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October 17, 2018

Man files suit against Diocese of St. Petersburg saying a Tampa priest sexually abused him in the 1980s

ST. PETERSBURG (FL)
Tampa Bay Times

October 17, 2018

By Waveney Ann Moore

A former parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church in Tampa, now a lawyer and magistrate in the Virginia Supreme Court, has filed suit against the Diocese of St. Petersburg alleging that he was sexually abused as a child by a now deceased priest.

According to the lawsuit filed this week, Mark Cattell says he was 9 years old in 1981 when he was sexually abused by the Rev. Robert D. Huneke. Cattell, now 45, was a student at Christ the King Catholic School and attended the parish church.

During a news conference Wednesday, Cattell’s attorney, Jeff Herman, called what happened to his client "a crime that was committed at the highest level of the Catholic church." It involved, he said, "two bishops and a pedophile priest."

According to the lawsuit, Huneke had previously been assigned to St. Dominic’s parish in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, in Long Island, N.Y., where he sexually molested a boy named John Salveson. Herman produced letters that he said Salveson, who is not a party in the suit, wrote as an adult to the Long Island bishop about the abuse that began when he was 13 years old.

By then, Huneke was in Florida, at Christ the King. In a July 26, 1980, letter on Christ the King stationery to the Rockville Centre bishop, Huneke admits to "past incidents" in New York and says he has "undergone counseling as well as spiritual direction."

Impasse looms over bill to aid clergy sex abuse victims

HARRISBURG (PA)
Patriot News

October 17, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

House Majority Leader David Reed warned the Senate Wednesday that his chamber will reject a plan to reform the statutes of limitation that exempts institutions from lawsuits.

"We will not accept that proposal," said Reed, an Indiana County Republican. "We will not accept anything that does not have a clear window to hold not just individuals but the institutions who helped perpetrators commit crimes for decades upon decades."

Lawmakers are clashing over plans to revamp the state's law regarding child sexual abuse and the statutes of limitation. The GOP Senate majority on Wednesday was ironing out the last details on a plan that would revise Senate Bill 261. Most notably, the plan would include a clause that would require victims who file lawsuits under a retroactive window to name an individual abuser rather than institutions, such as the Catholic church.

Fr. Joe Gatto, pres. of Buffalo Diocese seminary, placed on leave after sexual misconduct allegation

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

October 16, 2018

By Charlie Specht

The Rev. Joseph C. Gatto, who runs the seminary for the Diocese of Buffalo, has been placed on administrative leave by the diocese, as he faces an allegation of sexual misconduct.

On Thursday morning, Gatto told I-Team Chief Investigator Charlie Specht that he is taking a “leave of absence” from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, which prepares men for the priesthood in the Buffalo Diocese.

“The pressures of the job, all the things that I’ve been doing -- it’s just a temporary thing,” he said in a brief phone interview with 7 Eyewitness News. “I’ve had so many responsibilities. I’m just burned out. I’m just taking some time.”

Sex abuse survivors react after Washington Archdiocese releases name of abusive priests

WASHINGTON (DC)
WUSA TV

October 16, 2018

By Janice Park

The Archdiocese of Washington released a list Monday of 31 priests. It names priests involved in cases with credible accusations of abuse.

David Fortwengler says he was only 11 when the abuse happened.

Fortwengler keeps newspaper clippings in his car. Like scars, they are physical reminders of his painful past.

"During the criminal case more info came out, that he had horribly raped two brothers in 1966," said Fortwengler.

Fortwengler's abuser, Robert Petrella was eventually convicted of molesting David and another boy in the 60's, while they were both alter boys at an Oxon Hill, Maryland church.

"I have this part inside me that is so angry and pissed off, I hate carrying that feeling, what would help get rid of it is truth, justice and accountability," said Fortwengler. David says the list gives him little comfort.

And there’s another issue.

Former Erie diocese priest admits to sexual assault

ERIE (PA)
Penn Live

October 17, 2018

By Ron Southwick

A former priest in the Diocese of Erie has admitted to sexually assaulting one boy and attempting to assault another boy, the state attorney general's office said Wednesday.

David Poulson pleaded guilty to two felony crimes - corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children - in a hearing in Jefferson County Common Court.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who has led the grand jury investigation of clergy sex abuse across Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, said the former priest assaulted a victim in church buildings. Citing the plea, Shapiro is urging lawmakers to revamp state law to help victims of clergy sex abuse take their cases to court.

"Poulson assaulted one of his victims in church rectories," Shapiro in a news conference at the courthouse in Brookville. "He made that victim go to confession and confess the abuse - to Poulson. He used the tools of the priesthood to further his abuse. Today, Poulson is being held accountable and facing justice for his crimes."

Poulson assaulted one boy repeatedly at two different churches and attempted to assault another boy at a cabin, the grand jury presentment found.

New plan would bar clergy sex abuse victims from suing Catholic Church, critics say

HARRISBURG (PA)
Penn Live

October 17, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

The Pennsylvania Senate reconvened Wednesday for its last afternoon session of the term amid disparate reports that a bill to reform child sex crime laws would protect the Catholic Church from lawsuits.

Some advocates have urged lawmakers to approve a window to allow clergy sex abuse victims to file civil suits, even if the abuse occurred decades ago. But critics say a new proposal would bar victims from using that window to sue institutions, including the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church figures large in the discussion over the bill. A reincarnation of previous attempts, the bill comes at the heels of a blistering grand jury report that found thousands of children had been sexually molested and raped by Catholic priests across the state.

Lobbyists from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania have aggressively opposed the retroactive component to the bill.

Lawsuit against Greensburg Diocese names deceased priest

GREENSBURG (PA)
Trib Live

October 16, 2018

By Deb Erdley

An Allegheny County man who says he was sexually abused for three years beginning in 1978 by a now-deceased priest in the Greensburg Diocese has sued the diocese, citing the August statewide grand jury report.

The man, a former altar boy identified only as John Doe, filed his lawsuit Tuesday as the Pennsylvania Senate weighed a measure recommended by the grand jury and recently approved by the state House. The proposal would create a two-year window for survivors of childhood sexual abuse who are now older than 30 to sue their abusers. Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations currently bars people like Doe from filing civil claims related to childhood abuse after they turn 30.

The new complaint names the late Joseph A. Tamilowski, a priest who served in several parishes from 1954 until his death in 1994. Diocesan records revealed that another former altar boy reported in 2002 that Tamilowski fondled him on multiple occasions during the 1960s at Mission of St. Mary Church in Schenley, the grand jury report said.

The Greensburg Diocese did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit, which was filed in Westmoreland County.

Interim president Mary Bono resigns from USA Gymnastics

UNITED STATES
ESPN News Services

October 17, 2018

Former congresswoman Mary Bono announced Tuesday that she has resigned as interim president and CEO of USA Gymnastics after a tenure of four days.

Bono's selection had been immediately criticized by several high-profile gymnasts, including Olympic gold-medal winners Simone Biles and Aly Raisman.

Raisman questioned Bono's association with law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, which advised USA Gymnastics during the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

"Why hire someone associated with the firm that helped cover up our abuse?" Raisman asked.

Biles took issue with Bono's response to Nike's advertising campaign featuring NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Bono, who was appointed to her new roles on Friday, recently posted a photo of herself blacking out a Nike logo on a golf shoe. In response, Biles tweeted: "*mouth drop* ... don't worry, it's not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything."

In a statement announcing her resignation, Bono said: "It is with profound regret, coupled with a deep love for the sport of gymnastics and respect for those who aspire to be great gymnasts, that I today tendered my resignation as the Interim CEO of USA Gymnastics. ... My withdrawal comes in the wake of personal attacks that, left undefended, would have made my leading USAG a liability for the organization."

Bono said in her statement she proudly stood behind her work at Faegre Baker Daniels.

Abus sexuels dans l’Église : le sénat rejette une demande d’une commission d’enquête

[Sexual Abuse in the Church: Senate Rejects a Request for a Commission of Inquiry]

FRANCE
La Croix

October 17, 2018

La demande socialiste pour la création d’une commission d’enquête au sénat sur les abus sexuels dans l’Église a été rejetée mercredi 17 octobre, 27 ont voté contre, 14 pour, 4 se sont abstenus.

Le Sénat, mercredi 17 octobre, a jugé irrecevable la demande socialiste de la constitution d’une commission d’enquête sur les abus sexuels dans l’Église. 27 sénateurs, majoritairement de droite, ont voté contre, 14 pour, 4 se sont abstenus.

Cette décision devrait être confirmée, sauf énorme surprise, mercredi soir en conférence des présidents.

Bischof will Akten öffnen

[Bishop wants to open files]

GERMANY
Kirchen Zeitung

October 17, 2018

Das Thema Missbrauch beschäftigt weiter das Bistum

Das Thema Missbrauch beschäftigt weiter das Bistum: Bischof Dr. Heiner Wilmer hat sich dafür ausgesprochen, Personalakten von beschuldigten Pries­tern zu öffnen. Und die ARD hat einen alten Missbrauchsfall neu aufgerollt und dabei neue Opfer ausfindig gemacht.

Bischof Heiner Wilmer hat sich in einem Interview mit dem Politikjournal Rundblick dafür ausgesprochen, die Akten über die Missbrauchsfälle in seinem Bistum weitgehend zu öffnen.

„Ich bin für eine offene Herangehensweise. Wir haben nichts zu verheimlichen. Ich bin dafür, dass Akten auch für Externe geöffnet werden. Anders können wir Glaubwürdigkeit und Vertrauen nicht zurückgewinnen“, sagte Wilmer. Zuvor hatte die niedersächsische Justizministerin Barbara Havliza (CDU) die katholische Kirche aufgefordert, ihre Akten für die Einsichtnahme der Staatsanwaltschaft bereit zu stellen.

Studie: Jede vierte Abgeordnete in Europa erlebte sexuelle Gewalt im Parlament

[Study: One in four MEPs in Europe experienced sexual violence in parliament]

GERMANY
The Huffington Post

October 16, 2018

► Viele Weibliche Abgeordnete und Mitarbeiter sind in Parlamenten von sexueller Belästigung, Missbrauch und Gewalt betroffen. Das zeigt eine in 45 europäischen Ländern durchgeführte Studie der Interparlamentarischen Union (IPU) und‬ der parlamentarischen Versammlung des Europarates (PACE).

► So gaben 85 Prozent der weiblichen Abgeordneten, die an der Studie teilgenommen haben, an, dass sie im Laufe ihrer Amtszeit Opfer psychischer Gewalt geworden sind.

► Fast jede zweite hatte Mord-, Vergewaltigungs- oder Gewaltdrohungen erhalten, jede vierte selbst sexualisierte Gewalt erlitten.

► Besonders pikant: Die Gewalttäter kamen zu 77 Prozent aus der eigenen Parlaments- oder einer anderen Fraktion.

Telangana priest held in US for sexual abuse of minor

HYDERABAD (INDIA)
Syndigate.info

October 4, 2018

A Catholic priest from Telangana, preaching in Rapid City diocese in South Dakota state, was arrested in the United States for sexual contact with a minor. Thirty-eight-year-old John Praveen, also known as John Praveen Kumar Itukulapati, was arrested on Tuesday (Wednesday in India). He has been charged with two counts of sexual contact with a child under 16, a class 3 felony which carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $30,000 on each count.

According to South Dakota-based Capital Journal, the Rev. John Praveen made a first appearance in court on Wednesday before a magistrate judge via interactive TV from the Pennington County jail in Rapid City. The judge kept his bond at $100,000 cash only and set Praveen’s preliminary hearing for October 18. The Rapid City Police Department, in a statement, said that their department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) conducted a joint investigation on September 30 when a juvenile victim came forward to report the incidents.

The investigation revealed that Praveen made sexual contact with the child on two separate occasions.

Video: Meine Täter, die Priester

[Video: My perpetrators, the priests]

GERMANY
Das Erste

October 15, 2018

Length: 43:38 Min.
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Es ist der gängige Vorwurf: Die katholische Kirche deckt sexuellen Missbrauch in den eigenen Reihen, unterstützt die Opfer nicht oder kaum. Nach dem Missbrauchsskandal 2010 versprach die Kirche Offenheit und Wiedergutmachung.
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Nouveau scandale d'abus sexuels en Afrique du Sud

[New scandal of sexual abuse in South Africa]

GERMAN
Cath.ch

October 13, 2018

By Ibrahima Cisse

L’Eglise catholique en Afrique du Sud a promis d’ouvrir “une enquête en interne” à la suite d’une allégation d’abus sexuels qui concerne un prêtre jésuite britannique. Les faits remontent aux années quatre-vingt et sont déroulés sur une période de cinq ans à Johannesburg.

La victime, William Segodisho, témoigne publiquement, 27 ans après les faits. Il déclare avoir rencontré son abuseur lorsque, à 13 ans, il se trouvait dans une situation de précarité, sans domicile. Le religieux en aurait profité pour abuser de lui “mentalement et physiquement”.

“Je sentais que je n’avais plus de prises sur les choses. Je me suis résigné à accepter mon sort, a-t-il avoué devant la presse le 9 octobre 2018. En échange, il me donnait de l’argent pour ma famille et il m’a appris à conduire. J’ai fini par accepter d’être utilisé comme ça. Parfois, on dit qu’on fait un pacte avec le diable. Là, c’est au sens propre du terme”.

Opfer bereiten in Mexiko Klage gegen "Legionäre Christi" vor

[Victims are preparing a lawsuit against "legionaries of Christ" in Mexico]

GERMANY/MEXICO CITY
KAP/KNA

October 16, 2018

Vier Missbrauchsopfer des vor zehn Jahren verstorbenen "Legionäre"-Gründers Marcial Maciel Degollado wollen laut einem Medienbericht auf Schadenersatz klagen

Vier Missbrauchsopfer des vor zehn Jahren verstorbenen Gründers der "Legionäre Christi" Marcial Maciel Degollado (1920-2008) planen offenbar eine Klage gegen die Ordensgemeinschaft sowie 38 mit ihr verbundene Firmen. Es soll um Schadenersatz für erlittenes seelisches Leid gehen, wie das mexikanische Portal "Zocalo" (Montag Ortszeit) berichtete.

In der Gemeinschaft wurde 2009 nach dem Tod des Gründers ein System von Lügen und Missbrauch offenbar. Nach Bekanntwerden von Sexualstraftaten Maciels ordnete der damalige Papst Benedikt XVI. (2005-2013) eine umfassende Inspektion durch den Vatikan an und tauschte die gesamte Ordensleitung aus. Seit 2013 haben die vier Zweige der Gemeinschaft - "Legionäre Christi", gottgeweihte Frauen und Männer sowie die Laien - jeweils eigene neue Statuten erarbeitet. Diese werden derzeit in Rom in einen gemeinsamen Rahmen gefasst, der die 2004 von Papst Johannes Paul II. (1978-2005) genehmigten Statuten ersetzen soll.

Missbrauchs-Opfer des Canisius-Kollegs deckt weitere Taten auf

[Abuse victim of the Canisius Kolleg exposes further acts]

GERMANY
BZ-Berlin

October 16, 2018

By Birgit Bürkner

Matthias Katsch zeigt in dem WDR-Film „Meine Täter, die Priester“, wie die Missbrauchs-Pater am Canisius-Kolleg in Tiergarten einfach weitermachten.

Die Missbrauchs-Täter des Canisius-Kolleg (Tiergarten), Pater Peter R. (77) und Pater Wolfgang S. (72), sollen nach den Vorfällen an der Jesuiten-Schule in den 70er und 80er Jahren eine Vielzahl weiterer sexueller Übergriffe verübt haben. Davon berichtete Montagabend die Reportage „Meine Täter, die Priester“ (ARD, 23.30 Uhr).

Der Film begleitet Matthias Katsch (55), eines der Berliner Opfer, nach Chile, wo Wolfgang S. ab 1985 als Priester tätig war und einen Jugendsportverein aufbaute. Im Rahmen seiner Recherche deckt Katsch auf, dass sich S. in Chile unter dem Deckmantel der christlichen Fürsorge über Jahre mutmaßlich an Kindern und Jugendlichen vergangen haben und sie zudem zu Peter R. nach Deutschland vermittelt haben soll.

La Iglesia española silencia desde hace décadas los casos de pederastia

[The Spanish Church has been silencing pedophilia cases for decades, full extent of abuse is unknown]

MADRID, SPAIN
El País

October 14, 2018

By José Manuel Romero and Julio Núñez

La cúpula eclesiástica se niega a facilitar datos de los procesos que ha conocido o instruido. Solo tres de las 70 diócesis consultadas obligan al obispo en sus protocolos a informar a Fiscalía

La Iglesia española silenció durante décadas la mayoría de los casos de abusos sexuales a menores que conoció o juzgó en sus tribunales eclesiásticos. No comunicó estos hechos a la Fiscalía para abrir un proceso judicial ni ha hecho públicas las condenas impuestas a los sacerdotes pederastas, salvo contadas, y en algún caso forzadas, excepciones.

“La Iglesia lleva un siglo tapando la pederastia. Hay que cambiar”

["The Church has been covering pederasty for a century. We have to change "]

MURCIA, SPAIN
El País

By Julio Núñez

Gil José Sáez Martínez, vicario judicial del Obispado de Cartagena, reflexiona sobre los abusos a menores por parte de sacerdotes

Gil José Sáez Martínez (San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia, 1971) es el vicario judicial del Obispado de Cartagena. Explica que su función, delegada por el obispo, consiste en "hacer que se cumpla la justicia en la diócesis y que se garanticen la tutela y los derechos de los fieles ante la Iglesia". Junto a su trabajo como canonista y párroco en la iglesia de San José, en el municipio de San José de la Vega (Murcia), prepara una tesis sobre la respuesta del derecho procesal de la Iglesia católica y del derecho español ante los abusos sexuales cometidos por clérigos. Es el único juez eclesiástico que no teme dar su nombre para hablar y reconocer el ocultamiento de los casos de pederastia que se han cometido en el seno de la Iglesia española durante décadas.

La Iglesia española crea una comisión reservada para combatir la pederastia

[The Spanish Church creates commission to combat pedophilia]

MADRID, SPAIN
El País

October 17, 2018

By Julio Núñez

El obispo que impuso el protocolo más duro contra los abusos tras silenciar un caso en León presidirá el grupo. El texto prevé remitir las denuncias “a las autoridades apropiadas”

La Conferencia Episcopal Española (CEE) ha creado una comisión reservada para actualizar los protocolos de actuación contra los casos de abusos sexuales cometidos en su seno. Al frente del grupo, compuesto por diez expertos, la CEE ha puesto al obispo de Astorga, Juan Antonio Menéndez, conocido por instruir las agresiones sexuales prescritas de un sacerdote de La Bañeza (León), que ocultó a la opinión pública, pero también por disponer en su diócesis de uno de los pocos protocolos que obligan a denunciar a la justicia ordinaria los casos de abusos del clero, cosa que solo ocurre en tres de las 70 diócesis. La actualización de la normativa comenzará esta misma semana, según informó la CEE a través de un comunicado.

16 años de cárcel para sacerdote en Guatemala por abuso sexual a menor

[Priest in Guatemala sentenced to 16 years in prison for child sex abuse]

GUATEMALA
AFP via El Universo

September 19, 2018

Un sacerdote católico de un poblado en el norte de Guatemala fue condenado a 16 años de cárcel por abusar sexualmente de una menor, informó este miércoles la Fiscalía. El religioso era párroco de una iglesia católica de Puerto Barrios, 230 km al noreste de Ciudad de Guatemala, sobre el Caribe, y fue declarado culpable por un tribunal local del delito de violación a una adolescente de 14 años, señaló el Ministerio Público en un comunicado.

Vaticano separó del sacerdocio a César Cordero, acusado de abusos sexuales en Ecuador

[Vatican expels César Cordero, priest accused of sexual abuse in Ecuador]

CUENCA, ECUADOR
El Universo

October 4, 2018

By Johnny Guambaña

El sacerdote cuencano César Cordero Moscoso fue separado de la iglesia católica según una disposición emitida desde El Vaticano y difundida la noche de este jueves. El religioso es acusado legalmente por abuso sexual a niños que estudiaron en los planteles que fundó, hace aproximadamente 50 años. A través de un comunicado emitido por la Arquidiócesis de Cuenca se informa que el resultado del proceso es la "Dimisión del proceso clerical de manera permanente", esta resolución es la más fuerte que la iglesia aplica en estos casos.

Alegría en familiares de víctimas de César Cordero por su expulsión del sacerdocio

[Victims' relatives express joy after César Cordero is expelled from priesthood]

CUENCA, ECUADOR
El Universo

October 6, 2018

By Johnny Guambaña

La lucha de las víctimas de abuso sexual del sacerdote César Cordero Moscoso dio un primer resultado a su favor, pues el Vaticano lo retiró del sacerdocio que ejerció desde 1953. Entre abril y octubre de este año, los afectados colocaron denuncias en la Fiscalía, realizaron marchas y plantones para exigir que se sancione un delito que ocurrió hace más de 50 años en esta ciudad.

Hasbún a su llegada a la Fiscalía para declarar: “Feliz con el gol del Nico Castillo”

[Hasbún arrives at prosecutor's office to testify in abuse cover-up investigation]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 17, 2018

By Angélica Baeza

El sacerdote declarará en calidad de imputado por su eventual participación en el encubrimiento de los presuntos delitos sexuales cometidos por el sacerdote Jorge Laplagne.

Minutos antes de las 10 de la mañana, el sacerdote Raúl Hasbún llegó hasta dependencias de la Fiscalía Centro Norte, para declarar en calidad de imputado ante los persecutores de la Región de O’Higgins, que indagan su eventual participación en el encubrimiento de los presuntos delitos sexuales cometidos por el sacerdote Jorge Laplagne, contra J.A.M.H., caso en el que Hasbún asumió como promotor de justicia.

Obispo de Temuco asegura que "no sería raro" que papa Francisco remueva de su cargo a Ezzati

[Bishop of Temuco says "it would not be strange" for Pope Francis to remove Ezzati from office]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 17, 2018

By Nicole Briones and Hugo Oviedo

El obispo de Temuco, Héctor Vargas, dijo que “no sería raro” que el papa Francisco remueva de su cargo al Arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, quien está imputado por la Fiscalía por encubrimiento de delitos sexuales a menores de edad. En entrevista con Radio Bío Bío en Temuco, el obispo Héctor Vargas enfrentó la serie de críticas que ha sufrido la Iglesia Católica, luego de los escándalos de pederastia que investiga el Ministerio Público.

Concepción: sacerdote Márquez se defiende de acusaciones por abuso sexual y asegura que son falsas

[In Concepción, priest Márquez defends himself against accusations of sexual abuse]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 16, 2018

By Nicolás Parra and Tatiana Risso

El sacerdote penquista Hugo Márquez se defendió y aseguró que las acusaciones por abuso sexual en su contra son falsas. Las declaraciones del expárroco se dan luego de que hasta el Arzobispado de Concepción llegara nuevamente Antonio Garrido, quien hace dos semanas se presentó para denunciar lo que su sobrino Jonathan le contó unos tres años antes de quitarse la vida colgándose de un árbol en un sector boscoso de San Pedro de la Paz en octubre de 2017.

New plan would bar clergy sex abuse victims from suing Catholic Church, critics say

HARRISBURG (PA)
Patriot News

October 17, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

The Pennsylvania Senate reconvened Wednesday for its last afternoon session of the term amid disparate reports that a bill to reform child sex crime laws would protect the Catholic Church from lawsuits.

Some advocates have urged lawmakers to approve a window to allow clergy sex abuse victims to file civil suits, even if the abuse occurred decades ago. But critics say a new proposal would bar victims from using that window to sue institutions, including the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church figures large in the discussion over the bill. A reincarnation of previous attempts, the bill comes at the heels of a blistering grand jury report that found thousands of children had been sexually molested and raped by Catholic priests across the state.

Survivors group calls for Virginia to conduct Catholic priests abuse investigations

NORFOLK (VA)
News 3

October 16, 2018

The Archdiocese of Washington released a list Monday of 28 former priests “credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.” A group representing survivors of clergy sex abuse quickly responded by labeling the list “incomplete.”

SNAP called for the attorneys general in Virginia, Maryland and Washington to begin independent investigations when it released its findings. Virginia’s Attorney General is Mark Herring.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) named three other priests it said had been convicted of or admitted sexual abuse offenses since 1997.

Pa. bill on church sex abuse stuck on question of lawsuits

HARRISBURG ( PA)
WPXI

October 17, 2018

By Marc Levy, Associated Press

Legislation responding to a Pennsylvania grand jury report accusing hundreds of Roman Catholic priests of sexually abusing children over decades remained under wraps in the state Senate on Tuesday amid disagreement over key provisions.

Republican state senators met privately for several hours before emerging to say GOP majority leaders had made an offer in an attempt to secure an agreement with the House of Representatives and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

"We want an agreement that we can get to the governor and that will put this to rest," said Sen. Rich Alloway, R-Franklin. "Now that may or may not happen. I mean, obviously there's still a lot of moving parts here."

Work on the bill is running up against Wednesday, the Legislature's last scheduled voting session day in 2018. It is also occurring amid election season, when 228 of 253 legislative seats are on the ballot.

Wolf's office said Tuesday evening that it had not been made aware of a Senate GOP offer.

Disagreement surrounds the grand jury's recommendation to give now-adult victims another chance to sue a perpetrator or an institution that covered it up if they are otherwise barred by time limits in state law. The window to sue would last two years.

Archdiocese of Indianapolis names priests accused of sex abuse

INDIANPOLIS (IN)
Indianapolis Star

October 12, 2018

By Holly V. Hays and Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Thursday released the names of more than 20 priests associated with the archdiocese who have at least one "credible" claim of sex abuse of a child or adolescent against them, including two priests who the church said each had more than a dozen victims.

The list includes 19 priests for the archdiocese and four who were members of religious orders who served in the archdiocese, dating back to 1940.

The diocese also released the names of priests accused of improper relationships with “vulnerable” adults and others who were deceased before their allegations were reported and the allegations were not substantiated.

Collectively, the diocese identified 103 victims.

“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 Charles C. Thompson said in a written statement. “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.”

The number of victims listed for each priest ranges from one to 23. Of the 19 accused of abuse of a child or adolescent, only nine are alive, according to the diocese.

Chile abuse survivors say pope’s iron fist offers glimmer of hope

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 17, 2018

By Inés San Martín

For survivors of clerical sexual abuse in Chile, much about the Church’s response from Pope Francis and others in the hierarchy strikes them as too slow, too ambiguous, and too little. They say a recent case in which the pontiff acted with more of an iron fist, however, offered a glimmer of hope.

“I can say that this is a small door of hope for victims and survivors who still haven’t been able to recognize their pain, who cannot speak or even comprehend the suffering they were put through,” said Abel Soto, a man who was abused by former Archbishop Francisco Cox of Chile, who was expelled from the priesthood by Francis last week.

“It’s a historic blow that he’s removed from the clerical state these two monsters, which is, as far as I know, unheard of,” he told Crux.

Ex-Pennsylvania priest who molested boys after Mass pleads guilty to decades of abuse

NEW YORK (NY)
NBC News

October 17, 2018

by Corky Siemaszko

A former Pennsylvania priest pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually abusing two boys over many years — and often after Sunday Mass.

David Poulson, who was identified in a recent grand jury report as one of 301 “predator priests” who preyed on more than a thousand boys and girls, now faces a maximum of 14 years in prison when he is sentenced.

“Poulson assaulted one of his victims repeatedly in church rectories,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Shapiro said at a news conference. “He made that victim go to confession and confess the abuse — to Poulson. This was the ultimate betrayal and manipulation by Poulson. He used the tools of the priesthood to further his abuse.”

Poulson also sexually assaulted this victim and another boy at a remote hunting cabin the priest owned with a friend in Jefferson County.

Double Lives: The Peril of Clerical Hypocrisy

NEW YORK (NY)
Commonweal

October 17, 2018

By Kenneth L. Woodward

Anger, shock, grief, shame.” These were the opening words of Cardinal Blase Cupich’s August letter to Chicago Catholics after the release of the Pennsylvania grand-jury report on clerical abuse in that state. Cupich, who headed the Catholic Bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children, wanted readers to know he understood their feelings—indeed, that they had every reason to be angry, shocked, and ashamed. This was the second abuse scandal American Catholics had to digest this last summer, coming not long after the revelation that ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had abused minors and young adults for decades. Soon there would be a third scandal: a letter from a former papal nuncio charging that Pope Francis himself was complicit in covering up McCarrick’s sexual transgressions and demanding that he resign. And so began another round of Catholic anger, shock, grief, and shame.

Strong feelings can be a spur to action. But they can also foster misreadings of the facts, blur judgment, and trigger rash reactions. Unfortunately, in too many instances, that is what has happened. For example: we’ve all read newspaper articles, editorials, and op-eds in which it is claimed that the Pennsylvania grand jury found that three hundred priests had sexually molested at least a thousand children over seven decades. In fact, what the panel found was enough evidence to indict the clerics and other church personnel named. While I have little doubt that most of the accused are guilty, the fact remains that the grand jury did only what grand juries are supposed to do: find evidence to make formal allegations. Which is why the relatively small number of the accused who are still alive and able to defend themselves demanded that their names be blacked out on the published report. Until found guilty, they have a right to their good names. But a great many lay Catholics are too shocked, angry, and ashamed to acknowledge this.

Moreover, the way Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, presented the report—and the way it was often described in the press—made it easy to assume that the grand jury had unearthed three hundred new clerical abusers, when in fact most of the abuse covered in the report occurred in the last century and roughly eight out of ten of the alleged abusers are dead. It was easy to overlook the good news in an otherwise disheartening report—namely, that since the U.S. bishops established stringent new procedures for handling allegations of sexual abuse in 2003, only two priests from the seven dioceses studied have been accused.

The pope at a loss for words

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Times

October 16, 2018

By R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

Back in late August, Pope Francis declared that he would “not say a word” about a letter from a former Vatican envoy to Washington who claimed, among other things, that the pope had ignored sexual abuse charges made against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, formerly archbishop of Washington.

The letter was written by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, and it also implicated the present archbishop of Washington in a cover-up of Archbishop McCarrick’s decades of misbehavior. That would be Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Well, now as of Friday Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation as archbishop has been accepted by the pope. So is the pope going to continue to remain mum?

In accepting Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation Friday, the pope said the former archbishop’s admission to “mistakes” made in his handling of sexually abusive priests demonstrated his “nobility.” Is this really the pope’s spin on what has to be one of the Roman Catholic Church’s most serious scandals in centuries? Is that all that he is going to say? His continued silence is characteristic of the pope and typical of the Vatican. He has still said very little about the predatory behavior of an astonishingly large number of American Catholic priests. In the diocese of Pittsburgh alone, 300 errant priests were mentioned in an August grand jury report that goes back 70 years.

Senate still mulling 2-year window for abuse suits

UPPER DARBY TOWNSHIP (PA)
Delco Tiimes

October 17, 2018

By Phil Heron

It appears the Pennsylvania Senate is poised to do what it does best.

Not much.

The Senate has one day - today - left to take up a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations to bring criminal charges in cases of child sexual abuse, as well as expanding the window for victims to bring civil actions.

Actually, it appears as if those measures could pass, just as they did in the House.

That's not the problem. The issue that has tied up the bill in the Senate is an amendment added that would open a two-year window for past victims in abuse cases - sometimes from decades ago - to bring actions against their abusers, including the Catholic church.

The amendment was added to the legislation by Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, himself a victims of abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest years ago.

The two-year window was one of the recommendations of the grand jury that laid out- in vivid, horrific detail - the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by at least 300 predator priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses.

The Senate continues to debate the issue, but no vote has been taken.

I'm not surprised.

The two-year window is bitterly opposed by the Catholic church, as well as the insurance industry.

Priest accused of child sexual abuse due for court hearing

BROOKVILLE (PA)
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.

October 16, 2018

Opinion: Catholic Clergy Should Elect Its Own Bishops

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

October 16, 2018

By Daniel E. Burns

The clergymen of the U.S. can show our fellow Americans that the Roman Catholic Church is much more than the Roman Curia.

The recent revelations of corruption, abuse and neglect within the Catholic Church hierarchy have been a trial for every American Catholic. Abuse victims and their families have suffered unspeakably. Next to them, the greatest sufferers have surely been our innocent American clergymen, who bear the brunt of the shame, contempt, and anger directed at the church every day.

A great majority of our clergymen share our outrage at clerical abuse. Priests all suffer for the sins of their brothers. Married deacons see their own children and grandchildren in the faces of the victims.

To Catholics, our American clergy is an essential link in a living chain of witnesses stretching back to the Apostles. Nearly all of us have had our faith shaped by at least one priest or deacon who showed us what it means to live the Gospel. Today we are experiencing a crisis of trust in our bishops. It is not, as far as I can see, a crisis of trust in the majority of our clergymen.

The clergy is therefore in a position to restore our trust in the bishops. But first it would have to have a say in who those bishops are.

Pope, hierarchy are accomplices to crimes of pedophile priests

SYRACUSE (NY)
Syracuse Post Standard

October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

Congratulations to the Post Standard's article on the flagitious crimes committed within the Catholic Church regarding the covering of the pedophile priests.

I was raised Catholic and still consider myself Catholic -- once conservative, now very liberal.

The pedophiles have a psychiatric disorder and for them to be exposed could be a healing for the church and the whole world.

But the clergy, including the Pope, most definitely knew what was going on, maybe for centuries. They are accomplices to the greatest crime conceivable. They desperately wanted to maintain their power, prestige and money as they deliberately covered up this evil --- now what priests do we trust?

I would not leave my child alone with any priest.

Federal judge orders accused pedophile priest to remain in jail

ALBUQUERQUE (NM)
KRQE

October 16, 2018

An accused pedophile priest who was on the run for nearly three decades has lost his fight to get out of jail.

Arthur Perrault, 80, was brought back to the U.S. last month to face rape charges stemming from the 1990s.

Prosecutors argued given his history he was a flight risk, and the judge ordered him to stay locked up until his trial.

Perrault's attorneys appealed that decision, calling for him to be released to a halfway house for medical reasons.

Tuesday, a federal judge called him a flight risk and a danger to the community, and upheld the decision to keep him behind bars.

Man sues St. Petersburg Catholic Diocese over alleged child sexual abuse by priest

ST. PETERSBURG (FL)
ABC Action News

October 16, 2018

By Mary Stringini

A former Tampa Bay resident has filed a lawsuit against two Catholic Dioceses alleging that they turned a blind eye against a priest accused of molesting children.

The lawsuit has been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York and the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Attorneys representing Mark Cattell, a victim of child sexual abuse allegedly committed by Father Robert D. Huneke, will hold a press conference on Wednesday, October 17, announcing the filing of the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed by Mark Cattell, claims that he was sexually abused by Father Robert D. Huneke on several occasions in 1981 when he was only 9-years-old. At the time, Cattell was a parishioner at Christ the King Church and a student Christ the King School in Tampa.

Scarnati: Most GOP senators see problems with bill to help clergy abuse victims

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Post Gazette

October 16, 2018

By Liz Navratil

HARRISBURG - The top Republican in the state Senate said Tuesday that the majority of GOP senators in the chamber agree with him that a pending bill designed to help older victims of child sexual abuse has serious problems and needs fixing.

But Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, also said he has not formally polled his membership to see where they stand on allowing a temporary suspension in the civil statute of limitations so that victims older than 30 can sue their tormentors for decades-old abuse.

The latter is at the heart of a fierce and emotional tug-of-war in the Legislature, and Mr. Scarnati has been among the most vocal opponents of the so-called lawsuit "window", which he believes is unconstitutional.

"What I can tell you is that there is a majority of members that feel the same way that I feel," Mr. Scarnati told reporters, speaking of the bill the House passed last week. "I believe we probably have 28 to 30 members that feel that way. My job is to lead a caucus and look for their guidance, and that's what I'm doing."

Teen sex-abuse victim sues Rockville Centre diocese

NEW YORK (NY)
Newsday

October 16, 2018

By Bart Jones

The former music director at a Roman Catholic Church in Patchogue sexually abused a teenage girl repeatedly for more than a year as church workers ignored policies put in place to protect children, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

The girl, who was 15 when the alleged abuse started in 2015, was sexually assaulted in a chapel and in a classroom at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, as well as in the music director’s car and at a motel in Patchogue, states the lawsuit, which was filed in State Supreme Court in Nassau County.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the girl, who is now 18, names the parish pastor at the time, the Rev. Benet Uwasombra, the parish itself, Bishop John Barres and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, which Barres heads. It is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

Attorney General Pam Bondi to Investigate Catholic Church

Legal Examiner

October 16, 2018

By Joseph H. Saunders

After Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro unveiled a bombshell 1,300-page grand jury report detailing the alleged sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in his state by hundreds of Catholic priests, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has launched a statewide criminal investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic priests.

At a press conference announcing the investigation Bondi said, “We have reason to believe there are similar stories in Florida,” and asked victims to come forward with information. Before the investigation was announced 15 victims had contacted authorities. With an estimated 2 million Catholics in the state, that number is expected to grow as the inquiry proceeds.

Bondi was unsparing in her criticism, saying “Any priest that would exploit a position of power and trust to abuse a child is a disgrace to the Church and a threat to society,” She then announced that investigators from offices including the statewide prosecutor and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will soon issue subpoenas in connection to the investigation. A spokesperson for Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops stated after the press conference that all seven Catholic dioceses in Florida were in dialogue with the statewide prosecutor and cooperating with the investigation.

It was apparent that the Florida Attorney General had been deeply affected by the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. She claimed, “When the case about Pennsylvania aired, I couldn’t sleep that night. The next morning I talked to my statewide prosecutor and said, ‘We have to look into this,’ and he wholeheartedly agreed,” In Pennsylvania it was revealed that 301 priests across six dioceses had been accused of child sex abuse. There are more than 1000 identifiable victims, almost all of them children when the abuse occurred, and that number is expected to continue to grow. Among the chilling accusations was the revelation that “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades.”

As Cardinal Wuerl steps down (with a papal salute), 'Uncle Ted' McCarrick is way out of sight

UNITED STATES
Get Religion

October 15, 2018

By Terry Mattingly

So, how good was the news coverage of the very gentle fall of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, in terms of the stories published in the two elite newspapers that have been driving this story?

Well, that depends.

It appears that the crucial issue — once again — is whether the most important scandal linked to Wuerl at the the moment is (a) his role in efforts to hide the abuse of children and teens, overwhelmingly male, by clergy, (b) his ties to the career and work of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick or (c) some combination of both, since they are often connected.

Diocese of Brooklyn Sheltered Priest Accused of Abuse in Colombia

NEW YORK (NY)
SNAPnetwork.org

October 16, 2018

By Zach Hiner

For almost a year, Brooklyn Catholic officials refused to tell their flock about a credibly accused predator priest.

According to the Gothamist, the Diocese of Brooklyn “bypassed its own safety protocols” to hire Fr. Roberto Cadavid in 2012. Fr. Cadavid worked in Brooklyn from 2012 through 2017 until he abruptly left the country to return to his native Colombia. But the Diocese waited ten months after Fr. Cadavid’s departure to tell the truth about his absence to their parishioners: the Diocese of Medellin had come forward in June, 2017 to share “Cadavid’s long history of alleged abuse.”

This reckless behavior cannot continue. We call on police and prosecutors to investigate this secrecy, on Brooklyn's bishop to explain it and on Brooklyn parishioners to protest it.

Brooklyn church officials claim that their overseas colleagues lied to them about Fr. Cadavid. If so, they should be hollering from the rooftops and insisting that Vatican officials discipline those who allegedly deceived them. Let us assume Brooklyn officials are right. This would mean that Catholic officials cannot even be honest with one another about accused predator priests. If that is true (and plenty of evidence in other cases shows this to be true), what are the odds that Catholic officials will be honest with police, prosecutors, parents, parishioners and the public?

This is yet another example of why we call for independent investigations by law enforcement, backed by subpoena power and the ability to compel testimony under oath. Institutions cannot police themselves and cannot be trusted to adjudicate crimes that occur under their roof. We know that New York has already begun a statewide investigation into their dioceses and hope that this information is being brought to their attention.

We urge anyone, in Brooklyn or elsewhere, who may have seen, suspected or suffered abuse in New York to make a report to law enforcement and to share their information with New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood by calling the New York state hotline at 1-800-771-7755 or by using their online form.

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (zhiner@snapnetwork.org, 517-974-9009)


In our words: One last plea to Pennsylvania Senate: Provide justice for child sexual abuse victims

LANCASTER COUNTY (PA)
Lancaster Online

October 14, 2018

The LNP Editorial Board

THE ISSUE

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted Sept. 25 to send to the Senate an amended bill that would provide a two-year retroactive window during which victims of past child sexual abuse could seek justice in civil court. It also would end the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, and give future victims until age 50 to press civil claims. The House approved Senate Bill 261 by a vote of 173-21. The legislation was passed in the wake of a grand jury report released in August that found that 301 “predator priests” in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses had sexually abused more than 1,000 children over seven decades. This week, the state Senate will consider Senate Bill 261.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who came under repeated fire in the grand jury report for his handling of abuse allegations when he served as bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The grand jury found that Wuerl returned the Rev. George Zirwas to ministry even after the diocese had gotten reports that Zirwas had sexually abused a number of boys.

Zirwas, it turned out, was part of a ring of priests who circulated pornographic photos of their child victims and gave their victims gold crosses to wear — so they could be readily identified by other predatory priests.

To use the cross — the symbol of Christ’s suffering — in such a depraved way is beyond belief. And there are hundreds more stories of abuse in the grand jury report that left us horrified.

You’d think that report might have spurred the Pennsylvania Senate to act with great urgency on behalf of the victims of priestly abuse.

And yet, the Senate has put the matter off. Just three session days remain before the Nov. 6 election — Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Saginaw Catholic Bishop Joseph Cistone dies after cancer battle

SAGINAW (MI)
MIlive.com

October 16, 2018

By Cole Waterman

Months after announcing his cancer diagnosis, Saginaw Diocese Bishop Joseph R. Cistone has died at age 69.

Erin Looby Carlson, director of communications for the Diocese, confirmed Cistone's death to MLive.

A statement on the Diocese's website states Cistone died at his home during the night of Monday, Oct. 15. He had been scheduled for a medical procedure on Tuesday to relieve symptoms of his lung cancer.

"Please pray for the repose of his soul, for his family and friends, and for all of the Faithful of the Diocese of Saginaw," the statement reads.

Ex-Catholic Diocese of Erie priest scheduled to plead

ERIE (PA)
GoErie.com

October 16, 2018

By Ed Palattella

The Rev. David L. Poulson, charged in May, is accused of molesting two boys between 2002 and 2010, including at his hunting camp in Jefferson County in the Erie diocese.

The Rev. David L. Poulson, a former priest in the Catholic Diocese of Erie, is scheduled to forgo a trial on child sexual abuse charges by entering a plea Wednesday morning at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Brookville.

The district court administrator for Jefferson County, Chad B. Weaver, said Poulson is scheduled for a plea hearing in a proceeding that starts at 9 a.m. on Wednesday before Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora, the only judge in the county.

Details of the plea were not immediately available. The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office “will have more to say about this matter tomorrow,” spokesman Joe Grace said.

The lawyer listed for Poulson in court records, Christopher Mohney, of DuBois, was in court this morning and was not immediately available for comment, his office said.

Poulson, who is no longer in ministry in the Catholic Diocese of Erie, is accused of molesting two boys between 2002 and 2010, including at his hunting camp in Jefferson County, in the southeastern part of the 13-county diocese.

The Attorney General’s Office charged Poulson, 64, based on a presentment from the same statewide grand jury that issued a scathing report in August on child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.


Naugatuck Police Seek Information On Disgraced Priest Arther Perrault's 1965 Stint At Former St. Francis School

HARTFORD (CT)
Hartford Courant

October 16, 2018

By Josh Kovner

With fugitive priest Arthur Perrault jailed in New Mexico on aggravated sexual abuse charges, Naugatuck police are now looking into the accused pedophile’s brief tenure at the former St. Francis Parochial School, where he was assigned for a few months in 1965.

Perrault, 80, who was born in Connecticut, left St. Francis abruptly in 1965, and court records say he next surfaced at a small compound, Via Coeli, in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, where fallen priests were sent by the church for treatment of pedophilia.

A string of lawsuits say he would go on to sexually abuse at least 38 boys in New Mexico. Citing court records, the Associated Press reported that Perrault was accused of having inappropriate talks with boys at St. Francis after hours, including in his car. He has not been charged with committing a crime while at St. Francis.

In a news release on Tuesday, Naugatuck police Lt. Bryan Cammarata said officers would like to speak with alumni who attended St. Francis in 1965, and who can describe what the “atmosphere and the culture of student life was like during this time frame.”

Louisiana bishops say names of priests credibly accused of sex abuse to be made public

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The Advocate

By Ramon Antonio Vargas

October 16, 2018

The Archdiocese of New Orleans and dioceses in other parts of Louisiana on Tuesday committed to releasing the names of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors within the last half century, stepping up their language from last month, when they said they were only exploring the possibility.

In a prepared statement, Archbishop Gregory Aymond said the release “will be sooner rather than later,” though he stopped short of giving a firm date.

In New Orleans, more quietly settled, decades-old Catholic Church sex abuse cases surface
In New Orleans, more quietly settled, decades-old Catholic Church sex abuse cases surface
More cases have surfaced involving quietly settled, decades-old sexual abuse claims against the Catholic Church in New Orleans, naming a pair …

“The clergy files are being examined very carefully,” Aymond said. “It is important to note that the review of the files goes back at least 50 years to ensure the list is accurate and complete. We will publish the list as soon as this work is finished.”

The Diocese of Shreveport’s Diocesan Administrator, Father Peter Mangum, said in his own statement that his diocese as well as Alexandria's "will follow the lead of New Orleans and release names."

The announcements follow reports in The Advocate last month that revealed a number of unreported financial settlements over claims of sexual abuse involving personnel at Jesuit High School, as well as diocesan institutions in New Orleans.

Pewaukee priest accused of groping a teenager in a confessional released on $10,000 bond

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

October 16, 2018

By Steven Martinez

A Pewaukee priest accused of groping a teenage congregant in a confessional has been released on bond and is scheduled to reappear in court in November for a preliminary hearing.

The Rev. Chuck Hanel, 61, appeared Oct. 15 in Waukesha County Circuit Court and signed a $10,000 signature bond, court records show. He was released on condition that he have no contact with the accuser or her family, no unsupervised contact with anyone younger than 18 "in the context of his employment" and was ordered to surrender his passport.

Hanel stands accused of second-degree sexual assault of a child. A 14-year-old girl reproted to police in April that Hanel touched her breast and leg in a confessional at Queen of Apostles Church in December 2017, when she was 1

I’m a sexual assault survivor. And a conservative. The Kavanaugh hearings were excruciating.

UNITED STATES
Vox

October 16, 2018

By Rachael Denhollander

I’m appalled at the response from my own community on Kavanaugh.

The real litmus test of whether our society cares about sexual abuse is how we respond when the allegations are against someone in our community. We have failed that test.

Just a few days ago, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to take his seat on the highest court of our land. A contentious hearing followed Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager, and the impact of his confirmation will extend far beyond the decisions he may make while seated.

The entire process hit a little too close to home. I’m a sexual assault survivor who was forced to take a very public stand against a prominent abuser — Larry Nassar. I’m also an evangelical with primarily conservative political positions.

My religious community applauded me for standing against Nassar and his enablers while, in the same breath, condemned me for speaking against religious institutions that mishandled abuse. My knowledge of the law and dynamics of abuse were welcomed when it impacted the “secular” world of Michigan State University, and discounted completely when I expressed concerns about prominent religious leaders in my own church.

More often than not, we are only willing to support survivors so long as their allegations don’t impinge on our community, its members, or our overall goals. But as soon as it’s someone from our own tribe — when it actually costs us to care — the verbal and mental contortions ensue to explain why this allegation of abuse is “different.”

Priest who is accused of sexually abusing a minor served at 3 Toledo-area parishes

TOLEDO (OH)
WTOL

October 16, 2018

By Emma Henderson

A priest of the Diocese of Toledo has been accused of sexually abusing a minor over 25 years ago.

Father Nelson Beaver has been put on administrative leave by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, effective immediately.

WTOL 11 has obtained the list of Father Beaver's assignments since 1976.

On the list are three parishes in the Toledo area. According to the Diocese, Father Beaver served as an associate pastor at the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish from September 25, 1979, until July 9, 1981.

Beaver went to serve as associate pastor at Saint John the Baptist Parish in Toledo from July 9, 1981, until July 2, 1984.

Horror at Hotchkiss: New Lawsuit Adds to Allegations of Sex Abuse at Prestigious School

SALISBURY (CT)
Connecticut Law Tribune

October 15, 2018

By Robert Storace

The prominent Hotchkiss School has been hit with another sex assault suit. This one is the second against former English teacher Roy G. Smith Jr. The school was the subject of a report released by a prominent law firm that claimed there was a pattern of sex abuse at the school going back decades.

On the heels of a report detailing decades of sexual abuse of children at the prestigious Lakeville-based Hotchkiss School, a Rhode Island man has filed a lawsuit alleging he was groomed for abuse and sexually assaulted by a former English teacher in the 1990s.

In the federal lawsuit filed late Friday evening in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, a former student, identified with the pseudonym of Richard Roe, said he was sexually assaulted in his junior year by Roy G. Smith Jr., also known at the school as “Uncle Roy.” The same attorneys who filed suit Friday alleging Smith sexually assaulted the boy wrote a similar complaint against the school in 2015 alleging Smith abused another boy. That suit is still pending, and was filed soon after Smith died in January 2015 at age 72.

The latest suit seeks unspecified monetary damages. Both complaints name the school as the defendant, claiming Hotchkiss knew about a culture of sex abuse and did nothing about it.

Catholic church sex abuse survivors speak in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG (PA)
WFMZ

October 15, 2018

By Jaccii Farris

Just after 10 a.m., a group of people standing in Pennsylvania's state capitol building was given a cue: begin reading.

But the words were difficult to say, especially out loud.

Sentences like "One of the victims was as young as 13 years old," began spilling from their lips.

Their words couldn't be posted on Facebook or found in an adult bookstore. But they echoed down the hall outside Senate chambers.

"Like a bad dream that we have to be here doing this. They should've done the right thing by now," said Catholic church sexual abuse survivor Julianne Bortz.

Bortz is among dozens of survivors who are reading the Pennsylvania grand jury's clergy sex abuse report in the hopes of getting the senate's attention just ahead of an important vote.

The grand jury made several recommendations, including eliminating the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse.

Staatsanwälte fordern Akten an Sexueller Missbrauch ist ein Verbrechen.

MUNICH (GERMANY)
OVB Online

October 16, 2018

By Angela Walser

[Prosecutors request acts Sexual abuse is a crime.]

Staatsanwälte fordern Akten an. Sexueller Missbrauch ist ein Verbrechen.

Die Täter müssen oft jahrelang hinter Gitter. In der katholischen Kirche blieb der aktenkundig gewordene Missbrauch bislang strafrechtlich ungesühnt. Ein geschlossenes System schützte die Täter. Doch die Generalstaatsanwaltschaft will das nun ändern.

