ABUSE TRACKER

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

January 30, 2012

Prayerful Protest for the Future of the Philadelphia Catholic Church

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

January 30, 2012 by Susan Matthews

In light of all that has happened – clergy child sex abuse, priests with pornograhy, the hearings, the school closings, the embezzlement and so much more – let’s get out to support victims, protect children, demand transparency and renew our Church! Pray and protest for the future of the Philadelphia Catholic Church.

Please join Sister Maureen Turlish and many others during the First Friday Vigil on February 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in front of the Philadelphia Archdiocesan offices at 222 North 17th Street in center city.

All are welcome to participate in prayer, picketing and protest.

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Tomah man accused of child sexual assault

WISCONSIN
News 8000

TOMAH, Wis. — A former truck driver and pastor from Tomah faces charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a child for an extended period of time.

64-year-old Michael Delaney was appeared in court Monday on possible charges of sexual assault of a child, repeated acts of sexual assault of the same child, and child enticement.

Tomah Police say the the abuse is alleged to have happened in Monroe County and other parts of the United States.

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Lodi priest deported for molestation, jailed in Ireland for child porn

IRELAND/CALIFORNIA
News 10

Written by
Paul Janes

DUBLIN, IRELAND – A former Stockton priest who had been jailed then deported to Ireland for two counts of child molestation, was sentenced on Monday to three years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Oliver O’Grady, 66, was sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after 65,000 graphic images of children were discovered on a laptop he left behind on a plane in Amsterdam, according to an article on Newstalk.ie.

According to the Lodi News Sentinel, O’Grady had served at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Lodi from 1971-1978, and at parishes in Stockton, Turlock , Hughson and San Andreas from 1979 through his time of arrest in 1993.

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Notorious ex-CA pedophile priest jailed; SNAP responds

IRELAND/CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Blaine on January 30, 2012

One of the most notorious serial child molesting Catholic clerics in California history has apparently been jailed in Ireland for child porn.

Oliver O’Grady sexually assaulted boys and girls in and around Stockton for years. High ranking Catholic officials, including then-Bishop Roger Mahony (who went on to head the nation’s largest archdiocese for years), knew of or suspected his heinous crimes. For years, they ignored or concealed those crimes. And who knows how many innocent lives were devastated as a result.

We applaud law enforcement for catching and prosecuting O’Grady. He clearly remains a danger to kids. We hope he’s put behind bars for the rest of his life. And we hope that every single Catholic employee – current or former, high ranking or low level, in the US, Ireland or the Netherlands – who kept silent about O’Grady’s crimes will find the courage to “come clean,” admit wrongdoing, apologize to his victims, and share what they know with police and prosecutors.

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Philly judge issues rulings this morning; SNAP responds

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on January 30, 2012

This morning, a Philadelphia judge ruled again that retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua will testify in the upcoming clergy sex abuse and cover up trial involving Msgr. Lynn.

We are grateful this judge is standing by her conviction that Bevilacqua will have to testify. For far too long, too many Catholic officials have feigned illnesses and memory lapses’ to avoid facing tough questions, in open court, under oath, about their role in concealing clergy sex crimes.

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Child abuse bills advance

NEW MEXICO
Las Cruces Sun-News

Sun-News report

Two bills to combat child abuse introduced by Senate Majority Whip Mary Jane Garcia, D-Do-a Ana, cleared the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Thursday evening.

They are SB58, which defines criminal sexual penetration of a child under 5 as “aggravated criminal sexual penetration,” making it eligible for a life sentence; and SB59, which makes the murder of a child under 13 with an aggravating circumstance eligible for life in prison without the possibility of parole, the toughest sentence available in New Mexico.

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Judge to rule by Monday about evidence in Catholic church sexual abuse trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

January 30, 2012
By Elizabeth Fiedler

Lawyers in the Philadelphia Archdiocese child sexual abuse case faced off in court Monday. The Judge upheld her previous ruling that retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua is competent to be a witness. Also at the pre-trial hearing, the judge vowed to decide by Monday another major matter.

Monsignor William Lynn is accused of child endangerment and conspiracy for allegedly transferring priests accused of sexual abuse.

Prosecutors say if they’re allowed to introduce abuse allegations against priests who are not charged in the case, they will show Lynn continued a tradition in the Archdiocese of hiding or ignoring possible abuse.

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Diocesan Investigator Expands Abuse Focus

KANSAS CITY (MO)
KMBC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s newest investigator of abuse in the Catholic Church said the rules are changing and investigators are casting a broader net.

Diocesan investigator Jenifer Valenti was appointed local sexual abuse investigator last summer as the priest abuse scandal ravaged the church.

Valenti said investigators don’t plan to limit investigations to just reports of abuse. They’re also going to look into suspicions of abuse.

“The Diocese is taking the position that we want to look into things that seem suspicious before we, somebody, has to report abuse,” Valenti said. “Those behaviors may point to predators.”

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Priest held for rape attempt

INDIA
Times of India

NEW DELHI: A man who claimed to be a tantrik was arrested on Sunday for allegedly trying to rape a woman and rob her of jewellery in the Govindpuri area of southeast Delhi. The accused, Nand Lal Gupta, is a priest at a temple in Tughlakabad Extension. “The woman approached him for treatment of pain in her hand, but he allegedly tried to assault her sexually,” said Ajay Chaudhry, addl CP, southeast.

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SNAP meetings now open to all victims of abuse

KATY (TX)
Ultimate Katy

by Cody Tucker | January 30, 2012

The Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests/Clergy will hold its next meeting on Feb. 2.

SNAP is now available to any victims of abuse, whether it’s at the hands of coaches, scout leaders, teachers, relatives or others.

The group meets on the first Saturday of every month in Conference Area A, Classroom A on the second floor at Christus St. Catherine Hospital, located at 701 S. Fry in Katy.

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“Catholics” in Anti-Contraceptive Crusader Mode: An Addendum

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

A quick footnote to flesh out something I said in my first posting today: I stated that the U.S. Catholic bishops’ current righteous crusade against the Obama administration vis-a-vis contraceptive coverage asks us–unbelievable!–to imagine that the U.S. Catholic bishops and their right-wing religious and political allies are trustworthy moral guides at this moment of history.

And I’d like now to cite two points of evidence that should, I would argue, give pause to think for anyone inclined to give the bishops the benefit of the doubts as they beat their warm drums to place a Republican in the White House:

1. In the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, a trial date has just been set for Bishop Robert Finn, who is under criminal indictment for failure to report suspected child abuse to criminal authorities in the case of Father Shawn Ratigan.
2. And in the archdiocese of Philadelphia, where the former secretary for clergy, Monsignor William J. Lynn, is also under criminal indictment on similar charges, and where the district attorney has just contended that the diocese kept a priest in ministry four decades after it knew of his sadomachostic activity with youngsters, the archdiocese has just been labeled an “unindicted co-conspirator” in Lynn’s trial.

As the bishops go on the political warpath right now, and as Catholics of the right and center line up behind them, it might be important to keep those two pieces of information in mind–if one really does care about the moral standing and moral credibility of Catholic teaching in the public square.

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Zweiter Zwischenbericht des externen Beauftragten der Redemptoristen zur Untersuchung von Vorfällen sexuellen Missbrauchs Minderjähriger

DEUTSCHLAND
Redemptoristen der Provinz St. Clemens

Seit 2003 ist Herr Hermann-Josef Merzbach, Direktor des Amtsgerichts Leverkusen, externer Beauftragter der Redemptoristen zur Untersuchung von Vorfällen sexuellen Missbrauchs Minderjähriger. Seinen ersten Zwischenbericht hat der Orden im Sommer 2010 veröffentlicht. Jetzt hat Herr Merzbach einen zweiten Zwischenbericht vorgelegt.

Herr Merzbach hat für seine Untersuchungen einen weitgefassten Auftrag erhalten. Gegenstand seiner Untersuchung sind alle Meldungen von Verdacht auf sexuellem Missbrauch an Minderjährigen im gesamten Bereich der seelsorglichen und pädagogischen Tätigkeit in Verantwortung der Redemptoristen der früheren Kölner Ordensprovinz. Dieser Auftrag umfasst Orte vor allem im Westen und Norden Deutschlands sowie im Grenzbereich der Niederlande (Glanerbrück/NL bei Gronau).

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My Brothers & Sisters in Christ:

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio

[public notice]

[letter to parishioners]

The Archdiocese of San Antonio is unconditionally committed to the protection of children and youth within our community. In order to assure the children and youth are protected from harm, it has been mandated that all adults who minister to children must receive abuse prevention education. It is also mandated that all children and youth enrolled in religious education or in Catholic Schools be trained in abuse prevention. The archdiocese has developed Safe Environment Training for children, youth, and adults.

The Archdiocese of San Antonio cannot protect all children and youth alone; it is important that all Catholics ensure that we are following the mandate of Jesus, and “Let the little children come to me.” All adults, including parents, are encouraged to receive Safe Environment Training at your local parish or Catholic School. Children and youth need trusted and loving adults in whom they can confide any concern or fear.

