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September 24, 2018

Acusan a Arzobispado de Puerto Montt de haber ocultado abusos de ex sacerdote Víctor Guerrero

[Archbishop of Puerto Montt accused of having hidden abuses of ex-priest Víctor Guerrero]

CHILE
Soy Chile

September 24, 2018

El relato de una mujer que sufrió los vejámenes cuando tenía 16 años, en 2002, y que denunció a la Iglesia junto a sus padres en 2004, aparece publicado este domingo en diario El Llanquihue.

Cuando tenía 16 años, “Magdalena” sufrió los abusos sexuales y violaciones del ex sacerdote Víctor Guerrero, muy cercano a su familia, el cual si bien tiempo después reconoció tales delitos, fue encubierto por el Arzobispado de Puerto Montt.
Es lo que denuncia esta mujer de actuales 33 años, hechos ocurridos en 2002, en un reportaje publicado hoy en diario El Llanquihue. “Abusaba de mí en la parroquia y en nuestra casa. Como mis papás trabajaban en Calbuco, él tenía claridad de cuáles eran nuestros horarios, sabía cuándo estábamos solas con mis hermanas (…) fueron abusos físicos –tocaciones y violaciones-, y psicológicos. Una vez tuve la valentía de amenazarlo y preguntarle qué pasaría si contaba las cosas, y él siempre me decía ‘nadie te va a creer’. Manipulaba mucho, me hacía ver que estaba en una situación de poder, que era jefe de mis papás…”.

Director Fundación Vicaría de la Solidaridad y el caso Precht: “El Evangelio no ocultó a Judas”

[Vicaría de la Solidaridad Foundation director on Precht: "The Gospel did not hide Judas"]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 24, 2018

By Héctor Basoalto

Un emblema de los DD.HH. y ahora en el ojo del huracán por denuncias de supuestos abusos. En la Vicaría descartaron que su imagen y recuerdo sea “removido” de la emblemática institución. “Las cosas históricas hay que mantenerlas en la historia”, se dice. Aunque, de todos modos, el tema parece complicar.

“Si en el Evangelio no se oculta a Judas, que entregó a Jesús, en la historia tampoco tenemos que esconder a los personajes que han cometido cosas graves”. Con esa comparación, el sacerdote Francisco Javier Manterola, uno de los directores de la Fundación Vicaría de la Solidaridad, se refiere a uno de los mayores emblemas de esa entidad que defendió los DD.HH.: el sacerdote Cristián Precht.

La hebra que arrastra Precht: Las incómodas preguntas sobre cuánto supo el cardenal Silva Henríquez

[The thread of the Precht case: Uncomfortable questions about how much Cardinal Silva Henríquez knew]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 24, 2018

By Ivonne Toro

"¿Cómo es posible que el círculo más íntimo del cardenal aparezca transversalmente vinculados a casos de abuso sexual? ¿Hubo encubrimiento o se le negó la información? ¿O aún sabiendo, no le importó por criterios de la época? ¿Supo y le dio lo mismo?", se pregunta el sacerdote jesuita Pedro Labrín al poner el foco en el fallecido cardenal Raúl Silva Henríquez.

Fue a través de Facebook que el sacerdote jesuita Pedro Labrín hizo pública la inquietud respecto del nivel de conocimiento que pudo tener el cardenal Raúl Silva Henríquez -arzobispo de Santiago entre 1961 y 1983 y rostro de la Iglesia que se la jugó por la defensa de los derechos humanos durante la dictadura de Pinochet- respecto de los abusos sexuales por los que fue expulsado Cristian Precht, exvicario de la Solidaridad y uno de los religiosos más cercanos a Silva Henríquez, fallecido en 1999. No sólo eso: la situación de Precht puso en relieve que el círculo de discípulos del Cardenal está vinculado a indagatorias de este tipo. Se trata de figuras como el exvicario de la Juventud, Miguel Ortega, quien también aparece mencionado como victimario y Alfredo Soiza Piñeyro, quien dejó de ejercer el oficio sacerdotal tras ser también acusado de vulneraciones de índole sexual.

Piñera prepara gira a Europa que incluiría visita al Vaticano en medio de crisis en Iglesia Católica

[Piñera prepares to visit Europe, including the Vatican, in the midst of Catholic Church crisis]

CHILE
BioBioChile

September 24, 2018

By Felipe Díaz

En medio de la crisis que atraviesa la Iglesia Católica chilena por los escándalos de abuso sexual, en La Moneda preparan una gira del Presidente por Europa que incluiría una visita de Estado a la Santa Sede. Con el turbulento escenario que vive la iglesia, una visita de Estado de Sebastián Piñera al Vaticano toma mayor relevancia, especialmente luego de que en las últimas semanas se hayan conocido las diligencias que se están realizando en el marco de las investigaciones de delitos sexuales contra menores de edad.

Abusos en la Iglesia: Ezzati vuelve a pedir perdón en la antesala de una agitada agenda judicial

[Abuses in the Church: Ezzati returns to apologize in the wake of a hectic judicial agenda]

CHILE
BioBioChile

September 24, 2018

By Jonathan Flores and Nicole Martínez

En medio de las acusaciones de encubrimiento en su contra, por las que debería declarar como imputado en octubre, el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, imploró perdón a las víctimas de abusos cometidos por miembros del clero. Ya había ofrecido perdón en mayo, y esta vez lo hizo en la conmemoración de los 400 años de la iglesia San Francisco, donde habló de delitos.

Larry Nassar victims to speak at sexual abuse survivor rally in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG (PA)
FOX43

September 24, 2018

By Bryanna Gallagher

Sexual abuse survivors, advocates, and a handful of state leaders will join forces Monday night at the capitol in Harrisburg, for a survivor rally.

The sexual abuse survivor rally will begin at 5:45 p.m., at the main capitol steps. Speakers will be sharing their stories of sexual abuse while officials call on the Pennsylvania Legislature to act in defense of the survivors of child sex abuse.

Highlighting two women who will be speaking at the rally-- Rachael Denhollander and Jamie Dantzscher.

Denhollander, an attorney, was the first woman who came forward to expose ex USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor, Larry Nassar. Dantzscher, a 2000 Olympic Bronze medalist, and the first of over 350 women who filed a suit against Nassar for sexual abuse.

Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, Governor, Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf, State senators, and clergy abuse survivors, and CHILD USA founder, Marci Hamilton will also be at the rally Monday night.

Priest's sexual abuse at Upper Hutt school admitted: It's 'criminal'

NEW ZEALAND
Radio New Zealand

September 24, 2018

By Phil Pennington

The Marist Fathers has admitted a priest who led one of its top secondary schools sexually abused children.

But decades on they will not release the file on Francis Durning, rector of St Patrick's College in Silverstream, Upper Hutt, in the 1950s.

He was publicly remembered in Catholic obituaries as a man of "profound integrity" but a victim said other clergy nicknamed him "Fred the Fiddler" for his habit of abusing boys.

The victim, who RNZ will not name, is now in his 70s. He was a 13-year-old boy when the head of the school asked him into his office.

"He grabbed me and proceeded to hug me against his body," the man told RNZ.

"I tried to push him off with my elbows and arms, and he persisted, saying into my ear 'I don't know what to make of you, I don't know what to make of you'. Eventually he stopped and said, 'Whip it [your penis] out and let me have a look at it'."

He fled. The retaliation later from the rector and other staff, who knew abuse was going on, ruined his schooling, the man said.

US bishops won't restore trust with announced plans to stop abuse

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

September 24, 2018

By Michael Sean Winters

Are the U.S. bishops up to the task of restoring trust? Early indications are mixed.

The Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement last week pledging to use "every bit of the strength God provides us" to protect the church — from themselves. As is not infrequent in such cases of self-management, and if the steps they announced are any indication, the bishops have a long way to go before they can rest easy that their efforts to heal the church will not, in fact, make an already terrible situation even more dreadful.

No one can object to the first item on the bishops' to-do list: They are establishing "a third-party reporting system that will receive confidentially, by phone and online, complaints of sexual abuse of minors by a bishop and sexual harassment of or sexual misconduct with adults by a bishop and will direct those complaints to the appropriate ecclesiastical authority and, as required by applicable law, to civil authorities." I am not sure why they did not explain what the "appropriate ecclesiastical authority" is. Apparently, alerting a nuncio is not enough. The need for a Vatican dicastery to deal with all aspects of the clergy sex abuse mess remains obvious and urgent.

Similarly, the Administrative Committee announced it had "Instructed the USCCB Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance to develop proposals for policies addressing restrictions on bishops who were removed or resigned because of allegations of sexual abuse of minors or sexual harassment of or misconduct with adults, including seminarians and priests." Well, no one has told the rest of us which bishops resigned for what reason, so it will be interesting to know how this will play out. I do not detect much in the way of transparency here, although I will bet Archbishop John Nienstedt's gig as the personal chaplain at the Napa Institute is now a thing of the past.

Canadian clergy abuse survivor says Vatican 'owes God an apology'

ST. JOHN'S (NEWFOUNDLAND)
The Canadian Press /CTV News

September 23, 2018

By Holly McKenzie-Sutter,

The prominent founder of a Newfoundland organization for clergy abuse survivors has written a letter to Pope Francis, saying the Vatican "owes God an apology" for mismanagement of abuse allegations.

"I realize you inherited this problem, but the way the Vatican mismanaged this crisis is disgraceful," wrote Gemma Hickey, founder of Pathways Foundation in St. John's.

Newfoundland and Labrador was the site of two highly publicized abuse scandals in the late 1980s, when allegations of widespread abuse at Mount Cashel and Belvedere Catholic orphanages met with public shock and outrage.

Bill Cosby Sentencing Delayed By Missing Defense Witness; Faces 30 Yrs In Prison

UNITED STATES
Deadline

September 24, 2018

By Dominic Patten

Having filed motion after motion during the past three years to halt or stop the rape case against the now-convicted Bill Cosby, his lawyers today made a last-ditch sleight-of-hand that could knock the two-day sentencing hearing off the rails right after it started and keep him from potentially going behind bars this week.

Throwing another spanner into the multi-trial matter, the defense suddenly stated this morning that it wished to hear from the doctor who compiled the original report that Pennsylvania’s sex offender board relied on in part for its estimation that Cosby should be designated a sexually violent predator. That Dr. Timothy Foley apparently is unavailable until Tuesday morning at the earliest, which stalled a ruling by Judge Steven O’Neill on the SVP and, under Keystone State law, consequently hits the pause button on the actual sentencing.

Noting that this tactic was “clearly delaying this,” the somewhat-annoyed judge recommended that defense attorney Joseph Green see if there is “any chance” that they can get their witness in front of him ASAP. O’Neill said that while he can’t make a ruling on sentencing before the SVP determination — the acronym both sides employed Monday — testimony in sentencing and other arguments will take up the afternoon.

N.O. area DAs say no new clergy sex abuse reported, but most evade questions on widespread probe

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

September 21, 2018

By Robert Rhoden

Several New Orleans area district attorneys say they have received no new cases of clergy sex abuse in the weeks since a Pennsylvania report named more than 300 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children, reigniting the Catholic Church's crisis over clergy abuse.

But most district attorneys in the area did not respond to questions on whether they are considering launching a widespread probe of clergy abuse and possible cover up by church officials in their respective jurisdictions, like investigations started in other parts of the country.

The top prosecutors in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes said they've received no new complaints of abuse but would thoroughly investigate any allegations brought before their offices. The Plaquemines Parish DA's Office said only that it has not received any allegations or complaints of clergy abuse in 2018.

How a local reporter got a priest to confess to sexual abuse

NEW YORK (NY)
Columbia Journalism Review

September 17, 2018

By Matthew Kassel

IN FEBRUARY, A RETIRED PRIEST confessed to Buffalo News reporter Jay Tokasz that he had sexually abused dozens of teenage boys decades ago. The admission shook Buffalo, a deeply Catholic city, and several victims have come forward with stories of abuse by priests in the local diocese. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s statewide clergy abuse probe will reportedly focus on Buffalo’s diocese.

Tokasz, 48, previously worked at the Ithaca Journal and then at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle*, where he covered an unraveling clergy abuse scandal in the local diocese. Since 2002, he’s held a number of reporting roles at The Buffalo News, where he recently joined the watchdog team covering the Catholic church.

Tokasz traced the path of his reporting from the surprise February admission to the ongoing statewide investigation. The interview is condensed and edited for clarity.

NCR Podcast: Young Catholics on healing from the clergy sex abuse crisis

UNITED STATES
NCR

September 21, 2018

Inspired by their Vatican II forebearers, many young Catholics are planning to stay in the church and fight for reform of the power structures that allowed clergy sexual abuse to happen and that protected church leaders who tried to cover it up.

On the show today:

Priest defrocked for child sexual abuse still holds medical licenses in KS and MO

KANSAS CITY (KS)
The Kansas City Star

September 24, 2018

By Judy L. Thomas

A former priest in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas remains licensed to practice medicine in Kansas and Missouri despite being defrocked this year after church leaders determined that he abused three minors decades ago.

John H. Wisner, who had been a priest for more than 45 years, also is a psychiatrist who holds a medical license in both states.

The Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, which oversees licensing of doctors in that state, is investigating the allegations against Wisner, The Star has learned. If the board determines that he has violated the rules of professional conduct, Wisner could lose his license.

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts would not say whether it also was looking into Wisner’s case. In an email, executive director Kathleen Selzler Lippert said that “evidence of sexual abuse is one type of conduct that has been grounds for Board action.”

Former Priest Sent to Prison Again for Child Sexual Abuse

PORTLAND (ME)
The Associated Press

September 24, 2018

A former Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused a 9-year-old boy at a Maine church in the 1990s is going back to prison.

A former Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused a 9-year-old boy at a Maine church in the 1990s is going back to prison after pleading guilty on Monday.

James Talbot, 80, pleaded guilty to gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact under a plea agreement. He will serve three years in prison.

The charges involve a victim whose family were parishioners at St. Jude Church when Talbot was a substitute priest. The victim said in an affidavit in a civil case that Talbot befriended his family and offered religious instruction to him.

Another of Talbot's accusers, Michael Doherty, of St. Petersburg, Florida, attended Monday's court appearance to show solidarity with the victim. Doherty settled a lawsuit against Talbot years ago. The Associated Press typically doesn't identify victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, as Doherty has done.

"A civil suit doesn't give you that moment where they take him away in handcuffs," Doherty said.

Duluth priest successfully sues his accuser

DULUTH (MN)
Minnesota Lawyer

September 24, 2018

By Mike Mosedale

In a man-bites-dog case with few if any precise corollaries, a Roman Catholic priest designated as “credibly accused” of sexual misconduct by the Diocese of Duluth just last April has successfully sued the man who made the allegations against him.

After a three-day trial before 6th Judicial District Court Judge Theresa Neo, an eight-member jury awarded the Rev. William Graham $13,500 to compensate him for the $500 monthly stipend he did not receive during the period from May 2016, when he was placed on administrative leave from his job as parish priest at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Duluth, to August 2018, when the trial was held.

In answers to questions listed on a special verdict form, the jury said that Graham’s accuser, former Duluth police officer T. J. Davis, Jr., “intentionally interfered” with Graham’s employment and, further, that his actions were not justified.

But the jury also found that Davis’ conduct was not “so extreme and outrageous that it passed the boundaries of decency and was utterly intolerable to a civilized community” and it expressly declined to award additional damages that would “fairly compensate” Graham.

What is one to make of such an odd, seemingly contradictory verdict?

Faith and Justice? Timothy Healy and Leo O’Donovan’s Struggles to Balance Piety and Dialogue

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Hoya

September 23, 2018

By Maddy Forbess and Meghan DeCourcey

“Faith and Justice” hangs from the banners of Healy Hall, urging students and faculty on to serve their community while staying true to their religious convictions.

Although Jesuits hold the two values as complementary, recent Georgetown presidents Timothy Healy and Leo O’Donovan have confronted several instances where the Catholic Church and progressive segments of the student body have pulled the University in competing directions.

The responses of Healy and O’Donovan to these contentious situations reflect distinct leadership styles that continue to define Georgetown today.

Clergy sexual abuse debate sets stage for Capitol showdown

HARRISBURG (PA)
The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS)

September 23, 2018

By Angela Couloumbis

On Wednesday, the top Republican in the state Senate and a rank-and-file House member spoke for the first time, face-to-face, behind closed doors in the state Capitol.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) and Rep. Mark Rozzi (D., Berks) are the faces of opposing sides in the emotional debate over taking a dramatic step on behalf of sexual-assault victims — temporarily setting aside the state’s civil statute of limitations that bars accusers older than 30 from suing over abuse that occurred when they were children.

The meeting, called by Scarnati, appeared to be an attempt to temper a nasty public fight on the issue, one that once led Rozzi, who was abused by a Catholic priest as a teen, to call Scarnati a “hit man” for the church.

The two parted on good terms, but without any agreement, Rozzi said.

Their meeting foreshadows a showdown when legislators return to the Capitol on Monday for a truncated voting session. It also raises the question of whether Scarnati, who has successfully led past efforts to block opening the so-called legal window on the statute of limitations, can hold together what was once an ironclad coalition of like-minded senators.

The pressure of a key election looming in November, combined with relentless headlines surrounding the damning grand jury report on Catholic clergy abuse and its systemic cover-up in Pennsylvania, has magnified the already high stakes.

What appears certain is that the House will pass a bill that will be amended to create a two-year window allowing for the filing of civil suits outside the statute of limitations on child sex abuse. It has deep support among both majority Republicans and Democrats in that chamber, which passed a more expansive measure in 2016. All eyes will then be on Scarnati and his GOP-controlled Senate.

CHICAGO ARCHDIOCESE DIDN’T TELL SCHOOLS ABOUT ACCUSED PRIEST NEXT DOOR

CHICAGO (IL)
ChurchMilitant

September 21, 2018

By David Nussman

Fr. Richard McGrath is under investigation for sex abuse

The archdiocese of Chicago failed to inform a preschool and a grade school that a priest accused of child porn and child sex abuse was living nearby.

In 2017, Fr. Richard McGrath was accused of viewing child porn on his cell phone during an event at Providence Catholic High School in the diocese of Joliet outside Chicago. Father McGrath did not cooperate with police, so the investigation made little progress. But a separate allegation surfaced accusing Fr. McGrath of sexually abusing a male student in the 1990s, leading to a lawsuit and an investigation.

Father McGrath was removed from Providence. He then went to live at St. John Stone Friary on Chicago's South Side, a four-story building run by the Augustinian Order. McGrath is himself an Augustinian priest.

Neither the archdiocese nor the Augustinians informed the Chicago Child Care Society's preschool next door or St. Thomas the Apostle Grade School around the corner that there was an accused predator in the neighborhood.

Journeying From Grief to Grace: How a Retreat Program Helps Sex-Abuse Victims Heal

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

September 22, 2018

By Judy Roberts

Support is vital to recovery.

Two experiences of sexual abuse, one by a priest, left Marty Meyer like many victims of trauma: outwardly normal, but inwardly distant from people, especially men.

After trying therapy and prayer for inner healing, he finally found help through “Grief to Grace: Healing the Wounds of Abuse,” a retreat program started in 2005 by Theresa Burke, a psychotherapist who created Rachel’s Vineyard retreats for those suffering from post-abortion trauma. It was Burke’s discovery that many post-abortive women had also experienced sexual abuse that led her to develop the second program.

Meyer said Grief to Grace, which takes place over five to seven days, can succeed where therapy alone does not because, in conventional therapy, about the time the client is ready to open up, the session is ending. “You never really have a chance to unpack this significant event of your life,” he said.

Fugitive New Mexico priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

ALBUQUERQUE (NM)
The Associated Press

September 22, 2018

By Mary Hudetz and Russell Contreras

A fugitive priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse has been returned to New Mexico to face charges after being arrested in Morocco last year, federal officials said Friday.

Arthur J. Perrault, 80, a former Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and a former Air Force chaplain, has been charged in a federal indictment with seven counts of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact between 1991 and 1992 at Kirtland Air Force Base and Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Perrault, a one-time pastor at St. Bernadette parish in Albuquerque, is one of many priests who were sent to New Mexico in the 1960s from around the country for treatment involving pedophilia.

Victims, lawyers and church documents show the priests were later assigned to parishes and schools across New Mexico — especially in small Native American and Hispanic communities.

Priest in sex-abuse probe to move away from Catholic grade school amid furor

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun Times

September 21, 2018

By Robert Herguth

When a student reported last year that she had seen an image of a naked boy on the Rev. Richard McGrath’s cellphone, the priest, who was president of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, was asked by the school and the police to hand over the phone.

McGrath refused, which officials say effectively killed an investigation by the police. Their focus later turned to accusations that the priest sexually abused another student at the far southwest suburban school in the 1990s — allegations that Will County prosecutors are reviewing and which also are the subject of a lawsuit by that former student.

McGrath, 71, was removed from Providence after the initial allegations surfaced in December. Since then, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned, he moved to the St. John Stone Friary, a four-story monastery in Hyde Park run by the Augustinian order of priests that’s across an alley from a preschool and around the corner from a Catholic grade school.

The Archdiocese of Chicago, the Catholic church’s arm in Cook and Lake counties, says it was informed McGrath had moved to the South Side building. But it didn’t notify the preschool operator or its own St. Thomas the Apostle grade school.

Class-action lawsuit filed against eight Pennsylvania dioceses

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Catholic News Service

September 20, 2018

A class-action lawsuit was filed Sept. 17 against eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania demanding the dioceses provide proof that they submitted the names of all suspected predators.

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The lawsuit was filed in the Court of Common Pleas for Allegheny County by two people representing two classes of plaintiffs: survivors of clergy sexual abuse and children currently enrolled in Catholic schools who could be at risk of abuse, according to the lawsuit.

A Pennsylvania man and a Catholic school kindergartner are the representative plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Ryan O'Connor, the adult plaintiff, represents those who were abused. O'Connor, who is Catholic and has children at Catholic school, said he was abused by a priest when he was young.

The child plaintiff, representing Catholic school students, is represented by his mother, Kristen Hancock, a volunteer at her son's Catholic school.

The defendants include the six dioceses at the center of the grand jury report issued in August: Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Scranton.

Legacy of Pope Francis will be inaction, not reform, if he fails to tackle abuse

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

September 24, 2018

TP O’Mahony warns that a papacy that promised Church reform will remain mired in controversy unless Francis ensures accountability for the mishandling of abuse cases.

THE crisis over clerical sex abuse now engulfing the Catholic Church reaches all the way to the threshold of Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican guesthouse where Pope Francis has taken up residence.

His own credibility is now very much on the line, and threatens his legacy as a reforming Pope.

His inaction has caught up with him, and constantly preaching about “zero tolerance” while failing to put effective structures in place for dealing with bishops and cardinals who have covered up abuse no longer impresses, as he found out in a particularly painful way during his recent Irish visit.

During his two days here — a trip described by one Vatican correspondent as the “toughest and most difficult of his pontificate” — he was left in no doubt about the extent of the alienation and feelings of betrayal experienced by many in the Irish Church.

O’Malley: Pope Francis is ‘anxious’ to help Church in the U.S.

FORT WORTH (TX)
Crux

September 24, 2018

By Inés San Martín

When it comes to addressing the abuse crisis currently engulfing the Church in various parts of the world, no prelate knows Pope Francis as well as Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.

This summer has been especially difficult in the United States, with the revelations of abuse committed by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington, and a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report detailing the alleged abuse of over 1,000 minors by over 300 clergymen of the past 75 years.

“I think the Holy Father is anxious to help the Church in the United States,” O’Malley told Crux on Saturday afternoon. “Right now, the Holy See has to respond to the questions about McCarrick’s advancement, and that will help the United States, and I think the Holy Father wants that to happen.”

The prelate, who heads the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors, spoke to Crux as the V Encuentro, a gathering of some 3,500 Hispanic Catholics attended by some 120 American bishops, was coming to an end in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bishop Zubik says he's sorry for times 'I could've done more, ... said more'

ALLEGHENY (PA)
Trib Live

September 23, 2018

By Natasha Lindstrom

Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik told those gathered Sunday at a prayer service for children who were sexually abused by priests that he’s sorry for “the times that I could’ve done more, for the times that I could’ve said more.”

“I only wish that hindsight had caught up with me sooner than it did,” Zubik said during the homily portion of the special service at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. “All of us are called to join in this time of repentance as we feel each other’s pain deeply, within and outside the church.”

Roughly 100 people gathered for the special “Holy Hour for Repentance” service, including a few dozen parishioners, a group of about 20 seminarians — or priests-in-training — and clergy and lay leaders from across the diocese’s six-county region.

Zubik called for the service to “express sorrow” for child sexual abuse victims as Pittsburgh and five other Pennsylvania dioceses respond to a scathing grand jury report alleging that more than 300 priests sexually abused at least 1,000 children over the past 70 years.

Survivor of Catholic priest Charles Sylvestre's abuse aims to re-open civil lawsuit

LONDON (CANADA)
The London Free Press

September 24, 2018

By Jane Sims

Irene Deschenes watched her former parish priest, her abuser, be led from the Chatham courtroom in disgrace for decades of sexually abusing girls.

With her was a room full of other survivors of Charles Sylvestre’s depravity, brought together largely because of Deschene’s persistence and determination to bring him to justice.

That might have been the end, the final moment for her in the summer of 2006.

It was a startling discovery two months later of long-lost 1962 Sarnia police reports investigating Sylvestre’s abuse of girls, that meant the long and painful journey wasn’t over.

“That’s when the light bulb went on,” she said. “That’s the evidence. That’s the proof they knew.”

Twelve years later, the 57-year-old survivor of sexual abuse will be back in a London courtroom on Friday for what could be a ground-breaking and historic move to bring the Roman Catholic Diocese of London to account for keeping Sylvestre working as a priest while knowing he was molesting girls.

One local church brings awareness to child sexual abuse

COLUMBIA (MO)
KOMU 8

September 22, 2018

By Olivia Gerling

About one in 10 children are subject to sexual abuse, according to a local expert on the subject.

The Compass Evangelical Free Church will host a Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention training from 5:30 to 8:30 Sunday night. The event is free to the public.

“Things I find parents enjoy most about this training is I start from pre-school all the way forward on how to have conversations with their children,” said Kelly Schultz, a Child Advocate for the state of Missouri.

Schultz is also certified in the Stewards of Children program, which is a chapter of the Darkness to Light organization. The organization is a non-profit with the goal to prevent chid sexual abuse.

According to Schultz, the training is important.

“Parents that are my age probably learned not to talk to strangers, not to take candy from a stranger or pet a puppy at a park, and so we used to train children to be responsible for their safety,” she said. “We’ve really shifted our approach and we’re educating adults that they are the ones that are responsible for children.”

Schultz said a few members of the Compass church attended one of her other trainings. That's what led them to bringing the Stewards of Children training to their church.

Pastor Mark Anderson was one of those members. In an email to KOMU 8 News, he said he attended the training and wanted other members of the church to have the same opportunity as he did.

He was the one to set up the training.

Jesuit High sex abuse settlements kept quiet; 1 victim speaks out for first time

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The Advocate

September 20, 2018

By Ramon Antonio Vargas

Ricky Windmann wasn’t nervous when he accompanied janitor Peter Modica to his ground-floor maintenance office at Jesuit High School on an otherwise unremarkable day in the late 1970s.

After all, Modica – a former semipro baseball player – had let the skinny, light-haired boy play basketball on the school’s grounds several times, even though he wasn’t a student. He also bought Windmann a bike and stopped by the boy’s house, which was a couple blocks from the school’s Mid-City campus, to meet Windmann’s mother.

But any feeling of safety was replaced by paralyzing fear when Modica suddenly pulled Windmann’s pants down and forcibly performed oral sex on him. Windmann doesn’t recall his exact age at the time, but he said he believes he was in his early teens.

The janitor would go on to sexually abuse the adolescent several more times in the ensuing years – once in concert with a Jesuit priest and teacher, Neil Carr – only stopping when Windmann grew big enough to protect himself.

Former Maine priest pleads guilty to sex assault of boy, confronted by victim in court

PORTLAND (ME)
Bangor Daily News

September 24, 2018

By Jake Bleiberg

A former Catholic priest, who already served prison time for molesting boys in Massachusetts, pleaded guilty Monday to sexually assaulting a 9-year-old boy in Freeport in the late 1990s.

A judge sentenced James F. Talbot, 80, to 10 years in prison with all but three of those suspended for sexually assaulting a minor under the age of 14, and three years, to be served at the same time, for unlawful sexual contact with a minor under the age of 14.

The boy Talbot molested, now a 30-year-old man, told a Portland court that the former priest stole his childhood and his faith. “What was supposed to be a man from God … turned out to be a disgusting animal,” he said.

The boy’s parents, who said they were married by Talbot, also spoke before his sentencing, with his mother calling him “the definition of evil.”

“I hope you rot in hell and I hope you die in jail,” the boy’s father said, turning to the former priest. “How can the Catholic Church allow this stuff to go on?”

St. Martin Parish priest used 'alcohol ... God' to abuse 11 boys in '70s, lawsuit claims

LAFAYETTE (LA)
The Acadiana Advocate

September 20, 2018

By Ben Myers

Eleven men are pursuing sex abuse allegations in state court against a late St. Martin Parish priest, saying he used "alcohol and the power of God" to prey on them.

The plaintiffs initially filed their lawsuit last year in a Washington, D.C. district court, but the case was dismissed for lack of proper jurisdiction.

The claims against Kenneth Morvant span eight years, beginning in 1971. Plaintiffs claim Morvant preyed on them methodically, traumatizing them to the point they developed dissociative amnesia. They said they filed their initial lawsuit once they recovered their memories. They refiled it last week in the 16th Judicial District Court.

11 alleged sex abuse victims file lawsuit against Diocese of Lafayette

ACADIANA (LA)
KLFY

September 19, 2018

By Lester Duhé

An alleged sexual abuse victim and 10 others have filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Lafayette and Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church.

The Petition of Damages states that more than 40 years ago, the late Father Kenneth Morvant abused Doug Bienvenu and other altar boys, by allegedly giving them alcohol and using the 'Power of God' to prey upon them.

This new lawsuit was just filed last Friday.

Bienvenu tells News 10 that 2 years ago he already filed 3 motions in Washington D.C., but 2 were thrown out because they said it was the wrong venue.

Now Bienvenu is hoping that the Diocese will release the list of names of other priests accused of sexual abuse in the Diocese, so what happened to him will never happen to anyone else.

"Every night he'd (Fr. Morvant) pick somebody different, but most nights it was my night. And he'd crawl in bed with us once we were sleeping when we were drunk, and he'd fondle us all night," said Doug Bienvenu, an alleged victim.

He says that over 40 years ago beginning at the age of 8, he along with other altar boys were sexually abused by the late Father Kenneth Morvant of St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, who's grave is on holy grounds.

Picketers say protests will continue unless Malone steps down

BUFFALO (NY)
WBFO

September 19, 2018

By Nick Lippa

Every year many judges, attorneys and public officials gather for the Red Mass of the St. Thomas More Guild—a celebration to bless the legal community. This year was a little different. Protesters lined up outside of St. Joseph Cathedral late Tuesday morning asking those who entered to call for Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation.
Ronald Cinelli is a Senior Attorney for the Children’s Legal Center in Buffalo. He said he is protesting the continuing cover-up of abuse.

“I think more lawyers should be out here protesting. I think by their presence in mass, they’re implicitly giving an ok to Bishop Malone’s handling of this scandal and that’s just wrong. He’s continuing to lie,” Cinelli said.

Malone and the Diocese of Buffalo were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed last month. The plaintiff alleges the bishop and diocese continue to withhold information on dozens of past child sexual abuse claims.

Cinelli and his wife have done more than just hold picket signs.

Murphy defends hiring disgraced official

NEW JERSEY
Politico

September 19, 2018

By Matt Friedman

Good Wednesday morning!

Gov. Phil Murphy is sticking by his administration’s hiring of Marcellus Jackson — who pleaded guilty to bribery — for a $70,000 special assistant position in the Department of Education.

“I hope we see a lot more of this, that somebody made a mistake, they admitted it, they repented it, they paid their price,” Murphy said at an unrelated press conference. “We have to get these folks back on their feet in society in this state. We have one of the harshest states in the nation in terms of allowing what I just said to happen. Marcellus has done all of the above, and I think we should all accept that that should be the new norm going forward.”

But as Sal Rizzo points out on Twitter, giving people second chances isn’t what’s controversial. It’s giving a person who violated the public trust a second chance working in the government that’s controversial.

Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from Brett Kavanaugh’s College Years

NEW YORK (NY)
The New Yorker

September 23, 2018

By Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer

As Senate Republicans press for a swift vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. The claim dates to the 1983-84 academic school year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale University. The offices of at least four Democratic senators have received information about the allegation, and at least two have begun investigating it. Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week and, in conversations with The New Yorker, expressed concern about its potential impact on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote. The Democratic Senate offices reviewing the allegations believe that they merit further investigation. “This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. It should be fully investigated,” Senator Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii, said. An aide in one of the other Senate offices added, “These allegations seem credible, and we’re taking them very seriously. If established, they’re clearly disqualifying.”

The woman at the center of the story, Deborah Ramirez, who is fifty-three, attended Yale with Kavanaugh, where she studied sociology and psychology. Later, she spent years working for an organization that supports victims of domestic violence. The New Yorker contacted Ramirez after learning of her possible involvement in an incident involving Kavanaugh. The allegation was conveyed to Democratic senators by a civil-rights lawyer. For Ramirez, the sudden attention has been unwelcome, and prompted difficult choices. She was at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident. In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty. After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away. Ramirez is now calling for the F.B.I. to investigate Kavanaugh’s role in the incident. “I would think an F.B.I. investigation would be warranted,” she said.

Pope’s role in study of Argentine sex abuse case draws fire

BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA)
The Associated Press

September 18, 2018

Pope Francis’ role in Argentina’s most famous case of priestly sex abuse is coming under renewed scrutiny as he faces the greatest crisis of his papacy over the Catholic Church’s troubled legacy of cover-up and allegations that he himself sided with the accused.

Francis, who at the time was still Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in 2010 commissioned a four-volume, 2,000-plus page forensic study of the legal case against a convicted priest that concluded he was innocent, that his victims were lying and that the case never should have gone to trial.

The Argentine church says that the study obtained by The Associated Press - bound volumes complete with reproductions of Johannes Vermeer paintings on the covers - was for internal church use only. But the volumes purportedly ended up on the desks of some Argentine court justices who were ruling on the appeals of Father Julio Grassi.

Despite the study, Argentina’s Supreme Court in March 2017 upheld the conviction and 15-year prison sentence against Grassi, a celebrity priest who ran homes for street children across Argentina.

Catholic crisis thinkers: What details change, when looking from the left and then the right?

UNITED STATES
Get Religion

September 23, 2018

By Terry Mattingly

This weekend’s think piece is two think pieces in one.

As a bonus, I think I have found a foolproof way to determine how editors of a given publication have answered the crucial question: What is the decades-old Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal all about?

Well, let me qualify that a bit: This journalistic test that I am proposing works really well with the drama surrounding ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, since he has been accused of several different kinds of sexual abuse with males of different ages.

The editorial test: Search an article for the word “seminary” or variations on that term.

Robert Jasina Interviews Monsignor G Michael Bugarin

DETROIT (MI)
WWJ Newsradio

September 24, 2018

WWJ's Roberta Jasina interviews Monsignor G Michael Bugarin of St. Clair Shores about pedophile priests, their prosecution, their punishment.

Length: 28:51

Hispanic summit on abuse crisis: Faith is bigger than clergy who fail to live it

FORT WORTH (TX)
CRUX

September 24, 2018

By Christopher White and Inés San Martín

While fallout from this summer’s clerical sexual revelations threatened to overshadow last week’s long-anticipated national summit on Hispanic Catholics, sentiment among the more than 3,000 attendees at the V Encuentro might be summarized as this: Our faith is bigger than the clergy who fail to live it out.

After four full days of keynote addresses, masses, breakout sessions, and coffee breaks, the sexual abuse crisis was repeatedly acknowledged by both the laity and Church leaders alike - but with the realization that the way forward will not be a singular silver bullet solution nor an “us versus them” mentality, but rather, as one bishop described to Crux, as a family acknowledging its faults but committed to repairing them together.

‘No admission of wrongdoing’; Tribal members settle sex abuse cases against LDS church

FLAGSTAFF (AZ)
The Associated Press

September 23, 2018

Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct foster program run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, a lawyer said.

Allegations have been made against the church by more than a dozen tribal members from the Navajo Nation and Crow Tribe of Montana.

Four cases recently were settled, three were settled last year and others reached agreements out of court. One case remains in Washington state.

The terms of the latest agreements are confidential and include no admission of wrongdoing, said Craig Vernon, an attorney who represented the tribal members.

The cases were filed in Window Rock District Court on the Navajo Nation.

Vernon said he believed his clients would have prevailed in tribal courts, but federal courts were risky. He said his clients had mixed feelings about settling.

The lawsuits sought monetary damages, written apologies and a guarantee that Mormon leaders would report suspected abuse. Vernon said his clients did not receive an apology and church policies remain unchanged.

Archdiocese of Hartford Addresses Ongoing Sex Abuse Scandal

HARTFORD (CT)
NECN

September 23, 2018

The Archdiocese of Hartford is again addressing the ongoing sexual abuse scandal shaking the Catholic church.

In a letter to parishioners released Sunday, Archbishop Leonard Blair acknowledged past sexual abuse cases within the diocese, stating that two priests have been credibly accused of sexually assaulting a minor over the last 20 years, and both faced criminal charges and prosecution.

He went on to say that the abuse has not been “occurring widely” in the Archdiocese of Hartford for at least 20 years, and there has been a zero-tolerance policy in place since 2002.

Blair said there are no credible claims against any current priests.

The latest Catholic abuse scandal shows that nothing was ever resolved

ORANGE COUNTY (CA)
The Orange County Register

September 22, 2018

By Steven Greenhut

I’m having a hard time understanding why the recent Pennsylvania grand-jury report dealing with the Roman Catholic Church’s child-rape scandal sparked so much shock and outrage. Indeed, the allegations contained in the report are shocking and outrageous. But, as someone who reported extensively on the issue in Southern California 10 to 15 years ago, I’m not surprised by the revelations. Obvious questions jump to mind.

Why hasn’t the church, and the secular authorities responsible for filing criminal charges against abusers and rapists, done anything more substantive about the problem in the ensuing years? Why aren’t legions of priests – and the hierarchs who put protecting the church’s image above protecting its most vulnerable members – serving hard time in prison? We’ve known about this scandal for ages in all its gory detail, but for some reason little was done about it.

The Pennsylvania report, released last month, referred to internal church documents suggesting that 300 predator priests had potentially thousands of victims. “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all,” according to the grand jury. “For decades. monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected; many, including some named in this report, have been promoted.”

If there were thousands of victims in Pennsylvania, how many were there nationwide?

Cosby back in court Monday for start of sentencing

NORRISTOWN (PA)
AFP

September 24, 2018

By Thomas Urbain

Disgraced US television icon Bill Cosby will return to a Pennsylvania court on Monday to face sentencing for sexual assault, five months after his conviction at the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

The frail 81-year-old -- once beloved as "America's Dad" -- faces a maximum potential sentence of 30 years for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.

He will be the first celebrity sentenced for a sex crime since the 2017 downfall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein signaled the beginning of America's public reckoning with sexual harassment.

The pioneering comedian and award-winning actor was found guilty April 26 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Sex abuse scandal in German Catholic Church sparks celibacy debate

GERMANY
DW

September 24, 2018

German bishops have begun meeting in Fulda to discuss a study on widespread sex abuse by Catholic priests. Some are calling for celibacy to be overhauled, while others want the church to focus on victim compensation.

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx opened a widely-anticipated meeting of the Bishops' Conference on Monday by saying that the issue of sexual abuse had reached an "important turning point for the Catholic Church" both in Germany and beyond.

"I feel we have reached a turning point about the issues such as prevention and the treatment of victims, but also about how the Church will deal with its own future," Marx said in the German town of Fulda.

The bishops are due to discuss a large-scale study on sex abuse on Tuesday. The "Study on the Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy," commissioned by the German Bishops' Conference in 2014, were published on September 11 in the German newspaper Die Zeit and the magazine Der Spiegel. The study has already prompted severe reactions in Germany.

On Monday, Cardinal Marx told the bishops: "We must do more: listen, understand and take appropriate measures."

Please, not more humanity

SOUTH BEND (IN)
The Observer

September 24, 2018

By James Nolan

I am a Catholic, but in light of the sexual abuse perpetrated by other Catholics, I am ashamed to be a Catholic.

The Greeks considered music an essential component of a person’s education. The ability to recognize and orchestrate harmony from separate melodies was a human skill in a universe that, for all its imperfections, was still ruled by reason. But Greek culture was disintegrating when Christianity’s reconciling habit outbid Greek philosophy to win Rome’s heart. Philosophical clarity, though never quite achieved, aged into a sterile cynicism that eclipsed the mythology that birthed it.

Any Catholic volunteer today is too familiar with the particular melody of “Safe Environment Training” that responds to the ever-unfolding sex abuse crisis in the Church. To volunteer at a diocesan middle school, I must watch a series of videos, defining sexual abuse and training recognition, introduced by Bishop Kevin Rhoades, who was recently accused of “improper” behavior with a former parishioner before a private investigation found the claim immaterial. Our bishop chants an odd strain, asking us, earnestly, to help “protect our children.” The cold reality we are waking up to, of criminal priests and complicit bishops, makes trustworthy bishops a piece of mythology. Cynicism seems the only responsible posture when so many other bishops have promoted the same formula.

#WhyIDidntReport: The hashtag supporting Christine Blasey Ford

UNITED STATES
BBC News

September 23, 2018

President Trump inadvertently spawned a new and trending hashtag after questioning why Professor Christine Blasey Ford did not report her alleged sexual assault by his Supreme Court nominee when it happened 36 years ago.

In one of a series of tweets on Friday, he said: "I have no doubt. that, if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed..."

There was a swift response.

Under the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport, thousands of women began recounting why it took them many years to talk about their attacks. By Sunday, there had been 675,000 tweets.

Many spoke of feeling ashamed or powerless, of reporting their attacker but not being believed, of years of trauma trying to process what had happened to them or trying to forget about it.

Celebrities also recounted their experiences.

3D gun advocate accused of sex with minor is jailed in US

AUSTIN (TX)
The Associated Press

September 23, 2018

By Paul J. Weber

The owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns was back in the U.S. Sunday after being arrested in Taiwan, where police say he flew after learning he was being investigated for allegedly having sex with an underage girl.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Cody Wilson, 30, was booked into Harris County Jail in Houston early Sunday and was being held on $150,000 bond.

He was arrested Friday at a hotel in Taiwan by local police. He is facing sexual assault charges in Austin, according to a statement from the U.S. Marshals service.

Authorities said Wilson met the girl through the website SugarDaddyMeet.com. According to an affidavit, the girl said they met in the parking lot of an Austin coffee shop in August and then drove to a hotel. The girl told investigators that Wilson paid her $500 after they had sex and then dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant.

"We are glad that Cody is back in Texas again where we can work with him on his case. That's our focus right now," Wilson's attorney, Samy Khalil, said in a statement Sunday night.

Amid mounting public pressure, legislators prepare to take up retroactive reform to child sex crimes

HARRISBURG (PA)
PennLive

September 24, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

When members of the state House of Representatives reconvene on Monday after a summer hiatus, they will take up for debate an issue that strikes at the heart of the Roman Catholic Church.

For more than seven decades, church officials across the state's eight dioceses have concealed from parishioners, the public and law enforcement the sexual abuse of thousands of children at the hands of priests.

That systemic concealment of crimes has permitted the passage of time, and with it, the expiration of the time extended to victims by law to prosecute predators.

In the wake of yet another blistering grand jury report detailing horrific and gut-wrenching crimes against children - sometimes committed on some as young as 18 months - lawmakers will take up one of the most contested issues in recent times: the reform of the statute of limitations.

None of the 1,000 cases of child sexual abuse uncovered by the recent grand jury investigation can be prosecuted.

For all, the statute of limitations has expired. Attorney General Josh Shapiro has bemoaned the fact that he can't prosecute every single living priest or bishop implicated in crimes. Shapiro, to date, has indicted only two priests, convicting one of them. To date, no bishop has been indicted.

The long saga of the Vatican protecting priests with history of sexual abuse

INDIA
Opindia

September 24, 2018

By Sanghamitra

The allegations of rape against Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal has added another infamous incident in the long list of sexual abuse allegations against the church. The incidents that followed the filing of the FIR highlighted another sinister truth beyond the widespread malice of sexual exploitations, rape, child abuse and harassment spread throughout the churches of India and associated institutions. That the culture of protection, defending and even rehabilitation of the priests being prevalent along with a strong mechanism of victim shaming and blatant defiance of rule of law.

When a case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal was filed in June, there was a sudden jump in attempts by the church and its associated ecosystem of shielding and defending him. Magazines published articles singing his praise, Christian organisations held press conferences revealing that they had conducted their own inquiry and found the nun guilty, not the Bishop. Powerful men gave statements vilifying the nun and questioned her character. As of yesterday, it was reported that one of the nuns who dared to stand against the Bishop and question inaction of the church authorities, had been dismissed by the Syro-Malabar church. Finally, just a day before his arrest, after 87 days of the complaint being filed, the Vatican suspended him from his duties as the Archbishop of the diocese of Jalandhar.

The culture of shielding the accused and blaming the victim, however, seems to stem from the very top. The church machinery, especially the Vatican itself, has a long history of not only protecting and shielding priests accused of sexual abuse but going out on a limb to blatantly ignore complaints of sexual abuse, even when it involves children. The sheer level of the church’s apathy for victims of abuse when its own priests are the perpetrators is matched only by its sinister dedication in shielding and even rehabilitating the accused priests.

The investigative exposé of the Catholic Church’s well-oiled machinery protecting priests who have a history of sexual abuse by the Boston Globe in 2002, which was made into an Oscar-winning movie named ‘Spotlight’ is rather well known. For years, the Catholic Church had not only protected the priests, but it had also let them continue as priests, despite knowing that children are being abused. The Globe’s investigation had revealed that the Catholic Church even had a legal machinery in place to intimidate the victims and protect the priests.

'People are telling very vulnerable, raw stories': Documentary series looks at dark moments in Ireland's past

IRELAND
The Journal

September 16, 2018

The series, which is on TG4, will look at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in its next episode.

A NEW DOCUMENTARY series will look this coming week at the story of a man seeking the truth about what happened to his sister at the Tuam mother and baby home.

The third episode of Finné, which goes out on TG4, will feature Peter Mulryan talking about his experiences in the home. The title ‘Finné’ means ‘witness’, and the series gathers personal testimonies from people about major incidents which happened in Ireland’s past.

The first episode looked at the murder of 19-year-old Una Lynskey in 1971, and the quashing of a conviction over her death. The second episode looked at the trial of Gail O Rorke, who was acquitted of helping her friend Bernadette Forde take her own life.

Producer Paddy Hayes said that the show is all about personal testimony, and that he was inspired by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin saying his u-turn on his stance on the Eighth Amendment was down to hearing the personal testimonies of four women.

It showed Hayes “the power of personal testimony to change minds and alter people’s preconceptions”.

“In Finné, which means witness, that was very much the inspiration – to give people the chance to tell their story,” he said. This means that in each episode (every one of which tackles a different topic), the person at the centre of the story directs their comments to camera, making it an intimate experience for the viewer.

#WhyIDidntReport: Hundreds of thousands share stories of rape, assault online

NEW YORK (NY)
CBS This Morning

September 24, 2018

A growing number of alleged sexual assault surviors are publicly sharing their stories. The outpouring is in response to President Trump's criticism of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser. The hashtag #WhyIDidntReport started trending on social media after the president questioned the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford, who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. Kavanaugh denies the allegation. Norah O'Donnell reports.

Protesters rally against sex abuse scandal outside Atlanta's home Catholic church

ATLANTA (GA)
WXIA TV

September 23, 2018

Parishioners from Catholic churches all over the metro gathered in front of the Cathedral of Christ the King on Peachtree Road to protest the way the church is handling the sexual abuse crisis.
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The Catholic Church is looking for (more than) a few good men

SAN GABRIEL (CA)
NBC News

September 23, 2018

By Alex Johnson

The numbers of U.S. priests and seminarians have been plummeting for decades, and it's not just because of the church's sexual abuse scandals.

The Rev. Matthew Wheeler believes it's a good time to be a Roman Catholic priest.

Wheeler, associate pastor at St. Anthony Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, is one of the newest priests in the U.S. Catholic Church — he is 30 years old and was ordained in June.

He knows how people see the priestly sexual abuse scandals. He knows that "if people look at a young man's decision to become a priest from simply a material perspective — to use biblical language, from a worldly perspective — in light of all these things, it doesn't make a lot of sense."

September 23, 2018

Radiografía a dos décadas de denuncias por abusos sexuales en la Iglesia Católica

[An in-depth look at two decades of clergy sex abuse accusations in Chile's Catholic Church]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 22, 2018

By Leslie Ayala, Carla Pía Ruiz, and Francisco Artaza

Un inédito listado realizado por la Fiscalía Nacional revela el detalle de los casos penales que afectan a la Iglesia Católica chilena. Desde el 2000 a la fecha, 221 sacerdotes y ocho obispos están en la mira de una histórica causa penal que, además, imputa supuestos encubrimientos de estos delitos en las más altas autoridades del clero chileno.

Acababa de terminar el consejo extraordinario de fiscales regionales del país, el jueves 20, cuando se divisó al jefe metropolitano sur, Raúl Guzmán, ingresando a la oficina emplazada en el piso 10, ala este, del edificio institucional del Ministerio Público. ¿El destino? El despacho del fiscal nacional, Jorge Abbott.

Denunciante de Precht responde a Fouillioux: "Está repitiendo lo que otros criminales han dicho para el encubrimiento"

[Precht whistleblower responds to Fouillioux: "He is repeating what other criminals have said for a cover-up"]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

September 23, 2018

By Consuelo Ferrer

Jaime Concha se refirió a los dichos del abogado del ex sacerdote, quien aseguró esta mañana que la sociedad pretende "aplicarle todas las cargas históricas que tiene la Iglesia en estas materias".

¿Por qué Precht va a tener que responder por todo lo que ha hecho o no la Iglesia, por Karadima, Barros, Cox y otros?". Fueron las palabras emitidas por el abogado defensor del ex sacerdote Cristián Precht, Luciano Fouillioux, quien aseguró a El Mercurio que el caso Maristas busca "aplicarle todas las cargas históricas que tiene la Iglesia en estas materias".

