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 6, 2012

Two county elementary schools on Catholic closing list

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Local News

Two Chester County Catholic elementary schools are on a list of schools in the region the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is proposing to close, according to a source familiar with the situation.

St. Monica’s in Berwyn and St. Patrick’s in Kennett Square are the county schools slated to close, the source said.

Students who attend St. Monica’s would be eligible to go to St. Patrick’s in Malvern under a reorganization plan set to be announced at 4 p.m. Friday.

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Pope XVI appoints a Maltese Cardinal – Fr Prospero Grech

MALTA
Gozo News

Today, just after midday, right after reciting the Angelus, Pope Benedict XVI mentioned that he was going to hold a Consistory in which he was going to institute a number of Cardinals.

It is with great joy for the people of the Maltese islands, especially the Catholic Church, that amongst them is a Maltese priest, Fr Prospero Grech. Fr Grech is an Augustinian Friar who is a highly renowned expert in Holy Scripture. He was born in Vittoriosa and is now 86 years old and resides in Rome.

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Pope Benedict snubs Dublin’s Archbishop Martin for new cardinal list

IRELAND
Irish Central

Patrick Roberts

Surprise, surprise, no red hat for Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the outspoken head of the Dublin Archdiocese, in Pope Benedict’s latest list of new cardinals.

Martin is far too honest, straightforward and unable to play the Vatican game to be made a cardinal of course.

No doubt if Martin had kept his mouth shut and made the usual apologetic noises without ever slamming the institutions of his own church he would have been seated in the next conclave.

That was never to be with Martin showing forensic honesty and addressing the root causes of the massive child abuse scandal that has so badly damaged the Catholic Church in Ireland.

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In Philadelphia, “A Challenging Day For All of Us”

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Whispers in the Loggia

Here in Philadelphia, a very sad, dark, painful day… then again, such is the Paschal mystery that life will come of it.

According to reports in the field, at this morning’s closed meeting of pastors and administrators, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Catholic education announced its recommendation to close or merge four high schools and 44 elementary schools — by far, the most sweeping consolidation of a diocesan schools system ever to take place in the American church. The Philadelphia system is currently at less than a quarter of its peak enrollment of the 1950s and ’60s.

The names of the impacted schools and the commission’s report will be publicly released at a 4pm news conference, which will be streamed on the archdiocesan website. After years of piecemeal closings, the Blue Ribbon plan — over a year in the making — is intended to create a stable, sustainable framework of Catholic education in the 1.2 million-member church for the next decade.

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Chaput not on list of 22 new cardinals

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

January 6, 2012
By Shannon McDonald

The Catholic church has 22 new cardinals, but Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput isn’t one of them.

CBS3 reports Pope Benedict XVI didn’t name the 67-year-old to a cardinal position, though two Americans did make the cut.

Rocco Palma of Whispers in the Loggia says Chaput’s time could still come. He’s only been a Philadelphia bishop for a few months.

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Hawaii Homeless Chief Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

HAWAII
Honolulu Civil Beat

By Michael Levine and Chad Blair
01/05/2012

Hawaii’s homeless coordinator resigned “to attend to personal matters” two days after he was asked to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct as a priest, according to an anti-religion activist.

Marc Alexander’s resignation was announced in a press release by the governor’s office at about 3:15 p.m. A few hours later, Mitch Kahle of Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church (HCSSC) put out a press release saying that a former parishioner and employee of Alexander’s church had accused him of sexual misconduct.

Alexander was sent a letter dated Jan. 3 asking him to respond to the allegations and notifying him that email messages had been sent to both the governor and attorney general, Kahle said.

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Hawaii Coordinator on Homelessness Steps Down

HAWAII
Maui Now

By Wendy Osher

The Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, Marc Alexander, has resigned from his post, effective today.

The reason the Governor gave was so that Alexander could “attend to personal matters.” Governor Neil Abercromie stressed that the plan to end homelessness will continue with actions led by the Hawai’i Interagency Council on Homelessness (HICH).

“Marc Alexander has done outstanding work as the coordinator in bringing together leaders from throughout the community and this work will continue as a priority. The time has come to put more structure to this effort,” said Governor Abercrombie. “I am pleased that Marc accomplished the coordination aspect of what is now a movement to end homelessness.”

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Homeless chief quits as allegation surfaces

HAWAII
Star-Advertiser

By Dan Nakaso

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 06, 2012

Hawaii’s homeless coordinator, Marc Alexander, has resigned effective today, less than a year on the job and just days after the state acknowledged receiving an allegation that he had a sexual relationship with a woman while he was a priest.

The unexpected resignation leaves Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s ambitious plan to end homelessness in 10 years in the hands of a 24-member committee, and has stunned some homeless advocates with whom Alexander worked over the past year.

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Hawaii homelessness coordinator Alexander steps down

HAWAII
Pacific Business News

Date: Friday, January 6, 2012

Marc Alexander will step down on Friday from his post as Hawaii’s coordinator on the homeless, Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s office said.

Pacific Business News reports that Alexander, a former Roman Catholic priest who took the job nearly a year ago, is resigning to “attend to personal matters,” according to the governor.

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State homeless coordinator quits

HAWAII
The Garden Island

Michael Levine and Chad Blair Honolulu Civil Beat | Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i’s homeless coordinator resigned “to attend to personal matters” two days after he was asked to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct as a priest, according to an anti-religion activist.

Marc Alexander’s resignation was announced in a press release by the governor’s office at about 3:15 p.m. A few hours later, Mitch Kahle of Hawai‘i Citizens for the Separation of State and Church put out a press release saying that a former parishioner and employee of Alexander’s church had accused him of sexual misconduct.

Alexander was sent a letter dated Jan. 3 asking him to respond to the allegations and notifying him that email messages had been sent to both the governor and attorney general, Kahle said.

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Clergy abuse victims gather in Boston for conference on 10th anniversary of scandal exposure

BOSTON (MA)
Daily Journal

JAY LINDSAY Associated Press
First Posted: January 06, 2012

BOSTON — Dozens of clergy sex abuse victims are gathering in Boston this weekend to mark a decade since the abuse crisis broke and devastated Catholics and their church nationwide.

The conference coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2002, publication of a Boston Globe article that prompted a stream of revelations about abusive priests and church leaders who failed to stop them, instead moving them between parishes.

About two-thirds of the 120 people signed up to attend the conference are clergy sex abuse victims, said Eva Montibello of the Massachusetts Citizens for Children, an abuse prevention group that helped plan the event.

The conference aims to prevent child sex abuse and increase its exposure, with steps such as encouraging victims to go public with their stories — including the painful details. The last 10 years has shown that can lead to revelations from other victims, Montibello said.

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O’Malley: “We will never forget the shame that was committed”

BOSTON (MA)
Vatican Insider

The Cardinal Archbishop of Boston, in a letter to the diocese, does not hide discomfort and disgust at events tied to pedophilia in the Church, and delineates a commitment for the future

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

The Church – including the one in Boston – “will never be able to forget the crisis” provoked by sexual abuse committed by clergy. But it has “dealt honestly with the issue” and has “put the necessary changes into place.” Resolve and “transparency” were important weapons in this reconstruction. And today, Cardinal Seán O’Malley points out, “with the very clear policies put in place, if a bishop is reckless in neglecting [the protection of children], I think that’s something that demands attention on the part of the Holy See. If you can’t do difficult things, you shouldn’t be a bishop. There are always very hard choices.”

Archbishop of Boston O’Malley said these things yesterday in a letter to the diocese – and in an interview with the National Catholic Register – on the occasion of 10 years having passed since the discovery of these crimes. The priest sexual abuse scandal emerged, with a very broad reach, in the diocese of Boston – which was headed at the time by Cardinal Bernard Law – and led to Law’s resignation.

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“The bishops? They should be vigilant and not seek glory”

This is what Benedict XVI said at the Mass for the Epiphany. Ratzinger also celebrated two new Episcopal ordinations

GiACOMO GALEAZZI
Vatican City

The bishops must follow the example of the Magi: be «vigilant and do not to seek worldly glory». We humans are not the only ones who are restless in relation to God. God’s heart is restless in relation to man. However, today we try to drug the restlessness of the heart, yet the true supernova that guides us is Christ himself. The magi «were people with a troubled heart», in search of God.

Today very effective “drugs”, are used to try to free man from this concern», preached the Pope during the Mass in St. Peter’s for the Epiphany where he celebrated two Episcopal ordinations. Like the Magi, «the bishop too must be a man with a restless heart that is not satisfied of the usual things of this world», with «the courage of humility» and «who does not question himself on what dominant opinion says about him».

In his homily, the Pope also addressed the relationship between faith and reason. «The language of creation is not enough» to find the truth on the existence of man and the world. Scientists can «continue the discussion» on what kind of star had guided the Magi», wondering if the comet resulted from «a conjunction of planets» or rather «a supernova, one of those stars that is initially very weak inside which an explosion can set off an immense splendor for a certain length of time».

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Vatican, here are the new cardinals

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The Pope, at the end of the Angelus announced the list of 22 cardinals: 18 are under 80 years of age

Alessandro Speciale
Vatican City

In the list of the 22 new cardinals announced today by Pope Benedict XVI at the end of the Angelus – including 18 under 80 years of age, the lion’s share, as expected, goes to the Roman Curia and Italy, and therefore potential voters in case of a Conclave.

Leading the list of new cardinals is Archbishop Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Together with him, 9 other department heads or managers of the ‘central government’ of the Church: Monsignor Joao Braz de Aviz (Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life), Monsignor Manuel Monteiro de Castro (Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary), Monsignor Giuseppe Bertello (President of the Governorate of the Vatican), Monsignor Domenico Calcagno (President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See), Monsignor Giuseppe Versaldi (President of the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See), Monsignor Santos Abril y Castello (Archpriest of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore), Archbishop Edwin Frederick O’Brien (Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem), Monsignor Antonio Maria Veglio’ (President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People ), Monsignor Francesco Coccopalmerio (President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts).

