LDS Case Worker Goes to Navajo Nation to Persuade Girl Back into Utah Foster Home Where She Was Being Sexual Abused

NEW MEXICO
Keeler & Keeler

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Contact Info:

Craig Vernon Cell (208) 691-2768
James Vernon & Weeks P.A.
1626 Lincoln Way
Coeur D’Alene, ID 83814
cvernon@jvwlaw.net

Bill Keeler Cell (505) 979-0688
Keeler & Keeler
108 E. Aztec
Gallup, NM 87301
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(January 26, 2017 – Gallup, New Mexico). IR, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, filed suit against the Corporation of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the “Mormon” or “LDS” Church, and against LDS Family Services in the Navajo Nation District Court because she was sexually abused as a young girl during the Church’s “Indian (Lamanite) Placement Program.”

Since March of last year this is fifth participant from this program who has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse. (Click Here for File-stamped Copy of Complaint For Personal Injury filed in Navajo Nation District Court, Window Rock District, Case No. WR-CV-50-17.)

The lawsuit discusses how IR was sexually abused repeatedly by her Indian Placement Program foster father. IR told her case worker that she wanted to be placed into another home. Nothing was done.

One of IR’s attorney’s, Craig Vernon explains that IR was at her wits end so she arranged for her sister to pick her up in Utah and take her back to the Navajo Nation. “This was the only way IR knew how to escape the ongoing sexual abuse,” Vernon explains. “We salute IR for having the courage to get out of that abusive situation and return to the Navajo Nation,” comments Billy Keeler, who also represents IR.

“Inexplicably, after IR returned with her family to the Navajo Nation, her LDS case worker traveled there to try and persuade her to return to the very home where she was being sexually abused,” comments Vernon. “Thankfully, this LDS case worker failed in his attempt to persuade IR to return to that dangerous home” Keeler adds.

Keeler states that the LDS Defendants have continued to press their lack of jurisdiction claim alleging that there aren’t enough contacts between the LDS Church and the Navajo Nation.
What this case shows is “an affirmative act by the LDS Defendants to enter the reservation to try and get IR back into this program,” adds Keeler.

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NOTE: Telephone interviews of IR or any of her attorneys can be arranged by calling/emailing Billy Keeler at (505) 979- 0688, billkeeler@keelerandkeeler.com
and/or Craig Vernon at (208) 691-2768, cvernon@jvwlaw.net

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Broward church volunteer admits he tried to recruit 14-year-old parishioner for sex

FLORIDA
Sun Sentinel

Paula McMahon

A 71-year-old Broward County church volunteer who promised a 14-year-old parishioner his BMW and inheritance if she would have sex with him pleaded guilty Monday to a federal sex charge.

Timothy Taffe, of Fort Lauderdale, admitted he aggressively pursued the minor after meeting her at game night at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Plantation in July. He pleaded guilty to attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Prosecutors said they will recommend that Taffe, who has been jailed since he was arrested in October after showing up for what he thought was a sex date with the girl, should serve 10 years in federal prison. Taffe also will have to register as a sex offender.

Taffe, who used a wheelchair in court Monday, admitted he sent the girl emails asking her “to be his secret friend, soliciting her to meet him in private, and offering her alcohol.” He also took photographs of her at church events, he admitted.

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NH Senate bills would end statute of limitations for sex assaults

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Seacoast Online

CONCORD – State Sens. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth, and Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester, on Tuesday introduced Senate Bills 98 and 164 before the Judiciary Committee. Both bills increase protections for sexual assault survivors by eliminating the statute of limitations in sexual assault cases.

“We need to do more in New Hampshire to ensure that survivors are given the resources they need to seek justice,” said Fuller Clark, prime sponsor of SB 98. “We don’t know when an individual who has been traumatized will feel comfortable coming forward. The timing of these charges should not be arbitrary. The damage inflicted by rape never truly goes away. My hope is that this legislation will give survivors the chance to seek damages regardless of how many years have passed.”

Current law imposes a six-year limitation on felony cases involving adult victims. In child sex abuse cases, prosecutors are given 22 years from the child’s 18th birthday to bring charges forward in criminal cases, and until the victim’s 30th birthday in civil cases. According to the New Hampshire Violence Against Women Survey, 41 percent of sexual assault crimes against women occur before they are 18 years old and 68 percent of sexual assault crimes against men occur before they are 18.

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Florida pastor flees naked after being caught with man’s wife

FLORIDA
AOL

ARIS FOLLEY, AOL.COM
Jan 31st 2017

O. Jermaine Simmons, a well-known pastor based in Tallahassee, Florida, was forced to flee a house naked after a husband came home early to find him in bed with his wife.

According to details outlined in a police report, the two were having sex in the married couple’s bedroom in the middle of the afternoon on Jan. 17 when the woman’s husband arrived home early from work.

Officers were called to the scene after the woman called to report her husband was irate and armed with a handgun upon spotting the pastor.

Since news has circulated, the incident has sparked intense backlash on social media and in the community.

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Toronto pastor Brent Hawkes cleared of sex-assault charges

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

PATRICK WHITE
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

A Nova Scotia judge has cleared Canada’s most prominent gay pastor of sex-assault charges that hark back to a time when homosexuality was punishable by jail time and whippings.

Brent Hawkes, who officiated the world’s first legal gay marriage and is considered an icon of Toronto’s social-justice community, was facing charges of indecent assault and gross indecency for allegedly forcing oral sex on a teenager four decades ago. Both charges have since been wiped from the Criminal Code.

During the trial a man told a Kentville, N.S., courtroom that in the mid-1970s, Rev. Hawkes forced oral sex on him during a drunken party. The man was 16 years old at the time and Rev. Hawkes was a teacher in the Annapolis Valley.

Provincial court Judge Alan Tufts handed down the not guilty verdict on Tuesday afternoon, saying he found significant inconsistencies in the testimonies of the witnesses.

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Toronto pastor Brent Hawkes found not guilty of sex crimes in Nova Scotia

CANADA
CBC News

A Nova Scotia judge has found prominent Toronto pastor Brent Hawkes not guilty of sex crimes dating back to the 1970s.

Hawkes, a high-profile LGBT and human rights activist who officiated at former NDP leader Jack Layton’s state funeral in 2011, pleaded not guilty to charges of gross indecency and indecent assault.

As Judge Alan Tufts acquitted 66-year-old Hawkes Tuesday in Kentville provincial court, there were gasps in the packed courtroom and brief applause.

Tufts said the complainant in the case gave “vivid testimony” during the trial, but it was contradicted by other evidence. He said the testimony was not reliable enough to support a conviction.

The judge also said he didn’t believe all of Hawkes’s testimony, but the onus was on the Crown to prove its case.

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Vatican controls archdiocese, lawyer says

GUAM
Guam Daily Post

Gaynor D. Daleno, Neil Pang | Post News Staff

Taking on the Vatican won’t be easy, but attorney David J. Lujan intends to do exactly that, as he plans to move more cases – alleging pedophile priests victimized altar boys – from the local court to the federal court in Guam.

“We believe that with the naming of the Vatican, that also shows that, really, the archdiocese of Guam is … controlled by the Vatican, which is a foreign state,” Lujan said Tuesday.

Lujan’s law firm last week filed six sex-abuse cases on behalf of former Guam Catholic altar boys in the District Court of Guam. The six cases named retired priest Louis Brouillard as the alleged predator.

As soon as today, Lujan’s law firm is expected to file more cases in federal court, and this time, these cases will be about Archbishop Anthony Apuron’s alleged abuses of altar boys, from when Apuron was still a priest.

The first six cases filed against the Archdiocese of Agana in the federal court argue that the archdiocese is under the control of the Holy See, which is the central government for Catholic churches, and thus constitutes a citizen of a foreign country for purposes of diversity jurisdiction.

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Accusers locate Apuron

GUAM
Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For the Post

Thousands of miles from Guam, in a quiet neighborhood in Fairfield, California, sits a quaint, two-story home. On the morning of Jan. 11, the doorbell rings and a man opens the door. He’s asked if he has seen a missing dog. A photo is taken with a cell phone and compared with those found on the internet. The photo resembles the former leader of the island’s Catholic Church, Anthony Sablan Apuron, 71, only thinner and with a goatee.

According to Post files, Apuron’s exact location was unknown and one of his last public statements last year indicated he remained “on retreat” while working with Vatican authorities to establish his innocence.

A video Apuron posted in June last year showed a view of the Vatican in the background leading some to believe he was still in Rome.

But attorney David J. Lujan, whose firm represents a number of victims of sexual abuse by clergy members who once served in parishes on Guam, maintains he knew Apuron wasn’t in Rome. Acting on suspicions that Apuron was in San Francisco, the lawyer hired investigators on three occasions and finally made contact with Apuron on the morning of Jan. 11.

Besides undergoing a canonical trial in Rome, Apuron is also facing lawsuits filed in the Superior Court and District Court of Guam for allegedly raping and sexually abusing altar boys in the 1970s.

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Leading private schools probed as part of child abuse inquiry

SCOTLAND
Belfast Telegraph

More than 60 residential institutions including several top private schools are being investigated by Scotland’s national child abuse inquiry.

They are among more than 100 locations where the abuse of children is said to have taken place, chairwoman Lady Smith said.

Six boarding schools or former boarding schools, including Fettes College in Edinburgh and Gordonstoun near Elgin, where the Prince of Wales was once a pupil, are being probed.

Several faith-based organisations, other “major” care providers and local authority institutions are also being looked at by inquiry staff.

Lady Smith, a senior judge who was appointed to the role in July, named a list of places being investigated as she provided an update on the inquiry’s progress at a preliminary hearing.

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Abuse inquiry to investigate Church of Scotland sites

SCOTLAND
Premier

Tue 31 Jan 2017
By Alex Williams

Three schools and children homes run by the Church of Scotland are among more than 100 locations to be investigated under a national abuse inquiry, its chairwoman has announced.

Ballikinrain School in Stirling, Geilsland Residential School in Ayrshire and the Lord and Lady Polwarth Home for Children in Edinburgh are all Church of Scotland sites being probed by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

Delivering an update at a preliminary hearing in Edinburgh on Wednesday, Lady Smith said the investigation is “determined to get to the bottom of any systemic failures that occurred”.

The probe will also examine historical allegations concerning religious orders including the Benedictines, Sisters of Nazareth and the Christian Brothers, as well as their relationships with the Catholic Church in Scotland.

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Fettes, Gordonstoun, Loretto and Merchiston Castle named among schools being probed in national child abuse inquiry

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

The inquiry is also investigating faith-based organisations run by religious orders including the Benedictines, Sisters of Nazareth and the Christian Brothers.

BY HILARY DUNCANSON
31 JAN 2017

More than 60 residential care establishments for youngsters are being investigated by the team working on Scotland’s national child abuse inquiry.

Lady Smith, the inquiry chairwoman, has revealed they are among more than 100 locations where the abuse of children is alleged to have taken place.

Boarding schools, institutions run by religious orders and local authorities are among the establishments being probed.

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Famous Scottish boarding schools named in child abuse inquiry

SCOTLAND
Telegraph

Auslan Cramb, scottish correspondent
31 JANUARY 2017

Some of Scotland’s most prestigious private schools, including the alma maters of the Prince of Wales and Tony Blair, are to be investigated as part of a national child abuse inquiry.

Gordonstoun near Elgin, attended by Prince Charles, and Fettes College in Edinburgh, where Mr Blair was a pupil, are among 100 locations where historical abuse is alleged to have taken place.

The figure includes more than 60 residential care establishments, including institutions run by religious orders and local authorities.

Other prominent boarding schools being looked into include Loretto in Mussleburgh, Scotland’s oldest boarding School, Edinburgh’s Merchiston Castle School, the former Keil School in Dumbarton, and Morrison’s Academy in Crieff, when it was a boarding school.

Lady Smith, the new chairman of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, named the schools at the start of the inquiry at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

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Assignment Record– Rev. Daniel R. Pater

OHIO
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Daniel Pater was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1979. He was an assistant priest at St. Charles Borromeo in Kettering OH until 1982, when he went to Rome to study. He joined the Vatican diplomatic corps, serving in Burundi and Zaire in Africa, Australia, Vatican City, and in New Delhi, India.

