Ex-EWTN priest, TV host not guilty of child sexual abuse, jury says


By Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com

A Jefferson County jury today found a former EWTN priest and TV personality not guilty of child sexual abuse.

David Stone, 55, hosted a talk show for youth from 2001-2007 on EWTN. While working at EWTN he fathered a child with an EWTN employee, Christina Presnell. The child was born in 2008.

Stone had been charged with sexually abusing his son.

“I think the jury reached the correct decision,” said Stone’s attorney, Chip Bradford. “Hopefully he can move ahead with his life and in his relationship with his son.”

Stone has not had visitation with his son for several years, Bradford said. He is now eligible for supervised visitation, based on a previous order in Jefferson County Family Court, Bradford said. His visitation rights were put on hold as a condition of his bond.

A former EWTN priest and TV personality who…

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St. Paul archdiocese hopes for quick payments to sex abuse victims

Headlines from the Catholic World

St. Paul, Minn., May 31, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is eager to see a quick end to its reorganization plan so that victims and survivors of clerical sex abuse can see more compensation sooner, according to its bishop.

The plan of reorganization is part of the bankruptcy process, for which the archdiocese filed in January 2015.

“Victims/survivors cannot be compensated until a Plan of Reorganization is finalized and approved. The longer the process lasts, more money is spent on attorneys’ fees and bankruptcy expenses; and, in turn, less money is available for victims/survivors,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda wrote in a May 26 letter to the faithful of the archdiocese.

“In other dioceses, that approval process has taken years. For example, in Milwaukee, the process took more than five years and only $21 million was…

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MO–Victims prod new Springfield bishop

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Tomorrow, the diocese once headed by the disgraced Cardinal Bernard Law will be headed by Bishop Edward Rice. We are disappointed by Rice’s promotion. But we hope he’ll take quick action against three predator priests.

Rice comes from the St. Louis archdiocese, which has a troubling track record on abuse. An admitted predator priest (Fr. Vincent Bryce) is still on the job in St. Louis, along with a priest who’s faced three accusers (Fr. Alex Anderson).

It’s an archdiocese that has, for years, quietly let bishops from across the US to send their predator priests here where those priests have sometimes molested again.

It’s an archdiocese that is letting a…

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Catholic Priest Drafted Vatican’s Anti-Gay Policies While Having Tons and Tons of Pro-Gay Sex

The Stranger

by Dan Savage

No one could’ve predicted:

A French priest who has written disparagingly about gay people and acted as a counselor to student and novice priests struggling with their sexuality has been accused of having sex with male clients. Monsignor Tony Anatrella — who earlier this year told new Bishops they are not obligated to report a suspected abuser to authorities — is still regularly consulted on matters of sexuality by the Vatican. One of his accusers said that Anatrella engaged in various sex acts with him in the Monsignor’s Paris office, with the activity allegedly occurring up until a few years ago. Daniel Lamarca claims Anatrella said he could rid him of his “pseudo-homosexuality” by performing sex acts.

I’m shocked — shocked — that someone who described homosexuality as “a profound immaturity of human sexuality” and called on the Catholic Church to ordain…

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Archdiocese responds to new allegation

Guam Daily Post

Jacqueline Perry Guzman | Post News Staff

New allegations of sex abuse leveled by the mother of an alleged victim of Archbishop Anthony Apuron prompted responses from the Archdiocese of Agana and by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

In a statement, Joelle Casteix, western regional director of SNAP, said, “Our hearts ache for Doris Concepcion, who has so bravely spoken out about the abuse her son endured.”

In its response, the Archdiocese of Agana stated: “Another malicious and calumnious accusation against the archbishop has surfaced; this time from the mother of a man who has been deceased for 11 years. The archbishop strongly denies this accusation as he had done so before.”

On May 17, former Guam resident Roy Quintanilla alleged he had been molested by the archbishop 40 years ago when Apuron was a priest at the Our Lady of…

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MI5 ‘blackmailed pedophile politicians’ over Belfast boys’ home abuse, inquiry hears


An inquiry into allegations of mistreatment – including sexual abuse – at a Belfast boys’ home has restarted amid claims MI5 agents knew about the alleged abuses but chose to use them to blackmail pedophile public figures.

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry reconvened on Tuesday to examine allegations dating as far back as the 1970s. It is alleged boys at the Kincora care home in Belfast were subject to vicious abuse.

The inquiry will hear from claimants who allege a VIP pedophile ring preyed on those who lived there.

In August 2014 former intelligence officer Captain Brian Gemmell claimed that his attempts to investigate at the time were cut short by his superiors.

He told the Independent that before he was told to leave the Kincora case alone in the mid-1970s “on the grounds that the service didn’t involve itself with homosexual matters, I had…

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Top-secret documents handed to historic abuse inquiry

RTE News

Hundreds of top secret police documents about a former care home in Belfast have been declassified and handed over to a public inquiry, a lawyer has revealed.

Twenty-six boxes of material have been retrieved from PSNI archives and given to the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry.

The HIA inquiry is examining allegations of child prostitution, vice rings and blackmail plots at the Kincora Boys’ Home in east Belfast.

It has long been claimed a high ranking paedophile ring preyed on vulnerable young boys in Kincora during the 1970s.

It is further alleged the UK security services knew about the abuse but did nothing to stop it, instead using the information to blackmail and extract intelligence from the influential men, including senior politicians and establishment figures, who were the perpetrators.

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Top secret Kincora Boys’ Home documents handed over to abuse inquiry

Belfast Telegraph

Hundreds of top secret police documents about the former Kincora Boys’ Home have been declassified and handed over to a public inquiry, a lawyer has revealed.

Some 26 boxes of material have been retrieved from Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) archives and given to the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry which is examining allegations of child prostitution, vice rings and blackmail plots at the notorious east Belfast facility.

Barrister Joseph Aiken, counsel to the HIA, said: “When the inquiry began this was all marked secret. At the request of the inquiry it has all been declassified by the PSNI and made available to the inquiry.”

It has long been claimed a high ranking paedophile ring preyed on vulnerable young boys in Kincora during the 1970s.

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Priest accused of having sex with young seminarians

The Freethinker

Monsignor Tony Anatrella, above, a consultant with the Vatican on issues of sexuality and an outspoken homophobe, has been accused of having sex with novice priests … in a bid to cure them of homosexuality.

The senior French priest, according to this report, routinely counseled novices sent to him by seminaries and monasteries across France. But at least four have claimed that he engaged in sexual acts with them during sessions in his office in Paris.

Anatrella reportedly claimed that having sex with them would cure them of:


Daniel Lamarca, who was a 23-year-old seminarian when he first went to Anatrella in 1987 said he was told by Anatrella:

You’re not gay, you just think that you are.

Lamarca added:

I know details about Anatrella’s body that could only be known to someone who has seen him naked.

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Gallup diocese nears $25 million in abuse settlement

San Antonion Express-News

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — As its bankruptcy case wraps up, the Diocese of Gallup has allocated millions of dollars to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/1jl8YBA) that the diocese’s bankruptcy confirmation hearing is scheduled for June 21.

It is creating a fund of between $21 million and $25 million to be used for professional fees and settlements with the 57 abuse survivors who led claims in bankruptcy court. Professional fees are now listed at more than $3.6 million and some settlements for abuse claimants are expected to approach $300,000.

There are also several non-monetary provisions in the settlement, including letters of apology to be sent to abuse claimants.

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Thema Missbrauch auf dem Katholikentag

Main Post

[Abuse as a topic in the Catholic Church.]

Christine Jeske
29. Mai 2016

Die Farbe Grün leuchtete Besuchern überall entgegen: auf Plakaten, Banderolen, Bändchen, Schals. Grün war das äußere Erkennungszeichen des am Sonntag zu Ende gegangenen 100. Katholikentags in Leipzig. Grün gilt unter anderem als die Farbe des Lebens und der Hoffnung.

Manche sind auch mit der Hoffnung nach Leipzig gekommen, dass ihr Anliegen dort Beachtung findet. Etwa der Themenkreis „Sexueller Missbrauch“, zu dem es zwölf Programmpunkte gab. Insgesamt gab es nach Angaben des Zentralkomitees der deutschen Katholiken (ZdK) über 1000 Veranstaltungen.

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Archdiocese plans to sue for ‘malicious lies’ again

Pacific Daily News

[with video]

Haidee V Eugenio, Pacific Daily News June 1, 2016

For the second time in two weeks, the Archdiocese of Agana announced plans to file lawsuits against those whom it said have been perpetrating “malicious lies” about Archbishop Anthony Apuron and the Catholic Church. It also plans to bring the case through the church’s own court system.

The archdiocese’s statement comes on the heels of the latest allegation against the highest Catholic leader in Guam.

Doris Y. Concepcion, of Prescott, Arizona, recently told Pacific Daily News her deceased son, when he was serving as an altar boy, was molested by Apuron when the latter was the parish priest at Mount Carmel Church in Agat in the late 1970s.

