Catholics, admired for both his pastoral work and social justice advocacy. Whenever I met him, he was also unfailingly kind, and I saw him extend that same kindness to others.

On a pilgrimage to Lourdes a decade ago, I watched someone badger him rudely and relentlessly, during a breakfast, about some fine point of theology, for almost a half hour. Cardinal McCarrick treated her with so much patience, dignity and care, as she continued to berate him, that afterward I asked him how was able to be so kind.

By no means does this excuse what he did to the young seminarians and priests. Rather, it shows the mystifying complexity of the human person, or at least this human person.

So how could this have happened?

Here I want to focus on one particular aspect: the way that secrecy in the church shrouds cases of what you might call “adult abuse,” as distinguished from “child abuse.” In the case of child abuse, from what I understand (I’m not a psychiatrist or psychologist), the abused child may be too young, too confused or too frightened to be able to speak about the crimes of abuse, which explains why one often sees reports coming decades after the original abuse occurred.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:45 AM

July 16, 2018

A community at the cross-roads

KERALA (INDIA)
The New Indian Express

July 16, 2018

By Valson Thampu

Of late, the Kerala Christian community has been serially buffeted by tremors of priestly sexual aberrations. Where did the church fail?

The earliest crisis I remember the Catholic Church in Kerala has had to face was the conviction of one Fr. Benedict in the late ‘60s in what was then the most sensational murder case: the Mariakutty murder case. The church and the community pulled their weight behind the condemned. Benedict was later acquitted by the Kerala High Court, thanks to the legendary legal skills of A S R Chari, assisted by the best criminal lawyer of Kerala in those days, K T Thomas. On his acquittal, he was showcased as a scapegoat, and given a hero’s reception into social respectability.

Much water has flowed in the rivers of Kerala since then, and many monsoons of tears rained in the privacy of ruined lives. Of late, the Kerala Christian community has been serially buffeted by tremors of priestly sexual aberrations. A celibate priest impregnated a teenage girl. She gave birth. The matter was hushed up and, worse, her father was coerced to take the cross of the crime upon himself. Four priests, in a recent episode, are accused by a mother of two of raping her for years under blackmail. A Kerala bishop, billeted in Jalandhar, is now accused by a nun of sexually outraging her over a period of time and, further, of her failing to get justice from the church, despite persistent efforts. She, in turn, is being degraded by way of retaliation.

For years now, scandals of priest-perpetrated sexual abuses—especially involving paedophiles—have been tumbling out of ecclesial closets in diverse parts of the world. In an unprecedented turn of events, Pope Francis ordered 34 bishops of the Catholic Church in Chile to resign en masse, all of them having been found guilty of sexual crimes. To me, the greatest failure of the church in the past, until Pope Francis decided to catch the bull by its horns, is to have protected the predators under the mistaken notion that this safeguarded the church from infamy. In this, the church erred grievously.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:20 PM

Angel call on the church to stand against child and women abuse

SOUTH AFRICA
Ridge Times

July 14, 2018

Ms Angel khanyile challenged the Hope Of Glory Family Church to take a stand against women and children abuse.

Ms Angel Khanyile, Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament, visited the Hope of Glory Family Church to raise awareness of women and child abuse on Sunday, 8 July.

Ms Khanyile serves on the portfolio committee of Social Development.

Her visit to the church came after the portfolio committee noted with concern the increase in child and women abuse in the area.

She took it upon herself to spread a message of protection of women and children on every platform that she can.

Ms Khanyile said violence against women and children has become an unprecedented problem and cut across all cultures and every level of society.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:18 PM

Protesters at Jehovah's Witnesses convention in Vancouver demand action against alleged abuse

BRITISH COLUMBIA
CBC News

July 16, 2018

Former member of church claims two-witness rule kept abuse hidden

A small group of protesters spoke out against alleged abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses at one of the religious group's annual conventions in Vancouver on Sunday.

Natasha Peeters was among them. Now 50, she says she was abused by an elder within the church when she lived in Belgium as a youth.

"I was abused... since I was a baby until 13 years old," she said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:17 PM

NOPD launches criminal investigation after church sex abuse allegations

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
WVUE

July 13, 2018

By Amanda Roberts

A former Catholic deacon accused of molesting young boys is now the subject of a criminal sexual abuse investigation. The attorney who represented one of the alleged victims in a large settlement with the Archdiocese of New Orleans hopes this will create lasting change.

A man who suppressed memories for years claims 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,” the man said.

FOX 8 is not naming the man to protect his identity. His attorney, Roger Stetter, landed a half a $500,000 settlement from the Archdiocese three weeks ago. But this week, the attorney and his client sat down with NOPD officers to tell his story again. Stetter says his client's motivation isn't money, but to prevent any child from feeling the way he did years ago.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:16 PM

PRIEST GOES TO REHAB AFTER GAMBLING AWAY MORE THAN $1 MILLION INCLUDING LOANS FROM PARISHIONERS

SWITZERLAND
Newsweek

July 11, 2018

By Jason Lemon

A former Swiss priest will go to rehab after losing more than $1 million to gambling debts, including money loaned to him by some 50 parishioners.

The man, whose name wasn't disclosed, was forced to resign from his religious duties under Switzerland’s Diocese of Chur, accused of abusing his position as a priest to secure loans from unsuspecting churchgoers to fund his addiction. According to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, the disgraced vicar’s debts amounted to 1.4 million Swiss francs ($1.1 million).

Although church authorities were long aware of the former priest’s gambling problem, they did not warn parishioners about the issue. Instead, the diocese offered him help to address the addiction before it got out of hand. Swiss media have reported that several church members are considering pressing charges as a result, but until now, no cases have been filed.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:14 PM

Former Haywood Co. priest, already accused of sex crimes, faces 8 more felony charges

HAYWOOD COUNTY (NC)
WLOS

July 12, 2018

A former Episcopal priest in Haywood County already accused of sex crimes is now facing eight more charges related to the sexual abuse of children.

Howard Willard White, Jr., 77, now faces five counts of indecent liberties with a child, one count of second-degree sex offense, and two counts of second-degree forcible sex offense.

He was also previously charged with first-degree forcible rape, second-degree forcible rape, second-degree forcible sexual offense and indecent liberties with a child.

White was the longtime rector of a Waynesville church, serving Grace Church from 1984 to 2006.

In June 2017, White pleaded guilty to child sex charges in Massachusetts. Prosecutors said White assaulted a child during two overnight trips to Boston when the boy was 15 and 16.

At the time, White worked at St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:12 PM

Clergy sex abuse revelations stun, anger Catholics in Buffalo

BUFFALO (NY)
National Catholic Reporter

July 16, 2018

By Peter Feuerherd

Catholics in Buffalo, New York, are undergoing their Boston moment on sex abuse, 16 years removed from the events that rocked the wider church in the United States.

On Feb. 27, Michael Whalen, 52, held a press conference at which he accused retired priest Fr. Norbert Orsolits of abuse inflicted when Whalen was a minor. Orsolits, now 78, told a Buffalo News reporter that he was guilty of dozens of such crimes, had undergone therapy at a rehabilitation facility in Canada, and then returned to the diocese as an active priest, until being removed from ministry and forced to retire in 2003. His early retirement was a result of the charter enacted by the U.S. bishops in Dallas in 2002, which prohibited ministry by any priest credibly accused of sex abuse.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:11 PM

November trial scheduled for retired Fort Atkinson priest accused of sexually assaulting altar boy ‘at least 100 times’

JEFFERSON COUNTY (WI)
FOX6

July 12, 2018

By Katie Delong

A retired Fort Atkinson priest, accused of sexually assaulting an altar boy when he was between the ages of 13 and 16, will stand trial in November.

William Nolan, 65, was in court Thursday, July 12 for his arraignment. Nolan “stood mute,” and not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf. A jury trial was scheduled to begin on Nov. 26, with a pre-trial conference set for Sept. 5.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:09 PM

One more Christian priest accused of sexually assaulting Kerala woman arrested

INDIA
The News Minute

July 13, 2018

Crime Branch officials arrested Fr Johnson Mathew, the third accused, from Kozhencherry.

A day after one of the four Orthodox Church priests accused of raping a woman from Thiruvalla surrendered, one more accused priest, Fr Johnson Mathew, has landed in the police net.

The third accused in the case, the Crime Branch reportedly took him into custody from Kozhenchery in Pathanamthitta district on Friday, following which his arrest was recorded.

Fr Johnson Mathew, along with three other priests, has been booked under charges of rape and molestation by the Crime Branch.

According to the survivor's statement, Fr Johnson Mathew sent her sexually coloured messages on WhatsApp and sexually assaulted her in a car. He also allegedly morphed the survivor's face onto a nude photograph of another woman and threatened to circulate it on the internet. According to her statement, Fr Johnson Mathew was her senior in college and got in touch with her on WhatsApp.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:07 PM

Trial date set for Mascoutah priest accused of having child pornography, meth

BELLEVILLE (IL)
Belleville News-Democrat

July 12, 2018

By Kaley Johnson

A trial date has been set for a Mascoutah priest arrested on charges of child pornography distribution and meth possession in January.

Rev. Gerald R. Hechenberger, associate pastor of Holy Childhood Church and school in Mascoutah, was charged with 16 counts of child pornography and one count of possession of meth in January.

His trial date was set for Oct. 8 at 8:45 a.m. at the St. Clair County Courthouse under Judge Zina Cruse.

On Jan. 8, Hechenberger was arrested at Holy Childhood Church by Belleville Police. Belleville Police Master Sgt. Todd Keilbach said detectives initiated the investigation based on a cyber tip from the organization Internet Crimes Against Children.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:06 PM

Exorcist’s prayer team bless house formerly occupied by Boise priest accused of crimes

BOISE (ID)
Idaho Statesman

July 16, 2018

By Katy Moeller

The house where a retired Boise priest lived for 15 years — until he was accused in February of sharing child pornography online and of drug possession — has been cleaned out, freshened up and blessed by an exorcist, according to the priest preparing the property for sale.

“We bless houses all the time,” said Father John Worster, pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church the past three years. “I had our diocesan exorcist and his prayer team come and pray over the house.”

Exorcism is the warding off of demons or evil spirits. It’s more commonly performed on people than houses.

“The actual rite of exorcism involves prayers in which the priest demands that the demon(s) leave the possessed person’s body,” according to a 2017 article on Newsweek.com. “Those present are sprinkled with holy water and the priest makes the sign of the cross on the possessed person’s forehead, as well as laying his hands on them.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:04 PM

Ex-USC gynecologist retains high-profile criminal attorney

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

July 13, 2018

By Matt Hamilton and Harriet Ryan

Former USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, accused of sexually abusing young patients, has retained a prominent Los Angeles attorney to represent him amid a widening criminal probe and mounting lawsuits.

Leonard Levine, one of the region’s best-known defense lawyers for sex crimes cases, was recently hired to handle the high-profile case.

