Cardinal George Pell pleads not guilty to historical sexual offence charges after being committed to stand trial

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

May 1, 2018

By court reporter Emma Younger

Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell has pleaded not guilty to multiple historical sexual offence charges after being committed to stand trial.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington committed Cardinal Pell to stand trial on some counts, but she has discharged more than half the original charges, including the most serious allegations.

Cardinal Pell was escorted into the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court under police guard.

He has strenuously denied the accusations.

Today’s ruling follows a month-long committal hearing in March.

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Cardinal Pell ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges

AUSTRALIA
BBC News

Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will stand trial on historical sexual assault charges, a court has ruled.

Cardinal Pell formally pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

An Australian magistrate ruled on Tuesday that there was enough evidence for the case to proceed to a trial on some charges, but not on others.

Cardinal Pell is Australia’s most senior Catholic and one of the most powerful officials in the Vatican.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington read out her decision on each charge individually in a Melbourne court, following a month-long hearing.

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Scottsdale church hires private firm to examine sex abuse claims

ARIZONA
AZCentral

Uriel J. Garcia, The Republic | azcentral.com

April 30, 2018

A Scottsdale church has hired a private firm to investigate sexual misconduct allegations levied against a pastor who has resigned from his most recent post last week, according to a statement on the church’s web site.

Les Hughey, 64, who is the founder of the Highlands Community Church in north Scottsdale and has since stepped down as executive pastor, has been accused by women of sexual abuse during his time as youth pastor at Scottsdale Bible Church in the 1980s and ’90s.

Scottsdale Bible Church said in its statement that church leaders hired a firm called Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment, also known as GRACE, to conduct an independent investigation.

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Why the Cardinal Pell Case Has Been So Secretive

AUSTRALIA
New York Times

By DAMIEN CAVE and ADAM BAIDAWI

APRIL 30, 2018

Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s third-highest ranking official will stand trial on several charge of sexual abuse from multiple complainants, an Australian court ruled on Tuesday.

The slow-moving case — charges were filed in June — has been a test of both Australia’s justice system and the Vatican’s efforts to hold clerics accountable after decades of abuse scandals.

It is occurring in a country where where defamation law favors plaintiffs, where criminal law protects defendants more than it does in many other countries, and where a number of legal standards restrict reporters’ ability to publish information related to criminal cases.

Here’s a guide to why many of the details of Cardinal Pell’s case may remain obscured, and to what we know about the cardinal and the case so far.

Why can’t the public know more?

Australian…

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Cardinal George Pell to stand trial over historical sex offences

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

May 1, 2018

AAP

THE most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis has been ordered to stand trial.

Cardinal George Pell arrived at Australian court on Tuesday surrounded by police and media to learn whether he must stand trial on charges that he sexually abused multiple victims decades ago.

Melbourne magistrate Belinda Wallington found there is evidence of sufficient weight on one of multiple charges against Pope Francis’ closest aide for him to stand trial. Some other charges against 76-year-old Pell were struck out.

Pell arrived by car in front of the downtown court where more than 40 uniformed police officers were waiting to maintain order as media jostled on the crowded sidewalk to videotape and photograph him.

Pell climbed the stairs to court accompanied by his lawyer Robert Richter about 45 minutes before the hearing was to begin. Some…

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Vatican treasurer Cardinal Pell to face trial on historical abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
CNN

By Lucie Morris-Marr and Ben Westcott, CNN

April 30, 2018

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will face trial on charges of historical sexual abuse, a Melbourne magistrate announced on Tuesday.

While several of the more serious charges against Pell were dropped, Magistrate Belinda Wallington announced the cardinal would still be committed to trial.

The 76-year-old cardinal was facing multiple charges of historical sex assault offenses from a number of complainants. He has vigorously denied all charges.

The magistrate’s decision is still being read with the possibility of additional charges.

One of the country’s most senior Catholic figures, Pell arrived at Melbourne Magistrate’s Court early Tuesday, accompanied by his lead barrister, Robert Richter QC, as dozens of police sought to keep media and protesters at bay.

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Cardinal Pell to stand trial on sex abuse, but some charges dismissed

AUSTRALIA
Crux

John L. Allen Jr.
EDITOR

May 1, 2018

Following a four-week committal hearing last month, an Australian magistrate on Tuesday dismissed some of the most serious charges of “historical sexual offenses” against Cardinal George Pell but also ruled that the 76-year-old prelate will stand trial on at least three different complaints.

It’s not clear at this point when that trial will take place, though sources in Australia say that criminal procedures of this sort often can last one year to 18 months. Pell has denied the charges vigorously since police first filed them last summer.

He is expected to face a directions hearing in Melbourne’s County Court in the future, when a trial date will be set.

Pell is currently on a leave of absence from his post as the Vatican’s Secretary for the Economy, and he becomes the most senior Church official ever to face…

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Cardinal George Pell to Stand Trial on ‘Historical’ Sex Offenses

AUSTRALIA
New York Times

By ADAM BAIDAWI

APRIL 30, 2018

MELBOURNE, Australia — Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s third-highest-ranking official, must stand trial on at least three charges of sexual abuse, an Australian court ruled on Tuesday, promising to prolong a case that has already dragged on for months, and which many see as a moment of reckoning for a church racked by scandal.

Belinda Wallington, a Melbourne magistrate, found there was sufficient evidence for prosecutors to bring the cardinal’s case to trial, ending a two-month pretrial hearing, in which witnesses described abuse they said took place decades ago.

Cardinal Pell, 76, is the most senior Roman Catholic official to be charged with crimes of sexual abuse. As the Vatican’s de facto finance chief, he was granted leave by the pope to return to Australia to conduct his defense.

The cardinal has been accused of “historical sexual offenses,” meaning…

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Richard Garcia, bishop of the Monterey Diocese, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

CALIFORNIA
Mercury County Weekly

April 30, 2018

Sara Rubin

Since Pope Benedict XI appointed Richard Garcia as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Monterey in 2006, he has been the spiritual leader of tens of thousands of parishioners at dozens of churches in a region that spans from Santa Cruz to Hollister to San Luis Obispo.

On April 27, the diocese announced Garcia, 71, has been diagnosed with an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, following several weeks of not feeling well.

“This news is difficult to learn, but Bishop Garcia has great faith and a deep spiritual life to assist him in facing this diagnosis,” a diocese statement says.

“This news has taken some time for bishop to adjust to as it has only been in the last few weeks that signs of this disease have become more pronounced and evident to him.”

According to the statement, no…

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Catholic Charities falls behind on Appeal

NEW YORK
Buffalo Business First

By Tracey Drury – Reporter, Buffalo Business First

With two months until the close of its annual fundraising appeal, Catholic Charities of Buffalo is stressing to potential donors that their dollars will not go toward settlements to abuse victims.

Although the agency is affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, it remains an independent 501(c)(3) that serves people of all faiths with a range of human services including emergency assistance, mental health counseling and treatment, help with job training and education and specialized services for older adults.

The Diocese has been in the spotlight for several months regarding a growing number of priests acknowledged to have sexually abused children and teens in past decades. That’s led to the creation of an Independent Reconciliation & Compensation Fund, which the bishop of Buffalo has said will be paid from insurance, self-insurance liability, investment fund reserves and…

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Msgr. John C. Allard

RHODE ISLAND
Curtis J. Holt’s Sons Funeral Home

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APRIL 27, 2018

Monsignor John C. Allard, 68, of Lake Washington, Chepachet, a retired priest of the Diocese of Providence, died April 27, 2018, in Landmark Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Normand and Laurette (Chevalier) Allard, he attended Holy Family School, Woonsocket, and Our Lady of Providence Preparatory High School in Providence.

In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary, Warwick and St. John Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts. He was ordained to the priesthood on September 19, 1975 at St. Cecilia Church, Pawtucket, by Bishop Louis E. Gelineau.

He served as assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish, Cranston (1975-84); Assistant Director (1984-86) and Director (1986-96) of the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry; Vicar of the…

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Decision day has arrived for George Pell, as magistrate weighs options

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

By Adam Cooper

30 April 2018

His has been a path no other Australian Catholic has taken, all the way to the powerful inner workings of the Vatican, until he became the church’s most senior leader in modern times to be charged with sexual assault offences.

On Tuesday George Pell will learn if he is to forge even more new ground, and be committed to stand trial in front of a jury on allegations of sexual assault dating back more than 20 years.

In a ruling that will be heard throughout the religious world, magistrate Belinda Wallington will announce whether Cardinal Pell will stand trial on some or all of the charges, or whether they are to be struck out. If committed to trial it will most likely be in the County Court before a judge and 12 jurors.

Three hours have been set aside…

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First week of major child abuse inquiry will be held at Trent Bridge, it has been confirmed

UNITED KINGDOM
Nottingham Post

By David Whitfield Digital Content Editor

30 APR 2018

The first five days of a major inquiry into historical child sex abuse in Nottinghamshire will be held at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, it has been confirmed.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) will spend three weeks looking into the extent of the sexual abuse of children in the care of Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils.

It will also look at how institutions including those councils and the police responded to any abuse claims.

The hearing was originally due to take place in Southwark, London, but the Nottinghamshire Child Sexual Abuse Survivors Group has asked for some of the sessions to take place locally.

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Clergy abuse survivors grateful after private meetings with pope

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Apr 30, 2018

by Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — After private meetings with Pope Francis, three survivors of clergy sexual abuse from Chile said they felt they had been heard and were hopeful for changes in the way the Catholic Church handles accusations of abuse.