Concepcion said her son, Joseph A. Quinata, revealed his secret shortly before he died 11 years ago. …

This time around, the archdiocese’s statement has named…

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Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on two articles posted yesterday by the New York Daily News on pending bills that lift the statute of limitations on offenses involving the sexual abuse of minors:

The big news, as determined by the Daily News, is that the New York State Catholic Conference hires lobbyists to push for desired legislative outcomes. Of course, it has been doing so all along.

Moreover, it hardly has a monopoly on lobbying: virtually every secular and sectarian organization in New York State that is in any way impacted by Albany lawmakers hires lobbyists. However, it is rarely headline news when they do so. There is a veiled message here: Just how kosher is it for the Catholic Church to lobby Albany?

One of the articles, “Child-Abuse Law Reform Died in 2009 Senate Power Struggle,” is startling for its grand omission: it never mentions that…

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New York Catholic Church Spent $2M Lobbying Against Child Sex Abuse Accountability Laws

International Business Times

[with video]


The Catholic Church in New York has spent millions of dollars in recent years to stop a law that would make it easier for victims of child sex abuse to sue their attackers, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

The state’s Catholic Conference has hired some of New York’s most influential lobbying firms, including Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, Patricia Lynch & Associates, Hank Sheinkopf, and Mark Behan Communications. They spent more than $2.1 million from 2007 through 2015 lobbying against the Child Victims Act as well as for or against other bills, according to state records.

The Child Victims Act, introduced by Democratic Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, would eliminate the statute of limitations that currently requires victims to file civil lawsuits by age 23. It would also give those who can no longer…

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Other Pontifical Acts


Vatican City, 31 May 2016 – The Holy Father has appointed: …

– Msgr. Edward M. Deliman as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Philadelphia (area 5,652, population 4,063,958, Catholics 1,446,508, priests 779, permanent deacons 283, religious 3,050), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in 1947 in Lorain, Ohio, U.S.A., and was ordained a priest in 1973. He has served in a number of roles including pastor of several parishes in Philadelphia, and associate director of the archdiocesan office of youth pastoral ministry, defender of the bond at the Metropolitan Tribunal of Philadelphia, spiritual director of the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, mentor of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Leadership Institute, coordinator of priestly vocations for the county of Chester in Pennsylvania, member of the Diocesan Priest Continuing Formation Committee, and member of the presbyteral council. He was named Prelate of Honour of His Holiness in 1991. He is currently pastor…

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Pope appoints pastor as new auxiliary bishop for Philadelphia Archdiocese

Catholic Herald (UK)

Mgr Edward Deliman’s appointment was announced by the apostolic nuncio to the United States

Pope Francis has named Mgr Edward Deliman, who is a priest of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and is currently a pastor in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, as an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese.

The 69-year-old priest, ordained in 1973, has been pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem since 2014.

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Politicians and media accused of trying to destroy Catholic Church

Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

A Catholic bishop has accused politicians and media in Ireland of seeking the destruction of the church and its elimination from public debate.

“Ireland through its political and media establishments seems determined to eliminate the engagement of the Catholic Church in the public sphere,” said Bishop of Cloyne William Crean.

“There are many in these systems who have developed a gratuitous cynicism towards the Catholic Church and desire its destruction, believing that it stands between the people and Ireland becoming a progressive society,” he said. He advised “our response ought always to be positive”.

Bishop Crean was speaking at the ordination of nine seminarians as deacons in Maynooth. This ceremony usually takes place a year before ordination to the priesthood.

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Inquiry told of British state ‘collusion’ in sex abuse at Belfast boys’ home

Irish Times

Gerry Moriarty

The North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry on Tuesday began investigating the “extraordinary allegations” that elements of the British state colluded in the abuse of children at Kincora Boys’ Home in east Belfast.

The inquiry, among a number of matters, is trying to determine whether there is any truth to allegations that elements of the British secret services were implicated in facilitating a paedophile ring to operate at the boys’ home during the Troubles.

It is claimed that up to 30 boys were abused at the home between the late 1950s and the early 1980s.

In 1981 three senior staff — William McGrath, Raymond Semple and Joseph Mains – were imprisoned for abusing 11 boys. Now the inquiry is investigating allegations that organisations such as MI5 and/or MI6 may have facilitated the abuse of children for blackmail purposes during the Troubles in the 1970s…

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Kincora module of historical institutional abuse inquiry begins


Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Tuesday 31 May 2016

The judge heading up a new inquiry into the Kincora boys’ home in which it is alleged that MI5 blackmailed a paedophile ring that operated there during the Troubles has stated he is satisfied all government departments have handed over files relating to the scandal.

On day one of the historical institutional abuse inquiry’s examination of Kincora, Mr Justice Anthony Hart told Banbridge courthouse that he was reassured that the hearing had full access to documents, including those related to the Official Secrets Act.

Critics of the way the inquiry into Kincora has been framed expressed fears the government would use the Official Secrets Act to prevent the Banbridge-based investigation gaining access to files from MI5 and MI6 relating to the alleged use of sex abusers as spies on fellow hardline Ulster loyalists.

At least 29 boys…

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Catholic Church spends $2.1 million lobbying New York politicians to block law changes for historical clerical sex abuse cases to dodge compensation claims

Daily Mail (UK)


The Catholic Church in New York has spent $2.1 million lobbying New York politicians to block legislation aimed at allowing victims of historic child sex abuse to get justice.

The church is strongly opposed to efforts to remove the statute of limitations, which would allow victims of clerical sex abuse to seek compensation.

Under the current New York law, victims of child sex abuse have five years to lodge a claim once they turn 18.

According to the New York Daily News, the church in New York spent $2.1 million employing external lobbyists to press their case against changing the current legislation.

One proposal would see the current limit extended from 18 to when the victim is 23. A further proposal would introduce a one-year window where any victim would be entitled to make their claim, regardless to the…

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Another allegation surfaces of molestation by archbishop


By Krystal Paco

It’s the latest of accusations against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, as an Agat woman now residing in Arizona says she’s been harboring her son’s secret for far too long.

Doris Concepcion was blinded by her faith, telling KUAM News, “You do not question the priest. I was one of those parents you don’t question the priest.” as a young boy, her son Joseph Anthony Quinata, better known as “Sonny” or “Chico” was an altar boy at Mount Carmel Church in Agat. For years, she couldn’t explain his rebellious behavior towards then-priest Anthony Apuron.

She continued, “Apuron called me up and told me that Sonny had kicked him in the groin and tried to attack him with a knife and even tried to burn the rectory down. And so my son comes home and I would spank him. And he does not want to go with…

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St. Peter priest issues apology amid civil suit


[with copy of the letter]

By Kelley King
Published: May 31, 2016

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) — A Huber Heights priest has issued a letter of apology for stealing more than a million dollars from his own parishioners.

The letter was inserted in the St. Peter church bulletin over the weekend from former pastor Father Earl Simone. He pleaded guilty in March to aggravated theft after millions of dollars came up missing over a period of 20 years from St. Peter Church.

In the letter, Simone addresses the members of the parish accepting responsibility for his actions, but blatantly stating he couldn’t explain the reasons for his wrongdoing.

Father Earl Simone wrote, “What went wrong? I cannot honestly answer that question at this time. I know what I did was wrong, but I am struggling to explain it to myself, yet alone to anyone else.”

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Catholic Bishops Committed to Obstructing Zika Funding

The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Betty Clermont

“Zika Does Not Justify Abortion or Contraception” declared the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Three powerful cardinals – from New York, Washington DC and Boston – plus five archbishops – including those of Los Angeles and Philadelphia – are among the board of directors.

“Republicans’ fears about the use of taxpayer money for abortion and possible increased use of contraception” are “lurking beneath the surface” of their opposition to legislation to fight the Zika virus.

Because the virus can cause severe birth defects in babies of infected mothers, Republicans have had concerns that taxpayer funds might somehow be used to help provide abortions.
As a precaution, Senate Republicans insisted on writing language into their measure on Zika financing that reiterated the Hyde Amendment – a provision named for the longtime Illinois congressman Henry…

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Corey Feldman’s Claims Show Why Sex Crimes Should Have No Statute of Limitations


Jill Filipovic @JillFilipovic May 26, 2016

Jill Filipovic is a lawyer and writer

Bill Cosby stands accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women. Woody Allen, now married to his adopted step-daughter, faces accusations of molestation from his biological daughter. (Both men have denied the charges.) The Hollywood Reporter recently published an interview with actor Corey Feldman in which Feldman says that he and now-deceased actor Corey Haim were routinely raped (Haim), molested (Feldman) and abused (both, among other children) by Hollywood predators. In his interview with THR, Feldman said that despite knowing “every single person” who targeted Haim—a man who died at 38 after decades of drug abuse—he couldn’t name them.

“I’m not able to name names,” Feldman said. “People are frustrated, people are angry, they want to know how is this happening and they want answers and they turn to me and they say, ‘Why…

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EXCLUSIVE: Catholic Church spent $2M on major N.Y. lobbying firms to block child-sex law reform

New York Daily News

Monday, May 30, 2016

ALBANY — Not leaving it to divine chance, the state Catholic Conference has turned in recent years to some of Albany’s most well-connected and influential lobby firms to help block a bill that would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice.

