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October 31, 2018

Bishop blasts whistleblower who copied sex misconduct files

BUFFALO (NY)
WENY TV

November 1, 2018

By Dan Schrack

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York, is firing back at a former assistant-turned-whistleblower who says Bishop Richard Malone should resign over his response to reports of clergy sexual misconduct.

In a statement just before midnight Tuesday, the diocese calls statements made by Siobhan O'Connor during an earlier news conference "embarrassingly contradictory." It attached emails from O'Connor praising Malone.

O'Connor secretly copied and leaked confidential files she says show Malone allowed an accused priest to remain on the job and excluded dozens of others from a list of problematic priests released publicly this year.

Clergy abuse survivors urge state Senate to return and vote on lawsuit bill

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Tribune Review

October 31, 2018

By Deb Erdley

Clergy sexual abuse survivors say they have the votes to pass a state bill establishing a window for older victims to sue their abusers, and they’re challenging the Pennsylvania Senate to return to Harrisburg for a vote.

“We have the votes. The votes are there to pass SB 261 as it stands,” said Ryan O’Connor. “We just need the majority to allow it to come to a vote.”

O’Connor, 47, of Verona, who has written of his abuse as a child at the hands of a parish priest in Johnstown, is traveling the state with Jim Van Sickle, another survivor who serves as Survivor Advocacy Coordinator for Stop Child Predator, a national nonprofit group.

“There is a lot of support in the Senate for this bill, and we’re asking that they return and vote on it,” Van sickle said.

Van Sickle and O’Connor spoke in Greensburg on Tuesday after making previous appearances in Lancaster, Allentown, Reading, Ebensburg, Scranton and Pittsburgh.

The bill that passed the state House by an overwhelming margin in September stalled in the Senate last month when Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County, refused to bring it to the floor for a vote.

Stories About The Priests We Help

DETROIT (MI)
Opus Bono Sacerdoti

October 2018
The accounts presented here are based on real events. Names have been changed and identifying details have been modified to protect the privacy of the people involved.

Because of your faithful prayers and continued generous support for our priests in need of caring assistance, when Father Jerry sent me the email below, you helped us immediately respond to him and assist him through some very troubling and difficult transitions.

“Dear Joe, I was informed that a man whom I do not recall ever meeting reported that sometime between 1983 to 1985, while giving him a blessing in his home, I had touched [him inappropriately]. The investigator who interviewed me informed me that the man has emotional problems and that his own father did not believe him. From my investigations, with the help of a private investigator, I have reasonably established that during the period in which this allegation is reported to have occurred, his family was not living in our state nor in our parish.

“Later in August, [my] bishop announced this accusation in all the parishes in which I had served. He informed the people that it had most likely occurred He removed me from ministry.

“[My] bishop has taken care of my material needs, food, insurance, a place to live. My health is somewhat poor, with a weak heart, and I walk with a cane and a walker . . .

“This evening, our Vicar for Priests gave me a surprise visit. He said that some parents from a public school, about a block from our residence, were protesting my living near their school. (I never go on the school property and have no contact with any of the children in any way.) He said they are demanding that the bishop evict me from my residence. He said they are planning to stage a protest march at a neighboring Catholic Church this Sunday. He said that [my] Bishop will evict me from here to some other location.

Diocese places Fr. Michael Juran on administrative leave

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

October 31, 2018

By Charlie Specht

he Diocese of Buffalo has suspended another priest after an allegation of abuse.

Fr. Michael P. Juran was placed on administrative leave Wednesday evening, the diocese announced on its website.

Neither a spokeswoman for Bishop Richard J. Malone nor Fr. Juran responded to messages left for comment.

Juran was listed in the 2018 Buffalo Diocese directory under a Florida address, but Juran is not your average Buffalo priest.

Orléans. La pédophilie et le silence de l’Église au centre d’un procès

[Orléans: Pedophilia and silence of the Church at the center of a trial]

ORLÉANS (FRANCE)
Le Télégramme

October 30, 2018

Vingt-cinq ans après les faits, l’abbé Pierre de Castelet, accusé d’atteintes sexuelles sur mineurs, a évoqué, ce mardi, un « dérapage » devant le tribunal correctionnel d’Orléans, en l’absence de l’ancien évêque de la ville, poursuivi, lui, pour non-dénonciation.

Mgr André Fort, 83 ans, évêque d’Orléans de 2002 à 2010, ne s’est pas présenté au tribunal, « affaibli par sa maladie à la suite d’une opération », a déclaré son avocat, Me Benoit de Gaullier, à l’ouverture de l’audience. Le père Castelet, 69 ans, crâne dégarni, lunettes fines et regard droit, s’est donc assis seul sur le banc des prévenus, en présence de trois jeunes hommes d’une trentaine d’années sur le banc des parties civiles.

Kohlgraf sieht kein Fehlverhalten von Vorgängern bei Missbrauch: "Dafür geben die Akten nichts her"

[Kohlgraf sees no misbehavior of predecessors in the case of abuse: "The records give no evidence for that"]

COLOGNE (GERMANY)
Domradio.de

October 31, 2018

Im Zuge der Missbrauchsaufarbeitung sahen sich Bischof Heiner Wilmer und Erzbischof Stephan Burger mit Fehlverhalten der Vorgänger konfrontiert. Bischof Peter Kohlgraf hat ebenfalls Akteneinsicht genommen und äußerte sich am Dienstag.

Der Mainzer Bischof Peter Kohlgraf sieht bislang kein Fehlverhalten seiner Amtsvorgänger beim Umgang mit Fällen von sexuellem Missbrauch. "Dafür geben die Akten auf den ersten Blick nichts her", sagte Kohlgraf am Dienstagabend in Mainz. Seine Amtsvorgänger Kardinal Karl Lehmann und Kardinal Hermann Volk hätten das Thema sexueller Missbrauch allerdings "unter den Maßgaben und Erkenntnissen ihrer Zeit" beurteilt, erklärte Kohlgraf bei einer Podiumsdiskussion.

Diözese Würzburg zeigt Pfarrer aus der Region wegen möglicher Sexualstraftat an Betroffener beurlaubt

[Diocese of Würzburg shows pastors from the region for possible sexual offenses]

WÜRZBURG (GERMANY)
Main-Echo

October 31, 2018

Die Diözese Würzburg hat am Mittwoch einen Priester wegen des Verdachts einer Sexualstraftat bei der Staatsanwaltschaft Aschaffenburg angezeigt. Der Vorwurf beziehe sich auf Aktivitäten in den Sozialen Medien, heißt es in einer Erklärung des Bistums.

Nach Rücksprache mit Bischof Franz Jung habe Generalvikar Thomas Keßler den Pfarrer mit sofortiger Wirkung von seinen priesterlichen Aufgaben beurlaubt, bis die Vorwürfe geklärt seien.

Archive information sheds light on clergy accused in sexual abuse

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
Youngstown Vindicator

By Cristen Manion

October 31, 2018

The Youngstown Diocese released a list of priests who have been removed from their ministries over what the diocese calls credible allegations of sexual abuse spanning 75 years.

Bishop George Murry of the diocese announced Tuesday that 31 men have been found to have had credible inappropriate incidents. A number of them are deceased.

Our print partner, The Vindicator, combed through their archives to find information on where the ten living priests served

The Youngstown Diocese released a list of priests who have been removed from their ministries over what the diocese calls credible allegations of sexual abuse spanning 75 years.

Bishop George Murry of the diocese announced Tuesday that 31 men have been found to have had credible inappropriate incidents. A number of them are deceased.

Our print partner, The Vindicator, combed through their archives to find information on where the ten living priests served

Bridgeport Diocese Says It Has Paid Out $52 Million in Priest Sex-Abuse Settlements Since 1953

HARTFORD (CT)
Hartford Courant

October 31, 2018

By Dave Altimari

The Diocese of Bridgeport said Wednesday it has paid $52.5 million to settle 156 allegations of priest sexual abuse since 1953 and that it is still paying eight priests who abused children.

It is the first time that the diocese has given an overview of how much the priest-abuse scandal has cost. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano had promised to give a financial accounting in a letter to parishioners in September.

The diocese has hired former state Superior Court Judge Robert Holzberg to report on how it has handled allegations of sexual abuse. His report is due in the spring.

The diocese has been criticized for keeping secret many of the claims against its priests and for protecting priests who faced multiple abuse claims. One of its most notorious priests, Laurence Brett, fled the country and hid for years, while others were moved to other churches in the diocese with impunity. Former Bishop Edward R. Egan once said in a deposition that sexual abuse by clergy "happen in such small numbers.”

Bishop blasts whistleblower who copied sex misconduct files

BUFFALO (NY)
Associated Press

By Carolyn Thompson

October 31, 2018

Reacting to a whistleblower's calls for Bishop Richard Malone to resign over his response to clergy sexual misconduct, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo called her statements "embarrassingly contradictory" and released glowing emails about Malone that she sent while she was an employee.

Malone was "stunned and dismayed" by statements made by his former executive assistant, Siobhan O'Connor, at a news conference Tuesday, the diocese said in a statement just before midnight. It said O'Connor's critical comments contradict what she told Malone when she worked for him and after she left.

"In truly countless ways you have inspired and edified me. I am the better for having known and worked with you," O'Connor wrote Aug. 21, shortly before leaving her job, the diocese said. The next day, WKBW-TV aired a damning story about Malone based on classified material secretly provided by O'Connor.

On Wednesday, she called the bishop's response "needless deflection."

"The documents under discussion should not be my emails to Bishop Malone," O'Connor said in a statement through her Boston attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, who represents victims of clergy abuse.

Malone has resisted widespread calls to step down amid reports that he allowed an accused priest to continue to minister and excluded dozens of others from a list released publicly this year of problematic priests. O'Connor copied and leaked confidential files that included emails between Malone and diocesan attorneys and a 2015 letter of recommendation from Malone for a previously suspended priest who was seeking appointment as a cruise ship chaplain.

"Her prior, written communications to the Bishop demonstrate her complete admiration for the Bishop and his efforts to lead the Diocese," the diocese's statement read. "Her comments now are plainly and embarrassingly contradictory."

Blaming and smearing gay men as cause for pedophile priest problem

UNITED STATES
The Slowly Boiled Frog

October 30, 2018

Dorothy Cummings McLean, a prolific Catholic writer from Scotland, is very upset. She is dismayed to note: Jesuit-run America mag runs article denying link between homosexuality and clergy sex abuse. I give her some credit for a proper explanation:
The Jesuit-run publication America has carried an article by a professor-psychologist who claims that homosexuality is not the "root cause" of clerical sexual abuse. The photo accompanying the article contained an angel with a rainbow in the background.

Dr. Thomas G. Plante, a professor of psychology at the Jesuit Santa Clara University and an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine, had his article published on October 22 in which he states that sexual orientation is “simply” not a factor in the clerical sex-abuse of minors.

Bridgeport Diocese Shares Names of Accused Priests and Financial Data of Settlements on Church Sex Abuse Claims

WEST HARTFORD (CT)
WVIT TV

October 31, 2018

The Diocese of Bridgeport is taking steps to deal with the fall-out from allegations of the sexual abuse of minors and it has launched a website to share what the diocese is doing to protect minors and information learned from an investigation.

As the Diocese of Bridgeport takes steps to deal with the fall-out from allegations of the sexual abuse of minors it has launched a website to share what the diocese is doing to protect minors and information learned from an investigation and released financial details on the $52.5 million it has paid to settle 156 abuse claims since 1953.

“Many words have been said regarding the crime of sexual abuse of minors and the scandals that these crimes have produced, words that are needed to express our grief, anger, and confusion. However, words alone are insufficient. The time for further action has come,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said in a statement posted on the website.

The website includes a list of accused clerics who served in the Diocese of Bridgeport as well as the full financial report of settlement amounts for past claims. The Diocese says the website will be updated continuously.

“The Diocese of Bridgeport can never fully make right the suffering of victims and the sins of the past, but we are committed to bringing healing and reconciliation to all those affected by the crisis and to rebuild trust through many of the spiritual and administrative measures described in these pages,” Caggiano wrote.

On the Responsibility of Proper Reporting on Sexual Abuse

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 31, 2018

Reporters have a tough job. They need to churn out content quickly, accurately, and often on several different subjects over the course of the day. Reporters also have a powerful job in that their writing can affect the way people think about issues of the day and the way readers talk about those issues, whether gathering around the water cooler or dinner table.

But as the famous quote goes, “with great power comes great responsibility.”

Some recent reporting around a case of sexual abuse in Ohio has brought up an example of a subtle – yet pernicious – error in reporting. In this case, a priest in the Diocese of Steubenville spent years grooming and sexually abusing a young girl. The sexual abuse was revealed when the victim, now 17, became pregnant. Yet several articles on the subject have instead referred to this case as “a relationship” that “lasted three years.”

Juzgado de Garantía admitió a trámite querella contra cardenal Errázuriz por falso testimonio

[Chilean Court receives formal criminal complaint against Cardinal Errázuriz for false testimony in abuse and cover-up case]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 30, 2018

La acción judicial fue presentada por el abogado Juan Pablo Hermosilla un día después que la Corte de Apelaciones llamara a los denunciantes de Karadima y al Arzobispado de Santiago a una conciliación, consignó El Dínamo. En el texto, se acusa a Errázuriz como "autor del delito de falso testimonio, en grado de consumado, previsto y sancionado en el artículo 209 del Código Penal".

El Octavo Juzgado de Garantía de Santiago admitió a trámite la querella criminal que presentaron los denunciantes de Fernando Karadima contra el cardenal Francisco Javier Errázuriz.

El silencio que pesa sobre los abusos en la Compañía de Jesús

[The silence that weighs on abuses in the Society of Jesus]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 31, 2018

By Alejandra Carmona López

Las últimas declaraciones de Marcelo Gidi aparecieron en días agitados para los jesuitas, porque hace dos semanas la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe les ordenó abrir un proceso contra el sacerdote Jaime Guzmán Astaburuaga, por denuncias de abusos a menores, y eso puso inevitablemente el foco sobre una de las comunidades eclesiásticas de las que menos se había hablado públicamente, hasta ahora, en este contexto de crisis que atraviesa la Iglesia católica. Las víctimas acusan indolencia cada vez que golpearon las puertas para denunciar a sacerdotes.

Ezzati tiene que aclarar toda su participación en todo lo que se le imputa, porque mientras no se aclare eso, las pedidas de perdón de él no tienen llegada, no son acogidas por nadie”, dijo Marcelo Gidi, el respetado sacerdote de la Compañía de Jesús, el fin de semana en la revista Sábado. Sus palabras causaron felicidad entre quienes pedían más sacerdotes como él en redes sociales, pero también provocaron incomprensión entre aquellos que han golpeado –sin resultados– las puertas de los jesuitas para relatar los abusos a que fueron sometidos.

Defensora de la Niñez por casos de abusos en la iglesia: "Los seguimos de cerca, pueden sentar un precedente"

VIDEO

[Ombudsman for Children, Patricia Muñoz, discusses abuses of minors by Catholic clergy: "We follow closely, can set a precedent"]

CHILE
Emol TV

October 31, 2018

La Defensora de la Niñez, Patricia Muñoz, se refirió a las causas que lleva el ministerio público ante abusos a menores por parte de sacerdotes en la iglesia católica. La entrevista completa la puedes revisar en el siguiente link

Entrevista completa

Abusos Sexuales en la Iglesia Española: “Si quieres una compensación económica, pídela y veremos”

["If you want financial compensation, ask for it and we will see:" recordings of Salamanca Bishop illustrate how Church tried to to silence victims and delay accusations]

SALAMANCA, SPAIN
El País

October 29, 2018

By Íñigo Domínguez and Julio Núñez

EL PAÍS accede a unas grabaciones al obispo de Salamanca, que ilustran las tretas de la Iglesia para acallar a las víctimas y dilatar las denuncias

La Iglesia católica presenta el proceso canónico como un arma idónea y estricta para actuar contra los abusos sexuales sobre menores, pero la experiencia de algunas víctimas que han pasado por ello es muy distinta. Además de que el máximo castigo es la expulsión del estado clerical, lo describen como un procedimiento opaco, distinto en cada caso y que cada obispo lleva como le parece, del que llegan a saber muy poco y en el que al final también se sienten engañados. Cuanto termina no tienen ni un papel, aunque tendrían derecho a ello. El sacerdote acusado puede recurrir la decisión, pero a la víctima se le ponen trabas. Y lo normal es que no reciban una compensación económica. Es más, el dinero se puede convertir en un arma de presión. Primero, para que las víctimas guarden silencio y, después, para echarles en cara que solo buscaban un beneficio económico.

Lismore pedophile priest sentenced

AUSTRALIA
Echo Net Daily

October 31, 2018

A Catholic priest formerly attached to the Lismore diocese has been jailed for four years and 10 months on charges of having sexually abused two teenage boys who stayed with him at the church house in Mallanganee in the 1980s.

The allegations against John Patrick Casey, 70, included performing oral sex on one of the boys, masturbating in the boy’s presence, and digitally penetrating the other boy’s anus.

Casey denied all the charges.

The jury found him guilty of sexual assault (category three) of a person under the age of 16 years, sexual assault (category four), indecent act with a person under 16.

La Iglesia admite situaciones “terribles y repugnantes” en su seno pero las califica de “puntuales”

[The Church admits "terrible and disgusting" situations within but describes them as isolated]

MADRID, SPAIN
El País

October 30, 2018

El responsable de Asuntos Económicos de la Conferencia Episcopal Española (CEE), Fernando Giménez Barriocanal, defiende que “el rostro real de la Iglesia es el de los que dan su vida por los más necesitados”

El responsable de Asuntos Económicos de la Conferencia Episcopal Española (CEE), Fernando Giménez Barriocanal, ha admitido que se han producido situaciones "terribles puntuales, que causan estupor" y "repugnancia" en su seno, pero ha asegurado que el rostro real de la Iglesia no es ese.

Whistleblower "Willing to Do What It Takes'" to Stop Abuse

BUFFALO (NY)
Spectrum Local News

October 31, 2018

By Mark Goshgarian

A former employee of the Diocese of Buffalo revealed Tuesday why she blew the whistle on Bishop Richard Malone and the church abuse scandal.

Siobhan O’Connor started her comments with a prayer.

"By your infinite mercy, you bring great comfort and consolation to all those who've suffered abuse from clergy."

O'Connor had worked at the Diocese offices for three years as an administrative secretary. She decided to serve as a whistleblower after people who say priests abused them as children started to come forward.

"If you'd ever told me in the beginning, back in July and August, that I would have to go on national television, I might have hesitated, because it's very overwhelming," she said.

Orchard Park Pastor says it's time for Malone to step down

ORCHARD PARK (NY)
WIVB

October 30, 2018

By Jenn Schanz

Father Paul Seil told News 4 recent revelations about the Buffalo Diocese's handling of alleged clergy sex abuse is disturbing and sad.

He said he's heartbroken to say it, but believes Bishop Richard Malone should step down.

Seil is the pastor at Saint Bernadette's in Orchard Park.

He said the Church's handling of clergy sex abuse allegations has affected his own congregation; several families have left his parish over how Church leadership responded to abuse claims.

Following a 60 Minutes report on the Malone's alleged covering up of abuse, Seil called the Bishop's former executive assistant Siobhan O'Connor and fellow priest Father Robert Zilliox, both featured in the report, "heroes."

WATCH: Former secretary to Bishop Malone speaks in Buffalo

BUFFALO (NY)
WIVB/News 4 Staff

October 30, 2018

Siobhan O'Connor has been called the "whistleblower" who leaked secret records from the Diocese of Buffalo.

60 Minutes says those documents reveal that for years, Bishop Malone allowed priests accused of sexual assault, such as statutory rape and groping, to stay on the job.

On Tuesday, she joined survivors of sexual abuse in Buffalo and shared why she decided she needed to expose this information to the community.

Buffalo Catholic Diocese whistleblower: 'I was willing to do whatever it took to get this story out'

BUFFALO (NY)
WGRZ

October 30, 2018

Siobhan O'Connor held a news conference outside the Buffalo Diocese headquarters on Main Street in Buffalo.

The whistleblower who says Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone knew about sexual abuse allegations against priests and did nothing, held a news conference Tuesday morning to talk about why she stepped forward.

Siobhan O'Connor, answered questions from the local media about why she finally came forward. O'Connor, is the former executive assistant to Bishop Malone, and has leaked records to the media from the Diocese of Buffalo.

She says she is cooperating with authorities.

Former Assistant to Bishop Malone, Siobhan O'Connor, Speaks Out

BUFFALO (NY)
WBEN

October 30, 2018

By Brendan Keany

"I tried to do what I could from the inside, and I couldn't"

There is now even more pressure on Bishop Richard Malone and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo after a former executive assistant to Malone spoke with "60 Minutes," detailing the bishop's inaction regarding the widespread reports of clergy sexual abuse.

Siobhan O'Connor spoke to local media today following her national appearance on Sunday, and she says that going to the media was the only way to see tangible change.

"I tried to do what I could from the inside, and I couldn't," said O'Connor. "I knew that this was the way that action would be taken. So, going to that national platform, I thought was important, because I believe that our diocese is not alone in this crisis."

What's next for Bishop Richard Malone?

BUFFALO NY)
WKBW TV

October 29, 2018

Charlie Specht explains what's next for the Buffalo Bishop after a woman comes forward exposing mishandling sex abuse claims in the Catholic church.

Buffalo diocese whistleblower's attorney calls on Pope Francis to instruct Bishop Malone to resign

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

October 30, 2018

In a Tuesday morning news conference, the attorney for Catholic Diocese of Buffalo whistleblower Siobhan O'Connor called on Pope Francis to instruct Bishop Malone to resign.

O'Connor said, "I also want people to understand that this is truly happening, and we have to stand up and fight for the soul of our church."

O'Connor was joined by her attorney, Mitch Garabedian, and survivor advocates Bob Hoatson and Jim Faluszczak. In addition to O'Connor's private push for change in the diocese, the three men have publicly put pressure on diocesan leaders for several months.

Alan Pergament: '60 Minutes' report on sex abuse allegations in Buffalo Diocese is powerful

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

October 29, 2018

By Alan Pergament

If Buffalo's Bishop Richard J. Malone thought silence is the way to treat the prestigious CBS news magazine “60 Minutes,” he was sadly mistaken.

The “60 Minutes” story Sunday about the alleged sexual abuse by priests in the Buffalo Diocese over decades was as powerful as could be and even more.

CBS correspondent Bill Whitaker did a great job, calmly doing the interviews with whistleblower Siobhan O’Connor, Deacon Paul Snyder III and the Rev. Robert Zilliox.

And the three people being interviewed were exceptional detailing their stories, their motivation for coming forward and the outrage that resulted from the revelations.

Their stories were so powerful they practically demanded answers from the Buffalo bishop.

Buffalo Diocesan Protocols for Addressing Abuse Claims Scrutinized by ’60 Minutes’

BUFFALO (NY)
CNS

October 30, 2018

How the Diocese of Buffalo handles cases of priests suspected of abuse was the subject of a report Oct. 28 by the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” which talked to a woman who leaked diocesan files on those priests to a local TV station.

“60 Minutes” also interviewed a priest who resigned his role as a counselor to Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo citing lack of action by the bishop, and spoke to a permanent deacon who has called on the bishop to resign.

Bishop Malone “respectfully” declined a request by “60 Minutes” for an on-camera interview and sent the program a statement that said in part: “We continue to reach out to victims, remove clergy with substantiated allegations from ministry and cooperate with federal and state investigations.”

Acknowledging the show was free to interview “whomever they wish for this story,” he said: “It is clear to me and my staff that your roster of interviews did not include those who are aware of the full extent of the efforts of our diocese to combat child abuse.” Bishop Malone’s statement added, “Nor does it include those who urge me every day to stay the course and restore the confidence of our faithful.”

Buffalo bishop's former secretary gave church documents to FBI

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

October 30, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

The former Buffalo Diocese employee who leaked clergy sex abuse documents to a local television station has recently turned over to the FBI some of those documents.

Siobhan O'Connor said she gave "the most pertinent documents I had" to FBI agents about two weeks ago and answered whatever questions they had.

"I knew that law enforcement needed to step in," O'Connor said in an interview Tuesday. "I want people to be as much at ease as possible that the authorities have the proper information. My goal always was to go to law enforcement."

She declined to comment further on what information the FBI agents sought.

At a news conference outside the diocese headquarters where she had worked for three years, O'Connor said Bishop Richard J. Malone and Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz should resign over their handling of the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

Catholic Church set to be sued by dozens of victims of clerical abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Age

October 30, 2018

By Cameron Houston & Tammy Mills

The Catholic Church is about to be inundated with Supreme Court writs from Victorian survivors of clerical abuse who previously received modest ex gratia payments and will now attempt to sue the church for further compensation.

At least four Melbourne law firms have been briefed by dozens of victims seeking to challenge the validity of church settlements on the basis that payments were manifestly inadequate for the long-term suffering inflicted by paedophile priests.

Former Catholic priest abused 36 children including five-year-old girl, court hears

AUSTRALIA
The Age

October 29, 2018

By Angus Thompson

A former Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing 36 children over more than 20 years took over the running of a homeless shelter after pleading guilty to separate abuses, a court has heard.

David Joseph Perrett, 81, was refused bail by a NSW Supreme Court judge on Monday following fresh charges being laid in a case that has so far seen 115 alleged counts of sexual abuse levelled against the retired clergyman.

Dead priest is named in the abuse of an altar boy

ALBUQUERQUE (NM)
The Albuquerque Journal

October 30, 2018

By Colleen Heild

Yet another lawsuit alleging Catholic priest abuse of an altar boy has been filed against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, but the alleged abuser wasn’t on a list of credibly accused priests released by church authorities more than a year ago.

The alleged victim, who lives out of state, hadn’t disclosed the abuse that occurred in the 1970s in Peralta, south of Albuquerque, until he sought professional help this year for what seemed to be an unrelated issue, according to a recent lawsuit filed in state District Court in Albuquerque.

See 16 names, bios of New Orleans clergy linked to sex abuse scandal; full list nears daylight

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The New Orleans Advocate

October 30, 2018

By Ramon Antonio Vargas and Matt Sledge

Archbishop Gregory Aymond has said he will soon release the names of clergy who, in the last 50 years, were removed from ministry after accusations that they sexually abused minors were deemed credible. Many of the allegations surfaced publicly in recent years, particularly after 2002 when the sex-abuse scandal in Boston caused the Catholic church to reform how it dealt with victims.

Below are 16 priests and deacons who either admitted to the sex abuse allegations made against them, left the ministry on their own after being accused, or were removed from ministry. Based on information from media reports, other documents, and the website bishop-accountability.org, each appears to meet the criteria outlined by Aymond for inclusion on the list, though it's possible that some may be excluded.

Any clergy accused of sexually abusing a minor could seek to clear his name through a secret church tribunal, a process whose outcome is hardly ever known.

In alphabetical order:

Second Priest Pleads Guilty to Abuse in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (PA)
The Legal Examiner

October 30, 2018

By Eric T. Chaffin

When a Pennsylvania grand jury investigated decades of alleged Catholic clergy abuse in Pennsylvania, they found records indicating that over 1,000 children had been sexually abused by over 300 “predator priests.” Unfortunately, most instances of abuse were too old to be prosecuted, but the jury did issue presentments against two priests that had been allegedly sexually assaulting children within the last decade.

Now, one of those priests has pled guilty to the sexual abuse of two boys. After the grand jury report came out, Rev. David Lee Poulson of Oil City was charged with abusing an altar boy and attempting to assault another boy at a hunting camp. The priest pled guilty to corruption of minors and child endangerment.

By revealing clergy sex abuse list, Archdiocese of New Orleans to publicly reckon with crisis

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The New Orleans Advocate

October 30, 2018

By John Simerman

There may be names on the list that sicken New Orleans-area Catholics, exposing once-revered men of the cloth as child predators based on allegations that never saw daylight.

The sordid histories of about 16 other clerics should be familiar to many, though, having been revealed in previous eruptions of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal by the diocese itself — or in spite of its silence.

California Launches Investigation into Catholic Clergy Abuse

SANTA CRUZ (CA)
Good Times

October 20, 2018

By Jennifer Wadsworth

As San Jose Bishop names names, some fear known abusers left out

It took decades for Joey Piscitelli to come forward with his story of abuse and another three years after that to take his accused rapist, Father Stephen Whelan, to court. But the Salesians of Don Bosco—the Catholic order that employed Whelan at a Bay Area all-boys high school where he was said to have assaulted Piscitelli from 1969 to 1971—treated the allegations as a joke.

In closing arguments during a 2006 jury trial, the Salesians compared Piscitelli to James Frey, the author who famously tried to pass off his novel A Million Little Pieces as a gritty addiction memoir. The defense produced a short video, which showed a mock book cover titled My Story of Abuse by Joey Piscitelli before flashing the word “fiction” in big, bold letters across the screen.

“They just made a mockery out of it,” Piscitelli, a 63-year-old East Bay resident, recalls. “Their lead attorney would laugh at me.”

Though he ultimately won two appeals and a $600,000 judgment, it wasn’t until a dozen years later—at 2 p.m. on Sept. 26—that he felt a measure of vindication.

That was the day last month when high-ranking officials from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office, in response to a Sept. 8 letter from Piscitelli, summoned him, two fellow Bay Area members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests—known as SNAP—and two from bishop-accountability.org to a 20th-floor conference room in a secure building on Harrison Street in downtown Oakland.

UPDATE | Murry: 34 on Y'town sex abuse list

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
The Vindicator

30, 2018

Catholic leaders today released a list of names of 34 priests connected to the Youngstown diocese priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse.

The Most Rev. George Murry, the Youngstown diocese bishop, told media during a news conference today that the diocese regrets that what amounts to 3 percent of priests who acted "inappropriately."

Murry said this morning it is important for the diocese to acknowledge and apologize to victims of sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

"We have to do something to ensure, always, that children are protected," Bishop Murry said.

"Our promise to our people is that this doesn't happen again. We're putting this list out to clear the debt and be open and honest," Bishop Murry said.

October 30, 2018

Abusos Sexuales en la Iglesia Española: “El Obispado de Segorbe-Castellón silenció los abusos que sufrí”

[Sexual Abuse in the Spanish Church: "The Diocese of Segorbe-Castellón silenced the abuses I suffered"]

ARTANA, SPAIN
El País

October 28, 2018

By Oriol Güell

El sacerdote fue cambiado de parroquia en secreto y se le prohibió regresar a Artana, aunque la víctima nunca fue informada

La parroquia de Artana (Castellón), con 2.000 habitantes y un profundo arraigo religioso, oculta una página negra de abusos que Manuel Vilar Herrero saca ahora a la luz. “Fui víctima del cura”, resume este hombre de 50 años. “Empezaba con caricias y besos en el cuello. Luego seguía tocándote el culo y los genitales. Notabas cómo se iba excitando. Acababa restregándose contra ti, sin desvestirse, hasta que eyaculaba entre pequeñas convulsiones”.

Abusos Sexuales en la Iglesia Española: "Me advirtió de que si lo contaba, me suspendería, me enviaría a un internado”

[Sexual Abuse in the Spanish Church: "He warned me that if I told, he would suspend me, send me to a boarding school"]

CADIZ, SPAIN
El País

October 28, 2018

By Joaquín Gil

Los Salesianos mantienen al sacerdote López Luna, investigado por abusar de un joven

Los Salesianos mantienen a un cura investigado por abusar en 2013 de un joven de 13 años. El sacerdote Francisco Javier López Luna dispone de un despacho en las oficinas del Centro Nacional de Pastoral Juvenil de esta congregación en el número 164 de la calle Alcalá de Madrid, según ha comprobado EL PAÍS.

Abusos Sexuales en la Iglesia Española: “Siempre está aquí, siempre está en mi mente”

[Sexual Abuse in the Spanish Church: "It's always here, it's always in my mind"]

SPAIN
El País

October 28, 2018

By Julio Núñez

Leopoldo Martín, de 80 años, narra los abusos que sufrió en un internado religioso hace más de 70 años

Más de 70 años después, Leopoldo Martín, madrileño de 80 años, aún recuerda las tres pesetas que le condenaron a vivir un año en un colegio de curas vallisoletano que le marcaría para siempre: abusos sexuales, maltrato físico y, debido a una mala alimentación, una enfermedad —el latirismo— que le ocasionó una pronunciada cojera de por vida. Por aquel entonces, mediados de los años cuarenta, la pobreza en la que vivía junto a su madre viuda y con cinco hijos llevó a Martín a vivir en un internado de Madrid. “Entré con siete años. Yo era el que me encargaba de hacerle todas las mañanas la cama al auxiliar”. Cierto día, cuenta, le pegaron una paliza porque de aquella habitación habían desaparecido tres pesetas. “Me pusieron el cuerpo morado y me dijeron: 'Leopoldo, si mañana no aparecen las tres pesetas te matamos'. Yo me escapé, con tan mala suerte de que me pillaron y, como castigo, me mandaron a un internado en Valladolid”.

Abusos Sexuales en la Iglesia Española: Las víctimas rompen el silencio de la Iglesia

[Church victims break the silence: More than 100 people tell El País about clergy abuses that had been secret until now]

MADRID, SPAIN
El País

October 28, 2018

Más de un centenar de personas cuentan a EL PAÍS el relato de los abusos que sufrieron supuestamente a manos de curas y que hasta ahora permanecían ocultos

Más de un centenar de personas, supuestas víctimas de abusos sexuales en parroquias y colegios religiosos en distintas épocas —desde la década de los años cuarenta hasta los últimos años—, han trasladado por escrito a EL PAÍS su drama, oculto hasta ahora. Algunas de esas supuestas víctimas han dejado un testimonio grabado de su denuncia para este reportaje. "La impotencia, la rabia, la angustia y mi dolor siguen vivos", cuenta una de las víctimas. "Yo era un ser extremadamente vulnerable. El profesor se pasó aquel verano metiéndonos mano a mí y a otros pocos alumnos suspensos. He compartido los recuerdos con mi familia y amigos…", señala otro. "La rabia me dura 53 años después; sufrí los abusos de un cura, y sé que no fui el único".

Abusos Sexuales en la Iglesia Española: “Era director del colegio y abusaba de mí en la secretaría”

[Sexual Abuse in the Spanish Church: "He was director of the school and abused me in the secretariat"]

SALAMANCA, SPAIN
El País

October 28, 2018

By Íñigo Domínguez and Amaya Iríbar

Teresa Conde relata los abusos que sufrió siendo menor, durante dos años, de un religioso de los Trinitarios de Salamanca

Teresa Conde, una profesora de 52 años, tardó 25 en contárselo a sus padres, en 2007. Y le ha costado 11 más ponerlo por primera vez por escrito en el mensaje que ha enviado a este periódico, para denunciar los abusos sexuales que afirma haber sufrido, cuando era menor, por parte de un religioso de los Trinitarios de Salamanca. Ahora, tras una vida en terapia, pensando en el suicidio “todos los días de mi vida”, y cuando ya es capaz de contarlo, lo cuenta: asegura que el fraile Domingo Ciordia Azcona, que en 1980 tenía 45 años, abusó de ella durante más de dos años, desde que ella tenía 14 hasta los 16. De primero a tercero de BUP. El religioso acusado falleció en 2016 en un accidente de tráfico.

Abusos Sexuales en la Iglesia Española: “El arzobispo de Oviedo me dijo que era mi palabra contra la suya”

[Sexual Abuse in the Spanish Church: "The archbishop of Oviedo told me it was my word against his"]

MADRID, SPAIN
El País

October 28, 2018

By Julio Núñez

Una víctima de abusos sexuales por un sacerdote relata la pasividad de la Iglesia cuando denunció su caso

V.C., una víctima asturiana de 36 años, calló hasta 2015, cuando al fin se sintió preparada para denunciar al sacerdote que había abusado sexualmente de ella desde los seis hasta los 13 años en Villaviciosa (Asturias). De su puño y letra escribió una carta al arzobispo de Oviedo, Jesús Sanz Montes, donde le narraba los hechos y las terribles secuelas que le habían provocado. Cuando se reunió con él en la diócesis asturiana, Sanz, con la misiva en la mano, le comentó que no se podía hacer nada. “Me dijo que era mi palabra contra la suya, que le habían apartado unos años antes de mi denuncia por otros asuntos y que estaba bajo vigilancia”, relata ella. El obispo no la “invitó” a que lo denunciase ante la justicia, como marca desde 2010 el protocolo contra los abusos de la Conferencia Episcopal Española, y tampoco abrió un proceso eclesiástico contra dicho sacerdote.

The Diocese of Youngstown Releases Names of Accused Priests

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 30, 2018

The Diocese of Youngstown publicly named 31 priests that have been removed from their duties due to “credible” allegations of sexual abuse.

In a news release, Bishop George Murray clarified that a “credible” allegation is one “that, after a thorough investigation and review of available information, appears more likely true than not in the judgment of the Diocesan Review Board, and is accepted as credible by the bishop.” While we’re glad that church officials have taken this first step, we believe that they must take two other steps immediately to show that they are being fully open and honest about the extent of abuse in their diocese.

First, Bishop Murray and other officials in Ohio should urge an independent investigation by their attorney general to dig into diocesan records and do a full review of all personnel files and abuse records. Only independent law enforcement professionals can truly determine when an allegation is “credible” or not, especially given that we have seen church officials deem accusations not credible only to be proven horribly wrong later.

Bishop's former assistant talks about decision to share confidential documents

BUFFALO (NY)
WBFO Radio

October 30, 2018

By Michael Mroziak

The woman who formerly worked as the executive assistant to Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Malone stood on a sidewalk across the street from her former workplace Tuesday morning, explaining her decision to secretly share private diocesan documents regarding clergy linked to alleged sexual misconduct. It was Siobhan O'Connor's first local appearance since her story aired on national news programs including CBS's 60 Minutes.

O'Connor worked directly under Bishop Malone in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo's headquarters on Main Street from 2015 until August of this year, when she resigned her position. Before leaving her job, she had secretly gathered copies of confidential documents regarding the church's sex abuse scandal and forwarded them to WKBW-TV investigative reporter Charlie Specht. She later appeared on 60 Minutes and interviewed with other national news outlets.

After being introduced in Buffalo by other speakers, including her attorney, O'Connor opened her own remarks with a prayer. She then pointed to her former employer's offices across the street, noting that a fourth floor conference room window provided an unobstructed view of the corner where she was now standing. It's the same corner where others, starting with Michael Whalen in February 2018, shared tales of sexual abuse by clergy.

Envían a Roma antecedentes de sacerdote penquista investigado por violación

[Rome receives records in case of Penquista priest investigated for rape]

CHILE
BIoBioChile

October 29, 2018

By Alejandra Soto

La Congregación de la Doctrina de la Fe en Roma recibió los antecedentes de la denuncia en contra del sacerdote penquista Hernán Enríquez, acusado por el delito de violación a un menor en 2002.

Obispo Santiago Silva: “No tengo nada que ocultar”

[Bishop Santiago Silva: "I have nothing to hide"]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 29, 2018

By Paola Moreno

El presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal declaró cinco horas ante la fiscalía de Rancagua.

Por más de cinco horas declaró este lunes, en calidad de imputado, el presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal, obispo Santiago Silva, por un eventual encubrimiento de delitos sexuales al interior de la Iglesia Católica.

King's University land buy will help Catholic church pay sex abuse debt

LONDON (ONTARIO, CANADA)
The London Free Press

October 30, 2018

By Jonathan Juha

A Catholic affiliate of Western University is doubling its campus size, acquiring lands from the area diocese in London in a deal that will help to restore a nearby seminary and pay off debts including from clergy sex-absue lawsuits.

The deal will see King’s University College take over 7.3 hectares of land east of Waterloo Street and north of Huron Street near St. Peter’s Seminary, a large green space many area residents think of as parkland.

The land transfer from the Diocese of London, announced Monday, negates the prospect of commercial development on the land, which a school official said wouldn’t fit with the neighbourhood, in favour of future educational use and green space, a move the area’s city councillor applauded.

Opinion: Independent for AG fights for rule of law, not politics

DETROIT (MI)
The Detroit News

October 29, 2018

By Chris Graveline

For the first time since 1988, Michigan voters will have the chance to elect an independent candidate for a statewide office. My name is Chris Graveline and I am running as a political moderate for a position that should be non-partisan, Michigan attorney general. Unlike the major party candidates, I can be truly independent since I have not sought nor will I accept any issue-advocacy PAC money or endorsements during this campaign.

The attorney general is Michigan’s top lawyer and its chief law enforcement officer. It is a position that demands fairness and impartiality. Unfortunately, both major parties have targeted the position of state attorney general around the country as a means to advance their policy arguments through lawsuit.

For example, Attorney General Bill Schuette repeatedly sued the Obama administration challenging its implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Similarly, the current Democratic nominee, Dana Nessel, has stated that she intends to “sue the Trump administration, all day, every day.” The parties want to transform this public office into their own law firm. This practice needs to end. There is too much work to do on behalf of Michigan’s citizens to allow it to continue.

Before initiating or joining a lawsuit on behalf of the people of Michigan, the attorney general should consider certain principles enunciated by Frank J. Kelley: (1) will the suit establish sound legal precedent; (2) will the suit affect many people and is not just of a localized interest; and (3) is the AG office legally authorized to get involved by statute or state constitution.

Lawsuit dropped that alleged sex abuse in Wenatchee Mormon church fostercare

WENATCHEE (WA)
Fiber One

October 29, 2018

By Jefferson Robbins

A civil suit accusing the Mormon church of allowing Indian children to be sexually abused in church-managed foster care in Wenatchee was dismissed last week after the case fell dormant.

Chelan County Superior Court Judge Kristin Ferrera dismissed the case Friday on a motion from County Clerk Kim Morrison, who noted that no further motions had been filed since Coeur d’Alene attorney Craig Vernon brought the suit in August 2017. Such motions and dismissals are common if parties to a civil case do not pursue it in court.

The Chelan County case was the last of about a dozen filed by Vernon’s law firm on behalf of sexual abuse survivors, most from the Navajo Nation or the Crow Tribe of Montana, against the LDS Church over the last three years. Most have since settled or reached out-of-court agreements. Vernon could not be reached for comment Monday morning.

Vernon’s lawsuit claimed the victim, a Crow tribal member who was not identified by name, was abused in the care of a Wenatchee family that fostered her under the now-discontinued Indian Placement Program. That program, carried out by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, removed children from American Indian communities and placed them in the foster care of white Mormon families between the 1950s and the mid-1990s.

Little Rock Diocese Receives 26 More Clergy Abuse Reports

LITTLE ROCK (AR)
The Associated Press

October 25, 2018

The Catholic Diocese of Little Rock says it has received 26 more allegations of clergy abuse one month after the diocese released a list of clergy members who have had credible allegations against them of sexually abusing minors.

The Catholic Diocese of Little Rock says it has received 26 more allegations of clergy abuse one month after the diocese released a list of clergy members who have had credible allegations against them of sexually abusing minors.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the additional complaints in a letter to church members Tuesday. The diocese released a preliminary list in September that identified 12 priests accused of abuse who served in Arkansas.

Taylor wrote that most of the recent allegations were made against priests already listed in last month's report. He says that none of the allegations were against "priests who are currently in active ministry in Arkansas."

Taylor added that the new reports concern events that occurred before 2002.

Questions raised about investigation into clergy sex abuse in PA.

PITTSBURGH (PA)
WTAJ

October 26, 2018

By John Clay

SNAP, the Survivors Network, representing victims of sex abuse at the hands of Catholic priests is interested in a Department of Justice investigation. They are particularly interested in the actions of Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh.

Here's the release from SNAP:

Today it was learned that the U.S. Department of Justice has put every US diocese under notice to not destroy, discard, dispose of, delete, or alter any? documents related to the sexual abuse of children as they investigate ?possible violations of federal law.? The letter, addressed to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is significant because it covers not only the state of Pennsylvania, where the D.O.J. has officially launched a federal probe, but across the entire U.S.

One Pennsylvania bishop likely at the center of the current federal investigation is Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh. Zubik has a long history in Pittsburgh. According to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, as Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar of Clergy under Archbishop Daniel Wuerl, Zubik was involved in covering up child sex abuse.

Zubik was promoted to bishop of the Green Bay diocese in 2003. While in Wisconsin, court records show that Zubik systematically destroyed nearly all criminal evidence of abuse and cover up from that diocese relating to at least 51 known sex offenders. In fact, Zubik?s reissued the order for the shredding the day before the Vatican announced he would leave Green Bay and return to run the Pittsburgh diocese in 2007. At the time SNAP issued a letter for a federal investigation of the document destruction.

Youngstown Diocese issues list of priests ‘credibly’ accused of abuse

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
The Alliance Review

October 30, 2018

Bishop George V. Murry says 31 with roles in church accused; diocese includes churches, Catholic schools in Stark County.

Bishop George V. Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown released a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor and reported to police. Since 1943, there have been 31 out of 1,026 priests or religious leaders accused of behaving inappropriately, Murry said during a news conference Tuesday.

“I am very sorry that the Church has failed to act aggressively to eliminate this evil,” Murry said in a statement from the diocese. “I humbly ask forgiveness from the victims and their families for the grave mistakes the Church has made.”

A credible accusation is one against a priest or deacon that, after thorough investigation and review of information, appears more likely true than not in the judgment of the Diocesan Review Board and is accepted as credible by the bishop.

Jesuit-run America mag runs article denying link between homosexuality and clergy sex abuse

NEW YORK (NY)
LifeSiteNews

October 29, 2018

By Dorothy Cummings McLean

The Jesuit-run publication America has carried an article by a professor-psychologist who claims that homosexuality is not the "root cause" of clerical sexual abuse. The photo accompanying the article contained an angel with a rainbow in the background.

Dr. Thomas G. Plante, a professor of psychology at the Jesuit Santa Clara University and an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine, had his article published on October 22 in which he states that sexual orientation is “simply” not a factor in the clerical sex-abuse of minors.

“Many people believe that homosexuality is the root cause of sexual abuse by clergy in the Catholic Church since about 80 percent of the known victims have been male,” he wrote.

Whistleblower says bishop knew of sexual abuse allegations, but did nothing

UNITED STATES
CBS News/60 Minutes

October 28, 2018

By Bill Whitaker

For the first time on television, the former executive assistant to Buffalo's Bishop Richard Malone explains why she decided to speak out against the bishop for not taking action against priests accused of sexual abuse

The Roman Catholic Church is facing its biggest crisis in the United States since the Boston sex abuse scandal 16 years ago. 13 states are now investigating whether abuse was concealed by church leaders, including bishops who head each diocese. We have learned one place under scrutiny by federal investigators is Buffalo, New York. In August, information about dozens of accused priests was leaked from the diocesan secret archive. What it revealed, infuriated many of Buffalo's 600,000 Catholics. Tonight, you will hear from a priest who will share his direct knowledge about what he has called a cover-up. But first, the anonymous whistleblower who uncovered proof that Bishop Richard Malone withheld the names of dozens of priests accused of abuse.

Abuse Survivors Sue the Vatican in S.F. Court

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
SF Weekly

October 25, 2018

By Joe Kukura

The Catholic priest abuse scandal is back with a vengeance, as victims sue the Vatican and demand names in 3,400 sex abuse cases.

San Francisco has become the new front in childhood sexual abuse survivors taking on the Catholic Church. Two alleged victims filed a lawsuit against the Vatican on Wednesday, the Bay City News reports, demanding that the church “release the names of perpetrators and documents in 3,400 credible cases of childhood sexual abuse worldwide” which they claim the Vatican is sitting on and keeping secret.

None of the abuses alleged in this case took place in San Francisco, but a separate report from the same firm representing these victims does name 135 accused offenders in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Wednesday’s filing does allege numerous abuses at Catholic churches throughout the Bay Area. Plaintiff Kathleen Stonebraker says she was abused at St. Joseph’s Church in Pinole while she was between the ages of 11 and 13, the suit names an additional 18 priests accused of abuse in the Diocese of San Jose and a few other other alleged perpetrators in Santa Clara County.

Bishops to focus on abuse crisis, discernment

WASHINGTON (DC)
Catholic News Service

October 30, 2018

Discussion and voting on concrete measures to address the abuse crisis and a day of spiritual discernment and prayer will top the agenda for the U.S. bishops when they meet Nov. 12-14 for the fall general assembly in Baltimore.

Public sessions of the assembly also will be livestreamed, live tweeted and carried via satellite, according to an Oct. 29 news release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The assembly will begin Nov. 12 with an address by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, as well as remarks by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to the United States.

The body of bishops will then adjourn to an on-site chapel for a full day of spiritual discernment and prayer. This will be followed by a Mass celebrated at the site of the assembly that evening.

In a letter sent Oct. 27 to all U.S. bishops, Cardinal DiNardo asked them to spend seven days before the meeting, from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11, in "intensified" prayer, fasting and reparation to prepare for their general assembly in Baltimore.

Local list of child abuse offenders released by Diocese of Erie

ERIE (PA)
WTAJ

October 29, 2018

By Emma Catalano

The Diocese of Erie released a public disclosure list Monday of people who will not be accepted as employees or volunteers by the Diocese of Erie.

Some of the names on the list may be recognizable as a result of a criminal conviction or other public report. Other names are being disclosed publicly for the first time. Some people on this list cannot be convicted of a crime because of the passage of time, legal technicalities, their present whereabouts or mental state, or other factors.

Every person named on this list was credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children. Such actions could include the use of child pornography, furnishing pornography to minors, corruption of minors, violating a child-protection policy, failure to prevent abuse that they knew to be happening, and, in some cases, direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors.

Local priest reflects on impact of "60 Minutes" story

BUFFALO (NY)
WBFO

October 28, 2018

By Mark Scott

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will be in the national spotlight Sunday night when the CBS news program "60 Minutes" airs a segment on the response to the clergy abuse scandal here.

Siobhan O'Connor, former administrative aide to Bishop Richard Malone, will discuss her release of confidential documents related to the scandal.

"She spoke best when she said her heart is heavy as a whistleblower but her soul is at peace," Seil said.

Listening sessions end with lingering questions

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
Catholic SF

October 28, 2018

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone talking to people after the listening session held Oct. 28 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Belmont. The Archdiocese of San Francisco organized five listening sessions in the wake of the most recent clergy abuse scandals. (Photo by Nicholas Wolfram Smith/Catholic San Francisco)

November 1, 2018
Nicholas Wolfram Smith

Closing out a monthlong series of town hall-style discussions about clergy sex abuse, the Archdiocese of San Francisco held its final listening session Oct. 28 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Belmont. More than 100 people gathered to hear Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone review archdiocesan policies to safeguard children and talk to him about the abuse scandals inundating the church.

The concerns brought to the session, from homosexuality in the clergy to bishop accountability, highlighted local Catholics’ desire to avoid a repeat of the scandals affecting them now. Existential questions for the church, such as how to trust a hierarchy that has seemed to place institutional preservation over pastoral care, were also foremost on several people’s minds.

Burlington Catholic Diocese launches website for abuse victims

BURLINGTON (VT)
WCAX

October 29, 2018

The Burlington Catholic Diocese has launched a new website for victims of clergy abuse.

The announcement came Monday as part of an effort from the diocese to be transparent about how it handles, prevents and responds to child sex abuse.

The diocese calls the abuses of the past "inexcusable" and says it is committed to making sure those things never happen again.

Vatican synod calls for female leaders ‘at all levels,’ avoids using terms ‘LGBT’ or ‘gay’

VATICAN CITY
Religion News Service

October 29, 2018

By David Gibson

A global summit of Catholic bishops on Saturday issued a powerful call for the inclusion of women in decision-making roles in the church “at all levels” and sought to welcome gay people and commit the church to a historic shift on fighting clergy sexual abuse.

But in the wide-ranging final document, approved late Saturday after a series of votes by 249 cardinals and bishops, the synod on young people did not open the door to the ordination of women.

The document, based on deliberations over the past four weeks among bishops and young Catholics, used unusually strong language in advocating on behalf of women, saying integrating women fully into the Catholic Church was “a duty of justice.”