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Church bookkeeper accused of stealing $1 million from Archdiocese of New York

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

By Melissa Grace AND Corky Siemaszko / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, January 30, 2012

A church bookkeeper was busted Monday for breaking the Eighth Commandment in a huge way by stealing more than $1 million from the Archdiocese of New York, officials said.

Mild-mannered Anita Collins pulled off the scam by billing the church for non-existent services and funneling the dough into accounts she controlled, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. …

Adding insult to injury, this is not the first time Collins has been accused of embezzling funds.

Collins’ rap sheet lists two arrests for larceny before she began working eight years ago at the archdiocesan headquarters on First Ave. in Manhattan, sources said.

Church officials, however, had no idea of Collins’ crooked past because she wasn’t required to undergo a criminal background check, sources said.

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Former church employee accused of fraud

NEW YORK
YNN

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — A former employee of the New York Archdiocese is accused of stealing about $1 million. The Archdiocese reported the theft to a Manhattan District Attorney back in December 2011.

Anita Collins is accused of manipulating the accounts payable system in the Department of Education Finance Office. Collins had been an employee of the Archdiocese since 2003 until her termination on December 6, 2011.

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Clerk charged with swiping $1M from NY archdiocese

NEW YORK
The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — An Archdiocese of New York clerk has been arrested on charges of manipulating the church’s accounts payable system to steal more than $1 million in education money.

Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling said Monday that Anita Collins wrote checks to herself or a relative but recorded them as payments to legitimate vendors.

The archdiocese says its staff and outside auditors spotted the theft and alerted prosecutors.

Collins has a prior grand larceny conviction from 1999. She was sentenced to community service and five years’ probation.

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Bookkeeper Accused of Stealing $1 Million From Archdiocese

NEW YORK
The New York Times

By SHARON OTTERMAN and KATE TAYLOR

Published: January 30, 2012

The Manhattan district attorney’s office on Monday arrested a Bronx woman who is accused of stealing more than $1 million from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York when she worked in the archdiocese’s finance office, law enforcement officials and church leaders said.

The woman, Anita Collins, 67, had been previously convicted of grand larceny in one case and had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in another case, but the archdiocese said it did not know of those legal troubles when she was hired, because she did not undergo a background check.

Ms. Collins worked at the headquarters of the archdiocese, at 1011 First Avenue in Manhattan, for more than eight years, first in accounts payable for the education finance office, and then for the chancery, the main office that manages the archdiocese’s extensive finances.

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Judge Says Bevilacqua Can Be Called To Testify In Priest Child-Sex Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The judge in an alleged clergy abuse case (see related story) has again rejected a defense motion to prohibit the testimony of retired Philadelphia cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua on competency grounds, even though the defense contends that Bevilacqua can’t accurately remember many of his own actions during the last two decades.

The judge ordered Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua’s testimony preserved — videotaped — in late November after finding the cardinal competent despite suffering from dementia and cancer (see previous story).

But after hearing his testimony, defense attorneys for defendant Msgr. William Lynn renewed the competency issue, arguing that Belivacqua couldn’t even identify Msgr. Lynn — his Secretary for Clergy for over a decade — or remember his own previous testimony.

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NY Archdiocese employee accused of swiping over $1M

NEW YORK
The New York Post

By JOSE MARTINEZ

Last Updated: 12:09 PM, January 30, 2012

A 67-year-old Bronx woman who worked as an accounts payable clerk was busted today after authorities accused her of embezzling more than $1 million from the Archdiocese of New York.

Anita Collins worked in the Archdiocese’s Manhattan headquarters and never informed her bosses that she’d been previously convicted of grand larceny in another case in 1999 when she worked for a temp agency.

The church never did a background check on Collins.

Joe Zwilling, a spokesman for the Archdiocese, said church officials reported to the Manhattan DA’s office last month that they had “uncovered what we initially believed to be the theft of at least $350,000.”

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Father Jonathan Morris Has A Friend In Roger Ailes?!

UNITED STATES
NewsHounds

Posted by Priscilla -1.80pc on January 30, 2012

Fr. Jonathan Morris’ upward mobility shows that he’s quite the mover. While he seems like your average parish priest, he is hardly that. In 2002 he was ordained as a priest in the wealthy and secretive Legionaries of Christ which was founded by the disgraced Fr. Marcel Maciel. By 2005, in addition to a cushy assignment as the rector of the Legionaries’ seminary in Rome, Morris had joined Fox News. He subsequently left the Legion and ended up at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the theater district of NYC and not in some poor church in the outer boroughs. So he’s got a daytime job and he’s doing all right. I joked, in an earlier post, about how his friendship with NY Archbishop Dolan shows how he has friends in high places. It seems that that he has another friend in another very high place – no, not “the big guy” in heaven, but the “big guy” at God’s own network, Fox News. Could it be that Roger Ailes hearts Fr. Morris? Hmmm…..

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Judge reaffirms ruling on Bevilacqua’s testimony

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Despite defense claims that Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua is senile and remembers nothing about the past two decades, a Philadelphia judge this morning reaffirmed her ruling that the former head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia competent to testify in the trial of three priests accused of sexually abusing young boys.

“I’ll adhere to my original ruling,” Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told defense attorney Thomas A. Bergstrom, attorney for Msgr. William J. Lynn, a former church official accused of enabling a pedophile priest to continue preying upon children by transferring him after he was accused.

Sarmina left open the question of whether the 88-year-old Bevilacqua’s testimony would be in person, or a replay of parts of the video transcript of two days of private questioning last November at the Cardinal’s residence at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

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Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua: Competent

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Weekly

A Philadelphia judge has ruled—again—that retired Roman Catholic Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua is competent to stand trial in a Philadelphia clergy rape/torture case, of which much information, including a grand jury report, was released last winter.

Bevilacqua will likely serve as a witness in the trial of his longtime aide Monsignor William Lynn, 88, who awaits trial not on abusing children, but on conspiring to keep abusive pedophiles in the ministry, and therefore endangering those children. Lynn’s defense is set to argue that Lynn took orders from Bevilacqua. Lynn’s lawyer has previously stated that Bevilacqua threw him “under the bus.” Prosecutors are calling the entire archdiocese an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the case.

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Philly judge again finds church cardinal competent

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
KGAN

By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia judge has again ruled that a retired Roman Catholic cardinal with dementia is competent and could become a trial witness.

Lawyers for Monsignor William Lynn say 88-year-old Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (beh-vih-LAH’-kwah) no longer recognizes his longtime aide, Lynn. They say Bevilacqua remembers little if anything about his 10 appearances before a grand jury in 2003 and 2004.

Lynn is the former secretary for clergy. He awaits trial on charges he endangered children and conspired with others to keep accused pedophiles in ministry.

Defense lawyers argue that he took orders from Bevilacqua. But they say the cardinal’s failing memory deprives them of meaningful cross-examination.

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[WATCH]: Victims of Sexual Abuse by Clergy Seek Justice at the International Criminal Court

UNITED STATES
massmachusetts.com

Pope Benedict XVI and three other high-ranking Vatican officials were named as defendants in a Complaint filed on September 13, 2011, with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Amsterdam. The unprecedented action was initiated by the victims of sexual abuse by the clergy. They charged the Vatican officials with covering up and “allowing the rape, sexual violence, and torture” of children. They want the Court to investigate the matter, which they say amounts to “crimes against humanity.” On September 14, 2011, the “Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests,” (SNAP), held a press conference in Baltimore, MD, in front of the Roman Catholic archdiocese’s headquarters, at Mulberry and Cathedral Streets. SNAP’s Director, David Lorenz, shared his views on the case. To learn more, go to: www.snapnetwork.org and http and www.boston.com

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Visitador canónico hará llegar conclusiones tras encuentros con víctimas de Karadima y miembros d

CHILE
La Tercera

El viernes recién pasado terminó la visita canónica ordenada por el Vaticano, a la Unión Sacerdotal, realizada por monseñor Carlos María Collazzi, en el marco de la sentencia de la Santa Sede contra el ex párroco Fernando Karadima, considerado culpable por abusos sexuales reiterados.

De acuerdo a un comunicado emitido por el Arzobispado, se indicó que el obispo de Mercedes, Uruguay, realizó una visita a la Unión Sacerdotal del Sagrado Corazón; “sugerida al Arzobispo de Santiago por la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, de la Santa Sede”.

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Bishops, religious to attend major conference on preventing abuse

ROME
Catholic News Service

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) — Representatives of most of the world’s bishops’ conferences and 30 religious orders will meet in Rome in early February to launch a global initiative aimed at improving efforts to stop clerical sexual abuse and better protect children and vulnerable adults.

The conference, “Toward Healing and Renewal,” will be held Feb. 6-9 at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University and is being supported by the Vatican Secretariat of State and several other Vatican offices.

U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which deals with priests accused of abuse, will give the opening address. Other speakers include: a victim of abuse; mental health professionals who have worked in the areas of prevention and treatment; and bishops from different parts of the world, who will talk about responses to the abuse crisis in their countries.