München – Es ist immer der gleiche Satz, der fällt, wenn in der Missbrauchs-Problematik der Ruf nach der Staatsanwaltschaft laut wird. „Wir brauchen einen konkreten Anhaltspunkt, um ermitteln zu können“, sagen die Ankläger. Sie scheuen sich nicht vor der Arbeit, vor dem Umgang mit Opfern und Tätern und der Aufarbeitung eines Tabuthemas. „Doch so ist der Rechtsstaat“, erklärt die Münchner Oberstaatsanwältin Anne Leiding und fügt hinzu: „Auch das Handeln von Ermittlungsbehörden folgt Regeln.“ Sie und ihre Kollegen könnten nach dem Bekanntwerden der Missbrauchsstudie innerhalb der katholischen Kirche nicht wild in den Archiven herumstöbern. Selbst wenn ihnen ein Bischof drei Leitzordner übergeben würde, müsste er einen Grund nennen, „warum wir da reinschauen dürfen“, sagt Leiding.

Doch jetzt haben sich die Generalstaatsanwaltschaften München, Bamberg und Nürnberg eingeschaltet. Schriftlich forderten sie die Bischöflichen Ordinariate auf, einschlägige Fälle zur Anzeige zu bringen – vorausgesetzt Ort, Zeit, Handlungen und Beteiligte können genannt werden. Denn ein Hinweis auf eine verfolgbare Straftat muss immer sehr konkret sein. Es reicht nicht, dass jemand irgendwann etwas Halbwahres gesagt hat. Es muss etwas Greifbares geben, dann dürfen die Ermittler ran, dann können Akten beschlagnahmt werden, müssen die Ordinariate ihre Archive öffnen.

Editorial: Malone cannot do the job as Buffalo's bishop

BUFFALO (NY)
Buffalo News

October 15, 2018

It is a sign of the Catholic church’s peril that the question of who leads the Buffalo Diocese is among the least of its worries. Any organization that countenances pedophilia among its leaders is on the road to perdition. For a church to have done it is unimaginable.

Nevertheless, local leadership matters and, for the second time, a deacon has called for Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign over his handling of credible accusations of sexual abuse by clergy. Malone, who has previously declared his intention to stay on, needs to heed the advice. He is a symbol of the church’s unwillingness to confront its culpability.

Following the August call of deacon and businessman Paul Snyder III for Malone to resign, another church leader this weekend added his voice, and it is an especially powerful one: Paul C. Emerson is not only a deacon at St. Joseph University Church in Buffalo, but a victim of sexual abuse by two area priests. He understands, as do Snyder and many other influential people, that Malone has lost the confidence of parishioners.

Raúl Hasbún dijo que es "deseable transparentar las evidencias y razonamientos" de la expulsión de Cox

[Raúl Hasbún defends Schoenstatt over Cox expulsion]

CHILE
Soy Chile

October 16, 2018

El sacerdote respondió en una carta a El Mercurio y dijo que también se deben conocer las garantías procesales que tuvo el ex obispo.

En una carta enviada a El Mercurio, el sacerdote Raúl Hasbún defendió la actuación de la congregación de Schoenstatt ante la situación del ex obispo Francisco José Cox, quien fue expulsado de la Iglesia este sábado.

Opinion: La Iglesia empujada al fideísmo

[Opinion: Church pushed to fideism]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 16, 2018

By Jorge Costadoat

El panorama es malo. La institución eclesiástica no se reforma. No se pueden desarrollar los cristianismos europeos, americanos, africanos, oceánicos o asiáticos, mientras la sede romana pretenda gobernarlos a todos por parejo, sin tener en cuenta las diversidades culturales. Esta exclusión cultural, la marginación de la mujer, la concentración del poder del clero, entre otros déficits, tienen como causa una institucionalidad anacrónica reticente a los cambios.

La crisis detrás de la crisis. Este puede ser también el título de esta columna. La crisis provocada por los abusos sexuales de algunos clérigos en la Iglesia católica es la expresión sórdida de otra profunda crisis, a saber, la del divorcio entre la institución eclesiástica y el pueblo de Dios, todos los bautizados y bautizadas. Estos abusos tienen varias causas, por ejemplo, la pedofilia y, como bien señalan la Royal Comisión australiana (2017) y el Forschungsprojekt sobre esta materia de los alemanes (2018), la institucionalidad eclesiástica los facilita.

Barros reconoce denuncia en contra de sacerdote que "se habría sobrepasado en el ámbito del cariño"

[Barros makes first statement in cover-up investigation, notes questionable incident involving former chaplain Pedro Quiroz]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 15, 2018

En su primera declaración como imputado por encubrimiento, el obispo emérito de Osorno sostuvo que el hecho habría involucrado al ex capellán castrense, Pedro Quiroz, con un joven mayor de edad, el cual habría sido desestimado.

El obispo emérito de Osorno, Juan Barros, descartó haber encubierto delitos sexuales cometidos por otros sacerdotes en su primera declaración como imputado en la investigación que instruía la Fiscalía sur y que fue traspasada a O'Higgins en las últimas semanas. No obstante, durante la interrogación realizada en dependencias de la Brigada Investigadora de Delitos Sexuales de la PDI, el sacerdote recordó un "incidente" protagonizado por el ex capellán castrense Pedro Quiroz con un joven mayor de edad, según El Mercurio.

Anti-abuse pioneer expects Synod of Bishops to take a stand

DENVER (CO)
Crux

October 16, 2018

By Claire Giangravè

ROME - As bishops take part in a summit on young people this month at the Vatican, an expert on clerical sexual abuse said Monday that he’s confident the question of abuse in the Church will be a part of the document to emerge from the gathering.

“I have met a good number of participants at the synod, and I have talked to a good number of participants before it started, and they all told me that they would bring it up and they have brought it up. It has become a very important area of discussion, as I am informed,” said German Father Hans Zollner, President of The Center for Child Protection (CCP) at the Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, in an interview with Crux Oct. 15.

“I could not have imagined it otherwise. I am glad, but more than glad, I think it was obvious that it would be addressed,” he said.

DC Diocese List Of Priests Accused Of Abuse Is Not Enough: SNAP

WASHINGTON (DC)
Patch

October 16, 2018

By Deb Belt

The release by the Archdiocese of Washington of the names of 31 priests deemed "credibly accused" of sexual abuse — along with the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Washington, D.C. archbishop, following criticism of his handling of child sex abuse cases — falls short of what critics say is a comprehensive list. The Survivors Network of those Abused By Priests said the release is a "hastily assembled PR stunt," and only a full list of suspected and convicted abusers compiled by law enforcement would suffice.

The archdiocese posted on its website the names of 28 former clergy of the archdiocese, plus three religious-order priests who served in temporary roles in archdiocesan parishes or schools, who were "credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors from 1948 onward," according to a statement. The list was assembled as part of a review of the archdiocese's archives ordered by Cardinal Wuerl last year.

"This list is a painful reminder of the grave sins committed by clergy, the pain inflicted on innocent young people, and the harm done to the Church's faithful, for which we continue to seek forgiveness," said Cardinal Wuerl. "Our strong commitment to accompany survivors of abuse on their path toward healing is unwavering, but it is also important to note that to our knowledge there has not been an incident of abuse of a minor by a priest of the archdiocese in almost two decades. There is also no archdiocesan priest in active ministry who has ever been the subject of a credible allegation of abuse of a minor."

Ukrainian Catholic bishop pledges cooperation with Pa. abuse probe

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

October 16, 2018

By Peter Smith

A Philadelphia-based Ukrainian Catholic bishop said his jurisdiction will respond to a grand jury subpoena for documents related to the sexual abuse of children — the first indication that another grand jury probe into clergy abuse may be underway in Pennsylvania.

Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia told Catholic News Service that the church would comply with providing its files at an upcoming Oct. 24 court hearing.

“The archeparchy and I will fully cooperate with the law enforcement agencies,” he said.

He said the relatively small archeparchy has not had an allegation made against any of its clergy to date.

Retired priest charged with sexual assault of youth

MANITOBA (CANADA)
Daily News

October 16, 2018

A retired Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of St. Boniface has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one of indecent assault, dating to more than three decades ago.

The alleged victim was a youth when the offences occurred, the Winnipeg Police Service said Monday, while announcing Roland Lanoie, 70, had been arrested Oct. 3.

Police said they began investigating earlier this year, after an adult male came forward to say he was the victim of a series of sexual assaults while he was a resident student at the St. Boniface Minor Seminary (now the St. Philip Minh Roman Catholic Church) between 1982 and 1988.

Survivors group calls for Virginia to conduct Catholic priests abuse investigations

NORFOLK (VA)
WTKR TV

October 16, 2018

The Archdiocese of Washington released a list Monday of 28 former priests “credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.” A group representing survivors of clergy sex abuse quickly responded by labeling the list “incomplete.”

SNAP called for the attorneys general in Virginia, Maryland and Washington to begin independent investigations when it released its findings. Virginia’s Attorney General is Mark Herring.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) named three other priests it said had been convicted of or admitted sexual abuse offenses since 1997.

“Given such easily found omissions, the integrity of the entire list is called into question,” the SNAP statement said.

Reports Point to Frosh Requesting Confidential Church Documents

CUMBERLAND (MD)
WCBC Radio

October 16, 2018

Although his office will not confirm it, a number of sources have reported that Maryland's attorney general is delving into records of the Baltimore archdiocese as part of an investigation into child sex abuse accusations. If true, Maryland would be the latest U.S. state seeking confidential church files since a Pennsylvania grand jury released an explosive report alleging widespread abuse and a cover-up scandal. Archbishop William Lori said in a statement that he has written priests and deacons in the archdiocese advising them he's been informed by Attorney General Brian Frosh of "an investigation of records related to the sexual abuse of children.'' Unlike other U.S. states including New York that have recently announced probes into clergy sex abuse, Frosh's office only said it doesn't confirm or deny the existence of any investigations…

Kansas family fights to make clergy mandated reporters

LAWRENCE (KS)
KCTV

October 15, 2018

By Angie Ricono

A Kansas family says their son's sexual assault was ignored by church leaders who were more interested in protecting the church than the 10-year-old boy.
A Kansas family says Kansas clergy should be mandated reporters.

They have started an online petition calling on Kansas lawmakers to change the law.

They feel former church leaders at Eagle Rock Church in Lawrence compromised their son’s criminal case by how they handled the allegations. The church denies the claim and says they followed state statutes.

The debate exposes the different ways churches across the nation handle allegations of sex abuse.

In Missouri, clergy are mandated reporters, but that is not the case in Kansas.

Across the nation, it’s a split issue with a little more than half of all states requiring clergy to directly report allegations to police.

Washington Catholic Archdiocese Names 31 Priests 'Credibly Accused' Of Sexual Abuse

WASHINGTON (DC)
NPR

October 16, 2018

By Emily Sullivan

The Catholic archdiocese of Washington, D.C., has released a list of 31 clergymen who have been "credibly accused" of abusing children over a decades-long period — a move that comes just days after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl for allegedly covering up sexual abuse in the Church.

The list documents cases dating back as far 1948 and as recently as 1996. Eighteen priests were arrested and 17 of them are now dead. None of those still living are currently active clergymen.

"Where credibility could not be determined," the archdiocese says, allegations are "treated as credible for purposes of tracking and responding." It also says that no new allegations of abuse have been reported to them in two decades.

The release of the list comes amid upheaval in the archdiocese.

PA House, Senate Remain In Conflict As Clock Ticks On Clergy Abuse Bill

HARRISBURG (PA)
WSKG Radio

October 16, 2018

By Katie Meyer

The state Senate has started its last scheduled session week for the year–and all eyes are on a measure that aims to make it easier for victims of child sexual abuse to sue their abusers.

The effort got renewed attention this summer after a grand jury probe alleged widespread abuse in Pennsylvania Catholic churches. But disagreement over one provision could make the whole thing fall apart.

Demonstrators lined the hallway outside Senate offices Monday as discussion on the bill resumed after an off-week, lighting battery-powered candles and holding up posters of loved ones who they say, as children, fell prey to abusive clergy members.

Church confirms late DC police & fire chaplain ‘credibly accused’ of abusing children

WASHINGTON (DC)
Statter911

October 16, 2018

By Dave Statter

After 70 years, dark secrets of Washington’s Archdiocese are finally seeing the light of day. The church officially outed 31 pedophiles Monday who were members of the clergy, writing that each was “credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors”. Scanning the list, a name immediately caught my eye. R. Joseph Dooley.

Father–and later Monsignor–Dooley was the chaplain for the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington and the District of Columbia Fire Department from the 1960s through at least the mid-1980s. He also founded the International Conference of Police Chaplains in 1973 (more here) and was the chaplain for other police departments, including the United States Park Police.

Upon reading Dooley’s history it’s hard not to think of the Netflix documentary series “The Keepers”. That story centers on a Baltimore pedophile priest and the cover-up surrounding the unsolved murder of a young nun. To be very clear, there are no murder and intrigue claims like that with Msgr. Dooley, but some parallels are interesting.

Man who says he was raped at Jesuit High questions how complete list of church sex abusers will be

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
WVUE TV

October 15, 2018

By Kimberly Curth

As the Archdiocese of New Orleans prepares to release the names of child sex abusers within the church, one alleged victim questions how complete that list will be.

We first introduced you to Richard Windmann last month in a TV exclusive. He told us Jesuit High School janitor Peter Modica repeatedly raped him as a child in the late 70s, while priest Cornelius Carr watched. Windmann says he received a $450,000 confidential settlement from Jesuit High School for that abuse several years ago.

“I didn’t go for money. I went for counseling and spiritual guidance, and they’re like, ‘Nah here’s a whole bunch of money. Shut up, go away,’” said Windmann.

Windmann wants the Archdiocese of New Orleans to release the names of pedophile priests. But, he questions how detailed that list would be. That’s why he believes a statewide investigation into church sex abuse should also be done.

October 15, 2018

Washington Catholic Archdiocese releases names of 31 priests credibly accused of abuse since 1948

WASHINGTON D.C.
Washington Post

October 15, 2018

By Michelle Boorstein and Julie Zauzmer

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington released a list Monday of 31 priests credibly accused of abuse since 1948, saying in a letter to clergy that the move is “a necessary step toward full transparency and accountability and the process of healing.”

The letter says the list includes the names of all priests credibly accused in the past 70 years. It includes 28 priests of the archdiocese and three priests not based in the archdiocese but who worked in its schools or parishes. The three were members of religious orders, or independent communities.

It says there are no archdiocesan priests in active ministry who have faced a credible allegation of abuse of a minor, and that “there has not been an incident of abuse of a minor by a priest of the archdiocese in almost two decades.” It does not say how recently accusers came forward, how many victims of the priests there are, nor whether the cases were taken to civil authorities.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the list would be news to members of any of the accused priests' communities. Some of the cases were well-publicized, while others were not. While 18 of the 31 were arrested, 13 never were, and of those, only five of the 13 were listed in a publicly searchable database of accused priests.

The letter comes amid huge turmoil in a part of the U.S. church that had seemed to have evaded the abuse crisis. But in June, the previous archbishop — Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a popular figure in the U.S. church — was suspended amid allegations that he abused children and adults. He later resigned. Four days ago, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, a top ally of Pope Francis, retired after months of criticism that he had mishandled abuse allegations when he was in the Pittsburgh diocese, and hasn’t been completely transparent in D.C., either.

There are 196 Catholic dioceses or archdioceses — organizing regions — in the United States, according to the Web site of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. More than 50 of those have in recent years published lists of accused priests, said Terry McKiernan, whose site BishopAccountability.org advocates for such lists to come out.

Even when the accused priests are long deceased or removed from ministry, it can still be psychologically powerful for victims to see a comprehensive list of names published, McKiernan said Monday evening.

Fort Worth Diocese Says Accused Priests Are Fairly Investigated

FORT WORTH (TX)
WBAP/KLIF News

October 15, 2018

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth says it believes a thorough investigation has been done ahead of releasing names of those who were credibly accused of sexual abuse.

All 15 dioceses in Texas are set to release a list of names of those credibly accused on January 31, 2019.

Bishop Michael Olson told the Chris Salcedo Show on WBAP it won’t be a situation where priest’s reputations are ruined without proper investigation first.

“There’s more than narrative that’s involved here,” Olson said. “And I think there are sufficient safeguards to avoid a false allegation precisely.”

‘I am dumbfounded:’ Pewaukee pastor accused of inappropriately touching teenage girl

WAUKESHA (WI)
FOX6 News

October 15, 2018

Father Chuck Hanel made his initial appearance in Waukesha County court on Monday, Oct. 15 — charged with second degree sexual assault of a child. Hanel has been ordered not to have any unsupervised contact with any child under 18 while his case moved forward.

Fr. Hanel is the pastor of Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Pewaukee. He is accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year-old girl during confession. Hanel remains on administrative leave until the charge is resolved.

“I am dumbfounded and heartbroken to be accused of harming a child. I have never hurt or abused a minor in my over 35 years of priesthood, nor have I ever contemplated doing so. In the meantime, as this process plays out, I will continue to pray for my accuser and her family every day — and, even though I am innocent of this crime,” Hanel said to reporters after his court appearance on Monday.

There was a group of parishioners in the courtroom — to show their support for the pastor.

“It really makes me feel stronger that so many people are supporting me and believe in me,” Hanel said.

List of priests with 'credible' accusations includes three with local ties

GREENSBURG (IN)
CNHI NEWS INDIANA

October 14, 2018

By Amanda Browning

Three priests with ties to the Greensburg area are included on a list of 30 clergy accused of sexual abuse released by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Oct. 11.

The religious were alleged to have committed abusive acts against 103 children and adolescents. Of those, there were seven potential area victims.

“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,” said the Most Rev. Charles Thompson, archbishop of Indianapolis. “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.”

The list includes 19 priests for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, as well as four priests who were members of religious orders serving the archdiocese back through the 1940s. The list of the credibly accused was compiled on the recommendation of the Archdiocesan Review Board, which includes five laypersons and one clergy member, who work to investigate and review each abuse allegation. Board members have current or former positions in law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office, child protective services, education, child development, social work, psychology and law, according to Thompson.

The archdiocese said an allegation was considered credible if “after a thorough investigation and review of available information the accusation was determined to be more likely to be true than not.” The list is separated into those found to have credible claims against them, those accused of improper relationships with “vulnerable” adults, and those who were deceased before claims were made against them.

Catholic priest‚ 84‚ apologises to Limpopo man who accused him of sexual assault

JOHANNESBURG (SOUTH AFRICA)
Times Live

October 12, 2018

By Silusapho Nyanda

A South African man who accused a Catholic priest of sexual abuse has received the apology he has sought for 27 years.

On Thursday‚ the now 84-year-old former Catholic priest issued an apology.

“I recognise that my behaviour towards Mr Segodisho in the 1980s violated the trust he had put in me as a Catholic priest. I deeply regret the pain that I have caused Mr Segodisho‚ and would like to apologise to Mr Segodisho unreservedly‚” the UK-based priest wrote.

Earlier this week‚ William Segodisho‚ now 46‚ detailed at a press briefing in Johannesburg how he had been abused by the priest in the 1980s.

Rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal granted conditional bail by Kerala HC; priest to surrender passport, barred from state

INDIA
First Post

October 15, 2018

The Kerala High Court on Monday granted bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal in the case of a nun's rape. The high court granted him relief on some conditions, including that Mulakkal would have to surrender his passport. This was one of the concerns put forth by the prosecution.

Additionally, Mulkkal is no longer allowed to enter Kerala and is required to report to the investigating officer in the rape case at least once in two weeks.

The Jalandhar bishop applied for bail for the second time on 10 October. The plea stated that since he was not in a position of power any longer, he cannot intimidate witnesses anymore, as the prosecution had earlier claimed.

An open letter to priests in a time of scandals

MANILA (PHILIPPINES)
LA Croix International

October 15, 2018

By Nirva'ana Ella Delacruz

Despite the criticism the church endures it is still battling against the unseen forces of evil in the world today

Having spent a week in Rome, I remain moved by my encounters with holy priests. (Yes, they exist!)

To all my priest friends whom I look up to as fathers and older brothers, please know there is someone who prays for you specially — little me.

I have no words to tell you what an agonizing privilege it is for you to be alter Christus (another Christ), for you to have the power to call Jesus down from heaven during the Mass, to have Our Lady loving and caring for you with the same intensity of love she had for Jesus.

You didn't earn it, it's just there — a gift.

Francis expels two Chilean former bishops from priesthood

VATICAN CITY
La Croix International (with Catholic News Service)

October 15, 2018

The decision over the sex abuse scandal is not subject to appeal

Pope Francis has dismissed two Chilean former bishops accused of sex abuse from the priesthood after meeting with Chilean Prime Minister Sebastian Pinera to discuss the scandal affecting the Church in the South American country.

The pope’s decision on Oct. 11 to dismiss from the clerical state 84-year-old Francisco Jose Cox, the former archbishop of La Serena, and 53-year-old Marco Antonio Ordenes, the former bishop of Iquique, is “not subject to appeal,” the Vatican said.

The decision was not taken lightly but followed the edicts laid down by Benedict XVI regarding serious crimes committed by members of the clergy after they have been given the chance to defend themselves, Catholic News Service reports.

Catholic priest Father William MacCurtain worked in Boscombe's Corpus Christi parish

CORPUS CHRISTI (TX)
Daily Echo

October 15, 2018

THE Catholic priest accused of raping a schoolboy in South Africa worked as an assistant priest in Boscombe's Corpus Christi parish for a decade.

Father William MacCurtain, who lives in a home for retired Jesuit priests in Boscombe, is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy in Johannesburg during the 1980s.

The 84-year-old, a resident of the Corpus Christi Jesuit Community (CCJC) in Christchurch Road, has apologised to the alleged victim and said he "deeply regretted the pain" he had caused.

His apology sparked a number of calls for his extradition to South Africa to face charges.

Previously, the Daily Echo reported Father MacCurtain moved to Bournemouth in 1989 because he needed nursing care - and that he never had a ministry in the town nor links with the nearby Corpus Christi School.

However, Father Paul Nicholson, Assistant to the Provincial Jesuits Church in Britain, has now confirmed Father MacCurtain did indeed work as an assistant priest in Boscombe's Corpus Christi parish between 1990, shortly after his return from South Africa, and 2000.

Priest accused of sexual abuse dies in MN

HAGATNA (GUAM)
The Associated Press

October 13, 2018

A retired priest accused in more than 130 sexual abuse lawsuits and who admitted to molesting children on Guam has died.

The Pacific Daily News reports the Archdiocese of Agana says Louis Brouillard, who was ordained on Guam in 1948, died Wednesday in his native Minnesota. He was 97.

The archdiocese, in a statement released Friday, said Brouillard’s health had been declining in recent months.

Brouillard served on Guam until 1981 as a parish priest in Mangilao, Chalan Pago, Barrigada, Malojloj and Tumon, and as a teacher at Father Duenas Memorial School.

Brouillard, in a 2016 interview with a Pacific Daily News reporter, stated “it’s possible” he sexually abused boys while serving on Guam. He later signed an affidavit admitting to abusing 20 or more boys on the island.

At Sunday Mass, scarce mention of Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Washington Post

October 14, 2018

By Moriah Balingit

On a somber, gray Sunday afternoon, parishioners streamed into the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Columbia Heights, many to celebrate the canonization of Archbishop Óscar Romero, who was slain in 1980 after speaking out against military repression in El Salvador.

But as they celebrated the elevation of one beloved archbishop, many also were celebrating their first Mass after the downfall of their own.

On Friday, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl, the cardinal who for 12 years oversaw the archdiocese where more than a half-million Catholics worship.

Wuerl stepped down after a report from a Pennsylvania grand jury that depicted decades of systemic sexual abuse within the church — some of it occurring in Pittsburgh, where Wuerl served as bishop.

Brooklyn Diocese Ignored Protocol And Unwittingly Accepted Priest Accused Of Abuse

BROOKLYN (NY)
Gothamist

October 15, 2018

By Taylor Dolven

For five years, Father Roberto Cadavid led mass, heard confessions and guided children through the confirmation process as a priest at Catholic churches in Brooklyn and Queens, until he returned to his native Colombia in the summer of 2017. It wasn’t until 10 months later that his old parishioners were informed of why he left the United States: children in Colombia had come forward to accuse Cadavid of sexual abuse.

A review of records and correspondence by Gothamist shows that the Diocese of Brooklyn bypassed its own safety protocols to hire Cadavid in 2012. When the Diocese of Medellín eventually informed Brooklyn about Cadavid’s long history of alleged abuse in June 2017, the diocese let Cadavid go quietly.

By the time Cadavid arrived in Brooklyn in December 2012 to start his work here, at least four young boys had come forward accusing Cadavid of abusing them, starting in 2005 when he was director of a school half an hour outside of Medellín.

Cadavid was moved from church to church around Medellín as abuse allegations at his new assignments would emerge. One victim said Cadavid paid him 88 million Colombian pesos in 2009 (about U.S. $46,000) to remain silent about the abuse.

Benedictines to hold landmark child protection conference in London

LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
La Croix

October 15, 2018

By Elena Curti

The Oct. 21 event is believed to be the first by a religious order in Great Britain

There was a time when members of the Benedictine community at Ealing Abbey in west London felt too ashamed to leave their monastery. The seemingly endless tide of complaints of sexual abuse by former pupils at their school caused the community to close in on itself.

In a YouTube testimony, Father James Leachman OSB describes the monks’ reactions as they gradually absorbed what happened to former pupils at St. Benedict’s School.

“We weren’t talking to each other,” said Father Leachman. “Some of the monks were not able to speak about it. Some were pretending it never happened, some could not go into the street because of the shame. Some were insulted and asked, ‘how can you belong to an organization like this?’ It was so very shocking.”

Youth synod of old men Catholic Church crises over youth, celibate clergy and a lack of leadership roles for women

MUMBAI (INDIA)
La Croix

October 12, 2018

By Myron J. Pereira

The synod assembly on youth is being planned and discussed by senile old men. Amusing, but also tragic.

It is sometimes said that the Catholic Church today faces three crises, all of its own making.

The first is the crisis of a celibate clergy, which has exploded into the crisis of paedophile priests and a corrupt hierarchy that colluded with them.

This used to be passed off as an "American" problem — until we realized that it is global — there are priest predators in Latin America, Europe, Africa and even in India, the sexual molesters of Catholic women.

„Die Bischöfe fahren diese Kirche an die Wand“

GERMANY
Der Tagesspiegel

October 13, 2018

By Frank Bachner

["Bishops are driving this church to the wall"]

Matthias Katsch wurde an einem Jesuiten-Kolleg missbraucht. Der Opfer-Sprecher fordert, dass sich die katholische Kirche ihrer Schuld stellt.

Die Missbrauchsstudie der katholischen Bischofskonferenz offenbart tausendfachen Missbrauch durch Klerikale. Kardinal Reinhard Marx, der Vorsitzende der Bischofskonferenz, ist „tief beschämt und erschüttert von der Realität des Missbrauchs“. Diese Realität ist allerdings seit vielen Jahren bekannt. Nehmen Sie ihm die Reue ab?

Ich bezweifle nicht seine Betroffenheit. Aber mich verwundert, dass er verwundert ist. Die Zahlen sind ja keine Überraschung. Zudem gehe ich davon aus, dass die tatsächliche Dimension noch viel größer ist als in der Studie dargestellt.

Sie gehen von einer viel höheren Dunkelziffer aus?

Von einer deutlich höheren.

Your View: Our family was changed forever after 5 of our children were abused by a priest

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Morning Call

October 15, 2018

By Ed and Pat Fortney

When you realize that the whole dynamic and legacy of your family and grandchildren have been altered dramatically because of the actions of another, then and only then do you grieve the loss of what could have been.

Finding out that one of our daughters was abused was life altering for us.

Then years later, to find out that not only one but five of our children have been victims of a man we trusted — the Rev. Augustine Giella, who served at St. John the Evangelical Church in Enhaut, Dauphin County, for 5½ years in the 1980s — it alters the very fabric of your family and your family’s legacy for years to come.

We have experienced grief at its lowest depth. How do you survive that? How do you come to terms with the guilt as a parent? How do you grasp the failure of protecting your own children?

We hold onto our faith in God that he will move the mountains in the minds of Pennsylvania’s state senators. Right now they are our last hope.

The balance of justice for all victims lies in their hands. The day of the release of the state grand jury report (Aug. 14), we saw the pain of our children’s abuse being forced back into the forefront on those pages.

Why Do We Keep Open Secrets?

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News/The Why Factor

October 15, 2018

Presenter: Nastaran Tavakoli-Far; Producer: Clare Spencer

Open secrets exist in the business world, religion and even in families. Nastaran Tavakoli-Far asks why people keep quiet - even in the face of serious wrong-doing.

So why do some open secrets not come out sooner?

Nastaran Tavakoli-Far looks at the Catholic church, the trading floor and to the wrestling ring to find out why very different open secrets have continued for so long and why they eventually came out.

Length: 17 minutes

Dettelbach calls for crackdown on clergy abuse; DeWine, Yost question his approach

COLUMBUS (OH)
The Columbus Dispatch

October 13, 2018

By Marty Schladen

The clergy-abuse scandals that have ravaged many states have landed squarely in the middle of the Ohio attorney general campaign.

Steve Dettelbach, the Democratic former U.S. attorney who is seeking the seat, used the controversial issue to bash his Republican opponent, state Auditor Dave Yost, and current Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Republican nominee for governor.

“Both their failure to act and their insistence that they’re rendered unable to act are not surprising, of course,” Dettelbach said in a written statement. “It’s what Ohioans have come to expect from the duo.”

Yost criticized his opponent for seeking to make political hay from the issue.

“It is shockingly inappropriate for Steve to politicize this long-simmering and painful issue for his selfish political gain,” Yost spokesman Carlo LoParo said. “He could’ve impaneled a federal grand jury when he was U.S. attorney. He didn’t do it, and his silence then betrays his opportunist speech now.”

Yost and DeWine also say that a major part of Dettelbach’s proposal conflicts with state law.

Dettelbach’s call comes on the heels of an investigation by a statewide Pennsylvania grand jury whose report in August said 300 priests had engaged in child sexual abuse over seven decades.

As with many other states, Ohio youth also have experienced abuse by Catholic priests and cover-ups by the hierarchy that oversees them.

Director of Campus Ministry comments on Catholic church priest sexual abuse allegations

PORTLAND (OR)
UP Beacon

October 13, 2018

By Wes Cruse

This is part three of a series of articles

For the third article in a three part series, The Beacon sat down with Rev. James Gallagher, director of Campus Ministry and pastoral resident of Mehling Hall, to discuss how the news of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report releasing the names of more than 300 clergymen accused of sexual abuse in August.

And in September, a report also released the names of 18 additional priests “credibly accused” for the abuse of minors in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in Indiana.

Gallagher shared the impact these reports have had on his vocation as a priest and provided advice for students struggling with their faith because of the recent news.

The Beacon: What were your initial thoughts and feelings with the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report was released?

Gallagher: When I was first in the seminary was when all the news from 2002 came out. One can’t even call that the first wave, because there were times in the ‘80s and the ‘90s where news of this broke. But that was, in my awareness, one of the biggest breaking openings of this. So I had done a lot of processing already about the fact that people in the Church who are meant to do good can also do a great deal of harm. And so, it may not have been the best thought, but my initial thought was wondering about what was new about this in relation to what had broken in 2002.

The Beacon: Why do you think we’re experiencing this again?

Gallagher: In 2002 and in the years after that, there were certain areas in the country that the spotlight was on and there was a lot of this brought to the surface. But I think what’s going on now is the realization that there were also things happening in Pennsylvania, that there were things happening in many other places. For there to be healing, the people who were hurt in those places also need their stories told.

So this is why this is coming up again because the story hasn’t been told in Pennsylvania, and I'm guessing it will come up again in the future as other places are able to have their story told. There’s an aspect of the healing process that requires these things to be told and revealed. Not just that there are abusers in the Church, but who they are and where they worked needs to be acknowledged.

Parish shifts underway in Pittsburgh diocese as church seeks to regain trust

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

October 14, 2018

By Peter Smith

When the Rev. James Farnan arrived as pastor at St. James Catholic Parish in Sewickley earlier this year, he said one longtime parishioner told him bluntly that over the decades, “we only had one priest change the Mass schedule, and we ran him out of town in six months.”

Now the Mass schedule is changing again, not just at St. James but throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh as a massive, long-anticipated parish consolidation process gets underway officially Monday.

That includes new and often reduced Mass times, and Father Farnan pointed out that it wasn’t his doing but part of a diocese-wide effort in response to long-running declines in priests, parishioners and participation.

But even a historic reorganization like this is hardly the biggest of his worries — not in the wake of the Aug. 14 release of a statewide grand jury report into sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses over the past seven decades. A half-dozen priests who served or resided at St. James were accused of abuse in the report.

How the Spanish Catholic Church has been hiding abuse cases for decades

MADRID (SPAIN)
El Pais

October 15, 2018

By Jose Manuel Romero and Julio Nunez

The ecclesiastical leadership in the country refuses to provide any data on the incidents that it is aware of, with just three of the 70 dioceses passing on information to the prosecutor

For decades, the Spanish Catholic Church has been keeping quiet on the majority of sexual abuse cases involving minors of which it had knowledge or tried in its ecclesiastical courts. The facts of these incidents were not passed on to the public prosecutor, nor were sentences imposed against pedophile priests made public, apart from a handful of exceptions – most of which were forced.

The problem that most concerns Pope Francis, pedophilia in the Church, is only partially public knowledge in Spain thanks to cases that have been dealt with by the regular courts.

According to judicial records, judges have issued 33 rulings against priests over the last 30 years, for the abuse of 80 minors. The sentences have ranged from economic fines to up to 21 years in jail. Some of the sentences included compensation payments to the victims of between €1,200 and €70,000.

Mansfield-area priest placed on leave; faces 25-year-old claim of sexual abuse of minor

MANSFIELD (OH)
Mansfield News Journal

October 14, 2018

By Emily Mills

A Mansfield-area priest has been placed on leave after an allegation was recently made of sexual abuse of a minor more than 25 years ago, the Diocese of Toledo announced Saturday.

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas said in a press release Father Nelson Beaver, a priest of the Diocese of Toledo, has been placed on administrative leave, effective immediately.

Beaver is the pastor of Resurrection Parish, 2600 Lexington Ave., Lexington, and St. Mary of the Snows Parish, 1630 Ashland Road, Madison Township. The allegation was not made in relation to those parish assignments, according to the press release.

Beaver is no longer residing at those parishes while on administrative leave, according to the press release. Beaver denied the allegation, the only one that's been made against him, according to the Diocese of Toledo.

"We take every allegation of abuse of a minor with the utmost seriousness," Thomas said in the press release. "Administrative leave is a first, precautionary step that safeguards and protects children while we start a canonical process of determining whether the allegation can be substantiated and whether a priest should remain in ministry."

Clergy probe expanding: Two more seminaries scrutinized

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Herald

October 12, 2018

By Sean Philip Cotter

The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has brought on a high-profile former U.S. attorney as it expands its investigation of sexual misconduct from one to all three of the area seminaries in a move critics pan as “spin control.”

Along with the investigation into St. John’s Seminary, where two former seminarians in August alleged sexual misconduct took place, the probe will also cover Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston and Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Chestnut Hill.

“I have concluded that to meet the generally expected levels of transparency and accountability, it is best to expand the review to include all three seminaries,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, said in a statement yesterday. “I want to reassure the seminary communities and the wider public that these are institutions committed to the highest standards of integrity, respect and safety for our seminarians, faculty and staff.”

The archdiocese said it has not heard allegations of impropriety at the other two seminaries.

S.I. parishioners react to ‘credible’ sex abuse claims against former clergy

STATEN ISLAND (NY)
SI Advance

October 15, 2018

By Kyle Lawson

The message Sunday at Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church in West Brighton was pretty straight forward.

“There’s good, there’s bad... it’s been that way since the beginning of the world,” said Monsignor Peter Finn. “But guess what, the good will always win the battle... here on Staten Island, here at Blessed Sacrament Church.”

A week prior, he was among the church officials who addressed sex abuse claims against former Monsignor Francis Boyle. The alleged allegations have been substantiated by investigators; Monsignor Boyle awaits punishment from the Vatican.

“He was a very quiet man," said Kevin Genereux, who attended mass on Sunday with his wife. “He didn’t come across as somebody who had any issues, but you never know.”

They said two of their children were altar servers when Monsignor Boyle was leading mass on Staten Island, but they never detected signs of abuse.

Releasing Names Of Texas Catholic Clergy Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse ‘Long Overdue’ [w/ audio]

TEXAS
Texas Standard

October 11, 2018

By Brooke Vincent & Rhonda Fanning

Church leaders say they will release names of those “credibly accused,” a term that has alarmed some survivors who want independent investigations.

People are calling for greater accountability from the Catholic Church following the reports of wide-ranging child sexual abuse by priests over several decades. In Texas, the church had originally admitted that 134 clergy members, out of 4,600 nationally were perpetrators of child sexual abuse, since the 1950s. But that’s about to change. Catholic leaders in Texas say they’ll soon release the names of all clergy who were “credibly accused” of child sexual assault.

Eileen Flynn DeLaO, a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism, a former reporter and a member of the Religion Newswriters Association, says she was surprised by the news that Catholic leaders would reveal names, but she also says that it should have happened sooner.

“It’s long overdue. The bishops in Texas had the opportunity to publish more information about accused preists 14 years ago and they decided not to name names,” DeLaO says.

DeLaO says the church in Texas is taking this step so many years after initial allegations of clergy sex abuse because, in some ways, the public became complacent after the revelations from the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigation into child sex abuse by priests in Boston in the early 2000s. She says people trusted that the church was taking steps to fix the problem – in some ways, that was true. DeLaO says the church had done a lot of training to prevent sexual abuse, but by 2018 the problem resurfaced.

State of Texas: Church prepares to name clergy accused of abuse

AUSTIN (TX)
KXAN

October 14, 2018

By Madison Hever

By Jan. 31, 2019, the Catholic Church will release names of clergy members in Texas who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

“We realize how important it is that we do all we can to prevent future abuse,” said Emily Hurlimann, the Director of Ethics and Integrity in Ministry for the Austin Diocese.

The list will name clergy members dating back to 1950 and Bishop Joe Vásquez says that by releasing the list, people can move forward in healing and it will create more trust in the Church.

"The sexual abuse of minors is a terrible thing. It's a sin, but it's a crime as well," Vásquez said.

Hurlimann says that the Ethics and Integrity in Ministry program was put in place in 2002 to protect and help victims who have been sexually abused.

“Our program is focused on two different aspects: protecting children, preventing abuse from happening in the future, and then also for those that have experienced abuse in the past,” she said. “We're supporting them, helping them report their stories and providing support for them as needed.”

The Catholic Diocese of Austin says it will be looking to hire outside investigators to help with compiling the list of victims by the deadline. Vásquez says that by hiring outside investigators, independent of the church, it will not be able to keep cases under wraps.

Clergy sex abuse survivor speaks out, says Bay Area priest still protected Catholic Church

OAKLAND (CA)
KTVU

October 11, 2018

By Cristina Rendon

A survivor of clergy sex abuse spoke out Thursday in front of the Diocese of Oakland about a priest who molested him, claiming the man is still being protected by the Catholic Church.

Joey Piscitelli said he was 14 years old when he was molested by Father Stephen Whelan in 1969 and 1970 at Salesian High School in Richmond. Whelan was found liable for the molestation by a civil jury in 2006 and the verdict was upheld in several appeals.

“They sent a therapist from this diocese to ask me what happened even though I hadn’t reported it,” he recalled.

Piscitelli said he recently discovered Whelan was listed in an official Catholic directory as being a part of the Institute of Salesian Studies at Don Bosco Hall in Berkeley under the auspices of the Oakland Diocese. Piscitelli said he felt compelled to speak out because Whelan is a violent predator.

2nd deacon urges Buffalo bishop to resign over clergy abuse

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

October 14, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

A Catholic church deacon who said he was molested by a priest as a teenager has become the second cleric to call for Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign over his handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations.

Paul C. Emerson, a deacon at St. Joseph University Church in Buffalo, said in an interview with The News that Malone is complicit in a cover-up of the abuse and needs to step down for healing in the diocese to begin.

“I think he should resign,” said Emerson. “The guy has lost the confidence of a great number of people, people that need to trust their bishop.”

“I think there should be a cleansing of the bishops that were involved in this in any way, shape or form,” he added.

Emerson joined Paul L. Snyder III, a deacon at St. Mary Church in Swormville, in urging Malone to step aside immediately, as a clergy sex abuse scandal continues to rock the Buffalo Diocese.

Pope, Chilean president had "frank" talk about abuse scandal

CHILE
AFP Videos

October 13, 2018

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera says he has had a "frank meeting" with Pope Francis about the "difficult situation" facing the Church in Chile, a country hit hard by the cleric abuse scandal, on a visit to the Vatican.

Priest put on leave after allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, Pittsburgh diocese says

YORK (PA)
York Daily Record

October 14, 2018

By Sam Ruland

A Diocese of Pittsburgh priest has been put on leave after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor were presented to Bishop David Zubik, the diocese announced Saturday.

Father Joseph Reschick, 67, who was serving as pastor of St. Rosalia Parish in Greenfield, is accused of sexually abusing a minor in the 1980s, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Father Reschick denies the allegation, but has been placed on administrative leave.

Sexual abuse bill should include civil window, victims’ fund: Sen. Dan Laughlin

ERIE (PA)
Go Erie

October 15, 2018

For many pundits and critics, the legacy of the 2017-18 legislative session will be determined by the final outcome of Senate Bill 261, a measure that addresses the criminal and civil statutes of limitations in cases of childhood sexual assault.

I want to stress that as the Senate again takes up this bill, the welfare and redress of victims remains the focus of this legislation. That has been the case ever since we unanimously approved and sent the bill to the House of Representatives on Feb. 1, 2017.

Unfortunately, it languished there for 20 months. We could have held public hearings to determine the best path forward if the House had sent it back in a more timely fashion. Instead, we were given a handful of days to consider the many ramifications of the amendments made by the House.

Anyone who has taken the time, as I have, to read through the grand jury report detailing the horrendous crimes that occurred in the Catholic Church over several decades knows that this has to be made right.

I have met with Sen. Joseph Scarnati, the president pro-tempore of the Senate and prime sponsor of Senate Bill 261, on several occasions over the past month and I’ve talked to many constituents and legislators. To be sure, there is a wide spectrum of thoughts about how to “make this right” for victims.

I strongly believe the final version of Senate Bill 261 that is sent to the governor must include the four provisions detailed in the grand jury report:

Letter From the Editor: Clock is ticking for victims of childhood sexual abuse in Pa.

SWARTHMORE (PA)
Delaware County Daily Times

October 15, 2018

By Phil Heron

Victims of domestic abuse in Pennsylvania are a little safer today.

They received justice.

Now it’s time for another group of victims to get their day in court.

But the jury remains out on whether they will ever get that opportunity.

Let me try to explain.

On Friday Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation that would go a long way toward safeguarding victims of domestic abuse. And the legislation has Delaware County’s fingerprints all over it.

Not just from victims crying out for protection. But by senators and representatives doing the right thing.

The Rundown: Sexual abuse demonstration coming to Senate offices in Harrisburg

READING (PA)
Reading Eagle

October 15, 2018

Also coming up: A debate Sunday between U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and Lou Barletta; and a hearing on election security.

ABUSE VICTIMS WILL BE HEARD IN CAPITOL

Advocates and victims of childhood sexual abuse will be seen and heard in the hallways of the state Capitol in Harrisburg today.

They will be calling for the opening of a window in Pennsylvania's statute of limitations on civil lawsuits.

They will be reading aloud, all day, the grand jury report detailing how more than 300 Catholic priests across Pennsylvania allegedly sexually abused children over 70 years. This way, senators who haven't read it themselves, will hear it all day long, according to a news release promoting the action.

In addition, victims and advocates will stand outside senators' offices seeking support for the bill.

Senate Bill 612 was amended by state Rep. Mark Rozzi, a Muhlenberg Township Democrat, to open a two-year window for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse to bring suit; Pennsylvania law now requires them to file before they reach the age of 30.

The bill could get a vote in the Senate early this week.

Priest with ties to Mishawaka among two added to 'credibly accused' list by local diocese

SOUTH BEND (IN)
South Bend Tribune

October 10, 2018

By Caleb Bauer

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has added two more priests to its list of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing children, bringing the previously released list’s tally to 20.

Bruce Schutt and Michael Paquet were announced as additions to the list in a news release Tuesday, a result of additional research into their backgrounds.

Schutt began his career in Mishawaka at St. Monica, where he was assigned from his ordination in 1965 until he was transferred to St. John the Baptist in Fort Wayne in 1968.

Two credible allegations were levied against Schutt according to Tuesday’s release. He lost his clerical state in 1975, after a few-month stint in the Diocese of LaCrosse, Wis.

The other priest, Paquet, was a member of the Crosiers and spent most of his tenure outside of the diocese on assignments. From 1979 to 1985, he was the director of the diocesan Ministry Center Retreat and also spent time as a youth minister in Fort Wayne.

Episcopal Church confronts past role in sexual exploitation

NEW YORK (NY)
The Associated Press

October 15, 2018

By David Crary

With striking displays of candor, the Episcopal Church is acknowledging the potency of the #MeToo movement by officially lamenting its past role in sexual exploitation and pledging steps to combat it.

The Protestant denomination’s national convention this summer included an emotional session at which first-person accounts of abuse by clergy and other church personnel were read aloud by bishops of the same gender as the victims — six men, six women. Dioceses nationwide are now seeking to gather and share similar stories from victims in their local church communities.

That process of story sharing has been particularly dramatic in the Diocese of New York, where Bishop Andrew Dietsche released a blunt pastoral letter on Sept. 11. It described the most famous of his predecessors, the late Paul Moore Jr., as a “serial predator” who engaged in “long-time patterns” of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Moore, as charismatic bishop of the diocese from 1972 to 1989, became one of the nation’s foremost liberal Christian activists. He supported the ordination of women and gays while assailing racism, corporate avarice and various U.S. military policies.

Past Catholic Church probes may answer present questions

BURLINGTON (VT)
VT Digger

October 14, 2018

By Kevin O'Connor

Unlike most Vermonters, Jerry O’Neill wasn’t shocked by recent headlines reporting the horrific extent of past child abuse by Catholic Church personnel. From the first talk in the 1990s of nuns abusing orphans decades earlier to the final settlement in 2013 of a string of lawsuits involving priests molesting altar boys a half-century ago, the Burlington lawyer has litigated the most such cases in the state.

“Any time you have news,” O’Neill says in the present MeToo moment, “it stirs memories in survivors and they come forward to people like me.”

The attorney has the stories — and some 500 photocopied pages of nearly every clergy misconduct record in the files of the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington — to prove it.

“We had to fight, but ultimately we got them,” O’Neill says. “All of a sudden, we had the inside facts.”

Local and state authorities, responding to public questions sparked by a recent BuzzFeed story titled “We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage” are working together to receive and review allegations involving the now-closed Burlington facility, which operated from 1854 to 1974.

Polish Film 'The Clergy' Breaks Box Office Record, Prompts Abuse Allegations

HOLLYWOOD (CA)
The Hollywood Reporter

October 15, 2018

By Vladimir Kozlov

Wojciech Smarzowski's drama, which deals with sexual abuse and corruption inside the Catholic Church in Poland, has struck a chord in the country.

Polish film Kler (The Clergy), which paints a damaging picture of the local priesthood, has broken local box office records and caused controversy in the largely Catholic country.

Directed by Wojciech Smarzowski, the film was released in Poland on Sept. 28 and immediately broke the local opening weekend box office record with 935,000 admissions. Poland's box office charts track admissions rather than revenue.

Since opening, The Clergy has had over 3 million admissions according to the distributor Kino Swiat. Local observers say the film has a chance of breaking Poland's all-time attendance record, which James Cameron's Avatar currently holds with 3.68 million admissions.

The producers of The Clergy claim it is based on real events. The film includes testimonies of abuse survivors, and features, among other things, a priest abusing a young boy. Also in the film, an alcoholic priest forces his lover to have an abortion and a senior cleric is involved in blackmail and corruption.

'I don't think it's enough.' Local Catholics react to list of priests accused of sexual abuse

PALM SPRINGS (CA)
Palm Springs Desert Sun

October 14, 2018

By Corinne S Kennedy

The first Sunday after church officials in Riverside and San Bernardino counties published a list of priests accused of sexually abusing children, Catholics across the Coachella Valley attended Mass and heard from their spiritual leaders about the church’s response to the abuse and how the faith community should move forward.

At Sacred Heart Church in Palm Desert, Monsignor Howard Lincoln told churchgoers that one of the priests credibly accused of sexual abuse, Peter McCormick, had served at the desert parish. Lincoln said the Diocese of San Bernardino, which consists of the two counties, had published the names of the priests — and what action was taken after the accusations — to be more “open,” “honest” and transparent.

He said Bishop Gerald Richard Barnes wanted to encourage anyone who had been abused by a priest to alert authorities.

“It is our hope, that for people who experienced this, even in another state, even 50 years ago, if you are still suffering, please come forward,” Lincoln said.

What does 'credibly accused' mean? 6 things to know about Texas Catholic dioceses' sex abuse inquiry

DALLAS (TX)
Dallas Morning News

October 14, 2018

By David Tarrant and Julieta Chiquillo

With a stated goal of restoring trust, all Catholic dioceses in Texas announced plans last week to release names of clergy who have been "credibly accused" of sexual abuse of children since 1950.

But the announcement, billed as a unique transparency measure, raised further questions about the possible legal implications, the independence of the investigation and the meaning of the phrase “credibly accused.”

Victims’ advocates say they've heard it all before. Catholic dioceses in Texas, including Dallas, have been rocked for years by allegations of sexual misconduct and cover-ups. And the advocates don't have faith that the dioceses will come completely clean.

"It’s pretty much obvious that the Catholic Church cannot be trusted to police themselves," said Tahira Khan Merritt, a Dallas-based lawyer who has represented plaintiffs in lawsuits against the church in Texas for more than 20 years.

Exclusive: Cupich says bishops must cede authority, allow lay oversight of accusations

ROME (ITALY)
National Catholic Reporter

October 15, 2018

by Joshua J. McElwee and Heidi Schlumpf

Individual Catholic bishops across the United States must renounce some of the supreme authority they have over their dioceses to allow for the creation of a new national body to investigate misconduct allegations, Chicago Cardinal Cupich said.

When the U.S. bishops meet in November to consider the continuing clergy sexual abuse crisis, Cupich said the prelates "have to be very clear about an accountability procedure for accusations about bishops."

"Bishops have to, as a group, say, 'We cede our rights as bishops to have somebody else come in and investigate us,' " the cardinal told NCR. "Every bishop has to be willing to say, 'I will allow myself to be investigated by an independent group if there is an accusation against me.' "

In an exclusive Oct. 13 interview, Cupich spoke about what the U.S. bishops should do during their annual meeting — to be held in Baltimore Nov. 12-14 — to address concerns raised after the revelations about now ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick's abuse of seminarians.

Los archivos secretos Cox

[The hidden history of ex-bishop Cox]

CHILE
The Clinic

October 4, 2018

By Alejandra Matus

La historia escondida del obispo Francisco José Cox y cómo algunos miembros de la jerarquía católica se resistieron a tomar medidas ante las denuncias de abusos sexuales que existían en su contra. Este reportaje fue publicado originalmente en PrimerLinea.cl el 3 de Noviembre del año 2002.