“I spoke for more than two and a half hours alone with Francis. He listened to me with great respect, affection and closeness, like a father. We talked about many subjects. Today, I have more hope in the future of our church. Even though the task is enormous,” Juan Carlos Cruz tweeted April 29 after meeting with the pope.

Francis had invited Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo to stay at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican residence where he lives, and to meet with him individually April 27-29. The three were to meet…

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The Justice Principle – Part 2

AUSTRALIA
ABC

25 Apr 2018

Concluding the story of Dassi Erlich and her two sisters, who are fighting to extradite their former headmistress from Israel to face sexual abuse charges.

After the alleged abuse against the three sisters came to light in 2008, principal Malka Leifer was stood down by the Adass Israel school which facilitated her immediate departure to Israel.

Although Australian authorities have been trying to extradite her for several years Malka Leifer convinced the Israeli courts she was too mentally unwell to face a hearing.

That prompted an undercover operation to prove her mental fitness which recently resulted in Malka Leifer’s return to jail.

For Dassi and her two sisters — Nicole and Elly — justice finally seems closer than ever before.

Related Links
Catch up | Watch ‘The Justice Principle’ part 1 on ABC News Youtube

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The Justice Principle – Part 1

AUSTRALIA
ABC

April 18, 2018

Introduced by Ted Baillieu, former Premier of Victoria.

Dassi Erlich and her two sisters are a formidable force.

Their ongoing battle to extradite former headmistress Malka Leifer from Israel to face sexual abuse allegations in Australia has made headlines across the globe.

But despite the public attention, the personal stories of the three sisters have remained largely private.

In the first program of a two-part special, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper give their first Australian interviews and, together with Dassi, speak candidly about their time at the Adass Israel school in Melbourne.

The program also features extracts from Dassi Erlich’s teenage diary which provide a haunting account of her traumatic childhood.

Related links
Support information | 1800 Respect National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence counselling service – www.1800respect.org.au 1800 737 732

ABC News feature | Inside the insular Jewish community where school headmistress…

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Pt 1: Inside insular Jewish community where headmistress Malka Leifer allegedly preyed on girls

AUSTRALIA
YouTube

Part 2

ABC News (Australia)

Published on Apr 23, 2018

Mother-of-eight Malka Leifer looked like the perfect school principal until she was accused of being a sexual predator. This is the Australian Story of three sisters’ battle to bring their alleged abuser to justice amid the Adass Israel community in Melbourne that encouraged silence.

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HAREDI YESHIVA HEAD SENTENCED TO 17 MONTHS FOR DEFRAUDING STATE

ISRAEL
Jerusalem Post

BY JEREMY SHARON

APRIL 29, 2018

The Jerusalem District Court has sentenced a haredi man to 17 months imprisonment and levied NIS 900,000 of asset forfeitures against him for defrauding the state of NIS 2.2 million by forging student enrollment in his yeshivas.

Pinchas Zidman pleaded guilty and was convicted on charges of aggravated fraud, false registration of documents and money laundering.

From 2012 to 2015, Zidman established several institutions of Torah learning which were registered as non-profit organizations.

The institutions did indeed exist, but Zidman doubled the amount of students registered there to obtain larger grants from the Education Ministry by falsely registering foreign citizens who did not actually study there.

Having secured these funds, Zidman and his associates sought to hide, disguise and obscure how they used the money, who was making use of the funds and where it was being used.

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NZ bishops reflect on children of priests issue

NEW ZEALAND
NZ Catholic

April 30, 2018

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have discussed and reflected upon the issue of children of Catholic priests who have promised celibacy.

In a message to Coping International’s Vincent Doyle sent last month, New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference communications advisor Amanda Gregan noted that the bishops “firmly believe that the rights and sensitivities of the child and the mother should be respected and that being the father of a child carries with it particular responsibilities”.

The bishops also referred to civic guidelines and policies in New Zealand concerning a child’s right to know his or her natural parents, adding they (the bishops) would be guided by this practice.

Mr Doyle, an Irish psychotherapist whose own father was a Catholic priest, had previously worked with Ireland’s Catholic bishops in developing a set of “principles of responsibility” regarding priests who father children while in ministry. Five…

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Brooklyn, NY – Hikind: Employee Fired After Preying On Students At Prominent Girls’ School In BP; Administration Turned Blind Eye

NEW YORK
Voz IZ Neias

April 29, 2018

By: Sandy Eller

Brooklyn, NY – A Brooklyn girls’ school has found itself in a difficult position after numerous reports have surfaced alleging that an employee had been interacting with girls inappropriately for several years and that the school’s administration was reportedly aware of the behavior but did nothing to protect students.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind said that he had been contacted by multiple parents whose daughters attend the Bais Sarah school in Borough Park reporting the alleged behavior.

According to Hikind, parents told the school’s owner and principal, Rabbi Nuchem Klein, about the alleged abuse perpetrated by a non-Jewish employee who goes by the nickname Spikey, but no action was taken.

Hikind took to Twitter on Friday morning, asking parents who had knowledge of any abuse taking place at Bais Sarah to contact his office and reached out to Rabbi Klein…

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Pope Francis meets victims of Chilean paedophile priest in bid to quell sex abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY
First Post

PTI

Apr 30, 2018

Vatican City: Three victims of a Chilean paedophile priest have held private meetings with Pope Francis, as the Vatican tries to quell a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in Chile.

File image of Pope Francis. APFile image of Pope Francis. AP
The men, all victims of the paedophile priest Fernando Karadima, were in Vatican City at the personal invitation of the Pope, who in April admitted “grave mistakes” in his handling of the abuse controversy in Chile.

Juan Carlos Cruz said his meeting with Francis on Sunday, which lasted more than two hours, was wide-ranging and gave him “more hope for our Church, even though the task is enormous”. “I am moved, he listened to me with great respect, affection and closeness, like a father,” Cruz said on Twitter.

The Vatican had said last week…

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Chilean abuse victims say talks with Pope Francis have been ‘enormously constructive’

VATICAN CITY
Christian Today

James Macintyre

30 Apr 2018

Several men who were sexually abused by a priest in Chile have described private talks they have held with Pope Francis at the Vatican over the weekend as very helpful and respectful.

James Hamilton, one of three clergy abuse survivors whom the pope invited to Italy, wrote on Twitter that his conversation with Francis, which lasted more than two hours, was ‘enormously constructive’.

A second survivor, Jose Andres Murillo, tweeted that he had stressed the importance of understanding sexual abuse as ‘abuse of power’ during his time with the pope.

The third victim, Juan Carlos Cruz, wrote: ‘I spoke for more than two and a half hours alone with Pope Francis. He listened to me with great respect, affection and closeness, like a father. We talked about many subjects. Today I have more hope in the future of our church……

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Juror on Cosby retrial speaks about guilty verdict

PENNSYLVANIA
6 ABC

A juror on the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial case is speaking out exclusively to ABC News.

The juror, Harrison Snyder, revealed that it may have been Cosby’s own words that sealed his fate.

“What was the evidence that made you sure beyond a reasonable doubt that he was guilty?” ABC News reporter Linsey Davis asked.

“I think it was his deposition, really. Mr. Cosby admitted to giving these Quaaludes to women, young women, in order to have sex with them,” Snyder said.

Snyder, who was juror number 1, says when he first entered the jury room, he was not sure Cosby was guilty.

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Queensland commits $550 million to National Redress Scheme for survivors of sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

April 30, 2018

By Chris O’Brien and Josh Bavas

Queensland will pay $550 million to the national redress scheme for survivors of sexual abuse in government-run institutions.

The state had delayed committing to the scheme, partly because an earlier Queensland scheme existed following the 1999 Forde Inquiry.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said 5,000 Queenslanders were expected to be eligible.

An additional 5,000 people who were abused in privately run institutions could also be eligible, but Ms Palaszczuk said that funding should come from churches and other organisations.

“What you are seeing now is an almost national consensus across the board,” she said.

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Queensland promises $550m to redress scheme for sexual abuse survivors

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Australian Associated Press

30 Apr 2018

Annastacia Palaszczuk

The Queensland government has signed up to the national redress scheme that ensures compensation for the survivors of historical child sexual abuse in state institutions.

The premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, on Monday announced her Labor government would provide $550m towards the federally managed fund.

Queensland joins New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory in following the key recommendation of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

“There have been a lot of people who have been on this journey and it took a lot of courage for people to go towards the royal commission and say things that would have been very, very difficult to say,” Palaszczuk said. “It made us as a nation take note of the historical abuse, the appalling abuse that had happened to thousands of people across our nation.”

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3 new clergy abuse lawsuits against Cepeda, Brouillard

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com

April 30, 2018

Three new clergy sex abuse lawsuits were filed on Monday in local and federal courts, two of them alleging abuse by former priest Louis Brouillard in the late 1960s, and one alleging abuse by the now deceased former priest Raymond Cepeda in the mid 1980s.

Brouillard, starting around 1968, sexually abused an altar boy at the Malojloj Parish on a regular basis for about four years while also abusing other boys, including taking Polaroids of those who were swimming naked during Boy Scouts outings, states a lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of Guam by a plaintiff identified only as J.C.M.

J.C.M., represented by attorney Michael Berman, said in his $10 million lawsuit that Brouillard sexually abused him on church grounds and at Boy Scouts outings, starting when he was about 11. Brouillard was a scoutmaster for decades.

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Call for churches to be included in state abuse inquiry

NEW ZEALAND
Newstalk ZB

30 April 2018

A last-ditch call for the royal inquiry into abuse in state care to be expanded to include churches.

