Why do state laws put an expiration date on sex crimes?

UNITED STATES
PBS News Hour

November 28, 2017

By Laura Santhanam

On April 27, 2016, former U.S. house speaker Dennis Hastert was convicted of breaking banking law, but crimes to which he confessed in court — sexually abusing multiple high school boys in Illinois while he served as their wrestling coach nearly four decades ago — would never be prosecuted. Their statutes of limitations had expired.

A year later, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan declared the state had removed the criminal statute of limitation for sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated sexual abuse against children. She credited Illinois’ passage of that legislation with the “powerful and courageous testimony of survivors,” many of them speaking publicly for the first time after years of silence, anger and shame.

“Tragically, there are millions of people whose childhoods are tarnished by sexual assault and sexual abuse,” Madigan said in an email to…

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Nuovo terremoto in Vaticano, si dimette vice direttore generale

ITALY
Rai News

November 30, 2017

[Google Translate: The umpteenth earthquake that makes the Vatican tremble with its epicenter of the IOR, has erupted following investigations by the Vatican Gendarmerie. What emerged forced Giulio Mattietti, added by the General Manager, to resign from his position. He was appointed in November 2015 together with the general manager. But exactly two years after his entry, a dismissal with expulsion (some gendarmes would have accompanied him across the border) puts an end to Mattietti’s experience.]

Le dimissioni sarebbero scattate in seguito a un’indagine della gendarmeria vaticana

L’ennesimo terremoto che fa tremare il Vaticano con epicentro lo Ior, è scoppiato a seguito di indagini della Gendarmeria vaticana. Quanto emerso ha costretto Giulio Mattietti, aggiunto del Direttore Generale, a dimettersi dal suo incarico. Era stato nominato nel novembre 2015 insieme al direttore generale. Ma esattamente a due anni dal suo ingresso, un licenziamento…

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L’inchiesta sul preseminario in Vaticano, lezioni sospese per l’ex vicario giudiziale della Diocesi di Como

ITALY
Espansione TV News

November 29, 2017

By Anna Campaniello

[Google Translate: The former judicial vicar of the Diocese of Como, Fr Andrea Stabellini, involved precisely for this role in the service of the transmission of Italy1 The Hyenas on alleged abuses to presbyter Saint Pius X, in the Vatican, temporarily suspended teaching in the seminary in Como but also in Rome and Lugano. For the Diocese it is a personal decision of the priest, who would have asked for a break just in light of the tensions and difficulties related to the affair.]

L’ex vicario giudiziale della Diocesi di Como, don Andrea Stabellini, coinvolto proprio per questo suo ruolo nel servizio della trasmissione di Italia1 Le Iene sui presunti abusi al preseminario San Pio X, in Vaticano, ha temporaneamente sospeso l’insegnamento in seminario a Como ma anche a Roma e a Lugano. Per la Diocesi si tratta di…

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VENARIA – Don Ilario Rolle condannato anche in appello per pedofilia

ITALY
Quotidiano Venaria

November 29, 2017

[Google Translate: The Court of Appeal has reduced the sentence from 3 years and 8 months to 2 years for the former parish priest of Santa Gianna Beretta Molla di Venaria.]

La Corte d’Appello ha ridotto la pena da 3 anni e 8 mesi a 2 anni per l’ex parroco della Santa Gianna Beretta Molla di Venaria.

Nuova condanna per pedofilia, questa volta in appello, per don Ilario Rolle, ex parroco della Santa Gianna Beretta Molla di Venaria.

L’ex prete che da sempre combatte la pedofilia – dando vita anche al famoso filtro per internet davide.it – ha ricevuto una condanna a due anni per una storia del 2007, quando don Rolle venne accusato da un ragazzino di 12 anni di averlo baciato ripetutamente, sulla guancia e sulla nuca, durante un campo estivo in montagna.

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Celebrated missionary in Quebec abused Innu girls, inquiry hears

QUEBEC (CANADA)
The Toronto Star

November 29, 2017

By Allan Woods

Father Alexis Joveneau was celebrated for his work over four decades among the Innu of northern Quebec, but a string of women now say he groped and abused them as girls.MONTREAL—For most of his adult life and for decades after his death Father Alexis Joveneau was regarded as a religious superstar in Quebec.

But the national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women has heard from several witnesses who said they were sexually abused over several years by the priest.

In the predominately Innu community of La Romaine, Que., Joveneau was celebrated, respected, and considered by many to be “Jesus in person,” as one witness recounted. He left a much different impression on his victims.

“He mistreated us. He abused us,” said Noelle Mark, 57, who described being touched inappropriately by Joveneau between the ages of about nine…

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Diane W. Mufson: Will revelations stop sexual abuse by powerful men?

WILLIAMSON (WV)
Williamson Daily News

November 30, 2017

By Diane W. Mufson

Following the revelation of many instances of sexual abuse and harassment from males in powerful positions, Americans seem surprised and ask, “How could this happen and why didn’t people know about it?” The answer is simple. This is as old as time and many people knew about it.

Powerful people, often synonymous with men with wealth and high political, religious or business status, have clout and control. Most were and still are immune from negative repercussions regarding their actions. Often the recipients of the abuse were punished or blamed. So today’s question is this: With all the well-known sexual abusers and harassers being publicly identified, will this age-old practice stop?

In the past year or two, some of the biggest names in media, theater, politics and high places have been identified as sexual abusers or sexual harassers….

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Andrew Soper trial: Jury deliberating case of abbot accused of abusing boys at Ealing school

LONDON (ENGLAND)
Get West London

November 30, 2017

By Aine Fox and Emily Pennink

The jury is out after a two-month trial into alleged sexual abuse at St Benedict’s School, Ealing

A former abbot at Ealing Abbey accused of abusing boys while working at a school in Ealing is awaiting the verdict in his trial at the Old Bailey.

Andrew Soper was headmaster and senior priest at St Benedict’s School, a fee-paying independent school in Ealing, and he stands accused of abusing 10 boys there during the 1970s and 80s.

Now aged 74, Mr Soper denies 19 offences of indecent assault and buggery against the boys, who claim they were subjected to sexual touching and beatings with a cane.

Prosecutors said the school had a history of “both violence and sexual abuse” by the adults in charge, describing it as “sadly prevalent”.

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Lawsuit: priest paid boys $1 for swimming naked

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

November 30, 2017

By Mindy Aguon

A former Guam resident who now lives in North Carolina has filed a lawsuit alleging he and other Boy Scouts were paid to swim naked and be sexually abused by a priest in the mid-1970s.

B.G., 58, who used his initials to protect his identity, filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Guam against the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America and retired priest, Louis Brouillard.

The complaint states that B.G. joined the Agana Boy Scouts troop when he was 14 and participated in various Boy Scout activities when Brouillard served as a scoutmaster and was also a priest for the Agana Archdiocese.

Brouillard allegedly swam completely naked and routinely instructed B.G. and the other boys to remove their clothes as the priest would grope and touch their private parts while they were swimming, the…

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Retired priest removed from clerical state

ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS (MN)
The Catholic Spirit

November 29, 2017

By Maria Wiering

Richard Jeub, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis since 1966, has been dispensed from the clerical state, according to a Nov. 29 statement from the archdiocese.

Jeub, 77, retired in 2002, but he has been prohibited from ministry since that year, following a credible accusation of sexual abuse of a minor.

Jeub served as an associate priest at St. Joseph, Hopkins, 1966-1967; Our Lady of Grace, Edina, 1967-1970; St. Mark, St. Paul, 1970-1976: Christ the King, Minneapolis, 1976-1978; Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale, 1996-1997; Sacred Heart/St. Lawrence, Faribault, 1997-2000; and St. Rose of Lima, Roseville, 2000-2002.

He ministered as a hospital chaplain at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park and Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina from 1978 to 1982.

Jeub’s longest assignment was from 1981 to 1990 as pastor of…

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Abuse inquiry: Orphanage boy ‘molested in toilet cubicle’

SCOTLAND
BBC News

November 30, 2017

A former resident of a Catholic orphanage has told how he was dragged into a toilet cubicle and sexually abused.

The boy was under the age of 10 when the male staff member subjected him to the ordeal.

The man, now in his 60s, has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that life at Smyllum Park Orphanage in Lanark was “like a concentration camp”.

The witness lived at Smyllum Park in the 1950s.

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Australian archbishop charged with abuse cover-up diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

AUSTRALIA
Crux

November 30, 2017

An Australian archbishop facing charges over allegedly covering up a case of clerical sexual abuse has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The trial of Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide was due to begin on Tuesday in Newcastle. He is charged with concealing information about an abuse case from the 1970s.

The court accepted a defense motion to adjourn the case, until a neuropsychologist could assess the archbishop.

Information given to the judge said the “memory part of the brain” was not working properly, and Wilson had suffered a “loss of brain matter.”

In addition, the archbishop suffers from type-2 diabetes, hypertension, and ischemic heart disease.

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CATHOLIC CHURCH PRIESTS RAPED CHILDREN IN PHILADELPHIA, BUT THE WRONG PEOPLE WENT TO JAIL

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsweek

November 30, 2017

By Ralph Cipriano

It took a near-death experience to convince retired Philadelphia police detective Joe Walsh that he couldn’t keep quiet anymore about what he knew.

It was June 11, 2015, just another sunny day down at the Jersey Shore, when Walsh suddenly felt severe pain in his jaw. An old Army buddy noticed the color had drained from Walsh’s face, told him “Sit down!” and called 911.

