Dreamworks movie on Boston Pedophile Priests: Its moral message and mission in Boston, in the USA and in the world

BOSTON (MA)
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils…

Paris Arrow

Dreamworks is making a movie about the Boston pedophile priests phenomenon as was investigated and reported by the Boston Globe. We propose (here below) important fundamental scenes for the movie because this movie must put Boston in its proper historical role in the United States of America and in the whole world — in the epic Vatican Catholic Priests Sodomy of Biblical Proportions – committed by 80 pedophiles priests in Boston who were members of the JP2 Army – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army – named aptly after John Paul II who said nothing and did nothing to protect children during his longest papacy of 27 years , read our related blogs

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Former Tioga County Priest Convicted Of Sexual Abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
WETM

Reported by: Marissa Perlman
Email: mperlman@wetmtv.com

Blossburg, Pa. (WETM-TV) – A former Tioga County priest charged with sexual abuse of a child has been convicted.

Thomas Shoback, 66, of Wilkes-Barre was found guilty of nine counts.

He was originally charged with 32 crimes — but most were found to be past the statute of limitations.

Pennsylvania State Police say the crimes happened between 1991 and 1997 while Shoback was a priest at St. Mary’s Parish in Blossburg.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Vatican official seeks to temper hopes of quick reform of dysfunctional Holy See bureaucracy

VATICAN CITY
Windsor Star

Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press | Apr 30, 2013

VATICAN CITY – A top Vatican official sought Tuesday to temper expectations of an imminent reform of the Holy See’s dysfunctional bureaucracy, even though Pope Francis has made clear it’s a key priority.

Monsignor Angelo Becciu, under-secretary of the Vatican secretariat of state, said it was “absolutely premature to put forward any hypothesis” about the reform and that Francis was still in a “listening” and discerning phase.

Cardinals who elected Francis pope in March insisted that fixing the Curia, as the Vatican bureaucracy is known, was a top concern. They want the Vatican, which is known for its slow pace and aloof attitude, to be more efficient and responsive to the needs of church leaders in the field.

Leaks of papal documents last year exposed the Curia as a dysfunctional Italian family business full of petty turf battles, political intrigues and corrupt business practices.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Victim’s advocate questions initial reinstatement of priest in alleged Wyckoff child abuse case

NEW JERSEY
The Record

Tuesday April 30, 2013, 9:30 PM

BY JEFF GREEN
STAFF WRITER
The Record

After the Rev. Michael Fugee finished serving probation on allegations that he groped a teenage boy on several occasions at his Wyckoff home more than a decade ago, a review board of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Newark examined his case.

Despite an initial — later recanted — confession by Fugee and trial testimony from the boy, the review board found that no sexual abuse occurred. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome confirmed those findings.

And so, in late 2009, based on that conclusion, Archbishop John J. Myers returned Fugee to the ministry.

On Tuesday, victims’ advocates pointed to that action as the one that enabled Fugee to become involved in a new controversy: He attended several youth group retreats with a Monmouth County parish — even though he had signed an agreement with prosecutors that explicitly forbade his involvement with youth for as long he continued being a priest.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Vatican official says curia reform needs time, dismisses bank rumors

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Amid widespread speculation about a complete and quick reorganization of Vatican departments and rumors in the Italian media that Pope Francis was going to close the Vatican bank, a top Vatican official told everyone to calm down.

“It’s a bit strange; the pope still has not met the group of advisers he chose and already the advice is raining down,” said Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the substitute secretary for general affairs in the Vatican Secretariat of State.

The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, ran a front-page interview April 30 with Archbishop Becciu, whose job is similar to a chief of staff.

Asked about rumors that Pope Francis intended to close the Institute for Religious Works, commonly called the Vatican bank, Archbishop Becciu said, “The pope was surprised to see attributed to him phrases that he never said and that misrepresent his thought.”

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Social media redeems itself in OC … twice

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on April 30, 2013

A teacher at Anaheim’s Servite Catholic High School is accused of posing as a girl to get teenage boys to send lewd pictures of themselves. He was arrested in February and faces numerous charges.

In 2011, a teacher at JSerra High School in south Orange County was arrested on charges of lewd conduct with a 14-year-old girl. The mother found texts he has shared with her daughter and reported to police. According to the mother, she also tried to report to the school, but was rebuffed. An independent committee found that the teacher, Ricardo Aldana, had been suspended from another teaching position for inappropriate contact with students. Aldana is scheduled to go to trial this month.

What do these cases have in common? Because of the digital trail of social media, a cover-up was virtually impossible – even after JSerra students wore “Free Aldana” t-shirts, and Servite tried to dilute the news of the sexual abuse with the announcement of a new head football coach.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

State senator calls for Newark Archbishop to step aside, calls handling of priest ‘sickening’

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger

on April 30, 2013

Declaring “enough is enough,” a state senator this afternoon called on Newark Archbishop John J. Myers to step down, at least temporarily, while authorities investigate his supervision of a priest who has worked with children despite a binding agreement barring such interaction.

Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) said Myers’ handling of the Rev. Michael Fugee displays “arrogance” and defies common sense as the Roman Catholic church tries to regain the trust of parishioners in the wake of the clergy sex abuse crisis.

“Based on everything that’s happened, not just in New Jersey but around the country and the world, you have to follow the spirit of the law, and they have not done that in this case,” said Vitale, who has pushed for laws that aid victims of sexual abuse.

“Zero tolerance is zero tolerance,” Vitale added. “It’s not subject to someone’s interpretation or whim. There’s a potential for this person to reoffend, and if there’s any potential for that to happen, they just can’t be there. Being around children at all is just patently unacceptable.”

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Auf Höllenfahrt

DEUTSCHLAND
Der Tagesspiegel

von Claudia Keller

Es war die erste große öffentliche Anhörung zur Aufarbeitung von Fällen sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs – und sie fand im “Wohnzimmer der Republik” am Pariser Platz statt. Dabei wurde klar, wie enorm die Probleme sind, vor denen die Betroffenen noch immer stehen.

Sie wollten sich nicht in irgendeinem Tagungszentrum irgendwo in Berlin treffen. Für die erste große öffentliche Anhörung zur Aufarbeitung von Fällen sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs sollte es ein prominenter Ort sein. So haben der Unabhängige Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Bundesregierung und die Betroffenenverbände die Akademie der Künste am Pariser Platz ausgewählt – das „Wohnzimmer der Republik“. Das Signal ist wichtig: Menschen, die als Kinder in Schulen, in Sportvereinen, von Priestern oder vom eigenen Vater gedemütigt, misshandelt und missbraucht wurden, werden nicht mehr an den Rand gedrängt. Die Räume der Akademie der Künste sind hell und von viel Glas umgeben.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Engelhardt-Shero Sentencing Postponed

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The sentencing of Father Charles Engelhardt and former Catholic school teacher Bernard Shero, originally sentenced for Thursday, has been postponed until June 12.

A clerk in Judge Ellen Ceisler’s office said today that the sentencing most likely would be postponed, at the request of defense lawyers. Lawyers in the case say the date of the sentencing was moved to give them more time to study trial transcripts, which just arrived April 11.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Billy Doe’s Lucky Streak Continues

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

Since he became the district attorney’s star witness, “Billy Doe” has had a remarkable run of good fortune in the criminal courts.

The charges from two previous arrests in 2009 and 2010, both for retail theft, were dropped in 2010 after witnesses in both cases did not show up for court.

On Jan. 7, 2011, a judge dismissed a charge of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, after ruling that police did not have probable cause on June 9, 2010 to stop Billy Doe on the street. When police searched Billy Doe, they found 56 bags of heroin in his shorts. However, the late Judge Adam Beloff ruled the heroin was inadmissible as evidence; the charges were dropped and the case dismissed.

Billy Doe’s most recent arrest, a simple drug possession case on Nov. 10, 2011, has been continued nine times in 18 months. During that time, Billy Doe appeared as a prosecution witness at two trials testifying against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

But now that the trials are over, and Billy Doe is done as a witness in the criminal courts, that last drug possession charge is about to disappear.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Msgr. Lynn’s “Crafty” Well-Paid” Defense Lawyers Take Another Crack At Judge M. Teresa Sarmina

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

Sunday, April 28, 2013

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

During the trial last year of Msgr. William J. Lynn, Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington advised the jury to pay attention to the judge’s instructions, and to not be swayed by Lynn’s “very skillful, very crafty, very well paid defense attorneys.”

Blessington’s comments, as well as the judge’s absence of admonishment, are among the more colorful issues being argued in more than 300 pages of appeals court documents filed in Superior Court.

On April 12, Judge M. Teresa Sarmina filed a 235-page opinion, defending her handling of the 13-week trial that resulted in the June 22, 2012 conviction of Msgr. Lynn on one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The monsignor is now serving a three-to-six year prison term imposed by Judge Sarmina.

In her opinion, Judge Sarmina defended the rhetorical excesses of the prosecutor, as well as her decision to allow into the Lynn case 21 supplemental cases of previous sex abuse, dating back to 1948, three years before Lynn was born, to show a pattern of bad behavior in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

A Letter to Cardinal George

CHICAGO (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priest

Dear Cardinal George:

There are at least 112 publicly accused Chicago archdiocesan priests. A few are behind bars, some are deceased, but where are the rest?

Dozens of them could well be just like Fr. Carroll Howlin, the suspended Joliet priest who was exposed on Friday by the Chicago Tribune. They could well be living and working among unsuspecting families, neighbors, colleagues and children. And they could be sexually violating children now.

Why? Because you and your colleagues refuse to house, monitor, supervise and treat them.

One ousted Chicago area predator priest (Fr. Vincent Bryce) admitting molesting a child but now works in St. Louis on the edge of a Catholic college campus. In 2010, a credibly accused Texas predator priest (Fr. Frank Paduch) was found working in Berwyn across the street from a school. In 2003, a criminally convicted Delaware priest (Fr. Kenneth J. Martin) was found living in your home and working in the Chicago archdiocese. That same year, (Fr. John D. Murphy) was found working at the Shedd Aquarium.

So we’re talking about very real threats, not theoretical ones.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Newark We Hardly Knew Ye

UNITED STATES
On the Irish Waterfront

In spring 1998 my wife Kristina Chew was baptized, confirmed, and received into the one Holy, Roman, and Apostolic Catholic Church by a St. Louis child rapist named Gary Wolken. The conversion adventure was wholly K’s doing (looking forward to that testimony in print!) though as the lone congenital Catholic extant in this house, I remain bedeviled by the sordid legacy of a now long-incarcerated pedo-cleric. I do feel guilty of unwittingly if revealingly placing Kristina—and a then-infant Charlie, who Wolken once insisted on holding in his skanky mitts—in harm’s way, thanks to my self-short-selling, ‘here comes everybody’ Catholic localism and fatalist, rank and file mentality, which combined to sentence K. to a lame, seventh-grade-level season of RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) catechesis, served up by an unctuous, sex-criminal parish priest whose heart was clearly not in the gig (would that he even had a ‘soul…’).