The terms that govern the inquiry haven’t been decided, with public submissions closing at midnight.

Both the Catholic and Anglican churches want to be included in the inquiry, but the Government’s indicated they won’t be.

Victim and survivor John says he was sexually abused when he was 14-years-old at the Catholic school he went to.

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Australian Mining Town Breaks Its Silence About Grim Past of Sexual Abuse

By JACQUELINE WILLIAMS

APRIL 29, 2018

BALLARAT, Australia — Rob Walsh was outside Melbourne Magistrates’ Court recently awaiting a pretrial hearing for Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s third-highest-ranking official, when, he said, he unexpectedly walked into the cardinal himself.

The encounter wasn’t their first. They both were raised in the same old mining town, which could be why the cardinal extended his hand, inviting Mr. Walsh to shake it. Mr. Walsh declined — a gesture that signified the lasting impact of a decades-long sexual abuse scandal that has rocked this town, Ballarat, and sent shock waves around the world.

“The ripple is still on the lake and it’s still occurring,” Mr. Walsh said from his home in Ballarat, referring to the lingering effects from that scandal, in which priests preyed on children, including Mr. Walsh, during the 1960s and 1970s.

“It’s gone through families and generations.”

This town, officially a…

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Press release from Paige Patterson

UNITED STATES
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminarh

By Paige Patterson on Apr 29, 2018

For the past several months, my life and the lives of my family have been subjected to rigorous misrepresentation. Even had I done some hideous wrong of which I am accused, my wife, children, and grandchildren have not and do not deserve such mischaracterization.

For the record, I have never been abusive to any woman. I have never counseled or condoned abuse of any kind. I will never be a party to any position other than that of the defense of any weaker party when subjected to the threat of a stronger party. This certainly includes women and children. Any physical or sexual abuse of anyone should be reported immediately to the appropriate authorities, as I have always done.

I have also said that I have never recommended or prescribed divorce. How could I as a…

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Southern Baptist leader pushes back after comments leak urging abused women to pray and avoid divorce

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

Michelle Boorstein

April 29. 2018

The leader of a major Southern Baptist seminary issued a statement Sunday pushing back after a 2000 tape surfaced purporting to quote him saying that abused women should focus on praying and “be submissive in every way that you can” and not seek divorce.

Paige Patterson is president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Fort Worth school whose Web site says it is one of the largest seminaries in the world. About 15 million people are part of Southern Baptist churches, the largest Protestant group in the United States. Patterson is slated to deliver the primary sermon — a high-profile honor — in June at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas.

Patterson, who declined to comment Sunday, is heard on an audiotape being interviewed in 2000 about what he recommends for women “who are undergoing genuine physical…

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3 women file reports against former Highlands Pastor Les Hughey, Scottsdale police say

ARIZONA
AZCentral

Bree Burkitt, The Republic | azcentral.com

April 29, 2018

At least three of the women whose sexual-abuse allegations led to the resignation of a prominent Scottsdale pastor last week have filed reports with police.

Les Hughey stepped down as executive pastor of Highlands Community Church on Wednesday after being accused of victimizing teenage girls at California and Arizona churches from the 1970s through 1990s.

The complaints filed with Scottsdale police last week detail incidents women say occurred during Hughey’s time as a Scottsdale Bible Church youth pastor, from 1985 to 1996, according to Sgt. Ben Hoster.

Two of the women reported that Hughey groped their breasts or genitals during full-body massages, Hoster said. The third reported that Hughey asked her for a massage but did not assault her, he said.

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Australian judge to rule on whether cardinal stands trial

AUSTRALIA
Associated Press

April 30, 2018

By ROD McGUIRK

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis will return to an Australian court on Tuesday to learn whether he must stand trial on charges that he sexually abused multiple victims decades ago.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington will rule in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on whether the prosecution’s case against Australian Cardinal George Pell is strong enough to warrant a trial by jury.

Lawyers for Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic argued during a four-week preliminary hearing in March that the accusations were untrue and should be dismissed. Pell has said through his lawyers that he will plead not guilty if the magistrate decides against dismissing the charges.

Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, was charged last June with sexually abusing multiple people in his Australian home state of Victoria. The details of…

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Pope receives victims of Chilean paedophile priest

VATICAN CITY
Yahoo!

April 30, 2018

Vatican City (AFP) – Three victims of a Chilean paedophile priest have held private meetings with Pope Francis, as the Vatican tries to quell a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in Chile.

The men, all victims of the paedophile priest Fernando Karadima, were in Vatican City at the personal invitation of the pope, who in April admitted “grave mistakes” in his handling of the abuse controversy in Chile.

Juan Carlos Cruz said his meeting with Francis on Sunday, which lasted more than two hours, was wide-ranging and gave him “more hope for our Church, even though the task is enormous”.

“I am moved, he listened to me with great respect, affection and closeness, like a father,” Cruz said on Twitter.

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Ex seminarista de Osorno sugiere que hay más abusos sexuales al interior de la Iglesia Católica

CHILE
Ausralo Osorno

[Former seminarian from Osorno suggests that there are more sexual abuse within the Catholic Church
27.04.2018 “It seems to me that there are more people who are abused, that they talk in the most intimate way and that they do not look for the media,” said José Manuel Rozas, from the Community of Christian Faithfuls, who says “manage files”.]

27.04.2018“Me parece que hay más gente abusada, que lo conversa en lo más íntimo y que no busca los medios de prensa”, aseguró José Manuel Rozas, de la Comunidad de Fieles Cristianos, quien dice “manejar archivos”.

En el marco de la expectación por la inédita reunión que sostendrán este fin de semana tresdenunciantesdel caso Karadima con el Papa Francisco en El Vaticano, a propósito de las acusaciones de supuesto encubrimiento de parte del obispo de Osorno, monseñor Juan Barros; diversas voces ligadas a la Iglesia Católica…

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¿Cuándo hablarán las mujeres víctimas de abusos en la Iglesia?

CHILE
El Mostrador

[When will women who are victims of abuse in the Church speak? We have to think about the precariousness in which the ex-religious live when their congregation did not support them and they had to leave because of their attempt to denounce.]

por JUDITH SCHÖNSTEINER Y MARÍA EUGENIA VALDÉS

28 abril, 2018

enemos que pensar en la precariedad en la que viven las ex religiosas cuando su congregación no las apoyó y se tuvieron que salir producto de su intento de denunciar. La precariedad es un factor no despreciable de disuasión a la denuncia, considerando que muchas congregaciones no contemplan un reconocimiento civil a la formación que reciben las religiosas. ¿Hay garantías de libertad de conciencia para decir las cosas por su nombre? La Iglesia tiene que prepararse para escuchar a las mujeres víctimas.

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Benito Baranda: “Esta señal del Papa es demoledora para lo que va a venir después con los obispos”

CHILE
La Tercera

[“It is a very big step for the Church, particularly for the Chilean one, which for some decades has been carrying this serious problem that happened to us, and that the ecclesiastical authorities here were not able to face with truth, honesty, diligence and rigorousness that was needed. ”

Direct. This is how Benito Baranda thinks about the meaning that, in his opinion, has the presence, at this time, of three Karadima victims in the Vatican, invited by Pope Francis himself.]

29 APR 2018

Autor: Sergio Rodríguez

El laico analiza la importancia y alcances que tiene el encuentro, en el Vaticano, del Pontífice con Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton y José Andrés Murillo, víctimas de los abusos de Karadima, a quienes el propio Francisco invitó.

“Es un paso muy grande para la Iglesia, particularmente para la chilena, que desde hace algunas décadas viene cargando con este…

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Assembly Dems attempting again to pass Child Victims Act as standalone bill

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, April 29, 2018

ALBANY — Assembly Democrats this week will vote on a bill to make it easier for child sex abuse survivors to seek justice as a adults — pressuring Senate Republicans who have long blocked the measure.

“We must take action to protect victims of childhood sexual abuse and ensure access to justice for survivors,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) told the Daily News.

“The Assembly majority has long led the way on this important issue and I hope that it can finally become law this year.”

The bill, likely to be voted Tuesday, will let prosecutors bring criminal cases any time up to a victim’s 23rd birthday, and allow civil lawsuits against abusers any time up to a victim’s 50th birthday.

Public institutions would be treated the same as private institutions under…

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Disgraced Bishop resurfaces for confirmation season … again

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

April 29, 2018

Joelle Casteix

It’s the Sacrament of Confirmation season in the Catholic Church, and that means one thing: trouble.

Why? For the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, it’s time to dust off disgraced, abuse-enabling bishops and force them on innocent Catholic teens, adults and parishes.

I’ve already received numerous complaints from two Los Angeles parishes: St. Timothy’s in West Los Angeles and St. Monica’s in Santa Monica. Both parishes are celebrating confirmations this coming weekend, and both are stuck with Bishop Thomas Curry as the celebrant.

Think of it as having your faith “sealed” by Pennywise the Clown.

The Enabler

Curry’s fall from grace was quick.

In 2013, when thousands of pages of LA Archdiocese sex abuse and cover-up documents were finally made public (after years of legal wrangling), we learned that Curry, as Vicar for Priests, had a direct hand in the cover-up…

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Four priests accused of sexual abuse served at one Buffalo-area parish

NEW YORK
Buffalo News

By Jay Tokasz

April 29, 2018

Members of Most Precious Blood Church in Angola were as stunned as any Catholics – and maybe more so – when the Diocese of Buffalo in March publicly named 42 priests who had been accused of child sex abuse.