Archbishop Aymond says naming clergy accused of sexual abuse will renew the church: report

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

October 25, 2018

By Kim Chatelain

New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond believes the decision to release the names of clergy credibly accused of abusing minors will lead to a renewal of the Roman Catholic church, the Clarion Herald newspaper reported. Aymond’s statement was part of a question and answer feature published in the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

The archbishop said that, ahead of his decision, he received calls and emails from both those who wanted the names released and those who felt the names should not be made public.

“After much prayer, I believe the just thing is to release the names,” Aymond said in the newspaper’s Q&A. “I was very much concerned that we would be able to do this accurately and completely. In prayer, it became very clear to me that this is the right thing to do in a spirit of justice and transparency.”

Aymond did not say when the names will be released, but noted it will be “sooner rather than later," the Clarion Herald reported. He said a team of staff and outside legal professionals is currently reviewing files to compile the information that will be released.

Attorney General Herring creates clergy abuse hotline

HENRICO (VA)
Henrico Citizen

October 26, 2018

Va. Attorney General Mark Herring

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring today launched the Virginia Clergy Abuse Hotline and www.VirginiaClergyHotline.com as part of an ongoing investigation into whether criminal sexual abuse of children may have occurred in Virginia’s Catholic dioceses, and whether leadership in the dioceses may have covered up or abetted any such crimes.

The hotline and online reporting form are being launched in the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report that documented decades of sexual abuse and cover-up by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania.

“Like so many Americans, I read the grand jury report on clergy abuse in the Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, and I felt sick,” Herring said. “It made me sick to see the extent of the damage done, the efforts to cover it up, and the complicity and enabling that went on by powerful people who should have known better and should have done more to protect vulnerable children.

Erie nuns set up hotline in light of abuse revelation

ERIE (PA)
Go Erie

October 30, 2018

By Ed Palattella

Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania on Monday said the late Sister Mary Carmel Skeabeck sexually abused a student at Villa Maria Academy in the late 1950s.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania have set up a hotline to take calls about child sexual abuse following Monday’s disclosure that a nun was found to have sexually abused a student at Villa Maria Academy in Erie in the late 1950s.

The hotline number is 814-452-8903. Callers can also be directed for counseling by calling the hotline, the sisters said.

Midstate family victimized by clergy abuse hits the road to send senators a message

UNITED STATES
ABC27

October 28, 2018

By Mark Hall

Several members of the Fortney family went on a 600 mile road trip on Saturday morning.

Lara Fortney-McKeever says that an emotional week sparked their travel plans.

"We met with senators face to face, and some said they would support Senate Bill 261 that would allow victims of sexual abuse to take their abusers to court, while others expressed concerns about the constitution," said Fortney-McKeever. "So we decided that we had to do more."

The State Senate didn't bring SB 261 to a vote, so the Fortney sisters took the issue to several district offices of key senators outside of Pittsburg and State College.

Saundra Fortney-Colello says that most of the five offices that they visited were closed, so they did what they could to get their message across.

"We put five things on their doors, said Fortney-Colello, "We sent a message to them on Facebook, and talked to them directly."

Arkansas Diocese Receives 26 More Clergy Abuse Reports

LITTLE ROCK (AR)
The Associated Press/5NEWS Web staff

October 26, 2018

The Catholic Diocese of Little Rock has received 26 more allegations of clergy abuse one month after the diocese released a list of clergy members who have had credible allegations against them of sexually abusing minors.

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the additional complaints in a letter to church members Tuesday, the AP reports. The diocese released a preliminary list in September that identified 12 priests accused of abuse who served in Arkansas.

The Little Rock diocese’s internal review came in the wake of a grand jury report in August documenting seven decades of child sexual abuse by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania.

“I had hoped that the release of the names of those priests known to have abused minors might enable any as-yet-unknown victims to come forward to share their story and receive help, and this has in fact occurred,” Taylor wrote in the letter this week.

Clergy sex abuse survivors urge Pa. senators to pass reform bill on road trip

HARRISBURG (PA)
WHTM

October 27, 2018

Clergy sex abuse survivors are taking their push for lawmakers to pass a statute of limitation reform law on the road.

The Fortney sisters are from the Midstate. Five of them say their pastor in the Harrisburg Catholic Diocese sexual abused them when they were between the ages of 2-13.

On Saturday, they will be taking a road trip across the state. The family will visit the offices of state senators in their home district's urging them to pass a statute of limitations reform bill that passed the state house.

Earlier this month, the state house passed Senate Bill 261. It would allow survivors of sexual abuse to file a civil suit until they are 50-years-old instead of 30.

Pope summons bishops to U.S. retreat on clergy sex abuse

CHICAGO (IL)
Tribune News Service

October 26, 2018

The historic seven-day spiritual retreat will be at Mundelein Seminary in suburban Chicago in January.

Pope Francis has called on Catholic bishops nationwide to gather for a historic seven-day spiritual retreat at Mundelein Seminary in suburban Chicago in January as church hierarchy grapple with the ongoing clergy sex abuse scandal.

As chancellor of the seminary, Archdiocese of Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich – now in Rome for a monthlong meeting of global church leaders – will serve as host of the gathering, which could include some 300 bishops from around the country.

Thirty-one names on Youngstown Diocese clergy abuse list

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
WFMJ

October 30, 2018

By Mike Gauntner

The Youngstown Diocese is making public a list of priests who have been removed from their ministries over credible allegations of sexual abuse.

At a 10 am Tuesday news conference, Bishop George Murry announced that of the more than 1,000 men who have been priests and other religious leaders in the five-county diocese since it was founded in 1943, 31 men have been found to have had credible inappropriate incidents.

Bishop Murry said former FBI agents investigated 73 complaints about alleged abuse in the Diocese.

The investigators make recommendations to the bishop and a board made of attorneys, Catholic and Lutheran pastors, representatives from Children Services and others

Clergy of the Diocese of Youngstown against whom credible, substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been made:

Youngstown Diocese releases names of 31 religious leaders accused of abuse

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
WYTV

October 29, 2018

Bishop George Murry said the diocese has received allegations from 76 victims

Bishop George Murry, of the Youngstown Catholic Diocese, held a press conference Tuesday, releasing a list of priests and clergy members who have been removed due to sexual abuse.

Leaders say they are doing everything they can to help victims of abuse at the hands of clergy who, at one time or another, served in the local diocese.

Since 1943, there have been 31 out of 1,026 priests and religious leaders accused of behaving inappropriately, Murry said.

Diocese releases names of 31 priests named in abuse allegations

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
Salem News

October 30, 2018

Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has announced the list of names of those who have served in the Diocese of Youngstown since its establishment in 1943 who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor and who have been reported to civil authorities.

“I am very sorry that the church has failed to act aggressively to eliminate this evil,” said Bishop Murry through a media release . “I humbly ask forgiveness from the victims and their families for the grave mistakes the church has made.”

For the purpose of this list a “credible accusation” against a priest or deacon who has served in the Diocese of Youngstown is an accusation that, after a thorough investigation and review of available information, appears more likely true than not in the judgment of the Diocesan Review Board, and is accepted as credible by the bishop.

Serbin Gained Access to Secret Archives

ALTOONA (PA)
WNPV Radio

October 30, 2018

Lansdale_Catholic Attorney Richard Serbin filed a lawsuit in 1987 on behalf of two brothers who were sexually abused by a pedophile priest, but the case was not brought to trial until 1994 due to interference and indifference from church officials, police and prosecutors. Richard Serbin spoke with WNPV’s Darryl Berger on WNPV’s AM Edition Tuesday morning.

Understanding why the Synod of Bishops blinked on ‘zero tolerance’

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 30, 2018

By John L. Allen Jr.

If you’re an American Catholic, or an Australian, Irish, German, Chilean, or from pretty much anyplace else scarred by clerical sexual abuse scandals, news that a global summit of Catholic bishops in 2018 could walk up to the brink of endorsing a “zero tolerance” policy, only to pull back at the last minute, may seem almost incomprehensible.

One key to understanding how it happened is grasping that many Catholic bishops don’t hail from such places - actually, a strong majority don’t - and they bring widely differing perspectives and sensitivities to the table.

Here’s the tick-tock of how we got here.

The Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops on young people, faith and vocational discernment opened against the backdrop of a tumultuous series of new chapters in the abuse saga, including the damning Pennsylvania grand jury report; the resignation of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick; a controversy in Australia over eroding the seal of the confessional; laicizations, bishops’ resignations and fresh revelations in Chile; and, of course, the infamous letter from Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò accusing Pope Francis of knowing about McCarrick and covering it up.

Drafter says ‘zero tolerance’ didn’t belong in a synod doc on young people

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 30, 2018

By John L. Allen Jr. and Ines San Martin

As the dust settles after an Oct. 3-28 summit of bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment, many questions remain. Most are focused on the final document adopted by the bishops by an overwhelming margin last Saturday night - including who shaped it, what some of its language means, and the fact that it doesn’t contain an endorsement of a “zero tolerance” policy on sexual abuse.

Mexican Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, appointed by Pope Francis to lead the Archdiocese of Mexico City at the end of last year, was on the 12-member drafting committee responsible for producing the 60-page document.

Speaking with Crux on Monday, Aguiar Retes said that even though he agrees with the policy of “zero tolerance” when it comes to priests or church personnel who abuse minors, the document, addressed to young adults, touches on many forms of abuse, including “authoritarianism, abuse of power, imposition, lack of empathy,” and others, for which the Church “doesn’t have a zero tolerance attitude.”

Aguiar Reyes says the phrase “zero tolerance” was also eliminated from this text because Francis has called a meeting for the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world Feb. 21-24, and it will be up to that meeting to address it.

Aguiar Retes spoke with Crux on Monday, two days after the synod’s final document was voted on. What follows are excerpts of that conversation, which took place in Italian.

Crux: Seeing that we’ve reached the end of the synod, could we ask you for a balance of the experience?

Aguiar Retes: For me, I’ve said this before, and I’ve heard this from many bishops and cardinals, particularly from those who’ve participated in a synod before, for me this was the fifth, everyone says the same: this was the best synod among those we’ve participated in.

‘60 Minutes’ report on diocese lauded, criticized

DUNKIRK (NY)
Observer

October 30, 2018

A sexual abuse survivor from the Diocese of Buffalo is hailing the “60 Minutes” report that aired Sunday night on the CBS network news magazine.

Matt Golden, who sued the Diocese of Buffalo in August claiming the diocese and Bishop Richard J. Malone created and exposed the public to dangerous predator priests and continue to do so through present day, said he was “not surprised” by what he saw in the segment.

Golden’s lawsuit claims the diocese continues to conspire and engage in efforts to conceal from the public and law enforcement, the identities of priests who have sexually abused minors and allow known child molesters, like the Rev. Dennis Riter who abused Matthew when he was a child, to live freely in the community without informing the public. To-date more than 80 priests have been accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo.

Riter continues to serve Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Dunkirk.

“Things will not change for the better in the Diocese of Buffalo unless all the Catholic Bishops in New York are forced to come clean and tell the truth,” Golden said. “This is why I brought suit against the Diocese of Buffalo and Bishop Malone, because they are protecting Fr. Riter, and how many others?”

The Diocese of Buffalo also offered a response to the “60 Minutes” segment. Here was the statement issued on Monday afternoon:

“Two stories aired on Sunday, October 28, regarding the Diocese. Many have sought our comment about both. Therefore, we issue this statement and will provide information in the days ahead that will add perspective to the stories. For now, we simply observe that the material reported in the stories was incomplete, out of context and in some cases plainly inaccurate.

Aussie prelate says synod shows anti-abuse push still a ‘work in progress

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 30, 2018

By Elise Harris and John L. Allen Jr.

For Archbishop Peter Comensoli of Melbourne, Australia, the clerical sexual abuse crisis unfolding throughout global Catholicism hits especially close to home given the drama that’s unfolded in his country in recent years, including a Royal Commission report on the Church’s failures and criminal charges of “historic sexual offenses” against Cardinal George Pell.

With his background, it might have been a shock that during the recently-concluded Synod of Bishops on youth, which came on the heels of multiple revelations and allegations of abuse around the world, not all of his fellow prelates felt the same urgency, resulting in the omission of a firm apology and a collective commitment to a “zero-tolerance” policy in the gathering’s concluding document.

Pittsburgh Class Action Wants Catholic Church To Admit To Sexual Abuse Cover-Up

NEW YORK (NY)
Forbes

October 30, 2018

By Nicholas Malfitano

As the aftermath of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office’s grand jury report into child sexual abuse committed statewide by members of the Roman Catholic Church continues, alleged victims have taken to suing the Church.

But a class action lawsuit - filed by Carlson Lynch of Pittsburgh, Berger Montague of Philadelphia and Nye Peabody of California - differs from others that have been filed since the grand jury report stated a staggering 1,000 children were sexually assaulted by hundreds of priests throughout the state.

This lawsuit does not seek damages. It could have been difficult to pursue a class action seeking damages with circumstances like these because it might have been hard to show each class member was harmed in a common way and owed a similar amount - requirements for the certification of a class.

Second French priest takes his life after abuse claims

UNITED KINGDOM
The Tablet

October 30, 2018

By Jonathan Luxmoore

The French Church has been plunged into soul-searching after a second young priest in a month committed suicide after being accused of sexually improper conduct.

Fr Pierre-Yves Fumery, 38, took his life on 20 October after being sent away for psychological treatment because of his close relations with a teenage girl. That was a month after Fr Jean-Baptiste Sebé, also 38, committed suicide after authorities examined accusations he had assaulted a young woman.

“This is a terrible shock, even if we knew he was going through a difficult time,” Bishop Jacques Blaquart told journalists after Fumery’s suicide.

His Orleans diocese now ranks among the best in France in dealing with the sexual abuse crisis; its previous bishop went on trial this week for not denouncing an abusive priest.

Pa. Senate Dems are using a stalled sex abuse bill in campaign ads. Will it help them?

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WITF

October 29, 2018

By Katie Meyer

With two weeks left until election day, the campaign arm of Pennsylvania’s Senate Democratic caucus has made a major ad buy in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs.

The topic is a high-profile bill related to child sexual abuse by priests that faltered in the state legislature.

Democrats say it’s a legitimate critique. Republicans say it’s an unfair blow. But both parties have the same question: will this make a notable difference in key Senate races?

The discord over Senate Bill 261 is long-simmering, but it came to a head in the final hours of the state legislature’s voting session when negotiations on the measure crashed and burned.

The bill, which would have made it easier for victims of child abuse to later sue their abusers, buckled under disagreements about a provision that would have opened a two-year window for lawsuits on old cases.

Amid Lawsuit, Firm Publishes List of California Priests Accused of Abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
National Catholic Register/CNA

October 25, 2018

By Jonah McKeown

More than 200 priests from the San Francisco Bay area are on the list. At least one California diocese has questioned the sources for the list.

A Minnesota-based law firm released a report Tuesday compiling the names of more than 200 priests from the San Francisco Bay area it says have been publicly accused of sexual abuse. At least one California diocese has questioned the sources for the list.

The law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates filed a lawsuit Oct. 1 against all of California’s dioceses, along with the California Catholic Conference and the Archdiocese of Chicago, alleging a sexual-abuse cover-up.

The Oct. 23 report lists the names and parish assignments of 212 priests from the San Francisco Bay area. The report says it is an effort to compile “information already available to the public from various sources in the public media” and to raise awareness of the issue of clerical sexual abuse.

Diocese quiet after report on handling of sex misconduct

BUFFALO (NY)
Associated Press

Oct 30, 2018

The Diocese of Buffalo declined to address details of a television report where diocesan insiders called for the bishop’s resignation Monday, saying he hadn’t done enough when confronted with reports of clergy sexual misconduct.

In a statement, the diocese said it would add perspective “in the days ahead” while calling the material in the CBS 60 Minutes report “incomplete, out of context and in some cases plainly inaccurate.”

Sunday’s broadcast featured a former assistant to Bishop Richard Malone who secretly copied confidential files and gave them to the news magazine and Buffalo station WKBW-TV. It also featured a priest who advised Malone on legal matters saying he believed eight or nine active priests should have been removed from the ministry.

“A lot of cases probably should have gone to Rome at the time. They did not,” Father Robert Zilliox told 60 Minutes.

Pinole Woman Sues Vatican Over Alleged Sex Abuse By Priest

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
California News Wire Services

October 25, 2018

The priest is now a registered sex offender living in Walnut Creek, according to the lawsuit.

Two sexual abuse survivors announced in San Francisco on Wednesday that they have sued the Vatican in federal court for allegedly failing to prevent and covering up the abuse of them and others as children by priests.

Kathleen Stonebraker of Pinole and James Keenan of Minnesota claim they were abused during their childhoods by Roman Catholic priests who were previously suspected or should have been suspected to be molesters but were allowed to remain in contact with young people.

Their lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday. It accuses the Vatican, a sovereign nation officially known as the Holy See, of violating customary international human rights law, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Supporters Of Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Hold Rally At State Capitol

HARRISBURG (PA)
AP/KDKA

October 24, 2018

Survivors of child sexual abuse and others are ramping up pressure on Pennsylvania’s Republican senators to vote on a bill to would give victims a two-year window to file lawsuits that would otherwise be outdated.

More than 100 people rallied at the state Capitol Wednesday following the Senate’s GOP majority’s decision last week to leave Harrisburg without voting on the legislation.

Several speakers focused their frustration on the Senate’s top-ranking Republican, President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County.

Existing state law gives victims until age 30 to sue over child sexual abuse.

Erie nuns knew about abusive sister decades ago

ERIE (PA)
GoErie.com

October 30, 2018

By Ed Palattella

Original actions taken against the late Sr. Mary Carmel Skeabeck “appear to be insufficient by today’s standards,” according to Sisters of St. Joseph. Skeabeck was added to diocese’s list of accused on Monday.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania started investigating child sexual-abuse allegations against one of its deceased members in May.

A complaint from an abuse victim triggered the probe.

The findings led the Catholic Diocese of Erie on Monday to place the nun, Sr. Mary Carmel Skeabeck, who died in 2015, on the diocese’s growing list of priests and laypeople credibly accused of child sexual abuse and other misconduct with minors since the 1940s.

Skeabeck, the first nun to be placed on the diocese’s list, “sexually abused a student on numerous occasions in the late 1950s while teaching at Villa Maria Academy” in Erie, the Sisters of St. Joseph, citing its investigation, said on Monday.

HOW NAMING THE ALLEGED ABUSERS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SCANDAL IN CALIFORNIA HELPS SURVIVORS OVERCOME THEIR TRAUMA

FREMONT (CA)
Pacific Standard

October 26, 2018

By Emily Moon

A new report identifies 212 priests accused of sexual abuse in the Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose dioceses.

When Dan McNevin was nine years old, he served as an altar boy to Father James Clark in Corpus Christi Church in Fremont, California. There he worshipped alongside generations of his Irish Catholic family, attending mass and answering phones for the parish office. At first, says McNevin, now 60, Clark was "grooming him." But soon the priest began to abuse him both physically and emotionally, undressing, touching, and assaulting him. He didn't tell anyone, including his parents, for more than a decade. After three years, McNevin left the church forever; Clark did not.

Decades later, McNevin, then in his forties, confronted Clark's superiors in the Oakland diocese, which governs all Catholic churches in the Alameda and Contra Costa counties, including Fremont. He says the area bishop told him the priest did not have a history of abuse, although he was a convicted sex offender, and denied shuffling him between posts (one way the Catholic church protects alleged abusers). McNevin believed the diocese—until he learned that the leaders of the same diocese had transferred a different offender 11 times. Then, in 2002, he met a survivor who had been molested by Clark five years after his own abuse. "I knew I got lied to," he says. McNevin sued the Oakland diocese alongside several other victims, settling in 2005.

Minnesota man sues Vatican to release files on abusive priests

MINNEAPOLIS (MN)
MinnPost

October 25, 2018

By Brian Lambert

Says Jean Hopfensperger for the Strib, “Jim Keenan, a Twin Cities clergy abuse survivor, is one of two plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Vatican, demanding it release its files on thousands of priests who have sexually abused children. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court-Northern District of California by St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who argued the Vatican is the central repository for the names and histories of priests worldwide who have been engaged in misconduct, and is endangering others by not revealing their identities.”

Peter Cox of MPR reports, “First Avenue announced Wednesday that it has agreed to buy the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul from Minnesota Public Radio. Terms of the tentative deal were not disclosed. First Avenue owner Dayna Frank said the Minneapolis-based operator of music clubs was ‘excited about the opportunities for more events and performances in another iconic space in this community’. MPR CEO Jon McTaggart said in a statement Wednesday said the sale of the nearby theater would allow the company to better serve other audiences, but he expects part of the relationship to continue.”

Lawsuit alleges Catholic Church protected pedophile priest who ministered in Riverside County

SAN BERNARDINO (CA)
San Bernardino Sun

October 25, 2018

By Joe Nelson

A lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges two brothers were molested by a priest at a Riverside parish in the 1990s.

Among the defendants named in the lawsuit are defrocked priest Carlos Rene Rodriguez, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Diocese of San Bernardino.

The lawsuit also alleges that for roughly 20 years, the Catholic Church was well aware of Rodriguez’s propensity for molesting young boys. Rodriguez even admitted to a priest that he molested one boy during a camping trip at the Grand Canyon in 1987, when he was associate pastor at St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, but the priest failed to report Rodriguez to police, said Anthony M. DeMarco, the plaintiffs’ attorney.

When church officials became aware that the boy’s family planned to report Rodriguez to police, they transferred Rodriguez to a treatment facility for abusive priests in Maryland, DeMarco said.

30 years after abuse, survivor finds hope in former priest's guilty plea

ATLANTA (GA)
CNN

October 28, 2018

By Mirtha Donastorg

With just four words, Chris Templeton's tears started flowing. For the first time in his life, he was hearing the priest who abused him more than three decades ago say, "Guilty, your honor. Guilty."

On Tuesday, Wayland Brown, 76, pleaded guilty to nine charges of criminal sexual conduct of a minor for abusing two boys in the 1970s and 1980s. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

But the relief that Templeton, 44, said he had been "looking for since day one" almost never came.

Sexueller Missbrauch soll in Spanien nicht mehr verjähren

[Sexual abuse should not be time-barred in Spain]

GERMANY
Frankfurter Allgemeine

October 30, 2018

Zwischen fünf und 15 Jahren beträgt die Verjährungsfrist für Sexualdelikte bislang. Doch viele Opfer sprechen erst nach Ablauf der Frist über die Taten. Jetzt soll sie abgeschafft werden.
Sexueller Missbrauch soll in Spanien künftig nicht mehr verjähren. Eine entsprechende Reform des Sexualstrafrechts gab Vizeregierungschefin Carmen Calvo nach einem Besuch im Vatikan bekannt, wie die Tageszeitung „El País“ am Dienstag berichtete. Die Politikerin habe die Änderung am Vortag in Rom mit Kardinalstaatssekretär Pietro Parolin abgesprochen.

Diocese of Fall River priest, serving in Arlington Diocese, placed on leave

FALL RIVER (MA)
The Arlington Catholic Herald

October 23, 2018

The following announcement from the Catholic Diocese of Fall River, Mass., available at fallriverdiocese.org, was shared with the Diocese of Arlington on Oct. 22, 2018. Father Michael Kuhn, Y.A., served as chaplain at Paul VI Catholic High School from 2004-2008, and as assistant chaplain at Marymount University from 2017 to the present.

Anyone with information regarding this allegation should contact the Manassas City Police Department’s Investigative Services Division at 703/257-8092. The Diocese encourages anyone who knows of any misconduct or abuse on the part of any cleric or employee of the Diocese to notify civil authorities, as well as to reach out to the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 703/ 841-2530.

The diocesan child protection policy is online at arlingtondiocese.org/child-protection/.

Sexueller Missbrauch Erzbistum Köln meldet Vorwürfe gegen vier Priester

[Sexual Abuse Archdiocese of Cologne reports allegations against four priests]

GERMANY
KSTA

October 29, 2018

Im Zuge der umfassenden Aufarbeitung sexuellen Missbrauchs hat das Erzbistum Köln die staatlichen Behörden über vier weitere Verdachtsfälle informiert. Es gehe dabei um mutmaßliche Taten aus den 1970er und 1980er Jahren, teilte das Erzbistum mit. Zuständig seien die Staatsanwaltschaften Bonn, Düsseldorf und Koblenz. Zu prüfen sei unter anderem, ob die Vorwürfe noch strafrechtlich relevant oder inzwischen verjährt sind.

Abus sexuels à Arthez d'Asson : le procés de l'abbé et de l'évêque débute à Orléans

[Sexual abuse at Arthez d'Asson: the trial of the abbot and the bishop begins in Orleans]

FRANCE
La Republique des Pyrenees

October 30, 2018

25 ans après les faits qui se seraient déroulés lors d'un camp de scouts à Arthez d'Asson, le procès de l'abbé Pierre de Castelet, accusé d'actes de pédophilie sur mineur, démarre ce mardi à Orléans.

Vingt-cinq ans après les faits, l'abbé Pierre de Castelet, accusé d'actes de pédophilie sur mineurs, et l'ancien évêque d'Orléans, Mgr André Fort, poursuivi pour non-dénonciation, comparaissent ensemble ce mardi devant le tribunal correctionnel.

Diocese of Steubenville Suspends Priest, Says He Admitted Sex Abuse

STEUBENVILLE (OH)
The Intellegencer

October 30, 2018

A priest who served multiple areas of East Ohio is suspended from the ministry after he admitted to sexual contact with and abuse of a minor, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville.

Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton revoked all ministerial faculties from the Rev. Christopher Foxhoven, 45, and suspended him from priestly ministry on Saturday. The diocese said Monforton took the action as soon as he learned Foxhoven had admitted the offenses.

Foxhoven most recently served as pastor of St. Mary of the Hills Parish in Buchtel, Ohio, and of Holy Cross Parish in Glouster, Ohio. Glouster is located in Athens County, while Buchtel is situated in both Athens and Hocking counties. Published reports indicate that at other points during Foxhoven’s career, he served Catholics in Belmont, Jefferson, Harrison and Monroe counties. He is listed as the celebrant for funerals that occurred in the St. Clairsville area in 2006 and 2007. He also participated in religious rites in Amsterdam in Jefferson County in 2009 and in Wintersville in 2010.

Past newspaper reports list him as the parochial vicar of the Basilica of St. Mary in Marietta, Ohio, in 2013. A parochial vicar is a priest who serves as an agent of or assistant to the parish pastor. The pastor, from the Latin for shepherd, is the priest who is the main spiritual leader of a parish.

Nigerian bishops urge child protection at education conference

YAOUNDÉ (CAMEROON)
Crux

October 29, 2018

A “hijacking” of missionary schools by the government is to blame for the failing standards of moral education in Nigeria, according to the country’s Catholic bishops, in a meeting where they also discussed child protection policies in the Church.

Speaking Oct. 16 at the 3rd National Catholic Education Summit in Abuja, Archbishop Augustine Akubueze of Benin City said both schools and homes have failed in imparting the necessary values that should form the bedrock of a morally sound Nigeria.

Christian missionaries established the first schools in Nigeria, and in the 1940s over 90 percent of students educated in the country attended mission schools. Until 1970, the vast majority of Christians - concentrated in the south and east of the country - still attended religious schools.

The military government nationalized the school system after the 1967-1970 Biafran Civil War, when the southeastern part of the country attempted to secede.

October 29, 2018

Greensburg diocese's Bishop Malesic attempts healing at Lower Burrell church

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Tribune Review

October 29, 2018

By Michael DiVittorio

Catholic Diocese of Greensburg’s healing efforts continued Monday evening at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Lower Burrell.

Bishop Edward C. Malesic and other leaders heard from their flock in the third of seven scheduled “listening sessions” designed to help is 78 parishes move forward in wake of a decades-long, widespread sexual abuse scandal involving priests.

“The center of our church is not pedophilia,” Malesic said. “The center of our church is Jesus Christ.”

The two-hour session, moderated by the diocese’s Chief Communications Officer Jennifer Miele, at the church along Leechburg Road drew about 220 people from several churches.

Ousted New Orleans deacon George Brignac sued and accused of sexually assaulting another altar boy

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The Times-Picayune

October 29, 2018

By Hanna Krueger and Kim Chatelain

Ex-deacon George Brignac, who was accused decades ago of raping an altar boy at the Holy Rosary School in a case that led to a more than $500,000 settlement from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, has been named in another lawsuit filed Monday (Oct. 29) that alleges he sexually molested another altar boy at the same school between 1977 and 1982.

The 17-page suit, filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, claims that Brignac sexually assaulted the unnamed plaintiff, who was between the ages of eight and 13 when the instances occurred, on multiple occasions while teaching at the Holy Rosary School in New Orleans.

Diocese says report on sexual misconduct “incomplete”

BUFFALO (NY)
WBNG TV

October 29, 2018

The Diocese of Buffalo says a televised report featuring a whistleblower who criticized the bishop’s handling of clergy sexual misconduct was incomplete and out of context.

In a statement Monday, the diocese didn’t address specifics contained in Sunday’s “60 Minutes” report, in which a former assistant to Bishop Richard Malone said she acted out of concern for victims.

Siobhan (shuh-VAHN’) O’Connor secretly copied and shared confidential files with CBS and Buffalo’s WKBW-TV.

Sunday’s airing also featured a priest who said he believes eight or nine active priests should have been removed from ministry.

The diocese says it will add perspective in the future and is making changes to be more transparent and effective.

Malone has resisted calls to resign. He says the diocese is cooperating with state and federal investigations.

WNY priest says Bishop Malone not effective in role

BUFFALO (NY)
WGRZ

October 29, 2018

By Steve Brown

When asked by 2 On Your Side about the future of the Buffalo Diocese, the pastor of St. Bernadette Church said he does not think the bishop can stay in his current role. The comments about Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone follow the scathing report on 60 Minutes that showcased the priest abuse scandal in the WNY diocese.

Father Paul Seil shared his thoughts on the issue with 2 On Your Side's Steve Brown on Monday morning.

“I do not believe he (Bishop Malone) can be effective as a bishop any longer,” said Fr. Seil.

In the report that aired on CBS on Sunday, two whistleblowers within the diocese said the scandal is much bigger than the diocese is claiming.

Bishop Malone's former executive secretary Siobhan O'Connor, told 60 minutes she knows of 118 priests listed in complaint reports. The diocese originally only released 42 names.

The priest of St. Mary's Church in Swormville, Fr. Robert Zilliox, says there are "at least eight or nine" priests... who should have been removed from the ministry.

Catholic priest removed from Fenton church following sexual harassment allegation

LANSING (MI)
Channel 25 News

October 29, 2018

By Jason Lorenz

A Catholic priest accused of sexual harassment has been removed from a Fenton church by the Catholic Diocese of Lansing.

According to the diocese, Rev. Mathew Joseph was removed from his position as parochial vicar for St. John the Evangelist Parish in Fenton due to several complaints against him.

One of those complaints included what the diocese called a “credible allegation of sexual harassment of an adult female.”

Joseph is a priest with the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in Kerala, India.

Following the complaints, he was sent back to his order in India.

60 Minutes' findings challenge Bishop Malone's statements

BUFFALO (NY)
WIVB

October 29, 2018

By Jenn Schanz

60 Minutes aired a special report on the Buffalo Diocese Sunday night, interviewing the former executive assistant to Bishop Richard Malone turned whistleblower, Siobhan O'Connor.

The report cited several secret documents O'Connor had copied.

60 Minutes reports that according to those documents, under Bishop Malone the Diocese kept certain priests accused of child sexual abuse in ministry.

Days before the 60 Minutes piece aired, News 4 spoke exclusively to Malone, who declined an interview with 60 Minutes' Bill Whitaker.

"When I arrived in the Diocese six years ago, one of the first questions I asked my senior team was, can I be certain that any priest with a substantiated allegation of abuse of a minor is off the job? Is out of ministry? And they said yes you can because they had been removed," Malone told News 4 last week.

Second Priest Removed from Archdiocese of Omaha in One Week

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 29, 2018

For the second time in a week, an Omaha priest has been accused of sexual misdeeds. Now, Nebraska Catholic officials should go further and actively seek out anyone who may have additional information concerning the allegations against these two clerics.

Yesterday, Archbishop George Lucas "permanently removed Fr. Donald Cleary from public ministry after the retired priest refused to contest an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the mid-1980s."

Last week, the Archdiocese of Omaha removed Father Francis Nigli after he had been accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old man in May. This was the second allegation against the priest.

Youngstown Diocese likely to release names of accused predator priests

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
WKBN TV

Oct 29, 2018

Bishop George Murry, of the Youngstown Catholic Diocese, will be holding a press conference Tuesday where he will likely release a list of priests who have been removed due to sexual abuse.

The diocese said the subject matter of the press conference will be "The Protection of Children and Young People" but would not specify exactly what would be talked about.

In September, Murry said he would release a list of names within the next two months.

He said the diocese won't stand in the way if any prosecutors in the six-county diocese want to investigate priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse.

Murry said some accusers don't want to prosecute and some of the cases are past the 20-year statute of limitations.

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Erie Diocese Adds Woman to List Credibly Accused for First Time; Total of Five New Names Added

ERIE (PA)
Erie News Now

October 29, 2018

She is among five new names, which all include three laypersons who are all living and a deceased priest.

For the first time, the Diocese of Erie has added a woman to its list of those credibly accused of actions that it says disqualified them from working with children.

She is among five new names, which includes three laypersons who are all living and a deceased priest.

Four new names - two priests (one living, one deceased), one former priest (living) and one layperson (deceased) — have also been listed as under investigation.

The name of Msgr. Reszkowski, deceased, was moved from under investigation to among those credibly accused.

Father David Poulson, who pleaded guilty to corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children Oct. 27, also has been moved to the list of those with credible allegations.

Defrocked New Orleans deacon George Brignac sued, allegedly sexually assaulted another minor

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The Advocate

October 29, 2018

By Ramon Antonio Vargas

An ex-Catholic deacon accused of raping an 8-year-old altar boy decades ago in a case that prompted the Archdiocese of New Orleans to pay out a hefty financial settlement is at the center of a new lawsuit containing similar allegations involving another altar boy.

The unidentified plaintiff alleges that George Brignac “engaged in prohibited and unpermitted sexual contact” with him countless times from 1977 to 1982, when the plaintiff was between eight and 13 years old and Brignac taught at Holy Rosary School.

That same time frame and school were at the heart of a suit filed against Brignac earlier this year that the Archdiocese deemed credible and settled for more than $500,000.

The archdiocese on Monday didn't comment on the new plaintiff – who is now about 49 – and his claims in a 17-page lawsuit filed Monday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court. But the archdiocese did say in a statement, "Our prayers are with all victims of sexual abuse."

Statement From Survivor Matt Golden Regarding Bishop Malone

ST. PAUL (MN)
AndersonAdvocates.com

October 29, 2018

60 Minutes exposes the dangerous practices and protocols still employed by the Diocese of Buffalo

(Buffalo, New York) – Sexual abuse survivor Matt Golden sued the Diocese of Buffalo in August, claiming the Diocese of Buffalo and Bishop Richard J. Malone created and exposed the public to dangerous predator priests and continue to do so through present day. Golden’s lawsuit claims that the Diocese of Buffalo continues to conspire and engage in efforts to conceal from the public and law enforcement, the identities of priests who have sexually abused minors and allow known child molesters, like Fr. Dennis Riter who abused Matthew when he was a child, to live freely in the community without informing the public. To-date more than 80 priests have been accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo.

Last night, 60 Minutes exposed the dangerous practices and protocols that continue to be employed in the Diocese of Buffalo and Bishop Richard Malone in handling cases of child sexual abuse. Former executive assistant to Bp. Malone, Siobhan O’Connor, current Buffalo priest and clergy sexual abuse survivor, Fr. Robert Zilliox, and Deacon Paul Snyder were interviewed about the sexual abuse scandal in the Diocese of Buffalo. According to Fr. Robert Zilliox, at least 8 or 9 priests who should have been removed from the priesthood, remain in the priesthood in Buffalo right now.

Statement from Plaintiff Matt Golden

"Thank you to this brave young woman who stood up to the biggest institution in the world without even thinking twice,” said Golden. “I am not surprised by what I saw last night. Things will not change for the better in the Diocese of Buffalo unless all the Catholic Bishops in New York are forced to come clean and tell the truth. This is why I brought suit against the Diocese of Buffalo and Bishop Malone, because they are protecting Fr. Riter, and how many others?”

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Cadem arroja el momento más oscuro de la Iglesia católica: apoyo se desploma al 14%

[Cadem survey shows darkest moment for Catholic Church: support collapses to 14%]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 29, 2018

Se trata del nivel más bajo de aprobación para la Iglesia católica chilena desde septiembre del 2015. Además, es 20 puntos menor que el respaldo que tenía durante la visita del Papa Francisco en enero pasado. De acuerdo al listado de Cadem, es la institución peor evaluada, incluso por debajo de los tribunales de justicia, el Congreso y la ex Nueva Mayoría (20%).

A un 14% se desplomó el apoyo en la opinión pública a la Iglesia católica chilena, de acuerdo a lo revelado por la encuesta Cadem difundida este lunes.

Obispo castrense declara en Fiscalía de Rancagua por encubrimiento

[Military Bishop interviewed in Rancagua prosecutor's office in cover-up case]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 29, 2018

By Angélica Baeza and Paola Moreno

"Vengo a aportar todo lo que se requiere para poder hacer verdad en esta situación de la Iglesia que tanto nos acompleja y que tanto mal hace", dijo Santiago Silva.

En dependencias de la Fiscalía de O’Higgins se encuentra declarando el presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal, Santiago Silva, en calidad de imputado por encubrimiento de abusos sexuales al interior de la Iglesia.

Cadem: Iglesia alcanza su peor nivel de aprobación y logra un 14%

[Survey: Church approval reaches new low of 14%]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 29, 2018

By F. Aste

Por otra parte, el Presidente Sebastián Piñera retrocedió cuatro puntos en su aprobación, impactado principalmente por el precio de los combustibles.

De acuerdo a la última encuesta Cadem, la aprobación de la Iglesia Católica logró su peor nivel desde que comenzó a medirse en septiembre de 2015. Según el sondeo, el mes de octubre la institución alcanzó solo un 14% de aprobación y un 81% de los encuestados la desaprueba.

Blend faith, doctrine with activism, pope tells young at synod's end

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

October 28, 2018

By Philip Pullella

Pope Francis, ending a month-long meeting on the theme of Catholic youth, told young people Sunday that in order to be good members of the Church they should not be obsessed with “doctrinal formulae” but blend its rules with social activism to help those in need.

Francis said a Mass for about 10,000 people in St. Peter’s Basilica to ceremoniously close the Synod of Bishops, officially titled “Young People, Faith and Discernment of Vocation” and attended by some 300 bishops, priests, nuns and lay participants.

The gathering’s final document, issued late on Saturday night, called for women to play a greater role in Church decision-making as a “duty of justice”, but appeared to water down language that would have been more welcoming to gays. [L8N1X70OS]

“I would like to say to the young people, in the name of all of us adults: forgive us if often we have not listened to you, if, instead of opening our hearts, we have filled your ears,” Francis said in a lighter part of the homily of the Mass, which he co-celebrated with dozens of the bishops who took part in the synod.

Catholic Church fails to get on youth wavelength

VATICAN CITY
Agence-France Presse

October 27, 2018

By Catherine Marciano and Ella Ide

Hailed as a chance for the Catholic Church to reconnect with today's young, a month-long meeting at the Vatican ended with a whimper Saturday as bishops from across continents fail to see eye to eye.

The 267 prelates attending the meet had been tasked with finding a way to breathe fresh life into a centuries-old institution suffering from both a damaging global sex abuse crisis and widespread secularity in the West.

Pope Francis appeared to acknowledged the difficulties of presenting an attractive front, saying the church was being "persecuted" and "dirtied" by "continuous accusations" -- a possible reference to his conservative critics.

He said the concluding document from the meeting, or synod, was "for all of us, me included", and "must work in our hearts".

Catholic church split over abuse scandal gravity

VATICAN CITY
Agence France-Presse

October 29, 2018

By Catherine Marciano, Ella Ide

Pope Francis has vowed to end clerical sexual abuse, but bishops from Asia and Africa have shown a mixed response to a scandal some have termed a "Western problem".

Church leaders from around the world attended the closing mass yesterday of a month-long meeting, or synod, which many had hoped would take the global struggle against paedophile priests up a notch.

As the talks began, Francis warned again that abuse and cover ups would not be tolerated.

But as US Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich told the press, priestly sexual abuse was "not on the front burner of all countries".

"The resistance of some bishops" to discuss a crisis which has hit countries from Germany to America and Chile limited talk time at the synod, US Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput told the Catholic News Service agency.

Catholic Bishops Call For Greater Involvement Of Women In The Church [Video]

VATICAN CITY
Yahoo View

October 28, 2018

The bishops are also calling for greater youth involvement.

Papst schließt Synode: Kirche wird «beschmutzt»

[Pope closes synod: Church becomes "polluted"]

GERMANY
Frankfurter Allgemeine (AP)

October 27, 2018

Papst Franziskus sieht derzeit eine Art Verfolgung der katholischen Kirche. «Im Moment klagt man uns sehr heftig an», sagte der Pontifex zum Abschluss der Bischofssynode im Vatikan. Diese Anklage werde auch zur Verfolgung. Die Kirche werde kontinuierlich angeprangert, um sie zu beschmutzen. Derzeit steht die katholische Kirche weltweit vor allem wegen Missbrauchsskandalen in der Kritik. Franziskus wurde von Erzbischof Carlo Maria Viganò beschuldigt, selbst Missbrauch zu vertuschen. Seitdem tobt ein Richtungsstreit in der katholischen Kirche.

Feds to all U.S. dioceses: Preserve your records

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

October 26, 2018

By Peter Smith

U.S. Attorney William McSwain of Philadelphia has asked all of the nation’s Catholic dioceses and similar institutions to preserve any records related to personnel and the sexual abuse of children.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops confirmed Friday receiving the Oct. 9 letter from Mr. McSwain, who heads the Department of Justice’s Eastern District of Pennsylvania, based in Philadelphia.

The letter asks the conference to preserve abuse-related documents and to ask all of the nation’s dioceses to do the same.

“We have transmitted the U.S. Attorney’s letter at his request and in the spirit of cooperation with law enforcement,” said a statement from the bishops conference Friday morning.

Bericht: Nach Missbrauchsstudie prüfen fünf Behörden Ermittlung

[Report: After abuse study, five authorities investigate investigation]

GERMANY
RWM

October 27, 2018

Nach der Veröffentlichung der Missbrauchsstudie für die katholische Kirche prüfen nach einem Bericht des „Spiegel“ (Samstag) fünf Staatsanwaltschaften Ermittlungen. Das habe eine Umfrage des Magazins bei Staatsanwaltschaften in allen 27 Bistümern ergeben. Dabei gehe es um den Verdacht von teils schwerem sexuellen Missbrauch, bisweilen bis ins Jahr 2016.

Spiegel: Nach Missbrauchsstudie ermitteln fünf Behörden

[Spiegel: According to abuse study, five authorities investigate]

HAMBURG (GERMANY)
Katholisch.de

October 27, 2018

Die Missbrauchsstudie sorgt für den Anfangsverdacht: Deshalb hat eine Gruppe Strafrechtler bei Staatsanwaltschaften im Bezirk jeder Diözese Anzeige gegen unbekannt erstattet. Als Reaktion ermitteln nur wenige Behörden. Dabei handelt es sich zum Teil um aktuelle Fälle.

Nach der Veröffentlichung der Missbrauchsstudie für die katholische Kirche prüfen nach einem Bericht des "Spiegel" (Samstag) fünf Staatsanwaltschaften Ermittlungen. Das habe eine Umfrage des Magazins bei Staatsanwaltschaften in allen 27 Bistümern ergeben. Dabei gehe es um den Verdacht von teils schwerem sexuellen Missbrauch, bisweilen bis ins Jahr 2016.

Deutschlandweite Strafanzeigen gegen Sexualstraftäter der katholischen Kirche

[Germany-wide criminal charges against sex offenders of the Catholic Church]

GERMANY
ifw

October 28, 2018

Sechs renommierte Juraprofessoren haben am 26. Oktober 2018 in Verbindung mit dem Institut für Weltanschauungsrecht (ifw) Strafanzeigen bei jenen Staatsanwaltschaften eingereicht, die für die 27 Diözesen in Deutschland zuständig sind. Anlass ist die Studie "Sexueller Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz". In ihrer elfseitigen Begründung legen die Rechtsexperten dar, dass im Fall des katholischen Missbrauchsskandals ein zwingender Anlass zur Einleitung von "Ermittlungsmaßnahmen zur Überführung der Täter" besteht, "etwa für eine Durchsuchung von Archiven und die Beschlagnahme der vollständigen, nicht anonymisierten Akten."

Bistum Regensburg zwischen „Lug und Trug“ und staatsanwaltschaftlichen Ermittlungen

[Diocese of Regensburg between "lies and deceit" and prosecutorial investigations]

GERMANY
Regensburg Digital

October 29, 2018

By Robert Werner

Eines hat die Ende September veröffentlichte MHG-Studie deutlich gemacht: Sexueller Missbrauch durch katholische Geistliche ist nicht mit sündig gewordenen Einzelnen zu erklären. Die katholische Kirche sieht sich vielmehr mit grundsätzlichen Fragen zu ihren missbrauchsbegünstigenden und –vertuschenden Strukturen konfrontiert. Während in Regensburg die Staatsanwaltschaft in der Folge der Studie Vorermittlungen aufgenommen hat, soll ein Vertreter des Bischofs von „Lug und Trug“ gesprochen haben.

Betroffen und irgendwie einsichtig – so waren die ersten Reaktionen der deutschen Bischöfe auf die von ihnen in Auftrag gegebene MHG-Studie zu sexuellem Missbrauch durch Geistliche (die aus 38.156 Diözesenakten 1.670 Beschuldigte und 3.677 Betroffene ermittelte). In einer entsprechenden Presseerklärung etwa war die Rede von „schockierenden Ergebnissen“, einer „Verantwortung zu verstärktem Handeln“ und der „Pflicht, den Betroffenen Gerechtigkeit zuteil werden zu lassen.“ Angesichts des von der Studie auch aufgezeigten „institutionellen Versagens“ hieß es weiter: „Wir Bischöfe stellen uns dem Ernst der Stunde.“

Punishing the Guilty Is Justice, Not a Witch Hunt

IRONDALE (AL)
National Catholic Register

October 29, 2018

By Jennifer Roback Morse

In the fallout from the revelations of former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s serial sexual predation, some have worried about an “anti-gay witch hunt.”

Recently, a headline in America magazine all but shouted, “Homosexuality is not a risk factor for sexual abuse of children.” Yet, the Pennsylvania grand jury report that came out in August found about 80% of the teenage victims of clerical sexual abuse were male, just as the John Jay Report found more than 10 years ago. This fact cries out for explanation. But many in the media and in the Church seem reluctant to focus on this obvious connection. We must come up with an explanation that is true to the known facts, without harming any innocent person.

Three Fresno-area priests — including former Merced priest — under investigation

MERCED (CA)
Merced Sun Star

October 29, 2018

By Yesenia Amara

Three priests, including one with a troubled history of allegedly seeking sex partners online and another accused of inappropriate behavior with a minor, are being investigated following complaints submitted to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno.

The priests are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of their probes — although at least in one case the priest has been on leave for over two years, and the investigation hasn’t been completed.

Father Jean-Michael Lastiri and Father Ricardo Magdaleno were placed on paid administrative leave on Sept. 13 and Sept. 28, respectively, said Teresa Dominguez, chancellor for the Diocese of Fresno. A request to interview Bishop Armando X. Ochoa was declined.

Buffalo Catholic whistleblower came forward because of victims, 'allegiance to the common good'

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

October 28, 2018

By Charlie Specht

Without Siobhan O’Connor, the Diocese of Buffalo may have pulled off one of the greatest cover-ups in the history of the Catholic Church.

“I am a very ordinary person and I found myself in rather extraordinary circumstances and the way I look at it is, I was the right person in the right place at the right time, and God gave me the strength to do the right thing,” she said.

O’Connor served for three years as Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone’s personal secretary. She's deeply religious and once studied to become a Catholic nun. But while working at Malone's side, she began to see the ugly underbelly of how the diocese handled sexual abuse.

She went public earlier today as the key whistleblower and source in 7 Eyewitness News’ three-part investigation into Malone’s handling of sexual abuse, telling the legendary news program “60 Minutes” that she felt morally compelled to provide key documents describing a cover-up of allegations under Malone's watch.

Omaha Archdiocese permanently removes priest over sexual misconduct allegations

OMAHA (NB)
KMTV

October 28, 2018

A priest has been permanently removed from public ministry in the Omaha Archdiocese.

The move was announced Sunday.

Archbishop George Lucas removed Reverend Donald Cleary after the priest refused to contest allegations of sexual abuse. The allegations state Rev. Cleary abused a minor in the mid-1980s.

The complaint says the abuse happened in Wayne, Nebraska where Cleary served from 1986 to 1998.

Last week, the archdiocese was in an uproar when news of another priest, Father Francis Nigli, had been accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old man in May.

The MeToo of the Catholic Church - time to speak is now

NEW YORK (NY)
Irish Central

October 29, 2018

By Tom Deignan

According to Google Maps, St. Joseph-St. Thomas parish is a five-minute drive, via Amboy Road, from Our Lady Star of the Sea, where all four of my children were baptized.

Tack on three minutes if you want to travel via Father Drumgoole Road, named for the Longford-born priest best known for housing and educating thousands of destitute Irish and other immigrant children on the once-rural South Shore of Staten Island.

It was another Irish-born, Staten Island priest who was in the news last week, Monsignor Charles Coen, who served as pastor of St. Joseph-St. Thomas in the 1970s and 1980s. Numerous media outlets reported Coen, now 85 and ill, had been accused of sexual assault by church investigators.

Coen has vehemently denied the charges.

“I am not only denying the charge, but it couldn’t possibly have happened,” Coen, now 85, told the Irish Voice last week. “One thousand percent, I didn’t do this. I never got a proper chance to defend myself from the Archdiocese.”

In Buffalo, a deacon’s quest to hold his bishop accountable

NEW YORK (NY)
America

October 27, 2018

By Michael J. O’Loughlin

A deacon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Swormville, N.Y., for 15 years, Paul Snyder felt “complete shock” one night earlier this year when he learned from a local newscast that his longtime pastor was the subject of sexual harassment allegations made by three young adults.

The pastor, Rev. Robert Yetter, had been accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward at least two young men who had reached out to him for counsel and support.

A series of investigations by Buffalo television station WKBW showed that Bishop Richard Malone and other diocesan officials knew about the complaints but decided to allow the priest to retire without making the allegations public. For his part, Father Yetter had implied in an email that the diocese’s fundraising efforts would be harmed if the allegations were made public.

Mr. Snyder, a local businessman who formerly served on the boards of the local Catholic Charities agency and Christ the King Seminary, said his parish community had been told that Father Yetter had chosen to retire, with no mention that the priest had been accused of misconduct.

US bishops face most critical meeting since Dallas in 2002

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

By Michael Sean Winters

October 29, 2018

Two weeks from today, the bishops of the United States will gather in Baltimore for their most consequential meeting since Dallas in the summer of 2002, when the clergy sex abuse crisis at that time produced the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and its zero tolerance approach to the sexual abuse of children. Are the bishops today, with the leadership they have, up to the task? And, what are those tasks?

The biggest difference between 2002 and today, and the first issue the bishops must confront, is whether or not they wish to remain Roman Catholics or if they will become Protestants. In 2002, it was unthinkable that a former apostolic nuncio, the personal representative of the pope to this country, would publish a long screed that ended by calling for the pope to resign. In 2002, it was unthinkable that a substantial number of bishops would issue statements attesting to their belief in that ex-nuncio's integrity while not mentioning the pope at all or affirming their loyalty to the pope in the most meager of terms. In our Catholic ecclesiology, it is Christ who is the head of the church, but the pope is the visible sign of our unity as Catholics. Apart from Peter, there is no Catholic unity.