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SNAP responds to promotion of Archbishop Timothy Dolan

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Mary Caplan on January 06, 2012

As long as the Pope keeps promoting church officials who keep parishioners in doubt, victims in pain, and kids at risk, there will be more child sex crimes.

Dolan is the Teflon prelate – through superb public relations, when he acts recklessly and callously with kids’ safety, he’s almost always able to deny and deflect blame. Dolan is by far the most media-savvy Catholic official on the planet, so we’re not surprised the pope has promoted him.

In Missouri, Wisconsin and New York, he’s treated child sex victims and pedophile priests just like his brother bishops across the country have. Dolan’s just more skilled at hiding his misdeeds.

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Three recent troubling NY clergy sex cases involving Dolan

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on January 06, 2012

In Milwaukee, Dolan posted names of child molesting clerics on his archdiocesan website. In New York, he refuses to take even this simple, inexpensive step toward protecting kids. He’s going backwards, not forwards, regarding child safety.

Here are three recent clergy sex cases in which Dolan has acted irresponsibly.

–Two months ago, Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, the public learned that there was child porn on an assistant principal Lawrence Gordon’s school computer.

But Catholic officials – including Dolan – kept silent for nine months about the child porn, giving the criminal and his supervisors ample time to destroy evidence, fabricate alibis, intimidate witnesses, threaten whistleblowers and thwart law enforcement.

For a solid decade, Dolan and his peers have promised to be “open” about child sex crimes. But for most of last year, he was keeping such crimes secret. There’s just no excuse for Catholic officials keeping parents in the dark about child porn at their kids’ school month after month.

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Victims battle gag order

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on January 06, 2012

In a new court filing, a support group for clergy sex abuse victims is asking a Kansas City judge to let its director talk about a six hour deposition he was forced by church defense lawyers to give this week.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) formally asked Judge Anne Mesle to revise an order she handed down on Tuesday. It prohibits SNAP director David Clohessy from talking about the questioning he faced by lawyers for KC Bishop Robert Finn and for several accused pedophile priests.

“Kids are safer when victims, witnesses, journalists and advocates can speak and write freely about clergy sex crimes and cover ups and the tactics of Catholic officials in these cases,” said SNAP’s founder Barbara Blaine of Chicago.

SNAP leaders say this is the first time in the organization’s 23 year history any of its staff has ever been ordered to turn over records, or denied its ability to speak publicly.

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Labour councillor is key adviser

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Friday January 06 2012

A British Labour Party councillor has been appointed a key adviser to the Irish President.

Dublin-born Sally Mulready is one of seven people chosen by Michael D Higgins to sit on the Council of State.

The Council of State is appointed to aid and counsel the President on all matters. …

She is a former founding member of the Irish Women’s Survivors Network and director of the Irish Elderly Advice Network. She is also heavily involved in seeking justice for victims of the Magdalene Laundries, Catholic Church-run workhouses for women and girls.

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Dolan named Cardinal; questions remain about his role in Milwaukee bankruptcy, sex abuse crisis

UNITED STATES
SNAP Wisconsin

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director

CONTACT: 414.429.7259

As anticipated Pope Benedict XVI named Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and former archbishop of Milwaukee, to the position of Cardinal. The move is not a surprise. The archbishop of New York is considered to be the senior Catholic cleric in the United States, and it’s most influential. As cardinal, Dolan will join a small group of clerics who are considered the pope’s top advisors, and he will also be eligible to cast a ballot in the next papal conclave.

Yet, it’s not likely in Rome where Dolan’s actual leadership and record will ever be critically examined, but in more humble surroundings, back in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Dolan ran the archdiocese for seven years before going to New York. Dolan’s tenure in Milwaukee eventually resulted in the largest bankruptcy filing by a religious organization in history. The bankruptcy, of course, was the result of the actions of bishops who covered up and transferred child sex offending clerics. Which begs the question: What other corporation on the planet files for bankruptcy because of child molesters?

Dolan, who was promoted by the Pope to New York months prior to the bankruptcy filing, may soon have to explain, under oath in Federal court or deposition, the questionable transfer of millions of dollars that were made before he left, where attorneys for victims of clergy sexual assault have questioned the transfer by Dolan of at least $75 million dollars off the diocese’s books as well as another $55 million into a newly created “cemetery trust” account.

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Pope Benedict to elevate Archbishop O’Brien to cardinal

BALTIMORE (MD)
The Baltimore Sun

By Dean Jones Jr. and Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun

10:00 a.m. EST, January 6, 2012

The nation’s oldest Catholic diocese can once again claim one of the highest ranking members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy as its leader.

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, spiritual leader of the Baltimore diocese since 2007, was named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI on Friday and is the fourth bishop in a 223-year history of the episcopal see to be so honored.

Although the Pope has given O’Brien new duties that will end his tenure here, most say the appointment pays homage to the Archdiocese and its half-million Catholics.

“The news of the elevation is not unexpected, but the timing is surprising,” said Sean Caine, spokesman for the Archdiocese. “We fully expected this to happen once a successor was installed here. It is an honor to have this happen now, while he is still serving in Baltimore. This is definitely a special occasion.”

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Vatican shocker! New cardinals reflect more of the same

VATICAN CITY
U.S. Catholic

Friday, January 6, 2012

By Bryan Cones

In another sign that we can expect little change (short of divine intervention) in the church, Pope Benedict XVI’s 22 new cardinals (18 of whom will be eligible to vote in the next papal conclave) are dominated by Curial officials (10 of the 18 who can vote) and Europeans (12 eligible to vote). Of the Europeans, seven are Italian. Even the four “honorary” cardinals are all from Europe. Seriously, does the church need seven more Italian cardinals? I bet you could throw a bocce ball in St. Peter’s Square and have it bounce off two of them before it hits the ground.

Only a single cardinal hails from South America (Brazil), with one each from India and China, and not a single appointment from Africa. Worse, only seven of the electors are sitting bishops–bishops who lead actual churches with actual people–which means that, at least as it stands now, the next papal conclave will likely be dominated by members of the Curia and Italians.

I’m not sure I know the best way to select the bishop of Rome, but this system of having the pope name the electors for his own successor is way outdated and in no way reflects where Catholics live or where the church is growing. Why not allow the national conferences of bishops to choose their delegates to the conclave? Maybe give a bonus delegate to places where the church is growing?

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The Pope names 22 new cardinals

VATICAN CITY
The Telegraph (United Kingdom)

The Pope has named 22 new cardinals – the so-called ‘princes of the church’, including prelates in such key posts as New York and Hong Kong and a large number of Italians holding major Vatican positions.

Cardinals are the Pope’s top advisers, the elite group of churchmen who will eventually elect Benedict XVI’s successor.

Of the 22, 18 are under the age of 80 – raising to 125 the number of cardinals eligible to vote in the next papal conclave. Cardinals aged 80 and over are not allowed to vote on the next pope.

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CORRECTED-List of new cardinals named by Pope Benedict

VATICAN CITY
Chicago Tribune

Reuters

VATICAN CITY, Jan 6 (Reuters) – (Corrects to show that Monteiro de Castro is Portuguese, not Spanish)

Pope Benedict on Friday named 22 new cardinals. Here are their names in the order in which the pope announced them.

Under 80 years old and eligible to enter a conclave to elect the next pope:

1. Archbishop Fernando Filoni, Italian, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.
2. Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro, Portuguese, head of Vatican office that deals with the sacrament of penance.
3. Archbishop Santos Abril y Castello, Spanish, archpriest of the Rome basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

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Five observations on Dolan and the new cardinals

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Jan. 6, 2012 10:16 a.m.

As you most likely know by now, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York (and formerly of Milwaukee) will be elevated to cardinal at the Vatican in February – a move that gives him a say in the election of the next pope.

Veteran Vatican reporter John Allen, who has authored a new book with Dolan, offers five observations on the 22 new cardinals named today. Among them, that Pope Benedict XVI broke with tradition in appointing Dolan so soon – a sign that the pope thinks highly of the popular American prelate.

The Journal Sentinel posted the announcement on Dolan’s appointment early today at JSonline.com, including a link to this photo gallery.

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O’Malley on the sex abuse crisis: ‘It’s not behind us’

BOSTON (MA)
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Jan. 06, 2012 All Things Catholic

Breaking news: Pope Benedict XVI on Friday named 22 new cardinals, including two Americans, Archbishops Timothy Dolan and Edwin O’Brien. John Allen’s coverage and analysis can be found here:

Pope names 22 new cardinals, including Dolan and O’Brien
Five observations on the new cardinals

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Although you won’t find it on any liturgical calendar, Friday marks a monumental milestone for the Catholic church in the United States. It was exactly a decade ago, on Jan. 6, 2002, that the first Boston Globe article appeared on a serial predator and former priest named John Geoghan, triggering what we now know as the “sexual abuse crisis.”

Within a year, Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston resigned in disgrace, his legacy permanently tainted by perceptions of having presided over the Catholic Watergate. The man tapped to clean up the mess Law left behind — a humble, self-effacing Capuchin Franciscan named Sean O’Malley — was already a veteran drawn from the frontlines of the crisis, well before the term even existed.

Back in 1992, O’Malley was quietly serving as a missionary bishop in the Virgin Islands when he was dispatched to the Fall River diocese in Massachusetts, where he was forced to deal with a mushrooming sex abuse scandal involving former priest James Porter. Among other things, that experience occasioned O’Malley’s first meetings with abuse victims. A decade later, O’Malley was transferred to Palm Beach, Fla., where another diocese was in disarray after two consecutive bishops had resigned following revelations of abuse.