In 1992 a woman reported to the Cincinnati archdiocese that Pater had sexually abused her, beginning when she was 14-years-old in the early 1980s and continuing until late 1990 or early 1991, during his trips back to OH. Pater had stepped in to counsel the girl after the accidental death of her brother. The girl was a St. Charles Borromeo parishioner and a student at Alter High School, which was adjacent to St. Charles. Pater admitted to the abuse. The girl sued in 1993 and received a settlement in 1995. Pater was sent to treatment at St. Luke’s Institute in MD, then returned to ministry.

In 2004 Pater’s victim again sued, along with another woman, claiming the Church did not protect children overseas from Pater. The other woman claimed, too, that Pater sexually abused her as a teenager at St. Charles in the early 1980s. The suit was withdrawn in 2006 due to a ruling by the OH Supreme Court that victims must file before age 20.

Pater resigned from his post in India in 2003, and stated he was “very sorry for what happened.” He was thereafter on Administrative Leave. In February 2014 the Vatican announced that Pater was permanently removed from ministry and commended to a “life of prayer and penance.”

Ordained: 1979

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Former Jesuit brother charged with four counts of indecent assault

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

February 1, 2017
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DAN BOX
Crime reporterSydney
@DanBox10

A former Catholic brother who worked at Sydney’s St Ignatius College, Riverview, which counts former prime minister Tony Abbott among its alumni, has been charged with indecently assaulting children during his time at the prestigious private school.

Victor Higgs did not enter a plea during a brief court mention yesterday after being extradited from South Australia. The 79-year-old former Jesuit brother has been charged with four counts of indecent assault, allegedly involving three victims, between 1978 and 1980.

Mr Higgs worked at the exclusive school, which also counts Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher and several Olympians among its alumni, for a decade from 1971, after transferring from St Ignatius College, Adelaide.

Riverview principal Paul Hine contacted about 6500 former pupils in 2015 asking them to come forward if they knew of any child sex abuse allegations at the school. The Jesuits referred a similar allegation, an incident said to have taken place at Riverview, to police a year before. Mr Higgs left the order in 2001.

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Parents in uproar over priest accused of sexual assault

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Monique Hore, Herald Sun
January 31, 2017

A PRIEST who was accused of molesting a seminarian, 18, in the 1980s is boarding at a parish house next to a Brighton East primary school, prompting anger among parents.

St Finbar’s parish priest Father Ian Ranson moved to reassure parents in a letter sent by St Finbar’s Primary School last Wednesday.

A meeting has also been schedule for tomorrow to “address concerns” among parents.

“Fr John’s stay is dependent on his next appointment by the Archdiocese, and, as such, he won’t have any active role in the daily life of the parish and the school,” Fr Ranson said.

It prompted calls for a boycott by pupils of the first day at school on Tuesday.

Fr Walshe was accused of the early 1980s sexual assault of an 18-year-old seminarian, who reportedly later received a $75,000 payout. The priest, who denies abuse, resigned from the nearby Mentone-Parkdale Parish in December.

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Attorneys done reviewing most evidence in Irene Garza murder case

TEXAS
The Monitor

LORENZO ZAZUETA-CASTRO | STAFF WRITER

EDINBURG — Attorneys declared they are closer to a trial during a brief hearing in the case of a former priest accused of killing a local teacher.

John Bernard Feit, the 83-year-old former priest and lone suspect in the death of Irene Garza, listened on Monday morning as his attorney O. Rene Flores, and the prosecutors for the state, Assistant District Attorneys Michael Garza and Krystine Ramon, gave the court an update on the case that was re-initiated last year, 60 years after the killing took place.

Garza said they have gone through most, if not all, of the evidence — more than 20,000 documents.

Flores said he too was ready — aside from another 1,000 or so documents which were recently turned over to him.

Both attorneys are still awaiting the results of lab analysis of some of the evidence.

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Former Queensland school principal jailed for abusing children

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Times

A former north Queensland principal and Christian Brother has been jailed for three years for abusing boys at a Catholic school in the 1970s.

Terence Patrick Aquinas Kingston, 79, was sentenced in Brisbane District Court on Tuesday for nine counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

The court heard Kingston abused seven boys in grade eight and nine while he was principal at St Teresa’s College in Abergowrie, near Ingham, more than 40 years ago.

Chief Judge Kerry O’Brien acknowledged the former headmaster’s advanced age, current ill-health and the time since the offending as mitigating factors.

But he said the nature of the abuse was such that he must serve at least nine months in jail.

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Christian Brother ex-headmaster jailed for abuse of seven boys at north Queensland school

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Nick Wiggins

A former Christian Brother and high school headmaster has been jailed for molesting seven boys at his north Queensland school more than 40 years ago.

Terence Patrick Aquinas Kingston, 79, molested the seven boys at St Teresa’s College in Abergowrie, near Ingham, in 1976.

He pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16 last year and has been sentenced in the District Court in Brisbane to three years’ jail, suspended after nine months.

The court was told that over a period of months Kingston touched a number of boys on their groin.

Some of the students had first been told to strip.

He put oil on two of the boys and rubbed their genitals.

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Pa. Senate reopens child sex abuse debate; deadlines to bring cases against abusers extended in new bill

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive

By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com

The state Senate reopened debate Monday on the thorny issue of ensuring wider paths to justice for victims of child sexual abuse.

Judiciary Committee members voted without opposition to move a bill to the Senate floor that would give future abuse victims longer windows to bring lawsuits or criminal prosecution against their tormentors.

But it does not include any changes for those adults for whom statute of limitations have already run, a demand insisted on by many advocates for abuse victims that was included in House-passed versions of the bill last year.

Action on any reforms stalled on that issue in 2016.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County and prime sponsor of Senate Bill 261, said he wanted to move quickly to bring the issue back up now because he believes there are good changes in his bill that should be enacted, separate of the retroactivity issue.

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Sex abuse reform reintroduced

PENNSYLVANIA
Altoona Mirror

HARRISBURG — One of the most controversial legislative reforms of the 2015-16 session was reintroduced Monday, and with it, a standoff over its contents will likely be rekindled.

The measure, Senate Bill 261, would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases and remove the civil statute on certain cases against individual defendants, essentially giving most future survivors a lifetime to sue their abuser or seek prosecution.

“This bill musters constitutionality. This bill does a lot of good for victims going forward, and it also helps level that playing field between public and nonpublic institutions in the sex abuse arena” said Sen. Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, of the bill, which unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday afternoon.

Under the new legislation, victims would also be granted more time to sue individuals who conspired with their abuser to commit the sexual abuse or an individual who had knowledge of the abuse but didn’t report it, according to the bill.

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Time limit on child abuse cases in South Australia ‘shameful’

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

January 31, 2017

MICHAEL OWEN
SA Bureau ChiefAdelaide
@mjowen

VERITY EDWARDS
ReporterAdelaide
@VerityEdwardsau

Pressure is mounting on the South Australian government to fall into line with the rest of the country and abolish time limits for compensation claims by survivors of child sexual abuse, which currently prevent most victims from bringing civil actions against perpetrators and institutions.

As legal experts and victim advocate groups say the Weatherill government should “hang its head in shame for dragging the chain”, the opposition is calling on Labor MPs to support legislation before parliament to remove any limitation period on institutional child sexual abuse claims, to align South Australia with other jurisdictions.

Actions for personal injury in most states must generally be commenced within three years of it happening, and this time limit had applied to victims of childhood sexual abuse in every state, despite experts saying it takes survivors an average of 20 years to speak up.

But following a national royal commission, which recommended all states remove the limitation period on claims for child sex abuse, Victoria, NSW and Queensland removed the time limits.

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Preliminary Hearing, 31 January 2017

SCOTLAND
Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

Opening statement by Lady Smith, Edinburgh, 31 January 2017
Statement by Glenn Houston, Edinburgh, 31 January 2017
Press Notice 6

The Inquiry held a preliminary hearing on Tuesday 31 January 2017 at Parliament House in Edinburgh.

During the hearing Lady Smith gave a comprehensive update on the work of the Inquiry and the significant progress it has made to date

Lady Smith gave details of the investigations currently underway, confirming that over 50 residential care establishments for children are being investigated by Inquiry staff ahead of future public hearings. These are among more than 100 locations that have been identified where abuse of children has been said to have taken place.

The current investigations include institutions run by faith based organisations, other major care providers, boarding schools and local authorities. A full list is at the foot of this page.

Details were announced of the focus of public hearings to be held later this year. The public hearings will proceed in phases, with the first commencing on 31 May 2017. Phase one will cover:

* Interim reports of commissioned research
* The State’s role in, and responsibility for, children in residential and foster care in Scotland
* The history and governance of organisations providing residential and foster care
* The background to, and reasons for, the establishment of survivor groups

Panel member Glenn Houston described the Inquiry’s forthcoming publicity campaign to encourage people to get in touch with the Inquiry. He detailed the steps that would be taken to increase work with relevant organisations, the production of a range of publicity material and public information campaigns across Scotland. …
Core Participants

The legal representatives of those organisations and individuals who have so far been recognised as core participants introduced themselves:

FBGA (Former Boys and Girls Abused of Quarriers Homes) – Stuart Gale QC
INCAS (In Care Abuse Survivors) – Simon Collins
Quarriers – Duncan Batchelor
The Chief Constable of Police Scotland – Duncan Hamilton
The Scottish Ministers – Christine O’Neill
Current investigations

Institutions run by religious orders

Benedictines
Sisters of Nazareth
Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul
Christian Brothers
Sisters of our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd
De la Salle Brothers
Marist Brothers
Church of Scotland (Crossreach)

Other providers

Quarriers
Barnardo’s
Aberlour Child Care Trust
Widower’s Children’s Home

Boarding schools

Fettes College
Gordonstoun
The former Keil School
Loretto School
Merchiston Castle School
Morrison’s Academy (when it was a boarding school)

Local authority establishments

Clerwood Children’s Home, Edinburgh
Colonsay House, Perth
Nimmo Place Children’s Homes, Perth
St Margaret’s Children’s Home, Fife
Linwood Hall Children’s Home, Fife
Kerelaw Secure Unit, Glasgow
St Katherine’s Secure Unit, Edinburgh
Larchgrove Remand Home, Glasgow

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Scotland-wide child abuse inquiry to hold first hearing

SCOTLAND
STV

Scotland’s national child abuse inquiry is due to stage its first public hearing.

Chairwoman Lady Smith will provide an update on the inquiry’s current investigations during a preliminary hearing in Edinburgh.

She will also set out how individuals and interested parties can participate in the process, and outline the different ways the inquiry is gathering evidence.

The session, at Parliament House in the Old Town, will deal only with procedural matters so no witnesses will be called.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is looking at historical allegations of the abuse of children in care and is currently taking evidence from people who were abused.

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Scottish child abuse inquiry ‘will be fully independent’

SCOTLAND
BBC News

The chairwoman of the inquiry into Scottish child abuse in care has insisted the investigation will be fully independent.

Lady Smith’s comments came at the start of the inquiry at the Court of Session building in Edinburgh.

Its original chairwoman, Susan O’Brien, resigned from the post in July 2016, complaining of government interference.

The probe is expected to last four years, and will look in detail at historical abuse of children in care.

Education Secretary John Swinney has rejected calls for the remit of the inquiry to be broadened.

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Lawyer who quit abuse inquiry to sue government

SCOTLAND
The Times

Daniel Sanderson
January 31 2017
The Times

The former head of Scotland’s national child abuse inquiry is suing SNP ministers for £500,000 amid claims they forced her out of the role.

Susan O’Brien, a respected QC, stood down last summer as head of the Scottish government’s inquiry, claiming she was being undermined and blaming political interference.

Court documents reveal that Ms O’Brien is claiming damages for breach of contract, arguing that moves to sack her after she made allegedly inappropriate comments at a training session had made her position untenable.

The case centres around a complaint made about Ms O’Brien by a clinical psychologist, Claire Fyvie, who is director of the Edinburgh-based Rivers Centre, an NHS facility set up to help people affected by psychological trauma. The centre had been providing support services to the inquiry temporarily.

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Ein Kätzchen, kein Tiger

DEUTSCHLAND
der Freitag

Missbrauch Eine nationale Kommission hört am Dienstag erstmals Betroffene an. Aber was kann sie bewirken? Ein Opfer sexueller Gewalt ist skeptisch

Große unabhängige Aufklärungen sexualisierter Gewalt haben in den USA, in Irland und Großbritannien stattgefunden. Man wollte herausfinden, wie weit Gesellschaft und Politik verstrickt sind – etwa in die ungeheuerlichen Taten des BBC-Moderators Jimmy Savile. Rundfunk, Polizei und Kinderheime wurden dafür unter die Lupe genommen. Nach diesem Vorbild beschloss der Bundestag die Einrichtung einer Aufarbeitungs-Kommission in Deutschland, am Dienstag werden zum ersten Mal Opfer angehört werden.