The list released by Bishop Richard J. Malone included not just one priest who served in the village parish, but four. Parishioners had no idea.

“The sticker shock was the number, not that it had happened,” said longtime member Karen A. Erickson. “The sticker shock of so many in your community was what had people talking.”

What also set Most Precious Blood apart from other parishes was the span in which one accused priest after another worked in the parish for nearly 30 consecutive years.

The Rev. Fred G. Fingerle was assigned as an associate pastor there from 1967 to…

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Part 4 – Riverdale Sexual Abuse

UNITED STATES
The Total CIO | Andy (Avraham) Blumenthal

APRIL 28, 2018

So this part 4 of my posts about the sexual misconduct inflicted on the children in Riverdale.

This is a follow-on to my post of January 10 regarding a message from Salanter Akiba of Riverdale (SAR) Academy about the exploits of one of its former teachers and administrators who “pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree child molestation.”

I agreed to be interviewed by the SAR investigator about my experience as a 7th-grade child who had been lured for a Shabbat to this monsters home.

Rabbi Rosenfeld was never my teacher, and I would have never ended up at his home for Shabbat if not for this person, who invited me there, drove me there, and listened to my cries in the next room.

It was extremely painful to recount in detail the childhood memories of…

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Chile victims of clergy sex abuse praise talks with pope

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

April 29, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Men who were sexually abused by a priest in Chile are describing as helpful the private talks they’ve had with Pope Francis.

James Hamilton, one of three men staying at the Vatican hotel as the pope’s guests, tweeted that his more than two hours of conversation with Francis were “enormously constructive.”

Jose Andres Murillo tweeted that the importance of understanding sexual abuse as “abuse of power” was stressed during his time with the pope.

The third man, Juan Carlos Cruz, was due to meet with Francis on Sunday.

During a January visit to Chile, Francis discredited the men’s claims that a bishop covered up their abuse. Francis has requested the Holy See not to reveal the content of his talks with them because his priority is listening and asking forgiveness.

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Chile Sex Abuse Victims Deliver Mixed Verdicts on Papal Talks

VATICAN CITY
Telesur

28 April 2018

After two hours with the head of the Catholic church, abuse victim Jose Andres Murillo said the pope’s apology was “not enough.”

The much-anticipated meeting with Pope Francis received mixed reviews Saturday from a group of victims who were sexually abused by a Chilean priest.

One of the three victims, James Hamilton, said he was “very satisfied” with the dialogue with the head of the Catholic church, which he described as “sincere, welcoming and enormously constructive.”

Prior to the meeting, Vatican Spokesman Greg Burke said: “Their priority is to listen to the victims, ask their forgiveness and respect the confidentiality of these conversations.”

Another victim, Jose Andres Murillo, wrote on his Twitter account: “I spoke with the Pope for two hours. In a very respectful and frank way, I expressed the importance of understanding abuse as an abuse of power and the need…

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Caution: The Pope is Beefing-up his State Department

UNITED STATES
The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody

Posted on April 29, 2018 by Betty Clermont

Because Pope Francis is willing to sacrifice the freedom of Chinese and Ukrainians for his own personal ambition, and his support and encouragement of right-wing governments to deny women and LGBTQ persons’ human rights, we have ample reason for concern.

The Vatican’s Secretariat of State is like the State Departments of other countries. It advises the pope and represents the Holy See – i.e. the government of both the Vatican City State and the global Roman Catholic Church – in international affairs and foreign policy issues.

The Holy See has diplomatic relations with 183 sovereign states in which it maintains a nunciature (embassy). It also has official diplomatic relations with countries where there are no resident nuncios (ambassadors) and formal contacts with others without official diplomatic relations.

The Holy See has concordats (treaties)…

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Turning 90, former Bishop Gelineau says ‘God has been good to me’

RHODE ISLAND
Providence Journal

By Mark Patinkin
Journal Columnist

Posted Apr 28, 2018

Long-retired leader of Providence Diocese sits down to discuss his career, continued religious work, and the Church’s handling of a long-running sexual-abuse scandal.

Retired Bishop Louis Gelineau greeted me with a firm handshake while keeping his other hand on his walker.

I’d learned he turns 90 on Thursday, so I had come to see him at the Villa at St. Antoine in North Smithfield, the assisted-living facility that’s now his home.

I’d covered Gelineau a few times years ago and remembered his proper public persona. But I’d never sat with him and was struck by his openness, even about difficult matters like the church sex-abuse scandal. …

“We had parishes with two or three priests,” Gelineau said. “You don’t see that anymore.”

Then I asked about the impact of the church sex-abuse scandals.

“That was…

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MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 28, 2018

NEW YORK
Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery, Inc. – P.O. Box 279, Livingston, New Jersey 07039 – 862-368-2800

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, recently turned over the administration of all Catholic parishes in the City of Port Chester, New York, to the Salesians of Don Bosco religious order despite the Salesians’ documented horrific history of sexual abuse of children worldwide, and the New York Salesians’ refusal to reasonably settle a childhood sexual abuse case against a serial pedophile priest, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB

The Salesians of Don Bosco, based in Rome, Italy, but with regional headquarters in New Rochelle, New York, were a central focus of concern by Australian government officials who concluded recently that 21.9% of Salesian Priests and Brothers sexually abused children in Australia between the years 1960 and 2010. The Salesians in the United States have sexually abused scores of children as well.

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SAGINAW ABUSE VICTIM: PRIEST ASSAULTED ME IN CHURCH AT SUICIDE MEMORIAL SERVICE

MICHIGAN
Church Militant

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant.com • April 28, 2018

SAGINAW, Mich. (ChurchMilitant.com) – The second day of preliminary examinations for accused priest Fr. Robert DeLand brought further emotional testimony from victims.

The 71-year-old Saginaw priest is being accused of sexually assaulting three young men, two of them minors at the time of the alleged abuse. Two victims testified in Wednesday’s hearings, and a third took the stand Friday.

Father DeLand seemed in high spirits as he entered the court room, chatting, smiling and even laughing with friends, who remained in the room throughout the duration of the exams.

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Judge orders house arrest for Bill Cosby, says he must wear GPS tracking device

PENNSYLVANIA
MassLive

Apr 27, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s team blasted his sexual-assault trial as a “public lynching” Friday and began looking ahead to an appeal as the judge ordered house arrest for the 80-year-old comedian and said he would be outfitted with a GPS ankle monitoring device.

Cosby’s appeal seems certain to focus on the judge’s decision to let a parade of women testify that they, too, were abused by the former TV star.

Defense allegations of a biased juror and the admission of Cosby’s explosive testimony about drugs and sex are among other possible avenues of appeal as he tries to avoid a sentence that could keep him in prison for the rest of his days.

Cosby remains free on $1 million bail while he awaits sentencing, probably within three months.

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Contingency Fee : Key To the Courthouse and Justice From the Church

MINNESOTA
Legal Examiner

Posted by Mike Bryant

April 28, 2018

I read with interest, and a bit of anger, Professor Hank Shea’s Star Tribune editorial suggesting, “Attorneys for the archdiocese and plaintiffs could waive part of their fees, a major sacrifice that would make more money available for victims.”

Mr. Shea’s seemingly simple solution: Lawyers: Work for less to get the deal done. If each side gives, that will make everything all right.

But like many simple solutions, his ignores the underlying root cause of the problem. Obviously, this scandal started when priests abused children but was made horrible when the church protected the priests and covered it up. The church consistently ignored and denied initial rumors and claims, then quietly moved priests around the country, often without regard to the new crop of children they were sending the tainted priest to. The church lied to parishioners,…

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Sexual abuse scandals deepen Chile mistrust in Catholic church

CHILE
Yahoo!

Ana FERNANDEZ

April 28, 2018

Santiago (AFP) – Despite a strong Catholic tradition, Chile is witnessing a growing rift between the people and the church, sharpened by a string of sexual abuse scandals that until recently had been ignored by the pope.

The extent of the rift became clear in January when Pope Francis visited Chile and sparked outrage by hugging Juan Barros, a controversial bishop who has been accused of covering up abuses by another priest in the 1980s and ’90s.

Questioned by journalists, Francis responded abruptly, saying there was “not a single piece of proof” against Barros in remarks that caused widespread anger among those who had been abused by the other priest, Fernando Karadima.

But the pontiff apologized and quickly moved to dispatch the Vatican’s top abuse investigator to collect evidence, later acknowledging he had made “grave mistakes” in his handling of the scandal.

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Woman’s head smashed against radiator while at Aberdeen Catholic orphanage

SCOTLAND
Evening Express

28/04/2018

Three sisters were beaten until they bled and called derogatory names on their first day at an Aberdeen orphanage, an inquiry has heard.

The claims were made by a woman in her 60s, who cannot be named, who lived at Nazareth House in Claremont Street from 1967.

Speaking at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, she told how nuns at the Catholic-run home put on a pretence of niceness when the sisters were dropped off by a social worker, but this changed as soon as they left.

The witness, who was the eldest and aged 10 at the time, while the youngest was a toddler, said: “We got up to the second floor and it just started, really quite severe.

“Hitting, punching, hitting you on your ears. We were Glasgow tinks, we were whores, we were sluts.”

The witness added that they were “battered” until they…

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Sisters beaten ‘until foaming at the mouth’, inquiry hears

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

27th April, 2018

A WOMAN has revealed how nuns beat her so badly she began “foaming at the mouth” while another was told she would be “dead by midnight”, an inquiry has heard.