Gary Wolken had only recently arrived at Our Lady of Lourdes following a stint in a treatment facility for sex offenders, a lifelong status confirmed during his previous assignment at a parish in Chesterfield, a sprawling exurb in far West St. Louis County best known as a haven for professional hockey players and retired Cardinals (of the diamond not the cloth). Wolken had in fact launched his career in sexual assault at age fifteen; his first victim—like his last and God knows how many more in between—was a five year old boy.

St. Louis may well chart the most insularly Catholic terrain in all God’s creation. Though during seven years in residence I never was asked, “where’d you go to high school” (it was probably obvious to all that wherever it was, it was no place St. Louisans woulda heard of), the Gateway City’s reputation for muted tribalism was as well deserved as it was inscrutable to this Irish Jerseyan. At night the streets of the city run empty, all precincts. It finally took a slightly tipsy N. Jersey Irish-American nun, who’d attended grad school at Saint Louie U., to edify me during a conversation on a street corner in a different city, where we’d crossed paths at a history conference not long into our heartland stint. “The Germans,” Sister Mary knowingly leaned in to confide to me “do their entertaining in the home.”

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

N.J. Catholics outraged over accused priest’s access to children

NEW JERSEY
Religion News Service

Mark Mueller / The Star-Ledger | Apr 30, 2013

NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Amid calls for a Vatican investigation, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is facing fierce criticism for his handling of a priest who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a court-ordered lifetime ban on ministry to children.

At St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colts Neck, where the Rev. Michael Fugee had been spending time with a youth group, angry parishioners said they were never told about Fugee’s background, and they questioned Myers’ defense of the priest, the subject of a lengthy story in The Star-Ledger.

“It’s complete craziness that the church can let this happen,” said John Santulli, 38, a father of two at St. Mary’s. “I’m a softball coach, and I need a background check just to get on the field. Every single person I spoke to today said, ‘Oh my God. I didn’t know about this.’ It’s incomprehensible.”

Fugee, 52, is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark and under Myers’ supervision. His work at St. Mary’s, however, was in the neighboring Diocese of Trenton, where Bishop David O’Connell has ordered the pastor of St. Mary to bar Fugee from any church activities, a spokeswoman said in a statement.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Auditor General: Full truth about residential schools stymied by discord

CANADA
Canada.com

Michael Woods
Published: April 30, 2013, 10:21 am

OTTAWA — Canadians may never learn the full history of the Indian residential school system because the federal government and a commission responsible for studying the matter are at odds over how to assemble the facts, the auditor general has found.

The federal government and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission have disagreed on basic questions such as who will cover what costs, the time frame that should be covered, and which documents are relevant to the historical record, according to the report tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

The result, the audit found, is that with only 15 months remaining in the commission’s five-year mandate, no one knows what’s needed to create the historical record, what remains to be done, and how much time and money is needed to do the job.

“We are concerned that the lack of cooperation, delays and looming deadline stand in the way of creating the historical record of Indian residential schools as it was originally intended,” said Auditor General Michael Ferguson.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Out Of Control

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
American Journalism Review

From AJR, October 1998

Second half of article

By Alicia C. Shepard
Alicia C. Shepard is a former AJR senior writer and NPR ombudsman.

WHAT FINALLY RAN IN THE INQUIRER on April 14, 1997, after about eight months of reporting, was a relatively short story (167 lines) by Cipriano on the bottom of the Metro section front. The headline and deck: “Archdiocese’s Center Gets Little Use. More Than $500,000 Went into `Multimedia’ Project. Its Envisioned Function Wasn’t Fully Realized.”

The article zeroed in on the actual cost of the $500,000 “multimedia conference center” built in 1991 and 1992 on the 12th floor. But there was no mention of parish closings. It also reported that the cardinal had bypassed established review processes for large spending and some work had been carried out without required permits. Rossi says failure to get the permits was due to “honest mistakes.”

The story infuriated the archdiocese. Bevilacqua denounced it as “fallacious” in a church bulletin mailed to every member, and an official wrote a letter to the editor, saying the story contained “numerous inaccuracies and distortions.” The letter was sent, according to Neumann’s memo, with the proviso that it be printed in its entirety or not at all.

Neumann wrote a strong rebuttal to then-Editor King, suggesting the archdiocese was trying to “once again bully the Inquirer” and that the paper shouldn’t print the entire letter. “The primary point of the letter is false,” Neumann wrote. “The letter says the archdiocese did not spend $500,000 on the multimedia center. In fact…Brother Joseph [of the archdiocese] confirmed that in a meeting with Ralph Cipriano and two Inquirer editors…. In addition, the former archdiocese building supervisor, Bill Scarborough, said on the record that the actual cost, with overruns, was $575,000.”

The Inquirer printed the church’s letter as written, along with an editor’s note rebutting each point of criticism. “Ralph Cipriano,” King wrote, “has been objective and ethical in his reporting.”

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Ralph Cipriano: Catholic Abuse Convictions Don’t Add Up

PHILADELHIA (PA)
The Philly Post

Joel Mathis

Well, this is interesting. Ralph Cipriano—the same reporter who once sued his bosses at the Philadelphia Inquirer for libel over his aggressive coverage of the Catholic Church in Philadelphia—has a piece in the National Catholic Reporter, suggesting that Msgr. William Lynn, convicted last year of helping cover up the abuse of children by priests in the Philadelphia diocese, was wrongly convicted.

At the center of Cipriano’s case is this: Lynn was convicted of covering up the abuse of a boy—known at trial as “Billy Doe“—by then-Rev. Edward Avery. But Avery, now defrocked, still denies committing the crime. He says he pleaded to charges in the case in order to avoid dying in prison if convicted.

Cipriano, who has also contributed to PhillyMag writes:

It was Avery’s guilty plea that led to the June 22, 2012, conviction of Lynn for endangering the welfare of a child, namely Billy Doe.

It was the first time in the nation that a member of the Catholic hierarchy had been convicted and sent to jail, not for touching a child, but for transferring a known abuser priest from one parish to another, while failing to adequately supervise him.

But if you believe Avery, Lynn is sitting in jail for a crime that never happened. And he’s not the only one.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Editorial: Philadelphia was a shallow victory

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

[Star witness’ story in Philadelphia sex abuse trials doesn’t add up]

by NCR Editorial Staff | Apr. 30, 2013

Editorial

Two Philadelphia cardinals in succession, John Krol (head of the archdiocese from 1961 to 1988) and Anthony Bevilacqua (1988-2003), for decades knowingly protected priests who had sexually abused children, sometimes savagely, hiding their actions from civil authorities and from the Catholic community they were supposed to serve.

We are certain of those assertions because a grand jury in Philadelphia managed to subpoena thousands of pages of documentation and to accumulate hundreds of hours of testimony before issuing, in 2005, a stunning report detailing years of sexual abuse of children by priests and cover-up of the abuse by cardinal archbishops.

It was discovered in 2011 that a third cardinal, Justin Rigali, since retired, had essentially disregarded provisions of the bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, ignoring credible claims of abuse against more than a dozen priests and bypassing the archdiocesan review board.

The cardinals were abetted in hiding the crimes by an insider group of clerics that included Msgr. William Lynn, as well as Edward Cullen, who went on to become bishop of Allentown, Pa., and Joseph Cistone, currently bishop of Saginaw, Mich.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Rape trial of Caraway begins

KENTUCKY
Harlan Daily Enterprise

by Joe P. Asher
Staff Writer

The jury trial for Jeremy Caraway, who was indicted for rape is scheduled to begin today in Harlan Circuit Court.

Caraway, 38, of Loyall, is the former pastor of Loyall Church of God. He faces two counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and one count of use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor for a sexual offense.

The charges stem from alleged incidents from May 2011.

According to the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Caraway is scheduled to appear before Judge Robert McGinnis with his attorney Linda West. West has represented Caraway throughout most of the proceedings.

The alleged victim is a female who was under the age of 14 and attending Caraway’s church when the alleged incidents occurred. The evidence against Caraway includes Facebook and other electronic communication between Caraway and the minor, according to police.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Trial begins for former eastern Ky. pastor charged with rape, sex abuse involving girl

KENTUCKY
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
April 30, 2013

HARLAN, Kentucky — The trial is beginning for a former eastern Kentucky pastor facing counts of rape and other charges involving a girl younger than 14.

The Harlan Daily Enterprise (http://bit.ly/15X5L6k) reports the proceedings against 38-year-old Jeremy Caraway were scheduled to begin Tuesday in Harlan Circuit Court.

Caraway is the former pastor of Loyall Church of God in Harlan County. He is charged with rape, sodomy, sex abuse, unlawful transaction with a minor and use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor for a sexual offense.

Police say the girl attended Caraway’s church at the time of the alleged incidents in 2011.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Assignment Record – Rev. Robert R. Marsicek, s.d.s.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Robert “Bob” Marsicek was ordained a priest of the Salvatorian order in 1968. He ministered in parishes in the dioceses of Green Bay WI, Phoenix AZ, Birmingham AL, Sacramento CA, and Milwaukee WI. He was also chaplain for the Boy Scouts during the late 1980s and through the 1990s in Sacramento. Marsicek was the subject for years of complaints from parents, teachers and others that he violated boundaries with children. His personnel file shows that his superiors repeatedly told him to stop hugging and touching children. In 2005 the mother of a five year-old girl reported to the parish school that Marsicek, who was pastor, had indecently touched the girl. In May 2012 Sacramento police launched an investigation of Marsicek after a woman reported that the priest had molested her two sons in the late 1980s and early 1990s while he was their parish pastor. Milwaukee bishop Lestecki and Salvatorian provincial, Rev. Joseph Rodrigues, knew of the investigation; Rodrigues explained that Marsicek was not removed from ministry in Milwaukee at the time so as not to disrupt the California investigation. In March 2013 Marsicek was placed on leave after a parish school teacher reported that she observed him on several occasions inappropriately touching a little girl. Subsequently, a woman claimed that allegations against Marsicek go as far back as his time in the Green Bay diocese in the 1970s. Marsicek has denied wrongdoing, stating that he was merely being affectionate with the children. In April 2013 he is said to be living under supervision in his order’s Milwaukee provincialate.

Ordained: 1968

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Nuns case police officer ‘faces charges’

SCOTLAND
Evening Times

THE policewoman in charge of an investigation into alleged abuse by nuns 40 years ago was probed by top brass after wearing a Loyalist “No Surrender” badge on her uniform at a Rangers game, a court was told.

Nuns Anne Kenny, 79, known as Mother Rosaria, and Agnes Reville, 77, known as Mother Martin, deny assaulting eight girls at Dalbeth approved school in Bishopton, Renfrewshire, in the 1970s.

Yesterday, the jury at Paisley Sheriff Court heard Detective Constable Lesley McAuley – also known as Lesley Strachan – was in charge of the probe into alleged wrongdoing at the approved school.

One of her colleagues who worked with her on the inquiry in 2009, PC Nigel Gilmour, who has since been promoted to sergeant, was asked by defence QC Ronnie Clancy, representing Kenny: ” Was Lesley McAuley in the driving seat,” and he replied: “Yes.”

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Nun probe cop wore ‘no surrender’ badge

SCOTLAND
The Scottish Sun

A POLICEWOMAN probing claims of abuse by nuns was caught wearing a ‘No Surrender’ badge at a Rangers game, a court heard yesterday.

