Robert Jasina Interviews Monsignor G Michael Bugarin

WWJ Newsradio
September 24, 2018

[with audio]

WWJ's Roberta Jasina interviews Monsignor G Michael Bugarin of St. Clair Shores about pedophile priests, their prosecution, their punishment.

Length: 28:51

Posted on September 24, 2018 10:55 AM

FLAGSTAFF (AZ) The Associated Press

September 23, 2018

Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct foster program run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, a lawyer said.

Allegations have been made against the church by more than a dozen tribal members from the Navajo Nation and Crow Tribe of Montana.

Four cases recently were settled, three were settled last year and others reached agreements out of court. One case remains in Washington state.

The terms of the latest agreements are confidential and include no admission of wrongdoing, said Craig Vernon, an attorney who represented the tribal members.

The cases were filed in Window Rock District Court on the Navajo Nation.

Vernon said he believed his clients would have prevailed in tribal courts, but federal courts were risky. He said his clients had mixed feelings about settling.

The lawsuits sought monetary damages, written apologies and a guarantee that Mormon leaders would report suspected abuse. Vernon said his clients did not receive an apology and church policies remain unchanged.

Posted on September 24, 2018 10:54 AM


September 23, 2018

The Archdiocese of Hartford is again addressing the ongoing sexual abuse scandal shaking the Catholic church.

In a letter to parishioners released Sunday, Archbishop Leonard Blair acknowledged past sexual abuse cases within the diocese, stating that two priests have been credibly accused of sexually assaulting a minor over the last 20 years, and both faced criminal charges and prosecution.

He went on to say that the abuse has not been “occurring widely” in the Archdiocese of Hartford for at least 20 years, and there has been a zero-tolerance policy in place since 2002.

Blair said there are no credible claims against any current priests.



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