Legal Expert Says Bevilacqua’s Death Won’t Affect Philadelphia Priest Child-Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Will Cardinal Bevilaqua’s death (see related story) affect the ongoing priest-abuse case? Not much, says one legal expert who is very familiar with the case.

There is now a gag order imposed on all parties in the case (related story), so neither the prosecution nor defense can make statements in reaction to Bevilacqua’s death.

Bevilaqua underwent a deposition in November, and a judge this week overruled defense claims that he was not a competent witness (another related story).

Charles Peruto Jr., the former counsel for one of the accused priests and a longtime defense attorney, says Bevilaqua’s death changes nothing.

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Perlitz Victims Seek Compensation From Fairfield U.

FAIRFIELD (CT)
The Mirror

Posted by Martin OSullivan

It’s been over 13 months since his almost 20 year sentence was issued, yet the effects of Fairfield University alumnus Doug Perlitz’s actions are still being felt by many.

Seventeen Haitian men have recently brought lawsuits against Fairfield University, the Society of Jesuits and various other figures tied to Perlitz, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuits allege that these organizations and figures failed in their duty to protect these men from Perlitz years ago despite numerous warning signs.

The lawsuit seeks $20 million for each of the seventeen victims. These proceedings increase the alleged number of boys abused by Perlitz to 21.

So how exactly is Fairfield University tied in this time around? The cases assert that in addition to raising over $600,000 for Perlitz’s non-for-profit organization Project Pierre Toussant, the university is responsible for hiring Perlitz and neglecting to adequately monitor his actions in relation to the school in Haiti.

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PHILLY JUDGE SHOULD STEP DOWN

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic League

The presiding judge in the trial of two Catholic priests from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia expressed dissatisfaction yesterday with the following question for prospective jurors: “Do you believe child sex abuse is a widespread problem in the Catholic Church?” Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said, “Anybody that doesn’t think there is widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church is living on another planet.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responds as follows:

Judge Sarmina should step down immediately. Her remark, whether based on ignorance or bias, demonstrates her inability to preside over any trial concerning allegations of priestly sexual abuse.

Judge Sarmina’s use of the present tense shows she is unfit to rule. Between 2005 and 2010, the average number of new credible allegations made against over 40,000 priests in the United States was 8.3. How does this compare to other religions? Well, in one borough of New York City, Brooklyn, there have been 85 arrests of Orthodox Jews in the last two years (most of whom are rabbis) for sexually molesting minors. So who has the problem today, Judge Sarmina? Perhaps she should acquaint herself with what is going on in the public schools: as the AP reported in a major investigation in 2007, sexual abuse is rampant.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua’s Management of Abuse Allegations

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
BishopAccountability.org

Assessments of the Philadelphia Grand Juries in 2003, 2005, and 2011

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua died on January 31, 2012, shortly before the scheduled trial of his senior manager, Msgr. William Lynn. Below we provide excerpts from the assessments of Cardinal Bevilacqua from the Philadelphia Grand Jury Reports in 2003, 2005, and 2011.

Over the past two decades, Msgr. Lynn has put literally thousands of children at risk of sexual abuse by placing them in the care of known child molesters. We believe that legal accountability for Msgr. Lynn’s unconscionable behavior is long overdue, and that he should be prosecuted for endangering the welfare of the victims in these cases.

We would like to hold Cardinal Bevilacqua accountable as well. The Grand Jurors have no doubt that his knowing and deliberate actions during his tenure as Archbishop also endangered thousands of children in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Msgr. Lynn was carrying out the Cardinal’s policies exactly as the Cardinal directed. In most of the cases we reviewed from the previous grand jury report, Cardinal Bevilacqua knew substantially everything that Msgr. Lynn knew about the danger posed by the accused priests.
Philadelphia Grand Jury Report 2011, p. 115

We find that Cardinal Bevilacqua, Monsignor Lynn and other Archdiocesan managers most directly put children at risk when they knowingly permitted priests whom they knew, or were substantially certain, had sexually abused children to have continuing access to children. In summary, we find that the Archdiocesan protocols for investigating abuse, for diagnosing and treating sexually abusive priests and for returning sexually abusive priests to ministry, policies Cardinal Bevilacqua either established or continued, jeopardized the safety of children.
Philadelphia Grand Jury Report 2003, p. 6

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More dirty laundry

CALIFORNIA
California Catholic Daily

Incoming Fresno Bishop Armando Ochoa has been sued by five parishioners from an El Paso, Texas, parish who say the bishop converted funds they donated specifically for construction of a chapel for the traditional Latin Mass to other uses — and they want their money back.

A Mass of Installation for Bishop Ochoa is scheduled tomorrow in Fresno. Pope Benedict XVI named him as the new Fresno bishop on Dec. 1. Before leaving El Paso, where he had been bishop since 1996, Bishop Ochoa took the extraordinary step of suing one of his priests, Fr. Michael Rodriguez. The bishop’s lawsuit alleges that Fr. Rodriguez, a problematic and outspoken priest, committed financial irregularities and violations of diocesan policy on the handling of parish funds.

The parishioners’ lawsuit, announced in a Jan. 30 press release, is the latest development in the ongoing legal battle. The five parishioners say that more than six weeks ago they asked for a meeting with Bishop Ochoa “to resolve this situation in private and in a spirit of Christian charity,” but never received a response from the chancery.

