Retired priest, 96, who slammed Catholic Church for mishandling pedophilia cases facing child porn charges

BRONX (NY)
New York Daily News

October 31, 2017

By Molly Crane-Newman and Larry McShane

A 96-year-old retired priest who once ripped the Catholic Church over its pedophile scandal filled his computer with pornographic photos of under-aged girls, prosecutors charged Tuesday.

Monsignor Harry Byrne “had dozens of photographs on his computer of girls eight to 14-years-old performing sex acts with men or posing naked,” said Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark.

Visitors to Byrne’s room at the St. John Vianney Center for Retired Priests in the Bronx saw the vile collection of photos, the prosecutor said.

The probe began five months ago based on complaints from the home, officials said.

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Lawyer for Olympic Gymnasts: NDAs Allow Sexual Abuse to Fester

NEW YORK (NY)
TIME

October 31, 2017

By John Manly

John Manly is the founding partner of Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, California’s leading law firm representing child victims of sexual abuse. The firm has represented more than 150 victims of clergy sexual abuse in California and hundreds of others throughout the United States. The firm also represented plaintiffs in the $140,000,000 settlement against LAUSD in the Miramonte case, the largest sex abuse settlement against a School District in the US and currently represents more than 100 alleged victims of former US Olympic Gymnastics Team Dr. Larry Nassar.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has done more than reveal the culture of sexual abuse that has infected the entertainment industry for generations. It has placed a spotlight on perpetrators and those who protect them using the despicable practice of non-disclosure agreements to intimidate and silence victims.

Throughout the past 25 years I…

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Jury selection begins in a trial over the disputed sale of a convent involving singer Katy Perry

LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles Times via City News Service

October 30, 2017

A decade after the Archdiocese of Los Angeles paid about $600 million to settle allegations of clergy abuse, memories of the scandal loomed over a downtown courtroom today as prospective jurors were interviewed for a trial pitting the religious body and singer Katy Perry against a businesswoman concerning the purchase of a former convent.

Though the lawsuit filed against Dana Hollister deals with a real estate transaction and not with inappropriate behavior by priests with young parishioners, many jurors who spoke individually with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick and the attorneys said their memories of the molestations have not faded.

Archdiocese attorney Kirk Dillman and the other attorneys took turns questioning the prospective jurors, who were given a questionnaire last week to fill out regarding their ability to serve. A lawyer who said he was…

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Priest who admitted to Guam sex abuses to give evidence this week

GUAM
USA Today Network

October 29, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

Former Guam priest Louis Brouillard, the only accused clergy member who has admitted to sexually abusing children on Guam, is scheduled to provide additional sworn evidence during his deposition in Pine City, Minnesota, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.

Brouillard, 96, is accused in more than half of the 141 clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed in local and federal courts against the Archdiocese of Agana, 16 priests and three others on Guam.

The parties in the clergy abuse cases are pursuing mediation to try to settle the lawsuits, which have been filed in the wake of accusations in 2016 of child sexual abuse by three former altar boys and the mother of a fourth against Archbishop Anthony Apuron. The archbishop was removed from the island in June 2016 for a Vatican trial that the Agana archdiocese believes has…

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Archbishop of Santa Fe pens op-ed on sex abuse within church

SANTA FE (NM)
The Associated Press

October 29, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE — The Roman Catholic archbishop of Santa Fe says the archdiocese has received only two allegations of clergy sexual misconduct involving children since 1993 because of the numerous strict measures aimed at preventing further abuse.

Archbishop John C. Wester published an op-ed in The Albuquerque Journal on Sunday expressing “sadness and shame over the betrayal of trust” by clergy “who were supposed to love and protect our children,” and for the suffering of abuse survivors.

The op-ed follows the recent release by the archdiocese of a list of 74 clergy credibly accused of abuse and documents that shed light on how the church allowed three pedophile priests to continue to prey on New Mexico children more than 20 years ago.

“I offer my sincere apology on behalf of the Archdiocese to survivors and their families and my continued commitment…

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Lawsuit: Priest raped, abused Agat altar boy during confessions

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

October 31, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

Capuchin priest Jack Niland allegedly raped and sexually abused an Agat altar boy during confessions around 1979, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday.

The lawsuit says Archbishop Anthony Apuron, other priests and the Capuchin Order were aware of Niland’s sexual abuses but deliberately remained quiet.

Apuron is also accused of sexually abusing four Agat altar boys in the 1970s, and he is undergoing a Vatican canonical trial.

The latest plaintiff, identified in court documents only as J.C. to protect his privacy, said in his lawsuit that Niland sexually abused, molested and raped him in or about 1979. He was 10 years old at the time.

On several occasions, during confession, J.C. was forced to perform a sexual act on Niland, the lawsuit says.

“During one incident, while J.C. was on his knees with his…

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Abuse victims call for payout action

IRELAND
The Times

October 31 2017

By Siobhan Fenton

Victims of historical child abuse have urged Northern Ireland’s politicians to release compensation which has been blocked due to Stormont’s collapse, as talks aimed at restoring powersharing have so far failed to reach agreement.

Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse (Savia), which represents people who were abused, called on James Brokenshire, the Northern Ireland secretary, to make provision for victims’ compensation if talks fail and a budget is introduced in Westminster.

After an inquiry into abuse at children’s homes, recommendations were made in January to the Northern Ireland Assembly to award compensation to victims and survivors.

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New sex abuse claim filed by victim who’s not catholic

GUAM
Pacific News Center

October 31, 2017

By Janela Carrera

Over a hundred lawsuits have been filed agains the church, over half of which name Father Louis Brouillard.

Guam – Once again, alleged pedophile priest Father Louis Brouillard has been named in a sex abuse lawsuit filed against the Catholic Church, this time by a victim who was not catholic.

This latest claim was filed by 50-year-old M.S.M. who says he became an altar boy in 1979 even though he was not catholic.

M.S.M. served mass at the Tumon Parish but did not receive the bread when it came time for communion. M.S.M. says after serving mass, on at least two occasions he was sexually abused by Brouillard. But the victim also says that Brouillard often walked around the rectory in the nude and allowed the altar boys to drink leftover wine from mass.

M.S.M. is…

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Archbishop Byrnes looks back at a year on Guam

GUAM
Kuam News

October 31, 2017

By Krystal Paco

A year ago today he was Vatican appointed to lead Guam’s faithful amid a laundry list of controversy. To commemorate his one-year anniversary, we sit down for a one-on-one with Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes.

“I’m at a lot of firsts,” said His Excellency. “The first thing was getting over the shock of coming to a place I’ve never been before.” Exactly one year ago, the Vatican appointed Michigan’s Michael Byrnes to serve as the Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana.

“I remember getting up that very first morning and one of the first things I had was a meeting with the lawyers,” he said. Then, there were only 20 clergy sexual abuse lawsuits lodged against the Archdiocese of Agana. Fast forward to today, there are 140 and counting. “That’s been a constant source of distress,” said the archbishop. “I’d…

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Man, 48,claims priest raped him as altar boy

GUAM
Kuam News

October 31, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Another clergy sex abuse lawsuit filed this afternoon in the District Court of Guam.

Only identified by his initials, 48-year-old J.C. names Father John “Jack” Niland, a Capuchin priest, as his perpetrator.

J.C. alleges the sexual abuse occurred at the Agat Parish, where he served an altar boy.

During confession, while J.C. was on his knees and his eyes closed confessing, he alleges the priest raped him.

Father Jack passed away in 2009.

He is suing for $5 million.

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Report: Ex-priest with Island ties receives abuse settlement

STATEN ISLAND (NY)
Staten Island Advance

October 30, 2017

By Maura Grunlund

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A former Roman Catholic priest who served on Staten Island has received a $500,000 settlement from the Archdiocese of New York to resolve a sexual abuse claim, according to the New York Times.

Stephen Ryan-Vuotto was known as the Rev. Stephen Ryan when he served as pastor of St. Rita’s R.C. Church in Meiers Corners.

Ryan-Vuotto claimed that he was violated more than 50 times beginning at age 14 with sex acts that ranged from fondling to sodomy between 1975 and 1985 by the Rev. Robert V. Lott, according to the report.

The deadline is Wednesday for victims to apply for compensation through the Archdiocese of New York Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

Ryan-Vuotto plans to hold a news conference on Monday to encourage other victims to file complaints, according to the New…

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Precht, la biografía no autorizada

CHILE
La Tercera

October 29, 2017

[Google Translate: Next Wednesday, March 1, Precht, the vicar’s guilt, is launched by journalist Andrea Lagos. A text that explores the life of the priest Cristián Precht, who in 2012 was condemned by the Vatican for “abusive behavior against adults and minors” and separated from the priestly ministry for five years, a term that is met in December. The book is part of the Collection of the School of Journalism UDP and Editorial Catalonia. Here, an excerpt from the chapter “I have received a complaint”.]

El próximo miércoles 1 se lanza Precht, las culpas del vicario, de la periodista Andrea Lagos. Un texto que indaga en la vida del sacerdote Cristián Precht, quien en 2012 fue condenado por el Vaticano por “conductas abusivas contra mayores y menores de edad” y apartado del ministerio sacerdotal por cinco años, plazo que se cumple en diciembre….

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Former priest comes forward about abuse he endured as teen after watching ‘Spotlight’

LONG ISLAND (NY)
FIOS1 News

October 30, 2017

By Jessica Orbon

Stephen Ryan-Vuotto receives $500K in sexual abuse settlement from Archdiocese of NY

MANHATTAN — Former priest Stephen Ryan-Vuotto won a settlement from New York’s Archdiocese after he said he suffered sex abuse at the hands of another priest when he was a teenager.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian has worked with survivors of sexual abuse for decades.

Garabedian was portrayed in “Spotlight,” a movie Ryan-Vuotto says allowed him to reclaim his life.

