ABUSE TRACKER

A digest of links to media coverage of clergy abuse. For recent coverage listed in this blog, read the full article in the newspaper or other media source by clicking “Read original article.” For earlier coverage, click the title to read the original article.

August 10, 2017

Second phase of Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry announced

SCOTLAND
BBC News

The second phase of hearings in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is to open with a case study centring on care establishments run by a Catholic order.

The independent inquiry is looking in detail at historical abuse of children in residential care in Scotland.

The inquiry has been separated into a series of phases, the first of which continues on 31 October.

Phase two starts on November 28 with a study of homes run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.

Applications to appear in relation to this case study are now open, with a particular focus on Smyllum Park in Lanark and Bellevue House in Rutherglen. The deadline for applications to appear, for people with a direct or substantial interest in the hearings, close on 4 September.

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Supporters of sex pest accused Pastor Omotoso take to the streets

SOUTH AFRICA
Times Live

10 August 2017

BY BONGANI MTHETHWA

Supporters of sex pest accused Nigerian pastor Tim Omotoso will take to the streets of Durban on Friday in solidarity with the controversial televangelist‚ who has been charged with human trafficking and sexual violence.

The Jesus Dominion International Church and its members are demanding that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) stop delaying Omotoso’s case and that he be released on bail. The church has also warned that charges against their pastor could result in xenophobic violence.

“The allegations against him have never been tested in any court of law. As South African members of the Jesus Dominion International we feel that these allegations are politically motivated and have a potential to create xenophobic sentiments and violence‚” the church said in a statement.

Omotoso was arrested in a bathroom at the Port Elizabeth International Airport in April. The 59-year-old father of three is alleged to have molested and raped at least 30 young women who attend his church.

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Opinion: Don’t assess Guam’s Catholic schools

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

David. J. Sablan Aug. 10, 2017

The sexual abuse of our children by members of our Catholic clergy is the worst violation of trust, when supposedly holy men take advantage of our young for their own pleasure. This is truly sad and our prayers continually go out to the victims and their families.

Archbishop Anthony Apuron’s administration of our archdiocese was a disaster.

As a result, many in the community have lost trust and confidence in the leadership of our Church, and it is still at a very low point. People still are hesitant to contribute to the support of the chancery and anything it does until they are sure their money is being put to good use for the well-being and future of our Church.

Assessments

So now comes this announcement from chancery officials that effective July 1, 2017, and monthly thereafter (no end date stated), all 14 Catholic schools on Guam are directed to pay $12 per student per month to cover the annual debt service and old accounts payable owed by two Catholic schools.

Additionally, there’s another $25 per student per year to fund an office in the chancery of the Archdiocese of Agana, established to support the schools with a “system of administrative, accounting and human resource support for our schools.”

On the surface, this may seem to be a prudent assessment of students in schools still operating, to cover debts of two other Catholic schools: one which closed and whose debt balance of $2.4 million, plus payables of about $60,000, was assumed by the archdiocese; and the other which fell behind in paying its past-due accounts totaling approximately $180,000.

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Child abuse inquiry to probe Lanarkshire childrens homes run by nuns

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

Alan Simpson

THE second phase of the Scottish child abuse inquiry will further investigate controversial children’s homes run by a Catholic Order of nuns.

It is examining historical allegations of the abuse of children in care and has been taking statements from witnesses since last spring.

Officials said the first part of the second phase starting in autumn will focus on homes run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, such as Smyllum Park in Lanark and Bellevue House in Rutherglen.

The head of the religious order which ran the controversial children’s homes has already described allegations of abuse as a “mystery”.

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Child abuse survivors hope to agree interim payments this week

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Legal News

A child abuse survivors’ group has spoken of hope that interim payments for historical child abuse victims could be agreed this week with David Sterling, head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Margaret McGuckin of Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse (SAVIA) is on the expert panel meeting Mr Sterling on Friday.

The Panel of Experts on Redress was recently told by Jeffrey Donaldson MP that the DUP would support payments, amid mounting pressure on Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire.

Ms McGuckin, who suffered abuse as a child at Nazareth House children’s home, told The Irish News: “We were over the moon after the meeting with Jeffrey Donaldson.

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Convicted Moncton ex-priest will face preliminary inquiry on new sex charge next month

CANADA
CBC News

A preliminary inquiry for a former Moncton priest facing another allegation of indecent assault is going to take place in September.

Yvon Arsenault, who is serving a four-year prison sentence for molesting nine boys while he was a priest in the 1970s in the Shediac and Collette areas, appeared in Moncton court Wednesday morning on the latest charge.

The former Catholic priest, who has been behind bars since February, was in handcuffs as he was escorted into the courtroom by a sheriff’s deputy and sat down in the prisoner’s box.

Arsenault pleaded guilty last year to the sex crimes that put him in prison.

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Mediation Conference to be held in September

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Jolene Toves – August 10, 2017

Guam – The Catholic Church has scheduled a conference to finalize the mediation process to be utilized in the sex abuse lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese of Guam.

According to Court documents, 73 of the Church Abuse cases are participating in the mediation. At this time, all parties are working together to determine how each proposed mediation process differs and ultimately decide on which mediation process they will follow.

Attorney Anthony Perez says, “my understanding from the church’s side is they want to meet September 5th to finalize the process. On my end correspondence has been ongoing. We have already submitted our proposal which is based upon Hawaii mediation order.

Meanwhile, it has been made clear that Archbishop Anthony Apuron will not be participating in the mediation process. Archbishop Anthony Apuron’s currently has four motions to dismiss in the defamation cases before the District Court of Guam which are set to be heard on August 29.

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Tuam site report due next month

IRELAND
Galway Independent

An expert group considering the future of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home burial site is due to complete its final report next month.

The group was appointed earlier this year by Minister Katherine Zappone at the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Commenting on the group’s work, a spokesperson for the Department said, “There is no precedence for a situation such as this in Ireland, or indeed further afield, and the cooperation of all relevant government agencies is required in moving forward. This is to ensure that the dignity and integrity of the human remains at this location may be acknowledged and respected with their future to be secured as swiftly as possible.”

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AUSTRALIA’S BALLARAT DIOCESE ACCUSED OF BREAKING CHURCH SEX ABUSE GUIDELINES BY CHALLENGING COMPENSATION CLAIM

AUSTRALIA
The Tablet (UK)

10 August 2017 | by Mark Brolly

The Diocese is alleged to be denying the circumstances of the victim’s abuse, despite fact it was accepted by the Court three years ago

The Diocese of Ballarat, one of the Catholic bodies most scrutinised by Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, has been accused of breaking the Church’s guidelines in resisting a compensation claim by a victim of laicised priest Gerald Ridsdale.

The guidelines state a claimant cannot be required to prove the elements of an abuse case that the Church authority had already accepted to be true.

But lawyer Paula Shelton said the Diocese was challenging parts of her client’s claim that were accepted by a court when Ridsdale was convicted of the abuse. Her client was seven years old when sexually abused by Ridsdale, who is now in jail, in 1980.

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August 9, 2017

Dave Sablan to seminary occupants: pay rent or get out

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Aug 09, 2017

By Krystal Paco

One longtime advocate for transparency in the Church speaks out about what he’s calling “freeloaders”. The property in question is the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Yona.

Pay rent or get out – that’s the sentiment from Concerned Catholics of Guam President David Sablan, who told KUAM News, “We have this property now that is back in the church patrimony. That is the Yona property, where the Redemptoris Mater Seminary is situated. We still have people staying there.”

Sablan has written to RMS leadership to find out who’s staying in the former hotel and has yet to receive a response. He alleges the group consists of members of the Neocatechumenal Way, including missionaries, seminarians, and presbyters.

Though their operations are no longer financially supported by the Archdiocese, he reports they use the space free of charge. “A free hotel for a bunch of freeloaders from around the world,” he strongly stated. Sablan takes issue with this considering 14 Catholic schools and all Catholic parishes are being assessed fees to keep Church operations afloat.

“Here they are, staying at the RMS rent-free, exposing actually the archdiocese and the church to liability risks, on the other hand we’re charging our school kids to cough up some money to pay off old debts that is now been assumed by the archdiocese,” he said. Sablan added, “In my opinion, this is another type of abuse of our children. If we are going to charge them now to pay our old debts. They should be kept out of this – there should be other ways and means.”

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Concerned Catholics says Neocatechumenal Way should help pay church debts

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Aug. 9, 2017

Concerned Catholics of Guam President David Sablan said the Neocatechumenal Way should start paying rent for using the Archdiocese of Agana’s Yona property.

Sablan said it is unfair that Guam’s 14 Catholic schools and their students are being assessed to pay for some $2.64 million in church debts, while the Neocatechumenal Way “gets free rent” from the archdiocese.

Catholic schools will be assessed new fees of $25 per student each year to fund the operations of a Catholic education superintendent, and $144 a year per student to help the church weather its financial crisis, church officials said in previous statements.

The new fees are not for costs associated with clergy abuse cases, church officials have said.

“I questioned why this organization is getting a free ride from the Archdiocese, and the kids in our Catholic schools are being assessed to cover part of the cost of operations of the Chancery, including 100 percent of the debt assumed by the Archdiocese from two schools,” Sablan said.

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Temporary stay issued in sex abuse cases

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post

Judge Michael Bordallo of the Superior Court of Guam issued a temporary stay of 20 childhood sex abuse cases that were filed in Superior Court against the Archdiocese of Agana and the Boy Scouts of America, to see if the parties can agree on the mediation process.

Attorney Anthony Perez, who represents several sex abuse victims, advised the court that his clients agreed to mediation but are still working out concerns they had with the protocol. He anticipates those issues being resolved in the next week or two.

The parties are scheduled to have their first meeting in Hawaii on Sept. 5 to iron out all of the details of the mediation that is expected to begin in Guam on Oct. 30.

A retired federal judge, Michael Hogan, has been selected by the parties to act as mediator and work with the archdiocese, the Boy Scouts of America, other defendants and the victims’ attorneys in an effort to resolve the cases through a settlement.

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No action on sex abuse lawsuits…for now

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Aug 09, 2017

By Krystal Paco

No action will be taken on 20 clergy sex abuse lawsuits as well as a defamation lawsuit filed in the Superior Court. At least…for now.

On Wednesday, the local court granted a motion to stay on both matters in light of settlement talks.

“We requested the motion to stay for the same reasons we had in the District Court; hopefully we’ll be able to come to a settlement through the mediation process with the victims,” said And as Archdiocese of Agana’s attorney John Terlaje requested on Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo granted a motion to stay on 20 clergy sex abuse cases.

The stay is only for 30-days – just enough time to give parties who’ve expressed willingness to participate in settlement talks time to discuss the processes with mediator, Oregon-based retired federal judge Michael Hogan.

That meeting is scheduled for September 5th in Hawaii followed by Hogan’s trip to Guam in late October. “We seem pretty confident, as long as everyone comes in good faith. We think that the settlement will happen,” Terjale continued.

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Superior Court grants motion to stay church sex abuse and defamation cases

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Jolene Toves – August 9, 2017

The stay will be in effect for 30 days.

Guam – Following a stay granted in the District Court of Guam in the church sex abuse lawsuits–with the exception of the cases involving Archbishop Anthony Apuron–a temporary stay was also issued by the Superior Court of Guam this morning.

When the sex abuse cases against the Archdiocese of Guam were originally filed at Superior Court, all judges recused themselves, including Judge Michael Bordallo. Out of necessity and at the request of District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewoo, however, 20 sex abuse and 4 defamation cases are back at Superior Court where they are now talking about how to proceed with litigation.

There are over 90 sex abuse cases filed against the Archdiocese of Agana. With multiple plaintiffs and defendants, the issue of how to proceed with mediation, in particular, what mediation process to follow, has arisen as all parties must be in agreement. In court today, Judge Bordallo issued a 30-day stay to allow all parties to sort out the mediation process.

Attorney Patrick Civille says his client, the Boy Scouts of America, supports the motion to stay.

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Local court judge postpones further action in $2M libel suit, in clergy abuse cases

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Aug. 9, 2017

Further action on clergy sex abuse cases filed in the Superior Court of Guam, as well as a libel suit filed against Archbishop Anthony Apuron in Superior Court, has been delayed until at least Sept. 12 because of pending settlement talks.

Superior Court Judge Michael J. Bordallo Wednesday morning held a status hearing for 20 clergy sex abuse cases and the $2 million libel and and slander lawsuit filed by former altar boys against Apuron and the Archdiocese of Agana.

Bordallo during the hearing ordered a temporary stay on the libel case and abuse cases until an agreement has been reached on the mediation process for the nearly 100 abuse cases pending in local and federal court. The church had requested the stay.

Apuron’s counsel, Jacqueline Terlaje, told Bordallo that Apuron’s motion to dismiss the defamation case had been filed about a year ago.

Terlaje said Apuron is not participating in the mediation process at this time.