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Court hearing fixed for priest on sex abuse charges

NORTHERN IRELAND
Derry Journal

Published on Wednesday 1 February 2012

A preliminary investigation hearing is to take place at Magherafelt Magistrate’s Court in Co. Derry next month to determine if there is enough evidence to prosecute a priest who is charged with a number of child sex abuse offences.

Fr. Eugene Boland (65) faces four charges of indecently assaulting a female child. He’s alleged to have committed the four offences between June 28, 1990 and June 30, 1992, while he was ministering in a parish in Derry.

Fr. Boland, whose address was given as the Parochial House, Killyclogher Road in Omagh, stepped down as parish priest of Killyclogher last year when a child welfare investigation started.

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Bevilacqua remembered at morning mass

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

Staff Report

The faithful flowed in at 7:15 a.m. as they do each day for daily Mass at Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Center City.

The death of Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua, 88, was news to some this morning.

One woman clutched her chest upon hearing the news. “I’m really surprised,” she said as she hurried into the side chapel where mass was held.

Msgr. Arthur E. Rodgers asked the 20 people in attendance to remember and pray for Bevilacqua.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua, retired Philadelphia archbishop, dies at age 88

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic News Service

By Catholic News Service

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, retired archbishop of Philadelphia, died Jan. 31 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he resided.

According to the Philadelphia Archdiocese, he died in his sleep at 9:15 p.m. He was 88.

Cardinal Bevilacqua headed the archdiocese from February 1988 to October 2003. Funeral arrangements were pending. …

Just a day before his death a Philadelphia judge ruled that Cardinal Bevilacqua, who suffered from dementia, was competent and could be become a witness in the upcoming trial of a Philadelphia priest, Msgr. William J. Lynn. The priest is accused of having failed to protect children from two priests who were under his direction when he served as secretary of the clergy.

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Ex-head of Philly archdiocese Bevilacqua dies

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Associated Press

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who led the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia for more than 15 years but became a central figure in a child sex-abuse case involving the alleged shuffling of predator priests to unwitting parishes, has died. He was 88.

Bevilacqua died in his sleep Tuesday night at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary after battling dementia and an undisclosed form of cancer, an archdiocese spokeswoman said. He had been the spiritual leader of the 1.5 million-member Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1988 until his retirement in 2003.

Bevilacqua, trained as civil and canon lawyer, was sharply criticized but never charged by two grand juries investigating child sex abuse complaints lodged against dozens of priests in the archdiocese. His death comes just days after lawyers battled in court over his competency as a potential witness in the upcoming trial of a longtime aide.

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Ex Catholic priest denies West Midlands sexual abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A former Catholic priest has denied sexually abusing young boys over a 20-year period.

Alexander Bede Walsh, 58, is accused of abusing eight youngsters in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Coventry from 1975 to 1994.

Mr Walsh, of Church Lane in Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court he had never inappropriately touched children.

He pleaded not guilty to a total of 27 offences.

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Ex sacerdote chillanejo en lista de clérigos sentenciados por abuso de menores

CHILE
La Discusion

Abrió ayer el diario La Segunda, y sus ojos se llenaron de lágrimas. Lo mismo que durante años guardó y después, ya adulta, compartió y la justicia no quiso escuchar, esta vez era un hecho que la Iglesia Católica certificaba: el ex sacerdote diocesano Jorge Baeza Ramírez ocupaba el segundo lugar en el listado oficial de los presbíteros sentenciados por la justicia canónica por abusos a menores, documento inédito que contempla los dieciocho casos sancionados por la justicia penal o canónica, el cual había sido anunciado en abril pasado, en el marco del recién creado Consejo nacional para la prevención de abusos contra menores.

“Cuando vimos la lista publicada, nos alegramos mucho. Por primera vez la Iglesia reconoce que Jorge Baeza cometió abusos mientras fue sacerdote en Chillán, a pesar que la justicia no fue capaz de condenarlo. Este paso es muy importante, pues deja muy en claro que nosotros en ningún momento mentimos. Siempre dijimos la verdad, y eso le debe doler a mucha gente”, dijo ayer a LA DISCUSIÓN una de las víctimas del ex presbítero, de quien poco se ha sabido el último tiempo.

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A no menos …

CHILE
Revista NOS

Escrito por Sonnia Mendoza en febrero de 2010

En Argentina se hallaría el ex cura Jorge Baeza Ramírez, quien hizo de las suyas entre familias acomodadas de Chillán. Se libró del delito de estupro en 2009, pero no de la paliza de un padre ofendido. Sus víctimas, una madre y sus hijas, no dan tregua. Lo rastrean a diario para poner sobre aviso a quienes se les acerque.

Hay rabia, dolor y desencanto en Carolina, Claudia, Consuelo y Andrea, pero siguen bregando por justicia. Sus testimonios por desenmascarar al abusador sexual que se escondía tras las sotanas del cura top en Chillán, Jorge Baeza Ramírez, ha ido quedando en nada. Y aunque lograron llevarlo a un tribunal de Los Ángeles por estupro en 2009, la prescripción del delito terminó por imponerse.

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Pastor son stands with father accused of sex assaults

CANADA
CBC News

The son of a former Baptist church volunteer accused of sexually abusing young boys says his family is standing behind the man.