In the ambulance, a paramedic asked Walsh if he liked the T-shirt he was wearing. “Not particularly,” Walsh replied. “That’s good,” the paramedic said, before he cut it off with scissors. “He hooked me up [to a monitor], and that’s all I remember,” Walsh says. “Everything went white.”When he came to minutes later, Walsh heard an emergency medical technician say, “Come on, Joe, keep breathing.” Then he heard the paramedic say that when he woke…

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Breaking the Silence on Sexual Abuse in Omaha

OMAHA (NE)
KETV

November 29, 2017

By Waverle Monroe

A 24/7 crisis hotline that has seen more people come forward to share their stories.

Omaha, Neb. —
A day that never ends,

“Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Services, how may I help you?”

A 24/7 crisis hotline that has seen more people come forward to share their stories.

“I saw that for our 24/7 hotline, we’ve seen a 40 percent increase from last year to this year,” said Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Services Supervisor, Rachel Gifford, “and then in our shelter, we’ve got a 15 percent increase.”

Gifford said those statistics are rising month-to-month.

Seeing the effects of the rise is Nebraska Sexual Assault and Abuse Prevention President, and sexual abuse survivor herself, Ren Drincic.

“It’s really interesting because ever since #MeToo, the hashtag campaign started, that’s really when the influx began,” Drincic said.

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North Carolina man files $10M clergy sex abuse suit

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

November 30, 2017

By Haidee V Eugenio

A former Guam resident now living in North Carolina said he quit the Boy Scouts of America in the 1970s after he could no longer handle the pain, humiliation and embarrassment that Father Louis Brouillard inflicted on him, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court.

The plaintiff, identified in court documents only as B.G., to protect his privacy, said in his lawsuit that Brouillard sexually abused and molested him during the time he served as a Boy Scout, around 1973 or 1974. He was about 14 or 15 years old then.

Now 58, B.G. said he joined the Agana Boy Scout or the Agana Troop. Brouillard was a scout master for the Boy Scouts.

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Matt Lauer scandal: There may be as many as 8 victims, Lauer breaks his silence

NEW YORK (NY)
USA Today

November 30, 2017

By Erin Jensen

One day after Matt Lauer was fired for inappropriate sexual behavior at work, additional details are emerging about the the former NBC host’s conduct.

Lauer, 59, who co-anchored Today for more than 20 years, has also broken his silence and released a statement Wednesday.

NBC News’ Stephanie Gosk says there are as many as eight victims

Gosk appeared on Megyn Kelly Today Thursday fielding questions from the host about her Lauer investigation. Gosk said that are as many as eight accusers, though tallying is difficult as the accounts have been anonymous.

Several accusers told Variety “they complained to executives at the network about Lauer’s behavior, which fell on deaf ears.” NBC has denied this telling NBC News “current NBC News management was never made aware.”

After Kelly brought up the report of sexual assault from The New York…

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Priest who asked students about porn reassigned, will lead Mass on Sunday

OMAHA (NE)
Omaha World-Herald

November 24, 2017

By Michael Kelly

The young Catholic priest who was moved out of a parish for his questions of seventh- and eighth-graders during confession has been reassigned under the guidance of a veteran pastor.

The Rev. Nicholas Mishek will lead the 9 a.m. Mass Sunday at St. Frances Cabrini Church south of downtown. Out of the public eye, he has lived at the rectory there for at least a month, said the Rev. Damian Zuerlein, pastor.

“He is young and inexperienced,” Zuerlein said, “and is trying to learn from this and move forward.”

According to letters to be read at weekend Masses at St. Frances Cabrini and at St. Robert Bellarmine, Mishek’s former parish, the Omaha Archdiocese after outside psychological evaluations found him suitable to return to the ministry.

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Filmava i bambini mentre li violentava: prete a processo in provincia di Foggia

ITALY
Fanpage.it Cronaca Italiana

November 29, 2017

By Davide Falcioni

[Google Translate: Three children, two of 15 and one in 16, reported yesterday in the classrooms before the judges the sexual abuse suffered until some years ago by former priest Giovanni Trotta, 56, who at the time was a trainee of those young people in a youth football team in the province of Foggia.]

Don Giovanni Trotta, 56 anni, è imputato per violenza sessuale aggravata, produzione e diffusione di materiale pedopornografico e adescamento di minori.

Tre ragazzini, due di 15 anni e uno di 16, hanno raccontato ieri in aula, di fronte ai giudici, gli abusi sessuali subiti fino a qualche anno fa dall’ex sacerdote Giovanni Trotta, 56enne che all’epoca dei fatti era allenatore di quei giovani in una squadra di calcio giovanile della provincia di Foggia.

Nel processo che si sta svolgendo dinanzi al Tribunale…

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Teacher who confessed to abusing boys in US found working in Essex school

ESSEX (UK)
The Guardian

November 23, 2017

By Robert Booth

Stephen Jackson, 72, was fired from Tendring technology college in September after police were alerted to catalogue of historical allegations in California

A teacher who has faced multiple allegations of child sexual abuse in the US and confessed to molesting schoolboys has been uncovered working in a secondary school in Essex, the Guardian can reveal.

Stephen Jackson, 72, taught English to 11- to 13-year-olds at Tendring technology college this term despite previously confessing to police in California that he engaged in sexual acts with children.

It has also emerged that he previously worked for two years at a school in south London without being discovered.

Jackson joined the staff of the 2,000-pupil Tendring college, in Frinton-on-Sea, in June this year. However, he was fired after a fortnight of lessons this term after Essex police raised concerns,…

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The Health 202: Science puts sexual aggressors squarely on the hook for their misdeeds

UNITED STATES
The Washington Post

November 28, 2017

By Paige Winfield Cunningham

The science is in: Men who engage in sexual misconduct really can help themselves.

Despite the excuses you might hear from leaders in the political, entertainment and media worlds who are accused of sexually harassing women (and some men) — a list that seems to grow daily — advances in brain imaging have recently revealed that these kinds of behaviors are simply not addictive in the same way drugs or alcohol might be.

Here’s how researchers identify when a behavior is addictive: When that behavior starts lighting up the part of the brain connected to need instead of pleasure. That’s what occurs in the brains of people struggling with substance abuse. But the same thing doesn’t occur in people who say they have sexual urges they can’t control, researchers said.

“Now that we start…

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Star Wars helped fight director Nicholas Harrison survive the Dark Side of child abuse

VANCOUVER (CANADA)
Georgia Straight

November 29th, 2017

By Janet Smith

When Nicholas Harrison was nine years old, he saw Star Wars—a movie that didn’t just change his life but, as he puts it, saved it. He’d been invited to his first birthday party, to watch Smokey and the Bandit with some other boys, and started wandering between the theatres of the multiplex. Something caught his attention on one of the big screens: two robots were walking across a sand dune, and one said, “We were made to suffer. It seems to be our lot in life.”

The words struck a nerve in the boy, who had endured more suffering than any child should ever have to face—almost five straight years of unspeakable physical and sexual abuse by the teachers, nuns, and priests at his Catholic elementary school.

Later, another line hit him just as hard: the elderly Obi Wan…

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For evangelicals, sin is redeemable — but can that allow sex offenders to dodge their actions?

UNITED STATES
VOX

November 29, 2017

By Tara Isabella Burton

Many of Roy Moore’s evangelical supporters see alleged “sins of the past” as no longer relevant.

Onetime Alabama Senate frontrunner (and longtime Christian theocrat) Roy Moore has managed to hold onto his evangelical base, despite being embroiled in allegations of sexual misconduct with at least eight teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Several major evangelical figures, including Jerry Falwell Jr., and Franklin Graham, both of whom serve on Donald Trump’s unofficial evangelical advisory council, have spoken in support of Moore, and, according to the latest Fox News poll, 65 percent of white evangelicals in Alabama still plan to vote for him.

Why?

Evangelical support for Moore is based on a variety of factors. There are those who think that the allegations against Moore are the result of a political smear campaign, or — worse…

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Caldey Island abuse inquiry call by Darren Millar AM

CALDEY ISLAND (WALES)
BBC News

November 29, 2017

There has been a new call for an independent inquiry into historical abuse on Caldey Island to be launched.

Eleven women claimed they were abused by Father Thaddeus Kotik when they were children. He died in 1992.

Welsh Conservatives children’s spokesman, Darren Millar, said the Welsh Government should instigate an investigation.

But he was told during Wednesday’s plenary in the Senedd that a police investigation was under way.

A support group has also called for an inquiry.

It comes after allegations of abuse against Kotik were made to the Pembrokeshire island’s abbey in 1990, but were not passed on to police.

Officers were told about the abuse in 2014 and 2016, but could not prosecute as the monk had died.

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Pupils ‘not protected from abuse’ at Ampleforth

ENGLAND
ITV News

November 29, 2017

Several former pupils at a prestigious Catholic boarding school in North Yorkshire have told an inquiry that they were not protected from sexual abuse at the hands of priests and teachers.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has heard there were 40 alleged perpetrators of abuse at Ampleforth College near Thirsk between 1953 and 2016.

A former pupil sexually abused by music teacher Dara De Cogan between 2007 and 2010 told the hearing in London that child protection at the school was “very poor.”

The victim said he was physically inappropriate with her in front of other staff and it was widely known they spent a great deal of time alone together during many evenings, but nothing was done.

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Catholic nuns ‘sexually abused boy and beat friend, 6, to death for playing with match’

ENGLAND
Mirror

November 28, 2017

By Hilary Duncanson and Lucinda Cameron

A six-year-old boy died 10 days after he was beaten by a nun at an orphanage, a child abuse inquiry has heard.

A witness, who cannot be named, told the inquiry his friend was kicked on the body and head by the Catholic sister.

He was giving evidence at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry which began a new phase of hearings in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

It is hearing evidence about institutions run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, which has issued an apology to anyone abused in their care.

The man said he was sexually abused by a nun and another member of staff and beaten for bedwetting and not eating his food at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark, Lanarkshire.

The witness entered the orphanage in 1959 when he was aged around two.

