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July 31, 2012
‘Too much pain’: plea for inquiry into church sex case
AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Joanne McCarthy August 01, 2012

The family of Hunter man John Pirona says there is a fitting legacy for him after his disappearance and death last week, when he left a letter saying he was in “too much pain”.

That legacy is the truth about the Catholic church’s handling of child sex abuse issues over decades, including the 1970s when he was the victim of a paedophile priest at a Hunter school.

“I do believe John is where he is now as a result of what happened to him when he was young and at that school, and such things happened to a lot of boys,” Mr Pirona’s father Lou said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 PM
Long time minister investigated for sex crimes
ALABAMA
WAAY

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WAAY) – Sheffield Police confirm that they’re investigating claims of sexual abuse against a former music and youth minister at the Sheffield First United Methodist Church.

Investigators say they began looking into the claims Monday. The pastor was let go from the church once the allegations came to light. Police say there may be numerous victims spread out over years or decades.

The 78 year old man has not been charged at this time, and officers tell WAAY 31 they’re still interviewing witnesses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:08 PM
Philly Inquirer Rebroadcasts Wholly Discredited Claim of Abuse Against Bishop
UNITED STATES
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

July 30, 2012 By TheMediaReport.com

Witnesses have now come forward to thoroughly discredit a specious claim that Wheeling, West Virginia, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield committed abuse decades ago, yet one would hardly know this from reading the Philadelphia Inquirer, which has rebroadcast the charge.

Last April, during the Philadelphia abuse trial, media outlets fell over themselves to trumpet a double hearsay allegation from a witness in the trial. The witness claimed on the stand that 40 years ago in the 1970s that an admittedly abusive priest motioned to a car carrying Bransfield and some boys and told him that Bransfield was abusing “the one in the front seat.”

Well, two grown who were actually in the car years ago with Bransfield at the time, including the alleged “victim” of Bransfield, have now come forward to flatly refute the decades-old hearsay claim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM
Minn. Supreme Court Rejects ‘Repressed Memory’ Junk Science Against Priest, Media Yawns
MINNESOTA
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

July 31, 2012 By TheMediaReport.com

Last Wednesday, the Minnesota Supreme Court flatly rejected the psychological theory of “repressed memory” as bogus. The Court declared that scientific studies that have tried to prove the bogus theory have “lacked foundational reliability.”

Church-suing lawyers and accusers of abuse have attempted to use “repressed memory” as a way to circumvent statutes of limitations in order to file big-money lawsuits against the Catholic Church.

According to proponents of the discredited belief, some people completely forget instances of extreme trauma or abuse. Then, years or decades later, an event or thought – often directed by a convincing therapist – causes one to suddenly “remember” having been abused or traumatized.

In the case in Minnesota, an accuser – represented by high-profile, Church-suing attorney Jeff Anderson – tried to claim that his case of abuse against a Catholic priest should not be limited by the state’s statute of limitations because he was simply unable to remember being abused because he “repressed” the memory of it happening. Fortunately, the Minnesota courts didn’t buy it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM
Beyer y el Cumbres: Investigamos aspectos administrativos, la acusación la ve la Justicia
CHILE
Cooperativa

En entrevista con Cooperativa, el ministro de Educación, Harald Beyer, aseguró que las irregularidades detectas por Seremi en el Colegio cumbres no apuntan directamente a la denuncia por abuso sexual contra el sacerdote John O’Reilly.

“Ese es en un proceso que está en curso, por lo tanto el establecimiento necesita conocerlas antes de que nosotros las divulguemos, pero son de carácter administrativo”, informó.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM
Colegio Cumbres emite instructivo que prohíbe a sacerdotes a “sacar niñitas” de las salas
CHILE
El Mostrador

El Colegio Cumbres emitió un instructivo que prohíbe que sacerdotes y profesionales tengan contacto privado con los alumnos. La medida se da tras la denuncia de abuso sexual que pesa sobre el vocero de los Legionarios de Cristo, el padre John O’Reilly y de las declaraciones de una ex profesora que confirmó la costumbre que tenía el religioso de sacar selectivamente a niñas de sus salas de clases.

El mismo antecedente lo dio a conocer la semana pasada el abogado Mario Schilling luego que reventara el escándalo por la denuncia contra quien también aparecía como el vocero en Chile de la congregación de los Legionarios de Cristo. Antecedente que fue confirmado por la profesora Vivianne Litvack, quien hace nueve años hizo clases en el exclusivo establecimiento privado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM
Ex profesora del Cumbres: O´Reilly sacaba a las niñas de clases y nadie lo cuestionaba
CHILE
Cooperativa

[con audio]

La ex profesora del Colegio Cumbres Vivianne Litvack aseguró este martes en Cooperativa que el sacerdote de los Legionarios de Cristo, John O’Reilly, tenía la costumbre de sacar a las niñas de la sala y “nadie” cuestionaba sus decisiones.

El religioso enfrenta graves acusaciones por supuestos abusos sexuales cometidos contra una menor de 6 años en el establecimiento, lo que ha motivado recientemente que el Ministerio de Educación inicie un proceso administrativo contra el colegio. El recinto, por su parte, emitió hace poco un instructivo con el fin de prohibir a los sacerdotes sacar a las niñas del aula.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:45 PM
Ex profesora de Colegio Cumbres afirma que era “habitual que O´Reilly sacara a las alu
CHILE
Publimetro

En entrevista con radio Cooperativa, la ex profesora del Colegio Cumbre, Vivian Litvack, confirmó que el sacerdote John O’Reilly, acostumbraba a sacar a las niñas de la salas de clases.

Litvack recordó que mientras realizaba un reemplazo en el recinto educacional a los cursos de 4º, 7º y 8º básico, en el año 2003, “era habitual que el padre O´Reilly acostumbraba a sacar a las alumnas de las salas de clases”.

“Las invitaba a tomar desayuno, les tengo té, galletitas y él me decía que las llevaba porque las niñitas aprendían mucho más con él que en una sala de clases”, comentó la ex profesora. Asimismo, afirmó que al religioso poco le importaba interrumpir pruebas o interrrumpirla cuando pasaba algunas materias.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:42 PM
Time to ‘fall on swords’
AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY

01 Aug, 2012

ALMOST 18 years ago former police officer and Nationals MP Troy Grant charged paedophile priest Vince Ryan, and formally interviewed the priest who ‘‘decided to say nothing’’ about Ryan’s offending.

Ryan was convicted and sent to jail for 14 years.

Monsignor Patrick Cotter, who declined to answer questions many times during his interview with Mr Grant, was not charged with concealing Ryan’s crimes despite police recommending that this should have happened.

It is the legacy of his police years that causes Mr Grant the most heartache.

‘‘My failure to have Cotter and a couple of nuns held to account for their roles in Ryan’s ability to keep offending over many years still troubles me,’’ he said yesterday, after speaking strongly about the Catholic church’s inability to deal with its sex abuse crisis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:38 PM
Rafael Venegas and Luis Jose Cuevas, Catholic Priests, Accused of Sex Crimes Against Females
CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

By Matt Coker
Tue., Jul. 31 2012

At least this can be said of the pending charges against two Roman Catholic priests from Southern California parishes–including St. Athanasus Church of Long Beach: only one of the four accusers is a child and all are female. The latest case involves Father Rafael Venegas, who is accused of sexual battery against a 20-year-old woman on the grounds of his St. Anne Catholic Church in Santa Monica.

The woman, who is not a parishoner, claims the assault happened in September 2011, and the Santa Monica Police Department launched an investigation July 1.

Venegas turned himself in on Monday after the city attorney charged the priest with one count of sexual battery and one count of providing alcohol to a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM
3 to 6 for Lynn
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Northeast Times

By John Loftus
07/25/2012

— The first top official in the Roman Catholic Church to be convicted of shielding child-molesting priests is going to have plenty of time to do some reflection — in prison

Monsignor William Lynn, the first member of the Roman Catholic hierarchy to be found guilty of shielding a child-molesting priest, was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in prison.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told Lynn he knew “full well what was right,” but, instead, facilitated and supported “monsters in clerical garb.”

Lynn’s attorneys said they planned to appeal Lynn’s child endangerment conviction next month. They said Lynn had been convicted for the crimes one of his co-defendants had committed against a boy the monsignor had never met.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM
Column: Penn State case bad, but church sex abuse worse
UNITED STATES
USA Today

By DeWayne Wickham

I didn’t have much sympathy for people who complained about the punishment the NCAA doled out to Penn State, until I discovered how an even larger institution in the Keystone State has escaped punishment for shielding dozens of pedophiles in its midst.

In June, Jerry Sandusky, a longtime assistant football coach at Penn State, was found guilty of raping and sodomizing 10 young boys. Top university officials were told of Sandusky’s deviant behavior years earlier and did nothing to stop him. They, apparently, were more worried about the damage that exposing him would do to the school’s reputation than the harm he was doing to his victims.

For its inaction, Penn State on July 23 was fined $60 million, its football team was banned from post-season play for four years and the games it won from 1998 through 2011 — the span of time during which university officials were aware of Sandusky’s pedophilia and looked the other way — were wiped off the record books.

Another troubling case

The next day, an even more troubling case of child sex abuse — given that so many more predators were involved — played out in a Philadelphia courtroom without any hint that justice would reach beyond a low-level official of that city’s Catholic archdiocese.

Monsignor William Lynn was sentenced to three to six years in prison for covering up the actions of pedophile priests he was supposed to root out of the church. Instead, he sent them to unsuspecting parishes where other sexual assaults took place — an action his lawyers said was ordered by Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who headed Philadelphia’s archdiocese from 1988 to 2003. He died in January.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:24 PM
As investigation of priest continues, others temporarily assigned to Fort Kent area parish
MAINE
Bangor Daily News

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

Posted July 31, 2012

FORT KENT, Maine — As the Maine Attorney General’s investigation into unspecified allegations against a Roman Catholic priest continues, the diocese has announced temporary assignments at the St. John Vianney Parish.

The parish, based in Fort Kent, has been without its spiritual leader Rev. James Nadeau since the 50-year-old pastor took a voluntary leave of absence in early April.

“The diocese is cooperating fully with the attorney general’s office and at their request I cannot discuss the allegations or anything about the investigation,” Bishop Richard Malone said at the time. “I am hopeful that this process will go smoothly in order to lead to an expeditious and just conclusion.”

Officials with the attorney general’s office and from the Diocese have released little information on the investigation over the past several months.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM
More men allege abuse by Christian Brothers
CHICAGO (IL)
Southtown Star

By Mike Nolan [email protected]

Updated: July 31, 2012

Five more men have filed claims in bankruptcy court alleging that they were sexually abused as boys while attending Southland Catholic schools operated by the Irish Christian Brothers, according to a Chicago law firm that’s representing the men.

The firm — Hurley McKenna & Mertz — said it now represents 27 Chicago-area men alleging abuse by members of the order, which founded Brother Rice and Leo high schools on the Southwest Side as well as St. Laurence High School in Burbank.

The order filed for bankruptcy in April 2011, and Wednesday is the deadline for alleged victims of abuse to file claims in the case. Attorneys from firms around the country have claimed that the bankruptcy filing was an attempt by the Catholic order to shield assets and block the filing of new lawsuits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM
Adam Fisher: An abuse case’s aftershocks
MASSACHUSETTS
Daily Hampshire Gazette

By Daily Hampshire Gazette

Created 07/31/2012

NORTHAMPTON – On precisely the same day that Andrew Nicastro of Williamstown on Friday withdrew his priest-abuse lawsuit against two retired Springfield bishops in return for $500,000, a contrasting scenario was playing out a half a world away.

In Australia, Bill Wright, the Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, stated publicly that he would support a public inquiry into his church’s handling of sexual assaults by priests.

The Newcastle Herald promptly wrote an editorial applauding the bishop and observing: “There was a time, when the first shocking revelations of abuse began to emerge into the public eye, when many probably believed the matter could be satisfactorily dealt with by the churches and the police. But since that hasn’t been entirely the case, and since – on the contrary – more cases of abuse by more priests keep surfacing along with distressing evidence of church cover-ups and failed police investigations, public opinion has dramatically altered.”

Back in Springfield, one of the retired bishops accused by Nicastro, Joseph F. Maguire, 92, issued a long and apparently heartfelt statement acknowledging Nicastro’s molestation by defrocked priest Alfred Graves. The other defendant was retired Bishop Thomas L. Dupre.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM
5 Men Allege Sex Abuse By Members Of Order From Local Catholic High Schools
CHICAGO (IL)
CBS Chicago

[with audio]

CHICAGO (CBS) — Five more men have filed claims in U.S. Bankruptcy Court alleging they were sexually abused as boys while attending Chicago area Roman Catholic schools operated by the Irish Christian Brothers.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports, at least 27 Chicago area men have now filed lawsuits alleging abuse by members of the order at three all-boys high schools – Brother Rice High School, 10001 S. Pulaski Rd.; Leo High School, 7901 S. Sangamon St.; and St. Laurence High School, 5556 W. 77th St. in Burbank.

Three brothers, who at one time worked in Chicago have been named as sexual predators in earlier suits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM
Santa Monica priest booked for alleged sexual assault
SANTA MONICA (CA)
Contra Costa Times

By City News Service
dailybreeze.com
Posted: 07/31/2012

SANTA MONICA – The Rev. Rafael Venegas, a priest at St. Anne’s Church in Santa Monica, turned himself in to police Monday and was booked for sexual battery.

Santa Monica police began investigating Venegas on July 1 when a 20-year-old woman, who was not a parishioner of the church, reported an assault on her at the church at 2017 Colorado Ave. in September 2011.

Investigators turned the results of their investigation over to the City Attorney’s Office, who charged Venegas with a count of sexual battery and another count of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:59 AM
Priest, on leave, steps down from Sewickley parish
PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Bobby Cherry

Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Roman Catholic priest on leave from his Sewickley parish officially will step down later this month even after investigators deemed no charges would be filed against him following a complaint about Facebook postings to a minor.

The Rev. Daniel Valentine of St. James Catholic Church, who began a leave of absence May 19 because of a complaint about online posts, will leave the Sewickley church on Aug. 15, Pittsburgh diocese spokesman Rev. Ronald Lengwin said this week.

In May, Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said the diocese requested the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office do a forensic audit of both the parish computers and Valentine’s personal computer following the complaint the diocese received.

Following the investigation, which ended late last month, the district attorney’s office said no criminal charges are warranted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM
“The Manual”.
Verschueren.at

[“The Manual” – Englisch – BishopAccountability.org]

Of hoe de katholieke kerk sinds 1983 over seksueel misbruik op de hoogte was en hoe ze daar (niet) mee omging. Schuldig verzuim.

Begin juli 2012 werden via een van de oudste websites over seksueel misbruik, BishopAccountability.org, documenten vrijgegeven die een dieper inzicht verschaffen in hoe Amerikaanse bisschoppen, kardinalen, aartsbisschoppen en de bisschoppenconferentie al zo’n dertig jaar geleden en tot voor kort met gevallen van seksueel misbruik door priesters (niet) zijn omgegaan. Het hoofddocument, hoewel sinds zijn ontstaan wijd verspreid binnen de kerkelijke hiërarchie, bereikte nooit massaal het grote publiek. Dit destijds baanbrekend werk van drie gerenommeerde auteurs, is op zich revelerend vooral om te begrijpen hoe vroeg al ALLE Amerikaanse hoogste geestelijken op de hoogte waren van de problematiek rond pedofilie in de kerk (1985). Het meest interessante echter rond “The Manual” is vooral hoe de kerk met het document is omgegaan en het proces dat aan de verspreiding van het document is voorafgegaan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:41 AM
Senior Catholic cleric ‘pledged silence’ on child abuse
AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Dan Box
From:The Australian
August 01, 2012

ONE OF Australia’s most senior Catholic clerics allegedly told a priest facing claims he was a pedophile that any confession to child abuse would be kept between himself, the priest and the bishop.

Brian Lucas, the general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, was responding to a 1993 allegation from the family of Father Denis McAlinden that the priest had sexually abused a relative.

In a later letter to the then Maitland-Newcastle bishop Leo Clarke, McAlinden wrote: “Brian Lucas convinced me, against my better judgment, to accept that the information I gave him would be held in strictest confidence by the bishop.”

Father Lucas, who yesterday said he was unable to comment on the contents of that conversation, was interviewed in February by NSW police investigating “alleged cover-ups” by church officials of McAlinden’s alleged abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 AM
Ok, so I’m a co-dependent
MASSACHUSETTS
Buddha Belly and the Art of Questioning

Skip Shea

Ok, so I’m a co-dependent. But aren’t we all? At the end of a human service interviewing class I have taught, after all the students were stoked to go out and help others, we had to discuss the high risks that they were all co-dependents and capable of doing great harm to others. Cruel but necessary. Why we get in the game of trying to help another person has to be a big part of being sure we are in fact being helpful.

Such has been my relationship with the Catholic Church for the better part of my life. Despite all the evidence, pretty much throughout my life, that this relationship was just going to get worse – I hung in there. I knew things weren’t right when I was younger. I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then I found out years later that priests were putting fingers etc. all over some friends of mine. They have had to live the rests of their lives with these scars.

I have gone to Mass upon Mass at which the priest strongly emphasized the tragedy of abortion. I don’t like abortion. I wish it didn’t happen. I respect that many women will think that even my saying that makes it sound as if I would deprive them of all their rights. I support a women’s right to choose, on the simple and perhaps lame basis that I am not a woman. It just doesn’t seem right to me that women should have the LEAST say about something that routinely becomes the defining moment of their lives, and that they be also be viewed as criminals. But I do understand it to be a profoundly ethical and moral dilemna. I wish I could wish it away and I respect anyone’s right to argue against it.

But, given the sordid history of abuse allowed by and perhaps perpetrated by the Catholic Church, every sanctimonious sermon about abortion, birth control, masturbation etc. should be preceded by a 20 minute apology for child sexual abuse – EVERY time for the foreseeable future. The numbers of lives ruined by the Church’s tacit approval of child sexual abuse are just as staggering as those lost to abortion. The moral indignation of the Catholic Church’s pro-life stance can only be justified by true penance for its own sins. Sins, that by every estimation, go back centuries.

Recently the Bishop of the Worcester Diocese has vetoed Vicki Kennedy speaking at a Catholic College because he deemed her to NOT be Catholic enough. Ms. Kennedy holds many views similar to rank and file Catholics like being partly or mostly pro-choice, pro- birth control etc. That she has raised countless dollars for Catholic Charities and causes was of no consequence. The Bishop followed that up by refusing to sell the former House of Affirmation to two gay men that had wonderful plans for economically revitalizing the site. The fear was that gay marriages would be performed there. This is appalling because the House of Affirmation was a “treatment facility” for pedophile priests, run by a pedophile. Many such priests were stationed in the Blackstone Valley so they could make use of the services there. Many made use of Blackstone Valley children, and some of those events allegedly happened there. This is not the definition of hypocrisy. It cries out for a new word.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM
Prosecutors Side with Abuse Group to Block Releasing Records
MISSOURI
Ozark Area Network

[Amicus by prosecutors backing the writ – SNAP]

July 31st, 2012 | Author: The Associated Press

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Several prosecutors are siding with the group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests in urging the Missouri Supreme Court to block an order requiring the group to release certain records.

The issue stems from lawsuits against a Roman Catholic priest by accusers who say they repressed memories of begin abused decades ago. A lawyer for the priest argues documents could raise doubts about such memories and whether a gag order was violated.

SNAP wants the high court to block a trial judge’s order that it provide records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM
Calls multiply for inquiry into handling of sex abuse
AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Linton Besser, Joanne McCarthy
August 01, 2012

PRECISELY six months after the paedophile priest Denis McAlinden was reprimanded but not reported by the church over allegations of child sex abuse, Father Brian Lucas told the Wood Royal Commission that ”to engage in a cover-up … is the very worst way of approaching it”.

Now Father Lucas, the general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, is one of three senior Catholic officials being investigated by police detectives over the concealment of McAlinden’s offences in the 1990s.

Strike Force Lantle is due to deliver a brief of evidence to prosecutors in the next few weeks.

Between 1993 and 1995, Father Lucas, the former bishop of Maitland-Newcastle Michael Malone and Father Philip Wilson, now an archbishop, had roles in an attempted defrocking of McAlinden over the sexual abuse of young girls but failed to report him to authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:49 AM
Abuse advocacy group says little changed among Catholic church leaders
UNITED STATES
Endrtimes

A group that advocates on behalf of victims of clergy abuse is urging the Catholic church to move beyond the “smoke and mirrors.”

More than 200 survivors met in Chicago over the weekend at the annual conference of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP. The group says the church needs to “stop the abuse, expel the abusers, cooperate with the courts and support the victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM
Senior Catholics implicated in child sex cover-up
AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with video]

Posted July 31, 2012

Three of the Catholic Church’s most senior priests in New South Wales are being investigated by the Department of Public Prosecutions over an alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse.

Suzanne Smith

Transcript

STEVE CANNANE, PRESENTER: A member of the NSW Government wants Cardinal George Pell and other senior Catholic leaders to fully cooperate with the police and make available all internal documentary evidence on child sexual abuse in the state’s Hunter Valley.

The call comes as evidence about three of the Catholic Church’s most senior priests is being referred to the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions for possible charges.

Strikeforce Lantle is wrapping up an investigation into serious allegations of cover-up and possible criminal behaviour involving the sexual assault of many young girls in the Newcastle Maitland diocese.

The priest at the centre of the allegations, Father McAlinden, died in 2005. The three senior leaders facing possible legal action are Father Brian Lucas, retired Bishop Michael Malone, and the Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson.

As Suzanne Smith reports, Archbishop Wilson has declined to be interviewed by police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM
Pope names Msgr. Lawrence T. Persico, JCL, Tenth Bishop of Erie
ERIE (PA)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie

July 31, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI today named the Rev. Msgr. Lawrence T. Persico as the tenth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie. He will succeed Bishop Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D., S.S.L., and will be ordained and installed as bishop during a Mass at St. Peter Cathedral in Erie on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2012 at 2 pm.

Bishop Trautman will introduce Bishop-elect Persico at a news conference today at 10:30 am at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 East Grandview Boulevard, Erie.

In the announcement at noon, Roman time, today, Pope Benedict XVI also accepted Bishop Trautman’s resignation, which was submitted following church protocol on his 75th birthday, June 24, 2011. Bishop Trautman will continue to lead the mission and ministries of the diocese as Bishop Emeritus until Bishop-elect Persico’s installation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM
OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, (VIS) – The Holy Father: …

– Appointed Msgr. Lawrence T. Persico of the clergy of the diocese of Greenburg, U.S.A., vicar general and pastor of the parish of St. James in New Alexandria, as bishop of Erie (area 25,734, population 860,340, Catholics 223,668, priests 193, permanent deacons 61, religious 317), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Monessen, U.S.A. in 1950 and ordained a priest in 1977. He has acted as chaplain and chancellor of Assumption Hall, and is vice president of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. He succeeds Bishop Donald W. Trautman, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM
Priest at Santa Monica church charged with sexual battery
SANTA MONICA (CA)
Los Angeles Times

A priest at St. Anne Catholic Church in Santa Monica was charged with committing sexual battery against a 20-year-old woman and giving her alcohol, police said Monday evening.

The victim is not a parishioner but reported that she was attacked by Rafael Venegas in September 2011 on the church grounds at 2017 Colorado Ave., the Santa Monica Police Department said.

Venegas was charged by the Santa Monica city attorney’s office with one count of sexual battery and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor under 21, police said in a statement.

Venegas, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in Monday to authorities at the Police Department.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM
Santa Monica Priest Charged with Sexual Battery
SANTA MONICA (CA)
KTLA News

July 31, 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — Police arrested a Santa Monica priest Monday when he turned turned himself in after learning that he was charged with sexual battery.

Police began investigating Rafael Venegas — a priest at St. Anne’s church in Santa Ana — on July 1, according to a news release issued by the Santa Monica Police Department. The victim — a 20-year-old woman who does not attend the church — reported that Venegas sexually assaulted her on the church grounds in September 2011.

Santa Monica’s city attorney received the investigators’ case last week and charged Venegas with one count of sexual battery and one count of providing alcohol to a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM
Santa Monica Priest Accused of Sexual Battery
SANTA MONICA (CA)
NBC Southern California

By Samantha Tata

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012

A Santa Monica priest accused of sexual battery against a 20-year-old woman turned himself in to authorities Monday, police said.

Rafael Venegas, a priest at St. Anne’s Church in Santa Monica, has been the target of an investigation since July 1 after the woman, who is not a parishioner of Venegas’ church, accused the priest of sexual battery in Sept. 2011, police said.

Accompanied by his attorney, Venegas turned himself in to Santa Monica police where he was booked for one count each of sexual battery and furnishing alcohol to a minor, police said. He was released after posting $20,000 bail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM
Mendham man accused of destroying monument to sex abuse victims has ‘history’ with Greystone psychiatric hospital
MENDHAM (NJ)
The Star-Ledger

Monday, July 30, 2012

By Ben Horowitz/The Star-Ledger

MENDHAM — A man accused of using a sledgehammer to destroy a Mendham monument to victims of clergy sexual abuse has “a history” with Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Parsippany, his attorney said today.

The defendant, Gordon Ellis, 37, of Mendham, is “close” to accepting a plea agreement offered by the Morris County prosecutor, but the records from Greystone need to be reviewed first, his public defender, Neill Hamilton, said today during a conference in Superior Court in Morristown.

Hamilton said he wants to be sure there are no outstanding “health issues” before he accepts the plea offer. Ellis is to appear in court again on Aug. 27.

Ellis was said to be under the influence of alcohol on Nov. 18 when he allegedly destroyed the 400-pound millstone memorial outside St. Joseph Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM
Police wind up church cover-up investigation
AUSTRALIA
ABC Newcastle

Updated July 31, 2012

The detective in charge of an investigation into the alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse by a Hunter Valley Catholic priest says a brief is being finalised to hand to prosecutors.

Strike Force Lantle has spent almost two years investigating claims that senior clergy tried to cover-up allegations against Father Denis McAlinden.

The paedophile priest sexually assaulted girls in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese over four decades, but died in 2005 without being charged.

Detective Graeme Parker headed the investigation and says the brief of evidence about the Church’s handling of the McAlinden case is due to be handed to prosecutors within weeks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM
Jail for a grave sin of omission
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Asbury Park Press

Editorial

Msgr. William Lynn did not rape a child. He did not molest a child.

But he will go to prison for at least three years because those awful things happened to children. And it is justice — long, long overdue justice — that sends an important message across the United States and, hopefully, around the world.

A few Catholic priests who for years molested and assaulted children have been sent to prison in this country. They are, unfortunately, only a handful among the guilty, most of whom will never face deserved time behind bars because they’ve died or statutes of limitation have run out or because there isn’t enough evidence left to ensure a conviction.

Lynn, though, is the first Catholic official convicted in the United States solely for the crime of covering up sex abuse claims. The former secretary of clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was found guilty last month by a jury in Philadelphia of felony child endangerment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM
Three more claims of sexual assault made by Palma alumni
CALIFORNIA
Monterey Herald

By VIRGINIA HENNESSEY
Herald Staff Writer
montereyherald.com

Facing a Wednesday deadline, a Seattle attorney said he will file three new claims on behalf of Palma High School alumni who say they were sexually assaulted by Father Gerald “Jerry” Funcheon in the 1980s.

Michael Pfau said the three men all came forward after well-known alumnus Steven Cantrell announced he was filing suit and making a claim in the Irish Christian Brothers bankruptcy case in New York. Cantrell, the brother-in-law of Palma coach Jeff Carnazzo, alleges Funcheon assaulted him on an overnight trip.

The new claims bring to at least six the number who have alleged abuse by the priest, who was chaplain and a teacher at Palma from 1984 to 1985. Most allege they were assaulted on weekend trips.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM
Church to face probe over paedophilia cover-up
AUSTRALIA
ABC – PM

Updated July 31, 2012

The New South Wales Police will turn over a brief of evidence to prosecutors on an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Documents show that the Church was aware of allegations against paedophile priest Denis McAlinden as far back as the early 1990s, but didn’t report it until much later.

Timothy McDonald

Transcript

TIM PALMER: The New South Wales Police will turn over a brief of evidence to prosecutors on an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Documents show that the Church was aware of allegations against paedophile priest Denis McAlinden as far back as the early 1990s.

The Church failed to report the matter to authorities until 2003, after victims notified the police and had been paid compensation.

McAlinden died two years later without facing charges, and in 2007 the diocese of Maitland-Newcastle was forced to confirm he was a serial offender who may have targeted hundreds of girls

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM
Greens MP mistrusts Church’s inquiry into sexual abuse
AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Updated July 31, 2012

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge says he mistrusts the Catholic Church’s internal inquiry into Denis McAlinden and the incidents in the Armidale dioceses. David Shoebridge has tabled a number of the documents surrounding the church’s handling of the McAlinden case in Parliament.

Tim Palmer

Transcript

TIM PALMER: One of the most senior Catholic churchmen in the country, the now Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson, had the carriage of much of the McAlinden investigation, but according to newspaper reports he has now refused a formal interview with police.

New South Wales Greens MP David Shoebridge says that’s yet another reason to mistrust the internal inquiry the Church has already announced into incidents in the Armidale Dioceses.

David Shoebridge tabled a number of the documents surrounding the Church’s handling of the McAlinden case in Parliament and says only a Royal Commission will satisfy victims.

A short time ago I asked him how he’d characterise the Church’s investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM
July 30, 2012
Arraignment Set For Friday For Santa Monica Priest Accused Of Sexual Battery
SANTA MONICA (CA)
Santa Monica Mirror

Posted Jul. 30, 2012

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

St. Anne’s Church priest Rafael Venegas will be arraigned at the LAX Courthouse this Friday on two charges — sexual battery and providing a minor under the age of 21 with alcohol.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said Venegas turned himself into the department and was in the process of posting $20,000 bail.

An adult female, who is not a parishioner of St. Anne’s at 2017 Colorado Avenue, contacted the Santa Monica Police Department on July 1 and reported that the sexual battery incident involving Venegas occurred on the property of St. Anne’s Parish in September 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 PM
Former youth pastor guilty in local child sex abuse case
WASHINGTON
Fox 12

By FOX 12 Webstaff –

VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) –
A former youth pastor convicted in a federal courtroom of making child pornography and molesting children is now guilty in a local court as well.

A Clark County judge found Michael Norris of Vancouver guilty on all charges Monday morning, which includes multiple counts of child rape and molestation.

Norris was arrested in 2006 after federal investigators linked him to child porn distribution websites.

A search of his home turned up movies and images of young children in explicit scenes that Norris had made, according to investigators.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 PM
Former Bible camp counselor guilty of sex crimes
WASHINGTON
The Columbian

By Laura McVicker
Columbian Staff Reporter

Monday, July 30, 2012

After six years, a former Bible camp counselor’s child rape case in Clark County was resolved today with a conviction on 10 felony counts.

Michael Scott Norris, 46, of Vancouver will be sentenced Sept. 4. and he faces 35 years.

Norris was charged in both federal court and in Clark County Superior Court; in April, he pleaded guilty to producing pornography of two children and was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 25 years in prison on those crimes.

Following conclusion of the federal case, Norris came back to Clark County to resolve the local charges. Prosecutors have said they will ask the judge for Norris to serve the local sentence at the same time as he serves his federal sentence, so the amount of time doesn’t exceed 35 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 PM
Seremi descubrió irregularidades en el Colegio Cumbres tras denuncia por abusos
CHILE
Cooperativa

La Seremi de Educación Metropolitana descubrió irregularidades en el proceso administrativo que se realiza en el Colegio Cumbres luego de la denuncia contra el sacerdote John O’Reilly por abusos sexuales contra una menor de seis años.

La acusación contra el religioso irlandés se conoció la semana pasada y ya es sometida a investigaciones por parte de la justicia ordinaria, la iglesia y el Ministerio de Educación.

El ministro Harald Beyer confirmó que “la Fiscalía de la Seremi encontró algunas irregularidades que no quiero exponer públicamente antes de notificárselos al sostenedor que está citado parta hoy, que tendrá diez días para presentar sus descargos”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM
Youngstown Diocese Plan Is ‘Work in Progress’
YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
WYTV

The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has completed the initial reconfiguration plan announced in the spring of 2010.

The plan was a response to the declining number of parishioners and priests, but diocesan officials said the plan is still a work in progress.

In the two years since the plan began, the Diocese went from 112 parishes to just over 80.

“We’ve seen 17 canonical mergers that involved 42 parishes. We’ve seen nine collaborations where they’re sharing a pastor that involved 19 parishes,” said the Rev. Nick Shori of the Diocese of Youngstown.

Twelve churches also closed their doors for good. Several of those properties were sold or are pending.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 PM
Giving a voice to childhood sex abuse victims
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Northeast Times

By John Loftus

On the heels of the conviction of a high-ranking Catholic church official, veteran attorneys and a victims’ advocate encourage childhood sexual abuse victims to speak up.

Be silent no more.

Childhood sexual abuse victims should come forward and tell their stories, Philadelphia’s district attorney, Seth Williams, said on Tuesday. Williams was fresh off the conviction and sentencing of Monsignor William Lynn, the first high-ranking Roman Catholic Church official to be ordered to prison for protecting predator priests.

Williams promised that if the crimes against children were committed within the statute of limitations, they will be prosecuted. Williams made the plea for more reporting in a news conference held outside the Criminal Justice Center where Lynn, 61, had just been sentenced to three to six years in prison for shielding a priest who had molested a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 PM
Accused Phila. priest hires lawyer
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Arrested Thursday and charged with sexually assaulting an altar boy, the Rev. Andrew McCormick turned to a lawyer who knew the terrain – William J. Brennan Jr., just one month off of representing another priest in the recent Philadelphia Catholic clergy sex-abuse trial.

Brennan on Monday confirmed that he had been hired to represent McCormick, 56, charged with molesting a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997 while he served at St. John Cantius parish in Bridesburg.

McCormick, arrested Thursday night at his parents’ home in Pottstown, was released Friday night after posting the required 10 percent of his $150,000 bail. McCormick is set for an Aug. 17 preliminary hearing in Municipal Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM
Too Late to Sue Bishop Over Abuse, Judge Says
CHICAGO (IL)
Courthouse News Service

By LORRAINE BAILEY

CHICAGO (CN) – An inmate who claims he was sexually abused by Catholic priests in the 1950s and ’60s waited too long to sue the Bishop of Chicago for $6.5 million, a federal judge ruled.

Charles Anderson, 62, an inmate at Shawnee Correctional Center, grew up in two Roman Catholic institutions, the Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Ill., and St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Lisle, Ill.

In a federal class action, Anderson claims he was sodomized by former priest Thomas Windham at Maryville when he was younger than 10, and was sexually abused by Father Cosmo at St. Joseph’s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:08 PM
Dead men hold no bank accounts
UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

By Phil Lawler | July 30, 2012 3:27 PM

The “Moneyval” audit of the Vatican bank, the IOR, turned up this interesting tidbit: there were 236 cardinals who held accounts there. Which wouldn’t be remarkable, except that at the time of the audit, there were only 213 cardinals alive.

This is not necessarily evidence of financial shenanigans. The estate of a deceased prelate might control a bank account that is still listed in the late cardinal’s name. Dormant accounts might linger on the books for some time before someone decides how the funds should be disbursed. Still one can understand why the European inspectors thought some tighter controls would be useful.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 PM
Conferencia Episcopal respalda decisión del Colegio Cumbres por denuncia de abuso sexual
CHILE
Emol

SANTIAGO.- El vocero de la Conferencia Episcopal, Jaime Coiro, junto con calificar de “muy dolora” la denuncia de abuso sexual en contra de una menor que enfrenta el sacerdote legionario John O’Reilly, señaló que la decisión del Colegio Cumbres femenino de suspender de sus funciones al religioso mientras se aclare el caso, está en línea con los protocolos adoptados por la iglesia en este tipo de situaciones.

“La Iglesia desde el año 2003 tiene un protocolo, un procedimiento judicial interno para estas materias y desde el año 2011 este protocolo actualizado incluye un acompañamiento a las víctimas y también medidas de prevención”, explicó Coiro al sitio “24horas.cl “.

En ese sentido, el vocero sostuvo que “siempre cuando hay un posible abuso de un menor de edad es una mala noticia para la sociedad, para la familia y para la Iglesia”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM
Mineduc inicia proceso administrativo contra el Cumbres tras detectar irregularidades
CHILE
La Segunda

Diez días hábiles, a partir de hoy, tendrá el Colegio Cumbres para presentar sus descargos, luego que el Ministerio de Educación decidiera iniciar un proceso administrativo en su contra.

La indagatoria se produce tras conocerse la denuncia de un supuesto abuso sexual cometido por el padre John O’Reilly contra una menor y luego de que un grupo de observadores del Mineduc se hiciera presente en el centro educacional.

Los reparos de la Secretaría de Estado al establecimiento, están relacionados con la aplicaciónde la Ley General de Educación.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 PM
Former Pennsylvania psychologist says he reported child molestation, lost license
PENNSYLVANIA
The Daily Caller

By Michael Volpe

Jim Singer, formerly a psychologist working in Pennsylvania, said that he reported a case of child molestation in 1986 to Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services agency, and not only was his report ignored, but soon after, in retaliation, the Pennsylvania Psychology Board prosecuted Singer and eventually removed his license to practice psychology.

As the aftermath of the Penn State University molestation scandal unfolds, most observers believe that if the proper authorities had been alerted to the crimes much earlier, many children could have been saved. That’s not always the case, says Singer.

Speaking exclusively with The Daily Caller, Singer said that most of the same Pennsylvania government agencies that were outraged over the PSU scandal — Child Protective Services, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police — all ignored and buried his report of child molestation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:53 PM
Vatican Hague Crimes Filing Update, Spees talks to CofA Blog
UNITED STATES
City of Angels

[with videos]

Kay Ebeling

(Transcripts of interview below:)

Update on The Hague International Criminal Court filing September 2011 re Vatican Crimes Against Humanity, interviews took place July 28, 2012, in Chicago. First Pam Spees of Center for Constitutional Rights in NY, gives current status of case:

Transcript:

TAPE ONE:

Q: You’re Pam Spees from the- what is the name of the organization in New York.

A: The Center for Constitutional Rights.

Q: And tell us what the status is of the case that you filed in The Hague last year.

A: Well since we filed the larger submission in September along with twenty-two thousand pages of documentation, we have filed a supplemental communication to the prosecutor in April of this year. Which was intended to provide an update as things have come to light just since we filed in September. And that included the publication of an Amnesty International Report about the clergy sex abuse in Ireland, calling it torture and crimes against humanity. More evidence that had come to light around the notorious priest from Mexico, Father Marcel Maciel and to be able to show that Ratzinger played more of a role and actually protected him, that evidence had come to life. We, you know, notified the prosecutor that SNAP has received over five hundred contacts and communications from people in sixty-five different countries.

TAPE TWO:

Q: What is the status on that case? I understand when the old prosecutor stepped down, the new prosecutor threw some cases out, but your case did not get thrown out. Is that part of the good news today?

A: Well the- we did get a communication from the Office of the Prosecutor that they’re still reviewing the communication and the evidence we submitted. And so, you know, we know it’s still there and they’re looking at it and taking it seriously and we feel hopeful.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM
Chile to Investigate 120 Schools in Light of Sex Abuse Reports
CHILE
I Love Chile

Written by Rachel Stevenson on July 30, 2012.

SANTIAGO — The Chilean Public Prosecution Office will investigate 120 schools in Santiago after a series of sex abuse allegations concerning minors were uncovered.

It has been revealed that during the first half of 2012, sexual crimes against children under 14 years have increased by 22 percent.

Although Chile is a conservative country strongly influenced by the Catholic Church, the image of the institution has been damaged in recent years due to a series of scandals involving priests sexually abusing minors.

In 2010 it was confirmed that one of the most respected priests, Fernando Karadima, sexually abused four teenage boys.

Just last week it was reported that John O’Reilly, a priest working at Colegio Cumbres in Santiago, has been accused of sexually abusing a four-year-old child. The investigation is to be carried out by Public Prosecutor Ignacio Pinto.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:36 PM
Statement from Jimmy Lago, chancellor, Archdiocese of Chicago regarding Rev. Gary M. Miller, pastor of St. Bernadette Parish
CHICAGO (IL)
Catholic New World

Representatives of the Archdiocese of Chicago have spoken with Monsignor Wayne Prist, at St. Bernadette Parish, Evergreen Park, and Father Roger Corrales-Diaz, pastor of St. Leonard Parish, Berwyn, to inform them that the archdiocese has received an allegation that Father Gary Miller engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor, while assigned to St. Leonard’s Parish, more than 30 years ago. At the request of Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, Father Miller has agreed to voluntarily and temporarily step aside from active ministry. He also agreed to this action so that there would be no question about the protection of children.

This allegation has been reported, by the archdiocese, to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County State’s Attorney. The archdiocese has also begun its review and investigation of this matter in accordance with Archdiocese of Chicago policies and requirements of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

No further information is available at this time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM
Victims must always come first
UNITED STATES
The Marietta Times

July 30, 2012

Editorial

No one will ever know how many children have suffered needlessly because adults decided it was less important to protect them than to avoid the taint of scandal at a school, church or other institution. But last recently two juries in Pennsylvania issued reminders that the children always take priority.

In one, a jury in Philadelphia convicted a Roman Catholic church official of child endangerment for covering up situations in which priests had abused children. Monsignor William Lynn was the first U.S. church official convicted of a felony in such a coverup.

Another jury convicted former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing children during a period of about 15 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM
Former priest pleads guilty to indecently assaulting five boys
IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, July 30, 2012

A former priest who indecently assaulted five schoolboys will be sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in October.

The 76-year-old man, who can not be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault on the boys in Dublin on dates between 1979 and 1981.

The pleas were entered following legal argument in his trial and before the victims had to give evidence.

The boys were aged between 11 and 13 years old at the time of the offences which took place in the then priest’s home and at a nearby school. The man has no previous convictions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM
Justicia de Chile aclarará presunto abuso sexual: Legionarios
CIUDAD DEL VATICANO
Milenio

Su portavoz, Benjamín Clariond precisó que el sacerdote John O’Reilly, capellán del Colegio Cumbres de la capital chilena, todavía no ha sido juzgado y, por lo tanto, no se ha acreditado su culpabilidad.

Ciudad del Vaticano • El portavoz de los Legionarios de Cristo en Roma, Benjamín Clariond, afirmó que la congregación confía en la justicia para el esclarecimiento de la denuncia, contra uno de sus sacerdotes, por supuesto abuso sexual a una menor en Chile.

En declaraciones a Notimex precisó que el sacerdote John O’Reilly, capellán del Colegio Cumbres de la capital chilena, todavía no ha sido juzgado y, por lo tanto, no se ha acreditado su culpabilidad, a diferencia de lo reportado por algunos medios de comunicación mexicanos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:50 AM
Archbishop of Ljubljana transferred for allegedly concealing fatherhood
SLOVENIA
Vatican Insider

The Slovenian mystery has been solved. Archbishop Uran has been punished by the Vatican not for his involvement in a financial flop but for his infraction of the celibacy rule

Giacomo Galeazzi
Vatican City

The Slovenian mystery has been solved. Archbishop Uran has been punished by the Vatican not for his involvement in a financial flop but for his infraction of the celibacy rule.

Now the prelate-father will move to the northern Italian city of Trieste. The Vatican has ordered Mgr. Alojz Uran, Archbishop of Ljubljana, from 2004 to 2009 to leave Slovenia because of all the rumours going round about him breaking his celibacy vows and fathering two children, now adults, neither of whom he recognises as his. “This is a temporary measure to calm public opinion until the question is resolved,” stated Andrej Saje, spokesman for Slovenia’s bishops, on Ljubljana’s public television.

“The problem is his alleged paternity, which the former archbishop has always denied, but I think there have been some misunderstandings between him and the Holy See. Once these are cleared up, Uran will be able to return to his country,” Saje added, denying the theory that the sanctions decided by the Congregation for Bishops are linked to the financial scandal which brought the Diocese of Maribor to the brink of bankruptcy two years ago. Uran retired unexpectedly in 2009 (he is not 67) for health reasons after a heart operation, but soon rumours began to spread about him allegedly fathering two children, a fact he apparently kept secret from his Vatican superiors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM
Police to allege senior catholic priests concealed sexual assaults
AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Times

July 31, 2012

Joanne McCarthy, Linton Besser

NSW Police will give prosecutors evidence that three of the most senior members of the Catholic Church allegedly concealed the sexual assault of young girls in the Hunter Valley, in a landmark case that could expose the church to a new wave of criminal prosecution.

One of three people of interest in Strike Force Lantle is the general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Father Brian Lucas, who is alleged to have been aware of the actions of the paedophile priest Denis McAlinden as far back as 1993 but failed to report him to police. The others are Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, who wrote to police yesterday to formally decline to be interviewed, and the retired Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle Michael Malone. From 1993 to 1995 the three had roles in internal moves against the priest, including an attempted ”speedy”, secret defrocking in October 1995 because of the evidence against him.

The church failed to report the matter to authorities until 2003, after victims notified the police and were paid compensation.

Instead, in 1995, McAlinden was assured by the then Maitland-Newcastle bishop, Leo Clarke: ”Your good name will be protected by the confidential nature of this process”, despite ”your admission to Father Brian Lucas and other evidence”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM
Vatileaks, And Why Young People Should Care
UNITED STATES
Nextgen Journal

by Dan Horning | The George Washington University

Remember that time Dan Brown wrote a series of books that made a bunch of Catholics mad, especially the people at the Vatican, because he wrote fictional stories about the Catholic Church covering up crimes and leveraging power over its flock?

Now mix that with a game of Clue, and you have a real life story unfolding right now.

One of the most powerful, secretive, and controversial organizations in the world is once again under the global spotlight about a topic it would rather see go away. Money, power, greed, influence and politics have taken center stage, instead of a mission to feed the poor and spread the Gospel. What could possibly be the latest PR embarrassment for the world’s largest single religion and smallest sovereign state, and why should young people even care?

Vatileaks, as it has been dubbed by the media, is seen as a three-tier power struggle: hide questionable activity by the Vatican Bank, undermine the Pope’s second in command, Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and increase the influence of the Italian cardinals in selecting the next Pope. In January 2012, several private letters from top Vatican officials, including the papal secretary and Pope Benedict XVI himself, were leaked to Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. Those leaked communiqués, which Nuzzi published in a book called Sua Santità (His Holiness), document a Vatican in disarray, resembling medieval feudal states divided between various camps and cliques, resembling a lion’s den more than anything else.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM
SNAP Points to Pennsylvania Case
UNITED STATES
Alton Daily News

[with video]

By Jim Anderson

Victims of sex abuse by priests say cover-ups by those in the know are still a problem. A monsignor in Pennsylvania was sentenced to prison this week for his role in covering up sex abuse by others – the first in the U.S. to go to prison for that. Barbara Blaine, head of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, says Illinois prosecutors should address the problem here.

“In Pennsylvania, prosecutors there are recognizing how significant the role of enabling a predator is, and we’re hoping that here in Illinois, more victims will speak up, and we hope our lawmakers will heed the outcry of victims, and change our laws of Illinois so that they’re tougher on predators,” she said today (Friday) as the group’s annual weekend-long meeting began in Rosemont.

In particular, she is concerned about the statute of limitations in Illinois. Those who were victimized as children must make a claim by the time they are 28. She says by age 28, only 20-30 percent of child victims are able to understand that they were victims and to articulate the particulars in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 AM
US: Catholic diocese backs out of mansion sale on gay wedding fear
NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
Pink News (United Kingdom)

by Stephen Gray
30 July 2012

An estate agent acting for a Catholic diocese in the US state of Massachusetts accidentally revealed to a gay couple that their purchase of a 44-room estate had fallen through on the anti-gay concerns of the priests.

James Fairbanks and Alain Beret had a $1m offer for Oakhurst, a 24-acre complex which includes a 1920s mansion, accepted by the Catholic Diocese of Worcester. …

But the Worcester Telegram reports that when priests discovered the couple intended to turn the house into an events venue where gay weddings might be held, they chose to back out.

The Telegram pointed out that Oakhurst was once a home for rehabilitating paedophile priests, the House of Affirmation.

The couple’s lawyer called the situation “reprehensible” and pointed out that it is illegal in Massachusetts to discriminate against a home buyer because of their sexual orientation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM
More Victims Claiming Sexual Abuse by Montana Priests
MONTANA
Indian Country Today Media Network

By Heather Steinberger July 30, 2012

In January, Indian Country Today Media Network reported that a Yakima, Washington–based law firm had filed a 12-page legal complaint on behalf of a Northern Cheyenne tribal member seeking justice for years of abuse she suffered as a child at Montana’s St. Labre Indian School in the 1950s and 1960s. The case is a significant one, as the accused is Father Emmett Hoffmann, a near-legendary figure on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

In recent weeks, the case has become even bigger. According to an amended, 19-page version of the legal complaint filed on June 6 in Montana’s Eighth Judicial District Court, priests and nuns misused their authority to “molest, exploit and abuse children” across eastern Montana. The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis are now named in the complaint, and 10 additional male and female victims have joined the original Jane Doe in filing suit against the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.

“At the beginning, I called this the tip of the iceberg,” says Blaine Tamaki, founder of Tamaki Law and a practicing trial lawyer for three decades, who is the lead attorney on this suit. “Now, we are beginning to see just how big that iceberg is.

“From the outset, our extensive experience suggested that pedophiles usually do not limit their victims to just one. They prey on vulnerable children. The more powerful the pedophile, the more access they have to children, and the more likely it is their victims will suffer in silence.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM
The House That Kane Built
NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
outpatient clinic

Skip Shea

It isn’t big news anymore when a Catholic Diocese sells old and unused property. The church has been consolidating and selling property for decades now. Parishioners complain to deaf ears and eventually move on. But a story on WBZ TV, Boston today caught my attention.

Apparently Alain Beret wanted to buy The Oakhurst Retreat and Conference Center in Whitinsville Massachusetts from the Worcester Diocese and transform it into a venue for weddings and functions. A great idea as the center has been closed for years. And a sale for one million dollars to boot. A win win all around.

Except Mr. Beret and his partner are gay. Uh oh. And they might perform gay weddings there. Uh oh. Bishop McManus can’t allow that to happen on this church property. This property is sacred! I’m sure there was some sort of blessing that occurred at one point with holy water, incense and Latin chants. This place is holy! …

It was started by Fr Tom Kane, who claimed to have a Phd in Psychology. He didn’t. In fact the diocese settled a lawsuit, confidentially about Kane’s sexual abuse of a none year old boy. Meaning Kane himself was a pedophile. And he had just created his candy store. Because Kane, with his phony Phd and his cronies sent there for treatment by the likes of Cardinal Law, kind of made the House of Affirmation their own little playground. Kind of a Club Ped.

So much for sacred ground. A lot of the serial sexual abuse of children in the Southern Worcester County can be traced right to the House that Kane built. Kane, like the brother who killed Able. The only problem was that this Kane and his buddies were very willing and able. Because of protection by the church.

And knowing this, somehow the Worcester Diocese is still more offended by the notion of a gay marriage happening on this property, than by it’s vast history of abuse. Because if he was more offended by the abuse he might have sought to bring justice to those who were abused there by opening the files and shedding light on this sad chapter. Instead they changed the name to Oakhurst and destroyed the files. Hoping we would all forget.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM
In Chabad Child Sexual Abuse Scandal, Bad Judgement And Alleged Lack
AUSTRALIA
Failed Messiah

“In many of the cases the abuse could have been prevented if appropriate action would have been taken earlier on. For example, with at least one of the alleged perpetrators there were sufficient warning signs for action to be taken. Instead, not only was action not taken but the alleged paedophile was given unrestricted access to children.”

Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner, the late head of Chabad in Australia and the surrounding region, who allegedly spent decades covering up child sexual abuse in his institutions and protecting pedophiles.

Manny Waks, the only alleged victim in the Chabad child sex abuse scandal in Melbourne to have gone public (although many others spoke with police and 11 others have been vetted and are complainants in the case against David Cyprys, who has a previous child sexual abuse-related conviction, and who is now charged with more than 40 counts of child rape and sexual abuse) spoke to a WIZO group in Melbourne about the scandal.

J-Wire summarizes his talk, which touched on most of the important issues about this scandal that Chabad apologists ignore or misrepresent:

• While the abuse itself was terrible enough, the ongoing cover-up and intimidation has made the situation much worse.
• In many of the cases the abuse could have been prevented if appropriate action would have been taken earlier on. For example, with at least one of the alleged perpetrators there were sufficient warning signs for action to be taken. Instead, not only was action not taken but the alleged paedophile was given unrestricted access to children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM
Autores de libros sobre Legionarios hablan de O’Reilly
CHILE
Terra

John O’Reilly ha sido por décadas el sacerdote emblema de los Legionarios de Cristo en Chile. Ahora se encuentra bajo la lupa de la justicia y la Iglesia por una acusación de abuso sexual en su contra. Pero, ¿quién es este religioso?, ¿qué rol cumplía?, ¿por qué llegó a Chile?

Según contó a TERRA.cl el investigador de la escuela de periodismo de la UDP y coautor del libro “Legionarios De Cristo En Chile: Dios Dinero Y Poder”, Javier Ortega, O’Reilly arribó a nuestro país en 1985 sólo con la intención de aprender portugués, ya que luego partiría a Brasil. Sin embargo, tuvo que quedarse en Chile una vez que el Vaticano supo que había transgredido el voto de silencio. “Debido a que se conoció que había criticado a un superior, lo dejaron acá”, puntualizó el docente.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM
Justicia chilena investiga denuncias de abusos sexuales en 120 colegios
CHILE
el Universo

La última serie de denuncias (200) de abusos sexuales contra menores ha afectado a sectores de altos ingresos y ha elevado la alarma social en Chile, cuyo gobierno ha lanzado un paquete de medidas de prevención, mientras que la fiscalía ha puesto en la mira a 120 colegios en la capital.

Varios de los casos han salpicado, además, a religiosos, algunos de ellos muy influyentes y conocidos en el país, lo que ha llevado a la Conferencia Episcopal a implementar un protocolo de actuación frente a estas denuncias.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM
Ezzati respalda investigación …
CHILE
La Tercera

Ezzati respalda investigación de los Legionarios por denuncia de abusos

por N. Ramos, J. Matus y P. Palma (Santiago)

El arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, se refirió nuevamente ayer a la denuncia por supuestos abusos presentada contra el sacerdote legionario John O’Reilly, capellán del colegio Cumbres.

“Hay que esperar que de verdad se esclarezcan los hechos. Los padres de familias o muchos padres, piensan que el padre John es inocente y tenemos que esperar lo que diga el resultado de la investigación”, manifestó Ezzati.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM
Ezzati por prácticas de John O’Reilly…
CHILE
Publimetro

Ezzati por prácticas de John O’Reilly: No descarta que sea algo ‘malo’ sacar a alumnos de la sala de clases

El Arzobispo de Santiago, monseñor Ricardo Ezzati, afirmó en La Entrevista del Domingo de TVN, que a priori no descarta que sea algo ‘malo’ sacar a alumnos de la sala de clases, al ser consultado por las prácticas que habría realizado el recientemente denunciado por presunto abuso sexual, el sacerdote John O’Reilly, del Colegio Cumbres.

“Lo que he pedido es que inmediatamente el Superior Provincial inicie una investigación previa para ver si hay hechos verosímiles”, precisó monseñor Ezzati sobre el caso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM
Sacerdote Alfredo Márque…
CHILE
La Tercera

Sacerdote Alfredo Márquez: “Estamos con el interés de que haya claridad de qué pasó y qué no pasó”

por Javiera Matus y Natalia Ramos

Esta semana, una denuncia por presuntos abusos contra una menor por parte del sacerdote John O’Reilly sacudió al colegio Cumbres femenino y a los Legionarios de Cristo. El cura Alfredo Márquez, director del Cumbres masculino hace ocho años y vocero de la congregación, explica cómo han enfrentado esta situación y profundiza sobre los traslados que el superior provincial y él deberán asumir a partir de agosto.

¿Cuál es el mensaje que en medio de esta crisis ha transmitido a la comunidad escolar?

El mensaje es que el colegio está dedicado ciento por ciento a velar por el bienestar de todos los miembros que componen la comunidad, sean estos, alumnos, profesores, papás o familias. En ese sentido, estamos con el interés de que haya claridad, que se aclaren las diferencias o mal entendidos, para que no haya dudas de qué pasó o no pasó.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM
Alza de denuncias de abusos sexuales eleva la alarma en Chile
CHILE
el Nuevo Herald

Fuencis Rausell
EFE

Santiago de Chile — La última serie de denuncias de abusos sexuales contra menores ha afectado a sectores de altos ingresos y ha elevado la alarma social en Chile, cuyo Gobierno ha lanzado un paquete de medidas de prevención, mientras que la fiscalía ha puesto en la mira a decenas de colegios en la capital.

Varios de los casos han salpicado además a religiosos, algunos de ellos muy influyentes y conocidos en el país, lo que ha llevado a la Conferencia Episcopal a implementar un protocolo de actuación frente a estas denuncias, revisado en el 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM
Comeuppance for the Church Hierarchy
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The New York Times

Editorial

A dose of criminal justice was long overdue in the pedophile priest scandal. It was meted out in Philadelphia Tuesday when Msgr. William Lynn became the highest-ranking Roman Catholic official in the United States to be sentenced to prison. He was convicted of child endangerment and sentenced to up to six years after a trial that starkly detailed how diocesan leaders shielded predatory priests and rotated them through parishes to prey anew.

The sentence should be a clear warning to church officials that criminal law, not church evasion, is the law of the land when it comes to protecting innocent children.

As the scandal emerged, more than 700 rogue priests had to be dismissed in a three-year period — yet ranking diocesan clergy were never called to justice for their own obvious misdeeds in engineering systematic cover-ups. Eight years ago, the bishops’ own investigative board of laity warned “there must be consequences” for leaders who chose to protect abusive priests rather than report crimes against children. The pity is that the point finally had to be driven home not by church leaders but by Philadelphia prosecutors energized by a secret archive of predator priests that Monsignor Lynn compiled. He testified that the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordered in 1994 that the file be shredded, but a copy survived.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM
Insurance company sues Helena Diocese
MONTANA
Billings Gazette

By EVE BYRON Independent Record

HELENA — An insurance company has filed a federal lawsuit against the Helena-based Catholic Diocese of Montana, saying that the church is trying to make it cover some of the costs associated with defending former nuns and priests accused of child abuse in the 1930s through the 1970s.

In court documents, the Arrowood Indemnity Company said the diocese has sought a defense from a number of insurance companies in connection with two lawsuits filed in Lewis and Clark District Court. The insurance companies that sold general liability policies to the diocese have agreed to defend the church in those lawsuits.

The diocese also demanded a defense from Arrowood, saying that the company or one of its predecessors sold general liability insurance from 1940 through 1960 that provides coverage to the diocese for the abuse lawsuits, according to the documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM
Clergy sex abuse case settlement
SPRINGFILED (MA)
WWLP

Published : Monday, 30 Jul 2012

Nicole Nalepa

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On Thursday night, lawyers representing the Springfield Diocese and Andrew Nicastro came to a six figure settlement in a clergy sex abuse lawsuit.

41 year-old Nicastro said he was sexually abused as a child by Father Alfred Graves, a former priest in the Diocese. He claims there were others within the church’s system that did nothing to protect him.

But on Friday morning, the jury in his case was dismissed, and with his family beside him, Nicastro and his attorney announced that the case–which they had been fighting for for 3 years–was finally closed.

“I think it’s the first case in the last 8 years of clergy sex abuse cases that have been tried in Massachusetts….Based upon my personal knowledge it is among the highest settlement of these cases for an individual in Massachusetts,” said John Stobierski, Nicastro’s attorney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM
July 29, 2012
Bishop has vicarious liability for actions of priest
UNITED KINGDOM
The Irish Times

COURT OF APPEAL OF ENGLAND AND WALES JUDGMENT: JGE -v- Trustees of Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust

Neutral Citation Number EWCA Civ 938

Court of Appeal (Civil Division) of England and Wales

Judgment was delivered by Lord Justice Ward on July 12th, 2012; Lord Justice Davis concurring; Lord Justice Tomlinson dissenting.

Judgment

Although a priest is not an “employee” of a bishop, the relationship between a priest and his bishop is sufficiently close to that of an employee to mean the Bishop of Portsmouth was vicariously liable for the actions of a priest of the diocese who abused a child.

Background

The claimant in the case was born in 1963 and when she was six and a half spent two years in a children’s home run by nuns. Fr Wilfred Baldwin, the parish priest, regularly visited the children’s home where she alleged he abused her. She also claimed he raped her numerous times, including the day of her First Communion. She claimed the trustees of the diocese, who were the legal entity representing the Catholic church and the bishop, were vicariously liable, as the acts committed were connected with his carrying out his duties as a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM
Melinda Gates versus Benedict XVI: who’s more “like Christ”? Melinda Gates saves lives of 200 million women while Benedict XVI sits in out-of-touch-with-realit
UNITED STATES
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils…

Paris Arrow

When Melinda Gates travels to another country, she goes right into the heart of poverty stricken areas where she can personally hug the sick and take all the time in the world to speak with the poor and assess women’s plights so she can donate billions of dollars to alleviate and end their sufferings. When Benedict XVI travels, he wastes 100 million Euros in austerity stricken Spain for his personal security http://pope-ratz.blogspot.ca/2011/08/anti-pope-protests-in-madrid-injure-11.html so he can perform the Eucharist Greatest Magic Show on Earth to reincarnate Jesus Christ into hundreds of thousands of pieces of invisible prime meat flesh in the flour Host to feed Catholics http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2012/06/international-eucharistic-congress-in.html and he dons on his unique papal robes to have photo –ops with royalties and he speaks only with wealthy people who can donate to the Vatican Bank and be papal assured of a prime real estate in Heaven

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM
Vatican Diary / The strange case of the new prelate of the IOR
VATICAN CITY
Chiesa

His name has not been made known. He has not entered into service. But he was appointed eight months ago. The news is in the report by Moneyval. Together with dozens of other disclosures. Here is an anthology of them

VATICAN CITY, July 30, 2012 – There is one post, that of prelate of the Institute for Works of Religion, the Vatican “bank,” that has been vacant since, in 2010, the occupant at the time, Monsignor Piero Pioppo, former secretary of Cardinal Angelo Sodano, was made archbishop and sent as a nuncio to Africa, in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

But now we know that on December 1 of 2011, the commission of cardinals that oversees the IOR, headed by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, appointed the new prelate. The appointee, whose name has not been made known, has not yet begun his service.

We know this not because yet another confidential paper has escaped from the Vatican, but because the news is written in black and white in paragraph 76 of the voluminous report drafted by the inspectors of Moneyval and published last July 4.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM
Sheboygan priest to be honored by abuse network for advocacy work
WISCONSIN
WSAU

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WSAU) – A Sheboygan priest will be honored today at a national gathering of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Father James Connell has become a strong advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse. He has criticized bishops and the church at large for the way the crisis was handled. He will receive the Millstone Award at a ceremony in Chicago. Connell has been working for the last two years with fellow priests in what is believed to be there first effort to pastor victims and help parishes heal the problems created by the abuse scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM
Promulgación Ley de Registro de Pedófilos
CHILE
Gobierno de Chile

[con video]

El Presidente Sebastián Piñera promulgó el proyecto de ley que crea inhabilidades para condenados por delitos sexuales contra menores y establece registro de dichas inhabilidades (Boletín N° 6952-07)

¿En qué consiste la ley?

La ley introduce modificaciones al Código Penal, creando inhabilidades para condenados por delitos que atentan contra la libertad e integridad sexual de menores de edad, y al Decreto Ley N° 645, estableciendo una sección especial en el Registro Nacional de Condenas denominada “inhabilitaciones para ejercer funciones en ámbitos educacionales o con menores de edad”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM
Nuevo cura acusado de abuso indagó en 2005 caso de violación
CHILE
Terra

El ex subdirector de El Pequeño Cottolengo de Santiago, el sacerdote Claudio Chávez, es el nuevo cura de la Iglesia Católica que enfrenta una acusación de abuso sexual.

La investigación a Chávez se sumó esta semana a la del religioso John O’Reilly, el capellán espiritual del Colegio Cumbres que se vio obligado a alejarse de su trabajo pastoral en ese establecimiento luego que una menor de seis años lo señalara como su supuesto agresor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM
John o´Reilly: Cuando me reuní con alumnas, lo hice en grupo
CHILE
Terra

Santiago.- El sacerdote John O’Reilly insistió en que las acusaciones en su contra por presunto abuso sexual sobre una alumna del Colegio Cumbres son “absolutamente falsas”, y afirmó que si se reunía con escolares lo hacía en lugares visibles.

En entrevista con “El Mercurio”, el rostro más conocido de Los Legionarios de Cristo, asegura que “toda vez que me reuní con alumnas, lo hice en grupos. Si se trataba de confesión o dirección espiritual, lo hice de un lugar perfectamente visible”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM
Ezzati respalda investigación de los Legionarios por denuncia de abusos
CHILE
La Tercera

por N. Ramos, J. Matus y P. Palma (Santiago)

El arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, se refirió nuevamente ayer a la denuncia por supuestos abusos presentada contra el sacerdote legionario John O’Reilly, capellán del colegio Cumbres.

“Hay que esperar que de verdad se esclarezcan los hechos. Los padres de familias o muchos padres, piensan que el padre John es inocente y tenemos que esperar lo que diga el resultado de la investigación”, manifestó Ezzati.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM
Crookston Times: Court rejects Adamson abuse case based on Keenan’s repressed memory
MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

[Video of press conference stream regarding Adamson cover-up and Supreme Court Ruling] [6-29-1984 memo to Archbishop Roach from Bishop Carlson] [7-9-1984 memo to Archbishop Roach from Bishop Carlson] [4-19-1975 letter to Fr. Pierre from Bishop Watters]

Article: Doug Glass, Associated Press Crookston Daily Times

Minneapolis, Minn. —

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out a clergy abuse lawsuit by a man whose case rested on a repressed memory claim, siding with a lower court’s ruling that repressed memory is an unproven theory.

James Keenan sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, claiming that as a teenager he was sexually abused four times in 1980 or 1981 by Thomas Adamson, a priest who has since been defrocked.

Keenan brought his claim in 2006, well outside the state’s six-year statute of limitations, but argued that it should be allowed because he repressed memories of the abuse. A district court rejected that claim, but the state Court of Appeals revived it last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM
July 28, 2012
Sheboygan priest honored by sex abuse survivors
WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

July 28, 2012

A Sheboygan priest and former vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, who has become a vocal advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse, is being honored in Chicago on Sunday at a national gathering of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Father James Connell who has criticized bishops and the church at large for their handling of the sex abuse crisis, will receive the Millstone Award for his courage in speaking on behalf of survivors.

“I’m very honored, but I don’t feel as though I deserve an award,” Connell said by telephone from the three-day event, which has drawn about 200 survivors from around the country. “The whole tone of this conference is about hope,” he said, “and if accepting this helps that hope to grow, then I’m happy to do that.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 PM
Diocese’s Oops on Email Shows Real Reason It Refuses to Sell to Gay Couple
NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
Advocate

BY Lucas Grindley.

July 26 2012

Email can be tricky, as one Catholic Diocese in Massachusetts is learning.

The diocese was apparently trying to come up with some legal reason it refuses to sell a 44-bedroom mansion in Worcester to a gay couple who wanted to renovate it. But the back-and-forth over email was still appended to the bottom of the bogus explanation that eventually made its way to the couple, according to Worcester Telegram columnist Dianne Williamson.

“If you’re going to discriminate, you should cover your tracks,” Williamson wrote in jest in a column today, noting that what actually unfolded could be illegal.

A real estate broker for the diocese said in an email she sent to the couple, James Fairbanks and Alain Beret, that it had suddenly found “other plans” for the property.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 PM
Gay Couple in Northbridge Refused Sale of Mansion Because Gay People Might Get Married There
NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
Bostinno

Today at 1:33 pm by Dave Eisenberg

James Fairbanks and Alain Beret, a gay couple in Northbridge offered $1 million for a 44-bedroom mansion owned by the Diocese of Worcester, which the diocese initially accepted according to the Worcester Telegram. They signed their offer, made a deposit and paid for a home inspection, the article adds. But now the diocese won’t sell to the couple.

They were told by the diocesan broker that the deal fell through because of financing. In the broker’s email to the couple, however, was also an accidentally attached email from Monsignor Thomas Sullivan, who oversees the sale of the diocesan property, which suggests there may have been another reason the couple couldn’t buy. Can you guess what it is?

“I just went down the hall and discussed it with the bishop,” Msgr. Sullivan wrote. “Because of the potentiality of gay marriages there, something you shared with us yesterday, we are not interested in going forward with these buyers. I think they’re shaky anyway. So, just tell them that we will not accept their revised plan and the Diocese is making new plans for the property. You find the language.”

Hey, Monsignor Sullivan. Gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts. You can’t use that as a reason to not sell to someone. It’s, like, against the law and stuff. Your cool hat doesn’t excuse you from being sanctimonious.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM
Sacerdote John O’Reilly afirma que denuncia en su contra ‘es absolutamente falsa’
CHILE
Terra

El sacerdote de los Legionarios de Cristo y asesor espiritual del Colegio Cumbres, John O’Reilly, afirmó que “es absolutamente falsa”, la acusación en su contra de presunto abuso sexual a una escolar de ese establecimiento educacional, según un hecho denunciado por la familia de la alumna, la cual también llevó el caso a la Fiscalía Oriente.

O’Reilly formuló declaraciones al diario El Mercurio en respuesta a un cuestionario que le envió el periódico. “Soy inocente. Todos los miembros de la congregación y del Movimiento Regnum Christi conocen muy bien mi actuar”, manifestó el sacerdote en la entrevista que aparece este sábado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM
La hora más compleja de John O’Reilly
CHILE
La Tercera

GOLPEADO por la acusación de una apoderada del Colegio Cumbres como supuesto abusador de su hija, una niña de seis años, el sacerdote John O’Reilly, uno de los miembros más influyentes de la congregación de Los Legionarios de Cristo en Chile, enfrentó el martes pasado la disyuntiva más dramática de su vida: seguir esperando la evolución de un caso que podía agravarse con los días o tomar la ofensiva y judicializar la denuncia, para iniciar una investigación penal que le permitiera defenderse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM
Schweiz: Kirchliche Missbrauchs-Kommission wird neu aufgestellt
SCHWEIZ
kathweb

Bischof Morerod will Aufgabenbereich und personelle Ausstattung der diözesanen Kommission deutlich ausweiten

28.07.2012

Fribourg, 28.07.2012 (KAP) Der Bischof von Lausanne-Genf-Freiburg, Charles Morerod, will die Missbrauchs-Kommission seiner Diözese neu organisieren. Das Aufgabenfeld und die personelle Ausstattung der von Morerods Vorgänger, Bernard Genoud, bereits 2008 eingesetzte interdisziplinäre “Commission SOS prevention” soll deutlich ausgeweitet werden, teilte die schweizer katholische Nachrichtenagentur KIPA am Freitag mit.

Aufgabe der Kommission war es bisher, Informationen über sexuellen Missbrauch durch Priester zu sammeln, zu prüfen und schließlich der Diözesanleitung Bericht zu erstatten. Zukünftig soll die Kommission nach dem Willen Morerods personell aufgestockt werden und das Arbeitsfeld “interdiözesan” ausgeweitet werden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM
Australien: Kardinal Pell bedauert Suizid von Missbrauchsopfer
AUSTRALIEN
kathweb

Sydney, 28.07.2012 (KAP) Der Erzbischof von Sydney, Kardinal George Pell, hat mit Bedauern auf den Suizid eines Missbrauchsopfers reagiert. Zugleich wies er Forderungen nach einer staatlichen Kommission zur Aufklärung pädophiler Straftaten in der katholischen Kirche zurück, wie die Tageszeitung “The Australian” (Samstag) berichtete. Am Freitag war der Leichnam eines Mannes gefunden worden, der als 13-Jähriger von einem Priester mehrfach missbraucht worden war. In seinem Abschiedsbrief erklärte er laut dem Bericht, er empfinde “zu viel Leid”.

“Wir räumen ein, dass es Versagen gegeben hat, und wir arbeiten weiter daran, unseren Umgang mit den Opfern sowie ihren Vorwürfen und Sorgen fortzuentwickeln und zu verbessern”, erklärte Kardinal Pell in einer Stellungnahme. Indessen sehe er derzeit keine Notwendigkeit für eine landesweite Ermittlungskommission. “Aber wenn es eine gäbe, würden die katholischen Kirchenbehörden voll kooperieren.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM
USA: Weitere Verfahren wegen Missbrauchs
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Radio Vatikan

Die Erzdiözese Philadelphia kommt im Skandal um sexuell missbrauchte Jugendliche nicht zur Ruhe. Ein 56jähriger Priester wird jetzt wegen eines Übergriffs auf einen Ministranten im Jahr 1997 angeklagt. Ein weiteres Verfahren gegen einen anderen Priester will die Staatsanwaltschaft wieder aufnehmen. Sie geht insgesamt davon aus, dass es noch weitere Opfer sexueller Gewalt in der Erzdiözese Philadelphia gibt. Die laufenden Strafverfahren könnten noch mehr Betroffene ermutigen, sich bei den Behörden zu melden, erklärte der Generalstaatsanwalt. Einige Tage zuvor ist erstmals ein hochrangiger Geistlicher zu einer Freiheitsstrafe verurteilt worden, weil einer den sexuellen Missbrauch von Kindern durch einen Priester gedeckt hatte.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM
Köllerbach: Streit um Drohbriefe …
DEUTSCHLAND
Sol

Von SZ-Redakteur Norbert Freund

Köllerbach/Trier. Der Streit zwischen dem Bistum Trier und den Laiengremien der Köllerbacher Herz-Jesu-Gemeinde um den Umgang mit dem früheren Pfarrer Guido Johannes Ittmann hat einen neuen Höhepunkt erreicht.

Pfarrgemeinderat und Verwaltungsrat der Gemeinde rügen im aktuellen Pfarrbrief öffentlich die Bistumsleitung und den eingesetzten Pfarrverwalter Hans Maria Thul. Diese hätten den Pfarrgemeinderat und den Verwaltungsrat der Gemeinde nach dem Weggang von Ittmann nicht genug unterstützt und die Veröffentlichung von Dankesworten an Ittmann unterbunden. Ferner habe die Bistumsleitung damals einen „runden Tisch“ zur Entschärfung des Konflikts zwischen Ittmann und dem damaligen Völklinger Dechanten Klaus Leist abgelehnt. Darüber hinaus habe sie aktuell die Gemeindereferentin Therese Thewes gegen den Willen der Laiengremien versetzt. In dem Schreiben ist ferner von „zahlreichen Briefen“ der Gremien an den Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann die Rede.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM
Chile expands child sex abuse probe to 127 schools
CHILE
The Malay Mail

Saturday, July 28, 2012
by AFP

Location:
SANTIAGO

CHILEAN authorities have expanded their probe into reports of child sex abuse to include more than 120 schools in the capital Santiago, double the number a week ago, officials said Friday.

“There are now 127 schools under investigation in the metropolitan region for complaints about offences that are sexual in nature,” prosecutor Sabas Chahuan said in a statement.

Last week, Chilean authorities had said 59 schools in Santiago were under investigation.

The most recent allegation is linked to John O’Reilly, an Irish Catholic priest and member of the Legionnaires of Christ who was suspended from the Colegio Cumbres school in the upscale Las Condes district of Santiago after a student’s family reported abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM
Fr. McCormick To Face Preliminary Hearing In August
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)

– A Philadelphia Archdiocesan priest now faces a preliminary hearing in August after being charged with the sexual assault of a 10 year old altar boy in Philadelphia in 1997.

The defense attorney says McCormick has pleaded NOT guilty during an arraignment and they look forward to defending against this 15-year-old set of facts.

The alleged victim came forward late last year and went to police.

Special Victim’s unit Captain John Darby says current events played a role in his decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM
‘Plans’ don’t include sale to gay couple
NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Dianne Williamson
[email protected]

It’s bad enough that the Catholic Church discriminates against gay people. But it’s poor form — and possibly illegal — to document the bigotry and then mistakenly email it to the victims.

This embarrassing etiquette lapse occurred as James Fairbanks and Alain Beret were pursuing the purchase of Oakhurst, a 44-bedroom mansion in Northbridge, owned by the Diocese of Worcester. Fairbanks and Beret had searched for two years for the perfect renovation project, and hoped to turn the run-down estate into a banquet facility. Previously, the pair had transformed mansions in Vermont and Barre into similar businesses.

“When we saw Oakhurst, we fell in love with it,” Beret said.

The asking price of $1.4 million was negotiated to $1 million. On May 18, the pair signed an offer to purchase with a $75,000 deposit. They paid $3,000 for a home inspection. They also met with various town boards, all of which expressed enthusiasm for the project because it would save the historic building from developers seeking to raze it. …

Speaking of reprehensible, Oakhurst is perhaps best known as the former House of Affirmation, a treatment home for pedophile priests, which closed amid scandal in the late 1980s. Ironically, Beret was willing to overlook that history; he’s a devout Christian who at one time studied for the priesthood.

“I have plenty of sins,” Beret said. “But being gay isn’t one of them. This is not a fight I wanted to pick. But for the sake of my dignity, I’m not walking away.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM
Exclusive: Gay Couple Says Church Is Blocking Sale Of Historic Home
NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
CBS Boston

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV

WORCESTER (CBS) – Alain Beret has a vision. He wants to transform a neglected historic home, for sale by the Catholic Church, into a venue for weddings and functions.

He’s done it before and loves the character and the understated charm.

Alain and his partner Jim put in an offer for $1 million for the Oakhurst Retreat and Conference Center and say the Diocese of Worcester accepted it.

But, according to Beret, as they were doing their due diligence and pursuing normal negotiations, the Diocese abruptly stopped the sale.

Beret didn’t know what happened, until he began scrolling through an email between the brokers.

He noticed a message at the bottom of the thread from Monsignor Thomas Sullivan to his realtor.

It said:

“I just went down the hall and discussed it with the bishop. Because of the potentiality of gay marriages there….we are not interested in going forward with these buyers. I think they’re shaky anyway. So, just tell them that we will not accept their revised plan and the Diocese is making new plans for the property. You find the language.” …

We reached out to the Diocese of Worcester, but we were told Monsignor Sullivan was not able to respond to the story.

The Oakhurst Retreat and Conference Center was once the “House of Affirmation,” a treatment center for priests with psychological problems.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM
Gay Couple Shunned By Church In Northbridge Property Deal
NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
Northbridge Daily Voice

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – A sign in front of the Sutton home of Alain Beret and James Fairbanks says it is for sale. They’d expected to move soon to the former Chester Whitin Lasell estate on Hill Street, oversee its restoration, and open the historic mansion to weddings and other public events.

Their dream was dashed when the property owner, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester, backed out of the deal, and the couple believe it is because they are gay.

Beret said the diocese’s real estate broker sent them an email telling them their $75,000 deposit would be returned because the church wanted to pursue “other plans.’’

However, that email included a thread of messages, one from Monsignor Thomas Sullivan to the broker, which says: “I just went down the hall and discussed it with the bishop. Because of the potentiality of gay marriages there, something you shared with us yesterday, we are not interested in going forward with these buyers. I think they’re shaky anyway. So, just tell them that we will not accept their revised plan and the Diocese is making new plans for the property. You find the language.” …

The property most recently was being used by the church as a retreat. Prior to that it was the House of Affirmation where troubled priests were treated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM
Parishoners React To Arrest Of Former Pastor Accused Of Sex Abuse
PENNSYLVANIA
CBS Philly

[with video]

By Jenn Bernstein

SWEDESBURG, Pa. –

The Sacred Heart Church is nestled in the small tight-knit town of Swedesburg.

Tonight everyone is buzzing about the Sacred Heart Polish Festival, but the arrest of its former pastor, Reverend Andrew McCormick, last night on child sex assault charges, has many surprised and upset. That includes the church’s Holy Names Society President, Bernard Gutkowski.

“We just can’t believe it, a man like this, that we’ve known. He’s a great friend of ours,” said Gutkowski. He’s remaining supportive of McCormick and says the community is also. “We will stand by him 100 percent,” he said.

Gutkowski says the town’s been waiting for McCormick to return after he was suspended by the Archdiocese in March 2011. He was one of more than two dozen priests removed from the ministry after the Archdiocese said it was investigating past sexual abuse allegation

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM
Nearly 17 percent of sex offenders nationwide hide in plain sight, study says
UTAH
Deseret News

By Andrew Adams, Deseret News

Published: Friday, July 27 2012

RIVERTON — A new national study shows that nearly 1 in 6 convicted sex offenders have altered their identities and personal information. But Utah officials say the state has managed to buck that trend.

Preliminary results of the federally funded report out of Utica College found that 16.6 percent of sex offenders used aliases, stole identification, changed their names and moved without notifying proper authorities.

The Utah Department of Corrections says only 3 to 4 percent of the 7,000 registered sex offenders in Utah are out of compliance. That is down from 12 percent just four years ago.

One thing that makes the difference is officers pounding the pavement, Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said. Law enforcement officials make physical visits once a month to the homes of registered sex offenders to check up on their compliance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM
Pastor alleges sex abuse, sues Roman Catholic organizations for $3M
CANADA
The Record

WATERLOO — A local pastor is suing several Roman Catholic Church organizations for allegedly failing to protect him from being sexually abused by a priest in Waterloo more than three decades ago.

Michael Zenker says he was 11 years old when a priest at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Waterloo began abusing him. It lasted three years, he says.

The lawsuit’s statement of claim filed in a court in Hamilton, in August 2011, contains allegations that have not been proved in court.

According to the statement of claim Father Wilfrid Systerman, who is now dead, forced the boy into sexual acts including fondling, masturbation and oral sex.

Zenker, 43, who now lives in Elmira, says he met Systerman as a Record newspaper carrier delivering the paper to the St. Agnes church office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM
Area priest facing sex assault charges
PENNSYLVANIA
Times Leader

Sheena DeLazio – [email protected] – 570-970-7235 – Twitter: @TLSheenaDeLazio

A Diocese of Scranton priest who was once assigned to several parishes in Luzerne County, including a Catholic high school, will face 32 charges in Tioga County Court on allegations of sexually assaulting an altar boy.

The Rev. Thomas P. Shoback, 60, of Wilkes-Barre, appeared Wednesday at a preliminary hearing before District Judge James E. Carlson in Mansfield.

After a hearing that included testimony from the victim in the case, Carlson forwarded all 32 charges, which include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, endangering the welfare of children and indecent assault, to county court.

Shoback, who was charged in June, will next appear for a formal arraignment before a Tioga County judge on Aug. 20. Shoback remains free on $35,000 bail and is represented by attorney Christopher T. Powell, Jr., of Scranton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM
US priest charged after accuser, prompted by Penn State case, emerges
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Chicago Tribune

By Dave Warner

PHILADELPHIA, July 27 (Reuters) – A Roman Catholic priest been charged with the 1997 sexual assault of an altar boy, who was emboldened to come forward by the high-profile prosecutions of Monsignor William Lynn and former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, authorities sai d on Friday.

The arrest of suspended priest Andrew McCormick, 56, who a prosecutor said “had a pattern of grooming altar boys,” capped a tumultuous week for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the sixth
largest in the nation with 1.5 million members.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM
Suspended Philly priest is charged with sexual assault
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By David O’Reilly and Joseph A. Slobodzian
Inquirer Staff Writers

One of 26 Roman Catholic priests suspended from ministry last year for possible child misconduct has been criminally charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy in a Northeast Philadelphia church in 1997.

The Rev. Andrew McCormick, 56, was arrested at his parents’ Pottstown home Thursday night. He was ordered held on $150,000 bail at an arraignment Friday.

District Attorney Seth Williams said at a news conference that McCormick had started “grooming” the boy in the fall of 1997, while serving at St. John Cantius parish in Bridesburg, and sexually assaulted him that December. He said it appeared that the priest had groomed a number of altar boys there, and he urged any other abuse victims to come forward.

At the time of his suspension in March 2011, McCormick was pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Bridgeport, Montgomery County. He had previously served at St. Adalbert’s in Northeast Philadelphia and St. Bede in Holland, Bucks County.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM
July 27, 2012
Clergy sex abuse lawsuit settled against Bishops Dupre & Maguire
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WWLP

Anthony Fay

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who claims that he was sexually abused by a western Massachusetts priest has settled a lawsuit against two bishops he says did nothing to protect him. His lawyers say damages in the suit are described as being a “substantial six figure sum.”

According to a news release sent to 22News by the law firm Stobierski & Stobierski, their client, Andrew Nicastro settled his lawsuit against former Bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire on Thursday evening.

The settlement comes less than a week after the start of a civil trial against Dupre and Maguire at Hampden County Superior Court.

Nicastro says that as a child, he was sexually abused by now-defrocked priest Fr. Alfred Graves.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 PM
Priest to face abuse charges in Tioga court
PENNSYLVANIA
Standard Speaker

By Cheryl R. Clarke (Williamsport Sun-Gazette)

Published: July 27, 2012

MANSFIELD – The priest from Wilkes-Barre who was suspended from his duties last fall for allegedly sexually assaulting an altar boy in Tioga County will face the charges in county court.

The Rev. Thomas P. Shoback, 60, is charged with three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, two counts of indecent assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of children, one of corruption of minors and two counts of indecent assault.

The charges are in connection with the alleged multiple sexual assaults between February 1991 and February 1997, against the victim, now 32, who was an altar boy at St. Mary’s Parish Rectory in Blossburg, Tioga County, where the Rev. Shoback was pastor.

The victim testified Thursday at a preliminary hearing that the Rev. Shoback began abusing him when he was 11 or 12 years old and that the abuse would happen three out of four Sundays each month when he stayed after Mass to help count the collection. He said he felt compelled to tell what had happened to him after the Jerry Sandusky scandal erupted “because it was the right thing to do and he didn’t want it to happen to another kid.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 PM
Sex abuse sinister and serious: Cardinal
AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Jared Owens
From:The Australian
July 28, 2012

CARDINAL George Pell last night issued a statement condemning child sex abuse, following the apparent suicide of a 45-year-old man who was repeatedly abused as a teenager by a priest.

Police yesterday discovered John Pirona’s remains in his car at Tomago, outside Newcastle, five days after he left a note for his wife, Tracey, and disappeared.

Mr Pirona, a firefighter, was repeatedly assaulted by a priest, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in 1979, when he was aged 13.

The NSW courts have established he was sexually assaulted years after the school’s principal and Maitland-Newcastle bishop Leo Clarke, now deceased, became aware the priest had assaulted other boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 PM
Sussex priest and organist deny child sex charges
UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A Church of England priest and an organist have denied charges relating to alleged sexual abuse of two young boys in West Sussex in the late 1980s.

Father Wilkie Denford, 77, of Shoreham, pleaded not guilty to four charges of indecently assaulting a boy under 16.

Michael Mytton, 68, from East Chiltington, East Sussex pleaded not guilty to aiding and abetting an alleged assault on a boy in Cuckfield.

Both were bailed at Lewes Crown Court to await trial on 10 December.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 PM
Abuse victim’s last sad words
AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY

28 Jul, 2012

LOU Pirona is a father who must live with the awful sadness of his son’s last words.

“When I was young I was frightened. When I went to school I was bullied and abused by people who should have been nurturing and guiding me.”

The body of John Pirona, 45, of Belmont North, was found in a car at Tomago yesterday morning, five days after leaving the letter his family had always feared, which ended with the words “Too much pain”.

A victim of a notorious Hunter paedophile priest in 1979 when he was 12, John Pirona was sexually assaulted at least one year after both the school principal, Father Tom Brennan, and the late Maitland-Newcastle bishop Leo Clarke were told the priest was a sex offender.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 PM
Clergy Sex Abuse Trial Settled for $500K
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WGGB

By Ryan Trowbridge

July 27th, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Williamstown man settles his civil suit against two Springfield bishops.

The $500,000 settlement was announced Friday morning at Hampden County Superior Court.

It was emotional testimony during the trial that Attorney John Stobierski says accelerated discussions of a settlement in Andrew Nicastro’s civil suit against Springfield bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire.

Nicastro says he was abused 30 years ago by now defrocked priest Alfred Graves .

He sued the bishops because he said they were in supervisory positions and should have prevented the abuse he suffered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM
OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 27 July 2012 (VIS) – The Holy Father:

– Appointed Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, U.S.A., as archbishop of San Francisco (area 6,023, population 1,866,000, Catholics 448,000, priests 408, permanent deacons 78, religious 854), U.S.A. He succeeds Archbishop George H. Niederauer, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 PM
POPE RECEIVES THE COMMISSION OF CARDINALS INVESTIGATING LEAKING OF DOCUMENTS
VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 27 July 2012 (VIS) – “Yesterday morning 26 July, the Holy Father received in audience the Commission of Cardinals which is undertaking the administrative investigation into the leaking of reserved information: Cardinal Julian Herranz, Cardinal Jozef Tomko and Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi. The cardinals were accompanied by Fr. Luigi Martignani O.F.M. Cap., secretary of the Commission; Examining Magistrate Piero Antonio Bonnet, and Promoter of Justice Nicola Picardi of the Tribunal of Vatican City State”, according to a communique released this morning by the Holy See Press Office.

“The Holy Father was informed about the conclusions reached by the Commission of Cardinals, and about the progress of the criminal procedures currently underway. He thanked them for the information he had received and invited the Vatican magistrates to proceed expeditiously.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 PM
Pope hosts top-level meeting on leaks in Vatican
VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 27, 2012
By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Although technically on vacation, Pope Benedict XVI hosted a top-level meeting of Vatican officials involved in investigating and responding to the leak of Vatican documents.

The meeting Thursday included the commission of cardinals appointed to conduct an administrative review of Vatican offices and procedures, as well as the judges involved in the criminal case against the pope’s personal assistant. The meeting also included the head of the Vatican police and representatives of the Vatican secretariat of state, said Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman.

Greg Burke, the former U.S. journalist appointed by the pope to advise the Vatican secretary of state on communications strategy, also participated, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 PM
The Catholic Church’s Vatileaks scandal: A guide
VATICAN CITY
The Week

A series of embarrassing leaks has exposed conspiracies, corruption, backstabbing, and bitter rivalries within the Catholic Church’s hierarchy

posted on July 27, 2012,

What is the scandal about?
A steady stream of leaked documents since the beginning of the year has revealed the Holy See to be an unholy nest of conspiracies, backstabbing, and ambition. “Vatileaks,” as the scandal has been dubbed, has smashed the Vatican’s code of silence to reveal a long-standing tradition of bitter rivalries and corruption. The leaks point to at least three shadowy, interlocking plots: an anonymous campaign to undermine Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state and Pope Benedict XVI’s top deputy; a struggle over the future of the Vatican bank; and an effort by Italian cardinals to gain more influence over the choice of Benedict’s successor. “This is a power struggle,” said Notre Dame theology professor Lawrence Cunningham. “People are leaking information to the press to discredit one person or another.”