Some bishops were more fulsome in their support for Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò than others. "I can attest that [Viganò] is a man who served his mission with selfless dedication, who fulfilled well the Petrine mission entrusted to him by the Holy Father to 'strengthen his brothers in the faith'," enthused San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. "Although I have no knowledge of the information that he reveals in his written testimony of August 22, 2018, so I cannot personally verify its truthfulness, I have always known and respected him as a man of truthfulness, faith and integrity," gushed Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona. Bishop Daniel Thomas of Toledo, Ohio was more weasely, stating, "Personally, this situation is made all the more gut-wrenching as I struggle to reconcile my knowledge of Archbishop Viganó, for whom I have a high regard, with my deepest love and respect for the office of the Holy Father." The bishop loves the office, but not the pope himself? That is a level of dualism we haven't seen since the 1950s.

Bishop Joseph Strickland had a letter ready to be read at all Masses in his diocese within hours of Viganò's first attack on the pope, in which the bishop of Tyler, Texas said he found Viganò's allegations "credible." Was he part of the cabal that hatched and planned the dissemination of the Viganò statement, a cabal that we know included LifeSiteNews, Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register, conservative Catholic blogger Marco Tosatti, and conservative Catholic plutocrat Tim Busch?

The limits of a criminological approach to the Church’s abuse crisis

UNITED STATES
La Croix International

October 29, 2018

By Massimo Faggioli

Konrad Adenauer, the devout Roman Catholic who was chancellor of Germany from 1949-1963, played a key role in leading his country’s transition from Nazism (1933-1945) to the new, democratic and anti-communist Federal Republic that was born under the watchful eye of the Allies following the Second World War.

And in this task, he once famously said: “Don’t throw out the dirty water if you don’t have any that’s clean.”That dictum is just as appropriate for today’s Catholic Church in the way it navigates the global storm of the sex abuse crisis, as it was for post-Nazi Germany in 1945.

The Church will have to walk a path similar to the one travelled by every nation that has ever transitioned from one kind of regime to another. And it will have to deal with a problematic (to say the least) past where moral responsibility rests with far more people than can be criminally prosecuted.Europe’s post-World War II shift from authoritarian and totalitarian regimes to democratic and constitutional systems is a case in point.Immediately after their military defeat, Germany and Italy, for example, began a process of “denazification” and “defascistization.” This was carried out in phases.

Dublin Archbishop shocked by the lack of understanding in Rome

DUBLIN (IRELAND)
La Croix International

October 29,2018

Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin says he is surprised by the lack of understanding in Rome that the basis of the current clergy sex abuse crisis lies within its religious culture.

Speaking at the National Child Safeguarding Conference in Kilkenny Oct. 28 the archbishop also warned against "slippage into false confidence," reported independent.ie.He pointed out that church leaders were too slow to open up to victims and survivors, or understand the role they could play in addressing abuse.

More work needs to be done to "bring healing to those who have suffered" he said."The church all too slowly began to open up to them, not just as victims and survivors, but also with the realization without their participation and protagonism we would never understand and address the challenge," he said.

Activists push US bishops on lay role in recovery from abuse scandals

ROME(ITALY)
Crux

October 29, 2018

By Christopher White

Ahead of next month’s high-stakes meeting of U.S. bishops, a number of Catholic women and men are petitioning for greater involvement of the laity in the Church’s response to the ongoing clerical sex abuse crisis.

In response to this summer’s wave of sex abuse revelations - from the downfall of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to the Pennsylvania grand jury report and subsequently announced state and federal investigations - many Catholic prelates have said that the laity must be given a primary role in ensuring greater protection of minors and vulnerable adults.

Now, as the U.S. bishops prepare to meet in Baltimore from November 12-15, a number of groups are accepting that invitation.

One group, The Women Who Stayed, are channeling the tactics of the reformer Martin Luther and preparing “Five Theses” in order to offer their “two cents” to the conversation.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests Calls on Neronha to Launch Investigation into Diocese

PROVIDENCE (RI)
GoLocalProv

October 29, 2018

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, a national non-profit, has called on Democratic candidate for Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha to commit to investigating the Diocese of Providence.

Alliance for Safe Communities, a Rhode Island-based organization advocating for the victims of diocesan sexual abuse, says it has reached out to former U.S. Attorney Neronha regarding his unwillingness to commit to an investigation of the Catholic Diocese sex abuse scandal.

Now, in more than one dozen states across the country, attorney generals have launched investigations into the role of the respective dioceses and cover-up of abuse.

On Sunday night, CBS News magazine 60 Minutes unveiled how the clerical assistant to the Bishop of Buffalo in New York leaked thousands of documents unveiling a diocese cover-up.

October 28, 2018

A Step Toward Accountability

NEW YORK (NY)
Commonweal

October 26, 2018

By David Castaldi, Joseph Finn, and Margaret Roylance

Attendees at the annual meeting of the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference in Atlanta in 2015 (CNS photo/Michael Alexander, Georgia Bulletin)
Reports of sexual abuse and cover-ups within the church hierarchy have led to increased attention to the church’s secrecy around its finances. Until only recent decades, U.S. diocesan financial affairs were kept confidential and knowledge was compartmentalized; even some very highly placed diocesan officials were unaware of the settlements used to keep clerical sexual abuse under wraps. It was generally assumed that once contributions hit the collection basket, parishioners had no business knowing how the bishops used that money. What they would have learned is that the U.S. Catholic Church has spent $3.99 billion related to clerical-abuse settlements.

Before the Boston Globe’s 2002 “Spotlight” report, most Catholics in the pews thought that clerical abuse was rare. But presiding bishops knew differently: both from their personal experiences, and from the work of Fr. Thomas Doyle and others, who reported in the 1980s on the prevalence of abuse in the church. When Rev. Gilbert Gauthe admitted to abusing more than three hundred children in the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, in 1986, or in 1993 when Rev. James Porter was sentenced to between eighteen and twenty years in prison for sexual abuse of children in Fall River, Massachusetts, there was minimal discussion of the role that church funds might have played in keeping those stories quiet.

Reflections on Archbishop Viganò’s Courageous Third Letter

IRONDALE (AL)
National Catholic Register

October 22, 2018

By Msgr. Charles Pope

As I finished reading Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s third letter, I had an immediate sense that I had just read something that is destined to be one of the great pastoral and literary moments of the Church’s history. There was an air of greatness about it that I cannot fully describe. I was stunned at its soteriological quality — at its stirring and yet stark reminder of our own judgment day. In effect he reminded us that this is more than a quibble over terminology or who wins on this or that point, or who is respectful enough of whom. This is about the salvation of souls, including our own. We almost never hear bishops or priests speak like this today!

Others will write adequately on the canonical, ecclesial and political aspects of Archbishop Viganò latest and very concise summary of the case. As most of you know, I have fully affirmed elsewhere that I find his allegations credible and that they should be fully investigated. But in this post I want to explore further the priestly qualities manifest in this third letter, qualities that are too often missing in action today.

Senate Dems are using a stalled sex abuse bill in campaign ads

HARRISBURG (PA)
WITF TV

October 26, 2018

By Katie Meyer

With two weeks left until election day, the campaign arm of Pennsylvania's Senate Democratic caucus has made a major ad buy in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs.

The topic is a high-profile bill related to child sexual abuse by priests that faltered in the state legislature.

Democrats say it's a legitimate critique. Republicans say it's an unfair blow. But both parties have the same question: will this make a notable difference in key Senate races?

The discord over Senate Bill 261 is long-simmering, but it came to a head in the final hours of the state legislature's voting session when negotiations on the measure crashed and burned.

The bill, which would have made it easier for victims of child abuse to later sue their abusers, buckled under disagreements about a provision that would have opened a two-year window for lawsuits on old cases.

The Governor, Attorney General, victim advocates, state House, and Senate Democrats support the retroactivity provision. Senate Republicans--led by President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati--couldn't agree on it.

Scarnati had floated a proposal to create a version of the retroactive window that wouldn't allow suits against institutions, like Catholic churches. He and Senate GOP Appropriations Chair Pat Browne held a press conference defending it, arguing that allowing suits against churches would just compound the damage, since they provide services to people in need.

"You know," Scarnati told the assembled reporters, "in this world, we'd all love to get everything we want...But this is a democracy."

The Catholic Church reaches a turning point: ANALYSIS

NEW YORK (NY)
ABC News

October 28, 2018

By David Wright

Even for an institution that measures its milestones by the millennium, the Roman Catholic Church is now wrestling with an urgent, some would say epochal, moment of truth.

It’s an existential crisis brought on by two threats from within: the worldwide sexual abuse scandal and deep internal divisions over the core message of the faith. The last time the Vatican faced a crisis this big, according to some respected church scholars, was 500 years ago during the Protestant Reformation.

The battle lines in the church mirror the divisions of Trump’s America. The partisan infighting, just as bitter. And what makes it more than just the standard squabbling among the curia is the larger sexual abuse scandal looming in the background. This is what reformation looks like in the #MeToo era.

The Martin Luther of the new rebellion is the archbishop who dared to call on the pope to resign for turning a blind eye to the sexual misconduct of an American cardinal. Archbishop Carlo Vigano, former papal nuncio to the U.S., has faced serious pushback from the pope’s defenders for calling out Francis over his handling of disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Vigano is in hiding, saying he fears for his life. But he’s not backing down.

Vigano’s new letter denounces what he calls the "scourge of homosexuality" in the clergy which he now flat-out claims is to blame for the broader sexual abuse scandal rocking the church Vigano urges his fellow bishops to back him up.

Preventing Sexual Abuse in Churches

NEW YORK (NY)
WNET

October 27, 2018
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Robert Hoatson, Ph.D, President & Co-Founder, Road to Recovery, and Steve Adubato speak about the unethical actions taking place in the churches, including sexual abuse, and what needs to be done to prevent this from continuing. Hoatson also shares his thoughts on how these incidents may impact the churches and people’s beliefs.

Ex-Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to abusing minors is hit with lawsuit alleging he molested two brothers

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

October 28, 2018

By Alejandra Reyes-Velarde

A former Catholic priest who was convicted of sexually abusing minors is the subject of a lawsuit filed by two brothers who say he molested them in the early 1990s while he ministered at a church in Riverside.

Carlos Rene Rodriguez was able to abuse the then 7- and 12-year-old boys because the Catholic Church protected the priest and allowed him to continue serving in the church despite knowing his troubled history, according to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday.

Rodriguez, 62, pleaded guilty in 2004 and was sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting two brothers in Santa Paula a decade earlier. He was released after four years. He now lives in Bakersfield, according to the Megan’s Law website that lists the whereabouts of registered sex offenders.

The lawsuit accuses the Archdiocese of Los Angeles of allowing Rodriguez to continue to minister to families despite admitting to a church official that he molested a boy in 1987. Church officials from the Los Angeles Archdiocese and San Bernardino Diocese failed to keep him away from children, according to the suit.

Why Bishop Malone's assistant became a whistleblower

NEW YORK (NY)
CBS News

Oct 28, 2018

By Brit McCandless

Siobhan O'Connor was working for the Diocese of Buffalo when she had a revelation.

For three years, she had worked as the executive assistant to Bishop Richard Malone. She maintained his calendar, took care of his correspondence, answered his phone lines and emails. They had such a close working relationship that the southpaw assistant joked she was his "left-hand woman."

But what she saw in that role infuriated her — and she realized she had to speak up about it.

Jesuita Marcelo Gidi: "Ezzati tiene que aclarar su participación en todo lo que se le imputa"

[Jesuit Marcelo Gidi: "Ezzati has to clarify his participation in all accusations against him]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 27, 2018

El sacerdote, una de las voces más influyentes dentro del clero chileno y quien estuvo a cargo de investigar casos de abusos de sacerdotes, como los de Cristián Precht y John O'Really, analizó la situación de la iglesia católica chilena y, en especial, de su cara más visible, Ricardo Ezzati. Para Gidi, es clave que él haga un mea culpa para "salvaguardar efectivamente la institución", aunque cree que esta versión de la iglesia "debe morir".

El sacerdote jesuita Marcelo Gidi es una de las voces más influyentes dentro del clero chileno. El religioso, que hasta hace poco estuvo a cargo de investigar casos de abusos de sacerdotes, como los de Cristián Precht y John O'Really, es palabra autorizada para analizar la situación de la iglesia católica del país.

La responsabilidad del Arzobispado

[The Archdiocese's responsibility]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 26, 2018

By Carlos Gajardo

Se trata en síntesis de un caso de ceguera voluntaria o “willful blindness” tan desarrollado en el derecho anglosajón. El Arzobispado no quiso ver. Tras detener la investigación por varios años, el hecho propio del Arzobispado cesó el 16 de agosto de 2010 cuando los antecedentes fueron enviados a la Congregación de la Doctrina de la Fe.

José Andrés Aguirre Ovalle, más conocido como “el Cura Tato” ejerció su ministerio en diversas comunidades y como director espiritual en colegios de la zona oriente de Santiago. Cuando comenzaron las primeras denuncias de posibles abusos sexuales, la Iglesia lo envío a Honduras. A su regreso a Chile se hizo cargo de la Vicaría Pastoral de Quilicura donde entre 1998 y 2002 abusó de nueve menores de edad según la sentencia que lo condenó. Mientras se iniciaban las investigaciones fue enviado nuevamente a Honduras, desde donde debió volver para ser detenido en el Aeropuerto.

Joaquín García-Huidobro, sobre crisis de la Iglesia católica: “Tuvimos figuritas que nos hicieron pagar caro su protagonismo”

[Joaquín García-Huidobro on Catholic Church crisis: "We had figures that made us pay dearly for their prominence"]

CHILE
The Clinic

October 25, 2018

By Joaquín Castillo

El filósofo y académico de la Universidad de los Andes analiza la situación de la Iglesia católica en Chile, a propósito de los abusos sexuales cometidos por sacerdotes. El remezón fue tal que llevó al Papa Francisco a expulsar del estado clerical a Fernando Karadima, Francisco José Cox, Antonio Órdenes y a remover a varios obispos. El subdirector del IES, Joaquín Castillo, conversó con el intelectual, quien sitúa el origen del problema en el “endiosamiento” de los curas.

Hay varias interpretaciones sobre cuál es el origen de la crisis de la Iglesia. ¿Dónde lo sitúas tú?

Tiene muchas causas, pero una es el clericalismo. El sacerdocio es central para la Iglesia católica, pero eso no significa que un cura sea más importante que el resto: al revés, está para servir. Entender el poder como servicio es esencial en el cristianismo. En Chile y en la Iglesia universal algunos se transformaron en señores intocables, que estaban por sobre el bien y el mal. La mentalidad clerical no solo afectó a los sacerdotes; los laicos se acostumbraron a ser menores de edad, sin capacidad reflexiva. Que un sacerdote sea endiosado y que su conducta o palabra puedan derogar los mandamientos significa que algo no se entendió bien.

Sacerdote Felipe Berríos pide que el Estado intervenga la Iglesia: “Su jerarquía no tiene ninguna credibilidad”

[Priest Felipe Berríos asks the government to intervene in the Church, saying "Its hierarchy has no credibility"]

CHILE
The Clinic

October 22, 2018

By Lorena Penjean

La capilla de la Chimba, pintada con murales de la Brigada Ramona Parra, es el escenario desde donde el sacerdote Felipe Berríos llama al Estado a intervenir la Iglesia, sacudida por los casos de abusos sexuales que le han valido su peor crisis en Chile.

“Durante años he alegado que la justicia militar no debe ser la misma que juzgue a los militares. Bueno, eso mismo lo aplico a la Iglesia. Así como se formó una Comisión Rettig o Valech, (pido) que se haga una comisión y que el estado de Chile intervenga, porque la Iglesia jerárquica no tiene ninguna credibilidad y tiene a cargo parroquias y colegios”, sostuvo en exclusiva para The Clinic el cura Felipe Berríos.

Ignacio Sánchez, rector de la PUC: “La Iglesia y su jerarquía han confundido lo que es un delito con lo que es un pecado”

[Ignacio Sánchez, Rector of the PUC says "The Church and its hierarchy have confused what is a crime with what is a sin"]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 26, 2018

By Michel Nahas Bordón

Como parte de la Iglesia Católica, la máxima autoridad de la universidad hace una profunda revisión a las razones de la crisis que se activó tras la visita del Papa.

“No somos propiedad de la Iglesia, pero somos parte”. La precisión de Ignacio Sánchez ubica de alguna manera a la Universidad Católica en el mapa de la crisis que desde hace unos años golpea a la Iglesia chilena. El rector decide abordar por primera vez esta materia a través de una entrevista, convencido de que desde la universidad tienen la misión de contribuir a encontrar los cambios que permitan erradicar para siempre la “cultura de abusos” que ejercieron algunos religiosos.

Después de la expulsión de Cox, Karadima y Precht, ¿qué?

[After the expulsion of Cox, Karadima and Precht, now what?]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 27, 2018

En un mes, el Papa Francisco ha expulsado a cuatro sacerdotes, tres de ellos han estado en el centro de la polémica. Nunca más podrán celebrar una misa. Y nunca más podrán recibir apoyo económico de sus diócesis, en teoría.

En silencio y con la mirada perpleja. Así recibió la noticia Francisco José Cox el 13 de octubre. Hasta entonces era arzobispo emérito de La Serena, pero la decisión del Papa era inapelable: lo había dimitido del estado clerical.

Has Anything Changed?

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Catholic Key

October 26, 2018

By Bishop James V. Johnston

Over the past weeks, I have received many letters from concerned Catholics over the renewed scandal surrounding child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. I am grateful for the time and effort that goes into writing one’s bishop, and grateful for the passion expressed in the desire that our Church be purified and restored, so that it can be that “city on a hill” and the “light of the world” which Jesus intends it to be.

One of the things I also became aware within the letters and of so many local and national comments that many of our members are not aware of the remarkable changes that have occurred in our Church, and specifically our diocese, over the recent years. The latest news events can give the impression that nothing has changed. The Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report which was the catalyst for the latest scandal was a historical review of behavior in several of the Pennsylvania dioceses going back 70 years, with the majority of the abuse in the seventies and eighties. What was somewhat new in the report was a more detailed description of how some bishops responded to those incidents with a lack of transparency and accountability. One can easily get the impression that nothing has changed in any diocese from the 1940s onward.

Pope Decries ‘Persecution’ of Catholic Church Through Accusations

ROME
Wall Street Journal

October 27, 2018

By Francis X. Rocca

Pope Francis told a gathering of bishops from around the world that the Catholic Church is being persecuted through accusations—an apparent allusion to clerical sex-abuse scandals that have undermined the credibility of the papacy and church hierarchy over the course of this year.

Addressing the closing session of a synod of bishops at the Vatican on Saturday, the pope repeated warnings he has made in recent weeks against the “Great Accuser,” or the devil, who “in this moment is accusing us strongly, and this accusation becomes persecution,” and who seeks to “soil the church.”

“This is the moment to defend our mother” the church, said the pope, in remarks unlikely to mollify critics who say he has failed to recognize the hierarchy’s responsibility for the abuse crisis. “The accuser is attacking our mother through us, and no one touches our mother.”

The gathering of more than 250 bishops was dedicated to the topic of youth, exploring how the church can better engage young Catholics and help them find roles in the church, whether as priests, nuns or lay members.

In a twist on the usual protocol at such gatherings, more than 30 lay Catholics below the age of 30 years attended the sessions, where they enlivened the atmosphere by clapping and cheering during some of the speeches.

A published agenda for the meeting made only passing reference to sex abuse, but after months of scandals in the U.S., Latin America and Australia—and the claim by a former Vatican diplomat that Pope Francis himself had ignored sexual misconduct by a U.S. cardinal—the subject inevitably loomed over the proceedings.

Bishops frequently addressed clerical sex abuse during the first week of the monthlong synod, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Ireland told reporters on Friday.

The 60-page final document, released late Saturday, devoted two paragraphs to the subject of abuse, calling for “rigorous measures of prevention,” starting with the selection and education of clergy and other church employees. Quoting Pope Francis, the document lays much of the blame for sex abuse on “clericalism,” or an excessive deference to the church’s hierarchy.

Group will seek legislation to allow state investigation of Catholic church

NEW LONDON (CT)
The Day

October 27, 2018

By Joe Wojtas

The Connecticut chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests plans to push the General Assembly to enact legislation in the upcoming session that would not only eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual assault victims to bring criminal charges and file lawsuits but empower state officials to undertake an investigation of how the Catholic Church has handled sexual abuse allegations in Connecticut dioceses.

The state chapter of SNAP, which has chapters in all 50 states and 10 foreign countries, plans to stage a rally in front of Diocese of Norwich’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 1 p.m. Nov. 3 to discuss its initiatives which also call for the Norwich diocese to list all priests credibly accused of sexual assault on the diocesan website. The rally will be held in conjunction with the group’s first annual All Survivors Day.

Youth Synod Final Report Addresses Gender, Sexuality

ROME (ITALY)
CNA/EWTN News

October. 27, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The final report of the fifteenth general session of the Synod of Bishops, held on the topics of young people, faith, and vocational discernment, was released Saturday. The document says the Church must find new ways of presenting its teaching on sexuality and continue to “accompany” and “listen to” people with same-sex attraction.

The final draft of the synod report was presented to members Oct. 27 for voting, which took place in two sessions that day. The draft was passed in its entirety. During the voting process, each paragraph of the document was voted on, requiring 166 or more “yes” votes — a two-thirds majority — to pass and be included in the final report.

Each paragraph passed by a comfortable margin.

Bishops in Rome say youth can help heal a wounded Church

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

By Elise Harris

October 27, 2018

Prelates from around the world gathered in Rome for this month’s Synod of Bishops said young people can be agents of positive change and can help to heal ecclesial wounds with their zeal for the faith.

In their concluding document for the Oct. 3-28 synod, dedicated to young people, faith and vocational discernment, participants said young people must be protagonists in the Church and that as ecclesial leaders, “we don’t just want to do something ‘for them,’ but to live in communion ‘with them.’”

Participation of young people “is not optional” but “an indispensable element for the life of every community,” the document said, adding that the fatigues and fragilities of young people “help us to be better.”

“Their questions challenge us, their doubts challenge us on the quality of our faith. Even their criticisms are needed, because not infrequently through these we hear the voice of the Lord who asks us for conversion of heart and the renewal of structures,” the text reads.

Synod urges ‘rigorous measures’ on abuse but stops short of ‘zero tolerance’

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 27, 2018

By John L. Allen Jr.

Meeting against the backdrop of massive clerical sexual abuse scandals in various parts of the world, a month-long summit of Catholic bishops wrapped up Saturday affirming that sexual abuse by Church personnel inflicts “suffering that can last a lifetime” but pulled back from an explicit endorsement of a “zero tolerance” policy.

“Different types of abuse committed by some bishops, priests, religious and laity provoke in those who are victims, including many young people, suffering that can last a lifetime to which no repentance can bring remedy,” the bishops said in a final document adopted Saturday night.

“The synod reaffirms the firm commitment to the adoption of rigorous prevention measures that prevent [abuses] from being repeated, starting from the selection and training of those who will be entrusted with tasks of responsibility and education,” the document says.

Pols stand with victims in push for 2-year window for suits

MEDIA (PA)
Delaware County News Network

By Kathleen E. Carey

October 26, 2018

State Sens. Tom McGarrigle, R-26, of Springfield, Tom Killion, R-9, of Middletown and John Rafferty, R-44, Thursday called on their colleagues to reconvene in Harrisburg to vote on a two-year window to allow childhood sexual abuse survivors to file civil suits against their abusers.

Standing before the Delaware County Courthouse, McGarrigle and Rafferty joined state Reps. Alex Charlton, R-165 of Springfield, Chris Quinn R-168, of Middletown and Marguerite Quinn, R-143, of Bucks County, in voicing their support for the measure while a group of survivors stood across the street, shouting, saying the vote should've been taken last week before the Senate recessed.

"I'm here today on behalf of the victims," McGarrigle said, "and to tell the Senate Dems don't use these victims as political pawns ... We're going to reach out to Sen. (President Pro Tempore Joe) Scarnati, R-25 of Jefferson County, to demand that he call back the Senate ... to come and let's vote on this. Let's take the vote, send it back and get it signed by the governor and move on. We are demanding a vote."

Last week, the Senate failed to vote on S.B. 261 after Scarnati removed a provision from the bill so that institutions would not be held liable civilly. The House had passed the measure at the end of September. In addition to the two-year window for older cases, it would also eliminate criminal statutes of limitation for future child sexual abuse cases and extend the deadline for victims to file civil actions to age 50. Under current law victims must file by age 30. Many experts and advocates say it takes much longer for many victims to come to grips with their assaults as children.

Catholic bishops put on notice: Don't destroy abuse records

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

October 27, 2018

By Tom Kertscher and Annysa Johnson

Every Catholic diocese in the country has been asked by a federal prosecutor not to destroy documents related to the handling of child sexual abuse, fueling the hopes of survivors and advocates that a sweeping investigation of the church by the U.S. government may be coming.

"We are extremely encouraged," said Peter Isely, a survivor and founding member of the advocacy group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "This is something we have been requesting and arguing and pushing for many years."

The Rev. James Connell, a canon lawyer and former vice chancellor for the 10-county Archdiocese of Milwaukee, also welcomed the news, saying Catholics in the pews have become increasingly disillusioned with the actions of their bishops.

"It's become clearer and clearer that the church has not told the whole truth, and that's a great disservice to society," he said.

SC sex abuse victim of ex-priest: 'He put a gun to my head and threatened to kill me'

CHARLESTON (SC)
WCIV TV

October 25, 2018

By Anne Emerson

It’s a story we brought you earlier this week, a former Catholic priest from Savannah pleaded guilty to nine counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in a South Carolina courthouse.

The minors were just 9 and 13 years old at the time.

In an exclusive interview, ABC News4 spoke one on one with one of those victims.

After his abuser went to prison, locked up for 20 years, Allan Ranta decided to speak.

Virginia opens investigation into child sexual abuse by clergy

HAGERSTOWN (VA)
Local DMV.com

October 26, 2018

By Kiona Dyches

Virginia's Attorney General has announced that the state is joining Maryland and Washington D.C. by opening an investigation into child sexual abuse by clergy within the two Catholic Dioceses in Virginia.

Within the last month, both Maryland and D.C. have opened investigations into clergy abuse. As part of the investigation, Attorney General Mark Herring also launched the Virginia Clergy Hotline, a confidential resource for people to report abuse by clergy.

Bishop Michael Burbidge from the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry Knestout from the Diocese of Richmond released a joint statement that said, "any instance of child sexual abuse is intolerable and gravely immoral. We hope that this process will bring healing for all victims and confirm our commitment to accountability and justice."

Pope wraps up synod on youth claiming persecution over abuse

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

October 27, 2018

By Nicole Winfield and Luca Mazzanti

Pope Francis wrapped up a monthlong meeting of bishops dedicated to young people by saying Saturday the Catholic Church was being “persecuted” and “dirtied” by accusations from the devil — an apparent reference to claims that he covered up for a sexual predator that have thrown his papacy into turmoil.

The Argentine pope made the comments to about 250 bishops, 30 young people and a handful of nuns who had just approved a 60-page final document at the close of a synod on how the church can better minister to today’s youth.

The sex abuse scandal, as well welcoming gays into the church and giving women a greater say in decision-making, were major topics of debate during the synod and featured in the final document. Those issues were also the ones that received the most contested votes as bishops voted “placet” or “non placet” — yay or nay — on each of the 167 paragraphs.

While every paragraph passed with far more than the two-thirds vote necessary, one referencing “sexual inclinations” and the need to accompany gays received the most no votes, at 65. One calling for women to have a greater recognition and say in the church — and lamenting the “absence” of the female perspective — received 30 no votes.

No woman was allowed to cast a ballot at the meeting.

On abuse, the bishops stopped short of issuing a straight-forward communal apology for the decades of sex abuse and cover-up committed by priests and their superiors. While that section was entitled “Seek Pardon,” the text voted on by bishops said merely that no amount of repentance can heal the trauma caused to victims. Thirty bishops voted against it.

Delegates have said that many bishops, particularly from Africa, rejected the emphasis placed on the abuse issue during the meeting, which unfolded as the Catholic hierarchy in the U.S., Chile and elsewhere is once again under fire for its botched handling of the scandal.

The Vatican: Corrupt at its Core

UNITED STATES
The Open Tabernacle (blog)

October 28, 2018

By Betty Clermont

The institution as we know it today began with a 1929 treaty. Italy created the Vatican as an independent state, meaning the pope and his men are not subject to any regulation or law enforcement except their own. At the same time, it was decided that the financial windfall from the treaty would be handled without moral or ethical restraint. The greatest atrocity of the Church is the centuries-long, world-wide sexual torture of children. However, the corruption resulting from the combination of no legal oversight and amoral finances – evidenced by monetary crimes and malfeasance – were known long before the extent of the cruelties of sex abuse.

Until the middle of the 19th century, the Vatican obtained much of its income from its feudal territories known as the Papal States, a broad swath of land across central Italy. As part of the movement to unify the Italian peninsular into one nation, King Victor Emmanuel’s army seized the Papal States in 1860 and captured Rome in 1870 including the Vatican. Italy was unified a year later.

Bishops Urge Greater Inclusion of Women in Church Decisions

VATICAN CITY
The New York Times

October 27, 2018

By Elisabetta Povoledo

After a nearly monthlong global assembly dedicated to youths, Roman Catholic bishops called Saturday for a more inclusive role for women in church decision-making and greater participation of young people.

The appeal was part of a new document that urged bishops to help renew the church through a more participatory approach, making greater use of the energies and capabilities of young lay Catholics.

The document given to Pope Francis for his consideration also called for urgent changes so that women could play a bigger role in church decisions at all levels.

“It is a duty of justice,” it said, adding, “The absence of women’s voices and viewpoint impoverishes discussion and the path of the church.”

The document also acknowledged the church’s shortcomings amid new revelations on clerics’ sexual abuse of minors, a continuing global scandal that has damaged the church’s credibility in recent years and that risks undermining attempts to engage younger generations.

The Irish Times view on Tuam Mother and Baby Home: dignity in death

IRELAND
The Irish Times

October 27, 2018

By Patsy McGarry

The decision to carry out a forensic examination has already brought comfort to survivors of the institution

The Government’s decision to undertake a forensic examination of the site at the former mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Co Galway, is significant. The intention is to recover the children’s remains in so far as this is possible, their identification, and their respectful reburial. The decision has already brought comfort to survivors of the institution and to relatives of children believed buried there. It is also an acknowledgment by this State of the inherent right to dignity of those children and to a respect for them in death which it appears was altogether absent in their sad, brief lives.

Some are uneasy with the seemingly open-ended estimate of costs involved, ranging from between €6 million to over double that at €13 million. That can be put into some perspective when it is realised that €17 million has been set aside for a necessary refurbishment of the roof at Pearse railway station in Dublin. One would expect those buried children, their identification, reburial and preservation in memory, is a more worthy aspiration than restoration of a railway station roof.

Less acceptable is the €2.5 million fixed sum committed this week to the Tuam excavation costs by the Bon Secours sisters who ran the home. It was not spontaneous, but followed correspondence from Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. The amount has about it none of the State’s generosity of spirit towards these excavations and it is less than what Zappone sought. This may fit with a business approach that comes of being the largest provider of private healthcare in Ireland, as are the Bon Secours sisters. But it is hardly compatible with their mission of “care for the sick, the dying and their families within a Catholic ethos”.

Such a business approach would also appear less than consistent with a Catholic ethos which emphasises respect for the person from conception to natural death, and in death. It is striking that this would appear so with November on the horizon, a month when people traditionally remember the dead.

October 27, 2018

50 Years Later, a Victim of Ireland’s ‘Laundries’ Fights for Answers

DUBLIN (IRELAND)
The New York Times

October 26, 2018

By Ed O’Loughlin

For 30 years, she struggled with secret memories of beatings and other abuses, as well as most of the classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder: chronic anxiety, social isolation, compulsive behavior, depression, flashbacks, nightmares and suicidal thoughts.

Finally, 20 years ago, convinced the pain would never subside unless she acted, Elizabeth Coppin, now 69, walked into a police station in her native County Kerry, Ireland. She filed a complaint relating to the 12 years she had spent in an Irish “industrial school,” one of a now-defunct network of state-funded orphanages and reformatories run by religious orders on behalf of the state.

Her statement, which the on-duty police officer typed up and signed, was accompanied by two letters that Mrs. Coppin had written in support of her case.

“I need answers,” one of them pleads, adding: “The emotional scars I carry with me today are still very real. Please check out everything, please don’t be put off by the nuns. Check everything, dig deep, especially records.”

Will the Synod on the Youth Set the Stage for Zero Tolerance on Abuse?

ROME (ITALY)
National Catholic Register

October 27, 2018
By Peter Jesserer Smith

For Catholics looking for the Synod on the Youth to provide answers to the Church’s sex-abuse crisis and the scandalous cover-ups emerging all over the globe, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, the foremost and most-trusted Vatican investigator of clerical sex-abuse, provided a dose of reality.

He told reporters Oct. 8 the global synod of bishops would discuss how sex abuse affects youth, but the solutions would likely come later. The Maltese archbishop said the upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and the heads of bishops’ conferences in February will be the “the best forum for this question.”

“That is the moment where we need to put on the agenda not only the issue of prevention but also of accountability,” Archbishop Scicluna said.

Statement from Bishop Richard J. Malone to '60 Minutes'

PORTLAND (ME)
Portland Catholic Diocese

Oct 27, 2018

The following is the statement Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo released to "60 Minutes" in advance of their upcoming story on the Diocese of Buffalo. We are also releasing it to the public.

I appreciate the invitation to interview with 60 Minutes. Regrettably, I must decline for two reasons.

First, the Church is in the eye of a storm largely as a result of wrong decisions made decades ago and even some made recently, as I have acknowledged. But, our efforts and our focus have always remained steadfast: protect the children and reconcile with the victims.

To that end, we have strengthened our policies and protections against abuse and we plan to extend those protections for adults as well.

We have instituted an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program to bring some measure of justice to those who have been abused.

We have hired a former Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to monitor our professional responsibilities and obligations.

We continue to reach out to victims, remove clergy with substantiated allegations from ministry and cooperate with Federal and State investigations.

These activities occupy most of my days, but as St. Francis of Assisi instructed us: start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.

Second, while 60 Minutes is free to interview whomever they wish for this story, it is clear to me and my staff that your roster of interviews did not include those who are aware of the full extent of the efforts of our Diocese to combat child abuse. Nor does it include those who urge me every day to stay the course and restore the confidence of our faithful.

Ousted St. Wenceslaus priest faced sexual assault allegation, World-Herald investigation finds. It wasn't the first

OMAHA (NB)
Omaha World Herald

October 27, 2018

By Christopher Burbach

Parishioners at one of Nebraska’s largest Catholic parishes are learning belatedly the details of why a priest was removed from ministry this summer: He allegedly sexually assaulted a young man by groping and kissing him.

The Omaha Archdiocese removed the Rev. Francis Nigli, 58, from his post at St. Wenceslaus in June after a 21-year-old man reported to Omaha police that Nigli sexually assaulted him on the campus of the west Omaha church by kissing him and fondling him over his clothing. No charges have been filed.

St. Wenceslaus parishioners weren’t told why Nigli was dismissed. They also weren’t told that he had been accused of a similar transgression — in 2013 — against an 18-year-old at a previous post in O’Neill, Nebraska, before he was assigned to St. Wenceslaus.

Nigli could not be reached for comment. His whereabouts is unknown.

The Omaha parish’s pastor now says that assigning Nigli to St. Wenceslaus was a mistake. The parish also has a church school.

“We’ll own the sin,” the Rev. Tom Bauwens said in an interview Tuesday, after being contacted by The World-Herald. The newspaper was investigating after it had been contacted by parents who had questions about Nigli’s behavior.

Wave of state attorneys general take on Catholic Church sex abuse

UNITED STATES
Axios

October 27, 2018

The Attorney General of Virginia Mark Herring announced Wednesday that his office was launching an "ongoing investigation" into possible sexual abuse and coverups by the Catholic dioceses in the state, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Herring is not alone. Since the Pennsylvania grand jury's bombshell August report of egregious child sex abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, several other allegations of sexual abuse and ignorance on behalf of the Church have come to light. As a result, several other state investigations have followed.

The states investigating
Maryland: Attorney General Brian Frosh informed Archbishop William Lori that his office is conducting "an investigation and thorough review" of records relating to child sex abuse from the Church. (Baltimore Sun)
Vermont: Attorney General T.J. Donovan has appointed a task force to investigate abuses from a Catholic orphanage detailed by a major BuzzFeed News investigation. (CNN)
Michigan: An "independent, thorough, transparent, and prompt" statewide investigation was launched by the Attorney General's Office. (Detroit Free Press)
New Jersey: A task force was created by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to investigate allegations of abuse in the dioceses of New Jersey. (NJ.com)

Another priest in Lansing Diocese accused of sexual harassment

LANSING (MI)
FOX 47 News

October 26, 2018

Another priest in the Catholic Diocese of Lansing is accused of sexual harassment.

Father Mathew Joseph- who served for one month at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Fenton- was removed and sent back to his order in India back in august.

The diocese says it received several complaints about his ministry, including an allegation of sexual harassment made by an adult female.

East Lansing pastor Mark Inglot resigned earlier this month after he was accused of sexual harassment by an adult co-worker.

Santa Rosa Bishop to disclose accused priests’ names

SANTA ROSA (CA)
Press Democrat

October 26, 2018

By Mary Callahan

Santa Rosa Bishop Robert F. Vasa has pledged to release the names of Catholic priests with ties to the diocese who have been accused of sexually abusing children, but said he wants to wait until after the holidays to join other California bishops making similar disclosures.

Vasa, bishop in the sprawling Santa Rosa Diocese for the past seven years, said he expects to reveal about 23 names, many already known to the public because of lawsuits, settlements and other disclosures dating back more than 20 years and costing the diocese more than $29 million.

“I want to say ultimately as I stand before Almighty God, that I protected the names of people presumed to be innocent, and that I was as transparent as I could be for the support of the victims,” he said.

A handful of those clergymen expected to be included will not be familiar to local parishioners, most likely because the priests were accused long after their local service ended or even years after their deaths, Vasa said. The list will include priests whose alleged misconduct occurred outside the Santa Rosa Diocese, he said.

Following others

San Antonio Archdiocese priest accused of sexual abuse of a child, removed from ministry

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
KENS 5

October 26, 2018

Reverend Edward Pavlicek had served as pastor at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Canyon Lake since July 1. Allegations surfaced in August that he'd sexually assaulted a child in the 1980s.

Diocese asks government to do autopsy on dead priest in India bishop rape case

MUMBAI (INDIA)
Crux

October 27, 2018

By Nirmala Carvalho

After the death of a witness against an Indian bishop accused of raping a nun, the diocese has called on the government to conduct an autopsy.

Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, 67, was found dead inside his room in Jalandhar Oct. 22, a week after Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar was granted bail by the state court in Kerala and went back to his diocese.

A 43-year-old nun made a formal police complaint against the bishop in June, claiming he raped her 13 times between 2014 and 2016. The nun is a member of the Punjab-based Missionaries of Jesus congregation, but said the attacks happened at one of the order’s convents in the southern state of Kerala.

Mulakkal vehemently denies the charges, and claims the nun is retaliating because he initiated an investigation against her for an affair she allegedly had with a married man.

Kattuthara gave testimony against Mulakkal, and his family said they believe he was murdered for his actions, adding that “he was under tremendous pressure” to retract his statements against the bishop.

On Oct. 26, Bishop Agnelo Gracias, whom Pope Francis appointed apostolic administrator of Jalandhar on Sept. 20, issued a statement noting Kattuthara “suffered from a number of health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart ailments.”


Legislature should pass Child Victims Act

GARDEN CITY (NY)
L.I. Herald

October 25, 2018

More and more survivors of sexual abuse are sharing their horror stories, often decades after they were molested or raped, or both. In the past, their stories were often covered up. Today, however, their pain and suffering are increasingly being recognized, including by the institutions responsible for the abuse.

The Democratic-led State Assembly has drafted and passed legislation, known as the Child Victims Act, which would make it easier for abuse victims to file lawsuits and seek criminal charges against perpetrators. The Republican-led State Senate, though, is yet to pass a companion bill. It should.

Current law gives abuse victims the option to file civil cases or seek criminal charges until age 23. Under the act, victims could file civil suits up to age 50 and seek criminal charges until they are 28. The bill would also allow a one-year window for older victims to file suits for alleged abuse now blocked by the state’s statute of limitations.

The issue has been thrown into the spotlight in recent months, with new cases of sexual abuse by members of the clergy surfacing with increased regularity. The Boston Globe’s series of stories in 2002 detailing the allegations against hundreds of predator priests no longer stands alone as a chronicle of widespread abuse.

The Pennsylvania attorney general released a grand jury report in August that identified more than 300 priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses accused of molesting a thousand children, and detailed a subsequent alleged cover-up by other clergy members.

Vic ex-priest admits abusing more boys

AUSTRALIA
Infosurhoy

October 27, 2018

By Marta Subat

A notorious pedophile and defrocked Catholic priest has admitted sexually abusing more boys in Victoria during the 1970s and 80s.

Frank Gerard Klep, 75, appeared via video link in the County Court of Victoria on Friday, when he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting three boys under 16 between 1976 and 1982.

He is serving a 10-and-a-half-year prison sentence for molesting 15 schoolboys, many of whom were sleeping when he attacked them.

Klep, who was a priest and teacher at Salesian College Rupertswood at Sunbury between 1972 and 1979 and its principal between 1982 to 1986, was convicted in 1994 of sex offences in the 1970s against a student at the school.

In 1998, he was sent to Samoa on a missionary trip while facing further sex charges, but was deported after failing

Motion filed to keep punishment for accused pedophile priest under wraps

ALBUQUERQUE (NM)
KRQE

October 26, 2018

Prosecutors are fighting to keep an accused pedophile priest's potential punishment under wraps during trail.

Eighty-year-old Arthur Perrault was brought back to the United States last week to face rape charges connected to one of his alleged victims from the 1990s.

He had been on the run for decades and was found hiding in Morocco.

According to a recently filed motion, the prosecution is asking the court to prohibit the defendant from informing the jury of the punishment he faces.

The motion says providing sentencing distracts the jury from their fact-finding responsibility.


Our View: The change agents

ATTLEBORO (MA)
The Sun Chronicle

October 27, 2019

It started with an ad in this newspaper.

“Do you remember Father Porter?” the ad asked, inviting those who did to a meeting.

Seven people showed up. They not only remembered Father James R. Porter, they were haunted by him.

Porter had been a young priest in the early 1960s at St. Mary’s Church in North Attleboro, He was popular among some children because of his youthful vigor and athletic talents — but others knew a dark secret.

Father Porter was a pedophile.

Among those at the meeting was Frank Fitzpatrick, a private investigator who was tortured by the memories of the sexual abuse he had suffered from Porter.

Using his detective skills, he tracked Porter down in Minnesota and even recorded a vague confession from the former priest over the phone.

Fitzpatrick and other victims went public with their accusations in 1992, setting off a media maelstrom.

Twenty-five years ago this month, Porter pleaded guilty to molesting 28 children and was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. The Diocese of Fall River settled civil lawsuits with scores of other victims.

Many thought Porter was simply a rogue priest and the coverup by the church — Porter was transferred from parish to parish before finally being quietly defrocked — a case of poor judgment.

In reality, it was the tip of the iceberg.

As today’s front-page story by Staff Writer George W. Rhodes explains, studies estimate that more than 4,000 clergy members abused nearly 20,000 people in the United States alone. And coverups, like Porter’s, were not isolated but systemic as church hierarchy chose to protect their institution rather than innocent children.

The scandal has had a seismic impact on Catholicism. Today, only 39 percent of those people who identify themselves as Catholic attended a service in the past seven days; a half century ago, it was nearly twice that number.

Called to serve: Despite challenges facing the Catholic church, two local priests say they couldn’t ignore their vocation

ATTLEBORO (MA)
The Sun Chronicle

October 27, 2018

By Mark Stockwell

Matthew Gill was born into a devout Catholic family in January 1990.

It was the dawn of a new life, a new decade and the eve of a very dark time for the faith held by his devout family.

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Nineteen-ninety was another in a long string of years that marked a continuing decline in church attendance.

And the number of men entering the priesthood had fallen off sharply.

Ironically, however, it was the year that recorded the greatest number of parishes nationwide, before or after.

That number was 19,620, according to statistics compiled by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.

There were 34,114 diocesan priests to serve those parishes, in purely mathematical terms, 1.7 priests per parish.

In 1970 there were slightly more than two priests per parish, again in purely mathematical terms, 2.05.

Former altar boy sexually abused by priest tells why he's raising his kids in the Catholic Church

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

October 26, 2018

By Lauren Chval

Michael Hoffman is what some call a “cradle Catholic.” Born and raised into the faith, he and his family were extremely involved in their Lake Forest parish throughout his childhood. As a kid, he was an altar server. As an adult, he considers the Catholic community the “fabric” of his life.

From 12 to 16, it was also the source of his sexual abuse.

Hoffman, now 53, kept that to himself for a long time. It wasn’t until 2006 — a decade into his marriage — that he decided to tell his wife. The second person he told? His pastor at St. Mary of the Woods Parish in Chicago.

October 26, 2018

APNewsBreak: US religious orders asked to ID priest abusers

NEW YORK (NY)
Associated Press

October 26, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

The umbrella organization of Catholic religious orders in the U.S. is suggesting that its members consider voluntarily identifying priests accused of sexual abuse, opening up what could be a major new chapter in the Catholic Church’s long-running abuse and cover-up saga, The Associated Press has learned.

The invitation to transparency by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, which represents about a third of the 37,000 Catholic priests in the U.S., is significant because religious orders such as the Franciscans and Benedictines have largely flown under the radar over two decades of a scandal in the U.S. that has focused on abuse by diocesan priests and cover-up by their bishops.

Anticipating that the spotlight will shift amid new investigations in a dozen U.S. states, the conference will formally invite its 120 member orders to consider voluntarily publishing the names of men with an “established allegation” against them, said the Rev. Gerard McGlone, who is responsible for child protection at the conference.

US DOJ orders all US bishops not to destroy abuse documents, but in previous post Pennsylvania bishop did just that

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 26, 2018

By Peter Isely

Today it was learned that the U.S. Department of Justice has put every US diocese under notice to “not destroy, discard, dispose of, delete, or alter any” documents related to the sexual abuse of children as they investigate “possible violations of federal law.” The letter, addressed to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is significant because it covers not only the state of Pennsylvania, where the D.O.J. has officially launched a federal probe, but across the entire U.S.

One Pennsylvania bishop likely at the center of the current federal investigation is Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh. Zubik has a long history in Pittsburgh. According to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, as Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar of Clergy under Archbishop Daniel Wuerl, Zubik was involved in covering up child sex abuse.

Zubik was promoted to bishop of the Green Bay diocese in 2003. While in Wisconsin, court records show that Zubik systematically destroyed nearly all criminal evidence of abuse and cover up from that diocese relating to at least 51 known sex offenders. In fact, Zubik’s reissued the order for the shredding the day before the Vatican announced he would leave Green Bay and return to run the Pittsburgh diocese in 2007. At the time SNAP issued a letter for a federal investigation of the document destruction.

Federal Government Tells Catholic Bishops Not to Destroy Sex Abuse Documents

WASHINGTON D.C.
The New York Times

October 26, 2018

By Laurie Goodstein

The Department of Justice has sent a sweeping request to every Roman Catholic diocese in the United States not to destroy documents related to the handling of child sexual abuse, a sign that the federal investigation into the church could grow far more extensive.

Catholic bishops have been asked by the federal government to retain their files on a broad array of internal matters, including sexual abuse investigations, and the transfer of priests across state or international borders, or to treatment centers. The request includes documents contained in “secret archives” — the confidential files that are kept by each diocese.

News reports last week revealed that the Justice Department had opened an investigation into all eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, and the diocese of Buffalo in New York. This marked the first time the federal government had undertaken an investigation of the church’s handling of abusive priests, a scandal that surfaced in the United States in the mid-1980s.

But this request to preserve files, first disclosed by Whispers in the Loggia, a site that closely follows the Catholic hierarchy, suggests that federal investigators are throwing a very wide net. The abuse scandal, long fueled by the shocking details in the church’s own personnel documents, may now grow like an uncontrolled wildfire.

Feds put Catholic church across the nation on notice: Don't destroy any evidence of abuse

UNITED STATES
York Daily Record

October 26, 2018

By Candy Woodall and Brandie Kessler

The federal investigation into Catholic priest abuse now includes every diocese in the nation.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain has put every archdiocese, diocese and Catholic entity on notice to preserve and not destroy evidence of priest abuse or a cover-up.

An attorney for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops told the York Daily Record Friday the organization is complying with a request from the U.S. Department of Justice.

In a letter sent earlier this month, McSwain directed conference President Daniel DiNardo to notify all Catholic institutions to preserve documents in their current form and condition, "and not be destroyed, discarded, disposed of, deleted, or altered in any way."

Charlotte diocese considering publishing names of priests with sexual abuse allegations

CHARLOTTE (NC)
WSOC-TV

October 26, 2018

By Allison Latos

Charlotte diocese considering publishing names of priests with sexual abuse allegations

The Catholic Church is where parishioners practice their faith.

However, it’s a place of pain for victims sexually abused by priests.

After the Pennsylvania attorney general's grand jury investigation revealed allegations against more than 300 priests, prosecutors in several states opened their own investigations.

A man who claims he was abused in the Charlotte diocese in the 1970s sent a letter to North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, urging him to open an investigation.

"I was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a priest,” the letter said. “I'm urging your office to open an investigation."

Stein told Channel 9 that North Carolina law limits what he can do.

Prosecutors in North Carolina do not have the same investigative grand jury authority they have in Pennsylvania.

Stein said it's up to local district attorneys to prosecute cases unless they refer them to his office.

He thinks lawmakers should broaden prosecutors' powers.

“We also need to close a loophole in our law that requires people to report suspected child abuse,” Stein said. “Right now, it is only limited to parents and caregivers. It does not cover people in positions of trust.”

‘My life was ruined’: A Catholic Church sexual abuse protest that has lasted 20 years

WASHINGTON D.C.
Washington Post

October 25, 2018

By Petula Dvorak

There’s a honk. And then a thumbs-up.

A wave, another thumbs-up. A flash-flash of headlights. Honk! Honk!

“This is a good day,” declared protester John Wojnowski, who has been a fixture outside the Vatican’s U.S. mission in Northwest Washington for more than two decades.

When he began trying to tell the world about sex abuse in the Catholic Church — and about what he says a priest did to him when he was 15 — there were a lot of bad days. There was silence. And stares.

“And they give me the finger,” said Wojnowski, who is now 75. And many years ago in his 20-year pilgrimage toward redemption, someone walked out of the Holy See’s diplomatic outpost on Massachusetts Avenue and spit in Wojnowski’s face, he said.

Since 1997, Wojnowski has stood outside the Apostolic Nunciature during rush hour explaining his lifetime of pain, depression, anger in a series of giant signs:

“VATICAN hides PEDOPHILES”

“CATHOLICS COWARDS”

“MY LIFE WAS RUINED BY A CATHOLIC PEDOPHILE PRIEST”

He flips and turns the signs for hours so they face incoming and outgoing traffic, delivering his message to the thousands of motorists, joggers and cyclists streaming past. He stares people down to make eye contact. To read the sign. To know his story. He demands they know.

“How many people look away,” he said to the drivers of oncoming cars who looked away, “from the ignorance, the stupidity, the malevolence of the Catholic Church?”