“I knew I was holding a secret that took a lot of energy and strength to hold for all those years, and it was very debilitating. And this was the first opportunity I saw on a grand-scale to tell the truth,” says Ryan-Vuotto.

Ryan-Vuotto was 14-years-old, living in Greenwich Village when his family priest, Father Robert Lott, started sexually abusing him.

It took more than…

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Former NYC Priest Reveals Abuse After Watching ‘Spotlight’

GREENWICH VILLAGE (NY)
West Village Patch

October 30, 2017

By Ciara McCarthy

The allegations were made against a prominent Manhattan reverend.

GREENWICH VILLAGE, NY — A former priest has accused a well known figure in the New York City Catholic church of sexually abusing him for a decade staring when the victim was 14 years old.

Stephen Ryan-Vuotto publicly made allegations against Rev. Robert Lott, a priest who worked in the Greenwich Village and Harlem communities until his death in 2002.

Ryan-Vuotto first told his story to the New York Times on Sunday before hosting a press conference with his husband, Michael Vuotto, and his lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, on Monday.

Garabedian, the attorney who was depicted in the film “Spotlight,” has reached settlements totaling $2.125 million through claims against multiple New York area priests, he said on Monday.

Ryan-Vuotto’s story of years of abuse came after…

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Australian filmmaker gets 10-year sentence for sexually abusing boys

UTAH
Salt Lake Tribune

October 30, 2017

Darran Scott, 53, directed ‘Spirit of the Game,’ about LDS missionaries playing basketball in Australia.

By Sean P. Means
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An Australian filmmaker who made a movie about basketball-playing Mormon missionaries has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of sexually abusing boys — some of whom he met as a leader in his local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Darran Scott, 53, pleaded guilty to 16 charges related to the sexual abuse of 11 boys over a 25-year period, according to a report Friday by the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC). He will serve at least seven years in prison, and will be listed on a sex-offender registry for life.

In testimony to the County Court in Morwell, in the Australian state of Victoria, Scott started grooming his victims in the early 1990s,…

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The dilemma of institutional bullying

MALTA
Times of Malta

October 30, 2017

By John Cassar White

The recent incidents alleging sexual harassment by Oscar-winning film producer Harvey Weinstein have opened a window on the dark phenomenon of institutional bullying.

It is wrong to assume that des­pite the much-publicised abuses of Rolf Harris, Jimmy Saville and now Harvey Weinstein, bullying by powerful people is limited to the world of entertainment.
While there is no universally accepted definition of institutional bullying, many associate bullying with a persistent pattern of mistreatment from others in authority that causes either physi­cal or emotional harm. It can include such tactics as verbal, nonverbal, psychological, physical abuse and humiliation.

Sexual abuse is just one prevalent form of bullying but there are many others.

The phenomenon of bullying exists in most organisations. In the Church we have all read about the abuse of young vulnerable children by clerics who used their…

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Fatal Fallout of Clergy Child Sex Abuse Continues

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change.com

October 30, 2017

By Susan Matthews

[See also the entry for James Brzyski in BishopAccountability.org’s database of accused U.S. clergy.]

I’ve been told, “Just let it go. It’s over.” The cover story from the The Philadelphia Inquirer linked below is an example of why Kathy and I won’t let “it” go. The clergy sex abuse scandal continues to claim and destroy the lives of victims and those who love them. “It” continues to put children at risk. Read James Brzyski’s timeline to see how. PA’s current statute of limitation laws allow these men to evade justice and live among us undetected.

We will shut down this site when the Catholic church makes real and lasting corrections, when the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference stops fighting child sex abuse legislative reform and when victims feel fully supported by society. In other words, we hope our nursing homes have…

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Las denuncias de abusos clericales se disparan en Argentina

ARGENTINA
Associated Press via El Nuevo Herald

October 29, 2017

By Luis Andrés Henao y Almudena Calatrava

[This article also appeared in English. See also BishopAccountability.org’s database of accused clergy in Argentina.]

Karen Maydana recuerda que tenía 9 años cuando el sacerdote Carlos José la manoseó en el banco de una iglesia frente al altar. Fue durante una confesión antes de su primera comunión.

Culpa al trauma provocado por ese momento en 2004 de un intento de suicidio cuando era adolescente. Y, sin embargo, nunca había hablado en público sobre lo ocurrido hasta este año. Luego de escuchar que dos mujeres que estudiaron en su escuela de la localidad argentina de Caseros sufrieron supuestos abusos del mismo sacerdote, se les unió como denunciante en un caso que en julio llevó a la detención del cura, sospechoso de agresiones sexuales agravadas.

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Rod Dreher is the combative, oversharing blogger who speaks for today’s beleaguered Christians

BATON ROUGE (LA)
The Washington Post

October 29, 2017

By Karen Heller

Rod Dreher’s life is an open book. Several, actually. “The Little Way of Ruthie Leming,” about his late sister. “How Dante Can Save Your Life,” about his love of the Italian poet. His latest, “The Benedict Option,” is a call to beleaguered Christians to divorce themselves from the increasingly secular American mainstream.

But really, every work by this conservative Christian writer is a literary act of confession, a quest for purpose and a purge of disillusionment. An influential and prolific blogger for the American Conservative — he averages 1.3 million monthly page views on his blog — Dreher is credited with helping introduce J.D. Vance of “Hillbilly Elegy” to a larger audience. He founded the “crunchy con” ideology — another book, back in 2006 — wedding cultural and moral conservatism with an organic, co-op-and-Birkenstock lifestyle.

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Another man alleges molestation by priest

GUAM
KUAM.com

October 30, 2017

By Krystal Paco

He wasn’t a Catholic.

But, the latest victim to file suit against the Church alleges he too fell victim to clergy sexual abuse.

Only identified by his initials, 50-year-old M.S.M. alleges he was sexually molested by Father Louis Brouillard at the Tumon parish.

Though he didn’t practice any religious belief, the complaint states his friend convinced him to become an altar boy.

Living across the Church, he served almost daily.

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Guam archdiocese adopts more stringent child protection policies

GUAM
Catholic News Agency via Crux

October 29, 2017

At a press conference announcing the new policies for protecting children, recently-installed Coadjutor Archbishop of Agaña, Michael Byrnes, said, “The reason we felt we needed to develop a new policy, part of it was just the inadequacy of the prior policy … also when we decided to adopt the charter, it meant more than just a simple sexual abuse policy.”

The Archdiocese of Agaña last week adopted a new policy on child protection, following a child sex abuse scandal which has implicated the former archbishop and other clerics.

The recently-installed Coadjutor Archbishop of Agaña, Michael Byrnes, adopted the children protection policy Oct. 18, along with a safe environment program and a policy for an independent review board.

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Hundreds Gather to Honor Barbara Blaine, Founder of Abuse Victims Group SNAP

CHICAGO
NBC-TV Chicago

October 29, 2017

By Mary Ann Ahern

More than 500 friends, family and those touched by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests founder Barbara Blaine attended her memorial in Chicago Saturday.

Blaine died suddenly in September after suffering a torn blood vessel in her heart. She was 61 years old.

Held at DePaul University, Saturday’s tribute brought together survivors of priest abuse from across the world who called her “a giant in changing the world.”

Blaine started SNAP in the late 1980s while grappling with and speaking about her own trauma. She was abused as an 8th grader by a priest who taught at the Catholic school she attended in Ohio, according to SNAP’s website.

In one of her first jobs after college, Blaine helped run a Catholic women’s shelter on Chicago’s South Side. She devoted her life to caring for those who were often…

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Paedophile priest to be freed after only 4 years in prison

NEW SOUTH WALES (AUSTRALIA)
The Daily Telegraph

October 31, 2017

By Annabel Hennessy

A paedophile priest who betrayed the trust of families he had befriended to rape and abuse girls as young as 10 over three decades is about to walk free after spending just four years in prison.

Father Finian Egan, 81, will be released from jail on December 19, despite desperate pleas from his victims to keep him locked up.

“This sends a message not just to me, but to every child sex survivor,” victim Kellie Roche said.

It was Ms Roche’s courageous decision in 2010 to report Egan’s attacks on her while he was a parish priest at Carlingford in the 1980s that led to other victims coming forward. She even asked for the sentencing judge to lift the suppression order on her name so that she could talk about his crimes.

Ms Roche, who now…

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Lawsuit: Priest abused non-Catholic teen he named ‘best altar boy’

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

October 30, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

Father Louis Brouillard in 1979 allegedly allowed a non-Catholic youth to serve as an altar boy, sexually abused him, and later gave him a medallion for being the “best altar boy” at the Tumon parish, a lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday states.

The plaintiff, identified in court documents only as M.S.M. to protect his privacy, said in his lawsuit that Brouillard was aware he’s not Catholic, but still allowed him to serve Mass.

The $10 million lawsuit states M.S.M. lived across from the Tumon parish, so he served Mass as an altar boy almost every night and on weekends. He was around 12 years old at the time.

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A Revered New York Priest Is Named a Predator

NEW YORK (NY)
The New York Times

October 29, 2017

By Sharon Otterman

Stephen Ryan-Vuotto was 14 and had recently lost his father to lung cancer when a priest in his Greenwich Village parish began inviting him to sleep over at the rectory. His mother was happy, he recalled, because she revered priests.

In particular, she loved the Rev. Robert V. Lott, the man who had befriended her son. He had ministered to the boy’s dying father, and was starting charitable organizations. Before his death in 2002, Father Lott’s reputation grew, as he led an effort to build hundreds of low-income housing units in East Harlem. To this day, an assisted living center, a home health care organization, a community development corporation and a charitable foundation in East Harlem are named for him.

But those nights at the rectory were not innocent. In August, Mr. Ryan-Vuotto was awarded a…

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Escobar Gaviria: la defensa del cura recusó a Casación

PARANÁ (ENTRE RÍOS, ARGENTINA)
APFDigital

October 28, 2017

[Lawyers for a priest sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting children are asking that the sentence be nullified, arguing that: 1) the judges previously had issued an opinion in the case, and 2) one of the judge’s friendship with the prosecutor.]