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Child abuse inquiry: Boy ‘abused’ by head of Catholic school

ENGLAND
BBC News

November 29, 2017

A head teacher of a Catholic boarding school invited a young pupil into his study and then
sexually abused him, the inquiry into child abuse has heard.

The hearing heard the boy was told to pretend to go to bed in his dorm at Ampleforth College, in North Yorkshire, and then to get up and go to his study.

Two other ex-pupils also talked about being abused and beaten at the school.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is currently examining abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.

The Church is one of 13 public organisations being scrutinised by the public inquiry, which is being headed by Prof Alexis Jay.

The third day of hearings into allegations involving the Church examined abuse at Ampleforth College, a private school run by Benedictine monks.

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Therapy for sexual misconduct? There’s no evidence to back it up

UNITED STATES
New York Times

November 28, 2017

By Benedict Carey

The recent surge in accusations of sexual harassment and assault has prompted some admitted offenders to seek professional help for the emotional or personality distortions that underlie their behavior.

“My journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons,” the producer Harvey Weinstein said in a statement in October. The actor Kevin Spacey announced that he would be “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.”

Whatever mix of damage control and contrition they represent, pledges like these suggest that there are standard treatments for perpetrators of sexual offenses. In fact, no such standard treatments exist, experts say. Even the notion of “sexual addiction” as a stand-alone diagnosis is in dispute.

“There are no evidence-based programs I know of for the sort of men who have been in the news recently,” said Vaile Wright,…

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#ChurchToo: Online movement highlighting sexual abuse in religious communities

FARGO (ND)
Valley News Live

November 28, 2017

By Melanie Palmer

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) – The #MeToo campaign is now spreading to your church. A new social media hashtag is aiming to bring attention to sexual assault in religious communities. It’s called #ChurchToo.

People are speaking out about their experiences, but an area church is working to prevent these incidents before they even happen.

Twitter is at it again. Except this time, users are hoping to raise awareness on what they call, a hidden crime. It’s sexual assault at church, and the numbers show that people between the ages of 12 and 34 are at the highest risk of being raped or sexually assaulted.

“85% of the people who do abuse are actually known by the victim. We tend to think, it won’t happen here because we know everybody but that’s not the case,” says Bethel Church…

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Ex-priest who was fired from Cheverus, went to prison faces new sex charges in Maine

PORTLAND (ME)
Press Herald

November 28, 2017

By Dennis Hoey

An indictment unsealed Tuesday alleges that James Talbot engaged in a sexual act with a minor in Freeport nearly 20 years ago.

A former Jesuit priest who taught and coached at Cheverus High School for nearly two decades before being fired in 1998 is scheduled to be arraigned in Portland on charges he sexually assaulted a minor in Freeport nearly 20 years ago.

A grand jury indictment dated Nov. 9 and obtained by the Press Herald on Tuesday identifies the priest as 80-year-old James Francis Talbot of Dittmer, Missouri.

The indictment charges Talbot with gross sexual assault, a Class A offense, and with unlawful sexual contact, a Class C offense.

The indictment alleges that Talbot engaged in a sexual act with a minor and subjected the minor, who was 8 or 9 years old at the…

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RITUALIZED ABUSE CASE RESUMING

SANDPOINT (ID)
Priest River Times

November 29, 2017

By Keith Kinnaird

SANDPOINT — Criminal proceedings are resuming against a Bonner County man accused of ritualized and sexual abuse.

A preliminary hearing in the case against Dana Andrew Furtney is set for Dec. 6, court records show.

Furtney is charged with lewd and lascivious conduct, sexual battery of child involving lewd conduct and ritualized abuse.

The case against Furtney was put on hold earlier this fall when questions were raised about his capacity to understand the proceedings and assist in his own defense.

Chief Deputy Public Defender Susie Jensen moved for the mental health evaluation because Furtney’s strongly held spiritual beliefs, his belief that he has a personal relationship with God and that his actions were guided by God’s will, court records indicate.

Furtney, however, has now been deemed fit to proceed in the criminal case, court records show. He…

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Called in house for oblation, priest rapes woman

PATIALA (INDIA)
The Times of India

November 29, 2017

By Bharat Khanna

PATIALA: Police here have booked a priest for raping a 38 year old woman in her house while performing the oblation. The victim woman in her statement to the police had alleged that priest was called in house by her husband to offer the prayers and bring out a solution for the problems being faced by the family including the financial crisis and repeated fever to the victim.

She told the police that accused priest Vinay Sharma of Deep Nagar in city assured her husband of solution to their problems with his religious and occult practices. The priest send victim’s husband outside home to bring some commodities required for the oblation while he send the children on roof of the house. Now finding her alone in the house the accused Vinay Sharma allegedly raped her and threatened…

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Former Salesian College, Rupertswood, principal Frank Klep to stand trial

VICTORIA (AUSTRALIA)
Herald Sun

November 29, 2017

By Shannon Deery

A FORMER school principal of one of Victoria’s most infamous Catholic colleges will fight charges of molesting students.

Former priest Frank Klep, 74, is charged with sexually assaulting three students of Salesian College, Rupertswood, at Sunbury during the 1970s and 1980s.

He was this week committed to stand trial but is fighting all charges.

Mr Klep’s lawyer Antony Trood told the County Court on Wednesday Mr Klep denied some of the charges and could rely on an alibi in relation to others.

“Immigration records are being sought to see if Mr Klep was indeed in the country at the relevant time,” he said.

It is alleged all the assaults took place at the college while Mr Klep was a priest and teacher.

Students of the school say a sickening club of paedophiles roamed its grand halls and manned its…

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SNAP issues apology to priest and St. Louis Archdiocese

ST. LOUIS (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

November 28, 2017

By Brian Roewe

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests issued an apology Monday to a St. Louis priest and the St. Louis Archdiocese “for any false or inaccurate statements” made in relation to sexual abuse allegations brought against the priest that courts have found false.

The apology was part of a settlement reached in October between SNAP and Fr. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang, who in 2015 brought a civil rights suit against the abuse victims advocacy group and the parents of a boy who accused him of sexual abuse.

That allegation, made in 2014, was the second against Jiang, following one made by a teenage girl in 2012 accusing him of improper contact. Each accusation led to criminal charges and civil suits against the priest. In both instances, the criminal charges were dropped and the civil suits ruled…

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Ex-priest fired from Maine school accused of assaulting minor

BANGOR (ME)
Bangor Daily News

November 29, 2017

By Callie Ferguson

A former Catholic priest who was fired from Cheverus High School in Portland in 1998 and served time for molesting boys in Massachusetts was indicted this month for sexually assaulting a minor in Freeport 20 years ago.

James F. Talbot, 80, has been charged with one count of gross sexual sexual assault with a minor under the age of 14, and one count of unlawful sexual contact with a minor under the age of 14.

The allegations against Talbot have been known to the Portland community for some time, after the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team brought the alleged molestation to light in an the early 2000s investigation of sex abuse inside the Catholic Church.

Talbot already has served time for assaulting teenage boys while he was their wrestling coach at Boston College High School, according to…

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Beauty and the Priest: Former priest going on trial for 1960 cold case

EDINBURG (TX)
CW39

November 28, 2017

By Tammy Feldstein

EDINBURG, Texas – After 57 years, the murder of a south Texas beauty queen may finally be solved.

The accused? The priest who heard her last confession.

Jury selection will begin for the trial of former Priest John Feit, 85.

Fifty Seven years ago Feit was a visiting member of the clergy at Sacred Heart Church in Mc Allen, where 25-year-old Irene Garza was last seen alive.

The young school teacher was well-known in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and lived down the street from Sacred Heart with her parents where she went to confession every Saturday.

On Easter weekend in 1960, Garza went to church and never came home. More than 500 members of the community helped police search for Garza. First, they found her shoe, then her purse and days later they found her body floating in a…

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Ex-priest accused of murdering beauty queen after she went to confession almost 60 years ago finally headed to trial

HOUSTON (TX)
New York Daily News

November 27, 2017

By Minyvonne Burke

A former Catholic priest who has long been considered a suspect in the 1960 murder of a Texas beauty queen will stand trial.

John Bernard Feit, 84, was indicted on murder charges in February 2016 in the death of 25-year-old Irene Garza.

Garza, a schoolteacher and Miss All South Texas Sweetheart 1958, vanished in April 1960 after visiting Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen for confession during Holy Week.

Her body was found in a canal five days after she disappeared. An autopsy revealed that she had been raped while unconscious and then beaten and suffocated, according to CBS.

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Livermore Priest Under Investigation for Alleged Inappropriate Behavior

LIVERMORE (CA)
NBC Bay Area

November 27, 2017

Father Van Dinh, a pastor of St. Michael Parish in Livermore, has been placed on administrative leave until the police investigation is completed

A Livermore priest is under investigation after being accused of inappropriate behavior, authorities said Monday.

Father Van Dinh, a pastor of St. Michael Parish in Livermore, has been placed on administrative leave until the police investigation is completed, according to the Diocese of Oakland.

In a statement provided Monday, the Diocese of Oakland said it considers all allegations of clergy misconduct serious. The allegation against Dinh does not involve a minor, but did fall within the protocol for clergy conduct, according to the Diocese of Oakland.

No other information was immediately available.

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NBC fires Matt Lauer for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior’

UNITED STATES
Yahoo News

November 29, 2017

By Dylan Stableford

Matt Lauer, a veteran journalist and co-host of the “Today” show, was terminated by NBC on Wednesday for what the network called “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”

Savannah Guthrie, Lauer’s “Today” show co-host, made the announcement to viewers on the air at the top of Wednesday’s show.

“This is a sad morning here at ‘Today’ and at NBC News,” Guthrie said before reading a memo that had been sent by NBC chairman Andy Lack to staffers before the show went on the air.