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Evidence hearing resumes for Philadelphia monsignor accused of covering up abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

January 30, 2012
By Shannon McDonald

In what’s expected to be the last hearing date before the trial begins, Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn will return to court today as prosecutors argue for the use of evidence of other alleged sex abuse by priests.

Lynn has been charged with covering up abuse by relocating parish priests who’ve been accused of sexually abusing children. He was named in a grand jury report with a teacher and three priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Update, 10:30 a.m. Closing arguments in the evidence hearing wrapped up quickly, with the District Attorney’s office claiming inaction by officials like Lynn emboldened priests to continue their abuse.

Lynn’s attorney countered the argument, saying Lynn had finished his role as clergy secretary before some of the allegations surfaced.

A decision will come by next Monday.

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WA: Victims blast one law, praise another

SEATTLE (WA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

–blast Washington’s attorney general’s move to limit damages in civil lawsuits against state officials, and
— endorse a proposal to make clergy “mandatory reporters” of suspected child sex crimes.
They will also praise a woman who was repeatedly molested as a child by a convicted sex offender and just reached a multi-million dollar settlement with Washington officials.

WHEN
Monday, Jan. 30 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE
Outside the King County courthouse, corner of 4th Ave. and James Street in downtown Seattle WA

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Serial child predator may be paroled; SNAP responds

ALABAMA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on January 30, 2012

The Alabama parole board tomorrow will consider paroling a serial child predator, Charles Donald Corley, who manipulated and assaulted children through both a Boy Scout troop and a Methodist church. The board should err on the side of the safety of kids and keep Corley behind bars.

It’s a simple choice really: does the state protect several vulnerable children or help one devious criminal? We urge the board to ask this simple question: Why take the risk?

Some may accuse us of being “vengeful.” We believe we are just being prudent. If a pickpocket gets out of prison and steals another wallet, that’s unfortunate but not tragic. Child sex crimes, however, are devastating. They leave decades of depression, anxiety, isolation, shame, confusion and self-blame in their wake. Why gamble that yet another innocent child be so severely damaged?

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Wash away your affiliation

FRANCE
Get Religion

NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday had a story about a 71-year-old atheist’s rather curious legal battle against the Catholic Church in France. Rene LeBouvier has taken the church to court over its refusal to let him “nullify” his baptism:

LeBouvier grew up in that world and says his mother once hoped he’d become a priest. But his views began to change in the 1970s, when he was introduced to free thinkers. As he didn’t believe in God anymore, he thought it would be more honest to leave the church. So he wrote to his diocese and asked to be un-baptized.

“They sent me a copy of my records, and in the margins next to my name, they wrote that I had chosen to leave the church,” he says. …

OK, the story just utterly confuses me. LeBouvier has already left the church. And he doesn’t deny he was baptized. Is he asking the court to force the church to rewrite history? Again, he was baptized into the Christian faith. He has since renounced the faith. The church records both that he was baptized into the faith and that he chose to leave the church.

I’m not sure if the article simply needs to explain the oddities of French law more or if the story just fell down on the explanation of how Christian sacraments work.

The article apparently equates asking the church to strike the name from baptismal records with something called “de-baptism,” without quite explaining why it’s called that

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Former priest jailed after thousands of child images found

IRELAND
Newstalk

A defrocked paedophile priest has been jailed for 3 years after Gardai found evidence of 65,000 graphic images of children on his laptop.

Oliver O’Grady used to live at Charlemont House in Dublin 2.

He admitted 3 counts of possession of child pornography after leaving his computer on a flight from Amsterdam.

He was sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr. O’Grady was a priest in the US for 30 years before being convicted of abusing 2 children in California.

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Access to the Courts For Repressed Memory

MINNESOTA
Child Protection News

Written on January 27, 2012 by Patrick Noaker

One of the pillars of justice to which I have dedicated my career is meaningful access to the court systems for all. Even those with mental conditions that make it difficult for the justice system to embrace. Often this fight is about removing barriers that keep people out of the courts. Recently, I had the honor of arguing in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court on one of these issues. The case before the Minnesota Supreme Court involved a survivor of childhood sexual abuse by the well-known sexual abuser Fr. Thomas Adamson. As a reaction to the trauma of being sexually assaulted by his parish priest, the boy developed amnesia for the sexual abuse. The traumatic memories then flooded back years later.

This type of amnesia is not common in the general population, but is more common in people who have been traumatized like combat veterans, child abuse victims, Holocaust survivors, and war refugees. There has been much discussion in the fields of psychology and psychiatry about this amnesia, commonly referred to as repressed memory. In our case, the issue was whether to allow persons who have experienced repressed memory to have access to courts. Can criminal or civil cases be prosecuted when a person experiences repressed memory? I advocate the position that all people should be given access to Minnesota courts – no matter what mental or physical condition they suffer from. The above Minnesota Lawyer article summarizes the arguments to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

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What’s in a place? ask prosecution in appeal

MALTA
Times of Malta

A mistake in a charge sheet which led to a defrocked priest being cleared of rape was at the centre of an appeal yesterday as legal arguments were exchanged over the error.

The mistake had emerged during the proceedings against three priests, which were held behind closed doors. A victim testified he had been raped at the St Joseph Home in Ħamrun when the charge gave the location of the crime as having been a home in Marfa.

The former priest, Francesco Scerri, also known as Godwin, was convicted of abusing boys about 20 years ago and jailed for five years, while a second former priest, Carmel Pulis, received a six-year jail sentence for also abusing boys. A third member of the same Order, Brother Joseph Bonnett, who had been facing the same charges, passed away last January, aged 63, during the proceedings.

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Deken De Kruijf stopt vanwege celibaat

NEDERLAND
Ee Telegraaf

DEN BOSCH – Pastoor-deken Rudy de Kruijf uit Wijchen heeft aan het bisdom Den Bosch laten weten niet verder te willen gaan als priester. Hij wil de celibataire levensstaat niet langer als leidraad nemen voor zijn leven, zo maakte het bisdom zondag bekend.

De Kruijf vroeg in november aan de bisschop om een tijd van bezinning om persoonlijke redenen. Hij was naar eigen zeggen „zoekende naar zijn plek in de kerk.” De bisschop gaf hem die ruimte en onthief hem van zijn taken in Wijchen.

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Deken De Kruijf stopt vanwege celibaat

NEDERLAND
RTL

Pastoor-deken Rudy de Kruijf uit Wijchen heeft aan het bisdom Den Bosch laten weten niet verder te willen gaan als priester. Hij wil de celibataire levensstaat niet langer als leidraad nemen voor zijn leven, zo maakte het bisdom zondag bekend.

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Nederlandse Kamer wil verder onderzoek naar misbruik in Kerk

NEDERLAND
Gazet van Antwerpen

In Nederland wil een meerderheid in de Tweede Kamer (van volksvertegenwoordigers) – van PvdA, PVV, SP en GroenLinks – dat er meer onderzoek gedaan wordt naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke Kerk en de rol van de overheid.

De SP wil dat het onderzoek uiteindelijk uitmondt in een parlementaire enquête. Dat is het zwaarste middel van de Tweede Kamer omdat getuigen onder ede worden verhoord.

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Kamer wil verder onderzoek naar misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
Leeuwarder Courant

AMSTERDAM – Een meerderheid in de Tweede Kamer van PvdA, PVV, SP en GroenLinks wil dat er meer onderzoek gedaan wordt naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid. De SP wil dat het uiteindelijk uitmondt in een parlementaire enquête. Dat is het zwaarste middel van de Tweede Kamer omdat getuigen onder ede worden verhoord.

De Kamer praat dinsdag over het rapport van de commissie-Deetman naar het seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. SP-Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen zei zondag in het tv-programma Buitenhof dat oud-minister Wim Deetman weliswaar goed werk heeft geleverd, maar dat nog zaken onderbelicht zijn gebleven, zoals mishandeling en de positie van vrouwen. Ook PvdA en PVV vinden dat er nog te weinig is gekeken naar de situatie van meisjes.

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SP: enquête naar misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
Pow! Ned

De SP vindt dat er verder onderzoek nodig is naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid. Uiteindelijk zou dat moeten uitmonden in een parlementaire enquête, waarbij getuigen onder ede kunnen worden gehoord.

SP-Tweede Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen zei dat in het tv-programma Buitenhof. De Kamer praat dinsdag over het rapport van de commissie-Deetman naar het seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. PvdA en GroenLinks waren eerder ook voorstander van een enquête.

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Kamer wil verder onderzoek naar misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
Almere Vandaag

AMSTERDAM – Een meerderheid in de Tweede Kamer van PvdA, PVV, SP en GroenLinks wil dat er meer onderzoek gedaan wordt naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid. De SP wil dat het uiteindelijk uitmondt in een parlementaire enquête. Dat is het zwaarste middel van de Tweede Kamer omdat getuigen onder ede worden verhoord.