[See also the case summary for Juan Diego Escobar Gaviria in our database of accused clergy in Argentina.]

Pidieron el apartamiento de los magistrados por haber actuado con anterioridad, y por la “amistad” que dicen tener acusadores y jueces

“La presente causa es llevada adelante por el Fiscal Dr. Federico Uriburu como parte acusadora, quien entabla una relación de amistad con una de las integrantes de este Tribunal, la Dra. Marcela Badano; esto se confirma con la captura de pantalla adjunta al presente donde consta que la Dra. Marcela Badano es…

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Mass Saturday for hope and healing of sexual abuse survivors

CHICAGO
Daily Herald

October 27, 2017

The Archdiocese of Chicago is holding a Mass for Hope and Healing of Child and Youth Sexual Abuse Survivors and their Families at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Holy Family Church, 1080 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago.

Michael Hoffman and Jim Richter, both victims-survivors, will give witness. Attendees will include clergy, victim-survivors of clergy sexual abuse, family members and caregivers of survivors, church lay ministry staff, Catholic school leadership and others committed to the protection and safety of children and youth.

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Uniting Church redress scheme for sexual abuse survivors under fire

NEW SOUTH WALES (AUSTRALIA)
Brisbane Times

October 28, 2017

By Rachel Browne

When Cheryl Brealey describes her childhood as tough, it’s an understatement.

The second-oldest of nine children, she was raised in Balmain, Glebe and Leichhardt in the 1950s, well before they became the gentrified inner west.

With no money, an absent father and a mother who suffered mental health problems, she was often forced to beg shopkeepers for food.

By the age of nine, she was separated from her family and placed in Burnside Presbyterian Homes for Children in North Parramatta, where she experienced unimaginable torment for two years.

“I have suffered from physical, sexual and mental abuse,” Ms Brealey said.

“It was extreme, vindictive, traumatising, sadistic violent abuse to my mind, my body, my soul and my wellbeing. They took my worth as an innocent child.”

Now 64 and living in Brisbane, it took decades for Cheryl…

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Santa Fe prelate voices ‘sadness and shame’ over clerical sex abuse

ALBUQUERQUE (NM)
Associated Press via Crux

October 29, 2017

Archbishop John C. Wester published an op-ed piece in The Albuquerque Journal on Sunday expressing “sadness and shame over the betrayal of trust” by clergy “who were supposed to love and protect our children,” and for the suffering of abuse survivors. He also said a series of panel discussions scheduled from Nov. 7 to Jan. 31 at five parishes will “promote further transparency and healing.”

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Santa Fe says the archdiocese has received only two allegations of clergy sexual misconduct involving children since 1993, due to the numerous strict measures aimed at preventing further abuse.

Archbishop John C. Wester published an op-ed piece in The Albuquerque Journal on Sunday expressing “sadness and shame over the betrayal of trust” by clergy “who were supposed to love and protect our children,” and for the suffering of abuse survivors.

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Paedophile brother given taxpayer funds to appeal sentence

NEW SOUTH WALES (AUSTRALIA)
The Daily Telegraph

October 29, 2017

By Annabel Hennessy

A paedophile brother who admitted to raping and abusing schoolboys as young as nine has bizarrely been given taxpayer funding to appeal his sentence on the grounds of “good character” — even though his only evidence was a two-page letter he wrote himself.

Victim’s advocates are horrified after Michael Stanton, who last year pleaded guilty to 19 charges of historic child sex abuse, was given legal aid money to appeal his 23-year sentence on the grounds the original judge had failed to take into account his “good character”.

The appeal was knocked back by the Supreme Court last week after the only references Stanton could provide of his “good character” was “a two-page document prepared by the Applicant himself which was not otherwise supported or corroborated by any other person”.

The case comes one year after…

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Twice Silenced: The Underreporting of Child Sexual Abuse in Orthodox Jewish Communities

UNITED STATES
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

By David Katzenstein & Lisa Aronson Fontes

Published online: July 17, 2017 (Pages 752-767, Volume 26)

Abstract

Child sexual abuse remains an underreported crime throughout the world, despite extensive research and resources dedicated both to improving investigative techniques and helping children disclose their experiences. The discovery of rampant cover-ups within the Catholic Church has exposed some of the ways religious and cultural issues can impede reporting to authorities. This article examines specific factors that contribute to the underreporting of child sexual abuse within Orthodox Jewish communities. It also explores ways in which these communities have handled child sexual abuse reporting in the past and describes recent progress. Implications are offered for CSA prevention, detection, and recovery in Orthodox Jewish communities as well as other minority religious groups.

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Brouillard to provide sworn evidence in abuse lawsuits

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

October 29, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

Former Guam priest Louis Brouillard, the only accused clergy member who has admitted to sexually abusing children on Guam, is scheduled to provide additional sworn evidence, during his deposition, in Pine City, Minnesota, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.

Brouillard is represented by attorney Thomas Wieser of the law firm Meier, Kennedy and Quinn based in St. Paul, according to Archdiocese of Agana attorney John Terlaje.

Among Wieser’s specialties are defense of sexual abuse claims, and church and religious laws, his law firm’s website says.

At the deposition, Brouillard, 96, will be represented by Wieser, Terlaje said.

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes said Terlaje and Seattle-based co-counsel Michael Patterson will also be at the deposition.

Attorney David Lujan, the counsel for all plaintiffs who have sued Brouillard in federal court, is scheduled to attend the deposition, as are attorneys…

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Archbishop: ‘Sadness and shame over betrayal of trust’

SANTA FE (NM)
Albuquerque Journal

October 29, 2017

By Olivier Uyttebrouck

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has received only two allegations of clergy sexual misconduct involving children since 1993 due to the numerous strict measures the church has implemented to prevent further abuse, Archbishop of Santa Fe John C. Wester wrote in an op-ed piece published in today’s Sunday Journal.

Psychological screening and background checks for prospective clergy and other zero-tolerance policies, such as training programs and workshops, are among steps taken, Wester said in the public letter and apology addressed to “My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ.”

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Guest Column: Archdiocese committed to righting wrongs

SANTA FE (NM)
Albuquerque Journal

October 29, 2017

By John C. Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe

[See also the Santa Fe archdiocesan list of accused perpetrators. It includes more than 20 persons not previously known to be accused. See BishopAccountability.org’s webpage about the Lists of Accused Priests Released by Dioceses and Religious Institutes for more information.]

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On Sept. 12 the Archdiocese of Santa Fe released a list of 74 priests, deacons and religious who have been accused of sexual abuse of children. The vast majority of these abuses occurred over 25 years ago. Since then, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has implemented a number of strict measures, including removing perpetrators from ministry, terminating employment of perpetrators, instituting a zero tolerance policy, and implementing Safe Environment and Victim’s Assistance Programs throughout the Archdiocese. As a result, since 1993 the Archdiocese has…

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Collateral damage: the family upheaval that results from abuse

IRELAND
Irish Independent

October 29, 2017

By John Meagher

A case of sex abuse has repercussions beyond the obvious as the families of ­perpetrators are also drawn into the trauma

Betrayal. It’s the first word that Dr Marie Keenan thinks of when she considers the overriding emotion experienced when a family member is revealed to be a sex offender.

“That sense of betrayal is enormous,” she says. “This is someone they loved, whom they thought they knew intimately, and now they are having to confront the most horrific news.”

Dr Keenan, a lecturer at the School of Social Policy, University College Dublin, is one of the country’s foremost experts of the impact of sex abuse – not just on the actual victims, but those other people caught in the slipstream.

“It’s not just a private tragedy,” she says, “but when these cases go to court and the names are…

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Gerad Argeros: His own words

PHILADELPHIA (pa)
Philadelphia Inquirer

October 26, 2017

Excerpts from an Interview by Maria Panaritis

[Note: See also the major article Lost Childhoods.]

“The only thing that I get to control is how I tell my story.” – Gerad Argeros

Gerad Argeros, 46, says he was raped at age 11 by the Rev. James Brzyski at St. Cecilia’s in Philadelphia. In these interview excerpts, he describes a lifelong struggle with trauma and grief, and why he is choosing to speak publicly for the first time. He unsuccessfully sued the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and testified secretly before the Philadelphia grand jury that in 2005 uncovered decades of local clergy sex abuse. Brzyski, it said, sexually assaulted possibly more than 100 young boys. Argeros says decades of therapy saved him from suicide.

He had kept quiet for years about being abused at the parish.

“To get through, I started the biggest…

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Priest sex abuse and Hollywood sexual harassment scandals: Cultures of cover-up, cruelty and corruption

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

October 27, 2017

By Steve Lopez

Eight years ago, producer Harvey Weinstein and a horde of Hollywood moguls and celebrities banded together in defense of child molester Roman Polanski.

The Polish director, who fled the U.S. in 1977 before being sentenced for forcing himself on a 13-year-old girl, had just been arrested while attending a film festival in Switzerland. The Weinstein gang was outraged at the disruption of the festival, among other things, and demanded Polanski’s release.

My, how times have changed.

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And how does an entire industry go from denial to denunciation in just eight years?

“Maybe that’s the new norm,” said former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, who called me last week to talk about the Polanski case and about Weinstein’s role in defending him.

Cooley said the long-running abuse of women by powerful men in…

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The Lost Children of Tuam

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Times

October 28, 2017

By Dan Barry

Tuam, Ireland

Behold a child.

A slight girl all of 6, she leaves the modest family farm, where the father minds the livestock and the mother keeps a painful secret, and walks out to the main road. Off she goes to primary school, off to the Sisters of Mercy.

Her auburn hair in ringlets, this child named Catherine is bound for Tuam, the ancient County Galway town whose name derives from a Latin term for “burial mound.” It is the seat of a Roman Catholic archdiocese, a proud distinction announced by the skyscraping cathedral that for generations has loomed over factory and field.