El sacerdote Manuel Hervia denunció hace diez años ante el obispo Alejandro Goic y ante el ex presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal, Carlos González, que sorprendió al arzobispo de La Serena, Francisco José Cox, en actitudes sexuales con un joven. Tres años más tarde, como no veía avances, se lo comunicó al entonces arzobispo Carlos Oviedo Cavada.

Schoenstatt y posible regreso de Cox para enfrentar la justicia: “Si los médicos lo permiten, lo traemos a Chile”

[Schoenstatt spokesman: "If the doctors allow it, we bring Cox to Chile" to face justice]

CHILE
The Clinic

October 14, 2018

El viceprovincial de la congregación, Patricio Moore, también calificó como “esperable” la expulsión del estado clerical de quien fuera arzobispo de La Serena entre 1990 y 1997.

Durante el día de ayer, se informó que por decisión del Papa Francisco, el exarzobispo de La Serena (1990-1997), Francisco José Cox, fue expulsado de su estado clerical “como consecuencia de actos manifestos de abusos a menores”.

Laicos y víctimas del Caso Maristas señalan que expulsión de Cox y Órdenes no sería suficiente

[Laity and victims of the Marist Case say expulsion of Cox and Órdenes is not enough]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 15, 2018

By Manuel Stuardo and Estefanía Bustamante

Luego que el papa Francisco decretara la expulsión del exobispo emérito de La Serena, Francisco José Cox y el exobispo emérito de Iquique, Marco Antonio Órdenes, ambos por abusos sexuales a menores, diversas han sido las reacciones.

No sólo en la iglesia católica: condenan a 7 años de cárcel a pastor evangélico que abusó a 3 menores

[It's not only in the Catholic Church: evangelical pastor who abused 3 minors sentenced to 7 years]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 14, 2018

El pastor Luis Navarrete Cartes aprovechó su condición de asesor espiritual para ganarse la confianza de los jóvenes, para así efectuar tocaciones de connotación sexual a las menores de edad. La defensa del acusado logró bajar la condena de 12 años a 7, pero la Corte Suprema rechazó el recurso de nulidad presentado posteriormente.

La Corte Suprema ratificó la sanción de siete años de cárcel efectiva para el pastor evangélico Luis Navarrete Cartes, acusado de abusar a tres menores de edad en la comuna de Hualqui.

Padres de la víctima de Marco Órdenes expresaron sentirse más tranquilos con la decisión del Papa Francisco

[Parents of the clergy abuse victim feel calmer after Pope Francis expels Marco Órdenes]

CHILE
Soy Chile

October 14, 2018

By Yubisay Mosqueda

Manuel Pino recordó que luego de la confesión de su hijo, increparon al exobispo de Iquique a decir la verdad, pero los evadió.

Luego de la decisión adoptada por el Papa Francisco de dimitir del estado clerical al obispo emérito de Iquique, Marcos Antonio Órdenes Fernández, como consecuencia de actos manifiesto de abusos a menores, padres de la víctima de Órdenes, expresaron “sentirse tranquilos con la decisión comunicada por el Papa Francisco”.

Hasbún ofrece "perdón judicial" a denunciante de Laplagne si se retracta de sus dichos formalmente

[Hasbún offers "judicial pardon" to Laplagne's accuser if he formally retracts his statements]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 15, 2018

By Pía Larrondo

El presbítero respondió a las declaraciones de Javier Molina el pasado domingo en "El Informante", señalando que en la entrevista se habló de él con "obscenidades" y "mentiras

Mediante una declaración, el presbítero Raúl Hasbún Zaror expresó que los dichos del denunciante del sacerdote Jorge Laplagne por abusos sexuales, Javier Molina, el pasado domingo en el programa "El Informante", fueron "mentiras" vertidas contra su honra personal y sacerdotal. En dicho programa, este domingo se leyó la declaración enviada y firmada por Hasbún al director de TVN el pasado 13 de octubre tras haber sido aludido en una entrevista a Molina donde él lo implicaba en un supuesto encubrimiento en el caso Laplagne.

Ezzati dice que Papa tenía “elementos suficientes” para expulsar a obispos

[Ezzati says that Pope had "enough elements" to expel bishops]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 14, 2018

By Paula Yévenes, Carla Pía Ruiz, and Juan Castellón

Tras la decisión de la Santa Sede se conoció una nueva denuncia contra el exsacerdote Francisco Cox. La víctima, ya fallecida, era un menor acólito de 11 años.

“El Papa ha tenido los elementos suficientes, más que suficientes, para decretar lo que decretó, y estamos totalmente de acuerdo con él”. Con esas palabras, el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, se refirió hoy a la decisión del Papa Francisco de expulsar del estado clerical a los ahora exobispos eméritos Francisco Cox y Marco Antonio Órdenes.

October 14, 2018

Editorial: Catholic Church must expose all abusive priests

BEAUMONT (TX)
Beaumont Enterprise

October 14, 2018

Catholic Church officials in Texas are finally taking the right approach to the horrendous scandal of priests who sexually abused children. The only way to deal with this outrage is to fully expose it and make every effort to ensure it never happens again.

To do that, however, Catholic officials in the Beaumont diocese and others in Texas need to completely follow through on this pledge so that all Texans can be confident in their findings.

All dioceses should do what the San Antonio diocese is doing to guarantee the fullest accounting — appoint an outside group headed by a respected judge to go through church files and assist this process. That will counteract any internal tendency to cover up something that should be disclosed. As with any financial audit, there is no substitute for unbiased review from a neutral observer.

For example, four priests from the Beaumont diocese have already been named over the years for varying levels of abuse. If those are the only priests identified in the final report from the Beaumont diocese, some Southeast Texans will suspect, fairly or unfairly, that other priests are still being protected.

Dettelbach calls for crackdown on clergy abuse; DeWine, Yost question his approach

OHIO
The Columbus Dispatch

October 13, 2018

By Marty Schladen

The clergy-abuse scandals that have ravaged many states have landed squarely in the middle of the Ohio attorney general campaign.

Steve Dettelbach, the Democratic former U.S. attorney who is seeking the seat, used the controversial issue to bash his Republican opponent, state Auditor Dave Yost, and current Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Republican nominee for governor.

“Both their failure to act and their insistence that they’re rendered unable to act are not surprising, of course,” Dettelbach said in a written statement. “It’s what Ohioans have come to expect from the duo.”

Yost criticized his opponent for seeking to make political hay from the issue.

“It is shockingly inappropriate for Steve to politicize this long-simmering and painful issue for his selfish political gain,” Yost spokesman Carlo LoParo said. “He could’ve impaneled a federal grand jury when he was U.S. attorney. He didn’t do it, and his silence then betrays his opportunist speech now.”

Priest placed on leave following sex abuse allegation

TOLEDO (OH)
Norwalk (OH) Reflector

October 13, 2018

A Catholic priest, who served at a Norwalk parish for 10 years, has been accused of sexually abusing a child.

The Rev. Nelson Beaver has been placed on administrative leave, effective immediately, Bishop Daniel E. Thomas announced Saturday.

This action was taken as the result of a recently made allegation of sexual abuse dating back more than 25 years ago, according to a statement issued by the Diocese of Toledo.

Beaver is the pastor of Resurrection Parish in Lexington and St. Mary of the Snows Parish in Mansfield. The allegation was not made in relation to these parish assignments.

I-Team: Priest On List Of Clergy Credibly Accused Of Sex Abuse Changed His Name

BOSTON (MA)
WBZ-TV (Boston CBS affiliate)

October 12, 2018

By Cheryl Fiandaca

The pain of the sexual abuse that Mark Powell says he suffered while studying at a religious order in Iowa 41 years ago, deepened after learning his abuser later became a Catholic priest.

“Even when I was being abused I was praying the Hail Mary, I’d be praying the Our Father that it would stop,” he told the I-Team.

Powell says the man who abused him in 1977 is now a priest at the Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham and is called Father Andrew. But Powell says in Iowa he was Brother Mark.

Archdiocese removes Wicker Park priest charged with sexually abusing 2 women, attacking teen

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

October 13, 2018

By Hannah Leone and Ese Olumhense

Two days after police charged a priest at a Wicker Park church with sexually abusing two women and attacking a 17-year-old girl, that priest has had his permission to minister within the Archdiocese of Chicago withdrawn “effective immediately,” said a spokeswoman for the archdiocese on Saturday.

Rigoberto Gámez Alfonso, 52, of the 2300 block of West Le Moyne Avenue in Wicker Park, is charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual abuse involving force and one misdemeanor count of battery, according to Chicago police.

Gámez Alfonso is the associate vicar for canonical services for the Archdiocese of Chicago, the archdiocese confirmed Saturday. Most recently, he had also served as a resident priest at St. Aloysius Parish and had previously been appointed pastor of Our Lady of Tepeyac Church in Little Village in 2009.

For archdiocese, releasing names of Louisiana clergy accused of sex abuse can have financial toll

NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans Advocate

October 13, 2018

By Jerry DiColo

Archbishop Gregory Aymond, clad in purple vestments symbolizing atonement, lay prostrate on the altar of St. Joseph Church during a special Mass of healing in August, a demonstration of contrition for the horrific acts of rape and abuse suffered by children at the hands of priests.

His homily called for reflection on the sins of the Catholic Church. Standing before the faithful, he said, “As leaders of the church, it is time for us to repent.”

So far, that confession has translated into weeks of public apology, but not the release of a full accounting of priests and other church leaders accused of sexual misconduct that many victims have demanded.

Analyse der MGH-Studie zu sexuellem Missbrauch: Wie das Bistum die Spitze des Eisbergs schönt

[Analysis of the MGH study on sexual abuse: How the bishopric beautifies the tip of the iceberg]

REGENSBURG (GERMANY)
Regensburg Digital

October 13, 2018

By Robert Werner

Mit der sogenannten MHG-Studie sollte auf breiter Basis der sexuelle Missbrauch von Minderjährigen durch Kleriker und Diakone in katholischen Diözesen sozialwissenschaftlich untersucht werden. Die Diözese Regensburg tut sich wieder einmal damit hervor, entsprechende Zahlen zu verbergen oder kleinzureden. Einer der Hauptverantwortlichen für die jahrelange Verschleppung von Aufklärung – Kardinal Gerhard L. Müller – flankiert das Ganze mit einem homophoben Erklärungsmuster.

McAleese accuses Pope John Paul II of ‘offensive’ misogyny in new book

BELFAST (NORTHERN IRELAND)
Belfast Telegraph

October 13 2018

By Philip Ryan

Former Irish President Mary McAleese accuses Pope John Paul II of "highly offensive" misogyny in a sensational new book.

Ms McAleese says she was seriously offended by the pontiff purposely ignoring her when they were first introduced ahead of their much publicised meeting during her presidency.

Instead of greeting Ms McAleese, the Pope reached across to her husband Martin and said: "Would you not prefer to be the President of Ireland instead of your wife?"

In the book Madam Politician: The Women At The Table of Irish Political Power by RTE political correspondent Martina Fitzgerald, Mrs McAleese says "nobody else thought it was funny" and her husband was "mortified" by the Pope's comment.

"He knew by my face that I didn't think it was funny. I did say to him: 'You would never have done that to a male president,'" she adds.

The Pope said he did not have fluent English and the comment was intended to be a joke.

Editorial: Vote out lawmakers who oppose abuse window

JOHNSTOWN (PA)
The Tribune-Democrat

October 14, 2018

Given all that has transpired in recent years here in our region and across Pennsylvania, we cannot imagine our state lawmakers doing anything less than voting unanimously to give victims of child sexual assault some justice for their suffering – even decades ago.

And yet here we are, watching the Pennsylvania Senate wrestle with the responsibility of providing a window of opportunity for adults who were abused as teens or children – a break from the statute of limitations on this offense to seek recompense.

The Republican leadership – including Majority Leader Jake Corman of Centre County and President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County – has the power to get this measure passed.

We urge them to find the courage, the compassion, the anger – whatever it takes – to do so.

Clergy abuse survivors urge PA Senate to pass reforms

SCRANTON (PA)
WBRE/WYOU via PAHomepage.com

October 12, 2018

By Eric Deabill

Lawmakers return to Harrisburg Monday

Eight weeks after a scathing grand jury report on the Catholic church, clergy abuse survivors are urging state lawmakers to act.

With just a handful of voting days left in the Pennsylvania Senate Session, victims are going across the commonwealth sharing their stories and advocating for reform.

The president of the national group "Stop Child Predators" which is based in Washington, D.C. and two clergy abuse survivors visited Scranton Friday morning.

While the PA House has overwhelming passed reforms recommended by grand jurors, the Pennsylvania Senate has not yet taken a vote.

"If I were a state senator in Pennsylvania I would be embarrassed of my inaction. For decades, survivors have come forward in this state and lawmakers have turned their back on them," Stacie Rumenap, president of Stop Child Predators said.

Ryan O'Connor: For priest abuse victims, church — and law — must change

PITTSBURGH (PA)
TribLive.com

October 12, 2018

By Ryan O'Connor

I am a practicing Catholic, which means I attend church regularly. I accept Holy Communion. I pray with my fellow parishioners and our parish priests. In addition, my wife and I made the decision to send our two children to our local Catholic school.

I am also a survivor of child sexual abuse. When I was 10 years old, I was repeatedly molested by a priest at Our Mother of Sorrows Church in Johnstown. For years, I was broken from the abuse. I turned to drugs and alcohol.

But I never gave up my faith in God. And I never gave up my faith in what my church can be — and should be. So, yes, I continue to be a Roman Catholic.

My downward spiral ended in 2005 when I met my wife. I prayed for help and for support and for someone to help me deal with these demons. I believe those prayers were answered by God in the form of my wife.

Priest at parish in Pittsburgh's Greenfield neighborhood put on leave after sex abuse accusation

PITTSBURGH (PA)
TribLive.com

October 13, 2018

By Brian C. Rittmeyer

The priest at a church in Pittsburgh’s Greenfield neighborhood has been accused of sexually abusing a child in the mid-1980s.

Bishop David Zubik has placed Joseph Reschick, 67, on administrative leave, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced Saturday. That action was taken earlier this week, the Rev. Nicholas Vaskov, diocesan spokesman, said.

Reschick could not be reached for comment.

Reschick has been serving as pastor of St. Rosalia Parish. The diocese said in a statement that Reschick denies the allegation, which Vaskov said was reported to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.

Mike Manko, a spokesman for District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., said he could not confirm that until Monday.

"El delincuente cardenal Errázuriz al descubierto con su encubrimiento" Juan Carlos Cruz habla tras expulsión de sacerdotes

[Juan Carlos Cruz speaks after expulsion of priests, calls Ezzati a "thug" and "delinquent"]

CHILE
Publimetro

October 13, 2018

By Francisca Herrera

El chileno también calificó de "matones" y "encubridores" al arzobispo Ricardo Ezzati y los obispos Silva, Ramos y González

Juan Carlos Cruz, una de las víctimas de Fernando Karadima, calificó de "delincuente" al cardenal Francisco Errázuriz luego que se conociera la decisión del Papa Francisco de expulsar a los sacerdotes Francisco Cox y Marco Órdenes. "Que maravilla despertar así. Dos obispos pedófilos menos, expulsados del sacerdocio, el delincuente cardenal Errázuriz al descubierto con su encubrimiento", escribió en su cuenta de Twitter junto con emplazar a la justicia chilena.

La denuncia que habría sido clave para la destitución de Francisco Cox del sacerdocio

[The accusation that would have been key to removing Francisco Cox from the priesthood]

CHILE
Publimetro

October 14, 2018

Los hechos habrían ocurrido cuando Cox fue obispo de Chillán, entre 1975 y 1981

El ex obispo de Chillán, Carlos Pellegrin reveló el sábado una nueva denuncia contra el ahora ex arzobispo emérito de La Serena, Francisco Cox Huneeus, expulsado del sacerdocio por papa Francisco junto al también ex obispo emérito de Iquique, Marco Órdenes Fernández, por abusos sexuales a menores.

Laicos de La Serena consideran "insuficientes" las acciones anunciadas por los Padres de Schoenstatt tras expulsión de Cox

[Laity of La Serena not satisfied with Schoenstatt's inaction after Cox's expulsion]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 13, 2018

By Carla Fernández

El vocero de esta agrupación, Juan Rojas, puso en duda las intenciones de la congregación de traer a Chile al ex religioso para que sea procesado por la justicia local.

Este sábado se anunció la expulsión del sacerdocio del ex arzobispo de La Serena, Francisco José Cox, y el obispo emérito de Iquique, Marco Antonio Órdenes; decisión que fue tomada por el Papa Francisco a raíz de las denuncias de abuso sexual a menores que pesan en contra de ambos.

Denunciantes y laicos celebran expulsiones de obispos eméritos por abusos sexuales a menores

[Whistleblowers and laymen celebrate expulsions of bishops emeriti for sexual abuse of minors]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 13, 2018

By Gonzalo Cifuentes and Nicole Martínez

La mañana de este sábado se conocieron las expulsiones de los obispos eméritos Francisco José Cox y Marco Antonio Órdenes, de La Serena e Iquique, respectivamente. Ambos por abusos sexuales a menores, bajo el artículo que sanciona los delitos más graves por la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe.

Vaticano expulsa a obispos Cox y Órdenes por delitos contra menores

[Vatican expelled bishops Cox and Órdenes for crimes against minors]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 14, 2018

By Carla Pía Ruiz, Paula Yévenes, and C. Said

Inédita decisión del Papa Francisco determinó la remoción de dos obispos eméritos -de La Serena e Iquique- chilenos. La medida no tiene apelación. La salida de Cox se habría sellado tras una nueva denuncia por abusos en Chillán. El caso fue enviado en agosto a la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe.

“En la diócesis no había antecedentes previos (de Cox), pero ante una denuncia que recibí entregué dicha información a la Santa Sede”, dice el exobispo de Chillán, Carlos Pellegrín, para referirse a la denuncia contra el ahora exobispo emérito de La Serena Francisco Cox Huneeus que envió en agosto pasado a la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe.

Iglesia chilena pide perdón a víctimas por casos de abuso sexual tras nueva expulsión de obispos

[Chilean church apologizes to abuse victims after expulsion of two bishops]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 13, 2018

By Claudia Soto

A través de un comunicado, el comité permanente de la Conferencia Episcopal se refirió a la expulsión del estado clerical de Francisco Cox y Marco Antonio Órdenes.

A través de una declaración pública, firmada entre ellos por Ricardo Ezzati, la Conferencia Episcopal pidió perdón “en nombre de los obispos y de la Iglesia” a las víctimas de violencia sexual por parte de religiosos, a sus familias y comunidades.

El prelado de Iquique sobreseído por la justicia civil

[Former bishop of Iquique, expelled by Vatican, had been acquitted by appeals court]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 14, 2018

By Alejandra Lobo and Paula Yévenes

En enero de este año, la Corte de Apelaciones de Iquique absolvió a Marco Antonio Órdenes del delito de abuso sexual.

Tras darse a conocer la decisión del Papa Francisco de dimitir de su estado clerical a dos nuevos miembros de la Iglesia Católica, los nombres de los ahora exsacerdotes Francisco Cox y Marco Antonio Órdenes fueron rápidamente quitados de la lista de obispos eméritos del sitio web de la Conferencia Episcopal Chilena.

Expulsiones de Cox y Órdenes lo último: Cronología de los ocho años de crisis de la Iglesia Católica en Chile

[Chronology of eight years of crisis in Chile's Catholic Church]

CHILE
Emol

October 14, 2018

By Leonardo Vallejos

El Papa Francisco puso hoy fin a la carrera sacerdotal del ex arzobispo emérito de La Serena y del ex obispo emérito de Iquique.

[This article is a timeline of events in the clergy sex abuse investigations from 2010 to the present]

Diocese of Toledo priest on leave, accused of sexually abusing a minor

TOLEDO (OH)
WTOL-TV

October 13, 2018

Father Nelson Beaver has been put on administrative leave following an allegation of abuse dating back 25 years

A priest of the Diocese of Toledo has been accused sexually abusing a minor over 25 years ago.

Father Nelson Beaver has been put on administrative leave by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, effective immediately.

Father Beaver is the pastor of Resurrection Parish in Lexington and St. Mary of the Snows Parish in Mansfield.

The allegation was not made in relation to these parishes, and Father Beaver will not be staying at those parishes while he is on leave.

Father Beaver has denied the allegation and so far, this is the only accusation against him.

Pittsburgh priest accused of sexually abusing a minor

PITTSBURGH (PA)
WPXI-TV

October 13, 2018

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A Pittsburgh priest is on administrative leave after someone accused him of sexually abusing a minor, the diocese announced Saturday.

The Rev. Joseph Reschick, 67, is the pastor of Saint Rosalia Parish in Greenfield. The allegation, the first ever filed against Reschick, dates to the 1980s, the diocese said.

Reschick denied the allegation, which was reported to police, the diocese said.

The move does not imply guilt, Bishop David Zubik reportedly wrote in a letter to parishes where Reschick has served.

"It is intended to safeguard the course of justice while preserving the rights of everyone involved, including both the person who made the allegation and the person against whom the allegation has been made," Zubik wrote.

Note in Parish Bulletin about Msgr. John Meehan

HARLEM (NY)
Parish St. Charles Borromeo,Resurrection and All Saints

September 30, 2018

By Fr. Gregory C. Chisholm, S.J.

Two weeks ago in the statement from the Archdiocese of New York concerning accusations against Msgr. Meehan was placed in our bulletin. The statement was written by the Office of the Vicar General, Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo. The Vicar General has the dual responsibility of helping those who are victims of sexual abuse in Archdiocesan institutions like churches or schools and he also is responsible for assessing the case against clergy or lay employees in the Church who are accused of sexual abuse. The statement from the Vicar General which was given out last week was a summary of his decision regarding accusations against Msgr. Meehan, but the statement does not reflect or acknowledge the continuing effort on the part of Msgr. Meehan to appeal the Vicar General’s decision and restore his reputation.

Church panel substantiates sex-abuse allegations against former Blessed Sacrament pastor

STATEN ISLAND (NY)
Staten Island Advance

October 8, 2018

By Maura Grunlund

Monsignor Francis Boyle, the former longtime pastor at Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church in West Brighton, “will never serve as a priest again” after a church panel substantiated sex-abuse allegations against him, according to the Archdiocese of New York.

The fall from grace is a stunning turn of events for the man who served crucial leadership roles on the Island and throughout the archdiocese during more than 60 years in the priesthood.

He was an administrator at seminaries and held sway on archdiocesan organizations that determined the job assignments for priests and finances for parishes.

Alleged child sex-abuse ‘substantiated’ against 2nd S.I. pastor

STATEN ISLAND (NY)
Staten Island Advance

October 13, 2018

By Maura Grunlund

“Credible” child sex-abuse allegations have been made against a second monsignor who was a pastor and Irish musician on Staten Island, according to the Archdiocese of New York.

Monsignor Charles Coen is one of four monsignors and a priest “who had an allegation of sexual abuse of minors brought against them in the Archdiocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program [IRCP]," according to Catholic New York.

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Coen was assigned to St. Joseph-St. Thomas R.C. Parish in Pleasant Plains for about 10 years beginning in 1975. Previously, he served at St. Paul’s R.C. Church in New Brighton, according to Advance records.

Monsignor Coen taught and conducted Irish music for children during his time on the Island, according to Advance records.

The Advance previously reported the substantiated allegation against Monsignor Francis Boyle, who headed Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church in West Brighton for about 13 years.

Priest accused of child sex-abuse based on Staten Island

NEW YORK (NY)
The New York Post

October 13, 2018

By Eileen AJ Connelly

A former Staten Island pastor and celebrated Irish musician is the latest priest with a “credible” child sex-abuse allegation levied, according to a report.

Monsignor Charles Coen, who led St. Joseph-St. Thomas R.C. Parish on Staten Island for about 10 years beginning in 1975, was among four monsignors and a priest named as having “an allegation of sexual abuse of minors brought against them in the Archdiocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program,” the Staten Island Advance reported, citing Catholic New York, the archdiocese’s newspaper.

Coen, who served at St. Paul’s R.C. Church on Staten Island prior to leading St. Joseph-St. Thomas, is a native of County Galway who came to the U.S. in 1955.

Editorial: The Pope Ignores the Damage as Another Prelate Falls

NEW YORK (NY)
The New York Times

October 12, 2018

By The Editorial Board

Others were more complicit in covering up priestly abuse, but Cardinal Donald Wuerl still committed serious mistakes.

In his letter on Friday accepting the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Catholic archbishop of Washington, Pope Francis praised the departing prelate for his “nobility” in not trying to defend “mistakes” in his handling of sexual-abuse allegations.

The pope misses the point.

The archbishop may not be as culpable as other bishops who more systematically covered up sexual predation, and in at least one case he took action that was initially thwarted by the Vatican.

But a devastatingly detailed grand jury report on widespread child sex abuse in Pennsylvania churches showed that Cardinal Wuerl, as bishop of Pittsburgh, was immersed in a clerical culture that hid pedophilic crimes behind euphemisms, conducted unprofessional investigations and evaluations of accused priests, kept acknowledged cases of sex abuse secret from parish communities and avoided reporting the abuse to police.

In an anguished letter to his archdiocese, Cardinal Wuerl accepted responsibility for actions described in the grand jury report. “I wish that I could redo some decisions I have made in my three decades as a bishop and each time get it right,” he wrote.

Pope Defrocks 2 Retired Chilean Bishops Over Sexual Abuse of Minors

ROME (ITALY)
The New York Times

October 13, 2018

By Jason Horowitz

Pope Francis on Saturday expelled from the priesthood two retired Chilean bishops accused of abusing minors, and made it clear they had no possibility of appeal.

“The decision was adopted by the pope last Thursday, Oct. 11,” the Vatican said in a statement, “as a consequence of overt acts of abuse against minors.” The decision “does not allow for recourse,” the statement added.

One of the bishops, Francisco Cox, 84, is the archbishop emeritus of the city of La Serena and is in poor health. He has a record of sexually abusing children dating to before his arrival as the bishop of the Chilean diocese of Chillan in 1974. The other is Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez, 53, and he has not been seen publicly for years.

The pope’s sentence, the harshest available in church canon law, comes amid a sprawling sexual abuse scandal and growing doubts about whether Francis will hold bishops accountable for covering up abuse.

Archbishop Óscar Romero and Pope Paul VI Are Made Saints

ROME (ITALY)
The New York Times

October 14, 2018

By Elisabetta Povoledo

Thirty-eight years after being gunned down in a hospital church in El Salvador, Archbishop Óscar Romero was named a saint on Sunday to cheers in St. Peter’s Square, while thousands watched the ceremony on video monitors in the Salvadoran capital.

Pope Francis also canonized Pope Paul VI, who is credited with continuing begun by Pope John XXIII and bringing the church into the modern era with a series of reforms wrought from the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.

In his homily, Francis said Archbishop Romero “left the security of the world, even his own safety, in order to give his life according to the Gospel, close to the poor and to his people.” Of the pope, he said, “Even in the midst of tiredness and misunderstanding, Paul VI bore witness in a passionate way to the beauty and the joy of following Christ totally.”

Editorial: Cardinal Wuerl had to go. But not like this.

WASHINGTON D.C.
The Washington Post

October 12, 2018

By Editorial Board

In wrestling with the scourge of pedophile priests, Pope Francis has attacked clericalism — the deference accorded to the Catholic Church’s hierarchy at the expense of the faithful — while leaving himself vulnerable to the very same charge. So it was on Friday regarding Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, who was implicated in covering up clergy sex abuse when he was the bishop of Pittsburgh. The pope accepted the cardinal’s resignation but at the same time lauded his “nobility” and protected much of his standing and influence within the church.

That mixed message on sexual abuse of minors has been a hallmark of Francis’s papacy. With practically each move he makes to contain the erosion of the church’s authority, he subverts his own purpose, and by extension the institution itself, by his ambivalence.

No doubt, Mr. Wuerl’s eventual departure — he will remain in a caretaker’s role in Washington until a new archbishop is named — is a watershed. It follows close on the heels of an equally stunning event: the resignation from the College of Cardinals of his predecessor in Washington, Theodore McCarrick, in July, following allegations that he molested a minor and pressured seminary students to share his bed decades ago. Gradually, the impunity of the church’s most senior clerics is crumbling under the weight of public opprobrium and the scrutiny of civil authorities.

In Mr. Wuerl’s case, the blow was inflicted by a grand jury investigation led by Pennsylvania’s attorney general, whose bombshell report, issued in August, named more than 300 priests in the abuse of 1,000 children over seven decades. Mr. Wuerl, who was bishop in Pittsburgh for 18 years, was implicated in returning several accused priests to ministry.

As his defenders pointed out, Mr. Wuerl was hardly the worst offender; in some instances, he pressed to remove pedophile priests from positions where they could prey on minors. But as Josh Shapiro, the Pennsylvania attorney general, told us: “This isn’t a balancing act . . . you don’t get a mulligan when it comes to passing predator priests around.”

As the Vatican drags its feet — Mr. Wuerl will retain his influence as a member of the body that chooses bishops — the ground is shifting under the church across the United States. Since the Pennsylvania report was issued, the attorney general’s hotline has received nearly 1,300 calls from people saying they were victimized by priests. Similar hotlines are being flooded with calls in New York and New Jersey. A dozen states have launched their own investigations.

Much of the impulse for reform is coming from the laity, who are demanding the accountability that is coming too slowly from Rome. Meanwhile, the church’s own lobbyists continue to resist; in Pennsylvania, they are battling legislation that would allow childhood victims of sex abuse to sue their abusers, and the church, years later.

Pope Francis is summoning top bishops from all over the world to the Vatican in February to discuss the “protection of minors.” That may be his last chance to clarify his murky record on the issue.

Archbishop of Washington resigns over sexual abuse scandal

NEW YORK (NY)
The Guardian

October 13, 2018

By Harriet Sherwood

Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl following claims of cover-up

The archbishop of Washington has become the most senior figure in the Catholic church to quit in the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed the Vatican and embroiled Pope Francis.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s resignation was accepted by the Vatican on Friday after months of mounting pressure, following revelations of systematic abuse by priests in the state of Pennsylvania, and a cover-up by bishops. Wuerl was bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006.

The state’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, said Wuerl “oversaw and participated in the cover-up”.

Wuerl offered his resignation when he turned 75 almost three years ago, as required under canon law, but Pope Francis kept him in post. He resubmitted his resignation last month.

In a statement, he said his departure “permits this local church to move forward”, adding: “Once again, for any past errors in judgment, I apologise and ask for pardon.”

October 13, 2018

Interview With Vinnie Nauheimer: Advocate For Survivors Of Clergy Abuse

NEW JERSEY
BlogTalkRadio

October 13, 2018

Vinnie Nauheimer was born in the Bronx, attended Catholic schools through high school and served in four years in the Navy during the Viet Nam war. After the Navy, he attended Iona College where he was a member of the Cornelian Honor Society and received his degree in Business Administration. He left the business world to become a teacher and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Mercy College as well as a post graduate certificate in Autism and Severe Multiple Disabilities from Pace University.

Vinnie and his family had the unfortunate experience of running across a predator priest and for the last twenty years has dedicated a significant amount of time advocating for survivors of clergy abuse and fighting for change within the Roman Catholic Church to bring abusers to justice and prevent further abuse. He has dedicated all his talents to this effort and has written two books, Epistles on Clergy Abuse and God Damn Bishops and Priests. The former contains actual copies of letters he wrote to bishops, priests, editors and survivors on the subject of clergy abuse. The latter is a compilation of selected essays that he has written on clergy abuse over the years. In addition, Vinnie curates a FB page called The Clergy Abuse Collection where he showcases both his clergy abuse artwork and relevant articles.

https://www.facebook.com/clergyabuseartcollection/

Erie’s Laughlin wants compromise in abuse law

ERIE (PA)
GoErie.com

October 13, 2018

By Ed Palattella

State senator wants legislation over grand jury report to include both a church-created compensation fund and a two-year window for victims to sue.

State Sen. Dan Laughlin is proposing a compromise over what is expected to be the main topic of debate when the Senate reconvenes in Harrisburg on Monday: legislation to create a two-year window for child sexual abuse victims to sue, no matter what the statute of limitations.

Laughlin, of Millcreek Township, R-49th Dist., said he supports the creation of the window, which is one of the four recommendations included in the Aug. 14 grand jury report on child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, including the Catholic Diocese of Erie.

But Laughlin said he also supports the creation of a church-controlled victims’ compensation fund, which church leaders are backing rather than the two-year window.

Diocese leaders knew of former Palm Desert priest's membership in group for troubled clergy

PALM SPRINGS (CA)
Palm Springs Desert Sun

October 12, 2018

By Christopher Damien

Peter McCormick was already a member of a special religious order that treats clergy who engaged in "deviant" behavior, including but not limited to sexual misconduct, when he was assigned to the Palm Desert’s Sacred Heart Church in 1984, and diocese leaders knew. McCormick has admitted to sexual acts with an adolescent boy for years while he was a priest at the prominent local church.

McCormick began sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in Hollywood in 1990, which continued until the victim was an adult, according to the diocese. It is unclear if the victim was a member of the Palm Desert church. McCormick was a priest at the church until the victim made the allegation in 2000.

Priest accused by hundreds of sex abuse on Guam dies

GUAM
Radio New Zealand

October 13, 2018

The Catholic priest accused in more than 130 child sex abuse lawsuits on Guam has died in the United States.

97-year-old Louis Brouillard's death was confirmed by the Archdiocese of Agana.

He had admitted to abusing young boys while a priest on Guam between 1948 and 1981.

He said church authorities knew and did nothing about it before eventually relocating him to the US mainland.

The Catholic Church on Guam faces more than 150 child sex abuse lawsuits, accusing several priests and the church itself of decades of abuse.

Father Brouillard is the only member to admit to paedophilia, although he has never been tried.

Problem Priests Were Moved Around, Including to the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
KQED-TV

October 13, 2018

By Polly Stryker

At least three Catholic priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors are residing in the Bay Area and Northern California, an investigation by KQED has found.

Two of the three priests — Stephen Kain and Joseph Prochnow — were named in civil lawsuits against the Franciscan Order in Santa Barbara, which was settled in 2006 for more than $28 million.

The California Catholic Conference of Bishops, which oversees the state's 12 dioceses, said in a statement that it began implementing reforms "to protect children and young people from abuse" in 2003.

Cardinal Wuerl resignation doesn't go far enough, say critics of the Vatican

WASHINGTON D.C.
NBC News

October 13, 2018

By Linda Givetash and Phil McCausland

"He is now able to retire seemingly with no consequences for his actions," said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

The Vatican is facing mounting criticism for not taking a more heavy-handed approach to sexual abuse allegations after accepting the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl but allowing him to remain influential in the church.

Pope Francis issued a letter Friday saying he would accept the resignation of the archbishop of Washington, D.C.,in response to accusations that he did nothing to stop abuse by senior clerics in Pennsylvania where he served as a bishop from 1988 to 2006.

While some church leaders and parishioners have called for Wuerl's resignation in recent weeks, critics point to the fact that Francis asked Wuerl to remain the apostolic administrator of the archdiocese. He will also attend the annual American bishops meeting slated for November and holds an influential role on the Congregation of Bishops, which chooses who will take roles of church leadership.

Francis defrocks two retired Chilean bishops 'for demonstrated abuse of minors'

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

By Joshua J. McElwee

October 13, 2018

Pope Francis has laicized two retired Chilean bishops, in what an Oct. 13 Vatican announcement said was "a consequence for demonstrated abuse of minors."

The statement said that both former Archbishop Francisco José Cox Huneeus and former Bishop Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández will have no possibility for appeal.

News of the defrocking of the former prelates came hours after Francis had met at the apostolic palace with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. In a brief statement summarizing their conversation, the Vatican said the two had discussed "the painful scourge of abuse of minors."

Cox, 84, is a former Vatican official and member of the Schonstatt Fathers who led the archdiocese of La Serena from 1990-1997. His institute had announced earlier this month that he had been accused of sexually abusing someone in 2004.

Órdenes, 53, led the diocese of Iquique from 2006-13, when he resigned after being accused of having a sexual relationship with at least one minor.

Pope Francis praises resigning US Cardinal amid sexual abuse cover-up allegations

VATICAN CITY
AP/Reuters via Australian Broadcasting Corporation

October 12, 2018

The archbishop of Washington DC stepped down over the handling of sex abuse cases but received praise from the Pope, drawing criticism from campaigners who said it showed the Catholic Church cared more for its leaders than abuse victims.

He becomes one of the highest-ranking Catholic leaders to step aside over global accusations that the church harboured sex abusers.

His resignation also further exposes a rift between Pope Francis and members of the church's conservative wing, some of whom say the Pope himself should quit over the sex abuse crisis.

Catholic Church identifies priests accused of child molesting

INDIANAPOLIS (IN)
WTHR-TV

October 13, 2018

[Video]

A report released by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis documents disturbing allegations of child abuse committed by priests over a period of 50 years.

It names 23 priests and counts 97 victims.

Eyewitness News found the attorney who sounded the alarm over predatory priests more than a decade ago.

Patrick Noaker represented 13 victims in two lawsuits against the Archdiocese and won both cases.

"It's about time they have acknowledged what happened," he said from his office in Minneapolis.

Nearly 100 children allegedly molested by priests over 50 years until now have suffered mostly in silence.

Pennsylvania Republican Leadership Spits in the Eyes of Child Sex Abuse Victims with Faux Justice in New Proposal

PENNSYLVANIA
Verdict

October 13, 2018

By Marci A. Hamilton

The 2018 Pennsylvania Attorney General’s grand jury report on the six Pennsylvania dioceses not yet investigated for clergy sex abuse looked like it could move mountains at first. The account of over 300 priests and over 1000 victims certainly has garnered worldwide attention and empathy for the victims and their families. Republican leadership, however, with few days left in the legislative calendar has proved incapable of such empathy. Instead, Senators Scarnati and Corman have produced a cynical “tribunal” that gives bishops and insurance companies what they love most: immunity from discovery. This is faux justice is an insult to every survivor in the state. It is also every child-molesting cleric’s best friend as it keeps their wrongdoing secret and every enabling institution’s best friend as it keeps their wrongdoing secret.

Pope Francis Is Still Equivocating on the Sex-Abuse Crisis

VATICAN CITY
The Atlantic

He stands by those to whom he’s loyal but, when faced with new evidence, is also willing to change his mind.

October 13, 2018

By Rachel Donadio

When the sex-abuse crisis in the Catholic Church flared up in 2002, in the waning days of Pope John Paul II, with allegations of a pattern of abuse by priests and cover-ups in the archdiocese of Boston, it was often dismissed at the Vatican as “a Boston problem.” When it flared up again in 2010 under Pope Benedict XVI, the atmosphere at the Vatican was a mix of stonewalling and open hostility. Back then, there were new allegations in the United States, as well as new questions about how Benedict had handled some cases of predator priests in his previous roles as head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office and as a cardinal and bishop in his native Germany. Some officials decried calumnious attacks against the Holy Father. The issue was seen in terms of sin and forgiveness more than crime and punishment.

Pope expels two Chilean bishops from priesthood over sexual abuse

ROME
Crux

October 13, 2018

By Inés San Martín

In an extremely unusual, if not unprecedented, move, Pope Francis on Saturday imposed what’s tantamount to the Church’s version of capital punishment on two retired Chilean bishops accused of sexual abuse of minors, expelling them from the priesthood.

In the case of Archbishop Francisco Cox, it’s a day some of his earliest victims have been awaiting for more than 40 years. The pope also removed from the clerical state the bishop emeritus of Iquique, Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez, who retired from his position in 2012 at the age of 47.

According to a Vatican statement released on Saturday, “the decision was adopted by the pope last Thursday, Oct. 11, and does not allow for recourse,” meaning there’s no possibility of appeal.

The Vatican statement also indicated that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has notified both men of the penalties through their respective superiors in their current residences. It also noted that Cox, though no longer a priest, remains a part of the institute of the Schönstatt Fathers.

Pope defrocks two Chilean bishops over sexual abuse allegations

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

October 13, 2018

Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops who have been caught up in the country’s widening sexual abuse crisis, the Vatican said on Saturday.

The Vatican named the two men as Francisco José Cox Huneeus, 84, who was archbishop emeritus of the city of La Serena, and Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández, 53, who was archbishop emeritus of Iquique.

A Vatican statement in Spanish said the pope’s decision was definitive and not open to appeal. It referred to a part of Canon (Church) law related to the crime of sexual abuse of minors.

Defrocking, officially called “reduced to the lay state”, means they have been expelled from the priesthood. It is the harshest punishment the Church can inflict on a member of the clergy and such action has rarely been taken against bishops.

Last month Francis defrocked Father Fernando Karadima, an 88-year-old Chilean priest who was accused of sexually abusing teenage boys over a period of many years.

Iglesia investiga en secreto nuevas denuncias contra sacerdotes de Linares por "conductas incorrectas"

[Church investigates new accusations against priests of Linares for "incorrect behavior"]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 12, 2018

By Emilio Lara

El Obispado de Linares anunció a través de un comunicado de la recepción de dos denuncias en contra de dos sacerdotes diocesanos por presuntas conductas incorrectas con adultos, actuar contrario a su condición religiosa. La Iglesia, además, confirmó que dio inicio a la investigación de ambas acusaciones y que éstas fueron presentadas por un tercero, al que declinaron identificar.

Nuevas expulsiones: Papa quita calidad de sacerdotes a Francisco José Cox y a Marco Antonio Órdenes

[New expulsions: Pope removes Francisco José Cox and Marco Antonio Órdenes from the priesthood]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 13, 2018

By Tomás Molina J.

Con esto, se suman a Cristián Precht y Fernando Karadima, apartados del estado clerical por perpetrar abusos sexuales y de conciencia a menores.

Desde la Santa Sede informaron este sábado que el Papa Francisco decidió extremar las medidas contra el ex arzobispo de La Serena Francisco José Cox y de Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández, obispo emérito de Iquique. Ambos fueron expulsados del sacerdocio, luego de que se conocieran nuevas denuncias por abusos sexuales y de conciencia a menores supuestamente perpetrados por los presbíteros.

Papa aborda crisis de la Iglesia en Chile con Piñera y Vaticano expresa interés por fallo de la CIJ

[Pope discusses Chile's clergy abuse crisis, migration, and environmental issues with Piñera at Vatican]

CHILE
Emol

October 13, 2018

By María Cristina Romero

Tras la reunión que sostuvo con el Pontífice, el Mandatario destacó su interés en como se ha seguido el tema migratorio y medioambiental en Chile.

"Tuvimos una muy cercana y muy franca reunión con el Papa Francisco". Así describió el Presidente Sebastián Piñera, la reunión que sostuvo este sábado con el Sumo Pontífice en el Vaticano, en el marco de su gira de diez días por Europa. Tras el encuentro, el jefe es Estado explicó que en la cita "conversamos sobre la situación difícil que vive la Iglesia en Chile y sobre todo compartimos la esperanza de que la Iglesia pueda vivir un verdadero renacimiento y recuperar el cariño y la cercanía del pueblo de Dios".

Vaticano remueve del sacerdocio a obispos Cox y Órdenes por casos de abuso sexual

[Vatican removes former bishop Cox from the priesthood after sex abuse allegations]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 13, 2018

By Claudia Soto

La decisión adoptada por el Papa el pasado jueves 11 de octubre de 2018, no admite recurso. Según el comunicado, la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe ya notificó a los involucrados.

Esta mañana, el Vaticano anunció a través de un comunicado, que el Papa Francisco decidió remover el estado clerical al arzobispo emérito de La Serena, Francisco José Cox, miembro del Instituto de los Padres de Schoenstatt, quien se encontraba enfrentando denuncias de abuso sexual a menores.

Schoensttat dice que expulsión de Cox del sacerdocio “se veía venir” y esperan traerlo de vuelta a Chile

[Schoensttat says that Cox's expulsion from the priesthood "was seen coming" and they hope to bring him back to Chile]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 13, 2018

By Claudia Soto

El ex obispo de La Serena, miembro de la Congregación de los Padres de Schoenstatt, será sometido la próxima semana a exámenes médicos, para ver si está en condiciones de viajar desde Alemania. Esta mañana el Vaticano dio a conocer su expulsión del estado clerical.

El ex obispo de La Serena, miembro de la Congregación de los Padres de Schoenstatt, será sometido la próxima semana a exámenes médicos, para ver si está en condiciones de viajar desde Alemania. Esta mañana el Vaticano dio a conocer su expulsión del estado clerical.
Dentro de los próximos días el ahora ex sacerdote Francisco José Cox podría ser sometido a exámenes médicos, según lo anticipó el viceprovincial Patricio Moore, vocero del Instituto Padres de Schoenstatt. El objetivo es que pueda regresar al país desde Alemania, para enfrentar las denuncias de abuso sexual que hay en su contra.

Pope Accepts Cardinal Wuerl’s Resignation Amid Sex Abuse Cover-Up Scandal

VATICAN CITY
KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh CBS afffiliate)

October 12, 2018

KDKA-TV and Associated Press

[Video]

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock.

Wuerl, who turns 78 in November, becomes the most prominent head to roll in the scandal roiling the Catholic Church after his predecessor as Washington archbishop, Theodore McCarrick, was forced to resign as cardinal over allegations he sexually abused at least two minors and adult seminarians.

Children emotionally, physically and sexually abused at Catholic-run homes, Scottish abuse inquiry finds

UNITED KINGDOM
The Tablet

October 12, 2018

By Rose Gamble

The inquiry found that children were starved of love, dignity and compassion

Children at two Catholic residential homes in Scotland were subjected to emotional, physical and sexual abuse for decades, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) has found.

In its interim report published on 11 October the Scottish child abuse inquiry (SCAI) found that the young boys and girls housed in two homes run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul (DoC) were subjected to excessive discipline, sexual abuse and were starved of love, dignity and compassion.

Lady Smith, Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, said: “For many children who were in Smyllum and Bellevue, the homes were places of fear, coercive control, threat, excessive discipline and emotional, physical and sexual abuse, where they found no love, no compassion, no dignity and no comfort.”

Government inquiry documents abuse at Catholic orphanages in Scotland

LEICESTER (UNITED KINGDOM)
Crux

October 12, 2018

By Charles Collins

A new report published Thursday in Scotland shows that children suffered abuse at two children’s care homes run by a Catholic religious order, both of which have been closed for decades.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) said that the two children’s facilities run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul - Smyllum Park in Lanark and Bellevue House in Rutherglen - were “places of fear, coercive control, threat, excessive discipline and emotional, physical and sexual abuse, where they found no love, no compassion, no dignity and no comfort.”

The interim report said that the children at the homes were “systematically starved of love, dignity and compassion.”

In August, Police arrested around a dozen former members of the staff at Smyllum Park, which closed in 1981, on charges of historic abuse. All those arrested were over 60.

Wuerl hounded from office for becoming face of abuse crisis

WASHINGTON D.C.
National Catholic Reporter

October 12, 2018

by Michael Sean Winters

"Antistite nostro Donaldo." For more than 10 years, from the time of his installation as Archbishop of Washington in 2006, until my moving out of the archdiocese in 2017, every Sunday at Mass, I softly repeated these words as the priest said them in the Roman Canon. "For our bishop Donald," I prayed them on the days I could not borrow a car to get to the 10 a.m. Latin Mass at St. Matthew's and I had to walk to the suburban church near my house. Over that time, those words went from something rote and obligatory to something personal and powerful, though still obligatory. We Catholics pray for our pope and our bishop at every Mass. The Communion at the altar is intrinsically related to the communion of persons that is the church, indeed they are two faces of the same reality, the Body of Christ.

Today, the Body of Christ in the United States is bruised and bloodied. The depredations of former-cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the grim and gruesome details of clergy sex abuse revealed in the Pennsylvania grand jury report both conspired to place the abuse of children by clergy back at the center of the church's consciousness and public image. Cardinal Donald Wuerl was a link between the two scandals, having succeeded McCarrick in Washington in 2006 and been a bishop in Pennsylvania for 18 years.

The Catholic Sex-Abuse Scandal Takes Down a Cardinal

UNITED STATES
The Atlantic

October 12, 2018

By Emma Green

The pope has accepted the resignation of the leader of the Archdiocese of Washington. What happens next?

On Friday, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the head of the Archdiocese of Washington. Wuerl submitted his letter of resignation three years ago, when he turned 75, as is customary for bishops. But in September, Wuerl traveled to Rome to urge the pope to finally accept it because of growing accusations over his role in handling sexual-abuse allegations in the Church.

It’s the first major American resignation to result from this round of the Church’s sex-abuse crisis. In certain ways, it is a hollow result: Wuerl was already in line to resign, and other, younger Church leaders have also been potentially implicated for their conduct. The end of Wuerl’s tenure in Washington is a symbolic step for the reeling American Catholic hierarchy, a sign that they are taking the crisis seriously. But much more will be needed to repair the image of the Catholic Church and the immense mistrust that has developed among believers.

Hope among victims of child sex abuse dashed amid Senate GOP proposals

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive.com

October 12, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

With time running out on the legislative clock, victims and advocates of child sexual abuse are ramping up efforts to pressure state Senate Republicans to approve a measure that would give adults who were abused as children an opportunity at justice.

A few weeks ago, a tide of optimism buoyed survivors and advocates with expectations that reforms would finally see the light of day. Late this week, those hopes may have been dealt a lethal blow.

Rep. Mark Rozzi, the Berks County Democrat who has emerged as the leader of reform in the Legislature, on Thursday received a copy of the proposals being pushed in the Senate that, for the most part, run counter to the broader reforms being pushed by victims and advocates.

Chicago pastor charged with sex abuse involving force, battery

CHICAGO (IL)
WLS-TV (Chicago ABC affiliate)

October 12, 2018

By Evelyn Holmes

A pastor who has been assigned to at least three churches in Chicago is accused of sexually abusing two women and attacking a teen girl, police said Friday.

Rigoberto Gamez, 52, was charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual abuse involving force and misdemeanor battery in connection with attacks on a 18-year-old woman, a 27-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl, police said.

The attacks began in November 2016. Prosecutors said Gamez fondled a 27-year-old office manager after a luncheon in the church rectory.

Here’s what we know about the priests accused of abuse in Indianapolis archdiocese’s list

INDIANAPOLIS (IN)
Indianapolis Star

October 12, 2018

By Holly V. Hays and Crystal Hill

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Thursday released the names of nearly 30 priests accused of abusing more than 100 children or young people.

Here's what we know:

Why release the list?

Archbishop Charles C. Thompson announced his intentions to compile and release the list at the end of August, weeks after a Pennsylvania grand jury released a report identifying 300 priests accused of abuse and more than 1,000 victims.

In an open letter published Aug. 29, Thompson apologized to all victims of clergy abuse and called for increased transparency.

"We must do everything necessary to make sure neither abuse nor cover-up ever happens again," he wrote.

Who decides if an accusation is "credible?"

October 12, 2018

Louis Brouillard dies at 97

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

October 12, 2018

By Dana M. Williams and Haidee V. Eugenio

Louis Brouillard, the retired priest accused in more than 130 sexual abuse lawsuits who admitted to molesting children on Guam, died in Minnesota Oct. 10, according to the Archdiocese of Agana.

He was 97.

Brouillard, a native of Minnesota, was ordained on Guam in 1948. He served here until 1981 as a parish priest in Mangilao, Chalan Pago, Barrigada, Malojloj and Tumon, and as a teacher at Father Duenas Memorial School.

He also served as a longtime Boy Scouts of America scoutmaster on the island.