The Catholic Conference, headed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, has used Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, Patricia Lynch & Associates, Hank Sheinkopf, and Mark Behan Communications to lobby against the Child Victims Act as well as for or against other measures.

All told, the conference spent more than $2.1 million on lobbying from 2007 through the end of 2015, state records show. That does not include the conference’s own internal lobbying team.

Filings show the lobbyists were retained, in part, to work on…

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New York Senate’s power struggle in 2009 may have doomed child-abuse law reform

New York Daily News

Monday, May 30, 2016

ALBANY — The best chance in recent years to pass legislation to help child sex abuse survivors may have fallen victim to a 2009 state Senate leadership coup that threw the chamber into chaos.

Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Westchester) was carrying a bill to make it easier for victims to bring lawsuits and wanted then-Senate Democratic Majority Conference Leader John Sampson to move the bill to the floor through the Rules Committee he controlled before the legislative session ended in late June.

But on June 8, 2009, Democratic Sens. Pedro Espada (D-Bronx) and Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) — who were convicted years later on federal corruption charges — shockingly joined with Republicans to give the GOP control of the chamber. Monserrate quickly jumped back to the Dems, leaving the Senate…

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Sex Abuse Victim Sues Former Priest Metropoulos, Church Leaders, Community

The National Herald

By Andy Dabilis – May 26, 2016

BANGOR, Maine – Adam Metropoulos, a 53-year-old former Greek Orthodox Priest, who in March was convicted on four felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor, and in April was sentenced to 12 years in prison, is now being sued by the victim, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The name of the plaintiff, now 24, is not being released publicly because he was the victim of sexual abuse, the News reported.

The lawsuit also names as co-defendants Metropoulos’ supervisors and the Greek-American community in Bangor, although it does not specifically name St. George Greek Orthodox Church, where Metropoulos served.

The victim claimed to have sustained severe and permanent physical injury, emotional distress, mental anguish and future and past medical expenses because of Metropoulos’ sexual abuse, which occurred in 2006 and 2007, and he claimed, the News reported, that…

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Premier apologizes for residential schools

Brantford Expositor

By Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor
Monday, May 30, 2016

Area First Nations are applauding an official apology and statement of reconciliation issued by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on how the province will establish policies to correct wrongs that linger from the Indian residential schools period.

“The Province of Ontario is leading the way in this country with this statement of reconciliation,” Six Nations elected Chief Ava Hill said Monday shortly after Wynne issued an apology in the legislature and explained the government’s reconciliation policy.

“The statement has set the bar for the rest of the provinces,” said Hill, noting that Ontario should be commended.

“On behalf of Six Nations elected council, I would also like to acknowledge and thank all of those residential school survivors who had the courage to tell their stories. Without them, there would not have been any Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”

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Ontario premier officially apologizes for ‘silence’ on residential schools


APTN National News

Premier Kathleen Wynne apologized Monday for Ontario’s role in residential schools that forced Indigenous children into state sponsored, church-ran schools for generations.

“I apologize for the policies and practices supported by past Ontario governments and for the harm they caused. I apologize for the province’s silence in the face of abuses and deaths at residential schools,” said Wynne. “And I apologize for the fact that the residential schools are only one example of systemic, intergenerational injustices inflicted upon Indigenous communities throughout Canada.”

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s statement to Queen’s Park.

Wynne made the statement in Queen’s Park before Indigenous leaders, such as Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day, Dawn Lavell-Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada and residential school survivor Andrew Wesley.

“Canada’s residential schools are closed, but they have been closed for not even one generation,” said Wynne. “Echoes of their racist,…

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National support network demands Vatican remove Apuron


By Krystal Paco

Now that two alleged victims have surfaced against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests is calling on the Vatican and Pope Francis to adhere to their promises of child safety. In a statement from SNAP western regional director Joelle Casteix, the organization urges that the Vatican and Pope Francis step in and publicly remove Apuron from his office until a complete and independent investigation is complete.

SNAP also offered consoling words to Doris Concepcion:

“Parents of sexual abuse victims carry an awful and painful burden. Ms. Concepcion only wanted the best for her son. She had no idea that she was possibly putting her child in the path of a predator. We hope that Ms. Concepcion finds the peace and healing she so deeply deserves. Her powerful words and story have made is safer for victims of abuse everywhere-no…

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MI5 ‘used sexual abuse of children at Kincora to blackmail the politician paedophiles’


Lesley-Anne McKeown

Allegations of abuse at Kincora Boys’ Home will be examined when a long-running public inquiry reconvenes later.

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry will hear evidence from former residents of the notorious east Belfast facility where it is claimed a high-ranking paedophile ring preyed on vulnerable boys during the 1970s.

There have also been claims the UK security services knew about the abuse but did nothing to stop it, instead using the information to blackmail and extract intelligence from the influential men, including senior politicians, who were the perpetrators.

The HIA inquiry was set up by the Northern Ireland Executive in 2013 to examine harrowing allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse at state and church run residential institutions between 1922 and 1995.

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Oprah Winfrey ready to accept backlash over scandalous megachurch drama ‘Greenleaf’

Christian Daily

Lorraine Caballero 31 May, 2016

Oprah Winfrey says she will accept the backlash that will come with her upcoming megachurch drama, “Greenleaf,” when it airs next month.

A month ahead of the debut of “Greenleaf” on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), the executive producer is already expecting negative feedback on the show’s scandalous megachurch drama. The story will center on a wealthy and unfaithful family managing a corporate black megachurch in Memphis, Tennessee.

During the advance screening of “Greenleaf” for industry and media on Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey was asked about her thoughts on the comparison of her series to the ’80s cult soap opera. The rest of the main characters in the series also seem prepared to receive the backlash on the story, The Wrap notes.

“We’ll take it,” said Winfrey.

The first hour of the screening covers various scandals that hound churches of different…

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Pope rules out retiring like his predecessor

CNS News

By the Associated Press | May 29, 2016

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he has no intention of quitting the papacy — a possibility opened up by his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

The pope, responding to a question from a young person at a Vatican event, said on Sunday “I never thought of quitting being pope, or of leaving because of the many responsibilities.”

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Guam–Mother of second alleged victim of archbishop speaks, Victims respond

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release, May 30, 2016

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org) (jcasteix@gmail.com, 949-322-7434 cell)

Our hearts ache for Doris Concepcion, who has so bravely spoken out about the abuse her son endured.

[Pacific Daily News]

Parents of sexual abuse victims carry an awful and painful burden. Ms. Concepcion only wanted the best for her son. She had no idea that she was possibly putting her child in the path of a predator. We hope that Ms. Concepcion finds the peace and healing she so deeply deserves. Her powerful words and story have made is safer for victims of abuse everywhere—no matter the predator—to come forward and find healing and justice.

Two brave people have now come forward to allege child sexual abuse at the…

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Group calls on Vatican to ‘publicly remove Apuron’ until investigation is complete

Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, Pacific Daily News May 31, 2016

The world’s largest support group for clergy abuse victims on Tuesday called on Archbishop Anthony Apuron to step aside, as well as for the Vatican and Pope Francis to remove him in light of the most recent allegation of molestation against the highest Catholic leader in Guam.

“The time for ‘internal investigations,’ bullying parishioners and maintaining the status quo is over,” Joelle Casteix, Western Regional Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said in a statement.

“Two brave people have now come forward to allege child sexual abuse at the hands of Archbishop Apuron,” Casteix said.

Doris Y. Concepcion, of Prescott, Ariz., recently told Pacific Daily News her deceased son, when he was serving as an altar boy, was molested by Apuron when the latter was the parish priest at Mount…

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Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale’s name scratched from St Patrick’s College honour board

ABC News

A black line has been put through the name of paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale on the board of ordained collegians at St Patrick’s College in Ballarat to acknowledge the victims of abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy.

It has also placed a plaque beneath it, which says: “The black line above stands both as a symbol of respect to the bravery of victims and survivors, and for the college’s deep remorse.”

Ridsdale’s abuse spanned decades from the 1960s to the 1980s, as he was moved from parish to parish in western Victoria by the Catholic Church despite many in authority being aware of his actions.

He was first convicted and jailed in 1994 and again in 2006, and gave evidence at last year’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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Miami priest forced to quit after angry parishioners tar him with ‘slanderous gossip’

Raw Story

30 MAY 2016

A dispute between a Miami priest and his parishioners culminated in the priest resigning after churchgoers undertook an investigation into alleged improprieties on his part, the Miami Herald reported.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski announced in a letter late last week that Father Pedro Corces was asked to step down from his position at St. Rose of Lima. But Wenski also criticized the group behind the probe, accusing them of engaging in “slanderous gossip, calumny, [and] detraction — all sinful behaviors — [which] have fomented division in the parish and school communities.”

The group of parishioners, which is calling itself Christifidelis, hired a private investigator to look into Corces’ activities after the priest announced that a group of nuns from the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary would be leaving St. Rose next month.