Abogado de Precht acusa que el Vaticano lo expulsó como "chivo expiatorio" y apunta a Karadima, Barros y Cox

[Precht's lawyer says the Vatican expelled him as a "scapegoat" and points to Karadima, Barros, and Cox]

CHILE
Emol

September 23, 2018

Luciano Fouillioux será el encargado de defender al ex sacerdote de las acusaciones de abusos sexuales a menores de edad en el "caso Maristas", las que indica que son "total y completamente falsas”. Debido a lo anterior, acusa que el Vaticano oculta algo tras la expulsión de su cliente, asegurando que Precht no tiene por qué responder "por todo lo que ha hecho o no la iglesia".

Luciano Fouillioux será el encargado de defender al ex sacerdote de las acusaciones de abusos sexuales a menores de edad en el "caso Maristas", las que indica que son "total y completamente falsas”. Debido a lo anterior, acusa que el Vaticano oculta algo tras la expulsión de su cliente, asegurando que Precht no tiene por qué responder "por todo lo que ha hecho o no la iglesia".

'Painful' healing from clergy sex abuse of children will take time for Catholic Church, its members, experts say

CHICAGO (IL)
Post-Tribune

September 23, 2018

By Becky Jacobs

Daniel Lowery sees the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal as a grieving process.

There’s denial, anger, bargaining and depression, he said, but the final stage of acceptance is going to be tough for people. Many are not ready for acceptance yet, he said.

“It’s a matter of choice, individually,” Lowery, theology professor at Calumet College of St. Joseph, said.

In light of lists released in recent weeks in northern Indiana of priests “credibly” accused of sexually abusing children, Lowery, Bishop Donald Hying of the Diocese of Gary, and other theology experts spoke of their views about how the church and its members can grapple with this information and work to move forward.

The Rev. Dale Melczek, who preceded Hying as bishop, did not respond to multiple requests from the Post-Tribune for an interview.

Last month, the Diocese of Gary published a list of 10 former priests found guilty of “credible actions of sexual molestation of minors.”

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend issued a similar list earlier this month of 17 former priests and one former deacon who were also credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. One of the priests, the Rev. William Gieranowski, served at parishes in East Chicago and Munster in the 1940s and 1950s, according to the diocese.

Bridgeport diocese hit with abuse lawsuits against 3 priests

BRIDGEPORT (CT)
The Connecticut Post

September 22, 2018

By Daniel Tepfer

Five men claim in lawsuits filed Friday that they were sexually abused as children by priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport.

The lawsuits, filed in state Superior Court in Bridgeport, claim the abuse occurred from the late 1980s to the early 2000s and was perpetrated by three priests — the Rev. Walter Coleman, the Rev. Robert Morrissey and the Rev. Larry Jensen, in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury and Ridgefield.

The suits are filed at a time when the Roman Catholic Church is reeling in the wake of reports of years of abuse of children being covered up in Pennsylvania and around the world. Last week, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano ordered parishes in the diocese to hold special masses of reparation for the abuse.

“Once again, we see the lives of people forever damaged by the sexual abuse by their parish priest,” said Cindy Robinson, whose Bridgeport law firm, Tremont Sheldon Robinson and Mahoney, represents the five men. “It is heartbreaking to hear about these stories, which are so similar to what we all read about in the Pennsylvania grand jury report several weeks ago.”

Connecticut has a five-year statute of limitations on criminal charges, but in 2002 the state extended the limit on filing lawsuits until the alleged victims reach the age of 48. The legislatures of New York and Pennsylvania are debating similar laws, but are facing stiff opposition from the church.

Fugitive New Mexico Priest Facing Federal Sex Abuse Charges Pleads Not Guilty

ALBUQUERQUE (NM)
The Associated Press

September 22, 2018

A fugitive priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse has been returned to New Mexico to face charges after being arrested in Morocco last year, federal officials said Friday.

Arthur J. Perrault, 80, a former Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and a former Air Force chaplain, has been charged in a federal indictment with seven counts of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact between 1991 and 1992 at Kirtland Air Force Base and Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Perrault, a one-time pastor at St. Bernadette parish in Albuquerque, is one of many priests who were sent to New Mexico in the 1960s from around the country for treatment involving pedophilia.

Victims, lawyers and church documents show the priests were later assigned to parishes and schools across New Mexico — especially in small Native American and Hispanic communities.

Alyssa Milano: I was sexually assaulted as a teen. Here’s why I didn’t report.

UNITED STATES
VOX

September 23, 2018

By Alyssa Milano

It took me 30 years to tell anyone. And I’m far from alone.

The courage of survivors will always be stronger than Donald Trump’s hate. The lives of survivors will always be more important than Brett Kavanaugh’s career.

When I was sexually assaulted, I wasn’t that much older than Christine Blasey Ford — now a PhD in psychology — was when she was allegedly assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (Kavanaugh denies the incident occurred). I’ve watched, horrified as politicians and pundits refused to believe or take seriously these allegations.

Then, on Friday morning, President Trump tweeted that if Ford’s words were true, she would have filed a report with local law enforcement years ago. This statement chilled me to my core.

Far too many of us know that what President Trump said is simply not true. Victims of sexual assault often don’t report what happened because they know all too well that our stories are rarely taken seriously or believed — and that when it comes to sexual misconduct, our justice system is broken. Now, we are seeing our worst nightmares realized when we see the disbelief, pushback, hate, and death threats Ford is receiving just because she had the courage to speak up.

It took me years after my assault to voice the experience to my closest friends. It took me three decades to tell my parents that the assault had even happened. I never filed a police report. I never told officials. I never tried to find justice for my pain because justice was never an option.

Clergy sex abuse victims approve reorganization plan

MINNESOTA
MPR News

September 21, 2018

By Martin Moylan

Survivors of clergy sexual abuse have almost unanimously approved a bankruptcy reorganization plan for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The vote was 398 to 2. Now, there'll now be a court hearing Tuesday at which a federal judge will consider confirming the plan. Approval is expected.

The plan provides $210 million for victims. But that is before legal fees for the church and victims' attorneys are deducted. Victims' attorneys typically get a third of such settlements.

Bishops consider identifying clergy accused of sex abuse

BATON ROUGE (LA)
The Advocate

September 22, 2018

By John Simerman

When Louisiana’s five Catholic bishops met earlier this month in Lafayette for their regular quarterly meeting, there was no need to consult an agenda.

Since their last meeting, news had spread of the New Orleans archdiocese settling several claims of abuse involving a defrocked Metairie deacon, George Brignac, without the church following its own guidelines for publicly reporting it.

Then came the late July bombshell from a Pennsylvania grand jury, identifying what it said were credible allegations of abuse against more than 300 “predator priests” and involving more than 1,000 child victims across six of that state’s eight dioceses.

Bishops across the country have been scrambling to respond, with some deciding to release lists of clergy and other church officials who had been implicated in similar abuses over the years.

“It was the first thing on our minds: How can we respond to the questions coming at us from all directions? And rightfully so,” Bishop Michael Duca of the Diocese of Baton Rouge said Friday.

Duca echoed what New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond said Friday in an interview with The Advocate: that Louisiana’s bishops are now weighing if, when and how to release a similar list of names of clergy and others who have been the subjects of credible allegations of abuse.

Abuse victim angry over priest list

FORT WAYNE (IN)
The Journal Gazette

September 23, 2018

By Rosa Salter Rodriguez

Wonders where the guilty ones go after dismissal

When Brian Cook was 11, he says, his divorced mother, having recently moved back to Fort Wayne, encouraged him to develop a friendship with their parish priest, thinking it would be good for him to have a male role model.

Cook says it was good – in the beginning. The priest asked him to sit on his lap while they talked and gave him a hug and a kiss. He didn't think anything of it because his family had friendships with priests before.

But during a subsequent meeting, the priest told him he looked tense and said he'd give him a massage if he'd lie down on the bed in the next room of the man's rectory living quarters. At a later meeting, the priest told him he should take off his clothes for a better massage.

By that time, Cook said, he was uncomfortable. He felt what was happening was wrong, and “I was getting the heck out of there,” he said.

But it was not until he reported what happened to a diocesan official in 2017 that he learned of any sexual abuse allegations against the priest.

Last week, Cook found the priest's name among 18 priests and deacons “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of minors on a list released by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. The list placed the number of allegations against the priest at six.

And Cook, who said he was told there were other victims of the same priest when he reported, is angry.

“I know if I had heard something, I would have come forward (sooner),” said the man, who no longer lives in Fort Wayne. “If (church officials) don't disclose, no one knows.”

The list has revealed the scope of alleged clerical abuse within the diocese – and mixed messages over the years.

Hardly a parish in Fort Wayne was not staffed at one time by a priest on the list of accused abusers. Sixteen separate parishes, some of which have closed, were named as having been an assignment of an accused priest – although the list does not specify when or where any of the alleged abuse took place.

Angry parishioners blast San Jose Diocese, Catholic Church over sexual abuse allegations

PALO ALTO (CA)
Bay Area News Group

September 22, 2018

By Tatiana Sanchez

Angry and hurt over national reports of clergy abuse that have again rocked the Catholic Church to its core, dozens of residents confronted Bishop Patrick McGrath Saturday to demand transparency as the Diocese of San Jose prepares to launch its own investigation.

About 70 people — including alleged victims of abuse — gathered at Our Lady of the Rosary for a listening session hosted by the diocese to allow people to ask questions, express concerns and, in some cases, outrage over recent revelations of the sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania and beyond.

Calling on the bishop to launch a criminal investigation into any local allegations of abuse, many criticized the Catholic Church for waiting so long to take action and said it’s caused them to lose hope in church leaders. Some said they’re abandoning Catholicism altogether.

John Hesler, a parishioner at Holy Family Parish in San Jose who was the first to speak Saturday, said he was molested by a priest as a boy in the 1970s in Albany, New York, where he grew up.

Church Abuse Victims Approve Plan For Compensation

ST. PAUL (MN)
The Associated Press

September 22, 2018

Hundreds of victims of clergy sexual abuse have overwhelmingly voted in favor of a reorganization plan for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that will compensate them for the abuse.

Court documents show that 398 out of 400 voters supported the plan.

The tentative settlement reached in May provides about $210 million to compensate abuse victims. All victims would receive at least $50,000, with greater compensation depending on the nature, duration and effects of the abuse suffered.

Leading German Jesuit says abuse crisis calls for major Church reform

VIENNA (AUSTRIA)
La Croix International

September 19, 2018

By Christa Pongratz-Lippit

Current structures actually prevent critical investigation and verification of clerical sexual abuse and its cover-up

A Jesuit priest who was one of the key people to reveal what Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn once described as the "tsunami" of clerical sex abuse cases in the German-speaking world has now called for in-depth structural changes to the Catholic Church.

Father Klaus Mertes SJ, a well-known writer and educator, said the latest wave of revelations concerning abuse and its cover-up in various parts of the world indicates that the phenomenon is not just a local matter, but a global problem that can be solved only through major Church reform.

In an opinion piece for the German Catholic Church’s official website katholisch.de and in a long interview with the website Kathpress on Sept. 13, the 64-year-old Jesuit said the latest reports from the United States, Ireland, Australia, the United States and other places show that not nearly enough attention has been paid to the problem of abuse cover-up.

He said it is now absolutely essential for the Church to tackle the question of its checks-and-balances (separation of powers), as well as the issues related to male-dominated structures (old boys’ networks). And he insisted that both were closely connected to the problem of institutional cover-up.

Slovak Priest Defies Celibacy Rules As Sex Abuse Scandals Roil The Catholic Church

KLAK (SLOVAKIA)
The Associated Press

September 21, 2018

By Karel Janicek

A priest in the conservative Roman Catholic stronghold of Slovakia has challenged the church’s celibacy rules, voicing his dissent at a time when clerical celibacy is once again a topic of debate amid ongoing sex abuse scandals.

The Rev. Michal Lajcha has written a book in two versions — one for theologians, the other for the laity — that asserts the church would benefit greatly if married men were allowed to be ordained and celibacy were made voluntary.

In “The Tragedy of Celibacy — The Death of the Wife,” Lajcha called celibacy a “festering wound” in the church and said that making it voluntary could also help prevent sex scandals.

Child sexual abuse and the church: Impact on children & youth

PLANO (TX)
Baptist Standard

September 19, 2018

By Scott Floyd

Part 1 of this series considered the extent of child sexual abuse—how often does sexual abuse of children take place? The vast majority of experts on the matter agree sexual abuse of children is more extensive than most people realize, and, for a variety of reasons, a great deal of child abuse goes unreported.

Sexual abuse is damaging not only to the individual and his or her family but to society at large. While there is no way to calculate the exact cost of sexual abuse, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates a newly substantiated case of nonfatal child maltreatment costs society about $210,000 across the child’s lifetime.

But what are the other costs? How does sexual abuse effect those who are victimized? How is the impact experienced when one is a child, a teenager and then an adult?

Governor: No reports of church abuse to Louisiana police, but reports would prompt probe

BATON ROUGE (LA)
The Advocate

September 20, 2018

By Elizabeth Crisp

Gov. John Bel Edwards said he does not know of any recent reports to state law enforcement regarding sex abuse in the Catholic church in Louisiana.

If such a complaint were to be lodged, "the state will do whatever it always does when it receives credible information that a crime has taken place -- it will be investigated," Edwards told reporters during a news conference Thursday.

A bombshell grand jury report that detailed the widespread abuse of more than 1,000 children over several decades in Pennsylvania has prompted other states to launch investigations into misconduct.

About one in four Louisiana residents is Catholic. The Advocate reported this week on abuse at Jesuit High School, where settlements were paid to abuse victims but were not publicly reported to the community. Earlier this month, The Advocate detailed abuse claims at another New Orleans school.

Edwards, a Democrat who is Catholic, holds authority over the Louisiana State Police, the statewide law enforcement arm.

When it comes to abuse, church isn't above the law, Chilean archbishop says

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

September 19, 2018

By Junno Arocho Esteves

As revelations of the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by clergy continue in Chile, an archbishop said that the church can no longer ignore the suffering of victims.

In a pastoral letter published Sept. 10, Archbishop Fernando Chomali of Concepcion said the Catholic Church in Chile must cooperate with authorities to uncover the truth, and it can no longer succumb to the temptation "of looking the other way and saying, 'its other people (who are the problem), not me.'"

"We must obey the law because we are not above the norms that govern the country," Chomali said.

The 20-page pastoral letter, titled "Living the Gospel in Times of Crisis," was published several days before Chilean prosecutors conducted a raid of offices in four dioceses, including Concepcion.

Chomali said the aftermath of decades of abuse committed by members of the clergy in the country have turned a once vibrant church that "was a voice for the voiceless" into a social pariah.

"Today we are -- for a growing percentage of the population -- a cause of scandal, of profound questioning, of much distrust and little credibility," he said.

China comes out ahead in Vatican deal: analysts

CHINA
AFP

September 22, 2018

By Dan Martin

The landmark deal between China and the Vatican is a win for Beijing, giving official recognition to bishops appointed by the government despite a crackdown on religion, and potentially softening the ground for full diplomatic relations after 67 years of estrangement, analysts said.

The two sides signed a provisional agreement on Saturday on who gets to name senior churchmen, an issue that has bedevilled ties for decades, and China quickly said it hoped for an improvement in relations.

That is bound to mean consequences for self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade province, and which has watched helplessly in recent years as its giant neighbour has picked off its few remaining diplomatic partners.

With its outsized international influence, the Vatican is the most important of Taiwan's 17 remaining friends, and its only European partner.

The agreement on bishops makes no mention of diplomatic relations, but some see the writing on the wall.

Chilean archbishop seeks dismissal of sex abuse cover-up charges

CHILE
Reuters

September 21, 2018

Reporting by Antonio de la Jara in Santiago; Writing by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Matthew Lewis

Attorneys for Chile's most senior cleric said on Friday they will ask a judge to drop charges he covered up sexual abuse amid a scandal that has rocked the Chilean Roman Catholic Church and prompted a major civil investigation.

The ongoing church sex abuse scandal in the Andean nation has prompted Pope Francis to open an investigation that has led to the resignations of several bishops and priests.

Lawyers for Ricardo Ezzati, the archbishop of Santiago, have requested more time to prepare their case after Ezzati was originally due to be questioned by a civil prosecutor last month.

Ezzati's defense team, which includes lawyer Hugo Rivera, has determined that the archbishop's case does not qualify as a "cover-up," Rivera told reporters on Friday.

The silent Popes: Why Francis and Benedict won't answer the accusations dividing their church

VATICAN CITY
CNN

September 23, 2018

By Daniel Burke

One rarely leaves his monastery high on a hill in Vatican City. The other speaks freely -- too freely, critics say -- but has vowed silence on this matter, for now.

Two men, both clad in white, both called Holy Father, and now, both facing questions about a crucial facet of the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis: What did they know, and when?

Amid the onslaught of news about the scandal, it can be easy to overlook the historical novelty and high drama of this moment in the life of the church: For the first time in 600 years, there are two living popes, one retired and one active, whose fates may be intertwined, even as many of their followers are at odds.

It has been nearly a month since a former papal diplomat published a dramatic letter asserting a "homosexual networks" and widespread cover-ups within the highest levels of the Catholic Church.

Duterte assails Catholic Church’s refusal to investigate child abuse cases

MANILA (PHILIPPINES)
Manila Bulletin

September 23, 2018

By Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte has assailed the local Catholic Church for its refusal to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse committed by some priests.

The President said church leaders knew of cases of abusive priests but still pretended to be righteous because they were also “a bunch of sh*t.”

One of the cases ignored by the church, Duterte claimed, was the abuse he and other Ateneo students endured from a Jesuit priest years ago.

“The Catholic Church of the Philippines, never bothered to investigate them,” Duterte said during a health forum in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu last Friday.

“And all the things that they did, asking cars from government, getting it free when they know very well that there is a separation of church and state, that no money of the government shall be spent for the benefit of the religious or religion,” he said.

Duterte recalled that he and other high school students were molested by Jesuit priest Mark Falvey while studying at the Ateneo de Davao University. He claimed that the school and church turned a blind eye to such abuse scandal.

“Fight from the inside”: Young Catholics in Colorado try to keep faith amid latest sexual abuse allegations

DENVER (CO)
The Denver Post

September 20, 2018

By Elizabeth Hernandez

Denver Archdiocese stresses that Catholic Church has come a long way since abuses of past decades

Katie Lacz ruminates over her Catholic faith, wondering if she’s finally hit a breaking point strong enough to tear her from the religion she’s wrapped herself in her entire life.

“I know how much is wrong with the church, and yet I love it because of its tradition and history,” said the 34-year-old Lacz, who lives in Louisville. “I am in this institution that I know is really, really sick and sinful, but, at the same time, I feel like it’s so important to stay and fight for what I think is good about it.”

As another round of sexual abuse and coverup allegations cloud the church, young Catholics in Colorado like Lacz are grappling with whether they can stay devout within an institution that continually defies their faith and its own foundations.

A grand jury report released in mid-August found that hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children, possibly more, since the 1950s, with senior church officials covering up the abuse. Less than two weeks later, a former top Vatican diplomat claimed in a letter that Pope Francis helped cover up the clerical sexual abuse scandals. The letter called for the pope’s resignation.

And this week, four men who suffered repeated sexual abuse as children by a religion teacher at a Roman Catholic church reached a $27.5 million settlement from the Diocese of Brooklyn and an after-school program, according to The New York Times. The settlement is one of the largest ever awarded to victims of abuse within the church.

September 22, 2018

Former priest, Cheverus teacher due to go on trial on sex assault charges

PORTLAND (ME)
Portland Press Herald

September 22, 2018

By Megan Doyle

James Talbot is accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old boy while he was a visiting priest at a Freeport church in the late 1990s.

Michael Doherty remembers the moment he finally saw James Talbot in handcuffs.

Talbot has a history of alleged sexual abuse of children dating to the 1970s at Boston College High School in Massachusetts, then at Cheverus High School in Portland. The former Jesuit priest and teacher has settled lawsuits with more than a dozen victims, including Doherty, who is from Freeport.

But Talbot has been convicted only once. He was never prosecuted in Doherty’s case and many others because the statute of limitations at the time had lapsed. Then, in October 2005, Talbot pleaded guilty to raping and sexually assaulting two students decades before in Boston. When Talbot was taken into custody 13 years ago, Doherty made sure he was in the courtroom.

“It was an important moment,” Doherty said. “There’s a different level of satisfaction than there is in the civil litigation. When I had the ability to see him taken into custody in Boston, it was powerful.”

Priest accused of child sex abuse in Gary decades ago may have continued working for years outside U.S.

CHICAGO (IL)
Post-Tribune

September 21, 2018

By Meredith Colias-Pete

A priest accused of sexually abusing children while working in the Gary Diocese during the 1970s and ‘80s may have continued to work for years in ministries and schools outside the United States, a Post-Tribune review has found.

Last month, the Gary Diocese said the Rev. George Kavungal had six “credible” accusations of child molestation after an internal review. He was a visiting priest from India from 1978 to 1985, church records show.

Of 10 accused priests, only Ambrose McGinnity had as many allegations. McGinnity died in 2000.

Kavungal and two others are still alive, church leaders said. Officials only said he was believed to be in India. No laicization date was given for him.

Diocese releases names of 18 priests and deacons ‘credibly’ accused of sexually abusing minors

FORT WAYNE (IN)
News-Sentinel

September 18, 2018

By Kevin Leininger

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has released the names of 18 priests and deacons it believes have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The announcement fulfills a promise made last month by Bishop Kevin Rhoades, who told reporters he hoped that “by releasing these names, the innocent victims of these horrific and heartbreaking crimes can finally begin the process of healing.”

According to the diocese, the list was developed with the assistance of the Diocesan Review Board, which was established to assist the bishop in complying with the requirements of The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and The Essential Norms. The Diocesan Review Board is comprised of mostly lay people and its members assess all allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests and deacons presented in this diocese.

The priests and deacons who have served in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and have been credibly accused of at least one act of sexual abuse of a minor include:

James Blume, who was ordained in 1980, removed from public ministry in 1989 and dismissed from the clerical state in 2007 and was the target of five credible allegations. While in Fort Wayne he served at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St. Andrew/St. Hyacinth parishes;

Admitted abuser removed from university post in Canada

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

September 21, 2018

By Heidi Schlumpf

St. Paul University confirms John Huels no longer teaching there

A liturgical canonist and teacher who had admitted abusing a minor while serving as an associate pastor in the United States is no longer teaching at the Canadian pontifical university where he had been a full professor.

St. Paul University confirmed that John Huels is no longer teaching at the university, after Huels' victim contacted Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast and NCR ran a story about the abuse.

In the article that NCR published Sept. 12, survivor Michael Bland wondered if he would find justice amid the renewed attention to clergy sexual abuse, telling NCR that he had hope but little trust. "I think I have found healing, but I have not found accountability," he said.

Now, it seems he has found accountability, too.

Prendergast responded within four days to a Sept. 18 email from Bland, a psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago who served on the U.S. bishops' National Review Board. The archbishop informed him that Huels is no longer teaching at St. Paul University.

"I can assure you that we are striving to do justice for those who have been harmed by abuse and to bring about healing," Prendergast wrote to Bland. "Be assured of my prayers for you and all who have been victimized by clergy."

Indian Bishop Franco Mulakkal arrested for alleged rape of nun

INDIA
Global Sisters Report

September 21, 2018

By Jose Kavi

Editor's note: This story was updated Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m. CDT with new information throughout, including details about the investigation, interrogation and medical examination of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, and comments from Cardinal Oswald Gracias.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar was arrested by Kerala police Friday, accused of raping a nun multiple times between 2014 and 2016. He is the first Catholic bishop to be arrested in a sexual abuse case against a nun in India.

The case emerged on June 28 when a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, a diocesan congregation under the Jalandhar Diocese, accused the prelate of subjecting her to rape and unnatural sex on 13 occasions over a two-year period at her convent in Kuravilangad, south of Kochi.

During the police interrogation, Mulakkal denied the charges, calling them "concocted." He said the nun was upset with him for advising the congregation's leaders to act on a married woman's complaint that the nun had had an affair with her husband.

Saliente obispo de San Felipe: "Me voy con la tranquilidad de que yo no he abusado"

[Outgoing Bishop of San Felipe: "I'm leaving with the peace of mind that I have not abused"]

CHILE
El Mostrador

September 22, 2018

Carlos Contreras se suma a la expulsión de Cristián Precht y Carlos Pellegrin.

Tras la bullada expulsión de Cristián Precht, el Papa Francisco aceptó la renuncia de dos párrocos más: el ahora exobispo de San Felipe, Cristián Contreras Molina, y el de Chillán, Carlos Pellegrin.

Trial Date Set for Suspended Priest Accused of Groping Seminary Student

SAN DIEGO (CA)
NBC 7

September 21, 2018

Juan Garcia Castillo, 35, had served as an associate pastor at St. Patrick's Parish in Carlsbad

A trial date has been set for a San Diego-area priest accused of forcibly groping and making sexual advances towards an adult seminary student.

Juan Garcia Castillo, 35, is accused of unlawfully touching an intimate part of another person on February 4, according to a complaint filed against him.

Castillo, who is a naturalized United States citizen originally from Honduras, had served as an associate pastor at St. Patrick's Parish in Carlsbad since 2011.

He was removed from the parish in March and criminally charged with one count of misdemeanor sexual battery in May.

Carlsbad priest accused of groping seminarian

SAN DIEGO (CA)
San Diego Union-Tribune

September 21, 2018

By Teri Figueroa

A Catholic priest has been suspended from his duties at a Carlsbad church as he awaits trial over an accusation that he groped an adult seminary student earlier this year.

The Rev. Juan Garcia Castillo, 35, has pleaded not guilty to one misdemeanor count alleging sexual battery of the victim. The accuser, a man around Castillo’s age, quickly reported the alleged incident, which happened in early February.

Castillo’s attorney said Friday that his client “absolutely denies the allegations” made against him.”

News of the criminal case against Castillo surfaced this week as the Roman Catholic church grapples with a new wave of reported sexual abuse by clergy members, and accusations that church officials covered it up.

The local case also creeps into headlines a week after Bishop Robert McElroy, who leads the Diocese of San Diego, announced a town hall tour at local parishes to address the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the church for years.

Raúl Hasbún, defensor canónico de Precht, distingue entre la "apelación y la nulidad" del debido proceso

[Raúl Hasbún, canonical defender of Precht, distinguishes between "appeal and nullity" of due process]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

September 22, 2018

By José Manuel Vilches

Para el presbítero, la nulificación juratorial "permite revertir toda sentencia manifiestamente nula por denegación del derecho de la defensa".

A cuatro días de anunciar las acciones que tomará en la defensa del ex vicario de la solidaridad Cristián Precht, el presbítero Raúl Hasbún fue enfático en distinguir entre las acciones de "apelación y nulidad" en el ámbito legal. "La Iglesia Católica declara, miles de veces al año, la nulidad de matrimonios celebrados bajo su competencia y liturgia", inició Hasbún en una carta enviada a la edición sabatina del diario "El Mercurio". Y agregó: "El contrato y sacramento de matrimonio, válidamente celebrado, es para la Iglesia Católica indisoluble por explícito mandato de Cristo, su Fundador".

Priest abuse lawsuits in Massachusetts name Catholic order in Bellevue

LINCOLN (NE)
Omaha World-Herald

September 20, 2018

By Paul Hammel

A Catholic order based in Bellevue is now a defendant in two lawsuits in Massachusetts that allege sexual abuse of two children by a priest in the 1970s.

The lawsuits say officials with the Columban Fathers of Bellevue, as well as those with the Archdiocese of Boston, knew that a now-deceased priest, the Rev. Brian Gallagher, was an abuser, yet assigned him to serve a parish and nursing home in Dorchester, Massachusetts, granting him “unchecked power to sexually abuse Catholic boys.”

The attorney who represents the two now-grown men named in the lawsuits said Gallagher, a native of Ireland, was transferred from missionary work in Japan, first briefly to Ireland, then to the U.S., where he spent only four years.

Tribal members settle abuse cases against Mormon church

FLAGSTAFF (AZ)
The Associated Press

September 22, 2018

By Felicia Fonseca

Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, a lawyer said.

Allegations have been made against the church by more than a dozen tribal members from the Navajo Nation and Crow Tribe of Montana.

Four cases recently were settled, three were settled last year and others reached agreements out of court. One case remains in Washington state.

The terms of the latest agreements are confidential and include no admission of wrongdoing, said Craig Vernon, an attorney who represented the tribal members.

The cases were filed in Window Rock District Court on the Navajo Nation.

Vernon said he believed his clients would have prevailed in tribal courts, but federal courts were risky. He said his clients had mixed feelings about settling.

Viaje de Chomalí a Roma: La lectura detrás de la reunión del Papa con el arzobispo de Concepción

[Chomalí's tip to Rome: Reading between the lines after the Archbishop's meeting with the Pope]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

September 22, 2018

By Tomás Molina J.

Los entendidos ven al sacerdote como una fuente confiable de Francisco en Chile. Pese a ello, consideran poco probable que sea un candidato para reemplazar, eventualmente, a Ezzati en Santiago.

Hace "más de tres meses", el arzobispo de Concepción, Fernando Chomalí, solicitó una reunión con el Papa Francisco en Roma con el fin, según dijo, de abordar la crisis al interior de la Iglesia chilena producto de los abusos sexuales y de poder ejecutados por clérigos. La cita finalmente se concretó ayer, el mismo día en que el Sumo Pontífice aceptó las renuncias de los obispos de Chillán, Carlos Pellegrín, y de San Felipe, Cristián Contreras. Chomalí, a través de un comunicado, señaló que no solo mantuvo un encuentro con la máxima autoridad de la Iglesia católica, sino que también con el oficial de la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, Jordi Bertomeu -con quien almorzó- y con el embajador de Chile en el Vaticano, Octavio Errázuriz.

Baton Rouge Bishop: Catholic Church working on making local abuse records public

BATON ROUGE (LA)
WBRZ

September 22, 2018

Bishop Michael Duca vowed transparency in an unprecedented, five-minute phone conversation with WBRZ Friday related to allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and a plan to make records public.

“I don’t have a timetable right now. We are moving fairly quickly,” he said, “to come up with an idea of what [information will be released and how].” Duca said the diocese is working with the archbishop of New Orleans to make a list of priests accused of sexual misconduct. That list will eventually be revealed to the faithful and the rest of the public.

“Once we do… The rest will move fairly quickly,” Duca said.

Duca called WBRZ from Texas when he was told the WBRZ Investigative Unit and Chris Nakamoto were looking into long-secret church records related to lawsuit settlements over sexual abuse by priests.

“We don't want to hurt anyone in this process,” Duca said. “We are also making sure we aren't going to release information that will be abused or cause concern for any victims.”

Papa ya ha dado de baja a cuatro obispos indagados por casos de abusos

[Pope has already dismissed four bishops investigated for abuse]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 21, 2018

By L. Zapata, B. Veláquez, and N. Ojeda

Los prelados Carlos Pellegrin y Cristián Contreras Molina, a quienes el Pontífice aceptó su renuncia, formaban parte del grupo investigado por la fiscalía.

Siete son los obispos que actualmente están siendo investigados por el Ministerio Público, dentro de los 167 casos de abusos sexuales que involucran a miembros de la Iglesia Católica.

Víctima de Karadima y salida de obispos: Es una alegría ver que se le gana a la injusticia

[Victim of Karadima reacts to the departure of two bishops]

CHILE
BioBioChile

September 21, 2018

By María José Villarroel

El papa Francisco dio a conocer que aceptó la renuncia de otros dos obispos chilenos. En esta instancia, aceptó la dimisión de Carlos Pellegrín Barrera, quien estaba encargado de la diócesis de Chillán y Cristián Contreras Molina, obispo de la diócesis de San Felipe. Tras este anuncio, también se dio a conocer quiénes serán los encargados de reemplazarlos. Para Chillán se determinó que Sergio Pérez de Arce Arriagada, asumirá como administrador apostólico y para San Felipe será Jaime Ortiz de Lazcano Piquer.

Exobispos de San Felipe y Chillán se defienden ante remoción por delitos de connotación sexual

[Ex-bishops of San Felipe and Chillán defend themselves against sex abuse allegations]

CHILE
BioBioChile

September 21, 2018

By Ariela Muñoz and Nicole Martínez

El Papa sumó a dos obispos más a la lista de siete removidos de sus diócesis. Se trata del ahora exobispo de San Felipe, Cristián Contreras Molina, y el de Chillán, Carlos Pellegrin, quienes se defendieron de las acusaciones que están en manos de la Fiscalía por delitos de connotación sexual.

Fiscalía solicitará el decreto de expulsión de Cristián Precht

[Prosecutor will request church records on Cristián Precht's expulsion]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 21, 2018

By L. Zapata

Ministerio Público quiere analizar los antecedentes que Iglesia consideró para desvincular al presbítero del clero.

La Fiscalía Metropolitana Sur, que indaga al exsacerdote Cristián Precht por dos denuncias de eventuales abusos sexuales, interpuestas por Eneas Espinoza y Jaime Concha, por hechos que habrían ocurrido en el Instituto Alonso de Ercilla (de la Congregación Marista), solicitará a la Iglesia de Santiago copia del decreto Vaticano que determinó la dimisión del estado clerical del religioso.

A protest in Chicago unlike any other

CHICAGO (IL)
American Thinker

September 21, 2018

By Monica Showalter

What is it about Chicago and out-there priests?

First, we heard all about crazy radical leftist Fr. Michael Pfleger during the Obama years, probably the biggest social justice warrior the Church has in its ranks, a guy who consorts with Louis Farrakhan. Now we learn of a priest who must be about as far away from that end of the spectrum as possible: Fr. Paul Kalchik.

Kalchik made headlines by burning a rainbow gay banner in a ceremonial church fire pit, in defiance of his own archdiocese, which forbade him from doing it. His aim was to protest the Church pedophilia and pederasty scandals, whose victims were overwhelmingly male, bringing up the taboo of homosexuality in the clerical ranks, which he argues is at the heart of it, and the archdiocese is not addressing. According to the Sun-Times:

Another Priest arrested for sexual abuse, was on ‘house arrest’ after ‘internal inquiry’ by Polish ‘religious authority’

INDIA
OpIndia

September 21, 2018

A Priest, who is also a principal in a reputed English medium convent school in Pune, has been arrested from Mumbai for allegedly sexually abusing a student, according to Times of India. According to the reports, the police has booked the priest under the stringent Pocso Act for allegedly showing an adult video clip to a 14-year-old student twice and touching him inappropriately.

Interestingly, the police have said that priest had claimed that he had already been awarded punishment by a ‘religious authority’ in Poland. The police said that the religious authorities had asked the priest to be under ‘house arrest’ for three years.

According to the Indian Express, the police demanded the priest’s custody and submitted his statements before the court, where he claimed that an ‘internal inquiry’ had been conducted by a bishop from a school in Solapur, following which the punishment was awarded to him. The police said that there are still verifying about the religious authority and the punishment that the priest was claiming to. The police also said that the investigation has revealed that two more boys had been similarly abused by the priest.

Fugitive Catholic Priest Accused Of Abuse Arrested After Decades On The Run

UNITED STATES
The Huffington Post

September 21, 2018

By Carol Kuruvilla

Arthur J. Perrault, who spent 26 years as a fugitive, now faces child sex abuse charges in New Mexico.

A Roman Catholic priest who vanished in 1992 amid allegations of child abuse was extradited to the U.S. from Morocco this week to face federal charges.

Arthur J. Perrault, 80, was arrested Thursday in New York on seven counts of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact with a minor, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico.

The alleged abuse of an unnamed victim happened between 1991 and 1992 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery and Kirtland Air Force Base ― where Perrault was a chaplain, The Associated Press reports.

If convicted of the aggravated sexual abuse charges, Perrault could face lifetime imprisonment.

The former priest served in New Mexico under the Archdiocese of Santa Fe from 1973 to 1992. He disappeared just days before a lawyer filed two lawsuits claiming that Perrault had sexually assaulted seven children at a local parish.

Before he worked in the Santa Fe archdiocese, Perrault spent time at a treatment center for pedophile priests in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. He was sent to the center in 1965, after allegedly abusing young men while working in the Archdiocese of Hartford in Connecticut.

Maryland attorney general seeking reports of child sex abuse at churches, schools

BALTIMORE (MD)
The Baltimore Sun

September 21, 2018

By Michael Dresser

A notice on the webpage of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh suggests that state authorities are conducting an investigation similar to one in Pennsylvania that found decades of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy and cover-ups by church leaders.

Following standard practice, the attorney general’s office declined to confirm or deny that an investigation is under way. But a spokeswoman said the notice inviting victims to report offenses “associated with a school or place of worship” has been on the website for about a month.

That means Frosh’s office posted it shortly after Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released an explosive grand jury report on Aug. 14 that said more than 300 "predator priests" in that state had been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children.

The report concluded that for decades church officials, including the leaders of archdioceses, covered up crimes such as the rapes of children.

Pa. priest exploited teen's confession of 'sin' to groom her for sexual abuse

YORK (PA)
York Daily Record

September 19, 2018

By Brandie Kessler

Mary McHale was in her senior year of high school at Reading Central Catholic when the rumors started to spread.

Her classmates were saying she was gay.

McHale, a standout athlete who was one of four children, knew the rumors were true but she didn't know how to reconcile that with what she had been taught. It was 1989 and almost impossible for teenagers to come out as gay. Being gay was "taboo, a mortal sin," she said.

Raised Catholic, McHale believed each of the paths before her would lead to the same place: She could be gay and go to hell; live a lie and go to hell; or take her own life and go to hell.

Overwhelmed by her secret, she did what she had been taught her whole life and went to confession to confide in her priest.

‘I Don’t Want to Die Without Telling This Story: Reports of Alleged Abuse by Catholic Priests Rise Sharply

NEW YORK (NY)
The Wall Street Journal

September 21, 2018

By Ian Lovett

More than 900 people have called a hotline set up by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office following its report on sexual abuse

Growing up in Scranton, Pa., John Patchcoski would often play kickball at the church down the street from his house. One of the priests took an interest in him and would sometimes join the kickball games and give John gifts, like an eight-track tape player.

Eventually, Father Michael J. Pulicare invited John to go on a fishing trip. On that trip, he says, the priest sexually assaulted him. It was the mid-1970s, and John was around 12 years old.

Priest abuse allegations should be taken seriously, but let's not jump to conclusions

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Morning Call

September 20, 2018

By Paul Muschick

Sexual abuse of children by priests finally is being taken seriously in Pennsylvania, and hopefully elsewhere, since last month’s grand jury report exposed the enormity of the problem and the extent of the cover-up.

The change in attitude is long overdue. But let’s be careful not to overdo it.

As new investigations are launched based on the flood of complaints made after the grand jury report, let’s not forget that accused clergy are entitled to due process. They shouldn’t be presumed guilty by association.

Last week, two priests who had been accused were cleared.

The Berks County district attorney cleared the Rev. David C. Gillis, an Allentown diocesan priest serving in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He had been suspended after a complaint to the state’s child abuse hotline by the father of a woman who said she had been sexually abused as a child. The woman told investigators she wasn’t abused by Gillis. The church lifted his suspension last week and allowed him to return to church duties.

Bono Questions Pope Francis About Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Crisis

VATICAN CITY
The Huffington Post

September 20, 2018

By Carol Kuruvilla

“You can see the pain in his face, and I felt he was sincere,” Bono said of the pope during a meeting at the Vatican.

U2 musician Bono said he had a hard conversation with Pope Francis about the sexual abuse scandal that has been roiling the Irish singer’s homeland.

Francis was “aghast” about sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, Bono told reporters after a private meeting with the pontiff at the Vatican on Wednesday.

“I explained to him how it looks to some people that the abusers are being more protected than the victims,” Bono said, according to Reuters.

The singer said Francis appeared deeply troubled by this.

A letter to church that I love

PERKASIE (PA)
The Presbyterian Outlook

September 14, 2018

Guest commentary by Kris Schondelmeyer

Dear church that I love:

On August 14, a grand jury report detailing the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church and underlying cover-up was released here in the state of Pennsylvania where I serve as a pastor. The “40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury Report”starts out:

“We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this. We know some of you have heard some of it before. There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale. For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere.”

This report has triggered emotions that for me are all too personal. I’ve read numerous Facebook posts from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) colleagues who’ve decried that the Catholic Church must change, and that Catholic leaders must tell the truth now. Some of these colleagues have even expressed a sense of gratitude that the PC(USA) does not engage in this sort of malicious behavior. But I know an experience in the PC(USA) that is all too similar to that of our brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church.

Embattled D.C. cardinal to ask Pope Francis to accept his resignation

WASHINGTON (DC)
CNN

September 12, 2018

By Janet DiGiacomo and Daniel Burke

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled archbishop of Washington, will travel to the Vatican "in the very near future" to ask Pope Francis to accept his resignation, a spokesman said.

In a letter to priests in the diocese, Wuerl said he will meet with Francis about the resignation he presented nearly three years ago at age 75, the mandatory age for Catholic bishops to submit their retirement to the Pope. He said a decision about his future "is an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan church we all love can move forward."

"Our discernment here, I believe, has indicated the way forward to bring healing and a new beginning at the service of this church," Wuerl said.

Ed McFadden, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Washington, said on Wednesday that Wuerl will ask Pope Francis to accept his resignation. McFadden said he did not know when the meeting would occur. A contingent of American bishops is meeting on Thursday with the Pope in Rome, but Wuerl is not among them, according to the Vatican.

Catholic teacher Mathew Reale jailed over child porn ring involving A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

September 21, 2018

By Joanna Menagh

A former teacher at a Catholic primary school in Perth has been jailed for his involvement in a paedophile chat ring that included former A Current Affair journalist Ben McCormack.

But with time already served he could walk free within six months.

Mathew Paul Reale, 30, was working at a school in suburban Perth when he repeatedly made contact via the internet with several other men, including McCormack, and discussed abusing boys, some as young as babies and toddlers.

The WA District Court was told Reale also sent some of the men videos and images of children being abused.

Priests who served locally and the abuses

LEHIGHTON (PA)
Times News

August 17, 2018

By Kathy Kunkel

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released the findings of an 18-month-long grand jury investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church on Tuesday. The report contains the names of 301 people the grand jury deemed to be predators. Of those, 26 served locally within the Times News coverage area, 22 assigned to the Allentown diocese and four with the Diocese of Scranton. In addition to naming names, the report provides details of the accusations against each of the accused predators. The Allentown Diocese also listed additional names of accused priests.

Only a handful of offenders were ever criminally prosecuted, with most just reassigned or allowed to retire. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro subpoenaed internal documents from each of Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses for the grand jury investigation, uncovering a conspiracy of silence.

Priests with ties to the area are listed:

Donald Wuerl, the Church’s Most Oblivious Cleric

WASHINGTON (DC)
National Review

August 31, 2018

By Alexandra Desanctis

The cardinal’s repeated denials of knowledge and responsibility for sexual-abuse cover-ups defy all credibility.
The Catholic Church’s nightmare of a summer began with Theodore McCarrick. After news broke in June about his past sexual misconduct, including the abuse of minors, he resigned from the College of Cardinals and was exiled to a life of prayer and penance, out of the public eye. But the Archdiocese of Washington, which McCarrick once oversaw, remains very much in the eye of the storm.

There, McCarrick’s direct successor, the embattled cardinal Donald Wuerl, clings to his leadership role, even after weeks of criticism and calls for his resignation. He has done little to silence them and much to bring further censure upon himself.

In Something More Pastoral, a 2015 book about Wuerl’s life and work, the authors hail him as a public figure “known for his professional transparency.” This summer has indicated precisely the opposite.

Incredibly, Wuerl has insisted for two months that he had never heard anything of McCarrick’s predatory behavior — despite two legal settlements that were made to victims from McCarrick’s time in New Jersey, and despite testaments that the former cardinal’s coercive sexual overtures toward seminarians were common knowledge among the clergy.

Church abuse attorney questions new measures

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
WVUE

September 21, 2018

By Rob Masson

An attorney currently representing more than a dozen people who claim sex abuse at the hands of a deacon says many Catholic schools aren’t going far enough to prevent abuse.

The reaction comes just hours after Jesuit’s headmaster outlined measures designed to prevent abuse in response to recent reports of alleged crimes dating back to the 1970s.

Jesuit President Fr. Chris Fronk met with students Friday and with parents last night, putting out a statement saying, “It is important that you know the steps we take to ensure the safety of your sons.”

Every employee goes through two independent criminal background checks - state and federal.

But an attorney who has handled dozens of abuse victims in Louisiana says anti-abuse measures often don’t go far enough.

“I would want the auditors to have an intense interview with every single member of the faculty and staff,” said Roger Stetter.

That’s because Stetter says victims rarely come forward, or often do so when it’s too late to take action.

Clergy sex abuse survivors put statute of limitations reform in the spotlight in new video

YORK (PA)
York Daily Record

September 21, 2018

By Brandie Kessler

In a new video, Catholic clergy sex abuse survivors demand lawmakers act to reform the state's statute of limitations with a retroactive window.

"We don't need your apologies," survivor Todd Frey says to the camera.

"We don't need your prayers," survivor Shaun Dougherty says.

"We need justice," survivor Mary McHale says, emphasizing each word.

The three joined other abuse survivors in the video released on YouTube this week. Judy Deaven, mother of Joey Behe, who died in 2015 from an accidental drug overdose from pain medication he was prescribed for injuries he suffered when he was raped by a priest, also appears in the video, urging justice for "all victims."

The video was produced by CHILD USA, a nonprofit think tank dedicated to protecting kids and preventing abuse, according to its website.

Pa. clergy abuse case underscores need for change in statutes of limitations

BOSTON (MA)
The Boston Globe

August 27, 2018

In the wake of the tsunami from the Pennsylvania grand jury report, there have been numerous suggestions on proper remedies and responses, including allowing priests to marry and women to be ordained, help from the laity (a request made by Cardinal Sean O’Malley), and more statewide grand jury investigations.

Change must come from the state. The single most effective method of addressing sexual abuse of children is statutes of limitations reform and so-called window legislation. Almost all of the victims identified in the Pennsylvania grand jury report are barred from suing their abusers and the institutions that knowingly covered up the abuse. Arbitrary time limits lock the doors of the courthouse, denying victims justice and, therefore, healing.

It’s true that notions of due process support the necessity of most statutes of limitations; however, there are reasonable exceptions adopted by legislators that promote justice and fairness. It takes victims well into their adulthood to speak of their trauma; justice demands that victims are given more time, or a window, to revive barred claims.

Evansville Diocese to list names of priests accused of abuse

EVANSVILLE (IN)
Courier & Press

September 21, 2018

By Abbey Doyle

Evansville Bishop Joseph M. Siegel announced Thursday the Evansville Diocese will collect and release the names of priests in the diocese who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors over the years.

Siegel declined to give any kind of timeline for the release of names.

“We are doing this in the hope that the listing of these priests and their current statuses will help in the process of healing for those who have been affected by clergy sexual abuse," Siegel told The Message, the diocese newspaper. "We also hope it may encourage others who have experienced sexual abuse by clergy or other church ministers to come forward.”

This announcement comes about two weeks after an Evansville Diocese priest was put on administrative leave after the diocese received a report of sexual misconduct.

Father David Fleck denies the claim of sexual misconduct that reportedly happened decades ago, according to the statement from the diocese.

Bishop Morneau requests withdrawal from public ministry

GREEN BAY (WI)
The Compass (Newspaper of the Diocese of Green Bay)

September 21, 2018

By Sam Lucero

Allouez - Bishop Robert Morneau, retired auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, has requested and has been granted a withdrawal from all public ministry. In a letter dated Sept. 14 and addressed to Bishop David Ricken, Bishop Morneau stated that he failed to report to authorities an incident of priest sexual abuse of a minor in 1979.

“As a result,” wrote Bishop Morneau, “this priest was able to abuse again several years later. … I intend to spend my time in prayer for all victims and survivors of sexual abuse and I will do corporal works of mercy in reparation for what I failed to do.”

In a separate letter, Bishop Ricken acknowledged the request.

Letter by Bishop Robert Morneau

Letter by Bishop David Ricken

Retired Bishop Morneau admits to not reporting priest's sex abuse, withdraws from ministry

GREEN BAY (WI)
Green Bay Press Gazette

September 21, 2018

By Shelby Le Duc

https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2018/09/21/priest-sex-abuse-retired-bishop-green-bay-withdraws-ministry-failed-report-robert-morneau-ricken/1379459002/

A retired bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay has withdrawn from public ministry, acknowledging his failure to report a priest's sexual abuse of a minor 40 years ago that allowed the priest to assault other youths.

Bishop Robert Morneau asked to withdraw from public ministry in a Sept. 14 letter to the diocese. Bishop David Ricken approved that request three days later.

In the letter, Morneau admits to failing to report to the police a 1979 incident of a priest sexually abusing a child.

"As a result, this priest was able to abuse again several years later," he wrote.

The priest, David Boyea, pleaded guilty in 1985 to first-degree sexual assault of another child and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He also was permanently removed from the priesthood.

Pa. priest abuse hotline receives more than 1,130 calls as reports spike

YORK (PA)
York Daily Record

September 21, 2018

By Candy Woodall

The number of people who say they were sexually abused by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania has more than doubled since a grand jury report released early last month identified 301 predator priests.

That report estimated about 1,000 victims throughout six dioceses in Pennsylvania who were silenced by a cover-up that dated back to the 1930s.

A little more than a month later, the number of people to come forward continues to grow.

As of Thursday, the clergy abuse hotline set up by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro had received calls from 1,130 people.

Agents in the Office of the Attorney General "return every call, log every fact, and contribute to further investigations where appropriate," Shapiro said in a Twitter statement.

"If you've been victimized, it's time to come out of the shadows. #SpeakUp, & we'll be there to help," he said on Twitter.

September 21, 2018

En la hora del adiós: obispo de Chillán se va pidiendo perdón y advirtiendo con “acciones legales”

[In the hour of goodbye, Bishop of Chillán asks for forgiveness and warns of "legal action"]

CHILE
El Mostrador

September 21, 2018

El renunciado Carlos Pellegrín pidió “perdón por todas las veces que no estuve a la altura”, pero al mismo tiempo no descartó tomar acciones legales contra aquellos que lo han "injuriado”. Además, anunció que “me reservo el derecho a apelar a la justicia también porque soy un ciudadano más de Chile”.

