• Cafardi to head national panel
- Roman Catholic Church (RCC).
http://pittsburghlive. com/x/tribune-review /trib/pittsburgh/s_ 262456.html ,
By Bill Zlatos, Saturday, October 16, 2004
UNITED STATES: Nicholas Cafardi, dean of the law school at Duquesne University, was named Friday to head a panel that monitors reforms by the Roman Catholic Church to prevent sexual abuse by the clergy.
Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, appointed Cafardi as chairman of the National Review Board. Cafardi joined the board when it was formed in 2002.
"This is not easy work," said Cafardi, 55, of Bradford Woods." We need to make sure the promises the bishops made in the charter and the norms are carried out."
He said the norms require that no priest who has a credible charge of sexual abuse against a minor is allowed to function in the ministry.
Cafardi is stepping down as dean of the law school, a post he has held for 11 years, to teach law. He served as legal counsel to the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese between 1975 and 1988.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 PM]
(This is the first of the Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker,
for Fri October 15, 2004.)
INTENTION: A challenge to RELIGIONS to PROTECT CHILDREN
INCOMPLETE LINKS: Refer back to "References 61" for methods of obtaining the URLs.
• Priest accused in child sex suit files for bankruptcy; The Rev. Eric Ensey files documentation in federal court in Wilkes-Barre [Ensey, Urrutigoity] - RCC. Society of St. John. Boy.
By MARK GUYDISH, firstname.lastname@example.org , Wed, Oct. 13, 2004
SCRANTON (PA) - One of two Diocese of Scranton priests fighting a civil lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct with a minor has filed for personal bankruptcy.
The Rev. Eric Ensey, a priest with the Society of St. John in Shohola, Pike County, filed a chapter 13 bankruptcy petition Aug. 8 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Pennsylvania in Wilkes-Barre.
Little information is available in the initial filing, which lists a Dunmore address for Ensey. When allegations against Ensey and the Rev. Carlos Urrutigoity arose, then-Bishop James Timlin relieved both men of clerical duties as required by diocese policy. The diocese has declined to say where the two have been staying since.
According to the court paperwork, Ensey "estimates that funds will be available to unsecured creditors." The paperwork also says that debts and assets each are $50,000 or less.
Ensey and Urrutigoity are fighting a civil suit filed by a person identified as John Doe and his parents. Doe contends the priests molested him several times in several different places, beginning when Doe was a student at St. Gregory's Academy, a school for boys in Elmhurst.
• 'Great deal' done to protect children from abuse, says archbishop -- RCC.
Catholic News Service,
By Agostino Bono, Oct-15-2004
WASHINGTON (DC) (CNS) -- Children are safer in the church now because of sex abuse prevention policies adopted by the U.S. bishops two years ago, said Archbishop Harry J. Flynn of St. Paul-Minneapolis, head of the bishops' committee that oversees review of the policies.
In an Oct. 13 telephone interview with Catholic News Service, he added that public confidence in the Catholic Church, which diminished because of the clergy sex abuse scandal, "will be built up again, but it will be a gradual thing."
Archbishop Flynn is chairman of the bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse, which is supervising a two-year review of the sex abuse prevention policies contained in the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People," adopted in 2002.
The review is called for in the charter and the bishops are expected to begin the review at their Nov. 15-18 general meeting and conclude it at their June 2005 meeting.
[COMMENT: But, if the RCC was the One, Holy, Universal, and Apostolic Church, with which Jesus was to remain until the end of the world, why weren't the children perfectly safe all along? And, doesn't one of the New Testament prophecies say something about holy spirit giving knowledge of things yet to come? So, why didn't the clergy KNOW which clergy were child-seducers?
• Archdiocese complies with protection policy -- RCC.
St. Louis Review,
www.stlouisreview. com/article.php? id=7067 ,
by Joseph Kenny, Review Staff Writer, ~ October 15, 2004
ST. LOUIS (MO):The St. Louis Archdiocese once again has complied with the U.S. bishops' national policy to protect children and respond to clergy sexual abuse of minors.
The archdiocese received notice from Bill Gavin of The Gavin Group Inc. that auditors from his office who visited the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 1 found the archdiocese in compliance with all articles of the bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."
This is the second year the audits have been conducted. The 2004 audits of U.S. dioceses started in late July. The bishops' Office of Child and Youth Protection contracted with the Gavin Group to do the audits.
A summary of the audit praised the archdiocese for several of its efforts. The findings cited efforts in three areas: to promote healing and reconciliation; to guarantee effective response to allegations; and to protect the faithful in the future.
• Church Abuse Monitoring Board Gets Leader -- RCC.
By RICHARD N. OSTLING, Associated Press, Fri, Oct. 15, 2004
UNITED STATES: The leader of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops named Nicholas Cafardi, dean of the Duquesne University Law School in Pittsburgh, as chairman of the National Review Board on Friday. The lay panel monitors the church's reforms to prevent sexual abuse.
Cafardi, part of the board since it was formed in 2002, will serve through next June.
Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, also chose five new lay appointees to three-year terms, replacing members who have left the board:
*Patricia O'Donnell Ewers, formerly the first woman president of New York's Pace University and now an educational consultant.
*Angelo Giardino, a pediatrician, vice president for clinical affairs and previously medical director of the child protection program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
*Ralph Lancaster Jr., a lawyer in Portland, Maine, handling both civil and criminal litigation.
*Michael Merz, a United States magistrate judge in Ohio the past two decades.
*Joseph Russoniello, a San Francisco lawyer specializing in criminal and corporate cases and formerly a U.S. attorney. [...]
ON THE NET:
Bishops' announcement: http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2004/04-194.htm
• Priest denies abuse claims in libel case [Kirk, Kirk] -- RCC. Fr Eichhoff seeking $US275,000. Boy.
By Larry Levy, State Correspondent, plus Associated Press, Wed, Oct 13, 2004
TULSA - The Rev. Paul Eichhoff, the Roman Catholic priest accused two years ago of sexually abusing a 10-year-old student, denied Tuesday ever having sexual relations with a man, woman or child.
The priest accused of molesting two Tulsa boys more than two decades ago denied the allegations as testimony began in his libel lawsuit against his accusers.
Eichhoff testified that although the legal and investigative bills for his suit against Gordon Kirk and his son, Kelly, range somewhere between $250,000 and $300,000, a jury award of $1 would suffice for what he considers more important:
"I want my name vindicated," said Eichhoff, adding that a defense fund wouldn't pay that tab.
Eichhoff, an Oklahoma City native, was the first person to testify after opening arguments in the lawsuit he initiated.
• Defendant called liar by father [Kirk, Kirk] -- RCC. Fr Eichhoff seeking damages. Boy.
By Larry Levy, State Correspondent, ~ October 15, 2004
TULSA (OK) - A man claiming a Catholic priest sexually molested him as a child has been a continuous liar as well as a middleman distributing cocaine among pool-hall friends and co-workers, his father testified Wednesday.
Gordon Kirk and his son, Kelly, now 35, are defendants in a civil slander and libel suit in Tulsa County District Court. The Rev. Paul Eichhoff instituted the countersuit in August 2002 after he was sued on claims he sexually abused the younger Kirk in the late 1970s.
Criminal charges never were filed against Eichhoff.
Gordon Kirk testified that in 2002 his son said he and another boy were sexually abused on two or three consecutive days when in the third or fourth grade at St. Mary Grade School in Tulsa.
A nun -- whose identity is unknown -- brought the boys to Eichhoff's office after they were found engaged in a sexual activity in a school rest room, the father testified in 2002. The accusers claimed the priest molested them when they were taken to his office.
• Anyone betting on ex-priest's innocence? [Schmaltz] -- RCC.
by James Gill, Friday, October 15, 2004
LOUISIANA: Anyone wishing to bet that Bernard Schmaltz will be acquitted should give me a call. I am offering generous odds.
Schmaltz is a retired priest who is suing the archdiocese for publicly identifying him as an alleged child molester.
Now a church court will determine whether he has in fact molested children. There isn't much doubt about the verdict Archbishop Hughes will be praying for, especially as his attorneys recently failed to get Schmaltz's lawsuit dismissed in Orleans Parish Criminal Court. Schmaltz, meanwhile, refuses to appear before the church court. Guilty is the way to bet it.
At first it appeared that we would be denied a betting proposition at all. Hughes' spokesman, Rev. William Maestri, announced last week that three unnamed New Orleans priests would appear on a pedophilia rap before a secret tribunal of unnamed canon lawyers. Whether the verdicts would be made public was up to the church.
This did not go down too well with the large fraternity of priestly-abuse victims, or with many Catholics weary of hearing the hierarchy compared to the Mafia. The archdiocese decided a little crawfishing was in order, named Schmaltz and the two other defendants in the church court and promised that the verdicts would be made public after any appeals are exhausted.
• Priest's accuser testifies in Tulsa civil case [Kirk, Kirk] -- RCC. Fr Eichhoff seeking damages. Boy.
by Larry Levy, ~ October 15, 2004
TULSA (OK) - A priest sexually molested two boys and "put the fear of God" in them to keep them quiet, the priest's accuser testified Thursday.
Details of alleged sexual molestation on two consecutive days by a priest about 25 years ago were divulged at the end of the fourth day of a libel and slander suit in Tulsa County District Court.
Kelly Kirk had sex with a grade school classmate before being molested by the Rev. Paul Eichhoff, Kirk testified Thursday.
Eichhoff filed a lawsuit against the man and his father, Gordon Kirk, who took their accusations to church officials in 2002. Eichhoff was exonerated by the Diocesan Review Board in late 2002. Legal authorities declined to pursue an investigation into the Kirks' allegations, citing the statute of limitations.
• Youth pastor gets two years on sodomy charge [2002 Horton] -- Assembly of God. 2yrs prison. Girl.
By TERESA RESSEL, Oct 14, 2004
FARMINGTON (MO) - A former St. Francois County youth pastor was sentenced to two years in prison on a second-degree statutory sodomy charge.
On Friday, Circuit Court Judge Sandra Martinez sentenced 33-year-old Patrick Horton of Desloge to two years in prison, which was the jury's recommendation. The jury could have recommended up to seven years in prison.
A St. Francois County jury found the man guilty in August after deliberating four hours. The verdict was delivered two years to the date after the alleged crime had occurred.
During a lengthy argument, Horton's attorney, Daris Almond, asked the judge to grant Horton probation while Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Bill Bryant argued for a prison sentence.
Several local pastors, church members, friends and family members of Horton, including his wife of 12 years, wrote letters to the judge asking for a lenient sentence.
Horton had worked as a part-time youth pastor for the Harvest Assembly of God Church just outside of Park Hills. He also was president of Liberty Outreach, which operated the Fire Escape Youth Center in downtown Park Hills. The youth center was not part of the church and is no longer in operation.
According to court records and testimony during the two-day trial, a girl, who was 14 at the time, told authorities that Horton kissed and touched her inappropriately while they were alone for five to 10 minutes in the Fire Escape Youth Center.
She said on the way to the center and also at the center, Horton asked her, "What would you do for $5?" She said after touching her, he stuck a $5 bill in her pocket. ...
• Five more sue Sisters of Charity for sex abuse [1950-60s Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Lammers] -- RCC. Girls.
The Kentucky Standard,
By HOLLY CECIL, ~ October 15, 2004
KENTUCKY: Five more people filed suit in recent months against the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth alleging sexual abuse at St. Thomas-St. Vincent Orphanage during the 1950s and 1960s.
The Sisters of Charity, headquartered on Louisville Road outside Bardstown, is a religious congregation of women founded in 1819.
The number of plaintiffs is now 42. The original complaint was filed July 15 by attorney William McMurry, who represents all but two of the plaintiffs. Victor E. Tackett represents the others.
Rebecca Jackson, Marcella Matthews, Colleen Durbin and Deborah Lee Greenwell filed suit recently naming Monsignor Hermann J. Lammers, for allegedly sexually abusing them at St. Thomas-St Vincent Orphanage in the 1950s and 60s.
• Bishop Griffin of Columbus to retire -- RCC.
Cleveland Plain Dealer,
by Carrie Spencer, Associated Press, Friday, October 15, 2004
COLUMBUS (OH): Bishop James Griffin announced his retirement Thursday from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus and said the 23-county diocese weathered the priest sex abuse scandal of recent years better than some others.
The pope appointed an auxiliary bishop from Minnesota to replace Griffin, 70, who said age and arthritis pain are forcing him to step down. Griffin previously was assistant chancellor in Cleveland before taking over the Columbus diocese in 1983.
"If we compare our diocese with others, I think there are few that got through the difficulties of the last 10 years as well as the church of Columbus," Griffin said. "That's due to the people I work with."
The Columbus diocese paid about $1.4 million in recent years to settle abuse claims against 26 of its 1,000 priests. The diocese covers the largest area of the nine dioceses and eparchies in the state, but serves the fourth-largest number of Catholics, about 234,000 in central and southeast Ohio.
• Diocese asks for time to appeal trial location [1980s Wilson, Hubbard, Law] -- RCC.
Albany Times Union,
By MICHELE MORGAN BOLTON, Thursday, October 14, 2004
ALBANY (NY) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has filed an emergency motion with a Massachusetts court asking for more time to appeal a decision that keeps a clergy sex abuse lawsuit headed toward trial in Boston.
Lawyers for the diocese have been rebuffed twice already in recent weeks in their attempts to move the case against Bishop Howard Hubbard and former Boston Archdiocese Cardinal Bernard Law to Albany.