DC Lesley McAuley was spotted with the Loyalist sticker on her uniform, a jury heard.

And she is also facing assault charges, including allegations of a racist attack.

The cop worked on the probe into Anne Kenny, 79, and Agnes Reville, 77, known as Mother Rosaria and Mother Martin.

At the nuns’ trial at Paisley Sheriff Court, the jury heard how the policewoman was removed from football duties after the picture emerged.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Nun told police about approved school ‘punishment room’, court hears

SCOTLAND
STV

A nun accused of physically abusing girls at an approved school more than 40 years ago admitted to police that there was a punishment room on the premises, a court has heard.

However, 79-year-old Anne Kenny, known as Mother Rosaria, claimed it was used only as a “cooling off” room for badly behaving pupils and she added that none of the girls was ever hit.

Kenny and 77-year-old Agnes Reville, known as Mother Martin, deny assaulting eight girls at Dalbeth Approved School in Bishopton where they were head teacher and deputy head respectively in the early 1970s.

Four former pupils have claimed in evidence that they were physically abused during their time at the school. Christine Logan, 57, claims that, aged 14, she was tied to a pipe in a cupboard and left there for two days without food.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Cop in nuns case was investigated by top brass

SCOTLAND
Paisley Daily Express

Apr 30 2013 by Lynn Jolly, Paisley Daily Express

The policewoman who investigated two nuns accused of abuse was pictured wearing a Loyalist ‘No Surrender’ badge on her uniform at a Rangers game, a court was told yesterday.

DC Lesley McAuley faced a probe by the force’s top brass, it was revealed.

Nuns Anne Kenny, 79, known as Mother Rosaria, and Agnes Reville, 77, known as Mother Martin, deny assaulting eight girls at Dalbeath Approved School in Bishopton, Renfrewshire, in the early 1970s.

Yesterday, the jury at Paisley Sheriff Court heard that DC Lesley McAuley – also known as Lesley Strachan – was in charge of the probe into alleged wrongdoing at the approved school.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Zögling missbraucht – erster Vergleich geschlossen

OSTERREICH
KroneI

n den Zivilverfahren zweier ehemaliger Missbrauchsopfer gegen das Bregenzer Zisterzienser- Kloster Mehrerau ist nun der erste Vergleich geschlossen worden. Im Falle eines heute 58- jährigen Mannes, der Ende der 1960er- Jahre als Internats- Zögling unter anderem vergewaltigt worden sein soll, einigten sich die beiden Parteien auf eine nicht genannte Entschädigungssumme.Es wird in dieser Sache keine weiteren gerichtlichen Vorgänge geben”, erklärten am Dienstag Mehrerau- Sprecher Harald Schiffl und Doshi.

Missbrauchsopfer forderten Schmerzensgeld

Geklagt wurde das Kloster im vergangenen Jahr von dem 58- Jährigen sowie einem 46- jährigen Mann. Beide forderten, unabhängig voneinander, Schmerzensgeld und Verdienstentgang in Höhe von 200.000 bzw. 135.000 Euro.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Update: New letter from Connell to CDF

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Tom Roberts | Apr. 30, 2013

Following is a letter Fr. Connell sent today to CDF after hearing from the spokesman for the Archdiocese of Newark

April 30, 2013

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Vatican City State
Europe

Dear Archbishop Müller,

Yesterday I sent you an email letter regarding Archbishop John Myers of the Archdiocese of Newark (USA) and his handling of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Fr. Michael Fugee. I also sent a copy of that email letter to Archbishop Myers. Within a few hours yesterday, James Goodness, the Director of Communications and Public Relations of the Archdiocese of Newark, replied to me and his email is below.

Please notice that the fourth paragraph of Mr. Goodness’ email reads: “Archbishop Myers did send all information surrounding the allegation, including the court documents and the Review Board materials, to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith following the conclusion of the Archdiocesan Review Board’s investigation. The Congregation subsequently, after a complete review of the materials, concurred that there was no sexual abuse and that Fr. Fugee could return to ministry.”

I have two questions.

First, is it correct that Archbishop Myers sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) all the information regarding the Fr. Fugee allegation, including all of the court documents that I mentioned in my email to you yesterday (Fr. Fugee’s confession to the crime and the Memorandum of Understanding that stipulated requirements agreed to by Fr. Fugee and the Archdiocese of Newark in lieu of a court trial)?

Second, is it correct as Mr. Goodness states that the CDF “concurred that there was no sexual abuse and that Fr. Fugee could return to ministry”?

Archbishop Müller, a thorough and prompt explanation of this situation is needed.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

NJ- SNAP blasts Newark Archbishop

NEW JERSEY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on April 30, 2013

Archbishop Myers continues to show his contempt for New Jersey’s kids and laws. Now, the burden falls to his bosses, his peers and his flock.

His bosses – from Pope Francis (the head of the church) to Cardinal Timothy Dolan (the head of America’s bishops) – must, at the very least, strongly and publicly denounce Myers. He’s deliberately endangering children. And he’s making a total mockery of every pledge and promise the Catholic hierarchy has made for decades about allegedly “reforming” their approach to clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

Myers’ peers – America’s bishops (not just those in New Jersey) – must similarly denounce him. Ignoring wrongdoing encourages wrongdoing. And in November 2002, America’s bishops committed themselves to “fraternally correct” their colleagues who violate church abuse policy, as Myers has clearly and repeatedly done. America’s bishops must, if they are to have any credibility on abuse, speak up loudly and clearly now.

Myers’ flock must also take action. They must stop donating to any institution even remotely connected with the archdiocese. We urge them to contribute more generously than ever before, but to contribute to organizations that protect kids, not endanger kids.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

St. Mary’s Responds to Parishioners

NEW JERSEY
Patch

[Documents from The Star-Ledger
Read the Rev. Michael Fugee’s agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office

Read the Rev. Michael Fugee’s confession to police

Read Archbishop John J. Myers’ February letter to priests about the Rev. Michael Fugee]

By Kaitlyn Anness

Rev. Michael Fugee has been working with church youth groups unofficially at the St. Mary’s Parish in Colts Neck for years, even after admitting in 2001 to touching a 14-year-old boy inappropriately.

According to The Star Ledger, Fugee confessed in 2001 to groping a 14-year-old boy while working at the Church of St. Elizabeth in Wyckoff.

As a result, Fugee was put on 5 years probation and underwent therapy. Fugee also signed a binding agreement to stop any work with children, in any capacity.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Former Catholic Priest Bill Carney arrested in Britain accused of 32 counts of pedophilia

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
MATT KEOUGH,
IrishCentral Intern

Published Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Nearly 30 years after he was originally convicted, former priest Bill Carney has finally been arrested in London. He will soon appear in court to face the charges of sexual abuse made against him, according to the Irish Sun. Having avoided punishment of any sort, and receiving $39,283 from the Catholic Church to leave the priesthood, his case has been called “tragic” and “nothing short of catastrophic.”

Dating all the way back to the 1970s and 80s, a priest in Ayrfield, Dublin, by the name of Bill Carney used his status as means to prey on innocent children and is only now being truly punished.

A BBC article from 2010 exposed Carney’s horrific nature and the glaring wrongdoings of the Catholic Church in efforts to cover up another child abuse scandal. The article cites the Murphy Report, from the current case against Carney. It states, “The Commission is aware of compliments or suspicion of abuse against him in respect to 32 individuals. There is evidence that he abused many more children.”

Ordained in 1974, Carney, a priest and scout troop leader surrounded himself with children. He created a seemingly fun-loving environment with swimming trips, free soda, and a personal video player. The pedophile then began to terrorize the children, both girls and boys, who admired and trusted him.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Pedophile priest Denis McAlinden shifted to new fields of abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Dan Box
From:The Australian
May 01, 2013

A PEDOPHILE priest at the centre of a NSW special commission of inquiry was allowed unsupervised access to Aboriginal children in Western Australia years after the Catholic Church hierarchy was first warned he was involved in child sex abuse.

Denis McAlinden, who is thought to have abused dozens of children over several decades, moved from the Catholic diocese of Maitland, in northern NSW, to a remote parish in the Pilbara during the 1980s.

There he replaced another parish priest, Adrian van Klooster, who had moved from Wollongong in NSW and was subsequently convicted of indecently dealing with children under 13.

During his time in Western Australia, McAlinden repeatedly took Aboriginal children on unsupervised swimming trips to a local beach, during which he allegedly abused two young girls.

These revelations, contained in a 1992 court transcript, raise serious questions over the conduct of church officials who allowed McAlinden access to vulnerable children and whether there may be further victims unknown to police.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Milwaukee priest wants Archbishop Myers investigated

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

[Documents from The Star-Ledger
Read the Rev. Michael Fugee’s agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office

Read the Rev. Michael Fugee’s confession to police

Read Archbishop John J. Myers’ February letter to priests about the Rev. Michael Fugee]

by Tom Roberts | Apr. 30, 2013

Following is a letter sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith by Fr. James Connell, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and an outspoken advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse. Keep checking website. More to come on the story from NCR reporter Brian Roewe.

April 29, 2013

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Vatican City State
Europe

Dear Archbishop Müller,

I am a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee (USA), a canon lawyer, and an advocate for victims/survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse of minors.

I request that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) investigate within a Church penal process Archbishop John Myers’ handling of the matter concerning the Reverend Michael Fugee.

Yesterday, The Star-Ledger, a newspaper published in Newark, New Jersey (USA) printed a story titled “Newark archbishop allows priest who admitted groping boy to continue working with children” which declares that Archbishop John Myers, the Archbishop of Newark, allowed the Reverend Michael Fugee to continue in priestly ministry even though Archbishop Myers knew that Fr. Fugee had confessed to the crime of sexual abuse of a minor. Here is the link to the on-line version of the newspaper article http: [Star-Ledger]

In addition, the on-line version of the newspaper also published two key documents.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Catholic insurer pays $30m to Vic victims

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Times

April 30, 2013

AAP

The Catholic Church’s insurer has paid out about $30 million to 600 Victorian victims of child abuse, its CEO says.

Catholic Church Insurance CEO Peter Rush said the organisation did not make payouts related to offences that occurred after the date the church had knowledge of an offender.

He confirmed that his organisation did not insure offences committed by pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale after 1975 when then Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns became aware of his offences.

Mr Rush said there were at least two confirmed cases, including Ridsdale, where they stopped paying insurance and said there would have been more.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

A confession still to come

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Editorial
From:Herald Sun
May 01, 2013

THE Catholic Church should hang its head in shame after being forced to admit its priests abused children while their superiors covered up their crimes.

But whether the church understands the enormity of its transgressions remains a burning question.

Once again, the same excuse was offered for the cover-up as for the crimes.

In years past, child abuse was seen as a sin, not necessarily as a crime. But to offer that as an explanation is to ignore what any reasonable person would regard as an offence that should be reported to police. That was as true then as it is now.