The claims were made by a woman in her 60s, who cannot be named, who lived at Nazareth House in Aberdeen from 1967.

Speaking at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, she told how nuns at the Catholic-run home put on a pretence of niceness when the sisters were dropped off by a social worker, but this changed as soon as they left.

The witness, who was the eldest and aged 10 at the time, while the youngest was a toddler, said: “We got up to the second floor and it just started, really quite severe.

“Hitting, punching, hitting you on your ears.

“We were Glasgow tinks, we were whores, we were sluts.”

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Tom Brokaw Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By Ex-NBC Reporter Linda Vester, 2nd Woman

NEW YORK
CBS New York

April 27, 2018

NEW YORK (CBS News) — Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is pushing back against sexual misconduct allegations.

Brokaw, in a note to colleagues on Friday, compared the accusations to a “drive by shooting,” saying he was “ambushed and perp walked.”

“I was groped and assaulted by Tom Brokaw,” said Linda Vester, a former NBC News correspondent.

In interviews with Variety magazine and The Washington Post, Vester described two “unwanted advances” from Tom Brokaw in the mid 1990s, including one in which she says he invited himself into her hotel room.

“He leans over with his index finger and puts it on my mouth to silence me and says, ‘This is our compact,’” Vester said. “And at that point, he took the same hand, reached behind my head and tried to force me to kiss him.”

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Tom Brokaw, in Email, Angrily Denies Harassment Claim

NEW YORK
New York Times

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

APRIL 27, 2018

Tom Brokaw, the longtime NBC News anchor, issued a pointed rebuke on Friday to a former colleague who has accused him of groping and harassing her during the 1990s, describing himself as “angry, hurt and unmoored from what I thought would be the final passage of my life and career.”

In a lengthy email message — written, by his account, at 4 a.m. — Mr. Brokaw angrily rejected the claims of the woman, Linda Vester, a former correspondent at NBC News and Fox News. “I was ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety,” Mr. Brokaw wrote, referring to the news organizations that on Thursday night published Ms. Vester’s account.

He added, of his accuser, “Hard to believe it wasn’t much more Look At Me than Me:Too.”

In the news reports,…

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Christian radio station asks for prayers after one of their DJs is arrested for repeatedly raping a minor

PENNSYLVANIA
Raw Story

NOOR AL-SIBAI

27 APR 2018

Christian radio DJ in Pennsylvania has been arrested for repeatedly sexually assaulting a teen girl when she was between the ages of 15 and 18.

Lancaster Online reported Friday that DJ Phil Smith, a radio personality with Christian radio station WJTL-FM, was arrested on 18 counts related to the forcible rape and sexual assaults of the girl that began in 2013 and continued for years after.

The girl that accused Smith of the assaults told police that the DJ “committed sexual offenses against her about 10 times” at a house in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and that he raped her after she turned 18. Charges against Smith include “forcible rape, two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16, aggravated indecent assault of a person under 16, sexual assault and 13 other offenses,” the report noted.

In a statement published…

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Victim reveals his abuse by priest during confession at Newry school

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Stewart Robson

April 28 2018

A man has told how he was sexually abused as a child by a priest under the guise of him conducting confessions.

In an emotional interview, the victim, who used the name Paul, said he was abused by Father Seamus Reid at St Joseph’s Boys’ High School in Newry.

He said the sustained weekly abuse lasted for more than three years.

Paul, now 68, was only 11 when his ordeal began. He described events on Radio Ulster’s Stephen Nolan Show.

“I remember being sent out to confession in a store room and there were older boys there, and they were pushing us in rather than going in themselves, and I remember very vividly the first time I went in,” he said. “There was bright sunlight streaming through the window and he was sitting with his back to the window,…

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Teens testify Catholic priest sexually assaulted them in school, church

MICHIGAN
MLive

Apr 27, 2018

By Cole Waterman cwaterma@mlive.com

SAGINAW, MI — For the second time this week, a 17-year-old boy testified the Rev. Robert J. “Father Bob” Deland sexually assaulted him.

A teen who had testified Wednesday in a separate matter against DeLand retook the witness stand the afternoon of Friday, April 27, during two preliminary examinations. DeLand, 71, is a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

On Friday, the teen testified he had known DeLand as a hall monitor at his high school. In 2017, the teen had pleaded guilty to a charge of minor in possession of alcohol and was court-ordered to perform 25 hours of community service, with DeLand supervising.

The teen said on Nov. 16, DeLand took him out of class, something atypical of a hall monitor. DeLand took him to another room and gave him $20 and hugged him, the witness testified.

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Vatican Financial Information Authority releases annual report

VATICAN CITY
Vatican News

The president and director of the Financial Information Authority held a press conference on Friday

The President of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF), René Brulhart, has released the latest annual report, showing significant progress towards consolidating a “robust reporting system”.

The report was presented to journalists in the Holy See press office on Friday morning.

It shows that there has been a progressive decline in the number of Suspicious Activity Reports, alongside a growing international cooperation and exchange of information, aimed at combatting money laundering and the financing of terrorist activities.

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A complete list of the 60 Bill Cosby accusers and their reactions to the guilty verdict

UNITED STATES
USA Today

Carly Mallenbaum,Patrick Ryan and Maria Puente, USA TODAY

April 27, 2018

The news that Bill Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday was a win for the Me Too movement, for victims whose stories have been dismissed and specifically for women who have long alleged that Cosby mistreated them.

Here’s a look at Cosby’s accusers, many of whom are celebrating now, and how they’re reacting to the verdict.

1. Pamela Abeyta

In 1979, when she was 25 and an aspiring model, she says in a statement that a producer introduced her to Cosby, who met her in Vegas, paid for her $2,500 outfit and brought her to a show. She thinks someone put something in her drink, because later in the night she says she blacked out but remembers seeing that she was in Cosby’s bed with two other…

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How Churches Can Stand for Survivors, Not the Accused

UNITED STATES
Sojourners

COMMENTARY

By Jenna Barnett

4-27-2018

Twice this year, standing ovations have knocked the wind out of me. The first one came after Andy Savage, a pastor of Highpoint church at the time, tearfully and vaguely admitted to what he called “an incident” — and what the law calls “an abuse” — of Jules Woodson, a teenager in his youth group when the assault occurred. The Memphis congregation responded with applause.

The second ovation came after Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church, announced that, in light of allegations of sexual harassment by several women in his congregation, he would be stepping down as senior pastor six months ahead of schedule. He denied all allegations and Willow Creek came to their feet in applause.

Standing ovations in these situations create a false narrative of forgiveness and consensus. They convey:

We prioritize those who are accused over those…

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Catholic priest ordered to trial on 3 additional charges

MICHIGAN
Associated Press

April 27, 2018

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A Catholic priest in the Saginaw area has been ordered to trial on sexual abuse charges involving two teenagers.

The Rev. Robert DeLand was bound over Friday on charges of criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct and distributing an imitation controlled substance.

The Saginaw News reports a 17-year-old youth testified the 71-year-old DeLand last year slid a hand down his back to his buttocks during a conversation at his high school and later offered him a fake drug that police provided.

An 18-year-old testified DeLand tried to grab his crotch during an event at a church.

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’57 years of a living hell:’ Now a pastor, priest abuse victim shares his story

NEW YORK
WGRZ

April 27, 2018

BUFFALO, NY — His name is Charlie Pero, and after 57 years, he’s coming forward publicly now to talk about being sexually abused by two Catholic priests to let other victims know it’s OK. To let them know they should not be ashamed or afraid to talk about it anymore.

Charlie says that he has been in a living hell for 57 years, until his daughter Kelly recently asked him when it was that his life took a spiral down. It was that moment that Charlie realized that God was about to heal him after decades of pain.

“It blew my mind, because it was right between the eyes, didn’t think… I know exactly what it was, and when it was,” Charlie said.

Charlie grew up during the 50s and 60s, the oldest of four children. His parents were strict disciplinarians and the…

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Ontario jury sets record punitive award against Catholic Church over priest’s abuse

CANADA
Globe and Mail

SEAN FINE

APRIL 27, 2018

A jury has awarded $500,000 in punitive damages against a Roman Catholic religious order over a priest’s abuse of a schoolboy, accusing it of betraying the community’s trust by covering up abuse and moving a serial predator along to new posts.

Rob Talach, a lawyer who represented the victim, Rod MacLeod, now 68, said the case represents the largest punitive award by a civil jury in a sexual-abuse case against the Catholic Church in Canada. Over all, the jury award in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice amounted to $2.5-million, which includes money for lost wages, suffering and lost enjoyment of life.

Punitive damages are reserved for particularly egregious conduct, and are meant to deter such conduct in the future.

“I think that the public, as expressed through the jury, is fed up. They want to see more action by…

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Roman Catholic Church to pay $2.6M in landmark sex abuse case

CANADA
London Free Press

JANE SIMS

April 27, 2018

By the time Rev. William Hodgson Marshall was sexually abusing Rod MacLeod at a Sudbury high school, he’d already been shuttled away from three previous complaints.

That was the solution to the Marshall problem by the Basilian Fathers of Toronto, who moved the priest from place to place and away from the young people he victimized.

Those decisions helped shape what is believed to be the largest civil award in Canada given to a victim of priest abuse.

Included in the $2.57-million judgment decided on by a Toronto jury this week is $500,000 in punitive damages against the Roman Catholic church, an amount that has far exceeded any previous amount in Canada.