Law currently lives in Rome.
Fort Ann resident Joe Woodward's $5 million court action accuses Hubbard and Law of protecting alleged pedophile priest Dozia Wilson by moving him quietly from parish to parish, and state to state, as complaints about his sexually inappropriate behavior surfaced.
Woodward, a 37-year-old married father of six, claims he was one of Wilson's victims over a period of years in the early 1980s in the Capital Region and in Boston.
• McGraw 'failed to read' language [Arbaugh] -- RCC. Judges let offender work at a school!
Parkersburg News and Sentinel,
By EVAN BEVINS, Friday, October 15, 2004
PARKERSBURG (WV) - West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Warren McGraw's campaign spokesman said the incumbent "did not read the language" in the controversial majority opinion that outlined a plan to send a convicted sex offender to work at a Catholic high school.
"Obviously, he should have read it ... more closely," said A.V. Gallagher, McGraw's campaign spokesman.
McGraw and Justices Joseph Albright and Larry Starcher were the majority in a 3-2 vote to overturn a Pendleton County Circuit Court ruling revoking probation for Tony Dean Arbaugh Jr.
Arbaugh pleaded guilty in 1997 to first-degree sexual assault at the age of 15 and was placed on probation, which was revoked after he admitted using marijuana and alcohol and skipping required counseling sessions.
Controversy arose because of a rehabilitation plan by Youth Systems Inc. to relocate Arbaugh to the Northern Panhandle for training while he worked at a Catholic school. The Marist Brothers, part of the Roman Catholic Church, were to support him, The Associated Press has reported.
The case has become a key issue in the Democrat McGraw's bid for re-election to the court against Republican nominee Brent Benjamin.
Gallagher said Thursday McGraw believes he made the right choice in the case.
When voting on the case, McGraw took the broad-based opinion that Arbaugh, a victim of sexual abuse as a child and deemed not to be a likely repeat offender, should be sent to a rehabilitation program, Gallagher said. The justice did not know the plan being considered involved Arbaugh working at a school, he said.
"He had confidence in the way Justice (Robin) Davis would write that," Gallagher said.
Davis wrote both the majority opinion, because she was assigned the appeal, and a dissent saying "the majority eviscerates the law to effectuate its own personal view of a proper outcome in this case."
Albright, a Parkersburg resident, said he could not speculate or comment about how McGraw arrived at his decision. He said a concurring opinion he authored was "the opinion that garnered three votes," because Starcher has said he never approved Davis' version.
"It makes absolutely no mention of the high school," Albright said of the opinion he wrote. "It simply remanded the decision to the circuit court to consider alternatives. (The school job) was not a proposal that the trial court ever entertained upon remand."
Arbaugh told the AP he lost a job working the night shift at a fruit-and-vegetable stand because of the negative publicity the campaign has brought to his case.
The case has been one of the main topics in advertising paid for by And for the Sake of the Kids, a group co-founded by Dr. Dan McGraw, a vascular surgeon in Parkersburg.
Gallagher said Justice McGraw's opponents have distorted the facts of the Arbaugh case.
"It had nothing to do with being a sexual predator," Gallagher said. "It had to do with whether he abided by the terms of his probation."
Dr. McGraw stands by the ads.
"Warren McGraw is so out of control and out of touch ... it's horrifying and it's negative, but it's the truth," he said. "The best excuse you can make is he's not paying attention."
Dr. McGraw and And for the Sake of the Kids have also expressed concern about the anti-business atmosphere they say the rulings of McGraw and other justices has created in the state.
Justice McGraw's campaign has called And for the Sake of the Kids a "shadowy group," saying it refuses to reveal donors or membership.
That information should come to light today, as the group files its financial reports with the Internal Revenue Service. As a section 527 organization, And for the Sake of the Kids is required by the IRS to file public disclosure reports detailing its contributions and disbursements.
The deadline to file is today.
"We've complied with every inch of the law," Dr. McGraw said.
Among the group's supporters is Don Blankenship, chief executive officer of Massey Energy Co. In materials provided by And for the Sake of the Kids, Blankenship said he has "contributed approximately $1 for every West Virginian," about $1.7 million, to the group.
Justice McGraw's campaign said Massey has been branded a "chronic violator" by the West Virginia Surface Mine Board and said Blankenship's contributions are evidence of special interests trying to sway the election.
Dr. McGraw said And for the Sake of the Kids is motivated by concern for the state and, as the name implies, its children.
"We are a group of West Virginians," he said. "It's all people from West Virginia ... who are very concerned that Warren McGraw has had a very bad effect (on the state)." #
• More Bang, Please [Brown] -- RCC. $US100m spending plan.
Orange County Weekly,
by Gustavo Arellano
CALIFORNIA: Of all the insults leveled at Orange County's Catholic faithful by their diocesan leaders this year - a shortlist includes the purchase of a $1.1 million gated-community estate for Bishop Tod D. Brown, His Excellency's refusal to settle priestly molestation cases, and Brown's insistence on building a $100 million cathedral despite widespread parishioner opposition - none has been more odious than the hiring of the Softness Group. During a Jan. 15 press conference, Brown announced the rewarding of a $90,000 contract to the New York-based PR firm so they could spin the diocese's sex-abuse scandal.
The flacks immediately went to work. Three days later, Brown made like Martin Luther and nailed onto the front door of Orange's Holy Family Cathedral his "Covenant With the Faithful"-seven theses that vowed to be "consistent and transparent in our communications with the Catholics of our diocese."
The diocese quieted critics at the time of the contract's announcement by maintaining that $90,000 purchased only four months' of work from Softness. But the Weekly has learned that, like nearly all of the things that tumble from Brown's mouth, the four-month claim was bogus.
Sources tell the Weekly the Orange diocese terminated its contract with the Softness Firm not in April, as Brown pledged, but in September. Since May, the Orange diocese retained the Softness Firm at a cost of $30,000 per month. And that's not considering standard add-on expenses for PR firms such as airline tickets, hotel rooms, phone bills and meals, expenses that a local publicist said "could easily run from $10,000 to $15,000 per month" considering the high-profile client.
Counting the Softness Firm's original four-month agreement and using the local publicist's self-admitted conservative estimate, Brown has spent at least $360,000 on pedo-spinning this year. To put that figure into perspective, the Diocese of Orange last year contributed $398,500 to its charitable arm, Catholic Charities of Orange County.
The strangest aspect of this fiasco, however, is the Softness Firm itself: it doesn't seem to exist. A call to the number listed on a September 2004 credit report for the firm is disconnected. It's not included in the O'Dwyer's 2004 Directory of Corporate Communications, the PR industry's bible. And a worker at O'Dwyer's New York-based offices said that they haven't listed the Softness Group for years.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 02:27 AM]
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• In the Vineyard, October 2004
Official organ of Voice of the Faithful, (USA),
www.votf.org/ vineyard/Oct04/ print.html , dated October 2004,
E-mail October 15, 2004
Communications - As
VOTF says "au revoir" to Steve Krueger, Jim Post announces the beginning
of a nationwide search for a new, full-time Executive Director. A search
committee is being formed, chaired by Mark Mullaney and will begin
its work immediately. Read office
news. Steve's tenure as Executive Director of VOTF speaks for itself
in his own
words, as well as those of VOTF president Jim
The USCCB General Assembly
November meeting and the future of the National Review Board - Laity:
Keeping Our Voice. See commentary from VOTF president Jim Post. Archbishop
Harry J. Flynn, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse of the USCCB
announced the beginning of the review process for the Charter for the Protection
of Children and Young People, which the bishops adopted in June, 2002.
See the USCCB press release at www.usccb.org under Communications.
In this issue, we welcome
our first ad. Commonweal magazine and VOTF are "trading spaces" in the mutual endeavor of reaching more Catholics. Since its founding in 1924, Commonweal has
stood for an "America that has much to learn from Catholicism." We agree
and welcome this experiment.
[Oct 15, 04]
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#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker,
Sat October 16, 2004 edition follows:-
• Priest in court on indecency charge [2004 McGarvey] -- RCC.
www.belfasttelegraph. co.uk/news/northwest_ edition/story.jsp?story=572133 , October 14, 2004
NORTHERN IRELAND: A Donegal priest today appeared before Londonderry Magistrates Court charged with indecency at a city centre shopping complex.
Father Patrick McGarvey (36), with an address at Main Street, Stranorlar was allegedly observed watching a person carrying out a private act for the purpose of sexual gratification.
The alleged incident occurred in the public toilets of the Foyleside shopping centre on August 4. The curate, who is originally from Creeslough, Co Donegal, was further remanded to appear before the courts on November 25.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 08:36 AM]
• Jury deliberations set in priest's libel lawsuit [Kirk, Kirk] -- RCC. Fr Eichhoff seeking damages. Boy.
by Larry Levy
TULSA (OK) - Jury deliberations are scheduled to begin Monday in a Tulsa priest's lawsuit against two men he claims libeled and slandered him.
The Rev. Paul Eichhoff filed the lawsuit two years ago against Gary Kirk and his son, Kelly Kirk, who claimed that the priest molested him when he was in the third or fourth grade. Kelly Kirk is now 35.
Tulsa County District Judge Ronald Shaffer told the jury late Friday afternoon that attorneys were unable to decide on instructions for the panel and that it should return Monday for closing arguments.
Deliberations are to follow.
During Friday's proceedings, a description of Eichhoff at the time of the alleged incidents was countered by a 26-year-old photograph. Kelly Kirk testified that the priest was "a large man ... rotund ... big glasses ... large face, just like he looks today."
Eichhoff identified a 1978 photo that showed him as a slender associate pastor at St. Mary's School.
• Catholics awaiting word on finances -- RCC.
www.whotv.com/ Global/story. asp?S=2436664
GRAND MOUND(IA) -- Iowa Bishop William Franklin should meet with parishioners before deciding if bankruptcy is the right move for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport.
That's what a flier being circulated at area churches by the group Catholics for Spiritual Healings says.
About 30 members of the group have passed out nearly three-thousand fliers and plan to distribute four-thousand more this weekend.
They ask for parishioners to call the bishop to listen to them before making any decisions.
• Diocese seeks trial delay -- RCC.
www.qctimes.com/ internal.php?story_ id=1037375&t=Local+ News&c=2,1037375 ,
By Ann McGlynn
DAVENPORT (IA): Attorneys for the Diocese of Davenport are asking a judge to delay the upcoming trials on lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests so attorneys can work with the diocesan insurance company on a settlement.
If the nearly four-month delay is not granted by the court, "it is the belief that Chapter 11 bankruptcy may need to be taken by the Diocese of Davenport," according to documents filed in Clinton County District Court.
Rand Wonio, attorney for the diocese, asked that the first trial in Clinton County scheduled to begin Nov. 1 be pushed back to Feb. 22, the date now scheduled for the third trial.
The remaining trials are scheduled over the next year in Clinton, Scott and Lee counties. The diocese also wants those pushed back.
"We're doing everything that we can in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy," Wonio said. "I think if we're going to resolve things with the insurance company, (four months) should be an adequate amount of time."
• Bishop Names New Leader to Lay Panel on Sex Abuse -- RCC.
The New York Times,
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN, Published: October 16, 2004
UNITED STATES: The president of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops announced Friday that he has appointed a chairman and five new members to the National Review Board, a group of prominent laypeople charged with monitoring the church's response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.
The new chairman is Nicholas P. Cafardi, dean of the Duquesne University Law School, who has been serving as a board member. Among the new members are a judge, an educator and a physician who works at a children's hospital.
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the National Review Board had been "vitally important in assisting the bishops of the United States in dealing with the crisis of the sexual abuse of minors within the church."
The board issued two reports early this year, one a statistical survey by university researchers of the number of minors abused by priests and the other a study of the factors that gave rise to the scandal.
• Duquesne law school dean to lead panel on abuse
www.post-gazette. com/pg/04290/ 396918.stm ,
By Ann Rodgers, Saturday, October 16, 2004
PITTSBURGH (PA): Nicholas Cafardi, law school dean at Duquesne University, has been named chairman of the U.S. bishops' National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People, which oversees the bishops' response to child sexual abuse by priests.
He was appointed yesterday, as were five new board members, by Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"I see this as a chance to continue the work of the board in making sure that children are safe and that no priest with a history of sexual abuse of minors is returned to ministry," said Cafardi, 55, a civil and canon lawyer. His three-year board term is due to end in June.
A staff attorney for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in the 1980s, he has a 20-year track record of advocating the permanent removal of priests who molest minors.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 08:00 AM]
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#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker,
Sun October 17, 2004 edition follows:-
• Diocese May Go Bankrupt Soon -- RCC.
WHBF - TV (Channel 4 Eyewitness News, Quad Cities),
DAVENPORT (IA): The Catholic Diocese of Davenport Bishop says he could declare bankruptcy as soon as this Friday.
The Diocese is facing forty claims of sexual abuse by priests, which Bishop William Franklin says exceeds the assets of the Diocese.
The church is calling for a judge to delay the trials which are scheduled to begin November 1st. so they can try to reach settlement agreements.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:43 PM]
• Ex-police boss takes NZ abuse investigation job -- RCC.
www.cathnews. com/news/410/84.php ,
18 Oct 2004
NEW ZEALAND: The Catholic Church in New Zealand has announced that former police commissioner John Jamieson will head the Church's new National Office for Professional Standards.