“On the defamation suit, what our grounds are, is that every person has the right to assert their innocence; that they cannot be sued in defamation simply by asserting their innocence,” Apuron’s counsel said after the status conference. “The court has ordered a temporary stay. 30 days is not going to be a huge delay in the matter and I am pleased with that, the court has an interest in moving the case forward.”

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Lafayette, diocese has history of sex offenses by priests

LOUISIANA
The Daily Advertiser

Ken Stickney, kstickney@theadvertiser.com Aug. 9, 2017

Accusations of sex crimes involving Roman Catholic priests and Acadiana children might date back some seven decades, court records reveal. They also include two notorious court cases in the past few years.

The case of the Rev. F. David Broussard, whose scheduled Aug. 14 court appearance has been delayed until Nov. 27 in St. Martin Parish, is the most recent occurrence. Broussard is not accused of sexual contact with children, but the former Breaux Bridge pastor, 51, was charged in July 2016 with 500 counts of possession of child pornography. Some 500 images of children were found on his personal computer.

Broussard wrote a public letter of apology after his arrest but pleaded not guilty to the felony charges in May. He remains free on $25,000 bond. Most Rev. Douglas Deshotel, bishop of Lafayette, placed him on administrative leave and he performs no priestly duties.

But the Breaux Bridge case was not the only recent one to land a local priest in trouble. Former priest Mark A. Broussard, convicted in March 2016 of molesting altar boys in the neighboring diocese of Lake Charles in the late 1980s, was arrested in 2012 after a man wrote to Lake Charles Bishop Glen John Provost to reveal accusations against Broussard, who had served as a priest in several Catholic churches.

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Cops hunt pastor accused of getting teen pregnant

JAMAICA
The Star

A Kingston pastor accused of repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her is now being sought by detectives at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

Law-enforcement sources revealed that the girl, who is now 14 years old, has given a detailed statement alleging that the 52-year-old clergyman first forced himself on to her before he began to reward her after their sexual encounters.

“He would give her money and other gifts so that she would not tell anyone,” one source revealed.

Confessed everything

However, according to the source, the alleged sexual relationship came to light in June this year when the 14-year-old discovered that she was pregnant and confessed everything to her mother.

The names of the clergyman and the church he leads are being withheld to protect the identity of the alleged victim.

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Testimony begins in 2000 indecency case with former Lubbock pastor

TEXAS
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

August 9, 2017

By GABRIEL MONTE A-J Media

Testimony began Tuesday for the trial of a 17-year-old indecency with a child case in which a pastor is accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old parishioner at his church.

Amado Miranda, 68, pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact, which carry a punishment of two to 20 years in prison.

Miranda is accused of sexually molesting the girl in 2000, however, prosecutors said the abuse began in 1999. Police investigated an outcry the girl made in 2004 and Miranda was arrested and indicted in 2005. Prosecutors presented jurors with a timeline to explain the 12-year delay in trying the case.

Court records showed Amado was released on bond set at $25,000 after his arrest. In April 2006, Miranda’s bond was surrendered after he failed to show up for court to enter a guilty plea on the case. Miranda’s scheduled guilty plea was not revealed to jurors during the trial.

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Pastor under investigation for alleged sex assault

MICHIGAN
The Times-Herald

Nicole Hayden, Times Herald

The St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing allegations that local Pastor Mitch Olson sexually assaulted a former member of his church.

The St. Clair County Sheriff Department submitted the case against the pastor of Grace Ministry Center to the prosecutor Wednesday morning seeking a criminal sexual conduct charge.

The investigation comes nearly 10 months after the alleged abuse occurred. The 20-year-old female victim from Marysville filed a police report in June. She was 19 years old at the time of the alleged criminal sexual conduct. The Times Herald does not publish names of sexual assault victims.

Olson told the Times Herald Tuesday night that he did not wish to comment for this story. Wednesday morning, Olson said he would provide a statement, but has not done so.

St. Clair County Prosecutor Mike Wendling said his office is currently investigating the case to determine if a crime has been committed. Wendling said his office had been communicating with the sheriff department during its investigation as well.

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Sex abuse victim advocates protest as priest accused of groping NJ girl heads to court

NEW JERSEY
Fios 1 News

[with video]

MORRISTOWN — Protestors are out in full force Wednesday, as the priest accused of inappropriately touching a teenage girl heads to court.

Fr. Marcin Nurek is expected in court for a detention hearing. He is accused of groping a teenage girl.

“It is outrageous that a priest who was ordained for 33 days would be already having the arrogance and the chutzpah, you know, to sexually abuse somebody,” said Robert Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery, a nonprofit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.

The demonstration is a result of the arrest of Fr. Nurek who is accused of groping a teenage girl last week in Boonton.

The priest was ordained just last month. He was set to begin his work at St. Catherine of Siena in Mountain Lakes as an associate pastor, but the Diocese of Paterson has revoked his assignment in light of the arrest.

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Priest accused of groping teen in Boonton released from jail, can’t function as cleric

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

Peggy Wright, @PeggyWrightDR Aug. 9, 2017

MORRISTOWN – A newly-ordained priest from Poland who is accused of groping a 13-year-old girl’s buttocks under her skirt in Boonton will be released from the Morris County jail to live at the Bethlehem Hermitage for priests in Chester as soon as he surrenders his passport, a Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday.

Over the objection of Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez, Judge Paul Armstrong ruled that the Rev. Marcin A. Nurek, 37, shall be released under special conditions while charges of criminal sexual contact and child endangerment are pending.

The conditions include reporting twice monthly to the Superior Court Pretrial Services unit, having no contact with children, and not serving as a priest – a condition that Diocese of Paterson Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli already mandated following Nurek’s arrest on Aug. 3. Nurek also must remain in New Jersey and cannot be transferred elsewhere by the Diocese of Paterson while the charges are pending, Armstrong ruled. …

Nurek, appearing grim-faced, appeared Wednesday in a jail-issued jumpsuit before Armstrong with defense lawyer William Ware and assisted by a Polish language interpreter. A citizen of Poland, he is in the United States on a religious work visa and was ordained a priest on July 1.

Ware told the judge that the Diocese, while ordering that Nurek cannot function as a priest, is still supportive. The Diocese has made arrangements for Nurek to live at the Bethlehem Hermitage for priests in Chester, and he will be monitored by a monsignor and a deacon.

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Youth pastor sues Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church over sexual harassment

CALIFORNIA
San Diego Reader

By Dorian Hargrove, Aug. 8, 2017

A former associate pastor at the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church is suing the church and it’s new pastor Bryan Stamper for sexual harassment and for terminating her after she complained to church administrators.

Dawn Neldon was hired in 2008 to serve as a youth minister. After a number of years working for the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, Neldon was promoted to a “minister of missions and serving” position inside the church.

In March 2017, the church named Bryan Stamper, a pastor from Texas, as its new head pastor. That same month Neldon and Stamper, along with other church staffers, took a bus to a conference in Irvine, California. During the ride, Stamper sat next to Neldon. He told Neldon about a former parishioner, an older lady, who, according to the complaint, liked to grab “his butt every time he saw her.” He said he was happy to give her that little thrill.

The story, in addition to his flirtatious behavior, made Neldon uncomfortable. Later at the conference, Stamper addressed Neldon as “honey, baby, and sweetheart.” During the ride home Stamper approached Neldon and compared his body to a “Lamborghini” that “couldn’t be kept in the garage.”

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Church forced out woman after she complained pastor asked her to take his ‘Lamborghini’ body out of the garage

CALIFORNIA
Raw Story

SARAH K. BURRIS
09 AUG 2017

A church’s youth pastor was forced to resign after she complained about a new pastor who acted inappropriately.

Dawn Neldon is suing Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church in San Diego and its new pastor Bryan Stamper after she said she reported he sexually harassed her and was subsequently fired, The San Diego Reader reported.

She’s worked at the church for nearly 10 years and was even promoted to “minister of missions and serving.” But in March, the church hired the new Texas pastor to lead the congregation. His first month of service, Neldon went with Stamper and other church staff to a conference in Irvine, California. While on the bus, Stamper sat with Neldon and told her a story about an older lady who liked to grab “his butt every time he saw her.” He said that he was always happy to indulge in her desire.

She also said that their conversations has a “flirtatious” manner about them, the complaint claimed. Stamper would call her “honey, baby and sweetheart” and during the ride home compared his body to a “Lamborghini” that “couldn’t be kept in the garage.” There were other incidents in which Stamper asked her to dance with him in his first sermon before the entire congregation. He also commented on her clothing.

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Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis, Activists Take on Pedophilia in Public Rally

ISRAEL
Haaretz

Religious leaders take on the issue at rare public gathering in Haredi town of Bnei Brak, dismiss rumors of ‘cult’ hunting children on street

Aaron Rabinowitz Aug 09, 2017

In a rare gathering that took place Saturday night in Bnei Brak, ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) rabbis and activists spoke publicly for the first time on the issue of pedophilia (http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.710150) in the community, providing a glimpse into how attackers and victims are dealt with.

The assembly was convened following a wave of rumors about a “missionary cult” that was snatching children, sexually assaulting them, inciting them against their parents and even threatening to murder them. These rumors were making local parents hysterical, especially since dozens of children had complained in recent months about strangers who approached them, grabbed them and sexually assaulted them. An in-depth examination, however, showed that the panic was apparently unjustified; although there had been cases of children being assaulted, these attacks had been perpetrated by pedophiles acting alone and not as part of any network or cult.

The story is also rooted in cases that took place earlier in Jerusalem. In 2011 a number of suspects were arrested in a series of attacks on children in the Nahlaot neighborhood. Residents believed there was a wide network of pedophiles in the area who had attacked dozens of children, but an intensive police investigation uncovered no evidence of this, although there had been a few individual instances.
A few years later there were rumors of a similar network operating in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sanhedria. In August 2016 police arrested a number of people suspected of spreading the rumors about a “missionary cult” and using them to extract hundreds of thousands of shekels from people who contributed to help stop the imaginary cult.

After similar rumors started in Bnei Brak a few months ago, activists and rabbis who intervened determined that these were groundless and that a significant number of the children’s reports could not be proven sufficiently or were outright lies.
As the Saturday assembly was called to calm frightened parents, the phenomenon of pedophilia was discussed. At the start of the conference, however, Rabbi Shlomo Levinstein, who is active in this area because of his position in the Mishmeret Hakodesh Vehahinukh (“Guardians of Holiness and Education”) organization, said, “For reasons of modesty, questions to the rabbis will be allowed only after the gathering on a private basis.” Teenagers were ordered out of the hall.
During his address, Levinstein said, “When we know who the attacker is, there is sometimes an option to deal with it in the community. We know how to do this, either through the Mishmeret Hakodesh or through Rabbi Chananya Chollak [chairman of the Ezer Mizion aid organization]. We have ways of sending people for treatment and we do so with a waiver on medical secrecy. When we don’t know who did it, we call the Israel Police.”

He added, “Our community has all sorts of sensitivities that don’t exist in other populations. When police are called, the detectives don’t know our language and can sometimes ask things that a child wouldn’t know what they want of him. Sometimes we arranged to have children questioned in Rabbi Chollak’s office, and that’s acceptable to the police. But the first thing that must be done is to protect the children – that is, to warn them not to speak to strangers and that you are the sole proprietor over your body.”

Nothing new

Chollak also addressed the gathering, saying, “Unfortunately, assaults on children are nothing new. Almost every week there’s an incident, in our community as well, to our great regret. There was a story in Bnei Brak a while back. Twenty-eight children were assaulted within 10 days, three of them girls who were hospitalized. I couldn’t sit in my office and I went out on ambushes with the police.”

Rabbi Yehuda Sillman, a senior rabbinic court judge, told the gathering, “This story started in the Nahlaot neighborhood in Jerusalem, where there were evil people who did terrible things and they’re sitting in jail. There’s no doubt that in various instances you have to go to the authorities, but in the current case [the rumored missionary cult in Bnei Brak] it’s clear the story isn’t credible. Hysteria and imagination work overtime in these cases and cause even worse damage – people who won’t leave their homes, children who aren’t permitted to play in the park, and more.”

Sillman added, “If there have been cases of assaults on children, they should be reported to the police, in coordination with the rabbis and activists to make sure the attackers indeed get punished and that there’s oversight so that the complaints are checked in a manner suited to the Haredi community. But there’s no need for exaggerated panic.”

In conclusion, the rabbis instructed the parents to repeatedly tell children that they shouldn’t approach or talk to strangers, and that they must explain to them that only they have say over their bodies.

“There are a lot of question marks in this case,” said Eli Schlesinger, crime reporter for the website Bechadrei Haredim, who has been continuously covering the issue of sexual assault in the community. “One city resident collected the information and gave the rabbis a document with 30 instances of assault. Rabbi Yehuda Sillman investigated but could not find evidence of a cult operating in the city.”

