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

July 22, 2021

Catholics want to be part of the residential school solution

VANCOUVER (CANADA)
B. C. Catholic [Archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia]

July 21, 2021

By Jody Garneau

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It’s hard to express the feelings I had when I heard about the remains of 215 children that were found at the former Indian Residential School in Kamloops. As a mom, my heart sank as I reflected about those children and their parents and grandparents and communities who grieved their loss. As a therapist, I knew this would expose and deepen the pain for those who already carried the wound. When I visited a memorial of children’s shoes and toys on the steps of the provincial courthouse in Chilliwack, I prayed and felt helpless. As a Catholic I felt guilty by association.

I was aware of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and how few of the Calls to Action had been completed. I worried how the Canadian bishops would respond to this development. I feared there would be tone-deaf statements or deflection of responsibility. I was pained…

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Richmond diocese adds 4 to clergy sex abuse allegation list

RICHMOND (VA)
Associated Press [New York NY]

July 21, 2021

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has added four more names to a list of clergy members with “credible and substantiated” allegations of sexual abuse against a minor.

The dioceses announced the additions last week, noting that allegations date back decades. Three of the accused priests are dead and the allegations were made after their deaths. They are are Robert D. Beattie, Leo Creamer, Patrick F. Quinn. The fourth, Joseph Slowik. has not served in active priestly ministry since 2006.

The allegations were reviewed by the Office of Safe Environment and the Diocesan Review Board and civil authorities were notified of the allegations, the diocese said in a release.

Beattie served in Norfolk at St. Joseph and in Richmond at Cathedral of The Sacred Heart and St. Augustine. He died in 1971.

Quinn, who died in 1995, served at Christ the King and Holy Trinity Catholic Church…

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Former Michigan priest to face trial for alleged sex abuse of 14-year-old boy

(MI)
MLive [Walker MI]

July 21, 2021

By Justine Lofton

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OAKLAND COUNTY, MI – A former Catholic priest will go to trial for sexual abuse against a minor, officials announced today.

An Oakland County judge ruled today, July 21, that there is enough evidence against Gary Berthiaume, 80, to bound him over to circuit court for trial on two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC), a 15-year felony.

The alleged assaults were committed against a 14-year-old boy in 1977 at the rectory of Our Lady of Sorrows in Farmington Hills where Berthiaume was a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

“Seeing Mr. Berthiaume bound over for trial is yet another example of my clergy abuse investigation team’s dedication to securing justice for survivors,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. “We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure those who bravely come forward with their stories receive their day in court.”

Last month, Berthiaume…

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Editorial | Another big step in Johnstown man’s mission on behalf of abuse victims

JOHNSTOWN (PA)
Tribune-Democrat [Johnstown PA]

July 22, 2021

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Shaun Dougherty’s quest to support victims of child sexual abuse has reached a new level with his appointment as board president for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

The Westmont man is the face of the push for justice on behalf of adult victims in Pennsylvania, and now takes his knowledge, energy and passion to the national and international levels with his SNAP appointment, where his fierce lobbying efforts can have an even greater impact.

We’ve stood with Dougherty on this issue since he stepped into the spotlight following the release of the 2016 grand-jury report on abuse and cover-up within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, and marvel at his relentless efforts – despite often swimming against the tide of politics and public sentiment.

In an interview with reporter Dave Sutor, Dougherty called the SNAP role “an enormous undertaking, an enormous responsibility.”

We are certain he’ll be…

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PA Supreme Court ruling sets back victims, spares Erie diocese from slew of lawsuits

HARRISBURG (PA)
Erie Times-News [Erie PA]

July 21, 2021

By Ed Palattella

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A state Supreme Court ruling that favors Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is blow to clergy abuse victims. Ruling benefits Diocese of Erie, others facing prospect of costly lawsuits.

Story Highlights

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
  • Plaintiff had sought to sue over clergy sex abuse despite expiration of statute of limitations
  • As many as 30 plaintiffs had sued Catholic Diocese of Erie, hoping that Supreme Court ruling would have allowed their cases to proceed. Those cases are now likely over

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit that sought to create a way for child sexual assault claimants to sue in old cases, further hindering victims’ search for justice while sparing Roman Catholic dioceses statewide millions of dollars in potential claims involving abusive clergy.

In northwestern Pennsylvania, the ruling in the case, issued Wednesday, severely erodes the legal efforts of as many as 30 sexual abuse claimants who were seeking compensation…

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Justices deal blow to outdated claims of child sexual abuse

HARRISBURG (PA)
Associated Press [New York NY]

July 21, 2021

By Mark Scolforo

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Pennsylvania’s high court on Wednesday dealt a blow to victims of child sexual abuse, throwing out a lawsuit by a woman whose lower court legal victory had given hope to others with similarly outdated claims who’d sued in the wake of a landmark report that documented decades of child molestation within the Catholic church in Pennsylvania.

The 5-2 decision ended plaintiff Renee Rice’s legal effort to recover damages from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown for allegedly covering up and facilitating sexual abuse she said had been inflicted on her by a priest in the late 1970s.

Rice sued in 2016, but the court majority said that was too late under the Pennsylvania statute of limitations.

A Superior Court panel in 2019 had ruled there were enough facts to let a jury decide if Rice had been prevented from learning about the alleged cover-up of her abuse.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court reverses decision allowing childhood sex abuse victims to sue for decades old abuse

HARRISBURG (PA)
Morning Call [Allentown PA]

July 21, 2021

By Peter Hall

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Victims of childhood sexual abuse suffered a setback Wednesday when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision that could have allowed dozens of lawsuits over decades-old sexual abuse claims to move forward against the Catholic Church, including the Allentown Diocese.

In a 5-2 decision Wednesday, the court ruled that the state’s 12-year statute of limitations for people abused as children to file civil lawsuits bars a western Pennsylvania woman from suing the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown over abuse by a priest she claims she suffered between 1974 and 1981. Renee Rice claimed in her suit that church officials’ silence amounted to fraudulent concealment.

An appeals court decision that Rice should be allowed to persuade a jury the cover-up prevented her from pursuing her claims revived her case after a county judge dismissed it and buoyed hope for justice for others with similar experiences.

In an opinion overturning that decision,…

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July 21, 2021

US Catholic official resigns over ‘improper behavior’ claim

NEW YORK (NY)
Associated Press [New York NY]

July 20, 2021

By David Crary

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NEW YORK (AP) — Citing allegations of “possible improper behavior,” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday announced the resignation of its top administrative official, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, ahead of a media report that probed his private romantic life.

Shortly after the announcement, the Roman Catholic news outlet The Pillar published its article based on data it said was “correlated to Burrill’s mobile device” and indicated he had visited gay bars and private residences using a dating app popular with gay people.

The Pillar alleged “serial sexual misconduct” by Burrill — homosexual activity is considered sinful under Catholic doctrine, and priests are expected to remain celibate.

Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, president of the USCCB, said in a statement that conference officials learned of the allegations of possible improper behavior on Monday.

“What was shared with us did not include allegations of misconduct with minors,” Gomez said. “However, in…

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Former Christendom College professor arrested on charges of soliciting a child

FRONT ROYAL (VA)
National Catholic Reporter [Kansas City MO]

July 16, 2021

By Jenn Morson

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A longtime economics and political science professor at Christendom College in Virginia has been charged with solicitation of a minor younger than 16 years old and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

William R. Luckey, 72, who taught for about 30 years at the Catholic institution, which touts being one of only 15 colleges recommended by the conservative Cardinal Newman Society, was arrested on June 25 and released on a secured $50,000 bond on July 12.

According to court documents, the criminal complaint alleges that in June, Luckey offered a 10-year-old child $10 in exchange for touching her buttocks. When the child declined, Luckey allegedly made the child lie down on the bed and touched the child’s buttocks underneath their clothes anyway. He then left the money on the bed.

Since his retirement from Christendom in 2015, Luckey has taught…

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Lawsuit accuses Liberty University of ‘enabling on-campus rapes’

LYNCHBURG (VA)
Religion News Service - Missouri School of Journalism [Columbia MO]

July 20, 2021

By Emily McFarlan Miller

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A new lawsuit against Liberty University claims the Lynchburg, Virginia-based evangelical Christian school has “intentionally created a campus environment” that makes sexual assaults and rapes more likely to occur.

The complaint points a finger at the “weaponization” of Liberty’s student honor code, known as the Liberty Way, which it claims makes it “difficult or impossible” for students to report sexual violence. It also claims such violence, particularly by male student athletes, was excused while the women who reported it faced retaliation.

In a written statement, Liberty University said it was looking into the allegations, which it called “deeply troubling, if they turn out to be true.”

“Many of the claims are the complete opposite of how the University’s policies and procedures were designed to operate over the years,” according to the statement provided to Religion News Service.

The suit, brought by 12 women who chose to remain anonymous, was filed…

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General secretary to US bishops resigns amid misconduct allegations

VATICAN CITY (VATICAN CITY)
Religion News Service - Missouri School of Journalism [Columbia MO]

July 20, 2021

By Claire Giangravé

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‘On Monday, we became aware of impending media reports alleging possible improper behavior by Msgr. Burrill,’ read the statement, signed by the president of the bishops’ conference.

Citing “improper behavior,” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced the resignation of its general secretary, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, in a statement released on Tuesday (July 20).

“On Monday, we became aware of impending media reports alleging possible improper behavior by Msgr. Burrill,” read the statement, signed by the president of the bishops’ conference, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles.

The USCCB’s statement said the information the conference received “did not include allegations of misconduct with minors.”

According to the statement, Burrill resigned from his post “effective immediately” to not disrupt the ongoing work of the USCCB. The bishops’ conference said it would “pursue appropriate steps” to address the allegations of misconduct.

The USCCB is currently studying the creation of a…

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The Pillar investigation of Monsignor Burrill is unethical, homophobic innuendo

Religion News Service - Missouri School of Journalism [Columbia MO]

July 20, 2021

By Steven P. Millies

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The hook on which this story hangs is a long-discredited link between sexual abuse and homosexuality.

Even during a period when the bombs dropping on American Catholics fall with escalating and increasingly destructive frequency, the publication of an “investigation” of Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, the now-former general secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, blasts a crater worth crawling down into for a forensic examination.

There are reasons to think it heralds a new and even uglier era in American Catholicism.

As Catholics were still reeling from Pope Francis’ abrogation Friday (July 16) of his predecessor’s guidance on the traditional Latin Mass, “Summorum Pontificum” (indeed, while this author was struggling to finish an article about that event), The Pillar, a Catholic publication, released what it called “an investigation” in which data identifying Burrill’s phone seemed to indicate he had frequently used Grindr, a popular dating app in the gay community,…

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AG Josh Kaul says clergy abuse investigation is a ‘safe and trusted place,’ declines to get into specifics

MADISON (WI)
Wisconsin State Journal [Madison WI]

July 20, 2021

By Chris Rickert

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Nearly three months into a statewide investigation of clergy abuse, Attorney General Josh Kaul says the effort has received more than 100 reports but declined to say how many of them have generated referrals to law enforcement or for victim services.

Kaul, who faces election next year, also would not go into specifics about whether Wisconsin’s four Catholic dioceses and one archdiocese are cooperating with the investigation, but called their participation so far “uneven.”

He spoke during a press conference Monday at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison, the first of six such events the first-term Democratic plans to conduct around the state to talk about the probe, which he promoted as a “safe and trusted place for survivors to report.”