Tyndall, 71, has not been charged with any crimes, but a squad of a dozen LAPD detectives is investigating complaints from more than 130 individuals. Last month, investigators raided Tyndall’s Westlake apartment and a nearby storage locker and later executed a search warrant at USC for files and documents.

In an interview Thursday, Levine said he has talked to the Los Angeles Police Department and the county district attorney’s office.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:03 PM

Archbishop says youth alienated by Catholic Church

IRELAND
The Irish Times

July 16, 2018

By Patsy McGarry

‘Catholics must learn new ways in which they can win young hearts,’ says Diarmuid Martin

Irish Catholicism today is “foreign” to young people and needs to wake up to the situation, according to Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin.

“Change is painful; there is, however, no alternative,” he said.

“Irish religious culture is changing. The main body of the membership of Irish Catholicism and its leadership belong to an age and cultural group that is in many ways foreign to the culture of young people. The Irish church needs to waken itself to the urgency of this situation,” he said.

“This will not be easy. There is uncertainty about how to proceed,” he added, noting that there would be “a sort of passive resistance”.

“Change is painful. There is however no alternative. Catholics must learn new ways in which they can win young hearts for what the teaching of Jesus involves,” he said. “The Irish church has to re-learn the ability to speak the language of faith authentically in a world where that language may be alien. The church in Ireland needs a radical overhaul in its outreach in faith towards young people.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:01 PM

Church considers psychometric tests as experts raise fears about clergy narcissism

ENGLAND
The Telegraph

July 13, 2018

By Olivia Rudgard

The Church of England could administer personality tests for trainee priests amid fears it appoints too many narcissists.

The Church is examining ways to analyse the personalities of new priests to in an effort to understand the types of people it is attracting.

New tests set to be considered by bishops next year could also measure how well a trainee copes with stress and being in a position of authority.

Julian Hubbard, director of the Church's Ministry Division, said the tests could also be a "useful tool in helping candidates grow in self-awareness".

He said the church was "considering the use of psychological assessment as part of the process of discernment for those seeking ordination in the Church of England".

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:59 PM

How Pope Francis Is Changing the Catholic Church

VATICAN CITY
Vogue

July 16, 2018

By Jason Horowitz

It’s a June morning at the Vatican, and Pope Francis is wearing a hangdog expression—all watchful eyes and soft apostolic chins. It’s how he looks opposite strongmen in Myanmar or posing with Donald Trump or preparing to berate the Vatican hierarchy for being out of touch and insular. Today, though, we’re in the marble lobby of the Paul VI audience hall, and schoolchildren are preparing to sing songs. I’m a little worried what they might think.

But when the kids ask him questions, Francis brightens dramatically. He suddenly radiates ebullience and avuncular warmth. As a journalist who has covered Francis for years, I’ve seen this shift before—when he’s broken from sermons to share homespun wisdom or embraced a Muslim asylum seeker in a refugee camp or drifted back to the press section of the papal plane to amiably sign books, bless family photos, and accept gifts. I’ve met my share of presidents and prime ministers, and have seen some of the greats at working the press. The time Francis laughed convincingly at my lame joke, I knew I was in the presence of a natural.

He is perched on the edge of his armchair fielding questions: about his first teacher (“Estela; I had her in first and third grade”), where he is from (“the most beautiful city in the world, Buenos Aires”), and what his favorite game was as a child (“We played a lot with kites”). Then one boy stands up and asks him what it felt like when he was elected pope.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:57 PM

Megachurch pastor resigns following sex abuse scandal

HOUSTON (TX)
Premier

July 16, 2018

By Eno Adeogun

The lead pastor of a megachurch in Memphis, Tennessee who publicly backed one of his staff who was accused of sexual assault has resigned.

Chris Conlee from Highpoint Church had previously compared Andy Savage's critics to the devil after it emerged that former teaching pastor Savage had been accused of sexually assaulting Jules Woodson when she was a teenager.

Woodson wrote in a blog post that back in 1998 when she was a 17-year-old high school senior, Savage, aged 22 and youth pastor at Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church in Houston, took advantage of her.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:56 PM

Catholic Church finally delivering on promises about clerical abuse | Opinion

UNITED STATES
Sun Sentinel

July 11, 2018

By Mary Sanchez

To even casual observers of recent news about the Catholic Church, it's clear that a new day has dawned.

Finally, after decades of stalling, denials and civil lawsuits, Catholic dioceses seem to recognize their accountability for the criminal behavior of pedophile priests.

Consider the case of retired Bishop Joseph Hart. The former prelate of Cheyenne, Wyo., now 86 years old, could face criminal charges under what the current bishop of Cheyenne has deemed credible and substantiated accusations of sexual abuse.

News of the case traveled ahead of the headlines to Kansas City, where Hart was ordained in 1956. Many believe that is where he first groomed young boys for sexual abuse in the parishes where he served until 1976.

The Kansas City diocese readily restated that Hart had previously been accused of abusing 10 people, which led to multi-million-dollar settlements involving allegations against him and other Kansas City priests, some now deceased.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:54 PM

Denby Fawcett: Survivors Of Childhood Abuse Urge Others To Seek Justice

HONOLULU (HAWAII)
Honolulu Civil Beat

July 16, 2018

By Denby Fawcett

The state has again extended the statute of limitations for filing lawsuits in cases of alleged childhood sexual abuse.

June Johnson Cleghorn, 59, a Kailua mother of two, is urging victims of childhood sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits against their abusers.

Cleghorn did just that — and reached a court settlement in 2016 — after a teacher allegedly sexually abused her over a six-year period beginning in 1971 when she was a 12-year-old boarding student at Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Hawaii Island.

Cleghorn and others spoke at a news conference last week with her attorney, Mark Gallagher, to raise awareness that the state has lifted the statute of limitations to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse until April 24, 2020, to file retroactive civil law suits against their alleged abusers and the organizations that allowed the abuse to continue.

Gallagher says he is glad the governor signed into law the extension, but he wishes the window was open for a longer period.

“I think for certain kinds of crimes such as child sex abuse the statute of limitations should be lifted permanently,” he said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:52 PM

Southern Baptist officials knew of sexual abuse allegations before top SC leader's arrest

FORT WORTH (TX)
Independent Mail

July 16, 2018

By Sarah Smith, McClatchy

The missionary arm of the Southern Baptist Convention knew about allegations against Southern Baptist leader Mark Aderholt more than 10 years before he was arrested July 3 on charges that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl, according to police records, emails and an internal investigation from the organization.

Aderholt rose up to be the associate director and chief strategist of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 2016.

In 2007, the International Mission Board conducted an investigation into allegations that Aderholt had a sexual relationship with the girl while he was a 25-year-old student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. At the time of the investigation, Aderholt was one of the more prolific missionaries with the Mission Board, which has sent Southern Baptists around the globe for more than a century.

The International Mission Board did not report the allegations to authorities.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:50 PM

Bartlett pastor resigns amid allegations of sexual abuse

BARTLETT (TN)
WREG

July 12, 2018

By Stacy Jacobson

The Travis Avenue Baptist Church sits in the shadow of the skyline of Forth Worth, Texas. It’s where one woman remembers going since third grade.

“I very much loved my church, loved being active in my church," she said.

She didn't want WREG to use her real name or voice because she's still coping with what happened to her when she was a teen in the youth choir at the church, under the direction of youth minister John Finley.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:49 PM

[OPINION] On Duterte's sexual abuse and the washing of the feet

PHILIPPINES
Rappler

July 15, 2018

By Jeremy Simons

Washing his feet will symbolically send a powerful image of subservience rather than prophetic witness, and will be used to coopt your credibility and cause confusion and division within the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches

Editor's Note: The author originally wrote this on Facebook as an open letter to the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC). Rappler is republishing this with the author's permission.

I recently saw a report that PCEC leaders will meet with President Duterte and have offered to wash his feet as an act of humility and healing for the abuse he suffered under a Roman Catholic priest.

Whether this is true or not, it raises important questions that need to be aired. While acts of contrition and solidarity are noble and good, it is the wrong time involving the wrong people for such an effort. The issue of church responsibility for sexual abuse is being used by Duterte to divert attention from his own violence – the killings and his verbal attacks on women and Christianity, mismanagement of the economy, corruption, and more.

Engaging the issue of Duterte's childhood sexual abuse in this context incorrectly shifts the focus away from the justified outrage that people have over Duterte's recent words and actions. Now is the time to channel that outrage into action that will bring Duterte to account for his own foolish and reckless behavior. Washing his feet will symbolically send a powerful image of subservience rather than prophetic witness, and will be used to coopt your credibility and cause confusion and division within the PCEC.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:47 PM

Jury trial scheduled for former priest accused in child sex assault case

MADISON (WI)
WKOW

July 12, 2018

A jury trial is set for a retired priest accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a child.

William Nolan pleaded not guilty on Thursday to 6 counts of second degree sexual assault of a child.

Nolan was arrested in May after the alleged victim, a former altar boy, told investigators about the assaults. The victim claims they happened over a five-year span from the ages of 12 to 17.

The Survivors' Network of Those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP, says this case is an important example of why victim of these crimes should come forward.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:43 PM

Southern Baptist officials knew of sexual abuse allegations 11 years before leader’s arrest

FORT WORTH (TX)
The State

July 13, 2018

By Sarah Smith

The missionary arm of the Southern Baptist Convention knew about allegations against Southern Baptist leader Mark Aderholt more than 10 years before he was arrested July 3 on charges that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl, according to police records, emails and an internal investigation from the organization.

In 2007, the International Mission Board conducted an investigation into allegations that Aderholt had a sexual relationship with the girl while he was a 25-year-old student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. At the time of the investigation, Aderholt was one of the more prolific missionaries with the Mission Board, which has sent Southern Baptists around the globe for more than a century.

The International Mission Board did not report the allegations to authorities.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:41 PM

Recap as trial of former priest Terence Grigg accused of abusing five boys begins

HULL (UNITED KINGDOM)
Hull Live

July 16, 2018

By Simon Bristow

Canon Terrence Grigg denies all the charges

A former Cottingham priest has been on trial today charged with historic child sex offences.

Canon Terrence Grigg, 84, is charged with a range of offences against five boys, which are alleged to have taken place between 1983 and 1996. Mr Grigg, of Grove Street, Malton, North Yorkshire, denies all the charges.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:39 PM

Nuns, Priests Write To Vatican Over Alleged Rape Of Nun By Kerala Bishop

KOCHI (INDIA)
Press Trust of India/NDTV

July 13, 2018

The Nun has charged Kerela's Bishop Mulakkal with rape and unnatural sex multiple times at a small town near Kottayam between 2014 and 2016.

A section of nuns, priests and laity of the Roman Catholic Church has written to the Vatican over the alleged rape of a nun in Kerala by a bishop, urging it "to do what is right" to provide justice to the women in the church.
The letters were written to Giambattista Diquttro, Apostolic Nuncio to India and the Catholic Bishops Conference of India Cardinal Oswald Gracias.