"Perdón por todas las veces que no estuve a la altura de lo que requiere mi responsabilidad”. Con estas palabras Carlos Pellegrín se refirió a su salida como obispo de Chillán luego que el Papa Francisco decidiera aceptar su renuncia junto a la del obispo de San Felipe Cristián Contreras.

Murillo por reemplazantes de obispos de San Felipe y Chillán: la Iglesia católica va "en la dirección correcta"

[Murillo on replacements of bishops of San Felipe and Chillán: the Church is going "in the right direction"]

CHILE
El Mostrador

September 21, 2018

El denunciante de Fernando Karadima acusó que existe un "lobby importante de los obispos tratando de mantenerse en sus puestos", esto debido a que las expulsiones se han dado en momentos muy diversos, a pesar que todos los religiosos presentaron su renuncia al mismo tiempo.

Uno de los denunciantes de Karadima, José Andrés Murillo, se refirió a la aceptación de la renuncia por parte del Papa Francisco de los obispos de Chillán y San Felipe, Carlos Pellegrín y Cristián Contreras, respectivamente. "No puede ser que obispos que tienen un rol religioso, ético, moral (...) estén siendo investigado por abuso sexual infantil, que es el delito más inaceptable que se comete en la sociedad contemporánea", sostuvo Murillo.

Víctima de abusos respira profundo: “Pensé que el poder del obispo de San Felipe era interminable”

[Clergy abuse victim: "I thought the power of the Bishop of San Felipe was endless"]

CHILE
El Mostrador

September 21, 2018

En conversación con El Mostrador, el ex seminarista Mauricio Pulgar, víctima de abuso sexual por parte del presbítero Humberto Enríquez, explicó sus expectativas tras la salida del obispo de San Felipe aceptada este vienes por el Papa Francisco junto a la renuncia del obispo de Chillán. “Escucharon nuestras súplicas”, dijo por su parte la vocera de los laicos de Chillán, Mirena Romero.

Tras la determinación del Papa Francisco de aceptar las renuncias de otros dos obispos chilenos (los jefes de la iglesia de Chillán, Carlos Pellegrín, y de San Felipe, Cristián Contreras), el ex seminarista Mauricio Pulgar, una de las víctimas de abuso sexual por parte de miembros del clero, expresó que es hora de que la Iglesia “cambie la actitud hacia las víctimas y que se inicie un diálogo”.

Jaime Concha, denunciante marista: “Precht era un depredador sexual”

[Jaime Concha, Marist whistleblower: "Precht was a sexual predator"]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 21, 2018

By Sergio Rodríguez G.

“Yo sabía que si contaba que el Vicario de la Solidaridad me atacaba sexualmente, Pinochet lo habría usado a él y a mí, Precht habría terminado fusilado, preso, se habría acabado la Vicaría. Nosotros sentíamos el peso de todo eso", dice Jaime Concha.

“Yo no me siento feliz por lo que le ha pasado a Cristián Precht, creo que es una enorme tragedia, pero se tiene que conocer la verdad, la gente tiene que saber quién era él realmente”, dice Jaime Concha, con tono enérgico. El denunciante del caso Marista alude al reciente decreto de dimisión del estado clerical que emanó desde el Vaticano, a través del cual la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, a instancias de una decisión papal, expulsó de por vida a Precht del sacerdocio.

Papa Francisco acepta renuncia de cuestionados obispos de Chillán y San Felipe

[Pope Francisco accepts resignation of accused bishops of Chillán and San Felipe]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

September 21, 2018

By Gabriela Varas and Tomás Molina

La salida de Carlos Pellegrín Barrera y Cristián Contreras Molina se da dentro del marco de las investigaciones en su contra por sus supuestas vinculaciones en casos de abusos dentro de la Iglesia Católica.

El Papa Francisco aceptó la renuncia de los cuestionados obispos de Chillán, Carlos Pellegrín Barrera, y San Felipe, Cristián Contreras Molina. El sacerdote Pellegrín estaría siendo investigado penal y canónicamente por presunto abuso sexual y encubrimiento, mientras que Contreras es apuntado por el eventual delito de encubrimiento. Además, en ambas diócesis existen procesos penales y canónicos en curso contra clérigos.

Defensa de Ezzati pide su sobreseimiento como supuesto encubridor en investigación contra sacerdote Óscar Muñoz

[Ezzati's defense asks for his dismissal in Óscar Muñoz's cover-up investigation]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

September 21, 2018

El ex canciller del Arzobispado de Santiago es indagado por delitos sexuales. Tribunal decidirá el próximo 5 de octubre.

La defensa del cardenal Ricardo Ezzati solicitó el pasado 14 de septiembre el sobreseimiento definitivo de éste en el marco de la investigación que lleva adelante la fiscalía de O'Higgins en contra del ex canciller de esa arquidiócesis, Óscar Muñoz (56). Según explicó la defensa del también arzobispo de Santiago, la solicitud -realizada ante el Tribunal de Garantía de Rancagua- está fundada en el artículo 150 del Código Procesal Penal y apunta a la falta de participación de Ezzati en los delitos imputados a Muñoz Toledo.

Ex canciller del arzobispado investigado por abusos sexuales abandona la cárcel de Rancagua

[Former chancellor of the archdiocese investigated for sexual abuse leaves Rancagua prison]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

September 21, 2018

La Corte de Apelaciones de Rancagua revocó ayer la prisión preventiva contra Óscar Muñoz y ordenó arresto domiciliario nocturno.

El ex canciller del Arzobispado de Santiago, Óscar Muñoz Toledo, abandonó hoy la cárcel de Rancagua donde cumplía prisión preventiva desde el pasado 13 de julio tras ser formalizado por delitos sexuales contra varios menores. Ayer, la Corte de Apelaciones de Rancagua revocó la medida cautelar de prisión preventiva y decretó su arresto domiciliario nocturno, junto con el pago de una fianza de $5.000.000.

El mapa de los obispos en Chile tras las renuncias aceptadas por el Papa Francisco

[The map of the bishops in Chile after the resignations accepted by Pope Francis]

CHILE
Emol

September 21, 2018

Por el momento, el Sumo Pontífice ha concretado la salida de siete de los líderes eclesiásticos chilenos que viajaron al Vaticano para reunirse con él.

La Iglesia en Chile está conformada por distintas jurisdicciones eclesiásticas. Existen cinco arquidiócesis correspondientes a las provincias eclesiásticas en las que se divide el país, que también está cubierto por 19 diócesis, una prelatura y un vicariato apostólico. El Papa Francisco recibió la renuncia de todos los obispos durante la cita que sostuvieron en el Vaticano y hasta el momento ha aceptado siete.

Laicos jóvenes esperan que Chomalí exponga casos de abusos sexuales a papa Francisco

[Young lay leaders expect Chomalí to discuss clergy sex abuse cases with Pope Francis]

CHILE
BioBioChile

September 20, 2018

By Manuel Cabrera and Óscar Valenzuela

El representante de los laicos jóvenes de Concepción espera que el eje central de la cita que tendrá Fernando Chomalí con el papa Francisco, gire en torno a los casos de abusos sexuales que se han conocido en la zona y en el país. Además, creen que ninguno de los obispos -que se encuentran en calidad de renunciados puede asumir la Arquidiócesis de Santiago, a cargo actualmente de Ricardo Ezzati.

Arzobispo Chomalí tras ver al Papa: "Presenté nuevamente mi renuncia, la que no fue aceptada"

[Archbishop Chomalí after seeing the Pope: "I submitted my resignation again, which was not accepted"]

CHILE
BioBioChile

September 21, 2018

By Matías Vega

Tras sus reuniones en el Vaticano con el papa Francisco y el oficial de la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, Jordi Bertomeu -quien estuvo de visita en Chile como enviado papal a mediados de junio-, el arzobispo de Concepción, Fernando Chomalí, aseguró haber presentado nuevamente su renuncia al sumo pontífice, pero que no fue aceptada.

After Catholic boys school writes off sex abuse as “history”, new and more shocking details emerge

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
Queerty

September 21, 2018

By Graham Gremore

An elite boys school in New Orleans is currently fielding a PR nightmare and it doesn’t look like it’ll be ending any time soon.

On Wednesday, news broke that Jesuit High School in New Orleans quietly paid a former student $450,000 after he was repeatedly raped by priests and staff members.

Ricky Windmann was sexually assaulted over the course of several years while he was a student at the Catholic boys school in the 1970s. He detailed the horrific abuse in an article published by the New Orleans Advocate.

After that story broke, the school went into crisis mode.

Rev. Christopher Fronk, the president of Jesuit High School, immediately sent out a letter to the Jesuit community saying he was “horrified” by the sexual abuse that took place at the school and calling it a “disgusting time in our history”.

“What happened then is very different from what happens now,” Fronk said. “Jesuit High School of the ’70s and ’80s is not the Jesuit High School of today.”

Pope accepts resignation of two Chilean bishops accused of abuse or cover up

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

September 21, 2018

By Inés San Martín

FORT WORTH, Texas - Four months after the Chilean bishops presented their resignations en mass due to a massive clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis has accepted two more on Friday, bringing the total to seven.

Though the Vatican gave no reason for the pontiff’s decision, both prelates replaced on Friday are accused of sexually abusing minors.

Both prelates are currently being investigated by civil prosecutors, as is Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, the Archbishop of Santiago, who continues in his role despite allegations that he covered up clerical sexual abuse.

Bishop Cristian Contreras of San Felipe is one of the two whose resignation Pope Francis accepted on Friday. He’s being investigated for cover-up, but also for allegedly abusing a minor in the bishop’s house decades ago. He’s already been investigated in 2013 by the Vatican, which sent two priests to look into alleged sexual abuses, but no sanctions were imposed.

Contreras will be temporarily replaced by the head of the ecclesial tribunal of Santiago, Jaime Ortiz de Lezcano, who will serve as apostolic administrator. He was the man tasked with investigating former priest Cristian Precht, who was removed from the priesthood last week by Pope Francis without the possibility of appealing the sentence.

Christine Blasey Ford Isn’t “Mixed Up.” But the Way We Talk About Sexual Assault Still Is

UNITED STATES
Vogue

September 18, 2018

By Michelle Ruiz

It’s a story as old as Adam and Eve: When something bad happens, blame the woman. Nearly 30 years ago, an all-male Senate Judiciary Committee attempted to undermine Anita Hill—some openly questioning her credibility and motivations—before ultimately confirming her alleged sexual harasser, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. This week, the very same narrative is playing out again with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the clinical psychology professor who has come forward to accuse President Trump’s latest SCOTUS pick, Brett Kavanaugh, of pinning her down and groping her at a party when they were both high school students around 1982. Both Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify publicly about her allegation—which he denies—on Monday; the fate of Kavanaugh’s confirmation now hangs in the balance. And so the well-oiled white male protector machine has been launched into overdrive.

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch told reporters that Ford must be “mixed up” about the alleged assault, though, according to Ford, the nominee was “stumbling drunk” at the party, so it may be more likely that he’d be the one with a cloudy memory. (A culture of heavy drinking seems to be confirmed by Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s friend at the time, who later wrote a memoir about his various youthful indiscretions featuring a thinly veiled “Bart O’Kavanaugh.”) Former independent counsel Ken Starr (why are we still hearing from Ken Starr again?) similarly mused on CNN that Ford’s account of her assault must be a simple case of “mistaken identification,” as “false identification . . . happens every day.” Except, um, it actually does not.

False sexual assault accusations make for splashy media sensations and prime Dateline episodes—see: the UVA/Rolling Stone article; the Duke lacrosse case—but statistically speaking, they are extremely rare; 2 to 10 percent of sexual assault reports are false, and as Quartz recently noted, it is equally (if not more) rare that false accounts lead to criminal convictions. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, “since records began in 1989, in the U.S. there are only 52 cases where men convicted of sexual assault were exonerated because it turned out they were falsely accused.” It’s a number that pales in comparison to the estimated 1 in 6 American women who will experience rape or attempted rape in their lifetime, or the 1 in 4 college women alone who experience unwanted sexual contact.

Notorious fugitive NM priest in custody, facing child sex abuse charges

ALBUQUERQUE (NM)
Albuquerque Journal

September 21, 2018

By Colleen Heild

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One of the most notorious of the Roman Catholic priests accused of child sexual abuse in New Mexico, the Rev. Arthur Perrault, is in federal custody today under indictment for repeatedly molesting a boy at Kirtland Air Force Base and at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in the early 1990s.

This afternoon, after 26 years on the lam, the disgraced priest is set to face a U.S. magistrate in Albuquerque on a newly unsealed federal indictment charging him with criminal aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact between 1991 and 1992. Perrault had served as a military chaplain at the time.

His initial appearance set for 3 p.m. today.

At a news conference this morning, U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson and FBI Special Agent in Charge James C. Langenberg said Perrault’s arrest is the culmination of a yearlong, FBI-led investigation that involved authorities in Morocco, who took Perrault into custody last year after he was indicted by a federal grand jury in Albuquerque on seven federal charges.

“This man was widely perceived as mentor to young people and a respected figure in the community,” Anderson said. “Although the indictment alleges that Perrault committed these acts many years ago, this indictment should make clear that the U.S. Attorney’s Office will pursue justice for victims despite the passage of time or the many years that this defendant sought to put between him and these alleged offenses.”

Michigan AG Schuette opens Catholic priest sex abuse investigation

DETROIT (MI)
Detroit Free Press

September 21, 2018

By Niraj Warikoo

The Michigan Attorney General's Office announced today it has launched a statewide investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The office posted on its website today that it now has an open investigation into whether clergy in the Catholic Church in Michigan committed acts of abuse against children.

"The Michigan Department of Attorney General has determined that a full and complete investigation of what happened within the Catholic Church is required," it reads on the Attorney General's website. "This investigation is and will continue to be independent, thorough, transparent, and prompt. My department and this investigation will find out who knew what, and when."

The investigation was first reported by Wood TV, which had filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requesting documents related to several cases of abuse.

A spokesperson for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette confirmed to the Free Press the investigation was launched in August and announced today.

The office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Sept. 21, 2018, it has launched an investigation into the Catholic Church in Michigan for possible abuse of children.

Presentation principal accused of mishandling reported sex abuse to resign

SAN JOSE (CA)
Bay Area News Group/Mercury News

September 5, 2018

By John Woolfolk

Presentation High School President and former Principal Mary Miller announced Wednesday she will resign after coming under a cloud of allegations that she mishandled student sex-abuse allegations against staff over 25 years leading San Jose’s prestigious Catholic girls’ school.

“I have come to the realization my resignation is what is best for Pres,” Miller said in a resignation letter to the school’s board of directors. “The allegations of past sexual abuse continue to be a distraction for the school and bring negative attention towards Presentation. It is my sincere hope that my absence will bring some peace and allow the staff and new administration to focus on the success and well being of our students — which is our common goal.”

Presentation’s board said it will immediately begin a search to replace her.

Robert Allard, the lawyer who represented the former students, called it a key step toward housecleaning at the school administration, where he said Miller “enabled numerous predators to sexually abuse countless young girls.”

No more delays, Louisiana bishops must release names of pedophile priests

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
Times-Picayune

September 21, 2018

By The Times-Picayune Editorial Board

After decades of secrecy, Louisiana's Catholic bishops are considering releasing the names of priests with credible accusations of abuse against them.

New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond, in an interview with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Thursday (Sept. 20), said a decision should come soon.

The right decision should be obvious: The priests ought to be identified. There should be no exceptions for priests who are deceased or who have left the church. And the disclosure should include the names of any lay abusers who preyed on victims under the cover of the church.

Devout Catholics regard the sacrament of reconciliation as a pillar of their faith. They are taught from early childhood that fully confessing one's misdeeds is the first step toward forgiveness and spiritual healing.

The bishops should now practice what they preach. For the good of the community, the church, and most importantly the victims, they must release the names of the accused and cooperate fully in the civil and criminal proceedings that are sure to follow.

These priests harmed children and inflicted unimaginable pain on them and their families, pain that continues decades later. The Catholic Church for years has shielded most of these priests and other abusers who worked in and for the church. The secrecy allowed some of them to move on to other ministries, where they could abuse more children.

Archbishop Aymond said in the interview that he believes transparency is essential. But he also said the possibility of releasing the names is "riddled with problems," particularly in cases where the abusive priest has died.

Those problems are of the church's making. If the church's hierarchy had decided sooner to be transparent and to confront abuse, the scandal might not have festered.

Whether a priest is living or dead should make no difference now, if there are credible accusations against him. What is important is publicly recognizing the harm done to victims by these predators. There can be no healing without openness by the church.

An August grand jury report in Pennsylvania shows the depth of the scandal. The grand jury, using internal documents from six Catholic dioceses, identified more than 300 priests believed to have sexually abused more than 1,000 children. Since the grand jury report, about 40 of almost 200 dioceses across the United States have released the names of priests accused of abusing children in the past.

In Louisiana, the church hierarchy has been silent up to now.

India: Bishop accused of raping nun summoned by police

INDIA
Al Jazeera

September 12, 2018

By Zeenat Saberin

The decision to question Franco Mulakkal came following days of protests in Kerala by women's groups.

Police in the southern Indian state of Kerala have summoned a bishop accused of raping a Catholic nun for questioning, following days of protests by a collective of nuns, women's groups and activists.

The Indian media on Wednesday reported that Franco Mulakkal, head of the Jalandhar diocese in northern Punjab state, has finally been summoned and is likely to be questioned on September 19.

The decision to question Mulakkal came on the fifth day of a sit-in protest in Kerala, demanding action against the bishop accused of sexually assaulting the 46-year-old Catholic nun from the Catholic congregation Missionaries of Jesus.

The nun has alleged that Mulakkal raped her repeatedly between 2014-2016 at a convent in Kerala.

Pope Francis Has a Blind Spot on Sexual Misconduct—and It Begins With His Own Advisory Council

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
Mother Jones Magazine

September 21, 2018

By Dan Spinelli

When Pope Francis said last week that he would summon leading Catholic bishops to Rome for an unprecedented summit on the clergy sex abuse scandal, the Vatican included a superficially innocuous detail in the announcement. His decision came “after hearing the Council of Cardinals” and heeding their advice. This group of nine individually selected cardinals, known informally as the “C9,” has only met with Francis 26 times since his election in 2013. But their infrequent gatherings belie the weight Francis has given their counsel on important Church-related issues.

“At the end of the day, the buck stops with Pope Francis,” John Gehring, the author of The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church, said in a direct Twitter message to Mother Jones. “The cardinals he surrounds himself with to help navigate through this crisis are clearly important, but it’s the pope’s responsibility to move from tough rhetoric to real structural reform.”

It is the C9’s influence in guiding the Vatican response to the sex abuse scandal that has raised concerns among abuse survivors and other Church observers, not because of any specific advice they have given but, rather, because two members of the Council have their own connections to the crisis. Last year, 77-year-old Australian Cardinal George Pell was charged with sexual misconduct after allegations emerged that he abused minors decades ago. (Few details are known about the charges because Australian law limits what can be reported about criminal defendants before a verdict is reached.) Another C9 member, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa of Chile reportedly hid evidence of abuse committed by Fernando Karadima—a priest so notorious that the Vatican made the rare decision of publicly proclaiming his guilt after an internal investigation.

Three months in, more newsrooms need to get serious about Catholic sex abuse coverage

UNITED STATES
GetReligion.com

September 21, 2018

By Julia Duin

As of today, we’re moving into the fourth month of Cardinal-gate or whatever one wants to call the flood of revelations, regrets, resignations and just plain revulsion over the re-awakened sex abuse crisis.

Reporting on the first phase of this crescendo of bad news started kind of slowly in June as news of then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s penchant for finding sex partners among his seminarians started leaking out. During that first month, only the New York Times and the Washington Post did much of anything on it and then mostly by their religion and-or Vatican reporters.

Fast forward to this recent Post piece, by an investigative team designated to look into the actions of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Yes, there should have been a team put on the case way before this, but better late than never. You can tell that news executives are taking a story seriously when they start throwing staff at it.

A dozen years before he became a top leader in the Catholic Church, Donald Wuerl was weighing a fateful decision. It was 1994, and Wuerl, then a bishop, had removed a priest accused of child sex abuse from a Pittsburgh-area parish. But the priest refused to get psychiatric treatment, and instead asked Wuerl for time off…

The case, one of hundreds mentioned in a groundbreaking Pennsylvania grand jury report released last month, sheds light on how Wuerl handled sex abuse claims in the Pittsburgh Diocese from 1988 to 2006 — a period that now threatens to rewrite his legacy and hasten the end of his career. Wuerl, 77, announced recently that he would go to the Vatican to discuss his possible resignation with Pope Francis, and although it is not clear when that meeting will take place, Wuerl is scheduled to be in Rome this weekend.

Red billboard calling on the Bishop to release the names of priests accused of abuse

LAFAYETTE (LA)
KLFY-TV

September 19, 2018

By Caroline Marcello

Bishop Deshotel 'considering' release of accused priests' names

On the corner of Ambassador Caffery and Johnston Street in Lafayette there’s a digital billboard calling out the bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette to release the names of priests accused of abuse.

The two advertisements are bright red and the messages are short. They read “How many more?” and “Release the names” with the web address bishop-accountability.org.

I reached out to that organization, and they say they don’t know who’s paying for the billboard.

“Whoever did this, is really onto something,” says Terry McKiernan with the nonprofit out of Massachusetts. He says, “We are a library and an internet archive of the Catholic abuse crisis. We maintain a database of accused priests."

Letters: Doubts about the Vatican Meeting on Sexual Abuse

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

September 19, 2018

Readers question how much can actually be accomplished.

To the Editor:

Re “In a First, the Pope Calls Bishops to a Global Meeting on Sexual Abuse” (news article, Sept. 13):

After nearly 30 years of observing how Catholic authorities deal with abuse cases, I was disappointed to read that in response to the latest revelations and outcries, yet another meeting of prelates has been scheduled. But I was heartbroken when you reported that bishops “will be taught to listen to victims” at the gathering in February.

What kind of men are these princes of the church if their Vatican supervisors admit that they must learn how to hear the most wounded in their flock?

David G. Clohessy
St. Louis

The writer is the former director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Cardinal hires judge to review church sex abuse policies

NEW YORK (NY)
Associated Press

September 20, 2018

By Karen Matthews

Hoping to restore the faith of those disillusioned by how the church has handled sexual abuse allegations, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York appointed a former federal judge Thursday to review its procedures and protocols.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced the appointment of Barbara Jones, saying many Catholics had told him they were feeling let down by the church’s hierarchy after a “summer of hell.” The string of bad news has included a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse and systematic cover-up by church officials in that state, and revelations about sexual abuse allegations against a former archbishop, Theodore McCarrick.

The move also comes two weeks after New York’s attorney general announced a comprehensive investigation of how the church and its leaders handled abuse allegations across the state. Attorney General Barbara Underwood issued subpoenas to all eight of the state’s Roman Catholic dioceses for documents containing information on abuse allegations and how they were investigated and handled.

San Diego Diocese holds back on abusive priests, public list tops 103

SAN DIEGO (CA)
The Worthy Adversary

September 13, 2018

By Joelle Casteix

Today the Diocese of San Diego released a list of eight credibly accused priests who have worked in the diocese.

The names are:

Fr. Jose Chavarin
Fr. Raymond Etienne SVD
Fr. James P. Foley
Fr. Michael French
Fr. Richard Houck
Fr. George Lally O.A.R.
Fr. Mark Medaer
Fr. Paolino Montagna

This list is dangerously incomplete. Even a cursory search of publicly available data found 105 names of priests who have worked in San Diego—including Bishop Emeritus Robert Brom—who have been accused of sexually assaulting minors or vulnerable adults.

TEXAS VIEW: The Catholic Church needs to make protecting children its top priority

DALLAS (TX)
Dallas Morning News

September 5, 2018

The Catholic Church’s most recent — and perhaps most depraved — sexual-abuse scandal is stunning and has hit our community and our state hard. According to the most recent U.S. Religion Census, at least 56 percent of Texans are adherents to a religion; of those, nearly 20 percent are Catholics.

But one need not be a Catholic nor an adherent to any faith to be sickened by the Pennsylvania grand jury report that identified 301 “predator priests” throughout the state who abused more than 1,000 children — some as young as 2 years old — over seven decades.

The details are well-known and too heinous to repeat. But what’s lesser-known is that the roughly 900-page report said the strategies deployed by the Catholic Church — deacons, priests and bishops — to respond to allegations amounted to “a playbook for concealing the truth.”

Those strategies included using fellow clergy to investigate allegations of abuse, refusal to explain why abusive priests were removed or transferred to a different diocese, use of euphemisms like “boundary issues” in cases that were clearly rape, and, lastly, not reporting accused priests to law enforcement.

This Week In Mormonland

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
The Salt Lake Tribune

September 20, 2018

By David Noyce

This week in Mormon Land: Nelson’s game plan for life, where women stand, a high-profile excommunication and Salt Lake’s School of the Prophets

Sam Young is out, but the fight is still on.

Latter-day Saint leaders in Houston have excommunicated the former bishop, but he is continuing his campaign against one-on-one interviews of youths by lay clergy and the sexually explicit questions that sometimes are asked.

“For our children’s sake,” an emotional Young said, “this whistleblower is not going to stop roaring.”

The 65-year-old Young read the verdict letter of his disciplinary council before hundreds of supporters outside the faith’s landmark temple in downtown Salt Lake City.

Officially, he got the boot for “conduct contrary to the laws and order of the church” and his “persistent, aggressive effort to persuade others to [his] point of view by repeatedly and deliberately attacking and publicly opposing the church and its leaders.”

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, commonly called SNAP, condemned the action.

“SNAP is appalled that a man who is only speaking up to protect children would be banned from his community,” the group’s Utah leader, Judy Larson, wrote in a news release. “The Mormon church should instead be thanking him for his care and concern for LDS children.”

Cardinal Dolan picks Barbara Jones, special master in Michael Cohen case, to review handling of clergy sex-abuse cases

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Daily News

September 20, 2018

By Stephen Rex Brown and Larry McShane

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, hoping to extinguish some of the lingering flames from the Catholic church’s “summer of hell,” hired a respected ex-judge to review its sex abuse protocols.

Barbara Jones was brought in to conduct a “comprehensive and exhaustive study” of how the Archdiocese of New York responds to a young person’s abuse allegations against any clergy member.

“From my people, my clergy and the wider community … I hear that they want accountability, transparency and action,” Dolan said Thursday in a move to restore the faith of his disillusioned flock.

“If I lose the trust of my people and this community, I don’t have a lot left.”

In New Orleans, more quietly settled, decades-old Catholic Church sex abuse cases surface

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The Advocate

September 21, 2018

By Ramon Antonio Vargas

Other cases have surfaced involving quietly settled, decades-old sexual abuse claims against the Catholic Church in New Orleans, naming a pair of diocesan priests as well as an educator.

In the wake of a sexual abuse scandal that’s rocked the Catholic Church around the world, including horrifying incidents in Louisiana, church …

Three separate, unnamed plaintiffs pursued claims against Malcolm Strassel, once a priest at Our Lady of Lourdes; Michael Fraser, once a priest at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church; and Nolan Delatte, once an educator at St. Pius X School, according to documents filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

Records show the disputes were resolved in 2009, and the attorney representing the plaintiffs — Felecia Peavy — said Thursday that all of the claims resulted in undisclosed monetary settlements for her clients.

However, despite past pledges to be open and transparent following the 2002 sexual abuse scandal that devastated the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of New Orleans did not notify its flock of the claims against Strassel or Delatte, which date back decades but which Peavy said were deemed credible.

Archdiocese attorney Wendy Vitter on Thursday said the administration, led at the time by Archbishop Alfred Hughes, did not notify the public of the claims against Strassel and Delatte because both had died by then and the allegations dated back to the 60s and 70s.

SNAP claims some Pennsylvania priests tied to molestation cases came to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Fox 2 News

September 20, 2018

By Vic Faust

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says several priests came to St. Louis from Pennsylvania after being investigated for molesting kids and nobody was ever told.

SNAP says nine priests who were first publicly identified by name last month in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report, spent time in St. Louis at some point after being investigated in other states.

However, the Archdiocese of St. Louis says they never worked here.

SNAP is urging Attorney General Josh Hawley to delay and expand his clergy sex abuse inquiry in St. Louis since the grand jury report named nine priests sent there over the last 25 years. All of these priests lived at church-run facilities for troubled priests.

“They are among hundreds of predators who were sent to St. Louis with no warning to parents and parishioners,” said David Clohessy, survivor and SNAP director in St. Louis.

Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops’ new proposals

NEW YORK (NY)
Associated Press

September 20, 2018

By David Crary

Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that have deeply shaken the church this year.

The initiatives, announced Wednesday, include developing a code of conduct for bishops regarding sexual abuse and harassment, and establishing a confidential hotline — to be run by a third party — to receive complaints of sexual misconduct by bishops, and relay such complaints to appropriate church and civil authorities.

Critics called on the bishops to go further by allowing outside investigators full access to church sex-abuse records and by supporting changes to statute-of-limitation laws so that more cases of long-ago sex abuse could be addressed in court.

"Until they allow professional investigators inside the secret archives, there will be no real transparency," said Jeff Anderson, a Minnesota lawyer who has handled many sex-abuse lawsuits. "They are incapable of handling this internally."

Marci Hamilton, a University of Pennsylvania professor who has studied sex abuse statute of limitations, depicted the bishop's statement as "little more than words ... while they lobby against justice for the victims."

Until the bishops support major statute of limitations reforms, she said Thursday, "they are enemies of the victims and the public seeking to know the actual risk posed by their policies."

Americans’ approval of Pope Francis drops to 53% amid more church sex abuse revelations

UNITED STATES
Vox Media

September 19, 2018

By Tara Isabella Burton

Pope Francis’s favorability rating among Americans has plummeted sharply in the aftermath of this summer’s deluge of revelations in the Catholic clerical sex abuse crisis, according to a poll conducted by Gallup this week. Francis’s approval rating among Americans is down to 53 percent, according to the poll conducted from September 4 to 12.

In September 2015, according to Gallup, about 70 percent of Americans felt favorably about the pope. That number declined only slightly to 66 percent by early August.

But then a Pennsylvania grand jury report implicated hundreds of priests in the alleged sexual abuse of more than 1,000 minors, mostly during the 1970s and ’80s, prompting a new wave of abuse investigations across the United States. The fallout has rocked the Catholic Church — and Americans’ trust in the pope.

Even shortly before the massive report was released, retired DC archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick left the ministry after numerous allegations emerged of sexual abuse against both adult seminarians and minors. Weeks later, former Vatican official Carlo Maria Viganò wrote an open letter accusing Francis of overturning sanctions against McCarrick instituted by Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, despite being aware of McCarrick’s abuse of seminarians. The letter does not allege that Francis knew about any abuse of minors.

Jesuit High sex abuse settlements kept quiet; 1 victim speaks out for first time

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The Advocate

September 20, 2018

By Ramon Antonio Vargas

Ricky Windmann wasn’t nervous when he accompanied janitor Peter Modica to his ground-floor maintenance office at Jesuit High School on an otherwise unremarkable day in the late 1970s.

After all, Modica – a former semipro baseball player – had let the skinny, light-haired boy play basketball on the school’s grounds several times, even though he wasn’t a student. He also bought Windmann a bike and stopped by the boy’s house, which was a couple blocks from the school’s Mid-City campus, to meet Windmann’s mother.

But any feeling of safety was replaced by paralyzing fear when Modica suddenly pulled Windmann’s pants down and forcibly performed oral sex on him. Windmann doesn’t recall his exact age at the time, but he said he believes he was in his early teens.

The janitor would go on to sexually abuse the adolescent several more times in the ensuing years – once in concert with a Jesuit priest and teacher, Neil Carr – only stopping when Windmann grew big enough to protect himself.

Our Views: Unified, churchwide standard to make credible abuse claims public a must for Catholic Church Advocate editorial

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The Advocate

September 20, 2018

In the wake of a sexual abuse scandal that’s rocked the Catholic Church around the world, including horrifying incidents in Louisiana, church leaders have promised to champion reforms to help prevent such abuses in the future.

One obvious change for the better would be a unified, churchwide standard for making credible claims of abuse public. As an Advocate story on court settlements involving sexual abuse incidents at Jesuit High in New Orleans makes clear, confusing lines of authority within the church bureaucracy haven’t served the cause of transparency and justice.

The abuse cases from Jesuit’s campus dating back to at least the 1970s are a case study in evil. One victim, Randy Windmann, was granted a $450,000 settlement after he reported repeated sexual assaults by then-campus janitor Peter Modica starting in the 1970s. Windmann said he was also abused by the Rev. Neil Carr, then a Jesuit priest and teacher.

An especially troubling revelation from such abuse cases is that reporting standards among various church institutions can differ. Jesuit’s guidelines for reporting such cases seems to differ from that of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Jesuit’s rules don’t appear to require that parents and other members of the Catholic community be informed when such abuse allegations develop. It’s unclear which set of standards are supposed to prevail — those of the Jesuit order, or those of the diocese.

Aymond, other Louisiana bishops may release names of pedophile priests: exclusive interview

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
Times-Picayune

September 20, 2018

By Kim Chatelain

Against the backdrop of a raging national clergy abuse scandal rooted in south Louisiana, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond said Thursday (Sept. 20) he and other state bishops are in discussions over whether to release the names of clergy members against whom credible accusations of abuse have been made.

In an exclusive interview with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Aymond said while he believes transparency is key to helping the church through the crises, releasing the names of clergy members who were accused of abuse decades ago is "riddled with problems" and "messy," particularly in cases where the abuser is deceased. But he said those issues are being discussed among the state's bishops and a decision is expected soon.

"This has been heart-wrenching, painful," Aymond said. He characterized the last several weeks as the most difficult in his nine years at the helm of the archdiocese, as he hears stories of victims and the damage abusive clergy members have done to them and their families.

"I go to bed thinking about it. I wake up thinking about it," he said.

For Francis, February bishops' meeting will be a defining moment

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

September 20, 2018

by Dennis Coday

Could this be the moment for which Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was called from "the ends of the earth" to be pope?

Let's not forget how when Bergoglio was introduced to us as Pope Francis — the name of not a previous pope or apostle, but of a reforming saint — he captured the world's imagination with his humble request for all those gathered in St. Peter's Square to pray for him, and he bowed before them.

Let's not forget that he was elected by a conclave of cardinals who knew they wanted a freshness brought to the papacy and reform to the church. That was his mandate.

He first led by example: renouncing the papal apartments, taking a room in Casa Santa Marta and eating meals in the cafeteria. He forsook titles and called himself the bishop of Rome. He rides in simple cars, not bulletproof limousines.

Let's not forget how from his earliest days as pope he spoke for a ministry of mercy and denounced in the most strident terms the disease of clericalism. In November 2013, speaking to a gathering of religious superiors, he called clericalism "one of the worst evils," and warned the religious leaders with seminarians, "We must form their hearts. Otherwise, we are creating little monsters. And then these little monsters mold the people of God. This really gives me goose bumps."

Annual Title IX Training, AKA, Where Bible College Failed

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Cassidy's Commentary (blog)

September 20, 2018

I work for a University. It’s not hard to figure out which one; I draw very little attention to where I work, because, DUH, public forum. I like where I work. It’s a very different world from where I grew up, and how I grew up; it’s a very different way of functioning from what I’m used to, and I’m very grateful that I have the opportunity to be here. It’s time for our Annual Title IX Training, and I have a few things to get out of my system…

I grew up in a small town (no stoplights!), and I graduated from a small, private school (in a class of 6 people, I was the valedictorian!). When I went to college, I went to my third- or fourth-string pick of a Bible college in Florissant, Missouri, not too far from where I’m currently employed.

I still don’t know why I wound up there. Honestly, it was down to the wire to make a college decision, and my choice of a school in Tennessee was firmly shot down, as was my choice of a school in Webster Groves, so here I was, in this tiny, little Bible college at 17, feeling out of place and completely on my own.

She accused a Mishawaka priest of sexual abuse. She got Bishop Rhoades' attention

SOUTH BEND (IN)
South Bend Tribune

August 22, 2018

By Caleb Bauer

When Bishop Kevin Rhoades announced his plan to release names of priests in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese accused of abuse, he said the revelations of rampant abuse in Pennsylvania weren’t the only factor in his decision.

He also credited a woman who had reported sexual abuse to the diocese — and had urged him to release the name of her abuser.

“I was so conflicted,” Rhoades said at a news conference Friday. “She was asking me to release the name. So to be honest, this whole issue of releasing names is something that even before the Pennsylvania grand jury report I’ve been considering.”

Carolyn Andrzejewski-Wilson watched the live broadcast of the news conference on her computer at her North Carolina home. She knew Rhoades was talking about her.

Almost two years ago, the former Mishawaka resident met with Rhoades to relay her story about abuse at the hands of the Rev. Elden Miller, a former priest at St. Joseph Church and Queen of Peace Church in Mishawaka.

Priest arrested in diocese of US cardinal leading pope visit

SPOKANE (WA)
The Associated Press

September 12, 2018

By Nomaan Merchant

HOUSTON (AP) – As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges.

The two people told The Associated Press that they reported the priest and met with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. One of them says she was promised in a meeting with DiNardo that the priest would be removed from any contact with children, only to discover that the priest remained in active ministry at another parish 70 miles away.

The priest, Manuel LaRosa-Lopez, was arrested Tuesday by police in Conroe, Texas. Both people who spoke to the AP are cooperating with police.

Survivors network still skeptical as Hawley's office forges ahead with investigation of Catholic Church

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

By Jack Suntrup and Nassim Benchaabane

September 20, 2018

As part of an investigation into potential clergy abuse within the Roman Catholic Church, inspectors in the Missouri attorney general’s office have identified at least 100 boxes of records that officials said will be subject to review.

The office told the Post-Dispatch each box generally can hold at least 2,000 documents. The state’s four Catholic dioceses possess the records in question.

The attorney general’s office has been contacted approximately 50 times by survivors and potential witnesses of abuse through an online portal, and the office said it has assigned “several” attorneys to handle its investigation.

The update on Attorney General Josh Hawley’s investigation comes as skepticism continues to swirl around the probe, which the dioceses are complying with voluntarily. Victim advocates have panned the investigation for its lack of subpoena power, which they say would lend credibility to the examination of church records.

Parents outraged after learning priests accused of sex abuse were sent to Missouri

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KSDK TV

September 20, 2018

By Christina Coleman

A Florissant couple is outraged after learning that pedophile priests from Pennsylvania were sent to Missouri.

The couple said their son lost his life to suicide after a priest abused him for several years. They reached a wrongful death settlement with the St. Louis Archdiocese, but new information has them demanding change.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) learned about nine Pennsylvania priests, who have been accused or have admitted to sexual abuse allegations, that were transferred to Missouri.

SNAP doesn't know how many of the nine priests are still in the area, or are even alive, but they say they were sent here after Bishops in Pennsylvania suspended them.

The Harkins said the news brings back painful memories. They want priests to be prosecuted if they engage in sex abuse.

Benedict XVI defends resignation in leaked letter

UNITED KINGDOM
The Tablet Catholic Weekly

September 20, 2018

By Christopher Lamb

Benedict XVI has reprimanded a German cardinal for criticising his decision to step down, arguing that “anger” about his resignation has devalued his papacy, and is being “melted into the sorrow” about the Church’s problems.

The Pope Emeritus made the remarks in recent letters to Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, one of the “dubia” cardinals who has publicly challenged Pope Francis over his family life teaching.

At one level, the letters can be read as a rebuke to Pope Francis’ critics, many of whom felt betrayed and angered by Benedict XVI’s decision to resign and have seen the Pope Emeritus as a rallying point for Francis resistance.

On the other hand, critics of this Pope are likely to seize on Benedict XVI's use of the word “sorrow” about the Church’s situation as a sign that Francis’ pontificate is going in the wrong direction.

The overriding concern from Benedict appears to be that his papacy is being devalued by those using it as a political weapon to undermine Francis.

Group wants Missouri AG investigation into Catholic Church to go beyond priests

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KMOV TV

September 20, 2018

By Russell Kinsaul

An advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse by priests says it wants an investigation into the St. Louis Archdiocese by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to be expanded.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says it wants an investigation to go beyond priests and include religious orders, deacons and brothers, and said people need to be required to testify under oath.

When Hawley announced an investigation into clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church in Missouri, Archbishop Robert Carlson promised unfettered access to church records.

“There needs to be subpoena power, there needs to be compelling testimony under oath. Anything else is less than an investigation and I would say it’s a sham and a whitewash,” said Tim Lennon with SNAP.

The group also claimed priests identified as predators by a Pennsylvania grand jury were sent to Missouri.

September 20, 2018

What Happened To Amber Wyatt

UNITED STATES
The American Conservative

September 19, 2018

By Rod Dreher

This piece by Elizabeth Bruenig about a rape in her hometown high school is “devastating.” She’s right. It’s about Amber Wyatt, a cheerleader who says she was raped in 2006 by two athletes who drove her away from a party. She reported the rape to adults that night, and to the police the next day. But the boys got away with it, in part, Bruenig argues, because society turned against Amber Wyatt.

Here’s an important part of the story Bruenig tells. It happened a decade earlier in the same town — Arlington, Texas:

Woman sues Allentown Diocese over effort to 'smear' her over sexual abuse claims

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Morning Call

September 12, 2018

By Peter Hall

A woman described as a victim in Pennsylvania’s grand jury report on sexual abuse by clergy has sued the Allentown Diocese over a “smear” campaign by church officials, including Bishop Alfred Schlert, that was described in the statewide report.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Lehigh County Court on behalf of Juliann Bortz of Lower Macungie Township, alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation. It says the effort by church officials to gather “irrelevant, unrelated [or] false ‘dirt’ ” on Bortz to discredit her reports of abuse by the Rev. Francis Fromholzer was unknown to her until it was revealed in the grand jury report last month.

“She was distraught when she read the grand jury report and found out what the church had done,” Harrisburg attorney Benjamin Andreozzi said. “In essence, she was revictimized.”

Instead of taking Bortz’s accusation seriously and investigating Fromholzer, the suit says, “the diocese immediately ‘attempted to undermine and discredit Juliann and her family.’ ”

Priest Sex Abuse Survivors Share Stories As Chicago Priests Meet With Cardinal Cupich

CHICAGO (IL)
CBS

September 12, 2018

By Charlie De Mar

Chicago priests were invited to talk about the sex abuse scandal ripping the church apart in a closed-door meeting Wednesday night. Survivors seized the moment to speak out about the abuse.

CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports the meeting, closed to the public and the media, took place in Mundelein.

A police officer was stationed at the gathering spot for much of the day as Cardinal Blasé Cupich held an open discussion about the sex abuse scandal with priests from the Chicago area.

Ken Kaczmarz, a survivor that was abused by a priest, shared his story.

“I was molested by an Augustinian priest in 1980-1981 time frame,” Kaczmarz said. “It’s very encouraging that we are finally getting large numbers of people to listen to us and say ‘Wow.’”

Pope Francis Authorizes Investigation of West Virginia Bishop Over Sexual Harassment Claims

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

September 13, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

A delegation of U.S. Catholic cardinals and bishops met Thursday with Pope Francis as a new bombshell dropped in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

Lori set up a hotline for potential victims to call, and vowed to conduct a thorough investigation.
The revelation was the latest twist in an incredible turn of events in the U.S. that began with the June 20 announcement that one of the most prestigious U.S. cardinals, Theodore McCarrick, had been accused of groping a teen-age altar boy in the 1970s.

Bishop Michael Bransfield resigns over sexual allegations

BALTIMORE (MD)
WTRF

September 13, 2018

Following his acceptance of the letter of resignation of Bishop Michael Bransfield, Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop William E. Lori as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, while remaining Archbishop of Baltimore.

Pope Francis further instructed Archbishop Lori to conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults against Bishop Bransfield.

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is a suffragan diocese in the Metropolitan See of Baltimore.

“My primary concern is for the care and support of the priests and people of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at this difficult time,” Archbishop Lori said.

“I further pledge to conduct a thorough investigation in search of the truth into the troubling allegations against Bishop Bransfield and to work closely with the clergy, religious and lay leaders of the diocese until the appointment of a new bishop.”

West Virginia bishop resigns; Pope requests investigation be conducted

WHEELING (WV)
WCHS/WVAH

September 13, 2018

By Anna Taylor

The West Virginia bishop has resigned amid the Catholic Church’s sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

According to a news release posted on the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston’s website, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael Bransfield. Archbishop William E. Lori has been appointed apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston by the pope while also remaining archbishop of Baltimore, the website said.

Mother speaks about pain of losing son to suicide after he was sexually abused by priest

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
KSAT ABC 12

September 14, 2018

By Bill Barajas

The sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is stirring up pain for one local mother, who said her son died by suicide more than 20 years ago after claiming he was sexually abused by a priest.

Barbara Garcia Boehland said her once happy, outgoing teenage son was depressed. She said the difference in his behavior was like night and day.

“It was a total turnaround. He had nightmares. He couldn't sleep. He was always sick. It was devastating,” Garcia Boehland said.

Garcia Boehland said her son’s abuse started in 1993. Her son, Eduardo, was 16 and attended St. Anthony’s High School. The priest, Carlos Lozano, pleaded no contest to the charges against him and was sentenced to 10 years’ probation.

Lozano was later sentenced to 20 years in prison after violating his probation by downloading pornographic images from the internet.

“In 1997, my son couldn't deal with it and committed suicide. Though he was in therapy, it wasn't something that I could save him from,” Garcia Boehland said.

Garcia Boehland, once a devout Catholic, left the church. She believes the church leaders have hidden hundreds of similar cases and are protecting the accused.

'WOW do I miss you!!!' Priest wrote 'questionable' letters of support to jailed former church volunteer who sexually abused young boys in case that cost the Diocese of Brooklyn $27.5 million

NEW YORK (NY)
DailyMail.com

September 20, 2018

By Charlotte Dean

- Frank Shannon told Angelo Serrano, 67, that he 'missed hanging out with him'
- Lawyer Ben Rubinowitz said there were a lot of questions surrounding the letters
- It was revealed in court that Shannon had also been to visit Serrano in prison
- He told the convicted pedophile that he was a 'wonderful support and friend'
- Serrano is serving a 15 year jail sentence for sexually abused young boys

A priest wrote friendly and supportive letters to a former church volunteer who sexually abused young boys in case that cost the Diocese of Brooklyn $27.5 million.

Reverend Father Frank Shannon told Angelo Serrano, 67, that he 'missed hanging out with him' in letters that lawyer Ben Rubinowitz, who represented the victims, referred to as questionable.

After it was revealed in court that Shannon had also been to visit Serrano in prison, Mr Rubinowitz said: 'He was visiting the pedophile. There are a lot of questions there', reports Ny Daily News.

Chile bishops use annual celebration to tackle abuse crisis

CHILE
CRUX

September 20, 2018

By Inés San Martín

Amid a massive global clerical sexual abuse crisis, some Chilean bishops used their traditional Te Deum celebration on Tuesday to address the problem, apologizing for the scandals that led to the country’s entire episcopacy resigning en masse, while others showed no interest in a mea culpa.

Leading the service held in the cathedral of Santiago on Sept. 18 to commemorate the country’s independence, Benedictine monk Benito Rodríguez replaced Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati in delivering the homily.

Ezzati has been subpoenaed by the prosecutors’ office to testify over accusations of having covered up cases of clerical sexual abuse. He announced over a month ago that he wouldn’t be presiding at, or attending, the prayer service that was followed by a Mass.

Among those in attendance was President Sebastián Piñera.

According to Rodríguez, the Church in Chile is living “moments of purification as perhaps never before in its life. We believe that, speaking from the poverty caused by it, without pretending to deny it or hide it, is also our way of contributing to the today of our history.”

As Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis Deepens, Conservative Circles Blame Gay Priests

WASHINGTON (DC)
National Public Radio - All Things Considered

September 19, 2018

By Tom Gjelten

The uproar over clergy sex abuse in the Catholic church is no longer just about sex abuse. It now touches on Catholic teaching about sexuality in general and even on Pope Francis himself, his agenda, and the future of his papacy.

When a Pennsylvania grand jury last month reported that more than 300 priests had molested more than a thousand children across six dioceses under investigation, it became clear that the cases were not isolated incidents. The problem of abusive priests and the bishops who cover up for them is systemic across the whole church.

Pope Francis says the crisis is rooted in a culture of clericalism, with priests and bishops so elevated in the church that their word and authority dominate over the experience of the people they serve.

Some of the pope's adversaries in the church, such as Cardinal Raymond Burke, have another explanation: Gay priests are to blame, they say. Most abuse incidents, Burke told an interviewer last month, consist of "homosexual acts committed with adolescent young men."

"It seems clear in light of these recent terrible scandals," Burke said, "that indeed there is a homosexual culture, not only among the clergy but even within the hierarchy, which needs to be purified at the root."

That view has found wide resonance in conservative Catholic circles.

Former priest Daniel Curran handed community service order for the sexual abuse of a boy more than 20 years ago

BELFAST (NORTHERN IRELAND)
The Irish News

September 20, 2018

A former priest, who was a serial sex abuser for almost 20 years walked free from court today after being handed a community service order for the abuse of a boy more than two decades ago.

Leaving from Downpatrick Crown Court with an order to complete 200 hours of community work, 68-year-old Daniel John Curran smiled at his freedom.

Judge Piers Grant had warned the sexual predator that if any further offences came to light, this order was no indication "that you will not receive a custodial sentence" for them.

But he said that given Curran has already served significant custodial sentences for similar offences, he considered had the case been dealt with at the same time, it would not have made a material difference to the sentence.

Curran was in court facing sex abuse charges for the sixth time.

Archbishop of New York appoints retired judge to review sex abuse cases

NEW YORK (NY)
WABC TV

September 20, 2018

The Archbishop of New York, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, appointed retired Judge Barbara Jones as an independent reviewer of sexual abuse cases Thursday.

Most recently, Jones reviewed documents in the Michael Cohen case.

Cardinal Dolan, in an on-camera news conference, concedes the "summer of hell" that laid bare the scope of abuse and the inaction of bishops across the country left the flock "bewildered, frustrated and angry."

Dolan asked Jones to study the archdiocese and how it deals with accusations of abuse. She has been promised complete access to records, personnel and to Dolan himself.

The announcement follows Wednesday's announcement by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to establish a hotline, monitored by a third party, to field complaints of abuse of minors and harassment of adults.

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has already set up a clergy abuse hotline and online complaint form for the state for victims and anyone with information.

AG: Clergy Abuse Hotline has received 1,071 calls since grand jury report unveiled

HARRISBURG (PA)
WJAC TV

September 20, 2018

by Matthew Stevens

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the Clergy Abuse Hotline received more than 1,000 calls in the month following the release of the grand jury report into child sex abuse allegations in six Catholic dioceses.