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Bail for former Redding priest cut to $700K; ex-Redding cleric faces child molestation trial

SACRAMENTO (CA)
Record Searchlight

SACRAMENTO — A suspended Redding priest charged with seven felony counts of child molestation had his $5 million bail reduced Thursday to $700,000 during a hearing in Sacramento County Superior Court.

The Rev. Uriel Ojeda, 32, was arrested Nov. 30, 2011, after surrendering to law enforcement officials in Sacramento County after the diocese received a complaint from a parishioner’s family. His original bail was so high because prosecutors claimed he was a flight risk.

Ojeda, who had been assistant pastor at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Redding, is accused of seven counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a teenage girl over a two-year span — starting when she was 14 — in Sacramento and Shasta counties, according to the criminal complaint filed against him by the Sacramento County district attorney’s office.

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On Epiphany, pope ordains US, Polish priests as archbishops

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating the feast of the Epiphany, Pope Benedict XVI ordained two new bishops: U.S. Archbishop Charles J. Brown, a longtime official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who is the new nuncio to Ireland; and Polish Archbishop Marek Solczynski, the new nuncio to Georgia and Armenia.

The two men swore their fidelity to the Gospel and to the church and laid prostrate on an ornate rug on the floor of St. Peter’s Basilica as the Litany of Saints was chanted. Then they knelt before Pope Benedict, who laid his hands on their heads and ordained them bishops.

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Bail reduced to $700K for Calif. priest

CALIFORNIA
Mercury News

The Associated Press
Posted: 01/06/2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Bail has been reduced to $700,000 for a Northern California priest charged with molesting a 14-year-old girl.

The Rev. Uriel Ojeda, who has been a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mercy parish in Redding, appeared in a Sacramento courtroom on Thursday for what turned out to be a contentious hearing to reduce the $5 million bail amount.

The Sacramento Bee ( http://bit.ly/y1DwJQ) says the prosecutor told the judge that Ojeda confessed to a Catholic Diocese investigator after being told of the girl’s allegations.

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German Jesuit priest named Cardinal

GERMANY
America Magazine

Posted at: Friday, January 06, 2012
Author: James Martin, S.J.

Included among the names of cardinal-designates this morning in the Vatican’s press release are some expected names, including Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York. But there is a surprise: Fr. Karl Joseph Becker, SJ. Fr. Becker is a German Jesuit priest and professor emeritus of dogmatic theology of the Jesuits’ Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Normally the pope names (or, technically, “creates”) cardinals from the ranks of bishops and archbishops (as with Archbishop Dolan) and these men are often heads of the larger archdioceses. But occasionally the pope names a priest, to honor the man for his life’s work. (Normally they are over 80, not named a bishop so as to spare them from the sacramental duties of a bishop, and are ineligible to vote in a papal conclave.) Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ, the American Jesuit theologian, was a recent example. (An interview with Cardinal Dulles a few months before the consistory, including his thoughts on becoming a cardinal, is here.)

A note about accepting ecclesiastical honors in the Society of Jesus. At the close of their formation, a Jesuit will make his “Final Vows.” (This comes after their “First Vows” made at the end of their novitiate.) Many Jesuits will profess four vows: poverty, chastity and obedience and a special vow of obedience to the pope “with regard to missions.” Some will profess the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. We also make five separate “promises”: First, we promise never to change anything in the Jesuit Constitutions about poverty–unless to make it “more strict.” Second, we promise never to “strive or ambition” for any dignity in the church, like becoming a bishop. Third, never to “strive or ambition” for any high office in the Jesuits. Fourth, if we find out that someone is striving for these things, we are to “communicate his name” to the Society. (All these were signs of Ignatius wanting to root out among his Jesuits the desire for ecclesial honors, which was rampant in Igantius’s time.) Finally, we make a promise that, if we are somehow made bishop, we will still listen to the superior general.

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Cardinal-designate O’Brien used to new and varied assignments

BALTIMORE (MD)
The Catholic Review

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON – The priestly ministry of Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, named a cardinal Jan. 6 by Pope Benedict XVI, has been marked by frequent assignments, so that he rarely stays in one place very long. And even when he is ensconced somewhere for a while, he gets to moving.

Appointed last August as pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order (Knights) of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, based in Rome, he is serving simultaneously in his previous post as archbishop of Baltimore until a successor is named.

Born April 8, 1939, in New York, Edwin Frederick O’Brien and his family were members of Our Lady of Solace Parish in the Bronx. He attended St. Joseph’s Seminary outside New York, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1961 and master’s degrees in 1964 and 1965. In 1965, he was ordained to the priesthood, setting off a string of appointments.

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Bail Reduced for Accused Priest

SACRAMENTO (CA)
NBC Bay Area

Bail has been reduced to $700,000 for a Northern California priest charged with molesting a 14-year-old girl.

The Rev. Uriel Ojeda, who has been a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mercy parish in Redding, appeared in a Sacramento courtroom on Thursday for what turned out to be a contentious hearing to reduce the $5 million bail amount.

The Sacramento Bee says the prosecutor told the judge that Ojeda confessed to a Catholic Diocese investigator after being told of the girl’s allegations.

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Nalzaro: Team Ministry should be disbanded

PHILIPPINES
Sun.Star

By Bobby Nalzaro
Saksi

Friday, January 6, 2012

A FEW years ago, then Cebu archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal assigned six priests, most of them involved in controversies, to compose the Team Ministry of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Minglanilla. The priests succeeded the group headed by the outgoing parish priest, Msgr. Esteban Binghay, who was promoted episcopal vicar overseeing the parishes under the province’s first district.

The formation of the Team Ministry was a way of giving the controversial priests a second chance. Two of the priests sired several children. Another underwent rehabilitation for alcoholism and had one child. One is gay. The other was charged with statutory rape (the case was settled).

Parishioners initially resisted the move but church officials managed to convince them to accept the priests. Everything went smoothly until recently when some church acolytes exposed the sexual misbehavior of two of the priests. They accused one priest of engaging in sex with different women on separate occasions at the back of the church. The other priest was accused of sexually harassing acolytes after a drinking session.

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The Vatican’s problem with fathers who are fathers

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Sophia Deboick
guardian.co.uk, Friday 6 January 2012

Last week it emerged that Gabino Zavala, the auxiliary bishop of the Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles for nearly 18 years, has a secret family. The existence of his two teenage children has been deemed a sufficiently “grave cause”, as defined by Canon 401 of the code of canon law, that he has been obliged to resign. Memories of other notable cases resurface: the Eamon Casey scandal of the early 90s, when revelations that he fathered a child two years before his episcopal appointment led to his resignation as Bishop of Galway; the more recent case of the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Father Marcial Maciel, who had as many as six children (although accusations of paedophilia and incest make this alleged offence pale into insignificance). Zavala is hardly the first priest to break his vow of celibacy in such spectacular fashion, and in fact the church has struggled with the problem of “Fathers who are fathers” for centuries.

The children of Catholic priests have historically presented a double problem to the Latin Rite church: clearly they give the game away about dad’s lack of conformity to the requirement for celibacy, but they also put a financial burden on his employer. Indeed, in Wednesday’s statement on the Zavala case, his superior Archbishop José Gomez seemed to privilege the “spiritual care” that the archdiocese has extended to the bishop’s secret family above the offered “funding to assist the children with college costs”, while the archdiocesan spokesman has been at pains to emphasise that Zavala was not siphoning off church funds to his illegitimate children.

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Pope names Toronto archbishop as cardinal

CANADA
CBC News

The Pope has named Toronto Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins as one of 22 new cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican announced Friday morning.

The 64-year-old Collins, ordained as a priest in 1973 and appointed archbishop of Toronto in 2007, told CBC’s Heather Hiscox that he learned about his appointment after receiving word on his BlackBerry to call the Pope’s representative.

“This is indeed a great honour and I’m indeed overwhelmed,” Collins said early Friday, adding that he will continue as archbishop of the Toronto archdiocese.

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Pope names O’Brien as cardinal

BALTIMORE (MD)
The Daily Record

Posted: 8:19 am Fri, January 6, 2012
By Associated Press

Pope Benedict XVI on Friday named the 15th archbishop of Baltimore, 72-year-old Edwin F. O’Brien, to the rank of cardinal.

O’Brien was named to the College of Cardinals, along with 21 others, the Archdiocese of Baltimore said in a statement. As cardinal, O’Brien will serve as an adviser to the pope and be eligible to vote in a papal election until his 80th birthday.

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Dutch archbishop Wim Eijk appointed cardinal.

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment in Rome on Friday. Eijk is the eighth Dutch cleric to be appointed cardinal.

Archbishop Eijk is now one of just two Dutch cardinals, the other being Ad Simonis who turned 80 in November. Due to his age, Cardinal

Simonis will not take part in next papal conclave which will select a new pope when Benedict XVI passes away. Eijk succeeded Simonis as archbishop in 2007. Ever since Jan de Jong was appointed cardinal in 1946, it has been customary for the pope to bestow the rank of cardinal on the archbishop of Utrecht.

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Archbishop Dolan Is Named a Cardinal

NEW YORK
The New York Times

By J. DAVID GOODMAN and SHARON OTTERMAN

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, who has led the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York for nearly three years, will be named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican announced on Friday.

The Archdiocese of New York is widely considered the spiritual heart of the American church. It counts about 2.6 million Catholics in a sprawling jurisdiction that includes includes Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and several suburban counties.

“As a kid, I just wanted to be a parish priest,” the cardinal-designate said in an early morning news conference at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. “And to think that now the pope has named me a cardinal— that’s awesome.”

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New papal nuncio made archbishop

IRELAND
The Irish Times

Incoming papal nuncio to Ireland Monsignor Charles Brown has today been ordained an archbishop in Rome by Pope Benedict.

The Irish-American (52) was named papal nuncio to Ireland last November.

He has worked with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was headed by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, since 1994. He was ordained a priest in 1989 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, and was based at St Brendan’s parish in the Bronx until 1991.