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Die „Domspatzen“ als kulturelles Aufbauwerk des „Führers“?

DEUTSCHLAND
Regensburg Digital

[On behalf of the association “Friends of the Domspatzen” the historian Roman Smolorz is to illuminate the role of the choir in the Nazi era. Now he has published a first essay, which has little hope of an unbiased review.]

Von Robert Werner in Nachrichten, Überregional

Im Auftrag des Vereins „Freunde der Domspatzen“ soll der Historiker Roman Smolorz die Rolle des Domchores in der NS-Zeit beleuchten. Jetzt hat er einen erster Aufsatz dazu veröffentlicht, der wenig Hoffnung auf eine unvoreingenommene Aufarbeitung macht.

Roman Smolorz macht es nur polnischen Interessierten leicht, seine Arbeit lesen zu können. Sein Aufsatz mit dem Thema „Der Regensburger Domchor im oberschlesischen Grenzgebiet und in Polen 1936 und 1940 – Zum deutschen und polnischen Katholizismus in der NS-Zeit“ ist nämlich in einer kleinen polnischen Zeitschrift namens Zaranie Śląskie erschienen.

Obwohl die vom Autor 2016 vorgelegten Ergebnisse keine grundsätzliche Revision darstellen, sind sie dennoch bemerkenswert. Nicht zuletzt wegen der Hintergründe des Aufsatzes, der nur einen Teil einer größeren noch unveröffentlichten Auftragsarbeit ausmacht. Der Auftraggeber von Smolorz, die Freunde des Regensburger Domchores e.V., prüft derweil eine Veröffentlichung.

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Sex abuse: Prestigious NSW boys’ schools hit with 1500 lawsuits

AUSTRALIA
Daily Telegraph

JANET FIFE-YEOMANS, The Daily Telegraph
January 31, 2017

SOME of the most prestigious boys’ schools in NSW face multimillion-dollar lawsuits alleging systemic sexual abuse on an “outrageous” scale.

Lawyer Jason Parkinson has more than 1500 cases against such schools as Trinity Grammar, Knox Grammar, St Patrick’s at Goulburn, Newington College and De La Salle colleges at Revesby Heights and Marrickville.

Mr Parkinson said the scale of litigation was similar to the flood of cases following the revelation of the dangers of asbestos in the 1970s and ’80s.

“There has not been a common thread of criminality or negligence that has affected more Australians than child abuse and it is more egregious than asbestos because these institutions’ reason for being was caring for children,” Mr Parkinson said yesterday.

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NINE CLERICS IN PRISON AND 26 UNDER INVESTIGATION ON ABUSE CHARGES, ACCORDING TO CHURCH IN FRANCE

FRANCE
The Tablet

30 January 2017 | by Tom Heneghan

Catholic bishops produce figures as part of new guide designed to combat child sexual abuse in the church

Nine clerics in prison and 26 under investigation on abuse charges, according to Church in France

The French bishops conference has said that nine priests and deacons are currently in prison for sexually abusing minors and 26 more clergy are being investigated by judicial authorities in such cases. A further 37 have served their sentences and been released.

The results of a recent survey of French dioceses with their 15,000 priests were released as the bishops presented an updated edition of “Combatting Paedophilia,” their 72-page guidebook for dealing with sexual abuse.

The survey and the guidebook reflected the bishops’ efforts in recent years to reorient their approach in the abuse issue to better reflect the suffering of victims. The failure to do so in the past led to the current abuse scandal in Lyon, where Cardinal Philippe Barbarin has had to admit he was slow to react in the case of a priest now awaiting both civil and canonical trials for his repeated abuse in the 1980s.

The survey noted the current 26 civil investigations were half the total reported in 2010. Since that time, 137 claims of clerical sexual abuse of minors have been made to judicial officials.

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State Senate reintroduces child sex abuse bill that lifts some time limits for lawsuits

PENNSYLVANIA
The Morning Call

Steve Esack
Call Harrisburg Bureau

In a surprise move Monday, a Senate panel resurrected and then unanimously approved a controversial bill to lift time limits for some child sex abuse victims to sue their alleged abusers and employers who protected them.

But the bill, which is identical to Senate legislation that failed last session, would not permit victims, if they are 31 or older, to retroactively sue their perpetrators as the House had sought following scathing grand jury report into child sex abuse at a Catholic diocese in western Pennsylvania.

After the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 13-0 vote, Senate President Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, said he reintroduced the bill in an effort to start negotiations early.

“This is a bill I thought, because of my involvement last year, I will take the lead and we’ll work it through the process and the process has just begun here,” he said. “My hope is we get the bill out of the Senate this week but that is yet to be seen.”

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Sex abuse inquiry to hold final hearing into Australian Catholic Church

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

Melissa Cunningham
@MeljCunningham

31 Jan 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse will examine the current policies and procedures of Catholic Church authorities in Australia in its final public hearing into the church.

The public hearing will be held on Monday inside the royal commission’s hearing rooms at the Governor Macquarie Tower in Sydney.

The hearing will probe existing child protection and child-safe standards within the Catholic Church, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

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Church lawyers to challenge law lifting statute of limitations on child sex abuse suits

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com Jan. 31, 2017

U.S. District Court of Guam Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan granted on Monday separate requests of three California-based lawyers from two law firms to represent the Archdiocese of Agana in clergy abuse cases, along with local counsel John C. Terlaje.

They are Attorney Paul E. Gaspari, shareholder at the San Francisco-based law firm of Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin; Attorney Mary McNamara, a partner at the San Francisco-based law firm of Swanson & McNamara; and Attorney Britt Evangelist, an associate also at Swanson & McNamara.

The three U.S.-based lawyers have the expertise and experience that the archdiocese legal team needs, Terlaje said.

Gaspari, for example, represented Catholic archdioceses in California in clergy abuse cases, one of which resulted in the affirmation of a dismissal claim against the archdiocese.

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New statute of limitations bill for child sex abuse victims introduced in Pa. Senate

PENNSYLVANIA
Philly.com

JANUARY 31, 2017

by Maria Panaritis and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS

Leaders of the Pennsylvania Senate on Monday introduced a bill to extend the amount of time that future victims of child sexual abuse would have to sue or prosecute their attackers, reviving a controversial measure that led to a legislative standoff before it collapsed late last year.

The bill, introduced by Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, seeks to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for prospective cases of child sexual abuse and would allow future victims to sue their attackers at any age. Currently, victims may sue only for 12 years after their 18th birthday.

Scarnati’s bill excluded the one provision that victim advocates and prosecutors have sought for more than a decade and that recently led to a pitched legislative battle in Harrisburg: a change that would allow victims of past abuse to sue for what happened to them many years ago. That was the centerpiece of a bill passed by the House last year and that vanished in the Senate at Scarnati’s urging amid lobbying by the Catholic Church and the insurance industry.

Scarnati last year backed a version that would not allow retroactive application of the civil statute of limitations for victims up to the age of 50. Scarnati said the bill he put forth Monday replicated the one that died after the House declined to act on it. He said he does not support allowing people to sue for decades-old abuse because of concerns it would violate the state constitution.

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THIS IS HOW TO INQUIRE INTO CHILD ABUSE

UNITED KINGDOM
Spiked

BARBARA HEWSON
BARRISTER

Northern Ireland shows us the right way to address past crimes.

n 20 January this year, Northern Ireland’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) published its report into institutional abuse at a number of children’s care homes and juvenile justice centres, some run by religious orders, and failings by state departments responsible for home affairs and social services. This was a statutory inquiry chaired by a retired judge, Sir Anthony Hart. The inquiry was set up in 2012 by the Northern Irish Assembly, and commenced work in 2013. Its estimated cost is £13.2million. Of 526 who applied for their complaints of abuse to be considered, the inquiry accepted 493 as within its remit. The complainants were aged 55 and over; 10 per cent were aged over 75.

In marked contrast to England and Wales’ dysfunctional and unproductive Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), the HIA’s performance has been efficient and focused. It examined 15 homes or other training schools or borstals, in a series of modules. It decided which homes to investigate based on the number of complaints it received, their nature, and the type of institution. It heard evidence both from former residents and from representatives of the orders, the church, civil servants and others. Its report is exemplary: careful, rigorous and balanced.

There is no doubt that children’s care homes in Northern Ireland, which used to be run by religious orders, had been woefully understaffed and under-resourced. In 1953, an inspector wrote to the Northern Ireland Ministry of Home Affairs about four homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth in Derry and Belfast: ‘I find these homes desperately depressing….’ By 1954, things had got worse:

‘The babies’ hands were blue with cold and felt icy to touch…. The schoolchildren are now the worst off and Rev Mother agrees that they are not getting any sort of chance in life and cannot make proper development, especially those who have known nothing but this institutional care from babyhood…. What is needed here is really fundamental reorganisation so that these little creatures can have some individual loving care instead of being dragooned. Rev Mother recognises this and even went so far as to say that children playing in the gutters of the slums were better off, if they had a father and mother to care for them, however poorly.’

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SNAP’s new year starts with departure, lawsuit

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe | Jan. 30, 2017

It is a moment of tumult and transition for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.

In mid-January, the advocacy and support group for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy learned of a lawsuit filed by a former employee alleging the group had abandoned its core mission of supporting survivors and had engaged in a “kickback” scheme with attorneys who sued the Catholic church on behalf of survivors.

But the new year initially began for SNAP without one of its most outspoken and ardent voices, David Clohessy, who left the organization after more than two decades, as first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

In a statement to SNAP supporters dated Jan. 24, board chairwoman Mary Ellen Kruger said Clohessy “has voluntarily resigned from SNAP effective December 31, 2016.”

In a phone interview, Clohessy told NCR he informed the board of his decision in October — months before the lawsuit was filed Jan. 17 — citing some minor health issues and a desire for a change.

“What led to the decision? Fatigue. Wanting to do something different and perhaps less stressful,” he said.

“I’ll certainly always be a member of SNAP,” Clohessy said.

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INQUIRY CASH BID Former boss of child abuse probe sues Scottish Government for £500,000 over claims she was forced to quit

SCOTLAND
The Scottish Sun

BY DOUGLAS WALKER 30th January 2017

THE former boss of a child abuse investigation is suing the Scottish Government for £500,000 over claims they forced her to quit.

Former chair Susan O’Brien QC stood down saying ministerial interference meant the probe wasn’t able to work independently.

Ms O’Brien’s legal team claim her resignation came as Holyrood forces were attempting to have her SACKED, we can reveal.

The highly respected lawyer says they had earlier threatened to remove her which they called “the nuclear option”.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry into historical abuse has been dogged by controversy and saw Ms O’Brien quit last July.

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Assignment Record– Rev. Michael A. Paraniuk

OHIO
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Michael A. Parniuk was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1981. After several years as an assistant at Our Lady of Visitation, Paraniuk was assigned to St. Bernard’s in Winton Place, where he served until 2005. He was also was a long-time hospital chaplain at Cincinnati Children’s, among other hospitals. In 1995 a man came forward to allege that Paraniuk sexually abused him in 1983, when the man was a young teen. Paraniuk denied the allegation; the archdiocese investigated and said the claim could not be substantiated. The man came forward with the allegation again in 2004, after the archdiocese was indicted for not reporting clergy sex abuse. The man subsequently received money from the archdiocese’s victims’ compensation fund and, as a result, Paraniuk was suspended from active ministry in March 2005. The archdiocese again investigated the man’s claim, again deemed it unsubstantiated, and Paraniuk was returned to ministry. He was named pastor of St. Mary’s in Hillsboro and in 2009 became pastor also of St. Benignus in Greenfield. In 2016 he remained at both parishes.

Ordained: 1981

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SNAP IMPLODES

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Bill Donohue

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has been sued before, and while it has been hurt by those filings, the latest one suggests the end is near. It can’t come too soon.

The Catholic League has been tracking SNAP for years. From news releases to radio and TV interviews, we have kept the media abreast of just how corrupt the outfit is. We’ve sent people undercover to attend its public conferences; we’ve taken out ads in major newspapers; we’ve issued several lengthy reports; we’ve fielded complaints from its clients; and we’ve consulted with bishops and others. SNAP is a fraud.