De Kamer praat dinsdag over het rapport van de commissie-Deetman naar het seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. SP-Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen zei zondag in het tv-programma Buitenhof dat oud-minister Wim Deetman weliswaar goed werk heeft geleverd, maar dat nog zaken onderbelicht zijn gebleven, zoals mishandeling en de positie van vrouwen. Ook PvdA en PVV vinden dat er nog te weinig is gekeken naar de situatie van meisjes.

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Deken De Kruijf stopt vanwege celibaat

NEDERLAND
Nu

DEN BOSCH – Pastoor-deken Rudy de Kruijf uit Wijchen heeft aan het bisdom Den Bosch laten weten niet verder te willen gaan als priester.

Hij wil de celibataire levensstaat niet langer als leidraad nemen voor zijn leven, zo maakte het bisdom zondag bekend.

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SP wil parlementaire enquête naar seksueel misbruik bij kerk

NEDERLAND
NRC Handelsblad

door Peter Zantingh

De SP wil dat een parlementaire enquête wordt ingesteld naar het misbruik in de rooms-katholieke kerk. Dat zei SP-Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen vandaag in het televisieprogramma Buitenhof.

In de onderzoeken die tot nu toe zijn gedaan naar het seksueel misbruik is volgens haar geen oog geweest voor mishandeling en de rol van vrouwen. Ook kan met een parlementaire enquête volgens haar het probleem worden verholpen dat veel zaken niet meer te bewijzen zijn doordat dossiers zijn vernietigd.

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Misbruik moet verder worden onderzocht

NEDERLAND
BNR

Door Thijs Baas

29 January 2012

Er moet nader onderzoek komen naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid.

Dat onderzoek zou moeten leiden tot een parlementaire enquête, waarbij getuigen onder ede moeten worden verhoord. SP-Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen meldde dat zondag in het tv-programma Buitenhof.

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Truth and Reconciliation in P.A.

CANADA
Prince Albert Daily Herald

Published on January 30, 2012

Keely Dakin

The truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is coming to Prince Albert this week. From Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, hearings will be held at the Prince Albert Indian and Métis Friendship Centre.

Residential Schools have a 150-year history in Canada and the purpose of the hearings, according the TRC of Canada, is to bear witness to those years and to give a voice to the people who went through them.

The intent of the hearings is to give a space in which to air the violence and the hurt that is still felt by so many people. The hope is that by doing so, all Canadians, aboriginal and non-aboriginal will be able to move forward into a healthier future.

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OUR VIEW: Convicted child sexual abuser Charles Donald Corley should not be paroled

ALABAMA
Birmingham News

By Birmingham News editorial board

History and research have shown that pedophiles — serial offenders who sexually abuse children — often repeat their terrible crimes even after being caught or serving time in prison.

Of late, there have been some high-profile cases which support that conclusion, most notably that of Daniel M. Acker Jr., the retired Shelby County fourth-grade teacher who has been charged with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Police say Acker has confessed to molesting more than 20 young girls over his 25-year teaching career. Acker was accused of molestation in 1991 and was suspended with pay, but the Shelby County Board of Education reinstated him to his teaching position after a Shelby County grand jury failed to indict the teacher.

Charles Donald Corley also is a serial molester who was convicted of sexually abusing three boys in 1995 and sentenced to serve 30 years in prison. Yet, Corley is coming up for parole on Tuesday. Authorities say Corley left a trail of abuse over three decades — the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.

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January 29, 2012

Transfer of Vatican Official Who Exposed Corruption Hints at Power Struggle

VATICAN CITY
The New York Times

By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO

VATICAN CITY — An Italian television program about the transfer of a whistle-blowing Roman Catholic prelate has caused consternation at the Vatican and prompted speculation about a power struggle among senior clerics in the church.

Broadcast Wednesday evening on the private network La7, the program centered on confidential allegations by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò that he had made enemies within the Curia and beyond after rooting out corruption and financial mismanagement in the Vatican City administration.

The program showed several confidential letters written by Archbishop Viganò early last year to Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. In the letters, Archbishop Viganò, who was then the second-ranking official in the part of the Curia that administers Vatican City, asked to be allowed to continue cleaning up the Holy See’s financial affairs.

Instead, he was removed from his post and named the papal nuncio, or ambassador, to the United States.

The host of the television program, Gianluigi Nuzzi, said in an interview: “I’ve never heard of a top cleric who reveals episodes of corruption directly to the pope; it’s a first. And what happens? He is stopped from pursuing his objectives and gets sent away from the Holy See.”

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Archdiocesan Buck Stops at Embezzlement – Not Child Sex Abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

January 29, 2012 by Susan Matthews

Priests who sexually abuse children may get shuffled around – but don’t mess around with archdiocesan money. Where is all the talk of forgiveness for Anita Guzzardi? Hopefully, the leadership will audit their morals and money a bit better moving forward. I’m not holding my breath for transparency regarding either.

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For men and boys, a silver lining amid sex abuse scandals

UNITED STATES
CNN

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
updated 12:08 PM EST, Sun January 29, 2012

(CNN) — Advocates and therapists for survivors of male sex abuse say the recent scandals at Penn State and elsewhere may help men who were abused as children, and boys being abused today, step out of the shadows and get the support they deserve.

They also hope society can become better educated about the issue.

“The allegations have kick-started a public dialogue about sexual violence and the community’s responsibility,” says Jennifer Marsh, who directs hotlines at RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. “It’s a conversation we have to have and can’t shy away from.”

If increased Web traffic and calls to hotlines are any indication, the tide for men and boys may, in fact, be turning. …

Calls to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) also have gone up, both locally and nationally, by 20% to 30% since the recent wave of stories broke, says David Clohessy, the organization’s executive director.

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Kamer wil verder onderzoek naar misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
de Gelderlander

AMSTERDAM – Een meerderheid in de Tweede Kamer van PvdA, PVV, SP en GroenLinks wil dat er meer onderzoek gedaan wordt naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid.

De SP wil dat het uiteindelijk uitmondt in een parlementaire enquête. Dat is het zwaarste middel van de Tweede Kamer omdat getuigen onder ede worden verhoord.

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SP wil parlementaire enquête naar misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
Omroep Brabant

DEN HAAG – De Socialistische Partij (SP) vindt dat er verder onderzoek nodig is naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid. Uiteindelijk zou dat moeten uitmonden in een parlementaire enquête, waarbij getuigen onder ede kunnen worden gehoord.

SP-Tweede Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen zei dat zondag in het tv-programma Buitenhof. De Kamer praat dinsdag over het rapport van de commissie-Deetman naar het seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. PvdA en GroenLinks waren eerder ook voorstander van een enquête.

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Dutch Socialists want inquiry into church sex abuse

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

The Socialist Party believes that further research into Catholic church sex abuse in the Netherlands and the role played by the government is necessary. The research should eventually result in a parliamentary inquiry, in which witnesses can be heard under oath.

SP MP Sharon Gesthuizen made these statements on Sunday in current affairs television programme Buitenhof. Parliament will discuss the Deetman Commission’s report on church sex abuse on Tuesday.

Ms Gesthuizen says former minister Wim Deetman has done a good job, but argues that some issues have received insufficient attention, such as the abuse and the position of women. She also wants further research into the question of how the abuse could go on for such a long period and on such a large scale, and what the government’s role has been.

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Viganò’s allegations and the Vatican’s verifications

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The controversy began with the episode of “The Untouchables” on La7: how the Holy See investigated the incidents cited by the current nuncio to the United States

Andrea Tornielli
Vatican City

There is an episode that was not related in the debate that has gone on for days now about the accusations made by then Secretary of the Governorate, Msgr. Carlo Maria Viganò, appointed nuncio to the United States, after writing dramatic letters to the Pope and the Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, in which he speaks of episodes of “corruption” in the Vatican. The prelate’s private letters – a story revealed by Vatican Insider last June 26 – addressed to Benedict XVI and his chief collaborator, were exhibited by the journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi during the episode of the investigative television program on La7, called “Gli intoccabili”(“The Untouchables”).

In those letters, Viganò, who had by then received news of the Pope’s decision to appoint him as nuncio to the United States, distanced him (by promoting him) from the Governorate after less than two years and after undeniable results of morale-boosting and spending cuts, he claimed to be the victim of a plot, also involving some anonymous articles published in “Il Giornale”, and he named the names and surnames of its instigators, citing as the ultimate instigator Msgr. Paul Nicolini, delegate for the administrative-managerial areas of the Vatican Museums.

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Priest sorry over name and shame of church leavers

AUSTRIA
Austrian Times

Sunday, 29. January 2012

A Belgian priest working in Austria has apologised over the fact that he published the names of people in his congregation who left his flock so they could avoid paying the local church taxes.

Eight names from the congregation of 2000 in Sitzendorf an der Schmida in Austria were published in the local church newsletter sparking heated debate in the country.

Father Nicolaas Janssens, 51, Originally from Belgium who then trained in Aachen in Germany before starting work as a parish priest in Austria has now said that he is sorry for the row that he caused.

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SP wil parlementaire enquête naar misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
Metro

De SP wil dat een parlementaire enquête wordt ingesteld naar het misbruik in de rooms katholieke kerk. Dat zei SP-Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen zondag in het televisieprogramma Buitenhof.