The investigator’s findings were presented to…

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Child abuse inquiry turns to Kincora home and claims of MI5 blackmail

The Guardian

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Monday 30 May 2016

An inquiry into child abuse across a range of institutions in Northern Ireland will focus on Tuesday on the Kincora boys home scandal including allegations that MI5 blackmailed a paedophile ring which operated there in the 1970s.

The historical institutional abuse inquiry will hear evidence from men who were abused at Kincora when they were children and their allegations that the perpetrators were protected because they were state agents spying on fellow Ulster loyalists.

A number of Kincora abuse victims have tried through the courts to force the scandal to be included in the national investigation into allegations of establishment paedophile rings operating in Westminster.

Gary Hoy tried and failed last month to force the home secretary to include Kincora in the Westminster inquiry. Hoy and others fear that the Kincora inquiry, which is based in…

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Mother of second alleged victim of archbishop speaks, Victims respond

The Worthy Adversary

May 30, 2016 Joelle Casteix

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org)

Our hearts ache for Doris Concepcion, who has so bravely spoken out about the abuse her son endured.

Parents of sexual abuse victims carry an awful and painful burden. Ms. Concepcion only wanted the best for her son. She had no idea that she was possibly putting her child in the path of a predator. We hope that Ms. Concepcion finds the peace and healing she so deeply deserves. Her powerful words and story have made is safer for victims of abuse everywhere—no matter the predator—to come forward and find healing and justice.

Two brave people have now come forward to allege child sexual abuse at the hands of Archbishop Apuron. The time for “internal investigations,” bullying parishioners, and…

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Applications for core participant status

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

27 May

Individuals and organisations that wish to be designated as a core participant in relation to the investigations listed below are asked to submit their application by 4pm on 24 June 2016:

* The Roman Catholic Church

* Child Migration Programmes, a case study in the Protection of Children Outside the United Kingdom investigation (applications are not being sought at this stage in relation to the wider aspects of this investigation)

Preliminary hearings in relation to these investigations will be held as follows:

* The Roman Catholic Church – 10.30 on Thursday 28 July at the Royal Courts of Justice

* Child Migration Programmes, a case study in the Protection of Children Outside the United Kingdom investigation – 14.30 on Thursday 28 July at the Royal Courts of Justice

A core participant has a formal role as defined by legislation….

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Mother of second alleged victim of Guam archbishop speaks

The Worthy Adversary

May 30, 2016 Joelle Casteix

From the Pacific Daily News:

An Agat youth who served as an altar boy in the village church was molested in the late 1970s by Father Anthony Apuron, according to his mother, Doris Concepcion, who said her son, Joseph A. Quinata, revealed his secret shortly before he died 11 years ago.

My heart aches for Doris Concepcion. I can’t image the scope of the pain she has carried for so many years.

I hope that her strength only inspires other victims to stand up and demand justice.

It’s time for Apuron to step down. In fact, it’s past time.

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The Hasidic School District That Was Created in Secret

New York Times


Even most New Yorkers have forgotten that Congress passed the Bill of Rights in New York. According to “The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel: The Rise of a Village Theocracy and the Battle to Defend the Separation of Church and State” (Chicago Review Press, $27.99), New York State is also where the “establishment clause” of the First Amendment’s freedom of religion protections was cynically abridged exactly two centuries later.

Written by Louis Grumet with John Caher, the book recounts the political and constitutional maneuvering behind a state law passed in 1989 empowering the Satmar Hasidic enclave in Orange County to establish its own public school system.

The insular, muscularly politically incorrect Satmars in the village of Kiryas Joel wanted, as the authors write, to have their cake and eat it, too — that is, to segregate the village…

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Mother of deceased man accuses Apuron of molesting son

Pacific Daily News

[with video]

Haidee V Eugenio, Pacific Daily News May 31, 2016

An Agat youth who served as an altar boy in the village church was molested in the late 1970s by Father Anthony Apuron, according to his mother, Doris Concepcion, who said her son, Joseph A. Quinata, revealed his secret shortly before he died 11 years ago.

Concepcion is the latest person to accuse Apuron, who is now the island’s archbishop, of sexually assaulting a child under his care. Concepcion said she decided to come forward after another former Agat altar boy, Roy Quintanilla, on May 17 said Apuron molested him during a sleepover at Apuron’s home in the 1970s.

Apuron has denied Quintanilla’s allegation. The Archdiocese of Agana has also denied the allegation by Concepcion.

When asked about the newest accusation, the archdiocese provided the following written response.

“In the past days, malicious and…

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FRANCIS A. [Art] AUSTIN 1948-2016

Boston Globe

[See Austin’s Good Friday Speech (3/29/02); and Survivor’s Lullaby (6/4/02).

AUSTIN, Francis A. Of Braintree, MA, born March 22, 1948, beloved brother and friend, died May 21, 2016 at Lahey Hospital in Burlington MA from complications of a long illness. Both his parents, Francis Austin of Braintree and Laura (Farrar) Austin of Norwell and Braintree predeceased him.

He is survived by his sisters Lorraine Austin of Braintree, Massachusetts and Mary Preckwinkle of Colorado Springs, Colorado, his brother Lawrence from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and his aunt, Madeline Farrar of Norwell, as well as many dear friends, among whom, Judy Ferdella of Auburn MA, Randy Testa of Cambridge, John and Lucia Mudd of Cambridge, Charles Felsenthal of Natick and Joan Van Heerden of Boston.

Art will be cherished in the heart of those who knew and loved him for his infectious sense of humor and…

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Breaking the silence

The Courier

Melissa Cunningham
May 30, 2016

When Maureen Hatcher tied a ribbon to the gates of the old St Alipius Christian Brothers Boys School a year ago, she never could have imagined how much her simple gesture would grow.

The single red ribbon was tied in honour of her friend’s brother. He’d taken his own life following years of torment after he was sexually abused by Catholic clergy as child. Ms Hatcher said a black cloud was left hanging over Ballarat during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearings as years of pain were brought to the surface.

But as the darkness emerged out of the abuse inquiry something profound unfolded. Ribbons began being tied outside institutions as an overt response to traumas long held silent and a symbol of solidarity with sexual abuse victims.

“At the crux of this whole disaster…

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Al Sacerdote Leopoldo Nevarez se le quito el oficio de párroco

El Heraldo de Chiapas

[The Bishop of the Diocese of Ciudad Juarez said the priest Leopoldo Nevarez Erives must answer to the public prosecutor over allegations of sexual abuse.]

Angélica Bustamante / El Mexicano

Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.-El Obispo de la Diócesis de Ciudad Juárez dijo que el sacerdote Leopoldo Nevarez Erives tendrá que responder ante el Ministerio Público por las acusaciones que tiene en su contra por abuso sexual porque el Clero es respetuoso de la Ley.

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St. Frances has final service; parishioners plan new church

Wicked Local Scituate

By Kristi Funderburk

Posted May. 29, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Parishioners, both young and old, trickled into the St. Frances X. Cabrini Church for its final service on Sunday, May 29.

Some of the service was like any other Sunday, with prayers, readings and songs, but on this Sunday, many parishioners greeted each other with tears.

After more than 11 years, a vigil they began in the wake of an Archdiocese of Boston closure plan was ending. Attempts to appeal the archdiocese’s plan, including a plea before the U.S. Supreme Court, came and went without success.

“This has been an epic journey, a historic journey,” said Jon Rogers, spokesman of the Friends of St. Frances, the group that ran the 24-7 vigil. “Eleven years ago, we started a revolution of faith. It continued to this day. That’s because of you that…

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Müller Out, Schönborn In. The Pope Has Changed Doctrine Teachers


by Sandro Magister

ROME, May 30, 2016 – The prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith is still the same, German cardinal Gerhard L. Müller.

Who diligently continues to carry out his task, most recently with the monumental address he gave in Oviedo on May 4 for a correct understanding of “Amoris Laetitia,” in harmony with the previous magisterium of the Church on the family:

But it is increasingly evident that for Pope Francis, it is not Müller but another cardinal who is the teacher of doctrine authorized to shed light on the post-synodal exhortation: Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.

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Former student claims ‘monster’ abused him in Bronx high school, supports Child Victims Act

New York Daily News

Monday, May 30, 2016

He was the dean of discipline, and Kirk Balay remembers how he would always be lurking as students got off the train on their way to Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx.

Brother John Justin O’Connor, a large, heavyset friar, was on the prowl for any behavior — shouting, cursing, horsing around — he deemed worthy of punishment.

For Balay, who seemed to run afoul of O’Connor at least once a week throughout the fall of 1985 and into 1986, discipline often consisted of being sexually and physically abused.

Sometimes O’Connor had him stand facing a classroom wall for two or three hours with two dozen other disciplined students, Balay said.

More frequently, he would bring Balay to his office, where he would beat and molest him.

“It started out…

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Committed To Protecting Our Children

Booneville Democrat

By Sen. John Boozman

As a father to three daughters and grandfather two granddaughters, I believe that protecting our children needs to be a priority. This includes improving laws to bring justice to children victimized by predators and strengthening punishment for offenders.