There are plenty of people like him around Washington — the seemingly lost-cause protesters — though few have his stamina. He lives in Maryland and takes a train, Metro and bus to his post, a three-hour journey, almost every day. In the sun, the rain and the cold.

Charlotte diocese considering publishing names of priests with sexual abuse allegations

CHARLOTTE (NC)
WSOC TV

October 26, 2018

By Allison Latos

The Catholic Church is where parishioners practice their faith.

However, it’s a place of pain for victims sexually abused by priests.

After the Pennsylvania attorney general's grand jury investigation revealed allegations against more than 300 priests, prosecutors in several states opened their own investigations.

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A man who claims he was abused in the Charlotte diocese in the 1970s sent a letter to North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, urging him to open an investigation.

"I was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a priest,” the letter said. “I'm urging your office to open an investigation."

Big unknown: Scope of federal investigation of Pa. Catholic Church

WASHINGTON (DC)
Catholic News Service

October 26, 2018

By Carol Zimmerman

In mid-October when seven Pennsylvania dioceses announced they had been served subpoenas to release confidential files and testimony about allegations of sexual abuse by clergy and other church workers to the federal government, the announcement was big news.

But it was never clear what exactly the government would do with its findings.

On Oct. 23, the eighth diocese, Altoona-Johnstown, also confirmed it had received federal subpoenas, and, like the other Pennsylvania dioceses, said it would cooperate fully with the investigation.

But questions about what this will mean for the Pennsylvania dioceses or if this type of investigation will move to other states remain unanswered since neither the Justice Department nor the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which issued the subpoenas, have spoken about it.

This leaves plenty of room for speculation.

Dem ad targets McGarrigle for Senate failure to vote on abuse bill

SWARTHMORE (PA)
Daily Times

October 25, 2018

By Kathleen E. Carey

As a Democrat-funded TV ad released criticized state Sen. Tom McGarrigle, R-26 of Springfield, he is expected to appear today with abuse survivors to continue his support of passing legislation that would allow childhood sexual abuse survivors to pursue criminal and civil justice.

In a 30-second commercial paid for and authorized by the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, McGarrigle's picture appears alongside eight state senators under the banner, "GOP Senators Too Cowardly to Vote."

The ad, called "Window," refers to the state Senate's inability to pass SB 261 that would create a two-year window for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file a civil suit against their abuser or institutions that covered it up, like the Catholic Church. It would also enable future victims to sue until they were 50 years old. Current law caps that at the age of 30.

The measure passed the state House of Representatives at the end of September by a 173-21 vote. However, despite support from McGarrigle and other senators, it never got a vote after state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-25 of Jefferson County, crafted legislation that would eliminate institutions from being sued in the two-year window.

The best of times, the worst of times

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Catholic

October 26, 2018

It’s that famous Charles Dickens’ opening line to “A Tale of Two Cities,” his novel of the French Revolution: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” We’re there right now, right in the middle of both.

The “worst of times” is what gets all the news and what we hear and read about every day. The clergy sexual abuse crisis can’t be hidden, can’t be avoided, can’t be ignored. It needs to be addressed, it needs to be answered, it needs to be overcome.

Always, first and foremost, are the needs of the victims. Healing and hope for those hurt in this tragedy have to be our priority. Whether locally, nationally or internationally, we have to do all in our power to help victims deal with their pain and help them to be whole again.

Let me say once more: if you are a victim of sexual abuse by anyone representing the church — whether here in Pittsburgh or anywhere else — please contact us at 1-888-808-1235.

Exclusive interview with Bishop Richard Malone on clergy sex abuse scandal

BUFFALO (NY)
WIVB TV

October 26, 2018

The clergy sex abuse scandal that is rocking the Roman Catholic Church around the world is sending shockwaves through the Diocese of Buffalo.

Bishop Richard Malone has been the leader of Western New York's 600,000 Catholics for the past years.

Malone has come under fire after the Diocese released a list of 42 names of accused priests. A new list which includes more names will be released soon.

In an exclusive interview with News 4, Bishop Malone talked to Don Postles about the message he has for all Western New York residents- and the action he's taking to end the abuse.

Little Rock Diocese reveals 26 more abuse cases

LITTLE ROCK (AR)
Arkansas Online

October 25, 2018

By Kat Stromquist

The Diocese of Little Rock said it has received 26 more allegations of abuse by priests within the diocese after its September release of a list of clergy members who were "credibly accused" of sexual abuse against minors.

In a letter to church members Tuesday, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor provided an update after the diocese's initial posting of the list that identified 12 priests accused of abuse who served in Arkansas. Taylor said the church had received more than two dozen additional complaints in recent weeks.

"I had hoped that the release of the names of those priests known to have abused minors might enable any as-yet unknown victims to come forward to share their story and receive help, and this has in fact occurred," Taylor wrote. "Since Sept. 10 we have received 26 additional allegations, most of which were against priests already listed in last month's letter, and none of which were against priests who are currently in active ministry in Arkansas."

All of the new reports concern events that occurred before 2002, he wrote. Taylor said that although the church has "not had the time" to investigate "thoroughly," those who made allegations have been offered assistance.

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Plans To Identify Priests Accused of Abuse

WHEELING (WV)
The Intelligencer

October 25, 2018

By Matt Saxton

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is following the trend of neighboring dioceses and releasing the list of names of who it said are priests, deacons and others with “credible” child sexual abuse allegations against them.

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, who is currently serving as apostolic administrator for the diocese, made the announcement Wednesday. In a statement released from his office, the archbishop said the diocese will release the list going back to 1950. Lori said none of the people listed are currently in active ministry.

Lori appointed Bryan Minor, delegate of administrative affairs for the diocese, to oversee the process of reviewing files. Diocese spokesman Tim Bishop said that process, which is in the hands of the Diocesan Sexual Abuse Review Board, could take several weeks.

French priest takes his own life in church after abuse claims

FRANCE
BBC News

October 22, 2018

A French priest has taken his own life in his church after being accused of sexual misconduct, officials say.

Pierre-Yves Fumery hanged himself in his presbytery in the central town of Gien, Catholic authorities said.

Last week he was questioned by police, but not charged, following allegations of sexual assault involving a child under 15, news agency AFP said.

Father Fumery, 38, was the second French priest in a month to take his own life after similar abuse claims.

"It is a moment of suffering and a tragic ordeal," Orléans Bishop Jacques Blaquart told the media.

Tauranga architect specialising in childcare centres found in possession of hundreds of child sexual abuse images

NEW ZEALAND
Stuff.co.nz

October 26 2018

By Tara Shaskey

An accomplished architect who specialises in designing childcare centres has been caught with hundreds of sexual abuse images of young children.

In an international police sting, computers and storage devices owned by Neville Kingsley Saunders were found to have 559 media files and images, mostly depicting young boys who were either naked and posing suggestively, or engaged in sexual activity with another child or adult.

Two videos taken with Saunders' phone were also found and deemed objectionable.

A New Catholic Moment: Why Prosecutors Are Taking Bold Steps on Sex-Abuse

NEW YORK (NY)
Commonweal

October 24, 2018

By Paul Moses

As the Justice Department launches an investigation of clergy sexual abuse of minors in Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses, it is worth noting that victims have called for such a probe for at least fifteen years. Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, told Attorney General John Ashcroft in a November 2003 letter that the Justice Department was in a “unique position” to plumb the secrets within the church’s organizational structure.

“We believe that senior management within the Church…have not been held institutionally accountable for these practices, and as a non-profit corporation continue to selectively circumvent our Nation’s laws,” their letter said.

SNAP and the Center for Constitutional Rights renewed the long-ignored call for a federal probe in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dated August 15, one day after the release of the state grand-jury report alleging a long-term coverup of credible abuse allegations in Pennsylvania. The letter calls for criminal or civil charges, “where appropriate,” against the Catholic hierarchy.

Archdiocese removes Father Francis Nigli from St. Wenceslaus

OMAHA (NE)
KMTV

October 25, 2018

By Shawnte Passmore and Maya Saenz

Thursday night, parishioners at one of Omaha's largest Catholic churches, St. Wenceslaus, met with Archbishop George Lucas to learn more about the dismissal of Father Francis Nigli.

They wanted to know what took so long for the church to go public and acknowledge that a 21-year-old accused Father Nigli of kissing and groping him on church grounds in May. Hundreds of parishioners packed the room for an emotional meeting.

They told 3 News Now that they shared concerns about lack of transparency and communication to the community.

The Archdiocese of Omaha said the priest was removed from ministering this past summer after it received a report that Nigli had kissed and fondled a man in May. A police investigation "determined the elements of sexual assault were not met."

Indischer Kardinal nimmt vertuschende Bischöfe in Schutz

[Indian Cardinal protects cover-up bishops]

GERMANY
katholisch.de

October 26, 2018

Gracias: Missbrauch soll in Synoden-Dokument nur am Rand vorkommen

Hat ein Bischof vor 20 Jahren sexuellen Missbrauch vertuscht, könne man ihn heute nicht dafür beschuldigen, meint Mumbais Kardinal Oswald Gracias. Immerhin habe man früher nicht gewusst, welche Spätfolgen das für die Opfer haben könne.

Der indische Kardinal Oswald Gracias (73) hat sich besorgt darüber gezeigt, dass das Problem des sexuellen Missbrauchs in der katholischen Kirche zu viel Platz im Abschlussdokument der Jugendsynode einnehmen könnte. Vor allem Bischöfe aus westlichen Ländern machten bei der Synode "viel Aufhebens" um den Missbrauch, sagte Gracias am Freitag dem US-amerikanischen Internetportal "Crux". Um der Synode gerecht zu werden, könne man jedoch nicht sagen, dass dies das wichtigste Thema sei.

Missbrauch? Diözese Würzburg beurlaubt Priester

[Abuse? Diocese of Würzburg leaves a priest]

GERMANY
Main Post

October 19, 2018

By Jürgen Haug-Peichl

Wegen „des Verdachts einer sexuellen Grenzverletzung“ wurde ein Pfarrvikar der Diözese Würzburg mit sofortiger Wirkung vorübergehend von seinen priesterlichen Aufgaben beurlaubt. Das teilte das Bistum am Freitagnachmittag mit. Die Entscheidung sei nach Rücksprache mit Bischof Franz Jung gefallen.

"Zölibat ist kein Tabu" Vatikan will über Ehe für Priester reden

["Celibacy is not a taboo": Vatican wants to talk about marriage for priests]

GERMANY
ntv

October 26, 2018

Wie geht die katholische Kirche in Deutschland mit der Pflicht zur sexuellen Enthaltsamkeit für Priester um? Der Botschafter des Papstes in Deutschland deutet einen möglichen Kurswechsel an. Der Vatikan, sagt er, sei zu Gesprächen bereit.

Der akute Priestermangel und die Serie an Missbrauchsskandalen zwingen die katholische Kirche zum Umdenken: Der Vertreter des Vatikans in Deutschland fordert angesichts des bisherigen Umgangs mit Sexualität im Priesterstand eine Debatte um die umstrittene Verpflichtung zur Ehelosigkeit. "Der Zölibat ist kein Tabu", sagte Erzbischof Nikola Eterovic der Monatszeitschrift "Herder Korrespondenz". Die Worte des Kirchenvertreters haben Gewicht: Eterovic vertritt als Apostolischer Nuntius den Vatikan in Deutschland.

"Gebet im fortdauernden Zustand der Sünde ist leeres Blabla"

["Prayer in the continuing state of sin is empty blah"]

GERMANY
Die Tagespost

October 26, 2018

Bernhard Meuser nimmt zu den spirituellen Ursache des Missbrauchsskandals Stellung.

In einem Gastbeitrag für die katholische Wochenzeitung „Die Tagespost“ geht Bernhard Meuser, Initiator der globalen Jugendkatechismus-Initiative „Youcat“ und Mitinitiator von „Mission Manifest“, auf eine spirituelle Ursache des Missbrauchsskandal ein – die Vernachlässigung des Beichtsakraments.

Android creator Andy Rubin says the 'wild' allegations about his sexual misconduct and $90 million exit deal are a 'smear campaign'

NEW YORK (NY)
Business Insider

October 26, 2018

By Isobel Asher Hamilton

- Android creator Andy Rubin has said The New York Times report about his alleged sexual misconduct at Google is part of a "smear campaign."
- The Times reported that Rubin coerced a woman, with whom he was having an extramarital affair, into giving him oral sex in a hotel room in 2014.
- The newspaper said Rubin was handed an exit package of $90 million after he was asked to hand in his resignation.
- Rubin said the report contained "numerous inaccuracies" and was designed to "disparage" him during a divorce and custody battle.

Andy Rubin, the man who created Android for Google, has rubbished a New York Times report about his alleged sexual misconduct at the company and his $90 million exit deal.

The Times said Rubin was asked to resign from Google in 2014 after an internal investigation found that he had had an extramarital affair with an employee, and coerced her into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013.

The Times also reported that Rubin was given a "hero's farewell" and an exit package worth $90 million, which was paid in instalments of about $2 million over four years.

Rubin strongly denied the claims in two tweets on Thursday evening. He said they were a smear campaign designed to damage his name as part of a divorce and custody battle with his ex-wife Rie Rubin.

"The New York Times story contains numerous inaccuracies about my employment at Google and wild exaggerations about my compensation. Specifically, I never coerced a woman to have sex in a hotel room," he wrote.

"These false allegations are part of a smear campaign to disparage me during a divorce and custody battle. Also, I am deeply troubled that anonymous Google executives are commenting about my personnel file and misrepresenting the facts."

'Google covers up harassment and passes the trash': A Google engineer gave her employer both barrels after an explosive sexual misconduct report

NEW YORK (NY)
Business Insider

October 26, 2018

By Isobel Asher Hamilton

- An explosive New York Times report has delved into allegations of sexual misconduct at Google.
- Engineer Liz Fong-Jones told the newspaper that Google "covers up harassment," and tweet stormed more details after the piece was published.
- Fong-Jones said that one of the executives named by the Times was the director she referred to in a #MeToo blog about sexual assault last year.

A Google engineer has savaged the company's culture of sexual misconduct and harassment following an explosive report in The New York Times.

In a series of tweets, Liz Fong-Jones slammed Google senior managers for their "abuse of power relationships" after Android creator Rubin was accused of resigning with a $90 million exit package after a woman came forward saying he coerced her into oral sex in a hotel room.

"It is not okay to assault people. It is not okay to cheat. It is not okay to sexually harass. What's salacious about the NYT article is *not* the BDSM or the polyamory," Fong-Jones tweeted following the publication of the Times report. "It's the abuse of power relationships in situations where there was no consent, or consent was impossible."

It built on comments Fong-Jones made to the New York Times as part of its report.

Irish prelate says some nations don’t grasp ‘severity’ of abuse crisis

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 26, 2018

Speaking ahead of the close of a summit of Catholic bishops held against the backdrop of a new wave of the Church’s clerical abuse crisis, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Ireland, said some areas of the world and the ecclesial sphere still haven’t grasped the severity of the issue.

“Sometimes I feel that there are still areas of life in the Church where this has not yet come to the fore, come to the light,” Martin said Oct. 26.

“I think that there are perhaps still some areas in which this area is denied and not given its proper place,” he said, voicing hope that a highly-anticipated February summit of presidents of bishops’ conferences from around the world convoked by Pope Francis on the theme of child protection would help address the issue on a local level.

Martin voiced hope that the February gathering “will help to ensure that more countries will take this issue seriously, and I pray that they do.”

Attending an Oct. 26 press briefing during the final week of the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops on young people, faith and vocational discernment, Martin responded to a question on rumors there was a dispute over how much emphasis to give the abuse crisis in the gathering’s final document, with prelates from Asia and Africa wanting to downplay the issue, arguing that it is only a major issue in Western nations.

Martin admitted that the abuse issue started out as a major topic, drawing ovations for prelates who touched on the issue during their brief speeches. As the month-long meeting went on, discussion turned to other topics, though the abuse crisis was always an underlying theme, he said.

Bishop out on bail, priest's death unnerve Indian nuns who protested publicly

KOCHI (INDIA)
National Catholic Reporter

October 25, 2018

by Saji Thomas

Five Catholic nuns whose public protest in September led to the judicial custody of an Indian bishop accused of rape now fear for their lives after he recently was released on bail.

Their fear intensified after a priest who testified against the accused, Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar, died Oct. 22 under mysterious circumstances.

"We do not know whether we will be on the face of the earth tomorrow. The bishop can do anything to us," says Sister Anupama, one of the Missionaries of Jesus nuns who staged a sit-in at a busy intersection in Kochi, the commercial hub of the southern Indian state of Kerala.

After 14 days, they ended their indefinite protest on Sept. 22, a day after the Kerala police arrested Mulakkal. The bishop was accused of repeatedly raping Anupama's former superior general between 2014 and 2016. The former superior general filed the police complaint in Kerala on June 28.

The bishop has denied the charges, calling them a vendetta by the nun for his disciplinary action against her. The Missionaries of Jesus is a diocesan congregation under the Jalandhar bishop.

Despite a history of sexual abuse, here's why some Catholic parents choose to stay with the church

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

October 26, 2018

By Lauren Chval

Michael Hoffman is what some call a “cradle Catholic.” Born and raised into the faith, he and his family were extremely involved in their Forest Park parish throughout his childhood. As a kid, he was an altar server. As an adult, he considers the Catholic community the “fabric” of his life.
Hoffman, now 53, kept that to himself for a long time. It wasn’t until 2006 — a decade into his marriage — that he decided to tell his wife. The second person he told? His pastor at St. Mary of the Woods Parish in Chicago.
Catholic community the “fabric” of his life.

From 12 to 16, it was also the source of his sexual abuse.

Hoffman, now 53, kept that to himself for a long time. It wasn’t until 2006 — a decade into his marriage — that he decided to tell his wife. The second person he told? His pastor at St. Mary of the Woods Parish in Chicago.

“I was that active at our parish that I felt compelled to tell him. My kids were going to school there. I was on the athletic board,” Hoffman said. “If that experience went poorly — and there’s a 50-50 chance that it could go either way — he might have thought that I was attacking his ministry or attacking his character, which I wasn’t doing. If he didn’t handle it the way he handled it, which was a very good and gracious way, that could have changed my path. But he didn’t. I was just at a moment in my life where I was really wanting help.”

La confesión del obispo Duarte: “En la iglesia y en muchas otras instituciones” hay una cultura del encubrimiento

[Bishop Duarte confesses to culture of concealment "in the church and in many other institutions"]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 22, 2018

El obispo emérito de Valparaíso, quien aparece mencionado por varias víctimas como parte de una maquinaria de encubrimiento en la Quinta Región, se presentó ante la Fiscalía de Rancagua pero su declaración será reagendada para que pueda estar en conocimiento de la carpeta investigativa. Defendió su inocencia, señalando que “hice todo lo que había que hacer”.

Hasta la Fiscalía de Rancagua llegó el obispo emérito de Valparaíso, Gonzalo Duarte, para prestar declaración en condición de imputado. El religioso –cuya renuncia como jefe de la iglesia de Valparaíso fue aceptada en junio pasado por el Papa Francisco estuvo cerca de una hora en dependencias del Ministerio Público, sin embargo trascendió que no prestó declaración argumentando no conocer la carpeta, por lo que se reagendó la fecha de la citación.

Víctimas de Karadima se querellan contra el cardenal Errázuriz por perjurio y falso testimonio

[Victims of Karadima file complaint accusing Cardinal Errázuriz of perjury and false testimony]

CHILE
Emol

October 25, 2018

By Juan Peña

La acción judicial fue presentada por James Hamilton, José Andrés Murillo y Juan Carlos Cruz. "¡Basta de mentiras y delincuentes!", señalaron.

Las víctimas del ex sacerdote Fernando Karadima presentaron este jueves una querella por el delito de perjurio y falso testimonio en grado de consumado contra el cardenal Francisco Javier Errázuriz. En la acción judicial, James Hamilton, José Andrés Murillo y Juan Carlos Cruz apuntan al obispo emérito de Santiago como "autor del delito de falso testimonio, en grado de consumado, previsto y sancionado en el artículo 209 del Código Penal".

Municipio de Iquique despoja del título de "hijo ilustre" a exobispo expulsado por abusos sexuales

[Municipality of Iquique strips "illustrious son" title from ex-bishop expelled for sexual abuse]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 25, 2018

By Sebastián Asencio and Cristián Núñez

Este jueves, la Municipalidad de Iquique determinó quitar la calidad de “hijo ilustre” a Marco Antonio Órdenes; exobispo que fue acusado por abusos sexuales. Lo anterior, luego que el concejo municipal aprobara la solicitud elevada por el concejal Matías Ramírez, quien había pedido quitar este título que poseía el sacerdote.

Cardenal Francisco Javier Errázuriz enfrenta querella por "falso testimonio"

[Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz faces complaint for "false testimony"]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 25, 2018

By Alberto González, Sebastián Cáceres, and Agence France-Presse

Tres víctimas de abusos sexuales del exsacerdote Fernando Karadima se querellaron este jueves por “falso testimonio” en contra del exarzobispo de Santiago, Francisco Javier Errázuriz, a quien acusan de encubrir sus crímenes. La querella se enmarca dentro del proceso civil que las tres víctimas -Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton y José Andrés Murillo- llevan adelante contra la Iglesia de Santiago, en busca de una millonaria indemnización por encubrir los crímenes.

Synod missed opportunity to apologize for sex abuse, archbishop says

DENVER (CO)
Crux

October 25, 2018

By Robert Duncan and Anne Condodina

The more than 250 Catholic bishops from around the world meeting at the Vatican in October missed an opportunity to confront the global sex abuse crisis, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.

“I wish that we had spent more time not only talking about (the crisis) but apologizing to people for it,” said Chaput, one of the delegates elected by the U.S. bishops to participate in the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment.

The “resistance (of) some bishops” meant the abuse crisis was largely absent from the discussions, he told Catholic News Service Oct. 25. “Some say that (sex abuse) really is an issue of the Western world.”

The Auto-Destruction Of Catholic Authority

WASHINGTON (DC)
American Conservative

October 24, 2018

By Rod Drehrer

Big news for Memphis Catholics: Pope Francis has removed Bishop Martin Holley without explanation.

The decision comes from Pope Francis himself, who made clear the forced retirement was owing to Holley’s refusal to resign of his own accord.

Church Militant broke the news in June that the Memphis diocese was the subject of an apostolic visitation, led by Abp. Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, Georgia and Abp. Bernard Hebda of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The investigation was triggered by specific allegations and grave concerns surrounding Msgr. Clement J. Machado, Vicar General, Moderator of the Curia and Chancellor.

Complaints involved various financial discrepancies as well as purported violations of canon law committed by both Machado and Holley. Among Holley’s actions was the sudden closure of 11 schools as well as the abrupt removal and transfer of more than half the pastors in his diocese, leading to a sharp drop in donations and widespread anger and frustration from Catholics.

NCR has remained faithful through these many years

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

Oct 25, 2018

by Thomas C. Fox

I write today from a fourth floor room at NCR's midtown headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, the very room where I gathered 50 years ago with Robert Hoyt and his fledgling staff. I had just returned from two years in Vietnam, working with war victims and beginning my journalism career as NCR's "Vietnam correspondent." My purpose then was to "debrief" the NCR staff after witnessing the brutal war close-up as a volunteer with International Voluntary Services. (That debriefing ended up in the July 24, 1968, issue beneath the headline "Tom Fox Sums Up: How war — and the way we fight it — destroys a people.")

My purpose now, emerging out of a three-year retirement, is to lead the company, focusing on successfully completing a much-needed $10 million endowment campaign. It's embarrassingly called "The Tom Fox Fund to Sustain Independent Catholic Journalism." (Note: All funds go to endowing NCR editorial work.)

Five decades back, a younger version of Fox saw the world very much in disarray. The Vietnam War was at a high point. The Tet Offensive had turned Vietnam on its head, ripping away a pretense the war was being won. A total of 16,592 U.S. soldiers perished in Vietnam in 1968; tens of thousands more Vietnamese were killed; hundreds of thousands more lost their homes and livelihoods. Our nation was bitterly divided. Family members wouldn't speak to each other because of political differences. Turmoil grew in the wakes of Martin Luther King Jr.'s and Robert Kennedy's deaths. Days of rioting were breaking out in Washington, Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit and elsewhere.

Professors Discuss Faith in Wake of Church Scandals

BOSTON (MA)
The Heights

October 25, 2018

By Maddie Deye and Danny Flynn News

Four Boston College faculty members discussed reconciling their faith with an issue-laden church in a panel titled “Catholic Belonging in a Time of Scandal,” sponsored by the theology department, Jesuit Institute, C21 Center, and Undergraduate Government of Boston College, on Monday.

Theology professor Stephen J. Pope moderated the panel and introduced the main speakers: associate philosophy professor Marina McCoy, theology professor Richard Gaillardetz, and philosophy professor Kerry Cronin. The group discussed their views on the recent sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church that was outlined in the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and specifically delved into why and how they have remained Catholic in the wake of church scandal.

McCoy began the event by laying out why she believed the issue had more to do with larger societal questions than questions strictly pertaining to the church.

“For me, it’s a question of how do people belong to the human community, of all different kinds of communities, knowing what humans can be like,” McCoy said. “We live in communities where the people around us are gifted and the people around us are deeply flawed.”

SNAP responds: Wheeling-Charleston diocese to release names of accused priests

WHEELING (WV)
WTRF TV

October 25, 2018

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has announced that they will release the names of "credibly" accused priests in their diocese.

While SNAP is grateful that yet another diocese will be releasing the names of those they have found to be "credibly accused," they believe that this should have been done years ago.

SNAP also hopes that the list will include those who have had allegations of abusing vulnerable adults, such as former head of the Diocese, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield.

SNAP is hopeful the West Virginia attorney general will be investigating the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese. .

Lawsuit accuses former Santa Cruz priest of raping boy in ’80s

SANTE FE (NM)
Santa Fe New Mexican

October 25, 2018

By Andrew Oxford

A former student of Holy Cross Catholic School in Santa Cruz says in a new lawsuit that he was raped by a priest in the adjacent church during the 1980s.

The case is just the latest allegation that the Rev. Marvin Archuleta abused children in the area and comes as state Attorney General Hector Balderas investigates a history of sexual misconduct in New Mexico’s Roman Catholic dioceses, where predators were shuffled for decades.

The lawsuit by an unnamed John Doe, now 38, says Archuleta and another priest summoned him and other children from class to the church, ostensibly to talk with them about becoming altar boys. At one point, the other priest ushered children out of the room, leaving the boy with Archuleta, according to the lawsuit. The suit says Archuleta proceeded to rape the elementary school student.

The plaintiff never told anyone about the episode but grew addicted to alcohol and other drugs, the lawsuit says.

Priest removed from ministry

OMAHA (NB)
WOWT

October 26, 2018

By Brian Mastre

A controversy is unfolding over the alleged actions of an Omaha priest and, as a result, Fr. Francis Nigli has been removed from one of the biggest churches in the city.

On Thursday, Archbishop George Lucas was preparing to hold a town hall meeting with the parish at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.

Fr. Nigli was recently removed from ministry after a 21-year-old male accused him of sexual assault - kissing and fondling over his clothing.

Omaha Police tell 6 News the case did not rise to the level of a crime.

Diocese receives more abuse reports

HOT SPRINGS (AR)
Sentinel Record

October 26, 2018

By The Associated Press

The Catholic Diocese of Little Rock has received 26 more allegations of clergy abuse one month after the diocese released a list of clergy members who have had credible allegations against them of sexually abusing minors.

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the additional complaints in a letter to church members Tuesday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The diocese released a preliminary list in September that identified 12 priests accused of abuse who served in Arkansas.

The Little Rock diocese's internal review came in the wake of a grand jury report in August documenting seven decades of child sexual abuse by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania.

"I had hoped that the release of the names of those priests known to have abused minors might enable any as-yet unknown victims to come forward to share their story and receive help, and this has in fact occurred," Taylor wrote in the letter this week.

Documents Reveal Buffalo Bishop Knew of Abuse

NEW YORK (NY)
CBS News

October 26, 2018

The former executive assistant to Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo accuses him of withholding the names of dozens of priests with sex abuse accusations against them from a report released last March. Siobhan O'Connor will detail her story for the first time on television to Bill Whitaker on 60 Minutes, Sunday October 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Hundreds of documents O'Conner secretly copied from the confidential files of the Diocese of Buffalo offer an extraordinary window into Bishop Malone's decisions about priests accused of abuse. The devout O'Connor professes love for her church and her bishop. But she says she left the diocese last summer after three years because the documents she discovered indicated the bishop had allowed the accused priests to continue in ministry. "The reality of what I saw left me with no other option because at the end of my life, I'm not going to answer to Bishop Malone, I am going to answer to God," she tells Whitaker.

"I did betray [Bishop Malone], and yet I can't apologize for that, because there was a greater good to consider," says O'Connor.

Woman says abuse disclosures long overdue

PARKERSBURG (WV)
News & Sentinel

October 26, 2018

By Jess Mancini

A disclosure by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston of those “credibly accused” of abusing children should have been done years ago, a representative of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said.

Archbishop William E. Lori, the apostolic administrator for the diocese, on Wednesday said the diocese will compile and release the names of all priests, deacons and others who are credibly accused of child sexual abuse since 1950, which is as far back as records exist.

“Releasing of the names of credibly accused priests, etc. should have been done years ago,” Judy Jones, Midwest regional leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said.

Jones, a former resident of Southeast Ohio, joined the network after her brother was abused by a priest, she said. She has said the church is incapable of policing itself.

“Hopefully the West Virginia attorney general is doing an investigation into the Wheeling-Charleston diocese,” she said. “He should subpoena all the ‘secret archives’ of the diocese.”

As Buffalo Diocese leaker comes forward, '60 Minutes' plans story

BUFFALO (NY)
Buffalo News

October 25, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

Bishop Richard J. Malone’s former administrative assistant acknowledged Thursday that she was the source of leaked internal Diocese of Buffalo documents showing how Malone and diocesan lawyers handled allegations of clergy sexual misconduct.

Siobhan O’Connor, who worked in the diocesan chancery from 2015 until this past August, said in a statement to WKBW-TV that her conscience compelled her to take action.

“As a faithful Catholic, I could not abide by what I witnessed at the chancery,” she said. “As a whistleblower, my heart is heavy but my soul is at peace.”

Documents she provided to WKBW-TV helped show that Malone had allowed two priests accused of inappropriate conduct to remain in ministry, even as the bishop maintained publicly that he was not covering up for abusive priests.

O’Connor said she also provided documents to 60 Minutes, the CBS news magazine show, which is scheduled to broadcast a story on Sunday focusing on clergy sex abuse in the Buffalo Diocese.

The leaks to WKBW-TV followed many months of media scrutiny of the diocese’s handling of clergy sexual abuse and escalated a growing crisis in the diocese. The scandal erupted after retired Rev. Norbert Orsolits admitted to The Buffalo News in February that he had molested “probably dozens” of boys.

Following Orsolits’ admission, O’Connor fielded many calls to the bishop’s office from childhood victims of clergy abuse, and in May she wrote about her experiences in an opinion column in The Buffalo News. She called it an “immense privilege” to speak with victims and urged “compassionate support” for them.

Pols stand with victims in push for 2-year window for suits

EDIA (PA)
Daily Times

October 26, 2018

By Kathleen E. Carey

Sens. Tom McGarrigle, R-26, of Springfield, Tom Killion, R-9, of Middletown and John Rafferty, R-44, Thursday called on their colleagues to reconvene in Harrisburg to vote on a two-year window to allow childhood sexual abuse survivors to file civil suits against their abusers.

Standing before the Delaware County Courthouse, McGarrigle and Rafferty joined state Reps. Alex Charlton, R-165 of Springfield, Chris Quinn R-168, of Middletown and Marguerite Quinn, R-143, of Bucks County, in voicing their support for the measure while a group of survivors stood across the street, shouting, saying the vote should've been taken last week before the Senate recessed.

"I'm here today on behalf of the victims," McGarrigle said, "and to tell the Senate Dems don't use these victims as political pawns ... We're going to reach out to Sen. (President Pro Tempore Joe) Scarnati, R-25 of Jefferson County, to demand that he call back the Senate ... to come and let's vote on this. Let's take the vote, send it back and get it signed by the governor and move on. We are demanding a vote."

Abuse victims call on Senate to return to Capitol

HARRISBURG (P)
Sharon Herald

October 26, 2018

By John Finnerty

About 50 childhood sex abuse victims and their supporters came to the Capitol on Wednesday to call on the state Senate to return and vote on legislation that would allow for civil lawsuits in cases in which the statute of limitations has expired.

About 50 childhood sex abuse victims and their supporters came to the Capitol on Wednesday to call on the state Senate to return and vote on legislation that would allow for civil lawsuits in cases in which the statute of limitations has expired.

“Where are they?” asked Jennifer Storm, the Pennsylvania’s victim advocate. “They’re at home campaigning for your vote and we’re here.”

Catholic clergy abuse survivor wants more accountability in LA

LOS ANGELES (CA)
KPCC Radio

October 25, 2018

By Aaron Schrank

The U.S. Justice Department announced last week it’s investigating allegations of abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania.

The news follows an explosive state grand jury report showing widespread coverup of the cases by church officials. One practice: move pedophile priests from place to place. In Southern California, that’s meant known abusers were routinely reassigned to work in L.A.’s immigrant communities.

After allegations surfaced against Carlos Rene Rodriguez in Los Angeles, he was moved to the farmworker community of Santa Paula, where he was asked to minister to Spanish-speaking families in the Archdiocese of L.A.'s Office of Family Life.

Victims' advocate loses faith in an 'incapable' Church body

NEW ZEALAND
Radio New Zealand

October 25, 2018

By Michael Hall

A sexual abuse survivors' advocate says she can no longer refer people to the Catholic Church's body for dealing with complaints, saying it is dangerously incapable of dealing with victims.

Annie Hill said the National Office for Professional Standards (NOPS), which manages the Church's complaints procedure, had been chronically slow responding to emails, was not transparent and had demonstrated a dangerous lack of empathy with very vulnerable people.

Another clerical sex abuse survivor accused a NOPS complaints assessment committee of re-victimising and manipulating him after attempting to broker deals to mitigate a religious order's financial liability without his consent.

Viganò's third screed unintentionally reveals his true motives

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

October 26, 2018

by Michael Sean Winters

All this summer, combating wacky right-wing conspiracy theories felt like an endless game of whack-a-mole. Now, as the cool winds of autumn cause the red and orange leaves to rustle and fall to the ground, the generic has become the specific and discriminating journalists are called upon to play the game of Whack-a-Viganò.

You would have thought that the letter from Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the conservative prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, chastising Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò and characterizing his previous testimonies as a "political frame job" might have caused the ex-nuncio to rethink his stance. Ouellet, appointed to his post by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, had worked closely with Viganò and he was not conspicuous in his support for some of Pope Francis' reform efforts. His letter must have stung. It should have invited a reassessment by the Vatican's most famous crybaby. It did not.

Instead, Viganò has come out with a third "testimony" and the third time was not the charm. Viganò begins with his usual self-promotion, explaining that his is the voice of conscience and anti-corruption. He notes he is issuing this third epistle on the feast of the North American Martyrs and he clearly sees himself as the victim of persecution, as he did in the famous Vatileaks memos.

Pa. Lawmakers Sided With Pedophiles and Those Who Protect Them

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philly Magazine

October 25, 2018

By Liz Goldman

Other than the predator who abused me, I’ve never met anyone who isn’t repulsed by child sexual abuse. I’ve also never met anyone who isn’t outraged by institutional cover-ups of sexual abuse. Nevertheless, the top leaders of the Pennsylvania Senate couldn’t manage to pass a bill last week to reform our archaic statute of limitations, a statute of limitations that prevents victims from seeking justice.

Instead, the legislators chose to protect their own interests. They didn’t even allow the bill to be voted on. These legislators did exactly what the professed men of God and the Catholic Church did: They sided with protecting the Church’s image and not with providing justice for past and future victims. Shame on them.

Indian prelate wary of over-emphasizing abuse crisis in synod document

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 26, 2018

By John L. Allen Jr. and Ines San Martin

A leading Asian prelate in the 2018 Synod of Bishops has said that some bishops from the developing world have been concerned that, driven mostly by the agenda of their Western colleagues, too much emphasis could be placed in the summit’s final document on clerical sexual abuse.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India, a member of both the drafting committee for the synod’s final synod document and the pope’s “C9” council of cardinal advisers, said his concern was being true to the input coming from participants.

“This was a question for us: You make such a big fuss about sexual abuse, and making it like the number one issue?” Gracias said. “To be fair to the synod, you can’t say that’s the number one thing.”

“[The document] has got to be universally acceptable everywhere, we realize that,” Gracias said. “The statement should answer the needs of the United States, Ireland, Australia, but not just them.”

Holley says 'revenge,' not ‘mismanagement’ led to his removal

WASHINGTON (DC)
Catholic News Agency

October 25, 2018

By J.D. Flynn

One day after he was removed as head of the Diocese of Memphis, Bishop Martin Holley told CNA that he wants to be transparent about the reasons for his removal.

He says the decision was not about mismanagement, or past allegations of sexual misconduct. Instead, he believes that he was removed at the behest of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, former Archbishop of Washington, who influenced or collaborated with apostolic nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre to excise him from episcopal ministry.

Bishop Holley says he has nothing to hide.

The bishop was removed by Pope Francis from the diocese Oct. 24, after a June Vatican investigation into Holley’s leadership in the diocese. That investigation was prompted by criticism of Holley’s 2017 decision to reassign up to two-thirds of the 60 active priests in the diocese, and his appointment of a Canadian priest, Fr. Clement Machado, as vicar general, moderator of the curia, and chancellor of the Diocese of Memphis.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told reporters Wednesday that the decision to remove Holley was “about management of the diocese.”

Burke added that concerns about Holley were “not abuse-related.” Holley also told CNA that a decades-old allegation of sexual misconduct mentioned in some reports is not the reason for his removal.

October 25, 2018

Diocese of Buffalo whistleblower interviewed for Sunday's "60 Minutes" story

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

October 25, 2018

By Charlie Specht

The confidential whistleblower in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese sex abuse scandal will be featured this Sunday on the national news magazine "60 Minutes".

Siobhan O'Connor, the former secretary to embattled Bishop Richard J. Malone, will speak publicly for the first time Sunday about why she worked with the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team to expose the mishandling of sexual abuse claims against multiple priests by Malone.

"It has been a privilege to work with Charlie Specht of WKBW for several months now," O'Connor said in a prepared statement. "His integrity, faith and tenacity have continued to impress me. As you are now aware, in recent weeks I have also collaborated with the 60 Minutes team, which is renowned for their investigative prowess. I am pleased that Charlie can break this news to my fellow Western New Yorkers. Please know that my conscience compelled me to take action regarding Bishop Malone because of my profound concern for victims, the diocese and our community. As a faithful Catholic, I could not abide by what I witnessed at the Chancery."

"As the whistleblower, my heart is heavy," she added, "but my soul is at peace."

Sign urging Bishop David Zubik to resign flown over Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (PA)
WPXI TV

October 25, 2018

Sign urging Bishop David Zubik to resign flown over Pittsburgh

A sign reading "Resign Bishop Zupik" was flown over Pittsburgh on Thursday, which is believed to be referencing Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik.

Zubik has come under fire since a grand jury report outlined an extensive history of sexual abuse in the Catholic dioceses across Pennsylvania, including the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

It's unclear who was responsible for the sign, or if the misspelling on Zubik's name was intentional.

A powerful lobby blocked changes in Pa. child sex abuse laws. Here's who and here's why.

HARRISBURG (PA)
WITF/The York Daily Record

October 25, 2018

By Candy Woodall

Two powerful groups lined the halls of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building on Oct. 17.

One group included people who identify as victims or survivors of Catholic priest sex abuse.

The other group represented the Catholic church and its insurance companies, which could have been on the hook for millions in reparations to such victims.

The victims and survivors argued for a bill that would let people sue the Catholic church over decades of abuses that were covered up.

The lobbyists argued that the bill was unconstitutional, and that the church could be left bankrupt, unable to help the community.

Buffalo Diocese hit hard by storm of abuse allegations

BUFFALO (NY)
National Catholic Reporter

October 25, 2018

by Peter Feuerherd

The chill descending over the Diocese of Buffalo, New York, this fall is not just the cold winds blowing off Lake Erie.

In this year of tumult for the church, from a damning Pennsylvania grand jury report to a cardinal called out for sexual harassment and abuse of a minor, perhaps no other region in the country is feeling the fallout more than the 721,000 Catholics of the Buffalo Diocese.

Catholics in the diocese were assuaged when their church seemed to weather previous storms, such as the 2002 Boston exposure, relatively unscathed. However, local investigative reporters discovered over the summer a series of sex abuse cases covered up by bishops. The result has been a call for the resignation of the current bishop, Richard Malone, who came to Buffalo from Boston in 2012. The publicity has also tarnished the tenures of Bishops Edward Head, Henry Mansell, and Edward Urban Kmiec, all of whom are now accused of covering up for sex abuse among diocesan clergy dating from the 1970s.

Villanova sex abuse task force calls on bishops to be ‘mandatory reporters’

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic News Service

October 25, 2018

An open letter to the U.S. bishops asks that at their Nov. 12-14 fall general meeting in Baltimore, they make it mandatory for bishops to become reporters of suspected sexual abuse.

“The nefarious actions of certain bishops surreptitiously transferring sexually abusive priests from parish to parish, and in some cases from diocese to diocese, without notifying civil authorities of the suspected abuse has been one of the most demoralizing elements of this crisis,” said the letter, from the Villanova University Task Force on the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Church.

“Children being abused by priests is tragic enough, but when our bishops, who are supposed to be our spiritual and moral leaders, not only abandon our children in their time of need but actually become complicit in that abuse by actively covering it up, we must ensure that effective and rigorous standards are instituted so that children will truly be safe,” the letter said. “American bishops should never have the option of looking the other way and remaining silent again.”

The open letter, posted on the university’s website, was signed by 13 members of the task force, and about 140 Villanova faculty members and senior officials.

89% of Rhode Islanders Support Independent Investigation into Clergy Sex Abuse

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 25, 2018

According to a recent poll, 89% of Rhode Islanders believe that their attorney general should open an investigation into clergy sex abuse. SNAP believes that whichever candidate for the RI attorney general race wins, they should listen to their constituents and open an investigation following their election.

At this time, 16 attorneys general – from 15 states and Washington D.C. – have opened investigations into dioceses under their purview and have launched hotlines and websites to help survivors share their experiences and aid in the investigations. Regardless of who wins the upcoming election, we believe that the incoming attorney general should move swiftly to add Rhode Island to that list.

According to Bishop-Accountability.org, there are at least 38 priests who worked in Rhode Island who have been accused of abuse. We fear there may be more. We hope that both candidates will seriously consider the importance of this investigation, especially as they enter the final weeks of their campaign.

SNAP responds: Wheeling-Charleston diocese release accused names of clerics

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 25, 2018

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has announced that they will release the names of "credibly" accused priests in their diocese. The fact is, releasing of the names of credibly accused clerics should have been done years ago. And will Bishop Bransfield's name be included on that list?

Hopefully the West Virginia attorney general is doing an investigation into the Wheeling-Charleston diocese. He should subpoena all the "secret archives" of the diocese and set up have a hotline for victims to be able to call, just like was done in the Pennsylvania grand jury. As we have seen in places like Buffalo, church officials cannot be trusted to release all the records they have. Outside law enforcement needs to get involved.

Regarding Archbishop John Neinstedt

DETROIT (MI)
Detroit Archdiocese

October 24, 2018

By Ned McGrath

In response to media inquiries concerning Archbishop John Neinstedt, the Archdiocese of Detroit released the following statement:

This summer, Archbishop Nienstedt announced his intention to move back to southeast Michigan to live in a house he owns. At that time, Archbishop Vigneron asked Archbishop Nienstedt – and he agreed – to abstain from public ministry in the Archdiocese of Detroit. That agreement remains in effect.

Woman says Lansing Diocese "isn't equipped to deliver the protections, zero tolerance it promised"

LANSING (MI)
WNLS TV 6

October 24, 2018

By Alexandra Ilitch

A woman who reported a sexual harassment complaint against a priest at a church in Fenton says the Diocese of Lansing failed to take her seriously and has refused to be transparent about why he was recently removed from the parish.

She also said the Diocese has refused to explain why the priest has been declared “unfit” to fulfill his duties. The Diocese eventually ordered him to return to his home in India.

The woman is a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist in Fenton, which is about an hour east of Lansing. She says she’s been an active member of the church for several years. 6 News is not naming her because she is a victim of sexual harassment.

She hopes the Michigan Attorney General’s investigation and planned external audit on the Lansing Diocese will explain why her report fell on deaf ears.

Archdiocese restructuring in face of big challenges

TORONTO (CANADA)
The Catholic Register

By Francis Campbell

October 25, 2018

Nobody goes there anymore … it’s too crowded.

So said Yogi Berra, the late New York Yankees hall of famer. The first part of his comment seems painfully pertinent for the Catholic Church, the second part not so much.

Confronted by a dilemma of dwindling attendance, the archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth, one of only two dioceses in the province of Nova Scotia, assembled his priests and deacons nearly three weeks ago to discuss parish reorganization. They reviewed declining attendance, fewer priests and a changing culture. The outcome will be a consolidation of the archdiocese’s 65 parishes into 19, with parish administration becoming a shared responsibility. In the past, a single priest handled ministerial duties. Now responsibility will be shared by a team that could include a second priest, a part-time retired priest, a deacon and full-time lay leaders.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to go from 65 buildings down to 19 buildings,” archdiocesan spokesman Fr. James Mallon told the Chronicle Herald newspaper.

Lafayette Diocese official removed from post after abuse allegation

LAFAYETTE (LA)
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

October 9, 2018

By Amanda McElfresh

A high-ranking Diocese of Lafayette official has been removed from his position and placed on administrative leave following allegations of sexual abuse.

Msgr. Robie Robichaux had most recently been the diocese’s judicial vicar and head of the marriage tribunal.

The alleged abuse involved a female between 1979 and 1981, when the female was 16 to 18 years old.

Bishop Douglas Deshotel said he learned of the allegations against Robichaux on Sept. 18. However, the alleged victim first notified the diocese about Robichaux in 1994.

“In 1994, the matter was handled according to the protocols in place at that time, before the adoption of the Charter and the policy of zero tolerance,” Deshotel said at a Monday press conference.

Deshotel said he immediately ordered an investigation when he learned of the allegations. The matter was referred to the Sexual Abuse Review Board made up entirely of laypersons.

Deshotel said this board “unanimously advised me of their belief that the allegation has the semblance of truth.”

Boy molested by priest told to ‘seek forgiveness’ – for being abused!

NEW YORK (NY)
Patheos

October 25, 2018

By Barry Duke

Former Catholic priest David Poulson, 64, this week pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving children and could face a lengthy period in prison when he is sentenced.

Poulson, who had been a priest in the Diocese of Erie in Pennsylvania for four decades, pleaded guilty to corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children – third-degree felonies ― on Wednesday in Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

Paulson’s victims were eight and 15 years old when authorities say he began abusing them between 2002 and 2010.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a press conference that Poulson assaulted one of the boys more than 20 times in church rectories, forcing the child to give him confessionals about the abuse to “seek forgiveness for being sexually assaulted”.

Poulson is one of hundreds of so-called “predator priests” accused of rampant child abuse in the state.

The U.S. Catholic Church is facing an unprecedented wave of sex abuse investigations

NEW YORK (NY)
Vice News

October 25, 2018

By Carter Sherman

In the months since a Pennsylvania grand jury announced the names of more than 300 priests who’d abused at least 1,000 children, authorities across the United States have launched investigations of unprecedented scale into sex abuse within the U.S. Catholic Church.

On Wednesday, Virginia became at least the 15th state where officials have announced a plan to investigate sex abuse allegations within the Church. At the federal level, the Justice Department has subpoenaed records from at least seven of Pennsylvania’s eight Catholic dioceses, the Associated Press reported last week, in a probe believed to be the first of its kind, according to the Survivors Network of those Abuse by Priests (SNAP).

Is This Finally the Reckoning for the Catholic Church on Sexual Abuse?

BETHESDA (MD)
Rewire News

October 22, 2018

By Patricia Miller

I remember the moment when the gravity of the Catholic hierarchy’s long-term cover-up of rampant sexual abuse within the priestly ranks was driven home to me. It was in 2010, and I was conducting an interview for my book Good Catholics with the noted Catholic feminist theologian Mary Hunt. We were discussing her reflections regarding what had, at that point, been a decades-long adversarial relationship with the powers-that-be in the Catholic Church, dating from when Hunt was one of the leaders of an effort in the mid-1980s to assert the validity of a pro-choice position in the face of an increasingly authoritarian Vatican. “We thought there were differences in theology that we were grappling with,” Hunt told me. “We thought we were dealing with people of good will.” But it’s what she said next that sent a chill down my spine. “What we didn’t know then was that we were up against criminal behavior—people participating in criminal behavior and ignoring criminal behavior.”

As last week’s move by the Justice Department to launch an investigation into the abuse of children and young adults by Catholic clergy (and the subsequent cover-up by bishops) makes clear, Hunt was prescient.

Given the ever-widening sexual abuse crisis in the Church, it can be difficult to find an inflection point. The news that former Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had been serially abusing young men and seminarians for decades was eclipsed by the damning Pennsylvania grand jury report that detailed decades of abuse and cover-up in dioceses throughout the state. This in turn prompted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington—Wuerl helped formulate the Church’s rules for preventing sexual abuse by priests—for his role in shuffling predator priests around the state when he was the head of the Pittsburgh diocese.

Former Catholic priest, who served in Md., gets 20 years in child rape case

SOUTH CAROLINA
The Associated Press

October 23, 2018

A 76-year-old former Catholic priest who already has served jail time for molesting boys in Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison in South Carolina for raping boys from a middle school four decades ago.

Wayland Yoder Brown wore his priest collar while attacking the boys, then prayed the rosary with them, Solicitor Duffie Stone said.

“He not only violated the trust of children, but violated their faith. He used the Catholic faith against them,” Stone said in a news conference after Brown’s guilty plea.

Brown already served five years of a 10-year sentence in Maryland for sexually abusing two other boys. Pope John Paul II dismissed him from the priesthood after that 2004 conviction.

Brown’s guilty plea comes as the Roman Catholic Church in the United States is under increased scrutiny for its handling of sex abuse cases. A Pennsylvania grand jury report in August found about 300 Catholic priests had abused more than 1,000 children statewide since the 1940s. Federal investigators are taking a closer look at those cases to see if church leaders covered up for abusive priests.

The federal investigation of the Catholic Church: What we know so far

ATLANTA (GA)
CNN

October 23, 2018

By Daniel Burke

On Thursday we learned that federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania have taken a step long-sought by survivors of clergy sexual abuse: They launched a federal investigation into the Catholic Church.

As of October 23, all eight of Pennsylvania's dioceses have told CNN that they have received subpoenas and will cooperate with the probe. Separately, the diocese of Buffalo, New York, also received a subpoena regarding clergy sexual abuse in late May, according to a source familiar with the subpoena.

While the scope of the federal investigation is still unclear, groups like the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which first asked the Department of Justice to launch a probe in 2003, called Thursday's news unprecedented.

There has never been a federal investigation of this size into the abuse of children by priests and the cover-up of those crimes by Catholic leaders, according to former law enforcement officials and experts on clergy misconduct in the United States.

"It is essential to involve federal resources to fully and finally get to the bottom of a scandal that has been going on for decades, and I say that both as a former federal prosecutor and a Catholic," said David Hickton, who was US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 2010-2017.

263 San Francisco Bay Area priests branded sexual abusers in survivor's report

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
NBC News

October 23, 2018

By Corky Siemaszko and Alex Johnson

Some were moved to parishes "with direct access to children" even as they were known to be abusers, alleges a lawyer who has sued all California dioceses.