Who is doing the leaking?
The sole official suspect is the pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, 46, who was arrested in May after he was found with stolen papal documents; held for months in a small cell at the Vatican, he was granted house arrest last week. His lawyer insists Gabriele acted alone, but the leaks have continued since his detention. The real culprits are suspected to be disgruntled prelates inside the Vatican bureaucracy, or Curia, who view Bertone as an obstacle to church reform. The 77-year-old cardinal, a longtime ally of the current pope, has consolidated his power by promoting former associates from his native region of Piedmont to influential posts; they now include the governor of the Vatican City State, the head of the Vatican treasury, and the Holy See’s top bank regulator. There are growing rumors that the health of the 85-year-old Benedict is failing, feeding suspicion that Bertone’s ultimate goal is to gain control over the next papal conclave — the meeting of the College of Cardinals that selects the pope.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 PM
Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph Maguire statement…
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
The Republican

Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph Maguire statement: Andrew Nicastro and family ‘suffered greatly’ from ‘terrible’ clergy abuse

By Buffy Spencer, The Republican

SPRINGFIELD — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield on Friday released a “statement from Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire” after Andrew Nicastro settled his civil lawsuit against Maguire and another past bishop.

Maguire said, “Today’s settlement I hope will bring some measure of healing to Andrew Nicastro and his family. Sadly they have suffered greatly by this terrible abuse. Although I intend on writing them personally to express my sincere sorrow, I also wish to make this statement which in some ways represents what I would have testified to in court.”

Nicastro announced Friday that a $500,000 settlement has been reached in the suit against Maguire and the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre. Nicastro, of Williamstown, said the two former bishops knew now-defrocked priest Alfred Graves had molested two boys in 1976 but allowed him to keep serving as a priest.

Maguire said, “I am truly sorry for all that Mr. Nicastro suffered and the hardships it has brought in his life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 PM
Andrew Nicastro announces $500,000 settlement in civil lawsuit against two former Springfield bishops
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
The Republican

By Buffy Spencer, The Republican

UPDATE, 1 p.m.: Bishop Emeritus Maguire issues statement, says Andrew Nicastro and family “suffered greatly” from “terrible” clergy abuse

Read the story

SPRINGFIELD – Andrew Nicastro announced today that a $500,000 settlement has been reached in his civil lawsuit against two former bishops of the Springfield Catholic Diocese.

John Stobierski, Nicastro’s lawyer said discussions of a settlement began two weeks ago and accelerated last night after “emotional testimony” from Nicastro, his wife, and his father over the last few days in Hampden Superior Court.

Lawyers for the two bishops, the Most Rev. Bishop Joseph M. Maguire and the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre, had unsuccessfully tried to have the case dismissed previously on the grounds the statute of limitations had expired by the time the suit was filed.

Nicastro, of Williamstown, said the two former bishops knew now defrocked priest Alfred Graves had molested two boys in 1976 but allowed him to keep serving as a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM
Oakland bishop, noted Prop 8 backer, replaces former Utahn Niederauer in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
The Salt Lake Tribune

By Sean Maher
| Contra Costa Times

San Francisco • Oakland’s bishop, Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, will become the archbishop of San Francisco, making him perhaps the highest profile opponent of same-sex marriage in a city renowned for its support for gay rights.

Cordileone, 56, was appointed to the new job by Pope Benedict XVI to replace retiring Archbishop

A San Diego native, Cordileone was installed as Oakland’s bishop in May, 2009. His time in the East Bay “has given him a deep understanding of the radically diverse cultural composition of the Bay Area and a dedication to multicultural ministry,” church spokesman George Wesolek said.

At a news conference Friday morning at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, Cordileone accepted the position with a speech he repeated in English and Spanish

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM
Philly priest charged with 1997 sexual assault
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
San Francisco Chronicle

MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

Updated 01:56 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia priest suspended last year has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy in a church rectory.

Prosecutors say the Rev. Andrew McCormick molested the boy in 1997 in Northeast Philadelphia.

The 56-year-old McCormick is one of about two dozen priests suspended last year after a grand jury report alleged that accused priests were still in ministry.

McCormick was arrested late Thursday. Defense lawyer William Brennan says he expects McCormick to post the $150,000 bail and fight the charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 PM
UPDATED: Settlement reached in civil trial of bishops
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
iobserve

By Father Bill Pomerleau

SPRINGFIELD – Andrew Nicastro, a Williamstown man who was abused by former priest Alfred F. Graves from 1982 to 1985, agreed to a $500,000 settlement with Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire and former Springfield Bishop Thomas L. Dupré on July 27.

The agreement, which was worked out late July 26, ended a dramatic trial which featured emotional testimony by Nicastro, his family members and two priests who testified to the harm caused by the Graves.

“The testimony was compelling,” said John Stobierski, Nicastro’s principal attorney. Speaking at a press briefing on the steps of the Hampden County Hall of Justice after the trial, Stobierski said that while he was confident that his client was winning his case in the trial, other factors persuaded him to settle out-of-court.

“We were warned that, even if we won, we would have faced two more barriers. First, they (the bishops) would have appealed. Second, even if we won on appeal, we would have had to sue their insurance companies to actually receive any money. That process might have taken another three to five years,” Stobierski said.

“I can’t comment on what cynics might say,” Stobierski responded when asked what he would say to someone who suggested that the case was actually about money. He said that the case not only brought justice to his client, but also might give other abuse victims the courage to come forward to tell their stories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM
Ihr seid nicht die Einzigen!
DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Nachdem sich inzwischen auf vielfältige Weise bestätigt hat, dass das Bistum Trier den Begriff einer “ehrlichen Aufklärung” weitaus anders definiert als wir Betroffenen, möchten wir alle Opfer, Betroffene und Zeugen sexuellen Missbrauchs durch Angehörige der katholischen Kirche im Bistum Trier dazu ermutigen, ihr Schweigen zu brechen und sich entweder mit “MissBiT” oder “schafsbrief.de” in Verbindung zu setzen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM
Köllerbacher Gläubige rebellieren gegen Bischof
DEUTSCHLAND
Saarbrucker Zeitung

Köllerbach/Trier. Der Streit zwischen dem Bistum Trier und den Laiengremien der Köllerbacher Herz-Jesu-Gemeinde um den Umgang mit dem früheren Pfarrer Guido Johannes Ittmann hat einen neuen Höhepunkt erreicht. Pfarrgemeinderat und Verwaltungsrat der Gemeinde rügen im aktuellen Pfarrbrief öffentlich die Bistumsleitung und den eingesetzten Pfarrverwalter Hans Maria Thul. Diese hätten den Pfarrgemeinderat und den Verwaltungsrat der Gemeinde nach dem Weggang von Ittmann nicht genug unterstützt und die Veröffentlichung von Dankesworten an Ittmann unterbunden. Bereits vor dessen Amtsverzicht habe die Bistumsleitung einen “runden Tisch” zur Entschärfung des Konflikts zwischen Ittmann und dem damaligen Völklinger Dechanten Klaus Leist abgelehnt. Darüber hinaus habe sie aktuell die Gemeindereferentin Therese Thewes gegen den Willen der Laiengremien versetzt. In dem Schreiben ist ferner von “zahlreichen Briefen” der Gremien an den Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann die Rede.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM
Pfarrgemeinderat greift Trierer Bischof in Missbrauchs-Affäre an
DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Köllerbach. Der Streit im Bistum Trier um Drohbriefe gegen den früheren Köllerbacher Pfarrer Guido Ittmann eskaliert immer mehr. Pfarrgemeinderat und Verwaltungsrat der Gemeinde rügen im Pfarrbrief Bischof Stephan Ackermann und seinen Pfarrverwalter Hans Maria Thul. Sie werfen der Bistumsleitung indirekt vor, Ittmann und Gläubige im Stich gelassen zu haben, als diese einer “Mobbing-Kampagne” ausgesetzt gewesen seien. Pfarrer Ittmann hatte Missbrauchsfälle angezeigt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 PM
Brighton priest sent for trial on child sex charges
UNITED KINGDOM
Brighton and Hove News

A priest who worked in Brighton and Hove has been sent for trial on charges of sexually abusing two boys more than 20 years ago.

Father Wilkie Denford, 77, of Broad Reach Mews, Shoreham, is due to stand trial at Lewes Crown Court on Monday 10 December.

He appeared at Mid Sussex Magistrates’ Court in Haywards Heath where he was bailed until his trial, having denied four charges of indecently assaulting a boy under 16.

Church organist Michael Mytton, 68, of South Road, East Chiltington, near Ditchling, will join him on trial. Mytton denies one charge of aiding and abetting Denford.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM
Suspended priest charged with molesting boy, 10
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
Inquirer Staff Writer

A Catholic priest who was removed from his Montgomery County parish in March, 2011, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy in a Northeast Philadelphia church in 1997.

The Rev. Andrew McCormick, 56, was arrested at his parents’ Pottstown home Thursday night, officials said. He was ordered held on $150,000 bail at his initial arraignment Friday.

Law enforcement officials there may be more possible victims and urged them to come forward.

District Attorney Seth Williams said McCormick “groomed” a number of altar boys when he served at St. John Cantius Church in Bridesburg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM
Montco Priest Charged With Sexual Assault
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
My Fox Philly

A Priest in Montgomery County in under arrest for an alleged sexual assault.

The charges against Father Andrew McCormick stem from a sexual assault committed in 1997.

Sources tell Fox 29 that the priest and the victim were a part of the same church in Philadelphia at the time of the abuse.

The victim was 10-years old at the time of the incident.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM
Massachusetts bishops settle lawsuit brought by abuse victim
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
Catholic Culture

Two former bishops of Springfield, Massachusetts, have settled a sex-abuse lawsuit, 3 days after the case came to trial.

Bishops Joseph Maguire and Thomas Dupre reportedly agreed to pay $500,000 to Andrew Nicastro, who said that he was molested in the 1970s by Alfred Graves, a priest of the Springfield diocese who has subsequently been laicized. Nicastro charged that both bishops were aware of previously sex-abuse charges against Graves, yet continued to give him parish assignments.

Bishop Maguire issued a statement through the Springfield diocese, saying: “Today’s settlement, I hope, will bring some measure of healing to Andrew Nicastro and his family.” He expressed regret for not having taken action earlier against Graves, saying that he did not understand “the true nature of one who violated our trust with such devastating harm to his victims.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:05 PM
Philly Priest Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault: Police
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NBC 10

By Lauren DiSanto

| Friday, Jul 27, 2012

Father Andrew McCormick has been arrested for an alleged sexual assault. He was taken into police custody late Thursday night after accusations that he sexually assaulted an altar boy in 1997.

McCormick was a pastor at St. John Cantius Church in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia at the time of the alleged assault.

He’s being held at Philadelphia Police headquarters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM
Philly priest charged with 1997 sexual assault
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Times Online

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012

Associated Press

A Philadelphia priest suspended last year has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy.

Prosecutors accuse the Rev. Andrew McCormick molested the boy in 1997 while assigned to a Northeast Philadelphia parish.

McCormick is one of about two dozen priests suspended last year after a grand jury report that found priests accused of abuse were still in ministry.

The 56-year-old McCormick is in custody after surrendering Thursday. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer. Bail has been set at $150,000.

McCormick has been on leave from Sacred Heart in Swedesburg, Montgomery County, since March 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:57 PM
Church royal commission
AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Editorial

CATHOLIC Bishop Bill Wright of Maitland-Newcastle is to be congratulated for daring to publicly support a formal inquiry into priestly abuse.

It is no easy matter for a senior clergyman, embedded in a church hierarchy under intense pressure over seemingly endless allegations of criminal abuse, to offer even guarded support for a course of action that seems certain to result in serious recriminations against his own organisation.

Bishop Wright’s acknowledgement of the need for a thorough external inquiry suggests a recognition that the issue has an inevitable momentum that can no longer be credibly resisted.

The heartbreaking discovery yesterday of the body of abuse victim John Pirona has seared the hearts of thousands of Hunter people, adding powerfully to the groundswell of support for a royal commission into priestly abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM
San Francisco archbishop retires; Bishop Cordileone to succeed him
SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
Catholic News Service

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco and named Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., to succeed him.

The appointment and resignation were announced in Washington July 27 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Archbishop Niederauer, 76, had headed the San Francisco Archdiocese since 2005. A priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, he also served as bishop of Salt Lake City for 10 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM
Pope calls for speed in deciding butler’s fate
VATICAN CITY
AFP

ROME — The pope has called on Holy See investigators to proceed quickly with their inquiry into a former butler for his role in the Vatican leaks scandal.

The decision over whether Paolo Gabriele should face trial will be made on August 6 or 7, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Friday.

The pontiff’s former butler, Gabriele is the sole suspect behind the leaked documents, which revealed an atmosphere of intrigue at the Vatican and a power struggle centring around the powerful Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.

Pope Benedict XVI met the examining magistrate on the case Thursday “to hear the progress of the criminal procedures underway,” and “invited the Vatican magistrates to proceed expeditiously,” the Holy See said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM
Another Philadelphia priest facing sexual assault charges
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

July 27, 2012
By Tom MacDonald

A former Philadelphia Archdiocese priest is facing charges of sexually assaulting one of his altar boys.

Captain John Darby of Philadelphia’s Special Victims Unit says the now 25 year old came forward to police recently to say that former parish priest Andrew McCormick abused him in 1997. Darby says the boy was just 10 years old then and McCormick was working at St. John Cantius parish in the Bridesburg neighborhood.

“He was a parishioner he was a student at St John Cantius and he was an altar boy and it was in those conditions he was brought to the presence of Andrew McCormick and contacts began,” said Darby. “Where inside the rectory of St John Cantius, sexual contact was made.”

District Attorney Seth Williams says he wants victims of abuse to feel comfortable calling the police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM
Retired Priest Speaks Out On Alleged Child Abuse, Church Cover Up
MINNESOTA
CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A retired Winona priest is coming forward after allegations of child abuse were tossed out by the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Retired Fr. James Edward Fitzpatrick of Diocese of Winona says he knew for decades his church had covered up allegations of abuse by victims.

“It’s a matter of conscience,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s been bothering me for years.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM
Bishop backs inquiry into sex abuse
AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Will Ockenden

Updated July 27, 2012

A senior member of Australia’s Catholic Church says he would support a public inquiry into the church’s handling of sexual assaults by priests.

The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Bill Wright, says it is up to governments to work out which issues need investigating.

Over the past 50 years the Hunter Valley has seen scores of people reporting cases of sexual assault by priests.

One Catholic priest was convicted and jailed several years ago after sexually abusing 39 schoolboys aged from five to 16 years old over nearly 20 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM
Former youth minister to be sentenced for sex crimes
ALABAMA
Montgomery Advertiser

A former youth minister facing charges in Madison and Cullman counties in connection with sex crimes against children is due to be sentenced July 31 for similar crimes in Elmore County, Attorney General Luther Strange announced Thursday.

John A. Astorga, 37, of Wetumpka was convicted of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse April 11 in Elmore County Circuit Court. During the trial, three victims testified, as did the pastor of Bethel Assembly of God in Wetumpka, where Astorga worked, according to the AG’s office.

At his July 31 sentencing, Astorga will face a penalty of one year and one day to 10 years in prison for each of the two counts, which are class C felonies, a news release from Strange’s office states. State law also requires him to register as a convicted sex offender and to abide by community notification requirements of state law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM
Breach of duty
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Toledo Blade

Editorial

The watchman didn’t watch. That’s why Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia was sentenced this week to 3 to 6 years in prison.

Lynn failed to protect the safety of children in his Catholic archdiocese for the dozen years he was secretary to Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. It was his job to make parish assignments and investigate sex-abuse claims against priests.

Last month, Lynn, 61, was found guilty of turning a blind eye to the predations of Edward Avery, a former parish priest who pleaded guilty to charges of sexually assaulting an altar boy in 1999. Lynn was told by a medical student in 1992 that Avery had molested him in the 1970s.

Lynn reassigned Avery to a parish that knew nothing of his history, and made no report to civil authorities. The molester was finally defrocked six years ago, but he didn’t confess his crime to authorities until March of this year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM
Man abused as a child by pedophile priest found dead in car
AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

A MAN who as a child was abused by a pedophile priest has been found dead in his car after the pain became “just too much for him”, his wife says.

The body of John Pirona, 45, was discovered by police in a car at Tomago near Newcastle early today, nearly a week after his wife Tracey last saw him on Saturday night.

Ms Pirona said she alerted police to his disappearance after finding a letter that spoke of the pain he felt being linked to a pedophile priest and of his wish “to go nobly”.

“The pain was just too much for him,” Ms Pirona said.

“He felt like his children were better off without him.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM
Tragic end for ‘too much pain’ husband
AUSTRALIA
Launceston Times

The body of John Pirona, a victim of one of the Hunter’s most notorious paedophile priests, has been found at Tomago.

John Pirona, 45, of Valentine, was last seen by his wife in Belmont North last Saturday night.

Police attached to Lake Macquarie Local Area Command found the body of Mr Pirona in a car in the early hours of this morning. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM
Women purged of court contempt during priest’s trial
NORTHERN IRELAND
Derry Journal

Published on Friday 27 July 2012

A Derry woman and a woman from Culdaff appeared in court in Belfast this week on contempt of court proceedings relating to an outburst at the trial of Fr. Eugene Boland, in Derry last month.

Sarah Kerrigan, from Patrick Street, Derry and Michelle Ruddy, from Larraghirrel, Culdaff, who were described as “close friends” of Fr Boland found themselves accused of contempt after they cheered and clapped when Fr Boland from Killyclogher Road, Omagh, was cleared of indecently assaulting a 14 year-old girl 20 years ago.

Describing the women as “close associates and friends” of Fr. Boland, Brian McCartney QC, defending, told Belfast Crown Court the women had been caught up in the heat of the moment and ‘by the intensity of feelings’ during the cleric’s trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM
Report: Charges pending against Upper Merion priest
PENNSYLVANIA
Main Line

Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012

UPPER MERION — Criminal charges were pending against an unnamed priest at Sacred Heart Church on Thursday evening, Fox 29 News reported on Thursday afternoon.

The pending charges are related to an alleged sexual assault that took place in the 1990s, according to the news report.

Neither Philadelphia police, Upper Merion police nor Fox 29 News have identified the priest. The Times Herald has not independently confirmed that a priest has been charged. Fox 29 had earlier tweeted that a priest had been arrested but that tweet has since been removed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM
Prosecutors side with SNAP in Mo. records case
MISSOURI
NECN

[Amicus by prosecutors backing the writ – SNAP]

Jul 27, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Several prosecutors are siding with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests in urging the Missouri Supreme Court to block an order requiring the group to release certain records.

The issue stems from lawsuits against a Roman Catholic priest by accusers who say they repressed memories of begin abused decades ago. A lawyer for the priest argues documents could raise doubts about such memories and whether a gag order was violated.

SNAP wants the high court to block a trial judge’s order that it provide records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM
Victim, former priest accuse Archbishop Carlson of child abuse cover-up
ST. LOUIS (MO)
KSDK

[with video]

By Leisa Zigman I-Team Reporter

St. Louis (KSDK) – A victim of child abuse in the 1980s and a former priest made stunning allegations Thursday regarding St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson.

The allegations center on Archbishop Carlson playing an active role in the cover-up of child sex abuse cases when he worked in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis.

Since his installation in 2009, the Archdiocese of St. Louis has painted Archbishop Carlson as a staunch protector of children from abusive priests.

But Thursday, in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jim Keenan lashed out at Archbishop Carlson who was a bishop at the time Keenan was abused by his parish priest. The abuse allegedly occurred in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM
Lawsuit claims sex abuse at Malvern Prep
PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

By PATTI MENGERS
[email protected]

Two days after a Philadelphia judge sentenced a monsignor in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to jail for enabling a pedophile priest, a Delaware County man filed a civil suit Wednesday against the archdiocese and Malvern Preparatory School for allegedly not protecting him from a sexually abusive cleric who taught there.

Also named in the lawsuit, filed by Chester County attorney Daniel F. Monahan in Philadelphia, were the religious Order of St. Augustine and John R. Liggio, the Augustinian priest who allegedly assaulted the plaintiff in 1997 and 1998 when he was a student at the 170-year-old private Catholic boys’ school for grades 6 through 12 in Chester County.

“He did so by using physical, intellectual, moral, emotional and psychological force. The abuse began as compelled touching in Malvern Prep bathrooms where Liggio followed the plaintiff and isolated him. It progressed to sexual contact at Liggio’s residence on campus,” the lawsuit states.

The plaintiff is identified only as “an adult male individual less than 30 years of age and a citizen and resident of Delaware County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” because he was a minor when he was an alleged victim of sex crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM
Supervisors finally paying the price of sexual abuse cover-ups
UNITED STATES
Wicked Local Newton

Marjorie Arons-Barron

Recently, a Philadelphia church official, Msgr. William Lynn, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on one felony child endangerment charge for covering up sexual abuse by the now laicized priest, Edward Avery, whom he supervised. Lynn was acquitted of conspiracy and a second endangerment count involving a second priest, on whom the jury deadlocked. The concern underlying the charges and conviction was Lynn’s apparent shielding of predatory priests, protecting them from public scrutiny by reassigning them to different parishes, and lying to spare the Church’s reputation from scandal. He had a responsibility in those three areas under both secular and canon law. Msgr. Lynn mounted a defense saying he was obeying orders from his own supervisor, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia and a canonist, who died earlier this year. Meanwhile, Cardinal Bevilacqua’s successor, Cardinal Justin Regali, failed to provide material relevant to the scandal to his own review board.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM
Former Diocese of Winona priest …
MINNESOTA
LaCrosse Tribune

Former Diocese of Winona priest describes encounter with bishop, concerns about Adamson abuse

By Jerome Christenson Winona Daily News

WINONA, Minn. — A former priest of the Diocese of Winona said Thursday he was literally shown the door when he told Bishop Edward Fitzgerald that the Rev. Thomas Adamson was sexually abusing boys in Caledonia, Minn.

Jim Fitzpatrick, a Caledonia native and priest for the diocese from 1963 to 1973, said he was assigned to the Winona Cathedral and Cotter High School when parents from his hometown came to Winona to ask what he could do about what Adamson was doing to boys in Caledonia.

Fitzpatrick said he would talk with the bishop, but when he went to Fitzgerald and related what the parents told him about their sons and about 15 other boys, Fitzgerald told him he would deal with his priests and showed him out of his office.

Fitzpatrick described his encounter with the bishop in a news conference Thursday in St. Paul. Fitzpatrick was to be a witness in the case brought against the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona by James Keenan, claiming he had in 1980-81 been sexually abused by Adamson and that church officials had been aware of Adamson’s history of child sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM
Paedophile priest victim found dead in car
AUSTRALIA
TVNZ

Published: 8:08PM Friday July 27, 2012

A man who as a child was abused by a paedophile priest has been found dead in his car after the pain became “just too much for him”, his wife says.

The body of John Pirona, 45, was discovered by police in a car at Tomago near Newcastle in the early hours of Friday morning, nearly a week after his wife Tracey last saw him on Saturday night.

Ms Pirona said she alerted police to his disappearance after finding a letter that spoke of the pain he felt being linked to a paedophile priest and of his wish “to go nobly”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM
July 26, 2012
Lawyers suggest different portraits of abuse victim’s mental health
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
iobserve

By Father Bill Pomerleau
SPRINGFIELD – Different portraits of the effects that Alfred F. Grave’s sexual abuse had on Andrew Nicastro, and his later motivations in

launching a 2009 lawsuit, were the subject of contentious questioning July 26 in the civil trial of Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire and former Springfield Bishop Thomas L. Dupré.

Nicastro, of Williamstown, alleges that the bishops acted negligently by returning the former priest to ministry with insufficient supervision after they knew that he had a history of abusing boys in other parishes.

John J. Egan, Bishop Maguire’s attorney, began his cross-examination of Nicastro by suggesting that the now 41-year-old had told others about his abuse several years ago – this time using a document prepared by Nicastro himself with the help of his attorney, John Stobierski.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 PM
Catholic Bishop says public inquiry into paedophile priests needed
AUSTRALIA
ABC – AM

Will Ockenden reported this story on Friday, July 27, 2012

TONY EASTLEY: A senior member of Australia’s Catholic Church says he’d support a public inquiry into the Church’s handling of sexual assaults by priests.

The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Bill Wright says it’s up to governments to work out which issues need investigating.

Will Ockenden reports.

WILL OCKENDEN: Over the past 50 years the Hunter Valley has seen scores of people reporting cases of sexual assault by priests.

One Catholic priest was convicted and jailed several years ago after sexually abusing 39 schoolboys aged from five to 16 years old over nearly 20 years.

The Bishop Bill Wright released a statement on his view on how sexual assault should be investigated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM
SNAP asks Missouri court to stop order for documents
MISSOURI
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 26, 2012
By Joshua J. McElwee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The leading advocacy group for clergy sex abuse victims has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to quash a local judge’s ruling for the group to grant access to more than 23 years of internal documents to attorneys who represent accused priests in the state, saying the order violates the confidentiality of abuse victims.

The request, formally known as a “writ of prohibition,” is the latest step by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests in a months-long saga over access to the documents.

Twenty-two victims’ advocacy and church reform groups and six former and current local, state and federal prosecutors have also asked the court to intervene in the matter, saying the order could lead to further victimization and ultimately “intimidate, harass, and silence victims of sexual abuse.”

The requests stem from Jackson County, Mo., Circuit Court Judge Ann Mesle’s order July 17 to SNAP in a case concerning a Kansas City priest accused of abuse. The case, in which SNAP is not a party, made headlines in January when it became the first in which one of the group’s leaders was ordered to provide testimony.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 PM
Rafael Venegas, St. Anne’s Santa Monica Priest, Investigated For Sex Crime
SANTA MONICA (CA)
LA Weekly

By Dennis Romero
Thu., Jul. 26 2012

Santa Monica police today said they’re checking out a local priest after a woman came forward and alleged he sexually assaulted her.

If so (and, for the record, it ain’t so, at least not yet), it wouldn’t be too surprising. Church and the Tiki theater in Hollywood, apparently, are where all the sex crimes go down these days.

The man of the cloth under scrutiny was named as Rafael Venegas. He works at …

… St. Anne’s Church, 2017 Colorado Ave.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM
Father of alleged clergy sexual abuse victim Andrew Nicastro, testifies of implicit trust in priests
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
The Republican

By Buffy Spencer, The Republican

SPRINGFIELD – Anthony Nicastro testified Thursday he took his son and daughter to church when they were young because he wanted them to get some moral direction in addition to what they got at home.

He said he never worried about his son Andrew Nicastro’s interactions as an altar boy with now defrocked priest Alfred Graves, the family’s pastor at St. Patrick’s Church in Williamstown.

“I had implicit faith and trust in priests,” said Anthony Nicastro, who said he went to parochial school and Catholic high school in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Anthony Nicastro, a “semi-retired” professor at Williams College and North Adams State College, said he never knew Graves had sexually assaulted his son Andrew Nicastro over a period of about three years starting when the boy was about 11 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM
Sexual Battery Investigation
SANTA MONICA (CA)
Santa Monica Police Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2012
Contact: Richard Lewis, Sergeant
Phone: 310.458.8462
e-mail: [email protected]

The Santa Monica Police Department is currently investigating an allegation of sexual battery against Rafael Venegas, a priest at St. Anne’s Church located at 2017 Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica.

The victim, who is an adult female and not a parishioner of St. Anne’s, contacted the Santa Monica Police Department on July 1, 2012 and reported that the incident involving Venegas occurred on the property of St. Anne’s Parish in September 2011. The allegations remain under investigation and no arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective DeRyck at (310) 458-8944, Sergeant Jacob at (310) 458-8460 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24hours) at (310) 458-8495.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463), or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com. You will remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a reward, up to $1,000.00, if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM
Alleged Sexual Misconduct by Local Priest Under Investigation
SANTA MONICA (CA)
Patch

By Jenna Chandler

Police are investigating allegations of sexual battery by a priest at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, a department spokesman said in a press release Thursday.

No arrests have been made in the case, which was reported to July 1 to Santa Monica Police.

A woman, who isn’t a parishioner at the church, told police the incident occurred on church property near Colorado Avenue and 20th Street in September of last year.

St. Anne’s referred requests for comment to its attorney, Donald Steier, who did not return a message.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 PM
Santa Monica Police Investigate St. Anne’s Church Priest For Sexual Assault
SANTA MONICA (CA)
Santa Mornica Mirror

Posted Jul. 26, 2012

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

St. Anne’s Church priest Rafael Venegas is currently being investigated following an allegation of sexual assault.

The adult female, who is not a parishioner of St. Anne’s at 2017 Colorado Avenue, contacted the Santa Monica Police Department on July 1 and reported that the incident involving Venegas occurred on the property of St. Anne’s Parish in September 2011.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said the allegations remain under investigation and no arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective DeRyck at 310.458.8944, Sergeant Jacob at 310.458.8460 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24hours) at 310.458.8495.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:04 PM
Growing call for royal commission into priest sex cases
AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY

27 Jul, 2012

Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright has expressed his ‘‘broad support’’ for a royal commission into the Catholic church’s handling of sexual abuse cases after an overwhelming public response to the disappearance of a paedophile-priest victim.

In a statement yesterday Bishop Wright acknowledged the growing calls for a royal commission, saying ‘‘I am broadly supportive of public inquiries into these matters’’.

‘‘It would be for government to determine, in consultation with their agencies and other groups in the community, what would be the best form of inquiry and into which particular issues it should inquire.’’

It is believed to be one of the first public expressions of support by a senior NSW Catholic clergy member for a formal government inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM
Bishop says ‘false hearsay’ linking him to claim hurts diocese, family
WHEELING (WV)
Catholic Sentinel

Catholic News Service

WHEELING, W.Va. — Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston said the “false hearsay statements” made against him at the recently concluded Philadelphia trial of two priests on sex abuse-related charges have hurt him, his family and the people of his diocese.

In a July 23 letter to the priests and people of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese, Bishop Bransfield said a “hearsay allegation” that he had engaged in improper conduct with a high school student in the 1970s “has been put to rest” by the student in question, now in his 50s, and others.

“I can only repeat what I have stated before publicly: I have never abused anyone,” the bishop said.

The allegation surfaced during the trial of Msgr. William Lynn, former secretary of clergy in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, on charges of child endangerment; he was later found guilty of one count and recently sentenced. His co-defendant, accused of abuse, must be retried after the jury could not reach a verdict in his case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM
Abuse trials miss other victims
PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Inquirer

June 25, 2012|Inquirer Editorial

Outside their own circles, they’re mostly unknown — and certainly not referred to as Victim No. … But other child sex-abuse victims across Pennsylvania are just as entitled to justice as those whose accusations were heard in the sensational trials of a former college football coach and a high-ranking Catholic Church official.

Many of the other victims have also suffered in silence for decades, often unable to admit to themselves the horror of being abused as a child or teen. And if they did decide to come forward, it would likely be too late under the state’s criminal and civil statutes.

These other victims waited even as separate juries wrestled with the charges against former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, whose alleged victims now include an adopted son, and Archdiocese of Philadelphia Msgr. William Lynn — who on Friday became the first U.S. church official convicted in a child sex-abuse case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM
Youth pastor to be sentenced for sex crimes
ALABAMA
San Francisco Chronicle

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A youth minister accused of sex crimes against children in three Alabama counties is scheduled to be sentenced in one case on July 31.

An Elmore County jury found John A. Astorga guilty on April 11 on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Three victims and the pastor of Bethel Assembly of God in Wetumpka, where Astorga worked, testified at his trial.

Astorga faces up to a year and a day imprisonment on each of the two counts in Elmore County and must register as a convicted sex offender.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM
Gerald T. Slevin: Philly DA Must Go Higher
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Bilgrimage

Jerry Slevin has sent one of his wonderful postings. This one focuses on the unfinished business after Msgr. Lynn has been sentenced in Philadelphia. What follows is Jerry’s statement:

At Lynn’s trial, he and his lawyers presented overwhelming evidence that Lynn followed his Cardinal bosses’ orders that resulted in child endangerment. The lawyers were selected under Cardinal Rigali and paid huge sums by the Philly Archdiocese (Philly AD).

Rigali was one of Lynn’s bosses. Lynn served under him, several months as priest personnel chief and almost 8 years as a pastor. Obviously, Lynn filled Rigali in on the “bad priests” and then Rigali learned further details as top man in the Philly AD for almost 8 years until several months ago.

Last year, after receiving his second disastrous Philly Grand Jury priest abuse report in barely five years, Rigali still tried to deny having pedophile priests still actively on board. After some public pressure and perhaps new lawyers’ advice, he quickly reversed himself and in March of last year suspended 36 priests for suspected misconduct with minors. Since then, Rigali’s sudden replacement, Archbishop Chaput, has sacked some of these suspected priests, yet Chaput continues to stall on many of them. It is not clear why he is stalling and whether it relates to trying to protect Rigali.

If Rigali’s evident carrying of 36 alleged pedophiles, some for years it appears, isn’t a “prima face” case for child endangerment, it is hard to see what is. Lynn got 6 years for carrying one pedophile, defrocked Fr. Avery! Cardinal Rigali appears to make Joe Paterno look good! Moreover, the Philly AD makes Penn State look like the minor leagues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM
Diocesan leaders reflect on significance of Dallas charter
IOWA
The Catholic Globe

By RENEE WEBB, Globe editor

Ten years ago the U.S. bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People that required each diocese have mechanisms in place to respond promptly and in a pastoral way to credible allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy.

Since that charter was adopted at the bishops June meeting in 2002 being held in Dallas, it has become known as and is often referred to as the Dallas charter.

Bishop Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City, who was a priest for the Archdiocese of Denver at that time, pointed out that not long before that meeting of the bishops the national scandal pertaining to child sexual abuse by clergy had erupted in Boston.

Response was necessary

“The bishops knew they had to respond,” Bishop Nickless said. “It was really important for them to show that they cared first and foremost about victims, that children needed to be protected and that credible and accused perpetrators needed to be dealt with in a strong way.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:19 PM
MO – Sex abuse victims head to MO Supreme Court
MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

SNAP’s new writ to MO Supreme Court

Amicus by prosecutors backing the writ

Amicus by 24 groups backing the writ

Posted by David Clohessy on July 26, 2012

Clergy sex abuse victims are asking the Missouri Supreme Court to block or limit demands by Kansas City Catholic officials for potentially hundreds or thousands of pages of their self help group’s records. And they’re picking up support from widely disparate sources.

On Friday, leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, filed a writ to the state’s highest court to stop what they call “expensive, intrusive, hurtful and intimidating” discovery requests by lawyers for several suspended Kansas City area Catholic priests accused of molesting children.

And this week, three amicus briefs have been filed backing SNAP’s position. One is by two current Missouri prosecutors and four former prosecutors. The other two are signed by 24 local and national organizations. They include The Rutherford Institute, a conservative legal organization that helped Paula Jones pursue her sexual harassment case against then-President Bill Clinton and the liberal Call to Action, which advocates ordaining women.

“If this court permits the circuit court’s discovery order, sex abuse victims and the organizations that support them will suffer irreparable harm,” the prosecutors’ brief maintains.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:09 PM
Bistum startet Kampagne gegen Missbrauch
DEUTSCHLAND
Hannoveriche Allgemeine

26.07.2012

Nach dem Missbrauchsskandal in der katholischen Kirche hat das Bistum Hildesheim seine Präventionskampagne ausgeweitet. Mitarbeiter der Kinder- und Jugendseelsorge erhalten künftig einen Leitfaden mit klaren Regeln und Richtlinien, die sexuellen Missbrauch und respektlosen Umgang mit Kindern verhindern soll, teilte das Bistum am Donnerstag mit.

Hildesheim. Teil des Leitfadens ist die Selbstverpflichtungserklärung, die ehrenamtliche und hauptberufliche Mitarbeiter, die mit Kindern zu tun haben, seit zwei Jahren abgeben müssen. Diese hatte nach Angaben des Bistums immer wieder Fragen aufgeworfen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM
Verdächtig still
DEUTSCHLAND
Die Zeit

Vor einem Jahr wurde eine Studie zum sexuellen Missbrauch angekündigt, nun stockt das Projekt des Kriminologen Christian Pfeiffer. Wie einflussreich sind die Kritiker?

Im Juli 2011 wurden Journalisten in den profanen Räumen des Bonner Universitätsclubs eines Mirakels teilhaftig: Die Bischofskonferenz kündigte ein Forschungsprojekt zum Thema Missbrauch an; Fälle von 1945 bis in die Gegenwart sollten aufgeklärt werden. „Der sexuelle Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige“, lautete der Titel. Gemeint war: mehr Glaubwürdigkeit, weniger Vertuschen. Als federführender Experte wurde der bekannte Hannoveraner Kriminologe Christian Pfeiffer präsentiert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:58 PM
Winona diocese responds to Supreme Court ruling
MINNESOTA
San Antonio Express-News

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Diocese of Winona says it’s pleased with the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that rejected a clergy abuse lawsuit by a man whose case rested on a repressed memory claim.

In a statement released Thursday, the diocese says it’s committed to ensuring the safety of children and young people at its parishes, schools and other programs.

James Keenan of Savage sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, alleging abuse in the 1980s by Thomas Adamson, a priest who is now defrocked. Keenan brought his claim outside the statute of limitations, but argued that it should be allowed because he repressed memories of the abuse. A district court rejected that claim, but the state Court of Appeals revived it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM
East Lancashire suspended priest takes up new role
UNITED KINGDOM
This is Lancashire

AN EAST Lancashire priest has resigned his post in charge of a church after his suspension came to a close.

The Rev Joe Fielder, the priest-in-charge at St John’s, Baxenden, was suspended by Blackburn Diocese in March after he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an 11-year-old-boy.

A church investigation was completed this month and a decision to take no action against the Rev Fielder was made. Police have also taken no action.

The diocese said it had now come to an agreement with Mr Fielder over his resignation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:50 PM
ELITES NOT SERIOUS ABOUT CHILD ABUSE
UNITED STATES
Catholic League

July 26, 2012

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on how the elites in two states are dealing with child abuse:

Yesterday, a bill was passed by voice vote in the Massachusetts House expanding the time period on civil claims of child sexual abuse. Today, an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer calls for Pennsylvania lawmakers to allow a two-year window for filing civil lawsuits in such cases. Neither effort is serious about combating this problem, and both endorse discriminatory legislation.

In Massachusetts, the bill that was passed would do absolutely nothing about child sexual abuse that occurs in the public schools; it applies exclusively to private institutions, such as the Catholic Church. Similarly, the editorial in the Inquirer says absolutely nothing about blanketing the public sector; unless a bill specifically targets the sovereign immunity status of the public schools, they remain exempt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM
Lawyer: Los Angeles abuse documents could see release by year’s end
LOS ANGELES (CA)
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 26, 2012
By Tom Roberts

Hundreds of plaintiffs involved in a historic sex abuse settlement more than five years ago with the Los Angeles archdiocese may be coming to the end of a long struggle to gain access to thousands of pages of documentation detailing the conduct of church officials in handling the scandal.

On July 18, a California Appeals Court denied the latest petition of the archdiocese to restrict access to priest personnel files sought by attorney Anthony De Marco as part of a current abuse lawsuit he has filed against the archdiocese.

The significance of the recent decision, however, goes beyond the case in question, De Marco said in a phone interview Tuesday. He said California Superior Court Judge Emilie H. Elias looked over the 25 files in question in the current case, some of which overlap those sought as part of a $660 million settlement in 2007. He said she told attorneys on both sides that she would use the request as a “test case” and that if the appeals court is satisfied with what she was agreeing to release, that the same criteria would be used for the rest of the documents being sought. She said if the archdiocese’s petition to keep the records sealed is denied, she would rapidly go through the rest of the documents in question.

Tod M. Tamberg, director of media relations for the Los Angeles archdiocese, disagrees with De Marco’s assessment. The denial of the church’s petition “does not affect release or publication of documents,” he said in an email response to questions from NCR. “The issue was only whether certain materials could be disclosed to the plaintiff’s lawyer in one specific case.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:49 AM
Abogado de padre O’Reilly …
CHILE
La Tercera

Abogado de padre O’Reilly y denuncia de abuso: “Informe psicológico no contiene el relato de la niña, sino de la madre”

El abogado del sacerdote Jhon O´Reilly, Luis Hermosilla, calificó como “pobre” el informe hecho por una psicóloga privada y que develaría los supuestos abusos a los que habría sido sometida una menor de seis años a manos del capellán del colegio Cumbres.

El hecho fue conocido públicamente ayer, mediante un comunicado del mismo colegio luego de la denuncia de los padres de la menor y después de que el mismo sacerdote solicitara una investigación.

“El informe (psicológico) es muy pobre, técnicamente muy débil, sin consistencia, lo que contiene no es el relato de la niña, contiene el relato de la madre de la niña, omitiendo antecedentes que son extraordinariamente importantes. Por ejemplo, esta niña es trilliza, es una mujer que tiene dos hermanitos.El desarrollo psicológico y emocional de un menor que es parte de trillizos es distinto de un hijo único. Normalmente tienen que competir los mismos por la misma madre y el mismo padre.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:43 AM
Fiscalía indaga denuncia de abusos contra sacerdote John O’Reilly
CHILE
La Tercera

por S. Labrín y P. Muñoz

Una denuncia por un presunto caso de abuso sexual contra una menor de cinco años indaga la Fiscalía Oriente, en contra del sacerdote legionario y asesor espiritual del Colegio Cumbres, John O’Reilly.

La denuncia fue confirmada a través de un comunicado por el recinto educacional de la Congregación Legionarios de Cristo. En el texto se señaló que “la información entregada verbalmente por la madre de nuestra estudiante hace referencia al padre John O’Reilly, quien ha manifestado al colegio su total inocencia y disposición a colaborar en la investigación”. El sacerdote, junto con el colegio, acordaron la suspensión de sus actividades mientras dure el proceso judicial. De hecho, su nombre y fotografía ya no figuran en el sitio web del colegio como miembro del equipo espiritual del nivel preescolar.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:40 AM
Trial Begins in Lawsuit Alleging Child Molestation by Parish Priest
UNITED STATES
Digital Journal

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 26, 2012

The media spotlight is often a double-edged sword. No one knows this better than Andrew Nicastro and other victims of alleged Child Molestation. And yet, gossip and rumor-mongering aside, the real story here is being overlooked according to Sean Burke of AttorneyOne.

According to court documents, a jury began on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 in a lawsuit filed on December 15th, 2010 by a Williamstown man, Andrew Nicastro, in Hampden County Superior Court (case no. HDCV2010-00037B) alleging he was molested as a child by his parish priest, former Rev. Alfred Graves. Nicastro claims he was sexually abused about twice a week for about three years when he was between 11 and 14 years old. Defendants are two former bishops, the Most Rev. Joseph F. Maguire and the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre, who Nicastro claims should be held accountable for his childhood abuse by the priest.

According to the National Alert Registry, statistics say that one out of every three to four girls has been sexually assaulted by the age of 18. One boy out of every six will be abused by the age of 18.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM
Long Beach priest pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges
LONG BEACH (CA)
Los Angeles Times

By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times

July 26, 2012
A Roman Catholic priest who worked at a Long Beach church pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he sexually groped a 14-year-old girl and two women in incidents that started two years ago.

Father Luis Jose Cuevas, 67, a pastor of St. Athanasius Church on Linden Avenue, faces eight misdemeanor charges of sexual assault and one felony count involving lewd acts with a child, according to a complaint filed by the L.A. County district attorney’s office. Superior Court Judge James Otto set his bail at $260,000.

The two adult women, both 20, initially reported the alleged incidents to the archdiocese and then filed a police report, said Sgt. Aaron Eaton, a spokesman for the Long Beach Police Department. Later, the teenager alleged repeated incidents during which Cuevas inappropriately touched “an intimate part” of her body for his own sexual arousal, the complaint contends. Cuevas was arrested Monday in San Jacinto.

All of the incidents allegedly occurred at the church, where Cuevas served and lived for seven years until his recent removal from duties. The felony and six of the lesser charges involve the teenager, who was 14 during the first alleged incident in July 2010, according to the complaint. The two women said he fondled them in February 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 AM
Inquiry bungles church abuse complaint
AUSTRALIA
The Age

July 27, 2012

Barney Zwartz

A VICTIM of sexual abuse – by a Catholic priest – who wrote to a government inquiry into clergy sexual abuse was referred to a Catholic agency, less than a week after the committee’s chief executive assured The Age such a conflict could not happen.

Peter Blenkiron, of Ballarat, was appalled when he was referred to Centacare, a Catholic agency he found ”terrible” when he first reported his abuse several years ago.

He wrote on July 10 to the parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisations seeking a simpler method for victims to be heard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM
UPDATED: Jury selection begins in civil trial of bishops
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
iobserve

By Father Bill Pomerleau

SPRINGFIELD – Jury selection began July 23 for a trial that may – or may not – give the public new insights into how the Diocese of Springfield handled cases of clergy sexual misconduct in the 1970s and 1980s.

After questioning nearly 100 potential jurors for more than two hours, Hampden Superior Court Judge Constance Sweeney had seated only 10 men and women for what is expected to be a two-week trial.

Andrew Nicastro, a Williamstown resident who operates Isabella’s Restaurant in North Adams, is suing Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire and former Springfield Bishop Thomas L. Dupré in a civil case alleging that they failed to protect him from former priest Alfred Graves.

Graves, who actively served as a diocesan priest from 1967 to 1992, was taken out of ministry and forbidden to present himself as a priest by the late Bishop John A. Marshall, apparently after new allegations of misconduct came to the attention of the diocese. The diocese later confirmed that allegations that then-Father Graves had sexually abused boys were credible.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM
Victim recalls childhood abuse at civil trial of bishops
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
iobserve

By Father Bill Pomerleau

SPRINGFIELD – Testimony in the civil trial of Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire and former Springfield Bishop Thomas L. Dupré began July 24 with dramatic testimony from abuse victim Andrew Nicastro.

Fighting back tears at several points in during his 45 minutes on the witness stand, Nicastro recounted how he had been a happy child, in an intact nuclear family, growing up in Williamstown before a new priest, then-Father Alfred C. Graves, arrived at St. Patrick Parish in 1981. But by early 1982, his pastor had begun to sexually abuse him in the parish church and rectory.

“It was done with laughter. I felt chosen,” Nicastro said in a quiet voice after recounting in graphic detail how Graves had improper sexual contact with him behind St. Patrick’s sanctuary after funeral or wedding liturgies, and in the rectory where he was invited in during his daily newspaper delivery,

Nicastro said the abuse continued until shortly after Graves became the pastor of the former St. Matthew Parish in Indian Orchard in October, 1985. The priest invited him to an overnight stay in his new rectory, where he smoked cigarettes and relaxed with the man he then considered a special friend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM
Victim says key meeting with former pastor never happened
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
iobserve

By Father Bill Pomerleau

SPRINGFIELD – In the second day of emotional testimony in a civil trial against Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire and former Springfield Bishop Thomas L. Dupré, the plaintiff, Andrew Nicastro, denied that he ever spoke to a former pastor of Sts. Patrick and Raphael Parish in Williamstown about his childhood sexual abuse by Alfred C. Graves a former diocesan priest who was laicized in 2006.

What the plaintiff’s attorneys called “the alleged meeting” could be a crucial element in the outcome of the trial, which is determining if the two former diocesan bishops were negligent in returning then-Father Graves to ministry after they knew he had a history of abuse.

Father William F. Cyr, who was pastor of the Williamstown parish from 1989 to 2002, testified early in the day, before Nicastro was called to the stand. He said that sometime between 2000 and 2002, he received a phone call from Nicastro requesting a meeting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM
Vatileaks: Pope’s former butler says he is disliked by many because not a supporter of the system
This was what Paolo Gabriele kept repeating to friends before his arrest. Now he hopes the Pope will forgive him. Could he become an usher?

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

“I am disliked by many because I am not aligned with the system.” It is a phrase which reveals all the deep anguish that has been shaking Paolo Gabriele, the Pope’s former butler, who is currently under house arrest after spending two months in a Vatican prison cell, charged with aggravated theft of confidential documents. He is now awaiting a predicted committal for trial. The butler kept on repeating the phrase to friends and acquaintances in the Vatican before getting mixed up in one of the most controversial scandals that have shaken the Holy See in recent years.

There is still one fundamental question surrounding the scandal involving the so-called poison pen letter writers – who got hold of some confidential documents belonging to the Pope and had them published in Italian newspapers and a book: why did the person/people responsible do this and why? If Gabriele, who is still the only individual under investigation who is facing trial, spoke of a “system” he was not in line with, perhaps in his mind, over time, he developed a need to act if not fight against these alleged forces of power working around or even against the Pope, out of “love” and in order to “help” Benedict XVI. This is how he described his actions to his lawyers Carlo Fusco and Cristiana Arru.

According to the two lawyers, Gabriele acted the way he did because he was influenced by a set of “inner ideals” which led him to follow a plan which was “certainly questionable” but was meant for the “good of the Church.” Gabriele sent a distressed letter to the Pope explaining these reasons and thinking. The letter reinforced the former butler’s hope that Benedict XVI would forgive him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM
Ex-teacher accused of soliciting sex from teen
FLORIDA
WDBO

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

A newly released video of a former Orange County teacher shows him being grilled by detectives after he was arrested in a sex sting.

Brian Shriner, who was also an Episcopalian priest, was arrested last month after being accused of traveling to have sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Shriner told detectives he wanted to meet the girl because he was writing a book, according to officials.

He apparently had aspirations to be an author, so Shriner told detectives he needed to speak to a 14-year-old girl, and he went online to find one, according to investigators.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM
Breach of duty: A pedophile priest’s enabler gets prison time
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

July 26, 2012

Editorial

Few things are worse than a watchman who doesn’t watch. That’s why Monsignor William J. Lynn of Philadelphia was sentenced Tuesday to 3 to 6 years in prison.

He failed to watch over the safety of the children of his Catholic archdiocese for the dozen years he was secretary for clergy to Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua. It was Lynn’s job to make parish assignments and to investigate sex abuse claims against priests.

Last month, Lynn, 61, was found guilty of turning a blind eye to the predations of Edward Avery, a former parish priest who pleaded guilty to charges of sexually assaulting an altar boy in 1999. Lynn was told by a medical student in 1992 that Avery had molested him in the 1970s.

Lynn removed Avery from his parish and ordered him hospitalized for evaluation. But instead of then turning Avery over to Philadelphia police, Lynn let him to return to ministry in a limited capacity. Avery was reassigned to a parish that knew nothing of his history and no report was made to civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM
Why the Summer of 2012 Will Go Down in History as the Breakthrough Summer for Child-Sex-Abuse Victims
UNITED STATES
Verdict

Marci A. Hamilton

If you have even glanced at a headline, television screen, or the Internet this summer, you cannot have missed the multitude of stories about child sex abuse and the justice system. The fight against such abuse has taken a laudable turn, for the benefit of victims. And all of these developments have occurred in one state: Pennsylvania. By dint of geography, it has been impossible to avoid comparisons between the institutional cover-ups of abuse at Pennsylvania State University, and in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. To put it mildly, neither institution emerges smelling like a rose.

There is so much that is happening, on so many fronts, it is as though a tsunami of justice has been released. We have been drowning in stories, data, coverage, and new revelations. Indeed, there is so much breaking news about the child-sex-abuse scandals that some reporters have been driven to specialize in either one institutional cover-up or the other.

The trial of the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s Monsignor Lynn ended in a verdict of child endangerment against him, and a sentence of 3-6 years. The trial of former defensive Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky resulted in guilty verdicts against him on 45 out of 48 charges, with sentencing still to be scheduled; and former FBI Director Louis Freeh recently released his scathing report on how child sex abuse by Sandusky was covered up by Penn State from 1998 to the present. The Freeh Report, in turn, formed the foundation for the NCAA to issue history-making sanctions against the Penn State football program.

And it is not over. Trials await against the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s lay teacher Bernard Shero and Fr. Charles Englehardt, as well as against Penn State’s former Vice President Gary Schultz and Athletic Director Tim Curley. Meanwhile, grand juries are likely busy in both central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. There is reasonable certainty that former Penn State President Graham Spanier will face criminal charges, and that Sandusky will face more charges. And it is possible that past officials of the Philadelphia Archdiocese may face additional charges as well.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM
Catholic Mutual Off Hook For $100M Sex Abuse Judgment
UNITED STATES
Law360

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Law360, New York (July 25, 2012, 12:46 PM ET) — The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday said The Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America had no duty to defend or indemnify a defrocked priest and convicted pedophile for a $100 million judgment obtained by one of his victims.

A three-judge appeals panel found that a South Carolina federal court was correct when it decided former priest Wayland Yoder Brown’s sexual abuse of Allan Carl Ranta was not conduct covered under a Catholic Mutual policy.

“According to Ranta, Brown knew or should have known he was a danger to children, yet failed to protect Ranta from him, thereby breaching his fiduciary duties as a priest,” the panel said. “Therefore, Ranta contends, Brown’s conduct constitutes negligence, which triggers coverage under Catholic Mutual’s insurance policy.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM
Roeland Park man’s name surfaces in Florida child porn case
MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By TONY RIZZO
The Kansas City Star

A Roeland Park man facing child pornography charges chatted online with a Florida man about killing and eating children, according to court records filed in the Floridian’s criminal case.

Michael D. Arnett, 38, and the Floridian had “extremely graphic discussions regarding kidnapping, sexually abusing, murdering and eating of children,” according to the court papers recently filed in federal court in Florida.

Prosecutors charged the Florida man, Ronald William Brown, 57, on July 20 in federal court in Tampa with conspiracy to commit kidnapping and possession of child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM
Puppeteer case gives rise to question: Were these gruesome fantasies or real intentions?
FLORIDA
Tampa Bay Times

By John Woodrow Cox and Peter Jamison, Times Staff Writers

LARGO — The instant message arrived at 9:42 that night in mid-August last year.

“Any luck with your boy?” it said.

Professional puppeteer Ronald William Brown, according to a federal criminal complaint, had been chatting online for months with the man from Kansas who had just asked him that question.

“No,” Brown replied, “I still want to eat him, though.”

He and the boy, authorities say, attended church together in Largo. The complaint indicates Brown had fantasized about kidnapping and killing the boy. The man from Kansas, Michael Arnett, told Brown he had murdered children before, according to the complaint, so Brown asked for advice.

Brown: “Would you just knock him out?”

Arnett: “It would be the best way, for a boy his age and size yes.”

Brown: “With something? Your fist? Or what?”

Arnett: “A good whack to the back of the head, preferably with something like a blackjack.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM
New accusation surfaces in Philadelphia church sex abuse scandal
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Chicago Tribune

Dave Warner
Reuters

8:21 p.m. CDT, July 25, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania man sued the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Wednesday for alleged sexual abuse by a priest, marking the 10th civil suit filed against the church since a 2011 grand jury report detailed sexual abuse by clergy in the area.

The suit names Rev. John R. Liggio, the archdiocese and the Order of St. Augustine, which it claimed provides teachers to the school. It alleges a priest at suburban Malvern Preparatory School sexually abused a youth in 1997 and 1998. The student was under the age of 16 at the time of the alleged abuse.

The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

“He did so by using physical, intellectual, moral, emotional and psychological force,” according to the lawsuit filed in Philadelphia’s Common Pleas Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM
Transportation company employee accused of sexual abuse
LOUISVILLE (KY)
WHAS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — A Louisville man arrested Tuesday is facing charges after being accused of sexually abusing another man after transporting him from a community center.

Police said Ronnelle Southerling was working as a driver for a transportation company that shuttled residents to and from the Agape Community Center when he took the victim from the center to an apartment at 2nd and College streets. Once at the apartment, Southerling allegedly gave the man alcohol and later tried to grope him.

Bishop Dennis Lyons of the Gospel Missionary Church said Southerling attended and worked there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM
Claims abuse inquiry victims sent to Church-run support agency
AUSTRALIA
ABC – AM

[with audio]

Liz Hobday reported this story on Thursday, July 26, 2012

TONY EASTLEY: Victoria’s inquiry into abuse by religious and other non-government organisations has offered support to abuse victims wanting to participate in the inquiry.

However there are now claims that some of the agencies offering support to victims in country Victoria are run by the Catholic Church – which is itself facing serious allegations involving hundreds of abuse cases.

Liz Hobday has this report.

LIZ HOBDAY: Ballarat man Peter Blenkiron was abused by a Christian Brother when he was 11 years old.

He wanted support to prepare a submission to the parliamentary inquiry and called the recommended victims of crime helpline.

He says he was referred to an organisation called Centacare, run by the Catholic Archdiocese of Ballarat.

PETER BLENKIRON: We are talking about broken trust again. The Catholic Church are the people that are responsible worldwide for what’s going on, they’re responsible for what happened to me as an 11 year old. It’s beyond belief the things that happen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM
House bill would extend deadline for filing child sex abuse claims
BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

By Stephanie Ebbert
| Globe Staff
July 26, 2012

The House passed a bill Wednesday to extend the statute of limitations for child victims of sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits, angering advocates who had hoped that such time limits would be eliminated.

The measure would limit to 27 years the deadline to claim to have been sexually abused as a child, effectively, expanding a victim’s potential to file claims until he or she is 43 years old.

That is a scaled-back version of the original bill, which would have eliminated the time limit on civil claims of childhood sexual abuse.

Though the measure would only affect future abuse cases, it would also offer victims who have been previously shut out by statutes of limitations one year in which to file retroactive claims. However, the bill would prevent a business or entity from being blamed for such abuse, unless gross negligence can be proven.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM
Chilean school priest suspended amid sex abuse claim
CHILE
Santiago Times

Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Written by Tom Murphy

Latest allegation comes after recent series of high-profile abuse scandals.

A Catholic school in Santiago suspended a priest from its faculty Tuesday after claims he sexually abused a student surfaced. Father John O’Reilly, who worked at the Colegio Cumbres in the east of the capital, expressed his total innocence and willingness to fully cooperate with the investigation.

The Catholic Church in Chile has been rocked by a number of allegations of sexual abuse. Photo by Kurotashio/Wikimedia Commons.

“I’ve always had the utmost respect for students and their families, and I am convinced that after the investigation it will be made clear that this is an unfortunate mistake and that my actions have been correct,” O’Reilly said in a statement released Wednesday.

The allegation against O’Reilly comes after a series of high-profile scandals and reports of sexual abuse against minors in the country. Chilean authorities are now investigating 61 schools in the capital amid increasing reports of sex abuse in 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM
Clergyman faces allegations he sexually abused child in parish
PENNSYLVANIA
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

July 26, 2012

By CHERYL R. CLARKE – [email protected] , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

MANSFIELD – The Blossburg priest who was suspended from his duties last fall for allegedly sexually assaulting an altar boy was held over for county court Wednesday by District Judge James Carlson.

Thomas P. Shoback, 60, of Wilkes-Barre, will face all charges against him, including three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, two counts of indecent assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of children, one of corruption of minors and two counts of indecent assault at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 20 before President Judge Robert E. Dalton Jr. in the Tioga County Court of Common Pleas.

The charges are in connection with the alleged multiple sexual assaults between Feb. 20, 1991, and Feb. 20, 1997, against the victim, now 32, who was an altar boy at St. Mary’s Parish Rectory.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM
Priest’s sentence is appropriate
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

Inquirer Editorial

For the first U.S. church official convicted of covering up sex abuse by priests, the appropriate wages of sin include jail.

Beyond punishing Philadelphia Roman Catholic Msgr. William J. Lynn for failing to shield an altar boy from a priest known to have molested another youth, the certainty that he will spend three years in prison — and as many as six — sends a powerful message to anyone who enables abuse.

Lynn, 61, who served as secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, was convicted last month of child endangerment.

The 12-week trial that led to Lynn’s conviction also linked the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua to the archdiocese’s policy of moving suspected predator priests to other parishes, rather than alerting civil authorities. As Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said, “The cover-up went all the way to the top.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM
Sentence for priest sends a message
PHILADELPHIA (Pa)
Courier Post

WHERE WE STAND: Clerics who hid pedophiles, allowing abuses to continue, should go to prison.

Msgr. William Lynn did not rape a child. He did not molest a child.

But, he will go to prison for at least three years because those awful things happened to children. And it is justice — long, long overdue justice — that sends an important message across the United States and, hopefully, around the world.

A few Catholic priests who for years molested and assaulted children have been sent to prison in this country. They are, unfortunately, only a handful among the guilty, most of whom will never face deserved time behind bars because they’ve died or statutes of limitation have run out or because there isn’t enough evidence left to ensure a conviction.

Lynn, though, is the first Catholic official convicted in the United States solely for the crime of covering up sex abuse claims. The former secretary of clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was found guilty last month by a jury in Philadelphia of felony child endangerment. Lynn learned in 1992 that now-defrocked priest Edward Avery abused a boy years earlier. Lynn sent Avery for treatment at a church-run facility that diagnosed him with an alcohol problem, not a sexual disorder. Avery was subsequently returned to the ministry in Philadelphia and sexually assaulted an altar boy in 1999. Avery is serving a 2½- to five-year sentence for that crime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM
Irish missionary faces allegations of child abuse in Chile
CHILE
Press TV (Iran)

An Irish Catholic missionary priest working as a school chaplain in the Chilean capital of Santiago is being investigated for alleged sexual abuse of a child.

Chilean authorities on Wednesday said that the missionary priest, John O’Reilly, is under investigation. O’Reilly, who works as a chaplain and spiritual advisor at the Colegio Cumbres School in the classy Las Condes district was suspended after a student’s family reported abuse.

“The information provided verbally by the mother of our student refers to Father John O’Reilly LC, who told the college that he is totally innocent and willing to cooperate in the investigation. The priest and Colegio Cumbres agreed to the suspension of all Father O’Reilly internal activities in order to fully clarify the facts,” the Colegio Cumbres school’s statement said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM
July 25, 2012
Priest, accused of meeting girl for sex, says he did it for research
FLORIDA
Fox 51

[with video]

By Tiffany Teasley, Reporter

The State Attorney’s Office released video of investigators interviewing Brian Shriner, 46, a former Geneva School teacher and Episcopal priest at New Covenant Anglican Church in Winter Springs, shortly after his arrest.

Shriner was arrested in June, after he was accused of chatting with a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl online, investigators say he then traveled to Winter Springs to meet the minor for sex, instead he was met by deputies.

“I can guarantee nothing like this will ever happen with me again,” said Shriner during the interview. “I was just planning on sitting and talking to her, I know this sounds crazy,” he said.

During the interview Shriner gives investigators an explanation for what happened, telling them he’s writing a novel, and he was meeting the girl for research.

“This is one aspect of the book,” Shriner said. “This guy goes through a mid-life crisis where he works for California Soft — there’s a level of lust and there’s several stories that develop on the level of lust, and I wanted to look at one of them to deal with this,” Shriner said in the video.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 PM
Caso Colegio Cumbres…
CHILE
La Segunda

Caso Colegio Cumbres: Abogado de la familia de la víctima dijo que se trataría de “tocamientos libidinosos”

Pasado el mediodía, el abogado Mario Schilling -que representa a los padres de la niña de 6 años que denunció abusos por parte del sacerdote de los Legionarios de Cristo y asesor espiritual del Colegio Cumbres, John O’Reilly- presentó una querella en el Cuarto Juzgado de Garantía de Santiago, consigna Soychile.cl .

Schilling explicó que la acción criminal es para que se investigue “las responsabilidades, no sólo del autor de estos delitos, sino también si existen coautores, cómplices o encubridores”. Aseguró que los delitos habrían ocurrido entre 2010 y el presente años, y se trataría de “tocamientos libidinosos”

Según comentó el abogado de la familia denunciante, dulces y hostias no consagradas, le habría regalado el sacerdote John O´Reilly a la supuesta víctima.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 PM
Colegio Cumbres suspende a John O’Reilly por denuncia de abuso
CHILE
Emol

SANTIAGO.- El sacerdote legionario John O’Reilly, capellán y asesor espiritual del Colegio Cumbres, fue suspendido de todas sus actividades en el establecimiento educacional luego que se conociera una denuncia por abuso sexual en su contra.

La información fue dada a conocer por la dirección del colegio del sector oriente de Santiago en una carta dirigida a la comunidad escolar.

La supuesta víctima corresponde a una menor de edad, estudiante del colegio, quien con la autorización de sus padres fue sometida a una evaluación profesional externa a cargo de una psicóloga. Dicho informe y los antecedentes recopilados por un equipo interdisciplinario quedaron a disposición de la Fiscalía Oriente.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 PM
Irish priest probed in Chile over child sex abuse
CHILE
The Star

SANTIAGO: An Irish Catholic priest working as a school chaplain in Chile is being investigated for alleged sexual abuse of a minor, authorities said Wednesday.

John O’Reilly, a member of the Legionnaires of Christ who works as a chaplain at the Colegio Cumbres school in the posh Las Condes district of Santiago, was suspended after a student’s family reported abuse.

Investigating prosecutor Ignacio Pinto is leading the investigation, a prosecutor’s office source said.

O’Reilly insisted in a statement that it was all a “regrettable mistake,” arguing that his behavior was above board.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 PM
Archbishop calls for fresh inquiry into laundries
IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Juno McEnroe

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin called for fresh inquiries into care in the Magdalene laundries, mother-and-baby homes, and other institutions, to examine where the Church, serving the most deprived, went wrong.

The Archbishop of Dublin said the Church also needed to find a new language, but not be excluded from general society.

Dr Martin said priests needed support after the wave of abuse scandals that have engulfed the Church.

Some “research-based investigation”, less adversarial than a full-blown inquiry, could bring the truth to light and serve victims of abuse, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 PM
The church in the dock
IRELAND
The Irish Times

THE THREE-TO-SIX-YEAR jail term imposed in Philadelphia on Monsignor William Lynn for covering up child abuse marks an important first and a watershed moment for the Catholic Church, not only in the US but internationally. A court’s willingness for the first time to punish not only priestly abusers, but those who sheltered them, will reverberate through the church, and not least in Ireland where gardaí are still involved in investigating possible charges arising from the Murphy and Ryan reports. The sentence also comes only days after another landmark ruling in the UK courts which has extended church liability for the actions of priests and which is likely also to have important implications for other voluntary organisations.

The prosecution of Lynn, found guilty in June of child endangerment after a trial which exposed efforts over decades by his Philadelphia archdiocese to play down accusations of child sexual abuse and avoid scandal, echoes that of Bishop Pierre Pican of Bayeux-Lisieux in 2010. He received only a suspended three-month term, but, notoriously, was privately praised by the Vatican, for not handing over an abuser-priest to the police.

Lynn, who served as secretary for 800 clergy to the 1.5 million-strong archdiocese from 1992 to 2004, recommending priest assignments and investigating abuse complaints, will appeal. The archdiocese responded to what it complained was an “over-harsh” sentence with assurances that its procedures for protecting children had improved significantly in the decade since the offences occurred.

Meanwhile the court of appeal in London a fortnight ago upheld a lower court’s ruling that the church can be held liable for the actions of priests. The Portsmouth diocese had appealed a decision that found a priest had a relationship akin to an employee relationship to his bishop, and that the diocese was therefore “vicariously liable” for his actions. In his conclusions, Lord Justice Ward ruled that the priest in question, the late Father Wilfred Baldwin who allegedly abused a girl in a Hampshire children’s home, “may not quite match every facet of being an employee but in my judgment he is very close to it indeed.” He acknowledged the judgment significantly “widened the scope of vicarious liability”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 PM
Jailed puppeteer known as the “cotton candy man” and “snow cone man” to local kids
FLORIDA
Bay News 9

By Erin Maloney, Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

LARGO —
The pastor at Gulf Coast Church in Largo said families are reeling after learning about church member and volunteer Ron Brown.

He was arrested and charged with conspiring to kidnap a child, and possession of child pornography.

Dozens of parents trusted Brown to bring their children to church every Wednesday. Anthony Cummings said he would even feed the boys pizza before heading to church.

Anthony’s mother Lexis said it was innocent enough until she learned about his arrest. Authorities say Brown chatted online with one man about his fantasy to strangle and eat a child’s body.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 PM
Compassion and justice
AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

26 Jul, 2012

WHEN Pope Benedict XVI came to Australia in 2008 his apology to victims of priestly abuse within the Catholic church didn’t leave room for interpretation.

The misdeeds of errant priests, he said, constituted ‘‘a grave betrayal of trust’’ and deserved ‘‘unequivocal condemnation’’.

‘‘Victims should receive compassion and care, and those responsible for these evils must be brought to justice,’’ the Pope declared.

Almost five years later, progress towards those goals is hard to measure.

While the church has, at various levels of its hierarchy, taken several steps to compensate and counsel victims, the human damage seems to be proving difficult to adequately address.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 PM
Court rejects abuse case based on repressed memory
MINNESOTA
LaCrosse Tribune

By DOUG GLASS

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out a clergy abuse lawsuit by a man whose case rested on a repressed memory claim, siding with a lower court’s ruling that repressed memory is an unproven theory.

James Keenan sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, claiming that as a teenager he was sexually abused four times in 1980 or 1981 by Thomas Adamson, a priest who has since been defrocked.

Keenan brought his claim in 2006, well outside the state’s six-year statute of limitations, but argued that it should be allowed because he repressed memories of the abuse. A district court rejected that claim, but the state Court of Appeals revived it last year.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with the district court, which found that studies claiming to have proven the existence of repressed memory “lacked foundational reliability.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 PM
Case Against Former Priest Moved to Different Court
PENNSYLVANIA
WETM

Reported by: Stacey Minchin
Email: [email protected]

Blossburg, PA – A former Tioga County Priest charged with 32 crimes related to the sexual abuse of a child, had his case moved to the court of common pleas.

66 year old Thomas Shoback of Wilkes-Barre is charged with several crimes including deviate sexual intercourse.

State police say the alleged crimes happened between 1991 and 1997 while Shoback was a priest at St. Mary’s Parish in Blossburg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 PM
Celstraf voor Amerikaanse bisschop die pedofiele priesters beschermde
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
hbvl (Belgie)

De Amerikaanse bisschop William Lynn is dinsdag veroordeeld tot een gevangenisstraf van 3 tot 6 jaar. Hij is de belangrijkste vertegenwoordiger van de Amerikaanse katholieke kerk die schuldig bevonden is aan het verhullen van seksueel misbruik door priesters. Rechter Teresa Sarmina zei hem bij de strafuitspraak dat hij heel goed wist wat goed was, maar dat hij toch fout koos.

Na een proces dat tien weken duurde ,werd Lynn eind juni schuldig bevonden aan het in gevaar brengen van kinderen. Hij werd er als voormalig verantwoordelijke voor het personeel in het aartsbisdom Philadelphia van beschuldigd, gevallen van seksueel misbruik verborgen te hebben, en niets gedaan te hebben om minstens twee priesters te verwijderen van posten waar ze vaak in contact kwamen met minderjarigen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 PM
Statement of Jeff Anderson…
MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

Statement of Jeff Anderson re: Minnesota Supreme Court decision – John Doe 76C v. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Diocese of Winona

“We are deeply disappointed and shocked by the decision of the Minnesota Supreme Court to deny access to justice for this victim of childhood sexual abuse who repressed the memory of his abuse because it was so traumatic. In its decision the court determined that science concerning repression of memory is unsettled enough that it can’t be used in the court and thus denies Jim Keenan access to a trial–for this we are deeply saddened.

WE ARE SCARED FOR THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN because the dismissal of this case results in us not being able to release, or require the release of, a secret list of offenders kept by defendants–some of whom are still in the community.

Until those names are revealed, it is our view that the cover-up continues and children and the community remain at risk. There are 33 names that were reported to have been credibly accused by the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and 13 in the Diocese of Winona, that’s 46 credibly accused offenders as of 2004 and how many more on this list remain secret and remain unknown.

Because of this decision today, those secrets remain and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona are allowed to put their reputation above the health, safety and well-being of the children in our communities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM
Andrew Nicastro testifies that sexual abuse by former priest Alfred Graves made him angry, emotionally distant
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
The Republican

By Buffy Spencer, The Republican

SPRINGFIELD – Andrew Nicastro said it wasn’t until 2008 that he realized continuing sexual assaults by former priest Alfred Graves more than two decades before in Williamstown had led him to become a person ruled by angry outbursts and unable to connect emotionally even with his own family.

He said The Rev. Mark Burke, a priest who became a friend of his, in 2008 helped him to see the role the sexual abuse had played in making him who he was.

“I felt like, ‘I get it,’” Nicastro said.

Nicastro was on the witness stand Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court in his civil suit against two former bishops.

He contends they should be held accountable for his several years of childhood abuse by the Rev. Andrew Graves because they were in supervisory positions in the Roman Catholic Diocese and knew Graves had assaulted two other boys before Nicastro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM
Bishop Explains Vatican’s Criticism Of U.S. Nuns
UNITED STATES
NPR

[with audio]

July 25, 2012

Four years ago, a Vatican group called “The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith” began an assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a member organization founded in 1956 that represents 80 percent of Catholic nuns in the United States. The assessment was designed to take a careful look at whether the nuns were acting in accordance with the teachings of the church.

In the assessment, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the leadership conference is undermining Roman Catholic teachings on homosexuality and birth control and promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” It also reprimanded the nuns for hosting speakers who “often contradict or ignore” church teachings and for making public statements that “disagree with or challenge the bishops, who are the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.”

Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo, Ohio, is the bishop who assessed the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Along with Archbishop Peter Sartain and Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, he will be working with the nuns of the LCRW to make sure the group is aligned with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The bishops and the nuns’ group leaders were also told to develop material “that provides a deepened understanding of the church’s doctrine of the faith.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM
Court rejects abuse case based on repressed memory
MINNESOTA
San Francisco Chronicle

DOUG GLASS, Associated Press

Updated 12:33 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out a clergy abuse lawsuit by a man whose case rested on a repressed memory claim, siding with a lower court’s ruling that repressed memory is an unproven theory.

James Keenan sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, claiming that as a teenager he was sexually abused four times in 1980 or 1981 by Thomas Adamson, a priest who has since been defrocked.

Keenan brought his claim in 2006, well outside the state’s six-year statute of limitations, but argued that it should be allowed because he repressed memories of the abuse. A district court rejected that claim, but the state Court of Appeals revived it last year.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with the district court, which found that studies claiming to have proven the existence of repressed memory “lacked foundational reliability.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM
Williamstown Man Claims Clergy Sex Abuse
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WGGB

[with video]

By Ray Hershel
July 25th, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Testimony continued Wednesday in the case of a Williamstown man who says he was abused by a Catholic priest some 30 years ago.

Andrew Nicastro has filed a civil suit against Bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire saying they should be held accountable because they were in supervisory positions in the diocese.

At times Nicastro wiped away the tears as he answered questions about how alleged sex abuse by former priest Alfred Graves has impacted his life.

Nicastro says the now defrocked priest sexually abused him for three years when he was between 11 and 14 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM
Long Beach Priest to Face Nine Counts of Sexual Assault
LONG BEACH (CA)
NBC Los Angeles

By Caroline Tan

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012

A Long Beach parish priest is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon to face sexual assault charges based on allegations made by three female victims.

Luis Jose Cuevas, 67, a priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, faces eight misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and one felony count involving lewd acts with a child, officials from the Long Beach Police Department said in a press release.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed formal charges against Cuevas after police officials filed his case on July 19. Cuevas, who was arrested Monday, has been relieved of his duties as pastor, an Archdiocese spokeswoman said.

He was arrested after three female victims — two adults and one minor — approached police and accused the former priest of sexual battery and inappropriate touching.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM
MN – Victims blast supreme court ruling on secrecy
MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on July 25, 2012

Our hearts ache for Jim Keenan. He fought a six-year-long heroic battle to expose predators warn parents, and protect kids. But somehow, the privacy of wrongdoer seems to trump the safety of children.

The real losers here are the employers, families and youngsters of Minnesota. They will apparently never be able to learn the names of roughly 46 accused child molesting Catholic clerics, some of whom are credibly accused or have likely even admitted their crimes.

And the real winners here are corrupt Catholic officials who have protect and are still protecting child molesters and their complicit colleagues instead of protecting vulnerable boys and girls.

Dr. Martin Luther King once said “The arc of history is long but it bends toward justice.” He’s right of course. But at times, there’s a terrible step backwards. This is one of those times.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM
State Supreme Court tosses lawsuit against Archdiocese
MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
Updated: July 25, 2012

The ruling means a list of 46 priests accused of child abuse will remain under seal.

A man who alleges he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the 1980s but didn’t remember until two decades later, may not present expert evidence about repressed memories, the Minnesota Supreme Court ordered Wednesday.

The 4-2 ruling throws out the long-battled case and means a list of 46 priests accused of abusing children will remain under seal.

The decision reverses a Court of Appeals ruling and dismisses a lawsuit brought six years ago by Jim Keenan, 45, against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, alleging that the church allowed the abuse to occur and then covered it up. Although the ruling is narrow, its effect is wide, said Keenan’s attorney, Jeff Anderson.

“I’ve always been outraged by the Archdiocese’s decision to hide behind the statute of limitations, but in this case and the position they’ve taken on cases like it, they can use technicalities to avoid accountability,” he said. “As long as they do, they can be destined to repeat the same mistakes.”

Archdiocese spokesman Dennis McGrath was not immediately available for comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM
Long Beach priest accused of sexually assaulting girl, 2 women
LONG BEACH (CA)
Los Angeles Times

A Roman Catholic priest who worked at a Long Beach church was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges he sexually groped a 14-year-old girl and two women in incidents that started two years ago.

Father Luis Jose Cuevas, 67, of St. Athanasius Church on Linden Avenue was to face eight misdemeanor charges of sexual assault and one felony count involving lewd acts with a child, according to a complaint filed by the L.A. County district attorney’s office.

He was arrested Monday in San Jacinto and was being held on $1-million bail pending his arraignment in a Long Beach court, said Long Beach Police Department spokesman Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

The two adult women, both 20, initially reported the alleged incidents to the archdiocese and then filed a police report, Eaton said. During the investigation, the teenager came forward and alleged repeated incidents during which Cuevas inappropriately touched “an intimate part” of her body for his own sexual arousal, the complaint contends.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM
Scarred for life: victim of paedophile priest goes missing and wife fears the worst
AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

[with poll]

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY

26 Jul, 2012

ON Saturday night Tracey Pirona hugged her husband as she has done many times before, and reassured him: ‘‘We’ll get through this.’’

On Sunday morning she found the letter she had feared for years, and rang police.

John Pirona, 45, of Belmont North, a victim of one of the Hunter’s most notorious paedophile priests, has not been seen or heard from since then.

‘‘The longer this goes on the worse I feel about what the outcome’s going to be,’’ Mrs Pirona said.

Mr Pirona’s letter, with the final words ‘‘Too much pain’’, leaves no doubt the pain is the sexual abuse he suffered at a Catholic high school and the ugly secrets the church knew, but did nothing to stop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM
Priest accused of sex abuse in court today
LONG BEACH (CA)
Contra Costa Times

Staff and wire reportspresstelegram.com
Posted: 07/25/2012

LONG BEACH — A man who served as a parish priest at a Catholic church in Long Beach is scheduled to be arraigned today on nine sex-related counts.

The Rev. Luis Jose Cuevas, 67, is charged with one felony count of lewd act on a child and eight misdemeanor counts of sexual battery involving a 17- year-old girl and two women. The crimes allegedly occurred between July 2010 and February of this year.

Cuevas was a parish priest at St. Athanasius Catholic Church for seven years and lived on the Linden Avenue church grounds at the time, according to police. He was charged last week and arrested at a residence in San Jacinto Monday by Long Beach police with the assistance of U.S. marshals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:02 PM
Father Jose Luis Cuevas, Long Beach Priest, Charged With Sexual Battery on Church Grounds
LONG BEACH (CA)
LA Weekly

By Simone Wilson
Wed., Jul. 25 2012

The latest sex scandal and PR nightmare for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles comes by way of northern Long Beach, near Compton:

Father Jose Luis Cuevas, 67, the longtime head priest at St. Athanasius Church, is being charged with “nine counts of sexual assault” for years of allegedly molesting female congregants, including a 17-year-old girl, say Long Beach police.

His arrest and removal from the ministry have been quite dramatic:

Archdiocese officials informed attendees of the church’s weekend services that their trusted leader would be removed “from all ministry and he will be living privately pending the outcome of these matters,” according to City News Service.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:59 PM
A good week for children and justice
PENNSYLVANIA
Canton Repository

Editorial

The issue: Child sexual abuse cover-ups

Our view: Sentencing of church official, sanctions on Penn State send strong message

Have Americans and some of their institutions decided once and for all that protecting sexual predators at the expense of children is intolerable? Hope that this is the case comes in two developments separated by one day and a scant 200 miles.

Tuesday in a Philadelphia courtroom, a Roman Catholic official was sentenced to three to six years in prison after being convicted of child endangerment. The case against Monsignor William J. Lynn revealed a decades-long pattern in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of protecting predatory priests at the expense of their victims and parishioners.

“You knew full well what was right, Monsignor,” the judge said while sentencing Lynn, “but you chose wrong.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM
Prosecutors release video in child-sex case against Christian school teacher
FLORIDA
Orlando Sentinel

By Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel

1:01 p.m. EST, July 25, 2012

Prosecutors released more evidence Wednesday in the case against a local school teacher — who is also an Episcopalian priest — who is accused of traveling to meet a child for sex.

Brian Gerald Shriner, a 46-year-old father of two who worked at The Geneva School, was arrested in June following an undercover operation.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Officehas reported Shriner initiated an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a child.

Shriner and the detective communicated via email for about one month and agreed to meet to have sex June 15, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:24 PM
Monsignor William Lynn sentenced to jail term for harboring child sex abuse priests
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Irish Central

By
PATRICK COUNIHAN,
IrishCentral Staff Writer

Published Wednesday, July 25, 2012

US Catholic clergyman Monsignor William Lynn has been sentenced to three to six years in jail for covering up child sex abuse by priests in Philadelphia.

Lynn is the most senior U.S. cleric convicted in the church’s decades-long sex abuse scandal.

NBC reports that the sentence which was handed down by Judge M. Teresa Sarmina was less than the maximum penalty of seven years in prison for Lynn’s conviction on a single count of child endangerment.

The judge said: “The sentence is meant to punish Lynn for protecting monsters in clerical garb who molested children … to destroy the souls of children, to whom you turned a hard heart.” …

Commentator Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, which tracks priest-abuse cases, told NBCPhiladelphia.com: “I believe that what Lynn did was done by just about every diocese.

“In most cases, I think the vicar general was well informed, and also the bishop.”

“More than 500 U.S. priests have now been convicted of abuse but Lynn’s three-month trial shows just how hard it is to demonstrate collusion.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM
SNAP Hopes Bishop Finn Thinks Twice About Going To Trial Next Month
UNITED STATES
KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- Local clergy abuse survivors assess the impact of today’s 3 to 6 prison sentence handed down to a Philadelphia church official for covering up sex abuse claims against priests.

First, SNAP’s David Clohessy says he’s glad the monsignor will spend time behind bars.

“We think that jailing men who conceal child sex crimes is a good way to deter people to concealing child sex crimes,” he says

And, Clohessy says, that sentence may have an impact on a St. Louis-native who could be the next church official to go on trial — Kansas City St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM
Italienische Zeitung prangert angebliche “Vatileaks”-Komplizen an
ROM
Financial Times Deutschland

Seit Monaten spekuliert Rom über die Frage, ob der Maulwurf im Vatikan Helfer hatte. Eine italienische Zeitung nennt in der Enthüllungsaffäre “Vatikleaks” Namen – der Vatikan dementiert empört.

In der Enthüllungsaffäre “Vatileaks” könnte der verdächtigte Kammerdiener des Papstes einem Bericht der Zeitung “La Repubblica” zufolge drei Komplizen gehabt haben. Sie arbeiteten alle im Umfeld von Papst Benedikt XVI., schreibt das Blatt am Montag, ohne Quellen zu nennen. Von den vatikanischen Ermittlern verdächtigt würden Benedikts Haushälterin und Beraterin Ingrid Stampa, der deutsche Kurienbischof Josef Clemens sowie der für Papst-Reden verantwortliche italienische Kardinal Paolo Sardi. Sie hätten auch vertrauten Umgang mit dem Kammerdiener Paolo Gabriele gehabt. Der Vatikan ist empört und dementierte den Bericht als falsch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM
Kloster Mehrerau: Prozess vertagt
DEUTSCHLAND
Rhein Zeitung

FELDKIRCH – Das Zivilverfahren eines heute 45-jährigen mutmaßlichen Missbrauchsopfers gegen das Bregenzer Zisterzienser-Kloster Mehrerau am Landesgericht Feldkirch ist am Dienstag zum zweiten Mal vertagt worden.

Der Mehrerauer Alt-Abt Kassian Lauterer, der als Zeuge aussagen sollte, konnte wegen einer kurzfristigen Erkrankung nicht vor Gericht erscheinen. Der Prozess soll nun im Oktober fortgesetzt werden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:02 PM
Hoher US-Geistlicher in Missbrauchsprozess verurteilt
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
[email protected]

Der ehemalige Personalverantwortliche der Erzdiözese Philadelphia ist wegen Vertuschung von sexuellem Missbrauch zu mehreren Jahren Haft verurteilt worden. William Lynn habe den Schutz seiner Kirche über den der Opfer gestellt, erklärte Richterin Maria Teresa Sarmina laut US-Medienberichten bei der Urteilsverkündung am Dienstag.

Der 61-jährige Lynn muss zwischen drei und sechs Jahren in Haft. Er ist der erste hochrangige Kleriker, der sich vor einem US-Gericht wegen des Missbrauchsskandals in der katholischen Kirche verantworten musste. Opfervertreter begrüßten den Berichten zufolge den Schuldspruch. Die Erzdiözese sprach von einem „harten“ Urteil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:56 AM
Ranghoher US-Geistlicher wegen Vertuschung von Missbrauch verurteilt
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Welt

Wegen der Vertuschung von Missbrauchsfällen ist ein ranghoher katholischer Geistlicher in den USA zu einer Haftstrafe von drei bis sechs Jahren verurteilt worden. Ein Gericht in Philadelphia im Bundesstaat Pennsylvania verkündete am Dienstag das Strafmaß gegen Monsignore William Lynn. Der 61-jährige Geistliche war im Juni wegen Gefährdung von Kindern schuldig gesprochen worden. Lynn wurde vorgeworfen, pädophile Priester im Erzbistum Philadelphia gedeckt und auf neue Stellen versetzt zu haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:52 AM
Hoher US-Geistlicher in Missbrauchsprozess zu Haft verurteilt
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
kathweb

Gericht verhängt mehrjährige Haftstrafe gegen früheren Personalchef der Erzdiözese Philadelphia

25.07.2012

Washington, 25.07.2012 (KAP) Ein früherer Personalverantwortlicher der Erzdiözese Philadelphia ist wegen Vertuschung von sexuellem Missbrauch zu mehreren Jahren Haft verurteilt worden. William Lynn habe den Schutz seiner Kirche über den der Opfer gestellt, erklärte Richterin Maria Teresa Sarmina laut US-Medienberichten bei der Urteilsverkündung am Dienstag (Ortszeit). Der 61-jährige Lynn muss demnach zwischen drei und sechs Jahren in Haft. Er ist der erste hochrangige Kleriker, der sich vor einem US-Gericht wegen des Missbrauchsskandals in der katholischen Kirche verantworten musste. Opfervertreter begrüßten den Berichten zufolge den Schuldspruch. Die Erzdiözese sprach von einem “harten” Urteil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:48 AM
Ein Jahr zuvor…
DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Ein Jahr zuvor: Der Vertrag zur Durchführung eines Forschungsprojekts über den sexuellen Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz

185. Sitzung des Ständigen Rates der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz am 20./21. Juni 2011 in Würzburg-Himmelspforten

Sexueller Missbrauch im kirchlichen Bereich – Aktuelle Fragen

1. Arbeitshilfe

Seit Bekanntwerden der Fälle sexuellen Missbrauchs an Minderjährigen durch Priester und kirchliche Angestellte im vergangenen Jahr hat die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz eine Vielzahl von Maßnahmen ergriffen. Diese Maßnahmen sind bisher durch Pressemitteilungen und das Internet publiziert worden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:45 AM
Bischof Ackermann scheint seine Hirten nicht mehr unter Kontrolle zu haben
DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Laut Professor Dr. Christian Pfeiffer ist das “Forschungsprojekt über den sexuellen Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz” zu „einem gewissen Stillstand gekommen“.

Am 14. Juli 2012 erschien auf dem Internetportal „kath.net“ ein Interview mit Pfarrer Uwe Winkel, Netzwerk katholischer Priester, „über das Ende eines geplanten Forschungsprojekt der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, bei dem ein Institut Zugriff auf alle Personalakten der 27 Diözesen gehabt hätte“. (Man beachte den Plusquamperfekt Konjunktiv II!)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:42 AM
Monsignor William Lynn Prison Sentence
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

7/25/2012

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) believes Monsignor William Lynn should have received the maximum seven year sentence given the parameters of the law but the three to six year sentence is significant for his conviction on the endangerment of children in this watershed case regarding the sexual abuse of children.

The sentence should send a clear and direct message to all of the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church: they have failed their people, and given Monsignor Lynn’s defense they created and sustain a culture that fails their people.

If the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Monsignor Lynn’s parish believe the sentence to be unfair, they should urge Cardinal Rigali to step forward and take Monsignor Lynn’s place in jail. For indeed, it becomes increasingly clear with each court case that the cover-up and direction came from the top.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM
Long Beach priest charged with sex assault on two women, girl
LONG BEACH (CA)
The Orange County Register

By KELLY PUENTE / PRESS-TELEGRAM

LONG BEACH — A catholic priest from a Long Beach church was arrested this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting two women and a teenage girl, police announced Tuesday.

Father Luis Jose Cuevas, a parish priest at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, 5390 Linden Ave., is facing nine counts of sexual assault following accusations from three alleged victims, said Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

Police believe there may be more possible victims and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Eaton said that in April two women accused Cuevas of sexual battery. Both women initially reported the incidents to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and then filed a police report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:28 AM
UNEDITED: July 24, 2012 news release from The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
WEST VIRGINIA
WTOV

A STATEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE OF WHEELING-CHARLESTON

Two witnesses whose testimony in a recent trial in Philadelphia led to speculation that Bishop Bransfield may have abused minors in the late 1970s have clarified that they have no such knowledge or information.

In addition, two Philadelphia men have come forward to strongly refute the speculation, and it has been confirmed that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia declared such an allegation unfounded after conducting an investigation when the allegation was first reported in 2007. The details of each of these developments are provided below.

1. At the recent Philadelphia trial of two clerics, a man who was the victim of sexual abuse by another priest, then-Father Stanley Gana, was permitted to testify that on one occasion when then-Father Michael Bransfield visited Gana’s farm outside Philadelphia, Gana told him that Bransfield had been sexually abusing the boy in the front seat of his car. The boy in the front seat of Bransfield’s car on that occasion at Gana’s farm has now been identified as Ronald Rock, a Philadelphia business executive who was a Lansdale Catholic High School student at the time. Rock has confirmed that he was the boy in the front seat of the car and that Bransfield never engaged in any improper conduct of any kind. Rock has explained that his family owned a cabin near Gana’s farm, that he invited then-Fr. Bransfield, a teacher at Lansdale Catholic, to accompany him and a group of his friends to the cabin on one weekend, and that they had visited Gana’s farm that weekend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM
KC diocese dismissed from priest abuse lawsuit
KANSAS CITY (MO)
San Francisco Chronicle

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has been removed from a civil lawsuit over alleged child sexual abuse by a priest.

Jackson County Judge Ann Mesle dismissed one count of failure to supervise children and two counts of fraudulent misrepresentation in a lawsuit against the Rev. Michael Tierney. The judge dismissed three similar counts against Tierney but he still faces civil counts of child sexual abuse and battery.

The suit alleges that Tierney abused a 13-year-old boy in the 1970s. Tierney has denied any wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM
Could Crown and defence face charges?
CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

By Susan Clairmont

A veteran Crown attorney and a high profile defence lawyer could face criminal charges for cutting a deal that let a priest escape the country rather than face sex abuse charges.