Police allege Russell Rodman, 58, assaulted three boys while he was volunteering at churches in Calgary in the ’80s and ’90s. (CBC)Police allege Russell Louis Rodman, 58, assaulted three boys while he was volunteering at churches in Calgary in the ’80s and ’90s.

His son, Greg, a pastor, told CBC News his father recently confided in him and another man that he was struggling with a desire for young boys.

Greg Rodman said he and the other man, family friend Joel Gordon, convinced his father to go to police.

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Church volunteer charged in assaults

CANADA
Calgary Herald

By Sherri Zickefoose, Calgary Herald
February 1, 2012

A former Calgary church volunteer who came forward to police has been charged with sexually assaulting boys in the 1980s and 1990s.

Russell Louis Rodman, 58, who now lives in High River, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count each of gross indecency, indecent exposure to a person under 14 and sexual contact with youth by a person in authority.

A publication ban protects the names of churches and victims, however the Herald has learned that Rodman resigned as deacon and treasurer at Bridgeland Baptist Fellowship Church late last summer.

There are no charges stemming from that church, which he joined in the mid-1990s.

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Former church volunteer charged with sexual assault

CANADA
CTV

Updated: Wed Feb. 01 2012

A former Calgary church volunteer has been arrested and charged with molesting teenage boys in incidents dating back as far as 1981.

Police laid charges against 58 year old Russell Rodman on Tuesday and his son said the charges are only the latest step in a difficult process.

“He came to me actually and told me this was what was going on and he needed help,” said Greg Rodman.

Rodman’s family and church then urged him to turn himself in to police.

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Sexual and Religious Harassment Case Settled Against Los Angeles City Fire Department for $494,150

CALIFORNIA
PRWeb

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2012

Pursuant to a conciliation agreement reached between victim Anthony Almeida, the Los Angeles City Fire Department and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Los Angeles City Fire Department will pay Mr. Almeida $494,150.00 and implement widespread anti-harassment training and updated policies and procedures to settle his sexual and religious harassment claim, which was determined by the EEOC to be founded. Anthony Almeida, a firefighter/engineer employed since 1986, was represented by John C. Manly, Esq., and Vince W. Finaldi, Esq., of the Manly & Stewart Law Firm, in Newport Beach, California in Anthony Almeida v. Los Angeles Fire Department (Case Numbers 480 2007 03679 and 480 2008 04019).

The victim, Mr. Almeida, alleged that he was continually harassed by fellow firefighters at his station who employed deeply offensive comments of a sexual and religious nature. An EEOC investigation uncovered that the harassment, which began in late 2006, appeared linked to a lawsuit filed against the Catholic Church by Almeida (Case Number JCCP 5224) regarding sexual abuse he suffered by a priest. One coworker learned that Almeida had filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Church over the abuse, and several coworkers mocked him for that, using explicit and offensive religious and sexual epithets.

Although Almeida complained about the harassment to management officials, the EEOC investigation found that the Fire Department failed to adequately halt or address it. Further, the investigation found that Almeida had suffered retaliatory discipline for his participation in another equal employment opportunity investigation.

Harassment of a sexual or religious nature, along with retaliation, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Following a determination by the EEOC that there was reasonable cause to believe a violation of law occurred, Mr. Almeida’s counsel represented him in a conciliation process with the Los Angeles City Fire Department and EEOC. The result was a three-year conciliation agreement with the EEOC and Almeida. The agreement effectively settles the case administratively, thereby avoiding litigation.

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Rebecca Randles | People on the Move

MISSOURI
Kansas City Business Journal

Rebecca Randles

Date added: February 1, 2012

Submission Type: Professional Recognition
Current employer: Randles Mata Brown LLC
Current title/position: Partner
Industry: Legal Services
Position department: Legal

Reason for being recognized:
Randles was honored last week by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of the state’s most influential lawyers. She represents dozens of clergy sex abuse victims in western Missouri (including 20+ who sued just last year). In 1999 she tried “Bachmann v. Gummersbach,” the only civil lawsuit against a pedophile priest that’s ever gone to trial in Missouri.

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Guest column: Archdiocese hit for secret balance sheet

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Daily Times

By MARITA GREEN
Times Guest Columnist

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that it is going to close 45 grade schools and four high schools. Delaware County has already lost grade schools and will lose two more high schools next September. It has already started the “planning” to close a number of parishes, the total number of which it has not revealed. In the northwest section of Philadelphia five of the nine parishes are on the contemplated closure list.

We are told that the goal is to save “up to $10 million.” To do this, the archdiocese is apparently willing to shut down high schools cold turkey, without letting classes stay together until they graduate – a bad way to treat young people in their vital formative years. Also, they have apparently lost interest in the mission to underprivileged kids who thrive in the Catholic schools.

The elephant in the living room here is the magnitude of the assets of the archdiocese. What fraction of the total net worth is this $10 million? If the people of the archdiocese who put up the money in the first place could see the true balance sheet that would list all assets, including those listed in names other than the archdiocese, they would have a basis on which to judge this issue.

The problem is that this balance sheet is a closely guarded secret. The people are expected to take on blind faith the word of the archdiocese that it cannot afford to keep the schools and parishes open. After the repeated deceptions over the past decade about priests who molested children, how much blind faith is left?