The Press newspaper reports that the job will see 66-year-old Jamieson overseeing complaints against the church.
The appointment was announced by the Catholic Bishops and the leaders of religious orders, the bodies which have recently established the Professional Standards Office.
Catholic Communications director Lyndsay Freer says that in recent years, the Church has sought to respond positively and compassionately when complaints have been received about abuse of professional standards within the Church community.
Mr Jamieson said the interviewing and investigative skills he had gained during his 37 years in the force, would serve him well.
"Each case will be different. I will look for a fair conclusion and see the other side as well. If I find some failure with the process, I will suggest appropriate action," Jamieson said.
Jamieson is not a Catholic. He was brought up in the Baptist Church but describes himself as an "ecumenical Christian". ...
[COMMENT: Welcome to Mr Jamieson. But, the "one true Church" ought to be looking really hard at itself, if the NZ bishops pick this oecumenical Christian, and another part of the same Church recently chose a complete disbeliever, to help sort out the "leading others into sin" chaos in the RCC. It is also in other religions. COMMENT ENDS.]
• Beyond anger -- RCC. Fr Tom Doyle's prophetic stance.
By KRISTEN CAMPBELL, Religion Reporter, Saturday, October 16, 2004
MOBILE (AL): The Rev. Thomas P. Doyle's concerns about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church date back decades.
Today, the priest is one of the best-known critics of the church's handling of the scandal. He is among those scheduled to speak at a conference organized by The Linkup, a national victims' advocacy group, in Mobile later this month.
Doyle is often recalled as one of the authors of a 1985 report warning of an impending sexual abuse crisis within the church.
After years of serving as a canon lawyer at the Vatican embassy in Washington and as an Air Force chaplain, he is now spending his time speaking and writing. Doyle made headlines in April after he was fired by Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of the Archdiocese for the Military Services.
According to the Associated Press, the stated reason for Doyle's ousting was "disagreement over providing daily Catholic Masses at military bases with few priests."
This week, Doyle said he thought that reason was "a pretext."
"But that's what happens if you're in the institutional church and you're a priest and you disagree with somebody up top and they can do something to you, they do it," he said. "And there are other priests who've spoken out publicly about the sex abuse issue, and everyone that I've known of -- everyone -- has in some way or other been punished by the institutional church...."
• Mohave County Sheriff's Office faces numerous vacancies -- Mormons. Females.
Mohave Daily News,
By JIM SECKLER, Oct 17, 2004
KINGMAN (NV) -- The Mohave County supervisors will look at providing pay hikes for Mohave County sheriff's deputies at Monday's Board meeting.
Out of 93 sworn sheriff's office positions, there are now 16 vacant deputy sheriff positions and three vacant sergeant positions, Human Resource Director Geoff Riches said.
Another five to 10 deputies may be leaving the office in the coming weeks to other law enforcement agencies, Riches said. ...
At an April 5 supervisor meeting, Smith asked the Board for a temporary, part time investigator to look into reported child sexual abuse cases in the polygamous community near the Utah and Arizona border.
Smith told the supervisors that local law enforcement in the city is supported by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
• Bankruptcy creates uncertainty -- RCC. If parishes untouchable, will people pay?
By Aubin Tyler, ATyler@ExplorerNews.com Oct. 13, 2004
ARIZONA: Some 10,000 Catholics who attend Northwest churches in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson will likely be called on to help pay for sex abuse lawsuits, but it will take months before anyone knows the true impact.
The diocese filed for federal Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sept. 20. Last week, a bankruptcy judge set a deadline of April 15 - six months from now - as the cutoff for any new claimants alleging sexual abuse by priests who worked in the diocese.
A key issue in the diocese's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is whether parish assets are independent or whether they belong to the diocese.
"The problem that I see here is that we're dealing with canon law and public law," said Joe Botsko, a founding parishioner of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Oro Valley. "Under canon law, each parish is its own entity even though we are restricted in some things. For example, if we need to borrow money to build a new church, we have to go through the diocese.
"It comes down to what the diocese is forced to do in secular court. It's going to be a tough choice. In most cases, claims are brought through the parishes whose children were abused. Under canon law, the parishes are individual entities and cannot be touched.
[COMMENT: Interesting. If parishes are separate and "cannot be touched," how is it that the Archbishop of Boston plans to close a good percentage of parishes? Read between the lines of the reported remarks of Joe Botsko, and you will see that the bishop holds control, and not just in "some things". In fact, all clergy have made a promise of obedience to their superiors, so they control everything. The effort of some other US bishop to transfer asset control to the parishes, supposedly beyond the reach of court judgements against the diocese for knowingly transferring predator clergy, is yet another unsavoury side to this corporate scandal masquerading as religious.
However, there are a few bishops acting something like the "Man from Galilee". And the US bishops' actions on "zero tolerance" and reporting suspects to the police is a brave defiance of their Church headquarters' written secrecy policies, such as Crimen Sollicitationis. The downside is that some US bishops are refusing to abide by the majority decision, and the religious orders -- a third of the clergy -- are pretending they are so separate they are not taking part. COMMENT ENDS.]
• Activists warn neighbors of priest accused of rape
[1978-87 Kelley] -- RCC.
By ANGELA SACHITANO, Oct 16, 2004
CLARKSVILLE (TN): Residents of a Clarksville subdivision are worried about the safety of their children after learning a former Catholic priest accused of child molestation has moved into their neighborhood.
A former priest, David Kelley, moved to the Hunters Point neighborhood off Tiny Town Road in February after being removed from the priesthood by the Diocese of Cincinnati.
"It scares the daylights out of me," said Rhonda Greene, a mother of children ages 3 and 5 who lives down the block from Kelley. "We don't want him here."
Although never criminally charged or convicted, Kelley has had 38 civil cases filed against him for claims ranging from forced oral sex to rape between 1978 and 1987, said Konrad Kircher, an attorney in Cincinnati representing the accusers.
Advocates of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) spent hours Thursday blanketing Kelley's neighborhood with flyers reading, "Child Molester Alert," showing Kelley's address and a history of the allegations against him.
• Mass of Remembrance held for abuse victims -- RCC.
22:39, October 16, 2004
IRELAND: The head of the Rosminian religious congregation has said the Catholic Church needs to acknowledge the pain and suffering which children endured in religious-run institutions in the past.
Father Joe O'Reilly was speaking at a Mass of Remembrance for deceased and living members of Industrial schools.
Today was the third such mass for victims of abuse at industrial schools, and around 100 people were at St Joseph's Church at Wilton in Cork City.
• Diocese could file by Friday -- RCC.
www.qctimes.com/ internal.php?story_ id=1037447&l= 1&t=Local+News &c=2,1037447 ,
By Thomas Geyer
DAVENPORT (IA): The Catholic Diocese of Davenport is prepared to declare bankruptcy on or about Friday if claimants in the sexual abuse lawsuits against the diocese do not accept a settlement or if the court does not allow a continuance beyond the Nov. 1 trial date, Bishop William Franklin announced Saturday.
An attorney for some of the victims - after reading the Bishop's letter faxed Saturday to area media - accused the diocese of failing to own up to its responsibilities to the victims.
"There are a right and a wrong in this," said Craig Levien, attorney for the plaintiffs. "The church is now blaming the victims, who have dealt all their lives with the emotional scars of being abused by a priest at age 10 or 12. They were alone for so long, until a few brave souls had the strength and courage to come forward and show them they were not alone.
"Now, the church needs to have the strength and courage to deal with these people properly," he said.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 02:10 AM]
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Sun October 17, 2004
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.
• A Christian Apocalypse. Christian Churches.
Dr Barry M. Coldrey , Melbourne, Australia,
dated October 12, 2004, e-mail from email@example.com
on October 17, 2004
MELBOURNE (Victoria) Australia: A Christian Apocalypse
book is $A 34.95; £34.95 UK; $US 34.95 from Tamanaraik Press, P.O. Box 12792, a Beckett Street, Post Office, Melbourne Vic 8006, Australia. Packing & postage included in the given price.
Some ten years ago, the writer commenced work on a document which became the published work entitled, Religious Life without Integrity. It was not a conventional book. I used quotations culled from many sources -- and arranged for dramatic effect -- to explore various aspects of the sexual abuse crisis affecting the Christian church in the English-speaking world, especially the Catholic church in Australia. In 1999, I sent a copy to the Sacred Congregation for Religious Orders and Institutes of the Consecrated Life in Rome for their information. It was in the nature of a wake-up call. However, this intervention was not received warmly in the Vatican.
The (then) Superior General of the Congregation, Brother Edmund Garvey, received an admonition from the Sacred Congregation to persuade me to withdraw the 'unhelpful' book from circulation. It was a difficult time. I had moved into dangerous waters, addressing issues and concerns which were painful to write and painful to read. Yet, they were issues and concerns absolutely necessary to be written about, and to be read by church leaders.
However, to abbreviate a long story: in the wake of this intervention from the Vatican, a copy of the text was permitted to escape on to the Internet beyond the control of anyone in Australia, Rome or anywhere else.
In addition, a friend in Western Australia, at his own expense, kindly developed a new version of Religious Life without Integrity into a better looking and more professionally produced book which was more likely to stand decently alongside similar works on the topic.
All this is recent history. However, over those five to six short years there have been extraordinary developments. In the USA, the abuse crisis finally reached critical mass and on the 6 January 2002, in Boston, Mass, revelations of gross behaviour by many priests and pervasive cover-ups by church authorities in this American Catholic heartland, triggered a firestorm of controversy and precipitated a chain reaction of further revelations and the beginning of successful reform. Things will not be the same again.
Why then is there any need for a further book, other than to catalogue the events which have occurred over the past few years? There have been improvements in the church's response to the child molestation crisis. These are only a few of the positive developments:
There is a greater knowledge and awareness of all aspects of sexual abuse of minors, especially of the serious criminal nature of sexual molestation in all Western countries;
There is widespread knowledge of the harm sexual abuse can do to the victims, especially when perpetrated by respected religious and community leaders;
In response to this knowledge, most dioceses and religious Congregations throughout the English-speaking world have policies in place to address the issues and respond to allegations (of abuse) and complaints of harassment;
These responses are (often) more sensitive to the victims than was the case previously;
Many dioceses and religious Congregations have faced staggering financial repercussions of past sexual abuses perpetrated by priests and members of religious Congregations. New insurance is difficult to obtain, and very expensive when available. Hence, most bishops and Province Leaders are, perforce, more sensitive to the issue;
Screening of candidates for entrance to seminaries and noviciates is more sophisticated and professional than it once was. In most Western countries there are fewer candidates to assess !
However, in spite of the obvious improvements in institutional church responses to child molestation allegations, there are pervasive problems and attitudes which require constant attention. Father Thomas Doyle, O P, the Dominican priest -- famous throughout the English-speaking world for his early warnings against sexual abuse -- has recently commented on his attitude to the church: 
What I have seen and heard these past nineteen years has made me profoundly ashamed to be associated with the institutional Catholic church and with the clerical world. Although there are thousands of authentic and compassionate priests, I also know that the clergy in general and the hierarchy in particular have either done nothing to relieve the agony of the Church (over the child molestation crisis) or worse, they have been part of its creation.
Broadly Father Tom Doyle's is the perspective of this new exploration of the problem. While sexual abuse issues have been, and are being addressed by church authorities, there are still glaring gaps and these are limiting effectiveness and closure. In addition, there are embarrassing realities still to be faced: for example, every movement on the part of the hierarchy to deal with the problem of sexual abuse of minors has been reactive. Mr Richard Sipe faced this painful reality in a major address to the National Convention of Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Priests, Denver, Colorado, 12 June 2004: 
Victims of abuse, lawyers, the press, civil and criminal justice, in addition to public outrage have been the forces that pushed -- really shamed -- the American bishops and the Vatican to reluctant action. The hierarchy of the United States has given no evidence that there is even one among them who will really stand and be counted for justice and ministry to all of those who are abused by clergy who violate their celibacy. We have no Bishop Romero !
Moreover, within many religious Congregations and among ordinary priests and Brothers, denial in its various shades and manifestations, is influential. Church leaders -- sometimes well and thoroughly briefed -- have to deal on a daily basis with priests and Brothers whose knowledge is less than their own. Within the institutional church, sympathy is focussed on the offender, and the victim often remains a nuisance. The institution leader sees the angry adult, not the terrified child; the ardent churchman sees $$$$$ signs, not the survivor requiring affirmation, redress and expensive therapy. Richard Sipe raised this issue also in his famous Denver address. He asked rhetorically:
Why did the ninety+ per cent of clergy not involved sexually with minors neglect to object to the conduct of their fellow priests ? There were ample rumours, suspicions, complaints and reports begging to be investigated. Only a handful of priests have been public defenders and advocates for victims. Why have the ranks of priests joined their bishops in the cover up of abuse ? Why are they still satisfied to be silent co-conspirators ?
The offender remains the focus; his concerns paramount. The survivor, the media, the whistle blower, the investigator -- these are the problems. The offender is a fine priest/Brother/church worker who -- in a magnificent life of sterling service -- made a (teeny) mistake; the whistle blower, the investigator, the media and the survivors are the bastards who made things worse by their unforgiving attitudes.