Two miles into this long-ago Irish morning, the young girl passes through a gantlet of gray formed by high walls along the Dublin Road that seem to thwart sunshine. To her right runs the…

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Alleged sexual abuse victims of Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer take extradition fight to Israel

ISRAEL
Australian Broadcast Corporation

October 26, 2017

By Sophie McNeill

For the last three years, Malka Leifer has been hiding out in Israel avoiding extradition to Australia, and now her victims have come to demand her return.

“It is a bit nerve-racking and scary but at the same time I feel proud of myself,” Elly Sapper said.

The 28-year-old is one of the ex-students who are alleging the former school principal abused them.

She has come to Israel with her two sisters, also alleged victims, to launch a campaign demanding Ms Leifer return to face court in Melbourne.

“I want them to really understand what we are going through and that every day this lady is running free, running wild, it’s really traumatic for us,” Ms Sapper said.

Ms Leifer is wanted by Victorian police on 74 charges of child sexual abuse including indecent assault and rape, allegedly committed…

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Evans out of jail on bond

RUSHVILLE (IN)
Rushville Republican

Oct 26, 2017

By Kate Thurston

Last week, Garry Evans, 72, was arrested after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate sexual misconduct with minors.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, he was incarcerated at the Rush County Jail and facing numerous felony counts: three counts of child molestation (Level 4 Felony), four counts of sexual battery (Level 5 Felony) and five counts of child solicitation (Level 6 felony). Evans was taken into custody without incident shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday at the RPD.

No bond was set, yet Sunday, Evans was preaching at his church, Rushville Baptist Temple, located at 1335 N Spencer St., Rushville.

Evans bonded out on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Assistant Chief of Police Todd Click confirmed that Evans was out of jail.

“I’m not sure how a person with no bond can bond out of jail without a bond hearing taking place,” Click said. “It…

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Lawsuit: Priest told boy to strip naked for baseball uniforms

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

October 27, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

Father Louis Brouillard required an altar boy to strip naked in front of a mirror so that the priest could measure his size for a baseball uniform, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court. Brouillard then took photos of the nude boy before sexually touching him, it states.

The 56-year-old plaintiff, identified in court documents only as S.F.T. to protect his privacy, alleges that Brouillard and Boy Scouts of America scout leader Edward Pereira, now deceased, sexually abused him around 1959 to 1964.

S.F.T. was about 8 to 13 years old then.

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Child protection system ‘not ready’ for mandatory reporting of abuse concerns

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

October 27, 2017

Social workers have warned the child protection system is “in no way ready” for the introduction in six weeks time of mandatory reporting of child abuse concerns, writes Catherine Shanahan

Frank Browne, chairman of the board of directors of the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW), said: “You have to be sure before implementing a new system that it can deliver and there is no evidence that Tusla is ready.”

He said the IASW was “never in favour of mandatory reporting”, which, they believe, will lead to a massive increase in referrals to child protection services.

As it stands, more than 800 children regarded as “high priority” cases are without an allocated social worker.

“We see it as potentially placing children at greater risk because there will be more children on waiting lists,” he said.

“Mandatory reporting might tick all the boxes, but…

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Apuron objects, in part, to judge’s order in mediation talks

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

October 27, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron has asked U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood that he not be required to participate in potential settlement talks that do not involve the four cases filed against him.

The chief judge ordered Apuron to participate in mediation talks to try to settle more than 140 clergy sex abuse lawsuits. Most of the lawsuits are against former Guam priest Louis Brouillard.

Apuron is objecting, partly, to the chief judge’s order, saying it’s oppressive and costly to him.

Apuron’s attorney, Jacqueline Terlaje, in an Oct. 27 filing, stated that the archbishop does not want to participate in mediating the more than 130 other cases that do not name him as a defendant.

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Former Catholic Brother facing historic sex assault charges over the indecent assault of a nine-year-old boy in the 1960s

EASTWOOD (NSW, AUSTRALIA)
Daily Mail Australia

October 27, 2017

By Nkayla Afshariyan

– A 78-year-old former Catholic Brother has been charged with child sex offences
– The man was arrested and charged on Thursday following a police investigation
– Police allege the man assaulted several young boys while a teacher in the 1960s
– A 60-year-old man claimed the abuse occurred when he was a boy, police report

A former Catholic Brother has been charged with numerous indecent assaults, after a 60-year-old man came forward to reveal the alleged abuse he suffered when he was a nine-year-old student.

Earlier this year, the alleged victim told police the Catholic Brother assaulted him when he was a young student at an Eastwood education facility in the 1960s.

The 78-year-old former Catholic Brother and teacher was taken to Eastwood Police Station on Thursday night, following a police investigation into…

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Former West Hempstead resident shares story of abuse

ROCKVILLE CENTRE (NY)
LI Herald

October 26, 2017

By Nakeem Grant

The Diocese of Rockville Centre established an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program for survivors of sexual abuse by local clergy, it announced on Oct. 16. But the effort does not provide a voice for victims, said former West Hempstead resident Dave McGuire.

“It’s not about reconciliation. It’s about [the diocese] protecting themselves,” said McGuire, who alleges that he was a victim of clergy abuse from 1980 to 1982. “Rather than allowing the law to be the arbiter of whatever damages had occurred and whatever compensation needs to be paid, they want to keep it a secret, and they want to do it internally.”

McGuire, who currently lives in Los Angeles, said that he was 13 when he was sexually abused at St. Thomas the Apostle parish in West Hempstead, where he attended parochial school and was an altar…

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Bronx abuse victim recalls horrors of being part of pervy priest’s ‘teen club’

BRONX (NY)
New York Daily News

October 27, 2017

By Laura Dimon and Rich Schapiro with Stephen Rex Brown

Jimmy Halpin grew up an ace student who was so devoted to his Catholic faith that he slept on the floor the night before exams.

“So Jesus could sleep in the bed,” said Halpin, who attended the St. Raymond’s Boys School in the Bronx.

At the age of 15, the Rev. Joseph Theisen entered Halpin’s life.

It was summertime in the early 1980s and Theisen quickly took a liking to young Jimmy. After that, Halpin’s slide into tragedy did not take long.

By the fall, the spark inside him had been snuffed, replaced by a darkness that led to years of substance abuse.

“I’m not going to be in denial about this anymore,” Halpin, now 52 and a third-grade teacher in Harlem, told the Daily News. “I was practically a…

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Child abuse redress scheme: Church says it won’t sign up unless states and territories do, billions on the line

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

October 27, 2017

By Clare Blumer

The Australian Catholic Church estimates it will be liable for $1 billion in compensation to child sexual abuse victims as part of the new national redress scheme, but this comes with a really big ‘but’.

The Federal Government today tabled a bill for a national redress scheme for child sexual abuse victims.

Under the bill, people who were sexually abused while in Commonwealth and territory institutions will be entitled to compensation of up to $150,000.

But that is only a tiny minority of the victims, as the majority suffered abuse in state government or non-government and church institutions.

So an estimated 60,000 victims subjected to sexual abuse as children would not be eligible, unless the state and territory governments sign up.

And it doesn’t stop there.

Unless everyone signs on, the victims would be able to…

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Victim alleges abuse by former priest Brouillard

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

October 27, 2017

By Mindy Aguon

A former altar boy and Boy Scout alleges he was sexually abused by a priest and Boy Scout leader in the late 1950s to ’60s.

S.F.T., 66, who used initials to protect his identity, filed a lawsuit yesterday against the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America and retired priest Louis Brouillard.

The civil complaint, filed in the District Court of Guam, alleges that Brouillard sought permission from S.F.T.’s parents to allow him to sleep overnight at the rectory so he would not be late to prepare for Mass the following morning.

The lawsuit alleges he was 8 years old when Brouillard allegedly forced him to sleep naked and sleep next to the priest, who sexually abused him.

The abuse continued during Boy Scout outings as S.F.T. recalled the first swimming outing to Tagachang Beach in Yona…

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Darran Scott, former Mormon high priest, jailed for sexually abusing 11 boys

GIPPSLAND (VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA)
ABC Gippsland

October 27, 2017

By Robert French

A judge has jailed a man for 10 years over child sexual abuse in Victoria’s east, describing him as a “sexual predator” who showed no remorse.

Darran Scott, of Archies Creek, will spend at least seven years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to 16 charges relating to child sexual abuse.

Scott, now 53, worked as a film director, actor and as a freelance cameraman for WIN News.

He started grooming his victims in the early 1990s as a junior football coach in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

The County Court in Morwell heard he plied the boys with sleeping pills, cannabis, alcohol and pornography.

He also indecently assaulted several victims on surfing trips and at his home, near Wonthaggi on Victoria’s Bass Coast.

In sentencing, Judge John Smallwood told Scott he had “ruined lives” and hadn’t…

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$1.8 MILLION IN PRIEST SEX ABUSE SETTLEMENTS IN NEW YORK

NEW YORK (NY)
ChurchMilitant.com

October 26, 2017

by David Nussman

New York archdiocese and Brooklyn diocese pay reparation to 6 sex abuse victims

NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) – Six victims of homosexual priestly sex abuse are receiving $1.8 million in settlements from the archdiocese of New York and the diocese of Brooklyn.

Attorneys announced the settlements on Wednesday. A total of eight priests were implicated in the lawsuit. One of the victims in the settlement is a woman, but the other five are men.

Commenting on the settlement, abuse survivor advocate Joelle Casteix told NY Daily News that the New York archdiocese’s leadership has failed to even address the behavior of these abusive priests.

“They did nothing to tell parents,” she asserted. “And they did nothing to reach out to the survivors for years. Cardinal Dolan should be ashamed of this.”

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Appeals court rules that sex offenders can attend church with children present

INDIANAPOLIS (IN)
The Indy Star

October 26, 2017

By Fatima Hussein

The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that sex offenders are allowed to attend church services even while children are present to attend Sunday school.