The church authorities were requested to "advise" Pope Francis to "relieve" Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal "of his pastoral responsibilities so that the church is seen to actually practice the zero tolerance it professes to observe in abuse cases."

Saying that they were concerned about the integrity of the Indian church, the letters stated that people's faith in the credibility of the church to implement its policy of zero tolerance in abuse matters would continue to erode if the accused bishop remain in his position at Jalandhar diocese.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:37 PM

2 Kerala Priests Accused Of Rape Seek Shield Against Arrest In Top Court

NEW DELHI (INDIA)
NDTV

July 16, 2018

By A Vaidyanathan, Edited by Nidhi Sethi

Two of the accused priests were arrested after the High Court rejected the bail applications of three of them last week

After two of the four Kerala priests accused of raping and blackmailing a woman were arrested, the remaining two have approached the Supreme Court seeking protection from arrest. The top court has agreed to hear their pleas tomorrow.

Father Sony (Abraham) Varghese had filed his plea on Saturday, while Father Jaice K George submitted his anticipatory bail application today, their lawyers said. Johnson P Mathew, a counsellor, and Father Job Mathew were arrested after the High Court rejected the bail applications of three of the accused priests last week.

A 34-year-old woman has accused the four priests, based at the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in Kottayam, of using her confidential confessions to force her into having sex with them. The cycle of blackmail and sexual abuse continued for several years, her husband alleged.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:35 PM

Ex-chancellor’s arrest spotlights big picture in Chile abuse crisis

CHILE
Crux

July 15, 2018

By John L. Allen Jr.

Already the most serious clerical sexual abuse crisis since the United States in 2002-2003 and Ireland in 2009-2010, the unfolding situation in Chile took another turn this week when the former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago, the national capital, was arrested on seven counts of abuse and rape between 2002 and 2018, involving minors between 11 and 17, five of whom reportedly were his own nephews.

The arrest was accompanied by a police raid of archdiocesan offices, which reportedly produced evidence that Church officials were aware of the accusations but did not report them to civil authorities.

What makes the situation especially ironic is that Father Óscar Muñoz Toledo had been the archdiocesan official charged with receiving the testimony of abuse victims who wanted to make a complaint to the Church. Earlier this year, Muñoz reported himself for one count of abuse.

One of the victims who had appeared before Muñoz to tell his story, Chilean philosopher José Andrés Murillo, spoke to a local newspaper on Saturday.

“We are studying what legal actions to follow, because this seems very serious,” Murillo said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:33 PM

In Minnesota, Catholic Charities sues near-bankrupt diocese

ST. CLOUD (MN)
Catholic News Agency

July 12, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

The fate of a children’s home is the subject of a lawsuit against the Diocese of St. Cloud in Minnesota by the diocese’s Catholic Charities affiliate, which fears the diocese’s planned bankruptcy could disrupt services at the facility.

“We continue to support the mission of Catholic Charities, and we know they continue to support the mission and ministries of the diocese,” Joseph Towalski, director of the Office of Communications at the Diocese of St. Cloud, told CNA July 11. “We believe the complaint will be properly resolved through the judicial process.”

Towalski said the complaint is under review by legal counsel and the diocese would not comment on it at this time.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:32 PM

Malankara church sex abuse case:: Supreme Court to hear anticipatory bail plea of priest tomorrow

NEW DELHI (INDIA)
The New Indian Express

July 16, 2018

By PTI

Father Varghese and three other priests belonging to the same Church were accused of sexually assaulting a woman on many occasions.

The Supreme Court will hear tomorrow the anticipatory bail plea of Father Soni Abraham Varghese in connection with the sex scandal case involving four clergymen attached to the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in Kerala.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud agreed to hear the plea of the priest after he sought urgent hearing as he fears arrest in the case.

The crime branch had on July 2 registered a case against Father Varghese and three other priests on the basis of statements given by a woman belonging to the same Church accusing them of sexually assaulting her on many occasions.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:30 PM

'I was raped, threatened': Kerala nun who accused bishop tells Missionaries of Jesus

KERALA (INDIA)
The News Minute

July 14, 2018

The nun had said in the police complaint that the bishop, Franco Mulakkal, had sexually abused her since 2014.

In yet another twist in the case in which a nun was allegedly raped by a Catholic bishop, Fr Franco Mulakkal, a letter written by the survivor to the Missionaries of Jesus has surfaced. In the letter written to the Roman Catholic religious order for women, the survivor has accused the priest of raping and threatening her.

According to reports, she has also alleged that even though she had written to the Mother General about the incident, no action was taken and that this is why she had written the letter.

“The Mother General of the convent has instead supported the bishop. The rights and dignity of nuns should be ensured in convents; many have left when they lost both. The situation has become such that only those who please the bishop and the Mother General can continue in the convent. Others are treated poorly,” the letter says.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:07 PM

Clergy abuse survivors finding their voices, and each other

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

July 15, 2018

By Peter Smith

Jim VanSickle recalls the “long walk” into the room where members the 40th statewide grand jury waited to hear him.

“I was nervous, I was sweating, thinking, ‘Lord, give me the words that I need,’” recalled Mr. VanSickle, 55, of Coraopolis.

He sensed an assurance from that Lord, in whom he has retained faith in spite of the betrayals he felt from its purported ministers: “Just be true to yourself and your story.”

So he told his story. He testified how his trusted priest and high school English teacher mounted a humiliating, life-altering assault on his teenage body and innocence.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:15 PM

Private-school teacher jailed for 17 years for raping student

ENGLAND
The Sun

July 14, 2018

By Paul Sims

A teacher at a top private school was yesterday jailed for 17 years for raping a pupil he had groomed.

James Husband, now 68, told the 16-year-old girl: “It’s OK, I’ve had a vasectomy.”

His victim had been earmarked for a place at Cambridge University but failed to get the grades due to a three-year cycle of sexual abuse, a court heard.

Husband, who taught history at Christ’s Hospital School, West Sussex, was convicted of rape and five sexual assault counts on the girl last week.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 12:13 PM

St. Paul’s extends victim services offer to former summer program students

CONCORD (NH)
Concord Monitor

July 14, 2018

By Alyssa Dandrea

St. Paul’s School has extended its new victim compensation and therapy programs to New Hampshire high schoolers who were sexually abused while participating in a prestigious summer program held annually on the Concord campus.

The prep school recently followed the lead of other private schools in providing financial assistance for mental health services to former students abused over decades by faculty and staff entrusted with their care. On the heels of the announcement to alumni, St. Paul’s leaders also emailed past students of the Advanced Studies Program to inform them of their eligibility to receive victim services, too.

St. Paul’s has long offered the month-long summer program to students between their junior and senior years. High-achieving high school students throughout the state have the chance to spend part of the summer living and studying on campus, where current St. Paul’s faculty and staff, as well as public high school and college professors, teach.

This summer, 240 students are taking courses taught by 25 teachers, five of whom work for the school.

As civil lawsuits against St. Paul’s mounted this spring, one former student of the Advanced Studies Program contacted a Manchester-based attorney to seek compensation for abuse he suffered in 1967. Attorney Peter Hutchins, known for his work representing hundreds of victims of clerical sexual abuse, said he met for the first time with the victim Monday, and filed a claim with two separate law firms who have worked for St. Paul’s, including Boston-based Casner & Edwards.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 9:29 AM

He Preyed on Men Who Wanted to Be Priests. Then He Became a Cardinal.

NEW YORK (NY)
The New York Times

July 16, 2018

By Laurie Goodstein and Sharon Otterman

As a young man studying to be a priest in the 1980s, Robert Ciolek was flattered when his brilliant, charismatic bishop in Metuchen, N.J., Theodore E. McCarrick, told him he was a shining star, cut out to study in Rome and rise high in the church.

Bishop McCarrick began inviting him on overnight trips, sometimes alone and sometimes with other young men training to be priests. There, the bishop would often assign Mr. Ciolek to share his room, which had only one bed. The two men would sometimes say night prayers together, before Bishop McCarrick would make a request — “come over here and rub my shoulders a little”— that extended into unwanted touching in bed.

Mr. Ciolek, who was in his early 20s at the time, said he felt unable to say no, in part because he had been sexually abused by a teacher in his Catholic high school, a trauma he had shared with the bishop.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 9:27 AM

Chris Hardwick Replaced on ‘Talking Dead’ by Yvette Nicole Brown Amid Sexual Abuse Accusations

UNITED STATES
IndieWire

July 14, 2018

By Michael Nordine

She's been a regular guest on the show since 2012.

As it continues its “assessment” of Chris Hardwick, who was accused of sexual abuse by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra, AMC has announced that Yvette Nicole Brown will now become interim guest host of both “Talking Dead” and a preview special of “The Walking Dead” season nine. Brown has been a regular guest on “Talking Dead” since 2012 and starred on “Community” from 2009–15.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 9:24 AM

Ousted U.S. Cardinal Left a Trail of Abused Recruits

NEW YORK (NY)
The New York Times

July 15, 2018

By Laurie Goodstein and Sharon Otterman

As a young man studying to be a priest in the 1980s, Robert Ciolek was flattered when his brilliant, charismatic bishop in Metuchen, New Jersey, Theodore E. McCarrick, told him he was a shining star, cut out to study in Rome and rise high in the church.

McCarrick began inviting him on overnight trips, sometimes alone and sometimes with other young men training to be priests. There, the bishop would often assign Ciolek to share his room, which had only one bed. The two men would sometimes say night prayers together, before McCarrick would make a request — “come over here and rub my shoulders a little” — that extended into unwanted touching in bed.

Ciolek, who was in his early 20s at the time, said he felt unable to say no, in part because he had been sexually abused by a teacher in his Catholic high school, a trauma he had shared with the bishop.

“I trusted him, I confided in him, I admired him,” Ciolek said in an interview this month, the first time he has spoken publicly about the abuse, which lasted for several years while Ciolek was a seminarian and later a priest. “I couldn’t imagine that he would have anything other than my best interests in mind.”

McCarrick went on to climb the ranks of the Roman Catholic hierarchy — from head of the small Diocese of Metuchen to archbishop of Newark and then archbishop of Washington, where he was made a cardinal. He remained into his 80s one of the most recognized American cardinals on the global stage, a Washington power broker who participated in funeral masses for political luminaries like Edward M. Kennedy, the longtime Massachusetts senator, and Beau Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Suddenly, last month, McCarrick was removed from ministry, after the Archdiocese of New York deemed credible an accusation that he had molested a 16-year-old altar boy nearly 50 years ago.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 9:23 AM

July 15, 2018

Celebration of Kathy Shaw's Life

WORCESTER (MA)
BishopAccountability.org

All are invited to a celebration of Kathy Shaw's life

When

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where

Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor
838 Main Street
Worcester MA 01610

Kathy's Story

Our wonderful friend and colleague Kathy Shaw died on Sunday, June 24, 2018 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.