Moreover, while many dioceses and religious Orders are addressing child molestation issues, they are more tardy in facing the fairly widespread clerical infidelity to the celibacy vows among some Catholic priests and members of religious Congregations. They are not facing the corrosive influence of sexual underworlds in some church organisations. They should do so. There is the question of scandal, for one thing.  The casual attitude of some priests to their celibacy vows is leading people from the church, and making a mockery of church teaching on sexual issues.
The church teaches that every sexual thought, word, desire and action and action outside marriage is sinful, and seriously sinful if dwelled upon. This includes masturbation. The church condemns artificial contraception and the use of condoms ... (Yet) On record is the testimony of Archbishop Sanchez that he 'used protection' when he had sex with several young women. The Church teaches that homosexuals are disordered, and that homosexual actions are always evil. However, gay sexual activity among some clergy flourishes. The Church is against abortion ... and so it goes on. Teaching, preaching and practice have diverged all too often.
In addition, among those doing the wrong thing there is safety in numbers and whether the infidelity is heterosexual, gay or criminal, priests or Brothers (and some nuns) in difficulty with their celibacy vows can provide a protective cone over their mutual shortcomings.
The whole situation -- on the one hand, an official celibacy for Catholic clergy; on the other, considerable shortcomings in practice -- places a premium on secrecy, duplicity and lying. Since the recognition of the abuse crisis twenty years ago, a culture of mendacity, denial, minimisation and duplicity has gripped many church leaders, adding to the scandal when all is revealed by aggressive media probing.
It happens too that not all bishops or Province Leaders are as witty as one for whom the writer worked about ten years ago. In 1992, I was preparing a Provincial for a TV appearance, firing questions at him similar to what he would be likely to receive from the interviewer. The word 'truth' came into the conversation and he remarked that 'the truth is a luxury I can no longer afford'.
A witty off-the-cuff comment, but it did seem to be influence his media appearances ! In the end, over the years, I have come to believe that everybody should PRESUME that church leaders on the media and their spokespersons are LYING on anything to do with abuse issues. S/he may not be lying, but the presumption has to be that way. 'The Truth is a luxury we can no longer afford.' This compounds the scandal of abuse.
The tense atmosphere has discouraged serious, frank and independent research on all issues concerned with child molestation by clergy. There is abundant research on the topic, but not much from within the church. Those who seek a serious career in the institution shy well clear of the subject, or tailor their views to suit their bishop or other church leader, no matter what the truth is.
The scene in the Catholic church on sexual molestation by clergy has not been unique. On 31 May 2004, the Anglican Archdiocese of Adelaide released a commissioned study on its handling of abuse allegations against its priests. The 94 page report said that the diocese had been more concerned with legal and insurance responsibilities than the care of the survivors of abuse.  A cynic might say that there has been a strong ecumenical attitude within the Church to screw the victims. The report revealed many failings: 
The Anglican Church had an uncaring attitude towards victims of sexual abuse, and was more concerned with the effects of such allegations on itself, its image and its clergy ... the victims were often viewed as mischievous, were threatened with defamation, and in many cases their complaints were simply dismissed. The Anglican Archbishop, Ian George, said that the Church was ashamed and apologised for its systemic failure to abuse victims.
One might expect that the media attention and the firestorm of criticism would provide the critical mass for the Anglican church in Adelaide to drastically improve its rules and performance where sexual abuse matters were concerned. New rules were drafted -- to be debated by the synod. However, not all were satisfied. Professor Freda Briggs of the University of South Australia, the most prominent campaigner in South Australia for more stringent laws to protect children, criticised the draft severely on the following grounds: 
The draft protocols did not place the abused children first; the church was still self-focused;
In the case of allegations, internal investigation remained the way, and internal investigation by definition, was not independent.
The draft blurred the distinction between child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct between adults;
Since the procedures were internal, abusers were warned of an impending investigation. Professor Briggs stressed that allegations should be reported to the police immediately;
Finally, the language of the draft protocols was not easily understood by ordinary people.
It was earlier procedures such as these, which had -- in one celebrated case -- allowed St Peter's College paedophile, John Mountford, to flee Australia for Thailand at the first whiff of trouble. 
In spite of all these factors, there has been progress, in the Anglican church, in the Catholic church. However, not enough. This book is intended to add to the reform process.
Some have said that this genre magnifies the dark, shaded side of the institutional church and ignores the wonderfully positive work which most churchmen and women do. This is true; this is a book on the dark underside of the institutional church, whose reality vitiates so much good work by many church people.
The extraordinary range of services which the church provides; the decent, productive, spiritual lives of many priests and the heroic witness of countless others is ignored here; those facts are recognised, but they are not the subject of this book. Hopefully, those achievements are recounted in many other works. [Footnotes available in the book!]
[Oct 17, 04]
• [Average $152,000 possibly to survivors in Australia of Irish orphanages' abuse or neglect.]
The Sunday Times, Perth, W. Australia, "Call for Irish victims,"
PERTH, W. Australia; page 18, October 17, 2004
[Oct 17, 04]
Call for Irish victims
UP to 12,000 people in WA could be eligible for payouts averaging $152,000 -- but they don't know it.
Irish-born West Australians who suffered abuse or neglect in children's institutions in their native country can claim from a compensation pool of millions of dollars.
Ireland's Residential Institutions Redress Board has already handed over more then $6 million to 3686 people. Payouts have ranged from $18,000 to $365,000.
Dublin support group Aislinn believes that many people who attended some of Ireland's most notorious children's homes and schools between 1920 and the 1980s fled to Australia and are unaware of the scheme.
Aislinn spokeswoman Aisling McDonnell said that up to 100,000 people worldwide, many of whom immigrated to the US as well as Australia, could be eligible for compensation.
"We encourage people to come forward as the chances of people who went through institutions receiving compensation is very high," she said.
Aislinn is keen to locate eligible applicants because the cut-off point for claims is December.
"We are beginning our search in WA, where there are 12,000 Irish-born West Australians," she said.
In some cases, if an abuse survivor has died, his or her family may receive a cash payment.
Anyone who thinks they may have a claim can call 1300 308 478 or visit the RIRB website at www.rirb.ie
THE SUNDAY TIMES, OCTOBER 17, 2004
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.
#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker,
Mon October 18, 2004 edition follows:-
• Parishoners Want To Know, "Where's The Money?" [Kyumu] -- RCC.
www.wokr13.tv/ news/local/story.aspx? content_id=1913D61D- 688F-4C8F-A6AF- 4F35D9BF0663
by Patrice Walsh, Oct/18/04
NORTH CHILI (NY): Donations collected by parishioners of St. Christophers Catholic Church in North Chili were supposed to buy a new jeep so a priest from Kenya could continue his ministry there.
But the priest left the priesthood, went to live in
England, and the money never made it to Kenya.
Like most parishioners at Saint Christopher's, Stacey Hermanson thought Fr. Norbert Kyumu was the answer to their prayers.
He came to the church after former pastor Robert O'Neill had been removed for sexual misconduct.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 08:57 PM]
• Jury splits verdict in priest sex abuse lawsuits [1970s Eichhoff] -- RCC. Boy.
The Dallas Morning News,
Associated Press, 02:01 PM CDT on Monday, October 18, 2004
TULSA, Okla. - Jurors in a pair of lawsuits over allegations that a Claremore Roman Catholic priest molested a Tulsa boy more than 25 years ago issued a split verdict Monday, ruling against the accuser on sexual battery and against the pastor in his slander and libel claim.
The panel of eight women and four men needed about two hours to reach their decision, which was unanimous that evidence failed to support Kelly Kirk's sexual abuse allegation and 11-1 that the Kirks did not slander or libel the Rev. Paul Eichhoff.
Eichhoff sued Kelly Kirk and his father Gordon Kirk in August 2002 after Kelly Kirk's allegation that Eichhoff had abused him and another unnamed boy in the late 1970s surfaced.
Kelly Kirk countersued, seeking monetary compensation for emotional damages from the abuse, which Kirk said was a repressed memory that resurfaced during a 2000 therapy session.
Kelly Kirk, now 35, claimed Eichhoff molested him and the other boy twice when they were students at St. Mary's Catholic Church school in Tulsa. Eichhoff was associate pastor at the church from 1975 to 1978 and repeatedly denied sexually abusing anyone.
The Catholic Diocese of Tulsa suspended Eichhoff, 59, from his pastorate duties at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Claremore in August 2002 after the allegations came to light.
• Sex-victims group targets Lanzinger -- RCC.
By DAVID YONKE,
BLADE RELIGION EDITOR, Oct 18, 2004
TOLEDO (OH): A Toledo group formed to fight for victims of clerical sexual abuse has turned its sights on the candidacy of Judith Ann Lanzinger for the Ohio Supreme Court.
The group - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP - claims Judge Lanzinger had a conflict of interest and showed poor judgment for leading a committee of the Toledo Catholic Diocese that drafted policies dealing with reports of abuse while she was serving as a Lucas County Common Pleas Court judge.
SNAP charges that Judge Lanzinger's committee approved a policy in 1995 that was vaguely worded and failed to make clear that allegations of child abuse should immediately be reported to the police rather than to a diocesan case manager.
The victims' group also said her leadership of the diocesan panel from May, 1993, until October, 2002, created a potential conflict of interest involving lawsuits filed against the diocese. The group contended that abuse victims would be hesitant to appeal their cases to the Ohio Supreme Court if Judge Lanzinger wins the election on Nov. 2.
A Republican now on the 6th District Court of Appeals, she is running against Democrat Nancy Fuerst, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge, for the seat to be vacated by retiring Democratic Justice Francis Sweeney.
• Egan, priests to huddle on abuse cases -- RCC.
The Journal News,
By GARY STERN, October 18, 2004
NEW YORK: After several difficult and sometimes painful years for Roman Catholic priests, Cardinal Edward Egan has invited the priests of New York to a series of unusual retreats that begin today at a Catskills resort.
Egan promises to make himself available for questions in an informal setting, something that several groups of priests have requested since the sex-abuse crisis of 2002. A growing chorus of New York priests is concerned about whether priests accused of sex abuse have been afforded due process under the church's new and still unclear policy for dealing with allegations of abuse.
"There will be time to talk, to address concerns that the priests might have, to give them an opportunity to speak with the cardinal about what's on their minds," said Joseph Zwilling, Egan's spokesman. "These sessions are also important for the priests to bond more fraternally with their brother priests, as well as with their bishop."
Some priests wonder whether there will be time for a direct give-and-take with their archbishop. Each of the three two-day retreats at the Villa Roma resort in Callicoon, N.Y., will start with lunch, a conference, prayers, dinner and an informal evening gathering before wrapping up the second day with lunch, Mass and another conference.
• D'Arcy's warnings praised -- RCC.
The Journal Gazette,
By Rebecca S. Green
FORT WAYNE (IN): Illinois Appellate Court Justice Anne Burke is proud of her work with the National Catholic Lay Review Board.
The board was established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002 to address the clergy abuse scandal that has plagued the church.
Burke was in Fort Wayne on Sunday as a guest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. After the Mass, Burke spoke to about 40 people at a brunch at Grand Wayne Center.
A Roman Catholic Church tradition dating from the 13th century, the Red Mass asks God's blessing and guidance for those in the legal profession - including lawyers, judges, and elected officials.
About 30 members of the legal or civil government community stood to receive the blessing, offered by Bishop John M. D'Arcy, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. ...
Burke praised D'Arcy for his early role in addressing clergy sexual abuse while in Boston during the early 1980s.
"No bishop in America has been a more respected or trustworthy leader," Burke said.
If D'Arcy's warning to the hierarchy in the Boston Archdiocese had been heeded, she said, damage to the lives of many children and the moral outrage directed at the church could have been lessened.
"Their inability to listen to him was truly their unraveling," Burke said.
• Priest to be first to stand trial on abuse [Bredemann, Lovell, LeClaire ]
The Arizona Republic,
by Jim Walsh, Oct. 18, 2004
ARIZONA: A Catholic priest formerly assigned to a Mesa church would become the first to stand trial on sex crime charges this week, barring a last-minute plea bargain.
A number of priests, dating from Father George Bredemann in 1988 to former priest Lawrence Joseph Lovell in September, have pleaded guilty and thus avoided potentially embarrassing trials and even longer sentences.
But an attorney for Karl LeClaire said his client is adamant about his innocence and is likely to defy the trend by standing trial later this week, with jury selection scheduled for Thursday before Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens.
"It's not an indefensible case," said Dan Sheperd, LeClaire's defense attorney, noting there is no physical evidence and the case boils down to one person's word against another's.
Cindi Nanetti, who heads the county attorney's sex crimes unit, said she could not recall a case involving a priest standing trial in the 16 years she has been working for the office.
• Remove priest, leaflets urge [1983-89 Bucaro] -- RCC. Boy.
By MICHAEL FISHER and BETTYE WELLS MILLER, Monday, October 18, 2004
CORONA (CA) - Advocates for victims of sexual abuse by clergy handed out leaflets Sunday to parishioners at St. Matthew's Church in Corona, urging them to demand the removal of a former Corona priest accused of molesting a boy in the 1980s.
In a lawsuit filed this month in San Bernardino County Superior Court, a 25-year-old man accused the Rev. Michael Bucaro, a former St. Matthew's priest, of repeatedly sexually abusing him as a boy between 1983 and 1989.
Bucaro could not be located for comment.
He has been assigned to the diocese's prison ministry at the California Institution for Men in Chino since 1983.
"We believe there may still be victims here," said Mary Grant, Southwest regional director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a nationwide self-help support and advocacy group for clergy abuse victims.