Our children deserve justice. We need to provide law enforcement with the tools they need to solve crimes committed against our children. That’s why Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. Named for a six-year-old Florida boy who was kidnapped and murdered in 1981, the law established nationwide notification and registration standards for convicted sex offenders, improved information sharing capabilities between law enforcement agencies, boosted resources to help law enforcement arrest the fugitives who commit these crimes and increased public safety through awareness.

This was an important step in protecting our children and helping communities prevent future abuses by…

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Parishioners say farewell to Scituate church

Boston Globe

By Astead W. Herndon GLOBE STAFF MAY 29, 2016

SCITUATE — Hundreds of solemn parishioners crowded St. Frances X. Cabrini church for a final service Sunday morning — but by nightfall, the church was strangely quiet, the dismantling begun.

By midnight Monday, St. Frances will be empty for the first time in 4,235 consecutive days, no vigilers sleeping on shabby cots in tight quarters, some using boiling water from an electric teapot to wash in the morning. Gone are the legal advisers consulting with parishioners on ways to block the Boston Archdiocese from forcing them out of the church they have defiantly occupied since 2004.

In the end, legal appeals ran out. When the Supreme Court refused to hear the parishioners’ case against the archdiocese on May 16, the nearly 12-year, round-the-clock vigil to save St. Frances from being closed down was over, as was the…

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Support in Assembly growing for Child Victims Act

New York Daily News


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, May 30, 2016

Here is an expanded version of the lead item of my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s editions:

Bipartisan support continues to grow in the state Assembly for a bill that would make it easier for kids who were sexually abused to seek justice as adults.

But it may not be enough if there aren’t 76 Democrats ready to vote for the measure.

A bill long sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Queens) that would give child sex abuse victims more time to bring civil cases could bring civil cases now has 64 sponsors-just 12 shy of the 76 votes that would be needed for passage.

Of the 64 sponsors, 46 are Democrats and 18 are Republicans.

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Church members support convicted child molester

Rutland Herald

By Kathleen Phalen Tomaselli

STAFF WRITER | May 30,2016

It’s been 22 years since Joseph Angelo Pasquariello was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child. And in a petition to have his record expunged, the 71-year-old Rutland man said he has turned his life around.

“I am a member of Fellowship Bible Church in Castleton … I have also completed three years of sex offender treatment,” he said in his request to have his felony record removed. “I have contributed to the community in a positive manner.”

On Tuesday in Rutland criminal court, about 30 members of Pasquariello’s church came to his hearing to support his request.

“His filing has been supported by numerous letters attesting to the defendant’s positive character and how he has turned his life around,” Judge Thomas A. Zonay said. “Defendant is now 71 years old and has not sustained any…

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In Reorganization plan, archdiocese offers $65 million for abuse victim remuneration

Catholic Spirit

Maria Wiering | May 26, 2016

Sixteen months after entering Reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a plan for Reorganization May 26. The plan identifies more than $65 million in assets the archdiocese anticipates will be available to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse, with the potential for that amount to grow.

The plan outlines specific sources for funds available for victim remuneration, including at least $8.7 million from the sale of archdiocesan properties, including three chancery buildings on Cathedral Hill, as well as more than $33 million from insurance settlements. It establishes a trust for victim remuneration funds, with a court-approved allocation protocol.

The plan also includes settlements from parish insurers of approximately $13.7 million with the potential for future settlements from archdiocesan insurers that are not currently entering into agreements with the…

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Diocese confirms number of new sexual abuse claims

St. Cloud Times

Stephanie Dickrell, sdickrell@stcloudtimes.com May 29, 2016

Bishop Donald Kettler asked for the prayers of area Catholics on Sunday as the Diocese of St. Cloud issued a statement confirming the number of sexual abuse claims made against it.

On Wednesday, May 25, a three-year window closed that temporarily lifted the civil statute of limitations on allegations of sexual abuse of minors in Minnesota.

A total of 74 claims were made against the diocese, according to the statement.

The statements name 31 members of the clergy who served in the diocese. Out of the 131 parishes in the diocese, 30 were named in the claims.

The diocese had been served with less than a dozen cases in the Child Victims Act window before Monday.

The claims are related to abuse alleged to have happened many years ago, according to the statement. In most cases, it was several…

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St. Cloud Diocese: 74 Sexual Abuse Claims Made Under Child Victims Act


By Jim Maurice May 29, 2016

ST. CLOUD – The Diocese of St. Cloud says a total of 74 claims were made against the diocese under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. The Act created by the State Legislature lifted for three years the civil statute of limitations for allegations of past sexual abuse of minors. The window for filing claims ended on Wednesday.

The claims name 31 members of the clergy who served in the diocese. Thirty parishes are named in the claims; the diocese has 131 parishes.

The claims are related to abuse alleged to have happened many years ago — several decades ago in most cases. The claims do not involve anyone who is currently in parish ministry.

Pastors and parishioners are being informed about the claims. It is not expected that the claims will affect the normal operations of parishes or Catholic schools in…

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High time Catholic Church came clean on role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

New Times

PUBLISHED: May 30, 2016

As the Month of May comes to an end, events to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi will be tapering off.

Throughout the commemorative month of April, most Rwandans will have flocked to their respective places of worship, in the hope that their faith might pour some balm on the unfathomable pain, and anguish, from the loss of individual lives, multiplied over a million times, in a mere hundred days.

Spare a thought then, for the overwhelming majority, who profess the Christian faith, particularly the three out every five Rwandans, who follow the Catholic Church.

What added trauma must these believers be forced to endure, when the institution to which they naturally turn for solace at their most bereft, is the very same institution that betrayed them, abandoning them to stand instead, with their tormentors.

There can…

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After 12 Years of Defiance, a Massachusetts Congregation Goes in Peace

New York Times


MAY 29, 2016

SCITUATE, Mass. — For almost 12 years, the parishioners of St. Frances X. Cabrini have prayed, eaten meals, watched the Super Bowl and even slept in the church, holding a round-the-clock vigil to protest the Archdiocese of Boston’s decision to close it.

They have used detailed sign-up sheets to ensure that at least one person was in the church at all times, had communion wafers secretly consecrated by sympathetic priests, and held weekly services led entirely by lay members of the congregation.

On Sunday, having exhausted their options in Vatican and American courts, the parishioners held their last service, but not without a final act of defiance. A man who was ordained a Roman Catholic priest, but was later married, stood at the altar of the deconsecrated church and led services for parishioners who said they intended to break…

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Archdiocese investigates priest after scandalous allegations

Local 10

By Andrea Torres – Digital Reporter/Producer

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Father Pedro M. Corces was asked to resign and was under investigation, after allegations that he sustained a sexual relationship with a man he hired as a maintenance worker surfaced. Corces has denied the allegations.

A group of families at St. Rose of Lima, a Catholic church and school, in Miami Shores, hired a private investigator to follow Corces, after a group of nuns from the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary left the school.

The families presented the private investigator’s findings to Archbishop Thomas Wenski on May 16. There were pictures that showed Corces with a maintenance worker who is openly gay on social media and has a criminal record.

On Friday, Wenski issued a letter to the families of the students at St. Rose of Lima to report that some…

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State ‘failed’ alleged Christian Brothers abuse victims

The Sunday Times

Niall Brady
May 29 2016
The Sunday Times

A High Court judge has criticised the state for threatening five men with legal bills running to “many thousands of euros” unless they dropped a legal action alleging sexual abuse at Christian Brothers schools but has ruled it is not legally possible for them to resume their lawsuit.

The men, now in their fifties and sixties, dropped their cases after the state threatened to pursue them for costs if they lost. They tried to resume the lawsuit, however, following the landmark Louise O’Keeffe case in 2014, when the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that her rights had been

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Pädophilie in der Piusbruderschaft: Vertraue deinem Priester

Spiegel Online

[Little is known about sexual offenses in the ranks of the ultra-conservative Catholic SSPX. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke with victims and their relatives – their experience of the Church’s “reclamation” is staggering.]

Von Annette Langer

Wenig ist bekannt über Sexualdelikte in den Reihen der erzkonservativen katholischen Piusbruderschaft. SPIEGEL ONLINE hat mit Opfern und Angehörigen gesprochen – ihre Erfahrung der kirchlichen “Aufarbeitung” ist erschütternd.

Die Piusbruderschaft tut viel, um sich vom angeblich modernistischen katholischen Mainstream abzugrenzen. In einem aber sind sich Traditionalisten und offizielle kirchliche Würdenträger erstaunlich ähnlich: im Umgang mit sexuellem Missbrauch.

“Ich muss ihm verzeihen”, sagt der heute 13-jährige Joey* über einen Priester, der ihn im Schlafsaal eines Brüsseler Internats unter der Bettdecke betatschte. Der “schmutzige Dinge” mit ihm tat, ihn so berührte, wie es kein Erwachsener bei einem Kind tun sollte. Der ihn vor sich knien ließ, ihn bestrafte und erniedrigte. So berichtete es der…

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Local authorities favor lifting time constraints on prosecuting child abusers

The Southern


Several Southern Illinois officials on the front lines of combating child sexual assault and seeking justice for victims say they agree with legislation introduced in Springfield that would lift time constraints on prosecuting alleged offenders.