Dr Brown was appointed Assistant Secretary of the International Theological Commission in September 2009.

Offering his congratulations, Cardinal Seán Brady said: “I am very pleased to be in Rome today, the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with Cardinal Desmond Connell, Bishop Noel Treanor and Bishop Donal McKeown, to attend the episcopal ordination of Monsignor Charles Brown, the recently appointed apostolic nuncio to Ireland.

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Five observations on the new cardinals

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Jan. 06, 2012 NCR Today

Naming new cardinals is among the more important acts of any papacy, because the cardinals form the “electoral college” that will pick the next pope. That’s arguably even more significant this time around, given that Benedict XVI will turn 85 in April – and although there’s no sign of any health crisis, at that age it’s natural to begin thinking about what might come next.

Here are five quick observations about the 22 new cardinals named today by Benedict XVI, including 18 who are under 80 and therefore eligible to participate in a future conclave.

The consistory, when today’s nominees will actually enter the College of Cardinals, is set for Rome Feb. 18-19.

Bring on the Italians

It was already a commonplace observation about Benedict XVI that in some ways he has “re-Italianized” the Vatican and the papacy, perhaps a product of his comfort level with Italian ecclesial culture after spending almost the last thirty years in Rome.

Certainly today’s appointments will reinforce those impressions. Prior to today’s nominations, there were 24 Italians among 108 voting-age cardinals, representing 22 percent of the total. With seven Italians among the 18 cardinal electors named today, their share will rise to 25 percent, fully one-quarter of the number of cardinals who will elect the next pope. That’s by far the largest national bloc in the College of Cardinals; the next largest is the Americans, who will have 18 cardinals in total and 11 eligible to vote for the pope.

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NY Archbishop Dolan To Join Cardinal Ranks

NEW YORK
NY1

[with video]

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan announced this morning that he is one of 22 prelates being elevated to Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI.

Cardinals act as the pope’s key advisors, who will eventually choose his successor.

Dolan, 61, is the eighth archbishop of New York to be named a cardinal.

Speaking after this morning’s mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dolan said he is “honored and humbled” and congratulated the community in New York for also being recognized by the pope.

“It’s almost as if Pope Benedict XVI is putting the red hat of the cardinal on top of the Empire State Building, or upon the Statue of Liberty or home plate at Yankee Stadium, on the spires of this great St. Patrick’s Cathedral or any of our wonderful parish churches,” Dolan said.

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Pope Elevates Archbishop O’Brien to College of Cardinals

BALTIMORE (MD)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore

January 06, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI today named Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, 72, to the College of Cardinals. As Cardinal, Cardinal-designate O’Brien will serve as an advisor to the Pope and be eligible to vote in a Papal election until his 80th birthday. A consistory to formally elevate the new Cardinals will be held at the Vatican on February 18, 2012.

Cardinal-designate O’Brien and New York Archbishop and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Timothy Dolan, are among 22 new Cardinals announced by Pope Benedict.

Cardinal-designate O’Brien served as the 15th Archbishop of Baltimore from October 2007 until August 2011 when the Pope appointed him Pro Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. He has served as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Baltimore since his appointment in August and will continue to lead the nation’s oldest Catholic diocese until his eventual successor is installed.

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STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP DOLAN

NEW YORK
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has announced that His Excellency the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will be elevated to the dignity of Cardinal in a Consistory to be held on February 18, 2012.

Archbishop Dolan released a statement today in which he expressed his gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI saying that he is “honored, humbled, and grateful.” He also thanked the people of the archdiocese of New York, “this is about an affirmation of love from the Pope to a celebrated archdiocese and community, and a summons to its unworthy archbishop to serve Jesus, His Church universal, His vicar on earth, and His people better.”

Archbishop Dolan is the eighth Archbishop of New York to be named a Cardinal. The first seven Cardinal Archbishops of New York were:

John Cardinal McCloskey (Archbishop 1864-1885; created Cardinal 1875. First American Cardinal.)
John Cardinal Farley (Archbishop 1902-1918; created Cardinal 1911)

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Pope names HK’s Bishop Tong as cardinal

HONG KONG
RTHK

Pope Benedict has named the head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, John Tong, as a cardinal.

Bishop Tong is one of 22 new cardinals around the world chosen by the pope.

He was appointed bishop after his predecessor, Joseph Zen, retired in 2009. He’s the church’s seventh Chinese cardinal.

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Former priest must return to face indecency charges

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Eimear Ni Bhraonain

Friday January 06 2012

A FORMER Irish priest who was deported from Brazil to England on St Stephen’s Day is to be returned here to face indecent assault charges.

Peter Kennedy (72) was refused bail in London and ordered to return to Ireland after the court heard he was a “classic fugitive”.

The ex-cleric is at the centre of child sex abuse allegations made by 18 complainants over incidents between 1968 and 1984.

Mr Kennedy, who had travelled to Brazil on a British passport, appeared before the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London yesterday morning. Counsel for the judicial authorities in Ireland, Adam Harbinson, said the arrest warrant detailed 55 separate allegations of indecent assault on 18 complainants.

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10 YEARS ON

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

NSAC will be with survivors today and throughout this weekend.

Survivors gathering in Boston.

It only seems right and just, to borrow language from the new missal of the Roman Catholic Church. that it is where we should be on this solemn day which marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the revelations of the clergy and nun sexual abuse scandal through the Boston Globe’s powerful series of articles with its avalanche of sordid details that began a dripping of truth into the Catholic conscience.

This largest crisis in the Roman Catholic Church in the last 500 years didn’t begin on January 6, 2002 all of the survivors, known and unknown, living and dead are courageous testament to this.

But what Boston did do was to bring together a perfect storm that captured attention: a sitting East Coast Cardinal, one media outlet that most of a single archdiocese used as a major source of information, a shoe leather attorney who walked the South Boston neighborhood in the pursuit of truth and a Dominican priest with a spine. For those of you new to the movement – and indeed you are welcome — we refer to Cardinal Bernard Law, the Boston Globe, Mitchell Garabedian, and Father Thomas Doyle.

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Onderzoek naar klachten over misbruik in Sint Petrus’ banden

NEDERLAND
Nieuwsblad DeKaap

06-01-2012

DRIEBERGEN – De leden van de Sint Petrus’ bandenparochie in Driebergen-Rijsenburg hebben ‘tamelijk rustig’ gereageerd op de berichtgeving over de beschuldigingen tegen pastoor Bert Sturkenboom, die van 1977 tot 1994 werkzaam was in deze parochie. Dat heeft George Marlet, voorzitter van de locatieraad Sint Petrus’banden, gemeld. Sturkenboom, die na zijn Driebergse periode als Deken in het ambtsgebied Veluwe-Flevoland werd aangesteld en sinds 2005 als pastoor in de Sint Lucasparochie op de Veluwe fungeerde, werd recentelijk door het aartsbisdom Utrecht op non-actief gesteld, wegens klachten over seksueel misbruik. Volgens de beschuldigingen zou dit misbruik in de jaren ‘80 hebben plaatsgevonden toen Sturkenboom in Driebergen-Rijsenburg werkzaam was.

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Bisschop De Korte gaat voor in Welkomdienst in de Jozefkerk met thema ‘Waar halen wij de moed vandaan?’

NEDERLAND
Asser Journaal

ASSEN – De bisschop van Groningen Mgr. G.J.N. de Korte, gaat zondagavond 22 januari voor in een Welkomdienst in de Jozefkerk. Het thema van de dienst is ‘Waar halen wij de moed vandaan?’.

De kerk beleeft in ons land en in heel West-Europa moeilijke tijden. Dit wordt veroorzaakt door de invloed van de secularisatie op de kerkelijke betrokkenheid, de kerkscheuringen in de protestantse kerken sinds de Reformatie, maar meer recent ook door het seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in Roomse instellingen. Het is begrijpelijk dat bij mensen in en buiten de kerk de vraag rijst waar ‘wij de moed vandaan halen’. Die vraag kan worden gesteld aan zowel de voorgangers als aan de kerkgangers.

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Aangifte meineed tegen Simonis

NEDERLAND
DePers

Gideon Uvyn uit Breda, zelf seksueel misbruikt door een pater, heeft aangifte gedaan tegen kardinaal Simonis wegens meineed. Redactie binnenland

Volgen Gideon Uvyn wist kardinaal Ad Simonis wel degelijk dat kinderen werden misbruikt door geestelijken. Daarom heeft hij op 21 december aangifte gedaan tegen Simonis wegens meineed. Uvyn meent dat de kardinaal tijdens een getuigenverhoor bij de rechtbank in Middelburg heeft gelogen toen hij zei dat hij er niet van wist.

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Arzobispo Ezzati confirma que Karadima tuvo contacto telefónico con presbítero de El Bosque

CHILE
Bio Bio

Publicado por Javier Cisterna | La Información es de María José Calderón

El Arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, confirmó que uno de los presbíteros miembros de la Unión Sacerdotal de la iglesia de El Bosque tomó contacto telefónico con Fernando Karadima.

La situación fue criticada por una de las víctimas del ex párroco, Juan Carlos Cruz, quien aseguró que este es un hecho inaceptable e impresentable.

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Eijk tweede Nederlandse kardinaal

NEDERLAND
NOS

Nederland heeft er een kardinaal bij. Paus Benedictus heeft bekendgemaakt dat aartsbisschop Wim Eijk kardinaal wordt, waarmee Nederland nu twee kardinalen kent.

Kardinaal is op de paus na de hoogste kerkelijke functie binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk en alleen de paus bepaalt wie kardinaal wordt.

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Boston: Ten Years Later

BOSTON (MA)
National Catholic Reporter

by Michael Sean Winters on Jan. 06, 2012 Distinctly Catholic

Earlier this week, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap, issued a letter to the people of the Archdiocese of Boston marking the tenth anniversary of the revelations of clergy sex abuse in The Boston Globe. The letter, and an accompanying document about the steps taken by the archdiocese to face the scandal, is remarkable in every way.