But the former Bishop of Ballarat admitted the Catholic Church “effectively facilitated” sexual abuse by leaving known paedophiles in place.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Paedophile priests advised never to admit guilt to limit payouts, Catholic church insurer

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Annika Smethurst
From:Herald Sun
May 01, 2013

PAEDOPHILE priests were advised never to admit guilt as a way of limiting payouts to victims, the Catholic Church’s insurer has said.

Catholic Church Insurance has paid out about $30 million to 600 Victorian victims of child abuse since 1990.

Chief executive Peter Rush told the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child abuse that the company used to tell clients not to admit anything to victims and that minimising payouts was its primary motivation.

“In the early 1990s I am confident that that would have been the way that we would have advised our clients, quite wrongly,” Mr Rush said.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Church insurer had ‘exclusion list’ of priests it wouldn’t cover

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Stuart Rintoul
From:The Australian
May 01, 2013

CATHOLIC Church insurers have paid out $30 million to 600 victims of abuse since 1990 and have revealed the existence of an “exclusion list” of priests they would not indemnify the church against because they were known by the church to be offenders.

Catholic Church Insurance chief executive Peter Rush said the insurer refused to indemnify the church against claims involving pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale for offences committed after 1975 after it “ascertained” that was when Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns learned of his “propensity to offend”.

He said the same “prior knowledge” test was applied to pedophile priest Michael Glennon and revealed that CCI did not cover the church in a $450,000 out-of-court settlement in 2006 with Emma Foster, who was raped when she was in primary school, along with her sister Katie, by pedophile priest Kevin O’Donnell and who took her own life in 2008.

The settlement paid to Foster, the amount of which was revealed at the inquiry for the first time, was nine times the $50,000 cap paid to victims under the church’s Melbourne Response process at the time, which is now capped at $75,000.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Have the bishops found their ‘attractive, articulate, intelligent’ spokeswoman?

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by David Gibson,Religion News Service | Apr. 29, 2013

Analysis

New York —
A former adviser to Sarah Palin and attorney with a long record of advocating conservative causes will become the first spokeswoman for the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the USCCB announced Monday.

The addition of Kim Daniels, who is a leader of the conservative media lobby Catholic Voices USA, seems aimed at revamping the hierarchy’s communications strategy, which many bishops say has been hampered by a lack of coordination and an authoritative spokesperson.

Under the new structure, Daniels will speak for the president of the bishops’ conference — currently New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan — while the USCCB’s media office will continue to speak for the bishops as a whole.

Daniels’ hiring also looks like an effort to satisfy Dolan’s goal of finding an “attractive, articulate, intelligent” laywoman to help recast the hierarchy’s image, which many feared was starting to be seen as unfriendly to women because of legal battles like the fight against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

57-year-old monk charged with attempted child abduction

WISCONSIN
CBS 58

by Chris Patterson

Story Created: Apr 29, 2013

BENET LAKE — 57-year-old Thomas Chmura, a monk at St. Benedicts Abbey, is charged with attempted child abduction and disorderly conduct after allegedly trying to pick up teenage girls in his van. Reports from some of Chmura’s potential victims eventually led police to spotting his van and arresting him.

A 14-year-old girl told police an elderly man offered to give her a ride home, and told her to get in the car when she declined his offer. Chmura sped away from the girl after she continued to refuse his offer for a ride. The girl reported the incident to a staff member at her high school.

The next day Chmura was spotted by an Antioch police officer and pulled over. Chmura admitted to police he attempted to give rides to 5-10 teenage girls using the same van registered to St. Benedicts Abbey located in Benet Lake, WI.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

What is to be done about Archbishop Myers?

NEW JERSEY
Spiritual Politics

Mark Silk | Apr 30, 2013

A week after John J. Myers was installed as archbishop of Newark in October of 2001, a priest of the archdiocese named Michael Fugee was indicted for groping a 14-year-old boy 14 months earlier. In April of 2003, Fugee, who had admitted abusing the boy, was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual contact and sentenced to five years’ probation, community service, and psychological counseling. He was also required to register as a sex offender and to receive community supervision for the rest of his life.

In the meantime, Myers, possessor of a doctorate in canon law, was appointed to serve on the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which drafted the bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, approved in 2005. The document provides that “for even a single act of sexual abuse of a minor whenever it occurred which is admitted or established after an appropriate process in accord with canon law, the offending priest or deacon is to be permanently removed from ministry.”

In 2006, Fugee’s conviction was overturned on a technicality. Rather than retry the case, the district attorney entered into an agreement with the archdiocese stipulating that the archdiocese

shall not assign or otherwise place Michael Fugee in any position within the Archdiocese that allows him to have any unsupervised contact with or to minister to any minor/child under the age of 18 or work in any position in which children are involved. This includes, but is not limited to, presiding over a parish, involvement with a youth group, religious education/parochial school, CCD, confessions with children, youth choir, youth retreats and day care.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Bergen County prosecutor probing whether former Wyckoff priest violated agreement in molestation case

NEW JERSEY
The Record

Monday, April 29, 2013

BY JEFF GREEN
STAFF WRITER
The Record

The language of the agreement with prosecutors is clear: Rev. Michael Fugee, a Catholic priest who served probation on allegations he groped a boy at his Wyckoff home in 2001, was not to be in the presence of children unsupervised, and he was never to supervise or minister to children.

But weekend press revelations that, several years ago, Fugee attended weekend retreats with a Monmouth County youth ministry to hear one-on-one confessions by minors, in spite of the agreement, has prompted an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and moved the bishop of Trenton to bar the priest from any further ministry with the Monmouth County parish.

On Monday, meanwhile, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark argued that neither Fugee nor the archdiocese did anything wrong, that Fugee was always supervised while working with the youth ministry, and that the agreement, signed by the prosecutor and the archdiocese’s vicar general to avoid a trial for Fugee, is being correctly interpreted.

The Bergen County prosecutor, John Molinelli, pointedly disagreed Monday with that interpretation of the agreement — which he called “a very clear document” — but would say little more except that his office is conducting an open-ended investigation.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Former priest accused of abusing children faces being extradited back to Ireland

UNITED KINGDOM/IRELAND
Daily Record

A FORMER priest accused of preying on children has been arrested.

Bill Carney, who ran a guesthouse in St Andrews, was in police custody last night and faces extradition to his native Ireland.

The 63-year-old, who left the church in Ireland in 1992, stands accused of abusing children while he was a priest.

He created a new life for himself with a wife in Fife and has also lived in Spain and the south of England.

Carney was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant in Warwickshire and faces a court appearance this week to decide whether he can be taken back to Ireland.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Abuse victim won $450,000 payout

AUSTRALIA
The Age

April 30, 2013

Barney Zwartz
Religion editor, The Age

Child rape victim Emma Foster received $450,000 compensation from the Catholic Church when the church limit was $50,000 because she took the church to court, the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled child sex abuse heard on Tuesday.

Peter O’Callaghan QC, the independent commissioner for the church’s abuse system, admitted he wrote to the church’s lawyer Richard Leder about “flushing out the Fosters’ real intentions” because he suspected they would use his Melbourne Response finding in court.

He also admitted going to the Fosters’ home and trying to persuade Emma to accept the church offer, saying it was because she was about to turn 18 and the legal arrangements would change.

Emma and Katie Foster were serially abused at primary school by paedophile priest Kevin O’Donnell. Emma later committed suicide, while Katie is in a wheelchair after being hit by a car.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

‘Poor response’ for Vic sex victims

AUSTRALIA
Adelaide Now

THE Catholic Church has saved hundreds of millions of dollars through its Melbourne Response complaints system, but it has been a very poor result for clergy abuse victims, a father whose two daughters were abused says.

More than 300 victims of clergy abuse have made complaints through the Melbourne-based process, with the majority of those complaints upheld, the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child abuse heard on Tuesday.

Victims’ payments were initially capped at $50,000 under the system, but have now increased to $75,000.

But many victims have criticised the response, which was set up by Cardinal George Pell when he was Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996, saying the money is inadequate.

Anthony Foster, whose two daughters were raped by a priest, said the system had saved the Catholic Church in Melbourne at least $250 million, but had failed victims.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Vatican Will Take No Action Against Cardinal Keith O’Brien Following Gay Sex Scandal

SCOTLAND
Instinct

Written by Nigel Campbell | Monday, 29 April 2013

It appears that no action will be taken by the Vatican with regards to Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s sexual misconduct with four priests (those are just the ones that we know of).

Now that O’Brien’s admitted to “unbecoming” sexual conduct, the Vatican sees no point in pursuing an investigation–or at the very least punishing him for his blatant hypocrisy as he vocally advocated against the rights of homosexuals while getting his rocks off with men in the rectory.

Shocking. (Not shocking.)

More after the jump.

Scotland on Sunday writes:

The Vatican is expected to take no further action against Cardinal Keith O’Brien after he admitted having sexual relations with four priests and a seminarian.

The Archbishop of St Andr­ews and Edinburgh was forced by Pope Benedict XVI to step down in February after admitting that “my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, an archbishop and a cardinal”.

However, Scotland on Sunday has learned that there is no active investigation into his behaviour and that the Vatican is only keeping a loose “watching brief” on his case. O’Brien is also unlikely to be asked to give up his rank as a cardinal unless the new Pope decides to confer the traditional red hat on another senior Scottish catholic.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

End Times members in court

UXBRIDGE (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

By Susan Spencer TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
susan.spencer@telegram.com

UXBRIDGE — Two men affiliated with the Church of the End Times, a nondenominational church at 19 Industrial Drive that has been the subject of controversy over the past year, were in Uxbridge District Court recently on separate charges.

Dennis H. Stanley, 36, of 41 Murphy’s Way was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of violating an abuse prevention order obtained by his estranged wife, Beth Ellen Merrill Stanley. He was released on personal recognizance.

Mr. Stanley, who co-founded the church with his brother David H. Stanley, 51 Murphy’s Way, and owns the Driveways Corp. paving business with his brother, located at the same address as the church, is prohibited from coming within 100 yards of Ms. Stanley or their home until the order expires Oct. 4.

According to court documents, neighbor Susan Dalpe filed a statement and photographs with police indicating that she saw Dennis Stanley enter and exit his brother David’s house, which is less than 100 yards from Ms. Stanley’s house, on April 14.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

SNAP wants tighter control of abusive priests

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

An advocacy group for victims of pedophile priests wants Catholic bishops to force priests who are removed from ministry because of abuse allegations to be confined in residential treatment centers.

But a spokesman for the Joliet Diocese said that would be an exercise of authority that a bishop does not have over such priests.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Men allege abuse, sue religious order in Cook court

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune reporter
10:22 p.m. CDT, April 29, 2013

Unable to get restitution in federal bankruptcy court, 31 Chicago-area men have filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, accusing the Congregation of Christian Brothers of putting them in harm’s way decades ago.

In three lawsuits filed Friday, plaintiffs accuse the religious order of allowing teachers to abuse them decades ago at Brother Rice, Leo and St. Laurence high schools.

More than half of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim they were sexually abused by a member of the order who was later convicted in Washington state of indecent behavior. According to the lawsuit, the religious order knowingly shuffled that brother to each of the three schools because of the allegations against him. One principal recommended the accused brother to a public school system in Washington.