Yisrael Cohen, a journalist for the Kikar Shabbat website, which divulged the recordings from the Bnei Brak gathering, told Haaretz, “The rabbis and the Haredi activists work in cooperation with the police, who in certain cases look away and allow treatment within the community. The police understand that the advantages of cooperation with Haredi officials outweigh the disadvantages.”

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Pfarrer tötet Messdiener durch Hammerschläge und Messerstiche

DOMINIKANISCHE REPUBLIK
RP

[Santo Domingo. A Catholic priest in the Dominican Republic has confessed to the murder of a 16-year-old boy. He had obviously maintained a sexual relationship with the boy for years. As local media reported on Tuesday, the victim had succumbed to the serious injuries caused by hammering and knife-cutting. The priest had buried his victim in a bush.]

Santo Domingo. Ein katholischer Pfarrer in der Dominikanischen Republik hat den Mord an einem 16-jährigen Messdiener gestanden. Mit dem Jungen hatte er offenbar über Jahre eine sexuelle Beziehung aufrechterhalten.

Wie lokale Medien am Dienstag berichteten, sei das Opfer an den schweren Verletzungen erlegen, die durch Hammerschläge und Messerstiche verursacht wurden. Der Priester hatte sein Opfer nach der Tat unweit der Hauptstadt Santo Domingo in einem Gebüsch verscharrt. In seinem Geständnis erklärte der Geistliche, er habe den Jungen getötet, weil dieser gedroht habe, ihn mit kompromittierenden Fotos und Videos aus der Zeit der Beziehung zu erpressen.

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Pope tells Belgian Brothers of Charity no more euthanasia for patients

BELGIUM
Crux

The Brothers of Charity, which runs 15 centers for psychiatric patients across Belgium, formally implemented its euthanasia policy in June, just weeks after the bishops declared they would not accept euthanasia in Catholic institutions. About 12 psychiatric patients in their care are believed to have asked for euthanasia over the past year, with two transferred elsewhere to receive the injections to end their lives.

Pope Francis has given a Belgian religious order until the end of August to stop offering euthanasia to psychiatric patients.

Brother Rene Stockman, superior general of the order, told Catholic News Service the pope gave his personal approval to a Vatican demand that the Brothers of Charity, which runs 15 centers for psychiatric patients across Belgium, must reverse its policy by the end of August.

Brothers who serve on the board of the Brothers of Charity Group, the organization that runs the centers, also must each sign a joint letter to their superior general declaring that they “fully support the vision of the magisterium of the Catholic Church, which has always confirmed that human life must be respected and protected in absolute terms, from the moment of conception till its natural end.”

Brothers who refuse to sign will face sanctions under canon law, while the group can expect to face legal action and even expulsion from the church if it fails to change its policy.

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Pastor On The Run – Clergyman Flees After Claims Of Sex With Underage Girl

JAMAICA
The Gleaner

August 9, 2017

Livern Barrett

A Kingston pastor accused of repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her is now being sought by detectives at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

Law-enforcement sources revealed that the girl, who is now 14 years old, has given a detailed statement alleging that the 52-year-old clergyman first forced himself on to her before he began to reward her after their sexual encounters.

“He would give her money and other gifts so that she would not tell anyone,” one source revealed.

However, according to the source, the alleged sexual relationship came to light in June this year when the 14-year-old discovered that she was pregnant and confessed everything to her mother.

The names of the clergyman and the church he leads are being withheld to protect the identity of the alleged victim.

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Father Figures

NEW MEXICO
Santa Fe Reporter

The untold financial, emotional and spiritual cost of New Mexico’s Catholic priest sex crimes
August 9, 2017

By Matt Grubs

The two friends had laced up and hit the court together many times before. They’d played on the same team in an Albuquerque recreational basketball league for years. In a Bernalillo County league, too. They were in their mid-20s and their lives stretched out before them, disappearing into a horizon of possibilities.

It was the early 1980s, and Brad Hall was looking to blow off steam. He’d soon start classes at the University of New Mexico law school. The rec-league team, a rotating cast of characters, practiced on Sunday afternoons at the Queen of Heaven Catholic School in Albuquerque’s Quigley Park neighborhood.

Every once in a while a priest would wander through, padding along the court. Hall never had a reason to give him a second thought.

He couldn’t have known, though, what his teammate Clifford Esquibel was thinking at that same moment; the horror and fear he must have felt.

A quarter century after the last time Hall can recall seeing his basketball pal, Esquibel walked into his office. “I was the first person he ever told all about being an altar boy in the archdiocese,” Hall says.

Esquibel revealed that the Rev. John George Weisenborn, a priest at a different parish in Albuquerque who had a history of sexual abuse known to the church, had sexually molested him as a boy over the course of several years.

Then, Hall says, Esquibel walked outside and threw up.

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Youth pastor already sentenced for filming girls in shower sentenced in second county

MICHIGAN
UpNorthLive

EMMET COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) — The former Emmet County youth pastor who was already sentenced to four years in prison was sentenced in a second county.

Benoni Enciso was sentenced Monday in Emmet County to 54 months to seven years on the four convictions of using a computer to commit a crime and two years to five years on the four convictions of capturing an image of an unclothed individual. The sentences for the computer crime will run consecutive to the sentences for capturing an image.

In Charlevoix County, Enciso was sentenced in May to up to four years in prison after admitting to taking videos of underage girls in the shower.

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August 8, 2017

In predominantly Catholic Guam, clergy sex abuse lawsuits near 100-mark

GUAM
Catholic News Agency

Hagatna, Guam, Aug 8, 2017 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 100 lawsuits have accused Catholic clergy in Guam of sex abuse over a 50 year timespan, alleging assault, manipulation and intimidation of the alleged victims, according to a new report.

The accused include Archbishop Anthony Apuron, 13 Guam priests, a Catholic schoolteacher, a Catholic school janitor and a Boy Scout leader. The Archdiocese of Agana is a defendant in 96 lawsuits, which concern claims from 1955 to 1994, reports the USA Today Network’s Pacific Daily News.

“We care deeply about every person who steps forward and we look forward to a full resolution of all cases,” the archdiocese said July 28, saying it takes all allegations “very seriously.”

The large number of lawsuits is in part due to the actions of lawmakers in September 2016, when they retroactively eliminated the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits involving child sexual abuse. The criminal statute of limitations, which cannot be applied retroactively, was lifted in 2011.

About 85 percent of Guam’s population of 163,000 people is Catholic, served by 26 parishes. The island is only 30 miles long and about one-fifth the size of Rhode Island. All eight of Guam’s trial judges have recused themselves because they have family or business ties with either the plaintiffs or the defendants in the suits.

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Protest planned as newly ordained priest faces sex charges

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

Posted on August 9, 2017

By Rob Jennings rjennings@njadvancemedia.com,
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

MORRISTOWN — A priest accused of putting his hand under a teen girl’s skirt and touching her buttocks, just a month after being ordained, is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

The Rev. Marcin Nurek, 37, was charged Thursday with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact, and remains in the Morris County jail. The unidentified girl is described as older than 13 but younger than 16, and the assault allegedly happened in Boonton, officials said.

Nurek was ordained into the priesthood on July 1 and had been expected to start Aug. 15 as Parochial Vicar of Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes, according to the Diocese of Paterson.

As a judge decides whether to free Nurek, a former Catholic priest plans to hold a protest outside the courtroom.

Ex-priest Robert Hoatson of West Orange said his group, “Road to Recovery,” advocates for clergy sexual assault victims and will gather outside Superior Court.

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Man Captured on Video Groping Teen Girl on New Jersey Street Is Newly Ordained Priest: Police

NEW JERSEY
NBC New York

[with video]

By Ida Siegal

Authorities say a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest in New Jersey has been charged with groping a teen girl under her skirt after surveillance video captured him allegedly following a group of girls and grabbing one of them.

Surveillance video obtained by News 4 shows a group of four girls walking down Main Street in Boonton, and then a man with a backpack comes from behind. He grabs the buttocks of one of the girls, then takes off down the street.

The 37-year-old man allegedly told the teenage girl she was “sexy,” according to the Morris County prosecutor’s office.

The girl told reported the incident to police, and the man with the backpack — who turned out to be the Rev. Marcin Nurek — was arrested on Essex Avenue about 20 minutes later, police say.

He’s charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.

Nick Fernicola, who works across the street, said he saw the aftermath.

“Thursday afternoon I came out from my office and looked out the window and saw four young girls with the police, they looked all very upset,” he said.

The Diocese of Paterson put Nurek on administrative leave. He remains in jail pending a detention hearing on Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney to comment on his behalf.

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Newly ordained priest arrested for alleged sexual abuse in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY
PIX 11

AUGUST 8, 2017, BY SAMANTHA TATA

BOONTON, N.J. — A priest in New Jersey is accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl and allegedly telling her, “You’re sexy,” less than five weeks after he was ordained.

Rev. Marcin Nurek was arrested Aug. 3 in Boonton and charged with criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Nurek allegedly put his hand under a girl’s skirt and touched her buttocks, officials said. The girl is between 13 and 16 years old.

He allegedly told the child, “You’re sexy,” the Daily Record reports.

Nurek came to the U.S. in 2015 from Poland, and was ordained to the priesthood on July 1 of this year, according ot the Diocese of Paterson.

He was set to begin his assignment this month at St. Catherine of Siena in Mountain Lakes, N.J., the diocese said. But that has been “concluded” in the wake of his arrest.

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New priest grabbed teen’s butt, called her ‘sexy’: cops

NEW JERSEY
New York Post

By Tamar Lapin August 8, 2017

A newly ordained Roman Catholic priest is accused of groping a teen girl, calling her “sexy,” as he touched her, authorities say.

New Jersey reverend Marcin Nurek was arrested by Boonton police on August 3 and charged last week with criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child, the Morris County Prosecutor’s office said.

The pervy priest is accused of putting his hand under the skirt and touching the buttocks of a girl who is between 13 and 16.

Boonton police said the girl was walking along Main Street with friends last Thursday when Nurek put his hand under her dress and told her she was pretty, according to ABC7 New York.

Cops said the 37-year-old priest also told the girl she was “sexy.”

Nurek was immediately placed on administrative leave by the Patterson Diocese, according to spokesperson Richard Sokerka.

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MEDIA RELEASE – AUGUST 8, 2017

NEW JERSEY
Road to Recovery

The reported arrest of Paterson, New Jersey, newly-ordained diocesan priest, Fr. Marcin Nurek, for criminal sexual contact of a child indicates that there are not adequate safeguards in place to protect children in Catholic parishes, schools, and institutions

Fr. Marcin Nurek, who was reportedly arrested for criminal sexual contact of a child in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, came to the United States approximately two years ago from Poland, appears to have not been properly vetted, trained, and/or supervised, and instead of being ordained in four years, was ordained in two years

The Diocese of Paterson and the Catholic Church still don’t care when it comes to safeguarding children, supervising its clergy, and properly accepting and preparing men for the priesthood

What
A demonstration alerting Catholics, the general public, and the media that the Catholic Church still has not adequately created or effectively implemented policies and procedures that protect children from predatory priests, deacons, and other church personnel

When
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 7:30 AM until 9:00 AM

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the Morris County Superior Court, One Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey 07960 (sidewalk is on Washington Street in front of old courthouse steps)

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.; Fred Marigliano, who walked across the State of New Jersey to dramatize the need for legislation to protect children and who was sexually abused by a priest; and Sam Rivera, victim/survivor of sexual abuse by a priest; and others.

Why
Fr. Marcin Nurek was reportedly ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Paterson on July 1, 2017. According to reports, he came to the United States in 2015 from Poland. One month after his ordination and approximately two years after arriving in the United States, Fr. Marcin Nurek was reportedly arrested for criminal sexual contact of a child at a parish in Morris County, New Jersey, thus raising significant concerns and questions:

1) Did Fr. Marcin Nurek have issues regarding sexual abuse of children that Bishop Serratelli and the Diocese of Paterson knew or should have known about?
2) What vetting processes were used by the Diocese of Paterson in the acceptance process?
3) It is clear that the Diocese of Paterson still doesn’t care when it comes to safeguarding children and adequately creating and implementing policies and procedures that protect children.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

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Angels Plot: ‘More babies were secretly buried by Catholic orphanage’ in Ireland

IRELAND
International Business Times

By Josh Robbins
August 8, 2017

A man who survived vaccine trials as a child growing up in a notorious Catholic orphanage says he believes there are more children secretly buried in a cemetery that was attached to the project.

David Kinsella, 59, spent the first four years of his life St Patrick’s on Dublin’s Navan Road – one of nine ‘Mother and Baby Homes’ that operated in Ireland in the last century, accommodating women who fell pregnant out of wedlock and their offspring.

A series of revelations have exposed that some of the homes subjected the children to vaccine trials at the behest of major pharmaceutical companies. They were separated from their mothers at birth, who would then typically work for a year to pay back the Catholic church.