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Kamer wil één meldpunt slachtoffers misbruik

NEDERLAND
Metro

De Tweede Kamer ondersteunt het pleidooi van de commissie-Samsom voor het instellen van één meldpunt waar slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik terecht kunnen. Voor een aanvullend parlementair onderzoek ontbreekt vooralsnog een meerderheid, bleek dinsdag tijdens het debat over het seksuele misbruik in de kerk.

Een meerderheid van PvdA, SP, PVV, VVD, CDA en GL steunt het voorstel van Rieke Samson voor een onafhankelijk meldpunt. Zij onderzoekt het misbruik van kinderen in overheidsinstellingen en pleitte zondag voor een meldpunt met een lage drempel en deskundige bezetting.

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Priest denies abuse of children at swimming pools

UNITED KINGDOM
Irish Independent

Wednesday February 01 2012

A PRIEST has told a court he never sexually abused or inappropriately touched young boys while he was working at Roman Catholic establishments.

Alexander Bede Walsh is accused of abusing eight youngsters in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Coventry between 1975 and 1994.

Jurors at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that Walsh, denies a total of 27 offences of indecency, buggery and indecent assault.

Giving evidence to the court today, the 58-year-old said he enjoyed being around children but not because of any sexual motives.

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TELEGRAM FOR THE DEATH OF CARDINAL BEVILACQUA

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2012 (VIS) – The Holy Father has sent a telegram to Archbishop Charles Chaput O.F.M. Cap. of Philadelphia, U.S.A., for the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, former archbishop of that archdiocese who died yesterday at the age of 88. The Holy Father writes:

“Having learned with sadness of the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia, I offer my heartfelt condolences to you and to all the faithful of the archdiocese. I join you in commending the late cardinal’s soul to God, the Father of mercies, with gratitude for his years of episcopal ministry among Christ’s flock in Philadelphia, his longstanding commitment to social justice and the pastoral care of immigrants, and his expert contribution to the revision of the Church’s law in the years following Vatican Council II. To you, and to all the clergy, religious and laity of the Church in Philadelphia, and to the members of his family, I cordially impart my apostolic blessing as a pledge of consolation and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ”.

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Deadline for abuse claim against Milwaukee Archidocese

MILWAUKEE (WI)
TMJ4

By Jay Sorgi

MILWAUKEE – Wednesday has been set as the final day people can file sex abuse claims against the Milwaukee Archdiocese in its bankruptcy case.

People had until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday to file an abuse claim against a Milwaukee Archdiocese clergy member, teacher, deacon, employee volunteer, or someone connected to the Archidocese of Milwaukee.

The claim would become part of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing the Archidocese made last year.

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Claims Against Milwaukee Archdiocese Due Today

MILWAUKEE (WI)
WISN

[with video]

MILWAUKEE — Alleged victims of clergy abuse have until today to file a claim against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

The archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2011, and the courts set today as the deadline for any new claims to be filed.

The archdiocese will be in court in Feb. 9 as bankruptcy proceedings move forward.

Archbishop Jerome Listecki said at the time of the bankruptcy filing that nearly $29 million had been spend to address more than 200 claims over the past 20 years.

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Opstelten vraagt kerk om uitbreiding misbruikonderzoek

NEDERLAND
Reformatorisch Dagblad

DEN HAAG – Minister Opstelten (Veiligheid en Justitie) gaat de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk en de commissie-Deetman verzoeken het inmiddels afgeronde onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen alsnog uit te breiden.

Met de Tweede Kamer is hij van mening dat het gepast is om afzonderlijk in kaart te brengen hoe vrouwen en meisjes in rooms-katholieke instellingen, zoals jeugdinternaten, destijds door geestelijken bejegend zijn.

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Tegenwerking bisschoppen misbruikzaken

NEDERLAND
HartvanNederland

Volgens slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik werken bisschoppen misbruikzaken tegen. Slachtoffers zeggen dat de kerk alleen spijt betuigd met de mond en voelen zich nog steeds aan hun lot overgelaten.

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‘Slachtoffers misbruik katholieke kerk centraal, niet waarheidsvinding’

NEDERLAND
Trouw

Karen Zandbergen − 01/02/12

Zelden krijgt een Kamerlid zo direct antwoord. “Heeft iemand die hier op de tribune zit iets aan een parlementair onderzoek?” vroeg CDA’er Madeleine van Toorenburg tijdens het eerste Kamerdebat over seksueel misbruik in instellingen van de katholieke kerk aan de afgereisde slachtoffers.

Het heldere ‘ja’ vanaf de publieke tribune ten spijt, zo’n onderzoek dat het werk van de commissie-Deetman moet aanvullen, lijkt er niet te komen. VVD, PVV, CDA en minister Opstelten van justitie voelen meer voor een verder onderzoek door Deetmans commissie zelf.

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Seksueel misbruik Catharinenberg Oisterwijk in Nieuwsuur (1-2-2012)

NEDERLAND
Oisterwijk

Op 31 januari 2012 debatteerde de Tweede Kamer over het eindrapport van de commissie-Deetman die onderzoek deed naar seksueel misbruik binnen de rooms-katholieke kerk. Nieuwsuur (NOS-NTR) besteedde aandacht aan het debat en toont een interview met een slachtoffer van misbruik in de Catharinenberg in Oisterwijk.

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Responding to Child Sexual Abuse

IRELAND
Garda Inspectorate

Foreword

Nothing is more important than protecting our children, yet nations throughout the world continue to struggle to do so effectively. Ireland is no different.