Ten years ago, the bishops failed to understand that the scandal was not only, or even primarily, about the underlying crimes pedophilia, but about the failure of the hierarchy to confront those crimes and the weasel words they used to explain their actions. In the spring of 2002, New York’s Cardinal Edward Egan wrote in a letter read at Masses: “If in hindsight we also discover that mistakes may have been made as regards prompt removal of priests and assistance to victims, I am deeply sorry.” That is not the voice of moral responsibility and, consequently, cannot be a voice of moral authority. Only a lawyer would find no problem in the distance set between the word “mistakes” and the pronoun “I” and the interjection of the word “if” is so tone deaf as to defy explanation.

Contrast that with the words in O’Malley’s letter. “As a Church we must continue to express the depth of our sorrow and contrition for how badly we failed those entrusted to our care. I reflect on this in my prayer every day. As leaders in the Church we must accept our responsibility for those failings and clearly acknowledge that Church leadership could have and should have responded more quickly and more forcefully.”

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Fayette pastor, woman charged with stealing $30K from church

GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By David Ibata
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A senior pastor at a north Fayette County church and one of his members have been arrested and charged with stealing $30,000 from their congregation, authorities said.

Kenneth Robinson and Alexis Dodson, both of Fayetteville, fled Georgia in October and were apprehended Sunday in Pennsylvania by agents of the U.S. Marshals Service, according to Investigator Brent Rowan of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Robinson, 44, senior pastor of Flint Ridge Baptist Church, has been charged with two counts of forgery and one count of theft by taking, Rowan said. Dodson, 35, is charged with two counts of being a party to the crime of theft by taking, he said.

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Santorum blames victims: Voters take note

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Herald

By Rachelle G. Cohen
Friday, January 6, 2012

Let’s prepare an authentic New England welcome for the Republican Party’s latest heartthrob, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Yes, welcome to the land where we never forget and we never, ever forgive.

We especially can never forgive the way he blamed this community and its often liberal political base for the sexual abuse too many of its children suffered at the hands of predatory priests. It was a dark day surely for the victims, for all of us who suffered with them, for those who turned away from their pain and for the Catholic church which continues to try to set things right.

This is what Santorum said back in 2002 at the height of the scandal, in Catholic On-Line:

“When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While there’s no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.”

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Twenty-two US bishops could retire for age reasons in 2012

UNITED STATES
The Pilot

By Nancy Frazier O’Brien

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two U.S. cardinals and 20 other U.S. bishops could retire because of age this year.

There are eight active U.S. bishops, including a cardinal, who have already turned 75. Another cardinal and 13 other bishops will celebrate their 75th birthday in 2012.

At age 75, bishops are required by canon law to submit their resignation to the pope.

With the retirements in 2011 of Cardinals Bernard F. Law, Justin Rigali and Roger M. Mahony and the death of Cardinal John P. Foley, Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was the only U.S. cardinal still active over age 75 at the start of the year.

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Church allowed abuse by priest for years

Aware of Geoghan record, archdiocese still shuttled him from parish to parish

By Michael Rezendes rezendes@globe.com
Prepared by the Globe Spotlight Team: reporters Matt Carroll, Sacha Pfeiffer, and Michael Rezendes, and editor Walter V. Robinson.
Boston Globe
January 6, 2002

Since the mid-1990s, more than 130 people have come forward with horrific childhood tales about how former priest John J. Geoghan allegedly fondled or raped them during a three-decade spree through a half-dozen Greater Boston parishes.

Almost always, his victims were grammar school boys. One was just 4 years old.

Then came last July’s disclosure that Cardinal Bernard F. Law knew about Geoghan’s problems in 1984, Law’s first year in Boston, yet approved his transfer to St. Julia’s parish in Weston. Wilson D. Rogers Jr., the cardinal’s attorney, defended the move last summer, saying the archdiocese had medical assurances that each Geoghan reassignment was “appropriate and safe.”

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Cardinal speaks on abuse crisis, need to ‘rebuild trust’

BOSTON (MA)
The Pilot

By Antonio M. Enrique

SOUTH END — On Jan. 6, 2002 the Boston Globe began a series of articles revealing that archdiocesan officials reassigned Father John Geoghan to parish ministry even after it was known he had abused children in former assignments, sparking public outrage.

Over the next 12 months, the court-ordered release of personnel files led to the revelation of numerous other past allegations of abuse of minors by priests and, ultimately, to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law on Dec. 13, 2002. By then, what had become known as the clergy sexual abuse crisis had spread to dioceses throughout the United States and prompted the U.S. bishops to implement new policies for the protection of children.

In July 2003, Blessed Pope John Paul II appointed Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap. as Archbishop of Boston. Cardinal O’Malley came to Boston with a reputation as a healer after having been appointed bishop of the neighboring Diocese of Fall River in 1992 in the aftermath of a highly publicized case of a priest abusing minors, the case of Father James Porter.

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Cardinal pledges child protection ‘at all times and in all places’ on crisis anniversary

BOSTON (MA)
The Pilot

By Christopher S. Pineo

Marking the 10th anniversary of the clergy abuse scandal, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley released a letter on Jan. 3, outlining the Archdiocese of Boston’s ongoing response to the tragedy and continuing commitment to the protection of children.

In the letter, Cardinal O’Malley commits the archdiocese to a continued focus on the protection of children in the face of the clergy sexual abuse crisis of 2002.

The crisis erupted in January 2002 when a series of Boston Globe reports revealed that archdiocesan officials had transferred Father John Geoghan from parish to parish despite having received accusations that he was sexually abusing children. Subsequent reports and lawsuits exposed numerous other instances of clergy sexual misconduct with children, many dating back decades.

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Pope names new cardinals, includes Canadian critical of clerical sex abuse

VATICAN CITY
Globe and Mail (Canada)

Vatican City— The Associated Press

Published Friday, Jan. 06, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals Friday, including Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins.

Cardinals are the pope’s top advisers, the elite group of churchmen who will eventually elect Benedict’s successor. Of the 22, 18 are under the age of 80 — raising to 125 the number of cardinals eligible to vote in the next papal conclave. Cardinals over 80 are not allowed to vote on the next pope.

Archbishop Collins, 61, who rose through the church in Ontario and then Alberta before being installed Archbishop of Toronto in 2007, has denounced clerical sexual abuses and the church’s failure to respond adequately to them as “great scandals.”

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan one of 22 new cardinals named by Pope Benedict XVI

VATICAN CITY
New York Post

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals Friday, including prelates in such key posts as New York and Hong Kong and a large group of Italians holding major Vatican positions.

The Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, and former Archbishop of Baltimore, Edwin O’Brien, were among those named by the pope.

Dolan said in a statement, “Over the Christmas holy days, I finished a new biography of President Kennedy and I recalled his reply to someone who sincerely congratulated him on the honor of the presidency. ‘Thank you,’ John Kennedy replied, ‘but I don’t look at it so much as an honor, but as a call to higher service.’

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Pope Benedict names 22 new cardinals, including New York’s Timothy Dolan

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

By Christina Boyle / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Published: Friday, January 6 2012

Archbishop Timothy Dolan will be elevated to a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI.

Dolan will accept the prestigious title from the head of the Roman Catholic Church at a formal ceremony at the Vatican in Rome next month, the Archdiocese of New York announced Friday.

He is among 22 new cardinals named by Pope Benedict from cities around the globe, including Hong Kong, Berlin, Prague, Toronto and Florence.

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan Among 22 New Cardinals Named By Pope Benedict XVI

NEW YORK
CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Pope Benedict the XVI has named 22 new cardinals and among them, Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

Pope Benedict will elevate him to cardinal along with 21 others from Hong Kong, Berlin, Prague and from some key Vatican offices.

Dolan was named archbishop of new york by Pope Benedict in February of 2009. He had earlier served as archbishop of Milwaukee after being named to the post by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

Dolan released a statement following the announcement:

On this “Twelfth Day of Christmas” the traditional celebration of the Epiphany, I have received a gift from Pope Benedict XVI, as he announced just a couple of hours ago at the end of Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica that I would be among those to become a cardinal in Rome at the consistory of February 18th.

Yes, I am honored, humbled, and grateful, …but, let’s be frank: this is not about Timothy Dolan; this is an honor from the Holy Father to the Archdiocese of New York, and to all our cherished friends and neighbors who call this great community home.

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Pope to appoint a Maltese Cardinal

MALTA
DI-VE

Fr. Prospero Grech was nominated to become a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope said he would appoint new cardinals after today’s Angelus.

Fr.Prospero Grech was born in Vittoriosa and at the moment he lives in Rome. Fr. Grech, 86 years old studied at the Lyceum and served during the war as a gunner the Home Guard of the University during war. It was in 1943 when he joined the Augustinian Order. He became a priest seven years later while in Rome.

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Pope names 22 new cardinals, including Dolan and O’Brien

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

[with complete list]

by John L Allen Jr on Jan. 06, 2012 NCR Today

Pope Benedict XVI today announced the names of 22 new cardinals, including 18 under the age of 80 and thus eligible to vote for the next pope. The list includes two Americans: Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, and Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and the former archbishop of Baltimore.

The consistory, the event in which these nominees will formally enter the College of Cardinals, is set for Rome on Feb. 18-19.

Once again, Benedict’s choices are top-heavy with Italians (seven of the 18 voting cardinals), Vatican officials (ten) and Europeans (twelve). Three also come from North America, including Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto along with Dolan and O’Brien.

Only three of the new cardinals come from outside the West: João Bráz de Aviz, a Brazilian who heads the Vatican office for religious life; John Tong Hon, bishop of Hong Kong; and George Alencherry, archbishop of the Syro-Malabar church in India.