David was hospitalised six times and required a blood transfusion after he was pumped full of drugs at the Navan Road facility, he told the Irish Mirror. He could not talk or walk when he was adopted a the age of four.

Infant mortality rates at the home were high as a result of the drug trials and other mistreatment of the children, including chronic malnutrition. It is estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 children died there between its opening in 1904 and closure in 1985.

Many of dead were buried in a special mass grave in Glasnevin Cemetery, known as an ‘Angels Plot’, but it has also been revealed that several hundred were donated to medical institutions for research purposes. A memorial is taking place on Sunday 13 August at the plot in Glasnevin and David is attending.

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Sudbury teachers face disciplinary hearings

CANADA
Sudbury.com

by: Darren MacDonald

Some teachers in Greater Sudbury are facing disciplinary hearings over allegations of misconduct.

The teachers – two from the English Catholic school board and one from Rainbow District – face hearings for a range of issues, from sexual abuse of a student to criminal charges related to an incident outside the classroom.

In the first case, a male teacher with the Catholic board was accused of rubbing a female student’s leg on two different occasions over two school years.

As a result, he’s facing allegations of student sexual abuse, as well as physical and emotional abuse, of failing to live up to professional standards and of engaging in conduct unbecoming to someone in the profession.

In the second case, another Catholic board teacher was found guilty of professional misconduct for a variety of issues, such as swearing at students, losing his temper and tearing cords out of the wall, hugging male and female students, hitting one male student with a yardstick and telling a female student to wear something sexy for a performance.

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After a year of judges’ recusals, Apuron libel suit is up for a hearing

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Aug. 8, 2017

A $2 million libel and slander lawsuit against suspended Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron and the Archdiocese of Agana, which was filed more than a year ago, is scheduled to have its first status hearing this week.

Until now, most of the activity in the case has involved judges recusing themselves from hearing it.

Judge Michael J. Bordallo, now assigned to the case, is scheduled to hold a status conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The libel and slander lawsuit was filed by former altar boys Roy Quintanilla, Walter Denton and Roland Sondia along with Doris Concepcion, mother of deceased former altar boy Joseph Quinata, after Apuron accused them of lying about him.

The four plaintiffs, who accused Apuron of sexually abusing or raping altar boys in Agat in the 1970s, sued Apuron and the archdiocese for calling them liars and for accusing them of “instilling hatred, ignorance and violence in the people.”

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Trial date stands for accused Aurora priest facing deportation

ILLINOIS
The Beacon-News

Hannah Leone
Aurora Beacon-News

A Kane County judge decided not to move up the jury trial of a former Aurora priest facing deportation along with felony charges of child sex abuse.

Prosecutors last week filed a motion asking for the trial of Alfredo Pedraza Arias to start sooner. However, Kane County Judge Linda Abrahamson Monday ordered the trial date to remain Sept. 18.

Arias’ attorney, David Camic, said it “didn’t make sense” to try an earlier start. The trial would only have been moved up a week, he said, and people were already subpoenaed for the proceedings as scheduled.

Meanwhile, a deportation order signed in June by a federal immigration judge means Arias could be sent back to Colombia, where he is from, at any time. If that happens, prosecutors could ask to have him tried in absentia, but they’ve said it’s unclear whether that would work or if he could be extradited for proceedings.

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What’s Going on in the Philippines: 101 East’s Sins of the Father

UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

[with video]

August 8, 2017 Joelle Casteix

In February 2017, Al Jazeera’s 101 East produced this 25-minute documentary feature about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in the Philippines.

It’s a great primer for anyone interested in learning more about the clergy sexual abuse crisis in this VERY Catholic country.

Here’s a peek at what you’ll see:

* The Catholic Church in the Philippines is the strongest institution in the country, in many ways even stronger than the government.

* Victims who come forward to report abuse are met with intimidation and fear. One girl was beaten by her family for reporting. Even a lawyer for priests—men who are his friends—says that these matters are best handled “behind closed doors.” The only priest who was ever convicted for abuse soon found his conviction overturned.

* Sexually abusive priests are transferred from parish to parish, without church leaders informing local Catholics that the man leading Mass has admitted to molesting children.

* According to Fr. Jaime Achacoso, the secretary for the Canon Law Society of the Philippines, in many dioceses, 1 in 5 priests have fathered children.

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Concerned Catholics: Freeloaders should pay

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

This new school year, the families of Guam’s 4,424 Catholic school students will fork out an extra $12 monthly fee per student to help pay for the debts left behind by a closed college preparatory school and the financial problems caused by another school – but it shouldn’t be that way, said an official with Concerned Catholics of Guam.

Each student will also be assessed a $25 fee for an administrative office for the 14 Catholic schools.

A closed school left behind $2.4 million worth of debts plus payables of about $60,000, and the obligations were assumed by the archdiocese, said David J. Sablan, president of Concerned Catholics. The other school, which fell behind in paying its past-due accounts, owes approximately $180,000, he said.

“The debts should be assumed by the Archdiocese of Agana, which then should find other ways and means” to pay the debts, Sablan said. …

‘Freeloaders’ living at former hotel

To spare Catholic students from the extra cost, the archdiocese can also charge rent to people who live as “freeloaders” in a prime church property – the former oceanview Hotel Accion in Yona, Sablan said.

The former hotel, which the archdiocese is trying to sell, and which was previously valued at around $40 million, houses more than 30 seminarians from all over the world, according to Sablan.

“There are seminarians there from other countries all wanting to be ordained as presbyters for the Neocatechumenal Way,” Sablan said. “Additionally, there are priests staying there who are NCW presbyters, not doing anything for our archdiocese; yet we probably are paying their monthly stipends as required by Church law.”

“And there are people from other countries living there rent-free,” Sablan said. “There is a term we use to define such individuals: freeloaders.”

The Neocatechumenal Way seminary began occupying the former hotel under the leadership of now-suspended Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who is facing child sex-abuse cases before a Vatican tribunal and in the federal court in Guam.

Until that property is sold to cover claims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy, including Apuron, Sablan said charging rent to the occupants of the former hotel should be done instead of making students pay more to attend Catholic schools.

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Newly ordained priest charged with groping teenage girl in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY
WABC

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey (WABC) — Authorities say a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest in New Jersey has been charged with groping a teen girl under her skirt.

The Morris County prosecutor’s office said that the Rev. Marcin Nurek was charged last week with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.

Boonton police say the girl, younger than 16 but older than 13, was walking along Main Street with friends last Thursday when she says Nurek put his hand under her dress and commented on how pretty she was.

Authorities say the 37-year-old touched the teen girl’s buttocks over her underwear and told her she was “sexy.”

The incident was reported to police at 4:55 that day. Nurek was arrested less than a half an hour later. Three hours after that, the Diocese of Paterson was informed.

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Petition seeks to place ex-priest in secured treatment facility

MASSACHUSETTS
National Catholic Reporter

Aug 8, 2017
by Maria Benevento

Ex-priest Paul Shanley was released from prison on July 28 after serving 12 years for child sex abuse, but some worry he still poses a danger to children.

Two organizations, Real Women Real Stories and Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP, are co-sponsoring an online petition, “Victims’ Plea: Place Rapist Ex-Priest in a Secured Treatment Center,” that urges “the Boston Archdiocese and the State of Boston to insist Shanley live in a facility where he can receive treatment and where he will have no access to children, and to wear a GPS bracelet so that his whereabouts can be tracked on anytime.” Organizers clarified to NCR that the state of Massachusetts is the intended government recipient of the petition.

To emphasize the danger of letting Shanley move freely, the petition cites the example of a 72-year-old Irish ex-priest who was convicted of abusing at least 25 children in California, but was later reported to be living yards from a playground in the Netherlands and volunteering at a Catholic parish under an assumed identity.

Although Shanley is 86, the petition warns his advanced age could actually make him more dangerous by allowing him to seem “harmless.”

“Everything we hear about predators says they’ll tend to repeat the crime,” said Barbara Dorris, outreach director for SNAP. “Many people came forward saying Shanley hurt them, yet he’s being turned loose in society.”

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What’s Going on the Philippines Part One: The Priest Who Broke the Rule

UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

August 8, 2017 Joelle Casteix

In the introduction to this series, I called the Philippines the “Holy Grail” of cover-up.

Simply put, it’s the place where priests accused of abuse can hang out and still be priests. In fact, it doesn’t matter whether or not the priests abused in the Philippines or elsewhere.

The Philippines is a place where treatment centers for sexually abusive clerics thrive, even though the clerics cannot be cured and are not reported to local authorities.

It’s a place where local bishops turn a blind eye to abuse. Unless of course, you break the one, unspoken rule.

Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos broke that rule. He trafficked a 13-year-old child through a pimp last month.

Lagarejos was caught in a police anti-trafficking sting operation and couldn’t be saved by his local bishop. The global media caught wind and jumped on the story. Locals were outraged. They couldn’t believe that a priest would engage in something so horrible.

What locals didn’t realize, however, was how abuse and cover-up have been rampant in the Philippines. Lagareros just made the mistake of getting busted.

And when I say abuse and cover-up are rampant, I mean RAMPANT!

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Apuron could have ammo to fire back

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Aug 08, 2017

By Krystal Paco

It appears Archbishop Anthony Apuron could have ammo to fire back should he not be satisfied with the results of his canonical trial in Rome. This according to one expert who chimes in after sexual harassment allegations were made against one of the priest investigating Apuron’s case.

A decision is expected any day now. This according to Guam’s Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes who previously reported Archbishop Anthony Apuron’s fate now rests with three unnamed judges. He told KUAM News, “The discovery period of the trial has ended, and the next phase that will happen in the next several weeks, will be a convening of the three judges to deliberate on what they heard.”

“There’s three possibilities: not guilty. Guilty. Or not proven.”

While we wait for a judgment from Rome, it’s recently been revealed that one of Apuron’s investigators stands accused of sexual harassment.

Father Justin Wachs, according to South Dakota news reports, allegedly touched a woman inappropriately and sent her suggestive text messages. The woman, who remained anonymous, worked at his former parish. Patrick J. Wall, an advocate, former priest, and canonist tells KUAM this development could be used to Apuron’s advantage.

Wall said, “So that will be very interesting to see if Archbishop Apuron’s attorneys – canonical attorneys – challenge the canonical process now.”

Father Wachs was on Guam earlier this year along with other members of the Tribunal tasked with investigating Apuron and collecting testimony. Wall says Father Wachs plays a critical role as the notary and should have a reputation that is both unimpaired and above all suspicion.

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‘We’ve been left to rot’ – Bethany Home survivor claims he is ignored by the State bec

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Kathy Armstrong
August 7 2017

A survivor of the Bethany mother and baby home claims he has been “left to rot” by the State because he is a Protestant.

Despite Derek Leinster suffering physically and emotionally after being born in the Dublin institution in 1941, he has never received any kind of redress.

He told Independent.ie he is determined to get justice for survivors, saying, “I won’t give up until the day I die.”

Derek was born to an unwed mother in the home and from when he was seven months old he was “nursed out” to families to be cared for.

He said: “We would be sent to families to be looked after, they would get paid a few shillings.

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‘Hole in my heart’: Searching for a mother I never knew

IRELAND
Irish Times

Michelle McDonagh

Don Stiffe knew from an early age that he was adopted but while he had always been curious about his birth family, it was not until he was in his late 40s and a father himself that he took the decision to search for his birth mother.

That search was to prove far more torturous than the award-winning singer songwriter could ever have imagined. He did manage to find out who his birth mother but never got to meet her – by the time he discovered her identity, she had been dead two years.

However, Don also learned that he was one of nine children born to his mother, and through his unrelenting search, he has been reunited with some of his siblings. His story mirrors the storyline of the Bafta award-winning movie Philomena – Philomena Lee even plays a part in his tale.

Don Stiffe (now 50) was adopted from the Sean Ross Abbey mother and baby home in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, by Margaret and Dominic Stiffe, who brought him to live in Cooke’s Terrace, Bohermore, when he was three and a half months old.

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NJ priest groped girl just a month after being ordained, cops say

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey 101.5

A newly ordained Roman Catholic priest has been charged with groping a teen girl under her skirt.

The Rev. Marcin Nurek was charged last week with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office says the 37-year-old touched the teen girl’s buttocks in Boonton over her underwear and told her she was “sexy.”

According to a statement from the Diocese of Paterson, Nurek was arrested at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 3. After learning about the arrest, the diocese’s statement said, the “Rev. Nurek was immediately placed on administrative leave, his faculties were revoked and his assignment as parochial vicar at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Mountain Lakes was concluded.”

The diocese said Nurek came to this country from Poland in March of 2015 and that he had just been ordained on July 1. Prior to his arrest, Nurek was assigned to begin work at the church in August. The statement also said he had undergone a full background check in October of 2014 that came back clear.