More than 130 civil cases, filed in local and federal courts since 2016, accused Brouillard of rape, sexual abuse and sexual molestation. The most recent lawsuit filed against him was Oct. 4.

In a statement released Friday, the archdiocese said Brouillard's health had been declining in recent months.

"The archdiocese continues to pray for all victims and survivors of child abuse in our Church. We continue to work diligently to bring resolution and reparation to each person," the statement said. "The archdiocese has extended prayers and condolences to the late priest’s family in the U.S. mainland. We pray for the soul of Father Brouillard."

Paul Muschick: Cardinal Wuerl's resignation doesn't mean Catholic church is changing its ways

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Morning Call

October 12, 2018

By Paul Muschick

I’m still not sure the Catholic church gets it.

The pope’s acceptance of the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Friday probably was viewed by many as a sign that the church is taking steps to change its ways and rebuild itself amid the fallout of the child sex abuse scandal exposed by the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation.

Here’s why I’m not so sure that’s the case.

Wuerl’s name came up often in the grand jury report. He wasn’t accused of abuse, but at times of helping to protect abusers in his role as the long-time bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The report also notes steps he took to try to rid the church of abusers.

About a month after the report was released, Wuerl wrote a blog post in which he said he wished he “could redo some decisions I have made in my three decades as a bishop and each time get it right.” In a statement Friday, he apologized “for any past errors in judgment.”

Regardless of how you feel about Wuerl, it’s clear that his continued presence as a cardinal in Washington, D.C., was becoming divisive. Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation that Wuerl first offered nearly three years ago when he turned 75 and offered again last month.

Pope accepts Washington cardinal's resignation amid scandal

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

October 12, 2018

By David Crary and Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of the archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock.

But in a letter released by Wuerl's office, Francis asked Wuerl to stay on temporarily until a replacement is found and suggested he had unfairly become a scapegoat and victim of the mounting outrage among rank-and-file Catholics over the abuse scandal.

The pope's apparent reluctance to remove Wuerl was evidence of the fraught personnel decisions he has been forced to make as he grapples with the burgeoning global scandal that has implicated some of his closest advisers and allies, including top churchmen in the U.S., Belgium, Honduras, Chile and Australia.

With the resignation, Wuerl becomes the most prominent head to roll after his predecessor as Washington archbishop, Theodore McCarrick, was forced to resign as cardinal over allegations he sexually abused at least two minors and adult seminarians.

A grand jury report issued in August on rampant sex abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses accused Wuerl of helping to protect some child-molesting priests while he was bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006. Simultaneously, Wuerl faced widespread skepticism over his insistence that he knew nothing about years of alleged sexual misconduct by McCarrick.

Alleged sexual abuse survivors lean on Pa. Senate to reform statute of limitations

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
KYW Newsradio

October 12, 2018

By Steve Tawa

"We just kept hearing the same excuses to cover up still for the Catholic Church."

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled arch bishop of Washington, D.C. It comes after he was named in a Pennsylvania grand jury report on priest sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church released in August.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said it's unacceptable that Wuerl participated in and oversaw systematic clergy abuse when he was bishop overseeing the Pittsburgh Diocese. Shapiro said the cardinal is able to retire seemingly with no consequences for actions documented in the grand jury report and in the church's own secret archives.

Included in that grand jury report are four key recommended reforms, one of which is the elimination of the criminal statute of limitations for abusing children. Already 39 states have done so.

Shapiro, two suburban district attorneys, and survivors of clergy sexual abuse all gathered in Montgomery County on Friday to put pressure on the state Senate to act on statute of limitations reforms next week.

2-year window for child sex abuse suits divides negotiators in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG (PA)
The Associated Press

October 12, 2018

By Mark Scolforo

A Pennsylvania House Democrat negotiating legislation to help victims of child sexual abuse on Friday rejected an approach recently circulated by the top-ranking Senate Republican.

Rep. Mark Rozzi said he had several problems with a document he received Thursday from the office of Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati.

“As far as I’m concerned, negotiations are over. My three words for the Senate are simply this: prepare for war,” Rozzi said in his Capitol office. “We’re coming.”

The House last month voted for a two-year window for abuse victims to file civil lawsuits over claims that would otherwise be barred by time limits in state law.

Scarnati has argued that a two-year retroactive window would violate the state constitution. His outline does not include such a window, and the Senate could vote on the matter next week, as the current legislative session nears its end.

On the Society of St. John: Sometimes reporters (like me) just can't see the story

NEW YORK (NY)
Get Religion

October 12, 2018

By Julia Duin

Although I’ve been blogging all summer about various scandals in the Catholic Church, I’d like to include a story in the past that was staring me in the face — yet I absolutely missed it.

It’s a news story about a religious order in northeastern Pennsylvania. Things sounded good in all their fundraising brochures, so I showed up in isolated Shohola, Pa., one day in the summer of 2000, to write them up.

I had no idea there was a ton of sexual abuse going on in their boys’ boarding school in Elmhurst, which was near Scranton. I believed everything told me about this order’s dreams of building a medieval village-style society in the foothills of the Poconos.

EDITORIAL:Victims deserve closure, accountability

SUNBURY (PA)
The Daily Item

October 12, 2018

Individuals silenced for decades by shame and confusion of sex abuse must be heard. The State House has done it’s part. The focus now shifts to the Senate and the ever-ticking clock to revise Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations regarding sex abuse crimes.

This should be simple. Victims of criminal sexual abuse — including those whose courage is outlined in more than 1,000 pages of a state grand jury report on 300 “predator” Catholic priests across the commonwealth — deserve nothing less.

When it reconvenes next week for its final three scheduled legislative days before November’s election, the Senate seems more likely to move a new piece of legislation than amend a version that passed the House last month. The House version was praised by victims and advocates.

The House reform raises the age to file lawsuits from 30 to 50 years of age and eliminates the statute of limitation entirely for criminal prosecutions. Additionally, there would be a two-year window to allow sex abuse survivors — whose trauma occurred decades ago — to file a civil lawsuit.

Pope accepts resignation of American cardinal in sex abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

October 12, 2018

Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock.

But in a letter released by Wuerl’s office, Francis praised his longtime ally and suggested Wuerl had unfairly become a scapegoat, having made some “mistakes” in handling sex abuse cases, but not having covered them up.

With the resignation, Wuerl becomes the most prominent head to roll in the scandal roiling the Catholic Church after his predecessor as Washington archbishop, Theodore McCarrick, was forced to resign as cardinal over allegations he sexually abused at least two minors and adult seminarians.

A Vatican statement Friday said Francis had accepted Wuerl’s resignation, but named no replacement; Wuerl’s office provided the letter in which the pope asked him to stay on in a temporary capacity until a new archbishop is found.

Retired priest, accused in more than 130 sex abuse cases, dies at 97

HAGÅTÑA (GUAM)
Pacific Daily News

October 11, 2018

By Dana M. Williams and Haidee V. Eugenio

Priest accused in 130+ sex abuse cases dies

Louis Brouillard, the retired priest who was the subject of more than 130 sexual abuse lawsuits on Guam, died in Minnesota on Oct. 10, according to the Archdiocese of Agana.

He was 97.

Brouillard, a native of Minnesota, was ordained on Guam in 1948. He served here until 1981, as a parish priest in Mangilao, Chalan Pago, Barrigada and Malojloj and as a teacher at Father Duenas Memorial School.

He also served as a longtime scoutmaster on the island.

More than 130 civil cases filed in local and federal courts since 2016 accused Brouillard of rape, sexual abuse and sexual molestation. The most recent lawsuit filed against him was on Oct. 4.

In a 2016 interview with a Pacific Daily News reporter, Brouillard stated "it's possible" he sexually abused boys while serving on Guam. He later signed an affidavit admitting to abusing 20 or more boys on the island.

Here’s what we know about the priests accused of abuse in Indianapolis archdiocese’s list

INDIANAPOLIS (IN)
Indianapolis Star

October 12, 2018

By Holly V. Hays and Crystal Hill

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Thursday released the names of nearly 30 priests accused of abusing more than 100 children or young people.

Here's what we know:

Why release the list?
Archbishop Charles C. Thompson announced his intentions to compile and release the list at the end of August, weeks after a Pennsylvania grand jury released a report identifying 300 priests accused of abuse and more than 1,000 victims.

In an open letter published Aug. 29, Thompson apologized to all victims of clergy abuse and called for increased transparency.

"We must do everything necessary to make sure neither abuse nor cover-up ever happens again," he wrote.

Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Wuerl over clergy sex abuse scandal

WASHINGTON (DC)
Penn Live

October 12, 2018

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock.

Wuerl, who turns 78 in November, becomes the most prominent head to roll in the scandal roiling the Catholic Church after his predecessor as Washington archbishop, Theodore McCarrick, was forced to resign as cardinal over allegations he sexually abused at least two minors and adult seminarians.

Pa.'s Attorney General Calls for No Statute of Limitations in Wake of Clergy Abuse Report

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NBC10 Staff

October 12, 2018

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro pushes for legal change after clergy abuse report

After the release of a grand jury report detailing some of the alleged sexual abuse of children by members of Pennsylvania’s Catholic clergy, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined advocates for victims of clergy abuse and other elected officials to call change for an end to the statute of limitations for child sex abuse.

"I want to be clear, we unearthed an organized criminal enterprise here in Pennsylvania, for now, they got away with some of it," Shapiro said while calling for action now.

Allentown Diocese asks court to throw out abuse victim's lawsuit

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Morning Call

October 10, 2018

By Peter Hall

The Allentown Diocese has asked a Lehigh County Court to throw out a lawsuit by a woman — described as a victim in Pennsylvania’s grand jury report on sexual abuse by clergy — who claimed the diocese engaged in a defamatory smear campaign after she reported being abused by a priest.

Juliann Bortz sued the diocese last month after the grand jury report revealed that diocesan officials, including Bishop Alfred Schlert, engaged in an effort to gather “irrelevant, unrelated [or] false ‘dirt,’” on Bortz to discredit her reports of abuse by the Rev. Francis Fromholzer in the 1960s.

The suit alleges defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress by the diocese. Bortz is seeking an apology and a waiver of attorney-client privilege by the diocese to allow its former attorney to testify about who directed the effort to discredit her. She will pursue monetary damages only if the church refuses her request, attorney Benjamin Andreozzi said last month.

The diocese filed papers Wednesday asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, raising objections about the legal sufficiency of Bortz’s claims.

Suspended Lansing priest once served in Kalamazoo

LANSING (MI)
WKZO AM/FM

October 11, 2018

A Lansing priest who once served in Kalamazoo has been stripped of his priestly faculties for an alleged sexual assault that took place 35 years ago.

The Lansing State Journal reports that Father Robert Gerl, who is 67, is on Senior Priest Status and hasn’t had an assignment for some time.

The original allegation involved an adult male. The incident which is being called “credible” by the Lansing Diocese allegedly took place 3-years before he moved to the Kalamazoo Area in 1986.

Vickie Cessna, spokesperson for the Kalamazoo Diocese says he came to Kalamazoo from Lansing where he was originally ordained.

Priest removed from Lansing due to sexual assault claim worked in Kalamazoo, Portage

LANSING (MI)
Lansing State Journal

October 11, 2018

By Kara Berg and Ken Palmer

The Diocese identified the priest as the Rev. Robert Gerl. A spokesman said Gerl was on "senior priest status" and has not had an assignment for years.

A senior priest in the Diocese of Lansing has had his priestly permissions revoked due to a "credible allegation" of sexual assault by an adult male from decades ago, according to the Diocese of Lansing.

The Diocese identified the priest as the Rev. Robert Gerl. A spokesman said Gerl was on "senior priest status" and has not had an assignment for years.

As of 2014, the 10-county diocese of Lansing had about 196,000 parishioners.

With his permissions revoked, Gerl is no longer able to publicly minister as a priest.

The Diocese of Lansing said last month that it would release the names of priests and other religious leaders who sexually abused children.

The diocese also said it plans to invite an external agency to review how sexual abuse allegations were handled. The report from the external agency will be made public on the Diocese's website, Bishop Earl Boyea said.

Priest suspended after sexual assault allegation had worked in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO (MI)
MLive

October 11, 2018

By Emily Monacelli

A Catholic priest suspended after a "credible allegation" of sexual assault previously worked in Kalamazoo.

The Rev. Robert Gerl, a senior priest in the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, was barred from public ministry due to the allegation which alleges the assault of a male several decades ago, the diocese announced Oct. 5.

Gerl served in the Diocese of Kalamazoo at Nazareth College from 1986 to 1991, at St. Thomas More Parish in Kalamazoo from 1997 to 2000 and at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Portage from 2000 to 2009. Gerl regularly celebrated Masses at a number of other parishes on a temporary weekend basis.

Priest removed from Lansing for alleged sexual assault served in Kalamazoo, Portage

KALAMAZOO (MI)
Fox 17

October 11, 2018

By Bob Brenzing

The Diocese of Lansing says a priest who formerly served in Kalamazoo and Portage has been removed from his duties due to a “credible allegation of sexual assault of an adult male”.

The assault allegedly took place “decades ago.”

The Diocese of Kalamazoo says that Rev. Robert Gerl served in ministry at Nazareth College from 1986 to 1991, St. Thomas More Parish in Kalamazoo from 1997 to 2000, and St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Portage from 2000 to 2009. Diocese officials say he also celebrated Mass at a number of other churches in the area on a temporary weekend basis. He currently does not have any duties in Kalamazoo.

Officials say that anyone who may have been harmed, or knows anyone who was harmed by Rev. Gerl, or anyone else from the church, should contact local law enforcement. They can also contact the Diocesan Victim Coordinator at 877-802-0115.

Lansing priest accused of sexual abuse had worked in Kalamazoo Diocese

LANSING (MI)
Newschannel 3

October 11, 2018

A priest in Lansing who was suspended due to what the diocese called a credible allegation of sexual abuse had served about 20 years in pastoral ministries in the Diocese of Kalamazoo.

The Diocese of Lansing officially revoked priestly faculties for the Rev. Robert Gerl on Oct. 5, 2018. Gerl was accused of sexual assault involving an adult male in an incident that occurred decades ago, the Catholic Church in Lansing said. Gerl was not assigned to a parish because he's on senior status. Some of his previous duties as a senior priest included officiating mass, listening to confessions, baptisms and anointing the sick or dying.

Lansing Diocesan spokesman Michael Diebold said Michigan State Police have seized Gerl's file as part of Attorney General Bill Schuette's investigation into possible sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Michigan.

The Battle Over Brett Kavanaugh Has Ended. But the Pain His Hearing Triggered Has Not

UNITED STATES
TIME

October 11, 2018

By Eliana Dockterman

Eliana Dockterman is a culture writer for TIME in New York City.

Since #MeToo went viral, survivors have been inundated with stories of sexual assault and harassment on a weekly — and for some stretches, daily — basis. But nothing had evoked memories and pains of past traumas in some survivors, and particularly women, as much as the respective testimonies of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Senators, television personalities and people across the country heard stories from loved ones that they had never been told before. The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) saw a 388% increase in traffic on its hotline from the Thursday of the hearing to the following Sunday. That Friday was the busiest day in the organization’s 24-year history. No other single #MeToo moment appeared to precipitate that sort of deluge.

Survivors with histories of sexual abuse are at higher risk of exhibiting PTSD symptoms whenever a #MeToo story hits the news, according to Freyd. But such allegations are often blips in the 24-hour news cycle. The Kavanaugh story dragged on, with an apparent strain on many survivors that the Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby allegations did not inspire — and it will continue to do so as he takes his seat on the Supreme Court. Experts say that all that has happened could have lasting effects on the psychology of many victims of sexual assault.

“When there’s a national disaster, there’s a period of aftermath,” says Dr. Jennifer Freyd, a psychology professor at the University of Oregon who specializes in studying trauma among survivors of sexual violence. “I think it’s going to be like that. I think we’re talking about a big national health crisis.”

Pope accepts resignation of US cardinal over abuse cover-up claim

VATICAN CITY
AFP

October 12, 2018

Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of Washington DC archbishop Donald Wuerl, who has been blamed for not doing enough to deal with paedophile priests.

Cardinal Wuerl, 77, had offered to resign on September 21 after facing strong criticism over a report detailing mass sexual abuse cases when he was a bishop in Pennsylvania.

Francis finally accepted his resignation on Friday in a letter in which he praised Wuerl's "nobility" and said the cardinal would stay on until his successor is appointed.

Wuerl said in a statement that he was "deeply touched" by the pope's letter and that his replacement would "allow all of the faithful, clergy, religious and lay, to focus on healing and the future".

He also apologised for "any past errors in judgement".

Sexual misconduct allegations against metro Detroit priest made by more than one person

DETROIT (MI)
WXYZ

October 11, 2018

7 Action News is learning more about sexual misconduct allegations against a longtime Metro Detroit Catholic Priest, Father Robert Witkowski.

Archdiocese Spokesman Ned McGrath says these are new allegations that came into the church earlier this year by more than one person. He says the church deemed them credible and have turned them over to the Wayne County Prosecutor.

He would not discuss any specifics about the allegations or when and where they allegedly happened except to say they go back to the early career of Witkowski.

But by turning them over to the Wayne County prosecutor, this is a clear indication the allegations are centered when Witkowski was in a Wayne County church. His work record released by the Archdiocese also shows he worked in Macomb County.

The Catholic Church’s Biggest Crisis Since the Reformation

NEW YORK (NY)
Foreign Affairs

October 11, 2018

By Massimo Faggioli

Why a New Wave of Sexual Abuse Revelations Has Deepened Preexisting Divisions

The Catholic Church is facing its most serious crisis in 500 years. In these last few months, a new wave of clerical sexual abuse revelations left the world in shock. From Australia to Chile to Germany to the United States, horrifying reports revealed thousands of cases of child molestation by members of the clergy. One U.S. grand jury report documented 1,000 children abused by 300 priests in the state of Pennsylvania alone over seven decades.

The new wave of revelations in 2018 was disturbing not only because it exposed the persistence of abuse but also because it implicated high level church officials in the abuse and its cover-up. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, resigned from the College of Cardinals in July when credible accusations came to light that he had sexually abused a minor and harassed seminarians he supervised. The McCarrick revelations were particularly troubling because the former archbishop had played a leadership role in the Catholic Church’s response to the last U.S. clerical sexual abuse scandal in 2002. In late August, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former papal diplomat, published a letter accusing Pope Francis of knowing about McCarrick’s sexual abuses for years and helping to cover them up. Viganò concluded by calling on the pope to resign.

Help child sexual abuse victims get justice

LANCASTER (PA)
Lancaster Online

October 10, 2018

To help victims of child sexual abuse receive justice, do three things.

First, go to www.attorneygeneral.gov. Watch the victim video and then download and read as much of the investigating grand jury report as you can stomach. I met many of the courageous victims/survivors at Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s Sept. 24 press conference in the Capitol rotunda. They are brave people who have suffered greatly for many years.

Second, contact state senators and urge them to vote for Senate Bill 261. The House has already passed this legislation in a 173-21 vote. The proposed legislation provides a window for past victims to press civil claims and proposes other reforms suggested in the report. The Senate has only a few days left in session to act on this. Previously, lobbying by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania has buried the child sex crime reforms in committee.

Third, thank senators who vote for the bill and, if it is not passed, hold opposing senators accountable for the suffering of child victims. The church has proven itself unable to resolve this problem. Remedies through the law are necessary.

San Diego priest suspended, as diocese finds allegations of sexual misconduct credible

SAN DIEGO (CA)
The San Diego Union-Tribune

October 9, 2018

By Peter Rowe

Twice, in 1995 and in 2002, the Diocese of San Diego cleared the Rev. Justin Langille of allegations that he had sexually abused a teenage girl.

But a third investigation — conducted last month by the Diocesan Independent Review Board — found new evidence that undermined the priest’s alibi. On Tuesday, the diocese announced that Langille, 65, has been suspended and is no longer able to perform priestly duties.

“I felt strongly that even older, previously decided cases involving currently serving priests would benefit from being examined by the Independent Review Board,” Bishop Robert McElroy said in a statement released by the diocese Tuesday. “The voice of the laity needs to be heard on these matters...”

The review board, which includes lay attorneys, criminal investigators, psychologists and a clergy abuse victim, offers “exceptionally valuable guidance and expertise,” McElroy said.

Langille was accused of inappropriately touching an adolescent girl. While stopping short of sexual intercourse, a diocesan official described the priest’s actions as a clear “boundary violation.”

SNAP asks Ohio AG to do grand jury investigations into all Ohio Dioceses

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
WFMJ

October 9, 2018

By Michelle Nicks

The organization SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is holding news conferences statewide to get the attention of the Ohio Attorney General.

The group is asking Mike DeWine to launch investigations into clergy sex crimes and coverups just like Pennsylvania and now Michigan.

Standing in front of the Youngstown satellite office for the Ohio Attorney General, members of SNAP called on DeWine to take action.

Judy Jones with the SNAP Network out of St. Louis said, "We are asking Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to do a grand jury investigation into every Diocese in Ohio (and there are six). In August the Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, released a grand jury report that was very scathing and it showed that Bishops and church officials covered up and enabled child sex crimes."

A spokesperson with AG's office in Columbus confirms that Ohio does not have a statewide grand jury mechanism or the authority to do that unless they're contacted by a prosecutor.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains tells 21 News, "We have to look at crimes when it comes to a grand jury, not the behavior of a Diocese or a group. We still need victims to come forward so we can investigate."

La noche también cae sobre Schoenstatt tras acusaciones de abuso sexual y protección

[Doubts cast on Schoenstatt after accusations of clergy sex abuse and cover-up]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 10, 2018

By Alejandra Carmona López

Cox y Morel no son los únicos cuestionados en este movimiento estrechamente ligado a la elite chilena. El año pasado, ante el 14° Juzgado de Garantía de Santiago, el sacerdote y ex vicerrector del Santuario Nacional de Maipú, Rodrigo Gajardo, debió aceptar que abusó sexualmente de un menor cuando este se quedó a dormir en la casa de la juventud del santuario en La Florida. Fue condenado a 61 días de presidio menor en su grado mínimo y, también, a la suspensión de cargo u oficio público durante el tiempo de la condena. La comunidad de los padres de Schoenstatt salió a enfrentar el hecho pidiendo perdón a la víctima y su familia.

Desde hace un mes que la plaza Luis Morel, de la comuna de Macul, dejó de llamarse así. Fue rebautizada como Obreros Municipales, porque el alcalde Gonzalo Montoya y los ocho concejales querían quitar al lugar el estigma de un nombre que no puede ser homenajeado, menos en un espacio donde juegan niños.

Víctimas de Karadima acusan nueva “maniobra dilatoria” de la iglesia para esquivar demanda civil

[Karadima victims accuse Church of using delay tactics to avoid civil lawsuit]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 11, 2018

La crucial diligencia quedó nuevamente aplazada a raíz de un recurso ingresado la noche del miércoles por el abogado del Arzobispado de Santiago. “Me parece mal, pero también es coherente con lo que hace el Arzobispado. Va en la misma línea del cardenal Ricardo Ezzati no prestando declaraciones cuando se le llama. No me sorprende”, dijo el abogado de las víctimas, Juan Pablo Hermosilla.

Un nuevo traspié sufrieron las víctimas del otrora poderoso sacerdote de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima, luego que los alegatos de la demanda civil que interpusieron contra el Arzobispado de Santiago quedaran otra vez suspendidos en la Corte de Apelaciones capitalina.

Vocero de movimiento que asila a sacerdote Cox en Alemania: "Para nosotros es una vergüenza"

[Schoenstatt spokesperson in Chile on welcoming Cox: "For us it is a shame"]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 10, 2018

By Matías Vega and Nicole Martínez

El vocero de Schoenstatt en Chile dijo que acoger a Francisco José Cox fue exigencia del Vaticano, y que con el conocimiento de casos hoy preferiría que se hubiese quedado en Chile. Reconoció graves errores en el actuar de la iglesia. Cox no puede usar su teléfono ni salir del recinto donde se aloja en Alemania. Son las pocas restricciones que tiene el obispo emérito que hoy vive en Alemania bajo el alero de Schoenstatt, mismo movimiento del que es parte el cardenal Francisco Javier Errázuriz, quien estaba a cargo de la iglesia en Chile el año en que emprendió rumbo a Europa.

Iglesia se suma a la fiscalía en solicitud de información por abusos al Vaticano

[Archdiocese of Santiago joins the prosecution in requesting abuse information from Vatican]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 11, 2018

By Leyla Zapata Sánchez

El Arzobispado de Santiago efectuó la petición ante la Corte de Apelaciones. Los otros cuatro requerimientos de este año fueron presentados por el Ministerio Público.

El Arzobispado de Santiago busca concretar el quinto requerimiento de la información relacionada con los casos de abusos sexuales en la Iglesia Católica local ante el Vaticano.

Recurso interpuesto por el Arzobispado a última hora retrasa nuevamente causa civil por Karadima

[Last-minute appeal filed by Archbishop again delays Karadima's civil case]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 11, 2018

By Tamara Cerna

Los denunciantes aseguraron que esto es parte de una estrategia de la Iglesia, y esperan que la cita entre el Presidente Piñera y el Papa permita destrabar las causas en Chile.

Casi a las 10 de la noche de ayer, el abogado de Juan Carlos Cruz, José Andrés Murillo y James Hamilton recibió una notificación: Desde el Arzobispado de Santiago habían ingresado un recurso de reposición que congelaba, nuevamente y a horas de que fuera vista, la demanda que llevan adelante por los abusos cometidos por Fernando Karadima.

Jesuitas abrirán proceso judicial canónico contra sacerdote Jaime Guzmán por denuncias de abuso de menores

[Jesuits will open canonical judicial process against priest Jaime Guzmán for allegations of child abuse]

CHILE
Emol

October 10, 2018

By F. Fernández

Un delegado de la Compañía de Jesús, dos asesores y un notario tendrán que recoger nuevos antecedentes contra el ex capellán del Colegio San Ignacio El Bosque, además de su defensa.

La Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, entidad perteneciente al Vaticano, ordenó a la Compañía de Jesús abrir un proceso judicial canónico contra el sacerdote Jaime Guzmán Astaburuaga por denuncias de abusos de menores.

Wuerl resigns, ending influential tenure in wake of abuse report

ROME (ITALY)
National Catholic Reporter

October 12, 2018

by Joshua J. McElwee

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl, ending a storied, five-decade career of one of the U.S. Catholic Church's most dedicated and powerful prelates after a Pennsylvania grand jury report sparked outcry over his handling of abusive priests in the early 1990s.

While the short Oct. 12 note from the Vatican press office announcing the move did not explain the reasons behind the pontiff's decision, a separate letter to the cardinal from Francis portrayed it as a reluctant one, made at Wuerl's insistence.

In the letter, released by the Washington archdiocese, the pontiff tells the cardinal he saw in the request to resign "the heart of the shepherd" and asks Wuerl to remain on as Washington's apostolic administrator, pending appointment of his successor.

A.G. Shapiro pushes for legal change after clergy abuse report

NORRISTOWN (PA)
WPXI

October 12, 2018

Pennsylvania's top prosecutor is appealing to legislators to change state law so that criminal and civil cases can be pursued in court in decades-old clergy abuse cases.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro is holding a news conference Friday at the court complex outside Philadelphia where Bill Cosby was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.

A state grand jury in August found that some 300 Roman Catholic priests had sexually abused children in cases going back decades and that church leaders systematically covered it up.

The Pennsylvania House has voted to give child sex abuse victims, in cases now too old to pursue, two years to file lawsuits. The Senate's Republican leaders are resisting that provision.

Shapiro also wants the Legislature to lift the statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions.

US Cardinal Donald Wuerl, accused over abuse cover-up, resigns

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

October 12, 2018

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of US Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who was blamed for not doing enough to deal with paedophile priests when he was a bishop in Pennsylvania, the Vatican said Friday.

Wuerl, who has stepped down as archbishop of Washington, had announced last month that he planned to meet with the pope to discuss his resignation.

A sweeping US grand jury report released in August revealed credible allegations against more than 300 predator priests and identified over 1,000 victims of child sex abuse covered up for decades by the Catholic Church in the state of Pennsylvania.

Pope accepts Cardinal Wuerl's resignation as archbishop of Washington

ROME (ITALY)
Catholic News Service

October 12, 2018

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl as archbishop of Washington but did not name a successor.

When the pope's decision was announced Oct. 12, the Archdiocese of Washington released a letter from Pope Francis to the cardinal, making clear his support for Cardinal Wuerl's ministry and leadership, but also praising the cardinal for putting the good of the church first.

"You have sufficient elements to 'justify' your actions and distinguish between what it means to cover up crimes or not to deal with problems, and to commit some mistakes," the pope wrote. "However, your nobility has led you not to choose this way of defense. Of this, I am proud and thank you."

The archdiocese also announced the pope has named Cardinal Wuerl as apostolic administrator to oversee the archdiocese until a successor is named.

Why did Cardinal Wuerl resign as archbishop of Washington?

DUBLIN (IRELAND)
The Irish Times

October 12, 2018

By Patsy McGarry

Cardinal Donald Wuerl was heavily criticised in a US grand jury report over his handling of child sexual abuse allegations while a bishop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1988 to 2006.

Following the publication of the Pennsylvania grand jury report last August, he withdrew from a scheduled appearance at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin.

Cardinal Wuerl was due to give the keynote address on “The Welfare of the Family is Decisive for the Future of the World,” on Wednesday, August 22nd.

The report of the grand jury, published on August 14th, found “wholesale institutional failure that endangered the welfare of children” in Pittsburgh. It faulted Cardinal Wuer for what it said was his role in the concealment of sex abuse.

Oakland Diocese Called Out After Priest With Abusive Past Resurfaces in East Bay

OAKLAND (CA)
NBC Bay Area

October 11, 2018

By Jodi Hernandez

For the second time in recent weeks, a priest tied to a molestation case has resurfaced in the East Bay, just as the Oakland Diocese announced it will soon release the names of all clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

Priest abuse survivors are saying these attackers are going unchecked. One victim, Joey Piscitelli, says Rev. Steve Whelan began molesting him in high school when he was just 14 years old.

"I was at Salesian High School in Richmond in 1969 and 1970," Piscitelli said. "I was repeatedly molested by Father Steve. This priest kind of destroyed my life as a teenager."

Indy Archdiocese Releases List Of Priests Accused Of Sexual Abuse

INDIANAPOLIS (IN)
93.3 FM

October 12, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis has released the names of clergymen who have faced accusations of sexual abuse.

Indianapolis Archbishop Charles W. Thompson said releasing the list of priests who have faced credible accusations could help sexual abuse survivors find the strength to come forward.

“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,” Thompson said in a statement.

The list includes 29 priests who served in the Archdiocese or in religious orders since the 1940s. Twenty-three of them were accused of sexual abuse of a child.

Among them is a former pastor at St. Lawrence Church in Lawrenceburg. An allegation of abuse between 1944 and 1946 was made against M William J. Kreis. Msgr. Kreis died in 1954, before the accusation was brought forth, meaning he was unable to offer a defense, the archdiocese notes.

Newark archbishop skips Vatican invitation to focus on abuse crisis

NEWARK (NJ)
North Jersey Record

October 12, 2018

By Deena Yellin

As Catholic leaders from around the globe meet in Rome this month, there is at least one notable absence: Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark is skipping the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to focus on the sexual abuse crisis back home.

Catholics and advocates for sexual abuse survivors across North Jersey are applauding his decision to forgo the monthlong conclave in order to take care of business during a tumultuous time in the church.

Mark Crawford of Woodbridge, New Jersey director of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) and a survivor of clergy abuse himself, said Tobin did the right thing by forgoing the event.

Abuse scandal isn’t the only chapter in Donald Wuerl’s story

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 12, 2018

By John L. Allen Jr.

Make no mistake: Cardinal Donald Wuerl resigned today because of allegations of mishandling cases of clerical sexual abuse, and if he were to die tomorrow, his role in the abuse scandals would be how his obituary opened.

However fair that linkage may be doesn’t matter. His resignation at this time, and under these circumstances, effectively sets it in cement.

(Granted, critics will say it’s a curious sort of resignation since Wuerl has been named apostolic administrator, effectively leaving him in charge of the Archdiocese of Washington until a successor is named. Symbolically, however, the resignation still matters, because it comes off as a concession that a price had to be paid.)

Wuerl resigns amid papal praise, will stay as interim administrator

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 12, 2018

By Christopher White

After months of speculation, Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl amid the Archdiocese of Washington’s “Season of Healing,” called by the archbishop in response to the “confusion, disappointment and disunity,” over clerical sexual abuse.

The announcement comes following several months of intense scrutiny of Wuerl’s handling of sex abuse cases in the 1980s and 1990s in Pittsburgh, and after he publicly announced he would implore Pope Francis to let him resign. The resignation effects only Wuerl’s role as the Archbishop of Washington, and he remains a cardinal in good standing.

In a rare move, Francis has asked Wuerl to remain in the archdiocese as apostolic administrator until his successor is named, and also released a letter in which he praised Wuerl’s actions in seeking the good of his archdiocese over his own personal interests.

An apostolic administrator effectively serves as a “caretaker” of the archdiocese and is not empowered to make significant changes that would affect the incoming archbishop.

Clock is ticking for Pa. Senate, abuse victims

UPPER DARBY TOWNSHIP (PA)
Delco Times

October 12, 2018

By Phil Heron

The drumbeat is getting louder.

But is the Pennsylvania Senate listening?

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the man behind that damning grand jury report on priest abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, today will stand with victims of abuse to put pressure on the state Senate.

Right now there is still no indication if the Senate will take up a bill passed by the House that would open a two-year window for victims of childhood sexual abuse.

The House bill would eliminate the statute of limitations to bring criminal charges in sex abuse cases, and also expand the window for victims to bring civil actions against their accusers, from the current 30 years of age to age 50.

Statement on the Retirement of Cardinal Donald Wuerl

WASHINGTON (DC)
Archdiocese of Washington

By Kim Viti Fiorentino Chancellor and General Counsel

October 12, 2018

The news that our Holy Father has accepted Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation as Archbishop of Washington fills me with both profound sadness and, at the same time, deep appreciation and admiration for the Cardinal’s abundant, sacrificial love for our archdiocese which he has tirelessly served for the past twelve years.

Cardinal Wuerl’s decision to ask the Holy Father to allow him to retire came after prayer and reflection, in view of the news we have all confronted. This includes the Archbishop McCarrick scandal, the Archbishop Viganò allegations and particularly the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. This report targeted six dioceses in Pennsylvania and touched upon the Cardinal’s tenure as Bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988-2006 before he became our Archbishop. Unfortunately, the Cardinal’s pioneering leadership in the enhancement, implementation and enforcement of historically innovative and rigorous child protection policies was overshadowed by the report’s flaws and its interpretation by media.

Cardinal Wuerl reflected on the impact these realities have had upon the Archdiocese. As the Holy Father reflects in his letter, although he would have been justified to move forward with challenging many of the assertions that have been lodged against him, Cardinal Wuerl decided to forgo his personal interest out of love for the people entrusted to his care. He chose to take the step that would allow the Archdiocese of Washington to move beyond these difficulties and to focus, under new leadership, on healing, renewing and revitalizing our beautiful archdiocesan community, that is the Church of Washington.

We have been profoundly blessed to have this great priest as our archbishop and his final decision to act in favor of the people he loved and served for twelve years is the most eloquent witness to the integrity of his ministry and his legacy. I am truly thankful for his steadfast fidelity and his courageous and sacrificial commitment to the future of the Church in Washington.

#MeToo, One Year Later

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

October 11, 2018

By Zach Hiner

One year ago this week, the New York Times first ran its bombshell report on Harvey Weinstein. In the fallout of that article, the #MeToo movement re-emerged. Started by the activist Tarana Burke and led by brave survivors who wished to share their experience –in many cases, for the first time – with the world, the #MeToo movement has spread from Hollywood to cities large and small across the nation. While the full effects of the movement will be thought about, written on, and studied in classrooms for years to come, it’s hard to underestimate those effects today.

In the past year we’ve seen thousands of people come forward with their stories of abuse, whether at the hands of a parent, a boyfriend, a priest or a coach. We’ve also seen action in response to these stories. Powerful men have been stripped of their positions and titles and institutions have been held accountable both in the court of public opinion and the court of law.

Cardinal Wuerl resignation: Full text of Pope Francis’ letter

ROME (ITALY)
Vatican News

October 12, 2918

Please find the full text of Pope Francis’ letter to Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, in an unofficial translation made available on the website of the Archdiocese of Washington.

To our Venerable Brother Cardinal Donald William Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington:

On September 21st I received your request that I accept your resignation from the pastoral government of the Archdiocese of Washington.

I am aware that this request rests on two pillars that have marked and continue to mark your ministry: to seek in all things the greater glory of God and to procure the good of the people entrusted to your care. The shepherd knows that the wellbeing and the unity of the People of God are precious gifts that the Lord has implored and for which he gave his life. He paid a very high price for this unity and our mission is to take care that the people not only remain united, but become witnesses of the Gospel “That they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me” (John17:21). This is the horizon from which we are continually invited to discern all our actions.

What does priest's death mean for those accusing him of sex abuse?

What does priest's death mean for those accusing him of sex abuse?
GUAM
KUAM News

By Krystal Paco

October 12, 2018

Father Louis Brouillard has died. What does this mean for the dozens who've accused him of clergy sexual abuse? Church attorney John Terlaje tells KUAM the priest's passing has no effect on continued efforts towards mediation.

He's admitted to abusing boys on Guam because he thought it made them happy. Father Brouillard in a phone interview with KUAM back in August 2016 said the following:

KUAM News: Did you molest some boys?

Father Brouillard: Yeah.

KUAM News: You did? Do you know how many?

Father Brouillard: No.

October 11, 2018

Pope OKs resignation of Cardinal Wuerl amid cover-up scandal

WASHINGTON (DC)
Associated Press (via Washington Post)

October 12, 2018

By David Crary and Nicole Winfield 

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock.

Wuerl, who turns 78 in November, becomes the most prominent head to roll in the scandal roiling the Catholic Church after his predecessor as Washington archbishop, Theodore McCarrick, was forced to resign as cardinal over allegations he sexually abused at least two minors and adult seminarians.

A Vatican statement Friday said Francis had accepted Wuerl’s resignation, but named no replacement; Wuerl’s office said he had been asked to stay on in a temporary capacity until a new archbishop is found.

Survivor accuses Oakland Diocese of sheltering abusive priest

OAKLAND (CA)
Bay Area News Group

October 11, 2018

By George Kelly

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests stood in midday sunshine on a sidewalk outside the shadowed doors of the Diocese of Oakland.

Before cameras and microphones, they called out Bishop Michael Barber for promising this week to begin an independent investigation into clergy sex abuse and to name priests credibly accused of abusing children.

The members of the group said that a priest convicted in a civil jury trial of abuse has been listed as a core team member of the Institute of Salesian Studies at Berkeley’s Don Bosco Hall.

SNAP member Joey Piscitelli won a lawsuit against that priest, the Rev. Steve Whelan, and stood with fellow volunteers Melanie Sakoda and Tim Stier.

“I was abused repeatedly in 1969 and 1970, and I brought a suit forward in 2003. They fought it until 2006,” Piscitelli said. “I won the case, and then they appealed it and it went to high court in California. I won both of their appeals, and in 2009 I got vindication and partial payment. The priest who molested me never paid anything.”

Clergy Sex Abuse Survivor Speaks Out

CADILLAC (MI)
WWTV 7

October 11, 2018

In 1971, when he was 11-years-old, Jim Cummings says he was sexually abused by Father Paul Worczak at Holy Family Church in Watertown.

"He did a lot of grooming of his victims back then," he said.

After he was abused, Cummings says that Worczak shunned him and led other children to do the same.

It wasn't long before Worczak tried again.

Cardinal expands seminary review, brings in outside firm

BOSTON (MA)
The Boston Pilot

October 11, 2018

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley released the following statement Oct. 11:

This past August, I assembled a committee of men and women with the highest integrity and expertise to conduct a review at St. John's Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston. This review is in response to postings on the Archdiocesan Facebook page by two former seminarians stating that during their time at the seminary, they witnessed and experienced activities that are directly contrary to the moral standards and requirements of formation for the Catholic priesthood. Within days of these Facebook postings, the committee was appointed, announced publicly and preparations begun to review the culture of the St John Seminary regarding the personal standards expected and required of candidates for the priesthood, including any seminary issues of sexual harassment or other forms of intimidation or discrimination. I also committed to make available whatever resources the committee felt necessary to undertake this review.

Vermont Diocese Will Release Some Names Of Accused Pedophile Priests

BURLINGTON (VT)
Buzz Feed

October 11, 2018

By Chris McDaniel

Reversing a decades-long position, the Diocese of Vermont announced Wednesday that it plans to name some of the 21 priests accused of sexually assaulting children between 1950 and 2003.

The decision came a day after BuzzFeed News revealed for the first time that a major state investigation into those priests found evidence of criminal acts but took no action.

To restore the community’s trust after “horrific” crimes, Bishop Christopher Coyne said in a statement, “I have decided to form an independent committee of lay men and women to examine clergy personnel files pertinent to any allegation of abuse of minors and to create a list of priests who have been accused of sexually abusing a minor. I will then make this list public. As to the details included with the list, they will be determined in consultation with the committee.”

Halifax archbishop seeks ‘Year of Atonement’ in bid for unity amid scandal

HALIFAX (CANADA)
Canadian Press

October 11, 2018

Halifax’s outspoken Roman Catholic archbishop is calling for a “Year of Atonement,” in a bid to unify a church divided over its response to a long-running series of sexual abuse scandals.

In a letter on the diocese website, Archbishop Anthony Mancini says the church “is breaking up into camps of ideologically driven groups, each trying to bring about some change in the church.”

He makes an explicit plea for the church “to become ‘one’ again.”

“Some are trying to return to an idealized past, others are trying to bring about a future which is more reflective of their own agenda than what the Church of Christ should look like,” Mancini writes.

Burlington's Immaculate Conception Church to be sold

BURLINGTON (VT)
Burlington Free Press

October 11, 2018

By Dan D'Ambrosio

Long since drained of parishioners, Burlington's Immaculate Conception Church on Pine Street will be sold, with the proceeds going to nearby St. Joseph's Parish, a church official said Thursday.

St. Joseph's Parish is deciding now on a commercial real estate broker to market the property, but has not yet settled on a selling price. The City of Burlington values the property at $4.47 million.

Monsignor John McDermott said Immaculate Conception has fewer than 100 parishioners, and that all masses were transferred to St. Joseph's, just two blocks away on Allen Street. The sale of Immaculate Conception has been a topic of "conversation on a regular basis" within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington since the early 2000s, according to McDermott.990s.

Buffalo Bishop Malone criticizes top cardinal, adviser to Pope Francis

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW TV

October 11, 2018

By Charlie Specht

Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone has criticized one of the highest-ranking cardinals in the Catholic Church in America.

Malone through a spokeswoman Thursday released a statement responding to Cardinal Sean O'Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston, who said earlier this week that he was "deeply concerned" by the handling of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo under Malone.

"It is unfortunate that Cardinal O’Malley never contacted the Diocese of Buffalo to check on the facts and hear our side of the story," Malone said in a written statement released by the diocese. "Bishop Malone has the utmost respect for Cardinal O'Malley and his leadership role as Chair of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children. The television reports provided to the cardinal’s spokesperson misrepresented the truth about how the Diocese of Buffalo did in fact respond to both child and adult victims of clerical misconduct."

How The Diocese Of Ogdensburg Will Pay To Settle Clergy Sex Abuse Claims

OGDENSBURG (NY)
Fox 28 News

October 11, 2018

The Diocese of Ogdensburg realizes it has some explaining to do. It just paid out nearly $5.5 million to settle sexual abuse claims. At the same time, it's asking Catholics at parishes throughout the diocese to pledge money to a capital campaign fund.

The diocese says money parishioners pledge will be used for parish and diocesan projects. It will not be used to pay sexual abuse claims. It is financing the settlements with a line of credit and long-term loan. It knows there may be more claims to pay as more abuse victims come forward.

“For me that was a lesson learned, that there are people who continue to be hurt by past behaviors of priests and because some have not come forward for whatever reason, don't think, that this is the end,” said Bishop Terry LaValley.

A Tuesday news release from the diocese stated the loan would be paid back from investment earnings on a diocesan revolving loan fund. Parishes use that fund for building projects. But some of the money is invested. In one recent year, it earned the diocese $800,000. Insurance rebates would also be used.

Diocesan Chancellor James Crowley said the finance committee will meet soon to determine exactly how to pay off abuse claims. But they realize there could be more.

Archdiocese of Indianapolis names priests accused of sex abuse

INDIANAPOLIS (IN)
Indianapolis Star

October 11, 2018

By Holly V. Hays

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Thursday released the names of more than 20 priests associated with the archdiocese who have at least one "credible" claim of abuse against them, including two priests who the church said each had more than a dozen victims.

The list includes 19 priests for the archdiocese and four who were members of religious orders who served in the archdiocese, dating back to 1940, according to a news release.

“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 Charles C. Thompson said in a written statement. “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.”

Boston Archdiocese Expands Seminary Misconduct Investigation to 2 Other Seminaries

BOSTON (MA)
NBC 10 Boston

October 11, 2018

Boston's Catholic Archdiocese has hired a law firm and a former U.S. attorney to lead an investigation into three Boston-area seminaries run by the archdiocese following abuse allegations related to one of them.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley announced the decision to expand the investigation into St. John Seminary in Boston's Brighton neighborhood to two others -- Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston and Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Chestnut Hill -- on Thursday afternoon in a lengthy statement.

Survivor of sexual abuse by St. Agnes Cathedral priest launches foundation for fellow victims

LONG ISLAND (NY)
Long Island Herald

By Ben Strack

October 11, 2018

When Sean O’Brien watched his niece get married at St. Agnes Cathedral on Sept. 8, he wasn’t just attending a wedding. For the first time in years, he returned to the place where he says a priest sexually abused him more than 35 years ago.

“It was incredible to celebrate that occasion with everybody,” he said, “but there was also a sense that I’m back at the scene of the crime.”

O’Brien, 47, who now lives in North Carolina, began raising awareness last week for the From Darkness Into Light Foundation, which he is building to provide financial, emotional and spiritual assistance to victims of sex abuse by clergy.

“When you’re struggling as a survivor and you’re in so much pain and your emotional status is out of whack, you feel like you have no purpose in the world,” O’Brien said. “. . . Maybe this is God’s mission for me. There’s people out there that need help, and I can help.”

Remembering the abuse

O’Brien was a 10-year-old at St. Agnes Cathedral School in 1981 when, he said, the Rev. John J. McGeever began molesting him repeatedly in the rectory basement. The abuse lasted two years.

McGeever, who worked at St. Agnes for much of the 1980s and died in 1993, led the altar server meetings. O’Brien became an altar boy in 1981, and recalled McGeever laying him and the other boys across his lap and spanking them during the meetings when they would say prayers wrong.

O’Brien served as an altar boy for McGeever during certain weekday masses. The priest, he said, would then lead him from St. Agnes Cathedral to the basement of the rectory for what he called a “retest” of the prayers. He recalled the slow walk with McGeever, who limped, and remembered once locking eyes with a nun, who he secretly hoped would help him. “What I see in that flashback is such a cold look from that nun,” he said, “like I know what’s happening, and I’m not going to do anything.”

Once in the basement, McGeever would ask him to recite certain prayers. “At that point, you just kind of freeze,” O’Brien said. “You know w

“Imbécil, tú pensabas que te ibas a arrancar de mí”

[Details of alleged abuse by Cox: "You stupid, you thought you were going to tear me away"]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 11, 2018

By Javiera Matus and Sergio Rodríguez

Frases extrañas, “carteles”, insinuaciones, cartas a la familia y situaciones derechamente sexuales. Todo eso forma parte del crudo relato que Hernán Godoy le entregó al Ministerio Público, a mediados de junio pasado, respecto de los eventuales abusos del obispo emérito de La Serena, Francisco José Cox.

“En el año 1985 conocí a este señor, en una misa de campaña, que se hacía en el tiempo de aniversario del colegio Daría Salas”. Así parte el relato que Hernán Godoy le entregó a la fiscalía el pasado 16 de junio, respecto de los eventuales abusos del obispo emérito de La Serena, Francisco José Cox.

Qué implicancias tiene el nuevo proceso canónico ordenado por el Vaticano contra el sacerdote jesuita Jaime Guzmán

[Implications of the new canonical process ordered by Vatican against Jesuit Jaime Guzmán]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 10, 2018

By Carla Pía Ruiz

Alrededor de 15 denuncias contiene el informe de la investigación previa sobre el prelado. Ahora, se inicia un proceso al interior de la Iglesia.

Alrededor de 15 denuncias contiene el informe de la investigación previa sobre el sacerdote jesuita Jaime Guzmán, realizado por el abogado Waldo Bown, y que asegura que las denuncias eran verosímiles. El Vaticano respondió este miércoles ordenando un segundo proceso canónico contra el prelado, a quien se le acusa de múltiples abusos, según reveló en enero pasado un artículo de Reportajes de La Tercera.

Corte de Apelaciones de Rancagua pide al Ministerio Público justificar allanamientos en Obispado de Valparaíso

[Rancagua Court of Appeals asks Public Ministry to justify raids in Diocese of Valparaíso]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 10, 2018

By Leyla Zapata Sánchez

El fiscal regional de O'Higgins, Emiliano Arias, y el persecutor que estuvo presente en la diligencia, Sergio Pérez, tienen un plazo de ocho días para informar al tribunal de alzada

La Corte de Apelaciones de Rancagua mantiene pendiente la revisión del recurso de protección interpuesto por el vicario judicial del Obispado de Valparaíso, Luis Meneses Iturrizaga, tras el allanamiento realizado por el Ministerio Público el pasado 13 de septiembre, en el que la iglesia –según el escrito presentado ante el tribunal- asegura que la fiscalía ingresó a sus dependencias sin el aviso previo de 48 horas y sin respetar el secreto de la diligencia, argumentando que la prensa esperaba en las afuera del edificio de calle Chacabuco la llegada del Ministerio Público y el OS-9 de Carabineros.

Denunciante de Cox dijo a fiscalía que exobispo Donoso sabía de abusos

[Cox's accuser told prosecutor that ex-bishop Donoso knew of abuse]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 10, 2018

By J. Matus and S. Rodríguez

Hernán Godoy aseguró que en 2002 se reunió con el prelado emérito de La Serena y le contó sobre los hechos irregulares. Donoso reconoce la existencia de esa conversación, pero dice que no se trató de una denuncia formal.

Hernán Godoy (46), uno de los dos denunciantes en Chile de los presuntos abusos sexuales cometidos por Francisco José Cox, exarzobispo de La Serena y quien actualmente reside en Vallendar, Alemania, no solo relató los hechos de los que habría sido víctima en 1985, en un acción judicial presentada a la fiscalía de La Serena, el 19 de junio pasado.

O’Malley broadens review of sexual misconduct allegations at seminaries; hires outside law firm

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

October 11, 2018

By Travis Andersen

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley is expanding a review of sexual misconduct allegations at a Brighton seminary to include two other seminaries, and he’s bringing in a new team of investigators with no current ties to the Boston Archdiocese, he said Thursday.

O’Malley announced the developments in a lengthy statement.