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Prague Archbishop Duka becomes cardinal, appointed by Pope

CZECH REPUBLIC
Czech Happenings

Prague – Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka has become cardinal, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI at the close of a mass today, the Prague Archbishopric told CTK.

To date the Czech Republic has had only one cardinal, Miloslav Vlk.

Duka has become the 22nd cardinal coming from the Bohemian and Moravian dioceses.

Duka, 68, will receive the appointing decree in February.

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NY archbishop Dolan named cardinal by Vatican

NEW YORK
Wall Street Journal

Associated Press

NEW YORK — New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan has been named cardinal by the Vatican.

Dolan is one of 22 prelates who will be elevated to cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church in a formal ceremony Feb. 18.

Pope Benedict XVI made the announcement on Friday following an Epiphany Mass that ends the Vatican’s top Christmas celebrations.

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Twenty-two new cardinals named by Pope Benedict XVI

VATICAN CITY
Monsters and Critics

Vatican City – Pope Benedict XVI on Friday named 22 new cardinals, with their official installation ceremony set for February 18.

They include prelates from New York, Berlin, Toronto, Prague and Kerala, India. Eighteen of the new cardinals are under the age of 80, which makes them eligible, for now, to take part in a conclave to elect a successor to the current pontiff. That right expires after their 80th birthday.

The Vatican website says Benedict XVI has appointed 84 cardinals since his election in 2005.

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Pope names Canadian as new cardinal

CANADA
Vancouver Sun

Pope Benedict XVI on Friday named, “with great joy,” a Canadian and 21 others to the College of Cardinals.

The Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas Collins, said he was honoured to be named as a member of the Catholic Church’s inner circle.

“I am grateful for the trust he has placed in me, and recognize this honour as a sign of his esteem for the role of Canada and of the Archdiocese of Toronto in the universal Church,” Collins said in a statement.

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Consistory: Red Hats for Dolan, Collins, O’ Brien and Hon of Hong Kong

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Radio

“The world, with all its resources, is incapable of providing humanity with the light to guide it on its path”, said Pope Benedict XVI Friday marking the Feast of the Epiphany with pilgrims present in St Peter’s Square for the midday Angelus., during which he also announced a consistory for the creation of new cardinals.

“We can see as much in our day”, he continued “Western civilization seems to have lost its way, it is sailing blind. But the Church, through the Word of God, sees through this fog. She does not possess any technical solutions, but keeps Her eyes fixed on the goal, and offers the light of the Gospel to all people of good will, to every nation and culture”.

After the Marian prayer, the pontiff addressed best wishes to the Eastern Churches, which according to the Julian calendar, celebrate Christmas tomorrow. “May every family and every community – the Pope said – be full of the light and peace of Christ the Saviour.”

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Indian among Pope’s ‘princes of the Church’

VATICAN CITY
IBN Live (India)

Vatican City: Pope Benedict, putting his stamp on the future of Roman Catholicism, named 22 new cardinals on Friday, the red-hatted “princes of the Church” who are his closest aides and will one day choose his successor.

One of the most prominent on the list is Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. Others are from Italy, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, India, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Germany, China, Romania, Belgium, and Malta.

They include the archbishops of Toronto, Prague, Utrecht, Florence, Berlin and Hong Kong. The head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic rite in India, George Alencherry, was also elevated to cardinal.

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UPDATE 2-Pope names new cardinals who’ll choose successor

VATICAN CITY
Chicago Tribune

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Pope Benedict, putting his stamp on the future of Roman Catholicism, named 22 new cardinals on Friday, the red-hatted “princes of the Church” who are his closest aides and will one day choose his successor.

One of the most prominent on the list is Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. Others are from Italy, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, India, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands,
Germany, China, Romania, Belgium, and Malta.

They include the archbishops of Toronto, Prague, Utrecht, Florence, Berlin and Hong Kong. The head of the Siro-Malabar Catholic rite in India was also elevated to cardinal.

Another new American cardinal is Edwin O’Brien, head of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, a group that is a major funder of the church in the Holy Land.

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ANNUNCIO DI CONCISTORO PER LA CREAZIONE DI NUOVI CARDINALI

CITTA DEL VATICANO
Bolletino

Nel corso dell’Angelus di oggi, il Santo Padre Benedetto XVI ha annunciato per il prossimo 18 febbraio un Concistoro nel quale procederà alla nomina di ventidue nuovi Cardinali.
Queste le parole del Papa:

PAROLE DEL SANTO PADRE

Ed ora, con grande gioia, annuncio che il prossimo 18 febbraio terrò un Concistoro nel quale nominerò 22 nuovi Membri del Collegio Cardinalizio.

Come è noto, i Cardinali hanno il compito di aiutare il Successore di Pietro nello svolgimento del suo Ministero di confermare i fratelli nella fede e di essere principio e fondamento dell’unità e della comunione della Chiesa.

Ecco i nomi dei nuovi Porporati:

1. Mons. FERNANDO FILONI, Prefetto della Congregazione per l’Evangelizzazione dei Popoli;

2. Mons. MANUEL MONTEIRO DE CASTRO, Penitenziere Maggiore;

3. Mons. SANTOS ABRIL Y CASTELLÓ, Arciprete della Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore;

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Pope Benedict XVI names 22 new cardinals

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

[with complete list]

By VICTOR L. SIMPSON, Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals Friday, including prelates in such key posts as New York and Hong Kong and a large group of Italians holding major Vatican positions.

Cardinals are the pope’s top advisers, the elite group of churchmen who will eventually elect Benedict’s successor. Of the 22, 18 are under the age of 80 — raising to 125 the number of cardinals eligible to vote in the next papal conclave. Cardinals over 80 are not allowed to vote on the next pope.

Other new cardinals come from Berlin, Prague, Toronto and Florence, Italy.

The Vatican officials include a Brazilian prelate who heads the office for Consecrated Life.

The pope announced the names “with great joy” following an Epiphany Mass that ended the Vatican’s main Christmas celebrations. He said they will be formally elevated at a Feb. 18 ceremony in Rome.

The list includes two Americans: Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and the former archbishop of Baltimore.

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Pope Benedict XVI Names 22 New Cardinals, Including Two Americans

VATICAN CITY
My Fox Houston

(NewsCore) – Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new Roman Catholic cardinals Friday, including two Americans, FOX News Channel reported.

The Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, and former Archbishop of Baltimore, Edwin O’Brien, were among those named by the pope.

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Abuse victim recounts meeting with Pope

BOSTON (MA)
Catholic Culture

January 06, 2012

A woman assaulted by a Boston priest when she was 15 has described how the words of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and the compassion of Pope Benedict during a 2008 meeting in Washington have strengthened her faith. The priest–Kelvin Iguabita–is serving a prison sentence and has been laicized.

“As we waited in the chapel of the apostolic nunciature, I fingered a pair of my mother’s rosary beads, praying to the Blessed Mother for the grace to say the ‘right thing’ to the Pope,” the victim recounted, adding:

The Pontiff entered the room, and I couldn’t take my eyes off the slight, old, humble-looking man. He was there for survivors everywhere, conveying a message of love and hope to the world and to the Church brought to its knees by the sex-abuse scandal. He knelt at the altar and prayed with us for a few moments.

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Boston cardinal says church contrition on abuse must continue

BOSTON (MA)
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

THE CATHOLIC Church “must continue to express the depth of our sorrow and contrition for how badly we failed those entrusted to our care,” Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, has said.

“As leaders in the church we must accept our responsibility for those failings and clearly acknowledge that church leadership could have and should have responded more quickly and more forcefully.”

He was speaking in a letter marking the 10th anniversary of revelations by the Boston Globe newspaper of an extensive cover- up of clerical child sex abuse by archdiocesan authorities there, which led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law.

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Shelby County superintendent: Schools aiding police after ex-teacher charged with sex abuse

ALABASTER (AL)
The Birmingham News

By Veronica Kennedy — The Birmingham News

ALABASTER, Alabama — Shelby County School Superintendent Randy Fuller said Thursday he is stunned that a retired Alabaster teacher told police he had sexually molested more than 20 of his former students.

Alabaster police arrested Daniel Montague Acker Jr., 49, Wednesday and charged him with three counts of first-degree child sexual abuse. He is in the Shelby County Jail on $225,000 bond.

“We can only say that the allegations are shocking,” Fuller said. “We, as a school district, understand that child abuse is horrible with devastating consequences to victims and their families. …

In 1992, the younger Acker, then a 30-year-old youth minister at Westwood Baptist Church and a fourth-grade teacher at Thompson Elementary, was charged after a neighbor’s child who was in his class said Acker had touched her improperly at her home.

The school board suspended Acker with pay until the case was decided. A grand jury declined to indict him on the charge, and the school board decided to reinstate him after a full day of hearings.

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Former teacher at Dibble church school is headed to trial on sexual abuse charges

DIBBLE (OK)
The Oklahoman

BY SHEILA STOGSDILL sheilastogsdill@sbcglobal.net
Published: January 6, 2012

DIBBLE — A former church school custodian and teacher will stand trial on charges he raped and molested five female students, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Dale Allan Elledge, 74, of Blanchard, was charged May 25, 2010, in McClain County with 10 counts of lewd molestation and four counts of first degree rape by instrumentation.

Two counts of lewd molestation were dismissed on Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Jeff Virgin said. The accusations cover a period from 1998 to 2005, he said.

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Fugitive doc pays victim, walks on abuse charges

COSTA RICA
Tico Times

An international arrest warrant and fresh charges of sexual abuse against a minor were not enough to keep Dr. German Enrique Moreno in jail. Costa Rican authorities quietly released Moreno from preventive detention on Dec. 23, after the plaintiff in the case, a minor at the time the alleged abuse took place, agreed to an undisclosed financial settlement.

Moreno was arrested Aug. 22 on charges that he allegedly sexually assaulted the minor, who is now 19.