The attorney for a California clergy abuse survivor accused the leaders of three San Francisco Bay Area dioceses on Tuesday of engaging in an "institutional cover-up of an enormous magnitude" and released a list of 263 local priests whom they branded sexual predators.

The priests named in the 66-page report, compiled by the law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates of St. Paul, Minnesota, are from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the dioceses of Oakland and San Jose.

Anderson has sued all 11 dioceses in California on behalf of Tom Emens, 50, who has said he was 10 years old when a priest who died in 2002 repeatedly molested him. Earlier this month, he released a separate 120-page report on clerical sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that named more than 300 alleged clerical offenders.

Va. Attorney General Herring investigating sexual abuse in Catholic Church

RICHMOND (VA)
Richmond Times-Dispatch

October 24, 2018

By Patrick Wilson and Bridget Balch

Attorney General Mark Herring on Wednesday said his office and Virginia State Police are investigating sexual abuse within the two Catholic dioceses in Virginia, and whether people in authority covered up abuse.

Herring announced the ongoing investigation at a news conference at his office, saying his review began after a grand jury in Pennsylvania issued a report in August about sexual abuse and cover-ups in the Catholic Church there.

"Like so many Americans I read the grand jury report on child sexual abuse by clergy in Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses, and I felt sick. It broke my heart to see the extent of the damage done, the efforts to cover it up, and the complicity and enabling that went on by powerful people who should have known better and should have done more to protect children," Herring said.

"If there has been abuse or cover-up in Virginia as there was in Pennsylvania, I want to know about it, I want to root it out, and I want survivors to get justice and get on to a path of healing."

Lawyers release the names of 212 alleged priest sex offenders in Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
KTVU

October 23, 2018

By: Lisa Fernandez, Cristina Rendon

As dioceses around the country are disclosing names of priests accused of misconduct, a law firm on Tuesday released a report containing the names of 212 Catholic Clergy members accused of sexual misconduct in the Bay Area.

The report, compiled by lawyers from Jeff Anderson and Associates based in St. Paul, Minn., accuses 135 offenders from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 95 from the Diocese of Oakland and 33 from the Diocese of San Jose. A total of 111 of these priests are dead or thought to be dead.

It was initially reported that there were 263 names on the list but 51 of those names were duplicates, because some of the priests served in multiple diocese.

Release of Names Is a Good Start

WHEELING (WV)
Intelligencer

October 25, 2018

Roman Catholic church officials are doing the right thing in preparing to release a list of names of priests and deacons “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children in West Virginia. It is a good start toward repairing the church’s damaged relationship with its flock in the Mountain State.

It is unfortunate that the decision regarding West Virginia had to come after the release this past summer of a Pennsylvania grand jury report alleging that hundreds of “predator priests” victimized children in that state. Some may wonder whether that was the catalyst that convinced church officials to act in our state.

It also is troubling that the action came only after the former head of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, ex-Bishop Michael Bransfield, retired from his post. Church officials have said allegations that Bransfield sexually harassed adults are being investigated.

After Bransfield’s departure, the diocese was placed under the supervision of Archbishop William E. Lori, of Baltimore. It was he who made the announcement Wednesday. “The trust of the people has been badly damaged. Disclosing the names of all those credibly accused of abuse is a critical step toward repairing that broken trust,” Lori said.

According to the diocese, it will release the names of priests and deacons “credibly accused of child sexual abuse” since 1950, which is as far back as church records go. Diocese officials noted the list will not include the names of any priests currently in the ministry.

Pope Sends Prelate Known to Downplay Abuse to January Retreat

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 24, 2018

In 2010, a Vatican priest considered to be the 'papal preacher' made international headlines when he likened accusations of abuse and cover up against Catholic officials to “a collective violence suffered by the Jews.”

Now, the pope is sending this same prelate to meet with all US bishops. We call on Pope Francis to change his mind.

The Associated Press reported that Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa's precise quote was the current "violent and concentric attacks" on the church and then Pope Benedict were "reminiscent of the most shameful aspects of anti-Semitism."

According to the Irish Times, "the incident sparked off a series of indignant replies from Jews worldwide." Ironically, just a day before Fr. Cantalamessa's comments, another high ranking Vatican official said that the Catholic faithful will not be swayed by "petty gossip" about child sex-abuse allegations.

Given this pattern of downplaying the abuse suffered by survivors across the world, we believe that Pope Francis could do far better in sending a different official who hasn’t repeatedly demeaned victims and survivors (of both sexual abuse and the holocaust). If Pope Francis really wants to show that he is taking this crisis seriously, he should send someone else to the U.S. in January.

Chilean court orders mediation between Church and alleged abuse victims

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Reuters

October 24, 2018

By Natalia A. Ramos Miranda

Santiago’s Archbishop and three men who allege they were sexually abused by Chilean priest Fernando Karadima must appear at a mediation hearing called by Chile’s Court of Appeal.

In a statement posted on its website on Wednesday, the court instructed the two parties to meet with the possibility of an agreement between them. The hearing has been set for Nov. 20.

Claimants James Hamilton, Jose Andres Murillo and Juan Carlos Cruz filed an appeal for “moral damages” against the Church earlier this year, accusing it of covering up abuse crimes. The case was previously rejected by a lower court for lack of evidence.

They were invited to Rome earlier this year to tell the Pope about their alleged abuse. They have accused Karadima, who worked for the Santiago Archbishopric as a parish priest in a Santiago suburb, of abusing them and the Church of covering up that abuse.

A decision in favor of the men could pave the way for a flood of civil lawsuits seeking monetary damages from Chile’s Roman Catholic Church.

Caso Laplagne: Decretan secreto de la investigación luego de antecedentes entregados por Hasbún

[In the Laplagne investigation, Hasbún's testimony will be kept secret for now]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 24, 2018

La medida busca que el resto de los imputados no sepan cuáles fueron los antecedentes que entregó Hasbún, lo que impediría futuras diligencias.

El fiscal Emiliano Arias decidió decretar, por 40 días, el secreto de la investigación por abusos sexuales contra Jorge Laplagne, luego que el sacerdote Raúl Hasbún declarara en calidad de imputado por encubrimiento y entregara al OS-9 de Carabineros antecedentes considerados valiosos por la Fiscalía.

División de Conferencia Episcopal por indemnizaciones a víctimas se vuelve una "cruz" para la Iglesia católica

[Within Episcopal Conference, division over victims' compensation is a 'cross' for the Catholic Church]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 25, 2018

By Alejandra Carmona López

El tema se instaló con mayor fuerza desde la última visita del enviado papal a Chile, Charles Scicluna. Hay obispos que están empujando la idea de que la situación ya no da para más y que es necesario trazar un plan de reparaciones económicas para las víctimas, más allá del caso Karadima. El secretario general de la CECh, Fernando Ramos, también se une a las voces a favor de ese objetivo: "El principal interés de los obispos de Chile es que esta reparación sea integral", afirmó.

Mientras la Corte de Apelaciones de Santiago resuelve la demanda presentada por las víctimas de Fernando Karadima, en el seno de la Conferencia Episcopal de Chile (CECh) se ha instalado una soterrada pugna interna, dos fuerzas que chocan entre los obispos sobre la forma en que deben enfrentar la necesaria reparación a los que sufrieron abusos sexuales de sacerdotes. “¿Se van a sentar a negociar con las personas que fueron abusadas?”, comentan –ya hastiados y con la cabeza agarrada a dos manos– importantes personajes del clero.

Víctimas de Karadima no quieren conciliación con el Arzobispado por encubrimiento de la Iglesia

[Victims of Karadima reject mediation with Archdiocese in abuse and cover-up case]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 25, 2018

By Alberto González and Nicole Martínez

La Corte de Apelaciones citó a conciliación a las víctimas de Fernando Karadima y el Arzobispado de Santiago, en el marco de la demanda civil por encubrimiento. Los denunciantes le cerraron la puerta a la posibilidad y su abogado ingresó un recurso de reposición que pide dejar sin efecto la conciliación y fallar en breve plazo. Se trata de la cuarta vez que las partes son convocadas a una conciliación, y en donde todas han fracasado debido a que no ha habido acuerdo respecto al fondo, si existe o no encubrimiento.

Corte cita audiencia de conciliación por demanda en caso Karadima para el 20 de noviembre

[Appeals courts sets mediation hearing in Karadima case for November 20]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 24, 2018

By Tamara Cerna

La Novena Sala no dio a lugar a la solicitud de exhorto realizada por el Arzobispado, ni consideró los antecedentes presentados por la defensa de los denunciantes del ex párroco, incluyendo la carta de Errázuriz.

En medio de las polémicas por la filtración de un supuesto fallo sobre la indemnización demandada por encubrimiento a los abusos cometidos por el ex párroco de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima, la Novela Sala de la Corte de Apelaciones llamó oficialmente a la conciliación.

Víctimas de Karadima arremeten y piden dejar sin efecto audiencia de conciliación

[Victims of Karadima lash out and ask to cancel mediation hearing]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 24, 2018

By Tomás Molina and Juan Peña

El abogado que los representa, Juan Pablo Hermosilla, presentó un recurso contra la resolución de la Corte de Apelaciones. "La única posibilidad de acuerdo se configuraría mediante el reconocimiento de la existencia de encubrimiento", advirtió.

Las víctimas del ex sacerdote Fernando Karadima reaccionaron a la citación para una audiencia de conciliación que hizo la Corte de Apelaciones, en el marco de la demanda por encubrimiento que presentaron contra el Arzobispado de Santiago. El abogado Juan Pablo Hermosilla, quien representa a Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton y José Andrés Murillo, presentó un recurso de reposición contra la resolución del tribunal de alzada.

Jorge Abbott: “Esperamos tener genuina colaboración por parte de la Iglesia”

[National prosecutor Jorge Abbott says "We hope to have genuine collaboration from the Church"]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 24, 2018

By S. Vedoya

El fiscal nacional hizo este llamado en su discurso, en que conmemoró los 19 años de la institución.

El fiscal nacional, Jorge Abbott, conmemoró ayer el 19° aniversario del Ministerio Público. En la actividad hizo un llamado a las autoridades de la Iglesia Católica, algunas de las cuales están siendo investigadas por presuntos encubrimientos de abusos sexuales por parte de religiosos contra menores de edad.

Northwest Indiana Priest Accused Of Lying About Attack

CHICAGO (IL)
CBS TV 2

October 24, 2018

By Audrina Bigos

A Northwest Indiana priest failed to adhere to (at least) one of the Catholic Church’s ’10 Commandments’–‘Thou Shalt Not Lie’–after accusations surfaced that he made up a story about being attacked at the altar in August.

Father Basil Hutsko of Saint Michael Byzantine, a Catholic church in Merrillville, has been placed on administrative leave following allegations that he lied about being the victim of a hate crime.

The parish discredited his claims that he was beaten while he was praying at the altar last summer.

Father Hutsko, who has since been accused of sexual abuse, claimed he was attacked on the same day Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world condemning priestly sexual abuse and cover-ups in response to a grand jury report that publicly named more than 300 “predator priests” who allegedly molested more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses.

Since news of his alleged abuse made headlines, an attorney representing the church says it has known since 2004 about allegations that Father Hutsko sexually abused a 35-year-old woman.

Contemplating my faith; being Catholic after the church abuse scandal

SACRAMENTO (CA)
Sac City Express

October 25, 2018

Bt Carmen Perez

I was raised Catholic and attended a strict parochial school, St. Peter’s, in Sacramento with nuns as teachers where we wore knee-length uniforms, prayed every morning before class started, before lunch and even before heading home. We had to wear our hair in a “proper manner”—we had to put our curly hair up in a ponytail—and went to mass every Friday.

I disliked the rigorous schedule, but I knew deep inside that it was the right thing to do for God.

In 2002, I was in 8th grade and couldn’t wait to go to a public high school, when the sexual abuse scandal shook the Catholic church. It was not on my radar. My parents, the nuns and teachers tried their best (and succeeded) to shield us children from the horrors that were coming out. My siblings and I had no idea what was happening.

But one day we were in the living room doing our homework when the Spanish news started to talk about the abuse. We had barely heard the words “Catholic” and “priests” when my mom changed the channel. She sat us down and said, “Never be alone with anyone, especially adults! Go with your siblings or friends.”

We had no idea why she was saying this and just moved on with our lives, slowly but surely becoming more entwined with God and the church. We joined youth groups, young adult groups, became lectors and eucharistic ministers. And I even started to work for the Diocese of Sacramento a little over two years ago.

In August 2018 the attorney general’s report on the priestly abuses in the Pennsylvania Catholic Dioceses rattled me to my core. It was as if someone had told me that a close relative had died or someone had cheated on me. I just couldn’t stop myself from reading parts of it and feeling disgusted.

Long a lightning rod, Sodano figures in McCarrick/Viganò saga too

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 25, 2018

By Elise Harris

When it comes to Vatican scandals, a few names tend to surface every time a new crisis comes to light. At the top of most lists would be Italian Cardinal Angelo Sodano, easily among the most influential Vatican officials over the past three decades.

From the Chilean abuse crisis to the scandals surrounding Legionaries of Christ founder Father Marcial Maciel and even abuse allegations in Germany, Sodano’s name has emerged in each case, usually attached to accusations that he either defended the abuser or tried to cushion their fall.

When Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S., published a statement Aug. 25 making allegations against some 32 Vatican officials, including Pope Francis, Sodano’s name again emerged as a figure accused of covering up the sexual misconduct of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

Catholic Church to discuss sex abuse scandal at retreat at Mundelein Seminary

CHICAGO (IL)
Sun Times

October 25, 2018

By Michael Sneed

Pope Francis has called it.

Watch for a weeklong spiritual retreat for U.S. Catholic bishops to be held at Mundelein Seminary in early January as the church hierarchy prepares for a plan to consider its role in the latest scandal involving the U.S. clergy sex abuse crisis.

“They better pray,” said Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, interim head of the lay board chosen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to address the priest pedophile scandal in 2004. She has been critical of the way the church hierarchy subsequently ignored their advice, and believes a lay board should conduct the investigation.

“They should have followed our charter in the first place,” said Burke, who chatted with Sneed via phone before her speech at Georgetown University on Wednesday addressing the church’s sexual abuse scandal.

Vatican target of lawsuit over child sexual abuse by priests

ST. PAUL (MN)
Minnesota Public Radio

October 24, 2018

By Martin Moylan

St. Paul Attorney Jeff Anderson is suing the Vatican.

He says the suit — filed in federal court in California — targets the Vatican because it has been at the root of the widespread sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Church. He is seeking all records the Vatican has about abusive clergy.

"We are taking a direct shot at the Vatican for their decisions to continue a serious hazard and deploy the protocols of absolute secrecy," Anderson said.

Anderson says the abuse of children has continued because the Vatican and the Pope keep the identifies of abusers secret and take no truly serious steps to protect children.

Anderson said he's filed two prior lawsuits against the Vatican. They did not advance.

A Twin Cities abuse victim is a lead plaintiff in the latest lawsuit.

Survivor hopes clergy 'accept responsibility' in federal probe of priest sex abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
KYW Radio

October 18, 2018

By Steve Tawa

Word of the federal grand jury subpoenas issued to dioceses across Pennsylvania has spread quickly among those impacted by the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal.

Michael McDonnell, a survivor of sex abuse by two priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said up until now, victims and advocates have been blocked by "a systemic cover-up by the Roman Catholic Church."

"It's been extremely difficult to get them to accept responsibility and to be held accountable. It's a monumental occurrence," he said.

McDonnell alluded to the structure of the Catholic Church itself, wherein the upper hierarchy had served at one point of time or another in various dioceses across the commonwealth.

"No one knew more, and no one did less than these bishops, auxiliary bishops and archbishops," he added.

Child Sex Abuse Survivors Rally in Harrisburg to Push for Expanded Reporting Window

HARRISBURG (PA)
Associated Press

October 24, 2018

By Mark Scolforo

Survivors of child sexual abuse and others sought Wednesday to ramp up pressure on Pennsylvania's Republican senators to vote on a bill that would give victims a two-year window to file lawsuits that would otherwise be outdated.

More than 100 people rallied at the state Capitol, nearly a week after the Senate's GOP majority decided to leave Harrisburg without voting on the legislation.

Several speakers focused their frustration on the Senate's top-ranking Republican, President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County.

"The problem is that only one person has the power to pick up that phone and call them back," said state victim advocate Jennifer Storm, referring to Scarnati. "It's one vote, it's one day."

Scarnati issued a statement that said Democrats have been "touting this as a campaign commercial just as predicted."

Former Catholic priest gets 20 years in child rape case

DENVER (CO)
Crux

October 24, 2018

By Jeffrey Collins

A 76-year-old former Catholic priest who already has served jail time for molesting boys in Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison in South Carolina for raping boys from a middle school four decades ago.

Wayland Yoder Brown wore his priest collar while attacking the boys, then prayed the rosary with them, Solicitor Duffie Stone said.

“He not only violated the trust of children, but violated their faith. He used the Catholic faith against them,” Stone said in a news conference after Brown’s guilty plea.

Brown already served five years of a 10-year sentence in Maryland for sexually abusing two other boys. Pope John Paul II dismissed him from the priesthood after that 2004 conviction.

City boy implores Senate to vote on sex abuse bill

ALTOONA (PA)
Altoona Mirror

October 25, 2018

By Russ O'Reilly

Tommy Williams, 15, of Altoona, stood in front of a crowd on the steps of the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. He was the youngest speaker by far at the rally Wednesday organized by Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm.

About 80 people including survivors of sexual assault implored the Senate to return to session and vote on a bill that would create a two-year window to allow child sexual abuse victims to file civil suits despite the statue of limitations.

The person who abused Williams was not a Catholic priest. But Williams spoke for many now-adult victims who might have been too afraid to speak up as children when they were abused. Now time has gone by and they are prohibited as adults from suing their alleged abuser or the church that allegedly covered up the abuse.

In July, Attorney General Josh Shapiro released a grand jury report that outlined abuse of more than 1,000 children by hundreds of priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses since the 1950s. Separate investigations into the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown and Philadelphia had been completed earlier.

Current state law allows a child sex abuse victim until they are 30 years old to file civil lawsuits or 50 years old to file criminal charges.

Keep a light shining on sex abuse by priests

ALBUQUERQUE (NM)
Albuquerque Journal

October 24, 2018

By Marjorie Crow

Thank you for the Journal’s continuing coverage of the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, most recently by Journal reporter Colleen Heild on (Oct. 14). Thank you also to Attorney General Hector Balderas and KOB TV reporter Chris Ramirez for their continuing investigations and coverage of this story.

The hypocrisy of the Catholic Church is appalling on this issue. The Church continues to press its onerous control of the sex lives of lay Catholics: no pre-marital sex, no birth control, no homosexual sex, no masturbation, no abortion, no anything other than sex within marriage to make children. While none of the forbidden behaviors are crimes outside of the Church, the rampant child sexual abuses inside the Church ARE crimes. Even the “punishments” of defrocking or excommunication are not in any way comparable to years in prison for lay child abusers.

The child abuse by priests issue has festered in this country and the world since its widespread exposure in the 1990s and is finally being addressed, although most of the abuse took place many years ago, they say. Why should anyone believe it is only in the past? There was a letter to the Journal a short time ago that argued that most priests are very good and holy people, and that the abusers are “a small minority.” Are 74 priests in New Mexico and 300 in Pennsylvania, multiplied by every state and every country in the world, a small minority? This was the position of most Catholics many years ago when it became a national and worldwide issue: that it’s only a few misguided people. Then the whole thing was swept under the rug.

Reckoning over allegations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church reaches Alaska

ALASKA
ABC News

October 24, 2018

By Pete Madden

The Alaska Department of Law will assist in an investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct reported to the Archdiocese of Anchorage, ABC News has learned.

On Wednesday, Archbishop Paul Etienne announced the formation of an independent commission comprised of former law enforcement officials “to review all personnel files of clerics and religious men and women” who have served the archdiocese since its formation in 1966.

The commission is expected to deliver a report on its findings, identifying individuals who have either had credible allegations made against them or have failed to report credible allegations made against others.

Attorney General Herring Launches Clergy Abuse Hotline

RICHMOND (VIRGINIA)
Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia

October 24, 2018

~ Hotline will assist in an ongoing investigation into whether Virginia Catholic clergy may have engaged in criminal sexual abuse of children or efforts to cover up any such crimes ~

Attorney General Mark R. Herring today launched the Virginia Clergy Abuse Hotline and www.VirginiaClergyHotline.com as part of an ongoing investigation into whether criminal sexual abuse of children may have occurred in Virginia’s Catholic dioceses, and whether leadership in the dioceses may have covered up or abetted any such crimes. The hotline and online reporting form are being launched in the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report that documented decades of sexual abuse and cover-up by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania.

“Like so many Americans, I read the grand jury report on clergy abuse in the Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, and I felt sick. It made me sick to see the extent of the damage done, the efforts to cover it up, and the complicity and enabling that went on by powerful people who should have known better and should have done more to protect vulnerable children,” said Attorney General Herring. “We shouldn’t assume the behavior and the problems are limited just to Pennsylvania or to one diocese. If there has been abuse or cover-up in Virginia like there was in Pennsylvania I want to know about it, I want to root it out, and I want to help survivors get justice and get on a path to healing.”

The Virginia Clergy Abuse Hotline and www.VirginiaClergyHotline.com will be available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to receive reports of abuse by clergy or faith leaders. The toll-free hotline will allow for anonymous reporting and will be staffed by Virginia State Police investigators during regular business hours.

Thousands sign petition opposing McCarrick’s pal Cdl. Tobin as next D.C. archbishop

UNITED STATES
LifeSiteNews

October 24, 2018

By Maike Hickson

On October 19, prominent Catholic laywoman and lawyer Donna Bethell launched a petition asking the papal nuncio of the United States “not to support the appointment of Cardinal Tobin” as the next Archbishop of Washington, D.C. This petition, initiated by a single person, has already gained over 2,400 signatures since its inception.

As LifeSiteNews recently reported, Cardinal Joseph Tobin is “a front-runner among the candidates for appointment as the next Archbishop of Washington, D.C.,” according to rumors in Rome. Commenting on this matter, Sohrab Ahmari in a New York Post column called this possible Tobin nomination “a slap in the face, if that happens.”

Mrs. Donna Bethell – who was until a month ago the Chairman of Christendom College's Board of Directors and who was the Under Secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy from 1988 to 1989 – responded in a similar fashion to the rumors about Cardinal Tobin, a close confidant of former Cardinal McCarrick. Tobin is currently the Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, McCarrick’s See before he came to the nation’s capital.

According to the testimony of Archbishop Carlo Viganò, the former U.S. apostolic nuncio, McCarrick was directly involved with Tobin's appointment to Newark (emphasis in original): “The appointments of Blase Cupich to Chicago and Joseph W. Tobin to Newark were orchestrated by [Cardinals] McCarrick, Maradiaga and Wuerl, united by a wicked pact of abuses by the first, and at least of coverup of abuses by the other two. Their names were not among those presented by the Nunciature for Chicago and Newark.”

October 24, 2018

Chilean court orders mediation between Church and alleged abuse victims

SANTIAGO (Chile)
Reuters

October 24, 2018

By Natalia A. Ramos Miranda

Santiago’s Archbishop and three men who allege they were sexually abused by Chilean priest Fernando Karadima must appear at a mediation hearing called by Chile’s Court of Appeal.

In a statement posted on its website on Wednesday, the court instructed the two parties to meet with the possibility of an agreement between them. The hearing has been set for Nov. 20.

Claimants James Hamilton, Jose Andres Murillo and Juan Carlos Cruz filed an appeal for “moral damages” against the Church earlier this year, accusing it of covering up abuse crimes. The case was previously rejected by a lower court for lack of evidence.

They were invited to Rome earlier this year to tell the Pope about their alleged abuse. They have accused Karadima, who worked for the Santiago Archbishopric as a parish priest in a Santiago suburb, of abusing them and the Church of covering up that abuse.

A decision in favour of the men could pave the way for a flood of civil lawsuits seeking monetary damages from Chile’s Roman Catholic Church.

Leon Podles Was Right

WASHINGTON (DC)
American Conservative

October 23, 2018

By Rod Drehrer

Without a doubt the most searing document on the Catholic sex abuse scandal I’ve ever read — much more agonizing than this past summer’s Pennsylvania grand jury report, for example — is Leon Podles’s 2008 book Sacrilege, which is out of print and very hard to find now. Here’s a link to Lee’s web page for Sacrilege. Lee is a Catholic, an abuse victim, and a professional investigator who put his skills to work to try to get to the bottom of what happened in the Catholic Church.

I started reading the book in galley form, and couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters. It’s not that it was a bad book — not at all! It’s that the stone-cold realities Lee wrote about — based on police reports, documents, and interviews — were overwhelming to me. Admittedly, I was at a very weak place, having just left the Catholic Church over the scandal. Still, the book was raw. Because Lee is a friend, I knew how much work he had put into it, and how he suffered while writing it.

But it was true, and important.

Now, in Touchstone, S.M. Hutchens talks about how Lee Podles has been vindicated by this year’s terrible revelations of abuse and sexual corruption in the Catholic Church. Hutchens recalls a 2008 post from a Catholic site called “Fringe Watcher” that dismisses Podles as a crazy ranter who was aiding and abetting anti-Catholics. In a First Things item in that same year, Richard John Neuhaus said:

Very different is Leon Podles’ Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church (Crossland). It is a rambling essay of more than five hundred pages on a potpourri of items picked up from the public media and the blogosphere, including, along with the kitchen sink, stomach-turning details of abuse, mainly with boys, and a scathing, if familiar, indictment from a conservative perspective of liberal depredations that brought things to this sorry pass. Regrettably, the tone is shrill, and even righteous anger does not justify the author’s suspension of caution and charity in attributing motives. Among the repercussions of the crisis is a publishing stream that goes on and on, which is inevitable.

Ah, Neuhaus. He never could bring himself to see clearly what was right in front of his face.

Victims call on Senate to return to Capitol

HARRISBURG –(PA)
Johnstown Tribune Democrat

October 24, 2018

By John Finnerty

About 50 childhood sex abuse victims and their supporters came to the Capitol on Wednesday to call on the state Senate to return and vote on legislation that would allow for civil lawsuits in cases in which the statute of limitations has expired.

“Where are they?” asked Jennifer Storm, the Pennsylvania's victim advocate. “They’re at home campaigning for your vote and we’re here.”

The General Assembly ended its fall voting session last week without the Senate taking up a version of Senate Bill 261 that had been amended in the House to include a two-year window for lawsuits against child molesters and institutions, like the Catholic Church, that had covered-up their crimes.

The issue emerged as the dominant political issue at the Capitol after a statewide grand jury report found that 300 predator priests had molested at least 1,000 victims over decades. That report included a number of recommendations for legislative change, including the move to open a two-year window.

Senate Republicans, led by Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati, have opposed the move to open that lawsuit window, saying it would be unconstitutional.

Dozens of clergy sex abuse victims waiting on answers about compensation

NEW YORK (NY)
WIBV TV

October 24, 2018

By Jenn Schanz

News 4 has learned that at least 54 local clergy sex abuse victims are still waiting on a substantive response from the Buffalo Diocese regarding their claims for compensation through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, or IRCP.

The program was announced several months ago, after the Buffalo Diocese released the names of 42 priests accused of child sexual abuse.

The list was published after a South Buffalo man, Michael Whalen, went public with his story of alleged abuse as a child at the hands of Fr. Norbert F. Orsolits.

Since then, several other victims have come forward and News 4 has reported on at least a dozen additional priests being put on administrative leave following accusations of abuse.

The Diocese has said a new, updated list will be released in the near future, but has not said when exactly it will be released, or how many names will be on it.

To Forgive or Not to Forgive? Christians Struggle with Sexual Assault Allegations

MALIBU (CA)
Pepperdine Univerity Graphic

October 24, 2018

By Madison Nichols

The Lord’s prayer asks Christians to forgive those who trespass against them. Though, when a congregation applauds for a pastor who confesses to sexually assaulting a teen in his youth ministry, many question whether there are limits to Christian forgiveness.

Highpoint Church Teaching Pastor Andy Savage of Memphis told his congregation during a service Jan. 7 that he was involved in what he called a “sexual incident” with the then 17-year-old and member of Savage’s youth group Jules Woodson 20 years ago.

In a personal interview March 18, Woodson said she wants the church to recognize that sexual abuse within the church is a real issue.

“The reason I am coming forward is to gain healing and closure for myself because this is something I have carried around for 20 years,” Woodson said. “No. 2, I want other victims to know that they are not alone. And No. 3, I want to create change.”

Savage’s public confession was in response to a blog post on Wartburg Watch Dog that Woodson posted Jan. 5, which exploded on social media.

“I was, and remain, very remorseful for the incident and deeply regret the pain I caused her and her family,” Savage said in a live broadcast that aired on the Highpoint Church’s Facebook page, which can now only be seen on the New York Times.

Update: Chilean court says no verdict in survivors' lawsuit against archdiocese

CHILE
National Catholic Reporter

October 22, 2018

by Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service

Survivors of abuse in Chile believed they had won a major victory when they heard a Chilean court recognized that the Archdiocese of Santiago prevented a thorough investigation into sexual abuses committed by a former priest, Fernando Karadima.

The lawsuit brought by survivors Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and José Andrés Murillo was first dismissed five years ago.

A report by the Chilean newspaper La Tercera said the Chilean court of appeals overturned the lawsuit's dismissal Oct.18 after new evidence obtained from raids conducted on the archdiocesan chancery proved that Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz, the retired archbishop of Santiago, closed an investigation into Karadima. The court was said to have awarded 450 million pesos ($661,000) in compensation for damages to Karadima's victims.

After a verdict was reported, Cruz, Hamilton and Murillo released a statement saying that although the path to the verdict was long and full of difficulties, "it was worth it."

"The strategies of the Chilean church, especially Cardinals (Riccardo) Ezzati and Errazuriz in covering up abuses, protecting abusers and silencing victims has received a strong response from Chilean courts," the survivors said.

However, in an Oct. 22 interview with Chilean news site El Mercurio, Miguel Vázquez, president of the court of appeals, said the entire matter was still under study, no verdict had been reached and the archdiocese had not been fined.

Vázquez did not explain why the court waited four days to deny La Tercera's report about the survivors winning the lawsuit.

Abusos en la Iglesia: Fiscal Moya asegura que antecedentes no permitirían que Ezzati sea sobreseído

[Abuses in the Church: Prosecutor Moya says that precedents would not allow Ezzati to be dismissed, labels moves "obstructionist"]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 23, 2018

By Tamara Cerna

El persecutor de O'Higgins criticó al Obispado de Valparaíso, tildando el recurso que tuvo la causa paralizada durante 20 días como "una medida obstruccionista", y señaló que la "agenda de indagaciones está bastante copada".

Una dura crítica al Obispado de Valparaíso realizó esta tarde el fiscal jefe de la unidad de Alta Complejidad de O'Higgins, Sergio Moya, luego que la Corte de Apelaciones de Rancagua dejara sin efecto la orden que mantuvo estancada por casi 20 días la causa por abusos y encubrimientos ligados a la Iglesia.

Ivo Scapolo por acusaciones de encubrimiento: "Hay personas que emiten juicios sin saber cómo han sido las cosas"

[Ivo Scapolo on cover-up accusations: "There are people who make judgments without knowing how things have been"]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 23, 2018

El religioso sostuvo además que es "una situación de mejorar siempre más su trabajo, siempre en una actitud de conversión, purificación, santificación. Esa es la actitud que todos los cristianos tienen que tener siempre".

El nuncio apostólico Ivo Scapolo habló sobre las acusaciones que pesan en su contra por encubrimiento de abusos sexuales en la Iglesia Católica. Al respecto, señaló que "hay personas que emiten juicios" sin saber qué pasó. Sus declaraciones se dieron luego de participar como público en un Congreso Social organizado por la Universidad Católica (UC), informó Cooperativa.

Justicia da luz verde para investigar abusos y encubrimiento en Obispado de Valparaíso

[Appeals Court gives green light to investigate abuses and cover-up in Valparaíso church]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 23, 2018

La Corte de Apelaciones de Rancagua rechazó el recurso de protección presentado por el Obispado y levantó la orden de no innovar que tenía paralizadas algunas diligencias. Fiscal Sergio Moya acusó que la jugada judicial de la iglesia “no fue más que una medida obstruccionista con el fin de estorbar”.

Vía libre al Ministerio Público para continuar con la investigación por delitos sexuales y encubrimiento al interior de la Iglesia Católica, dio la Corte de Apelaciones de Rancagua al rechazar el recurso de protección presentado por el Obispado de Valparaíso.

Caso Karadima: Juan Carlos Cruz destroza al cardenal Errázuriz por no asumir su responsabilidad como encubridor de abusos sexuales

[Karadima case: Juan Carlos Cruz criticizes Cardinal Errázuriz for not taking responsibility in abuse cases]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 24, 2018

El cardenal Errázuriz envió una carta al director para insistir en su versión de los hechos asegurando que fue él quien inició la investigación contra Karadima y lo hizo para “proteger” a los sacerdotes diocesanos formados por el religioso. En respuesta, Cruz dijo que "el delincuente cardenal Errázuriz es como esas moscas (…) que se queda pegada, volando sin parar de molestar".

Me sorprende que los denunciantes pretendan acusarme de encubridor". Estas palabras del ex arzobispo de Santiago, cardenal Francisco Javier Errázuriz, plasmadas en una carta al director en "El Mercurio" definitivamente irritaron a las víctimas de Fernando Karadima.

"Me querían convertir en una prostituta": la estremecedora carta de joven colombiano que se suicidó denunciando abusos de curas

["They wanted to turn me into a prostitute:" shocking letter from young Colombian who committed suicide denouncing clergy abuse]

COLOMBIA
Publimetro

October 23, 2018

By Nathaly Lepe

Un año y medio después de su suicidio, su madre encontró la carta en que el joven confesaba las razones por las que se quitó la vida.

"Me querían convertir en una prostituta", escribió Daniel Osorio, el joven colombiano que se suicidó tras ser violado por los curas de su colegio. Los motivos de su muerte no se habían conocido hasta ahora, que su madre encontró una carta en la que confesaba porqué había tomado tan drástica decisión.

Sacerdote Hasbún habría entregado pruebas relevantes por caso de encubrimiento de abuso a menores

[Priest Hasbún would have delivered relevant evidence in child abuse cover-up case]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 23, 2018

By Alberto González and Nicole Martínez

El sacerdote Raúl Hasbún habría entregado pruebas relevantes en la documentación que entregó esta semana a la Fiscalía, días después de su declaración como imputado por eventual encubrimiento. Por otro lado, el Ministerio Público desestimó que existan antecedentes para un sobreseimiento definitivo del cardenal Ricardo Ezzati y celebró el rechazo del recurso de protección del Obispado de Valparaíso.

Diócesis de Calama entrega antecedentes a la Fiscalía sobre presunto abuso sexual a menor

[Diocese of Calama gives prosecutor information on alleged sexual abuse of minors]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 24, 2018

By Ariela Muñoz with information from Agence France-Presse

Este martes, la diócesis de Calama entregó antecedentes a la Fiscalía sobre los supuestos abusos sexuales a un menor, cometidos por un presbítero, en un nuevo escándalo que golpea a la Iglesia Católica. En julio pasado, la diócesis de Calama inició una investigación sobre las denuncias en contra del sacerdote Jordi Jorba Navarro, quien habría abusado de un menor en 2003, cuando tenía a su cargo la Parroquia Asunción de la Virgen de esa ciudad, según indicó un comunicado de la iglesia.

Sarah Ferguson to investigate forces behind Catholic Church child abuse in new 3-part special

AUSTRALIA
Decider TV

October 22, 2018

By Sarah Ferguson

The ABC has commissioned the team behind award winning documentary’s The Killing Season and Hitting Home to produce a compelling new documentary series focused on the Catholic Church.

The three-part documentary series Revelation will see 4 Corners host Sarah Ferguson investigate the forces behind child abuse inside the Catholic Church and the extraordinary cover-up that took place.

After years of resistance, The Royal Commission finally broke the silence of the Catholic Church and unveiled the legacy of abuse of those in its care. In Revelation, Sarah Ferguson will piece together the forces at play in one of the most profound stories in Australia’s history and the extraordinary drama that brought it to light.

Justicia cita a conciliación a víctimas de Karadima y arzobispado: desestimaron últimos antecedentes

[Court seeks reconciliation in case of Karadima's victims and the archdiocese, dismissed latest records]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 24, 2018

By María José Villarroel and Nicole Martínez

Los magistrados de la Corte de Apelaciones de Santiago tomaron una determinación sobre la causa civil que están llevando adelante los denunciantes del exsacerdote Fernando Karadima: Juan Carlos Cruz, Juan Andrés Murillo y James Hamilton en la Corte de Apelaciones. La decisión que tomó la justicia con respecto a la apelación que fue presentada por las víctimas de Karadima, es que se llame a conciliación de las partes.

‘We’re not done’: Advocate who made PM cry

AUSTRALIA
The New Daily

October 22, 2018

By Lucie Morris-Marr

Her harrowing family story made Prime Minister Scott Morrison cry live on TV across the nation. But for leading child abuse advocate Chrissie Foster, tears are not enough. It’s not over yet.

Mr Morrison was visibly upset as he told how Mrs Foster’s family was torn apart by abuse as he made the most important speech of his career so far.

He spoke compassionately during the National Apology in Parliament to thousands of Australians whose childhoods were ruined and destroyed in institutions by perpetrators including priests, teachers and carers.

Referencing Mrs Foster in particular he said; “As a father of two daughters I can’t comprehend what she has faced,” he said.

Errázuriz dice estar sorprendido que víctimas de Karadima lo acusen de encubridor

[Errázuriz says he is surprised that victims of Karadima accuse him of cover-up]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 24, 2018

By Angélica Baeza

El cardenal asegura que su intención era proteger a sacerdotes ordenados por el ex párroco de El Bosque.

En una carta al director enviada a El Mercurio, el ex arzobispo de Santiago Francisco Javier Errázuriz, manifestó estar sorprendido de que las víctimas de Fernando Karadima lo acusen de encubridor y además aseguró que su intención además era proteger a los sacerdotes ordenados por el ex párroco de El Bosque.

Peter Gogarty warns the federal government things can't go back to the way they were

AUSTRALIA
Ballarat Courier

October 21, 2018

By Peter Gogarty

ON Monday we get another apology – this one from our newest Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

By “we” I mean the tens of thousands of Australians who were sexually abused in hundreds of trusted institutions over the past 70 years while other people looked on. They looked on because they looked after themselves rather than the vulnerable children in their care.

“We” also means the family and friends of those survivors. It means the hundreds of thousands of people in the community who were lured into providing these (mostly religious) institutions with tax exemptions and extraordinary influence over our lives.

Much of this apparently disgusting, appalling and often criminal behaviour was carried out in the name of Jesus Christ and the various forms of his church.

Monday’s apology in our federal parliament building, after more than five years of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, is a bit different to others we have seen over recent years. This time our national parliament is saying sorry for not doing enough to keep the institutions which pledged to care for children, often on behalf of governments, safe, transparent and accountable.

Unterwegs mit dem Mann, der Europas Rechte vereinen will

[On the way with the man who wants to unite Europe's rights]

GERMANY
Spiegel

October 19, 2018

By Christoph Scheuermann

Exklusiv für Abonnenten

Stephen Bannon, einst Chefstratege von Donald Trump, galt als Vordenker der Rechten. Jetzt versucht er sein Glück in Europa.

Früh am Morgen, ehe er seine drei Mobiltelefone zur Hand nimmt, setzt sich Stephen Bannon in seinem Schlafzimmer auf einen Sessel aus braunem Leder, um zu meditieren. 20 Minuten Stille, dann eine Betrachtung des bevorstehenden Tages, gefolgt von Erbauungslektüre. Im Moment studiert er die Geschichte der katholischen Kirche. Er sagt, die Übung helfe ihm dabei, nicht komplett durchzudrehen. "Ohne Meditation wäre ich noch irrer als jetzt."

Er sinkt in den Ledersessel neben dem Bett wie ein müder Gorilla. Graue Bartstoppeln, strähnige Haare, rote Nase, weite Poren. Man könnte denken, er habe abends zu viel Rioja getrunken, aber es waren nur ein paar Leute aus dem Weißen Haus zu Gast bei ihm, bis in die Nacht. Zwei, drei Stunden hat er geschlafen, dann riss ihn eine Idee, eine Nachricht, ein Gedanke aus dem Bett, wie so oft. Bannon trinkt keinen Alkohol, nur Wasser, Kaffee und Red Bull.

Corte de Apelaciones suspende acuerdo y cita a víctimas de Karadima y Arzobispado a conciliación

[Appeals court suspends agreement, sets new date for victims of Karadima]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 24, 2018

By Angelica Baeza

En tanto, la carta del cardenal Errázuriz que presentó la defensa de las víctimas, en la que queda de manifiesto el cierre de la investigación contra Karadima sin diligencias, no se incorpora a la causa.

Para el 20 de noviembre a las 13.00 quedó fijada la audiencia de comparendo entre las partes – víctimas de Fernando Karadima y Arzobispado- en la Corte de Apelaciones de Santiago, suspendiendo así un posible acuerdo.

Burger: „Wie können wir als Kirche überhaupt noch weitermachen?“

[Burger: "How can we still continue as a church?"]

GERMANY
Kath.net

October 22, 2018

Freiburger Erzbischof Stephan Burger wirft seinen Vorgängern Versagen bei Missbrauch vor - Er sagt: Es wurde vertuscht, der Schutz der Institution Kirche wurde über den Schutz der Betroffenen gestellt, es wurde keine Verantwortung übernommen

Oberharmersbach / Freiburg (kath.net/pef) Erzbischof Stephan Burger hat sich in Oberharmersbach für „das Verhalten seiner Vorgänger und der Verantwortlichen in der Bistumsleitung“ im Umgang mit Missbrauch in der katholischen Kirche entschuldigt und Missbrauchsopfern ein persönliches Gespräch angeboten. Bei der Feier des Patroziniums in St. Gallus, Oberharmersbach, bekannte er am Sonntag (21.10.): „Hier, an diesem Ort und an vielen weiteren kirchlichen Orten“ seien in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten Kinder und Jugendliche durch Kleriker missbraucht worden: „Mitbrüder haben die Botschaft Jesu durch ihre Vergehen an Kindern und Jugendlichen pervertiert und verunstaltet.“ Sie hätten damit die Botschaft Jesu bei den Betroffenen und deren Angehörigen verdunkelt und Glaube und Vertrauen zerstört. „Das, was hier angerichtet wurde, kann nicht wieder gut gemacht werden. Missbrauch pervertiert die Botschaft Christi!“

Kommentar zur katholischen Kirche Gegen die „Treue zur Tradition“ hilft nur Druck

[Commentary on the Catholic Church Only pressure helps to "fidelity to tradition"]

GERMANY
Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

October 22, 2018

By Joachim Frank

Weiter so! Das hat die katholische Kirche seit Jahrhunderten eingeübt. Um nichts verändern zu müssen, bemüht sie die „Treue zur Tradition“ oder – noch steiler – den „Gehorsam gegenüber dem göttlichen Gesetz“. Kirchenreformer geraten so notorisch in den Ruch destruktiver Störenfriede.

Missbrauchsvertuschung im Vatikan

[Abuse of abuse in the Vatican]

GERMANY
HPD

October 23, 2018

By Wolfgang Klosterhalfen

Während etlichen Kardinälen, Erzbischöfen und Bischöfen der römisch-katholischen Kirche öffentlich sexuelle Missbrauchshandlungen vorgeworfen worden sind, und zum Teil kirchliche und/oder gesetzliche Strafen verhängt wurden, ist derartiges in Hinblick auf die letzten drei Päpste nicht bekannt geworden. Alle drei "Stellvertreter Jesu" werden aber stark dadurch belastet, dass sie sich in Hinblick auf Missbrauchsfälle nicht um betroffene und um zukünftig gefährdete Kinder und Jugendliche, sondern in erster Linie um das Ansehen ihrer Kirche und um die klerikalen Täter gesorgt haben.

Priester und Zeuge im Fall der Vergewaltigung einer Nonne tot aufgefunden

[Priests and witness found dead in the case of the rape of a nun]

NEW DELHI (INDIA)
CNA Deutsch/EWTN News

October 23, 2018

Ein Priester, der Hauptzeuge im Vergewaltigungsfall gegen Bischof Franco Mulakkal von Jullundur (Indien) gewesen war, ist tot. Die Umstände seines Todes sind nun Gegenstand polizeilicher Ermittlungen.

Pfarrer Kuriakose Kattuthara wurde am gestrigen 22. Oktober in seinem Zimmer in der St Mary's Church in Dasuya in Punjab, Indien, bewusstlos aufgefunden. Er wies keine sichtbaren Anzeichen von Verletzungen auf.

Der 62 Jahre alte Priester wurde für tot erklärt, nachdem er in ein örtliches Krankenhaus gebracht worden war.

Kattutaras Bruder, José Kurian, äußerte Zweifel an Polizei-Aussagen, dass der Priester plötzlich einem Herzstillstand erlegen sein könnte.

Kindesmissbrauch und verzocken von Millionen-Kirchengeld: Bischof beklagt mangelnden Reformwillen der Kirche

[Child abuse and gambling of millions of church money: Bishop laments lack of reform will the church]

GERMANY
Epoch Times

October 23, 2018

Der Bischof von Eichstätt hat in den Skandalen seiner Diözese eigene Fehler eingeräumt und zugleich Reformgegner im Apparat der katholischen Kirche kritisiert.

In der Affäre um Millionenverluste von Kirchengeld durch Finanzspekulationen hat der Bischof von Eichstätt eigene Fehler eingeräumt und zugleich Reformgegner im Apparat der katholischen Kirche kritisiert.

Gregor Maria Hanke, seit 2006 Bischof der Diözese, sagte der „Süddeutschen Zeitung“ (Dienstagsausgabe) und dem WDR, dass er mit der Aufsicht über das Finanzgebaren schlicht überfordert gewesen sei: „Wenn Sie als Mönch in ein solches System geschickt werden, haben Sie nicht die erforderlichen Möglichkeiten, dieses Dickicht zu durchdringen. Ich jedenfalls hatte sie nicht.“

Bereits der zweite französische Priester begeht Selbstmord

[The second French priest commits suicide]

GERMANY
Kath.net

October 23, 2018

Nachdem der Verdacht auf sexuellen Missbrauch aufgekommen war, beendeten zwei Priester ihr Leben.

Paris (kath.net) Ein 38-jähriger Pfarrer beging tragischerweise am Samstag in seinem Pfarrhaus in Gien, Loiret (Bistum Orléans), Selbstmord. Gegen den Geistlichen war zuvor wegen unangemessenem Verhaltens gegenüber Teenagern Anklage erhoben worden. Das berichteten der „Figaro“ und weitere französische Medien. Nach Darstellung des „Figaro“ habe sich der Priester möglicherweise einem Mädchen unangemessen genähert, das zur Tatzeit 13 oder 14 Jahre alt gewesen war. Er habe sie mehrmals umarmt. Gegenüber dem Bischof von Orléans, Jacques Blaquart, hatte der Priester zugesichert, sich künftig zurückzuhalten und eine Weile von seiner Pfarrei fernzubleiben. Mit Zustimmung des Bischofs kehrte er nach wenigen Wochen wieder in die Pfarrei zurück, nahm aber seine Tätigkeit noch nicht wieder auf. Am 15. September wurde der Priester von der Staatsanwaltschaft wegen Verdachts auf sexuelle Übergriffe auf Minderjährige unter 15 Jahren verhört.

Ballarat survivors shun national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse

BALLARAT (AUSTRALIA)
ABC Ballarat

October 21, 2018

By Charlotte King

Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse in Ballarat have dismissed the Prime Minister's national apology in Canberra on Monday as "hollow" in the face of inconsistent reporting laws.

It took 536 pages for lawyers working for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to summarise the extent of child abuse committed within Catholic institutions across the Ballarat diocese.

It was the first time the inquiry had focused on an entire community, and what they found was a "catastrophic failure of leadership" that put the reputation of the church before children, and caused irreparable harm for the entire community.

"I want people to be serious," said Paul Tatchell, a 59-year-old city councillor who was assaulted by the former Christian Brother, Edward Dowlan, as a teenager.

"I stood up, I paid a price for it, and I need someone out there to do the same."

Mr Tatchell was one of the first child abuse victims to successfully pursue Dowlan's criminal prosecution in the 1990s.

West Virginia diocese to release names of accused priests

CHARLESTON (WV)
WHSV TV

Oct 24, 2018

By John Raby

A Roman Catholic archdiocese in West Virginia announced Wednesday it plans to release the names of all priests and deacons who have been "credibly accused" of child sexual abuse since 1950.

None of the individuals who will be listed are in active ministry, Archbishop William Lori of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said in a news release.

No timetable was given on when the list would be released. Lori said the list will include the accused priests' assignments in the diocese, whose records only go back to 1950.

"The trust of the people has been badly damaged," Lori said. "Disclosing the names of all those credibly accused of abuse is a critical step toward repairing that broken trust. I pray this will lead toward healing and demonstrate the Diocese's firm commitment to transparency and accountability."

Virginia Attorney General Announces Investigation into Clergy Sex Abuse

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 24, 2018

Virginia’s top law enforcement official has announced that he is opening an investigation into clergy sex abuse and cover-ups in Virginia.

We are thrilled to hear that the Virginia Attorney General’s office has launched a statewide criminal investigation regarding sexual abuse by priests. We know that institutions cannot police themselves, so fully independent investigations like these are the best way to get to the truth when it comes to clergy sex abuse and cover-ups. We applaud A.G. Mark Herring for this move.

A New Catholic Moment

NEW YORK (NY)
Commonweal

By Paul Moses

October 24, 2018

As the Justice Department launches an investigation of clergy sexual abuse of minors in Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses, it is worth noting that victims have called for such a probe for at least fifteen years. Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, told Attorney General John Ashcroft in a November 2003 letter that the Justice Department was in a “unique position” to plumb the secrets within the church’s organizational structure.

“We believe that senior management within the Church…have not been held institutionally accountable for these practices, and as a non-profit corporation continue to selectively circumvent our Nation’s laws,” their letter said.

SNAP and the Center for Constitutional Rights renewed the long-ignored call for a federal probe in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dated August 15, one day after the release of the state grand-jury report alleging a long-term coverup of credible abuse allegations in Pennsylvania. The letter calls for criminal or civil charges, “where appropriate,” against the Catholic hierarchy.

Facing scandal and division, U.S. Catholic bishops to hold unprecedented retreat

VATICAN CITY
National Caatholic Reporter


October 24, 2018
By David Gibson

The Catholic bishops of the U.S. announced Oct. 23 that at the behest of Pope Francis they will meet for a weeklong retreat in Chicago in January.

The unprecedented move reflects the depth of the crisis they are facing with the sexual abuse scandal and the long-standing divisions within their ranks over the broader direction of American Catholicism.

The pope is even sending an elderly and revered Franciscan priest, the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, who holds the title of Preacher of the Papal Household, to lead the retreat — just as he does each year at Lent for the pontiff and the Roman Curia.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement thanking Francis for sending Cantalamessa, who is 84 and rarely travels abroad, "to serve as the retreat director as we come together to pray on the intense matters before us."

PA Victim Advocate on the Statute of Limitations on Child Sexual Abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania Cable Network

October 24, 2018

Victims' rights advocate Jennifer Storm was disappointed with the outcome in the Pennsylvania Senate on October 17. At stake was the elimination of the statute of limitations for future child victims of sexual abuse. A divisive component of the bill involved opening a two-year window for past victims to sue their abusers. The Senate decided to not vote on the bill. Ms. Storm wants to bring the Senate back to the capitol to get closure on behalf of abuse victims statewide.