The ruling handed down Tuesday stems from a letter the Boone County sheriff sent to his county’s registered sex offenders in July 2015 informing them of the passage of Indiana’s “serious sex offender” law. The law prohibits “serious sex offenders” from entering “school property.”

School property, under the state’s interpretation of the law, includes a church if the church conducts Sunday school or has child care for children of the ages described in the statute. Sex offenders faced arrest and prosecution if they attended such a church.

Citing Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, three unnamed sex offenders sought a court injunction to attend church. They argued that preventing them from attending services, even…

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He’s a police dispatcher and church elder charged with sexually assaulting teen girl

FRESNO (CA)
The Fresno Bee

October 26, 2017

By Brianna Calix

A Madera police dispatcher who is a church elder is charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl he mentored, Fresno police reported.

Fresno police received an anonymous tip on Sept. 20 about Martin Ramos, 43, and launched an investigation, Sgt. Daniel Macias said.

Investigators learned that Ramos was an elder at a Jehovah’s Witnesses church in the 4000 block of West McKinley Avenue. There, he met a teen girl and her family three years ago.

Ramos mentored the girl, and the two communicated through text messages. At one point, the two exchanged “inappropriate” photos and their relationship turned physical, Macias said.

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Another $10M lawsuit claims sex abuse by priest

GUAM
Kuam News

October 27, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Yet another lawsuit has been filed against the Archdiocese of Agana and the Boy Scouts of America. The latest by a former Mangilao resident only identified as 66-year-old S.F.T.

S.F.T. names both Father Louis Brouillard and Boy Scout leader Edward Pereira as his abusers.

On church grounds, on swimming trips, and camping trips, he alleges the adult men took every opportunity to sexually abuse him.

While fitting for baseball uniforms, he alleges the priest forced him to strip down and stand in front of the mirror so he could take photos.

S.F.T. is suing for $10 million.

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Lawsuit filed on allegations of sexual abuse from a former Cowiche priest

COWICHE (WA)
KIMA TV

October 26th 2017

by Marie Schurk

COWICHE, Wash. – A new child sex abuse lawsuit is filed in Yakima County Superior Court on allegations that a Reverend sexually abused a parishioner who was a minor at that time.

The former St. Juan San Diego parishioner filed a civil lawsuit against the Diocese of Yakima that claims Reverend Gustavo Gomez Santos abused him, according to an Oct. 25 news release.

The plaintiff said Father Santos sexually abused him at the parish rectory.

The lawsuit claims the Diocese knew or should have known about the danger the priest posed to children but did not take steps necessary to remove him from his position.

Father Santos was permanently removed from his position as of May 2017.

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Byrnes marks first year as Guam’s archbishop

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

October 27, 2017

by Haidee V Eugenio

[Note: Includes video interview]

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes, who marks his first year on Guam, said one of his challenges has been addressing the loss of trust in the church and island clergy.

Pope Francis appointed Byrnes, 59, on Oct. 31, 2016, giving him the rights to succeed Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron should Apuron resign, retire or is removed.

Apuron is undergoing a Vatican canonical trial and is accused of sexually abusing or raping four altar boys in the 1970s when he was the parish priest in Agat.

Byrnes said the most challenging reality for him is dealing with child sexual abuse on Guam, allegedly committed by the clergy decades ago, and restoring people’s faith in the Catholic church and its leaders.

Byrnes said no current member of the clergy on Guam has been accused of abuse, and,…

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Clerical sex abuse disclosures skyrocket in pope’s Argentina

CASEROS (ARGENTINA)
Associated Press

October 26, 2017

By Luis Andres Henao and Alumdena Calatrava

[Note: See also BishopAccountability.org’s Database of Accused Argentine Priests.]

Karen Maydana says she was 9 years old when the Rev. Carlos Jose fondled her at a church pew facing the altar. It was her first confession ahead of her first Holy Communion.

She blames the trauma of that moment in 2004 for a teenage suicide attempt. And yet she never spoke about it publicly until this year. After hearing that two women who attended her school in the Argentine town of Caseros were allegedly abused by the same priest, she joined them as complainants in a case that in July led to his arrest for investigation of aggravated sexual abuse.

“Unfortunately, there are many of us. But speaking about it now also gives you strength to carry on,” Maydana, 22, said. “I have a…

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Rom befindet Franziskaner-Pater für schuldig

MUNICH (GERMANY)
Bayerischer Rundfunk

October 26, 2017

By Klaus Rüfer

[Google translation: The CDF has concluded the church procedure against the 83-year-old Franciscan Minorite Father, M., for the sexual abuse of minors. According to this, the public celebration of the Eucharist and the donation of the sacraments, as well as any contact with minors, is prohibited. He is forbidden to stay in the dioceses of Cologne, Bamberg and Würzburg. There he was employed as a pastor in the course of his service.]

Die römische Glaubenskongregation hat das kirchenrechtliche Verfahren gegen einen 83-jährigen Franziskaner-Minoriten wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs beendet. Der für schuldig befundene Pater darf auch weiterhin keine Sakramente spenden und keinen Kontakt zu Minderjährigen haben.

Die römische Glaubenskongregation hat das kirchenrechtliche Verfahren gegen den 83-jährigen Franziskaner-Minoriten Pater M. wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs Minderjähriger abgeschlossen. Demnach wird dem für schuldig befundenen Pater die öffentliche Feier der Eucharistie sowie die Spendung der Sakramente…

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Bistum veröffentlicht Gutachten zu mutmaßlichen Missbrauchsfällen

HILDESHEIM (GERMANY)
Diocese of Hildesheim

October 16, 2016

[Google translation:

Bishopric publishes expert opinions on alleged abuse
Report identifies omissions and gives recommendations for the future

The Diocese of Hildesheim has today published the report on several alleged abuse cases, which the Institute for Practice Research and Project Consulting (IPP) from Munich has commissioned on behalf of the diocese. The expert report, particularly in dealing with various allegations of sexual abuse against the retired priest Peter R., points out clear failings of the bishopric.]

[Note: This article provides useful links to relevant statements, as well as the report, Gutachten: Untersuchung von Fällen sexualisierter Gewalt im Verantwortungsbereich des Bistums Hildesheim – Fallverläufe, Verantwortlichkeiten, Empfehlungen (Report: Investigation of cases of sexual violence in the area of responsibility of the Diocese of Hildesheim – case histories, responsibilities, recommendations).]

Bistum veröffentlicht Gutachten zu mutmaßlichen Missbrauchsfällen
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Child sex abuse redress scheme to cap payments at $150,000 and exclude some criminals

MELBOURNE (AUSTRALIA)
ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Federal Government has tabled a bill that would entitle victims of child sexual abuse in Commonwealth and Territory institutions up to $150,000 in compensation, but it excludes victims who have served time in jail.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the response of institutions to claims of child abuse were “inadequate”.

“No child should ever experience what we know occurred,” he told the House of Representatives.

“The establishment of this scheme is an acknowledgment that sexual abuse suffered by children in institutions operated by a number of governments was wrong, a shocking betrayal of trust and simply should never have happened.”

Mr Porter said the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse had estimated there were 4,000 institutions across Australia where child sexual abuse happened.

Of those:
– 2,000 were Catholic institutions
– 500 were run by the…

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Apuron: Judge’s report is erroneous, should be rejected

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

October 26, 2017

By Haidee V. Eugenio

[Note: See also Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan, Jr.’s report.]

Archbishop Anthony Apuron released a recorded video Tuesday evening in which he denied allegations that he sexually abused an altar boy about 40 years ago.

Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron said a federal judge’s report, stating that the clergy sex abuse lawsuits against Apuron should not be dismissed, is “erroneous and contrary to law, and should be rejected.”

Apuron has again asked U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood to dismiss the complaints against him, stating the incidents, which allegedly happened more than 40 years ago, are time-barred and take away the archbishop’s due process rights.

The archbishop is represented by attorney Jacqueline Terlaje.

Apuron is being sued in federal court for allegedly sexually abusing or raping four altar boys in Agat in the 1970s when he was a…

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Australian Catholic Church liable for A$1 billion over child abuse

LONDON (ENGLAND)
The Times

October 26 2017

By Bernard Lagan

Sydney – The Australian Catholic Church believes it will be liable for at least A$1 billion (£583 million) in compensation payments to thousands of children who were sexually abused by the clergy.

The church has already paid at least A$300 million to victims, some of whom gave evidence to a royal commission that, when it concludes in December, will have taken testimony from 8,000 people abused as children by Catholic priests, other clergy and government staff.

The royal commission has proposed a national compensation scheme for victims, which caps payments to individuals at A$150,000. Much of the compensation will be paid by Australian taxpayers but the Catholic Church has assessed its own liabilities at about A$1 billion.

Francis Sullivan, chief executive of the Australian Catholic Church’s Truth, and Justice Healing Council, said: “Our analysis is that the national redress…

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Group of childhood sex abuse victims inks $1.8M settlement with two New York archdioceses

NEW YORK (NY)
Daily News

By Edgar Sandoval and Larry McShane

A half-dozen survivors of childhood sexual abuse by priests reached a $1.8 million settlement with two New York archdioceses, their attorney announced Wednesday.

Lawyer Michael Reck, in revealing the payouts, also publicly identified a pair of Bronx priests for the first time as sexual predators: Rev. Herbert D’Argenio and Msgr. Casper Wolf.

“We see two men that the Archdiocese of New York knew were child sex abusers, and they did nothing to warn children,” said survivor Joelle Casteix, who was not part of the settlement.