The lawsuit by a former employee, Gretchen Rachel Hammond, registers several serious accusations against SNAP, all of which are supported by the Catholic League’s own investigations of the group. The two together—an eyewitness account and our research—wholly discredit its reputation and completely disarm its supporters, namely, those in the mainstream media.

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Donne, orge, filmini hard: ecco cosa facevano i preti “a luci rosse” di Padova

ITALIA
Il Secolo XIX

The story is so crazy and yet is so compact that seems It seems to be invented by a novelist: two parish priests are involved in a round of orgies and parties, with judicial inquiry contour ( private violence and abetting prostitution), suspected embezzlement and a bishop who must precipitously return from a visit to the missions in South America.]

Alberto Mattioli
(ha collaborato Roberta Polese)

Roma – La storia è talmente pazzesca eppure così compattamente tipica che sembra inventata da un romanziere: due parroci coinvolti in un giro di orge e festini, con contorno di inchiesta giudiziaria (violenza privata e favoreggiamento della prostituzione), sospette malversazioni e vescovo che deve precipitosamente rientrare da una visita alle missioni in Sudamerica. Il tutto nella provincia benpensante e malfacente, nel bianco Veneto e nella cattolicissima Padova, a due passi dalla basilica del Santo. Roba da “Signore e signori”, anzi signore e monsignori.

L’inizio

Tutto inizia quando una piacente 49enne si presenta ai carabinieri per denunciare Andrea Contin, stessa età, parroco di San Lazzaro. Gergo militare a parte, la querela sembra scritta dal marchese de Sade. La donna rivela di avere una lunga relazione con il presule, e fin qui sono fatti loro e in ogni caso non reati, ma anche che il reverendo la picchiava (dunque, violenza) e la faceva prostituire (ed ecco il favoreggiamento). I militari indagano. E si apre il vaso di pandora. Don Contin nega le botte e la prostituzione, ma confessa la relazione con la signora e altre cinque donne.

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Knights of Malta appoint interim leader, reinstate Grand Chancellor

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Register

BY ELISE HARRIS, CNA/EWTN NEWS
January 30, 2017

VATICAN CITY – After Pope Francis asked Knights of Malta Grand Master Matthew Festing to resign earlier this week, the Order has accepted the resignation, named an interim leader and reinstated their former Grand Chancellor, Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager.

According to a Jan. 28 press release from the Order of Malta, their Sovereign Council – in an extraordinary meeting held Saturday to vote on Festing’s request to step down from office – “accepted his resignation” and informed Pope Francis of the decision.

They also announced the appointment of Grand Commander Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein as the new “Lieutenant ad interim” until a new Grand Master is elected.

Along with Festing’s resignation, the decision to annul the decrees establishing “the disciplinary procedures” recently taken against former Grand Chancellor Albrecht Boeselager as well as “the suspension of his membership in the Order” was announced.

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Gordon Brown says ministers should pay out to UK child migrants as young as five who were sexually abused before being sent to Australia

AUSTRALIA/UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By Rachael Burford For Mailonline

Gordon Brown has accused the UK authorities of ­’criminal negligence’ for ignoring the alleged abuse of British children sent to abroad

Thousands of British children, some as young as five, who were sent abroad to start a new life may have been sexually abused – and then moved as part of a cover up.

Former Prime Minster Gordon Brown has accused the UK authorities of ­’criminal negligence’ for ignoring the alleged abuse of children who were relocated under the Child Migrants Programme from the 1920s to the 60s.

Writing in the Mirror, he claimed new evidence suggests many children fell victim to sexual predators before they left the U.K and that the Home Office was warned they were at further risk abroad.

Under the Child Migrants Programme, poverty-stricken youngsters were compulsorily deported to Australia, Canada and other parts of the Commonwealth until it was stopped in 1970.

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‘Web spiders’ hunt down abuse images

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Sean O’Neill, Chief Reporter
January 30 2017
The Times

The fight against the growth of online child abuse images is about to be transformed by a cyberweapon that scours the web for illegal material and demands its rapid removal.

Project Arachnid has released an army of “web spiders” that crawl across the internet tracking down abuse images, identifying the company hosting them and sending immediate take-down notices.

In a six-week trial by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Arachnid processed 230 million pages, located 5.1 million with paedophile material and identified 40,000 unique abuse images. The Internet Watch Foundation, Britain’s trace and removal centre, says it assesses about 1,000 URLs, or web addresses, every week.

Lianna McDonald, chief executive of the Canadian centre, said early feedback from North America indicated that more than 90 per cent of images were being taken down within 48 hours of the removal notice being served. She described the number of child abuse images being located as a “reality check”.

The data harvested by the spiders, from both the open web and the so-called dark web, which is not accessible to standard web search engines, can be shared with law enforcement agencies around the world in seconds. Interpol is supporting the project and Canadian officials will visit Britain soon to share the technology with child protection bodies.

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Complaint to gardaí over Bessborough file alterations

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

A participant in the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home vaccine trial has made a formal Garda complaint after it emerged files relating to the trial were altered in 2002.

In November, the Irish Examiner revealed the files of mothers and children used in the 1960/61 4-in-1 vaccine trial were altered in 2002 — just weeks after the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse sought discovery of records from the religious order running the home.

Mari Steed was born in Bessborough in 1960 and subsequently adopted in the US.

Her natural mother’s file is one of those listed as having been changed.

Earlier this month, Ms Steed made a formal complaint to the gardaí and Data Protection Commissioner concerning the matter.

In the Garda complaint, which has been seen by the Irish Examiner, she states she has also informed the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes of the complaint as it has requested her to provide documentation to it relating to her participation in the vaccine trial.

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Minister for Justice needs to explain to the Dáil administration of Magdalene Scheme

IRELAND
The Cork

29 January 2017
By Tom O’Sullivan
tom@TheCork.ie

Sinn Féin TD for Cork South Central Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has called on the Justice Minister to address the Dáil to explain the manner in which the Magdalene Redress scheme is being administered.

Deputy Ó Laoghaire made the call following the revelation that the Department of Justice is to be probed by the Ombudsman after evidence suggesting maladministration surfaced.

This follows the adjournment of proceedings by two women suing over their exclusion from the scheme on Thursday.

“When announced, the Magdalene Redress Scheme had a number of serious failings and while redress was not unwelcome, it is not the same as compensation; a great deal of other actions should have been taken for justice to truly be delivered,” he said.

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Assignment Record– Rev. Francis A. (Frank) Massarella

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Ordained in 1941, Frank Massarella served in parishes of the Cincinnati archdiocese as a member of the Glenmary Home Missioners until 1945. From 1945-1951, with the exception of a year at Our Lady of the Holy Ghost Abbey in Conyers GA, Massarella was a Trappist monk at Gethsemani Abbey in KY, taking the name “Pius.” Thereafter he was a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, working as a hospital chaplain, a high school faculty member, and assisting in a number of parishes. In 1956 Massarella was assigned as resident chaplain to Siena Retirement Home in Dayton, OH. He was on Sick Leave 1958-1959. For the next almost forty years, Massarella resided and ministered at Siena and assisted at St. John’s parish in Tipp City. In 1993 the archdiocese reviewed his personnel file and found that there were complaints that he had inappropriately touched girls in 1952 and in 1953-1954. Massarella admitted to the allegations. He was allowed by Archbishop Pilarczyk to remain in “limited” ministry because, as Pilarzyk said, “it was clear that he no longer posed a threat to anybody.” In 2003, after the U.S. Bishops’ new policy of “zero tolerance” regarding the sexual abuse of minors, Massarella was removed from active ministry. In 2005 the Vatican ruled that he was to live a “life of prayer and penance.”

Massarella died May 3, 2014 at Mercy Siena Woods Nursing Home.

Born: May 16, 1915
Ordained: June 7, 1941
Died: May 3, 2014

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Victims of sex beast Bill Kenneally want to meet his priest uncle

IRELAND
Irish Mirror

BY SAOIRSE MCGARRIGLE
30 JAN 2017

Victims of sex beast Bill Kenneally are willing to meet the paedo’s priest uncle, who quit his role at a local primary school after they called for his dismissal.

Monsignor John Shine, 91, was chairperson of the Holy Cross School in Tramore, Co Waterford, but victims of his abuser nephew said his position was “no longer tenable” after claims he knew about the abuse and did nothing.

He resigned from the school on Saturday, days after they wrote to Pope Francis saying he “played a key role in the shielding of Bill Kenneally after the Monsignor became aware of his nephew’s paedophile crimes as early back as 1987”.

Victim Colin Power told the Irish Daily Mirror: “I am willing to meet him, because I would welcome him disclosing the information he has. We need to know the truth. We need to know who knew what was being done to us and turned a blind eye.”

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Rebel priest Fr Tony Flannery wants papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Browne, removed

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Evelyn Ring
Irish Examiner Reporter

Rebel Redemptorist priest, Tony Flannery, has called for the papal nuncio to be removed from his post.

Fr Flannery, who is forbidden to minister as a priest, has described the papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Browne, as the single most destructive factor in the Irish church.

He said the church’s biggest problem and the one thing he would like to change, was the way bishops were appointed. It was why the church did not have proper leadership.

“I would love to see the present papal nuncio being removed because I think he is doing great damage to the Irish church by the policies by which he is appointing bishops,” he said.

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Pope’s takeover of Knights of Malta brings chance for needed reform

ROME
Crux

Austen Ivereigh January 29, 2017
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

[Editor’s note: Today, Crux contributing editor Austen Ivereigh comments on the drama surrounding Pope Francis and the Knights of Malta. Tomorrow, Dr. Kurt Martens of the School of Canon Law at the Catholic University of America will provide another perspective.]

ROME – When it came, the skirmish was brief. Despite their aggressive shows of defiance, the rebels’ surrender was unconditional.

Following a tense standoff between the leadership of the Knights of Malta and the Vatican, its Grand Master, Fra’ Matthew Festing, agreed to resign last week following a report by a papal commission that documents serious claims about dysfunction in his leadership.

The report highlights the need for serious reform of the order’s tiny leadership clique, drawn from around 50 “professed” Knights, who take vows, and are traditionally drawn from noble European families.

The pope named another of the senior knights, its Grand Commander, Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein, as interim leader until his own legate was appointed.

Some speculated that the order’s ruling Sovereign Council might reject Francis’s intervention. But when it met on Saturday, the council bowed to the need for the change.

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Trinity Grammar head master Milton Cujes to retire in 2017

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Rachel Browne

The long-serving head master of Trinity Grammar, Milton Cujes, has announced he will retire at the end of the year after a 41-year association with the Summer Hill private boys school.

Mr Cujes and the Trinity Grammar school council made the announcement ahead of this week’s new school term.

The announcement follows Mr Cujes’ appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse last year in which he said the school should have done more to investigate claims students were sexually assaulting each other in 2000. The commission has yet to hand down findings from the public hearing.

Mr Cujes’ retirement follows the sentencing of former Trinity Grammar teacher Neil Albert Futcher, who learned on Friday he would spend 11 years behind bars for sex crimes against six victims as young as 11.

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Victims deserve compensation as well as justice, abuse inquiry told

SCOTLAND
The Times

Mike Wade
January 30 2017
The Times

Campaigners have urged ministers to extend the powers of an inquiry into the abuse of youngsters in care, enabling it to authorise compensation for victims.

The senior judge Lady Smith will tomorrow chair a preliminary hearing of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, but her officials have already made clear that it cannot recommend payments to victims.

Campaigners, however, have been encouraged by a report into historical child abuse in Northern Ireland published this month by Sir Anthony Hart, which concluded that victims should receive financial redress of up to £100,000.

Victims groups last night urged Lady Smith to follow suit. Alan Draper, spokesman for In Care Abuse Survivors, said: “What survivors want is justice, accountability and redress.

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‘The Church is in a state of utter collapse’: Irish priests at odds with Vatican speak out

IRELAND
The Journal

TWO PRIESTS HAVE said the Vatican should change how it deals with clergy and lay people.

Fr Tony Flannery and Fr Sean McDonagh, co-founders of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland, have both been at odds with the Vatican on more than one occasion.

Speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio 1 today, they said the Catholic Church also needs to apologise for how it has treated women and give them more power in the Church.

Flannery (70) said his first public mass in over four years last week to mark 40 years in the priesthood. He was banned from saying mass publicly in 2012, after some people in the Vatican took issue with his stance on certain subjects.

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ONLINE POLL RESULTS: Authorities not doing enough to tackle carnal abuse

JAMAICA
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Ninety-four per cent of the 746 respondents to a recent OBSERVER ONLINE poll said that the authorities are not doing enough to tackle carnal abuse in Jamaica.