• See Kathy's obituaries in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, an appreciation by Bill Mitchell in the National Catholic Reporter, and a column by Clive MacFarland in Kathy's paper, the Telegram & Gazette.

• Please view a brief video about Kathy.

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

Donations In Kathy's Memory

The family asks that donations in memory of Kathy be made to BishopAccountability.org, which will continue to host Abuse Tracker and preserve Kathy's legacy. Please visit BishopAccountability.org's donations page to donate online or via snail mail.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:07 AM

Australia's bishops are under increasing pressure to make child abuse reports public after nuns, brothers and friars "favour" release

NEWCASTLE (NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA)
The Herald

July 12, 2018

By Joanne McCarthy

Australian orders of nuns and brothers have broken from Catholic bishops and called for public release of church-commissioned reports responding to the child abuse royal commission.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference will hold an extraordinary meeting in early August to discuss its next move after Catholic Religious Australia, representing 150 orders and a partner with the ACBC in commissioning the Truth Justice and Healing Council reports, said members were “in favour of releasing” them.

The CRA was talking with the ACBC “in relation to how to do this”, a spokesperson said, after the orders met in late June for their first chance to discuss the 1000-page, four volume TJHC reports which were presented to bishops in March.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:02 AM

Stalin at the Movies

NEW YORK CITY (NY)
National Review

July 15, 2018

By Kevin D. Williamson

Toward the end of The Death of Stalin, two Communist Party bosses size up Joseph Stalin’s immediate successor, Georgy Malenkov. “Can we trust him?” one asks.

“Can you ever really trust a weak man?” his comrade answers.

Good question.

Last week brought the news that the head of Shambhala International, the largest Buddhist organization in the West (his title, sakyong, translates as “king,” approximately), has been dethroned after confessing to a number of sexual relationships with his followers, some of whom have come forward to accuse him of misbehavior ranging from drunken groping to sexual extortion. He is not the only fallen Buddhist leader, and Shambhala is not the only Buddhist organization that has been obliged to come to terms with allegations of sexual abuse.

The Catholic Church has had its turn in that barrel with its ongoing sexual-abuse scandals, which in many cases were made even more destructive by the efforts of Church authorities to keep things quiet — which is part of the nature of scandals. The Catholic practice of clerical celibacy is an obsession of the kulturkampf Left, and at the height of the revelations of clerical abuse it was common for critics (many of them quite ignorant of Catholic thinking and Catholic practice) to blame celibacy for all that priestly misconduct, the argument being that men denied ordinary sexual outlets will seek out extraordinary ones. But similar scandals have cropped up in Christian communities that do not practice clerical celibacy, in Jewish congregations, in Muslim communities, and in the Buddhist world, too.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:56 AM

Catholic priest faces more historical child sex charges

PERTH (AUSTRALIA)
Perth Now

July 13, 2018

A former Catholic priest is facing more charges of child sexual abuse, relating to incidents dating back to the 1970s.

In April, the 83-year-old man from Subiaco was charged with physically and sexually assaulting seven boys and girls aged between six and 12-years-old while he was the priest at a Catholic church in Shenton Park.

The incidents allegedly occurred between 1979 and 1992.

Police have added three further charges of indecent assault relating to a girl who was seven-years-old at the time of the first offence.

These incidents allegedly occurred during 1970 when the man was a priest at a Catholic church in Carlisle.

The man was due to appear in court on Friday.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:54 AM

New Orleans police open criminal investigation into defrocked deacon George Brignac

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The New Orleans Advocate

July 13, 2018

By Jim Mustian

The New Orleans Police Department has opened a criminal inquiry into George F. Brignac, a former Catholic deacon accused of raping an 8-year-old altar boy nearly four decades ago.

The alleged victim, now 46 and living in St. Tammany Parish, recently received a settlement of more than $500,000 from the Archdiocese of New Orleans after church officials determined his sexual assault claim was "credible."

The man met with NOPD sex crimes detectives Thursday and provided a detailed statement, according to his attorney, Roger Stetter.

"They reached out to me," Stetter said of the detectives. "They said that this was a first-degree rape case because the victim was under 10 years old. I think they're going to proceed full speed ahead."

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:49 AM

Letters urge Catholic officials to remove Indian bishop accused of rape

DENVER (CO)
Catholic News Service via Crux

July 14, 2018

Letters urge Catholic officials to remove Indian bishop accused of rape

New Delhi, India - Catholic and other leaders have urged that a bishop accused of raping an Indian Catholic nun be removed from his position.

Ucanews.com reported that in a July 12 letter to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, and another of the same date to Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro, apostolic nuncio to India, 168 people asked for action against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar.

The unidentified nun, a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, complained to police June 29 of being raped in May 2014 and then sexually abused multiple times over the following two years by Mulakkal, ucanews.com reported. The bishop is patron of the congregation.

The letter asked Diquattro to “advise Pope Francis to relieve the bishop concerned of his pastoral responsibilities so that the Church is seen to actually practice the zero tolerance it professes to observe in abuse cases.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:46 AM

Kerala sex scandal: Absconding priest charged with sexual abuse appeals to Supreme Court for relief from arrest

NEW DELHI / THIRUVALLA (INDIA)
FIRSTPOST / India Indo-Asian News Service

July 15, 2018

One of the two Malankara Orthodox Church priests, who are on the run facing charges of sexual abuse of a parishioner, approached the Supreme Court on Saturday seeking relief from arrest, while the other will do so on Monday, said an official.

Speaking to IANS, a key investigating officer seeking anonymity said Father Sony (Abraham) Varghese on Saturday filed his petition in the apex court, which will be heard on Monday, while another accused, Father Jaice K George — currently posted in Delhi — will file a petition on Monday.

The officer said: "We have got information that one of the accused has already approached the apex court and the other will do it on Monday. We are keenly watching the people harbouring these two priests. Such people will definitely run into trouble."

On Friday, the Crime Branch police probing the case arrested Father Johnson V. Mathew from a house near Thiruvalla. Both him and another priest Father Job Mathew, who was arrested on Thursday, have been remanded to judicial custody. "We have gathered crucial evidence with regard to the crime that the two arrested priests have committed. These will definitely help us shape up the case," the officer added.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:40 AM

A Crisis Management Guru Bungles a Crisis

NEW YORK CITY (NY)
New York Times

July 14, 2018

By David Segal

London - When Sir Alan Parker was appointed chairman of Save the Children U.K. in 2008, he must have seemed like the perfect choice. As the founder and head of Brunswick Group, one of the most successful corporate public relations firms in the world, he had connections with chief executives, celebrities and media moguls as well as politicians on both sides of the political divide. Charming and boyishly effusive, he earned millions leading a business that now has 1,000 employees in 14 countries, all of them shaping narratives for companies in the public eye.

But there was one story this consummate spin doctor could not control — his own. In March, BBC Radio 4 reported that Mr. Parker and the charity had bungled sexual harassment and bullying complaints leveled a few years ago by three female employees against two of the charity’s top managers.

A much-publicized petition was soon circulating, signed by 200 current and former Save the Children staff members, urging Mr. Parker to step down. A three-year-old sexual harassment matter quickly spiraled into a fiasco, one that raised very public questions about Mr. Parker’s tenure at a respected institution. In April, the British government’s Charities Commission officially opened an inquiry into Save the Children U.K., one likely to hang over both Mr. Parker and the organization for months. Roughly a week after the inquiry was announced, Mr. Parker resigned.

“It is my view that a change is needed,” he said in a public statement.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:27 AM

On Duterte's sexual abuse and the washing of the feet

PASIG (PHILIPPINES)
Rappler

July 15, 2018

By Jeremy Simons

Washing his feet will symbolically send a powerful image of subservience rather than prophetic witness, and will be used to coopt your credibility and cause confusion and division within the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches

Editor's Note: The author originally wrote this on Facebook as an open letter to the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC). Rappler is republishing this with the author's permission.

I recently saw a report that PCEC leaders will meet with President Duterte and have offered to wash his feet as an act of humility and healing for the abuse he suffered under a Roman Catholic priest.

Whether this is true or not, it raises important questions that need to be aired. While acts of contrition and solidarity are noble and good, it is the wrong time involving the wrong people for such an effort. The issue of church responsibility for sexual abuse is being used by Duterte to divert attention from his own violence – the killings and his verbal attacks on women and Christianity, mismanagement of the economy, corruption, and more.

Engaging the issue of Duterte's childhood sexual abuse in this context incorrectly shifts the focus away from the justified outrage that people have over Duterte's recent words and actions. Now is the time to channel that outrage into action that will bring Duterte to account for his own foolish and reckless behavior. Washing his feet will symbolically send a powerful image of subservience rather than prophetic witness, and will be used to coopt your credibility and cause confusion and division within the PCEC.

There is nothing worse than helping someone avoid the consequences that their actions deserve, and the outrage that has erupted is a necessary part of that corrective process of accountability in the Philippines. The reign of violence and injustice that has mutated under the Duterte regime is only made possible because the Filipino people and key sectors of Philippine society continue to consent and give their support to that regime. To divert Filipinos' righteous anger into an untimely act of reconciliation is to enable impunity rather than advocate for healing, justice, and transformation.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:14 AM

Chile: Investigators Pursue Sexual Abuse Cases in Rectory Raids

CARACAS (VENEZUELA)
teleSUR

July 14, 2018

Santiago, Chile - Police are also looking into the possibility of accomplices, along with a pedophile network involving as many as 14 priests.

Police raids revealed boxes of papers detailing investigations led by the Catholic church against five priests suspected of sexual abuse.

Investigations into alleged sexual abusers within the Chilean episcopacy are escalating after police raids in Temuco and Villarrica led to the confiscation of dozens of documents believed to be connected to additional abuse cases.

Prosecutor Italo Ortega led the raids – which began first in Temuco and then Villarrica – revealed boxes of papers detailing investigations led by the Catholic church against five priests suspected of child molestation and sexual abuse.

"As there was no voluntary delivery then we requested the authorization that corresponds to the Court of Guarantee, we made the presentation of the background and the Court ruled that the seizure proceed," said the prosecutor of Temuco, Roberto Garrido.

Elsewhere in Santiago, former Chilean Priest Oscar Muñoz is being held in preventive detention, accused of sexual abuse and the rape of at least seven minors between the ages of 11 and 17. Muñoz was arrested in Santiago, Thursday and was transferred to Rancagua.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:06 AM

History has caught up with Matt Flynn

MADISON (WI)
The Cap Times

July 14, 2018

By Peter Isely and Sarah Pearson

[See the letter by Bishop Richard J. Sklba quoted in this column.]

Surely, if there is one axiom for public office and public service it is this: It's not OK to be involved in covering up child sex crimes.

In defiance of this simple truth, Matt Flynn, Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin, has repeated and ramped up his defense of his work for 15 years while chief lawyer for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from 1989-2004. Since early May, survivors of clergy sexual abuse, progressive women’s organizations, The Capital Times and Wisconsin Gazette editorial boards, two leading Democratic legislators and others have called on Flynn to withdraw from the race.