Shapiro said as of Sept. 14, a month to the day after the release of the grand jury report, the hotline had garnered 1,071 calls. He said his office will return every call, log every fact and contribute to further investigations where appropriate.

OAG agents return every call, log every fact, & contribute to further investigations where appropriate.

"If you have been victimized, it's time to come out of the shadows. Speak up and we'll be there to help," said Shapiro.

In August, Shaprio unveiled what he called the "most comprehensive" report into child sex abuse allegations into the Catholic Church.

The report named more than 300 "predator priests" and more than 1,000 victims at dioceses in Erie, Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Scanton, Allentown and Harrisburg.

Insurer Loses Appeal Over Pedophile-Priest Settlements

PASADENA (CA)
Courthouse News Service

September 19, 2018

By Josh Russell

The Second Circuit affirmed Wednesday that an insurer should have indemnified the Hartford Roman Catholic Diocese for its settlements with four victims of pedophile priests from the 1970s and 1980s.

Three priests and four victims are described in the 19-page decision. With regard to two of the priests, Father Robert Ladamus and Father Stephen Crowley, the court notes that it is uncontested that the archdiocese had no notice that the priests posed a risk to children before the assaults in question.

As for the third priest, Father Ivan Ferguson, however, two church pastors at St. Bernard’s heard reports in 1978 and 1979 from three different mothers who said that Ferguson had molested their sons.

Ferguson himself put the archdiocese on notice meanwhile when he called the secretary of the archbishop in 1979 to say that he had molested two boys and had an alcohol problem.

Though the archbishop tried to send Ferguson to a rehabilitation center for sexual dysfunction, the ruling notes that the House of Affirmation could not accommodate Ferguson, and that the priest was sent instead to a treatment center for alcoholism.

At this facility, the St. Luke Institute, a priest who served as medical director concluded that alcoholism had triggered Fergusonʹs pedophilia.

Why is the Catholic Diocese of Erie transferring property?

ERIE (PA)
GoErie.com

September 20, 2018

By Ed Palattella

The transactions are meant to protect assets of parishes and other entities against lawsuits, including those over child sex abuse. The diocese says the reorganization has been in the works for years.

The real estate transfers have been hard to miss. They involve the Catholic Diocese of Erie.

Over the past several months, before and after the release of the statewide grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse, the diocese has executed transfers for a number of churches in Erie County.

The transfers have been filed at the Erie County Recorder of Deeds and included with other real estate transactions in the House to Home section that the Erie Times-News publishes on Saturdays.

Clergy sex abuse victims to list names of 9 accused priests in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KSDK TV

September 20, 2018

By Joel Hulsey

Two months ago, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General released a significant, 1,356-page report outing 301 priests accused of sexually abusing those in the church. Of those 301 priests, nine were later sent to St. Louis in the midst of a church-wide coverup, which prompted calls for the State of Missouri to open a grand jury-style investigation.

The scathing report, released on July 27, was issued by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, detailing the accusations made by several hundred victims in eight Pennsylvania communities over several decades. While the names of the nine priests who were sent to St. Louis for temporary work at parishes and church institutions were listed in the initial report, the names had not been previously identified in St. Louis.

US Catholic bishops announce new policies to police bishops

UNITED STATES
CNN

September 19, 2018

By Daniel Burke

The US Catholic bishops' conference issued a dramatic apology on Wednesday for the role of bishops in the church's clergy sexual abuse scandal and announced new initiatives to hold abusive or negligent bishops accountable.

"Some bishops, by their actions or their failures to act, have caused great harm to both individuals and the Church as a whole," said the administrative committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a statement.

"They have used their authority and power to manipulate and sexually abuse others. They have allowed the fear of scandal to replace genuine concern and care for those who have been victimized by abusers."

Catholic Bishops Plan a Complaint Hotline for Sex Abuse

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

September 19, 2018

By Laurie Goodstein

Responding to a deepening scandal over sexual misconduct in their own ranks, Catholic bishops in the United States say they plan to set up a hotline — run by a third party — to field complaints about bishops who have sexually abused or harassed minors or adults.

The hotline was one of several steps announced on Wednesday by the American bishops, in an attempt to rebuild their credibility after revelations of abuse, cover-ups and negligence by those in the church’s hierarchy.

The long-running scandal over sexual misconduct in the church has grown beyond abuse by priests to focus scrutiny on bishops who have themselves been accused of abuse or of turning a blind eye to abusive priests and a deaf ear to victims. The problem has persisted despite the charter the American bishops adopted 16 years ago spelling out abuse-prevention policies for the church.

Campaigns crank up to press lawmakers on abuse lawsuits bill

HARRISBURG (PA)
Associated Press via Fox News

September 18, 2018

Pennsylvania's attorney general and several lawmakers began ramping up efforts to apply public pressure Tuesday ahead of a debate in the state Legislature over giving victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to file civil lawsuits.

Tuesday's events at opposite ends of Pennsylvania, in Pittsburgh and suburban Philadelphia, were designed to marshal lawmakers' support to enact recommendations in last month's landmark grand jury report on child sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses.

"They can stand with the work done by the grand jury, or stand with the phony excuses created by institutions that Harrisburg has kowtowed to for so long," Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday in a news conference at his office in Norristown, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported .

Priest abuse: Bay Area politicians call for statewide probe of Catholic Church

SACRAMENTO (CA)
Bay Area News Group via Mercury News

September 18, 2018

By Matthias Gafni

Four Bay Area state legislators and an East Bay congressman are calling for the state’s top attorney to launch an investigation into Catholic Church priest abuse, similar to the groundbreaking Pennsylvania grand jury report released last month that has thrust the scandal back into international headlines.

With California Attorney General Xavier Becerra following his longstanding policy of not confirming or denying an ongoing investigation by his office, it’s entirely possible a probe has already begun, similar to those recently announced in at least eight other states. But U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, who was raised in the Catholic Church and attended Catholic schools through college, wanted to offer his support to priest abuse victims’ advocates who protested in Sacramento on Monday asking for their own grand jury report.

“I think the truth needs to be told and the sooner the better,” DeSaulnier said. “The Catholic Church needs to be forthright on what happened over the years.”

French priest commits suicide in church after assault claim

RENNES (FRANCE)
Agence France-Presse via France24

September 19, 2018

A 38-year-old French priest in a northern French town committed suicide in his church after being accused of molesting a young woman, local prosecutors and police sources told AFP on Wednesday.

Jean-Baptiste Sebe killed himself Tuesday in the church north of Rouen amid allegations from a local mother that her grown-up daughter had been a victim of "indecent behaviour and sexual assault," a police source said.

The initial complaint was made to the archbishop of Rouen, and "police were not notified prior to the suicide," the source added, stressing that investigators remained "very cautious at this stage."

September 19, 2018

Bishops’ Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals

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

September 19, 2018

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abuse scandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to "heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us."
Turning to the Lord

"When each of us was ordained as a bishop, we were told:

'Keep watch over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you to shepherd the Church of God.'

We, the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, assembled last week in Washington at this time of shame and sorrow. Some bishops, by their actions or their failures to act, have caused great harm to both individuals and the Church as a whole. They have used their authority and power to manipulate and sexually abuse others. They have allowed the fear of scandal to replace genuine concern and care for those who have been victimized by abusers. For this, we again ask forgiveness from both the Lord and those who have been harmed. Turning to the Lord for strength, we must and will do better.

The Administrative Committee took the following actions within its authority:

U2’s Bono says pope ‘aghast’ about church sex abuse

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

September 19, 2018

U2 frontman Bono has described Pope Francis as being “aghast” about sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Irish singer met privately with Francis today at the Vatican hotel where the pope lives, to discuss themes that Bono told reporters included “the wild beast that is capitalism” and sustainable development.

Bono said that because Francis visited Ireland recently, they spoke about the pontiff’s “feelings about what has happened in the church.” The Irish church’s reputation is stained by cases of pedophile priests and systematic abuse cover-ups.

Bono said he told Francis how it looks to some that abusers are more protected than victims and “you can see the pain in his face, and I felt he was sincere.”

Americans’ approval of Pope Francis drops to 53% amid more church sex abuse revelations

UNITED STATES
Vox Media

September 19, 2018

By Tara Isabella Burton

Pope Francis’s favorability rating among Americans has plummeted sharply in the aftermath of this summer’s deluge of revelations in the Catholic clerical sex abuse crisis, according to a poll conducted by Gallup this week. Francis’s approval rating among Americans is down to 53 percent, according to the poll conducted from September 4 to 12.

In September 2015, according to Gallup, about 70 percent of Americans felt favorably about the pope. That number declined only slightly to 66 percent by early August.

But then a Pennsylvania grand jury report implicated hundreds of priests in the alleged sexual abuse of more than 1,000 minors, mostly during the 1970s and ’80s, prompting a new wave of abuse investigations across the United States. The fallout has rocked the Catholic Church — and Americans’ trust in the pope.

Understanding the Controversy Over Washington’s Cardinal Wuerl

WASHINGTON (DC)
Religion News Service

September 12, 2018

By Amanda Whiting

With Cardinal Wuerl visiting the Pope in Rome to discuss his possible resignation, I talked to religion reporter Jack Jenkins about what it’s like to cover the Catholic Church in a town where so many reporters are focused on a different font of power. Jenkins, who writes for the Religion News Service and used to cover politics and religion for Think Progress, has been reporting on the Archbishop of Washington’s role in the scandal currently consuming the Church, including last month’s bombshell grand jury report accusing Wuerl of mishandling sexual abuse cases when he served as bishop of Pittsburgh.

What makes DC the right place to cover Catholicism in the US?

We have Catholic University of America. We have Georgetown University. We have a lot of different kinds of Catholic expression here in the District of Columbia. You have Catholics on the Supreme Court. You have Catholics in the halls of power in Congress. It’s a step down from Rome for Catholicism, but if I’m covering American Catholicism, this really is where a lot of the voices get lifted up.

Australian bishop who was victim of sex abuse speaks on U.S. church’s crisis

NEW YORK (NY)
America Magazine

September 19, 2018

By Jim McDermott

Bishop Vincent Long is the Bishop of Parramatta, a diocese northwest of Sydney. A former Assistant General of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, he is Australia’s first Asian-born bishop and the first Vietnamese-born bishop to head a diocese outside of Vietnam.

In 2017 Bishop Long testified before Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In his testimony, he revealed, “I was also a victim of sexual abuse by clergy when I first came to Australia, even though I was an adult, so that had a powerful impact on me and how I want to, you know, walk in the shoes of other victims and really endeavour to attain justice and dignity for them."

This is the third in a series of interviews Jim McDermott, S.J., is conducting on the sexual abuse crisis. This interview was conducted by e-mail.

As Catholic sex abuse investigations begin questions remain

WASHINGTON (DC)
Religion News Service

September 19, 2018

By Jack Jenkins

“Our work in Pennsylvania has spurred a movement,” Josh Shapiro, the state’s attorney general, said earlier this month as New York and New Jersey announced they would, like Pennsylvania, investigate child sexual abuse in Catholic dioceses within their borders.

Since Shapiro unveiled a grand jury report in August detailing decades of allegations of child sex abuse by Catholic priests, at least nine states have initiated some form of investigation of their own. The issue also continues to rage in Pennsylvania courts: On Monday, parents of children in the Roman Catholic Church and survivors of sexual abuse sued eight dioceses and their bishops to compel them to release more information regarding allegations.

But as new investigations begin, questions remain as to what exactly will be revealed, and how much of it will result in legal action.

A Religion News Service survey of 178 Roman Catholic dioceses and archdioceses in the U.S. (excluding those in Pennsylvania) suggests many internal church documents of the kind that yielded the staggering history of abuse in Pennsylvania have already been examined by law enforcement in other states after The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” investigation in the early 2000s.

Experts also say that in many dioceses communications between law enforcement and the church have continued.

Sex Abuse, Cover Up, and Catholic Culture

BELLEVILLE (IL)
Southern Illinois Association of Priests

September 19, 2018

By Tom Smith

The Pennsylvania priest sex abuse/bishop cover-up scandal screams for justice. Following immediately on the revelations involving Archbishop (formerly Cardinal) Theodore McCarrick, the “what can be done about this terrible reality” leaps to the forefront of current Catholicism. While the focus is on the shocking statistics of what happened, the more substantive questions revolve around why and how this behavior could survive and flourish within the institutional Catholic church and what needs to change to prevent it from happening again.

It is clear that pedophile priests and cover-up bishops do not operate in a vacuum. They are part of the Catholic culture, breathing in a set of values, presumptions, thought patterns, behaviors, expectations, and privileges that form that culture. Everyone everywhere absorbs multiple cultures – ethnic, religious, social, political, and economic communities that shape the way people think, feel, and act. The Catholic culture is one of these communities.

The evil that comes from inside and defiles

STORRS (CT)
The Daily Campus

September 19, 2018

By Alex Klein

In August, a grand jury released a report alleging that at least one thousand children were sexually abused by deacons, seminarians, and priests in Pennsylvania in the past seventy years. The statute of limitations has expired in most of the cases, and many of the victims and perpetrators are already deceased. Nevertheless, the Pennsylvania report is an indispensable document. It is the portrait of an institution whose members posed as mankind’s moral arbiters while acting like they were above the law. The jury claims the Church officials involved in these crimes operated with a consistent set of rules. One of those rules was to “transfer a [predator known to the community] to a new location where no one will know he is a child abuser.” The ultimate rule for dealing with cases of “inappropriate conduct” was “don’t tell the police.”

It is worth flipping through the report, if only to understand the depth and breadth of the crimes. Here is one story from the document: In 1969, a student of the Immaculate Conception school in Irwin, Pennsylvania was tied up in the confessional and molested by Father Gregory Flohr. Flohr allegedly made use of a crucifix during this episode. The Greensburg Diocese reimbursed the victim with fifty thousand dollars for his medical treatment. In a letter to the victim, Father Lawrence Presico of the Greensburg Diocese wrote: “We extend such coverage to you only after the fact of your multiple emergency treatments, and as an act of Christian charity in your dire need.” Some victims were not treated with such generosity. When Juliann Bortz told the Allentown Diocese that she had been molested, they tried to discredit her. The Diocese’s lawyer attempted to obtain information which would suggest Bortz was a sexually active teen and her husband was a gang leader. Responding to charges of child molestation by discrediting victims was de rigueur.

When higher-ups in the Church were informed of an allegation against a priest, they would typically send the accused man to a clinic for counseling. These clinics were owned by the Church, so there was no chance that any information the priest gave regarding his “inappropriate” behavior would make its way to the police. After being accused of sexual misconduct in 1985, Father Edmond Parrakow was sent to a clinic in New Mexico where he told his counselor he had molested thirty-five children. The doctor wrote, “Parrakow certainly has pedophilia … if he had not got caught he would be continuing the behavior.” The Archdiocese of New York and the Bishop of Greensburg arranged for Parrakow to “be granted a ministry” in Greensburg in 1985. Both officials were aware of the allegations against Parrakow, who continued to molest preteen boys after he was accepted back into the Diocese.

Vile Russian orthodox priest, 36, is jailed for just five years for locking a boy in his church flat, plying him with alcohol and repeatedly molesting him

AUSTRALIA
AAP

September 14, 2018

- Stanislav Vakhabov invited a boy, 14, from overseas to stay in his church flat
- He was jailed for at least five years and seven months, dating back to May 2015
- 'Father Christoper' was found guilty by NSW District Court jury in February

A decade after becoming a Russian Orthodox priest, Stanislav Vakhabov invited a 14-year-old boy from overseas to stay in his Sydney church flat, where he would be locked away and repeatedly sexually molested.

The 36-year-old, also known as Father Christopher, was on Friday jailed for at least five years and seven months for the crimes he committed within his home attached to the back of the Croydon parish.

His teenage victim, whose heavily religious mother sent him to Australia in 2014 to be under Vakhabov's care, was told they would sleep in separate rooms and he would be provided with religious guidance.

The Catholic Church must rid its ranks of sexual predators

KENYA
Daily Nation

September 19, 2018

By Dauti Kahura

The Catholic Church, which boasts over a million followers – never mind many of them are nominal Catholics – has been undergoing a tragedy as a result of its decades-long scandals, as criminal activities by some of its prelates, are popping up into the open in some part of the world.

The year 2018 must surely be one of the nadir and sorest points of the church in its recent years, if not its annus horibilis.

And Chile, the South American longitudinal country, once as catholic as Ireland and France, is the microcosm of what has been ailing the church’s clergy and its efforts to conceal crimes perpetrated by some of its priests.

Clergy abuse: Donald Wuerl’s handling of allegations imperils his legacy as a reformer

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post (via Philly.com)

September 19, 2018

by Shawn Boburg and Aaron C. Davis

A dozen years before he became a top leader in the Catholic Church, Donald Wuerl was weighing a fateful decision. It was 1994, and Wuerl, then a bishop, had removed a priest accused of child sex abuse from a Pittsburgh-area parish. But the priest refused to get psychiatric treatment, and instead asked Wuerl for time off.

Wuerl – now a cardinal and the archbishop of Washington, District of Columbia – granted the leave of absence, allowing the Rev. Robert Castelucci to relocate to Ohio without alerting authorities or parishioners, law enforcement records show.

Only after police in Ohio began investigating a 16-year-old boy's allegation that "Father Bob" plied him with pornography and performed oral sex on him did Wuerl tell Castelucci he could no longer present himself as a priest in public, according to internal church documents obtained by The Washington Post.

The case, one of hundreds mentioned in a groundbreaking Pennsylvania grand jury report released last month, sheds light on how Wuerl handled sex abuse claims in the Pittsburgh Diocese from 1988 to 2006 – a period that now threatens to rewrite his legacy and hasten the end of his career. Wuerl, 77, announced recently that he would go to the Vatican to discuss his possible resignation with Pope Francis and, although it is not clear when that meeting will take place, Wuerl is scheduled to be in Rome this weekend.

DNA test tells man the bittersweet truth: His father was a Catholic priest

PAXTON (MA)
The Boston Globe

September 5, 2018

By Michael Rezendes

For decades, James C. Graham was tormented by a simple, but profound question: Why did his father seem to dislike him so much?

On Tuesday, the South Carolina man confirmed the bittersweet truth: The man who raised him wasn’t his father at all.

Graham’s extraordinary 25-year effort to find the truth about his father ended when a forensic anthropologist told him that his DNA matched samples taken from a deceased Catholic priest who grew up in Lowell and graduated from Boston College.

“You’ve driven all the way from South Carolina to find out whether Father Thomas Sullivan was your father, and I’m here to tell you that he was,” said Ann Marie Mires, director of forensic criminology at Anna Maria College.

In rare move, San Diego diocese names eight priests as alleged sexual predators

SAN DIEGO (CA)
The Los Angeles Times

September 15, 2018

By Peter Rowe and Kristina Davis

The clerical sexual abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church hit home Thursday, as the Diocese of San Diego added eight priests to the list of those believed to have molested children.

“This is a response to the terrible moment we are in,” said Bishop Robert McElroy, citing a recent Pennsylvania grand jury report that found 1,000 children there had been molested by Pittsburgh-area priests, and the resignation of Theodore McCarrick, who is accused of sexually assaulting altar boys, seminarians and priests.

“The cascade of emotions that this causes the survivors of the abuse, as well as other people in the pews, has caused a tumult of anger, grief, upset, incomprehension, disillusionment,” McElroy said.

The new names — the Revs. Jose Chavarin, Raymond Etienne, J. Patrick Foley, Michael French, Richard Houck, George Lally and Paolino Montagna, plus Msgr. Mark Medaer — were released in piecemeal fashion, with critical details missing.

This list extends the roster of alleged predator priests established by a landmark legal case that was concluded 11 years ago. On Sept. 7, 2007, the diocese settled 144 claims of child sexual abuse by 48 priests and one lay employee. The payments totaled $198.1 million, the second-largest settlement by a Catholic diocese in the United States.

Thursday’s announcement was prompted by the Pennsylvania grand jury report, the McCarrick case and other recent revelations that have called into question the church’s moral authority and its willingness to honestly address this scandal.

“There is a broad call for transparency,” McElroy said. “When we looked at it, we wanted to meet that as best we could.”

Sex abuse disclosures from SLC Catholic Diocese 'first step,' but not enough

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
KUTV

September 14, 2018

By Brian Mullahy

West Valley’s Judy Larson, who accused a priest in Michigan of raping her when she was just 10, commended new disclosures from the Salt Lake Catholic Diocese on the extent of credible abuse claims here, but said the admissions do not go far enough.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction, but it’s a first step,” said Larson in a 2News interview, adding the diocese should name names. “If they’ve been credibly accused, yes. Other archdiocese and diocese have done that.”

Larson is now a board member of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, a group that tracks claims of abuse, and calls for action by church leaders to combat it.

Bishop Deshotel 'considering' release of accused priests' names

LAFAYETTE (LA)

Lafayette Daily Advertiser

September 19, 2018

By Claire Taylor

Bishop Douglas Deshotel of the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette said Tuesday he is considering releasing the names of priests against whom credible accusations of abuse have been alleged.

Deshotel faced about 250 people Tuesday night at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral hall in Lafayette for a discussion about sex abuse in the church.

The bishop and panel responded to some of the more than 70 questions submitted in advance, including whether the diocese will release the names of priests accused of abuse.

"I'm considering it," Deshotel replied to much applause.

Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Publishes Names of Credibly Accused

FORT WAYNE (IN)
Today's Catholic (Publication of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend)

September 18, 2018

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend published on Tuesday, Sept, 18, the names of the priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

During a news conference on Aug. 17, in which he made the announcement to release the names, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades stated the importance for victims to see the names of their abusers made public “for all to see. For everyone to know the pain caused by these priests.” Bishop Rhoades added, “It is my hope that by releasing these names, the innocent victims of these horrific and heartbreaking crimes can finally begin the process of healing.”

Bishop Rhoades reiterated the diocese’s commitment to protect children and young people, saying, “We must be vigilant in our efforts to protect our youth. With the Lord’s guidance and love, we will do so.”

The list of those credibly accused was developed with the assistance of the Diocesan Review Board, which was established to assist the bishop in complying with the requirements of The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and The Essential Norms. The Diocesan Review Board is comprised of mostly lay people, and its members assess all allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests and deacons presented in this diocese.

List of accused priests out today

FORT WAYNE (IN)
The Journal Gazette

September 18, 2018

By Rosa Salter Rodriguez

Diocese expected to release about 20 names

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will release names today of “credibly accused” priests and deacons of sexually abusing minors, according to a statement released Monday.

The names will be posted on the diocese's website, www.diocesefwsb.org, at 1 p.m. and through diocesan media channels, the statement said, fulfilling a pledge the Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, the diocese's bishop, made at a news conference Aug. 17.

The list will likely include about 20 names, according to previous statements by the diocese and BishopAccountability.org, an independent, nonprofit website chronicling Catholic clerical sexual abuse for about two decades.

In late 2003, the late Bishop John M. D'Arcy issued a public accounting saying 17 priests in the diocese had been found to have sexually abused 33 individuals since 1950. Sixteen abused minors and one had abused an adult, he said then.

D'Arcy, who had actively pushed for removal of abusive priests in his previous assignment in the Archdiocese of Boston, did not provide names at that time. But he said he had “removed” 12 from ministry and others were dead.

He said a large part of the accusations took place in the 1980s and the last one involving physical contact took place in 1987. The diocese between 1985 and 2002 paid about $1.36 million to settle claims, pay lawyers and provide counseling for priests and victims, he reported.

Former F.B.I. agent who led 2002 child protection efforts says bishops “can’t police their own”

UNITED STATES
America Magazine

September 18, 2018

By Jim McDermott

Retired F.B.I. agent Kathleen McChesney was chosen by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops to establish and lead its Office of Child and Youth Protection in 2002. In that office, she developed and administered the mechanisms used to ensure that every diocese complies with civil law related to the sexual abuse of minors. Ms. McChesney continues to work as a consultant to dioceses, religious organizations and others around the world in the area of child protection, ministerial misconduct and abuse.

Conducted by phone, this interview has been condensed and edited. This is the second of three interviews Jim McDermott, S.J., is conducting on the sex abuse crisis.

What was your reaction to the revelations of the last month?

I wasn’t surprised by the Pennsylvania information because I’ve been working in this area a long time, have met with many survivors of clergy abuse and read thousands of misconduct files. Also, a large percentage of the offenders named by the grand jury had already been posted on the website, BishopAccountability.org or could be easily located in open-source materials.

Brooklyn Diocese Is Part of $27.5 Million Settlement in 4 Sex Abuse Cases

BROOKLYN (NY)
New York Times

September 18, 2018

By Sharon Otterman

Four men who were repeatedly sexually abused as children by a religion teacher at a Roman Catholic church reached a $27.5 million settlement with the Diocese of Brooklyn and a local after-school program on Tuesday, in one of the largest settlements ever awarded to individual victims of abuse within the church.

The victims were repeatedly abused by Angelo Serrano, 67, who taught catechism classes and helped organize the religious education programs at St. Lucy’s-St. Patrick’s Church, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The abuse occurred inside the church, in Mr. Serrano’s apartment located in an old schoolhouse behind the church and at the affiliated after-school program, lawyers for the victims said.

The settlement comes amid a flurry of investigations — including a New York State civil investigation — and disclosures of sex abuse within the Catholic Church that have led to mounting pressure on Pope Francis to take action against bishops and cardinals for their role in the abuse crisis.

The sexual assaults in Brooklyn took place between 2003 and 2009, the lawyers said, when the boys were between the ages of 8 and 12.

Pope Francis' Response to Clergy Abuse Allegations

NEWTON (MA)
NECN

September 18, 2018

[VIDEO]

Is the Roman Catholic Church facing its #MeToo moment? Why has the Pope refused to confirm or deny allegations that he knew about sex abuse allegations against a prominent American Cardinal years before they became public? Has Cardinal Sean O'Malley decided to use the old playbook of Catholic leaders of failing to confront accusations and using plausible deniability when they became public? Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of Bishopaccountability.org, joins Sue to discuss.

September 18, 2018

B’klyn Diocese to Pay $27.5M to Abuse Victims of Lay Volunteer

BROOKLYN (NY)
The Tablet (publication of the Brooklyn diocese)

September 18, 2018

In one of the largest known settlement payouts for sex abuse within the Catholic Church to date, the Diocese of Brooklyn announced on Sept.18 that it would pay $27.5 million to four victims of abuse at the hands of a volunteer at St. Lucy’s-St. Patrick’s Church in the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn.

While some reports have claimed the individual in question, Angelo Serrano, was an employee of the school at the time, the Diocese of Brooklyn has contested those claims noting that he was a volunteer at the time of the abuse.

Serrano was found responsible for raping four victims between the ages of 8 and 12 from 2003 to 2009. The abuse did not take place on church property.

According to published reports, a priest saw the abuse, but didn’t report it. The two priests at the parish were named co-defendants in the case.

Director of Courage releases letter on Penn. abuse report

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Catholic News Agency/EWTN via Catholic Online

September 18, 2018

Courage International, an apostolate to support people with same sex-attraction in leading chaste lives, has issued a statement on three priests mentioned as credibly accused of sexual abuse in the Pennsylvania grand jury report.

Released last month, the report found more than 1,000 allegations of abuse at the hands of some 300 clergy members in six dioceses in the state. It also found a pattern of cover up by senior Church officials.

"The horror of these crimes of sexual abuse and harassment is amplified by the failure of some bishops and diocesan officials to take corrective action against the offenders, and to communicate honestly with the faithful about what has happened and how they are responding," said Father Philip Bochanski, executive director of Courage, in a Sept. 15 statement.

"I am writing to you to share some information regarding connections between the Grand Jury Report and Courage International, as well as to discuss some other issues related to the apostolate and how we handle allegations of sexual abuse."

Father Bochanski said no reports of sexual abuse of minors had been made to him or his staff during his time in the Courage Office.

However, he noted three priests named in the Grand Jury report who have connections to the apostolate.

Press Release: Vitale Statement on Clergy Abuse Inside the Catholic Church

TRENTON (NJ)
Insider NJ

September 18, 2018

Senator Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement on the recent allegations against the Catholic Church for silencing victims of sexual abuse, as well as, the creation of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s task force to investigate clergy abuse in the state of New Jersey:

“Since the announcement of the Attorney General’s creation of a task force and his plans to empanel a grand jury to investigate clergy abuse in the state of New Jersey, many victims have reached out to my office to ask what they can do to help.

Pope role in study of Argentine sex abuse case in spotlight

BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA)
Associated Press

September 18, 2018

By Luis Andres Henao and Nicole Winfield

[See also our Detailed Summary of Case of Rev. Julio César Grassi]

Pope Francis’ role in Argentina’s most famous case of priestly sex abuse is coming under renewed scrutiny as he faces the greatest crisis of his papacy over the Catholic Church’s troubled legacy of cover-up and allegations he himself sided with the accused.

Francis, who at the time was still Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in 2010 commissioned a four-volume, 2,000-plus page forensic study of the legal case against a convicted priest that concluded he was innocent, that his victims were lying and that the case never should have gone to trial.

The Argentine church says that the study obtained by The Associated Press — bound volumes complete with reproductions of Johannes Vermeer paintings on the covers — was for internal church use only. But the volumes purportedly ended up on the desks of some Argentine court justices who were ruling on the appeals of the Rev. Julio Grassi.

Despite the study, Argentina’s Supreme Court in March 2017 upheld the conviction and 15-year prison sentence against Grassi, a celebrity priest who ran homes for street children across Argentina.

The study, and Francis’ role in the Grassi case, have taken on new relevance following allegations by a former Vatican ambassador that Francis, and a long line of Vatican officials before him, covered up the sexual misconduct of a prominent U.S. cardinal.

Abuse in the Catholic church is more than a Pa. problem

PHILADELPHIA (PA)

September 18, 2018

By Patricia Dailey Lewis

Last month, news broke of thousands of children sexually abused by more than 300 Catholic priests across six dioceses in Pennsylvania. The report, rightfully so, has provoked disgust and outrage. But as the dust settles, an even more egregious reality becomes evident: prosecutors have only been able to file criminal charges against two of the perpetrators. Even more disturbing, most of the survivors have lost their right to sue not only the perpetrator, but the institution as well.

The reason for this miscarriage of justice? Antiquated statute of limitations laws that prevent claimants over the age of 50 from making criminal allegations against their abusers. Similar laws prevent survivors over the age of 30 from filing civil charges. These laws as they stand leave very few victims able to seek redress for their suffering. Suffering to which a statute of limitations does not apply. Without accountability, there can be no change.

To these survivors and their families, I say: There is hope.

Bethlehem Township priest accused of sex abuse says he can prove his innocence

ALLENTOWN (PA)

The Morning Call

By Daniel Patrick Sheehan

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-allentown-priest-accused-2018">http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-allentown-priest-accused-2018

The pastor of a Catholic church in Bethlehem Township has been removed from ministry while authorities investigate a sexual abuse allegation against him.

In a statement in the church bulletin, the Rev. Edward Sacks of Our Lady of Perpetual Help said the allegation was made by the mother of a student from the former Holy Name High School in Reading, where Sacks was principal in the 1970s.

“I am absolutely convinced I can prove my innocence,” the statement said. “It is a case of mistaken identity.”

Under its zero tolerance policy, the diocese removed Sacks from ministry and informed law enforcement of the allegations, diocese spokesman Matt Kerr said in a statement.

Franciscan University responds to Church’s sex abuse scandal

STEUBENVILLE (OH)

September 18, 2018

By Elisha Valladares-Cormier

Franciscan University of Steubenville is doing what it can to best respond to the latest clergy sex abuse scandal, said the university’s president in an email.

The Rev. Sean Sheridan, TOR, said in a Sept. 14 email that he and the university are taking concrete steps to address the sex abuse scandal because his duty as a Franciscan friar and a priest is to fill the role of spiritual fatherhood entrusted to him as president of the university.

“As I listened to our students, faculty and staff trying to process the shocking news from Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., I felt moved to address the issue directly,” Sheridan said.

The news Sheridan referred to are incidents that have dominated headlines for Catholics all summer. In late June, the first news broke out when New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced that that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington, had been removed from active ministry at the direction of the Vatican after an investigation found a charge that the archbishop had sexually abused a teenager was credible.


Will Clergy Sex Abuse Allegations Spur Change in Statute-of-Limitation Laws?

FOLSOM (CA)
Governing.com / e.Republic

September 18, 2018

By Candice Norwood

This summer, a Pennsylvania grand jury released an explosive report, accusing more than 300 Catholic priests in the state of sexually abusing 1,000 children over seven decades. Despite the number of accused, only two priests reportedly can face criminal prosecution.

Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations only allows victims of child sex abuse to file criminal lawsuits until they reach the age of 50. Civil cases can be filed until the victim is 30 years old.

The Pennsylvania report has prompted attorneys general in at least six states -- Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York -- to review or investigate clergy sex abuse cases. But the concern is not just with the Catholic Church. Recent events have brought attention to sexual abuse, assault and harassment in Boy Scouts of America, USA Gymnastics, Hollywood and the halls of government.

Time for a federal commission on sex abuse of children

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Inquirer

September 18, 2018

By Arthur McCaffrey

http://www2.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/catholic-sex-abuse-grand-jury-report-pennsylvania-federal-inquiry-20180918.html

Earlier this month, the New York attorney general initiated a criminal inquiry into clergy abuse of children in all the Catholic dioceses in New York state. This came fast on the heels of Pennsylvania's statewide grand jury investigation of Catholic clergy abuse, which was reported out by Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Aug. 14, exposing at least 1,000 cases of child abuse over a 70-year period.

New Jersey, New Mexico, Nebraska, and Missouri have similar criminal investigations underway. This follows previous inquiries in other states.

If you want to go back to ground zero, in Boston in 2002, Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly may have issued the very first statewide report on July 23, 2003, when his 16-month investigation revealed that probably more than 1,000 children had been sexually abused by priests and other church workers in the Archdiocese of Boston since 1940 — which averaged out to about 16 children per year up to 2003. By that time, Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law, who presided over decades-long cover-ups of abuse, had fled to Rome, leaving before he could be subpoenaed.

But no matter how many separate state inquiries are initiated, I predict that the findings will all repeat the vocabulary of "cover-up," "collusion," "enabling," "sacrificing children for the sake of the institution's reputation" — the same script gets replayed over and over. The time is long past for the criminality of the Roman Catholic Church to be treated as just a local or state problem — this is a national problem that is part of the global epidemic of child abuse.

Adult and Catholic school kindergartner behind class action complaint against 8 dioceses and bishops

PENNSYLVANIA
York Daily Record

September 17, 2018

By Rick Lee

Lawsuit represents both victims and children now at risk attending Catholic schools

Failure of dioceses to disclose identities of predatory priests "constitutes a clear and present danger"

A Verona man and a Catholic school kindergartner are the representative plaintiffs in a class action suit seeking the full disclosure of all Catholic dioceses' records concerning sexual abuse by priests.

The complaint was filed Monday in Pittsburgh while untold numbers of people who were allegedly sexually assaulted by predatory priests wait for the Pennsylvania legislature to determine if they have a "window of justice" to seek legal redress.

The adult plaintiff, Ryan O'Connor, says he was abused by a priest between the ages of 10 and 12. O'Connor says he remains a member of the Catholic Church, and his children attend Catholic school.

Catholics, keep your wallets closed until the Church reforms from the Vatican on down

UNITED STATES
USA TODAY

September 13, 2018

I'm a life-long Catholic furious about the corruption, crimes, and cover-ups of the church's leaders. It's past time to purge their ranks.

It is hard to be a Catholic today. It is clear from this summer's Pennsylvania grand jury report, the Cardinal Theodore McCarrick scandal and, most recently, the dodge by Pope Francis to a Vatican diplomat's testimony that the pontiff rehabilitated McCarrick, that the Catholic Church has been betrayed by her leaders.

For decades, our bishops, cardinals and the Vatican have engaged in an unforgivable cover-up of sins and alleged crimes against children. While in some cases, the cover-up may have been done with the purpose of aiding and abetting sinful and criminal conduct, it is also apparent that the cover-up was engineered with the goal of protecting the church's "brand."

Pennsylvania Catholic Church sued for names of priests in abuse report

PENNSYLVANIA
Reuters

September 17, 2018

People claiming they were sexually abused by priests filed a class action lawsuit on Monday against eight dioceses in Pennsylvania seeking to compel them to divulge the names of priests accused of such actions over the past 70 years.

Pennsylvania’s attorney general released a grand jury report in August that found that 301 priests in the state had sexually abused minors over the past 70 years.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declined to comment on the lawsuit. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference did not respond to a request for comment.

Pope defrocks Chilean priest amid sex abuse scandal

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
CNN

September 17, 2018

By Shelby Rose, Claudia Dominguez and Susannah Cullinane

Pope Francis has expelled the Reverend Cristian Precht Bañados of Chile, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Santiago.

This is the first formal resignation the Pope has decreed since every bishop in Chile offered to step down in May over the country's sex abuse scandal. The Chilean bishops' offer was thought to be unprecedented in the modern history of the Catholic Church.

Precht had been suspended in 2012 from practicing within the ministry for five years after the Archbishop of Santiago ordered a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against him.

Octavio Errázuriz se reúne con el Papa y asume oficialmente como embajador de Chile en el Vaticano

[Octavio Errázuriz meets with the Pope and becomes Chile's ambassador to the Vatican]

CHILE
Emol

September 17, 2018

By C. Fernández

El abogado llega al cargo en un momento complejo para la Iglesia Católica chilena, institución que se ha visto involucrada en diversos casos de abusos sexuales.

El abogado Octavio Errázuriz Guilisasti asumió oficialmente como embajador de Chile ante la Santa Sede la mañana de este lunes 17 de septiembre. En una audiencia, que se realizó a las 11:15 de la mañana (hora local), el diplomático entregó sus cartas credenciales al Papa Francisco para comenzar su trabajo en el Vaticano.

8 more states have launched investigations into clerical abuse since the Pennsylvania report

UNITED STATES
Vox

September 17, 2018

By Tara Isabella Burton

Differing state laws make it harder for some states to coordinate investigations.

Justice is coming slowly for the victims of the Catholic clerical sex abuse crisis. Since a Pennsylvania grand jury report last month identified hundreds of priests accused of molesting at least 1,000 minors over the past seven decades in that state, several other states have announced their own investigations into historical Catholic clerical child sex abuse.

The scope and scale of the Pennsylvania report was made possible by the state’s legal structures, which give the attorney general’s office a significant degree of power to conduct investigations through the grand jury system. However, each of the states below has taken steps toward centralizing the likely hundreds, if not thousands, of potential cases of clerical sex abuse that may have taken place over the past few decades.

Each state will take a different approach, due to the range of laws concerning the convening of grand juries and who has the authority to subpoena documents from Catholic dioceses. For the most part, attorneys general are trying to gather historical records from parishes and diocese to conduct these investigations. The vast stores of private documents relating to sex abuse, compensation of victims, and transfers of offending priests were instrumental in the formation and impact of the Pennsylvania report.

In Summoning the Bishops to Address the Sexual-Abuse Crisis, Is Pope Francis Again Missing the Point?

UNITED STATES
The New Yorker

September 17, 2018

By James Carroll

With the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church reaching a critical mass, Pope Francis has issued an unprecedented call to the world’s top bishops to meet with him in Rome, next February, to discuss “the protection of minors.” But the pressing question for leaders of the Catholic Church no longer concerns abusive priests or complicit bishops, because the Church has forfeited the credibility necessary for such investigations, and has been replaced by civil authorities, such as the state attorneys general—six, as of last week—who are following Pennsylvania’s lead into this morass.

The question for the Church now, given the astounding scale of the dysfunction, arching from the Americas to Europe, Africa, the Philippines, and Australia, is: What in Catholic culture caused this debauchery? The proximate cause concerns essential mistakes of moral theology, including the stigmatizing of normal erotic longing and the sanctifying of prejudice against women and homosexuals. Those errors have roots in the ancient Church, when fundamental options in favor of male power and against sex for pleasure and love were made.

Víctimas de Cristian Precht piden ayuda a la iglesia para garantizar sanciones legales

[Victims of Cristian Precht ask the church to help guarantee legal sanctions]

CHILE
BioBioChile

September 16, 2018

By Alejandro Alarcón and Estefanía Bustamante

Tras la determinación del Vaticano que decretó la expulsión del sacerdocio de Cristian Precht, laicos y víctimas del ahora exsacerdote hicieron un llamado a las instituciones eclesiásticas para colaborar con la justicia chilena y así facilitar las sanciones contra acusados por abusos a menores. Uno de los denunciantes del Caso Maristas, Eneas Espinoza, señaló que la decisión del Papa Francisco es satisfactoria pero no suficiente, porque, según sus palabras, “es un delincuente sexual que aún está suelto”.

Raúl Hasbún, defensor canónico de Precht: "Demandaré la nulidad insanable de todo lo obrado y decretado"

[Raúl Hasbún, canonical defender of Precht: "I will demand the nullification of everything that has been done and decreed"]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

September 18, 2018

By Tamara Cerna

El presbítero, quien asumió nuevamente la representación del ex vicario, señaló que el hecho que no se hubiese instruido un proceso hace "insanablemente nula toda sentencia condenatoria".

El sábado en la noche, el presbítero Raúl Hasbún fue notificado de la decisión del Papa Francisco de expulsar del sacerdocio al ex vicario de la solidaridad, Cristián Precht. A este último, lo defendió en proceso canónico iniciado en su contra en 2012, el cual concluyó con una condena por "conductas abusivas" la cual le significó al religioso estar cinco años alejado del ejercicio sacerdotal, además de una vida de oración y penitencia.

Former Phoenix pastor gets prison for sexually abusing girls

PHOENIX (AZ)
Associated Press

September 17, 2018

A former pastor has been sentenced to 13 years in prison and lifetime probation for sexually abusing underage girls who attended his Phoenix church.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Jose Vicente Morales was sentenced Monday.

He pleaded guilty last month to molestation of a child, sex abuse and three counts of attempted molestation of a child.

The 51-year-old Morales will get credit for the more than two years he’s already served since his 2016 arrest.

Morales formerly was the pastor of Iglesia Cristiana Impacto de Fe, a small church in Phoenix.

Catholic dioceses sued over disclosure of abuse allegations

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Associated Press

September 18, 2018

By Claudia Lauer

Parents of children in the Roman Catholic Church and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy filed a lawsuit Monday against Pennsylvania’s eight dioceses and their bishops asking a judge to compel them to release information about abuse allegations.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Pittsburgh comes a month after a statewide grand jury report detailed sexual abuse allegations against more than 300 priests over decades in six of the state’s dioceses. The lawsuit alleges the dioceses haven’t met their obligations to report child sexual abusers under state law.

Benjamin Sweet, an attorney for the lead plaintiffs in the case said they are not seeking money, but instead are asking for public transparency about allegations. Many victims who came forward to talk to the grand jury fall outside the statute of limitations to file a civil personal injury lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Monday doesn’t seek damages and doesn’t represent solely victims of abuse, so Sweet said it isn’t prohibited by any statute of limitations.

Springfield woman on pope’s advisory group: Abuse crisis is ‘game changer’ for church

SPRINGFIELD (IL)
The State Journal-Register

September 17, 2018

By Steven Spearie

An advisory commission to Pope Francis which Springfield resident Teresa Morris Kettelkamp was appointed to earlier this year may play a pivotal role in an historic meeting in February that brings together leaders of the Catholic Church from around the world to discuss the prevention of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

The announcement for the gathering of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences came last week on the same day the pope met with U.S. Catholic Church leaders who admitted the Church here has been “lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse.”

Jeannie Kirkhope and Michael J. Iafrate: Catholics want 'achievable' actions, full investigation

WHEELING (WV)
The Herald-Dispatch

September 17, 2018

This is an open letter to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston:

As the Roman Catholic Church reels from new revelations of the cover-up of clergy sexual abuse, thousands of Catholics from various corners of the church have loudly demanded the mass resignation and/or dismissal of U.S. bishops in order to "clean house." In the midst of this turmoil, Bishop Michael Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston offered his resignation to Pope Francis, not as penance, but in the manner customary for bishops who have reached the age of 75. (Bransfield turned 75 on Sept. 8.)

Pope Francis accepted Bransfield's resignation in a matter of days and appointed Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore as temporary administrator of the Diocese. Further, the Vatican charged Lori with the task of conducting an investigation of Bransfield's alleged sexual harassment of adults.

The swift acceptance of Bransfield's resignation and subsequent investigation is not surprising. Abuse allegations have haunted Bransfield, resurfacing most recently during the criminal trial of Catholic priests in Philadelphia in 2012. But more, Bransfield's lavish lifestyle and flaunted political allegiances marked his episcopacy with signs of clerical privilege and entitlement that are the root cause of abuse by members of the priesthood, including sexual misconduct.

Conroe church raided after ex-priest sex abuse arrest

CONROE (TX)
Houston Chronicle

September 17, 2018

By Jay R. Jordan and Nicole Hensley

Police have raided the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe less than a week after a former priest was accused of child molestation.

Conroe police Sgt. Scott McCann confirmed that detectives and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office searched the church Monday afternoon in connection with the arrest of Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, who has been charged with four counts of indecency with a child.

While executing the search warrant, authorities could be seen walking out of the church on the corner of Frazier and McDade with boxes and plastic bins, according to KHOU-TV video footage. It was not immediately known what was taken from the church or what authorities were looking for.

September 17, 2018

Vicario judicial de Santiago tras expulsión de Cristián Precht: "Es una medida dura, el dolor es grande"

[Judicial vicar of Santiago after expulsion of Cristián Precht: "It is a hard measure, the pain is great"]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

September 16, 2018

By Leonardo Vallejos

Jaime Ortíz de Lazcano aclaró que el ex vicario de la solidaridad deja de ser sacerdote y recibe "la pena perpetua".

La Iglesia Católica chilena se pronunció tras el anuncio de que el Papa decidió expulsar a Cristián Precht como sacerdote. "Es la medida a nivel canónica más dura, la pena perpetua del estado clerical. Deja de pertenecer al clero y ya no se considera sacerdote", señaló este domingo Jaime Ortíz de Lazcano, vicario judicial de la Arquidiócesis de Santiago.

Vaticano prepara nuevas expulsiones de sacerdotes chilenos

[Vatican prepares new expulsions of Chilean priests]

CHILE
El Mostrador

September 16, 2018

By Alejandra Carmona López

Según fuentes de El Mostrador, la sanción de por vida a Precht se repetirá con otros religiosos chilenos acusados de abusos sexuales. La decisión de Roma sobre el sacerdote, ícono de la defensa a los Derechos Humanos en dictadura, se debió a casos de abusos de menores.

A la decisión notificada ayer por la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe respecto a Cristián Precht, se sumarán en los próximos días nuevas expulsiones de sacerdotes chilenos acusados de abusos sexuales al interior de la Iglesia Católica chilena. De a acuerdo a fuentes de El Mostrador, el religioso que fuera ícono de la defensa de los Derechos Humanos en dictadura, solo es el inicio de una cadena de sanciones que comenzará a conocerse próximamente.

Expulsión de Precht se debió a nuevas denuncias por abusos

[Precht's expulsion was due to new abuse allegations]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 16, 2018

By M. Navarrete and L. Leiva

Vicario judicial de la Arquidiócesis de Santiago explicó que la destitución del estado sacerdotal del expresbítero ocurrió luego de que se enviaran al Vaticano antecedentes sobre el caso maristas y al menos dos nuevas acusaciones.

“Más allá del caso maristas, hubo por lo menos dos nuevas denuncias que tuvieron que ver con la misma actuación de abuso sexual de menores. Todo eso, junto con lo del caso maristas, se envió diligentemente a la Santa Sede”, afirmó hoy el vicario judicial del Arzobispado de Santiago, Jaime Ortiz de Lazcano, al referirse a la situación del expresbítero Cristián Precht, quien el sábado fue notificado de la decisión inapelable del Vaticano de expulsarlo del sacerdocio, con lo que deja de pertenecer al clero.

Fiscalía de La Araucanía investiga 17 casos de eventuales delitos sexuales

[Prosecutor of La Araucanía investigates 17 cases of possible clergy sex abuse]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 16, 2018

By F. Díaz and S. Rodríguez

La información se obtuvo tras el análisis de los documentos incautados en diócesis de Temuco y Villarrica.

Desde hace 47 años que los obispados católicos ubicados en la Región de La Araucanía -Temuco y Villarrica- han recibido diversas acusaciones contra miembros de la Iglesia por denuncias de presuntos abusos sexuales. Esta información se guardó con celo durante todos estos años, hasta que el pasado viernes 13 de julio dejó de estar exclusivamente en manos de representantes del clero.

Laicos exigen que sacerdotes investigados por abuso y encubrimiento no presidan Te Deum

[Laymen demand that priests investigated for abuse and cover up do not preside over Te Deum]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 17, 2018

By Alejandra Jara

Desde la organización se mostraron de acuerdo con la decisión del Vaticano de expulsar a Cristian Precht.

A horas de que se realice un nuevo Te Deum, la Red Nacional de Laicos de Chile se refirió a las últimas investigaciones judiciales que afectan a sacerdotes católicos. A través de un comunicado, los laicos exigieron que los religiosos investigados por abuso y encubrimiento no presidan estas ceremonias y lamentaron que en un nuevo aniversario patrio los crímenes de la Iglesia siguen presentándose como signo de “escándalo y testimonio”.

Pope defrocks Chilean priest amid sex abuse scandal

ATLANTA (GA)
CNN

September 17, 2018

By Shelby Rose, Claudia Dominquez and Susannah Cullinane

Pope Francis has expelled the Reverend Cristian Precht Bañados of Chile, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Santiago.

This is the first formal resignation the Pope has decreed since every bishop in Chile offered to step down in May over the country's sex abuse scandal. The move is thought to be unprecedented in the modern history of the Catholic Church.

Precht had been suspended in 2012 from practicing within the ministry for five years after the Archbishop of Santiago ordered a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against him.

The Archbishop issued a statement at the time saying that "during the process were established verifiable reports of abusive behavior with adults and minors."

Precht has not been charged with any crimes by Chilean authorities, but was not allowed to leave the country's capital, Santiago, pending completion of the church investigation.

In a February 2013 statement, Precht denied "ever forcing anyone's will, be it an adult or a minor, woman or man."

He also denied the allegations earlier this year in a letter to the director of the Chilean newspaper La Tercera.

“Who is going to dare to take the step to report abuse in the Church now?”