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Mom of Former Presentation High Student Says School Failed to Call Police after Teacher Caught Kissing her Daughter

CALIFORNIA
NBC Bay Area

By Vicky Nguyen, Michael Bott, and Mark Villarreal

Apr 27, 2018

The mother of a former Presentation High School student is now accusing the principal of the Catholic school for girls of failing to call police when a theater teacher was caught kissing her 16-year-old-daughter. She is speaking out now after the teacher moved on to another school where he was convicted of possessing child porn on his computer and exchanging sexual texts with a 14 year old. Linda, who requested not to reveal her last name to protect her daughter’s identity, says former Presentation theater teacher Jefferey Hicks was able to victimize at least one other child because the school opted to cover up the incident with her daughter rather than report it to authorities back in 2004.

Hicks was allowed to quietly leave Presentation after admitting to the inappropriate relationship, she says, but…

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Former Niagara Priest convicted of sexual abuse has been released from prison early

CANADA
CHCH

April 27, 2018

Despite fierce opposition from the victims of Donald Grecco, the former Catholic priest was released 6 months into an 18 month sentence for molesting three boys in 1970’s and 1980’s.

William O’Sullivan, one of Grecco’s victims, has publicly opposed his early release. It was at St. Kevin’s church in Welland at the age of 9 that O’Sullivan was first abused by Grecco. That abuse would continue until he was 12. The two other victims submitted written statements to the board, saying that Grecco’s early release would re-traumatize them.

In a report the parole board wrote that while they recognize their decision to “grant early release would be painful for the victims and their families.” Ultimately they must “base their decision on whether the applicant poses a risk of re-offending while on parole”. Adding that Grecco, at 78 years old and in poor health, poses…

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Vatican financial reforms well rooted, more vetting of donations, report shows

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

April 28, 2018

Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Financial reforms in the Vatican designed to end decades of scandals are now well rooted, with the number of suspicious activity reports and freezing of funds falling significantly, a report showed on Friday.

The annual report by the Vatican’s independent Financial Information Authority (AIF) says the regulator is now able to turn more of its attention to vetting the transparency and accountability of donations made by outsiders for institutional and charitable purposes.

“The domestic regulatory framework is comprehensive and in line with the relevant international standards,” said the report. “A robust Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) system is in place.”

The regulator made a two-month on-site inspection of the Vatican bank, officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), on management of assets with charitable purposes. No significant shortcomings…

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Vatican finance watchdog reports ongoing progress in oversight

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Apr 27, 2018

by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s financial watchdog agency has reported continued progress in oversight, reporting and cooperation in its efforts to prevent suspected money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

In its annual report for 2017, the Financial Intelligence Authority confirmed a “robust reporting system and an effective application of the regulatory framework of the Holy See and the Vatican City State.”

The agency, which oversees transactions made through the Vatican bank, also continued a “pro-active approach to cooperate and exchange information with its foreign counterparts to fight illicit financial activities,” it said in its report, released to the public April 27.

However, as the agency continues to hand over reports of suspicious activity to the required authorities, very few cases have led to indictments and prosecutions by the office of the promoter of…

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Vatican aims to keep charities, donations clean with new law

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

April 27, 2018

By NICOLE WINFIELD

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s financial watchdog has taken on responsibility for evaluating suspicious donations to Vatican-based charities and foundations, an assignment that marks a new phase of Pope Francis’ financial reforms.

An annual report released by the Financial Information Authority on Friday showed a progressive consolidation of efforts to bring the Vatican into compliance with international norms for fighting money laundering and terrorist financing.

For its dual job of supervising the Vatican bank and serving as the Holy See’s financial intelligence unit, the AIF, as the agency is known, collects and evaluates reports of suspicious transactions. In recent years, the bulk of those reports have come from the bank, the Institute for Religious Works, but also other Holy See offices.

In its annual report, the agency noted a law that took effect in November requiring all Vatican-registered…

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Second person comes forward to accuse former Redondo Beach priest of sexual abuse

CALIFORNIA
Daily Breeze

By DAVID ROSENFELD

April 27, 2018

A second accuser has come forward alleging sexual abuse by former Rev. Chris Cunningham while he served at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach from 1998 to 2001.

The man, now 30, contacted attorney Anthony DeMarco after reading media reports about DeMarco’s representation of a different accuser at St. Lawrence during the same time period. The attorney reached out to the Southern California News Group Thursday.

The man alleges when he was between ages 10 and 13 he was sexually molested by Cunningham both on and off church grounds. No further details were offered in court papers and DeMarco declined to make the accuser or witnesses available for an interview.

A church official at St. Lawrence could not be reached for comment late Friday about the latest allegation. Previously, Monsignor Paul Dotson said that he was sorry for…

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Still No Action Taken Against Honduran Bishop Accused of Sexual Abuse

HONDURAS
National Catholic Register

APR. 27, 2018

Auxiliary Bishop Juan Jose Pineda, who also faces allegations of financial corruption, remains protected by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga who continues to face financial questions of his own.

Edward Pentin

Despite serious allegations involving abuse of seminarians and financial misconduct leveled against him, Honduran Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle of Tegucigalpa remains in position, and put in charge of the archdiocese during the frequent times Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga is away.

Sources in the Honduran capital have told the Register that no action has been taken against Bishop Pineda, even though a papal investigation last year contained accounts of sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by Bishop Pineda against priests and seminarians, as well as allegations of extensive financial misconduct and corruption.

The head of the investigation, retired Argentine Bishop Alcides Jorge Pedro Casaretto, was reportedly shocked by the testimonies, taken from…

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More than 20 colleges rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degrees

UNITED STATES
Asbury Park Press

Associated Press

April 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Temple University, where Bill Cosby long served as a leading public face and key fundraiser, said Friday it will rescind the honorary doctorate it awarded to the comedian in 1991 because he was convicted of sexually assaulting a former employee.

The Philadelphia university said its board of trustees accepted a recommendation Friday to rescind the degree, citing Thursday’s jury verdict finding him guilty of drugging and molesting a woman who managed the school’s women’s basketball team in 2004.

Cosby received a bachelor’s from Temple, which was among relatively few that waited to pull honors from Cosby until after the verdict.

Temple Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor previously said he would recuse himself from discussions on the honorary degree. O’Connor represented Cosby in 2005 when he first faced allegations of sexual assault.

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Vatican: Pope meets Chile victims in climate of ‘reparation’

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

April 27, 2918

By NICOLE WINFIELD

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened several days of talks Friday with Chilean sex abuse survivors in what the Vatican said was a climate of “reparation for suffering,” after the pope deeply wounded them by discrediting their claims of abuse cover-up by a bishop.

The three men — Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo — are staying at the Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel as guests of Francis. Their VIP treatment is evidence of the complete about-face that Francis has made after admitting he made “serious errors of judgment” in the case of Bishop Juan Barros.

Over the coming days, the men are to meet individually and collectively with the pope, though the Vatican said Friday there are no fixed schedules or pre-established agenda items.

In a statement, spokesman Greg Burke said Francis himself asked that…

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Former Sudbury student wins $2.5M settlement

CANADA
Sudbury Star

April 28, 2018

A man who was abused by a priest in Sudbury five decades ago has won a $2.5-million settlement against the Basilian Fathers of Toronto.

“I hope this outcome will cause the Basilians to rethink their position on how they treat sex abuse victims; stop listening to their legal experts and listen to their hearts and the teachings of Jesus Christ,” Rod MacLeod, now 68, said in a statement.

A Toronto civil jury awarded the damages, believed to be the largest civil award in Canada given to a victim of priest abuse.

MacLeod said he never fully overcame the psychological damaged Father William Hodgson Marshall caused so many years ago.

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José Andrés Murillo tras su reunión con el Papa Francisco: “Solo espero que sea útil”

CHILE
Radio Agricultura

[José Andrés Murillo after his meeting with Pope Francisco: “I just hope it’s useful”]

Abril 28, 2918

Por María Eugenia Noriega

Este viernes se vivió la primera entrevista personal entre el Papa Francisco con las víctimas de Fernando Karadima.

El primero en reunirse con el Sumo Pontífice fue José Andrés Murillo en la residencia del líder católico en el Vaticano. Este sábado será el turno de James Hamilton y finalmente hará lo propio Juan Carlos Cruz.

Si bien señalaron que no emitirán declaraciones hasta que se hayan realizado los tres encuentros, Murillo ocupó su cuenta de Twitter para referirse sobre la reunión.

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El escalofriante relato de uno de los abusados chilenos que será recibido por el papa Francisco

CHILE
Infobae

[The Center for Journalistic Research (CIPER) of Chile published a long interview with Cruz , taken from the book The Secrets of the Karadima Empire , where he gives details of the events that took place in the 80s in the religious school where he studied.
Juan Carlos arrived at the El Bosque parish in 1980. “He was 16 years old and in third grade, although Karadima says that he met us when he was a university student, the truth is that he went to my graduation and we even took a picture of him. In that photo I’m with the school tie, unfortunately it was so much that I was distressed to see it, that I broke it, but he went to my house for my high school graduation, and accompanied by several young people.].

25 de abril de 2018

Juan Carlos Cruz es uno…

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Pope Francis begins to meet Chilean abuse victims

VATICAN CITY
Vatican News

April 27, 2018

The Vatican releases a statement saying that Pope Francis has begun meeting with victims of priest sexual abuse in Chile.

The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, released a statement in Spanish on Friday regarding Pope Francis’ meetings with victims of priest sexual abuse in Chile.

Greg Burke says that Friday afternoon Pope Francis began his “personal meetings with the victims of abuse committed in Chile”.