However Dean Paquette, the priest’s council, says there is no basis for such charges against him or the Crown.

The Ministry of the Attorney General will not say if its probe into the controversial handling of the case involving Reverend Jose Silva involves a criminal investigation. But buzz around the John Sopinka Courthouse where the deal was brokered is that technically, criminal charges could be laid against Paquette and assistant Crown attorney Carey Lee.

The reasoning goes like this: failing to appear in court is a criminal offence. Silva failed to appear in court because Lee and Paquette worked together to arrange for him to return to Brazil, where he is from, even though he was facing charges related to the alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old man who says he was groped.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM
Archdiocese Issues Absurd and Enraging Response to Lynn Sentence
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

July 25, 2012 by Susan Matthews

The Archdiocesan official response to Msgr. Lynn’s sentencing shocked me in its blatant and utter disregard for justice, truth, victims and Church healing. I’m not shocked this is their take on it. I’m floored that they put it out there for the press. I thought the arrogance would have been left at the court room doors after the evidence and testimony were presented. No. The last sentences of the press release prove that arrogance is alive and well at 222.

I beg people to read this statement and compare/contrast to the Penn State response. Two institutions are faced with the same horrible issue. One handled it with compassion – the other with continued callousness.

At the very least, I would have thought Archbishop Chaput would clean house. What about all those names copied on the memos? All the others who knew but can’t be prosecuted? They are still in positions of authority. There is no real contrition or sanction unless the civil courts demand it.

The last sentence proves to me beyond the shadow of any doubt that the Catholic Church is under attack from within. The leadership is destroying the living body of Christ. They can’t even repent properly in words – let alone in action.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM
Archdiocese Issues Absurd and Enraging Response to Lynn Sentence
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

July 25, 2012 by Susan Matthews

The Archdiocesan official response to Msgr. Lynn’s sentencing shocked me in its blatant and utter disregard for justice, truth, victims and Church healing. I’m not shocked this is their take on it. I’m floored that they put it out there for the press. I thought the arrogance would have been left at the court room doors after the evidence and testimony were presented. No. The last sentences of the press release prove that arrogance is alive and well at 222.

I beg people to read this statement and compare/contrast to the Penn State response. Two institutions are faced with the same horrible issue. One handled it with compassion – the other with continued callousness.

At the very least, I would have thought Archbishop Chaput would clean house. What about all those names copied on the memos? All the others who knew but can’t be prosecuted? They are still in positions of authority. There is no real contrition or sanction unless the civil courts demand it.

The last sentence proves to me beyond the shadow of any doubt that the Catholic Church is under attack from within. The leadership is destroying the living body of Christ. They can’t even repent properly in words – let alone in action.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM
Vatileaks: Pope’s butler asks to be pardoned
VATICAN CITY
The Telegraph (United Kingdom)

The Pope’s butler has written a letter to Benedict XVI asking to be pardoned for stealing and leaking confidential papers, in a move which may enable him to avoid a trial that could prove embarrassing to the Vatican.

By Nick Squires, Rome
12:28PM BST 24 Jul 2012

Paolo Gabriele, 46, who was formerly a trusted member of the pontiff’s inner circle, sent the confidential letter to express his regret over the theft.

The letter was sent to the Pope via a commission of three cardinals who are investigating the leaks and hunting for other moles within the Holy See.

The letter expresses Mr Gabriele’s “sorrow and contrition” over the stealing of the confidential documents from Benedict’s private apartments, said Carlo Fusco, the butler’s lawyer.

In the letter, the valet reportedly insists that no one else was involved in the theft, denying widespread rumours in Rome that he was an unwitting scapegoat for a much wider plot amid jockeying for power at the highest levels of the Holy See.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM
Largo puppeteer arrested for child porn tries to hire private attorney
FLORIDA
WTSP

[with video]

Written by
Isabel Mascarenas

TAMPA, Florida — A Largo man who works as a puppeteer and is now charged with child pornography and conspiring to kidnap a child appeared in federal court Tuesday.

Investigators say 57-year-old Ronald Brown fantasized about eating children. He had a bond hearing today, but it has been delayed while Brown tries to hire private attorney Eric Kuske to defend him.

Investigators say Brown had a graphic online chat about kidnapping, sexually abusing, murdering, and eating children. He walked into a federal court in shackles, wearing prison blues and looking calm.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM
Ronald Brown, Puppeteer, Planned To Rape, Kill, Eat Children: Florida Police
FLORIDA
Huffington Post

By Andy Campbell

A Florida puppeteer who entertains children at birthday parties, schools and churches, secretly wanted to rape, kill and eat them, cops said.

Ronald Brown, 57, of Largo, was arrested last week after federal agents found that he’d allegedly been chatting online with child pornography suspects about “extremely graphic discussions regarding kidnapping, sexually abusing, murdering and eating children,” according to a federal complaint obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.

The details are gruesome.

Brown — whose Puppets Plus website promises “grins and giggles” for kids — was reportedly caught in online chat rooms with people the feds were investigating as part of a child pornography ring in Massachusetts. He allegedly fantasized about strangling, dismembering and eating his victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM
Philadelphia archdiocese promises vigilance as priest is sentenced
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic News Agency

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 24, 2012 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offered prayer and a pledge to protect children July 24, as Monsignor William Lynn received a three to six year prison sentence for his handling of an abusive priest.

“From the challenges the Church has faced both nationally and locally over the past decade, we understand the full gravity of sexual abuse,” the archdiocese said in its response to the sentence handed down by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina on Tuesday.

In a statement released after the sentencing, the archdiocese reaffirmed its commitment “to protecting children and caring for victims,” while also offering its prayers “for Msgr. Lynn and his family at this difficult time.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM
W. Virginia bishops says testimony debunks abuse allegation
WEST VIRGINIA
Catholic News Agency

Wheeling, W.V., Jul 25, 2012 / 02:14 am (CNA).- Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston says accusations of abuse against him have been disproved, with the alleged victim and another witness coming forward to attest to his innocence.

“I am pleased to be able to say that this allegation has been put to rest,” Bishop Bransfield wrote in a July 23 letter, addressing the “false hearsay statements” made against him during the recent trial of Monsignor William Lynn and Father James Brennan.

“Ron Rock, the high school student whom I had allegedly victimized – now a prominent Philadelphia businessman – has now publicly confirmed that this allegation is completely false,” Bishop Bransfield wrote.

“Timothy Love was also with us on that occasion, and he has also confirmed the completely innocent and proper nature of my friendship with them.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM
Peoria minister indicted on sex abuse charges
PEORIA (IL)
Journal Star

PEORIA —

A minister at a Peoria church who was placed on probation in 2010 for aggravated criminal sexual abuse was indicted Tuesday by a Peoria County grand jury on similar charges.

Marcus D. Randle-Howard, 28, of 213 N. Webster St. was indicted on charges of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse for acts he allegedly committed to a 14-year-old girl in June.

Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Pattelli said the alleged assault occurred at the victim’s uncle’s house. She was visiting Peoria when Randle-Howard came into contact with her at the church, which wasn’t immediately known Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM
THE FUTURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN IRELAND: Turning the Corner of Renewal
IRELAND
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin

Speaking Notes of
Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublin

Glenties, 24th July 2012 Embargo 2:30pm

Some months ago a commentator on radio – in all good faith – said that he could not understand the Archbishop of Dublin. I seemed, he said, to be constantly speaking from both sides of my mouth and he felt he did not really know where I stood. On the one hand I had said that the Catholic Church in Ireland was at a crisis point and on the other hand I was saying that it had begun to “turn the corner” of renewal.

I do not see these as opposing comments. I believe that both reflect different aspects of the life of the Catholic Church in Ireland today. The problem is that those who see the Church in Ireland as being in crisis fail to see – or perhaps in some cases do not want to see – the Church already turning the corner to a renewed phase in its history. And those who feel we have turned the corner often feel that the Church has already definitively moved forward – perhaps much more than I would hold – and that it is time now to look forward with confidence and definitively archive the past.

Some years ago I spoke here in Glenties about the situation of the Church in Ireland. I can honestly say that I have found my task today in trying to analyse the situation of the Church in Ireland without a doubt much more difficult than it was then. There is no way I which I can make definitive statements. There is no way in which humanly I can unquestionably say that my vision for the Church in Ireland, at least in the short term, is optimistic or pessimistic. It is only the faith I have that Jesus will be with his Church always which gives me encouragement and light. On the human level there are perhaps more unknowns and challenges and dysfunctionalities than there were a few years ago.

I am by no means a born pessimist. I see the many and remarkable positive changes that have taken place in the Church in Ireland since Vatican II and indeed in recent years and in recent months. There are however many contradictions and levels of ambivalence in the way believers and non-believers look at and evaluate the Church and its role in Ireland today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM
Dublin archbishop calls for more investigations into child sex abuse
IRELAND
Jamaica Observer

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

LONDON, England (AP) — The archbishop of Dublin says the Catholic Church of Ireland needs to reflect further on the roots of sexual abuse of children by priests and is calling for public investigations into the scandal.

Diarmuid Martin says he believes the public interest could be served by public, research-based investigations into abuse and that the “answers to some questions are not to be found just in the archives of the Church.”

Martin is widely considered to be Ireland’s most reform-minded Catholic leader and the Irish church’s leading voice calling for greater openness on past abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM
Keeping children safe in the Church
UNITED KINGDOM
News.va – Vatican Radio

[with audio]

2012-07-24 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Helping survivors of sexual abuse. Ensuring that children are safe in the Church. And supporting religious congregations in their safeguarding endeavours. Those are three key concerns outlined in a new report from Britain’s National Catholic Safeguarding Commission which was published in London on Tuesday. While the fourth annual report highlights many positive developments in this vital ministry, it also says there’s still more that needs to be done to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM
National Catholic Safeguarding Commission Annual Report
UNITED KINGDOM
The Catholic Church of England and Wales

[with download of the full report]

The fourth Annual Report outlining the work of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) and the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) has been launched today.

This report reflects the work of the Commission and the CSAS. It highlights the many positive developments in the safeguarding ministry in the Catholic Church in England and Wales whilst acknowledging that there is still work to be done and the need to remain vigilant in the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

NCSC Developments 2011 – 2012

In 2011 the NCSC identified that its main areas of work for 2011/2012 would be to:
•Develop a more sensitive and pastoral response to victims and survivors of abuse
•Ensure that safeguarding standards are maintained throughout the Church
•Seek solutions to support the religious in their safeguarding endeavours

The report describes the progress in these areas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM
Church commission finds 49 abuse allegations in England, Wales in 2011
UNITED KINGDOM
Catholic Culture

CWN – July 25, 2012

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission, a lay body formed in 2008 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in England and Wales and the Conference of Religious, released its annual report on July 24 and found that there were 49 allegations of abuse against a minor in 2011.

“Of the 49 alleged abusers, 28 are clergy or religious, 9 volunteers, 5 employees, and 7 parishioners,” the report stated. “26 victims allege that the abuse occurred in the 1980’s or before, with 1 in the 1940’s and 4 in the 1950’s. 25 victims allege that the abuse occurred in 2011.”

“37 victims alleged sexual abuse, 13 physical abuse, 8 emotional abuse,” the report continued. “This represents a significant reduction in the proportion of sexual abuse allegations compared with an equally significant increase in the proportion of physical abuse allegations.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM
Minister, day care worker charged with sex abuse also worked at middle school in Lake Co.
FLORIDA
WFTV

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —

WFTV has learned that a man accused of sexually abusing children and disabled adults not only worked as a youth pastor and day care worker, but he also worked at a local middle school.

Kenneth Hagins is accused of abusing children and disabled adults while he worked at a Lake County day care and church, authorities said. But Channel 9’s Berndt Petersen found that Hagins also worked at Mount Dora Middle School for eight years before he was fired.

District officials said Hagins worked at the school from May 1999 to Nov. 26, 2007. He had been a teacher’s assistant, custodian and a secretary during his time at the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM
Church officials outline policies
PITTSBURGH (PA)
Tribune-Review

By Rachel Weaver

Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sex-abuse scandals in the past decade have given religious leaders a greater understanding of how to handle allegations, say Roman Catholic Church officials in Western Pennsylvania.

“There is no ‘cure’ for this,” said the Rev. Ron Lengwin, spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. “This is not something where you can simply send them away to a treatment center and put them in another parish assignment.”

Individual dioceses set policies for handling abuse allegations, to use in conjunction with national standards of The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The Pittsburgh diocese put most of its practices in place in the late 1980s, Lengwin said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM
Insurance company sues Helena Diocese
HELENA (MT)
Independent Record

By EVE BYRON Independent Record | Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

An insurance company has filed a federal lawsuit against the Helena-based Catholic Diocese of Montana, saying that the church is trying to make it cover some of the costs associated with defending former nuns and priests accused of child abuse in the 1930s through the 1970s.

In court documents, the Arrowood Indemnity Company said the diocese has sought a defense from a number of insurance companies in connection with two lawsuits filed in Lewis and Clark District Court. The insurance companies that sold general liability policies to the diocese have agreed to defend the church in those lawsuits.

The diocese also demanded a defense from Arrowood, saying that the company or one of its predecessors sold general liability insurance from 1940 through 1960 that provides coverage to the diocese for the abuse lawsuits, according to the documents.

However, the insurance company says that after an extensive search of its existing historical records, it can’t find any evidence that it provided coverage to the diocese. The company adds an independent investigation by the church also couldn’t uncover any evidence that they sold the diocese insurance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM
Monsignor Lynn sentenced to 3-6 years for Catholic child-sex-abuse
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
New York Daily News

By Charlie Wells / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The first U.S. Roman Catholic official convicted of covering up child sexual abuse inside the Church was sentenced Tuesday to 3-to-6 years in prison.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina handed down Monsignor William J. Lynn’s sentence, just shy of the maximum seven-year penalty prosecutors had sought.

Sarmina told Lynn that he had permitted “monsters in clerical garb … to destroy the souls of children, to whom you turned a hard heart.” …

“I believe that what Lynn did was done by just about every diocese,” Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, a website tracking cases of abuse, said to NBCPhiladelphia.com. “In most cases, I think the vicar general was well informed, and also the bishop.”

According to McKiernan’s group, over 500 priests have been convicted of abuse.

As for Lynn, prosecutors were not at a loss for harsh words.

“His active, even eager execution of archdiocese policies – carried out in the face of victims’ vivid suffering, and employing constant deceit – required a more amoral character, a striving to please his bosses no matter how sinister the business,” they wrote in a sentencing memo obtained by CBS News and filed Friday. “At any time during those 12 years, he could have had a moment of conscience.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM
William Lynn gets 3 to 6 years in Philly church sexual abuse case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

[with audio]

By Elizabeth Fiedler

The first U.S. church official convicted for his handling of sexual abuse allegations against other priests has been sentenced to three to six years in prison.

The sentence was handed down today in Philadelphia to Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy at Philadelphia Archdiocese. …

District Attorney Seth Williams said the sentence validates years of work.

“This is a very different type of case. One that many people say is unprecedented in American jurisprudence and I am very proud of the men and women of the grand juries and the men and women of the district attorney’s office for bringing this case on behalf of all victims,” he said.

Williams says while Lynn did not abuse children, he didn’t do enough to protect them.

“As the father of three daughters, to know that someone reported potentially that my daughter was raped, didn’t call law enforcement, didn’t even try to let me know that I have a ticking time bomb in the room next to me that needs counseling — is insufficient,” Williams said. “And that is why he’s here. That is why he’s held responsible for his behavior.”

“I think this is a guide for the world,” says Marci Hamilton, the co-counsel in several civil cases brought by plaintiffs who allege abuse and cover-up by Philadelphia church officials.

“I do think that Seth Williams has set the standard so that prosecutors now know that they can get justice for victims of child sexual abuse,” Hamilton says. “And prosecutors were afraid these kinds of prosecutions even 10 years ago. They were elected officials and they were afraid of being targeted as being anti-Catholic.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM
EDITORIAL: Judge imposes ‘fair-minded’ sentence for Lynn
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Daily Times

After three months of silence regarding the child endangerment trial of the Rev. Monsignor William Lynn, who was accused of protecting pedophile priests, officials in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia spoke out late Tuesday afternoon.

They issued a press release expressing profound regret for any pain the trial may have caused the 12 victims of clerical sexual abuse who courageously testified.

They also insisted that things have changed in the Roman Catholic Church since the days those victims were abused.

That being said, archdiocesan officials wanted to make another major point.

They think it’s time to be “fair-minded” in the case of the monsignor who was responsible for the disposition of suspected abusers when he served as secretary of clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004. …

“Fair-minded people will question the severity of the heavy, three to six year sentence imposed on Monsignor Lynn today. We hope that when this punishment is objectively reviewed, it will be adjusted. We pray for Monsignor Lynn and his family at this difficult time,” said the press release issued by officials in the archdiocese headed by Archbishop Charles Chaput.

We don’t even know where to begin in responding to such a tasteless and, quite frankly, incredible statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM
Catholic Priest of Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn gets to 6 years for child sex abuse
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Turk (Turkey)

A Roman Catholic Monsignor William Lynn has been sentenced yesterday to serve up to 6 years in prison for allowing a priest suspected of sexual misconduct with a minor to continue to work in an assignment involving contact with children.

US catholic priest William J. Lynn, a former cardinal’s aide, was found guilty of endangering children, becoming the first senior official of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States convicted of covering up child sexual abuses by priests under his supervision in Philadelphia.

The catholic priest Monsignor William Lynn’s sentence is another milestone in a sex-abuse scandal that has shaken the Church in the US and elsewhere for the past ten years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM
Catholic church official sentenced in abuse case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Journal (Ireland)

THE FIRST ROMAN Catholic church official in America to be convicted of covering up claims of sexual abuse by priests under his supervision was sentenced to up to six years in prison yesterday.

Monsignor William J Lynn was found guilty of child endangerment after a three month trial that reveled decades of glossing over accusations of sexual abuse to avoid scandal, the New York Times reports. …

Defence lawyer Thomas Bergstrom said Lynn was being punished for “things he did and did properly” and confirmed the Monsignor will appeal and is seeking bail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM
Monsignor Lynn gets 3-6 years in prison for ‘enabling monsters’
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Daily Times

Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

By MARYCLAIRE DALE
Of The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — The first U.S. church official convicted of covering up sex-abuse claims against Roman Catholic priests was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in prison by a judge who said he “enabled monsters in clerical garb … to destroy the souls of children.”

Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, “helped many but also failed many” in his 36-year church career, Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said.

Lynn, who handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004, was convicted last month of felony child endangerment for his oversight of now-defrocked priest Edward Avery. Avery is serving a 2½- to five-year sentence for sexually assaulting an altar boy in church in 1999. …

The archdiocese called the sentence severe and hoped it would be “adjusted” on appeal.

“Fair-minded people will question the severity of the heavy, three- to six-year sentence imposed on Monsignor Lynn today,” the statement said. …

“Protecting children has to be first and foremost,” said Barbara Blaine, founder of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “We’re extremely grateful that the judge and the prosecutors did not give Monsignor Lynn special treatment because of his priestly status.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM
Advocate: Lynn sentence ‘sends signal’ for abuse cases
UNITED STATES
Daily Times

Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

By PATTI MENGERS
[email protected]

Ten years ago, John Salveson called the resignation of Boston Cardinal Bernard Law in the shadow of hundreds of claims of clerical sexual abuse under his watch, a start in seeking justice for the victims of pedophile priests.

“I think it’s long overdue. I think it’s a good start. What I mean by this, the root of this problem to me is the bishops and cardinals who keep sheltering abusive priests,” the Radnor resident said in December 2002.

But more members of the hierarchy must be held accountable if the Catholic Church is going to fully address the scandal, insisted the former director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP.

Tuesday, Salveson, who in 2006 founded the Foundation to Abolish Childhood Sex Abuse to lobby for expansion of Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations on sexual assault, finally saw part of his prediction realized after learning that a Philadelphia church official was sent to prison for protecting a pedophile priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM
Lynn gets prison sentence of three to six years
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin and Joseph A. Slobodzian
Inquirer Staff Writers

Msgr. William J. Lynn was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in state prison by a judge who said he turned a blind eye while “monsters in clerical garb” sexually abused children, devastating families and shaking the Catholic Church across Philadelphia and beyond.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said she believed Lynn was once the kind and selfless parish priest that his supporters so passionately described. But as the aide whom Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua tapped to investigate clergy sex abuse, Lynn chose to protect the church over victims, she said.

“You knew full well what was right, Msgr. Lynn, but you chose wrong,” she told him.

The sentence, the first for a Catholic leader for enabling clergy sex abuse, fell just short of the maximum seven-year term Philadelphia prosecutors had sought. It was hailed by victims and advocates who had complained that church officials long eluded justice for accommodating or concealing priests’ attacks on children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 AM
Monica Yant Kinney: Priest-abuse victim: “Lynn didn’t give a damn”
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist

What’s the appropriate response when your tormentor gets his comeuppance?

Should you clap? Sigh? Sob? Smile in recognition of a rare moment of karmic payback?

Msgr. William J. Lynn didn’t rape anyone, but he still received a three- to six-year sentence in prison for endangering the welfare of children. He’s guilty of inaction more than action. He sullied the priesthood not as a predator, but as the worst kind of company man – a pathologically passive-aggressive coward afraid to question his boss.

Vicky Cubberley, 62, a survivor of clergy sex abuse, never expected this day, so she didn’t know quite what to do when victims finally notched a victory. She reveled for a minute, then got back to the business of trying to survive a life of man-made agony.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM
Monsignor Lynn sentenced to jail for role in church sex abuse
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

By Mensah M. Dean
Daily News Staff Writer

In a soft and clear voice, disgraced Catholic Monsignor William Lynn stood Tuesday before a packed courtroom and apologized for the years of sexual abuse a young man suffered at the hands of defrocked priest Edward Avery, whom Lynn transferred to the boy’s parish despite knowing that he had abused another boy.

“I did my best,” said Lynn, 61, who served as secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004.

“The fact is, my best was not good enough to stop” the abuse of the boy, concluded Lynn, a priest for 36 years who never met the boy.

Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina agreed and concluded the sentencing hearing by lambasting Lynn for failing to support and protect not just Avery’s victim, but other children who had been abused by priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM
July 24, 2012
Long Beach Catholic Priest Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges
CALIFORNIA
Long Beach Post

By Sarah Bennett | Tuesday, 24 July 2012

A Long Beach parish priest, Father Luis Jose Cuevas of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, was arrested today on sexual assault charges including eight misdemeanor charges of sexual battery and one felony count involving lewd acts with a child.

The victims include two female adults and one 17 year-old female who reported repeated incidents of inappropriate touching over a two-year period, said Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

The 67 year-old Cuevas has worked and lived on the grounds of the St. Athanasius Catholic Church at 5390 Linden Ave. for the last seven years and was arrested by LBPD with the assistance of the United States Marshal’s Office at a residence in the City of San Jacinto, police said. Cuevas is being held on $1,000,000 bail while he awaits arraignment in Long Beach on Wednesday.

In April, the Long Beach Police Department received information from the two adult victims, who say they initially reported the incidents to the Archdiocese. After an investigation, during which the 17 year-old victim came forward, the LBPD presented the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office on July 19. The D.A’s Office subsequently filed charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 PM
Philadelphia priest guilty of child endangerment to serve up to six years in prison
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 24, 2012
By Brian Roewe

Msgr. William J. Lynn, seen leaving a Philadelphia courthouse in late May, was convicted of endangering children for his handling of priest abuse claims while secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia archdiocese. A judge sentenced him July 24 to a maximum of six years in prison. (CNS photo/Scott Anderson, Reuters)

For failing to protect children from a known predator priest, Msgr. William J. Lynn will spend three to six years in prison.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina read the former secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia archdiocese her sentence July 24 before a standing-room-only courtroom.

“You knew full well what was right, Msgr. Lynn, but you chose wrong,” Sarmina said, according to The Associated Press. …

Marci Hamilton, law professor and counsel in multiple abuse cases, was present at the sentencing. She said Sarmina’s statement, which at one point quoted Archbishop Charles Chaput’s Good Friday sermon, carried the theme that being a good priest does not make up for criminal endangerment of children.

“She really contrasted the Lynn that was secretary of the clergy who was, in her words hardhearted and callous, and the Lynn who was the parish priest, who was warm and compassionate, and she said the one doesn’t make up for the other,” Hamilton said. …

Survivor support groups also endorsed the sentencing.

“Considering all the kids whose innocence was shattered (or, in some whose lives were lost to suicide), we believe that Msgr. Lynn deserved the harshest punishment. Still, this sentence sends a powerful message: cover-up child sex crimes and you’ll go to jail,” said a statement from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

“The sentence should send a clear and direct message to all of the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church: they have failed their people, and given Monsignor Lynn’s defense they created and sustain a culture that fails their people,” said the National Survivor Advocates Coalition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 PM
Judge Gives Msgr. Lynn Three to Six Years In Slammer
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told Msgr. William J. Lynn today that she was sentencing him to three to six years in state prison, because he had turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the suffering of victims of sex abuse.

“You knew full well what was right, Msgr. Lynn, but you chose wrong,” she told the defendant, before imposing sentence. Lynn has been in jail since June 22, when he was convicted by a jury of one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a third-degree felony.

The judge contrasted Lynn’s recent service at St. Joseph’s Church in Downingtown, where he was pastor from 2004 until his indictment in 2011, to his 12-year-tenure as secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004.

The judge said she got hundreds of “heartfelt letters of support” on behalf of Lynn, many from parishioners at St. Joseph’s, who told her that Pastor Lynn would drop every thing to help someone in need. But the judge said that as secretary for clergy, Msgr. Lynn had displayed insensitivity to victims. He was either promising to do something, and doing nothing, the judge said, or he was doing his best to “callously shield the priests.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 PM
Archdiocese of Philadelphia laments “heavy” sentence for Monsignor Lynn
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
SNAP Wisconsin

Monsignor Lynn was sentenced today to prison for 3 to 6 years following his conviction for child endangerment. Lynn is the first high ranking Catholic Church official to be tried and found guilty in a criminal court of law for giving known pedophile priests access to unsuspecting children.

At sentencing Judge Teresa Sarmina told Lynn “You knew full well what was right Monsignor, but you chose wrong”.

Sarmina added that Lynn deserved the sentence imposed on him because of “your support and facilitation of monsters in clerical garb…who destroyed the souls of children as you turned a hard heart”.

Following the sentencing of their Monsignor the Archdiocese of Philadelphia issued a statement lamenting Lynn’s sentence stating “Fair minded people will question the severity of the heavy, three to six year sentence imposed on Msgr. Lynn today. We hope that when this punishment is objectively reviewed it will be adjusted”.

The archdiocese neglected to mention the sentence that was imposed on the child whom Lynn endangered. That child was sexually assaulted by Fr. Edward Avery who Lynn was in charge of supervising. Lynn knew that Avery was a child molester and assigned him to St. Jerome’s parish anyway without warning parishioners that there was a dangerous predator in their midst.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 PM
Monsignor Lynn’s jail time helps strip away shield of loyalty
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Washington Post

By Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo

Six years in prison for Monsignor William Lynn, former clergy secretary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia because of his complicity in sexual abuse of minors; $60 million in fines to Penn State and its football program for similar indifference towards a coach. These despicable events are linked by a defect in American society. There is little public conscience to protect those speaking truth to power.

Particularly sad is how these recent events distort what should be an uplifting faith in an institution. Does not Penn State make of its football a weekly religion, replete with dedicated blue-and-white, competing ritually in an arena for honor? Does not Catholic America consider the bishop’s office the watchtower of a living faith? We all regret the sins and sympathize with the victims, but unless we recognize the climate that has fostered wrongdoing and change, these events will be repeated.

The failure to be feared the most lies with the university favoring football wins over integrity and with the clericalism that prefers loyalty over virtue. In short, there is a moral void in American society that does not reward whistle blowing against the interests of an institution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 PM
Former secretary for clergy sentenced to three to six years in prison
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic News Service

By Matthew Gambino
Catholic News Service

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Common Pleas Court Judge Teresa Sarmina closed the latest chapter in the clergy sexual abuse scandal in Philadelphia by sentencing Msgr. William Lynn to three to six years in state prison.

During the sentencing hearing July 24, after more than two hours of arguments and letters presented from victims and Msgr. Lynn’s defense, Sarmina handed down a sentence just shy of the maximum seven years.

The former secretary for clergy, who recommended priest assignments to the archbishop of Philadelphia and investigated claims of sexual abuse of minors by clergy, was found guilty of one felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child June 22.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM
Monseigneur Lynn to serve six years for abuse scandal
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic Online

PHILADELPHIA, PA (Catholic Online) – Judge Teresa Sermina told Monsignor William Lynn that he was being sentenced to prison because he protected “monsters in clerical garb who molested children.”

Lynn will serve at least three of those years in prison, and possibly longer. A sentence for another, single count of child endangerment is pending and could add a seventh year to his time.

Monsignor Lynn oversaw 800 priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and was responsible for investigating claims of abuse. However, instead of involving higher Church and civil authorities, Lynn often covered up allegations of abuse often by transferring priests to different parishes where they continued to prey on children.

In one case, he transferred a known pedophile priest to another parish that was attached to a grade school. That priest went on to abuse a 10-year-old boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 PM
US church official gets prison in landmark abuse case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
AFP

[Trial Narrative and Resources – BishopAccountability.org]

NEW YORK — The highest-ranking US church official to be convicted of covering up child sex allegations, Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn, was sentenced to between three and six years in prison on Tuesday.

Lynn, whose job it was to investigate reports of abuse in the archdiocese from 1992 to 2004, was found guilty last month of one count of child endangerment.

Defense lawyers had pushed for Lynn to be spared prison, but Judge Teresa Sarmina imposed close to the maximum sentence of between three-and-a-half and seven years.

“It was three to six years,” an official at the court in Philadelphia told AFP by telephone, confirming the tough sentence. …

Shockwaves from the trial are expected to keep reverberating.

“The Lynn trial is of lasting significance because of its guilty verdict, and because the record of the trial contains a dramatic analysis for a single archdiocese of the two crimes that constitute the ongoing sex abuse crisis: a) the sexual abuse of children by priests and b) the enabling and cover-up of the abuse,” wrote bishop-accountability.org, which tracks reported abuses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM
Long Beach Priest Arrested For Sexual Misconduct
CALIFORNIA
Gazettes

A Long Beach priest was arrested Monday and charged with nine counts of sexual assault on three women, including one felony count of lewd acts with a child.

Father Luis Jose Cuevas, a parish priest at St. Athanasius Catholic Church was arrested by Long Beach police with assistance of the United States Marshal’s Office at a residence in the city of San Jacinto. He was being held in Long Beach City jail on $1 million bail pending arraignment, which was scheduled for Wednesday, July 25.

According to the report from Sgt. Aaron Eaton of the media detail for the Long Beach Police Department, Cuevas, 67, has served at St. Athanasius for the last seven years, living on the grounds at 5390 Linden Ave. In April this year, two women reported to the Long Beach police that they had been victims of sexual battery.

Both women said they initially filed reports with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles before talking with Long Beach police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 PM
My Take: Why is NCAA taking sex abuse more seriously than Catholic Church?
UNITED STATES
CNN

Editor’s note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of “The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation,” is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

(CNN) – As a resident of the most Catholic state in the nation (Massachusetts), I have watched for more than a decade as the Roman Catholic Church responded to charges of priestly pedophilia with a troubling combination of procrastination and obfuscation.

Far too often, Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals have identified not with abused children but with their “band of brothers,” their fellow priests.

In the case of the sex crimes committed by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, officials at Penn State also looked the other way.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 PM
Police arrest Long Beach priest for sexual assault on 2 girls, 1 woman
CALIFORNIA
Contra Costa Times

By Kelly Puente, Staff Writer
presstelegram.com

July 24, 2012

LONG BEACH — A priest at a Catholic church in Long Beach has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two women and a teenage girl, police announced today.

Father Luis Jose Cuevas, a parish priest at St. Athanasius Catholic Church at 5390 Linden Ave., is facing nine counts of sexual assault following accusations from three alleged victims, said Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

Police believe there may be more possible victims and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Eaton said two women came forward in April and accused Cuevas of sexual battery. Both women initially reported the incidents to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and then filed a police report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 PM
Historical sex abuse charges back in court for former Pro-Cathedral priest
CANADA
The North Bay Nugget

By MARIA CALABRESE The Nugget

Charges were back in court on Tuesday for a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a seven-year-old boy in North Bay dating back to 1958.

John Edward Sullivan, 87, now living in Montreal, is out on bail. His next court date is Aug. 14.

Sullivan was an ordained priest at the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption when the sexual offences are alleged at various times from 1958 to 1979.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 PM
Catholic monsignor ‘monster’ jailed for cover-up
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NEWS.com.au (Australia)

A US Catholic Monsignor who “enabled monsters in clerical garb … to destroy the souls of children” has been jailed for up to six years.

Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004. He was accused of transferring problem priests in one of the country’s largest parishes and keeping complaints out of the public eye.

“You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong,” Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said.

Advocates for abuse victims, however, contend that dioceses have kept some accused clergy on assignment. They pointed to the Lynn case as an example.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 PM
STATEMENT FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA AFTER SENTENCING OF MONSIGNOR WILLIAM LYNN
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

From the challenges the Church has faced both nationally and locally over the past decade, we understand the full gravity of sexual abuse. This year and even this week, Pennsylvania has been the epicenter of this issue, and we know there is legitimate anger in the broad community toward any incident or enabling of sexual abuse. The trial of the past several months has been especially difficult for victims, and we profoundly regret their pain.

The public humiliation of the Church has emphasized the vital lesson that we must be constantly vigilant in our charge to protect the children in our parishes and schools. Since the events some ten years ago that were at the center of this trial, the Archdiocese has changed. We have taken dramatic steps to ensure that all young people in our care are safe, and these efforts will continue even more forcefully now and in the years ahead.

We remain committed to protecting children and caring for victims. Fair-minded people will question the severity of the heavy, three to six year sentence imposed on Msgr. Lynn today. We hope that when this punishment is objectively reviewed, it will be adjusted.

We pray for Msgr. Lynn and his family at this difficult time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM
Archdiocese: Monsignor Lynn’s Sentence ‘Heavy’
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has released a statement just hours after Monsignor William Lynn was sentenced to 3-6 years in prison, calling his sentence “heavy.”

The statement reads:

“From the challenges the Church has faced both nationally and locally over the past decade, we understand the full gravity of sexual abuse. This year and even this week, Pennsylvania has been the epicenter of this issue, and we know there is legitimate anger in the broad community toward any incident or enabling of sexual abuse. The trial of the past several months has been especially difficult for victims, and we profoundly regret their pain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM
WV – Bransfield claims proof of false allegations, SNAP responds
WEST VIRGINIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on July 24, 2012

It’s deceitful and insulting for Bishop Bransfield to claim he has “tangible proof” that the allegations against him are false. Bransfield has no sworn affidavits, notarized statements or even signed letters. He has two Catholic men who haven’t faced real scrutiny or questioning and who say he never molested them.

So?

No child molester molests every child he or she encounters. So if Bransfield finds two or two hundred Catholics who say he never molested them, that means virtually nothing.

And very few child molesters molest in front of witnesses. So if Bransfield finds two or two hundred Catholics who say they never saw him molest anyone, that means virtually nothing.

If you come to Missouri, we can show you hundreds of banks that Jesse James never robbed. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a bank robber.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM
Catholic diocese dismissed from Jackson County priest abuse suit
MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By MARK MORRIS
The Kansas City Star

A Jackson County judge has removed the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph from a civil lawsuit that alleges child sexual abuse by a priest.

In a ruling issued Friday, Circuit Judge Ann Mesle freed the diocese from a suit against the Rev. Michael Tierney by dismissing one count of failure to supervise children and two counts of fraud and fraudulent misrepresentation.

Mesle wrote in her three-page order that she “struggled” with her decision to release the diocese from liability in the case, but said she was bound by other recent court rulings.

Lawyers and spokespersons for parties in the case either did not return calls or declined comment because of a gag order. In the past, Tierney has denied any wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 PM
Priest gets prison for sex crimes cover up
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WorldTVNews

PHILADELPHIA – A group representing victims of child sexual abuse says the prison sentence given a Philadelphia priest who covered up crimes against children sends a powerful message to organizations across the country. Monsignor William Lynn did not sexually abuse children himself. He is the first Roman Catholic Church official convicted of covering up the actions of priests under his supervision.

Joelle Casteix, the western regional director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said Lynn deserved the maximum sentence of seven years. But she said the judge’s sentence of three-to-six years in prison is meaningful.

“This sentence sends a poweful message: cover up sex crimes and you’ll go to jail. Not house arrest. Not community service. Not a fine. You’ll be locked up,” Casteix said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM
Good and Bad Fruits in the Legion of Christ & Regnum Christi
CANADA
Irish Mexican

GOOD AND BAD FRUITS IN THE LEGION OF CHRIST CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS ORDER [and in the Regnum Christi]

By J. Paul Lennon, MA, STL.

Presentation by Paul Lennon at the International Cultic Studies Association Annual Conference in Montreal – July, 2012

Introduction
The official Catholic Church stance on this issue is the following: “The Legion of Christ Produces Many Good Fruits; therefore it is a Good Religious Order Blessed by God.” The position was originally made clear at the end of the Vatican statement condemning the founder’s behaviors in May, 2006: “Independently of the person of the Founder, the worthy apostolate of the Legionaries of Christ and of the Association ‘Regnum Christi’ is gratefully recognized.”

When Pope Benedict XVI was interviewed in 2010 and questioned regarding the clergy sex abuse scandal and specifically about the Legion of Christ founder and the viability of the Legion he explained: “Naturally corrections must be made, but by and large the congregation is sound. In it there are many young men who enthusiastically want to serve the faith. This enthusiasm must not be destroyed. Many of them have been called by a false figure to what is, in the end, right after all. This is the remarkable thing, the paradox, that a false prophet, so to speak, could still have a positive effect.”

The belief held by Pope Benedict XVI, by his Delegate to the Legion of Christ, and by the Leadership of the order can be formulated as followed: The Legion of Christ Produces Many Good Fruits; therefore it must be good despite the corrupt and harmful life of the founder.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:57 PM
Opening statements in clergy abuse lawsuit against Springfield bishops
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WWLP

Published : Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012

Laura Hutchinson

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Opening arguments have begun in a clergy sex abuse lawsuit against two former Springfield bishops.

Greenfield Attorney John Stobierski claims his client, Andrew Nicastro, who is 41 now, was sexually abused by Father Alfred Graves, a former priest in Springfield, when he was between the ages of 11 and 14 years old.

In his opening arguments Tuesday, Stobierski provided pictures of Nicastro as a child to the jury.

Nicastro is suing Catholic Church leaders, former Bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire, claiming they knew Graves had a history of indecent conduct with a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:54 PM
Andrew Nicastro describes alleged sexual abuse …
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
The Republican

Andrew Nicastro describes alleged sexual abuse by defrocked priest Andrew Graves, says 2 former bishops should have prevented it

By Buffy Spencer, The Republican

SPRINGFIELD – Jurors heard 42-year-old Andrew Nicastro describe how his parish priest in Williamstown sexually abused him about twice a week for about three years when he was between 11 and 14 years old.

Nicastro – apologizing to Hampden Superior Court Judge Constance M. Sweeney when he had to hesitate to clear his tears – said during the same years as he was assaulting him, the former Rev. Alfred Graves was choosing him for the most sought-after altar boy duties.

“I felt special, chosen,” Nicastro said of his altar boy duties at funerals, weddings and other ceremonies.

Graves, then pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Williamstown, even sexually assaulted Nicastro in the church during 1981 or 1982 to 1985, Nicastro said.

Nicastro was testifying in his civil lawsuit against two former bishops he said should be held accountable for his childhood abuse by Graves because they were in supervisory positions in the Roman Catholic Diocese and knew Graves had assaulted two other boys before Nicastro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM
Philadelphia monsignor sentenced in cover-up of priest sex abuse
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Los Angeles Times

By Michael Muskal

July 24, 2012

A Roman Catholic monsignor, William J. Lynn, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Tuesday for covering up sexual abuses by a priest he supervised in Philadelphia.

“You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong,” Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said, according to media reports from the courtroom.

“I did not intend any harm,” Lynn said in court Tuesday. “My best was not good enough to stop that harm.”

A former secretary for clergy to the late Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, Lynn managed priests and investigated claims of misconduct from 1992 to 2004. With his conviction last month of child endangerment, Lynn became the first Roman Catholic church official to be convicted of a felony for covering up child sex-abuse claims against a priest.

That priest, Edward Avery, was later defrocked and is serving 2½ to 5 years in prison for sexually assaulting an altar boy in church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM
US monsignor sentenced for child sex abuse cover-up
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Press TV (Iran)

A Roman Catholic Monsignor, the highest-ranking US church official to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse claims, has been sentenced to three to six years in prison.

The Philadelphia court on Tuesday handed down the sentence to William Lynn, who was found guilty last month of one count of child endangerment in connection to the US Roman Catholic Church scandal.

Monsignor Lynn, secretary of the archdiocese from 1994 to 2001 and tasked with investigating abuse claims, was found guilty of endangering the victim of Edward Avery, a former priest convicted in 1999 of sexual assault.

Lynn enabled “monsters in clerical garb… to destroy the souls of children,” Judge M Teresa Sarmina said.

The trial, the first in the United States involving a senior official in the Catholic Church, also centered on two more Philadelphia priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM
Philadelphia Church Official Sentenced to at Least 3 Years in Prison
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The New York Times

By JON HURDLE and ERIK ECKHOLM

Published: July 24, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — Msgr. William J. Lynn, the first Roman Catholic official in the United States to be convicted of covering up sexual abuses by priests under his supervision, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Tuesday.

“You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong,” said Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina as she imposed the sentence, which was just short of the maximum of three and a half to seven years. …

“I think this is going to send a very strong signal to every bishop and everybody who worked for a bishop that if they don’t do the right thing they may go to jail,” said Rev. Thomas J. Reese, a senior fellow of the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. “They can’t just say the bishop made me do it, that’s not going to be an excuse that holds up in court.”

In a three-minute statement before he heard his sentence, Monsignor Lynn, dressed in a black clerical shirt and white collar, said: “I have been a priest for 36 years, and I have done the best I can. I have always tried to help people.”

He said that he respected the verdict of the jury, and he apologized to the abuse victim in the case at the center of his conviction. He turned toward relatives of the victim in the courtroom and said, “I hope some day that you will accept my apology.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM
Benedict XVI Fires Another Old Liberal Bishop
ITALY
The Eponymous Flower

Yet again there is another Old Liberal Bishop of the rundown Post-Conciliar Church — named by Benedict XVI — who has been removed.

(kreuz.net)Today Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the surprising resignation of Archbishop Vincenzo Di Mauro (61).

The reason for the resignation is not known.

Vigevano is a 64,000 population city 35 km southwest of Milan.

Dismissed

Msgr De Mauro was the Secretary of the Vatican Prefecture for Economic Affairs.

His dismissal after only three years in an unimportant Italian diocese was widely interpreted as a demotion.

The Italian news agency ‘agi.it’ spoke of the dissmissal of the Archbishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM
‘Purple Reign’ falls on Catholic Church with book’s release
UPPER FREEHOLD (NJ)
Examiner

BY JANE MEGGITT Correspondent

UPPER FREEHOLD — No one could accuse Bruce Novozinsky of backing away from a controversial subject.

With the publication of his book, “Purple Reign – Sexual Abuse and Abuse of Power in the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, 1972- 2011,” the township resident takes on no less an authority than the Catholic Church and its behavior in the priestly pedophilia scandals.

According to a website promoting the book, “Novozinsky’s unvarnished look at the clerical culture reveals pedophilia as but one facet of the larger crisis — sexually active priests breaking their vows of celibacy with each other; the shielding of clergy through transfers, forced resignations, legal technicalities and prosecutorial deals; the Church’s attempted blame shift to homosexuality and society’s sexual degeneracy; and the silence of victims, secured through the politics of power and intimidation.

“The legacy of a succession of local bishops is that they acted first to protect the institution over the victim and employed every means to spare the realm, demonstrating that the crisis played out no differently in the idyllic New Jersey suburbs than it did anywhere else,” according to the website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM
Lynn sentenced to up to six years in prison
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

by Brian Roewe on Jul. 24, 2012 NCR Today

William J. Lynn, the former secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia archdiocese, was sentenced to three to six years in prison this morning, according to The Associated Press.

Lynn was convicted June 22 on one count of child endangerment for allowing former priest Edward Avery to remain in ministry despite knowledge of past abuse.

Lynn’s defense lawyers had sought a minimal sentence of probation without jail time while the Philadelphia district attorney’s office pushed for a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Lynn and his lawyers are expected to appeal the decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:26 PM
US monsignor William Lynn sentenced for abuse cover-up
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
BBC News

US Roman Catholic Monsignor William Lynn has been sentenced to three to six years in jail for covering up a sex abuse complaint against a priest.

Lynn supervised hundreds of priests in his role as secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Last month he became the most senior clergyman convicted in connection to the US Roman Catholic Church scandal.

Judge M Teresa Sarmina said Lynn enabled “monsters in clerical garb… to destroy the souls of children”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:23 PM
Philly Priest Gets Three to Six Years in Abuse Case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Fox 2

July 24, 2012, by Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA CNN — The highest-ranking Catholic Church cleric charged and convicted in the landmark Philadelphia child sexual abuse trial was sentenced to three to six years in prison Tuesday.

Monsignor William Lynn, 61, was found guilty in June of one count of child endangerment, the first time a U.S. church leader has been convicted of such a charge.

He was given just under the maximum sentence he faced, which was three-and-a-half to seven years in prison for his conviction on the third-degree felony.

The trial marked the first time U.S. prosecutors have charged not just the priests who allegedly committed abuses but also church leaders for failing to stop them. Lynn is the highest-ranking cleric accused of covering up allegations of molestation and rape against priests by transferring them to unwitting parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM
Philadelphia monsignor gets 3-6 years for cover-up in Catholic priest sex-abuse scandal
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
MSNBC

By NBC News and wire services

PHILADELPHIA — Monsignor William Lynn, the most senior U.S. Catholic clergyman convicted in the church’s decades-long sex abuse scandal, was sentenced on Tuesday to three to six years in jail for covering up child sex abuse by priests in Philadelphia.

The sentence handed down by Judge M. Teresa Sarmina was less than the maximum penalty of seven years in prison for Lynn’s conviction on a single count of child endangerment.

Sarmina said the sentence was meant to punish Lynn for protecting “monsters in clerical garb who molested children … to destroy the souls of children, to whom you turned a hard heart.” …

“I believe that what Lynn did was done by just about every diocese,” Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, which tracks priest-abuse cases, told NBCPhiladelphia.com. “In most cases, I think the vicar general was well informed, and also the bishop.”

More than 500 U.S. priests have now been convicted of abuse, according to his organization. But Lynn’s three-month trial, he said, shows “just how hard it is to demonstrate collusion.”

Bishop Robert Finn and the Kansas City diocese face a misdemeanor charge of failing to report suspected child sexual abuse. Both Finn and the diocese have pleaded not guilty, and are set to go on trial next month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:15 PM
Msgr. Lynn sentenced to three to six years in prison
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Msgr. William J. Lynn was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in state prison Tuesday for child endangerment by a judge who said he turned a blind eye while “monsters in clerical garb” sexually abused children and devastated the church and community.

“You knew full well what was right, Monsignor, but you chose wrong,” Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told him.

The punishment capped a two-hour hearing and a three-month landmark trial, the first for a Catholic church official accused of enabling child-sex abuse. It fell just short of the maximum term that Philadelphia prosecutors sought, but was far more severe than the probation or county jail term that Lynn’s lawyers had argued.

Lynn told the judge that he was sorry for his “failings” during the 12 years he was in charge of managing priests’ assignments and investigating clergy-sex abuse claims for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He repeated his claim that he did his best as clergy secretary,
“But the fact is, my best was not good enough – and for that I’m truly sorry,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:12 PM
US church official gets prison in landmark abuse case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
AlterNet

The highest-ranking US church official to be convicted of covering up child sex allegations, Philadelphia monsignor William Lynn, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Tuesday.

William Lynn, who was secretary of the archdiocese from 1994 to 2001 and tasked with investigating abuse claims, was found guilty last month of one count of child endangerment.

Lawyers had pushed for Lynn to be spared prison, but Judge Teresa Sarmina imposed close to the maximum sentence of three and a half to seven years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:09 PM
Monsignor jailed for child sex abuse
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

AFP
July 25, 2012

The highest-ranking US church official to be convicted of covering up child sex allegations, Philadelphia monsignor William Lynn, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Tuesday.

William Lynn, who was secretary of the archdiocese from 1994 to 2001 and tasked with investigating abuse claims, was found guilty last month of one count of child endangerment.

Lawyers had pushed for Lynn to be spared prison, but Judge Teresa Sarmina imposed close to the maximum sentence of three and a half to seven years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 PM
Philadelphia Priest Convicted of Child Abuse
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Prensa Latina

Washington, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) Philadelphia”s Attorney”s Office confirmed today that Monsignor William Lynn will be convicted of being responsible for the Church”s greatest sex scandal in the United States or, even, in America.

Lynn, 61, faces up to seven years in prison for covering up child abuse committed by colleagues under his supervision between 1992 and 2004.

District judge Seth Williams wrote in the pre-sentence that the defendant should have been understood that the protection to U.S. child and the prestige of the ecclesiastical church were his jobs’ main task.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:02 PM
Pa. monsignor who became 1st US church official branded felon…
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Washington Post

Pa. monsignor who became 1st US church official branded felon for sex cover-up gets 3-6 years

By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, July 24

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic monsignor who became the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up sex abuse claims against priests was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in prison by a judge who said he “enabled monsters in clerical garb … to destroy the souls of children.”

Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, “helped many but also failed many in his 36-year church career,” Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said.

Lynn, who handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004, was convicted last month of felony child endangerment for his oversight of now-defrocked priest Edward Avery, who is serving a 2½- to five-year sentence after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting an altar boy in church.

The monsignor said Tuesday: “I did not intend any harm to come to (Avery’s victim). My best was not good enough to stop that harm.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM
Church Official Sentenced to Prison for Sex Abuse Coverup
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
ABA Journal

Posted Jul 24, 2012
By Debra Cassens Weiss

The first senior Roman Catholic official in the United States convicted for covering up sexual abuse by a priest has been sentenced to three to six years in prison.

Msgr. William Lynn of the Philadelphia Archdiocese was convicted last month on one count of child endangerment and acquitted on two other charges. The sentence imposed today was just below the maximum, the New York Times reports. Lynn’s lawyers had sought probation, according to the Associated Press.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told Lynn he enabled “monsters in clerical garb … to destroy the souls of children, to whom you turned a hard heart.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:40 PM
U.S. monsignor gets 3-6 years in prison for child sex abuse case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Reuters

By Dave Warner

PHILADELPHIA | Tue Jul 24, 2012

(Reuters) – Monsignor William Lynn, the most senior clergyman convicted in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church scandal, was sentenced on Tuesday to three to six years in prison for covering up child sex abuse by priests in Philadelphia.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told Lynn, 61, the former secretary of the clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, that he protected “monsters in clerical garb who molested children.”

Lynn had faced up to seven years behind bars for his conviction on a single count of child endangerment.

Lynn, who oversaw the work of 800 priests, was convicted of covering up sex-abuse allegations, often by transferring predatory priests to unsuspecting parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:38 PM
Pa. monsignor gets 3-6 years in sex abuse cover-up
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Daily Record

Posted: 12:01 pm Tue, July 24, 2012
By Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic monsignor who became the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up sex abuse claims against priests was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in prison.

Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia, the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said Lynn enabled “monsters in clerical garb … to destroy the souls of children, to whom you turned a hard heart.”

She added: “You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM
Abuse cover-up priest jailed in the US
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Irish Examiner

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Roman Catholic monsignor who covered up sex abuse claims against priests in the US has been jailed for three to six years.

Lynn was the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Lynn handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004.

A jury convicted him last month of child endangerment for his oversight of now-defrocked priest Edward Avery, who is serving up to five years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:30 PM
PA – Msgr. Lynn sentenced, SNAP responds
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Joelle Casteix on July 24, 2012

We are grateful that Msgr. Lynn was not able to escape with the minimum sentence for his years of concealing heinous crimes against children. But cover ups would be better deterred had he gotten the maximum penalty, and justice would have been better served.

Considering all the kids whose innocence was shattered (or, in some whose lives were lost to suicide), we believe that Msgr. Lynn deserved the harshest punishment.

Still, this sentence sends a powerful message: cover-up child sex crimes and you’ll go to jail. Not house arrest. Not community service. Not a fine. You’ll be locked up.

It says, loud and clear, that child sex crimes are taken extremely seriously, and will be punished as such.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM
Pennsylvania Monsignor Sentenced To 3 To 6 Years In Prison
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Capital Public Radio

By Eyder Peralta

During sentencing the judge said William Lynn had enabled “monsters in clerical garb” to abuse children.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monsignor William Lynn, who became the first Catholic leader convicted in the church sex abuse scandal, was sentenced to three to six years in prison.

The AP reports:

“The former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004.

“Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said Lynn enabled ‘monsters in clerical garb … to destroy the souls of children, to whom you turned a hard heart.’

“She added: ‘You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong.'”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM
Catholic monsignor sentenced for sex-abuse cover-up
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Duluth News Tribune

By: Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic monsignor who became the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up sex-abuse claims against priests has been sentenced in Philadelphia to three to six years in prison.

Monsignor William Lynn was sentenced today. He was the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Lynn handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004. A jury convicted him last month of felony child endangerment for his oversight of now-defrocked priest Edward Avery, who is serving a 2½- to five-year sentence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:21 PM
Philadelphia Monsignor Gets Up to Six Years in Prison
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Wall Street Journal

By PETER LOFTUS

PHILADELPHIA—A Roman Catholic monsignor was sentenced Tuesday to as many as six years in prison for allowing a priest suspected of sexual misconduct with a minor to have continued contact with children.

A jury last month found Monsignor William Lynn guilty of child endangerment. The verdict marked the first time a senior U.S. church official was convicted of a criminal charge related to allegations of covering up sexual abuse of minors by other priests. Msgr. Lynn, 61, served as secretary for clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, a job that included investigating abuse allegations lodged against priests in the diocese.

Monsignor William Lynn, shown in June, was sentenced to six years in prison for allowing a priest suspected of sexual misconduct with a minor to have continued contact with children.

Msgr. Lynn’s three- to six-year prison sentence is another milestone in a sex-abuse scandal that has shaken the Church in the U.S. and elsewhere for the past decade. Victims’ groups heralded his conviction as an opening for law-enforcement officials in other cities to look anew at whether other high-ranking church officials could be held criminally liable for looking the other way when priests under their charge were accused of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM
Murder and Sexual Abuse
CANADA
Ken Hills

In response to “priest dumping” case troubling, July 23 editorial When Karla Homolka made a deal with the Crown Attorney, in which she agreed to testify against Paul Bernardo, she literally got away with murder. It was after this agreement, termed the deal with the devil, that the incriminating videos, which clearly showed her involvement in her sister’s death, were found in the ceiling structure of that house of horrors. Now we learn that the defense attorney for Rev. Jose Silva, and the Hamilton-based Crown attorney’s office, struck yet another clandestine deal that allows Silva to return to his native Brazil where he is now in therapy, his status as a Catholic priest on hold. When I once asked a criminal lawyer, a member of our family, how he could in conscience defend someone whom he knew was guilty, his answer was clear. His job, he told me, was to offer the best defense possible within the law. And if he was successful in having his obviously guilty client walk free, then it was up to legislators to change the law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:27 AM
Two men say Bransfield did nothing inappropriate
WEST VIRGINIA
Herald-Star

July 24, 2012

By JENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH – Special to the Herald-Star , The Intelligencer

WHEELING – Two men who were among a group of teens that accompanied then-Rev. Michael J. Bransfield to a Pennsylvania farm in the late 1970s to visit another priest told a Philadelphia newspaper this week that Bransfield did nothing inappropriate during their time together.

The men, Ronald Rock and Timothy Love, gave statements to the Philadelphia Inquirer that contradict claims made in a Philadelphia courtroom earlier this year.

During what has been called the “landmark” clergy-sex abuse case, a witness testified that a former defrocked priest who was not on trial, Stanley Gana, told him that Bransfield was having a relationship with one of the boys in the group that visited the farm. The witness, Mark Berkery, who told investigators that Gana had abused him for years, claims that Gana called the group Bransfield’s “fair-haired boys.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 AM
Missbrauchsopfer beendet Hungerstreik
DEUTSCHLAND
Welt

Scharbeutz (dapd). Nach gut sechs Wochen hat der Vorsitzende des Opferverbandes NetzwerkB, Norbert Denef, seinen Hungerstreik beendet. Die Entscheidung sei nach Rücksprache mit Unterstützern, die sich seiner Aktion angeschlossen hatten, und den Ärzten gefallen, teilte der 63-Jährige am Dienstag im schleswig-holsteinischen Scharbeutz (Kreis Ostholstein) mit. Er hatte sich seit dem 8. Juni nur noch von Tee, Wasser, Gemüsewasser und Limonensaft ernährt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM
46 Tage HUNGERSTREIK – Politik läßt Opfer lieber verhungern
DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

netzwerkB Pressemitteilung 24. Juli 2012 (als PDF herunter laden)

46 Tage HUNGERSTREIK – Politik lässt Opfer lieber verhungern als sich für Opferschutz und Kinderschutz einzusetzen

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM
New abuse claims against Father F
AUSTRALIA
The Australian

MITCHELL NADIN
From:The Australian
July 25, 2012

THE priest known as Father F, the subject of a police investigation into child sex offences dating to the 1970s, is facing fresh allegations of abuse.

Mark Boughton, who was a student at the Catholic primary school in Moree in northern NSW during the late 1970s, last night told the ABC Father F – as he is known for legal reasons – forced him to perform oral sex numerous times when he was an 11-year-old altar boy.

Last week, NSW police established Strike Force Glenroe to investigate the alleged child abuse by Father F of several altar boys in parishes across the state.

Mr Boughton said Father F had abused him after gaining the trust of the boy’s parents. “I thought he was trying to do the right thing and draw the community closer to everyone,” he told the ABC’s 7.30 last night.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM
Victim comes forward over priest’s sex abuse
AUSTRALIA
Radio Australia

[with video]

An alleged victim has gone to authorities over an apparent cover-up by the Catholic Church over abuse by a paedophile priest known as Father F.

The Church told a Four Corners report it could not act on the allegations as it did not know the identity of any of Father F’s victims.

There has never been a successful prosecution, mainly because victims have not been willing to go to police.

But 7.30 can reveal that an alleged victim has gone to authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM
Women who cheered priest in court freed
NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Michael Donnelly
Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Two women who cheered in court as a priest was cleared of sex abuse charges have walked free from court themselves after apologising for the outburst.

The women had clapped and cheered when Fr Eugene Boland (66), of Killyclogher Road, Omagh, was cleared of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl 20 years ago in parochial house in Derry.

The women — Sarah Kerrigan from Patrick Street, Londonderry, and Michelle Ruddy, of Larraghirrell, in Culdaff, Co Donegal — had been charged with contempt of court. They appeared visibly relieved when Judge Stephen Fowler said he would take the matter no further.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM
Philadelphia Church Official to Be Sentenced in Abuse Case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The New York Times

By ERIK ECKHOLM

Published: July 24, 2012

Sentencing is expected Tuesday in the landmark conviction of a Roman Catholic official for covering up child sex abuses by priests under his supervision.

The official, Msgr. William J. Lynn of Philadelphia, was found guilty on June 22 on one count of endangering a child. The crime carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Monsignor Lynn served as secretary for clergy for the 1.5 million-member archdiocese from 1992 to 2004, recommending priest assignments and investigating abuse complaints. In a trial that lasted more than two months, prosecutors argued that he had shielded predatory priests, often transferring them to unwary new parishes, and lied to the public to avoid bad publicity and lawsuits.

Last week, Monsignor Lynn’s lawyers asked Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina to spare him from prison and sentence him to probation and work-release or house arrest. They argued in a written memorandum that a long prison sentence would be “merely cruel and unusual,” and “would serve no purpose at all.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM
Victim comes forward over priest’s sex abuse
AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with video]

By Adam Harvey

Posted July 24, 2012

The ABC can reveal an alleged victim has gone to authorities over an apparent cover-up in the Catholic Church over a self-confessed paedophile known as Father F.

The Church told a Four Corners report it could not act on the allegations as it did not know the identity of any of Father F’s victims.

There has never been a successful prosecution, mainly because victims have not been willing to go to police.

But 7.30 can reveal that an alleged victim has gone to authorities.

For 30 years, Mark Boughton has struggled with the memories of what Father F did to him as an 11-year-old altar boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM
Former altar boy says priest molested him
FLORIDA
WESH

[with video]

ORLANDO, Fla. –
A lawsuit was filed Monday against the Catholic Diocese of Orlando by a former altar boy who said he was molested by a priest when he was 14 years old.

The attorney for the man, who is a naval officer, said the molestation took place in 1978.

“What we allege here is that the diocese failed to protect one of its altar boys because it had a priest who was known to be a sexual predator,” attorney Adam Horowitz said.

The Rev. William Authenreith was around 41 or 42 years old at the time of the alleged incident, and Horowitz said the abuse happened to several children.

“He allegedly abused children at parishes where he had served for a period of decades,” said Horowitz. “It occurred in the sacristy, where the priests and the altar boys prepare for church services. It happened more than one time.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM
COPS: Largo puppeteer wanted to “cook” and “eat” children
FLORIDA
WTSP

[with video]

Written by
Melanie Michael

Largo, Florida — The details in this case are so deviant and so diabolical the contents of the federal documents are creating a visceral reaction in people.

Those who read the material become sick to their stomachs.

A 57-year-old local puppeteer from Largo is accused of planning to kidnap children — specifically toddlers — torture them, rape them, murder them, then cook their body parts on a stove, according to federal documents.

Ronald Brown was busted by federal agents this week and is on a U.S. Marshal hold in the Pinellas County Jail. Brown lives in the Whispering Pines mobile home park in Largo off of 142nd Street. …

According to documents, Brown was targeting a little boy at a local church.

He told FBI agents, he wanted to “eat” the child. Brown also admitted in the documents that he wanted to strangle children, that he was in a group on Yahoo where he discussed his fantasies online.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM
Largo puppeteer hit with child porn, conspiracy charges
FLORIDA
The Tampa Tribune

By ELAINE SILVESTRINI | The Tampa Tribune
Published: July 24, 2012

TAMPA —
A puppeteer who has entertained children for years across the Tampa area had a sickening secret, according to a federal complaint.

Ron Brown collected pornographic images of children and fantasized about strangling, dismembering and cannibalizing children, court documents state. The 57-year-old Largo man is under arrest in the Pinellas County Jail facing federal charges of conspiring to kidnap a child and possession of child pornography.

He was arrested as part of an international investigation conducted by federal Homeland Security agents based in Boston. …

He told agents, according to the complaint, that every Wednesday several children from his neighborhood come to his house for pizza before he gives them a ride to church in a van provided by the church.

But he told investigators he talked to someone online about killing, dismembering and eating a particular boy at his church, the complaint states. He said he told the person, “If I was going to eat someone, I would probably eat” the boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM
Victim Impact Statement to Judge Sarmina
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

July 24, 2012 by Susan Matthews

Dear Judge Sarmina,

My name is Bob Fisher and I had the opportunity of testifying at Msgr. Lynn’s trial April 25th. I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you how my life has been affected by my abuse and its aftermath. Edward Avery’s assault on me was psychological and spiritual as well as sexual in nature. Its effects on my life have been global and pervasive and have altered its trajectory. That is not to say that it has ruined my life by any stretch of the imagination. I have in many ways an amazing life and family despite what happened to me. However, these accomplishments and blessings do not mitigate the pain, I have carried because of Edward Avery’s actions.

My abuse led to great difficulties in the area of trust and relationships particularly with men resulting in my having a fairly small support circle at this point in my life. I have struggled with my own psycho sexual identity and the disruption of my spiritual center. There were bouts of depression and thoughts of suicide with attempts at self medication with alcohol and just general numbing out over the years. The only way forward had been a rigid compartmentalization of this part of my life away from the “normal” life I was pursuing. This took considerable energy and attention away from my becoming the husband, father and physician I wanted to be and has exacted an incalculable toll on our lives over the years. There has also been a direct and indirect negative financial impact related to my abuse, its aftermath and more recently to this trial.

I first broke my silence regarding what Edward Avery did to me in 1992. I had been struggling with the pain and shame for over 10 years and I wanted to make a break with the past I had also become concerned that Avery might do the same to someone else. I approached the Archdiocese through the office of Secretary for Clergy as I was advised to do. Msgr Lynn represented the church and resolution of this matter to me. I put my faith in and trusted that the right thing would be done; approaching Msgr Lynn with the expectation that his actions would be consistent with the values I had learned through my faith. I stressed in my communications with Msgr Lynn that I felt that Edward Avery might offend again. I conveyed the great difficulties that the abuse was causing me in my life. I never received the acknowledgment or validation from him confirming what I had experienced. I never knew that he had concluded as early as 1994 that Avery was guilty of abusing me. I was left to wonder whether he and the Archdiocese even believed me. I later had to pursue the truth of whether Edward Avery was in a safe assignment after I began to hear that he was DJ-ING and was around young people. I was assured by Msgr Lynn that Edward Avery was in a safe assignment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM
Vatican denies speculation about Vatileaks suspects
VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Agency

Vatican City, Jul 23, 2012 / 01:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is denying newspaper claims that three officials close to Pope Benedict XVI were found complicit in the recent leaking of sensitive papal information to the media.

“The Secretariat of State expresses its firm and total disapproval of those publications, which are not based on objective criteria and seriously damage the honor of the people concerned, who have served the Holy Father faithfully for many years,” said a statement issued by the Vatican’s Secretariat of State on July 23.

The allegations were printed in the July 23 edition of the Italian daily newspaper “La Repubblica” after they appeared in the online edition of German newspaper “Die Welt” last week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM
Videla dijo que Iglesia argentina sabía del asesinato de desaparecidos
ARGENTINA
La Nacion

Buenos Aires. AFP.
“La desaparición de personas fue una cosa lamentable (…) se lo planteó como una situación muy dolorosa y nos asesoraron sobre la forma de manejarla. En algunos casos la Iglesia ofreció sus buenos oficios y frente a familiares que se tenía la certeza de que no harían un uso político de la información, se les dijo que no busquen más a su hijo porque estaba muerto”, dijo Videla.
La nota fue realizada entre agosto y octubre de 2010 mientras el exdictador estaba arrestado en la prisión de alta seguridad de Bouwer, en la provincia de Córdoba (centro) y concedida bajo la condición de que fuera publicada “luego de su muerte”, según refirió la revista cordobesa que decidió divulgarla.

Videla citó al ex cardenal primado de argentina Raúl Primatesta (fallecido en 2006) y al nuncio apostólico Pio Laghi (fallecido en 2009) entre los representantes de la Iglesia a quienes “consultaba” sobre el tema.

“En mi vida lo he hablado con muchas personas. Con Primatesta, muchas veces. Con la Conferencia Episcopal Argentina, no a pleno, sino con algunos obispos. Con ellos hemos tenido muchas charlas. Con el nuncio apostólico Pío Laghi”, citó Videla.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM
Australian Chabad Faces Abuse, Fiscal Scandals
AUSTRALIA
Forward

By Haaretz

Published July 24, 2012.

The two major branches of Chabad-Lubavitch in Australia are in the grip of separate crises that threaten to tar the movement’s reputation and undermine much of the work the Hasidic organization has invested in the six decades since it began operating here.

In Melbourne, a judge last week set the date for the trial of an Orthodox man who stands accused of 41 counts of child molestation at a Chabad-run school as several other separate child sex abuse cases continue to embroil the organization.

David Cyprys, a former security guard contracted to Yeshivah College, the Chabad boys school in Melbourne, has been ordered to stand trial next July. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include several counts of child rape allegedly perpetrated on students in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM
Bistümer setzen Kontrollen gegen Missbrauch fort
DEUTSCHLAND
Volksfreund

Im Kampf gegen sexuellen Missbrauch von Kindern und Jugendlichen setzen die Bistümer die Kontrollen ihrer Mitarbeiter fort. Das Bistum Speyer bestätigte am Montag, dass ein Jahr nach einem Aufruf an alle rund 1100 Hauptamtlichen, ein erweitertes Führungszeugnis vorzulegen, ein Großteil der Informationen vorliege. Daraus hätten sich keine Informationen über Vorstrafen wegen Sexualstraftaten oder Verletzung der Fürsorgepflicht ergeben. Ein kleiner Kreis von Personen habe noch kein Zeugnis vorgelegt, doch man rechne damit, dass dies nachgeholt werde.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM
Nach 46 Tagen hat Norbert Denef gestern den Hungerstreik beendet
DEUTCHLAND
Lubeder Nachrichten

Scharbeutz – 46 Tage lang hat Norbert Denef keine feste Nahrung zu sich genommen. Gestern Abend um 18 Uhr beendete der 63-Jährige in Scharbeutz seinen Hungerstreik, biss vorsichtig in eine Möhre und suchte sich aus einem großen Korb ein Stück frisches Obst aus.

Ebenso wie Denef handelten gestern auch vier Frauen sowie zwei Männer in Deutschland und in Österreich. „Nach Rücksprache untereinander, mit unseren Unterstützern und unseren Ärzten, beenden wir den Hungerstreik“, formulierten sie in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung. Ihr großes Ziel, eine Aufhebung der Verjährung für Taten gegen die sexuelle Selbstbestimmung zu erreichen, haben sie nicht erreicht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM
Ex-Diktator Videla: Vatikan wusste von “Verschwundenen”
ARGENTINIEN
Kipa (Schwiez)

[summary: Former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla said church leadership in Argentina and the Vatican were kept informed of the disapperance of those who opposed his regime. He said he talked to many people about it, including the Argentinian Episcopal Conference, some but not all bishops and former Vatican ambassador Pio Laghi. It is estimated that 30,000 people died during the dictatorship.]

Buenos Aires, 20.7.12 (Kipa) Die katholische Kirchenführung in Argentinien und im Vatikan war nach Aussage des früheren Diktator Jorge Rafael Videla über die Fälle verschwundener Oppositioneller informiert. “In meinem Leben habe ich mit vielen Leuten darüber gesprochen. Mit der argentinischen Bischofskonferenz, nicht mit allen, aber mit einigen Bischöfen. Mit ihnen hatten wir viele Gespräche”, sagte der 86-jährige Ex-General in einem Interview des argentinischen Magazins “El Sur”.

Die Regierung habe auch mit dem Vatikanbotschafter Pio Laghi gesprochen. “Sie haben uns beraten, wie wir das Thema behandeln können”, sagte Videla. Der 2009 verstorbene Kurienkardinal Laghi war von 1974 bis 1980 Nuntius in Argentinien.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM
Mehrerau-Zivilprozess erneut vertagt
OSTERREICH
Vol

Bregenz, Feldkirch – Das Zivilverfahren eines heute 45-jährigen Missbrauchsopfers gegen das Bregenzer Zisterzienser-Kloster Mehrerau am Landesgericht Feldkirch ist am Dienstag zum zweiten Mal vertagt worden.

Der Mehrerauer Alt-Abt Kassian Lauterer, der als Zeuge aussagen sollte, konnte wegen einer kurzfristigen Erkrankung nicht vor Gericht erscheinen. Der Prozess soll nun im Oktober fortgesetzt werden.

Missbrauch und Vergewaltigung in Mehrerau

Der 45-Jährige hat die kirchliche Einrichtung auf 135.000 Euro Schmerzengeld und Verdienstentgang geklagt. Er ist in den 1980er Jahren von einem Pater des Klosters offenbar missbraucht und vergewaltigt worden. Die Eltern des 45-Jährigen hatten den damaligen Mehrerau-Abt Kassian Lauterer über den sexuellen Missbrauch ihres Sohnes durch den Pater informiert. Daraufhin wurde dieser aus dem Schuldienst entfernt, als Priester suspendiert und versetzt. Im Gegenzug verzichteten die Eltern auf eine Anzeige gegen den Pater.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM
Pemberton deacon faces additional molestation charges involving second child
PENNSYLVANIA
PhillyBurbs

Posted on July 24, 2012

by Danielle Camilli

MOUNT HOLLY — A Pemberton Township deacon, already charged with sexually assaulting a girl during a church service earlier this month, is now accused of molesting another child.

Joseph V. Pullen Jr., 59, of Whispering Pines Boulevard in Pemberton Township, was back in court Monday for his first appearance on the new charges of alleged sexual abuse of a second girl, authorities said.

The second victim told police she was molested at the Calvary Baptist Church in Pemberton Township, where he served as a deacon prior to his arrest July 13, back in 2010, according to court documents. The new charges also allege he sexually abused the same child in 2009 and 2011.

On Monday, he was charged with criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child for the second alleged incident at the church, authorities said. He also was charged with attempted-criminal sexual contact and aggravated criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM
W.Va. bishop says alleged victim proves innocence
WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston Daily Mail

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Roman Catholic bishop of West Virginia wrote in an email to supporters Monday that he is grateful that two men have come forward to defend him against allegations that he sexually abused one of them in the 1970s, and that their assertions provide proof that he’s innocent.

In an email to clergy, parishioners and employees of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Bishop Michael Bransfield said he has never abused anyone. The letter also was posted on the diocese website.

It comes after allegations surfaced during a recently completed Philadelphia priest-abuse trial in which a witness testified that a priest who abused him told him that Bransfield was sexually involved with a young teen. The alleged victim and another man told The Philadelphia Inquirer in a story published Sunday (http://bit.ly/LJE9rx) that the allegations were false.

Bransfield remains under investigation for another claim, which he denies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM
Philadelphia man denies sex abuse by W.Va. bishop
WEST VIRGINIA
The Charleston Gazette

By Travis Crum

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Philadelphia man denies that Bishop Michael Bransfield sexually abused him when he was a teenager in the late 1970s, according to a statement issued by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston on Monday.

A man who alleged abuse by Stanley Gana, a former Philadelphia priest, testified in the city’s Court of Common Pleas in April that Gana claimed Bransfield was having sex with a young boy.

The man testified he was on Gana’s farm in upstate New York when Bransfield pulled up in a truck with several teenage boys inside. The man said Gana told him then-Rev. Bransfield had a sexual relationship with a teenage boy in his passenger seat.

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston identified the boy in the passenger seat as Ronald Rock, a Philadelphia business executive, according to a statement. Rock was a Lansdale Catholic High School student at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM
Lynn sentencing today in priest sex abuse case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

The sentencing today of Msgr. William J. Lynn will mark the first for a Catholic church official convicted of enabling clergy-sex abuse.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina is scheduled to sentence Lynn later this morning for failing to take steps that might have prevented a priest from sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy.

Lynn, 61, faces up to seven years in state prison. He has been jailed since his June 22 conviction.

His sentencing will follow an unprecedented three-month trial that exposed decades of child-sex abuse by Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests, and showed how church leaders sometimes shuffled accused clerics to hide the misconduct from the public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM
Philly monsignor awaits fate in church cover-up
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WSRO

MARYCLAIRE DALE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic monsignor awaits sentencing Tuesday in a landmark prosecution over his handling of complaints that Philadelphia priests were molesting children.

Monsignor William Lynn faces up to seven years in prison for his felony child endangerment conviction. He was cleared of three related charges at trial.

The 61-year-old Lynn is the first American church official convicted in the scandal that’s rocked the Catholic church for more than a decade. But he may not be the last.

Bishop Robert Finn and the Kansas City diocese face a misdemeanor charge of failing to report suspected child sexual abuse. Both Finn and the diocese have pleaded not guilty, and are set to go on trial next month.

“I believe that what Lynn did was done by just about every diocese,” said Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, which tracks priest-abuse cases. “In most cases, I think the vicar general was well informed, and also the bishop.”

More than 500 U.S. priests have now been convicted of abuse, according to his organization. But Lynn’s three-month trial, he said, shows “just how hard it is to demonstrate collusion.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM
July 23, 2012
Former priest appeals rape conviction
TENNESSEE
WBIR

A former Kingsport and Knoxville priest is appealing a rape conviction he received last year.

William Casey is appealing a conviction to the state Criminal Court of Appeals.

He is currently serving 35 to 40 years behind bars for sexually molesting a teen more than three decades ago.

Last July, a jury convicted Casey of molesting his former altar boy Warren Tucker between 1978 and 1980.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 PM
Ex-Irish College vice-rector appointed parish priest
IRELAND
The Irish Times

GORDON DEEGAN

CLARE: One of three priest staff members at the Irish College in Rome who returned home this summer was yesterday appointed a parish priest in Co Clare.

Last May, the college announced its vice-rector, Fr Albert McDonnell, was one of three staff priests to return home at the end of the academic year.

A native of Kilmaley, Co Clare, Fr McDonnell was one of the names mentioned for the vacancy of Bishop of Killaloe before Pope Benedict XVI appointed Dr Kieran O’Reilly in May 2010.

In May, the rector of the Irish College, Fr Ciarán O’Carroll announced the return of Fr McDonnell and two of his colleagues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM
W.Va. bishop says alleged victim proves innocence
WEST VIRGINIA
The Sacramento Bee

The Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jul. 23, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Roman Catholic bishop of West Virginia says he is grateful that two men have come forward to defend him against allegations that he sexually abused one of them in the 1970s.

Bishop Michael Bransfield sent an email Monday to clergy, parishioners and employees of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in which he said he has never abused anyone. The letter also was posted on the diocese website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 PM
Sentencing Tuesday in priest abuse case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CNN

By Sarah Hoye, CNN

updated 6:37 PM EDT, Mon July 23, 2012

Philadelphia (CNN) — The highest-ranking Catholic church cleric charged and convicted in the landmark child sexual abuse trial is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday.

Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty in June of one count of child endangerment, the first time a U.S. church leader has been convicted of such a charge. He could face three-and-a-half to seven years in prison for his conviction on the third-degree felony.

A Philadelphia judge ordered Lynn, 61, to remain in jail until his sentencing despite a request for house arrest by his legal team.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM
New trial for priest set on eve of Lynn sentencing in abuse scandal
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WHTC

By Dave Warner

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Prosecutors said on Monday they would retry a key figure in the child sex abuse case involving Monsignor William Lynn, the most senior clergyman convicted in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church scandal.

A new trial for the Reverend James Brennan, 49, on charges of attempted rape and child endangerment was announced on Monday before Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina.

On Tuesday, Sarmina will sentence Lynn, 61, who faces up to seven years in prison for child endangerment. He has been in jail since his conviction on June 22 after a three-month joint trial with Brennan.

Lynn, as the former secretary for the clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, was essentially personnel director for 800 priests, including Brennan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM
9 jurors seated in clergy sex abuse civil trial
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WWLP

Published : Monday, 23 Jul 2012, 5:42 PM EDT
Laura Hutchinson

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Nine jurors have been seated in a clergy sex abuse case.

The case involves two former Springfield Bishops who are accused of not protecting a child from sexual abuse.

The jurors will hear the case of Andrew Nicastro.

He’s the man who claims former Springfield Priest Alfred Graves sexually abused him as a child.

Now, he’s suing former Bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire who he says could have prevented it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 PM
District Attorney To Re-Try Father Brennan
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Priest Abuse Trial Timeline

Ralph Cipriano

Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington notified Judge M. Teresa Sarmina this morning that the Commonwealth is seeking a new trial date for Father James J. Brennan.

Father Brennan was charged with attempted rape of a 14-year-old, but the jury deadlocked on June 22, after 13 days of deliberation with an 11-1 vote to acquit the priest, according to Juror No. 7, Taleah Grimmage. The jury also deadlocked on a second charge against Father Brennan, endangering the welfare of a child. Grimmage said the jury was evenly split on the endangerment charge.

A third charge against the priest, conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child, was thrown out by Judge Sarmina as not proven.

Father Brennan’s lawyer, William J. Brennan, no relation, had pledged to defend his client if the district attorney sought a new trial. “I think it’s lunacy to retry the case, with the jury split 11-1 on the attempted rape charge,” Brennan said before the district attorney’s office announced its decision today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:53 PM
FL – New lawsuit filed in Orlando, SNAP responds
FLORIDA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on July 23, 2012

We are grateful to this brave survivor for coming forward and revealing his abuse. It is a very difficult thing to make allegations of this sort public, but it is an important part of finding others who may have been in similar circumstances. We hope anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Fr. William Authenreith to immediately come forward and make a report to police.

It is extremely disturbing to find out that the Diocese of Orlando had knowledge of previous allegations against Fr. Authenreith. If they had allowed the police to investigate instead of doing their own internal investigation, it may have prevented other kids from being victimized. Bishop John Noonan should immediately use all of his available resources – including the diocesan website, parish bulletins, and pulpit announcements – to seek out other victims who may have been scared to speak up beforehand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM
Ex-Priest Gets 5-Month Sentence For Stealing
CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

BY EDMUND H. MAHONY, [email protected]
The Hartford Courant

2:59 p.m. EDT, July 23, 2012
A former parish priest in Greenwich accused of forging letters to cover up his theft of about $300,000 in church money was sent to prison for five months Monday in U.S. District Court.

Federal prosecutors said pastor Michael Moynihan forged letters from two parishioners, one of who was an unidentified judge, in an attempt to deceive FBI agents into believing that he spent the money for church purposes.

Moynihan, who was asked by the church to resign, was employed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport as pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Greenwich from 1993 to 2007.

Prosecutors said Moynihan used church money to pay credit card bills or other personal expenses, according to federal and church authorities. He was charged with obstructing an official proceeding.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:25 PM
Jonge priesters zwichten onder juk van celibaat
BELGIE
De Standaard

De afgelopen week lieten Jürgen Soetens en Tim De Mey, allebei 38, het priesterschap voor wat het was. De roeping is er, maar het celibaat weegt te zwaar. Dat meldt Gazet van Antwerpen.

Onderpastoor Tim De Mey uit Antwerpen was tien jaar priester, maar is uiteindelijk gezwicht onder het eenzame juk van het celibaat. Net na zijn priesterwijding zag hij geen graten in het solitaire bestaan, maar ‘het celibatair leven viel me zwaarder dan gedacht. Dit is de eerlijkste beslissing’, klinkt het.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM
PA – SNAP applauds decision to re-try Fr. James Brennan
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on July 23, 2012

We are grateful to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office for moving ahead with this retrial and not letting Fr. James Brennan to escape justice. It is very rare that victims of clergy sex abuse are able to see their abuser tried in a criminal trial, so we are very glad that Mr. Williams is still seeking justice for his victims.

We consider Brennan a dangerous man. Obviously, Philly Catholic officials do too, or they’d put him back in a parish.

He’s well educated, well spoken and charming – traits that predators use to get close to kids. He’s still a priest. And he’s likely telling many that the first trial “exonerated” him, which of course isn’t true. But as long as he walks free, kids near him are at risk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:19 PM
Jury selection …
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WWLP

Jury selection in civil case against Springfield Bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire

Updated: Monday, 23 Jul 2012

Laura Hutchinson

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Jury selection has begun in a civil case against former Springfield Bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire.

Greenfield Attorney John Stobierski claims his client, Andrew Nicastro, who is in his 40s now, was sexually abused by Father Alfred Graves when he was between the ages of 11 and 13 years old.

Now, his client is suing Catholic Church leaders, claiming they knew Graves had a history of indecent conduct with a minor.

“It’s angering. It could have all been avoided had someone simply did anything, anything at all,” Nicastro told 22News back in 2009 when he announced he was filing a lawsuit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM
Trial begins in civil suit brought by Andrew Nicastro against the Most Rev. Joseph Maguire and Thomas Dupre
SPRINGFIELD (MA)
The Republican

By Buffy Spencer, The Republican

SPRINGFIELD — Jury selection will continue Tuesday in Hampden Superior Court in a civil lawsuit brought by a Williamstown man who claims two former bishops should be held accountable for his childhood abuse by a priest.

The trial is being held before Judge Constance M. Sweeney, who began Monday morning by asking prospective jurors filling the large courtroom a series of questions, which she followed by individual juror questioning at the side of her bench with lawyers for both sides.

Lawyers for the Most Rev. Joseph F. Maguire and the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre had unsuccessfully tried to have the case dismissed on the grounds the three-year statute of limitations had expired by the time the suit was filed.

Jury selection was slow going as 59 people raised their hands when Sweeney asked if anyone had any personal or business reason they could not serve as a juror on the trial, which could take nine days or longer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM
Prosecutors to retry priest in abuse case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Philadelphia prosecutors said Monday they planned to retry James J. Brennan, the former Archdiocese of Philadelphia parish priest accused to trying to rape a 14-year-old boy in 1996.

“James Brennan used his position as a priest to prey upon and victimize this young man,” District Attorney Seth Williams said. “It is extremely important that Brennan be held accountable for his crime, not just for his victim but for all victims of sexual abuse.”

Brennan, 48, was one of two defendants in the unprecedented trial about clergy-sex abuse in the archdiocese.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina declared a mistrial in Brennan’s case when jurors deliberated 13 days but couldn’t reach verdicts on attempted rape and endangerment charges against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM
Former Woodland priest’s hearing postponed until September
CALIFORNIA
Daily Democat

By Democrat staff
dailydemocrat.com
Created: 07/23/2012

A former Woodland priest has had his preliminary hearing continued again, according to Sacramento Superior Court records.

The Rev. Uriel Ojeda, 32, served as a priest at Woodland’s Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 2007 until 2009.

His hearing Friday was continued until 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Sacramento Downtown Courthouse, 720 Ninth St. Ojeda also had a preliminary hearing continued in June.

He pleaded not guilty in April to seven counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a girl under the age of 14 between 2007 and 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM
Vatican denies removal of three new alleged poison pen letter writers
VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The director of the Vatican Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, has criticised the content of an article on the Vatileak case, published in an Italian newspaper, as unfounded

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

The director of the Vatican Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi has denied fresh claims by Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica and Germany’s Die Welt online in relation to the Vatileak issue.

Joseph Ratzinger’s three long-term collaborators – Cardinal Paolo Sardi, Bishop Joseph Clemens and Mrs. Ingrid Stampa – who were dragged in to the Vatican document leak scandal as suspected accomplices of the Pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, are three “respected individuals” said the Holy See’s spokesman. Fr. Lombardi stated that the newspaper falsely and incorrectly refers to them as “accomplices” following up on a Die Welt scoop which was ignored by most of the German press because of its inaccuracies. Fr. Lombardi said the story was exaggerated.

“This morning’s article in La Repubblica newspaper on the leaked Vatican documents, copies (in some cases entire expressions, not just the final quotation) an article by Paul Badde, published on the online version of German newspaper Die Welt a week ago (15 July),” the Vatican spokesman said. La Repubblica’s article adds nothing new to the “Die Welt” article which was ignored by most of the German press precisely because of the inaccuracies it contains and the accusations it makes against certain individuals without producing any proof whatsoever. It was for this reason that I decided not to react to it so strongly.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM
Vatican scolds reporters for ‘Vatileaks’ speculation
VATICAN CITY
Catholic Culture

[Svolta sul Corvo del Papa “Altri tre sotto inchiesta” – La Repubblica]

The Vatican has voiced “firm and total disapproval” of Italian and German newspaper reports naming three individuals who are allegedly being investigated in connection with the leaks of confidential papal documents.

Speculative stories “which are not based on objective criteria” are harmful to the Church and to the reputations of the individuals, said Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office.

The Italian daily La Repubblica had said that three people—a housekeeper to Pope Benedict XVI and two officials of the Roman Curia—were under active investigation in the “Vatileaks” scandal. But Father Lombardi said that the story was inaccurate.

La Repubblica had pointed to Ingrid Stampa, a member of the Pope’s household staff; and to two prelates: Cardinal Paolo Sardi, the retired vice-chamberlain; and Bishop Josef Clemens, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, who for years had been a chief aide to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The newspaper article suggested that the three had been dismissed from their duties because of their suspected involvement with the leaks. In fact, the Vatican press office noted, Stampa and Bishop Clemens remain in their respective posts, while Cardinal Sardi retired in January at the age of 76.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:34 PM
Vatican: Sardi, Stampa & Clemens worthy of esteem
VATICAN CITY
AGI

(AGI) Vatican City- Three of the Pope’s oldest associates, alleged accomplices of Paolo Gabriele, are “worthy of esteem”.

Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi said that Cardinal Paolo Sardi, Bishop Joseph Clemens and Mrs Ingrid Stampa, are “three persons worthy of esteem and respect.” Lombardi said that the newspaper accusing them of being intentional accomplices reporting untruths and behaving in an extremely inappropriate manner with behaviour that follows other ‘scoops’ later disproved and that according to Father Lombardi “goes too far.” . .

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM
Ex-Greenwich priest headed to prison
CONNECTICUT
Stamford Advocate

David Hennessey
Published 01:14 p.m., Monday, July 23, 2012

NEW HAVEN — The former pastor of a Greenwich church who pleaded guilty last year to federal obstruction of justice was sentenced Monday in federal court to five months in prison.

Michael Moynihan, who resigned from St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in 2007 amid allegations he diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars in church funds to pay for personal expenses, will also face two years of supervised release and must pay over $400,000 in restitution to the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Moynihan pleaded guilty in December 2011 to the obstruction charge, which stemmed from lies he told federal officials who were investigating the possible misappropriation of church funds.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM
New sex abuse lawsuit filed against Orlando Diocese
FLORIDA
Orlando Sentinel

Attorney Adam Horowitz is filing a lawsuit today against the Catholic Diocese of Orlando for the sexual abuse of a teenager by by Father William Authenreith in 1978.

According to the Complaint:

In approximately 1978, St. Mary’s Priest William Authenreith molested John Doe, a 14-year old parishioner and altar boy at the church.

John Doe has been an active military member for over 30 years. The Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act prevents the statute of limitation from running on this claim as long as John Doe is an active member of the military.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:04 AM
Philly prosecutors to retry …
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Washington Post

Philly prosecutors to retry ousted priest after jury deadlocked on attempted rape charge

By Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia prosecutors will retry an ousted priest on an attempted rape charge after a jury deadlock.

The Rev. James Brennan says the decision reopens wounds that were starting to heal.

Forty-year-old Brennan is accused of trying to rape a young teen boy in 1996. Brennan has admitted in a church trial that he slept with him and let him watch porn, but he denies molesting him.

Brennan’s lawyer says 11 of 12 jurors wanted to acquit his client last month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM
Sesso in cambio di denaro Arrestato per pedofilia il parroco di Sciacca
ITALIA
Corriere Della Sera

E’ stato arrestato per pedofilia Davide Mordino, 41 anni, parroco della Basilica di San Calogero di Sciacca (Agrigento). Secondo il Gip di Palermo, Maria Pino, che gli ha già notificato un ordine di custodia cautelare in carcere, il sacerdote avrebbe abusato di ragazzini tra i 14 e i 18 anni pagando in denaro le prestazioni sessuali.