Here is why.

Ten-thousand pages of court-ordered released priest abuse files counter every public statement Flynn has made about his work and role. They show, beyond doubt, that he participated in reassigning sex offenders, secretly paid off child molesters through his law firm, actively intimidated survivors, ensured sex offenders were not reported to law enforcement and successfully argued for laws prohibiting survivors from suing the church.

Flynn has accused both the Republican and Democratic Party “elite” of engineering a well-crafted campaign against him. But the indictment against Flynn originates from only one source: the senior management of the archdiocese. The files show a secretive, tight, loyal inner circle engineering the operation. They had a lawyer on their team: Matt Flynn. He was not a befuddled and clueless outside counsel. He was an inside man: giving continual direction, sometimes orders, innovating and strategizing plans, devising means of public misdirection, attacking anyone who threatened to interrupt or reveal the cover up.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:55 AM

July 14, 2018

Celebration of Kathy Shaw's Life

WORCESTER (MA)
BishopAccountability.org

All are invited to a celebration of Kathy Shaw's life

When

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where

Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor
838 Main Street
Worcester MA 01610

Kathy's Story

Our wonderful friend and colleague Kathy Shaw died on Sunday, June 24, 2018 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.

• See Kathy's obituaries in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, an appreciation by Bill Mitchell in the National Catholic Reporter, and a column by Clive MacFarland in Kathy's paper, the Telegram & Gazette.

• Please view a brief video about Kathy.

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

Donations In Kathy's Memory

The family asks that donations in memory of Kathy be made to BishopAccountability.org, which will continue to host Abuse Tracker and preserve Kathy's legacy. Please visit BishopAccountability.org's donations page to donate online or via snail mail.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:54 AM

Priests, church officials named in grand jury report on sexual abuse make case for edits

MECHANICSVILLE (PA)
PennLive

July 13, 2018

By Charles Thompson

Lawyers for at least 12 persons named in a forthcoming grand jury report on historic patterns of sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses have asked the state Supreme Court to give them an unprecedented chance to edit the report before its release.

In a common brief for all petitioners released in redacted form Friday afternoon, the attorneys said there are demonstrable errors of fact and interpretation in the report that, if left uncorrected, will deprive their clients of a state constitutional right to defend their reputation.

The lawyers are asking the court to send the report back to the grand jury's supervising judge for, at minimum, a series of evidentiary hearings where the unnamed petitioners can present their cases.

That would be followed, where necessary, by redactions or corrections before the full report is released to the public.

Ordinarily, persons referred to critically in grand jury reports in Pennsylvania are given a chance to review those portions of the report that deal directly with them, and file a written response.

Those responses are released as an addendum to the report.

The petitioners in this case, however, have argued that the subject of matter of child sexual abuse is so horrific, that getting the opportunity to vent after the fact is meaningless.

Especially, they assert, when there are clear errors in the portions of the report that they have seen that can be relatively easily fixed.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:52 AM

Charlie Specht on what it's like to cover the Buffalo priest abuse scandal as a Catholic

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

By Charlie Specht

July 14, 2018

Lifelong Catholic describes the personal toll

I had to break the news. But first I needed to make the call.

Seventy years of secrets were about to spill out in March when the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo finally relented, sending our newsroom a list of 42 priests believed to have committed the ultimate betrayal -- the sexual abuse of a child.

I needed to go on TV and tell our viewers what it meant.

But first I needed to call my Mom.

She needed to hear it from me that Father Basil Ormsby, the priest who had witnessed my parents’ wedding and who played such a huge role in her family’s life, would forever be known as a pedophile.

My Nana was Father Ormsby’s parish secretary. She was a convert to Catholicism but she loved her faith and instilled it in her children. My parents passed it along to my brothers and it’s been the foundation of our lives.

I attended Catholic grade school, became an altar boy. I grew close with the Franciscan Friars at St. Bonaventure University and was married in the church. My daughter goes to Catholic school and loves attending Mass. I beam with pride when my wife, a lector, stands on the altar and reads the word of God.

Like many Catholics, the scandal in the Diocese of Buffalo has shaken me to the core. But I’ve had the opportunity -- some would say the misfortune -- of seeing the ugliness up close. Some of it is too graphic to put on TV.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:49 AM

Allentown Diocese mailing letter on grand jury sex abuse investigation to parishioners

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Morning Call

July 13, 2018

By Tim Darragh

The Allentown Diocese is mailing more than 80,000 Catholic households an update of its view on the state grand jury report that is looking into the sexual abuse of children by priests and a reiteration of its zero-tolerance policy.

The diocese sent the letter from Bishop Alfred Schlert to the news media Friday.

“The bishop thought it was important to communicate to the people of the diocese during this time when the grand jury report was expected,” said diocesan spokesman Matt Kerr.

In the letter, Schlert says he wants the report reviewing decades of sexual abuse in six dioceses — including Allentown — released as soon as possible.

A grand jury spent two years hearing testimony about abuse by priests and efforts to cover it up in the Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburth and Scranton dioceses. The report it generated is now being held up by a state Supreme Court order, after some unidentified priests argued it violates their due process rights.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:45 AM

A Letter from Bishop Schlert on the Grand Jury Report

ALLENTOWN (PA)
Diocese of Allentown Website

July 13, 2018

By Bishop Alfred A. Schlert

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As you know, there is a Statewide Grand Jury Report on clergy sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, including the Diocese of Allentown. The release of that Report has been held up because of legal challenges. No one knows how long the Report will be delayed, so I am writing today to provide you with some information on this important issue.

I would like you to know that the Diocese of Allentown has cooperated with the Grand Jury and the Attorney General, and has done absolutely nothing to delay or block the Report, or to support anyone who is trying to do so.

In fact, my sincere wish is that the Report is released as soon as possible. The information it contains will be difficult to hear. However, this information does need to be heard, and it needs to be used by all of us to accomplish our shared goal: the elimination of child abuse in the Church and wherever it occurs in society.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:42 AM

Top Chilean Priest Arrested for Sexually Abusing 7 Children

VIRGINIA BEACH (VA)
CBN News

July 13, 2018

By George Thomas

Months after it was revealed that Chile's Roman Catholic church was embroiled in a culture of abuse and coverups spanning decades, authorities have arrested a top priest for sexually abusing minors.

Oscar Munoz Toledo, once a prominient member of Santiago's archdiocese, was taken into custody Thursday.

"The crimes he is accused of are of repeated sexual abuse and one case of a consenting relationship with an older minor," Chilean prosecutor Emiliano Arias told reporters.

Toledo is among 14 other suspected priests accused of sexually abusing children. Police have charged Munoz with the abuse and statutory rape of seven minors.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:40 AM

One more Kerala church priest held in sexual abuse case

MUMBAI (INDIA)
Times of India

July 14, 2018

Kottayam - Fr Johnson V Mathew, a priest of Malankara Orthodox church accused in the rape and sexual abuse of a married woman belonging to the fold, was arrested by a crime branch team on Friday. Fr Johnson, a Kozhencherry native and third accused in the case, was arrested from his residence at 2pm. On Thursday, Fr Job Mathew, second accused in the case, had turned himself in to the police in Kollam.

Fr Johnson was questioned for around three hours. The accused was presented before Thiruvalla magistrate and was remanded for 14 days in judicial custody. Fr Johnson faces charges under Section 354 of IPC (molestation). Unlike the other three accused priests who were slapped with Sections 376 (rape) also along with 354, Fr Johnson who belongs to the Thumpamon diocese of the Orthodox church has not been charged with rape.

The accused told the probe team that though he knew the woman he had not sexually abused her. The priest and the victim had studied in the same college during the same period. The woman had shared her trauma of being sexually abused by the other priests using her confession as tool for blackmail. The victim had given a statement that it was after this that Fr Johnson had started sending her lewd messages. The Kerala HC was set to pronounce its verdict on the bail plea filed by Fr Johnson on Friday.

The remaining two accused Fr Abraham Varghese (Sony) and Fr Jaise K George are still at large. The probe team searched the house of Fr Abraham in Pathanamthitta district on Friday. The anticipatory bail plea of both these priests were rejected by the high court on Wednesday. The absconding priests are reportedly planning to approach the Supreme Court seeking anticipatory bail. Fr Jaise is suspected to be in Delhi and the probe team will be leaving for Delhi if he doesn’t surrender in two days.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:26 AM

Ex-chancellor of Santiago archdiocese arrested on abuse charges

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service via National Catholic Reporter

July 13, 2018

By Junno Arocho Esteves

As the Catholic Church in Chile continues to reel from allegations of clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, police arrested the former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago on accusations he sexually abused minors.

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Chilean prosecutor Emiliano Arias told journalists that authorities arrested Fr. Oscar Munoz Toledo, the former chancellor, July 12 following allegations that he abused seven minors in Santiago and Rancagua since 2002.

In late May, news first broke that Munoz was suspended after he reported himself to church authorities for abuse. The suspension occurred Jan. 2, a little over a week before Pope Francis visited the country.

Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of abuse, expressed shock and outrage at the revelation, given the fact that he had reported the abuse he suffered to the former chancellor.

"The insolence -- to put it mildly -- is astonishing. [Munoz] was the one who took our statements, and nothing happened," Cruz tweeted May 24.

In a statement released the day of the arrest, the Archdiocese of Santiago also confirmed that Arias, accompanied by police, conducted a second search and seizure operation in connection with the charges against Munoz as well as several other pending investigations.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:23 AM

July 13, 2018

Allentown Diocese mailing letter on grand jury sex abuse investigation to parishioners

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Morning Call

July 13, 2018

By Tim Darragh

The Allentown Diocese is mailing more than 80,000 Catholic households an update of its view on the state grand jury report that is looking into the sexual abuse of children by priests and a reiteration of its zero-tolerance policy.

The diocese sent the letter from Bishop Alfred Schlert to the news media Friday.

“The bishop thought it was important to communicate to the people of the diocese during this time when the grand jury report was expected,” said diocesan spokesman Matt Kerr.

In the letter, Schlert says he wants the report reviewing decades of sexual abuse in six dioceses — including Allentown — released as soon as possible.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:12 PM

Survivors Now Have More Time to Sue for Clergy Sex Abuse

HONOLULU (HAWAII)
Hawaii Public Radio

July 12, 2018

By Ku`Uwehi Hiraishi

A new law in Hawaiʻi now gives survivors of child sexual abuse more time to file claims against their abuser. Reforms to the state’s statute of limitations have been key in exposing the extent of child sexual abuse at various institutions, most notably the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.

Nearly 60 priests associated with Hawaiʻi’s Roman Catholic Church have been accused of child sexual abuse. That’s according to a recent report by attorneys of abuse victims.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 4:10 PM

Woman alleges nun used crucifix to abuse her in Snyder convent

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

July 12, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

A Grand Island woman on Thursday accused a nun of sexually abusing her with a crucifix more than 60 years ago at a convent in Snyder.