By the “express desire of the Pope”, there will be no official communication regarding these meetings.

The Pope’s priority is “to listen to the victims, ask them pardon and to respect the confidentiality” of these meetings.

Greg Burke characterizes the climate the Pope is creating as one of “trust and of reparation for suffering”. He then repeats what was communicated in Wednesday’s statement that Pope Francis will allow each of those invited to…

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Will Cardinal Pell face a trial by jury in sex abuse case?

AUSTRALIA
America

Gerard O’Connell
April 27, 2018

On May 1, Cardinal George Pell will know whether he has to stand trial to face allegations of historical sexual offenses or not. On that day, the Australian magistrate, Belinda Wallington, who heard the case, will announce her verdict.

She will do so after having listened to the case during four weeks of committal hearings in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in March and April, almost half of which were held behind closed doors, as is normal in such cases. She will decide whether there is enough evidence to warrant a trial by jury or whether to dismiss the case. If she decides to send him for trial, she is also likely to announce the charges.

The names of the complainants, the details of the allegations and evidence, as well as the charges against the cardinal are not known publicly, and the Australian…

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Nazareth House orphanage sisters ‘beaten until they bled’

SCOTLAND
BBC News

Three sisters were beaten until they bled and called derogatory names on their first day at an orphanage, an inquiry has heard.

The claims were made by a woman in her 60s, who cannot be named, who lived at Nazareth House in Aberdeen from 1967.

She told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry how nuns at the Catholic-run home put on a show of “niceness” when the sisters arrived.

But they became violent as soon as their social worker left the building

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Megachurch Pulls Out of Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit Over Bill Hybels

ILLINOIS
Christian Post

By Leonardo Blair , Christian Post Reporter | Apr 27, 2018

Citing the event’s “high identification” with Willow Creek Community Church founder Bill Hybels, who has been accused by several women of sexual misconduct, an Illinois megachurch pastor announced that his church will no longer serve as a host site for Willow Creek Association’s annual Global Leadership Summit set for this summer.

In a statement cited by the Daily Herald, Daniel D. Meyer, senior pastor of the multi-campus Christ Church Oak Brook and Downers Grove, said the church was “taking a purposeful pause” from the two-day leadership-building event set to attract nearly 500,000 participants globally, as a result of the multiple allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct that forced Hybels into early retirement this month.

“Both the Christian and the American traditions have seen the value of stopping normal activities to observe a moment of silence ……

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Vatican: Pope meets Chile victims in climate of ‘reparation’

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

April 27, 2018[

by NICOLE WINFIELD

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened several days of talks Friday with Chilean sex abuse survivors in what the Vatican said was a climate of “reparation for suffering,” after the pope deeply wounded them by discrediting their claims of abuse cover-up by a bishop.

The three men — Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo — are staying at the Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel as guests of Francis. Their VIP treatment is evidence of the complete about-face that Francis has made after admitting he made “serious errors of judgment” in the case of Bishop Juan Barros.

Over the coming days, the men are to meet individually and collectively with the pope, though the Vatican said Friday there are no fixed schedules or pre-established agenda items.

In a statement, spokesman Greg Burke said Francis himself asked that…

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Pope Francis begins personal meetings with Chilean abuse victims

VATICAN CITY
America

Gerard O’Connell
April 27, 2018

Pope Francis has begun his face-to-face, “personal encounters” with the three Chilean abuse victims that accepted his invitation to come and talk with him, the Vatican announced this Friday evening, April 27.

The three victims—Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andrés Murillo—are staying in Santa Marta, the Vatican guest house where the pope lives. He will first meet each of them individually, one or more times, and when they have said all they want to say, Francis will meet them as a group.

In a statement issued this evening, the director of the Vatican Press Office Greg Burke said Pope Francis’ “priority” is “to listen to the victims, ask pardon and respect the confidentiality of these conversations,” and so at his expressed wish “no official communique of the content of these [personal encounters] is envisaged.” Francis wants to emphasize…

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DIOCESE OF GREAT FALLS BILLINGS SETTLES SEXUAL ABUSE LAWSUIT FOR $20 MILLION

MONTANA
Tamaki Law Offices

April 27, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 27, 2018
MEDIA CONTACT:
TAMAKI LAW OFFICES 509-248-8338
Vito de la Cruz vito@tamakilaw.com cell (509) 952-7271
Bryan G. Smith bsmith@tamakilaw.com cell (509) 307-7197
Blaine L. Tamaki btamaki@tamakilaw.com cell (509) 307-5804

The Diocese of Great Falls/Billings has agreed to settle 86 sexual abuse claims for $20
million, ending a lawsuit that began in 2011. The lawsuit alleges that multiple priests
and nuns working for the diocese sexually abused children from the 1950s through the
1990s.

The Diocese filed for bankruptcy in March of 2017, just months before the first of many
jury trials were scheduled to begin. The cases that would have been tried first involved
Fr. Joseph Heretick. In that case Plaintiffs alleged that the Diocese knew that Fr.
Heretick was a danger to children, ignoring…

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Montana Diocese reaches $20M settlement with Catholic sex abuse victims

MONTANA
Billings Gazette

April 27, 2018

By PHOEBE TOLLEFSON ptollefson@billingsgazette.com

After six years of litigation and three attempts at mediation, victims of Catholic clergy sex abuse in Eastern Montana have reached a settlement with the church.

The tentative $20 million agreement between victims and the Great Falls-Billings Diocese was announced in a press release on Friday issued by attorneys for the victims.

The claims cover allegations of sexual abuse between the 1940s and the 1980s at ministries throughout the eastern half of the state, from the St. Labre Indian School on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation to the small town of Absarokee.

Daniel Fasy, a Seattle-based attorney representing some of the claimants, applauded his clients in a prepared statement.

“Justice is long overdue, and the survivors have shown a tremendous amount of resilience and courage throughout this process. They stood up and spoke truth to power, and their efforts will…

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Diocese of Great Falls-Billings settles sexual abuse claims for $20 million

MONTANA
KTVQ

Apr 27, 2018

BILLINGS – The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings has agreed to pay $20 million to settle 86 sexual abuse claims.

The law firms representing the victims issued a press release Friday morning announcing the settlement.

The claims, initially filed in 2011, alleges priests and nuns working for the diocese sexually abused children for four decades beginning in the 1950s.

The settlement was reached on Tuesday following mediation.

According to the press release, The Diocese filed for bankruptcy in March 2017, just months before the first of many jury trials were scheduled to begin.

The Diocese later asked to dismiss the bankruptcy action.

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Great Falls-Billings Diocese reaches settlement terms with sex abuse victims for $20 million

MONTANA
Great Falls Tribune

Seaborn Larson, slarson@greatfallstribune.com

April 27, 2018

Attorneys for the 86 sex abuse victims who filed claims against the Great Falls-Billings Diocese announced on Friday the parties have reached a settlement of $20 million dollars.

The announcement comes just over a year after the diocese filed for federal bankruptcy in order to reorganize its finances to reach such a deaL.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jim Papas has yet to approve the deal, but Missoula attorney for a group of victims, Molly Howard, said diocese officials have approved the financial terms of the settlement. The only remaining details yet to be approved by the church are the non-financial terms.

In a statement released Friday, Bishop Michael Warfel said a substantial amount of the settlement would come from the diocese’s insurer, Catholic Mutual, and the diocese with “additional financial assistance from other members of the Catholic community within the…

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Diocese of Great Falls-Billings settles sexual abuse lawsuit for $20 million

MONTANA
KULR

Apr 27, 2018

GREAT FALLS, Mont. –
The following is a Press Release from TAMAKI LAW OFFICES.

The Diocese of Great Falls/Billings has agreed to settle 86 sexual abuse claims for $20 million, ending a lawsuit that began in 2011. The lawsuit alleges that multiple priests and nuns working for the diocese sexually abused children from the 1950s through the 1990s.

The Diocese filed for bankruptcy in March of 2017, just months before the first of many jury trials were scheduled to begin. The cases that would have been tried first involved Fr. Joseph Heretick. In that case, Plaintiffs alleged that the Diocese knew that Fr. Heretick was a danger to children, ignoring complaints from parents about his conduct around children. Documents produced in the lawsuit revealed that the Bishop of the Great Falls Diocese sent Fr. Heretick to a treatment center for pedophile priests in…

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Pope holds first meeting with sex abuse survivors from Chile

VATICAN CITY
Crux

Inés San Martín
VATICAN CORRESPONDENT

Apr 27, 2018

ROME – Pope Francis’s encounters with three victims of clerical sexual abuse from Chile, whom he once accused of “calumny,” began in the Vatican on Friday. The conversations will take place at different times throughout the weekend and on Monday.

The three survivors, Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Andres Murillo, have been invited by Francis to stay in the Santa Marta residence within Vatican grounds where he’s lived since the beginning of his pontificate.

According to a statement released Friday by Vatican spokesman Greg Burke, at the pope’s request and in an effort to respect “the confidentiality of the conversations,” no official comment on the substance of conversations Francis will have with the victims of abuser priest Fernando Karadima will be released.

“[The pope’s] priority is to listen to the victims, to ask for their forgiveness…

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Men say LI priest who led singing group abused them in mid-1970s

NEW YORK
Newsday

By Bart Jones
bart.jones@newsday.com

April 27, 2018

Eight men who were members of a popular youth folk group at a Catholic church in St. James in the 1970s have filed reports with the Suffolk County district attorney saying they were sexually abused as boys by the charismatic priest who ran the group.