Former US Attorney Donald K. Stern will lead a group of investigators from the firm of Yurko, Salvesen & Remz in a review of the allegations that surfaced over the summer regarding St. John’s Seminary, as well as a probe of Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston and Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Chestnut Hill.

The cardinal said he’s including the other seminaries in the review to meet “the generally expected levels of transparency and accountability.”

O’Malley also conceded that each member of the original group of outside investigators brought in to review the St. John’s allegations had ties to the seminary.

He said that “given the current challenges of confidence in Church leadership and institutions, the people of the Church and our civic community there may have been concerns regarding the objectivity and completeness of the committee’s findings.”

He said Yurko, Salvesen & Remz “does not have an existing relationship with any of the seminaries or the Archdiocese of Boston.”

Diocese: Priest accused of sex crime served in Kzoo

KALAMAZOO (MI)
WOOD TV 24 Hour News 8

October 11, 2018

The Diocese of Kalamazoo is asking any possible victims of an incardinated priest that once served in the Kalamazoo area to contact police.

The Diocese of Lansing said it removed Rev. Robert Gerl’s priestly permissions last week, based on a “credible” allegation of sexual assault involving an adult male decades ago.

Before moving to the Lansing area, Gerl served in the Diocese of Kalamazoo at Nazareth College from 1986 to 1991; St. Thomas More Parish in Kalamazoo from 1997 to 2000; and St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Portage from 2000 to 2009.

The Diocese of Kalamazoo says Gerl also regularly celebrated masses at other parishes on a temporary weekend basis.

The Diocese of Kalamazoo said Thursday Gerl does not have faculties for pastoral ministry with its diocese.


The Case against Pope Francis

NEW YORK (NY)
National Review

October 11, 2018

By Michael Brendan Dougherty

Just over five years ago, the Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio came out onto the loggia of St. Peter’s as Pope Francis. It is useful to recall the situation of the Church that he inherited.

The sex-abuse scandals that had rocked the Church in America and some European countries at the turn of the millennium were subsiding, or so it seemed. But the dysfunction at the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI had overwhelmed the scholarly pontiff. Benedict’s chosen reformer for the corrupt Vatican Bank, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, initially had success in turning blood-red deficits toward the black, but he was swiftly undermined and sent packing to be the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States.

Benedict’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested for stealing and leaking to the media documents revealing the intrigue and backbiting within Vatican City. Benedict assigned three cardinals to investigate the VatiLeaks scandal. They returned to the pope a long dossier, which was widely reported to contain an account of the financial and sexual misdeeds of senior officials in the Vatican itself. At about this time European banks began squeezing the Vatican Bank, and by the turn of the New Year the Vatican’s own ATMs stopped working. Their function was restored days after Benedict announced that he would resign the papacy, the first papal resignation in five centuries.

Two storylines emerged out of the election of Bergoglio. The first was that the Church had elected a man who had a common touch and would stop the Church from becoming a museum of dead dogmas. The second is that the Church had chosen him because he had shown the energy to reform the dysfunctional curia.

Archdiocese’s abuse-prevention efforts date back to 1990s

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Catholic

October 11, 2018

By Michelle Martin

One thing that has become clear since the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy made headlines again this summer is that many people don’t know the steps the church is already taking to prevent abuse, and to investigate allegations when they arise.

The Archdiocese of Chicago was ahead of most other dioceses when the scandal broke in Boston in 2002, said Mayra Flores, safe environment coordinator for the archdiocese.

The archdiocese had put many measures in place under Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in the 1990s, including the creation of a review board with a majority of laypeople to review all allegations against priests and a ministry to assist victims of clerical sexual abuse.

“What stood out in Cardinal Bernardin’s vision was the outreach to victims,” Flores said. “He saw a need to say, ‘I’m sorry this happened to you. How can we help with your healing journey?’”

Texas Catholic dioceses to release names of clergy accused of sexual abuse

AUSTIN (TX)
Austin American-Statesman

October 10, 2018

By Asher Price

As pressure mounts on Roman Catholic dioceses across the country to come clean about how they handled abusive priests, the 15 Catholic bishops in Texas announced Wednesday that they will soon publish the names of clergy who have been “credibly” accused of child sexual assault.

“My hope in releasing these names is to be transparent and begin to rebuild trust with the people I shepherd,” Austin Bishop Joe Vásquez said in a statement Wednesday.

“This sort of scandal has undermined the credibility of church and it has caused people to be angry and upset — and they have every reason to be upset,” he told the American-Statesman.

Victims’ advocates said the move is part of a national reckoning in a new era of accountability.

San Antonio archbishop vows to name ‘credibly accused’ priests

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
Express News

October 10, 2018

By Elaine Ayala

Promising its fullest disclosure ever of accusations of sexual abuse of children by priests, the Archdiocese of San Antonio has formed an independent commission to review church files going back 75 years and make public its findings, including names of offenders.

A five-member panel headed by Catherine M. Stone, retired chief justice of the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals, also will review and recommend improvements to the archdiocese’s procedures for responding to allegations of sexual abuse by clergy.

Former Conroe Priest Accused of Child Molestation Arraigned in Montgomery County

HOUSTON (TX)
Houston Public Radio

By Alvaro Ortiz

October 9, 2018

Manuel LaRosa-Lopez, the former Conroe priest accused of child molestation, was arraigned Tuesday morning at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office has charged LaRosa-Lopez with four counts of indecency with a child. Two people have accused the priest and he has received two charges per accuser.

A third person came forward last week accusing LaRosa-Lopez of molesting him when he was an altar boy in the mid 1990s.

Praise the Lord, Pass The Legislation

NEW JERSEY
Inside NJ

By Tom Barrett

October 10, 2018

Looking across the Delaware River with a view of Pennsylvania, I’m thinking that it’s time the New Jersey Legislature takes a stand on behalf of those victimized by sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. Here’s why.

For Catholics everywhere, the sex-abuse scandal in the Church is a hot button issue and like a fire it can smolder and even turn cold if left unattended. Some flickering fires just need to be stoked.

Across the river, the Pennsylvania State Senate is currently debating the merits of “suspending for two years” the statute of limitations on civil cases for child sexual abuse. This is all in the aftermath of an explosive grand jury report that documented widespread abuse of thousands of children by hundreds of priests.

It’s been reported that the measure will possibly need 10 GOP votes in the Senate. Republicans control the upper chamber there with a 33-16 majority and one vacancy unlike in New Jersey, which has a Democratic majority. Their lower house has already passed the bill and the Governor of Pennsylvania supports it.

Texas Catholic dioceses to release names of accused priests

HOUSTON (TX)
Fox 26

October 10, 2018

By Isiah Carey

Justice for the victims

RUTLAND (VT)
Rutland Herald

October 9, 2018

#MeToo and national issues revolving around the Supreme Court nomination and the current president cast a much-needed spotlight upon sexual abuse.

Finally, there is a high profile investigation into the Catholic orphanage in Burlington. One issue is the children placed there as wards of the state of Vermont.

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Additionally, small group homes and boarding schools, and one not so small, where children, again placed by the state of Vermont, were sexually abused.

All of these victims deserve the justice of a deep and thorough investigation and subsequent prosecution no matter how far in the past such abuse happened.

Geoffrey Cobden

Weybridge

Vatican's Meeting Of Bishops Is Overshadowed By Abuse Allegations

ROME (ITALY)
NPR Morning Edition

October 8, 2018

By Sylvia Poggioli

As clerical sex abuse scandals buffet the Catholic Church, a three-week assembly of bishops is under way in Rome on how to make the Church relevant for young people. But the assembly, known as a synod, will likely be dominated by what many analysts call Catholicism's worst crisis since the reformation.

Roughly 250 priests, bishops, cardinals and some younger laypersons are participating in the synod.

In the opening mass, pope Francis urged them "to dream and to hope."

And he prayed for God's help to ensure the Church does not let itself "be extinguished or crushed by the prophets of doom and misfortune, by our own shortcomings, mistakes and sins."

Spiraling sex abuse scandals have hurt the pope. A new Pew Research Center poll found Francis' favorability rating in the United States is 51 percent — down 19 points since January 2017.

Synod: Sexual abuse and role of women are in focus

ROME (ITALY)
Vatican News

OKctober 11, 2018

By Russell Pollitt SJ

Archbishop Scicluna opened the briefing by saying that he was touched by the very vocal presence of 30 young people at the Synod who, at times, reacted vociferously to what they heard. He said that this gives the bishops a good indication of what is expected of them. Bishop Gobillard said that the young people reminded the bishops that they are part of the Church and showed them the “pathway” to preach the Gospel more authentically. Mr Leoncini said that Pope Francis was, for many young people, the greatest leader amongst leaders and that they really felt listened to and accompanied by him. He said that the Synod has shown him that the Church is not fearful to ask questions that seek radical answers.

Sexual Abuse
Archbishop Scicluna addressed abuse directly. He said that the comments made last week by Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Melbourne were an important “mea culpa” which capture the sense of all the Synod Fathers. He said that young people are searching for an authentic Church and that every working group at the Synod has touched on this issue. Stressing the need for action, he said that bishops must be accountable not only to God but also to their people. “Stewardship is the word, protection is the word,” Archbishop Scicluna said. He added that he had cried with victims many times. The archbishop said that when he meets with victims they are often no longer young. “It pains me that justice takes so long. This is also very painful to Pope Francis”. He said that he is a direct witness of how Pope Francis suffers because justice seems to be so slow.

Abuse survivors in limbo as institutions grapple with redress scheme

BALLARAT (AUSTRALIA)
ABC News

By Charlotte King

October 10, 2018

A former resident of a children's home in Ballarat says she has been told she may have to wait more than two years for compensation if the institution decides not to opt in to the voluntary National Redress Scheme.

Cheryl Bihari, who was placed in Ballarat Orphanage in 1963, said she was seven years old when she was sexually assaulted by the superintendent soon after she arrived in the home.

Ms Bihari said applying for redress was in itself a traumatic experience.

"I looked at [the paperwork], and I thought, 'oh my god how am I going to do this?'" she said.

"I'd do a couple of questions, I'd go away, come back again and then I'd do another.

Golden, Gounardes Talk Child Victims Act In Dyker Heights Debate

BROOKLYN (NY)
Bklyner

October 10, 2018

By Kadia Goba

Southern Brooklyn residents lead with Child Victims Act at the heated debate between State Sen. Marty Golden and Andrew Gounardes Tuesday in Dyker Heights.

The Dyker Heights Civic Association’s event drew nearly 100 people to hear candidates from assembly and senate races field questions from the audience ahead of the Nov. 6 general election.

“Will you support the Child Victims Fund?” one audience member asked both candidates.

“I don’t think taxpayers should be on the hook for the sins of others,” Gounardes said. “If you commit an atrocity—like assaulting a child—you should be, fully liable.”

Sexual Abuse Summit SELLS OUT

FORT WORTH (TX)
Religion News Service Press Release

October 9, 2018

The Sexual Abuse Summit – a day-long ministry conference focused exclusively on addressing the risk of child sexual abuse – occurs October 23rd at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas. The conference, aimed at ministry leaders and currently sold out, provides essential information and resources designed to safeguard children and equip ministry personnel.

Kimberlee Norris and Gregory Love, sexual abuse attorneys and founders of MinistrySafe, will be speaking at the Summit. “While our culture is changing, too many ministries retain the false impression that ‘my church is not at risk’” says Norris. “This misconception leads to low protective barriers and, ultimately, harm to children.”

When ministries do not take proactive steps to prevent abuse, or fail to properly respond to an outcry of abuse, abuse survivors are pushed away from the Church. Child sexual abuse is devastating to the victim, the victim’s family, the congregation and the church itself, creating negative public perception and significant financial loss. Over the past decade, child sexual abuse has been the number one reason ministries have ended up in court.

Offenders are drawn to child-serving programs with fewer protections in place, and the welcoming, inclusive environment common in Christian ministries provides a prime target.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lubbock plans to release names of accused priests

LUBBOCK (TX)
KLBK News

October 10, 2018

By Mari Salazar

The Catholic Diocese of Texas plans to release names of priests accused of sexual abuse on January 31, 2019. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lubbock plans to release names, as well. The Bishop of Lubbock said they want to restore trust in the church and protect children from crime.

Bishop Robert Coerver said they want to provide a safe place for everyone and the first step is to be transparent and help the victims through the healing process.

"That trust has been damaged especially through the events of this summer that have been widely publicized," said Coerver.

There are more than 1,000 Catholic parishes in Texas and each one of those will be investigated. The church is review

Archdiocese of Detroit removes priest for credible sex abuse allegation

DETROIT (MI)
Fox 2 News

October 11 2018

The Archdiocese of Detroit has removed Fr. Robert Witkowski from public ministry due to credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors, it said Wednesday.

Witkowski, 83, is a retired priest and has been added to the Archdiocese’s list of clergy credibly accused of abuse.

The diocese received the complaints earlier this year and says the allegations date back to Witkowski's early years of ministry. He was ordained in 1961 and served at St. Matthews in Detroit until 1966. From there he went on to Our Lady Queen of Heaven, also in Detroit, and worked there until 1969.

FOX 2 stopped by Witkowski's home in Shelby Township, but the retired priest refused to speak with us. The Archdiocese of Detroit shared the allegations with the Wayne County Prosecutor's office, which says it's investigating the complaints.

Witkowski last served at St. Faustina Catholic Church in Warren before retiring in 2013. Attorney General Bill Schuette launched a statewide investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church back in August.

Retired Metro Detroit priest barred from ministry amid abuse claims

DETROIT (MI)
The Detroit News

October 10, 2018

A retired senior priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit has been restricted from public ministry following credible allegations of sexual abuse involving minors, church officials announced Wednesday.

The accusations against Rev. Robert Witkowski, 83, date back to the early years of his career and have been shared with authorities, the archdiocese said in a statement. Other details were not released.

“A further determination on the matter now involves a review process required under church (canon) law,” the release read.

Witkowski’s name also has been added to an archdiocese list showing clergy credibly accused of abuse.

Ordained in 1961, he worked as a hospital chaplain and served as an associate pastor, pastor and administrator through 2013, the AOD reported.

His assignments were:

•1991-2013: St. Faustina, Warren (merger of St. Edmund/St. Sylvester)
•1985-91: St. Raymond, Detroit
•1981-85: St. Lawrence, Utica
•1980-81: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods
•1976-80: St. Mary Magdalen, Melvindale
•1969-75: Herman Kiefer/Detroit Osteopathic Hospitals, Detroit
•1966-69: Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Detroit
•1961-66: St. Matthew, Detroit

Paedophile priest Ridsdale ‘happy’ some victims have been paid out

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

October 11, 2018

By Tessa Akerman

Australia’s most notorious pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale has told a court he is “happy” that seven of his victims have been compensated.

Twelve of his victims had sought an order from the County Court which would allow them to seek compensation directly from Ridsdale but the court today heard seven of the victims had reached external settlements and were withdrawing their claims.

“I’m happy to know that these people have received compensation,” Ridsdale said via videolink with a mobility walker next to him.
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“And I’m happy to know that they have withdrawn or been withdrawn from the list.

“I certainly wouldn’t be seeking any costs from them.”

Barristers for the remaining victims asked Chief Judge Peter Kidd to adjourn the remaining applications sine die, with no fixed return date, with Ridsdale supporting the motion.

“As your honour would know, we’ve been through this before with other applicants and their cases have been adjourned before six months and then six months until the matter has been settled,” Ridsdale said.

Judge Kidd however adjourned the case until April next year.

Child sex abuse prevention rally in Lancaster Thursday

LANCASTER (PA)
ABC 27 News

By: Christine McLarty

A rally at Binns Park in Lancaster Thursday is being held in an effort to prevent child sex abuse.

The non-profit ”Stop Child Predators” is joining with survivors of abuse by Catholic clergy members at 11:00 am to urge lawmakers to pass new legislation.

According to organizers, the new legislation could help prevent further abuse and ensure every single survivor can hold their abuser accountable in a court of law.

Survivors of Catholic clergy sex abuse will share their experiences with the community and lawmakers.

The Catholic Church’s grim history of ignoring priestly pedophilia

UNITED STATES
Salon

October 11, 2018

By Brian Clites

Widespread public shock followed the recent release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report that identified more than 1,000 child victims of clergy sexual abuse. In fact, as I know through my research, the Vatican and its American bishops have known about the problem of priestly pedophilia since at least the 1950s. And the Church has consistently silenced would-be whistleblowers from within its own ranks.

In the memory of many Americans, the only comparable scandal was in Massachusetts, where, in 2002, the Boston Globe published more than 600 articles about abuses under the administration of Cardinal Bernard Law. That investigation was immortalized in the 2015 award-winning film, “Spotlight.”

What many Americans don’t remember, however, are other similar scandals, some even more dramatic and national in scope.

October 10, 2018

'Enough is enough!'

FT. WAYNE (IN)
Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette

October 11, 2018

By Joe Woehnker

OK, enough is enough. I cannot bite my tongue any longer.

The article in the Sept. 30 Journal Gazette headlined “Pope seeks prayers to fight devil on sex abuse scandal” is about as asinine as it gets.

Pope Francis is requesting daily prayers from people to help stop the devil from causing pedophile priests from doing what they seem to do so well – abusing children and getting away with it.

Instead, he should ask himself how they have been able to continue this behavior for so long.

Three cases of Church sexual abuse involving minors in 2017

MALTA
The Times of Malta

October 10, 2018

By Philip Leone Ganado

The Church Safeguarding Commission found and referred to the police three substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of minors last year, according to the commission’s annual report.

In all three cases, the commission imposed restrictions on the pastoral activities that could be carried out by the perpetrators - two priests and a layperson - as a precautionary measure.

The report states that another 12 allegations of abuse of minors are still being assessed, while 16 were found to be false, could not be proven, or were found not to concern abuse.

The commission also assessed 12 complaints concerning vulnerable adults, none of which were found to be substantiated. Three allegations are still being assessed.

Commission head Andrew Azzopardi said on Wednesday that while sexual abuse was not exclusively a Church problem, the Church had to take responsibility for the “serious, sometimes irreparable, harm” perpetrated by some of its members.

Catholic priest in Calgary accused of sexual misconduct

CALGARY (CANADA)
CBC News

October 10, 2018

A Catholic priest in Calgary has been accused of sexual misconduct stemming from his time in Vancouver.

Father Peter Hung Cong Tran served as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi church in downtown Calgary from 2016 until his recent dismissal. He was previously stationed as an associate pastor of the St. Vincent Liem Parish in Calgary from 2003 to 2007 and in the Ascension Parish in Calgary from 1996 to 1998.

Tran also served as pastor of Edmonton's Queen of Martyrs Parish from 2007 to 2016 and associate pastor at St. Joseph's Parish in Vancouver from 1998 to 2003.

Details on the allegations are not known at this time, but the Calgary diocese says there are allegations of misconduct toward a minor and an adult.

Texas churches to name priests accused of sexual abuse of minors

BROWNSVILLE (TX)
Brownsville Herald

October 10, 2018

By Laura B. Martinez

Texas Catholic dioceses have announced plans to release the names of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor.

The lists will be released Jan. 31, 2019 and the lists of clergy will go back at least to 1950. It will include all 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas including the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville.

According to a press release, the decision was made in the context of the ongoing work of protecting children from sexual abuse and the effort to promote healing and a restoration of trust in the Catholic Church.

Bishop Daniel E. Flores of the Diocese of Brownsville said, “The care of victims and their healing is primary, and we must do what we can to strengthen those whose faith has been injured.” He added, “An accurate accounting of the past is necessary for us to move forward with integrity. To do this, it is important to develop processes that involve active participation of laypersons. We want to ensure that everything we do contributes to healing, transparency and accountability.”

The Catholic Church has faced severe criticism following reports earlier this year that 300 priests in the Pennsylvania area had allegedly abused more than 1,000 children and that their actions were covered up by diocese officials.

A Pew poll released earlier this month indicated only three out of 10 American Catholics approved of the way Pope Francis is handling the abuse scandal.

Catholic Diocese of El Paso to release list of priests accused of sexual abuse

EL PASO (TX)
El Paso Times

October 10, 2018

By María Cortés González

The Catholic Diocese of El Paso, along with others in Texas, will release the names of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors by Jan. 31.

“The Diocese of El Paso supports making available the names of all those who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse in an effort to promote the healing of victims. Publication of these lists enables other victims to come forward to seek healing. The care for victims and their families is where our focus must be in order to transform and heal the Church,” Bishop Mark J. Seitz said in an emailed statement.

The decision was made Sept. 30 by the 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas and the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The lists of clergy will cover from 2018 to at least 1950.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, said in the released statement that "this is an action in response to the faithful’s call for greater accountability and transparency."

Sacramento’s Catholic diocese to release names of priests accused of sex abuse

SACRAMENTO (CA)
Sacramento Bee

October 10, 2018

By Alexandria Yoon-Hendricks

The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento plans to release the names of priests accused of sexual abuse, a move in line with a greater reckoning within Catholic communities across the United States as stories of extensive abuse and decades-long cover-ups continue to surface.

According to the diocese’s spokesperson Kevin Eckery, staff members are “quite methodically” going through the personnel files of more than 2,000 priests that have come through the diocese in the last 50 years. They intend to release the list “sooner rather later,” he said — within as early as a few weeks.

“All personnel files have lots of different things, not just good stuff and bad stuff, but receipts,” for example, Eckery said. “There are lots of pieces of things and you need to put it in the context of, ‘has there been any abuse?’”

The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, which includes 20 counties in Northern California and more than 100 parishes, oversees more than 1 million Catholics in the region, according to the diocese’s 2018 directory.

The announcement follows similar statements from California dioceses such as the Diocese of Oakland and the Diocese of San Jose. The churches are reacting to a nearly 900-page Pennsylvania grand jury report released in August that found bishops and other church leaders covered up the widespread child sexual abuse of more than 300 priests over a 70-year period.

“They need to double- and triple-check not releasing someone’s who shouldn’t be released,” Eckery said, “and not releasing a name that should’ve.”

Texas Catholic dioceses plan to name all priests 'credibly accused' of sex abuse

DALLAS (TX)
October 10, 2018

By David Tarrant

All Catholic dioceses in Texas will release the names of every member of the clergy who was "credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors" dating back to 1950, Dallas Bishop Edward Burns announced Wednesday.

Burns wrote Wednesday that the dioceses will publish the names by Jan. 31, 2019. The lists will be updated as new information becomes available, he said.

The announcement was made ahead of Burns' scheduled 2 p.m. news conference.

Burns said in a news release that he had considered the move "for some time."

Don’t blame the Devil for church sex abuse scandal, Pope Francis

NEW YORK (NY)
Newsday

October 10, 2018

By Tom Wrobleski

The Devil made them do it?

Try again, Pope Francis.

The Catholic Church is embroiled in a sex abuse scandal that is shaking the church to its very foundations.

Clergy around the world have been accused of molesting minors. The abuse went on for decades. Church leaders covered it up. Problem priests were transferred to other parishes, only to continue their predatory ways. Other priests were quietly removed from the ministry and prohibited from having any contact with minors.

Here’s what didn’t happen: Priests that the church knew were sexual predators weren’t brought to the attention of the police. They were not arrested. They did not serve jail time, as should happen with any child molester.

The scandal has hit home on Staten Island recently, with a church panel substantiating abuse claims against Monsignor Francis Boyle, former pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in West Brighton.

Texas dioceses will release names of clergy credibly accused of abuse

TEXAS
Catholic News Service

October 10, 2018

By James Ramos

In an action to be more transparent, the 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas will release the names of clergy who were credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor, according to an Oct. 10 statement issued by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops in Austin.

“We believe this is in the path of healing, accountability and transparency,” said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. “We are called as bishops to be more accountable and more responsible. This is the just and right thing to do.”

At a Sept. 30 meeting, the Texas bishops had agreed on jointly releasing the names, as part of “ongoing work to protect children from sexual abuse” and “promote healing and a restoration of trust” in the Church, according to the statement.

Alberta pastor accused of sexual misconduct while serving in Vancouver: Edmonton Archdiocese

CANADA
Global News

October 10, 2018

By Slav Kornik

An Alberta pastor has been withdrawn from his duties after being accused of sexual misconduct, the Archdiocese of Edmonton announced on Wednesday.

The Archdiocese of Edmonton said it was informed by the Archdiocese of Vancouver that it had received allegations of sexual misconduct towards a child and an adult by Father Peter Hung Cong Tran, while he was the associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Vancouver from 1998 to 2003.

Tran was an associate pastor at St. Vincent Liem Parish in Calgary from 2003 to 2007, a pastor at Queen of Martyrs Parish in Edmonton from 2007 to 2016 and most recently a pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Calgary, according to the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

Retired Judge to Lead Diocese of Bridgeport Investigation of Clergy Abuse

RIDGEFIELD (CT)
Ridgefield HamletHub

October 10, 2018

By Kathleen

According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, a retired judge and current law partner at Pullman & Comley, Robert Holzberg has been contacted by the Diocese of Bridgeport to lead an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by clergy going back decades.

The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that Holzberg was told by Diocese of Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano that nothing would be off-limits in his investigation. "Holzberg will look into the history of clergy sex abuse of children during the last 65 years, and the diocese response to that abuse," Tribune's Robert Storace said.

The Diocese of Bridgeport website lists the names of accused Diocesan Clerics or accused Religious Order Priests who served in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Among them are former St. Mary Church priests, Albert McGoldrick, Robert Morrissey (deceased), and Charlie Stubbs (deceased).

Clergy abuse victims speak out against diocese

STEUBENVILLE (OH)
WTOV9

October 9, 2018

By Alex Taylor

An alleged victim of sexual assault within the Steubenville Diocese spoke out during a peaceful protest on Tuesday.

Members of SNAP -- Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests -- marched into the diocese to deliver a letter intended for Bishop Jeffrey Monforton.

"This is something that should’ve been done so long ago,” said Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest regional leader.

She addressed Steubenville Diocese Communications Director Dino Orsatti, sharing her story.

"My brother was sexually abused here in the Steubenville Diocese," she said.

She also asked for more than what she thought was on the table.

Woman speaks out about being sexually abused by a priest [Video]

WHEELING (WV)
WTRF 7 News

October 9, 2018

A woman who says she was sexually abused by a priest when she was a teenager speaks out about her experience.

Tues. 9:30 p.m.: Local protest today to demand probe into Catholic Church sex scandals

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
Tribune Chronicle

October 9, 2018

Victims of abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church have staged a Youngstown protest this afternoon in the hopes of triggering an statewide probe of the Catholic hierarchy by the Ohio Attorney General’s office and “more aggressive” response by local police and prosecutors.

The organization known as Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, is calling on the Catholic bishops to post a comprehensive list of alleged predators and update the list frequently.

Today’s protest, set for 1:30 p.m. in front of the Regional Office for the Ohio Attorney General at 20 West Federal Plaza, Youngstown, comes on the heels of a recently released Pennsylvania grand jury report about sex crimes in that state’s Catholic dioceses.

Clergy abuse survivors group has list of demands for Youngstown Diocese and state

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
WYTV

October 9, 2018

By Katie Wilson

The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has agreed and says they'll release a list

A group supporting clergy abuse survivors has a list of demands for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, and on Tuesday, they stood outside one of the regional offices for the state's attorney general to make that list known.

Members of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) stood along W. Federal Plaza in Youngstown with a message to both the diocese and the state.

The cause is near and dear to SNAP Midwest Regional Leader Judy Jones.

"My brother was sexually abused by my longtime parish priest," she said.

When her mother refused to believe her own son, Jones knew she had to do something.

Now, she's traveling the state with other SNAP members with a list of demands.

The first demand is a published list of every clergy member credibly accused of sexual abuse in each diocese. The group says it's part of a victim's healing process.

"Now, somebody who has been abused and has never made it known sees that their perpetrator is exposed, is there, has been reported to the diocese," said SNAP Volunteer Australia Coordinator Steven Spaner.

Cox y movimiento Schoenstatt protagonizan nuevo escándalo sexual en la Iglesia Católica chilena

[Cox and Schoenstatt movement now at center of sex scandal in Chile's Catholic Church]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 10, 2018

By Guido Focacci, Nicole Martínez, and Deutsche Welle (German broadcaster)

Francisco José Cox, sacerdote contra quien pesan varias denuncias de abuso sexual en Chile y una en Alemania, es hoy el centro de atención en la crisis de la Iglesia Católica nacional. El sacerdote fue alejado de sus funciones pastorales en 1997 y desde ahí se dedicó a otras labores de la Iglesia, hasta que el 2002 se recluyó en Alemania, bajo el alero de Schoenstatt.

Habla tío de joven que se suicidó tras revelar abuso sexual de sacerdote Márquez en Concepción

[Uncle talks about young man who committed suicide after revealing sex abuse by priest Márquez in Concepción]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 8, 2018

By Nicolás Parra

“Le costó harto contarme. Yo le pregunté si le había pasado algo con el cura… titubeó en decirme, hasta que confidenció que el cura lo obligó a tocarlo y a masturbarlo”. Esa es parte del relato de Antonio Garrido, tío de Jónathan, joven que se suicidó luego de revelar los abusos sexuales a los que habría sido sometido por el expárroco de la iglesia de Lourdes, del sector de Pedro de Valdivia en Concepción, Hugo Márquez.

Chomali y salida de Karadima: “Más vale tarde que nunca”

[Chomali on Karadima's exit: "better late than never"]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 8, 2018

By K. Hillmann

El prelado de Concepción también cuestionó la forma como la Iglesia de Santiago abordó abusos en El Bosque.

El pasado 21 de septiembre el arzobispo de Concepción, Fernando Chomali, se reunió en el Vaticano con el Papa Francisco, con el objetivo de abordar diferentes temas, entre ellos, la crisis por la que está pasa la Iglesia producto de las denuncias de abusos.

“La Cofradía”: defensa asegura que aún no se identifica a las víctimas

[In "La Cofradía" case, defense says no victims have been identified yet]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 10, 2018

By Leyla Zapata Sánchez

Defensoría Penal cuestiona la calidad de la denuncia hecha ante el Ministerio Público y señala que la investigación ha tenido pocos avances.

El 27 de septiembre se registró un hecho relevante en la investigación que sigue el Ministerio Público por eventuales delitos de abusos sexuales contra menores, los que habrían sido cometidos por sacerdotes. En dicha jornada, la Defensoría Penal Pública logró que fueran sobreseídos tres de los 14 religiosos investigados en el marco de “La Cofradía”.

Defensa de sacerdotes tras sobreseimientos en caso La Familia: "Se parece al caso Spiniak"

[After dismissals, priests' defender says La Familia case "looks like the Spiniak case"]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 9, 2018

El defensor de los 12 imputados en el caso, Víctor Providel, apunta a la sobrerreacción de la Fiscalía y la opinión pública frente a una única denunciante. "Las historias se parecen y reconozco que la historia es muy vendible" pero "no existe La Familia, no existe La Cofradía".

El jefe de estudios de la Defensoría Penal Pública de la Sexta Región, Víctor Providel, se refirió durante la mañana de este martes a los avances del caso llamado La Familia, donde hace dos semanas fueron sobreseídos tres de los 12 imputados, estableciéndose que no había indicios de una asociación ilícita destinada al abuso de menores, tal como se informó inicialmente.

Sin teléfono y con prohibición de salir: Las nuevas restricciones del obispo Cox en Alemania

[New restrictions on Bishop Cox in Germany include no telephone and a ban on leaving]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 10, 2018

El viceprovincial de la congregación Padres de Schoenstatt, Patricio Moore, señala que las medidas fueron tomadas en el marco de la investigación que lleva adelante el Vaticano.

La congregación Padres de Schoenstatt reveló que adoptó nuevas medidas para prevenir que el arzobispo emérito de La Serena, Francisco José Cox Huneeus, tenga contacto con menores. El sacerdote, quien desde 2002 está retirado en Alemania y enfrenta una denuncia por abuso en ese país, se supone que lleva desde hace 16 años "una vida de silencio, oración y penitencia".

Conferencia Episcopal inicia catastro para evaluar el trabajo de colegios en prevención de abusos

[Episcopal Conference begins registry to evaluate schools' work in preventing abuse]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 9, 2018

By Tomás Molina

La información la entregará cada diócesis de forma voluntaria, al igual que los establecimientos pertenecientes a congregaciones. Tendrán plazo hasta el 26 de octubre.

Un catastro que pretende levantar información de los cerca de mil colegios católicos de Chile, referente a la forma en los establecimientos están trabajando en materia de prevención de abusos, fue el iniciado este martes por la Conferencia Episcopal. La idea, señalaron desde el área de educación de dicho organismo, es revisar que se cumpla la normativa al interior de las líneas guía "Cuidado y Esperanza" establecidas el año 2015. Se trata de un documento de 80 páginas que, según el episcopado, "promueve los ambientes sanos y seguros" para menores.

GoFundMe Accused of Anti-Catholic Bigotry After Yanking Campaign for Persecuted Priest

DETROIT (MI)
ChurchMilitant.com

October 6, 2018

by Christine Niles

A fundraising campaign that raised $16,000 for a Chicago priest persecuted by Cdl. Blase Cupich was revoked by GoFundMe, which deemed it a "violation" of their terms and conditions. All money was sent back to donors. The priest, Fr. Paul John Kalchik, received nothing.

Outrage from Catholics, who considered GoFundMe's move an act of anti-Catholic bigotry, resulted in more than twice as much raised — $40,000 — in only 17 hours at a new campaign.

"I opened up Church Militant just to check on progress, and was floored!" Kalchik told Church Militant Tuesday. "It is phenomenal to see how much people are giving to ensure that justice is rendered on my behalf. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You."

On McCarrick scandal, Vatican responses are tardy, not reassuring

UNITED STATES
CatholicCulture.org

October 8, 2018

By Phil Lawler

Finally there is some movement. This weekend the Vatican began responding to the dismay of the laity over the McCarrick scandal. The responses are certainly tardy, and still not terribly reassuring. But they are responses, at least; the “stonewall” approach is breaking down.

The first response, issued by the Vatican press office on October 6, was a notice that Pope Francis, “aware of and concerned by the confusion that these accusations are causing in the conscience of the faithful,” was taking further steps to investigate the scandal.

Confusion? Who is confused? The statement attributes the “confusion” to the “accusations regarding the conduct” of McCarrick. Actually there is very little confusion on that score; there is now a good deal of testimony about the former cardinal’s behavior. And the public responses to that testimony is not so much confusion as outrage: righteous anger.

If there is confusion about the case, it is due to the conflicting claims over how the Vatican responded to the revelations about McCarrick’s misconduct. The Vatican statement feeds any such confusion, by creating the impression that the problem first came to light a few short weeks ago. There is no acknowledgment that in fact the Vatican was made aware of McCarrick’s homosexual escapades at least 15 years ago. Nor is there an acknowledgment that before Pope Francis ordered McCarrick to remove himself from public life, Pope Benedict XVI had already issued the same sort of order, only to see it flouted by the American prelate and then (if Archbishop Vigano’s charge is accurate) rescinded by Pope Francis.

Scandal-plagued cardinal a key figure in McCarrick/Viganò saga

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 10, 2018

By Elise Harris

As the saga surrounding allegations raised by a former papal ambassador to the U.S. that Pope Francis covered up the misconduct of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick continues, taking increasingly unprecedented twists and turns, questions still abound regarding some of the key figures involved.

One of these figures is Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was accused in an Aug. 25 statement by fellow Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who served as the pope’s ambassador to the U.S. from 2011-2016, of ignoring repeated warnings about McCarrick.

Details on Bertone’s role, and whether he potentially ignored or mishandled complaints, are still foggy, though the record does show he has a lengthy track record getting caught up in scandals

Ex-priest fired on accusations of sexual abuse had been working as Community Counseling therapist

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP (OH)
Meadville Tribune

October 10, 2018

By Shelley Terry

A former priest, who became a licensed social worker, lost his job last month at Community Counseling Center after a Pittsburgh TV station identified him as a former priest listed among accused clerics in a Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

William B. Yockey, 66, who served as a priest at several parishes before leaving the priesthood in 1991 in the wake of child sex abuse allegations, later became a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

On July 10, 2017, he began working at Community Counseling Center, 2801 C Court, where adults and children with mental illness and substance abuse problems are treated.

Fourteen months later, on Sept. 5, Yockey told the administration he was confronted by a television reporter in the agency's parking lot in reference to prior allegations of misconduct while he was a priest in Pennsylvania, according to a release from Community Counseling.

This was the first administrators learned of the allegations.

2 Priests, monsignor who served Buffalo accused of sexual abuse

BUFFALO (NY)
Buffalo Reflex

October 10, 2018

Two Catholic priests and a monsignor who previously served St. William Parish in Buffalo all have been accused of sexually abusing a minor, according to news releases from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

The allegation of sexual abuse of a minor involving Fr. John A. Brath, who died in 2014, pertains to a period in the mid-1970s. The allegation of sexual abuse of a minor involving Fr. Fred Lutz, who is retired, pertains to a period in the early 1970s, according to the news releases. Following procedures outlined in diocesan Safe Environment Policies and Procedures, the diocese has notified civil authorities of the allegations. Additionally, pastoral support has been provided to the victims, according to the news releases.

The allegation of sexual abuse of a minor involving Msgr. John J. Rynish, who died in 2001, pertains to a period in the early 1970s, according to the news release. Following procedures, the diocese has notified civil authorities of the allegation, including Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect and the Greene County prosecuting attorney. Additionally, pastoral support is being offered to the victim’s family, according to the news release.

The Fallout: How to Help Women Who Say They’re Leaving the Church

UNITED STATES
Patheos

October 9, 2018

By Rebecca Hamilton

Mary Pezzulo, who blogs over at Steel Magnificat, wrote a column today addressing what not to say when someone you know says they are leaving the Church.

She admonished her readers not to say that you’re glad they’re going and have they read John six.

I must admit that in all my years of messing with chickens, I never met anyone quite that stupid, but, then, I’m old and out of touch with the new everybody’s-going-to-hell-but-me Christianity. I have witnessed, heard and been the recipient of quite a few ill-wishers down the years who’ve told people, including me, that we were hell-bound and the hand cart to take us there was waiting at the front door. This is usually said with more than a little venom and gloating anticipation of watching me, roasting on a spit. There’s been a definite portion of you’re-going-to-hell-and-I’m-glad-of-it in these snarls.

I have, in the past few days, encountered three women in my private life who are, more or less, “leaving” the Church. One of them says she’s still Catholic, but doesn’t plan to go to mass anymore. It appears her extended family plans to stay home with her. Another says she is through with the Church and is going to join a denomination that ordains women. The third was never Catholic. She’s slamming the door behind her at the Southern Baptist denomination and says she’s through with all churches. Once again, it appears her husband and kids are going with her.

The Synod, the crisis, and a question: What about deacons?

UNITED STATES
Patheos

October 9, 2018

By Deacon Greg Kandra

Over the summer, as the news broke about the Grand Jury report from Pennsylvania and the deepening crisis surrounding then-Cardinal McCarrick, I began hearing from deacons around the country, asking the persistent question: what about us?

As the weeks have gone on, more have been wondering why there has been no discussion about involving the diaconate in helping to reform, to heal, to accompany the Church and Her members more closely during this troubled time.

Deacons, after all, have a unique role: we live and work closely with the laity, yet also serve alongside the priests and bishops in liturgy and in ministry. We straddle two worlds.

CALIFORNIA DIOCESE RELEASES NAMES OF 34 CATHOLIC PRIESTS ACCUSED OF CHILD SEX ABUSE

SAN BERNARDINO (CA)
Newsweek

October 10, 2018

By Jason Murdock

The Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino this week released 34 names of the Catholic priests it says have had credible allegations of child sexual abuse made against them since 1978. On Twitter, the Church said it was “an action of transparency intended to promote healing.”

Some of the alleged incidents described next to the priests’ names date back to the 1960s. Many of the men have been permanently banned from ministry in the Diocese or are deceased. Some priests were arrested or suspended, while others were reported to the Religious Order.

Church officials said 21 names previously appeared in the media, while 24 had been reported to the police. Five clergy members' names have never previously been in the public domain.

The release comes after similar action by the Diocese of San Diego, which included the Diocese of San Bernardino until 1978, when they split. The Diocese of San Diego released the names of 51 priests "where the diocese has received a credible allegation involving sexual abuse of a minor."

Activists push for more clergy sex abuse charges in Poland

WARSAW (POLAND)
The Associated Press

October 8, 2018

By Monika Scislowska

Polish activists met with opposition lawmakers Monday to demand criminal punishment for Catholic priests convicted of sexually abusing children and extending the statute of limitations for prosecutions.

The meeting brought the lawmakers together with psychologists, lawyers and the president of a foundation that represents people who say they were sexually abused by priests in Poland. The activists are seeking greater sensitivity to the issue of sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

Have No Fear foundation President Marek Lisinski called for an independent commission to assess the scale of clergy sex abuse and for the waiving of the statute of limitations so suspects can be put on trial. Under Polish law, criminal charges in child sex abuse cases cannot be brought to court after the alleged victim turns 30.

The foundation published a map Sunday that it said identifies sites across Poland where there have been reports of priests abusing children. The map represents allegations and confirmed cases involving a total of 255 children under age 15.

Lisinski said the number was only the "tip of an iceberg." Speaking about his own experience as an abuse survivor, he said his openness and fight for justice has cost him relationships with family members and many friends.

Archbishop's comment explains why Church is in so much trouble

CHICAGO (IL)
Windy City Times

October 10, 2018

by Francis DeBernardo

Archbishop Charles Chaput's statement about LGBT Catholics at the synod on youth yesterday is a perfect example of how some church leaders have been so blinded by ideological homophobia and transphobia that they cannot perceive plain human facts accurately. His comments reflect the dangerous avoidance mentality that is the cause of the clergy sexual abuse scandal and so many of the ills which plague the Catholic Church today. ( For a news article about Chaput's statement, see The National Catholic Reporter, at www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/archbishop-chaput-urges-synod-use-care-language-especially-sexuality. )

The Catholic Herald carried the full text of Chaput's talk. The passage that is so dangerous is:

"There is no such thing as an 'LGBTQ Catholic' or a 'transgender Catholic' or a 'heterosexual Catholic,' as if our sexual appetites defined who we are; as if these designations described discrete communities of differing but equal integrity within the real ecclesial community, the body of Jesus Christ. This has never been true in the life of the Church, and is not true now. It follows that 'LGBTQ' and similar language should not be used in Church documents, because using it suggests that these are real, autonomous groups, and the Church simply doesn't categorize people that way."

SNAP seeks probe into Ohio dioceses

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
Youngstown Vindicator

October 9, 2018

By Justin Dennis

A group representing Catholic Church sex-abuse victims is urging state and county prosecutors to launch a grand-jury-style investigation into dioceses in Youngstown as well as the rest of Ohio – similar to Pennsylvania’s recent report that exposed hundreds of priests.

But prosecutors said it’s not that easy – without criminal allegations from abuse victims at the county level, there are no grounds for an inquiry.

Jones said the group hasn’t reached out to the attorney general directly. SNAP workers said they have become accustomed to being ignored by authorities or diocesan administrators – and instead work through the media to garner attention. SNAP has prompted similar news conferences in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson and Lucas counties, each with their own Catholic diocese.

“The Pennsylvania grand jury report showed a cover-up and enabling of child-sex crimes – it was a scathing report,” Jones said Tuesday. “Pennsylvania is not just one bad state. ... The church is run the same everywhere. Each diocese is run the same.”

Attorney general spokesman Dan Tierney said Tuesday, however, Pennsylvania law is different, and there is no provision allowing for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to impanel a grand jury on its own. County-level prosecutors must bring sex-abuse charges, based on victim accounts given to local law enforcement.

In Pennsylvania, a Cambria County grand jury reviewed allegations against Brother Stephen Baker – who also was accused of abuse during his tenure at John F. Kennedy High School in Trumbull County – and the county district attorney reached out to then-Attorney General Kathleen Kane to investigate other dioceses in the state.

Urging Investigation

STEUBENVILLE (OH)
Steubenville Herald Star

October 10, 2018

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests held a small demonstration Tuesday in front of the offices of the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville calling for the state attorney general’s office to launch a statewide grand jury investigation into alleged sex abuse by members of the clergy, similar to what was done in Pennsylvania.

Judy Jones and Steven Spaner, members of S.N.A.P., participated in the calling for the investigation. They also were critical of Ohio’s bishops for their “continued secrecy and recklessness” in not releasing names of priests accused of molesting children. Spokesman Dino Orsatti said the diocese reiterated its position that it would cooperate fully and in a transparent fashion with any statewide investigation. The diocese said in September it will release a list of all priests removed from active ministry since it was founded in 1944. Orsatti told The Associated Press the list is expected to be released this month and he anticipates it will include 12 to 20 names.

San Diego Priest Suspended Over Sex-Abuse Claims; Case Reported to County

SAN DIEGO (CA)
The Times of San Diego

October 9, 2018

By Ken Stone

A San Diego priest has been suspended after the local Roman Catholic diocese revisited sex-abuse claims against him from the 1990s.

The Rev. Justin Langille, 65, had been assisting on weekends at St. Therese Parish in San Carlos and Ascension Catholic Church in Tierrasanta. He had his faculties revoked by Bishop Robert McElroy following a determination by the Diocesan Independent Review Board, the diocese announced Tuesday.

“Father Langille had been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a female teen in an incident dating from the early-1990s,” diocesan spokeswoman Aida Bustos said in a statement.

“The diocese reported this incident to the police,” she told Times of San Diego. Later, diocese Vice Chancellor Kevin C. Eckery said: “The law enforcement agency was [San Diego] County Child Welfare Services. In terms of where the incident took place, we’re not saying right now because we don’t want to violate the victim’s privacy.”

Publicist on Fees to Pedophile Priest’s Victim: 'Even W****s Don't Earn So Much'

MOSCOW (RUSSIA)
Sputnik International

October 9, 2018

In a recently released YouTube video, publicist with Polish Christian radio station “Radio Maria” Stanisław Michalkiewicz commented on the case of a Polish girl, Katarzyna, who was at the age of 13 sexually assaulted by a pedophilic priest and is now struggling to obtain financial compensation for the inflicted damages.

Michalkiewicz appeared most enraged by the fact that the girl had been assigned compensation “not by the erotomaniac himself, but by the community he belonged to.”

The court ruled in the victim’s favor and recognized the guilt of Christ’s Community, which had turned a blind eye to the pedophilic priest among its ranks.

According to Polish media, the victim is now 24 years old, but she still can’t recover from the trauma she suffered in the past. The priest held her in captivity for over 10 months and raped her. Katarzyna has since had to regularly seek psychological assistance.

October 9, 2018

Diocese Pays Nearly $5.5M To 37 Clergy Sex Abuse Victims

ODGENSBURG (NY)
Fox 28 News

October 9, 2018

The Diocese of Ogdensburg has doled out millions of dollars to victims of clergy sexual abuse.

The diocese released its report Tuesday on what's called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP).

In it, the diocese says as of last week it paid a total of nearly $5.5 million to 37 victims. Two more are considering whether to accept compensation.

“It was the right thing to do - another way of expressing our sorrow and our regret over what had happened,” said Bishop Terry LaValley.

A Catholic society used dreams of a medieval life and rebellion to groom young victims of abuse

NEW YORK (NY)
NBC News

October 9, 2018

By Corky Siemaszko

On Dec. 18, 2001, a desperate North Carolina dad wrote a letter to the Vatican asking the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church to discipline a group of priests at a Pennsylvania boys’ boarding school who he said took turns sexually abusing his teenage son.

The priests were members of an organization called the Society of Saint John, the father wrote, and Bishop James Timlin, then the head of the Diocese of Scranton, had allowed them to take up residence at St. Gregory’s Academy in Elmhurst, Pennsylvania.

“How long will the Bishop of Scranton tolerate this Society of Priests and promote them and their plans?” the father, whose name NBC News is not disclosing to protect his son’s identity, asked in the 2001 letter.

Stop Pretending Sexual Assault Can't Happen in Your School

BETHESDA (MD)
Education Week

October 4, 2018

By Nan Stein & Bruce Taylor

The sexual assault allegations leveled by psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have consumed the country. The events as described by Ford are not an anomaly for U.S. teens. As researchers, we know that there is a high prevalence of sexual assault among teens today and that schools are not implementing effective strategies to address this kind of violence. But the data haven't always been available—it is only in about the last two decades that we can reliably measure the prevalence of sexual assault among teens.

We are researchers, not psychologists—one of us (Bruce Taylor) is a criminologist, the other (Nan Stein) is a former middle school teacher who focuses on curriculum development and teacher training. With the support of grant funding from the National Institute of Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice, we have spent the last 10 years conducting research on school-based interventions that has taken us into middle schools in the Cleveland suburbs and New York City. Using rigorous scientific data, we have created interventions designed to prevent the kinds of behaviors Christine Blasey Ford described in her testimony—and they have been shown to be effective. Our 2010 study, "Shifting Boundaries: Lessons on Relationships for Students in Middle School," was one of two evidence-based community-level primary prevention strategies that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified in 2014 as effective at reducing sexual violence.

Two More Priests Linked To "Credible" Sex Abuse Claims In Northern Indiana

FORT WAYNE (IN)
WIBC

October 9, 2018

By Kurt Darling

Two more priests are being added to the list of 18 priests within the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend who are linked to credible claims of sexual abuse.

"The two additional names of priests who have served in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and have been credibly accused of at least one act of sexual abuse of a minor are Michael Paquet and Bruce Schutt," The diocese said in a news release. "Two more allegations have been added to the previously released name of Elden Miller."

Michael Paquet and Bruce Schutt have been linked to three incidents between them. The two priests have been removed from public ministry and the diocese for several years now.

The Secrets Of Vermont’s Investigation Into Sex Abuse By Priests

NEW YORK (NY)
BuzzFeed News

October 9, 2018

By Chris McDaniel

In the wake of a recent BuzzFeed News investigation that revealed widespread abuse of children at a Catholic orphanage in Vermont, the state’s attorney general convened a task force last month to investigate, pledging to stand up for the victims of abuse. But that office undertook a previous investigation into the abuse of Vermont children by Catholic clergy, in 2002, the results of which were never released.

Those confidential results — some of which have now been obtained by BuzzFeed News — provide dramatic evidence of how many secrets the diocese kept, and how willing state authorities were to keep them hidden.

Two months ago, a Pennsylvania grand jury concluded a two-year investigation by naming more than 300 priests who it said had abused more than 1,000 children. But back in 2002, the Vermont attorney general decided not to make the investigation's findings public, even though prosecutors said they found probable cause to bring criminal charges against at least one priest. When the investigation concluded, the head of the criminal division informed the diocese that it did not "set out to investigate or determine whether" a priest “poses a current risk of harm to children" because that would be "outside our jurisdiction."

Franciscan University vows to stop sexual assault, but victims need convincing

STEUBENVILLE (OH)
National Catholic Reporter

October 9, 2018

By Jenn Morson

Franciscan University of Steubenville, nestled in the hills of northeast Ohio, is an institution with a reputation for traditional Catholic piety. It is a place where charismatic prayer is frequently invoked, the Rosary recited, and course descriptions across all subject areas commit to what the school describes as dynamic Catholic orthodoxy.

This year, the school's administration has made a public commitment to stop sexual violence and harassment on campus.

At the opening of the school year Mass in August, Franciscan Fr. Sean Sheridan, university president, pledged a transparent and vigorous approach. In a letter to alumni and students, he encouraged victims to come forward and acknowledged the obligation of the university to investigate all claims. A law firm, Husch Blackwell LLP, was hired by the school to review the university's records of past abuse investigations. A report is due by January, with Sheridan stating it will be shared with the university's board of trustees and, possibly, the wider public.