While the investigation is not specific to any one religious faith, the Catholic Church has been embroiled in investigations of clergy abuse of children by priests for more than…

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Bankruptcy adds to sad legacy of Catholic Church scandal

NORWICH (CT)

July 20, 2021

By The Day Editorial Board

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The past moral bankruptcy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich has led inevitably to its financial bankruptcy.

Last week the diocese serving the Connecticut counties of New London, Middlesex, Windham and Tolland, as well as Fishers Island, N.Y., filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the federal Bankruptcy Code.

Along with Catholic dioceses across the nation and the world, the Norwich Diocese shares a shameful legacy of placing the protection of the church’s reputation above protecting children, above acting lawfully, and above the Great Commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

When scores of priests were found to have molested children — predominately but not exclusively boys — no love was shown to the victims. Instead, the truth was buried and pedophile priests were quietly transferred to other parishes, the families there unaware of the past misconduct. Often the result was new victims. It was evil.

Instead…

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July 20, 2021

Lawsuit against Liberty alleges mishandling of sex assaults

RICHMOND (VA)
Associated Press [New York NY]

July 20, 2021

By Sarah Rankin

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Twelve women filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Liberty University, accusing the Christian institution of a pattern of mishandling cases of sexual assault and harassment, and fostering an unsafe campus environment.

The federal lawsuit filed in New York made various claims under Title IX, the federal law that protects against sex discrimination in education.

The lawsuit alleged that Liberty’s strict honor code makes it “difficult or impossible” for students to report sexual violence. It said the university had a “tacit policy” of weighting investigations in favor of accused male students, and it said the university retaliated against women who did make such reports.

“Liberty University has intentionally created a campus environment where sexual assaults and rapes are foreseeably more likely to occur than they would in the absence of Liberty’s policies,” the lawsuit said.

The Lynchburg, Virginia, university said in a statement that the allegations were “deeply…

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Pa. man embraces ‘enormous responsibility’ as national SNAP president

JOHNSTOWN (PA)
Tribune-Democrat [Johnstown PA]

July 20, 2021

By Dave Sutor

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – About five years ago, only a handful of people close to Shaun Dougherty knew he had been sexually abused as a child.

It was a private matter.

Over time, though, the Westmont resident started to share his story – locally, statewide, nationally and ultimately internationally – leading to him becoming one of the most well-known victims advocates in the United States.

His public role recently grew even more when he was elected as the new board president for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, a worldwide nonprofit that provides support group meetings, legal advice and lobbying efforts for victims.

The official transition between former President Tim Lennon and Dougherty occurred last week.

Dougherty, who joined the SNAP board in 2019, said becoming president is “quite a big honor” and “a humbling experience.”

“Luckily, I’ve kind of been stair-stepping to it,” Dougherty said during…

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Iowa native leaving leadership role in SNAP

SIOUX CITY (IA)
RadioIowa.com [Des Moines IA]

July 20, 2021

By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City

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The Iowa native who’s been president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests — known as “SNAP” — is stepping down from the post. Tim Lennon has been SNAP’s president for the past three years and a part of the group’s board of directors for a decade.

“During that time I’ve seen a dramatic increase in acceptance, acknowledgement of how widespread sexual abuse is within society,” Lennon says. “We have found that even with sacred institutions, like the Catholic Church, that sexual abuse is going on by clergy and that the hierarchy was covering it up.”

Lennon was abused by a parish priest in Sioux City when he was 12 years old. Lennon says after he publicly disclosed the abuse five decades later, 15 of his classmates came forward with similar accounts, “so getting public awareness and knowledge is very, very important to reaching those who are suffering…

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Former Northeast Ohio priest pleads guilty to child sex crimes, faces maximum of life in prison

CLEVELAND (OH)
WJW-TV, Fox - 8 [Cleveland OH]

July 16, 2021

By Talia Naquin

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Former Cleveland Catholic Diocese priest Robert McWilliams pleaded guilty Friday to child sex charges.

The 41-year-old pleaded guilty in federal court to the following: two counts of sex trafficking of a minor, three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, and one count each of transportation of child pornography, receipt and distribution of visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of child pornography.

He initially entered a not guilty plea, then filed an intent to enter a guilty plea earlier this month.

The Strongsville priest was indicted on 8 counts following his arrest in December of 2019.

The charges include:

  • (Count 1) Sex trafficking of a minor
  • (Count 2) Sex trafficking of a minor
  • (Count 3) Sexual exploitation of children
  • (Count 4) Sexual exploitation of children
  • (Count 5) Sexual exploitation of children
  • (Count 6) Transportation of child pornography
  • (Count 7) Receipt and distribution of minors engaged in sexually explicit…
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$10M lawsuit filed against Vatican, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston after priest accused of child sexual abuse

GALVESTON (TX)
click2houston.com / KPRC-TV, NBC - 2 [Houston TX]

July 19, 2021

By Brittany Taylor

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GALVESTON, Texas – A $10 million lawsuit has been filed against Holy See and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and its Cardinal, Daniel N. DiNardo, on behalf of the parents of a child they say was sexually abused by Rev. Phi Thanh Nguyen in November 2018, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states that Nguyen sexually abused the child when she was 10 years old while attending the Nazareth Academy in Victoria, Texas.

The lawsuit names Holy See because “Nguyen would not have been able to ingratiate himself at Nazareth Academy,” according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit also accuses the Vatican of having a history of burying the criminal behavior of Nguyen and others like him. Houston attorney Felecia Y. Peavy, who is representing the family, stated that the Vatican’s policies protected Nguyen and kept him employed.

“Not only has The Vatican repeatedly placed the reputation of the Church and protection of…

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Healing from history: The Tekakwitha Boarding School and Orphanage

SISSETON (SD)
Keloland Media Group [Sioux Falls SD]

July 19, 2021

By Lauren Soulek

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SISSETON, S.D. (KELO) – It’s a sordid history that’s coming to light in the United States — government and Catholic-run boarding schools for Native American children. Many of those schools are linked to reports of indoctrination and abuse at the hands of those running the schools.

Decades after the Catholic-run Tekakwitha Boarding School and Orphanage closed, members of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate still feel the impact on the tribe.

“You don’t realize how embedded the fear and the pain and the trauma is with some of our tribal members,” Dionne Crawford, Lake Traverse Council Representative said. “And even being able to have a good relationship with the school, sometimes is hindered because school was used to oppress our people. School was used as a reason and excuse to take children from their families.”

Crawford says many people who grew up in the orphanage were taught their Native American culture was…

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History, stories from the Tekakwitha Boarding School and Orphanage

SISSETON (SD)
Keloland Media Group [Sioux Falls SD]

July 19, 2021

By Lauren Soulek

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SISSETON, S.D. (KELO) – As the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland launches the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative; and the remains of nine Native American children return home to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe from the Carlisle Boarding School — a dark piece of our country’s history comes to light, as reports of indoctrination and abuse at these schools have come to surface.

For more than half a century, the Tekakwitha boarding school and orphanage operated in Sisseton, South Dakota. Native American children attended the school from the 1940s to the 70s.

It wasn’t until about ten years ago that the buildings were demolished and the land was turned into a park.

“Here is where the papoose house was, which is where they kept the babies,” Allison Renville, SWO PIO said. “And connected to the papoose house was a tunnel system that led to this property here, which was…

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Church’s safeguarding blunders could cause more deaths, coroner warns

LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
Church Times [London, England]

July 19, 2021

By Hattie Williams

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A CORONER who investigated the death of a priest who took his own life over unfounded allegations of child sex abuse raised by the diocese of London has warned the Archbishop of Canterbury that more clergy deaths will follow unless action is taken to improve C of E safeguarding procedures.

She also reports that she received submissions from the C of E urging her not to include “concerns that may be taken as a criticism of clerics or staff for not filtering or verifying allegations”, and writes of “the breadth of the systemic and individual failings that have come to light during the course of this inquest”.

The Revd Alan Griffin, of Wapping, London, who was a C of E priest before he converted to Rome in 2012, hanged himself in November 2020 while he was being investigated over false allegations of child abuse. The coroner, Mary Hassell, reports that the allegations were…

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Richmond Diocese adds names to list of accused clergy

RICHMOND (VA)
WCAV-TV, CBS/Fox - 19 [Charlottesville VA]

July 16, 2021

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — Four names have been added to a list of members of the clergy against whom credible and substantiated claims of sexual abuse have been made.

The Catholic Dioceses of Richmond says three of the accused priests are deceased and the fourth is suspended.

According to a release, the allegations brought forward by the victim-survivors date back decades, when the victims were minors.

The allegations were reviewed by the diocesan Office of Safe Environment and the Diocesan Review Board.

The release says civil authorities have also been notified of the allegations.

The four priests are Robert D. Beattie (deceased), Leo Creamer (deceased), Patrick F. Quinn (deceased), and Joseph Slowik.

All four are priests in the Diocese of Richmond. Creamer was later incarnated in the Diocese of Arlington.

The release says Slowik has not served in active ministry since 2006.

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Richmond Diocese adds 4 more priests to list accused of sexually abusing children

RICHMOND (VA)
WTVR-TV, CBS - 6 [Richmond VA]

July 16, 2021

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RICHMOND, Va. — The Catholic Diocese of Richmond said they have added the names of four more priests to the long list of those with a “credible and substantiated claim of sexual abuse against a minor.”

Three of those newly-named are deceased, and the priest that is still alive — Joseph Slowik — has not served in active ministry since 2006, the Diocese said.

The priests that have been added are:

  • Robert D. Beattie, Priest of the Diocese of Richmond
  • Leo Creamer, Priest Ordained in Diocese of Richmond later Incardinated in the Diocese of Arlington
  • Patrick F. Quinn, Priest of the Diocese of Richmond
  • Joseph Slowik, Priest of the Diocese of Richmond

You can read the full list of priests on the list here.

Authorities were notified, the Diocese said.

Individuals who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the diocese are encouraged to report…

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The Army of Survivors statement on U.S. DOJ’s investigation and review of the FBI’s handling of allegations of sexual abuse by former USA gymnastics physician

WASHINGTON (DC)
SNAP - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [St. Louis MO]

July 15, 2021

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“We stand with our allies at The Army of Survivors and join them in calling for an investigation by the Department of Justice into the mishandling of abuse allegations by former USA gymnastics physician Larry Nassar,” says Zach Hiner, Executive Director for SNAP. 

(Full Statement from The Army of Survivors below)

Content warning: Mention of abusers’ names and sexual violence.

Okemos, Michigan (July 14, 2021) — Following initial review of Wednesday’s report from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on its investigation into the FBI’s handling of allegations of sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics phycisian Larry Nassar, The Army of Survivors has issued the following statement:

The Army of Survivors shares our support, care and concern for the many survivors who were today once again reminded of the trauma they experienced by former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar. Our organization was founded by a…

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Richmond Diocese adds four more priests to list of clergy accused of sexual abuse of minors

RICHMOND (VA)
WAVY-TV, Ch. 10 [Portsmouth VA]

July 19, 2021

By Jane Alvarez-Wertz

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Three of the priests have died; the fourth is suspended

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has named four additional clergy members accused of sexual abuse involving a minor. Three have ties to Hampton Roads.

Robert Dixon Beattie served at St. Joseph in Norfolk. He died in 1971, and the allegation of abuse was made after his death.

Patrick Francis Quinn served at Christ the King and Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Norfolk and Saint Charles in Cape Charles. Quinn died in 1995.