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Six Settlements Announced in NYC Child Sex Abuse Cases Against Catholic Priests

NEW YORK (NY)
Spectrum News NY 1

October 26, 2017

By Lindsay Tuchman

[Note: Includes a video showing a poster naming eight accused New York priests:
– Msgr. John O’Keefe (with photo)
– Fr. Herbert D’Argenio
– Msgr. Casper Wolf (with photo)
– Fr. Peter Kihm (with photo)
– Fr. Ralph LaBelle
– Fr. Francis Stinner (with photo)
– Fr. Richard Gorman (with photo)
– Fr. Gennaro “Jerry” Gentile (with photo)

Two of these priests, D’Argenio and Wolf, are being accused publicly for the first time. Some of the settlements referenced in this article pertain to D’Argenio and Wolf. It is not clear from the article which of the other eight priests on the poster are involved in the announced settlements. A media advisory from Jeff Anderson & Associates about the settlement announcement provides assignment histories for the eight priests…

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Fired employee accuses Oregon bishop of assaulting female priest, misusing money

PORTLAND (OR)
The Oregonian

October 25, 2017, updated on October 26, 2017

By Aimee Green

A former employee of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon has filed an $845,000 lawsuit against the diocese and Bishop Michael Hanley, claiming the bishop physically assaulted a female priest and misused money donated by the deceased grandmother of Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Mary Macy, who was the top finance officer for the diocese, claims she was fired from her job last year because she spoke up about Hanley, the diocese’s leader who oversees more than 70 churches with 15,000 congregants in western Oregon.

Macy claims in her lawsuit filed Tuesday that Hanley allegedly assaulted the Rev. Margaret McMurren in Salem while he visited her congregation, Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, three years ago.

Macy saw Hanley wrap his arm around McMurren’s neck and move with her down some stairs when he came to her church…

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Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Catholic Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA (WA)
Associated Press via U.S. News and World Report

October 26, 2017

A lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a minor has been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Yakima in Superior Court.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of a young man who says Rev. Gustavo Gomez Santos abused him at St. Juan Diego Catholic Church in Cowiche in 2012 when the alleged victim was 16 or 17 years old.

The lawsuit claims the Diocese of Yakima knew or should have known that Gomez posed a danger but failed to prevent him from sexually abusing the plaintiff.

After the man reported the abuse to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office in May, Bishop Joseph Tyson removed Gomez from public ministry. The diocese is seeking to have him defrocked.

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Sex abuse lawsuit filed against Catholic Diocese

YAKIMA (WA)
Yakima Herald-Republic

October 25, 2017

By Jane Gargas

[Note: See also BishopAccountability.org’s database entry on Gómez Santos.]

A lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a minor was filed against the Catholic Diocese of Yakima in Superior Court on Tuesday.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a young man who said that the Rev. Gustavo Gómez Santos abused him at St. Juan Diego Catholic Church in Cowiche in 2012 when the alleged victim was 16 or 17 years old.

Last May, after the young man reported the abuse to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, Gómez was permanently removed from public ministry by Bishop Joseph Tyson.

The lawsuit claims that the Diocese of Yakima knew or should have known that Gomez posed a danger to children but failed to take steps to prevent him from using his position as a Diocesan priest to sexually abuse the plaintiff.

The…

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Paedophile priest sentenced on new historic indecent assault charge

AUCKLAND (NEW ZEALAND)
Stuff/Fairfax Media

October 26 2017

By Mike Mather

A former Catholic priest jailed for molesting boys in the 1970s and 80s has been sentenced for another indecent assault.

However Mark Mannix Brown won’t have to serve any more time in jail to account for his latest charge of indecent assault.

Brown, 74, was sentenced on a new charge of indecent assault on a boy aged under 12, when he appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Thursday, via audio-visual link from prison.

He is currently serving a 26-month jail term, imposed on him in August for charges against three historic victims.

The latest charge – which relates to incidents against another victim that took place between December 1, 1976 and December 31, 1977 in Raglan – resulted in a 10-month jail sentence, which will be served concurrently.

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John Delaney: In his own words

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

October 26, 2017

By Maria Panaritis

[Note: See also Panaritis’ major article Stolen Childhoods.]

John Delaney, 47, was altar boy of the year at St. Cecilia’s in Northeast Philadelphia in the 1980s – years in which he was being raped by the Rev. James Brzyski, later identified as one of the most brutal abusers ever to serve in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Delaney has been one of his most vocal victims. In excerpts from recent interviews, he talks about the damage.

He recalls an innocent childhood before Brzyski came to his parish.

“I was an athlete. I remember seeing kids up at the Fox Chase Recreation Center smoking weed, thinking, ‘Those guys are losers.’ My goal was to be like my dad. He was a cop.”

Brzyski arrived. The little boy changed.

“I was being abused, I was running away from home, I was…

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Stolen Childhoods

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

October 26, 2017

By Maria Panaritis

[Note: This major article includes photos of many Brzyski survivors, quotes from interviews with them, and video interviews with survivors, family members, and friends . It also links to In His Own Words, excerpts from Panaritis’ interview with Brzyski survivor John Delaney. See also the 2005 Philadelphia Grand Jury Report’s materials on Brzyski: assignment history, summary of victims and incidents, a 1984 archdiocesan document, the report’s case study of Brzyski, and a brief pattern study. See also BishopAccountability.org’s database entry about Brzyski.]

Decades later, the damage from one Philadelphia predator priest still torments a generation of victims.

In the rear of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, the old school friends of the man in the casket were growing agitated. The funeral service for Jim Cunningham was about to begin.

It was a…

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Victim: Priest offered basketball lessons, abused him instead

GUAM
Guam Daily Post

October 26, 2017

By Mindy Aguon

Photo Caption: Louis Brouillard, now 96, has been named in dozens of clergy sex abuse cases filed in the local and federal courts on Guam.

A former altar boy and Boy Scout has come forward alleging a priest offered to teach him how to play basketball but instead sexually abused the boy in the Malojloj convent every Sunday for three months.

M.P., 56, who used initials to protect his identity, filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Guam on Wednesday against the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America and retired priest Louis Brouillard.

M.P. was raised by his grandparents, who were friends with Brouillard when he was the parish priest at the San Isidro Catholic Church in Malojloj in the 1970s.

The priest requested M.P. be allowed to become an altar boy and join the Boy…

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6 new settlements totaling $1.8M announced involving NY priest child sex abuse

NEW YORK
ABC7 Eyewitness News

October 25, 2017

NEW YORK (WABC) — Attorneys for child sex abuse victims have announced six settlements involving priests with the Archdiocese of New York and Brooklyn.

The settlements involve the actions of five different priests.

There were strong words from advocates for these victims at a news conference Wednesday, who claim that the Archdiocese of New York and the Archdiocese of Brooklyn did nothing about this until now. The new settlement is another $1.8 million being paid out to the six additional victims, ranging from $50,000 to $450,000 for abuse dating back to 1959.

Five priests are being talked about in this latest settlement. Three are now deceased and all have been removed as priests.

Father Gennaro “Jerry” Gentile, Monsignor Casper Wolf and Father Herbert D’Argenio were all from the New York Archdiocese.

Father Adam Prochaski and Father Herbert McElroy were from Brooklyn.

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Defense: Investigator may have destroyed, withheld docs in case of ex-priest accused of sex abuse

AURORA (IL)
Aurora Beacon-News

October 24, 2017

by Hannah Leone

A Kane County investigator in a former Aurora priest’s sex abuse case may have destroyed some notes while withholding others, according to the former priest’s lawyer, who is seeking information about the investigator’s recent resignation from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Alfredo Pedraza Arias, 51, is scheduled for a November trial on felony charges he sexually abused and assaulted two young girls between 2012 and 2014 while a priest at Sacred Heart Church in Aurora. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Immigration officials revoked the temporary religious worker visa for Arias, who is from Colombia. His trial has been repeatedly delayed while he faces deportation. Prosecutors have accused Arias of trying to use his deportation to avoid trial.

In a hearing earlier this month, Kane County Circuit…

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The Wolf In Preist’s Clothing: Epilogue: Ex-priest Grecco gets 18 months in prison

ST. CATHARINES (ONTARIO, CANADA)
The St. Catharines Standard

October 24, 2017

By Grant LaFleche

[Note: To read The Standard’s investigative series The Wolf in Priest’s Clothing about William O’Sullivan’s story and Donald Grecco go to www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2017/09/10/the-wolf-in-priests-clothing-complete-series]

There was no forgiveness in William O’Sullivan’s heart Tuesday for the priest who sexually abused him as a child. But there was empathy as he watched Donald Grecco be led away from a St. Catharines courtroom to serve the next 18 months of his life in prison.

“I know where he is going. I know what it is like, so I have some empathy. I’m human,” said O’Sullivan, who has served time in prison. “But when they led him away and got the handcuffs out, that was good to see.”

Justice Joseph Nadel sentenced Grecco to 18 months in prison, with three years of parole after his time is served, for three…

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Longtime Boise bishop, champion of social justice, dies at 78

BOISE (ID)
Idaho Statesman

October 24, 2017

By Michael Katz and Nicole Blanchard

The Most Rev. Michael P. Driscoll served as the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise for 15 years. He died Tuesday of natural causes at the age of 78, the diocese announced in a statement.

Driscoll was born in Long Beach, Calif., and was ordained as a priest in 1965. He was later ordained a bishop in 1990. Pope John Paul II appointed him the seventh bishop of Boise on Jan. 19, 1999. He held that position until he retired in 2014.

The bishop oversaw several shifts in the landscape of Idaho’s Catholic churches. His outreach to the growing Hispanic community brought an influx of priests from Mexico and Colombia to Idaho, and he was closely associated with Catholic Charities, the church’s social justice arm. Driscoll founded the Idaho branch of the charity in…

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Weinstein scandal puts nondisclosure agreements in the spotlight

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

October 23, 2017

By James Rufus Koren

Harvey Weinstein. Bill O’Reilly. Roger Ailes. Bill Cosby. The Catholic Church.

All were able to skirt years and sometimes decades of allegations of sexual harassment or assault through the use of settlements or contracts that included nondisclosure agreements: legal provisions that swear employees or alleged victims to secrecy.