Andrea Marín, a spokeswoman from the Supreme Court, confirmed the deal that allowed Moreno to walk, despite an outstanding Interpol arrest warrant on similar charges in the United States (TT, Aug. 26, 22, 19, 12, 9, 2011). …

Moreno was arrested again in 2005 in Houston, Texas, in the U.S., on charges of sexually abusing at least seven victims, all minors at the time. Through a clinic and at a local church, Moreno had contact with dozens of other underage boys. He also practiced medicine without a license.

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Should People and Governments Shun the Totalitarian Catholic Church?

UNITED STATES
AlterNet

January 5, 2012

David Morris

When a totalitarian regime aids and abets the rape of tens of thousands of children one would expect it to be shunned by governments and citizens alike. And any statements it might issue on matters of morality accorded no respect.

Why should we make an exception when the regime is the Catholic Church?

That the Roman Catholic Church is totalitarian is undeniable. Church law itself makes this clear. Canon 331 declares the Pope “the head of the college of bishops, the Vicar of Christ, and the pastor of the universal Church on earth. By virtue of his office he possesses supreme, full, immediate, and universal ordinary power in the Church, which he is always able to exercise freely.”

Canon 333 emphasizes the remarkable power this institution endows in one man, “No appeal or recourse is permitted against a sentence or decree of the Roman Pontiff.”

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Clergy could be exposed to more sex abuse lawsuits

CALIFORNIA
KGO

[with video]

Carolyn Tyler

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A precedent-setting case being held in front of California’s highest court could expose the Roman Catholic Diocese to more sex abuse lawsuits.

The case is examining the state’s statute of limitations that put time limits on when plaintiffs can file civil suits. There were conflicting lower court rulings on this specific case, so the Diocese of Oakland asked the Supreme Court to step in.

Tim Lennon says he was abused by a Roman Catholic priest when he was a young boy, but it took him 30 years to come forward.

“This causes severe injury that have a lifelong effect, crippling injury and sometimes, you don’t understand that until decades later,” he told ABC7.

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Abuse victims advocate is subpoenaed by St. Louis Archdiocese

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

[link to court documents via SNAP]

BY TIM TOWNSEND • ttownsend@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8221

Lawyers for the Archdiocese of St. Louis subpoenaed an official with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests this week in what the organization called a pattern by Missouri bishops intended to cripple its ability to help victims of clergy abuse.

The move follows a similar, and successful, one by attorneys across the state in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph that forced the group’s director, David Clohessy, to sit for a deposition Monday in an ongoing abuse case in that diocese.

But attorneys for the St. Louis archdiocese said Thursday that the subpoena it sent to Barbara Dorris, the group’s St. Louis-based outreach director, was “particular to the case involved,” and “not a new way of doing things.”

The subpoena “is intended to be narrow and only applicable to this case and it’s not a fishing expedition,” said Bernard Huger, an attorney for the archdiocese. He said the subpoena came so soon after the Kansas City case only to protect the information the archdiocese seeks in its case from being destroyed.

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Sacramento prosecutor says priest confessed to molesting girl

SACRAMENTO (CA)
The Sacramento Bee

By Cynthia Hubert
chubert@sacbee.com

By Cynthia Hubert
The Sacramento Bee

A young priest accused of molesting a teenage girl stood, head bowed, inside a Sacramento courtroom jail cell Thursday as lawyers argued whether he was a threat to the community.

During a contentious bail hearing on behalf of the Rev. Uriel Ojeda, a deputy district attorney told Judge Marjorie Koller that the priest had confessed to sexually abusing the girl, who belonged to the Woodland parish where he served until 2009. Prosecutor Allison Dunham said the priest confessed to an investigator for the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento shortly after being informed of the allegations.

“The defendant admitted to molesting the child,” Dunham said.

Ojeda’s lawyer, Sacramento defense attorney Jesse Ortiz, disputed Dunham’s account and said his client is being punished by diocesan officials who dislike him.

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Keeping the Faith Amid Suffering

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

by FAITH HAKESLEY JOHNSTON
01/05/2012

My life has been a test of faith and strength. Like countless other individuals who have survived the trauma of abuse, I have fought through hard times and found myself waging a battle that often seemed unwinnable. At age 15, while working as a secretary in a parish rectory, I endured months of sexual abuse at the hands of the now-laicized Father Kelvin Iguabita.

Nothing could ever fully express the suffering, anguish and betrayal a victim feels. Only someone who has experienced abuse can fully understand the powerful manipulation of an abuser.

I had been raised in a Catholic home where prayer and the sacraments were a part of everyday life. I had never really doubted my faith until the abuse began. Afterward, I hated God for “allowing” it to happen. Indeed, the priesthood — a vocation I once held in high esteem — became something disgusting. I agonized over my decision to tell someone about the abuse. I truly believed that even my closest loved ones would turn against me.

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Ex-priest Kennedy fights extradition to face abuse claims

UNITED KINGDOM
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

FORMER PRIEST Peter Kennedy (72), who was sent to Britain from Brazil, is to fight an extradition order to Ireland granted against him at a London Magistrates Court in Westminster yesterday.

Mr Kennedy is a former member of St Patrick’s Missionary Society at Kiltegan, Co Wicklow, and comes from Ballinahown, Co Westmeath. He faces child abuse allegations from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, involving at least 18 people who gardaí have taken statements from.

Ordained in 1964, he was removed from active ministry in 1986 following persistent complaints of sexual abuse dating to the late 1960s when he was a missionary priest in Kenya.

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CA Court Mulls Window for Old Clergy Abuse Claims

CALIFORNIA
ABC News

By LISA LEFF Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO January 6, 2012 (AP)

Six brothers who say they were sexually abused by a priest decades ago asked the California Supreme Court on Thursday to let them sue the Catholic diocese that allegedly knew the priest molested children. If justices side with them, the state could see a rash of new clergy abuse lawsuits by long-ago victims against the Catholic Church and others.

At issue in the case are two competing provisions of state law: one that allows adults who only recently connected their psychological problems to what happened to them as children to seek damages against so-called third-party defendants and another that said they could do so only if they were below a certain age.

The brothers, now in their 40s and 50s, allege they were molested by an Oakland priest during the 1970s but didn’t link it to their ongoing distress until 2006. The priest, Donald Broderson, was forced to retire amid abuse allegations in 1993 and died in 2010.

Although legal time limits generally prevent plaintiffs from bringing civil complaints based on long-ago events, the California Legislature has expanded the statute of limitations for child abuse lawsuits several times during the last 25 years to make it easier for victims of childhood abuse to pursue their claims.

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Bill making sex abuse suits easier advances in Trenton

NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

Written by
Bob Jordan
Statehouse Bureau

TRENTON — An Assembly committee Thursday advanced a bill that could widen opportunities for lawsuits to be filed by adults who were victims of childhood sexual abuse.

The measure would eliminate the two-year statute of limitations for civil action on abuse acts and expand the categories of persons, beyond the predator, who could be held liable.

For instance, under the legislation trustees and employees of an organization who know about abuse but don’t act to prevent it could be sued, but only if they have supervisory or oversight status over the person committing the offending act.

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Former Modesto priest finally gets day in court

CALIFORNIA
Modesto Bee

By Sue Nowicki
snowicki@modbee.com

The Rev. Michael Kelly of the Stockton Diocese will finally get his day in court more than four years after a lawsuit was filed, alleging that he abused a 10-year-old Stockton boy in the mid-1980s.

And in an unrelated case, a former Stockton Diocese priest serving in the Archdiocese of San Francisco has been removed from all priestly duties after he followed a 17-year-old boy into a store dressing room last year. The Rev. William Myers can no longer call himself a priest, celebrate Mass or hear confessions, said the archdiocese’s spokesman, George Wesolek.

Kelly’s attorney is upbeat about the upcoming trial, which begins Feb. 14 in San Joaquin County. It has been postponed several times, including the most recent date in November. That judge recused himself over a possible conflict of interest.

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Complaints and Other Pleadings Relating to Alleged Sexual Abuse in Haiti

WALTHAM (MA)
BishopAccountability.org

On January 4, 2012, seventeen more Haitian boys brought suit alleging abuse by Douglas Perlitz between 1998 and 2008 at Project Pierre Toussaint in Haiti. Attorneys Mitchell Garabedian of Boston and Steven Errante of New Haven have now filed 20 suits on behalf of 21 students. In addition to Perlitz, who has admitted to some of the abuse and is now in prison, the civil suits name Rev. Paul E. Carrier SJ, former chaplain at Fairfield University; the Haiti Fund, which is Project Pierre Toussaint’s fundraising arm; Fairfield University, where some of the fundraising was done, and where Carrier was once a chaplain; the New England province of the Jesuits; and Hope Carter, who served on the board of the Haiti Fund with Carrier. Perlitz is accused of the abuse; the other defendants are accused of violating state, federal, and international laws by failing to take the appropriate actions to stop the assaults. See More Haitian boys sue Perlitz, Fairfield U. in abuse scandal, by Michael P. Mayko, Connecticut Post, January 5, 2012.

Below we provide the complaints that have been filed, along with some defendant’s motions to dismiss. For background on the cases, see also Perlitz’s guilty plea; activist Paul Kendrick’s Haiti narrative; Perlitz Admits He Sexually Abused Minor Boy, by Michael P. Mayko, News Times, August 18 2010; and Perlitz Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years for Sex Abuse in Haiti, by Michael P. Mayko, News Times, December 21, 2010.

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Sex abuse bill would end statute of limitations

NEW JERSEY
Courier-Post

Written by
BOB JORDAN
New Jersey Press Media

TRENTON — A state Assembly committee Thursday advanced a bill that could widen opportunities for lawsuits to be filed by adults who were victims of childhood sexual abuse.