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Child sex abuse inquiry chair: ‘North Wales institutions failed to protect victims from predators’

WALES
Daily Post

BY MARC WADDINGTON
8 AUG 2017

The chair of a major inquiry into child sexual abuse said institutions in North Wales failed to protect young victims from sexual predators.

Professor Alexis Jay said she and her team wanted to hear accounts of people who were let down by those who were meant to look after them.

The Truth Project, which is being run as part of the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse, will be in Bangor and Caernarfon in October, where trained staff will be on hand for one-to-one sessions with victims.

Professor Jay OBE (pictured right) said: “For too long the voices of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have not been heard and many have been made to feel ashamed for reporting the abuse in the first place.

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August 7, 2017

Report Uncovers Nearly 100 Sex Abuse Lawsuits Against Catholic Leaders In Guam

GUAM
HuffPost

By Antonia Blumberg

The latest sex abuse scandal to rock the Catholic Church shines a spotlight on the small, predominantly Catholic U.S. territory of Guam.

According to an ongoing investigation by the USA TODAY Network’s Pacific Daily News, Guam’s Archdiocese of Agana is listed as a defendant in 96 lawsuits detailing abuses spanning nearly 40 decades.

Two archbishops of Agana, as well as multiple priests, bishops, teachers and even Boy Scouts leaders on the Western Pacific island are implicated in the suits.

The lawsuits alleged that leaders repeatedly preyed on children, some as young as seven years old, and include claims of molestation, rape, and priests exposing themselves and displaying pornography in the company of young altar boys.

Louis Brouillard, who served as a priest and scoutmaster on Guam from 1948 to 1981, is named in 55 lawsuits and has admitted to abusing at least 20 boys on the island. In an interview with the Associated Press last year, Brouillard, now 96, said other priests on the island who he confided in advised him to pray and “do better.”

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SEX ABUSE CRISIS ROCKS CHURCH IN GUAM

GUAM
Church Militant

by Stephen Wynne • ChurchMilitant.com • August 7, 2017

Almost 100 lawsuits filed against clergy, former archbishop

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (ChurchMilitant.com) – The Church in Guam is reeling from a clerical sex abuse scandal.

Since September 2016, the Catholic archdiocese of Agana has been named in 96 sex abuse lawsuits. After lawmakers passed a bill retroactively terminating the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases, dozens of men came forward, alleging that between 1955 and 1994, as minors, they were raped and subjected to other forms of sexual abuse by priests in the archdiocese.

Some cases involve up to 50 defendants. Among them are 13 priests, a Catholic schoolteacher, a Catholic school janitor and Anthony Apuron, the former archbishop of Agana, who oversaw the Church in Guam for three decades.

As with abuse cases elsewhere, the suits allege that Guam’s Church leaders knew of the abuse but did nothing to stop it. One priest, an admitted molester, confirmed the leadership’s complacency in court testimony.

Apuron has denied accusations of raping altar boys in his care. After the allegations surfaced, he refused to resign forcing Pope Francis’ hand. In June 2016, the Pontiff stepped in, stripping Apuron of his pastoral and administrative authority and appointing Auxiliary Bp. Michael J. Byrnes of Detroit as coadjutor archbishop of Guam.

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Newly ordained priest charged with groping teen girl

NEW JERSEY
San Francisco Chronicle

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest in New Jersey has been charged with groping a teen girl under her skirt.

The Morris County prosecutor’s office said that the Rev. Marcin Nurek was charged last week with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.

They say the 37-year-old touched the teen girl’s buttocks in Boonton over her underwear and told her she was “sexy.”

The Diocese of Paterson put Nurek on administrative leave. He remains in jail pending a detention hearing on Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney to comment on his behalf.

Nurek is an immigrant from Poland and was ordained into the priesthood in July.

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Cops: Priest touched girl’s buttocks, said ‘You’re sexy’

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

Peggy Wright, @PeggyWrightDR Aug. 7, 2017

MORRISTOWN – A newly-ordained priest has been charged with putting his hand under a teenager’s skirt in Boonton, touching her buttocks and telling her “You’re sexy,” according to court records.

The Rev. Marcin A. Nurek, 37, was ordained a priest on July 1 and was supposed to start a post as parochial vicar this month at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes. That assignment will not take place and Nurek has been placed on administrative leave and cannot function as a priest, said Richard Sokerka, director of communications for the Diocese of Paterson.

The alleged incident occurred in the town of Boonton last Thursday, when Nurek put his hand under the girl’s skirt and touched her buttocks over her underwear. Court records did not state where the incident allegedly occurred but said the teen was upset but not injured.

Nurek was charged with endangering the welfare of a child – whose age was listed as being at least 13 but younger than 16 – and criminal sexual contact. Via a closed-circuit television link between the Morris County jail and Superior Court, Nurek appeared on Friday for an initial review before Judge Ira Cohen.

Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez said the state has filed a motion to detain Nurek in the county jail until the charges are resolved. A detention hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.

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Priest accused of groping girl a month after being ordained

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

[Rev. Marcin Nurek – Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson]

August 7, 2017

By Rob Jennings rjennings@njadvancemedia.com,
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

MORRISTOWN — The Diocese of Paterson has revoked the church assignment of a newly-ordained priest accused of putting his hand under a teenage girl’s skirt and touching her buttocks.

The Rev. Marcin Nurek, 37, was ordained into the priesthood on July 1 and had been expected to start Aug. 15 as Parochial Vicar of Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes, the diocese’s spokesman told NJ Advance Media.

However, diocesan officials reversed course after Nurek was charged Thursday with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.

He allegedly put his hand under the girl’s skirt, touched her buttocks over her underwear and told her, “You’re sexy,” the Daily Record reported. The girl was described as over the age of 13, but under 16.

Richard Sokerka, spokesman for the Diocese of Paterson, said, “The diocese is deeply saddened by the charges filed against Rev. Nurek and offers its prayers to everyone involved, especially the minor who has come forward.”

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Attorney: Apuron wants his ‘day in court’

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post Aug 8, 2017

Suspended Archbishop Anthony Apuron will get his “day in court” as the District Court of Guam will hear his motion to dismiss four child sex abuse lawsuits later this month.

Apuron’s attorney, Jacqueline Terlaje, opposed a stay in the lawsuits involving allegations of sexual abuse filed against her client.

“There is no absolute necessity at this juncture that Apuron participate,” Terlaje told the court during a status hearing yesterday.

The parties in the other 73 cases have agreed to a stay of the cases to participate in non-binding mediation that will be held in Guam beginning Oct. 30. But Terlaje urged the court to proceed with her client’s cases.

“I think it is important for Apuron to have his day in court,” the archbishop’s attorney said. Terlaje asked that the court address her client’s motion to dismiss and weigh the competing interests in the case.

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Washington County Youth Pastor Sentenced In Child Porn Case

MINNESOTA
Patch

By William Bornhoft (Patch Staff) – Updated August 7, 2017

WASHINGTON COUNTY, MN — A youth pastor out of Cottage Grove will serve a federal prison sentence after distributing child pornography. William Leonard Helker, 47, pleaded guilty on March 3, to one count of distribution of child pornography. On July 27, United States District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz sentenced Helker to 150 months in federal prison and 15 years of supervised release.

“Helker is a dangerous child predator who disguised himself as a youth pastor. Instead of providing guidance to young people, he used his position as a trusted leader to prey upon them,” said Assistant United States Attorney Katharine Buzicky in a statement.

“This child sexual exploitation case originated in Finland with the arrest there of another child predator,” said J. Alex Khu, special agent in charge of HSI Saint Paul.

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Dark Cloud of Alleged Sex Abuse Continues to Follow Former Phoenix Bishop O’Brien

ARIZONA
Phoenix New Times

BY SEAN HOLSTEGE
MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017

The dark cloud of child sex-abuse allegations still follows the former bishop of Phoenix.

Years after he resigned from the top post in the Catholic diocese here, after acknowledging he knew that priests he supervised had sexually abused children, 81-year-old Thomas O’Brien now faces new allegations in court that he was himself an abuser.

He has denied the accusation and last week won a partial victory when a judge tossed out four of 14 claims against him in a civil suit brought by a man identified only as Joseph W.

The man claims, in a suit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court in 2016, that O’Brien assaulted him from 1977 to 1982. The suits says the attacks occurred when he attended second to fifth grades at the St. Aquinas and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic schools and parishes in Litchfield Park and Phoenix, respectively.

According to the lawsuit, the abuse occurred before or during church services and involved kissing and touching as well as oral intercourse by and to the priest.

Joseph W., who lives in Tucson, says in court documents that he suppressed the memories of these attacks until two years earlier, when he readied his son for baptism. The abuse caused Joseph W., now 47, to suffer for almost his entire life, the complaint says, naming among other things distress, disgrace, and humiliation prompting psychological therapy and loss of income.

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Athié acusa a la PGR de dar trato especial a Norberto Rivera en la investigación sobre pederastia

MEXICO
SinEmbarago

[Alberto Athié accused the PGR of giving special treatment to Cardinal Norberto Rivera who is accused of covering-up abuse by priests. Athié has been fighting the silence of the Mexican Catholic Church for 20 years against the crimes of clerical pederasty. In 2003 he resigned from the priesthood for what he considered to be protection of Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera and of different popes towards the Mexican priest Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, one of the most well-known cases of sexual abuse against children at even international level. Today he is one of the authors of the lawsuit against Cardinal Rivera for covering up at least 15 pedophile priests.]

Por Dulce Olvera
SinEmbargo
agosto 6, 2017

El ex sacerdote Alberto Athié acusó que la comparecencia del Cardenal Norberto Rivera Carrera ante la Procuraduría General de la República se dio en un contexto de “falta de transparencia” y exigió que no haya “privilegios” durante el proceso.

Athié lleva 20 años en lucha contra el silencio de la Iglesia Católica mexicana ante los crímenes de pederastia clerical. En 2003 renunció al sacerdocio por lo que consideró protección del Cardenal Norberto Rivera Carrera y de diferentes papas hacia el sacerdote mexicano Marcial Maciel Degollado, fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo, uno de los casos más conocidos de abuso sexual contra menores a nivel incluso internacional.Hoy es uno de los autores de la demanda en contra del Cardenal Rivera por encubrimiento a al menos 15 sacerdotes pederastas.

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Judge denies stay in Apuron cases; Lujan calls objection a “scam”

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Jolene Toves – August 7, 2017

So as long as there is uncertainty on the validity of the statute, it’s supposed to make everyone scared and come to a quick and cheaper settlement. That’s the scam. — Attorney David Lujan

Guam – US Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan has granted Archbishop Anthony Apuron’s objection to a stay that would allow the church to continue with settlement negotiations in the sex abuse lawsuits related to Apuron.

Meanwhile, Attorney David Lujan, who represents a majority of the alleged victims, is calling the objection a scam.

Both parties argued a motion to stay the proceedings. While the motion was denied in regards to Apuron, the motion stands as granted for all other defendants. Apuron’s leagal counsel, Attorney Jaqcue Terlaje is requesting that the District Court address the merits of Apuron’s motion to dismiss, arguing that the court does not have authority over his case and therefore cannot continue to hear his case.

“We are basically challenging the plaintiffs’ rights to pursue the cause of action of a civil TORT against Archbishop Anthony. Basically, the statute of limitations law that was passed by the legislature is unconstitutional,” she pointed out. “So the plaintiff and the Archdiocese of Agana have asked the court to put that in abeyance while they try to mediate their cases and we said no way. You can’t trample on the rights on a one-party litigant and advance the competing interest of the other interests and so the court agreed with me.”

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Lujan calls foul on mediation

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Aug 07, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Defense Attorney David Lujan has never been one to mince words, and he only needed one to describe what he thinks is happening with mediation in the child sex abuse cases against local clergy. And that word is “scam”.

Loud and clear – Lujan blasted the Archdiocese of Agana and Archbishop Anthony Apuron in federal court on Monday. “Of course it’s a scam,” he professed. When asked the why he elected to proceed with mediation if you believe its a scam, he replied, “Because mediation is non-binding, either.”

In court today, attorney Lujan alleged the plaintiffs and the court are being “played by the Church and Apuron.” Lujan questioned their motive to rush resolution and further alleged there’s a deal to ensure Apuron stay a priest and remain on Church payroll.

“But ask yourself, do you think that Apuron, who has a chance of coming back wants to bankrupt this archdiocese? Ask yourself that,” he said.

Apuron’s attorney Jacque Terlaje fired back, calling Lujan unprofessional for not only his accusations, but also for yelling in the courtroom. Ultimately, the court ruled in Terlaje’s favor and denied the motion to stay on Apuron’s cases.

That means the four lawsuits against Apuron will proceed in the federal court – and soon – a hearing on Apuron’s motion to dismiss is scheduled for August 29.

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Clergy sex abuse mediation on shaky ground

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Aug. 7, 2017

Dozens of clergy abuse lawsuits are scheduled to go through mediation later this year, but David Lujan, the attorney representing those plaintiffs, on Monday said he is prepared to abandon mediation altogether and take the cases to trial.