In new TV ad, Pa. Democrats hit Republicans over failed clergy sex abuse bill

HARRISBURG )PA)
Patriot News

October 24, 2018

By John L. Micek

With at least a half-dozen seats in play in the Nov. 6 elections, the Pennsylvania Senate Democrats' re-election wing is out with a new ad hitting the GOP majority over last week's breakdown of a bill that would have handed some relief to the survivors of sexual abuse.

The new ad, "Window," put out by the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, will air in the Philadelphia-area, where Democrats are contending for several GOP Republican seats. The GOP currently has a 33-16 majority, with one vacancy, in the 50-member chamber.

The bill makes note that the legislation, which would have opened a narrow, two-year retroactive window for civil lawsuits, overwhelmingly passed the state House. But it was never called for a vote in the Senate, where President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, offered an alternative proposal that would have allowed survivors to sue individual perpetrators, but not the institutions that enabled or covered up abuse.

That was widely viewed as a move to inoculate Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic diocese against any costly civil litigation. It outraged survivors, who accused the GOP of putting the interests of the church above theirs.

Something wicked this way comes – again

CHILLICOTHE (IL)
Chillicothe Times Bulletin

October 23, 2018

By Bill Knight

Fortunately, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke are initiating actions to disclose facts about sexual abuse of children apparently covered up by high officials in the Catholic Church. Madigan has demanded that the Church must open its “secret files” for independent review, and Burke – who served on the investigative board of laypeople appointed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – is calling for its renewal.

The latest: four people on Oct. 18 filed suit in Chicago against all six Catholic dioceses in Illinois, months after a Pennsylvania grand jury said more than 1,000 child victims were abused by about 300 priests over 70 years in six dioceses, which concealed the truth there. Also on Oct. 18, the U.S. Justice Department launched an investigation on whether clergy committed federal crimes.

This column is no defense of pedophilia, abuse of authority or institutional coverup, of course. But it’s difficult to weigh in on such wickedness without being so accused.

Another Catholic priest accused of abuse in Guam

NEW ZEALAND
Radio New Zealand

October 14, 2018

A lawsuit filed on Guam has accused another Catholic priest of child sex abuse in the 1970s.

The 5-million dollar lawsuit alleges that Father George Maddock abused the 9-year-old altar boy while swimming.

This is the first lawsuit against Father Maddock, who died recently in New York.

But several other priests on Guam - including former Archbishop Anothony Apuron - face nearly 200 lawsuits alleging abuse and a subsequent cover-up.

The latest lawsuit says the church hierarchy knew of Father Maddock's abuse but did nothing.

Was 5 when he showed me his penis

KHASI (INDIA)
India Today

October 24, 2018

Manogya Loiwal

A woman from the Khasi community has accused two Christian priests of sexually abusing her decades ago, when she was a minor. The woman, who is 44, made the allegations in a social media post, and a Catholic group has said it will begin an internal probe.

The woman accused one of the clergymen of showing her his penis -- and asking her to touch it -- when she was five years old. When she told a family member, she said, she was slapped and told "never to make up such stories".

The abuse continued, she said, but she gathered the courage to refuse to meet with or talk to the priest when she reached childbearing age, partly because she "was terrified of getting pregnant". The man is now in West Bengal, she said.

No, ‘Mere Christianity’ Isn’t Enough To Keep Me Catholic Post-Scandal

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Federalist

October 23, 2018

By Casey Chalk

In my almost ten years of experience of ecumenical dialogue that began as a dyed-in-the-wool Calvinist seminarian and resulted in a conversion to Catholicism several years later, I periodically read some theological reflection that both provokes and puzzles. Sometimes that leads to a deeper understanding of some theological idea, or perhaps even a change in my opinion.

Other times, despite my best attempts at a charitable reading, I have to conclude that the author has misunderstood things so badly it causes confusion and detracts from the ecumenical project. The latter, unfortunately, is my reading of Korey Maas’s reflection in The Federalist on frustrated Catholics choosing to remain Catholic despite the many recent scandals rocking the church.

Maas reads the writings of several Catholics who have written in the wake of the latest clerical sex scandal–namely, George Weigel, Robert George, and Matthew Petrusek–and argues that “what each of these authors suggests, without stating it explicitly, is that the essential teaching and belief of the Roman Catholic Church is no different from that of any other Christian Church.” Maas comes to this conclusion because each of these authors urges his fellow Catholics to keep their eyes on faith in Christ, in whom they should place their ultimate trust.

Bay Area: 263 Catholic priests on sex abuse accusation list

MARIN COUNTY (CA)
Marin County Independent

October 23, 2018

By Matthias Gafni, Julia Prodis Sulek, John Woolfolk and David Debolt

As Bay Area Catholic leaders are increasingly under pressure to name priests accused of abusing children, a Minnesota law firm published a report Tuesday identifying 212 priests in the San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco dioceses accused of sexual misconduct involving kids.

The report names 135 accused offenders in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 95 in the Oakland diocese and 33 in the San Jose diocese, though 51 names are duplicates because some of the priests worked in more than one Bay Area diocese. Earlier this month, the San Jose diocese released its own list of credibly accused priests that had only 15 names, which this report calls “deficient.”

Ave Maria president wants Church to ‘come clean’ on abuse crisis

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 24, 2018

By Christopher White

When Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former papal envoy to the U.S., accused Pope Francis of mishandling sexual abuse, one of the few conservative Catholic leaders to rally to the pope’s defense was Jim Towey.

Towey, president of Ave Maria University (AMU) in Florida, lamented the “rift” between conservative members of the U.S. hierarchy and Francis, arguing that in this moment, fidelity toward the pope and the Church is needed more than ever. Towey’s stance drew a sharp rebuke from a group of AMU alumni, who accused him of not taking the clergy sexual abuse crisis seriously.

Towey, whose career has spanned from working inside the White House under President George W. Bush as the Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, to nearly two decades in academia, recently announced he would be departing AMU at the end of next academic year.

Now, two months after speaking out on the pope’s behalf, as a further step in what he believes is a crucial time for the Church to finally grasp the scourge of the sexual abuse crisis, he’s telling his own story for the first time.

GOP state senators targeted in ads about clergy sex abuse issue

HARRISBURG (PA)
Post Gazette

October 23, 2018

By Angela Couloumbis

The emotionally charged debate in the state capital over a bill to help victims of alleged clergy sex abuse has officially become a campaign issue.

Democrats on Wednesday will begin airing the first television ad knocking moderate Republican senators from the Philadelphia suburbs -- several facing tough reelection battles -- for the GOP-controlled chamber's failure last week to vote on a measure endorsed by Gov. Wolf, top law enforcement officials, the House of Representatives, and victims' advocates.

Among other changes, the legislation would have temporarily allowed older victims of clergy abuse to sue their alleged abusers and the institutions that may have covered up the crimes.

"They call it a window to justice," a woman's voice intones on the ad, paid for by the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, the election arm of Senate Democrats. "But Republicans in the Senate? They just walked away. No vote. No debate. No justice..

October 23, 2018

Report: Catholic church sent sex abusers to Marin County

MARIN COUNTY (CA)
Bohemian

October 23, 2018

By Tom Gogola

A report released this week by the law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates has identified 17 members of the Roman Catholic clergy assigned to serve the church in Marin County who had demonstrable child sexual-abuse histories that in some cases dated back to the 1960's.

The findings from the law firm lists more than 200 clergy members who served in either the Oakland, San Francisco or San Jose Catholic dioceses and who have been alleged to have committed sexual offenses against minors.

A review of the law firm’s thumbnail sketches of the clergymen gives insight into what Spotlight highlighted—that for decades, the Catholic Church dealt with its pedophilia problems by shuffling sex-abusing clergy from one diocese to another. And it indicates that numerous California Catholic clergy sex abusers got away with their crimes because of a 2003 Supreme Court ruling that rejected a California attempt to retroactively eliminate statutes of limitations for certain sex crimes, including those perpetrated against minors.

Here are the 17 clergy members of the Roman Catholic church who at one time or another were assigned to schools and churches in Marin County, and who are alleged to have committed sexual assault against children, according to Anderson & Associates, which specializes in clergy sex crimes:

• Msgr. Peter Gomez Armstrong, according to the law firm's report, has been accused of sexually abusing at least one child. He worked at the St. Vincent School for Boys in San Rafael between 1975-79 and died in 2009.

2 Pinoy priests in US accused of sexual misconduct

QUEZON CITY (PHILIPPINES)
ABS-CBN News

October 24 2018

The Roman Catholic Church continues to grapple against allegations of widespread sexual abuse on children in several dioceses in the United States.

The latest to have emerged is a report published by law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates, which revealed 263 Catholic clergy in San Francisco Bay Area accused of sexual misconduct.

Parma eparchy says Aug. attack didn’t happen, places priest on leave

PARMA (OH)
Catholic News Agency

October 23, 2018

By CNA/EWTN News

The Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma has announced that a priest who was reportedly attacked in August has been placed on administrative leave due to a credible accusation of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Fr. Basil Hutsko is accused of misconduct alleged to have occurred 35 years ago (or in 1983), the eparchy stated.

“Though Father Basil Hutsko denies the accusation, Bishop Milan Lach, SJ, having heard from the priest, the Review Board, and the Promotor [sic] of Justice, has found the accusation to be credible,” the eparchy said. “A finding that the accusation is credible is not a finding of guilt,” it added.

In August, Hutsko had been reported to have been attacked at his parish. The eparchy’s statement said that attack did not take take place.

NOTICE OF PRIEST PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

PARMA (OH)
Byzantine Catholic Church

October 23, 2018

Father Basil Hutsko, a priest of the Eparchy of Parma, has been placed on administrative leave in response to a credible accusation of sexual misconduct involving a minor that allegedly occurred 35 years ago. Though Father Basil Hutsko denies the accusation, Bishop Milan Lach, SJ, having heard from the priest, the Review Board, and the Promotor of Justice, has found the accusation to be credible. A finding that the accusation is credible is not a finding of guilt. Father Basil Hutsko has been placed on administrative leave. While on administrative leave, Father Basil Hutsko is unable to function in any capacity as a priest anywhere.

Justice department issues subpoena to Altoona-Johnstown diocese in priest child sexual abuse probe

ALTOONA (PA)
Altoona Mirror

October 23, 2018

By Dave Sutor

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has been subpoenaed as part of a recently launched U.S. Department of Justice investigation into alleged child sexual abuse and coverups carried out by the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

The diocese confirmed the subpoena on Tuesday.

“In recent days, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown received inquiries about a federal grand jury subpoena that has been acknowledged by the other dioceses of Pennsylvania,” according to a statement emailed by Tony DeGol, Altoona-Johnstown's secretary for communications.

“Normally, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown does not respond to inquiries about litigation. At this time, we can confirm that the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has received the same subpoena. The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will cooperate with the federal grand jury investigation. No other comments will be made at this time.”

Of all the politicians, Julia Gillard was the only one survivors really wanted

AUSTRALIA
The Age

October 22, 2018

By Jacqueline Maley

A survey of our recent prime ministers’ whereabouts on Monday: Kevin Rudd, in Canberra, promoting his new memoir by dripping out criticisms of his former colleagues. Malcolm Turnbull, in transit from his exile in New York, blamed for the Liberals’ trouncing in Wentworth. Tony Abbott, on the backbench of the House of Representatives, his expression blank, but his leg jiggling madly as Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addressed the victims of institutional child sex abuse.

Then there was Julia Gillard, who came back to Parliament House, where she was dealt (and doled out) some brutal treatment during her prime ministership, to be there for the national apology.

Gillard’s last act as prime minister was to order a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, and its political culmination was on Monday.

She was not the politician doing the apologising, but she was the only one the survivors really wanted.

There was applause for her on the floor of the House of Representatives and in the public galleries when Morrison acknowledged her. She was sitting in the seats for distinguished guests on the floor of the House, with the revered campaigners Chrissie Foster and Hetty Johnston .

Priest sex abuse: New report lists 263 Catholic priests in Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco dioceses accused of child sex abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
Bay Area News Group

October 23, 2018

By Matthias Gafni, Julia Rodis Sulek and John Woolfolk

As Bay Area Catholic leaders release or promise to release lists of priests credibly accused of abusing children, a Minnesota law firm published a report Tuesday naming 263 priests in the San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco dioceses accused of sexual misconduct involving kids.

The report names 135 accused offenders in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 95 in the Oakland diocese and 33 in the San Jose diocese. Earlier this month, the San Jose diocese released its own list of credibly accused priests that had only 15 names, which this report calls “deficient.”

Jeff Anderson & Associates, a law firm that has represented a number of Catholic priest abuse victims in California and elsewhere, compiled the 66-page report which included the mugshots of priests, their parish work history and a short synopsis of their alleged abuse. Some names are duplicates because some of the priests worked in more than one diocese.

“The data reveals the scandalous scale of hundreds of priests assaulting thousands of minors from early history to the present in these Dioceses,” the report concludes. “The data collected suggests the patterns and practices of Church officials, including the orchestration of an institutional cover-up of an enormous magnitude.”

Look for a story here: Catholic parents may be worrying about 'religious formation' classes

ALBANY (NY)
The Media Project/WAMC

October 23, 2018

By Clemente Lisi

This is the time of year when Catholic children who go to public schools also have to attend classes on Sundays.

What most Christians call “Sunday school,” Catholics refer to as “religious formation.” It is required of all Catholics — baptized children and adults who have converted or returned to the faith — in order to prepare for the receiving of sacraments such as Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Many Catholic parents have been concerned, obviously, after the revelations of this past summer involving ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the hundreds of Pennsylvania priests accused of molesting children and teens dating back decades made public in a grand jury report. The abuse of minors and sexual harassment of adults in the church has triggered plenty of doubt among the faithful regarding the church’s hierarchy.

This can impact church life in many ways. Here is one Sunday-morning angle that reporters need to think about.

The conversations in the pews and outside churches in the past few weeks have revolved around their child’s safety, revealing a crisis of faith that is very real. Should their son or daughter attend religious formation this year? Can they trust a priest or church volunteer to be alone with their child? Have any safety procedures been put into place?

There are 17,156 local parishes in the United States with an estimated 70 million Catholics. A much smaller number, however, remains active in the church. For example, only 42 percent of families send their children to religious formation, according to research in 2015 (click here for .pdf) by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.

Report names 263 Catholic clergy accused of sexual misconduct in Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
ABC 7 News

October 23, 2018

A scathing new report just released the names of 263 Catholic clergy accused of sexual misconduct in the Bay Area.

It includes 135 accused offenders in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 95 in the Diocese of Oakland and 33 in the Diocese of San Jose.

On Tuesday, an abuse survivor is expected to speak publicly about a lawsuit filed against all California bishops.


Lawyers release the names of 263 alleged priest sex offenders in Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
KTVU Fox 2

October 23, 2018

As dioceses around the country are disclosing names of priests accused of misconduct, a law firm on Tuesday released a report containing the names of 263 Catholic Clergy members accused of sexual misconduct in the Bay Area.

The report, compiled by lawyers from Jeff Anderson and Associates based in St. Paul, Minn., accuses 135 offenders from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 95 from the Diocese of Oakland and 33 from the Diocese of San Jose.

The lawyers are seeking to compel Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Bishop Patrick McGrath and Bishop Michael Barber to release the names of all clergy accused of sexual misconduct in all three dioceses and request the federal court to release files that show the participation and complicity of top church officials in the handling of clergy sexual abuse cases.

Issue of married Catholic priests gains traction under pope

ROME (ITALY)
Associated Press

October 23, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

As the Vatican copes with the growing clergy sex abuse scandal and declining number of priests worldwide, it is laying the groundwork to open formal debate on an issue that has long been taboo: opening up the priesthood to married men in parts of the world where clergy are scarce.

Pope Francis has convened a meeting of South American bishops next year focusing on the plight of the church in the Amazon, a vast territory served by far too few priests. During that synod, the question of ordaining married men of proven virtue — so-called "viri probati" — is expected to figure on the agenda.

This week, a two-hour documentary on Italian television is likely to contribute to the conversation. "The Choice: Priests and Love" profiles more than a dozen men in four European countries who are either living clandestinely with women, have created their own unsanctioned church communities where married priests preside at Mass, or left the Catholic priesthood altogether to marry.

The documentary, to be aired Wednesday on Discovery Italia and previewed to The Associated Press, makes the case that many of these men would gladly return to the priesthood and offer their pastoral services.

Their plight has found a sympathetic ear in Francis, who has long expressed a willingness to consider "viri probati" to address pastoral needs in the Amazon. He has also expressed sympathy for priests who have made the anguished choice to leave.

Vocatio, an Italian association of these "married priests," wrote Francis earlier this month pledging their solidarity as he copes with the global fallout of the sex abuse scandal, and once again offering their services in ministry.

Anonymous author posts '21 Theses' on Erie cathedral calling for discussion, reform

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

October 23, 2018

by Peter Feuerherd

It was a clear mimicking of the Protestant reformer's 1517 posting of 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The Erie document is addressed to Pope Francis and written on behalf of the Catholic laity.

The style of the author is more literary than dogmatic.

The first thesis states a quote often attributed to playwright Oscar Wilde: "Everything in the world is about sex, except sex is about power."

Site of Tuam mother-and-baby home to be excavated

IRELAND
RTE

October 23, 2018

The Government has approved the forensic excavation of the site of the former mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Co Galway.

Significant quantities of human remains were discovered at the site last year.

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation began test excavations at the site of the children's burial ground at the Dublin Road housing estate in Tuam in October 2016.

The commission was established following allegations about the deaths of 800 babies in Tuam over a number of decades and the manner in which they were buried.

The commission said significant quantities of human remains were discovered in at least 17 of 20 underground chambers that were examined last year.

The mother-and-baby home operated from 1925 to 1961.

FRENCH PRIEST KILLS HIMSELF AFTER FACING SEX ABUSE ACCUSATIONS

WASHINGTON (DC)
Daily Caller

October 23, 2018

By Joshua Gill

A French priest killed himself after authorities questioned him about allegations of child sexual abuse, becoming the second priest in a month to do so.

Catholic officials said that Father Pierre-Yves Fumery hanged himself in his presbytery in the French town of Gien after authorities questioned but did not charge him concerning allegations that he sexually assaulted a child under the age of 15. Fumery, 38, joined the ranks of fellow Priest Jean-Baptiste Sebe, also 38, who committed suicide on Sept. 19 after a mother accused him of committing “indecent behavior and sexual assault” against her daughter.

SNAP Applauds Australian Legal Reform that Benefits Survivors

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 22, 2018

Last week, an Australian Parliament struck down an archaic legal defense that presented a major barrier to survivors seeking accountability and justice.

The New South Wales Parliament formally abolished the “Ellis Defence,” a legal stance that allowed the catholic church to hide behind an archaic and arcane designation of “non-entity.” In practice, this meant that survivors could not formally sue Catholic dioceses in court, regardless of the legitimacy of the claims, helping to ensure that cover-ups stayed covered-up and that accountability would be out of reach.

Jorge Laplagne reiteró su inocencia en declaración ante Fiscalía por abuso sexual

[Jorge Laplagne reiterates his innocence in a statement to the prosecutor for sex abuse]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 22, 2018

Al salir de la Fiscalía, Laplagne dijo estar "tranquilo" y afirmó que se trata de un proceso "doloroso para la Iglesia". Además enfatizó que "cuando esto termine (la investigación) yo voy a dar mi declaración".

Este lunes, el sacerdote Jorge Laplagne declaró por cuatro horas en el Ministerio Público de O'Higgins en calidad de imputado por el caso de abuso sexual en contra de un menor de edad, oportunidad en la que reiteró su inocencia.

Conciliación en “Caso Karadima”: el posible escenario tras la filtración del fallo

[Reconciliation in "Karadima case:" possible scenario after confusion over compensation ruling]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 23, 2018

By Alejandra Carmona López

Desde ayer se instaló un abierto temor entre quienes respaldan la entrega de una indemnización de la Iglesia católica a las víctimas de abusos sexuales, les preocupa que el lobby y las presiones en torno a los jueces tengan efectos negativos en la Corte y vaya en contra de lo que habría sido la decisión inicial del tribunal de alzada en esta causa. Dicha preocupación se sustenta en el hecho de que, si bien la ministra Dobra Lusic señaló que no había fallo, lo cierto es que, según la descripción de la tabla de dicho tribunal sobre la causa, esta no se halla en estudio –como dijo el juez Vázquez– sino “en acuerdo”.

“Un medio de comunicación afirmó ayer que la Corte de Apelaciones había condenado a la Iglesia por negligencia en el caso Karadima. Hoy otro medio dice que aún no ha fallado. No sabemos lo que está ocurriendo, pero con lo que está en juego y los poderes que involucra, nada nos sorprende a estas alturas. Esperamos que la Corte resuelva pronto. Entonces, con esa certeza podremos hablar”, escribió ayer –en su cuenta de Twitter– Carlos Cruz, una de las víctimas del otrora poderoso párroco de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima.

“Credibly Accused” Priest from San Jose Arrested on New Charges

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 22, 2018

The Diocese of San Jose today released a statement regarding the news that one of the men on their list of “credibly accused” clergy was in jail on new charges.

In the statement Bishop Patrick McGrath said, “Prior to the Dallas Charter … these cases were handled differently based on the clinical psychological standards at the time of their convictions.” We believe it is disingenuous for the Bishop to claim that the Church did not understand the danger of returning men who abuse children to ministry.

As early as the mid-1950s, Father Gerald Fitzgerald, founder of the Servants of the Paracletes, an order established to deal with problem priests, wrote regularly to Bishops in the United States and to Vatican officials that clergy who abused children should be laicized immediately. Father Thomas Doyle and attorney Ray Mouton warned the Bishops again in 1985.

Bishops who now claim they just “didn't understand” child sex abuse prior to 2002 are just making excuses for decades of cover-ups. Does anyone really believe that these well-educated men honestly thought that prayer would cure pedophilia?

Washington D.C. Opens Hotline for Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 22, 2018

Today, the U.S. Attorney’s office for Washington D.C. has announced that they are opening an hotline and email address that survivors of clergy sex abuse and those that have knowledge of abuse can use to report their experiences.

The opening of this line of communication – directly between survivors of sexual abuse and criminal investigators – is an excellent step taken by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu. Creating this confidential avenue for survivors to report what they may have seen, suspected or suffered in Washington D.C. area gives survivors a new chance to come forward with their experiences and may potentially lead to the justice that is so often elusive for survivors of institutional sexual abuse. Given how important holding perpetrators accountable can be, both for survivors’ healing and the prevention of future cases, we hope that today’s announcement is the first step towards an independent investigation into the Archdiocese of Washington D.C.

Bridgeport prelate says accountability key for bishops’ fall summit

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

Oct 23, 2018

Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, has become one of the most closely watched American prelates at a time when the Church in the United States is in full crisis mode, making it perhaps unsurprising that he was the first bishop to raise the issue of clerical sex abuse during this month’s Vatican summit on young people.

His name is now often rumored as a potential replacement for Cardinal Donald Wuerl in Washington, D.C. or for Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia when he reaches retirement age next year.

Even so, Caggiano brushes off such rumors, insisting that he’s focused solely on his diocese and, particularly, building on the energy and ideas coming out of the Synod of Bishops on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment,” where he has joined nearly 300 bishops around the world for his first go at a synod.

Among the topics he discussed in an interview with Crux last week are:

The upcoming meeting of U.S. bishops next month where he insists that the issue of accountability of bishops must be settled.

Justicia aún no ha resuelto demanda contra la Iglesia: víctimas de Karadima deberán seguir esperando

[Court has not yet settled suit against the Church, victims of Karadima continue to wait]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 23, 2018

By Alberto González and Erik López (Agence France-Presse)

La justicia informó este lunes que aún no ha ordenado el pago de una millonaria indemnización que la Iglesia tendría que pagar a tres víctimas del exsacerdote Fernando Karadima, tal como publicó el diario La Tercera y que fue confirmado por los beneficiados. Según publicó el matutino, el tribunal había revocado una sentencia anterior y decidió otorgarle una indemnización de 450 millones de pesos a Juan Carlos Cruz, José Andrés Murillo y James Hamilton, quienes demandaron a la Iglesia Católica por su negligencia y por haber encubierto las denuncias de abuso sexual sufridas a manos de Karadima.

Exobispo porteño se niega a declarar ante la justicia, pero reconoce encubrimiento de la Iglesia

[Ex-bishop refuses to testify in court but acknowledges Church concealment]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 23, 2018

By Alejandra Soto

En la región de O’Higgins fue citado a declarar el exobispo porteño, Gonzalo Duarte, en calidad de imputado por el delito de encubrimiento. “Hice todo lo que tenía que hacer” aseguró Duarte en el marco de las investigaciones por abusos sexuales a menores. Según El Mercurio de Valparaíso, la comparecencia del obispo emérito estuvo relacionada por una pesquisa que involucra al excapellán de la Fuerza Aérea de Chile (FACh) en Iquique, Pedro Quiroz Fernández.

Víctimas de Karadima instan a la Corte a "resolver pronto" fallo por demanda contra el Arzobispado

[Victims of Karadima urge Court to quickly resolve claim against Archdiocese]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 22, 2018

By Juan Peña

Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton y José Andrés Murillo salieron a enfrentar las versiones encontradas que surgieron en los últimos días sobre la acción judicial que busca una millonaria indemnización por presunto encubrimiento.

"Con lo que está en juego y poderes que involucra, nada nos sorprende". Esta es una de las frases del breve comunicado que las víctimas de Fernando Karadima salieron al paso de las versiones encontradas que surgieron sobre el fallo de la Corte de Apelaciones por la demanda que presentaron contra el Arzobispado de Santiago.

Eugenio de la Fuente, sacerdote y víctima de Karadima: “Errázuriz debería dar un paso al costado”

[Eugenio de la Fuente, priest and victim of Karadima: "Errázuriz should take a step to the side"]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 22, 2018

By María José Navarrete

El sacerdote de la Iglesia de Santiago y exsacristán de El Bosque, Eugenio de la Fuente, sufrió durante años abusos de conciencia por parte de Fernando Karadima.

El sacerdote de la Iglesia de Santiago y exsacristán de El Bosque, Eugenio de la Fuente, sufrió durante años abusos de conciencia por parte de Fernando Karadima. En junio de este año viajó con el segundo grupo de víctimas que se reunió con el Papa Francisco en el Vaticano y, tras conocerse el fallo de la Corte de Apelaciones de Santiago ayer, conversó con La Tercera al respecto.

Corte de Apelaciones: “No hay sentencia” por juicio de indemnización de víctimas de Karadima

[Appeals Court says "There is no ruling" on compensation for Karadima victims]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 22, 2018

By Leslie Ayala C.

En el portal del Poder Judicial la causa aparece en “estado de acuerdo”.

Cuando aún no terminaba el pleno semanal de la Corte de Apelaciones de Santiago, la presidenta del tribunal, Dobra Lusic, salió hoy a enfrentar el trascendido respecto de la decisión de la Novena Sala de revocar el fallo de primera instancia y acoger la demanda indemnizatoria presentada por las víctimas del sacerdote Fernando Karadima en contra del Arzobispado de Santiago.

Iglesia: la denuncia contra sacerdote coreano que apunta a dos obispos

[Accusations against Korean priest in Chile may point to two bishops]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 22, 2018

By L. Zapata and P. Moreno

La fiscalía presentó antecedentes a la Corte de Rancagua para justificar el allanamiento al Obispado de Valparaíso. Hoy, en tanto, declaró obispo emérito Gonzalo Duarte.

Fue durante los allanamientos al Arzobispado de Santiago, en junio y agosto pasado, cuando el fiscal regional de O’Higgins, Emiliano Arias, incautó una carpeta con denuncias de eventuales abusos sexuales que involucran al sacerdote coreano Pablo Park, de la orden de los San Columbanos. Estos antecedentes fueron los que el persecutor puso a disposición de la Corte de Apelaciones de esa ciudad para justificar el allanamiento al Obispado de Valparaíso, efectuado el 13 de septiembre, con miras a los alegatos de este martes, donde se analizará el recurso de protección interpuesto por esa diócesis, reclamando por la legalidad de la diligencia.

Washington's attorney general opens probe into sexual abuse by Catholic clergy

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

October 23, 2018

By Peter Jamison and Michelle Boorstein

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine said Tuesday that his office has launched an investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington, the latest in a string of state-level law enforcement officials now probing the Catholic Church's handling of abuse complaints.

The investigation, announced by Racine at a regularly scheduled breakfast among Washington's elected officials, will bring scrutiny to Catholic leaders who have come under intense criticism in recent months.

Washington's archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, resigned this month amid uproar over a Pennsylvania grand jury report that depicted systemic abuse across the state's Catholic Church, including in Pittsburgh, where he had previously been a bishop.

Priest and key witness in nun rape case found dead

KOCHI (INDIA)
Catholic News Agency

October 23, 2018

A priest who had been a key witness in the charge of rape against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur died Monday, prompting a police investigation into his death.

Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, 62, was found unconscious in his room on Oct. 22 at St Mary’s Church in Dasuya in Punjab, India. He had no visible signs of injury.

He was declared dead after being transported to a local hospital.

Kattuthara's brother, Jose Kurian, expressed doubt about police reports that the priest might have succumbed to cardiac arrest.

“My brother had talked to me a week before the death. He had expressed fear that something may happen to him. We can’t believe the Punjab Police version that my brother had died due to cardiac arrest. He had no history of heart ailments,” Kurian told Firstpost.

The priest's family petitioned for an autopsy and investigation. It was filed with the Alappuzha district superintendent of police, who forwarded it to Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister.

The priest had testified against Bishop Mulakkal, who was been arrested on Sept. 21 for allegedly raping a nun for over a course of two years. The nun, who is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, brought the accusation forward in June.

The priest provided testimony to police about the case several weeks ago. Local Catholics say that others who have testified against the bishop have faced threats of retaliation.

Wyoming bishop forcing new investigation of former KC priest shows us the way forward

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Kansas City Star

October 22, 2018

We have known for some time that sex abuse wrecks lives, and families. The damage done doesn’t dissipate over time, either, but stretches across generations.

So it’s a bigger deal than it should be that Catholic Bishop Steven Biegler of the Diocese of Cheyenne is trying something new: He’s forced both a police and Vatican reexamination of credible abuse allegations against one of his predecessors, 87-year-old Bishop Joseph Hart, who is from Kansas City and worked in several parishes and the chancery here. Unfortunately, this is unheard of.

Over the years, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph settled 10 such claims against Hart. Now, the retired bishop stands accused of multiple acts of sexual abuse deemed credible by both the Missouri and Wyoming dioceses where he spent his career.

If you’re wondering what good could possibly come of investigating an old man, plenty of good already has come of it, as The Star detailed in a story.

'It's a beginning': Catholics vent anger over sexual abuse in Greensburg

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

October 22, 2018

By Peter Smith

More than two months after a landmark state grand jury report told a devastating history of sexual abuse by priests, more than 200 Catholics gathered at Greensburg's cathedral to report back.

In short, they were angry at the reports of sexual abuse by priests and the cover-ups that followed.

At the first of a series of listening sessions being held throughout the Diocese of Greensburg in the coming weeks, Bishop Edward Malesic paced the center aisle of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, listening as the microphone passed from one person to another, each angered over the reports of abuse, but often for different reasons.

"When we look at our history as a family and (wonder) how could that happen, I know there are feelings of confusion and anger and disappointment," Bishop Malesic said. "So I wanted to have a gathering as family so we could dialogue."

Beyond the revulsion expressed toward the sexual abuse, described in gruesome detail in the grand jury report, there was no common thread in the comments, which several people read from notes that shook in their hands.

Culture change espoused as Greensburg diocese listens to priest abuse concerns

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Tribune Review

October 22, 2018

By Jeff Himler

Monday evening's listening session inside Greensburg's Blessed Sacrament Cathedral was a start in the Greensburg Catholic diocese's attempt to move forward in the wake of accusations of sexual abuse by diocese priests in a state grand jury report released in August.

Referring to one parishioner's call for a culture change in the diocese and its leadership, Tom Severin of Connellsville said after the session, "That's really the direction we have to go as far as dealing with the pedophile scandal. It's not just making rules — it's actually changing."

The first of seven planned two-hour listening sessions drew more than 260 people to the Greensburg church to ask questions of and make suggestions to Bishop Edward C. Malesic and a Safe Environment Advisory Council of Catholic and non-Catholic members, formed to advise the church on how best to protect children.

Here's what the Pa. Senate missed by not passing bill for abuse survivors

HARRISBURG (PA)
Patriot News

October 23, 2018

By David Clohessy

Backers of the much-debated civil window for abuse and cover up lawsuits just won't compromise.

So says Pennsylvania state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati.

But, Scarnati, R-Jefferson, couldn't be more wrong.

Here's what he apparently doesn't understand: Thousands of Pennsylvania citizens including hundreds in his own district, are already leading severely compromised lives because of horrific child sex crimes that are, even now, mostly being concealed by other allegedly "responsible" adults.

Thousands who were sexually abused as kids, have compromised sexualities and severely compromised self-confidence. They are the extremely common after-effects of having been used and abused by adults who purportedly love or value us.

Thousands more have compromised careers, having dropped out of school early or avoided college or gravitated toward jobs where frail self-esteems are less challenged.

Thousands have compromised relationships with family and friends, by whom we feel betrayed or unsupported or who we just can't bring ourselves to trust others because our perpetrators so stunningly violated our trust at young and vulnerable ages.

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health estimate that we "spend an average $9.3 billion per year in the U.S. due to the victimization-related costs associated with health care, child welfare, violence and crime, and a number of other expenditures, as well as productivity losses."


Cardinal Sins: 'Confess' Exhibit Confronts Sexual Abuse by Catholic Priests

PHOENIX (AZ)
Phoenix New Times

October 23, 2018

By Lynn Trimble

Recently, news broke that the federal government is investigating allegations of sexual abuse by several Catholic priests in Pennsylvania. It’s the latest development in a story that spans several decades and countries, including Ireland.

That’s where Pope Francis addressed the issue in August. And it’s where Trina McKillen, a California-based artist with Irish roots, found inspiration for her “Confess” exhibition, which continues through Thursday, October 25, at Lisa Sette Gallery.

The exhibition calls the Catholic Church to account for its sins, while elevating the innocence of the children who fell prey to pedophile priests. It comprises three components, including a life-size confessional, with roles reversed so priests are the confessors.

Election 2018: Candidates for Ohio Attorney General Share Views

KENT (OH)
Statehouse News Bureau

October 23, 2018

By Karen Kasler

The attorney general is the state’s top cop, protecting Ohioans against shady business practices and against crime on the streets. And the new AG will be among the five new statewide executive officeholders who will take over in January.

The Attorney General candidates:
Republican Dave Yost and Democrat Steve Dettelbach are both attorneys. And they both have a way with words - peppering their comments with colorful statements like:

“I don’t think that dog hunts.”

“It just doesn’t hold water.”

“Well, that’s just horsefeathers.”

“Malarkey.”

The Republican state auditor and the Democratic former US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio disagree strongly on several issues – most notably, on what Yost could have done involving the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

Plaintiff in Illinois sex abuse lawsuit says now-Archbishop of Omaha failed to act in 2006

SCOTTSBLUFF (NE)
Scottsbluff Star Herald

October 23, 2018

By Christopher Burbach

One of the plaintiffs in a new sexual abuse lawsuit against every Roman Catholic diocese in Illinois said now-Omaha Archbishop George Lucas and his then-diocese failed to act on her complaint when he was bishop of Springfield, Illinois.

The Springfield Diocese denied it, saying the complaint “was thoroughly investigated and reported to authorities.” Lucas left Springfield for Omaha in 2009.

In a statement Friday, Lucas said it was inappropriate for him to comment on “individual meetings with victims.” But the archbishop said he has supported, in both the Springfield Diocese and Omaha Archdiocese, the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

“This includes outreach to victims of abuse, acknowledging their hurt and offering support for their healing, as well as forwarding reports of abuse to law enforcement agencies. Independent audits have consistently shown compliance in these and all areas of the charter in both dioceses,” Lucas said.

October 22, 2018

Pat Howard: Senate again fails sexual abuse victims

ERIE (PA)
GoErie.com

October 21, 2018

The head honcho of the Pennsylvania Senate cast it as a matter of constitutional principle.

Until it wasn’t.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati had maintained that giving victims of predator Catholic priests a path to some semblance of justice — via a two-year window to sue in civil court outside the statute of limitations — doesn’t pass muster with the Pennsylvania constitution. That was the rationale in 2016 when he oversaw the death of that measure in the Senate, though it had passed overwhelmingly in the house.

It wasn’t the lobbying by the Catholic Church and the insurance industry. It was the constitution. And absent some revolt in the ranks, Scarnati’s judgment rules because he controls the flow of legislation to the Senate floor.

Scarnati’s holding action got tougher in August with the release of the grand jury report that documented the abuse of more than 1,000 children by 301 predator priests over decades and how it was systematically enabled and covered up by the church hierarchy. Now the push to give victims a long-denied day in open court became a moral imperative given voice by the grand jurors.

In addition to the horror stories it exposed, the grand jury delivered four recommendations for reform. They included a two-year window for abuse survivors to sue retroactively in civil court.

The House in September again passed the provision, this time by a 173-21 vote. All of the members of the Erie-area House delegation supported it.

Faith struggles of young D.C. Catholic women? Washington Post says it's all 'politics'

WASHINGTON (DC)
Get Religion

October 22, 2018

By Terry Mattingly

For millions of Roman Catholics, the world began changing in the 1980s — with waves of headlines about clergy sexual abuse cases that eventually led to reporter Jason Berry’s cathartic 1992 book “Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children.”

The National Catholic Reporter wrote article after article about the scandals. A crucial moment came in 1985, when The New York Times published a brutal article about the Rev. Gilbert Gauthe, who admitted that he abused dozens of children in parishes in rural, southwest Louisiana. HBO eventually made a movie — “Judgement” — about the Gauthe case.

Mainstream news reporters, including me, covered stories linked to the emerging scandal all through the 1980s, as the U.S. Catholic bishops met behind closed doors to discuss how to solve this hellish puzzle.

PA Senate's inaction on child sex abuse bill was cowardly

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Morning Call

October 22, 2018

By Bill White

To paraphrase journalist and social critic H.L. Mencken, no one ever went broke underestimating the cowardice, dysfunction and bad priorities of our state Legislature.

So I can’t say I was shocked to see our state Senate head home last week without taking action on a bill that would reform statutes of limitations for victims of child sex abuse.

In fact, the Senate leader who played the biggest role in blocking Senate Bill 261 from a vote, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, claimed he was doing the responsible thing by trying to remove the piece of the bill most important to many survivors of abuse and that has been called for in grand jury findings on child sex abuse in various Pennsylvania dioceses.

It's time for churches to account for their cash says sex abuse royal commissioner

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

October 9, 2018

By Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders

All Australian churches should be made to open their books to account more thoroughly for their billions of dollars in assets and revenue, a member of the child abuse royal commission has said.

Robert Fitzgerald AM, one of the six commissioners who oversaw the five-year royal commission, will call on Wednesday for the scrapping of special exemptions that have until now allowed half of church charities, including much of the Catholic and Anglican church networks, to avoid financial reporting to the charities watchdog, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

In an address celebrating the 10th anniversary of the not-for-profit law program of community legal group Justice Connect, Mr Fitzgerald will publicly declare for the first time that the arguments for the exemptions for "basic religious charities" do not hold up.

Mr Fitzgerald will explain how the exemptions had sent a "poor signal" to the wider community that some charities deserved special treatment simply because of their religious status.

DIOCESAN REPORT ON PREDATOR PRIESTS OMITS KEY DETAILS ABOUT LIVING OFFENDER

WASHINGTON (DC)
Daily Caller

October 22, 2018

By Joshua Gill

The Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California publicly named 15 priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct, but failed to mention current allegations against one living offender.

Hernan Toro is one of six priests who are still alive out of the 15 that the Diocese of San Jose publicly named on Oct. 18 as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct. Diocesan records show that Toro was convicted of sexually abusing a child in 1983, forced to register as a sex offender, and continued to serve as a priest for seven years afterward until he was permanently banned from ministry in 1990. The report failed to mention, however, that Toro has been in jail since October 2017 and currently faces six charges for allegedly molesting two girls between 2011 and 2015.

Liz Sullivan, spokeswoman for the diocese, said that the diocese was unaware of the current allegations against Toro and did not provide details as to how the diocese collected information on the 15 priests they named, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

U.S. cardinal: Abuse crisis discussed at synod, will top bishops’ agenda

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

October 22, 2018

By Cindy Wooden

While the clerical sexual abuse crisis did not dominate discussions at the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said it was discussed, and everyone in the room clearly believed the crisis has to be dealt with.

Cardinal DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke to Catholic News Service Oct. 22 as the synod was winding down and preparations for the U.S. bishops’ November general meeting moved into high gear.

The agenda for the November meeting will include multiple items for dealing with the abuse crisis and, particularly, the issue of bishops’ behavior and accountability, Cardinal DiNardo said.

One suggestion the bishops will examine, he said, is to draw up “a code of conduct for bishops,” similar to those that most dioceses have for priests and for lay employees. Another would be to establish a “third-party reporting system” that would allow someone with an abuse complaint against a bishop to report him to someone not connected with his diocese or the bishops’ conference.

“All of these involve issues that we are going to have to discern,” the cardinal said. “We want to do something that will help intensify our commitment to change.”

Federal prosecutors launch hotline for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Hill

October 22, 2018

By Megan Keller

The District of Columbia U.S. Attorney's Office Victim Witness Assistance Unit and the D.C. Superior Court Division's Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section are launching a hotline and email for survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy to report the crimes.

U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu on Monday announced that victims or people with knowledge of incidents involving sexual abuse by clergy can contact the newly formed Clergy Abuse Reporting Line at 202-252-7008 or email USADC.ReportClergyAbuse@usdog.gov.

A group of criminal investigators, prosecutors and victim advocates from the Superior Court Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office will review any information provided and decide if the provider can be given victim services or criminal charges can be issued.

Steve Bannon empfing Gloria und Kardinal Müller

[Steve Bannon received Gloria and Cardinal Müller]

BAVARIA (GERMANY)
Br.de

October 22, 2018

Der ehemalige Chefstratege von US-Präsident Trump, Steve Bannon, will eine rechte Sammlungsbewegung gründen. Gloria von Thurn und Taxis und Kardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller standen dabei auf seiner Gästeliste, berichtet der "Spiegel".

Die Regensburger Unternehmerin Gloria von Thurn und Taxis und der frühere Regensburger Bischof und Chef der vatikanischen Glaubenskongregation, Kardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, haben sich einem Bericht des Nachrichtenmagazins "Der Spiegel" zufolge mit dem früheren US-Präsidentenberater Steve Bannon getroffen. Der Rechtspopulist Bannon habe in der US-Hauptstadt Washington im September ein Abendessen für konservative Katholiken organisiert.

What it’s like to be a young Catholic in a new era of clergy sex abuse scandals

WASHINGTON D.C.
The Washington Post

October 21, 2018

By Marisa Iati

In a yellow townhouse just steps from Georgetown University on a recent evening, members of the campus group Catholic Women at Georgetown talked about how the Virgin Mary strengthens them in hard times as they shared a dinner of Domino’s pizza.

In between swapping thoughts on homesickness and avoiding sin, the conversation turned to new allegations of sexual abuse by clergy in a church under siege.

The group’s president, Erica Lizza, asked the dozen students seated in a circle how they lean on Mary as the faith they’ve relied on for spiritual sustenance faces a crisis.

How Pennsylvania’s legislature gets away with not helping victims of child sex abuse | John Baer

PHILADELPHIA
Philly.com

October 22, 2018

By John Baer

In case you're wondering (and you should be) how your legislature does, or doesn't do, whatever it wants, allow me to refresh your memory.

It's because its leaders maintain a culture to keep you out and keep them in.

It's because this culture puts their interests and special interests ahead of public interests.

The latest example is the state Senate last week walking away from victims of child sex abuse.

This on the final scheduled voting day of the year.

This after a Pennsylvania grand jury in August released the nation's most comprehensive report on decades of abuse and cover-up by Catholic clergy.

And this after that report triggered investigations in other states and a federal probe by the U.S. Department of Justice.

There are complexities in helping victims. Should private entities such as the Catholic Church be treated differently from public entities such as a school district? Does a compensation fund make more sense than open litigation?

But how did lawmakers resolve these complexities?

They walked away. Because they can.

Iglesia de Santiago: crecen aportes por el 1% y baja el número de donantes

[Church of Santiago contributions grow by 1% while the number of donors decreases]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 22, 2018

By L. Zapata and S. Rodríguez

Cercanos al catolicismo aseguran que, de acuerdo con las cifras 2010-2017 entregadas por el Arzobispado, la caída de personas que aportan dinero estaría relacionada con los casos de abuso en el clero, chileno y mundial.

El 15 de enero pasado el Papa Francisco pisó suelo chileno. Después de 30 años un Pontífice regresaba al país, con una tarea titánica: reencantar al aparentemente alicaído catolicismo criollo. La visita generó expectativas en la Iglesia local, que no terminaba de sacudirse del impacto provocado por el caso Karadima y sus abusos en El Bosque, el cual se venía arrastrando desde 2011, además de otros episodios que tibiamente comenzaban a aparecer en el horizonte.

Presidenta de Corte de Apelaciones asegura que aún no hay fallo redactado en demanda de víctimas de Karadima contra el Arzobispado

[Court of Appeals President says there is still no ruling drafted in the Karadima victims' lawsuit]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 22, 2018

En los próximos días la Novena Sala de la Corte de Apelaciones debería dar a conocer la resolución sobre el caso. Al ser consultada sobre si se había alcanzado a votar, Dobra Lusic señaló que "eso ya es reservado, forma parte del acuerdo".

Dobra Lusic, presidenta de la Corte de Apelaciones, indicó esta tarde que aún no hay un fallo redactado con respecto a la demanda presentada por las víctimas de Fernando Karadima, en contra del Arzobispado de Santiago.

“Hice todo lo que tenía que hacer”: Ex Obispo Duarte acudió a Fiscalía de O’Higgins por presunto encubrimiento de abusos

[Former Bishop Duarte says "I did everything I had to do" in going to O'Higgins office for cover-up investigation]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 22, 2018

El religioso dijo que no sabía por qué estaba citado y que acordó con los fiscales reagendar la diligencia para noviembre.

“Hice todo lo que tenía que hacer”. Con estas palabras el obispo emérito de Valparaíso, Gonzalo Duarte, se refirió a las consultas de la prensa tras acudir a la fiscalía de O’Higgins en medio de las investigaciones por presunto encubrimiento en el caso del excapellán de la Fuerza Aérea, Pedro Quiroz.

Clerical cronyism and secrecy shielded McCarrick and others

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

October 22, 2018

By Fr. Peter Daly

Two months into the sex abuse scandal that forced Theodore McCarrick to renounce his cardinal's red hat and withdraw to a Capuchin friary in Kansas, Catholics are still asking, "How did this happen?" How does someone like McCarrick advance to the pinnacle of Catholic power and stay there for so long when he carries so much baggage of crime and sin? Was there no vetting? Were there no background checks? Was someone protecting him?

If there is any "malpractice" in this scandal, it belongs to the various papal nuncios (Vatican ambassadors) and the members of the Congregation for Bishops in Rome, who are responsible for checking the backgrounds of candidates for the episcopacy. They did not do their jobs. It also belongs to McCarrick's patrons and promoters in America and in Rome, including Cardinals Francis Spellman (archbishop of New York 1939-67) and Terence Cooke (archbishop of New York 1968-83) and Pope John Paul II. All three were enchanted by McCarrick's fundraising skills.

In his August letter to the church, Pope Francis said that the explanation for the abuse crisis is "clericalism." I agree if we define clericalism as the view that priests and bishops are set apart from and above other people. They feel they are accountable only to their religious superiors. Certainly not to the laity and often not even to the civil authorities.

A National Apology Must Commit To Ending ALL Abuse: Vic Children’s Commissioner

AUSTRALIA
New Matilda

October 22, 2018

By Liana Buchanan

Later today, our Parliament will deliver a formal National Apology to the victims of child abuse perpetrated at the hands of Australian institutions. Words have power, but action means a lot more, writes Liana Buchanan.

Today, Prime Minister Scott Morrison makes a national apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Around 400 balloted tickets have been made available to attend the ceremony in Canberra, while another 400 organisational representatives will also attend and local ceremonies will see hundreds of others come together around Australia to witness the apology.

This historic event marks the rightful acknowledgement of decades of abuse that has been, until recently, hidden. It follows the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which exposed thousands of allegations, and made more than 2,500 referrals to police.

The abuse disclosed has, in many cases, led to catastrophic impacts on the lives of victims who survived, and their families and loved ones. For too many others, their lives have ended as a direct result of childhoods destroyed through abuse.

National child abuse apology: Morrison to commit to museum of remembrance

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

October 21, 2018

By Katharine Murphy

More than 1,000 people expected for apology following royal commission’s horrific findings

Scott Morrison will commit to a new museum to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of child sexual abuse as the centrepiece of what will be an emotional national apology to the survivors of institutional abuse in federal parliament on Monday.

More than 1,000 people are expected to be in Canberra for the apology, a symbolic gesture that follows the horrific findings of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. Julia Gillard, the prime minister who set the royal commission in train, is expected to attend.

The prime minister will commit in Monday’s speech to a museum that will be a place of remembrance and reflection, as well as a place cataloguing the events leading up to the royal commission and the national apology, with the scope of the project to be worked out in consultation with survivors.

Morrison will also commit to reporting to parliament each year for the next five years on the progress being made implementing the recommendations of the royal commission.

93 More Women Have Accused Former USC Gynecologist George Tyndall of Sexual Abuse

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Glamour

October 20, 2018

By Julyssa Lopez

The University of Southern California continues to reckon with sexual assault allegations leveled against its former campus gynecologist George Tyndall. On Thursday, two new lawsuits were filed on behalf of 93 additional women who claim the university purposefully concealed the abuse—which brings the total number of Tyndall's accusers to about 500.

The new claims come after 51 women came forward back in July. They joined six women who had alleged in a lawsuit filed in May that USC had failed to protect them from Tyndall's abuse and mishandled complaints about his behavior, as well as dozens of others, bringing the total number of accusers at that point to more than 200. Following backlash, USC's former president C.L. Max Nikias announced he would step down.

Tyndall is now retired after working at the university for almost three decades. According to CNN, accusations of misconduct against him date back to 1990 and include allegations from women who say he abused or harassed them under the guide of medical treatment at the university's student health center. The AP reported that Tyndall's license was suspended in August.

A group of approximately 20 women announced the two new lawsuits at a press conference on Thursday, and some of them spoke publicly about their experiences.

“I am part of an accidental sisterhood of hundreds of women because the university we love betrayed our trust,” Dana Loewy, a woman who alleges that Tyndall assaulted her in 1983, was quoted as saying in Time.

Following the press conference, USC announced their agreement to a tentative settlement of $215 million on Friday, which, according to NPR, could make anyone who received treatment from Tyndall eligible to receive a minimum of $2,500 (victims who allege Tyndall abuse them could receive up to $250,000, the Los Angeles Times reports.) USC's interim president, Wanda Austin, said in a public statement that its Board of Trustees supported the settlement.

"By doing so, we hope that we can help our community move collectively toward reconciliation," Austin said. "I regret that any student ever felt uncomfortable, unsafe, or mistreated in any way as a result of the actions of a university employee."

Opinion: Abused clergy wife's message to the church: I'm still struggling to survive

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

October 22, 2018

A year ago, several women walked into the annual Synod of the Sydney Anglican Diocese, shuffled through the rows of the public gallery in Pitt Street's Wesley Theatre, and sat down nervously.

All of them were victims of domestic abuse, there to listen as the Diocese's domestic violence taskforce presented its draft policy for responding to abuse in the church which, as ABC News would only weeks later reveal, was being perpetrated not just against parishioners, but against the wives of clergy — including me.

It's been quite a year.

Last week, several hundred Sydney Anglicans returned to the same spot for the taskforce's unveiling of the final version of the policy, having spent months consulting with experts and survivors.