Since the start of the year, the church has been tainted with the growing sex scandals involving members of the clergy and minors. To date at least four clergymen have been arrested for alleged sexual dealings with minors.

Three, who are a part of the Moravian church, were charged with sexual offences committed against minors while a Pentecostal pastor was last week convicted and is awaiting sentencing in February.

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Off-island law firms representing the Archdiocese of Agana visited the island last week

GUAM
KUAM

Jan 30, 2017

The off-island law firms who represent the Archdiocese of Agana visited the island last week. In a statement from the Archdiocese, they confirm members from law firms Swanson & McNamara, as well as Weintraub Tobin, visited to perform consultative work for the cases on sexual abuse. “We are grateful for their work.”

According to District Court filings, attorneys Mary McNamara, Britt Evangelist, and Paul Gaspari have filed and were approved to represent the Archdiocese alongside local attorney John Terlaje. Last week, six of the fifteen victims moved their cases from the local court to the federal court because each of the judges in the Superior Court of Guam disqualified themselves.

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After pastor’s sex abuse charges, his wife and congregation gather

IOWA
Des Moines Register

Molly Longman , mlongman@dmreg.com Jan. 29, 2017

DALLAS CENTER, Ia. — The arrest of Dallas Center Church of the Brethren’s 14-year pastor on child molestation charges tinged Sunday school and a worship service at the church Sunday, although it wasn’t explicitly referenced.

About 40 people gathered in the wooden pews for worship, four days after Randy August Johnson, 52, was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl from 2013 to 2014 while she was 12 and 13 years old.

Randy Johnson’s wife, the Rev. Kathy Johnson, 54, delivered the sermon on Sunday, reading from Philippians 2:16, about not living a life in vain, and leading hymns.

When she addressed the congregation, she started by saying, “Wowzers, what a week we’ve had.”

In an interview Sunday, Kathy Johnson said her husband resigned officially as pastor two weeks ago after 14 years with the church. Kathy Johnson said he’d stopped delivering sermons on Christmas Eve, when detectives told the family he was being investigated.

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Former sports coach questioned over fresh abuse claims

IRELAND
Irish Times

Barry Roche

Gardaí have arrested the imprisoned former Waterford sports coach, Bill Kenneally for questioning after three more men have come forward with allegations that he had abused them when they were teenagers in Waterford in the 1980s.

Detectives arrested Kenneally (66) at the Midlands Prison on January 17th and conveyed him to Portlaoise Garda station where they questioned him for over six hours about the latest allegations against him before he was returned to the Midlands Prison. …

Resignation

Meanwhile Kenneally’s uncle, Msgr John Shine resigned at the weekend from his position as chairman of the board of management of Holy Cross National School in Tramore following a letter the victims wrote to Pope Francis questioning his suitability to deal with child protection.

In his statement of resignation issued by the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore on Saturday, Msgr Shine said he had decided to step down, “bearing in mind the wishes, and indeed the distress, of the victims of my nephew, Bill Kenneally”.

Msgr Shine also offered to meet the victims of his nephew when he has recovered sufficiently from a recent operation “to hear their views and to share with them all that I know of events of the past” and he expressed hope that he might “be reconciled with them in their immense suffering”.

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Taoiseach urges Pope to review priest cases

IRELAND
The Sunday Times (UK)

Stephen O’Brien, Political Editor
January 29 2017
The Sunday Times

Enda Kenny has asked Pope Francis to review the cases of five priests disciplined by the Catholic Church, in order to “improve the environment” for the papal visit to Ireland in 2018.

The priests — including Brian D’Arcy and Tony Flannery — were sanctioned over their views on married clergy and women priests on the orders of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) .

The taoiseach spoke to D’Arcy and Flannery before he met the Pope in the Vatican last November, and briefed D’Arcy afterwards.

Kenny gave Pope Francis a number of letters from Ireland, including one from Flannery and another from an alleged victim of clerical sexual abuse.

D’Arcy did not write to the Pope, but briefed the taoiseach about his case and suggested Pope Francis might deal with these “unfair” disciplinary sanctions before his visit.

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JESUIT PRIESTS AND BROTHERS OF THE NORTHEAST PROVINCE CONTINUE TO RE-VICTIMIZE A SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM OF A JESUIT PRIEST

NEW YORK
Road to Recovery

MEDIA RELEASE – JANUARY 28, 2017

Jesuits of the Northeast Province, based on the upper eastside of Manhattan and surrounded by a parish, an elementary school, and two high schools, continue to re-victimize Neal E. Gumpel, a childhood clergy sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased, serial pedophile Jesuit priest, by refusing to reasonably settle his claim

Jesuits admit to having credible information from approximately five (5) persons (besides the victim) about Neal E. Gumpel’s childhood sexual abuse by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, and still refuse to settle Neal E. Gumpel’s claim reasonably

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting the media, parishioners of a Jesuit-sponsored parish, and general public that the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) has insulted and re-victimized a childhood sexual abuse victim of a Jesuit priest by refusing to reasonably settle his credible claim.

When
Sunday, January 29, 2017, from 10:00 am until Noon

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10028 (between East 83rd and East 84th Streets) – 212-288-3588

Who
Neal E. Gumpel; his wife, Helen Gumpel, and members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
The Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) knows that Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, was a serial molester of boys. The Province settled at least one public claim against Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, in the past. Neal E. Gumpel’s credible factual account of having been sexually abused as a minor child by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, where Fr. Roy Alan Drake was a professor and Jesuit priest at Maine Maritime Academy, was credibly supported by approximately five (5) individuals, in addition to Neal E. Gumpel. Now, the Northeast Province of the Jesuits, which has found that Neal E. Gumpel’s claim is credible, has insulted and re-victimized Neal E. Gumpel by refusing to reasonably settle his claim. Demonstrators will ask parishioners and the general public to voice their outrage to the Jesuits of their parish and the leaders of the Northeast Province of the Jesuits whose offices are located around the corner on East 83rd Street and demand of the Northeast Province Jesuit leaders that they treat Neal E. Gumpel with compassion, fairness, and justice.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. – Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800

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After the Grand Master, Another Head Is About To Fall: That of Cardinal Burke

ROME
Settimo Cielo

Sandro Magister

Decapitated by the pope of its Grand Master, the Englishman Matthew Festing, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta not only has ratified his forced resignation on Saturday, January 28, but it has turned back the hands of time to the fateful 6th of December, 2016, reinstating in the role of Grand Chancellor the very man who on that day had been removed from it and suspended from the Order, the German Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager.

What reversed the fortunes within the Order, to the point of driving it to this act of total submission to the bidding of Pope Francis, were three acts carried out in rapid succession by the pontiff himself: the summoning of the Grand Master on January 24 with the order given to him to resign; the letter on the following day from secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin with the specification of the pope’s wishes; and finally two letters on January 27 from the pope himself, with a further specification of the role to be performed by the “pontifical delegate” whose arrival has been announced: “for the spiritual and moral renewal of the Order.”

And it is this last element that is the most newsworthy in the statement released this evening by the Order. As Settimo Cielo had correctly reported, Pope Francis has in effect granted the Order the faculty of proceeding according to its constitutions concerning its interim regency – now assumed by the Grand Commander of the Order, Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein – and the appointment of the new Grand Master. So the “pontifical delegate” will neither replace nor overlap the legitimate governance of the Order, as many had hoped or feared. Instead he will accompany it with the task of “spiritual” guide. A task, that is, very similar to the one that already belongs by statute to the cardinal patron.

The decapitation inflicted by Pope Francis on the Order of Malta is therefore twofold. Because what is falling is not only the head of Grand Master Festing, but also, de facto, that of cardinal patron Raymond Leo Burke. Meaning the ones who had brought about the removal of Boeselager in the certainty that they were thereby putting into practice the mandate entrusted to them by the pope, in a December 1 letter to Burke: to “promote the spiritual interests of the order and remove any affiliation with groups or practices that run contrary to the moral law.”

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Politics and the pastor William Murphy

NEW YORK
Newsday

January 29, 2017

By Bob Keeler

As a priest, in private moments with the ill or the grieving, Bishop William F. Murphy has been admirably pastoral and compassionate.

As a bishop, he’s too often been autocratic, with a knack for committing unforced errors, marring his 15-plus years leading the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Unfortunately, it was not Murphy the gentle pastor, but Murphy the high-handed, controversial master, who shaped his image.

Less than a week after his installation in 2001, terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000. In that tragic time, Murphy was at his best, reaching out quietly to comfort bereaved families.

Then, at the start of 2002, The Boston Globe began its Pulitzer Prize-winning series about sexual abuse by priests and negligence by bishops in the Archdiocese of Boston, where Murphy had been Cardinal Bernard Law’s top aide. Though no one has accused Murphy of a crime, that series started a cascade of image-staining news.

The headlines are familiar: his testimony before a Massachusetts grand jury, the same week that a Suffolk County grand jury issued a scathing report about sexual abuse here before Murphy arrived; his refusal to let Voice of the Faithful, a lay group arising from the crisis, meet on church property; his decision to commandeer a space that was to have ho-used six nuns; his taste for pricey appliances and a wine cooler that led then-Newsday columnist Jimmy Breslin to brand him “Mansion Murphy.”

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Vatican confirms Apuron trial; canon lawyers say trial could last for years

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com Jan. 29, 2017

The Vatican has confirmed Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron’s canonical trial is ongoing, and some leading canon law experts said it could last for years.

Vatican policy dictates that only Rome can investigate bishops and archbishops who are accused of sexual abuse.

Besides undergoing a canonical trial in Rome, Apuron is also facing lawsuits filed in the Superior Court of Guam for allegedly raping and sexually abusing altar boys in the 1970s.

“This is new ground, as no bishop I am aware of, who sexually abused children, has ever finished a canonical trial,” Attorney Patrick J. Wall, a world-renowned expert on canonical trials and the Catholic clergy abuse crisis, said.

Wall is a former priest and Benedictine monk. He left the Catholic ministry after he felt he was used to help cover up other clergymen’s sex abuses. He has since been advocating for hundreds of clergy abuse survivors.

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Kirchenrechtler fordert verbindliche Ordnung

DEUTSCHLAND
Katholisch

[The church lawyer Nobert Lüdecke has examined the guidelines of all 27 German dioceses dealing with sexual abuse. He came to a clear conclusion. He called for uniformed handling of abuse allegations in the German church.]

Der Kirchenrechtler Norbert Lüdecke fordert eine einheitliche Ordnung für den Umgang der katholischen Kirche in Deutschland mit Fällen von sexuellem Missbrauch durch Geistliche. Bislang gebe es 27 verschiedene, von denen nicht einmal klar sei, ob sie in Kraft gesetzt seien, sagte Lüdecke am Freitag bei einer Veranstaltung an der Universität Bonn. Das Kirchenrecht sehe vor, dass Bischofskonferenzen den Vatikan um eine entsprechende Gesetzgebungskompetenz in dem Fall bitten können. Dies sei zum Beispiel in den USA geschehen.

Lüdecke erklärte, dass bislang jedes Bistum die von der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz 2013 überarbeiteten Leitlinien zum Umgang mit Missbrauch einzeln in Kraft setzen müsse. Dazu reiche es nicht aus, die Leitlinien nur im kirchlichen Amtsblatt abzudrucken. Die Diözesanbischöfe müssten für ihre jeweilige Diözese die Regelungen auf Grundlage der Leitlinien erlassen, wie etwa die 2014 veröffentlichte Ordnung des Erzbistums Köln. Bei mehr als der Hälfte der deutschen Diözesen sei zweifelhaft, ob sie geltendes Partikularrecht seien, so der Professor. Er hatte mit seinen Studierenden überprüft, ob Bistümer die Leitlinien einfach übernommen oder eigene Bestimmungen formuliert haben.

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Novara, parroco rivendica paternità: rissa in sala parto

ITALIA
VEB

[A furious fight broke out in the Maggiore Hospital delivery room in Novara. The fight was between the father of a newborn baby and the parish priest who claimed paternity of the child.]

Nella sala parto dell’Ospedale Maggiore di Novara è scoppiata una rissa furibonda fra il padre di un bimbo appena nato e un parroco che del nascituro rivendica la paternità.

I riflettori che illuminano parrochi e parrocchie non si riescono a spegnere.