Of the 15 men who allege abuse at Leo High School, a dozen claim they were sexually abused between 1969 and 1973 by the brother. Of nine men at St. Laurence High School between 1961 and 1996, three point to the brother. Of eight men who filed claims against Brother Rice for allegations between 1962 and 1984, one accuses the brother.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Kommission muss Opfern Nutzen bringen

DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

netzwerkB Pressemitteilung 29.04.2013

Bezüglich der jüngsten Diskussionen im Justizministerium nehmen wir Bezug zur Ablehnung einer Untersuchungskommission der Bundesjustizministerin Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (FDP), s. unter:

[Evangelisch]

Eine Untersuchungskommission muss auch den Opfern Nutzen bringen. Die Idee einer zentralen Erfassung finden wir gut. Wir wissen, dass es ähnliches in Australien, in den Niederlanden und in Irland gibt. Wenn eine solche zentrale Erfassung stattfindet, muss es den Betroffenen wirklich etwas bringen. So fragen wir uns dann auch, was aus tausenden von Anrufen, Briefen und E-Mails bei der Missbrauchsbeauftragten Bergmann und der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz geworden ist. Wir stellen fest nichts. Die Kommission muss auch Befugnisse haben, die Betroffenen juristisch dabei zu unterstützen und strafrechtliche Ermittlungen durch die Landeskriminalämter zu ermöglichen. Die Weitergabe von Daten an die Gerichte in Schadensersatzverfahren muss in irgendeiner Weise möglich sein. Akten müssen eingezogen werden können. Eine Verlade wie im Fall von Prof. Pfeiffer darf nicht stattfinden. Die Opfer müssen dabei Unterstützung finden, dass ihre gesundheitlichen Schäden von Traumata, PTBS und Spätfolgen anerkannt und angemessen entschädigt werden.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Understanding the needs of male sexual assault victims

UNITED STATES
Bangor Daily News

By Bill Lowenstein, Special to the BDN

Posted April 24, 2013

We are survivors, too.

Historically, those of us who are male survivors of sexual victimization are often an unrecognized, underserved and unmentioned population when the issue of sexual assault is discussed. Many of us do not even recognize or understand that we may have been victimized. Yet one in five males will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, many of us before the age of 16.

The harmful impact of the sexual victimization of males is felt daily by all of us — in our families, communities and workplaces. It is often the unspoken, unrecognized and untreated issue when we are dealing with the problems of addiction, mental health, physical health, relationship issues, domestic violence, anger management, criminal behavior and many other issues that impact boys and men. Yet many male survivors do not know there are resources available to help them recover, nor do they feel safe talking about the impact sexual victimization has had on them.

I believe we all need to work harder to create a safe climate and culture for male sexual assault survivors. It is time for us to look at sexual assault and victimization as a gender-neutral issue. All survivors of sexual victimization are in need of quality services to assist them in their recovery regardless of their gender or age.

We have done a good job promoting awareness of the issue of sexual victimization of females for many years. Yet we still have great strides to go in promoting the same awareness, understanding and availability of resources to men and boys. We need to take what we have learned from those efforts, expand it and apply it to our male population as well.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Justizministerin gegen unabhängige Kommission zu Missbrauchsskandal

DEUTSCHLAND
Evangelisch

Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig stößt in der Bundesregierung mit seiner Forderung nach einer unabhängigen Kommission zur Aufarbeitung der Missbrauchsskandale auf Ablehnung.

29.04.2013 | epd

Bundesjustizministerin Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (FDP) sagte dem Evangelischen Pressedienst (epd) in Berlin, der Runde Tisch gegen sexuellen Kindesmissbrauch habe sich bereits intensiv mit der Aufarbeitung befasst und gute Ergebnisse im Interesse der Opfer erzielt.

“Was wir jetzt brauchen, ist nicht eine neue Kommission, sondern eine rasche Umsetzung”, sagte die Ministerin, die gemeinsam mit Familienministerin Kristina Schröder und der damaligen Bildungsministerin Annette Schavan (beide CDU) den Runden Tisch geleitet hatte. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger erklärte, sie habe sich dafür eingesetzt, dass die Verjährungsfristen für zivilrechtliche Schadenersatzansprüche auf 30 Jahre erhöht werden. Das Gesetz, das der Bundestag bereits verabschiedet hat, soll am Freitag vom Bundesrat beschlossen werden.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Studie zieht einseitige Schlüsse

DEUTSCHLAND
hpd

BERLIN. (hpd) Das Kriminologische Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen (KFN) veröffentlichte Anfang April das Ergebnis einer Studie zum Thema “Christliche Religiosität und elterliche Gewalt”. Wichtigstes Ergebnis: In evangelikalen Familien werden Kinder sehr viel häufiger geschlagen als in katholischen oder evangelischen. Das ist aber nicht alles.

Als Nebenergebnis wird erwähnt, dass sich in katholischen und evangelischen Familien eine intensivere Religiosität eher hemmend auf die Gewalttätigkeit der Eltern auswirkt. Doch die Zahlen sprechen eine andere Sprache.

Das Forschungsinstitut konstatiert: “In katholischen Familien, in denen die Eltern keine Akademiker sind und in denen ein nicht religiöses Elternhaus vorliegt, berichten 14,3 % der Befragten von schwerer elterlicher Gewalt; in Familien, in denen das Elternhaus sehr religiös ist, liegt der Anteil bei 11,8 %. Mit zunehmender Religiosität geht die Erfahrung schwerer elterlicher Gewalt in katholischen Familien also leicht zurück.” (S. 7)

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Bishop: Rev. Michael Fugee should not have been allowed in youth ministry at Colts Neck church

NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

A Catholic priest once accused of molesting a child 10 years ago should not have been allowed to be involved in youth ministry at a Colts Neck church, Bishop David M. O’Connell said Monday.

The Rev. Michael Fugee, 52, was convicted in 2003 of criminal sexual contact involving a boy in New Jersey. It was overturned by an appeals court and the priest eventually entered a pretrial intervention program. Fugee recently spent time working with minors in weekend youth retreats and heard confessions at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Colts Neck. But he never had permission to do so, according to O’Connell, the bishop with the Diocese of Trenton, who issued a statement Monday.

“Father Fugee had been given no permission to exercise ministry there by the diocese nor had he filed the letter of suitability required of all priests outside of the diocese with the chancery,” said O’Connell in the statement. “The diocese had no knowledge of his activity prior to this time.”

O’Connell said he immediately contacted the pastor of the parish and indicated that Fugee may not exercise ministry there, including any ministry involving youths. O’Connell then contacted officials in the Archdiocese of Newark to inform them of Fugee’s activities.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Catholic investigators deny abuse cover-up

AUSTRALIA
7 News

By Patrick Caruana and Daniel Fogarty, AAP
Updated April 30, 2013

The commissioners in charge of investigating claims of child abuse in the Catholic Church in Melbourne deny they have helped cover up crimes.

They say senior Victoria Police officers are “plainly wrong” for attacking the church’s Melbourne-based complaints system for not reporting abuse cases.

Melbourne Response independent commissioners Peter O’Callaghan QC and Jeff Gleeson SC deny they are trying to protect the church.

Mr Gleeson said both men were disgusted at being accused of being involved in a cover-up in evidence before a Victorian parliamentary inquiry.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Lawyer denies alerting clergy to investigation

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The lawyer who runs a complaints system for the Catholic Church in Melbourne has criticised police evidence to the Victorian child sexual abuse inquiry.

Police allege Peter O’Callaghan QC tipped off a member of the clergy who he knew was under investigation by police.

Mr O’Callaghan has told the inquiry that is not true and says the police submission to the inquiry was a farce.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Church commissioners deny covering up claims of sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

AAP
April 30, 2013

THE commissioners in charge of handling Melbourne abuse complaints against the Catholic Church deny they helped conceal crimes from police.

A Victorian parliamentary inquiry has also heard the Catholic Church’s insurer has paid out about $30 million in compensation to 600 Victorian victims of child abuse.

The independent commissioners in charge of the church’s Melbourne-based complaints system, Peter O’Callaghan QC and Jeff Gleeson SC, deny they are trying to protect the church.

Mr Gleeson said both men were appalled at the suggestion they had been involved in a cover-up.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Catholic Church defends itself at Vic Parlt Inquiry

AUSTRALIA
ABC – The World Today

[with audio]

ELEANOR HALL: The man in charge of Melbourne Catholic Church’s response to child abuse had denied that he discouraged those who came forward with complaints to contact police.

The independent commissioner of the church’s Melbourne Response also told the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry that the church did not interfere with a police investigation into child abuse by tipping off a member of the clergy who was under investigation.

Rachel Carbonell has been at the hearing this morning and filed this report.

RACHEL CARBONELL: The Melbourne Response is the Catholic Church’s complaints system in Melbourne, which deals with allegations of abuse.

Barrister Peter O’Callaghan has been the lawyer in charge of that system since it was set up in the mid-1990s.

In evidence to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into child abuse this morning Peter O’Callaghan began by defending himself against police criticism of his conduct which was given to the inquiry last year.

In the police submission it was suggested the church never referred complaints to the police.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Catholic Church paid $30m to child abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
7 News

By Danny Morgan and Rachel Carbonnell, ABC
Updated April 30, 2013

The insurers of the Catholic Church say they have paid out $30 million to about 600 victims of child sexual abuse in Victoria.

The church’s insurance arm, Catholic Church Insurance (CCI), has appeared before the Victorian inquiry into child sexual abuse.

The payments relate to abuses committed mainly in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

A submission by the insurance group’s chief executive officer, Peter Rush, states the CCI paid compensation and the cost of counselling.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Judge dismisses Catholic Church sex lawsuit

WYOMING
Laramie Boomerang

By The Associated Press • Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that a Colorado woman had filed against a Roman Catholic church in Casper.

U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson on Monday dismissed the lawsuit against St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, the Diocese of Cheyenne and individual church officials.

In the lawsuit the woman filed last year, she alleged a deacon had imposed a sexual relationship on her after she went to him for bereavement counseling. The lawsuit claimed the consensual sexual relationship started in 2007 and continued until 2008.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Church insurance reveals $30m payouts to Vic abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
ABC – PM

Catholic Church Insurance has told the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse that since the early 1990s it has paid out about 600 abuse claims at a cost of $30 million. It admitted to the inquiry that in the past it may have given advice to the church not to admit anything when dealing with abuse claims.

Transcript

TIM PALMER: Victoria’s parliamentary inquiry into the institutional handling of child sexual abuse today turned its attention to the way the Catholic Church handled claims of abuse made to it.

The church’s insurer, Catholic Church Insurance, told the inquiry it has paid out $30 million on 600 claims from victims of child abuse in Victoria. It went on to detail how it refused to indemnify a number of clergymen because the church knew of their propensity to sexually abuse children.

Rachel Carbonell reports.

RACHEL CARBONELL: It’s been two days of evidence from orders and organisations of the Catholic Church at the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse.

This afternoon it was the Catholic Church Insurance’s turn to answer questions from the committee.

Chief executive Peter Rush told the inquiry that it had paid out claims and cost of counselling to about 600 victims, at a cost of $30 million.