But some Franciscan students need convincing.

The nation’s investigations into the Catholic Church are only just beginning

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Washington Post

October 7, 2018

By Karen Tumulty

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) has shaken the Catholic Church to its foundation — and he is not finished yet.

It has been nearly eight weeks since a Pennsylvania grand jury released a bombshell report alleging that more than 300 priests across the state sexually abused children over seven decades, and that the church hierarchy in six Pennsylvania dioceses was complicit in covering it up.

Since then, Shapiro has been sought out by attorneys general in more than 40 other states seeking advice on how they might conduct similar probes. A dozen have already announced publicly that they are pursuing investigations.

There may be others. In Maryland, for instance, Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) won’t confirm or deny whether an inquiry is underway. But shortly after the Pennsylvania report came out, his office put this notice on its website: “If you were a victim of an abuser associated with a school or place of worship, or you have knowledge of such abuse, please provide the information you want to share about it in the link below.”

Camarillo man says lawsuit against Catholic bishops is to learn why he was scarred at 10

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Ventura County Star

October 8, 2018

By Tom Kisken

Tom Emens was a Catholic grade-schooler when the priest first dropped in at his parents' home.

The new retiree with the charming smile and a love for Louis L’Amour novels served as a priest in the Chicago area for nearly 40 years. He came to Anaheim to retire and move in with his sister, sleeping in what Emens thinks may have been a converted garage and still serving Mass at St. Anthony Claret Catholic Church.

He came to the door to introduce himself as he did with many neighbors. It was his title that resonated for Emens' parents, longtime parishioners at St. Anthony Claret.

He wasn't just a priest. He was a monsignor.

“He was kind of a celebrity,” said Emens, now 50 and a multimedia coordinator at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo. “He saw us a lot.”

He came to family birthdays and confirmations. Often, he showed up at the house unannounced.

Emens, the second youngest of seven children, remembers being invited by the monsignor for swims in a neighbor's pool, reading sessions and lessons in faith.

At the time, to a 10-year-old, it seemed normal. Forty years later, Emens sat in a courtyard outside CSU Channel Islands, explaining the lawsuit that pushed him into a national spotlight and is aimed at helping figure out why and how it all happened.

Cardinal DiNardo admits mistake in handling pedophile priest

SIOUX CITY (IA)
KHOU 11

October 8, 2018

By Jeremy Rogalski

The case dates to DiNardo's time in Sioux City, Iowa, years before the recent arrest of a Texas priest for indecency with a child.

The leading voice in the clergy sex abuse crisis, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo admitted to mishandling the case of a pedophile priest, KHOU 11 Investigates found.

The case dates to DiNardo’s time in Sioux City, Iowa, years before the recent arrest of a Texas priest for indecency with a child. Although the cases are years and miles apart, the similarities are troubling – accusers claiming DiNardo did not do enough to protect them.

Before arriving at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in 2004 and later rising to the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, DiNardo served as bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City from 1998 to 2004.

There, Father George McFadden, a self-admitted sex addict, faced dozens of accusations that he sexually abused boys and girls from the 1960s through the 1980s. Althea Goff was one of his victims, who came forward later as adult.

“He told me that I was a very bad little girl and that God didn’t love me,” said Goff, now 63. “I’ll always remember that. That’s in my heart, and it hurts.”

Local priests named in California sexual abuse report

SANTA MARIA (CA)
Santa Maria Sun

October 3, 2018

By Kasey Bubnash

Several Catholic priests who worked at schools and churches throughout Santa Barbara County were named as accused sexual assailants in a report on clergy abuse that was released by a national law firm on Oct. 2.

The report, which spans 125 pages and lists more than 300 clerics, religious employees, and volunteers who have been accused of sexual misconduct within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, was compiled by Jeff Anderson and Associates, a law firm specializing in cases of childhood sexual abuse. The firm has been behind many of the major sex abuse lawsuits brought forward against the Catholic Church, and the California-focused report was released as part a nuisance lawsuit the firm is pursuing against the California bishops.

"This is a problem everywhere," Jeff Anderson, lead attorney for Jeff Anderson and Associates, said at a press conference in Los Angeles on Oct. 2. The conference was livestreamed online through the firm's website.

"[The report] describes not only that there have been 309 predator priests, offending clerics, who worked and abused in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles," Anderson said, "but it describes in each case a history, and it more importantly describes the pattern and practice [of cover-up] that has and is being deployed by the Catholic bishops in Los Angeles. Not only in the past, but as we speak."

In the report, Anderson and Associates alleges that Catholic churches in California have long-adhered to the same "playbook for concealing the truth" that Catholic churches throughout the world have been accused of using in dozens of sex abuse cases. The tactics, according to the report, include failing to report sexual assault accusations to law enforcement, inadequate in-house investigations, and relocating accused priests to different states and countries to avoid prosecution and public concern.

That alleged pattern played out in Santa Maria in 2006, when Father Timothy Lane was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old graduate of St. Joseph High School, where he had worked since 1999.

Abuse survivor sues California bishops, dioceses, seeking offenders' names

LOS ANGELES (CA)
National Catholic Reporter

October 3, 2018

By Heather Adams

Tom Emens, Jeff Anderson & Associates sues for cover-up of child sex abuse

A lawsuit against the California bishops and 11 dioceses in California, including the archdioceses of Los Angeles and San Francisco, for covering up child sexual abuse was filed Oct. 2 by survivor Tom Emens and Jeff Anderson & Associates.

Emens isn't filing the lawsuit for money. He's requesting the release of the names and documented histories on all clerical offenders in each diocese.

"I just want the truth. The truth is far more valuable," Emens said. "I'm just one person. There are thousands of other victims out there."

Jeff Anderson & Associates, a Minnesota-based law firm with a long history of suing the Catholic Church, also released a 120-page report on clerical sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, containing information on more than 300 clerical offenders and allegations that the archdiocese allowed more than 35 perpetrators to flee the jurisdiction after reports of abuse arose.

"There is a danger that he and we feel compelled to expose," Jeff Anderson said. "And that begins today with this lawsuit that is now filed in Los Angeles."

The report's over 300 names, Emens said, is not complete. The list contains names collected from lawsuit records and other public records. But his alleged abuser, Msgr. Thomas Joseph Mohan, isn't on that list.

"I don't know how many more victims are out there," he said. "Moving forward we have to protect the kids."

Victim Of Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Sues Calif. Bishops Over ‘Secret Lists’ Of Predator Priests

FULLERTON (CA)
CBSLA

October 2, 2018

A victim of sexual abuse perpetrated by a Catholic priest has sued the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and bishops across the state, claiming the institutions concealed claims of misconduct for decades.

Thomas Emens of Camarillo alleges he was sexually assaulted by Monsignor Thomas Mohan from the ages of 10 to 12, when the priest was serving at St. Anthony Claret Church in Anaheim.

“The most important thing I could say to everybody that’s listening and watching right now is this lawsuit is really the only opportunity I have at this point in time to find justice, not just for myself, but to bring all the victims that are in the shadows out,” Emens told reporters Tuesday, appearing to become emotional.

Mohan also worked at St. Juliana’s Church in Fullerton, but Emens’ lawyers say he never appeared on any offender lists. They filed a nuisance lawsuit against all California bishops in an attempt to get the clerical bodies to release their so-called “secret lists” of molester priests.

Archbishop Scicluna, as Vatican expert, wants accountability on sex abuse summit agenda

MALTA
The Associated Press

October 9, 2018

The pope's summit early next year on preventing sex abuse should also address holding bishops accountable when they fail to protect their flocks from paedophile priests, the Vatican's leading sex abuse expert said Monday.

Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna said the February summit of global church leaders is the appropriate venue for discussing "a great expectation for more accountability" among Catholic faithful worldwide.

The Vatican said last month that Pope Francis had summoned the presidents of the estimated 130 Catholic bishops' conferences to a Feb. 21-24 meeting to discuss the "protection of minors." The announcement was made as clergy sex abuse revelations and cover-up allegations on several continents fuelled a scandal that now threatens Francis' papacy.

Scicluna, who for a decade was the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, has long acknowledged the need for bishops to be punished if they covered up for predators.

Abuse survivors and their advocates accuse the Vatican of turning a blind eye when bishops moved priests who were suspected of or known for misconduct from parish to parish instead of reporting them to police or sanctioning them canonically.

While hundreds of priests have been defrocked over the years for raping and molesting minors, only a few bishops have faced sanctions for failing to prevent such crimes.

Francis has had a steep and difficult learning curve on the issue of complicity and culpability. He was excoriated earlier this year for having defended a Chilean bishop accused of witnessing and ignoring abuse by Chile's most notorious predator priest.

The pope eventually did an about face and acknowledged "errors in judgment," vowing that bishops would no longer be shielded from questions about how they responded to allegations against priests in their dioceses.

Victims of abuse by Catholic clergy call on Ohio attorney general for action

CINCINNATI (OH)
Cincinnati Enquirer

October 8, 2018

By Sheila Vilvens and Jessie Balmert

It's time for Ohio to investigate sex crimes by Catholic Church clergy, says a group of abuse survivors.

SNAP, short for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, protested outside Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Cincinnati office Monday afternoon. Three SNAP protestors showed up holding pictures of children from around the country who say they were abused.

SNAP is calling on DeWine to follow the lead of other states that have recently investigated clergy sex crimes and cover-ups.

Last week, Michigan's attorney general seized abuse records in each of that state's seven dioceses.

But DeWine's office says Ohio law doesn't allow for statewide investigations and grand juries, such as the one that revealed years of abuse in Pennsylvania.

Under Ohio law, local police and prosecutors must investigate crimes – by priests or anyone else – committed in their county.

That happened in 2003 when then-Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk pleaded no contest to charges that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati failed to report child sexual abuse by priests in Hamilton County.

Former Kerygma director banned from priestly duties

MALTA
Times of Malta

October 7, 2018

By Matthew Xuereb

Curia steps in after court clears Fr Charles Fenech of sexual abuse charges

Fr Charles Fenech, the former Kerygma Movement director once accused of sexual abuse, has been prohibited from carrying out the functions of his ministry anywhere in Malta and Gozo.

Three years ago, Fr Fenech was found guilty of sexually abusing a vulnerable woman who had turned to him for help and spiritual direction. However, an appeals court last month cleared him of this charge. The judge said the woman’s vulnerability had not been sufficiently proven in court and that the sexual relations between the two had been consensual.

Over the last few days, a rumour has been circulating that Fr Fenech – who had been prevented from carrying out his duties pending the conclusion of the case – was to be reinstated.

However, Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Gozo Bishop Mario Grech have decided to prohibit him from publicly exercising his priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Malta and Diocese of Gozo, the Curia told The Sunday Times of Malta.

Movie critical of Catholic church breaks box-office records in Poland

WARSAW (POLAND)
Reuters

October 1, 2018

By Marcin Goclowski

Nearly a million people have flocked to cinemas across Poland in the last three days to see a movie that depicts Catholic priests in a highly unflattering light, breaking box-office records, its distributor said on Monday.

“Kler” (“Clergy”) is a dark drama, with moments of bleak comedy, about three fictional Catholic priests who swill vodka and mock the church. One sexually abuses a blind orphan boy.

The film has fuelled debate about the church’s influence in one of Europe’s most devout nations.

Kino Swiat, the movie distributor, said 935,000 people had seen it in the three days after its launch.

Vatican defends Pope Francis against ‘blasphemous’ cover-up claims

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

October 8, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

A top Vatican cardinal issued a scathing rebuke Sunday of the ambassador who accused Pope Francis of covering up the sexual misconduct of a prominent American cardinal, saying his allegations were a “blasphemous” political hit job.

Six weeks after Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano threw the papacy into turmoil over his claims about ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the head of the Vatican’s bishops office said there was no evidence in his files backing Vigano’s claims that Francis annulled any canonical sanctions against McCarrick.

Ouellet did confirm for the first time that McCarrick, now 88, had been subject to some form of disciplinary measures given uncorroborated “rumors” of misconduct in his past. But Ouellet said the “exhortation” to live a discreet life of prayer stopped short of binding canonical sanctions, precisely because the rumors lacked proof.

Church leaders must face truth of abuse, Cardinal DiNardo says

ROME
Catholic News Service

October 7, 2018

By Cindy Wooden

The president of the U.S. bishops' conference welcomed Pope Francis' pledge to fight attempts to cover up cases of sexual abuse and to stop offering special treatment to bishops who have committed or covered up abuse.

"On behalf of my brother bishops in the United States, I welcome the statement of Oct. 6 from the Holy See which outlines additional steps Pope Francis is taking to ensure the faithful are protected from the evil of sexual assault," Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo said in a statement released Oct. 7 in Rome.

The cardinal, president of the USCCB, is in Rome for the Synod of Bishops. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, conference vice president, also is in Rome for the synod, and the two U.S. leaders were expected to meet privately with Pope Francis Oct. 8 as questions continue over the handling of years of allegations of sexual misconduct by former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington.

In a statement Oct. 6, the Vatican said Pope Francis had ordered a thorough review of the archives of Vatican offices to study how the allegations were handled.

"The Holy See is conscious that, from the examination of the facts and of the circumstances, it may emerge that choices were taken that would not be consonant with a contemporary approach to such issues. However, as Pope Francis has said: 'We will follow the path of truth wherever it may lead,'" the Vatican statement said.

Vatican Denounces Accusation Against Pope but Confirms Key Point

ROME
The Wall Street Journal

October 7, 2018

By Francis X. Rocca

Pope Francis is accused of knowing about a now-disgraced cardinal’s record yet restoring him to a position of high influence

A senior Vatican official on Sunday denounced what he called the “monstrous accusation” that Pope Francis ignored reports of sexual misconduct by a favorite U.S. cardinal, but he also confirmed that the cardinal had already been under disciplinary measures when the pope took office.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, head of the Vatican’s office for bishops, called claims that the pope knew of allegations against then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick yet made him an important adviser in the U.S. church “calumny and defamation.”

He acknowledged, however, that when the pope took office in 2013 the cardinal had already been punished over widespread rumors he had been sexually active with seminarians. That is a key element in the argument that the pope must have known about his past.

An investigation later found credible evidence that the then-cardinal had sexually abused a teenager in the early 1970s, and in July he became the first man to give up the title of cardinal in nearly a century.

The accusations by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò in August have rocked the church and shaken faith in the pontiff’s credibility.

Residents urge lawmaker to move forward on sex abuse legislation

BELLEFONTE (PA)
WJAC

October 1, 2018

One of Pennsylvania's leading lawmakers is being urged to move forward on proposed legislation that would give child sex abuse victims more time to file lawsuits.

Democrat Ezra Nanes is running against Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman in the 34th State Senate District race.

Nanes and several supporters showed up at Corman's Bellefonte office Friday morning to lobby for Senate approval of House legislation already approved that would allow victims to file lawsuits that would otherwise be outdated under current state law.

A spokesperson for Sen. Corman says the Senate is committed to providing further justice for victims before its upcoming recess.

NY Jewish school officials knew of abuse by administrator who molested 12 students

NEW YORK (NY)
JTA

October 5, 2018

By Ben Sales

UPDATE: This story has been updated to include comments from SAR Academy’s principal, Rabbi Binyamin Krauss, in an email to JTA and the statement to JTA from the attorney for Rabbi Sheldon Schwartz.

Officials at a New York Jewish day school knew of allegations against an administrator who abused at least a dozen of the school’s students, according to an investigation. He was rehired a decade later.

The report, which was published Friday, found that Stanley Rosenfeld sexually abused at least a dozen students at SAR Academy, a Modern Orthodox school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Another teacher, Rabbi Sheldon Schwartz, was found to have acted inappropriately with at least four students.

Rosenfeld, a convicted sex offender, has admitted to molesting hundreds of boys throughout his life, including at SAR, according to the report.

JTA has reached out to Schwartz through his attorney seeking comment on the accusations against him.

T&M Protection Resources, an external firm with experience investigating sexual assault allegations, conducted the probe that examined allegations of child sex abuse by Rosenfeld, an assistant principal at SAR in the 1970s who also taught English there a decade later. The school commissioned the investigation in January, soon after learning of the allegations.

Evangelicals, Let’s Talk About Violence Against Women

UNITED STATES
Patheos

October 4, 2018

By Kristin du Mez

So, it turns out close to half of all white evangelicals think Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed even if Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault are true. (An NPR/PBS NewHour/Marist poll conducted last week, 48% of white evangelical Christians believed he should be appointed to the highest court regardless; an additional 16% were unsure, leaving only 36% of white evangelicals who would apparently have a problem with an unrepentant perpetrator of sexual assault serving on the highest court of the land.)

To be honest, there’s nothing all that shocking here. The same white evangelicals looked the other way when the Access Hollywood tapes were released, when twenty-two women accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, when allegations surfaced of Roy Moore preying on teenage girls, and when an alarming number of their own faith leaders have been caught up in sexual abuse scandals.

It’s not clear that evangelical Christians are more likely than others to abuse women. (Although certain factors such as gendered power differentials have been connected to patterns of abuse, and many evangelical women themselves have testified that evangelical teachings of male authority and female submission perpetuate cultures of abuse, and constrained their ability to confront that abuse). What does give one pause, however, is the unwillingness on the part of so many evangelical Christians to condemn abuse when it does occur.

Jesus said unto them: don’t you dare change anything!

NAPA (CA)
The Napa Valley Register

October 5, 2018

By Paul Moser

Lynne Rodgers didn’t like what I wrote in my Sept. 14 letter, “The Real Housewives of Vatican City.” She was obviously upset as she penned her Sept. 29 response, claiming that my tone was “vastly Immature and unfair.”

I just want to know how she knew I wore my Mickey Mouse ears to Sunday mass until I was nearly 17. That was supposed to remain a dark secret of my past. Anyway, after reading her letter, I have to say that, personally, I will take “vastly immature and unfair” over “vastly illogical and sanctimonious” any day.

In case you missed her letter, let me give you a taste of some of her reasoning in trying to legitimize the endearingly backward and destructive Catholic traditions of clerical celibacy and male dominance.

She seems to want to conflate sex education and gender identity issues with the “corruption of youth,” which in her mind is apparently as bad as sexual molestation by clergymen. In other words, society itself is corrupting young people at an earlier and earlier age, so thank God priests are there to molest them properly before these terrible influences are felt. (Because her reasoning is so hazy, I have to take a stab at what she actually meant, you understand.)

She says reprovingly that “Pedophilia is on the march to becoming normalized.” So by all means the Church should lead the way?

My church in crisis

PHILIPPINES
Philippine Daily Inquirer

October 8, 2018

By Ramon Farolan

First, I was an Aglipayan. Shortly after my mother passed away, my surrogate mom who raised me as her own, had me rebaptized in the Catholic Church by Belgian missionaries. Since then, I have remained a Catholic although not the fervent, devout kind she would have wanted me to be.

Through the years, I have looked upon the Church as all-knowing, all-powerful, all-righteous, and perhaps, all-perfect. And so, whenever I went against her it was heavy on my conscience with the fires of hell very much in my thoughts as impressed on me by religious mentors in Catholic schools. As a young boy, how many times have I confessed to having impure thoughts when there was nothing else to say in the confessional?

For the past few months, the Church has been rocked by scandal involving sexual abuse in particular, of minors by members of the clergy. In the beginning, they were seen as isolated cases but as more and more news reports appeared on the subject, it has become apparent that sexual abuse by the clergy is one of the major problems of the Church. It is not only worldwide in extent but it also appears to permeate its ranks, from deacons, priests, bishops, archbishops, and even cardinals. Many are involved in the actual abuse of children but some are cases of cover-up or failure to take action by higher authorities.

1 Percenters attempt to buy control of the Church

UNITED STATES
Patheos

October 4, 2018

By Mark Shea

I remember, a month and a half ago when, for a brief moment, conservative white “prolife” Catholics pretended to care about sexual assault victims because the PA report had come out. Then Vigano lied about Francis (the one man who acted against McCarrick) lifting sanctions Vigano pretended to have enforced against McCarrick. For, like, a week or two, people hungering for power in the Church and vengeance against their gay and liberal culture war enemies achieved one thing: victims vanished from sight and were replaced by a pure power struggle to destroy a pope they have hated since the instant he was elected. For his part, Vigano lobbed a huge grenade demanding Francis’ resignation and claiming that Francis–the one man who had acted against McCarrick–was unfit to be pope since he had (according to McCarrick) lifted imaginary “sanctions” against McCarrick.

Tim Busch of the EWTN board of Governors totally assured the NY Times that the editors at the Register–which broke this hatchet job–“had personally assured him that the former pope, Benedict XVI, had confirmed Archbishop Viganò’s account.”. Liesite, 1 Peter 5, Church Militant, and several other Francis-hating propaganda organs leapt into this highly coordinated palace coup and piled on–and then it all unraveled.

The pope’s personal secretary denied there was any such confirmation from Benedict. The WaPo, seeking evidence, asked Vigano for documentation and he declared it was time for “silence and prayer” and then vanished, claiming They Are Trying to Kill Me. For a while, the supporters of the palace coup absurdly demanded that Francis produce the paperwork Vigano claimed existed but did not demand Vigano produce it. It never seemed to occur to them that there might not be any paperwork to produce.

Lay-led reform raises question: Can Catholic Church be bought?

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

October 8, 2018

by Michael Sean Winters

Two news stories last week gave ample justification for my repeated warnings this summer to be careful about viewing an increased role for the laity as some kind of panacea for what ails the church. Both stories indicated that there is a kind of clericalism unique to the laity that has emerged and which bodes ill and heretical. And, most worryingly, both stories demonstrated the ugly power of money that lay leadership entails, raising the question, unique to the American Church: Can the Catholic Church be bought?

The first story was Tom Roberts' account of a meeting at the Catholic University of America to launch the "Better Church Governance Group." The means for accomplishing improved ecclesial governance was to form a kind of posse of ex-FBI agents, academics and conservative activists to probe into the lives of all cardinal electors, compiling dossiers "in the manner of political opposition research." That characterization was frightening enough, but as you read the rest of their literature, (some of their protestations and walk backs notwithstanding,) it seemed that Roy Cohn was their model: This is reform with an ideological agenda. How else to explain the warm citation to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò's "testimony," which has been demonstrated to be filled with mistakes and unsubstantiated rumors, or the derogatory references to Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to whom no whiff of scandal has attached itself.

Most of the organizers of the effort were unknown to me but Jay Richards was listed as a "research editor." Mr. Richards is a professor at the Tim & Steph Busch School of Business at CUA and also hosts a weekly TV show on EWTN in which he spouts capitalist agitprop. I debated Richards at the Cato Institute in advance of Pope Francis's visit to the United States. He pretends to be an aficionado of Catholic social teaching but, in fact, he and the school at which he teaches are committed to undermining that teaching. After this, why is he still on the staff? The Catholic University of America makes much of its mission and the fact that it holds a pontifical charter. But, apparently, if your ecclesiology and your politics are conservative enough, the fact you are talking breezily about influencing a conclave is no big deal. Richards should be sacked.

Bishops emphasize abuse crisis, but point to wider range of issues

ROME (ITALY)
Crux Staff

October 9, 2018

As an Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops in Rome enters its second week, reports were released Tuesday from small working groups that provide the first real x-ray into how this gathering of prelates and other participants from around the world pondering young people, faith and vocational discernment is thinking.

Judging by the results, the child sexual abuse scandals in Catholicism are a major preoccupation, but hardly the only one.

In Spain’s ‘Stolen-Babies’ Scandal, Doctor Escapes Punishment

MADRID (SPAIN)
The New York Times

October 8, 2018

By Raphael Minder

Nearly 50 years ago, Inés Madrigal was taken from her parents, an unwitting participant in a scheme that started under Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s regime as a way of removing infants from families that opposed him.

On Monday a Spanish court acknowledged a former gynecologist had played a role in the 1969 abduction of Ms. Madrigal, who was an infant at the time. It was the first case in which a doctor faced trial in Spain for what is known here as the scandal of the stolen babies. But Ms. Madrigal’s victory was, in her words, bittersweet.

The judges at a provincial court in Madrid found there was irrefutable evidence to show that Eduardo Vela, 85, was involved in the abduction of Ms. Madrigal. But they said that the charges brought against him fell under a statute of limitations, which required the charges to be filed within 10 years of Ms. Madrigal becoming an adult. This meant that Dr. Vela couldn’t be convicted of any of them.

Exacólito Javier Molina relata abusos de sacerdote Laplagne: "Él me culpaba a mí de su perversión"

[Javier Molina recounts abuses of priest Laplagne: "He blamed me for his perversion"]

CHILE
TVN

October 7, 2018

El denunciante de Laplagne relató en 'El Informante' que no recibió respuesta tras realizar su denuncia al Arzobispado.

Este domingo en la nueva edición de El Informante, el ex acólito Javier Molina Huerta, denunciante del sacerdote Jorge Laplagne dio a conocer su crudo testimonio.

Cura Hasbún explota contra El Informante de TVN tras entrevista a denunciante de Laplagne por abusos sexuales

[Hasbún explodes in reaction to TVN's interview with Laplagne's accuser]

CHILE
The Clinic

October 9, 2018

El religioso aseguró que la entrevista “fue unilateralmente empática, llena de apelaciones emocionales, lágrimas, suspiros del entrevistador. Con imágenes en las que aparecen mi rostro y mi nombre con la expresión ‘en la mira’. Esa es una expresión característica del cazador de animales y del francotirador, que dispara a hombres”. El cura Raúl Hasbún sencillamente explotó contra el programa de TVN, “El Informante”, todo esto tras la entrevista realizada al ex acólito Javier Molina, quien denunció por abusos sexuales al sacerdote Jorge Laplagne.

El "sorpresivo" rol del obispo Cristián Roncagliolo en la arquidiócesis de Santiago

[The "surprising" role of Bishop Cristián Roncagliolo in the Archdiocese of Santiago]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 7, 2018

By Tomás Molina J.

A poco más de un año ejerciendo como auxiliar de Santiago, ascendió al cargo de vicario general del arzobispado, es decir, la mano derecha de Ezzati.

El pasado 11 de junio llegó la primera oleada. Las renuncias de los obispos Juan Barros (Osorno), Gonzalo Duarte (Valparaíso) y Cristián Caro (Puerto Montt) fueron concretadas por el Papa Francisco. En reemplazo de los dos primeros entraron, como administradores apostólicos, Jorge Concha y Pedro Ossandón, quienes ejercían como obispos auxiliares de Santiago.

Presunta víctima de abuso sexual de Laplagne reveló cómo la situación vivida con el sacerdote le cambió la vida

[Alleged victim of Jorge Laplange details sex abuse that began when he was 13 and changed his life]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 8, 2018

By Pía Larrondo

Javier Molina, entregó detalles de la relación que tuvo con el religioso y cómo esto fue cambiando con el tiempo, cuando él apenas tenía 13 años. "Me culpaba a mí de su perversión", sostuvo.

El ex acólito Javier Molina habló este domingo sobre los presuntos abusos sexuales que cometió el religioso Jorge Laplagne contra él cuando era menor de edad, en el año 2002. En el programa El Informante de TVN, el denunciante reveló detalles de su relación con el sacerdote, que comenzó cuando él tenía tan solo 13 años y el religioso 45. En ese momento Molina se desempeñaba como acólito de la parroquia en que Laplagne hacía misa.

Jorge Laplagne: El caso que podría arrastrar a Ezzati, Errázuriz y Hasbún por encubrimiento

[The Jorge Laplagne case could implicate Ezzati, Errázuriz, and Hasbún in cover-up]

CHILE
Emol

October 7, 2018

By Tomás Molina J.

En julio de este año el Arzobispado de Santiago comunicó que se inició una investigación canónica en contra del presbítero por abusos a un menor. Misma causa que ya había sido indagada hace 8 años, donde no se acreditó la veracidad de los hechos.

El pasado 13 de julio una nueva investigación por un presunto abuso sexual cometido por un sacerdote a un menor de edad fue informada por el Arzobispado de Santiago. La acusación era en contra del párroco de las iglesias de San Crescente (Providencia) y Nuestra Señora de Luján (Ñuñoa), Jorge Laplagne Aguirre, quien también prestaba servicios en el Instituto Alonso de Ercilla, de la congregación de los Hermanos Maristas.

Instituto Schoenstatt admite que no reaccionó a tiempo por abusos del obispo Cox

[Schoenstatt Institute admits it did not react quickly enough to accusations against Bishop Cox]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 7, 2018

By Aton (news agency)

A través de un comunicado, la congregación explicó que en el período en que el padre vivió en la Serena tuvieron conocimiento sobre diferentes situaciones abusivas cometidas por él pero que "en ese momento no respondimos como la situación lo requería".

El superior general del Instituto Secular Padres de Schoenstatt, Juan Pablo Cattogio, dio a conocer una declaración sobre la situación del arzobispo emérito de La Serena, Francisco José Cox, denunciado ante la justicia civil y canónica por abusos sexuales a menores.

¿Podría la Iglesia perder su calidad de sostenedora?

[Could the Church lose its sustaining status regarding schools?]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 7, 2018

By C. Said

El Arzobispado de Santiago rechaza esa posibilidad y argumenta el fuerte trabajo preventivo.

La investigadora del Centro de Estudios Públicos Sylvia Eyzaguirre planteó hace unas semanas que si se probara que la Iglesia Católica encubrió los casos de abuso, y no hizo nada por prevenirlo, se podría plantear la interrogante respecto de si debe seguir siendo sostenedora de colegios. Pero el vicario para la Educación del Arzobispado de Santiago, sacerdote Andrés Moro, rechaza esa idea.

Los cambios que han aplicado los colegios católicos ante los abusos

[Catholic schools make changes in face of clergy abuse crisis]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 7, 2018

By Carlos Said

Cuatro congregaciones y establecimientos cuentan que han modificado sus protocolos e infraestructura para prevenir nuevos casos, y muestran su visión de la crisis.

Los casos de abusos sexuales de sacerdotes contra menores, destapados en los últimos años, han remecido fuertemente a los colegios católicos: una veintena de religiosos han sido acusados de este delito dentro de establecimientos de seis congregaciones, lo que obligó a esas agrupaciones a revisar sus protocolos y aplicar cambios en la infraestructura de escuelas.

La especial historia del denunciante del obispo Infanti

[The peculiar story of the informant in Bishop Infanti cover-up investigation]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 7, 2018

By L. Zapata and J. Verdejo

La eventual víctima, quien lo apunta por un supuesto encubrimiento, tiene peculiares apariciones en prensa, pero no sería el único relato que maneja la fiscalía.

El pasado jueves 28 de junio, a las 22.53 horas, llegó al correo electrónico de la Fiscalía de Aysén la denuncia de una mujer, de iniciales C. V. V., quien daba cuenta de los supuestos delitos de “encubrimiento, violación, secuestro y torturas en perjuicio de mis tres hijos, exalumnos de la obra Don Guanella, internado San Luis Puerto Cisnes”.

Abusos en la Iglesia: Cox desestima denuncias en su contra y asegura que "no son problema suyo"

[Abuses in the Church: Cox dismisses complaints against him, says "they are not his problem"]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 8, 2018

By Guido Focacci and Nicole Martínez

Sentado, se le vio tranquilo y eludió hasta el final el tema. En conversación con TVN, el sacerdote Francisco Cox, quien vive en Alemania, catalogó como un “enredo enorme” las denuncias de abuso sexual en su contra en Chile, donde tiene cuatro acusaciones y al menos dos están siendo investigadas por el Ministerio Público. Tiene una denuncia también ahí, en Alemania, pero para él estos casos “no son problema suyo”.

Víctimas y laicos piden extradición y expulsión de sacerdote Cox tras su aparición en televisión

[Victims and laypeople request extradition and expulsion of Cox after the priest's TV appearance]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 9, 2018

By Matías Vega and Nicole Martínez

Denunciantes del sacerdote Francisco Cox y laicos de La Serena pidieron la extradición del religioso desde Alemania para que enfrente denuncias de abuso sexual en su contra, luego de que reapareciera en un canal de televisión. Además le insistieron al Papa que lo expulse del sacerdocio, como ya hizo con dos exreligiosos chilenos, entre ellos Fernando Karadima.

Bucks County senators pressured to support child sex abuse bill

DOYLESTOWN (PA)
The Intelligencer

October 8, 2018

By Kyle Bagenstose

Mark Rozzi, a state representative from Berks County who was raped by a priest as a child, visited Bucks County on Monday and called on state Sens. McIlhinney and Tomlinson to support a measure that would open up a two-year window in the statute of limitations.

In 2016, before his colleagues in the state’s House of Representatives, Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, retold how he was raped in a shower by a priest at age 13. He ran from the shower, throwing on his clothing as he fled the church rectory, burying the incident until 2009 when a friend, also a victim of abuse from the priest, took his own life.

“He took the gun, and put it to his chest, and killed himself,” Rozzi said in 2016. “I have tremendous guilt that I didn’t speak up sooner. That if I did, could I have saved other lives?”

Missouri Diocese identifies three priests accused of sexual assault

SPRINGFIELD (MO)
Fox 22 News

October 9, 2018

The Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic Diocese has identified three priests accused for sexually abusing children four decades ago.

The diocese said in a news release Monday that two of the priests - the Rev. John Brath and Monsignor John Rynish - have died. Brath died in 2014 and Rynish died in 2001.

The third priest, the Rev. Fred Lutz, retired from active ministry in 2011.

The diocese says each priest is accused of committing sexual abuse sometime in the 1970s but some of the allegations were made recently.

In August, Bishop Edward Rice said the diocese would conduct a review of possible abuse cases dating back more than five decades, after an investigation in Pennsylvania uncovered more than 1,000 cases of abuse.

A diocese spokeswoman was not available late Monday afternoon to provide further information.

Fiscalía alemana no indagará a Cox por abuso sexual contra menor

[German prosecutor will not investigate Cox for sexual abuse against minor]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 8, 2018

By E. Müller and H. Basoalto

Ente persecutor de Coblenza dijo que en ese país, hasta 2008, solo se penalizaban actos contra menores de 16 años. La víctima boliviana aseguró que tenía 17 años cuando habrían ocurrido los hechos, en 2004, en Vallender.

Canónico y penal. En ambas aristas existen hoy denuncias contra el arzobispo emérito de La Serena, Francisco José Cox, quien actualmente reside en Vallender, Alemania. Se le apunta por eventuales abusos contra menores de edad, que habrían sido cometidos en diferentes períodos de tiempo. Algunos en Chile, cuando fue prelado de aquella diócesis (1990-1997), y otros en Europa, a donde se mudó en 2002.

Iglesia defiende legalidad de expulsión de Precht

[Church defends legality of Precht's expulsion]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 8, 2018

By J. Matus and L. Zapata

El exsacerdote y el Arzobispado de Santiago están a la espera de la resolución del tribunal de alzada, que mantiene la causa en acuerdo desde el 25 de septiembre.

El Arzobispado de Santiago presentó un escrito ante la 7a. Sala de la Corte de Apelaciones de Santiago para que sea considerado antes de resolver el recurso de protección interpuesto por el exsacerdote Cristián Precht, expulsado del estado clerical. En el documento, firmado por el abogado Rodrigo Aros, la Iglesia cuestiona la dimisión impuesta al presbítero, tras la investigación canónica por abusos sexuales, asegurándole a la corte que la medida fue una decisión del Papa Francisco, y que estas “no requieren confirmación y son inapelables, abarcan toda jurisdicción y se extienden territorial, personal y materialmente sobre toda la Iglesia”. Señala, además, que estas facultades son reconocidas en el Art. 547 del Código Civil chileno.

Arhbishop Scicluna wants accountability on sex abuse summit agenda

ROME (ITALY)
Associated Press

October 9, 2018

The pope's summit early next year on preventing sex abuse should also address holding bishops accountable when they fail to protect their flocks from paedophile priests, the Vatican's leading sex abuse expert said Monday.

Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna said the February summit of global church leaders is the appropriate venue for discussing "a great expectation for more accountability" among Catholic faithful worldwide.

The Vatican said last month that Pope Francis had summoned the presidents of the estimated 130 Catholic bishops' conferences to a Feb. 21-24 meeting to discuss the "protection of minors." The announcement was made as clergy sex abuse revelations and cover-up allegations on several continents fuelled a scandal that now threatens Francis' papacy.

Abusos en la Iglesia: la operación para frenar al fiscal Emiliano Arias

[Abuses in the Church: the operation to stop prosecutor Emiliano Arias]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 5, 2018

By Leonardo Casas, Erik López, and Nicole Martínez

El pasado 13 de septiembre, el fiscal Emiliano Arias encabezó allanamientos simultáneos en cuatro ciudades del país en busca de documentos y antecedentes de arquediócesis de la Iglesia Católica, cuyos sacerdotes estarían involucrados en delitos de connotación sexual contra feligreses, varios de ellos menores de edad.

Waiting For Salina

NASHVILLE (TN)
Waiting for Salina blog

October 7, 2018

By Marci Preheim

It was a crisp fall morning in downtown Raleigh. I chose the only open table outside a bustling café, to savor my cappuccino. I concentrated on sipping without ruining the palm leaf etched in foam at the top of my cup. I was waiting for Salina.

I have been remotely acquainted with Salina for a few years, but I knew her from Twitter as Cathy. You know how Twitter is. You scroll through fragments of people’s lives and piece together a narrative. Cathy was hurt. Cathy was angry. Why? I couldn’t quite tell, but her cries on Twitter had a familiar ring.

I looked over my shoulder and saw her approaching. Her gait was slow and labored. She wore a button down cream-colored blouse, and stretchy blue slacks. She smiled sadly when she saw me, and made her way to the table. Cathy is middle-aged with short brownish-reddish hair and glasses. Her deep-set brown eyes looked weary and she wore no make-up. After a little small talk, we picked up the conversation we had been trying to have all weekend at The Courage Conference, hosted by Ashley Easter for sexual abuse victims and advocates. Like on Twitter, Cathy’s story was coming together in pieces. I had to ask a lot of questions, but I sat in stunned silence as it came into focus more than a hundred and forty characters at a time.

Local abuse advocates call for investigation into Catholic clergy sex crimes

TOLEDO (OH)
NBC 24

October 8, 2018

A local chapter of an abuse advocate group is calling for an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations in the Catholic church.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, otherwise known as SNAP, is sending letters of demand to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates.

The group is asking for a grand jury and panel like the recent actions that were taken in Pennsylvania, where a report alleged more than 1,000 children were molested by over 300 members of the church.

Claudia Vercellotti is the longtime director for SNAP in Toledo and made the announcement at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Obispado de Valparaíso niega haber obstaculizado allanamientos de Fiscalía: No teníamos nada oculto

[Valparaíso Diocese denies obstructing searches: "We did not have anything hidden"]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 5, 2018

By Sebastián Asencio

Este viernes, el Obispado de Valparaíso respondió a la polémica que se ha generado en relación a los allanamientos que Fiscalía encabezó el pasado 13 de septiembre por el caso de abusos sexuales en la Iglesia y el presunto encubrimiento de sacerdotes.

Arzobispo de Concepción confirma dos nuevas denuncias de abusos sexuales de sacerdotes en el Bío Bío

[Archbishop of Concepción confirms two new allegations of clergy sex abuse in Bío Bío region]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 8, 2018

By Nicolás Parra and Óscar Valenzuela

El arzobispo de Concepción, Fernando Chomalí, confirmó dos nuevas denuncias de abusos sexuales de sacerdotes en la región del Bío Bío que ya se están investigando, pero que estarían prescritas frente a la justicia ordinaria. Los casos fueron informados por la autoridad eclesiástica tras la visita que realizó hace ya un par de semanas al papa Francisco, donde el obispo de Roma lo confirmó en su cargo, luego de rechazarle por tercera vez la renuncia.

October 8, 2018

California dioceses lists 34 priests accused of sex abuse

SAN BERNARDINO (CA)
Associated Press

October 8, 2018

A Southern California Roman Catholic diocese has released a list of 34 priests who were accused of sexually abusing children, including six who were convicted of criminal charges.

On its website Monday, the Diocese of San Bernardino County lists clergy it says were subject to “credible allegations” of molestation since the diocese formed in 1978.

Most were removed from the priesthood, permanently banned from ministry in the diocese or are dead. One priest left the diocese in 1993 and his whereabouts are unknown.

Bishop Gerald Barnes offered an apology to the victims and their families and urged anyone who was molested by a priest to report it.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Diocese of Orange and the Diocese of San Diego have released similar lists.

Missouri diocese names 3 priests accused of sexual abuse

SPRINGFIELD (MO)
Associated Press

October 8, 2018

The Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic Diocese has identified three priests accused for sexually abusing children four decades ago.

The diocese said in a news release Monday that two of the priests — the Rev. John Brath and Monsignor John Rynish — have died. Brath died in 2014 and Rynish died in 2001.

The third priest, the Rev. Fred Lutz, retired from active ministry in 2011.

The diocese says each priest is accused of committing sexual abuse sometime in the 1970s but some of the allegations were made recently.

In August, Bishop Edward Rice said the diocese would conduct a review of possible abuse cases dating back more than five decades, after an investigation in Pennsylvania uncovered more than 1,000 cases of abuse.

A diocese spokeswoman was not available late Monday afternoon to provide further information.

Lansing Diocese suspends priest over assault allegation

LANSING (MI)
Associated Press

October 8, 2018

The Catholic Diocese of Lansing has suspended a senior priest from public ministry because of what it calls a “credible allegation” of sexual assault by an adult male from decades ago.

The diocese announced Monday it had suspended the Rev. Robert Gerl (GEHR’-el), who was not assigned to a parish since he’s on senior status.

Diocesan spokesman Michael Diebold says Michigan State Police have seized Gerl’s file as part of Attorney General Bill Schuette’s (SHOO’-tee) investigation into possible sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Michigan.

An Awful Truth About Courage

UNITED STATES
The American Conservative

October 8, 2018

By Rod Dreher

I am a supporter of Courage, the Catholic ministry to same-sex attracted men and women who wish to live faithful to the Catholic Church’s teaching on sexuality (that is, they seek to be chaste). So it’s a hard blow to read Crux’s report today about the role Courage’s beloved founder, the late Father John Harvey, played in advocating the restoration of abusive priests to ministry. Excerpts:

In a 1992 article in Crisis, a conservative magazine, Harvey described the arguments he had offered at the Ninth Bishops’ Workshop in Dallas in 1990. Harvey argued that priests who sexually abused minors often did so because of sexual addiction, and therefore guilt could not be imputed. On that basis, he claimed bishops could not impose canonical penalties.

Instead, he argued, most should be rehabilitated and returned to ministry. While he went on to note that there should be certain conditions, such as barring participation in overseeing youth ministry, he criticized bishops for a double standard in not treating abuser priests the same way as they often treat alcoholics or drug addicts, who are generally sent to rehab and then put back in the field.

In the article, he criticized bishops moving toward a zero-tolerance policy.

Allegations against priest who helped lead football team to national title in Ireland

LEICESTER (UNITED KINGDOM)
Crux

October 8, 2018

By Charles Collins

A Catholic priest who helped lead his county’s football team to the national championship has voluntarily and temporarily stepped aside as a pastor in Northern Ireland after “concerns” were brought to his archdiocese about an alleged incident from before his ordination.

Father Gerard McAleer is currently the parish priest of St. Patrick’s Church in Donaghmore in the Archdiocese of Armagh, and a longtime figure in the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

The GAA is one of the major cultural institutions on the island of Ireland, and governs traditional Irish sports, the most prominent being Gaelic football - a fifteen-a-side sport that resembles a combination of soccer and rugby - and hurling - which is similar to field hockey and lacrosse.

Confirmed: Pope to meet USCCB leaders on Monday

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 7, 2018

By Christopher White

After a Vatican announcement Saturday that Pope Francis has ordered a “thorough study” of sex abuse allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and his rise to power, a senior Vatican official has confirmed that a delegation from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will meet Francis on Monday.

The meeting, however, was scheduled months ahead of yesterday’s announcement as a part of an annual trip to Rome by USCCB leadership, in which they typically meet the pope and other senior Vatican officials.

Speaking to Crux, the senior Vatican official insisted that the meeting was scheduled well before last month’s meeting between the pope and USCCB delegation in which they requested the pope to approve an Apostolic Visitation, meaning a Vatican investigation, to get to the bottom of the McCarrick case.

On hand for that occasion were President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo; Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB; Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston in his role as president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors; and Monsignor Brian Bransfield, secretary-general of the USCCB.

National Redress Scheme for victims of institutional child sex abuse a bureaucratic monster

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

October 5, 2018

By Jack the Insider, Columnist

In little more than a fortnight, the federal parliament will host 800 guests, many of them victims of institutional child sex abuse.

An apology will be issued by Prime Minister Morrison and while it is long overdue, it promises to be a moment where symbolism overrides a rather bleak reality.

There are an estimated 60,000 people who suffered institutional sexual abuse as children since 1950. Our society had forgotten its children, failed to cherish them as its most valuable asset and ignored their basic right not to be subject to abuse.

Many commentators have made the mistake that as the Royal Commission examined a range of case studies, that this dark moment in our own social history is over, never to be repeated.

When we contemplate why certain adults are given to preying on children sexually, there is a clear danger of a recurrence. We could discuss the psychology of the causes of pedophilia forever and perhaps get stuck on the great myth that those offended against will one day become offenders themselves.

These sorts of ruminations are unhelpful. Let’s keep it simple. Child sexual abuse in an institutional setting is the expression of power over the vulnerable. When we understand that basic truth, we also understand that it is likely to happen again.

Fiscal Arias cuestionó paralización de diligencias por abusos sexuales: "No hay fundamento"

[Prosecutor Arias says "there is no basis" for stopping court proceedings in clergy abuse investigation]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 6, 2018

El persecutor comentó que "el compromiso precisamente es una vez que se efectúe la copia del material incautado se va a devolver y eso se solicita en general a la propia Fiscalía. Uno lo que puede observar son posiciones distintas de diversos obispados".

El fiscal regional de O'Higgins, Emiliano Arias, cuestionó la decisión tomada por la Corte de Apelaciones de Rancagua luego de un recurso de protección interpuesto por el vicario judicial del Obispado de Valparaíso para recuperar un computador, hecho que mantiene paralizadas varias diligencias por los casos de abusos sexuales en la Iglesia Católica.

Víctimas de Karadima acusan "trabas" de la Iglesia católica en investigaciones de los casos de abusos

[3 victims of Karadima accuse Church of putting "obstacles" into clergy abuse investigations]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 6, 2018

A través de una carta, José Andrés Murillo, James Hamilton y Juan Carlos Cruz, aseguraron que la iglesia católica "se opone al derecho de las víctimas" al dificultar las diversas investigaciones que se mantienen en curso, dando como ejemplo el recurso de protección que el Obispado de Valparaíso interpuso, para paralizar el caso que señala a Ricardo Ezzati.

José Andrés Murillo, James Hamilton y Juan Carlos Cruz, víctimas de abusos sexuales cometidos por el sacerdote Fernando Karadima, acusaron hoy a la Iglesia católica de poner "trabas" a las investigaciones que realiza la Justicia chilena. En una carta en el diario El Mercurio, los tres recordaron que esta semana el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, guardó silencio ante el fiscal que lo citó a declarar como imputado por el presunto encubrimiento de los abusos sexuales cometidos por el excanciller de su arzobispado Óscar Muñoz.

El reemplazante de Ezzati: el Vaticano no tiene a quién poner en el Arzobispado de Santiago

[The Vatican has not found anyone to fill Ezzati's role in the Archdiocese of Santiago]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 8, 2018

“El Papa no ha encontrado al candidato adecuado, lo está buscando”, dijo el arzobispo de Concepción Fernando Chomalí (en la foto). El religioso, quien sonaba como una de las principales cartas para sustituir al cuestionado jefe de la Iglesia católica capitalina, confesó que en una reunión que sostuvo con el Papa Francisco en Roma, le pidió "formalmente un trabajo más sencillo y él me dijo que siguiera acá (en Concepción)".

La salida del cardenal Ricardo Ezzati del Arzobispado de Santiago es inminente. Sin embargo, el Papa Francisco aún no ha encontrado el "candidato adecuado" para suplirlo. Esto fue ratificado por el arzobispo de Concepción, el sacerdote Fernando Chomalí, quien durante septiembre tuvo un viaje a Roma para reunirse con Francisco. "El Papa no ha encontrado al candidato adecuado, lo está buscando, eso lo dijo", señaló el jefe de la iglesia penquista este lunes.

Obispado de Valparaíso niega estar ocultando información tras recurso que paralizó investigación por abusos en la iglesia

[Diocese of Valparaíso denies hiding information after appeal that paralyzed investigation of clergy abuse]

CHILE
Publimetro

October 6, 2018

By Christian Monzón

Aseguraron que su intención no es obstaculizar ni menos impedir la acción de la justicia.

A través de una declaración pública, el Obispado de Valparaíso aseguró que no está ocultando ningún tipo de información y que se encuentra colaborando con la Fiscalía. “El jueves 13 de septiembre de 2018, el Obispado entregó todo lo que vino a incautar la Fiscalía el día del allanamiento. Abrió sus puertas, no tenía nada oculto y el personal colaboró amablemente con el Fiscal. Así lo haremos cada vez que seamos solicitados. Siempre ayudaremos tal como lo hicimos ese día. Y en ese sentido estamos trabajando con resultados de conocimiento público”, expresa el documento.

Haunted by clergy abuse, Pa. family leaves Catholic Church after years-long struggle

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WHYY (NPR affiliate)

October 8, 2018

By Laura Benshoff

[Listen 4:57]

Each time there’s a new report or newspaper article about sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Chuck Gesing steels himself.

“That was disgusting,” said Gesing, of the most recent grand jury report in Pennsylvania, which alleged more than 300 priests sexually abused more than 1,000 minors. But, he called such news “not unexpected at this point.”

In August, NPR asked Catholic listeners from Pennsylvania and across the country to share their responses to the report. The survey asked whether any of the now four investigations into systematic child abuse by priests in the state have caused them to reconsider their faith or join a different denomination. More than 200 people responded.

Movie About Church Sexual Abuse Is a Contentious Hit in Poland

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

By Alex Marshall

October 8, 2018

“Clergy,” a new movie by the director Wojciech Smarzowski, starts with three priests drinking vodka until they can barely speak. One then drives drunk to a parishioner’s apartment and mumbles his way through the giving of last rites.

The picture of Poland’s priesthood only goes downhill from there. The priests steal money from their congregations, spy on each other, and exploit their connections with politicians, journalists and the police.

But much of “Clergy” focuses on one issue: Clerical child abuse, which the movie says the church covered up. In one scene, it incorporates accounts from real people who say they were abused.

This may not sound like the plot for a blockbuster movie — let alone one that features a heavy dose of comedy — but “Clergy” is a smash hit in Poland. It opened on Sept. 28, and more than 1.7 million people saw it during its first week, according to Kino Swiat, the movie’s distributor. That is a huge figure for a country of 38 million.

The Holy See's blindness

EL CERRITO CA)
American Thinker

October 9, 2018

By John David Powell

Politics and sex. There was a time when some of us “seasoned” individuals believed you could not get enough of either. Sadly, that is not the case lately. Politics and sex; sex and politics. I do not know about you, but it has not been good for some folks in a long time.