Grant and three SNAP volunteers handed out leaflets at St. Matthew's between Sunday's English and Spanish Masses.
• Lawsuit Stemming From Allegations Of Sexual Abuse By A Priest Nears End [1970s Eichoff] -- RCC. Boy.
www.kotv.com/ main/home/stories. asp?whichpage= 1&id=70798 , Oct/18/2004
TULSA (OK): Attorneys are preparing for closing arguments in the case that's captured a lot of attention around northeastern Oklahoma.
Reverend Paul Eichoff is suing Kelly Kirk for slander, after Kirk told Tulsa's Catholic Diocese that Eichoff molested him almost 25 years ago. At that time, Eichoff was associate pastor at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tulsa.
The diocese suspended the priest while they conducted an internal investigation. Eichoff filed suit that same day. A church review board determined the case had no merit and Tulsa County prosecutors declined to file charges because the statute of limitations had expired.
• Church Janitor Charged With Sexual Assault [Torres]
2:55 pm US/Eastern, Oct 17, 2004
ELIZABETH, N.J.: A janitor charged with sexually assaulting three volunteers at the church where he worked is now free on $50,000 bail.
Luis Torres, 53, turned himself in to authorities Friday, and was charged with aggravated sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and lewdness, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported in its Sunday editions.
Torres worked at St. Genevieve parish on Monmouth Road, and church officials there issued a letter Oct. 5 that spoke to "allegations of sexual misconduct" by a staff member, the newspaper reported.
Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow did not disclose the name of the church, and also withheld details about the three victims.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:04 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker
Mon October 18, 2004
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.
#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker,
Tue October 19, 2004 edition follows:-
• Volunteer Arrested on Molestation Charges [1998 Soria] --
Northwest Church. Boy.
http://abclocal. go.com/kfsn/ news/101904_ nw_volunteer_ arrested.html
CALIFORNIA: A former youth volunteer at a Valley church is in jail, accused of child molestation.
Fresno police arrested 34-year-old Jaime Soria.
He'd been a youth group volunteer at Northwest Church in Fresno for ten years.
Police say a 17-year-old boy came forward in July, saying Soria molested him six years ago.
Church leaders say they contacted police after learning about the allegations and suspended Soria immediately.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 08:24 PM]
• Ruling on Plunkett case expected next month [Plunkett] -- RCC. Boy.
UPDATED: 4:12 PM Oct/19/04
ALEDO (IA) -- A former Quad City area priest will find out his fate on sex abuse charges next month.
Greg Plunkett is accused of fondling a 13-year-old neighbor boy from New Windsor. Earlier this month, Judge Walter Broad heard testimony in the two-day trial and took the case under advisement.
A court employee tells NewsChannel 8 the verdict will be read in open court November 12th.
Plunkett was one of several priests in the Peoria diocese defrocked two years ago after allegations of sex abuse surfaced.
• City divided by paedophile trial
The Times (England),
by Richard Owen, October 20, 2004
ITALY: The trial of nursery school teachers and Roman Catholic priests allegedly involved in a paedophile ring in Brescia has divided residents and shocked Italy.
Preliminary hearings in the trial began yesterday in the northern city, with six teachers, three priests and three school caretakers charged with procuring children, aged between 3 and 5, for paedophiles.
The defendants, who have not been named, are alleged to have told the children in their care that they were going to "play games" with adult men.
The scandal came to light when some of the 23 children involved told their parents they had been filmed and photographed in the men's homes.
The Vatican has cracked down on paedophilia among the clergy, which the Pope has described as "not only a crime but also an appalling sin in the eyes of God".
But Italians tend to regard sexual abuse by clergy as an American problem, after the scandals in the United States two years ago.
It emerged yesterday that investigating magistrates had been gathering evidence of the alleged Brescia sex abuse for the past year, using child psychologists to coax details from the children involved.
The alleged abuse occured at a nursery school in the heart of Brescia, an industrial town near Milan with a medieval and Renaissance centre and a strong sense of civic pride. The scandal has split the town, with some accusing the authorities of mounting a witch-hunt against the priests and teachers.
"The social machinery in Brescia is in danger of collapse," Dario Olivero, a journalist in the city, said. "It is perceived as having betrayed the children. The families affected are seeking therapy and some are moving to other towns."
Magistrates said two of the accused teachers had previously worked at a school where allegations of paedophilia had also arisen. Two of the accused priests recently defended themselves publicly against the accusations during Sunday services.
Father Mario Neva, of the Catholic University of Brescia, has defended the accused, saying there was a "crusade" against them. He said he was conducting a counter-inquiry designed to prove that the accusations were the result of "judicial errors". He said: "I am not denying that paedophile priests exist, but I do deny there are any in Brescia."
He said the parents bringing the charges had "lost their heads", and the questioning of the children had been "disastrously mishandled". Brescia could suffer "a wound which it will take more than a generation to heal" as a result.
The accused priests have also been defended by Monsignor Giulio Sanguinetti, the Bishop of Brescia, who said he believed that they were innocent. But Paolo Corsini, the Mayor of Brescia, said: "Whether the accused are innocent or guilty, it is clear that we have a serious problem in Brescia."
The Pope, addressing women deputies at a conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union this week, said that "no one can be silent or remain indifferent when innocent children suffer or are marginalised and wounded in their dignity as human persons".
Campaigners against paedophilia, however, have accused the Vatican of failing to respond adequately to sexual abuse accusations. This year Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned as Archbishop of Boston after a number of paedophile scandals, was given a sinecure as Archpriest in charge of St Mary Major, one of Rome's main basilicas. # [Emphasis added]
• Worcester Diocese offers lowest clergy abuse settlement amounts in the nation. -- RCC. $US3000 to $US7500 offered.
http://worcestervoice. com/worcester_ diocese_offers_ lowest_clergy_ abuse_settlement_ amounts_in_the_ nation.htm
WORCESTER (MA): Attorney Carmen Durso stood in front of the full-sized statue of Moses in Worcester Superior Court yesterday and made a stunning statement.
Settlement offers made to clergy sexual abuse victims in Worcester are the lowest in the United States. Offers presented by Travelers Insurance Co. representative Joanne Goulka, an attorney, were as low as $3,000 for some and as high as $7,500 for others which Mr. Durso believes are insulting and demeaning to victims.
Also in attendance to voice their dissatisfaction were Attorney Nance Lyons of Boston, Attorney Daniel Shea of Houston, Texas, and Eunice White of Worcester, parent of an alleged clergy abuse victim.
• Delaware County pastor is sentenced for raping 14-year-old girl [Bowman] -- Self-proclaimed pastor. Girl.
www.wnep.com/ Global/story.asp?S= 2449392
MEDIA, Pa. -- A self-proclaimed pastor has been sentenced to five to ten years in prison for raping a 14-year-old girl.
Forty-six-year-old Tyrone Bowman was handed the prison term yesterday in Delaware County Court, despite a letter presented by his defense lawyer in which the girl recanted her accusation that he raped her.
Bowman is from Yeadon. He was convicted at trial in May of offenses including rape and aggravated indecent assault.
Judge Charles Keeler said yesterday that the girl had been convincing when she said she was raped.
Court officials say post-sentencing motions will be filed and hearings will be held in which the girl will be required to testify. #
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 05:38 PM]
• Judge throws out Cornwall sex case [1988-96 Leduc; 1950s onwards others] -- RCC. Boys.
Last Updated 12:46:28 EDT, Tue, 19 Oct 2004
CORNWALL, ONT., CANADA - A judge has stayed charges against a former lawyer for the Roman Catholic church who was implicated in a sex-abuse scandal that rocked the eastern Ontario city of Cornwall.
Justice Terence Platana ruled Monday that Jacques Leduc's Charter right to a speedy trial had been denied, placing much of the blame for the holdup on the Crown.
"The length of delay is in excess of six years. I clearly understand this is not an appropriate time period," Platana said.
The charges against Leduc were stayed once before, in 2001, but the stay was overturned on appeal.
Leduc, once the lawyer for Cornwall's Roman Catholic Archdiocese, was charged in June 1998 with multiple counts of sexual assault involving three teenaged boys. The crimes were alleged to have occurred from 1988 to 1996.
Leduc was the last of 15 people charged during a provincial police investigation called Project Truth, which looked into allegations of a pedophile ring involving some of the city's most prominent men, including priests and lawyers. Some of the alleged crimes dated back to the 1950s.
• Priests and teachers on trial in Italy over 'paedophile ring' -- RCC.
The Times Online,
www.timesonline. co.uk/article/0,, 3-1317986,00.html ,
By Richard Owen in Rome
ITALY: Six nursery teachers, three school caretakers and three priests went on trial in Italy today in a case involving an alleged paedophile ring that has shocked the nation.
Preliminary hearings began in Brescia, in which the 12 defendants are accused of procuring children between the ages of three and five for paedophiles.
The defendants, who have not been named, are alleged to have told the children in their care that they were going to "play games" with adult men.
The scandal came to light when some of the 23 children involved told their parents about the "games", which they said had been filmed and photographed in the men's homes. The trial is being held behind closed doors because of the sensitivity of the charges. ...
Father Mario Neva, of the Catholic University of Brescia, defended the accused priests, saying that there was a "crusade" against them.
He said he was conducting a counter-inquiry of his own, designed to prove that the accusations were the result of "judicial errors". He said: "I am not denying that paedophile priests exist, but I do deny there are any in Brescia."
[COMMENT: And we had been told there were none in Malta, Canada, Spain, Poland, England, Ireland, Australia, Africa, Pacific Ocean countries, Austria, Samoa, Hawaii, Boston, etc., etc. !!! COMMENT ENDS.]
• Surviving the storms of dysfunction -- RCC.
National Catholic Reporter,
Issue Date: October 15, 2004
UNITED STATES: Many in the Catholic community go through a delicate balancing act these days: teetering between being sucked into the vortex of dysfunction that was put in motion by the sex abuse crisis and finding clear going along avenues of everyday holiness.
The difficulty in avoiding turbulence increases as each month the vortex grows wider and deeper, fed by the effects of cover-up, denial and a lack of accountability.
As other communities beset by storms and floods, we have become good at survival. Exquisitely good, in fact. Anyone who travels around the church in the United States will tell you endless stories of good things happening "despite." You know the list that can accompany that "despite."
But any community will also tell you that surviving is not quite the same as thriving; that finding innovative ways to work around the dysfunction is quite different from creatively embracing the future as a truly free, healthy and whole community.
• Suit Filed Against Erie Benedictine [1960s Bertke] -- RCC. Benedictine nun. Female.
www.wjettv.com/ news/default.asp? mode=show news&id=4729
KENTUCKY: In the wake of allegations made against Mercyhurst College's president William Garvey, another prominent figure is now being accused of sexual abuse.
Sister Marlene Bertke is an Erie Benedictine who's known as an outspoken peace and social-justice activist... She was one of the nuns arrested during an anit-war protest outside the federal courthouse last year.
Bertke is one of three nuns who allegedly molested Doctor Emily Feistritzer, a nationally known education expert.
According to the suit, the assault allegedly happened more than forty years ago in a Kentucky Monastery.
• Special hearing before Judge Jeffrey Locke assigned to Worcester clergy sexual abuse cases today. [2000s McManus] -- RCC.
http://worcestervoice. com/Current% 20news.htm
WORCESTER (MA): A hearing is scheduled at 2 p.m. today in Room 16 at Worcester Superior Court, 2 Main Street, Worcester, before Judge Jeffrey Locke for an update on the clergy sexual abuse cases in the Worcester Diocese.
The diocese, under the direction of Bishop Robert McManus, has failed as of this date to arrange proper settlements for the victims of clergy sexual abuse. The bishop on arrival in Worcester pledged to deal with the victims appropriately but he has so far failed to live up to his promise.
As we know the Boston Archdiocese and the Springfield Diocese have settled the cases in bulk settlements to alleviate any further distress to the victims.
• Brunett's remarks on gays, sex abuse by clergy stir anger -- RCC.
http://seattlepi. nwsource.com/ local/195669_ catholics18.html ,
By VANESSA HO
SEATTLE (WA): A lifelong Roman Catholic and an openly gay man, state Rep. Ed Murray felt sick to his stomach. Around the same time, Ave Maria Dover, a Catholic mother of a gay son, felt her church was "weeping."
They are part of a wounded, vocal chorus upset with the Rev. Alex Brunett, the Seattle Catholic archbishop, after his comments on homosexuality and clergy abuse appeared in the
Seattle Post-Intelligencer last week.
He said many of the country's clerical abuse cases have involved priests ordained in the 1960s, the same time he was protesting open homosexual behavior among his students at a Michigan seminary, where he was the academic dean.
"One would not want to draw a tie (between homosexuality and clergy abuse), but I think it does raise the question," he said, referring to a recent national, church-sanctioned study that found that 81 percent of victims of clerical abuse were male.
• Erie nun accused of abuse [Bertke] -- RCC. Benedictine. Nuns.
By LISA THOMPSON, firstname.lastname@example.org
KENTUCKY: A nationally known educational expert claims an Erie nun sexually assaulted her while both women were young nuns more than 40 years ago in a Kentucky monastery.
Emily Feistritzer, 63, filed a lawsuit two years ago in Kentucky against Villa Madonna Academy, the Roman Catholic boarding school she attended, and St. Walburg Monastery, a Benedictine convent Feistritzer entered after high school.