The men filed the accusations as part of the second phase of a program established by the Diocese of Rockville Centre to compensate clergy sex-abuse victims, according to Manhattan-based attorney Michael Reck, who is representing them.

Phase Two of the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program is for people who never previously filed complaints with the diocese or law enforcement agencies.

All eight were members of the PJ Folksingers group at Saints Philip and James Roman Catholic Church. They allege the Rev. Peter Charland, who died in 2004 at 58, abused them as the…

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Bye Bye Bill Cosby

UNITED STATES
Times of Israel

APRIL 27, 2018

Michael J. Salamon

ill Cosby finally had his day in court and he lost. I remember the first time I heard about Bill Cosby. He had recently released a comedy album that a friend had purchased. My friend played the album for our group and Cosby’s Noah routine was hilarious.

Cosby was a cool spy on an early TV show and I even remember occasionally watching him as the kindly family man and caring doctor on a television show. And, I also remember seeing him at Radio City Music Hall with a group of friends doing his one man show. His act was both humorous and brilliant.

Cosby is intelligent. Johnny Carson the late-night talk show and comedian used to introduce him as someone with a doctorate in education, which he received from University of Massachusetts. His thesis was based on…

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Pushing for passage

NEW YORK
Manhattan Times

April 26, 2018

Survivors of child sex abuse recently have made themselves heard across New York in recent weeks, as they push for passage of the state’s Child Victims Act (CVA), legislation that would increase both the criminal and civil statute of limitations on sex abuse cases.

In March, rape survivor and CVA Kat Sullivan unveiled three digital billboards, calling out her rapist and New York’s outdated laws on child sex abuse.

Currently, child survivors in New York have until the age of 23 to bring their abusers to court. After their 23rd birthday, they have no legal recourse.

If passed, the CVA would raise the statute of limitations for survivors of child sex abuse in New York and provide a one-year look back window for survivors of any age to bring their abusers to court.

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St Thomas pastor on sexual assault rap to appear in court May 11

JAMAICA
Jamaica Observer

April 26, 2018

ST THOMAS, Jamaica — A St Thomas pastor who was arrested in March and charged with several sexual related crimes, is scheduled to appear in the St Thomas Parish Court on May 11.

According to police reports, 21-year-old Ricardo Brown, who is from Cottage Pen, Morant Bay in St Thomas, was charged with five counts of abduction, rape, assault at common-law, grievous sexually assault, abduction of child under 16, robbery with aggravation and unlawful wounding.

Lawmen added that detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) are currently carrying out further probes.

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Former Mansfield pastor sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually abusing child

TEXAS
Dallas Morning News

April 27, 2918

Claire Z. Cardona, Breaking News Producer

A former Mansfield pastor convicted of sexual abuse of a child and indecency was sentenced to half a century in prison Thursday, officials announced.

Jose Luis Pizarro, 42, was sentenced to 50 years on a 2016 charge of sexual abuse of a child younger than 14 and eight years on an indecency charge, the Tarrant County district attorney’s office said.

The sentences will run concurrently, DA’s spokeswoman Samantha K. Jordan said.

Pizarro, the pastor of Iglesia de Dios Nuevo Amanecer, was arrested in July 2016 on accusations that he inappropriately touched an 8-year-old girl at church.

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Scottsdale Pastor Les Hughey resigns from Highlands Church after sex abuse allegations

ARIZONA
AZCentral

Bree Burkitt, The Republic | azcentral.com

April 26, 2018

A Scottsdale pastor accused of sexually abusing multiple teenage girls while working at churches in both California and Arizona resigned Wednesday, according to Highlands Community Church officials.

Les Hughey, who is the founder of north Scottsdale church, has been on a leave of absence since Sunday after four women told The Modesto Bee he had victimized them while he was working as a youth pastor at a Modesto, Calif., church in the 1970s.

Two more women later came forward and told The Arizona Republic Hughey sexually assaulted them when he served as youth pastor at Scottsdale Bible Church in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In a written statement provided to The Republic Wednesday night, Brendan Anderson, associate pastor of worship and communication at Highlands, said Hughey’s resignation was effective immediately.

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Franciscan University Highlights Assault Allegation Policies Following Criticism

OHIO
National CatholicRegister

APR. 25, 2018

Mary Rezac/CNA/EWTN News

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Franciscan University in Steubenville has said it is committed to reporting and investigating all allegations of abuse in alignment with Title IX requirements and the school’s Catholic identity, following claims that it has mishandled abuse cases in the past.

“While many schools provide Title IX training that meets requirements, here, we hold our students to a higher standard,” David Schmiesing, vice president of student life, told CNA in email comments.

“We frame our Title IX training within the context of a Catholic understanding of human sexuality and the dignity of the human person. For example, during Orientation Weekend for all new students and parents, we provide a talk on the truth and beauty of human sexuality that sets the stage for our online training on the specifics of our sexual-misconduct policy,” Schmiesing said.

Schools that receive federal…

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The long, winding path to Bill Cosby’s guilty verdict

UNITED STATES
CNN

By Eric Levenson, CNN

April 27, 2018

(CNN)Bill Cosby was done being quiet.

The TV icon did not testify in his criminal trial in a Norristown, Pennsylvania courthouse, and he sat silently through more than two weeks of emotional testimony from witnesses and fierce cross-examination from his attorneys.

He didn’t visibly react when the jury found him guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. But minutes later, prosecutors asked the judge to revoke Cosby’s bail because, they said, he had a private plane and might skip town. Cosby erupted.

“He doesn’t have a plane, you asshole,” Cosby boomed, referring to himself in the 3rd person.
The outburst punctuated a stunning day in history — or “herstory,” as attorney Gloria Allred put it. The trial ended with the first, second and third guilty verdict against a celebrity accused of sexual assault since the start of…

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BOY STRIPPED AND BEATEN ‘BLACK AND BLUE’ AT CHILDREN’S HOME, INQUIRY HEARS

SCOTLAND
Care Appointments

27 April 2018

Written by Hilary Duncanson

A man stripped and beat a boy “black and blue” in an assault at a children’s home, an inquiry has heard.

A witness at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry said the man “battered hell” out of him at Nazareth House in Aberdeen (pictured) in the 1960s when he was 11 years old.

He told the inquiry: “I thought my time was up.”

The witness said the nuns who ran the home would have been aware of the incident but did not come to see how he was.

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Bishop Sentenced To 12 Years For Raping, Impregnating Daughter

SOUTH AFRICA
HuffPost

Chester Makana
News 24

April 27, 2018

A Limpopo bishop has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by the Limpopo High Court in Thohoyandou for raping and impregnating his daughter.

The 65-year-old bishop of a local church in Tshilavulu village, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the daughter, pled guilty to the charge.

When handing down judgment in the High Court in Thohoyandou on Wednesday, Judge Khami Makhafola said that he had no option but to punish the man, as society and the bishop’s church would expect the culprit to be punished.

Makhafola added that the bishop needed to pay for his sins and be rehabilitated. The only place he could be rehabilitated was in a correctional facility.

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The case of a fallen mission president: When the Mormon church promptly removed a leader who ‘deceived and victimized’ young female missionaries

UTAH
Salt Lake Tribune

April 26, 2018

By Peggy Fletcher Stack

Philander Knox Smartt III arrived in Puerto Rico on July 1, 2013, as an energetic 43-year-old, and expected to preside over Mormon missionaries serving in that collection of islands for three years.

Ten months later, however, Smartt was dismissed as mission president and booted from the church for unspecified misconduct with multiple young female missionaries.

The victims, all older than 18, “chose not to pursue criminal charges,” LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement in response to Salt Lake Tribune questions about the episode, and the Utah-based faith provided “ecclesiastical and emotional counseling” to the sister missionaries “who had been deceived and victimized.”

Hawkins noted Wednesday that “no police report was requested by the victims,” but added that “without question, these actions were reprehensible, immoral and against the laws of God and the standards of the…

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Diocese had warnings about lay group accused of abuse for 40-plus years

ITALY
Crux

Claire Giangravè
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Apr 27, 2018

CATANIA, Italy – Documents obtained by Crux show that both the Diocese of Acireale on the Italian island of Sicily and the Vatican were aware since the mid-1970s that a powerful lay organization whose leaders today stand accused of sexual abuse of minor girls was suspected of “deviations of a doctrinal and moral character” and “true scandals.”

Those charged with abuse are currently awaiting trial, and have strongly denied the accusations through their attorney.

Despite several failed attempts in the late 1970s to impose discipline, documents and interviews show the group continued to enjoy loose approval from a string of bishops in Acireale until criminal charges were lodged by civil prosecutors in August 2017.

Among other things, those documents, 79 pages in all, show that the “Catholic Culture and Environment Association,” formerly known as the “Community of Lavina,” was…

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British National And Retired Priest Leaves India Weeks After Being Sentenced For Child Sex Abuse

INDIA
Swarajya

Apr 27 2018

Jonathan Robinson, a 76-year old British National and retired priest who served in churches across London, Surrey and Bath and was recently awarded a jail term for child sexual abuse has left India, reports DNA. Robinson was awarded a jail term for three years by a court in Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu on 13 April.

Robinson was named a fuguitve and a non-bailable warrant was issued in his name back in 2011 when he left the country for Wales. Soon after this, the police issued a Red Corner notice to him. However, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court asked the police to recall the notice and also had the non-bailable warrant dropped in order to give him a chance to defend himself in court.

Subsequently, he came back to India in 2015 and surrendered before the judicial magistrate in Valliyoor. He was…

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