At issue is four abuse lawsuits filed against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who does not want to participate in mediation with his accusers and who instead wants the federal court to move forward and rule on his motions to dismiss the cases.

A stay already has been granted for the cases of dozens of accusers represented by Lujan, but a federal judge, during a hearing Monday, denied Lujan’s motion to postpone further action on the Apuron lawsuits.

Apuron, through his attorney, Jacqueline Terlaje, succeeded in blocking Lujan’s request to stop a hearing on the motion to dismiss the cases involving Apuron.

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Landlord to sex offenders in Ware, on registry himself, says safe home cuts risk

MASSACHUSETTS
Telegram & Gazette

By Elaine Thompson
Telegram & Gazette Staff

Posted Aug 6, 2017

WARE – Many of the 23 registered Level 3 sex offenders who live in Ware rent from another Level 3 sex offender who owns several properties and plans to provide a home for other offenders who need help.

Joel Pentlarge, 67, a disbarred attorney and former town official, declined to say how many of his tenants are Level 3 sex offenders, the category considered the highest risk of reoffending.

“Not enough,” he said during a recent interview in a basement apartment in his four-unit complex at 14 Park St. that also serves as his office. Another Level 3 sex offender lists the unit as his secondary place of residence.

Mr. Pentlarge, a 1968 graduate of Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, has served on the Ware Conservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and on the board of directors of a local social service agency. He was imprisoned for three years after pleading guilty in 2000 to the statutory rape of four boys, ages 12 to 15. …

Mr. Pentlarge’s effort to help sex offenders was recently in the spotlight when his latest tenant, high-profile child rapist Paul R. Shanley, moved into an apartment that Mr. Pentlarge owns at 31 Pulaski St. Mr. Shanley had been incarcerated for 12 years for repeatedly raping a boy at a Newton parish in the 1980s. The former street priest was at the center of the Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandal and was defrocked.

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Vic priest jailed for Rupertswood abuse

AUSTRALIA
9 News

A Victorian priest who repeatedly molested boys at Victoria’s notorious Rupertswood boarding school in the 1970s and 1980s has been jailed for two years.

Frank Peter De Dood will spend at least 20 months behind bars after he was sentenced on Monday for indecently assaulting five boys between 1978 and 1983.

The 64-year-old had pleaded guilty in the Victorian County Court to six counts of indecent assault.

Dozens of students were abused by a number of priests at Salesian College Rupertswood in Sunbury in the 1970s and ’80s.

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Salesian priest Frank de Dood jailed for child sex crimes at Rupertswood, Sunbury

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

SHANNON DEERY, Herald Sun
August 6, 2017

ANOTHER priest is behind bars for sex crimes against children while teaching at the notorious Salesian College, Rupertswood.

Former students say a sickening club of sex abusers roamed its grand halls and manned its dormitories at Sunbury in Melbourne’s northwest for decades, from as early as the 1950s.

Frank de Dood was for a short while in the 1980s in charge of monitoring the dormitories, and like dorm masters before him took his chance to abuse a young boy as he slept.

The child was one of five boys de Dood has admitted abusing between 1978 and 1983.

Four of the students were abused at the Salesian’s Rupertswood college where de Dood taught between 1981 and 1986.

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Victim gets justice, Salesian College priest gets 20-month minimum term

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Adam Cooper

One of the victims of the latest Salesian priest jailed for sex crimes at a notorious boarding school outside Melbourne hopes his case will encourage others to contact police and seek justice.

Richard Brown was one of five boys sexually assaulted by Frank De Dood​, who was on Monday jailed for three years for abusing children he was either teaching or responsible for between 1978 and 1983.

Four victims attended Salesian College Rupertswood, in Sunbury, the scene of a string of sex assaults when a group of paedophile priests worked at the school and preyed on students.

De Dood also abused one boy at a Salesian residence in Oakleigh before he was posted to Rupertswood.

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Sexually deviant priests sent to Tagaytay for rehab

PHILIPPINES
ABS-CBN

Anton C. Onato, VERA Files
Posted at Aug 07 2017

On a two-hectare land tucked away somewhere in Tagaytay City stands a gated retreat house run by priests for priests.

At any one time, the center can accommodate up to 45 priests in need of spiritual, physical, emotional and psychological renewal. It also serves as the temporary home of priests “exiled” by their bishops for sexual misconduct, including pedophilia and siring children.

Constructed in 2007, the John Mary Vianney Galilee Development and Retreat Center for Priests, or Galilee Center as it is commonly referred to, serves as a kind of “extended” seminary formation.

Named after the patron saint of priests and the religious, the 54-room institution is a brainchild of now retired Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.

During the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II) in 1991, the country’s bishops agreed to build a national center for the ongoing renewal and rehabilitation of clergies to operate under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on Clergy.

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The Boy With the Perpetual Nervousness review – a tale of betrayal by the church

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Peter Stanford
Monday 7 August 2017

Pope Francis has taken great strides in challenging all sorts of entrenched attitudes and prejudices in the Vatican that have given the Catholic church such a bad name of late. Progress has been disappointingly slow, however, on the commission he appointed in 2014 to tackle the appalling scandal of clerical sexual abuse. In March of this year Marie Collins, the last remaining member of the panel who was a survivor of abuse, resigned after a Vatican department failed to comply with the commission’s recommendation that it respond to every correspondent who writes in with allegations that they have been a victim. If the curia is resisting such simple steps, how to have faith that they will tackle the bigger underlying issues?

Reluctance to face up to the consequences of clerical abuse remains hard-wired into the structures of the church: an instinct to protect the institution at the cost of the individual who has suffered, and a brick-wall resistance to addressing the profound questions about the nature of vocation posed by such abhorrent behaviour. And so church leaders – not all, granted; certainly not Pope Francis –tend to speak of “historical allegations” whenever victims find the courage to speak up 20, 30 or even 40 years after events that are not for them in any way historical, but are a psychological and emotional trauma they will live with until their dying day.

Individuals like Graham Caveney. The Boy With the Perpetual Nervousness recounts with great courage and candour how, in the 1970s, as the clever, awkward, nerdy, only child of devoutly Catholic working-class parents in Accrington, Lancashire, he was groomed by a priest at his local grammar school in Blackburn, and then sexually abused by him.

A casual glance might suggest he has managed to “put it behind him” – he has a successful career as a writer on music (the sounds of the 70s are one thread of this well-structured, rounded memoir) and biographer of William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. But as he describes, without self-pity, Caveney dropped out of university, struggled to form adult relationships, turned to drink and drugs to blot out the trauma, and on occasion attempted suicide.

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Mormon high priest Darran Page admits 21 child sex offences

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

WAYNE FLOWER, Herald Sun
August 7, 2017

A DEPRAVED movie director who was a high priest in the Mormon church when he molested young boys has pleaded guilty to a series of child sexual assaults.

Darran Scott — formerly known as Darran Page — faces years behind bars for his sickening acts of depravity committed against vulnerable boys under his care.

Scott, 52, is most notable for writing and directing the independent movie The Spirit of the Game, which told the real-life story of a team of Mormon basketballers who helped the Australian team prepare for the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.

He also worked as an actor and freelance cameraman for Channel 9 affiliate WIN.

Today (Monday) he pleaded guilty in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court to 21 charges, including two of raping a boy aged under 16.

Scott met six of his young victims through his position of authority with the Church of Jesus Christ.

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Victim gets justice, Salesian priest gets 20-month minimum term

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

Adam Cooper
7 Aug 2017

One of the victims of the latest Salesian priest jailed for sex crimes at a notorious boarding school outside Melbourne hopes his case will encourage others to contact police and seek justice.

Richard Brown was one of five boys sexually assaulted by Frank De Dood???, who was on Monday jailed for three years for abusing children he was either teaching or responsible for between 1978 and 1983.

Four victims attended Salesian College Rupertswood, in Sunbury, the scene of a string of sex assaults when a group of paedophile priests worked at the school and preyed on students.

De Dood also abused one boy at a Salesian residence in Oakleigh before he was posted to Rupertswood.

Mr Brown was in the County Court as De Dood was jailed for a minimum 20 months and afterwards urged other victims of sexual assaults to contact police.

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A teddy bear in Newcastle

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Damon Cronshaw
7 Aug 2017

Topics was strolling along Newcastle foreshore last week, basking in the winter sunshine under a fat blue sky, as the coal ships did their thing.

We were surprised to see a teddy bear out the corner of our eye.

This teddy was looking very relaxed, lying back on an anchor. It was put there in memory of merchant mariners lost in wartime. The anchor, that is, not the teddy.

As it turns out, the teddy was also doing a very important job.

A note was left with the cuddly toy, saying it was to honour children who suffered sex abuse “within the congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses”.

Jehovah’s Witnesses were castigated at the Royal Commission for refusing to accept accusations of sex abuse, unless there were two witnesses.

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August 6, 2017

Priest ‘sorry’ for sermon gaffe on evil paedo Smyth

IRELAND
Sunday World

By Nicola Tallant

A priest who caused upset in his parish when he mentioned Fr Brendan Smyth during a sermon says he regrets bringing him up at all.

The priest, from Grange in Carlingford, says he was not trying to defend Fr Smyth when he spoke about his experience of hearing of his death from a newspaper headline exclaiming ‘The Beast is Dead’.

A number of parishioners had claimed that he said prayers for the paedophile priest and said he was not a “beast”.

But the priest has denied the allegations and said he was merely taken up wrong.

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Vic priest to be sentenced for sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
9 News

A Victorian priest is due to find out how long he will spend in jail after pleading guilty to molesting boys at Victoria’s notorious Rupertswood boarding school.

Frank Peter De Dood, 64, is scheduled to face the Victorian County Court for sentencing on Monday after pleading guilty in July to six counts of indecently assaulting five boys.

De Dood’s victims were aged 11 to 16 when they were abused between 1978 and 1983 at Rupertswood and at a theological residence at suburban Oakleigh.

One remembers wearing his altar boy robe when molested, while another woke to find the priest assaulting him.

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Youth commish asks for statutory rape age coverage to be raised from 12 to 16

PHILIPPINES
GMA News

The National Youth Commission on Friday asked both houses of Congress to raise the legal coverage of statutory rape from 12 years old to 16 years old.

In a statement, the chair of the NYC’s Committee on Social Inclusion and Equity called attention to the bigger picture behind the priest who was recently arrested for allegedly soliciting sex with a 13-year-old girl.

“If only our laws recognize teen prostitution as rape, that monsignor who allegedly abused that 13-year girl would be charged with rape and most probably he would not be out on bail today,” Commissioner Perci Cendaña was quoted to have said.

“With the proposal of the NYC, sexual intercourse or sexual relations with a child under 16 years of age would be penalized as rape, regardless of whether or not there was force, threat, intimidation, deprivation of reason, fraud, or grave abuse of authority,” the statement added.

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A Weapon of Mass Destruction: Catholic Priests Falsely Accused

UNITED STATES
These Stone Walls

Published on August 6, 2017

Gordon J. MacRae

A year before the 2002 wave of clergy sex abuse claims rippled out of Boston across the country, Sean Murphy, age 37, and his mother, Sylvia, demanded $850,000 from the Archdiocese of Boston. Sean claimed that three decades earlier, he and his brother were repeatedly molested by their parish priest. In support of the claim, Mrs. Murphy produced old school records placing her sons in a community where the priest was once assigned. No other corroboration was needed. Shortly thereafter, Byron Worth, age 41, recounted molestation by the same priest and demanded his own six-figure settlement.

The men were following an established practice of “mediated settlements,” a precedent set in the early 1990s when a multitude of molestation claims from the 1960s and 1970s emerged against Father James Porter and a few other priests. In 1993, the Diocese of Fall River settled some 80 such claims in a single negotiated deal. Other Church institutions followed that lead on the advice of insurers and attorneys.

Before the Murphys’ $850,000 demand was paid, however, Sean, his mother, and Byron Worth were indicted by a Massachusetts grand jury for conspiracy, attempted larceny, and soliciting others to commit larceny. It turned out that Sean and Byron were once inmates together at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Shirley where they concocted their fraudulent plan to score a windfall from their beleaguered Church.

On November 16, 2001, Sean Murphy and Byron Worth pleaded guilty to fraud charges and were sentenced to less than two years in prison for the scam. The younger Murphy brother was never charged, and Mrs. Murphy died before facing court proceedings.

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Church’s motives questioned

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon |The Guam Daily Post Aug 7, 2017

“I’ve been clear. I don’t trust them.”

Attorney David Lujan has not minced words when it comes to how he feels about current and former members of the clergy in the Archdiocese of Agana as well as players involved in the settlement discussions for clergy sex abuse cases filed by more than 70 of Lujan’s clients.

“If there’s one reason I didn’t hesitate going into the mediation, it’s because it allows for a quick resolution especially with a portion of my clients who want a resolution,” Lujan told The Guam Daily Post.