In de onderzoeken die tot nu toe zijn gedaan naar het seksueel misbruik is volgens haar geen oog geweest voor mishandeling en de rol van vrouwen. Ook kan met een parlementaire enquête volgens haar het probleem worden verholpen dat veel zaken niet meer te bewijzen zijn doordat dossiers zijn vernietigd.

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SP wil parlementaire enquête misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
ED

AMSTERDAM – De SP wil dat er verder onderzoek nodig is naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid. Uiteindelijk zou dat moeten uitmonden in een parlementaire enquête, waarbij getuigen onder ede kunnen worden gehoord.

SP-Tweede Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen zei dat zondag in het tv-programma Buitenhof. De Kamer praat dinsdag over het rapport van de commissie-Deetman naar het seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk.

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On The Record: A Quest For De-Baptism In France

FRANCE
WNYC

Sunday, January 29, 2012

By Eleanor Beardsley

In France, an elderly man is fighting to make a formal break with the Catholic Church. He’s taken the church to court over its refusal to let him nullify his baptism, and the case could have far-reaching effects.

Seventy-one-year-old Rene LeBouvier’s parents and brother are buried in a churchyard in the tiny village of Fleury in northwest France. He himself was baptized in the Romanesque stone church and attended mass here as a boy.

LeBouvier says this rural area is still conservative and very Catholic, but nothing like it used to be. Back then, he says, you couldn’t even get credit at the bakery if you didn’t go to mass every Sunday.

LeBouvier grew up in that world, and says his mother once hoped he’d become a priest. But he says his views began to change in the 1970s, when he was introduced to free thinkers. As he didn’t believe in God anymore, he thought it would be more honest to leave the church. So he wrote to his diocese and asked to be un-baptized.

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Row over tennis legend Margaret Court’s view that homosexuality is often the result of sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
NEWS.com.au

TENNIS great Margaret Court claims homosexuality is often the result of sexual abuse.

Amid a growing backlash over her opposition to same-sex marriage, the three-time Wimbledon champion told The Sunday Mail “many, many” gay and lesbian people she knew of had “been abused” and this had led to their sexual orientation.

Court, a senior minister at Perth’s Victory Life Centre, has already sparked fury among gay and equal rights activists for recent comments, including that the push for gay marriage was trying “to legitimise what God calls abominable sexual practices”.

Mental health advocate Chris Tanti accused her of “spreading misery” and putting young gay people at risk of suicide with what he called her anti-gay comments, amid calls for her name to be removed from centre court at Melbourne Park.

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Church elder accused in sex abuse of girl, 6

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

A church elder who police identified as the second-ranking official of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 213 Vermont St., was arrested Friday on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse for an alleged incident with a 6-year-old girl at the church this past Dec. 16.

Detectives accused Abel Poloche, 60, of Chenango Street, of inappropriately touching the girl while she sat on his lap inside the church.

He was taken into custody by Sex Offense Squad detectives about 7:45 p. m. Friday at his home.

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JOEY KENNEDY: Child molester Don Corley is right where he belongs: in prison

ALABAMA
The Birmingham News

By Joey Kennedy — The Birmingham News

Molester Charles Donald Corley is up for parole on Tuesday.

There’s no way child molester Charles Donald Corley will be paroled Tuesday. Right?

Jason Lee and his friends are going to make sure of that, and their hard, courageous campaign is an important public service for Alabama.

Don Corley is the worst kind of human being. For decades, he used his position of trust as a respected Boy Scout leader and church leader to prey on boys and sexually abuse them.

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Worker accused of stealing $1 million from archdiocese over six years

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph Tanfani
Inquirer Staff Writer

As an employee of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Anita Guzzardi, was considered a trusted servant of the church. Once, she headed an office that tried to restore the faith of strayed Catholics.

In her time off, she liked to play the slots at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City and to take vacations, using her American Express card.

And for years, Guzzardi paid those credit card bills by checks from the archdiocese – nearly $1 million in all, according to sources familiar with a continuing investigation by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

The alleged embezzlement went on for at least six years, but no one in the church caught it, sources said. Instead, it was discovered by a fraud investigator with American Express who wondered why the archdiocese was ringing up charges at a casino.

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January 28, 2012

Vatican, there are fears over the rebellion of the Austrian priests

AUSTRIA/VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The bishops talk to Rome about the danger of a schism following the ‘Appeal to disobedience’ by Father Hellmut Schüller

Guido Horst
Rome

Monday afternoon (23rd of January), in the Vatican there was a meeting between the top figures of the Austrian Episcopal Conference and the representatives of the Roman Dicasteries to discuss the movement led by Hellmut Schüller.

This movement is supported roughly by three hundred clerics and it openly disobeys the Roman Catholic Church with theories bordering on heresy, moreover now it wants to spread abroad creating an international net open to priests of other nations and continents.

For Pope Benedict and the Roman Curia it is time to take action against this separatist movement. Schüller himself, in several interviews, did not deny his will to disengage from Rome and he added that there are priests from other countries like France, Germany and Australia wanting to join the initiative.

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Trial det set on priest sex abuse case

MISSOURI
Missourinet

January 27, 2012 By Jessica Machetta

A trial date has been set for the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese and Bishop Robert Finn on charges they failed to report suspected child sex abuse to authorities.

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Alexander says an affair is reason he resigned

HAWAII
HawaiiNewsNow

By Jim Mendoza

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The question surrounding Marc Alexander’s sudden resignation as Hawaii’s homeless coordinator has been why?

On January 5, Gov. Neil Abercrombie attributed Alexander’s departure to a need to “tend to personal matters.”

In a letter to Hawaii News Now, Alexander admitted he resigned over an affair.

“I resigned when the news of an affair I had with a consenting adult woman, while I was an ordained member of the Catholic priesthood, became public,” he said.

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Sex-abuse suit withdrawn against Glenside priest

DELAWARE
Philadelphia Inquirer

December 20, 2011|By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer

WILMINGTON – A sex-abuse lawsuit that prompted the suspension of a Glenside priest this year has been withdrawn amid questions over his accuser’s credibility.

The civil case against Msgr. Michael Flood, 71, fell apart during a deposition last week of the South Jersey man, 48, who sued the priest and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia three years ago.

The man – identified in court filings as “John Broe #1” – had alleged that he had been abused dozens of times in the 1970s while a ninth grader at what was then Bishop John Neumann Catholic High School in South Philadelphia, where Flood was a religion teacher.

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Hawaii bishop shocked at high-ranking priest’s departure for politics

HAWAII
Catholic News Agency

By Benjamin Mann

Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan 27, 2011 / 10:00 am (CNA).- Bishop Larry R. Silva of Honolulu, Hawaii says he was “shocked and extremely disappointed” to discover that his second-in-command at the diocese, Fr. Marc Alexander, was leaving his ministry for a post he had already accepted in the administration of Governor Neil Abercrombie.

“He was a well respected priest,” Bishop Silva told CNA on Jan. 26. “This news has been quite devastating to many.”

Fr. Alexander, who had served as a diocesan priest for 25 years, told Bishop Silva on Jan. 16 that he had lined up a job as the governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, and would be leaving the responsibilities he had taken on during the past five years as Bishop Silva’s Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.

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Holy See Considers …

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Register

Holy See Considers Legal Action Against TV Station

by EDWARD PENTIN
01/27/2012

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has threatened legal action against an Italian television station for using “questionable journalistic methods” in a program that alleged a former senior Vatican official had been transferred against his will after complaining about internal corruption.

The program, called The Untouchables and broadcast on the channel La 7 on Wednesday night, showed several letters that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, then-deputy governor of Vatican City and now apostolic nuncio to the United States, sent to superiors, including Pope Benedict XVI, last year.

In one letter to the Holy Father, Archbishop Viganò, who was responsible for maintaining much of the city state’s infrastructure, claims he is a victim of a smear campaign launched by other Vatican officials after he had made extensive efforts to save the Vatican money by cleaning up its procedures. He also resisted efforts to transfer him, citing his efforts to root out malpractice.

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After chilling testimony, former Ogontz Avenue deacon held for trial on child-rape charges

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

January 27, 2012
By Vanessa Martinez for NewsWorks

(Warning: This story includes graphic details of alleged sexual crimes.)

Three young women took to a Criminal Justice Center witness stand on Thursday to divulge the details of a darkened childhood.

Courtney Wilson, the 56-year-old former church deacon at the Remnant Church of God 7th Day on Ogontz Avenue, has been charged with two counts of rape, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, two counts of statutory sexual assault and a series of other charges.

In December, five women reported Wilson to the police, alleging sexual abuse that occurred repeatedly between 1997 and 2005 when they were minors. The women, now in their 20s, were affiliated with the church, located at 7708 Ogontz Ave., during the alleged abuse.

His preliminary hearing on those charges was held Thursday.