Mr Rush told the inquiry he didn’t believe the church structured itself to avoid paying out compensation.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Local pastor jailed on sex abuse charges

WEST VIRGINIA
Daily Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A local pastor is behind bars for allegedly sexually abusing a young female family member over a period of several years.

Jonnie Franklin Winnell, 59, of Gypsum Lane in Elkview, is being held at South Central Regional Jail on a $20,000 property bond, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

Winnell was charged Friday with three counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian and/or a custodian.

Winnell is a pastor at United Gospel Mission on Charleston’s West Side, according to WCHS-TV.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

UPDATE: Charleston Pastor Confesses to Sexually Abusing Young Girl

WEST VIRGINIA
WSAZ

[with video]

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A congregation is in shock after their pastor was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian.

“[The church] is in limbo, don’t know what we’re going to do,” said a member of the United Gospel Mission who asked not to be identified because of the nature of the crimes.

Deputies from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office tell WSAZ.com that Johnnie Franklin Winnell of Gypsum Lane in Elkview confessed Friday to abusing the young girl. Capt. Sean Crosier said the abuse happened during several years.

Neighbor Patricia Strickland says she’d never imagine the man she’s lived beside for 20 years could do such things. She said her young granddaughter even plays at Winnell’s house and, while she trusts him, she feared the worst when she heard the news.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Parents: Why Was Once-Accused Pedophile Priest On Youth Retreats In N.J.?

NEW JERSEY
CBS New York

[with video]

COLTS NECK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Parents and teens at a Monmouth County Roman Catholic church were shocked Monday, after learning that a priest who attended overnight teen retreats was once accused of sexual abuse.

The Rev. Michael Fugee, a Newark Archdiocese priest, was convicted in 2003 of molesting a boy. The conviction was overturned by an appeals court, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported.

But Fugee’s past was not known while he was attending overnight teen retreats, parents and teens at St. Mary’s Parish in Colts Neck said.

“I’m upset that I wasn’t told, and I’m upset that they’re lying about it,” said youth group member Samara Franklin.

Fugee, 52, entered into an agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office to avoid retrial on the abuse conviction after the groping incident six years ago. The agreement required Fugee, 52, never again to have unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Furor grows over Newark archbishop’s stance on priest banned from ministry with children

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger

on April 30, 2013

Amid calls for a Vatican investigation, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers came under fierce criticism Monday for his handling of a priest who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a lifetime ban on ministry to children.

At the Monmouth County church where the Rev. Michael Fugee had been spending time with a youth group, angry parishioners said they were never told about Fugee’s background and they questioned Myers’ defense of the priest, the subject of a lengthy story in the Sunday Star-Ledger.

“It’s complete craziness that the church can let this happen,” said John Santulli, 38, a father of two at St. Mary Parish in Colts Neck. “I’m a softball coach, and I need a background check just to get on the field. Every single person I spoke to today said, ‘Oh my God. I didn’t know about this.’ It’s incomprehensible.”

Trenton Bishop David M. O’Connell, who previously said Fugee was operating in the diocese without his knowledge or permission, has ordered the pastor of St. Mary to bar the priest from any church activities, a spokeswoman said in a statement Monday.

The bishop of Paterson, Arthur Serratelli, has likewise said Fugee was on a retreat at Lake Hopatcong without permission.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Star witness’ story in Philadelphia sex abuse trials doesn’t add up

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

by Ralph Cipriano | Apr. 29, 2013

Analysis

Philadelphia —
On Jan. 17, a former priest named Edward V. Avery was sworn in as a witness in a Philadelphia courtroom. The man once known as the “smiling padre” was dressed in an ill-fitting baby-blue prison uniform and was missing his usual toupee.

What Avery had to say would stun courtroom observers and enrage a prosecutor.

Avery had been in jail nearly a year since March 22, 2012, when he pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and to conspiring with Msgr. William J. Lynn, the Philadelphia archdiocese’s former secretary for clergy, to endanger the welfare of a child. The victim of both crimes was a former 10-year-old altar boy identified in a 2011 Philadelphia grand jury report as “Billy Doe.”

The prosecutor who called Avery as a witness asked a simple question that nobody had bothered to ask the year before, when the former priest pleaded guilty: Did you do it?

In a calm voice, Avery said he had never touched Billy Doe.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Calls for Nowicki to Step Down

PENNSYLVANIA
YouTube

On April 24, 2013, Channel 11 in Pittsburgh aired this news story regarding Archabbot Douglas Nowicki from Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (USA). More information is available at http://www.MisconductinLatrobe.com

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Justicia ordena …

ARGENTINA
Terra

Justicia ordena a obispado argentino indemnizar a víctima de cura pedófilo

La justicia argentina ordenó al Obispado de Quilmes, cercano a la capital, a indemnizar en unos 30.000 dólares a un joven víctima de abuso sexual por parte de un cura, fallecido a causa de sida, según un fallo difundido este lunes y al que accedió la AFP.

El fallo dictado el 9 de abril por un tribunal de segunda instancia de Quilmes, un municipio en la periferia sur de Buenos Aires, se conoce luego de que el papa Francisco, nacido en Argentina, recomendara “actuar con determinación” y a ayudar a los que han sido víctimas en el pasado de abusos sexuales, en alusión a las cientos de denuncias en todo el mundo contra curas pederastas.

“Es histórico, la institución nunca antes tuvo que pagar una condena por estos actos. Me da tranquilidad y mucho consuelo y me alegra que pueda servir para que otras víctimas sepan que la Iglesia no se va a poder manejar con la misma impunidad “, se congratuló la víctima en el diario Página/12.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

El Obispado de Quilmes deberá pagar una indemnización por un cura pedófilo

ARGENTINA
La Nacion

Luego de un histórico fallo de la Cámara de Apelaciones de Quilmes, que condena al obispado de ese distrito a pagar una indemnización de 155 mil pesos a un joven abusado por un cura, el joven denunciante pidió hoy que las personas que sufran hechos similares se presenten en la Justicia, porque “callarlo es tener complicidad”, y denunció que en Córdoba existen “curas que siguen abusando de menores”.

“Nos interesaba que el fallo sea favorable porque sienta un precedente importantísimo para otras causas similares, para que otras víctimas puedan tener otro fallo favorable y puedan tener justicia”, resaltó la víctima, de nombre Gabriel, en declaraciones al canal Todo Noticias (TN) en la ciudad bonaerense de Berazategui.

Fallo histórico

La Cámara de Apelaciones de Quilmes ratificó en los últimos días la sentencia del Juzgado Civil y Comercial N2, que condena al Obispado de ese distrito por el delito de pedofilia y lo obliga a pagar una indemnización superior a los 155 mil pesos, tras diez años de batalla judicial de Beatriz Varela, la madre de la víctima.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Argentina bishop forced to pay over priest sex abuse

ARGENTINA
GlobalPost

An Argentina court ordered a bishop from a town outside Buenos Aires to pay damages of $30,000 plus ten years’ interest to a priest sex abuse victim, according to the ruling released Monday.

The appeals court ruling, handed down on April 9, came just days after Pope Francis, originally from Argentina, told Vatican disciplinarians to act “with determination” against the scourge of pedophile priests.

In Francis’s first official pronouncement, the newly elected pontiff asked for “stepped-up measures to protect minors and help those who were subjected to such violence in the past.”

The bishop, Luis Stockler, was ordered to pay $24,500 to the victim and $5,340 to his mother for “psychological” and other damages for the abuse — which was committed by a priest he supervised — in 2002.

The priest died of AIDS in 2005.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Priest calls on Vatican to investigate Newark Archbishop John J. Myers

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger
on April 29, 2013

An influential Wisconsin priest who advocates for victims of sexual abuse has called on the Vatican to investigate whether Newark Archbishop John J. Myers violated canon law in his handling of a clergyman who continues to work with minors despite a lifetime ban.

The Rev. James Connell, the former vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, aired his concerns in a letter he emailed this morning to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that has dealt with allegations of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.

Connell, a canon lawyer, wrote the letter after reading a Sunday Star-Ledger story about the Rev. Michael Fugee, who is barred from working with minors under a 2007 agreement with law enforcement.

The newspaper found that Fugee, with the approval of Myers, continued to engage children through an unofficial association with a Monmouth County church, St. Mary Parish in Colts Neck. Fugee, who is friends with the church’s youth ministers, has attended retreats with the youth group, traveled with teens to Canada and heard the confessions of minors behind closed doors.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Priest With Molestation History Found Working with Kids – Should He Still Be a Priest? [POLL]

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey 101.5

By Ray Rossi
April 29, 2013

You may remember some months ago, I questioned the decision made by the Archbishop of Newark, John Myers, to elevate Father Michael Fugee to the position of co-director of the Office of Continuing Education and Ongoing Formation of Priests.

This was done in the wake of a report detailing the molestation past of the priest, and the subsequent disposition of the case, in which he was allowed to enter pre trial intervention, counseling for sex offenders; and allowed to sign an agreement never to work in any capacity with children.

At the time I felt it was a “sweet” deal not only to have been dealt with as an abuser, but to then be given a lofty administrative position within the church.

Some might call that “business as usual”, given the church’s penchant for hiding priests charged with sexual abuse of minors.

Sad but true, especially in light of the church’s recent history.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Church not immune to abuse cases

AUSTRALIA
Neos Cosmos

29 Apr 2013

Helen Velissaris

Archbishop Stylianos has revealed the Greek Orthodox Church is not immune to child sex abuse cases a week after the Church fronted the Victorian parliamentary inquiry on the issue denying culpability.

The Archbishop believes that no religious organisation is immune, as the pattern of abuse isn’t an organisational problem, but a human one.

“Religious organisations, which consist of human beings, even as clergymen, can never be regarded in advance as immune of such criminal acts,” he told Neos Kosmos.

At the inquiry, Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis denied there were any cases of child sex abuse by Greek orthodox clergyman in Victoria and affirmed there were no attempts at cover up or “sweep under the carpet anything serious”.

But, as The Age reported this week, the Bishop “misled” the inquiry, saying there is at least one case where a priest has been charged for indecently assaulting a minor.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Former pupil at school run by nuns was ‘hit with carpet beater’

SCOTLAND
STV

A former pupil at an approved school told a court a nun hit her repeatedly with a carpet beater.

Kathleen Humphries claimed that she had been battered by Anne Kenny, 79, known as Mother Rosaria, while at the facility in Renfrewshire.

Kenny and Agnes Reville, 77, known as Mother Martin, deny assaulting eight girls at Dalbeth Approved School in Bishopton in the 1970s.

On Monday, the jury at Paisley Sheriff Court heard from 56-year-old Ms Humphries.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Assignment Record – Rev. H. Cornell Bradley, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: A Maryland Province Jesuit ordained in 1969, Bradley was first removed from ministry in 1993 after accusations surfaced that he had engaged in “sexual misconduct” with three people, including two 15 year-old boys and a woman. He was sent to treatment and returned to ministry in 1995. In 2006 Bradley was again accused, this time of sexual misconduct with an adult male during the early 1980s. As a result of this and four other credible allegations involving minors and adults over the course of three decades, he was again removed from ministry. Subsequently five more people came forward, several with reports that Bradley had engaged in sexual misconduct with minors in the 1960s and ’70s at Gonzaga College High School, where he spent much of his career pre and post-ordination. Others complained that he had made inappropriate sexual comments involving a student and staff member at St. Joseph’s University, where he worked in the late 1990s and until his removal in 2006. In addition to his time in Washington DC, Bradley’s career took him to India, Chile, Baltimore MD, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In 2007 Bradley was said to be living under supervision in a Jesuit community on the East Coast.