Those cases — and especially the unfolding Weinstein scandal — have sparked criticism that the agreements allow powerful companies and individuals to stave off scrutiny and continue abusive practices. Now, there is a move afoot to place clear restrictions on their use.

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Supuesta víctima del padre Meño en Piedras Negras, denunció haber sufrido amenazas

SALTILLO (Mexico)
Vanguardia

October 25, 2017

Por Armando Ríos

[Google Translate: Suspected victim of Father Meño in Piedras Negras, reported having suffered threats]

Presentará un libro que contiene los casos de pederastia que fueron tapados por el cardenal Norberto Rivera

Tras haber huído del Estado por una serie de amenazas, José Ignacio Martínez firmó con una asociación civil, dedicada a dar acompañamiento psicológico y legal a las víctimas de pederastia y abuso sexual infantil.

Ignacio Martínez asegura que su alineación con Inside es un parteaguas para los casos de pederastia en Coahuila, que asegura ya tiene contemplados para la atención y la denuncia, con el acompañamiento de la Pronnif y el Gobierno Estatal.

“Yo no puedo hablar de los casos, deben ser ellos. A mí me escoltaron de mi casa para sacarme del Estado, porque rayaban mis paredes, me llamaban y me dejaban cartas con amenazas. Evitamos que le…

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Grace Ministry Center, pastor Mitch Olson sued by woman who alleged sexual assault

MICHIGAN
Times Herald

October 23, 2017

by Nicole Hayden

A civil lawsuit was filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court on Friday against Grace Ministry Center in Kimball Township and its former pastor Mitch Olson.

The suit was filed on behalf of the woman who accused Olson of groping her during a religious ceremony. The suit seeks in excess of $25,000. Allegations against Olson include battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Allegations against Grace Ministry Center include negligent supervision, negligent retention, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and violation of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

The lawsuit comes after the St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office declined to bring criminal charges against Olson after he was accused of sexually assaulting the woman, 20, of Port Huron. A police report was filed in August that stated Olson placed his hands…

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Brouillard allegedly lured altar boy to the states to turn him into a sex slave

GUAM
Pacific News Center

October 25, 2017

By Janela Carrera

Brouillard allegedly promised to pay for the victim’s college education. But upon arriving there, J.T. says he realized that was never going to happen.

Guam – The latest sex abuse lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of Agana involves a former altar server who claims he was summoned to live with a Guam priest in the states under the guise of pursuing a college education only to discover that he was an intended sex slave.

Most of the sexual abuse lawsuits filed against the church and the priest described as having the most sexually deviant behavior involve abuse that occurred on Guam. But perhaps for the first time, this latest lawsuits details abuse that stretches all the way to Minnesota where Father Louis Brouillard relocated to after serving as a priest for over a decade on Guam.

The alleged abuse…

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Embu Cleric gets life sentence for defiling niece

EMBU (KENYA)
Daily Nation

October 23 2017

By Charles Wanyoro

An Anglican Church of Kenya clergyman was on Monday sentenced to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of defiling his seven-year-old orphaned niece.

Embu Principal Magistrate Samuel Mutai ruled that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the reverend, 38, who ministered at the Embu Diocese committed the offence.

The court heard that on or before April 19 last year, at Spring Valley estate, within Embu municipality, he unlawfully and with intention assaulted the girl.

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Rapist Priest In Bihar Claimed To Expel Evil Spirits: Police

NEW DELHI (INDIA)
Agence France-Presse

October 25, 2017

Chandrama Raj, a pastor with the Indian Mission Church in Bihar, was arrested after one of the alleged victims filed a rape complaint in September

NEW DELHI: The police have arrested a pastor in Bihar who is accused of raping two women on the pretext of driving out evil spirits, an official said today.

Chandrama Raj, the pastor with the Indian Mission Church in Bihar, was arrested after one of the alleged victims filed a complaint in September.

“We conducted a preliminary inquiry and have arrested the priest. He has been sent to judicial custody,” Manu Maharaj, the senior police superintendent of the state capital Patna, told AFP.

The women accused the pastor of inviting them to his home where he promised to drive away their evil spirits through prayer. It was there that he raped them, police…

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Bill 30, sex abuse, and separation of church and state

HALIFAX (CANADA)
Halifax Examiner

October 25, 2017

By Tim Bousquet

1. Bill 30, sex abuse, and separation of church and state

“Bill No. 30 – Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth Act” was considered by the usually non-controversial Private & Local Bills committee of the legislature yesterday.

But, “[t]he committee voted to hold the bill at this stage of the lawmaking process following a presentation by lawyer John McKiggan, who has represented and continues to represent hundreds of sexual assault victims who were abused by priests,” reports Jean Laroche for the CBC:

In his presentation to the committee, McKiggan said, “I would suggest the only reason for this proposed change to legislation that has existed for over 100 years is to make it more difficult for survivors of priest sexual abuse to be able to receive just and fair compensation for their injuries.”

A lawyer acting on behalf of the archdiocese,…

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Op-Ed: Shouldn’t we all be mandated reporters of abuse? (Letter to the Editor column)

YORK (PA)
York Daily Record

October 24, 2017

by Kelly Jackson

Me too. Two tiny words, five simple letters; they say so little, yet mean so much. As a woman who endured multiple occurrences of sexual assault, I was a perfect target when my sexual harassment took place. I had been conditioned in my silence and shame; I was timid and afraid.

I was 20 years old, living on my own for the first time. With bills I could barely pay, I needed my job. I remember sneaking off during a work Christmas party, pleading with a friend over the phone to drop what they were doing and pick me up. The person who typically drove me home was my boss, and the owner of the company I was employed with; he was also the person I was trying to escape from.

I did not have a name for…

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Lawsuit: Boy whipped, tried to expose priest’s sexual abuses

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

October 25, 2017

by Haidee V Eugenio

An early 1970s altar boy said his grandparents whipped him after he tried to tell them that Father Louis Brouillard sexually abused him, a lawsuit filed Wednesday afternoon in federal court says.

Now 56, the plaintiff identified in court documents only as M.P., said his grandparents didn’t believe him about Brouillard.

He was 13 or 14 years old then and an altar boy at San Isidro Catholic Church of Malojloj, where Brouillard was a priest. M.P. also was a member of the Boy Scouts of America.

The grandparents whipped him after he got into an argument with Brouillard, who at the time had allegedly been abusing him for about three months. In his lawsuit, M.P. said he couldn’t take what the priest was doing to him so he decided to tell his grandparents.

M.P., in his lawsuit, said…

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Sentencing for disgraced former Catholic priest

NIAGARA (ONTARIO, CANADA)
CHCH-TV

October 24, 2017

A former Niagara area priest has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for sexually abusing three boys in the 1970’s and 80’s.

77 year old Donald Grecco walked into the St. Catharines courthouse alone where he was handed an 18-month sentence and also ordered a lifetime ban on contact with anyone under the age of 16. He will also be registered as a sex offender. Justice Joseph Nadel called him a pathetic and selfish individual who had wrecked 6 lives.

One of the lives he was referring to was William O’Sullivan. It’s been a long time coming for William, Grecco began abusing him at St. Kevin’s church in Welland when he was just nine years old.

“It began as all these monster do with a pat, an arm around the shoulder, a tap on the bum.”

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Clergy abuse pre-mediation talks begin

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

October 25, 2017

by Haidee V Eugenio

U.S. District Court Senior Judge Alex Munson met Wednesday afternoon with most of the attorneys for plaintiffs and defendants in Guam’s nearly 140 clergy sex abuse lawsuits, as parties pursue mediation to try to settle the cases.

The 2:45 p.m. meeting in federal court was behind closed doors, and the details discussed were confidential.

Munson serves as the discovery master in the planned mediation, which the parties said will happen around March 2018. That’s much later than the original target of late October or early November, following preliminary talks in Honolulu in September.

Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, through his attorney, Jacqueline Terlaje, took part in the pre-mediation meeting, as ordered Oct. 17 by Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood.

Apuron has a pending motion to dismiss the lawsuits filed against him by former altar boys who accuse him of sexually…

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Church revamps child protection policy

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

October 24, 2017

by Haidee V Eugenio

Child sexual abuse allegations against Archbishop Anthony Apuron went unchecked for years because of an inadequate policy for the protection of children and young people, according to Archbishop Michael Byrnes, who said the island’s Catholic church has completely revised its policy.

Byrnes said the decision about whether to move forward with an investigation rested with the archbishop. That decision now will be made by an independent body, he said Tuesday.

Apuron, who is facing a canonical trial at the Vatican which could decide his future as a member of the clergy, has been accused of raping or molesting four altar boys in Agat decades ago, when he was a parish priest. The former altar boys and the family of a deceased former altar boy also have sued Apuron and the church in federal court, demanding millions of dollars.

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In Rome, NZ expert speaks out on abuse

ROME (VATICAN CITY)
NZ Catholic via Catholic News Service

October 25, 2017

NZ Catholic Staff

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A New Zealand member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has said the Church needs to listen better to victims of sexual abuse.

Bill Kilgallon, the director of the National Office for Professional Standards in this country, was among members of the commission who met Pope Francis at the Vatican on September 21.

Mr Kilgallon told the Catholic News Service that the Church needs to listen better to victims of abuse and it must be clear, firm and honest in proving that abuse has no place in its institutions.

Protecting children is not only central to Christ’s teachings, but “you can’t give people their childhood back. We get only one chance”, he said.

Mr Kilgallon added that as the commission helps advise dioceses, bishops’ conferences and religious…

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Judge tosses charges against friar

HOLLIDAYSBURG (PA)
Altoona Mirror

October 24, 2017

By Kay Stephens

Kopriva concluded statute of limitations expired for Schinelli

Child endangerment and criminal conspiracy charges have been dismissed against one of the three Franciscan friars accused of failing to properly supervise Brother Stephen Baker, a suspected predator accused of molesting youth while working at a Johnstown Catholic high school.