I had been looking forward to seeing the finished product, and was hopeful it would reflect the voices of victims who'd shared their disturbing experiences of abuse by church workers, and desires to see leaders respond better.

Fight against clerical sex abuse

MALTA
Times of Malta

October 20, 2018

Over the last two decades, the Catholic Church has been rocked to its foundations by accusations of sex abuse of children by the clergy. Pope Francis apologised unreservedly to victims for the extent of the abuse and the cover-ups committed by senior churchmen across the world.

After a rocky period when secrecy was the order of the day, it has been encouraging to see the transformation in the way the Church in Malta and Gozo realised that the fundamental key to getting a grip on the culture and the causes that underlie clerical sex abuse lies through positive action.

The head of the Church Safeguarding Commission, Andrew Azzopardi, has just presented the annual report, in itself an act of transparency and accountability which demonstrates the Diocese’s readiness to face the issue head-on. Its publication shows unequivocally the Church is in earnest about rooting out a scourge that would otherwise threaten its moral authority, as it has done in so many other parts of the world.

In presenting the report, Mr Azzopardi said that last year three substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of minors had been referred to the police by the commission, thus ensuring that such appalling crimes would be dealt with by the criminal justice system under Maltese law, not the Church authorities. In all three cases, the commission had imposed restrictions on the pastoral activities that could be carried out by the perpetrators – two priests and a lay person – as a precautionary measure pending police action.

Lawyer expresses concerns about national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

October 22, 2018

Dr Judy Courtin is a lawyer and advocate who represents survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

Duration: 9 minutes 31 seconds

Diocese of San Jose releases statement following new charges on ex-priest

SAN JOSE (CA)
KRON

October 22, 2018

By Alexa Mae Asperin

Diocese of San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath is speaking out after new charges were announced against former priest Hernan Toro.

90-year-old Toro is currently jailed on accusations of molesting two girls between 2011 and 2015.

He is one of 15 former priests within the Diocese of San Jose who have been found credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

The statement from the Diocese of San Jose is as follows:

"Bishop McGrath is saddened and infuriated that additional innocent children are the recent victims of horrific acts by Hernan Toro, who was permanently banned from ministry in 1990. Bishop is relieved that the parents had the courage to notify law enforcement and that the authorities have arrested Toro.

Diocese was notified of the additional charges and Toro's location Friday afternoon.

Prior to the Dallas Charter (more about The Charter can be found in FAQ #8), these cases were handled differently based on the clinical psychological standards at the time of their convictions. We now know, based on the current psychological best practices, that returning these men to ministry was a misguided attempt at rehabilitation and the Diocese has abolished this practice as part of Zero Tolerance established by the Dallas Charter of 2002. ..."

Abuse victim asks city to rename Kuder Street

ROCKINGHAM (NC)
Rockingham Now

October 21, 2018

By Susie C. Spear

EDEN – A former Eden resident who alleges a past Catholic priest at St. Joseph of the Hills Catholic Church sexually abused him and his brother some 80 years ago, has asked city officials to change the municipal street that bears the disgraced priest’s name.

Father William J. Kuder, who allegedly committed crimes against the unnamed man and his brother, served as a priest at the church during the late 1930s and early 1940s, city officials said.

Kuder allegedly went on to abuse at least 10 children of an Asheville parish before his death in 1960. And he is known to the state’s Catholic leaders, who say they have no problem with a street name change.

While the church stands at 316 Boone Road, Kuder Street intersects with Boone Road just a few yards north. A dead end, the lane is home to one house and a city pump station.

Letter to the editor: Date of abuse allegation should be revealed

TOLEDO (OH)
Toledo Blade

October 20, 2018

When Toledo Catholic officials admitted that the Rev. Nelson Beaver has been accused of child sexual abuse, they took great pains to mention the alleged offense happened 25 years ago. But they refused to disclose a more important date (”Diocese places priest on leave to investigate sex abuse allegation,” Oct. 13).

The self-serving and carefully-orchestrated news release prepared by Bishop Daniel Thomas’ public relations team said nothing about when church staff received the accusation.

Parents, police, prosecutors, parishioners, and the public deserve to know whether Bishop Thomas and his colleagues acted within days or years after being told that Father Beaver allegedly assaulted a child .

DAVID CLOHESSY
St. Louis, Mo.
The writer is the former national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Letter to the editor: The Catholic Church must wrestle with the demon of pedophilia

IOWA CITY (IA)
Little Village Magazine

October 22, 2018

Americans in the Trump age are accustomed to atrocities flashing across editorial space and vanishing into the next outrage, but there are exceptions in longevity. Critics and accusers of the Catholic Church, while it remains a viable institution, must wrestle with the demon of pedophilia. Cardinal Wuerl, archbishop of D.C., recently resigned from some of his exalted church offices, facing grand jury findings that he presided over cover-ups for pedophilic priests.

Defending him in public interviews, his friend, John Carr, a big churcher and listed by Georgetown University as “adjunct professor in the Department of Theology,” reports that Wuerl was “better than most on sexual abuse…” but acknowledges that the Cardinal’s version of “better” still compels him to resign and the Pope to accept his resignation. Carr expresses his own regret but not any injustice. And to the credentials of this spokesman, we must add one more: he himself, when young, was a victim of clergical perverts and of the system that protected them

Owensboro Diocese Holding Listening Sessions on Clergy Sex Abuse

OWENSBORO (KY)
WEKU

October 22, 2018

By Lisa Autry

The Diocese of Owensboro wants to have a conversation with the public about sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church. The diocese will hold a listening session in Owensboro on Wednesday and another in Hopkinsville a week from today.

Bishop William Medley says he understands how a report released recently from a Pennsylvania grand jury that detailed decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups has stirred up some painful memories. In an interview with WKU Public Radio last month, Medley said the Owensboro Diocese is offering counseling to sex abuse victims and encourages others to step forward with their claims.

Did “the Scourge of Homosexuality” Cause the Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal?

UNITED STATES
Patheos

October 20, 2018

By Rebecca Hamilton

It appears that the he said/he said back and forth between Archbishop Vigano and the Vatican is still chugging down the road. The latest installment is Archbishop Vigano’s statement that the clergy sex abuse scandal is caused by “the scourge of homosexuality.”

While it’s true that 80% of the victims of sex abuse by Catholic clergy are young men and boys, that number flips over almost exactly in the larger population where slightly over 70% of the victims of abuse are female.

Sexual abuse, assault and rape are not homosexual problems. They are, primarily, a male problem. Notice, I said “primarily.” While it’s true that 96% of the perpetrators of sexual assault, abuse and rape are male, 4% are female.

Does this mean that there’s something “wrong” with the Y chromosome? Does it have a sexual aberration gene on it that makes it unsafe to let men walk the streets without a jailor? Absolutely not.

Irish primate says Viganò ‘hijacked’ World Meeting of Families

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

Oct 22, 2018

While Ireland has long enjoyed a privileged place on the global Catholic map, the past few months have been particularly demanding for Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh -largely due to the fact that the successor of Saint Patrick has been spending a lot of time with the successor of Saint Peter.

In August, Ireland played host to the Vatican-organized World Meeting of Families, which drew over 30,000 pilgrims to Dublin for its Congress of Families, and hundreds of thousands more for events with Pope Francis. Now, Martin is in Rome for almost the entire month of October as a delegate at the Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.

Martin, whose official title is Primate of All Ireland, may speak at times with a soft and gentle voice, but his passion for young people and the family is hardly understated.

When I was Catholic, I was obsessed with not sinning. Why don’t Catholic leaders express the same guilt about the abuse crisis?

WASHINGTON D.C.
The Washington Post

October 22, 2018

By Patricia Lawler Kenet

I worried about hell a lot when I was 11 years old. My older brother once coaxed me into saying the first syllable of “helicopter” aloud. I panicked and cried hysterically for an hour, certain I was destined to suffer for eternity for uttering a blasphemy. I spent afternoons in my bedroom closet pawing glow-in-the-dark rosaries as I sought atonement for my perceived misdeeds.

When I turned 12 in 1971 and could barely be coaxed out of bed, sick with worry about the state of my sin-soaked soul, my mother took me to a doctor who told her that I was suffering from “acute scrupulosity.” He explained that acute scrupulosity is a mental condition, a sub-variant of obsessive-compulsive disorder, in which a person suffers a pathological degree of moral fastidiousness often based on the fear of committing a mortal sin. The illness is well documented in the psychological community as well as in the Church. Catholic leaders recognize the danger of this condition; even Saint Ignatius declared that acute scrupulosity was a “dangerous trap laid by the devil to keep the soul enslaved.” It has also been described as a “widespread pernicious ailment” by early popes.

I later learned that the onset of puberty combined with a tendency toward scrupulosity can land a one-two punch in the vulnerable psyche. It certainly did with me. Every sexual feeling or impulse, every fleeting jealous thought, every unkind word sent me into a spiral of worry, fear and anxiety. I wandered around in a daze, disassociated (Am I even real? Is the world real?) weepy, weak and feeling worthless. I tried to play the part of a free-spirited teen, but I lived in fear of missing Mass on Sunday.

Though I didn’t physically harm myself, my mind turned against me with constant accusations about what wrongs I committed. When I accidentally walked out of a Chinese restaurant holding onto the cloth napkin provided during dinner, I insisted on walking 10 blocks back to return it. If my mother became upset by something done by my brother, who was addicted to drugs, I scoured my conscience to glean whether there was something I had done or not done to cause her unhappiness. The internal verdict was always “guilty.”

Catholic priests say it's a tough time to be in their line of work

WOODLAWN PARK (NJ)
North Jersey Record

October 21, 2018

By Deena Yellin

As the pastor of one of the largest Catholic churches in New Jersey, the Rev. Robert Stagg ought to be on top of the world: His church membership is at 4,500 families, his Masses are packed and the church facility is undergoing expansion.

Yet the leader of the Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River is hurting.

"I read the news about all these abuse cases and it makes me want to throw up," Stagg said. "It's a terrible thing."

Stagg wants people to know that the predators don't represent all priests.

"There's a percentage of the population that are abusers, and that's awful," Stagg said. "But ... we all have to be vigilant — it happens in every country in the world with all kinds of occupations."

How The Clergy Abuse Scandal Is Affecting Catholics In Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON (DC)
NPR

October 21, 2018

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Maria Panaritis about the church sex abuse scandal that's roiling Pennsylvania.

Repairing damage from the church

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Post Gazette

October 21, 2018 1

Now that Pope Francis has reluctantly accepted Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s resignation as Archbishop of Washington, the time is ripe to begin dismantling the gerontocratic oligarchy that impedes repairing the damage clerical sexual abuse has inflicted on Mother Church.

The high-ranking antediluvian ecclesiastical cabalists who oppose needed reforms and doctrinal modernizations that would preclude the ordination and enabling of predator priests will only be neutralized by the fresh theology and thinking of youth. How? By fighting Methuselahs with a Methuselah-Pope Francis.

The current Vicar of Christ needs to replace Cardinal Wuerl with a successor who was ordained in the third millennium, long after the not-so-golden age of clerical sexual abuse had climaxed in the late twentieth century.

Guest Column: Pa. Senators need to return to pass 'window to justice'

SWARTHMORE (PA)
Delaware County Daily Times

October 22, 2018

By Mark Rozzi, Times Guest Columnist

And they call themselves leaders? What cowardice that state Sens. Joe Scarnati and Jake Corman couldn’t bring the statute of limitation reform bill up for a vote!

The Senate needed to do its job. And it didn’t.

I know this will not be lost on their constituents.

What did the Senate leaders not get about the statewide grand jury report? Did the leaders not comprehend that when predators harm children and their employers knowingly covered up the crimes, they violated the law and therefore subjected themselves to liability?

The Senate leadership demonstrated once again they are hell-bent on carrying the water for the Catholic Church and by extension, all the other organizations that have gotten away with raping children because of ridiculous statutes of limitation.

Sen. Scarnati accused me of not being willing to compromise on SB 261, which overwhelmingly passed the House 173 to 21 in September. He claimed that no one from the other side was willing to negotiate and that he was negotiating with himself. He claimed that no counter solutions were offered.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Chile survivors win lawsuit accusing 2 cardinals of cover-up

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 22, 2018

By Inés San Martín

In a decision being hailed as historic, three Chilean survivors of the country’s most infamous pedophile priest reportedly have won a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santiago. The court found two Catholic cardinals guilty of covering up for Fernando Karadima.

The court’s decision hasn’t yet been made official, but it was published on Sunday by local newspaper La Tercera, and the three survivors who were suing the archdiocese quickly released a statement celebrating the decision.

Assuming the report is correct, the Church either will have to pay the survivors US$600,000 or appeal the decision, which would bring the case to Chile’s Supreme Court. The survivors had previously lost before a lower court, but appealed the ruling citing new evidence discovered by a prosecutor during a raid on the archives of the Archdiocese of Santiago.

Australia apologizes to child sex abuse victims

BONN (GERMANY)
Deutsche Welle

October 21, 2018

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has delivered an apology to survivors and victims of institutional child sex abuse.

"Today, Australia confronts a trauma, an abomination, hiding in plain sight for far too long," Morrison told parliament in an emotional televised speech on Monday.

"Today, as a nation, we confront our failure to listen, to believe and to provide justice. Again, today, we say sorry. To the children we failed, sorry. To the parents whose trust was betrayed and who have struggled to pick up the pieces, sorry.

"As a nation, we failed them, we forsook them, and that will always be our shame."

Hundreds of survivors and their families gathered in Canberra and at special receptions around the country to witness the apology.

$10M clergy sex abuse lawsuit filed after Brouillard's death

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

October 22, 2018

By Haidee V Eugenio

Almost two weeks after his death, retired Guam priest Louis Brouillard continues to be a subject of clergy sex abuse allegations.

A plaintiff identified in court documents only as V.P., to protect his privacy, filed a $10 million lawsuit on Monday in federal court, alleging that Brouillard sexually molested and abused him when he was a 12- or 13-year-old member of the Yona Boy Scout Troop around 1973 or 1974.

V.P., represented by Attorney David Lujan, said in his lawsuit that Brouillard would pick him up and other boys for weekly outings in the guise of earning Boy Scouts merit badges but would abuse them while swimming.

"While swimming, Brouillard would swim completely naked and routinely instructed V.P. and the other boys to remove their clothes, and Brouillard would grope and touch their private parts," the lawsuit said.

Why The Federal Government Is Now Investigating PA Catholic Church

PITTSBURGH (PA)
KDKA

October 19, 2018

News broke yesterday that the US Justice Department will be investigating the clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

Former US attorney David Hickton tells the KDKA Radio Afternoon News what the federal government will be able to do that the state prosecutors couldn’t.

Hickton says, “The abuse is not confirmed in only Pennsylvania, so obviously the federal sources which are nationwide and with other components can go worldwide; expanding the width and breathe of the investigation.”

“There are also a range of several crimes that are not on the book with the state, that could pertain here and so I think this is welcome news, I think for the victims it is good news, and for Catholics and the Catholic Church it is good news.”

Diocese Of Greensburg Announces Allegations Against Priest Both ‘Credible and Substantiated

GREENSBURG (PA)
KDKA

October 20, 2018

The Diocese of Greensburg announced on Saturday that Father James W. Clark will not be returning to active ministry after an allegation against him was “found to be both credible and substantiated.”

The diocese made the announcement to all of its Uniontown parishes this weekend before releasing the information to the press.

“Because this allegation has been substantiated, Father Clark will not be permitted to return to ministry in the Diocese of Greensburg or in any other diocese. That means he will not be allowed to present himself as a priest, nor function publicly in ministry,” the Diocese of Greensburg said in a release on Saturday.

A credible allegation is one that has a believable narrative that fits the details of person, place, date and time. Substantiated means the allegation was proven to be supported by either an admission by the individual to the abuse, evidence or through a comprehensive canonical, civil or criminal investigation.

Father Clark was originally removed from ministry on June 29 after an allegation from almost 50 years ago came to light. The allegation stems from prior to Clark’s entrance into the seminary and ordination as a priest while he was working as a janitor at the former St. James School in Apollo, Pa.

The Crisis of the Catholic Church under Pope Francis

NEW YORK (NY)
National Review

October 21, 2018

In this time of turmoil, the editors of National Review asked five Catholic writers to weigh in.

In the most recent issue of National Review (“The Case against Pope Francis,” October 29, 2018), NR senior writer Michael Brendan Dougherty wrote, “The Francis pontificate was to be an era of mercy for sinners at the peripheries and accountability for malefactors at the Vatican. Instead, almost the opposite has taken place.” According to Dougherty, the Roman Catholic Church’s “twin scandals” — the calamitous handling and coverup of clerical sexual abuse, and the the pope’s efforts to foment a “Theological Revolution” on sex, marriage, and the sacraments — have exposed deep divisions within the Church. In this time of turmoil, the editors of National Review asked five eminent thinkers to weigh in.

SJ Diocese: Allowing Priests To Return After Abuse Convictions “Misguided Attempt At Rehabilitation”

SAN JOSE (CA)
KPIX

October 19, 2018

by Devin Fehely

Among a list of 15 priests from the San Jose Diocese with credible accusations of sexual abuse, three of them were convicted of abuse and later allowed to return to the clergy. The diocese now says it was wrong to allow those priests to continue working.

Former Catholic priest Robert Gray pleaded no contest in 1993 to sexually abusing a teenage boy while assigned to St. Justin Church In Santa Clara.

Gray went to jail and to therapy. He was eventually welcomed back into the church where he another seven years before finally being forced out by a zero tolerance policy adopted in the wake of the church’s sex abuse scandal in 2002.

“Just because a priest wears the roman collar and he’s a priest, if he commits a crime that doesn’t excuse it,” said St. Justin parishioner Arlette Weaver. “There’s no justification for that. Wrong is wrong.”

I-TEAM EXCLUSIVE: California Attorney General looking into priest sexual abuse

OAKLAND (CA)
KGO TV

October 21, 2018

By Dan Noyes

The ABC7 News I-Team has learned the California Attorney General's Office is looking into the issue of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Since Pennsylvania announced the results of its massive grand jury investigation in August, the question's been -- when will California take action?

We contacted the AG's Office back in August, to find out if they are investigating clergy sexual abuse. Their answer? "We can't comment on, even to confirm or deny, a potential or ongoing investigation." But now, we have details on some steps they're taking to tackle the issue.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2pm, on the 20th floor of the state office building in Oakland. High-level staff of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra met to consider how to investigate child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

October 21, 2018

Ile Maurice: l’Eglise sanctionne un prêtre pour abus sexuel

[Mauritius: Church punishes priest for sexual abuse]

PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS
cath.ch (Catholic news site in Switzerland)

October 19, 2018

By Ibrahima Cissé, Correspondent in Africa of cath.ch

En raison d’abus sexuel sur mineur, la Congrégation pour la Doctrine de la Foi (CDF) à Rome a imposé au Père Joseph-Marie Moctee, prêtre du diocèse de Port-Louis, sur l’Ile Maurice, “la peine perpétuelle de la défense de tout ministère et de tout contact avec des mineurs”. La CDF l’a informé que toute transgression de sa part comportera l’application de l’article 1393 du Code de droit canonique (CIC).

[Due to sexual abuse of a minor, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in Rome imposed on Father Joseph-Marie Moctee, priest of the Diocese of Port Louis, Mauritius, "the life sentence of the defense of any ministry and any contact with minors ". The CDF informed him that any transgression on his part will involve the application of Article 1393 of the Code of Canon Law (CIC).]

Vatikan: Gläubigenschwund belastet Mission

[Vatican: Mission burdened by the loss of faith]

VATICAN CITY
katholisch.de

October 20, 2018

Spendenbereitschaft lasse wegen Säkularisierung nach

[Donation readiness diminishes because of secularization]

Zur Finanzierung der Mission benötigt die Kirche Spenden. Doch gerade in Europa und Nordamerika würden weniger Menschen Geld geben wollen, beklagt der Vatikan. Schuld seien die immer säkulareren Gesellschaften.

[The church needs donations to fund the mission. But especially in Europe and North America fewer people want to give money, complains the Vatican. Increasingly secular societies are to blame.]

Why some sexual abuse survivors will shun Australia's apology

SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA)
BBC News

October 19, 2018

By Frances Mao

On Monday, thousands of child sexual abuse survivors are expected to gather in Australia's capital to hear a national apology.

The apology, to be given by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, follows a harrowing five-year inquiry which found tens of thousands of children had been abused in schools, churches, orphanages and other institutions.

For many survivors and their families, the apology in Canberra will mark a hard-fought moment of recognition. But for others it will feel hollow.

The BBC has spoken to several survivors who feel conflicted about the occasion.

Church action won’t alleviate ongoing concern

LEWISTON (PA)
The Sentinel

October 22, 2018

The Roman Catholic Church, so much at the center of bad news over the past couple of years due to the child sex-abuse scandal involving hundreds of priests over much of the past half-century, experienced a happy, proud and prayerful day last Sunday as Pope Francis elevated to sainthood a former pope and a martyred Salvadoran church leader.

The new saints are Pope Paul VI, who served as pontiff from 1963 to 1978, presiding over the modernizing church reforms of the 1960s, and Archbishop Oscar Romero, who voiced fearless denunciations of the military oppression at the start of El Salvador’s 1980-92 civil war and who was murdered as he celebrated Mass on March 24, 1980, in a hospital chapel.

Caso Karadima: Errázuriz niega encubrimiento y asegura que reabrió proceso por abusos ante nuevos antecedentes

[In Karadima case, Errázuriz denies cover-up, says he reopened abuse investigation in the face of new circumstances]

CHILE
Emol

October 19, 2018

By Juan Peña

El ex arzobispo de Santiago defendió la investigación contra el ex párroco de El Bosque, tras la carta que las víctimas presentaron y en la que el religioso reconoce que la cerró sin interrogarlo.

"En uno de los párrafos se señala que en su momento se cerró la causa, lo que efectivamente ocurrió, con el mérito de los antecedentes que existían en ese momento. Pero es necesario aclarar que poco tiempo después procedí a reabrir el proceso, con nuevos antecedentes, y que fue remitido a la Santa Sede".

Continúa conflicto entre laicos en Osorno tras salida de obispo Barros: "No hay sanación aún"

[Conflict continues among Osorno laity after Bishop Barros leaves: "There is no healing yet"]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 21, 2018

By Nicole Briones

Frente a la crisis que atraviesa la diócesis en nuestro país, las agrupaciones aseguran que es nula la posibilidad que exista la reconciliación entre laicos y adherentes del exobispo de Osorno, Juan Barros, inculpado como presunto encubridor en casos de abusos al interior de la Iglesia Católica.

Exayudante de cura Márquez lo denuncia por tocaciones impropias y respalda acusación previa

[Former acolyte of Márquez supports accusations of improper touching]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 19, 2018

By Yerko Roa and Tatiana Risso

Una nueva denuncia contra el sacerdote Hugo Márquez recibió el Arzobispado de Concepción. Se trata de un testimonio que confirma el caso del joven Jonathan Garrido, cuya familia asegura que reveló abusos del cura antes de suicidarse el año pasado. El segundo denunciante afirma que también fue víctima de conductas impropias del conocido sacerdote.

“Total impunidad": Víctimas de abusos sexuales de los maristas fustigan la respuesta de la congregación

["Total impunity:" Victims of Marist sexual abuse criticize the congregation's response]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 19, 2018

A través de una carta, el provincial de la orden de los Maristas, Saturnino Alonso Arteaga, dio respuesta a un grupo de víctimas que exige expulsar a los sacerdotes implicados en los delitos de abusos sexuales. Respecto a la solicitud, la orden aseguró que en algunos casos “han surgido dudas e interrogantes, motivo por el cual hemos solicitado algunas asesorías especializadas”, y de paso negó que exista una “cultura de encubrimiento en nuestra institución”.

Jaime Concha, uno de los denunciantes de los abusos sexuales cometidos en la congregación Marista, acusó que esta organización sacerdotal busca instaurar una "total impunidad”.

Dos sacerdotes absueltos en caso "La Cofradía" fueron restituidos en sus funciones

[Two priests acquitted in "La Cofradía" case are returning to parishes]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 20, 2018

De esta manera volverán a ejercer a las parroquias de Pumanque y La Compañía de Graneros. Además el administrador apostólico de Rancagua, monseñor Fernando Ramos, insistió en que el grupo "no existe".

Los sacerdotes de la Diócesis de Rancagua, Aquiles Correa Reyes y Gino Bonomo Ugarte, ambos sobreseídos el pasado 27 de septiembre por el Juzgado de Garantía de Pichilemu en la investigación desformalizada que el Ministerio Público desarrolla en torno a la presunta existencia de una asociación ilícita denominada "La Cofradía", reasumieron sus funciones sacerdotales en sus respectivas parroquias.

Fiscal confirma que Obispado de Valparaíso le mintió: halló "otros" archivos sobre abusos ocultos

[Prosecutor confirms that Valparaíso church lied to him: he found "other" files about hidden abuses]

CHILE
BioBio Chile

October 19, 2018

By Nicolás Parra and Nicole Martínez

El Obispado de Valparaíso mintió al fiscal Sergio Pérez, quien lideró el allanamiento a las dependencias de la iglesia porteña, en el marco de la investigación por delitos sexuales que involucran a clero nacional. Al menos así quedó en evidencia en un informe firmado por el propio persecutor, ratificando lo dado a conocer por Radio Bío Bío.

El Gobierno evita criticar a la Iglesia por la pederastia

[Spain's government avoids criticizing the Church for pedophilia]

MADRID, SPAIN
El País

October 19, 2018

By Carlos E. Cué

El Ejecutivo mantiene una prudencia extrema antes del viaje de la vicepresidenta al Vaticano

Por primera vez desde que EL PAÍS empezó a publicar las informaciones que muestran la opacidad de la Iglesia española con los casos de pederastia y abusos sexuales sufridos en su seno, el Gobierno no tuvo más remedio que emitir una opinión en la rueda de prensa tras el Consejo de Ministros. Pero el Ejecutivo evitó cualquier reproche a la Iglesia por ese silencio de décadas y no mostró ninguna intención de entrar en el asunto creando algún tipo de comisión, preparando algún informe o replanteándose el Concordato, que exime a los sacerdotes de dar cuenta de las agresiones sexuales que conozcan en el ejercicio de su ministerio.

Chilean court orders Catholic Church to pay damages over abuse: report


SANTIAGO, CHILE
Reuters

October 21, 2018

By Aislinn Laing

Chile’s Court of Appeal has ordered the office of Santiago’s Archbishop to pay $450 million pesos ($650,000) to three men who alleged they were sexually abused for decades by Chilean priest Fernando Karadima, a local newspaper said on Sunday.

Citing a copy of a leaked judgment, La Tercera said the three judges who heard the case on Thursday found in favor of an appeal for “moral damages” against the church for allegedly covering up the crimes. The case was previously rejected by a lower court for lack of evidence.

Reuters could not independently confirm the report. The Santiago Archbishopric, which could appeal to Chile’s Supreme Court, said it would not comment on La Tercera’s account.

If confirmed by the court on Monday, it would be the first damages order to have been leveled against Chile’s powerful Roman Catholic Church for a scandal of sex abuse and cover-up that prompted Pope Francis to apologize to its faithful.

Legal experts have said it could pave the way for more claims amid a new climate of discovery which has seen hundreds of people come forward to allege they were abused and criminal prosecutors launch scores of new investigations.

Víctimas de Karadima por fallo que condena al Arzobispado de Santiago: “Debiera marcar el fin de la impunidad en materia de abuso sexual clerical”

[Karadima victims react to ruling against Archdiocese of Santiago: "Should mark the end of impunity in clerical sexual abuse cases"]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 21, 2018

La Corte de Santiago falló a favor de la demanda por $ 450 millones presentada por las víctimas de Fernando Karadima, Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton y José Murillo, quienes reaccionaron hoy a través de un comunicado. “La justicia chilena y el Vaticano están en la misma línea por acabar con la cultura del abuso y el encubrimiento, cultura de la que los Cardenales son fieles representantes”, señalan.

El jueves 18, en un fallo unánime, los ministros Miguel Vásquez, Javier Moya y el abogado integrante Jaime Guerrero decidieron dar curso a la demanda de indemnización con la que el Arzobispado de Santiago deberá pagar $ 450 millones a las víctimas de Karadima por el perjuicio que les significó haber encubierto las denuncias contra el expárroco de El Bosque.

Arzobispado de Santiago esperará conocer el fallo para determinar pasos a seguir

[Santiago Archdiocese will wait for ruling before determining next steps]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 21, 2018

By Angélica Vera

El revés judicial se dio debido a nuevos antecedentes en el marco de la investigación del llamado caso Karadima. Esta es la compensación más alta que ha debido dar la Iglesia hasta ahora.

El Arzobispado de Santiago se refirió a través de corta declaración pública al fallo a favor de la demanda de las víctimas del ex párroco del Bosque, Fernando Karadima y que obliga a la institución el pago de $ 450 millones a los denunciantes por el perjuicio que les significó haber encubierto las denuncias.

Long relegated to counseling and therapy, the clergy sex abuse crisis is now a matter for federal authorities

HARRISBURG (PA)
PennLive.com

October 20, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

The Catholic Church has historically responded to the crisis of the sexual abuse of children by priests as a pastoral challenge.

Victim after victim has been offered counseling and therapeutic services. Priests too were sent off to counseling and, in time, returned to ministry.

To this day, hundreds of victims have letters from bishops expressing regrets over the moral failings of priests. Indeed, few clerics or church officials in the U.S. Catholic Church have met with adjudication or criminal convictions.

Much has changed.

La otra victoria de las víctimas de Karadima: Corte falla en contra de la Iglesia y ordena pagar millonaria indemnización a Arzobispado de Santiago

[The other victory for Karadima's victims: Court orders Church to pay out millions]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 21, 2018

La Corte de Santiago falló a favor de la demanda por $450 millones presentada por las víctimas de Fernando Karadima tras la entrega de nuevos antecedentes en los que se comprobarían actos de encubrimiento de la jerarquía eclesiástica.

“La verdad es esta: era necesario pedir la intervención del promotor de justicia, conforme al acuerdo de la Conferencia Episcopal. La presentación de las denuncias ante el promotor normalmente calma la agresividad de los acusantes. Por respeto al P. Karadima no le pedí al promotor que lo interrogara; solo le pedí a mons. Andrés Arteaga su parecer. Él consideró que todo era absolutamente inverosímil. Como se trataba de hechos prescritos, cerré la investigación. Así quise protegerlos, consciente de que mi manera de proceder, si los acusadores llevasen algún día el caso a la prensa, se volcaría en contra de mí”.

EDITORIAL: Protecting the church, instead of its victims

WASHINGTON (PA)
Observer-Reporter

October 21, 2018

We’ve become rather accustomed, unfortunately, to our state lawmakers failing to successfully tackle major issues, whether it be properly funding our public schools or reducing the size of our obscenely expensive Legislature. Now we can add aiding victims of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal to that list.

Members of the state Senate packed up and left town Wednesday, presumably for the last time in this session, without acting on a House bill, or a substitute measure more to its liking, aimed at helping those who were abused by pedophile priests. There are re-election campaigns to be run, don’t you know.

The House bill would have provided a window for abuse victims to sue the church for its systemic failure to protect children from predatory priests, as outlined in the report issued by the grand jury called by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro to look into clergy abuse in six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses. But state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, proved to be an unmovable obstruction.

Scarnati was fine with granting a reprieve from the statute of limitations and providing a window for sex-abuse victims to sue, but he wanted to allow these victims to sue only those who assaulted them, and not the church institutions that stand accused of covering up abuse.

In a story by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Shapiro called that approach “disgraceful.”

“A priest earns about $25,000 a year and will have no ability to pay for the mental-health counseling and the drug and alcohol counseling, the services that these victims need,” said Shapiro. “The only entity that can help support these victims, ironically, is the institution that enabled the abuse, and they are exempt.”

How Vermont’s Catholic Church hid decades of child abuse

BURLINGTON (VT)
VTDigger

By Kevin O'Connor

October 21 2018

Before Vermont Catholic Bishop Christopher Coyne invited questions at a recent press conference pledging cooperation with a current local and state investigation of past church-related misconduct, he turned to reporters with his own inquiry.

“Want me to mike up?” he asked. “Any problem with the sound?”

Longtime observers of the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington couldn’t believe what they were hearing. They remember the church’s muzzling response regarding the late priest Michael Madden, who was charged with sexual improprieties during a 20-year career at five parishes and the local St. Joseph’s Orphanage — the latter the subject of a recent BuzzFeed story that sparked the new probe.

In the 1980s, a county state’s attorney tried to subpoena then-Bishop John Marshall, who served from 1972 to 1992, to testify in court. The diocese, citing the Bible and the U.S. Constitution, argued its leader was immune from such calls.

“In order for the church, its priests and bishops … to enjoy the constitutional right to freely exercise their ecclesiastical or religious functions,” one of its lawyers argued, “it is essential that they have independence from state authority.”

One bishop could lead the way to another bishop being the first charged for sex abuse

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Kansas City Star

October 21, 2018

By Judy L. Thomas

The call last year from Pope Francis’ representative in Washington took the Rev. Steven Biegler by surprise.

A priest in South Dakota, Biegler learned he was the choice to become the ninth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyo., leading the state’s 55,000 Catholics.

Though sad to leave his parishioners in Rapid City, Biegler was eager to begin ministering to a diocese that encompasses the entire state of Wyoming and covers nearly 100,000 square miles.

Biegler said he was excited to be continuing his journey “of saying yes to the Lord.”

But as it turned out, one of his first major decisions upon arriving in Cheyenne involved saying no.

No to a man who for nearly a quarter century had run the diocese he was now going to lead. A man who spent his first two decades as a beloved priest in Kansas City. And a man who — in large part because of Biegler’s persistence — could become the first Roman Catholic bishop in the country to be prosecuted for sexual abuse of a minor.

Bishop Joseph Hart, 87, stands accused of multiple acts of sexual abuse now deemed credible by both the Missouri and Wyoming dioceses that he served. And though the allegations involve incidents from decades ago, Wyoming stands out from most states when it comes to criminal prosecutions. It has no statute of limitations on criminal cases.

Biegler learned about the complaints against Hart from outgoing Bishop Paul Etienne on his initial visit to Cheyenne.

'I couldn’t imagine that a man that I loved this much could do something so evil'

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Kansas City Star

October 21, 2018

BY Jill Toyoshiba

Susie McClernon is still dealing with the trauma of the sexual abuse her youngest brother, Kevin Hunter, suffered years ago. Hunter died in 1989.

New measures against child sex abuse among the clergy

SPAIN
EuroWeekly

October 20, 2018

By Tara Rippin

A SPANISH bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse is to lead a commission against paedophilia in the church.

Juan Antonio Menendez has proposed to update its protocols for action against these crimes.

The Bishop of Astorga is reported as saying it will be ‘a matter of recovering and bringing back everything that the civil and canonical regulations have been issuing these years’.

The Spanish Episcopal Conference intends to outline its actions, up to now governed by agreements signed between Spain and the Vatican in 1979, and the Protocol of Action Against Abuses the institute activated in 2010, before many of the documented cases became public.

It comes after Pope Francis declared he wants to open an ‘internal debate’ at a meeting scheduled for February 2019, to which all presidents of the conferences are expected to attend.

Church action won’t alleviate ongoing concern

ALTOONA (PA)
Altoona Mirror

October 21, 2018

The Roman Catholic Church, so much at the center of bad news over the past couple of years due to the child sex-abuse scandal involving hundreds of priests over much of the past half-century, experienced a happy, proud and prayerful day last Sunday as Pope Francis elevated to sainthood a former pope and a martyred Salvadoran church leader.

The new saints are Pope Paul VI, who served as pontiff from 1963 to 1978, presiding over the modernizing church reforms of the 1960s, and Archbishop Oscar Romero, who voiced fearless denunciations of the military oppression at the start of El Salvador’s 1980-92 civil war and who was murdered as he celebrated Mass on March 24, 1980, in a hospital chapel.

Many Latin Americans used the words “historic day” in referring to the canonization and the fact that Francis, the first Latin American pope, presided over the important canonization ceremony.

But despite the joy that last Sunday brought to Catholics around the world, the stain on the church stemming from the sex-abuse scandal remains imprinted now and is destined not to be forgotten.

Pa. Senate punts on 'window' for sexual abuse victims

LEHIGH VALLEY (PA)
Lehigh Valley Live

October 21, 2018

By Express-Times opinion staff

The timing was probably coincidental.

Late Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Senate adjourned without acting on a bill to give adult victims of child sexual abuse their day in court.

On Thursday, the Associated Press broke the news that a U.S. attorney in Philadelphia has launched a federal investigation into the Catholic Church's child abuse scandal, following up on a state grand jury report that ripped open long-held secrets.

The state investigation showed more than 1,000 children had been abused by 300-some priests in six dioceses, including Allentown. It detailed the lengths to which church authorities went to ignore or cover up the crimes.

Prosecutors in other states are opening investigations. The federal probe will examine the extent that children were exploited, determine whether federal laws were broken -- and see whether efforts to hide evidence and subvert justice within the church rise to the level of racketeering.

This is a welcome follow-up to the grand jury findings. Have at it.

The state Senate, however, still doesn't get it.

Instead of adopting a House-passed bill that would open a two-year window for older survivors to sue their alleged abusers and the institutions that protected them, the Senate punted. Senate President Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, offered a compromise -- allowing adult victims a limited period to sue their abusers, but not the church. As an alternative, he supports a church-backed fund to make out-of-court settlements to victims.

Justice Department Stepping In To Investigate Catholic Church Abuse Scandal

ERIE (PA)
Outside the Beltway

October 21, 2018

By Doug Mataconis

Based in no small part on the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury report that uncovered thousands of child victims of sexual abuse by Catholic Priests that was covered up by Catholic authorities in power at the time, the Justice Department is opening its own investigation:

The Justice Department has opened an investigation into Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania accused of covering up sex abuse for decades, a significant escalation in scrutiny of the church.

The inquiry is believed to be the first statewide investigation by the federal government of the church’s sex abuse problems. And it comes two months after the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office released an explosive grand jury report charging that bishops and other church leaders had covered up the abuse of more than 1,000 people over a period of more than 70 years.

Seven of the eight dioceses in the state, Philadelphia, Erie, Harrisburg, Scranton, Pittsburgh, Greensburg and Allentown all said they had received federal grand jury subpoenas from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania requesting documents. The eighth, Altoona-Johnstown, did not respond to a request for comment.

“This subpoena is no surprise considering the horrific misconduct detailed in the statewide grand jury report,” said the Diocese of Greensburg in a statement. “Survivors, parishioners and the public want to see proof that every diocese has taken sweeping, decisive and impactful action to make children safer.”

US Catholic Church sex abuse victims still haunted after decades

QATAR
Al Jazeera

October 20, 2018

by Heidi Zhou-Castro

The US Justice Department has opened an investigation into child sex abuse by priests in Pennsylvania.

At least one sexual abuse survivor discovered that the very church official to whom he had reported abuse now faces sexual abuse accusations of his own.

The survivor, who now leads a group of clerical abuse survivors that is demanding reform and justice from the Catholic Church, spoke with Al Jazeera.

San Jose priest, registered sex offender, faces new molestation charges

SAN JOSE (CA)
San Jose Mercury News

October 20, 2018

By Tatiana Sanchez

Roman Catholic priest, identified publicly for the first time this week as a convicted sex offender who abused a child 35 years ago while in the San Jose Diocese, is in Santa Clara County jail facing additional child molestation charges.

Hernan Toro, one of 15 priests named by the diocese Thursday as credibly accused of sexually abusing children at parishes across the diocese over several decades, was first accused of sexual misconduct while at Our Lady Star of the Sea parish in Alviso in 1983. He was convicted and registered as a sex offender that year but went on to serve at several South Bay parishes, eventually retiring in 1990 when he was permanently banned from the ministry.

Jail records show Toro, now 90, has been held at the main jail since October 2017. He faces six counts of child molestation, according to a spokesman for the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

October 20, 2018

Pa. Senate fails sex abuse victims

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Tribune

October 21, 2018

The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

Subpoenas were served last week demanding confidential files and testimony from church leaders, according to the Associated Press.

The subpoenas follow a recent state grand jury report that found that 301 “predator priests” in Pennsylvania had molested more than 1,000 children over seven decades and that church leaders had covered up for the offenders.

“Now federal prosecutors are bringing the Justice Department’s considerable resources to bear, according to two people who were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly,” reports The Associated Press.

Oblate religious order covered up decades of sexual abuse of First Nations children, victims allege

CANADA
Yahoo News

October 18, 2018

This story is based on a report by Anne Panasuk of the investigative program, Enquête. Watch Enquête's full report here, in French.

"He'd let us drive. He knew how to do everything. We were impressed to see a priest act that way," recalls Jason Petiquay.

Petiquay was 11 when he was sexually abused by Raynald Couture, an Oblate missionary who worked in Wemotaci, Que., from 1981 to 1991.

The Atikamekw community 285 kilometres north of Trois-Rivières was one of many remote First Nations communities in Quebec where priests belonging to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) were spiritual leaders and authority figures for generations.

Petiquay described how Couture would lure young boys to his cabin by inviting them for a ride on his all-terrain vehicle or in his pick-up truck.

Pope Francis Urges Seminarians to Report Abuse to Bishops, SNAP Responds

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 19, 2018

Even when stressing the importance of reporting abuse, Pope Francis manages to miss the mark.

Last weekend, while addressing seminarians who were visiting The Vatican, the Pope told the visitors to report any suspicions of abuse to their bishops instead of local law enforcement.

Despite decades of evidence that institutions are incapable of properly handling these kind of suspicions or investigations, Pope Francis is essentially endorsing the church's centuries-old practice of trying to handle crimes internally. By giving this bad advice to prospective priests, he’s endangering kids.

Federal Investigation expands to the Diocese of Buffalo

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 19, 2018

Yesterday we learned about a sweeping investigation by the Department of Justice into Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania. Today we have learned that the investigation is wider than we thought.

The news that the DOJ investigation has spread to the Diocese of Buffalo shows that this investigation is deeper and more encompassing than we had previously imagined. It is also not surprising.

In March, Bishop Malone made news by releasing a list of 42 names of priests “credibly accused” of abuse. In September, he made news again when CNN revealed that the list was incomplete and that dozens of priests had gone unreported due to their inclusion in “secret archives” kept by the Diocese. It was clear then as it is clear now that institutions cannot be relied on to police themselves. For that reason, we are glad that the Department of Justice has decided to do it for them.

Late on Wednesday night a major barrier to justice for child sex survivors came to an end

NEWCASTLE (AUSTRALIA)
Newcastle Herald

October 18, 2018

By Joanne McCarthy

NSW Parliament has abolished the “vile and unjust” legal defence that allowed the Catholic Church to hide behind property trusts and deny child sexual abuse survivors fair compensation.

The abolition of the “Ellis Defence”, named after the survivor who tried to sue the Sydney Archdiocese and lost because there was no entity to sue, ends more than a decade of survivors accepting settlements after advice they would not win in court while the defence was available to the church.

Greens MP and justice spokesperson David Shoebridge, a barrister who played a key role in the 2012 campaign for a child sexual abuse royal commission, welcomed the legislative reform which was passed in the NSW Parliament late on Wednesday night, but said it should have happened years earlier.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers from Philly's '80s mob cases mull use of RICO

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
KYW Newsradio

October 19, 2018

By Steve Tawa

While U.S. Justice Department follows up on subpoenas it issued to eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania in the priest sex abuse scandal, seeking private files and records, victim advocates point to what they call a culture of silence and coverup. There is some speculation as to whether a tool used to take down mobsters could come into play.

Former prosecutors and defense lawyers involved in famous Philadelphia mob cases in the 1980s, mostly centering on Nicodemo Scarfo, the former crime family boss, shared some thoughts on whether the feds will employ the federal RICO statute. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, was originally passed to bring down the Mafia.

Most agree that it would be "interesting if the feds employ the RICO tool, to go after the upper hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church." To prove a RICO violation, prosecutors must prove a pattern of criminal activity in two or more predicate acts connected to the enterprise. While there may be a statute of limitations dating back just ten years, a former leading prosecutor says if one of them is within the time frame, the others can date back to infinity. He adds the "Roman Catholic Church is as much an enterprise as the mob."

St. Norbert's Rev. Fostner being investigated for his handling of sexual assault reports

DE PERE (WI)
WLUK

October 19, 2018

By Ben Krumholz

FOX 11 has learned that St. Norbert College has hired a third-party investigator to look into allegations that an administrator mishandled reports of sexual assaults on campus.

St. Norbert President Brian Bruess confirms the investigation into Rev. Jay Fostner is in response to a request from hundreds of alumni.

Fostner is the Vice President for Mission and Student Affairs as well as an assistant professor of psychology.

Margaret Uselman, a 2017 graduate of St. Norbert, wrote a lengthy social media post in September outlining incidents involving Fostner. She accused Fostner of, "gaslighting, manipulating, and blaming students, using his volatile temper in a manner that kept students in a state of dis-ease, and covering up for abusers on campus."

Uselman’s post led to a letter to St. Norbert President Brian Bruess, which has now been signed by more than 300 graduates. The letter asks Bruess for a transparent investigation of Fostner. It states among the stories of survivors being shared regarding Fostner, “there is a consistent pattern of covering up sexual misconduct, disregard for the Title IX process, and placing survivors under duress with the goal of silencing them.”

Response to sexual abuse crisis tops agenda for USCCB fall assembly

WASHINGTON (DC)
Catholic News Service via Crux

October 20, 2018

By Dennis Sadowski

The firestorm surrounding the clergy sex abuse crisis and the way some bishops handled allegations of abuse against priests will be an important part of the agenda of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall general assembly.

The bishops have had to deal with seemingly endless revelations of allegations of abusive clergy since June, most of which referred to long-past incidents. New reports from media outlets also were expected as the Nov. 12-14 assembly in Baltimore approaches.

Bishops nationwide also are facing new challenges as several state attorneys general have opened investigations into the handling of abuse allegations. The investigations follow the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report in August that linked more than 300 priests and church workers to abuse claims and identified more than 1,000 victims over a 70-year period dating from 1947.

The USCCB has not directly addressed the investigations and has not offered any indication that it will advise bishops on how to respond.

Greensburg diocese 'listening sessions' begin next week in wake of clergy sex abuse report

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Tribune Review

October 19, 2018

By Jacob Tierney

Bishop Edward Malesic will visit seven parishes in the Greensburg Diocese starting next week to listen to concerns and questions regarding the wide-ranging accusations of sexual abuse and cover-ups included in a grand jury report released in August.

The diocese created a Safe Environment Advisory Council that will attend the sessions and advise the church on how to best protect children. The council is composed of both Catholics and non-Catholics, including an abuse survivor, a psychologist and a retired state trooper.

Ex-priest in San Jose Diocese sex-abuse report in jail on molest charges

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
San Francisco Chronicle

October 19, 2018

By Megan Cassidy

One of 15 former priests named by the Diocese of San Jose this week as credibly accused child sex abusers is facing new allegations of molesting young girls in Santa Clara County.

The diocese report made public Thursday states that 90-year-old Hernan Toro was convicted of sexual misconduct with a child 35 years ago while in Santa Clara. He went on to spend seven more years working in South Bay and Peninsula churches before being permanently banned from the ministry in 1990, church officials said.

But the report makes no note of the current allegations against Toro, who is now in jail and accused of molesting two girls between 2011 and 2015.

Panel confronts abuse crisis, urging care for victims, higher ed reform

SANTA CLARA (CA)
National Catholic Reporter

October 20, 2018

By Dan Morris-Young

Priest, abuse survivor stresses importance of listening to victims

Calls for radical structural reform, a more pastoral understanding of clerical sex abuse, and an informed-rather-than-emotional approach to the church's sex abuse and authority crises were issued by panelists during an Oct. 9 public discussion at Santa Clara University.

Titled "The Catholic Church and the Catastrophe of Clergy Sexual Abuse," the livestreamed event packed the auditorium of the Jesuit university's de Saisset Museum with a cross-section of students and community members and drew significant Bay Area media attention.

Fr. Brendan McGuire, first of the four panelists to present, recounted his own sexual abuse at the age of 18 nearly 35 years ago by a priest he knew well.

McGuire, who is pastor of San Jose's Holy Spirit Parish and the San Jose Diocese's vicar general for special projects, traced how he had been "groomed" by the cleric for nearly four years until he was 18 when the now-deceased abuser forced his "final play" on McGuire, by then legally an adult

Former San Jose priest accused of child sex abuse says he feels 'blindsided'

SAN JOSE (CA)
KRON

October 19, 2018

By Haaziq Madyun

The Catholic Diocese of San Jose has released 15 names of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of children.

The church says it attempted to make this list as accurate and complete as possible. The list includes the names of priests, the allegations, the year the abuse allegedly occurred, the year it was reported to the Diocese of San Jose, the current status of the priest, and if they are either permanently banned from the ministry, retired, or no longer living--and a history of their assignments.

There is only one priest on the list with a report made in 2018, Father Phil Sunseri. He has a previous report of abuse in 1987.

San Jose Priest Denies Sex Abuse Allegations, so Accuser Speaks Out

SAN JOSE (CA)
NBC Bay Area

October 19, 2018

By Michael Bott, Stephen Stock, and Jeremy Carroll

A man who says he was sexually abused by a San Jose priest said he’s speaking out for the first time after the priest dismissed those allegations on the news Thursday night as a “misunderstanding.”

That priest is Father Phil Sunseri, a Jesuit priest dismissed from the Society of Jesus in the late 1980’s after he was accused of sexual misconduct. He was one of 15 priests the San Jose Diocese said Thursday have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse in the South Bay. One of Sunseri's accusers said he's now telling his story publicly for the first time to encourage other victims to report abuse.

Catholic church hosts another packed ‘listening session’ on sexual abuse

POWAY (CA)
Fox 5 TV San Diego

October 18, 2018

It was another packed house at the Saint Gabriel's Conference Hall in Poway Thursday evening where the Catholic Diocese of San Diego held another in a series of "listening sessions" regarding systemic sexual misconduct by church leaders reported across the country.

Church officials say the sessions are designed to give members of the public a chance to speak out, ask questions and suggest ways the church can do better. “A lot of it really boils down to: 'How do we make sure the church is accountable, that this church is accountable, and that their voices count,'" said Kevin Eckery the Vice Chancellor of the San Diego Diocese.

The meeting was the seventh in a series of eight meetings planned across San Diego County. The last is scheduled for Nov. 5 at University of San Diego.

Previous meetings have been filled to maximum capacity and Thursday was no exception.

October 19, 2018

Criminal Charges for the Church? Why a Federal Prosecutor Thinks Cover-up of Abuse Is Worth Investigating Now

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NBC 10

October 19, 2018

By Maryclaire Dale and Eric Tucker

Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move.

However, a colleague in Philadelphia is now taking aim at the church this month, sending grand jury subpoenas to dioceses throughout Pennsylvania as he tries to build a federal criminal case centered on child exploitation.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain of Philadelphia has a head start on the work, given the sweeping state grand jury report released this summer, which found that 301 priests molested more than 1,000 children over seven decades. McSwain, a Harvard Law School graduate and former Marine sniper platoon commander, was appointed by President Trump and took office just four months ago.

"It's a courageous move, whenever prosecutors take on something that there's no precedent for, that is uncertain. You're investing resources with potentially no return. But it needs to be done," said David Hickton, the former U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh who looked at the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese in 2016.

Pope Francis’ Handling of Sex-Abuse Cases Fractures a Catholic Stronghold

VATICAN CITY
The Wall Street Journal

October 19, 2018

By Francis X. Rocca and Ryan Dube

The pope’s keen instincts as a communicator have abandoned him at crucial moments, especially in Chile, which is no longer dominated by the church

Pope Francis took charge of the Catholic Church promising a new style of leadership that would make the church more open, candid and dedicated to the vulnerable. His response to the long-running clerical abuse scandal is undermining those goals.