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Notre Dame’s president stresses reporting of abuse

SOUTH BEND (IN)
WSBT

By MARGARET FOSMOE
South Bend Tribune

5:59 p.m. EST, January 27, 2012
SOUTH BEND — In the wake of the Penn State scandal, University of Notre Dame President the Rev. John I. Jenkins recently sent an e-mail to students and employees reminding them of their obligation to report cases of suspected abuse and other questionable conduct.

The priest wrote that he has given a great deal of thought to news stories about Penn State’s alleged failure to respond promptly to alleged cases of child abuse, and that the possibility of serious failures gives those at Notre Dame the chance to take steps to prevent transgressions here.

He also referred to the sexual abuse crisis that has rocked the Catholic Church in recent years. “In my reflection, I cannot but connect what is alleged to have occurred at Penn State with the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Both involved the abuse of minors, and both seemed to include a failure by some to report behavior and by others in authority to respond appropriately,” he said.

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Pastor Accused of Sexual Assault Behind Bars

SAN DIEGO (CA)
NBC San Diego

By Sarah Grieco

A Las Vegas pastor who has been accused of sexually assaulting three girls in a Nevada congregation was ordered to be extradited from San Diego on Friday.

Otis Henderson, 55, also known to some as Otis Holland, was turned into U.S. Marshals in San Diego by the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday.

On Friday, San Diego Superior Court Judge David Szumowski ordered him to be held without bail, while Henderson’s extradition is pending.

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Ex-pastor accused in sexual assaults waives extradition from San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CA)
KFMB

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A former Las Vegas-area pastor accused of sexually assaulting at least three young girls in his congregation waived extradition to Nevada Friday and will be returned there to face assault and child abuse charges.

Otis Henderson, also known as Otis Holland, had been the subject of an international manhunt since June 2010 and was featured in the Jan. 20 episode of the television show, “America’s Most Wanted.”

After the show aired, authorities received a tip from a viewer that Henderson might be living in Tijuana.

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Former pastor sentenced in molestation charge

NAPERVILLE (IL)
WLS

[with video]

January 27, 2012 (NAPERVILLE, Ill.) (WLS) — A former pastor and college professor was sentenced late today to six months in jail, probation and counseling for repeatedly molesting a girl from Naperville.

Sixty-four-year-old James French pleaded guilty to one felony sexual abuse charge last October.

Three other charges were thrown out in exchange for that plea.

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George looking to Wall Street to shore up archdiocese finances

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune reporter

January 29, 2012
As Cardinal Francis George prepares to retire in the next few years and hand over the reins of the Archdiocese of Chicago to a successor, he is looking to Wall Street and the achievement of one particular predecessor to ensure the church’s long-term financial viability and leave a legacy of his own.

On Wednesday, the archdiocese earned a top rating from the Moody’s firm, a typical prerequisite to selling private bonds. A bond sale is a maneuver to improve cash flow that was used by Cardinal George Mundelein nearly a century ago. The Moody’s report was based on a proposed offering of $151.5 million in bonds.

Citing strict federal regulations imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission that preclude discussion of a pending bond sale, no church official, including George, will confirm that bonds will be issued. The Moody’s report also points out that the rating does not mean a sale is guaranteed.

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‘Unindicted co-conspirator’: A deserved label

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A prosecutor calling the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia an unindicted co-conspirator in child sexual abuse is an overdue rebuke of systemic church sickness.

During a pretrial hearing involving a priest and a former priest accused of pedophilia and a monsignor charged with “conspiring with priests and church officials to keep priests accused of sex abuse in ministry and parishioners in the dark,” the judge asked if prosecutors consider the archdiocese an unindicted co-conspirator, The Associated Press reports.

Assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti replied, “Certainly. It’s not like there aren’t other people (in the archdiocese) involved. There absolutely are.”

“Other people” include 63 Philly priests named in a 2005 grand jury report on pedophilia but not charged due to “legal time limits.”

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Church Abuse Defense Leads To Clash With The Faithful

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

By EDMUND H. MAHONY, emahony@courant.com
The Hartford Courant

7:23 p.m. EST, January 27, 2012
WATERBURY — In its effort to defend itself from an accusation of sexual abuse by one of its priests, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hartford collided in court Friday with one of the unflinchingly obedient Catholic families that form its core.

The retired parents of an altar boy took the witness stand and described the day they were shaken by their by-then grown son’s disclosure that a priest, known to the family for years, abused him and his best friend while the boys attended a diocesan grammar school in Derby.

The now-adult altar boy is identified as Jacob Doe in his negligence suit against the diocese. His father is a former church deacon. His mother is a former parish nurse.

The parents testified in Superior Court about the day three years ago when their son flew to the Virginia Beach home where they had retired. He told them he was traveling on business. In reality, he had decided to sue the church and wanted to tell his parents of the abuse in private. They said he waited to deliver the news until his parents had completed their volunteer shifts at a Virginia Beach soup kitchen.

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January 27, 2012

Ohio man sues Camden diocese over alleged abuse

NEW JERSEY
Philadelphia Inquirer

By David O’Reilly
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

An Ohio man who alleges he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the early 1970s but repressed all memory of the assaults is using the “late discovery” feature of New Jersey’s child endangerment law to sue the Diocese of Camden.

Mark Bryson, 50, who lives near Cincinnati, alleges that the Rev. Joseph E. Shannon assaulted him multiple times when he was a first grader at St. Anthony of Padua School in Camden.

In a suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court, Bryson says he left the school after first grade and “repressed all memory” of the assaults until last February, when he learned that a registered sex offender had moved into his neighborhood.

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Recolectan firmas para solicitar destitución de 4 obispos que habrían sido cómplices de Karadima

CHILE
Bio Bio

Viernes 27 enero 2012 | 19:49

Publicado por Pamela Hidalgo | La Información es de Ignacia Saiz

Fiscal judicial Gutiérrez recomienda confirmar sobreseimiento definitivo en Caso Karadima
Uno de los denunciantes del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, Juan Carlos Cruz, está recolectando firmas a través de Internet para pedir al Vaticano que se sancione y destituya de sus cargos a cuatro obispos que habrían sido cómplices de los abusos sexuales de Karadima.

El abogado y denunciante del ex párroco del bosque, Juan Carlos Cruz, inició hace algunas semanas una recolección de firmas a través de un sitio de peticiones en internet para entregar una carta al Vaticano.

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Federal grand jury indicts former STM youth minister …

LOUISIANA
The Advertiser

Written by
Nicholas Persac

A federal grand jury indicted this week a former Lafayette youth minister who allegedly posed as a 14-year-old girl on the Internet to swindle nude photographs from boys.

Eric Michael Manuel, 22, of Lafayette, is a former youth minister at St. Thomas More High School, and he currently owns Half Black Media. Manuel is now charged in a 20-count indictment with 18 counts of production of child pornography and two counts of using a facility in interstate commerce to persuade a minor to engage in criminal sexual acts, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s office.

For the production of child pornography charge, Manuel faces between 15 and 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted, Finley said in the release. If convicted of using a facility in interstate commerce to persuade a minor to engage in criminal sexual acts, Manuel faces between 10 years and life in prison.

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DA: Ricardo Aldana, Pervert JSerra High Teacher-Coach, Snuck 14-Year-Old Girl Past Roommates to Schtup Her

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

By Gustavo Arellano
Fri., Jan. 27 2012

​Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve received numerous taunting emails from pendejos associated with JSerra Catholic High School over Ricardo Aldana, the school’s beloved Spanish teacher who was arrested this past December for molesting a 14-year-old student. They insisted that Aldana was innocent, and that DA Tony Rackaukas would file no charges–oh, and that the victim was a ho.

Well, they’re gonna sing a different tune this weekend: Aldana has been charged with seven counts of lewd acts on a child.

In a press release issued today, the DA said Aldana began grooming the girl when she was 13 years old, a perversion that culminated with Aldana “driving the victim to his Dana Point residence and sneaking her into his bedroom to avoid being seen by his roommates.” Once there, Aldana “engag[ed] in substantial unlawful sex acts with” the victim.

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Philadelphia archdiocese ordered: prepare for trial in sex-abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic Culture

January 27, 2012

Although the Philadelphia archdiocese is not a defendant in the sex-abuse case, a Pennsylvania judge has ordered the archdiocese to prepare for a trial in March.

The case against Msgr. William Lynn involves his work in handling clergy assignments for the archdiocese. Prosecutors have referred to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as an “unindicted conspirator” in the case, and Msgr. Lynn’s defense has suggested that the accused priest was carrying out policies approved by his clerical superiors.

At a January 26 hearing, Judge Teresa Sarmina ordered lawyers for the archdiocese to provide detailed records of Msgr. Lynn’s office correspondence, including his consultations with archdiocesan lawyers. An attorney for the archdiocese said that the Church might resist further disclosures. “We are not a party to that battle,” he said of the Lynn case.

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From the public editor: Readers correct to question print ad

CANADA
Globe and Mail

Sylvia Stead — Public Editor
Globe and Mail Blog

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2012

In Friday’s paper we ran an ad with the words “Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ Given to President Warren S. Jeffs”. Some readers wondered why such an ad appeared in The Globe and Mail. We do review ads, but unfortunately this one was not caught.