Joseph Slowik served at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Fort Monroe, Saint Paul in Portsmouth and Church of Saint Therese in Gloucester. Slowik has been suspended. The allegations of abuse made against Slowik came from his time at Saint Paul in the early 1990’s. He has not served in active priestly ministry since 2006.

The fourth newly named priest is…

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Metis man from Tulita writing book on Grollier Hall abuse

TULITA (CANADA)
NNSL Media [Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada]

July 19, 2021

By Blair McBride

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Anger describes how Richard Hardy felt when he heard the news of unmarked graves discovered at former residential school sites over the past two months.

“But it wasn’t a surprise. I think everyone has known for a few decades now. My mother went to residential school in Fort Providence in the 1920s. She talked about students dying,” Hardy said over the phone from his home in Nanoose Bay, B.C.

Born and raised in Tulita, Hardy, who is Metis, worked as a lawyer in the NWT from the 1980s until the 2000s. Now retired, he moved to B.C. in 2006 and is working on a book about his traumatic experiences.

He’s also a residential school survivor, having attended Grollier Hall in Inuvik from 1959 until 1963. The school was operated by the Catholic Church.

Though Hardy’s experiences at Grollier Hall were traumatic, they fit into a larger and ominous pattern…

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July 19, 2021

Editorial: How you see the sexual abuse crisis

WASHINGTON (DC)
America [New York NY]

July 15, 2021

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The Catholic Church still has a trust problem, as shown by the results of a comprehensive survey of U.S. Catholics commissioned by America Media and featured in this issue. (Look for more results in our September issue.) Seventy-six percent of respondents to the survey, conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate in May and June, said that the sexual abuse of minors by clergy has hurt the reputation of the church at least somewhat, and about one-third said they were “embarrassed” to tell others that they were Catholic because of the crisis.

The cloud lingers in part because of misconceptions. Only 33 percent of the respondents in our survey correctly said that instances of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests were more common before 1985 than after. This does not mean we should be talking less about the crisis—it is not surprising that only 21 percent…

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Three years after the 2018 ‘summer of shame,’ what do American Catholics think about the sex abuse crisis?

WASHINGTON (DC)
America [New York NY]

July 15, 2021

By Mark M. Gray and Thomas P. Gaunt

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Nearly three years after a searing report issued by a Pennsylvania grand jury detailed the sexual abuse by clergy of thousands of children and the extensive cover-up by church leaders that followed, America asked the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University to survey Catholics nationwide about their understanding of the crisis, its emotional impact and how it has affected their faith.

CARA asked respondents other questions about their faith, including about the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on Mass attendance. It also asked about financial contributions to the church, as well as the controversy over whether Catholic politicians who support legal abortion should be denied Communion. In September America will explore these and some of the other issues reviewed in the survey, including the blessing of same-sex relationships, women’s ordination and more.

Fifty-seven percent of the Catholics surveyed by CARA said they pay “a great deal” or “quite a bit” of…

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Bishop of Derry sees lessons from Catholic Church in approach to NI Troubles

LONDONDERRY (UNITED KINGDOM)
Christian Today [London, England]

July 19, 2021

By Andrew Todd

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Last week, the UK government revealed controversial proposals for preventing any further criminal prosecutions and inquests, as well as civil cases and Police Ombudsman investigations, arising from the Troubles in Northern Ireland between 1969 and 1998.

An announcement about this in Parliament by the Minister, Brandon Lewis, last Wednesday was accompanied by the publication of a 32-page command paper, citing the “difficulty of securing criminal justice outcomes” and costs to the public purse of legal aid.

The document points out that “over 3,500 people were killed during the Troubles, almost one third of whom were members of the security forces.”

Following the collapse in May of the trial of two former paratroopers for murder on ‘Bloody Sunday’ in January 1972, criminal cases against two other soldiers for killings that year were discontinued earlier this month.

According to Irish Foreign Minister Simon…

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Tennessee dismissed child abuse allegation, did not interview children at Chattanooga shelter a month before employees there were arrested

CHATTANOOGA (TN)
Chattanooga Times Free Press [Chattanooga TN]

July 18, 2021

By Wayne Massey

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The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services declined to investigate a child abuse complaint against an employee at the Chattanooga shelter housing unaccompanied minors in May, weeks before the state acknowledged alleged abuse at the facility and a month before Chattanooga police charged that employee with sexual battery.

The state, which has the “right, and more importantly the statutory responsibility, to ensure the safety of children,” also did not interview other children who could have been victims of abuse despite a request from the shelter director to do so before children were moved from the facility and placed across the country, according to court documents released Thursday.

The revelation of the state’s knowledge of possible abuse at the facility in May contradicts previous statements from the department, which said the first case of potential abuse was reported during an unannounced site inspection on June 3.

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Legislators must end Philippines’ child sex shame

MANILA (PHILIPPINES)

July 19, 2021

By Shay Cullen

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Sex with a 12-year-old remains legal with ‘consent’ in a country where many pedophiles have gone unpunished

The greatest shame of the Philippines is the fact that it is legal under the 1930 Penal Code for a 50-year-old man to have sex with a pre-pubescent 12-year-old child and get away with it if the man can convince a court that the child “gave consent.”

Soon that will change and justice will be done for thousands of child victims. At present many children, under pressure from parents and abusers, are forced to stay silent when sexually abused or to say to government officials or in court that “He is my boyfriend,” or that “I loved him.” The judge, with grave misgivings, will have no option but to dismiss the charge of rape, the child apparently having given consent.

Some parents force their children to live with an older man who pays…

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Taxing today’s religious institutions because of residential-school horrors would be missing the point

OTTAWA (CANADA)
The Globe and Mail [Toronto, Canada]

July 19, 2021

By Brian Dijkema

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Brian Dijkema is vice-president of external affairs at the think tank Cardus.

The horrific discoveries of unmarked graves at a number of former residential schools across Canada has caused legitimate pain and understandable anger. Any abuse of the children was wrong and awful. It was also deeply hypocritical for the Catholic denominations that largely operated the schools – contrary to the teachings of Christ, and opposed to the dignity of the children, their families and their tribes.

But in response, some have resurrected the idea of “taxing churches.” Put more accurately, some want to channel public disgust about the indignities suffered by Indigenous children at residential schools to revive their long-standing grievance with the property-tax exemptions for houses of worship, and with the federal government’s recognition of the “advancement of religion” as a legitimate charitable purpose.

But this push ignores the fact that religion remains overall a public good.

The…

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When a “romantic” read is really about grooming

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Book Riot - Riot New Media Group [Portland OR]

July 19, 2021

By Grace Lapointe

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This post includes discussion of grooming in fiction as well as news reports of sexual abuse. It also contains spoilers for The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough and The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

Romances are often ambiguous and unfairly maligned. According to The Romance Writers of America, a happy ending defines the romance genre. More broadly, though, readers may consider any story a romance as long as it contains a romantic relationship — regardless of genre or ending. Many beloved romances are technically tragedies. Some even make an adult grooming a child for a future sexual relationship central to the “love story.” Although interpretations of books vary, I’ve always viewed The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough and The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger as depicting grooming.

When I first read The Thorn Birds, I thought Father Ralph de Bricassart was grooming Meggie Cleary, although…

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Maria Goretti’s silence was tragic, not heroic, and not a model for us

NEWARK (NJ)
Catholic Herald [London, England]

July 7, 2021

By Steven D. Greydanus

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One of the more uncomfortable homilies I can remember included a paean to the “heroic silence” of St Maria Goretti in the face of prolonged sexual harassment by her eventual murderer, Alessandro Serenelli. Maria’s silence, for the homilist, evoked that of Christ during his trials and passion — a connection he meant to be inspiring. It made my skin crawl.

The Gorettis and the Serenellis were poor peasant families sharing a duplex in rural south-central Italy provided by a nobleman for whom both families worked as sharecroppers. Alessandro was a dissolute young man, and Maria was the nearest vulnerable target. For months he harassed her in private with lewd comments and eventually sexual advances, which she rejected but kept secret.

Maria — whose feast day the Church celebrated yesterday — was not quite twelve-years-old when Alessandro, then twenty, finally tried to rape her at knifepoint. Thwarted by her determined resistance,…

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LatAm webinar says in anti-abuse fight, buck stops on the bishop’s desk

ROME (ITALY)
Crux [Denver CO]

July 14, 2021

By Inés San Martín

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ROME – Some 165 bishops from across Latin America are taking part this week in an on-line seminar on abuse prevention that includes top-level experts from both the region and Rome, based on the premise that although fighting abuse requires various forms of commitment and expertise, as far as the Catholic Church goes, the buck still stops on the bishop’s desk.

“Following the crisis that became public in the Church with regard to abuse, in recent years much emphasis has been placed on the role and responsibility of bishops, not only for the correct treatment of cases that come to their attention, but also with regard to the prevention of these situations,” said Argentine laywoman Maria Ines Franck, a bioethics and canon law expert who helped organize the seminar.

“Although this is an issue that requires the collaboration and work of specialists from various disciplines, the bishop is ultimately responsible…

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Murió Nicola Corradi, el cura condenado por los abusos sexuales de niños sordos en el Instituto Próvolo

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La Nación [Argentina]

July 14, 2021

By Pablo Mannino

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Tenía 85 años; se encontraba con prisión domiciliaria en un hogar de ancianos

MENDOZA.- A los 85 años murió Nicola Corradi, el cura condenado por los abusos sexuales de niños sordos en el Instituto Antonio Próvolo. El hombre, de edad avanzada y con varias enfermedades, se encontraba con prisión domiciliaria en un hogar de ancianos y su muerte fue confirmado en las últimas horas por el Ministerio Público Fiscal de la provincia.

Nicola Bruno Corradi Soliman, quien llegó al país desde Italia y luego a Mendoza, desde La Plata, fue el director del establecimiento durante décadas y en el primer juicio, realizado en noviembre de 2019, fue sentenciando a 42 años de cárcel por una veintena de casos de vejámenes y corrupción de menores en tierra cuyana, ocurridos entre 2007 y 2016. En ese proceso, el cura Horacio Corbacho, de 60, recibió la pena de 45 años de cárcel y el jardinero Armando Gómez,…

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July 18, 2021

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A Widow’s Hunt for the Priest Who Preyed on Her Husband

RICHMOND (VT)
Daily Beast [New York NY]

July 18, 2021

By Jenny Grosvenor

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Peter Fatovich seemed a happily married father of four when he took his own life in 1994. His wife would search for decades to uncover the tragic truth behind his death.

[Above: Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Courtesy Jenny Grosvenor]

On the morning of Tuesday, June 14, 1994, my husband, the father of our four children under the age of 5, kissed me goodbye. I sensed heightened anxiety as we stood at the top of the stairs in our Vermont home. He leaned toward me, our lips meeting one last time above the 2-month-old nestled in the folds of my white cotton nightgown, buttons between milky breasts left undone.

“I have an early morning meeting,” Peter said.

I watched from our picture window, swaying to calm both myself and the baby in my arms, as his black Subaru disappeared down the steep Bolton Valley Access Road.

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3 adults, including priest, sexually abused young Mount Loretto resident, suit alleges

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Staten Island Advance [Staten Island NY]

July 18, 2021

By Frank Donnelly

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Three adults, including a priest, sexually abused him over the course of six years when he lived at the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin at Mount Loretto three decades ago, a former resident alleges in an explosive lawsuit.

His assailants also threatened the plaintiff, who was in his early teens, with physical violence if he revealed what they did to him, alleges a civil complaint against the New York Archdiocese.