In the suit, Feistritzer accuses three nuns, including Sister Marlene Bertke, an Erie Benedictine, of sexually molesting her in the 1950s either in the school or the monastery, both in Covington, Ky.
Feistritzer claims Bertke assaulted her in 1959 when Feistritzer was 18 and in her first year in the St. Walburg convent by "attempting to forcibly have sexual contact with her, by forcibly undressing her, and by having unwanted sexual contact with her."
• ‘Pastor' jailed despite recant -- Girl.
The Daily Times,
By MARLENE DiGIACOMO , email@example.com , Oct/19/2004
PENNSYLVANIA, MEDIA COURTHOUSE -- A judge Monday in sentencing a 46-year-old, self-proclaimed Yeadon pastor to five to 10 years in jail, described the testimony of a 14-year-old girl as convincing when she said she was raped by the defendant.
During yesterday's sentencing hearing before Judge Charles C. Keeler, defense attorney Steven Pacillio presented a letter on behalf of Tyrone Bowman in which the victim recants.
"The situation happened out of anger and did not happen," Pacillio quoted the girl as stating. Pacillio, who was not trial counsel, said the girl was aware that she risked being charged with perjury for giving a false statement and she still wrote the letter.
Assistant District Attorney Sheldon Kovach pushed for sentencing. He said an oral motion should not delay sentencing under the law and that issue will be decided in post-conviction hearings when the girl will be required to take the stand.
• Experienced deputies get pay raise -- Polygamous sect.
Mohave Valley News,
By JIM SECKLER, Oct 19, 2004
KINGMAN (NV) -- The Mohave County supervisors approved a one-time pay adjustment Monday to help stop the flow of experienced Mohave County sheriff's deputies to other agencies.
Out of 93 sworn positions in the department, there are now 16 vacant deputy sheriff positions and three vacant sergeant positions. Ten deputies were lost to other agencies since July, Sheriff Tom Sheahan said.
One reason for the high turnover rate is the compression issue, which is created by the lack of progression in the pay scale for experienced deputies in the past three fiscal years. ...
County Attorney Matt Smith also told the Board about the new investigator for Colorado City, who started Monday.
The temporary, part-time investigator will look into reported child sexual abuse cases in the polygamous community near the Utah and Arizona border.
The city is dominated by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The funding for the investigator, which pays $30,534, will be for six months time.
• Bishop lauded for alert about sex-abuse scandal -- RCC. D'Arcy tried to stop it.
October 19, 2004
FORT WAYNE (IN) -- A former member of the national panel reviewing the Roman Catholic church sexual-abuse scandal credited Bishop John M. D'Arcy with seeing the church's problems long before they became public.
Anne Burke, an Illinois Appellate Court justice, spoke Sunday as a guest of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for the annual Red Mass, a blessing for those in the legal profession, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
D'Arcy, Fort Wayne-South Bend bishop since 1985, was auxiliary bishop of Boston when he wrote private letters to other church officials as early as 1978 questioning the reassignment of Boston Archdiocese priests accused of sexual misconduct.
Burke was interim chairwoman of the National Catholic Lay Review Board, which was established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002 to address the clergy abuse scandal that has rocked the church.
• Judge sets hearing on delaying priest abuse trial -- RCC.
CLINTON, Iowa: A judge has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on whether to delay the first sexual abuse trial involving priests from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport.
The diocese request to delay the trial, scheduled to begin November 1st, comes as church officials continue settlement talks with about 40 victims that have come forward with complaints and lawsuits accusing priests of sexual misconduct.
The request also coincides with news that the diocese is considering filing for bankruptcy protection as early as Friday.
Next month's trial is the first of nearly a dozen scheduled in the next 14 months by District Judge C.H. Pelton in Clinton.
• Judge weighs lawsuit against priest [1960s Quinn] -- RCC. Boys.
By ROCCO LaDUCA, Tue, Oct 19, 2004
UTICA (NY): A state Supreme Court judge heard arguments Monday related to a hearing that would decide if a $150 million lawsuit still can proceed against a Catholic priest accused of negligence in the drowning death of a young boy 36 years ago.
Attorneys for the Rev. James F. Quinn argued before Justice Robert Julian that too many years had passed since 12-year-old Albert Piacentino drowned during a 1968 church picnic for altar boys from St. Agnes Church in East Utica.
Quinn, who was assistant pastor at St. Agnes at the time, is facing negligence allegations that he wasn't present at the outing when Piacentino drowned as he swam with other boys.
In a separate action, Quinn also is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing John Zumpano in the 1960s, beginning when Zumpano was an eighth-grade student at St. Agnes.
• Group keeps sounding alarm about former Hoosier priest [Voss] -- RCC. Male teens.
by Ruth Holladay, October 19, 2004
LAFAYETTE (IN): Paul Kendrick stood outside the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Lafayette for two hours Sunday. He and six other protesters quietly passed out hundreds of leaflets. For the most part, they endured the indifference or even hostility of fellow Catholics.
Kendrick can stand that -- he didn't even mind that somebody called the police on him and members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [SNAP].
That's because the 55-year-old stockbroker from Portland, Maine, sees himself as practicing the tough social justice he learned years ago at his Jesuit prep school and college. He is living out the Jesuit motto of "being men and women for others," he says, by trying to educate Catholics, and yes, alarm them, about a former Indiana priest now living in Haiti -- and the role of bishops in protecting certain priests and ex-priests.
Kendrick's target Sunday was Ron Voss, now in his early 60s. Ordained into the Lafayette diocese, Voss was accused by eight, possibly nine, male teens of sexual abuse in Indiana. In 1988, he received treatment for being a sexual offender. Afterwards he moved to Haiti, where he had done mission work. In 1993, he quit the priesthood.
• NCPA cops nab child abuse cleric -- New Order Christianity. Boys.
www.dailynews. lk/2004/10/19/ new02.html ,
by Nadira Gunatilleke, Oct 19, 2004
SRI LANKA: The Special Police Unit of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) has taken into custody a cleric from a mushroom Christian sect on a complaint of sexual abuse of eight minors.
The suspect who belonged to the New Order Christianity Gathering in Kaluwarippuwa in Katana had allegedly sexually abused eight boys between the age of 12 and 18, a NCPA spokesman said.
He said that the Special Police Unit arrested the Priest following an official complaint made by the Bishop of Mannar. The Bishop had made the complaint to the NCPA Chairman Prof. Harendra de Silva after taking the victims under his protection.
The arrest was made on the night of October 15 by the Special Police Unit with the assistance of neighbours while the suspect was in hiding.
• Diocese filing would halt abuse cases -- RCC.
Des Moines Register,
By SHIRLEY RAGSDALE, REGISTER RELIGION EDITOR, October 19, 2004
DAVENPORT (IA): If the Davenport Catholic Diocese files for bankruptcy protection this week - which officials have said they will do if they don't win a delay in a child sexual-abuse lawsuit - the claims of more than three dozen men who say priests abused them will be frozen.
The diocese has asked for a four-month delay in the first abuse lawsuit, which is set for trial Nov. 1. Bishop William Franklin said he would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday if the delay wasn't granted. The bankruptcy case would be only the third such filing by a U.S. Catholic diocese.
Judge C.H. Pelton has set a Wednesday hearing on postponing the trial in Clinton County District Court.
"Bankruptcy won't be cheap, quick or easy," said Thomas Salerno, a Phoenix lawyer who handled the Baptist Foundation of America bankruptcy, the largest fraud bankruptcy of its kind. Once the process is under way, the diocese records will be exposed to unprecedented court and public scrutiny, he said.
Victims' claims will be considered with the diocese's other debts. The bankruptcy judge may hear the abuse cases, or he can return the lawsuits to state court for trial. While case law is clear about bankruptcy court settlement of claims for personal damages, it is not clear whether a bankruptcy court can settle any claims for emotional damages arising from abuse cases, Salerno said.
• Tulsa jury clears priest, rejects his slander suit [1979 Eichhoff, 2000s Kirk, Kirk] -- RCC. Boy.
http://newsok.com/ article/1342157/? template=home/main ,
by Larry Levy
TULSA (OK): A Catholic priest accused of child molestation alleged to have occurred 25 years ago was cleared Monday by a Tulsa District Court jury. The panel also found that he was not slandered or libeled by his accusers.
The jury of eight women and four men, after hearing two lawsuits simultaneously, deliberated two hours before finding the Rev. Paul Eichhoff had not committed battery -- the legal term for the alleged abuse in the case -- in 1979 on Kelly Kirk, then 10.
At the same time, jurors split, 11 to 1, on whether Kelly Kirk, now 35, or his father, Gordon Kirk, had committed either slander or libel in reporting the allegation to medical professionals, counselors, police or investigators for the Catholic Diocese of Tulsa.
The verdicts carried no recommendation for anyone to pay damages.
Eichhoff, 59, now is pastor of St. Cecilia Church in Claremore. He said the verdict returned "my reputation, my name," which was what he really sought, rather than a monetary verdict. His legal bills exceeded $300,000 before the trial began, he said.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 06:56 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker
Tue October 19, 2004
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.
#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker,
Wed October 20, 2004 edition follows:-
• Greek Orthodox Church faces sex-abuse claim  -- Greek Orthodox. Male seminarian.
The Advertiser (Adelaide),
www.news.com. au/common/story_ page/0,4057, 11135560%255 E2682,00.html ,
By NIGEL HUNT, for October 21, 2004
ADELAIDE, S. Australia: THE Greek Orthodox Church has been drawn into the sex-abuse storm that has been enveloping the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches, with an Adelaide man alleging he was sexually assaulted by a senior member of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.
The man, now 20, is taking legal action against the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, over the alleged abuse and treatment that followed it.
He alleges he was subject to inappropriate sexual behaviour by the ordained official. The alleged abuse occurred at a theological college last year.
He alleges the church knew or should have known of the official's behaviour and failed to protect him, was negligent and breached its duty of care.
The man, who was in his first year of study to become a priest, was expelled from the college, which cannot be identified, and had privileges - chanting and denial of Holy Communion - stripped by the church.
The man's father said yesterday the events had traumatised his son and his family. His son now was seeing a psychiatrist and "was physically and mentally" shattered.
"I have been a faithful member of the church for many years and have raised thousands of dollars for it," he said. "We have been faithful servants and now all we feel is that we have been betrayed. Other parents should know this if they are considering sending their sons there."
Lawyer Susan Litchfield, of Duncan Basheer Hannon, has sent a letter of intention to Greek Orthodox Archbishop Stylianos advising of the claim. Lawyer Nicholas Pappas, acting for Archbishop Stylianos, has acknowledged the letter and, in subsequent letters, asked for more details of the alleged inappropriate conduct.
Ms Litchfield said if settlement negotiations were unsuccessful court action would be initiated.
She said her client alleges he had been sexually assaulted, in the form of inappropriate touching and stroking, by the church official on three occasions.
Mr Pappas said any allegations of inappropriate conduct by the official "are strenuously denied". "The Archdiocese views these matters very seriously, has a very good record in this area and investigates matters thoroughly internally," he said. "When it responds publicly it does so after a very thorough internal analysis of the facts." #
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:55 PM]
• 5 panelists cite clergy abuse impact on them [Trupia, Byrne, Rausch] -- RCC. Males.
Arizona Daily Star,
www.dailystar. com/dailystar/ metro/44320 ,
By Stephanie Innes, Oct.20.2004
ARIZONA: Five people who say they were affected by local Catholic clergy sexually abusing children have been appointed to a panel that will represent victims in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
The tort claimants panel, appointed by U.S. Trustee Ilene Lashinsky, includes two women and three men, according to a document Lashinsky has filed with the court.
Two of the men, Thomas A. Groom and Michael Moylan, have pending lawsuits against the diocese in which they claim they were sexually abused as children by clergy members.
All pending lawsuits against the diocese have been stayed since Sept. 20, when the diocese filed for federal Chapter 11 reorganization.
The third man on the panel is Brian O'Connor, a Tucson resident who has claimed he had a sexual relationship with Robert C. Trupia, a former priest who was defrocked by Pope John Paul II in August, and that he also had sexual relations with another local priest, William T. Byrne, who died in 1991, and with former Phoenix Bishop James S. Rausch, who died in 1981.
• Chaplain claims sexual harassment; files suit against St. Mary's hospital [2002-03] -- Maronite Catholic.
By Missy Stoddard, October 20, 2004
WEST PALM BEACH (FL): A chaplain at St. Mary's Medical Center filed suit against the hospital on Tuesday, saying her former supervisor sexually harassed her and that the hospital administration did nothing to stop him despite repeated complaints.
The Rev. Sonia Carmona seeks compensation for medical expenses and damages she says are a result of harassment by Vincent Maroun, a Maronite Catholic priest who previously served as the director of St. Mary's pastoral care department.
Both Carmona and Maroun are married to other people, according to the lawsuit. Maronite priests are permitted to marry.
Carmona's lawsuit alleges that between October 2002 and October 2003, Maroun acted inappropriately by constantly asking for hugs and kisses, telling Carmona that God would forgive them for being "intimate friends," and that he once touching her buttocks.
Carmona says she complained to the hospital's human resources officials as well as St. Mary's President Peter Marmerstein, but no action was taken against Maroun.
On Tuesday, Maroun, who left the West Palm Beach hospital in October 2003, denied the allegations, as did St. Mary's.
• Bishop orders probe of priest accused in Paterson years ago [?1970s Perretta] -- RCC.