With many clients in their 60s and 70s and several of them ill, Lujan said he believes his clients would want to get “something” for their families before they pass away.

District Court Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan Jr. recently issued a temporary stay in dozens of the sex abuse cases. A separate hearing is scheduled for today for the lawsuits filed against Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

Retired federal Judge Michael Hogan, of Oregon, has agreed to serve as alternative dispute resolution mediator in the cases and mediation is expected to begin as early as October.

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Priest in child abuse charge faces 12 years in jail

PHILIPPINES
The Gulf Today

By Manolo B. Jara August 06, 2017

MANILA: Police on Saturday said the Filipino priest arrested and indicted for allegedly “booking” the sexual services of a 13-year-old girl could face up to 12 years in jail if convicted by a regional court.

Police explained the stiff jail term was the maximum penalty that a court could impose for those accused and found guilty of violating the country’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

At the same time, Chief Superintendent Romulo Sapitula, the head of the Metro Manila Eastern Police District, appealed to other victims to surface and file charges against Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos, 55, who was arrested in suburban Marikina City on July 28 along with a minor aboard a late model sport utility vehicle he was driving on their way to a motel.

Sapitula said his office has received reports that Lagarejos allegedly victimised other minors in Marikina and Rizal province in Southern Luzon but they were afraid to file complaints because the priest allegedly threatened them with a gun.

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Pope to decide on priest accused of child trafficking: prelate

PHILIPPINES
ABS-CBN

MANILA – Pope Francis will have the final say on whether the Filipino priest caught with a 13-year old girl will be expelled from the priesthood or not, Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz said on Sunday.

Cruz told radio DZMM that the most serious punishment the Church can impose on Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos is to strip him of his priesthood.

Lagarejos was arrested in Marikina last July 28 while allegedly on his way to a motel with a 13-year-old girl.

Cruz said Lagarejos’ case will be sent to a congregation of the clergy who will then make a recommendation to Pope Francis.

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Bankrupt archdiocese files objections to creditors’ reorganization plan

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

Martin Moylan St. Paul · Aug 5, 2017

The bankrupt Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says the latest reorganization plan proposed for the church by creditors would strip it of all assets required to pursue the church’s mission.

The archdiocese filed its objections to the creditors’ plan Friday and urged acceptance of its own $156 million settlement.

“The committee’s plan isn’t a reorganization plan, it’s an unlawful dismantling of the Catholic Church in the Twin Cities,” read a joint statement from Tom Abood, chair of the Archdiocesan Finance Council and Brian Short, a member of the Archdiocesan Corporate Board of Directors. “The committee’s plan is also simply unworkable from a legal or practical basis.”

The Twin Cities archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2015, motivated by hundreds of claims of sex abuse against archdiocesan priests.

The archdiocese says to fulfill the creditors’ demands, assets would include all cash and the cash value of property, including religious vestments and relics. Also included would be the church’s financial stake as landlord in the Cathedral of St. Paul and two high schools.

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Thousands sign petition calling for Shanley to live in treatment facility

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Danny McDonald GLOBE STAFF AUGUST 05, 2017

This story has been updated.

Thousands have signed an online petition calling for convicted child rapist and former priest Paul Shanley to live in a treatment facility where he will have no access to children.

As of Saturday afternoon, more than 15,000 people had signed the petition, which also calls for Shanley’s whereabouts to be monitored with a GPS bracelet.

“This is a dangerous man and we all know it,” said Matan Uziel , the founder of a women’s rights advocacy group, who launched the petition.

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The Latest: Attorney says priest freed from prison ‘frail’

MASSACHUSETTS
WRAL

BOSTON — The Latest on the release from prison of a former Boston priest who served 12 years for a child rape conviction (all times local):

7:20 p.m.

A lawyer representing a former Boston priest recently released from prison after serving time for a child rape conviction says he’s in “frail health” and isn’t a danger to anyone.

Attorney Robert Shaw Jr. says 86-year-old Paul Shanley has served his sentence and it’s time for people to “leave him alone.”

Shanley was convicted of raping a boy in the 1980s and served 12 years in prison. Last week he settled into an apartment near a children’s dance studio in Ware, 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of Boston.

A St. Louis-based group representing survivors of priest sex abuse said Thursday it wants Shanley to be placed in a secure treatment facility far from children. Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says the facilities “are quite nice.”

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Diocese, former priest want sexual relationship lawsuit dismissed

MICHIGAN
MLive

By Michael Kransz mkransz@mlive.com

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — Lawyers for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw and an ousted priest want a lawsuit against both parties relating to a sexual relationship the priest had with a Central Michigan University student dismissed.

Motions, both filed in mid-July, claim the lawsuit is baseless on a number of grounds and that they should be awarded fees and costs associated with battling the suit.

The lawyer for the then-student and parishioner who filed the lawsuit, Megan Winans, has not yet responded to the motions.

Winans brought the lawsuit against former-priest Denis Heames, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw and Saint Mary’s University Parish in January of 2016, stating she should be awarded funds for a number of things suffered during and after her secret, intimate relationship with Heames.

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How CBCP probes clergy sexual abuse

PHILIPPINES
ABS-CBN

Anton C. Onato, VERA Files
Posted at Aug 06 2017

The human trafficking case filed against Taytay-based priest Arnel Lagarejos is one of the rare instances a member of the Roman Catholic clergy has been haled into a criminal court.

But the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is no stranger to complaints of sexual misconduct, including child molestation, against priests.

Retired Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, who is investigating 55-year-old Lagarejos following his arrest on July 28 for bringing a 13-year-old to a motel, has been leading the CBCP’s national tribunal that probes about 60 cases of clergy misconduct every year, including those against priests involved in money scandals, priests siring children, and pedophilic priests.

Last year, the tribunal looked into 14 cases of pedophilia, Cruz said in an interview months before the Lagarejos incident.

“As per experience, there are more cases of pedophilia. More of it,” he said.

The figure, however, is but a fraction of the actual number of cases, he pointed out, adding that bishops are empowered to conduct the investigation at the diocesan level and not all cases end up at the national tribunal.

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Priest’s abuse victim slams Ballarat Catholic Church over compensation dispute

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Emma Younger

The Catholic Church in Ballarat is being accused of breaking its own guidelines in its legal fight against a compensation claim from a victim of notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale.

The church released new guidelines for dealing with civil claims for child sexual abuse in November 2015, which it said would promote a more compassionate approach towards victims.

They state a claimant would not be required to prove the elements of an abuse case that the church authority had already accepted to be true.

But lawyer Paula Shelton said the Ballarat Diocese was challenging parts of her client’s claim that were accepted by a court when Ridsdale was convicted of the abuse.

“What is very irritating and irking to our clients is that we have these bishops who show up … at the royal commission and say they’re going to treat these plaintiffs compassionately and this is what we get,” lawyer Paula Shelton said.

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The Catholic Church’s words ring hollow in light of merciless legal tactics

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

ANALYSIS

By Paul Kennedy

In public, the Catholic Church has made promises of compassion to survivors of child sexual assault for decades.

Privately, however, it empowered lawyers to “strenuously” defend every Common Law claim brought against the institution.

“The way the church is treating us now is actually adding to the abuse we suffered when we were kids,” a survivor confided.

The church has built a ruthless reputation for its range of legal tactics, from stonewalling to counter-attack.

One of the worst known examples of intimidation occurred in the 1990s, when a long-suffering survivor sued the church for allowing a paedophile priest to work in several parishes, leading to horrendous crimes.

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Los laicos de Osorno confían en que Bachelet interceda ante el Papa para forzar la salida de Barros

CHILE
Religion Digital

[The lay people of Osorno continue in their struggle to get rid of the bishop Juan Barros, who is alleged to have known of the sexual abuse of priest Fernando Karadima but did nothing about it. They will request a hearing with President Michelle Bachelet in the hope that the president will send her complaints to the pope when he visits the country in January. Meanwhile, Bishop Barros has said that although he is aware of the controversies surrounding him, these will not lead him to resign.]

(C.D.).- Los laicos y laicas de Osorno siguen en su lucha para librarse del obispo Juan Barros, encubridor del sacerdote pederasta Fernando Karadima. Solicitarán una audiencia con la presidenta Michelle Bachelet con la esperanza de que la mandataria lleve sus quejas al Papa cuando éste visite el país en enero de 2018. Mientras tanto, el obispo Barros ha afirmado que aunque es consciente de las controversias en torno a su figura, éstas no le llevarán a renunciar, tal y como informan Dennys Salazar y Eduardo Palacios en Bío Bío Chile.

Los representantes del Movimiento de Laicos y Laicas de Osorno pidieron a Benito Baranda, nombrado por el Gobierno como coordinador de la visita del Papa Francisco a Chile, que les ayude a conseguir una audiencia con la presidenta Bachelet, para que ella se transforme en el puente con el líder del Estado Vaticano.

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August 5, 2017

Thousands sign petition calling for Shanley to live in treatment facility

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Danny McDonald GLOBE STAFF AUGUST 05, 2017

Thousands have signed an online petition calling for convicted child rapist and former priest Paul Shanley to live in a treatment facility where he will have no access to children.

As of 10 p.m. Friday, more than 13,700 people signed the petition, which also calls for Shanley’s whereabouts to be monitored with a GPS bracelet.

“This is a dangerous man and we all know it,” said Matan Uziel , the founder of a women’s rights advocacy group, who launched the petition.

Uziel hopes the petition will create “positive pressure” that will prompt authorities to do something

The petition urges the Archdiocese of Boston and the state — misidentified as “the State of Boston” — to work to place Shanley in a treatment facility.

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Priest accused of embezzlement seeks $800K seized by police

MICHIGAN
Crux

AP

MASON, Michigan – The attorney for a Michigan priest accused of bilking a Catholic church that’s missing millions of dollars asked a judge Friday to authorize the release of $800,000 seized by police to his client.

Father Jonathan Wehrle (WUR’-lee) is charged with embezzling $100,000 or more from St. Martha Parish in Okemos, Michigan, but prosecutors say an ongoing audit shows an estimated $5 million is missing from the Lansing-area Roman Catholic church.

Wehrle’s attorney argued during a Friday court hearing that the priest and his mother should have access to nearly $800,000 seized by Michigan State Police as part of the ongoing investigation, the Lansing State Journal reported.

A judge who heard that request must decide whether there’s enough evidence to send Wehrle to trial. The hearing resumes Sept. 1 with testimony from Bishop Earl Boyea.

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Clerics should answer cases of child abuse

PHILIPPINES
The Manila Times

BY FR. SHAY CULLEN ON AUGUST 6, 2017

The recent arrest of a Catholic parish priest, accused of trafficking a 13-year-old in Marikina City, is highly unusual. He was charged with violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act. Most cases of clerical child abuse go unreported or are covered up in the Philippines. In other countries, the scandal of clerical child abuse has also left thousands of victims without redress, help, therapy or a chance for justice.

The Philippines’ Child Protection Law, otherwise known as Republic Act 7610, has a provision in Section 6 that punishes acts such as the taking of a child to a secluded place, in a vehicle or a motel, by an adult not her relative for purposes of sexual abuse. This provision of the law is to prevent rape and to bring the suspect to justice.

The institutional church, that is, the hierarchy in many countries, has failed in its obligation and duty to protect children and actively pursue child abusers when the evidence was strong. In the past, the church institutions in different countries even facilitated payoffs to parents of child victims and tried to use influence with the authorities to have charges against priests and members of religious groups dropped. Other clergy were moved to other parishes when complaints of child abuse were made.

In many cases, no action was taken by church authorities to protect the child and report the alleged abuser to the authorities. Now, there have been big changes in church procedures in dealing with child abuse cases and a zero tolerance policy is in place, thanks to Pope Francis.

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Anmerkungen zum Domspatzen-Abschlussbericht

DEUTSCHLAND
Regensburg Digital

[Notes on the Domspatzen final report: Over two years after lawyer Ulrich Weber jumped into a basin, the depth of which he did not know, he came up with an outstanding final report. Its importance is to be assessed all the more highly, since its diocesan clients, with their temporal, local, and personnel restrictions relative to the Domspatzen institutions, apparently did not strive for a comprehensive explanation, but rather strove for an act of liberation and probably a tactical pacification of the publicly affected victims.]

Von Robert Werner

Über zwei Jahren nachdem Rechtsanwalt Ulrich Weber in ein Becken sprang, dessen Tiefe er nicht kannte, ist er mit einem herausragenden Abschlussbericht aufgetaucht. Seine Bedeutung ist umso höher zu bewerten, da seine diözesanen Auftraggeber mit ihren zeitlichen, örtlichen und personellen Einschränkungen bezogen auf die Domspatzen-Einrichtungen offenbar keine umfassende Aufklärung angestrebt, sondern eher einen Befreiungsschlag und wohl eine taktische Befriedung der öffentlich aufgetretenen Betroffenen angestrebt haben. Eine kritische Auseinandersetzung.