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Priests must violate Seal of Confessional, inquiry told

LONDON (ENGLAND)
Catholic Herald

November 28, 2017

An Inquiry into child sex abuse heard that priests should be forced to reveal Confessions in such cases

British priests should be compelled to break the Seal of the Confessional in cases of child abuse, lawyers have told a national inquiry.

Solicitor David Enright, representing former pupils at a Comboni missionary school, said it was a problem that “matters revealed in Confession, including child abuse, cannot be used in governance”.

“One can’t think of a more serious obstacle embedded in the law of the Catholic Church to achieving child protection.”

He added: “The Catholic Church is so opaque, so disparate, so full of separate bodies who are not subject to any authority that it is difficult to see how reform can be made to provide good governance and introduce acceptable standards of child protection.”

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MISSOURI PRIEST RECEIVES APOLOGY OVER FALSE CLAIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

ST. LOUIS (MO)
ChurchMilitant.com

November 28, 2017

By Alexander Slavsky

Apology ends five-year battle for priest

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (ChurchMilitant.com) – After a years-long battle, a priest of the archdiocese of St. Louis is receiving an apology from a group that falsely accused him of sex abuse.

On Monday, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), an advocacy group for victims of clerical abuse, apologized to the archdiocese of St. Louis and the Fr. Joseph Jiang:

The SNAP defendants never want to see anyone falsely accused of a crime. Admittedly, false reports of clergy sexual abuse do occur. The SNAP defendants have no personal knowledge as to the complaints against Fr. Joseph Jiang and acknowledge that all matters and claims against Fr. Jiang have either been dismissed or adjudicated in favor of Fr. Jiang. SNAP acknowledges that false claims of clergy sexual abuse injure those…

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For Mormon women, saying #MeToo presents a particular challenge

DRAPER (UTAH)
The Guardian

November 29, 2017

by Andrea Smardon

Sexual abuse survivors say notions of modesty and patriarchal authority make speaking out difficult: ‘There’s a lot of pressure to forgive and to not rock the boat’

When Carol was eight years old, she was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon church. But she refused to stand up in front of the congregation and bear her testimony – to make a declaration about how she knew that God, the Heavenly Father, loved her.

Her father punished her by raping her.

Carol only remembered this years later, in her 20s, while working with a therapist who specialized in childhood trauma. She gradually came to realize that she had been abused since she was a very young child. Her father justified sexual abuse by using an example from the…

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Child abuse inquiry: Pair ‘abused and beaten’ at Catholic school

ENGLAND
BBC News

November 29, 2017

Two ex-pupils at a Catholic boarding school have told the inquiry into child abuse they were sexually abused by a priest and beaten in the school chapel.

They said they were sexually abused at Ampleforth College, in North Yorkshire, by a monk and Father Piers Grant-Ferris – who was jailed for abuse in 2006.

The unnamed monk treated boys at the school “disgracefully”, one man said.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is currently examining abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.

The Church is one of 13 public organisations being scrutinised by the public inquiry, which is being headed by Prof Alexis Jay.

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Police go public on Cornerstone pastor case

BERMUDA
The Royal Gazette

November 29, 2017

By Sarah Lagan

A leading police officer has been assigned to deal with complaints of inappropriate sexual conduct by a former pastor amid concerns witnesses are reluctant to come forward.

Yesterday, police said they were aware of allegations circulating on social media about a former clergy member at Cornerstone Bible Fellowship.

However, they said no formal complaints had been received, meaning it is not possible for them to launch an investigation.

Detective Inspector Mark Clarke, of the Vulnerable Persons Unit, has now been made the single point of contact for the matter, to give assurance to potential victims and witnesses.

Police reminded members of the public of their duty to report such information.

A spokesman said: “The Bermuda Police Service is aware of allegations circulating on social media about past inappropriate sexual conduct of a former Cornerstone Bible Fellowship clergy member.

“To…

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Trial date set for Feb. 5 for priest in child pornography case

LAFAYETTE (LA)
The Advertiser

November 27, 2017

By Ken Stickney

The Rev. F. David Broussard, charged 16 months ago with 500 counts of possession of child pornography, may yet get his day in court.

But it didn’t happen Monday in 16th Judicial District Court in St. Martin Parish, where he was scheduled to appear before Judge Vincent J. Borne. And it won’t happen until at least Feb. 5, which is when attorneys have agreed to try the felony case.

Broussard’s name was called in court simply as “Felix Broussard,” but he did not appear before the judge after court officials scoured the courtroom to see if the defendant was present to stand. Court officials initially were uncertain why Broussard was absent.

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Sexual abuse and vanishing babies in Pakuashipi

QUEBEC (CANADA)
APTN News

November 29, 2017

By Tom Fennario

Agnes Poker is a mother many times over and at Tuesday’s hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) she testified about the children she has lost.

“I had eight children in all, four in the tent, four in the hospital,” she told the commissioners. “If all of my children had been born in the tent, everything would have gone well for me, because then I would have seen them die with my own eyes.”

Poker was referring to how in the early 70s children in her Innu community of Pakuashipi would be airlifted from to Blanc Sablon, Que., near the northeastern border with Labrador.

Twice they did not survive

“I speak often to my lost children,” she said. “I would like to know where my two children are laid to rest. Every…

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Indigenous women allege priest abused them, and likely others

QUEBEC (CANADA)
CBC News

November 29, 2017

By Julia Page

Women made accusations during testimony at Quebec MMIWG hearings

Two women from Innu communities on Quebec’s Lower North Shore say they were abused by a missionary more than 40 years ago, and that there are likely more victims.

The revelations came out during testimony at the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) on Tuesday.

The hearings began in Whitehorse in May, and proceedings have taken place in British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Alberta and Saskatchewan so far. Hearings are scheduled for Thunder Bay, Ont., and Ranklin Inlet, Nunavut, next month, and Yellowknife in the new year.

Alexis Joveneau was a Belgian missionary working in Innu communities. He died in 1992 in the town of La Romaine, also known as Unman Shipu.

Mary Mark was living in Pakua Shipu, one of the…

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Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson misses trial opening after having pacemaker installed, court hears

NEWCASTLE (AUSTRALIA)
The Advertiser

November 28, 2017

By Andrew Hough,

SOUTH Australia’s Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson has been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, on the eve of his landmark trial for allegedly concealing child sex abuse.

The Archbishop of Adelaide, 67, was due to begin the trial on Tuesday at Newcastle Local Court, charged with covering up sex abuse within the Catholic Church but he did not appear because of health problems, the court heard.

On Tuesday morning, the court heard he had a pacemaker installed last week amid concerns about his ailing health and that there are worries about his “cognitive capacities”.

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Don’t Dismiss Abuse: People Matter More than Institutions and We Must Protect the Vulnerable and not the Abusers

UNITED STATES
Christianity Today

November 28, 2017

By Ed Stetzer

No more prioritizing institutional protection over individual needs

Unless we’ve been hiding in a box, most of us have started noticing a trend in our twitter feeds and daily news headlines: sexual harassment and assault have been running rampant. And it is far beyond Hollywood and Harvey Weinstein, though he seemed to open the floodgates.
It’s also happening in our nation’s halls of power.

The latest, Congressman John Conyers, is a member of the Democratic Party who chose to step down from his seat on the House Judiciary Committee after being accused of sexually harassing a female member of his staff several years ago.

It’s evident that partisan politics simply don’t matter here. When it comes to the mistreatment of women, men on both sides of the aisle are to blame. Women are trying to…

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Anglican pastors’ wives in Australia open up about spousal abuse

AUSTRALIA
Christian Daily

November 28, 2017

By Lorraine Caballero

Anglican pastors’ wives are breaking their silence on spousal abuse and have started to open up about their bad experiences with their clergy husbands with the help of a private online support group in New South Wales.

Some of the women who experienced spousal abuse at the hands of their priest husbands were part of the Moore Theological College in Sydney. When they opened up about their problem, they said several members of the clergy gave them support while others turned a blind eye on their plight, Patheos noted in a blog entry.

In addition, the blog pointed to the Anglican Church’s extreme interpretation of Ephesians 5:22-24, a passage which instructs wives to submit to their husbands as their leader. However, the part that came after – which tells husbands to love their wives – was often left out.

Just…

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LOWELL GRISHAM: Abuse destroys trust

UNITED STATES
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

November 28, 2017

By Lowell Grisham

Systems often struggle to recognize misdeeds of the powerful

Our human relationships function within complex webs of power and dependency grounded in trust.

When I am sick, I go to my doctor. I trust him. I trust the power of his training and expertise. I also trust that he intends to serve my best interest to guard my health. In that regard, I am dependent upon him.

When my doctor has a spiritual anxiety or perplexity, he reaches out to me. I am his priest. He trusts me and my training and the symbolic power of ordination that I carry. He trusts that I intentionally serve his best interests to guard his spiritual well-being. In that sense, he is dependent upon me.

All of us entrust other people with power. We have a right…

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Listen Up: There Is a Solution to the Sex Abuse and Harassment Epidemic Unfolding Before Your Eyes—And You Will Be Surprised at Who Must Step Up to Succeed

UNITED STATES
Verdict Justia

November 22, 2017

By Marci A. Hamilton

The list keeps growing of powerful men accused of sexual abuse, assault, or harassment. In historical order, just to name the headliners, Bill Clinton, Fr. Paul Shanley, Jerry Sandusky, Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore, Al Franken, John Conyers, and Charlie Rose have all faced accusations of this nature. Thank God. This is the moment that will change history, because the “kings” of our culture are being brought to the public square and revealed for what they are–craven abusers of power.