Le pagine dei giornali, ancora zeppe dell’episodio di Padova ormai noto come “orge in canonica”, devono occuparsi anche del prete di Novara, padre Giorgio, che candidamente si è recato nella sala parto in cui stava per nascere il bimbo della “colpa”, almeno a detta dell’intraprendente prete che ne ha rivendicata la paternità.

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La rete degli orrori del prete pedofilo, brutalizzati altri bambini. Trotta alla sbarra

ITALIA
Rete L’Abuso

[The network of horrors of a pedophile priest who brutalized other children. Trotta is in the dock.]

Per l’ex sacerdote e allenatore di calcio la storia non è ancora finita. Possibile nuovo processo a carico di Giovanni Trotta, 55enne già condannato per pedofilia e violenze nei confronti di minorenni. Ci sarebbero altri 9 presunti casi di abusi sui quali l’uomo dovrà rispondere davanti al giudice in un’aula di tribunale. Appuntamento con l’udienza preliminare il prossimo 7 febbraio al cospetto del gup Roberto Oliveri Del Castillo.

È l’ennesima mazzata per Trotta, già condannato alla pena di 8 anni di reclusione e al pagamento di 64mila euro di multa. L’ex sacerdote ed ex allenatore di una scuola calcio giovanile di Pietramontecorvino, era accusato di violenza sessuale aggravata nei confronti di un 11enne e di produzione, distribuzione, divulgazione, condivisione e pubblicizzazione di materiale pedopornografico ai danni del bambino. I fatti risalgono agli anni 2013 e 2014, commessi a Pietra ma anche a Casalnuovo Monterotaro.

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The Knights of Malta-Vatican feud: a tale of chivalry and sovereignty

VATICAN CITY
Daily Mail

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY, Jan 28 (Reuters) – On the afternoon of Jan. 24, a black BMW pulled out of a 16th century palace in Rome, crossed the Tiber River and headed for the Vatican, a short trip to end a brazen challenge to the authority of Pope Francis.

Inside the car was 67-year-old Englishman Matthew Festing, the head of an ancient Catholic order of knights which is now a worldwide charity with a unique diplomatic status.

Festing was about to resign, the first leader in several centuries of the Order of Malta, which was founded in 1048 to provide medical aid for pilgrims in the Holy Land, to step down instead of ruling for life.

The move was aimed at ending a highly-public spat between Festing and the reformist pope over the running of the chivalric institution. The weeks-long conflict had become one of the biggest internal challenges yet to Francis’ efforts to modernize the 1.2 billion member Roman Catholic Church.

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Child sex abuse set to cost Perth Anglican diocese more than $1m over three years

AUSTRALIA
PerthNow

Peter Law, PerthNow
January 28, 2017

CHILD sex abuse is expected to cost the Anglican diocese of Perth more than $1 million over just three years.

Settlement payments to victims of abuse by clergy or church staff in WA soared in the past year, an internal church report reveals.

But the Perth diocese this week refused to say how many complaints of child sex abuse it had received, how many allegations were reported to WA police, how many victims received settlements or what confidentiality restrictions were attached to payments.

The Diocesan Council Report to Synod 2016 shows costs associated with settlement, counselling for victims and legals fees was expected to total $432,800 in 2016-17. The figure is $263,739 more than the original budget.

This was due to “increased claims as a result of referrals” from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the document shows.

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On the Vatican’s radar

GUAM
Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang and Gaynor D. Daleno | Post News Staff

When six of the more than a dozen sexual abuse cases for former local altar boys were moved to the federal District Court of Guam earlier last week, one reason for the transfer of jurisdiction was the lack of local judges who didn’t have a conflict or potential conflict.

But there’s another major significance to the transfer of the six cases to the federal court.

The federal court must take jurisdiction, says David Lujan’s law firm, which is representing the accusers, because this isn’t a Guam issue alone.

The cases filed in federal court directly addresses the seat of the Catholic Church’s global leadership: The Vatican, in Rome.

“This probably already has the Vatican scared. Guam is one big, ugly monster on the Vatican’s radar, and it just got real ugly,” said Tim Rohr, who has been a constant commenter on the turmoil in the local Catholic church leadership over the past few years, and runs a blog with local and international followers.

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Missbrauch: Was macht Prävention so schwierig?

DEUTSCHLAND
Sudwest Presse

[Mr Zollner, you are the Center for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. What are you doing? Hans Zollner: We are committed to the prevention of sexual abuse worldwide. That is we are training members of the Catholic Church and beyond. Through e-learning we offer learning units in five languages ​​at present. This is about questions: How to recognize abuse? What to do if you suspect? What is the legal situation in each country? We currently have 25 partner institutions worldwide.]

Vor sechs Jahren löste der Jesuitenpater Mertes eine Lawine aus als er über sexuellen Missbrauch an seinem Gymnasium berichtete. Das stürzte die katholische Kirche in eine Krise. Sie reagierte. Hans Zollner sitzt an einer der Schaltstellen. Er ist Theologe und Psychologe und arbeitet zur Prävention von Missbrauch weltweit.

Herr Zollner, Sie leiten das Zentrum für Kinderschutz an der päpstlichen Universität Gregoriana in Rom. Was tun Sie da?

Hans Zollner: Wir haben uns der Prävention von sexuellem Missbrauch weltweit verschrieben. Das heißt, wir machen Schulungen für Mitarbeiter der katholischen Kirche, aber auch darüber hinaus. Über E-Learning bieten wir Lerneinheiten in derzeit fünf Sprachen an. Da geht es um Fragen: Wie erkennt man Missbrauch? Was tun bei einem Verdacht? Wie ist die Rechtslage im jeweiligen Land? Wir haben im Moment 25 Partnerinstitutionen weltweit.

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Jesuit Zollner: Missbrauch hat auch geistliche Dimension

OSTERREICH
Kathpress

[Jesuit Hans Zollner: Abuse also has spiritual dimension. The Vatican child protection expert spoke at the Viennese Prevention Conference: “Spiritual wounds” can destroy the faith of victims, he said.]

Wien, 27.01.2017 (KAP) Die Diskussion um Missbrauch in kirchlichen Einrichtungen hat bislang die geistliche Dimension des Verbrechens völlig übersehen: Das hat der Jesuit Hans Zollner, Mitglied der päpstlichen Kommission für den Schutz von Minderjährigen und Leiter des Kinderschutz-Zentrum CCP in Rom, am Mittwoch bei einem Wiener Symposium über die Prävention von Missbrauch dargelegt. Der Theologe, Philosoph und Therapeut bezeichnete den Kinderschutz dabei als “bleibende Aufgabe”, da Missbrauch trotz aller Prävention nie völlig ausgeschlossen werden könne.

Wenn Missbrauch in der Kirche stattfinde, komme zum physischen und psychischen Trauma auch ein spirituelles Trauma hinzu, sagte Zollner. “Eine geistliche Person wird mit der Kirche identifiziert. Geschieht durch sie ein Missbrauch, dann steht dahinter noch eine weitere Dimension, denn sie repräsentiert Gott.” Opfer von Missbrauch seien in Gefahr einer “spirituellen Verwundung”, die den Glauben zerstören könne. Dies sei vielen in der Kirche nicht klar. “Es gibt keine Theologie angesichts des Missbrauchs”, stellte der vatikanische Top-Experte für Kinderschutz fest.

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Il-vittmi tal-abbużi sesswali minn qassisin se jmorru fil-Qorti Ewropea

MALTA
iNews

[Victims of sexual abuse by priests in Malta will go to the European Court.]

Il-vittmi ta’ abbużi sesswali minn tliet qassisin, liema vittmi ilhom 13-il sena jistennew li ssir ġustizzja magħhom billi jingħataw kumpens finanzjarju, issa permezz tal-avukati tagħhom talbu lill-Qorti biex tagħti is-sentenza. Fl-aħħar seduta li kellhom quddiem il-Qorti tal-Appell, huma talbu li tingħata s-sentenza. Il-vittmi issa qed jagħmluha ċara li l-ħsieb tagħhom hu li jkomplu l-ġlieda quddiem il-Qorti Ewropea.

Lawrence Grech f’kumment lil Inewsmalta qal li “fl-aħħar jiem kompla jinstema’ l-appell wara li s-seduti ta’ qabel kienu għal tliet darbiet differiti. L-avukati tagħna talbu li mmorru għas-sentenza. Is-seduta li jmiss hi fil-15 ta’ Marzu. Wara il-ħsieb tagħna hu li niftħu proċeduri quddiem il-Qorti Ewropea”.

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Lawyer: Settlement pending in Catholic school sex case

MARYLAND
Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE (AP) — Lawyers for a Catholic high school girl say they’ve reached a tentative settlement with the Archdiocese of Baltimore in a civil lawsuit alleging she was preyed upon by a lesbian soccer coach.

Attorney Al Scanlan told The Associated Press in an email Friday that the parties have informed the Baltimore City Circuit Court of the pending settlement. Scanlan says the details will be confidential.

Archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine declined to comment on the case.

The civil lawsuit contended that Catherine Czapski (ZAP’-ski) took advantage of the girl’s medical conditions, including depressive disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome, to seduce her at the Bishop Walsh School in Cumberland.

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Former pastor arrested for sex abuse out of jail on bond

IOWA
Dallas County News

Brian Johnson, the former pastor from Dallas Center Church of the Brethren who was arrested on several charges involving sexual abuse on a child, is out of jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

According to court documents, 1st Call Bail Bonds posted the $10,000 bond on Friday.

Johnson is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 6 at 11 a.m.

Beginning in December of 2016, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Dallas Center Police Department began an investigation about a possible sex abuse by Randy Johnson, 52, who resides at 1201 Ash Street in Dallas Center.

Johnson is listed as the pastor at the Dallas Center Church of the Brethren, located at 1207 Ash Avenue in Dallas Center.

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Cork woman’s quest to move her mother’s remains from a Magdalene mass burial site

IRELAND
Irish Mirror

BYJAMES WARD
28 JAN 2017

For years Mary Collins has campaigned fruitlessly to have her mum Angela removed from a mass burial site where she lies beside 72 other Magdalene women.

Traveller Angela was “snatched from the side of the road” when her daughter was just two years old, and spent the following 27 years in hellhole St Vincent’s home in Cork, where she stayed until her death.

Mary wants a Commission of Investigation to be set up to provide answers to the children of the Magdalene women but says she has been ignored by the Department of Justice and the nuns from St Vincent’s.

She held a graveside memorial service for her Angela and the other forgotten women.

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Per la prima volta svelati i numeri dei preti pedofili francesi

FRANCIA
Rete L’Abuso

[In France: Since the late ’60s to today at least 222 children were victims of abuse by Catholic priests.]

In Francia, dalla fine degli anni ’60 ad oggi, almeno 222 bambini sono stati vittime di abusi da parte dei preti cattolici. A svelare questi dati, il primo censimento del Consiglio Episcopale d’Oltralpe (CEF) sul numero di minori finiti nelle grinfie degli orchi dietro i confessionali, che ha raccolto le voci di chi si è rivolto ai centri d’ascolto istituiti nelle diocesi a partire da aprile 2016. Secondo i numeri, il 60% delle testimonianze riguarda fatti antecedenti al 1970, il 35% tra il 1970 e il 2000 e il 4% dal 2000 ai giorni nostri. Molti degli autori degli abusi sono ormai deceduti – si legge nel comunicato stampa della CEF – ma altri stanno già facendo i conti con la legge. Dai dati risulta, infatti, che 9 sacerdoti e diaconi sono attualmente dietro le sbarre. 37 hanno finito di scontare la loro pena, mentre 26 sono sotto processo.

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Reputations of many ‘good nuns’ ruined, says ex-Termonbacca boy

NORTHERN IRELAND
Derry Journal

A former resident of a boys’ home in Derry says he’s furious that the reputations of many “good nuns” have been ruined as a result of false allegations of abuse.

Bernard McEldowney, a retired policeman, spent 18 years under the care of the Sisters of Nazareth in Derry, the majority of which was spent at St Joseph’s Boys’ Home, Termonbacca.

Mr. McEldowney spoke out after the publication of the report of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry which investigated child abuse in residential institutions in Northern Ireland over a 73-years period, up to 1995.

A former senior policeman in England, Mr. McEldowney gave evidence to the HIA anonymously in 2014 but later waived his right to anonymity to voice his concerns.

He told the ‘Journal’ yesterday that, “like many former residents of Termonbacca, I had a wonderful childhood at Termonbacca and will always be grateful to the nuns who cared for me for all those years.