The measure would eliminate the two-year statute of limitations for civil action on abuse acts and expand the categories of persons, beyond the predator, who could be held liable.

For instance, under the legislation trustees and employees of an organization who know about abuse but don’t act to prevent it could be sued, but only if they have supervisory or oversight status over the person committing the offending act.

Bill sponsors said the need for action drew new attention after sex-abuse charges came to light at Immaculata High School and with the former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State University.

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January 5, 2012

SNAP receives second subpoena request for documents

MISSOURI
National Catholic Reporter

[link to court documents via SNAP]

Jan. 05, 2012
By Joshua J. McElwee

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has been issued a second subpoena for one of its leaders to appear for testimony and to turn over internal records, correspondence and email dating back 23 years.

According to documents obtained by NCR this afternoon, Barbara Dorris, the group’s outreach director, was requested to give testimony Feb. 15 in a city case involving allegations of sexual misconduct against St. Louis archdiocesan priest Fr. Joseph Ross. The subpoena was mailed to Dorris and dated Dec. 30.

David Clohessy, SNAP’s director, submitted to a court ordered deposition and submission of documents Monday (Jan. 2) for a case involving a diocesan priest in Kansas City, Mo.

After his deposition, Clohessy said he refused to answer many of the lawyers’ questions and did not submit many of the documents requested, citing constitutional protections of free speech and Missouri state law protecting the confidentiality of rape crisis centers.

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Another 17 Haitian Orphans Sue Fairfield University Over Sex Abuse

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

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

12:45 p.m. EST, January 5, 2012
Another 17 orphans have sued Fairfield University and affiliated religious and charitable organizations for negligence over sexual abuse they say they suffered while living in a Haitian orphanage founded and operated by a celebrated alumnus of the Connecticut school who later was prosecuted as a pedophile.

Three additional suits were filed last year containing similar allegations of negligence arising from the abuse of destitute street children who were admitted to Project Pierre Toussaint, a school and orphanage in Cap Haitien founded by Fairfield University graduate Douglas Perlitz.

Perlitz was sentenced in 2010 to more than 19 years in prison for abusing boys at the non-profit orphanage and school, which was largely sponsored by private donations from individuals and groups with ties to the university.

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A chilling shadow

CONNECTICUT
NECN

[with video]

(NECN: Brian Burnell) – It’s a story reminiscent of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal – more than a dozen children in Haiti abused while people in charge looked the other way. Now, the Boston attorney, who spearheaded the Catholic Church sex abuse fight, is all over this one, too.

And this time, the attorney has something he did not get in the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal: a guilty plea.

Douglas Perlitz plead guilty to sexually molesting 8 boys at the Pierre Toussant School for Homeless Children in Haiti between 1998 and 2008. He is now serving nearly 20 years in federal prison.

Boston Attorney Mitchell Garabedian has filed 20 complaints in federal court seeking over $400 million on behalf of 21 children. It names not only Perlitz but the Society of Jesus which oversaw the school, Reverend Paul Carrier who was on the school’s board and Fairfield University. Carrier was the chaplain at Fairfield.

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New Haiti suits level claims against Rev. Carrier

CONNECTICUT
CT Post

Michael P. Mayko, Staff Writer

Published 05:50 p.m., Thursday, January 5, 2012

FAIRFIELD — The Rev. Paul E. Carrier, a prominent Fairfield County Jesuit priest who helped Douglas Perlitz establish a program for abandoned boys in Haiti, allegedly was present when Perlitz showed one of the boys pornography and also when Perlitz slept with another boy, according to federal court documents.

Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer representing 21 Haitian boys who claim they were sexually abused by Perlitz, further accused Carrier of being present when Perlitz “arranged a rendezvous” at his Cap-Haitien home “with one of the boys for late in the evening.”

“All of these circumstances should have alerted Father Carrier … that something was amiss in Perlitz’s dealings with boys in his care at Project Pierre Toussaint,” said Garabedian, who has sued Catholic dioceses and clergy across the county for sexual abuse.

Now Garabedian and Steven Errante, a New Haven lawyer, have filed 20 suits on behalf of 21 of the former students at Perlitz’s Project Pierre Toussaint, citing violations of state, federal and international law.

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Members of Warren Jeffs’ church are ‘secretly holding underage girls for sexual purposes’

UTAH
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

Underage girls are still secretly being held by the followers of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs for sexual purposes, it has been reported.

A number of allegations have surfaced against Jeffs since he was jailed for life plus twenty years for raping a 12 and 15-year-old girl.

These are the latest allegations to surface after it came out on Tuesday that he has banned all his members from having sex and has voided every marriage.
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said on Wednesday he intends to look into the claim young girls are being held for sex.

He said: ‘I believe there’s still a half-dozen to a dozen places around the country where girls are still being held. And I’m very concerned about that.

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Canadian bishop to register as sex offender

CANADA
Aljazeera

[with video]

A Roman Catholic bishop has left court in Canada a free man after admitting he was addicted to child pornography.

Raymond Lahey, the former head of the Diocese of Antigonish in Nova Scotia, told the court late last year that he was glad he had finally been caught.

Lahey, 71, was sentenced to 15 months jail, but has been credited for time served after he volunteered to spend eight months in solitary confinement. A psychiatrist told the court that Lahey is not a paedophile.

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A test for the church

CANADA
Ottawa Citizen

It might have shocked some to see disgraced Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey walk out of an Ottawa courtroom this week after being sentenced to time served for possession of child pornography. But that doesn’t mean his sentence was too lenient.

The court conferred an appropriate sentence on Lahey, who had been in jail for eight months, and faces restrictions on his behaviour that extend for the next 20 years. But now it is up to the Catholic Church to take action that restores the faith of members disillusioned and shaken by the actions of Lahey and other members of the Catholic clergy.

Lahey’s case is intrinsically shocking. In possessing images of children being abused he was contributing to their victimization and revictimization. And not only is he a Catholic bishop, but he is the one who, as bishop of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, negotiated a multimillion-dollar settlement for victims of child sexual abuse by clergy.

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The Bishop, His Hidden Relationship and His Teenage Children

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

Father Alberto Cutie

It’s puzzling to see the harsh reactions to Bishop Gabino Zavala’s resignation as Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles after his admission that he fathered two teenage children as a consequence of a hidden sexual relationship with their mother — the Bishop’s secret girlfriend. I was determined to pray for Bishop Zavala quietly and not say a word, but since the Associated Press and other media outfits decided to mention my name and include me in a list with a number of church leaders in their widely circulated article, I decided to speak out and share my thoughts.

What troubles me about the reactions of so many who claim to feel “betrayed” is that when we discover that priests have had hidden sexual relationships with adults, too many people have a tendency to quickly speak of a “life of duplicity” or a moral “failure,” yet we never saw this same type of outrage when it was discovered — and unfortunately continues to be discovered — that the same institution developed a culture of secrecy and protected truly criminal behavior in the thousands of cases involving the sexual abuse of minors by priests and bishops. Where are the voices of “outrage” when minors and innocent children are involved?

When a priest fails to keep celibacy, that man-made rule that even the Roman Catholic Church admits is changeable, adaptable and dispensable, we should not be so easily scandalized. We live in the 21st century and sexuality should no longer be a taboo subject for most of us. The fact is that all human beings, including priests and bishops, are sexual beings and are capable of living up to their highest aspirations and ideals, while also capable of falling short of them. Sexuality among consenting, single adults cannot continue to be considered “a great scandal” in or out of church. On the other hand, covered up promiscuous and criminal sexual acts are truly scandalous and often brushed under the carpet.

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Judge fines attorneys for anti-Catholic slurs, orders arrest of one

MINNESOTA
Catholic Culture

Less than a month after a Minnesota attorney filed a court document laden with anti-Catholic slurs, the judge who bore the brunt of her comments has ordered her arrested.

Referring to Judge Nancy Dreher, who is not a Catholic, as a “popess” and “a secret Catholic Knight Witch Hunter,” attorney Nancy Isaacson’s filing had stated that “we may as well flush her papal bull order down the toilet.”

“The Catholic Church has millions of Jesuits working undercover around the country to fulfill the Church’s agenda,” the memo continued. “They give orders, pull the strings, and their puppets like Nancy Dreher jump like zombies.”

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Catholics Stunned by News Bishop Fathered Two Sons

CALIFORNIA
EGP

By Gloria Angelina Castillo, EGP Staff Writer

It’s been three decades since Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala, 60, led mass and religious functions at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in East Los Angeles, but his recent resignation and admission that he fathered two sons now living out of state has shocked faithful parishioners.

Maria Isabel Delgado, now a parishioner at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Montebello, says she found God while attending Our Lady of Guadalupe during the late 1980s and 1990s. And while she was not at the church at the same time as Zavala (1977-1982) she was nonetheless taken aback when she was informed by a reporter that Zavala had fathered two children.

“I completely disapprove, I am very concerned,” Delgado said. “I’m nobody to judge him, only God can judge him, but it’s not right that they fool us.”

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SNAP’s Fight for Survivor Confidentiality

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

SNAP is currently embroiled in a tough legal battle with the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and SNAP Director David Clohessy is fighting to guarantee the confidentiality of survivors! You can read up on the battle and see the documents filed by Clohessy here.

Below are links to documents filed by and on behalf of SNAP in this ongoing legal battle to protect survivors of clergy abuse:
October 27, 2011 – David Clohessy is served with a subpoena by accused pedophile Fr. Michael Tierney and the Diocese of KCSJ
November 14, 2011 – Attorneys for Clohessy file a Motion to Quash…
November 14, 2011 – …a Memorandum of Law in support of their Motion to Quash…
November 14, 2011 – …and a Limited Entry Appearance.
November 29, 2011 – Attorneys for Clohessy file Reply Suggestions for their Motion to Quash.
November 30, 2011 – Judge files an Order that grants in part and denies in part Clohessy’s Motion to Quash.

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