There has been intense media coverage but surprisingly little if any attention paid to the experts on sex abuse, assault and harassment, who could inject facts into the discourse. There is actually a science of child sex abuse and sex assault. Instead, there has been a lot of hand-wringing by those who do not labor…

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Prete comasco accusato di abusi sessuali, la Curia: “Fare luce con determinazione”

ITALY
QuiBrianza News

November 24, 2017

[Google Translate: COMO – There continues to be a debate in the city of the comasco priest, destined for a community of the area, accused of sexual abuse in the Vatican in the pre-seminary of St. Pius X for the damage of the Pope’s clerics.]

COMO – Si continua a discutere in città del sacerdote comasco, destinato a una comunità del territorio, accusato di abusi sessuali in Vaticano nel pre-seminario San Pio X ai danni dei chierichetti del Papa.

Una vicenda che, dopo alcuni anni di silenzio, era stata risollevata da “Le Iene”, che avevano intervistato anche Monsignor Oscar Cantoni, Vescovo di Como, al quale era spettato il compito di ordinare sacerdote il ragazzo.

Il clamore mediatico aveva portato il Vaticano a prendere posizione con una nota, così come lo stesso Monsignor Cantoni aveva pubblicato una lettera aperta ai fedeli per parlare della…

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More Than 180 Women Have Reported Sexual Assaults at Massage Envy

UNITED STATES
BuzzFeed

November 26, 2017

By Katie J.M. Baker

Across the US, people go to Massage Envy spas in search of a soothing, affordable escape. More than 180 people say what they got instead was sexual assault. But the billion-dollar company says that’s not its problem to solve. A BuzzFeed News investigation.

On May 2, 2015, Susan Ingram lay facedown in the dark at her local Massage Envy in West Chester, Pennsylvania, one of the franchise’s nearly 1,200 spas nationwide. It was her seventh session with James Deiter, a massage therapist whom the spa had enthusiastically recommended. By now, Ingram trusted Deiter, and she closed her eyes and relaxed as he worked her muscles. Then, without warning, Deiter ground his erect penis against Ingram’s body. He groped her breasts. He put his fingers in and out of her vagina.

Ingram lay there, frozen in fear…

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SNAP apologizes to accused priest as part of settlement

ST. LOUIS (MO)
The Associated Press

November 27, 2017

ST. LOUIS – A support group for victims of clergy abuse has apologized to a Roman Catholic priest who sued after child molestation charges against him were dropped and jurors in a separate lawsuit concerning the allegations sided with the China-born priest.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis on Monday disclosed the apology from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.

“SNAP acknowledges that false claims of clergy sexual abuse injure those clerics falsely accused and the Roman Catholic Church,” the group said. The group added that it apologized for “any false or inaccurate statements” related to the accusations against the Rev. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang that “in any way disparaged” him, the archbishop and other archdiocese officials.

SNAP publicized accusations against Jiang after he was criminally charged in 2013 on accusations that he molested a 16-year-old eastern…

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Why priests can’t break the seal of confession, despite UK lawyers’ recommendation

LONDON (ENGLAND)
CNA/EWTN News

November 27, 2017

By Mary Rezac

Lawyers in the United Kingdom have recommended that mandatory reporting laws apply to priests in the confessional, in order to curb incidents of child sexual abuse.

The recommendation came during an investigation of Benedictine abbeys and their associated schools, after numerous victims came forward alleging clergy at the schools had committed acts of child sexual abuse.

Richard Scorer, a representative with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), said during a hearing that mandatory reporting laws should apply even to information bound by the seal of confession.

“A mandatory reporting law would have changed their behaviour,” Scorer said, according to The Guardian. “At Downside Abbey, abuse was discovered but not reported, and abusers were left to free to abuse again and great harm was done to victims.”

“The Catholic Church purports to be a moral beacon for others…

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Philip Wilson: Adelaide Archbishop accused of covering up child sexual abuse has trial delayed

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

November 28, 2017

By Giselle Wakatama and Kerrin Thomas

Australia’s most senior Catholic Archbishop accused of covering up child sexual abuse has had his trial delayed because of medical issues.

Philip Wilson, the Archbishop of Adelaide, was due to front Newcastle Local Court today, but had a pacemaker fitted six days ago and remains in South Australia.

He was arrested two and a half years ago, and has tried, and failed, three times to permanently stay proceedings.

However, Archbishop Wilson’s barrister Stephen Odgers today said his client was keen to have his day in court.

“I’m confident that the advice I’ve received is that one week is OK and he will be able to fly up here on Wednesday afternoon,” Mr Odgers told the court.

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Indian church guidelines tackle workplace sexual abuse

NEW DELHI (INDIA)
National Catholic Reporter

November 28, 2017

By Jose Kavi

NEW DELHI — Catholic dioceses and religious congregations in India are in the process of implementing a set of guidelines that the bishops’ conference required when it released its sexual harassment policy for the workplace two months ago.

A 60-day checkpoint for setting up diocesan and congregation committees as the first stop for sexual harassment complaints passed on Nov. 14 without much progress, but response has also been slow to similar directives in a 2013 national law.

The “CBCI Guidelines to Deal with Sexual Harassment at Workplace” were released Sept. 14 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India amid demands from church groups for a policy to rein in increasing sexual abuse cases involving priests.

Though the 28-page document, which took two years to prepare, steers clear of mentioning priests, those demanding action against clergy abuse still…

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‘He was a monster’: Alleged victim of priest Camille Leger explains why he’s suing church

NEW BRUNSWICK (CANADA)
CBC News

November 28, 2017

By Gabrielle Fahmy

At least 32 civil suits before courts against Leger, and lawyer thinks they’re ‘tip of the iceberg’

An alleged victim of priest Camille Leger says he chose to sue the Moncton archdiocese because the amount he was offered in the church-sponsored conciliation process couldn’t compensate for the abuse that began when he was six.

Jean-Paul Melanson is one of at least 32 men who have filed civil lawsuits targeting Leger, since the church hired retired judge Michel Bastarache to lead an extensive and confidential conciliation process from 2012 to 2014.

“He was a monster for me now,” said Melanson. “If you look at that, he was not a person. He was not normal at all.”

Many of Leger’s victims received compensation through that process, although the exact number is being kept confidential.

Some estimate the…

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Opinion: #MeToo in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox World

ISRAEL
Haaretz

November 24, 2017

By Esti Shoshan

Sharing these stories of rape and sexual molestation in Haredi circles is to help all the other victims, so that they know they are not alone or to blame

“The guy who attacked me sexually a number of times when I was 11 years old is a married ultra-Orthodox man. I was dressed with extreme modesty. After my bat mitzvah I visited them on Shabbat, and he asked his wife to go to bed and leave me with him. She shouted, ‘She’s a bat mitzvah! You can’t touch her anymore!’

“And why is it impossible to tell and to complain? Ninth-grade girls in a Bais Yaakov school can answer that. The homeroom teacher told them about a student who was attacked in the street and stayed home for a few days to recover. She went to visit her…

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Opinion: No, Gender Segregation Doesn’t Prevent Sexual Abuse

ISRAEL
Haaretz

November 16, 2017

By Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar

The numbers show that there’s no link between how women and men dress and any harm done to them. Such abuse occurs at every level of society, among Jews, Muslims and Christians

In his piece responding to Rafi Walden’s op-ed in which Walden opposes gender segregation, Israel Cohen suggests that secular Israelis have a lot to learn about respect for women from the ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, community.

“At a time when more and more incidents of sexual harassment in various forms are coming to light, along with damning testimonies about men exploiting their positions of authority against women, the Haredi approach that insists on gender separation appears to make all the more sense,” Cohen writes. “The most efficient way to avoid a repeat of such grave occurrences is simply to prevent unnecessary mingling of the sexes.”

What…

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Forty’ abusers at Catholic school

ENGLAND
The Times

November 28 2017

By Andrew Norfolk

Forty monks and teachers have been accused of sexually abusing boys at a leading Roman Catholic school that allegedly became a “honeypot” for offenders, it was revealed yesterday.

Reports of child sex offences at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire were disclosed yesterday at a public hearing of an inquiry into the handling of abuse allegations by the Catholic church.

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Children at top Catholic schools ‘still at risk of abuse’ despite years of work to remove predators and improve safeguarding

ENGLAND
The Daily Mail

November 27, 2017

By Josh White

– An inquiry is examining prevalence of paedophilia among Benedictine monks
– Focusing on schools: Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset
– Rape to voyeuristic beatings was inflicted on school pupils, hearing was told

Pupils at Roman Catholic schools could still be at risk of sexual abuse despite years of efforts to remove predators and improve child safeguarding, an inquiry heard yesterday.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has begun examining the prevalence of paedophilia among Benedictine monks and failures to protect young people.

It is focusing on offenders who targeted children at two famous Catholic public schools, Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset, over many decades.

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Clergy sex abuse case ending in settlement

FLAGSTAFF (AZ)
Gallup Independent

November 20, 2017

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The clergy sex abuse lawsuit against the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and St. Michael Indian School is being settled, according to the attorney for the woman who filed the suit.

“The agreement has been finalized and the parties are waiting for the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and St. Michaels Indian School to fulfill their promises under the agreement,” Phoenix attorney Robert E. Pastor said in an email Wednesday.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Coconino County Superior Court in 2015, centered on the childhood sexual molestation of the plaintiff, who filed the lawsuit as Jane L.S. Doe to protect her anonymity. The plaintiff, a member of the Navajo Nation, said she was abused by Brother Mark Schornack, OFM, when she was a student at St. Michael Indian School and Schornack, a Franciscan friar, was…

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Group therapy sessions for priests affected by church abuse scandals

IRELAND
The Times

November 27, 2017

By Nick Bramhill

Priests suffering from anxiety and stress caused by a string of abuse scandals in the Catholic Church will take part in a healing circle tomorrow.