Despondent, the boy attempted suicide “numerous” times while at Mount Loretto, yet was never provided mental health care, the complaint alleges.

The suit was recently filed in state Supreme Court, St. George, under the Child Victims Act. The plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Enacted in August 2019, the Child Victims Act created a one-year window for plaintiffs of any age to sue alleged abusers regardless of when the abuse occurred.

That window was extended to August…

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Lawyer for sex abuse victims: Norwich Diocese bankruptcy filing could deny full compensation

NORWICH (CT)
Hartford Courant [Hartford CT]

July 17, 2021

By Stephen Singer

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A bankruptcy filing by the Norwich Diocese to shield its finances as it faces lawsuits over scores of sexual abuse claims may deny full compensation to the victims, one of their lawyers said Friday.

New London attorney Kelly E. Reardon, who represents six men who accused the church of sexual abuse decades ago, said insurance coverage is “fairly limited” and may not result in full compensation.

However, oversight by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Hartford will require the diocese to fully lay out its finances, providing needed transparency as victims seek justice, she said. In its bankruptcy filing, the diocese claimed liabilities of as much as $100 million and assets of between $10 million and $50 million.

The diocese, facing nearly 60 lawsuits, filed for bankruptcy Thursday. More than two dozen dioceses in the U.S., all outside New England, have filed for bankruptcy, according to the Meneo…

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Indian nun challenges eviction from convent, fights for justice

BENGALURU (INDIA)
The Straits Times [Singapore]

July 18, 2021

By Rohini Mohan

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BANGALORE – Sister Lucy Kalapura of Wayanad district in India’s Kerala state is rarely nervous, but her pulse raced last week as she prepared to give a statement in court.

“I am a nun fighting for justice. Please do not throw me out on the streets,” she told the Kerala High Court last Wednesday (July 14), representing herself after several lawyers declined to take her case.

She was challenging her eviction from a convent, and seeking police protection from alleged harassment by the congregation.

Sister Lucy, 56, has been a nun since she was 17 years old.

She belongs to the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC), an order of the Roman Catholic Church, in Wayanad’s Mananthavady municipality.

In 2019, she was dismissed for wrongdoing that included learning to drive and getting a driving licence, writing a book of poems, giving TV interviews and publishing articles in non-Christian dailies.

“If the reasons…

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Germany’s Cardinal Marx apologizes in parish for abuse ‘failures’

GARCHING (GERMANY)
dpa international [Berlin, Germany]

July 18, 2021

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Munich (dpa) – During a visit to the Bavarian parish of Garching an der Alz on Saturday, Germany’s Cardinal Reinhard Marx apologized for cases of abuse there and admitted mistakes.

It is now known “that abuse also happened, that the priest who worked here was an abuser,” Marx, who is also archbishop of Munich and Freising, said after talks and a joint prayer session with parish representatives.

“This is a betrayal of the message of Jesus and it is a failure of the institution for which I apologize,” the Catholic prelate said.

A priest convicted of sexual abuse had worked in Garching for around 20 years, although he had previously abused children in another parish and had also been convicted of that.

According to the diocese, he relapsed after his transfer to Garching, which was before Marx was bishop in charge. Three victims had come forward accusing the man of having abused them.

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July 17, 2021

Area Catholic diocese adds four priests to list of clergy credibly accused of of sexual abuse

RICHMOND (VA)
The Daily Progress [Charlottesville VA]

July 16, 2021

By Colbi Edmonds, Richmond Times-Dispatch

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The Richmond Catholic Diocese has added four names to its list of clergy who have credible, substantiated claims of sexual abuse involving a minor against them.

Three of the priests — Robert Beattie, Leo Creamer and Patrick Quinn — are dead. The fourth, Joseph Slowik, hasn’t actively served in the ministry since 2006.

They join the list, which was first made public in 2019, of 23 other priests with sexual abuse allegations in the diocese, which includes the Charlottesville area.

Their allegations, which date back decades, were brought forth and reviewed in accordance with the diocesan Office of Safe Environment and the Diocesan Review Board, and authorities were notified.

Additional names, assignment histories and status of other clergy with abuse allegations are available on the diocese’s website.

The diocese will not release specific details of the abuse for privacy reasons, in accordance with “its pledge to help…

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Archdiocese disputes court ruling

HAGåTñA (GUAM)
Pacific Daily News [Hagåtña, Guam]

July 17, 2021

By Joe Taitano II

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The Archdiocese of Agaña on Saturday said Catholic parishes and schools are held in trust by the archdiocese.

It issued a statement in response to District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood’s Friday ruling that local parishes and schools are part of, and are unincorporated divisions of, the archdiocese.

“The Archdiocese of Agaña maintains, through Archbishop Michael Byrnes, that the parishes and schools are held only in trust by the archdiocese, and in particular by the archbishop in office at any particular time,” the archdiocese stated.

The archdiocese sought bankruptcy protection in January 2019 after a deluge of clergy sex abuse claims and hired Elsaesser Anderson Chtd. as its bankruptcy counsel.

The District Court’s ruling prevents Guam’s 33 Catholic parishes and schools from protecting assets likely to be sold to cover clergy sex abuse claims against the Archdiocese.

“While this decision has been argued and is pending, the archdiocese has continued to engage in…

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Catholic Diocese In Connecticut Is Filing For Bankruptcy With 60 Pending Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

NORWICH (CT)
WSHU (NPR) [Westport CT]

July 16, 2021

By Cassandra Basler

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut, is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy to help pay for more than 60 pending lawsuits over alleged sexual abuse.

The lawsuits stem from former students at the Academy of Mount St. John in Deep River.

Gale Howard is a leader of the Connecticut chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused By Priests, or SNAP. Howard said the bankruptcy limits fair compensation, especially for those who have yet to come forward.

“The Catholic Church owns more real estate than any other entity on the planet. They have enormous resources. They should not claim that they can’t afford to pay restitution to victims. Yes, they can take care of all their responsibilities and pay victims,” Howard said.

Michael Cote, Bishop of Norwich, made the restructuring announcement in a video posted to the diocese website on Thursday. He said no church, schools or cemeteries will…

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Richmond Diocese Adds Four Names to Clergy List

RICHMOND (VA)
Diocese of Richmond VA

July 16, 2021

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Clergy List First Publicized in 2019

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has added four names to its list of clergy against whom a credible and substantiated claim of sexual abuse involving a minor has been made. Of the four priests’ names added, three are deceased and the fourth, Father Joseph Slowik, has not served in active priestly ministry since 2006. The allegations brought forward by the victim survivors date back decades.

The names were added after allegations were received and a review was completed in consultation with the diocesan Office of Safe Environment and the Diocesan Review Board. The additional names, along with assignment histories and status, can be found on the Richmond Diocese website: https://richmonddiocese.org/list/.

The new names added are listed below:

NameStatusAffiliationRobert D. BeattieDeceasedPriest of the Diocese of RichmondLeo CreamerDeceasedPriest Ordained in Diocese of Richmond later Incardinated in the Diocese of ArlingtonPatrick F. QuinnDeceasedPriest of the Diocese of…

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Priest killed himself after being wrongly accused of child abuse

LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
Evening Standard [London, England]

July 17, 2021

By Tristan Kirk

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The Church of England is under fire over the suicide of a priest who took his own life after being wrongly accused of child sexual abuse.

Father Alan Griffin, 76, hanged himself at home in November last year, after spending a year under investigation while denied knowledge of the source of the accusations.

In a damning report following the inquest into his death, Coroner Mary Hassell exonerated Father Griffin and heavily criticised the Church of England for its handling of the investigation.

“He killed himself because he could not cope with an investigation into his conduct, the detail of and the source for which he had never been told,” she said.

“Father Griffin did not abuse children. He did not have sex with young people under the age of 18. He did not visit prostitutes. He did not endanger the lives of others by having sex with people whilst an HIV risk….

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Strongsville priest pleads guilty to multiple sex charges involving children, faces life in prison

CLEVELAND (OH)
WEWS-TV, ABC - 5 (News5Cleveland.com)[Cleveland OH]

July 16, 2021

By Drew Scofield

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CLEVELAND — A priest from Strongsville who was indicted in 2020 on a slew of sex charges involving minors has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Robert D. McWilliams pleaded guilty to two counts of sex trafficking of a minor, three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, one count each of transportation of child pornography, receipt and distribution of visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Between 2017 and 2019, McWilliams “solicited sexually explicit images of minors online and engaged in sexual acts with minor victims in exchange for alcohol and other things of value,” the attorney’s office said.

According to the authorities, McWilliams posed as a female on social media in order to entice minor males into sending sexually explicit photographs and videos, sometimes threatening to expose embarrassing information he already knew about the victims if…

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Louisiana lawmakers paved way for civil claims; now let’s see criminal investigations

BATON ROUGE (LA)
Horowitz Law [Fort Lauderdale FL]

July 16, 2021

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We at Horowitz Law are experienced in getting justice for people who are sexually abused. That’s done in the civil realm, in which those who commit and conceal child sex crimes are EXPOSED, largely through civil lawsuits.

We’re civil attorneys. This is what we do.

We are not – however, experts in the criminal realm. That’s the realm in which those who commit and conceal child sex crimes are CONVICTED AND IMPRISONED, largely through criminal prosecution and involves police, prosecutors and attorneys general.

We’re NOT criminal attorneys.

So we’re generally reluctant to tell criminal law experts what they should be doing.

But not when it comes to abuse and cover ups in Catholic institutions. Given the long, scandalous, devastating and still-on-going horrendous child sex crimes – and the enabling of those crimes by a church hierarchy that refuses to enact real reform – the duty of U.S. law enforcement is…

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July 16, 2021

New consultant joins archdiocesan office for protection and care

KANSAS CITY (KS)
The Leaven [Archdiocese of Kansas City KS]

July 15, 2021

By Moira Cullings

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Kathleen Chastain never expected the journey of her career would lead her to where she is now.

But when she began working with survivors of sexual abuse harmed within the Catholic Church, Chastain was moved and inspired.

“I feel I was called on a mission to use my gifts in a way that would benefit both survivors and the church,” she said.

“It’s extremely rewarding,” she added.

Chastain, a parishioner at Our Lady of the Presentation Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, started as consultant to the archdiocesan office for protection and care on March 1.

Jennifer Valenti, director of the office, said Chastain was hired to strengthen abuse prevention and response ministries within the archdiocese.

“Kathleen brings a wealth of leadership and management skills from her background in the private business sector,” she said.

“Her professional expertise will enhance our relationships with the dedicated staff and volunteers on the front…

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Catholic School Teacher Who Coached Track Sexually Abused Boy, 15, While Driving Him Home from Meet

STEUBENVILLE (OH)
People Magazine [New York NY]

July 16, 2021

By Steve Helling

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Corrissa A. McCalister has been sentenced to two years of probation and community service, and must register as a sex offender within 90 days

An Ohio high school teacher and who coached track must register as a sex offender after she pleaded guilty to sexual battery for having sex with a 15-year-old student.

Corissa A. McCalister, 22, has been sentenced to two years of probation and community service, PEOPLE confirms. She must register as a sex offender within 90 days.

McCalister was a Spanish teacher at Central Catholic High School in Steubenville, Ohio. She also coached both cross country and track. It was her first year of teaching.