Inquiries in Ireland have resulted in shocking reports of child abuse – in particular, heinous
crimes of child sexual abuse. These reports have primarily focused on the response to incidents of abuse by State agencies and the Catholic Church in Ireland during the past several decades.

One such report, the Commission of Investigation – Report into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin July 2009, issued on 26 November, 2009, clearly indicates failings on the part of the Garda Síochána in certain historical child sexual abuse cases, including undue deference to the Catholic Church and its hierarchy.

As the result, the Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Mr Dermot Ahern, directed the Garda
Síochána Inspectorate to conduct a comprehensive review of police practices for handling these very sensitive and important cases to ensure that such impropriety on the part of the police could not occur today or in the future

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Proposals to improve garda handling of abuse

IRELAND
RTE News

The Garda Inspectorate has published its report into the force’s handling of allegations of child sexual abuse.

The report makes 19 recommendations including that a group of gardaí should be specially trained in how to take reports from those alleging child sexual abuse and only those gardaí should take statements from victims.

It stresses that there is no place for deferential treatment in modern Irish policing.

The report also says that every reported case of child abuse should be the subject of a formal risk assessment.

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Sunday school teacher accused of sex with student

OHIO
WHIO

LEBANON, Ohio —

Authorities said a Sunday school teacher from a church in Lebanon is accused and has been charged with having sex with a teenage student.

Daniel Webster, of Loveland, 41, was charged with one count of sexual battery.

Police said Webster served as a teacher at Life Adventure Church. They also said he was a friend of the victim’s family.

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Anglican minister facing more sexual assault charges: UPDATE

CANADA
The Expositor

By Michael Peeling, QMI Agency

Provincial police have laid a new set of historical sexual assault charges against a retired Anglican minister who formerly preached in Paris.

The Brant County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Criminal Investigation Unit charged Anglican Minister George Ferris, 64, of Cambridge, Ontario.

The sexual offences Ferris is charged with date back to the period from 1981 to 1988.

During the time of the alleged incidents, Ferris was a minister at an Anglican church in Paris.

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EEOC: LAFD to pay nearly $500,000 to settle case

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Mercury News

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—A federal agency says the Los Angeles Fire Department will pay nearly $500,000 to settle a firefighter’s federal discrimination case.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Tuesday that the department also will implement anti-harassment training as part of the settlement.

The EEOC says Anthony Almeida filed a discrimination charge in 2007 alleging he was continually harassed by fellow firefighters who used offensive comments of a sexual and religious nature.

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In Safe Hands: Fallout from sex-abuse scandals can be positive, too

UNITED STATES
The Post-Standard

By The Post-Standard Editorial Board

The child sex-abuse scandals at Penn State, Syracuse University, in the Catholic Church and elsewhere suggest the sexual exploitation of children is a sign of these troubled times. But the appalling violation of childhood innocence has a long history — though finally it is being discussed openly.

The allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky go back 15 years. The accusers of Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine allege incidents dating back a quarter-century. Some cases against Catholic priests extend to the 1940s and ’50s.

Statistics suggest one in four girls and one in six boys face abuse by the time they reach 18. Onondaga County saw more than 5,000 hotline calls in 2010, representing more than 9,000 potential child abuse cases. (To report possible abuse, call 800-342-3720. You cannot get in trouble for making the call, authorities say; but if you don’t call, abuse could continue.)

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Dutch parliament considers abuse inquiry

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

The Dutch parliament may start an official inquiry into sexual and violent abuse committed by members of the Roman Catholic Church.

Such an inquiry is the most far-reaching medium parliament has at its disposal. Only ten have been held since World War II.

Dutch opposition MPs are considering convening an inquiry because they feel the government is not doing enough. Granted, abuse in the church is being looked into by a number of groups. A commission set up by the church itself recently reported its findings, and another commission set up by the Health Ministry is still conducting investigations into abuse conducted at institutions overseen by the government. Yet another group is advising the church about paying compensation to victims.

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Church volunteer charged with sexually assaulting boys in Calgary

CANADA
Calgary Sun

JENNA McMURRAY and DAMIEN WOOD, Calgary Sun

Sex charges have been filed against a former Calgarian and church volunteer following allegations involving three boys in the 1980s and ’90s.

Police launched an investigation in 2011 after word of the alleged incidents surfaced and the man turned himself in to Mounties, said Det. Stephen Johnston of the Calgary police child abuse unit, which took over the case.

“The allegations came to light within the (accused’s) church and from that point, that sparked the accused to make himself available to the RCMP,” he said.

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Former pastor sentenced on charges of CSC

MICHIGAN
WZZM

Written by
Chris Fleszar

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- A former West Michigan pastor accused of inappropriately touching a young boy will spend more time in jail.

Tedd Butler was initially charged with 1st Degree CSC but reached a plea deal. Under the lesser charge he will serve 365 days in jail with 51 days already served. Butler admitted to touching a young boy more than 20 years ago when he was youth pastor at the now disbanded Landmark Baptist Church in Algoma Township.

Last week Butler was sentenced to 12 months in jail in Ottawa County on charges of second degree criminal sexual conduct. The victim in that case was five years old when the abuse occurred.

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No service at sex scandal church

SWAZILAND
Swazi Observer

By Starsky Mkhonta

WORSHIP services could not take place on Sunday at the church which has been divided by allegations of sexual abuse against its pastor.