MADRID (SPAIN)
El País

September 17, 2018

By José Antonio Hernández

The man who was contacted by the pope after he wrote to him about the sexual assaults he suffered at the hands of Catholic priests breaks his silence in an interview with El País

The former altar boy and catechist from Granada who was phoned by an apologetic Pope Francis in 2014 in response to a letter he wrote to the Vatican reporting sexual abuse, has decided to break his silence. He has spent years hiding from the press and when he welcomes El País into his office in Pamplona, it is on condition he is not photographed and can remain anonymous, using the name Daniel for the purposes of this article.

“I don’t want to be pointed at in the street,” he says. A university professor, Daniel is 28, married and a member of the Catholic organization, Opus Dei. “I went through a lot and so did my family,” he says. “I ended up with the shakes and anxiety attacks. I decided to speak out about it because I don’t want anyone else to go through the same thing.”

Daniel feels pained and saddened by the handling of his case, both by the judiciary and the Catholic Church. “Hurt because some who abused me have gone back to their parishes, and who knows if they will go back to what they were doing,” he says.

The pope needs to clear the air over cover-ups in the Catholic Church — including about his own conduct

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

September 13, 2018

By The Times Editorial Board

For almost a generation, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States and worldwide has been shaken by revelations that a significant number of priests had sexually abused young people — and that church leaders not only conspired to conceal their crimes, but often also allowed them to continue to have contact with children, sometimes on the mistaken assumption that they had been “cured.”

But lately the anxiety among the faithful over decades of denial and deceit has reached a crisis point. It now threatens to tarnish the reformist papacy of Pope Francis.

The pope himself has been accused by a retired Vatican diplomat, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, of reactivating a sidelined former U.S. cardinal despite being told that the prelate had sexually harassed seminarians. Meanwhile, the American church has been dealing with the aftershocks of a grand jury report in Pennsylvania that identified 301 "predator priests" who abused more than 1,000 children in six of the state’s eight dioceses over a period of 70 years. The report has led to calls for the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., who was faulted in the report for decisions he made as bishop of Pittsburgh. Wuerl has said he will meet with the pope soon to ask Francis to accept his resignation.

Addressing church sex abuse is not about 'healing.' It's about protecting Catholics

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

September 16, 2018

Three Letters to the Editor

Your editorial about the Roman Catholic church abuse and cover-up crisis nailed it with this one line: Pope Francis “needs to recommit his papacy and the church he leads to protecting the faithful.”

All too often, church officials and observers talk of the need for healing. This implies that the bulk of the child sex crimes are behind us, which is questionable at best. Even if that were true, adults can recover from childhood trauma.

Priest sex abuse reports continue to spike after Pa. investigation

YORK (PA)
York Dail Record

September 15, 2018

By Candy Woodall

A statewide priest abuse investigation in Pennsylvania has inspired widespread inquiries in other states and dioceses across the country.

Most recently, dioceses in Salt Lake City, Utah, and San Jose, California, said they would reveal the names of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse.

The Salt Lake City diocese on Thursday said it received 16 credible reports of priest abuse since the 1990s. Two incidents occurred this year, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Also on Thursday, the San Diego diocese released the names of eight priests accused of sexually abusing children, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The San Jose diocese will release names of its accused priests in October, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Archdiocese of San Francisco is considering a similar release.

Hearing others' stories, priest sex abuse survivors come forward with their own

ALLENTOWN (PA)
Morning Call

September 15, 2018

By Tim Darragh, Riley Yates and Christine Schiavo

For the last 20 years, Diana Vojtasek could barely speak about the sexual abuse she says she suffered as a Catholic high school student during a vulnerable time in her life.

When she married in 1997, her husband, Mark, didn’t know about what she would later describe as forced sexual encounters with a priest, who has since been defrocked.

And when a civil lawsuit she filed in 2004 failed to advance because it missed a legal deadline, she said, “I just kind of went back into my little hole.”

With three little children at the time, Vojtasek, who lives near Reading, said she became consumed with protecting herself and them.

September 16, 2018

What can Louisiana AG Landry do about statewide clergy abuse? Experts, advocates weigh in

BATON ROUGE (LA)
The Advocate

September 16, 2018

By John Simerman

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry pledged last week to help root out sex abuse by Catholic clergy wherever it appears.

He’s just not about to turn the church over the spit to find it, given what he said is his limited authority under Louisiana law and what he described as the perils of “smearing the church” without a specific criminal allegation.

Landry’s decisive rejection of a broader investigation into how the state’s seven Catholic dioceses have dealt with allegations of priestly abuse came as his counterparts elsewhere are lining up to do just that.

CATHOLICISM AFTER 2018

UNITED STATES
First Things

October 2018

By R. R. Reno

Theodore McCarrick has been stripped of his status as cardinal for pursuing young men throughout his clerical career. “­Uncle Ted” liked to take his “nephews” to bed with him. The public revelations of this fact evoked outrage. It was not so much that a churchman sinned as that he did so with impunity, protected by the see-no-evil mentality and, perhaps, the complicity of those who have their own secrets to keep. The anger was further stoked by an initial wave of denials. McCarrick’s protégés—some now bishops—ran for cover, insisting they knew nothing about his misdeeds.

I was not shocked by the news. I entered the Catholic Church in 2004, two years after clerical sex abuse of adolescent boys and its cover-up were exposed in Boston. We learned that many of the bishops of the United States—perhaps nearly all during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s—did little to root out priests who preyed upon boys and adolescents. Men who made a habit of grooming altar boys as sexual prey were shuttled from one parish to another. Pressure was exerted to keep aggrieved parents silent. Victims were stiff-armed. Insofar as there was strenuous episcopal effort, it was devoted to keeping a festering problem secret. The recently released Pennsylvania Grand Jury report deepens our knowledge of this pattern of behavior.

Archdiocese of Milwaukee holds vigil in light of Catholic Church sexual abuse findings

MILWAUKEE (WI
WDJT-TV

September 15, 2018

By Lindsey Branwall

"We can never apologize enough," said Archbishop Jerome Listecki.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is saying sorry for anyone that abused abused by a member of the Catholic church. They did so at a candlelight vigil at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Miwlaukee. The program was titled, "A Vigil of Reparation for the sins of the Bishops of the Church; Shepherds who have led their sheep astray.

LETTERS: We need to learn more about what church is doing now to prevent abuse

BOSTON MA
The Boston Globe

The Globe continues to lead the way in reporting about the institutional and systemic abuses at all ranks of the Catholic Church (“Another plea about abuse, and another empty reply,” Page A1, Sept. 9). However, we need more reporting about what is happening on the ground, today, to prevent future transgressions. The illuminating 2011 report by investigators at John Jay College, “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010,” documents factors, both individual and educational, that have contributed to sexual abuse by priests.

It’s important to know that there is widespread understanding of risk factors for sexual abuse and that would-be priests are being carefully screened before being admitted into seminary. We need to hear how seminarians and experienced priests alike are coming to terms with the still-emerging crimes and coverups. And we need to advocate for priests at all stages of their careers to be nurtured and supported to be emotionally healthy individuals.

While incidents of abuse have dramatically decreased since the mid-1980s, even one abusive priest is too many. We need to be reassured that, every day, the church is doing everything it can to prevent a new cycle of betrayal and trauma.

Katharine Canfield
Watertown

Frank Keating: The work of cleansing the Catholic church of abuse isn't done ... and it will take determined, demanding leadership

TULSA (OK)
Tulsa World

September 16, 2018

By Frank Keating

I chaired the first National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People. It was created by the Catholic bishops of the United States in 2002 to implement their reform charter and to investigate the scandal.

Accusations of clerical sexual abuse and cover-up had exploded from Boston and ripped across the land. The bishops threw down the gauntlet. No more of this. The clergy is to be celibate. No girlfriends. No boyfriends. Going forward, there would be zero tolerance of sexual crimes against the young. Every accusation of clerical sexual misconduct was to be referred to law enforcement.

And there would be transparency. If the church settled an abuse-related lawsuit, it should be on the front page of the newspaper.

Local Catholic clergy respond to sex-abuse scandals

WORCESTER (MA)
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

September 15, 2018

By Brian Lee

Catholic clergy are coping with the impact of a global sex-abuse crisis that has resulted in allegations of a cover-up even against the highest levels of the Catholic Church.

Since May: Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, resigned and was ordered to a life of prayer and penance after allegations that the cardinal sexually abused minors and adult seminarians over the course of decades; a Pennsylvania grand jury named more than 300 priests in a report that found more than 1,000 children had allegedly been abused over seven decades; an Australian archbishop resigned after he was convicted of concealing pedophilia by another priest; a former Vatican diplomat was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for possessing child porn; and 34 Roman Catholic bishops in Chile offered to resign after a child sex scandal and cover-up.

Report: Catholic Church Suffers ‘Culture of Denial’ of Homoclericalism

UNITED STATES
Breitbart

September 15, 2018

Catholics are “outraged” about reports of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s serial homosexual abuse, not so much because a churchman sinned as that he did so with impunity and protection, a new article asserts.

In a bracing October essay titled “Catholicism After 2018,” First Things editor Rusty Reno pinpoints an acceptance of a homosexual subculture in the Catholic clergy as the core issue underlying recent sex abuse scandals assailing the Catholic Church.

Catholics are incensed over McCarrick’s abuse, the article states, not so much because of one man’s moral failings “as that he did so with impunity, protected by the see-no-evil mentality and, perhaps, the complicity of those who have their own secrets to keep.”

Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse 'crisis'

POZNAN (POLAND)
Agence France Presse via France 24

Women should play a greater role in the training of priests to fight the child abuse "crisis" that has engulfed the Catholic Church, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said.

More must be done within the church to tackle the root causes of the latest wave of global abuse scandals to rock the institution, said Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

"We would need participation of more women in (training) of priests," he told reporters on Saturday on the sidelines of a meeting in the Polish city of Poznan.

Better care must be taken when choosing bishops, he said, adding that more women should select candidates for priesthood and assess their suitability for the job.

His comments at the four-day assembly of the Presidents of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe come amid a slew of devastating assault allegations spanning several continents.

Opinion: The Catholic Church Needs Married Clergy

JAMESTOWN (NY)
The Post-Journal

September 16, 2018

By Rolland Kidder

I am not a Catholic but I do have a post-college seminary degree. Going back to those “old” days, I recall having conversations with my Catholic counterparts who were also in seminary, who wanted to be married but could not under the celibacy rules of the Roman Catholic Church.

Now, nearly every day when I pick up the newspaper there is a story about sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Church. There are accompanying articles with apologies from Catholic leaders including the Pope. Catholic lay people are “turned off” by all of this and young people raised as Catholics find it a reason to leave the Church. Something significant has to change.

Letter: Catholics and the Abuse Scandal

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

September 16, 2018

A reader suggests that the faithful are duty bound to call for change.

Re “The Catholic Church Is Sick With Sex” (column, Sept. 3):

Timothy Egan’s call to meaningfully address both the plot to undo the progressive Pope Francis and, most important, to upend the church’s endless, writhing battle with sex is long overdue. Alas, the column will probably never be read by the pope, the Curia or anyone who can actually cause change in the church.

The distinction between this ecclesiastical crisis and all those that have preceded it is that the activities covered up and ignored by the church hierarchy are criminal assaults on defenseless children and seminarians that have real effects, not just on the body of the church, but on civil society as a whole.

These crimes are so pervasive and systemic that they must be eliminated, root and branch, from our body politic. It is painful to witness what the faithful go through to beg the church hierarchy to do something meaningful that addresses these crimes while not daring to touch the third rails of priestly celibacy and an all-male priesthood.

Mr. Egan finally lays it on the line. All Americans, Catholic and non-Catholic, are duty bound to demand that a hidebound Catholic hierarchy listen and take action.

James F. Blair
Ossining, N.Y.

Lansing diocese plans review of priest sex abuse claims

LANSING (MI)
By Associated Press via ClickonDetroit.com

September 15, 2018

Outside agency to review handling of cases

The Catholic Diocese of Lansing plans to invite an outside agency to review its handling of clergy child sexual abuse cases.

Bishop Earl Boyea outlined the review and plans to publish the names of all diocesan priests who sexually abused children in a report posted Tuesday on the diocesan website.

The review follows an August report by a Pennsylvania grand jury which found that about 300 Pennsylvania priests abused at least 1,000 children over the past 70 years. That report alleges senior church officials helped to cover up the abuse complaints.

Barbarin trial to go ahead without accused CDF Prefect

FRANCE
The Tablet

September 11, 2018

By Tom Heneghan

The cardinal has denied wrongdoing but admitted his reaction to abuse accusations he learned about in 2007 was “belated”

A French court has ordered Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, to face trail in early January on charges of failing to denounce a sexually abusive priest, without the presence of co-defendant Vatican Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

The twice-delayed trial of Cardinal Barbarin, who denies wrongdoing in an abuse case tormenting his archdiocese, should go ahead on 7-9 January despite the Vatican's failure to respond to a summons issued to Cardinal Ladaria, it decided.

'La Parole Libérée', the victims' association that brought the charges in a private prosecution after judicial authorities closed an earlier case against Barbarin, said it preferred to delay the trial again so that all involved -– including the Spanish-born Ladaria – could be tried. Barbarin’s defence opposes any further delays.

Christ is Looking Over His Suffering Bride

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

September 16, 2018

By Brianna Heldt

I believe the Church is the bride of Christ, and the best possible place for you to be if you love Jesus.

Last week, I happened to notice an announcement in my parish bulletin. It read something like, “Interested in Catholicism? Come join our RCIA classes.”

I have to confess that I found myself half laughing (in a dark-humor sort of way), half shaking my head, about how it’s kind of a funny time for anyone to be, well, interested in Catholicism.

With all that’s come out over the past couple of months related to the Catholic sex abuse crisis, and seemingly widespread allegations of misconduct among bishops and cardinals, we are certainly not in era where evangelization will be easy. To put it bluntly, the Catholic Church has a PR problem.

Editorial: Year of Repentance is not enough

PENNSYLVANIA
The Tribune-Review

September 16, 2018

Sorry, Your Excellency.

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik announced a Year of Repentance, a way for the clergy to give back to the communities wounded by decades of molestation, rape, intimidation and lies disclosed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s grand jury report.

Let’s forget for a moment that the year is retroactive to last month, so it’s really just 11 months of atonement.

Let’s forget for a moment that some of the victims are dead, as are many of the priests who did the perpetrating and most of the bishops who were behind the covering up.

An Open Letter to Franciscan: Say You’re Sorry

STEUBENVILLE (OH)
Pop Feminist, Patheos (blog)

September 15, 2018

By Emily C. A. Snyder

Elizabeth Vermilyea, PhD is a nationally recognized Traumatic Stress Specialist. As an alumna of Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS), and in light of the continuing and unfolding fall out from the Catholic priest scandals including universities knowingly harboring priest abusers, she offers her words of counsel in the following open letter.

The following was originally addressed to FUS, regarding their acknowledgement of allowing Fr. Samuel Tiesi, TOR, to continue to work and be housed on campus, despite knowing about credible allegations of his sexual misconduct towards young college women. Allegations which FUS President, Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, addressed in an alumni email sent on Sept. 10, 2018. It should be noted that in answer to their own failings, FUS has made a gesture towards instituting better Title IX safety measures. Whether these measures are sufficient, remains to be seen.

Below, Dr. Vermilyea offers her advice about how universities and institutions can better handle these cases, with an eye to walking with victims through their trauma, rather than subjecting them to further silencing and misinformation. Please read.

Hello,

I want to be clear about how the University is coming across with the very recent (and all too late) Title IX review and the even more recent disclosures about Sam Teisi. Sam was a known offender from as far back as the 80s. He was Michael Scanlan’s best friend, lionized on the campus, feted and adored, and Scanlan knew he was an offender, knew he was assaulting women. He did what the church has always done, He moved him.

New Jersey Hotline For Clergy Sex Abuse Claims Flooded With Calls, Officials Say

NEWARK (NJ)
Channel 2 (CBS affiliate in NYC)

September 15, 2018

By Lisa Rozner

[VIDEO]

A hotline created to document reports of clergy sex abuse in New Jersey is receiving so many calls that some can’t even get through. The round-the-clock call center opened last week as part of a new investigation by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

Fred Marigliano says it took him more than 50 years to speak out about being abused by his priest when he was 11-years-old.

“All I wanted to do was not be raped again,” he told CBS2. “Sometimes I still have nightmares.”

His sobering story was told to a crowd that included William Cardinal Tobin at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Friday. On Saturday, he called it in to Grewal’s office via the hotline that’s been slammed virtually nonstop with calls from other survivors.

Morrisey wants review of Bransfield sexual harassment allegations

WHEELING (WV)
The Intelligencer via the Weirton (WV) Daily Times

September 16, 2018

By Linda Comins

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants to review allegations of sexual harassment levied against the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, former bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, the newly-named apostolic administrator of the diocese, “is emphasizing the importance of this investigation being lay-led,” diocesan spokesman Tim Bishop said today.

“The archbishop is very adamant that this investigation be lay-led. I think he is committed that this investigation gets to the truth and as expeditiously as possible,” Bishop said, adding that Lori will oversee the work.

Where There is Light: Speaking truth to power

RACINE (WI)
The Journal Times

September 16, 2018

By Linda Flashinski

As the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church continues to make headlines, I think back to a radio program I recorded with two victims of sexual abuse and their painful stories.

“While he was raping me,” Monica said, “he kept telling me that I was no good, that I wasn’t listening, that I was no good, over and over again, he kept saying it.” The “he” she was referring to was a Wisconsin priest, and the “I” was the quiet, shy 8-year-old girl she was many years ago. When the assault was over, the priest assigned her penance to do for her sins and told her that if she ever told anyone about what had happened, her parents would burn in hell for all eternity. It was a mighty load of guilt for a little girl to carry, and a mighty threat that kept her quiet for over 20 years. It was only when she was 31 and saw a TV news report of that same priest being arrested for sexual assault of children that was she able to tell of her own abuse at his hands. It was the beginning of a healing journey that will never completely end.

Coping with the clergy abuse crisis in the church: Don’t run, rebuild

RIVERHEAD (NY)
Riverhead Local

September 16, 2018

By Eileen Benthal

I remember sitting outside the church, in the middle of the discarded tree. The cold wind blew around me and the swirling snow formed interesting patterns in the air. But I was warm as the tree branches enveloped me.

I was attending a youth retreat and the retreat director gave us some time for individual reflection and journaling. The Christmas tree, cleared of all remnants of paper decorations and lights, was tossed off to the side of the parish hall on the border of the woods surrounding the church property. It was the perfect place to sit and reflect on that Saturday morning in the middle of January.

When I was a teenager, I made a deeper and more personal commitment to Christ and to my Catholic faith. I was a cradle Catholic, brought to church to be baptized by my faith-filled parents whose individual lives and marriage was founded on principles they had learned growing up in the Catholic church.

What She Hasn’t Got: An Apology for Sinéad O’Connor

IRELAND
Refinery 29 (blog)

September 16, 2018

By Tara Murtha

Every song is a prayer pulled from her throat.

Sinéad O’Connor’s breakthrough record I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got opens with a recitation of the Serenity Prayer, and ends with the titular poem, performed like a chant:

"I'm walking through the desert / And I am not frightened although it's hot / I have all that I requested / And I do not want what I haven't got."

**
Two years after the concert in Santiago, O’Connor was the musical guest on a now-notorious episode of Saturday Night Live. She sang an a capella version of Bob Marley’s “War,” updating lyrics referencing apartheid and colonialism in Africa to address child abuse, ye-AH. O’Connor ends the chant: “We know we will win. We have confidence in the victory of good over evil.”

While chanting the word “evil,” O’Connor holds up a photograph of Pope John Paul II and rips it in half, then into pieces, then tosses the pieces at the camera and says, “Fight the real enemy!”

[Includes link to SNL clip]

The backlash was swift and brutal. Frank Sinatra called her a “stupid broad” said he’d kick her ass if she was a guy. Actor Joe Pesci, who hosted SNL the following week, made a joke about smacking O’Connor in the face, and the audience laughed and clapped. A Catholic cardinal was pretty sure it was “voodoo.” Even Madonna was aghast, or pretended to be.

Updated list of accused priests

SAN DIEGO (CA)
Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego

September 14, 2018

In 2007, as part of its bankruptcy proceeding, the diocese published a list of priests who had been credibly accused of abusing minors. The list was split into two parts—one listing priests from the San Diego and San Bernardino dioceses and another listing visiting priests from other dioceses and religious orders. In 1978, the Diocese of San Bernardino separated from the Diocese of San Diego. Until then, they were one diocese.

Recently, as part of an effort to respond to questions from parishioners and the public, the diocese began a review of its records to see if additional names should be added to that list.

Below is a list of 51 priests where the diocese has received a credible allegation involving sexual abuse of a minor.

Priest active in Bay Area faced previously undisclosed sex abuse charge

SAN JOSE (CA)
Bay Area News Group via the Mercury News

September 16, 2018

By John Woolfolk

In what many consider a long-overdue confessional, Catholic church leaders from San Jose to San Diego have taken the extraordinary step of promising to bare some of their darkest secrets by revealing previously undisclosed names of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.

And names now being disclosed reveal a disturbing fact — at least one of those priests remains active. An itinerant Roman Catholic priest who holds Bay Area retreats is among eight clergymen the Diocese of San Diego just identified as having been the subject of previously undisclosed accusations of sexual abuse.

The Rev. J. Patrick Foley, who held retreats in Soquel and Danville this year costing participants more than $200 a person, faced a church tribunal after a couple in the Sacramento area accused him in 2010 of sexually molesting their boys, said San Diego diocese spokesman Kevin C. Eckery. The tribunal was inconclusive, he said, and although church officials also alerted local police, nothing ever came of it. But the diocese in 2015 stripped him of his priestly faculties.

Pope Francis expels Chilean priest over child sex abuse

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Santiago Times

September 16, 2018

A Chilean priest, convicted of pedophilia, has been stripped of his priestly duties by Pope Francis amid a growing global abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church.

The Archdiocese of Santiago said the Pope had decided to defrock Reverend Cristian Precht, El Mercurio reported on Saturday.

The information, confirmed on the website of the Archbishopric of Santiago, indicates that it was the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Luis F. Ladaria, who notified the Chilean Church of the decision of Pope Francis’ decision.

As Pope ponders Chile, criminal prosecutors charge full steam ahead

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

September 16, 2018

By Inés San Martín

As Pope Francis continues to ponder his response to the Chilean sexual abuse crisis, having accepted the resignations of only five bishops after all of them offered to step down in May, the local criminal justice system is marching full steam ahead, with four dioceses raided on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into abuse and cover-ups by bishops.

The raids, conducted simultaneously and requested by general prosecutor Emiliano Arias, hit the dioceses of Valparaiso, Chillan, Osorno and Concepcion. Images published by local media showed authorities walking out of buildings after seizing documents.

Until June, when Francis accepted his resignation, Valparaiso was headed by Bishop Gonzalo Duarte, who’s been accused by victims of not only cover-up but abuse himself.

Children behind bars put face on opportunity cost of abuse scandal

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

September 16, 2018

By John L. Allen Jr.

A scandal’s impact can be measured multiple ways, with the most obvious being the toll it takes in terms of bad press, litigation and settlements, declining attendance or market share, as well as disillusionment and outrage among the rank and file.

What’s often harder to assess is the opportunity cost - what else might an institution have done, had its energies not been focused on putting out its own fires?

That seems an especially pressing question in the United States right now with regard to the Catholic Church, which seems largely to be sitting out two important political fights in which it otherwise might have been a protagonist.

Editorial: Election is crucial for sex abuse victims

NEW YORK
Times Herald-Record

September 16, 2018

Here are three things to keep in mind as the New York attorney general begins an investigation into sexual abuse by clergy in the Roman Catholic Church in the state.

First, we should expect a report similar to the one that came out following a grand jury inquiry in Pennsylvania, one that found more than 1,000 victims abused by more than 300 priests over 70 years. From what we know already in New York from church settlements and occasional court cases, the magnitude of the findings is likely to be the same.

Second, we should expect that most of those cases will not result in prosecutions because of the statute of limitations. New York has very strict limitations preventing most victims from pursuing cases in court. And more than 300 people who settled privately with the church have waived their right to sue.

Third, we should expect the outcome of this investigation to lend more support to efforts in Albany to help those victims seek the kind of justice denied them for so long. The way to do that is to pass the Child Victims Act, a series of bills providing future victims with more opportunity to go to court, that would penalize those responsible for these crimes and, most important, open up a one-year window in that restrictive statue of limitations.

The man behind the Pa. grand jury report on Catholic clergy abuse

HARRISBURG (PA)
Philly.com

September 16, 2018

By Angela Couloumbis

Like in the Batman reruns he grew up watching as a kid, there is something about the battle between good and evil that, even as an adult, Daniel Dye can't seem to shake from his conscience.

Maybe it's because in those stories, someone shows up, flaws and all, when duty calls. Or maybe it's because those people are unafraid and unabashed at feeling righteousness.

Dye, 38, muses openly about such things. On social media, where his posts often cite famous men in history or discuss the fight for justice. In a coffeehouse on an overcast weekday afternoon. And in a grand jury room, where as a senior prosecutor for state Attorney General Josh Shapiro's office, he's spent the last five years building the cases that led to the damning report on Catholic clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania — once even quoting Scripture to a defrocked priest he was questioning.

Vaticano hace caso omiso a cuestionamientos y ratifica permanencia de cardenal Errázuriz en consejo asesor del Papa Francisco

[Vatican ignores questions and ratifies permanence of Cardinal Errázuriz in Pope's advisory council]

CHILE
El Mostrador

September 13, 2018

El pasado 16 de agosto, el sitio web español eldiario.es. publicó que el Papa Francisco expulsó al arzobispo emérito de Santiago, Francisco Javier Errázuriz, del Consejo de Cardenales (C-9), grupo asesor creado por Bergoglio en 2013. Dicha información fue reiterada por el periódico italiano Corriere della Sera, para explicar la ausencia del purpurado chileno de la reunión sostenida desde el lunes y hasta ayer por el Francisco y el cuerpo de asesores en Roma.
Pero, ¿cuál es la versión del Vaticano? La respuesta de la Oficina de Prensa fue: "No ha habido ningún cambio en la composición del C-9. Es decir, todos sus miembros tienen ya en agenda la convocatoria del próximo encuentro, los días 10-11-12 de diciembre", consigna El Mercurio.

"Deja de ser cura como castigo" y "El primero de varios": Las reacciones a la expulsión de Precht

[Reactions to the Vatican's expulsion of Cristián Precht]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

September 15, 2018

By Camila Gálvez

El Papa Francisco comunicó su decisión este sábado a través del prefecto de la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, cardenal Luis F. Ladaria, S.J.

Cristián Precht Bañados dejó de ser sacerdote tras la decisión de expulsión tomada por el Papa Francisco. Información que fue dada a conocer por el Arzobispado de Santiago a través de un comunicado en el que afirmaba que el prefecto de la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, cardenal Luis F. Ladaria, S.J. les notificó de la salida del religioso indagado en el caso Maristas.

Cristián Precht expulsado de la Iglesia Católica: El historial de acusaciones que antecedieron a su salida

[Cristián Precht expelled from the Catholic Church: The history of accusations that preceded his departure]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

September 16, 2018

By Carla Fernández

El Papa Francisco determinó la desvinculación del icónico defensor de los derechos humanos, quien actualmente es investigado en el marco del caso Maristas.

La tarde del sábado 15 de septiembre, el Arzobispado de Santiago informó que Cristián Precht dejaba de ser sacerdote luego de que el Papa Francisco tomara la decisión de expulsarlo. La noticia fue dada a conocer en medio de un controversial escenario para el emblemático ex vicario de la solidaridad, quien actualmente es investigado por denuncias de abusos sexuales a menores en el marco del caso Maristas.

Nuevas denuncias de abusos sexuales acumula la Iglesia Católica en Puerto Montt

[New allegations of clergy sexual abuse uncovered in Puerto Montt]

CHILE
BioBioChile

September 14, 2018

By Nicole Briones and Robinson Cardenas

Nuevas denuncias por presuntos abusos sexuales quedaron al descubierto este viernes en Puerto Montt, región de Los Lagos. Fue el administrador apostólico, Ricardo Morales, quien confirmó denuncias contra dos presbíteros de la capital regional.

Reformalizan a excanciller del Arzobispado de Santiago por violación

[Court keeps the former Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago in jail]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 14, 2018

By Leyla Zapata

Tribunal de Rancagua mantuvo en prisión al sacerdote Óscar Muñoz, quien ofreció una caución de $ 5 millones para garantizar su participación en el proceso.

La defensa del suspendido excanciller del Arzobispado de Santiago, Óscar Muñoz, solicitó este viernes rebajar la prisión preventiva que pesa sobre el sacerdote desde hace más de 60 días, cuando se le imputaron cargos como eventual autor de abusos a menores y un estupro.

Vaticano expulsa del sacerdocio a Cristián Precht

[Vatican bans Cristián Precht from the priesthood]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 15, 2018

By S. Rodríguez, MJ Navarrete, and L. Leiva

La Iglesia de Santiago comunicó que la decisión que adoptó el Papa Francisco es inapelable. Antecedentes por eventuales abusos habían sido remitidos a Roma.

Cristián Precht, el emblemático exvicario de la solidaridad que jugó un importante papel en Chile en materia de derechos humanos, perdió hoy su calidad de sacerdote, recibiendo así la sanción más grave que contempla el ordenamiento canónica. Así lo estableció el Vaticano, que a través de un comunicado público difundido este sábado, aseguró que la decisión adoptada por Roma es inapelable.

Pope Francis Expels Chilean Priest Accused of Child Sex Abuse

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Reuters via the New York Times

September 15, 2018

Pope Francis on Saturday expelled a Chilean priest under investigation in a case involving the sexual abuse of children, according to a report by local media on Saturday, amid a growing global abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church.

The Archdiocese of Santiago said the Pope had decided to defrock the Reverend Cristian Precht, local daily El Mercurio reported.

Precht was a former head of the Church's Vicariate of Solidarity human rights group that in the 1980s had challenged ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet to end the practice of torture in Chile.

Diocese of San Diego Releases Names of 8 Priests with Credible Abuse Allegations

SAN DIEGO (CA)
Channel 7 (NBC affiliate)

September 14, 2018

By Artie Ojeda, Alex Presha, Rafael Avitabile and NBC Staff

The addition of the names brings the total number of abusive priests connected to the diocese to 56.

The Catholic Diocese of San Diego released the names of eight priests who at one time worked in San Diego County and have credible reports of child abuse against them.

The eight names: The Reverends Jose Chavarin, Raymond Etienne, J. Patrick Foley, Michael French, Richard Houck, George Lally and Paolino Montagna, and Monsignor Mark Medaer.

The cases against them date as far back as the 60s and 70s, and not all of the alleged abuse incidents happened in San Diego, the diocese said. Five of the eight priests are now dead and the diocese was only able to provide photographs of three.

Victim: Diocese ‘short-changing’ victims in abuse settlements

ROCKVILLE CENTRE (NY)
Long Island News 12

September 14, 2018

The Diocese of Rockville Centre offered settlements to hundreds of victims of clergy abuse, but some say the settlement doesn't cover all victims.

Harold Siering says he was sexually abused in the 1970s at a Catholic school on Long Island by a Franciscan brother. He says the abuse started when he was about 10 years old, and lasted into his teens.

"I kept it hidden, because the abusers, they tell you, 'If you tell anybody, no one is going to believe you,’" Siering told News 12.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre started a compensation program for victims who were sexually abused at the hands of priests. The diocese has received almost 300 claims since the program opened up last year – awarding victims sums of $25,000 to $500,000.

But the program doesn't compensate victims like Siering who were abused by church officials who weren't priests.

Parishes hold listening sessions on abuse; 'people need to be heard'

ALBANY (NY)
Catholic News Service via National Catholic Reporter

September 14, 2018

By Kate Blain

A pastor from the Albany Diocese said the reaction from local Catholics to the clergy abuse scandal is a combination of concern for the church and its future along with anger and confusion about the church that they love.

The priest, Fr. Robert Longobucco, pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Schenectady and diocesan vicar for Catholic faith formation and education, has heard individual comments from parishioners, but he planned to hear from them as a group during a Sept. 13 listening session.

Since Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger is "anxious to have" feedback from diocesan Catholics on moving through the crisis, the priest said the goal for the session at St. Kateri's was "to have people voice their feelings and give input to the bishop."

Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic Church

THE HAGUE (NETHERLANDS)
Channel NewsAsia

September 15, 2018

More than half of the Netherlands' senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed Saturday (Sep 15), further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal.

Over the course of 65 years, 20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and their auxiliaries "covered up sexual abuse, allowing the perpetrators to cause many more victims", the daily NRC reported.

"Four abused children and 16 others allowed the transfer of paedophile priests who could have caused new victims in other parishes," the Dutch newspaper added.

Church spokeswoman Daphne van Roosendaal told AFP the church could "confirm a part" of the report.

Why so many accused priests never faced trial

NEW YORK (NY)
Fox 5 TV

September 14, 2018

By Sharon Crowley

[VIDEO]

As the Catholic Church grapples with an on-going worldwide scandal of clergy-child sex abuse, Fox 5 took a closer look at why accused priests were so often able to avoid criminal prosecution. We found that the church is often reluctant to move forward on these cases but sometimes the accused priests have law enforcement in their corner as well.

"My basketball coach and priest began sexually assaulting me and some of my classmates," said Shaun Dougherty, who lives and works in Long Island City now. But when he 10 and living in Pennsylvania, a Catholic priest repeatedly sexually abused him, he said.

"He worked his way up my thigh and began fondling my genitals," Dougherty said. "When it first happened, you think, 'What was that?'"

Dougherty did not report what he says happened to him until he was an adult, long after Pennsylvania's statute of limitations had expired. The priest he accused was never prosecuted. He moved to another parish and retired.

September 15, 2018

Day before Cupich talks, Catholics weigh in on the latest on sex-abuse scandal

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

September 14, 2018

By Almudena Rincon

A day before Cardinal Blase Cupich is expected to address the latest in the Catholic Church’s sex-abuse scandal, local Catholics and those visiting Chicago shared their thoughts about how Pope Francis and others in leadership have responded to the ongoing crisis.

Here’s what some of them shared Friday as they stood outside Holy Name Cathedral:

Adriana Ramos, 24, Chicago: “I think they should’ve stepped up to the plate and really been true pillars of the community and (said), ‘Hey, you know what? This is what’s going on. This should not be going on at all. This is what we can do to prevent from situations like these from happening again.’ … But at the end of the day, we’re all humans, we all make human errors.”

One of the first whistleblowers on sex abuse in Catholic Church

IRELAND
Irish Times

September 14, 2018

Psychotherapist and former Benedictine monk who knew that ‘all trails led to Rome’

His major book, A Secret World: Sexuality and the Search for Celibacy, concluded that 6 per cent of priests (later revised to 9 per cent) had had sexual contact with minors and that at least a third of clergy were homosexuals.

For years his research work was called into question by the American hierarchy, but he has been posthumously vindicated with the removal from ministry and resignation of retired US cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington DC, followed by the shocking findings of more than 301 children being raped over 70 years by clergy in six dioceses in Pennsylvania. Sipe was critical of how Pope Benedict XVI, in his 2010 apostolic letter to the Catholics of Ireland in the wake of the Murphy report, ignored Rome’s culpability and attributed failures by bishops in the Dublin archdiocese to their ignoring canon law.

Catholic Church’s sex-abuse crisis a lingering cloud in Providence

PROVIDENCE (RI)
Providence Journal

September 14, 2018

By Tom Mooney

Tremors from the escalating clergy sex-abuse crisis now shaking the Catholic Church’s Vatican hierarchy were evident Friday in a Providence cathedral, in a diocese where leaders confronted a wave of sex-abuse cases almost 20 years ago and yearn to move beyond what they say is the past.

Yet as more allegations emerge elsewhere — the pope ignoring warnings about a prominent cardinal; a Pennsylvania grand jury report that 300 priests had abused more than 1,000 children over decades — escaping Rhode Island’s own dark history is proving difficult, local church officials concede.

Cardinal Wuerl says he's ready to 'step aside' so the Catholic Church can heal

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Review

September 14, 2018

By Natasha Lindstrom

Cardinal Donald Wuerl told parishioners Friday that he is repenting for the “wounds that were caused by my bad judgments or failures” as he prepares to discuss his resignation with Pope Francis.

Wuerl — the archbishop of Washington and former Pittsburgh bishop entangled in two far-reaching child sex abuse scandals — introduced a six-week “Season of Healing” during a special Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C.

During the homily portion of the service, Wuerl said that he hopes that all church leaders will demonstrate transparency as the Roman Catholic Church moves away “from the darkness of sin and failure — abuse and shame

Va. Catholics gather in prayer, share thoughts on abuse allegations after Mass of Atonement

RICHMOND (VA)
Channel 8 (ABC affiliate)

September 14, 2018

By Sierra Fox

[VIDEO]

Richmond bishop organizes Mass in wake of Pennsylvania grand jury report

The bishop of Richmond's Catholic Diocese held a "Mass of Atonement" on Friday at the Catholic Church of Sacred Heart to pray for victims of sex abuse.

In the most recent church sex scandal in Pennsylvania, decades of abuse and cover-ups were uncovered.

Catholics from across Virginia gathered in Richmond for an opportunity to pray for victims of abuse and to pray for church leaders seeking forgiveness for their sins and failures.

Pope Francis meets with U.S. Catholic leaders in Rome amid ongoing sex abuse scandal

ROME (ITALY)
CBS News

September 13, 2018

By Seth Doane

Some of the highest ranking Catholic leaders from the U.S. met with Pope Francis to discuss the priest sex abuse crisis that has rocked the church. The U.S. bishops said Pope Francis "listened deeply from the heart" in their discussions but they offered few details and no "next steps."

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the head of all U.S. bishops, pushed for this meeting and wants a Vatican investigation into how disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick rose to the highest levels of the church despite allegations of sexual misconduct. But now DiNardo himself is accused of allowing a predator priest to remain in his own archdiocese in Texas.

In a statement, the archdiocese explained that one of the cases against the accused priest was dropped years ago by the minor's family, and a second case brought last month was taken "seriously" and reported to authorities.

The evil of clericalism

UNITED STATES
Global Sisters Report in National Catholic Reporter

August 31, 2018

By Nicole Trahan

Since I was in high school, praying with Scripture has been one of my favorite ways to pray. I read and meditate on the readings of the day and draw from them challenge, edification, questions, and/or calls to conversion. Sometimes the fruit of my meditation is obscure. Other times, the message is clear as a cloudless sky.

On Wednesday, Aug. 22, the message of the first reading, from Ezekiel 34, hit me hard. Not because of its challenging words for my life, but because of the forceful message for our church at this time:

The clerical church in search of its soul

UNITED STATES
Global Sisters Report in National Catholic Reporter

August 27, 2018

By Nancy Sylvester

It is difficult to find the words to capture what I feel as the report of the 18-month investigation of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania is revealed. The number of priests — more than 300 — and the number of children abused — over 1,000 — is staggering.

In the victims' testimonies, one feels the pain and the shame even these many years later. The magnitude of the violation is hard to imagine when the victim sees the abuser as a representative of God.

Cardinal Dolan says it’s not about Viganò v. Francis but right v. wrong

NEW YORK (NY)
Crux

September 13, 2018

Christopher White

Recent revelations and accusations related to clerical sexual abuse have been “a disaster, one crisis after another” for the Catholic Church, according to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, and have jeopardized its moral authority to speak on other issues such as the sanctity of human life, immigration and the environment.

In an interview on Thursday with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the archbishop of New York said the latest rounds of abuse scandals have been “nauseating” and “diabolical,” although he hopes they can ultimately be a “cause for healing.”

In June, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was credibly accused of abusing an altar boy while serving as a priest in the archdiocese of New York, prompting a wave of new allegations spanning several decades from seminarians who said they were abused by the former archbishop of Newark and Washington.

For survivors of priest child sex abuse, what would real justice look like?

NEW YORK (NY)
Christian Science Monitor

September 14, 2018

By Harry Bruinius

WHY WE WROTE THIS
The question overlays every detailing of the sexual abuse of children by trusted spiritual figures: How can there be justice for such a crime? We asked several of those now-grown children what, exactly, ‘justice’ would mean for them.

There are crimes for which justice can seem like a remote concept.

There are crimes, like the sexual abuse of children, from which many turn away – using language like “unspeakable,” “unimaginable,” or even “inhuman.” Even survivors create their mental shields from the crimes they endured.

“This form of abuse is really completely and utterly spiritually annihilating,” says Christa Brown, a survivor of abuse at the hands of a Baptist minister decades ago, and an author who now lives in Colorado. “It's been called ‘soul murder,’ and I think that's a very apt word for it.”

New director named, former leader returns to SNAP after legal threats, leadership upheaval

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

September 15, 2018

By Nassim Benchaabane

The St. Louis-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests named a new executive director Friday following a turbulent year that saw a serious legal threat and resignations of longtime leaders.

Zach Hiner, who began his eight-year career in child abuse and neglect prevention as an assistant to SNAP founder Barbara Blaine and longtime executive director David Clohessy, will take the reins Sept. 24 as head of the nation’s oldest and largest self-help group for survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

In a statement sent to SNAP members, Hiner said he was returning to the group at a “critical time.”

“Every day, more and more people are becoming aware of the realities of just how common abuse becomes when we put institutions over people, whether that institution is a church, a university, or a Hollywood studio,” said Hiner, former communications director with Prevent Child Abuse America.

“For years SNAP has led the way in providing a voice to the voiceless and I am looking forward to increasing our reach, updating our messaging and helping SNAP reach more people than we ever thought would be possible.”

Meanwhile, Clohessy, the longtime public face of SNAP, has returned as the group’s spokesman in St. Louis. He had stepped down in December 2016 after 29 years as executive director.

Former priest named in grand jury report found working at counseling center

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Channel 4

September 10, 2018

By Paul Van Osdol

Action News Investigates has learned a former priest accused of molesting boys found a job as a social worker at a counseling center, working near children.

William B. Yockey was a priest at several parishes in the Pittsburgh area before leaving the priesthood in the wake of child sex abuse allegations.

Yockey did not answer questions when Action News Investigates found him at the Community Counseling Center in Ashtabula, Ohio, where he was working as a therapist.

Catholic Diocese of Erie’s abuse probe cost $4 million

ERIE (PA)
GoErie.com

September 15, 2018

Funds paid for law firm to conduct investigation that led to list of accused priests and laypeople.

Firm also updated child-protection policy. No parish funds used, bishop says.

The Catholic Diocese of Erie’s unprecedented internal investigation of clergy sexual abuse has come at a large cost: $4 million.

Erie Catholic Bishop Lawrence Persico said that is how much the 13-county diocese has spent to have a law firm investigate the claims of abuse, going back to the 1940s, as well as revise the diocese’s child-protection policy and represent the diocese during the two-year statewide grand jury probe that ended with the release of the sweeping 884-page report on Aug. 14.

The $4 million is separate from the $750,000 the diocese said it has given to abuse victims over the past several decades.

September 14, 2018

Caso Quiroz: Fiscalía Sur toma declaración en calidad de imputado al ex obispo castrense, Pablo Lizama

[Monsignor testifies in case of former military bishop Quiroz]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

By Tamara Cerna

El antecesor en el cargo del obispo emérito de Osorno, Juan Barros, está siendo interrogado por un presunto encubrimiento respecto a los abusos que habría cometido el ex capellán de la FACh.

En 14 días, la Fiscalía Metropolitana Sur ha concretado en tres oportunidades una diligencia que apunta a investigar los presuntos abusos sexuales que habría cometido el ex capellán de la FACh de Iquique, Pedro Quiroz Fernández. A fines de agosto, el sacerdote Cristián Precht Bañados llegó hasta la Brigada de Delitos Sexuales y de Menores de la Policía de Investigaciones (PDI) para declarar en calidad de imputado por un presunto encubrimiento en el caso. El 6 de septiembre lo hizo bajo el mismo contexto, el obispo emérito de Osorno, Juan Barros; y hoy, el monseñor Pablo Lizama Riquelme.

Fiscalía recogió evidencia por acusaciones a Ezzati durante allanamiento en Concepción

[Prosecutor's office collected evidence for accusations against Ezzati during raid in Concepción]

CHILE
BioBioChile

September 13, 2018

By Yerko Roa and Óscar Valenzuela

La Fiscalía recogió evidencia por las acusaciones de encubrimiento contra el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, este jueves durante el allanamiento del Arzobispado de Concepción. “Parte de las indagatorias que hemos realizado acá dicen relación con dichos cargos”, expresó el persecutor a cargo del procedimiento, Sergio Moya.

Denunciante de obispo de San Felipe asegura que laicos forman parte de “red de protección”

[San Felipe whistleblower says lay people are part of "the network of concealment"]

CHILE
El Mostrador

September 14, 2018

En tanto, el ex seminarista, también denunciante del presbítero Humberto Enríquez ante el obispado de Valparaíso, acusó que la diócesis de San Felipe es el lugar ideal para esconder este tipo de delincuentes porque “es como el patio trasero de la diócesis de Valparaíso.

En el marco de la investigación, en manos de la Fiscalía, en contra del obispo de San Felipe, Cristián Contreras Molina, por delitos "contra el orden de las familias, la moralidad pública y contra la integridad sexual” , el denunciante y ex seminarista Mauricio Pulgar, se refirió al caso y dijo, con respecto a lo que está pasando, que "lamentablemente la iglesia Católica perdió la oportunidad de haber reconocido los abusos, porque hasta el día de hoy habla de víctimas en
general. Ahora, lo que nos queda, es que la iglesia asuma los delitos y las consecuencias".

Administrador apostólico pide que se respete el principio de confidencialidad por allanamiento de obispados

[After raids on church offices, Catholic administrator asks that confidentiality be respected]

CHILE
Publimetro

September 13, 2018

By Daniela Pinto

Pedro Ossandón, administrador de la diócesis de Valparaíso, estuvo presente durante el procedimiento.

“Lo que cabe aquí es recordar dos principios fundamentales. Uno es el principio de colaboración con la justicia. Estamos comprometidos con la verdad y la justicia, y lo que más nos interesa es avanzar en esa materia. Y lo segundo es el principio de confidencialidad, o sea que hay una confianza que han hecho muchas personas, como testigos, como denunciantes y, si es el caso, como víctima, en los tribunales eclesiásticos. Entonces, la mayoría de esas personas piden confidencialidad”.

Leaked German study documents thousands of sexual abuse cases

BERLIN (GERMANY)
Catholic News Agency via Catholic World

September 12, 2018

A study commissioned by the German bishops’ conference reports the sexual abuse of thousands of children in that country over a period of 70 years. The report was scheduled to be released later this month, but was leaked Wednesday to German media.

The report was commissioned by the German bishops' conference and scheduled to be presented on Sept. 25 at the autumn plenary session of the German bishops, as CNA Deutsch reported.

Its methodology is substantially different from that of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report.

The study documents sexual offenses against “3677 predominantly male minors” between 1946 and 2014, Der Spiegel reported

“1670 clerics are accused of the deeds,” the German magazine reported, saying researchers had “examined and evaluated more than 38,000 personnel and other files from 27 German dioceses.”

Der Spiegel reported that in many cases evidence was found by researchers to have have been “destroyed or manipulated.”

Chilean prosecutors raid four dioceses in ongoing abuse investigation

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service via National Catholic Reporter

September 14, 2018

By Junno Arocho Esteves

Chilean prosecutors raided four dioceses in the country as they continue a nationwide investigation into cases of clerical sexual abuse.

Lead prosecutor Emiliano Arias ordered search-and-seizure operations Sept. 13 of the diocesan offices of Osorno, Valparaiso, Concepcion and Chillan. This was the third raid authorized by Arias.

After the raid, a spokesman for Arias told the Reuters news agency that information collected from previous raids conducted in Santiago and Rancagua in June led to the search operations in the other dioceses.

Priests who abuse kids will suffer wrath of God

FAIRBANKS (AL)
Daily News-Miner

September 14, 2018

By Robin Barrett

I recently heard a hauntingly beautiful song that I hadn’t heard in years. It was the song “Africa,” by the group Toto, recorded in the early 1980s. As some songs do, it kept playing in my mind long after I listened to it. Coincidentally, the night after I heard it, I saw several references to the song on Twitter. This made me more interested in the song, so I watched the group sing it in a 35th anniversary live concert on YouTube. It is really a magnificent song, and has been meaningful to later generations from all over the world who weren’t even born when it was first recorded.

Policía ha allanado 16 edificios de la Iglesia Católica durante 2018

[Police have raided 16 Catholic Church buildings during 2018]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 13, 2018

By K. Hillmann and B. Velásquez

Fiscal Emiliano Arias ordenó este jueves incautaciones simultáneas, por casos de eventuales abusos, en diócesis de Valparaíso, Concepción, Osorno y Chillán.

Pasadas las 11 horas de este jueves, el fiscal Sergio Moya junto a personal de OS-9 de Carabineros llegaron hasta el Arzobispado de Concepción, en la Región del Biobío, para allanar las dependencias gracias a una orden de entrada y registro dispuesta por el Tribunal de Garantía de Rancagua, en marco de la investigación que lleva el Ministerio Público en contra de sacerdotes producto de delitos de presuntos abusos.

Obispo de San Felipe por investigación en su contra: “Cualquiera puede decir lo que quiera”

[Bishop of San Felipe on investigation against him: "Anybody can say what he wants"]

CHILE
La Tercera

By J. Matus and S. Rodríguez

Cristián Contreras Molina es uno de los siete prelados indagados por hechos ligados a supuestos abusos. Sería parte de la tercera aceptación de renuncias del Papa.

“Lo primero que debo decir es que la información que tengo es por el diario La Tercera. Punto dos, no tengo ninguna noticia de parte de la Fiscalía de San Felipe ni de Rancagua”. Así se refirió el obispo de San Felipe, Cristián Contreras Molina, a la investigación que el Ministerio Público lleva en su contra, luego de que L.A.C.C., de 56 años, lo acusara de un eventual delito de connotación sexual.

Tribunal mantiene prisión preventiva para excanciller del Arzobispado de Santiago

[Tribunal upholds preventive detention for former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 14, 2018

By C. Soto and L. Zapata

El Tribunal de Rancagua se encuentra revisando la prisión preventiva de Óscar Muñoz, quien está siendo investigado por los delitos de abuso sexual reiterado y estupro.

A las 9.00 de esta mañana, el Juzgado de Garantía de Rancagua comenzó a revisar las medidas cautelares en contra del sacerdote Oscar Muñoz, ex canciller del arzobispado, que se encuentra imputado por haber cometido presuntos delitos sexuales en contra de menores de edad.