Mr. Jeffs, as you may know, is a polygamist sect leader in the United States who was convicted last year of sexually assaulting two children, one of whom was one of his child brides.

The ad, which was due to run again, has been cancelled.

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Witness: Abusive Priest Said People Would Think Boy Was Gay If Word Got Out

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

By EDMUND H. MAHONY, emahony@courant.com
The Hartford Courant

2:33 p.m. EST, January 27, 2012
WATERBURY — A man who says a priest molested him when he was 13 years old testified Friday that the priest warned him that people would believe he was gay if he ever reported the abuse.

“When I would resist, he would say, ‘People will think you are gay if you bring this out,'” the victim said.

The victim, whose name has been withheld in court papers, appeared as a witness for another victim, identified as Jacob Doe, who is bringing the first sexual abuse complaint to go to trial against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford.

Doe and his friend, who also has a suit that claims he was molested, were best friends and students together at St. Mary’s School in Derby in the early 1980s. Both claim they were repeatedly abused by the Rev. Ivan Ferguson, who ran the diocesan school. Ferguson died in 2002.

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Nuns in Street Clothing Shouldn’t Frighten Vatican: Mary Johnson

UNITED STATES
Bloomberg

By Mary Johnson Jan 23, 2012

The Vatican recently finished an exhaustive, three-year inquest, the kind it reserves for its gravest problems. The subject: “American apostolic women religious,” commonly known as nuns.

Almost 400 religious institutions throughout the U.S. were studied as part of this “apostolic visitation,” and a final, confidential report on the nuns’ activities was submitted to the Vatican in December.

Why investigate nuns? Because, Vatican officials said, they were concerned for the sisters’ welfare. But as a former nun — I left the convent in 1997 after 20 years as a sister in New York, Rome, Washington and Winnipeg, Canada — I know what the church leaders won’t publicly admit: American nuns frighten them.

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Priest reveals names of church leavers

AUSTRIA
Austrian Times

A priest has named and shamed those of his congregation who left the church last year. Eight names from the congregation of 2000 in Sitzendorf an der Schmida in Austria were read out to the remaining church goers. The priest has been condemned by prominent members of the church and even data protectionists.

Father Nicolaas Janssens revealed the full names to his congregation of those who had withdrawn their membership to the church, with the “black sheep” describing the experience as being “sent to the pillory”. The priest has now apologised for his actions, saying that he never meant to hurt anyone and Mayor Leopold Hummel has also protected the priest. “There will be no disadvantage to those who have been revealed. We are not so conservative here,” he explained.

Jessen’s superior, Dean Christian Blauensteiner has also shown his support. “The priest has apologised many times. The strong reaction has had a real effect on him,” the dean explained. The revealing of the names was described simply as “not wise”.

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Austrian priest publishes names of former Catholics

AUSTRIA
National Catholic Reporter

by Tom Gallagher on Jan. 27, 2012 NCR Today

Here’s a new form of evangelization: Publish the names of all the Catholics who have formally left the church.

A pastor in an Austrian church did exactly that. What was he thinking?

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Poppenkast voor volwassenen

NEDERLAND
Katholiek Nieuwsblad

door Jan Peeters

Gaat het ooit nog goed komen tussen slachtoffers en katholieke Kerk? Het vertrouwen lijkt voorgoed naar de knoppen.

“De opvattingen in de Kamer [over seks met minderjarigen –red.] zijn ook erg veranderd”, leek PvdA-Tweede-Kamerlid Khadija Arib zich quasi terloops te laten ontvallen. Ze nam vorige week deel aan de hoorzitting over het misbruikrapport van de commissie Deetman. De soms rumoerige slachtoffers op de publieke tribune lieten haar ermee wegkomen. Want als het in de jaren tachtig aan de PvdA, VVD, D66 en een aantal andere partijen had gelegen was het wettelijk verbod op seks met kinderen helemaal opgeheven. Het is precies dat wat Arib terloops leek te willen neutraliseren.

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The Catholic Crackdown on Feminism

UNITED STATES
Big Think

Adam Lee on January 27, 2012

In 2009, the Roman Catholic church convened an “apostolic visitation” – a sort of modern-day auto-da-fe – a rare step taken when the Vatican feels that a church-affiliated institution has gone seriously astray. The church officials in charge of the investigation conducted interviews at almost 400 religious institutions throughout the U.S., and this month, they submitted their final report, whose contents as of now are still secret.

What is this pervasive evil within the church that the Vatican is so determined to combat? If you guessed “priests who rape children with the knowledge and complicity of their superiors”, you’re thinking like a normal, decent human being, which of course makes you wrong. No, the real subject of the report is something far worse: the Vatican is worried that its nuns are becoming too feminist!

As this earlier news report says, the all-male Catholic hierarchy is upset that American nuns aren’t hewing sufficiently to the church line on teachings like gay rights and the restriction of the priesthood to men. Cardinal Franc Rode, who launched the apostolic visitation, said that they were displaying a worrisome “feminist spirit”. And those concerns appear to be well-founded, given that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an umbrella group representing liberal American nuns, is almost ten times larger than the conservative Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. Some orders have openly refused to cooperate with the inquisition.

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Is Boston Archdiocese Moving Money from Clergy Funds?

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Catholic Insider

The annual report for the Boston Archdiocese was released yesterday amidst much hoopla over the “balanced budget.” There is good news in the report, in that parish collections rose by 4.5% and the archdiocese appears to be on stronger financial footing than in recent years.

But what is not so clear from the reports is the extent to which costs may have been shifted around and money has been moved or redirected from other entities in order to achieve the “balanced budget.” One example: the Clergy Funds, which provides health, welfare, and retirement benefits for 683 Boston priests–285 senior priests and 438 active priests.

A look at the 2011 annual report for the Clergy Funds shows they paid $13.5M in benefits and spent $2.3M in administrative expenses to do so. For every $1 in benefits paid, they spend 17 cents to administer the benefits, or about $3,357 in administrative costs for each priest receiving some benefits.

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Geen vervolging misbruikpriesters Luxemburg

LUXEMBURG
Kerknieuws

Het Luxemburgse gerecht ontving in de afgelopen tijd 39 meldingen van seksueel misbruik door rooms-katholieke geestelijken, maar er zullen geen priesters worden vervolgd: alle gevallen van misbruik zijn verjaard.

Dat meldt de Luxemburgse krant Luxemburger Wort. De slachtoffers van het misbruik zijn hier inmiddels over geïnformeerd.

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Thoughts on America’s new whistle-blowing nuncio

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Jan. 27, 2012 All Things Catholic

We already knew that Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, named by Pope Benedict XVI in October as his new nuncio, or ambassador, to the United States, seriously rocked the boat in his brief but tumultuous run as the No. 2 official in the government of the Vatican city-state from 2009 to 2011.

What we didn’t know until this week, however, was just how vigorously Viganò had campaigned to be allowed to finish the financial house-cleaning he started. As it turns out, the pope’s new man in Washington is something of a whistle-blower.

Viganò, 71, who has degrees in both civil and canon law, is a veteran Vatican diplomat who took over what amounts to the chief of staff position in the Vatican city-state in July 2009. He quickly earned a reputation as a take-no-prisoners financial reformer, reportedly turning a $10.5 million deficit into a $44 million surplus in one year alone by insisting on centralized accounting procedures and strict accountability for cost overruns.

No good deed, of course, ever goes unpunished, making it natural that Viganò’s efforts produced fierce backlash among some mid-level managers in the various Vatican fiefdoms. They were long accustomed to being accountable only to God and the pope — and in both cases, that accountability was fairly nominal.

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Defrocked priest should be found guilty of rape – AG

MALTA
Times of Malta

Godwin Scerri, the defrocked priest, who the Courts jailed five years after they found him guilty of abusing boys in his care, should also be found guilty of rape, Philip Galea Farrugia, for the Attorney General, insisted this morning.

Making submissions in the AG’s appeal against the Magistrate’s decision to acquit Mr Scerri of rape, Dr Galea Farrugia said there was no real contestation that the rape took place.

Mr Scerri was cleared of the rape charge only because it had happened in one place when the charge sheet listed that it happened at another.

Lawyer Patrick Valentino, who is appearing for the victims, asked Mr Justice David Scicluna for the case to be heard rather quickly because the victims already had to wait a long time for justice in the Magistrates Court. There were 77 sittings, with the prosecution closing its case after seven. Twenty-seven of the other sittings were deferments at the request of the defence team.

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SNAP to Archbishop: “Help police, protect kids, do outreach”

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on January 26, 2012

Church officials have allegedly reformed, right? Then explain this: For decades, when a priest from diocese “A” was accused or suspended or arrested or charged or convicted in diocese “B”, rarely (if ever) did Bishop “A” disclose the news to his flock.

So police in diocese “A” had to build their case alone, with little or no help (and usually opposition) from church authorities. And no one in diocese “B” was warned about the cleric. Their kids suffered in shame, silence and self-blame, instead of being asked “Did that priest hurt you?” and getting help promptly.