J. Carroll Becker said the nun used the crucifix as punishment after Becker wet her pants at a classroom desk in 1955, when she was five years old.

"She told me it would cure me of defiling God's property," Becker said.

Becker, 68, told the story of the alleged abuse at a news conference on the sidewalk outside Christ the King School on Main Street in Snyder. She was accompanied by Robert Hoatson and James Faluszczak, former priests who now advocate on behalf of victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:56 PM

'He took from me my childhood': 'Senior of the Year' jailed for child rape

AUSTRALIA
Australian Associated Press

July 13, 2018

The dark past of a man, thought to be a model citizen, has caught up to the 65-year-old and landed him a jail sentence for six child sex offences committed in the late 1980s.

For the past 25 years, Gordon Lloyd Adams had appeared to be a pillar of his Queensland community.

A Gympie Salvation Army volunteer, he was also a supporter of the local rural fire service. Adams was even once the town’s nominee for Australian Senior Citizen of the Year.

But it was revealed in Brisbane District Court on Friday, that he was far from a model citizen, when he was sentenced to six-and-a-half years behind bars.

Adams pleaded guilty in May to the offences committed in Deception Bay, including the rape of a nine-year-old girl, after the victim came forward in 2016.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:54 PM

Torn Between Faith and Profession

ANCHORAGE (AK)
Anchorage Press

July 12, 2018

By Dennis Anderson

I’m a cradle Catholic. I typically avoid movies concerning the church. Hollywood doesn’t always portray Catholics and our faith in the best of lights. When the movie ‘Spotlight’ was released, I had zero interest in watching the film. ‘Spotlight’ tells the story behind the Boston Globe’s investigative journalism team’s efforts to uncover the widespread of child sex abuse by priests in the Boston area. Subsequently, they uncovered that the church not only knew about these priests, but made unbelievable efforts to conceal the epidemic.

All told, there were over 90 priests confirmed to have been involved. The Globe’s investigation revealed that the church, lawyers and some of the faithful went to great links to keep the accusations quiet. The team also exposed the fact that psychologists working with the church believed that these priests could be rehabilitated. Some were declared cured and sent back into parishes only to abuse again. One such priest was John J. Geoghan, and since the mid-1990’s, more than 130 people have come forward with horrific tales of his abuse, according to the original Boston Globe article released in January of 2002. Geoghan was the early focus of the team because the church successfully had the court documents attached to his case sealed.

Released in 2015, the movie was critically acclaimed. Those involved in the movie raked in the awards in 2016 including the Academy Award of Best Picture. I’ll typically search out movies that are this lauded. I just wouldn’t budge on this one. Another shot fired at the faithful, I reconciled in my mind. But I had no idea what the movie was about, other than a scandal that I was personally in denial about.

One evening, while searching through Netflix for something to watch, ‘Spotlight’ appeared in the recently added folder. I checked out the trailer and decided to acquiesce. The trailer had me intrigued because it portrayed that the movie was focused on the passionate efforts of the Spotlight team. So, I watched.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:47 PM

WA priest charged with child sex offences

AUSTRALIA
AAP

July 13, 2018

A former Perth priest, now 83, has been accused of further historical child sex offences after he was charged three months ago with indecently assaulting seven children.

Police charged the man again on Friday, alleging he indecently assaulted a seven-year-old girl in 1970 when he was a priest at a Carlisle church.

The same man was charged in April with a string of offences after he allegedly indecently assaulted seven boys and girls, aged between six and 12 at the time of the first offence, between 1979 and 1992 while he was a priest in Shenton Park.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:31 PM

The Project's Lisa Wilkinson and Waleed Aly clash over proposal to fine priests $10,000 for failing to report admissions of child sexual abuse made during confession

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail Australia

July 11, 2018

By Alex Michael

Lisa Wilkinson and Waleed Aly have had a tense disagreement over the Royal Commission's proposal to criminalise Catholic Church priests who fail to break the confessional seal to report admissions of child abuse.

The debate was sparked after the Victorian Government failed to introduce the recommendation on Wednesday, insisting it needed 'further consideration.'

Lisa, 58, argued the changes were necessary to provide justice for victims of abuse, while Waleed, 39, insisted the proposal presents a catch-22 for priests.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:29 PM

Church raising money for priest's legal defense

WILLIAMSTON (MI)
The Associated Press

July 11, 2018

A Lansing-area priest accused of embezzling more than $5 million from his church is trying to raise $300,000 for his defense just weeks before trial.

The Lansing State Journal says a group called Opus Bono has sent a letter on behalf of the Rev. Jonathan Wehrle. The letter says he's in "dire need."

Wehrle is charged with six counts of embezzling $100,000 or more from St. Martha Church in Okemos. He lived at a property worth more than $1 million in Williamston. Trial is scheduled for Aug. 13.

Joe Maher, Opus Bono's president, says he doesn't believe there was "criminal intent" by Wehrle. The priest's attorney claims he had an agreement with a bishop to use church funds for a home.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:28 PM

Nonprofit is fundraising to help Lansing-based priest accused of embezzling $5 million

LANSING (MI)
Michigan Radio

July 10, 2018

By Maya Goldman

Catholic non-profit Opus Bono Sacerdotii has begun fundraising for Lansing-area priest Father Jonathan Wehrle’s legal and living expenses following last year’s allegations that Wehrle embezzled over $5,000,000 from his church.

According to the accusations, Wehrle—who founded St. Martha Parish in Okemos in 1988—used church money for personal expenses from 1991 to 2017. He now faces federal embezzlement charges, as well as a separate civil suit raised by an insurer for the Catholic Diocese of Lansing.

Wehrle’s legal fees are estimated to amount to $300,000. His assets have been frozen while he awaits trial.

Opus Bono president Joe Maher knows fundraising is not the response most organizations would have to a situation like this. But since 2002, when Maher’s own priest was accused (and later acquitted) of sexual abuse, he has supported thousands of priests all around the world through their legal and personal troubles.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:27 PM

NEW ORLEANS DEACON ARRESTED FOR CHILD RAPE SERVING AS LECTOR AT MASS

METAIRIE (LA)
ChurchMilitant.com

July 10, 2018

By Anita Carey

George Brignac could face new sex abuse allegations

A Louisiana parish was up till last month still allowing a former deacon accused of multiple counts of sex abuse to serve as lector — despite the archdiocese paying out a $500,000 settlement on his behalf.

In May, the archdiocese of New Orleans paid out half a million dollars to settle an abuse claim against George Brignac, a former deacon and teacher from Holy Rosary School. Brignac was accused of grooming and raping a young boy numerous times, starting in 1979 when the victim was 8 years old.

The lawsuit was only filed this year because the victim claimed he repressed the abuse until a chance meeting with Brignac and the boy's mother in a grocery store last year.

Despite this settlement, Brignac was allowed to serve as a lector at St. Mary Magdalen in Metairie, Louisiana for "several years." Church Militant contacted the parish but was told Fr. Chris DeLerno, the pastor, was on retreat and would not be available for a week.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:25 PM

Vatican drafting guidelines on proper uses for sold churches

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

July 10, 2018

The Vatican is drafting guidelines to help Catholic dioceses find appropriate ways to decommission unneeded churches so they don't end up as discos, gymnasiums or gelato shops.

The Vatican's culture ministry is teaming up with Rome's Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University and the Italian bishops' conference to host an international conference in November on managing the sale of churches and handling of their assets. The event already has a title: "Doesn't God Dwell Here Anymore?"

Culture Minister Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi told reporters on Tuesday that many dioceses in Europe, North America and Australia have more churches than they need or can maintain, thanks to an increasingly secularized society, fewer church-going Catholics and financial constraints.

The Vatican wants to ensure the buildings maintain some of the spiritual, cultural and social value they had as consecrated places of worship, Ravasi said.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:23 PM

Marrero pastor to receive 20-year sentence for string of sex crimes

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The New Orleans Advocate

July 9, 2018

By Matt Sledge

A Marrero pastor's voice was barely audible as he pleaded guilty to a string of sex crimes in state court on Monday in exchange for a 20-year sentence.

Sherman Smith, 58, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and eight other counts before Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman. She is set to formally sentence him under the terms of his agreement with prosecutors after hearing victim-impact statements on July 17.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:20 PM

India Police Arrest Seven in Suspected Rape, Blackmail of Teenage Girl

BHUBANESWAR (INDIA)
Reuters

July 10, 2018

By Jatindra Dash

Indian police arrested seven people on Tuesday, including a school principal and a teacher, on suspicion of raping and blackmailing a teenage girl over several months, the latest case of sexual abuse of minors.

Recent incidents of sexual violence have sparked protests in several Indian cities this year, echoing mass rallies over a fatal gang rape case in 2012, and putting pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has promised action.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:19 PM

Chilean priest accused of sexually abusing minors arrested

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
The Associated Press

July 12, 2018

Authorities arrested a priest Thursday on accusations of sexually abusing minors, the latest turn in a scandal engulfing Chile's Roman Catholic Church for having covered up abuses for decades.

Oscar Munoz Toledo, a priest who was once the chancellor of Santiago's archbishopric, was arrested by police on the orders of prosecutor Emiliano Arias, who is investigating 14 other suspended priests in the southern diocese of Rancagua for allegedly participating in a network of abuse.

Munoz is accused of the abuse and statutory rape of seven minors, and Arias did not rule out that there were more victims. Munoz, who reported himself in January for a case of abuse, was scheduled to be taken to court Friday. Authorities are investigating whether he had accomplices.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:17 PM

Police arrest 1 church priest in rape case in southern India

NEW DELHI (INDIA)
The Associated Press

July 12, 2018

Police on Thursday arrested one of the four church priests accused of raping a woman over years in southern India.

The accused surrendered to the police, who arrested him after questioning, the Press Trust of India news agency said. Police also were questioning another priest in Kollam, a city in Kerala state, and looking for two other accused.

They were denied pre-arrest bail by a court on Wednesday. Justice R. Vijayaraghavan said that the evidence indicates the priests acted as predators. "They appeared to have undertaken undue advantage of the position of the complainant," the justice said.

The priests deny the accusation. There was no immediate comment by their Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.

The complainant's husband told reporters that he came to know about the abuse in February this year when he noticed a bank statement about a hotel transaction in his wife's email inbox.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:16 PM

Chilean Police Make First Arrest in Church Abuse Scandal

CHILE
Reuters

July 12, 2018

By Fabian Cambero and Aislinn Laing

Chilean police have arrested a former Roman Catholic Church official after he confessed earlier this year to sexually abusing at least five children, a state prosecutor said on Thursday.

The arrest was the first since authorities launched a major investigation this year into cases of abuse within Chile's Catholic Church, which Vatican officials accused in February of "grave negligence" and a cover-up in its handling of sex abuse allegations.

Oscar Muñoz, who served as chancellor of the archdiocese of Santiago, confessed in January to church authorities that he sexually abused at least five children, according to Prosecutor Emiliano Arias, who ordered his arrest in the capital on Thursday.