Obispado de Puerto Montt abre investigación previa contra dos sacerdotes

[Two priests in Puerto Montt are the focus of sex abuse investigations]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 14, 2018

By Carlos Reyes

Se dispuso, en ambos casos, la suspensión de todas las tareas pastorales, así como la celebración pública de oficios religiosos. Uno de los denunciados actualmente está fuera de Chile por "motivos familiares".

El obispado de Puerto Montt informó esta jornada el inicio de dos investigaciones previas contra religiosos de la diócesis. El primer caso se trata de una denuncia recibida el 31 de agosto contra el presbítero Darío Nicolás Serrano por presuntos abusos sexuales contra menores de edad. “Se ha iniciado una investigación previa para determinar la verosimilitud de los hechos denunciados, que habrían ocurrido en la década de los 90”, dijeron mediante un comunicado.

Suma y sigue la crisis de la iglesia católica: dos sacerdotes de Puerto Montt denunciados por abuso sexual

[Two priests of Puerto Montt accused of sexual abuse]

CHILE
Publimetro

September 14, 2018

By Aton (news agency)

El propio arzobispado informó de las investigaciones.

El administrador apostólico de la Arquidiócesis de Puerto Montt, Ricardo Morales Galindo, informó a través de una declaración pública del inicio de dos investigaciones previas, a raíz de denuncias por presunto abuso sexual a menores de edad, por parte de religiosos de la capital regional de Los Lagos.

Iglesia: Nuevo choque de competencia entre fiscales Arias y Guzmán por investigaciones de abusos sexuales en obispado castrense

[The clash of dual investigations into clergy sex abuse in the military]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 14, 2018

By Ivonne Toro

La duplicación de funciones y el enfrentamiento entre Guzmán y Arias –que es reconocido como tal por cercanos a los dos persecutores- podría, afirman fuentes consultadas por La Tercera PM, perjudicar el curso de las investigaciones. El problema es que ambos consideran que han sido mandatados directamente por Abbott para indagar en los archivos militares.

El lunes los fiscales regionales de la zona metropolitana Sur, Raúl Guzmán, y de O’Higgins, Emiliano Arias, entregaron a la Fiscalía Nacional el informe que debían elaborar acerca de sus respectivas investigaciones eclesiásticas luego de que ambos chocaran en pesquisas al exobispo Juan Barros, quien es indagado por Arias en cuanto a su responsabilidad como eventual encubridor de delitos sexuales ocurridos en el obispado castrense y en Osorno cuando se desempeñó en esta región. Y por Guzmán, por razones similares. Este último lo interrogó hace una semana.

Obispo Pablo Lizama declara ante fiscales Guzmán y Adasme por caso del excapellán Pedro Quiroz

[Bishop Pablo Lizama testifies in case of Pedro Quiroz, former military chaplain]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 13, 2018

By Carlos Reyes

La citación fue realizada en calidad de imputado, por su presunta responsabilidad en el encubrimiento de los abusos sexuales que habrían sido cometidos por el ex capellán castrense, Pedro Quiroz.

Hasta dependencias de la Brigada Investigadora de Delitos Sexuales (Brisexme) de la PDI llegó esta tarde el obispo emérito de Antofagasta Pablo Lizama, para declarar en calidad de imputado, por su presunta responsabilidad en el encubrimiento de los abusos sexuales que habrían sido cometidos por el ex capellán castrense, Pedro Quiroz.

Los pecados del cardenal: se le estrecha el cerco a Errázuriz

[The sins of the cardinal: focus on Errázuriz intensifies]

CHILE
El Mostrador

September 14, 2018

By Alejandra Carmona López

Después de casi dos meses de investigación, el Arzobispado de Santiago debería enviar en los próximos días a Roma el resultado de su indagatoria sobre la denuncia en contra del presbítero Jorge Laplagne Aguirre, que –según fuentes de El Mostrador– ya fue calificada como verosímil. De ser así, no solo el sacerdote acusado tendrá que enfrentarse a la justicia eclesiástica, además de la civil, sino también el círculo que ignoró sus denuncias, donde está lo más alto de la jerarquía católica chilena.

El 13 de julio pasado, el Arzobispado de Santiago instruyó una investigación previa en contra del presbítero Jorge Laplagne Aguirre. La solicitud venía de una esperanza antigua de justicia. Javier Molina Huerta, quien antes de cumplir 18años fue cercano a Laplagne e incluso se convirtió en su acólito, había denunciado por segunda vez los abusos que sufrió.

Pelosi calls for ‘complete change’ in Catholic Church after widespread abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. (U.S.)
The Hill

September 14, 2018

By Mike Lillis

Pelosi calls for ‘complete change’ in Catholic Church after widespread abuse

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday called for a complete overhaul in the way the Catholic Church confronts sexual abuse.

Pelosi became the latest prominent Catholic lawmaker to condemn the Vatican’s response amid reports of rampant sexual misconduct by clergy in the United States and beyond.

But Pelosi, who like Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is a devout Catholic, said she’s hopeful that Pope Francis and other church leaders will fix the problems from within, deflecting the notion that Congress should play any kind of oversight role.

Admitted abuser still serves as professor, priestly status unknown

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

September 12, 2018

For Michael Bland, as for many victims of clerical sexual misconduct, this summer's relentless news of abuse and cover-up in the U.S. church has reopened painful wounds.

And while many Catholics are demanding to know "who knew what and when" about retired Washington archbishop Theodore McCarrick, Bland says church officials do know this: His abuser continues to teach canon law at a pontifical university.

John Huels has maintained his position as a full professor at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, even after reports in 2002 that he had — at least temporarily — left his position and would seek laicization.

China and Vatican to Sign Landmark Deal Over Bishops

ROME (ITALY)
The Wall Street Journal

September 14, 2018

Under agreement, Beijing would recognize pope as head of China’s Catholics in return for Vatican recognition of excommunicated Chinese bishops

China and the Vatican are set to sign a landmark agreement later this month ending a long struggle between Beijing’s Communist rulers and the pope over who controls Catholicism in the world’s most populous country, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Reactions to the deal, which gives both sides a say in appointing the church’s bishops in China, are likely to be sharply divided, with some hailing a diplomatic coup by the Vatican that draws China closer to the West and others warning of an important defeat for the principle of religious freedom.

The controversial deal would include the first official recognition by Beijing that the pope is the head of the Catholic Church in China. In return, Pope Francis would formally recognize seven excommunicated Chinese bishops who were appointed by the Communist government without Vatican approval.

“It is a baby step by China toward recognizing some of the framework of the Western world,” said Francesco Sisci, an Italian who teaches international relations at China Renmin University in Beijing. “It doesn’t go as far as recognizing what we in the West call religious freedom but it is a degree of religious autonomy.”

Others, including some U.S. diplomats, are concerned the pope is conceding a strong influence over church leadership to an avowedly atheist authoritarian regime.

Catholic Church abuse scandal: Paul Ryan urges 'total transparency' as Pope Francis probes allegations

WASHINGTON D.C.
USA TODAY

September 13, 2018

By Nicole Gaudiano

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a prominent Catholic, on Thursday called for transparency and accountability as the church examines a wave of clergy sex scandals and cover-up allegations.

"This needs to be elevated to truth and justice," the Wisconsin Republican said, responding to a reporter's question. "That means cleanse the problem with total transparency and total accountability so that the healing can begin, and so that the church can renew itself."

Rules Are for Schmucks: Unshackle RICO

UNITED STATES
TheHumanist.com

September 13, 2018

By Luis Granados

Hardly a day has gone by the past month without some major new development in the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. First it was the demise of Cardinal McCarrick, followed by the stunning revelations of the Pennsylvania grand jury report and some at least moderately plausible allegations against the pope himself, including while he served as an archbishop in Argentina. (The pope is blaming Satan for his troubles.) Now law enforcement officials in seven other states are at different stages of launching Pennsylvania-style investigations into the organized criminal activity and cover-up perpetrated by the Catholic Church.

Cardinal O'Malley, U.S. Catholic Officials Meet With Pope Francis

BOSTON (MA)
Radio Boston, WBUR Radio

September 13, 2018

By Eve Zuckoff, Jill Kaufman and Chris Citork

[AUDIO]

Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley and other U.S. Catholic officials met with Pope Francis in Rome Thursday to address growing public pressure on the Church to deal more proactively with its continuing sexual abuse scandal.

U.S. bishops requested the meeting after allegations surfaced against former Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The accusations against McCarrick, who has since resigned, are tied to his time as a bishop in New York.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former Vatican ambassador to the U.S., has accused church leadership, including Pope Francis, of being aware of the allegations against McCarrick, but helping him to climb the ranks of the church anyway.

The controversy has engulfed Cardinal O'Malley, who apologized for how his office mishandled a 2015 letter from a priest with concerns about McCarrick.

The Latest: West Virginia AG plans review of allegations

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

September 13, 2018

The latest on the sex abuse and cover-up scandal rocking the Vatican (all times local):

11:45 p.m.

West Virginia’s attorney general says allegations that a U.S. Roman Catholic bishop sexually harassed adults warrant “a close review” by the state.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a statement Thursday after Pope Francis accepted Bishop Michael Bransfield’s resignation and authorized Baltimore Archbishop William Lori to conduct an investigation into allegations against Bransfield.

Bransfield was the bishop for the West Virginia diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

Morrisey calls the allegations “disturbing.” He says a review is warranted “to determine how best we can protect West Virginians who might have been victims.”

The Republican Morrisey is seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin in November’s election.

Alleged victims say officials ignored complaints about ex-Conroe priest

CONROE (TX)
San Antonio Express-News

September 13, 2018

By Massarah Mikati and Robert Downen

Two people who say they were sexually abused by a former Conroe priest nearly two decades ago say the Houston region’s highest-ranking Catholic official failed to properly investigate their alleged assaults.

The accusations against Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who has led the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston since 2006, come just weeks after DiNardo called for more transparency into the church’s handling of sexual abuse allegations and as he prepares to meet with Pope Francis and two other prelates on Thursday to discuss the controversy.

But a man and a woman who allege they were abused by the priest, Father Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, said in interviews that their claims were not taken seriously by DiNardo.

Did Pope Francis Say ‘Exposing Pedophile Priests Is Satan’s Work’?

UNITED STATES
Snopes.com

September 14, 2018

A disreputable web site chose to over-simplify and sensationalize a real homily delivered by the pope in September 2018.

CLAIM
In September 2018, Pope Francis said, in effect, that exposing pedophile priests is Satan's work.

WHAT'S TRUE
In September 2018, Pope Francis said in a homily that "the Great Accuser" (a Biblical name for Satan) was working to "attack bishops" and "uncover their sins" so as to "scandalize the people." Francis delivered the homily at a time when the Vatican hierarchy (including he himself) is facing multiple allegations of covering up sexual abuse.

WHAT'S FALSE
Pope Francis did not make a general pronouncement about efforts to expose child sexual abuse, but rather a much more ambiguous and enigmatic statement which left itself open to multiple interpretations.

The Catholic Church Is Breaking Apart. Here’s Why.

UNITED STATES
The Weekly Standard

September 14, 2018

By Jonathan V. Last

Consider what we know, and what has been alleged, about Pope Francis, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

For several decades, Father, Bishop, Archbishop, and eventually Cardinal McCarrick preyed sexually on the priests and seminarians serving under his authority. There are credible allegations he abused boys as young as 11. To the extent that this behavior was a secret within the American church, it was very badly kept. Between 2005 and 2007, three dioceses in New Jersey paid out large cash settlements to keep allegations of abuse by McCarrick quiet. As Bishop Steven Lopes told First Things, “I was a seminarian when Theodore McCarrick was named archbishop of Newark. And he would visit the seminary often, and we all knew.”

Another priest accused of sexual abuse

BUFFALO (NY)
WIVB.com

September 13, 2018

By Daniel Telvock

Diocese of Buffalo says it plans to release more names of priests

The Diocese of Buffalo has placed a retired priest on administrative leave for an allegation of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.

Mitchell Garabedian, the Boston-based attorney for the accuser, told News 4 Investigates that his client was abused in the late 1960s, while The Rev. John J. Sardina served at the Coronation of Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Buffalo.

Sardina, 86, now lives at the Msgr. Coniff Residence in Depew with other retired priests. He has been a priest for 68 years.

Will the Catholic Church Have A Day Of Reckoning?

BOSTON (MA)
Greater Boston, WGBH-TV

September 13, 2018

[See video]

Earlier today, Pope Francis met in Rome with leaders of the American Catholic Church on the issue of sexual abuse among their own ranks. Speaking after the meeting, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo said the church leaders "prayed together for God's mercy and strength” and that they “look forward to actively continuing [their] discernment together identifying the most effective next steps.”

Unfortunately, the Catholic Church has been trying to identify those next steps for years now — and it seems like every day, disturbing new information comes out. Just today, the Pope authorized an investigation into claims that a West Virginia bishop — whose retirement Pope Francis just happened to accept today as well — sexually harassed adults.This comes in the wake of a Pennsylvania grand jury report documenting the sexual abuse and assaults of more than 1,000 children by hundreds of Catholic priests.

Montreal's Archbishop Lépine promises ‘decisive action’ to deal with sex abuse

MONTREAL (CANADA)
Catholic Register

September 12, 2018

In response to the sexual abuse crisis embroiling the universal Church, Montreal’s archbishop has pledged that crimes committed in his diocese will never be covered up.

Writing in the Montreal Gazette on Sept. 8, Archbishop Christian Lépine promised that, in addition to accompanying victims, “we must unequivocally send out a clear message that we will never accept that such crimes could be committed and remain concealed.”

He promised to always “get to the bottom of things in search for the truth” and to ensure that sexual predators never use the Church to “operate secretly.”

Lépine referred to Pope Francis’ “Letter to the People of God” in which he called for all clergy and laypersons to made every effort to prevent abuse and also ensure abuse is not covered up.

U.S. Leaders of 'Lacerated' Catholic Church Meet Pope to Discuss Sex Abuse Crisis

WASHINGTON (DC)
NPR

September 13, 2018

By Amy Held

As Pope Francis sat down at the Vatican Thursday with a delegation of U.S. bishops and cardinals to discuss how to gain ground in the sexual abuse crisis engulfing the Catholic Church, fresh scandals emerged on both sides of the Atlantic.

In Germany, a first-of-its kind study leaked to German news outlets found that over the past seven decades, at least 3,677 children have been sexually abused by clergy members there.

Researchers who spent four years studying records and conducting new interviews found that 1,670 priests and other religious leaders were suspected of engaging in abuse — 4.4 percent of the total number of clergy in the country.

And yet researchers repeatedly emphasized throughout the 350-page report that the actual numbers are likely "significantly higher," German newspaper Die Zeit reports.

Chilean police raid more offices in church sex abuse investigation

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Reuters

September 13, 2018

Chilean prosecutors and police launched raids on the offices of four bishoprics on Thursday as they continued an investigation into cases of sexual abuse of minors by members of the Roman Catholic Church, the lead prosecutor’s spokesman said.

Chilean prosecutor Emiliano Arias ordered the simultaneous raids in the coastal city of Valparaiso and the southern cities of Concepcion, Chillan and Osorno.

The raids were prompted by information law enforcement officials uncovered in previous searches, said Diego Alcaino, a spokesman for Arias, by text message. He said the information relates to Oscar Munoz, a top aide to Santiago’s archbishop, who faces charges over accusations of sexual abuse of at least five minors.

Editorial: The Catholic Church’s Unholy Stain

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Times

September 13, 2018

It’s long past time for penitence and promises on clerical pedophilia. Pope Francis must act.

Pope Francis has summoned senior bishops from around the world for the first global gathering of Roman Catholic leaders to address the crisis of clerical pedophilia. The action is long overdue, and the outcome cannot be yet more apologies and pledges of better behavior. The unending revelations of clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups demand radical, public, convincing systemic change.

The latest barrage of revelations and developments — including a gut-wrenching report by a grand jury in Pennsylvania detailing seven decades of sexual abuse of at least 1,000 children, and probably thousands more, by more than 300 Catholic priests — has left no question that Pope Francis’ legacy will be decided by how he confronts this crisis. It is devouring the Roman church — erasing trust in its hierarchs, dismaying the faithful and blackening its image. To be meaningful, any further response must include openly addressing allegations that the pope was himself party to a cover-up.

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, met with the pope on Thursday to demand a full investigation into how the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, rose to high rank despite a long and apparently well-known history of sexual predation. As if to underscore the importance of the meeting, it coincided with an announcement that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of a bishop in West Virginia, Michael Bransfield, and ordered an investigation into allegations that he had sexually harassed adults.

Cardinal Who Met With Pope About Sex Abuse Scandal Accused of Mismanaging Priest

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Times

September 14, 2018

By Matt Stevens

A leading American cardinal who met with Pope Francis on Thursday to discuss the sex abuse crisis that has engulfed the Roman Catholic Church is facing criticism over his management of a priest who was arrested this week on charges of indecency with children.

The cardinal, Daniel N. DiNardo, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, has been accused of knowing about at least two episodes of sexual abuse by a priest, who was allowed to remain in ministry for years.

During the course of more than a decade as pastor of a Texas church, the priest, Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, was also appointed by Cardinal DiNardo to a leadership role in the archdiocese as episcopal vicar for Hispanics.

Cupich hears Chicago priests' concerns ahead of meeting with Pope Francis about preventing sex abuse

CHCIAGO (IL)
WLS 7 ABC

September 12, 2018

By John Garcia, Stacey Baca and Megan Hickey

The Catholic Church is under fire over the handling of sex abuse scandals involving priests. Cardinal Blase Cupich met privately Wednesday with all priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The closed-door meeting was held at 7 p.m. at Mundelein Seminary. Cardinal Cupich wanted to hear concerns from priests discuss the sex abuse scandal that is rocking the Roman Catholic Church worldwide.

It comes one day before the Pope meets with top church leaders about the crisis.

Mundelein Police guarded the seminary as Cardinal Cupich met with priests Wednesday night.

"He's not inviting the public or the media in. He's keeping it secret, which is exactly what the problem has been for the last five to six decades," said Marc Pearlman, who represents abuse survivors.

Buffalo priest tells congregation he was sexually abused by a priest

BUFFALO (NY)
Buffalo News

September 12, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

A Buffalo Diocese priest who serves as the bishop's secretary told parishioners at a Mass this past weekend that he was a victim of sexual abuse by a priest, according to one worshiper.

The Rev. Ryszard S. Biernat confirmed to The Buffalo News that he revealed to the congregation of St. John the Baptist Church in the Town of Tonawanda that he had been abused.

But he declined to comment further about what happened to him.

Biernat, 37, has told other people in the diocese that a veteran Buffalo priest sexually harassed and abused him when Biernat was in seminary studying for the priesthood.

Biernat did not name the priest in his remarks at St. John the Baptist Church. The News has learned that the priest was suspended from ministry and is not active in a parish.

Biernat gave his brief remarks at the end of the Mass after the Rev. Michael J. Parker, pastor of St. John the Baptist parish, read a statement to the congregation from Bishop Richard J. Malone that apologized for the bishop’s failures in adequately addressing the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Buffalo Diocese.

Biernat, expressing empathy for victims of clergy sex abuse, encouraged victims of abuse to talk with him.

San Diego's Catholic diocese adds eight priests to list of sexual predators

SAN DIEGO (CA)
San Diego Union-Tribune

September 13, 2018

By Peter Rowe and Kristina Davis

The clerical sexual abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church hit home Thursday, as the Diocese of San Diego added eight priests to the list of those believed to have molested children.

“This is a response to the terrible moment we are in,” said Bishop Robert McElroy, citing a recent Pennsylvania grand jury report that found 1,000 children had been molested by Pittsburgh area priests there, and the resignation of Theodore McCarrick, who is accused of sexually assaulting altar boys, seminarians and priests.

“The cascade of emotions that this causes the survivors of the abuse as well as other people in the pews, has caused a tumult of anger, grief, upset, incomprehension, disillusionment,” McElroy said.

The new names — the Revs. Jose Chavarin, Raymond Etienne, J. Patrick Foley, Michael French, Richard Houck, George Lally and Paolino Montagna, plus Monsignor Mark Medaer — were released in piecemeal fashion, with critical details missing.

San Jose diocese to investigate handling of priest abuse, name names

SAN JOSE (CA)
Mercury News

September 13, 2018

By John Woofolk

The Diocese of San Jose said Thursday it will launch an independent investigation into clergy sexual abuse and name priests credibly accused of abusing children as part of a diocesan effort to confront a scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic church around the world.

The extraordinary announcement — the first pledge to go public from a Bay Area diocese — came in a statement to parishioners from Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, who also said the diocese had hired a former FBI official to review how church leaders have handled past abuse complaints.

“Recent revelations of the horrific and heartbreaking crime of the sexual abuse of minors by priests — and the systematic cover-up by bishops – have fueled a crisis, unprecedented in modern times, in the Catholic Church,” McGrath said in the statement. “There is a need for reform; there is a need for transparency in the way the Church responds to allegations of the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, even as we continue our efforts of preventing abuse and fostering a safe environment for all.”

Utah’s Catholic Diocese has received ‘credible allegations’ of sexual abuse against 16 priests since 1990 — two of them this year

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
Salt Lake Tribune

September 13, 2018

By Jessica Miller

[Includes a link to Bishop Solis's report. See also Bishop Niederaurer's 2004 report of 13 accused. The BishopAccountability.org database contains 5 publicly known accused priests in the Diocese of Salt Lake City.]

In the past three decades, the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City has received “credible allegations” of sexual abuse involving 16 priests.

Two of those allegations were received just this year — with one case revealed publicly for the first time Thursday in a letter to Catholics from Bishop Oscar A. Solis.

The letter, called “Report to the People of God of the Diocese of Salt Lake City,” is likely the first time Utah Catholics have received this type of accounting of sex abuse allegations against priests, said diocese spokeswoman Jean Hill.

It also marks the first time the diocese acknowledged outside the parishes where he served that a second priest has been put on leave this year in connection to a sexual abuse allegation.

That allegation involved Father Jorge Martinez-Gomez, who was put on leave in early July after an “allegation of misconduct” involving a man. Parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi in Orem were told about the allegations involving the parochial vicar that month.

Retired Buffalo priest Sardina suspended after abuse allegation: Served as chaplain of Brothers of Mercy

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW 7 ABC

September 13, 2018

By Charlie Specht

A retired Buffalo priest has been suspended pending an abuse complaint.

"After receiving an abuse complaint against Father John J. Sardina, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Sardina on administrative leave as an investigation continues," the Diocese of Buffalo said in a statement on its website. "This administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint."

Sardina was ordained in 1960, diocesan directories show, and served in the following assignments: Unknown (1961), Nativity in Buffalo (1962-64), Our Lady of Pompeii in Lancaster (1965-67), Holy Cross in Buffalo (1968), Coronation in Buffalo (1969-77), Holy Cross in Buffalo (1978-80) and St. Anthony in Fredonia (1981-86).

Buffalo bishop suspends elderly priest after abuse complaint

BUFFALO (NY)
Buffalo News

September 13, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone has suspended another retired priest from ministry due to a sexual abuse complaint.

The diocese announced Thursday on its website that the Rev. John J. Sardina, 86, has been placed on administrative leave as the complaint is investigated.

Sardina lives in a residence for retired priests in Depew. He could not be reached Thursday afternoon to comment.

The diocese provided no details about when the abuse was alleged to have happened or where Sardina was assigned at the time.

The diocese statement said that the leave was “for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.”

Sardina was ordained to the priesthood in 1960, and early in his vocation served at St. Jude missionary apostolate parish in Sardinia; Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Buffalo; Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Lancaster; and Holy Cross Church in Buffalo.

Father Sardina placed on administrative leave

BUFFALO (NY)
Diocese of Buffalo

September 13, 2018

After receiving an abuse complaint against Father John J. Sardina, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Sardina on administrative leave as an investigation continues. This administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.

September 13, 2018

Chile Church scandal: 'How I escaped the priest who abused me for decades'

LONDON (ENGLAND)
BBC World Service

September 13, 2018

By Linda Pressly

Santiago - In Chile, more than 100 Catholic clergy are being investigated over alleged sex crimes and attempts to cover them up. It's a scandal that haunts the reign of Pope Francis and has tipped the Chilean church into crisis. But it began decades ago with one man - Father Fernando Karadima, a parish priest in Santiago, who became Chile's most notorious sexual predator.

"He offered you the vision of being called by the Lord. He showed you a very wonderful world," remembers Dr James Hamilton, a gastric surgeon now in his 50s.

"He always told us he had a special gift - a kind of miracle gift - that he could see in every young person, if they had been called by God. He was almost a kind of saint."

Father Fernando Karadima offered the adolescent James Hamilton refuge in the early 1980s. Chile had been under the dictatorship of Gen Augusto Pinochet for a decade. And in those troubled years of killings and disappearances, the church community created by this charismatic priest in the upmarket Santiago parish of El Bosque provided welcome reassurance.

"For a young person, it was like the bee and the honey - it was sweet in a world of difficulties, when you were struggling with your family," says James Hamilton.

Pope Orders Investigation of West Virginia Bishop Over Sex Allegations

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Times

September 13, 2018

By Laurie Goodstein

Pope Francis has ordered an investigation into allegations that West Virginia’s bishop, Michael J. Bransfield, sexually harassed adults, and has accepted the bishop’s immediate resignation.

The pope has assigned the Archbishop of Baltimore, William E. Lori, to handle the investigation and to take temporary charge of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, the church’s only diocese in West Virginia. The diocese is a small one, with about 75,000 Catholics.

In an announcement posted on the diocese’s website, Archbishop Lori said he would meet with clergy and lay leaders on Thursday and Friday, and that he had opened a hotline for tips.

Pope meets with leaders of US Catholic Church 'lacerated' by abuse scandal

ATLANTA (GA)
CNN

September 13, 2018

By Daniel Burke and Delia Gallagher, CNN

Rome - Struggling to contain one of the most serious crises of his papacy, Pope Francis met Thursday in Rome with leaders of the American Catholic Church, the epicenter of a rapidly escalating clergy sex abuse scandal.

"We shared with Pope Francis our situation in the United States -- how the Body of Christ is lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse. He listened very deeply from the heart. It was a lengthy, fruitful, and good exchange," said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"As we departed the audience, we prayed the Angelus together for God's mercy and strength as we work to heal the wounds. We look forward to actively continuing our discernment together identifying the most effective next steps."

Also attending the meeting were Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors; Archbishop Jose Gomez, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Monsignor Brian Bransfield, the conference's general secretary.

Allanan simultáneamente oficinas de la Iglesia en Concepción, Valparaíso, Osorno y Chillán

[Simultaneous raids on church offices in Concepción, Valparaíso, Osorno and Chillán]

CHILE
BioBioChile

September 13, 2018

By Yerko Roa, Eduardo Macias, and Tania Lavado

Fiscalía y Carabineros allanaron simultáneamente las oficinas de la Iglesia de Católica en Concepción, Valparaíso, Chillán y Osorno, por las investigaciones de delitos sexuales contra menores de edad. Los procedimientos comenzaron cerca de las 11:15 horas de este jueves en los obispados de Valparaíso, Chillán y Osorno, y también en el Arzobispado de Concepción. Los funcionarios del OS9 de la policía uniformada llegaron hasta las distintas sedes liderados por el Ministerio Público.

Iglesia: Las acusaciones que pesan sobre los siete obispos que están siendo imputados por el fiscal Emiliano Arias

[Church abuse case include accusations against seven bishops and a 'culture of concealment']

CHILE
La Tercera

September 13, 2018

By Ivonne Toro

En calidad de imputados se investiga a los obispos Ricardo Ezzati, Juan Barros y Gonzalo Duarte, entre otros. La tesis en la Fiscalía es que sus acciones u omisiones acreditan la existencia de una cultura de encubrimiento por parte de altos dignatarios de la iglesia.

Modificó la fecha de su declaración, fijada inicialmente para el 21 de agosto, y canceló su participación en el Tedeum Ecuménico este 18 de septiembre, pero el arzobispo de Santiago Ricardo Ezzati, aún no sale del radar del fiscal regional de Rancagua, Emiliano Arias. Ni lo hará.

Vaticano confirma permanencia de cardenal Errázuriz en consejo asesor del Papa

[Vatican says Cardinal Errázuriz will stay on Pope's advisory council]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

September 13, 2018

"No ha habido ningún cambio en la composición del C-9", aseguró la Santa Sede, añadiendo que "todos sus miembros tienen ya en agenda la convocatoria del próximo encuentro, los días 10-11-12 de diciembre".

La versión ronda hace meses en torno al Vaticano: el Papa Francisco expulsó al arzobispo emérito de Santiago, Francisco Javier Errázuriz, del Consejo de Cardenales (C-9), grupo asesor creado por el Sumo Pontífice en 2013. Así lo publicó -el pasado 16 de agosto- el sitio web español eldiario.es. Así lo reiteró el martes el periódico italiano Corriere della Sera para explicar la ausencia del purpurado chileno de la reunión sostenida desde el lunes y hasta ayer por el Santo Padre y el cuerpo de asesores en Roma.

Los detalles de los allanamientos simultáneos de los obispados de Valparaíso, Chillán, Concepción y Osorno

[Details of the simultaneous raids in the Archdiocese of Valparaíso, Chillán, Concepción and Osorno]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 13, 2018

By Belén Velásquez, Karin Hillmann and Carlos Reyes

Pasadas las 11.00 el fiscal Emiliano Arias dio inició en Chillán a un allanamiento simultáneo de los obispados de Valparaíso, Chillán, Concepción y Osorno. Para ello dispuso que el grupo de fiscales que trabajan junto con él en las indagatorias por presunto abuso sexual contra menores en la iglesia se movilizaran a dichas ciudades para concretar las diligencias.

Fiscalía indaga a obispo de San Felipe por delito de connotación sexual

[Prosecutor's office investigates Bishop of San Felipe for sex crimes]

By J. Matus and L. Zapata

Sacerdote Cristián Contreras es uno de los siete prelados investigados por el Ministerio Público. El caso se reasignó hace una semana al fiscal regional de Rancagua, Emiliano Arias

En el último catastro de la Fiscalía Nacional sobre casos de presuntos delitos referidos a abuso sexual en la Iglesia Católica, del 31 de agosto pasado, se informó que eran siete los obispos investigados por casos vinculados a este ilícito. Uno de ellos es el arzobispo de Santiago, cardenal Ricardo Ezzati, imputado por supuesto encubrimiento en el marco de la investigación contra el excanciller del Arzobispado de Santiago, Óscar Muñoz, formalizado por abuso sexual de menores.

Abusos sexuales en Chile: "Cómo escapé de Fernando Karadima, el cura que abusó de mí durante décadas"

[Sexual abuse in Chile: "How I escaped from Fernando Karadima, the priest who abused me for decades"]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
BBC World via Publimetro

September 13, 2018

By Linda Pressly

La crisis que vive hoy la iglesia católica chilena se inició gracias a la denuncia de un hombre: James Hamilton, a quien después se le sumaron otras víctimas de abusos sexuales. Este es el testimonio del hombre que desenmascaró a Fernando Karadima. ¿Y qué piensa de la respuesta de la iglesia y el papa Francisco?

En Chile, más de 100 clérigos católicos están siendo investigados por presuntos delitos sexuales y por intentar encubrirlos, en un escándalo que atormenta el reinado del papa Francisco y tiene en crisis a la iglesia chilena. Pero todo comenzó hace décadas con un hombre: el padre Fernando Karadima, párroco de Santiago, quien se convirtió en el depredador sexual más famoso de Chile.

Fiscalía investiga a obispos de San Felipe y Aysén por delitos de carácter sexual

[Prosecutor investigates bishops of San Felipe and Aysén for crimes of sexual nature]

CHILE
El Mostrador

September 13, 2018

Cabe destacar que la investigación se le asignó al fiscal de San Felipe, Alejandro Bustos, para luego, el 6 de septiembre, ser remitido el caso al fiscal regional de Rancagua, Emiliano Arias, facultado para indagar casos contra sacerdotes que no necesariamente sean de su región.

En el marco de las investigaciones que lleva adelante el Ministerio Público, son siete los obispos indagados por delitos referidos a abuso sexual en la Iglesia Católica. Entre ellos se encuentra el obispo de San Felipe, Cristián Enrique Contreras Molina.

Abuse scandal hits diocese of cardinal set to meet with pope

HOUSTON (TX)
Associated Press

September 12, 2018

By Nomaan Merchant

As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges.

The two people told The Associated Press that they reported the priest and met with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. One of them says she was promised in a meeting with DiNardo, several years after she first reported abuse, that the priest would be removed from any contact with children, only to discover that the priest remained in active ministry at another parish 70 miles away.

The priest, Manuel LaRosa-Lopez, was arrested Tuesday by police in Conroe, Texas. Both people who spoke to the AP are cooperating with police.

The priest’s arrest and allegations that DiNardo kept an abusive priest around children cast a shadow over a Thursday summit at the Vatican between Pope Francis and American bishops and cardinals. DiNardo is leading the delegation, putting him in the position of having to fend off abuse allegations in his own diocese while at the same time calling on the pope to get tougher on clergy abuse.

False accusation made against Allentown Diocese priest, Berks County District Attorney says

ALLENTOWN (PA)
Morning Call

September 12, 2018

By Tim Darragh

Asexual abuse allegation against the Rev. David C. Gillis, a Catholic priest who was suspended from ministry last month, is false, Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams said Wednesday.

The Allentown Diocese said Gillis’ suspension was lifted and that he is being returned as a priest in good standing.

Gillis, an Allentown diocesan priest serving in Cocoa Beach, Fla., had been suspended for what the Rev. John Giel, chancellor for canonical affairs for the Orlando Diocese, referred to as an allegation with “at least a semblance of truth.”

It was made Aug. 24 through ChildLine, Pennsylvania’s child abuse hotline, by the father of a woman who said she was sexually abused as a child.

The woman later told investigators she was not abused by Gillis and detectives could find no evidence to substantiate the allegation, Adams said in a news release.

“The father did not have any basis to name Rev. David C. Gillis, but mentioned him because he was a priest at St. John the Baptist de La Salle School in Shillington, Berks County,” Adams said.

September 12, 2018

Priest accused of sexually abusing 2 children; DiNardo accused of ignoring abuse

CONROE (TX)
Click2Houston

September 12, 2018

A Catholic priest turned himself in to police Tuesday after accusations that he abused at least two children while assigned to a Conroe church, police said.

According to Conroe police, Manuel La Rosa-Lopez was charged with four counts of indecency with a child in connection with an investigation that was launched last month.

“They did make outcrys to church officials at that time, and that information was not relayed, it’s our understanding at this time, that information was not relayed to law enforcement in any capacity,” Assistant Montgomery County District Attorney Tyler Dunman said Wednesday.

Police said the allegations of abuse span from the late '90s to the early 2000s and accuse La Rosa-Lopez of abusing a girl and a boy while he was assigned to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Investigators said La Rosa-Lopez surrendered to authorities at the Montgomery County Jail on Tuesday.

La Rosa-Lopez, 60, is currently a priest at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond.

What changing statutes of limitations could mean for child sex abuse survivors

PITTSBURGH (PA)
The Incline

September 11, 2018

Victims would have a choice, one advocate said.

By MJ Slaby

When people first come to the Center for Victims in the South Side to seek counseling or therapy, they usually aren’t there because of the legal system, Clinical Director Cindy Snyder said. They’re there because they’re struggling with what happened to them.

For people who were sexually abused by priests as children, that means physical, emotional and spiritual violations of trust, she said.

“Child victims have no idea that these [statutes of limitations] are even out there. It’s not until adulthood that they say, ‘I should report this,'” said Kristen Houser, chief public affairs officer for Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. Victims of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania can file criminal charges against their abuser until they are 50 years old, or they have until they are 30 to pursue a civil case.

Fighting Against Sexual Abuse In The Catholic Church

UNITED STATES
Center for Inquiry

September 11, 2018

By Leslie C. Griffin

The stories of sexual abuse are seemingly unending. A Pennsylvania grand jury gave us horrible details of seventy years of sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses. The report revealed that over 1,000 children were harmed by over 300 clergy. The grand jury tells us, for example, that

One of these priests ejaculated in the mouth of a seven-year-old. Some were manipulated with alcohol or pornography. Some were made to masturbate their assailants, or were groped by them. Some were raped orally, some vaginally, some anally. But all of them were brushed aside, in every part of the state, by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institution above all.

Their bishops covered the abuse up instead of doing anything to help children. There are probably thousands more victims, unreported or dead.

Some people named in the report argued in court that the report shouldn’t even be published. As usual, they were focused on the perpetrators’ needs instead of the victims’ rights. To date, their names are blocked out in the released report.

Francis has a lot of buffers.

UNITED STATES
SimchaFisher.com (blog)

August 11, 2018

The Catholic sex abuse scandal has two parts. The first part is the abuse itself. The second part is the institutional efforts to cover it up.

And now we are in the process of slowly, painfully uncovering these decades and centuries of crime.

This process is not part of the scandal.

The uncovering is dreadful. It is agonizing. It is, to use one of Francis’ favored words, messy. It’s always horrifying to witness the uncovering of hidden sin. But the uncovering is not part of the scandal. It is the remedy for the scandal, if there can be a remedy.

Pope Francis at Mass: Bishops must pray to overcome 'Great Accuser’

VATICAN CITY
Vatican News

September 11, 2018

At Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, Pope Francis invites bishops to overcome the "Great Accuser", who seeks to create scandal, through prayer, humility, and nearness to God’s people.

In his homily at Mass on Tuesday morning, Pope Francis said it seems the "Great Accuser" is attacking the bishops of the Catholic Church to create scandal.

The Pope invited the bishops to remember three things in these troubled times: their strength lies in being men of prayer; they should have the humility to remember they are chosen by God; and they need to remain close to the people.

He reflected on the day’s Gospel (Lk 6:12-19), in which Jesus spends the night in prayer before choosing the Twelve Apostles, whom the Pope called “the first bishops”.

Men of prayer

Pope Francis said bishops must first of all be men of prayer. Prayer, he said, “is a bishop’s consolation in difficult times,” since they know that “Jesus is praying for me and for all bishops.”

The Pope said this will bring consolation and strength to bishops, who are then called to pray for themselves and the people of God. This, the Holy Father said, is a bishop’s first duty.

Humility of being chosen by God

Next, Pope Francis invited bishops to be humble, because they are chosen by God.

“The bishop who loves Jesus is not trying to climb a ladder, advancing his vocation as if it were a mere task or seeking a better placement or promotion. No. A bishop feels chosen, and has the certainty of being chosen. This drives him to speak with the Lord: ‘You chose me, of little importance, a sinner.’ He is humble, because he feels chosen and feels Jesus’ gaze upon his whole being. This gives him strength.”

Remain close to the people

Lastly, Pope Francis said bishops are called to be close to the people of God, and not shut up in an ivory tower.

“The bishop cannot remain distant from the people; he cannot have attitudes that take him away from them… He doesn’t try to find refuge with the powerful or elite. No. The ‘elites’ criticize bishops, while the people has an attitude of love towards the bishop. This is almost a special unction that confirms the bishop in his vocation.”

'Great Accuser' seeks to scandalize

Finally, Pope Francis said bishops need these three attitudes to face the scandal whipped up by the "Great Accuser".

“In these times, it seems like the 'Great Accuser' has been unchained and is attacking bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people. The 'Great Accuser', as he himself says to God in the first chapter of the Book of Job, 'roams the earth looking for someone to accuse'. A bishop’s strength against the 'Great Accuser' is prayer, that of Jesus and his own, and the humility of being chosen and remaining close to the people of God, without seeking an aristocratic life that removes this unction. Let us pray, today, for our bishops: for me, for those who are here, and for all the bishops throughout the world.”

Arzobispo de Concepción anunció una serie de medidas para combatir casos de abusos

[Archbishop of Concepción announced series of measures to combat abuse]

CHILE
Soy Chile

September 8, 2018

Fernando Chomalí reflexionó respecto al momento de la Iglesia y propuso la creación de comisiones y más transparencia en los procesos canónicos, entre otros.

A través de una carta dirigida a la comunidad católica, el arzobispo de Concepción, Fernando Chomalí, anunció una serie de medidas para combatir los casos de abuso. Entre las propuestas, se encuentra la reubicación de la Oficina Pastoral de Denuncia y la Comisión de Prevención de Abusos, además de la creación de una política de recepción y acogida de denuncias de abuso, mejorar la transparencia de los procesos canónicos y la creación de otras comisiones de apoyo y acompañamiento a las víctimas.

Prensa italiana afirma que el Papa Francisco sacó al cardenal Errázuriz de su consejo asesor

[Italian press reports that the Pope removed Errázuriz from his council of advisers]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

September 11, 2018

By Juan Peña

Según se señala, la acusaciones en su contra por presunto encubrimiento de los abusos de Karadima, sería una de las causas. El ex arzobispo de Santiago no participó en la reunión del C-9 en Roma.

El papa Francisco resolvió sacar de su consejo de asesores (C-9) al cardenal Francisco Javier Errázuriz (85 años), según informa este martes la prensa italiana. De acuerdo al diario Corriere della Sera, la acusaciones en su contra por presunto encubrimiento de los abusos de Karadima y su avanzada edad, serían las causas de la decisión.

Sin Barros: laicos de Osorno volverán a participar de tradicional Te Deum

[Without Barros, lay people from Osorno will again participate in traditional Te Deum]

CHILE
BioBioChile

September 11, 2018

By Yessenia Márquez and Eric Paredes

Los laicos organizados de Osorno en la región de Los Lagos, dieron a conocer que participarán del tradicional Te Deum a realizarse en Fiestas Patrias. Sin embargo, en esta oportunidad lo harán como un acto de reconciliación con la Iglesia Católica.

Judas Priests and Judas Bishops

BOSTON (MA)
New Boston Post

September 12, 2018

By Kevin Thomas

I attended a Catholic seminary from 1978 to 1980 and …

No, I don’t have any lurid stories to share.

I believe I’m in the majority among seminarians but, obviously, there are problems … in seminaries and parishes. Another wave of sexual abuse scandals is rocking the Catholic Church in the United States. From Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s predator past being exposed, to a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing hundreds of clerical abusers, to the latest accusations of a papal cover-up.

What is a Catholic to do? I mean, besides becoming saddened, frustrated, and angrier than words can describe.

For a practicing Catholic, leaving the Church is never been an option. This is not a club. We did not sign on because of fallible men, but because of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. We believe God’s presence is in our churches. If not, why would we bother?

Modern Catholic writer Eve Tushnet, who often delivers sincerity and clarity in her works, writes:

“There are times when words fail, when prayers don’t come, when you have no idea how to live in gratitude for a life which seems consumed by confusion, injustice, or suffering. In those times, the silence of the Eucharist can be great solace. Simply being present with Him is enough.”

There are times, like when I read again of evil in our church, I must simply sit in a chapel, before the tabernacle. A great solace, indeed.

Pope Francis: Bishops are under attack from 'Great Accuser.' Internet: Wait, what?

VATICAN CITY
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

September 11, 2018

By Jessica Remo

In the wake of a Pennsylvania grand jury report alleging decades of sexual abuse of children by priests and sophisticated cover-ups by bishops, people have been hanging on the pope's every word.

So, wait? What, exactly, did his Holiness mean when he referenced a "Great Accuser" attacking bishops in a homily today?

Weeks after the Pennsylvania allegations (which included four priests with ties to N.J.) — and after a cardinal accused the pope of covering up other alleged sexual abuses by former Newark Archbishop Theodore McCarrick — Pope Francis preached the following, according to Vatican News:

“In these times, it seems like the 'Great Accuser' has been unchained and is attacking bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people. The 'Great Accuser', as he himself says to God in the first chapter of the Book of Job, 'roams the earth looking for someone to accuse'. A bishop’s strength against the 'Great Accuser' is prayer, that of Jesus and his own, and the humility of being chosen and remaining close to the people of God, without seeking an aristocratic life that removes this unction. Let us pray, today, for our bishops: for me, for those who are here, and for all the bishops throughout the world.”

Conroe priest accused of molesting teens in sex abuse scandal

CONROE (TX)
KTRK

September 12, 2018

A possible sex abuse scandal involving a local priest is unfolding.

Two people have come forward, saying that Father Manuel La Rosa-Lopez sexually abused children while working at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe in the late 1990s to early 2000s.

La Rosa-Lopez is charged with four counts of indecency with a child. He turned himself in to authorities at the Montgomery County Jail on Tuesday.

La Rosa-Lopez currently is assigned to a church in Richmond.

According to court documents, the two alleged victims are not linked, but each came forward recently after seeing news coverage of sex abuse by priests.

Wow: In New Homily, Pope Francis Attacks the 'Great Accuser' for Maligning Church with Scandal

VATICAN CITY
Townhall

September 12, 2018

By Guy Benson

The Catholic Church is embroiled in another scandal of systemic sexual abuse, and some of the institution's top leaders are responding shockingly poorly. Having been credibly accused of looking the other way on a former Cardinal's rampant misconduct and abuse, and even rehabilitating his standing by reducing previously-imposed sanctions against him, Pope Francis has pointedly declined to comment:

It’s a Gay Problem,’ and Other Myths From the Catholic Church’s Sexual Abuse Crisis

UNITED STATES
Rewire News

September 12, 2018

By Joelle Casteix

The cover-up has nothing to do with politics. It’s about saving face, protecting priestly friends, and saving the Church from scandal.

Americans love intrigue. So when Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano recently issued a public letter alleging a wide-scale cover-up of child sexual abuse—one which reaches all the way to Pope Francis himself—the media and public were sucked right into the conspiracy.

Vigano’s letter opened the doors to the inner workings of the Vatican political and culture war—one culminating with accusations of liberal vs. conservative, gay vs. straight priests, and the power struggles between Popes Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict, and the Roman Curia.

The problem? None of this has to do with the causes of the sexual abuse of children. By muddying the waters and shifting focus from the crimes and onto politics and the Vatican culture war, Vigano’s letter feeds into old stereotypes that silence victims, minimize abuse, and encourage the continued cover-up.

This antigay lawmaker with a gay brother says investigating Catholic church for sex abuse is “bigotry”

LAFAYETTE (LA)
Queerty

September 12, 2018

By Graham Gremore

There’s been a lot of renewed chatter in recent weeks about sex abuse happening within the Catholic church after more than 300 priests from Pennsylvania were accused of sexually assaulting countless victims, many of whom were young boys.

Last week, Louisiana’s “family values” Attorney General Jeff Landry weighed in on the matter when he said his office couldn’t possibly investigate the Catholic church for sex abuse crimes because, well, he just couldn’t. OK?

Landry, who doesn’t want anyone to know he has a gay brother, released a statement on Friday saying he totally supports going after child molesters. But, also, he’s a Catholic. So what’s a guy to do, right?

“As a practicing Catholic, I wholeheartedly support efforts to root out pedophile priests and end the horrific misconduct by Church authorities,” he said. “Those who sexually abused children and those who covered up their despicable acts should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

He just doesn’t want anything to do with it. Even though he’s the state’s Attorney General.

Details of local abuse in Catholic Church remain guarded

MOBILE (AL)
Lagniappe Mobile

September 12, 2018

By Gabriel Tynes

As a wave of new revelations concerning sexual abuse by priests in other parts of the country has come to light, questions about the Archdiocese of Mobile’s past remain mostly in the shadows. Whether churchwide calls for openness and even confession will be heeded here remains to be seen, but there is little doubt there is newfound interest worldwide in how the Catholic Church has handled sexual abuse over the years.

It’s been 16 years since reports of child sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston peeled back the curtains on a much broader problem in the Catholic Church, exposing abusive priests and complicit senior church officials nationwide. In response, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) adopted the 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which, among other things, recommends immediately removing any accused priest from ministry pending an investigation and reporting all allegations of abuse involving clergy to civil authorities.

Subsequent reports commissioned by the same organization determined allegations of abuse in the church have fallen since peaking in the early 1970s. Its most recent numbers implicate 6,721 church officials in allegations of abuse from 1950-2016, representing at least 18,565 victims.

Bishop Gainer has talked about transparency. How's his record?

HARRISBURG (PA)
The York Daily Record

September 7, 2018

By Ed Mahon

Bishop Ronald W. Gainer has talked about "the healing touch of transparency."

But a review of his record as the head of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, diocese offers a complicated portrait.

Terry McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, said recent revelations and actions show that Gainer isn't living up to his promises of transparency as the leader of the Harrisburg diocese.

For instance:

The Briefing: Just call the cops

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Buffalo News

September 12, 2018

By Jerry Zremski

The holy man's words cut through the crowd at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Falls Church, Va., not like a prayer, but like an insult.

"Reporters are trying to destroy the church," the priest said in the most ad hominem homily I ever heard. "Lawyers are trying to destroy the church."

I heard those words a decade ago, six years after the Boston Globe delivered its Pulitzer Prize-winning series on pedophile priests in the Diocese of Boston and back when we were gulled into believing that such things never, ever happened to the same degree in Buffalo or Washington.

Still, those words made me seethe because they were both wrong and stupid. So, of course, I felt compelled to speak with the priest after Mass.

"Father, reporters aren't trying to destroy the church," I told him. "Reporters at the Boston Globe uncovered grave sins that the church ignored."

Preying priests

SAN MATEO (CA)
The San Mateo Daily Journal

September 12, 2018

By Dorothy Dimitre

“All power is a trust and we are accountable for its exercise.” — Disraeli.

It’s the patriarch thing — still predominant in many institutions of our society. From many families, to the church, to government, men obsessed with authority and power mostly run things, people often revere them, and no matter how corrupt the patriarchs, there are enough people that cling to the father figure tenaciously and further their cause.

In spite of the advances of the women’s movement, in many areas patriarchy has managed to remain alive and kicking — and its destructive ramifications are often evident in the news. This is not only about the priest child-molesters, but the church hierarchy’s cavalier cover-up — patriarchal authoritarian mindset turned catastrophic. Add those who allow them all that power.

Many questions come to mind. Why were so many of the children who were sexually abused by the priests unable to talk about what happened? Why were the few parents who were told about it in such denial that they couldn’t comprehend? What kind of arrogance imbued the hierarchy who went to such great lengths to cover it up? Why was it more important for those in charge to protect the perpetrator than to protect innocent children? Do these priests and the hierarchy feel at all sinful because they betrayed people who trusted them as examples of morality, integrity and compassion? How desperate are they to protect their position of unquestioned authority? A clue: The Dean of the College of Cardinals dismissed the accusations as “petty gossip.”