At least ten priests from the Munster region will attend an initial group therapy session in Ovens, Co Cork. The Association of Catholic Priests, which organised the workshop, said that the event could be the first of many across the country if there was strong demand from members of the clergy.

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Catholic church school pupils could still be at risk of abuse, inquiry told

ENGLAND
The Mail

November 27, 2017

Children at Roman Catholic church schools could still be “at risk” of sexual abuse despite years of efforts to root out predators, an inquiry has heard.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is examining the prevalence of paedophilia in the English Benedictine Congregation and failures in protecting young people.

This will focus on offenders that targeted children at two Roman Catholic schools, Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset, over the course of many decades.

But although numerous inquiries have exposed the problem of child abuse within church institutions and a string of offenders convicted, lingering safety concerns could remain, it was heard.

Counsel to the inquiry Riel Karmy-Jones told a hearing at IICSA’s headquarters in south London: “It may be that during the course of evidence and the submissions to come (that) there is some acceptance…

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End secrecy of confessionals ‘to protect Catholic children’

ENGLAND
The Guardian

November 27, 2017

By Owen Bowcott

Child sexual abuse inquiry is told that not reporting suspected incidents should be a crime

Mandatory reporting of sexual misconduct and abolishing the secrecy of the priest’s confessional box are needed to protect children at Catholic schools, the national inquiry into child sexual abuse has been told.

At the opening of a three-week hearing into Benedictine schools, lawyers representing scores of victims have called for fundamental changes to the way the church handles complaints and deals with suspected offenders.

Richard Scorer, of the law firm Slater and Gordon, who represents 27 core participants at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), said the failure to make reporting suspected abuse a crime had allowed clerics to evade responsibility.

“A mandatory reporting law would have changed their behaviour,” Scorer told the hearing. “At Downside Abbey, abuse was…

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2 Years On, Hebda Speaks About Work Done, Work Left to Do in Archdiocese

SAINT PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS
KSTP-TV

November 26, 2017

By Bill Lunn

On a recent Sunday morning in Lakeville, parishioners at All Saints Catholic Church celebrated the church’s 140th anniversary with a special guest: Archbishop Bernard Hebda. At the event, Hebda charmed the congregation with his self-effacing humor.

“It was pretty obvious I was going to have to adjust the microphone after the deacon,” Hebda said, making fun of his shorter, rounder frame.

Hebda visits a new Church nearly every Sunday as part of his mission to reform the archdiocese. The Harvard-educated Hebda was chosen by the Vatican and installed as archbishop in 2016. He was tasked with healing wounds caused by the priest sex abuse scandal that forced the archdiocese into bankruptcy.

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Trial begins for Catholic archbishop accused of protecting pedophile priest

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

November 28, 2017

By Sam Buckingham-Jones

The most senior Catholic cleric in the world to be charged with concealing the child-sex-abuse offences of another priest will face a two-week hearing starting today.

In what is seen as a test case for the potential prosecution of others accused of not disclosing such crimes, the Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Edward Wilson, faces up to two years in jail if convicted of “concealing a serious indictable offence”.

It is alleged the 67-year-old had information he knew or believed about Hunter Valley priest James Fletcher that he failed to pass on to investigating police between April 22, 2004, when Fletcher was charged with child sex offences, and July 7, 2006, when Fletcher died in jail. Prosecutors say Archbishop Wilson, a former president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, knew Fletcher had abused a 10-year-old boy in 1971 but failed to…

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Ruling delayed on custody conditions for ex-priest Daniel McCormack

CHICAGO
Chicago Sun Times

November 25, 2017

By Andy Grimm

A former Chicago priest convicted of molesting children will have to wait a little longer to see if he will be locked down indefinitely at a state facility for sex offenders.

The fate of Daniel McCormack was to be decided Monday. But Friday evening, the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said a decision has been delayed, though Monday’s hearing will go on. At that hearing, a new date for ruling on McCormack’s fate will be set.

McCormack already has served out a five-year sentence for molesting five boys at his West Side parish more than a decade ago, and has been held at a state facility for sex offenders in Rushville while awaiting a ruling on whether he could be released. Judge Dennis Porter ruled in September that McCormack was a “sexually violent person” who was likely…

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Allegations of sexual abuse at Granby school subject of class-action lawsuit

GRANBY (CANADA)
CTV Montreal

November 26, 2017

By Lindsay Richardson

A judge has authorized a class action lawsuit against the College Mont Sacre Coeur in Granby.

The suit alleges the sexual abuse and mistreatment of more than 70 students at the school, by priests, over a span of 70 years.

When the law firm initially filed the request for class action, more alleged victims stepped forward.

The number of suspects has grown from one priest to 11, and the firm is hoping that more victims will step forward in the coming weeks.

Lawyer Robert Kugler alleges the instances of abuse can be traced back to the school’s founding in 1932, and may have continued until 2008, when the Brothers of the Sacred Heart ceased managing it.

Constructed in the midst of the Great Depression, College Mont Sacre Coeur’s website boasts its intent, at the time, to be a “beacon…

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No admission: Inside story on Salvation Army sex abuse settlement

AUSTRALIA
The Sydney Morning Herald

November 26, 2017

By Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie

When Merrin Wake first met a legally-trained senior Salvation Army leader and the church’s lawyer to report her alleged childhood sexual abuse by five men within the church, she went away feeling like she had not been believed.

Months later, after several more meetings in the Collins Street office of the Salvation Army’s law firm, Ms Wake settled her case with a substantial out-of-court payment.

But the deed of release prepared by the Salvation Army’s law firm made it clear the church was making no admissions by settling.

For Ms Wake, there would be no official acknowledgement of whether the Salvation Army accepted her allegations that from the age of three until her early teens she encountered abuse ranging from inappropriate touching to rape.

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‘We have a serious problem’: Baptist Church apologises to domestic violence victims

AUSTRALIA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

November 27, 2017

By Hayley Gleeson

The national body of the Baptist Church in Australia has formally apologised to victims of domestic violence who it says have been let down by churches’ “ignorance” and “failure” to care for abused congregants.

As women begin to publicly tell their stories of domestic abuse for the first time, Baptist leaders have called for recognition “that we have a serious problem with domestic and sexual violence in churches”, and momentum is growing for significant cultural change across Australian denominations.

On Monday, Common Grace, a group of 35,000 Australian Christians from different denominations, published an educational resource, called Safer, calling on the church to “collectively and loudly cry ‘no more’”.

In it they write: “In recent years, the Australian media has shone a spotlight on violence within the home. Communities have rallied to the cause.

“But many…

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North Yorkshire Police gives evidence to church child sex abuse inquiry

ENGLAND
The Yorkshire Post

November 27, 2017

By Ben Barnett

North Yorkshire Police is due to give evidence to an independent inquiry into allegations of child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, which starts today.

The inquiry’s first public hearings are being held in London and will continue until December 15.

The inquiry seeks to assess how institutions and organisations in England and Wales have taken seriously their responsibility to protect children and the first case study will examine the English Benedictine Congregation which has been the subject of numerous allegations of child sexual abuse, including at schools run by the Congregation.

The hearings will examine the relationship between orders such as the Benedictines and the Catholic Church in England and Wales and consider how that relationship impacts on child protection.

It will also evaluate whether any failings identified within the English Benedictine Congregation, and…

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The American Dream’s outcry against sexual violence

KENYA
Daily Nation

November 26, 2017

By Muthoni Thang’wa

In Summary
– Sex scandals, which involve inappropriate behaviour and sometimes sexual acts, are jumping out of every nook, crook and cranny in the glamorous world of entertainment and politics.
– Looking at the Kenyan situation, cases are reported across the board: Members of Parliament, priests, pastors, fathers, uncles, and jobless youth.
– In India, it was the case of Jyoti Singh, a medical student who died 13 days after a grievous attack in a bus.

Kenya recently celebrated the unprecedented entry of women governors onto the political scene.

Whereas this should have served as an indication that the world, and gender-assigned roles have changed dramatically, women still face numerous human rights challenges globally, as reported in the media.

There is a campaign going on, mainly in the United States, called #metoo. It involves women in various…

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Catholic officials threaten legal action against former altar boys over sexual misconduct allegations

ITALY
The Christian Times

November 27, 2017

By Jardine Malado

Catholic officials in Italy are threatening to file criminal defamation charges against former altar boys after they accused an older seminarian of sexually assaulting them while living in the Vatican.

The Associated Press (AP) reported that the accusations involve a former seminarian who is now serving as a priest in the diocese of Como and a member of the Don Folci association, which runs the St. Pius X preseminary in a palazzo just steps away from where Pope Francis lives.

An ex-student, identified only as “Marco,” claimed that the seminarian would come into his room at night demanding oral sex, beginning when was only 13 years old and continuing until he reached the age of 18.

In an interview with reporter Gaetano Pecoraro, Marco said that the seminarian was a year older than him and held a position…

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Trial Starting for Ex-Priest, 84, for Woman’s 1960 Killing

EDINBURG (TX)
Associated Press via US News and World Report

November 26, 2017

An 84-year-old former Catholic priest goes on trial this week for the slaying of a South Texas teacher and ex-beauty queen 57 years ago.

An 84-year-old former Catholic priest goes on trial this week for the slaying of a South Texas teacher and ex-beauty queen 57 years ago.

Jury selection is set to begin Monday in Hidalgo County in the case of John Feit, who’s accused of the April 1960 beating and suffocation of 25-year-old Irene Garza. She was found dead in a canal five days after going to a McAllen church for confession.

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All eyes on county as decades-old case finally set for trial: National media coverage underscores interest in ‘60s murder case

McALLEN (TX)
The Monitor

November 25, 2017

By Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro

Edinburg – The nearly 60-year saga in the death of a schoolteacher and beauty queen is expected to reach its conclusion by the end of the year as the former priest accused with her murder finally faces a jury.