Der neulich veröffentlichte Abschlussbericht von Rechtsanwalt Ulrich Weber („Vorfälle von Gewaltausübung an Schutzbefohlenen bei den Regensburger Domspatzen“) hat die Debattenlage in Regensburg wesentlich verändert. Seine sehr reichhaltige Materialfülle und wichtigen Ergebnisse sind von wegweisender Bedeutung und dürften das diffamierende Gerede, die öffentliche auftretende Betroffenen seien vor allem Kirchenfeinde, geldgierige Figuren und oder Trittbrettfahrer, zumindest eindämmen.

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Anmerkungen zum Domspatzen-Abschlussbericht

DEUTSCHLAND
Regensburg Digital

[Notes on the Domspatzen final report: Over two years after lawyer Ulrich Weber jumped into a basin, the depth of which he did not know, he came up with an outstanding final report. Its importance is to be assessed all the more highly, since its diocesan clients, with their temporal, local, and personnel restrictions relative to the Domspatzen institutions, apparently did not strive for a comprehensive explanation, but rather strove for an act of liberation and probably a tactical pacification of the publicly affected victims.]

Von Robert Werner

Über zwei Jahren nachdem Rechtsanwalt Ulrich Weber in ein Becken sprang, dessen Tiefe er nicht kannte, ist er mit einem herausragenden Abschlussbericht aufgetaucht. Seine Bedeutung ist umso höher zu bewerten, da seine diözesanen Auftraggeber mit ihren zeitlichen, örtlichen und personellen Einschränkungen bezogen auf die Domspatzen-Einrichtungen offenbar keine umfassende Aufklärung angestrebt, sondern eher einen Befreiungsschlag und wohl eine taktische Befriedung der öffentlich aufgetretenen Betroffenen angestrebt haben. Eine kritische Auseinandersetzung.

Der neulich veröffentlichte Abschlussbericht von Rechtsanwalt Ulrich Weber („Vorfälle von Gewaltausübung an Schutzbefohlenen bei den Regensburger Domspatzen“) hat die Debattenlage in Regensburg wesentlich verändert. Seine sehr reichhaltige Materialfülle und wichtigen Ergebnisse sind von wegweisender Bedeutung und dürften das diffamierende Gerede, die öffentliche auftretende Betroffenen seien vor allem Kirchenfeinde, geldgierige Figuren und oder Trittbrettfahrer, zumindest eindämmen.

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Guam clergy story reaches national audience

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Guam’s clergy abuse scandal reaches a national audience Saturday in a story published by USA TODAY.

The story, available at usatoday.com, will also be published in the print edition of the newspaper next week.

Guam residents are familiar with the allegations of clergy sex abuse, which have made headlines for more than a year on island, and which started with accusations against Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

Nearly 100 lawsuits have been filed in federal and local court, accusing clergy members or others associated with the Catholic Church on Guam of sexually abusing children decades ago.

The USA TODAY story summarizes the issue for a national audience, including interviews with church experts and Guam residents.

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Victims’ Plea: Place Rapist Ex-Priest in a Secured Treatment Center

MASSACHUSETTS
Care 2 Petitions

On Friday, July the 28th, Mr. Paul Shanley, one of the most notorious figures in the Boston Archdiocese sex abuse scandal, has been released from prison. He will not be ordered to wear a GPS bracelet, and will not be staying in a secure treatment facility.

The Catholic Church has many treatment facilities for clergy and former clergy with sexual issues. Please sign this petition to urge the Boston Archdiocese and the State of Boston to insist Shanley live in a facility where he can receive treatment and where he will have no access to children.

Many survivors of priest sexual abuse around the world are very disturbed by this news. Age and prison time do not cure pedophilia. Mr. Shanley has a long history of rampant child sexual abuse, much of which was covered up by the Church. Pedophile priests are a very real danger, a threat to women, men and children, especially young boys. Hurting a child like that scars them forever.Research and experience teach us that age does not cure pedophilia. Often age gives predators an advantage. People may see an old man and assume he is harmless. That is not the case.

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13K Want Newton Priest Paul Shanley In Secure Treatment Facility

MASSACHUSETTS
Patch

[the petition]

By Jenna Fisher (Patch Staff) – Updated August 4, 2017

NEWTON, MA — Now that he’s out of prison, more than 13,000 people want the 86-year old former priest convicted of raping a small boy while he was a pastor at Newton’s St. Jean L’Evangeliste church to get special treatment.

Thousands of people from near and far have signed a Care2 petition asking the state and the Boston Archdiocese put the former priest, Paul Shanley, who was released after serving 12 years in prison for raping a boy while he was head of a Newton church, in a secure treatment center.

He will now begin 10 years of supervised probation, but Matan Uziel who started the petition says it’s not enough. (( Follow the Newton Patch for all the latest news on Newton))

Uziel, founder of Real Women, Real Stories, a video project that seeks to promote awareness of the hardships women face, says he is concerned because prison does not treat pedophilia, and because Shanley will not be ordered to wear a GPS bracelet.

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Another Russian Connection: The Pope and Putin

UNITED STATES
The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody

August 5, 2017 by Betty Clermont

The most powerful man in the Vatican after Pope Francis, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will make an “historic visit” to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of August “with the aim of improving Holy See relations both with the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church.” The trip “will also pave the way for a potential visit by Pope Francis which some believe could happen as early as next year,” according to Vatican reporter Edward Pentin.

Pope Francis has met Putin twice at the Vatican in November 2013 and June 2015.
In February 2016, the pope made a stop at the José Martí airport in Havana on his way to Mexico for a meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. That meeting would not have happened “without a green light from Putin.”

Pope Francis said that Metropolitan Archbishop Hilarion, foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church, “has come many times to speak with me.”

“One of the most skilled and experienced Vatican diplomats,” Archbishop Celestino Migliore, was appointed as the pope’s ambassador to Russia in May 2016 after serving as his ambassador to the United Nations, reported Vatican expert Andrea Gagliarducci.

Migliore’s predecessor in Moscow, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, was then assigned as ambassador to the UN in Geneva. The “widespread saying among Vatican diplomats” is that “Geneva is where the UN headquarters’ decisions are prepared” and Jurkovic “knows very well the Russian world and its sensitivities,” Gagliarducci attested.

Before Jurkovic, Archbishop Antonio Mennini was the papal representative to Moscow from 2002 to 2010. (The Vatican and Russia established full diplomatic relations in 2009.) Mennini was made an official in the Vatican Secretariat of State in January 2017.

Within two months of Pope Francis’ election, Putin appointed Alexander Avdeev as his ambassador to the Vatican. Avdeev was Russia’s deputy Foreign Affairs minister from 1998 to 2002, special ambassador and plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Paris until 2008 and then the Kremlin Minister of Culture until his appointment to the Vatican.

In view of the above, it would be safe to say that the Vatican is closer to Russia than any other country and the Russian Orthodox Church more than any other religion.

TRADITIONAL VALUES

Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor at Reuters, explained the alliance between Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church. “With strong financial backing from oligarchs, [the Russian Orthodox Church’s] global reach amounts to a network of the new Russian presence around the world, parallel to Moscow’s embassies and trade missions.”

Under Putin, “the Church has developed into a thriving institution that works closely with the Kremlin to promote common interests.”

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Prosecutors seek to move up former priest’s trial date

ILLINOIS
The Beacon-News

Dan Campana
Aurora Beacon-News

With custody issues seemingly settled at the moment for Alfredo Pedraza-Arias, the former Aurora priest accused of sexually abusing two young girls, Kane County prosecutors plan to go to before a judge Monday to ask for an earlier trial date than scheduled, court records show.

Recently, Kane County Judge Linda Abrahamson ordered Arias to stand trial beginning Sept. 18 on multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving two girls who were under the age of 6 when, according to prosecutors, Arias fondled them at Sacred Heart Church in Aurora between 2012 and 2014. He was charged in February 2016.

The case took a turn in May when, while free on bond, Arias was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. A few weeks later, a federal judge ordered Arias to be deported to his native Colombia. That move prompted prosecutors to ask Abrahamson to revoke or increase Arias’ bail, which she did by $100,000 in July.

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Former Ararat priest Ryan fails to appear in court over rape charges

AUSTRALIA
Ararat Advertiser

A former Ararat Catholic parish priest accused of historic child sexual abuse in regional and suburban Victoria has not appeared in court for health reasons.

Paul David Ryan, 68, was summoned to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday on seven charges including rape and indecent assault at Warrnambool and the Melbourne suburb of Lower Plenty in the 1980s.

At least some of the allegations relate to a victim aged 16 and 17 at the time.

The court was told Ryan, now living in Western Australia, has prostate cancer and could not be in court for health reasons.

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Push on to let older sex abuse victims sue institutions

GEORGIA
Joplin Globe

By Jill Nolin | CNHI State Reporter Aug 4, 2017

ATLANTA – Victims of child sexual abuse will have more time to pursue legal action against their abuser and, in some cases, the institutions that failed to protect them as children, under a bill that awaits state lawmakers.

The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, seeks to build on a 2015 measure that temporarily lifted the statute of limitations and allowed older victims to come forward and take their abuser to civil court.

State law gives victims until they 23 years old to file a civil lawsuit. That age cut-off was suspended for two years, during which time 13 cases were filed all across the state, Spencer said.

But Spencer said those cases have revealed a major flaw in the 2015 bill, known as the Hidden Predator Act: These older victims could not go after the institutions that may have covered up the abuse.

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August 4, 2017

Uncovered allegations a ‘violation’ of trust in church

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is outraged to learn the note-taker of the Vatican tribunal involved in the canonical trial of suspended Archbishop Anthony Apuron had been accused of sexual harassment in 2014 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Rev. Justin Wachs is accused of sexually harassing a female employee of the Sioux Falls Diocese in 2014.

“The presence of Father Wachs, without his disclosing the accusations against him to the survivors, their attorneys and the Catholic faithful – was a complete violation of that trust,” said SNAP Western Regional Leader Joelle Casteix.

Keloland Investigates, a television program in Sioux Falls, uncovered the allegations and interviewed the parish employee. The woman accused Wachs of inappropriately touching and speaking with her on multiple occasions, and said the priest resigned and sought medical treatment after certain parameters had been set for his contact with her.

“We believe this violation proves once again that neither the Vatican nor its representatives take Apuron’s alleged sexual abuse of children seriously,” Casteix said.

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Catholic Church Embroiled In Nearly 100 Lawsuits Over Sexual Abuse In Guam

UNITED STATES
The Daily Caller

JOSHUA GILL

Nearly 100 lawsuits alleging sexual abuses over four decades were filed against the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America in Guam, beginning in 2016.

Ninety-six lawsuits named the Archdiocese of Agana as a defendant, while 52 lawsuits named the Boy Scouts of America as a codefendant for enabling the priests to continue their abuse, according to a Friday report from USA Today’s Pacific Daily News (PDF). The allegations of sexual abuse span from 1955 to 1994, and involve an archbishop, 13 priest (one of whom was also a Boy Scout leader), and a janitor and a teacher from a Catholic school.

The population of Guam, a U.S. island territory, is 85 percent Catholic, with a total of 26 parishes on the island. The ongoing legal battle bears echoes of the Boston sex abuse scandal uncovered in 2002 by the Boston Globe, but Guam’s scandal goes deeper. Guam has a population of fewer than 163,000, with 59 lawsuits per 100,000 people in this case, compared to 12 lawsuits per 100,000 in the Boston scandal. The Catholic church’s influence in Guam goes far beyond the walls of the cathedrals, as certain priests allegedly wield political power rivaled only by the local military.

Many of the instances of sexual abuse alleged in these lawsuits previously went unreported, as the defendants allegedly used their positions as figures of spiritual and political authority to prey on vulnerable children. Those allegedly abused said the piety of the local population and the threat of retribution from their local church authorities discouraged them from telling anyone.

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Former pastor back for court

ARKANSAS
Harrison Daily

Friday, August 4, 2017

By JAMES L. WHITE jamesw@harrisondaily.com

Larry Berkley, the former Harrison pastor facing numerous charges regarding abuse of juveniles, was booked back into the Boone County Jail late Wednesday on those charges.

A Harrison Police daily log of activity shows Boone County authorities contacted the HPD about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday for warrant confirmation on Berkley, 38, for sexual solicitation, four counts of first-degree sexual assault, seven counts of second-degree sexual assault, six counts of knowingly furnishing alcohol to a minor, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of loaning pornography to minors.

The log said the warrant was confirmed valid and he remained incarcerated with a hold for the HPD.

Berkley is accused of allowing minors and juveniles go to his house to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol. In addition, he is accused of sexually assaulting young males, all over 14 but under 18, and allowing them to watch pornography.

One of the victims told police Berkley had taken him to the funeral home where he worked part time and showed him a dead body. The victim said Berkley had stored marijuana in a very expensive casket he didn’t think people could afford to buy.

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