Plaintiffs say Diocese of Pittsburgh, Catholic Church officials knew about and concealed child sexual abuse for decades

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Penn Record

September 12, 2018

By Nicholas Malfitano

In the wake of the recent release of a state grand jury report on the subject of child sexual abuse at the hands of clergy in Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh-area man and two former area residents have launched legal action against the Diocese of Pittsburgh, claiming it fraudulently concealed their abuse and that of other victims.

James A. Saitta of Bethel Park, David M. Rebholz of Hope, R.I. and Heather L. Taylor of San Diego filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 6 and 7 versus The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, its Bishop David A. Zubik and Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, all of Pittsburgh.

Plaintiffs' Individual Allegations of Abuse

In his lawsuit, Saitta, now 51 years old, claims he was the victim of more than five years of sexual abuse at the hands of Rev. John S. Hoehl, spanning 1979 to 1985 and beginning when he was 12 years old. Hoehl was then serving at St. Francis Church on Pittsburgh’s North Side and became acquainted with the plaintiff and his family, who asked Hoehl to counsel Saitta prior to his entry to high school.

“Hoehl performed this counseling session with plaintiff alone his summer cabin in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Starting at this time, Hoehl began sexually abusing plaintiff, which included the following acts: Kissing, fondling and engaging in oral sex with plaintiff. This abuse continued on numerous occasions from 1979 until plaintiff graduated from Kiski Prep High School in 1985. The abuse occurred both at Hoehl’s summer cabin and at the rectory in Quigley Catholic High School,” Saitta's suit states.

Communiqué of the Council of Cardinals, 12.09.2018

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Press Office

September 12, 2018

The Holy Father Francis, after hearing the Council of Cardinals, has decided to convene a meeting with the presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of the Catholic Church on the theme of the “protection of minors”.

The meeting with the Pope will be held in the Vatican from 21 to 24 February 2019.

During the 26th meeting, which took place from 10 to 12 of this month, the Council reflected extensively together with the Holy Father on the theme of abuse, issuing the Communiqué published by the Holy See Press Office on 10 September.

As it proceeds in the work of the reform of the Roman Curia, the Council has concluded its rereading of the texts already prepared; the pastoral care of the staff who work there has also been a cause of attention.

Vatican City, 12 September 2018

Hawaii priest sex abuse victim sues, saying church did nothing to protect him

HONOLULU (HAWAII)
HawaiiNewsNow

September 10, 2018

A Honolulu man who says he was sexually abused by a priest 37 years ago is suing the Catholic church and the order of the deceased priest.

The lawsuit filed anonymously says the man was a child at Makiki's Sacred Heart church in 1980 and 1981 when he was repeated sexually abused by Father James Jackson. The lawsuit says church officials knew of Jackson's pedophilia, but did nothing to protect young parishioners.

Innocent Priests Caught in the Crossfire of the Abuse Scandals

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Weekly Standard

September 12, 2018

By Sophia Buono

“The question is, ‘Who can you trust?’”

One morning, Robert Altier entered a store in Minnesota, expecting a normal round of shopping. But what he encountered was anything but normal.

“There was a small child who was there with his mom,” says Altier. “And I [saw] this absolutely horrified look on the woman’s face, and she pulled him back.”

What provoked the reaction? Altier, a Catholic priest, was simply wearing his clerical attire—the black button-down and pants, complete with the white collar. But that outfit was enough to frighten a small child.

After a slew of disturbing reports regarding sexual abuse allegations against priests and cover-ups from bishops, the incident (which happened to Fr. Altier “years ago,” in the midst of Minnesota’s own abuse scandals) demonstrates one of the repercussions that abuse scandals have had on the life and work of Catholic priests in America today.

The infamous Pennsylvania grand jury report and indictments against ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick have revealed church leaders’ failures to reprimand and remove perpetrators. This allowed the number of abuses to rise to painfully high levels. The Pennsylvania report alone identified 301 priests from six Pennsylvania dioceses who abused at least 1,000 children and adolescents between the 1940s and the 2010s.

Woman Sues Michigan State, Says Nassar Raped Her in 1992

LANSING (MI)
NBC Chicago

September 11, 2018

"While the protocols and procedures mentioned in this lawsuit do not reflect how sexual assault claims are handled at MSU, we are taking the allegations very seriously and looking into the situation," Michigan State spokeswoman Emily Guerrant said

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Michigan State University, saying she became pregnant after she was drugged and raped by Larry Nassar when he was a medical student in 1992 but that campus police refused to investigate.

The lawsuit was among dozens filed to meet a Monday deadline for legal claims against Michigan State, although the complaint might be too old to qualify for a share of $75 million set aside by the university for victims who aren't part of a larger $425 million settlement.

Nassar, 55, became a sports doctor at MSU and for elite U.S. gymnasts but now is in prison for child pornography crimes and molesting female athletes with his hands.

The woman said she had a knee injury as a 17-year-old field hockey player and was encouraged to go to Nassar in 1992 because he was conducting a study about flexibility through the College of Osteopathic Medicine. The lawsuit alleges that Nassar drugged her, raped her and videotaped the assault.

Catholic Priest In Archdiocese Of Boston Removed From Ministry Over Alleged Child Abuse

BOSTON (MA)
WGBH

September 11, 2018

By Maggie Penman

The Archdiocese of Boston announced Tuesday that a Catholic priest has been removed from the ministry over allegations that he abused a child in 2007.

Christian Ohazulume pled not guilty to three counts of aggravated assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 in Quincy District Court. The court set bail at $5,000 cash, with the conditions that should he make bail, Ohazulume will not be allowed to travel outside of Massachusetts and will have no contact with the victim or her family. He is also barred from unsupervised contact with minors.

The Archdiocese of Boston received the allegation against Ohazalume on August 31st, and immediately informed law enforcement. The alleged abuse is said to have occurred in 2007, while Ohazalume was staying with a family upon his arrival in the United States from Nigeria.

Ohazulume had been working as a chaplain at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2010. The hospital gave a statement to WGBH News, saying that he was immediately placed on unpaid leave when they became aware of the accusation, and was terminated shortly thereafter. The hospital spokesperson also noticed that BIDMC does not have a pediatric service.

Arkansas volunteer with 'SNAP' comments on abuse claims from 12 former Little Rock clergy

LITTLE ROCK (AR)
KATV

September 11, 2018

By Nick Popham

Twelve former Arkansas clergy have been listed by the Diocese of Little Rock as having credible allegations of sexually abusing minors against them.

More than half of the clergy on this list are no longer alive, but the bishop of the Diocese of Little Rock felt that it was necessary to share all 12 of these names.

Bill Lindsey’s first reaction came slightly from relief.

"At last, they have taken that step," the volunteer with the Survivor’s Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said.

At last, according to Lindsey, the Diocese of Little Rock has formally released a list of 12 former clergy with credible allegations that they sexually abused minors.

It comes in the wake of a sweeping grand jury report on clergy abusing children in Pennsylvania.

The Horrific Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal Is About to Get a Lot Worse

NEW YORK (NY)
VICE

September 12 2018

By Alex Norcia

"I think we're going to look back on this as a Martin Luther moment, where someone's nailing the theses to the door."

Last week, in the wake of a grand jury report that concluded at least 300 priests had preyed on some 1,000 children across Pennsylvania since the 1940s, attorneys general in New York and New Jersey announced investigations into Catholic Church sexual abuse. Missouri, Nebraska, and Illinois have launched state-level probes as well—and more are likely to follow. New York went so far as to issue civil subpoenas in all eight of its dioceses—New Jersey has created a special criminal task force to look into seven—calling for the production of internal Church documents that relate to the handling of abuse cases. The dioceses, for their part, have pledged transparency in working with investigators.

The wave of official scrutiny comes on the heels of what can only be described as a disastrously scandal-ridden summer for the Catholic Church. In addition to the outrageous findings in Pennsylvania, Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, DC, was removed from the ministry and resigned from the College of Cardinals after being accused of sexually abusing a teenager, other minors, and adult seminarians. Pope Francis has yet to officially weigh in on the saga, but has been rocked by accusations from a rival archbishop who claimed the pontiff knew of McCarrick's behavior and went so far as to demand he resign from the papacy.

New Study Reveals 3,677 German Catholic Church Sex Abuse Cases Over Decades

GERMANY
Sputnik

September 12, 2018

A series of sex scandals has hit the church recently, with cases of the sexual abuse of thousands of minors and clerical cover-up emerging in the US, Australia, and Chile. The Pontiff himself has been accused of knowing about a disgraced US cardinal's sexual misconduct and doing nothing with it.

The Catholic Church is now facing a series of sex scandals, this time in Germany. Der Spiegel magazine said on Wednesday that thousands of children had been sexually abused by the German Catholic clergy over a 70-year period.

The study, conducted by the universities of Giessen, Heidelberg and Mannheim, detailed 3,677 cases of child sexual abuse between 1946 and 2014, perpetrated by 1,670 clerics and priests. The victims were predominantly boys, and more than half of them were aged 13 or younger. In many cases, pieces of records were destroyed or manipulated, the study added.

Der Spiegel quoted the study as saying that the Church had often moved clerics accused of sexual abuse to new communities, without notifying them about the perpetrations. Moreover, the culprits tended to escape punishment: only one third of those accused faced legal proceedings through the church, while 4 percent of identified perpetrators were still working. The study insisted that it is not yet time to say that the sexual abuse of minors is entirely in the past, as it continued until the end of the investigation period.

WATCH: Pope Francis Gets Caught in Gigantic Lie Regarding a Sexual Abuse Case in Argentina

ARGENTINA
PJ Media

September 11, 2018

By Debra Heine

Pope Francis faced accusations of covering up priestly abuse while he was the archbishop and cardinal in Buenos Aires, a 2017 French documentary reveals. A segment of the documentary, “Sex Abuse in the Church: The Code of Silence,” investigates the pope's assertion that sexual abuse never happened in his diocese.

Investigative journalist Martin Boudot traveled to Buenos Aires to find out if the pope was telling the truth. Contradicting the pope's assertion, a group of victims claimed they were sexually abused while Bergoglio [now Pope Francis] was archbishop and told Boudot their cries for justice were ignored.

"Regarding pedophile priests, in his book Pope Francis says there were no cases in his diocese," said Boudot, prompting derisive laughter from the group.

"He wants people to believe that, but it's a lie," said one of the victims. They said they all tried to contact the archbishop after they were abused, but their cries fell on deaf ears.

Pope calls meeting of key bishops on sexual abuse: Vatican

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

September 12, 2018

By Philip Pullella

Pope Francis has summoned senior Catholic bishops from around the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors, in his latest attempt to come to grips with a spreading sexual abuse crisis.

The heads of the national Catholic bishops’ conferences will meet with Francis from Feb. 21-24, a Vatican spokeswoman said.

The announcement came at the end of a three-day meeting of the “C-9”, a group of nine cardinals from around the world who members meet about four times a year to advise the pope.

Pope Francis summons Catholic bishops from around world for unprecedented meeting over sex abuse scandals

NEW YORK (NY)
The Independent

September 12, 2018

By Mythili Sampathkumar

The theme of the meeting will be 'protection of minors', the Vatican says

Pope Francis has taken the unprecedented step of calling the Catholic Church’s top officials to a meeting to discuss the increasing number of sexual abuse scandals involving clergy members.

The summit with the presidents of all the bishops around the world is set to take place at the Vatican in February next year.

It will be the first meeting of its kind, with more than 100 bishop conferences attending.

Embattled US Catholic Cardinal Donald Wuerl to meet with Pope Francis about possible resignation over abuse scandal

WASHINGTON (DC)
ABC News

September 12, 2018

By Karma Allen

The archbishop of Washington plans to meet with the pope in Rome to discuss the possibility of resigning as he confronts accusations that he mismanaged and concealed alleged sex abuse within the church, he wrote to local priests.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl said in a letter Tuesday that Pope Francis has asked him too “discern the best course of action” toward helping the church move forward in the wake of the allegations against him, which surfaced last month after a Pennsylvania grand jury accused more than 300 priests of child sex abuse.

California needs to take another look at its Catholic Church sexual abuse cases

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

September 12, 2018

By Gustavo Arellano

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra has gained a reputation for going after anyone or anything that he feels threatens our Golden State. He’s filed 35 lawsuits just against the Trump administration. He’s prosecuted landlords who gouged renters after the devastating Tubbs fire last year. He has stood with “Dreamers” and against gun manufacturers.

So far, however, Becerra’s office has stayed mum on one of California’s biggest criminal outrages: sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

This decades-long scandal flared up again last month with the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report. It detailed how 300 priests molested at least 1,000 children and groomed them for abuse over the last 70 years. But the equally horrific crime, Pennsylvania Atty. Gen. Josh Shapiro correctly argued, was that church hierarchy and law enforcement officials largely ignored victims and let offenders continue their depravities.

That was the case in California, too. Many of the still-alive monsignors, bishops and cardinals involved in California’s part of the pedophile priest problem have never faced appropriate consequences for their inaction. In New Jersey and New York, the attorneys general have launched new investigations. Becerra should do the same here.

I’ve covered the scandal in the Diocese of Orange since 2003, and even then it was evident to me that this wasn’t just a problem of a few bad padres.

7 I-TEAM: Church records show more than 100 accused priests, not 42 as stated by Bishop Malone

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

September 12, 2018

By Charlie Specht

Editor’s Note: This is Part Three of an ongoing investigation into Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone’s handling of sexually abusive priests.
Read Part One Here
Read Part Two Here

When the Diocese of Buffalo in March released a list of 42 priests “who were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor,” Bishop Richard J. Malone billed it as a historic coming-clean of decades worth of secrets.

But new evidence obtained by 7 Eyewitness News from inside the diocese’s secret archives shows the true scope of abuse was much larger than Malone publicly let on -- with a total of 106 total priests on the original draft list of accused priests.

A second internal document shows that may be understating the problem.

That document — a database of diocesan employees “who have been accused of criminal, abusive or inappropriate behavior, or who have been the victims of such behavior” — reveals 324 names, mostly priests but also deacons, nuns and lay employees.

Diocesan officials, according to internal church records obtained by the I-Team, made a series of exceptions that excluded the majority of accused priests from the final list and resulted in a much lower number for the public to digest.

The exceptions also allowed Malone, who signed off on the final changes, to publicly state that no priest accused of sexual abuse was still in active ministry — even though in multiple cases, that was not true.

“This is a cowardly way of handling this, and the Catholic Church should not be in the same sentence as a cowardly organization, but they are,” said Barry N. Covert, a criminal defense attorney who represents one of the victims. “The Catholic Diocese is not being transparent. They are hiding, they are deflecting. They are preventing the public, their parishioners, law enforcement, from learning about potentially criminal conduct against children.”

Diocese: Late priest accused of child sex abuse

LAFAYETTE (LA)
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

August 28, 2018

By Claire Taylor

Allegations of child sex abuse have been raised against a deceased priest from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette.

Diocesan spokeswoman Blue Rolfes, in a written statement released Tuesday, said the diocese was made aware of allegations of sexual abuse of minors by the late Rev. Kenneth Morvant.

"There is no evidence of Father Morvant being implicated in the abuse of minors," Rolfes wrote. "These allegations, however, are being given appropriate consideration. Father Kenneth Morvant, though deceased, maintains the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise."

The alleged incidents, she wrote, occurred 35 to 40 years ago, which would have been between 1978 and 1983.

Bishop Zubik announces 'year of repentance' in response to child sex abuse allegations

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Trib Live

September 11, 2018

By Wes Venteicher

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh clergy will undergo periodic fasting and prayer for a year “in light of the scandal of child sexual abuse,” Bishop David Zubik announced Tuesday.

The announcement comes a month after a grand jury detailed decades of allegations of sexual abuse and cover-up by clergy in six of the church’s dioceses in Pennsylvania. The report included allegations against 99 Pittsburgh priests.

Zubik has said the church didn’t cover up the abuse and that the church has instituted internal reforms to address abuse by clergy.

“Faced with the sinful actions of the members of our own ranks of the clergy, who are called to manifest the example of Christ, we feel both shame and sorrow, and are reminded of our own sinfulness and the need for mercy,” Zubik wrote in a letter to clergy, according to the announcement.

His announcement invited all Catholics to join in a “year of repentance,” which will include four three-day fasting periods over the year in which clergy will abstain from meat and dedicate a special hour of prayer each day.

Zubik will inaugurate the year Sunday, Sept. 23, and will lead a related prayer that afternoon.

Ridgefield Park Native Hailed For Detailing Sexual Abuse At Hands Of Popular Priest

RIDGEWOOD (NJ)
Northern Valley Daily Voice

August 22, 2018

By Jerry DeMarco

It was the summer before 8th grade when Ridgefield Park native Ed Hanratty said the worst sexual abuse he’d endured from a local priest happened – in his own backyard.

Before then, the Rev. Gerald Sudol of St. Francis of Assisi Church had kissed him and other boys on the mouth, Hanratty said. But instead of telling their parents, the boys made jokes about his sexuality.

“None of us ever thought to complain to anyone. Not our parents. Not our teachers….Nobody,” Hanratty, 41, wrote in a reverbpress.news column that has begun attracting widespread attention since it was published on Sunday.

“On Wednesday night we’d be making jokes about him loving men (because we considered ourselves men, not boys) and on Thursday morning he’d be kissing us on the lips after the 7:00 mass,” he added.

‘This Never Happened in My Diocese’

VATICAN CITY
Church Militant

September 11, 2018

By Gene Thomas Gomulka

If Pope Francis was lax with sex abuse in Argentina, he'd have reasons to downplay it in Rome

American attorney Robert S. Bennett, a former member of the U.S. Bishops' National Review Board, was interviewed on Sept. 6, 2018 by Raymond Arroyo on The World Over. Bennett said he wrote to Cdl. Daniel DiNardo, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offering to return to the National Review Board to help undertake a forensic investigation into failure on the part of U.S. Catholic bishops to deal with clerical sexual abuse in a responsible manner. Bennett strongly believes that only a lay organization like the National Review Board is capable of undertaking such a study.

His remarks echo those of Bp. Edward Scharfenberger of Albany, who rejected Cdl. Donald Wuerl's call for the USCCB to form a special committee to study the problem. Scharfenberger feels that the USCCB has lost all credibility on the issue and that "bishops alone investigating bishops is not the answer" (Lawler).

Notre Dame Ducks!

NOTRE DAME (IN)
Sycamore Trust

September 10, 2018

By William Dempsey

Once again @NotreDame ducks, this time during the most important crisis the Church has faced in a long time, the sexual abuse calamity. #GoCatholicND

As it becomes ever clearer that the McCarrick episode is at the epicenter of the sexual assault tumult, Father Jenkins’s decision to leave in place the Archbishop’s honorary degree until some distant proceeding in Rome, should it ever occur, becomes ever more perplexing and disturbing.

As we have shown, the revocation of Bill Cosby’s honorary degree upon conviction and before appeal is compelling precedent for revoking Archbishop McCarrick’s honorary degree right now. Father Jenkins’s assertion that, instead, the Cosby precedent supports his action is so transparently baseless that one must wonder what the real reason could be.

In our previous bulletin, we said that a special reason for Notre Dame’s following Catholic University, Fordham University, and Portland University in rescinding McCarrick’s honorary degree is to avoid the inference that Notre Dame is holding back because of its long relationship with McCarrick.

11 TV Hill: Catholic abuse survivor talks about experience [with Video]

BALTIMORE (MD)
WBAL

August 26, 2018

By Jason Newton

A report out of Pennsylvania implicated Catholic priests in an abuse and subsequent cover-up scandal. The accusation put the number of child victims into the thousands, following a 2-year investigation. Before the Grand Jury report was released, the Roman Catholic Diocese released the names of 71 priests and clergy members, who had been accused of child sex-abuse since the 1970s, and the church vows to holding accountable all the bishops who have led the diocese over the past 70 years, which includes the late William Cardinal Keeler. He was the bishop in Harrisburg before serving as the archbishop of Baltimore. The report also prompted an apology from Archbishop William Lori who says, "It's clear, they can no longer expect the faithful to trust the structured leadership alone. Try as we have, recent revelations have not only proven that there is more work to be done, but also have resulted in the loss of the precious trust of many of those we are called to serve." Abuse survivor Gloria Larkin talks about her experience.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, former Pittsburgh bishop, to discuss his resignation with Pope Francis

PITTSBURGH (PA)
WTAE

September 12, 2018

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the current Washington archbishop and former Pittsburgh bishop who came under heavy criticism in a Pennsylvania grand jury report for his handling of sexual abuse cases, says he will soon meet with Pope Francis about his resignation.

Wuerl intends "in the very near future" to travel to Rome for a meeting "about the resignation I presented nearly three years ago, November 12, 2015," he wrote in a letter to priests in the Washington archdiocese Tuesday.

Bishops in the Roman Catholic Church submit their resignations at the traditional retirement age of 75. The pope decides when to accept a resignation, and can allow a bishop to continue serving for years past that age.

Wuerl, 77, did not say in his letter whether he will ask the pope to accept his resignation.

'Designing Women' Creator Goes Public With Les Moonves War: Not All Harassment Is Sexual (Guest Column)

UNITED STATES
The Hollywood Reporter

September 12, 2018

By Linda Bloodworth Thomason

Linda Bloodworth Thomason, one of CBS' biggest hitmakers, reveals the disgraced mogul kept her shows off the air for seven years: "People asked me for years, 'What happened to you?' Les Moonves happened to me."
This is not the article you might be expecting about Les Moonves. It’s not going to be wise or inspiring. It’s going to be petty and punishing. In spite of my proper Southern mother’s admonition to always be gracious, I am all out of grace when it comes to Mr. Moonves. In fact, like a lot of women in Hollywood, I am happy to dance on his professional grave. And not just any dance — this will be the Macarena, the rumba, the cha-cha and the Moonwalk. You get the idea.

I was never sexually harassed or attacked by Les Moonves. My encounters were much more subtle, engendering a different kind of destruction. In 1992, I was given the largest writing and producing contact in the history of CBS. It was for $50 million, involving five new series with hefty penalties for each pilot not picked up.

Les Moonves Admits To Forcefully Kissing Doctor; Ex CBS Boss Accused Of More Sexual Misconduct

UNITED STATES
Deadline

September 11, 2018

By Dino-Ray Ramos

Les Moonves Admits To Forcefully Kissing Doctor; Ex CBS Boss Accused Of More Sexual Misconduct
Deadline
Dino-Ray Ramos
DeadlineSeptember 11, 2018

More sexual misconduct accusations and inappropriate behavior have surfaced for Les Moonves — and the disgraced CBS CEO has owned up to one of the claims.

Shortly after Ronan Farrow’s first New Yorker piece exposing Moonves’ allegations was published, an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine from Dr. Anne L. Peters surfaced. According to Vanity Fair, the article was published in May and was titled “A Physician’s Place in the #MeToo Movement.” In it, Peters wrote about an encounter between her an anonymous V.I.P. patient from the past.

She wrote that the patient came in before business hours and after an initial consultation and interview, they moved to the examination table.”He grabbed me as I stepped forward,” said Peters. “He pulled himself against me and tried to force himself on me. He did this twice; when I rebuffed him, he stood beside the examination table and satisfied himself. After he finished, he reassembled himself and left.”

Taoiseach ‘moved’ as he pays visit to Tuam babies grave

IRELAND
Extra

September 11, 2018

By Alison O'Reilly

Leo Varadkar made a private visit to the site of the Tuam babies’ grave on his way home from the recent Fine Gael think-in, Extra.ie can reveal.

The Taoiseach visited the grave in a ‘personal capacity’ before travelling back from Galway to Dublin last Friday – and was said to have been ‘moved’ by the experience.

It is believed he wanted to visit the site before the decision on the future of the children’s grave is decided following the outcome of the Commission of Inquiry’s report next year.

Pedophile priests and Servants of the Paraclete

ALBUQUERQUE (NM)
Albuquerque Journal

August 26, 2018

By Mike Gallagher

Roman Catholic bishops in Pennsylvania used a treatment center in Jemez Springs for decades as a “laundry” to recycle priests who abused more than 1,000 children so they could return to their parishes in their diocese back home, according to a Pennsylvania grand jury report released this month.

Only one of the more than 300 priests mentioned in the grand jury report stayed in New Mexico, briefly, after being sent for treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete foundation in Jemez Springs that operated from 1947 until it closed in the 1990s.

Louisiana’s Republican attorney general thinks it’s ‘religious bigotry’ to call him out fo

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
Rawstory

September 10, 2018

By Noor Al-Sibai

In a strongly-worded op-ed, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry accused the New Orleans Times-Picayune of “religious bigotry” after the newspaper published an article about him not investigating the Catholic church sex abuse scandal.

On September 6, the Times-Picayune published an article noting that Landry claimed his office is not authorized to investigate the scandal until local law enforcement refers it up to him. The article was titled “AG Jeff Landry says he has no authority to investigate Catholic church sex abuse” — a headline that apparently affronted the attorney general.

Pope summons bishops for February abuse prevention summit

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

September 12, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children — evidence that he realizes the scandal is global and that inaction threatens to undermine his legacy.

Francis' key cardinal advisers announced the decision Wednesday, a day before Francis meets with U.S. church leaders who have been discredited anew by the latest accusations in the Catholic Church's decades-long sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

The Feb. 21-24 meeting of the presidents of the more than 100 bishops conferences is believed to be the first of its kind, and signals a realization at the highest levels of the church that clergy sex abuse is a global problem and not restricted to the Anglo-Saxon world, as many church leaders have long tried to insist.

Pope Calls Meeting of World’s Bishops on Sexual Abuse of Children

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Times

September 12, 2018

By Jason Horowitz

Vatican City - Pope Francis has summoned to Rome bishops from around the world for an unprecedented meeting focused on protecting minors, the Vatican announced on Wednesday, as the pontiff wrestles with a global clerical sexual abuse crisis and explosive accusations of a cover-up that have shaken his papacy and the entire Roman Catholic Church.

The pope called the presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences to gather from Feb. 21 to 24, according to the Vatican, which added that he had “amply reflected” on the issue with his top council of cardinal advisers during three days of meetings that ended on Wednesday. It would be the first global gathering of church leaders to discuss the crisis.

The announcement came on the eve of a meeting in the Vatican on Thursday between the pope and a group of American bishops, including Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, Francis’ leading adviser on the issue of sexual abuse. The Americans are coming in search of answers from the pope and a full investigation into why one of their most prominent colleagues was allowed to ascend to a top position in the American church, despite allegations that he had sexually abused seminarians.

Cardinal Cupich Calls Closed-Door Meeting with Chicago Priests

CHICAGO (IL)
NBC 5 Chicago

September 11, 2018

By Mary Ann Ahern

[Video includes full text of the letter.]

The meeting comes as Pope Francis plans to sit down Thursday with key American bishops who have requested a meeting on the sex abuse crisis

Cardinal Blase Cupich has scheduled a closed-door meeting with Chicago priests this week, NBC 5 has learned, to discuss the current crisis facing the church.

The invitation for the meeting, planned for Wednesday evening, was sent to all priests in the Chicago Archdiocese. It will take place a day before Pope Francis plans to sit down Thursday with key American bishops who have requested a meeting on the sex abuse crisis.

Though Cupich's meeting isn't mandatory, a second email was forwarded on Tuesday instructing attendees to print out the invitation and bring it with them, as the meeting is considered a private conversation with the Cardinal.

"One of my major concerns in this moment of suffering for many in the church is you," Cupich's letter to Chicago priests read in part.

Catholic Diocese of Owensboro confirms allegations of priest abuse

HENDERSON (KY)
WEHT Local | Local 7 WTVW

September 11, 2018

By Jake Boswell

The Diocese of Owensboro confirms two people have alleged sexual abuse by priests that are now deceased.

Diocese officials said the two alleged victims came forward with their claims in August, shortly after the diocese released a statement pertaining to separate church allegations in Pennsylvania.

The diocese said one of the victims claims the abuse happened some time between 1944-1947.

The other said they were abused in 1962.

Officials would not name the priests accused or where the alleged abuse took place.

The Daviess Commonwealth Attorney's Office told us there is no investigation as the office does not prosecute deceased people.

As part of the statement in August, the Diocese of Owensboro offered to help any victims who come forward.

On September 9, the Diocese of Evansville says there are reports of sexual misconduct by Father Dave Fleck, a priest within the Diocese.

The Diocese says the misconduct happened decades ago and Fleck denies it.

Nigerian Priest Removed From Ministry After Allegedly Sexually Abusing Young Family Member

NEWTON (MA)
NECN

September 11, 2018

By Michael Rosenfield, Marc Fortier and Melissa Buja

Rev. Christian Ohazulume, an extern priest from Nigeria, has resided at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Brookline and has worked as a chaplain at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2010

The Archdiocese of Boston has removed a Nigerian priest residing at a Massachusetts church from ministry after an allegation that he sexually abused a child in a Randolph home 11 years ago.

Rev. Christian Ohazulume, an extern priest from Nigeria who has resided at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Brookline, pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated assault and battery on a child under 14 in Quincy District Court on Tuesday, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.

The 8-year-old victim's father says that Ohazulume is his own nephew, and that he helped bring him to the U.S. from Nigeria to study at Boston College.

"I'm sad," the man said in an exclusive interview with NBC10 Boston. "I'm devastated."

A retired NJ priest says he tried to report sexual abuse, but was initially 'dismissed' by the Boston Archdiocese

ATLANTA (GA)
CNN

September 11, 2018

By Laura Ly

One of his parishioners, then a vulnerable 18-year-old looking for guidance, was given alcohol by a then-church deacon. The deacon later became a priest and sexually abused the boy.

After he found out about the incident years later, Lasch said he reported it to Archbishop of Boston Sean O'Malley, but that his efforts were dismissed.

"He was a vulnerable adult. [The deacon] got him drunk and groomed him into an encounter," Lasch said. A drunken teenager [who] has been groomed into a relationship is not complicit."

The man is a priest in Paterson, New Jersey. "It boggles my mind that the priest continues to serve," Lasch said.

Why this mother of a priest abuse survivor still has faith in the Catholic Church

NASHVILLE (TN)
The Tennessean

September 11, 2018

By Holly Meyer

Donna Harper is the mother of a survivor of priest abuse, but she still has faith in the Catholic Church.

The Nashville native wants to do her part to protect children in her diocese and help other victims and their families overcome some of that animosity she knows well.

So, Harper said yes more than 15 years ago when then-Nashville Bishop Edward Kmiec asked her to join the diocese's review board. At the time, the church was putting the panels in place at dioceses across the U.S. as part of the Catholic Church's response to its national clergy sex abuse crisis.

Today, new allegations of abuse and cover-up are once again shaking the global church, putting its measures for child protection and leadership accountability under the microscope.

Boston archdiocese removes hospital chaplain from ministry after sex abuse allegation

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

September 11, 2018

By Brian MacQuarrie and Travis Andersen

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/09/11/boston-archdiocese-removes-hospital-chaplain-from-ministry-after-sex-abuse-allegation/F42aBBRIQK07XRQFzhJLqL/story.html

Quincy - A Catholic priest who had been working as a Boston hospital chaplain was arraigned Tuesday for the alleged sexual abuse of a young girl in 2006, authorities said.

The Rev. Christian Ohazulume, an extern priest from Nigeria, allegedly assaulted the girl while he was living with a family in Randolph upon his arrival in the United States, officials said. The girl was about 8 years old at the time, prosecutors said.

At his arraignment in Quincy District Court, Ohazulume, 50, pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated indecent assault and battery of a child under 14. He allegedly touched the girl’s vaginal area, fondled her breast, and forcibly kissed her, prosecutors said.

In confronting sex abuse, a Wyoming bishop confronts a powerful foe: his predecessor

ATLANTA (GA)
CNN

September 12, 2018

By Rosa Flores and Kevin Conlon

[With Video.]

Cheyenne, Wyoming - The Catholic Church is facing a reckoning today in large part due to a damning Pennsylvania grand jury investigation released last month.

But more than a year before that bombshell report dropped, another reckoning was already taking place thousands of miles away.
Joseph Hart, the retired longtime bishop of Cheyenne, is today being investigated for allegedly sexually abusing children when he was the highest ranking Catholic in the state of Wyoming, according to the diocese he has served since 1976.

Should Hart be charged, it will be the first time in US history that a bishop is prosecuted for sexual abuse. And if that happens, it will be because of the man who holds his old job.

"I take no pleasure in that at all," said Steven Biegler, the Bishop of Cheyenne. "I think we need to do what's right."

September 11, 2018

Bishop Richard Malone's handling of abuse in Maine

BUFFALO (NY)
WGRZ

September 10, 2018

By Claudine Ewing

Before Bishop Richard Malone came to Buffalo, he was the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Portland, Maine from 2004 until 2012.

While there, Malone was criticized for concealing the identity of several priests accused of being predators. Paul Kendrick helped form the Voice of the Faithful group. They are activists for survivors of priest abuse. Kendrick recalled how Bishop Malone handled a situation involving a pastor in South Portland, Maine.

"He had living with him in his rectory, a guy who was a deacon in upstate Maine, who had been convicted of child sexual abuse," Kendrick said.

Kendrick said it took a while before Malone had the pastor removed from the parish. Years later, Malone allowed the pastor to return to begin saying mass again.

"Advocacy groups raised holy hell," Kendrick said.

That priest was eventually forced to resign after a Diocesan investigation.

And like we saw in Buffalo earlier this year, when the Bishop revealed a list of priests with allegations of abuse, in 2007, Malone made public statements in Maine about identifying some priests who the Diocese had received credible allegations against.

How data analytics revealed new insights in Ryan report on child abuse

IRELAND
Irish Times

September 6, 2018

By Olive Keogh

New fields are benefiting from a dynamic search function that allows for an astonishing level of specific detail

The emerging field of digital humanities is the latest discipline to benefit from big data analysis and in an unusual arts-Stem collaboration, academics at UCD have used it to reveal new insights into the 2009 Ryan report on institutional child abuse.

The cross-disciplinary team behind Industrial Memories are Emilie Pine, associate professor of modern drama at UCD, Prof Mark Keane of UCD’s insight centre for data analytics, and research fellow Susan Leavy who began work on the project in 2015. In Emilie Pine’s view, the Ryan report is “probably the most important publication in the history of the State, yet we’re not reading it. A lot of the material is witness testimony in the form of letters, diaries, memos and record keeping books. To me, it’s the most important part of the report and I wanted to be able to read it and make it accessible to others. However, that’s not so easy with a report that runs to 2,600 pages.”

Digital humanities bring artificial intelligence and text analytics to bear on traditional arts and humanities scholarship. These techniques are already in use in business where big data applications enable companies gain insights into consumer behaviour patterns, for example. But now they are being applied to the humanities and what’s emerging is a new way of probing texts that uncovers things you cannot see or appreciate from a traditional surface read.

In the case of the Ryan report, the techniques enabled Pine to sift forensically through material and to make connections that had remained invisible during normal perusal of the text. For example, she was able to track and tag every interaction between all of those involved. Individually these interactions looked isolated and innocuous, but when they were all drawn together in one place it became clear that there had been deep and widespread awareness of the abuse.

Catholic Church: San Diego Diocese to publish names of accused priests

SAN DIEGO (CA)
NEWS 8

September 8, 2018

By Abbie Alford

After the Pennsylvania report named more than 300 Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct involving hundreds of children dating back decades, San Diego church officials are set to reveal allegations against a number of priests that had not been made public before.

A spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese of San Diego said since the Pennsylvania church sex abuse investigation it was receiving a lot of questions so they thought doing its own investigation was the right thing to do.

“I am happy they are doing it. Mostly because it will give some satisfaction to the victims to see their abuser’s name up there. I think this will start a whole wave of more openness coming from the church,” said Marianne Benkert Sipe.

Marianne is a retired therapist and author. Since the 1970’s, she and her late husband, Richard Sipe – a renowned researcher into sex abuse in the Catholic Church, have testified in a grand jury.

Kevin Eckery, who is a spokesperson for the Diocese of San Diego, said the diocese plans to go back 50 years and in its research next week will publish a-half-a-dozen names of priests who were sued or accused of sexually abusing minors.

According to Eckery, many of the priests have passed away or are no longer within local ministry.

“I don’t think that will make any difference in terms of the victims. I think the victims have so much wanted justice and to be acknowledged for their suffering,” said Marianne.

Sexual Misconduct at Willow Creek: Why We Must Bid the Business Model of Church Goodbye

NORTH AMERICA
Missio Alliance

September 7, 2018

By Joy Craun

A recent Quick to Listen Christianity Today podcast reacted to the latest Hybels accusations as well as the subsequent resignations of the pastoral leadership and the board. The guest, Marshall Shelley, was careful to affirm the good Hybels and Willow Creek have done by altering church culture and structures. Willow Creek sought to encourage a “user friendly” mentality of church in order to communicate in the current cultural language. According to Shelley, Willow Creek’s legacy should continue in that:

Catholics Putting Pressure On Church Leaders To Prevent Sex Abuse

BALTIMORE (MD)
WJZ

September 9, 2018

By Devin Bartolotta

Across the country, and in Baltimore, Catholics are putting pressure on their church leaders to do more to prevent sex abuse.

After Sunday mass and in the pouring rain, a group of progressive Catholics asked leaders of their own faith to step up.

“The people in the pews are demanding to have a say,” Maureen Keck, a Catholic, said.

A national campaign, “Time’s Up: Catholics Demand Truth” is calling for transparency from the church and diversity among decision-makers in the wake of a bombshell grand jury report from Pennsylvania that named 300 predator priests and the leaders who allegedly covered up their crimes.

One of those leaders implicated is the late Cardinal William Keeler.

“We support what Pennsylvania did and we encourage every state to take the leadership that Pennsylvania did, and to work with their diocese and demand open and honest investigation,” said Ryan Sattler with Call to Action Maryland.

Clear response to abuse crisis is urgently needed, Cardinal O'Malley says

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

September 10, 2018

By Carol Glatz

Responding quickly and appropriately to the problem of abuse must be a priority for the Catholic Church, said Cardinal Sean O'Malley, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

"Recent events in the church have us all focused on the urgent need for a clear response on the part of the church for the sexual abuse of minors" and vulnerable adults, he told Vatican News Sept. 9.

"Bringing the voice of survivors to leadership of the church is crucial if people are going to have an understanding of how important it is for the church to respond quickly and correctly anytime a situation of abuse may arise," he said.

The cardinal, who is the archbishop of Boston, spoke at the end of the papal commission's plenary assembly in Rome Sept. 7-9. Afterward, O'Malley remained in Rome for the meeting Sept. 10-12 of Francis' international Council of Cardinals.

O'Malley told Vatican News that in cases of abuse "if the church is unable to respond wholeheartedly and make this a priority, all of our other activities of evangelization, works of mercy, education are all going to suffer. This must be the priority that we concentrate on right now."

The pontifical commission, he explained, is an advisory body set up to make recommendations to the pope and to develop and offer guidelines, best practices and formation to church leaders throughout the world, including bishops' conferences, religious orders and offices in the Roman Curia.

Stolen Innocence: Lauren’s Story of Church Sexual Abuse

NOKESVILLE (VA)
FULCRUM MINISTRIES

August 24, 2018

After two years I am finally using my name. My name is Lauren.

I am not just “the victim” or the young teenager with the orange bow in her hair, as I was labeled by lawyers and the media.

I am Lauren …

And this is my story of sexual abuse by Derrick Trump, the youth director of Greenwich Presbyterian Church in Nokesville, Virginia.

CATHOLIC SCANDALS: WHAT NO ONE DARES MENTION

UNITED STATES
WND

September 9, 2018

By Barbara Simpson

Exclusive: Barbara Simpson slams church which won't admit its wrongdoing

If I didn’t know better, I’d think the news headlines about the Catholic Church scandals are complete fiction.

Think of it: a state investigation reveals sexual scandals and a massive cover-up involving Church hierarchy – you know, the men in red and white robes wearing those white collars and red hats that are symbols of their position and “sanctity.”

The findings of the investigation in Pennsylvania reveal a sexual cesspool of a magnitude that almost no one can imagine, especially faithful Church members.

There are accusations of sexual predation by priests against young boys and men in the churches and seminaries. It revealed clear homosexuality among many clergy and the fact that those who knew, kept silent.

Smyllum nuns spend more on legal fees at Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry than compensation alleged victims will receive

SCOTLAND
The Sunday Post

September 9, 2018

By Gordon Blackstock

NUNS who ran Smyllum Park orphanage spent nearly £300,000 on legal fees at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry – more than the maximum amount of compensation its alleged victims could receive for a lifetime of suffering.

The running of two Daughters of Charity children’s homes was examined as part of a case study at the inquiry between November 28, 2017 and January 20 this year.

And newly-released accounts show how the order racked up £287,000 in “professional fees” connected to the Edinburgh hearings.

The organisation has been represented by solicitor advocate Gregor Rolfe, of Glasgow’s Clyde & Co.

Legal insiders say the rate for counsel is negotiable but is normally around £2,000 per day.

The bill only covers costs to the charity in 2017, including nine days of evidence about abuse allegations at Smyllum Park home in Lanark and Bellevue House in Rutherglen.

That equates to almost £32,000 per day.

Sex abuse: Pope to meet Thursday with US bishops

ROME
The Associated Press

September 11, 2018

The Latest on the Vatican response to the sex abuse scandal (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

The Vatican says Pope Francis will meet Thursday with the head of the U.S. bishops conference and other top U.S. church officials over the sex abuse and cover-up scandal roiling the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has said he wants Francis to authorize a full-fledged Vatican investigation into the scandal of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was removed as cardinal in July after a credible accusation he groped a teenager.

DiNardo has also said recent claims of cover-up of McCarrick's misconduct — including against top Vatican officials and the pope himself — deserve answers.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said DiNardo would meet with Francis on Thursday in the Apostolic Palace, along with Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Francis' top sex abuse adviser. Also involved are two officials from the conference, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and Monsignor Brian Bransfield.

‘No plans’ to open committee archive on Magdalene laundries

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

September 8, 2018

By Conall Ó Fátharta

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s department has said there are “no plans” to open to the public the McAleese Committee archive on the Magdalene laundries despite repeated calls from campaigners and survivors.

It comes just weeks after Mr Varadkar asked the Pope to use his “office and influence” to ensure “justice and truth and healing” was given to survivors of institutional abuse.

The archive, which contains data from the religious congregations that ran the laundries as well as copies of relevant official records across departments, State agencies, and bodies, has been with the Department of An Taoiseach since 2015.

The department has refused calls to open the archive to the public in the years since.

In a Freedom of Information refusal issued to the Justice For Magdalenes Research (JFMR) group in 2016, the department said it was holding the archive for “safe keeping” and that it was “not held within the control of the department for the purposes of the FOI Act”.

The department has said the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 informed the decision to deposit the archive with the Taoiseach. However, it pointed out that the act “does not apply to the work of the Inter-Departmental [McAleese] Committee or bind it in any way”.

Catholic Church in Pennsylvania Considers Creating a Fund to Pay Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

HARRISBURG (PA)
Andreozzi & Associates, P.C.

September 5, 2018.

By Benjamin D. Andreozzi

In recent weeks there has been much discussion about a compensation fund that would be set up by the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania to pay victims of child sexual abuse. The idea of the fund comes at a time when the church is under fire by the recent statewide grand jury report. In the report, the grand jury recommended a change in the civil statute of limitations that would revive previously expired claims made by victims of child sexual abuse.

The creation of such a fund is not a new idea. It was recently implemented in New York. On it's face, the fund sounds like a great idea. The settlement fund's proponents argue that it provides millions of dollars to victims without having to go through the sometimes long and arduous litigation process. While it is true, the fund can be a quick way to resolve a claim, the funds drawbacks outweigh its benefits.

Leading U.S. Exorcist: Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal Is Demonic, Likely to Get Worse

SAN JOSE (CA)
PJ Media

September 7, 2018

By Debra Heine

In a recent interview, a world-renowned exorcist said the sex abuse scandal currently rocking the Catholic Church is demonic in nature and likely to get worse before it gets better. “We are in for a long storm,” said Father Gary Thomas, the exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose, California.

Fr. Thomas' training in Rome was the subject of the 2010 book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio. The book was made into a movie starring Anthony Hopkins in 2011.

“It’s only going to get worse,” Father Gary Thomas told the National Catholic Register's Patti Armstrong. “But as bad as it is, it has to come out. It is unacceptable.”

Transparency needed for church’s next 75 years

WARREN (OH)
Tribune Chronicle

September 9, 2018

By Brenda J. Linert

Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas pointed out a few weeks ago in the Tribune Chronicle that sexual scandals and inappropriate behavior are as old as the Bible.

True, but these days, it’s just the last 70 years on which all eyes are focused. That’s the time frame included in the scathing grand jury report released last month by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on sexual abuse within Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic Church.

The report outlines evidence that bishops and other church leaders covered up child sex abuse by more than 300 priests dating back to 1947. The report states priests not only abused more than 1,000 children, but then church leaders persuaded victims not to report abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it. It’s baffling that this could go on ignored for so long. Bringing to light the dark seediness of these actions has renewed cynicism and mistrust that exists increasingly in society – even in this very institution we’ve been taught from birth is the one place that is good and pure, where we can turn for spiritual cleansing and in time of need.

I have been a practicing Catholic all my life. I was born and baptized into the Altoona-Johnstown, Pa., Catholic Diocese and attended Mass there regularly. My parents still live and attend church there. I studied, received the sacraments and attended CCD each week through the 12th grade at St. Anthony of Padua Church, a tight-knit Italian Catholic church in Windber, Pa., a small coal-mining town just outside of Johnstown. My husband and I were wed at St. Anthony 23 years ago. The public high school I attended was not far from Johnstown’s Bishop McCort High School.

Eleven Things That Definitely Won’t Stop Priestly Sexual Abuse

UNITED STATES
Patheos

September 8, 2018

By Mary Pezzulo

First of all, pretending that sexual abuse never happens will not stop sexual abuse, nor will pretending that if you ignore it it will go away. That method was used liberally, for decades or centuries, and it led to the current crisis. Pretending sexual abuse never happens makes it more likely to happen.

Moving the abuser to a new venue, such as a new parish, will not stop sexual abuse. A change of scenery won’t cure an abuser because the problem with a person who commits sexual abuse is that person, not his environment.

The Latin Mass, lovely as it is, will not stop sexual abuse. Just look at the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. Lots of those cases happened before the Second Vatican Council. Going back to a pre-Vatican-II liturgy will not make them go away. A fine and beautiful classical language like Latin is not a cure for predatory and abusive behavior. The ancient Romans spoke Latin every day of their lives and just look at what they did to the early martyrs. They were not a chaste or a gentle people.

A return to mandatory meatless Fridays will not end priestly sexual abuse. There were mandatory meatless Fridays when a lot of those abuses were going on, back before Vatican II when everything was supposedly much better. Fasting and abstinence are good things, all other goods considered, and taken in the right spirit they can help learn to tame other desires. But people who commit sexual abuse don’t do it because they haven’t taken enough fish. They do it because they make a choice to impose their desires on others, when they could choose otherwise.

Former St. Joseph's Catholic orphanage resident speaks out about alleged abuse

BURLINGTON (VT)
NBC5

September 10, 2018

By Renee Wunderlich

Katelin Hoffman said she and other former residents are cautiously hopeful about new task force investigating what happened to them in long-closed orphanage.

The Vermont attorney general's office is asking for folks to come forward to help investigators piece together what happened in a local building back when it was an orphanage.

For some former residents, this isn't the first time they've shared their stories -- it's just the first time so many have believed them.

"It's actually so wonderful to be believed," said Katelin Hoffman, who said she was 13 years old when she was sent to stay at St. Joseph's Catholic Orphanage in Burlington, a place the state of Vermont is now investigating after allegations resurfaced that nuns there abused and even killed children.

"I don't know ... It was, like, any cruel thing they could do, they did," she said.

A ward of the state, Hoffman said the nuns would sometimes hit her and that she was sexually abused.

'Credible' abuse claims against 12 Little Rock clergy listed

LITTLE ROCK (AR)
The Associated Press/KATVMonday

September 10, 2018

The Catholic Diocese of Little Rock has released a list of 12 clergy who have had assignments at some point in Arkansas who have had "credible" allegations of sexually abusing minors.

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor said the list released Monday was preliminary and the result of an internal review in the wake of a sweeping grand jury report on child sexual abuse by clergy in Pennsylvania. He says the list will be updated following an independent review of its files by an outside consulting firm.

The diocese named eight priests against whom credible allegations have been substantiated, and another four about whom it has received unsubstantiated though credible allegations. The diocese says it has offered or is offering assistance to their known victims.

The list of priests against whom credible allegations have been substantiated was provided by Bishop Taylor and is listed below:

Arkansas Catholic diocese reveals past allegations of priest abuse

LITTLE ROCK (AR)
Arkansas Times

September 10, 2018

By Max Brantley

Catholic Bishop Anthony Taylor today revealed cases of "credible allegations" of sexual abuse by priests in the Diocese of Little Rock, cases involving 12 priests dating back many years, all before the time of the current bishop. Eight are dead

The statement was issued as an outgrowth of recent disclosures in other dioceses in the U.S. and provides more specifics on cases, which, Taylor noted, a previous bishop had referred to generally in a disclosure in 2004. The bishop acknowledges payments have been made to victims and says a full report will eventually be made on the amounts paid.
None of those named work in the priesthood today.

Diocese of Little Rock says 12 priests who served in state accused of sexual abuse

LITTLE ROCK (AR)
Arkansas Democrat Gazette

September 10, 2018

By Jaime Dunaway

Catholic leaders in Arkansas said Monday that 12 priests who served in the state have been accused of sexually abusing a minor.

The Diocese of Little Rock, which leads Catholics throughout Arkansas, released a preliminary list after an internal investigation. The list is subject to change pending the results of an independent review that is tentatively scheduled to be shared with the public in December, Bishop Anthony Taylor said in a statement.

Wild admits knowledge of clergy abuse allegations

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Marquette Wire

September 11, 2018

By Morgan Hughes

After admitting to knowledge of sexual abuse allegations against clergy, former Marquette University President Rev. Robert A. Wild requested his name be removed from the university’s new residence hall. Opened to students as Wild Commons a few weeks ago, Marquette’s $108 million new development will now be known only as The Commons.

In a letter to University President Michael Lovell and the Board of Trustees, Wild said accusations were lodged against three members of the Chicago Society of Jesus while he was provincial from 1985 until 1991.

“Looking back, I would have handled certain aspects of those cases rather differently than I did then,” Wild wrote in the letter.

Wild served as Marquette’s president from 1996 to 2011, and on an interim basis from 2013 to 2014 and is the current chancellor for the university.