Ironically, Arias told reporters that Muñoz had been responsible for receiving allegations of abuse within the church.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:14 PM

Henry Cavill says he's scared to date post-#MeToo because he doesn't want to be called a rapist. Is he alone?

UNITED STATES
Yahoo Lifestyle

July 12, 2018

By Korin Miller

The #MeToo movement has called out and torpedoed the careers of several famous men. And now one in particular says he is scared to date because of it.

In a lengthy interview with GQ Australia, Henry Cavill opened up about how the #MeToo movement has had a direct impact on his love life. “There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman. There’s a traditional approach to that, which is nice. I think a woman should be wooed and chased, but maybe I’m old-fashioned for thinking that,” he said. But Cavill says it’s “very difficult” to pursue a woman that way “if there are certain rules in place.”

“Because then it’s like, ‘Well, I don’t want to go up and talk to her, because I’m going to be called a rapist or something,’” he continued. “So you’re like, ‘Forget it, I’m going to call an ex-girlfriend instead and then just go back to a relationship, which never really worked.’ But it’s way safer than casting myself into the fires of hell, because I’m someone in the public eye, and if I go and flirt with someone, then who knows what’s going to happen?”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:13 PM

Boston Globe Ends Investigation into Harassment Allegations Against Top Editor

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Magazine

July 12, 2018

By Lisa Weidenfeld

An outside investigator looked into interactions between former Boston.com staffer Hilary Sargent and the Globe's top editor Brian McGrory.

The Boston Globe has concluded its investigation into top editor Brian McGrory’s interactions with former Boston.com staffer Hilary Sargent. According to an email to staffers that was leaked to media analyst Dan Kennedy, although an outside investigator found “a series of exchanges and interactions between Mr. McGrory and Ms. Sargent that were of a personal nature, the investigator found that they were initiated by and reciprocated by both parties, and did not violate our anti-harassment policy.”

Sargent had originally implied in a series of tweets back in May that McGrory had behaved inappropriately towards her, sharing a screencap of a text conversation wherein someone (allegedly McGrory) responds to a question asking for writing advice with a question about what the writer is wearing.

The Globe’s response was swift—it took Sargent to court requesting an injunction to compel her to cooperate with their investigation into the timing of the texts. The Globe then dropped its efforts after Sargent “admitted that she does ‘not recall’ when the messages were sent and it is ‘more likely’ that they were sent after she worked at the Globe,” per their statement.

The email sent to staff today reportedly came from Claudia Henderson, the Globe’s chief human resources officer, and Dan Krockmalnic, the Globe’s general counsel, and can be read in full at Kennedy’s site.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 3:11 PM

Rev. Donald J. Cooper – Assignment History

ERIE (PA)
Bishopaccountability.org

Summary of Case: Donald J. Cooper was ordained for the Diocese of Erie in 1963. He taught his first year at Bradford Christian High School while residing in a Bradford parish, then assisted in Titusville and Erie parishes until 1975, when he was named pastor of St. Charles' in New Bethlehem. In 1984 he was assigned as Administrator to Mt. Calvary in Erie, followed in 1987 by a leave of absence. During 1988-1989 Cooper was an assistant priest at a parish in Dubois, after which was the lone priest until 2002 in Force Elk, followed by the same role simultaneously in Houtzdale and Ramey parishes. Cooper was a member of several diocesan committees and the Presbyteral Council, as well as the board of directors for Christ the King Manor in Dubois. There is a gap in his assignment record 2005-2006. His status was 'retired' thereafter until his death in December 2011.

Cooper's name was included on the Erie diocese's list released April 6, 2018 of priests, lay employees and volunteers accused of sexually abusing minors. The list includes the notation after his name, 'Forbidden to function as a priest.'

Born: January 27, 1936
Ordained: May 23, 1963
Died: December 16, 2011

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 2:44 PM

U.S. Olympic Committee Hires Sarah Hirshland As Its New CEO

UNITED STATES
National Public Radio

July 12, 2018

By Bill Chappell

Sarah Hirshland is the new CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, taking control of the organization as it tries to repair the damage from a horrible sexual abuse scandal, in which hundreds of girls and young women were mistreated.

Before being named to the post, Hirshland served as the chief commercial officer for the U.S. Golf Association.

"The USOC is at a critical time in its history and requires an energetic, creative and inspiring leader who is capable of building on past success while making sure that the athletes we serve are protected, supported and empowered in every possible way," USOC Chairman Larry Probst said in announcing the hire on Thursday.

Hirshland said she welcomed the chance to lead the U.S. efforts for the Olympics and Paralympics, calling it "an absolute dream come true."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:48 PM

Michigan State president to testify at Senate hearing

EAST LANSING (MI)
The Associated Press

July 12, 2018

Michigan State University interim President John Engler will testify at a congressional hearing about changes since the Larry Nassar scandal.

Engler will appear before a Senate subcommittee on July 24. His spokeswoman, Emily Guerrant, says the hearing is titled, “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:47 PM

Henry Cavill’s Me Too Comments Spark Strong Reactions On Twitter

UNITED STATES
The Huffington Post

July 12, 2018

By Jenna Amatulli

The “Man of Steel” star has since apologized for his remarks in a GQ Australia interview that led to backlash on social media.

Henry Cavill’s recent comments on the Me Too movement were met with significant backlash after the actor suggested that by going up to talk to a woman, he would risk being “called a rapist or something.”

He has since apologized for how his comments were received.

The “Man of Steel” star spoke with GQ Australia and, after parsing through his film career and how he deals with the paparazzi, he was asked about what he’s learned from the Me Too movement.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to not be around the kind of people who behave that way,” he said.

“To my memory there’s been no moments where I look back and think, ‘Ooh, OK, maybe someone shouldn’t have gone through that,’” he said. “I know there have been situations with people I’ve worked with being perhaps overfamiliar with some of the actresses. But, I’ve always walked up to them and said, ‘Hey, are you all right? That’s creepy.’”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:43 PM

Ohio State wrestlers describe abuse by Dr. Strauss in wrenching video

COLUMBUS (OH)
NBC News

July 9, 2018

By Corky Siemaszko

"I never had a physical like this before,” one of the former Ohio State wrestlers said in the video.

A video that was created to spur on the internal university investigation into a former Ohio State University wrestling doctor — and last week led to questions about what Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a former coach, knew about the alleged abuse at the time — is an emotional recounting of what one former athlete has called a "cesspool of sexual deviance."

The heavily edited 11-minute video, excerpted here, features wrenching descriptions of the alleged misconduct by Dr. Richard Strauss from two former wrestlers whom Jordan coached more than two decades ago, and from former head coach Russ Hellickson and a former Ohio State student who worked with Strauss at a clinic and who says he, too, was molested by the doctor.

Jordan, who was the assistant wrestling coach under Hellickson, is not mentioned by name nor referred to in the footage, which was obtained by NBC News from former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato, the initial whistleblower. DiSabato says he created the video in June to collect accusations of abuse against Strauss and turned it over to Ohio State. The video received by NBC News did not include the unedited interviews.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:41 PM

'Now I'm afraid to even talk to women': Taylor Swift groper said life is ruined one year after singer won lawsuit

UNITED STATES
Yahoo Style UK

July 12, 2018

By Hope Schreiber

In August, Taylor Swift won her lawsuit against disc jockey David Mueller, but nearly a year later, he’s claiming that the singer ruined his life.

Mueller, who was found guilty of assault and battery for grabbing Taylor Swift’s bare butt during a 2013 meet and greet, continues to deny that he ever touched her inappropriately.

Swift, 28, claimed that Mueller, 56, grabbed her while she took a photo with him and his then girlfriend. The “Delicate” singer initially reported the incident to his radio station, Denver’s KYGO-FM, and after an investigation, the DJ was fired.

Mueller attempted to sue Swift for defamation in 2015. Swift countersued and won a symbolic $1 in damages. It was one of the first victories of the #MeToo movement and earned Swift inclusion in “The Silence Breakers” in the Time magazine Person of the Year issue in 2017.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:37 PM

"A gauntlet of sexual deviancy": Ex-athletes describe lewd atmosphere at Ohio State

COLUMBUS (OH)
CBS/AP

July 12, 2018

It was no secret that a team doctor now being investigated for sexually abusing male athletes decades ago at Ohio State University liked to linger in the showers alongside those athletes. But he wasn't the only one leering at young men inside the campus recreation center where many teams practiced and university employees exercised.

Wrestlers from that era remember men peeking at them over bathroom stalls and through a sauna window, a culture of voyeurism and "cruising" for sex not unheard of in gyms even today. Some say the same men began showering when team practices ended and would touch themselves while watching athletes.

"A gauntlet of sexual deviancy" is what one former wrestler said he and his teammates faced after practice. Another said Larkins Hall, which has since been demolished, was filled with "creepy people."

Russ Hellickson, the wrestling coach who came to Ohio State in the mid-1980s, says he often caught men having sex in the team's practice room and a nearby stairwell. His wrestlers complained about the men's behavior, Hellickson said.

"It became a real problem because it affected the mental state of a lot of our wrestlers," he said on a video distributed by one of his former team members. "There were times when the athletes themselves would confront people."

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:35 PM

Rose McGowan, Patricia Arquette, Terry Crews, More Pen Op-Ed Supporting Asia Argento After Bourdain Backlash

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Variety

July 12, 2018

By Erin Nyren

A number of sexual assault and harassment survivors, including Rose McGowan, Terry Crews, Patricia Arquette, Olivia Munn, and Mira Sorvino penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times defending vocal #MeToo participant and fellow assault survivor Asia Argento after she received backlash over the suicide of her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain.

Since Bourdain’s death, the op-ed reads, Argento “has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death.”

“She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend’s suicide to trying to use her ‘survivor status’ and the #MeToo movement to advance her career,” the op-ed, titled “An open letter to anyone who loves Anthony Bourdain and what he stood for,” continues.

The op-ed explains that Bourdain was an active supporter of the #MeToo movement and women in general, and uses that framework to back the authors’ rejection of the “traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women” — Argento in particular. The signatories write that coming forward as a victim of sexual assault is “a highly difficult, sometimes traumatizing and humiliating experience,” and not “a badge of honor or career booster.”

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:33 PM

Corey Sligh: ‘Young & The Restless’ Star Found Guilty Of Child Molestation — 5 Things To Know

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Hollywood Life

July 13, 2018

By Courteney Larocca

Former ‘The Young and the Restless’ actor Corey Sligh has reportedly been found guilty of child molestation. Here are five things you need to know about him and his legal case.

A Georgia court convicted Corey Sligh of child molestation on June 28. If you’re now wondering, “Who is Corey Sligh?” we’ve got you covered. Here are five things that you should know about the former actor and his reported conviction:

1. He’s been found guilty of child molestation. Cherokee County court records obtained by the Atlanta Journal Constitution show that a jury convicted Sligh of one count of child molestation and cleared him of another on Thursday, June 28. He has not been sentenced.