Catholic Bishops Promising to Fix Sex Abuse Problem Face Cover-Up Accusations

NEW YORK (NY)
The New York Times

October 19, 2018

By Laurie Goodstein

As Catholic bishops try to reassure the flock that the church is finally confronting the scourge of sexual abuse by priests, it has fallen to Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, the president of the American bishops conference, to lead the effort.

“I have no illusions about the degree to which trust in the bishops has been damaged by these past sins and failures,” said Cardinal DiNardo, in one of the many statements he has issued on sexual abuse in recent weeks. “It will take work to rebuild that trust.”

Yet Cardinal DiNardo himself has recently been criticized for allowing a priest accused of abuse to serve in a parish in his archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, disregarding the warnings by a young woman who said she told the cardinal in person seven years ago that this priest had molested her when she was 16.

The priest, who also served as the vicar for Hispanics for the archdiocese, was not removed from ministry until August, when a second victim stepped forward and the priest was arrested and charged with four counts of indecency with a child.

Readers sound off on hospitals, the Catholic church and campaign debates

NEW YORK (NY)
Daily News

October 20, 2018

The U.S. Justice Department is finally investigating seven Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania for violating child pornography laws and the Mann Act, which bans crossing state lines for sex. Where was the U.S. attorney general 16 years ago when we first learned about the priest sex abuse cover-up? Why aren’t RICO laws being enforced in every state? Why has Timothy Cardinal Dolan suddenly hired retired federal prosecutor Barbara Jones to vet how the New York Archdiocese handled pedophile priests? There are too many unanswered questions. According to USCCB 19,001 children were abused by 6,846 Catholic priests. The church has to be held accountable. The late Fr. Andrew Greeley estimated that priests molested well in excess of 100,000 kids. If every U.S. diocese opened its files and financial books to the DOJ authorities we may have fewer sex assault victims in the future. Thomas Patrick Folan

Local SNAP Leader Calls on Pennsylvania State Senate to Give Survivors a Day in Court

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 19, 2018

By Michael McDonald

SNAP Philadelphia Leader Michael McDonnell has called on the Pennsylvania State Senate to add additional legislative days to this years calendar and revive their work on statutes of limitations reform. On Wed. Oct. 17th, Senate GOP leaders pushed a bill that would have allowed victims of childhood sexual abuse by the clergy to file a civil suit but only on their perpetrator, leaving institutions like the Catholic church without fault. We believe that this proposal is unacceptable because the institutions who enabled the years of cover-up must be also held accountable alongside the abusers themselves.

Given that so many survivors were abused as children, they often do not come forward with their experiences until many years later. Providing for a two-year window would not only give survivors their much-asked-for day in court but will afford a chance at accountability for both those who prey on children and vulnerable adults as well as the institutions that have enabled them.

“We hope the Pennsylvania State Senate sees the importance of getting S.B. 261 to the floor, with Rep. Mark Rozzi's amendment, for a full Senate vote,” said McDonnell. “Victims deserve their day in court.”

CONTACT: Michael McDonnell, (mcdo1268@gmail.com, 267-261-0578)

Lawmakers unclear about what's next for bill to help clergy sex-abuse victims

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Post Gazette

October 19, 2018

By Liz Navratil and Angela Couloumbis

A complicated game of calculus ensued Thursday after the Senate failed during its last voting session to reach any agreement on changes that would allow victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits for decades-old damage.

Was there still a glimmer of hope or was the "window" to temporarily loosen the civil statute of limitations to allow lawsuits closed? Nobody seemed certain.

Everything screeched to a halt about 11 p.m. Wednesday as support seemed to teeter for a compromise measure championed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson. The plan would have given some abuse victims two years in which to sue for decades-old abuse — but only to sue their abusers, not the institutions that may have ignored or covered up the crimes.

That was unacceptable to the victims and their supporters in the Senate, so neither Mr. Scarnati's plan nor the House-passed bill temporarily opening up liability to institutions such as the Catholic Church went anywhere.

‘Catholic Church thinks it’s above the law’: Sex abuse survivor hits out

AUSTRALIA
STARTS AT 60

October 18, 2018

Child abuse survivor, social worker, fierce campaigner; these are just a few ways to describe the inspirational Steve Fisher, whose fighting spirit has helped to change the future of thousands across the country.

Sexually abused by notorious pedophile priest Garth Hawkins when just a teenager, the Beyond Abuse founder has made it his mission to ensure other victims across the country receive the justice they deserve.

For the past 18 years Steve has fought for a change in laws to lift the veil of secrecy currently protecting priests from reporting sexual abuse at the hands of the clergy.

Now, the survivor has finally reached success in his home state of Tasmania, as the government moves to enforce the law, following in the lead of South Australia.

Although incredibly rewarding, the battle for change hasn’t been easy for Steve, who was one of seven victims Hawkins abused throughout the 1970s and ’80s. While the pedophile priest, who now goes by the name of Robin Goodfellow, was convicted of his crimes and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison in 2003, it hasn’t dulled the pain and emotions brought up by the experience.

The ripple effect of the Catholic sex scandal

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
Deseret News

October 19, 2018

By Jerry Earl Johnston

I just read another news story about the sex-abuse scandal inundating the Catholic Church.

For Catholics, it is becoming a moral holocaust.

And yet, for decades, there have been inklings of a serious issue.

While jokes and cartoons about priests and altar boys might have been around for more than 50 years ago, even appearing occasionally in mainstream magazines, nobody's laughing at those cartoons today.

The Catholic sex scandal has exploded, leaving thousands of victims in its rubble. Like a hand grenade, it has produced collateral damage. Millions of bystanders continue to be hit by shrapnel.

I am one.

Catholics must take a stand against church sex abuse cases

BREVARD COUNTY (FL)
Florida Today

October 19, 2018

By John Byron, Community columnist

You’d have to be living off the grid to not know the Catholic Church is going through tough times — of the church’s own making:

• Sexual abuse of children by priests;

• Senior clergy coercing seminarians into sexual relations;

• Sex crimes by priests routinely covered up by church officials;

• U.S. Catholic Church membership down 20 percent;

• Church membership plummeting in Catholic strongholds such as Ireland, Brazil and the rest of Latin America;

• Over 3,000 sex-abuse lawsuits filed against the Catholic Church in the United States;

• Eight Catholic dioceses gone bankrupt paying restitution to victims;

• More than 1,000 Pennsylvania children found to have been abused by hundreds of priests;

• Recent report of 3,600 sexual abuse cases involving Catholic clergy in Germany;

• State investigations of the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Florida and a new federal investigation in Pennsylvania;

Ex-papal envoy denounces ‘scourge of homosexuality’ in abuse crisis

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 19, 2018

By Claire Giangravè

In a new and now third public letter, a former Vatican envoy to the United States said the Vatican’s top official for overseeing bishops confirmed many of his accusations of negligence in the handling of an infamous ex-cardinal charged with sexual abuse and once again pointed to homosexuality as the cause of the abuse crisis facing the Catholic Church.

“Cardinal [Marc] Ouellet concedes the important claims that I did and do make, and disputes claims I don’t make and never made,” said Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò in a letter published on the blog of Italian conservative journalist Marco Tosatti Oct. 19.

Earlier this month, Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, published a letter accusing Viganò of a political “frame job” and a “deplorable and incomprehensible attack” on Pope Francis, after Viganò accused the pontiff of knowing about sexual misconduct concerns regarding ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013 and taking no action. In his original letter released Aug. 26, Viganò called on Francis to resign.

Jueces y fiscales defienden reformas que obligarían a la Iglesia católica a denunciar la pederastia

[Judges and prosecutors defend reforms that would force Catholic Church to denounce all cases of pedophilia]

MADRID, SPAIN
El País

October 16, 2018

By Julio Núñez

Entre los cambios se encuentra la tipificación del delito como público y la prolongación de los plazos de prescripción

Las asociaciones mayoritarias de fiscales y jueces españoles proponen una reforma legislativa sobre los abusos sexuales que faciliten la denuncia y la persecución de dichos delitos. Las modificaciones planteadas son: eliminar o prolongar los plazos de prescripción del crimen (en España el delito prescribe a los 10 años después de que el menor haya cumplido 18 años) y cambiar su tipificación: de delito semipúblico (en el que solo puede denunciar la víctima o su tutor si es menor de edad) a delito público, en el que cualquier persona estaría obligada a denunciarlo. Con estos cambios legislativos, la Iglesia católica estaría obligada a denunciar todos los casos de pederastia, sean de mayores o de menores, que conociese o instruyese a través de su proceso eclesiástico.

La Iglesia planea obligar al clero a denunciar los abusos a la fiscalía

[Spanish Church plans to force clergy to report abuses to prosecutors]

MADRID, SPAIN
El País

October 19, 2018

By José Manuel Romero and Julio Núñez

El presidente de la comisión episcopal antipederastia defiende actualizar los protocolos para adecuarlos a la ley del menor. Los fiscales consideran insuficiente la medida

La Iglesia española pretende actualizar sus protocolos ante los casos de abusos a menores de manera que, a partir de ahora, los obispos o sacerdotes estén obligados a notificar a la fiscalía las denuncias que reciban. El protocolo de la Conferencia Episcopal vigente desde 2010 señala tan solo que “la autoridad eclesiástica invita o aconseja a las víctimas a denunciar ellos mismos los hechos ante la policía, el ministerio fiscal o el juzgado”.

El otro secreto de la Iglesia chilena

[The Chilean Church's other secret]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 19, 2018

By Michelle Chapochnick

En un hermetismo infranqueable permanecen ocultos los casos en que, producto de una relación afectiva, un sacerdote tiene un hijo con una mujer. La jerarquía de la Iglesia católica chilena tiene una política definida para abordar esa situación. Se pueden encontrar diferencias en el tratamiento de un caso y otro, pero la norma es que se otorgue protección económica a los hijos de un religioso si es que sigue en el camino sacerdotal y, al mismo tiempo, se le instruye que se desvincule totalmente y para siempre del menor.

Hace varios años, en medio del caso Karadima, llegaron a mis manos antecedentes desconocidos sobre la Iglesia católica chilena. Inicié una investigación al respecto, que por diversos motivos –que no vale la pena explicar en detalle ahora –nunca terminé entonces ni tampoco más tarde, a pesar de varios intentos.

Rancagua: Restituyen en sus funciones a dos sacerdotes de la “cofradía”

[In Rancagua, two accused priests of "the brotherhood" are reinstated]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 18, 2018

Luego que las investigaciones canónicas y de la justicia arrojaron que las denuncias "no son verosímiles", los párrocos Aquiles Correa y Gino Bonomo retomarán sus labores religiosas.

El administrador apostólico de la Diócesis de Rancagua, obispo Fernando Ramos restituyó en sus funciones a los sacerdotes Aquiles Correa y Gino Bonomo, quienes fueron involucrados en el caso de abusos sexuales dentro de una organización denominada la “Cofradía”.

Investigación contra Karadima no incluyó ninguna diligencia: Errázuriz no pidió tomar declaraciones

[Letters indicate that Errázuriz did not take statements in investigation into Karadima]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 18, 2018

By María José Villarroel and Nicole Martínez

La Corte de Apelaciones de Santiago revisó el recurso de casación y apelación por la demanda civil de víctimas del expárroco de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima, contra el Arzobispado capitalino por encubrimiento. La audiencia se extendió por más de tres horas, la mitad de ella fue utilizada para leer los antecedentes de este caso. El recurso pretende que se revise el rechazo que tuvo esta demanda civil en un principio, en la cual piden indemnización por encubrimientos de delitos sexuales.

Carta de Errázuriz describe a Karadima como "no muy inteligente" y que exigía ser tratado como santo

[Errázuriz's letter describes Karadima as "not very intelligent" and demanding to be treated as a saint]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 19, 2018

By María José Villarroel and Nicole Martínez

En el marco de la demanda civil de las víctimas del expárroco de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima, contra el Arzobispado de Santiago por encubrimientos a casos de abuso sexual, la defensa dio a conocer un nuevo antecedente que podría ser considerado por la Corte de Apelaciones. Se trata de una carta del 1 de febrero de 2009 que envió el cardenal emérito Francisco Javier Errázuriz para el nuncio Ivo Scapolo, en la que le cuenta los procedimientos que realizó con respecto a esta denuncia en contra de Karadima.

Peruvian prelate sues second journalist who broke sex abuse scandals

ROME
Crux

October 19, 2018

By Elise Harris

Paola Ugaz, an investigative journalist and co-author of the blockbuster book Half Monks, Half Soldiers, that details years of abuse inside the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae (SCV), is the second journalist to be sued by Archbishop José Antonio Eguren Anselmi of Piura, a member of the group, on charges of defamation.

Ugaz received the complaint, filed before the Fifth Single-Judge Criminal Court and liquidator of the Superior Court of Justice of Piura, at her home in Lima, charging her with defamation and asking that she pay a fine of more than $60,000 dollars and spend three years in jail.

Nearly three months ago, on July 31, Pedro Salinas, a former SCV member and a co-author of the book, was served by the archbishop with similar charges and asked to pay the same fine and serve jail time. The complaint followed the publication by Salinas of a series of articles and interviews making various accusations against Eguren Anselmi, which he refused to retract when asked to do so by the archbishop.

In comments to Crux, the Archdiocese of Piura said they are handling the case against Ugaz in the same way as the case against Salinas, which is to “leave it in the hands of justice.”

'Pope Francis has questions to answer': America's Catholics in crisis over abuse scandals

PITTSBURGH (PA)
The Guardian

October 19, 2018

By Harriet Sherwood

The church is reeling from the fallout as at least 13 states have launched investigations, and pews are emptying

A few weeks after the devastating extent of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania was laid bare in a 900-page grand jury report, Father Michael Stumpf was approached by one of his parishioners.

“She demanded: ‘What do you know?’ And with a shock, I realised that because I’m a member of the clergy, people think I’m complicit. And I can totally understand why,” said the priest at St Mary of the Mount, which overlooks downtown Pittsburgh.

“I’ve had feedback in the last few weeks that I’ve never experienced before. It’s been challenging and disturbing – but also encouraging. The candour with which people have spoken has been refreshing. There’s an awakening and an empowerment because of this.

“Are we seeing fewer people coming to church, a decrease in people’s giving? Yes, some – a little. People let their voices be heard in one way or another.”

One of his parishioners, who did not want her name published, was more blunt: “Close friends of mine feel the church is tainted. Some won’t attend mass any more.”

Victims of Louisville priest abuse dismiss church report touting reforms

LOUISVILLE (KY)
Louisville Courier Journal

October 18, 2018

By Caitlin McGlade

The Archdiocese of Louisville on Thursday touted reforms implemented since 2002, when hundreds of people revealed that priests had abused them as children.

Abuse survivors and their advocates dismissed the effort as nothing new and underwhelming.

“They’re like Marlboro cigarettes,” said Jeff Koenig, who was abused by a priest as a child. “They’re just trying to make their name brand look good and keep their name brand alive.”

While revealing no new information about sex-abuse allegations, church leaders professed their allegiance to rules and training programs designed to create safe environments for children and healing support for survivors.

They did acknowledge that more should be done. Chancellor Brian Reynolds pledged to take advice from child sex-abuse survivors as the church creates new ways to offer them support.

Jeff Anderson & Associates law firm involved in multiple lawsuits against religious groups

CHICAGO (IL)
Gatehouse Media Illinois

October 18, 2018

This isn’t the first such lawsuit that Jeff Anderson & Associates has jointly filed against Catholic dioceses in the U.S.

Earlier this month, Anderson’s firm filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against the Vatican. That suit seeks the release of files maintained by church leaders and the names of all offenders worldwide, “held secret by the Vatican, who sexually abused kids, many of whom remain in ministry and in our communities today.” That suit also seeks the disclosure “of all top officials held secret by the Vatican who were known and found to be complicit in the cover-up of child sexual abuse, including Vatican officials, Cardinals, Bishops, and religious superiors worldwide.”

In September, a lawsuit was filed in Hawaii by Kailua lawyer Mark Gallagher and Anderson’s firm on behalf of a man who alleged he was sexually abused by a priest in the 1980s. That lawsuit, naming as defendants the Diocese of Honolulu and the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, a religious order, accused the priest of molesting the man when he was a child.

Feds open church probe as fight over lawsuit window remains unresolved

HARRISBURG (PA)
CNHI

October 19, 2018

By John Finnerty

Advocates aren’t giving up on the crusade to get the state to open a window to let adults who’d been molested as children sue beyond the normal statute of limitations, even though the state Senate failed to pass legislation to allow that to happen before ending its session on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the findings of a statewide grand jury into sexual abuse by clergy and church leaders' conduct are now being investigated by the U.S Department of Justice.

As the Associated Press first reported Thursday, the Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand confidential files and testimony from church leaders.

The subpoenas, served last week, follow a scathing state grand jury report over the summer that found that 301 "predator priests" in Pennsylvania had molested more than 1,000 children over several decades and that church leaders had covered up for the offenders.

"The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg will cooperate fully with this inquiry, just as it has with the Office of Attorney General’s investigation," a statement from Rachel Bryson, executive director of public relations for the diocese, said. "The Diocese has worked to be open and transparent regarding the issue of child sexual abuse and its past."

Archbishop Lucas mentioned during priest abuse lawsuit announcement

CHICAGO (IL)
KMTV

October 18, 2018

By Maya Saenz

Omaha archbishop name mentioned in lawsuit

The scandal rocking the Catholic church is hitting closer to home. This time an accuser says she met with Archbishop George Lucas after making complaints about two priests.

Lucas was the bishop in Springfield, IL at the time of the claims. On Thursday, one of the plaintiffs specifically mentioned Lucas by name at a news conference in Chicago announcing a lawsuit.

Lucas is not being sued, however, he was mentioned by a plaintiff as having done nothing to investigate claims of priests sexually abusing kids.

During a press conference, three men and a one woman who say they were sexually abused by priests decades ago filed a lawsuit against every diocese in Illinois for an alleged ongoing scheme to cover up sexual assault by priests.

"I remember clearly in the late 80s. In my late teens, early twenties. I said, someday I will be healthy enough and I will be healed enough that I will do something about this," said plaintiff Cynthia Yesko.

Illinois Catholic Bishops Sued Over Alleged Sex Abuse Cover-Up

CHICAGO (IL)
GLT 89.1 FM

October 18, 2018

By Eric Stock and Ryan Denham

UPDATED 4:10 p.m. | The Catholic Church in Illinois has been sued by four people who claim they were sexually abused by priests and that the church protected the priests by concealing the abuse.

Two of the victims claim they were abused in the Peoria diocese.

The public nuisance lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County names the Catholic Conference of Illinois and each of the six Catholic dioceses in Illinois.

“(It’s) a conspiracy of silence, a conspiracy of secrecy, a conspiracy of self-protection and scandal avoidance,” attorney Jeff Anderson said at a news conference in Chicago.

The 54-page complaint asks the Catholic church to release the names of each priest or church leader accused of child molestation and to implement policies that would “better protect children and the general public from further harm.”

Lawsuit filed against Catholic Church

SPRINGFIELD (IL)
WAND

October 18, 2018

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of victims alleging clergy abuse against each diocese and bishop in the Catholic church in the state of Illinois.

The suit, filed in Chicago, seeks to force the church and its bishops to open files on abuse by priests and by what lawyers call a cover-up to hide those abuse cases. Some of those cases date back decades and many of the priests involved are either dead or no longer in active ministry.

Among those claiming to have been abused is Cindy Yesko. Yesko says she was abused in the Springfield Diocese beginning at the age of six.

“I was abused, sexually abused, by two different priests,” said Yesko of the two priests who are now dead. “At the time I was too little to do anything about it. I was really scared and it was overwhelming.”

Pa. priest accused of child sexual abuse due for court hearing

BROOKVILLE (PA)
The Associated Press

October 17, 2018

A Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing two boys and having one confess afterward is scheduled to appear in a western Pennsylvania courtroom Wednesday for what is described as a plea hearing.

The case's online court record does not specify the type of plea that involves the Rev. David Lee Poulson, 65, of Oil City, who was arrested in May.

Poulson is one of two priests charged as a result of a statewide grand jury investigationthat concluded about 300 priests had abused at least 1,000 children over seven decades. The report has roiled the Catholic church and prompted calls for Pennsylvania state legislation to allow people to file civil lawsuits over child sexual abuse allegations that would otherwise be too old to pursue.

The other, the Rev. John Thomas Sweeney of the Greensburg Diocese, pleaded guilty to indecent assault this summer and awaits sentencing.

All Illinois Catholic dioceses targeted in sex abuse lawsuit

CHICAGO (IL)
WGN9/The Associated Press

October 18, 2018

By Gaynor Hall

Three men and one woman who say they were sexually abused by priests decades ago filed a lawsuit Thursday against every diocese in Illinois for an alleged ongoing scheme to cover up sexual assault by priests.

The lawsuit was filed in Chicago by attorney Jeff Anderson, who has represented clergy abuse victims across the country, and seeks to compel dioceses throughout Illinois to provide the names of all their priests accused of child molestation.

"Defendants have, for decades, and continue to adopt policies and practices of covering up criminal activity... (that) have endangered numerous children in the past and these practices will continue to put children at risk in the future," reads the lawsuit against all six dioceses in Illinois, as well as the Catholic Conference of Illinois.

Being sexually abused by a priest was like 'God was molesting me'

LOUISVILLE (KY)
Courier Journal

October 19, 2018

By Michael Norris, Opinion contributor

I was sexually abused by a Catholic priest at the age of 10 at a summer camp. At that age, I knew nothing about sex, so I did not fully comprehend what this man was doing to me.

On top of that, the fact that I was taught that a Catholic priest is an extension of God, it was as if God was molesting me.

Because my mother was a devout Catholic, I knew she revered priests and their status in the community. I felt it was easier for me to not talk about the abuse than to tell my mother, thinking she wouldn’t believe me anyway.

My teenage years were very difficult as a result of the abuse. I lacked constructive coping mechanisms, which led to drug and alcohol abuse, culminating with a suicide attempt. At the age of 17, after dropping out of high school, I joined the Navy. I held the story internally for 15 years, not telling anyone.

Suit accuses Illinois dioceses of conspiracy; seeks all priest abuse records

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

October 18, 2018

By Sam Charles

Four survivors of sexual abuse by priests filed a public nuisance and conspiracy lawsuit against every diocese in the state Thursday, asking a judge to order the release of all records related to every abusive priest in Illinois.

Jeff Anderson, one of the attorneys who filed the suit, said the goal was to expose “a conspiracy of silence, a conspiracy of secrecy, a conspiracy of self-protection and scandal-avoidance that is causing a hazard and a danger in real time today.”

Anderson said the dioceses have long maintained records of abusive priests who no longer are involved in ministry, as well as records of top church officials “complicit” in covering up abuses.

Three plaintiffs chose to identify themselves; the fourth opted to remain anonymous. None of the alleged attacks occurred within the Archdiocese of Chicago, though Cardinal Blase Cupich heads the Illinois Catholic Conference, which is a defendant in the lawsuit.

Plaintiff Darin Buckman said he was sexually assaulted by a priest in the Peoria Diocese between the late ’70s and early ’80s; he was 8 to 14 years old at the time.

More voices call for wider inquiry

NEW ZEALAND
Otago Daily Times

October 19, 2018

By Chris Morris

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and Catholic Bishop Michael Dooley have added their voices to fresh calls for an expanded Royal Commission that includes faith-based victims of sexual abuse.
The calls came as about 30 survivors, supporters and representatives from the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin - including Bishop Dooley - gathered on the steps of St Joseph's Cathedral yesterday.

They fell silent to remember victims of clerical abuse who had taken their own lives, then tied coloured ribbons to the cathedral gates to show support for survivors.

The ribbons came from across New Zealand and around the world, including from survivor and supporter groups in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Survivors say fight to let older abuse victims sue Catholic church isn't over

HARRISBURG (PA)
Penn Live

October 18, 2018

By David Wenner

A former Catholic priest turned advocate for sexual abuse victims says he hasn't lost hope -- even after the collapse of a bill that would have created a window for older victims of abuse by priests to sue. The bill failed late Wednesday despite strong support among Pennsylvania lawmakers.

"There is no way I'm going to quit this fight," said James Faluszczak, a former Erie priest who says he was sexually abused by a priest as a child. "From my standpoint, nothing changes moving forward. We are going to keep pushing for a two-year retroactive window."

Faluszczak was reacting Thursday morning to the failure of a bill that would have given victims of abuse who are now adults a two-year window for suing both priests who abused them and the Catholic church. Under current law, they can't sue if they have already turned 30.

Feds subpoena New York diocese as investigation into clergy sex abuse expands

UNITED STATES
CBS NEWS

October 18, 2018

By Nikki Battiste

For the first time ever, the Justice Department has opened an investigation into child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. Seven of the eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania said Thursday they had received subpoenas. CBS News has learned the U.S. attorney in Buffalo, New York, has also served the diocese there. The focus involves alleged trafficking of minors across state lines for the purpose of sex abuse.

The news of the first federal probe into sex abuse in the church comes the day after an "Eye on America" report on the "CBS Evening News" in which two victims confronted the priest they say abused them when they were children. In the 24 hours since the story of a confrontation with Rev. George Koharchik aired, messages of support flooded Shaun Dougherty's phone.

Dougherty said he heard from other alleged victims and countless supporters from around the world.

"Overwhelming show of support," he said.

List of Clergy with Credible Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Children

SAN JOSE (CA)
Diocese of San Jose

October 18, 2018

This list is being published as part of the Diocese of San Jose’s commitment to transparency and accountability to assist in the process of reconciliation and healing.

The individuals on this list were assigned to a parish or diocesan ministry in Santa Clara County by the Bishop of San Jose or, in the years before our founding in 1981, by the Archbishop of San Francisco. We have included all known assignments as part of our commitment to transparency. Please see our FAQ for more information about the list: www.dsj.org/disclosurelist.

We will continue to contribute to this effort of transparency and accountability with an independent review of our personnel files. As a result of that process, names or information may be added to the list. Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse by anyone working on behalf of the Church is encouraged to contact civil authorities (police department or sheriff’s office) and then to the Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults at 408-983-0113 or https://opcva.ethicspoint.com.

October 18, 2018

Editorial: Ouellet vs. Viganò exposes right wing's anti-Francis strategy

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

October 18, 2018

by NCR Editorial Staff

Cardinal Marc Ouellet's concise and sharply worded refutation of the now infamous Viganò letter is the very point needed to burst the bubble of fabulist concoctions spinning around the Catholic far right. Those theories, which wouldn't pass for bad fiction, are easily unveiled as clumsy attempts to discredit the Francis papacy.

Ouellet's out-of-the-ordinary pronouncement is fitting for these extraordinary times. Its very existence signals with some finality the end of the pretense of unity with which the hierarchy in recent decades attempted to mask deep divisions in its ranks.

It also bares as pretenders those who previously claimed the high ground of "orthodoxy" as defined, in their world, by unquestioning loyalty to the pope and the magisterium. In fact, their orthodoxy extended only so far as their agreement with prevailing papal tendencies.

Time Doesn’t Heal Sexual Assault If Victims Are Silenced

UNITED STATES
Christianity Today

OCTOBER 2018

By Kimi Harris

Rachael Denhollander, the attorney who spearheaded the fight to take down Larry Nassar for sexually abusing hundreds of young female gymnasts, experienced both damaging and healing responses from her church communities. Before she came forward, she recalled the kind of church culture that had previously silenced her.

During a youth group discussion, Denhollander remembers a student asking whether they could consider King David’s misuse of power toward Bathsheba as sexual assault, and their teacher said no, opening the floor for others to give their opinions. (You can read why it is assault from a theological viewpoint here.) A friend of Denhollander’s raised his hand to share: “I think it had to have been her fault, because she could have chosen to die rather than have sex with him.”

Local Deacon asks Pope's US liaison to intervene in Buffalo Diocese sex abuse scandal

BUFFALO (NY)
WIVB

October 18, 2018

By Marissa Perlman

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone leads a special healing service at St. Joseph Cathedral Sunday.

Paul Snyder, A Deacon at St. Mary's Church in Swormville, sent a letter and an email and this massive packet of material the us liaison to the Pope.

Synder says Bishp Richard Malone's handling of the sex abuse crisis brought scandal to the Diocese of Buffalo and has encouraged some of the faithful here at home, to lose their faith.

Snyder said, "Silence is what got us into this mess, people not speaking out, got us into this problem."

DOJ opens investigation in Pennsylvania

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

October 18 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a much-needed investigation into the clergy sex abuse crisis.

With today’s announcement, the Department of Justice has given hope to survivors and advocates across the country. Too often institutions are able to escape accountability through a mix of archaic laws like statutes of limitations, strong-armed agreements to silence survivors who have come forward, or by advancing a culture that keeps survivors fearful, ashamed, and afraid to tell others what had happened to them. Fortunately for survivors and others who value accountability, the Department of Justice is able to investigate despite Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations. This is certainly a welcome development.

SNAP has previously voiced the importance of a federal investigation and has called for investigations in 2003, in 2014, and as recently as two months ago. We know that thousands have suffered needlessly due to these sex crimes and cover-ups, and while we are glad that this investigation is finally underway, we cannot help but wonder how many children and vulnerable adults would have been spared had the investigation first occurred after the Boston Globe report in 2002.

Federal prosecutors could tap several powerful laws to investigate clergy sex abuse in Pa.

HARRISBURG (PA)
Patriot News

October 18, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

Coming one day after the General Assembly failed to advance a statute of limitations reform bill, news that the federal government had launched an investigation into clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania served to advocates a reminder that their fight is not over.

"I'm not surprised. What was in this latest grand jury report was horrific," said Rep. Mark Rozzi, the Berks County Democrat who led the effort to enact a retroactive window into reform legislation. "We've said all along that the crimes committed by perpetrators are bad but the crimes committed by the church are egregious. It's not surprising that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating at all."

The Associated Press on Thursday first reported that the federal government had opened an investigation into the sexual abuse of minors by priests inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

Dioceses have already received subpoenas demanding confidential files and testimony from church leaders, AP reported.

San Jose bishop names 15 ex-priests accused of child sex abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
San Francisco Chronicle

October 18, 2018

By Kimberly Veklerov

The Catholic Diocese of San Jose on Thursday released the names of 15 former clergy members who were known by the church to be credible child sex abusers.

All of the priests on the list are either dead or permanently banned from the ministry. Don Flickinger, who was sued for sexual abuse years ago, was described as currently being with the Fresno diocese, though that could not be immediately confirmed. Flickinger also was described as having been permanently banned from from the ministry in 2006.

The allegations of sexual misconduct, which were not described in detail, spanned 1961 to the early 2000s. The 15 men were assigned to a parish or diocesan ministry in Santa Clara County by the bishop of San Jose or, before the diocese was founded in 1981, by the archbishop of San Francisco.

Some Predator Priests Abused Girls, Got Them Pregnant

UNITED STATES
Legal Examiner

October 18, 2018

By Eric Chaffin

A recent Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church identified mostly boy victims, but some of those allegedly abused were girls, as well. Some of those girls, as a result of the alleged abuse, became pregnant. At least one went through an abortion arranged by her abusive priest. Yet, the priest would not be removed until over 15 years later.

Grand Jury Report Highlights Abuse of Young Girls
The report notes several cases of abuse to young girls, and in each one, instead of removing the alleged abusers from the ministry, the church allegedly allowed them to continue in some fashion. Below are some examples.

In the Dioceses of Greensburg, a priest allegedly got a 17-year-old girl pregnant and married her when she turned 18 (with a forged signature on the marriage certificate). Though the marriage was legal, the priest was sent for treatment and repentance at the Foundation House in New Mexico. After that, he divorced the woman and was allowed to stay in the ministry in a different state. The woman went on to give birth to the child.

In the Dioceses of Harrisburg, a priest abused five sisters in one family, and also collected samples of their urine, pubic hair, and menstrual blood. When his collection was found, the church still failed to act.

In the Diocese of Scranton, a priest assaulted a minor female, got her pregnant, and helped her obtain an abortion. When his bishop became aware of the incident, he sent the priest to St. Luke’s Institute for psychiatric treatment. A few months later, the priest was again ministering in another location. The priest was not removed for another over 15 years.

La nueva inquisición: el contraataque que golpea a las víctimas que han denunciado a la Iglesia

[The new inquisition: counterattack hits victims who have accused the Church]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 18, 2018

By Alejandra Carmona López

Uno de los acusadores en el llamado” caso Maristas”, Jaime Concha, relata que estas acciones se pueden ver en niveles diferentes. Por una parte, está la presión que se ejerce vía redes sociales: “Aparece gente extraña con perfiles en Twitter, amenazantes, gente que no tiene seguidores, con perfiles vagos e imposibles de identificar. También aparecen las denuncias, el ninguneo y las descalificaciones explícitas”, explica. Pero habla asimismo de presiones en directo, incluso en las fuentes laborales.

La noche del domingo 7 de octubre, Javier Molina –ex acólito y denunciante del sacerdote Jorge Laplagne– relató durante varios minutos el infierno que vivió mientras fue abusado por el religioso. Hace ocho años fue la primera vez que habló del calvario que sufrió, pero eso quedó en nada, nadie le creyó y quienes debían seguir adelante con la investigación parecieron no agotar los recursos para legar a la verdad de lo sucedido.

Hasbún ofreció a fiscal “nuevos antecedentes”

[Priest Hasbún testifies for two hours in cover-up investigation]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 17, 2018

By Leyla Zapata Sánchez

El sacerdote declaró por dos horas y media como imputado por presunto encubrimiento de abusos.

“Feliz con el gol del Nico Castillo”, fue lo único que dijo Raúl Hasbún Zaror a su llegada a la Fiscalía Centro Norte. En ese lugar, el fiscal jefe de Alta Complejidad de O’Higgins, Sergio Moya, le tomó declaración por dos horas y media como imputado por el presunto encubrimiento de los delitos sexuales que habría realizado el sacerdote Jorge Laplagne, en cuyo caso Hasbún participó como promotor de justicia.

Colegios católicos de La Araucanía deberán entregar a fin de mes protocolo de prevención de abusos

[La Araucanía's Catholic schools must deliver protocol to prevent abuse by month's end]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 17, 2018

By Manuel Stuardo and Hugo Oviedo

Hasta fines de octubre se amplió el plazo para que los 23 colegios católicos de La Araucanía, informen el estado de sus protocolos para la prevención de abusos sexuales a menores, que es una de las medidas para enfrentar casos de pederastia en la Iglesia. Se trata de los colegios Greenhouse, Madre Admirable, San José de Angol, La Salle, Escuela Francia, Providencia, San Francisco, entre otros, los que deberán actualizar la forma en que enfrentan este tipo de delitos, al interior de la comunidad escolar.

Lawmakers leave town, clergy child sex abuse bill undone

HARRISBURG (PA)
Associated Press

October 18, 2018

By Marc Levy

The collapse of legislation in Pennsylvania's Senate leaves questions about whether lawmakers will pass recommendations in a landmark grand jury report on child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

The state Capitol was quiet Thursday. Lawmakers left town and there are no scheduled voting days before the two-year legislative session expires Nov. 30.

Abbott manifiesta preocupación por actitudes de la Iglesia ante investigaciones que lleva la fiscalía

[Chile's national prosecutor expresses concerns about Church's attitudes and actions in investigation]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 17, 2018

By Tamara Cerna

El jefe del Ministerio Público se refirió a las indagatorias por presuntos abusos y aseguró que algunas acciones de la institución significan "prácticamente negar una cooperación que se nos ha indicado".

Con el fin de abordar el rechazo de la solicitud de destitución presentada en su contra y recalcar que el Ministerio Público no hay "protección a los poderosos", el fiscal nacional, Jorge Abbott, comenzó mencionando algunos de los casos vigentes que lleva adelante el ente persecutor.

Peoria at center of sex-abuse suit filed against Catholic bishops and dioceses statewide

PEORIA (IL)
Journal Star

October 18, 2018

By Phil Luciano

Taking particular aim at Peoria, a lawsuit claims Catholic dioceses and bishops statewide conspired to create a decades-long public “nuisance” that endangered children by failing to release the names and files of clergy accused of sexual abuse.

Filed in Cook County Circuit Court, late Wednesday, the suit relies heavily on allegations of pedophilia by two Peoria clergy. One was removed from ministry years ago, while the other never has been publicly associated with such charges.

Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky did not immediately respond to a Journal Star request for comment, nor did Patricia Gibson, legal counsel for the diocese.

Named as defendants were the dioceses of Peoria, Springfield, Rockford, Joliet and Belleville, along with the Archdiocese of Chicago. The suit also names the Catholic Conference of Illinois, which represents Illinois bishops and archbishops and their diocese.

The suit was brought by four plaintiffs, represented by Jeff Anderson & Associates, a legal firm based in St. Paul, Minn., that specializes in sexual abuse by clergy. Two of the plaintiffs make accusations of pedophila within the Peoria Diocese. One alleges sexual abuse between 1979 and 1984 (starting when the plaintiff was 8 and ending when he was 14) by then-Father John Anderson, who has since been publicly removed from the priesthood. Another plaintiff claims a different Peoria clergyman — heretofore never named publicly regarding molestation allegations — had sexual contact in 1981 with the plaintiff, then 15.

Iglesia Católica suspende a cura dominicano acusado de abuso sexual a menor

[Catholic Church suspends Dominican priest accused of sexually abusing a minor]

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Primera Hora

October 2, 2018

By EFE

El proceso de investigación aún no concluye.

La Iglesia Católica en República Dominicana dio a conocer hoy que dispuso la suspensión de un sacerdote luego de que trascendiera que había tenido "vínculos indebidos" con una menor de edad. El Arzobispado de Santo Domingo explicó en un comunicado que abrió una investigación sobre las actuaciones del sacerdote José Rosario González, a raíz de denuncias presentadas ante la Justicia por familiares de la menor.

La Iglesia homenajeó a un cura condenado por abusar de un niño

[Church honored a priest after he was sentenced for abusing a child]

MADRID, SPAIN
El País

October 18, 2018

By Joaquín Gil

El sacerdote, sentenciado por acosar sexualmente a un monaguillo de 11 años, trabaja como capellán en un hospital público de Alicante

La diócesis de Guadix (Granada) homenajeó en junio de 2017 al cura Amador Romero. Un párroco que fue condenado en 2001 a 18 meses de prisión por un delito continuado de abusos sexuales a un monaguillo de 11 años. El entonces obispo de Guadix, monseñor Ginés García, presidió la celebración. Se festejaban las bodas de plata, 25 años en el sacerdocio, del religioso sentenciado por abusos sexuales, según reconoce un portavoz oficial de la Iglesia y confirma un asistente al encuentro.

Feds open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Associated Press

October 18, 2018

By MaryClaire Dale and Eric Tucker

The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand confidential files and testimony from church leaders, according to two people familiar with the probe.

The subpoenas, served last week, follow a scathing state grand jury report over the summer that found that 301 “predator priests” in Pennsylvania had molested more than 1,000 children over several decades and that church leaders had covered up for the offenders.

Now federal prosecutors are bringing the Justice Department’s resources to bear, according to two people who were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain of Philadelphia, who issued the subpoenas, wants to know if priests, bishops, seminarians or others committed any federal crimes.

He demanded the bishops turn over any evidence that anyone in their ranks took children across state lines for illicit purposes; sent sexual images or messages via phone or computer; instructed anyone not to contact police; reassigned suspected predators; or used money or other assets as part of the scandal.

The grand jury subpoenas also seek documents stored in “Secret Archives,” ″Historical Archives” or “Confidential Files,” and records related to the dioceses’ organizational charts, finances, insurance coverage, clergy assignments, treatment and other documents, according to the people who spoke to the AP.

A representative for McSwain declined to comment, as did a Justice Department spokeswoman.


Letter from the archbishop

LOUISVILLE (KY)
Louisville Archdiocese

October 18. 2018

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

May God bless you! Amid the offenses of a prelate in the Church as well as accounts of sexual abuse that took place in dioceses of Pennsylvania, we are distressed and angered by horrible events in which bishops, priests, and other church leaders broke the sacred trust with those they have promised to serve as well as their promises of chaste living. This history brings to the surface deep wounds of victim survivors of sexual abuse and testifies to the depth of the grave harm that has been done. This harm has been compounded by the inaction, negligence, or inadequate response of bishops. I personally have felt the weight of these scandals.

In the Archdiocese of Louisville, we share a sad history of such abuse. This pastoral report to you, the faithful of the Archdiocese, aims to bring the light of truth and the healing of Jesus Christ into the darkness of these sinful actions. The wounds of abuse, even if decades old, reveal the terrible damage and pain for victims harmed by the sin and crime of sexual abuse. Our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones.

Catholic leaders: We followed rules since sex abuse scandal, but there's more to be done

LOUISVILLE (KY)
Louisville Courier Journal

October 18, 2018

By Caitlin McGlade

Amid a growing chorus of critics, the Archdiocese of Louisville on Thursday pledged to take advice from child sex abuse survivors as it creates new ways to offer them support.

While revealing no new information about alleged misconduct, church leaders also said they will seek experts in law enforcement to review how the archdiocese has managed abuse in order to improve record-keeping and reporting.

The archdiocese announced its next steps in a four-page report responding to the national outrage stoked by a recent investigation of Pennsylvania dioceses. That grand jury report found church leaders protected more than 300 "predator priests" for decades.

Pennsylvania priest pleads guilty to sexual abuse of 2 boys

BROOKVILLE (PA)
The Associated Press

October 17, 2018

One of two Roman Catholic priests charged as a result of the damning Pennsylvania grand jury investigation admitted he sexually abused children, pleading guilty Wednesday to corruption of minors and child endangerment.

The Rev. David Lee Poulson , 65, of Oil City, was arrested earlier this year during a grand jury probe that concluded hundreds of clergy in the state had sexually abused at least 1,000 children over seven decades.

Prosecutors say Poulson abused an altar boy in church rectories and had him confess afterward. They say he also abused the boy and attempted to assault another boy at a hunting camp.

"Today's guilty plea by a predator priest in Jefferson County is a clear statement that no matter who abuses a child, no one is above the law," said state Attorney General Josh Shapiro at a news conference after the hearing in the Brookville courthouse, which is about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Poulson took the victims to his primitive, secluded hunting camp in Jefferson County about a decade ago, where they watched horror movies on a laptop and he abused them, prosecutors said. The victims were 8 and 15 at the time the crimes occurred, according to authorities.

Shapiro said he expected Poulson to have to register as a sex offender for at least a decade. Sentencing has not been scheduled.

Plaintiff in church abuse suit seeks names of accused priests; personnel files

LAFAYETTE (LA)
KATC News

October 17, 2018

Abbeville attorney Anthony Fontana, who has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a St. Landry family in an alleged priest sex abuse case, is seeking a list of priests who have credible complaints against them.

Fontana is representing a person alleged to be a victim of priest Michael Guidry, who was arrested earlier this year by St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s deputies on sex abuse charges. Read more of our stories about him here and here.

Fontana filed Interrogatories and Requests for Production to Guidry and the Diocese of Lafayette in the lawsuit. Interrogatories are questions that parties in a lawsuit ask each other; Requests for Production are requests for documents. Answering them is not optional – there are deadlines and requirements that parties have to follow. If the questions aren’t answered, the court gets involved to order compliance.

In his discovery, Fontana asks Guidry and the Diocese to name all priests who have credible complaints against them since 2002, as well as all church employees who have credible complaints against them.

Fontana, who handled several lawsuits against the diocese back in the 1980s when the allegations of sexual abuse by priests first came to light, did not explain why he limited his requests to the time since 2002. However, that year is significant because it is the year that America’s bishops adopted what they called a “zero tolerance” policy toward child molestation and accused priests.

Hildesheimer Bischof wirft Vorgänger Vertuschung vor

[Hildesheim bishop accuses predecessor cover-up\

GERMANY
Die Nachrichten

October 18, 2018

Der Hildesheimer Bischof Wilmer wirft einem seiner Vorgänger im Zusammenhang mit dem Thema sexueller Missbrauch Versagen und Vertuschung vor.

Der damalige Bischof Homeyer und seine Bistumsleitung hätten fürchterliche Dinge zugedeckt, sagte Wilmer im NDR. Er reagierte damit auf neue Berichte über den Jesuitenpater Peter R., der als einer der Haupttäter in dem Missbrauchsskandal am Berliner Canisiuskolleg gilt und später unter anderem als Pfarrer im Bistum Hildesheim tätig war. Am Dienstag hatte ein Sprecher des Bistums Hildesheim erklärt, dass sich zusätzlich zu den bekannten Anschuldigungen weitere Betroffene äußern wollten. Der 2010 gestorbene Homeyer war von 1983 bis 2004 Bischof von Hildesheim.

Bischof Wilmer kündigte an, dass Missbrauchsfälle in seinem Bistum künftig mit Hilfe von außen aufgeklärt werden sollten. Man benötige externen Sachverstand. Es sei unmöglich, dass die Kirche hier nur eine Binnenkultur pflege, betonte Wilmer.

Pope Tells Seminarians to Report Abuse ‘Immediately’

ROME
National Catholic Register

October 18, 2018

Pope Francis told a group of Italian seminarians to report immediately to their bishop if they ever see or suspect any kind abuse, sexual or otherwise, on the part of a priest.

“On this point, speak clearly,” the Pope told the students from Lombardy last weekend.

“If you see something like [abuse], [go] immediately to the bishop, to help that abusive brother — immediately to the bishop.”

The Pope met the group in the Vatican’s St. Clementine Hall Oct. 13. The text of the lengthy question-and-answer session was released by the Vatican Oct. 16. During the meeting, he answered a question about scandals in the Church and how to help Catholics to not lose hope despite the “poverty of its ministers.”

“Scandal wounds. We must be clear: On this point, do not yield. To scandals, no. Especially when the scandals hurt little ones,” he said, emphasizing that though statistics show abuse by priests or other clerics to be a small percentage of total cases in society, it is not a reason to ignore the issue.

Church still to keep its promises on child abuse

SCOTLAND
The Scottsman

October 17, 2018

By Martyn McLaughlin

Nearly five years have passed since the Catholic Church in Scotland took the first tentative steps on a journey many hoped would close the yawning gulf between its public statements and private deeds when it came to abuse. In November 2013, the Scottish Catholic Bishops asked the Very Reverend Dr Andrew McLellan, a former moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, to carry out an external review of safeguarding protocols and procedures. The subsequent report, published in August 2015, became known as the McLellan Commission. Its recommendations were plentiful but two were key.

Former Jeffersonville pastor among list of clergy "credibly accused" of sexually abusing children

JEFFERSONVILLE (IN)
WHAS

October 17, 2018

By Dennis Ting

It's hard to miss St. Augustine Catholic Church with its metal crosses towering in the sky at the corner of Locust Street and Chestnut Street in Jeffersonville, but there are some things at the church that have not been as obvious until now.

"A lot of people have been let down by the Church, so we're doing all that we can to try to make right some of these wrongs," Father Doug Marcotte, the pastor of St. Augustine, said.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis released a list last week of clergy "credibly accused" of sexually abusing children.

The Archdiocese said an allegation was deemed credible "if, after a thorough investigation and review of available information, the accusation was determined to be more likely to be true than not in the judgment of the Archdiocesan Review Board."

“I pray the release of this list of credibly accused clergy will help all survivors of sexual abuse find the strength to come forward and will set them on the path to healing,” Archbishop of Indianapolis Reverend Charles C. Thompson said. “I apologize to all victims for the abuse that was done to them and for the failure of the Church to keep them from harm. I pledge to do everything within my power to protect our youth.”

Senate Republican opposition to retroactive window stalls Pa. child sex abuse reform bill

HARRISBURG (PA)
The Associated Press

October 18, 2018

By Marc Levy

Legislation to respond to Pennsylvania's landmark grand jury report accusing hundreds of Roman Catholic priests of sexually abusing children over decades stalled on the Legislature's final scheduled voting day of 2018 amid a showdown over a key provision.

The dispute came down to opposition by the Senate's huge Republican majority to a provision recommended by the grand jury and backed by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Gov. Tom Wolf, the House of Representatives, Senate Democratic leaders and victim advocates.

That provision would give now-adult victims of child sexual abuse a two-year reprieve from time limits in state law that otherwise would bar them from suing perpetrators and institutions that covered it up.

It was one of four recommendations made by the grand jury in its Aug. 14 report.

It passed the House overwhelmingly last month, but Republican senators had said they considered it unconstitutional and warned that cash awards in such lawsuits carried serious consequences for church charities.

The Catholic Church and for-profit insurers also opposed it.

He Counseled A Teen For Years, But She Says He Was Grooming Her For Sex

TEXAS
BuzzFeed News

October 18, 2018

By Hannah Allam

A young woman filed a lawsuit and a police report accusing a Texas imam of sexual misconduct. Those who know her say it’s a landmark moment for Muslims saying #MeToo.

Late at night on Dec. 5, 2016, the respected imam of one of the biggest mosques in Texas allegedly invited an 18-year-old to a prepaid room at the Motel 6 in Grand Prairie.

The young woman, identified as Jane Doe in the lawsuit she filed in July of this year, said she agreed to go to the motel because the man, Zia Ul-Haq Sheikh, was a trusted spiritual guide who’d counseled her since she was 13. He was privy to her biggest teenage problems — an absentee father, discord with her mother, bullies at school.

The lawsuit depicts a man who was more like a savior or a Svengali than a counselor, using his power over Doe to make her dependent on him. He helped her buy a car and loaned her cash for tuition and a laptop. He helped Doe navigate a turbulent home life and essentially stepped in as a father figure. She even began calling the imam Baba, Arabic for Dad.

History of priest abuse in Altoona

ALTOONA (PA)
WTAJ

October 17, 2018

By Emma Catalano

To understand how wide this abuse within the Catholic Dioceses spans, you really have to look at where it all began.

The first reports that stemmed a further investigation and pushed for change to the current Statute of Limitations came after allegations against priests in the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese.

The first reports of abuse publicly happened back in March of 2016.

Then Attorney General Kathleen Kane, announced a grand jury report found that at least 50 priests in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese abused hundreds of children for decades and clergy leaders had covered it up.

AG Shapiro pans proposal to exempt Catholic church from sex abuse lawsuits

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
KYW Newsradio

October 17, 2018

By Tony Romeo

Victims want legislation that would expand the statue of limitations retroactively

With hours remaining in the last scheduled voting day of the year, a proposal by the top-ranking Republican in the state Senate to exempt the Catholic Church from sex abuse lawsuits is landing with a thud among Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and other victim advocates.

Victims of child sex abuse have long sought legislation that would, essentially, expand the statute of limitations retroactively so that lawsuits can be filed. Late last month, the House sent the Senate a bill to create a two-year window of opportunity for lawsuits. But the Senate balked at that idea and now, after being briefed on it, Attorney General Shapiro says the latest proposal is to create a window for lawsuits against individuals.

Archbishop criminally denounces Peruvian journalist for aggravated defamation

PERU
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

October 17, 2018

By Paola Nalvarte/TM

Peruvian journalist Paola Ugaz was criminally denounced for aggravated defamation by the Archbishop of Piura and Tumbes, José Antonio Eguren Anselmi. The religious figure accuses Ugaz of having damaged his honor and reputation in seven tweets the journalist published on Jan. 20, 2018 about alleged sexual abuses and land trafficking allegedly committed by his ecclesiastical community.

Eguren, who belongs to the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae (SVC) as a member of the generation that founded the community, has requested three years of prison for Ugaz and 200,000 soles (about US $60,000) in civil reparations. The SVC is an ecclesiastical community linked to the Catholic church.

Ex-NJ Vice Principal On List Of Priests Accused Of Sexual Abuse

PASSAIC COUNTY (NJ)
Wayne Patch

October 16, 2018

By Daniel Hubbard

Rev. Ronald Tully was among those named by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington as being 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse of minors.

An ex-Catholic high school vice principal was among several priests named Monday by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington as being "credibly accused" of sexually abusing min