INTERCETTAZIONI – Secondo i Pm Laura Vaccaro e Alessia Sinatra, il sacerdote fino al 30 dicembre del 2009, avrebbe avuto rapporti sessuali con i giovani della parrocchia. La verità è venuta a galla grazie alle intercettazioni che hanno permesso di ricostruire la vicenda. Il sacerdote ingannava i minorenni dicendo di doverli sottoporre a un «test sulla sensibilità corporea» per conto dell’Università di Palermo, e dopo questo approccio cominciavano i rapporti sessuali a pagamento, con somme che andavano da un minimo di 50 fino a un massimo di 300 euro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM
Pedofilia, arrestato prete in Sicilia: avrebbe pagato minori per rapporti sessuali
ITALIA
Quotidiano

Agrigento, 23 luglio 2012 – Arrestato per pedofilia il sacerdote Davide Mordino, 41 anni, originario di Palermo. La polizia gli ha notificato un ordine di custodia cautelare in carcere emesso dal Gip di Palermo, Maria Pino, su richiesta dei Pm Laura Vaccaro e Alessia Sinatra. Secondo l’accusa, fino al 30 dicembre del 2009 ha abusato di molti giovani tra i 14 e i 18 anni, pagando in denaro le loro prestazioni sessuali. Il provvedimento è stato eseguito a Palermo, dove adesso il religioso si era trasferito.

La vicenda era emersa nell’ambito dell’operazione antidroga “Mata Hari”, quando si era scoperto che uno degli indagati intratteneva con il prete commerci sessuali. Successivi accertamenti e intercettazioni hanno permesso di ricostruire che il parroco, secondo l’accusa, ingannava i minorenni dicendo di doverli sottoporre a un “test sulla sensibilità corporea” per conto dell’Università di Palermo, e dopo questo approccio cominciavano i rapporti sessuali a pagamento, con somme che andavano da un minimo di 50 fino a un massimo di 300 euro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:53 AM
Priest arrested in Palermo, paid minors for sex
ITALY
AGI

(AGI) Palermo – Davide Mordino, one time parish priest at the San Calogero Basilica in Sciacca, has been arrested for pedophilia. Police carried out an arrest warrant issued by Palermo Investigating Magistrate maria Pino, on the request of Prosecutors Laura Vaccaro and Alessia Sinatra the on the 41 year old priest. According to the Prosecution, the man abused several youths between 14 and 18 years of age up until December 30th of 2009, paying money for their sexual attentions. The arrest measure was carried out in Palermo, where the priest had been transferred. The matter came to light during the “Mata Hari” anti-drug operation, when it was discovered that one of those being investigated entertained the priest with sexual favors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:50 AM
Fr. Brennan Retrial Ordered in Priest Child Sex Abuse Case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NBC 10

By Karen Araiza

Monday, Jul 23, 2012

Father James Brennan will be retried in the landmark priest child sex abuse case.

He’s accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in 1996. Jurors could not agree on a verdict in his first trial.

•Brennan Talks to NBC10 Investigators

On Monday morning, Philadelphia prosecutors announced they’ll put Brennan on trial again.

He was a co-defendant in the trial earlier this summer with Monsignor William Lynn. After 13 days of deliberating, jurors could not agree on verdicts for Brennan and could only agree on one of the three verdicts for Lynn. Lynn was convicted of one count of endangering the welfare of a child. He was accused of mishandling sex abuse complaints while he was secretary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Monsignor Lynn was acquitted of a second charge of endangerment and a charge of conspiracy. He was taken straight to jail and was denied a later request to be put under house arrest until his sentencing in August.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM
Brennan to be retried in priest-abuse case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

July 23, 2012
By Shannon McDonald

After a jury was unable to reach a verdict last month, Rev. James Brennan will be retried in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest-abuse case. Brennan was tried for an attempted sexual assault on a boy in the mid-90s, and went to trial earlier this year with Monsignor William Lynn, who was found guilty of child endangerment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 AM
Prosecutors to retry priest in abuse case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Philadelphia prosecutors will retry James J. Brennan, the former parish priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who was accused of trying to rape a 14-year-old boy in 1996, they said Monday.

The case against Brennan, 48, ended in a mistrial last month when a Common Pleas Court jury deliberated for 13 days but deadlocked on attempted rape and child endangerment charges against him.

Brennan seemed at times a footnote in the landmark clergy sex-abuse trial, because district attorneys spent much of the three-month proceeding presenting evidence against his codefendant, Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former secretary for clergy to Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua. Lynn was convicted of a single count of child endangerement.

But the two days that Brennan’s accuser spent on the witness stand were among the most explosive at the trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM
Compensation over alleged abuse at Catholic school
UNITED KINGDOM
ITV

The Supreme Court will hear a case to decide how much compensation the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough must pay to victims of alleged abuse at a former Catholic school.

St William’s School near York closed after its headteacher was jailed for sexually abusing young boys.

The Diocese argues that because the school had been run by the Catholic order of lay teachers, The De La Salle Brotherhood, they should be responsible for part of the £8m compensation bill.

In a statement, the Diocese says:

“The Diocese has always agreed that, as the nominal employers, it is partially liable. But it is also right that the main liability should lie with the organisation which ran the school and home.

“The De La Salle brothers appointed the staff and made all the decisions in respect of the day to day running of St William’s, and it is right that they should share the cost of compensating victims.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 AM
Victim of alleged abuse demands justice
UNITED KINGDOM
ITV

One of the victims of alleged sexual abuse at a Roman Catholic School has spoken out to demand justice for himself and other former pupils.

Graham Baverstock has given up his right to anonymity to describe what he says happened to him at St William’s School near Middlesbrough, when he was a boy.

Today the Supreme Court is hearing a case to decide how much compensation the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough must pay to victims of the alleged abuse.

St William’s closed in 1992 and the headteacher, Father James Carragher, was jailed for sexually abusing young boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 AM
Historic clerical abuse hearing in London’s Supreme Court
UNITED KINGDOM
RTE News

The Supreme Court in London has begun hearing legal arguments in an historic abuse case involving the Catholic diocese of Middlesborough and the De La Salle Brothers.

They ran St William’s boys home in Yorkshire where children were sexually abused between 1960 and 1992.

The case involves over 150 claimants, many of whom say they were abused by former headmaster Br James Carragher.

He was sentenced in 2004 to 14 years for abusing boys at St William’s and has a previous conviction for sex abuse.

The institution has since closed down and the buildings have been converted into a mental health facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 AM
Catholic diocese facing abuse claims seeks to share burden of blame
UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Owen Bowcott, legal affairs correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Monday 23 July 2012

More than 170 victims of alleged physical and sexual abuse who attended a Yorkshire children’s home are awaiting the outcome of a dispute between Catholic organisations about who is responsible for paying compensation, the supreme court has heard.

The Roman Catholic diocese of Middlesbrough is seeking to overturn a ruling that it alone must meet claims brought by those who say they were assaulted at St William’s children’s care home and school in Market Weighton, east Yorkshire.

The allegations date back as far as 1958. The former headmaster James Carragher has twice been convicted of a series of indecent assaults, buggery and taking photographs of young boys.

In 2004 he was sentenced to 14 years in prison, having already served a seven-year sentence imposed in 1993. He has since been expelled by the De La Salle order of Christian Brothers, whose members taught at the institution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 AM
Father James Brennan To Be Retried In Priest Sex Abuse Case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There are new developments in the priest sex abuse trial.

KYW Newsradio has learned that there will be a retrial for defendant Father James Brennan. An earlier jury was hung on an attempted assault charge against Brennan, involving a teenage boy back in 1996.

This is an important week in this case, as Monsignor William Lynn will be sentenced. Prosecutors have called for the maximum sentence of three-and-a-half to seven years in prison. Defense attorneys want probation.

Prosecutors will be back in court this morning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 AM
Justizministerium Rheinland-Pfalz: Kein erkennbares Interesse an einer Veränderung der Verjährungsfristen
DEUTCHLAND
netzwerkB

Das netzwerB-Mitglied Simone Ollhoff fragte am 9. Juni 2012 an Kurt Beck, SPD, Ministerpräsident des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz, was er von einer Änderung der zivilrechtlichen und strafrechtlichen Verjährungsfristen für Sexualstraftaten halte. Am 11. Juli 2012 antwortete das Landesjustizministerium in Becks Auftrage.

Das Ministerium antwortete, dass es im Bundestag zwei Gesetzesentwürfe kenne, die beide nun nicht weiter vorankämen. Den nicht viel besseren dritten Vorschlag der Grünen kannte man nicht. Das Ministerium räumte ein, dass die Gesetzesentwürfe “nicht wieder aufgerufen” wurden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM
Annäherung im Streit um Personalakten
DEUTSCHLAND
Katholisch

Kriminologe Christian Pfeiffer spricht von “Missverständnis”

Hannover – In den Streit um die Auswertung personenbezogener Daten von katholischen Priestern für die Missbrauchs-Studie der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz kommt offenbar Bewegung. Der Vorsitzende des bei der Studie federführenden kriminologischen Forschungsinstitutes Niedersachsen, Christian Pfeiffer, sprach auf Anfrage der Katholischen Nachrichten-Agentur (KNA) am Mittwoch in Hannover von einem “Missverständnis”. Es sei durch eine unzureichende Information der Priester ausgelöst worden.

Pfeiffer: Unzureichende Kommunikation

Nach einem Gespräch mit dem “Netzwerk katholischer Priester” erwarte er eine Beilegung des Konflikts, so Pfeiffer. Das Netzwerk hatte in einer Erklärung vor einer Verletzung der Persönlichkeitsrechte der Priester gewarnt. Die geplante Datenerhebung setzte die Mehrheit der Priester, Diakone und Ordensleute “einem öffentlichen Generalverdacht im Hinblick auf sexuellen Missbrauch” aus, so der Vorwurf. Die Bischofskonferenz hatte diese Vorwürfe als “unbegründet” zurückgewiesen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM
Bistümer wehren sich gegen Aufarbeitung des Missbrauchsskandals durch das Kriminologische Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen
DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel

Das Kriminologische Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen stößt bei der Aufarbeitung des Missbrauchsskandals in der katholischen Kirche immer noch auf Widerstand. Im vergangenen Sommer hatte die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz das Institut beauftragt, in einem dreijährigen Forschungsprojekt die Personalakten der Kirche auf Missbrauchsfälle zu untersuchen. Die Bistümer Hildesheim und Trier stellten Akten für erste Auswertungen zur Verfügung; inwieweit die anderen 25 deutschen Diözesen ihre Personalakten übergeben, ist aber immer noch nicht ganz geklärt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM
Denn der Zweck heiligt nicht die Mittel!
DEUTSCHLAND
Kath.net

KATH.NET-Interview mit Pfarrer Uwe Winkel, Netzwerk katholischer Priester, über das Ende eines geplanten Forschungsprojekt der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, bei dem ein Institut Zugriff auf alle Personalakten der 27 Diözesen gehabt hätte

KATH.NET: Vor knapp einem Jahr hat sich das „Netzwerk katholischer Priester“ gegen das Vorhaben gewandt, dem Kriminologischem Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen Zugriff auf die Kleriker-Personalakten in allen 27 Diözesen zu geben. Das Forschungskonzept für eine empirische Untersuchung des sexuellen Missbrauchs an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz (DBK) sah die Durchsicht aller Personalakten des genannten Personenkreise der letzten 65 Jahre vor. Offensichtlich wurden diese Pläne jetzt von Rom eingeschränkt? Welche Instanzen innerhalb der DBK setzten sich aktiv für dieses Projekt ein? Wurden die einzelnen Bischöfe vorher über die Zusammenhänge ausreichend informiert?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM
Das Forschungsprojekt der katholischen Kirche…
DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Das Forschungsprojekt der katholischen Kirche “Der sexuelle Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM
Netzwerk Katholischer Priester – Bistum München, Regensburg, Dresden gegen Öffnung der Personalakten und Archive
DEUTSCHLAND
News4Press.com

Das Netzwerk Katholischer Priester – Fotos – scheint einen großen Erfolg erreicht zu haben. Die Untersuchungen des Kriminologischen Institutes Niedersachen an Hand von Personalakten von Priester in der Katholischen Kirche über den Umfang der sexuellen Missbräuche wird es nicht geben. Das Institut muss wieder Mitarbeiter entlassen, die es für die Untersuchungen eingestellt hatte. Die Bistümer München, Regensburg und Dresden haben sich quer gelegt und bringen damit die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz – DBK – in erhebliche Erklärungsnöte. Die Enttäuschung und der Zorn der Opfer ist noch nicht abzusehen.

Die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz – DBK – hatte mit dem Kriminalistischen Forschungsinstitut Niedersachen, Prof. Dr. Christian Pfeiffer, eine Vereinbarung abgeschlossen zur Öffnung der Personalakten. Der sexuelle Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige sollte anonymisiert untersucht werden. Unklar war immer noch, ob auch die bischöflichen Geheimarchive geöffnet werden, da insbesondere in diesen Archiven die “Verfehlungen” dokumentiert sein sollen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM
„Doch jetzt wird bekannt, dass das Projekt auf Eis liegt“
DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Prof. Dr. Pfeiffer: “Es ist zu einem gewissen Stillstand gekommen…”

Die Missbrauchserforschung der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz in den Archiven einiger Bistümer steht auf der Kippe. Noch niemandem ist es gelungen, die Gesamtzahlen über die Missbrauchsfälle in der katholischen Kirche in Deutschland vernünftig zu ermitteln – so unterschiedlich sind die einzelnen Statistiken der Bistümer.

München z.B. hat Personalakten durchforsten lassen. Essen, Trier und Stuttgart haben intensiv geforscht und die Zahlen veröffentlicht. Andere Bistümer geben aber nur Fälle an, die ohnehin schon bekannt waren. So steht z.B. Köln blendend da – die Aufklärer aber schlecht. Da sollte ein Projekt der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz helfen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM
Polizei hat Ermittlungsverfahren gegen Norbert Denef eingeleitet
DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

video
NDR Schleswig-Holstein Magazine 22/07/2012

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM
Svolta sul Corvo del Papa “Altri tre sotto inchiesta”
CITTA DEL VATICANO
La Repubblica

Vaticano, i sospetti sui complici del maggiordomo. Nel mirino finiscono la governante del pontefice Ingrid Stampa, l’ex segretario di Benedetto XVI Clemens e il ghostwriter cardinale Sardi. Non sono più in contatto diretto con il Papa

di MARCO ANSALDO

E DOPO il maggiordomo del Papa venne la governante tedesca, la donna capace di capire la scrittura minuta e articolata delle carte di Benedetto XVI. E dopo la governante l’ex segretario personale di Joseph Ratzinger, tedesco pure lui, oggi vescovo addirittura, sacerdote che l’aveva servito per 19 anni prima di lasciare l’incarico all’aiutante attuale, padre Georg Gaenswein. E infine il cardinale italiano che aiutava il Pontefice a redigere i discorsi, l’ex vice Camerlengo, Sua Eminenza Paolo Sardi.

“Ci saranno sorprese”, aveva detto poche settimane fa all’agenzia Ansa il cardinale Julian Herranz Casado, capo della Commissione composta da tre porporati, incaricata da Benedetto di scoprire la verità sui documenti trafugati dalla sua scrivania e finiti pubblicati sui media. “Ci saranno sorprese”, dice a Repubblica una fonte interna alle Mura vaticane circa l’identità dei cosiddetti Corvi, cioè coloro che hanno fatto uscire le carte. E per la prima volta, sabato, nel suo briefing con la stampa il portavoce vaticano, padre Federico Lombardi, non ha negato che ci possano essere altre persone sottoposte a indagine. I sospetti degli inquirenti penali e della Commissione cardinalizia che ora ha consegnato il rapporto al Papa si stanno così concentrando, fra gli altri, su 3 persone attorno al Pontefice: la professoressa Ingrid Stampa, il vescovo Josef Clemens, e il cardinale Paolo Sardi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM
Three Investigated for Leaked Vatican Documents, Repubblica Says
VATICAN CITY
Bloomberg

By Lorenzo Totaro – Jul 23, 2012

Vatican prosecutors are investigating three people including a housekeeper of Pope Benedict XVI and two prelates as part of a probe on confidential documents leaked to an Italian journalist, la Repubblica reported, without saying where it got the information.

The three may be accomplices of the pontiff’s butler Paolo Gabriele who was arrested on May 26 on suspicion of “aggravated theft,” the Rome-based newspaper said.

Gabriele was last week released from custody and placed under house arrest pending a decision on whether he will stand trial, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said in a July 21 statement.

A lawyer for Gabriele said he hadn’t been paid by anyone to remove documents from the Vatican, Ansa news agency reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM
More possible victims in minister sex abuse case
FLORIDA
WFTV

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said it’s looking for more potential victims who may have been sexually abused by a Lake Countyminister and day care worker.

Investigators said Kenneth Hagins abused children and disabled adults at the places where he worked.

Authorities said they have identified at least six alleged victims and they believe there are more.

Investigators and the Department of Children and Families said they are working to contact children and vulnerable adults who Hagins had contact with through his jobs at a day care facility for the disabled and a church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM
Priest investigation to examine complaints
AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

AAP

An independent Catholic Church inquiry will consider whether the church appropriately managed allegations of sexual abuse involving a former NSW priest known as Father F.

The former priest, who was connected to the Parramatta and Armidale dioceses, allegedly abused altar boys during the 1980s.

The dioceses of Armidale and Paramatta on Monday released the terms of reference for the independent inquiry, announced earlier this month.

It will examine the history of Father F’s appointments, ministry and activities, and the way in which complaints by his alleged victims were handled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM
Terms of ‘Father F’ abuse inquiry released
AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Updated July 23, 2012

The Catholic Church has released the terms of reference for an inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse by a priest in two New South Wales dioceses.

The Bishops of Armidale and Parramatta announced the inquiry earlier this month, after the ABC’s Four Corners program revealed allegations about a priest known as Father F.

The priest allegedly abused a number of altar boys in the 1980s.

The inquiry, headed by former Federal Court judge Antony Whitlam, will examine how complaints against Father F were dealt with by the church, and allegations that he made admissions to three senior priests in 1992 but they failed to act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM
‘Father F’ inquiry terms of reference released
AUSTRALIA
The Armidale Express

STEPHEN JEFFERY

23 Jul, 2012

The Bishops of Armidale and Parramatta have released the terms of reference of an independent inquiry into the management of sex abuse claims within the Catholic Church.

The inquiry, conducted by former Federal Court judge Antony Whitlam QC, is examining the management of sexual abuse allegations levelled at a former priest known as ‘Father F’.

Father F served in the Armidale and Parramatta dioceses in the 1980s and early 1990s, during which he is alleged to have sexually abused several young boys.

In a joint media release by Bishop of Armidale Michael Kennedy and Bishop of Parramatta Anthony Fisher, it was revealed the inquiry will examine Father F’s time as a priest, as well as the management of complaints made against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM
Child abuse dobbing laws
AUSTRALIA
Eureka Street

Frank Brennan July 23, 2012

The Church’s handling of sexual abuse claims has been back in the media spotlight. Following the 4 Corners program ‘Unholy Silence’ which exposed the dastardly deeds of ‘Fr F’ in the diocese of Armidale during the 1980s, the bishops of Armidale and Parramatta, seeking to be completely transparent, have appointed a respected lawyer, Tony Whitlam QC, to conduct an inquiry into the Church response to Fr F.

The inquiry will focus on a meeting of Fr F with the ‘Australian Catholic Bishops Special Issues Resource Committee’ on 3 September 1992, and its aftermath. It will be up to Mr Whitlam to chase the paper trail and presumably interview all persons involved in the 1992 meeting. Twenty years on, recollections may well be hazy and varied, but that is not surprising.

The Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Armidale was in attendance at that 1992 meeting and provided the bishop of Armidale with a detailed report a week later which is at variance with ‘the file note of that meeting’ referred to by Cardinal Pell on 4 Corners. The Archdiocese of Sydney has described the Judicial Vicar’s report as ‘a private report’ and referred to ‘notes of the meeting held by the Church’s Professional Standards Office’ but says that ‘any official record of the meeting would be with the Armidale diocese’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM
Crucial meeting with accused paedophile priest to go under microscope
AUSTRALIA
Stock & Land

LEESHA MCKENNY

23 Jul, 2012

A meeting between three senior clergy and alleged paedophile priest Father F will be examined by a Catholic Church inquiry, according to its terms of reference released today.

The church-commissioned inquiry, headed by former Federal Court judge Antony Whitlam QC, will examine whether the church acted appropriately when managing allegations made about the former priest.

Father F, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stands accused of repeatedly sexually abusing altar boys while based in the Armidale diocese from the early 1980s and after he was later transferred to Parramatta.

He was removed from public ministry in 1992 following a meeting with three senior clergy, prompted by repeated complaints of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM
More transparency sought from Philadelphia archbishop
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

July 23, 2012
By Elizabeth Fiedler

Monsignor William Lynn, the first U.S. church official convicted for failing to prevent other priests from sexually abusing children, is awaiting sentencing. The former secretary for clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese was found guilty last month.

With the landmark trial over, the church faces calls for transparency.

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput and many others across the country give the public, including affected parishioners, little information about alleged child sexual abuse by priests, says Anne Barrett Doyle, the co-director of bishopaccountability.org.

“Chaput, though, is even less transparent than many bishops in the category of priests removed for alleged violations of the ministerial code. There we see the archbishop giving absolutely no information,” she said. “Elsewhere in U.S. dioceses, most bishops will say at least whether the ministerial misconduct fell in the category of financial misconduct or sexual misconduct with an adult.”

Doyle said in the wake of grand jury reports and the landmark priest abuse case, this is a significant time for the Philadelphia Archdiocese and area Catholics.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM
July 22, 2012
Paterno statue gone from Penn State: when will Weakland’s turn come?
WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)
Contact: 414.429.7259

Today, in a simple and obvious gesture of decency and justice to victims of child rape and sexual assault by Jerry Sandusky, Penn State officials removed coach Joe Paterno’s statue from university grounds.

Removing the statue is not simply some nice gesture to victims. It was done because Penn State officials realize that if they are going to rehabilitate the honor of their institution and make it worthy of respect and support, they cannot deliberately display a statue of a man who, for whatever contributions he has made to the university, failed to protect children when he could have easily done so. Paterno didn’t because he was more concerned about the school’s reputation than about the school’s actual moral integrity.

For years survivors of rape, sexual assault and abuse by scores of Milwaukee priests under the supervision of former Archbishop Rembert Weakland have begged the current Archbishop Jerome Listecki to remove from the Milwaukee Cathedral a prominent bronze relief of Weakland depicting himself in the place of Jesus protecting little children. Weakland concealed and transferred so many sex offender clerics that Joe Paterno’s actions at Penn State seem almost trivial in comparison in their scope and consequences.

But the real reason Listecki must remove Weakland’s bronze honor to himself, which Catholics are forced to pray and worship in the presence of, is not for the sake of survivors and our feelings about Weakland. It’s for the sake of what honor and decency the Catholic Church in Milwaukee might still stand for, especially as Listecki demands the indulgence of the federal bankruptcy court to shield Weakland and others from the consequences of decades of cover-ups.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 PM
A new conversation about Church sex abuse
AUSTRALIA
Eureka Street

Peter Day

July 22, 2012

Since my ordination to the priesthood 12 years ago, the millstone of sexual abuse revelations within the Catholic Church has weighed heavily. Indeed, such is the extent of the crisis, that in some circles priest and paedophile have become interchangeable words. It is as if we have moved from an unhealthy ‘A priest would never do that’ to an equally unhealthy ‘He’s a priest, so he probably did do that’.

I do not presume to speak for anyone else. I am not a spokesman for the church. My intention is to help break open a new and broader conversation in which truth might hold sway against a collective silence and inertia.

The spectre of sexual abuse has become a defining moment for the Church; one that, if not addressed more universally, more openly, and more humbly, poses a serious threat to the Church’s life and authority. We are, after all, dealing with something akin to crimes against humanity.

Just think: priests and others vested with authority in our Church and trusted as its representatives have raped children; caused emotional trauma that has led to suicides; and covered up or remained silent, and in so doing have protected paedophiles.

Yet amid the thousands of shattered lives, the institutional church is tending towards resuming normal programming while this overwhelming problem corrodes from within.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM
Sentence Lynn on the merits
PENNSYLVANIA
Pocono Record

July 22, 2012

Editorial

Being locked up in jail must be a shock indeed to a man who lived and worked for decades in the rarefied atmosphere of high officials in the Roman Catholic Church. But just because he wore the mantle of the church doesn’t mean Monsignor William Lynn, convicted last month of endangering children in a landmark priest-abuse case, should escape an appropriate sentence for his wrongdoing.

A jury convicted Lynn of one count of felony child endangerment among many accusations that in his position he knowingly shielded priests who were child molesters. He was the first U.S. church official convicted of endangerment.

The verdict stemmed from a case involving Lynn’s tenure as secretary for the clergy in the Diocese of Philadelphia, under the leadership of then-Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. Lynn handled priest assignments and abuse complaints.

Now Lynn is arguing that he should serve house arrest, community service, work release or probation. He’s to be sentenced on Tuesday, and faces up to seven years in jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM
Milwaukee’s bishops continue to be honored as statue of Joe Paterno is taken down
WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

In announcing his decision to remove the statue of Joe Paterno from outside of the Penn State football stadium Penn State President Rod Erickson stated that the 7 foot statue of Joe Pa “has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing”. Erickson added “I believe that, were it to remain, the statue would be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse”.

On the same day that a forklift lowered the statue of Penn State’s disgraced football coach onto a flatbed truck to be carried away and placed into storage the President of the NCAA Mark Emmert announced that “corrective and punitive measures” would be taken against Penn State adding that he had “never seen anything as egregious”. The NCAA will announce its sanctions against Penn State on Monday noting that they will be “well beyond what was done in the past”.

The bronze statue of Joe Paterno was removed and sanctions will be imposed against Penn State because Paterno and University officials covered up, concealed, and enabled the child sex crimes committed by football coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was convicted of sexually assaulting at least 10 boys and is expected to spend the remainder of his life behind bars. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh described Paterno and his colleagues as having “total and consistent disregard” for the children Sandusky brutally assaulted.

In sharp contrast to what is taking place on the campus of Penn State University the Archdiocese of Milwaukee continues to honor and glorify those bishops who enabled and facilitated the rape and sexual assault of countless children. Despite a declaration of bankruptcy, and over 8,000 acts of reported abuse which span decades, the bishops of Milwaukee, including William Cousins, Rembert Weakland, and Richard Sklba are still provided with admiration and acclaim by church officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM
Sex abuse fight doesn’t end with conviction
UNITED STATES
WCF Courier

By STEVE THEISEN | Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012

Steve Theisen is the director of the Iowa chapter of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

The July 1st Courier editorial, “Child sexual abuse convictions a win for children everywhere” with the accompanied editorial caricature, was indeed encouraging for sex abuse survivors, their loved ones, and children. (Penn State University assistant football Coach Jerry Sandusky convicted and former Philadelphia cardinal’s aide found guilty of endangering children).

But to further protect children and to stop predators, we, as a society cannot stop there. Because sex offenders are shrewd and cunning, we need to do everything possible to enable sex abuse victims to come forward, expose predators, and protect kids. We know it’s safe for legislators to “get tough” with child molesters and pass laws restricting their activities, movements, and putting them on a registry but that is far from what is needed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM
4 more victims surface
FLORIDA
The Daily Commercial

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2012

MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writer
[email protected]

A molestation investigation that shut down a Eustis day-care center on Thursday has led to similar accusations from four more victims, the Department of Children and Families reported Saturday.

According to a Lake County Sheriff’s report, detectives began an investigation of Kenneth Hagins of Tavares after parents of a 5-year-old boy at Pat’s Kidzworld Development in Eustis said on July 11 that he had been molested there by Hagins.

Carrie Hoeppner, a DCF spokeswoman, said allegations of sexual assault the day before were made against the same man by a developmentally disabled man at SunriseArc, a group home in Mount Dora.

However, Hoeppner said the investigation stemming from Pat’s Kidzworld turned up three more juveniles and another adult who lodged molestation complaints against Hagins.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM
Child care worker held, center surrenders license
FLORIDA
San Francisco Chronicle

EUSTIS, Fla. (AP) — State officials say a Central Florida child care facility has been closed and a worker who also serves as a youth pastor was arrested on charges of sexual battery against children.

Pat’s Kidz World Development Center in Eustis surrendered its license Thursday in place of having it immediately revoked, according to a statement released Saturday by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The employee, 40-year-old Kenneth Hagins of Tavares, surrendered Friday and remained in custody Saturday at the Lake County Detention Center. In addition to the battery charge, he is accused of lewd and lascivious acts on an elderly or disabled person, according to jail records. His bond was set at $200,000. Jail officials could not say if he has a lawyer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM
Day care worker accused of sexual abuse remains in jail
FLORIDA
13 News

EUSTIS —
The man suspected of sexually abusing a child at a day care remains in jail on $200,000.

Kenneth Hagins worked at Pat’s Kidzworld Development Center in Eustis.

Department of Children and Families investigators said Hagins, 40, may have abused a disabled person while working at a group home.

Hagins is a youth pastor with Promise Land Ministries in Eustis, who surrendered on Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:52 PM
Former Greenwich Priest Charged with Obstruction to be Sentenced Monday
CONNECTICUT
Patch

By Patrick Barnard

Federal prosecutors are reportedly recommending a one year prison sentence for former Greenwich priest Michael Moynihan, who allegedly used church money for his own personal expenses.

The former pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish is to be sentenced Monday in New Haven after pleading guilty last year to obstructing a federal investigation, according to an Associated Press report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:12 PM
Police concede priest wasn’t pursued over child sex abuse
AUSTRALIA
WA Today

July 23, 2012

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie

POLICE have admitted for the first time that a notorious paedophile priest escaped justice and lived out his life in Britain because they failed to question him about serious child sex allegations.

Victoria’s Assistant Commissioner, Steve Fontana, confirmed Father Ronald Dennis Pickering was not pursued because detectives handling complaints about him in the 1990s believed force command was unlikely to support any request to travel to Britain.

Pickering, who died recently in Britain after fleeing Australia in 1993, has been linked to the suicides of up to eight people he allegedly sexually abused as children at various Catholic parishes around Melbourne in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

The Melbourne archdiocese has acknowledged in writing Pickering’s ”proclivity for child abuse” and has financially compensated several victims. Pickering is understood to have received some pension entitlements from the church after its leadership became aware of his crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM
Prosecutors Seek Maximum Sentence for “Cold,” “Craven” and “Amoral” Monsignor
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

In a 29-page, scorched-earth sentencing memo, prosecutors assail Monsignor William J. Lynn as a “cold,” “craven” “yes man” who, in his position as secretary for clergy for the Philadelphia archdiocese, functioned as an “amoral” enabler of predator priests.

Although defense lawyers have tried to portray Lynn as a powerless, low-level functionary, the prosecutors in their sentencing memo brand the monsignor as a “central actor” in the archdiocese sex scandals while he served as Cardinal Bevilacqua’s secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004. In that job, prosecutors said, Lynn waged a 12-year campaign of “constant deceit,” managing to keep both victims and parishioners in the dark, while displaying “a willingness to sacrifice anyone to please his superiors.”

“Defendant’s apparent lack of remorse for anyone but himself, his refusal to accept responsibility, and his failure to understand the criminality of his actions all demonstrate character in serious need of rehabilitation,” prosecutors Mariana Sorensen and Patrick Blessington conclude. “A maximum sentence may be the only way to impress upon defendant that he committed a serious crime, that there are more important rules to follow that instructions from corrupt or misguided bishops, and that protection of children trumps the reputation of abusers and the institution that harbors them.”

Lynn is scheduled to be sentenced at a 9 a.m. hearing Tuesday in front of Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who presided over the monsignor’s ten-week trial After being convicted of one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a third-degree felony, Lynn faces a jail sentence of between 3 1/2 and 7 years. If the prosecution’s sentencing memo is any guide, Tuesday’s hearing won’t be a spectacle for the faint-hearted.

The prosecutors begin their narrative in September 1992 when a former altar boy at St. Philip Neri Church in East Greenville, Pa., then a medical student, told the monsignor about being repeatedly abused in the 1970s by Father Ronald V. Avery. When he was a young teenager, the victim said, he was one of many altar boys that Avery would take to his Jersey shore house, ply them with liquor, and then wrestle with him.

The victim told Lynn that Avery would “sometimes touch his genitals while they roughhoused.” The victim also told Lynn that “Avery molested him in the priest’s bed after [the victim] has assisted Avery” while he was working his part-time gig as a disc jockey. The priest subsequently took the victim on a ski trip to Vermont, where he molested him again in a motel bed.

Lynn “referred to himself as the cardinal’s ‘delgate’ in matters having to do with sexual abuse,” the prosecutors wrote. In 1994, Lynn included Father Avery on a list he drew up of “37 pedophiles and priests” accused of guilty of sexual abuse of minors. On the list, Lynn wrote that Avery was “guilty of sexual abuse of a minor.”

Avery was shipped off to St. John Vianney, an archdiocese-owned facility, for nine months of psychiatric evaluation and treatment. The therapists recommended that Avery “not be assigned to a ministry involving adolescents or vulnerable minorities,” the prosecutors wrote. At the time, Avery was also the legal guardian for six H-Mong children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM
Top Fordham Admin Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations: Report
NEW YORK
NBC New York

An administrator at Fordham University resigned Friday after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused a boy more than 40 years ago, according to a published report.

Brother James Liguori, who served as president of Iona College in New Rochelle for 17 years, became the executive director of Fordham’s Westchester campus in 2011.

He stepped down Friday a day after a lawsuit by his alleged victim was made public, reports the Daily News.

In a statement, Fordham University said Liguori passed all background checks when he was hired by the university, and officials say they began investigating the claims immediately.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM
GUILTY VERDICT! JUSTICE is LYNN in JAIL for 7 YEARS! Trial of William Lynn: A compilation. Philadelphia JP2 Army – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army
UNITED STATES
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils…

Updated July 21, 2012

Paris Arrow

William Lynn is the highest Roman Catholic Church officer to be brought to justice and found guilty by a secular jury in our American secular court of law (without Rosaries or Eucharist or Vatican Canon Laws influences) and it is time our American justice system also give him the maximum penalty of 7 years of jail time without parole in deference to the hundreds of thousands of victims of the JP2 Army – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army http://jp2army.blogspot.ca/ named aptly after the longest reigning pope of the 20th century who did and said nothing about this most heinous crimes against children in Christendom and of the 20th century and ironically John Paul II is also the fastest tracking saint and biggest Opus Dei Golden Cow.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM
Abuse probe dogs bishop, despite Rigali’s unorthodox role
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

In March 2008, Cardinal Justin F. Rigali handed Bishop Michael J. Bransfield welcome news.

After a four-month inquiry, Rigali, then head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, declared unfounded a claim that Bransfield had molested a Lansdale Catholic High School student in the 1970s.

The outcome wasn’t unusual – other priests had been cleared of decades-old allegations – but the process was.

In a break from practice, the accusation against Bransfield bypassed the archdiocese’s civilian review board, according to a source briefed on the case but not authorized to publicly discuss it. The board was formed to conduct independent examinations of abuse claims and assesses priests’ suitablility for ministry.

Instead, Rigali acted after reviewing the reports of an investigator who interviewed Bransfield, his accuser and others.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM
Del challenges clergy: ‘own up
IRELAND
Northern Star

22nd July 2012

AFTER battling post-traumatic stress, suicidal thoughts and alcoholism for nearly five decades, Marlene ‘Del’ Burgess has finally turned the corner on her fight to recover from sexual abuse at the hands of a Lismore Catholic priest.

It’s taken years of therapy, it destroyed her marriage and Marlene believes the legacy of the abuse has been visited upon her own daughter and grandchildren.

But she feels finally she can call herself a survivor.

Between the ages of 10 and 14 the now Ballina resident says she was abused by the late Father Paul Rex Brown and beaten repeatedly by a nun she confided in.

In 2003, after 40 years of keeping her dark secret, Marlene revealed her story to The Northern Star.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM
July 21, 2012
Top boss at Fordham University’s Westchester Campus…
NEW YORK
New York Daily News

Top boss at Fordham University’s Westchester Campus, Brother James Liguori, resigns amid allegations he sexually abused a boy more than 42 years ago

By Oren Yaniv / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, July 21, 2012

A top administrator at Fordham University resigned Friday amid allegations he sexually abused a boy more than 42 years ago.

James Liguori, executive director of Fordham’s Westchester campus, who previously was president of Iona College, stepped down one day after a lawsuit by his alleged victim was made public.

“Brother Liguori passed a criminal background check in fall 2011, when he was hired by Fordham,” the university said in a statement. “University officials began investigating immediately, and on Friday [he] submitted his resignation, effective immediately.”

The man who filed the suit claimed Liguori molested him in 1969 at the Cardinal Farley Military Academy in Dutchess County, which was run by the Christian Brothers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM
How “The Manual” Helped the Cover-Up
UNITED STATES
Jay Nelson’s Renegade Catholic Blog

[THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL MOLESTATION BY ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY :
MEETING THE PROBLEM IN A COMPREHENSIVE AND RESPONSIBLE MANNER – via BishopAccountability.org]

Most survivors of clergy abuse by now have heard the woeful tale of The Manual (full title: The Problem of Sexual Molestation by Roman Catholic Clergy: Meeting the Problem in a Responsible Manner).

It’s widely known how back when the first scandal arose in Louisiana in the early 1980s, Ray Mouton, the attorney for the perpetrating priest, Gilbert Gauthe, called for help. And how Fathers Tom Doyle and Michael Peterson responded. Together, the three men wrote a proposal on managing the already brewing clergy abuse crisis for the country’s bishops, and how, mysteriously, nothing ever came of it.

Why? Could it be that was the entire point of the exercise?

While going through old newspaper clippings about the scandals for my book Sons of Perdition, I came upon a curious fact that had emerged. Our old neighbors, the Servants of the Paraclete, were advised by the bishops’ organization at one point to destroy their records. The purpose was supposedly, “to make room.” The archbishop of the hosting diocese of Santa Fe was also told to do the same. But how did the folks in Washington come to think both places were running out of space and they had to tell them to do something about it?

Unfortunately, no precise date was given, just the “mid 1980s”. Interestingly, The Manual was completed on June 8-9, 1985 and presented at the annual National Conference of Catholic Bishops pow-wow shortly thereafter – as close to “mid 1980s” as one can get.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM
Defense Lawyers Argue Judge Should Give Monsignor Minimum Sentence and Let Him Out on Bail Pending Appeal
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

UPDATED FRIDAY

Msgr. William J. Lynn poses “no danger to the public,” his defense lawyers argue, so putting him away for a maximum prison term of seven years would amount to “cruel and unusual punishment.” Lynn’s defense lawyers are also asking that Lynn be freed from jail pending an appeal.

On Tuesday, Lynn will stand before Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, and be sentenced for his June 22 conviction on a third-degree felony of endangering the welfare of a child. He is facing a prison term of between 3 1/2 to 7 years. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington has already said that the prosecution will seek the maximum sentence of seven years for Msgr. Lynn.

Lynn’s defense team, however, argued in a sentencing memo filed Wednesday that Lynn has never touched a child, and that “no reported Pennsylvania case has ever dealt with a situation where an individual had been convicted of EWOC [endangering the welfare of a child] without ever knowing the child that he or she was accused of endangering.”

“Msgr. Lynn has never harbored any intent to harm a child,” Lynn’s lawyers argued. “To the contrary, letters from friends, teachers, fellow priests, nuns and family members extol Msgr. Lynn’s love and respect for children and their safety, offering in supporting innumerable examples of the care and protection he showed the children he has come across.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:46 PM
Vatican: Pope’s former butler released
VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Paolo Gabriele gets a provisional release after he was put in prison on charges of leaking confidential documents from the Apostolic Palace

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

After being held in prison for almost 60 days on charges of illegal possession of confidential documents belonging to the Pope, Paolo Gabriele, Benedict XVI’s former butler has been released from his security cell in the Vatican Gendarmerie building, where he has been confined since 23 May 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM
Buddhist monk ‘repeatedly raped teen for two years until he impregnated her’
CHICAGO (IL)
411 Bookworm

A former Buddhist monk who allegedly raped and impregnated a 15-year-old girl more than ten years ago was arrested for the crime yesterday.

Camnong Boa-Ubol, 62, is accused of repeatedly raping the girl over a period of two years when he worked at a Chicago temple.

The 62-year-old was charged with one count aggravated criminal sexual assault and was ordered to be held on $5 million bail at Cook County Circuit court this morning.

The alleged attack took place at the Wat Dhammaram temple in unincorporated Stickney Township.

The court heard today that the victim was just 13-years-old when Boa-Ubol approached her in a nearby car park and said he would pay her if she cleaned around the outside of the temple.
It was when she started working inside the temple the monk started kissing her, which eventually led to her first rape in 1997, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM
Papal butler’s lawyers say client acted out of love for church, pope
VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Agency

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Everything Paolo Gabriele did, he did for love of the church and the pope, said the lawyers for the personal assistant to Pope Benedict XVI accused of leaking private documents.

However, Carlo Fusco and Cristiana Arru, the defense lawyers, said whether or not anything Gabriele did was a crime will be up to Vatican magistrates or a Vatican court to determine.

The lawyers spoke to reporters July 21 after Gabriele was allowed to leave a Vatican cell and return to his Vatican apartment to be with his wife and three children. He had been in custody for 60 days.

Vatican magistrates said they had finished their interrogation of the 46-year-old papal valet and were putting him under house arrest. The magistrates are still drafting their formal decision on whether or not they believe they have enough evidence to put Gabriele on trial for his alleged part in the “VatiLeaks” scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM
Vatican: Pope’s butler moved to house arrest
VATICAN CITY
BBC News

The Pope’s butler has been released from custody and moved to house arrest.

The Vatican said that Paolo Gabriele will remain under house arrest pending a decision on whether he should stand trial for leaking confidential papers to the media.

He was charged in May after a series of leaks exposed alleged corruption and internal conflicts at the Holy See.

Mr Gabriele’s lawyer Carlo Fusco said his client had operated on his own in an “act of love” toward the Pope.

The so-called “Vatileaks” scandal saw an Italian investigative journalist publish hundreds of secret documents detailing fraud scandals, nepotism and cronyism within the Holy See.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM
Pope’s butler ‘acted alone,’ lawyer says
VATICAN CITY
London Free Press (Canada)

By Philip Pullella, Reuters

Last Updated: July 21, 2012

VATICAN CITY – The pope’s personal butler, who has been detained on suspicion of leaking documents alleging corruption in the Holy See, acted alone and was not part of any wider plot, his lawyer Carlo Fusco said on Saturday.

Separately, Father Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, said the butler, Paolo Gabriele, had been released from preventive custody and placed under house arrest following a seven hour interrogation on Saturday.

Gabriele was charged in May over illegal possession of secret documents and has been held in a secure room at the Vatican police station awaiting a decision on whether he is put on trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:27 PM
Pope’s butler placed under house arrest in Vatican
VATICAN CITY
AFP

By Dario Thuburn (AFP)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s butler was released from a Vatican cell and placed under house arrest on Saturday as he awaits a ruling on whether he should stand trial for leaking confidential papers.

“His detention is no longer necessary,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters, adding that the ruling would come by early August at the latest.

Paolo Gabriele “will reside at home with his family in the Vatican”, he said.

Gabriele’s lawyer meanwhile said his client believed his was “an act of love” for the pope and a bid to make the Catholic Church “more alive”. He stressed that Gabriele had acted alone and not as a part of any Vatican “plot”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:14 PM
Pope’s butler granted house arrest
VATICAN CITY
Huffington Post

July 21, 2012

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s jailed butler has been placed under house arrest nearly two months after he was detained for alleged involvement in leaking sensitive Vatican documents.

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Saturday that Paolo Gabriele will return to his family home in the Vatican while judicial authorities decide whether to seek a trial or drop the investigation. A decision is expected within days.

Gabriele was arrested May 23 on suspicion of stealing and leaking the documents. The leaks exposed corruption, infighting and power struggles at the Vatican’s highest levels.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 PM
Vatican bank starts headhunting for new chief
VATICAN CITY
Reuters

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY, June 27 (Reuters) – The board of the Vatican bank met on Wednesday to start the hunt for a new president to replace Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, who was unceremoniously ousted last month.

The Vatican said the board, which is made up of outside lay experts, had met to “identify the universally recognised criteria of professionalism and experience” needed for the job.

The board includes Carl Anderson, the American head of the international charity group Knights of Columbus, Ronaldo Hermann Schmitz, formerly a top executive at Deutsche Bank, Manuel Soto Serrano of Banco Santander and Antonio Maria Marocco, a prominent Italian notary.

Former Bundesbank head Hans Tietmeyer has denied Italian media reports that he was a candidate to become the next head of the bank, officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM
Michael Tfirst Homepage – Ratzinger und Schönborn waren die Vertuscherachse bei Groer
OSTERREICH
Michael Tfirst

Benedikt XVI. hatte als Kurienkardinal im Vatikan erklärt, wie es seinerzeit Schönborn auch nach längerem Leugnen letztendlich bekannte, dass die Vorwürfe gegen den Benediktiner Groer stimmen. Was machte Herr Ratzinger Jahre später? Er schickte im Jahr 2008 seinen Botschafter an Groers Grab, wo dieser eine Festrede hielt und Groer als Unschuldslamm hochjubelte……… Du sollst mein griechischer Götterknabe sein, schrieb ein anderer Benediktiner aus St. Peter in Salzburg…….

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM
Kurienerzbischof Müller warnt ungehorsame Priester
DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel

Gerhard Ludwig Müller ist einer der mächtigsten Männer der katholischen Kirche – und übt Kritik an einer Gruppe von ungehorsamen Priestern. Deren Vorgehen sei mit dem christlichen Glauben nicht vereinbar, so der neue Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation im Vatikan.

München – Kurienerzbischof Gerhard Ludwig Müller hat eine Gruppe von reformorientierten Priestern ermahnt, die sich beim Kommunionempfang für wiederverheiratete Geschiedene nicht mehr ans Kirchenrecht halten wollen. Sie förderten “ein Kirchenbild, das davon ausgeht, dass die Menschen sich selbst ihre Kirche schaffen, nach eigenem Geschmack und jeweiligem Zeitgeist”, sagte der neue Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation im Vatikan der “Süddeutschen Zeitung”. “Dies ist aber mit dem christlichen Glauben nicht vereinbar.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM
Katholische Kirche ermahnt reformfreudige Priester
DEUTSCHLAND
Zeit

Der von Papst Benedikt ernannte Chef der Glaubenskongregation hat Reformpriester zum Gehorsam aufgefordert. Die Kirche dürfte nicht dem Zeitgeist folgen, warnt Müller.

Der neue Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation im Vatikan, Kurienerzbischof Gerhard Ludwig Müller, hat reformorientierte katholische Priester zum Gehorsam gegenüber der Kirche ermahnt. Ein Kirchenbild, “das davon ausgeht, dass die Menschen sich selber ihre Kirche schaffen, nach eigenem Geschmack und jeweiligem Zeitgeist” sei “mit dem christlichen Glauben nicht zu vereinbaren”, sagte Müller der Süddeutschen Zeitung.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM
Juror in San Jose priest-beating trial reveals decision-making
CALIFORNIA
Contra Costa Times

By Tracey Kaplan
[email protected]
mercurynews.com

Posted: 07/20/2012

A juror who led the effort to acquit Will Lynch for punching a priest he claims molested him as a child confessed Friday that he would have handled the attack on the cleric differently.

“I would have used a club,” said Rich Parker, a semiretired bail bondsman.

In an interview with this newspaper, Parker offered the first peek at the jury’s deliberations in a case that shined the national spotlight on clerical sex abuse and its impact on victims.

Lynch, now 44, pummeled the Rev. Jerold Lindner at a Jesuit retirement home in Los Gatos in spring 2010, about 35 years after the priest allegedly sodomized him and forced him to have oral sex with his 4-year-old brother during a religious camping trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The beating left the 65-year-old cleric bloodied, bruised and with two small cuts requiring stitches.

Parker’s account came on the same day Santa Clara County prosecutor Vicki Gemetti officially entered into the court record a decision that District Attorney Jeff Rosen had already announced: The office will not retry Lynch for misdemeanor assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM
DA will not re-file charges against Lynch in priest beating case
CALIFORNIA
KGO

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — The Santa Clara County district attorney formally announced Friday that misdemeanor charges will not be re-filed against a man accused of beating a priest.

On July 5, a jury found William Lynch not guilty of felony assault and elder abuse charges in the attack on retired Catholic priest Jerold Lindner two years ago.

Lynch says that Lindner sexually abused him and his brother when they were young children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM
Suits by alleged Perlitz victims face first test
CONNECTICUT
CT Post

Published 08:38 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2012

By Michael P. Mayko

HARTFORD — Twenty-two lawsuits seeking hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of 23 Haitian boys who claim they were sexually abused by Douglas Perlitz will meet their first legal test on Aug. 7.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny set aside that afternoon to hear oral arguments from a small army of defense lawyers seeking to dismiss the cases on various legal grounds.

On that day Chatigny will listen to arguments from both sides, ask questions and request written legal briefs. He could write a decision by early next year.

An attempt to settle the cases failed during an all-day session July 9 in Boston.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM
Liguori resigns from Fordham amid sex-abuse allegations
NEW YORK
The Journal News

Written by
Terence Corcoran and Ken Valenti

Brother James Liguori, the former president of Iona College in New Rochelle and a current top administrator at Fordham’s Westchester campus, has resigned amid accusations that he sexually abused a teenage boy in 1969, Fordham officials announced in a statement Friday night.

“On Thursday, July 19, 2012, Fordham University learned that an advocacy group has claimed a lawsuit alleging child abuse was filed in 2008 against Brother James A. Liguori, associate vice president and executive director for Fordham Westchester,” the statement read. “Brother Liguori passed a criminal background check in fall 2011, when he was hired by Fordham. University officials began investigating immediately, and on Friday, July 20, Brother Liguori submitted his resignation, effective immediately.”

A network of sex-abuse victims announced Thursday that a California man had accused Liguori of sexually abusing him. The alleged victim, who lives in Orange County, Calif., claimed that Liguori abused him in 1969 at the Cardinal Farley Military Academy in Rhinebeck, N.Y., according to a release from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Liguori is a member of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, and it was the religious order’s bankruptcy case, filed last year as the order’s assets were being drained by sex-abuse cases, that opened the window for the case to emerge, according to Joelle Casteix, SNAP’s western regional director.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM
Defense claims teen rape accuser…
NEW YORK
New York Daily News

Defense claims teen rape accuser of Hasidic leader Nechemya Weberman is seeking ‘revenge’

By Oren Yaniv/ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

A teenager accused a prominent Hasidic leader of raping her only after she learned he persuaded her father to secretly record her having sex with a boyfriend, defense lawyers argued Wednesday.

The explosive allegation was made in Brooklyn Supreme Court as the trial date for the Satmar leader, Nechemya Weberman, 53, was set for the end of October.

“There is a motive of revenge,” defense lawyer George Farkas said when asking to introduce the sex tape evidence at trial.

“I haven’t seen the video, but I heard it’s very explicit,” a source said.

Prosecutors acknowledged the tape was shown to them and that the case against the boyfriend was eventually dropped. They note that Weberman accompanied the father to the district attorney’s office in 2010 to make an allegation of statutory rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM
Toledo bishop to be guest on NPR show ‘Fresh Air’
UNITED STATES
Toledo Blade

BY NOLAN ROSENKRANS
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo is to be on the NPR show Fresh Air next week.

He follows a leader of an organization representing 80 percent of American Catholic nuns. As a guest , she discussed a Vatican review of the nuns organization. The bishop is a leader of the review.

The interview by Fresh Air host Terry Gross with Sister Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, was broadcast Tuesday. It focused on the organization’s response to the findings of a two-year “doctrinal assessment” of the nuns group.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM
Sex abuse victim ‘let down by evangelist’
UNITED KINGDOM
Eastbourne Herald

Published on Saturday 21 July 2012

A LEADING evangelist from Eastbourne has been criticised for urging a victim of sex abuse within the church not to go to police.

Ian Jackson (pictured) told victim Lina Barnes she should not report the man who abused her as a young girl and he would not support her if she involved the police and in court proceedings.

Lina, who has waived her right to anonymity, said she had sought spiritual help from Ian Jackson for the historic sexual abuse at the hands of former preacher and author Allan Cundick but has been let down by both him and the church.

In a series of emails to Lina Barnes, Mr Jackson said, “I am not prepared to give you any support in relation to the involvement of the police and court proceedings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM
Former Youth Pastor Arrested in Alleged 12 Year Old Child Sex Assault
NEW JERSEY
Patch

By Deborah Bell

A 24-year-old man, who says he was the victim of a sexual assault when he was only 12 years old, told Perth Amboy police on July 5 what happened to him.

Two weeks later, the police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office made an arrest.

Jeffrey Mackintosh, 46, now of Phillipsburg, was arrested at his home Thursday and charged aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

In 2000, police said, Mackintosh was a youth pastor at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, then located on King Street in Perth Amboy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM
Former Youth Pastor Charged With Sex Assaults
NEW JERSEY
CBS New York

MIDDLESEX, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A former youth pastor was charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy years ago.

Jeffrey Mackintosh, 46, of Phillipsburg faces sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child charges.

Mackintosh was arrested after the alleged victim – now an adult – approached the Perth Amboy Police Department this month.

Investigators believe Mackintosh assaulted the boy during the year 2000 when he was a youth pastor at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM
Former Perth Amboy pastor charged with sexually assaulting boy 12 years ago
NEW JERSEY
MyCentralJersey

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — A former Perth Amboy youth pastor has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy multiple times more than a decade ago.

Jeffrey Mackintosh, 46, of Dinah Drive, Phillipsburg was arrested at his home 9:15 p.m. Thursday, and charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Perth Amboy Acting Police Chief Benjamin Ruiz.

Mackintosh, who works as a computer technician, is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick in lieu of $100,000 bail, with no 10 percent down payment.

He was arrested during an investigation by Investigator Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Perth Amboy Detective Pete Boulieris which began July 5, 2012, after the 12-year-old boy, who is now an adult, contacted the Perth Amboy Police Department.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM
Former NJ youth pastor charged with sex assault
NEW JERSEY
WABC

PERTH AMBOY, New Jersey (WABC) — The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office says a former youth pastor has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy on numerous occasions more than a decade ago.

Police say 46-year-old Jeffrey Mackintosh was arrested Thursday night at his Phillipsburg home.

He faces charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Mackintosh is in custody on $150,000 bail and it’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

Prosecutors say the child victim, who is now an adult, contacted the Perth Amboy authorities on July 5 to report the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM
Fairbanks Diocese approaches 50th anniversary
ALASKA
San Antonio Express-News

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks has scheduled an August mass to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Officials say Bishop Donald Kettler will celebrate a mass of thanksgiving at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Pope John XXIII officially established the diocese on Aug. 8, 1962, but officials say the history of the church in Alaska stretches back to the 18th century.

The diocese covers 400,000-square miles including multiple Alaska Native villages.

The church filed for bankruptcy after numerous claims of clerical sexual abuse, reaching a bankruptcy settlement with more than 300 victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM
Fordham Administrator Resigns in Wake of Abuse Lawsuit
NEW YORK
The Ram

By CONNOR RYAN
NEWS EDITOR

Br. James A. Liguori, associate vice president and executive director of Fordham’s Westchester campus and former president of Iona College, submitted resignation today, after being linked to a child sex abuse lawsuit in a claim released by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Thursday.

“Br. Liguori passed a criminal background check in fall 2011, when he was hired by Fordham, University officials began investigating immediately, and on Friday, July 20, Br. Liguori submitted his resignation, effective immediately,” Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of the University, said in a statement. “The University takes any claim of abuse with the utmost seriousness. Fordham’s primary concern is always for the victim in such cases — it could not be otherwise. I know that you keep anyone who has been so victimized in your thoughts and prayers.”

The suit charges that Liguori sexually abused a boy, now identified as John Doe, in 1969 while Doe was a student at the Cardinal Farley Military Academy in New York, according to the statement. The Irish Christian Brothers, a New Rochelle-based Catholic order (now known as the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers), ran the school at the time of the alleged abuse. Liguori is a member of the order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM
Chile investigates school sex abuse
CHILE
Big Pond News (Australia)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Chilean authorities will investigate 61 schools in the country’s capital for possible child sex abuse, the attorney general has announced, in the latest government step to address a sharp rise in reports of such crimes.

Attorney-General Sabas Chahuan said on Friday his office will look at 49 schools in eastern Santiago and 12 on city’s west side. Several teachers have recently been accused of sexually molesting children at schools in affluent neighbourhoods in the eastern part of Santiago. …

Pinera also urged lawmakers to review and fast-track about 100 bills before Congress that could protect children against sexual abuse. Under new measures, young sex abuse victims will need only to provide a video-recorded statement once so they can avoid the stress of repeatedly having to retell their painful episodes.

The president said the sex offender database would be fully functioning from August.

Chile is one of South America’s most strongly conservative nations in social matters. The Roman Catholic Church retains a firm influence in society, although in recent years it has been hit by scandals in which priests have been accused of molesting children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM
Delays in pedophile case prompt demonstration
CANADA
The Windsor Star

By Craig Pearson, The Windsor Star July 21, 2012

A victim of convicted pedophile Rev. William Hodgson Marshall – who was scheduled to enter a plea Friday to two new counts of sexual abuse – said he is frustrated the case was delayed.

Marshall, 90, appeared briefly by video from the Joyceville Institution, near Kingston, but only to hear his lawyer Andrew Bradie ask that the matter be put over so that he has time to discuss new developments with his client. Ontario Court Justice Lloyd Dean set Sept. 4 as the next court date.

“I feel upset. Victims are kept in the dark,” said Patrick McMahon, 44, who was sexually assaulted at age 13 by Marshall and who was in court Friday hoping to see the Catholic priest plead guilty to two cases involving victims from Saskatoon. “I find it very frustrating. The justice system is all about delay, delay, delay.

“It doesn’t give any satisfaction to victims.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM
July 20, 2012
$5M bond for Ex-Buddhist priest charged with fathering child with teen
ILLINOIS
WLS

BRIDGEVIEW (WLS) – A former Buddhist priest was ordered held on $5 million bond Friday, charged with fathering a child with a 15-year-old girl while he belonged to a west suburban temple.

Camnong Boa-Ubol, 62, was charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and Cook County Judge Peter Felice ordered him held on $5 million Friday, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said.

Boa-Ubol was a Buddhist priest who lived and worked at the Wat Dhammaram Temple in Stickney Township when he fathered the child, according to a May 2012 release from the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

In a 2009 lawsuit, the woman and her daughter claimed Boa-Ubol sexually assaulted and battered her at the temple between July 1998 and May 1999.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 PM
Feds seek prison for ex-Greenwich pastor
CONNECTICUT
Stamford Advocate

Associated Press

Updated 06:40 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2012
NEW HAVEN — A former Greenwich priest should be sent to prison for about a year for obstructing an investigation into his personal use of church money, federal prosecutors said.

Michael Moynihan, who resigned in 2007 as pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, is to be sentenced Monday in New Haven after pleading guilty last year to obstructing a federal investigation. Moynihan wants to be spared prison time, according to prosecutors.

“There is simply no excuse for a religious leader to knowingly lie and provide false documentation when an effort is being made to uncover facts surrounding off-the-book accounts,” prosecutors wrote in court papers Wednesday. “The court should reject the notion that religious leaders or other types of white collar professionals should be sentenced more lightly than the powerless because, for the former, the embarrassment of conviction alone is more devastating than it would be for those who have enjoyed fewer advantages in life.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 PM
Norbert Denef im 43. Tag des Hungerstreiks
DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

Norbert Denef befindet sich im 43. Tag seines Hungerstreiks. Er setzt seinen Hungerstreik fort.

Sowohl die Wortlosigkeit der SPD am 13. Juni 2012 (siehe Pressemitteilung vom 11. Juli 2012 http://netzwerkb.org/2012/07/13/hungerstreik-tag-36-es-geht-um-unsere-kinder/) als auch die Ereignisse im Bundestag am 19. Juli 2012 (siehe Pressemitteilung vom 20. Juli 2012,

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM
Priest’s molestation hearing delayed again
SACRAMENTO (CA)
The Record Searchlight

SACRAMENTO — The preliminary hearing for a suspended Redding priest charged with seven felony counts of child molestation was continued today for the second time until Sept. 7, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County district attorney’s office said.

That hearing had been scheduled for last month, but was continued then until today.

The Rev. Uriel Ojeda, 32, was arrested Nov. 30, 2011, after surrendering to law enforcement officials in Sacramento County. The allegations came to light when the diocese received a complaint from a parishioner’s family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 PM
Philly DA seeks 7-year sentence …
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS News

Philly DA seeks 7-year sentence for Monsignor William Lynn, priest convicted of felony child endangerment

By Paula Reid Topi

(CBS) PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia District Attorney is seeking seven years in prison for Monsignor William Lynn, the Archdioceses of Philadelphia official convicted of felony child endangerment.

The District Attorney filed a motion today arguing that the maximum sentence of seven years is the only way to impress upon Lynn that, “[T]he protection of children trumps the reputation of abusers and the institution that harbors them.”

Lynn was convicted on June 22. He is the first American church official who has not actually abused children to be convicted of endangering the welfare of a child in a jury trial and subsequently incarcerated.

Lynn’s lawyers have asked the court to show leniency. They argue that Msgr. Lynn poses no danger to the public and has been sufficiently rehabilitated during the legal ordeal, which began in 2002.

Advocates for survivors of sex abuse want to see Lynn jailed. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), released a statement saying that Lynn still poses a threat to public safety. SNAP argues that Lynn put “hundreds” of children at risk by helping “perhaps dozens of predators stay hidden, employed, and around kids.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM
CA – LA Archdiocese cannot block release of secret priest files, victims respond
CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

[court record]

Posted by Joelle Casteix on July 20, 2012

Late yesterday, the California Second Appellate District Court ruled that Los Angeles Archdiocese officials cannot block the release of confidential priest files of 25 known, admitted, or jailed child molesting clerics.

The files were a part of the Archdiocese’s 2007 $660 million settlement with more than 500 alleged victims of child sex abuse. Legal maneuverings by lawyers for the Archdiocese and the accused priests have held up the release of the files for five years.

We are thrilled that hundreds of pages of long-secret church records about pedophile priests will soon be released. Kids are safest when citizens know more, not less, about dangerous child molesters. The public will also be able to learn what church officials knew about predator clerics and when they knew it. That will help ensure some accountability and justice for people who recklessly put kids in danger.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 PM
SNAP’S PROTEST OF NUNS’ CONVENTION
ST. LOUIS (MO)
Berger’s Beat

July 19, 2012 7:32 pm | Author: Jerry Berger
Beginning Aug 7, the largest group of America’s nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, meets at the Millennium Hotel downtown. Outside, with picket signs and childhood photos, members of SNAP will protest what they call LCWR’s “nearly complete refusal to deal with past child sex crimes and cover-ups by its nuns or prevent future ones.” No one has a solid estimate of how many Catholic sisters have molested kids, SNAP says, but at least one local nun, Sr. Judith Fisher, was sued for abusing a girl for seven years. That case was settled out of court in 2004. SNAP board chair Steve Theisen of Iowa is spearheading the demonstration.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM
SF man accused of beating priest will not face another trial
CALIFORNIA
San Francisco Examiner

By: Bay City News | 07/20/12

Santa Clara County prosecutors Friday officially announced their decision not to re-file misdemeanor charges against William Lynch for beating Fr. Jerold Lindner, who Lynch claims molested him more than three decades ago.

Deputy District Attorney Vikki Gemetti on Friday morning formally told Judge David Cena of her office’s decision.

Cena responded by saying that the charges were dismissed and Lynch’s bail released.

“It does put an exclamation point on the case,” said Lynch’s attorney Pat Harris.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM
Prosecutors: Msgr. Lynn deserves maximum prison sentence
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Msgr. William J. Lynn is evil, conniving and remorseless and deserves nothing but the maximum term in state prison for allowing Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests to sexually abuse children, prosecutors argued Friday.

“Every workday he woke up, went to his office and there pursued a deliberate, orchestrated plan that shielded and enabled child rapists,” Assistant District Attorneys Mariana Sorensen and Patrick Blessington wrote in a sentencing memo.

Lynn, 61, faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Tuesday by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina.

A former top aide to Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, Lynn last month became the first Catholic church official convicted for enabling clergy sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM
A Pastor’s Thought on the Statute of Limitations
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

July 20, 2012 by Susan Matthews

According to a Catholics4Change reader this was posted on the Web site of Epiphany Parish in Philadelphia. It appeared in the July 15th parish bulletin and was written by Father John Pidgeon, the pastor.

“Lifting the statute of limitations and opening a window in which victims can sue is a topic that must be given serious consideration. If this is the way to best protect victims and provide justice for those harmed, then I am all for it. While I am not fully convinced that this is the answer, I do find a major flaw in the argument that lifting the statute of limitations and opening a window for civil lawsuits would unfairly target the Catholic Church. Such an argument is like a driver who is pulled over for speeding saying to the police officer, “Its not fair that you pulled me over and not the others”. Other institutions may very well have similar problems like us but to claim we are being unfairly singled out is like the high school student caught cheating complaining that it’s not fair he was caught while others who were cheating were not. Some get caught and others do not.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM
A Vatican watershed on transparency, and a new tool for reformers
VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Jul. 20, 2012 All Things Catholic

For sure, I’m no Nostradamus. To cite just one example of my failures as a prognosticator, in 1999 I published a biography of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger containing four reasons why his election as pope was improbable. We’re now, of course, into the eighth year of his reign.

A month ago, however, I finally got one right.

On June 22, previewing an evaluation of the Vatican’s financial transparency by Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering body, I wrote: “The report is probably destined to trigger confusing and conflicting headlines about how well the Vatican did.”

On cue, these headlines ran shortly after the report’s release on Wednesday, July 18:
•Associated Press: “Vatican passes key financial transparency test”
•AGI: “Moneyval flunks the Vatican”
•L’Espresso: “Moneyval passes the Vatican”
•RTE: “Serious failings identified in Vatican Bank”
•Sunday Times: “Report cites progress in Vatican anti-money laundering efforts”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM
Rev. Hod Marshall sexual assault plea delayed
CANADA
Windsor Star

WINDSOR – A victim of convicted pedophile Rev. William Hodgson Marshall — who was scheduled to enter a plea Friday to two new counts of sexual abuse — said he is frustrated the case was delayed.

Marshall. 90. appeared briefly by video from the Joyeceville Institution, near Kingston, but only to hear his lawyer Andrew Bradie ask that the matter be put over so that he has time to discuss new developments with his client. Ontario Court Justice Lloyd Dean set Sept. 4 as the next court date.

“I feel upset. Victims are kept in the dark,” said Patrick McMahon, 44, who was sexually assaulted at age 13 by Marshall and who was in court Friday hoping to see the Catholic priest plead guilty to two cases involving victims from Saskatoon. “I find it very frustrating. The justice system is all about delay, delay, delay.

“It doesn’t give any satisfaction to victims.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM
Mediation: A new model for settling sex abuse cases
SPOKANE (WA)
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 20, 2012
By Tom Gallagher

The Spokane, Wash., diocese recently announced that a new settlement had been reached with respect to current, pending claims of sexual abuse. The settlement culminates almost a decade of complex litigation and a 2004 bankruptcy filing that cost the diocese $48 million.

A major complication involved the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, which once had elements of control in favor of the diocese in its governance documents. In reality, the ranch operated on its own and was led for decades by Fr. Joseph Weitensteiner, who himself has been accused of sexual abuse. Prior to the 2004 bankruptcy, the ranch was legally separated from the diocese.

A critical issue post-bankruptcy was how to fund future claims against the diocese and, specifically, some two-dozen unresolved claims filed by former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch residents. The future claims fund was woefully underfunded and was collateralized by practically all of the real estate of the parishes and their schools. A funding default would have triggered the foreclosure of parishes and schools.

With the new settlement, the diocese and parishes agreed to put $1.5 million toward the future claims fund. There will be no foreclosures. All appeals will be withdrawn.

How did all this come about?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM
Vatikanbank im Visier der Geldwäsche-Experten
VATIKAN
Handelsblatt

Vatikanstadt. Der Vatikan kann trotz einer Reformoffensive den Makel undurchsichtiger Finanzgeschäfte nicht abstreifen. Fachleute des Europarats kommen in einem am Mittwoch vorgelegten Bericht zu dem Ergebnis, dass der Heilige Stuhl den internationalen Standards zur Bekämpfung von Geldwäsche, Terrorismusfinanzierung und Steuerflucht noch längst nicht gerecht wird.

Dazu seien weitere bedeutende Schritte erforderlich, befindet der Expertenausschuss Moneyval. Der Ausschuss vergibt in zentralen Punkten vergibt schlechte Noten an die skandalumwitterte Vatikanbank IOR. Von den insgesamt 16 Schlüsselkriterien für transparente Finanzgeschäfte würden sieben noch nicht erfüllt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 AM
Catholic school sued for sex abuse in Haiti
CONNECTICUT
Caribbean 360

CONNECTICUT, USA, Friday July 20, 2012 – A former pupil of a school for disadvantaged youth in Cap-Haitien, Haiti has joined 22 other former students in filing a lawsuit against a Jesuit priest now living in Massachusetts, and others, alleging the defendants did nothing to prevent the school’s former director from sexually abusing them over a 10-year period.

In a civil complaint filed this week in federal court in Connecticut, a Haitian national, now in his early 20s, says the Reverend Paul E. Carrier; Fairfield University in Connecticut, and other defendants, are liable for the abuse he suffered from Douglas Perlitz, 42, former director of Project Pierre Toussaint in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

The Haitian man’s complaint claims that Carrier, a former Fairfield chaplain; the university, and other defendants, ¬established the school, provided its funding, and ignored signs of Perlitz’s actions.

A lawyer for the university, ¬Stanley A. Twardy Jr., said Fairfield expects to be cleared.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM
LCWR nuns: “Catholic Church is pro-foetus but keeps silent on other essential issues”
UNITED STATES
Vatican Insider

Sister Pat Farrel, president of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious breaks the silence in a radio interview with NPR. The world moves on and doctrine cannot remain static she says

Maria Teresa Pontara Pederiva
Rome

It seemed like a coincidence to many but the day after a change of guard was announced in the leadership of the Holy Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – Cardinal Levada was substituted by Cardinal Müller – nuns of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR), the association which represents 80% of women religious in the U.S. and which is preparing a national assembly to be held in August have broken their silence and agreed to talk about their placement under the supervision of an external commissioner.

Neither was it a coincidence that the first one to speak was President Pat Farrel, number two of the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters Congregation in Iowa, in an interview with National Public Radio in one of its most popular programmes. The nun reiterated the association’s official response to the Vatican’s “unfounded” accusations which could potentially be destructive to the continuation of their mission. But she went further, saying: “There are issues about which we think there’s a need for a genuine dialogue, and there doesn’t seem to be a climate of that in the church right now.”

Sister Farrel highlighted one fundamental question: is it possible to be part of the Church but be in favour of dialogue and discussion? “Questions there are much less black and white because human realities are much less black and white. That’s where we spend our days.” “I think one of our deepest hopes is that in the way we manage the balancing beam in the position we’re in, if we can make any headways in helping to create a safe and respectful environment where church leaders along with rank-and-file members can raise questions openly and search for truth freely, with very complex and swiftly changing issues in our day, that would be our hope. But the climate is not there. And this mandate coming from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith putting us in a position of being under the control of certain bishops that is not a dialogue. If anything, it appears to be shutting down dialogue.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM
What I Learned On Jury Duty
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

After 13 weeks of covering the archdiocese sex abuse trial, I was summoned for jury duty on Monday, July 9.

I reported to the first floor of the Criminal Justice Center at 8:15 a.m., figuring I would be there just for the day. Usually the court staff start laughing the minute they find out I’m a reporter, and they’re still laughing when they show me the door.

But they must have been desperate. I was shipped upstairs to Courtroom 1002, where the Hon. Judge Earl W. Trent Jr. presided. He asked a few questions about whether I thought I could be an impartial juror. I said I honestly didn’t know. Well, the judge said, when you go out to report a story, aren’t you supposed to be impartial? I try to be, I said.

To my amazement, I was chosen as Juror No. 9, given an official ID badge, and told to report to court the following morning. After a lifetime of being an observer, I was suddenly in a position to have a direct impact on somebody’s life. Terique Powell, 21, of Northeast Philadelphia, was facing a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 5 to 10 years in an armed robbery case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM
Inside The Jury Room, Part Two
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

[Part 1]

Ralph Cipriano

Taleah Grimmage, Juror No. 7, has finally explained why that not guilty verdict on the conspiracy charge against Msgr. Lynn left her with knots in her stomach.

Every juror believed Lynn was part of a conspiracy at the archdiocese, Juror No. 7 explained in an email posted on this website. It just wasn’t the conspiracy that the prosecutors thought was there.

In subsequent emails, Grimmage elaborated on her complicated views about Msgr. Lynn. Yes he was just a “yes man,” she said, but he was also the guy left holding the bag for the archdiocese.

I’d like to publicly thank Taleah for providing invaluable insights into jury deliberations. Here’s what she posted about the conspiracy verdict:

Hi everyone, This is Taleah Grimmage (Juror #7). I stated before that my stomach was in knots about the conspiracy charge because, almost every single juror believed that there was a conspiracy. We just didn’t believe that the conspiracy was to endanger children.

I specifically requested that the foreman send out a question (which he did) asking if the result of a conspiracy was that a child was endangered, did the endangerment also have to be the intent. Judge Sarmina told us that it did, which made it nearly impossible to convict, with the elements that we were given of conspiracy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM
Defense Team Says Monsignor Poses “No Danger To The Public”
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

Msgr. William J. Lynn poses “no danger to the public,” his defense lawyers argue, so putting him away for a maximum prison term of seven years would amount to “cruel and unusual punishment.”

On Tuesday, Lynn will stand before Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, and be sentenced for his June 22 conviction on a third-degree felony of endangering the welfare of a child. He is facing a prison term of between 3 1/2 to 7 years. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington has already said that the prosecution will seek the maximum sentence of seven years for Msgr. Lynn.

Lynn’s defense team, however, argued in a sentencing memo filed Wednesday that Lynn has never touched a child, and that “no reported Pennsylvania case has ever dealt with a situation where an individual had been convicted of EWOC [endangering the welfare of children] without ever knowing the child that he or she was accused of endangering.”

“Msgr. Lynn has never harbored any intent to harm a child,” Lynn’s lawyers argued. “To the contrary, letters from friends, teachers, fellow priests, nuns and family members extol Msgr. Lynn’s love and respect for children and their safety, offering in supporting innumerable examples of the care and protection he showed the children he has come across.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM
Lynn’s lawyers seek lenient sentence
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

Lawyers for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest convicted of child endangerment urged a judge Thursday to spare him from prison, arguing that Msgr. William J. Lynn poses no public threat, has led a life of service, and has already endured unprecedented “shaming and vilification.”

Two-thirds of Pennsylvanians sentenced for the same felony since 1996 spent only months in county jails or were freed on supervised release, the lawyers said. They said Lynn, a priest for 36 years, deserves the same break.

“A sentence of time served, probation, work release, or house arrest would ensure that Msgr. Lynn can still use his priestly gifts to improve the lives of those around him,” lawyers Thomas Bergstrom and Jeffrey Lindy said in their filing.

Lynn, a longtime aide to the late Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, faces up to seven years in state prison when he is sentenced Tuesday by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM
Recovered memories take courtroom spotlight
WORCESTER (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

By Susan Spencer TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

Ann M. McCarron never forgot being sexually abused by her pediatrician from the time she was 7 until she was 12 years old, but she never told anyone about it until she was in her 30s, after years of therapy.

Believing that she would go to jail if she spoke out, she tucked it in the back of her mind and followed a path of self-destructive behavior, including drinking vodka until she passed out.

“I was scared silent and I was numb,” said Ms. McCarron, who is now 49 and the associate athletic director at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

David K. O’Regan, 62, of Spencer, also blocked out for 40 years detailed memories of being abused at age 11 by a priest, until the bombardment of media reports surrounding the Boston clergy scandal forced him to face his past. He opened up for the first time, at age 52, to his wife.

“I didn’t think anyone would believe me. I didn’t believe it,” said Mr. O’Regan, who is a victim’s advocate for the Worcester chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM
Franse priester beschuldigd van seksueel misbruik
FRANKRIJK
De Standaard

Een 68-jarige priester uit het noorden van Frankrijk is beschuldigd van verkrachting van en seksueel geweld op minderjarigen van 15 jaar. Hij is ook in preventieve hechtenis genomen. .

De geestelijke heeft de hem aangewreven feiten bekend. Ze zouden zich hebben afgespeeld in de regio Rijsel en Duinkerken, vanaf de jaren zeventig tot de beginjaren van de huidige eeuw. Er is een tiental slachtoffers bekend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM
Priester Jan Peijnenburg strijdt online tegen bisdom Den Bosch | opinie
NEDERLAND
Den Bosch Dichtbij

Stel, je bent priester en toegewijd aan de katholieke kerk. Je stelt je hele leven in dienst van God, Jezus en iedereen uit de kerststal. Je gelooft in het goede van mensen, bent al bijna 50 jaar samen met de liefde van leven en samen wil je de mooie kanten van de kerk en het geloof verspreiden. En dan ineens word je door diezelfde kerk er gewoon uitgeflikkerd. Nee, je krijgt nog 1 kans: je geliefde na 50 jaar dumpen.

Het overkomt priester Jan Peijnenburg uit Eindhoven. Peijnenburg mag van het bisdom Den Bosch niet meer voorgaan in de katholieke kerk omdat hij samenwoont met een vrouw. Een 81-jarige man mag niet zijn liefde geven aan een 86-jarige vrouw. Dan hebben ze natuurlijk ook seks en dat mag niet. Bah, vies. Want je lichaam behoort alleen God toe. En je zult je dus als priester moeten houden aan het celibaat. Dat doet Jan Peijnenburg niet en dus geeft de kerk hem een keuze. Of hij verlaat zijn geliefde Threes van Dijk, of hij wordt uit het ambt gezet. Dat terwijl andere priesters in het verleden aan piemeltjes mochten zitten of erger en alleen werden overgeplaatst.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM
Priester stopt vanwege celibaat
BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

BREE – Kapelaan Jürgen Soetens behoort niet meer tot de parochie van Bree. De 38-jarige priester was graag gezien in de noordoostelijke gemeente. Met zijn jonge leeftijd en enthousiasme maakte hij de mensen opnieuw warm voor de Kerk, maar hij heeft de dekenij van Bree al verlaten en verblijft terug in Zottegem, de plaats waar hij vandaan komt. De reden van zijn vertrek is simpel: het celibataire leven viel hem te zwaar.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM
“Een vrouw als priester is als seksueel misbruik van kinderen”
NEDERLAND
Nieuwslog

“Een vrouw als priester is net zo erg als sexueel misbruik van kinderen”? Is dit een belediging voor alle vrouwen?

Laten we ons nou eens afvragen wie het hier mee eens zijn. Persoonlijk zal ik niemand de kerk injagen maar eerder aanmoedigen eruit te stappen al was het alleen maar om de leugens. De claim dat vrouwen die priester willen worden vergeleken worden met de ernst van seksueel misbruik van kinderen gaat naar mijn idee alle perken te buiten. Een vrouw is evengoed in staat om een bijbel verhaal op te dragen, en als het komt tot het bespreken van (Katholieke) familie kwesties dan zou ik liever een vrouw tegenover me hebben dan een man met een tijdbom tussen zijn benen. Wat voor mensen zijn het eens met de paus? Wie in de wereld vindt dat een vrouw als priester net zo erg is als seksueel misbruik van kinderen? Wat een God vergeten quote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM
Pro Death Penalty
MASSACHUSETTS
outpatient clinic

Skip Shea

Lately I’ve found myself listening to Sports Talk Radio in Boston. Being a sports fan from New England is almost a natural. Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Bruins are all legendary teams. At least to us. Much like politics here, which most consider a contact sport. Although they should never mix, just as Mayor Menino and try not to laugh as he tries to pronounce Wes Wekler. Res Wreckler?

The real no-no’s in pleasant conversation are politics and religion. Which seems to be true as the silence from all of the politicians when the clergy sexual abuse scandal broke in Boston ten years ago still echoes. And I mean all politicians, from both parties. There were no profiles in courage.

Which brings me to Penn State. I spent a good part of the afternoon today listening to WEEI’s The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley as they fended off a lot of Penn State apologists. Who sounded awfully similar to the Catholic Church apologists.

Serial child abuser Sandusky is in jail for life now and Joe Paterno is dead. Time to move on. Others who may have facilitated the cover-up are still being investigated like Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. More justice will be served by the actual guilty parties. Time to move on. And leave statutes and football alone.

Or

Serial child abuser John Goeghan and Cardinal Law has moved to Rome. Time to move on. We are investigating it. Time to move on. And leave all the good priests alone. Stop Catholic bashing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM
Former Iona President Accused of Child Abuse [UPDATE] NEW YORK
Patch

By Michael Woyton

A lawsuit has been filed in New York courts accusing former Iona College President Brother James Liguori of sex abuse and a subsequent cover up.

Joelle Casteix, western regional director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), posted a media statement outlining the accusations Thursday.

According of Casteix, the suit charges the victim, known as “John Doe,” was allegedly sexually abused by Liguori in 1969. At the time, the boy was at a Cardinal Farley Military Academy, which is run by the Irish Christian Brothers, in New York.

“Doe,” who now lives in Orange County, CA, reported his alleged abuse to church officials there in 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM
One year on: What’s happened since Enda Kenny’s landmark Cloyne speech?
IRELAND
The Score

[with video of the Enda Kenny speech]

TODAY MARKS EXACTLY a year since Taoiseach Enda Kenny stood up in a sparsely populated Dáil chamber to deliver one of the most significant speeches in the history of the State.

In a landmark address, Kenny outlined his views on the publication of the Cloyne report which had investigated and exposed how church authorities had dealt with allegations of abuse in the Cork diocese.

The report outlined how 19 priests abused dozens of children between 1996 and 2009 and it accused those in authority at the diocese of gross negligence for not doing enough to address the issue.

Kenny said the “heartbreaking” revelations contained in the report showed “the dysfunction, the disconnection, the elitism that dominates the Vatican today” and was hugely scathing of the church’s treatment of victims of sexual abuse at the hands of members of the clergy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 AM
Judgment dismissed in Green Bay diocese sex abuse case
WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

July 19, 2012

An Outagamie County judge has dismissed a $700,000 judgment against the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay and ordered a new trial, citing juror bias in a landmark trial involving clergy sex abuse.

Outagamie Judge Nancy Krueger said a juror failed to divulge before or during the trial that she suspected the accused priest of inappropriate contact with her own brother and that she had a close friendship with a member of the plaintiffs’ extended family.

“The overriding emphasis of this Court must be on the integrity of the justice and jury system – and the right of all parties to a fair and impartial trial,” Krueger said in the ruling filed late Wednesday. “If even one juror harbors a material prejudice, the right to an impartial jury has been impaired,” she said.

The jury in May found that the diocese had defrauded brothers Todd and Troy Merryfield by placing now-defrocked Father John Patrick Feeney into their parish in the 1970s without telling members about his sexual history involving children. But concerns about the juror’s impartiality were raised by two fellow jurors who’d had conversations with her outside the courthouse after the verdict.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM
Buddhist monk is brought back to Chicago area to face charge of raping teen
CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Matthew Walberg, Chicago Tribune reporter

July 20, 2012

A woman who says she was sexually assaulted and impregnated by a Buddhist monk as a teenager more than a decade ago in the southwest suburbs agonized for years about telling her story to authorities.

Two years ago she filed a lawsuit against Camnong Boa-Ubol, but to maintain her child’s privacy, she did not want to pursue criminal charges.

But after the Tribune wrote of the woman’s lawsuit last year in a story about abuse allegations against several monks, a victims rights group persuaded her to seek criminal action against Boa-Ubol. On Thursday, Boa-Ubol, 62, who had left the Chicago area several years ago, was returned here and charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, officials said.

The alleged crime occurred at the Wat Dhammaram temple in unincorporated Stickney Township. The woman was 15 when she became pregnant. In her lawsuit, she alleged that she was 14 when Boa-Ubol began a nearly yearlong pattern of abuse that resulted in her pregnancy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM
Diocese pays $205K to settle sexual abuse claim
YAKIMA (WA)
Yakima Herald-Republic

By Pat Muir
Yakima Herald-Republic

The Catholic Diocese of Yakima agreed last month to pay $205,000 to a woman who sued over sexual abuse she said took place at the hands of a Jesuit priest in the 1970s.

The woman, identified as M.P. in the suit filed in April 2010 in Yakima County Superior Court, settled last year with the Jesuits for $288,000. Both suits stem from abuse she said occurred in 1977 when she was 8 years old at St. Joseph’s Parish, which was run by the Jesuits until last summer. The priest in question, Francis Duffy, had been accused of molesting girls in Oregon before he was transferred to Yakima, where he served until 1989. He died in 1992.

The woman’s lawyer, Bryan Smith of Tamaki Law Offices in Yakima, hailed the settlement as an overdue acknowledgment of responsibility. Previously, he said, the diocese had placed all of the blame for Duffy’s abuse on the Jesuits.

“The Yakima Diocese had not acknowledged any type of responsibility for Father Duffy despite the fact he preached in this town under their supervision for 20 years,” Smith said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 AM
St. Cloud, Minn.: Lawsuit claims St. John’s Abbey knew of priest’s past abuse
MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

A former student sued St. John’s Abbey for fraud Thursday, July 19, alleging the religious order knew one of its members had been accused of sexual abuse as early as 1958, yet let him continue teaching.

The lawsuit was filed in Stearns County by a former St. John’s Prep student who claims he was sexually abused by the Rev. Allen Tarlton in the 1980s.

Tarlton was an English teacher at the Minnesota school.

According to the St. Cloud Times, the lawsuit alleges at least three abbots knew of the allegations against Tarlton but put him in teaching roles at St. John’s Prep and at other locations in other states and the Bahamas.

A message left Thursday with the abbey was not returned.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 AM
July 19, 2012
Diocese of NY church lady accused of embezzling committed a ‘sin’: Judge
NEW YORK
New York Post

By LAURA ITALIANO

A Manhattan judge today chided prosecutors for offering only 4 1/2 years prison to an allegedly embezzling former clerk for the Diocese of New York, calling the $1 million embezzlement “not only a crime, but a sin.”

“How come you went down?” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lewis Bart Stone asked after prosecutors announced their latest rock-bottom offer — 4 1/2 to 9 years prison — for accused accounts payable clerk Anita Collins.

Back in April, prosecutors had said they’d go no lower than six years prison for Collins, 69, who is charged with taking the money over the course of seven years, filling her Schuylerville, Bronx, apartment with Bloomingdales furniture, Belleek China and pricey Madam Alexander dolls.

“This is a woman who has stolen more than a million dollars from a not-for-profit religious organization,” the judge told prosecutors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 PM
Ministry struggling to justify Hamilton ‘priest-dumping’: law expert
CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

The Ministry of the Attorney General is likely looking at ways to justify a controversial legal resolution that permitted a charged priest to leave Hamilton for Brazil, says a legal expert.

The more time it takes for the ministry to investigate the case of Rev. Jose Silva, the less chance it has been able to justify it, Alan Young, an associate professor of the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University told the Spectator.

Young was commenting on the ongoing ministry investigation of an unusual deal between the Hamilton Crown Attorney’s Office and a defence counsel that permitted Silva, 34, to return to his native Brazil without facing prosecution for a sexual assault charge. Silva left Hamilton May 4. A countrywide warrant was put in place that would see the charge proceed in the event Silva retuned to Canada.

“We know the deal is unusual and it cries out for some justification. The reality is they (ministry officials) understand the general public would not support a deal of this nature.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 PM
Day care employee, youth pastor accused of sexually molesting mentally disabled client
FLORIDA
WFTV

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —

The Department of Children and Families ordered a Lake County day care that was connected to one of several sexual abuse investigations involving the same man to be shut down.

Detectives said Kenneth Hagins used to work for Pat’s Kidz World day care in Eustis, as well as Sunrise Arc Group Homes. Detectives also said he was a youth pastor.

WFTV’s Berndt Petersen confronted one Hagins’ former bosseswho said Hagins was quickly put on leave once the allegations surfaced. …

They also plan to visit a Eustis church where they believe Hagins is a youth pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM
Former Iona College President Brother James Liguori Named in Child Sex Abuse Suit
NEW YORK
Talk of the Sound

By Robert Cox on Thu, 07/19/2012

A California man has filed a lawsuit claiming he was sexually abused by Brother James A. LiguoriBrother James A. Liguori in 1969 when the boy at a Cardinal Farley Military Academy in New York. The school was run by the Irish Christian Brothers, a New Rochelle-based Catholic religious order. Brother Liguori is a member of the order and served up until 2011 as President of Iona College.

According to a press statement issued by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), an independent, confidential network of survivors of religious sexual abuse and their supporters, the man reported his abuse to church officials in Orange County, CA in 2008. Catholic staffers, including Bishop Tod Brown, met with him and, in emails, a lawyer for the diocese said that she believed his allegations.

The Irish Christian Brothers, however, claimed that the allegations were “without merit” and took no action against Liguori who was, at the time, of the victim’s report, the president of Iona College in New Rochelle.

Iona College has issued a statement:

Through an Internet posting, we recently learned of a lawsuit alleging child abuse by former President, Brother James A. Liguori whose employment at the College concluded on September 26, 2011. The College has not seen the lawsuit and therefore cannot comment at this time; instead, it refers questions about the suit to the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are in support of any victim of sex abuse and their family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM
Molestation charges against Raleigh priest dropped more than 2 years later
RALEIGH (NC)
News & Observer

RALEIGH — More than two years after filing charges, authorities have dropped the child molestation case against Catholic priest Edgar Sepulveda.

Sepulveda’s suspension from his duties remains in place pending the completion of a Catholic Diocese of Raleigh investigation, in accordance with its procedures and those of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Sepulveda was initially arrested in January 2010 on one count of second degree sexual offense and one count of misdemeanor sexual battery in Brunswick County, S.C., where he was visiting church members in May 2009. Sepulveda, then a resident of Beulaville and pastor of Maria Reina de las Americas Parish in Mount Olive, was first investigated when allegations surfaced in September, according to a news release posted on the diocese website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM
Leader of US Orthodox church quits amid rape claim
UNITED STATES
KTUL

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) – The leader of the New York-based Orthodox Church in America has resigned amid questions about whether he failed to report an allegation of a rape by a priest to church officials or law enforcement.

The church issued a statement from Washington Archbishop Metropolitan Jonah saying he submitted his resignation July 6. The letter from Jonah had come at the request of the Holy Synod of Bishops. Jonah did not refer to the rape allegation.

The church issued a three-page statement July 16. It said Jonah had failed to report to authorities a 2010 rape allegation involving an unidentified priest. It said an investigation of the allegation was being performed by the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM
Former college president accused of sex abuse and cover-up
NEW YORK
My Fox New York

By FRANCISCO BERNARD, MyFoxNY.com –

MYFOXNY.COM –
A man who claims he was sexually abused by the former president of Iona College is filing a lawsuit.

The victim, known only as John Doe, has filed a sex abuse and cover-up lawsuit.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) reports the man claimed to have been sexually abused in 1969 by Brother James Liguori when he was at the Cardinal Farley Military Academy, run by the Irish Christian Brothers, a New Rochelle-based Catholic religious order.

The victim now lives in Orange County, California and says reported his abuse to church officials in California in 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM
Sex abuse claim filed …
NEW YORK
Poughkeepsie Journal

Sex abuse claim filed in connection to former Rhinecliff military academy

Brother James Liguori, the former president of Iona College, has been accused of child sex abuse in a court filing, a network of abuse victims announced today.

The alleged victim, an Orange County, Calif. man, accuses Liguori of abusing him in 1969 at the Cardinal Farley Military Academy in Rhinecliff, according to a release from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

The academy closed in 1970, according to Poughkeepsie Journal archives.