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 1:28 PM

Rev. Chester J. Gawronski– Assignment History

ERIE (PA)
Bishopaccountability.org

Summary of Case: Chester Gawronski was a priest of the Diocese of Erie, ordained in 1976. He assisted at parishes in Oil City, Bradford, Meadville, Sagertown and Erie.

In 1984 a youth told his parents that Gawronski had molested him in the late 1970s, when he was an 11-year-old altar boy St. Bernadette's in Saegertown. He said that the abuse occurred on an overnight trip at a camping lodge in Oil City. The boy's father contacted diocesan officials and was told in a letter that action that would "be helpful to Father Chet," would be taken, to not pursue the matter further, and to keep it quiet. Gawronski was reportedly sent to Maryland for treatment, after which he was placed at St. Patrick's (later St. Patrick's/St. Hedwig/s) followed by St. Ann's in Erie. Per the diocese, Gawronski's ministry was restricted.

In February 2002 Gawronski was working as a chaplain at a facility for the elderly. He was removed the day after the father of the boy allegedly abused in the late 1970s contacted the diocese to inquire as to the priest's status. Gawronski was removed the following day.

Gawronski was laicized in 1976.

Ordained: 1976
Laicized: 2006

Posted by Pauline Hodgdon at 11:35 AM

Pennsylvania grand jury, East Penn plagued by secrets

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Morning Call

July 11, 2018

By Bill White

Pennsylvania grand jury, East Penn controversies all about secrets

"Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead." — Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack

This is a column about secrets.

Secrets that the Catholic Church has kept from its parishioners and everyone else about the way some of its priests have preyed on children and the way church leaders covered it up.

Secrets their victims have kept, festering in some cases for decades because they were too frightened, embarrassed or confused to speak up.

Secrets parents try to keep from their children about sexual orientation and other uncomfortable subjects.

Secrets some schools try to keep from their parents.

Certainly there are times when secrecy makes sense. Loose lips sink ships and all that.

But far more often, it's healthy, even liberating, to expose these secrets to the light of day so they can be addressed in the open.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:29 AM

Why is You Can’t Ask That one of the most successful shows on the ABC?

LONDON (ENGLAND)
The Guardian

By Luke Buckmaster

July 10, 2018

The blunt, unflinching, much-loved show turns inappropriate questions into heartwarming TV. So what’s the trick?

Is You Can’t Ask That the most diverse television program in Australian history? The show – directed and produced by Kirk Docker and Aaron Smith – is built on a simple but empowering premise: to give misunderstood and marginalised people the opportunity to speak for themselves, by responding to a range of blunt questions they read out from printed cards.

The third season, which premieres Wednesday night on ABC TV and will be available to binge watch on ABC iView, kicks off with an episode Smith recently described as “one of the most impactful, relevant and empowering episodes we’ve ever made”.

Focusing on survivors of sexual assault, it begins with an interviewee, Nicole, reading aloud the following question: “How did you get yourself into that situation?”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:24 AM

Statement on Dr Stuart Kidd

ULTIMO (AUSTRALIA)
ABC

July 10, 2018

The ABC and the producers of You Can’t Ask That are saddened by the recent death of Dr Stuart Kidd, who was a key on-screen contributor to the episode featuring survivors of sexual assault, broadcast on 11 July. Stuart’s interview was filmed in November 2017, during which he shared deeply personal insights into the sustained trauma of repeated childhood sexual abuse. Tragically, Stuart took his own life in May 2018, aged 60.

This February, Stuart, a retired assistant orthopaedic surgeon, and his wife Janet viewed the episode before it went to air. Stuart then emailed the producers to thank the ABC for the opportunity to share his story, writing: “WOW! Gobsmacked. Speechless. Brilliant. A.MAZING!… Janet and I are both so very impressed and very grateful. WHAT a special ‘ministry’ you guys have of bringing these stories to everyday Aussies…Thank you.”

Stuart was an advocate for all survivors of abuse and worked with the Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN), a western Sydney-based peer support group for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:19 AM

Vatican opens door to apology for Catholic Church’s role in residential schools

TORONTO (ONTARIO, CANADA)
The Globe and Mail

July 12, 2018

By Gloria Galloway

The Vatican’s ambassador to Canada says Pope Francis is opening the door to an apology to the country’s Indigenous people for the abuse of children at Catholic-run Indian residential schools.

A papal apology was one of the calls to action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which spent years investigating the schools. And Canada’s Parliament has voted to ask Francis to visit this country and make the requested statement of regret.

At a private gathering for foreign dignitaries and Canadian politicians held late last month at his residence in Ottawa, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the Papal Nuncio, said the request has prompted a “lively discussion” in civil society and the Catholic community.

“Through the media, opinions have circulated giving the impression that Pope Francis would not be available to listen to the request made by the Indigenous peoples” for an apology, Archbishop Bonazzi said in a speech to his guests, which was shared this week with The Globe and Mail.

“I can assure you that Pope Francis is not against a gesture of reconciliation,” he said, “and he is willing to seek together ways that can foster the desired process of healing and reconciliation with and among the Indigenous peoples in this country.”

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:15 AM

WNY woman accuses nun of abuse at elementary school

BUFFALO (NY)
WGRZ

July 12, 2018

The Buffalo Catholic Diocese is dealing with another sexual abuse accusation. This one is against a nun.

The Buffalo Catholic Diocese is dealing with another sexual abuse accusation. This one is against a nun.

Carroll Becker came forward with her attorney Thursday.

She says she was a student at Christ the King Elementary School in Amherst in 1955.

She says a Franciscan nun at the school punished her for wetting her pants when she was five-years-old by penetrating her with a cross.

Becker says she's been shut down by those in the Diocese that she brought her story to first.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:12 AM

Chilean police make first arrest in church sex abuse scandal

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
The Santiago Times

July 12, 2018

Police in Chile’s capital city have arrested a former Roman Catholic Church official for sexually abusing children, according to a state prosecutor.

Oscar Muñoz, who served as chancellor of the archdiocese of Santiago, confessed in January to church authorities that he sexually abused at least five children, according to Prosecutor Emiliano Arias, who ordered his arrest in the capital on Thursday.

The arrest was the first since authorities launched a major investigation this year into cases of abuse within Chile’s Catholic Church, which Vatican officials accused in February of “grave negligence” and a cover-up in its handling of sex abuse allegations.

“The crimes he is accused of are of repeated sexual abuse and one case of a consenting relationship with an older minor,” Arias said, speaking outside Santiago’s cathedral. The prosecutor told reporters that Muñoz had been responsible for receiving allegations of abuse within the church.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:08 AM

Nun abuse case: Nuns, priests, laity write to Vatican

SONIPAT (HATYANA, INDIA)
Vision RI / DevDiscourse: Discourse on Development

July 13, 2018

The letters were written to Giambattista Diquttro, Apostolic Nuncio to India and the Catholic Bishops Conference of India Cardinal Oswald Gracias. They also requested Cardinal Gracias to advise bishops in India to publicise and create awareness about CBCI guidelines to deal with sexual harassment in workplace, 2017, and institute the structures and procedures described therein without delay.

A section of nuns, priests and laity of the Roman Catholic Church has written to the Vatican over the alleged rape of a nun in Kerala by a bishop, urging it "to do what is right" to provide justice to the women in the church.

The letters were written to Giambattista Diquttro, Apostolic Nuncio to India and the Catholic Bishops Conference of India Cardinal Oswald Gracias.

The church authorities were requested to "advise" Pope Francis to "relieve" Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal "of his pastoral responsibilities so that the church is seen to actually practice the zero tolerance it professes to observe in abuse cases."

Stating that they were concerned about the integrity of the Indian church, the letters stated that people's faith in the credibility of the church to implement its policy of zero tolerance in abuse matters would continue to erode if the accused bishop remain in his position at Jalandhar diocese.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:04 AM

Wickham witnesses sought for priest’s abuse

PILBARA (AUSTRALIA)
The West Australian

By Alicia Perera

July 12, 2018

Victims and witnesses of a paedophile priest who worked in the parish of Wickham in the 1980s are being urged to come forward by an Australian law firm investigating the extent of his alleged abuse.

Late Catholic priest Denis McAlinden, who died in 2005, was found by a 2014 NSW Government inquiry to have been a serial abuser of girls aged 7-12 during five decades of work in various parts of Australia and the Pacific, often on loan from the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle where superiors knew of his offending.

Canberra-based law firm Ken Cush and Associates are now investigating any offences committed by McAlinden in the Diocese of Geraldton, where he served as the Wickham parish priest from November 1981 to late 1983.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:00 AM

Lancaster County man joins legal battle to release report on sex abuse claims in Catholic Church

LANCASTER (PA)
WGAL NBC 8

July 9, 2018

By Susan Shapiro

A Lancaster County man is joining the legal battle to release the grand jury report on sex abuse claims in the Catholic Church.

Todd Frey said he was abused in the 1980s, when he was 13, by a priest in the Harrisburg Diocese. The man Frey said abused him is no longer in the priesthood.

Frey is calling for the state Supreme Court to unseal the grand jury report, and he joins several news outlets and the Pennsylvania attorney general in the request.

A judge stopped the release of the report while he accepts arguments from current and former priests who object to being named in it.

"This report has to be made public, and most importantly, the victims need a voice in it," said David Inscho, Frey's attorney. "And where Mr. Frey came in is that he is a victim who wants to stand up and make sure this report becomes public and that these crimes no longer be kept secret."

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:56 AM

Toledo priest supports Pope Francis, his handling of clergy sex abuse

TOLEDO (OH)
WTOL CBS 11

July 12, 2018

By Dick Berry

Sylvania OH - Nobody likes to admit they made a mistake, but that's what Pope Francis has done.

Last month he accepted the resignations of Chilean bishops he robustly defended earlier this year despite claims of a cover-up of clergy sexual abuse.

It's a move that later forced the pontiff into making a public apology.

"Francis is in so many ways a sign of hope, recognizes he made a mistake, made up for it, apologized and it looks like he will take some steps to improve the situation" according to Rev. James Bacik.

Bacik spoke Thursday night at Lourdes University about Pope Francis' handling of the clergy sex scandal.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:52 AM

Two women claim sexual abuse by Buffalo nun and priest

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

By Charlie Specht

July 12, 2018

Victim was five years old at time of abuse

What happened to Carroll Becker at Christ the King School in Snyder more than 60 years ago scarred her for life.

The Grand Island woman said she was picked on in first grade, but not just by her classmates. She said she was also targeted by Sister Pauline Terese, OSF, a Franciscan nun.

“She’d get up in my face and make me stand up yell at me about being stupid and retarded and slow and I was so terrified, I didn’t know what was going on, I wet my pants,” Becker said Thursday at a news conference in front of her former school.

The first two times it happened, the nun sent Becker home to change her clothes. But the third time, Becke