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Former Iowa pastor, foster parent charged with child molestation

IOWA
Des Moines Register

Lee Rood , lrood@dmreg.com Jan. 26, 2017

The Dallas Center pastor charged this week with 13 criminal counts for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage girl was a licensed foster parent.

But Iowa’s Department of Human Services wouldn’t say Thursday whether the child he allegedly abused was under state supervision.

Randy August Johnson, 52, is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl from 2013 to 2014 while she was 12 and 13 years old, according to court records.

Most of the abuse reportedly occurred at his Dallas Center home, next door to Dallas Center Church of the Brethren, where Johnson formerly was the pastor. His next court date is Feb. 6.

Tim Button-Harrison, district executive for the Northern Plains District Church of the Brethren, which oversees the Dallas Center church, declined to say when or how Johnson’s employment at the church ceased.

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Magdalene redress scheme to be probed

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Saturday, January 28, 2017

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

The ombudsman has launched an investigation into possible “evidence of maladministration” of the Magdalene redress scheme by the Department of Justice and Equality.

The investigation was revealed in the High Court on Thursday where two women are challenging the department’s decision not to include them in the redress scheme.

The ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, notified the department of its intention to launch an investigation on December 20.

The Irish Examiner understands the investigation will consider whether the application process operated in an open and fair manner and whether the department relied on information that was irrelevant and/or incomplete, when deciding on a person’s eligibility under the scheme.

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Knights of Malta insist on sovereignty amid papal takeover

ROME
Crux

Nicole Winfield January 27, 2017
ASSOCIATED PRESS

ROME – The Knights of Malta is still insisting on its sovereignty in its showdown with the Vatican, even after Pope Francis effectively took control of the ancient religious order and announced a papal delegate would govern it through a “process of renewal.”

The Knights’ current grand master, Fra’ Matthew Festing, was at work Friday at the order’s swanky Rome palazzo near the Spanish Steps, pending a meeting of his governing council to either accept or reject his resignation.

The Saturday meeting is no rubber-stamp formality: It’s evidence of the order’s sovereign status under international law, which is recognized by the more than 100 countries that have diplomatic relations with the Knights of Malta and essentially consider it a state.

Festing, a 67-year-old British aristocrat, met Tuesday with Francis and said he would resign after he lost an internal power struggle that started with a scandal over condoms. Festing sacked the Knights’ foreign minister, Albrecht von Boeselager, over the condom scandal.

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Sex abuse lawsuit against Archdiocese of New Orleans clears early legal hurdle

LOUISIANA
The Advocate

BY JIM MUSTIAN | JMUSTIAN@THEADVOCATE.COM JAN 27, 2017

A sexual abuse lawsuit involving a popular former Jesuit priest survived a legal challenge Friday as a judge rejected arguments by Loyola University and the Archdiocese of New Orleans that a woman waited too long to bring decades-old rape claims against the Rev. Benjamin L. Wren.

Judge Sidney Cates IV, of Orleans Parish Civil District Court, denied a series of defense motions that contended the plaintiff, identified in court papers as Jane Doe, cannot collect damages because she failed to file suit until last year.

The woman claims that Wren raped her repeatedly between 1978 and 1985, beginning when she was 5.

The motions represented the church’s first response to the allegations, even as lawyers for the archdiocese and the Jesuits of the USA Central and Southern Province, another defendant in the case, suggested the proceedings should be sealed.

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Judges’ recusals detailed

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com Jan. 28, 2017

Citing conflict of interest or appearance of bias, all eight trial court judges in the Superior Court of Guam have filed 84 notices of disqualification from cases related to alleged sexual abuse by Catholic priests.

Among the judges’ reasons for recusals are their relationships with either the alleged victims of clergy sex abuses or the accused priests, including Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, as well as other defendants, such as the Archdiocese of Agana.

Judge Vernon P. Perez, for example, said he is a friend and former high school classmate of Walter G. Denton, who has accused Apuron of raping him in the 1970s.

Judge Anita A. Sukola said she is personally acquainted with Apuron and is closely related to several members of the Neocatechumenal Way, an organization within the archdiocese.

Judge Elyze Iriarte said a family member claims to have witnessed one of the accused priests, Louis Brouillard, engaging in acts similar to those described in lawsuits filed.

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El cura que dio la misa por el homenaje a Cabezas en la cava tiene 13 denuncias por abuso a niños de entre 3 y 5 años

ARGENTINA
Telam

El cura que el miércoles ofició la misa por los 20 años del asesinato de José Luis Cabezas fue denunciado en 2002 por 13 casos de abuso sexual contra chicos de entre tres y cinco años.

Se trata del padre Félix Alejandro Martínez, a cargo de la parroquia Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, de General Madariaga.

En 2002, fue denunciado junto al profesor de educación física Fernando Melo Pacheco por el abuso sexual de los chicos que asistían al jardín de infantes de la Escuela Nuestra Señora del Camino, de Mar del Plata.

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Procesado un maestro del Opus Dei por abusos sexuales a un alumno de 13 años

ESPANA
El Diario

[The judge of Getxo Emilio Lamo de Espinosa has issued a very hard indictment against a numerary of Opus Dei and professor of the Catholic catholic school in Gaztelueta, Spain, which is located in Leioa (Bizkaia). The numerary is accused to sexual abuse of minors.]

El juez de Getxo Emilio Lamo de Espinosa ha dictado un durísimo auto de procesamiento contra un numerario del Opus Dei y profesor del colegio católico masculino Gaztelueta, ubicado en Leioa (Bizkaia), al considerar suficientemente acreditados no sólo graves episodios de abusos sexuales de este docente a un menor, que en el momento de los hechos tenía 12 y 13 años, sino también que aquello provocó al hoy adulto, que denunció el caso ante los tribunales al cumplir la mayoría de edad, un aislamiento total de su entorno. Ese aislamiento propició, según el auto judicial, episodios de acoso por parte de sus compañeros de aula, estrés postraumático, pensamientos suicidas e incluso de fracaso escolar. El magistrado tomará el 14 de febrero declaración al profesor, J.M.M.S, familiar de una alta autoridad política del Estado, y fija para él una fianza de 40.000 euros como medida cautelar, aunque no decreta su ingreso en prisión preventiva.

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Concerned Catholics want action for seminary issue

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Jan 27, 2017

By Krystal Paco

The Concerned Catholics of Guam are asking the Presbyteral Council to put more pressure on the issues surrounding the formation of priests at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Yona. The CCOG sent a letter to the Council on Thursday.

CCOG Vice President Andrew Camacho states a minor seminary would better suit Guam and its needs. “The main objective is to urge the Presbyteral Council to take the issues of the seminary to Archbishop Byrnes, and kind of stress the importance. If Guam must have a seminary, it needs to follow certain criteria,” Camacho says. “Does Guam need medical doctors? The answer, of course, is absolutely. Can Guam afford to build and maintain its own medical school? Definitely not, even though we have a lot of local people who are in the medical field.”

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BISDOM BRUGGE WIL KLAARHEID IN ZAAK VANGHELUWE

BELGIE
Focus WTV

[The Bruge diocese is seeking information regarding former Bishop Roger Vangheluwe.]

Het Bisdom Brugge is vragende partij voor meer duidelijkheid in de zaak Vangheluwe.

Dat meldt het bisdom in een reactie op de confrontatie van gisteren tussen voormalig bisschop Roger Vangheluwe en een slachtoffer bij de federale politie in Brussel. Het bisdom was niet op de hoogte.

“We vernemen uit de pers dat er bij de federale gerechtelijke politie een confrontatie geweest is tussen Roger Vangheluwe en iemand die klacht indiende omwille van seksueel misbruik”, meldt het Bisdom Brugge in een korte reactie. “We zijn mee vragende partij om duidelijkheid in deze zaak te scheppen. En we blijven als kerk, met de opvangpunten voor misbruik in een pastorale relatie, klaar staan om slachtoffers nabij te zijn, ook als blijkt dat de feiten voor het gerecht verjaard zijn.”

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Chris Dusauchoit uit zich als slachtoffer van kindermisbruik: “Voor de vele andere slachtoffers”

BELGIE
News Monkey

[Chris Dusauchoit has revealed himself as a victim of child abuse to support the many other victims.of child abuse. Mr. Duchauchoit wrote an open letter to De Standaard on the occasional of former bishop Roger Vangheluwe denying the allegation of sexual abuse when he met with one of his alleged victims. Many people were shocked Wednesday to find that the former bishop again denied everything in the confrontation. Mr. Dusauchoit got excited on Twitter, calling the former bishop a coward.]

Na bijna vijftig jaar moest het hem eindelijk van het hart. Chris Dusauchoit is een slachtoffer van seksueel misbruik. Daarover schreef hij een open brief in De Standaard. Aanleiding was de zoveelste ontkenning van oud-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe in een confrontatie met een van zijn slachtoffers.

Veel mensen schrokken woensdag toen Roger Vangheluwe in een confrontatie met een van zijn slachtoffers opnieuw alles ontkende. Ook Chris Dusauchoit liet zich horen op Twitter en noemde de oud-bisschop een lafaard. Joris Van Cauter, de advocaat van Vangheluwe, reageerde daarop dat hij van een journalist objectiviteit verwachtte. “Ik ben slachtoffer van seksueel misbruik, geen journalist”, zei Dusauchoit in een duidelijke reactie.

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‘Vangheluwe was weer een en al hoogmoed’

BELGIE
Katholiek

[A 34-year-old man from Meulebeke, who claims that Roger Vangheluwe abused him as a child, yesterday confronted the Bruges retired bishop.]

Oudbisschop Roger Vangheluwe was gisteren weer eventjes in het land. Het gerecht confronteerde hem met een vermoedelijk slachtoffer.

BRUSSEL | Een 34jarige man uit Meulebeke die beweert dat Roger Vangheluwe hem als kind heeft misbruikt, keek gisteren bij de federale gerechtelijke politie in Brussel de oudbisschop van Brugge recht in de ogen.

De confrontatie en het verhoor pasten in het gerechtelijk onderzoek ‘Operatie Kelk’, naar seksueel misbruik door geestelijken en mogelijk schuldig verzuim door kerkelijke oversten.

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Brugse bisschop wil Vaticaan overtuigen om Vangheluwe te straffen

BELGIE
HLN

[The new Bruges bishop, Lode Aerts, wants to persuade the Vatican to punish former Bishop Roger Vangheluwe who admitted to sexually abusing minors.]

De nieuwe bisschop van Brugge Lode Aerts vindt dat zijn voorganger Roger Vangheluwe alsnog gestraft moet worden voor zijn toegegeven seksueel misbruik. Hij gaat daarop aandringen in het Vaticaan. Dat schrijven Het Nieuwsblad, De Standaard en de Gazet van Antwerpen vandaag.

“Bisschop Aerts is erg begaan met het lot van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik. Hij merkt ook dat het misbruik door zijn voorganger zware littekens heeft nagelaten. Daarom vindt hij verdere stappen aangewezen”, zegt zijn woordvoerster Inge Cordemans. Het Vaticaan had Vanghe­luwe voorlopig enkel ge­vraagd België te verlaten en geen publieke rol te vervullen, maar dat vindt Aerts te weinig. Hij heeft er een probleem mee dat Vangheluwe officieel nog altijd priester en bisschop is.

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Un prêtre jugé à Clermont-Ferrand pour abus sexuels sur mineurs

FRANCE
La Croix

]A priest has faced trialin Clermont-Ferrand for sexual abuse of minors. In 2011, Father Michel Chidaine denounced himself to justice for sexual abuse of minors committed in the Central African Republic where he was on mission from 2007 to 2010. In April 2016, the diocese of Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) had recognized an “error of appreciation” for allowing two years between the priest’s confession and his suspension.]

Gauthier Vaillant, le 26/01/2017

En 2011, le P. Michel Chidaine s’était dénoncé lui-même à la justice pour des abus sexuels sur mineurs commis en Centrafrique, où il était en mission de 2007 à 2010.

En avril 2016, le diocèse de Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) avait reconnu une « erreur d’appréciation », pour avoir laissé s’écouler deux ans entre les aveux du prêtre et sa suspension.

Le procès du P. Michel Chidaine s’est ouvert jeudi 26 janvier au tribunal correctionnel de Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme). Ce prêtre de 48 ans est jugé pour des « atteintes sexuelles par personne abusant de l’autorité de sa fonction » commises sur deux mineurs de moins de 15 ans entre 2007 et 2010, alors qu’il était en mission en Centrafrique. Il risque jusqu’à 10 ans d’emprisonnement.