Authorities say the abuse occurred on March 30 of this year, when McCalister drove the student home from a track meet at a rival school. Sheriff Joe Myers told WTRF at the time that McCalister parked her car at the…

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Sask. church removes plaque donated by residential school teacher who elders say abused children

KAMSACK (CANADA)
CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) [Toronto, Canada]

July 15, 2021

By Yasmine Ghania

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Plaque was removed last Tuesday at request of elders from Cote First Nation

WARNING: This story contains details some readers may find distressing.

Elders from the Cote First Nation in Saskatchewan have succeeded in getting a plaque removed from the property of St. Philip’s Roman Catholic Church in Kamsack, Sask.

According to elders, the plaque was donated by Ralph Gray, a longtime music teacher at the St. Philip’s Indian Residential School, which operated from 1928 to 1969. Gray has since died.

Elders, who spoke with CBC News via a group phone call, said Gray sexually abused several Indigenous boys who were forced to attend the residential school, and that the plaque was triggering for residential school survivors.

Gray was never charged, but elders say they believe he abused as many as 70 boys. 

According to the elders, Gray donated the plaque to honour Rev. Jules Decorby, who founded the Mission of…

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Genesee County man alleges he was sexually assaulted by bishop

BATAVIA (NY)
The Daily News [Genesee NY]

July 15, 2021

By Scott Desmit

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Genesee man alleges abuse by bishop

‘UNPERMITTED CONTACT’: Plaintiff says Diocese knew or should have known dangers

BATAVIA — A Genesee County man has become the first person to publicly accuse a former bishop with the Diocese of Buffalo of sexually assaulting a child.

The civil lawsuit filed in Genesee County Monday accuses former Bishop Edward Grosz of molesting him during a confirmation reception in 1990 at a church in Bergen. The man claims the assault was witnessed by his grandmother, who “got into it” with the bishop.

The suit also accuses Father Richard Keppeler of assault, the seventh such suit against Keppeler, who served for many years in Genesee County.

Jeffrey Anderson & Associates law firm filed the suit under the New York Child Victims Act. The deadline for filing civil actions is Aug. 13 and the law firm has been making a last-minute push for sexual abuse victims…

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Court: Parishes, schools part of archdiocese

HAGåTñA (GUAM)
Pacific Daily News [Hagåtña, Guam]

July 16, 2021

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The District Court of Guam ruled local parishes and schools are part of and are unincorporated divisions of the Archdiocese of Agana.

According to court documents, the ruling was due to the limited nature of the official committee of unsecured creditor’s motion for partial summary judgment and not due to the parishes and schools being one in the same with the Archdiocese of Agana.

This committee represents clergy sex abuse claimants and other creditors of the archdiocese, including banks.

Creditors asked the federal court for a partial summary judgment that, if granted, could pave the way for the use of Catholic parishes and schools’ assets to pay some 280 clergy sex abuse claims. The assets include everything from cars and vans to buildings, parishes, schools and cemetery property.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood’s ruling prevents Guam’s 33 Catholic parishes and schools from protecting assets that are likely to be sold…

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Church of England criticised over suicide of falsely accused priest

LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
BBC [London, England]

July 16, 2021

By Tom Symonds

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The Church of England has been heavily criticised after a priest took his own life due to a mishandled inquiry into false child abuse allegations.

Father Alan Griffin, 78, died in November 2020 having spent a year under investigation without ever having the allegations set out to him.

Coroner Mary Hassell said the claims were “supported by no complainant, no witness and no accuser”.

She told the Archbishop of Canterbury of “failings which had come to light”.

The Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally, said in a statement: “Alan Griffin’s death was a tragedy and my heart goes out to his family for all they have endured. I am deeply sorry for their loss.

“Following the inquest, we have commissioned a ‘Lessons Learned’ review so that we can fully reflect upon the diocese’s actions, and the coroner’s comments, in the period leading up to Alan Griffin’s death.”

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Norwich’s Catholic diocese files for bankruptcy protection due to sexual abuse lawsuits

NORWICH (CT)
Norwich Bulletin [Norwich CT]

July 15, 2021

By John Penney

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich on Thursday filed for bankruptcy reorganization as part of its efforts to resolve several pending abuse lawsuits initiated by individuals who allege they were sexually assaulted by at least two overseers of a former Deep River boarding school during the 1990s.

In a letter posted on the diocese’s website, the Most Rev. Michael Cote, bishop of Norwich, said the Chapter 11 filing, though the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Hartford, was the “most equitable way” to deal with the dozens of lawsuits filed alleging abuse at The Academy at Mount Saint John.

“It is with a heavy heart, and out of deep concern for the Diocese and you the faithful, that I regrettably share with you the following information, which is probably the most important news that I have had to deliver in my 18 years as…

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Letter about Chapter 11 filing from Bishop Michael R. Cote, diocese of Norwich CT

NORWICH (CT)
Diocese of Norwich CT

July 15, 2021

By Bishop Michael R. Cote

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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

It is with a heavy heart, and out of deep concern for the Diocese and you the faithful, that I regrettably share with you the following information, which is probably the most important news that I have had to deliver in my 18 years as the shepherd of the Diocese of Norwich.

On July 15th, the Diocese of Norwich filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy and reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The decision to file for bankruptcy relief was difficult and only taken after two years of careful deliberation and prayer.  

With nearly 60 lawsuits filed against the Diocese relating to abuse alleged to have occurred at the Mount Saint John School – a former ministry of the Diocese and residential school in Deep River to which students were sent, tuitions paid, and annual audits performed by the State…

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Diocese Files Chapter 11 to Ensure Fairness and Equity for Abuse Survivors

NORWICH (CT)
Diocese of Norwich CT

July 15, 2021

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich today filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the federal Bankruptcy Code. Bankruptcy proceedings will be before Judge James J. Tancredi in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut in Hartford.

In a letter from the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich which was posted to the Diocese’s website, Chapter 11 is described as the most equitable way to resolve numerous pending lawsuits alleging the abuse of students at Mount Saint John School filed against the Diocese and a former bishop and certain other creditors’ claims. Nearly 60 former residents have filed suit for damages that exceed the Diocese’s current financial ability to pay.

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Connecticut diocese files for bankruptcy amid abuse claims

NORWICH (CT)
Associated Press [New York NY]

July 15, 2021

By Susan Haigh

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NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut filed for federal bankruptcy protection on Thursday to resolve dozens of lawsuits alleging the abuse of teenage students decades ago at the former Academy at Mount Saint John School, a residential treatment center for troubled youth in Deep River.

Documents filed by the Diocese of Norwich, which oversaw the facility, indicate it has $50 million to $100 million in estimated liabilities owed to 50 to 99 creditors. To date, nearly 60 former residents of the school have sued the diocese and a former bishop for damages, exceeding the diocese’s current financial ability to pay, according a statement issued by the diocese.

“A Chapter 11 bankruptcy will allow the court to centralize these lawsuits, as well as help the Diocese manage its litigation expenses and preserve adequate financial resources for all essential ministries,” Bishop Michael R Cote said in a statement….

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Brother Ronald Lasik was accused in 2013 of molesting two students years earlier at St. Laurence High School in Burbank. From 1954 to 1957, Lasik served at the Mount Cashel orphanage in Canada, where he was convicted of sexually abusing multiple boys and sentenced to more than 10 years in prison. He served less than half of that before being freed and deported to the United States. Provided, Anthony Vazquez / Sun-Times

Irish Christian Brothers fall short on revealing true extent of sexual abuse by its members

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

July 16, 2021

By Robert Herguth

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The Catholic religious order, which runs two high schools in the Chicago area, agreed to reforms as it faced bankruptcy as a result of sex abuse lawsuits. But its transparency is limited.

[Photo above: Brother Ronald Lasik was accused in 2013 of molesting two students years earlier at St. Laurence High School in Burbank. From 1954 to 1957, Lasik served at the Mount Cashel orphanage in Canada, where he was convicted of sexually abusing multiple boys and sentenced to more than 10 years in prison. He served less than half of that before being freed and deported to the United States. Provided, Anthony Vazquez / Sun-Times]

Deluged with child sex abuse lawsuits that threatened its finances, the Irish Christian Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection in 2011.

As part of a bankruptcy reorganization plan a judge later approved, the Catholic religious order — which runs Brother Rice High School on the Far…

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Edmonton Catholic Schools teacher convicted of sexually abusing student; teacher claimed she herself was assaulted and blackmailed

EDMONTON (CANADA)
Edmonton Journal

July 15, 2021

By Jonny Wakefield

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A one-time Edmonton music teacher has been convicted of sexually abusing a former student.

After a multi-week trial, Justice Susan Bercov on Thursday convicted a suspended Edmonton Catholic Schools teacher of sexual assault and sexual interference for having sexual contact with a teenage boy who was previously her student.

Bercov imposed a publication ban on the name of the accused Thursday without explanation or notice to the media.

The teacher, who is in her 30s, worked as a music instructor at a junior high school. In May 2019, she was charged with three sex offences involving a former pupil, including sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference. The alleged offences took place between June and November 2016, when the student was 15.

The student, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, claimed the teacher initiated the sexual relationship. He said he was a willing participant, though as a minor…

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Regina archbishop attends Cote First Nation gathering of residential school survivors

KAMSACK (CANADA)
CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) [Toronto, Canada]

July 15, 2021

By Yasmine Ghania and Jason Warick ·

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Survivors call for apology from Pope and release of church documents

WARNING: This story contains details some readers may find distressing.

Saskatchewan residential school survivors shared their painful and graphic stories Thursday — and the region’s Roman Catholic archbishop was there to hear them.

Survivors at the Cote First Nation told Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen he was brave for making the effort, but told him talk is useless without action.

Some said the church has betrayed them and broken too many promises.

“The church is going to crumble,” one survivor said. “We don’t need the church. We need our culture.”

It’s rare for such a high-level church official to spend a full day hearing the stories of survivors, and even more rare that Bolen drove to the Cote First Nation — a nearly 300-kilometre trip from Regina — to attend.

Survivors issued a series of demands for Bolen to pass on to Canadian bishops and the Vatican….

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July 15, 2021

The year of the ‘orange handkerchief’ for State-Church separation in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA)
Global Voices [Amsterdam, Netherlands]

July 15, 2021

By Written by Romina Navarro / Translated by Ina Melgaard

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“The green tide” for women’s reproductive rights gave them a boost

In January 2021, after abortion was legalized in Argentina, the orange handkerchief movement, the symbol of the campaign for State-Church separation, emerged with a renewed force

Within a few weeks, the group behind the orange campaign received numerous inquiries and new supporters through its profiles on social media. It also initiated information campaigns, provided information on the process of formally leaving the church, and shared complaints of abuse of power, genocidesreligious interference in education and law, and child abuse or its cover-up. They also gave interviews with figures from different social and political sectors.

We are aiming for the final separation of the state and the church! Join our movement from your province! #secularstate #LegalAbortion2020 #ItWillBecomeLaw #orange #priests #differentmatters #secularism #equality pic.twitter.com/Zj2rr7b5bR — Fed. Campaign for Seperation of State/Church (@CampEstadoLaico) January 2, 2021

With the slogan “Church and State: Different Matters,” this campaign fights for the establishment of a secular…

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Camden Diocese in compliance with national USCCB audit

CAMDEN (NJ)
Catholic Star Herald [Camden NJ]

July 15, 2021

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Every year, every diocese in the United States is audited by StoneBridge Business Partners to determine compliance with child and youth protection. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has contracted with this firm, which uses the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People as the guide.