Ordained: 1969

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Child sex abuse ‘as important as any other act of terrorism,’ crowd told at Mendham church

MENDHAM (NJ)
NJ.com

By Brendan Kuty/NJ.com

on April 29, 2013

MENDHAM — The next person who tries destroying a memorial at St. Joseph’s Church honoring victims of clergy child sex abuse will be in for a big surprise, according to The Rev. Joseph Angiolini.

“They’re going to get scared out of their wits,” he said.

Security cameras now overlook the 400-pound millstone statue that was vandalized in early March — the second time it was attacked in two years — Angiolini said. He also said a motion-activated light will flip on when someone approaches the memorial at night.

Angiolini’s remarks came at a rededication of the memorial Sunday afternoon. About 75 people attended the ceremony, which featured speeches from Assistant District Attorney of New York Jill Starishevsky and Angel Rose, founder of nonprofit Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment, or PAVE.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Ballarat Diocese admits to destroying documents detailing accusations of paedophilia

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Annika Smethurst
From:Herald Sun
April 30, 2013

THE Ballarat Diocese has admitted it destroyed documents detailing accusations of paedophilia and moved offending priests to new parishes despite more than 100 case of sexual abuse, a Victorian parliamentary inquiry has heard.

Former Ballarat bishop Peter Connors said the church had effectively facilitated sexual offences against children by placing one of Australia’s worst child predators, Gerald Ridsdale, in positions that enabled him to abuse.

The inquiry heard that evidence of Ridsdale’s offences first surfaced in 1975 yet he continued to be protected by the church.

Deputy chairman of the Victorian inquiry, MP Frank McGuire, asked the Bishop of Ballarat, Paul Bird, why Ridsdale wasn’t reported to police.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Church abused more than 100 children

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with video]

Topics:sexual-offences, community-and-society, child-abuse, human-interest, law-crime-and-justice, religious-leaders, ballarat-3350, australia

Transcript

EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: A Catholic Church order has told the Victorian Parliament inquiry into the abuse of children by organisations that at one stage up to 25 per cent of its members were accused of sexual abuse

The inquiry heard from the St. John of God Brothers, the Salesians and the Diocese of Ballarat.

Both the Bishop of Ballarat and his predecessor admitted that the decision to allow a known abuser to continue to have access to children had tragic consequences

Hamish Fitzsimmons reports.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS, REPORTER: Many victims and their supporters saw today as a potential indication of how the Catholic Church will handle the Royal Commission into sexual abuse.

The St. John of God Brothers told the inquiry that of the 60 members who’d served in Victoria since the 1950s, 15 had been accused of abusing those in their care.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

IL- Victims want Joliet bishop ousted

CHICAGO (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

–blast Joliet’s top Catholic official for letting a suspended predator priest live and work freely among unsuspecting Kentucky families,
–urge Chicago’s top Catholic official to disclose where dozens of local suspended predator priests now live, and
–prod both prelates to put all their child molesting clerics in secure treatment centers away from children.

They will also ask Chicago’s Cardinal George to help oust Joliet’s Bishop Conlon from his post as head of the US bishops’ child sex abuse committee.

WHEN
Monday, April, 29, at 2:30 p.m.

WHO
Three-four members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including a St. Louis man who is the group’s long time executive director

WHERE
Outside the Chicago Archdiocese headquarters, Archbishop Quigley Center, 835 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Paedophiles walk as their victims suffer

AUSTRALIA
The Daily Telegraph

Janet Fife-Yeomans
The Daily Telegraph
April 29, 2013

ONLY three of the 238 men convicted of having sex with a child under 10 in the past decade have been jailed for what the government has set as a standard minimum term of 15 years.

One man who raped a child was behind bars for as little as nine months.

The shocking truth of such lenient sentences is revealed as The Daily Telegraph launches a campaign to force judges to do what the community expects through setting mandatory minimum terms for all sex crimes against children.

Angry child protection advocates and victims groups say that judges should not be free to ignore the standard non-parole periods set as guidelines for paedophiles and others who possess child pornography.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Church admits moving known paedophile priest

AUSTRALIA
Radio Australia

[with video]

By Rachel Carbonell

A Victorian inquiry into child sexual abuse hears a bishop allowed a known paedophile priest to continue working.

A Victorian Inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard the former Bishop of Ballarat made a terrible mistake by allowing a known paedophile priest to continue working.

Father Gerald Ridsdale was convicted and jailed for child sexual abuse in 1993 and again in 2006.

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse has been told that by 1975 representatives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ballarat, in Western Victoria, had solid evidence of his crimes but he was not removed from his duties and was instead moved onto other parishes.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Sex probe after man accuses 2 priests

SCOTLAND
Evening Times

DETECTIVES are investigating historical claims of abuse made against two priests.

It came after a father-of-two claimed a priest raped him at one of Scotland’s holiest Catholic sites, Carfin Grotto, near Motherwell in North Lanarkshire.

Pat McEwan, now 63, waived his right to anonymity to speak out about the alleged abuse.

He says the alleged sex attack happened when he was a young boy and claimed it was one of many he suffered at the hands of a group of priests in the west of Scotland.

He said he had visited the grotto, a shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes, with his mum and sister to visit a senior priest.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Wenn es einmal ins Rutschen gerät…

OSTERREICH
Tammoxsche Gedanken II

Einer der erstaunlichsten Aspekte des sexuellen Kindermissbrauchs der Katholischen Kirche ist die Unverfrorenheit, mit der Topkleriker wie der Salzburger Weihbischof Andreas Laun erklärten man haben ja vor 2010 gar nichts dagegen unternehmen KÖNNEN, weil man es ja gar nicht gewußt hätte. So etwas habe man sich noch nicht einmal vorstellen können.

Sprachs und kam ohne Rüge davon.

Daß seit vielen Jahren Politmagazine und zahlreiche Blogger von diesen Fällen berichtet hatten, daß die Kirche dies sehr wohl gewußt haben MUSS, da sie anwaltlich gegen die Opfer ihrer kinderfickenden Priester vorgegangen war, zahlreiche Schweigevereinbarungen getroffen und unzählige Pädophile in ihren Reihen wegen ihrer „Veranlagung“ munter von Pfarrei zu Pfarrei versetzt hatte, störte den Bischof nicht.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Flandern will Aufklärung von Missbrauchsfällen

BELGIEN
BRF

Kay Wagner

Kindesmisshandlungen in katholischen Bildungseinrichtungen sollen in einer wissenschaftlichen Studie aufgearbeitet werden. Dafür bildet sich in Flandern zurzeit eine breite Mehrheit.

Auslöser für die neu entfachte Debatte um Missbrauch in katholischen Internaten und Heimen ist ein Bericht in der Tageszeitung De Standaard vom vergangenen Samstag. Die Leitung des katholischen Bildungswesens signalisiert Unterstützung für die wissenschaftliche Aufarbeitung.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

„Wir sind noch am Anfang“

DEUTSCHLAND
Frankfurter Rundschau

Von Katja Tichomirowa

Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig spricht im Interview über die Arbeit des Runden Tisches Kindesmissbrauch, die finanzielle Hilfe für die Opfer und über die Pläne eine unabhängige Untersuchungskommission einzurichten.

Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig ist seit 2011 Unabhängiger Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Fragen des sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs. Er setzt sich für eine unabhängige Untersuchungskommission ein, die das Thema umfassend nachhaltig aufarbeiten soll.

Herr Rörig, was ist seit der Vorlage des Abschlussberichts des Runden Tisch Kindesmissbrauch im Jahr 2011 erreicht worden?

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Die Aufklärung stockt

DEUTSCHLAND
Frankfurter Rundschau

Von Katja Tichomirowa

Vor zwei Jahren hat der Runde Tisch Sexueller Kindesmissbrauch seine Arbeit abgeschlossen. Doch die Aufklärung ist ins Stocken geraten. Die Opfer wollen eine neue Aufarbeitungskommission. Am Dienstag werden sie erstmals über die Forderung beraten.

Matthias Katsch ist ein wunderbarer Gesprächspartner, souverän, wortgewandt und ein aufmerksamer Zuhörer. Sprechen hilft, sagt er, und dass er sich einmal entschieden hat, es zu tun, hat sein Leben verändert.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Justizministerin gegen unabhängige Kommission zu Missbrauchsskandal

DEUTSCHLAND
Evangelisch

Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig stößt in der Bundesregierung mit seiner Forderung nach einer unabhängigen Kommission zur Aufarbeitung der Missbrauchsskandale auf Ablehnung.

29.04.2013 | epd

Bundesjustizministerin Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (FDP) sagte dem Evangelischen Pressedienst (epd) in Berlin, der Runde Tisch gegen sexuellen Kindesmissbrauch habe sich bereits intensiv mit der Aufarbeitung befasst und gute Ergebnisse im Interesse der Opfer erzielt.

“Was wir jetzt brauchen, ist nicht eine neue Kommission, sondern eine rasche Umsetzung”, sagte die Ministerin, die gemeinsam mit Familienministerin Kristina Schröder und der damaligen Bildungsministerin Annette Schavan (beide CDU) den Runden Tisch geleitet hatte. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger erklärte, sie habe sich dafür eingesetzt, dass die Verjährungsfristen für zivilrechtliche Schadenersatzansprüche auf 30 Jahre erhöht werden. Das Gesetz, das der Bundestag bereits verabschiedet hat, soll am Freitag vom Bundesrat beschlossen werden.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

The church must deal openly with a very painful history

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

IF anything, the evidence provided to the state inquiry into institutionalised child abuse yesterday confirmed much of what has long been suspected about the handling of offenders in the Catholic Church.

The necessary knowledge and understanding about taking actions and informing authorities about abuse was simply not understood by church leaders.

The major failings of those presented with information about abuse was that they could not, or refused to, put the victims’ needs ahead of the perpetrators.

A serious example – that of the church’s handling of convicted paedophile Gerard Ridsdale – was laid bare on the public record yesterday.

According to recently appointed Bishop of Ballarat Paul Bird: “Dismissal was not the first option. They (paedophile priests) would go to be treated to correct the behaviour, which proved to be a terrible mistake with tragic consequences. Gerald Ridsdale should have been taken out of the ministry.”

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Church admits moving known paedophile priest

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with video]

By Rachel Carbonell

A Victorian Inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard the former Bishop of Ballarat made a terrible mistake by allowing a known paedophile priest to continue working.

Father Gerald Ridsdale was convicted and jailed for child sexual abuse in 1993 and again in 2006.

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse has been told that by 1975 representatives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ballarat, in Western Victoria, had solid evidence of his crimes but he was not removed from his duties and was instead moved onto other parishes.