In a ruling issued Monday, Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva concluded that the state’s previous statute of limitations — requiring prosecution of sexual offenses against minors to be filed no later than two years after the minor turned 18 — would have expired in 2014 for friar Anthony “Giles” Schinelli, a former administrator for the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular, Hollidayburg.

But due to a 2007 change in the statute extending the prosecution time frame to a minor’s 50th birthday, Kopriva concluded that friars Robert J. D’Aversa and…

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Release of Santa Fe court records a step in countering abuse, archdiocese says

SANTA FE (NM)
Catholic News Agency

October 24, 2017

The release of court records related to sex abuse allegations against three Catholic priests several decades ago will serve as “an additional step in healing for survivors, their families, our Church, and communities,” the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has said.

“Going forward, the archdiocese intends to continue promoting transparency in its efforts to protect children and young people from sexual abuse by clergy or anyone else in the community, while at the same time being careful to respect the rights of those who may be falsely accused, and respect the privacy of abuse survivors and their families,” the archdiocese said Oct. 18.

It said the documents were related to three priests “credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors” in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Among the documents are hundreds of pages of court records that concern allegations against the clergy….

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Judge Throws Out Charges Vs. Friar Accused of Abuse Cover-Up

HOLLIDAYSBURG (PA)
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report

[See also the entry on this case in BishopAccountability.org’s list of U.S. dioceses and religious orders that have faced criminal charges.]

A judge has dismissed charges against one of three friars accused of improperly supervising a Franciscan brother who was accused of molesting more than 100 children, most at a Pennsylvania high school.

The judge found 74-year-old Anthony “Giles” Schinelli didn’t conspire to cover up abuse allegations. The judge also concluded the statute of limitations ran out on a child endangerment charge, because his supervision of the brother ended in 1994.

But the judge found evidence the other two friars supervising Brother Stephen Baker did conspire to cover up allegations before and during Baker’s tenure at Johnstown’s Bishop McCort Catholic High School in the 1990s. The judge found the statute of limitations didn’t expire in their…

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Ex-priest Grecco gets 18 months in prison

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO
St. Catharines Standard

October 24, 2017

By Grant LaFleche

The Wolf in Priest’s Clothing: Epilogue

[See also The Wolf in Priest’s Clothing: Complete series]

There was no forgiveness in William O’Sullivan’s heart Tuesday for the priest who sexually abused him as a child. But there was empathy as he watched Donald Grecco be led away from a St. Catharines courtroom to serve the next 18 months of his life in prison.

“I know where he is going. I know what it is like, so I have some empathy. I’m human,” said O’Sullivan, who has served time in prison. “But when they led him away and got the handcuffs out, that was good to see.”

Justice Joseph Nadel sentenced Grecco to 18 months in prison, with three years of parole after his time is served, for three counts of gross indecency for the sexual abuse of…

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Philippine House’s failure to renew license of Catholic radio network sparks censorship concerns

THE PHILIPPINES
The Christian Times

October 24, 2017

By Jardine Malado

The Philippine House of Representatives has failed to renew the license of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to operate its radio network, prompting concerns that it may be an attempt to censor the Church. …

… The Church had been critical of the rising number of deaths in the government’s war on drugs, and it has also staunchly opposed the attempts to restore the death penalty.

Last week, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, an ally of Duterte, castigated the bishops for their failure to address the issue of sexual abuse by priests.

“They prey on minors, so many of them … are pedophiles, let them clean up their ranks before criticizing government,” he said, adding that the bishops should aim their sermons on sinful priests instead of criticizing the war on drugs.

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Bill held after abuse victims’ lawyer questions reorganization of church diocese

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA (CANADA)
The Canadian Press via 680News.com

October 24, 2017

A Nova Scotia legislature committee has shelved a private members bill that would reorganize the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth amid concerns from a lawyer representing sexual abuse victims.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said the local bills committee acted properly when it voted Tuesday to hold the bill after a presentation by John McKiggan, who represents hundreds of sexual assault victims who were abused by priests.

The Halifax lawyer told the committee he believes the bill would allow the archdiocese to divest itself of assets and place them into sub-corporations held by individual parishes.

McKiggan suggests the intent for the proposed change to century-old legislation was to “make it more difficult for survivors of priest sexual abuse to be able to receive just and fair compensation for their

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La Iglesia debe escuchar a las víctimas

ARGENTINA
La Nacion

October 23, 2017

By Sergio O. Buenanueva [Bishop of the Argentine diocese of San Francisco]

[Google Translate: The Church must listen to the victims. … The crisis over sexual abuse is strongly shaking the Catholic Church. In Argentina is just beginning. And as it happened in other countries (United States, Ireland or, closer to us, Chile), its beginning has been painful and explosive. Cases like those of Grassi or the Próvolo Institute in Mendoza have moved the society, also generating a domino effect: the victims are encouraged to expose their drama. In some cases, after a long time of suffering. They perceive – and rightly so – that public opinion, the media and, above all, Justice are with them.]

La crisis por los abusos sexuales está sacudiendo fuertemente a la Iglesia Católica. En la Argentina está recién comenzando. Y como ocurrió en otros países (Estados Unidos,…

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Emiliano Fittipaldi: ‘Para Francisco, a pedofilia é uma questão secundária’

PORTUGAL
Jornal de Comunidade Cultura e Arte

October 20, 2017

[Interview of Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldo about his latest book, published earlier this year. It focuses on Pope Francis’s handling of the crisis of clergy sex abuse. Fittipaldo portrays the Pope as ‘a person who speaks publicly against pedophilia, but does not do enough or does nothing within the Catholic Church to eradicate this type of behavior.’]

O investigador dos podres da Igreja Católica Emiliano Fittipaldi tem novo livro. Depois da corrupção, dedica-se à falta de ação do Vaticano contra a pedofilia.

O Vaticano pô-lo em tribunal por causa do seu último livro Avareza. E quanto a este, acha que eles vão fazer queixa de si outra vez?

Acho que não porque a escolha do Vaticano foi uma escolha estúpida, para além de ser contra a liberdade de imprensa. Mas o que mais os incomodou foi que ao me…

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Panel discussions planned on clerical abuse

ALBUQUERQUE (NM)
Albuquerque Journal

October 23, 2017

By Olivier Uyttebrouck

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe officials will field questions about clerical sexual abuse in a series of panel discussions scheduled from Nov. 7 to Jan. 31 at five parishes around the New Mexico, the archdiocese said Monday.

The announcement came less than a week after a court-ordered disclosure of church records about three former Archdiocese of Santa Fe priests, and about a month after the archdiocese released a list of 74 clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children, together with an apology to survivors.

The Rev. John Daniel, the archdiocese’s vicar for clergy, issued an email asking all parishes to publish the time and place of the panel discussions at least twice in their church bulletins.

“The purpose for these Panel Discussions, are to help with healing and transparency,” Daniel said in the email.

The panels…

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Archdiocese mandating training for adults interacting with youth

GUAM
KUAM News

October 24, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Starting next month, the Archdiocese of Agana will go live with an online resource to ensure every adult that comes in contact with youth – at church or in the classroom – gets a regular refresher course on safe boundaries and mandated reporting.

Anywhere from 500 to 800 individuals who work at or with the Church will need to log on and take a refresher course. “Any adult who’s going to be in regular contact, especially in some type of leadership role with young people, must go through this training,” explained Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes upon announcing their Choice Program, one he’s used himself years ago as a priest.

“We’ve decided to adopt the Virtus online program for the protection of minors,” he stated.

The program, according to the website, provides training on the signs of child sexual abuse, methods…

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Priest accused of sexually assaulting school aged girl pleads guilty to amended charges

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Fox6 News

October 23, 2017

[See also the entry for Marsicek in BishopAccountability.org’s database of accused U.S. clergy.]

A long-time priest accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an elementary school aged girl in Wauwatosa pleaded guilty on Monday, October 23rd to three amended counts of fourth-degree sexual assault (a misdemeanor). 76-year-old Robert Marsicek was initially charged with three counts of first-degree child sexual assault – contact with a child under age 13.

Marsicek, known to many as Father Bob, was charged in connection with events that allegedly took place at St. Pius X Grade School in Wauwatosa. The alleged molestation took place from 2007 through 2010.

In December 2016, a 15-year-old girl went to Wauwatosa police to discuss allegations that she was sexually assaulted by Marsicek.

According to the criminal complaint, the alleged victim told police Marsicek was the priest at the school. She said starting…

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Assignment History– Msgr. Francis J. Manzo

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

October 24, 2017

Summary of Case: Francis J. Manzo was ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1962. He was an assistant priest in several parishes before joining the faculty of Cathedral Prep Seminary in 1967, where he was Dean of Students 1971-1980 . From there he pastored St. Catharine of Alexandria parish for twelve years, moving in 1992 to Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He had been elevated to Monsignor status in 1986.

Manzo was named in a lawsuit in 2002 as having “violently abused” an altar boy while assigned to St. Catharine’s. The lawsuit claimed that Manzo was reassigned in 1992 after being accused. The Official Catholic DIrectory shows Manzo to have been Absent on Leave 1994-2002, after which he is no longer indexed. A September 2016 parish bulletin indicates that Manzo was still a Brooklyn priest.

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Church unveils sexual abuse policy reform

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

October 24, 2017

By John O’Connor

Afters months of development, and amid multiple sex abuse lawsuits that accuse former Guam priests and others in the church, the Archdiocese of Agana has unveiled its amended sexual abuse policy.

The policy includes new policies for the independent review board – which oversees sexual abuse allegations against clergy – and the archdiocese’s safe environment program.

The new overall policy is aligned with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, according to Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes.

Between 500 and 800 clergymen and adults who work with children – including volunteers – will be required to take mandated online training courses developed by Virtus Online. Training is expected to be completed by January 2018.

Background checks will be conducted in tandem with the training.

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