Every three years, StoneBridge visits each diocese in an onsite audit. In May, a representative from StoneBridge met virtually with several diocesan officials, including Bishop Dennis Sullivan; Dr. Bill Watson, superintendent of Catholic schools; Father Adam Cichoski, director of vocations; members of the Diocesan Review Board; Sylvia Loumeau, victim assistance coordinator, and Rod J. Herrera, director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection.

The auditor examines several items including:

— That all allegations of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest or deacon are reported to civil authorities and recorded in the audit documentation. During the three years of the…

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Vatican prosecutor seeks six-year sentence for priest on trial

VATICAN CITY (VATICAN CITY)
Catholic News Service - USCCB [Washington DC]

July 15, 2021

By Junno Arocho Esteves

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican prosecutor requested that Father Gabriele Martinelli, who is accused of sexually abusing a younger student at the St. Pius X Pre-Seminary, be sentenced to six years in prison if convicted.

At the 11th session of the Vatican criminal trial July 15, Roberto Zanotti, the prosecutor, explained that the recommended sentence for the crimes of aggravated rape and aggravated lewd acts was reduced to exclude acts allegedly committed before Father Martinelli, then a student, turned 16 in August 2008. The abuse was said to have occurred between 2007 and 2012.

Zanotti also recommended that Msgr. Enrico Radice, the former rector of the minor seminary and Father Martinelli’s mentor, be sentenced to four years in prison for “aiding and abetting sexual violence.”

Msgr. Radice is accused of hindering the investigation into the abuse allegations. The seminary, which is operated by the Diocese of Como, and the…

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Murió Nicola Corradi, condenado por abuso sexual a 42 años de prisión

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Página/12 [Buenos Aires, Argentina]

July 14, 2021

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El sacerdote cumplía arresto domiciliario en Mendoza

[GOOGLE TRANSLATION: Nicola Corradi died, sentenced for sexual abuse to 42 years in prison
The priest was serving house arrest in Mendoza
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El sacerdote italiano Nicola Corradi falleció este miércoles en Mendoza, donde cumplía con arresto domiciliario la condena a 42 años por abusos sexuales perpetrados en el instituto para niños sordos Antonio Próvolo.

El religioso nacido en Verona, Italia, fue condenado por la Justicia mendocina en 2019, aunque ya había recibido denuncias por cometer abusos en la sede del Insituto Próvolo de aquella ciudad italiana. ADVERTISING

Durante el juicio oral, Corradi fue acusado por cinco casos de “abuso sexual y corrupción de menores”, agravados por el “carácter de ministro de culto y por ser los encargados de la guarda de los menores de 18 años”.

El sacerdote italiano, de 85 años, había sido denunciado también por cometer abusos en la sede del Instituto Próvolo en Verona, Italia, mientras que…

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Wanna Quit the Catholic Church? It’s Complicated.

TORONTO (CANADA)
Vice [Brooklyn NY]

July 14, 2021

By Manisha Krishnan

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The Church is facing renewed scrutiny for its role in Canada’s residential school system, prompting some Catholics to want to formally sever ties.

While the church has been culpable in many atrocities, including running homes in Ireland for unmarried mothers where thousands of women and babies died and covering up for pedophile priests, its role in systemically abusing Indigenous children in Canada via the residential school system is facing renewed scrutiny. 

As VICE World News previously reported, the discoveries—which Indigenous peoples have long known about—have been enough to make some Catholics stop attending church. Others are considering leaving the faith altogether.

There are also growing calls to tax the church and criminally prosecute the churches responsible for operating the schools. 

But the question of how to leave the church, formally, a process called “apostasy,” is more complicated than one might think. Because the church doesn’t operate as an organization per se, there’s not…

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Former Steubenville teacher sentenced for sex abuse of 15-year-old

STEUBENVILLE (OH)
WKBN-TV, Ch. 27 [Youngstown OH]

July 14, 2021

By John Lynch

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A former Steubenville Catholic Central High School teacher was sentenced after accepting a plea agreement to one count of sexual battery.

Corissa A. McCalister, 22, of Steubenville was sentenced to two years of probation, community service and must register as a sex offender. McCalister originally pled not guilty.

McCalister was the head cross country coach and assistant track coach at Steubenville Catholic Central High School, where she reportedly was driving a 15-year-old student home from a track meet at Edison High School when she made a stop at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Cadiz and engaged in sex with the teen.

The juvenile’s mother notified the school of the allegations and law enforcement officials were contacted.

In April, McCalister was charged with two counts of sexual battery for having sex with a 15-year-old student in Harrison County.

During a hearing, Judge T. Shawn Hervey said the victim’s family was aware…

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Las Cruces diocese says abuse records disclosed voluntarily, despite New Mexico attorney general’s claims

SANTA FE (NM)
Catholic News Agency - EWTN [Denver CO]

June 7, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

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While New Mexico’s attorney general has taken credit for securing Catholic Church documents on sex abuse by clergy, saying they will be released to the public soon, a spokesperson for the Las Cruces diocese said it provided the documents voluntarily out of a desire to address the “abhorrent crime” of sex abuse, not because of a search warrant or legal obligation.

“In September of 2018, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office requested documents related to the potential abuse of children by priests,” a Las Cruces diocese spokesperson told CNA June 7. “The Diocese of Las Cruces immediately began the voluntary process of providing the requested documents. Any statement claiming that a search warrant was presented to the diocese for the requested documents is incorrect, as is the assertion that the Diocese of Las Cruces only responded due to a legal obligation.”

“In fact, the Diocese of Las Cruces fully and…

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A deceased Catholic priest from Vermont is accused of sexually abusing a child; SNAP asks for his personnel file

BURLINGTON (VT)
SNAP - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [St. Louis MO]

July 15, 2021

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A long-dead Catholic clergyman from the Diocese of Burlington has been accused of sexually abusing a young boy in the 1960s. We commend the victim, who is now in his 60’s and wishes to remain anonymous, for having the courage and strength to come forward after carrying this heavy burden for so long. 

Fr. Roger Carlin died in 1980. The accusations stem from between 1966 and 1967 when the survivor was 9 years of age.  The cleric was assigned to St. John Vianney Church in South Burlington at the time.

The Burlington Diocese claimed that this was the first allegation it has received concerning Fr. Carlin. The Diocese further said, “On receipt of the allegation, Fr. Carlin’s diocesan file was reviewed by a member of the independent review committee which confirms there is no prior allegation as to Fr. Carlin.

However, Fr. Carlin was apparently transferred eight times during his…

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FBI failed to pursue Nassar sex-abuse allegations, inspector general finds

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

July 14, 2021

By Devlin Barrett

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The FBI failed to properly investigate serious sex-abuse allegations against former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, according to the Justice Department’s inspector general, who also determined that FBI officials gave misleading or false answers when confronted about those failures.

The scathing report released Wednesday paints a disturbing portrait of the nation’s premier law enforcement agency being told details of what would become one of the most shocking cases of serial sex abuse in recent American history, yet failing to follow up with key witnesses or even notify other law enforcement agencies of potential crimes happening in their jurisdictions.

The report noted that according to civil court filings, about 70 women and girls were victimized by Nassar between the time when the FBI was first told of the allegations, and when Michigan officials arrested him on the basis of separate information.

Despite “the extraordinarily serious nature of the allegations and…

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Inspector General Says F.B.I. Botched Nassar Abuse Investigation

WASHINGTON (DC)
New York Times

July 14, 2021

By Juliet Macur and Michael Levenson

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In a report released just before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, the inspector general found that the F.B.I. was delayed by more than a year in ramping up its investigation, allowing Mr. Nassar to abuse more victims.

The Justice Department’s inspector general released a long-awaited report on Wednesday that sharply criticized the F.B.I.’s handling of the sexual abuse case involving Lawrence G. Nassar, the former doctor for the U.S.A. Gymnastics national team and Michigan State sports, which led to Mr. Nassar’s continued abuse of girls and women.

Mr. Nassar, who is serving what amounts to life in prison, has been accused of abusing hundreds of female patients — including the Olympic champion Simone Biles and a majority of the last two United States women’s Olympic gymnastics teams — under the guise of medical treatment.

The report, citing civil court documents, said that 70 or more young athletes had been…

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Former South Burlington priest accused of child sexual abuse

SOUTH BURLINGTON (VT)
WCAX [South Burlington VT]

July 14, 2021

By Katharine Huntley

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – A former South Burlington priest has been accused of sexually abusing a child in the 1960s.

The victim, who is remaining anonymous, is now in his 60s. He says Father Roger W. Carlin molested him when he was nine in 1966 and 1967 at St. John Vianney church in South Burlington.

“He wants to try to heal, he wants to try to help other victims, and he wants to make the world a safer place for children,” said Mitchell Garabedian, an attorney representing the alleged victim. Garabedian has represented thousands of other sex abuse cases and says coming forward can be cathartic for victims. “The guilt stays with them and they are trying to heal, they are trying to gain closure. They can never heal fully, they can never gain closure fully.”

Robert Hoatson, a former priest who works to help sex abuse victims,…

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Lawyer calls for release of records after priest allegation

BURLINGTON (VT)
Associated Press [New York NY]

July 14, 2021

By Wilson Ring

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A lawyer called on Vermont’s Catholic church Wednesday to release all the records about a priest he alleged abused a 9-year-old boy in South Burlington in the 1960s.

But the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington said Tuesday it checked its records and found no abuse allegations against the Rev. Roger W. Carlin, who died in 1980.

Boston Attorney Mitchell Garabedian said Wednesday he was planning to file a lawsuit on behalf of the man who said he was abused by Carlin in 1966 or 1967 when he was a 9-year-old altar boy at St. John Vianney Church, South Burlington. The man is now in his mid-60s and did not want to be publicly identified.

“If the diocese does not want to release the secret files voluntarily, we will try to gain access to the secret files through civil litigation,” Garabedian said during a Wednesday news conference.

Carlin’s name was not in…

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New allegations of sexual abuse against former South Burlington priest

SOUTH BURLINGTON (VT)
WVNY-TV, Ch. 22/mychamplainvalley.com [Burlington VT]

July 14, 2021

By Courtney Kramer

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New allegations of sexual abuse have been raised against a former South Burlington priest. The alleged abuse took place in the 1960s, and the priest in question has since died.

The claims are against Father Roger Carlin who practiced at St John Vianney Church. The victim was a nine-year-old altar boy at the time, who lawyers say was repeatedly molested at church.

“I was fired for helping sexual abuse survivors,” said Bob Hoatson. “Especially of clergy”

Bob Hoatson spent decades as a religious brother and priest, before starting the nonprofit Roads to Recovery in New Jersey. Wednesday, Hoatson was in Burlington to publicly name Father Carlin as a sexual abuser and demand the diocese release all related files. The victim is now in his sixties and is remaining anonymous.

“He could not stand the pressure any longer of carrying around this weight of clergy sexual abuse,” said attorney Mitchell…

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Former priest gets prison for sex abuse

IRON MOUNTAIN (MI)
Iron Mountain Daily News [Iron Mountain MI]

July 15, 2021

By Brian Christensen

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IRON MOUNTAIN — A former Upper Peninsula priest convicted of sexually abusing teenagers in the 1980s will serve at least eight years in prison.

Gary Jacobs, 75, was sentenced Tuesday in Dickinson County Circuit Court for second-degree criminal sexual conduct and could spend as many as 15 years in prison, the maximum for the felony offense.

Jacobs pleaded guilty to the charge in May in addition to four counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ontonagon County in April. The pleas were part of an agreement spanning both counties.