Liguori is a member of the Christian Brothers, and it was the religious order’s bankruptcy case, filed last year as the Christian Brothers assets were being drained by sex abuse cases, that opened the window for the case to emerge, said Joelle Casteix, western regional director for SNAP.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM
Priest Asks to Be Spared Prison
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The New York Times

By ERIK ECKHOLM

Published: July 19, 2012

Lawyers for Msgr. William J. Lynn of Philadelphia, the first senior official in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States to be convicted of failing to prevent child sex abuse by priests under his supervision, asked on Thursday that he be spared prison, arguing that a lengthy sentence “would be merely cruel and unusual.”

On June 22, after a landmark trial revealed efforts by the Philadelphia Archdiocese to conceal evidence of abuses, Monsignor Lynn was convicted on one count of endangering a child, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years. His bail was revoked and he has been in jail while awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

“Monsignor Lynn has never harbored any intent to harm a child,” wrote his lawyers, Thomas Bergstrom and Jeff Lindy, in a memo to Judge M. Teresa Sarmina of Common Pleas Court, and a lengthy incarceration “would serve no purpose at all.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM
Some St. Maria Goretti parishioners encourage ‘benefit of the doubt’ for cleared priest
PENNSYLVANIA
Montgomery Media

By Bradley Schlegel
[email protected]

The decision to declare the Rev. Leonard Peterson suitable for ministry was made through the lens of protecting the children of parishioners.

That’s according to a member of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Child and Youth Protection, who spoke Tuesday night to parishioners of the St. Maria Goretti Parish.

During an open forum on the standards of ministerial behavior, Leslie Gomez told the audience that the investigation into 37 priests accused of various abuse charges of children was not disclosed to protect the privacy of the priests and the alleged victims.

The process was not treated like a legal matter, according to Gomez, an investigator working on behalf of the archdiocese and a former child abuse prosecutor for the Philadelphia District Attorney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM
Bankruptcy motion: Woman alleges Davenport priests abused her
DAVENPORT (IA)
Quad-City Times

• Brian Wellner

In a motion filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, a woman claims she was abused as a child by three Diocese of Davenport priests.

The victim, who brought her allegations after bankruptcy proceedings involving the diocese were already under way and has received a settlement, alleges that the diocese is failing to comply with its non-monetary bankruptcy requirements and requests a hearing, according to the filing.

One of those requirements is to identify on its website accused priests whom the diocese deems “credible.”

The victim claims the chairperson of the diocese review board found her “credible” and that the board told her in a letter it believed her case, even though it will not identify the priests, the filing states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM
Accused Visitation Priest Out on Bail
NEW JERSEY
Patch

By Daniel Nee

The Brick Township priest arrested last weekend for two sex offenses is now out on bail.

Fr. Marukudiyil C. Velan, 64, had been in jail since last Saturday following his arrest on two counts of criminal sexual contact and a single count of endangering the welfare of a child. His bail had been set at $75,000 cash but later changed to $100,000 with a 10 percent bond option.

A source confirmed he was bailed out Thursday. He was no longer listed in inmate records at the Ocean County Jail as of 2:30 p.m.

It was not immediately known who posted Velan’s bail or where he would be staying. Brick Patch is awaiting a statement from the Diocese of Trenton which will provide more details.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM
CO – Predator priest may plead guilty, SNAP responds
COLORADO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on July 19, 2012

A guilty plea will help Fr. Manning’s suffering victim. But it will also protect the reputations of Manning’s church supervisors and peers who we strongly suspect hid suspicions of his misdeeds.

With a possible plea deal next month, it’s more crucial than ever that people who saw, suspected or suffered Manning’s crimes speak up. Otherwise, he gets little or no jail time and may be able to hurt even more children.

Very often accused child molesting clerics claim or exaggerate health problems to win sympathy and lighter sentences.

If Fr. Manning does plead guilty, we hope this prosecutor will hang tough and insist on disclosing as much as possible about wrongdoing by this priest, his bishop and other church staff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM
Brick priest facing sex assault charges out on bail
NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

Written by
Dustin Racioppi
@dracioppi

TOMS RIVER — The popular Brick priest who was arrested last weekend on sexual assault charges is free on bail today, according to Ocean County Jail records.

It is not clear who posted the bail for the priest, Marukudiyil Velan, more commonly referred to as Father Chris. When he was arrested on Saturday, his bail was set at $75,000 with the option to post 10 percent. However, the jail listed his bond set at $100,000 with an option to post 10 percent.

The Asbury Park Press asked the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for a photo of the suspect, but it declined. State law allows authorities discretion in releasing suspect photos, but they often refuse to do so, saying media publicity could affect their ability to select a jury.

The jail would not disclose the bail source or when it was posted. He was listed in jail records as an inmate Wednesday evening, but by Thursday the records said he had bonded out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM
Spanish Baby-Snatching Victims Seek Answers and Justice
SPAIN
Spiegel

By Helene Zuber in Madrid

Until into the 1990s, doctors and nuns in Spain allegedly stole newborn babies and sold them to couples hoping to adopt. The vast scope of this lucrative baby-snatching network is only now coming to light as courts heed victims’ calls for investigations and possible trials.

It’s been a year since María Luisa Torres was reunited with her daughter. She gave birth to the girl in a Madrid hospital, but then the baby was taken away from her.

“For almost 30 years, I saw my child in the faces of people on the street,” says Torres in a gravelly voice. But on a summer day last month, it is indeed the face of her daughter Pilar that emerges from a stream of pedestrians on the main shopping street in San Fernando de Henares, a town near Madrid. She has big, brown eyes and a pale complexion, and her face is framed by perfectly trimmed bangs and long hair dyed a mix of black, violet and red. …

This specter of a Spanish national Catholicism even survived Franco’s death in 1975. Nuns, especially members of the Hijas de la Caridad, or Daughters of Charity, whose training was more religious than intellectual, worked in the maternity wards of hospitals and in baby nurseries. They blindly obeyed their mothers superior and priests who, in turn, decided who deserved a child and who didn’t. As a result, what were generally young or unmarried women became victims of baby theft. After all, the reasoning went, according to the Church’s teachings, these mothers were living “in sin.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:23 PM
WT recently settled out-of-court with 5 victims…
CALIFORNIA
Jehovahs-Witness.net

WT recently settled out-of-court with 5 victims of JW serial molester. Court documents now available to post on any website

On May 20, 2010, a lawsuit was filed in San Diego, California. Defendant, the Watchtower of NY, settled out-of-court for an unknown amount of money with the Plaintiffs just weeks before the Candace Conti trial began at the end of May 2012 in Oakland, California. The law firm representing the five Plaintifs in this case was

Irwin Zalkin
The Zalkin Law Firm, P.C.
12555 High Bluff Drive, Suite 260
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 259-3011 (800) 617-2622

The Case NO is: 37-2010-00092450-CU-PO-CTL.

The names of the Plaintiffs are listed as John Dorman, Individually, and Joel Gamboa, Individually.The Defendants were the La Jolla Congregation, the Linda Vista Congregation, JWs supervisory organization (Watchtower of NY) and a number of it’s agents in the two congregations. Also, the perpetrator was a Defendant.

A short profile about the Perpetrator, Gonzalo Campos:

Gonzalo Campos was raised by his mother, a JW. He was 17 when he was baptized as a JW minister in 1980 and became a publisher. In 1982, when Campos was 19, the body of elders of the La Jolla Congregation discussed a molestation accusation made against him by a child and his mother in the La Jolla congregation to various congregation elders.

The elders assigned two of their own elders to investigate. They did not form a judicial committee because Campos denied the complaint and there were not the required “two witnesses” to the molestation as the only witness was the victim. Nothing further was done.

Around 1983, Campos, when he was 20, was conducting a Bible study with a boy, age 6. Campos molested this boy until he was 8.Campos was made a ministerial servant in 1988 although during the years 1986-1988, there had been dealings with him over accusations of molestation. He was “reproved” sometime during those years, yet he was made a MS in 1988. Apparently Campos did everything he was supposed to do because in 1993 he was made an elder. Campos was disfellowshipped June 9, 1995 and reinstated, April 21, 2000. He presently resides in Mexico, address known because he was deposed in Zona Rio, TIJUANA B.C. Mexico on September 2, 2011.

The court documents reveal that Campos molested at least seven children, six male and one female and tried to molest two more. Plaintiff’s attorney said that Campos is a serial molester.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:19 PM
PA – SNAP wants Philly Catholic cleric jailed
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on July 19, 2012

If Msgr. Lynn has “endured unprecedented public scrutiny, shaming and vilification,” it’s because for years he repeatedly engaged in unprecedented, shameful deceit, callousness and recklessness about children’s safety.

Once again, a high ranking Catholic cleric is saying ‘I’m different from and better than the rest of you.’ Once again, a top church official wants special treatment, even though he basically putting children – hundreds of them – in harm’s way and helping perhaps dozens of predators stay hidden, employed and around kids.

Lynn does pose a threat to public safety. Behind bars, he can’t shred evidence, intimidate victims, discredit whistleblowers, threaten witnesses, deceive parishioners, fabricate alibis or take any of the other steps Catholic officials take to keep clergy sex crimes hidden.

Lynn’s alleged career of “service” was, in fact, a life dedicate to climbing the church’s corporate ladder, and acting deceptively and irresponsibly to protect his job and reputation and the reputations of his supervisors and peers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:15 PM
Australia: Distances, demographics, disaffection underlie tales of resigned bishops
AUSTRALIA
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 19, 2012
By Phyllis Zagano

Distances and demographics combine to tell the story.

Three-quarters the size of the United States, Australia is mainly uninhabited except along its coastline. While the U.S. shelters close to 313 million people, latest Australian census statistics report only 22 million persons on the continent’s nearly 3 million square miles.

Australia’s Christians — mainly descendants of 18th-century British settlers and Irish convicts, and of later émigrés from Germany and Italy — comprise 61 percent of the population. Australia’s newest immigrants continue arriving from the United Kingdom and Italy, but also from New Zealand, China, India, Vietnam and the Phillippines. …

Many Australian Catholics who remain — who have not shifted to “no religion” — are disaffected and are speaking out. Catholics for Renewal, Catholics for Ministry, Australian Reforming Catholics, and Catalyst for Renewal are among the more active groups, with other pockets of upset operating around the country.

Fewer than 200 Australian men are studying for the priesthood, and statisticians contend that within 10 years more than half the priests will be foreign-born — perhaps not much different when Irish and Scots clergy followed their countrymen, except the new foreign-born are not native speakers of English.

Bishop William Morris (CNS/Diocese of Toowoomba)Against this backdrop — more non-Christians, disaffected Catholics, fewer priests and religious — play out the stories of three resigned bishops: Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Geoffrey Robinson (born 1937), Toowoomba Bishop William Morris (born 1943), and Canberra Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Power (born 1942). All three wanted to talk about the elephants in the episcopal palaces. All three found it rough going. All three resigned, more or quite less voluntarily.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM
BREAKING NEWS: Priest will consider plea on child sex counts, attorney says
COLORADO
The Gazette

July 19, 2012

BENZEL
THE GAZETTE

Former priest Charles Robert Manning, 77, waived a pre-trial hearing Thursday on child sex counts and will consider plea bargain, an attorney said.

Manning, formerly of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 8755 Scarborough Drive,

in Colorado Springs, was suspended in January amid claims he sexually abused a 15-year-old boy.

Manning’s attorney, Richard Bednarski, said in court that Manning is mulling a guilty plea. His return date is 9 a.m. Aug. 23.

Prosecutor David Kalicki said he was unable to discuss terms of plea offer. Bednarski declined to comment after the hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM
Priest Accused Of Child Sex Abuse Back In Court
COLORADO
KKTV

A Catholic priest accused of sexual contact with a teenager will return to court Thursday morning.

Father Charles “Robert” Manning is charged with three counts of counts of sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and two counts of sexual exploitation of children. Besides accusations of sexual assault, Manning is also accused of providing alcohol and marijuana to juveniles.

Parishioners of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church were stunned in January when allegations against Manning emerged. Manning was suspended from his duties while the Colorado Springs Police Department and the diocese conducted an investigation.

Manning turned himself in on May 22.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:13 PM
IL – SNAP applauds Buddhist predators extradition back to Chicago
CHICAGO (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Blaine on July 19, 2012

We are grateful to the brave survivors who spoke out about Camnong Boa Ubol and the abuse they suffered at his hands. Without their courage, he would likely still be victimizing young girls without regret or repercussion. Now that he has been extradited back to Chicago where these crimes occurred, we hope that he will be held without bail.

Now, more than ever, we urge anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of this monk to come forward and make a report to police. Any detail, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant, could be the difference between keeping this dangerous predator away from kids or letting him back out onto the street.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:10 PM
NY – Iona College president named in child sex abuse suit
NEW YORK
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Joelle Casteix on July 19, 2012

A man who says he was sexually abused by the former president of Iona College has filed a sex abuse and cover-up lawsuit in the New York courts.

The suit charges that the victim, known as John Doe, was sexually abused by Brother James Liguori in 1969 when the boy at a Cardinal Farley Military Academy in New York. Liguori is a member of and the school was run by the Irish Christian Brothers, a New Rochelle-based Catholic religious order.

Doe now lives in Orange County, California, and reported his abuse to church officials there in 2008. Catholic staffers, including Bishop Tod Brown, met with him and, in emails, a lawyer for the diocese said that she believed his allegations.

The Irish Christian Brothers, however, claimed that Doe’s allegations were “without merit,” so they took no action against Liguori. At the time of the victim’s report, Ligouri was the president of Iona College in New Rochelle. He retired in 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM
Kammer nimmt Wohnverbot für Pädophile an
BELGIEN
BRF

In Zukunft kann ein belgischer Richter einem verurteilten Pädophilen verbieten, in der Nähe seiner Opfer zu wohnen. Kammerabgeordnete haben einem entsprechenden Gesetzesvorschlag zugestimmt.

Dem Gesetzentwurf liegen Empfehlungen des parlamentarischen Ausschusses zum Thema “sexueller Missbrauch” zugrunde. Da ein Wohnverbot einen besonders großen Eingriff darstellt, muss ein Richter sein Urteil äußerst gut begründen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:05 PM
Recht auf Information als “irrige Ansicht”
VATIKAN
der Standard (Osterreich)

Neues von der fortschreitenden römischen Selbstbeschädigung

Der Vorgang ist so selten, dass der deutschsprachige “L’Osservatore Romano” gar keine Rubrik dafür kennt. Daher wurde der Rausschmiss (korrekte Bezeichnung: Amtsenthebung) des slowakischen Erzbischofs Robert Bezak fälschlich unter “Rücktritte” veröffentlicht. Dabei hatte sich der junge Bischof gerade dazu – trotz massiven Drucks der Nuntiatur – nicht überreden lassen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:01 PM
Gesegnet sei der Bischof von Trier, Dr. Stephan Ackermann, sein “Missbrauchsbeauftragter” und sein Generalvikariat
DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Gesegnet seien die Opfer, denen man glaubte, was ihnen widerfuhr.
Gesegnet seien die Trittbrettfahrer, denen man ebenfalls Glauben schenkte.
Gesegnet sei aber auch der Bischof von Trier, Dr. Stephan Ackermann, sein “Missbrauchsbeauftragter” Peter Rütten und das Generalvikariat des Bistums Trier: denn sie wissen offensichtlich nicht mehr, was sie tun.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:58 AM
Defense Argues Against Prison Time For Lynn
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

July 19, 2012 by Susan Matthews

Throw away the key or give him sympathy? I’m surprised by how many in the pews tell me they’d prefer the former. They also wish he had the company of all the others involved in the coverup.

When Msgr. Lynn put institutional interests before the safety of children, he sentenced several children to a life of cruel and unusual punishment. – Susan

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM
MP blasts church on state probe
AUSTRALIA
The Age

July 19, 2012

Barney Zwartz

THE state MP who chaired a parliamentary inquiry into sexual abuse in the 1990s says the Catholic Church was not ”fair dinkum” then and nor is it now about the state inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious institutions.

Lower house Speaker Ken Smith said yesterday that he had no confidence in Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart or his predecessor, Cardinal George Pell, ”because they knew about these things and were not prepared to do anything”.

At a seminar in the city to help victims prepare submissions to the inquiry, the Liberal member for Bass told The Age: ”I dealt with Gerry Cudmore [then the Melbourne vicar-general] and he was trying to cover his arse. I don’t think he was fair dinkum.”

So was the church fair dinkum today? ”No. I think [Archbishop Hart] is just trying to keep things smooth, and that’s sad.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM
Buddhist priest held in suburban sexual assault on teen
CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

By FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter [email protected] July 19, 2012

A Buddhist priest was extradited Thursday from Alaska for questioning in the sexual assault of a teenage girl in Cook County, sheriff’s authorities said.

Camnong Bual Ubol, who once lived and worked at Wat Dhammaram Temple in Stickney Township, has been arrested on a Cook County sheriff’s police warrant for aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Last October, the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests asked the sheriff’s police to investigate allegations that Ubol, 61, was responsible for fathering a child with a then-15-year-old girl while he worked at the Wat Dhammaram Temple. A paternity test allegedly showed he fathered a child with the girl.

Authorities learned that Ubol had moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and the FBI arrested him on the Cook County warrant. He arrived at O’Hare Airport at about 5 a.m. Thursday in the custody of sheriff’s officers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:48 AM
Supreme Court to rule on Catholic Church’s attempt to escape responsibility for child abuse
UNITED KINGDOM
National Secular Society

Posted: Thu, 19 Jul 2012

A landmark hearing at the Supreme Court in London on Monday will consider who is responsible for compensating victims of child abuse by Catholic priests.

The case is being brought by 170 men who allege that they were sexually and physically abused at a Roman Catholic children’s home.

The High Court at Leeds and the Court of Appeal have already decided that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough is responsible for compensating victims of child abuse at the St William’s children’s home, Market Weighton, East Yorkshire, between 1960 and 1992.

In December 2003 James Redmond Carragher, the former Principal of St William’s children’s home was found guilty of 7 counts of buggery and 14 counts of indecent assault against 22 boys, some as young as 12. He was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment. He had earlier served a seven year sentence imposed in 1993 for indecent assaults, taking photographs of young boys and importing videos mainly of children, between 1985 and 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:46 AM
Lawyers: Prison for Msgr. Lynn would be ‘cruel and unusual’
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelpha Inquirer

[with poll: Should Msgr. Lynn get some time in prison?]

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Lawyers for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest convicted of child endangerment today urged a judge to spare him from prison, arguing that Msgr. William J. Lynn poses no danger to the public, has led a life of service and already endured unprecedented “public scrutiny, shaming and vilification.”

Their motion, filed in advance of Lynn’s sentencing next week, also notes that two-thirds of the Pennsylvanians sentenced for the same felony since 1996 have received county prison terms or less.

Lynn deserves the same, they said.

“A sentence of time-served, probation, work release or house arrest would ensure that Msgr. Lynn can still use his priestly gifts to improve the lives of those around him,” lawyers Thomas Bergstrom and Jeffrey Lindy said in their filing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM
Pa. Monsignor Seeks Probation in Landmark Case
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
ABC News

By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA July 19, 2012 (AP)

The first U.S. church official convicted of endangering children in the priest-abuse scandal hopes for a sentence of house arrest or probation.

Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia awaits sentencing Tuesday.

He’s the former secretary for clergy at the city’s Roman Catholic archdiocese, and handled priest assignments and abuse complaints.

The 61-year-old Lynn faces up to seven years in prison after a jury convicted him last month of felony endangerment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:30 AM
Australian church is alive and kicking — mostly kicking
AUSTRALIA
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 19, 2012
By Phyllis Zagano

MELBOURNE and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — Ten days in Australia isn’t nearly enough, except to find that the church is alive and kicking.

Mostly kicking.

My first-time-ever trip to Melbourne and Sydney in mid-May was as guest of Garratt Publishing, which publishes Australian editions of my books Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future (with Gary Macy and William T. Ditewig) and Women in Ministry: Emerging Questions about the Diaconate. Garratt sponsored conferences and talks, and introduced me both in person and on various radio programs to an alive and questioning church.

The issues in the Australian church are such that I might as well have been in the United States. Except instead of a “Fortnight of Freedom,” the Australian bishops are supporting “A Year of Grace” from Pentecost 2012 to Pentecost 2013. In their program, every single brochure, video, Web page and mailing talks about Jesus Christ. It seems the bishops — or at least the staff of the bishops’ conference — have their “messaging” under control.

The visit was full of surprises. Following the example of several U.S. donors who had purchased and sent the book Women Deacons to every U.S. diocesan ordinary and auxiliary, Australia’s Catholics for Renewal group sent copies of the book to 42 Australian Catholic bishops and auxiliaries. The cover letter asked for a “broadening of the role of women in ministry.”

Whether Catholics for Renewal has started a new conversation remains to be seen. There are but a relative handful of deacons in Australia. Would the bishops support adding women to the mix? One indication: They’ve just elected conservative Melbourne Bishop Denis J. Hart as their conference president. Hart, said to be a protégé of Sydney’s Cardinal George Pell, succeeded Pell as bishop of Melbourne in 2001. Hart, vice chairman of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, may be best remembered locally in Melbourne for telling a badgering sex-abuse victim, “Go to hell, bitch,” after she knocked on his door in the middle of the night in 2004. Without “recalling” his exact words, Hart apologized in court several years later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:26 AM
Judge tosses $700K clergy abuse verdict
WISCONSIN
Minnesota Public Radio

July 19, 2012

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered a new trial for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay in a civil fraud lawsuit brought by two childhood victims of clergy abuse.

In an 11-page decision, Outagamie County Judge Nancy Krueger threw out a $700,000 verdict a jury awarded to two brothers, now adults, in May. Krueger outlined information a jury should have expressed to the court before the fraud trial, WLUK-TV reported.

An attorney for the diocese had argued a retrial is necessary because jurors who made the award had expressed concerns about possible bias by one of the jury members.

“Whether these thoughts were just suspicions or a verified fact, they would affect her impartiality,” the judge wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM
Report Sees Flaws in Workings of the Vatican Bank
VATICAN CITY
The New York Times

By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO

Published: July 18, 2012

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is mostly compliant with international transparency and anti-money-laundering standards, but its bank still lags in monitoring suspicious activities or carrying out sufficient due diligence, according to a report issued Wednesday backed by the Council of Europe.

Msgr. Ettore Balestrero, a Vatican official, on Wednesday put a positive spin on a report that was critical of the Vatican’s bank.

The 241-page report by Moneyval, a committee of financial experts that evaluates measures to combat money-laundering and terrorist financing, praised the Holy See for having come “a long way in a very short period of time” but also noted that “further important issues still need addressing in order to demonstrate that fully effective regime has been instituted in practice.”

The Vatican, whose secretive bank has been embroiled in scandals in the past, acknowledged on Wednesday that the reform process would take time but pledged to pursue change in its efforts to present a more modern — and open — image of its guarded financial institutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM
Vatican lacking in anti-terror finance measures
VATICAN CITY
The Telegraph

[MONEYVAL’s first evaluation report on the Holy See – Council of Europe]

The Vatican has passed a key test on meeting financial transparency standards, but has received poor grades on its new watchdog’s ability to prevent money laundering.

By Nick Squires, in Vatican City
7:00AM BST 19 Jul 2012

The Council of Europe on Wednesday released a report that marked a milestone in the Holy See’s efforts to shed its reputation as a shady tax haven long mired in secrecy and scandal.

The report showed the Vatican had received compliant or largely compliant grades on nine of the 16 “key and core” internationally recognised recommendations to fight money laundering and terrorist financing.

But seven other areas were found lacking, particularly its anti-terror finance measures and the Vatican’s financial oversight agency, created amid much fanfare in 2010 to try to respond to international demands for greater fiscal transparency to win a place on the “white list” of financially transparent countries.

The report found the agency had yet to conduct any inspections, and that its role, authority and independence needed clarification. The so-called Moneyval committee praised the Holy See for making so much progress in a short amount of time, but said more needs to be done. “We take both the praise and criticism contained in the report with seriousness,” said Monsignor Ettore Balestrero, undersecretary of state and the head of the Vatican delegation to the Moneyval committee

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM
Abuse and Molestation: There’s Insurance Coverage For That?
NEW YORK
The Village Voice

By Candace WheelerWed., Jul. 18 2012

It turns out there is insurance coverage for sexual abuse and molestation.

This was brought to our attention by last week’s Daily News article that claimed that in the wake of so many recent sex abuse scandals, the city is requiring all contractors who come into contact with youth to carry abuse and molestation insurance coverage so that insurance companies would carry the cost of abuse claims rather than taxpayers. But that’s only partially true.

It’s only the New York City Housing Authority that requires the coverage, which receives federal not local funding. We asked NYCHA about this and we received this reply…

The New York City Housing Authority requires General Liability Insurance with the addition of Abuse and Molestation insurance for sporting events, recreation and educational services; Community Operations’ human services (organizations providing services to special populations, such as people with diminished capacity and/or mobility; infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and seniors, among others), and transportation services.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM
Chile’s president announces measures…
CHILE
Washington Post

Chile’s president announces measures to combat child sex abuse after recent spike in reports

By Associated Press, Published: July 18

SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile’s president announced measures Wednesday to combat child abuse, responding to a popular outcry over an increase in reports of such crimes in one of Latin America’s most socially conservative countries.

The government already banned convicted pedophiles from working near children last month under a new law that also requires those convicted of sexually abusing minors or of child pornography to be registered in a database.

President Sebastian Pinera said Wednesday the database will be fully working starting in August. He also said Chile will toughen penalties on convicted pedophiles, increase the forensic institute budget by $1.6 million and create a children’s ombudsman to protect their rights.

“With sadness and indignation we’ve heard serious reports in the past weeks of sex abuse by adults who had the responsibility to educate them, to protect them but who instead threatened against that which is most sacred in our children” Pinera said at a news conference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM
Police investigate ‘Father F’ claims
AUSTRALIA
The Armidale Express

A POLICE taskforce will investigate allegations of sexual abuse of young boys by the former priest known as ‘Father F’.

The man was the subject of a ‘Four Corners’ report earlier this month and is alleged to have abused several boys in the Armidale and Parramatta dioceses during the 1980s. He currently lives in Armidale.

A police spokewoman confirmed on Wednesday that Strike Force Glenroe had been established to investigate the claims.

“The NSW Police Force can confirm Strike Force Glenroe has been formed to review all relevant material,” she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM
Priest defrocked for sex abuse worked with youths for many years
INDIANA/NEW MEXICO
Journal and Courier

Written by
David Smith

A defrocked priest who recently signed an out-of-court agreement not to work with or around youths spent years as a mental health counselor in Lafayette, including a job counseling adolescents and sex offenders.

This week, three former Lafayette employers of Charles “Chuck” Cichanowicz say they never received any complaints about his behavior during a 20-year period spanning 1989 to 2009.

Those years in Lafayette came after Cichanowicz’ tenure as a Franciscan friar for two churches in the Diocese of Gallup, N.M.

Cichanowicz, now living outside West Lafayette, recently reached out-of-court settlements with three Navajo men who claimed they were sexually abused by him when they were teens in the 1980s. The alleged victims claim they suffered mental anguish and other problems later in life as a result of the abuse. Neither Cichanowicz nor the other defendants, including the Catholic church and Franciscan order, admitted wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM
Judge grants Green Bay Diocese new trial in sex abuse case
APPLETON (WI)
Green Bay Press-Gazette

Written by
Jim Collar
Gannett Wisconsin Media

APPLETON — The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay gets another day in court.

A judge on Wednesday granted a new trial to the diocese out of concern that a juror’s potential bias against the church compromised the civil lawsuit won in May by two childhood victims of clergy sexual assault.

Outagamie Judge Nancy Krueger made the ruling in a 12-page written decision that erased a $700,000 jury verdict awarded to brothers Todd and Troy Merryfield. Jurors deliberated for about five hours before returning the verdict in the Merryfields’ favor.

The brothers filed the civil fraud case in 2008. They claimed the diocese knew the Rev. John Feeney had a history of sexual misconduct when it installed him as a priest at Freedom’s St. Nicholas Church and falsely portrayed him as safe even though church officials knew he was a danger to children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM
July 18, 2012
Settlement talks fail for Perlitz sex cases
CONNECTICUT
CT Post

Michael P. Mayko

HARTFORD — A failed first attempt at settling nearly two dozen cases seeking hundreds of millions for 23 Haitian street boys who claim they were abused by Douglas Perlitz while enrolled in his school led a federal judge to schedule a conference Friday on how to proceed.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny ordered lawyers representing the plaintiffs and the 21 defendants to appear before him Friday to schedule pre-trial motions and hearings as well as discuss any pending concerns.

His decision came after receiving a report that a full-day mediation session involving all the parties on July 9 “was not successful.”

On Tuesday, Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer who specializes in sexual abuse cases against the clergy and Steven Errante of New Haven filed a 22nd federal suit seeking $20 million in damages each from Perlitz; the Rev. Paul Carrier, Perlitz’s Fairfield University mentor who helped him create the Project Pierre Toussaint program in Cap-Haitien; Fairfield University; the Haiti Fund, Project Pierre Toussaint’s fund raising arm; the Order of Malta, a worldwide Catholic Charity; Hope Carter, a New Canaan philanthropist and 15 others.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 PM
Supporters defend Brick priest charged with sexual misconduct
NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

Written by
Dustin Racioppi
@dracioppi

The image in Melissa Thomson’s head when she thinks of her favorite priest, “Father Chris,” sitting in a county jail cell is enough to make her sick. The whole thing has made her sick.

“The thing about him, is he’s a very happy guy and he won’t hesitate to hug you or kiss you,” Thomson said of Father Chris, a native of India whose name is listed on court complaints as Marukudiyil Velan and in Diocese of Trenton literature as Velanmarukudiyil Christudas. “And the only thing I can think of is this was misconstrued.”

The police reports on Velan, 64, show alleged actions beyond misinterpretation. Velan, who has been with the Church of the Visitation on Mantoloking Road as a visiting priest since 2001, was visiting a family of the parish on Friday. According to criminal complaints against him, Velan “knowingly” touched and rubbed the genitals of a 13-year-old boy and walked behind the mother, reached around her neck, into her shirt and grabbed her right breast.

He was arrested on Saturday and has been sitting in Ocean County Jail in Toms River since. His bail is set at $75,000 and he was ordered to surrender his passport. The Asbury Park Press asked the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for a photo of the suspect, but it declined. State law allows authorities discretion in releasing suspect photos, but they often refuse to do so, saying media publicity could affect their ability to select a jury.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 PM
Vatican vows to fight money laundering after critical report
VATICAN CITY
AFP

[MONEYVAL’s first evaluation report on the Holy See – Council of Europe]By Dario Thuburn (AFP)

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Wednesday promised to redouble efforts against money laundering as it fights off a dark history after a Council of Europe report hailed recent progress but urged tighter controls.

“The report released today is not an end, but a milestone in our continuing efforts,” the Holy See’s Under Secretary of State Ettore Balestrero, who headed the Vatican’s delegation to the Council of Europe, told reporters.

“We obviously wish to strengthen the overall system,” he said.

Balestrero said the report’s recommendations would be addressed “expeditiously and giving proof of effectiveness” and the Vatican will have to put together a progress report on compliance by July next year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM
Judge approves new trial for Green Bay diocese
WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

Statement by John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin Director
CONTACT: 414.336.8575

Judge Nancy Krueger approved a motion today granting the Diocese of Green Bay a new trial after a jury found the diocese guilty of fraud for transferring known child sex predator Fr. John Patrick Feeney into an unsuspecting parish where he went on to sexually assault additional children. The diocese argued that a member of the jury was biased and therefore they should be granted a new trial.

Todd and Troy Merryfield filed the historic lawsuit after the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that such cases could go forward if church officials committed fraud by placing known sex offending clerics into parishes, schools, or other institutions where they had continued access to children. The Merryfield brothers were sexually assaulted by Feeney after the diocese placed the cleric into their parish knowing he was a danger to children.

The Merryfield brothers are to be commended for their bravery and courage in coming forward, holding diocesan officials accountable for their dangerous and reckless behavior, and working to keep our children safe. Their courage stands in stark contrast to the behavior of Green Bay diocesan officials who continue to deny responsibility for the sex offending clerics they protected and enabled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 PM
New Jersey Priest Accused Of Sexual Misconduct (Sigh)
NEW JERSEY
The Village Voice

By James King
Wed., Jul. 18 2012

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but a Catholic priest is accused of sexual misconduct. In what can be seen as a slight change of pace for the church, only one of the alleged victims is a child.

Authorities in New Jersey arrested 64-year-old Father Velanmarukudiyil J. Christudas — known to his flock as “Father Chris” — on Saturday after one of his female parishioners claimed he sexually abused her and her child at their home the previous day.

Details of the alleged assault are unknown, and the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office didn’t immediately respond to our request for more information.

Christudas, according to the Dicoese of Trenton, has been relieved of his priestly duties as authorities continue to investigate the alleged attack.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM
A statement by the Diocese of Trenton regarding the arrest of Father Velanmarukudiyil J. Christudas
NEW JERSEY
Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton

The Diocese of Trenton was informed today by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office that Benedictine Father Velanmarukudiyil J. Christudas, who has been serving as an adjunct priest in Visitation Parish, Brick, since 2001, was arrested July 14, 2012 on several charges of sexual misconduct. Father Christudas was formally charged July 16 on one count of sexual misconduct involving an adult; one count of sexual misconduct involving a minor, and one count of endangerment of a minor.

Father Christudas is a member of the Camaldolese Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict (India Saccidananda Ashram, Shantivanam, Tamilnadu) serving in the Diocese of Trenton with the permission of the Prior General of the Camaldolese Congregation, Dom Bernadino Cozzarini, O.S.B.Cam. Visitation Parish has been his only assignment in the Diocese. Prior to his arrival in the Diocese of Trenton, Father Christudas served in India, Australia and California.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. has withdrawn Father Christudas’ faculties to minister in the Diocese of Trenton while the charges against him are being fully investigated and addressed by law enforcement authorities. The Bishop has pledged the diocese’s full cooperation with this process. Bishop O’Connell has reached out to inform Father Christudas’ Prior General of the charges against the priest, and his status in the Diocese of Trenton.

Our Victims’ Assistance coordinator has been made available to those impacted by these troubling allegations, and the diocese will provide whatever support possible. The Bishop has asked all members of the diocesan family to pray for all concerned, especially the victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM
Judge orders retrial in church fraud case
WISCONSIN
WHBY

The Green Bay Catholic Diocese will get a new trial, after a jury found that church officials committed fraud, by transferring a priest without telling parishioners about child sex abuse allegations.

Todd and Troy Merryfield filed the lawsuit, because former priest John Feeney molested them, after he was transferred.

Judge Nancy Krueger ruled today that a juror’s comments, wondering if Feeney also abused her brother, showed that she was biased against the church.

Attorney John Peterson represents the Merryfields. He says he’s disappointed by the ruling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:14 PM
“Ich werde ausgegrenzt”
DEUTSCHLAND
taz

Norbert Denef aus Scharbeutz ist seit über 40 Tagen im Hungerstreik gegen die Verjährung von Sexualstraftaten. Er kämpft für die Anerkennung der Opfer.Interview: Ilka Kreutzträger

Protest vor dem Reichstag: Norbert Denef am 36. Tag seines Hungerstreiks. Bild: dpa

taz: Herr Denef, Sie haben seit dem 8. Juni nur Wasser, Tee und Gemüsewasser zu sich genommen – wie geht es Ihnen?

Norbert Denef: Man müsste eigentlich die Politiker fragen, wie es denen geht, wenn sie in 20, 30 Jahren den Kindern erklären müssen: Wir hätten damals die Chance gehabt, die Verjährungsfristen aufzuheben, wir haben es nicht getan, ihr müsst weiter schweigen.

Sie wurden selbst jahrelang sexuell missbraucht – wie fühlt es sich an, wenn diese Taten strafrechtlich verjähren?

Das Schwierigste ist die Ausgrenzung durch die Gesellschaft, wenn man darüber spricht. Ich habe 1993 im Familienkreis mein Schweigen gebrochen und werde bis zum heutigen Tag ausgegrenzt. Und diese Ausgrenzung spüre ich in der ganzen Gesellschaft – es will einfach niemand wissen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:11 PM
PA – SNAP “says throw the book at false accuser”
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

[Ex-Lansdale Catholic coach charged in school’s sex-abuse hoaxes – Philadelphia Inquirer]

Posted by Barbara Dorris on July 18, 2012

What a dreadfully mean-spirited person. We hope he gets therapy. Even more, we hope he gets the maximum penalty possible, to hopefully deter anyone else from acting so irresponsibly and hatefully.

We feel very sorry for those who were wrongly accused by this sick, sick man. And we hope he will never again be around children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM
New trial ordered in Merryfields vs. diocese civil lawsuit
APPLETON (WI)
Fox 11

APPLETON – A new trial has been ordered in the case of two priest abuse victims who sued the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

In a written order released Wednesday, Outagamie County judge Nancy Krueger threw out a verdict awarding $700,000 to Todd and Troy Merryfield. A jury awarded the damages to the brothers in May after a weeklong trial. Former priest John Feeney was convicted in 2004 of sexually assaulting the brothers 26 years earlier, while Feeney worked as a priest in Freedom. The brothers later sued the diocese for fraud, arguing it repeatedly transferred Feeney to other parishes without telling parishioners about his history of abuse.

Tuesday, lawyers for the diocese argued the verdict should be thrown out because one of the jurors was biased against the diocese. They claimed the juror made biased statements to other jurors after the verdict, saying she was suspicious her brother may have also been an abuse victim of Feeney. The juror later met with Krueger to explain her statements.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM
Retrial ordered in civil verdict against Catholic Diocese of Green Bay
APPLETON (WI)
Green Bay Press-Gazette

Written by
Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers

APPLETON – An Outagamie County judge today granted a new trial to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, concluding a member of the jury that ruled in favor of two childhood victims of sexual assault by a priest was biased.

Judge Nancy Krueger made the ruling a 12-page written decision released this afternoon in the lawsuit brought by brothers Todd and Troy Merryfield.

“The overriding emphasis of this court must be on the integrity of the justice and jury system – and the result of all parties to a fair and impartial trial,” she wrote. “If even one juror harbors a material prejudice, the right to an impartial jury has been impaired.”

The brothers claimed the diocese knew the Rev. John Feeney had a history of sexual misconduct when it installed him as a priest at Freedom’s St. Nicholas Church and falsely portrayed him as safe even though church officials knew he was a danger to children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM
Vatican is ready to beef up financial regulations Mgr. Balestrero says
The Under- Secretary for Relations with States and head of the Holy See delegation to the plenary session in Strasbourg, Mgr. Ettore Balestrero gives the Holy See’s interpretation of Moneyval’s findings

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

Speaking in Strasbourg about the outcome of Moneyval’s assessment of the Vatican anti-money laundering system, Mgr. Ettore Balestrero Under- Secretary for Relations with States and head of the Holy See delegation to the plenary session in Strasbourg, said “in short, our aim is to strengthen the system as a whole.”

“There are seven areas within the 16 GAFI Recommendations for the tough but necessary fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism that require special attention,” he explained.

Balestrero told journalists that “the report published today does not therefore mark the end but is a milestone in our relentless efforts to combine moral commitment with technical excellence.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM
Moneyval report on the Holy See: Headway has been made but anti-money laundering measures need bolstering
VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Moneyval report on Holy See has been published. It seems to comply or broadly comply with nine out of the sixteen most important recommendations made

Andrea Tornielli
Vatican City

This morning, Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s committee of experts on the evaluation of anti-money laundering measures and the financing of terrorism published the report on the Holy See which was discussed last 4 July during the general assembly. The document recognises that the Holy See has “come a long way in a very short period of time and many of the building blocks of an AML/CFT regime are now formally in place. But further important issues still need addressing in order to demonstrate that a fully effective regime has been instituted in practice.”

Of the 45 international recommendations made by the GAFI, considered applicable in this specific case the Holy See was judged to be not in line or partially in line with 23 of the recommendations (51%) and in line or broadly in line with the remaining 22 (49%). Out of the 16 recommendations considered core and therefore the most important, the Vatican was found to be compliant or broadly in line with nine and so will have to work on the remaining seven.

The Vatican was judged to be broadly in line with the 16 key recommendations for areas such as money laundering, confiscation measures, privacy laws, documentation, mutual legal assistance, criminal convictions for the financing of terrorism, international cooperation and so on. The Vatican was also found to be implementing conventions correctly. However it emerged that it did not fulfil or only partially fulfilled customer due diligence requirements, assessment of suspect operations, supervision and monitoring, other forms of cooperation, the implementation of UN instruments and the freezing and confiscation of terrorist assets.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM
Pastor accused of cover-up is featured speaker for Southern Baptist Convention
UNITED STATES
Stop Baptist Predators

As the “horror story” of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky unfolded at trial this past week, I thought about the boys of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. They too hold horror stories about sexual abuse inflicted on them by someone they trusted and revered, church minister John Langworthy.

That was twenty years ago, and prominent pastor Jack Graham was at the helm of Prestonwood at the time. He still is.

Graham and other Prestonwood leaders were told about abuse allegations against Langworthy, but they kept it quiet. Amy Smith, a former Prestonwood intern, said that Langworthy even confessed to church leaders about “molesting boys in the church,” but that Prestonwood leaders didn’t go to the police. They simply “dismissed” Langworthy and got him off their own church-turf, but they didn’t act to protect other kids or to prevent Langworthy from moving on to other churches . . . which Langworthy did.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM
Catholic tradition sacred, Warrnambool convention hears
AUSTRALIA
The Standard

BY CLARE QUIRK

19 Jul, 2012

A visiting priest says no matter how horrible the crime is, what’s said in confession could never be reported to police.

A parliamentary committee into child sex abuse in the church is asking for submissions on whether rules on mandatory reporting of offences against children should be imposed on the confessional.

The guide asks to what extent should the reporting of suspicions of abuse be circumscribed by laws, customs and ethical codes of regions, for example, should the sacrament of the Catholic confessional remain sacrosanct in these circumstances.

Mudgee priest Garry McKeown is one of 180 priests in Warrnambool for the National Council of Priests in Australia convention and said, as far as he knew, in the history of the church there had never been a time when a priest had divulged what had happened in confession.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM
O’Farrell welcomes study on Father F
AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

July 19, 2012

Leesha McKenny
Urban Affairs Reporter

THE NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell, has urged the Catholic Church ”to do what appears to have been lacking in past investigations” and hand its findings into a priest’s alleged sexual abuse of altar boys to police.

Mr O’Farrell welcomed the church’s appointment this week of retired Federal Court judge Antony Whitlam, QC, to investigate its ”processes related to the management” of Father F, who stands accused of repeated abuse stretching back to the 1980s in Moree.

”I would urge the Catholic Church to do what appears to have been lacking in past investigations, which is the link with police,” Mr O’Farrell said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:16 PM
Bishop Finn’s trial set
KANSAS CITY (MO)
Catholic Sentinel

Catholic News Service

Jury trial is set for Sept. 24 for Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on misdemeanor charges of failing to report suspected abuse.

The prosecution contends that Bishop Finn and the diocese were legally obligated to report suspected child abuse to state authorities under Missouri law but failed to do so for six months after the discovery of child pornography on a church computer. The charge against Bishop Finn carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and one year in jail. The diocese faces a fine of up to $5,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM
A disappointing start to the global battle against abuse
VATICAN CITY
Catholic Herald (United Kingdom)

The Vatican gave bishops around the world a year to produce the most basic guidelines on handling abuse allegations and more than half of them failed to submit the text in time

By The Catholic Herald on Wednesday, 18 July 2012

In May 2011 the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote to every bishops’ conference in the world asking them to draw up guidelines on tackling clerical abuse. The CDF gave the bishops’ conferences a generous deadline: they had a whole year to draft the document. Some conferences, of course, already had procedures for handling abuse allegations, including our own. But the overwhelming majority did not. Note that the CDF only asked for guidelines, rather than binding norms, and allowed wriggle room by saying that child protection policies could be drafted in “ways appropriate to specific situations in different regions”.

A year has now passed and the results are in. Mgr Charles Scicluna, the CDF’s promoter of justice, told the Italian monthly Jesus that without counting Africa “more than half of the conferences responded” to the May deadline. This is an odd formulation. Why didn’t Mgr Scicluna say simply that more than half of conferences had responded? Surely because, when you include Africa, the CDF had received responses from less than half of the world’s conferences before the deadline. Think about that for a moment: the Vatican gave bishops around the world a year to produce the most rudimentary guidelines on handling abuse allegations and more than half of them still failed to submit the text in time.

Mgr Scicluna promised that conferences that failed to submit guidelines would receive “a letter of reminder”. But it’s unlikely that so mild a sanction will stir those that failed to create guidelines into action. Meanwhile, the CDF will not begin to evaluate guidelines that have been submitted until after the summer. Even then, the process will take at least a year. This is not to criticise Mgr Scicluna, who has done more to uncover and punish clerical abuse than anyone except Pope Benedict. But the Vatican as a whole needs to apply much more pressure to bishops’ conferences that fail to treat the defence of children with the utmost seriousness. As we have said before, the Church should offer children the same level of protection whether they live in New York or Nairobi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 PM
BIGOTRY EXPLAINS FALSE ACCUSATIONS
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:

False accusations against priests are hardly uncommon these days, but when anti-Catholicism accounts for lies against lay Catholics, the problem only worsens. Consider the latest news concerning Tim Udinski.

After Udinski was fired as the lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic High School last year, he made several accusations over a seven-month period claiming that the football coach and the new lacrosse coach were sexually abusing students. He also maintained that the principal of the suburban Philadelphia school, Tim Quinn, knew about the offenses.

After detectives spent 184 hours on this case, interviewing 97 people (at a cost of more than $8250), they determined that the charges were bogus. Standing by itself, this wouldn’t be big news, but what makes it so disturbing is Udinski’s motive: he has admitted that he fabricated the whole story, just so he could “get the Church.”

Landsdale Catholic High is in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and it was to the archdiocese that Udinski sent his anonymous e-mails. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman acknowledged that Udinski sought to exploit the high profile that the sexual abuse of minors has been given. Indeed, she questioned, “How do you undo that? How do you unring the bell?”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM
Vatican passes first test against money laundering, finance crimes
VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

[MONEYVAL’s first evaluation report on the Holy See – Council of Europe]

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the Vatican continues working to comply with international standards against money laundering and financing terrorism, it still needs to beef up internal inspection and supervisory powers, said a long-awaited report by European finance experts.

Overall, the Vatican met nine out of 16 “key and core” recommendations, thereby passing its first major test in an effort to become more financially transparent and compliant with international norms.

“The Holy See has come a long way in a very short period of time and many of the building blocks” of a system to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism “are now formally in place,” said the first report on the Vatican by “Moneyval” — the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism.

However, “further important issues still need addressing” to tighten remaining loopholes, fill in legal gaps and guarantee laws are effectively being carried out, it said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM
Accused priest receiving treatment in Brazil: bishop
CANADA/BRAZIL
Metro

By Staff Torstar News Service

A Brazilian bishop has contacted the Hamilton Diocese to advise that a former St. Mary’s Roman Catholic priest is receiving treatment in his homeland.

Bishop Juarez Sousa, of Oeiras diocese in Brazil, stated in a July 17 letter that Rev. Joseph Gildasio de Sousa Silva — who served for two years at St. Mary’s — returned to Brazil on May 5 and arrived in Oeiras on May 10.

“Father Jose Gildasio will definitely not return to Canada and is removed from priestly duties concerning the Church,” the bishop wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Spectator.

Sousa said the priest was initially sent to a help centre where he received therapy called ADI (Direct Approach of the Unconscious) before being sent to a therapeutic community “whose privacy we would like to preserve.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM
Metropolitan Jonah Ousted [UPDATED] UNITED STATES
The American Conservative

By Rod Dreher • July 8, 2012

Something for you Orthodox readers on Sunday morning: It has been confirmed that Metropolitan Jonah of the OCA has resigned under pressure from the Holy Synod.

They finally got him. What they don’t understand is that they probably signed the OCA’s death warrant in so doing — not because Jonah was necessarily an exceptional metropolitan (he had his problems as an administrator, and though a very good man, was temperamentally ill-suited for the job), but because the sleazy, corrupt way the Synod has handled this from the beginning shows them to be a pack of ravening wolves.

Now would be a good time to invoke the old saying about how the Church must be a work of God, because there is no way it could have survived for 2,000 years the fools and knaves who run it.

UPDATE: I’m hearing this afternoon that Jonah made his resignation most likely on Friday evening, but that it is unclear whether or not it has been formally accepted. It is possible that the terms of his exit are being negotiated. Stay tuned; this situation is fluid.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:56 AM
Pa. must eliminate statute of limitations on child sex-abuse cases
PENNSYLVANIA
The Morning Call

It’s a crime that strikes the young and the innocent. It’s a crime that I have prosecuted too often, and not often enough. Childhood sexual abuse is horrifically common, yet many times the crime goes unreported for years – even decades – after the crime is committed. Sometimes it’s never reported at all.

For the past eight months, childhood sexual abuse has made front-page national news on a daily basis because of the tragedy brought to light at our Penn State University.

Thousands of stories have been written and reported about the events in State College, but there are thousands more stories across our commonwealth that walk our streets, pass us by each day.

Stories of the victims, afraid and embarrassed.
Stories of the abusers, walking free, unafraid to harm again.

Stories of communities, unconvinced, unaffected — not taking notice.

If anything positive can be gleaned from the catastrophe in Centre County, it’s that a much brighter light has been shone on this all-too-common, all-too-silent crime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:42 AM
Taskforce to investigate priest claims
AUSTRALIA
7 News

AAP

July 18, 2012

A police taskforce has been set up to investigate allegations of abuse of altar boys by the former NSW priest known as Father F.

The former religious leader, who lives in Armidale, allegedly abused several boys during the 1980s.

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell on Wednesday said he had forwarded police a letter he received from independent MP Richard Torbay, whose electorate includes Armidale, after the allegations were aired by the ABC.

“Two days ago I had a letter from the local member for Armidale Richard Torbay raising understandable concerns,” Mr O’Farrell told reporters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM
Confessional box no place to catch criminals, says Ted Baillieu
AUSTRALIA
Courier Mail

PREMIER Ted Baillieu has backed the right of priests to keep private what is said in the confessional.

The Herald Sun revealed that a parliamentary committee would consider forcing priests to reveal reports of abuse heard during confession.

Mr Baillieu pointed to an earlier inquiry, headed by Justice Philip Cummins, that came out against the requirement.

He said members of that inquiry “all concluded that the sanctity of the confessional should remain”.

“I think that’s a powerful argument,” Mr Baillieu said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM
New testimony surfaces in sexual abuse case of Chilean priest
CHILE
Santiago Times

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Written by Maria Giulia Agostini

This weekend, Chile celebrated the “Día de la Virgen del Carmen,” one of the most important holidays of the Roman Catholic calendar, with masses and special services throughout the country. This year’s celebration, however, was marred with another stain on the reputation of the Catholic Church when a man uploaded a YouTube video describing his sexual abuse at the hands of respected Chilean priest Cristián Precht.

The alleged victim, Jorge Cantellano, said he was abused by Precht in 1979, when Cantellano was a 19-year-old student in a church seminary.

“He invited me to sleep in his room, which I found strange because priests had rooms for visitors,” Cantellano says in the video. “We talked about the vocation and a few other things. Once we were done, he took my hand, affectionately placed it on his chest and then lowered it toward his penis.”

Celebrated in the country for his humanitarian contribution during the Pinochet dictatorship, the public was shocked when Precht was linked to sexual abuse for the first time 11 months ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM
Cops take up abuse case after 30 years
AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Dan Box
From:The Australian
July 19, 2012

A DEDICATED police strike force is investigating alleged serial child abuse by a former Catholic priest, almost 30 years after church authorities were first warned about his behaviour.

NSW Police Strike Force Glenroe has been gathering evidence from a number of families of alleged victims, though a spokeswoman would confirm only that the unit would “review all relevant material”.

The father of one alleged victim said he spoke to detectives last week, having first told church officials and local police in 1983 that his son had been abused. No action against the priest was taken at the time.

“I said: ‘Look, you might notice an edge in my voice. That’s simply because it’s 29 years too late and there’s a lot of victims since’,” said the man, who asked not to be named.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM
Priest faces seven sex charges from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia parishes
CANADA
Cape Breton Post

CORNER BROOK, N.L. (CP) — Seven more sex-related charges have been filed against a 74-year-old Roman Catholic priest from western Newfoundland.

George Ansel Smith already faces 62 charges against him stemming from the time he served parishes in western Newfoundland.

The most recent charges laid Tuesday include counts of gross indecency, indecent assault and unlawful assault with intent to commit an indictable offence.

All of the charges involve young boys and date back as far as the late 1960s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM
Child molestation from clergy is not just a Catholic problem?
UNITED STATES
Holiness is the Only Way to Jesus

Elder Henry L. Dillihant III

How well do you really know the people who claim they’re called of God and say that your pastor(s) and ministry leaders. We are well beyond the time of knowing of the drastic situation of child rape/molestation from clergy leaders in the Catholic Church and it is spread beyond this church and Catholicism to be known as a worldwide problem amidst those in religious authority. The time is come to expose his demonic activity for what it is and spread like to the individuals claiming to represent God. We should have been required to do the Department of Justice and FBI fingerprint background checks and live scan fingerprinting of those in leadership positions of any capacity in the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM
Weston Priest Named in Sex Abuse Lawsuit
WESTON (MA)
Patch

By Bret Silverberg

A Haitian national is suing a Weston priest who allegedly did nothing to stop him from being sexually abused at a school for disadvantaged youth in Haiti.

The Rev. Paul E. Carrier and others were named in a civil complaint filed Tuesday in Federal Court in Connecticut, which alleges he is responsible for abuse the victim suffered administered by Douglas Perlitz, the former director of Project Pierre Toussaint in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, according to Boston.com.

The suit alleges Carrier, along with Fairfield University and others, had a hand in providing funding for the school in Haiti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM
Whaling on Jonah
UNITED STATES
Spiritual Politics

Mark Silk
Jul 18, 2012

For those of you interested in keeping up with the saga of the sacking of Metropolitan Jonah by the Synod of Orthodox Church in America, the latest chapter is a letter from the synod explaining the reasons for its action. While there are general claims of maladministration, the central charge is that Jonah covered up a rape accusation against a priest he brought into the church.

Among the Jonahites, George Michalopulos, who blogs as Monomakhos, isn’t buying. By contrast, Rod Dreher, who left the Catholic church when the scale of bishops’ coverup of clerical sexual abuse became apparent, is prepared to believe the worst. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the OCA is cooperating with law enforcement in a criminal investigation.

Of greater significance in the wider scheme of things, the synod is at some pains to deny that culture war politics played any role in its decision.

Some argue that the resignation had to do with moral or political views publicly expressed by Metropolitan Jonah that conflicted with the views of others in the Church, the so-called “culture wars.” Such views have never been a point of contention in Holy Synod or Metropolitan Council meetings. These issues were discussed, and statements and actions of the Holy Synod have demonstrated their unchanging position on traditional Orthodox views of morality. This speculation as to other motives behind the resignation is simply not true; the reasons for the resignation are detailed in this message.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM
Council of Europe approves Vatican financial system but suggests increased vigilance
VATICAN CITY
Rome Reports

July 18, 2012. (Romereports.com) (-ONLY VIDEO-) The Moneyval committee from the Council of Europe has published their first report of 241 pages on the financial transparency of the Vatican. It suggests improvements in monitoring to ensure greater effectiveness of its financial system.

Of the 45 criterion that were evaluated, 22 of them were approved and the other 23 were said to have areas that needed improvement. Normally the evaluation criterion is based on 49 points, but the report notes that given the characteristics of the Holy See that four did not apply in this case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 AM
Vatican passes financial transparency test – but with poor grades
VATICAN CITY
The Guardian (United Kingdom)

John Hooper in Rome
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 18 July 2012

The Vatican has scraped through an independent international test of its financial transparency.

The Council of Europe said it was either “non-compliant” or “partially compliant” in 23 out of a total of 45 areas. But its report showed the Vatican had received “compliant” or “largely compliant” grades on nine of the 16 “key and core” recommendations for combatting money-laundering and terrorist financing.

The report says the Holy See still has to make important reforms before it can reach international standards of financial transparency. The Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), popularly known as the Vatican bank, was at the centre of an international scandal over alleged money-laundering and shady banking practices in the 1980s and it was not until April 2011 that the Holy See passed a law aimed at improving its financial transparency.

The Council of Europe’s committee of experts, known as Moneyval, said: “The Holy See has come a long way in a very short period … But further important issues still need addressing in order to demonstrate that a fully effective regime has been instituted in practice.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM
Vatican bank ‘needs more reform’, report says
VATICAN CITY
BBC News

The Vatican bank needs more reform in order to show it is effective at preventing financial crime, a report by a European banking watchdog has said.

The Vatican has tried to gain entry to a so-called “white list” of countries that are recognised globally as financially transparent.

The report said the Vatican’s measures for tackling money laundering and financing of terrorism were inadequate.

However, the bank had “come a long way” in addressing financial transparency.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM
Vatican passes key financial transparency test
VATICAN CITY
Philadelphia Inquirer

[MONEYVAL’s first evaluation report on the Holy See – Council of Europe]

The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has passed a key European financial transparency test, but received poor grades for the effectiveness of its new financial watchdog agency and the ability of its bank to track suspicious transactions.

The Council of Europe report released Wednesday marked a milestone in the Holy See’s efforts to shed its reputation as a shady tax haven long mired in secrecy and scandal.

The report showed the Vatican had received compliant or largely compliant grades on nine of the 16 “key and core” internationally recognized recommendations to fight money laundering and terrorist financing.

But seven other areas were found lacking, particularly concerning the Vatican’s financial oversight agency, created amid much fanfare in 2010 to try to respond to international demands for greater financial transparency.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 AM
Vatican’s financial rules found wanting
VATICAN CITY
Financial Times

By Guy Dinmore and Giulia Segreti in Rome

The Vatican’s efforts to adopt international standards in combating money laundering and terrorist financing have been given a mixed assessment in a landmark European survey of its historically opaque financial system.

Releasing its eagerly anticipated report on Wednesday, the 47-nation Council of Europe said the city state had “come a long way in a very short period of time” in terms of putting in place the “building blocks” of appropriate financial regulations.

But it also said the Vatican had to address important issues to demonstrate that a fully effective regime existed in practice, signalling that it could be a lengthy process before the Vatican meets the standards necessary to be accepted into what is informally known as the “white list” of countries.

The Vatican had requested the first such outside rating as part of Pope Benedict XVI’s push to bring the Holy See into line with international standards. But the process of reforming the Vatican’s traditionally secretive bank has been marred by setbacks and what some observers see as a behind-scenes power struggle that resulted in the abrupt dismissal of its president, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, in May.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM
Vatican’s financial rules found wanting
VATICAN CITY
Financial Times

By Guy Dinmore and Giulia Segreti in Rome

The Vatican’s efforts to adopt international standards in combating money laundering and terrorist financing have been given a mixed assessment in a landmark European survey of its historically opaque financial system.

Releasing its eagerly anticipated report on Wednesday, the 47-nation Council of Europe said the city state had “come a long way in a very short period of time” in terms of putting in place the “building blocks” of appropriate financial regulations.

But it also said the Vatican had to address important issues to demonstrate that a fully effective regime existed in practice, signalling that it could be a lengthy process before the Vatican meets the standards necessary to be accepted into what is informally known as the “white list” of countries.

The Vatican had requested the first such outside rating as part of Pope Benedict XVI’s push to bring the Holy See into line with international standards. But the process of reforming the Vatican’s traditionally secretive bank has been marred by setbacks and what some observers see as a behind-scenes power struggle that resulted in the abrupt dismissal of its president, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, in May.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM
Transparent faith: Vatican needs reforms to get on white-list
VATICAN CITY
RT

Leading experts on money laundering say the Vatican has to embark on important reforms if it wants to embrace financial transparency.

­A report from Moneyval, the arm of the Council of Europe which evaluates anti-money laundering and the funding of terrorism, shows the Vatican failed seven of its 16 key criteria, and got just a pass on the other nine. Getting a clean bill of health from Moneyval gets a country on the ‘white list’ of financially transparent countries.

The Holy See has been making efforts to shed its reputation as a shady tax haven long mired in secrecy and scandals.

However, the report says it still has to make important reforms in the Vatican’s financial oversight agency before it could reach international standards on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM
FACTBOX-New report on Vatican Bank
VATICAN CITY
Chicago Tribune

July 18 (Reuters) – Here is a look at the 70 year-old Vatican Bank and its scandals:

* The bank, known formally as the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), was established in 1942 by Pope Pius XII and is used by Vatican agencies, church organisations, bishops and religious orders around the world.

* It is a privately held institution located inside Vatican City run by a professional bank CEO who reports directly to a committee of cardinals, and ultimately to the Pope.

* It offers currency exchange services and interest-bearing accounts and has an investment portfolio.

* It has no branches outside Vatican City and it operates as an offshore institution outside EU rules.

* There are no shareholders and no policy-making functions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM
Report berates Vatican bank, urges serious reform
VATICAN CITY
Reuters

[MONEYVAL’s first evaluation report on the Holy See – Council of Europe]

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY | Wed Jul 18, 2012

(Reuters) – A European report on Wednesday identified serious failings in the Vatican’s scandal-plagued bank, sharply criticizing its management and giving it a negative rating in almost half the most important transparency-related assessment criteria.

The report, by Moneyval, a department of the Council of Europe, suggests the Vatican still has a long way to go before it can be included on an international “white list” of countries that abide by global norms on combating money laundering, the financing of terrorism and tax evasion.

It was particularly pointed in its criticism of the management of the Vatican bank, officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), and “strongly recommended” it be “independently supervised by a prudential supervisor in the near future”.

“Fit and proper criteria” should be applied to senior management at the IOR, it said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM
Missbrauchsopfer hungert für die Aufhebung der Verjährungsfristen
DEUTSCHLAND
Welt

Scharbeutz (dapd). Durch sein Dachgeschossfenster glitzert die Ostsee. Auf dem Tisch des 63-Jährigen stehen seit knapp sechs Wochen nur Wasser, Tee, Limonensaft und Gemüsewasser. Mit einem Hungerstreik will Norbert Denef, der Sprecher des Opferverbandes netzwerkB, für die Aufhebung der Verjährungsfristen bei sexualisierter Gewalt kämpfen. Wie lange noch, das will der in Scharbeutz (Kreis Ostholstein) lebende Denef von Tag zu Tag entscheiden.

Er lasse sich von niemandem unter Druck setzen. “Ich habe immer gesagt, dass ich mich nicht umbringen will”, sagt Denef. Appelle von Politikern wie Mecklenburg-Vorpommerns Sozialministerin Manuela Schwesig (SPD) oder die Anzeige eines Kieler Grünen-Politikers, um ihn zur Aufgabe zu zwingen, seien deshalb völlig unnötig.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM
«Im Kloster lernte ich, auf Gewalt mit Gewalt zu antworten»
SCHWEIZ
Tages Anzeiger

Von Bernhard Odehnal

Ein weiterer ehemaliger Zögling des Kinderheims in Fischingen erzählt von Schlägen und sexuellem Missbrauch durch einen Priester. Das Kloster lehnt eine kollektive Aufarbeitung weiterhin ab.

Walter Nowak will Fischingen nicht mehr besuchen. Nie wieder. Zehn Jahre, von 1962 bis 1972, war der gebürtige Österreicher in der Erziehungsanstalt des Thurgauer Klosters. In einem Bericht im «Tages-Anzeiger» erzählte er von Gewalt und sexuellem Missbrauch durch einen Erzieher (TA vom 26. 6.). Der heutige Klosterdirektor Werner Ibig lud ihn daraufhin zu einem persönlichen Gespräch ein. Der Termin war schon vereinbart, doch vor einigen Tagen sagte Nowak schriftlich ab und schickte Ibig eine ausführliche Begründung: Er vermisse jegliches Schuldbewusstsein, so Nowak sinngemäss: Die Angaben der Opfer würden angezweifelt, der Datenschutz benutzt, um die Täter zu schützen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM
In den Händen des Sadisten
SCHWEIZ
Tages Anzeiger

Von Bernhard Odehnal

Zehn Jahre verbrachte Walter Nowak im Kinderheim des Thurgauer Klosters Fischingen. Er erzählt von Folter und Missbrauch. Obwohl ein Fachgremium seine Schilderungen als glaubwürdig einstufte, verweigert ihm das Kloster eine Entschädigung.

Jetzt, nach 40 Jahren, kommt sogar die Geschichte mit den Kaninchen zurück. In letzter Zeit träumt Walter Nowak wieder von der Panik in den Augen der kleinen Tiere, kurz vor ihrem qualvollen Tod. Anfang der Siebzigerjahre musste sich Nowak mit seinen Mitschülern jeden Montagmorgen im Kloster Fischingen vor dem Terrarium mit Riesenschlangen aufstellen. Dann warf Pater S. ein weisses Kaninchen in den Glasbehälter. Ganz langsam zerdrückten die Reptilien ihre Beute. Die verängstigten Schüler mussten zusehen, niemand durfte sich abwenden. Und als das Tier gefressen wurde, erinnert sich Nowak, «sah ich in den Augen des Priesters Freude und Lust. Wie bei einem Orgasmus.»

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM
Priester missbraucht in Frankreich jahrzehntelang Kinder
FRANKREICH
Focus

Ein Priester hat in Nordfrankreich jahrzehntelang Jungen missbraucht. Der heute 68 Jahre alte Mann habe die ihm zu Last gelegten Taten gestanden, teilte die französische Justiz am Mittwoch in Lille mit. Gegen ihn sei Haftbefehl ergangen.

Die Aussagen von zwei Betroffenen hatten die Ermittlungen zu dem Missbrauchsskandal Anfang des Jahres ausgelöst. Mittlerweile sind nach Angaben der Staatsanwaltschaft rund zehn Opfer identifiziert. Zu den ersten Übergriffen kam es nach bisherigen Erkenntnissen in den 70er Jahren, der letzte bekannte Fall ereignete sich zu Beginn des vergangenen Jahrzehnts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM
Priester in Frankreich wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs in Haft
FRANKREICH
Zeit (Deutschland)

Paris (AFP) Wegen des Verdachts des sexuellen Missbrauchs von minderjährigen Jungen ist in Nordfrankreich ein Ermittlungsverfahren gegen einen Priester eingeleitet worden. Der 68-Jährige sei vergangene Woche in Untersuchungshaft genommen worden, erfuhr die Nachrichtenagentur AFP am Mittwoch aus Justizkreisen in Lille. Der Priester habe die Taten gestanden, die er in der Gegend von Lille sowie von Dunkerque begangen habe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM
Arrestation d’un prêtre soupçonné de viol dans le Nord
FRANCE
La Croix

Un prêtre de 68 ans, soupçonné d’avoir abusé sexuellement de jeunes garçons dans le Nord, a été mis en examen la semaine dernière pour viols et agressions sexuelles sur mineurs de 15 ans et placé en détention provisoire, a-t-on appris mercredi 18 juillet de source judiciaire.

Lors de sa garde à vue, l’homme a reconnu les faits qui lui sont reprochés, qui se seraient déroulés dans les régions de Lille et de Dunkerque. Les agissements du prêtre faits qui concerneraient une dizaine de victimes identifiées s’étaleraient des années 1970 au début des années 2000. Ils ont été dénoncés par deux victimes en début d’année.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM
Bollezeele : le curé écroué pour viols sur mineurs
FRANCE
France 3

Le père Philippe Détré, 68 ans, est curé de Bollezeele, dans les Flandres et de plusieurs villages aux alentours depuis 2005 (Eringhem, Merckeghem, Rubrouck, Buysscheure, Wulverdinghe…). Dimanche dernier, rapporte La Voix du Nord, un autre prêtre est venu célébrer la messe et a annoncé : « J’ai une mauvaise nouvelle. Votre curé est en détention provisoire. Je vous demanderai de ne pas commenter cette information. »

Ce mercredi, Nord-Eclair affirme que “le prêtre a comparu en fin de semaine dernière devant un juge d’instruction lillois qui l’a mis en examen notamment pour viols sur mineurs de moins de quinze ans. Le prêtre a été écroué dans la foulée par le juge des libertés.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM
MONEYVAL REPORT: GIVING CONCRETE FORM TO THE MORAL COMMITMENT OF THE VATICAN AND THE HOLY SEE
VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

[MONEYVAL’s first evaluation report on the Holy See – Council of Europe]

Vatican City, (VIS) – Msgr. Ettore Balestrero, under secretary for Relations with State, today presented a briefing to journalists in the Holy See Press Office concerning the publication of the first Mutual Evaluation Report on the Holy See and on Vatican City State (“MONEYVAL Report”) regarding adherence to the 40 + IX FATF recommendations against money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). Msgr. Balestrero was head of the Holy See delegation to the plenary session of MONEYVAL held in Strasbourg, France, on 4 July.

Extracts from Msgr. Balestrero’s English-language presentation are given below:

“Vatican City State has a very small territory, with a small population, a very low level of domestic crime and no market economy. It is not a financial centre and its financial activities are meant to support its works of charity and of religion. However the Holy See enjoys a recognised moral voice and in this sense is deeply connected not only with its immediate neighbours, but with all countries of the world. Moreover the Holy See, as primarily responsible for the universal mission of the Church, has a special ability – even duty – to guide and orient Catholic religious organisations throughout the world. While those organisations exist within their own civil jurisdictions and are bound to follow the laws of those jurisdictions on AML/CFT issues, it is important that the Holy See use its moral authority to raise maximum awareness about the far too frequent transnational crime of money laundering and the financing of terrorism”.

Beginning along the path and first accomplishments

“There has always been a clear determination to fight money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as a legal system that already had several of the elements necessary to tackle ML/FT problems.

“At the end of 2010, we passed an AML/CFT law and requested evaluation in February 2011 by MONEYVAL. Our law came into force on 1 April 2011. Our Financial Intelligence Authority was operational by June. In November 2011, we received our first MONEYVAL on-site visit. The team of our evaluators was widely considered to be perhaps the strongest team MONEYVAL had ever assembled. It included the president, the secretary and an administrator of MONEYVAL, the president of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units, two senior financial experts and a professor of international law”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM
A Beloved Priest Accused, A Parish in Disbelief
NEW JERSEY
Patch

By Daniel Nee

To parishioners at Church of the Visitation in Brick, it came as the shock of a lifetime.

The priest who had encouraged them through times of sadness and fear, who brought food to the local needy and who comforted those who found themselves in periods of grief – had been accused of a crime that is as depressing and disappointing as it is serious and unthinkable.

Fr. Marukudiyil C. Velan, 64, known to parishioners at the Mantoloking Road church as “Father Chris,” was arrested Saturday and charged with two sex crimes, one against a minor.

A garden, named for Father Chris in the back of the church’s yard, was empty Tuesday afternoon, a day after his arrest became publicly known. A few tomatoes looked ripe, presumably with no one there to pick them off the vine.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM
Former Coach Arrested For Making False Accusations About Coaches At Lansdale Catholic
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Montgomery County District Attorney

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announces the arrest of Tim Udinski for stalking and harassment charges. The charges stem from the defendant deliberately making false accusations of sexual misconduct against officials associated with Lansdale Catholic High School. Between October 19, 2011 and May 31, 2012, on seven separate occasions, Udinski sent false claims of sexual abuse in anonymous emails to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In these emails, he deliberately and falsely claimed that both the Lansdale Catholic football and lacrosse coaches were engaged in sexual solicitation of players on their respective teams. Udinski also accused the Lansdale Catholic Principal of failing to take any action regarding the alleged misconduct.

Tim Udinski was the former head lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic High School. During his tenure at the school, Udinski was the target of unfounded accusations. While coaching the 2011 lacrosse season, Lansdale Catholic relieved Udinski of his duties after he engaged in repeated heated arguments with players and staff. Principal Tim Quinn reported that Udinski was extremely upset about his firing.

Subsequent to Udinski’s firing, on October 19, 2011, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received an anonymous email alleging that the head football coach had sexually solicited a player. The email included an accusation that the Principal, himself a former football player at Lansdale Catholic, had a history of ignoring any complaints about the coach.

On March 12, and March 14, 2012 the Archdiocese received two anonymous emails complaining that Lansdale Catholic’s head lacrosse coach had been involved in a sexual assault while attending Lehigh University. Again on March 15, 2012 the Archdiocese received an anonymous email threatening to inform the media about the allegations involving the lacrosse coach. This email was followed by numerous anonymous emails on March 22, to the Archdiocese and local media outlets concerning wrongdoing at Lansdale Catholic High School.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM
Former Lansdale Catholic lacrosse coach charged with making false sex abuse claims
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Morning Call

By Pamela Lehman, Of The Morning Call

3:48 p.m. EDT, July 17, 2012
Authorities charged a former Lansdale Catholic High School lacrosse coach with making false accusations of sexual misconduct against school officials.

Tim Udinski was charged Tuesday with stalking and harassment charges. He is free under $25,000 unsecured bail.

While Udinski served as the former head coach, he was fired in October after “repeated heated arguments” with players and staff, according to a news release from Montgomery County Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.

According to the release:

The firing left Udinski “extremely upset,” accoridng to Principal Tim Quinn.

From October through May, on seven different occasions, authorities said Udinski sent anonymous emails to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia accusing a coach of sexual misconduct and the school’s principal of ignoring the complaints.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM
DA: Disgruntled ex-LC coach made false sex abuse claims
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Times Herald

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman on Tuesday announced the arrest of Tim Udinski, the former head lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic High School, for stalking and harassment.

The defendant lodged false accusations of sexual misconduct against officials associated with the school, according to authorities. On seven separate occasions between Oct. 19, 2011 and May 31, 2012, Udinski allegedly sent false claims of sexual abuse in anonymous emails to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In these emails, he claimed the current Lansdale Catholic football and lacrosse coaches were engaged in sexual solicitation of players on their respective teams. Udinski also accused the Lansdale Catholic principal of failing to take any action regarding the alleged misconduct, according to reports.

During his tenure at the school, Udinski reportedly was the target of unfounded accusations.

During the 2011 lacrosse season, Lansdale Catholic relieved Udinski of his duties after he reportedly engaged in repeated heated arguments with players and staff. Principal Tim Quinn reported Udinski was extremely upset about his firing.

After Udinski’s firing, on Oct. 19, 2011, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received an anonymous email alleging that the head football coach had sexually solicited a player. The email included an accusation that the principal, himself a former football player at Lansdale Catholic, had a history of ignoring any complaints about the coach.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM
Former High School Coach Charged With Falsely Accusing Other Coaches Of Molestation
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Deadspin

Dom Cosentino

From October 2011 until May of this year, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received a series anonymous emails from someone who said the longtime football coach at a suburban Catholic high school—a man in his 70s—had solicited sex from a player. Other messages accused the school’s lacrosse coach of sexually assaulting students. There were seven emails in all, and the allegations more or less coincided with news of the ongoing scandal a few hours away at Penn State, not to mention a recent child sex abuse trial that rocked the Philly archdiocese and resulted in the first guilty verdict against a senior official within the U.S. Catholic Church.

But after a lengthy investigation, prosecutors in suburban Montgomery County, Pa., determined the emails about Jim Algeo, the football coach at Lansdale Catholic from 1968 until his retirement after last season, and Nick Pison, its new lacrosse coach, were a hoax. Tim Udinski, 43, was arrested and charged today with stalking and harassment. The reason? He was pissed that Lansdale Catholic had fired him for what the Philadelphia Inquirer described as “heated arguments with players and an assistant.” And what better way to get even than to try to ruin a bunch of people’s lives, right?

Udinski allegedly sent the anonymous emails from a computer at a public library. The Bucks County Courier Times said police did nearly 200 hours of interviews with roughly 100 people and obtained 10 court orders to conduct searches before finally catching on.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM
Ex-coach charged with making false abuse claims
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WTRF

Updated: Jul 18, 2012

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a suburban Philadelphia high school lacrosse coach who lost his job launched a campaign of false sex-abuse reports that detectives spent more than 180 hours investigating.

Former Lansdale Catholic High School coach Tim Udinski was charged Tuesday with harassment and stalking. Prosecutors in Montgomery County say Udinski took advantage of renewed attention given to sex-abuse complaints to target his successor and another coach at the school.

Investigators say Udinski admitted making the false reports when confronted. He allegedly told police he submitted anonymous reports to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia because he was upset about losing his job.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM
Ex-Lansdale Catholic coach charged in school’s sex-abuse hoaxes
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

After one season as head lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic High School, he was out, ostensibly after conflicts with players and an assistant.

Udinski thought his dismissal was unfair, one the school wouldn’t have considered for counterparts like veteran football coach Jim Algeo. So he launched a scheme to prove the point, authorities say.

Over seven months, Udinski allegedly sent anonymous e-mails to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, claiming Algeo had solicited sex from a player and accusing the new lacrosse coach of sex assaults.

On Tuesday, Montgomery County prosecutors charged Udinski with harassment and stalking.

District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said his offenses were particularly galling because Udinski tried to manipulate a national spotlight on child-sex abuse in a vengeful bid to destroy reputations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM
Coach allegedly made false abuse allegations to Phila. archdiocese
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic News Agency

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 18, 2012 / 12:10 am (CNA).- A former Lansdale Catholic High School lacrosse coach has been arrested and charged after allegedly making false claims of sexual abuse in anonymous e-mails to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

“The cost to the men subjected to the false accusations is impossible to measure,” the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said in a July 17 statement, announcing Timothy Udinski’s arrest on charges of harassment and stalking.

On June 21, Udinski told detectives that he sent the archdiocese seven anonymous fabricated reports, targeting officials associated with the Catholic school where he had coached boys’ lacrosse. He said he made the false reports he was “furious” and “mad at the school for the way I was treated.”

According to the Distict Attorney’s office, Udinski himself “was the target of unfounded accusations” of an unspecified nature. He was dismissed from his coaching duties after a series of heated arguments with players and staff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM
Diocese seeking new trial in fraud case
APPLETON (WI)
WHBY

Lawyers for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay were in Outagamie County court yesterday, seeking a new trial, after the church was ordered to pay $770,000 in a civil case.

Jurors found that church officials committed fraud when they transferred former priest John Feeney several times, and didn’t warn parishioners about child sexual abuse allegations against him.

Feeney molested Troy and Todd Merryfield in the late 1970’s, and they sued the diocese.

An attorney for the church says they deserve a new trial, because a juror made a comment that she was worried that Feeney may have molested one of her relatives. He says that shows bias, and he feels her comment could have poisoned the entire jury.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM
More than 20 Haitian nationals sue Weston priest
WESTON (MA)
Boston Globe

By Travis Andersen
| Globe Staff
July 18, 2012

A former student at a school for disadvantaged youth in Haiti has joined 22 other former pupils in filing a lawsuit against a Jesuit priest now living in Weston and others, alleging the defendants did nothing to stop the school’s former director from sexually abusing them over a 10-year period.

In a civil complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Connecticut, a man living in Haiti who is currently in his early 20s says the Rev. Paul E. Carrier, Fairfield University, and other defendants are liable for the abuse he suffered at the hands of Douglas Perlitz, 42, former director of Project Pierre Toussaint in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

The Globe does not name alleged victims of sexual abuse unless they are willing to have their names published.

According to the man’s complaint, Carrier, a former Fairfield chaplain, the university, and other defendants ­established the school, provided funding for it, and ignored signs of Perlitz’s actions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM
Orthodox Church in America dismisses archbishop for failing to remove rapist priest
UNITED STATES
Philadelphia Inquirer

[Statement from the Holy Synod]

By David O’Reilly
Inquirer Staff Writer

Citing the sex-abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia and at Pennsylvania State University, the Orthodox Church in America has dismissed its presiding archbishop for failing to remove a priest who had raped a woman and been jailed for other violent acts.

The Holy Synod of the church, whose members number about 85,000 in the United States and Canada, announced this week that Metropolitan Jonah, 52, had stepped down Saturday after ignoring the church’s procedures for responding to sexual misconduct.

“Metropolitan Jonah has repeatedly refused to act with prudence, in concert with his fellow bishops, in accordance with the Holy Synod’s policies,” the synod said in a statement.

“In light of the recent widely publicized criminal cases involving sexual abuse at Penn State and in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and the Kansas City Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, the extent of the risk of liability to which Metropolitan Jonah has exposed the church cannot be overstated,” it said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM
Church argues for new trial or dismissal in priest sex abuse case
APPLETON (WI)
Post-Crescent

[with video]

Written by
Jim Collar
Post-Crescent staff writer

APPLETON — A judge could rule as soon as today on whether to order a retrial in the civil fraud verdict against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, which claims a juror was biased against the church.

Outagamie County Judge Nancy Krueger heard a variety of arguments Tuesday from the diocese as it tries to overturn a $700,000 jury award given in May to two childhood victims of clergy sexual abuse. Brothers Todd and Troy Merryfield filed the lawsuit in 2008.

A jury deliberated for about five hours in May before returning a verdict in the Merryfields’ favor. The diocese is asking for the civil fraud case to be dismissed, the jury’s findings to be overturned or a new trial.

Krueger told attorneys she planned to rule on the bias issue in the next two days. She didn’t set a timetable for rulings on the remaining diocesan arguments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM
Churches work to halt child sex abuse
GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Shelia M. Poole
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Stung by scandals of child sexual abuse, churches are taking greater steps to become a secure place for youths.

“Churches are supposed to be safe and trustworthy,” said Sally Ulrey, a trainer for Safeguarding God’s Children. “When I train adults, they’re surprised that this is so common. When they were younger, of course it happened, it just wasn’t talked about.

Ulrey, whose training sessions are required for all adults who work with children by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, recently held a session for about a dozen or so members of St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Lawrenceville that involved videos detailing stories about sexual abuse of youths by pastors and volunteers. They then discussed ways to stop it from happening again — perhaps in their own churches.

Child sexual abuse is hardly a problem solely in churches, but churches are trying to do what they can to halt the problem. In addition to requiring training like that conducted by Ulrey, they are conducting background checks on clergy, staffers and volunteers. Others are adding security cameras, setting child-to-adult ratios, limiting where outside events are held, and making structural modifications such as adding glass in doors so people can see inside. Such actions are often required by insurance companies that can provide up to $1 million in coverage to churches.

“One thing I’ve found so surprising is that some churches don’t have training, they don’t have policies and they don’t have ratios of adults to children,” said Ulrey, who also is a member and staffer at St. Mathews Episcopal Church in Snellville. “It’s sort of a liability waiting to happen, which is really scary to me.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM
French Catholic priest, 68, faces child sex rap
FRANCE
The Standard (Hong Kong)

Authorities in France have charged a 68-year-old Catholic priest with sexually abusing young boys over nearly 30 years in the north of the country, a judicial source said today. The priest has been been placed in provisional detention after admitting to having abused the boys in the regions of Lille and Dunkirk between the 1970s and early 2000s, the source said, AFP reports.

He is facing charges of rape and sexual abuse of minors under the age of 15. About 10 victims have so far been identified. The source said two victims had come forward to accuse the priest at the start of the year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM
Keep confessions confidential: Baillieu
AUSTRALIA
7 News

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu says there is a powerful case to continue preserving the secrecy of the Catholic confessional.

A parliamentary committee into child sex abuse in the church is asking for submissions on whether rules on mandatory reporting of offences against children should be imposed on the confessional.

It will also consider whether new laws should be introduced that would see bishops face criminal charges for the misconduct of their priests.

Mr Baillieu said there was a strong argument for information divulged to priests during confession to remain secret.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM
MONEYVAL’s first evaluation report on the Holy See
VATICAN CITY
Council of Europe

The first mutual evaluation report on the Holy See (including the Vatican City State) is now available for consultation. A French version will be made available shortly.

Links to:
Press release

Executive Summary

Report

Annexes

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM
Vatican Gets Critique on Finances
VATICAN CITY
The Wall Street Journal

By STACY MEICHTRY

ROME—The Vatican received a mixed report card from a key financial transparency watchdog on Wednesday as the Holy See seeks to lend credibility to its crackdown on potential money-laundering and other financial crimes.

The Vatican is undergoing evaluation by Moneyval, a committee of financial experts backed by the 47-nation Council of Europe, in a bid to persuade foreign lenders and their regulators that the Vatican bank and other Holy See financial institutions are financially transparent and adequately regulated. An Italian investigation into possible money-laundering at the Vatican bank—which the Holy See denies—has prompted some banks that traditionally handled the Vatican’s financial transactions with the outside world to cut ties with the tiny sovereign state.

In a report released Wednesday, Moneyval gave the Vatican passing grades of “compliant” or “largely compliant” on 22 of the 45 guidelines used by the Financial Action Task Force, or FATF, to determine whether countries are at risk of becoming havens for money-laundering and terrorist financing. The report doesn’t reflect a definitive judgment by Moneyval, which will continue to evaluate the Vatican’s finances and the raft of rules the Holy See has adopted in recent years to clean up its financial operations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM
July 17, 2012
Regional gatherings to follow assembly meeting
IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY

Two regional assemblies have been arranged by the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) as a follow-on from their Towards an Assembly of the Irish Catholic Church meeting in Dublin last May.

“Towards an Assembly for the West” will take place at Galway’s Clayton Hotel on Saturday, October 6th next, while “Towards an Assembly for the South” is scheduled for the Commons Inn, Mallow Road, Cork city, the following Saturday, October 13th.

Both are being organised on the same lines as the Towards an Assembly meeting which took place at Dublin’s Regency Hotel on May 7th last and was attended by more than 1,000 people, lay and clerical.

According to the ACP website, both new assemblies are being held with the intention of promoting “real dialogue, talking and listening, between those who are committed to the church, and wish to see a movement towards reform and renewal”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 PM
Rabbis behind bars: What do we do when our Jewish leaders fail us?
ISRAEL
Haaretz

By Dr Samuel Lebens / Jewish World blogger | Jul.18, 2012 |

This week, a rabbi from New York was convicted of money laundering. Rabbi Mordchai Fish was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for laundering close to a million dollars in what he thought were illicit funds through a religious charity. We should be flabbergasted that a teacher and preacher of Judaism should stoop so low. But, of course, we’re not shocked at all. In fact, we’ve seen rabbis who’ve done, or have at least been credibly accused of doing, much worse crimes. In the U.S., rabbis were arrested as part of a major corruption sting surrounding the illegal organ trafficking of a Mr Levy Rosenbaum (himself, not a rabbi). In Australia, a tightly knit Chabad Lubavitch community was rocked by claims of sex abuse by the community’s rabbi, in alleged instances of child abuse at an Orthodox boys school. And in Israel, Rabbi Moti Elon has long been fighting off serious accusations of sexual abuse. While the rabbi, who denies the accusations, has conceded that he might have kissed and hugged two of his students, he rebuffed suggestions that he did so for sexual pleasure, but rather as a way to console and encourage them.

In this latest case concerning Rabbi Fish, one might have some sympathy for the man. He was, after all, caught in a sting operation. He was approached to launder money by a police informant to see how he might respond. He was tempted. Now he’s going to prison. The problem with a sting operation is that you can never know whether the person really would have lead a life of crime had it not been for your entrapment. The Torah commands us not to put a stumbling block before the blind. If you ignore this law, and then blind people stumble, you can hardly blame the blind.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 PM
Catholic priest in Dominican Republic ordered held on accusations he raped 15-year-old girl
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Montreal Gazette

By The Associated Press
July 17, 2012

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – A judge in the Dominican Republic has ruled there is enough evidence for authorities to hold a Roman Catholic priest while they investigate allegations that he raped a 15-year-old girl.

A police statement Tuesday says officers arrested Alberto Zacarias Cordero Liriano after the girl’s mother accused the priest of repeatedly raping the teenager.

Hundreds of parishioners and several priests protested in front of the Justice Department building to show their support for Zacarias.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 PM
Report Card on Vatican Transparency to Be Released
VATICAN CITY
ABC News

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press

VATICAN CITY July 18, 2012 (AP)

The Vatican’s bid to get on the so-called “white list” of financially transparent countries passes a key stage Wednesday with the eagerly awaited release of a report card on its efforts to comply with international norms to fight money laundering and terror financing.

A Council of Europe committee will issue its first evaluation of the Holy See’s compliance with 49 recommendations covering everything from completing customer due diligence checks at its bank to keeping a list of terrorist suspects. Scoring a compliant or largely compliant grade on at least half of the 16 “key and core” recommendations is critical to the next phase of the Vatican’s “white list” bid.

Indications are the Vatican will pass the test, praised for its efforts in some areas but criticized for shortcomings in others. Given that some countries remain noncompliant for years, the Vatican’s first independent, international and public evaluation of its finances may go a long way toward removing its reputation as a shady tax haven long mired in scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 PM
SANDUSKY/PATERNO SCANDAL LIVES IN BRANSON
MISSOURI
Berger’s Beat

July 17, 2012 8:28 am | Author: Jerry Berger
Under the headline “A godlike man named Joe and sex with underage boys- and it’s not Penn State,” blogger, teacher and former journalist Randy Turner questions why no media are noting the stunning similarities between the Sandusky/Paterno scandal and a similar scandal at Kanakuk Camp near Branson. It’s a Christian sports camp run by Joe White, a nationally known Christian motivational speaker who often presents at “Promise Keepers” meetings. “It has all the earmarks of a national scandal,” Turner reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM
STATEMENT FROM JIMMY M. LAGO…
CHICAGO (IL)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago

STATEMENT FROM JIMMY M. LAGO, CHANCELLOR ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
REGARDING REV. GARY M. MILLER, PASTOR OF ST. BERNADETTE PARISH

July 15, 2012

Representatives of the Archdiocese of Chicago have spoken with Monsignor Wayne Prist, at St. Bernadette Parish, Evergreen Park, and Father Roger Corrales-Diaz pastor of St. Leonard Parish, Berwyn, to inform them that the Archdiocese has received an allegation that Father Gary Miller engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor, while assigned to St. Leonard’s Parish, more than 30 years ago. At the request of Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, Fr. Miller has agreed to voluntarily and temporarily step aside from active ministry. He also agreed to this action so that there would be no question about the protection of children.

This allegation has been reported, by the Archdiocese, to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County State’s Attorney. The Archdiocese has also begun its review and investigation of this matter in accordance with Archdiocese of Chicago policies and requirements of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. No further information is available at this time.

Leadership of the Archdiocese requests that parish members and others understand that this action is not a judgment of guilt, nor is it a removal from ministry. It does not affect Father Miller’s position as pastor. In the meantime, Fr. Miller has agreed to reside in a residence away from the parish until the investigation of this allegation is concluded.

Sexual abuse of children is a grave sin and a crime. The Archdiocese of Chicago reports every allegation to the civil authorities and cooperates with them. The Archdiocese continues to reach out and work for the healing of all those affected by the tragedy of child and adolescent sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 PM
Hynes Credits Task Force For Intimidation Crackdown
NEW YORK
The Jewish Weekly

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Adam Dickter
Assistant Managing Editor

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes is weighing charges in as many as four more cases of possible intimidation of Orthodox sexual abuse victims as a result of a newly formed task force, he told The Jewish Week.

And he reiterated a warning, first made in May, that rabbis who “cross the line” and discourage people from taking complaints to authorities may be charged with obstructing governmental administration.

In a wide-ranging interview, an often testy Hynes — stung by widespread criticism of his handling of Orthodox abuse cases — and his top prosecutor for sex crimes, Rhonnie Jaus, seemed to confirm that all cases involving sex abuse in the Orthodox community are considered part of the Kol Tzedek program regardless of whether they came about through the hotline initiative, which was intended to pierce a wall of silence in close-knit Orthodox communities .