Sex in some form is all part of a day’s work for a political figure. It can range from criminal behavior (alleged or actual), to extramarital (real or imagined), to issues of gender (same or trans or whatever is in vogue at the moment). Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards combined all of them when he famously said the only way he could lose the 1983 election was “if I’m caught in bed with either a live boy or a dead girl.”

Even our sanctuaries are not free from sex scandals. If we are not reading about pedophile priests, we are reading about pedophile preachers. If we are not hearing about a preacher in a car with a hooker, we are reading about Jesus in bed with a prostitute.

Vatican expert urges accountability at pope's abuse summit

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

October 8, 2018

The Vatican's leading sex abuse expert says Pope Francis' summit in February with global church leaders on preventing abuse should also address holding bishops accountable when they fail to protect their flocks from pedophile priests.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna told a news conference Monday that "there is a great expectation for more accountability" from Catholic faithful worldwide, and that the summit is the appropriate venue to discuss it.

Scicluna, who for a decade was the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, also said the Vatican should consider whether sexual abuse of adults by people in positions of power could be prosecuted in the same stringent way that it prosecutes sexual abuse of minors.

He spoke to reporters Monday during the Vatican's meeting on youth, which has been dominated by the abuse scandal.

SNAP advocates call for Ohio leaders to investigate priest sexual assault allegations

TOLEDO (OH)
WTOL TV

October 8 2018

By Fayth Atkins

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also know as SNAP, is now calling on Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates and Attorney General Mike DeWine to investigate allegations of priest sexual assault in Ohio.

SNAP advocate Claudia Vercellotti said she was abused in Toledo in the 90's. She said after Pennsylvania finished a state-wide investigation into its diocese, it's now time for Ohio to step up and do the same.

"16 years I've been speaking on the issue and that's 16 years and one day too long. 22 years I've been trying to work within the closed system to victims," explained Vercellotti.

A spokesperson with Attorney General DeWine's office said they cannot get involved in the investigation unless Lucas County officials ask for their help.

Survivors network, SNAP, targets St. Louis Cathedral

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
Fox 8 WVUE

October 8

By Rob Masson

The head of the Louisiana chapter of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, is taking a new approach in his effort to get full disclosure of abusive clergy.

He targeted churchgoers at the city’s most prominent Catholic Church Monday.

“We would like the bishop to be more transparent with the community,” said Tim Lennon with SNAP.

Friday, Lennon was in Baton Rouge, trying to get the attorney general to launch a state wide investigation into clergy abuse. At the St. Louis Cathedral Monday, he passed out leaflets demanding that the archbishop release the names of all abusive clergy.

“Release the names, we feel this is important for survivors suffering alone and in the dark,” said Lennon.

Though some waved off the leaflet, others supported what Lennon is trying to accomplish, as a way to keep others from being abused again.

“I think anyone doing inappropriate behavior, that should be public for all persons,” said Julie Holman of New Orleans.

One Catholic from Arkansas says her parish back home in Jonesboro has already released the names.

"He published all the records, he just wanted to do it, so it would be in the open," said Rachel Boydstun of Arkansas.

Archbishop Aymond has indicated he is getting close to releasing the names of abusive clergy but whether he does or not he says things are being handled with far more openness than in the past.

Monday afternoon, the archbishop put out this statement:

“While i understand that certain groups are requesting the immediate release of names, it is important to ensure th

Springfield Diocese IDs 3 Catholic priests who allegedly abused children decades ago

SPRINGFIELD (MO)
Springfield News-Leader

By Giacomo Bologna

October 8, 2018

The Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic Diocese identified three priests Monday who allegedly sexually abused children four decades ago.

Two of those priests — the Rev. John A. Brath and Monsignor John J. Rynish — have been dead for several years. The third, the Rev. Fred Lutz, retired from active ministry in 2011, the diocese said in a press release.

Brath died in 2014 and Rynish died in 2001, the release says.

Each priest allegedly sexually abused a minor sometime in the 1970s, the release says.

All three had stints in Springfield and the surrounding area during the 1970s, according to the release.

Under Missouri law, it's almost certain that the statute of limitations to file a civil suit against these priests has passed.

‘We have nothing to hide’: Oakland diocese to release names of all priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors

OAKLAND (CA)
Mercury News

October 8, 2018

By Matthias Gafni

Following vows from Catholic churches in the South Bay, the Diocese of Oakland said Monday it too will launch an independent investigation into clergy sex abuse and name priests credibly accused of abusing children as part of worldwide church effort to address the scandal.

Similar to the San Jose diocese effort, Oakland diocese Bishop Michael C. Barber announced that former FBI executive Assistant Director Kathleen McChesney and her firm Kinsale Management Consulting will assist his office in reviewing clergy files and audit the processes. He said the first list of predator priests would be released in about 45 days, and that McChesney’s “full review” of church files will be completed “by the first of the year.”

“This is the latest step in the ongoing commitment of the Diocese of Oakland to stop the scourge of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults,” Barber wrote in a letter to parishioners. “This public accountability will allow you and others in our community to see we are keeping our promises. We have nothing to hide. It is the right thing to do.”

Barber said his diocese would release the list of names, which would include “diocesan, religious order and extern priests.”

Senior priest in Lansing Diocese defrocked after sexual assault claim

LANSING (MI)
WSYM FOX 47 News

October 8, 2018

A senior priest in the Catholic Diocese of Lansing had is priestly faculties removed due to a credible allegation of sexual assault.

Rev. Robert Gerl is accused of sexually assaulting an adult male decades ago, the Diocese said in a statement.

The Diocese encourages anyone harmed by someone in the church to contact law enforcement, or Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, LMSW, at 888-308-6252, or by email at cwilliamshecksel@dioceseoflansing.org.

Check back for updates on this story.

Sex offender’s job at Cumberland church with day care facilities raises alarm

CUMBERLAND (ME)
Portland Press Herald

October 8, 2018

By Eric Russell

Eugene Weir is content to live his life quietly.

Being the only registered sex offender in a suburban town of about 8,000 people, though, that isn’t always possible.

Weir was convicted in 1990 of sexually assaulting three relatives between the ages of 4 and 7 and spent nine years in prison. When he was released, he returned home to Cumberland to live with his mother, who needed his help running her farm.

Townspeople didn’t like it. More than 100 of them attended a meeting to express their concerns. About an hour into that meeting, something extraordinary happened. A man who was sitting in the back stood up and walked to the front of the room.

“I’m Eugene Weir,” he said.

Weir addressed their concerns. He didn’t ask for their forgiveness or pity. He just wanted to tell them he wasn’t a threat.

Sexual abuse survivors gather at St. Louis Cathedral, demand answers

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
WVUE

October 8, 2018

By Josh Roberson

Sexual abuse survivors will meet outside of St. Louis Cathedral Monday to demand answers from the church.

Members of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests will also be in attendance to support victims and hand out leaflets to church goers urging them to join their cause.

SNAP claims there are 78 Catholic priests in Louisiana that have been formally accused of sexual abuse, many they say are in the New Orleans area.

Attorney General Jeff Landry wrote that he has not received any complaints or referrals from district attorney’s in the state.

SNAP officials recently protested in front of Landry’s office on Friday demanding a formal investigation.

SNAP is asking all 5 bishops in the state to immediately release the names of the accused to better protect children.

Clergy abuse victims call on Ohio attorney general for action

CINCINNATI (OH)
Cincinnati Enquirer

October 8, 2018

By Sheila Vilvens

A group called SNAP, short for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is holding a news conference at 1 p.m. Monday in front of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office, 411 Vine St., and 1600 Carew Tower, in Cincinnati.

SNAP is calling on DeWine to follow the lead of other states that have recently investigated clergy sex crimes and cover-ups.

Last week, Michigan's attorney general seized abuse records in each of that state's seven dioceses.

Four of Ohio's six dioceses (Cleveland, Columbus, Youngstown and Steubenville) say they will release names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics, according to SNAP. The other two dioceses say they already publish this information.

Pope blames devil for Church scandals, seeks angel's help

ROME (ITALY)
Reuters

October 7, 2018

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY - The devil is alive and well and working overtime to undermine the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis says.

In fact, the pope is so convinced that Satan is to blame for the sexual abuse crisis and deep divisions racking the Church that he has asked Catholics around the world to recite a special prayer every day in October to try to beat him back.

"(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past," Francis said in a message on September 29.

Since he was elected in 2013, Francis has made clear that he believes the devil to be real. In a document in April on holiness in the modern world, Francis mentioned the devil more than a dozen times.

The Conservative Resistance Inside the Vatican

NEW YORK (NY)
New Republic

October 8, 2018

By Kaya Oakes

In August, in a letter published in the National Catholic Register, Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò blamed the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis on gay priests who “act under the concealment of secrecy and lies with the power of octopus tentacles, and strangle innocent victims and priestly vocations, and are strangling the entire church.” Pope Francis, he wrote, had sheltered such priests. Viganò specifically named Theodore McCarrick, a “serial predator” who resigned as a cardinal in July after the news broke that he’d sexually abused adolescent boys while rising to become one of America’s most prominent archbishops. Viganò called on Francis to “set a good example” and resign, along with the other cardinals and bishops implicated in the scandal. He wrote little about the fact that McCarrick’s abuse took place during the papacies of Francis’s conservative predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Whatever Francis knew about McCarrick, the previous popes likely knew more. But their complicity was overlooked.

Truth revealed about Cardinal Wuerl

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Post Gazette

October 7, 2018

Time and time again, defenders of Cardinal Donald Wuerl trot out the case of one pedophile priest to portray Cardinal Wuerl as some kind of hero. I for one am grateful that, finally, Cardinal Wuerl’s purported halo is now fading (Sept. 28, “Pittsburgh Colleagues Stunned by Wuerl’s Turn of Fate”).

Yes, years ago, while in Pittsburgh, Cardinal Wuerl took action against a credibly accused child-molesting cleric. Then, he relentlessly and skillfully spun that one step into a golden reputation.

The truth is that Cardinal Wuerl has hidden abuse just like his colleagues, only he has done so more shrewdly. And thanks to Pennsylvania’s archaic laws that deny victims a chance to expose wrongdoers in court, he’s gotten away with it.

Judy Jones
Marthasville, Mo.
The writer is a volunteer for SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) and is currently the SNAP Midwest Regional Leader.


Poland sees first anti-paedophilia rally against Catholic Church

WARSAW (POLAND)
AFP

October 7, 2018

Some 200 people took to the streets of Warsaw on Sunday to protest child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, in the first major such rally in staunchly Catholic Poland.

The demonstrators marched through the capital waving banners reading "Bishop, protecting paedophiles is a crime" and "We are fed up with the clergy's cowardice".

They also carried a map of the country with black crosses to mark places where complaints about child sex abuse had been made against clerics.

There are no official statistics on the number of Polish priests convicted of child sex abuse, but a Polish association that helps victims estimates there were around 56 over nearly two decades, including clergy convicted of possessing child pornography.

Top Vatican official: ‘Blasphemous’ to accuse pope of covering up sexual misconduct

WASHINGTON (DC)
TheHill.com

October 7, 2018

By Megan Keller

A top Vatican official issued a fiery denunciation of allegations that Pope Francis covered up sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church Sunday.

It is a "monstrous" and "even blasphemous" accusation, Cardinal Marc Ouellet wrote in a letter addressed to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. Ouellet was responding to Vigano's accusations that Francis knew about and covered up alleged sex abuse by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Vigano brought forward the allegation against Francis and other high ranking Vatican officials six weeks ago.

McCarrick was barred from publicly continuing his duties in August after Church officials deemed allegations that he sexually abused a minor to be "credible." He has denied the allegations.

Opinion: The pope and the accusers ..

DAYTON (OH)
Dayton Daily News

October 08, 2018

By Ross Douthat

Let me ask you to do the impossible, tear your mind away from the Kavanaugh affair for a moment, and cast your eyes from the new Rome to the old one — from the American Empire’s judicial wars to the similar mix of scandal, polarization and intrigue in the Roman Catholic Church.

The pontificate of Francis and the presidency of Donald Trump have been odd mirrors of one another for a while — populist leaders, institutional crises, norm violations, #metoo scandals, leaks and whistleblowers and cries of “fake news” and more. And as the Trump era has moved toward its Kavanaugh crescendo, the Catholic drama has also escalated, with the church’s doctrinal conflict and its sex abuse scandal converging in a single destabilizing crisis.

This month the crux of the drama is the Synod on Young People, a meeting of bishops in Rome that like prior synods in the Francis era is a chance for the pope to prod some alteration of church teaching on sexuality through a process stage-managed to give the appearance of consensus.

Courage founder pushed bishops to resist zero tolerance on abuse

DENVER (CO)
Crux

October 8, 2018

By Christopher White

Amid this summer’s wave of sexual abuse scandals, the Catholic apostolate Courage lauded its founder, Father John Harvey, who died in 2010, for his work with priests who “experienced same sex attractions and were striving to live chaste celibate lives.”

Yet while Courage proclaimed Harvey a “prudent spiritual director” and “a keen student of moral theology and psychology,” a review of his writings and public speeches raises new questions about how his approach to homosexuality - his belief that one could, in fact, change his or her sexual orientation - seems to have influenced his approach to treating abusive priests, advocating, at times, for their rehabilitation and return to ministry.

Throughout his career, Harvey often had a platform to offer U.S. bishops such advice. In addition, his close association with a prominent psychologist who also argued against the permanent removal of abuser priests, and who was a sought-after expert for treatment, has also has led critics to wonder about their influence in shaping the U.S. Church’s early response to the sexual abuse crisis.

Jehovah's Witnesses 'use the Bible to victim-shame,' sex abuse survivor says

NEW YORK (NY)
NBC News

October 7, 2018

by Elizabeth Chuck

She was 14, and at first, the attention felt innocent — like any other friendly interaction Moriah Smith had with fellow Jehovah's Witnesses during worship meetings.

Smith didn't think anything of the casual conversations she was having with Elihu Rodriguez, a 25-year-old man in her Seattle-area congregation. When he started giving her gifts, like new clothing and a cell phone, Smith — who was taught through her religion that sex is only between a husband and wife — did not think she was being groomed for sexual abuse.

Smith says it was in October 2012, five days before her 15th birthday, that Rodriguez had sex with her in the bedroom of the house she lived in with her father, a respected Jehovah's Witness elder. More sexual abuse followed for the next three months, she said. Ridden by panic attacks but ashamed and confused by what was happening, Smith didn't tell anyone, including her family, what was going on.

"I didn't understand anything really about sex," Smith, now 20, said. "I also had the fear of disappointing God. Not only that, but I could potentially be shunned."

Senator in eye of the storm over child sexual abuse legislation

JOHNSTOWN (PA)
The Tribune-Democrat

October 7, 2018

By Chip Minemyer

A powerful state senator whose re-election supporters include the widow of the late Joe Paterno is a central figure in the debate over giving child sexual abuse victims an opportunity to file lawsuits years later.

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Bellefonte, faces a defining moment as his side of the General Assembly wrestles with a bill that – as currently written – would open a two-year window of opportunity for adults who allegedly were sexually assaulted as children.

Victims have until age 30 to file civil charges, in accordance with the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse

Wyoming Reopens Catholic Sex Abuse Case

World Religion News

October 6, 2018

BY Nathan Glover

THE CASE INVOLVES BISHOP EMERITUS JOSEPH HART The Catholic Church, already beaten by blasts of sexual abuse allegations from around the world, will get another one. The Diocese of Cheyenne and Diocese of Green Bay have contacted local law enforcement authorities to reopen an old sexual abuse case involving a former priest, Bishop Emeritus Joseph Hart. Among the many cases against him, the police have zeroed upon one particular instance of a 14-year-old male allegedly abused by the priest in 1977.

Hart has served as Bishop of Cheyenne for a little more than two decades from 1978 to 2001. The Cheyenne victim first contacted the police in 2002. He was however hesitant to do a full interview with the police. The no-show cleared the priest of all charges. The district attorney cleared the priest, stating lack of evidence.

Priest Accused Of Sex Abuse Moves Again; To Hotel Near Catholic Charities Office

CHICAGO (IL)
CBS 2

October 7, 2018

Father James Nowak has faced a multitude of accusations of child sex abuse. In fact, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet paid out millions of dollars to eight men who claimed Nowak abused them. CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards reports.

Pope Francis Divided the Church. Which Side Will Win?

ROME (ITALY)
The Daily Beast

October 7, 2018

By Barbie Latza Nadeau

Under a hard rain and a sea of colorful umbrellas in St. Peter’s Square on March 13, 2013, the Catholic church changed its guard with the election of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first pope ever to take the name Francis.

The 77-year-old was elected as the 266th man to lead the Roman Catholic Church through secret burned ballots in an archaic, ritualistic conclave, but it was clear from the start that his election was nothing short of revolutionary. He was elected after the shocking resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the first such living-pope transition in more than 400 years. Francis is the first pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit and the first non-European to hold the position since the 8th century.

October 7, 2018

Vatican fires back at claims of Pope Francis covering up sex abuse

WASHINGTON (DC)
Fox News

October 7, 2018

By Greg Norman

A Vatican official close to Pope Francis is blasting allegations that the leader of the Catholic Church helped cover up the sexual misconduct of an American cardinal, writing in a letter published Sunday that the claims are a “political set-up without a real foundation.”

The fiery rebuke from Cardinal Marc Ouellet comes six weeks after Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano named more than two dozen current and former Vatican officials and accused them of knowing about – and helping hide – the alleged misdeeds of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

“In response to your unjust and unjustified attack, dear Viganò, I conclude therefore that the accusation is a political set-up without a real foundation that can incriminate the Pope, and I reiterate that it deeply hurts the communion of the Church,” Ouellet said Sunday.

‘We have nothing to hide"

OAKLAND (CA)
The Catholic Voice

October 7, 2018

By Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

In the wake of recent reports of scandal in the Catholic Church, I have decided the Diocese of Oakland will release the names of all clergy — diocesan, religious order and extern priests — who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor. This is the latest step in the ongoing commitment of the Diocese of Oakland to stop the scourge of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. This public accountability will allow you and others in our community to see we are keeping our promises. We have nothing to hide. It is the right thing to do.

Since 2002, the “No More Secrets Group”, a mutual support group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, has been meeting with the full support and encouragement of the Diocese of Oakland. Indeed, our support for survivors of clergy sexual abuse predates the national Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People of 2002. In 1987 the Oakland Diocesan Senate of Priests issued our first set of guidelines on how to respond to allegations of abuse. My predecessors, Bishop John S. Cummins and Bishop Allen H. Vigneron both conducted services of healing for survivors.

Over the years we have been continually revising and improving our accountability process, reinforcing our commitment to protect children, utilizing background checks and mandatory safe environment training for all church employees and volunteers. We are regularly audited by an outside firm to ensure all our Catholic Parishes and Schools are in compliance.

Pope Francis faulted for handling of abuse

OAKLAND (CA)
Catholic News Service

October 7, 2018

By Mark Pattison

WASHINGTON — With Pope Francis midway into the sixth year of his pontificate, the percentage of U.S. Catholics who view him favorably, while still strong, is noticeably down.

And, compared to a January poll by the Pew Research Center that showed Catholics being evenly split on how well Pope Francis has handled the issue of clergy sex abuse, numbers in the new poll, released Oct. 2, show that twice as many Catholics feel he is doing only a fair or poor job on the issue than say he is doing a good or excellent job.

Cardinal DiNardo to meet with Pope Francis for second time since ex-Conroe priest arrest

HOUSTON (TX)
Houston Chronicle

October 7, 2018

By Nicole Hensley

Ahead of a Monday meeting with Pope Francis, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston echoed his call for a review of how the Vatican handled the rise of a Washington D.C. cardinal amid sex abuse claims.

DiNardo, who leads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is slated to meet with the Pope a second time since Sept. 11 when a Houston-area priest was arrested on four counts of indecency with a child.

“But He’s A Good Person!”

WASHINGTON (DC)
Patheos

October 6, 2018

By M. J. Lisbeth

During his Senate confirmation hearings, Brett Kavanaugh testified about the good and great things he’s done throughout his life: He has “mentored” many female students; 21 of the 25 clerks he hired while a US attorney were women. Why, he even coaches his daughters’ basketball team!

I have no reason to doubt that he has done whatever he can to offer women opportunities in the law, politics, academia and other areas. I also am willing to believe him when he says he is committed to equality or even when he says he’s tried to live an “exemplary” life.

I would also believe such statements from any number of other men. Moreover, I have known many other men who, throughout their lives, gave of their time and resources to help women, as well as men and children, in any number of ways. In fact, I know of one in particular who gave over his life to helping and guiding other people.

Top Vatican cardinal says coverup accusations against Francis are a ‘political fabrication’

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

October 7, 2018

In a combative letter, a highly-placed cardinal on Sunday mounted the Vatican’s first direct response to accusations that Pope Francis knew about and covered up the alleged sexual misconduct of a U.S. prelate, describing those claims as a “political fabrication devoid of a real foundation.”

The letter, written by Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, came six weeks after a former Vatican ambassador to the United States wrote a bombshell letter of his own, charging that much of the Vatican hierarchy, including Francis, had for years protected recently-resigned cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Ouellet’s letter is significant because it ends a period of overwhelming silence among the key Vatican officials with the standing to rebut or back up the claims of that former ambassador, Carlo Maria Viganò. That silence has tested the patience of many Catholics, who remain divided over Vigano’s credibility but say his claims have further wounded a church that is contending with multiple abuse-related crises.

"Hatman" Strikes Back – In Open Letter to Viganò, Ouellet Rips Ex-Nuncio's Claims... and Motive

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Whispers in the Loggia

October 7, 2018

Six weeks after Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò unleashed his "nuclear" accusations that Pope Francis and a host of other key Vatican and US figures had abetted the public profile of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick amid claims of adult misconduct by the now ex-cardinal, the Vatican's key response to date has emerged – and in equally spectacular, blistering form.

A day after the Holy See announced an internal investigation of its archives on the factors that enabled McCarrick's rise through the hierarchy, this Sunday morning brought the release of a stunning open letter to the retired Nuncio in which the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, accused Viganò of – among other things – "calumny and defamation," "bitterness and delusions," and words and conduct which, he said, "cannot come from God’s Spirit": in other words, implying a demonic motive to the diplomat's assault. (Above, Ouellet is seen attempting a stroll with the now-Pope in the days leading up to the 2013 Conclave.)

New lawsuits filed against Zubik, Wuerl over child abuse allegations

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Tribune Review

October 5, 2018

By Wes Venteicher

Four men who say they were sexually abused as children by Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh priests sued Bishop David Zubik and Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Thursday, alleging the church leaders are still covering up the abuse.

The civil lawsuits are the latest to stem from the August release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing allegations that 301 members of the clergy in six dioceses abused more than 1,000 children over several decades.

The latest lawsuit was filed on behalf of Paul Beran, of Pittsburgh; James Imhoff, of Canton, Ohio; Glenn Ostrowski, of Kensington, Maryland; and Richard Votedian, of Munhall. The lawsuits allege abuse by five priests.

Their lawsuits draw heavily from the grand jury report, including allegations that the diocese intentionally concealed abuse allegations against priests and relocated the priests rather than immediately expelling them from the church.

The suits name former priests Edward Joyce, Carl Roemele and Richard Zula, who are dead, along with former priests John Hoehl and Edward Huff.

Victims coming forward in Florida's Catholic church investigation

TALLAHASSEE (FL)
Capitol News Service

October 6, 2018

By Jake Stofan

Victims are already coming forward just 24 hours after Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the state's investigation into sexual abuse of children by the Catholic church.

A Pennsylvania grand jury report released in August identified 301 Catholic priests, including at least 14 with ties to Florida, who sexually abused what is believed to be more than 1,000 children spanning decades.

“I couldn't sleep that night,” said Bondi in a press conference Thursday.

Now, Attorney General Bondi says the state is investigating Florida’s seven dioceses.

“We have reason to believe there are similar stories in Florida,” said Bondi.

More than 15 victims had come forward before the investigation was announced.

The state says more have come forward since, but aren't releasing specific numbers.

“We cannot comment on the specifics of our ongoing criminal investigation, but I am pleased with the response from the public so far, and the growing number of reports from victims,” Bondi said in a statement. "Based on these confidential reports, I believe the tip site is providing us the information we need to conduct a successful investigation and protect children."

“I'm not surprised,” said Jennifer Dritt, Executive Director of the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. “There are a lot of people who have had to be quiet for a really long time or who've told people and have been dismissed. So I wouldn't be surprised if they're flooded with reports.”

Michael Sheedy with the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops says all seven dioceses in the state are cooperating with the investigation.

Diocese erred on when priest was removed from ministry

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

October 6, 2018

By Peter Smith
In its original response to an Aug. 14 Pennsylvania grand jury report, the Diocese of Pittsburgh erroneously said it withdrew an abusive priest’s authorization to do ministry at least six years before it actually did so.

The diocese has acknowledged the error and it says it’s correcting the record.

The diocese originally claimed that on Jan. 30, 1996, it sent a letter informing the Diocese of San Diego, where the Rev. Ernest Paone would be doing ministry, that he “did not possess the faculties of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.” Faculties are a priest’s authorization from his home diocese to do ministry there or elsewhere.

But the letter actually said, “Father Ernest Paone does possess the faculties of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.”

The diocese revised not just the date but its entire characterization of the case. It originally said it “acted repeatedly to keep Paone from active ministry wherever he was located” beginning in 1994, when it was alerted to allegations against him.

Now, the website of the diocesan newspaper, the Pittsburgh Catholic, acknowledges Paone retained faculties to do ministry until 2002 — a “decision that would not be made today” but that reflected “the difficulties of trying to remove a priest from ministry against his will in an era before Church law had provisions to help bishops do so.”

The grand jury accused more than 90 Pittsburgh priests of abuse over seven decades.

Victims group in Poland maps 255 sex abuse cases by priests

WARSAW, Poland
Associated Press

October 7, 2018

A private foundation in Poland has published a map of 255 cases of sexual abuse of minors by the country's Catholic priests — the latest development pressuring Poland's church to admit and take responsibility for such abuse cases.

Church leaders in predominantly Catholic Poland, where the church enjoys great authority, are under growing pressure from facts being revealed and from court convictions.

The Episcopate says it's working on a report on the scale of church pedophilia to be published later this year.

A foundation representing the victims and backed by some lawmakers published on its website Sunday an online map of documented cases in which 255 minors were abused by priests across Poland.

The foundation is holding a march in Warsaw to pressure the church to stop protecting pedophile priests.


It is a very important time to be a progressive Catholic

DALLAS (TX)
Dallas Morning News

October 7, 2018

By Samuel Garcia

I had just turned 18 years old when my dad died from a heart attack. The deep sorrow of his passing overwhelmed me, and I fell back on the only thing that has consistently brought me hope and peace — my faith.

I am a practicing Catholic, and I hope that one day I can raise my children to be Catholic. However, I am acutely aware of the many things that must be changed within the church.

The intention of this article is not to defend the church's transgressions, but to advance the position that there is hope for church reform. However, progressive reform measures can only be pursued if there are progressive members of the church around to advocate for them.

Open letter by Card. Marc Ouellet on recent accusations against the Holy See

ROME (ITALY)
Vatican News

October 7, 2018

Dear fellow brother, Carlo Maria Viganò,

In your last message to the media in which you denounce Pope Francis and the Roman Curia, you urged me to tell the truth about the facts which you interpret as endemic corruption that has invaded the Church’s hierarchy even up to the highest levels. With due pontifical permission, I offer here my personal testimony, as the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, regarding the events concerning the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, DC, Theodore McCarrick, and his presumed links with Pope Francis, which constitute the subject of your sensational public denunciation, as well as your demand that the Holy Father resign. I write this testimony based on my personal contacts and on archival documents of the aforementioned Congregation, which are currently the subject of a study in order to shed light on this sad case.

First of all, allow me to say to you with complete sincerity, by virtue of the good collaborative relationship that existed between us when you were the Nuncio in Washington, that your current position appears incomprehensible and extremely deplorable to me, not only because of the confusion that it sows in the People of God, but also because your public accusations seriously damage the reputation of the Successors of the Apostles. I remember the time in which I once enjoyed your esteem and confidence, but I realize that I stand to lose the dignity you recognized in me for the sole fact of having remained faithful to the guidelines of the Holy Father in the service that he entrusted to me in the Church.

October 6, 2018

A nun's rape allegations create a #MeToo moment in India's Catholic Church

KURAVILANGAD (INDIA)
Los Angeles Times

October 5, 2018

By Shashank Bengali

For two years the nun said nothing, quietly dreading the nights that the stocky, bearded Catholic bishop would spend at her small convent in the southern Indian hills.

Early last year she confided in another member of her congregation: “The bishop is compelling me to lay with him.”

Soon afterward, the nun reported to church leaders that the cleric, Franco Mulakkal, had raped her 13 times between 2014 and 2016. When the leaders failed to act and the bishop filed police reports in an apparent bid to silence her, she went to authorities in June.

The investigation might have stalled – as so many sexual assault cases tend to do in India, particularly when they involve the church – were it not for the accuser’s fellow nuns, who led an unprecedented public protest that has sharply divided the country’s 20 million Catholics.

After a two-week sit-in that drew thousands of supporters, police in the southern state of Kerala arrested the 54-year-old bishop last month, making him the first high-ranking Indian clergyman to face charges of sexual misconduct. On Wednesday, a court denied the bishop bail, ruling that the evidence against him was credible.

“It’s a watershed in the history of the Indian church,” said Jose Kavi, editor of Matters India, a website that covers religious issues.

Brett Kavanaugh allegations roil Catholic faithful still grappling with clergy abuse

WASHINGTON (DC)
Boston Globe

October 6, 2018

By Libby Berry

The Sunday after Christine Blasey Ford testified in front the Senate Judiciary Committee, local Catholics congregated for mass in Washington. Toward the end of the service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, parishioners recited a prayer for healing victims of clergy sexual abuse.

“Hear our cries as we agonize over the harm done to our brothers and sisters,” they said.

The prayer highlighted anguish in the Catholic church that is resonating in the Supreme Court confirmation battle.

Newly confirmed nominee Brett Kavanaugh had cited his Catholic faith when defending himself before the Senate against allegations of sexual misconduct raised by Ford and two other women. He noted his Jesuit education at Georgetown Preparatory School and said that going to church on Sundays was as routine as brushing his teeth.

But his religious credentials were not enough for some Catholics already grappling with reports of widespread abuse by priests within their own church. Despite what he may deliver from the bench on issues like abortion, members of the church find themselves just as divided on his nomination as the rest of the country.

Canada’s Cardinal Ouellet holds key to answers in McCarrick saga

VATICAN CITY
Crux

October 2, 2018

Elise Harris

[Editor’s note: Crux is publishing an occasional series of brief profiles in the ongoing drama surrounding clerical sexual abuse, ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and accusations of cover-up against various Church officials including Pope Francis.]

If there’s anyone who arguably holds the key to unlocking everything the Vatican knew about the scandals surrounding ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, that person is Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

Currently Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, Ouellet sits atop a department which, according to former Vatican ambassador to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, contains a “thick” dossier on McCarrick, who lost his red hat in July after accusations went public that he had abused minors nearly 40 years ago.

Viganò published a letter Aug. 25 making a series of accusations against both current and former Vatican officials, including Pope Francis, arguing that he told the pope about McCarrick’s alleged misconduct with seminarians in 2013, and Francis ignored restrictions put into place by Benedict XVI and instead turned to McCarrick as a key advisor.

The Pope and the Accusers: Can Francis change the church while stonewalling on sex abuse?

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

October 6, 2018

By Ross Douthat

Let me ask you to do the impossible, tear your mind away from the Kavanaugh affair for a moment, and cast your eyes from the new Rome to the old one — from the American Empire’s judicial wars to the similar mix of scandal, polarization, and intrigue in the Roman Catholic Church.

The pontificate of Francis and the presidency of Donald Trump have been odd mirrors of one another for a while — populist leaders, institutional crises, norm violations, #metoo scandals, leaks and whistle-blowers and cries of “fake news” and more. And as the Trump era has moved toward its Kavanaugh crescendo, the Catholic drama has also escalated, with the church’s doctrinal conflict and its sex abuse scandal converging in a single destabilizing crisis.

This month the crux of the drama is the Synod on Young People, a meeting of bishops in Rome that like prior synods in the Francis era is a chance for the pope to prod some alteration of church teaching on sexuality through a process stage-managed to give the appearance of consensus.

Terry Mattingly: Out of sight, out of mind? Follow the McCarrick money

UNITED STATES
Syndicated column via LaCrosse Tribune

October 5, 2018

By Terry Mattingly

The Cathedral of the Plains can be seen long before Interstate 70 reaches Victoria, with its Romanesque spires rising out of the vast West Kansas horizon.

This is a strange place to put a sanctuary the size of the Basilica of St. Fidelis, but that’s a testimony to the Catholic faith of generations of Volga-German farmers. This is also a strange place to house a disgraced ex-cardinal.

However, the friary near the basilica has one obvious virtue, as a home for 88-year-old Theodore McCarrick: It’s located 1,315 miles from the Washington Post.

Who sent this famous Beltway powerbroker to St. Fidelis to spend his days in prayer and penance?

Barron defends US request for Vatican-backed McCarrick probe

VATICAN CITY
Crux

October 6, 2018

By Christopher White

Bishop Robert Barron defended the U.S. bishops’ request for a Vatican-backed investigation into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s history of sexual abuse on Thursday, saying that “it was an expression of what the bishops in this country felt was the right thing to do,” while also showing deference to the pope’s decision not to green-light it.

“We asked the pope specifically to launch an investigative process,” said Barron, who is part of the administrative committee of the United States Conference of Catholics Bishops (USCCB). “I think we just gave voice to our convictions.”

The request for what is known as an Apostolic Visitation was announced on August 16 by USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, in an effort to understand how McCarrick rose through the ranks of Church leadership while also serially abusing seminarians and at least one minor.

On September 13, a delegation from the USCCB had a meeting with Pope Francis in which he chose not to sign off on a Vatican-led investigation, prompting the U.S. bishops to begin making their own plans for an investigation coordinated between the four dioceses in which McCarrick was in ministry.

Pope OKs study of Vatican archives into McCarrick scandal

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

October 6, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis has authorized a “thorough study” of Vatican archives into how a prominent American cardinal advanced through church ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians and young priests, the Vatican said Saturday in its first response to explosive allegations of a cover-up that is roiling the papacy.

The Vatican said it was aware that such an investigation may produce evidence that mistakes were made, when evaluated with today’s standards. But it said Francis would “follow the path of truth, wherever it may lead.”

The statement did not address specific allegations that Francis himself knew of sexual misconduct allegations against now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013 and rehabilitated him anyway from sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict XVI.

Francis has said he would not say a word about those allegations, lodged by a retired Vatican ambassador.

Pope Orders New Inquiry Into Abuse Accusations Against McCarrick

VATICAN CITY
The New York Times

October 6, 2018

By Jason Horowitz

Pope Francis has ordered a deeper investigation into the accusations of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, the Vatican said Saturday, including a “thorough study” of archival documents to determine how he climbed the church hierarchy despite allegations he had slept with seminarians and young priests.

The statement came more than a month after Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, published a remarkable letter accusing the pope of having known about, and covered up, the actions of Archbishop McCarrick.

The Vatican statement did not explicitly address the accusations by Archbishop Viganò. Instead, the Vatican said, the pope’s decision was motivated generally by the “publication of the accusations” against Archbishop McCarrick, who once led the Archdiocese of Washington and was a major power in the Catholic Church in the United States.

Holy See Press Office Communiqué, 06.10.2018

VATICAN CITY
Holy See Press Office

October 6, 2018

After the publication of the accusations regarding the conduct of Archbishop Theodore Edgar McCarrick, the Holy Father Pope Francis, aware of and concerned by the confusion that these accusations are causing in the conscience of the faithful, has established that the following be communicated:

In September 2017, the Archdiocese of New York notified the Holy See that a man had accused former Cardinal McCarrick of having abused him in the 1970s. The Holy Father ordered a thorough preliminary investigation into this, which was carried out by the Archdiocese of New York, at the conclusion of which the relative documentation was forwarded to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In the meantime, because grave indications emerged during the course of the investigation, the Holy Father accepted the resignation of Archbishop McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, prohibiting him by order from exercising public ministry, and obliging him to lead a life of prayer and penance.

The Holy See will, in due course, make known the conclusions of the matter regarding Archbishop McCarrick. Moreover, with reference to other accusations brought against Archbishop McCarrick, the Holy Father has decided that information gathered during the preliminary investigation be combined with a further thorough study of the entire documentation present in the Archives of the Dicasteries and Offices of the Holy See regarding the former Cardinal McCarrick, in order to ascertain all the relevant facts, to place them in their historical context and to evaluate them objectively.

Shapiro tells victims, "The script has been flipped. You're the hero. That bishop is the villain."

ERIE (PA)
YourErie.com

October 5, 2018

By Jackie Roberts

The Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro in Erie today, sitting down with victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Shapiro says reforming the statute of limitations is not a partisan issue; he says it's a matter of right and wrong. "The script has been flipped. You're the hero. That bishop is the villain." He's holding those accountable who allowed the abuse to continue and praising those who chose to come forward.

This visit to Erie comes on the heels of the release of the nearly 900-page grand jury report detailing cases of sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses across the commonwealth. Shapiro is talking to victims about creating a two-year window, for survivors take their cases to court, even if the statute of limitations has already expired.

James Faluszczak, Clergy Abuse Survivor, tells us, "I had been wanting for decades to be heard. I had gone to Bishop Persico, to Bishop Trautman, to multiple diocesan officials and was never heard."

Advocate: state investigations into Catholic Church abuse only way to determine scope of problem

JACKSONVILLE (FL)
FirstCoastNews.com (Channel 6 TV)

October 5, 2018

By Juliette Dryer

An advocate for victims of abuse in religious institutions says independent investigations, like the one in Florida, are the only way to determine the size and scope of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

“It’s been clear over the years that institutions cannot police themselves,” Zach Hiner, executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, told First Coast News. “So really the only way to get to the truth of the matter and find out really how deep the scandals go in each individual state are through independent investigations like this.”

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Thursday a statewide investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Hiner said Florida is the thirteenth state to open such an investigation.

How convicted paedophile worked as Catholic priest for 23 years

IPSWICH (ENGLAND)
East Anglian Daily Times (England)

October 6, 2018

By Tom Bristow

A convicted paedophile was able to work unchecked as a Catholic priest for years - despite having a history of sexually abusing boys, an investigation can reveal.

Today the Diocese of East Anglia admitted making historic mistakes in allowing Father Cornelius O’Brien to work as a priest in Suffolk and Norfolk in the 1980s.

He also returned to do parish work in Norfolk in 2000, but by then authorities were aware of his past and his duties were ‘restricted’.

Abuse allegations were made about him in 1976, as well as by victims coming forward years later in 2004, 2010 and 2016. O’Brien died in Wymondham in 2012, aged 77.

O’Brien first abused boys while a priest near Christchurch, New Zealand, in the 1960s and 70s.

Victims group demands Jeff Landry investigate Louisiana clergy sex abuse: report

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The Times-Picayune

October 6, 2018

[Includes video]

SNAP wants Louisiana AG Jeff Landry to open a statewide investigation into clergy sex abuse

By Hanna Krueger

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, is calling on Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to open a statewide investigation into church sex abuse, according to Fox 8 television. SNAP President Tim Lennon urged Landry in a news conference Friday (Oct. 5) to be aggressive, and disclosed that he had been sexually abused at age 12 by a priest.

"The injury, the harm I deal with every day -- depression, self-esteem, social anxiety -- I fight every day, and working with SNAP is a way for me to fight back," Lennon said. "So when we talk about statute of limitations and reasonable expectation of the predators after 30 years to be free is wrong, because survivors of sexual abuse are never free. It's a life-long injury."

Landry said he shared victims' "passionate cry to bring child predators to justice" but that Louisiana law does not let him open a statewide investigation. That echoes his office's statement in September, when it said the attorney general does not have the authority to launch a broad, multi-parish investigation into Roman Catholic Church sex abuse allegations. A handful of attorneys general in other states are pursuing such inquiries.

Victims coming forward in Florida's Catholic church investigation

TALLAHASSEE (FL)
Capitol News Service via WJHG-TV, Channel 7

October 6, 2018

Victims are already coming forward just 24 hours after Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the state's investigation into sexual abuse of children by the Catholic church.

A Pennsylvania grand jury report released in August identified 301 Catholic priests, including at least 14 with ties to Florida, who sexually abused what is believed to be more than 1,000 children spanning decades.

“I couldn't sleep that night,” said Bondi in a press conference Thursday.

Now, Attorney General Bondi says the state is investigating Florida’s seven dioceses.

“We have reason to believe there are similar stories in Florida,” said Bondi.

More than 15 victims had come forward before the investigation was announced.

The state says more have come forward since, but aren't releasing specific numbers.

“We cannot comment on the specifics of our ongoing criminal investigation, but I am pleased with the response from the public so far, and the growing number of reports from victims,” Bondi said in a statement. "Based on these confidential reports, I believe the tip site is providing us the information we need to conduct a successful investigation and protect children."

Pope ordered inquiry last year into McCarrick abuse claims, Vatican says

ROME (ITALY)
CNN

October 6, 2018

By Laura Smith-Spark

Pope Francis ordered a Vatican investigation last year into abuse allegations against US Archbishop Theodore McCarrick but is not yet releasing the results, the Vatican revealed Saturday.

"The Holy See will, in due course, make known the conclusions of the matter regarding Archbishop McCarrick," the Vatican statement said.

US Catholics have been reeling in recent months from allegations that McCarrick, a former top American cardinal, sexually abused seminarians and an altar boy.

McCarrick, who has denied the accusations about the altar boy and not responded to the allegations about the seminarians, resigned from the College of Cardinals in July.

The allegations, as well as an explosive letter from a former papal diplomat, have raised serious questions among senior church leaders about why McCarrick was allowed to rise through the church's ranks, as well as who knew about the accusations.

In its statement, the Vatican said it had ordered a preliminary investigation in September last year after it was informed by the Archdicoese of New York that a man had accused McCarrick of having abused him in the 1970s.

This week a ‘best of times, worst of times’ montage on abuse crisis

ROME (Italy)
Crux

October 6, 2018

By John L. Allen Jr.

Charles Dickens famously described the French Revolution as the “best of times, the worst of times.” Catholicism too seems to be experiencing a revolutionary moment fueled by the clerical sexual abuse scandals, and the opening week of this month’s Synod of Bishops in Rome has, in that sense, seemed a highly Dickensian experience.

On Friday, the Centre for Child Protection (CCP) at Rome’s Jesuit-run Gregorian University formally launched a new master’s program in child protection, a significant expansion of its efforts to raise up a new global cohort of experts.

“Our aim is to build a network of skilled and committed personnel, safeguarders for the Church,” said German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, direct of the CCP and a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

The CCP was founded in 2012, originally in Munich as a response to the abuse scandals that exploded in Germany in 2010 and 2011. It later relocated to Rome and has become the primary beachhead in the Eternal City for abuse survivors, advocates and experts committed to the cause of reform.

Cardinal in sex scandal sequestered in Kansas

LITTLE ROCK (AR)
Arkansas Gazette

October 6, 2018

by Terry Mattingly

The Cathedral of the Plains can be seen long before Interstate 70 reaches Victoria, with its Romanesque spires rising out of the vast west Kansas horizon.

This is a strange place to put a sanctuary the size of the Basilica of St. Fidelis, but that's a testimony to the Catholic faith of generations of Volga-German farmers. This is also a strange place to house a disgraced ex-cardinal.

However, the friary near the basilica has one obvious virtue, as a home for 88-year-old Theodore McCarrick: It's 1,315 miles from The Washington Post.

Who sent this famous Beltway power broker to St. Fidelis to spend his days in prayer and penance?

"The Holy See alone can make that call," said Rocco Palmo, the Philadelphia-based insider whose "Whispers in the Loggia" blog is a hot spot for Vatican news, gossip and documents.

Pope Francis Authorizes Study of Vatican Archives Into McCarrick Scandal

ROME (ITALY)
By Associated Press

October 6, 2018

Pope Francis has authorized a “thorough study” of Vatican archives into how a prominent American cardinal advanced through church ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians and young priests.

The Vatican issued a statement Saturday saying it was aware that such an investigation may produce evidence “that choices were taken that would not be consonant with a contemporary approach to such issues.”

However, it said the Vatican would “follow the path of truth wherever it may lead.”

The statement did not address allegations that Francis himself knew of sexual misconduct allegations against now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013 and rehabilitated him anyway. Francis has said he would not say a word about those allegations.

The Vatican knew as early as 2000 that seminarians reported McCarrick pressured them to sleep with him.

St. Bernadette parish 'needs stability' as it faces grand jury report, upcoming change

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Tribune Review

October 5, 2018

By Dillon Carr

Figurines of Jesus and notable saints adorn the small lobby in Monroeville’s St. Bernadette Catholic Church on a sunny late summer morning. As they always do, church bells ring nearby signifying the end of daily Mass as parishioners file out to go on with daily life.

But for many of them, that day’s worship carried a weight not typically present in the sacred space of their sanctuary. A few days prior, a grand jury report was released detailing how 300 “predator priests” sexually abused at least 1,000 children over seven decades and how a hierarchy of clergy leaders conspired to cover it up.

Two of the disgraced priests served at St. Bernadette during their tenures.

At the same time the roughly 7,500 parishioners of the church wrestle with that reality, they also are saying goodbye to a trusted priest of nine years.

Effective Oct. 15, the diocese’s 188 parishes will be placed in 57 groupings that will become new parishes between 2020 and 2023 as part of a strategic planning initiative that’s been in the works for five years. Religious leaders — some who have been in their current churches for many years, including the Rev. Tony Gargotta of St. Bernadette — will be reassigned to other parishes, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and correctional institutions.

The Kansas City Star, on Hawley should investigate Catholic Church in Missouri:

ST. JOSEPH (MO)
St. Joseph News Press

October 6, 2018

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has promised a thorough investigation of sexual abuse allegations lodged against priests and clergy in the Catholic Church.

Missourians should expect such an investigation, comparable to the recent investigation in Pennsylvania that exposed decades of abuse and maltreatment by priests.

If Hawley needs the power to subpoena church records, he should seek it — and get it.

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests held a news conference Wednesday imploring Gov. Mike Parson to provide Hawley with such authority.

The group thinks a full investigation should not rely on the voluntary cooperation of the institutions being investigated.

Church officials have promised to cooperate with Hawley, who announced his investigation in August. All four Catholic dioceses in Missouri, including the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese, have agreed to an independent review by the attorney general.

If criminal charges are warranted, they should be pursued.

The time for obfuscation and misdirection by prosecutors and government officials is over. Missourians want to know the facts, and their government should provide those facts as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

October 5, 2018

Another investigation that is unlikely to get to the truth

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Post-Dispatch

October 5, 2018

By Steven Spaner

Pundits, journalists and law enforcement personnel were quick to downplay the likely outcome of the FBI inquiry into the Brett Kavanaugh/Christine Blasey Ford controversy. It was unlikely to lead to the truth, they point out, because there would just be voluntary interviews, without subpoenas or sworn testimony.

That sounds familiar. It's the very critique we keep hearing about Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's so-called investigation into four Catholic dioceses and their predator priest cases.

If police and prosecutors have real powers to compel possible wrongdoers to turn over evidence and explain themselves under oath, why aren't these powers being used?

Steven Spaner • Marthasville

Cardinal Nichols to Face Questions About British Abuse Case Involving Predecessor

LONDON (UK)
National Catholic Register

October 5, 2018

By Ed Condon

Amid a British investigation into sexual abuse, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster is expected to face questions regarding the way his archdiocese handled allegations of misconduct made against his predecessor, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor.

Cardinal Nichols is scheduled to testify in November before the Independent Inquiry in Child Sexual Abuse, a panel established by the British government in 2014 and charged with reviewing sexual abuse and institutional response in the country’s Catholic dioceses, the Anglican Church and other British institutions.

In his most recent letter, released to media Sept. 27, former papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò alleged that Pope Francis was responsible for halting “the investigation of sex-abuse allegations against Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor.”

Sources close to the case have told CNA the investigation was marked by procedural irregularities long before it reached Rome and before the election of Pope Francis.

SNAP letter to Missouri Attorney General

ST. LOUIS (MO)
SNAP

October 5, 2018

By David Clohessy

September 20, 2018

Dear Attorney General Hawley:

We're concerned about your inquiry into abuse and cover up in Missouri catholic dioceses. We desperately want it to be helpful. Based on our nearly 30 years of experience with this crisis, here are some of our recommendations:

1) Don't play politics and rush it.
You've already said that a cursory overview of Archdiocesan files show that they are 'voluminous.' You've also publicly committed to hearing from victims. To do this right, it will take months, not weeks.

A doctor's first duty is to do no harm. That should be yours as well. A hasty, inadequate review, rushed to completion before Nov. 7 for seemingly partisan purposes will only rub more salt into the already deep and often still fresh wounds of hundreds of victims of chlld molesting clerics. It's far more responsible to take a careful, thorough approach than leave victims, parents, police, prosecutors and parishioners feeling betrayed by a hurried inquiry apparently timed to meet an electoral deadline.

2) Team up with a local prosecutor or two.

Support for Kavanaugh Pattern of Ron Johnson’s Horrendous Record on Issues of Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment

MADISON (WI)
One Wisconsin Now

October 5, 2018

Ron Johnson, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, today announced he would be voting in favor of Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat on the United States Supreme Court.

Johnson’s support comes despite multiple, credible reports that Kavanaugh committed multiple sexual assaults, serially engaged in boorish, drunken behavior and after an angry, intemperate and borderline unhinged performance in which he tried to deny his behavior and save his nomination.

The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Research Director Joanna Beilman-Dulin: “Ron Johnson has shown time and again he does not take sexual harassment or sexual assault seriously.

“Ron Johnson has defended pedophile priests. Ron Johnson has voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Ron Johnson has discounted reports of sexual harassment in his workplace because he said he’s never seen any. Ron Johnson did not inform law enforcement or Republican leaders of the Wisconsin State Assembly when a member of their caucus sexually assaulted a member of his staff.

Kavanaugh Furor Kindles Debate on Catholic High-School Culture

WASHINGTON (DC)
National Catholic Register

October 5, 2018

By Joan Frawley Desmond

The start of the 2018-2019 academic year has proved to be more challenging than expected for the Washington metro area’s Catholic school community, as the furor over Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh stirs media scrutiny and internal debates about institutional culture.

Kavanaugh’s alma mater, Georgetown Preparatory School, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1789, is at the eye of the storm, though other Catholic high schools have also faced intense scrutiny, along with a flood of concerns from parents, students and alumni.

More than 30 years after Kavanaugh’s graduation, “the elite, privileged high school world that Judge Kavanaugh inhabited is the focus of international attention,” stated an Oct. 3 New York Times article, one of many news stories that sought to provide additional context for Ford’s allegations.

South Park’s Catholic Priest Episode Offers a Smart Take on Sex Abuse

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Fatherly

October 4, 2018

By Patrick A. Coleman

South Park, which is two episodes into its 22nd season, is on a scorched earth campaign against those that aid or abet perpetrators of harm to children. The show’s premiere, which dealt with school shootings, was followed this week by an episode about the Catholic church’s long history of covering up (if not facilitating) sexual abuse. The episode features the perpetually maligned Butters befriending the town’s priest and delivers on South Park’s reputation for shock and controversy. But the most brutal aspect of the episode is not a constant flow of pedophile priest jokes — though that’s there — it was in which the local priest is portrayed as both a hero and a representative of a morally dubious enterprise.