“I’m for that because I think we have a seen a lot of cases where people come forward years later, in some cases even 30 years after the alleged incident,” said Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti. In situations where victims come forward with credible stories but after the clock has run out, Zanotti said justice isn’t being served. “It’s sad,” he said.

Current Illinois law says that prosecutors have the ability to file charges in cases where a person who was the victim of sexual abuse as a child comes forward with allegations within 20 years of his or her 18th birthday. In other words, the…

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Lawyers who recommended Starr’s ouster at Baylor are former Philadelphia sex-crimes prosecutors


by Craig R. McCoy and Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITERS

The two Philadelphia lawyers whose investigation led to the ouster of former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr as president of Baylor University are former veteran sex-crimes prosecutors who have built a practice helping institutions respond to allegations of sexual abuse.

After a 10-month probe and 65 interviews, Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie Gomez produced a damning report that said the university did not take seriously the complaints of women who had been assaulted by university football players – and even actively discouraged victims from filing complaints.

Their investigation led the Texas university on Thursday to demote Starr, whose investigation of President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment in 1998. Baylor also fired the school football coach and suspended its athletic director.

Smith and Gomez declined comment but issued a statement saying they were hopeful that their work would…

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A Twin Cities Catholic’s open letter to the new archbishop

Star Tribune

By Zach Czaia MAY 27, 2016

Dear Archbishop Bernard Hebda:

I am a Minnesota Catholic. I was baptized in a Twin Cities parish. I received my first communion at a Twin Cities parish. I took the oils of confirmation on my forehead at the cathedral in St. Paul. I have gratitude for the work that you do and your fellow priests do — the marrying and burying, the listening and absolving, the steady presence in the lives of those you pastor. You have a difficult job, a challenging vocation, and the present environment here has not made it any easier. So, before I say anything else, I want you to know that I value your work. At its best, I believe it is God’s own work.

I’m writing because I would like to see a radical change in the way our local church approaches victims of…

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Secrecy surrounds call for sex abuse complaints at St. Andrew’s School

Palm Beach Post

By Andrew Marra – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

BOCA RATON — St. Andrew’s School, a private Episcopal school in Boca Raton, has been rocked by the abrupt departure of its headmaster and the hiring of two law firms to investigate whether any students have been sexually abused there.

Whether the two events are related is unknown, but the timing of the announcements less than a month apart has rattled parents and fueled rampant speculation in school circles.

Parents learned of both events via emails from the school’s board of trustees, whose members include Bishop Peter Eaton of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. But parents say the school has refused to provide key details or respond to questions.

The lack of information has jarred them, particularly after the school’s May 17 announcement that it had retained the prominent law firm Holland…

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Breaking the Silence

The Journal

May 29, 2016
The Journal

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles The Journal is publishing on the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests in the New Ulm Diocese. Today’s article tells the story of Leon, who doesn’t wish his last name to be used, who was abused in Glencoe by Fr. Michael Skoblik.

Next Sunday: The church faces the future.

By Kevin Sweeney
Journal Editor

Leon remembers trying never to be the last altar boy out of the sacristy after mass in St. George Parish in Glencoe.

That’s usually when Fr. Michael Skoblik would molest him.

“I would show up one minute before mass, and try to be out of there as soon as possible afterward so as not to be the last one,” said Leon, who has asked that his last name not be used. “The…

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Sex abuse victim, 81, starts anew | Turkeys and Trophies


By Express-Times opinion staff
on May 28, 2016


Robert Corby Sr. is making up for lost time — and for the theft of childhood innocence many years ago. Corby, 81, of Bethlehem, is attending Northampton Community College after getting over the fear of taking classes and thinking he wouldn’t be accepted. Before that, though, he took another leap — seeking therapy to deal with the memories of sexual abuse by a priest at Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church in West Bethlehem in 1947, when he was an altar boy. He said his life was changed by the Boston Globe’s investigation into the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. One of his regrets was never going to college, something is he now fulfilling through NCC’s offer of free tuition for those 65 and over; he’s indulging his love of philosophy and world geography….

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National support group comes to area

We Are Central PA

Ebensburg, Cambria County, Pa.

A national support group is heading to our area to help victims of the alleged sexual abuse within the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.

The “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests” or “SNAP” will be in Ebensburg on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The self-help group will be at the Cottage Restaurant, located at 4554 Admiral Peary Hwy.

Anyone who has been impacted by the alleged priest sex abuse within the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese is welcomed to attend.

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Priest Who Wrote Vatican’s Anti-Gay Guidelines Accused of Sex With Male Seminarians


by Michael Fitzgerald
May 28, 2016

A French priest who has written disparagingly about gay people and acted as a counselor to student and novice priests struggling with their sexuality has been accused of having sex with male clients.

Monsignor Tony Anatrella – who earlier this year told new Bishops they are not obligated to report a suspected abuser to authorities – is still regularly consulted on matters of sexuality by the Vatican.

One of his accusers said that Anatrella engaged in various sex acts with him in the Monsignor’s Paris office, with the activity allegedly occurring up until a few years ago. Daniel Lamarca claims Anatrella said he could rid him of his “pseudo-homosexuality” by performing sex acts.

According to Religion News Service, Lamarca added that although he reported Anatrella to the archbishop of Paris in 2001, nothing was done.

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Monsignor Accused Of Having Sex With Young Priests Looking To Be “Cured” Of Homosexuality


by Dan Avery

A French priest who worked to “cure” young seminary students of their homosexuality has been accused of having sexual relations with a number of the men in his care.

Monsignor Tony Anatrella, a consultant with the Vatican on issues of sexuality, routinely counseled novices sent to him by seminaries and monasteries across France. But at least four men claim Anatrella engaged in sexual acts with them during sessions in his office in Paris.

Anatrella reportedly claimed having sex with them would cure the men of their “pseudo-homosexuality.”

“You’re not gay, you just think that you are,” he reportedly told Daniel Lamarca, who was a 23-year-old seminarian when he first went to Anatrella in 1987.

“I know details about Anatrella’s body that could only be known to someone who has seen him naked,” Lamarca told the Dutch paper Nederlands Dagblad.

In 2001 he reported Anatrella…

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Laicos de Osorno protagonizaron nueva manifestación en contra de obispo Juan Barros

Bio Bio

[The laity of Osorno staged another demonstration against Bishop Juan Barros.]

El Movimiento de Laicos y Laicas de Osorno se manifestó este viernes frente a la Catedral de esa ciudad por la falta de respuesta desde el Vaticano ante el exhorto enviado por la Corte Suprema.

Lo anterior, en relación a los dichos del Papa Francisco contra los opositores del obispo Juan Barros, cuestionado por su estrecho vínculo con el sacerdote Fernando Karadima.

El pontífice realizó el año pasado una polémica defensa a Barros, criticando en duros términos a sus detractores: “La única acusación que hubo contra ese obispo fue desacreditada por una Corte Judicial. Entonces por favor, no pierdan la serenidad. Osorno sufre sí… pero por tonta. Porque no abre su corazón a lo que Dios dice y se deja llevar por las macanas que dice toda esa gente”.

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Amid ‘slanderous gossip,’ pastor at St. Rose in Miami Shores asked to resign

Miami Herald


The pastor of St. Rose of Lima has been asked to step down after a group from the parish presented a 129-page report to the Archdiocese of Miami filled with allegations of sexual impropriety against Father Pedro Corces.

“This unfortunate chain of events has fractured the spirit and unity at this long established parish and school,” wrote Archbishop Thomas Wenski in a May 26 letter emailed to parents Thursday afternoon. A printed copy of the letter was being sent home in students’ communication folder Friday.

But far from calming parents’ concerns, the letter angered the group, which calls itself Christifidelis. The Wenski letter blames the fracturing of the parish on a small group. “Slanderous gossip, calumny, detraction — all sinful behaviors — have fomented division in the parish and school communities,” he wrote.

Miami attorney Rosa Armesto, who has children…

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Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests starts Tucson meetings

Arizona Daily Star

Johanna Willett Arizona Daily Star

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP, will launch Tucson support group meetings 6:30 p.m., Wednesday June 1.

Attending the confidential meeting at Martha Cooper Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave., does not require reservations, according to press materials.

Email snaptucsonvickie@gmail.com for more information.

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Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh says church employee stole $220K in donations


BY AARON AUPPERLEE | Friday, May 27, 2016

A former employee of Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge who ran up a six-figure casino gambling loss admitted to stealing more than $220,000 from donations for votive candles and the collection plate, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and Beaver County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

Thomas P. Ross, 62, known in the church as the Rev. Ambrose Ross, was arraigned Friday on three counts of theft and three charges of receiving stolen property. A phone call to a number listed for Ross was not returned.

Records from Rivers Casino showed Ross had gambling transactions totaling $2.7 million from 2010 to 2015, including more than $331,000 in losses, according to the district attorney’s office.

He made $28,000 a year working for the parish.

Bishop David A. Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh said he was “deeply grieved” that someone…

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WYNNEWOOD (WPVI) — About a dozen people showed up in front of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood Friday night to rally in support of a bill to remove the statute of limitations for child sex abuse in Pennsylvania.