BY JEFF DIAMANT, Wednesday, October 20, 2004
PATERSON (NJ): A longtime priest in the Paterson diocese has been placed on administrative leave from Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Clifton while the diocese investigates an accusation of inappropriate conduct made against him.
The allegation against the Rev. Andrew Perretta dates back more than 20 years, from when he was at St. Mary's Church in Paterson, said Marianna Thompson, a spokeswoman for the diocese.
Thompson would not specify the nature of the accusation, but said it was first investigated by a diocese "response team" in the 1990s when Bishop Frank Rodimer led the Paterson diocese. Rodimer served as bishop from 1977 until he retired in June.
In his first months on the job, Bishop Arthur Serratelli reviewed all allegations of inappropriate conduct made against priests in the Paterson diocese. Serratelli decided he wanted the accusation against Perretta investigated further and placed Perretta on leave during the investigation, Thompson said.
• Diocese urged to settle claims [Messier, Teczar, Holley] -- RCC.
Telegram & Gazette,
www.telegram. com/apps/pbcs. dll/article? AID=/20041020/ NEWS/110200391/ 1116 ;
By Kathleen A. Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org , Telegram & Gazette STAFF, Oct 20, 2004
WORCESTER (MA) - Boston lawyer Carmen L. Durso yesterday called on the Diocese of Worcester to bypass the court system and enter into direct negotiations to settle the pending lawsuits alleging clergy sexual abuse.
Lawyers representing the diocese are offering as little as $3,000 or $7,500 in some of these cases, said Mr. Durso, who represents 10 alleged clergy abuse victims in the Worcester diocese. He called the offers "insulting, demeaning and un-Christian."
Mr. Durso said the diocese is adhering to the state's charitable immunity cap on settlements while other dioceses, including Boston, have waived or modified it to properly compensate victims.
James Gavin Reardon Jr., lawyer for the diocese, said the lawyers for plaintiffs are "entitled to their opinion" but he said they and their clients chose to file civil suits and they need to be resolved through the legal system.
Mr. Reardon said several suits have been settled and others should be moving to trial by June. He said the cases are moving forward in a professional manner. Some plaintiffs have chosen to settle their suits for the amounts offered while others have not, he added. "It's their right," he said.
"I don't see that as realistic," Mr. Reardon said of the lawyers' request that direct negotiations open with the diocese. "These civil suits need to be resolved," he added.
A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Mr. Durso referred to a Catholic doctrine of restorative justice that teaches that a Christian who has wronged another person has a responsibility to make adequate compensation.
Mr. Durso, joined by lawyers Daniel J. Shea of Houston and Nance Lyons of Boston during a press conference, said his research shows Worcester is making the lowest settlement offers of any diocese in the United States and the world.
They were also joined in front of the courthouse's statue of Moses by a mother of an alleged clergy abuse victim, two alleged clergy abuse victims and representatives of Voice of the Faithful and Worcester Voice.
The press conference followed a hearing at which the lawyers reported on the status of their cases to Judge Jeffrey A. Locke, who has been assigned to handle the clergy abuse cases in the Worcester Diocese.
"I want to see my child smile again," said Eunice White of Worcester, who identified herself as the mother of an alleged victim of the Rev. Raymond P. Messier.
She referred to a statement made by Bishop Robert J. McManus in opposition to homosexual activity that "a man should not be with a man."
"I will say that a priest should not be with a boy," Mrs. White said. She said she remains a devout Catholic, despite the alleged abuse of her son. "I have never blamed God or my faith. I blame the people running the church."
David Lewcon of Uxbridge, alleged victim of the Rev. Thomas Teczar, said he settled his civil suit against the diocese for $110,000 five years ago. "And I thought that was cheap," he said. Mr. Lewcon said his civil suit dragged on for eight years before being settled.
Mr. Durso said the diocese at one time would waive the charitable immunity cap, which is $20,000, and give a victim more money if he or she was willing to sign a confidentially agreement and remain silent about the abuse.
Phil Saviano, now in the Boston area, accepted a settlement of about $12,000 in his lawsuit against the diocese in the 1990s but would have gotten more if he had agreed to the confidentiality clause, he said. An alleged victim of the Rev. David A. Holley, Mr. Saviano refused to remain silent and took the lesser amount.
Mr. Lewcon said he knows that during the 1990s suits were settled for as high as $350,000 with confidentiality agreements.
"It's a blot on Worcester," said Daniel Dick of Worcester, who said the diocese should offer the victims more money. If the diocese will not do it, he suggested that community leaders and elected officials mobilize to bring these civil suits to a just conclusion.
Mr. Dick is a victim support advocate for Worcester Diocese Voice of the Faithful, a group of Catholics that formed throughout the United States in the wake of the clergy abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.
Susan Renehan of Southbridge, who is with the Coalition of Catholics and Survivors, said the money being offered will not cover therapy for a year for a victim.
The diocese said in its report to the bishops' National Review Board that 45 priests were credibly accused of sexual abuse and a total of $2.3 million was paid out in settlements between 1950 and 2003. Most of the money came from insurance.
• A call for 'restorative justice' in cases of abuse -- RCC. Bambrick victim, priest, campaigner.
www.philly.com/ mld/inquirer/news/ local/9964576.htm ,
By Jim Remsen, 215-854-5621 or < href= "mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org , INQUIRER FAITH LIFE EDITOR, Wed, Oct. 20, 2004
PENNSYLVANIA: The symposium was billed as a breakthrough "Day on Hope and Healing" in the Catholic sex-abuse crisis. The Rev. John Bambrick was hopeful, but he had a point to make.
From his seat at the dais, Bambrick extended his arms toward the audience.
"Are there any bishops here?"
"There, my friends, is the problem."
The organizers of yesterday's program at St. Joseph's University couldn't have been surprised by the brazen call-out.
Bambrick is not one to bite his tongue, being not only a priest but an outspoken survivor of clergy sex abuse. Now a North Jersey pastor and activist, he was one of two people invited to give the audience their wrenching accounts of being molested as children and seeking justice.
"We can't wait for them," he said of the bishops. "We can't rely on them," Bambrick said, to a smattering of applause. "This is a moment of grace in our church, and we have the ability to change, and to force change on those who don't want those changes to happen."
His 200 listeners were already in position to carry out at least some degree of change. Many of them were local church workers and counselors who conduct sex-abuse-prevention training, work with victims, and implement other mandates of the U.S. bishops' charter to protect children.
"We must see this tragedy from the perspective of the survivors, who are the ones most impacted," said the Rev. Gerard McGlone, a psychologist and visiting fellow at St. Joseph's who organized the symposium.
Alongside Bambrick was Victoria Cubberley, who recounted in a flat voice her "30-year journey of loneliness and mistrust." Beginning at age 14, she said, she was assaulted by three priests in her Bucks County parish and school.
The archdiocese's victim-assistance office has paid for her psychotherapy for a number of years, Cubberley said, and helped in her healing by arranging a visit to the rectory where she was raped.
"It touches my heart to know there are people here who get it," she told the audience.
Bambrick called on dioceses to adopt the "restorative justice" system that he said prevailed in the early church. Under the "biblically centered" system, he said, victims take charge of the process, with offenders expected to address them directly and take responsibility for their crimes.
"It seeks to make peace not only for the victim but also the perpetrator," he said.
Kicking off the symposium was Kathleen McChesney, director of the U.S. bishops' Office for Child and Youth Protection.
McChesney provided a litany of grim statistics from February's report on the national scope of the abuse problem. Among the figures: 10,667 victims (the true toll might be twice as high, she said); 50 percent of cases reported after 25 years, well past the statute of limitations; 384 priests charged, 252 convicted, 100 sent to prison; cost to the church, $573 million.
Some people talk of struggling with "issue fatigue," McChesney said, while others say the church "has turned the corner" on the crisis.
"I don't mean to say we shouldn't be hopeful and we aren't making progress, because we are, but there are many, many steps to be taken in this journey," she said. "We are just merely at the beginning."
Msgr. Timothy Senior, head of the archdiocese's office for clergy, attended on behalf of Cardinal Justin Rigali, who was at a meeting of Pennsylvania bishops.
Senior said Rigali is "absolutely committed to the full implementation" of the bishops' charter. The archdiocese, Senior said, has conducted "safe environment" training for more than 40,000 clergy, parish staff, teachers, students and, now, parents in the archdiocese.
McChesney's office is coordinating a second round of audits of the nation's dioceses. An audit team is to visit Philadelphia next month. # [Emphasis added]
• Lawyer calls diocese settlement offer too low [1970s, 1980s]-- RCC. Boy. Altar boys.
By David Abel, October 20, 2004
WORCESTER (MA): The Diocese of Worcester has offered "insulting" settlements to several men who they were molested by priests in parishes there, a lawyer representing 10 of about 25 of the diocese's alleged victims said yesterday.
The attorney, Carmen L. Durso, said the diocese offered $3,000 to one of his clients, a man in his 40s allegedly molested in the 1970s. The diocese offered two of his other clients, brothers allegedly abused while serving as altar boys in the 1980s, $7,500 each, Durso said.
"These offers are unreasonable, insulting, and unchristian," Durso said. "The offers are so low -- they're 10 to 20 percent of what other places have offered -- they devalue the lives of the people abused."
A diocese official would not comment on the amount of church settlement offers, but he acknowledged they're lower than those offered to victims of clergy abuse in Boston and elsewhere. Last year, the Archdiocese of Boston agreed to pay $85 million to settle 541 sexual-abuse claims.
The reason the offers are lower, Diocese Chancellor Thomas Sullivan said, is because the church is claiming "charitable immunity," and therefore, by law, does not have to pay victims more than $20,000.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 03:49 AM]
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• Elderly Alabama monk indicted in 1970 sexual assault [1970 Kane] -- RCC. Benedictine. Woman.
www.al.com/ newsflash/regional/ index.ssf?/base/news- 9/1098380056320410. xml&storylist= alabamanews ;
The Associated Press, 12:27 p.m. CT, Oct/21/2004,
CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) - Grand jurors indicted an 82-year-old monk in an alleged rape in 1970 that a would-be nun said occurred at St. Bernard's Abbey but wasn't reported for decades.
Benedictine monk Ignatius Kane was arrested Oct. 10 on a charge of first-degree rape.
Defense lawyer Rusty Turner said Kane is back at the abbey after being released from jail on $30,000 bond.
"We'll mount a vigorous defense and we believe he'll be exonerated," said Turner.
Kane had polio as a child and has been confined by health problems, including a stroke. Formerly the abbey librarian, Kane is now mostly bedridden.
Anne McInnis, 55, of Memphis, Tenn., said Kane raped her in the abbey library in 1970 at a retreat to consider whether she should become a nun. She told her story publicly in The Birmingham News last year but said she did not report the assault to anyone in 1970.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 05:16 PM]
• CHURCH LIABILITY CLIMBS IN SEX-ABUSE LAWSUITS -- RCC. Punitive damages ruling.
The Press Democrat,
http://www1. pressdemocrat. com/apps/pbcs.dll/ article?AID=/ 20041021/NEWS/ 410210339/1033/ NEWS01
By GUY KOVNER, Thursday, October 21, 2004
CALIFORNIA: Financial stakes in hundreds of Catholic Church sex-abuse cases were raised by an Oakland judge who ruled that plaintiffs can seek punitive damages from the church.
Punitive damages, intended to punish a defendant for reckless or willful misconduct, can add millions of dollars on top of compensatory damages, such as medical expenses or lost wages, awarded in a civil lawsuit.
In his ruling, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Ronald Sabraw noted that it "will affect significantly the value" of more than 800 cases alleging sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in California.
"They are looking down the gun barrel of a disaster," said Stockton attorney Larry Drivon, who represents the plaintiffs in about 135 of the cases, including nine of 11 cases against the Santa Rosa Diocese.
• Monk charged with rape [1970 Kane] -- RCC. Benedictine. Woman.
The Birmingham News,
By GREG GARRISON, Thursday, October 21, 2004
ALABAMA: Cullman County has filed a rape charge against an 82-year-old monk in an incident his accuser said took place in 1970 at St. Bernard's Abbey.
Benedictine monk Ignatius Kane, 82, was arrested Oct. 10 on a charge of first-degree rape.
"We'll mount a vigorous defense and we believe he'll be exonerated," said Rusty Turner, an attorney for Kane. Kane was released from jail on a $30,000 bond and is back at the abbey in Cullman, where he lives, Turner said. Kane had polio as a child and has been confined by health problems including a stroke.
Anne McInnis, 55, said Kane raped her in the abbey library in 1970 at a retreat to consider whether she should become a nun. She told her story publicly in The News last year. She did not report the incident to anyone in 1970.
• Abuse reports asks Canada's bishops to be accountable -- RCC. Leader speaks.
Western Catholic Reporter,
www.wcr.ab. ca/news/2004/ 1025/abuse10 2504.shtml ,
By ART BABYCH, Canadian Catholic News
CORNWALL, Ontario, CANADA: Catholic bishops in Canada should be more accountable and transparent in the face of allegations and incidents of sexual abuse by clergy, says a co-chair of a special task force of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).
"Bishops are responsible and they must be seen to be responsible," Archbishop James Weisgerber told prelates attending the CCCB's annual assembly Oct. 19.
"We have a tradition in a sense that the bishop doesn't account to anybody," he said. "And in a society such as ours this doesn't work any longer."