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Former Trinity Grammar teacher Neil Futcher jailed for ‘predatory’ child abuse

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Ava Benny-Morrison

A former Trinity Grammar School teacher who inflicted “systemic and predatory” sexual abuse on young boys will spend at least the next 11 years behind bars.

Wearing a prison issued green T-shirt and grasping a walking stick, Neil Albert Futcher struggled to stand as he was sentenced on Friday for his crimes against six victims as young as 11, committed up to 43 years ago.

Futcher was a primary school teacher at Trinity Grammar School and worked as a swimming coach when he abused his victims between 1974 and 1981.

He had also previously taught at Sydney Grammar School and was also a boarding master at Knox Grammar School.

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Historical child abuse inquiry judge Lady Smith asked to listen to evidence locally

SCOTLAND
The National

Kathleen Nutt, Journalist / @kacnutt

THE chairwoman of Scotland’s historical child abuse inquiry is to be urged to hold public evidence sessions across the country when she announces how her work is progressing next week.

Alan Draper, of survivor organisation In Care Abuse Survivors (Incas) made the appeal to senior judge Lady Smith ahead of a key preliminary hearing of the inquiry on Tuesday at Parliament House in Edinburgh.

Draper said: “I hope she will be announcing oral evidence sessions in different parts of the country as it will make it easier for survivors, many of whom are now elderly, to take part.”

“It is to be welcomed that this hearing is taking place, although we would have liked it sooner.”

Draper said he hoped Smith would also respond positively to calls from survivors for interim payments as part of their demands for redress.

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High Court Magdalenes case adjourned after Ombudsman probe revealed

IRELAND
Breaking News

27/01/2017

A High Court case has revealed that the Department of Justice is under investigation by the Ombudsman for its administration of the redress scheme for survivors of the Magdalene Laundries.

The Justice for Magdalenes group says the case has been adjourned while representatives from the Department of Justice explain why the Ombudsman’s investigation was not initially disclosed.

Two women are challenging the department’s decision not to include them in the redress scheme, despite the fact the women worked in the laundries as children.

Katherine O’Donnell from the Justice for Magdalenes research group said: “Because they did not reveal that information to the court, the High Court had to adjourn the case to allow the Department explain why they omitted to bring this to the court’s attention.”

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Prosecutors vow to continue fight for return of a fugitive principal to Victoria

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Shannon Deery, Herald Sun
January 27, 2017

PROSECUTORS have vowed to continue fighting for the return of a fugitive principal wanted to face dozens of child sex offences here.

Malka Leifer fled to Israel and has been on the run from Victorian authorities since 2008 after allegations of rampant sexual abuse were levelled at her while principal of Elsternwick’s Adass Israel School.

Police have been told the mother of eight molested up to 10 girls, and they say she will be charged with more than 70 child sex offences if she returns to Melbourne.

But extradition proceedings were last year halted after an Israeli judge placed Mrs Leifer on a psychiatric treatment regimen that could last 10 years.

A hearing of the psychiatric panel regarding Mrs Leifer’s case this week recommended the court order for her treatment be extended another six months because she was going through a psychotic phase.

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Vatican says it started prosecuting financial crimes in 2016

ITALY
Italy Europe 24

by Carlo Marroni

The process of reform of Vatican finances is a work in progress, that obviously continues (albeit slowly) even if it’s not in the spotlight.

In fact, legal proceedings were initiated in the inner circles of the Vatican against people accused of financial crimes in 2016, for the first time.

The President of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority René Bruelhart told US newspaper National Catholic Reporter in a recent interview that the first court proceedings began, with no public announcement, in 2016 and will continue at a faster pace in 2017.

“Work is increasing and we are definitely making progress to that effect,” said Bruelhart, speaking about the financial side of the reform process pushed by Pope Francis, but launched by Benedict XVI in 2010 following a judicial inquiry initiated by an Italian Court, that led in recent days to a request for conviction for two former executives of the Institute for Religious works (IOR), also known informally as the Vatican Bank.

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Victims of paedophile bishop call for letters from Prince Charles to be made public

UNITED KINGDOM
Premier

Fri 27 Jan 2017

By Premier Journalist

The victims of a paedophile bishop have called for the letters he received from Prince Charles to be made public.

Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester, was found guilty of grooming and abusing 18 male victims at a trial in 2015.

Letters from the Prince have been given to an independent inquiry into the case.

The inquiry, which was launched after Ball was convicted, is examining how the Church of England handled the case.

Clarence House said in a statement yesterday that the content of the letters would have no relevance to the inquiry.

A spokesman for the prince said: “We do not believe that the letters have any bearing on the issues before the inquiry, but we have not objected to them being shared for their consideration.”

Phil Johnson, who was abused by Ball and is now chairman of the Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors groups told the Daily Mail that he believed the letters should be made public.

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Former youth pastor sentenced for exchanging explicit photos with a minor

VIRGINIA
WSET

by Elizabeth Tyree

CAMPBELL Co, Va. (WSET) — A former youth pastor has been sentenced for indecent liberties with a child and electronic solicitation of a minor.

Major L. Hillman will spend six years in prison.

Hillman will also have to register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors said a 14-year-old came to Hillman for counseling, and Hillman and the victim ended up sending each other naked pictures.

Hillman called the picture exchange a counseling technique, though he mentioned in his interview with police he knew the girl was underage and it was illegal.

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CCOG proposes to shut down Redemptoris Mater Seminary

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

CCOG Vice President Andrew Camacho wrote to the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council urging them to bring the matter to the attention of Archbishop Byrnes.

Guam – Further attempts are being made to completely do away with the Redemptoris Mater Seminary. Earlier this week it was revealed that a lawsuit was filed against the organization for legal control over the property the RMS currently sits on and now the Concerned Catholics of Guam is urging the closure of the seminary for good.

It was over four months ago when an ad hoc committee released a report on the Redemptoris Mater Seminary that made several findings about the operations of the institution. Ultimately, the recommendation was made that the seminary be shut down.

That committee was appointed by Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai who was temporarily appointed to serve as the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Agana while Archbishop Anthony Apuron faced allegations of sexual abuse.

But now that there is a more permanent archbishop at the archdiocese with Pope Francis’ appointment of Archbishop Michael Byrnes, the Concerned Catholics of Guam is renewing its call for the recommendations of the ad hoc committee to be implemented.

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Revealed: Charles’ dozens of letters to ‘calculating’ paedophile bishop as victims demand they are made public

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By TOM KELLY and REBECCA ENGLISH FOR THE DAILY MAIL

Victims of a paedophile bishop last night called for dozens of letters he received from Prince Charles to be made public.

Extensive correspondence is understood to exist between the future king and Peter Ball, the ‘calculating’ former Bishop of Gloucester, who was jailed after admitting exploiting his position to groom and abuse 18 young men.

The prince’s letters now have been handed to an independent inquiry into the case, launched after Ball was convicted two years ago.

It is not clear what role, if any, they will play in the inquiry which is examining the Church’s handling of the Ball case, but Charles has not given any evidence to it either formally or informally nor has he or his team been asked to.

The content of the letters is unknown, but in a statement yesterday, Clarence House said they believed there was nothing in them which pertained to the case.

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5th Navajo sues Mormon church for alleged child sexual abuse

UTAH
Capital Journal

SALT LAKE CITY — A fifth person has filed a lawsuit against the Mormon church accusing religious officials of not doing enough to protect Navajo children from sexual abuse in a now defunct church-run foster program that placed thousands of American Indian children with Mormon families.

The new lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Navajo Nation court by a woman who says was sexually abused as a teenager over a three-year period from 1968-1971 by her foster father at a house in Spanish Fork, Utah. She says was 15-years-old when the abuse began.

The woman, who is identified as I.R. in the lawsuit, said she reported the abuse to her caseworker and asked to be placed in another home but nothing happened. She said the abuse ended when her family took her home.

The woman has suffered from emotional and physical problems as a result of the abuse, the lawsuit alleges.

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Assignment Record– Rev. Raymond E. Larger

OHIO
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Raymond E. Larger was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1977. He assisted at several parishes before being named pastor of St. James in 1991. He left St. Jamesin 2002 to lead Our Lady of Visitation.

In July 2003 Larger was arrested for soliciting sex from a male undercover police officer in a Dayton park. He pleaded no contest, was fined $100 and put on probation for a year. The archdiocese placed him on administrative leave. Also in 2003, Larger was accused of having sexually abused an 11-year-old St. James altar boy during 1995-1997. The accusation surfaced when his accuser filed a claim with the archdiocese’s victim compensation fund. The fund was part of an agreement the archdiocese made with prosecutors after it pleaded no contest to failing to report clergy sex abuse to authorities. Larger’s accuser was denied compensation. In 2005 Larger was indicted on charges related to the 2003 allegations. The man accusing him subsequently filed a civil lawsuit. The criminal charges were dismissed in November 2005 because the judge did not believe Larger’s accuser. The man’s lawsuit also failed. Larger was on administrative leave 2005 to 2008, when he was reinstated to active ministry after review of his case by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Ordained: 1977

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Suit alleges anti-clergy sex abuse group got kickbacks from lawyers

UNITED STATES
Boston Globe

By Michael Rezendes GLOBE STAFF JANUARY 26, 2017

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a leading voice in the campaign against clergy sexual abuse, is facing a wrongful-termination lawsuit from a former fund-raiser who says the group “accepts financial kickbacks” from lawyers who represent survivors they find through the organization.

The lawsuit against St. Louis-based SNAP, which provides counseling for victims of clerical sex abuse, says that fund-raiser Gretchen Rachel Hammond was terminated after she raised concerns about money the group received from lawyers representing SNAP members.

“Instead of recommending that survivors pursue what is in their best personal, emotional, and financial interest, SNAP pressures survivors to pursue costly and stressful litigation against the Catholic Church,” the lawsuit says.

Barbara Dorris, SNAP’s outreach director, said the allegation of a kickback scheme between the organization and attorneys who represent its members is untrue.

“We haven’t ever done it, and we won’t do it. It’s absolutely untrue,” she said, noting that “there’s nothing illegal, unethical, or immoral about accepting donations from attorneys.” …

Phil Saviano, a former SNAP board member and founder of the group’s New England Chapter, said the organization has no arrangement under which SNAP makes referrals to attorneys in return for donations.

“If there is a plan, it’s been poorly organized, because as long as I’ve been involved with them they’ve been hurting for money,” Saviano said.

The nonprofit group’s most recent disclosure to the IRS says it had just over $100,000 on hand at the close of 2014. At the time, Clohessy was receiving a salary of $86,000, as was president Barbara Blaine.

Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston attorney who has represented clergy abuse survivors for two decades, said he was puzzled by the filing earlier this month because SNAP has relatively few assets.

“I have to wonder why this lawsuit was filed, given that SNAP would not have any funds to pay a judgment favorable to the plaintiff,” he said. …

At one point, the lawsuit says, SNAP “concocted a scheme” to conceal donations from attorneys by encouraging them to make donations to a “front foundation” called the Minnesota Center for Philanthropy, which in turn would make grants to SNAP.

The Globe could not find a charitable organization with that name but Hammond’s lawyer, Chicago attorney Bruce C. Howard, said it’s possible that plans to start the center never got off the ground. The existence of the alleged scheme, he said, is confirmed by documents retained by Hammond while working for SNAP.

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Longtime leader resigns from priest sex abuse victims’ advocacy group

UNITED STATES
The Kansas City Star

BY JUDY L. THOMAS
jthomas@kcstar.com

David Clohessy, who for more than two decades was the face of a national victims’ advocacy group that pressured the Catholic Church to take a more aggressive stance on the priest sex abuse issue, has stepped down from the organization.

An official with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said this week that Clohessy voluntarily resigned as executive director on Dec. 31. The announcement, sent to SNAP volunteers, came seven days after a former employee filed an explosive lawsuit against the organization claiming SNAP was exploiting sexual abuse victims and receiving kickbacks from attorneys for sending clients their way.

Clohessy told The Star on Thursday that the lawsuit had nothing to do with his resignation and called the allegations in the case “preposterous.”

“I told the board in October that I would be resigning,” he said. “We had no idea the lawsuit was coming. It caught all of us completely off guard.”

Clohessy, 60, who lives in the St. Louis area, said he decided it was time for him to step aside. For now, he said, he will remain on the SNAP board. SNAP is based in the Chicago area.

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