Jacobs previously had been sentenced to eight to 15 years in prison Ontonagon County in May and will serve his sentences concurrently.

Additionally, Jacobs will be subject to lifetime sex offender registration and be electronically monitored the remainder of his life.

Jacobs was arrested January 2020 in Albuquerque, N.M., after an investigation by the Michigan Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Investigation team. The…

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Abuse allegation against Buffalo Auxiliary Bishop Grosz stems from confirmation ceremony

BUFFALO (NY)
WBFO [Buffalo NY]

July 14, 2021

By Tom Dinki

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A plaintiff in a Child Victims Act lawsuit says he attended his 1990 confirmation ceremony in a Genesee County church planning to tell Buffalo Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz he was being abused by another priest.

Instead, the plaintiff says, Grosz made comments about his good looks and repeatedly groped him.

Attorneys for the alleged victim stood outside the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo headquarters Tuesday and revealed new details of the abuse allegation against Grosz, the former second-in-command of the Buffalo Diocese who was responsible for handling sexual abuse allegations against priests.

“[The victim] was raised Catholic, he was well aware of the impact of naming a bishop, but this is his truth,” said attorney Steve Boyd.

Boyd and other attorneys filed a lawsuit Monday in New York State Supreme Court, alleging their client, who is unnamed in court papers, was abused as a teenager by Grosz and another…

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Allegations revealed against former Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW [Buffalo NY]

July 12, 2021

By Charlie Specht and Sean Mickey

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Grosz is alleged to have abused a boy at his confirmation in 1990

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Former Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz became the highest-ranking cleric in the Diocese of Buffalo to be accused of child sexual abuse Monday.

The alleged victim, who is identified in the lawsuit with a “John Doe” pseudonym, filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court alleging abuse by Bishop Grosz and Fr. Richard Keppeler.

In allegations first reported by The Buffalo News, Grosz is accused of abusing the 15-year-old boy in 1990 at his confirmation at St. Brigid Church in Genesee County.

AB 393 DOE v. ST. BRIGID, e… [LINK TO COMPLAINT THAT NAMES GROSZ]

At a Tuesday news conference, attorney Steve Boyd said as the boy approached the altar for his confirmation, Grosz was heard making a remark to Keppeler.

“Bishop Grosz was heard to say to Keppeler, ‘Oh Dick, you…

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Former auxiliary Bishop Grosz stepping away from active ministry amid abuse allegation investigation

BUFFALO (NY)
WIVB [Buffalo NY]

July 12, 2021

By Kaley Lynch

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Former auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz is stepping away from active ministry amid an investigation into an abuse allegation against him.

An individual has alleged that he was abused by Grosz in 1990. In a lawsuit that was discussed by attorneys Jeff Anderson and Steve Boyd on Tuesday morning, both Grosz and Fr. Richard Keppeler were identified as alleged sexual abusers.

Bishop Grosz, 76, retired in March 2020, but was still performing limited sacramental ministires.

According to a statement from the Buffalo Diocese, Grosz has “voluntarily agreed to step aside from active ministry and not to exercise any priestly or episcopal functions pending a thorough investigation”.

“Bishop Grosz has denied ever having abused an individual, either an adult or a minor,” the statement adds.

Buffalo Bishop Michael W. Fisher has notified the Metropolitan Archbishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and is in the process…

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Buffalo Auxiliary Bishop Grosz accused of molesting child at confirmation

BUFFALO (NY)
Buffalo News [Buffalo NY]

July 12, 2021

By Jay Tokasz

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Retired Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz, who for many years played a key role in the handling of sex abuse complaints against priests in the Buffalo Diocese, is accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy after a confirmation service in 1990.

A Genesee County man told The News on Monday that Grosz repeatedly groped him at a gathering in a church hall following the confirmation ceremony inside St. Brigid Church in Bergen.

Grosz is the highest-ranking clergyman in the Buffalo Diocese to be accused of child sex abuse.

Grosz did not respond Monday to a voicemail left on his cellphone. Buffalo Diocese spokesman Greg Tucker put out a statement moments after the voicemail saying that Grosz has “voluntarily agreed to step aside from active ministry and not to exercise any priestly or episcopal functions pending a thorough investigation.”

“Bishop Grosz has denied ever having abused an individual,…

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Former Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz steps away from active ministry pending investigation into abuse allegation

BUFFALO (NY)
Western NY Catholic [Diocese of Buffalo]

July 12, 2021

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The Diocese of Buffalo has been notified of a pending action brought pursuant to the Child Victims Act by an individual who alleges that he was abused as a child in 1990 by then- Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz. Bishop Grosz (76), who is retired and performs limited sacramental ministries, has voluntarily agreed to step aside from active ministry and not to exercise any priestly or episcopal functions pending a thorough investigation. Bishop Grosz has denied ever having abused an individual, either an adult or a minor.

Bishop Michael W. Fisher has notified the Metropolitan Archbishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and is in the process of notifying appropriate Congregations of the Holy See, as required under Vos Estis Lux Mundi, the Apostolic Letter promulgated by Pope Francis in May of 2019 governing investigations into abuse complaints against bishops. Bishop Fisher has also notified the Papal Nuncio in Washington,…

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Read: Abuse allegations against the late Bishop Sullivan deemed “credible”

LANSING (MI)
Diocese of Lansing MI

July 2, 2021

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The Diocese of Lansing has deemed as credible two allegations of sexual abuse leveled against the late Bishop James Sullivan (1929 – 2006). Bishop Sullivan was Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Lansing from 1972 to 1985 before becoming Bishop of Fargo in North Dakota from 1985 to 2002. Both accusations stem from the mid-1960’s when then-Father Sullivan was living in residence at a parish in Lansing. Both victims were boys who were subject to sexual grooming and inappropriate contact by Sullivan.

“Following investigation and review, the Diocese of Lansing has found two allegations against the late Bishop James Sullivan to be credible,” said David Kerr, spokesman for the Diocese of Lansing, July 2, 2021. 

“Bishop Sullivan’s actions were gravely immoral, deeply scandalous and betrayed both the trust of the Catholic community within the Diocese of Lansing and, more significantly, the faith placed in him by the victims and their…

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July 14, 2021

Former U.P. Priest sentenced in Dickinson County

IRON MOUNTAIN (MI)
WLUC - NBC 6 [Negaunee MI]

July 13, 2021

By Jerry Tudor

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Eight to 15 years in prison, that’s the sentence given to Gary Jacobs a former Upper Peninsula Priest, facing criminal sexual conduct charges. Jacobs appeared in Dickinson County court Tuesday afternoon for sentencing.

His attorney stated Jacobs wrestled with his sexuality as a gay man and alcohol abuse when he committed the criminal sexual conduct. In May, the 75-year-old Jacobs pleaded guilty to one count of second degree CSC in Dickinson County.

The Judge in the case, Christopher S. Ninomiya, said there were letters supporting Jacobs and letters from Jacob’s victims however, Ninomiya said Jacobs took advantage of his position as a Catholic Priest.

“You have completely and utterly breached the faith and trust that was placed in you, you have groomed and preyed upon innocent victims in our community and used your status to accomplish your evil deeds, in my view, for what you have done, the court cannont…

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Wisconsin DOJ encourages survivors to report clergy and faith leader abuse

MADISON (WI)
WKBT [La Crosse WI]

July 13, 2021

By Leah Rivard

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Website provides confidential place to submit reports, find victim support

Wisconsin’s attorney general is encouraging survivors of clergy or faith leader abuse to report it to the state’s Department of Justice.

Attorney General Josh Kaul says the state’s victim services specialists can help survivors in a safe and confidential way.

“We want to get to the bottom of this, both so we can connect survivors to services, but also so we can help get some measure of accountability,” Kaul says. “Hopefully by working with the dioceses to update their lists of credibly accused priests as the facts dictate …  we can work to prevent this from ever happening again.”

Survivors can either make a phone call or submit an online report.

Those who make a report can choose how much information they want to share.

To report abuse, you can contact the DOJ at (877) 222-2620.

You can…

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Litton names task force to oversee third-party review of SBC Executive Committee

NASHVILLE (TN)
Biblical Recorder [Cary NC]

July 12, 2021

By George Schroeder

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Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Ed Litton has appointed a seven-member task force to oversee a third-party review into the handling of sexual abuse claims by the SBC Executive Committee (EC).

Calling formation of the task force his “first priority,” Litton said the seven members of the task force “represent pastors, as well as professionals in law, counseling and abuse advocacy.” According to a July 9 news release, the task force will be chaired by Bruce Frank, lead pastor of Biltmore Baptist Church of Arden, N.C. The vice chairman is Marshall Blalock, pastor of First Baptist Church of Charleston, S.C.

“I believe the members of this team are men and women who genuinely pursue God and seek the truth and desire for survivor voices to be heard,” Litton said in a statement. “I am grateful for their willingness to serve our Convention in this important role.”

Additionally, Litton announced two advisors to the…

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NDAs Kept These Christians Silent. Now They’re Speaking Out Against Them.

(MALAWI)
Christianity Today [Carol Stream IL]

July 7, 2021

By Daniel Silliman

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A wave of activists across countries and denominations is calling for the end to non-disclosure and confidentiality clauses.

A growing number of ministers, missionaries, Christian workers, abuse victims, and victims’ advocates are publicly objecting to the non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses used by major religious organizations. They say the legal tools that were designed to protect tech industry “trade secrets” are widely misused to conceal abuse, preserve secrets, and protect powerful reputations without regard for the human cost.

On Wednesday, an international group of them launched a campaign to end “the misuse of non-disclosure agreements,” called NDAs, with a website and the hashtag #NDAfree.

“It’s time to set people free,” said Lee Furney, one of the organizers of #NDAfree and a British expat who lives in Malawi and works to support churches there. Furney played a key role in exposing…

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Divine Word Missionaries Who Worked in New Jersey Accused of Abuse

BORDENTOWN (NJ)
Horowitz Law [Fort Lauderdale FL]

July 12, 2021

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Though it has attracted very little public attention, a Catholic religious order has posted a list of its ‘credibly accused’ child molesting clerics. At least eight of them were in New Jersey and three of them are still alive.

Why is this relevant now? Because most people who were abused in New Jersey at any time only have until December 2021 to sue those responsible for the crimes and cover ups.

The Chicago-based Divine Word Missionaries put their ‘credibly accused’ list on their website in late May.

[See Chicago Sun-Times article.]

Those who spent time in New Jersey include:

–Fr. Jefferson Pool who worked in Bordentown between 1998-2020 and now lives in East Troy WI.

–Br. Gary Craanen who worked in Bordentown between 1973-1977 and now lives in Wisconsin.

–Br. Rogers (Charles) Hannan who worked in Asbury Park in 1987 and whose current whereabouts are unknown.

–Br. Deogratias Aguilar…

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‘You know we are going to kill you’: Ex-priest’s chilling threat to lawyer

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Sydney Morning Herald [Sydney, New South Wales, Australia]

July 14, 2021

By Chris Barrett

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A defrocked Catholic priest accused of systematic child abuse in East Timor has been reported to police for allegedly threatening to kill the human rights lawyer representing the victims.

The claim against American-born Richard Daschbach was made in a statement released on Tuesday night by law firm JUS Juridico Social Consultoria.

“At around 11.15am [on Tuesday] inside the Oecusse District Court, the accused of the case of 14 counts of sexual abuse against children, one count of child pornography and domestic violence, ex-priest Mr Richard Daschbach threatened to kill Ms Barbara Oliveira, partner of JU,S Juridico Social,” the firm said in the statement.