The DA, who was elected in 1989, said he is seeking support from fellow district attorneys for legislation that would require religious leaders to report any knowledge of abuse, while protecting the sanctity of communication between clergy and those who seek their counsel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 PM
U.S.: Faith in organised religion at an all time low
UNITED STATES
Vatican Insider

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

Faith in organised religion in the U.S. is at its lowest in thirty years, with only 44% of Americans stating they have confidence in the Church. This is according to the findings of a survey carried out by Gallup statistical institute. Catholics showed a sharper decline than Protestants, with their trust rates recorded at 46% to 56% respectively. According to pollsters, the sex scandals involving American television evangelists in recent years are to blame for this drop.

In the 70’s Americans considered organised religion to be the highest institution in existence, outranking the American Supreme Court and the military, the Gallup report stated. It added that in the 80’s, the sex scandals some television evangelists were involved in caused people’s confidence in the Church to plummet to 60%.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 PM
U.S.: Businessman priest suspended
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Vatican Insider

Maria Teresa Pontara Pederiva
Rome

This time it has nothing to do with paedophilia, doctrinal issues or alleged liturgical abuses. Forty seven year old Geraldo Pinero, former pastor of Incarnation of Our Lord Church in Philadelphia’s Olney neighbourhood was removed “unsuitable for ministry,” due to “a substantiated violation of The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries.”

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced the news Sunday. He did not go into detail about the nature of the “violations” but they appear to be business related. Indeed, Pinero was a local face of an Illinois-based enterprise calling itself Teamwork Revolution Power Systems and the Philadelphia Inquirer revealed that back in November 2010 federal agents had served a search warrant on the Incarnation rectory but no criminal or civil action was taken against the pastor. In a statement, a spokesman of the archdiocese allegedly said that “outside secular employment is not permitted for a priest,” except from teaching in Catholic universities or faith related conferences.

As a result, and following Mgr. Chaput’s announcement last Sunday, Pinero is no longer permitted to exercise his public ministry, wear clerical garb or present himself publicly as a priest.” In autumn 2011, 26 priests were suspended for reasons linked to paedophilia but the Archdiocese is adamant that this particular case has nothing to do with any of these previous cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 PM
Green Bay Diocese seeks to overturn $700,000 sex abuse verdict
APPLETON (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

July 17, 2012

An Outagamie County Judge could decide as early as Tuesday whether to overturn a $700,000 judgment against the Diocese of Green Bay over its placement of a sexually abusive priest in the 1970s.

Attorneys for the diocese have asked Outagamie Judge Nancy Krueger to dismiss the case, grant a new trial or reduce the judgment, arguing that a juror failed to divulge that she suspected the priest of molesting her own brother, and that the First Amendment bars the courts from meddling in the church’s employment decisions. Krueger heard oral arguments on its motions Tuesday.

The May verdict, in favor of brother Troy and Todd Merryfield, marked the first time a sex abuse victim had successfully sued the Catholic Church in Wisconsin since 1995 when the state Supreme Court barred such cases as an undue intrusion by the courts into the affairs of religious organizations. The court reopened the door in 2007 in cases in which the victims alleged fraud.

The Merryfields’ lawsuit is the first such case to go to trial in the state. They accused diocese of defrauding them by placing the now-defrocked Father Patrick Feeney into their parish without telling members about his sexual abuse history.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 PM
Il prete con il chiodo fisso! (video da ‘Le Iene’)
ITALIA
Stop Censura

Il servizio mandato in onda ieri dalle Iene del prete con il “chiodo fisso” … per chi non ha visto il filmato, avviso che il prete si comporta e dice frasi veramente da voltastomaco, soprattutto con l’ultimo ragazzo del servizio, dove arriva addirittura a spogliarsi davanti l’altare di una chiesa e a chiedere un rapporto orale alla “vittima” … mi chiedo perchè , davanti a “problemi” così evidenti, il Vaticano non fa nulla? perchè questo prete è ancora al suo posto?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM
An American Nun Responds To Vatican Criticism
UNITED STATES
NPR

[with audio]

July 17, 2012

In April, the Vatican announced that three American bishops (one archbishop and two bishops) would be sent to oversee the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a member organization founded in 1956 that represents 80 percent of Catholic sisters in the United States, to get them to conform with the teachings of the Church.

In its assessment of the group, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the leadership conference is undermining Roman Catholic teachings on homosexuality and birth control and promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” It also reprimanded the nuns for hosting speakers who “often contradict or ignore” church teachings and for making public statements that “disagree with or challenge the bishops, who are the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.”

In their own statement, the nuns said the Vatican’s doctrinal assessment of the group was based on “unsubstantiated accusations” and may “compromise” the ability of female nuns to “fulfill their mission.”

“I would say the mandate is more critical of positions we haven’t taken than those we have taken,” says Sister Pat Farrell, the president of the Leadership Conference. “As I read that document, the concern is the issues we tend to be more silent about when the bishops are speaking out very clearly about some things. There are issues about which we think there’s a need for a genuine dialogue, and there doesn’t seem to be a climate of that in the church right now.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:45 PM
Navajo clergy abuse survivor speaks out
GALLUP (NM)
Gallup Independent

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., July 16, 2012

Second in a two-part series

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent

GALLUP — The Navajo man known in court documents as “John Doe BF” is finally getting a chance to have some peace in his life.

For about 20 years, he was at war with himself over memories of the sexual abuse he says he was subjected to by former Franciscan priest Charles “Chuck” Cichanowicz. That was a self-destructive war fueled by anger, alcohol, depression, drugs, violence, suicide attempts and self-mutilation, and it was a war marked by a life of survival on the streets and revolving stints in jail cells and detox centers.

For nearly five years, since he filed his clergy sex abuse lawsuit in the Navajo Nation Courts in 2007, he and his attorneys have been waging a legal battle with Cichanowicz, the Diocese of Gallup, the Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Albuquerque and the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist in Cincinnati. It was a battle, he said, that the church’s attorneys fought every step of the way.

But that war is now over. Along with two other Navajo men who filed similar lawsuits against Cichanowicz, “John Doe BF” recently signed a settlement agreement with the four defendants. As part of the agreement, he and the other two plaintiffs are receiving monetary settlements of an undisclosed amount and Cichanowicz’s promise that he will never seek or accept any type of work that involves contact with minors. They did not, however, receive an admission of guilt from Cichanowicz or an apology from church officials.

Buried secret
In a telephone interview Thursday, the man talked about the impact the abuse has had on his life, but he asked that his identity continue to be protected. For the purpose of the interview, he agreed to be called “John Begay,” a pseudonym and not his real name.

Now residing in the Pacific Northwest, Begay said he’s never told his family about the abuse. They don’t know he filed the landmark lawsuit, and when he attended the court hearing before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, they didn’t know he was back on the reservation.

“It’s something I don’t want them to deal with,” Begay said of the hurt he believes it will cause. “It’s not something I want to burden them with.”

According to Begay, the sexual abuse he suffered as a teenager was a painful secret that he tried to bury and not think about for two decades.

“I didn’t dare tell anybody else,” he said. “I kind of felt like it was my fault.”

Its impact on his life, however, was immediate. Begay said he started drinking heavily, dropped out of high school, began to isolate himself, and vented his anger in frequent fights. He eventually hitchhiked off the reservation and began wandering from town to town.

I just ran as far as I could, for as long as I could,” he said. “It was a very bad time.”

Tale of self-destruction
He was in and out of jail during his 20s, Begay said, and twice he attempted suicide. His arms still bear the scars of where he used to cut himself, a practice that Begay said offered temporary relief from his emotional pain.

During his 30s, his life cycled from jail to detox centers and from long periods of time living on the streets to hard-fought efforts to become sober.

In 2002, news about the Catholic Church’s national sex abuse crisis hit Begay hard.
“It struck me on a very personal level and it got me all angry again,” he said.

But as much as his abuse haunted him, Begay said he never made the connection between the sexual abuse in his teen years and the subsequent way his life had spiraled out of control.

And then one day in 2007, Begay said, he began to understand that connection. He was watching a television news program when a woman was interviewed about her own childhood sexual abuse. Begay said he was stunned by the woman’s tale of self-destruction and saw his own life reflected in her words.

“That’s me, man. I know what she’s talking about,” Begay recalled thinking. “I know what this is all about now.”

Not alone
Begay eventually sought help and contacted Patrick Noaker, an attorney with Jeff Anderson & Associates, a Minnesota law firm known for its work on behalf of clergy abuse victims. Noaker’s added co-counsel William R. Keeler, a Gallup attorney licensed to practice in Navajo courts.
Begay recalled the day Noaker called to tell him Cichanowicz had been located in Lafayette, Ind., working as a mental health counselor with adolescents and adults.

“I couldn’t believe it. I had to ask him again. I knew something was terribly wrong with that … .” Begay said of the news. “It made me want to pursue this even more.”

Begay described his mixed emotions when two other Navajo men came forward with allegations that Cichanowicz had sexually abused them also. On the one hand, he said, he felt validation, yet he also felt sad and angry that there were more victims.

“I was glad that others had the courage to come forward and say, ‘This happened to me,’” Begay said. “It made me feel I wasn’t alone in this.”

Stressful litigation
Begay said the litigation proved to be a stressful ordeal, particularly the initial dismissal by the Shiprock District Court and what he viewed as constant legal haggling by the church’s attorneys.
During oral arguments before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, Begay said he was angered when one of the church attorneys suggested that Begay was no longer really connected to the Navajo Nation and Navajo culture because he lived in a different region of the country. Begay said he was grateful when Chief Justice Herb Yazzie addressed the non-Indian attorney’s argument and picked it apart.

“I was very, very glad to hear that,” Begay said of Yazzie’s remarks. “That he stood up for me. That he stood up for what was right.”

Although the Navajo Nation Supreme Court ruled in Begay’s favor and remanded the case back to district court, Begay and the other two plaintiffs agreed to mediation this spring, which led to the recent settlement.

Advice to others
Begay said he has come to understand that the abuse wasn’t his fault advice he shares with other abuse survivors. He now encourages victims to tell someone who is trustworthy about the abuse.

“Don’t hide it. Don’t bury it. It’s not your fault,” he said. “There is help out there. They don’t have to feel alone and isolated.”

Begay said he has rediscovered his own Christian faith after years of alternately blaming God and questioning God’s existence. However, he said, his faith is more on a spiritual level, based on a relationship with God, and not just a religion.

In contrast, Begay calls Cichanowicz a con man and a liar who masqueraded as a man of faith in order to have access to children.

“I believe it was an opportunity to role play and do what he wanted to do with kids,” he said.
Begay said he believes the Diocese of Gallup and the Franciscans should come clean about what other clergy abusers have been assigned on the Navajo Nation.

“If they want to continue to be a presence on the reservation and continue to have a relationship with the Navajo Nation,” he said, “yes, I think they should.”

— Reporter Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola can be contacted at (505) 870-0745 or [email protected]

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM
Von der Anzeige des Opfers bis zur Entlassung aus dem Klerikerstand
DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

17.02.2010
Mitteilung des Opfers an die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz mit Angaben, wann und wo sich die sexuellen Übergriffe ereignet haben und dass der Täter über einen Zeitraum von 10 Jahren eine herausgehobene Position in der katholischen Kirche innehatte. Der Name des Täters wird noch nicht genannt.

05.03.2010
Mail an Bischof Ackermann , in dem der Name des Täters erwähnt wird. Der Eingang des Schreibens wird bestätigt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM
Bistum weist Vorwürfe zurück
DEUTSCHLAND
SR

Das Bistum Trier hat Vorwürfe von Opferverbänden zurückgewiesen, bei Fällen von sexuellem Missbrauch nicht schnell genug zu ermitteln. Am Freitag wurde bekannt, dass Bischof Ackermann erstmals einen Priester wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs entlassen hat.

(14.07.2012) Nachdem der Opferverband MissBit dem Bistum Trier vorgeworfen hatte, Fällen von sexuellem Missbrauch nicht schnell genug nachzugehen, wies Bistumssprecher Kronenburg den Vorwurf zurück. Er sagte, dass jeder Fall einzeln betrachtet werden müsse. Strafmaß und Konsequenzen hingen vom jeweiligen Vergehen ab. Zudem liefen die Entscheidungen über eine zentrale Stelle im Vatikan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM
Blaue Briefe von Papst Benedikt
DEUTSCHLAND
Publik-ForumI

m Juli lässt Papst Benedikt XVI. die Blauen Briefe verschicken. Empfänger sind rund die Hälfte aller 112 nationalen katholischen Bischofskonferenzen rund um den Globus. Bei der harschen Post aus dem Vatikan handelt es sich um ein Mahnschreiben im Kampf gegen den sexuellen
Kindesmissbrauch durch Priester. Denn die Adressaten haben es bisher versäumt, Richtlinien zur Bekämpfung sexueller Gewalt durch Geistliche und Kirchenmitarbeiter zu erarbeiten.

Ein-Jahres-Frist zur Umsetzung der Richtlinien endete im Mai

Die von Rom eingeräumte Ein-Jahres-Frist für die Umsetzung der Richtlinien endete im Mai. Mit dieser für Kirchenverhältnisse ungewöhnlich kurzen Frist will der Papst – so erklärt Vatikan-Sprecher Lombardi SJ, die »Dringlichkeit« unterstreichen, mit der er der »Plage des sexuellen Missbrauchs durch Kleriker« begegnen und der Kirche »die volle Glaubwürdigkeit« zurückgeben will.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:12 PM
Catholic Priest Arrested In New Jersey For Allegedly Having Inappropriate Sexual Contact With A
NEW JERSEY
CBS Philly

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ (CBS) – The Ocean County Prosecutor confirmed the arrest of a Catholic priest who worked in Brick Township on Tuesday afternoon.

Marukudiyil C. Velan, who goes by “Father Chris,” was arrested on allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with a Brick Township woman and her child. Father Chris, 64, had worked at Visitation Roman Catholic Church in Brick since 2001 as a visiting priest.

On Saturday, July 14th, the Brick Township Police Department interviewed the woman and her children in connection with a complaint about the priest. An investigation determined that the family belonged to the parish and that Father Chris had visited their residence in Brick. While there, the priest allegedly had inappropriate contact with the mother and her child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM
Police response needed: Torbay
AUSTRALIA
The Armidale Express

STEPHEN JEFFERY

18 Jul, 2012

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Richard Torbay has urged Premier Barry O’Farrell to intervene and announce a police investigation into the sex abuse scandal plaguing Armidale’s Catholic diocese.

The Catholic Church’s handling of admissions of sexual abuse by a former priest has come under scrutiny after a recent Four Corners story.

The man, known as Father F, allegedly told church officials in 1992 he had sexually abused young boys in the 1980s, but his admission was not passed on to police.

In a letter obtained by The Express, Mr Torbay asks Mr O’Farrell to “ensure an appropriate police response to this most concerning issue”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM
Companionship, not sex, at heart of celibacy debate
AUSTRALIA
The Standard

CLARE QUIRK

18 Jul, 2012

THE issue of priests and celibacy in the Catholic Church is more about companionship than lust, a Warrnambool audience has heard.

Despite the hierarchy of the church being against Chris McGillion speaking at yesterday’s National Council of Priests’ convention, the journalist and lecturer drew interest from the 180 strong attendees.

At one point a priest addressed the convention, telling how he’d played golf with a group of priests once a week for a long time.

He said they would talk about the news and the footy, but none of them ever said they had had “a shithouse week”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM
Priest says Catholic Church needs to embrace outside world – not fear it
AUSTRALIA
The Standard

CLARE QUIRK

18 Jul, 2012

A CONTROVERSIAL priest says the Catholic Church lost the contraception fight a long time ago and needed to be open to change.

Father Timothy Radcliffe addressed the National Council of Priests of Australia in Warrnambool yesterday and told the convention the church had a tendency to be too defensive when faced with modern times.

Father Radcliffe said secular people were prevented from accepting the good things the church had to offer if it in return can’t accept good things from the secular world — including the equality of all people, the value of due process, respect for gay people and the contribution of women.

He said priests had been associated with an “image of false impurity” as a result of sex abuse scandals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM
Catholic Diocese of Green Bay appeals Merryfield civil verdict Tuesday
APPLETON (WI)
WTAQ

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) – The Green Bay Catholic Diocese is in Outagamie County court Tuesday appealing a civil fraud case brought by two brothers who were molested by a former priest.

In May, a jury awarded Todd and Troy Merryfield $700,000. The Merryfields were molested by former priest John Feeney in Freedom in 1978. Feeney was convicted criminally in 2004.

FOX 11 reports the Diocese filed over 100 pages of motions with Judge Nancy Krueger. Among them are motions to dismiss the verdict and a motion for a new trial based on alleged bias of a jury member.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:23 PM
More charges filed against Catholic priest
CANADA
The Western Star

Seven more sex-related charges have been filed against George Ansel Smith, who already has dozens of charges against him stemming from the time he served parishes in western Newfoundland.

CORNER BROOK A Roman Catholic priest who already has a date set in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador for more than 60 sex-related offences had seven more charges filed against him Tuesday.

George Ansel Smith, 74, was not in provincial court in Corner Brook for his first appearance on the latest charges.

His lawyer, Tom Williams, waived his client’s right to a preliminary inquiry and elected to have his client tried by judge alone in the higher court.

The seven new charges will be called again when Smith is arraigned on the other charges in Supreme Court in Corner Brook in September.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM
Church argues for new trial or dismissal in priest sex abuse case
APPLETON (WI)
Post-Crescent

Written by
Jim Collar
Post-Crescent staff writer

APPLETON — A judge could rule as soon as Wednesday whether to order a retrial in the civil fraud verdict against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, which claims a juror was biased against the church.

Outagamie County Judge Nancy Krueger today heard a variety of arguments from the diocese as it seeks relief from a $700,000 jury award given in May to two childhood victims of clergy sexual abuse. Brothers Todd and Troy Merryfield filed the lawsuit in 2008. The diocese is asking for the case to be dismissed, the jury’s findings to be overturned or a new trial.

The brothers claimed the diocese knew the Rev. John Feeney has a history of sexual misconduct when it installed him as a priest at Freedom’s St. Nicholas Church and falsely portrayed him as safe even though church officials knew he was a danger to children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:14 PM
Retired judge Whitlam heads inquiry into church handling of ‘Father F’
AUSTRALIA
Champion-Post

LEESHA MCKENNY

18 Jul, 2012

THE Catholic Church has appointed a retired Federal Court judge to head an inquiry into its handling of a NSW priest who admitted sexually abusing boys as young as 10.

Antony Whitlam, QC, a former federal politician and the son of the former prime minister Gough Whitlam, was appointed to lead the independent inquiry jointly commissioned by the Bishop of Armidale, Michael Kennedy, and the Bishop of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher.

A statement from the two clergymen did not outline the terms of reference for the inquiry other than to say that it would look at ”the processes related to the management of ‘Father F”’, who has been the subject of media reports in relation to allegations of abuse of children.

”Further details of the inquiry process will be developed in consultation with Mr Whitlam, QC,” the statement said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:09 PM
Charges Dismissed Against Diocesan Priest
NORTH CAROLINA
Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh

On Friday, July 13, 2012, the Diocese of Raleigh was informed that charges of second degree sexual offense and misdemeanor sexual battery against Father Edgar Sepulveda were dismissed by the Brunswick County District Attorney’s office.

In September 2009, the Diocese of Raleigh had followed its established procedures and those of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and informed the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys of allegations it had received concerning Father Sepulveda. In addition, following diocesan procedures, the Diocese placed Father Sepulveda on administrative leave and began the process of investigation into the allegations.

Once the Diocese was informed by the civil authorities that they were investigating the allegations, the Diocesan investigation was suspended at the request of these civil authorities, as they considered whether to file and proceed with criminal charges. During this time, Father Sepulveda continued on administrative leave, not publicly celebrating the sacraments or publicly presenting himself as a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:50 AM
Criminal charges dropped against priest accused of sex crimes
NORTH CAROLINA
WECT

By: Debra Worley

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Charges have been dismissed against a priest who was accused of sex crimes with a minor.

According to the Diocese of Raleigh, the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office dropped charges of second degree sexual offense and misdemeanor sexual battery against Father Edgar Sepulveda.

The Diocese of Raleigh received allegations concerning Sepulveda in 2009. At the time, a spokesperson for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department says Father Sepulveda was visiting church members in this area, when he was accused of committing the crimes against a juvenile male.

Sepulveda was a priest at St. Theresa del Nino Jesus in Beulaville. He was put on administrative leave when the investigation began.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM
MPs push for cops to probe sex abuse priest
AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Dan Box
From:The Australian
July 18, 2012

SENIOR NSW politicians including Premier Barry O’Farrell have called for police to investigate a former priest at the centre of the latest sex abuse scandal to engulf the Catholic Church.

Richard Torbay, the independent member for the Northern Tablelands, which includes the Diocese of Armidale, wrote to Mr O’Farrell on Monday to express “grave concerns” about the church’s inquiry into the abuse.

The former priest, who lives in Armidale and is known as Father F for legal reasons, allegedly abused several altar boys during the 1980s, despite church authorities being warned about him at the time.

The bishops of Armidale and Parramatta yesterday said they had commissioned former Federal Court judge Tony Whitlam QC to conduct an “independent inquiry” into alleged abuse by Father F in both dioceses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:40 AM
Charges dismissed against priest accused of sexual assault
NORTH CAROLINA
StarNews

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:28 by F. T. Norton

Charges of sexual battery against former Duplin County priest Father Edgar Sepulveda have been dismissed by the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, according to a press release from the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh.

Sepulveda, 49, was arrested Jan. 8, 2010, on charges of second-degree sexual offense and sexual battery, after the diocese reported allegations of sexual misconduct had been made against him.

In a release Monday, the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh said Sepulveda was then placed on administrative leave.

The release states that once the criminal investigation began, the diocese suspended its own investigation at the behest of law enforcement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:36 AM
Diocese’s Merryfield appeal under way
APPLETON (WI)
Fox 11

Published : Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012

Chad Doran, FOX 11 News

APPLETON – The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is appealing a $700,000 verdict awarded to two brothers who were molested by a former priest.

In May, a jury in Outagamie County made the award to Todd and Troy Merryfield. The brothers were molested by former priest John Feeney in 1978. Feeney was convicted in 2004.

The Diocese filed over 100 pages of motions with Judge Nancy Krueger. Among them are motions to dismiss the verdict and a motion for a new trial based on alleged bias of a jury member.

Attorneys for the diocese are arguing that a juror alerted the court after the trial was over about comments another juror made that could have been perceived as bias against the Diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM
Priests could be ordered to report confessions of sex abuse to police
AUSTRALIA
Perth Now

HUNDREDS of years of Catholic tradition in the confessional could be overturned by Victoria’s inquiry into child sex abuse.

Priests would be ordered to reveal crimes told to them in private confessions under one proposal before the inquiry.

But priests say they will resist being forced to reveal secrets of the confessional.

A parliamentary committee also will look at radical new laws that would see bishops face criminal charges for the misconduct of their priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:31 AM
Sex crime charges against priest dropped
NORTH CAROLINA
WWAY

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh says prosecutors in Brunswick County have dropped criminal charges against a Duplin County priest.

Fr. Edgar Sepulveda was charged in early 2010 with second-degree sexual offense and sexual battery with a 17-year-old boy.

The Diocese says it found out Friday that the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed the charges that stem from an incident in 2009. The Diocese placed Sepulveda on administrative leave after learning of the allegations against him. The Diocese says he is still on administrative leave.

At the time of his arrest, deputies said the priest was ministering for a youth group in Brunswick County, but had no place to stay. One of the youth group member’s parents offered their home, and that’s where deputies said the incident happened.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:27 AM
Psychologist: Bishops’ lashing out at sisters is a distraction
UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 17, 2012
By Kathy Galleher

Viewpoint

Since the Vatican’s public release April 18 of the results of the doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, many American Catholics have been confused and angry. These women, who work tirelessly with the poor and marginalized, whom many of us see as embodying Christ’s love, are being accused of doing grave harm to the church. In conversation after conversation, I have heard, “Why so much anger directed at women religious?”, “What is this about?” and “It just seems … abusive.” As I pondered this last observation, I recognized a familiar dynamic.

For nearly eight years I worked as a psychologist at a treatment center for priests and religious. During that time I worked with a number of men who had committed sexual abuse. An essential part of the therapeutic work was for these men to understand the deep pain they had caused, to accept responsibility for it, and to move forward with a commitment not to let it happen again, which included accepting restrictions and consequences. Often the largest obstacle to healing was the first task: accepting and understanding the amount of pain they had caused.

When we harm someone, healing requires that we recognize the extent of the injury we caused. Only when we are able to see this clearly and take responsibility for it can we respond with appropriate guilt. Appropriate guilt focuses us on how to repair the injury (if that is possible) and what actions we must take to prevent it from occurring again. If we cannot recognize the pain and take responsibility for it, we get stuck and assume an aggressively defensive stance, lashing out and blaming others as a way to deflect attention from our actions, actions we find too painful to look at honestly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 AM
Faith and the law thrown into question
AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Editorial

AS reported in today’s Herald Sun, the sanctity of the confessional is being thrown open to question by Victoria’s parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse.

The possibility that priests may be forced to disclose such crimes will be seen by the Catholic Church as a betrayal of a sacred trust between priest and confessor.

Others will see it as a serious community responsibility.

Potential witnesses to the inquiry have been told to consider whether such admissions be subject to mandatory reporting by priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 AM
OH – No charges vs. Catholic priest-victims seek more action
OHIO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on July 16, 2012

It’s heartbreaking every time Catholic officials who commit and conceal child sex crimes exploit legal technicalities and escape consequences for their wrongdoing. We feel terribly sad for this brave victim who deserves but apparently will not get his/her day in court.

At the same time, however, we are grateful that Fr. Brosmer has been exposed. We hope parents will keep their kids away from him.

Now the burden falls on Columbus’ Catholic bishop. He must use his vast resources to aggressively seek out anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups. He must do everything he can to bring forward others who might be able to prosecute this child molesting cleric. He must personally visit each church where Fr. Brosmer worked, urging those with information or suspicions to contact law enforcement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM
MT – Priest accused of molesting in MT – Victims respond
MONTANA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on July 16, 2012

A Catholic priest in Wisconsin has been suspended because of allegations that he molested a child in Montana. All child sex crimes are heinous and devastating. They’re even worse, however when committed by spiritual figures on innocent, vulnerable and isolated children in already-oppressed minority groups.

We applaud the brave individual who reported Fr. Druggan’s abuse. We hope this move will lead to greater healing for this courageous victim. We know that it has already made kids safer.

Montana’s Catholic bishops have a duty to aggressively seek out others who may have been hurt by Fr. Druggan. They should use their vast resources to beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to step forward. They should visit every church facility where Fr. Druggan worked, urging victims, witnesses or whistleblowers to speak up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM
SILVA CASE: ‘Out of sight, out of mind’
CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

A Canadian legal expert says members of the public looking for answers from the Ministry of Attorney General on the Rev. Jose Silva case will have a wait on their hands.

“Out of sight, out of mind. They (the ministry) will not look at it. Especially if the accused is out of the country. They can’t win on this,” said Alan Young, an associate professor with Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

“It’s better to let it disappear than to try and justify it from a press statement,” Young added.

He was commenting on the attorney general’s admission last week that the Hamilton Crown’s Office made a deal with a defence lawyer to permit Silva to leave Canada for his native Brazil rather than face prosecution on a sexual assault case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM
Enquiries concerning recent events
UNITED STATES
Orthodox Church in America

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] With the resignation of Metropolitan Jonah as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America continues to receive requests from the faithful and from the media for additional information.

“The facts of the Metropolitan’s decision are contained in his statement, which has been posted on the OCA web site,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary. “At this time of transition, all of the Chancery’s efforts are directed at moving forward in faith and good order, ensuring that the Church’s mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ is strengthened.”

As events may require, further information will be posted on the OCA web site, which according to Father Eric “should be seen as the official source of information about the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM
Statement from the Holy Synod Regarding the Resignation of Metropolitan Jonah
UNITED STATES
Orthodox Church in America

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On July 16, 2012, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America issued the following statement in regard to the resignation of Metropolitan Jonah. The complete text can be found in PDF format here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM
American Orthodox Church leader quits
UNITED STATES
Keene Sentinel

[Statement from the Holy Synod]hol

Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2012

By Manya Brachear Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — The Chicago native elected to the helm of the Orthodox Church in America resigned last weekend, saying in a letter that he has “neither the personality nor the temperament” to lead the church.

Metropolitan Jonah submitted his resignation during a conference call last Saturday with other bishops of the church. In his letter of resignation, he said he was leaving the post in response to the unanimous request of the bishops.

“I had come to the realization long ago that I have neither the personality nor the temperament for the position of primate, a position I never sought nor desired,” he wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM
N.J. priest charged with sexual contact against woman, her child
NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

By The Associated Press

BRICK — Authorities have accused an Ocean County priest of charges of sexual contact with a woman and her child.

The Rev. Marukudiyil Velan has been a priest at the Church of the Visitation in Brick since 2001. He’s known in the parish as “Father Chris” and a garden at the church is named after him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM
Catholic Church appoints judge to lead abuse inquiry
AUSTRALIA
ABC – 7.30

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: 17/07/2012

Reporter: Leigh Sales

An independent inquiry in to sex abuse in two New South Wales dioceses was announced by the Catholic Church today, and Father Frank Brennan joins us to discuss how the Church handles these processes.

Transcript
LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: The Catholic Church has announced that the former Federal Court judge Anthony Whitlam QC will head an independent inquiry into the case of the defrocked priest known as Father F. As you may recall from stories on this program, Father F is accuse of abusing altar boys in the 1980s, some of whom later committed suicide. The Church has given conflicting accounts of what he later admitted to the Catholic hierarchy and why none of them went to the police.

In a moment we’ll hear from the man Paul Keating once labelled “the meddling priest”, Jesuit and human rights lawyer Father Frank Brennan for his views on how the case has been handled so far. But first, here’s a reminder of some of the victims’ stories.

VICTIM’S RELATIVE: I mean, when Damian admitted to a psychiatrist that he’d been sexually abused by a priest, it was their obligation to go to the police.

VICTIM’S RELATIVE II: I think it’s quite disgusting how they close it all – yeah, they hide it! You know, they close ranks, they pass the buck, most definitely. You know, if one can’t help the victim it’s palmed off to someone else. – never to the police though. The police never seem to be the ones that get told.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM
No charges filed against former priest
ZANESVILLE (OH)
Zanesville Times Recorder

Written by
Kathy Thompson
Staff Writer

ZANESVILLE — Zanesville Police Chief Eric Lambes said his office will not be investigating decades-old abuse allegations against a former priest.

Lambes said the right decision was made when police told a representative of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus an abuse accusation against the priest happened too long ago.

Father Thomas Brosmer was placed on administrative leave Thursday by the diocese after an accusation of sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy in 1968 surfaced. The abuse is alleged to have taken place at St. Nicholas Parish in Zanesville. Brosmer was at the church from 1969 to 1973 as an assistant pastor and a teacher. Brosmer most recently was at St. Cecilia Church in Columbus from 2004 until his administrative leave.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM
Stockende Aufarbeitung: Die katholische Kirche und der Missbrauchsskandal
DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

Norbert Denef ist Sprecher der Organisation netzwerkB, die sich für die Rechte der Opfer einsetzt. Mit dem HUNGERSTREIK will Norbert Denef, der in Scharbeutz an der Ostsee lebt, vor allem erreichen, dass die strafrechtliche Verjährung aufgehoben wird.

Auch Prof. Dr. Christian Pfeiffer, Leiter des Kriminologischen Forschungsinstituts Niedersachsen, plädiert für eine Aufhebung der Verjährungsfrist, weil die Betroffenen den Missbrauch oft jahrzehntelang verdrängen: “Das kann man diesen Menschen nicht vorwerfen, dass die Kraft dazu, sich zu entscheiden, hier in jungen Jahren nicht da ist. Dass oft Anstöße von außen, die zufällig kommen, eine Rolle spielen. Der Rechtsstaat bricht nicht zusammen, wenn wir aus guten Gründen hier eine Sonderregelung schaffen und Herrn Denefs Wunsch entsprechen.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM
Ocean County priest arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with female, child
NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

Written by
Anthony Panissidi
@APPanissidi

BRICK — A longtime township priest, who has a garden named in his honor outside his parish, was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a mother and her child, authorities said.

Marukudiyil Velan, 64, known to his parishioners as “Father Chris,’’ was arrested Saturday after he allegedly assaulted the mother and her child at their home Friday, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said.

An investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office concluded Velan befriended the unnamed victims before the incident. He was arrested after township police and members of the Prosecutor’s Office interviewed the victims Saturday in connection with their complaint about Velan, Ford said. The priest was charged with one count of criminal sexual contact with the female, one count of criminal sexual contact with the child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM
NSW dioceses launch inquiry into Father F
AUSTRALIA
ABC – PM

[with audio]

MARK COLVIN: There’s to be an independent inquiry into the Catholic Church’s handling of allegations of sexual abuse by the priest known as “Father F.”

The church itself has launched the inquiry which will be led by the former Federal Court judge Antony Whitlam QC.

Samantha Donovan reports.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: The ABC’s Four Corners program recently broadcast allegations that a priest known as “Father F” abused several altar boys in New South Wales in the 1980s.

The program alleged that Father F admitted he’d molested the boys to three priests at a 1992 meeting in Sydney.

But the matter was never reported the matter to police.

Today the Bishop of Armidale Michael Kennedy and the Bishop of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher, announced an independent inquiry into what they call “the processes related to the management” of Father F.

The inquiry will be led by the former Federal Court judge Antony Whitlam QC.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM
Ex-judge to lead church inquiry into ‘Father F’
AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

July 17, 2012

Leesha McKenny
Urban Affairs Reporter

The Catholic Church has appointed a former Federal Court judge to head an inquiry into its handling of a NSW priest who admitted to sexually abusing boys as young as 10.

Antony Whitlam, QC, the son of former prime minister Gough Whitlam, and a former federal Labor politician, was appointed to lead the independent inquiry jointly commissioned by Bishop of Armidale, Michael Kennedy, and the Bishop of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher.

A joint statement from the two senior clergymen did not outline the terms of reference of the inquiry, other than that it would look at “the processes related to the management of ‘Father F’ who has been the subject of media reports in relation to allegations of abuse of children”.

“Further details of the inquiry process will be developed in consultation with Mr Whitlam QC,” it said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM
Former Montana priest put on administrative leave for allegations of child sex abuse 25 years ago
WISCONSIN/MONTANA
WTVQ

Posted: Jul 16, 2012

A Catholic priest accused of sexual misconduct with a Montana child more than 25 years ago is now placed on administrative leave from his position in Wisconsin.

The Fond du Lac Reporter newspaper reports Father Dennis Druggan, president and rector at St. Lawrence Seminary High School was placed on administrative leave Friday.

More than ten alleged victims have filed a complaint against the Roman Catholic Great Falls – Billings Diocese. The suit alleges several priests and nuns molested children at St. Labre Mission School in Ashland as well as several other schools and institutions across eastern Montana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM
Bishops announce inquiry into ‘Father F’
AUSTRALIA
SBS

A former judge will lead an inquiry commissioned by two NSW Catholic dioceses into the management of an ex-priest at the centre of sexual abuse claims.

A former Federal Court judge will head an inquiry into how the Catholic Church handled allegations that a former NSW priest sexually abused children.

Antony Whitlam QC will examine claims a priest, known only as “Father F”, admitted to three senior priests in Sydney in 1992 that he sexually abused young altar boys, but was not sacked by the Church until 2005.

The inquiry, jointly commissioned by Armidale Bishop Michael Kennedy and Parramatta Bishop Anthony Fisher, follows an ABC report earlier this month that revealed the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM
Brick Priest Arrested On Criminal Sexual Contact Charges
NEW JERSEY
New Jersey 101.5

By: Rosetta Key

A Brick Township Priest is arrested for allegedly having criminal sexual contact with a mother and her minor daughter from his parish. 64-year-old Marukudiyil Velan, also known as ‘Father Chris’, who’s assigned to the Church of the Visitation in Brick, was arrested Saturday July 14th. Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford says the alleged abuse took place on Friday July 13th while Velan was visiting the family’s home.

Velan is charged with one count of Criminal Sexual Contact and one Count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Bail is set at $75,000 with no 10 percent option. He’s also prohibited from having any contact with anyone under the age of 18 years, was required to surrender his passport and the provisions of “Nicole’s Law” were implemented. He’s presently housed in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM
July 16, 2012
A godlike man named Joe…
MISSOURI
The Turner Report

A godlike man named Joe and sex with underage boys- and it’s not Penn State

It has all of the earmarks of a national scandal.

A godlike figure, Joe, in charge of the fate of hundreds of young people. In the late ‘90s, one of his trusted assistants is charged with inappropriate activities with underage obys. The assistant is allowed to keep his job and continues his illegal, predatory activities.

When the assistant is finally brought to justice, a decade after the warning signals were sounded, the people at the institution gather around the godlike figure and mercilessly hammer at anyone who suggests that Joe might have anything to do with the evil that occurred on his watch.

I am not writing about Penn State, but the Christian sports camp Kanakuk, with its main location in Branson, Missouri. I was not describing the evils of Jerry Sandusky, but those of former Kanakuk camp director Pete Newman, and the godlike figure is not the late Joe Paterno, but the very much still in control Joe White, a nationally known motivational speaker connected with Promise Keepers.

The Kanakuk scandals began with Newman’s 2009 arrest on multiple charges involving sex with teenage boys over a 10-year period.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 PM
NJ- Priest Arrested in Alleged Sex Abuse, SNAP Responds
NEW JERSEY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on July 16, 2012

We are very grateful to this brave family for reporting Fr. Chris’ crimes. This takes real courage. They should be commended for acting responsibly and promptly.

We hope every single person who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes or wrongdoing by this priest will speak up. It’s crucial that they protect others by contacting police right away.

Often, accused predator priests from elsewhere flee the US at the first chance. We hope law enforcement and Catholic Church officials make sure this doesn’t happen here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 PM
Even If You Don’t Know What to Do, Do Something to Protect Kids
GALLUP (NM)
Child Protection News

Written on July 16, 2012 by Patrick Noaker

(Gallup, NM) A recent article in the Gallup Independent newspaper reminds us that we do not always have to know exactly what to do to protect kids as long as we do something. The article reports on the settlement of three clergy sexual abuse lawsuits. The cases involved a Roman Catholic priest named Fr. Charles (“Chuck”) Cichanowicz and his sexual abuse of a number of boys on the Navajo Nation reservation in New Mexico and Arizona in the early to mid-1980’s. Unfortunately, since the sexual abuse occurred on the Navajo Nation reservation, no one knew what to do. No one had ever brought a claim for sexual abuse against a non-Navajo Nation member in Navajo Nation Tribal Court and the applicable Navajo Nation law had never even been applied to a sex abuse case. However, something had to be done because investigation revealed that there were at least two more victims of Fr. Cichanowicz and Cichanowicz was actively working with children in Indiana. John Doe BF refused to be frozen by the lack of clarity, and, instead, he sprang into action.

Courageously, Doe BF filed a civil lawsuit in the Navajo Nation tribal court. Despite repeated challenges, Doe took his case all the way to the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. And won!! Now, the entire Navajo Nation community knows exactly what to do if a Navajo child is injured by sexual abuse. The other two victims also got help as well. The clarity in the legal system also deters sexual abuse because perpetrators and their employers will now face a Tribal Court armed with the clear law and procedure described by the Navajo Supreme Court.

It would have been easy for John Doe BF to become discouraged and not acted because he didn’t know what to do. Thank goodness he acted. Kids are now safer in his community as a result.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 PM
VAWA or Becoming Your Sister’s Keeper
UNITED STATES
The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing

Virginia Jones

Our politicians are at it again — playing games rather than trying to solve problems. Now they are playing with VAWA. VAWA is the Violence Against Women Act, which was passed in 1994 to improve criminal justice and community support for victims of abuse. Among other things, VAWA provides federal money for domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers and other programs to end abuse and support survivors.

When the act was renewed in 2000 and 2005, congress added provisions enhancing services for various categories of victims including the disabled, teenaged victims of dating violence and others. This year, congress added new protections for illegal immigrants, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender individuals and Native American women. Republicans placed a hold on current legislation, demanding that these new provisions be removed. So far Democrats have refused to comply.

My concern for VAWA comes from what I have learned since 2008, from walking across portions of Oregon each summer to raise awareness about abuse, to support survivors and to connect them with local domestic violence and child abuse agencies. Over the last few years, many of these agencies underwent dramatic budget cuts. Foundations, individuals and governments simply aren’t providing the funds they used to provide.

Abuse doesn’t disappear when funding is cut. Indeed, murder rates for both men and women murdered by intimate partners dropped after congress enacted VAWA in 1994. Even so, various sources indicate that as many as one in four women experience some form of domestic violence during their lifetimes and as many as three women and one man are murdered by an intimate partner every day in the United States.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 PM
Catholic school president put on leave
WISCONSIN
Fox 11

Published : Monday, 16 Jul 2012

Bill Miston, FOX 11 News

MT. CALVARY – The president and rector of St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mt. Calvary, Fr. Dennis Druggan, is on administrative leave after sexual misconduct allegations surface.

That’s according to a statement from the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph.

The statement says the allegations revolve around a minor at St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Mont., from more than 25 years ago.

According to St. Lawrence Seminary’s website, Druggan has been at St. Lawrence since 1993. The statement says there have been no allegations involving Druggan’s time spent at St. Lawrence Seminary.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 PM
Wis. priest suspended following Mont. allegations
WISCONSIN/MONTANA
LaCrosse Tribune

A Catholic priest in Fond du Lac County has been placed on administrative leave following allegations of sexual misconduct involving a Montana minor more than 25 years ago.

The Capuchin Province of St. Joseph released a statement Monday announcing the suspension of the Rev. Dennis Druggan. He was the rector and president of St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mount Calvary.

The statement says the alleged incidents involved a minor at St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Mont. There have been no allegations stemming from his work in Wisconsin.

The province says the statute of limitations for prosecution has expired. The prosecutor’s office in Montana’s Rosebud County says neither it nor the sheriff’s department could confirm or deny an ongoing investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 PM
Priest Placed on Administrative Leave
WISCONSIN
NBC 26

[with video]

By Mike Conroy

A Fond du Lac County priest has been placed on administrative leave over sexual misconduct allegations in Montana.

Church leaders announced today they have suspended Reverend Dennis Druggan The president of Saint Lawrence Seminary High School in Mount Calvary.

According to the statement, the alleged incidents involved a minor at a Montana school more than 25-years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM
Former Lafayette priest agrees to avoid working around minors
INDIANA/NEW MEXICO
Journal and Courier

Written by
David Smith

A West Lafayette mental health counselor and former Catholic priest in Lafayette has agreed never to work with or around minors under an out-of-court settlement in three lawsuits alleging he sexually abused three Navajo men when they were children.

Charles Cichanowicz, 68, who is listed in property tax records as a resident of West Lafayette, formerly worked as a priest at two Lafayette churches from 1987 to 1991. Prior to that he was a priest in the Gallup Diocese of New Mexico.

An attempt to reach him by phone Monday afternoon was unsuccessful.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 PM
NJ Priest Arrested in Alleged Sex Abuse of Mom, Child
NEW JERSEY
NBC New York

Prosecutors in Ocean County have charged a Catholic priest for allegedly making inappropriate sexual contact with a mother and her child.

Marukudiyil C. Velan, known as “Father Chris” by his parishioners at the Visitation Roman Catholic Church in Brick Township, N.J., touched the alleged victims at their home Saturday, said prosecutors.

Velan, 64, had been assigned to the church as a visiting priest since 2001. The mother told investigators he befriended her family before the alleged incident.

He was arrested Saturday and charged with criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 PM
Brick Township Priest Arrested, Charged With Sex Offenses
NEW JERSEY
Patch

By Daniel Nee

A Brick Township priest has been charged with criminal sexual contact against a mother and her minor child, authorities announced Monday afternoon.

Fr. Marukudiyil C. Velan, 64, known to parishioners at Church of the Visitation Roman Catholic Church as “Father Chris,” was arrested Saturday by detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Brick Township Police Department.

Earlier that day, township and county detectives interviewed a mother and her children – parishioners at the church – in connection with a report they had filed against Velan after he visited their home in Brick the day before, said Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford. During that visit, Ford said, it is alleged that Velan had “inappropriate contact” with the adult mother as well as her minor child.

Detectives conducted an investigation that concluded Velan befriended the family before his visit to their home. Ford said the investigation established probable cause to make the arrest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 PM
Green Bay bishop seeks to overturn guilty verdict in historic case
APPLETON (WI)
SNAP Wisconsin

Green Bay bishop seeks to overturn guilty verdict in historic case

Diocese argues that U.S. Constitution can allow church to transfer and conceal pedophile priests

WHO
Victim/Survivors of clergy sexual assault, including members of SNAP will attend a court hearing in Outagamie County Court where the Diocese of Green Bay will argue that the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects it from liability in a civil lawsuit filed by Todd and Troy Merryfield who were assaulted by notorious Green Bay priest John Patrick Feeney. In a historic landmark case the Diocese of Green Bay was found guilty of fraud in May for concealing and transferring this prolific sex offender. The diocese now seeks to have this jury verdict overturned. Victim/Survivors will be available after the hearing for comment.

WHEN
Tuesday July 17th, the court hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. SNAP leaders will be available for comment following the hearing.

WHERE
Outagamie County Courthouse, 410 S. Walnut Street, Appleton Wisconsin

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM
NM – 3 Navajo Men Settle Abuse cases v. ex-New Mexico Cleric
GALLUP (NM)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on July 16, 2012

We are grateful to these three brave victims for breaking their silence. While a trial may have provided the public the opportunity to learn the full truth of Cichanowicz’s crimes, we are glad that these survivors can now put this ordeal behind them and work on healing.

New Mexico Catholic officials, especially Gallup’s bishop, also have an obligation to seek out and help anyone who may have been hurt by Cichanowicz. A decade ago, bishops pledged to be “open and honest” about clergy sex crimes and cover ups. New Mexico church officials should honor that pledge by aggressively spreading the word about this dangerous ex-cleric.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:49 PM
3 men settle sexual abuse suits against church
GALLUP (NM)
San Antonio Express-News

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Three men who filed the first sexual abuse lawsuits in the Navajo Nation court system against the Catholic church have recently settled their cases.

The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/4FPz5i) that the men will receive money as part of the settlement from the priest who is accused of sexually abusing them, the Diocese of Gallup, the Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Albuquerque and another church entity.

The lawsuits allege that Charles Cichanowicz, a former Franciscan priest who once worked on the Navajo Nation, sexually abused them when they were teenagers in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:46 PM
Priest suspended …
WISCONSIN/MONTANA
Billings Gazette

Priest suspended following sexual misconduct allegations at St. Labre

Associated Press

MOUNT CALVARY, Wis. – A Catholic priest in Wisconsin has been placed on administrative leave following allegations of sexual misconduct involving a Montana minor more than 25 years ago.

The Capuchin Province of St. Joseph released a statement Monday announcing the suspension of the Rev. Dennis Druggan. He was the rector and president of St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mount Calvary.

The statement says the alleged incidents involved a minor at St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Mont. There have been no allegations stemming from his work in Wisconsin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM
Church: We feel their pain
AUSTRALIA
The Standard

CLARE QUIRK

17 Jul, 2012

IN the wake of the sex abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic church, the leader of a progressive network of priests says the church must be open to change if it is going to survive.

More than 160 members of the National Council of Priests of Australia arrived in Warrnambool yesterday for their four-day national convention.

Council chairman Father Eugene McKinnon, of Donald, said all Catholics felt the pain, hurt and mistrust of the sex abuse scandal.

“We have tremendous sympathy for the victims and we struggle to comprehend the hurt that they feel,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM
High School seminary rector suspended in sexual misconduct allegation
WISCONSIN/MONTANA
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

July 16, 2012

For the second time in recent weeks, the Capuchin Catholic religious order has removed a high-profile priest for a decades-old allegation of sexual misconduct involving a minor.

Father Dennis Druggan, rector and president of St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mt. Calvary — the nation’s oldest and largest school of its kind — was placed on administrative leave Friday, pending an investigation. The incident is alleged to have involved a minor at St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Mont., about 25 years ago, the order said.

The Rosebud, Mont., County Attorney’s Office received the allegation in June and initially told the Capuchins that it would not investigate because it was beyond the statute of limitations. But County Attorney Michael Hayworth said Monday that he has since learned that Druggan left Montana within 10 years of the alleged incident — essentially stopping the clock for prosecution — and that the case remains open.

Capuchin spokeswoman Colleen Crane said Druggan has denied the allegation and that there have been no complaints against the priest at St. Lawrence, where he has served since 1992. She said the Detroit-based order would hire an independent investigator for its own review.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:56 PM
Report paints mixed picture of Vatican financial reforms
VATICAN CITY
Reuters

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY | Mon Jul 16, 2012

(Reuters) – A European report on the Vatican’s efforts to meet international financial transparency standards will recognize progress over the past three years but still give it a failing grade in seven of 16 “key and core” areas, sources familiar with the report say.

The seat of the Catholic Church, long beset by scandals involving its only bank, is trying to win inclusion in a so-called “white list” of countries that take adequate steps to fight money laundering, tax evasion and other financial crimes.

The report, to be published on Wednesday, will not reach a conclusive judgment, but is expected to show that some progress has been made but more must still be achieved over the course of a reform effort expected to take years.

The report is by Moneyval, “The Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism”, a monitoring mechanism of the 47-nation Council of Europe that ensures that member states comply with international financial standards.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM
St. Lawrence priest accused of sexual misconduct
WISCONSIN
Fond du Lac Reporter

MOUNT CALVARY — A Catholic priest in Fond du Lac County has been placed on administrative leave amid accusations of sexual misconduct involving a minor more than two decades ago in Montana.

The Capuchin Province of St. Joseph released a newsletter to parishioners over the weekend stating that Father Dennis Druggan, president and rector at St. Lawrence Seminary High School, had been placed on administrative leave effective July 13.

The statement released by the Capuchin Province reported that an independent investigation has been launched to look into sexual misconduct allegations involving a minor at St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Mont., over 25 years ago.

St. Labre Indian School located in southwest Montana offers preschool through high school education for Crow and Northern Cheyenne children. Combined enrollment at the school’s three campuses is estimated at 700 students. Students living more than 40 miles from the school stay in dormitories during the week, according to the school’s website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM
No Charges filed against former Z-ville Priest
OHIO
WHIZ

A Catholic priest placed on administrative leave last week by the Columbus Diocese won’t face charges in Muskingum County.

Zanesville Police spoke to the prosecutor who said the statute of limitations is up in the case involving former St. Nicholas priest Thomas Brosmer. Authorities found out about the incident through the Columbus Diocese. Police says the alleged victim was 11 when he said he was fondled by the priest.

Ohio law said prosecution must take place within 20 years of the offense. This case is over 40 years old.

“We hate to see a crime or a potential crime or a reported crime not be followed clear through,” said Chief Eric Lambes from the Zanesville Police Department. “It’s obvious there’s nothing that can be done here.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:54 PM
Pell and the church are scapegoats for a multitude of sins
AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

July 17, 2012

Opinion

Gerard Henderson
Executive director, The Sydney Institute

The status of Cardinal George Pell, the Catholic archbishop of Sydney, seems to differ according to the issues in which he is involved. When Pell expresses scepticism about human-induced climate change, there is invariably a rush to computers and microphones to declare that he is not head of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Last month, Bishop Pat Power, a long-time critic of Pell, declared the Cardinal’s position on climate change was not in the tradition of “mainstream Australian Catholicism” and was contrary to the position of Pope Benedict XVI.

Yet when Pell is involved, however indirectly, in a controversy about sexual abuse or any other scandal, there is a tendency to depict him as managing director of Australian Catholicism, responsible for all its sins of commission and omission.

This is not the case – as ABC producers and presenters should know. The formal head of the church is the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference – Archbishop Denis Hart.

Pell should never have appeared in the Four Corners program “Unholy Silence”, by Geoff Thompson and Mary Ann Jolley, which aired on ABC1 on July 2. These days the ABC should be regarded as hostile territory for Catholics who follow the teachings of the Vatican. The ABC is replete with disillusioned current or former Catholics. Also, it provides a cheer squad for the same-sex marriage cause, which is opposed by the Catholic Church – along with some other Christian churches, Islam and the majority of Hindus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:47 PM
Can Jesuit Priest Jerold Lindner be Charged With Perjury?
CALIFORNIA
Patch

By Sheila Sanchez

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said Friday it’s investigating whether to file perjury charges against Los Gatos Jesuit priest Jerold Lindner, the victim in the high-profile William Lynch assault and elder abuse case.

The trial for Lynch, 44, ended July 5 with his acquittal by a Santa Clara County jury of the two felony charges stemming from an admitted confrontation he had with the priest, now 67, whom he says raped and sodomized him and his brother while children in the ’70s.

Last week, the DA’s Office announced it wouldn’t retry Lynch on a misdemeanor assault charge that the jury hung 8-4. However, even before the county’s top prosecutor announced he wouldn’t be refiling the charge, Lynch’s supporters were calling for Jeff Rosen to file perjury charges against the priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM
Child sex cases settle v. Indiana counselor/ex-priest
NEW MEXICO/INDIANA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on July 16, 2012

Now that this settlement has come down, we hope that the Alpine Clinic – where Fr. Chuck Cichanowicz worked with teens as a counselor – will finally disclose the whereabouts of their former employee. We believe they have a duty to protect children wherever Cichanowicz may be living by informing the public of the results of these cases and Cichanowicz’s history.

Indiana Catholic officials, especially Lafayette’s bishop, also have an obligation to seek out and help anyone who may have been hurt by Cichanowicz. A decade ago, bishops pledged to be “open and honest” about clergy sex crimes and cover ups. Indiana church officials should honor that pledge by aggressively spreading the word about this dangerous ex-cleric.

We also urge Alpine officials to do an in-depth investigation into their own clinic and discover if any of the teens that Cichanowicz has counseled while employed there may have been victimized by him. Child sex abuse is rarely a one-time occurrence, and victims are typically hesitant to come forward if they believe they are the only victim. Alpine officials should post the facts of this settlement publicly and seek out every teen on record that had contact with Cichanowicz in an effort to encourage anyone else that may have seen, suspected, or suffered his crimes to come forward to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:56 AM
President and Rector of St. Lawrence Seminary High School …
WISCONSIN/MONTANA
SNAP Wisconsin

President and Rector of St. Lawrence Seminary High School being investigated for sex assault of a minor in Montana

[with copy of the email]

CONTACT
John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin Director, 414.336.8575

According to Capuchin officials (see email posted below) Fr. Dennis Druggan, a Capuchin priest who is the President and Rector of St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, has been removed from his post and is under investigation for sexually assaulting a minor 25 years ago in Montana. The alleged assault or assaults occurred at the Capuchin operated St. Labre Indian School in Ashland Montana and was reported to criminal authorities in Rosebud County in June. According to the Capuchins, authorities say the alleged criminal activity is outside the old Montana criminal statute of limitations on child sex crimes. Capuchin officials say they are now investigating the abuse.

St. Lawrence seminary, which Druggan operates and lives at, is a boarding school for minors and located in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The seminary is one of the few such boarding school for youngsters seeking the priesthood or religious life and run by clergy left in the United States.

St. Lawrence became a national story in the early and mid-1990’s after dozens of allegations of child sexual abuse were reported concerning several Capuchins who were living at the seminary. In 1995, a civil RICO, or organized racketeering, case was filed against the Capuchin Order but the suit was dropped after Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling barring all civil cases against religious organizations and officials for covering up criminal acts of rape and child sex assault, citing the first amendment of the US Constitution.

Druggan is the second Capuchin from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee under investigation for criminal acts of abuse. Fr. Matthew Gottchalk, a well-known Milwaukee Capuchin priest, was recently transferred to Detroit after abuse reports filed into the Milwaukee Archdiocese federal bankruptcy. According to the Milwaukee DA, at least one of those reports alleged criminal conduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 AM
Inside The Jury Room
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Priest Abuse Trial Timeline

Ralph Cipriano

On the charge of attempted rape, the jury voted 11-1 to acquit Father James J. Brennan.

On the charge of endangering the welfare of children, Father Brennan dodged a bullet. All the jurors believed that Father Brennan had endangered the welfare of 14-year-old Mark Bukowski by allowing the boy to access pornography on the internet, and by subsequently getting in bed with him.

But because the judge’s instructions required the jury to find that Father Brennan had also endangered other victims in addition to 14-year-old Mark Bukowski, the jury ended up almost evenly split on whether Father Brennan should have been convicted.

Regarding Msgr. William J. Lynn, at least one juror believed that the monsignor should also have been convicted of conspiracy.

These are some of the reflections of Taleah Grimmage, Juror No. 7.

Grimmage has sent several emails commenting on what happened behind the scenes at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sex abuse trial. Juror No. 7 also had something to say about public reaction to the verdict. Let’s let Taleah speak for herself:

Good Morning,

I happened to come across your blog on-line and have been reading some of the posts. I have also been reading some of the posts on other message boards and am a little annoyed with what people seem to think happened during deliberations.

I was selected to be Juror #7 in this trial, so I know first hand what took place starting with opening arguments through deliberations. I read that sentencing is scheduled to take place on July 24th and my plan is to be there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 AM
Archbishop Chaput Visits Monsignor Lynn In Jail
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

Last week, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput stopped by the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Northeast Philadelphia, where Msgr. William J. Lynn is being held in protective custody.

The archbishop did not bring along his mitre or his crozier. He stayed for 90 minutes. But what the two men talked about is not known.

“Archbishop Chaput did visit with Monsignor Lynn,” said Kenneth A. Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese. “Their conversation was private.”

“It is my understanding that it was a positive visit and I think that’s all I should say,” said Thomas A. Bergstrom, the monsignor’s defense lawyer.

A prison spokesman declined to discuss the archbishop’s visit, except to say that Chaput was no stranger to the facility. Last Christmas, Chaput stopped by the prison gymnasium to say Mass for the inmates.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM
Retrial Ordered in First Paedophile Priest Damages Award
SLOVENIA
STA

Ljubljana, 16 July (STA) – The Maribor Higher Court has annulled the November 2011 ruling in which the Church was ordered to pay compensation to a woman who was abused by a priest as a child, and ordered a retrial, media report on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM
Church has employer’s duty of liability for parish priests
UNITED KINGDOM
UK Human Rights Blog

July 16, 2012 by Rosalind English

JEG v The Trustees of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan [2012] EWCA Civ 938

Elizabeth Anne-Gumbel QCand Justin Levinson of One Crown Office Row acted for the claimant in this case. They did not write this post.

The Court of Appeal has now confirmed that the church can be held liable for the negligent acts of a priest it has appointed. Permission to appeal to the Supreme Court has been refused.

This appeal was another preliminary stage in the main action between the claimant’s action for damages following the alleged sexual abuse and assault by a parish priest (now deceased), and the trustees of the diocesan where he served. The Court of Appeal has now confirmed that the defendants can held to account, even though there was no formal employment relationship between Father Baldwin and the Diocesan – see Rachit Buch’s post for an excellent analysis of the issues and summary of the facts.

Background

The claimant argued that the defendants should be held liable for the wrongdoing of the priest because at the time they “operated and/or managed and/or were responsible for” the church where he served. The defendants were said to have entrusted the safe keeping and care of the claimant to Father Baldwin. It was also alleged that the sexual abuse and assaults perpetrated by the priest were committed in the course of or were closely connected with his employment and therefore that the defendants were vicariously liable for the injury and damage which the claimant suffered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 AM
Most Brooklyn Abuse Cases Involve Kin
NEW YORK
Forward

By Paul Berger

Published July 16, 2012, issue of July 20, 2012.

Recent media accounts of child sexual abuse in Brooklyn’s Orthodox community have highlighted the threat victims face from teachers, rabbis and yeshiva staff as perpetrators, and the special pressures — even intimidation — they face from community leaders not to report such cases to secular law enforcement.

But a list of child sexual abuse cases in that community suggests that another source of pressure, even closer to home, may be at least as important.

The list, released by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes earlier this year, describes 97 abuse cases that Hynes says he prosecuted over the last three years. According to the data, 20% of these cases involved family members — usually fathers, brothers or uncles — and another 37% involved a perpetrator who was a friend or acquaintance.

By contrast, only about 12% of the cases appeared to involve rabbis, bar mitzvah tutors, counselors or yeshiva employees, including janitors and security guards. The next largest group of perpetrators consisted of strangers, who accounted for about 17% of Hynes’s Orthodox-related prosecutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 AM
Livingston Priest Victims Talk About Abuse
NEW JERSEY
Patch

By Scott Egelberg

Just days after reaching a settlement with the Archdiocese of Newark, some of the men who allege that they were sexually abused by the Rev. John Laferrera as youngsters assembled outside St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church on Sunday to talk about the case.

Earlier this week, the Newark Star Ledger reported that the Archdiocese “quietly reached a six-figure settlement with six alleged victims last month” and Laferrera was stripped of his collar and sent into retirement. No mention was made as to whether he will keep his pension or not.

“He is no longer administering,” archdiocese spokesman James Goodness said. “He is out of the ministry.”

Laferrera stepped down approximately a year ago from his position as monsignor of St. Philomena following escalating complaints. Before that he served 13 years at St. Aloysius in Caldwell. The men who settled with the church say the abuse happened in the late 1970s and early 1980s, while Laferrera was pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Newark.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM
Priest at Don Bosco school arrested for molesting male student
INDIA
NDTV

Reported by Monideepa Banerjie, Edited by Abhinav Bhatt (With IANS inputs) | Updated: July 16, 2012

Kolkata: The warden of the Don Bosco School at Sagardighi in West Bengal, about 238 kilometres from state capital Kolkata, has been arrested for allegedly molesting a 10-year-old student. Father James Soren had been missing since Thursday when the Class V student complained to his parents.

The incident happened on Wednesday night when Soren called the child and allegedly molested him. The child later told his father about the incident – a resident of Raghunathganj, some 277 kilometres from Kolkata – following which a police complaint was lodged.

“Father James Soren was arrested and booked today for sexual assault after being accused by the father of a ten-year-old boy, a boarder in the school’s hostel, of calling him to his room and sexually assaulting him,” Additional Superintendent of Police Mrinal Majumdar said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM
Priest removed after ‘concerns’
IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Colm Kelpie

Monday July 16 2012

A PRIEST in the Diocese of Ferns is no longer ministering after alleged concerns were raised about him.

The Institute of the Incarnate Word, founded in Argentina in 1984, informed the Wexford diocese about three weeks ago that Fr Ignacio Mikalonis was no longer available for ministry.

The diocese said the Institute “made it known that there were concerns in his (Fr Mikalonis’) regard, which remain undetermined”.

However, the diocese declined to give further information on the nature of the concerns.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM
Priest in court on sex abuse charges
UNITED KINGDOM
Eastbourne Herald

Published on Monday 16 July 2012

FORMER high ranking priest Canon Gordon Rideout from Eastbourne is pictured arriving at court this morning (Monday July 16) to face charges of sexually abusing young people.

Rideout, 73, of Filching Close, Wannock, is alleged to have committed 38 offences between 1962 and 1973 in Crawley, London and Hampshire.

Some 36 of the 38 alleged offences are of indecent assault on girls and boys in their early teens and he also faces two counts of attempting to rape a girl between 1962 and 1966.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 AM
Ex-Delco priest deemed unsuitable for ministry
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Daily Times

By PATTI MENGERS
[email protected]

Twenty months after federal agents seized his computer in connection with a potential pyramid scheme, the Rev. Geraldo Pinero has been deemed unsuitable for ministry by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

The 47-year-old Roman Catholic priest, who served at St. Joseph Parish in Aston from 2000 to 2003, was found to be in violation of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries.

In a press release, archdiocesan officials declined to elaborate on the priest’s violation, but noted that he has been on administrative leave from his position as pastor of Incarnation of Our Lord parish in the Olney section of Philadelphia since November 2010 “when federal authorities executed a search warrant at the parish rectory.”

According to the Associated Press, on Nov. 16, 2010, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided Incarnation’s rectory and seized a computer after learning Pinero allegedly endorsed online multilevel marketing companies. Reportedly, none of the companies were found guilty of any wrongdoing, but Federal Communications Commission officials warned that such plans can be dubious pyramid schemes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 AM
Chaput removes priest who ran an online business
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Walter F. Naedele and Jane M. Von Bergen
Inquirer Staff Writers

A Roman Catholic Philadelphia priest who has identified himself as “an online business owner” – a avocation not permitted by the church – has been removed as “unsuitable for ministry,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced on Sunday

The Rev. Geraldo Pinero, former pastor of Incarnation of Our Lord Church, 5105 N. Fifth St. in the Olney neighborhood, had committed “a substantiated violation of the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries,” the announcement said.

The announcement did not define his violation.

But the priest was “a local face of a pyramid-like Illinois-based enterprise calling itself Teamwork Revolution Power Systems,” The Inquirer reported after federal agents served a search warrant on the Incarnation rectory in November 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 AM
Belgische bisschop wil getrouwde priesters
BELGIE
Kerknieuws

De Antwerpse bisschop Johan Bonny wil graag getrouwde mannen tot priester wijden. Dat zegt hij in een interview met De Standaard. Dat een bisschop zo’n klare taal spreekt, is een belangrijke evolutie, oordeelt theoloog Jürgen Mettepenningen.

Gehuwde priesters kunnen een verrijking van de pastorale dienstverlening betekenen, vindt Johan Bonny. In deze paastijden neemt de Antwerpse bisschop geen blad voor de mond. Met zijn uitspraken gaat hij lijnrecht in tegen Rome.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:22 AM
Nieuw meldpunt seksueel misbruik
NEDERLAND
Kerknieuws

“Maak haast met een meldpunt voor slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik”. Die oproep deed Rieke Samson gisteren in dagblad Trouw. Nog dezelfde dag maakte staatssecretaris van Volksgezondheid Marlies Veldhuijzen van Zanten bekend dat er inderdaad zo’n meldpunt komt en dat dat op 1 oktober van start gaat.

Het nieuwe meldpunt wordt ondergebracht bij Slachtofferhulp Nederland (SHN). Via één landelijk nummer worden slachtoffers snel in contact gebracht met de juiste hulpverleners en instanties.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 AM
‘Misbruik was publiek geheim’
NEDERLAND
Kerknieuws

Dat pastoor H. Boonk in de jaren ’70 en ’80 van de vorige eeuw misdienaars seksueel misbruikte, was een publiek geheim in het Overijsselse dorp Albergen. Veel mensen wisten ervan. Het is ook meer dan eens gemeld bij de deken en de bisschop, maar daarna is nooit gecontroleerd of er ook iets met die meldingen is gedaan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:11 AM
Sin, spin and sex abuse in the church and military
AUSTRALIA
Eureka Street

Editorial

Michael Mullins July 15, 2012

Church leaders have a responsibility to protect the reputation of the institution of the Church. They are also custodians of a very high moral duty to protect the most vulnerable in their care, including sexual abuse victims.

It is a common criticism that they have previously given priority to looking after the reputation of the institution over the needs of sexual abuse victims, who have suffered further as a result.

On the other side, many critics are not obviously concerned about the rights of the Church’s ‘good people’ and positive values represented by the institution.

It appears they wish to see the needs of victims addressed in isolation.

There is goood reason for suggesting the needs of victims are more important than those of the institution, but it is not helpful in the long term to assign priority to one or the other. Because the sexual abuse problem is endemic, the long term common good requires a more wholistic strategy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 AM
EDITORIAL: Painful similarities between Archdiocese, PSU
PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2012

Since the sickening news broke last November of alleged sexual abuse of minors by Penn State University ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the similarities with the clerical sexual abuse cases in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have been painfully apparent.

Sandusky, who recently was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a period of 15 years, continued to have access to boys on campus even after Penn State officials were informed of suspected assaults. More than 60 priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia allegedly assaulted children over six decades and were reported to church officials who, in many cases, gave them continued access to children by simply moving them from parish to unsuspecting parish.

In both instances, it took grand jury investigations to bring these disturbing allegations and subsequent cover-ups to light.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 AM
July 15, 2012
Priest ‘Jerry from Philly’ barred from ministry
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
York Daily Record

The Associated Press
Updated: 07/15/2012

PHILADELPHIA—The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia says a priest involved in online money-making promotions and suspended after federal agents seized a computer from his inner-city rectory has been barred from public ministry.

The Rev. Geraldo Pinero, who called himself “Jerry from Philly” online, stepped down as pastor of Incarnation of Our Lord in north Philadelphia following the November 2010 raid.

Archdiocese officials said in a news release Sunday that Pinero since then has been barred from public ministry and also prohibited from wearing clerical garb or presenting himself as a priest. They cited the raid and said the finding was due to “a substantiated violation of the standards of ministerial behavior and boundaries” but were not more specific.

Pinero, 47, known as “Father Jerry” in the parish, advertised scented candles, life coaching and get-rich-quick ideas online. An archdiocese spokeswoman has said that priests are typically not permitted to pursue secular jobs, except for teaching and other approved posts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 PM
A Bittersweet Anniversary
LOS ANGELES (CA)
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on July 15, 2012

This weekend marks the five-year anniversary of the 2007 Los Angeles Archdiocese’s $660 million settlement with more than 500 victims of child sexual abuse by priests, religious, employees and volunteers. While the financial settlement has allowed many Los Angeles victims to get therapy, healing and a sense of justice, the real reason many of these victims came forward still remains elusive.

To date, the public still has not seen the tens of thousands of pages of sex abuse and cover-up documents. Those are still “stuck in the system,” and the latest ruling by an LA judge will require that all names in the documents be redacted.

Hundreds of former priests are still living unmonitored and unsupervised in communities full of children. Although the LA Archdiocese pays for retirements of many of these men, they refuse to take responsibility for the safety of children around these known predators.

And Cardinal Roger Mahony, who supervised many of these predator clerics? Well, he’s enjoying retirement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 PM
Chaput removes Olney priest involved in side business
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Walter F. Naedele and Jane M. Von Bergen
INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS

A Roman Catholic Philadelphia priest, who has identified himself as “an online business owner” – a avocation not permitted by the church – has been removed as “unsuitable for ministry,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced on Sunday.

The Rev. Geraldo Pinero, former pastor of Incarnation of Our Lord Church, 5105 N. Fifth St. in the Olney neighborhood, had committed “a substantiated violation of The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries,” the announcement stated.

The announcement did not define his violation.

But the priest was “a local face of a pyramid-like Illinois-based enterprise calling itself Teamwork Revolution Power Systems,” The Inquirer reported after federal agents served a search warrant on the Incarnation rectory in November 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 PM
U.S. Confidence in Organized Religion at Low Point
UNITED STATES
Gallup

[with graphs]

Catholics’ confidence remains significantly lower than Protestants’

by Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-four percent of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in “the church or organized religion” today, just below the low points Gallup has found in recent years, including 45% in 2002 and 46% in 2007. This follows a long-term decline in Americans’ confidence in religion since the 1970s.

In 1973, “the church or organized religion” was the most highly rated institution in Gallup’s confidence in institutions measure, and it continued to rank first in most years through 1985, outranking the military and the U.S. Supreme Court, among others. That began to change in the mid- to late 1980s as confidence in organized religion first fell below 60%, possibly resulting from scandals during that time involving famed televangelist preachers Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart. Confidence in religion returned to 60% in 2001, only to be rocked the following year by charges of child molestation by Catholic priests and cover-up by some in the church.

The latest results are from Gallup’s June 7-10 update of its annual “Confidence in Institutions” question. The same poll found Americans’ confidence in public schools, banks, and television news at their all-time lowest, perhaps reflecting a broader souring of Americans’ confidence in societal institutions in 2012. Still, the church/organized religion ranks fourth this year among the 16 institutions tested, on par with the medical system.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM
UPDATE REGARDING REVEREND GERALDO J. PIÑERO
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Reverend Geraldo Piñero has been found unsuitable for ministry by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput after a substantiated violation of The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries.

Father Piñero had stepped down as pastor of Incarnation of Our Lord Parish in the Olney section of Philadelphia in November 2010 when federal authorities executed a search warrant at the parish rectory. His ministry has been restricted since that time and he has not been permitted to exercise his public ministry, wear clerical garb or present himself publicly as a priest.

An announcement was made at Incarnation of Our Lord Parish when Fr. Piñero stepped down and was placed on leave in November 2010. An update was provided at the parish this weekend. Counselors were present.

On May 4th and July 6th, Archbishop Chaput announced a total of 14 resolutions to the 26 cases of priests on administrative leave as a result of the February 2011 Grand Jury report. The announcement regarding Father Piñero is not connected to those cases.

Father Piñero is 47 years old. He was ordained in 1991. He served at the following parishes and schools: Incarnation of Our Lord, Philadelphia (1991-1997); Personal Leave (1997-2000) with residence at Saint Bridget, Philadelphia (1997-1999), Saint Charles Borromeo, Philadelphia (1999), and at a private residence (1999-2000). He also served at Saint Joseph, Aston (2000-2003) and Incarnation of Our Lord, Philadelphia (2003-2011).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM
Philly priest found unsuitable for ministry
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WPVI

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – July 15, 2012 (WPVI) — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia says a priest who was suspended after federal agents seized a computer from his inner-city rectory has been found unsuitable for ministry.

The Rev. Geraldo Pinero had stepped down as pastor of Incarnation of Our Lord parish in north Philadelphia following a November 2010 raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The archdiocese cited the raid and said the finding was due to “a substantiated violation of the standards of ministerial behavior and boundaries” but gave no other details.

Forty-seven-year-old Pinero was known as “Father Jerry” in the parish but called himself “Jerry From Philly” online, where he hawked scented candles, life coaching and get-rich-quick ideas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM
Priest sex case reviewer will be named this week
AUSTRALIA
The Armidale Express

16 Jul, 2012

THE NAME of the person commissioned to undertake an independent review of the Father F case and the terms of reference of the inquiry will be released this week.

The Catholic Bishop of Armidale, the Most Reverend Michael Kennedy, released a one paragraph statement on Thursday evening in response to inquiries relating to the review he had announced last week.

“It is expected that the name of the independent person and terms of reference should be released by early next week,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the mother of one of Father F’s victims said the family had not talked to police or a legal representative since the actions of the former priest and the church’s response to the molestation allegations were aired on the Four Corners program on ABC-TV on July 2.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM
Nachrichten: Italien: Bischofssprecher wegen Missbrauchsverdacht verhaftet
ITALIEN
Gloria.TV

(gloria.tv/ KNA) In Italien hat die Polizei am Wochenende den Pressesprecher eines katholischen Bischofs wegen des Verdachts auf sexuellen Missbrauch verhaftet. Der Priester Giacomo Ruggeri, Leiter der Kommunikationsabteilung des Bistums Fano, soll sich an einem 13-jährigen Mädchen vergangen haben, berichtet die katholische Tageszeitung «Avvenire» (Samstag).

Bischof Armando Trasarti hat Ruggeri von allen seelsorgerischen Aufgaben entbunden und ihm die Spendung der Sakramente untersagt. Der Priester wurde nach der Festnahme in das Gefängnis von Pesaro gebracht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM
Vol complexen en frustraties
NEDERLAND
Cinema

In ‘The Magdalene Sisters’ draait Peter Mullan er niet omheen: de katholieke kerk is een barbaarse instelling, die flirterige meisjes opsluit en ze vervolgens misbruikt. Het Vaticaan ontstak in woede. ‘Niemand durft zoiets te zeggen over het jodendom of de Islam.’

Volgens de overlevering kreeg Alfred Hitchcock tijdens een autotocht door Zwitserland de schrik van zijn leven. Hitchcock keek uit het raam en riep: ‘Dit is vreselijk. Dit is het vreselijkste dat ik ooit heb gezien.’ Zijn gezelschap zag niets alarmerends. Pas in tweede instantie zag het in de verte een priester. Hij was in gesprek met een klein jongetje, op wiens schouder hij zijn hand had gelegd. Hitchcock, tegen de jongen: ‘Ren, jongen! Ren voor je leven!’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM
Spiegel-Online-Panorama: Trier – Bischof Ackermann entlässt Priester wegen verjährten Missbrauchs an Jungen vor über 30 Jahren
DEUTSCHLAND
K13

Stephan Ackermann fängt mit dem “Aufräumen” in der Kath. Kirche an: Erster pädophiler Priester wurde im Bistum Trier aus der christlichen Glaubensgemeinschaft ausgestoßen und entlassen

Der Trierer Bischof und Missbrauchsbeauftrage der Katholische Kirche Stephan Ackermann hat offensichtlich nun doch dem öffentlichen Druck nachgegeben und einen Theologieprofessor & ehemaligen Priester entlassen. Der Priester, der sich bereits im Ruhestand befindet, soll angeblich zwischen 1966 und 1980 fünf minderjährige Jungen missbraucht haben. Es gab damals zwar ein polizeiliches Ermittlungsverfahren, aber keine gerichtliche Verurteilung, weil der vermeindliche Vorfall juristisch verjährt gewesen ist. Demnach gab es auch keine strafrechtlichen Beweise für einen “sexuellen Missbrauch”. Die jetzigen Anschuldigungen beruhen lediglich auf den Angaben des heute erwachsenen “Opfers”. Nach über 30 Jahren kann es keine konkreten Beweise von einer “Tat” mehr geben…

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:19 PM
Heimskandal: Pfarrer bat zur “Reinigung”
OSTERREICH
Kurier

Der sensationellen Entscheidung des Bundessozialamtes, einem ehemaligen Heimkind eine staatliche Pension zukommen zu lassen (der KURIER berichtete in der Sonntag-Ausgabe) , liegt ein tragisches, persönliches Schicksal zugrunde.

Die gebürtige Salzburgerin Heike K., 68, (Name von der Redaktion geändert) lebt heute in Deutschland. Als Kind wurde sie missbraucht, mit 14 wurde sie schwanger, mit 16 in das Tiroler Fürsorge-Erziehungsheim St. Martin in Schwaz gesteckt. “Das war für sie der Horror”, sagt ihr Anwalt Christian Sailer. Heike K. lebt heute zurückgezogen. Die Pension wurde ihr zuerkannt, da sie schwere psychische und physische Probleme hat, die auf Verbrechen zurückgehen, die in St. Martin verübt wurden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:16 PM
Missbrauchsprävention: „Viele Länder hinken noch hinterher“
ROM
Radio Vatikan

Das Internationale Symposium zu kirchlichem Missbrauch, das im Februar in Rom Vertreter des Vatikan, Psychologen, Rechtsexperten und Ordensvertreter versammelte, war für viele Bischofskonferenzen der Welt ein „Augenöffner“. Das betont Pater Hans Zollner, Direktor des Instituts für Psychologie an der päpstlichen Universität Gregoriana. Fünf Monate nach der Tagung berichtet Zollner im Gespräch mit Radio Vatikan von ersten Zwischenergebnissen der kirchlichen Missbrauchsprävention. Zugleich benennt der Jesuit im Interview mit Anne Preckel klar die Probleme und „Baustellen“ im Kampf gegen Missbrauch.

„Speziell, was folgende Fragen angeht, müssen wir sicherlich noch nachlegen: der Umgang mit Opfern, der Umgang mit kirchlichen Verantwortlichen, die nicht den Leitlinien, die die Bischofskonferenz eingeführt hat, folgen. Was natürlich auch Konsequenzen hat für rechtliche Fragen im Umgang mit Bischöfen, mit Oberen, die sich nicht an das halten, was eigentlich Vorschrift ist.“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:12 PM
Stockende Aufarbeitung: Die katholische Kirche und der Missbrauchsskandal
DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

Norbert Denef ist Sprecher der Organisation netzwerkB, die sich für die Rechte der Opfer einsetzt. Mit dem HUNGERSTREIK will Norbert Denef, der in Scharbeutz an der Ostsee lebt, vor allem erreichen, dass die strafrechtliche Verjährung aufgehoben wird.

Auch Prof. Dr. Christian Pfeiffer, Leiter des Kriminologischen Forschungsinstituts Niedersachsen, plädiert für eine Aufhebung der Verjährungsfrist, weil die Betroffenen den Missbrauch oft jahrzehntelang verdrängen: “Das kann man diesen Menschen nicht vorwerfen, dass die Kraft dazu, sich zu entscheiden, hier in jungen Jahren nicht da ist. Dass oft Anstöße von außen, die zufällig kommen, eine Rolle spielen. Der Rechtsstaat bricht nicht zusammen, wenn wir aus guten Gründen hier eine Sonderregelung schaffen und Herrn Denefs Wunsch entsprechen.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:09 PM
Moneyval report on Vatican money secrets, alleged laundering expected Wednesday
VATICAN CITY
Toronto Sun

Philip Pullella, REUTERS

First posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012

VATICAN CITY – A European report on efforts by the Vatican to embrace financial transparency after a series of scandals involving its bank will laud recent reforms but also underscore what remains to be done to reach international standards in all areas.

According to people familiar with the still-secret report, due to be issued on Wednesday by a department of the Council of Europe, the eagerly anticipated evaluation will give the Vatican an overall passing grade in key areas but criticize others.

The report is by Moneyval, “The Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism”, which is the Council’s monitoring mechanism that ensures that member states comply with international financial standards.

The external evaluation and recommendations are a milestone for the Vatican, which has been trying to shed its image as a suspect financial centre since 1982, when Roberto Calvi, an Italian known as “God’s Banker” because of his links to the Vatican, died under mysterious circumstances.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:05 PM
Priests should rein in voracious sex instincts
ZIMBABWE
The Standard

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Spending most of our teenage years at a Catholic secondary school, we never really believed that priests and nuns were celibate. It was impossible for us adolescent African boys, born and bred in rural areas, where we received our sex education as soon as we realised we were boys and not girls, to agree to the lie that a real man could live without a woman for all his life.

Our highly patriarchal sex education inculcated into us that boys should have girlfriends, marry them at the appropriate time and have children. The real man loved women and had several at his beck and call. It was, with the benefit of hindsight, the wrong kind of education, hence the now entrenched “small house” phenomenon. It seems our priests also went through the same education.

At the mission school we always paired certain priests with certain nuns and alleged that they had sex romps once in a while. The more imaginative boys described in sordid detail how they had “seen with their own eyes” Father So-n-so doing it “live” with Sister So-n-so. The situation was not helped by open friendships exhibited by some priests and nuns.

We were innocent little boys who admired these priests for the education they gave us, both in the classroom and on the sport field; like us, they loved macho sport. If abuse of boys was present we didn’t see it perhaps because we were too innocent to even think that homosexuality existed. Looking back, and putting one and one together, some incidents come up that may suggest there were “special” relationships between some boys and some priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM
American Confidence In Organized Religion At Lowest Point Ever
UNITED STATES
The New Civil Rights Movement

by David Badash on July 12, 2012

Gallup today released a scathing survey, finding that Americans’ confidence in organized religion is at its lowest point since Gallup began asking the question in 1973. Currently, only 44% of Americans hold “a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the church or organized religion,” down from a high of 68% in 1975.

Gallup points to the Church’s sex abuse scandals, which include the great many and infamous child sex abuse and rape scandals that continue to plague the Catholic Church, as a key reason for the continual drop in confidence of organized religion, but notes that “the decline in confidence does not necessarily indicate a decline in Americans’ personal attachment to religion. The percentage of Americans saying religion is very important in their lives has held fairly steady since the mid-1970s, after dropping sharply from 1952 levels.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:59 AM
Father of pope’s imprisoned butler …
VATICAN CITY
Washington Post

Father of pope’s imprisoned butler defends son over leaks of sensitive Vatican documents

By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, July 15

VATICAN CITY — The father of Pope Benedict XVI’s imprisoned butler says his son is honest and hopes the truth will emerge concerning the leaks of sensitive Vatican documents.

Andrea Gabriele wrote a letter Sunday to television station Tgcom 24, the first time Paolo Gabriele’s family has commented on his alleged involvement in the scandal since his May 23 arrest. The documents, which were published in Italian media, exposed infighting and power struggles in the highest levels of the Vatican.

While Andrea Gabriele defended his son, he hinted that the motivation behind the leaks was to expose wrongdoing for the sake of purifying the church. He said his son was “paying the price first-hand.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:49 AM
Bill Donohue Disgraces Himself Again
UNITED STATES
Anti-Catholic League

By David Fortwengler

On July 10th Bill Donohue, president of the pro Catholic bishop group the Catholic League, issued another of his infamous diatribes in a news release. Titled “SNAP Disgraces Itself Again” bombastic Bill was responding to a paid advertisement SNAP ran in the NY Times.

The high-decibel speaking Donohue’s main complaint is that SNAP didn’t mention in its ad the “positive reforms” made by U.S. bishops over the last decade. What Donohue ignores is the “reforms” made since 2002 are in spite of the bishops, not because of them. The bishops were forced by societies outrage at their illegal and immoral behavior that was uncovered in investigations by media, government, and civil lawyers.

I believe the most important reform the church has made is background checks and training about child sex abuse for its volunteers. I am grateful for these changes but make no mistake, catholic parishioners are not to blame for the scandal. My parents weren’t aware a known pedophile was assigned to our parish in charge of the altar boys, the diocese and the bishop were.

Donohue’s organization is a professional bishop excuser group. Not professional as in competent, professional as in highly paid to spew nonsense. When the Catholic League claims the “scandal” ended in the mid-eighties he ignores the definition of scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:32 AM
Priest helped by his police friend to bring charges against boy
AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

July 16, 2012

Rory Callinan

AN ARMIDALE priest suspected of child abuse was assisted by a ”mate” who was a policeman to bring blackmail charges against one his former altar boy victims, court transcripts reveal.

The charges resulted in the victim, Daniel Powell, going on trial and appeared to permanently halt police investigations into his allegations of abuse.

Mr Powell was found not guilty of blackmail in 2004 but committed suicide in 2007. The priest, whose name was suppressed during the proceedings, admitted under cross examination during Mr Powell’s trial that he had told senior church officials in 1992 that he had sexually abused children.

The Catholic Church’s handling of the priest, dubbed Father F, has come under scrutiny after a recent Four Corners investigation. It has raised questions as to whether the church should have reported him to police, rather than taking internal disciplinary action.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM
Some would welcome new blood, others won’t
ROCHESTER (NY)
Democrat and Chronicle

With a reputation as a strict enforcer of the Catholic faith, Pope Benedict XVI earned the moniker “God’s Rottweiler” shortly after he was elected in April 2005.

That reputation has some members of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester concerned that the successor to Bishop Matthew Clark will be a man who mirrors the Pope’s unwavering conservative stances on social issues.

“This is a very well-educated diocese, and also an educated diocese in terms of the faith,” said Mary Kate Driscoll of Rochester. “I cannot see this community surviving with some sort of totalitarian ‘Because I said so,’ kind of guy.”

But that’s exactly the type of bishop that some are hoping for.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM
Former principal facing child porn charges
COLORADO
San Francisco Chronicle

DENVER (AP) — A former private Christian school principal facing child pornography charges has been released on bond.

KUSA-TV (http://on9news.tv/NqZEvG ) reports Daniel Ivan Ashby must stay at his parents’ house, and no one in the home is allowed to have a computer or Internet access.

Ashby, who resigned from Community Christian School in Northglenn on Dec. 6, has been charged with distributing and possessing child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM
Pedofilia:arresti portavoce vescovo Fano
ITALIA
euronews

(ANSA)- FANO (PESARO URBINO), 13 LUG – Il portavoce del vescovodi Fano (Pesaro Urbino) don Giangiacomo Ruggeri è statoarrestato dalla polizia per presunti abusi su una minorenne. Ilsacerdote è portavoce del vescovo Armando Trasarti ed originariodi Fossombrone. Giornalista pubblicista svolge pure l’incaricodi direttore dell’Ufficio diocesano per le Comunicazionisociali. La ragazzina che avrebbe subito abusi ha 13 anni. DonRuggeri e’ stato rinchiuso nel carcere di Villa Fastiggi, aPesaro, in isolamento.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM
Local D.A. Investigating WVa Bishop
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NBC 10

Authorities have re-opened a 2007 fondling complaint against a priest who taught at a suburban Philadelphia high school and is now the Roman Catholic bishop of West Virginia.

The complaint stems from Bishop Michael Bransfield’s days at Lansdale Catholic High School in the 1970s. The Philadelphia Archdiocese said it did not find the complaint credible at the time, and passed it on to Montgomery County authorities.

But the archdiocese said last week that the complaint has been reopened.

“The Archdiocese of Philadelphia promptly reported the allegation against Bishop Bransfield to the Montgomery County D.A.’s office in 2007. … The situation is again being reviewed by law enforcement authorities,” spokesman Kenneth Gavin said in an email.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM
Philly DA officially re-opens Bransfield fondling investigation
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WTOV

By NEWS9

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—

Authorities have officially re-opened a 2007 fondling complaint against Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, who at the time was a priest who taught at a suburban Philadelphia high school back in the 1970’s.

The development comes after trial testimony in a Philadelphia priest-abuse case. A trial witness testified that a priest who abused him told him that Bishop Michael Bransfield was sexually involved with a young teen. The witness said he was raped by the priest at Bransfield’s beach house.

Bransfield has said he wasn’t home at the time. He denies ever abusing anyone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM
Kunstenaar provoceert met prijsvraag over seksueel misbruik
NEDERLAND
BN DeStem

zaterdag 14 juli 2012

OOTMARSUM – Hij weet van geen ophouden. Opnieuw tart de Ootmarsumse kunstenaar Frans Houben menigeen met een nieuw protest tegen het seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk.

Het is niet te missen. Wie langs zijn atelier aan de Oldenzaalsestraat pal bij de ingang van het stadje komt móet het bord zien. Met daarop de prijsvraag die Frans Houben voor de verandering heeft verzonnen. ‘Hoeveel burgers van Ootmarsum zouden seksueel misbruikt zijn’, vraagt hij zich af en geeft vervolgens vier mogelijkheden. A: mijnheer pastoor, B: mijnheer kapelaan, C: burgemeester, 4: brave en lieve oom.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM
Man, St. Cloud diocese settle lawsuit
ST. CLOUD (MN)
St. Cloud Times

Written by
David Unze

The St. Cloud diocese has settled a lawsuit with a man who accused a former deacon of sexually abusing him in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The lawsuit originally named the former deacon, Michael Weber, as a defendant, but Weber was dismissed from the lawsuit before it was settled. The lawsuit accusing Weber of abuse decades ago came after Weber had built a distinguished career in child protection in public and private agencies.

And it came after the St. Cloud diocese, at a Mass in the St. Cloud church where Weber used to serve as a deacon, called the allegations against Weber credible and scheduled listening sessions to address the issue.

The lawsuit, originally filed in Hennepin County, was transferred to Stearns County after Weber was dismissed as a defendant. Documents finalizing the settlement of the case were filed last week in Stearns County District Court. Terms of the settlement were not available.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM
July 14, 2012
Amorous clergyman in dock for fondling boy
INDIA
Deccan Herald

A clergyman belonging to the Thanjavur diocese was arrested for reportedly misbehaving with a class 10 boy who travelled on his motorcycle.

The 15-year-old boy, son of Ramaraj of Aravampatti village and studying in class 10 at Holy Mary higher secondary school at Thachangkurichi, was waiting for a bus at the bus stop with his schoolmates on Friday evening to return home.

When he saw the priest riding a motorbike, he hesitantly asked for a ‘lift’.