The inquiry heard that the bishop in charge of the Ballarat diocese during the time that Ridsdale worked there, Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, was not fit to front the inquiry because he had suffered a stroke and now had poor memory.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Church elders front abuse inquiry

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The Victorian Parliamentary inquiry in to abuse today heard from church elders about their handling of the issue.

Transcript

LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Relatives and victims of countless cases of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church have waited years to hear the Church’s leaders explain their handling of the scandal.

Today, Church elders finally stepped up to faced questions at a parliamentary inquiry in Victoria.

Among them were the leaders of the Ballarat Diocese, where there’ve been 116 substantiated cases of abuse, 67 of them committed by a single priest. There’ve also been up to 50 suicides as a result.

This afternoon, the Ballarat Diocese revealed that not one of these cases was reported to police and victims groups remain outraged as they await the Federal Government’s Royal Commission.

National affairs correspondent Heather Ewart reports.

HEATHER EWART, REPORTER: The Catholic diocese of Ballarat is where some of the worst sexual abuse exposed within the Catholic Church took place. From at least the 1970s onwards, we now know more than 100 children were abused there by Catholic clergy. Up to 50 of those victims have since committed suicide.

STEPHEN WOODS (2011): The sheer number of victims and the sheer amount of assaults and rapes that went on is just hideous.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Mother Theresa’s Masochism…

UNITED STATES
AlterNet

Mother Theresa’s Masochism: Does Religion Demand Suffering to Keep People Passive?

Passive acceptance or even glorification of suffering can be adaptive when people have no choice. But why does so much religion — particularly Catholicism — fetishize pain?

April 28, 2013 |

With a new Pope at the helm, the Catholic hierarchy has set about to polish its tarnished image. Can an increased focus on the poor make up for the Church’s opposition to contraception and marriage equality or its sordid financial and sexual affairs? The Bishops can only hope. And pray. And perhaps accelerate the sainthood of Agnes Gonxha, better known as Mother Teresa.

In the last century, no one icon has improved the Catholic brand as much as the small woman who founded the Missionaries of Charity, whose image aligns beautifully with that of the new pope. In March a team of Canadian researchers noted the opportunity: “What could be better than beatification followed by canonization of [Mother Teresa] to revitalize the Church and inspire the faithful, especially at a time when churches are empty and the Roman authority is in decline?”

The question, however, was more than a little ironic. The team of academics from the Universities of Montreal and Ottawa set out to do research on altruism. In the process, they reviewed over 500 documents about Mother Teresa’s life and compiled an array of disturbing details about the soon-to-be saint, including dubious political connections and questionable management of funds—and, in particular, an attitude toward suffering that could give pause to even her biggest fans. …

Mother Teresa’s outlook on suffering played out in her order’s homes for the sick and dying, which doctors have described as deficient in hygiene, care, nutrition, and painkillers. Miami resident Hemley Gonzalez was so shocked by his volunteer experience that he has founded an accountable charity to provide better care. “Needles were washed in cold water and reused and expired medicines were given to the inmates. There were people who had chance to live if given proper care,” . . . “I have decided to go back to Kolkata to start a charity that will be called ‘Responsible Charity.’ Each donation will be made public and professional medical help will be given,” Gonzalez said after returning to the U.S. He also launched a Facebook page called, “Stop the Missionaries of Charity.”

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Police probe dad-of-two’s claims that he was raped by Catholic priest at Carfin Grotto in the 1950s

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

By Chris Clements

A FATHER of two has told how a priest raped him at the famous Carfin Grotto shrine when he was eight.

Pat McEwan, 63, said that after the attack, his abuser told him: “Stop crying. Be a soldier of Christ. God doesn’t like boys who cry.”

Pat says the sex attack was one of many he suffered in three years of hell at the hands of a group of priests at addresses in the west of Scotland.

He believes he was the victim of a paedophile ring. It’s alleged senior clergy were involved.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Salesians pay out $2.06m to victims

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

The Salesian Catholic order has paid $2.06 million compensation to Victorian abuse victims, with complaints made against 14 priests, an inquiry has heard.

There have been a total of 49 complaints made against 14 priests of the Salesian order.

Of those, 37 payouts have been made, the Victorian child abuse inquiry heard on Monday.

Five priests from the order have been convicted of criminal offences.

The first abuse case came to the organisation’s attention in 1986, its provincial Greg Chambers said.

Father Chambers said two priests accused of abuse remained in the order, but said both were bound to domestic duties and had no exposure to children.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Catholic orders deny protecting pedophiles

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

April 29, 2013

Patrick Caruana and Daniel Fogarty
AAP

Two Catholic orders have denied colluding to protect pedophile members of the clergy, but say they accept some responsibility for the crimes committed.

One in four St John of God brothers and 14 priests of the Salesian order have been the subject of child abuse complaints in Victoria, a state parliamentary inquiry heard on Monday.

More than 100 abuse cases have been upheld in the Catholic Church’s Ballarat diocese alone since 1975. More than 60 per cent of them involved one offender, the defrocked priest Gerald Ridsdale – who has been convicted.

The bishop now in charge of Ballarat has admitted a predecessor made a “terrible mistake” in letting Ridsdale – one of Australia’s worst pedophiles – remain in the ministry after being alerted to a complaint as long ago as 1975.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Vic abuse inquiry hears from Catholic orders and organisations

AUSTRALIA
ABC – PM

Catholic orders and organisations have begun giving evidence at the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse. The inquiry has heard of hundreds of cases of abuse against children dating back to the 50s by St John of God brothers and priests from the Salesian order and the Catholic diocese of Ballarat.

Transcript

TIM PALMER: Representatives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ballarat, in Western Victoria, have told the State’s Parliamentary Inquiry Into Child Abuse that allowing a known paedophile priest to continue working as a priest was a terrible mistake.

Father Gerald Ridsdale was convicted and jailed for child sexual abuse in 1993 and again in 2006.

The inquiry heard today that by 1975 there was solid evidence of his crimes but he wasn’t removed from his duties and was instead moved onto other parishes.

Today was the first day for Catholic orders and organisations to give evidence at the inquiry and reporter Rachel Carbonell was there.

RACHEL CARBONELL: Representatives from the St John of God Brothers, The Salesian Order and the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat were all questioned at the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse today.

The inquiry heard that the bishop in charge of the Ballarat diocese during the time that paedophile priest Father Gerald Ridsdale worked there, Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, was not before the inquiry because he had suffered a stroke and now had poor memory.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Teacher in molestation case pleads not guilty

CALIFORNIA
Daily Pilot

April 27, 2013

A high school teacher who authorities said posed as a teenage girl and solicited nude photos from more than 100 boys has pleaded not guilty to 60 felony charges, court records show.

Zachary Reeder, 30, of Orange, pleaded not guilty Friday at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach to charges of using a minor for sex acts, distributing pornography to a minor, contacting a child with the intent to commit a lewd act, lewd acts upon a child, lewd acts upon a child under 14, possession and control of child pornography and distributing child pornography, according to prosecutors and court records.

Reeder was a history teacher at Servite High School in Anaheim at the time of the crimes, and previously worked as a history teacher at Arnold O. Beckman High School in Irvine where he also worked as an assistant walk-on baseball coach for four seasons, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Court hears from victim of alleged child sex abuse by Eastbourne vicar

UNITED KINGDOM
Eastbourne Herald

Published on 29/04/2013

A man who says he was sexually abused by an Eastbourne vicar when he was just seven or eight has told a court he felt ‘terrible and disgusting’.

Gordon Rideout, a 74-year-old Church of England minister, has pleaded not guilty to 38 sexual offences against 18 young boys and girls, some as young as five.

Rideout lives in Filching Close, Polegate, and is currently on bail but standing trial at Lewes Crown Court.

Yesterday (Thursday, April 25), two men, both Barnados children in care during the 1960s, gave evidence at his trial and told the court Rideout had put his hands down their trousers.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Inquiry: Where is Bishop Mulkearns?

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

By FIONA HENDERSON
April 29, 2013

QUESTIONS have been raised over the absence of former bishop Ronald Mulkearns from the inquiry into institutionalised child abuse being held today at Parliament House.

Current bishop Paul Bird says Bishop Mulkearns memory has been affected by a stroke.

However, committee member Frank McGuire says he should appear to explain why Father Gerald Ridsdale was moved around parishes, even when his offending was known.

In response to Mr McGuire asking if Bishop Mulkearns had “wilful blindness”, Bishop Bird said he had instead made “tragic mistakes” and was just following the accepted opinions of his time.

“Dismissal was not the first option,” Bishop Bird said.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

‘Terrible mistake’ over Vic abuse priest

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

A Catholic bishop made a tragic mistake in letting now convicted pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale remain in the ministry, the current bishop for Ballarat says.

The Catholic Church knew about child abuse complaints against Father Ridsdale as early as 1975 but let him remain as a priest and moved him to other parishes, a Victorian parliamentary inquiry has heard.

Police told former Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns of complaints against Ridsdale in 1975, but he was moved to other parishes, the inquiry was told.

Ridsdale should have been removed when a child abuse complaint was first made, current Ballarat bishop Paul Bird said.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Learning from a dark time

CANADA
Leader-Post

Many non-aboriginal Canadians remain all too ignorant of the shameful history of Canada’s residential schools, whose damaging legacy continues to be felt in aboriginal communities across the country.

The recent Montreal hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada are part of the process of moving forward, not only for those who choose to testify, but for all Canadians.

At these public hearings, which are being held in seven Canadian cities, survivors of the residential school system are getting an opportunity to recount their experiences.

Over the course of more than a century, tens of thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were wrenched from their families and communities, and sent away to boarding schools run by religious groups and funded by the federal government. Though the schools were winding down by the 1970s, the last of them did not close until 1996.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Sex abuse advocates rededicate NJ monument

NEW JERSEY
PhillyBurbs

Associated Press

Advocates for victims of childhood sexual abuse have gathered to rededicate a monument in northern New Jersey that has been a target of vandalism.

Part of the millstone monument near St. Joseph Church in Mendham was destroyed last month for the second time in less than two years. But several survivors and family members rededicated the monument during a ceremony Sunday.

The original monument was dedicated in 2004, near the rectory that was home to a priest who was defrocked and admitted molesting about a dozen children at St. Joseph and other parishes.

In November 2011, police charged a 38-year-old man with using a sledgehammer to destroy the monument. It was rebuilt and dedicated last April.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.

Abuse inquiry slams church spokesman’s comments

April 29, 2013

Barney Zwartz
Religion editor, The Age

Comments by the Catholic Church spokesman on child sexual abuse were inappropriate, disingenuous and possibly in contempt of Parliament, MP Frank McGuire said on Monday.

Mr McGuire, deputy chairman of the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled child sexual abuse, said: “Before you’ve even come before the inquiry it looks as though the church is trying to minimise” the abuse problem.

Mr McGuire criticised the church for taking an umbrella approach to the inquiry but not when it came to compensation or remedies.

Criticising remarks by Father Shane McKinlay that clergy sexual abuse coincided with the social and moral collapse of the 1960s and ’70s, including an attempt to lower the age of consent to 12, Mr McGuire said: “Is the church going to try to blame society?”

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.