The legislation is opposed by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, which fears parishes would have to defend cases where perpetrators may even be dead.

Bill 1947 would drop the 30-year statute of limitations on child sex abuse crimes.

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Scathing Report Accuses Miami Shores Priest Of Unholy Acts

CBS Miami

[with video]

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A salacious scandal at a South Florida church where the parishioners hired a P.I. to tail their priest. And a scathing report accuses him of all kinds of unholy acts.

Armed with a book of evidence filled with pictures, receipts and police reports, a group of parents have proven that when it comes to their kids they don’t play.

“Parents gathered and pooled their money together to hire a private investigator,” said Rosa Armesto.

That investigator was charged with following a pastor at St. Rose of Lima in Miami Shores.

Armesto is an attorney who has children at the parish school, and is working with the parents.

They claim that Father Pedro Corces fired the previous maintenance crew and replaced them with his friends.

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Church daycare employee facing multiple child sexual assault charges

Fox 7

By: Marcus Officer

A Gillespie County Grand Jury has indicted 31-year-old Seth Batterton with more than 12 counts of sexual assault involving a child. He is accused of sexually abusing as many as four young children since 2009 including a child from the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church Child Development Center, the place he worked prior to his arrest.

In April, a local middle school contacted Fredericksburg Police after a young girl, the daughter of Batterton’s close friend, told them she was abused. She was not the only one.

According to court paperwork, Batterton is accused of abusing at least four young girls, one of the victims was under the age of 14. People we talked to were shocked.

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Day care employee accused of sexually assaulting children


[with video]

By Calily Bien and Leslie Rangel
Published: May 27, 2016

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) — A man who worked at a church day care in Fredericksburg is charged with 12 counts of sexual assault, one count of indecency with a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Fredericksburg police say they originally started investigating Seth Batterton, 31, when a child made an outcry to her school on April 19, 2016. The child says Batterton touched her inappropriately.

During the investigation, Batterton denied touching the child, but he did admit to working at the Methodist Church Day Care. It is not known what his position was with the church.

The church pastor, George Lumpkin, says as soon as he heard about the allegations, he fired Batterton and reported the incident to officials.

“We self-reported that and then in turn contacted the police…

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Prelate responds to newspapers series on sexual abuse

The B.C. Catholic

By Deborah Gyapong

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ, of Ottawa responded to a series of clerical sexual abuse news stories in the archdiocese by acknowledging the great evil and pledging vigilance.

“This shocking moment can become a moment of purification for us in the Catholic community and serve to remind us to keep vigilant in protecting the vulnerable, especially children,” said Archbishop Prendergast in a statement released to CCN as well as to the Ottawa Sun. “We will continue to commit to making sure that our protocols for safety and security are being followed and are effective.”

“We Catholics may see in this reminder of our past failures a call from God to our Church to let go of all that does not come from the teaching and life of Jesus Christ, the Lord who loves, forgives, heals, and above all is merciful,”…

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Catholic Globe

This article is a reprint of a Virtus monthly bulletin written by Sharon Doty, a frequent author and contributor to the Virtus ongoing training program. Doty has a master’s degree in human relations and a diploma from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics in Interdisciplinary Training in Child Abuse and Neglect, and she graduated with distinction with a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Doty has 10 years experience as a litigator and approximately 20 years as a staff person and volunteer in agencies advocating for victims of abuse and neglect in court.

“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In our Protecting God’s Children for Adults sessions, we discuss two aspects of bystander engagement. First is the failure to speak…

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A Mennonite pastor is suspended and a denomination is splintered

Religion News Service

By Meghan Florian

(RNS) The Virginia Mennonite Conference suspended a pastor’s ministerial credentials Wednesday (May 25) because he officiated at a same-sex wedding.

The Rev. Isaac Villegas of the Chapel Hill (N.C.) Mennonite Fellowship and my pastor, is “at variance” with the conference, which belongs to the Mennonite Church USA. The denomination, with some 100,000 members, holds that marriage is “a covenant between one man and one woman for life.”

The conference was aware of Villegas’ plan to officiate the wedding well in advance, as the congregation has been in dialogue with it for years over the matter of fully welcoming LGBT people in the congregation.

But the conference went one step beyond an immediate suspension of the minister’s credentials. It shifted the tone of the conversation, not to mention the power dynamic, from “variance” to “misconduct.”

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State Senate Republicans holding up child-sex abuse victims bill slammed by Democratic opponents

New York Daily News

Friday, May 27, 2016

ALBANY — State Senate Republicans are beginning to feel political heat for preventing a vote on legislation that would help victims of child sexual abuse obtain justice.

At least four Democratic candidates for Senate issued statements this week attacking GOP incumbents for opposing the Child Victims Act, which would eliminate the statute of limitations for cases of child sexual abuse and allow a one-year window for victims to revive old civil cases.

“It is outrageous that Carl Marcellino voted against the Child Victims Act and is defending the criminals who abused these defenseless children,” James Gaughran, who is taking on the senator from Nassau County, said in a statement.

Similar statements were issued by Democrats Sara Niccoli, who is challenging Sen. George Amedore of Schenectady County; Christopher Eachus, who’s challenging Sen….

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Closing arguments wrap up in sexual abuse trial of former priest


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —Closing arguments wrapped up Friday afternoon in the trial of a former Catholic priest and EWTN television host charged with sexual abuse of a child under 12.

The judge gave the jury the option of starting deliberations Friday or waiting until Tuesday. The jury said they wanted to start on Friday, but deliberations have not yet begun.

During closing arguments, the prosecution argued this case is solely about the child under the age of 12 that David Stone is accused of sexually abusing.

Prosecutors said Stone inappropriately touched the victim on his bottom on multiple occasions.

The defense was quick to point out that the prosecution never called DHR to testify, an agency in charge of protecting children.

The defense also argued the victim may have somehow been persuaded to make the allegations against Stone.

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Archdiocese, creditors clash over bankruptcy assets

National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe | May. 27, 2016

Starkly conflicting views of total assets have placed the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese and its creditors at dramatic odds, with the latter claiming that the archdiocese’s just-released reorganization plan represents 1 percent of total assets they say approach $2 billion.

On Thursday, May 26, the archdiocese filed its reorganization plan with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the District of Minnesota. The plan proposes $65 million to establish an independent trust through which it would settle the 440 claims made by survivors of clergy sexual abuse. The trust is to be funded by a combination of archdiocesan cash, property sales, insurance settlement proceeds, and contributions from parish insurance settlements.

The archdiocese said that the $65 million figure surpasses what has been proposed in a majority of already diocesan bankruptcies. In a statement, newly installed Archbishop Bernard Hebda urged for fast approval…

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Spanish bishop demands staff get ‘anti-paedo certificate’

The Local

The Bishop of Lleida has requested all staff, including priests and monks, prove they are not paedophiles.

Priests working within the parish of Lleida in Catalonia must present an “anti-paedophile certificate” the parish’s bishop, Juan Piris Frígola, has announced.

Anyone in Spain can apply for the certificate – officially called the Certificate of Sexual Offences – a document which proves the holder has never committed a sexual crime.

The certificate can be obtained via a government website and must be carried by those working with children.

The request from the Bishop of Lleida will affect at least 80 priests and around 100 monks as well as at least 400 volunteers who work with children – a number which, the bishop’s office admitted, could be much higher, as it wasn’t sure how many volunteers works on activities in every church, Spanish newspaper El Periódico reported.

The final…

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Wealthy sex assault survivor pledges to defeat GOP lawmaker who won’t let victims sue their abusers

Raw Story

27 MAY 2016

A wealthy New York businessman has made it his personal mission to defeat state lawmakers who won’t pass a bill to allow child sex abuse survivors to sue their abusers.

Gary Greenberg, a minority owner of the Vernon Downs racetrack, has pledged $100,000 of his own money to unseat state Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) and other lawmakers who oppose a bill that would eliminate the civil and criminal statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes, reported The Post-Standard.

DeFrancisco is the Senate deputy majority leader and an attorney who specializes in malpractice litigation, said he won’t bow to political pressure and back a bill that would grant victims a one-year window to sue abusers and their employer for abuse that happened decades ago.

“To go back forever, witnesses die, recollections get worse as time goes on,” DeFrancisco said….

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Former EWTN priest calls sex abuse allegations a ‘scheme’ by mother of his child


By Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com

A former EWTN priest and TV personality who hosted a talk show for youth from 2001-2007 called the allegations that he sexually abused his son a “scheme” by the mother, who denied him further visitation after saying the child told her of improper touching.

“I know absolutely that this was not true,” David Stone testified today about claims he sexually abused his son. “It was some kind of scheme going on.”

Stone, 55, said he moved to Birmingham in 1990 and lived at the Annunciation Friary in Irondale as he served as a Franciscan friar and studied to become a priest. He was ordained as a priest in 1998, he said.