“This threat was made inside the court building, directly witnessed by one member of the national police. While Ms Oliveira was sitting and working in the waiting area of the court waiting for the conclusion of the hearing, Mr Daschbach left the defendant waiting room to go…

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Catholic priest outspoken about clergy abuse faces removal as Richmond Bishop petitions The Vatican

ROCKY MOUNT (VA)
WRIC - ABC 8 [Richmond VA]

July 13, 2021

By Kerri O'Brien

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A Virginia priest could be removed from priesthood. He continued to blog about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals even after the Catholic Diocese of Richmond Bishop ordered him to keep quiet.

8News first began digging into this story back in early 2020. Father Mark White at first obeyed an order to stop blogging. However, he restarted the online conversation once COVID hit and in-person church services halted. That has now prompted Bishop Barry Knestout to take their battle to Pope Francis.

The dispute heated up when in a surprise move, Bishop Knestout suddenly showed up at St. Francis of Assisi in Rocky Mount and took over mass. Father Mark White was the pastor at the Church. He also served as Pastor at St. Joseph’s in Rocky Mount.

During the televised service Bishop Knestout told viewers, “Father White and I are at odds.” In the video shared with 8News, you see Pastor…

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July 13, 2021

The St. Pius X youth seminary in Vatican City, circa 2009. (Courtesy of Kamil Jarzembowski)

A teen was accused of abuse inside Vatican City. Powerful church figures helped him become a priest.

VATICAN CITY (VATICAN CITY)
Washington Post

July 12, 2021

By Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli

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[Photo above: The St. Pius X youth seminary in Vatican City, circa 2009. (Courtesy of Kamil Jarzembowski)]

The warnings started coming eight years ago, sent to some of the most powerful figures in the Roman Catholic Church, alerting them to a potential sex abuse crime that stood out from other church cases.

The profile of the alleged abuser, by itself, was unusual: not a priest, but rather a teenage altar boy, who was said to have coerced a peer to engage in various sex acts night after night over six years. And then there was the purported location: inside the Vatican’s own walls, at a youth seminary for the 15 or so altar boys who served the pope.

“Right now a boy is there who should no longer be there,” read an anonymous letter sent to Pope Francis and several cardinals in 2013, informing the just-elected pontiff of an alleged…

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Priest guilty of 25 sexual abuse charges

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July 12, 2021

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A Catholic priest has been found guilty of numerous historical abuse charges including three counts of having homosexual sex with young boys.

Anthony William Peter Caruana, 79, was convicted of 25 charges relating to 12 victims after jurors in his Sydney trial were deliberating for nearly 10 days.

They will return to the NSW District Court on Wednesday to continue deciding on a majority verdict for the remaining two counts.

The former boarding housemaster is accused of abusing male students while he was a school teacher, rugby coach, and conductor at Chevalier College, south of Sydney in the 1980s.

Over a six-week trial, the jury heard evidence that one of his 14-year-old victims was attacked while in the band storage room cleaning instruments.

The teacher grabbed his hand and forced it down his pants, another time saying words to the effect of “God will love you if you do what…

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Anti-LGBTQ+ Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse to Cure Homosexuality

PARIS (FRANCE)
Advocate [New York NY]

July 12, 2021

By Alex Cooper

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Allegations of homophobic priest Tony Anatrella sexually abusing men have been around for decades. 

A French Catholic priest, Tony Anatrella, who once served as a Vatican adviser regarding sexuality, is facing a church trial over alleged sexual relationships with his male clients.

The priest, 80, has a history of supporting anti-LGBTQ+ rights initiatives including authoring an article that supported a ban on queer people serving in the priesthood, according to Queerty. The website also reported that he claimed gay men raised violent children.

Anatrella has had a history of sexual assault allegations as well, according to The National Catholic Reporter. The outlet reported that allegations have been circulating for almost 20 years. French dioceses sent seminarians thought to be gay to Anatrella who said he could suppress their sexual orientation. He has denied the allegations against him.

He was banned from ministering in 2018.

There have been three complaints made…

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Buffalo Diocese Places Retired Priest on Leave After Abuse Allegation

BUFFALO (NY)
National Catholic Register - EWTN [Irondale AL]

July 12, 2021

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An alleged victim, in a complaint under the Child Victims Act, claimed she was abused as a child in the 1980s at what the complaint names as St. Matthew parish.

After diocesan officials discovered an unreported allegation of abuse, Bishop Michael Fisher of Buffalo has placed on leave an 88-year-old retired priest, Monsignor Leo McCarthy, who denies the accusation.

“Bishop Fisher wishes to emphasize that the decision to restrict Msgr. McCarthy’s priestly faculties at this time is in no way intended to indicate his guilt or is it a determination about the truth or falsity of the complaints,” the Diocese of Buffalo said.

An alleged victim, in a complaint under the Child Victims Act, claimed she was abused as a child in the 1980s at what the complaint names as St. Matthew parish. The diocese was not served the complaint but officials found the claim in a search of publicly…

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Examining priest abuse after closure of Croteau case

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WGGB - WesternMassNews [Springfield MA]

July 12, 2021

By Audrey Russo and Amanda Callahan

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Now for a Western Mass News exclusive.

New details Monday night surrounding a defrocked priest who authorities said was responsible for the murder of altar boy Danny Croteau nearly 50 years ago.

Western Mass News learned of new allegations against former priest Richard Lavigne, who died days before the Hampden DA could bring murder charges against him.

Danny Croteau is one of those names that never left the heart of the western Mass. community.

The 13-year-old’s murder went unsolved by the law for nearly 50 years.

In the eyes of some in the community, however, Priest Richard Lavigne was always seen as guilty.

“They all would think that he did it. That was always the rumor.”

The priest was convicted of child sex abuse involving different children in 1992, defrocked in the early 2000s, and died in May of 2021, just as the Hampden District Attorney planned to…

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July 12, 2021

People from Mosakahiken Cree Nation hug in front of a makeshift memorial at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the facility, in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, on June 4, 2021. - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 4 urged the Catholic Church to "take responsibility" and release records on indigenous residential schools under its direction, after the discovery of remains of 215 children in unmarked graves. (Photo by Cole Burston / AFP)

Canada officials call for Pope Francis to formally apologise on behalf of Catholic Church after over 1,000 children’s bodies found

ST. CATHARINES (CANADA)
The Irish Post [London, England]

July 10, 2021

By Rachael O'Connor

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[Photo above: People from Mosakahiken Cree Nation hug in front of a makeshift memorial at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the facility, in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, on June 4, 2021. – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 4 urged the Catholic Church to “take responsibility” and release records on indigenous residential schools under its direction, after the discovery of remains of 215 children in unmarked graves. (Photo by Cole Burston / AFP)]

THERE ARE growing calls for Pope Francis to officially apologise on behalf of the Catholic Church for the church’s role in Canada’s residential schools, set up to forcibly assimilate First Nations children.

Over the past several months, the bodies of over 1,000 children have been discovered at three former residential schools run by the Catholic Church; neither the Pope or the Church have…

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Former Student Sues Providence High School in Burbank, Alleges Sexual Abuse of Minor by Then Track Coach

LOS ANGELES (CA)
KCAL - CBS 9 [Los Angeles CA]

July 11, 2021

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Providence High School, a private Catholic school in Burbank, was sued by a former student who alleges her track and field coach sexually molested her as a minor in 2019, and then warned her not to tell anyone what he’d done.

The lawsuit, brought Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, identifies 27-year-old Mohamed Haddada as the former coach. The now 18-year-old plaintiff is listed only as Jane Doe.

According to court documents, Doe was 16-years-old and in 10th grade when Haddada was assigned as her track and field coach. The suit alleges that the then coach began manipulating Doe’s emotions to take advantage of her age in order to ultimately sexually abuse her.

Haddada is said to have had adult-oriented conversations with the teenage girl, shared personal information about his private life and paid special attention to her.

In 2019, the Providence High track-and-field program continued into the summer, with…

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Retired priest placed on administrative leave following child abuse complaint

BUFFALO (NY)
Buffalo News [Buffalo NY]

July 9, 2021

By Harold McNeil

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The Diocese of Buffalo announced Friday that a retired priest who continues to assist in the ministry of St. Matthew’s parish in Buffalo has been placed on administrative leave in the wake of a child abuse complaint against him.

A statement released by the diocese said it recently became aware of an action brought pursuant to the Child Victims Act by a woman who alleges she was abused as a child in the early 1980s by Monsignor Leo McCarthy, 88.

The complaint was not served on the diocese but was discovered during a search of publicly filed complaints, diocesan officials said.

The diocese notified the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, reached out to the attorney for the plaintiff and approached McCarthy, who denied committing any acts of abuse.

The diocese reported the matter to the Independent Review Board, which, it said, will be responsible for appointing an independent investigator.

Since the woman…

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‘A wicked problem’: Advocacy center expands to deal with increase in child abuse allegations

TRAVERSE CITY (MI)
Record-Eagle [Traverse City MI]

July 11, 2021

By Patti Brandt Burgess

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Child sexual abuse sometimes takes place under the blankets while a child sits with their abuser on the sofa, watching TV in a room full of people.

“It’s a wicked problem that happens in the shadows,” said Ginger Kadlec, executive director of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, which recently added 2,200 square feet of space to deal with the rise in reports of sexual and physical abuse.

The added space nearly doubles the CAC’s size, allowing the center to now conduct two simultaneous forensic interviews, Kadlec said.

The number of child forensic interviews done at the CAC has increased by about 10 percent each year for the past several years, said Kadlec, who took over as director of the center in August. In May, 52 interviews were conducted, up from 38 in 2019.

“We’re anticipating that trend to continue upward,” Kadlec said. “We kind of hope that it does,…

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In Israel, activists and families push for stiffer sentences for child sex abusers

TEL AVIV-YAFO (ISRAEL)
Forward [New York NY]

July 8, 2021

By Yardena Schwartz

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The story is all too familiar. A child is sexually assaulted and the perpetrator either goes unpunished or gets a short prison sentence, even community service.

Activists describe a vicious cycle in which victims and their families have such low expectations of the Israeli justice system’s response that victims do not even report incidents — creating a public sense that child sexual abuse is not much of a problem.

But the Office of the State Attorney and groups dedicated to addressing the problem estimate that there are in fact tens of thousands of child sexual abuse cases in the country annually, many of them difficult to prosecute because there are no eyewitnesses and because the victims are young and traumatized.

After a series of particularly egregious cases resulting in limited consequences, advocates intensified public campaigns this spring and notched several small victories that they hope are harbingers for a broader…

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Camp Hope provides mountain haven for children who have experienced trauma

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
Salt Lake Tribune [Salt Lake City UT]

July 11, 2021

By Jordan Miller

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The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office hopes to give kids a place to just be kids.

Children and parents alike are always nervous at the drop off to summer sleepaway camp.

One grandmother was no exception when she dropped off her grandson June 28 to stay at a camp in the Uinta mountains, where just an hour from the city, children could see streams run through rocky waterways and lambs guided by sheepdogs alongside winding ridge roads.

“This first time he’s going to camp — he’s so excited he’s just bouncing,” she said. “He’s already got his stories ready for the campfire.”

But for her grandson, it was more than just a trip to camp, it was a chance for healing. For five days, in a picturesque corner of the Uintas overlooking a mountain meadow, 62 children who were all victims of crime got to bond, make friends and…

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