The clergyman generously obliged and made the boy sit on the fuel tank. But he reportedly misbehaved with the boy by kissing and hugging him during the ride.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 PM
Sen. Hoeven wants hearings on reservation abuse
NORTH DAKOTA
The Jamestown Sun

The Associated Press – GRAND FORKS, N.D.

Republican North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven is pushing the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold hearings about child abuse and neglect on American Indian reservations, according to his deputy chief of staff.

Hearings would be held in Washington, D.C., because more senators could attend and the discussion would draw national exposure, Ryan Bernstein told the Grand Forks Herald ( http://bit.ly/NnNa9p) for a story published Saturday.

“We’re working with the chairman, and we hope we can get that scheduled soon,” Bernstein said. “We’re hoping this summer, but if not, right after the August recess.”

Both Hoeven and Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota are members of the panel.

A Bureau of Indian Affairs review earlier this year detailed problems in tribal social services programs on the state’s Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM
SPECIAL REPORT: Hoeven to seek Indian child abuse hearings
NORTH DAKOTA
In-Forum

By: Chuck Haga and Patrick Springer, Forum Communications, INFORUM

SPECIAL REPORT: Protecting Spirit Lake’s kids

GRAND FORKS – Ryan Bernstein, deputy chief of staff for Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Friday the senator is “pushing for hearings” by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on the issue of child abuse and neglect on reservations.

Both Hoeven and Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., are members of the panel.

“We’re working with the chairman, and we hope we can get that scheduled soon,” Bernstein said. “We’re hoping this summer, but if not, right after the August recess.”

Hearings on the problem of Indian child abuse likely would be held in Washington, D.C., “because more senators would be there, and there would be national exposure,” Bernstein said. “We see the issue right now in our state, but this is an issue in other states, as well.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 PM
Catholic Church officials come to agreement with 3 Navajo men
GALLUP (NM)
Gallup Independent

Published in Gallup Independent, Gallup, NM, July 14, 2012

First in a two-part series

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent

GALLUP — Three Navajo men who filed the first clergy sex abuse lawsuits in the Navajo Nation court system have signed settlement agreements with Catholic Church officials.

“I just really had a courageous group of clients,” Patrick Noaker, the Minnesota attorney who represented the Navajo plaintiffs, said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Noaker, of Jeff Anderson & Associates, said all parties in the three different civil cases agreed to try mediation as an alternative to continuing litigation. Paul Bardacke, a former New Mexico attorney general, worked as the mediator throughout March and April, with all the settlement details being recently finalized, Noaker said.

Abuse allegations against Charles “Chuck” Cichanowicz, a former Franciscan priest who once worked on the Navajo Nation, were at the center of each lawsuit. In November 2007, Noaker and Gallup attorney William R. Keeler filed the first lawsuit in Shiprock District Court on behalf of “John Doe BF,” a Navajo man who said he had been sexually abused by Cichanowicz when the priest was assigned to Shiprock’s Christ the King parish. Two more Navajo men later came forward with allegations that Cichanowicz had abused them while he was assigned to St. Michael Mission in St. Michaels, Ariz. Noaker and Keeler filed those lawsuits in Window Rock District Court.

As part of the settlements, Cichanowicz has agreed not to apply for or accept any kind of work that involves contact with minors, Noaker said. This provision also includes volunteer positions.

“That was a big part of the settlement,” Noaker said.

The provision is court-enforceable, he added, and Noaker believes advocacy groups for survivors of sex abuse will keep a close eye on the former priest’s whereabouts. When the first lawsuit was filed, Cichanowicz was discovered working as a mental health counselor for adolescents and adults in Lafayette, Ind.

In addition, all three plaintiffs will receive monetary settlements from the four defendants in the cases: Cichanowicz, the Diocese of Gallup, the Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Albuquerque, and the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist in Cincinnati. Noaker said his clients have asked that the settlement amounts not be publicly disclosed.

Describing settlement agreements as sometimes being “a little bittersweet,” Noaker said these clergy abuse settlement agreements offered some concessions to the defendants as well. Attorneys for the defendants, mindful of the possible threat of future litigation, offered no statements of apology to any of his clients and Cichanowicz made no admission of guilt, Noaker said.

Pursuing further litigation through the Navajo court system would have publicly exposed more details about the abuse his clients said they were subjected to by Cichanowicz, Noaker added, but it would have also been difficult on his clients.

“We’ve been at this a long time,” he said. “Some of the guys were feeling a little run down.”

During the nearly five years since John Doe BF v. the Diocese of Gallup, et al was filed, the first Navajo clergy abuse case has had its share of dramatic courtroom twists and turns. In January 2010, Shiprock District Court Judge Genevieve Woody ordered a controversial dismissal of the case, which Noaker and Keeler subsequently appealed. In September, the Navajo Nation Supreme Court weighed in and reversed Woody’s dismissal and remanded the case back to district court.

By filing their lawsuits in the Navajo Nation’s courts, Noaker said his clients feel like they have protected other children by raising public awareness of the sexual abuse of children on the reservation. Noaker said none of the men ever considered pursuing out-of-court confidential settlements with the Catholic Church.

“It was a real inspiration for me to watch all three of these guys grow,” Noaker said of his clients. He said the men started the legal process ashamed and embarrassed by what had happened to them and grew into men willing to take on their accused abuser.

“I think they went from victim to survivor,” Noaker said. “All three of these guys are better … a weight has been lifted off them.”

Noaker singled out his first Navajo client, the man known in court documents as “John Doe BF,” for his courage in filing the first tribal lawsuit against a clergyman and church officials.

“He stood up to them,” Noaker said. “He took them all to the Navajo Supreme Court. He stood up for himself and then he stood up for others. He has every right to be proud.”

Joelle Casteix, the Western regional director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, accompanied Noaker to Shiprock and Gallup in 2007 after that first case was filed.

“These victims are pioneers in seeking rights for Native American victims of abuse,” Casteix said in an email Friday. “Because of their tenacity and strength, other victims will be able to get help and healing through the Navajo courts.”

“Even though church officials refused to warn the Navajo Nation of the threat that Cichanowicz posed, his victims are now hopefully empowered and can help ensure that what happened to them does not happen to another child,” Casteix added. “I hope that other victims in the Navajo Nation come forward to seek the accountability and healing that they deserve.”

Attorneys for the Diocese of Gallup and Cichanowicz did not respond to requests for comment, nor did Albuquerque’s Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Toni Cashnelli, the communications director for Cincinnati’s Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist, did not respond to questions but noted the province’s child protection policy is posted on the religious order’s website.

Editor’s Note: In Monday’s Independent — An interview with the Navajo plaintiff who filed the first clergy sex abuse lawsuit on the Navajo Nation.
Reporter Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola can be contacted at (505) 870-0745 or [email protected]

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM
Pa. prosecutor reopens ‘07 fondling complaint …
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Washington Post

Pa. prosecutor reopens ‘07 fondling complaint against Roman Catholic bishop of West Virginia

By Associated Press, Updated: Saturday, July 14

PHILADELPHIA — Authorities have re-opened a 2007 fondling complaint against a priest who taught at a suburban Philadelphia high school and is now the Roman Catholic bishop of West Virginia.

The complaint stems from Bishop Michael Bransfield’s days at Lansdale Catholic High School in the 1970s. The Philadelphia Archdiocese said it did not find the complaint credible at the time, and passed it on to Montgomery County authorities.

But the archdiocese said last week that the complaint has been reopened.

“The Archdiocese of Philadelphia promptly reported the allegation against Bishop Bransfield to the Montgomery County D.A.’s office in 2007. … The situation is again being reviewed by law enforcement authorities,” spokesman Kenneth Gavin said in an email.

The development comes with the recently completed Philadelphia priest-abuse trial in which a witness testified that a priest who abused him told him that Bransfield was sexually involved with a young teen. The witness also said he was raped by the priest at Bransfield’s beach house.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM
Italien: Bischofssprecher wegen Missbrauchsverdacht verhaftet
ITALIEN
Kipa (Schweiz)

Rom, 14.7.12 (Kipa) In Italien hat die Polizei am Wochenende den Pressesprecher eines katholischen Bischofs wegen des Verdachts auf sexuellen Missbrauch verhaftet. Der Priester Giacomo Ruggeri, Leiter der Kommunikationsabteilung des Bistums Fano, soll sich an einem 13-jährigen Mädchen vergangen haben, berichtet die katholische Tageszeitung “Avvenire” (Samstag).

Der Bischof der mittelitalienischen Diözese, Armando Trasarti, entband Ruggeri daraufhin am gleichen Tag von allen seelsorgerischen Aufgaben und untersagte ihm eine weitere Spendung der Sakramente. Der Priester wurde nach der Festnahme in das Gefängnis von Pesaro gebracht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:40 PM
Heimkind erkämpft erste Opferrente
OSTERREICH
Kurier

Der Bescheid des österreichischen Bundessozialamtes könnte alle bisher für ehemalige Heimkinder gezahlten Entschädigungen weit in den Schatten stellen: Einer gebürtigen Salzburgerin wurde der Anspruch auf eine Pension nach dem Verbrechensopfergesetz zuerkannt.

Wie das Tiroler Nachrichtenmagazin Echo berichtet, erhält Frau Heike K., 68, (Name von der Redaktion geändert) rückwirkend bis 1. Dezember 2011 eine “Ersatzleistung infolge Verdienstentganges”. Sprich: Eine monatliche staatliche Pension, die einem Vielfachen ihrer bisher kärglichen Rente von nicht einmal 300 Euro entspricht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM
Ein Paukenschlag – nicht mehr
DEUTSCHLAND
Volksfreund

Da hat sich der Trierer Bischof und kirchliche Missbrauchsbeauftragte Stephan Ackermann aber mit einem Paukenschlag in den Sommerurlaub verabschiedet: Ein angesehener Theologieprofessor wird, beinahe 50 Jahre nach seiner Priesterweihe, aus dem Klerikerstand entlassen. Der Bischof wirft ihn raus; und es war auch noch sein eigener Vorschlag und nicht etwa eine Anweisung aus Rom.

Der 72-jährige katholische Geistliche steht damit vor den Trümmern seines Lebens. Mitleid ist unangebracht. Der Mann hat sich über Jahre hinweg an Minderjährigen vergangen und auch den eigenen Neffen missbraucht. Hätte die Staatsanwaltschaft davon rechtzeitig Wind bekommen, wäre der Bistums priester dafür ins Gefängnis gewandert. Sein Glück, dass die Straftaten verjährt waren, als die Ankläger davon erfuhren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM
Sexueller Missbrauch: Priester aus dem Klerikerstand entlassen – Opfer aus Hennweiler
DEUTSCHLAND
Wormser Zeitung

Von Frank Schmidt-Wyk und Michael Bermeitinger

Erste Exkommunizierung wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs

Der Onkel bestritt gegenüber dem Bistum Trier und dessen Missbrauchsbeauftragtem alle Vorwürfe, worauf die Kirche den Fall an die Staatsanwaltschaft weitergab. T. fürchtete, so erzählte er später, dass dies das Ende seiner Bemühungen sein könnte, dass die strafrechtliche Verjährung allem ein Ende setzt, doch dann meldeten sich zwei weitere Zeugen, die auch angaben, von M. einst missbraucht worden zu sein.

Nun kam das Verfahren in Gang, das nach dem neuen Kirchenrecht durchgeführt wurde, das 2010 vor allem unter dem Eindruck des Missbrauchsskandals verschärft worden war. Gegen Paul-Gerhard M. wurde nun die höchste Strafe unterhalb der Exkommunizierung verhängt – es war das erste Mal in den letzten 40 Jahren, dass diese Strafe im Bistum gegen einen Priester wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs von Kindern ausgesprochen wurde.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM
Missbrauchsverdacht: 40 Amtsträger der Kirche angeblich weiter im Dienst
OSTERREICH
Der Stnadard

Linz – Neun österreichische Bischöfe müssen demnächst mit heikler Post rechnen. Absender ist die “Plattform Betroffener kirchlicher Gewalt”, die eine Liste mit 40 Beschuldigten (35 Priester, zwei nicht geweihte Ordensangehörige sowie drei Laienmitarbeiter), denen sexuelle Gewalt gegen Kinder und Jugendliche vorgeworfen wird, zusammengestellt und jetzt den Bischöfen übermittelt hat. 35 Priester dieser klerikalen “Blacklist” sollen sich derzeit unbehelligt im Dienst befinden. Einige Priester seien zwar kurzfristig suspendiert, aber nach Abflauen des öffentlichen Interesses schon bald wieder in der Seelsorge eingesetzt worden, wirft die Plattform den Diözesen vor. Jetzt müsse es aber Konsequenzen geben.

Entscheidung bis Ende Juli

Mit dem Bekanntwerden der zahlreichen Missbrauchsfälle hatte die Plattform Anfang 2010 eine Hotline eingerichtet, bei der sich seither 400 Menschen gemeldet haben. “Viele schilderten nicht nur, was ihnen passiert ist, sondern haben auch Namen von Beschuldigten genannt”, erzählt Psychologe Philipp Schwärzler von der Opfer-Hotline. Bis Ende Juli hätten die Bischöfe jetzt Zeit, konkrete Maßnahmen zu präsentieren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM
Archdiocese of Newark, 6 alleged sexual abuse victims reach 6-figure settlement, priest forced to retire
NEWARK (NJ)
The Star-Ledger

By Kevin Manahan/The Star-Ledger

NEWARK — When five men filed a lawsuit in March 2011, alleging they were sexually abused by the Rev. John Laferrera as youngsters, the monsignor of St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church in Livingston took a voluntary leave of absence and pledged to use all of his energy to clear his name.

In a letter to his congregation, Laferrera vowed to prove his innocence and blamed his sabbatical on “many in the public” who “take any statement at face value, especially if it’s lurid.”

But the Archdiocese of Newark quietly reached a six-figure settlement with six alleged victims last month and Laferrera, 65, was stripped of his collar and sent into retirement, The Star-Ledger has learned.

“He is no longer administering,” archdiocese spokesman Jim Goodness said Friday. “He is out of the ministry. Aside from that, I can’t provide any more discussion.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM
Accused Irish Christian Brothers
UNITED STATES
Jeff Anderson & Associates

[with list of accused Christian Brothers]

The Irish Christian Brothers are located throughout the United States, including states like New York, California, Washington, Hawaii, Illinois, and New Jersey, where they primarily run schools. A number of Brothers have been accused, and some convicted, of sexually abusing students at schools where they worked. For instance, Brother Robert Brouillette was convicted on child porn charges and sexual abuse of a student at St. Laurence High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Similarly, three boys accused Brother John Lackie of sexual abuse when they were students at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent, Washington. The boys also alleged abuse by six other Brothers at the school. The following is a partial list of Christian Brothers that have be publicly accused of sexually abusing children in the United States. As we become aware of additional names we will add to this list.

If you, or someone you know, were sexually abused at a school where the Irish Christian Brothers taught, call Jeff Anderson & Associates today for a free, private and confidential consultation.

Disclaimer: Even though settlements may have been awarded in these cases, many of the Brothers and/or organizations who settled or paid awards as a result of arbitration or trial, maintain they are not at fault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM
Peter’s House Is Broken
INDIA
Outlook India

The meek shall inherit the earth? Not if the Church has its way.

Paul Zacharia

The Catholic church is an ancient monolith and has been in the game of power, wealth, cadre- and institution-building for so long that nothing can change it except its own perceptions of survival. It is an inflexible iron-frame with a cold sense of history that can rebuff its enemies with a bizarre patience. At the same time, it is also a highly malleable—almost amoebic—system that bends to the times with strategies so subtle that they remain invisible for centuries. It is the canniest self-perpetuating bureaucracy of the world. That is how it has withstood the turbulent forces of history ever since Emperor Constantine transformed it into the master of the Roman Empire in AD 313 through the Edict of Milan. One signature made the underdog top dog. The Church has never looked back.

It survived the tempestuous challenge of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Its expertise in conducting immense and long-standing wars is simply mind-boggling. The Crusades are just one example. It emerged unscathed from the second world war thanks to the notorious neutrality it maintained with the two horrendous dictators: Hitler and Mussolini. In fact, few remember today that the papal state of Vatican City was granted to the Church by Mussolini in return for its acceptance of fascist authority.

The point is, the Church is a tough nut to crack. It remains doubtful if it can be reformed even if the Pope were inclined to try. Because, its empire is today flung far across continents, nations, cultures and civilisations, and there are the machinations of countless vested interests at work. The Pope might be able to ensure that the cardinal principles of faith remain uniform and sacrosanct. But even that is not easy. For instance, saints deposed by the Vatican years ago are still venerated in Kerala. The Kerala church finds them useful. As for celibacy, if a priest gives it up, what can the Church do? Next to nothing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM
“When The Priests Drink, What Spews Out Is Absolute Filth”
INDIA
Outlook India

Sixty-seven-year-old Sister Mary Chandy walked out of the Congregation of the Daughters of Presentation of Mary in Chevayur, Kozhikode, 14 years ago. She wrote her autobiography, Nanma Niranjavale Swasthi (Peace to the One Filled with Grace), in April 2012. Excerpts from an interview:

What did you do after you left the convent?

I only had the clothes that I was wearing. I did not have any money. I remember envying men for they can sleep at night under a tree but a woman cannot do that. I would visit houses and ask for donations. My dream was to open an orphanage and look after unwanted children.

Is there one incident that made you quit the order?

There are so many incidents that hurt me. After I left the convent, I went through many trials and tribulations. It has been a long journey outside.

You have said that the priests drink during festive occasions?

Yes, both the priests and nuns drink wine and foreign liquor. When the priests drink, what spews from their mouths is absolute filth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM
Sins Of Our Fathers
INDIA
Outlook India

Do nuns and priests have civil rights? The canon law and the Catholic Church say the professed people have no right to sue the Church. It took six brave sisters of Little Flower Convent, Narakkal, in Ernakulam district, to prove it otherwise. They created history of sorts when they sued a Syro-Malabar bishop of the Ernakulam diocese and the priest of St Mary’s Church for criminal intimidation and forgery.

In the normal course, the sisters would have had to take up their problems with the ecclesiastical forums and, under the precept of obedience, listen to them. What made the sisters take this drastic step? The sisters run two schools and a poor home on three acres of land in Narakkal. From the late 1930s, successive parish priests of St Mary’s church had been helping them to manage the school. The sisters knew the priests collected money illegally as donations but they kept quiet for awhile. In 1971, unknown to the sisters, the priest of St Mary’s church forged documents and transferred the management of the Little Flower School to the church. Then, after over 30 years, in 2007, the sisters were asked to shift their second school, St Joseph’s, to another location.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM
To Cast The First Stone
INDIA
Outlook India

“Later, I’m taken to the priest’s room for coffee. While I’m having coffee sitting on the cot, the only place in the room to sit, he comes and embraces me hard, almost suffocating me. When I struggle to escape from his clutches, he squeezes my breasts and asks me to show them to him. ‘Have you seen a man?’ Stunned, I shake my head ‘no’. In no time, he undresses himself.”

Sister Jesme in her book Amen: The Autobiography of a Nun

***
“The convents and nunneries are being converted into brothels. The priests have sex with the nuns at night in these convents. Because of these acts, the chastity of the priests and nuns has come under suspicion. Their love for God has shrunk…some of the clergy protect their chastity by watching pornography and reading pornographic material. They lose themselves in this habit. These books and DVDs are kept in secret places and can’t be found easily.”

Father Shibu Kalamparambil in his memoir Oru Vaidikante Hrudayamitha (The Heart of a Priest)

***
“The cry of a baby came from the bathroom of one of the inner rooms along with the sobs of a woman. We used our might to force open the bathroom door and what we saw would break anyone’s heart. A nun who had given birth to a child was pushing the head of the baby into the closet. The bathroom was filled with blood. The legs of the child, which were sticking out of the closet, were kicking for life.”

Sister Mary Chandy in her autobiography Nanma Niranjavale Swasthi (Peace to the One filled with Grace)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM
“A Life Is Not Born In The Church. The Nun Is Forced To Abort…”
INDIA
Outlook India

The priest, whose memoirs were published in 2010, on the sexual misconduct of priests and financial irregularities

Outlook Interviews Father Shibu Kalamparambil

Father Shibu Kalamparambil, 40, was defrocked from the Vicentian Congregation after 12 years as a priest. His memoir Oru Vaidikante Hrudayamitha (The Heart of a Priest) was published in 2010.

Why did you decide to write the book?

I had aired my views about the sexual misconduct of priests and financial irregularities many times but they were not willing to correct themselves. So I wrote this book and for four years I showed it to near and dear ones and to those inside the Church. They advised me not to publish it, they said it would be catastrophic. They kept saying that things will be corrected but they never were so I published my book.

What is the Church establishment’s response when a priest makes a complaint?

The complaints are dealt with by the bishops and they influence the laity. If a woman among the laity becomes pregnant because of a priest or a bishop, they build houses or give money to them and hush it up.

What happens when a nun gets pregnant?

A life is not born in the church. When it comes to the nuns, they either make her abort the child or she is sent out of the church. If the nun tries to take it up, then she is ostracised by society.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM
European Court to hear abuse case against State
IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Ralph Riegel

Saturday July 14 2012

AN abuse victim has won a legal victory after the European Court of Human Rights agreed to hear her case against the Irish State.

Louise O’Keeffe (46) confirmed to the Irish Independent last night that the Strasbourg-based court has agreed to hear her complaint despite vehement objections from the State.

If Ms O’Keeffe wins her action, it could open the floodgates to a raft of appeals from abuse victims denied compensation from the State because the incidents occurred in church-run or independent schools.

Ms O’Keeffe was abused as an eight-year-old in a Dunderrow primary school in Cork in 1973 by then principal, Leo Hickey.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM
European Court agrees to hear abuse victim appeal
IRELAND
The Irish Times

BARRY ROCHE, Southern Correspondent

A WOMAN who was sexually abused as an eight-year-old by her teacher has been told by the European Court of Human Rights that it will hear her appeal against an Irish Supreme Court decision that the State was not legally liable for the abuse she suffered.

Louise O’Keeffe (47) yesterday welcomed the decision by the European Court of Human Rights.

“It’s a big step for me and a very welcome development – the fact that the European Court of Human Rights has decided that my case is important enough to be heard is hugely encouraging,” said Ms O’Keeffe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM
Pedofilia, don Ruggeri in lacrime: “Ho sbagliato, non ci ho pensato”
ITALIA
Quotidiano

Fano (Pesaro-Urbino), 14 luglio 2012 – Don Giangiacomo Ruggeri, 43 anni, parocco della Chiesa di Santa Maria in Orciano, e portavoce di monsignor Armando Trasarti, vescovo di Fano, è stato arrestato con l’accusa di pedofilia.

“Ho sbagliato, ho sbagliato…non mi sono reso conto…’’. Queste le sue prime parole dopo l’arresto, pronunciate con gli occhi pieni di lacrime e lo sguardo perso nel vuoto. Un investigatore ha riferito che, nonostante i suoi 43 anni, “sembrava un bambino”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM
Parla il prete arrestato per pedofilia “Ho sbagliato, non mi rendevo conto”
ITALIA
La Repubblica

FANO (PESARO URBINO) – “Ho sbagliato, ho sbagliato… non mi sono reso conto…”. Sono queste le uniche parole pronunciate da don Giangiacomo Ruggeri, parroco della Chiesa di Santa Maria in Orciano, arrestato ieri per abusi sessuali su una ragazzina di 13 anni 1. Per gli agenti che hanno eseguito l’ordinanza di custodia cautelare, Ruggeri – portavoce del vescovo di Fano, assistente spirituale degli scout e giornalista pubblicista esperto in web tv – sembrava consapevole del motivo per cui i poliziotti lo stessero portando via dalla sua casa. Non era preoccupato e non ha opposto resistenza. Era angosciato, dicono. All’avvocato difensore, ora spetta il compito di richiedere un’eventuale perizia sul grado di maturità psicologica del sacerdote.

Il procuratore di Pesaro che coordina l’inchiesta, Manfredi Palumbo, ha potuto richiedere al gip l’arresto del parroco grazie alla testimonianza di Marco Mandolini, titolare con il fratello Mauro dei ‘Bagni Torrette’ di Fano. Mandolini ha deciso di rivolgersi alla polizia dopo aver assistito alle effusioni, baci e palpeggiamenti in spiaggia tra il sacerdote e la vittima: “Sono un padre di famiglia anche io, non potevo lasciar passare sotto silenzio atteggiamenti come quelli di don Giangiacomo Ruggeri, non certo consoni al suo ruolo”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM
Italian priest arrested for child abuse
ITALY
Press TV (Iran)

An Italian catholic priest has been arrested in the central town of Fano over allegations of abusing a 13-year-old girl, local media reported.

Italian police arrested Father Gian-giacomo Ruggieri on Friday.

His home was raided and his computer was seized by officers investigating the case.

The accused priest was immediately suspended from all his priestly duties right after the arrest.

Bishop Armando Trasarti said he was shocked and upset by the incident, and expressed “full solidarity with the abuse victim.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM
Italian priest arrested on child abuse charges: report
ITALY
Deccan Herald (India)

Rome, Jul 14, 2012, (AFP) :

Italian police arrested a Catholic priest working as a bishop’s spokesman in the central town of Fano on allegations he abused a 13-year-old girl, ANSA news agency reported.

Father Giangiacomo Ruggieri, 43, was immediately suspended from all priestly duties yesterday and police have raided his home and seized his computer.

The incident caused widespread outrage in the town where the clergyman, a former journalist, was known as “the young people’s priest.”

Bishop Armando Trasarti said he was “shocked and pained” by the incident and expressed “full solidarity with the abuse victim,” ANSA reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM
KU Leuven schuift bisschoppen aan de kant
BELGIE
De Morgen

Door: Remy Amkreutz − 13/07/12

De KU Leuven snoert de Vlaamse bisschoppen de mond. Léonard is voorzitter af van de hoogste raad en verliest, net als zijn collega-bisschoppen, stemrecht. De universiteit distantieert zich zo verder van de katholieke kerk. .

De macht van de katholieke kerk aan de KU Leuven kalft af. De vijf Vlaamse bisschoppen waren van oudsher lid van het hoogste bestuursorgaan van de Leuvense universiteit. In deze raad, ook wel de inrichtende overheid genoemd, hadden zij 13 procent van de stemmen. Met aartsbisschop André-Joseph Léonard leverden zij zelfs de voorzitter. Daar is nu verandering in gekomen. Voortaan hebben de kerkleiders slechts een adviesfunctie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM
‘Misbruik door dorpspastoor was publiek geheim’
NEDRLAND
Trouw

Dat pastoor H. Boonk in de jaren ’70 en ’80 van de vorige eeuw misdienaars seksueel misbruikte, was een publiek geheim in het Overijsselse dorp. Veel mensen wisten ervan. Het is ook meer dan eens gemeld bij de deken en de bisschop, maar daarna is nooit gecontroleerd of er ook iets met die meldingen is gedaan. .

Dat schrijven het parochiebestuur en het pastoraal team van de Pancratiusparochie vandaag in een brief aan de parochianen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM
Commission Investigating ‘Vatileaks’ Will Meet With Pope Next Week
VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Register

by CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY/EWTN NEWS

07/13/2012

VATICAN CITY — The special Commission of Cardinals established by Pope Benedict XVI to investigate the leak of confidential Vatican documents is on the verge of presenting its discoveries.

“It is expected the committee will meet with the Pope next week to present him with the results of their investigation,” said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, adding that “the Pope will then be able to draw his own conclusions.”

The three-person committee has been looking into the so-called “Vatileaks” scandal since April, when it was tasked by Pope Benedict with undertaking “an authoritative investigation” to “throw light on these episodes.”

The investigating team is led by 82-year-old Spanish Cardinal Julian Herranz, the former president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. He is being assisted by the 88-year-old Slovakian Cardinal Jozef Tomko and the 81-year-old Italian Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi, the archbishop emeritus of Palermo, Sicily.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM
Deacon busted in church assault
NEW JERSEY
The Trentonian

Staff Report
PEMBERTON TWP. A 59-year-old deacon has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a girl during a church service Sunday morning, officials said Friday.

Joseph V. Pullen Jr., 59, of Pemberton Township, was charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

The assault of the juvenile occurred in another part of the Calvary Baptist Church on Scrapetown Road as the public participated in the Sunday service. Pullen, a 59-year-old deacon at the church and a retired water utility worker at Fort Dix, was alone with the girl at the time of the alleged assault.

No information about the girl was released.

The investigation revealed that Pullen allegedly assaulted the same girl at another location during the fall of 2011, according to a news release from Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Pemberton Township Police Chief David H. Jantas. Pullen was charged with aggravated sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child in that case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM
Church Deacon Sexually Assaults Girl During Service: Cops
PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP (NJ)
NBC 10

[with video]

By David Chang

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012

A local deacon was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a girl during a church service.

Police say it happened last Sunday during a service at the Calvary Baptist Church. Joseph Pullen Jr., 59, of Pemberton Township was alone with the girl when he sexually assaulted her, according to investigators.

Police say an investigation revealed Pullen assaulted the same girl at a different location during the fall of 2011. Police have not released information on the girl’s age.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM
Pemberton deacon charged with sex assault on girl
PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP (NJ)
Philadelphia Inquirer

A deacon at a Pemberton Township church was charged with sexually assaulting a girl, including during a service on Sunday, authorities said.

Joseph V. Pullen Jr., 59, of Whispering Pines Boulevard, Pemberton Township, appeared in Superior Court in Mount Holly on Friday. He was charged with aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and related offenses in two alleged incidents.

Authorities said the most recent assault took place at the Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday when Pullen was alone with the victim. They said he previously assaulted her at an undisclosed location in the fall of 2011. They did not provide details about the alleged assaults or more information about the victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM
Legal Expert Links PSU, Catholic Church Scandals
PENNSYLVANIA
ABC News

By MARK SCOLFORO and MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. July 14, 2012 (AP)

Legal experts say emails and other evidence from the Penn State sex abuse case suggest that Joe Paterno and other university officials put boys in danger with their failure to report sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago.

The allegations are similar to those made against a top Philadelphia archdiocese official who was convicted on child endangerment charges last month.

Duquesne University law professor Wes Oliver said former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s investigative report on the Penn State scandal reads like a prosecution case for a child endangerment charge against Paterno, then-President Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and now-retired vice president Gary Schultz.

Oliver noted that Monsignor William Lynn was convicted for allowing a suspected pedophile priest to be around children. Prosecutors said Lynn helped the Philadelphia archdiocese keep predators in ministry and the public in the dark.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM
Pemberton Twp. deacon charged with sexual assault at church s
PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP (NJ)
PhillyBurbs

Posted on July 14, 2012

by Danielle Camilli

MOUNT HOLLY — A deacon at a Pemberton Township church was charged with sexually assaulting a girl during a church service Sunday morning.

He also molested the child in a separate incident last fall, authorities said Friday.

Joseph V. Pullen Jr., 59, of Whispering Pines Boulevard in Pemberton Township, was charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child for the alleged assault at the Calvary Baptist Church, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and township police Chief David H. Jantas said Friday.

Pullen, a deacon at the Scrapetown Road church, was alone with the girl at the time of the incident, authorities said. They would not release any information about the victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM
Ex-student testifies in trial of former teacher
DANVILLE (IL)
The News-Gazette

Thu, 07/12/2012 – 9:00am | Noelle McGee, staff writer,

DANVILLE — A former Danville Christian Academy student testified Wednesday that his teacher, tutor and mentor fondled him at the school on numerous occasions and once in his bedroom during his sophomore and junior years of high school.

During what he called the first of four “major incidents,” the former student, now 20, recalled that in January 2008, when he was 15, he and his teacher, Mark R. List, were in List’s office around 9 p.m., where List was helping him with homework. The two began wrestling and ended up on the floor with him lying on the ground and his teacher straddling his body. Then he felt the teacher’s hand and later his lips on his genitals.

“I was squirming around trying to get free, but it wasn’t working,” he said on the second day of List’s sexual abuse and assault trial in Vermilion County Circuit Court. He said he finally bit List’s genitals to get him off of him.

List, 36, of Danville, faces one count of criminal sexual assault-a position of trust, a Class 1 felony; one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony; and one count of indecent solicitation of a child, a Class 3 felony.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM
Defendant, victim seen at school at night, but not alone
DANVILLE (IL)
The News-Gazette

Fri, 07/13/2012 – 7:00am | Noelle McGee, staff writer,

DANVILLE — A former custodian at the Danville Christian Academy testified Thursday that he occasionally saw teacher Mark R. List and a male student at the school at night while making his cleaning rounds.

But the custodian, Anthony Hughes, said that on those occasions, the teacher and student weren’t alone; List’s wife and/or the student’s mother were there, too.

Hughes was one of two defense witnesses who testified on the third day of List’s sexual abuse and assault trial in Vermilion County Circuit Court. The trial is scheduled to continue today.

List, 36, of Danville, faces one count each of criminal sexual assault-a position of trust, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and indecent solicitation of a child, stemming from the student’s allegations that List — his teacher, tutor and mentor — fondled him numerous times at the school and in his bedroom and performed oral sex on him “once or twice” during his sophomore and junior years of high school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM
Jury finds List not guilty of abuse
DANVILLE (IL)
Commercial-News

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Four days after walking into the courtroom as a man charged with sexual assault, Mark List of Danville left Vermilion County Courthouse exonerated.

A jury deliberated for almost three hours before returning a verdict around 5:30 p.m. of not guilty on three charges List faced charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault in a position of trust and indecent solicitation of a child.

Danville police arrested List in January 2010 based on accusations he sexually abused a student at Danville Christian Academy while List was an associate pastor there.

Defense attorney David Ryan said Friday night he was grateful for the jury’s verdict in the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM
Critic: Citizens deserve answers in Silva case
CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

The Hamilton case of a Roman Catholic priest leaving Canada to avoid criminal prosecution of a sexual assault charge is disturbing, says the Progressive Conservative critic for the Ministry of the Attorney General.

“It’s not exactly justice served,” Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon, told The Spectator Friday.

“The Attorney General’s office has stated ‘the case is unusual, we are looking at it’ but the silence has been deafening,” Jones said.

Jones was referring to the case of Rev. Jose Silva, who was permitted to leave Canada on May 4 to return to his native Brazil. Silva was on bail at the time and a July 20 trial date had been set to resolve a Sept. 22, 2011 sex assault charge against him involving an 18-year-old male musician.

The ministry has stated there was a deal between a Hamilton Crown prosecutor and a defence counsel to permit Silva to leave. A Canada-wide warrant was put in place — but the charge would only proceed should Silva return to Canada.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM
Diocese looking for possible abuse victims
OHIO
Zanesville Times Recorder

Written by
Kathy Thompson
Staff Writer

COLUMBUS — The Catholic Diocese of Columbus is asking anyone who might have been sexually abused by a former Zanesville priest to report it to them and local authorities.

Father Thomas Brosmer was placed on administrative leave Thursday by the Diocese after an accusation of sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy surfaced.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place at St. Nicholas Parish in Zanesville from 1969 to 1973 while Brosmer, now in his 60s, was assistant pastor and a teacher. Brosmer has been at the St. Cecilia Church in Columbus from 2004 until his administrative leave.

Paul Ritter, a Columbus attorney who represents the Diocese in Columbus, said he called the Zanesville Police Department on July 5, after the allegation was deemed credible by the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM
July 13, 2012
The Passion of John Wojnowski
WASHINGTON (DC)
Washingtonian

Haunted by his past, he has stood outside the Vatican embassy nearly every day for 14 years. His lonely vigil has made him a hero to victims of sexual abuse. But will he ever find peace? By Ariel Sabar

Time weighs on John Wojnowski. It wears him down. It winds him up.

Time, for Wojnowski, is not just the half century since the priest in the mountains of Italy touched him. It is also the lost days since then, the wasted months and years when he is sure he let everyone down: his parents, his wife, his children, himself.

Markers of time are there, too, in the ragged datebooks that cleave to his body like paper armor. While riding the bus late one night, after another of his vigils outside the Vatican’s United States embassy, he showed them to me: The 2010 datebook inhabits the right pocket of his frayed chinos, 2011 the left; the 2012 book, its pages bound by rubber bands, stiffens the pocket of his shirt.

He has come to this corner and stood with his signs for some 5,000 days. In his datebooks, he records—a word or two, just enough to jog memory—the sights and sounds that keep one day from bleeding into the next.

The Apostolic Nunciature, as the Vatican’s embassy is officially known, sits across the street from the tumbling red digits of the US Naval Observatory’s Master Clock, which displays official US time. There’s a strange symmetry between that clock, its seconds yoked to the oscillation of cesium atoms, and Wojnowski, whose own circuitry can at times seem as unblinking and relentless.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 PM
Norbert Denef und NetzwerkB in Berlin vor dem Reichstag
DEUTSCHLAND
Nics Bloghaus

By Nic On 13. Juli 2012

“Norbert Denef, Sprecher des Netzwerks Betroffener von sexua­li­sier­ter Gewalt e.V. mit Sitz in Scharbeutz, befin­det sich seit dem 8. Juni 2012 im unbe­fris­te­ten Hungerstreik. Ihm schlos­sen sich eine Reihe von Unterstützern an, dar­un­ter Christiane Kieburg, Katharina M., Anette W., Alwin Michel, Wilfried Fesselmann und Brigitte Lunzer Rieder aus Öster­reich. Wegen Unterlassungsklagen der Täter kön­nen nicht alle Namen genannt wer­den.

Das Netzwerk Betroffener von sexua­li­sier­ter Gewalt e.V., kurz netz­werkB, ist eine Vereinigung von und für Menschen, denen sexua­li­sier­ter Gewalt, oft­mals ver­bun­den mit Formen von psy­chi­scher und phy­si­scher Gewalt ange­tan wurde, ein­ma­lig, mehr­ma­lig bis hin zu jah­re­lang sys­te­ma­tisch, im Säuglings-, Kindes-, Jugendlichen oder Erwachsenenalter. Sie wurde 2010 in Scharbeutz gegrün­det. Die Vereinigung arbei­tet bun­des­weit, sie besteht aus einem Bundesvorstand, Landesgruppen und der Mitgliederversammlung. Sie ver­steht sich als Interessenvertretung der Opfer und ihrer Angehörigen. Sie setzt sich für die Aufklärung und Prävention ein.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 PM
Legislation requiring reporting of child abuse is passed
IRELAND
The Irish Times

CAROL COULTER

WITHHOLDING INFORMATION: Legislation requiring the passing on of information concerning offences against children and vulnerable adults has been passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas. It is part of the Government’s response to mandatory reporting of serious instances of child abuse.

The Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Bill 2012 makes it an offence to withhold information on serious offences, carrying a jail sentence of five or more years. Such offences include most sexual offences and assault causing harm, abduction, manslaughter or murder.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM
What if Catholic Church = Penn State?
UNITED STATES
Spiritual Politics

Mark Silk |Jul 13, 2012

Imagine an alternate universe where the Catholic Church behaved the way the trustees of the Pennsylvania State University have when confronted with evidence of the cover-up of sexual abuse of minors by the leadership of one of its important institutions.

Let’s call that institution the archdiocese of Boston, headed by one Cardinal Bernard Law. And let’s say a newspaper, the Boston Globe, published an investigative series showing a disgraceful pattern of covering up sexual abuse of minors by a large array of priests.

Faced with the evidence, what does the Vatican do? It turns to a distinguished law enforcement official–say, a former head of the FBI–to conduct an independent investigation. The result? To paraphrase yesterday’s report on the Penn State affair:

The most saddening finding by the Special Investigative Counsel is the total and consistent disregard by the most senior members of the archdiocese for the safety and welfare of the child victims.

Not only are the perpetrators of abuse indicted and convicted, but so are the masters of the cover-up. Cardinal Law and his immeiate subordinates land prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM
Former Church, School Leader Indicted On Porn Charges
COLORADO
TheDenverChannel

Deb Stanley, New Media Producer

DENVER — A former church and school leader has been indicted on charges of distribution and possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Daniel Ivan Ashby, 39, of Thornton, was affiliated with Calvary Community Baptist Church and Community Christian School in Northglenn as a school administrator in 2011, prosecutors said.
According to the indictment, Ashby allegedly knowingly distributed child pornography across state lines.

“The defendant allegedly did knowingly possess child pornography, which has been shipped in interstate commerce,” prosecutors said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM
Child porn charges filed against former Christian school administrator
COLORADO
Fox 31

July 13, 2012, by Will C. Holden

DENVER — A former administrator at a Christian school was indicted by a federal grand jury Monday on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Daniel Ashby, 39, was an administrator at Community Christian School in Northglenn, but the school said he resigned on Dec. 6 of this past year — the same day the school learned of the investigation.

According to court documents, police served a search warrant at the school and at Ashby’s home in December after an undercover FBI offer discovered images of child pornography had been shared using a computer belonging to Ashby.

The search produced several photos, including one image that showed an underage girl having sex with an adult.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:53 PM
Former church school admin faces child porn charges
COLORADO
9 News

[with video]

Written by
Jace Larson

NORTHGLENN – A former private Christian school principal has been charged with distributing and possessing child porn, 9Wants to Know has learned.

Daniel Ivan Ashby resigned from Community Christian School on Dec. 6 which is the same time the school learned of the investigation.

The FBI served a search warrant at the school in late 2011 and seized several computers from school offices, chairman of the church deacon board for Calvary Community Baptist Church Justin Welch told 9Wants to Know.

Community Christian School is operated by the Calvary Community Baptist Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:50 PM
Nevada Catholic Conference director resigns after questions about felony conviction
NEVADA
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 13, 2012
By Joshua J. McElwee

The person responsible for representing the concerns of Nevada Catholics at the state’s capital has resigned following NCR inquiries about his pleading guilty to a charge of obstruction of justice, a federal felony, and serving three years’ probation.

John Cracchiolo, the executive director of the Nevada Catholic Conference, resigned his position at the conference “sometime in the last few days,” the chancellor of the Reno diocese said Friday.

In the last week, NCR asked the Reno and Las Vegas dioceses, Nevada’s only two dioceses, about Cracchiolo’s role at the conference after learning he had accepted a federal plea deal in 2009 stemming from charges that he was part of a plan to defraud investors during his time as the chief financial officer at a publicly traded medical device company in California.

According to court documents, Cracchiolo remains on probation under the terms of the deal until Saturday and is not allowed to work “in any management position” at any publicly held corporation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:47 PM
Green Bay diocese…
WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

Green Bay diocese: US Constitution allows bishops to transfer and conceal pedophiles

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)
CONTACT: 414.429.7259

In a stunning motion filed in an Appleton, Wisconsin court the Diocese of Green Bay has argued that bishops and religious officials who operate schools, churches, and youth centers can intentionally conceal and transfer clergy child molesters, even if found guilty of doing so by a jury.

The argument was made by lawyers for Green Bay Bishop David Ricken who are attempting to dismiss a May jury verdict which found the diocese guilty of fraud by intentionally concealing and transferring one of the state’s most prolific sex offender clerics, Fr. John Patrick Feeney.

Following the logic of the diocese argument, the US Constitution allows a bishop or religious official full civil immunity to secretly assign a cleric to a parish or school to work with children, even if that cleric has or is intending to commit child rape. When a bishop assigns a priest, according to the diocese, that does not mean the bishop believes the priest is safe to be around children. And any decision a bishop makes about a cleric may “not be evaluated or explained” by courts because the First Amendment allows religious organizations to essentially do what they want and be accountable to no one.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:26 PM
Central Ohio Priest Accused Of Sexual Abusing Child
COLUMBUS (OH)
NBC 4

By: Denise Yost | NBC4
Published: July 13, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio —
A longtime Columbus priest is off the job, placed on leave by the Diocese after an allegation of sexual abuse.

Rev. Thomas Brosmer has been a priest for more than 40 years. Most recently, he served as the associate pastor at St. Cecelia Church on the city’s far west side.

According to a release from the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, the allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, allegedly occurring during Brosmer’s tenure at St. Nicholas Parish in Zanesville from 1969 to 1973, was reported to the church on July 2, 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:12 PM
Hungerstreik für missbrauchte Kinder
DEUTSCHLAND
shz

Als Kind wurde Norbert Denef missbraucht. Heute ist er 63 Jahre alt – und im Hungerstreik. Sein Ziel: Die Politik soll die Verjährungsfristen von Sexualstraftaten abschaffen.

Scharbeutz. Seit 36 Tagen verweigert Denef die Nahrung. Der gelernte Elektriker ist glücklich verheiratet, lebt in einem Reihenhaus in Scharbeutz, zehn Minuten vom Ostseestrand. “Mit der Ostsee”, sagt Norbert Denef, “verbinde ich positive Kindheitserinnerungen.” Gelitten hingegen hat er im Pfarrhaus von Delitzsch bei Leipzig. Er war neun Jahre alt und Ministrant, als ein Missbrauch begann, der neun Jahre andauern sollte. Erst war es der Pfarrer der Kirche “Unbefleckte Empfängnis Mariens”, der sich an ihm verging, später der Kantor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 PM
Bischof entlässt Priester wegen Missbrauchs
DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel

Der Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann hat erstmals einen Geistlichen seines Bistums wegen sexueller Übergriffe aus dem Klerikerstand entlassen. Der Mann soll fünf Jungen missbraucht haben.

Trier – Die Entlassung des katholischen Theologen erfolgte bereits am vergangenen Dienstag, wurde aber erst am Freitag öffentlich gemacht. Bischof Ackermann, Missbrauchsbeauftragter der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, habe zunächst die Opfer und den Täter informieren wollen, sagte ein Bistumssprecher.

Der Priester, der sich bereits im Ruhestand befindet, soll zwischen 1966 und 1980 fünf minderjährige Jungen missbraucht haben – in zwei Fällen über einen längeren Zeitraum hinweg. Er äußerte sich bisher nicht zu der Maßnahme, hat aber die Möglichkeit, innerhalb von 60 Tagen gegen die Entscheidung Einspruch einzulegen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM
Denn der Zweck heiligt nicht die Mittel!
DEUTSCHLAND
Kath.net

KATH.NET-Interview mit Pfarrer Uwe Winkel, Netzwerk katholischer Priester, über das Ende eines geplanten Forschungsprojekt der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, bei dem ein Institut Zugriff auf alle Personalakten der 27 Diözesen gehabt hätte

Linz (kath.net/as/rn)
KATH.NET: Vor knapp einem Jahr hat sich das „Netzwerk katholischer Priester“ gegen das Vorhaben gewandt, dem Kriminologischem Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen Zugriff auf die Kleriker-Personalakten in allen 27 Diözesen zu geben. Das Forschungskonzept für eine empirische Untersuchung des sexuellen Missbrauchs an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz (DBK) sah die Durchsicht aller Personalakten des genannten Personenkreise der letzten 65 Jahre vor. Offensichtlich wurden diese Pläne jetzt von Rom eingeschränkt? Welche Instanzen innerhalb der DBK setzten sich aktiv für dieses Projekt ein? Wurden die einzelnen Bischöfe vorher über die Zusammenhänge ausreichend informiert?

Pfarrer Winkel: Beim Bundestreffen des Netzwerks katholischer Priester im Herbst 2011 im Würzburger Exerzitienhaus „Himmelspforten“ hat der Leiter des Kriminologischen Forschungsinstituts Niedersachsen (KFN) Prof. Dr. Christian Pfeiffer im Plenum sehr offen über sein Forschungsprojekt gesprochen. Demnach gab es eine enge Kooperation zwischen seinem Institut und dem Sekretariat der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz. Nach Darstellung von Professor Pfeiffer entschied man sich im Ständigen Rat der DBK einhellig für das Projekt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:59 PM
German priest fired for decades old sex abuse
GERMANY
The Garden Island

Associated Press | Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012

BERLIN (AP) — The Catholic Church has fired a German priest for sexually abusing five underage boys more than 30 years ago.

The diocese of Trier in western Germany says Bishop Stephan Ackermann dismissed the unnamed man from the priesthood Tuesday.

It said in a statement Friday that the retired priest had committed the abuse between 1966 and 1980.

The Trier diocese said it only learned of the abuses in 2010, by which time the statute of limitations for prosecuting the crimes had expired.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:54 PM
Sandusky/PSU-like situations in SBC churches
UNITED STATES
SBC Plodder

William Thornton

Clergy sex abuse is one of the main subjects that occupy my thoughts and blogging that is not strictly an SBC matter. I read a good bit on such things and occasionally write about it partly because of the appalling ignorance and ineptness among pastors and churches in handling such things.

Yesterday, the lengthy, near exhaustive, independent report on the Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno child sex abuse scandal was released. It has some jaw-dropping information.

Consider this paragraph:

“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State,” Freeh wrote. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM
Former Z-ville Catholic Priest Facing Sex Abuse Allegations
ZANESVILLE (OH)
WHIZ

A Catholic priest – who served at St. Nicholas Church in Zanesville over 40 years ago — has been placed on administrative leave after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The Catholic Diocese of Columbus – in a press release – said the action was taken upon a recommendation of Board of Review for the Protection of Children. Bishop Frederick Campbell of Columbus placed Father Thomas Brosmer on leave pending the findings of the investigation. The sexual abuse is alleged to have occurred in Zanesville from 1969 to 1973. Brosmer was also a teacher at Bishop Rosecrans High School during that time. The Diocese says it received the allegation on July 2nd and reported to the Zanesville Police Department.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 AM
Marx residiert in millionensaniertem Prunk-Palais
DEUTSCHLAND
Welt

Ein edles Rokoko-Palais in der Münchner Altstadt beherbergt seit Kurzem Erzbischof Marx. Die Sanierung des Prachtbaus hat 8,7 Millionen Euro gekostet – zum Großteil bezahlt vom Freistaat Bayern.

Der Amtssitz der Erzbischöfe von München und Freising im Rokoko-Palais Holnstein in München ist nach jahrelanger Sanierung nun fertig. Für 8,7 Millionen Euro war das von Hofbaumeister François de Cuvilliés errichtete Baudenkmal seit 2008 renoviert worden.

Eines der Prunkstücke ist ein restauriertes Deckenfresko des Malers und Stuckateurs Johann Baptist Zimmermann im historischen Treppenhaus. In aufwendiger Arbeit sei es gelungen, das Gemälde der allegorischen Figuren Justitia (Recht) und Pax (Frieden) weitgehend wieder in den Originalzustand zu versetzen, sagte der Leiter der Hauptabteilung für Kunst im Erzbischöflichen Ordinariat, Norbert Jocher. Der Münchner Erzbischof Kardinal Reinhard Marx nahm an dem Rundgang nicht teil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM
Priester aus Klerikerstand entlassen
DEUTSCHLAND
Bistum Trier

Bischof Ackermann verhängt Strafe wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs

Trier – Der Trierer Bischof Dr. Stephan Ackermann hat am 10. Juli einen Ruhestandsgeistlichen des Bistums Trier aus dem Klerikerstand entlassen. Der Priester hatte in der Zeit zwischen 1966 und 1980 fünf minderjährige Jungen sexuell missbraucht, in zwei Fällen auch über einen längeren Zeitraum. Die Entlassung aus dem Klerikerstand ist das höchste Strafmaß, das das Kirchenrecht vorsieht. Der Priester verliert damit sämtliche Rechte, die mit seinem Priesteramt verbunden sind. Es ist das erste Mal in der jüngsten Geschichte des Bistums Trier, dass diese Strafe gegen einen Priester ausgesprochen wird, der sich des sexuellen Missbrauchs an Kindern und Jugendlichen schuldig gemacht hat. Der Priester hatte schon bisher keinerlei seelsorglichen Auftrag mehr.

Das Bistum Trier hatte im Frühjahr 2010 durch Opfer von den Vorwürfen erfahren. Entsprechend der Leitlinien der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz wurde den Anschuldigungen nachgegangen und eine kirchenrechtliche Voruntersuchung eingeleitet. Nach deren Abschluss wurde die Glaubenskongregation in Rom über die Ergebnisse informiert. Die Glaubenskongregation hat daraufhin die Unterlagen geprüft und den Fall an das Bistum Trier zurückverwiesen mit der Maßgabe, ein so genanntes außergerichtliches Strafverfahren auf dem Verwaltungsweg durchzuführen, wie es in can. 1720 des kirchlichen Gesetzbuchs beschrieben ist. Nach Abschluss dieses Verfahrens hat der Bischof von Trier der Glaubenskongregation vorgeschlagen, den Priester aus dem Klerikerstand zu entlassen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM
Ackermann feuert pädophilen Priester
DEUTSCHLAND
SR

Der Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann hat einen Priester wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs aus dem Klerikerstand entlassen. Damit verhängte er die kirchenrechtliche Höchststrafe. Der Priester hatte zwischen 1966 und 1980 fünf minderjährige Jungen missbraucht.

(13.07.2012) Zwei der Jungen seien auch über einen längeren Zeitraum missbraucht worden, teilte das Bistum am Freitag mit. Es sei das erste Mal in der jüngsten Geschichte des Bistums, dass diese Strafe gegen einen Priester wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs von Kindern und Jugendlichen ausgesprochen wird. Mit der Entlassung verliert der Geistliche sämtliche Rechte, die mit dem Amt verbunden sind.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM
Former priest judges his Church’s sins
AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Times

July 14, 2012
Opinion

Graham Downie

It was hard to imagine a wandering preacher in Palestine, with a few mates and no home, planning to establish an international enterprise with offices in every town and city in the known and the unknown world, and with its headquarters in Rome.

So says former Catholic priest, theology lecturer, lawyer and NSW district court judge Chris Geraghty in his new book, Dancing with the Devil, which traces his life from a child of 12 entering the seminary, through his great enthusiasm and hope from Vatican II, personal stress while a theology lecturer and to his finally leaving the priesthood for marriage and family, and a career in the law.

Now retired, Geraghty remains a Catholic but sharply critical of that Church. In the book he writes, ”I had been unhappy teaching in the seminary at Springwood, before leaving to study overseas. An alien in the ranks of the clergy; attacked by silly, pompous bishops; trapped and broken in a top-heavy, sluggish institution. The old brigade was clinging onto their power and privileges like falling angels grabbing on to thin clouds as they tumbled into oblivion.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM
OH- Former associate pastor welcomed back, SNAP responds
OHIO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Judy Jones on July 12, 2012

This is an extraordinarily callous and dangerous move. Forgiveness is good. Recklessness is not.

We can forgive a school bus driver whose drunkenness costs children their lives. But we don’t give her another set of keys. We can forgive a police officer whose misuse of a weapon causes injury to others. But we don’t give him another gun.

Forgiveness is a private, personal choice. Giving a proven wrongdoer the tools and the chance to hurt others again is a public act. And it’s wrong.

There is a huge and inherent power imbalance between clergy and church members. It is like a doctor-patient or therapist-client relationship, where any sexual contact is expressly forbidden. And for good reason: because it almost always results in devastation, with individuals and with congregations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM
Catholic Church loses case in UK, SNAP responds
UNITED KINGDOM
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on July 12, 2012

We applaud this ruling and the message that it sends. We believe that, when church officials who conceal or enable are held accountable alongside the offending priest, it helps deter future crimes. Church officials who remain silent and fail to report crimes to police must be held responsible as well, both financially and publicly.

Now that this ruling has come down, we hope the brave victim who has endured this long and arduous legal process will be able to continue her healing journey, comforted by the fact that she has taken great strides to protect children, both in the UK and elsewhere.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM
Freeh-ed
UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

There are days when the avalanche is made not of snow but of clay feet.

Such was the day Thursday when Louis Freeh delivered his independent report of the child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State.

The 267 page report was the result of an eight month independent investigation and it was delivered a month to the day that former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of the sexual abuse of children.

In it, Freeh Report our readers will find the top leadership at Penn State: the legendary and nearly god-like Joe Paterno, university president, Graham Spanier, both of whom were fired when the scandal broke, and the two vice presidents who face criminal charges, – all as Freeh describes it “had a callous and shocking disregard for child victims.”

Beyond that, the report says, by their lack of action against Sandusky and by allowing empowered him to abuse children.

The similarities between what happened at Penn State and what happened in the Catholic Church are identical twins.

The report reveals:
◦the desire to avoid bad publicity
◦the failure to make inquiries
◦a president who discouraged dissent and discussion
◦a lack of awareness of child abuse policies and whistleblower policies and protections
◦the decision by Paterno, Spanier, Curley and Schmitz (the two vice presidents) to allow Sandusky to retire, not as a suspected child abuser but as a valued member of Penn State football with continuing ties and continuing access to its facilities
◦a culture of reverence for the football program that is ingrained at all levels of the campus community

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM
Yesterday’s Appeal Court ruling strikes me as a serious blow to religious freedom
UNITED KINGDOM
Catholic Herald

By Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on Friday, 13 July 2012

The decision of the Court of Appeal in the case concerning the Diocese of Portsmouth, which has been reported in the Catholic Herald but not received any attention that I have noticed elsewhere, is extremely interesting.

The court has upheld the ruling that the diocese is liable for the action of one of its priests, on the grounds that the relationship between priest and bishop is close enough to employer/employee for this to be the case.

Now this seems to be a case mainly about compensation for the victims of child abuse, and so it is. I would like to leave that part of it aside, and consider something that may be overlooked, but may be of great importance both for the Church and for all other voluntary organisations.

Until now, as far as I understand it, priests volunteer to serve in various offices at the invitation of the bishop or religious superior. If the bishop and the priest are now to be considered in an employer/employee relationship, then this represents an innovation. Employees can sue their employers, and vice versa; the relationship between employees and employers is governed by a vast corpus of case and statute law. At present the relationship between bishop and priest is governed by canon law, the only force of which is in the will of those who adhere to it. A priest can, but rarely does, initiate a canonical process against his bishop, and vice versa; but if we are employees, then this opens up a whole new range of possibilities, and potentially, a considerable new territory for litigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM
Catholic Priest Placed on Administrative Leave
OHIO
10 TV

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – A Catholic priest was placed on administrative leave Thursday, after allegations he sexually abused a minor.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus said the accusations against Reverend Thomas Brosmer, 68, date back to his time at the Saint Nicholas Parish in Zanesville in the 1970s.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the diocese found out about the accusation, reported it to police and placed Brosmer on administrative leave.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM
‘Mr. Silva will not be present today’
CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

He had a responsibility to attend today.”

That’s what assistant Crown attorney Carey Lee advised the court on May 9 when Father Jose Silva, facing one count of sexual assault, failed to appear.

What the justice of the peace wasn’t told, a transcript of the proceedings reveals, was that Crown and defence lawyers had taken a number of steps to ensure Silva boarded a flight to Brazil five days earlier.

Defence counsel Dean Paquette said the Crown’s office played a role in obtaining the priest’s passport — which had been surrendered to Hamilton police as a bail condition — and in making sure border services officers didn’t block Silva from leaving the country.

The only condition Lee sought in return, he said, was that a countrywide warrant be issued for Silva’s arrest to prevent him from ever returning. By ensuring Silva was not present on May 9, the Crown and Paquette paved the way for justice of the peace Neil Burgess to issue such a warrant.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM
Church loses abuse liability appeal
UNITED KINGDOM
The Portsmouth News

A RULING that the Catholic Church can be held liable for the wrongdoings of its priests was upheld by the Court of Appeal following a case involving Portsmouth Diocese.

The decision was announced in an action which has been described as raising ‘an issue of wide general importance in respect of claims against the Catholic Church’. …

In a statement issued after the ruling, the trustees of Portsmouth Diocese said the appeal was brought to achieve clarity ‘as to the nature and extent of the bishop’s liability for the actions of diocesan priests’.

It added: ‘We had not just the right but the duty to ask the Court of Appeal to hear the different arguments in this case, not least because of the far-reaching implications to faith and other voluntary organisations of extending vicarious liability in this way.’

The statement by the trustees stressed: ‘This case is not, and has never been, about seeking to avoid or delay the payment of compensation to victims with valid claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM
May 1 & September 11 anniversaries for SNAP and JP2 Army victims.
UNITED STATES
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils…

Paris Arrow

May 1 & September 11 anniversaries for SNAP and JP2 Army victims. SNAPS’s ad in New York Times should be framed and permanently exhibited in all churches, schools and children venues: U.S. Catholic Bishops and Child Sex Crimes

2 Anniversaries for SNAP and victims of JP2 Army

We suggest that September 11 and May 1 should be the bi-annual anniversaries of SNAP and all victims of the JP2 Army – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army. One in the Fall on September 11 to coincide with 9/11 commemoration in New York City where names of 3,000 victims are each read and remembered; and it is also the beginning of school year and this will alert all children of potential authority-figures sexual predators. And one in the Spring on May 1, the anniversary of 3 world leaders who led the most heinous crimes of the latter half of the 20th century, the beatification of John Paul II, the death of Osama ben Ladin and Adolf Hitler. May 1 will recap almost the end of the school year when children can celebrate that they have overpowered potential authority-figures sexual predators even holy priests. It will prepare them for summer camps and summer holidays when they must continue to be vigilant against pedophiles.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM
Vatican Diary / At the Holy Office, a double-faced Janus
VATICAN CITY
Chiesa

It is the new prefect Müller. Opposed in his country, Germany, as too conservative. And at the same time criticized by the traditionalist circles of Rome and the world as too “liberal.” But a favorite of the pope

VATICAN CITY, July 13, 2012 – Before switching to the evocative setting of the pontifical villas of Castel Gandolfo for the customary summer break, Benedict XVI has given approval to a small but significant round of appointments in the Vatican curia.

The main move concerns the change at the top of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith.

Pope Joseph Ratziner has selected as his second successor after the American William J. Levada the Bavarian bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, 65 years old next December 31, since 2002 the bishop of Regensburg.

The new head of what used to be called the Holy Office has a reputation as a double-faced Janus.

On the one hand, above all in his country, he is considered one of the most conservative prelates on the field. It is no coincidence that the Swiss-German theologian and priest Hans Küng has called this decision “catastrophic.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM
Vatileaks: Pope’s butler to remain in custody
VATICAN CITY
The Telegraph (United Kingdom)

The Pope’s butler, accused of stealing confidential Vatican documents, will remain in custody for at least another 10 days as investigations continue into his role in the murky affair.

By Nick Squires, Rome
3:16PM BST 12 Jul 2012

The Holy See had been widely expected to release Paolo Gabrieli to house arrest at his apartment within the Vatican because he had been held for 50 days, the maximum time allowable under an initial detention order.

But under Vatican law the order can be extended for another 50 days and Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said he would remain in detention for another 10 days as inquiries continue into a scandal that has shone a spotlight on dark machinations at the highest levels of the Catholic Church hierarchy.

Piero Antonio Bonnet, the Vatican judge investigating the affair, “still needs to collect some statements” said Father Lombardi.

The butler, who the Vatican has said is collaborating fully with the inquiry, will be detained “for about another 10 days”, he added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM
Pope’s butler suspected of ‘corruption’ leaks denied request to leave small ‘safe room’
VATICAN CITY
National Post (Canada)

Philip Pullella, Reuters Jul 12, 2012

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict’s butler, suspected of leaking documents that allege corruption in the Vatican, was denied a requested transfer to house arrest and ordered on Thursday to remain in a small police ‘safe room’, where he prays daily.

The Vatican said a prosecutor had decided to keep Paolo Gabriele, 46, in preventive custody beyond the usual 50 days that Vatican law says a defendant can be held before being ordered to stand trial. The period can be doubled in some cases.

But spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters this did not mean that Gabriele would spend another 50 days in the room at the Vatican police station, which measures 3.5 by 4 metres (11.5 by 13 feet), and has a single small window, a small table and a separate bathroom.

He said the prosecutor, Piero Antonio Bonnet, was expected to end a formal investigation in a few weeks and decide whether to clear the butler or order him to stand trial for stealing and leaking the documents to Italian media.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM
Pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, will remain in prison for roughly 10 more days
VATICAN CITY
Rome Reports

[with video]

July 12, 2012. (Romereports.com) The Pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, will remain in in a jail cell for roughly another ten days. This despite the fact that this Thursday, it will be 50 days since he was arrested for possession of confidential documents.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman
“The judge believes that the information gathering phase should end. In the meantime, things still need to be sorted out, so there will be an extension and he will remain in custody for more days, even though the 50 day period has already passed.”

During this extension period the investigation on the confiscated Papal documents will be completed. Then, more people will be interviewed, and that includes questioning the Pope’s butler once again.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman
“The formal questioning will be the last part of the investigation stage and is expected to be completed in about 10 days.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM
Kissimmee pastor faces fraud charge
FLORIDA
Orlando Sentinel

By Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel

A Kissimmee pastor charged with molesting a teenage parishioner is now accused of swindling a church member, Kissimmee police said Thursday.

Angel Perez-Nieves of Templo Pentecostal Puerta de Salvacion is accused of using a church member’s personal information to open an account with an alarm company, records state.

“The victim explained to officers that the church’s pastor…told her and other parishioners that he needed to collect their personal information for the purpose of ‘state reporting,'” a police report said. “On May 22, 2012, the victim received a telephone call from Devcon Alarm Company about the alarm contract for the church. The company told the victim that the payments for the alarm are past due and that her credit score was in jeopardy. The victim was confused due to the fact she did not give anyone permission to open an account with her information.”

Attorney Mark Longwell of Orlando, the pastor’s lawyer, was surprised to learn of the new charge. He said police had not contacted him or his client.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM
Pastor arrested on sex charges now wanted for fraud
FLORIDA
13 News

By Jason Wheeler, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, July 13, 2012

KISSIMMEE —
He’s out on bond, accused of a sexual assault on a teenage church member — but now a church pastor is wanted for fraud.

Kissimmee investigators said Angel Perez-Nieves forged another church member’s signature. However, the Pentecostal church pastor is no stranger to the criminal justice system.

In May, a teen boy accused the pastor of sexual assault. Perez-Nieves was arrested and eventually bonded out of jail. Now, Kissimmee police are looking for him on a fraud charge.

Police said Perez-Nieves would ask members at the church for their names, dates of birth and social security numbers, telling parishioners it was for “state recording.” He’s accused of using that information from one woman to set up an account with an alarm company — even going as far as forging her signature.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM
Clerical abuse case ‘disastrous’ for charities, claims Church
UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

Parents could be sued for the actions of their children and charities could be required to rethink their volunteering policies, lawyers warned yesterday after a landmark ruling over clerical abuse.

By John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor
7:00AM BST 13 Jul 2012

A woman who alleges that she was sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest, who can never be brought to trial because he has died, was told she can bring legal action against the Church.

The woman, who cannot be named, was a resident in a children’s home in the 1970s when she says she was assaulted by Father Wilfred Baldwin.

It is claimed that he raped her in the robing room of a church on the day of her first Holy Communion and she is now seeking compensation from the Diocese of Portsmouth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM
Legion revamps girls’ school program after abuses
VATICAN CITY
Inside Bay Area

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press
Posted: 07/13/2012

VATICAN CITY—The troubled Legion of Christ religious order says it is revamping a specialized high school program for teenage girls after dozens of alumni denounced psychological abuses they say they endured that resulted in eating disorders, stress-induced ailments and depression.

The Legion’s lay branch Regnum Christi posted a statement on its website Thursday outlining the changes after The Associated Press reported that 77 alumni had written to the Vatican calling for the program in the U.S., Mexico and Spain to be closed because of the harm done to them in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Girls in the program now have more contact with their families, more exposure to the “realities of the world,” more freedom from rigorous work schedules and, for the first time, and assistance in getting into college, the statement said. Many of these changes began some time ago, but some are more recent.

The problems in the program are the latest blow to the troubled, cult-like Legion, which was discredited in 2009 when it revealed that its founder was a pedophile and drug addict who fathered three children. The Legion suffered subsequent credibility problems following its recent admission that its most famous priest had fathered a child and the current Legion superior covered it up for years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM
Church leader sentenced for sexual abuse
NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Herald

A young woman turned to drugs and alcohol and tried to kill herself twice after she was repeatedly sexually abused by a leader at her church.

Leslie Mervyn Gubb was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison when he appeared at the Manukau District Court today. He had earlier pleaded guilty to nine representative charges of indecent assault.

The 74-year-old cupped his hand around his left ear to better hear Judge Charles Blackie tell him that the community viewed his offending with “abhorrence”.

Crown prosecutor Susanna Locke said Gubb was a trusted family friend who held a senior position at the Papakura Presbyterian church, which was attended by the girl and her family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM
Kissimmee pastor arrested on sex charges now wanted for fraud
FLORIDA
WFTV

KISSIMMEE, Fla. —

A Kissimmee pastor who claimed a demon made him sexually abuse a 16 year old boy is accused of ripping off a member of his own church.

Investigators said Angel Perez-Nieves stole the victim’s personal information and used it to get an alarm system for the church, then never paid the bill.

Perez-Nieves garnered quite the following at the Templo Pentecostal Puerta de Salvacion in Kissimmee.

Under his leadership, the congregation grew to more than 100 members. According to a police report, he is accused of preying on one of them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM
Court rules that Diocese of Portsmouth is liable for clerical abuse
UNITED KINGDOM
Catholic Herald

By Mark Greaves on Thursday, 12 July 2012

The Diocese of Portsmouth is liable to pay compensation for alleged sexual abuse by a priest, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

The decision, by a majority of two judges to one, makes dioceses liable for the wrongdoings of its clergy and clears the way for similar compensation claims.

A 48-year-old woman known as JGE says as a child she was beaten by a nun at a care home and later raped and sexually assaulted by a priest, Fr Wilfred Baldwin, who has since died. The diocese disputes her claim.

Lord Justice Ward said the relationship of priest and bishop was “close enough” to employer/employee “to make it just and fair to impose liability”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM
Diocese seeks relief from clergy sex abuse verdict
APPLETON (WI)
Green Bay Press Gazette

Written by
Jim Collar
Gannett Wisconsin Media

APPLETON — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay says its First Amendment rights protect it from liability in a civil lawsuit filed by two childhood victims of clergy sex abuse.

Brothers Todd and Troy Merryfield were awarded $700,000 in May by an Outagamie County Court that found the diocese committed civil fraud. The brothers claimed the diocese knew of the Rev. John Feeney’s illicit sexual history when it installed him as a priest at Freedom’s St. Nicholas Church and misrepresented him as safe while knowing he was a danger to children.

The Merryfields, then 12 and 14, were molested by Feeney in 1978. Feeney was sentenced to prison in 2004 for the assaults.

Sarah Fry Bruch, an attorney for the diocese, said the jury verdict should be overturned, arguing the court is constitutionally barred from reading any meaning into Feeney’s assignment to a pastoral role. The Merryfields didn’t show evidence the diocese represented Feeney as safe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM
Priest put on leave after claim of sexual abuse
COLUMBUS (OH)
The Columbus Dispatch

By Jeb Phillips
The Columbus Dispatch

Friday July 13, 2012

The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus has placed a long-serving priest on administrative leave after an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.

The Rev. Thomas J. Brosmer, most recently the associate pastor of St. Cecilia Church on the Far West Side, will be on leave during an investigation by the diocese, the diocese announced yesterday.

Brosmer, 68, has been a priest of the diocese since 1969. The sexual abuse is alleged to have occurred while he was at St. Nicholas Parish in Zanesville from 1969 to 1973. Brosmer was also a teacher at Bishop Rosecrans High School then, according to yesterday’s news release.

The diocese’s Chancery Office received the accusation on July 2 and reported it to Zanesville police, the diocese’s victims’ assistance coordinator and the Board of Review for the Protection of Children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM
July 12, 2012
Guilty: Pervy Pastor Oscar D. Perez Perez Faces 330 Years For Sexual Assault on Boys
CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

By Josh Dulaney
Thu., Jul. 12 2012

A pastor was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting five boys in his Lake Forest apartment.

Oscar D. Perez Perez, a 69-year-old Lake Forest man, was found guilty by a jury of 22 felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, four felony counts of lewd acts on a child, and sentencing enhancement allegations for lewd acts against multiple victims.

Perez faces a maximum sentence of 330 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration at his Sept. 14 sentencing in Santa Ana’a Central Justice Center.

Perez was a self-professed apostolic pastor and bishop at Iglesia Antigua Católica in Laguna Hills. He met his five victims through the congregation, which operates out of rented space at St. George’s Episcopalian Church, and gained their trust by befriending their families and having the boys assist with church services.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM
What We Hold In Common
ROME
Legion of Christ

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, Pontifical Delegate to the Legion of Christ, has released a letter summarizing the renewal of the congregation, including how the process will now involve the Regnum Christi movement. He acknowledges the “common mission” and “shared purpose and mission” of the religious, consecrated and lay members in the first and second degrees, and recommends a period of “joint reflection” resulting in a “fundamental norm” or “rule” common to all members.

The text of the letter follows:

The original Italian version can be read here.

***
To the members of the Regnum Christi Movement and the members of the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ.

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Since I was named Pontifical Delegate for the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in July, 2010, I have focused my energies, with the help of my counselors, strictly to the Legion and its various problems. Particularly, we started the process of revision of the Constitutions – the main responsibility that the Holy Father entrusted to me – as an important moment in the journey of renewal of the Congregation. During this period we have addressed other problems as they have surfaced.

After the apostolic visitation carried out by His Excellency Mons. Ricardo Blázquez, Archbishop of Valladolid, Spain, together with my counselors, I have dedicated time and attention in a particular way to the consecrated persons who form the 3rd degree of the Regnum Christi Movement. This part of our responsibilities, particularly the feminine branch, has demanded much time and attention and has distracted us more than a little from the problems of the Legion. It has been a tiring and complex journey which has had its painful moments. Today, we can look at things with greater serenity. Of course, the job is not finished, but good principles have been put in place which allow us to look to the future with hope. The Lord who has been with us and has brought us through difficult moments will not leave our side in the coming phases of the process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 PM
Vatican says disgraced Legion of Christ needs a new identity
VATICAN CITY
Washington Post

By Alessandro Speciale| Religion News Service

VATICAN CITY — The disgraced Legion of Christ religious order needs to rethink its identity before going forward with its internal reform, the papal envoy in charge of the group’s overhaul told priests and lay members in a letter published on Wednesday (July 11).

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis was appointed in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI to oversee the order’s reform after revelations that its founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, had lived a double life, abusing children and fathering a son.

Macial had enjoyed iconic status in the Legion, with strong suspicions that its leaders had been at least partly aware of his actions.

De Paolis writes that the troubled groups’ various branches, which include priests, religious and lay people, need “a common platform” to “regulate reciprocal relations … according to the identity proper to each group.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM
In pursuit of Father F
AUSTRALIA
The Armidale Express

STEPHEN JEFFERY

13 Jul, 2012

YEARS of research by an Armidale woman underpinned the ABC Four Corners program that investigated claims of a Catholic Church cover-up of child sex abuse cases involving defrocked priest and prominent Armidale resident, ‘Father F’.

The high school teacher, who prefers not to be named, has worked in child protection for more than two decades, and for the last few years she has provided information to Broken Rites, an organisation dedicated to supporting and empowering victims of church-related sexual abuse.

She was approached by a producer of Four Corners in May and invited to contribute to an exposé of the former Armidale diocese priest, who is known as Father F for legal reasons.

Father F has been accused of sexually abusing several boys in Moree during the 1980s. He was subsequently moved to the Parramatta diocese, where he allegedly abused another boy, who later committed suicide.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM
Deadline Looming for Victims of Irish Christian Brothers
UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on July 12, 2012

There is little time left: Victims of the Irish Christian Brothers or victims abused at Irish Christian Brothers schools only have until August 1, 2012 to come forward and get justice in the courts.

Last year, the Irish Christian Brothers (ICB), a Catholic religious order based in New Rochelle, New York, sought bankruptcy protection after more than 50 victims in Canada and Seattle came forward about the sexual abuse at ICB schools. The bankruptcy court instituted the deadline, otherwise known as a “bar date,” for all victims of the ICB and victims at ICB-run schools to come forward to the courts.

The Irish Christian Brothers ran and currently run schools across the United States and Canada. For a list, click here or here. Although a school may be listed as “closed,” victims from those schools still have rights. In other places, like Los Angeles’ Cantwell/Sacred Heart of Mary, the Archdiocese booted the brothers and took over the school. Victims who were abused at Cantwell (where a convicted child abuser and at least two accused child sexual predators worked) before the ICB were kicked out also have rights in the bankruptcy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM
Über wie viel Brücken muss man geh‘n…
DEUTSCHLAND
Humanistischer Pressedienst

SCHARBEUTZ. (hpd) Berlin ist eine Reise wert, so heißt es immer wieder. Die Reise, die Norbert Denef morgen von seinem Wohnort Scharbeutz nach Berlin plant, dürfte eine der ungewöhnlichsten, mit anderen nicht vergleichbare sein. Am Freitag, 13. Juli 2012, wird er um 14:00 Uhr vor dem Reichstag in Berlin sein.

Ausgestattet mit Transparenten, Ideen und Parolen war der Vorsitzende von netzwerkB (B wie Betroffene) in den letzten Jahren immer wieder in die Hauptstadt und den Regierungssitz unseres Landes gereist, um mahnend in Begleitung einiger meist auch Betroffener und Fürsprecher die Forderung zu präsentieren: “Weg mit den Verjährungsfristen bei sexualisierter Gewalt an Kindern und Jugendlichen”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:45 PM
Abuse victims ‘not ready’
AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Sophie Gosper
From:The Australian
July 13, 2012

SUPPORT groups for sexually abused children say the Victorian parliament’s terms of reference to investigate widespread cases of sex abuse within the clergy and beyond is a step in the right direction, but that the August 31 cut-off for submissions does not allow enough time to make their case.

The spokeswoman for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, Nicky Davis, said the committee was asking victims to reveal incredibly traumatising and distressing personal information, which some may struggle to even submit in writing, so to offer such a small window was unrealistic.

“The time is vastly inadequate,” she said. “Even if they were just covering the Catholic Church it wouldn’t be enough time, let alone all other non-government organisations and any other organisation that might come up. It is actually a far bigger task than they may think.

“I am also concerned whether or not the magnitude of church (public relations) material that will be dumped on the committee during this time period will drown out the voice of the victims.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM
Fr. Matthew Gottschalk retires
MILWAUKEE (WI)
Catholic Herald

Written by Tracy Rusch, Catholic Herald Staff Thursday, 12 July 2012

MILWAUKEE — Capuchin Fr. Matthew Gottschalk, 85, cofounder of the House of Peace, retired from his position as spiritual director and moved from Milwaukee to a retirement home in Detroit on Saturday, June 17.

Amy Peterson, director of the Office of Pastoral Care & Conciliation for the Province of St. Joseph, told your Catholic Herald by telephone Monday that Fr. Gottschalk retired for a number of reasons, including his age, health and medical needs. She also said that while the Milwaukee County District Attorney office’s investigation into an allegation made against Fr. Gottschalk found no criminal behavior, it prompted the order to look at his situation.

“(The allegation) brought to light a conversation about Fr. Matthew and his deteriorating health, his age, he just lost his driver’s license – there were just a number of things,” Peterson said. “So the reason he’s not removed from minstry and he’s been retired is because he didn’t, as far as we know, we have no information about him committing a criminal act against a minor.”

Milwaukee County Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern told your Catholic Herald Tuesday that three allegations against Fr. Gottschalk came to their attention earlier this year as a result of the bankruptcy proceedings involving the Milwaukee Archdiocese: the first incident allegedly occurred in 1970, the second allegedly occurred between 1974 and 1976, and the third incident allegedly occurred in 1993.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM
House of Peace co-founder retires
MILWAUAKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

July 7, 2012

A prominent Catholic priest who co-founded Milwaukee’s House of Peace and has long ministered to members of the African-American community has retired, in part because of inappropriate behavior involving a minor 30 years ago, his religious order said Friday.

Father Matthew Gottschalk, 85, who was working at the House of Peace when the allegation arose this year, acknowledged the behavior was inappropriate, said Amy Peterson, who handles sex abuse cases for the Detroit-based Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph.

She said the incident did not rise to the level of a crime, according to an investigation by the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office, and that it was not solely the reason for Gottschalk’s retirement. Other factors, including his age, health and the recent loss of his driver’s license, also were considered, she said.

“But this gave us an opportunity to look at his situation holistically,” she said. “And the House of Peace just wasn’t the place for him.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM
Milwaukee Capuchin priest “retired” from ministry was accused of criminal act according to DA
MILWAUKEE (WI)
SNAP Wisconsin

Statement by John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin Director

CONTACT: 414-336-8575

On Saturday, it was reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Fr. Matthew Gottschalk, a Milwaukee Capuchin priest who has been working with inner city families for over fifty years, had been accused in a report submitted to Milwaukee Federal Bankruptcy Court of abusing a minor. The act or acts, which the Capuchins will not specify, allegedly occurred in the 1970’s.

According to Saturday’s story, Gottschalk admitted to his superiors that he did, in fact, commit an “inappropriate” act against a minor. Citing as her authority the Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office, a Capuchin spokesperson insisted that Gottschalk’s action did not “rise” to the “level” of a “criminal act”. Gottschalk, in other words, just “happened” to have been accused of some kind of non-criminal abuse of a minor as the order was readying him to retire. He was moved to Capuchin headquarters in Detroit for health and other mundane reasons, such as his inability to renew his driver’s license, and not because he was accused of committing a criminal act. So, according to the Capuchins on Saturday, there was one report of abuse against Gottschalk for abusing a minor, the abuse was “inappropriate” but, according to the DA, not criminal. And, after all, Gottschalk admitted to the inappropriate behavior, so let’s just move his retirement forward but not remove him from ministry.

Today, however, we are learning that, once again, church authorities and spokespersons seem congenitally unable to simply speak the truth in a candid, responsible, and transparent manner.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM
Buben missbraucht: 4 Jahre Haft für Ex-Mesner
DEUTSCHLAND
Main Post

Monatelang hat er sich an einem Buben sexuell vergangen – ein ehemaliger Mesner ist deswegen zu vier Jahren Haft verurteilt worden. Das Landgericht Würzburg hielt den 30 Jahre alten Angeklagten am Donnerstag des sexuellen Missbrauchs von Kindern in 20 Fällen für überführt.

Der einst ehrenamtliche Mesner aus einer Pfarrgemeinde im Landkreis Kitzingen hatte am ersten Prozesstag gestanden, den damals zwölf Jahre alten Ministranten über Monate hinweg sexuell missbraucht zu haben. Der inzwischen 20 Jahre alte Ex-Ministrant hat über die Jahre nach eigenen Angaben mehrere Suizidversuche unternommen und ist noch immer seelisch gezeichnet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:38 PM
Vatican scandal probe …
VATICAN CITY
Washington Post

Vatican scandal probe to last 2 more weeks, with pope’s butler staying in custody for now

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, July 12

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says its investigators will finish questioning witnesses and the pope’s butler within two weeks in the probe of leaked documents, including from the private papal apartment.

The leaks exposed corruption, infighting and power struggles at the Vatican’s highest levels.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters Thursday that the butler, Paolo Gabriele, who has been detained since May 23, will be held for “few days” beyond the 50-day period initially envisioned.

Lombardi said that if Gabriele, a layman accused of grand theft, is indicted, a public trial would be held, possibly in September.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM
Priest detained amid charge of bid to sacrifice child
INDIA
Press Trust of India

STAFF WRITER

Bangalore, July 12 (PTI) A priest, suspected to be mentally unsound, was detained by police today for questioning on a complaint that he was allegedly trying to sacrifice a three year-old boy here, police said.

The man, a native of Shimoga and in his early 50s, has been detained and “sent for medical examination as he was suspected to be mentally unsound”, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Division) Sonia Narang told PTI.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:55 AM
Appeal Court rules Church can be held responsible for offences by priests
UNITED KINGDOM
Independent Catholic News

A ruling that the Catholic Church can be held liable for the wrongdoings of its priests has been upheld by the Appeals Court today (12 July).

Last year Mr Justice MacDuff decided in favour of a woman who claimed she was raped and assaulted as a child by a priest of the Portsmouth Diocese. The Court of Appeal has upheld this decision.

The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth have issued the following statement in response to the judgment by the Court of Appeal in respect of vicarious liability in the case of JGE v The Trustees of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust.

‘We brought this appeal in order to achieve clarity as to the nature and extent of the bishop’s liability for the actions of diocesan priests. A number of judgments in recent years have sought to extend the scope of vicarious liability, which is designed for relationships of employment, to very different relationships, including that between a bishop and his priest, who is an office holder and not an employee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM
Catholic church loses abuse liability appeal
UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Owen Bowcott, legal affairs correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 12 July 2012

A Roman Catholic diocese is liable to pay compensation for alleged beatings inflicted by a nun and sexual abuse perpetrated by a priest on a young girl, the court of appeal has ruled.

The decision, by a majority of two judges to one, will have far-reaching implications for the responsibilities of all employers, significantly widening the scope of their “vicarious liability” for the actions of employees.

The claim was brought by a 48-year-old woman known as JGE, who cannot be named for legal reasons. She said that as a child she was beaten by a nun at a convent-run care home and later raped and sexually assaulted by a priest.

Father Wilfred Baldwin, who has since died, was said to have abused her in the robing room on the day of her first communion. The facts of what took place are disputed: the Portsmouth diocese denies there was any abuse and insists a priest is an office holder not an employee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM
Many questions, few answers in Silva case
CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

There are many questions. There are likely to be few answers, now and in the foreseeable future.

Perhaps the biggest unknown is whether the deal that allowed a Roman Catholic priest to leave the country without facing prosecution on a sexual assault charge is the best outcome for the case.

There is too much we don’t know, so that question, like so many others, is impossible to answer. We do know that if Jose Silva ever returns to Canada, there is a bench warrant for his arrest. That means the sexual assault charge can be prosecuted by the Crown if Silva comes back to this country.

Silva, a native of Brazil, spent two years at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Park Street North, where he was a popular parish priest. The sexual assault charge was laid last September following a complaint to police by an 18-year-old musician who alleged he was assaulted in the priest’s residence at the church.

Silva’s lawyer and a Hamilton assistant Crown attorney negotiated an agreement that allowed Silva to return to his native Brazil — without having been prosecuted for the alleged sexual assault — on the condition that he not return to Canada.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM
Priest’s prison appeal rejected
UNITED KINGDOM
The Sentinel

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A PRIEST locked up for repeatedly abusing schoolboys deserved every day of his 22-year jail term for his ‘unimaginable breach of trust’, top judges ruled.

Alexander Bede Walsh, aged 58, was handed the sentence at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in March after he was convicted of two serious sex offences and 19 counts of indecent assault.

Walsh’s victims included schoolboys in Cheadle and at Coton College, near Alton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM
‘I feel he should have been prosecuted’
CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

He doesn’t think about it every day. But there are flashbacks, out of the blue. Even a highway sign for “Hamilton” will trigger the memory of what he says took place in a Roman Catholic priest’s office last September.

He is the young complainant in the Reverend Jose Silva sex assault case. And he isn’t entirely satisfied that Silva, 34, was permitted to leave Canada and return to his native Brazil without facing prosecution.

The deal, struck between Silva’s defence lawyer and an assistant Crown attorney, is now under review by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM
Catholic Church loses child abuse liability appeal
UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A ruling that the Catholic Church can be held liable for the wrongdoings of its priests has been upheld.

Last year Mr Justice MacDuff decided in favour of a woman who claimed she was raped and assaulted as a child by a priest of the Portsmouth Diocese.

The Court of Appeal has upheld this decision, which raises “an issue of wide general importance in respect of claims against the Catholic Church”.

A diocese spokesman said the case was about “fundamental legal principles”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM
British Court of Appeal rules that Catholic Church can be held liable for wrongdoings of priests
UNITED KINGDOM
RTE News

The British Court of Appeal has ruled that the Catholic Church can be held liable for the wrongdoings of its priests.

The decision was announced in an action which has been described as raising “an issue of wide general importance in respect of claims against the Catholic Church

In the British High Court last November, a decision was given in favour of a woman, who claims she was sexually assaulted as a child by a priest at a children’s home in Hampshire run by an order of nuns.

The judge held that, in law, the Church “may be vicariously liable” for the priests alleged wrongdoings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM
Church loses abuse liability appeal
UNITED KINGDOM
Caernafon-Denbigh Herald

Jul 12 2012

A ruling that the Catholic Church can be held liable for the wrongdoings of its priests has been upheld by the Court of Appeal.

The decision was announced in an action which has been described as raising “an issue of wide general importance in respect of claims against the Catholic Church”.

At the High Court in November Mr Justice MacDuff gave a decision in favour of a woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who claims she was sexually assaulted as a child by the late Father Wilfred Baldwin, a priest of the Portsmouth Diocese, at a children’s home in Hampshire run by an order of nuns.

Giving his decision on a preliminary issue in the damages action by the woman, who is now 48, the judge held that, in law, the Church “may be vicariously liable” for Father Baldwin’s alleged wrongdoings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM
SPOKESPERSONS OF EUROPEAN EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES MEET IN COLOGNE
GERMANY
Vatican Information Srvice

Vatican City, 12 July 2012 (VIS) – Members of the press and spokespersons of the European Episcopal conferences met in Cologne, Germany to discuss the relationship between the media and the Catholic Church.

Bishops, priests, and laypersons from across the continent are participating in the various sessions of the meeting, which will take place from 11 to 14 July. It will deal with, among other themes, communication regarding financial issues related to the life of the churches. A special session will be held dedicated to the Year of Faith and the media projects of the various episcopal conferences related to this event.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM
O.C. pastor convicted of sexually assaulting 5 boys
CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

A Lake Forest pastor was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting five boys and now faces a maximum sentence of 330 years to life in state prison, Orange County prosecutors said.

Oscar D. Perez, 69, knew the boys through their church in Laguna Hills and assaulted them when they stayed over at his apartment or came for visits, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Perez was “found guilty by a jury of 22 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, four felony counts of lewd acts on a child and sentencing enhancement allegations for lewd acts against multiple victims,” the statement said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM
Man who posed as pastor convicted on 26 molestation counts
CALIFORNIA
The Orange County Register

By PETER LARSON / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – A Laguna Hills man who had acted as a pastor bowed his head and stared forward Wednesday as he was convicted of molesting five boys from the congregation during visits to his Lake Forest apartment.

A jury of seven women and five men deliberated less than two hours before finding Oscar Perez, 69, guilty of 22 counts of lewd acts upon a child younger than 14, four counts of lewd acts on a child, and sentencing enhancements for lewd acts against multiple victims.

Perez faces a maximum sentence of 330 years to life in prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker said Perez asked victims’ parents to have their sons sleep over when he felt sick. The victims assisted Perez with services at Iglesia Antigua, a church that rented space at a Laguna Hills Episcopal Church, where he represented himself as a Catholic and Apostolic pastor and bishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM
Priest’s parole nearly abused her once more
WORCESTER (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

Dianne Williamson
[email protected]

For more than three years, Susan Manter endured humiliating physical abuse from a trusted priest she had turned to for counseling. After she summoned the strength to testify against him in criminal court, friends and fellow parishioners turned their backs on her.

So when the Rev. Charles M. Abdelahad was found guilty May 25 of two counts of assault and battery, she felt only partial vindication. While grateful that the judge believed her, she was disappointed with the sentence — two years in the House of Correction, with just 90 days to serve.

“I did get some satisfaction,” said Manter, of Rutland, a petite mother of three. “But I know what happened in that office and I know what I went through. He got off very easy.”

But the priest was scheduled to get off even easier than she imagined. On July 5, she received a phone call from the state Parole Board, informing her that the Rev. Abdelahad had been granted parole and would be released July 13 — tomorrow — after serving just 49 days.

Ms. Manter was dumbstruck. Not only was she unaware that parole was an option, but she was never notified of the July 2 hearing so she could object to his release, which is her right as a victim under state law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM
Church welcomes back ‘fallen’ leader who had affair
OHIO
The Columbus Dispatch

By JoAnne Viviano
The Columbus Dispatch
Thursday July 12, 2012

A Columbus megachurch has welcomed back a former associate pastor who spent about 18 months in counseling and reflection after it came to light that he had a sexual relationship with a woman he was counseling for sex addiction.