Stone met the mother of his child, Christina Presnell, in 1998. She began work at EWTN in about 2002 and attended Mass at the EWTN chapel with her children. Stone said…

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Ex-Playboy model daughter of famed CIA operative comes forward as victim who sparked sexual abuse investigation at elite Manhattan Catholic school

Daily Mail (UK)


The former Playboy model daughter of a South American dictator and CIA operative has identified herself as the victim behind a sexual abuse investigation at an exclusive Manhattan Catholic school.

Monica Perez Jimenez, 54, was a student at Loyola School in the mlate-1970s and says she was molested by popular history teacher and basketball coach Louis Tambini six times.
Jimenez says she told administrators about the abuse just before leaving the school, but that they never took action.

It wasn’t until she complained about the alleged sexual assaults in a post on the school’s Facebook page last year that authorities first started investigating the school for covering up the abuse.

The investigation found that Tambini molested seven girls at the school in the 1970s and 1980s, but thanks to New York state’s strict laws, none of the victims…

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Road to Recovery


Cardinal Timothy Dolan will ordain 14 more men to the priesthood on May 28, 2016. How can the newly ordained priests expect to treat childhood victims of sexual abuse with compassion and fairness when their supervisor, Cardinal Dolan, continues by poor example to fight legislation that will give those victims their day in court?

Catholics of the Archdiocese of New York should expect better example from Cardinal Dolan by demanding that he stop fighting against legislation in New York State that will give childhood sexual abuse victims a pathway to healing and justice.

A public demonstration alerting Catholics, the general…

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Sexual abuse in seven words

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By Arthur McCaffrey

I hope the good people of southwestern Pennsylvania have enough patience left to tolerate further commentary on their recent shock and sorrow: the state grand jury report on sexual abuse by clergy in the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese, which justifiably labeled decades of child abuse as “soul murder.”

I know the wounds. As an outsider and a New England Catholic who suffered through the meltdown of the Boston Archdiocese in 2002, perhaps I can bring a fresh perspective to this well-worn story. I certainly could do no worse than the current Altoona-Johnstown bishop, Mark Bartchak, who wrote to his parishioners that the grand jury evidence was “filled with the darkness of sin.”

What, no acknowledgement of criminality?

I’m afraid that Bishop Bartchak wears the cope of history on his shoulders: FBI data show that, going back almost three-quarters of a century to the 1940s,…

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Spanish bishop tells monks & priests to get ‘anti-pedophile certificate’


A Spanish bishop in the city of Lleida has told all parish staff, including priests and monks, to get a special “anti-pedophile certificate” to prove they have never committed a sexual crime.

Bishop Juan Piris Frígola said staff working within the parish of Lleida in Catalonia must present the special certificate, which is officially called the “Certificate of Sexual Offences” as proof they are not pedophiles, according to The Local.

he certificate is widely available throughout Spain and is issued through a government website.

Though it is usually obtained by those working with children, this new step from Bishop Frígola will affect some 80 priests, 100 monks and hundreds of volunteers who work with children in churches.

A September deadline has been set for staff to obtain the anti-paedophile certificate, with an estimated 600 people expected to apply.

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Church Militant

by Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant.com • May 26, 2016

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (ChurchMilitant.com) – Miami parishioners are joining up with a private investigator to follow their pastor and what they discovered is shocking.

The parishioners of St. Rose of Lima parish in Miami Shores are asking for the Archdiocese to remove their pastor, Fr. Pedro Corces, and investigate his financial dealings.

Miami attorney Rosa Armesto has children enrolled in the parish school and is representing the group of concerned parishioners, calling themselves Christifidelis — a Latin word meaning “Christ’s faithful.” Other parishioners approached her, knowing she practices law and would be able to assist them.

Armesto related to ChurchMilitant.com that she and a group of parishioners met with Abp. Wenski, an auxiliary bishop, and the diocesan attorney on May 16. They submitted a 128-page document titled “Dossier on the Improprieties of Father Pedro M. Corces And…

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Tal Landsman found not guilty of cruelty in LL Camps trial

The JC

Tal Landsman, the co-founder of LL Camps, has been found not guilty of cruelty.

The 26-year-old was cleared at St Albans Crown Court today.

Mr Landsman,of Crambus Court, Admiral Drive, Stevenage, had been accused of a single charge of cruelty to a person under 16 between 31 July and 7 August 2015 at LL Camps in Borehamwood after indecent images were found on the mobile phone of Ben Lewis, also a co-founder of the summer camp.

The jury took just under an hour to acquit Mr Landsman, whose family and supporters were present to see him walk free.

The prosecution had claimed that Mr Landsman had not acted after he had learned that Lewis possessed the images.

Lewis, 26, of Lullington Garth, Borehamwood, who was not in court, had earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of making (downloading) indecent photographs of a child and one…

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Baylor Demotes President Kenneth Starr Over Handling of Sex Assault Cases

New York Times

By MARC TRACY MAY 26, 2016

Kenneth W. Starr, the former independent counsel who delivered a report that served as the basis for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998, was removed as president of Baylor University on Thursday after an investigation found the university mishandled accusations of sexual assault against football players.

The university also fired the football coach, Art Briles, whose ascendant program brought in millions of dollars in revenue but was dogged by accusations of sexual assault committed by its players — an increasingly familiar combination in big-time college sports.

Mr. Starr was stripped of his title as university president but will remain Baylor’s chancellor and a professor at the law school. The chancellor position is “centered around development and religious liberty,” a regent said on a conference call Thursday afternoon, adding that Mr. Starr’s “operational responsibilities have been removed.”

Mr. Starr’s demotion…

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At Baylor, Charity Toward Kenneth Starr Follows Outrage

New York Times


The Baylor University Regents were outraged Thursday, and saddened, too. They could not fathom how this could happen to a fine Christian university.

Faced with a report that detailed horrible cover-ups of rape and sexual harassment by players on the university’s nationally ranked football team, faced with evidence that administrators created a hostile environment for women, and that athletic leaders “posed a risk to campus safety,” the Regents stripped Kenneth W. Starr of his university presidency.

Asterisk: In a profound act of Christian charity, the Regents nonetheless allowed Starr to retain his law school professorship and to remain as chancellor for an as-yet-to-be-determined but perhaps munificent salary.

To a secular layman such as me that sounds like cashiering a general while allowing him to keep his epaulets and continue to run your war. A Baylor representative offered a more…

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Kincora Boys’ Home: Abuse victim fails in appeal over HIA inquiry

BBC News

A victim of abuse at Kincora Boys’ Home has failed in his appeal to overturn a ruling that investigations into the home be conducted by the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry.
Gary Hoy was sexually abused by two men who were subsequently convicted.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan ruled that “the HIA is entitled to proceed along the route mapped by it”.

There have been allegations that a paedophile ring at Kincora was linked to the British intelligence services.

Sir Declan said: “There is a suggestion in this case that children in Kincora were abused and prostituted in order to satisfy the interests of national security.

“If that is true it must be exposed.

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Vatican accuses woman at heart of leaks trial of ‘calumny’


By Ines San Martin
Vatican correspondent May 27, 2016

ROME—As the soap-opera of a Vatican trial against three former members of a papal commission and two journalists accused of leaking secret documents continues to unravel, the pope’s spokesman on Thursday said that statements made by one of the defendants during the trial may be “subject to legal action.”

On Tuesday, Francesca Chaouqui, an Italian lay PR expert who worked at the Vatican on a now-defunct papal panel studying financial reform, and who is one of the five people being prosecuted, accused a high-ranking Vatican official of “waging a war against her” during testimony.

Chaouqui, who’s almost nine months pregnant, amplified that charge on her Facebook page, where she wrote that Italian Archbishop Angelo Giovanni Becciu, the number two official at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, has staked his credibility on her going to prison, so…

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Miami Archbishop Asks Priest to Resign, Laments “Adults Behaving Badly”

New Times


Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, has put an end to a salacious Catholic school scandal by asking a controversial priest to resign.

Since January, there has been turmoil at St. Rose of Lima, a Catholic church and school in Miami Shores. After it was announced in January that several nuns who work at the school would be leaving this June, parents upset at the change began focusing on the pastor, Father Pedro Corces, who, some believed, had orchestrated the nuns’ ouster.

Several families pooled money to hire a private investigator to tail Corces, photograph and videotape his movements, and sift through garbage at the rectory. The surveillance resulted in preparation of a “dossier” on the priest. It accused him of having an intimate relationship with a maintenance man he hired, as well as two other maintenance men and a deacon. The families presented…

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Miami Archdiocese Investigating Catholic School Scandal After Group Compiles “Dossier” on Priest

New Times


Update, May 24: Some families are voicing their support for Corces. Miami attorney John DeLeon says, “This anti-Father Corces group at St. Rose has resorted to the worst type of Joe McCarthy-like tactics to further their agenda and achieve their goal of removing the Pastor even at the cost of destroying the parish. As a St. Rose graduate, I find this whole sordid witch hunt embarrassing. I am reminded to be faithful to the merciful message of both Jesus and His messenger Pope Francis. If Father Corces is proven to be human so be it. I won’t, and admit, I am unable to cast the first stone. However, the way this “investigation” took place is disgraceful, shameful, and beneath Christian values.”

Original story, May 23:
The Archdiocese of Miami is probing claims that a priest at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church…

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