This time around the hyper-local media coverage and focus will be accompanied by a national media presence, with outlets like CBS’ “48 Hours,” and CNN, expected to cover the trial gavel-to-gavel as jury selection begins tomorrow.

From the time the Hidalgo County District Attorney, who ran a campaign two years earlier in part on “getting justice” for the slain woman’s family, announced in February 2016 that a grand jury had declared there was enough evidence to charge former priest John Bernard Feit with the 1960 murder of Irene Garza, the media coverage of the decades-old case went into overdrive.

Such…

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In Australia, Anglican Pastors’ Wives Are Speaking Out Against Spousal Abuse

ENGELWOOD (CO)
Patheos

November 25, 2017

By Sarabeth Caplin

Leaving an abusive spouse is never easy, but it’s especially difficult when your abuser is an Anglican priest and divorce (for any reason) is condemned by your congregation.

Anglican women in Australia are starting to speak up about the abuse they’ve endured at the hands of their priest husbands, the lack of support they have faced in their communities, and their struggles to rebuild their lives. One “safe space” to share their stories is in an online support group:

Jane is part of a private online support group of Anglican clergy wives in New South Wales who were abused by their husbands.

What stunned them when they first met for dinner were two things. First, how many of them there were, and how common and continuing this problem seemed to be.

Several had been part of Moore Theological College…

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When Sexual Assault Victims Are Charged with Lying

NEW YORK (NY)
New York Times

November 24, 2017

By Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller

The women accusing the Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct have faced doubt and derision. Other women, who have alleged sexual assault or harassment by powerful men in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and elsewhere, have become targets for online abuse or had their careers threatened. Harvey Weinstein went so far as to hire ex-Mossad operatives to investigate the personal history of the actress Rose McGowan, to discourage her from publicly accusing him of rape.

There are many reasons for women to think twice about reporting sexual assault. But one potential consequence looms especially large: They may also be prosecuted.

This month, a retired police lieutenant in Memphis, Tenn., Cody Wilkerson, testified, as part of a lawsuit against the city, not only that police detectives sometimes neglected to investigate cases of sexual assault…

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Former Archbishop of Canterbury could face police probe into whether he broke the law by covering up for a paedophile bishop

LONDON (ENGLAND)
Daily Mail

November 25, 2017

By Jonathan Petre

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, could face a police investigation into whether he broke the law by covering up for a paedophile bishop.

Officers are understood to be considering a formal inquiry to determine whether the former leader of the Church of England and other senior church officials should face criminal charges over their failure to pass on sex abuse complaints made against ex-bishop Peter Ball.

Such an investigation would be highly controversial and may involve 82-year-old Lord Carey being interviewed under caution.

Sources say police are collecting evidence and scrutinising a scathing Church of England report commissioned by the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

It concludes that senior church figures ‘colluded’ to protect Ball and says the decision by Lambeth Palace not to pass the complaints to police ‘must give rise to a perception of…

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Court denies appeal of former high school priest in prison for sex abuse

ANN ARBOR (MI)
MLive

November 25, 2017

By Danielle Salisbury

Jackson MI – A former Lumen Christ High School priest and convicted child predator contends charges brought against him in 2015 were barred by the statute of limitations and should have been dismissed.

The Court of Appeals in November rejected this and other arguments, assuring James Rapp, barring a successful higher court appeal, will continue serving 20 to 40 years in prison for first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Rapp, now 77, was accused of molesting boys from Aug. 1, 1981 to Feb. 28, 1986 while he worked at the high school, serving as a teacher, maintenance supervisor and wrestling coach. He was not charged with any related offenses until decades later, in May 2015, which far exceeded the applicable six-year statute of limitations.

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Jury Process Begins in Ex-Priest’s Cold-Case Murder Trial

PASADENA (CA)
Courthouse News Service

November 15, 2017

By Erik De La Garza

[Note: See also 57 Years After Young Teacher’s Murder, Former Priest Faces Trial, by Erik De La Garza]

Edinburg TX – Hundreds of potential jurors streamed through a South Texas courthouse auditorium Tuesday for the trial of a former Catholic priest charged with the 1960 murder of a local beauty queen, his former parishioner.

It’s been a long, slow road to trial for 84-year-old John Feit, whose cold-case murder trial has been delayed at least twice this year.

Feit emerged as the prime suspect in the Easter weekend rape and murder of McAllen schoolteacher Irene Garza in 1960, but was not charged until 56 years later, when a new district attorney launched a fresh investigation.

Feit’s attorneys on Monday asked Hidalgo County Judge Luis Singleterry to exclude Garza’s autopsy from trial because the two medical…

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Vatican investigating abuse at pre-seminary

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Catholic News Service via National Catholic Reporter

November 20, 2017

By Cindy Wooden

The Vatican announced it had launched a new investigation into reports about sexual abuse in a pre-seminary for young adolescents run by the Diocese of Como, Italy, but located inside the Vatican.

Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, issued a statement Nov. 18 saying that beginning in 2013 when “some reports, anonymous and not,” were made, staff of the St. Pius X Pre-Seminary and the bishop of Como both conducted investigations.

“Adequate confirmation was not found” regarding the allegations, which involved students and not staff. Some of the students already had left the pre-seminary when the first investigations were carried out, the statement said.

However, “in consideration of new elements that recently emerged, a new investigation is underway to shed full light on what really happened,” the statement said.

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Priest accused of sex abuse in UK also served in Cork

CORK (IRELAND)
The Examiner

November 25, 2017

By Noel Baker

A deceased priest who served for many years in Cork has been named as an alleged child sex abuser in the UK.

It is alleged that Fr Thomas Heley abused young boys in the Catholic parish of Ss Alban and Stephen in Hertfordshire in the late 1970s. The Irish Examiner has since been made aware of allegations of abuse against Fr Heley while he was in Cork, made not long before he moved to the UK.

A member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Fr Heley worked in Cork through the 50s and into the 70s. Last weekend the parish in St Albans published a notice on its website which stated: “we have received historic allegations, dating back several decades, that one of our priests based here in St Alban sexually abused some young people”. The notice did…

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New stance needed on sex abuse within IRA

LONDON (ENGLAND)
The Times

November 25 2017

By Liam Fay

Sinn Féin defended the covering up of rape claims; its new leaders must prove they are not guilty of double standards

Contrary to what many evidently believe, there is no guarantee that the international scandal about sexual abuse and harassment will result in lasting social change. The outing of abusers is a big leap forward — but advances are often followed by reversals.

In the worst scenario, the predicted shift in attitudes will turn out to be nothing more than a blip. If you want an illustration of the speed and ease with which this can happen, look no further than Sinn Féin, a party that closed ranks when confronted with uncomfortable truths about its recent past.

Only three years ago, Sinn Féin was at the centre of a storm over allegations of a systematic cover-up of sex crimes…

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Ottawa-based priest suspended after being named in sex-abuse lawsuit

TORONTO (ONTARIO, CANADA)
Canadian Press, carried in the Toronto Star

November 23, 2017

By Sidhartha Banerjee

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of students who were allegedly abused while attending a Catholic boarding school in Quebec.

An Ottawa-based priest has been suspended after being named in a $2-million sex-abuse lawsuit filed on behalf of students who attended a Catholic boarding school in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

The motion seeking permission for the class action to proceed was filed on behalf of those who were allegedly abused while attending Collège Servite, a school in Ayer’s Cliff that was previously run by members of the Servite Order.

The application still requires the authorization of a judge in Sherbrooke, Que.

The lead plaintiff in the case, an unnamed 57-year-old man identified in court documents as X, accuses Father Jacques Desgrandchamps of abusing him between 1973 and 1975.

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Priest jailed for sexual abuse campaign on boy will be allowed to appeal conviction

LIVERPOOL (ENGLAND)
Liverpool Echo

November 22, 2017

A priest who was jailed for 17 years after he was convicted of a campaign of sexual abuse of a teenage boy today won the first stage of his fight to clear his name.

Michael Higginbottom, 74, allegedly subjected the boy to repeated sex assaults while he was working as a teacher at a seminary in Lancashire in the 1970s.

The Catholic clergyman was accused of abusing the youngster in his living quarters at St Joseph’s College, in Upholland, near Skelmersdale.

He was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court of eight serious sex crimes in April and jailed for 17 years.

But Higginbottom, of West Farm Road, Walker, Newcastle, continues to claim innocence and was today granted the right to an appeal by the UK’s top judge.

A Court of Appeal panel, led by lord chief justice, Lord Burnett, said Higginbottom has an…

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Caldey Island monk abuse scandal grows as more alleged victims come forward

CARDIFF (WALES)
Wales Online

November 23, 2017

Police are investigating further reports of sexual abuse by a monk and another man on Caldey Island more than 30 years ago.

There have been several reports about offences committed by Father Thaddeus Kotik on the island off the Pembrokeshire coast between 1977 and 1987.

Court documents seen by The Guardian say Kotik committed offences against the six girls between 1972 and1987.

The women have now launched civil proceedings against the Cistercian order, claiming personal injuries.

Dyfed Powys Police say they have now received two further reports of non-recent sexual abuse.

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Caldey abbot apologises over failure to report abuse allegations

LONDON (ENGLAND)
Catholic Herald

November 23, 2017

The abbot of Caldey has said he is “truly sorry” that allegations of child sexual abuse made against a monk were not passed on to police.

Daniel van Santvoort acknowledged that allegations made against Fr Thaddeus Kotik should have been reported to authorities, and apologised for any harm caused to alleged victims.

The monk, who died in 1992, allegedly abused at least nine children during the 1970s and 80s. He was a member of the Trappist community that is situated on the island of Caldey, off the coast of southern Wales.

Abbot van Santvoort said in a statement on the island’s Facebook page that the community felt “great sadness and regret”.