Steve Robbins has fully repented and is returning as a church member “who is loved and welcome and restored to fellowship,” Vineyard Columbus’ senior pastor, Rich Nathan, announced in closing his weekend sermon on “Disciplining and Restoring Fallen Leaders.” Robbins will not be on staff.

“We’re going to do something that you have never seen before, and that is a public restoration of someone who walked away and now is coming back home,” the pastor said to applause as he welcomed Robbins on stage and embraced him.

Robbins, 62, was asked to break off contact with the woman and to refrain from worshipping at the evangelical Christian church pending the counseling and reflection, Nathan said when reached by phone on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM
Pastor Convicted of Molesting 5 Young Boys From His Congregation
CALIFORNIA
Patch

By Sarah de Crescenzo

The pastor of a Laguna Hills church was convicted Wednesday of molesting five boys—ranging in age from 9 to 15—in his congregation as they slept over or visited his Lake Forest apartment.

Oscar D. Perez Perez was convicted of 22 counts of lewd acts on a child younger than 14 and four counts of lewd acts on a child. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14.

Perez faces up to 330 years to life in prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker. The minimum sentence would be 15 years to life, she said.

Perez claims to be a bishop and pastor of Iglesia Antigua, or Old Church, which at the time of his arrest rented space at St. George’s Episcopalian Church in Laguna Hills. Perez’s church is not affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church or the Diocese of Orange.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM
Vandergraph gets new fitness hearing
ILLINOIS
The Southern

BY BRENT STEWART, THE SOUTHERN

JONESBORO — Judge Mark Boie has ordered another fitness hearing for Bill Vandergraph, a former Alto Pass pastor accused of sexually abusing a minor.

In his order, issued Tuesday, Boie said, “Based on the history of this matter… the Court’s opinion is that it must fully determine whether the Defendant is unwilling or unable to cooperate with his counsel.”

Concerns about Vandergraph’s mental fitness, possibly including depression and signs of dementia, have been an issue in the proceedings. Psychiatrist Naeem A. Qureshi, MD, testified Vandergraph was fit to stand trial in a fitness hearing in April 2011.

As recently as March, Qureshi issued a supplemental report that deemed Vandergraph fit for trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM
Opinion: In Inglewood, accused pastor is suddenly the man nobody knows
CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Wave

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

By Betty Pleasant, Contributing Editor

While the Rev. Gordon Solomon was busy last Friday pleading not guilty to charges that he “substantially” sexually abused a child, people who used to know him suddenly never heard of him and the Inglewood church he pastored became a Southland tourist’s mecca as everyone flocked to it to experience whatever Jerry Sandusky-esque vibes emanated therefrom.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, the 50-year-old Solomon, a native Belizean, was arrested on or about the Fourth of July and charged with nine felony counts of committing lewd acts on a 14-year-old girl who attended his church — acts which began in June 2010 when the child was 12 and did not end until July 1, 2012, when the child’s mother stumbled upon explicit text messages Solomon allegedly sent the girl. The mother immediately summoned police who confiscated the lewd missives and set about building the case against him.

The counts against Solomon break down like this: He was charged with seven counts of committing a lewd act on a child; one count of continuous sexual abuse and one count of oral copulation of a person under the age of 14. He is being held in lieu of $3 million bail, and faces up to 26 years and eight months in state prison if convicted of the charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM
Was California Abuser A Predator/Teacher In Belize?
CALIFORNIA/BELIZE
7 News Belize

The story of a pastor from a church in Inglewood California who is accused of sexually abusing a 13 year old is making news in Belize tonight.

And that’s because 50 year old Gordon Solomon used to teach at a number of high schools in Belize. We have received reports that he was a teacher at a number of Belize City High Schools in the 80’s and early 90’s. It’s important because according to multiple accounts – he allegedly did the same thing in Belize – preying on teenaged girls. He was never charged – but we have spoken to persons who insist that he was a known predator.

And while he was never charged in Belize, Solomon faces nine felony counts in California court. He is being held in lieu of $3-million bail.

According to news reports from Los Angeles, Solomon met the now 14-year-old victim at Christ’s Community Church, where he is the pastor. The alleged abuse started in June 2010 and didn’t end until Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM
William Lynch Will Not Be Retried For Assault Charge, DA Announces
CALIFORNIA
Patch

By Sheila Sanchez

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office this afternoon announced it will not re-file a misdemeanor assault charge against the San Francisco man acquitted last week of felony assault and elder abuse that resulted from a confrontation with the Los Gatos priest he claims brutally raped him and his brother as children.

Prosecutor Vicki Gemetti is scheduled to make the decision official before Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge David Cena at 9 a.m. Friday, July 20, in Department 34 at the Hall of Justice in San Jose, the DA announced in a press release.

On July 5, a 12-member jury found Lynch, 44, not guilty off the two felony charges, and acquitted him on the charge of misdemeanor elder abuse, but hung on the lower charge of misdemeanor assault on Rev. Jerold Lindner.

Gemetti had the option to re-file the misdemeanor charge on which the jury deadlocked 8-4.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM
Sex abuse claims badly handled: Abbott
AUSTRALIA
WA Today

July 12, 2012

AAP

Allegations of past sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church have been appallingly handled, opposition leader Tony Abbott says.

Mr Abbott, a prominent Catholic, says a series of allegations which are only now coming to light are “absolutely horrific” but he believes things have improved since the abuse occurred.

“There’s no doubt that these things have been appallingly badly handled in the past,” he told the Macquarie Radio Network on Thursday.

“Thank God we’re now alive to these things and much, much better, though still far from perfect, at dealing with them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM
Pedophile Priest Battery-Vigilantism or Justice?
CALIFORNIA
Christian Post

By Rev. Austin Miles

Antioch, California. On Saturday July 7th, news headlines proclaimed in highlighted caps: “LYNCH ACQUITTED IN PRIEST BEATING.” John Lynch had been brought to trial for beating Catholic Priest Jerold Linder who had molested and raped Lynch when he was a little boy as well as his little brother who was 4 years old.

Homosexual rape is so violent that it rips the inside of the rectum, leaving raw nerves exposed resulting in continual excruciating pain. Making matters worse, that pervert made Lynch perform oral sex on his little brother as Linder watched.

Lynch tried to tell people but nobody listened. After all, a priest would never do such things. Finally, two years ago Lynch visited the so-called priest to talk to him about the molestations and rape when he and his brother were children.

Linden seemed to sneer as Lynch tried to talk to him and ask for an acknowledgment and apology. That sneer was the match that lit the fuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM
July 11, 2012
DA drops remaining charge in priest assault case
CALIFORNIA
The Modesto Bee

By PAUL ELIAS
Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The man accused of assaulting the priest he says molested him decades ago won’t face another trial.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen announced Wednesday that his office won’t pursue a misdemeanor assault charge against William Lynch. A San Jose jury last week acquitted Lynch of felony assault and felony elder abuse after a 2010 altercation with Jerold Lindner, a retired Jesuit priest. Lynch testified that Lindner molested him in 1975.

The jury deadlocked eight to four to convict Lynch of misdemeanor assault. Rosen also said his office is deciding whether to charge the priest with perjury.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 PM
DA will not re-try Will Lynch in priest beating case
CALIFORNIA
Santa Cruz Sentinel

By Robert Salonga and Tracey Kaplan
Mercury News
mercurynews.com

Posted: 07/11/2012

Will Lynch, the man acquitted last week in the beating of a priest he says raped him as child more than three decades ago, will not be tried for a lingering misdemeanor charge that deadlocked a jury, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office announced this afternoon.

Jurors last week cleared Lynch, 44, of felony assault and elder abuse charges and a misdemeanor elder abuse charge in a May 10, 2010 attack in Los Gatos, but could not reach consensus on a misdemeanor assault charge, leaving room for District Attorney Jeff Rosen to re-file.

His office said prosecutors will not take up the case a second time.

“We have heard the jury. We believe it is unlikely that a new jury would render a substantially different decision,” Rosen said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 PM
The Troubling Case of Timothy Ramaekers
CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on July 11, 2012

What we know is bad. What we don’t know is scary.

Last week, family members of Matthew Carrigan gathered outside of Corpus Christi Parish in Aliso Viejo to warn parishioners about Fr. Tim Ramaekers. According to a lawsuit filed by Carrigan, Ramaekers allegedly molested Carrigan when he was a young student at St. Justin Martyr Parish and School in Buena Park.

Ramaekers denies the allegations.

And that’s where the problem starts.

When Ramaekers spoke at the Saturday and Sunday masses, he continually referred to “false allegations.” He kept mum about the lawsuit, even though the suit itself is in jeopardy. Because of the recent California Supreme Court decision in the Quarry case, it could be dismissed on the statute of limitations, NOT because of the merits of the case. Ramaekers said nothing about that.

The Diocese and Ramaekers also said that the Diocese did a complete investigation on the allegations. To date, they have not publicly disclosed the findings. What we do know is that the investigator had no access to Ramaekers’ secret personnel file, which is the sole property of the bishop and can only be released by a court order. We also know that a church-hired investigator has the same credibility as Enron hiring a private investigator (in fact, Arthur Anderson, Enron’s auditor, was criminally charged with shredding Enron documents).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:00 PM
Sex claims ‘met with violence’
AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY

12 Jul, 2012

DEFROCKED Catholic priest John Sidney Denham violently sexually assaulted a 12-year-old schoolboy over a number of months in 1977, police have alleged.

But another priest’s violent response at news of the alleged assaults stopped the boy speaking about it until decades later.

Police who have charged Mr Denham, 70, with 47 child sex offences involving 14 boys, allege a priest, who cannot be named, repeatedly hit the boy and yelled: “How dare you make up these lies? How dare you come into my office and make up lies about a man of his stature?”

The boy, who came from a violent home and had seen his Catholic school as an “outlet from this family abuse”, “believed from that time that he could not tell anyone”, police allege.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM
Will the Catholic church still be standing in a few generations?
UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Bill Tammeus on Jul. 11, 2012 A small c catholic

Like the oblivious frog sitting in the pot of water that’s slowly coming to a boil, we often find it almost impossible to discern even historic changes while they’re happening.

And sometimes when we guess at seismic shifts that may be occurring, we’re embarrassingly wrong: Thomas Watson, IBM chairman in 1943, is (maybe falsely) reported to have said then: “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

So I acknowledge I could be way off-base here. But from my Protestant, outside-Catholicism perspective, it looks as if the current hierarchical institutional expression of the Catholic church is dying and will be essentially gone in a few generations — certainly in the U.S. Whether another form of the church will survive is unknowable.

As educator Richard Giannone correctly notes in his new memoir, Hidden, “The history of Christianity as an organization has been a history of disagreeable confrontations with new forces at work in era after era. The church (his reference is to the Catholic church) is either unable, or unwilling, or scared to deal with the evolving society in which it lives and claims, often loudly, to serve.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM
Etwas ist faul im Vatikanstaat
VATIKAN
Neue Zurcher Zeitung (Schweiz)

Von Franz Haas

Zumindest am Namenstag von Peter und Paul, den Schutzheiligen der Stadt Rom, gab sich der 85-jährige Papst zuversichtlich in seiner Predigt: «Die Mächte des Bösen werden nicht vorherrschen», sagte Benedikt XVI. am 29. Juni im Petersdom. Er wiederholte mehrmals wie zur Beschwörung das lateinische «non praevalebunt», das auch als Motto auf der Vatikan-Zeitung «L’Osservatore Romano» prangt. Zwischen den Zeilen der päpstlichen Predigt stand die Sorge um jenen Skandal, der seit Wochen als «Vatileaks» durch die Medien geistert. Italienische Zeitungen bekommen regelmässig geheime Dokumente aus dem Vatikan von anonymen Informanten. Unter diesen ist der im Mai verhaftete Paolo Gabriele, Kammerdiener des Papstes, wohl nur ein kleiner Fisch oder Sündenbock, denn auch nach seiner Verhaftung sickern noch Informationen durch. Die «Mächte des Bösen» werkeln also weiter, und sie sitzen auch innerhalb der Mauern des kleinen apostolischen Staates.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:51 PM
Landeskirche zahlt Entschädigungen an Opfer sexueller Gewalt
DEUTSCHLAND
Osnabrucker Zeitung

uwe Osnabrück/Hannover. Auch die evangelisch-lutherische Landeskirche Hannovers will Opfern sexueller Gewalt bald individuelle Entschädigungen zahlen. Dazu soll eine unabhängige Beschwerdekommission mit einem Richter an der Spitze eingesetzt werden, so gestern Christoph Künkel, Direktor des Diakonischen Werks Hannover.

Die Landeskirche folgt damit einer Empfehlung der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland (EKD). Diese hatte den einzelnen Gliedkirchen und ihren Diakonischen Werken empfohlen, dann eine Entschädigung zu zahlen, „wenn ein Versagen der Institution vorliegt“. Dies soll nun in jedem Einzelfall geprüft und bei Anerkennung eine Entschädigungssumme festgelegt werden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM
Missbrauch „Entlastung und Heilung“ im Priesteramt gesucht
DEUTSCHLAND
Nachrichten

Alles gut also in der römisch-katholischen Kirche? Pädophilie in den eigenen Reihen nur ein Problem, das man mit anderen gesellschaftlichen Einrichtungen teilt? Der Sexualmediziner Klaus Beier von der Berliner Charité glaubt das nicht. Er sagt: „Sexuelle Neigungen prägen sich in der Jugend aus. Doch was mache ich, wenn ich mich als junger Mann nicht zu Mädchen hingezogen fühle, sondern zu Kindern? Ich ahne dann, dass ich in dieser Gesellschaft nur Ablehnung erfahren werde.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:43 PM
Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen katholischen Orden
VATIKAN
Welt

Der umstrittene katholische Orden Legionäre Christi steht erneut in der Kritik. 77 Frauen haben den Vatikan aufgefordert, die Jugendprogramme des Ordens zu beenden, weil sie dort Missbrauch erfahren hätten. Ein entsprechender Brief liegt der Nachrichtenagentur AP vor.

Die Legionäre Christi stehen nach anderen Skandalen schon seit Sommer 2010 unter Zwangsleitung des von Papst Benedikt XVI. beauftragten Kardinals Velasio De Paolis, der den Orden umfassend reformieren soll.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM
Catholic Priest Admits 14-Year Gay Marriage, Says Forced Celibacy Leads to Abuse
UNITED KINGDOM
Christian Post

By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter

July 11, 2012

Father Bernard Lynch, a homosexual Catholic priest and activist known for defying Vatican teachings, has once again challenged the Roman Catholic Church by revealing that he has been married to a man for the past 14 years. Lynch also blames teachings on celibacy for the child sex abuse cases gripping the Catholic Church.

Roman Catholic doctrine calls on all priests to be celibate, but Lynch, who has served in the ministry for over 40 years and moved to London from New York in the 90s, revealed in his new book, If It Wasn’t Love: Sex, Death and God, that he is married and has been helping closeted gay priests in the English capital in his counseling program. He has also been marrying gay and lesbian couples in the church, despite Catholic doctrine prohibiting such a practice. …

Lynch, born in 1947 in Ireland, was himself accused of abusing children, but that claim was dismissed in court when the man who made those allegations was proven to be a pathological liar. The gay Catholic priest claims that people angry at his pro-LGBT views pushed the man to create such charges against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:44 AM
Deal allows priest accused of sex assault to flee to Brazil
CANADA
CHCH

Updated Father Jose Silva, the Roman Catholic priest charged with sexual assault last fall, is now a free man back in his native Brazil.

According to his attorney, it comes as result of a deal struck between prosecutors and the defence.

Father Silva had been a priest at St Mary’s Church on Park Street North since 2009. In September was charged with sexual assault and received bail a few days later. One of the conditions was that he hand over his passport to Hamilton Police.

Tonight CHCH News has been informed by his attorney, Dean Paquette, that Father Silva’s passport was returned by the Crown as part of a deal which would see Silva leave for his native Brazil, never to return.

The alleged incident took place during a courtyard party outside of the church. The accuser, an 18 year old man, alleges that he was sexually assaulted at a house just down the road from the party.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM
Police ‘took no action’ over priest’s abuse
AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Dan Box
From:The Australian
July 12, 2012

NSW police were told that a Catholic priest now at the centre of a child sex abuse scandal was abusing boys almost 30 years ago, but took no action against him.

In 1983, the father of an 11-year-old altar boy told officers in the town of Moree that his son had been touched inappropriately by the priest, known as Father F for legal reasons.

The boy’s father, who asked not to be named, said he raised the allegation with the late Monsignor Frank Ryan, a church official in the diocese of Armidale on three occasions, but nothing was done. “So I spoke to the police and they said they were aware of (Father F’s) activities and something would come out of it,” the father said.

“But nothing happened.”

Father F subsequently moved to Sydney, where he continued working as a priest and allegedly abused another boy, who later committed suicide.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM
Timothy Raemakers, Priest at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Aliso Viejo, Calls Sex-Abuse Allegation Lodged Against Him a “9/11 Moment”
CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

By Gustavo Arellano
Wed., Jul. 11 2012

In late 2010, the Catholic Diocese of Orange revealed that they were looking into allegations made by Matthew Carrigan that Father Timothy Ramaekers molested him as a child at St. Justin Martyr Church in Anaheim during the 1980s–this, after Carrigan filed a civil lawsuit in 2009 alleging Ramaekers and other priests abused him. The diocese said they found no evidence that Ramaekers abused Carrigan, but that hasn’t stopped Matthew and his family from letting the world know what they think of the priest, who just got the nod to head Corpus Christi in Aliso Viejo.

They were there in force this past weekend, where Ramaekers continued the arrogance that characterizes the modern-day Catholic Church in the United States by comparing Carrigan’s allegation and subsequent actions to a “9/11 moment” against him.

“A 9/11 [moment] is something that we don’t create,” Ramaekers told parishioners, according to eyewitnesses. “It’s not something that we do. 9/11, when we look at it, it is not fair. It’s not right. It’s not just. We may be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but when we are in our 9/11 Ground Zero experience, our life is altered forever. My 9/11 experience is being accused of sexual misconduct.”

All together now: IDIOT.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:51 AM
Deal lets priest charged with sex assault flee to Brazil
CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

Ken Peters

The Ministry of the Attorney General plans to investigate a deal struck by a Hamilton Crown prosecutor that allowed a Roman Catholic priest charged with sexual assault to leave the country without facing prosecution.

The ministry acknowledged the agreement permitted Reverend Jose Silva to return to his native Brazil on condition that he not return to Canada.

“This is not common practice and we will look into this matter further,” ministry spokesperson Brendan Crawley said in an email Tuesday night.

Prominent defence lawyer Dean Paquette said his client left Hamilton in early May as part of a resolution he negotiated with assistant Crown attorney Carey Lee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 AM
Catholic Schism: Diarmaid MacCulloch, Influential Church Historian, Predicts Major Division In ‘Silence In Christi
UNITED KINGDOM
Huffington Post

By Jonathan Luxmoore
Posted: 07/10/2012

(RNS/ENInews) Influential church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch said he believes Christianity faces a bright future, but predicted the Roman Catholic Church will undergo a major schism over its moral and social teaching.

“Christianity, the world’s largest religion, is rapidly expanding — by all indications, its future is very bright,” said MacCulloch, 60, professor of church history at Oxford University and an Anglican deacon. His latest book, “Silence in Christian History,” will be published in the fall by Penguin.

MacCulloch said in an interview that “there are also many conflicts” within Christianity, “and these are particularly serious in the Roman Catholic church, which seems on the verge of a very great split over the Vatican’s failure to listen to European Catholics.” He predicted that Catholicism faces a division over attempts by popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI to “rewrite the story” of the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council by portraying it as a “minor adjustment” in church governance, rather than as a “radical move to change the way authority is expressed.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM
ROME – Bishops fail to meet deadline, SNAP responds
VATICAN CITY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Blaine on July 10, 2012

Almost half of the world’s bishops have failed to meet a Vatican deadline to submit child sex abuse policies. That shows how little Catholic prelates care about kids’ safety.

These policies will largely be vague and unenforced, but the fact that hundreds or thousands of bishops refuse to even write them down and turn them in on time shows how little or nothing is changing in the church hierarchy’s response to the ongoing child sex abuse and cover up crisis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM
Catholic priest charged with new child sex offences
AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

JOANNE MCCARTHY

11 Jul, 2012

DEFROCKED Maitland-Newcastle diocese Catholic priest John Sidney Denham has been charged with 10 fresh child sex assault offences from the 1970s.

Denham declined to appear on an audio visual link from Goulburn Jail today where he is in custody, Newcastle Local Court magistrate Ian Cheetham was told.

He has been charged with 10 offences against two boys, aged 12, at St Pius X High School, Adamstown, in 1977, including three charges of buggery, and seven charges of indecent assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 AM
Defrocked priest faces more charges
AUSTRALIA
ABC Newscastle

Updated July 11, 2012

Ten additional child sex charges have been laid against a defrocked Hunter Valley priest in Newcastle Local court.

69 year old John Sidney Denham is already serving a lengthy jail term for sexually abusing 39 boys in Newcastle, Sydney and Taree.

The former Catholic Priest declined to appear by video-link in Newcastle local court from Goulburn jail.

He has been charged with another 10 sex offences against two boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 AM
Diocese: Bishop Not Charged
WHEELING (WV)
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

July 11, 2012

By HEATHER ZIEGLER – Associate City Editor , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Following the landmark guilty verdict against a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia charged with endangering children, the leader of the Catholic Church in West Virginia continues to deal with the fallout of accusations.

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, whose name was brought up by prosecutors in the Philadelphia case, steadfastly denies any wrongdoing. Bransfield has never been charged with any crime.

The Philadelphia case stems from a 2011 grand jury investigation into allegations that two priests and a teacher sexually abused a 10-year-old boy at St. Jerome Parish in Philadelphia, and that another priest assigned to St. Jerome sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy.

The grand jury presentment recommended criminal charges, including for rape and indecent sexual assault, against the three priests – Edward Avery, Charles Engelhardt and James Brennan – and the teacher, Bernard Shero. The grand jury also recommended charging Monsignor William J. Lynn, secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 AM
More child abuse charges brought against US priest
KANSAS CITY (MO)
Press TV (Iran)

New documents by US prosecutors present evidence of ‘uncharged crimes’ by a priest who already faces more than a dozen child pornography-related charges.

In a new court filing, US federal prosecutors said that Rev. Shawn Ratigan, 46, surfed the Internet for photos of young girls and also searched online for two-way mirrors and tiny cameras disguised to look like pens.

A federal indictment accuses the priest of having been taking explicit photos of girls for six years.

Ratigan faces 13 federal counts of sexual exploitation of children, along with three state child pornography charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 AM
Statute of limitations on child sex abuse: ‘It routinely takes the victims decades to come forward’
PENNSYLVANIA
The Morning Call

John Salvesen, executive director of the Foundation to Abolish Child Abuse, Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County.

Q: What is different about the crime of child sex abuse that requires a longer statute of limitations in civil cases and no statute of limitations in criminal cases?

A: It routinely takes the victims decades to come forward if they come forward at all. That’s the nature of the reaction to child sexual trauma. It takes time. A statute of limitations that limits the age by which a victim must come forward almost, by definition, excludes virtually all victims.

Q: Doesn’t waiting a long time to report a crime weaken a case?

A: These changes to the statutes don’t do anything but give victims of child sexual abuse a chance to have their case heard in court. If too much is forgotten, you’re going to lose your case. This only lets you in the door.

In many cases, you’re not relying on the memories of eyewitnesses other than the victim. There is almost never an eyewitness — it’s not like assault with a deadly weapon. The fact that there was a witness in the Sandusky case is one in a million. That never happens.

If there’s no evidence, or if it’s too old or too stale, there will be no conviction. All this does is guarantee that it actually goes to court. In the case of the Roman Catholic Church, there is a lot of evidence other than memories. They’re called personnel files.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 AM
Statute of limitations on child sex abuse: ‘It will inevitably increase the possibility of fraudulent claims’
PENNSYLVANIA
The Morning Call

Daniel M. Filler, professor at Drexel University law school, Philadelphia.

Q: What are the ramifications if the statute of limitations were eliminated in child sex-abuse cases in criminal proceedings?

A: The whole problem with the issue is that child sexual abuse is a hair-trigger issue in our society, and that fact has led to some real miscarriages of justice. That doesn’t mean that there really aren’t ugly things that happened to people who wait to report. Increasing or eliminating the statute of limitations might lead to more justice, but it also might increase more injustice. The question is how much injustice are we willing to tolerate to get more justice.

Q: What do you mean by more injustice?

A: These kinds of cases make people particularly anxious. I think when it comes to these cases, the worry is that, on one hand, memories are sometimes repressed. But it is also true that a person can be nudged toward remembering things that might not have occurred. Given that, people feel a statute of limitations is needed. It’s the only way a defendant has a chance to disprove such allegations. It’s impossible to find an alibi so long after the event is said to have occurred. The older the memories are, the fear is that it’s more brittle and more likely a person is to create mis-remembrances.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:15 AM
Trial begins for man facing child abuse charges
DANVILLE (IL)
Commercial-News

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Courtroom proceedings began Tuesday in the trial of a Danville man accused of sexually abusing students while working as an associate pastor.

Vermilion County State’s Attorney Randy Brinegar said opening arguments were presented Tuesday morning at the trial of 36-year-old Mark List of Danville. The trial could end as early as today, he said.

List is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault in a position of trust and indecent solicitation of a child. The crimes allegedly took place between Feb. 4, 2008, and Aug. 1, 2009.

Testimony early in the case by Danville police detectives indicated List is accused of sexually abusing a student at Danville Christian Academy while he was an associate pastor there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 AM
Background on a Washington diocese’s decision to enter into mediation
SPOKANE (WA)
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 10, 2012
By Tom Gallagher

•On Dec. 6, 2004, the Diocese of Spokane filed for bankruptcy and submitted a Plan of Reorganization, which provided a fund of $48 million to compensate victims of sexual abuse.

•The Bankruptcy Court set March 10, 2006, as the deadline or “Bar Date” for filing of future claims for persons who have claims of sexual abuse occurring before Dec. 6, 2004.

•Under certain conditions, a person who did not meet the March 10, 2006, Bar Date may still make a claim of sexual abuse as a “Future Tort Claimant.” The Plan defines such a claimant as a person who was not aware that he or she was abused or harmed prior to the Bar Date. Future claims can be made until 2016.

•A future claims fund was created by setting aside $1million of the total $48 million bankruptcy settlement. In the event that future claims and the awards exceeded $1 million, the diocese was required to recapitalize the future claims fund so that it did not dip below $200,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 AM
Clerical abuse claims ‘appalling’
AUSTRALIA
The Catholic Leader

Published: 15 July 2012
By: Paul Dobbyn

YOUTH worker Salesian Father Chris Riley has described recent Four Corners reports of the cover up of sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church as “sickening and disappointing”.

However, Towards Healing executive officer Missionary of the Sacred Heart priest Fr Tim Brennan and Bravehearts founder and executive director Hetty Johnston have both rejected demands for a national Royal Commission focused solely on allegations of sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church.

Fr Brennan said such calls were “simplistic”.

Ms Johnston said it was “shallow indeed to concentrate on just one organisation – at end of the day it’s to do with kids being sexually assaulted and the cover-ups which occur.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 AM
July 10, 2012
Father Bernard Lynch, Gay Catholic Priest, Reveals He’s Married To A Man, Non-Celibate
UNITED KINGDOM
Huffington Post

In a new book, Father Bernard Lynch, a gay Catholic priest who has incurred the wrath of the Vatican for his views supporting LGBT Catholics, not only says he is non-celibate; he reveals that he has been married to a man for the past 14 years, and has officiated over the weddings of many gay and lesbian Catholic couples. The Vatican, he says, is trying to “get rid” of him, while he has been operating a counseling program for closeted gay priests in London since 1992.

Lynch, who has been a Catholic priest for 40 years, left for London from New York in the early 90s, after he was completely cleared of charges related to child abuse allegations made by a man who recanted his story and whom court testimony showed to be a pathological liar. The scandal had Father Lynch at the center of a media firestorm. He believes to this day that right-wing Catholic groups and now-deceased Cardinal O’Connor of New York, angry at his advocacy on behalf of LGBT people and people with AIDS, were behind his trumped up indictment. He had previously gained awards for his AIDS advocacy from politicians and AIDS activists, while local church officials and the Vatican became concerned about his advocacy.

Lynch wrote a a book in 1993 about the trumped up charges and about his speaking out in support of LGBT Catholics, and discussed his own homosexuality. In the new book, “If It Wasn’t Love: Sex, Death and God,” Lynch says for the first time he has been married for 14 years to Billy Desmond, with whom he lives in London. They were married by an American monk, and Lynch himself has officiated at gay and lesbian weddings. He also writes that he believes more than half of all priests are gay. And he blames the Catholic Church’s child abuse scandal on the celibacy rule.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 PM
Montco DA taking second look at alleged cleric misconduct
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
PhillyBurbs

Posted on July 10, 2012

by Margaret Gibbons

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office is taking a second look at information first received in 2007 concerning alleged inappropriate conduct by a priest with a student at Lansdale Catholic High School in the 1970s.

The information alleging inappropriate contact between a student and Father Michael J. Bransfield, who is now bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese that serves all of West Virginia, had been provided to the DA’s office by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.

“Based on the statute of limitations and the victim’s unwillingness to talk to investigators, we did not have a sufficient basis at that time to move forward,” said Ferman. “Within the last month, new information has come forward to cause us to re-examine the older complaint. We are in the process of doing that now.”

Ferman repeatedly declined to answer further questions on the matter.

Bransfield, a Philadelphia native who began his pastoral service in Huntingdon Valley after he was ordained a priest in 1971, served as a teacher, chaplain, chairman of the religion department and vice principal at Lansdale Catholic High School from 1973 into 1979.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM
Majority of bishops’ conferences, except Africa, draft abuse policies
VATICAN CITY
U.S. Catholic

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The majority of bishops’ conferences in the Americas, Europe and Asia have complied with a Vatican mandate to draw up anti-abuse guidelines, said the Vatican’s top investigator of clerical sex abuse.

Without counting Africa, “more than half of the conferences responded” by the May deadline, Msgr. Charles Scicluna of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said in an interview with the Italian monthly Catholic magazine Jesus.

All those who did not send in their proposed guidelines would be getting “a letter of reminder,” he added.

The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, quoted from the interview July 10 and said that the congregation received an encouraging number of responses from Anglo-Saxon countries, “but also Europe, Asia and Latin America have high percentages of responses.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM
Updated: Minister charged with aggravated statutory rape
MEMPHIS (TX)
WREG

[with video]

(Memphis)— A Memphis minister faces aggravated statutory rape and sexual exploitation of a minor charges.

50-year-old Orlando Wallace is behind bars, accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl, while another 15-year-old girl took pictures on her cell phone of the two in the act.

” He`s a minister, but he don`t work here. He`s just a preacher here,” said Pastor of Lakeview Community Temple, Jesse Lipford. Wallace is associated with the church.

Sunday, Lipford was disturbed by the news.

“It bothers me any man, would do that.” It’s a child.”

Lipford wasn`t happy to see our cameras Sunday morning, or that the church`s name was caught up in the shocking story.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 PM
Memphis church elder charged with sexual abuse of minor
MEMPHIS (TN)
Commercial Appeal

By David Waters

Posted July 10, 2012

A 50-year-old elder at a local Church of God in Christ has been removed from church duties pending a police investigation of charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Orlando Wallace, one of seven elders at Lakeview Community Temple Church of God in Christ, was arrested Friday on accusations of having sex with a 15-year-old girl while another 15-year-old girl took pictures on her cellphone. Wallace pleaded not guilty in a Monday court appearance. He is in Shelby County jail on $50,000 bond.

“None of the alleged victims are members or affiliated with Lakeview Community Temple Church Of God In Christ in any way,” Jesse Lipford, Lakeview’s pastor for more than 30 years, said in a statement issued to the congregation and the public.

“In addition, none of the alleged acts took place in the church. The church is not responsible for any of its members’ questionable lifestyles. We teach holiness, and we expect our members to live godly lives in the presence of the Lord, their families, and the community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM
Alleged Victim Launches Nonprofit for Sex Abuse Survivors
CALIFORNIA
NBC Bay Area

By Aliyah Mohammed
Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012

Less than a week after being acquitted by a jury of felony assault and elderly abuse following a confrontation with a Los Gatos priest he says raped him as child, a San Francisco man has created an non-profit organization that aims to end the cycle of sexual abuse against children.

William Lynch, 44, never denied the 2010 assault on Rev. Jerold Lindner, a Catholic priest living at the Sacred Heart retirement home in Los Gatos. But he testified he did so because Lindner allegedly brutally raped and sodomized him and his brother when they were children in the 1970s.

Now Lynch, hopes to prevent what happened to him and his brother from happening to other children and to provide resources to and empower survivors of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 PM
Prosecutors investigating claim against WV bishop, article says
WHEELING (WV)
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

[with audio]

By Ben Adducchio

July 10, 2012 · According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, prosecutors in Pennsylvania are investigating a claim made against the Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Michael Bransfield.

According to the newspaper, prosecutors in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, are reviewing a complaint that Bransfield allegedly fondled a high school student in the 1970s.

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston spokesman Bryan Minor released a saying the diocese’s stance is that this is old news, and appears to be further reference by the newspaper to information released during this year’s clergy sexual abuse trial in Philadelphia.

In the statement, Minor says these allegations are not new and that – quote -“In April, Bishop Bransfield released a statement responding to all allegations, and he stands today by that response.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 PM
SNAP DISGRACES ITSELF AGAIN
UNITED STATES
Catholic League

[The ad in the New York Times – SNAP]

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responds to the full-page ad placed by the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in today’s New York Times:

Instead of looking at the positive reforms made by the U.S. bishops over the last decade, the professional victims’ lobby SNAP is rehashing its age-old claim that there is an ongoing abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Never mind that in the last three years, an average of seven new credible accusations were made against over 40,000 priests in this country. Indeed, 99.98% of Catholic priests did not have a credible accusation made against them last year.

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice issued its Causes and Context study last year that found the abuse scandal ran from the mid-60s to the mid-80s, peaking in the 70s. After it was published, I issued a report analyzing the study [click here]. Since the end of the scandal, the Church has reformed its policies and curbed the problem, thus becoming a model of how to protect children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM
Kort geding tegen pastoor Schafraad
NEDERLAND
Dagblad de Limburger

Maastricht
Van onze verslaggeefster

De advocaat van de man eist dat een in opdracht van Schafraad opgesteld deskundigenrapport niet wordt meegenomen in de klachtenprocedure en dat Schafraad zich ‘van verdere privacy schending in deze zaak onthoudt’.

Tegen de geestelijke waren aanvankelijk drie klachten ingediend door oud-leerlingen van jongensinternaat Bleijerheide in Kerkrade. Schafraad werkte daar in de jaren zestig als broeder. Een van de klagers zou zijn klacht inmiddels hebben ingetrokken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM
HUNGERSTREIK – Norbert Denef sucht Gespräch mit der SPD
DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

Norbert Denef, Vorsitzender des Netzwerks Betroffener von sexualisierter Gewalt, wird am Freitag, 13. Juli 2012 um 14:00 Uhr vor den Reichstag in Berlin kommen, um das Gespräch mit Vertretern der Sozialdemokratischen Partei Deutschlands zu suchen.

Denef ist selbst Opfer jahrelangen systematischen Missbrauchs in seiner Kindheit. Er ist heute 63 Jahre alt. Den an ihm begangenen Verbrechen folgten 35 Jahre, bis er mit viel Anstrengung und mit der Unterstützung seiner Kinder darüber sprechen konnte. Als Sprecher von netzwerkB erlangte Denef ein wenig Bekanntheit. Die Vielzahl der Opfer bleibt namenlos und ohne Hilfe. Die Vielzahl der Opfer leidet still.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM
Documents suggest ‘uncharged crimes’ by Mo. priest
KANSAS CITY (MO)
CBS News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal prosecutors say they’ll present evidence at trial that a Kansas City priest charged with sexually exploiting children possessed two pairs of young girls’ panties and searched the Internet for photos of scantily clad children.

The Rev. Shawn Ratigan is scheduled to go to trial next month on 13 counts of sexually exploiting children. Prosecutors filed notice Monday that they’ll present evidence of “uncharged crimes” to illustrate Ratigan had a sexual interest in young children.

Prosecutors say that among the evidence they may present is a photo of the priest in his underwear at the home of one of his alleged victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM
Warrant issued for fugitive Hamilton priest
CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

A former Hamilton priest facing a sex charge has become a fugitive.

According to court documents a bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of Rev. Jose Silva.

Rev. Jose Silva, 34, a popular former parish priest at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, is facing a sexual assault charge in connection with a Sept. 18, 2011 incident. An 18-year-old musician told police he had been assaulted in the priest’s residence during a festival that day.

The Diocese of Hamilton announced Silva’s resignation in October. A statement issued by the church said Silva “has further indicated that he no longer wishes to remain in pastoral ministry in this country” and wanted to return to his native Brazil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM
Assignment Record-Bishop Anthony Joseph O’Connell
UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org – Assignment Record

Summary of Case: Born in 1938 in Lisheen, Ireland, O’Connell emigrated to St. Louis, MO in 1959 to attend college seminary. He had been rejected by 36 dioceses and religious orders before being accepted by St. Louis. O’Connell was assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas Preparatory Seminary in Hannibal, MO, where he was a teacher, spiritual director, dean of students and, for 18 years, Rector. O’Connell was also the diocesan Vocations Director for years, and was a member of the Priests’ Senate and Personnel Board.

In 1991 a diocesan youth minister told Jefferson City Bishop McAulliffe that boys were disclosing to her that they were being sexually abused by O’Connell and other priests of the diocese. The youth minister was fired. In 1994 a young man told Kansas City bishop Boland that O’Connell had molested him as a boy St. Thomas. Boland is said to have responded, “We like to keep these things quiet”. The accuser soon started to receive secret monthly payments from O’Connell. The Jefferson City diocese settled with one accuser in a “secret agreement” in 1996. This man went public with his accusation in March 2002. O’Connell acknowledged the abuse and resigned a few days later. By 2004 at least nine former St. Thomas seminary students had come forward alleging sexual abuse by O’Connell. Some of the men said they suspected there were dozens of others. Some said the abuse that began while they were boys at St. Thomas, between the 1960s and 1980s, continued into their early adulthoods, including while O’Connell was a bishop.

In June 1988 O’Connell was appointed first bishop of Knoxville, TN. In Nov. 1998 he was appointed bishop of Palm Beach, FL, replacing Bishop Symons, who resigned after admitting to molesting boys. After his 2002 resignation, O’Connell went to live at a Trappist Monastery in South Carolina. He is said to have been free to travel to and from his native Ireland. O’Connell died May 4, 2012.

Ordained: March 30,1963
Ordained Bishop: Sept. 8, 1988
Died: May 4, 2012

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM
Priest Abuse-Assault Case Isn’t Over Yet
CALIFORNIA
San Jose Today

Posted by Christopher Schumb on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The verdict is in for the William Lynch Trial, and unsurprisingly it was “not guilty” on all felony counts. The jury did hang 8-4 for “guilty” on a misdemeanor battery charge, but Mr. Lynch was never charged with the misdemeanor count by the District Attorney—it was added by Judge David Cena as a “lesser included offense,” which allows the jury to find him guilty of a less serious offense if the court believes there is evidence to support such an instruction.

The difference between felony and misdemeanor battery is the severity of the injury inflicted on the victim. Felony battery requires a showing of force that would have inflicted great bodily harm, whereas misdemeanor battery is merely “touching” done without consent in a rude or insolent manner.

The not guilty verdict was not a surprise to most experienced attorneys. As one juror noted, it is tough to find someone guilty of a crime when the court tells you that you cannot rely on the testimony of the victim. Indeed, many felt that the defense was crazy to move for mistrial after Father Jerold Lindner’s testimony was stricken by Judge Cena, after the priest invoked his Fifth Amendment Right to remain silent. Once the priest’s testimony was out, the allegations of sexual abuse were no longer relevant evidence, because the Judge had ruled it was admissible only to impeach Father Lindner’s credibility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM
New allegations surface against defrocked priest
CALIFORNIA
Calaveras Enterprise

Posted on July 10, 2012

by James DeHaven

Former San Andreas priest Michael Kelly faces renewed sex abuse allegations this week after Stockton attorney John Manly confirmed he will press ahead with litigation on behalf of several new clients.

An untold number of accusers have come forward to police and attorneys across three counties after a civil trial against Kelly ended in a $3.75 million verdict last April.

That trial saw Kelly barred from the ministry after the jury found him personally liable for abusing a former altar boy. A criminal case against Kelly was dismissed due to the statute of limitations.

Kelly, who maintains his innocence, fled to Ireland as the civil case was coming to an end, citing stress-related health issues for his departure just days before scheduled liability proceedings against his former diocese.

Manly said he was personally approached by nearly a dozen ex-parishioners and others in recent months, including two from Calaveras County.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM
Alleged abuser named on radio
AUSTRALIA
The Armidale Express

STEPHEN JEFFERY

11 Jul, 2012

ARMIDALE Dumaresq Council will ask a former Catholic priest at the centre of a sex abuse scandal to step aside from his position on the sesquicentenary committee.

The man, known as Father F for legal reasons, is alleged to have confessed to sexually abusing five altar boys in the Armidale diocese during the 1980s.

The confession is alleged to have taken place during a 1992 meeting between Father F and three Catholic priests; Father Brian Lucas, Father John Usher and Father Wayne Peters, the current vicar-general of the Armidale diocese.

Father Usher and Father Lucas have denied that any such admission by Father F took place, but a letter sent by Father Peters to the then Bishop of Armidale, Kevin Manning, indicates a confession was made.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM
Prosecutors outline evidence in case against KC priest
KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 10, 2012
By Joshua J. McElwee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal prosecutors in a case against a priest charged with possession of child pornography outlined Monday some of the evidence they intend to present at the priest’s August trial.

Among the material prosecutors said they will introduce in the trial of Fr. Shawn Ratigan is a long list of images of alleged “child erotica” in his possession, a web history that allegedly proves the priest accessed websites specializing in female child pornography, and web searches that allegedly show he was researching “spy” pens.

Altogether, the evidence will allegedly show that Ratigan’s motive in his actions was “to indulge in and satisfy a sexual interest in female children,” prosecutors write in their filing, which was first reported by The Kansas City Star Monday.

Ratigan, who had served as pastor of a local parish until his arrest in May, 2011, faces 13 federal counts of production and possession of child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM
Resentencing for ‘Father Sam’ rescheduled
OHIO
Beacon Journal

Beacon Journal staff report
Published: July 10, 2012

CLEVELAND: The resentencing for the Rev. Samuel Ciccolini has been rescheduled for 12:30 p.m. July 27 before Judge James Gwin in U.S. District Court.

Ciccolini, 70, a well-known Catholic priest in Akron, pleaded guilty two years ago to banking and tax fraud. He was sentenced to one day in custody, fined $350,000 and ordered to pay $3.5 million in restitution to the Interval Brotherhood Home Foundation in Coventry Township.

An appeals court voided his sentence last week, ruling that Gwin had no authority to order the restitution and that Ciccolini must be resentenced.

Ciccolini has asked the court to have the $3.5 million returned to him. The money has been held by the federal Clerk of Court’s Office in Cleveland during the appeal. Gwin has deferred ruling on the request until the resentencing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:05 PM
True Colors Revealed: SNAP Admits It Is ‘Grateful’ That Man Who Violently Pummeled Elderly Accused Priest Is Let Go
CALIFORNIA
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

The anti-Catholic advocacy group SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) says it is “grateful” that a criminal jury acquitted a man of felony assault after he brutally attacked an elderly priest that he said abused him some 37 years ago in 1975.

On May 10, 2010, William Lynch used a ruse to enter a retirement home for retired priests. He then violently thrashed 65-year-old Rev. Jerold Lindner in front of shocked witnesses until the priest was bruised and bloody. Lynch readily admitted to the angry beating. [Read more about the case]

Following the acquittal last week in the high-profile trial, SNAP issued a media statement written by its alleged “Outreach Director” Barbara Dorris:

Violence is always wrong. Still, we are grateful for this verdict. The odds that Lynch would ever reoffend are infinitely small.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM
Fla. priest takes leave of absence after shoplifting arrest
NORTH PALM BEACH (FL)
First Coast News

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Catholic priest at a North Palm Beach church has taken a leave of absence after his arrest on shoplifting charges.

In a letter to parishioners at St. Clare Church dated June 30, the Rev. Giuseppe Savaia advised that he is “taking time away to tend to personal duress” at the request of the bishop.

Savaia was arrested on a grand theft charge in December after Boca Raton police said he stole an $895 picture frame from Neiman Marcus. Police said he was also arrested in connection with a theft at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise a few days later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM
RI – Victims want investigation of Legion school in US
RHODE ISLAND
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on July 10, 2012

We call on Pope Benedict and his Vatican staff to investigate and harshly punish the priests who violated the privacy of these young, devout girls and abused their trust in the confessional. It’s a horrific betrayal for Catholic officials to use the sacrament of confession to manipulate vulnerable youngsters.

The 77 brave women who spoke out about the abuses they had suffered under the Legion of Christ at their high school in Rhode Island deserve praise for stepping forward and trying to protect other girls from suffering the same fate.

This story is another mar on the face of the controversial and cult-like Legion of Christ. The evidence that this group is out of control is overwhelming, as reports of abuse suffered at the hands of Legion priests have existed for as long as the organization has. In May, it was revealed that the long-time public face of the Legion, Fr. Thomas Williams, had secretly fathered a child after manipulating a parishioner. The worst part of this case is that the head of the Legion, Fr. Alvaro Corcuera, had known of Williams’ manipulation since 2005, when he began to “take steps” to remove Williams, but never followed through.

Earlier that month, the Vatican opened an investigation into seven Legion priests and whether or not they had abused children. The investigated priests hailed from different countries, but all were alike in that they had received allegations of abuse against them, and the Legion had been slow to act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:24 PM
Canon Law Was Not the Problem
IRELAND
The Catholic World Report

July 10, 2012

Neglect of canon law, not adherence to it, contributed to the covering up of child abuse by Irish priests.

Michael Kelly

“Catholic bishops covered up abuse by priests because they relied on canon law rather than the civil law”—it’s a familiar line in the media and from politicians when bishops or religious superiors have been shown to have mishandled abuse allegations. This side of the Atlantic, at least, it’s hard to have a conversation about the issue without this claim being raised—even by faithful Catholics.

It is, of course, true that many bishops did grievously fail children and the Catholic community at large by failing to respond properly to allegations of abuse against priests and religious. However, on closer inspection it becomes obvious that at the heart of the crisis was not only a failure to report a crime to the civil authorities, but also a failure to apply the Church’s own rules, rather than an overreliance on canon law.

Revealing new statistics published by the Archdiocese of Dublin in May offer a decade-by-decade breakdown of when abuse reported to Irish authorities is alleged to have occurred.

The analysis of allegations of abuse made against 98 priests of the archdiocese over a 70-year period shows that the alleged abuse began to skyrocket in the 1960s. Approximately 2 percent of accused priests are alleged to have abused in the 1940s, 4 percent in the 1950s, 23 percent in the 1960s, 27 percent in the 1970s, 34 percent in the 1980s, 9 percent in the 1990s, and 1 percent in the 2000s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:19 PM
Prosecutors Suggest ‘Uncharged Crimes’ By Priest
KANSAS CITY (MO)
CBS St. Louis

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)- Federal prosecutors say they plan to show Internet searches at a trial that they say back up claims that a Kansas City priest had a sexual interest in young children.

The Rev. Shawn Ratigan is scheduled for trial in August on 13 federal counts of sexual exploitation of children after a technician found troubling images on his computer in late 2010.

The 46-year-old also faces three state charges of possessing child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:16 PM
Ohio priest wants $3.5M back in tax fraud case
OHIO
ONN

Tuesday July 10, 2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty in Ohio to tax fraud must wait to be resentenced before learning if he can reclaim $3.5 million in restitution.

Federal Judge James Gwin in Akron has set sentencing for July 27 for 70-year-old Rev. Samuel Ciccolini (chih-koh-LEE’-nee).

The judge had ordered him to pay nearly $3.5 million in restitution to the fundraising arm of an alcohol and drug rehab center he founded. An appeals court overturned the restitution order and one-day sentence.

The judge says he won’t decide on returning the money until re-sentencing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM
Priest who admitted embezzling wants his restitution returned
AKRON (OH)
The Columbus Dispatch

By Rick Armon

AKRON BEACON JOURNAL
Tuesday July 10, 2012

AKRON — The Rev. Samuel Ciccolini wants his $3.5 million back.

The federal clerk of courts in Cleveland has been holding the money since the Catholic priest from Akron appealed his October 2010 sentence for banking and tax fraud.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 AM
Prosecutors will introduce evidence of uncharged crimes at Ratigan’s trial
KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

By MARK MORRIS
The Kansas City Star

Federal prosecutors announced Monday that they plan to introduce evidence of uncharged crimes and other “bad acts” at the trial of the Rev. Shawn Ratigan in August.

Ratigan, 46, is charged with production and possession of child pornography while he was pastor of Catholic parishes in St. Joseph and the Northland.

Authorities arrested Ratigan in May 2011, five months after officials and staff at the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph found hundreds of lewd images of young girls on a laptop computer that the priest had sent for servicing.

In the ensuing furor of how church officials handled the discovery, authorities charged Bishop Robert Finn and the diocese in Jackson County each with a misdemeanor count of failure to report suspicions of child abuse. A trial on those counts is scheduled for September.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 AM
William Lynch Begins Nonprofit to Help Sexual Abuse Victims
CALIFORNIA
Patch

By Sheila Sanchez

William Lynch, the man acquitted last Thursday of felony elder abuse and assault charges stemming from an encounter two years ago in Los Gatos with a priest he says brutally raped him as a boy, has began a nonprofit organization to help sexual abuse victims.

Speaking to reporters after the not-guilty verdict was read by the jury in Department 34 of the San Jose Hall of Justice the afternoon of July 5, Lynch said he wanted to start an agency that would also help repeal the statute of limitations for sex abuse cases.

Lynch, 44, was acquitted of felony assault with intent to cause great bodily injury and felony elder abuse under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death. The jury also found him not guilty of misdemeanor elder abuse, but hung 8-4 on the lesser misdemeanor assault charge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM
Anorexia, despair and thoughts of suicide…
VATICAN CITY
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

Anorexia, despair and thoughts of suicide: Inside the Legion of Christ high school where young girls were forced to live like teenage nuns

By Kerry Mcqueeney

Dozens of young women have claimed they developed severe psychological problems after being forced to live like teenage nuns at a high school run by a disgraced Catholic religious order.

Former pupils of the Legion of Christ high school, in Rhode Island, say the psychological abuse they endured led to multiple cases of anorexia, stress-induced migraines, depression and suicidal thoughts.

They have called on the Vatican to shut down the controversial programme to spare others from a similar ordeal.

This weekend, the women sent a letter to the Pope’s envoy denouncing the manipulation, deception and disrespect they say they suffered at the hands of counsellors barely older than themselves at the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 AM
Victims of Abuse Urge Vatican to Shut Down Legion of Christ Schools
VATICAN CITY
Care2

by Annie Urban
July 9, 2012

A group of 77 women who attended a high school run by the Legions of Christ is calling on the Vatican to shut down the program. In a letter to the Pope’s envoy, the women described the psychological abuse that they suffered while “trying to live like teenage nuns,” including anorexia, stress-induced migraines, depression and suicidal thoughts.

The women who signed the letter suffered a wide variety of traumatic experiences. They were forced to follow strict rules, detailing how they should walk, sit, pray and eat. They never had more than five minutes between activities so that there was no time for self-reflection. They were prevented from making friends, had to obey strict silence for much of the day, and had very limited contact with their families.When the girls developed health problems, including anorexia, migraines, sight problems, they were forbidden from telling their parents and were prevented from seeing a doctor or going to a hospital. In the end, the abuse suffered by these women cost them many years of psychological treatment costing tens of thousands of dollars.

On the blog 49 weeks a year, some of the women have been sharing their stories:
Sarita wrote: “One of the most damaging aspects of the PC was the manipulation of conscience and God’s Will. Everything was considered God’s Will: the norms, the schedule, your director, and your spiritual director. If you were told to do anything you were expected to obey instantly with a spirit of supernatural obedience and without questioning.”

Tricia wrote: “The continual need to find fault with each and every action and report my failings not only to my confessor but often to my spiritual director and sometimes even peers created a deep sense of insecurity and self loathing. The Regnum Christi Movement implemented several activities to find and express oneʼs faults to the point of creating a scrupulous conscience. More importantly, the danger that persists is that you begin to have a disgust for yourself.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM
Abuse survivors angered by delay of trial for Rev. James Schook
KENTUCKY
LEO Weekly

Though the trial of Rev. James Schook — a Louisville priest charged with sexually abusing two underage boys in the ’70s — was to begin last month, it now looks like it will be delayed until next year, if it’s even tried at all.

While the reason for the postponement in hearings until Dec. 17 was initially a scheduling conflict with another case being prosecuted by Jefferson County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Balliet, The Courier-Journal subsequently found that the delay was due to Schook suffering from stage IV melamona. With Schook currently undergoing chemotherapy, Balliet says that “now would not be a good time for him to stand trial.”

Balliet tells LEO that Schook’s health will be evaluated at the December hearing, at which time they will determine whether the trial will go forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 AM
CA – SNAP Statement on the Resignation of OCA Metropolitan
UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Cappy Larsen and Melanie Sakoda on July 10, 2012

Eleven days after his consecration as bishop, Metropolitan Jonah Paffhausen was elected to lead the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). The gathered clergy and laity believed that this synodal “outsider” would lead their church, which had been plagued for years by financial scandals at the highest levels, into a better future.

We didn’t. We strongly suspected that Paffhausen would be just like his predecessors when it came to clergy sexual abuse. He talked tough. However, the archbishop failed to follow the words with actions.

Shortly following his election as primate, he told a reporter, “With a crime in the church, the church leader’s responsibility is that such a priest would be immediately removed from his role, and his case would be turned over to the civil authorities.”

Yet in one of the major sex abuse scandals of his tenure, Paffhausen failed to act when the OCA’s Canadian leader, Archbishop Seraphim Storheim, was accused of child sexual abuse. Storheim was finally suspended from the priesthood almost two years later, and only after the Canadian authorities arrested him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 AM
Staatsanwaltschaft ermittelt gegen früheren Dechanten
DEUTSCHLAND
Saabrucker Zeitung

Saarbrücken. Die Staatsanwaltschaft hat ein Ermittlungsverfahren gegen den früheren Völklinger Dechanten Klaus Leist eingeleitet. Das teilte die Behörde der SZ mit. Leist steht im Verdacht, Ende 2010 und Anfang 2011 anonyme Drohbriefe an den früheren Pfarrer der Köllerbacher Herz-Jesu-Gemeinde, Guido Johannes Ittmann, verfasst zu haben (Veröffentlicht am 10.07.2012)

Saarbrücken. Die Staatsanwaltschaft hat ein Ermittlungsverfahren gegen den früheren Völklinger Dechanten Klaus Leist eingeleitet. Das teilte die Behörde der SZ mit. Leist steht im Verdacht, Ende 2010 und Anfang 2011 anonyme Drohbriefe an den früheren Pfarrer der Köllerbacher Herz-Jesu-Gemeinde, Guido Johannes Ittmann, verfasst zu haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM
Berlin Priest Pleads Not Guilty to Child Porn, Obsenity Charges
CONNECTICUT
Patch

By Megan Bard and Jason Vallee

The four cases against a popular Berlin priest alleged to have held sexually oriented chats on Facebook with young male parishioners and possessed child pornography were continued to Aug. 22.

Michael Miller, 42, pleaded not guilty in New Britain Superior Court on Monday to having inappropriate contact with a juvenile and allegations that he possessed child pornography on three of his computers, which were seized in 2011 after Miller was arrested and charged with having inappropriate contact with the young males.

Miller is charged with eight counts of risk of injury to a minor, two counts of obscenity, one count of attempting to commit an obscene act and one count of possession of child pornography. Miller, a pastor of Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Kensington, is currently free on $450,000 bond, a total amount set for the four cases pending against him. Miller is currently suspended from his church duties.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM
LA Pastor Held on $3M Bail for Alleged Relationship With 14-Year-Old Girl
CALIFORNIA
Christian Post

By Nicola Menzie , Christian Post Reporter

Gordon Solomon, pastor of Christ’s Community Church in Inglewood, Calif., has been arrested by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and charged with seven felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a Child for allegedly carrying on a two-year sexual relationship with a teen congregant.

Solomon, the senior pastor of Christ’s Community Church of Los Angeles, was arrested July 4 and charged last Friday. The minister, who is married, was being held on $3,000,000 bail. In addition to the felony lewd acts, Solomon was charged with one felony count of oral copulation of a person under the age of 14 and one felony count of continuous sexual abuse, according to the District Attorney’s office. If convicted, the pastor could be sentenced to 26 years in prison.

The authorities became aware of the accusations against the Solomon, 50, when the young girl’s mother discovered an explicit text messages allegedly from the minister on the teen’s cell phone. The mother immediately contacted the police, who later discovered a trail of emails and text messages allegedly between the 14-year-old and Solomon going back about two years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 AM
Catholic sex abuse crisis, 10 years later
UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Thomas G. Plante

Recent weeks marked several landmarks in the Catholic Church’s dark history with child sexual abuse. In Pennsylvania, the Rev. William Lynn became the first American church official convicted in the cover-up of child sex-abuse. In an Atlanta meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the bishops recognized the 10th anniversary of the Dallas Charter, the church’s document to prevent child abuse in its ranks, with a reflection presentation by the National Review Board, an independent lay advisory group to the bishops.

What have we learned in the past ten years?

We have learned that more than 10,000 youth were victimized by perhaps four percent of Catholic priests in America during the past half century, with the vast majority of cases occurring during the 1960s and 1970s. In fact, 94 percent of all cases occurred before 1990, according to the recent John Jay College of Criminal Justice study on the causes and context of the crisis. The sexual abuse of children by priests is horrific enough but it was the repeated stories of cover up and lack of accountability of bishops and other church leaders that has made this crisis a decade-long story.

The sexual abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky at Penn State underscored the fact that child sexual abuse is certainly not confined to the Catholic Church or to any church organization, but can and does occur wherever adult men have power, control and unsupervised access to youth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:02 AM
Those Sinners are Our Sinners
UNITED STATES
dotCommonweal

July 9, 2012, 5:01 pm

Posted by Eric Bugyis

The question of what counts as “religious practice” and its protected “free exercise” has dominated much of the Catholic conversation recently, and it has figured prominently on this blog and in the magazine. My approach to the question has been largely informed by a “religious studies” perspective, which attempts to think of “religion” as an object of academic inquiry and analyze the many ways in which it is performed and negotiated by those who use the concept. This includes both believers and non-believers. The former might argue either that “religion” is a 19th-century abstraction imposed on them from without, forcing them to define what they do in very restrictive and exclusionary terms (e.g. as strictly worship), or they might embrace it for the civil protections that it offers and seek shelter under its hopefully expanding exceptions. (The USCCB, it seems to me, is currently oscillating between both of these positions.) Non-believers also might either reject the concept as a 19th-century abstraction that has long been revealed to be a social or psychological pathology that we are (hopefully) outgrowing, or they might find it useful for describing certain communities and individuals that do, in fact, seem to preserve valuable beliefs and practices that set them apart and may provide important resources for a culturally impoverished post-secular society. Regardless of which of these four options one decides to take up, it seems clear that “religion” is indeed a concept that, like all inherited traits, we are stuck with, and thus, the question, “What is religion?” remains a live one, even if your answer is that it is an illusion.

Against this “religious studies” background, Kathryn Lofton has a provocative post over at The Immanent Frame about a conference that she hosted last September at Yale on “Sex Abuse and the Study of Religion.” The participants at the conference focused primarily on the epidemic in the Catholic Church, and looking at the archive of material compiled at BishopAccountability.org, they asked, “How [are] the sex abuse cases also cases of religion?”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:56 AM
Jury nullification can highlight the law’s flaws
CALIFORNIA
San Francisco Chronicle

Bob Egelko

Updated 09:20 p.m., Monday, July 9, 2012

The case of William Lynch, who admitted beating a priest in retaliation for a sexual assault 35 years earlier, was a classic example of jury nullification – jurors’ power to acquit a defendant based on their sense of justice or subjective feelings, rather than the law’s definition of guilt or innocence.

Juries used that power in 1670 to free William Penn over a British judge’s vehement objections, and later to exonerate foes of slavery, Prohibition and the Vietnam War draft – and, less nobly, Southern lynch mobs.

On Thursday, a Santa Clara County jury used that power to clear Lynch of the most serious charges against him and deadlocked on a lesser charge, despite what appeared to be clear-cut evidence of his guilt on that charge.

“It’s a way of saying the law isn’t perfect,” said Michael Saks, an Arizona State University law professor who has written extensively about jury behavior. “Maybe it’s a good thing that when circumstances call for it, 12 citizens … will try to do better than the legal system.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 AM
Allegations Follow Bishop
WHEELING (WV)
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

July 10, 2012

By HEATHER ZIEGLER Associate City Editor , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING – Prosecutors in Philadelphia are continuing to review allegations that Bishop Michael J. Bransfield fondled a Catholic high school student in the 1970s, according to a report published Sunday in a Philadelphia newspaper.

Bransfield, a native of Philadelphia, is the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. He has denied all accusations.

Local diocesan spokesman Bryan Minor said Monday, “Our stance is that this is old news. Even though these are not new allegations against Bishop Bransfield, this story was still published by the (Philadelphia) Inquirer.

“Regardless of what news is reported or repeated in this matter, the diocese asks the community to please pray for our bishop, our diocese, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and all those affected by sexual abuse in any way,” Minor said.

The allegations came to light during a clergy sexual abuse trial involving the Rev. James Brennan held in Philadelphia this spring. In that case, a witness testified that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest who allegedly sexually abused him for years starting in the late 1970s had said a colleague, identified as Bransfield, also had sex with teenage boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:48 AM
July 9, 2012
Vatican: It’s not the “smoke of Satan” that’s the problem
VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Vatican Insider interviews Domenico Mogavero, Bishop of Mazara del Vallo (Sicily) and member of the Italian Episcopal Conference’s Immigration Commission

Giacomo Galeazzi
Vatican City

“Paul VI spoke of “the smoke of Satan” when he entered the Vatican. Taking a look at recent news, what we area dealing with is not Satan’s smoke but the need for structural reform,” says Mogavero, who for many years was right hand man of the Secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), Camillo Ruini.

Is there a mud-slinging machine currently at work in the Vatican?

“Slander and informing are two fatal weapons that are used in a cold and calculating way when there are no valid reasons for attacking one’s adversaries. And the Church is no exception to this unwritten law. Nothing new under the sun. For example, the accusation of “modernism” is periodically launched against members of the Bishops’ Conference who are open and welcome dialogue and is particularly nasty because the accused have no real way of defending themselves. It’s their word against that of their accusers. This makes for a very weak defence.”

The Vatileak scandal still rages on today, partly as a result of the legacy of unresolved issues left behind by John Paul II. Is he really a “popestar” as some have defined him?

“Karol Wojtyla was a great pastor, but there are some structural problems that still need to be resolved. For example, I would like it if there were opportunities for more direct and frank discussions with the Pope, given that, as bishops, we are all successors of the Apostles and so we care for all Churches alongside him. The Pope is an Italian bishop to all effects and purposes, although the way he exercises his ministry is atypical compared to that of other bishops. He is Pope because he is the Bishop of Rome, not the other way round. The appointment of the Pope as president is a choice which is based on a contingent fact and can be modified at any time. I personally believe that making the common laws which apply to other conferences, apply also to the Italian Episcopal Conference would not threaten the Pope’s role as Primate of the Catholic Church, but would rightly give Italian bishops a key role in the management of the body that represents their communion and care for all Churches. When this will happen I am not sure, but I hope it will not take too long before it does.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 PM
Popularity of Web-Based Video Chat Websites is Cause for Concern
UNITED STATES
Child Protection News

Written on July 9, 2012 by Patrick Noaker

(St. Paul, Minnesota) Web-based video chat websites designed to connect anonymous strangers are being used as sex sites. Sites like Chatroulette.com and Omegle.com that are designed to pair complete strangers anonymously for a video chat are being flagged as a significant concern for misuse as sexual websites. Even though these sites may have been created for the wholesome purpose of connecting people from around the world, it is now clear that they have turned into live interactive sex sites. According to an article on CNN.com, around 35,000 people are on Chatroulette.com at any one time. When CNN conducted a test to see who was on this website, two of the five people with whom they were connected were naked and a third person held up a sign that said “please show me your boobs.” It appears that the Omegle site has taken the same route. So much so that according to internetsafetyproject.org, Omegle’s creator is disappointed with the fact that the site is being used for sexual interaction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 PM
Parishioners react to North Palm Beach priest’s exit after shoplifting arrest
FLORIDA
Sun Sentinel

[with video]

By Ed Komenda, Sun Sentinel

7:28 p.m. EDT, July 9, 2012
Ed Furey never wanted to believe a priest could go against his own sermons about doing the right thing. But now, it doesn’t seem he has much choice in the matter.

No choice, he said, since reading a bizarre June 20 letter from the Rev. Giuseppe Savaia — a Catholic priest at Furey’s church in North Palm Beach’s, St. Clare’s Parish — announcing he would leave his job to deal with his arrest after two alleged shoplifting incidents in December 2011.

“It’s sad,” said Furey, 84, of North Palm, who has been going to the church since 1960. “I couldn’t understand.”

Many parishioners, like Furey, found the details of Savaia’s alleged shoplifting spree difficult to accept.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM
LUCETTA SCARAFFIA: ‘VROUWEN MET MACHT ZOUDEN MISBRUIK NOOIT HEBBEN TOEGELATEN’
BELGIE
KerkNet

BRUSSEL (KerkNet) – In een verrassend openhartig interview met het Franse persagentschap ‘AFP’ beweert Lucetta Scaraffia dat de katholieke Kerk schandalen rond seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen door geestelijken had kunnen voorkomen als vrouwen daadwerkelijk meer macht en verantwoordelijkheid hadden binnen het instituut. Scaraffia is hoofdredactrice van ‘L’Inserto’, het maandelijkse vrouwensupplement van L’Osservatore Romano, de krant van het Vaticaan, dat vorige maand voor het eerst verscheen.

De Italiaanse Lucetta Scaraffia (64), eminente historica en getrouwd met een journalist, zorgde met L’Inserto voor een onvervalste primeur in de geschiedenis van de katholieke Kerk. Een vrouwenbijlage in de Osservatore, het zou tien jaar geleden compleet onvoorstelbaar zijn geweest! Zij noemt zichzelf een geëngageerde feministe, die opkomt voor vrouwenrechten in de Kerk en zich tegelijk erop beroept op de volle steun van paus Benedictus XVI te kunnen rekenen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 PM
Vatikan: Mahnbriefe an Bischofskonferenzen
DEUTCHLAND
Vaticanhistory

Sonntag 8. Juli 2012 von VH

Der Heilige Stuhl verschickt derzeit Mahnbriefe wegen fehlender Missbrauchsrichtlinien. Das sagte der vatikanische Missbrauchsbeauftragte, Charles Scicluna, der italienischen Monatszeitschrift „Jesus”. Knapp die Hälfte aller nationalen Bischofskonferenzen hätten bisher noch keine Richtlinien für den Umgang mit sexuellem Missbrauch erlassen, wie der Heilige Stuhl es gefordert hatte. Die diesbezügliche Frist lief im Mai ab. Scicluna, der Justizpromotor an der Glaubenskongregation, sagte, das Dikasterium werde die eingegangenen Richtlinien im Herbst prüfen und sei damit wohl mindestens ein Jahr beschäftigt. Die Bischofskonferenzen des deutschen Sprachraums haben bereits Richtlinien verabschiedet. (rv)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM
Mehr Fragen als Antworten
DEUTSCHLAND
Christ & Welt

Aus: Ausgabe 27/2012

Vom offenen Umgang mit sexueller Gewalt sind beide Kirchen noch weit entfernt

Die Meldung, die in der vergangenen Woche in vielen Tageszeitungen erschien, war kurz und bündig. „Die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz und die Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) haben Vereinbarungen mit der Bundesregierung für einen verbesserten Schutz von Kindern und Jugendlichen vor Missbrauch unterzeichnet“, heißt es dort in klarem Agenturdeutsch. Kernpunkt der Vereinbarung sei die Übereinkunft, fachliche Mindeststandards zur Prävention und Intervention bei sexualisierter Gewalt in Kirchen und kirchlichen Organisationen einzuführen.

Noch Fragen? Lieber nicht. Denn wer sich den Wortlaut der Vereinbarung durchliest, kann sich des Eindrucks nicht erwehren, dass die Forderungen der Opfer hinter einem Wust von Leitlinien, Empfehlungen und „Präventionsanstrengungen“ zu verschwinden drohen. Was haben die Betroffenen von der Entwicklung einheitlicher Qualitätsstandards, von Forschungsprojekten, Fachtagungen und Online-Umfragen? So löblich es auch ist, dass sich Verantwortungsträger aus Politik, Kirche und Gesellschaft auf Schutzmaßnahmen im Kampf gegen den sexuellen Missbrauch einigen: Sie könnten viel mehr tun, als eine „Vereinbarung zur Umsetzung der Empfehlungen des Runden Tisches Sexueller Kindesmissbrauch“ zu unterzeichnen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 PM
Bayerische Gläubige fordern Absetzung des Passauer Bischofs Wilhelm Schraml
DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel

Gegen den Passauer Bischof Wilhelm Schraml hat sich im eigenen Bistum eine Protestbewegung gebildet, die den Abtritt des 77-Jährigen fordert. Entzündet hat sich der Konflikt in der bayerischen Marktgemeinde Ruhstorf, weil Schraml dort gegen einen beliebten Pfarrer wegen eines laufenden Strafverfahrens vorgegangen ist, der sich zudem nicht ans Zölibat gehalten hatte. In Ruhstorf hängen zahlreiche Transparente an Häusern katholischer Familien, die sich gegen den konservativen Bischof richten. Ein mit mehr als 800 Personen überfüllter Sonntagsgottesdienst geriet kürzlich zur Solidaritätsdemonstration mit dem drangsalierten Pfarrer. In einem offenen Brief des lange Jahre in der Gemeinde engagierten Unternehmers Wolfram Hatz heißt es, Schraml habe mit seiner Arroganz und Macht “den Pfarrverband vernichtet” und Gläubige aus der Kirche getrieben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM
Ein Missbrauchsopfer kämpft mit einem Hungerstreik gegen die Verjährung von Sexualdelikten
DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

Quelle: DER SPIEGEL Nr. 28/9.7.12
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Anmerkung von Norbert Denef:

Das Interview zu diesem Artikel führte mit mir der SPIEGEL-Redakteur Ralf Hoppe, am 3. Juli 2012, in der Zeit von 11:00 Uhr bis 16:30 Uhr.

Leider erhielt ich vom SPIEGEL nicht die Möglichkeit, diesen Artikel Korrektur zu lesen und insofern weise ich nachfolgend auf einige Aussagen hin, die mit der Realität aus meiner Sicht nichts zu tun haben:
•Jetzt verlässt Denef nur selten das Dachzimmer und neulich lag er keuchend da, die Wärmflasche an sich gepresst, unter Kamelhaardecken, mitten im Sommer, die Sonne leuchtete warm in die Dachstube, die jeden Tag mehr zu seinem Sterbezimmer wird.
•Herzschmerzen, Sehstörungen, erhöhter Infektionsgefahr

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM
Domspatzen gründen Missbrauchs-Archiv
DEUTSCHLAND
Regensburg-Digital

Die Mauer des Schweigens in der Diözese Regensburg will eine Gruppe ehemaliger Domspatzen nun durchbrechen. Vergangenes Wochenende trafen sie sich im Altmühltal und brachten ein Archiv auf den Weg, in dem sie möglichst viele Fälle sexuellen Missbrauchs dokumentieren und veröffentlichen wollen. Dem eben nach Rom beförderten Gerhard Ludwig Müller bescheinigen sie: „Er hat es nicht mehr verdient, als ‘Seelsorger’ bezeichnet zu werden.“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 PM
The church harboured “Father F” who admitted offences against children
AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher

Article originally posted December 2011,
last updated 7 July 2012

This is a classic case-study in how the Catholic Church authorities in Australia kept quiet about this priest (let’s call him Father F) for thirty years until the matter was finally exposed in a television program in July 2012.

In the early 1980s, in one parish in northern New South Wales, altar boys alleged that they were being sexually abused by Father F. But the two leaders of this diocese — Bishop Henry Kennedy and Monsignor Frank Ryan — ignored the complaints. The two leaders protected this priest, helping him to avoid a criminal conviction.

Former altar boys of Father F have said that their lives were damaged not only by the abuse but also by the church’s cover-up and the code of silence.

Eventually, the church was forced to pay compensation to two of Father F’s former altar boys — Damian Jurd and Daniel Powell. But, despite this compensation, Damian and Daniel no longer wished to continue living, and they died at the age of 28, each of them leaving two young children. Damian and Daniel did not know each other (they were from different parishes) but their tragic stories are remarkably similar.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM
CA- Groups urge prosecutors to charge priest, he perjured himself in recent trial, they say
CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on July 09, 2012

Two groups that focus on clergy sex crime and cover ups are urging a San Jose prosecutor to file perjury charges against a Catholic priest who allegedly molested more than a dozen children.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) and the National Survivors Advocate Coalition (NSAC) are writing Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff F. Rosen, urging him to pursue criminal charges against Fr. Jerold Lindner, who, both groups believe, lied on the witness stand in a recent criminal trial.

Fr. Lindner was called to testify in the case against William Lynch, a victim of child sex abuse who allegedly went to the facility where Lindner lives and beat the priest in May 2010. Last week, a jury acquitted Lynch on all charges.

Although Lindner has never been criminally charged with molesting Lynch, more than a dozen victims have come forward to say that Lindner sexually abused them as children, including Lindner’s sister, three nieces and a nephew.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM
Fr. Dennis Carey Pleads Not Guilty To Child Porn Charge
CONNECTICUT
Patch

By Paul Petrone

Today Fr. Dennis Carey, 65, the former head pastor of Waterford’s St. Paul in Chains Rectory, plead not guilty to a charge of first-degree possession of child pornography.

Carey resigned from St. Paul’s on June 28 after police executed a search warrant on the rectory and found 338 files of child pornography on various computers inside the Roman Catholic church, according to the arrest warrant. Police also said in the warrant that during the search, Carey said he was addicted to child pornography for the last two years, although said he never physically abused a child.

Carey later turned himself in on a charge of first-degree child pornography. During his arraignment hearing on July 3, Carey told Judge Kevin McMahon that he wanted to get help, and his lawyer, Ron Stevens, told reporters after the arraignment that Carey has been struggling with the problem for a long time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM
Former Waterford pastor charged with child porn appears in court
CONNECTICUT
Norwich Bulletin

By GREG SMITH
The Bulletin

Posted Jul 09, 2012
NEW LONDON —

Dennis Carey, the former Waterford pastor who police said admitted he has an addiction to child pornography, made his second appearance in court today.

Carey, 65, appeared with attorney, Ronald Stevens, in New London’s Part A court where a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. The plea is typically a procedural step that moves the case into the pretrial phase.

The case was continued to Aug. 13.

Carey turned himself in to state police July 3 following investigation by state and Waterford police into the trading of child pornography online.
Read more: Former Waterford pastor charged with child porn appears in court – Norwich, CT – The Bulletin http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/x1197884335/Former-Waterford-pastor-charged-with-child-porn-appears-in-court#ixzz20AAh2KWJ

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM
Time for renewal…
FLORIDA
Alachua County Today

Time for renewal, reformation, and rebirth in 21st Century Catholicism

Dear Most Holy Father:

As a survivor of clergy sexual abuse in the early 1960s in Birmingham, Ala., I approached the local diocese, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and John Paul II, in 1993, to report the priest who sexually abused me for four years. I was virtually ignored.

As a result, this monster priest was allowed to remain in ministry until his crimes were finally made public by The Decatur Daily (Ala.) in 2002 after I reported him. He was forced into retirement in June of this year as a result of my relentless pursuit for justice.

For the past 19 years, I have been an outspoken critic of the hierarchy of a broken church in need of renewal, reformation, and rebirth in the 21st Century. Consequently, I have written numerous letters challenging the church’s hierarchy to admit culpability in the cover-up of clergy sexual abuse crimes. John Paul and you failed miserably in meeting my challenge.

The Roman Catholic Church is in dire need of becoming truly “spiritual” in exercising its brand of Christianity in the 21st Century. I offer the following recommendations for your consideration:

1) Rescind the canonization process for Pope John Paul II. He is unworthy of this exalted declaration as it has been proven that he failed miserably in protecting children from being sexually victimized by predator priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM
Head of Vatican court describes ‘VatiLeaks’ as ‘most grave crimes’
IRELAND
Catholic News Service

By Sarah MacDonald
Catholic News Service

CORK, Ireland (CNS) — The head of the Vatican’s highest court described the spate of leaks of confidential Vatican documents as “most grave crimes” and warned that those responsible must be discovered and “appropriately sanctioned.”

Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, said the confidentiality of Pope Benedict XVI’s communications must be respected in order for the pope to carry out his work in service of the church.

“It is not a question of hiding anything but of respecting conscience,” the U.S.-born cardinal told reporters following his address to the Fifth Fota International Liturgy Conference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM
William Lynch acquitted of assaulting priest
CALIFORNIA
CNN

William Lynch discusses his acquittal after punching an elderly priest that he claims sexually molested him as a child. Lynch admitted to attacking the priest but was found not guilty of felony assault and elder abuse charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM
The Euteneuer trial: why I believe Doe
UNITED STATES
Renew America

By Tom O’Toole

[We will] vigorously defend [ourselves] against…the false accusations [of complicity with Euteneuer]…To the extent Father Euteneuer has already admitted to engaging in highly inappropriate and gravely sinful conduct with a young adult woman, we can only emphasize that such behavior was never within the scope of his employment with HLI. -Stephen Phelan, spokesman for HLI

Can we believe anything this woman says? -Jenn Giroux, former HLI employee and current columnist for RenewAmerica

Victim Jane Doe:

[in the chapel, and about to be touched inappropriately by Fr. Euteneuer]

Are you sure this is alright?

Fr. Euteneuer:

[impatient; looking at the tabernacle and then back at Jane]

Well, He would stop me if it wasn’t!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM
Waterford Priest Pleads Not Guilty In Child Porn Case
CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

By ALAINE GRIFFIN, [email protected]
The Hartford Courant

10:51 a.m. EDT, July 9, 2012
NEW LONDON—
A Waterford priest charged last week with possession of child pornography pleaded not guilty Monday during a brief hearing in Superior Court in New London.

The Rev. Dennis Carey, 65, entered the plea before Judge Patrick J. Clifford.

Carey’s attorney told the judge that Carey is residing at the Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell. He was released after posting bail Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators arrested Carey last week at the rectory of St. Paul In Chains parish.

He told police at the time that there were “inappropriate” photos and videos of children there, according to court documents. And, the priest said, he was addicted to them.

“Father Carey stated that he believed he knew why we were at the house with a search warrant and further explained that he had some inappropriate material on his computer,” State Trooper David Aresco wrote in a seven-page arrest warrant affidavit charging Carey with first-degree possession of child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM
North Palm Beach Priest Accused of Stealing $895 Picture Frame Leaves Parish, Asks for “Prayers and Understanding”
NORTH PALM BEACH (FL)
New Times

By Victor Gonzalez
Mon., Jul. 9 2012

Sandwiched between “Thou shalt not commit adultery” and “Thou shalt not bear false witness” on one of two stone tablets allegedly presented to Moses on Mt. Sinai, God clearly listed “Thou shalt not steal” as one of the ten commandments.

For one Catholic priest in North Palm Beach, however, the warning was seemingly lost in translation.

Rev. Giuseppe Savaia has left St. Clare parish “to tend to personal duress” and clear his name as an alleged shoplifter, according to WPTV NewsChannel 5.

The 43-year-old priest is accused of stealing an $895 picture frame from Neiman Marcus on December 9, 2011. A few days later, the clergyman was arrested at Sawgrass Mills after video surveillance caught Savaia stealing two $400 designer coats from Neiman Marcus Last Call.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM
Priest appears in court on pornography charge
CONNECTICUT
The Day

By Karen Florin

Publication: theday.com
Published 07/09/2012

Former Waterford pastor Dennis Carey, an admitted child pornography addict, made his first appearance this morning in the New London court where major crimes are tried this morning.

Judge Patrick J. Clifford entered a “not guilty” plea on Carey’s behalf and reminded him of the conditions of his release. He is to have no access to the Internet, no contact with children under the age of 13 and no access to pornography.

Carey was concerned about coming into contact with minors when he went grocery shopping, according to his attorney, Ronald F. Stevens. The judge said Carey is not prevented from going to the store, and prosecutor Theresa Anne Ferryman said that incidental contact with minors is expected.

Carey, 65, resigned from Waterford’s St. Paul in Chains Church on June 29 after state and local police served a search warrant on the rectory, where Carey lived, and seized computers they said contained hundreds of images of child pornography. He posted a $100,000 bond following his arrest last week for possession of child pornography. He is living at the Holy Apostle Seminary in Cromwell, according to his attorney. His next court date is Aug. 13.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:56 PM
A Statement from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
WHEELING (WV)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

Our diocesan faithful and neighbors across West Virginia have learned about an article that appeared in Sunday’s edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Click here for the Philly.com article

The diocese’s stance is that this is old news.

Read more.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM
Bransfield Again Denies Allegations
WHEELING (WV)
The Intelligencer/ Wheeling News-Register

July 9, 2012

By HEATHER ZIEGLER Associate City Editor , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING – Prosecutors in Philadelphia are continuing to review allegations that Bishop Michael J. Bransfield fondled a Catholic high school student in the 1970s, according to a story published Sunday in a Philadelphia newspaper.

Bransfield, a native of Philadelphia, is the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. He has vehemently denied all accusations.

Local diocesan spokesman Bryan Minor said today, “Our stance is that this is old news. Even though these are not new allegations against Bishop Bransfield, this story was still published by the (Philadelphia) Inquirer.

“Regardless of what news is reported or repeated in this matter, the Diocese asks the community to please pray for our Bishop, our Diocese, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and all those affected by sexual abuse in any way.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Releases Statement Regarding Bishop Bransfield Report
WHEELING (WV)
WTRF

Posted: Jul 09, 2012

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has released a statement regarding a report that prosecutors are reviewing a sexual abuse claim against Bishop Michael J. Bransfield.

The report was published in Sunday’s edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Diocese is taking a stance that this is “old news.”

Below is the statement released by Diocese Spokesman Brian Minor:

You may be following upon an article that appeared in Sunday’s edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Our stance is that this is old news.

It appears to us to be further reference by the Inquirer to information released during this year’s clergy sexual abuse trial in Philadelphia. Bishop Bransfield’s name was used in those proceedings, which were reported extensively by media in Philadelphia and the Ohio Valley from April 17-19. In fact, in this article– you will see this reference: [Prosecutors are also aware of a separate allegation “of a fondling of a student by Bransfield,” Blessington told Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina. He did not elaborate, and the judge has barred the lawyers from publicly commenting in the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:35 PM
Abuses At Legion Of Christ-Run High School, Immaculate Conception Academy In Rhode Island
VATICAN CITY
Huffington Post

By NICOLE WINFIELD 07/09/12

VATICAN CITY — Dozens of women who attended a high school run by the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order have urged the Vatican to close the program, saying the psychological abuse they endured trying to live like teenage nuns led to multiple cases of anorexia, stress-induced migraines, depression and even suicidal thoughts.

The women sent a letter this weekend to the pope’s envoy running the Legion to denounce the manipulation, deception and disrespect they say they suffered at the hands of counselors barely older than themselves at the Rhode Island school. For some, the trauma required years of psychological therapy that cost them tens of thousands of dollars.

A copy of the letter was provided to The Associated Press by the letter’s 77 signatories, a dozen of whom agreed to be interviewed about their personal problems for the sake of warning parents against sending their children to the program’s schools in the U.S., Mexico and Spain.

“I have many defining and traumatic memories that I believe epitomize the systematic breakdown of the person” in the school, Mary told The Associated Press in an email exchange. She developed anorexia after joining in 1998, weighed less than 85 pounds when she left and dropped to 68 pounds before beginning to recover at home. “The feelings of worthlessness, shame and isolation that are associated with those memories are still vivid and shocking.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:32 PM
Pennsylvania’s high-profile pedophile scandals
PENNSYLVANIA
Bettendorf

July 9, 2012 by Donald Kaul

In one of those strange coincidences that make life read like a cheap novel, Jerry Sandusky and Monsignor William Lynn were convicted at almost the same moment by two Pennsylvania juries of charges growing out of sex scandals involving the molestation of underage youngsters.

Not that the two cases are mirror images of each other.

Sandusky is a former football coach at Penn State University. Lynn is a former aide to the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and was secretary of the clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:28 PM
Council to bar sex-case priest
AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Dan Box
From:The Australian
July 10, 2012

A FORMER priest at the centre of a sex abuse scandal will be asked to step aside from a council committee in Armidale, in northern NSW.

Known as Father F for legal reasons, the former Catholic cleric allegedly confessed to abusing at least five altar boys, aged 10 and 11, in the Armidale diocese during the early 1980s.

In a 1992 meeting with three senior Catholic officials, he allegedly admitted he had “fondled the genitals of (two) of these boys and to quote ‘sucked off their dicks’,” according to a contemporary account written by one of the three clergy, Wayne Peters, the present vicar-general of Armidale.

The two other officials — Brian Lucas, now the secretary-general of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and John Usher, the chancellor of the Archdiocese of Sydney — have since given conflicting accounts of what was said at the meeting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM
SNAP Responds to Investigation of Alleged Sex Abuse by WV Bishop
PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WTRF

Updated: Jul 09, 2012

By Ashley Mullins

PHILADELPHIA, PA –
The world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), is releasing a statement after Philadelphia prosecutors decide to investigate Wheeling-Bishop Michael J. Bransfield after allegations that he sexually abusing a child during his priesthood in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Back in April, Bishop Bransfield, was accused of sexual abuse of a child during sworn testimony in the Philadelphia hierarchy clergy sex abuse trial.

When the allegations came out, Bransfield released a lengthy statement in which he said, “I have never sexually abused anyone.”

SNAP said in a news release, “After Bransfield’s angry letter of denial, it would be irresponsible and reckless for this testimony to be forgotten or ignored. We anticipate that Bransfield would like for these accusations to just go away, but it is well known that child predators rarely have only one victim. Sexual predators are often powerful and well-loved. They can also work their way up the church hierarchy ladder of authority and become bishops.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM
Priest escapes rape charge
ZIMBABWE
Newsday

Tatenda Chitagu, Own Correspondent | 2012-07-09

A Masvingo-based Roman Catholic priest Father John Dzeka last Friday heaved a sigh of relief after the court acquitted him on three counts of rape he was facing for lack of evidence.

Dzeka (35) was being charged with raping his 19-year-old maid. However, Masvingo regional magistrate Esther Muremba threw out the case, saying the State had failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Muremba said the complainant did not raise alarm or try to resist when she was allegedly raped on October 18 and 19, 2009. The court heard she only reported the matter a month later after being quizzed by another priest from the same church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM
Ipswich: Priest denies 15 allegations of sex assault
UNITED KINGDOM
EADT

BY LIZZIE PARRY Monday, July 9, 2012

A RETIRED priest has today denied 15 allegations of sex assault on a child and an adult.

Father Haley Dossor appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Elm Street, just metres from St Mary at the Elms church where until his retirement in November 2006 he was priest-in-charge.

Standing in the dock wearing a grey suit Dossor spoke only to confirm his name and address.

The 71-year-old of Kirton, near Felixstowe pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM
Fresh abuse allegations against NSW priest
AUSTRALIA
NEWS.com.au

Another man has alleged that a former NSW Catholic priest, named as “Father F” in media reports, sexually abused him while he was an altar boy in the 1980s.

IN a report aired on ABC’s 7.30 program on Monday, a man who wanted to be known only as “Bill” said he was abused by a former Catholic priest in the northern NSW town of Moree during the mid-1980s.

The ABC has previously reported that the accused clergyman was sacked by the church in 2005 after serious sexual abuse allegations and is now a prominent citizen in Armidale.

Hours before the program went to air, Father F’s identity was revealed by Melbourne broadcaster Derryn Hinch, who was jailed in the 1980s for naming a Melbourne paedophile priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM
Vatican Titanic is no longer the Barque of St. Peter. Vatican Ending
UNITED STATES
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils…

Paris Arrow

Updated July 8, 2012

The Vatican Pied Piper, Sandro Magister, has recycled his article of 30 June 2006 entitled The Victorious Barque of Peter, Buffeted in Vain by Satan: In his homily for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Benedict XVI describes a Church “buffeted by the wind of ideologies,” but unsinkable…. This year, on July 6, 2012, Magister calls it, “The Mutineers of the Barque of Peter but added a pathological lie that Benedict XVI had something to do with the Arab Spring: The memorable lecture in Regensburg was the first demonstration of this. Benedict XVI… invoked for Muslims the revolution of the Enlightenment that Christianity has already experienced. Years later, the springtime of freedom that sprouted and immediately withered in the city squares of the Arab world confirmed that he had seen correctly…

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM
Grace Be With Me: A Survivor’s Poem
UNITED STATES
The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abused and Healing

I almost revel in my sobs,
Knifelike pain slashing through my heart,
On a sleepless Saturday night
I feel helpless.
Whatever will be, will be.

I went to Mass Sunday morning
And watched the priest with tired eyes
and listened to the priest with tired ears.
Bible readings speak of going through pain and loss, rejection and persecution.
I close my eyes and see Jesus struggling to carry the cross along the Via Dolorosa,
along the Way of Tears,
The crown of thorns digging into his blood and sweat streaked brow;
His hair snarled and matted with blood;
His body bent from pain and the weight of wooden beams balanced on his back,
Knowing the pain and suffocation of crucifixion is yet to come.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM
Vatileaks Scandal Exposes Secrets Of Pope’s Empire
VATICAN CITY
The Daily Beast

Authors
Peter Popham
Barbie Latza Nadeau

Jul 9, 2012

A series of leaks have exposed chaos at the heart of the Pope’s empire.

Pope Benedict XVI wakes every morning between 6:30 and 6:45 a.m. in the papal apartment on the third floor of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, which overlooks St. Peter’s Square. After bathing and shaving, he makes his way to his private chapel, where at 7:30 he celebrates the first mass of the day. After a time of private prayer in the chapel, at around 8:30 he joins Msgr. Georg Gänswein, his personal secretary, and a small circle of his closest collaborators for breakfast. The pope’s preference is decaffeinated coffee, bread with butter and jam, and, once in a while, a slice of tart.

We know all of these details because the Vatican has sprung a leak. For centuries one of the tightest organizations in the world, with a code of honor to rival that of the Sicilian Mafia, it has been turned inside out in the past six months. A gusher of highly confidential letters to the pope and his closest associates, many of them originally in code, has poured into the Italian media and into a book, Sua Santità by Gianluigi Nuzzi, which became an instant bestseller. The leaks are just one in a string of scandals to rock the Vatican this year—the latest, in early June, involved the ouster of the head of the Vatican bank,