Weisgerber and Bishop Eugene Tremblay of Amos, Que., were commenting on the confidential interim report they submitted to the bishops as co-chairs of a 11-member special task force reviewing From Pain to Hope, the CCCB's 1992 guidelines for dealing with sexual abuse in the Church.
"Transparency means that we have to be very clear," Weisgerber said. "We have to tell people what we're doing. We have to be clear that the main objects of our concern are the victims, their families, the parishes. We've got to make a very strong statement about that."
• Pastor faces child pornography charge [2004 Curtis] --
www.kentucky. com/mld/kentucky/ news/9968282.htm ,
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A Monongalia County minister facing a child pornography charge turned himself in to authorities Wednesday.
Rick Curtis, pastor of Avery United Methodist Church in the Cheat Lake area of Morgantown, was released on $25,000 bond following his arraignment in magistrate court, said Sgt. Wally Fumich with the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department.
Curtis, 46, was charged with one count of child pornography, Fumich said.
The sheriff's department seized two computers from Curtis' residence and one from the church and will examine their contents. The investigation is continuing, Fumich said.
Curtis has been removed as pastor of the church until the charge is resolved and has taken a voluntary leave of absence from the ministry, said the Rev. David E. Jasper, district superintendent of the United Methodist Church's Mon Valley District.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 04:45 AM]
• Shanley accuser fails to show at pre-trial court hearing [Shanley] -- RCC. Boys.
By Jessica Heslam
Thursday, October 21, 2004
CAMBRIDGE (MA): In another blow to the prosecution's case against accused pedophile Paul Shanley, an alleged victim who claims he was molested by the defrocked priest didn't show up in court yesterday.
Shanley's attorney was scheduled to finish questioning the accuser yesterday during a pretrial hearing at Middlesex Superior Court.
The accuser, an unidentified homeless male in his 20s with a serious drug problem, was questioned last week by prosecutors. The man has been a no-show in court at least twice.
Prosecutor Lynn Rooney said he hasn't been in touch with the office and said she might "never hear from him again."
Shanley's attorney, Frank Mondano, asked the judge yesterday to dismiss the charges related to the missing accuser. The request was taken under advisement.
• Priest arrested for raping girl, 12 -- Girl.
Posted Thu, 21 Oct 2004
SOUTH AFRICA: Bloemfontein police have arrested a priest for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl while she was home alone, Free State police said on Wednesday.
Constable Thandi Mbambo said the priest apparently arrived at the house in Rocklands and found the girl, who had just returned form school, alone.
Her mother was said to be running errands in town.
Mbambo said the girl was not alarmed by the priest's visit because the family was a member of his congregation and he was regarded as a family friend.
• 3 attorney general candidates debate at U. -- Polygamy and abuse discussed.
Deseret Morning News,
http://deseretnews. com/dn/view/0,1249, 595099698,00.html
By Geoffrey Fattah
UTAH: Guns on campus was an issue that hit home for University of Utah law school students Wednesday during a debate among three candidates vying for Utah's top legal post.
Mark Shurtleff, Gregory Skordas, Andrew McCullough
As the campaign season heads into the home stretch, the debate at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law moot courtroom was a chance for candidates for attorney general to clarify their positions on Utah's top legal issues, including guns on campus, defining marriage and polygamy. ...
When it came to the issue of polygamy, Shurtleff and Skordas said they would both strongly prosecute those in polygamist groups who abuse women and children. When it comes to prosecuting polygamy itself, Shurtleff said infiltrating groups, like the FLDS Church, was "more closed than the Taliban."
• Church still paying sex-abuse expenses -- RCC. $US524,797 spent.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville is still feeling a financial sting for expenses related to sexual abuse.
The archdiocese spent $524,797 on expenses related to the issue in the fiscal year that ended in June, according to a newly released audit.
Brian Reynolds, chancellor and chief administrative officer for the archdiocese, said the total, though dramatically down from the $27 million paid in legal settlements and other costs from the previous fiscal year, still represents "a significant outlay of funds."
"It has a real financial impact on our operations," Reynolds said.
• Diocese lawyers ask for delay in priest abuse trials -- RCC. Bankruptcy mooted.
AP, POSTED: 4:53 pm, Oct/20/2004
CLINTON, Iowa (AP) -- Hoping to avoid bankruptcy, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport is asking a judge to delay the first of several lawsuits related to sexual abuse by priests.
Diocesan lawyer Rand Wonio says the November 1st trial must be pushed back by 30 days.
He says that would give the diocese time to negotiate settlements with its insurance companies and victims of abuse who have filed more than three dozen claims.
If the request is denied, the diocese would become the third in the country to file for bankruptcy protection in the wake of the sexual abuse scandals.
• Attorney files complaint against Clyne -- District-Attorney.
Capital News 9,
By Capital News 9 web staff, Updated: 8:01 PM, Oct/20/2004
ALBANY (NY): A local attorney said Albany County District Attorney Paul Clyne alienates victims of alleged clergy sex abuse.
John Aretakis filed a formal complaint against Clyne over his handling of reported church sexual abuse.
Aretakis said that when victims went to the DA's office to report a complaint, Clyne would tell them to call the diocese office. Aretakis believes that was wrong, and he's urging voters not to re-elect Clyne.
• Diocese clear: Settlements or bankruptcy -- RCC.
www.qctimes. com/internal. php?story_id= 1037685&l= 1&t=Local+News&c= 2,1037685 ,
By Todd Ruger
CLINTON, Iowa - The Catholic Diocese of Davenport erased any question Wednesday about whether the men who have filed allegations of sexual abuse by priests will get their day in court on time.
"It's not going to happen," diocese attorney Rand Wonio told a judge in Clinton County District Court. Referring to the first trial, scheduled to begin Nov. 1, he said, "We're either going to settle these claims or we're going bankrupt."
During a hearing before District Judge C.H. Pelton, the diocese asked him to delay the trials on the sexual abuse allegations - scheduled on a basis of about one per month - by 30 days so it can work further with insurance companies to reach settlements.
Without a delay or a settlement, the diocese says damages sought by at least 40 victims - those who have already come forward and those who have yet to do so - may prompt it to file for bankruptcy as early as Friday.
"We filed this motion for one reason and one reason alone: to avoid bankruptcy," Wonio told Pelton. "It's not a bluff, it's not a threat. It's just a fact."
• Shanley lawyer asks for dismissal after alleged victim skips hearing [Shanley] -- RCC. Boys.
MetroWest Daily News,
By Denise Lavoie, Associated Press, Thursday, October 21, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A lawyer for defrocked priest Paul Shanley asked a judge yesterday to dismiss rape and indecent assault charges against his client, a central figure in the clergy sex abuse scandal, after one of his accusers failed to appear in court.
The alleged victim, now 35, says Shanley molested him when he was a child, but he did not remember the abuse until about three years ago, when the scandal first broke in Boston.
The man's failure to attend a pretrial hearing in Middlesex Superior Court is the latest in a series of possible setbacks to the prosecution's case against Shanley.
Two other alleged victims were dropped from the case by prosecutors in July. And all of Shanley's accusers claim they recovered memories of the abuse years later, which could undermine their credibility on the witness stand.
Shanley's lawyer, Frank Mondano, had been scheduled to continue cross-examining the man at yesterday's hearing. Last week, Mondano aggressively questioned the man about his history of drug and alcohol abuse, how he came to recall the alleged abuse by Shanley, and his allegations that he was also sexually abused by a baby sitter.
• DSS investigated priest placed on leave [1970s, 1980, 2000s Messier] -- RCC.
Telegram & Gazette,
By Kathleen A. Shaw, email@example.com , Oct 21, 2004
WORCESTER (MA) - The Rev. Raymond P. Messier, who was placed on leave in 2002 by the Diocese of Worcester when allegations of sexual misconduct were made, was investigated in 2003 on another allegation by the state Department of Social Services.
DSS took seriously the allegation made against the priest and notified the diocese.
Discussions on the allegations involved the diocese and the office of District Attorney John J. Conte, but Monsignor Thomas J. Sullivan said a decision was made not to seek criminal prosecution against the priest.
Monsignor Sullivan, who is diocesan chancellor and liaison to the district attorney's office, said he did not know the reason for nonprosecution and referred an inquiry to the district attorney.
Mr. Conte did not immediately return a telephone call yesterday seeking comment.
A copy of the letter from a DSS investigator to Rev. Messier, which was also sent to Monsignor Sullivan, was released yesterday by Boston lawyer Carmen L. Durso.
Mr. Durso, who called this a "contemporary complaint" against the priest, blacked out the name of the alleged victim to protect privacy before releasing the letter. Thomas W. Hilse, special investigator for DSS in Boston, informed Rev. Messier on Oct. 23, 2003, that he had talked personally with the priest about the report DSS received indicating this child may have been abused.
"After visiting with you and the children and talking to other people who have relevant information about the report, the department has found reasonable cause to support the allegation that you were sexually abusive to (name blacked out) and the report is supported," the investigator said.
Rev. Messier, who lives in Charlton, was told by the investigator that when DSS "decides to support a report" the agency is required to notify the organization for which Rev. Messier is associated. A copy of the letter was sent to Monsignor Sullivan.
Mr. Durso said the allegation investigated a year ago has no connection to any of his current clients or pending lawsuits. He called a press conference at Worcester Superior Court Tuesday to discuss the settlement offers being made by the diocese. Settlements ranged from $3,000 to $7,500, and his research showed that Worcester was settling for the lowest amounts not only in the United States but also in the world.
Mr. Durso said he was disappointed in comments made by Monsignor Sullivan in the Tuesday edition of The Boston Globe in which he said that some of the pending civil suits against the diocese lacked merit. The diocese has offered to settle pending lawsuits involving allegations of misconduct by Rev. Messier for only $3,000, he said. Mr. Durso said the allegations against Rev. Messier "clearly have merit."
Mr. Durso represents three victims of alleged sexual abuse by Rev. Messier. The alleged incidents happened in the late 1970s and 1980 at Worcester parishes. The DSS letter does not indicate where the alleged abuse investigated a year ago happened, but Rev. Messier has been living at his Charlton home since he was asked to leave the rectory at St. Francis in Athol.
Eunice White of Worcester, mother of one of the alleged victims who has a pending lawsuit against the diocese, said when she received information that Rev. Messier was seen sexually abusing one of her sons at his home in Charlton, she first contacted a Worcester police officer she knew. Mr. Durso said the police officer told Mrs. White that bringing criminal prosecution against Rev. Messier would be futile since priests in Worcester "had immunity in the courts."
She later scheduled a meeting with Bishop Timothy J. Harrington with her son's therapist at the Worcester Youth Guidance Center. The bishop assured Mrs. White that Rev. Messier would not be in a position where he had access to children again. She did not find out until 2002 that he was sent to pastor St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Athol and St. Peter Parish in Petersham.
Monsignor Sullivan said yesterday he stands by his comments and said settlement offers will be low in cases the diocese believes do not have merit.
The vast number of people who say they were abused by clergy in the diocese never sought legal action against the diocese and went directly to the diocese, he said. Those who chose to come forward to the diocese were treated with dignity, compassion and respect, he said. He said the diocese will defend itself if sued. The policy of treating people well was long-established even before creation of the Office of Healing and Prevention, which now handles victim assistance, he said.
Monsignor Sullivan told the Globe he knew the offers were lower than what was paid elsewhere because the church is claiming "charitable immunity" under Massachusetts law that caps settlements at $20,000 and because many of the cases lack merit. "Some of the cases have very weak merits," the chancellor said. "You do more for victims of egregious claims that those without as much merit," he said.
Monsignor Sullivan said the diocese has been frustrated with suits that list "John Doe" as the accuser of a priest. It can take months for the diocese to determine who the accuser actually is. Mr. Durso as a matter of policy lists alleged sexual abuse victims under pseudonyms to protect their privacy.
• Ex-priest accused of sex abuse in third lawsuit [1972-73 McGlynn] -- RCC. Females, male.
The Kansas City Star,
www.kansascity. com/mld/ kansascity/ news/local/ 9971801.htm ,
By KEVIN MURPHY
KANSAS CITY (MO): Retired Kansas City priest Francis E. McGlynn was accused in a third lawsuit Wednesday of sexually abusing a minor in the early 1970s.
A woman identifying herself only as Jane I.K. Doe contends that McGlynn sexually assaulted her between September 1972 and May 1973 while her family attended St. Mary's Church in Independence.
A year ago, Teresa White and Frank Scheuring also sued McGlynn, 77, for sexual abuse. Those cases are still pending.
Similar to the previous lawsuits, the Wednesday action also names as defendants the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Bishop Raymond Boland and Vicar General Patrick Rush.
• NO BILL RETURNED: DA JOHN CONTE'S STAFF FAILS TO GET AN INDICTMENT [Messier] -- RCC.
http://worcestervoice. com/no_bill_ returned,.htm
WORCESTER (MA): Once against a familiar situation arises.
Worcester District Attorney John Conte has failed to have justice applied fairly in the case of a Catholic priest of the Worcester Diocese who was charged with an allegation of child sexual abuse.
A "no bill" was returned by the Worcester County grand jury in a case involving Father Raymond Messier. Father Messier was placed on leave by the Diocese and later resigned his pastorate after allegations of sexual abuse of children were made known.
A "no bill" means the grand jury decided not to issue an indictment against Father Messier. Circumstances of the allegation presented to the grand jury are not known.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 03:59 AM]
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