That pattern continues to be played out today. In Colorado, on Sunday, Fr. Robert Manning was suspended. He’s the target of a child sex abuse investigation.

Manning is a St. Louis priest. He was ordained here. He worked in at least three parishes here. Yet Archbishop Carlson, as best we can tell, has been silent about

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Are South Dakota Lawmakers Seeing the Light?

SOUTH DAKOTA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on January 26, 2012

How about a little good news: It looks like South Dakota lawmakers are working to undo a terrible wrong.

The South Dakota House of Representatives is considering a bill that will abolish the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. If passed, the law will be in direct rebuttal to a 2010 law that SHORTENED the civil statute of limitations and was deliberately written to silence Native American victims of abuse.

Testimony is scheduled next week, and lawmakers will hear from dozens of South Dakota victims, many of whom were physically and sexually abused in Church-run “orphanages” for Native American kids. (I put the word “orphanages” in quotes because living at the schools was mandatory for children in many reservations across the state.) You can read more about some of the schools here. According to the church’s own documents, abuse at the schools had been prevalent for decades.

Canada had similar institutions – many run by the same religious orders as the schools in North Dakota – but in response to the horrific abuses, the Canadian Government started a special government commission dedicated to the healing of Indian school victims, shining a light on the crimes that took place, and holding responsible parties accountable.

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Vatican Diary / Viganò, the untouchable

VATICAN CITY
Chiesa

The current nuncio to Washington cannot stand having been driven out of Rome. And he is reacting against his archenemy, Cardinal Bertone. He has many supporters in the curia. And the pope is getting caught in the fray

VATICAN CITY, January 26, 2012 – The two texts reproduced in their entirety further below are:

– a letter dated July 7, 2011 to Benedict XVI from then secretary general of the governorate of Vatican City-State, Carlo Maria Viganò, now the nuncio in the United States, made public during the broadcast of the television program “The untouchables” on the evening of January 25, on the Italian channel “la 7”;

– the statement released on January 26, with regard to this same broadcast, by the director of the Vatican press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Viganò’s letter to Benedict XVI was the showpiece of this episode of “The untouchables.” It was exhibited together with a sheaf of other letters also written by Viganò to the pope and to secretary of state Tarcisio Bertone. It is logical to presume that the copies of these letters came to the producer of the broadcast, Gianluigi Nuzzi,, directly or indirectly, from the sender rather than from the recipients. The statement from Fr. Lombardi expresses “disappointment over the release of confidential documents,” but does not accuse anyone.

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Priest sex trial: ‘He abused me at college’

UNITED KINGDOM
The Sentinel

ANOTHER man has explained how he was allegedly sexually abused as a boy by a priest at a North Staffordshire boarding school.

Eight men from across the Midlands claim they were abused by Catholic priest Alexander Bede Walsh, below, over a 20-year period between 1974 and 1994.

The 58-year-old is currently on trial charged with 27 offences of indecency, buggery and indecent assault.

Incidents are said to have taken place across Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Coventry, including at Cotton College, in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

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Weense priester publiceert per ongeluk namen van kerkverlaters

OOSTENRIJK
Trouw (Nederland)

Robin de Wever − 26/01/12, 16:07

Het bisdom van Wenen verontschuldigt zich voor het publiceren van een lijst met kerkverlaters. Een priester plaatste de lijst onlangs in de krant van het bisdom.

In een verklaring vraagt het aartsbisdom om vergeving en wijst het erop dat de publicatie indruist tegen regels van de kerk en de staat. De priester, die werkt in een dorp ten noorden van Wenen, zou al tijdens een mis boete hebben gedaan. Aan slachtoffers heeft hij een excuusbrief gestuurd.

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Judge tells archdiocese to prepare for Lynn trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

January 26, 2012| By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Will he say the lawyers made him do it? Did they?

The questions form a key subplot in the forthcoming trial of Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former Archdiocese of Philadelphia official accused of making decisions that enabled priests to sexually abuse children.

On Thursday, Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina took a step toward answering them. She ordered the archdiocese to be ready March 26, the first day of Lynn’s conspiracy and child-endangerment trial, to turn over what could be hundreds or thousands of private records detailing Lynn’s communications with church lawyers about sex-abuse claims between 1992 and 2004, when he was secretary for clergy.

“That gives you two full months to get it done,” the judge told Robert E. Welsh, a lawyer for the archdiocese.

Lynn is accused of assigning the Rev. James J. Brennan and a former priest, Edward Avery, to parishes in the 1990s where each allegedly molested a boy. All three men have pleaded

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Vatican in spotlight after corruption revealed

VATICAN CITY
Eyewitness News (South Africa)

Reuters

The Vatican was shaken by a corruption scandal on Thursday after an Italian television investigation said a former top official had been transferred against his will after complaining about irregularities in awarding contracts.

The show “The Untouchables” on the respected private television network La 7 on Wednesday night showed what it said were several letters that Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who was then deputy-governor of Vatican City, sent to superiors, including Pope Benedict, in 2011 about the corruption.

The Vatican issued a statement on Thursday criticising the “methods” used in the journalistic investigation. But it confirmed that the letters were authentic by expressing “sadness over the publication of reserved documents.”

As deputy governor of the Vatican City for two years from 2009 to 2011, Vigano was the number two official in a department responsible for maintaining the tiny city-state’s gardens, buildings, streets, museums and other infrastructure.

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Report: Boston Archdiocese’s Finances Have Stabilized

MASSACHUSETTS
WBUR

By Monica Brady-Myerov

BOSTON — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston says it’s no longer in “financial freefall.”

The finances of the archdiocese have stabilized, according to its annual report released Thursday. The church has a balanced budget and its assets have increased $31 million to $563 million. The increase is due primarily to investments.

Church collections increased 3 percent last year and the enrollment decline in Catholic schools has slowed to its lowest rate in 10 years.

The archdiocese also reports it spent $1.7 million last year to settle 23 legal claims arising from sexual abuse by clergy. The money came from real estate property sales, rental income and insurance funds.

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Church Volunteer Pleads Not Guilty in Sex Case

PHOENIX (AZ)
My Fox Phoenix

[with video]

PHOENIX – A Phoenix man arrested in a sexual exploitation case involving juveniles has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 26-year-old Christian Salvador Turcios entered his plea Thursday. His next court date is an initial pretrial conference and no date has been set yet.

Turcios was jailed on suspicion of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, child molesting and unlawful surreptitious video recording. He was ordered held without bond Jan. 10.

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Fugitive U.S. pastor captured in Tijuana

MEXICO
U-T San Diego

Written by
Sandra Dibble

TIJUANA — Days after being featured on the television show “America’s Most Wanted,” a fugitive pastor from Henderson, Nev., was captured Wednesday by Mexican authorities in Tijuana. Otis Holland, 55, is accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls in his parish who came to him for counseling.

Holland’s arrest took place thanks to a tip from a viewer of the program’s Jan. 20 episode, authorities said. On Wednesday, the information reached the U.S. Marshal’s Office in San Diego, which in turn contacted members of Baja California’s State Preventive Police. They arrested him that same day, and turned him over to U.S. authorities.

“It was a fantastic operation on both sides of the border, it couldn’t have gone smoother,” said Omar Castillo, a member of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

Alfredo Arenas, chief liaison officer for the Baja California state police, said Holland was detained outside a house in Tijuana’s Zona Norte, a neighborhood near the U.S. border. Holland had been living there by himself, and had not been there for long, Arenas said: “He had a couple of suitcases, the clothes were still inside.”

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January 26, 2012 – Archdiocese of Boston Releases FY’11 Annual Financial Report

MASSACHUSETTS
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

Parish Offertory Increases; Catholic Schools See Growth

www.bostoncatholic.org

(Braintree, Massachusetts) January 26, 2012…The Archdiocese of Boston today released its annual financial report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2011. The report identifies key financial performance measures, including its financial position and changes in net assets during the most recent fiscal year. The full report is available on the Archdiocese’s website (http://www.bostoncatholic.org/annualreport) together with the audited financial statements of Archdiocesan related organizations. The report should be read in conjunction with the recently issued 2012 Budget, which focuses on Central Ministries.

The report provides a comprehensive review of the Archdiocese’s assets, liabilities and financial activities. Included are the audited financial statements of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, a Corporation Sole (the “Corporation Sole”), encompassing the activities of the parishes, central operations, the endowment fund, and the general insurance fund. The report also includes an accounting of payments for sexual abuse settlements and related expenses and the sources of these funds.

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley stated that “The Archdiocese of Boston has greatly benefitted by the financial management of recent years that has achieved and sustained a balanced budget. The stabilization of our finances has led to increased confidence among our many generous benefactors, who provide us the means to invest in our parishes, schools, evangelization and the important mission of serving the poor and those in need. We are aware that there remain challenges to be addressed, but are encouraged by the progress being made in rebuilding our local Church. Going forward, we will maintain our commitment to be a sign of the presence of the Lord to the Catholics of the Archdiocese and the wider community. “

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