The pastor has since been kicked out of the church, but for the second Sunday running, the service could not be held.

Police officers were in attendance to maintain order. The division in the church started when the alleged sex pest pastor was removed. At one time, a visiting pastor was prevented from taking to the pulpit to preach by a factor supporting the disgraced pastor.

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LAFD to pay fireman nearly $500K to settle federal discrimination charges

LOS ANGELES (CA)
LA Daily News

Daily News Wire Services

The Los Angeles Fire Department will pay $494,150 and institute anti-harassment training to settle federal discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced Tuesday.

Anthony Almeida, a firefighter/engineer since 1986, filed an EEOC discrimination allegation in 2007, alleging that he was continually harassed by fellow firefighters who used offensive comments of a sexual and religious nature, according to the EEOC.

An investigation found the harassment, which began in late 2006, appeared linked to a lawsuit filed against the Roman Catholic Church by Almeida, regarding sexual abuse he suffered by a priest.

After a co-worker learned that Almeida sued the church, several firefighters mocked him, using explicit and offensive religious and sexual epithets, the EEOC said.

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Former Fort Worth priest accused of sexual abuse

FORT WORTH (TX)
WFAA

[with video]

by MARCUS MOORE
WFAA

FORT WORTH — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth is facing another lawsuit over sexual abuse involving a priest.

The priest’s accuser was once a student at Nolan Catholic High School.

The Diocese has already settled 22 lawsuits involving five different priests — paying out more than $8.4 million.

The latest case involves Father William Paiz, who had been a teacher at Nolan High in the 1980s.

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Former Nolan Catholic High student sues Fort Worth diocese, alleges assaults in the 1980s

FORT WORTH (TX)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

By Mitch Mitchell
mitchmitchell@star-telegram.com

FORT WORTH — A former student at Nolan Catholic High School who says he was abused by a priest who taught there filed suit Tuesday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and Bishop Kevin Vann.

The suit also names the Claretian Missionaries of the U.S. Western Province.

The suit states that the diocese, the order and Vann had prior knowledge of the sexual proclivities of Father William Paiz yet continued to assign him to positions of trust, such as religion instructor at Nolan.

The suit states that between 1983 and 1987, Paiz sexually assaulted the plaintiff at All Saints Catholic Church, St. George Catholic Church and other locations.

Tahira Khan Merritt, the attorney for the former student, who is now an adult, said she believes that Paiz is still affiliated with the Claretian Order and may continue to serve as a priest in another state. Paiz’s status could not be confirmed Tuesday.

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Youngest Papal Nuncio served as parish priest in the Bronx

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Michael Brennan

Wednesday February 01 2012

ARCHBISHOP Charles J Brown is the youngest Papal Nuncio to have been appointed here.

The 52-year-old is also the first whose first language is English — most of his predecessors having been Italian speakers.

His appointment is being viewed with optimism by the Irish Catholic Church, which has been severely weakened by abuse scandals, falling Mass attendance and declining vocations.

But he has already made it clear that he wants to “help” the church here rather than impose a Vatican-inspired view upon it. He has stated clearly that it is the bishops of Ireland who are in control of the church in Ireland.

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Taking the Pope to court

Open Democracy

Shareen Gokal, 1 February 2012

In a landmark effort to bring Vatican officials, including Pope Benedict XVI, to account for crimes against humanity – the widespread and systematic sexual violence perpetrated by the Catholic Church, a case has been filed with the International Criminal Court. Shareen Gokal reports

When Megan Peterson was 14, she was convinced her calling in life was to be a nun. Then, in 2004, she met Father Jeyapaul, a visiting priest from India, at her home parish in the Diocese of Crookston in Minnesota. Having seen him first at a youth retreat, she only hesitated a little when he asked about the book she was reading and offered to lend her one of his own.

According to Megan, Father Jeyapaul offered her a seat in his office, turned around to get the book and unzipped his pants instead. And that he then proceeded to rape her – and raped her repeatedly for almost a year, threatening to hurt her and her family if she did not cooperate. Megan’s experience is emblematic of so many cases of clergy abuse from around the world-marked by violence, betrayal, and long-lasting harm.

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Archiocese statement on Bevilacqua’s death

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia issued a short statement early Wednesday on the death of former Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua:

“Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, died on January 31, 2012 at the age of 88. Cardinal Bevilacqua died tonight at 9:15 p.m. at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he resided, in his sleep. Cardinal Bevilacqua served as Archbishop of Philadelphia from February 11, 1988 to October 7, 2003. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals on June 28, 1991. Funeral arrangements are pending.”

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Sex abuse ‘widespread’ in Catholic Church, Philadelphia judge says

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Jeremy Roebuck
Inquirer Staff Writer

The judge in the trial of two Catholic priests and a former priest declared her belief Tuesday that sexual abuse was “widespread” in the Catholic Church.

Reviewing a list of questions to be asked of potential jurors, Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina arrived at one that read “Do you believe child sex abuse is a widespread problem in the Catholic Church?” and hesitated.

“Anybody that doesn’t think there is widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church is living on another planet,” she said, recommending the question be stricken from the list.

Jeffrey Lindy, part of a team of lawyers hired by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to represent one of the defendants, Msgr. William J. Lynn, responded: “I’m taken aback by that conclusion, frankly.”

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The spiritual life of the cardinal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Jim Remsen
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

This story was originally published by The Philadelphia Inquirer on Oct. 5, 2003.

As Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua nears the end of his 15-year tenure as Philadelphia archbishop and moves into new quarters at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, he also has moved into a reflective state of mind.

This was clear in an interview Monday that delved into the cardinal’s faith life. The 80-year-old prelate spoke candidly about issues that he normally holds close: his religious devotions, his prayer strivings and struggles, his own mortality.

Sitting at archdiocesan headquarters, in the 12th-floor executive office nearly cleared of his belongings, Bevilacqua began by discussing his “theology of presence,” by which he delegated many administrative tasks to free himself for pastoral visits to churches, schools, hospitals, prisons and the like – 2,330 visits over his tenure, according to an archdiocese tally.

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BEVILACQUA DIES AT 88

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

BY MORGAN ZALOT & PHILLIP LUCAS
Philadelphia Daily News
zalotm@phillynews.com 215-854-5928

CARDINAL ANTHONY Joseph Bevilacqua, 88, who led the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 15 turbulent years, died in his sleep last night in his residence at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, the Archdiocese confirmed early today.

Bevilacqua, who retired in 2003, had suffered from cancer and dementia in recent years. He died at 9:15 p.m., according to Donna Farrell, Archdiocese spokeswoman.

Bevilacqua, a native of Brooklyn, was appointed archbishop of Philadelphia by Pope John Paul II on Dec. 8, 1987.

As archbishop, Bevilacqua was noted for his strict devotion to the Catholic faith and his visits to the more than 300 parishes in the Archdiocese’s five counties. Under his tenure, Philadelphia native Mother Katherine Drexel became a saint in 2000.

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Bevilacqua, ex-head of Philly archdiocese, dies ahead of sex trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
GlobalPost

The retired Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, has died ahead of a church sex abuse trial.

The church said that Bevilacqua, 88, died in his sleep Tuesday night in his apartment at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He had been battling dementia and an undisclosed form of cancer.

Bevilacqua’s 15 years “as shepherd of the 1.5 million-member Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia was marked by both celebration and crisis,” the Inquirer wrote.

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Addio, Bevy — Amid a Storm, Philadelphia Cardinal Dies at 88

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Whispers in the Loggia

He was the ultimate man of the law. How bitter the irony, then, that his days would end under a cloud of court scrutiny.

At 9.15 tonight, Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua — Seventh Archbishop of Philadelphia, founder of the Catholic world’s first diocesan ministry dedicated to the pastoral care of migrants, arguably the father of modern canon law in the United States — died in his sleep at his apartment at the city’s St Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was 88, and had been suffering from cancer and dementia over recent years.

Born in Brooklyn to Italian immigrants who would raise ten children, the future cardinal’s grit, smarts and relentless work-ethic singled him out from an early age. Known as “Tough Tony” to his seminary students and “Bevy” among friends, his sense of discipline and prominent hatred of cheese often concealed a softer side, one that led him to night school in his 50s to study for a civil law degree in order to serve the needs of a new generation of migrants.

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Retired Philadelphia Cardinal dies, ending debate over abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Reuters

By Dave Warner

PHILADELPHIA | Wed Feb 1, 2012

(Reuters) – Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, the retired Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia whose competence to testify in an upcoming church sex abuse trial was hotly debated in court, died in his sleep on Tuesday, the church said.

The cardinal, 88, led the Philadelphia archdiocese, the nation’s sixth largest, from 1988 to 2003. Church spokeswoman Donna Farrell said Bevilacqua died at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, the traditional home for the leaders of the Philadelphia archdiocese, where he had lived since retirement.

Whether Bevilacqua was well enough to testify had become a pivotal issue in the sex abuse trial of three priests, one now defrocked, and a former archdiocese school teacher. Another church official, Monsignor William Lynn, faces charges of child endangerment but is not accused of abuse.

A jury is set to begin hearing charges in March against the five defendants in a crisis that has put the archdiocese on a national stage.

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A Major Figure in Priest Sex Scandal Dies

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Patch

By Bob Byrne

A spokeswoman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia confirms that Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua has died at age 88. in a press release late Tuesday night Spokewoman Donna Farrell says

“Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, died on January 31, 2012 at the age of 88. Cardinal Bevilacqua died tonight at 9:15 p.m. at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he resided, in his sleep. Cardinal Bevilacqua served as Archbishop of Philadelphia from February 11, 1988 to October 7, 2003. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals on June 28, 1991. Funeral arrangements are pending.”

Bevilacqua has been a major figure in the Catholic priest sex scandal that has rocked parishes from the Upper Main Line and throughout the five county Greater Philadelphia area.

NBCPhiladelphia reports that just one day before his death Bevilacqua, who suffered with cancer and Alzheimer’s, had been ruled competent by a judge to testify in an upcoming trial.

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Bevilacqua Leaves Complicated Legacy

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Mike DeNardo and Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Cardinal Anthony Belivacqua died Tuesday night at the age of 88 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, leaving a conflicted legacy.

Bevilacqua served as Archbishop of Philadelphia for 15 years, from 1988 to 2003, succeeding Cardinal John Krol. He was elevated by Pope John Paul II to Cardinal in 1991.

Rocco Palmo, editor of Philadelphia-based website, “Whispers in the Loggia,” that follows the Catholic Church, knew Bevilacqua personally.