In an email statement to the university responding to Wild’s letter, Lovell said the Board of Trustees unanimously accepted Wild’s request.

“We are in agreement with Father Wild that this is the right decision for both Marquette and survivors of clergy abuse,” he said in the statement. “Anyone who knows Father Wild understands that he values the Gospel message of love and forgiveness and we move forward together as a Marquette community in that spirit.”

Abuse survivor rejects $300,000 settlement offer from Syracuse diocese

SYRACUSE (NY)
syracuse.com

September 11, 2018

By Julie McMahon

A sex abuse survivor whose claims against a Catholic priest were found credible by the local diocese has rejected a $300,000 settlement offer.

The victim, Kevin Braney, received the offer from the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse on July 25. He informed the diocese the following day that he would not be accepting the offer, he and his lawyer said.

Another victim, Charles Bailey, said he had also received an offer in August. He declined to say how much it was for. Bailey said he plans to accept.

In February, Bishop Robert Cunningham announced the creation of a program to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Syracuse diocese spokeswoman Danielle Cummings said the program is expected to be completed in October, at which time the diocese will provide a report of the total cost and number of participants.

Cummings said program administrators had already reviewed most of the claims made by applicants and made determinations as to compensation. Cummings said she could not comment on individual cases.

MURT & ROZZI: Where is the outrage over the grand jury report on child sexual abuse?

LANSDALE (PA)
The Ambler Gazette

September 11, 2018

By State Reps. Thomas P. Murt and Mark Rozzi

Former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo used to ask, rhetorically, “Where is the outrage?” when he encountered injustice in his beloved city.

We asked that question of our colleagues in Harrisburg in the years-long wake of the grand jury reports from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Months ago, we warned the commonwealth that the next grand jury report concerning child sex abuse was coming and that it would be worse than the previous ones.

Well, it is here, and we ask again of our colleagues in Harrisburg, “Where is the outrage”?

Moreover, “What are we going to do about it?”

What are we going to do with the results of the current grand jury report documenting the most vile, repulsive and disgusting acts of child sexual abuse at the hands of many diocesan priests across several dioceses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

The current grand jury report is similar to the previous ones in that it was about Roman Catholic priests who sexually abused children, sometimes for decades. It is also about Roman Catholic Church leadership who covered up the abuse, allowed pedophile priests whom they knew were sexually exploiting children to continue abusing and mistreated victims and their families to coerce them into silence.

WALKING AWAY FROM THE CHURCH I LOVED

WASHINGTON (DC)
Anthracite Unite

September 5, 2018

by Katie Breslin

It was with a pit in my stomach that I opened the grand jury findings from the case against 300 priests in Pennsylvania for child abuse. I scrolled to the section that said Dioceses of Scranton and found a list of the names of priests in the grand jury report. My heart sank lower when I saw letterhead from the church where I was baptized. The grand jury investigation identified 59 priests in the Diocese of Scranton alone in this report. While these revelations were painful, they weren’t shocking – just a continued feeling of disappointment in an institution that had been a big part of my childhood.

Like many others in the anthracite coal region, the Catholic Church was the cornerstone of my upbringing. From the beautiful churches located all over the region to the rich history of Catholic diversity that shaped the region. It’s hard to think about regional history without acknowledging the role the Catholic churches in the area had in building community for newcomers journeying there in search of opportunity. Some of my best childhood memories have to do with potato pancakes and homemade pierogis at church bazaars. I’ve seen firsthand how the Catholic Church in the region helped feed and clothe the most vulnerable in our area. This call to be kind and serve others is what led me into a career advocating for public policies in line with my social justice values.

I was 12 years old when the Boston Globe released the story about a massive sex abuse scandal in that city. Though young, I remembering feelings a sense of powerlessness around safety and accountability for what happened. That scandal certainly shaped my view of Church leadership and their priorities. I became determined to help lift the voices of everyday Catholics to influence the direction of the Church.

What’s going on in San Diego?

UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

September 7, 2018

By Joelle Casteix

While New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other parts of the country explode with scandal and investigation into clergy sex abuse and cover-up, a little pot of disrepute is simmering in one Southern California Diocese.

Welcome to San Diego
The Diocese of San Diego is well known to readers of this blog.

It’s the home of Jose Alexis Davila, who was allowed to remain a priest in three dioceses after pleading guilty to sex crimes.

It’s the diocese where the priest who admitted to destroying evidence in child sex abuse cases was assigned to answer the sex abuse hotline.

It’s the diocese that kept parishioners in the dark about one of their priests who was criminally charged (and later convicted) of criminal sexual conduct in another state.

But now, something really fishy is going on.

Bishop Robert McElroy is up to something totally different. Yesterday, he announced that they are “conducting an internal review” and will be releasing the names of previously undisclosed credibly accused priests.

Protesters outside of Cathedral Basilica demand action amid sex abuse allegations

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KMOV

September 9, 2018

By Nicole Sanders

Catholics heading to Mass at the Cathedral Basilica Sunday were greeted by a small group of demonstrators.

Demonstrators who spoke to News 4 said they are demanding stronger action from the church in light of new allegations of sexual abuse by catholic priests.

"As a father, as a former catholic and as a human being I can not stand by any longer and let this pedophile scandal go on any longer without standing up and saying it is wrong," said protester Joe Mason.

The protest was organized by members of an online group for St. Louis atheists.

Archbishop invites Catholics to acknowledge, seek forgiveness at Mass for victims of sexual abuse

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

September 8, 2018

By Nassim Benchaabane

Archbishop Robert Carlson invited Catholics to repent and seek forgiveness for the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of reports of sexual abuse and cover ups by clergy in Pennsylvania.

“The church today around the world and here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis suffers from the wounds of many scandals,” Carlson said Friday at the Cathedral Basilica in his homily at a “Mass of Reparation” for victims of sexual abuse. “The body of Christ experiences the weight of scandal and is in need of divine mercy in order to be healed.”

Archdiocese adds names of 10 priests in Pennsylvania report to local list of accused priests

BALTIMORE (MD)
Catholic Review

September 7, 2018

The Archdiocese of Baltimore Sept. 5 added 10 names to its list of priests and religious brothers accused of child sexual abuse.

The new names are those of priests mentioned in the Pennsylvania grand jury report released Aug. 14 who served in the Archdiocese of Baltimore or were alleged to have abused minors in Maryland.

The priests from various Pennsylvania dioceses and religious orders were accused of or admitted to child sexual abuse during their time in Pennsylvania, according to the grand jury report.

Sean Caine, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, said that after the Pennsylvania report was released, the archdiocese reviewed it for connections to Maryland.

“We decided to include these names as part of our ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability,” he said.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore was not aware of allegations against the 10 named in the Pennsylvania report before it was released, he said.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore was one of the first in the country to release a list of priests and brothers credibly accused of child sexual abuse, with the publication of a list of 57 names in September 2002.

Since that time, 18 additional names were added of priests of the Archdiocese of Baltimore who, after September 2002, were accused of child sexual abuse during their lifetimes.

The 10 priests with Baltimore connections who were named in the Pennsylvania report (and their home diocese or religious order) are:

Kentucky attorney general wants to investigate state Catholic dioceses

LOUISVILLE (KY)
Louisville Courier Journal

September 10, 2018

By Caitlin McGlade

The Kentucky attorney general will seek the Legislature's permission to form a statewide grand jury to investigate Kentucky's Catholic dioceses in line with last month's damning report on Pennsylvania Catholic churches.

That report showed church leaders protected more than 300 "predator priests" for decades in six Pennsylvania dioceses because they were more interested in safeguarding the church and the abusers than in ministering to victims.

Deputy Attorney General J. Michael Brown said his office has been in contact with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and that his staff will "in the near future" draft legislation to put to lawmakers in Frankfort.

"We are working to secure justice for individual survivors who have reached out to the Attorney General’s office," Brown said in a statement.

Pope must act tougher on sex scandals to save church

KENYA
Daily Nation

September 9, 2018

By Dorothy Kweyu

IN SUMMARY
Since 2000 when the big child sex abuse scandals broke out, things have changed in the formation of priests, with more sessions on human sexuality and maturity and development.
Fr Stéphane Joulain is categorical that the church risks bankruptcy from sexual abuse settlements.
Reading current headlines on sex scandals within the Catholic Church, one would be forgiven for believing that the gates of hell have opened wide to swallow the Pope — Peter’s representative on earth — and clergy, if not the entire church.

For centuries, Catholics with grievances against priests have been referred to Psalm 105:15: “Do not touch my anointed ones …”

Therefore, they will not utter anything that might paint their pastors negatively. This is what came to my mind when Canadian priest Roger Tessier abruptly called off our interview.

NY Gov. Cuomo is Protecting Sexual Predators

ALBANY (NY)
EINPresswire

September 10, 2018

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is protecting countless sexual predators and he is allowing sex offenders to go from prison into group homes for the disabled

The Jonathan Carey Foundation which has a mission to protect vulnerable children and individuals with disabilities is doing everything possible to stop Gov. Cuomo from protecting sexual predators from prosecution and from placing sex offenders in with the disabled. The New York State’s mental health care system is rampant with sexual abuse and there are no significant safety and abuse prevention measures in place to protect our most vulnerable. All emails and meeting requests with the governor for years now have gone ignored as thousands of sex crimes are covered-up internally and these civil and human rights atrocities continue.

Michael Carey, the founder of the Jonathan Carey Foundation who also is a well known and respected civil rights and disability rights advocate has uncovered a pattern of criminal cover-ups and the protection of sexual predators similar to that of the Catholic Church.

This is what is going on within Governor Andrew Cuomo’s mental health agencies;

• Thousands of sexual assaults and rapes annually

• State doctors are fraudulently giving late diagnoses of a disability to sex offenders to make money off them at the expense of the safety of residents with true disabilities

Vatican’s child protection office says it prevents, doesn’t investigate, abuse

ROME
Crux

September 10, 2018

By Charles Collins

Members of the Vatican’s commission for protecting young people in the Church have been listening to victims and survivors of abuse in Rome, while also pointing out they have no remit to investigate individual allegations of abuse.

The 9th ordinary plenary assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which was set up by Pope Francis in 2014, took place Sep. 7-9.

“Members began by listening to two testimonies of people who were affected by clerical child sexual abuse, a victim/survivor and the mother of two adult survivors who were abused as children. The Commission thanks them for sharing their stories with us, for the courage of their witness and for contributing to the learning process,” said a communique issued on Sunday.

The statement also said they spoke about the “the recent developments in the global church that have negatively affected so many people including victims/survivors, families and the community of faithful,” most likely referring to the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on clerical abuse which contained allegations of around 1,000 separate cases of abuse committed by over 300 priests over the past 75 years and the case of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who had a “credible and substantiated” allegation of abuse lodged against him, leading to his resignation from the college of cardinals.

Pennsylvania grand jury report reopens old wounds for sex abuse victims with no paths to justice

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Daily Names

September 10, 2018

By Megan Cerullo

The night after Pennsylvania authorities released a report on clergy sex abuse last month, Kathryn Robb says her abuser crept into her dreams.

Robb, 58, has accused her eldest brother, George, of sexually abusing her in their family’s Long Island homes for years beginning when she was about 9 years old.

“It was the first time I had a dream about him in a long time,” she told the Daily News. “I dreamed he came into my house and I said, ‘You can’t be here.’ He just walked in and I couldn’t get him to leave,” she recalled.

George, a former Wall Street mogul once married to supermodel Veronica Webb, did not return requests for comment from the Daily News.

Cardinal Cupich, Rabbit Holes, and Lessons from Dante

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Weekly Standard

August 30, 2018

By Philip Luke Jeffery

The Francis pontificate has always emphasized the importance of mercy. How will that come into play in the sex abuse scandal?

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s letter accusing Pope Francis of aiding the cover-up of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual abuse of minors and seminarians has put certain Vatican officials on the defensive, and is sparking some revealing reactions. Earlier this week, Cardinal Blase Cupich, the archbishop of Chicago, dismissed calls to investigate Viganò’s claims in an interview on Chicago’s NBC 5, saying “the pope has a bigger agenda, he’s got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment, and protecting migrants, and carrying on the work of the church. We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this.”

To paraphrase the pope’s own response to Viganò, “make your own judgment” on Cupich. Maybe the cardinal, who Viganò names in his letter as one of McCarrick’s favorites, is trying to cover his own rear; maybe he genuinely believes that recycling and border bridges are higher priorities than delivering justice for abuse victims and that “carrying on the work of the church” doesn’t include rooting out sin. Maybe some of both. But what stood out weren’t his political preferences or ideas about the church’s duties. It’s that “rabbit hole” remark.

I don’t know how Cupich spends his free time, but I can guess he doesn’t spend it reading his Dante. He might have chosen a different idiom had he called to mind Canto XIX of the Inferno, in which Dante traverses the circle of unrepentant Simonists--corrupt clergymen who leverage their positions in the Church for personal power and financial gain--and notices a field of fire-lit feet sticking up from the ground. All of history’s corrupt bishops, cardinals, and even popes spend eternity stuffed head-first into rabbit holes.

In Pa.'s wake, the floodgate of clergy abuse investigations opens | Editorial

HARRISBURG (PA)
PennLive

September 7, 2018

By PennLive Editorial Board

It's not often that Pennsylvania finds itself in the vanguard of much of anything.

But three weeks after a nearly 900-page grand jury report detailing decades of sexual abuse in Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses became public, prosecutors in other states are taking notice and launching probes of their own.

On Thursday, attorneys general in New York and New Jersey announced they planned to initiate investigations of clergy sex abuse in their states.

New York is moving forward with a civil investigation to determine if dioceses and other church entities covered up allegations of child sexual abuse. The New York attorney general's office is also partnering with district attorneys on possible criminal investigations.

"The Pennsylvania grand jury report shined a light on incredibly disturbing and depraved acts by Catholic clergy, assisted by a culture of secrecy and cover ups in the dioceses," New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood said in a statement. "Victims in New York deserve to be heard as well - and we are going to do everything in our power to bring them the justice they deserve."

ONE MAN’S OPEN LETTER TO THE CANADIAN BISHOPS

TORONTO (CANADA)
Church Militant

September 9, 2018

'I myself saw photos of McCarrick nude on all fours on a seminarian's bed'

Ex-seminarian Paul Wood wrote this open letter to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, copying a lawyer and addressing it specifically to his ordinary, Toronto archbishop Cdl. Thomas Collins. Collins responded, claiming that the "problem of homosexual immorality was dealt with several decades ago" and what Wood experienced in the past "is definitely not true" in the seminary today. Collins reiterated Church teaching that chastity is required of all and that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, concluding, "This is a long struggle, for we are going against powerful forces in the media and society that oppose the Gospel, but the faith is clear and that is what we proclaim."

*******

Dear Bishops,

I am writing you requesting to know what steps you are going to finally take about the undeniable rampant homosexual practice and sexual abuse in our parishes, schools and seminaries. By now, and in light of McCarrick, we all know that the Catholic Church since the 60s has been deliberately rocked by homosexuals, rectors and bishops leading gays into the seminaries — hence the unheard-of callous abuse of young people. This is not a mere McCarrick issue; he represents thousands of abusive priests and abused faithful young men. The time has come! The horse is out of the stable.

When I was a seminarian at St. Augustine's in Toronto in 1980, the rector told us, "If you don't like it, get out." This report included ongoing gay activity within the seminary, including the gay orgy in the seminary organized by Fr. John Tulk. The auxiliary bishop in charge of the seminary, Abp. Aloysius Ambrozic at the time, responded to me, "Grow up." I sent a reverent and fulsome report to Abp. Marcel André Gervais. He sent it back. [The rector was eventually dismissed for being overly accommodating to gays and Tulk was fired from the seminary in the mid-1980s for homosexual misconduct. -ed.]

Cardinal Schönborn: Pope Francis’ handling of abuse crisis is ‘so convincing’

AUSTRIA
Life Site News

September 10, 2018

Austrian Cardinal and papal advisor Christoph Schönborn is defending Pope Francis against calls for the pontiff to resign in light of allegations that he covered up for a sexual abuser, according to a report from Katholisch.de, the German bishops' news website.

Schönborn has also said in a September 7 column in the newspaper Heute (Today) that the Pope has become the target of various “circles” who “wish to get rid of him.”

The Cardinal praised the Pope for being “so convincing” in the way he has so far handled the abuse crisis. In the meantime, only a few German bishops have come to the Pope's defense.

Francis “has difficult days now because his open way of calling a spade a spade is not always met with sympathy,” according to the prelate. Such opposition is found also in the Vatican itself. Schönborn continued: “I thank God for this shepherd who is so convincing. Thank you, Papa Francesco!”

Bishop Murry, 'cancer-free,' details action against abuse in Ohio diocese

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
Catholic News Service/OSV Newsweekly

September 7, 2018

On his first day back at work Sept. 4, Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown spoke happily of his return, but he also addressed the somber subject of the sex abuse crisis now in the news.

In April, he was diagnosed with acute leukemia and admitted to the Cleveland Clinic, where he received aggressive chemotherapy for a month. After his discharge, he received follow-up treatment and spent time resting and recovering.

Speaking to reporters at St. Columba Cathedral Parish Hall, Bishop Murry said he was "100 percent cancer-free" following a bone marrow scan.

He thanked all those who supported him and provided his medical care.

"My energy level is almost back to normal. I look forward to returning to work and reconnecting with the people of the diocese -- part time for a short time, then later, full time," Bishop Murry said.

The next day, he presided at a weekly prayer service for diocesan staff at St. Columba Cathedral that began after his diagnosis, expressing gratitude to all for their prayers.

As Vatican stays mum, three bishops in Chile hauled in over cover-up allegations

ROME
Crux

September 10, 2018

By Inés San Martín

Pope Francis’s silence about allegations by his former ambassador to the United States that he knew of abuses against seminarians by former cardinal Theodore McCarrick is, for some, no more disconcerting than his silence regarding Chile, where three bishops have been subpoenaed by the prosecutor’s office to give testimony about possible abuse cover-ups.

Two of the three bishops are still in charge of their dioceses, despite having presented their resignations to the pope in May. One of them also heads the Chilean bishops’ conference.

The first one to be summoned was Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, scheduled to testify over charges of cover-up in August, but who, after requesting a delay, has now been rescheduled for the first half of October.

The second is Bishop Juan Barros, who recently resigned from Osorno and who was questioned late last week as part of an investigation into abuse allegations against a former Chilean military chaplain. He was summoned by a different prosecutor than the one who called the other two, and, according to the Chilean newspaper La Tercera, this is a sign of a “holy war” among those investigating the Church’s crimes.

Dates, Times and Locations for Town Hall meetings and Ceremony of Sorrows announced

DALLAS (TX)
Catholic Diocese of Dallas

September 2, 2018

On the weekend of August 25-26, Bishop Burns requested that a letter be read in all parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Dallas to address recent issues regarding the current crisis of sexual abuse by clergy, including allegations of sexual abuse by the former pastor of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Reverend Edmundo Paredes. In that letter, Bishop Burns outlined five separate steps that will be taken in the diocese to create a safer environment, including announcing a Ceremony of Sorrows and Town Hall Meetings.

The dates, times and locations for these events have now been scheduled, and are as follows:

Catholic church sex abuse survivors send demands to Louisville Archdiocese

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WHAS11

September 10, 2018

By Heather Fountaine

A group outside the Cathedral of Assumption wants to send a message to the Louisville Archdiocese.

Crowding the front of the Cathedral of the Assumption, survivors of sex abuse by the Catholic Church are sending a message to the Louisville Archdiocese.

“It's not that difficult of a thing. You don't molest and rape children, it's unaccepted. You don't put up with it,” Cal Pfeiffer said.

Pfeiffer said he is a victim of abuse and now a local leader with Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP. He joined a handful of survivors outside the Cathedral of the Assumption demanding answers and accountability from the Archdiocese of Louisville.

“Now it the time for leadership, not compliance. Now is the time for transparency, not secrecy. Now is the time for accountability, not dodging the issue,” he said.

Frustrated by decades of covered-up sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, these survivors are giving Archbishop Joseph Kurtz until the end of the month to respond to their list of 16 demands: including posting the names of credibly accused priests and firing anyone who knew of any cover-up of those sexually abusive priests.

Is New York State Going to Have Its Own Clergy Sex-Abuse Scandal? In Buffalo and Rochester, it has already begun.

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Magazine/The Daily Intelligencer

September 10, 2018

By Nick Tabor

New York State may be sitting on even more undisclosed cases of clergy sex abuse than Pennsylvania. The Catholic population here is the second largest in the nation — behind California’s — and almost no state makes it harder for victims to seek compensation. There’s never been a vast disclosure here, like the Spotlight investigation in Boston or the grand-jury probes in other states.

But now a sweeping disclosure seems to be close at hand. Barbara Underwood, the attorney general, issued civil subpoenas on Thursday to all eight Catholic dioceses in the state, demanding all the records they have on abuse, payments to victims, and potential cover-ups. She’s also created a hotline and a web form for victims who have never come forward to file complaints.

The documents she’s seeking go back decades, and state law only allows abusers to be charged within five years of the offense — so no matter what Underwood finds, there likely won’t be many criminal charges. However, she’s asked district attorneys throughout the state to partner with her and consider empaneling grand juries, depending on what surfaces in the coming months.

Buffalo Catholics demand Bishop Malone's resignation

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

September 10, 2018

By Hannah Buehler

Ask him to resign "for the good of the church"

Catholics throughout Western New York converged on the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo Monday to demand the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone.

"Any man that makes that choice to send predators out in public like that to do it to more kids are not in their right mind," said one parishioner Paul Ogrobina.

This all comes weeks after a 7 Eyewitness News I-Team investigation citing internal church documents was brought to light. The documents showed the Bishop returned two priests to ministry despite allegations of sexual misconduct.

"The abuse and cover up by leadership...that's not who the Catholic Church is," said Jim Havens.

What Francis Knew

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Weekly Standard

September 8, 2018

By Mark Heminway

Conservatives pounce, the media fiddles.

In 2016, after the film Spotlight—which portrayed a group of Boston Globe reporters who uncover a sex-abuse scandal covered-up by the Catholic Church—won the Academy Award for best picture, a cultural commentator praised the movie on the Vatican website. The Globe reporters, wrote Luca Pellegrini, “made themselves examples of their most pure vocation, that of finding the facts, verifying sources, and making themselves—for the good of the community and of a city—paladins of the need for justice.”

Two years later, as a far worse abuse scandal unfolds in the church—a scandal that may involve the pope himself—the Vatican is silent and the paladins of the news media seem eager to ignore the whole thing.

Theodore McCarrick, a former archbishop of Washington, D.C., is alleged to have been for decades a serial sexual abuser of teenage seminarians. On August 25, Carlo Maria Viganò, the former apostolic nuncio (or Vatican ambassador) to the United States, published an 11-page letter alleging that McCarrick’s abuse was known by church authorities from Donald Wuerl, the present archbishop of Washington D.C., to the highest reaches of the Vatican, and, further, that Pope Benedict XVI made attempts to sanction McCarrick by restricting his travel and forbidding him to say Mass in public. Viganò wrote that, after succeeding Benedict, Francis not only overturned this punishment but elevated McCarrick in the church hierarchy.

Catholic clergyman calls on Wuerl to resign, says he’ll refuse to participate in Mass with him

WASHINGTON (DC)
Sortiwa

September 9, 2018

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, speaks at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington in 2015. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)
A highly visible member of Washington’s Catholic clergy has made a dramatic declaration calling on Cardinal Donald Wuerl to resign, the latest blow to Washington’s embattled archbishop.

Deacon James Garcia, in his role as the master of ceremony at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in the District, typically stands beside Wuerl during almost every major liturgy of the year. But Garcia wrote in a letter to Wuerl, which the deacon published online Saturday, that he refuses to assist in any Mass led by Wuerl again. Since deacons vow obedience to their bishop, it is a bold gesture.

“The time for cowardice and self-preservation is long past. Victims cry out for justice and the faithful deserve shepherds who are not compromised. Apology and accompaniment are critical. But no amount of apology will suffice unless and until bishops and other complicit clergy are removed or resign,” Garcia wrote in his letter. And he addressed Wuerl directly: “I cannot, in good conscience, continue to assist you personally, whether as an assisting deacon or a master of ceremony.”

Louisiana Attorney General blasts Times Picayune over article

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
WVUE

September 7, 2018

By Kimberly Curth

The State Attorney General blasts our news partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune over an article with the headline “AG Jeff Landry says he has no authority to investigate Catholic Church Sex Abuse.”

Landry wrote an opinion editorial in response to the story saying,"to be absolutely clear and accurate: to date, since I have been Attorney General, my office has not received one single complaint against any clergyman of the Catholic Church in the State of Louisiana or any referrals from a local District Attorney which is required under law for my office to initiate a prosecution. As someone who has successfully won court case after court case on the separation of powers, I have no inclination of overstepping my constitutional authority or doing the Legislature’s job."

We spoke with New Orleans attorney Roger Stetter about the issue. He represents 10 people who claim they were abused by a former Church Deacon.

“I think the Attorney General clearly does have the authority to initiate a statewide civil investigation and I think that is something he should do, he is our chief law enforcement officer,” said Stetter. “What could be more important than the protection of our children? What could be more important than making our houses of worship safe for children?”

Award-winning Catholic journalist looks at Pope Francis, U.S. politics

KANSAS CITY (MO)
CRUX

September 8, 2018

By Charles C. Camosy

[Editor’s Note: Melinda Henneberger is an editorial writer and columnist for the Kansas City Star and monthly columnist for USA Today. A graduate of Notre Dame, she used to cover Catholic issues for the New York Times from Rome. Earlier this year, she won the prestigious Scripps Howard Award. She spoke to Charles Camosy about her views on Pope Francis and his attempts to reform the Church.]

Camosy: Many Catholics who pay attention to news and politics remember your work from Politics Daily, the Washington Post, and Bloomberg News. But maybe less people know that you used to work for the New York Times covering a lot of Catholic news out of Rome. Given your experience of how things worked then, and having had more than six years of Pope Francis, how do you think his attempts to reform the institutional Church have gone thus far?

Henneberger: Until recently, I would have given a nice mixed answer. But in the current context, the ship is on fire and sinking while the captain chooses this of all moments to stay silent, the crew argues on like nothing has changed and the passengers are jumping into the lifeboats; bye!

I’ve been very supportive of Francis, but doesn’t he have anyone around him who will tell him how serious this crisis is? Bottom line, the last three popes and who knows how many before that have failed to protect children. They haven’t seen how central a failing that’s been, either, or why if the Church can’t get that right, nothing and I mean nothing else matters.

Catholic priest is arrested for 'raping mentally handicapped victim of human trafficking' in Latvia, ahead of a visit by the Pope

LATVIA
AFP

September 6, 2018

- Police have arrested 73-year-old priest Pavels Zeila who served in eastern Latvia
- Area to host Pope Francis during his tour of three Baltic states later this month
- Second man was also arrested on suspicion of trafficking in the case, police say

A Catholic priest has been arrested over claims he raped a mentally handicapped victim of human trafficking in Latvia.

The priest, identified as Pavels Zeila, 73, served in the Aglona-Rezekne diocese in eastern Latvia, which is to host Pope Francis during a four-day tour of the three Baltic states later this month.

A second man was also arrested on suspicion of trafficking in the case, which has shocked the Baltic state as it prepares to receive the Pope from September 22.

Air Force Chaplain Being Investigated for Blaming Catholic Sex-Abuse Scandal on ‘Effeminate’ Homosexuals

SAN ANGELO (TX)
Hornet

September 8, 2018

By Dan Avery

An Air Force chaplain is accused of blaming the Catholic Church’s ongoing sex-abuse crisis on gay priests, according to a woman who attended his service.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Antonio Rigonan; chaplain at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas; reportedly told parishioners on August 19 that many priests who abused children were “homosexuals” and “effeminate.”

The accusation comes from an officer’s wife who walked out of mass with her family after his comments. She is asking for anonymity to protect her husband’s career.

“I’ve had to talk about a lot of serious things with [our children], who didn’t understand why we were upset,” she told Military.com. “It’s at least been a good message on consent and being aware of other people’s intentions.”

Accused priest on golf club roster

SCRANTON (PA)
The Citizens' Voice

September 8, 2018

By Terrie Morgan-Besecker

A Diocese of Scranton priest receiving a monthly stipend to help him meet his basic needs is a member of a private golf club, according to a roster of club members.

J. Peter Crynes, 76, of West Pittston, has received a sustenance payment — currently $1,237.50 per month — since he was removed from the ministry in 2006 after five women alleged he molested them when they were teenagers. A sixth woman came forward in 2016.

A roster report at the Fox Hill Country Club in Exeter shows a listing for “Msgr J. Peter Crynes.” An anonymous source mailed a screen shot of the report to The Times-Tribune with a handwritten note: “Scranton Diocese stipends pays for private country club?” A second source confirmed the roster entry is accurate.

Bishop Refuses to Resign, Allegedly Returned Priests Accused of Sexual Misconduct to Ministry

BUFFALO (NY)
Breitbart

September 7, 2018

By Dr. Susan Berry

Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York, is refusing to step down in the wake of leaked documents from the chancery that suggest he mishandled allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct by priests he oversees in his diocese.
“My handling of recent claims from some of our parishioners concerning sexual misconduct with adults unquestionably has fallen short of the standard to which you hold us, and to which we hold ourselves,” Bishop Malone told Catholics of his diocese in a statement posted to the diocese’s website on August 26.

In rejecting the calls for his resignation, Malone said, “The shepherd does not desert the flock at a difficult time.”

Catholic system of power: rule by priests

AFRICA
Spotlight Africa

September 10, 2018

By Chris Chatteris SJ

The growing state of crisis in our Church leads Fr Chris Chatteris, a Jesuit priest who has held many positions of leadership in the Order, to critique the Catholic ways of power. He chastises religious superiors, bishops, formators and mentors who have allowed abusive ministers to stay in the system for so long. They desperately need to review the instruments of accountability which have clearly failed.

Every unaccountable system of power will attract abusers – embezzlers, bullies and sexual predators. The thing we are painfully learning about the Catholic system of power, the hierarchy (it means ‘rule by priests’) is that it provides the perfect camouflage for such nefarious activities because the common assumption has been, that the bishop, priest or deacon is a man who is above such things. Indeed, he is called by God into a vocation of selfless service.

It seems that our hierarchical system of government in the Catholic Church has become functionally unaccountable. There is very little oversight. The bishop, whose first job is to care for and oversee (Bishop means ‘overseer’) his priests, sometimes does not do this or is unable to do so.

Former Tidioute priest defrocked after allegations

ERIE (PA)
Times Observer

September 10, 2018

By Brian Ferry

A priest who formerly served as a pastor in Port Allegany and an administrator in Tidioute has been removed from ministry.

According to a Saturday release from the Diocese of Erie, Father Charles ‘Chuck’ Schmitt has been prohibited from all public ministry as well as from any contact with minors.

The action was taken after “an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor dating back to the 1960s was received through the hotline established by the Diocese of Erie,” according to the release. “The matter has been turned over to the Erie County District Attorney and Bishop (Lawrence T.) Persico has initiated an independent investigation through the K&L Gates law firm.”

Schmitt retired in 2006 as pastor of St. Gabriel Parish in Port Allegany. He had served after that as temporary administrator in Tidioute, Emporium, and Emlenton.

Survivors call on Kentucky AG to investigate sexual abuse by priests

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WDRB

September 10, 2018

By Lawrence Smith

Survivors of priest sex abuse are accusing the Catholic Church of a cover-up.

Survivors of clergy sexual abuse are calling on Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear to investigate. They also want the Archdiocese of Louisville to do more to root out the problem and help the victims.

The Louisville branch of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, brought their grievances to the Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville on Monday.

SNAP's leader, Cal Pfeiffer, said the abuse "is still going on. To what extent, we don't know."

He said a Pennsylvania grand jury report into clergy abuse gives him renewed faith that justice can be done. That report revealed more than 300 predator priests and 1,000 victims.

"We would ask Andy Beshear here in the state of Kentucky to do the same here, not just Louisville, but the archdiocese across the whole state," Pfeiffer said.

George Neumayr: Cdl Wuerl is even now covering up for a priest who abused teen in hot tub

WASHINGTON (DC)
Life Site News

September 10, 2018

By Dr. Maike Hickson

Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in the following conversation are those of the book's author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of LifeSiteNews.

September 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In a recent telephone interview, journalist and book author George Neumayr reveals many details about his ongoing investigation into the corruptions of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, but also of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Wuerl's predecessor.

Neumayr, who is the author of The Political Pope, has been speaking with many insiders from the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. who are dismayed at the conduct of their archbishop.

In this interview, Neumayr shows that he himself has received confirmation from sources close to Cardinal Wuerl that “Cardinal Wuerl had direct knowledge of McCarrick's preying upon seminarians.”

He also recounts how there are sources claiming that Cardinal Wuerl himself is a homosexual.

Former priest named in grand jury report found working at counseling center

PITTSBURGH (PA)
WTAE

September 10, 2018

By Paul Van Osdol

Action News Investigates has learned a former priest accused of molesting boys found a job as a social worker at a counseling center, working near children.

William B. Yockey was a priest at several parishes in the Pittsburgh area before leaving the priesthood in the wake of child sex abuse allegations.

Yockey did not answer questions when Action News Investigates found him at the Community Counseling Center in Ashtabula, Ohio, where he was working as a therapist.

The nonprofit center treats adults and children with mental illness and substance abuse. The center's director said Yockey was treating only adult patients.

According to the grand jury report, the allegations against Yockey date back to the early 1980s when he was based at St. Bernadette Church in Monroeville. The report says Yockey molested two boys at the church rectory, one of them 16 years old, the other an undetermined age.

Houstonians demand increased accountability from Catholic Church

HOUSTON (TX)
Houston Chronicle

September 9, 2018

By Ana Goñi-Lessan

About a dozen protesters called on the Catholic Church to address abuse by clergy as they handed out flyers Sunday morning outside the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests members and supporters held signs that said “Protect our Children!” and “Speak Up, Speak to Police, Speak Out!” as parishioners left 9.a.m. mass.

“What we’re asking for is transparency,” said Michael Norris, leader of the Houston chapter of SNAP and member of the national board of directors.

Retired priest: Concerns about sexual abuse were ignored

POMPTON PLAINS (NJ)
News 12

September 10, 2018

A retired Catholic priest says his concerns about sexual abuse in his diocese were initially ignored.

Father Ken Lasch says he contacted the Boston Diocese several months ago about allegations of sexual abuse in his parish in New Jersey. He contacted Boston because the cardinal there is also the chair of the Papal Commission on Sexual Abuse.

Lasch says that when he initially contacted Cardinal Sean O’Malley, he was told by O’Malley’s secretary that the incident was out of his jurisdiction.

Critics rip Cardinal Sean O'Malley on abuse comments

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Herald

September 11, 2018

By Mary Markos

Cardinal: My panel not charged to investigate

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, facing renewed scandal about the church’s handling of priest sex abuse cases, has doubled down on his position that his pontifical commission’s priority is preventing, not investigating abuse cases — drawing alarm and even mockery from critics who say that stance is “not credible.”

O’Malley, the president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, said in Rome through a communique that the “commission’s starting point is not to investigate abuses; our starting point is to prevent abuses.”

Vatican official: Sex abuse scandal is church's 'own 9/11'

ROME (ITALY)
The Associated Press

September 11, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

A top Vatican official said Tuesday the clerical sex abuse scandal is such a game-changing catastrophe for the Catholic Church that he called it the church's "own 9/11" on the 17th anniversary of the attacks in the U.S.

Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, a top aide to both retired Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, told a book presentation Tuesday that he by no means was comparing the scandal to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.

But he said the years-long scandal, and recent revelations in the Pennsylvania grand jury report, showed just "how many souls have been wounded irrevocably and mortally by priests from the Catholic Church."

Caso Maristas: Sobrevivientes de abusos sexuales afirman que Iglesia reconoció sus denuncias como “válidas”

[Marist Case: Survivors of sexual abuse claim that Church acknowledged complaints as "valid"]

CHILE
The Clinic

September 8, 2018

Exigimos a la Congregación de Hermanos Maristas que entregue todos los antecedentes que dispone sobre denunciados a la justicia chilena. Pero que también ponga en conocimiento de las autoridades judiciales aquellos casos que no han aparecido en los medios de comunicación. Es preocupante lo que se desprende de las declaraciones de los fiscales que intervienen en la investigación referidas a que la ofrecida colaboración de la Congregación es más obstrucción que ayuda. Comunicado oficial íntegro de víctimas en el caso Maristas.

Vatican promises ‘clarifications’ to pope cover-up claims

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

September 10, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

The Vatican is preparing the “necessary clarifications” about accusations that top Vatican officials including Pope Francis covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American ex-cardinal, Francis’ top advisers said Monday.

In a statement, Francis’ nine cardinal advisers expressed their “full solidarity” with the pope over the scandal, which has thrown his papacy into crisis.

The cardinals, who are meeting at the Vatican this week, said they were aware that “the Holy See is working on formulating the potential and necessary clarifications.”

Francis has refused to respond to the 11-page document published Aug. 26 by the retired ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.

Vigano named more than two dozen current and former Vatican and U.S. officials and accused them of knowing about and covering up for ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who is accused of sexually molesting and harassing minors as well as adults.

Indiana Priest Suspended Over "Decades Old" Abuse Accusation

VINCENNES (IN)
WIBC

September 10, 2018

By Chris Davis

The Diocese of Evansville has also called the authorities.

A Catholic priest who serves as a religion teacher at a Vincennes high school, has been suspended by the Diocese of Evansville over a sexual abuse accusation from "decades ago". Father Dave Fleck is suspended from all ministerial duties while he's under investigation.

"Father Dave Fleck, a priest of the Diocese of Evansville, has been placed on administrative leave after a report of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred decades ago was received by the diocese. The diocese has made a report to civil authorities and notified the Diocesan Review Board of the allegation," said a statement from the Diocese.

Fleck has denied the accusation. Several other priests in Indiana have alkso been accused of decades-old sex crimes.

Retired priest: Concerns about sexual abuse were ignored

POMPTON PLAINS (NJ)
News 12

September 10, 2018

A retired Catholic priest says his concerns about sexual abuse in his diocese were initially ignored.

Father Ken Lasch says he contacted the Boston Diocese several months ago about allegations of sexual abuse in his parish in New Jersey. He contacted Boston because the cardinal there is also the chair of the Papal Commission on Sexual Abuse.

Lasch says that when he initially contacted Cardinal Sean O’Malley, he was told by O’Malley’s secretary that the incident was out of his jurisdiction.

Lasch detailed the abuse in a letter. He says that it stems back to the 1980s. He alleges that a current Paterson priest sexually abused an 18-year-old man who was looking to become a priest.

Stumping The Archbishop

ST. LOUIS (MO)
The American Conservative

September 6, 2018

By Rod Dreher

Above, a clip from Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis, testifying in a sworn 2014 deposition in a Minnesota case involving a priest accused of molesting a child. Carlson was an auxiliary bishop in Minneapolis-St. Paul before moving to the St. Louis post. In the deposition, the archbishop answers some variation of “I don’t know” several times. Which of these was the question put to him:

Clergy abuse victim and former priest: ‘The cover-up continues’

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Herald

September 11, 2018

Robert Hoatson, a former priest who founded Road to Recovery to help victims, is himself a survivor of clergy sexual abuse.

He was ordained by the now-notorious Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 1997 through the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., and was also a Christian Brother at Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury in the 1980s. He served as headmaster there and was a whistleblower in cases of clergy sexual abuse.

Proof That Rome Knew About McCarrick

VATICAN CITY
The American Conservative

September 7, 2018

By Rod Dreher

Excellent reporting by Robert Duncan in the Rome bureau of Catholic News Service produces an explosive story:

Felipe Berríos arremete contra Ezzati, Sodano y Errázuriz: “Me molestaba el secretismo que usaban y practicaban, y el abuso de poder”

[Felipe Berríos attacks Ezzati, Sodano and Errázuriz: "I resented the secrecy they used and practiced, and the abuse of power"]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 9, 2018

El sacerdote de La Chimba dijo, además, que "entiendo que un sacerdote pueda tener relaciones con una mujer, o si es homosexual, con un hombre, pero es inexplicable que pueda dañar un niño".

Un profundo análisis de la crisis que vive la Iglesia en Chile realizó el sacerdote jesuita Felipe Berríos. El análisis del religioso que vive en La Chimba es que se debe provocar un cambio profundo en la Iglesia, que la modifiquen por completo.

La entrevista del fiscal Arias a un medio español: "La iglesia católica no es una organización mafiosa o criminal"

Chilean prosecutor Arias tells Spanish media: "The Catholic Church is not a mafia or criminal organization"]

CHILE
El Mostrador

September 9, 2018

El fiscal regional de O'Higgins concedió una entrevista a la agencia EFE, quien lo cataloga como el "encargado de resolver el puzzle de abusos de la Iglesia chilena".

Un entramado de casos sobre la presunta comisión de delitos de encubrimiento, abuso sexual, pederastia y estupro en el seno de la Iglesia católica de Chile durante décadas es el puzzle que el fiscal regional de O'Higgins, Emiliano Arias, trata de resolver desde hace meses. Un puzzle que comienza a cobrar "un aspecto más propio de lo que podría ser el crimen organizado, por así decirlo, o del delito cometido al interior de una organización", expresó Arias en una entrevista con Efe.

Canonistas analizan fallo de la Suprema por sacerdote Precht

[Canonists analyze court decision about priest Precht]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 9, 2018

By Sergio Rodríguez

Abogado vocero de la Fundación Voces Católicas dice que con este recurso de amparo, que fue acogido, el presbítero “desconoce” el vínculo con su obispo y diócesis.

“Algunas personas han dicho que este fallo puede abrir flancos nuevos. Yo creo que al menos es materia de debate, ya que en Chile, en virtud de la Ley de Culto, el Estado reconoce el ordenamiento interno de la Iglesia Católica y de otros credos”, expresó el sacerdote Francisco Walker.

Cardenal Errázuriz se resta de participar de consejo asesor del Papa por “imprevistos de última hora”

[Cardinal Errázuriz is not participating in the Pope's advisory council for "incidental reasons"]

CHILE
La Tercera

September 10, 2018

By Carlos Reyes

Fuentes de la Iglesia confirmaron la inasistencia del obispo emérito en la instancia, la cual comenzó a sesionar hoy en el Vaticano

Esta mañana la oficina de prensa del Vaticano confirmó el inició de la XXVI Reunión del Consejo de Cardenales (C9) que se desarrolla en Roma. Instancia a la cual no acudió el cardenal Francisco Javier Errázuriz, como confirmaron a La Tercera fuentes de la Iglesia.

Late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua Accused Of Sex Assault In New Lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

September 7, 2018

The late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua is accused in a new lawsuit of sexual assault. The alleged assault happened in the 1980s while he was a bishop in Pittsburgh.

According to CBS Pittsburgh, the female victim claims then Bishop Bevilacqua visited St. Gabriel’s Church and school, took her behind a partition in the lunchroom and groped her chest.

Former Pittsburgh Bishop Bevilacqua, others accused of abuse in new lawsuits

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Trib Live

September 7, 2018

By Megan Guza

One of two civil lawsuits filed Friday against the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh accuses former Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua of sexually assaulting a young girl more than three decades ago.

That lawsuit, filed on behalf of a 45-year-old woman now living in San Diego, alleged that Bevilacqua and two other clergy, the Revs. Lawrence O’Connell and Edward Huff, assaulted her between 1978 and 1985 when she was between the ages of 5 and 13.

Pittsburgh attorney Alan Perer filed the lawsuit, along with a second lawsuit, against the diocese, Bishop David Zubik and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who served as Pittsburgh diocese’s bishop before Zubik.

Bevilacqua served as Pittsburgh’s bishop from 1983 and 1987. He became archbishop of Philadelphia in 1988, was elevated to cardinal in 1991 and retired in 2003. He died in 2012 at 87. He was accused in a 2011 grand jury report of transferring problem priests out of Philadelphia parishes to new ones without warning anyone of prior sexual abuse complaints.

The alleged victim in the first lawsuit and her family met O’Connell at St. Gabriel’s Church and St. Gabriel’s Sorrowful Mother School in Whitehall, where he was a pastor from 1952 to 1983, according to the lawsuit. She alleged that O’Connell began to fondle her through her school uniform when she was between 5 and 7.

Former Pittsburgh Bishop Accused Of Child Sex Abuse In Lawsuit

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Patch

September 7, 2018

By Eric Heyl

Two lawsuits were filed Friday against the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Former Pittsburgh Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua and two priests were accused of sexual abuse in one of two civil lawsuits filed Friday in the aftermath of the recent grand jury report detailing the sex crimes of Pennsylvania predator priests.

Pittsburgh attorney Alan Perer filed the lawsuits against the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Bishop David Zubik and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C, Zubik's predecessor as bishop.

The lawsuit in which Bevilacqua and the Revs. Lawrence O'Connell and Edward Huff are named was filed on behalf of Heather Taylor, 45, of San Diego woman. It accuses the trio of allegedly assaulting her from when she was between the ages of 5 and 13 between 1978 and 1985. The incidents occurred at St. Gabriel Church and St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin School in Whitehall.

Bishop of Charlotte to address ‘abuse scandal’ following WBTV investigation

CHARLOTTE (NC)
WBTV

September 7, 2018

By Nick Ochsner

Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis will make remarks addressing the abuse scandal within the Catholic Church during a weekend-long gathering of Catholics that opens Friday night, according to the Catholic News Herald, the official publication of the Charlotte Diocese.

Jugis’ remarks will come in his opening address to the Eucharistic Congress, an annual event hosted by the Charlotte Diocese.

The story published in the Catholic News Herald said Jugis will address the abuse scandal in his opening on Friday night and again in a longer message to the gathering on Saturday.

Cardinal Wuerl’s Season Of Healing™

WASHINGTON (DC)
The American Conservative

September 6, 2018

By Rod Dreher

Hoo boy. Cardinal Wuerl has gone all Moralistic Therapeutic Deist. This cynical cat is branding his own self-rehabilitation. He’s even got a “toolkit” to change the subject from his own failures to the suffering of abuse victims. This takes chutzpah. Here’s the letter he sent to his priests today:

Olivia Munn's 'The Predator' co-stars respond to her feeling 'shunned'

UNITED STATES
Yahoo Movies UK

September 10, 2018

By Erin Donnelly

Olivia Munn’s co-stars in The Predator are finally addressing her concerns that she’s been ostracised over her insistence that one of the film’s scenes be removed.

Director Shane Black cast friend Steven Wilder Striegel for a role in the upcoming sci-fi action film, without notifying the cast that he is a registered sex offender who has been accused of sexually propositioning a teenager by email. The scene featuring Striegel has since been cut.

Munn, an advocate for #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, has been vocal about her disgust with the situation. She has also called out her male co-stars for giving Black a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and not backing her up.

“I kind of feel like I’m the one going to jail,” Munn told Vanity Fair. “I didn’t go to jail, I didn’t put this guy on our set. I had this scene deleted. Thank God, honestly, that there is social media. It’s the fans and news outlets that’s confirming it to me that what I did was the right thing. If I didn’t have that feedback, I’d kind of go a little crazy thinking, Why am I being treated like this? That’s not OK, to feel like the bad guy.”

According to Munn, co-stars including Boyd Holbrook, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, and Keegan-Michael Key declined to give public statements addressing the Striegel casting. She also said that one co-star left an interview when the topic came up. The actress has since been promoting the film — which she tweeted she is “contractually obligated” to do — with its youngest cast member, 11-year-old Jacob Tremblay.

Olivia Munn shunned by Predator cast after complaining about sex offender: ‘I’m being treated like I’m the one who went to jail’

UNITED STATES
The Telegraph

September 10, 2018

Hours before The Predator premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, the studio behind the sci-fi film revealed it had cut a scene featuring Steven Wilder Striegel after learning the actor was a registered sex offender. "Our studio was not aware of Mr Striegel's background,” Twentieth Century Fox said on Thursday.

But now the actress who brought the matter to Fox’s attention says she has been shunned by fellow cast-members, that her concerns were initially met with silence by the studio, and that she has been made to feel like a criminal.

Olivia Munn, 38, the only cast member to appear on screen with Striegel, made contact with Fox after learning he had served a jail sentence for making sexual advances towards a minor.

“When I called, [Fox] was silent for two days,” she told Variety. “I’m not saying they weren’t working on it behind the scenes… I just didn’t hear anything about it.”

She added: “I did have to reach out again and say I didn’t feel comfortable presenting at the MTV Awards with [Predator co-star Keegan-Michael Key] unless this guy [Striegel] was out of it.”

Fox have said Striegel’s only scene was cut within 24 hours of the studio learning about his criminal record.

Military Chaplain Blames 'Effeminate' Gay Priests for Church Abuse Scandals

SAN ANGELO (TX)
Military.com

September 7, 2018

By Gina Harkins

The Air Force is looking into comments a Catholic chaplain made at a base chapel in which he allegedly equated child abuse in the church with homosexuality, prompting one officer's family to walk out of mass.

Capt. Antonio Rigonan, an Air Force chaplain at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, said during an Aug. 19 service that many priests who've abused children were "homosexuals" and "effeminate," according to a military officer's spouse who attended that morning.

After Rigonan allegedly repeated the stance several times, the spouse said her family got up and left. The woman, who spoke to Military.com on the condition of anonymity to protect her husband's career, said she felt "very incapable of fixing" the wrongdoing she felt occurred that day.

"I've had to talk about a lot of serious things with [our children], who didn't understand why we were upset," she said. "It's at least been a good message on consent and being aware of other people's intentions."

Goodfellow officials said they were not aware of Rigonan's comments before Military.com inquired about them. There are no recordings of chapel services, base public affairs officials said, but "Goodfellow leadership is looking into what comments were made."

Argentina: Raids at school for deaf in clerical abuse probe

BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA)
The Associated Press

September 7, 2018

By Luis Andres Henao

Argentine authorities raided a Catholic-run school for youths with hearing disabilities Thursday as part of an investigation into alleged sexual abuse of vulnerable children that has shocked Pope Francis’s homeland.

A police official in Buenos Aires province said officers seized documents from the archives of the Antonio Provolo Institute in the city of La Plata dating back more than 30 years. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the case, agreed to give details of the operation only on condition of anonymity.

The raid was ordered by a local prosecutor investigating “possible crimes against sexual integrity,” the official said. The documents cover the 1987-2018 period.

Provolo Institute officials could not be reached despite repeated attempts for comment.

The clerical abuse scandal has also marred other Provolo institutes.