The big spoiler here is that Butters is not molested by the priest. And the fact that this constitutes a spoiler is the most damning indictment of the Catholic Church possible. It’s unexpectedly transgressive and unexpectedly kind. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, fathers both, remain unpredictable two decades later.

Can Church Entities and Sex-Abuse Victims Find Justice in Compensation Funds?

HARRISBURG (PA)
National Catholic Register

October 5, 2018

By Peter Jesserer Smith

In the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, lawmakers, survivors and Catholic bishops agree: The statute of limitations for sexual-abuse crimes must be reformed.

But when it comes to addressing the sexual abuse of victims whose ability to bring forward criminal or civil action is time-barred by those same statutes, the bishops and many survivors are at an impasse about how best to achieve justice that works for the good of all.

The grand jury report blamed the Church’s hierarchy for covering up sex abuse carried out by 300 predatory priests on more than 1,000 children over seven decades. It further blamed Church leadership for preventing abused victims from seeking effective relief from the justice system.

“As a consequence of the cover-up, almost every instance of abuse we found is too old to be prosecuted,” the report said, advocating that victims be provided a two-year window that would open the statute of limitations.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a statute-of-limitations reform bill on Sept. 25 that extends the time limit for civil claims on sexual abuse to 50 years old, up from 30. The bill also eliminates the statute of limitations for criminal cases.

The House bill took up an amendment to allow a two-year “window” in the statute of limitations for victims to go to court. The bill is supported by Gov. Tom Wolfe, but its fate is uncertain in the Senate, where lawmakers have concerns that allowing a window to retroactively bring forward cases would violate rights guaranteed by the Pennsylvania Constitution’s “remedies clause.”

The Pennsylvania Constitution states that “every man for an injury done him in his lands, goods, person or reputation shall have remedy by due course of law, and right and justice administered without sale, denial or delay.”

However, Pennsylvania constitutional-law experts have argued for and against the state’s authority under the constitution to reopen a window for lawsuits.

AG meets with abuse victims, advocates in Erie

ERIE (PA)
GoErie.com

October 5, 2018

By Madeleine O’Neill

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is pushing the Pennsylvania Senate to pass statute of limitations reform.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro spoke with sexual abuse victims and advocates in Erie Friday as he continued his campaign for lawmakers to pass a two-year window that would allow victims to sue regardless of the statute of limitations.

During a one-hour meeting at the Erie Office of the Attorney General, Shapiro reiterated his support for the window and ratcheted up pressure for members of the state Senate, which could consider the window legislation when senators resume business in Harrisburg on Oct. 15-17.

The legislation, which the state House voted to approve on Sept. 25, is a response to the 884-page grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including the Diocese of Erie.

In Brett Kavanaugh's church, a divide over his Supreme Court nomination

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Washington Post

October 5, 2018

By Michelle Boorstein

A couple of weeks ago, the prominent congregation of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament parish stood united in its shared anger at what its priest, the Rev. Bill Foley called "silence and inaction" on the topic of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

Not long after, another kind of sex abuse scandal hit much closer to home - and the response among those in the Northwest Washington parish appears to be one of quiet yet profound division.

The allegations that fellow parishioner Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a fellow high school student and then lied about the incident as well as about his drinking are causing a rift in the 3,400-household Blessed Sacrament congregation, a politically diverse parish which over the years has been accustomed to politely dodging conversations about divisive current events.

Parishioners love to tout celeb-members from right and left, from liberal commentators Mark Shields and Chris Matthews to conservative politician-writer Patrick Buchanan and former Reagan education official Bill Bennett. The mix survives, they say, through a shared focus on church life, and knowing when not to bring up the latest political controversy.

The tension today, some members say, has been fueled in part by partisanship but perhaps even more so by differences in class and social tribe that Kavanaugh represents, and ideas about what the Catholic faith requires of its adherents.

Those whose children attend the Blessed Sacrament school and belong to nearby elite country clubs are more apt to support Kavanaugh, who travels in the same circles, than are those whose whose children attend local public schools and enjoy somewhat more modest lives, they say. Perhaps the biggest dividing line is between those who see no connection at all between clergy abuse accusers and Kavanaugh's accusers, and those view the topics as inextricably bound together.

"How can this happen in the thick of the church crisis? It just doesn't make sense," said a parent from Blessed Sacrament school who lives in the parish and falls in the latter camp. The man, like some others connected to Blessed Sacrament, spoke on condition of anonymity due to concern about further inflaming tensions.

The fact that parishioners, who have been so united in opposition to clergy sex abuse, can so easily discount victims' allegations against Kavanaugh points up "the tribal nature" of the divisions, he said.

Caggiano: Youth synod bishops must address sexual abuse crisis

ROME (ITALY)
Catholic News Agency

October 5, 2018

Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport said Thursday that the Church must discuss its sexual abuse crisis if it is to gain the trust of young people.

During his Oct. 4 speech at the 2018 Synod of Bishops, Caggiano said that the Church must “continue to directly address the issue of the sexual abuse of minors and youth by clerics in many regions of the world.”

“It is a both a crime and a sin that has undermined the confidence and trust that young people must have in the Church’s leaders and the Church as an institution, so that they may again trust their priests and bishops to exercise true spiritual fatherhood, serve as adult figures in their lives, and as authentic mentors of faith.”

The bishop offered his commentary while referring to a section of the synod’s working document, the instrumentum laboris, that directly addressed a decline in trust among young people in social, political, and cultural institutions, including the Church.

An online survey conducted by synod organizers in advance of this month’s meeting of bishops found that less than 20 percent of young respondents believe that their lives can meaningfully impact the public life of their countries.

National group partners with child sex abuse survivors to pressure Pennsylvania Legislature

PITTSBURGH (PA)
WTAE TV

October 3, 2018

By David Kaplan

Following a grand jury report detailing sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, survivors and advocates see a unique opportunity; for the first time, they feel like they're being believed and heard.

"I’m here to fight that I may sit in a court of law across from my tormentors so that they can see the effect that the abuse had on my life," said Ryan O'Connor, who said he was raped when he was 4 and 10.

O'Connor told Pittsburgh's Action News 4 he could have never imagined speaking publicly, but knows the world is watching what Pennsylvania does in response to the report.

"It is a unique situation. And I hope Pennsylvania can be the floodgate that opens up so that all the other states in the union can say this isn't OK," O'Connor added.

Pennsylvania's survivors have partnered with Stop Child Predators, a national organization that helps advocate for child sex abuse victims.

The organization's president, Stacie Rumenap, says Stop Child Predators is working with survivors to try and pressure the Legislature as it works to pass a law in the wake of the grand jury report.

4 cases of 'mishandled abuse in Italy

ROME (ITALY)
ANSA

October 2, 2018

A network of victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy said Tuesday that it has evidence of four major cases of abuse in Italy that the Catholic Church failed to properly address. Francesco Zanardi of the ECA Global network compared the cases to allegations by the Vatican's former ambassador to the United States, Carlo Maria Viganò, that Pope Francis and other Church officials mishandled accusations of sexual misconduct by retired American cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

"There are four Viganò cases in Italy," Zanardi told a news conference at the foreign press association in Rome. He said the cases concerned the St. Pius X Pre-Seminary inside the Vatican, the Istituto Antonio Provolo for the deaf in Verona and alleged abuse by priests Mauro Galli and Silverio Mura in the dioceses of Milan and Naples respectively. "We have one case here in the room with us, one of the pope's altar boys," Zanardi said.

"He was abused indirectly because it was his roommate being abused inside the Vatican (at the Pius X Pre-Seminary).

"This case was covered up twice by the Vatican and the alleged abuser is currently a priest in Como who has never been punished.

In Bishop Kevin Rhoades matter, 'public scandal' has a specific definition in Canon Law

HARRISBURG (PA)
Harrisburg Patriot News

October 5, 2018

By Mark E. GiaQuinta

Now that the abuse allegation against Bishop Kevin Rhoades has been investigated and refuted by law enforcement, it is time to debunk the misleading stories of his alleged attempts to cover up actual incidents of abuse laid out in the Pennsylvania grand jury report.

As one who disagrees with the bishop on many social and religious policies, I hope this explanation of his misinterpreted statements is helpful to those unsure of his role in the Pennsylvania tragedies.

Bishop Rhoades has been repeatedly quoted from his letters citing the likelihood of "public scandal" should reports of sexual abuse by two Harrisburg priests be made public.

Without further explanation, one might conclude he was advocating for the church to maintain its decades-long conspiracy of silence that allowed abusive clerics to repeat their crimes. This is unfair to Rhoades. His letters encouraged just the opposite.

Rhoades' use of the term "public scandal" has to be understood within the context of canon law.

My introduction to the different meaning of the word occurred two decades ago as president of the St. Joe Medical Center Board of Directors.

Former volunteer conditionally discharged over false allegations against Gozitan priest

MALTA
The Times of Malta

October 5, 2018

By Edwina Brincat

A volunteer who had spread false rumours about a Gozitan priest renowned for his missionary work in Guatemala has been conditionally discharged by a court mainly because he has been forgiven by the injured party.

Wiġi Duca, the 68-year old Għaxaq pensioner, had spent years collecting funds and making regular trips to Guatemala to aid the needy in the parish of San Manuel Chaparron, before relations with Fr Anton Grech turned sour.

It was after January 2015 that the volunteer had first made allegations that Fr Grech was mishandling funds collected for the missions, stating that out of the 55 projected housing units only 19 had been built and that no furniture had been bought with the €16,000 collected specifically for that purpose.

Local priests address Pennsylvania abuse report

JASPER (IN)
Dubois County Herald

October 5, 2018

By Leann Burke

For the last month, local priests have made themselves available for parishioners reeling from news of sexual abuse by priests detailed in a report from a Pennsylvania grand jury.

The 1,356-page report details how church leaders in almost every Pennsylvania diocese covered up child sexual abuse for over 70 years. Shock waves from the report reverberated throughout the country — roughly 10 additional states are now conducting their own investigations — and all the way to the Vatican where Pope Francis called on U.S. bishops to talk openly about the report. Here in the Diocese of Evansville, Bishop Joseph Siegel wrote a statement for local priests to share with their parishioners.

“Let us continue to pray for abuse victims and their families, care for them and provide assistance as they seek healing and justice,” Siegel wrote in the statement. “We pray also for those who have harmed them.”

Local priests have done their best to heed the bishop’s call when necessary, but the report hasn’t caused as much uproar locally as it has on the national stage.

Synod doesn’t waste time taking up abuse, LGBT issues and migration

ROME (ITALY)
Crux

October 5, 2018

By Christopher White

One day after Pope Francis kicked off this month’s Vatican summit on young people by warning against a temptation to focus on “abstract ideologies” detached from the realities of young people, concrete topics ranging from sex abuse, LGBT issues, migration, and technology took center stage on Thursday.

Nearly 300 individuals are on hand for the Synod of Bishops, which is centered on the theme of “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” The approximately 50 delegates that spoke on the first day didn’t waste time identifying what are expected to be some of the hottest topics in the month ahead.

Confronting the “Crime and Sin” of Sex Abuse
Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport did not mince words, confronting the issue of sexual abuse in his opening salvo at his first Synod.

“It is a both a crime and a sin that has undermined the confidence and trust that young people must have in the Church’s leaders and the Church as an institution, so that they may again trust their priests and bishops to exercise true spiritual fatherhood, serve as adult figures in their lives and as authentic mentors of faith,” said the Brooklyn native.

As Catholic Scandal Unfolds, Pope Francis Looks Increasingly Blameworthy

ALEXANDRIA (VA)
The Federalist

October 5, 2018

By Willis L. Krumholz and Robert Delahunty

The recent publication of a devastating report on Pope Francis in the German news magazine Der Spiegel marks a new phase in the continuing crisis in the Catholic Church. The report (as yet unavailable in English) is entitled: “Thou shalt not lie: The silence of the shepherds.”

Contradicting the widespread image of Pope Francis as a “reformer” concerned to expose clerical sexual abuses within his church and punish the offenders, the report reveals a pope who for years has been indifferent to the complaints of abuse survivors, and has surrounded himself with an inner circle of close advisors, several of whom have been accused of cover-ups.

Der Spiegel’s report is decisively important for at least three reasons.

Attorney General Shapiro provides an update in clergy sex abuse scandal

ERIE (PA)
Erie News Now

October 4, 2018

By Andrew Hyman

Shapiro says he spoke at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week to push for the release of all redacted names from the report.

He referred to people hiding their names as "cowards."

Shapiro also discussed the four recommendations outlined in the grand jury report, among the recommendations he addressed were:

Eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for sexually abusing children. Current law permits victims to come forward until age 50. The grand jury recommends eliminating the criminal statute of limitation entirely for such crimes.

Create a “civil window” so older victims may now sue for damages. Current law gives child sex abuse victims 12 years to sue, once they turn 18. But victims in their 30s and older fall under a different law; they only get two years. The grand jury called that “unacceptable” and recommends a limited “window” offering victims a chance to be heard in court for an additional two years.

Currently, Senate Bill 261, a bill aimed at the civil window, is under review by the state Senate after being passed through the House last week.

Holding the holy accountable

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Triangle

October 5, 2018

By Armon Owlia

Imagine a multinational corporation, Apple, if you will. A global entity, one that can reach far and wide with a strong following. It has a language that only itstheir followers can truly understand, a public face who is the gateway between the higher-ups and the public, and an image that has made itthem both highly adored and loathed.

And then, out of the blue, you hear that, for the past year and a half, Apple Geniuses all across the state of Pennsylvania have sexually abused children, with not only management within those stores knowing, but also, potentially, Apple’s executives in the know. And what did they choose to do? Nothing.

In the corporate world, Apple’s stock would have taken a nosedive, gone out of business, the Geniuses and the executives would be prosecuted, and both accountability and action would be taken on both the parts of the executives and the corporate world as well. That’s what should happen. And yet, it doesn’t. Why? Because Apple is the Catholic Church.

Yes, I’m referring to the massive revelation in August that, within Pennsylvania, there had been child sexual abuse cases reported, and quietly handled by the Catholic Church that had gone as far back as the 1940’s. Not only that, but there was evidence that even the Popes at that time (Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis) knew about it and chose to do nothing, even not taking accountability for their actions or lack thereof.

Mea culpas by Catholic bishops at 'Repentance' service for abuse victims

SEATTLE (WA)
SeattlePI

October 4, 2018

By Joel Connelly

A "Prayer of Repentance and Healing" service, Thursday night at St. James Cathedral, saw Seattle's Catholic bishops ask God's and the peoples' forgiveness for those in the hierarchy "who protected the guilty and disbelieved the innocent."

Called in response to the latest clerical sex abuse crisis in the Church, it featured meditation music by Bach and Handel, a homily by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, with worshipers invited to write down thoughts and leave them at the base of a cross.

La plácida estancia del obispo Francisco José Cox en Alemania

[The placid stay of accused bishop Francisco José Cox in Germany]

CHILE
El Mostrador

October 4, 2018

Mientras en Chile van surgiendo nuevos antecedentes en su contra, el obispo emérito de La Serena permanece en Alemania sin desarrollar “ninguna actividad debido a su deterioro físico e intelectual", según la Congregación de los Padres de Schoenstatt a la que pertenece. Sin embargo, algunas imágenes de reciente data, difundidas por la Agrupación de Laicos Juan XXIII de La Serena, lo muestran en un estado muy distinto y compartiendo con menores de edad.

Desde 2002, el obispo emérito de La Serena, Francisco José Cox, reside en una casa de la Congregación de los Padres de Schoenstatt en Alemania, dedicado a una “vida de silencio, la oración y la penitencia”, según la versión oficial entregada por Iglesia católica chilena.

Messenger: Courage of Ford's testimony helps former SLU student find her voice

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

October 5, 2018

By Tony Messenger

Virginia Lawton Boller was questioning her faith.

It was 1973. Boller, then 30, was a year removed from earning her master’s in social work from St. Louis University. She was working for the city health department and decided to attend a retreat put on by the Rev. Daniel O’Connell, who was on SLU’s psychology faculty. Boller had attended a Mass that O’Connell celebrated in a girls’ dormitory from time to time, and had met the Jesuit priest there. At the retreat, during a confession, O’Connell suggested Boller see him for some one-on-one counseling.

The sessions lasted for about a year, until O’Connell was named the president of SLU in 1974. At the end of every session, Boller says, O’Connell would get out from behind his desk, and sit in a rocking chair next to where she had been sitting. He then motioned for her to sit on his lap, and for five minutes or so, he embraced her as they rocked.

“I felt uncomfortable,” she says now. “I immediately knew it was wrong.”

Corte paraliza parcialmente investigación en caso de eventual encubrimiento de abusos en la Iglesia

[Court partially paralyzes investigation of possible cover-up of Church abuses]

SANTIAGO, CHILE
Emol

October 5, 2018

Fiscalía Regional de O'Higgins no podrá pedir nuevas incautaciones, pero sí tomar declaraciones. Tampoco se podrá realizar la audiencia de sobreseimiento definitivo pedida por el cardenal Ricardo Ezzati y el ex canciller Óscar Muñoz.

En un fallo unánime de la Corte de Apelaciones de Rancagua se paralizó ayer, parcialmente, la tramitación judicial de la investigación por eventuales encubrimientos de delitos de abuso sexual cometidos por miembros de la Iglesia Católica. Esto debido a que se acogió una orden de no innovar del Obispado de Valparaíso que cuestiona la incautación realizada el 13 de septiembre pasado.

At 'Authentic Reform,' conservative Catholics rally to 'fix' church failures

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

October 5, 2018

By Heidi Schlumpf

A gathering of conservative Catholics who want "Authentic Reform" in response to the church's latest sex abuse scandals ended with plans for a statement and a call for like-minded organizations to band together to force church leaders to act against sexually active priests and bishops, as well as those who abuse minors.

While some called for changes in canon law to allow more lay oversight in church governance, others admitted that was unlikely and instead urged attendees — many of them wealthy donors — to use their moral authority as baptized Catholics to effect change by withholding donations and pressuring bishops to demand an independent Vatican investigation of the U.S. church.

"We can't wait around for the leadership of our church to kick this can down the road, hoping we'll forget about it," said Timothy Busch, the millionaire businessman who co-founded the Napa Institute, sponsor of the "Authentic Reform" event in Washington, D.C.

"We're not going to forget about it," he said. "We're going to bring them to justice, move them out and restore our church to holiness."

Known for its annual conferences in California wine country, the Napa Institute blends conservative theology and libertarian economics, with an emphasis on apologetics, sexual ethics and countercultural anti-secularization. All were on display at "Authentic Reform," with a lineup of big-name conservative Catholic speakers and guests.

Clergy Sex Abuse: Florida Becomes 13th State to Launch Investigation

WASHINGTON (DC)
Governing

October 5, 2018

By Anne Thompson, Clare Duffy, Rich Gardella and Cory Dawson

Florida's attorney general said Thursday she is launching an investigation of potential sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church, making Florida at least the 13th state with an ongoing statewide probe of the church.

"Any priest that would exploit a position of power and trust to abuse a child is a disgrace to the church and a threat to society," said Attorney General Pam Bondi in a statement.

The Attorney General's Office will coordinate its probe with local prosecutors and review records from all seven of Florida's Catholic dioceses. It is also launching a tip line for victims.

During a press conference Thursday, Bondi said her office will be issuing subpoenas to the dioceses "immediately." Bishops in Florida have pledged cooperation with the investigation, Bondi said.

Nuevas denuncias golpean a la Iglesia: prohíben ejercicio público a sacerdote de región de Valparaíso

[New accusations hit the Church: priest in Valparaíso region prohibited from public ministry]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 4, 2018

By Nicolás Parra

El Obispado de Valparaíso anunció la prohibición del ejercicio público del ministerio sacerdotal de Mauro Ojeda, uno de los párrocos de Casablanca, región de Valparaíso, luego de que se conocieran dos nuevas denuncias en su contra. “Con fecha 3 de octubre, se inició una investigación previa contra el sacerdote Mauro Ojeda Videla tras haberse recibido dos denuncias por presuntos actos de connotación sexual a menores que habrían ocurrido los años 1990 y 1992″, detallaron desde la Iglesia Católica.

Realizan manifestación fuera del Arzobispado de Santiago: exigen que Ezzati hable por casos de abuso

[Protesters outside Archdiocese of Santiago demand that Ezzati speak about abuse cases]

CHILE
BioBioChile

October 4, 2018

By Yessenia Márquez and Felipe Cornejo

Durante horas de esta noche la Red de Sobrevivientes de Abusos Eclesiásticos en conjunto a la Red de Laicos, realizaron una manifestación en la comuna de Ñuñoa, región Metropolitana. Esto para demostrar su malestar ante el silencio del cardenal Ricardo Ezzati al ser citado a declarar ante la fiscalía en su calidad de imputado.

Fiscalía sufre primer traspié en investigación por abusos en la Iglesia

[Prosecutor suffers first stumble in Church abuse investigation]

CHILE
La Tercera

October 5, 2018

By S. Rodríguez and L. Zapata

Corte Apelaciones de Rancagua dictó orden de no innovar respecto de lo incautado en Obispado de Valparaíso. Por ahora, ese material no se puede usar.

La Corte de Apelaciones de Rancagua dictó una orden de no innovar respecto de lo incautado por el Ministerio Público de O’Higgins, en el Obispado de Valparaíso, el pasado 13 de septiembre. El tribunal de alzada tomó aquella decisión luego de que la Iglesia porteña presentara un recurso de protección argumentando, entre otros puntos, que el allanamiento, autorizado por el juez de garantía de Rancagua Luis Barría, no cumplió con las normas de “sigilo” ni con ciertos plazos de aviso.

October 4, 2018

How to report sexual abuse by a priest in Florida, even if it happened decades ago

FLORIDA
Bradenton Herald

October 4, 2018

By Monique O. Madan

The Florida Attorney General’s office launched a website Thursday where people can report allegations of past child sex abuse by Catholic priests.

The tip site — which is part of Attorney General Pam Bondi’s ongoing investigation into all seven Catholic dioceses in the state — provides users with an electronic form they can fill out and submit confidentially.

“Any priest that would exploit a position of power and trust to abuse a child is a disgrace to the church and a threat to society,” Bondi said in a statement. “I am calling on victims and anyone with information about potential abuse to please report it to my office. Victim information will be kept confidential in accordance with state law.”

Accused former priest let go from Mechanicsburg schools following grand jury report

MECHANICSBURG (PA)
The Sentinel

October 4, 2018

By Zack Hoopes

A former Catholic priest accused of sexual misconduct in a Pennsylvania grand jury report this summer was quietly let go from a position with Mechanicsburg Area School District’s marching band program immediately after the report’s release on Aug. 14.

Accused former priest Don Cramer took leave from the church in 2012 following an investigation into child pornography and possible child sex tourism, according to the grand jury investigation.

Since then, Cramer appears to have been working as a musical instructor at several venues across the region, including the Mechanicsburg Area School District band program.

Carolyn Woo: Church hierarchy must invite dialog, exchange viewpoints

WILMINGTON (DE)
The Dialog

October 4, 2018

By Carolyn Woo

At the opening of the Fifth National Encuentro in Grapevine, Texas, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller said, “You are right to be heartbroken.”

Much attention by church leaders, as it should be, is directed at new promises to take abuse seriously, encourage reporting, care for victims and establish safeguards. Yet little is said of the brokenhearted laity.

Could the clergy and church leaders feel the anguish and grief of a teen who walked out after a homily when the priest made brief mention of his disappointment at the abuse and moved on to some other topic? Could he not sense the devastation that she felt?

Or the parishioner who felt that the priest totally evaded accountability when he directed them to the immense good that the church does. And in response to a banner at a campus ministry center that reads, “You are known, loved and valued,” a student ponders, by whom? The church hierarchy?

Exclusive: Detective cracks pedophile ring involving Boy Scout troop

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
WVUE Fox 8 TV

October 4, 2018

Tonight - more in our TV exclusive. We sat down with a former NOPD detective who helped crack an infamous pedophile ring in the late 70s that was tied to a Boy Scout troop here in New Orleans. And we have learned at the center of it all was Richard Windmann, the man who says he was raped by a Jesuit High School janitor while a priest watched.

Mason Spong had no idea that the case he worked in 1976 as a young NOPD detective would change his life. "A man saw some sexually explicit pictures of young children and he reported it," Spong said. Spong says that tip would lead investigators to a pedophile ring connected to Boy Scout Troop 137.

"These guys moved in and were able to gain control of this Scout troop,” Spong said. “They took these kids across the lake to K Bar B Ranch and they had sexual acts over in St Tammany,…and this went on for a while, a couple of years before we even came on to these pictures that were turned over to us…

"…They were very young and very angelic children, very friendly, outgoing most of the times. The common denominator was a single parent home, basically poor."

Spong says men traveled to New Orleans to have sex with the boys - and the children were even taken across state lines.

"These adults had money to some degree, you know, they were middle class, and those pedophiles would come in from out of town and have that sexual contact here in New Orleans in the homes of these other pedo

Catholic Church apologizes for ‘bizarre’ guidelines amid abuse scandal

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Post

October 4, 2018

Chile’s Roman Catholic Church has apologized for a set of conduct guidelines for priests dealing with children that has caused outrage just as the South American country is being rocked by a widespread clerical sex abuse scandal.

The recommendations include asking priests not to “touch the area of the genitals or the chest” of minors, kiss them on the mouth, spank them on the buttocks or “lie down to sleep next to boys, girls or teenagers.” Priest are told to “avoid some behaviors,” including taking photographs of a child, teen or vulnerable person when they’re naked because it could be “misinterpreted.”

The document published on the site of the archbishopric of Santiago was signed by Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati. He is under investigation by prosecutors for allegedly covering up years of abuse, and is expected to be questioned Wednesday.

The guidelines were expected to go into effect in April 2019. But after a flurry of criticism, the Chilean church removed the document shortly after it was published Friday.

“We’ve made a mistake and we’re going to fix it,” Auxiliary Santiago Bishop Cristian Roncagliolo said. “A crime is a crime.”

The so-called “Guidelines fomenting the good treatment and healthy pastoral coexistence” do not mention sex abuse. They refer to “painful acts” or “equivocal signs.”

Jaime Coiro, spokesman for the Chilean bishops’ conference, issued a statement asking Chileans to refer to guidelines for the prevention of abuse against minors published in 2015 that he said were distributed nationwide.

Third Accuser of Conroe Priest under Investigation for Child Abuse Comes Forward

HOUSTON (TX)
Houston Public Media

October 4, 2018

By Alvaro Ortiz

A third accuser of a Conroe priest who is under investigation for child abuse has come forward.

The law firm Schiffer Hicks Johnson said in a statement they’ve been hired “to represent what is now a third victim of sexual abuse by Father Manuel La Rosa-Lopez.”

The firm detailed that the client –who wishes to remain anonymous for the time being– “was an adolescent altar boy in the mid-1990s at a church in Houston when he was subjected to several acts of inappropriate behavior by Mr. La Rosa-Lopez, who was then a seminarian studying for the priesthood.”

According to the statement, the boy “told his guardians about the abuse at the time, and they alerted a supervising priest, but no action was taken. Instead, La Rosa-Lopez was ordained.”

The third accuser decided to come forward after hearing reports of other La Rosa-Lopez victims. The statement noted he has suffered “a lasting impact.”

On behalf of the accuser, the firm criticized the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for having turned “a blind eye to a sexual predator and buried the problem.”

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said in a statement that “this case is a reminder that anyone coming forward with allegations of abuse should immediately go to independent officials like the police or a trusted therapist, not officials at the very church where they were abused.”

“We hope that anyone else who may have been hurt by Fr. LaRosa-Lopez feels that they are able to come forward,” SNAP added on is statement.

Oxnard man files lawsuit against the Vatican, alleging priest sex abuse was covered up

VENTURA (CA)
Ventura County Star

October 4, 2018

By Tom Kisken

An Oxnard clergy abuse survivor on Thursday announced a lawsuit against the Vatican aimed at an alleged cover-up of abusive priests involving the church’s leaders, including Pope Francis.

Manny Vega told a Los Angeles conference room filled with reporters that he was abused by a priest at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Church in Oxnard as a 10-year-old altar boy. He said his lawsuit filed Wednesday in a California federal court is aimed at bringing what he feels has eluded abuse survivors.

“I’m committed to getting to the truth,” he said a moment after the news conference. “I’m committed to getting to that elusive transparency the church talks about.”

The lawsuit seeks to force the Vatican to release names of accused offenders from a list that lawyer Jeff Anderson said is currently concealed.

Called unprecedented by Anderson, the lawsuit also demands the release of all files and documents kept by the church in California and across the world on priests accused of abuse. It also calls for the names Vatican officials, bishops and others who have been involved in the alleged cover-up.

Anderson said the Vatican is the target because power flows down in the Catholic Church but secrets flow up.

Attorney General Bondi, FDLE ask public for help in investigation into Catholic priest abuse

TAMPA (FL)
WSTP TV

October 4, 2018

By Andrew Krietz

Florida law enforcement's message to the public is clear: Please help us in uncovering past abuses of Catholic priests.

Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced a new website for victims and survivors to submit tips to report past allegations of child sex abuse as part of an ongoing investigation.

The website is https://www.myfloridalegal.com/stopabuse -- please note the "https" at the front the URL. This makes it a secure website, limiting the risk of personal information and complaints being able to be accessed by outside sources.

"We launched a tip site to allow victims and anyone with information about priest abuse to report what they know," Bondi said. "We cannot do this without you."

10News was able to access an "unsecured" version of the website, starting with "http:" and contacted the attorney general's office as a courtesy. In response, staff said the site is secure but work is being done to always prompt a browser's "secure" notification.

The site will be used for reporting past abuse, Bondi said. Any instance of current abuse needs to be reported to 911 or by calling 1-800-96ABUSE, she said.

Information submitted to the site will be kept confidential per Florida statute.

"We've taken safeguards to protect the (personal) information," Bondi said. "We will ... do everything we possibly can to be sure that victims are protected."

"Why Are We Still Talking About This?" – 16 Years Later, The Lay Board's "Progress Report"

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Whispers in the Loggia

October 4, 2018

by Rocco Palmo

For the record, for all the talk you've heard of major in-house investigations over the scandals unearthed through recent months, only one is actually happening – the Rome-chartered probe of adult misconduct by Bishop Michael Bransfield, the initial reports of which proved enough to force the West Virginia prelate's quick removal last month (and which, according to the inquest's overseer, had netted some 40 additional calls as of last week).

As for the rest, as first reported in these pages' side-feed some weeks back, two major planks of the US bishops' intended response to the fresh crisis – an apostolic visitation, and a lay commission which would report on allegations against bishops to the Nuncio to Washington – were both rejected by the Holy See as the USCCB Executive met with the Pope in mid-September. (In addition, given the separate scoop that Francis urged the bench to take a week-long group retreat in lieu of their usual November meeting, a previously-unrelayed piece on that front bears noting: the pontiff's rationale for the suggestion was that the exercise was necessary for the conference to begin to heal the division within its own ranks.)

In the assessment of one ranking op, the fallout of the audience seemed to indicate that Francis "has had it with us." And these days, more than a little says the Man in White is far from alone in that.

Thirteen states now investigating alleged sexual abuse linked to Catholic church

WASHINGTON (DC)
NBC News

October 4, 2018

by Anne Thompson, Clare Duffy, Rich Gardella and Cory Dawson

Florida's attorney general said Thursday she is launching an investigation of potential sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church, making Florida at least the 13th state with an ongoing statewide probe of the church.

"Any priest that would exploit a position of power and trust to abuse a child is a disgrace to the church and a threat to society," said Attorney General Pam Bondi in a statement.

The Attorney General's Office will coordinate its probe with local prosecutors and review records from all seven of Florida's Catholic dioceses. It is also launching a tip line for victims.

During a press conference Thursday, Bondi said her office will be issuing subpoenas to the dioceses "immediately." Bishops in Florida have pledged cooperation with the investigation, Bondi said.

7 Catholic dioceses in Michigan raided in abuse investigation

DETROIT (MI)
Detroit Free Press

October 4, 2018

By Niraj Warikoo

Law enforcement officials with the Michigan Attorney General's Office executed search warrants Wednesday for clergy files at all seven Catholic dioceses in Michigan as part of its investigation into sexual abuse of children by priests.

At about 9 a.m., law enforcement officials arrived at the Chancery office of the Archdiocese of Detroit on State Street, which is the largest of the seven dioceses, according to the Archdiocese of Detroit.

In Detroit, law enforcement also executed search warrants at the Cardinal Mooney Building, which is on the campus of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and the St. Joan of Arc Parish office of Msgr. Michael Bugarin, the Archbishop’s Delegate for Clergy Misconduct.

State law enforcement officials also executed search warrants at Catholic dioceses in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Gaylord, Kalamazoo, Marquette and Saginaw, said Archdiocese officials.

The Response to the Kavanaugh Allegations Exposes the Lessons We Failed to Learn from the Catholic Clergy's Abuse

UNITED STATES
TIME

October 4, 2018

By Marci A. Hamilton

Hamilton is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the CEO of CHILD USA.

For those of us who work on issues involving the sexual assault of children, the Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexual-assault discourse has been jarring. This is particularly so given that his first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, was 15 years old and therefore underage at the time of the allegations. And it is even more so the case because of how it contrasts with what we’ve supposedly learn from the recent revelations about the trauma of clergy sexual abuse.

The recent Pennsylvania grand jury report regarding the sex abuse perpetrated six dioceses over 70 years has yielded unprecedented anger in the United States and abroad. The coverage has been nearly uniformly deferential and supportive of the victims. Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who led the investigation, rightly has been hailed as a hero for survivors, and state lawmakers are now moving forward on meaningful reform of its child sex abuse statutes of limitations to afford justice to the victims whose claims are now barred.

No one has been wringing their hands over the possibility of falsely maligning “good men,” as the details in the report leave no question that the crimes described were harrowing and supported with ample evidence. The foundation of this is the last 16 years of the developing clergy sex abuse story that started with the Boston Globe’s Spotlight report on the cover-up of child sex abuse in the Boston Archdiocese. The public has been educated to come to understand that in fact many priests (about 6%, according to bishopaccountability.org) have abused children, and that bishops concealed the crimes and “solved” the problem by moving the perpetrators from parish to parish. Early on, there was handwringing over the fate of the good priests from politicians, bishops and parishioners. But as time has worn on, it has become increasingly impossible to think that any of the clergy were ignorant of the facts. False claims have not proven to be a significant concern.

Lawyer seeks release of priest in New Mexico abuse case

ALBUQUERQUE (NM)
The Associated Press

October 2, 2018

By Russell Contreras

A lawyer for a former New Mexico priest who served in Santa Fe and who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse is seeking his release from federal detention.

Defense attorney Samuel Winder filed an appeal late last week asking a federal judge to reverse a decision to detain Arthur Perrault until his trial on sexual abuse charges.

The move came days after a federal magistrate ordered the Perrault, 80, held pending trial after deeming him a flight risk.

Perrault was extradited to New Mexico last month from Morocco in connection with sexual abuse cases that are said to have taken place between 1991 and 1992 at Kirtland Air Force Base and the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

The former Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and a former Air Force chaplain has been charged in a federal indictment with seven counts of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact.

In his appeal for Perrault’s released, Winder said a pretrial services report recommended that Perrault be sent to a third-party halfway house under strict condition with GPS monitoring.

Winder said the report also cited Perrault’s health problems, including lingering affects from a 2015 stroke, diabetes and chronic high blood pressure.

OPINION: WANT TO END CHILD SEX ABUSE IN THE CHURCH, POPE FRANCIS? CHANGE CANON LAW

UNITED STATES
Newsweek

October 4, 2018

By Carolyn Warner

Last week Pope Francis acknowledged that the way the Church's leadership has handled child sex abuse was driving away those who are the future of the Church: young people. He stated, "we ourselves need to be converted...we need to change the many situations that, in the end, put you off."

The speech came not long after a Pennsylvania grand jury report revealed that over 300 priests had sexually abused at least 1000 children over a period of 70 years, and a study in Germany found a similar pattern of abuse and the Church's failure to address it. The pope himself has been accused of protecting the now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who is alleged to have sexually assaulted seminarians and a child. People have rightly wondered why, for so long, the pope and his bishops, who are supposed to be shepherds over their flock, have left the wolves to the sheep.

The pope, rather than asking for forgiveness, or having the Church's leadership undergo an unspecified "conversion," should focus on some basic institutional reforms. The first among those is revising the Code of Canon Law—the legal rules by which the Church operates. Bishops are sworn to follow canonical procedures as well as various instructions later issued by popes to clarify the application of canon law. As Cardinal Francis George of Chicago said in a deposition, "A bishop must obey the rules of the Church. We're all in a society of law in the Church too." Bishops also are only responsible to the pope—they do not answer to fellow bishops or parishioners.

It's clear that if Francis wants to start solving the problem of how the Church has mishandled child sex abuse cases, he needs to undertake a revision to the Code of Canon Law to make the first response to abuse punitive, restore to diocesan bishops the capacity to defrock priests, raise the statute of limitations, reduce the stress on secrecy about alleged cases, require reporting to local civil authorities, and implement rules for handling errant bishops.

Lawsuit alleging sex abuse, cover up filed against family of LDS Church president

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
FOX13

October 3, 2018

By Ben Winslow

A lawsuit alleging sexual abuse and a cover up has been filed against the daughter and son-in-law of the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Salt Lake City on Wednesday by six unnamed people listed only as "Jane Doe" and "John Doe" against unnamed "Doe 1 Male Defendant" and "Doe 2 Female Defendant." However, Brenda and Richard Miles' attorney publicly disclosed their names after the lawsuit was filed and said they vigorously deny the allegations.

FOX 13 spoke with several of the plaintiffs on the condition that their names not be used nor their faces shown.

"Victims need to be listened and heard and have a voice. I think now there’s a chance some members of the Mormon community will believe us. I’m certain there’s some who will not because of who the defendants are," said a woman known in the lawsuit as "Jane Doe 2," who alleges she was sexually abused as a child.

The long-term ramifications of clergy sexual abuse

HUNTINGTON (IN)
OSV Newsweekly

October 3, 2018

By Gretchen R. Crowe

Every once in a while, I receive a piece of mail that stops me in my tracks. This was certainly the case when I received a recent letter from a reader not only disclosing the fact that she is the mother of four sons who were sexually abused by the same priest while growing up, but also describing the painful and lifelong ramifications of such abuse for her family.

All of her sons became addicted to alcohol, she writes, and three out of the four, to drugs. Two wanted to press charges against the abuser but ran up against the statute of limitations; and two won’t speak of the abuse at all.

Two of her children have left the Church completely — and one is no longer Christian. Of the two who remain Catholic, they only attend Mass occasionally, and they never had their children baptized.

One of her sons, she writes, remains very bitter.

“He has followed this type of news ... closely over the years and calls it to my attention frequently,” she writes. “When I point out to him that for every pedophile priest there are 100 good priests, his response is that if they knew it was going on and did nothing, they’re just as guilty.”

The woman writes that this summer’s news of clergy sexual abuse made her feel “as if I’d been punched in the gut.” But, because of her experience, she said it was not unexpected.

There is much to unpack here about the long-term consequences of the scourge of clergy sexual abuse. My heart breaks for this woman and her family, and for the unnecessary and painful struggles that they have faced throughout their lives. They are members of the walking wounded.

Lawsuit Accuses Chicago Priest of Abuse in California

CHICAGO (IL)
NBC Chicago

October 2, 2018

By Mary Ann Ahern

A California lawsuit was announced Tuesday naming a priest who retired from Chicago in 1973 and moved to the West Coast and allegedly abused young men there.

The suit was announced as Cardinal Blase Cupich revealed a new audit for the Chicago Archdiocese. At the same time, the original members of the National Lay Review Board spoke out on bishop accountability.

Former federal prosecutor Bob Bennett was in Chicago, who lead the first Lay Review Board for the Catholic Church back in 2002, reacted to the current crisis surrounding how Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was promoted over the years, despite allegations of sexual misconduct.

"The layman's voice is not heard," Bennett said.

Michigan AG seizes Catholic dioceses' records in sex abuse investigation

MICHIGAN
CNN

October 4, 2018

By Steve Almasy and Susannah Cullinane

Michigan authorities have seized records from every Catholic diocese in the state as part of an investigation into possible sexual abuse by clergy, the dioceses said in separate statements released Wednesday.

The Archdiocese of Detroit, and dioceses in Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marquette and Saginaw said their offices were served search warrants Wednesday morning from Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Schuette's office announced last month that it would be looking into possible sexual abuse by priests in the state's seven dioceses.

CNN has reached out to Schuette's office for comment.

A post on the attorney general's website says the investigation will be "independent, thorough, transparent and prompt" and will "find out who knew what, and when."

"The Michigan Department of Attorney General has determined that a full and complete investigation of what happened within the Catholic Church is required," the post says.

California Catholic Bishops at Center of Sex Abuse Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Insurance Journal

October 4, 2018

By Christopher Weber

A man who says he was sexually abused decades ago by his parish priest said he is suing all Catholic bishops in California and the Archdiocese of Chicago, seeking to compel church officials to release records on clergy abuse.

The filing Tuesday in Los Angeles by Thomas Emens claims a civil conspiracy among church officials to cover up clergy sexual assault and move offending priests to other parishes.

Emens said at a news conference that he was abused for two years starting in 1978 when he was 10 years old by Monsignor Thomas Joseph Mohan. The priest, who is deceased, arrived at St. Anthony Claret Catholic Church in Anaheim in the early 1970s from Chicago, according to the lawsuit.

All of California’s 12 Bishops Sued for Alleged Clergy Abuse Cover-Up

LOS ANGELES (CA)
The Daily Beast

October 3, 2018

By Pilar Melendez

In an effort to compel officials to release clergy-abuse records, a new lawsuit filed Tuesday targets dozens of priests, all California bishops, and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

A clergy-abuse survivor is putting his state on notice, suing all of California’s 12 Catholic bishops and naming more than two dozen accused sexual-predator priests in an effort to compel church officials to be more transparent.

In a complaint filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Thomas Emens alleged a “civil conspiracy” among clergy officials to cover up sexual assault within the church, claiming they avoided conflict by simply moving accused priests to other parishes across the country.

“This lawsuit is really the only opportunity I have at this time to find justice not just for myself to bring all the victims that are in the shadows out and to help them moving forward,” Emens said at a news conference announcing the lawsuit. “This lawsuit is also to get the clerics at the top to come clean and tell the truth.”

Emens alleged both at the news conference and lawsuit—that he was sexually abused for two years starting in 1978, when he was 10 years old, at the hands of Monsignor Thomas Joseph Mohan.

Ex-judge to lead diocese’s investigation of priest abuse

BRIDGEPORT (CT)
The Associated Press

October 3, 2018

A Catholic diocese in Connecticut announced Wednesday that it has chosen a retired state judge to lead an investigation into sexual abuse of children by priests, a review that will look at allegations and Church records dating back to when the diocese was founded in 1953.

Robert Holzberg, who retired as a state Superior Court judge in 2012 and returned to private law practice, will be lead investigator and counsel for the Diocese of Bridgeport’s investigation, which Church officials say will begin immediately and be finished next spring.

The diocese, which includes more than 460,000 Catholics in 82 parishes in Fairfield County, has faced at least three dozen lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of children by priests since the early 1990s, leading to more than $35 million in settlements, the Connecticut Post has reported. Five more men sued the diocese last month, saying priests abused them when they were children in the late 1980s to the early 2000s.

Twenty-nine priests in the diocese - living and dead - have been credibly accused of sexual abuse, according to the diocese.

Pope opens synod, calls for end of putting clergy on pedestals

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

October 4, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis urged Catholic bishops to dream of a future free of the mistakes of the past as he opened a global church leadership meeting Wednesday amid renewed anger over the priestly sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

Yet down the block from the Vatican's synod hall, about two dozen abuse survivors staged a sit-in, demanding that their cause be taken up at the meeting and voicing anger that some of the delegates had covered up for abusive priests.

"Make 'Zero Tolerance' Real," read one protest sign.

Francis welcomed more than 250 priests, bishops and cardinals -- as well as 34 young Catholics -- to a monthlong meeting on ministering to future generations, urging young and old to listen to one another without prejudice.

He prayed for God's help to ensure the church "does not allow itself, from one generation to the next, to be extinguished or crushed by the prophets of doom and misfortune, by our own shortcomings, mistakes and sins."

Editorial: A hard lesson on sexual abuse amid another accusation

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

October 3, 2018

News Editorial Board

The mother of an alleged molestation victim called it “a covered-up mess.” A Catholic priest who was accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy was allowed to remain in ministry for several decades, on the watch of six bishops or auxiliary bishops in the Buffalo Diocese.

Her mistake, she realized too late, was that she reported the crime not to police, but to the church, which was all too eager to cover it up. In her pain is a lesson for others.

Monica Lesniak, of Cheektowaga, shared her story with The News’ Jay Tokasz last week. Lesniak said the incident took place in the early 1980s. Her son went to see a movie with the Rev. Brian M. Hatrick, who was assistant pastor at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Depew, the family’s parish. Afterward, Lesniak says, the priest fondled and kissed the teenager inside a car.

Lesniak reported the incident to her pastor at the time, Monsignor Joseph Coughlin, she says. After Lesniak told Coughlin about the assault, he said he would take care of things. Hatrick was moved out of the Depew parish and sent to other assignments, apparently suffering no consequences. He worked for decades in other Buffalo parishes.

The mom, now in her 70s, says she regrets not going to the police. When children are sexually abused by adults, that is a crime, no matter who the adults happen to be. Reporting it to law enforcement is a necessity.

Rapid City priest accused of sexual abuse

RAPID CITY (SD)
KOTA TV

October 2, 2018

Rapid City police arrested and charged a local Catholic priest with sexual contact with a minor.

Fr. John Praveen is charged Tuesday with two counts of sexual contact with a person under the age of 16.

Rapid City Police and the Pennington County Sheriff's Office conducted a joint investigation after a juvenile victim reported the incident on Sept. 30. They believe Praveen made sexual contact with the child on two different times.

The 38-year-old was taken into custody on Tuesday.

Diocese of Rapid City Bishop Robert Gruss says he learned of the charged from police.

"I was surprised," Gruss said. "We are fully cooperating with the on going police investigation."

After learning of the charges, Gruss said he removed Praveen from his duties.

"I have suspended him from the ministry," Gruss said. "I'm deeply saddened that a family has to endure something like this from one of my priests and so my sympathies and prayers go out to this family but also to all families who have been affected by sexual abuse by clergy or anyone else.

Adams County woman stands by former Pa. priest accused of abuse

YORK (PA)
The York Daily Record

October 3, 2018

By Brandie Kessler

For 76 of her 77 years, Sally Sneeringer has lived in the same house, in view of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Conewago Chapel in Adams County.

That is where she attended Mass every week, until last year.

"I had back surgery in '72 which left me with a brace on both legs," Sneeringer said. "At one time, I did not need any other assistance, just the braces."

As her mobility deteriorated, Sneeringer used a cane and eventually, a walker. These days she doesn't get out much. Now, she said, her minister comes to her home to give her communion.

To help her tackle all the other tasks and errands in her life, Sneeringer has her lifelong family friend, Herbert Shank, to help.

CATHOLIC CHURCH IN CT TIGHTENS MEASURES TO PREVENT SEXUAL ABUSE BY CLERGY

CAPE TOWN (SOUTH AFRICA)
Eyewitness News

October 4, 2018

By Monique Mortlock

Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town Stephen Brislin says the church has reviewed the way in which it handles claims of sexual abuse by clergy.

The Catholic Church in Cape Town says it has implemented tighter measures to prevent sexual abuse by its clergy.

It has welcomed the Anglican Church of Southern Africa’s approach to stopping sex predators from entering its pews.

The church held a meeting last week discussing incidents of sexual abuse in Anglican parishes that made headlines earlier in 2018.

“What has happened in the church is absolutely shameful, but we know it’s also happening in society and we have to try to get as many people on board. So, that’s the big challenge.”

Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town Stephen Brislin says the church has reviewed the way in which it handles claims of sexual abuse by clergy over the last few years.

Chilean cardinal remains silent at hearing on cover-up allegations

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

October 4, 2018

By Junno Arocho Esteves

At a court hearing to answer to allegations of covering up sexual abuse by members of the clergy, Chilean Cardinal Riccardo Ezzati invoked his right against self-incrimination.

In a statement released by the Archdiocese of Santiago Oct. 3, Ezzati said that at the suggestion of his lawyers, "I will use, for the time being, my right to remain silent" until authorities "issue a ruling on the request for a definitive dismissal" of the charges against him.

The Chilean prosecutor's office in Rancagua, led by Emiliano Arias, issued a subpoena July 24 after conducting several raids of diocesan offices in Rancagua and Santiago.

Arias confirmed his office was investigating an alleged sex-abuse ring in Rancagua as well as possible cover-ups of abuse cases by senior members of the clergy, including Ezzati and his predecessor, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz.

The subpoena is believed to be related to the case of Fr. Oscar Munoz Toledo, the former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago, who was arrested July 12 following allegations that he abused seven minors in Santiago and Rancagua since 2002.

Although Cardinal Ezzati had said that he would cooperate with authorities in their investigation, his decision to remain silent caused outrage among survivors of clergy sexual abuse in the country.

Juan Carlos Cruz, who along with James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo met with Pope Francis in May to discuss their suffering, said the cardinal's use of his right against self-incrimination "was a lack of respect" for survivors.

Argentinian prelate allegedly acknowledged McCarrick’s misconduct

ROME
Crux

October 4, 2018

By Elise Harris

[Editor’s note: Crux is publishing an occasional series of brief profiles in the ongoing drama surrounding clerical sexual abuse, ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and accusations of cover-up against various Church officials including Pope Francis.]

As a Synod of Bishops on young people begins this week despite calls for the gathering to be either postponed or overhauled due to recent clerical abuse scandals, several key players in the drama are beginning to come into clearer focus.

One such figure is Argentinian Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, who reportedly knew about misconduct allegations against ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick as early as 2000.

Currently prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Oriental Churches, Sandri came in for mention in a letter penned last month by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican’s former ambassador to the United States, who charged that several Holy See officials, including Pope Francis, knew about McCarrick’s alleged sexual misconduct with seminarians yet did nothing.

McCarrick had been a celebrated figure in American Catholicism, but he was removed from the College of Cardinals in July following accusations that he had abused minors some 40 years ago. As the U.S. bishops prepare to launch investigations in four dioceses where the McCarrick drama is centered, more questions have been raised than answered.

Child sex abuse - and reforms to law - are not Catholic issues, victim says

YORK (PA)
Penn Live

October 3, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

Kristen Pfautz Woolley was 10 years old when a friend of the family began to sexually molest her.

Afraid and confused, Woolley told no one. Her predator continued to molest her for two years.

By the time Woolley entered young adulthood and realized what had happened to her, the statute of limitations had expired for her. Woolley's life was ravaged by anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Years of therapy have allowed Woolley to heal and move on.

Now 48, she devotes herself to helping victims of child sexual abuse heal and regain control of their lives. Woolley is founder and clinical director of Turning Point Women's Counseling and Advocacy Center in York.

Washington Post sees big McCarrick picture: Why are broken celibacy vows no big deal?

UNITED STATES
Get Religion

October 3, 2018

By Terry Mattingly

For weeks now, your GetReligionist