“I’m sure half the Catholics in the Archdiocese probably have pictures in their homes of one of their kids with Cardinal Bevilacqua and the mitre — you know, the pointy bishop’s hat — on the kid’s head,” Palmo said. “I’m sure that even for the revelations and accusations the last 10 years, I’m sure there are still a lot of people out there who remember him very well and very fondly.”

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Cardinal Bevilacqua, ex-head of Philly archdiocese dies

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Courier Post

Written by
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who led the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia for more than 15 years, championing the Vatican line on homosexuality and abortion but later coming under fire by two grand juries investigating child sex abuse allegations, has died. He was 88.

Bevilacqua died in his sleep Tuesday night at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, a Philadelphia suburb, after battling dementia and an undisclosed form of cancer, an archdiocese spokeswoman said. He had been the spiritual leader of the 1.5 million-member Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1988 until his retirement in 2003.

Bevilacqua, trained in both civil and canon lawyer, was sharply criticized but never charged by two Philadelphia grand juries investigating child sex abuse complaints lodged against dozens of priests in the archdiocese. His death comes just days after lawyers battled in court over his competency as a potential witness in the upcoming trial of a longtime aide.

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Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua dies at 88

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By David O’Reilly
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua, 88, whose 15 years as shepherd of the 1.5 million-member Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia was marked by both celebration and crisis, died in his sleep Tuesday night in his apartment at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Donna Farrell, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said he died about 9:15 p.m.

After retiring in 2003, he left the cardinal’s residence on City Avenue for the apartment at the seminary and rarely appeared in public.

Cardinal Bevilacqua was emblematic of the church to which he had devoted himself since age 14: progressive on some social-justice issues, staunchly orthodox on matters of doctrine and sexuality, and unfailingly deferential to the will of Rome.

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What does Cardinal’s passing mean for sex abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

Staff Report

Just the day before his death, Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua was declared legally competent to testify at the upcoming trial of two Catholic priests and a former priest on sex abuse charges.

Now, it’s unclear what impact his passing will have on the case.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office sought to have testimony by Bevilacqua presented to jurors at the trial of Rev. James J. Brennan and Edward Avery, a former priest, for allegedly abuse boys in separate incident the 1990s.

Msgr. William J. Lynn, a secretary for clergy under Bevilacqua, is accused putting the duo in positions that allowed them to continue abusing children.

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Cardinal in scandal-hit Philadelphia dies at 88

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Local 10

Author: By Sarah Hoye and Dan Gilgoff CNN

Published On: Feb 01 2012

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) –
Philadelphia’s Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua has died at the age of 88, the city’s Catholic archdiocese announced.

The announcement Tuesday comes as the archdiocese faces one of the most sweeping sex abuse scandals in America.

The allegations date from the time when Bevilacqua was archbishop. He was not himself accused of abuse, but one of his top officials has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in a ground-breaking prosecution.

The Philadelphia scandal could open a historic chapter in the abuse crisis, church watchers say, changing the way the American criminal justice system deals with church abuse.

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Editorial: Archdiocese officials have only themselves to blame

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

As Roman Catholic educators hoping to save their schools from closure or merger race to meet today’s deadline to appeal recommendations from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, archdiocesan officials are dealing with their own rejected appeal.

On Monday Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina upheld her November decision to allow testimony from former Philadelphia archbishop, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, to be included in next month’s clerical sex abuse trial.

That will not happen now. Cardinal Bevilacqua died late last night after a long battle with cancer and dementia.

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ANGELL v. HALLEE

MAINE
Leagle

ANGELL v. HALLEE
2012 ME 10

CHRISTINE S. ANGELL
v.
RENALD C. HALLEE
Docket: Cum-10-587.

Supreme Judicial Court of Maine.

Argued: September 13, 2011.
Decided: January 31, 2012.

Sumner H. Lipman, Esq., and Keith R. Varner, Esq., Lipman, Katz & McKee, P.A., Augusta, for appellant Christine S. Angell.

Peter J. DeTroy, Esq., Russell B. Pierce, Jr., Esq., and Darya I. Haag, Esq., Norman, Hanson & Detroy, LLC, Portland, for appellee Renald C. Hallee.

Panel: SAUFLEY, C.J., and ALEXANDER, LEVY, SILVER, MEAD, GORMAN, and JABAR, JJ.

SILVER, J.

[¶ 1] Christine S. Angell appeals the entry in the Superior Court (Cumberland County, Cole, J.) of a judgment on the pleadings in favor of Renald C. Hallee. Angell alleges that Hallee sexually abused her during her childhood, while he was a priest at St. John’s Parish in Bangor in the 1970s. Angell argues that the court erred in imposing a burden on her to allege and prove that the statute of limitations was tolled. We agree and vacate the judgment.

I. BACKGROUND

[¶ 2] On a motion for judgment on the pleadings, we review the facts in the light most favorable to the nonmoving party, in this case Angell. See Tornesello v. Tisdale, 2008 ME 84, ¶ 2, 948 A.2d 1244. Angell was born in 1961. She alleges that Hallee’s abuse occurred from approximately 1970 to 1973, when she was between about eight and twelve years old. Angell filed her complaint on March 25, 2010, including claims against Hallee for negligence, sexual assault and battery, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, clergy malpractice, and breach of fiduciary duty. She brought a claim against both Hallee and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland for fraudulent concealment and sought punitive damages from both defendants.

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