“Any allegations of child abuse should be reported to the appropriate authorities and investigated,” he said. “This clearly did not happen and we apologise.”

“The claimed abuses took place between 1971…

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Blackfriars Priory School to redesign ‘suggestive’ statue of saint and child after online ridicule

SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA)
ABC News

November 22, 2017

By Daniel Keane

An Adelaide Catholic school has covered up a statue of a religious icon after it created a stir on social media because of its apparently unintended suggestiveness.

The statue was recently installed at Blackfriars Priory School in Prospect and depicts a 16th century saint handing a bread loaf to a child’s outstretched hand.

But, as numerous online commentators have pointed out, the effect is somewhat different.

In the past 12 years, at least two former Blackfriars teachers — Stephen John Stockdale-Hall and Ronald William Hopkins — have been jailed for sexually abusing students at the school.

On Wednesday the school said the design of its new statue looked fine on paper but acknowledged it could be interpreted in a more sinister way.

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Rock, papers, sniggers: Unfortunate saint statue makes headlines around the world

ADELAIDE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)
The Advertiser

November 23, 2017

By Erin Jones

[Note: See also the Facebook post by Simon Cobiac, the school’s principal.]

It was made in Vietnam, pays homage to a Peruvian saint, and caused a storm in Adelaide.

Now the unfortunately “suggestive” statue of St Martin de Porres at Blackfriars Priory School is making headlines across the globe.

BBC News, The New York Post, Washington Post and The Guardian are among the international outlets to have picked up the story in The Advertiser this week.

Buzzfeed ran the headline: “This School Had To Get Rid Of A Statue Of A Saint Because … Just Take A Look”.

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Blackfriars Priory School principal explains how awkward covered statue was bungled

ADELAIDE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)
The Advertiser

November 22, 2017

By Erin Jones

An Adelaide Catholic school has been forced to cover and cordon off a new religious statue after raising eyebrows because of its unfortunate design.

The statue of St Martin de Porres — not St Dominic as originally believed — was unveiled by Blackfriars Priory School, at Prospect, late last week.

The sculpture showed St Martin de Porres handing a young boy a loaf of bread, which appears to have emerged from his cloak.

But the sculpture’s unintentionally provocative design has had unforeseen consequences and created a flurry of activity on social media, prompting the school to take swift action.

The Advertiser understands the school was forced to cover the statue with a black cloth after students took photos of it on Friday and by this week, it had been cordoned off.

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#ChurchToo: abuse survivors speak out about harassment in their religious communities

WASHINGTON (DC)
Vox

November 22, 2017

By Tara Isabella Burton

The latest trending Twitter hashtag encourages Christians to come forward.

A woman who revealed her rape during a youth group prayer section, only to be asked if she’d repented.

Another who fled an abusive marriage, only to be told by her pastor to return home and “submit” to her husband’s will.

Another who, as a child, was told to “cover up” after a male classmate had been caught masturbating while looking at her.

Another who felt compelled to get an abortion lest her church community find out she’d been — in their eyes — impure.

These are just a few of the stories being told right now on Twitter using the hashtag #ChurchToo: a religious response to #MeToo: an outline outpouring of stories about sexual assault. Started by Twitter users Emily Joy, a spoken word poet and yoga…

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Islamic schools in Pakistan plagued by cases of sex abuse

KEHRORE PAKKA (PAKISTAN)
Associated Press via Washington Post

November 21, 2017

By Kathy Gannon

[Note: This article contains additional text, not included in the CBS version of the article, which Abuse Tracker posted on November 21, 2017.]

There are more than 22,000 registered madrassas or Islamic schools in Pakistan. The students they teach are often among the country’s poorest, who receive food and an education for free.

Many more madrassas — small two- or three-room seminaries in villages throughout Pakistan — are unregistered, opened by a graduate of another madrassa, often without any education other than a proficiency in the Quran. They operate without scrutiny, ignored by the authorities, say residents living nearby. Parveen’s son, for example, went to an unregistered madrassa.

Madrassas are funded by wealthy business people, religious political parties and even donors from other countries, such as Saudi Arabia. The teachings of the madrassas are…

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Priest resigns after ‘historic complaint’ probe Monsignor Aidan Hamill Published

PORTADOWN (NORTHERN IRELAND)
Lurgan Mail

November 23, 2017

A top Lurgan priest has resigned from senior roles in the Diocese of Dromore after a probe into an ‘historic complaint’.

Bishop of Dromore, Most Reverend John McAreavey, revealed that Monsignor Aidan Hamill has resigned as Parish Priest of St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church.

Bishop McAreavey revealed the news in a statement read out at Masses in the parish last Sunday.

Monsignor Hamill had acted up in his capacity as Vicar General of the Diocese of Dromore as the administrator when Bishop McAreavey took a temporary break from his duties in 2012.

However this week Bishop McAreavey said: “An historical complaint was made against Monsignor Hamill, a priest of this diocese, in 2014. The Diocese of Dromore followed the National Child Safeguarding policies and procedures and the statutory authorities were informed.

“Monsignor Hamill voluntarily stepped down from active ministry pending…

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Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor apologizes, pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct

ATLANTA (GA)
CNN

November 22, 2017

By Nicole Chavez and Eric Levenson

Larry Nassar, the former acclaimed USA Gymnastics team doctor, pleaded guilty Wednesday to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and admitted in a Michigan court to using his position to sexually abuse underage girls.

Three of the charges applied to victims under 13, and three applied to victims 13 to 15 years old. Other charges were dismissed or reduced as part of a plea agreement. All 125 victims who reported assaults to Michigan State Police will be allowed to give victim impact statements at Nassar’s sentencing in January, according to the plea deal.

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“Make no mistake: This is an American tragedy,” said attorney John Manley.

He particularly slammed Michigan State University and its administration, which was told repeatedly about Nassar’s abuse and protected him, Manley said. He likened their approach to that of…

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Presentation High grads allege school covered up sexual abuse

SAN DIEGO (CA)
Mercury News

November 22 and November 23, 2017

By Tatiana Sanchez

Two former Presentation High School students on Wednesday alleged the prestigious Catholic girls school covered up sexual abuse reports against a longtime teacher for more than three decades and said many other students were victims of abuse over the course of several years.

Kathryn Leehane, who wrote about the experience in an Oct. 20 Washington Post article, and Cheryl Hodgin Marshall, whose Presentation classmate was allegedly abused by the same teacher, said at a law office that school officials ignored multiple reports about the now-deceased teacher sexually abusing students since the 1980s in order to protect the school’s image.

“The school had numerous opportunities to deal with him,” said Leehane, who claimed the teacher groped her and showed her pictures of a naked woman.

Leehane said school administrators didn’t respond to her initial letter in…

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Archbishop’s new appointment draws concerns

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

November 24, 2017

By Haidee V. Eugenio

One of Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes’ latest appointments is drawing concern from a group of Catholics, which claims Msgr. David C. Quitugua’s alleged abuse of power as vicar general and judicial vicar under Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron makes him unworthy of holding any post in the chancery.

“(Quitugua) should be retired and removed from being a member of the clergy,” Concerned Catholics of Guam President David Sablan said.

Byrnes appointed Quitugua to serve as associate judge for the Archdiocese of Agana effective Nov. 17.

An associate judge assists the church’s judicial vicar in deciding cases within the archdiocese. Quitugua was a judicial vicar for the archdiocese’s tribunal during Apuron’s time.

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“Quitugua and Adrian Cristobal, the vicar general and chancellor, respectively, under Apuron, were key henchmen in trying to have the Neocatechumenal Way take over our…

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Opinion: Putting truth into Truth and Reconciliation

KITCHENER (ONTARIO, CANADA)
The Record

November 23, 2017

By Peter Shawn Taylor

[Note: See the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report section on the death of Chanie Wenjack. See also The Lonely Death of Chanie Wenjack, by Ian Adams, Maclean’s, February 1, 1967.]

Fifty-one years ago, he was a young boy who came to a tragic end.

Today he’s a symbol for all that was wrong with this country’s treatment of Indigenous people.

So why is the story of Chanie Wenjack so full of imaginative fabrication?

At age nine, Chanie, from Ogoki Post in northern Ontario, was sent to live at the former Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora in 1963. He was often homesick and on Oct. 19, 1966, he ran away with two other boys. They stayed at the cabin of the other boys’ uncle before Chanie set out alone to walk home, unaware it…

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Cardinal George Pell’s legal team requests documents from ABC journalist Louise Milligan, book publisher

SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA)
ABC News

November 23, 2017

By Karen Percy

Lawyers defending Cardinal George Pell on historical sexual offences have requested documents from ABC journalist Louise Milligan and Melbourne University Press relating to a book about the senior Catholic published last year.

The book written by Milligan called Cardinal: the Rise and Fall of George Pell was voluntarily removed from Victorian bookstores after Cardinal Pell was charged in July.

The request for documents was made during a hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.

The 76-year-old is facing multiple charges of historical sexual offences involving multiple victims after an investigation by Victoria Police’s SANO Taskforce.

Cardinal Pell has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

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First the Catholics, now the Anglicans have a sex abuse scandal

BRISBANE (AUSTRALIA)
60 Starts at 60

November 23, 2017

[Note: This article links to two ABC articles: ‘Submit to your husbands’: Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God and Anglican Church offers formal apology to victims of domestic violence.]

We’re still reeling from the revelations about rampant child abuse within the Catholic Church. Now the Anglican Church looks like it has a sex scandal of its own, as the ABC has revealed in an in-depth story about the abuse women are suffering at the hands of their priest husbands.

The women shared their stories of sexual and physical abuse with the ABC, with some claiming that the church had known for decades that some of its ministers were spouse abusers, but had done very little about it.

One victim told the ABC that she was married to an Anglican priest who would demand…

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